Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day

  Yesterday we got together with another homeschooling family for a little Earth Day Co-Op.   The kids love doing stuff together and the Moms love coffee together! The children did and outdoor photo scavenger hunt as seen above they were split boys and girls and off they went to find the list.
 We also made sweet treats for our bird friends.
3 cups birdseed
2 – 1/4 ounce unflavored gelatin packet
cookie cutters
This was an awesome somewhat mess free craft, no sticky peanut butter craft. Last the children collected garbage and put it into a jar of water to see what happens over the next week. We talked about how dirty our rivers, lakes, and ocean get when garbage is put into them.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Our Store -By Presley


    Last night Pinantan Lake Store was on fire. When my mom found out she came downstairs and woke up Austin to go with my dad to see if they needed help. Then I woke up and went upstairs to see.  I was a little scared because if the flames went into the trees it could get to our house.   When my dad got there, there was nothing to be done. All we could do was just let it burn down.
My dad said the store owners were sad, and crying.



In the morning when I woke up we walked to the store . There was lots of tin on the ground and the sign was melted. The police stayed all night to watch it. I feel bad for all the people who were working there because now they don't have a job.
 
 

                                                                                                    By Presley

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Damned if you Do -Damned if you Don't - An Open Letter to my Friends

        At the risk of being extremely vulnerable I need to tell you my heart and why you can't win right now. Will you bear with me for a few minutes and hear me out?   As you know and if you don't November 12, 2013 I became the mother of a medically fragile child.  I completely understand those of you that have never been 'here' and have no clue what I am talking about. You hear it you follow our story but you can't really know until you experience it with your own child. Oh, I pray you never do!  My heart aches every single day. It's like I haven't caught my breath and a constant pain that I can't make go away. I can't make this stop or go away for Henry. I get that our story is getting old to you but if you can try the best you can to step into my shoes and understand that my life has changed completely.

    My dear friends, I still need you. I need you to send me the email that has no strings attached if I write back. Or the phone call that I may not answer because I am pumping for one baby, nursing another and trying to help my 6 year old read her book. Or the text I am reading in the doctors waiting room. I need you to not question if I am pulling back or wanting space. Nobody ever wants to be alone in the dark.

 Friendships takes two people but will you carry ours for awhile? Will you do that? will you remain my friend when there is nothing left for me to contribute?

 It hurts when months go by and I feel forgotten as your lives go on.  I am lonely and busy all in the same breath. I read your blogs your Facebook status' of get togethers, book clubs, couples dinners etc. and I feel the slight sting of the forgotten friend. I may never get back to being able to do those things that were once normal.   I  have a baby that can't be out in the general public a whole lot during cold and flu season so missing these things is what it is and we trust the direction God is taking us.  You my friend are damned if you do, and damned if you don't. You are set up to fail. But it's okay. All I really care about is that you are still around after all and that you make an effort to be a part of our lives and include us in yours.
Let us know your still there is the shadows of our dark sleepless nights. I don't write this for your pity but to say I miss you.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Normal Day

I am relishing in these couple days of 'normal'. Making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches watching my little ones run trying to catch chickens. Everyday I get with these children is an unexplainable gift that squeezes my heart in a way I can't even put into words.
The Lord promises He will gently lead those with young,
if we but look for Him and walk with Him each step of the way. He has proven Himself to me over and over.
 You know what I have learned very quickly Joy doesn't always come in laughter and mirth. Joy isn't always dependent upon our circumstances. 
 The deep joy that comes from what Christ has done for us constantly fills our hearts, 
and sustains us through trials and difficulty. 
 

Friday, March 28, 2014

BC Museum

During our trip to Victoria we went to the museum which turned out to be an awesome field trip!
 I always have such a hard time coming up with good Native studies and this fit the bill
 
 HUGE HGE HUGE totem poles. I couldn't fit them into my picture they were so tall. I even learned a lot on this trip. I had no clue a totem polls were an animal that they believe is their sacred ancestor. And that they believe they guard and protect their homes and villages each carved figure has a story behind it.
 They had a life size Plateau. An underground pit that is covered with spruce and heaps of dirt. There is a hole in the roof that is a place for ventilation and a doorway. Inside it has a notched ladder to get in an out. As many as 50 people would live in these in the winter.




This was a life size wooly mammoth. This area had sounds coming through big speakers. It surprised me but Presley just wanted to get out of there and move on.

 Jude standing by a life size seal. There was a speaker explaining how Inuit groups could harpoon through the winter. The seals were used as food, oil for king heat and cooking. Walrus and whales were also hunted and used for clothing.
There is so much I could share about this trip, I read almost every plaque to the kids as we walked around. They had an excellent photo gallery of animals around the world. I wish there had been more hours in the day to take it all in again. Defiantly somewhere id like to take them again.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

 

Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I'd ever have to hand my baby to a surgeon and completely let go. My heart has never ached so bad.   Chris snapped this picture minutes before I walked him down to the OR. Whispers of desperation.   Nothing prepares you for this, nothing prepares you for what it does to you after.   The pain etched so deep inside your soul. The sadness of the pain your baby has to endure.  Yet, thankful God chose me to be his mother. That God saw me as his perfect fit. 



Saturday, March 22, 2014

Real Life Homeschooling - Trip to Victoria

 
We realized the majority of our children have never been on a ferry, so we decided to do a big field trip. School as in "book work" hasn't  been a priority this year but I can guarantee the Brown children have gained a huge education. 
We recently watched the documentary on Netflix called Blackfish this ended up rolling into our aboriginal studies about Orcas. We learned that the Native Symbol Orca or Killer Whales symbolizes family, romance, harmony, travel, community and protection. But more on Native studies later.....
 
We took the kids to the parliament buildings in Victoria. I hadn't been there in years, and oh my goodness is it every beautiful!  We learned random fact all together.  Some of the best times together is when Mom and Dad are learning too.
 

       The construction of the BC Parliament Buildings in 1893 was led by a 25 year old architect by the name of Francis Rattenbury. It was in 1897, during Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, that the construction was deemed complete.