Monday, March 21, 2011

Good News for a New Week

I stand in front of the mirror and brush hair, teeth, thoughts from my mind. But the worries keep coming as I consider a new week.

If that doesn't work out...what then?
If I really can't do it...what then?
If something happens...what then?

I quietly whisper a prayer and it seems my heart hears a response that begins with those same two words: 
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Romans 8:31-32
The sentences that follow say I'm more than a conqueror and nothing can separate me from God's love.
I breathe deep of grace, love, victory, hope that's secure.
And I can dare to walk into a new week with my heart held high.

♥ 2 ♥ with Holley

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Our next big Adventure

It started out with a wild idea and 4 pieces of 2ft by 1ft wood. I was out to make learning about animals interesting for my Science students. My goal: to make learning interesting. I taught the same unit 2 years ago with other students and planned the unit using research projects as assignments for the animal classifications of reptiles, mammals, birds, insects, fish and amphibians. I soon came to despise the idea of grade 2 and 3 students having to do tedious research papers instead of something exciting and fun. Yes, they are informative but give a child a 2 inch book to go through to find information and you’ve got some discouraged kiddies on your hands. So I pondered for a couple days until a light bulb went on and my pen flew over my paper making plans for our next big adventure.

Before we started this mysterious project I planned a shopping trip to acquire the few supplies we would need to make this project a success.  United Unlimited in Winnipeg and they had an amazing selection of small plastic animals… even if the place does smell funny. I bought some plastic greenery and rocks from Dollarama, made a batch of clay and off we were starting the next big adventure, one that will be talked about by its participants for weeks to come. 

So last week on Friday I scheduled in an afternoon of fun for the scholars in my class room, hence the construction of the coolest animal habitats you have ever set eyes on were brought to life. Our goal was to make them look as realistic as possible and the outcome was astounding.   I admit, I had my doubts about it and wanted to scrap the idea before we even began but I’m glad I didn’t.

We started out by mixing acrylic paint into the clay and off we went building a farm and forest for some mammals, birds and insects. My students worked hard to perfect the area that they were assigned to and feverishly toiled to make trees of out cut up toilet paper rolls, clay and plastic leaves. We made a stream running through the forest and out into an ocean for some fish and other sea animals. When we were done building the habitats we added the animals, plastic plants and let it dry during the weekend, eagerly awaiting Monday, anticipating all that was left to do and excited to give it another go. 

On Monday we tackled the lake, swamp and jungle for reptiles and amphibians. Throughout the whole process the students stopped to admire their work, rightfully so, as they were doing an unbelievable job that surpassed any expectations that I had. We made trees with vines, a green-blue swamp, a lake and made a desert at the far end of our display. It was kind of hard to include all the habitats because a jungle can’t be right next to a desert so I had to make sure our approach was as realistic as possible. 

Today we finally, got a start on the Arctic part of the habitats and it was probably the easiest to do seeing as we only had to make ice burgs, a partially frozen sea, mountains, waterfalls at the students request and thus completed our project. I’m impressed, to say the least. It was fun, educational and gave the students a chance to work together and be creative.

 Our Next Big Adventure Complete:

Saturday, March 12, 2011

~✿~ ❝Weekend project❞ ~✿ ~

  ❃~Me n my sis have this thing for making scrapbooks to preserve memories of our darling when we're blessed with one we enthusiastically set out to make an extravagant book of memories for them to look at when their older... or so their mommies have a place to put their pictures instead of a boring old picture album. BUT....'ahem'...I don't think any of them are finished yet, due to lack of time :(. We probably never even make it to 20 pages, I'm not sure but we do try.  It's the thought that counts and the love that’s poured into the 'few' pages that we do make. So for part of today we put aside our sewing projects and spent some of our weekend making pages for Jaycee Kate and these are the 2 pages I created so far. We decided on a εїзbutterflyεїз just fits.


Monday, March 7, 2011

♥~For the first time~♥ --something worth blogging about

If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle.
-- Vincent van Gogh 

Meeting Kaylee's baby sister, our newest miracle-Jaycee Kate-for the first time♥

~She's so small and beautiful...babies take your breath away when you see them for the first time ...and so many times after that. Kaylee wanted to hold her and said, 'tumel heh'uh'. Now Kaylee can sing "~*~Winkle, Winkle Little Star~*~ to her lil sis. What a doting big sis she'll be.♥~


-- Will post birth announcement at a later date--