Monday, July 21, 2014

Battle Abbey

William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings

One of the points in our timeline that we did with Classical Conversations. The year was 1066 and the battle was for the English throne. In January of 1066 Edward the Confessor the king of England had died without an heir. Harold Godwinsson was appointed King. William Duke of Normandy claimed that he had the right to the throne based on a treaty with Edward the Confessor.

It was here on 14 October 1066 that King Harold after a forced march from York and the victory over the Vikings battled William who had sailed with his men from Normandy. We had just been in York a few weeks ago and we though of the drive we had and how the men had been forced to march that distance and then fight another battle.

We arrived at Battle Abbey in the morning. We saw a short video which gave us an overview of what happened here in 1066. We also got the audio tour and had ours set to the kids tour so we could hear what they were hearing including the warnings to be careful about stray arrows.

We walked along the battle field and had an excellent view of the abbey and buildings.

The abbey was built here as penance for the bloodshed or maybe a memorial to the end and a symbol of Norman triumph.

"St. Benedict and Monasticism" Another point in our timeline. This was a Benedictine abbey until the suppression of the monasteries under King Henry VIII.

We were able to walk through the abbey and see the old quarters where the monks lived. It was common that the second son would become a monk.

The high altar was in the abbey church was at the very spot where Harold fell.

We learned that most places have a Discovery Centre which is a fun place for kids. It might just be a room but it is fun to dress up.

He is ready for battle. Not sure which side he is fight on.

There always have to be a princess that needs to be rescued. This is a very cute princess.

It was fun to take some photos of the kids while we wandered around. I thought this was a very cute photo of Miss K.

This is the view we enjoyed while we were eating our lunch.

It was a fun day and we did learn a bit of history.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Camping - Making Memories

I told a friend we were going camping and I think she laughed for a week. I don't know if it is was picturing us sleeping in a tent or the idea of us cooking over a camp stove. It really was a new experience for us. Okay, I admit I camped when I was a kid. That was at least last century.

A friend had an extra tent and most of the equipment and asked us to join her family. We decided that camping might be a cheaper way to see things here. This would be a good way to try it with someone who is experienced.

Here is my husband putting up the tent. I have to say this is a much bigger tent than we had when we tented a few times growing up. It had four bedrooms and a large space in the middle.

We learned the advantage of going before school holidays. The campground is not that crowded. We had a nice quiet corner and not a long walk to the bath house.

Stuart and the kids were learning to play cricket. I think they tried to use some baseball rules as well but were corrected.

Even Miss K got into the action. It wasn't really that cold for long sleeves but she had picked that out herself.

Miss K going to sleep. I think she did manage to stay in her sleeping bag. Sleeping in the dark is a challenge for her and one we are trying to break. She did a great job while we were camping. She was very excited to camp as her brother has been to camp and has been camping and this was her first time.

We were not far from the coast and we went to the sea on two different days. The beaches here are pebble beaches not the sandy beaches we are used to. The pebbles were a bit hard to walk on.

Miss K loves to just sit and dig though she did get in the water a bit. The water wasn't as cold as we thought. We had some warm days and so it had warmed up.

Bob is the bowler. I think he was learning but he did have some good form.

One of the things that you check when camping especially tent camping is the weather. The weather was great for the most part. We got a bit of rain on Thursday evening but last night we watched these clouds roll in around 8:30. We had already quickly cleaned up things that were outside and done a trip to the bath house. We got thunder and lightening and it rained for quite a while. It was windy and I was hoping that the tent would not blow down. It stayed up and stayed dry.

The days are long here at this time of the year. The sun comes up around 5:00 in the morning and goes down around 9:00 so we really didn't need flashlights or torches as they are called here.

It was a great first camping experience. We were told that this campground is one of the nicer ones. We might try it again.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pray for a Truthful and Honest Heart

Pray for a Truthful and Honest Heart

The dictionary defines honest as free from fraud or deception; genuine, real; humble, reputable, respectable; creditable, praiseworthy; marked by integrity. The opposite of honest is deceitful. Honesty is about our actions, our behavior, and our motives.

Job was a man that vowed to continue living a life of integrity even with all he had been through he was striving to life a life of integrity. Those that walk in integrity will walk securely (Proverbs 10:9) A life was deceit will be full of twists as you try to continue that deceit. Ananias and Sapphira acted deceitfully. There was some truth to what they said but not the whole truth. Their deceit was punished. (Acts 5:1-11) God calls each of us to live a life of integrity. 

Truthful is referring to our words, words that are true, telling the truth. Paul writes to the Ephesians telling them to “speak the truth to one another”.  A lying tongue is one of the things that the Lord hates. (Proverbs 6:16-17)

We need to be truthful with ourselves. No one talks to you more than yourself, so the words that you say to yourself need to be full of truth.

A truthful and honest heart is one that understands God’s holiness and God’s standard of integrity and truth. A heart that listens to truth guards the thoughts and actions of the heart.

Do you tell yourself the truth? Pray that God’s truth will shine through in your heart. Pray that you actions will be marked by integrity.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

L is for Listening

I listen to lots of voices and lots of people every day. Do you know the one person that I talks to me the most? No, it is not Miss K even though she talks all the time. It is not Bob and he talks quite a bit as well. It is me. I am the one that I hear the most.

Stop and think about what you tell yourself. I might wake up in the morning and tell myself, "I am tired." Maybe something is not going the way you want and so you tell yourself, "I am so frustrated."

Those might be true but what if I were to say, "I am tired but this is a new day and I am looking to God for the strength for the day." What would happen if we guard our thoughts and think in light of God's truths.

You are the one that talks to yourself the most. What are you saying? Are you listening to truth?

Speak the truth even when it is just talking to yourself.

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Miss K's Birthday

Miss K was very excited for her birthday. She had been looking forward to being 10 for more than a year. Nothing special happens when you turn 10 but it was just the next number.

I had told her I would make pancakes with a 1 and a 0. She would not let me forget.

I think this is the first time I have made pancakes since we moved.

Miss K had football in the morning and then we had a BBQ later so she opened her gifts in the morning.

She was excited to untie the bag and reach in and see what was in the bag. I love my gift bags they are so easy to use -- no scissors or tape required. Just find a bag that is the right size, put the gift in and tie it up.

She was excited to get some more dishes.

We had a team BBQ and they had bought a cake for her. It was just the right cake for Miss K -- a Hello Kitty cake.

Happy Birthday, Miss K. Enjoy 10 while you count the days down till you are 11. (11 will be easy to make with pancakes.)

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Friday, July 11, 2014

K is for Miss K

It is perfect timing the letter K during the week of Miss K's birthday. Time for my annual reflect on God's faithfulness as it relates to Miss K. I have written about her birth and the early years previously.

Miss K is turning 10. It is hard to believe that 10 years ago she was this small. I watched her tonight run after the football. She was kicking the ball and chasing it. She was throwing the frisbee with me and then trying to hit the baseball. I think back to those early days of Physical Therapy and the goal of getting her to walk. She is walking and running, skipping, and jumping.

She is a fighter and that has kept her going these 10 years. She is going to try it and she will work hard to succeed. Even if it is learning to count by 2's. She was working on that the other week and kept repeating it and repeating it.

She loves to go places. I remember even before she was 2 she loved to go out for rides in the stroller. In the last 10 years she has been to 13 countries, having lived in four different countries on three continents.

Before we moved to England Miss K decided she wanted to play football (soccer). We found a training programme and she is enjoying playing on Saturday mornings. The other week I told her, "go  get ready for soccer." She looked at me and said, "mom, it is football, we are in England." She knows what is going on.

This past year Miss K's reading has taken off. She is reading just about everything. We have to tell her to stop reading and go to sleep.

Miss K loves life and everything is her favourite. People feel so special when they have us for dinner and she says it is her favourite. I don't tell them that everything is her favourite. Right now mushrooms is her absolute favourite. For breakfast she will eat a mushroom omelette.

She was so proud of herself. She made her own breakfast.

Miss K loves people. Everyone is her friend. I will say that Zoe is the friend that she talks about the most. She was writing Zoe's name with cheese on her tortilla at lunch.

She loves the colour pink and anything Frozen. Ballet continues to be her love and she has recently added football to things she loves.

Happy 10th birthday, Miss K. We are thankful for you and the many ways that God has sustained you and bless you.

Here is her 9th birthday celebration and memories.
Miss K memories
Miss K memories Part 2
Miss K memories Part 3


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tour deFrance

No, we did not ride our bikes. No, we didn't go to France. The Tour deFrance came to us. There were signs up for the past few weeks about road closure for the race.

Stuart took the kids out on Sunday afternoon to see some of the race. Here are just a few photos.

They said it was fun but lots of waiting. I am glad they had this opportunity. I stayed home and did some writing and enjoyed some extra quiet time.

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