|the skirts. Btw, I've used my camera|
more than EVER before since
beginning to blog.=)
Our family had two nights home in a row!!! (minus Brian on Wednesday) This is a major deal! Calm amidst the holiday chaos. I actually got to read, in bed, two nights in a row! I don't think this has happened since our family vacation in August or before. It was lovely! I am reading A Team of Rivals, a look at President Lincoln's cabinet. It is fascinating. Brian also read Lord of the Rings to all of us while I was sewing on sequins. I love hearing a story while I am doing handwork. As a matter of fact, if I am doing handwork, and not listening to a story, it feels like something is missing. My dad always read to us in the evenings and I would cross stitch or knit or do something. We finally finished the Fellowship of the Ring, and started Two Towers. I love these stories, and I am so glad the kids like them too.
|off to a good start on Elsie's stocking|
Remember our science experiment last Friday? The ginger ale making...well, it worked. We cooked it, added yeast, let it ferment several hours, refrigerated it a couple days, and tried it out on Monday. It definitely carbonated itself like it was supposed to. What we aren't exactly sure about is it's alcohol content. A brewer friend of ours says it would take a few weeks to get alcoholic, but Brian read something about 2-3 days. And it does have quite the kick. Who knows, maybe I could start my own ginger beer distillery as a side business.=)
|the infamous timeline|
Since the boys finished up their picture biography of Lincoln, I've let them digress into Paddington Bear for their daily reading. Life according to Paddington is hilarious! If you have never read these stories, and if you enjoy a good laugh, I'd encourage you to check him out. Read them to your kids, or to yourself. Paddington gets into all kinds of scrapes from the goodness of his heart and it is just plain funny. I love hearing the boys laughing at his antics as they are reading. I don't worry about reading comprehension when they are laughing at what they are reading. You know they are "getting"it.
|While in London, Brian |
and I visited Paddington Bear
at Paddington Station.
Johannes Gutenberg invented moveable type printing in the 1440s. This invention allowed books to be published quickly (compared to fixed type, or even hand written). It opened up a world of discovery for the common man. I don't think it is a coincidence that the Gutenberg press predates the Reformation. One of the first things Mr. Gutenberg published was the Bible. When the Word of God is available and read, the Holy Spirit enlightens our hearts, and people are born again, to serve the Living God. Lives are changed. How blessed we are to live in this century when we have so many books, and the Bible! In many formats! And what a shame to not avail ourselves of its wisdom everyday!
Oh yes, this is the book of Books, the B-I-B-L-E!