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Obstacles in Our Path

Just had to share this with all!  —

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the King’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.  Many loudly blamed the  King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables.  Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road.  After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.  After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been.  The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.  The peasant learned what many of us never understand – “Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.”    –    Unknown

This is such a great point to ponder in our daily life and a reflection of our condition!  It relates to our personal/spiritual life, family life, work life, and business life!  Just think of all the opportunities that may pass us by every day – we must grasp each moment and live it to the fullest in the best attitude possible!  I would like my kids to learn this now, so will be finding ways to incorporate this lesson in their daily routines!

A Lesson in Cooking the Best Okra

Last night as I was preparing to cook dinner, my nine year old daughter Kendra wanted to help me.  She asked what we were having.  I said “salmon patties, homemade fries, and fried okra,”…. something we rarely have, but we were stuck inside because of rain and storms.  Her eyes lit up and she asked if she could learn how to make the okra, one of her favorite foods.  I said “Sure!” and pulled out the paring knife but then thought it better to show her how to use the big slicing knife.

She was thrilled, of course, and watched and listened intently as I showed her the ropes.  She then hopped up on the step stool and began rinsing, topping, and slicing the okra, asking if she was doing alright all the while!  Once she had finished that she asked what to do next.  So I had her crack an egg, and stir in a few spoons of corn meal mix.  Thrilled again, she asked of she could learn to actually cook it, too.

By this time Dad had come in to help keep an eye on everything and joined in the lesson on cooking!  She practiced the safety issues of carefully working around hot oil, making sure the pan remained still while she turned the okra, and watching it carefully so that it would not burn.  She ended up making a wonderful batch of okra!  It’s like candy to the tastebuds!  YUM!  And Kendra felt such pride in her accomplishment!

Today she is helping to prepare some more lightly breaded okra for the freezer to use through the fall and winter while mom puts up a batch of peaches!  Next we will work on the apples and put up some pear juice.  It’s fun to get back to the basics, the old times that I remember of working together as a family to prepare for the coming months and learn some valuable home skills along the way!


A Refreshing Weekend at SCHEA Conference 2012

Another amazing weekend spent with homeschoolers in North and South Carolina!  It was conference weekend once again and we set off as a family for two days of meeting new people, seeing our friends from last year’s conference, and learning about techniques that differ from from what we’ve been doing to help enhance our approach as we prepare for a new school year.  The presenters were energetic, engaging, and extremely encouraging.  The kids were involved in their own activities with the many other youth that attended!   There was a water slide and lots of other outdoor games.  Jonathan even shared a few of his card, coin, and ring illusions with counselors, presenters, vendors, and other kids! 

Topics that were of interest to us in the workshops were teaching our children entrepreneurial skills at an early age, growing our son into a man and leader of tomorrow, teaching through narration, understanding the family dynamics of differing personalities, teaching the bible as they sit and stand, having fun with unit studies, and reviewing the importance of touch, tone, & time in raising and teaching our children.  We also picked up some great resources and were able to talk with the presenters more in depth while perusing the vendor hall.  What a fantastic group of folks!!

On the first night we met our friends from last year’s conference for supper.  This couple writes and publishes Once-a-Week Unit Studies covering several science and history topics.  Sharon at will be a guest blogger on occasion to help encourage you in your homeschooling journey and introduce you to her four to seven week studies.  Stay tuned!

Family Fun in Magical Myrtle Beach

I finally took a day off from the 9-to-5 grind for some family fun at Myrtle Beach. No, we didn’t actually go to the “beach” for a beach day. Instead, we opted for an inexspensive family brunch at Spring House Family Resturaunt before we went on a “magical” shopping spree at Barefoot Landing. There, we looked for a few things to help Jonathan with his study of magic.

Jonathan took a fancy to learning card tricks several months ago and has become quite good at slight-of-hand card and coin magic. He seems to draw a crowd wherever he goes and has become bolder in talking to strangers and showing them his amazing feats!

He found some cool card decks and Tim found some good instructional DVDs to help him learn more about style and presentation! Kendra thinks she’s ready for a magic set of her own now!

We then moved on to Broadway at the Beach and another neat magic shop. Tim even found a couple of tricks he wants to work on. We all enjoyed talking with the shop owner and sharing tricks!

When we found there was not quite enough time for a trip through the museum before supper, Jonathan and I decided to climb a THREE story rope challenge, all suited up for repelling. There were gators in the water below! And we had to walk the gangplank on the third level! Arggh, Matey! We were able to master the challenges with time to spare, and didn’t lose any limbs to the gators in the process either!

Tim and Kendra took to the safer path. They opted for the park rides; merry-go-round, ferris wheel, battle planes, and bumper cars! Smiles for all!

Then, we moved on to the FUDGE shop! MMM MMM!! And ended up buying the special; B4-G2F. “3” Maple/nut for me, “2” Dark Choc w/ pecans for Tim and “1” Cookies n Cream for Kendra. As for Jonathan, he wasn’t interested in fudge. He was busy wowing the employees of the Olive Oil shop across the walkway with his “card magic”!

Then, it was off for an EXCELLENT pizza and toasted raviolis for supper. We finished eating; and off to the Magician’s Ring Meeting with Jonathan.

What a neat group of people the magicians all were; getting together and sharing the same interests! Everyone at the meeting was able to learn about the first zebras to do the high trapeze act! What fun! One old time “carney” magician performed an entire routine for the group. Then several others, including Jonathan (with his “ambitious” card routine), performed short single acts.

It was a full day of fun! The kids slept the last leg of our drive home. Too bad I had to be at work in the morning, but it didn’t stifle our outing a bit!

Time to plan our next adventure together!

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