Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!!!

 Our INDEPENDENCE  as a Nation runs with fresh emotion for us this year as Kevin and Acacia have been studying the beginnings of America and the Revolutionary War these past few weeks. Toby has just finished delving into the events of the Civil War and has begun the examination of the World Wars. Our upclose look into the passions and strength of purpose of those who gave their lives for our freedom and dignity as a Nation has moved us.  As we celebrate our American heritage, albeit from a foreign land, we think of our fellow Americans scattered throughout the world! "And God has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us, for in Him we live and move and have our being as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'" (Acts 17:26-28) We, all being created and divinely planned for, are His. And, having said that, we're proud He planned for us to be American, !!!!! Thank you, God! 

On this 4th of July, our secondary school held their first science fair.  The kids were excited as they planned their experiments and today they demonstrated for the judges.  The experiments were varied and well thought-out. There was one on the constant sloughing off of the outer layer of skin and the regeneration of new cells.  I was struck by the kids' quote at the end of their explanation poster and thought it quite apropos to our lives:

Thank our Lord that He gives us everything we need for life (II Peter 1:3) and Who is reliable and present even when life and struggles rub against us or seemingly grind and scrape at our attempt to preserve our "outer layer."   "He never leaves us or turns His back on us. We may boldly say, The Lord is our helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"(Hebrews 13:5-6)

Geoff and I went together to view the science fair. He listens as  a student explains effects of varying degrees of salinity.

One of our David family boys and his friend took 2nd place with their demonstration on a "village" way to separate oil and water.

Our girls, Annet and Jesca pose in front of their poster on how our taste buds can be tricked when we do not use our sense of sight and smell along with our sense of taste.

And a few days ago we held our own little science experiments on atmospheric pressure. We made a homemade barometer and thermometer.

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