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We all had a great time last weekend:  Jess and I went to a quilters retreat.  I learnt to do a Bargello pattern which took some mind space but was a lot of fun.  Then both Jess and I participated in a Jelly Roll 1600 race.  What a hoot!  No-one broke any records but we all had a fun time.  Meanwhile, back at the ranch so to speak, Nomi had a friend over for the night – Saturday morning they baked for Sunday Church morning tea, and then got into their own sewing and patchwork.  Then the 3 kids headed off to a bush dance – this is a yearly thing in town and our family has a lot of fun even though there are getting to be less and less teens going along.   Sunday afternoon Peter, Nomi and Daniel joined a group of adventurers from church and went  on what is generally seen to be one of the most challenging bushwalks and waterfalls known locally:  Andy’s Chasm.  They came home very tired, but satisfied that they had done it.

Needless to say, with that much fun happening on the weekend, study Monday morning was a little ho-hum!  But it wasn’t just tiredness that distracted from bookwork this week – we had plenty of life skill moments as well.  We continue to work on being flexible – and taking these opportunities when they pop up along with diligence and commitment to our studies.

As a part of our worldview studies we paused to look at an advert on the TV and discussed what they were selling – not just the product but the promise, the ideas as well.   Though we didn’t have the TV on much through the week, we were conscious of this lesson and kept discussing the ads instead of muting them.

Instead of Math Naomi spent some time working on her book-keeping.  She works for a couple of hours a week ironing and is responsible for saving some and free to spend some of her income, though she needs to keep a record.

Daniel finished reading “Story of the World, vol 2” and has moved onto vol.3.  We are still waiting for his geography books to arrive, so he is spending extra time writing this week.

Daniel continued to work with Peter in the shed – one project they finished was a mini-chicken run for some little chickens a friend had hatched for us.  This project was mostly about resourcefulness and design and not so much about using power tools.

Naomi had the opportunity to be a vet-nurse, or at lease the Vet’s side-kick as she helped Peter with a little operation on a dog and then had to help with the clean up as well.

Naomi finally made it to the girls Bible study and the community choir.    Her drama ‘coach’ encouraged her to join the choir to build strength and confidence in her singing for on stage.  Not that she’ll be singing solo – but she’ll be getting plenty of singing practice.  Jess is also in the choir.  It makes for a busy Tuesday – after lunch they both head into town, Nomi goes swimming, Jess catches up with a friend, then they go to Bible study, have dinner with friends, and then onto choir before coming home.

Daniel has had a pretty amazing week:  first of all Andy’s Chasm, and then on Friday he went heli-fishing with Peter and a few other men.  A friend flew them out to a fairly isolated spot in his helicopter, they fished for a while and caught heaps.  Daniel landed 7 Barramundi by himself though he says 7 1/2 cause one fish he caught had the other man’s line attached as well!  He came home very tired after a 4.30 start to his day.

Links to share:

I’ve read heaps online this week – I hope something here will encourage you:

If you are only going to read one link – make it this one.  The Number One Sign your Kids are just Borrowing your Faith

Redefine Beauty for your girls (this dad has done a great job – so borrow his words!!)

19 reasons to love your body – if we could just forget the controversy over this example, and see the 19 reasons as applicable to ourselves, we will have a lot to think about.

Noah Movie – we don’t know what it is going to be like, but be warned, and be thinking

Looking for a way to inspire your kids creativity:  An Art box, may be the answer

And here are some great topics for conversation with your kids:

How to be a better friend

61 things I saw at a Christian Fashion show – oh there are lots of things to talk through this one, but the question that we’ve been talking about is:  What biblical principles would you incorporate into your work if you were a fashion designer.  Please don’t just focus on the clothes in this article – look deeper.

Some of the first links above will also be relevant to talk about in your family – loving your body, thinking when we watch a movie, and having our own faith.

 

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