Saturday, April 25, 2009

Our tulips (the kids & I planted last fall)

Our HAPPY tulips!! These truly make a day 'smile'!!

Footprints in the Snow:

Okay, I do realize that I am a tad late on this post (considering the blossoms are now out) but it was just too sweet to not share.
I just loved the memory of this sweet day of homeschool in the Patterson house. When the kids were outside playing in the snow & Daejah (on her own accord) comes running in the house yelling, 'I need the camera, I need the camera'. I asked her what it was for? And she responded, "We found some footprints outside and I want to take some pics so that we can look them up in the Handbook of Nature Study. This blessed my little 'mama's heart'...just seeing my children doing 'Nature Study' on their own; out of their personal interest and love for nature.
Oh, & I suppose that I should tell you that our suspision of the footprint was that is was one of our fat racoon friends. :)

Saturday, November 29, 2008


I just love this piece of prophetic art. It's called, 'Perspective'.

Isn't this SO what the Father does for us too?? He gives us new eyes to see life from Heaven's Perspective!

I love that!! Life just begins to look different!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tea Time

Here is what our tea time (well, hot cocoa of course for Denali boy) looked like today! Daejah, as usual runs outside to find a simple treasure to display in our little vase! (my favorite part) We sip and read and then they narrate back to's all of our favorite time of the day!! :) They are having so much fun...they don't even know that we're doing school! (I must admit: that's my favorite part...the education that happens when they don't even know they are learning)

unplanned nature study

We were simply enjoying our cozy lunch when Daejah noticed our large gathering of visitors. Everyone was quick to run to the window.

Here are the quail that frequent our drive. (although we haven't seen them in awhile it seems, we are thinking that Denali's bow and arrow may have had something to do with that) So, we were thrilled to see them coming back. (this time they will be assured of their safety)

Here is our cozy chicken-n-dumplin' soup with frozen grapes that we enjoyed for lunch; before all the excitement broke out! :) Here's the clan of four nature lovers!! I love the moments of unplanned 'wonder' that's being cultivated around here these days!

Honeycomb find

I thought it would be a wonderful idea to have this blog as a place where the kids can download & share some of the pictures that they take for their nature study. We have been having so much fun with the wonder of our nature notebooks this year and just simply learning to appreciate God's beauty that's all around us! Here is one of the most amazing honeycombs that we have ever seen. Daejah found this in our yard this week and the others with quick to follow her outside (camera in hand) to share in the delight of our newest treasure! We are going to do some research on this and will post our findings. Denali thinks it looks like a star wars spaceship..I must agree that it is amazing the way the layers were crafted with such perfection and detail.

Our At Home Harvest Party

Denali played as his three greatest fans sang!

Daddy read with his little lady bug and bumble bee. We carved our pumpkins with Papa & Mimi..that was so memorable then we dipped carmeled apples and sang with Mimi at the piano and Denali on the harmonica. It was a wonderful time of laughter and fun!

We were so grateful that we decided just to stay home that night and enjoy some quality family time! Priceless and most treasured...