The boys got stuck in and did most of their book work this morning. ‘Miss A’ made me pancakes with fresh strawberries and cream with fresh cappuccino for breakfast and then she went to work. I pottered around a bit and spoke to DH, who has been away for a week, on the phone.

It’s such a beautiful day today (finally) so we went outside to do some weeding. The boys were a great help as they also cleaned out the car. While weeding I had the opportunity to share with the boys about the nature of weeds- what a weed is and isn’t…how they grow and spread and how to effectively eradicate them. Weeding needs constant attention…one must always be on guard against weeds if one desires to have a clean garden. Some weeds can spread fast, underground and their roots go very deep. I explained that our lives can be like this if we’re not careful. We need to continually be on the lookout for the ‘weeds in our lives’ that can seemingly go unnoticed until one day they spring up and seem to overtake the garden and all the beautiful, productive plants growing in it.

Then we came inside and had some lunch. ‘Master C’ made himself an omelette and we talked about the seasons over our lunch. Oh we also read a chapter from Created for Work, a book for boys by Bob Schulz. We talked about trees and this led to getting a General Knowledge book out and flicking through it as we talked about how to tell the age of a tree. We learned that there is a large tree, called a Sequioa in North Carolina so we googled to have a look. Turns out that the General Sherman is the biggest giant sequoia, and also the biggest tree in the world. He is 83.8 m (274.9 feet) tall, his girth at breast height is 24,10 m (79 feet) (near the ground it is 31,3 m or 102,6 feet). The width of the crown is 33 m, and the first branch starts only at 40 m or 130 feet!

General Sherman

We cleaned up after lunch and went back outside to finish the gardening and tidying. we spoke more about weeds and how we need to completely remove the (bulb) root, else the weed will come back thicker and stronger than before. Hmmm, sin is like that. I really enjoy sharing with my children while using metaphors, analogies and object lessons. I thank God that He gives me opportunity to do so each day and I hope that I stay alert for these opportunities and that I don’t become complacent.

The boys then had some free time while I vacuumed the floors. Then I had to zip down the street for a short time so the boys finished their lessons. They had one subject left.

We had a fairly rowdy tea, which is quite common in our home. Everyone jumped in and helped with their chores and we settled down to the evening.

Only 4 more sleeps until Dad (DH) gets home!!!!! 🙂