Saturday, October 10, 2015

Momma is calling in sick!

Saturday night I started to feel unwell, and when I woke up Sunday morning I knew I couldn't deny I was finally sick.  I say finally because everyone has been sick except for our family.  (And surprisingly, my husband and kids have still avoided it.)  I went to church and avoided shaking hands and holding all the cute babies, then came home and pretty much slept most of the week.  I was praying and praying I'd be feeling better by Friday.  As you may have read in the previous post (below), I started teaching Religious Instruction at the public school and I didn't want to miss my first day!

I am so thankful for my kids.  They still did quite a bit of schoolwork, they both helped keep the house cleaned up, and Autumn made dinner for us a few nights.  It is so nice having bigger kids!  So, for all the mums of littles, please do know they grow up (and fast!) and will be a help to you...enjoy them while they are young!

I am feeling much better today!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Religious Instruction Classes

I am so excited to share a wonderful opportunity we now have in the Barunga school.  One of the great things about Australia is that they allow Religious Instruction in their public schools!  I had been praying about this opportunity, and one day when we were in the community I met the principal of the school and approached the topic.  He was quite keen on the idea so long as the parents in the community agreed.  After a few weeks of discussing the details, I started today!

This is the curriculum I am using this term - Who is God? by John Hay and David Webb, which is from Apolgia.  It gives such a great foundation.  I plan to use this for our Bible curriculum in homeschool next year.

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We had a wonderful first day!  The classes are divided into 3 groups: Transition-Year 2,  Years 3-6, and Years 7-11.  Most of these children I already know because they come to church and Kid's Club.  I will be teaching every Friday throughout the term.  I appreciate your prayers!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Homeschool Success

That moment when you get smiles instead of tears during math.
We have finally conquered borrowing and subtracting!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Visit From Friends

While we were on deputation we went to a church in Florida, where we met a wonderful pastor and his family.  We became good friends and now they are missionaries in Indonesia, which is only a stone's throw away.  So last month they came and visited.  We had a wonderful time, but it went way too fast!
I'm so thankful that in this thing we call life God chose to give friendships.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Quick Update Through Photos

A bbq with friends
The Katherine Show
Our yearly photo at the Katherine Show
The new assistant pastor?
Having some fun in Darwin!
Kid's Club in Barunga
Doing school at McDonalds
Church clean up - lots of helpers
Patrick was asked to bring a message at our friend's wedding.
Thanks for joining me for a quick photo update!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Field Trip - Tindal Caves

I've been a bit slack lately documenting our homeschooling.  I recently started working on our portfolios and often come back here for dates, and realized I've missed so much!
Last week we were able to visit the Tindal Caves (again!).  Tindal Caves is next to Cutta Cutta Caves. Tindal Caves are private caves and you are only allowed to go in when  you have a Park Ranger with you.  We've gone a few times with the Junior Ranger program, and Ranger Clare offered to take the homeschoolers.   Ranger Clare, as always, did an awesome job with the tour. 
We had several homeschooling families attend, I think this was our biggest excursion so far!
Because we had so many people (noise!), we weren't able to see any live animals.  The last time we went there was a snake on the handrail next to where Ranger Clare is standing in the photo.
At the back of the cave, Ranger Clare shared a beautiful story reminding us to be thankful of this great land we have hear and all the beauty it withholds.