Boy, is it cold today. Here in north Texas, it’s a balmy 32 degrees right now. I have to say, we didn’t move from cold Pennsylvania to Texas for this! As one who is always cold, who keeps the air conditioner set at 78 in summer and still uses throw blankets, I have relished the idea of mild winters. It doesn’t look very promising right now!
Given my love of warm climates, it will come as no surprise that I do not expect to miss the snow at all this winter. However, I do miss autumn. I miss the trees, the colors, the smell, even the slightly crisp chill in the air. Here, trees are green, and they pretty much stay green year round. Green trees are pretty, but I miss those seeing those landscapes of reds, golds, and rusts.
So imagine my surprise a month or so ago when the lone maple tree in our front yard began to turn gold! A touch of autumn in a sea of green. The tree has since turned red, and this morning I sent Cowgirl outside into the tundra to take a picture of it.
Our colorful maple tree is truly an unexpected blessing. What a sweet gift from God, who knew how I would miss Pennsylvania autumns!
Everyone loves our history curriculum this year, History Revealed. Every four weeks we get to do Creative Week, in which we take the things we learned during the past month and express them creatively. Of course, we usually end up doing a comedy of some kind, and though we usually don’t post school projects, we all thought you’d appreciate this video.
Last week we chose to interview four of the most interesting characters from the early nineteenth century. Strawberry interviews yours truly as William Carey, “the founder of modern missions”; Handyman as Napoleon Bonaparte, general/dictator/all around military genius; Cowgirl as Ludwig von Beethoven, deaf (and might I add volatile) composer; and Happy as William Wilberforce, abolitionist/politician. Even when asked the same questions, these four men give very diverse and interesting answers!
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