Category: Homeschooling

The Cabbage White Butterfly

Several days ago after a surprising wind, rain, and hail storm while out checking on my garden I discovered an injured butterfly which at the time I thought was a moth!  I carefully cupped it into one of my children’s nature discovery containers and brought it inside for my children to observe. The poor thing probably wouldn’t be living very long as it had a ripped wing probably a result of either a bird or the storm. After feeling the need to properly identify the insect,  I got to researching on the internet and discovered this was no moth, but instead a Cabbage White Butterfly (which actually is known to be a pest to gardeners).

After taking many pictures and talking to my kids about the butterfly, we let it go. I am opting to do a nature study with the kids on this particular butterfly later this Summer. We are eager to see if we can locate this butterfly in one of it’s other form after checking out the pictures of it as a egg, catipillar, etc on Wikipedia. I did learn these types of butterflies tend to like mustards, dandelions, asters, red clovers, and mints and I am eager to add some of those plants to my yard to lure more.

Photogenic Friday: Dandelions

I think Dandelions are beautiful . They are very resilient and provide many benefits!  Some people drink these flowers as tea others use the greens for salad. If you don’t believe me just put in benefits of Dandelions in a search engine and you’ll wonder why many people haven’t taken advantage of the wonders this flower (though many call it a weed) can do.  I’m becoming bold enough to even give the Dandelion Fritter recipe I’ve seen around the internet a try.  Continue reading

Alone Yet Not Alone (Review + Giveaway)

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Settled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America’s new frontier, the Leininger family celebrates the blessings of a beautiful homestead and bountiful harvest. That is, until tragedy strikes with the beginning of the French and Indian War and the devastating raid known as the Penn’s Creek Massacre.

The lives of this simple, God-fearing family are forever altered when Barbara and Regina, two young sisters, are carried away by a band of Allegheny warriors. Driven by their faith in God and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hold firmly to the belief that they are never alone, even in their darkest hour, and that they will be reunited again.

Rich in historical details, Alone Yet Not Alone is an inspirational, true story of a family caught in the cross fire of the French and Indian War. Continue reading

Broken Crayons

Today I took my children’s broken crayons and made new ones. I go through this process once, maybe twice a year. I can’t stand throwing away something that so easily can be used again. Anytime I think of taking something old, dull, broken, & in many pieces, I think of how Christ takes us as unworthy as we are and transforms us with His everlasting love and grace. Oh, it’s a beautiful thing! You can see it in so  many wonders around you if you take the time to truly see it. Let us never forget the truth that God uses our brokenness and creates beautiful things out of our lives.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. –2 Corinthians 5:17

If you are interested in  following the same tutorial to create these crayons as I did, you can find it at this blog post.