September 4, 2014

Little Bits

Sharing little bits from our August and early September.

Time spent with Great Grandma...

Owen began drum lessons...

Ethan started guitar lessons...

We headed out on a little vacation to the desert...

We stopped by the Salton Sea to go exploring...

But we happened to come when most of the fish die from the elevated salinity during the summer months, and yes, it was stinky... 

Poor fishies...

We still had fun exploring and I even got a sweet shot with my kiddos...

 We stopped at the Oasis Date Farm and enjoyed a date shake and a cactus apple shake. My mom took me to get these shakes when I was a kid and they are still as good as I remember them to be!

A special dinner to celebrate my hubby's birthday...

Ava joining in on school...

Read "How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World" and then we all made an apple pie... 

The kids started Awana this week... 

Such a good mathlete...

We revisited the {Diversity Lesson} I taught, but we used eggs this time. Eggs can have various colors on the outside but they are the same on the inside...

I have been collecting egg shells all summer and today I found {this awesome article} from Good Housekeeping that talks about various ways to use egg shells. I stirred the shells into the soil in my garden...

Today we enjoyed a lunch of little bites thanks to the inspiration I gained from {this post} by Raising Arrows...

I texted a friend this morning a simple text "Having a rough week. I woke up sick today. Could use some prayer." She texted back that she would pray and then I went on with my day. This afternoon I was surprised when she showed up at my house with my FAVORITE flowers. It was one of those moments where the Lord uses a tangible touch of love and grace to minister to you. I was overcome with emotion. God is so kind to me and He used my sweet friend to minister so tenderly to my weary heart. Thank you friend - you know who you are. Ruth 2:12.

Even though I was sick this evening and wanted nothing more than to be in bed sleeping this cold away, the Lord gave me an idea as we were reading about how Jesus lived ~ let's do our bedtime routine in candlelight, just like Jesus would have done as a kid...

So we read, brushed our teeth, sang songs, and prayed all by candlelight. Such a fun way to do bedtime. Here we are singing "This little light of mine"...

Matthew 5:14-16
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

Good night my bloggy friends and have a blessed September! 
Janiene

August 28, 2014

Our visit to a backyard farm

 We were invited to my dear friends backyard farm. She has chickens, goats, ducks, birds, cats, bees, veggie gardens, irrigation systems, fruit trees, and her farm is overflowing with lots of love.

When we arrived she was busy extracting the honeycomb from her bee hives...

 My son was fascinated! Being this close to a honeybee hive & watching an extraction is something he has wanted to do for like EVER! And yesterday we got to see it up close! Amazing.

My other son, who is more easily distracted, found bugs near us that he could play with...

Just look at that amazing honeycomb all covered in bees!

My friend taught us that when we remove some honey it is good to replace it with some food for the bees. She showed us this pollen cake and talked about how it was made out of the pollen from flowers (it smelled amazing!)...

 When she gave the bees the pollen cake and got everything ready to close up the hive she asked Ethan to help by bringing her some cinnamon. The cinnamon keeps the predators away, like wasps and ants. I was so proud of Ethan for getting so close to all of those bees!! 

Look at all of that AMAZING honeycomb!!! It smelled divine!

The bee keepers and the Bishops :)

 The boys were especially fascinated by the smoker, so she showed them the kindling inside...

My daughter and I snapped a quick shot together...

And I snapped this shot of my eldest (so handsome)...

We brought my friend some grubs for her chickens and the boys went around and fed the chickens, and they were ready and SUPER happy to eat them...

Grubs for everyone... 

Even sister joined in and threw in a couple grubs...

 The boys loved feeding the chickens...

While the boys were off feeding the chickens the goats waited patiently while their bottles were being made. This looks just like my house when I am cooking, except replace the goats with children climbing the table and chairs and counter-tops to get their food...

Ava learning how to feed the goat a bottle...

Owen loved feeding the goats, just look at his smile!

Ethan was so very careful to not spill the milk...

Bottle #2 - such happy goats...


Owen loved the ducks and when they went into their little pool Owen ran over and hugged the pen. Goodness he is sweet. I love him.

When we were leaving the kids were blessed to be able to taste some yummy honey. She shared with the kids about how our words can be like honey when they are kind.
"Kind words are like honey~
Sweet to the soul and healthy for the body."
Proverbs 16:24

And, they even learned about utilizing the wax from the honeycomb to make their own candles...

As a parting gift, my friend gave us 2 dozen of the most beautiful eggs I have ever seen...
 We may or may not have already eaten a dozen today :)
Yum!

You know, starting out this week I was super overwhelmed with the thought of homeschooling another year, I admit it. I have seen that by simply trusting the Lord with this journey He brings us the most amazing blessings! In just this first week of school we have learned about magic sand in science, gone paddle boarding & kayaking, learned how to sort and determine if something is the same or different in kindergarten math, explored more complex word problems in 2nd grade math, used our imaginations and creative sides in art time, visited a backyard farm, and the boys started music lessons today (guitar and drums). God is all over this!

I am tired, but blessed that the Lord was so faithful to FILL THE WEEK TO THE BRIM!

God is Good.
Homeschooling is a blessing.
On to bigger and better things...

Blessings,
The Bishop Bunch


August 27, 2014

Back To {Home}School!

Our summer is over. Boo! We had such an amazing summer, chock full of adventuring, family bonding, new friends, sweet time spent with lifelong friends, and lots of fun in the sun! 

We started back to school this week and this year we'll have a 2nd grader, kindergartner, and preschooler. Transitioning back into a schedule has been rough, on all of us! I am not a morning person but I am purposing to be in bed before 11 each night. I am also trying to wake before the rest of the house to grab some time with Jesus before the chaos and busyness ensues (I failed this morning but the last 2 days were a success). 

Our first day of school was super hard on my 2nd grader. He did not want to go back to being on a schedule and had a breakdown over the anxiety of starting back to school. He had convinced himself that 2nd grade was going to be so much harder than 1st grade. I had to spend a good amount of time on Monday reassuring him, staying firm, correcting him, hugging him, praying with him, and ultimately building his confidence that he can do this! He finally calmed down, took a deep breath, and we got through the schooling for the day!

After our first day of school I surprised the boys and took them paddle boarding and kayaking with our homeschool group.
It was the PERFECT way to begin the school year.

I totally spaced on the whole 1st day of school photos, so I took 3rd day of school photos :)

My BIG kindergartner...

My handsome and silly 2nd grader...

My preschool princess photo bombed our time and gave her brothers some "love". Haha!

Our main theme verse for our homeschool classroom is:

2014-2015 School Year, Here We Come!
The Bishop Bunch