Candle Salad

School is back in session for us and I am thrilled. I am so ready to regain some of our routines,  for some order to our chaos that was summer break!

The kids have enjoyed being back as well. The new school supplies, fresh curriculum books and new adventures; what’s not to love?

This week, as part of an assignment, our 8-yr-old made school snack. He gave me his grocery list of ingredients and since it was a simple project he prepared it himself!

The wonderful part of this “experiment” was not only his involvement in trying something new, but how it all tied back to a lesson on God and our living for Him.  He made Candle Salad, otherwise known as “Light of The World” Salad.

If you are like me you are asking, “What in the world is candle salad? I don’t want to eat a bowl full of wax!”

I promise you it was nothing like that! Candle Salad is simply a fruit salad made to look like a candle! A slice of pineapple for the base, half a banana for the candle and a cherry for the flame!  Super simple and very yummy!

making candle salad

When the plates were ready I allowed our chef to explain to everyone the meaning behind the “Light of the World” salad.  He read Matthew 5:16 and explained how we are to shine the light of Jesus in this world so others can see Him.  Then he led us in a prayer to thank God for the light He gives us always.

candle salad

This snack already has my other children thinking of their own snacks and lessons they can give! I can’t wait to go shopping for next weeks “ingredients” and watch another chef in action! I will be sure to share!

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16



Movie Day

Days like today are what summer is all about for kids: fun and friends.

We joined some friends for the $1 movie special and I must say I believe I enjoyed the movie more than the kids! Mr. Peabody and Sherman was great! I loved all the jokes tied to history.  At the end I offered my kids bonus points if they could name the three biblical references mentioned! They only caught one!

The movie got me thinking, though, of all the unnecessary trouble they found.  Of course I understand it was only a cartoon, but all the bullying, the problems with the little girl and the unapproved time travel could all have been avoided with one decision!  If Mr. Peabody had only chosen to homeschool Sherman!

Obviously, this would not have been a stretch from what they were doing. Sherman was well educated by Mr. Peabody in ways the school could not have offered.  He had been schooled at home by his dad in the most natural way a cartoon possibly could: with a time machine! He was well socialized with a variety of age groups and cultures all across time. Seems to me all the work Mr. Peabody had already put into his education could have just continued!

Now obviously I say all of this in fun. There is very little I would change about this enjoyable movie of mishaps!!

I know this all seems silly but I have come to realize after homeschooling for only a year (yes, we are still newbies at this I realize) but it does make you look at the world around you in a completely different light. Everything becomes a question of “What can I teach my children through this?” Everything becomes a learning experience and can open up so many other opportunities. No matter what the day brings we can all learn from it, questions spark whole discussions which lead to reading and research. We all grow and learn and ultimately become closer to each other!

at the park
After the movie was lunch and some great history discussions, particularly about ol’ George Washington. The fun continued with time playing at a park we have never visited before (another bucket list item for the summer)! All in all a wonderful day! Finishing it off with art projects! So although we have already officially started our school year for 2014, with homeschool the fun never stops! There is always something new to explore and fun to do! I look forward to all the adventures and projects that this year will bring!!


Thank you Lord for the opportunities you have blessed us with to be able to be such a part of our children’s education. Thank you for the blessing of friends, of sunshine and of fun!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.Praise the Lord!  Psalm 150:6