Monday, April 30, 2007

My Kiddo's

Since I have 5 kids I thought I'd dedicate a specific day through the week for each one.  Today is Monday so I'll start with my oldest, who will be called Gill.


Gill is  a lively 9.5 year old.  She loves reading and fish.  She is my most challenging and exasperating child as well as my most loving.   Which means she also brings out some of my worst and best Mommy moments.  She is gifted in so many areas yet  lags behind her peers in social skills and basic common sense.  She has a strong sense of right and wrong and doesn't hesitiate to tell you if she thinks you've done something wrong.  Life is black and white with no gray areas.  She loves to argue and does so with gusto.  School comes easily for Gill.  She doesn't have to work hard, for anything.  This can make her fall into a lazy mode when things get a little more challenging.  She plays the piano beautifully and has a very pretty singing voice, when she's not goofing around.

Gill is very small for her age.  Most people, when asked how old they think she looks (a favorite game Gill likes to play), will guess 5 or 6.  Despite the fact her younger siblings are standing there, and there are four  of them who are clearly younger than her, they will guess really low.   She looks about 7, the age of my second dd.  She gets such a kick out of people guessing her to be so young.  If she could have her way, she'd stay at the age of 4 forever.  She has determined that to be her best year and would love to go back to that age.  I don't know what was going on at that age that makes her so attached but she is a girl who never wants to grow up.  She loves being small! 

I love that at this age, she still calls me Mommy, likes to curl up on my lap and would like nothing better than to spend time w/ me.

That's Gill in a nutshell.  I'll write more later about what she's done today.

Gill goofing around w/ the camera snapping pictures of herself.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Birds of a feather

We've been studying birds lately using Jeanie Fulbright's Exploring Creation With Zoology 1:  Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day.   One of our recent lessons was on birds feathers.  We discussed the anatomy of a feather as well as the various types of feathers birds have and what they are used for.  Here is a picture of my 3 yo looking intently to see if he can see the barbs and barbules hooked together like a zipper.  

A few days after this lesson we were discussing feathers with Daddy.  Daddy was so interested he got out his big microscope (it's one he uses for work so we don't play with it) and everyone got a chance to take a look at the feather under high magnification.  It was really neat.  We were able to actually see the hooks on the contour feathers.  Then, we moved the focus down to the bottom of the feather where it was all fly away fluffy and looked again.  There the vanes were smooth w/ no hooks on them.

In the words of Bill Nye the Science Guy, "Science Rules!" 

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Eliana is going home!

Check out Leslie's Blog for the latest! :)

Monday, April 16, 2007

Eliana's update

Eliana's holes have been repaired!


Please keep praying for sweet Eliana and my precious friend Leslie and her family as Eliana's surgery wraps up and continued prayers for a quick healing w/ no complications.



My 7 yo dd took this picture of the sunrise this morning.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Please pray


Eliana's heart surgery is tomorrow.  Please keep Eliana and her family in your prayers.