As much as I love the cozy days of winter, I’m kind of ready for
a new season.
Ready for all the browns to be replaced with greens,
for flowers to bloom,
and the breezes to be warm. Bring on the spring!
There’s just something about the change of seasons that always energizes me….and err….it seems to have been genetic.
My kids tend to get that same “energy”.
Yep. Spring Fever !
So, this week’s Friday Favorites are some fun Spring Science Activities to change things up a bit and get the spring fever wiggles out. 🙂
It’s Friday Favorites!
More fun ideas
for more fields of daisies days!
If you are just stopping by for the first time, you may be wondering what in the world I mean by “fields of daisies” days. 🙂
Welcome to my cozy corner of Bloglandia!
Click on over to read what these wonderful days are all about, then come back and sit and stay awhile! I’m so glad you’ve found Fields of Daisies.
I hope you will enjoy the units I’m posting, my favorite homeschooling finds, and most of all, I hope you will find some encouragement to keep on
living, loving, and learning with your family!
So, without further ado…on to the fun!!
Earlier this week, I posted some thoughts on being able to SEE the good and theMercy in each day… and I kept thinking, in the least, we all have days that test our patience.
It’s so frustrating when our plans change, or sickness happens, or there are endless trips to and from, and “school” gets put on hold.
How do you homeschool on days like these?
Some days are just difficult, but making them into the best, most memorable kinds of days is totally possible. It’s more than possible! (REALLY this IS a fun post! I promise! Keep reading !)
So HOW do we do it ?!? Look for the daisy moments! Here are some ideas.
* When mama is sick~ Can it be a good day when Mom is sick in bed?
Depends on how you see it!
– Read this mama’s sweet reminder at ilovemy5kids…
THIS is a perfect field of daisies kind of day!
– Curl up together and listen to your favorite books. There are TONS of free audiobooks for all ages.
Listen to some stories that might be brand new to you!
There are some fantastic ones out there that have so much to teach…aboutscience, ormath, orhistory! Click here to see some of our favorites over the years …Story Time ! And my very favorite series of books, The Chronicles of Narnia are all available free online!!
* Unexpected all day in the car~ “Home“schooling.
Laughable some days isn’t it ?!?
– Just talk to each other. Some of the very deepest conversations I’ve had with my children have happened spontaneously while in the car. Maybe it is the lack of distractions, or maybe because we have each other as a
captive audience. 🙂
Either way, don’t “miss it” and stress about all that isn’t getting done at home… lots of important life can be found in the confines of the car.
– Roll the windows down and SING! Sing LOUD too! Ahhhhh. Doesn’t that feel so good?!?!
– I love this idea to create your family’s own soundtrack
from Alpha Mom
– Play somesilly car games that ALL of you might enjoy!
– Afun “speriment” for the younger kiddos from this mom at The (Reformed) Idealist Mom
* When everyone is wiggly and has
– Get outside!
Even in the rain or slush ! The kids don’t mind, and stomping in puddles can make you feel like you’re 5.
And that’s a good thing. 🙂
– Here are some great ideas fromOur Journey Westward
*And at last….the days when you are simply feeling “interrupted” by LIFE!
-I absolutely love this encouragement fromHeidi St. John ! -AndTHIS SONG from Kristene DiMarco
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.”
~ Psalm 22:1-2
Is there anything much worse than God’s apparent silence when your heart is breaking,
or terrified, or wounded and betrayed ?
Where is He, the One who promised to never leave your side, when life is spinning out of control, and your heart is pounding in your mouth,
and your mind is screaming with what-if’s ?
Have you ever prayed until you had absolutely nothing left…and then, still…only silence?
Mercy !!! I give up!
I’ve been here. This is where David was when he wrote the words of this psalm.
Maybe you’ve been here too?
I’m so thankful David was honest about his struggles! What a relief it was to read his words one morning, and know that I wasn’t the only one that had ever felt this way and had cried out to God with these same scary, bold questions.
And David, a man after God’s own heart!
Mercy! And literally.
So I said the word out loud. Mercy !
Maybe just to break the silence.
Have you ever had a eureka! moment ?
Ohhhhhh. Now I get it!
Sheesh. Some of us (me!) are slow learners.
After months of lament and frustration and doubt and tears, it dawned on me.
God had not been silent at all. His answer, everyday ?
All those dark days, I had misread His beautiful mercy for terrible silence. Yet He had walked me through each day pouring out an unfathomable amount of mercy. On me. On my loved one. On my home and on my family.
And I had completely missed it.
Have you ever completely missed it with God on something?
OUCH! Big ouch!
But again, the Word reminds us we aren’t the first. Phew!
Our family, His people, have been “missing it” for a very long time. Imagine how fervent and sincere the prayers were for the Messiah to come! So long… hoping, watching, and waiting. Yet many totally missed it because He didn’t come in the way they had expected Him to.
I missed the way He came to me too. Completely.
But in the missing it, I have gleaned a treasure. “The Lord is near. Be not anxious about anything.” God is not far or deaf to your cries. “Call to me and I will answer you…”
Prayers aren’t always answered in the way you’d expect.
So, at the point of giving up…look up.
Open your eyes to see.
Maybe you’ll notice the grace you’ve had to get up and face each day, or a new friendship, or a beautiful flower that has sprung up in your yard, or even the kindness of a stranger…His answer and Presence in an unexpected way.
Don’t miss it!!
The Lord has comforted me so tenderly with this revelation. I hope in some way, somehow, these words will be of comfort and hope to someone else who needs them too. Apologies for this lengthy post. 🙂
May the Lord bless and keep you~
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
we can comfort those in any trouble with the
comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
And just in case anybody has read this far, I also wanted to share this song, “Mercy”, by Amanda Cook. 🙂 So good!