Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Lessons of Life

We were in Arkansas over the weekend to visit family. While there we took a nice, long hike on a beautiful, tree covered mountain. As we started our hike I thought to myself, "We should have been studying plants, or Arkansas, or something that we could 'learn' about." (like the hike would be a waste if we weren't doing a focused study) But as we went along we found interesting plants and colors to enjoy, discuss, think about. We identified some plants, including poison ivy and poison oak, and made a game of searching for the "leaves of three, let it be" plants. We practiced respect for nature, helpfulness with each other, friendliness to other hikers. We looked in awe at God's creation. We reinforced conservation by not wasting water when we found a camp area and water fountain. We practiced "slow and steady wins the race" (from The Tortoise and The Hare) as we made our way back up the mountain.

We're still learning how to homeschool. Sometimes I feel like I'm not doing very well. But then God reminds me that we are exactly where we are supposed to be, and if we look to Him we'll find our way just fine. I love this adventure!

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you." Psalm 32:8

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