Monthly Report: Visitors and Broken Bones (not necessarily connected!)

Baptizing in the new church's baptismal.

Baptizing in the new church’s baptismal.

Waiting with Carson at the doctor's office.

Waiting with Carson at the doctor’s office.

Seth was gone for 10 days in the beginning of September, and when he came back, he brought his dad with him for a visit until the end of September. I had personal health concerns, and then Carson broke both his tibia and fibula bones in his right leg! We went away for two days to show Seth’s dad some of South Africa’s neat tourist sites. Our teammates opened their new church building with a big combined service; several churches were invited, and there was dinner on the grounds. And during this time, I managed to get almost three weeks of homeschooling done.

My new cast! It was put on just before we left for our tourist trip.

My new cast! It was put on just before we left for our tourist trip.

Coloring their stain glass patterns.

Coloring their stain glass patterns.

I was in survival mode with homeschooling, so we didn’t do some of the extras or fun stuff, like music and art or history projects. In history, we learned about the slave trade, Henry VIII, the Renaissance, Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press, Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Counter-Reformation. Many of these topics are important to laying a foundation for our world today, so I was happy to learn along with the children. For “art” today, the boys made “stained glass” windows. There were instructions for more realistic versions, but they required crafty materials I couldn’t get here; so we taped the examples on the outside of the glass and let them color with washable markers and crayons.

Making our brittle star

Making our brittle star

In science we learned about starfish and stuff. 🙂 We made our own brittle star, and Caleb is memorizing a poem called “The Legend of the Sand Dollar,” about how the sand dollar is a picture of the story of Christ.

What better way to learn the letter M than with m&ms?

What better way to learn the letter M than with m&ms?

Otherwise we just moved forward to the best of our ability in our other lessons. If anything got short-suited, it was Caleb’s spelling, which he is ahead in; Callie’s preschool, which really doesn’t matter; the extras, which are exactly that; and some of Colin’s daily lessons, which he is ahead in as well. So I still feel good about where we are in relation to finishing the year in time to have a solid summer break. I’d like to finish before Thanksgiving, and we should be able to do that with no problem!

Here are some fun pictures from the last few weeks:

The kids really enjoyed time with Grandpa. And the chickens.

The kids really enjoyed time with Grandpa. And the chickens.

Candy that Grandpa brought from America!

Candy that Grandpa brought from America!

At "The Three Rondavels"

At “The Three Rondavels”

At "Potholes"

At “Potholes”

Lunch on our trip: I kept giving Carson new sandwiches before realizing that he didn't know where to put them down when he wanted a drink. So he'd put them in the dirt behind him!

Lunch on our trip: I kept giving Carson new sandwiches before realizing that he didn’t know where to put them down when he wanted a drink. So he’d put them in the dirt behind him!

 

 

 

This tree's roots climb down a ruined wall of an old storeroom of the original Swiss missionaries' property.

This tree’s roots climb down a ruined wall of an old storeroom of the original Swiss missionaries’ property.

Seth's dad: Now you will see where Seth's adventurous love for climbing came from. This is on a hike at a mountain near our village.

Seth’s dad: Now you will see where Seth’s adventurous love for climbing came from. This is on a hike at a mountain near our village.

Our church sang a choir number. I'm not shown, to the left, accompanying them. I arranged "Holy, Holy, Holy" in Tsonga.

Our church sang a choir number. I’m not shown, to the left, accompanying them. I arranged “Holy, Holy, Holy” in Tsonga.

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About Amy

I'm Amy, a missionary wife and mother of four children, blogging about our lives and perspectives on culture in South Africa.
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