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I’ve created a new blog. Mostly because I’m silly. But also so that I can keep my homeschooling/kid stuff separate from my emotional rantings. If you scroll down the side…keep scrolling…past the pictures…keep going…stop! Right there. Two rss feeds. One is for Simple Letters to Great Minds, my classics blog, where my intention was is to write about the things I read, look at, listen to, etc and hoped to foster discussion about said items. The other is for Harvest Home Academy, my highly interesting homeschooling blog, where you will find me waxing eloquently on the wonders and vagaries of educating my family. Enjoy, and leave me a comment (or many, I like company).

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Have I mentioned how hard it is to trust in God? On the surface, I say things like, “I’m not concerned about our job situation. God has taken care of us before and I know He is taking care of us now. He’s got it all in His hands.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? Yeah. Why is that I can say things like that and know that they are true, but to really know…that is a different story.

The fact of the matter is God doesn’t always do what I want, or even what I thought He wanted for me. We thought He wanted us to buy this house, we prayed and prayed, had peace, had forward-motion, everything fell into place – but now here we are, unemployed, coming to the end of our resources, two houses to pay for and nothing on the horizon. Sometimes God lets us go through some pretty darn difficult circumstances for reasons of His own.

That is where the hard time trusting comes in. Sure, I can trust God to bring us a job, provide house payments and groceries and diapers. But do I trust God enough to know that though He may allow us to go through a scorching fire, He will not only bring us out of it, but be with us in the midst? While these past three months haven’t been easy, they haven’t really been hard. They’ve simply been a continuation of life for us, with the knowledge hanging in the background that life may soon become very, very rough.

I feel sort of like a child must feel when getting a broken arm reset. Why do I have to go through this pain?!? What did I do to cause you to want me to struggle like this? But all I can do is lean of my Daddy and take comfort in Him. Because I trust Him that this is what needs to be done, painful and incomprehensible though it may be.

Perhaps that is my lesson to be learned. That He is here; He is who I should be seeking; I must learn to trust in Him even if He doesn’t give me what I want.

So, if you ask me, how are you guys doing while Mr. Nutt is out of work, I’ll probably say, “We’re just trusting God.” Know that I don’t just mean on the surface, expecting God to hand me the desires of my heart. I’m really trusting that God will adjust the desires of my heart to meet His will and protect me from the flames in the process.

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What Flower are You?

I am a
Canna


What Flower
Are You?

“You stand up for what you believe in, even if it gets in the way of what other people think. You are proud of yourself and your accomplishments and you enjoy letting people know that.”

Hmmm…I think it’s pretty close to the truth. How ’bout you?

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I’ve found this wonderful blog by Barb (aka Harmony Art Mom). How many of us purchase The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock after perusing the CBD catalog, yet don’t have any idea how to implement it in our homeschool? I know I did, and it sat on the shelf for eight years. YES! EIGHT YEARS! I had no idea what to do with it. Our nature studies were woefully inadequate. Even though I was convinced of the importance. Even though I thought it would be fun. I was stuck. Well! I am stuck no more, thanks to Barb’s hard work and generosity. She has put together a weekly challenge to meet with our children. The following is my first time what I would call a real-live nature study with the children. As is my usual – I kind of went over board. We’ll try to tone it down a bit next time.

This week’s Outdoor Hour Challenge is a Tree Study. It is actually the second in the series, but since we’re just starting, we followed Challenge number 11, not 20. Each child picked their own tree (in retrospect, I recommend picking a family tree, especially when you have five children who are choosing trees).

Here are some pictures from the afternoon:


F3’s tree


F3 doing a bark rubbing


F1’s tree


F1 doing a bark rubbing


F2’s tree


F2 doing a bark rubbing


F4’s tree


F4 doing a bark rubbing


F5’s tree


F5 doing a bark rubbing

They also recorded observations about the trees in their nature journals. They had a really good time, although F3 was a little grossed out about the idea of touching the tree with the ants crawling all over it, and F4 complained incessantly about the heat.

Here’s a couple of lovely little pictures of my Yucca plant.




Not sure if you can see it in this one, but there is a tiny white moth in this blossom. They just hang out in the blossom all day long. Big red/black ants crawl all over these flowers, too. They are very, very moist blossoms.

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1. A garage. I’m thankful for my garage, because even during a thunderstorm, the fruit are able to play out there and have a blast. They have currently developed a game called “The United Kids of the Garage”. They have stores, charities, money, services to render (such as bike repair), and homes to live in. They’ve gone a little outside of free market, though. F2 really wanted to buy a stick sword that F5 had in his possession. F5 really didn’t want to sell, but when F2 made him an offer he couldn’t refuse ($65 UKG), he finally capitulated. They both went happily their separate ways, F5 much richer and F2 more well-armed. When F1 and F3 got wind of it, however, they demanded that F5 give the money back and F2 return the stick sword. They said the sword wasn’t worth it and so couldn’t be sold for that much money. Sigh. Too much governmental regulation.

2. Baby animals. We have twin fawns that play in the yard day after day. They look absolutely adorable. I have told the kids to keep their distance for three reasons: 1. Deer carry ticks, which carry the dreaded lyme disease. 2. Mama is probably watching, and she has sharp hooves. 3. If Mama smells people on her babies, she may desert them. But we do enjoy watching the little ones frolic around in the yard, munching on grass and weeds. They startle sometimes, but don’t know where to run, and so essentially jump around in place for a moment before settling down. My only fear in this is that they are getting very used to humans and our smell. They will learn they have nothing to fear from us, but there are plenty of other humans to fear. This doesn’t bode well for their future. I am thankful, still, that the fruit are having this chance to view nature up close and personal in their own backyard.

3. Independence Day. I’m thankful to God that I have been born in this country, where I am free to believe in Him and worship Him in the open. I’m thankful for the sacrifices that have been made for us. I pray that God continues to bless America and that we turn to Him in repentance and accept the love He has to offer us.

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