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The Inner Temple

Todays' bible passage comes from Ezekiel 41. Learning about the Inner Temple.


Can you imagine for a moment... being shown into yet another room in this HUGE temple city and watching all the measuring being done and you then hear these words:   “This is the Most Holy Place.”

Just think about that... having a vision of the place that will be God's holy spot.  His area, where only a select group of people can go.   And you get the first glimpse of it, a vision that you have to carry to the rest of the people.

Think on that.

Art Series: Darth Vadar and Family, coloring book

 Most of the colouring books I do on this blog are for adults, but today I have a book geared at the younger set.... particularly those youngsters who like Darth Vadar and the different characters from Star Wars.   Jeffrey Brown has put together a colouring book called Darth Vadar and Family.

Do you like Star Wars?   Are you children lovers of this long-running series?   I have to admit, I like watching the movies though I am not a die-hard fanatic.  :)

Both my son and husband have a firm fondness for this series and frequently rewatch the movies.   I am just delighted they have a movie interest to share in common.


 In this colouring book, Jeffrey Brown combines normal family life with the characters and life of the Star Wars movies.
What do you think?    Would it be fun to go sledding with Star Wars Characters, or share a hot cocoa with Darth Vadar himself?
  Or go engage in a spot of friendly fishing...who knows who will catch the biggest one...as long as they don't use the light saber on the poor fish. 

Each page is one sided, which prevents bleed through, and if carefully done, would tear out to make for great refrigerator art.  (if the pages were perforated it would make tear out easier).

I appreciate that this book has simpler drawings that children can colour in, they can imagine (and laugh about) the idea of Darth Vadar playing the role of dad.  Or Chewbacca being one of the kids or heading up into a tree fort with one the Ewoks.

It's a fun, fanciful approach to using Star Wars Characters.   It will appeal to some or ... if they are like my lad .. "BUT MOM!!!   Chewbacca would never do anything with Darth Vadar!!!!!"   So depending on what your child(ren) are like, this may or may not be the colouring book for you. 

One of the small gems of this book is on the inside front cover when Mr. Brown gives the reader a "Darth Vadar drawing lesson".  


 Darth Vadar and Family, a coloring book.
Author/cartoonist: Jeffrey Brown
Pages: 96
Age range - 5 and up

Reviewed for: Raincoast books





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The Chambers and the Vestibule

Todays' bible passage comes from Ezekiel 40:44-49.

Before today I didn't know that the priests split their duties.   Some priests would be in charge of the temple and other priests in charge of the altar. 

I also wasn't aware that ONLY the sons of Zadok were allowed to "come near to the Lord to minister to him".   Only them.  I knew vaguely there were some divisions in the priesthood, but it was just a vague thing .. you know?

I just figured it was divided up by seniority and whatever each family within the priesthood liked to do.  But here I realized that God had it all sorted out.

 44 On the outside of the inner gateway there were two chambers in the inner court, one at the side of the north gate facing south, the other at the side of the south gate facing north. 45 And he said to me, “This chamber that faces south is for the priests who have charge of the temple, 46 and the chamber that faces north is for the priests who have charge of the altar. These are the sons of Zadok, who alone among the sons of Levi may come near to the Lord to minister to him.” 47 And he measured the court, a hundred cubits long and a hundred cubits broad, a square. And the altar was in front of the temple.
48 Then he brought me to the vestibule of the temple and measured the jambs of the vestibule, five cubits on either side. And the breadth of the gate was fourteen cubits, and the sidewalls of the gate were three cubits on either side. 49 The length of the vestibule was twenty cubits, and the breadth twelve cubits, and people would go up to it by ten steps. And there were pillars beside the jambs, one on either side.

A cubit is 45.72 centimetres OR 18 inches. 

So the inner court is 150 feet square.  The door jams are 7.5 feet.

Can you imagine door jambs that large?  It gives you an idea of the overall size.

But more importantly... God had all the details worked out.  ALL of them.   From where the priests served, to what family could approach him in ministry, to the size of the building they served in.  God took all the guess work and politics out of the picture.

Rather cool that.

You can read more in my Ezekiel Studies here and here.

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Recipe: Tuna Cheese Noodle Casserole

Wow... I found it rather difficult to find a tuna noodle casserole with cheese sauce difficult.  They all seemed to use kraft dinner as a base and I didn't want that.

I eventually found this one, declared it good enough, and modified it just a touch. 


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) package uncooked medium egg noodles
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 (5 ounce) cans tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 
 Modifications: No mushrooms (goal is to have son eat it as well).  A touch more egg noodles as I wanted to use up a wee bit left left in another bag.   I put about 1 cup grated cheese into the sauce.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter a medium baking dish with 1 tablespoon butter.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add egg noodles, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in the onion, celery, and garlic, and cook 5 minutes, until tender. Increase heat to medium-high, and mix in mushrooms. Continue to cook and stir 5 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan, and whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in milk, and continue cooking 5 minutes, until sauce is smooth and slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in tuna, peas, mushroom mixture, and cooked noodles. Transfer to the baking dish. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a small bowl, mix with bread crumbs, and sprinkle over the casserole. Top with cheese.
  5. Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until bubbly and lightly browned.
Modification: Added the butter into the vegetable mixture and then mixed the flour into it and added the milk slowly to that.   Stirring the whole time.  I added finely ground old cheddar to this milk/veggie mix.  

K is for Karst

Welcome to another week of blogging through the alphabet. Amanda and I are delighted to have you join us (for this week or every week) with the Letter K.

You can read others in the series:

A: Sidney Altman, Canadian Scientist.
B: Beavers!
C: Chant National/O Canada.
D: Dog Sledding.
E: Edgewalk.
F. Tailed Frogs.
G: Greats of Canada.
H: Henry Hudson.
I: Igloos and Inukshuks Work

Karst is "a distinctive topography in which the landscape is largely shaped by the dissolving action of water on carbonate bedrock (usually limestone, dolomite, or marble)." (source)


source: http://www.cancaver.ca/docs/karst.htm

Karst is a geological process that takes a long time to form, it is the result of "the carbon dioxide cascade". The result of this process is the formation of sinkholes, vertical shafts, streams that disappear, and complex underground drainage and caves.

As rain falls through the atmosphere it picks up carbon dioxide, and when it lands on the ground it picks up more carbon dioxide... this causes it to form a weak acidic solution called carbonic acid.

This weak solution filters into cracks and crevices, naturally exploiting them.... overtime this leads to the formation of subsurface caves.

This happens in areas where there is a lot of limestone, dolomite and/or marble.

Karst is found in large quantities in Quebec at Ile d'Anticosti, the Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island, large patches beneath glacial-lake clays like Lake Agassiz (Winnipeg area) and in the Northwest Territories.   Small patches can be found in Hamilton, Montreal and Ottawa.   The mountains in British Columbia can also host Karst. 

See this site for more information.




A protected cave system in British Columbia. It became protected because of vandalism issues. Cavers asked the government to help protect the cave system, thus leading to the guided tour system today.



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Using Books to See Canada

Just wanted to share with you some books we are using in our study on Canada.  We don't use them all the time, nor do we use the entire book.

Books that my son reads and then narrates.  The point of these books is to introduce the lad to some great Canadian people over the years, from scientists through to engineers or history makers.  Courage, conviction, patience, strength...many virtues to be seen.
Seeing Canada Overall, Catching glimpses of our great nation.   Sometimes walking through the provinces, other times just seeing specific moments or places.
Seeing Canada through the annuals of history.  Several of these books are quite good, others we need to pick through.   The Story of Canada is fascinating, and Canadian Exploration is an easy read.  Vimy Ridge we haven't gotten to yet because the World Wars haven't been reached yet.


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Inner Court, Room of Sacrifice

Today's passage comes from Ezekiel 40:28-43.   Ezekiel is now through the south gate and in the inner court.


Can you imagine the sheer size of everything?

I was asking hubby tonight (since all scripture can somehow tie into Christ) about how this whole scene ties into Christ and he mentioned "have you considered the size of what he is seeing?   Now think on that and remember how much bigger the city of God in Revelations is".   One ties into the other.

Hymn Study: Praise the Lord His Glories Show

Praise the Lord His Glories Show

Read these Lyrics eh?   It's a lovely song.

Praise the Lord, God’s glories show, Alleluia!
Saints within God’s courts below, Alleluia!
Angels round the throne above, Alleluia!
All that see and share God’s love, Alleluia!

Earth to Heaven and Heaven to earth, Alleluia!
Tell the wonders, sing God’s worth, Alleluia!
Age to age and shore to shore, Alleluia!
Praise God, praise forevermore! Alleluia!

Praise the Lord, great mercies trace, Alleluia!
Praise His providence and grace, Alleluia!
All that God for us has done, Alleluia!
All God sends us through the Son. Alleluia!

Strings and voices, hands and hearts, Alleluia!
In the concert bear your parts, Alleluia!
All that breathe, your Lord adore, Alleluia!
Praise Him, praise Him evermore!

All this praise shown to our Lord God.  Creator, One who shows mercy, his providence, his grace, all these reasons to praise the Lord.   By his creation, his people, with their hearts, their hands, their voices.   PRAISE the Lord eh?

Written by Henry F. Lyte back in 1834.

Henry Francis Lyte was in 1793 in Scotland but was orphaned at an early age.  A poet who served as a pastor in Devonshire, England.  He died in France in 1847.  Before passing away he authored two books of poetry and hymns.  Po­ems Chief­ly Re­li­gious, 1833 & 1845 and The Spir­it of the Psalms, 1834  (Source cyber hymnal)

While pastoring a church, Mr. Lyte didn't have a true calling of the Lord, not really understanding the faith.  A dying priest's comments got him studying the bible, and a true conversion happened thereafter.  The dying priest "convinced Lyte that both had earlier been mistaken in not having taken the Epistles of St.Paul "in their plain and literal sense."" (source wiki)

Mr. Lyte also wrote Abide with Me, and wrote a few other pieces of literature, such as "his Talks on the Lord's Prayer in verse" .  (source StemPublishing)
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I just thought this rendition below was interesting: Chinese I think.... singing this old hymn.   The organist played well too.. see how focused he was?

Choralized Version which I just thought was different.  :)  

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Breakfast Poem

The Homeschool Review Crew does word prompts for Instagram fun, I think it's great to have these words prompts for doing quick posts.  :)   I find them fun as sometimes it surprises me where my brain goes.  :)

The word for today is Breakfast.  Let's follow my thoughts along the way eh?



Breakfast

Day in
Day out
 Always the same 

Cereal

Honeycomb
Mini Wheats
Favourites of mine

Sugar Crisp
Kaptain Krunch
Favourites of dad

No meeting in the middle.

Along comes a boy child.

Middle ground.
Honeycomb yum!!
Kaptain Krunch is great!
Add in 
Fruit loops
Corn Pops
Alphabits and more.

Stretching
Growing
Not just Cereal
Push a boy child

Pancakes
Waffles
Bacon and eggs
Yogurt too.

Add in 
Fruit bowl
Toast and jam
Bagels sneak in
Cream cheese

Breakfast
Day in 
Day out
No longer always
the same.

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So what you do you say?
What do YOU have for breakfast?
Can you give me some new ideas?
 

Review: The Amazing Animal Adventure

The Amazing Animal Adventure is a large, hardcover book, filled with illustrations from all around the world.  A look and find book that teaches about different ecosystems.  Let me show you through this book eh?

This is such a neat book, one of the things I like about it is, it doesn't just talk about the typical ecosystems, it does mention the taiga and the rainforest and systems like that.

BUT it also ventures into the lesser known ecosystems like the Japanese Hot Springs, the mountains of the moon and hydrothermal vents.  I have NEVER seen an ecosystem book talk about hydrothermal vents so I was most impressed.

















21 different ecosystems, each with a two page spread.  Each system has a small write up about it and numerous items for the reader to locate.  Along with another challenge to complete.


It's simple enough for a child to complete, yet challenging enough to intrigue older people as well.  Some pages I really had to hunt to find the hidden items, and other pages were fairly simple.   It's all in how the eye looks and the brain processes what it is seeing.




As you can see, each two page spread is in full colour, with lots of details added.


The teaching block is written clearly, with good lettering and size.  Making it easy to read along with your children if desired.

I very much appreciated how each of the items you are search for has a picture beside it as well as a brief description with it.  Did you know that the burrowing owl uses old prairie dog burrows?
I found the add-on challenge a nice little touch, giving the reader an extra item (or three) to look for when they are done the main search.

This is a great resource to have on hand if you are studying ecosystems.  You can easily give to a student and, depending on age, ask them to find out more about any of the systems in the book and give you a report on it.

You could use it with younger students to simply introduce the huge variety in ecosystems that can be found on this great planet of ours. 

If you are concerned that you won't be able to find all the hidden items, there is a solution page at the end of the book as well as additional resources such as animal world records, endangered animals and how animals are classified. 

It's a wonderful book that we won't be letting go of quickly as it's fun to have around and gives me ideas for research subjects for the lad.  :)


Just as a sidenote: the book binding was superb.  It's very sturdy, my lad noticed the yarn showing through on the pages and said "neat!".  Not something often seen in a book now. 


The Amazing Animal Adventure: An Around-the-world Spotting Adventure
Illustrator: Brendan Kearny
Publisher: Laurence King
Pages:  64
Age Range: 6 and up
Size: 10.55 x 14.1

Reviewed for: Raincoast Books



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The South Gate



Today we find Ezekiel being led to the south where he finds a gate.  Again, measurements are taken, steps are counted. and see what are one the jambs.
 
24 And he led me toward the south, and behold, there was a gate on the south. And he measured its jambs and its vestibule; they had the same size as the others. 25 Both it and its vestibule had windows all around, like the windows of the others. Its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 26 And there were seven steps leading up to it, and its vestibule was before them, and it had palm trees on its jambs, one on either side. 27 And there was a gate on the south of the inner court. And he measured from gate to gate toward the south, a hundred cubits.

The first thing that grabbed my attention when I saw this selection of verses was this.  Ezekiel was led.  In previous instances he was brought, like he had no choice, no ability to move on his own, like when you plunk a chess piece down on a new spot.   But here he was led, one who is led often has to move under their own power.  Granted, when being led, one doesn't always have the power to deviate from the path, and does need to go where they are being led to, but one is moving under their own power. 

It just makes it seem to me... that Ezekiel is being an active participant.  And you know what?   Active participants remember things better.   I know the Lord God will help Ezekiel remember what he must, but I suspect it will be easier to remember details when he's actually walking from one place to another.  Feeling those seven steps beneath his feet and seeing the palm trees on the jambs.  

Just like when we take part in something rather than just reading about it.  What you see and smell and hear and feel is remembered better if you are there to take part in it. 

Don't you?   What do you see in these passages on measuring and noting steps and jambs?   

You can read more in my Ezekiel Studies here and here.

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Embrace

Embrace

Emotions running.
I seek solace.
My father is gone.
We're singing his song.
My heart weeps.
And God meets me.
He holds me close and tells me
It will be fine.

I've been raised well.
A tall strong person.
A person well loved.
 
 The years pass
Since that moment in church
It's been two.
and I still recall 
clearly.
The spiritual embrace.
The love of a father 
for his daughter.
The love of a God 
for his very own child.

That love, felt and remembered
in the embrace of a husband.
in the quick squeeze of a lad.
My heart rejoices.
In the love shared.
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This is a five minute Friday post. the word prompt is brought to us by Miss Kate.  Today the word is Embrace.   What is Five Minute Friday?  Well it's a party of a group of like minded folks who gather on Friday to do a five minute free write around a singular word.  AND THEN we take the time to offer up encouragement to each other on this writing journey.  It's fun, though it's not always easy, but it is always good.   Come join us won't you?  You are always welcome.

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Dad's Do

Since Hubby isn't working right now I am emboldened to ask my hubby if he can help out with specific things in the schooling of our son. You see, before his work took a lot out of him, kept him really busy and he helped when he could, but asking him to actively do something so that I wouldn't have to try to squeeze it in, just wasn't something I could do.   But right now, while he's between jobs, he does have the time AND the energy.   

So with some of that energy: Research

One of the fun things that we thoroughly enjoyed doing last year was studying one country every two to three weeks.   The lad's schedule is a bit busier this year so that study has fallen to the wayside.  The lad and I were talking the other day about how we miss that study and wondering how we can fit it in again.  We had a brain spark... could Dad help?

And so Dad helps.  :)   He has the list of the countries we finished, so in a couple of weeks we'll be eating a meal and learning the culture of another country and hopefully inviting someone to join in with us. (as that was always part of the fun having friends come and help us make it and learn with us). 


So with some of that energy: Guidance

Dad is also becoming more actively involved in "Can you help me with this math problem?" and in intervening when the lad wants to call it quits early or doesn't want to do anything.

So with some of that energy: Field Trip Support

Today he was an active participant at field trip to Boston Pizza today... with no push to hurry back so he could get to work again, no computer or writing tablet or needing to stop in to say hi to anyone along the way.  

I have to admit...it's a change I'm needing to adjust to.. but it's a GREAT change that I am learning to relish as long as it lasts.  :)

What does Dad do in your homeschool that you simply relish?

A number of other Homeschool Review Crew people are writing on the topic of Dad in Our Homeschool.  You can find a list of those posts HERE
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Parenting: Calling

Every three weeks or so I will be working through Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles. I hope you will join me. You can find the rest of the series here

This second chapter is entitled Calling. 

This chapter starts with this statement "Nothing is more important in your life than being one of God's tools to form a human soul."

I had to think about that a spell.  

That's what Christian parenting is all about.  Being used of God in the formation of a new human soul that follows after him.

In this chapter he spoke to the issues of parents not actually doing the job of parenting because their work gets in the way.   They sent their young off to school or to day care or to whatever because they are unwilling or perhaps not aware of the need to be around for their children.  This work can be a paying job or a ministry focus.

Gods' call to leaders is this "lead your family well". 

We are asked to look to our lives and see what calls us away from this duty to parent our children well. 

Our primary purpose is to instill God-consciousness and God-submission in our children.   To make them aware of who God is, and he has a calling for each of us.    Rules for us to live by.

I found this statement interesting 
"Children who don't acknowledge God will act as if they are God and will resist the help and rescue that God has provide for them through their parents."  (p 31)

I have seen this with my lad.  The more aware he becomes of God and who he is, the more he is willing to accede that maybe we, his parents, have something of value to add to the discussion.  Things to make him think and ponder upon.   It's part of our job you know?   To say "child of mine...this is God.   This God of ours is a God filled with grace and wonder and might".   To show him/her where you catch glimpses of God.

Most recently for us this has taken place with our study on Otters.   God gave them a little flap that goes over their nose, and another in their inner ear that automatically work when they go diving.  Not only that, he's given sea otters a patch of loose skin under their armpit so they can carry a useful rock when they going hunting.   Isn't that simply amazing how God did this for a critter?

 


Outer Court to North Gate

Today we are reading from Ezekiel 40:16-23. Last time about how God measures in complete numbers.  So partial information here:  East Gate to Outer Court. You can read more in my Ezekiel Studies here and here.


The Lord continues to show Ezekiel what the temple city would look like.   First he takes him through the outer court.

17 Then he brought me into the outer court. And behold, there were chambers and a pavement, all around the court. Thirty chambers faced the pavement. 18 And the pavement ran along the side of the gates, corresponding to the length of the gates. This was the lower pavement. 19 Then he measured the distance from the inner front of the lower gate to the outer front of the inner court, a hundred cubits on the east side and on the north side.

And then through the North Gate.

20 As for the gate that faced toward the north, belonging to the outer court, he measured its length and its breadth. 21 Its side rooms, three on either side, and its jambs and its vestibule were of the same size as those of the first gate. Its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 22 And its windows, its vestibule, and its palm trees were of the same size as those of the gate that faced toward the east. And by seven steps people would go up to it, and find its vestibule before them. 23 And opposite the gate on the north, as on the east, was a gate to the inner court. And he measured from gate to gate, a hundred cubits.

I have to wonder...what is the point of all this measuring?   The temple had been built already.  Why is seeing this so important?  

I'm getting curious...  

Do you have insight reader?   What do you think is the point of seeing the building and knowing all the measurements of it.    


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