Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

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Guest post! A little lesson on nests… and nesting!

on March 8, 2013

Hi Everybody! This is Lynn’s little sister, Tara, and I thought I would pop in and share some highlights from a lesson we did over here in the great state of Oklahoma! And quickly, too, because I’m due to have my third little boy in just 2 more weeks!

Soon there will be three little button-noses to smile with! Yikes! :)

Soon there will be three little button-noses to smile with! Yikes! 🙂

I have been using a curriculum from My Father’s World and adapting it when I have time! One lesson we recently completed was all about how the Lord takes such good care of us and provides the perfect shelter for us to abide in. This truth is made evident to the children through an intimate look at birds and the different nests they build for their young- perfect for Spring! My eldest is an animal lover and aficianado, so he was raving about everything we did.

Lunchtime might be Levi’s favorite part of school! 

Getting ready to chomp down on our "bits and pieces" lunch. This was Roman's fun idea, "because birdies don't eat whole meals, but a just a seed here and there."

Getting ready to chomp down on our “bits and pieces” lunch. This was Roman’s fun idea, “because birdies don’t eat whole meals, but just a seed here and there.”

This lesson was particularly poignant for me though, as well. I was never that girl who drooled over babies or yearned to test my maternal wings, but the Lord saw otherwise! With each child I’ve had, I feel more and more what a profound calling it is to be a mother and a “homemaker,” to make a home that is more than just a physical shelter, but a haven, a launching pad and a spiritual training ground for (in my case) some powerful men of God of the future. I used to really miss a more corporate world, but I’ve come to feel more and more content simply doing the “mundane” tasks of maintaining a home because I know it matters to these wee ones and my time with them is really so short. My husband and I find ourselves bleary-eyed every time we talk about how big they’re getting, as if they’re already leaving for college. But we know it will be upon us so soon and we want to soak up every second of their chubbiness, their lisping words, their endless curiosity and their cherubic laughter. Squeeze!!

My love for them feels so consuming, so invigorating and, at the thought of them leaving my nest one day, so painful, too. And yet, I think of the Father’s love for us… millions of us, all at once, consuming Him, motivating Him to give all He has to us, to prepare such a place for us, to die for us, to open His heart to us over and over and over knowing full well that so many of His children will reject His perfect love. Let us be inspired this month to love our children and the lost as the Father loves them.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” – Matthew 10:29

“Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest” is a very interesting read about birds around the world. Some birds are so hard-working and sacrificial, while others try to coast in on the work of others. Sound familiar? The cuckoo lays it’s eggs in the nest of other birds and lets them feed their babies! Roman was quoting facts from it for weeks! 

Glued together with peanut butter and chocolate, these shredded wheat nests were a big hit and fun to have the kids help with! You can make them healthier with nuts and seeds, but our were just a treat.

Glued together with peanut butter and chocolate, these shredded wheat nests were a big hit and fun to have the kids help with! You can make them healthier with nuts and seeds, but ours were just a treat.

It was so fun to document the walk with a camera and the kids can help you take the pictures!

We spotted 11 different nests, a couple of birdhouses, and even got a few shots of some birdies!

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It was fun to hypothesize what sort of birds we thought might live in each nest and to stand quietly and listen for the different kinds of chirps we heard all around us. Be sure to take a camera with a great zoom! Allowing the boys to snap shots of all that we found was half the fun!

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Roman ran right home to build a nest of his own, complete with little blue eggs!

Roman ran right home to build a nest of his own, complete with little blue eggs! Ever since our lesson on nests and with the coming birth of little brother, the boys have been so nurturing. They make cribs and car-seats daily for their stuffed animals and nestle them down with scads of blankets. Precious. 

Another fun project we did was to make bird feeders out of huge pretzels, peanut butter and seeds. We hung them right outside the boys room so we could watch the birds arrive with a sound barrier between us! It’s hard not to startle birdies when you’re so excited to see them. 

http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Easy-Pretzel-Birdfeeder.html


One response to “Guest post! A little lesson on nests… and nesting!

  1. Miss Lynn says:

    Wow I am so envious of your nest finds. Finding a nest of baby birds has been a life long dream for me. Heck, just finding a nest would be an exciting first for me. Obviously nature study is rather new for me. 🙂 I love all your projects and how it ties in with our plans too. Thank you so much for sharing your spring snippets. Awesome!!!!

    There is no learning like learning with mommy. Obviously no one has the heart for your cherubs like you do, and bleary-eyed love is the magical ingredient that makes homeschool so wonderful and effective. Even if you guys decide to send Roman to kindergarten, I am glad that you have these special preschool memories together.

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