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Fish heads


Here’s the song reference.

Bugaboo, Beanie and I passed a pleasant hour this morning reading the story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and fishes.  It’s a perennial favorite around here, partly because we are a fish-loving family, partly because it’s a good reminder that Our Lord always provides us with more than we need, but does not want us to waste a crumb of it.   The girls and Baby Guy, who was up early and making merry mayhem as his sisters worked, enjoyed slices of bread as an after-breakfast snack while they colored.

After we had finished the day’s assignments, we decided to make tuna melts for lunch, since we had been talking about the loaves and fishes.  Bugaboo piped up, “Mommy, it will be kind of like we’re having lunch with Jesus!”  It’s a favorite meal around here, and an easy one for little hands to help prepare . . . unless, of course, those little hands are busy digging through the dress-up bin.

While we ate, I asked the girls if they remembered whether Jesus had anything other than bread and fish with which to feed everyone, including himself, that day.  They both shook their heads in the negative, so I followed up by asking them what we had that Jesus did not that day.  Beanie pointed out that our fish had mayonnaise and cheese on it, and Bugaboo noted that we had yummy fruit cocktail to go with our meal.

“Girls, did Jesus complain about only having bread and fish to eat?”

“No, they story just said they had lots of leftovers.”

“Look at your plates, and think about what you just told me about our lunch.  Think about it for a minute.  Jesus provided something better for us than he provided for Himself.”

“He must love us a lot.”

“Indeed.  Can we tell people we love them by giving them the best we have?”

“Yeah, but what if we like what we have?”

“That’s okay, too, but always remember that Jesus gave us His best.  Can we remember to give our best, too, whether it’s sharing our food or doing our chores or our schoolwork?”

“Okay.  Did Jesus have to sweep the hallway?”

“I’ll bet He helped His mother, Mary.”

“Yeah, He probably did.  He was a good little boy. He probably didn’t complain about it, either.”

Our little blessings amaze me sometimes.

Later that afternoon, we set about making feathers for our annual “turkey of thanks.”  I cut orange construction paper feathers until my fingers got numb, and had to ask Bugaboo and Beanie to save some of their gratitude for tomorrow.

Turkey of thanks

Today’s prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your abundant provision for us, and for little blessings who give praise and thanks to You for Your bounty. You feed us when we are weary with living bread, and quench all our thirsts with Your living water.  Thank You for never having let our children know hunger, not for food, not for love, not for comfort.  Please enrich our hearts with humble gratitude and a fervent desire to share Your blessings with all those who hunger and despair; open our eyes to their sufferings and their eyes to Your love.

 

Fish heads


While we do use a purchased homeschooling curriculum, Bugaboo has been finished with it since January, which has given me the opportunity to make up lessons for the last few months; we all enjoy the flexibility, and it also works well because Bugaboo’s (and Beanie’s for that matter) skills in several areas are a little past preschool level.  Whenever something really catches the girls’ attention, I’ll concoct some sort of theme for the following day that centers around that interest.

Since food originating in the ocean had generated so much interest on Sunday, we spent yesterday having fun with fish and anything else related to the ocean or the beach.  We started off with posters; each of the girls had a crab to color, a couple of “crab facts” sentences to read and finish, and room to draw a “crabitat,” and finished the posters by finding the four little crab stickers on a giant sheet of beach-themed stickers.

After the posters were done and the boys were awake, the five of us tried walking like crabs in the living room.  As we all laid on the floor, laughing, being climbed by Baby Guy and licked by Smudgie, I asked Bugaboo, Beanie, and Mr. Man what else lived in water or reminded them of summer (which is when we usually eat crabs).  We quickly compiled a list that included fish, penguins, and the beach, then set off to raid the bookshelves in search of titles that fit our list.  We had several good, long story breaks yesterday.

I loved that Bugaboo picked out the story about the loaves and fishes.  Everywhere we look, right?  As I was tucking the girls into bed last night, I asked them what they liked best about the day, trying to get suggestions for a theme for today.  In Beanie’s opinion, the best thing about the day was the crab-walking, and Bugaboo liked all the stories about fish; Bugaboo’s answer prompted me to inquire which fish story she liked best.  She told me her favorite was the Finding Nemo story, because she likes that his daddy never stopped looking for him, and that Nemo is a pretty fish and could we have one and she promised she would never be like Darla and shake him and . . . I had to stop her before she started jumping up and down, since the object was to get her to go to sleep.  I asked her if there was something in particular she liked about Nemo; she replied that he’s orange.  Our theme for today, therefore, is orange.

Incidentally, can anyone confirm that there is no word in the English language that rhymes with orange?

Here’s the song reference.

Today’s prayer:  Lord, thank You for a day spent snuggling up with Your blessings and a huge pile of stories in between romps in the yard.  Thank You for books that teach us and entertain us, and for the wisdom to find Your presence in most stories, and to note the misery wrought by Your absence in a few.  Your book of love letters contains many stories about fishing, and You called some of Your disciples with an invitation to become fishers of men.  Please help us always hear Your voice in the rolling of the tide, and to praise You richly for the abundance of fishes You created for food and for beauty.  Please use the awe in our hearts for the ocean’s majesty to kindle in us a desire to be good stewards of the waters You made, and the land You separated from the water.  Thank You for the love we share, and the love You freely share with us.