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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Outings

Our Thanksgiving morning hike is becoming a beloved tradition. This year Mr. Edwards, our kids and their cousins, aunt and uncle, and grandparents hiked about two and a half miles through a woodsy nature trail park. The highlight of the chilly walk was seeing four deer bounding across the field. Mr. Edwards was able to snap a picture.

We spent the Friday after Thanksgiving taking a day trip to Abilene, Kansas. We toured the Eisenhower Boyhood Home, Presidential Library and Museum. After studying Eisenhower's presidency last year in our survey of 20th century, the kids were able to appreciate most of the exhibits. It was a good time for a refresher since Hope and Sydney are in the middle of working on a Kansas state notebook project. They will write a report about Eisenhower and a couple of other famous Kansans.


Louisiana Laura said...

Sitting in Memphis with my family, including my uncle from KC, MO. I stopped when I saw the museum! Love going there, last year I visited family & saw the monument downtown to the settlers on the hill. Saw it at sunset. Absolutely beautiful. It was truly moving. Sounds like it was a great day- happy thanksgiving, blessed Lord's day tomorrow to you and yours.

Sharon said...

So, Sydney and Hope, will you be willing to share your Kansas state notebook project with Mr J and I when we come to visit you and your Mom and your family next April? It would be great to have you teach us about some of the history from your home state while we are visiting you.

Maybe you are interested in some things about animals we have seen, overseas and in Australia:

We got to see deer in a park in the middle of London while we were visiting England a few years ago. It was a wonderful surprise! I have also seen deer in farms in New Zealand, and there is a deer farm near where my kids' Granny lives, although we haven't ever visited it.

We don't have wild deer here in Australia. All of our native mammals are marsupials, which means their babies are born very, very young and small (some are born smaller than the size of a peanut M&M), and have to be carried in a pouch or skin fold next to the mother's milk supply until they grow old enough to survive outside the pouch. Kangaroos and Wallabies are Australia's most famous marsupial mammals. Many of the marsupials will carry their young on their backs once they get bigger, as Koalas do while they climb through gum trees for the choicest, juiciest leaves.

Australia also has two species of "monotreme", the only species in the world. These are a special type of marsupial mammal (they have fur and their young drink milk and are carried in skin folds) and they are very unusual in that they lay eggs like birds! You might have heard of the Platypus, which has a bill like a duck but has four limbs with claws for digging as well as webbed toes for underwater swimming. It is called Ornithorinchus paradoxus by scientists, if I have remembered how to spell it correctly. What does that last part of the name remind you of?

The other monotreme is the Echidna. In looks, an Echidna is similar to a Porcupine, but Porcupines aren't monotremes. When Echidna babies hatch from their eggs, they don't have any spines, which is a good thing for the mother as she has to carry them in a skin fold by her back legs for a while until they can move around independently! The Echidna baby is called a "Puggle", which I think is a very cute name.

I hope you continue to enjoy your studies and visiting all the interesting places that you are learning about.

Grace and peace in Christ,
Mrs J from Perth, Australia

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