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This cute little hermit crab was found by Caraline in the ocean. These guys are not the same as the ones found in pet stores or even the touristy shops on the beach. They have to be in a salt water environment. We kept him in a bucket of ocean water and sand to observe for a little while and released him, too. (We've checked out a Eric Carle's A House for a Hermit Crab so many times that I've decided to go ahead and ordered our very own copy of this great classic!)
My Parents and All of the Grandchildren
Back in Alabama
We made it back to Alabama in time to watch my high school's football game. We have family all over the stands and on the field, too.
Seeing A Very Special Person!
I just have to share this sweet story with you. I noticed a special sixth grade elementary teacher in the stands. He wasn't my teacher, but I grew up in that elementary school from first to sixth grade knowing him, and he was just a special, special person. I would see him occasionally throughout my jr. high and high school years. He's long since retired. I was sitting next to my aunt and I leaned over to her asked if she thought he'd remember me, after all it's been 26ish years since I was in sixth grade. I began walking down to where he was sitting, and as I walked over to him he stood up and said, "Hope, how are you?" I started bawling right on the spot, in front of everyone. How special for him to not only recognize me, but to remember MY NAME. We talked for a few minutes, until half-time was over and throughout the night I found my eyes tearing up. It meant so much for him to call me by my name.
The next day we went fishing! My sister snagged this big guy and called Jonathan over to reel him in! My brother waded into the water to bring him home. Jonathan was so proud! We put him back into the pond and Jonathan is determined to find him again; when he's even bigger!
This week was filled with lots of bonding and family fun! I'm so glad we were all able to spend this special time together!
And we did a little bit of school work on the one day we were home. Jonathan is working on a super cute review item for handwriting called Funanoodle. It was developed by occupational therapists.
Caraline had piano lessons and while she was there, I got to chit chat with an inspiring mom that is in our homeschool co-op. They are in the process of adopting a child from Latvia. He's home with them now. It's not easy; they are walking in faith. If you want to be inspired, visit their blog.
Liberty's Kids the complete 40 episode series is on sale right now on Amazon for less than $7. I always miss the big sales. I bought this set last month because I knew we were going to be traveling a lot, and I wanted the kids to watch something fun and educational while we were on the road. You can't beat the price ~ think Christmas present!
Caraline has been using a free app to brush up on her US states geography. It's fun. I like to play it, too. Other fun geography apps we like to play are Stack the States and Stack the Countries.
A letter of advice to your younger self...
This month is Compassion International's Blog Month 2013 the goal is to bring over 3,000 children out of poverty this September. If you've been thinking about sponsoring a child and becoming involved in this ministry, now is a great time to start! Our first blog assignment was to write a letter to our younger self; this is what I had to say.
We are linking our Weekly Highlights with our friends at Homegrown Learners' Collage Friday and Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers' Weekly Wrap-Up and The Homeschool Mother's Journal.