16 / 52 – Mr. John

16 / 52 – Mr. John

This is Mr. John.  He’s my parents’ neighbor, a scientific genius, former professor at Harvard, a millionaire, and my kids’ science teacher.


Every few weeks he comes over and teaches the boys a science lesson.  The latest lesson was about how to use a telescope to triangulate the height of a building.


He’s so patient with the kids, teaching them concepts that are beyond them in a way they can understand, answering their questions – all because he genuinely enjoys it and sees greatness in them.


The boys love it!  They’re excited to share things with him on our “Science Days,” and bring up the things he’s taught them weeks after.


And I’m thankful that beyond what scientific concepts they’re learning, they’ll look back and remember Mr. John – a patient and kind man who took the time to teach them and helped them see their potential to learn.


learning to read

learning to read

When we were first thinking about homeschooling, I was resistant to say the least.  I just didn’t think I could do it (and I wasn’t sure I wanted to either!)  I’m so glad the Lord was patient with me and changed my heart.

This is our second year schooling at home.  We’ve had great days and not so great days, but I could not be happier about our decision to keep the boys home.  I know it’s not the right choice for everyone.  Maybe one day, the Lord will call us to a different option.  But for today, I know we’re doing what we’re supposed to do :)

I took a couple pictures of Silas the other day, reading a book.  He’s getting to the point now where he can kind of read on his own, with little to no help from me.  It’s been really cool watching him learn this life skill!  And it’s been rewarding for me too, knowing that I got to be a part of teaching him something so important, something he’ll use for the rest of his life.

If you’re considering homeschooling, I would just encourage you to pray.  The Lord is faithful to show us what He wants, when we are willing to lay down what we want and just seek Him.  He has a good plan for you!  And like He’s showing me, it’s not about how competent I am or what I’m able to do, but how much I depend on Him in all things.

a trip to the farm

a trip to the farm

Over the weekend, we visited a nearby museum.  It’s actually a working historical farm where you can go and learn about how farms worked in the 1800’s.  On Saturday, they did a whole day about sheep, demonstrating everything from sheering to spinning and even dying wool.  Yeah, it was basically a homeschooler’s dream field trip :)

  We got to see a sheep being led out to a sheering station, “baa-ing” loudly with every step.  Then a man basically made it sit on its bottom and sheered it.  It was crazy to see it just sit there, a full grown sheep, just letting this man shave its coat off.  And the coat was huge; it covered two full sized tables!

The boys each got to take a little handful of wool home.  It’s funny, this picture kind of looks like he’s holding a mustache :)

A few ladies sat with spinning wheels, demonstrating how wool gets washed and then spun into yarn.

At another station, ladies showed how to dye the yarn.  They had several large steaming pots, all with different colors of hot water and bundles of wool soaking.

In one of the fields, a lady whistled commands as her border collie herded a group of sheep.  We heard her talk later about how all dogs can chase, but teaching a dog to herd is about controlling movement.  Pretty amazing how you can teach an animal to follow whistle commands from across a field!

Here’s the big kahuna, posing for a picture!

We got to see some turkeys.  Big birds kind of freak me out a little bit :/

On the way out, we stopped to hang out with this guy, a friendly mule who stood obligingly by the fence as we reached out our hands to pet him.  Maybe it’s because of Winnie the Poo, but donkeys always look so sad to me :(

I thought I’d change the perspective a bit :)

This one’s my favorite!

So, a visit to the farm, a picnic lunch at a nearby park, then we headed home for nap time – it was a good day :)