Friday, February 15, 2008

When You Know You Are An Adoptive Parent (Or That You Should be! )

1. The fact that there are 143 million children without a parent to kiss them goodnight has made you lose sleep.

2. You realize DNA has nothing to do with love and family.

3. You can't watch Adoption Stories on TLC without sobbing.

4. The fact that, if 7% of Christians adopted 1 child there would be no orphans in the world, is convicting to you.

5. You spend free time surfing blogs about families who have experienced the blessing of adoption.

6. It drives you crazy when people ask you about adopted child's "real" parents.

7. You have ever been "pregnant" with your adoptive child longer than it takes an elephant to give birth.(2 years!)

8. You had no idea how you would afford to adopt but stepped out in faith anyway, knowing where God calls you He will provide.

9. You have ever taken an airplane ride half-way around the world with a child you just met.

10. You believe God's heart is for adoption.

11. You realize that welcoming a child into your heart and family is one of the most important legacies you could ever leave on this earth.

12. You know what the word "Dossier" means, and you can actually pronounce it!

13. You have welcomed a social worker into the most private parts of your life.

14. You shudder when people say your child is so lucky that you adopted them, knowing full well you are the blessed one to have him or her in your life.
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!!

This is what my sweetheart had for me when I woke up this morning! Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Here are the 2 sewing projects I have been working on. One is an apron for Esther and the other is a tote bag, I may use to hold sewing supplies.They are by no means perfect, but I am getting better!

Friday, February 8, 2008

And the Winner IS......

Thanks for all that voted in our Chocolate Poll. The winner is M&M's followed very closely by Hershey chocolate bar.

our week of chocolate

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Valentine's Day Unit

I promise I will post some chocolate unit pictures on here tomorrow after we are finished! We are having soo much fun with this study! Next week we will do a Valentine's Day unit. Here are our plans:

Monday ~
Read The Valentine Bears.
Paste our 3 heart verses for the week in a large heart. John 3:16, 1 John 4:9, I John 4:7-8
Write a love or valentine poem
Do the paper heart scavenger hunt (listed below)

Tuesday ~
Read the Valentine Cat
Study the Legend of St. Valentine and do a mini book
Make Valentines for church
Do some "candy heart math"

Wednesday ~
Read Cranberry Valentine
Make Birthday cards for Daddy
Work on Valentine synonyms worksheet

Thursday ~ Happy Heart Day!!
Wear red from head to toe
Talk about the heart and take a virtual tour of the heart online
Read the Magic school bus heart book
Bake a birthday cake for daddy

Read Snow Valentine
Draw a human heart and all its parts
Quote our Valentine verses from memory

The Valentine Scavenger Hunt

To kick off out Valentine's week, we are going to have scavenger hunt on Monday evening, before bed. They will be given a heart with a riddle on it and have to solve the riddle to find out where the next clue is. The hearts are located in a place that goes with the letter on the heart they just found and it will eventually spell out valentine (just keep reading and you will figure it out!) Answers are posted at the bottom


No matter this mess..say no more, just pull me out and I will clean your floor


This is where the oldest sleeps, it is said, but you better knock first or off with your head!


This is where your clothes go after wearing them all day, then mom washes and folds and puts them away.


The Queen lives here, She declares, Be careful as you hop up the stairs

The only boy sleeps upstairs too, but his clothes live in a different room

On here we watch Hannah Montana and Movies too, but for now it is holding a clue

One day a baby we hope very soon, right now there is just a heart in his room

An N word place, but what a stink, so hold your nose and think think THINK!

It holds these fragile things we eat, your last clue is hard, but I will repeat. We eat them for breakfast and on Wednesday nights too. It comes from a farm, but it doesn’t say moo!

You found all your hearts! You are the best! You solved the riddles, you passed the test and for your reward….a pajama run we shall make. To Sonic for slushies and maybe a shake!!!

V ~ Vacume, A ~Abby's room ,L ~ Laundrey hamper, E ~ Essies room ,N ~ Nathans closet, T ~ TV, I ~ Isaacs room, N ~ Nathans shoe, E ~ Egg carton

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Favorite Chocolate Bar poll

OK, For our chocolate unit we are doing a poll to see what is the most favorite candy bar. Here is your choices. Please just leave us a comment with your choice and we will let you know who the winner is tomorrow morning. Thanks!


Hershey bar

Kit Kat



Almond Joy


Milk Duds

Recce Cup


Milky Way

Friday, February 1, 2008

Science experiment using Rocks and Chocolate

This is the coolest Science experiment I have ever seen. I mean, teaching science, cooking and much better can ya get! I got this idea from my friend Heather P.'s blog and have been saving it just for this week!

You can illustrate the three different kinds of rocks by using chocolate.
Igneous rocks are formed from molten rock that cools.
Metamorphic rocks are rocks that have been changed by heat and/or pressure.
Sedimentary rocks are made up of bits of other rocks that have been transported by water, wind, ice or gravity.

How would you illustrate these categories with chocolate?

To simulate an igneous rock, make some fudge. You heat and stir the ingredients until they are completely melted. When it cools, it hardens into solid fudge, just as lava and magma cool into solid rocks.

For a metamorphic rock, bake some brownies. The heat of cooking causes a chemical change in the ingredients. What comes out is very different from what went in. That is very much like what happens to metamorphic rocks. Marble is not much like the limestone that it came from..

Since sedimentary rocks are made up of bits of other rocks, my first thought was to crumble the brownies. Instead of using water, wind or ice to transport the fragments, I decided to use gravity. Sprinkle the crumbled brownie into a bowl. Sedimentary rocks usually form layers, so make a nice layer of brownie fragments. Onelayer by itself is no fun, so let's make another one. Ice cream would represent anigneous rock, since it is cooled to make it a solid. Use a spoon to dig out chunks of the ice cream and let gravity deposit them on top of the fragments of metamorphic brownie. Keep adding fragments until you have a second layer. Now we have two layers of sedimentary rocks. How about a third layer? Chop some nuts very fine, to represent sand and gravel. Sprinkle a thin layer of the nuts to make the third layer. Now we have a very nice sedimentary example

Homeschool for February 4-8

We are going to be doing a Chocolate Unit this coming week. I have taken ideas from different websites and teachers and put them in a unit of my own.

Begin reading the Chocolate Touch (Lit)
Watch a chocolate factory video online (Science)
Estimate the number of m &m's in a jar (Math)
Brainstorm types of candy bars then place them in ABC order (Language)
A 5 senses worksheet on a Hershey Kiss (Science)

Read a chapter in the Chocolate Touch (Lit)
Read Cocoa Ice (Lit, Science)
Look at pictures online of a caoco field (Science)
Do a online poll for favorite chocolate candy ( Social Studies)
Graph m&m's (Math)

Read a chapter in the Chocolate Touch (Lit)
Do Hershey Bar Fractions (Math)
Do Hershey Bar weight (Math)
Read biography of Hershey (Social Studies, Lit)
Listen to Chocolate Fever on CD o the way to church (Lit)

Read a chapter in the Chocolate Touch (Lit)
Create your own Chocolate Bar worksheet (Art)
Watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory DVD (Lit)
Fingerpaint with chocolate syrup (Art)

Finish reading the Chocolate Touch (Lit)
Do a "types of rocks" experiment with brownie's & hot fudge (Science) * See above post *
Have chocolate fondue for dinner (FUN!)

I will post some picture next weekend after we are finished! Now, if I can only figure out how to pull together a coffee unit!! :>)