Friday, November 30, 2012

Tree of Life

Today called for a special art project at our place. I used this lesson plan working with Gustav Klimt's Tree of Life. The handout she included was real helpful for us.  

Mr Music went to town with the oil pastels and he added roots to his design, which are just amazing:

Miss Dog Lover got the most detailed swirly branches, and lots of little "fruits." I love that she included some apples, you just couldn't help but think about the gardens of Scripture:

I am not sure about my curlicues. I know the others show up better, if I make another tree, I will do it on kraft paper for better contrast. I think it would be fun to paint one and glue on sequins and beads. And maybe a little bird singing cheerily in the garden: 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Comfort for My Small Animal Feelings

I am currently working on memorizing Philippians. One of the chunks up for review today was this:
for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.  Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.  I am hard pressed between the two.  My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.  But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.  Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. ~ Philippians 1:19-26 
Today the "full courage" struck me. I tend to think that if I am living by faith, I have no need of courage, I am just able to trust in God at all times without any extra effort... but here is Paul (!) relying on prayers to have courage. That is comforting to someone who has always identified with Piglet: 
"It is hard to be brave," said Piglet, sniffling slightly, "when you're only a Very Small Animal." I am so thankful God is So Very Large.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Learning to Be Here, Now

I have watched this a few times and like some of the things he says. I especially love the way he uses his hands to communicate. It also merges well with my favorite C. S. Lewis quote at the moment ~ "The present is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received." And my favorite line (ouch!) "Multi-tasking is a myth. You ain't doing anything good, just everything awful." So close your other browsers, ask the Holy Spirit to give you ears to hear, and listen.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

poetry day

the best schooldays are when I get to do something I love. The Bananalets and I are mid-poetry unit and today was e. e. cummings day. We didn't do this poem, but it fits my mood and the season:
a wind has blown the rain away
by E.E. Cummings

a wind has blown the rain away and blown
the sky away and all the leaves away,
and the trees stand. I think i too have known
autumn too long

          (and what have you to say,
wind wind wind—did you love somebody
and have you the petal of somewhere in your heart
pinched from dumb summer?
          O crazy daddy
of death dance cruelly for us and start

the last leaf whirling in the final brain
of air!)Let us as we have seen see
doom’s integration………a wind has blown the rain

away and the leaves and the sky and the
trees stand:
        the trees stand. The trees,
suddenly wait against the moon’s face.
I am so glad the trees stand.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Last Few Leaves

My mind wonders as I wander through life. Last week's storm brought down almost all the fall leaves at once. Almost all. It seems many trees have a few stubborn leaves that cling. And they tend to be the ones clear out at the end of the twigs.
That seems odd to me. It seems they are farthest from getting sap from the tree. It seems they might get blown about more forcefully than the rest of the leaves. 

It is making me think that maybe it literally is a good thing to be "out on a limb" - to go all out and not play it safe. I hope I am out on a limb for Christ and abiding in Him and know He will never let me go.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Extra Time

Our state requires standardized testing of homeschooled students every few years and today was the day for Mr Music to go. This gave me a quiet day, with Miss Dog Lover as the only student currently enrolled, so I had a bit of time. That is a good thing.

I had time to call and talk to my Mum.  <3

I had time to watch the birds who are new arrivals for the winter.
I had time to sharpen all my colored pencils that I use for Bible marking. I started using Kay Arthur study books and have taken her marking system to a new level. This works for me because I like coloring, and it slows me down and makes me think about what I am reading.

And this evening Devastatingly Handsome and I had time to try to find an old-style piece of blotting paper and have ice cream sundaes together. :)