Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Glasses

Ezra's prescription was recently changed to include bifocals.  Now he will be able to see more clearly both close up and at a distance.  Even though he will always have some eye "issues" we are so thankful that he is able to see.  One of his favorite things to do is to look at "yights" (lights).

"Your word is a lamp to my feet 
and a light to my path."
Psalm 119:105

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ingalls Homestead

Last week we took the children to visit the Ingalls Homestead site in De Smet.  It was a good way to experience a little bit of South Dakota history.  We explored a sod house, or soddie as they are commonly called, and a claim shanty.  A replica of the Ingalls home gave a realistic view of frontier life in the late 1800s. We had a wagon ride and visited an old church and school.  The children made ropes, rode in a pony cart, and practiced washing clothes on a washboard.  I think the children liked the horses and ponies best.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cotton Mather's Advice to Parents

Follow this link to read Cotton Mathers resolutions concerning his children.

Surely I have taught you statutes and careful to observe them...  Only take heed to yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren.
Deuteronomy 4:5a, 6a, & 9

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Rest of the Story

Well, on the second day of cooling off in the irrigation there was a little mishap.  One young fellow was so engrossed in playing in the water that he never realized when his glasses fell off.....! After many hours of combing the field in a vain attempt to find the elusive spectacles we have finally given up. Only $68 and new eyewear are on the way!