Thursday, October 30, 2008


As I've said before, we've been studying the tabernacle and the priests. Here are my priests outfitted in their turbans and breastpieces playing their shofars.

Exodus 28:4 (English Standard Version)

These are the garments that they shall make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a coat of checker work, a turban, and a sash. They shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and his sons to serve me as priests.

To read more about the priestly attire, read Exodus 28.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Cameron is getting pretty good at writing his name.

Here it is written on the arm of our leather couch :)


We've been studying about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur this week. The shofar is used mainly on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. On Rosh Hashanah, the shofar gives one long, loud blast, then three medium, wailing blasts, and finally nine short blasts. At the end of the service on Yom Kippur, the shofar is blown again to mark the east of fasting. Information was taken from

Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark of Temple Beth Ohr explains the significance of the shofar during Rosh Hashanah and the High Holy Days.

Examples of the shofar blasts

Here's the shofars we made

Playing the shofar

Psalm 150:3 (King James Version)
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet:
praise him with the psaltery and harp.

According to Strong's Concordance: trumpet is translated from showphar sho-far' or shophar {sho-far'}; from 8231 in the original sense of incising; a cornet (as giving a clear sound) or curved horn:--cornet, trumpet.

Wordless Wednesday - trip down memory lane

When there are 5 Wednesdays in a month, I'm going to take a trip down memory lane on the 5th Wednesday.

Luke -2003

Cameron - 2004


Miriam - 2006

Levi - 2007

Micah - 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Bird Map

For our science, we've been reading about birds from this book. We finished Chapter 2 and at the end of the chapter, it suggested making a bird map showing the parts of a bird. Here's the picture from the book that Luke used to make the bird map. Here's the bird map that Luke made.

Luke's attempt at Hebrew

One of our assignments this week was to read this book and to write one of the phrases in English and in Hebrew

Here's Luke's attempt at it

Praised are You, Adonai our God, ruler of the universe

אתה מהולל, Adonai אלוהינו, סרגל של היקום

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha'olam

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Priestly Breastpiece

We are reading about the tabernacle and the priestly garments this week. I found this sheet to color that represented the breastpiece.

Exodus 28:16-20 (English Standard Version)

It shall be square and doubled, a span its length and a span its breadth. You shall set in it four rows of stones. A row of sardius, topaz, and carbuncle shall be the first row; and the second row an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond; and the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; and the fourth row a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. They shall be set in gold filigree.

Book Giveaway

Ship Full O'Pirates is giving away the following book

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - new computer

We got our new computer this week. Cameron, open up that box...

Surprise! It's a girlie girlie!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Levi and the girls

Poor Levi Bevi was left home with "the girls" while Daddy took the big boys to the Parkview game. Notice we do have the Parkview game on in the background.

Port Hudson

Today we went to the Port Hudson Historical Site in Zachary. They were putting on a FREE homeschool day (well Craig said it wasn't free, because our taxes paid for it)

The first thing they did was to demonstrate how this big cannon was shot.

Luke & Cameron prepare for the big boom
But Levi & Micah had no clue what was about to happen


We went to 7 different demonstration stations around the site.

1st station - Cooking Demonstration - we got to sample some sausage and biscuits
(the biscuits were cooking in the dutch oven)
Miriam & Cameron running to the next station

2nd station - Battlefield Surgery
Grace, Hannah, Daniel & Luke were picked to be wounded soldiers.
Grace was shot in the head, Hannah in the stomach, Daniel in the leg, and Luke in the arm.

Grace, Hannah, and Luke were told that their injuries were too serious so they were just put to the side and given some whiskey and a cigar and told to enjoy the rest of the life.

Daniel was the only one who would be operated on. Here the surgeon is demonstrating how a soldier would be knocked out with chloroform before his leg was amputated.

and here's his amputated leg!

Levi & Miriam in the stroller during one of the demos

3rd station - 6 lb cannon demo
This cannon could shoot up to 1600 yards. That's 16 football fields.

Luke, Craig & Cameron in front of the cannon

4th station - Musket demonstration
Cameron showing me the bullet

5th station - spinning and weaving
Craig said this was the one that he found the most interesting
She told us about different fabrics and natural dyes.
Look what I caught Miriam doing while we were supposed to be listening to the demo

Aww, Levi Bevi

Levi catches a ride to the next station

This is how Micah spent most of the day

6th station - town ball
This was similar to baseball and was invented in Massachusetts.

AJ volunteered to pitch; Christine and Katie Faith are on 1st base and Luke is batting.

7th station - burial site
I didn't get a picture of this for some reason. It was starting to rain by this time. However, we were thankful that we got through all the stations before it really started to rain.
In the museum was a computer where you could type in your last name and it would print out names of people who fought in the Battle of Port Hudson with the same last name.
There were 16 Lindsays and 8 Stanfords.
Afterwards, we went to LeBlanc's Restaurant in Zachary to eat lunch. This is a place where Craig used to go eat when he worked for Rosemount.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

He's Back

Our friend, the snake, appeared again today. The area where the bikes and riding toys go was cleared out and we were outside playing with bubbles when I saw him crawling toward the door again. By the time I ran to the barn to get a shovel and got back, he was gone.
He's hiding out somewhere underneath the brick or something. When I walk by the door I see his head, but then when I would go to get the camera he would duck back in his hiding place.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Today we made timbrels because we read about them in our bible lesson.
Exodus 15:20-21 - NASB
"Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took the timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dancing. Miriam answered them, "Sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted; The horse and his rider He has hurled into the sea."

Wordless Wednesday - trouble

Here comes trouble!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Today one of the Hands-On Math activities that Cameron was supposed to do was to make "Quick Donuts" with canned biscuits. I used Paula Deen's recipe because I've seen her make them on her show.

We ate the vanilla icing ones for dessert after lunch, but they wanted to save the chocolate ones for when Daddy came home.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Micah's first food

Here she is in the high chair before she ate

Luke has been asking to help feed her with a bottle so I told him he could help feed her when I gave her the rice cereal. I guess Levi wanted to see what was going on in "his" high chair.

Here she is after she ate a couple of bites.