Friday, September 28, 2012

Girl's Movie Night

Following our Public Speaking Club meeting tonight about nine of the girls got together for a girls movie night.  I'm sure you are wondering what Chick Flick are tweens watching these days.  The girls watched, the Avengers
On the way to their friends house Abigail and Hannah stopped by Tom Thumb for snacks and could not resist checking out the Avenger Halloween masks! 
It was a busy night because Caleb headed over to Richard's for pizza and a movie, and Ms. Donna and I went to Ms. Kathy's for what I call a 'bonnet movie.'  You know the Brittish chicks in bonnets, bad teeth, no conflict resolution, etc.  I am not a bonnet chick, but I do get a giggle out of watching the other ladies, if they let me pick we would watch Shark Week.
You know we never used flattery,
nor did we put on a mask to cover up
I Thessalonians 2:5

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Book Club

Our first meeting 2012-2013 School Year
Our PEACH Classical Book Club meets every other month at Ms. Kathy's home.  The club is for Middle and High School students which allows sibling to participate together and gives variety in the book selection. 
Our first book this year was Black Ships before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff.  It was an easy read, the kids met discussed the book and then enjoyed pizza and goofing off.  The youth also voted on the next reading selection which with Caleb's input will be Ben Hur by Lew Wallace, with nearly 500 pages it may be a long read!
But now I have chosen Jerusalem
for my Name to be there
2 Chronicles 6:6

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Old Red Museum - Order in the Court


Today was a repeat of one of my favorite field trips from the past, the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture. We visited in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The museum itself is only four years old and it has defiantly married the beauty of the historic with the modern interactive exhibits. 
Today many of our PEACH home school friends participated in Old Red's 'Order in the Court'.  The fourth thru seventh graders take part as judge, jury, bailiff, lawyers and witnesses in Old Red's 1892 restored courtroom. 

Abigail played the role as the defendant in the case and was defended by two friends from Drama Club.  She took the stand answered questions and even pulled out a tearful plea worthy of any Perry Mason episode!  It was a civil case and all charges against her were dropped! 

Follow justice and justice alone,
so that you may live and possess
the land the LORD your God is giving you.
Deuteronomy 16:20

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The After Shock in Action

Abs is the green blur headed to 2nd base

I would love to post that Abigail's team is having a banner season, but that is not quite true!  In fact I think they have only won one game.  The good news is she is still having fun.  She has made it on base at every at bat and has several RBIs, so she personally is having a good season. 
Abigail & Jon
She has practice at least twice a week and generally two games per week plus she and Jon still head out to Extra Innings at least once per week for batting practice.  She loves the game and is tough as nails behind the plate.  She will come home with bruises, scrapes, etc. and will say it was a great game!
Jon has stayed active in helping coach all of her teams.  One day she will realized how blessed she was to have a Dad so engaged in her daily life!

LORD, the God of our fathers . . .
keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of
your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to You.
I Chronicles 29:18

Friday, September 21, 2012

Drama Club

Today was our second student led Drama Club get together.  It is our PEACH middle and high school friends.  This week the youth sent Ms. Kathy their suggestions for our musical this year and then the youth voted.  And the winner is, OZ!! 
I am so excited to work on props and backdrops for this one!  Next week the youth will read thru the play for the first time and then at our next meeting they will read for their parts. 
This year we have a bigger group of kids in our Drama Club, so far they are all meshing well as we have done various improve games. 
Caleb is debating between trying out for a role and being the Director again this year.  Right now he is still praying about it and we'll see soon his final desicion.  As for Abigail her ideal role would be the Wicked Witch, but she is one the younger participants.  I'm thinking a flying monkey or scarecrow . . . 'if I only had a brain.'
turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding
Proverbs 2:2

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dead Sea Scrolls

Today our home school group headed to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth for the  Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible: Ancient Artifacts, Timeless Treasures Exhibit. It is said to be one of the most comprehensive exhibitions on the Dead Sea Scrolls to be shown in the Southwestern United States. We were able to view 21 rare scroll fragments, including 12 that have not previously been on public display. Southwestern’s exhibition features fragments from Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, 1 Kings, Nehemiah, the Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Amos, and Jonah. 
As a teenager I was blessed to see the Dead Sea and the Qumran caves with my family, so I was very excited to share this with my children. We used several good resources to prepare the kids for the exhibit.  The Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls is a children's book about an 11 year old boy doing a school project on the Dead Sea Scrolls.  We also watched Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls DVD just to give the kids an appreciation for the providential preservation of these amazing works!

Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.
Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.Now all has been heard;
    here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
    for this is the duty of all mankind.
Ecclesiastes 12:12-13

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Batter, Batter, Batter . . .

I love my little pitcher!  She makes me proud every time she takes the field.  She is the child that cheers for all the other kids on her team.  She always gives 110% at every game.  She doesn't complain if she has to sit out an inning.  I really enjoy her calling from home plate out to her team where the play is at and the count. 

She has no fear when tagging a player out at home.  Sliding into a base with a player twice her size doesn't even phase her.  She does tend to make me nervous when she's running bases but I trust her judgement, mostly!
The wicked put up a bold front,
but the upright give thought to their ways.
Proverbs 21:29

Saturday, September 8, 2012

After Shock Smack Talk


My little catcher loves her spot behind home plate!  She has several really great girl friends that are pitchers and they have their own  vocabulary complete with hand signals!   It's fun to watch, at this age the girls don't really have that many options for pitching, in fact, sometimes just getting it over the plate is a challenge!  
With him I speak face to face,
clearly and not in riddles
Numbers 12:8