Tuesday, November 29, 2011


  • When threatened the hedgehog rolls into a ball allowing the spikes to be exposed to protect it. A hedgehog is about 10 inches long and weighs 2 pounds.

  • Hedgehogs are the longest-living insectivores they may live up to 15 years and are immune to the poisons of most insects.

  • Hedgehogs are classified as insectivores, but will include frogs, bird's eggs, mice and snails in their diets. They will also eat seeds, fruit and grass if necessary.

  • Monday, November 28, 2011


    Ok so a couple of times a week I'm going to pick an animal and give you some interesting facts about them, so here we go. Today's animal is the Shrew.

    • The smallest mammal is believed to be the Pygmy Shrew found in South Africa, Pakistan and India, an adult may measure only 1 1/2 inches in length and weigh less than a penny.

    • Biologist's believe that the Pygmy Shrew is the smallest possible design for a warmblooded animal because of the tremendous amount of food that it must eat to remain alive. A mammal smaller than the shrew would not be able to eat fast enough to avoid starvation.

    Thursday, November 17, 2011


    Its that time of year again! Its shoebox week! I love the Operation Christmas Child This is an opportunity for individuals, families, or groups to participate in a ministry which will impact millions of children worldwide, and do it from the comfort of their own homes. OCC's goal this year it to collect and distribute 8,000,000 (million) shoebox gifts through churches and schools here in the US and worldwide. Last year we were able to track some of our boxes and found out some were shipped to Chad & some to Honduras.

    Our shoeboxes are stuffed with combs/brushes, hair bands, crayons, pencils, sharpeners, pads or coloring books, socks, flip flops, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Then for each age group, boy or girl, we specialized the little toys - sewing kits, hot wheels cars, dolls, stuffed animals, blocks, tote bags, bead kits, stickers, card games, etc.

    Over the years, we've perfected the stuffing (or cramming) our gifts into these boxes. We've started using plastic shoeboxes for several reasons - you can fit more in them than a regular box, the children will have a plastic box that will last longer than cardboard, and wrapping shoeboxes isn't easy. Its lots of fun, great for all ages,

    We spent Wednesday afternoon at our local relay center for Operation Christmas Child. Praying, counting boxes, labeling boxes, crating up boxes, stacking and labeling crates.
    Every group of boxes that is dropped off is prayed for by everybody working, most of this involves everyone touching the boxes. The prayers are thanksgiving & blessings for the hands that packed the boxes, and for the children/families receiving the boxes. In our over abundance, completely spoiled society, its humbling to realize that for the children receiving these shoebox gifts ~ this could be the only gift they have ever received. And many of these children may receive the ultimate gift any of us could ever receive ~ the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

    wednesday work...about 47 crates holding 10-14 boxes each ~ depends on the size of the box!

    If each crate held 10, then thats 470...but the average between them all was about 12 so thats put our number at about 664. Pretty good for 2 1/2 hours of work!

    and yesterday we processd 1400 boxes that 90 crates full of shoeboxes

    well have fun and happy packing :)

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Home school myths by Amy

    Ok here are some home school myths that I've had people ask me over the years

    1.Do you get to leave the house?
    Yes! We have to hang out with other homeschool nerds.

    2. Do you have friends that are not relatives?
    Yes! Just cause we are homeschooled doesn't mean we are aliens the outside world.

    3. Do you get to sleep in?
    No School starts at 8:30.

    4. Do you get to wear your pjs to school?
    NO we have to get dressed in real clothes.

    5. What activities can you do?
    We are in a ballet class, Keepers at home, and choir at church.

    6. Do you socialize?
    As I have stated in previous answers, YES, we are socialized, sometimes we have so many activities we don't get school work done.