Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve

Every New Year's Eve we have snack and game night.  Whoever wins the game gets to write their name in the box lid next to the year.  Now that we have accumulated so many games, the kids and I want to sqeeze in as many as possible.  DH however couldn't stand the idea of playing games all day and all night.  The kids and I think it's fun. 

Our first game was chosen by dd.  Surprisingly, she chose "Hail to the Chief."  I thought she'd choose one of her favorites, one of our many geography games.  I bought this game for ds a few years ago, knowing he had a goal to one day be president, to restore traditional values to our country.  At one point, a question about Teddy Roosevelt came up.  DH ran and got his book on TR to reference some information.  Now dh is not into books.  This book is a tome!  My brother, who is a history buff, found out dh was a fan of TR.  So 8 years ago, he bought this book for him.  We all laughed when we saw it, because dh just doesn't enjoy reading books.  But this book he truely enjoys.  He simply has not had time to devour it.   But he has faithfully plunkered through and is nearing the end.  There might be a few hundred pages left!  LOL  

The object of this game is to answer questions about presidents, while accumulating enough delegate votes to be the party candidate.  After that we can go through the states, accumulating necessary electoral votes to win the race.  Once we have enough votes, it is a race to the White House.  The first one who has enough votes and moves across the board and uses the exact number of dots on the dice to land in the White House is the President.  Second place is VP.  DS usually wins this game.  This year we have new winners!  DH became President and I became VP!  What a team!

The winner picks the next game.  So dh picked Wheel of Fortune.  I forgot to take a picture of this game...which I won, while playing Vanna White and turning letters.

I knew this might be the only winning game for I picked my favorite, Scrabble.  DH detests this game...and he won!  Not only that, I played all the large words, yet he won with small words using rare letters on double letter and triple word spaces.  We like to play to the end anyway, trying to use up our letters.  Only 2 were left, "j" and "g".  Can you find a space for them?

Then we played Colonial Williamsburg.  I bought this when we visited a few years ago and it's a favorite with the kids.  The game brings back lots of fond memories and reviews lots of great history.  Again, dh won this game.

By now, it was time for dinner.  We usually have more of our Christmas snacks.  

Cheese, meat and crackers...and shrimp...

Cheese sticks...tamales...


While eating, dh had to watch a movie.  We pulled out a favorite, "Bachelor Mother".  This was made in the 40's I think, starring Ginger Rogers and David Niven.  She is a single lady who works in David Niven's department store, selling miniature Donald Ducks.  She loses her job.  A guy on the floor talks her into joining him in a dance contest (it's fun to watch her dance even without Fred Astaire) While walking down the street, she sees a lady leaving a baby on the steps of the foundling home.  She rushes over and picks up the baby and takes him in...but the foundling home people think she is the mother. They go to her boss, David Niven, to discuss how to help this poor unwed mother.  Niven gives her back her job and gives her a pay raise.  Niven, meanwhile, is a bachelor, out every night with a different gal, home late...and his father is desperately trying to settle him down.  In the end, the baby ends up with a wonderful mother and father...and it is funny to watch the baby's expressions while watching Rogers and Niven banter back and forth.  

After that, we played Life.  This is not my favorite game, because there is no logic. 

By now it is 10pm and we are all getting sleepy.  But we let the kids stay up...the fireworks are going off outside so sleep is impossible.  Might as well stay up and play games.  To help us stay awake, dh chose Jenga. 

I know there is a physics lesson built into this game...I'm just not up to speed on the subject.  But this tower is built with layers of rectangular blocks, 3 to each level lying perpendicular to each other.  You try to push out one and put it on top.  Hmmmm, this is hard to describe...maybe I can show you.

Here is ds pulling out one which he needs to place on top...

Here's another one getting pushed out...

Taking out another one...oh did I mention this thing gets wobbly!  The loser is the one who makes it topple!

Here I am trying to be ever so careful...

You have to imagine this thing getting can blow any minute now...

Uh's looking a lot like the Leaning Tower of Pisa...

Uh oh...that's the end of that tower.  We played 4 rounds, so each of us could start.  The difference in our technique was interesting.  DH and dd are very global; ds and I are sequential.  DD and I are very careful, usually going for the middle of the 3 pieces in the layer, to keep the foundation sturdy.  The guys are more gutsy and prefer to go after the outside pieces, making the tower more precariously prone to fall.  The kids and dh can be completely reckless.  Yes, even dd.  There are times she just goes for it and doesn't try to be careful...but it usually holds together.  I, however, am ever so gentle and careful.  So who won...I did!  I was the only one who never let it fall.

So I picked the final game, my new favorite.  Tonight dh won the game.  

By then it was time for the New Year.  I usually buy blowers and pop confetti between Christmas and New Years but forgot about it this time. 

Happy New Year Everyone!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Sleeping Beauty Ballet, in 1940 and Today

Last summer London’s Royal Ballet was in town to perform "Sleeping Beauty". I wanted to take 12yodd and asked the guys if they wanted to come. Yes, but then I had to count the pennies. I didn’t think I could make this happen, so God did something really neat! The military got free tickets! Woo hoo! I warned 10yo ds that the witch could be scary…and she was! But he was cool with that and we all loved the intricate scene changes, the stunning choreography and the gorgeous costumes! The program explained that the scenery and choreography date back to the 1940’s, using the work of the famed Oliver Messel. Included in the link is a video of the stage design, music, dance, and costume of the production. We were quite impressed with the level of technique back then!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Secret Sister 2007 from Maryland

I found a package from my Secret Sister on my doorstep tonight! I opened it and read her sweet, sweet words in the card.   Then I pulled out a chocolate ball, like an orange.  Do you know those candies?  I can't show a picture of that because my children have already eaten part of it! =) 

Then I slowly opened a square box and unwrapped and unwrapped and unwrapped and unwrapped this...


Doesn't this fit my blog well? (Note 7-25-11: my original blog used to have a green background with my teacup collection featured in my garden. That html template, that I agonized over, disappeared into hyperspace when the blog company, not blogspot, moved my blog to a different blog platform.  Now it is impossible for me to recreate it there, but I could here, not that I have time.  There are other blog issues, hence my moving my original blog over here, slowly but surely.  The other blog company is trying to remain solvent, so I have doubts to my blog remaining over there.)
DH said I should incorporate a picture of it into my blog design, so I will be working on that! =)  She had said in my note that she had been a secret reader of my blog.  =)  This is equisite and could have easily made my blog of my favorite things the other day!!!!  I also love mosaics out of china on top of items like this.  I love, love, love this!!!!  

Then I opened a flat box, she had said it was to thank us for our years in the Air Force.  I was flabbergasted as I unwrapped the box.  It is the 2007 White House Ornament! 

We have talked about starting a collection of these for sometime. We love to watch The White House Christmas every year on hgtv, where they always show the latest ornament.  In fact, the kids were recently asking when this year's show will be on....Sun night!  My son, who wants to be president gets caught up in the decorating of the White House and tells how he would decorate.  I always tell him that his wife will do the decorating and he will be running the country.  Then he tells us that if his plans come true, we're all invited to "his house".  lol 

This ornament commemorates the first presidential White House wedding. In fact, this is the only wedding in the White House of a president...Grover Cleveland!  His bride's dress and veil had orange blossoms...which is the silver filigree part of the ornament frame...and my children had orange candy!  What a connection!  My dd, who thinks fruit is the best food in the world and loves strawberries, always asks me what my favorite fruit is.  I enjoy many fruits, but I have a way of always choosing orange flavor!  I can't imagine what real orange blossoms are like!  I could have posted a picture of this in my favorite things as well!  I'm looking forward to reading this booklet more thoroughly!  =)

Thank you SS for praying for me and blessing me with these sweet gifts!  The neat thing is that now I know who she is, I can pray for her!  =)


Monday, December 10, 2007

The Nutcracker Ballet-Then and Now

This past weekend was filled with the sights and sounds of Christmas! It had been several years since we had taken the children to see the Nutcracker Ballet. I have a movie version that we watch every year and I play the music all the time, so they are familiar with the main story line. About four years ago we took the children to a Fort Worth Ballet version that I absolutely adored…incredible scenery, wonderful choreography…it was enchanting! However, my son was terrified by the mice. He never wanted to go to see this story again! The only good memory he came away with was the guy who introduced the ballet, our local weatherman Bill Taylor!

This Christmas I saw that Russia’s Moscow Classical Ballet was arriving in town to perform the Nutcracker! We scraped money together to see this and we went Sat night. We had about an hour before the performance began so the children spent their time looking at the beautiful architecture through the binoculars…their idea! They kept telling me about the wonderful things they were seeing.The auditorium was built in the early 1900’s and I was telling them that many buildings in this time were built in this grand style.

While waiting, I also made everyone read their programs! Before we went, ds started asking questions about the ballet and I happened to mention that although the Nutcracker sticks to the main story line, there are different interpretations. He didn’t understand and asked for details, so I explained what I have learned over the years. Well, after glancing through the program, I saw that this version would be far different from any I had ever seen. So I made everyone read the programs so they wouldn’t get too confused! We all agreed this was going to be different!

This version opened with a snow scene. Herr Drosselymeyer is played by a young man with graying hair and eye patch, yet he can dance and leap quite high in stunning style! He presents Masha (Clara) and Fritz with toys…which are actually people (ballet dancers). During the party the parents act out the mice story. Masha is a young lady who dreams and sees the battle with the mice, her Nutcracker Prince falls in love with her, she becomes the Snow Queen Fairy and Sugar Plum Fairy, therefore dancing 2 gorgeous Pas de Duex with the Prince. At the end, she wakes up Christmas morning, when Herr Drosselmeyer brings his nephew to her (who looks a lot like that Nutcracker Prince); they embrace and the curtains close. Sigh.

At the end, my dd and I agreed we had enjoyed it more than the guys, though with mixed emotions. We all agreed the choreography and scenery wasn’t as complicated as what we had seen in "Sleeping Beauty." We probably enjoyed it because it was beautiful…but it was also a romance! Sigh…. It ended exactly the way I would have wanted it to! However, DS was bored with the mice scene! Dh was just plain bored, and he likes going to these kinds of things. We talked about all the various versions we had read and seen before and wondered which one was most like the first one?

I figured there had to be an explanation to all this. When we got home, I noticed the front cover of the program…"The Original Nutcracker". I did a little research on line and got excited! This is the original Moscow version of the Russian story written by the famed Russian composer performed by the Moscow Classical Ballet!!! None of this was mentioned in the program, which is a shame. Ds is more impressed, but he still thinks it was boring. Well, dd and I loved it anyway! Next time I’m going to do some research before we go, hoping that will make a difference for the guys. I know I would have enjoyed it even more had I known. I would have imagined myself in 1919 Moscow watching this! Sigh….

This tells you a little of the Moscow version

This is the link for the Moscow Classical Ballet

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Raindrops on a Turtle's Head

While playing ball in the backyard today, my son found a turtle that had crept under our gate!  My daughter ran in to tell me and I couldn't believe it! 

He was such a shy fellow.  DH began to think he must be dehydrated so he started dripping water from the garden hose on him.  This turtle reminded me of BJ Thomas' song, "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head."

"Raindrops keep fallin' on my head
And just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed
Nothin' seems to fit
Those raindrops are fallin' on my head, they keep fallin'"

"So I just did me some talkin' to the sun
And I said I didn't like the way he got things done
Sleepin' on the job
Those raindrops are fallin' on my head, they keep fallin'"

"But there's one thing I know
The blues they send to meet me won't defeat me
It won't be long till happiness steps up to greet me"

"Raindrops keep fallin' on my head
But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turnin' red
Cryin's not for me
'Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complainin'
Because I'm free
Nothin's worryin' me"

"It won't be long till happiness steps up to greet me

Raindrops keep fallin' on my head
But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turnin' red
Cryin's not for me
'Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complainin'
Because I'm free
Nothin's worryin' me"

We were prepared to take him to the pond in the neighborhood behind us.  Then dh decided he must have come from our next door neighbor, who has a pond in the back yard.  Sure enough, the neighbors thought it was theirs, so he was returned.  In our hearts though, we felt sad about this.  The turtle had lots of scratches on his back.  DS figured that came from the dog next door.  There isn't much care of things next door, and ds thought the turtle would escape to the peacefulness of our back yard.  I was almost prepared to start digging a pond for him in our back yard.  I wonder if he'll be back?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

How We Start Our School Day with Devotions

     As many other home schoolers do, we start our day with the salute to the flags (American and Texan) and then devotions. This has been the most fun to our day…spiritually rewarding, interesting and fun! We’ve been known to get so immersed in our Bible study, that we forget the time and realize we should be in the middle of math!

    When my children were toddlers, my son was very sick and we did not go to church anymore. I bought the Betty Lukens flannelgraph set and proceeded to use that to teach Bible stories to my children. I’d start with the first story of the Old Testament, gradually working our way through the Bible, trying to work in the Christmas and Easter story seasonally. Of course, Noah’s Ark was one of our first stories. While Noah and his family were rocking around with the animals on stormy seas, I spent time on that point. We talked about how we got scared during thunderstorms and tornado warnings (at the time we lived in the middle of tornado alley). We talked about how Noah and his family must have felt. We talked about how God had not abandoned them. God used that story, and a small German print of an angel helping 2 children safely cross a bridge during a storm, to teach my 3yod to trust God during a storm. Our nighttime wakings to calm our children during storms had ended.

     In the last couple of years, I put away the flannelgraph, since I felt my children were ready for more meat. They get excellent Bible teaching at our church, and they were ready for this next step. About that time, we began a classical study of Ancient History which included reading nearly the entire Bible. I let my 10yo son and 12 yo daughter listen to an audio Bible as they read along. As we read about the different ancient cultures in the Bible, along with God's truths, we studied more deeply about each of those cultures, while also reading literature, art projects, map work and science projects about those same cultures. We also watched Ray Vander Laan videos about the Bible. Learning everything in context allowed our understanding of the Bible to exploded.
As we progress through history from the Middle Ages to the present, I plan to pick one of Paul’s letters in the apparent order that he wrote them to the various churches. So far we have studied Galatians, I and II Thessalonians, James and I Corinthians. Sometimes we spend time on one verse and other times we take a quick survey through a chapter, depending on how the Spirit leads us. 14yod had just completed James in her Sunday School class when we started James, but to her surprise, there were some new points that I had been taught over the years that were new to her. In turn, she shared some of her excellent notes on what she had been taught in class. She asked if she could write notes on the white board to share some of what Mr. K had taught in James. That was a thrill to have dd teach/share during our devotions.

     When newletters from various missionaries come through the e-mail, I save them for our devotions. Yesterday morning we got a tour through Thessalonika from a missionary couple, whom my children got to meet a year ago. The missionary influence is huge in our church, so my children are used to that. But to have been invited to share a dinner as this missionary couple were passing through our town last year, was novel to our children.

     We always end with a hymn. Last year when we did the Ancients, I pulled Scripture and a weekly hymn that would point us to what God had to say in view of the week’s study of the culture. For example, when learning about the blood-letting Mayans, we studied verses about the necessity of the blood of Christ to save us from our sins. That was followed by a hymn, such as "Are You Washed in the Blood?" I had always taken verses and hymns on Christ shedding His blood for granted. Juxtaposing Christ’s work with the Mayans’ pointless blood-letting, allowed me to see Christ’s effective work for me in a more meaningful way.

     This year, since we have been studying Church history, we have been pulling out hymns from the Middle Ages to learn. Some we already knew, we just didn’t realize the origins! We are using Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World’s Greatest Hymn Stories by Robert J. Morgan. In glancing ahead, I have seen that it doesn’t tell the entire story of the poignant hymn, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing". Nevertheless, this book lists the hymns sequentially so that is a good starting off point, which can lead to further research.

     Now that Christmas is nearing, we are using a book I purchased a couple of years ago, Come Let Us Adore Him: Stories Behind the Most Cherished Christmas Hymns by Robert J. Morgan…These are also listed sequentially. We started yesterday and I am turning it into a guessing game. If the song is known, I think I’ll read the story behind it and then play the notes and have them name that tune! Today’s tune was unknown, but I knew they could figure out the composer. I gave the year and then played the tune. We talked about how it’s not a familiar tune. Nevertheless ds noted there were elements to the tune that reminded him of "A Mighty Fortress is our God" and guessed Martin Luther! Correct!
Later note: In 2009 while studying the 20th century, we watched Chariots of Fire, about Eric Liddell to refused to run in the 1924 Paris Olympics on a Sunday.  He later became a missionary to China, during which time the Japanese invaded and he became imprisoned. Liddell died shortly before liberation. While in China, he wrote a devotional which was first published about the time of the release of Chariots of Fire. I found that book and we used it as a devotional for the rest of the year.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Master Bathroom Remodel

My husband finished remodeling our bathroom! 

Panning around with my camera, here's the shower that he tiled. He also installed new bronze shower hardware...

Here's the shower curtain.  I was going to buy some sheets to make this, but decided to special order it ready made.  I am shocked at how short it is!  Hmmmmm, one of these days I think I'll drive dh nuts and sew a little black gingham below the toile!  oo-la-la  ;)

 DH didn't want typical bathroom I found these chenille rugs.  They are so soft and cozy on the bare feet!

See the bathroom scale in the upper right corner of the picture above?  DH wanted a new bathroom scale, one that talks!  Well, I didn't find one of those...but this one should keep him displays not only weight, but also...well, the instructions don't make any sense to me...what does the box say?  Let's see, it also measures body water!  And it even has an athlete mode for highly fit individuals.  It also has a terrific memory, storing data for up to 6 people!  DH and DS had sooooo much fun setting it up!  

He also retiled the floor.

Here's the vanity. There used to be one giant wall mirror, but we had no medicine cabinets. There are now medicine cabinets behind each mirror.  He put up the new lighting, changing out the old hollywood lights. Also, we always had this long countertop, but only one sink. We now have one sink. Then my husband painted the cabinet and put on new bronze hardware. Also we put in the new granite looking countertop, which is actually laminate. 

Here's the new cabinet he built for me. I thought this would be a good place for extra storage in pretty containters.  It was unused space before. I changed my mind on a lot of stuff to put here.  This will be a work in progress. 

Monday, November 19, 2007

Coat of Arms, Bow and Arrow and more projects for the Middle Ages

My 12 year old son made a coat of arms, shown below. We did a lot of research on-line, without much definitive direction. I suggested to my son that he divide the shield into fourths, with one set of opposite corners representing his father's surname and the other set of opposite corners representing my maiden name. I've heard that my husband's last name is Irish and means fisherman, so I suggested shamrocks and fish in whatever style my son deemed best, based on his research of looking at other coat of arms.  My family name is German and extremely complicated.  My dad told me that it was actually longer at one time and is now simplified.  That is funny, because my maiden name was a never ending source of frustration because no one can spell it or pronounce it! I told my son to create his own symbols for the rest of the crest.

My son wanted to be Robin Hood and had strong ideas about the costume. He let me make his clothing and hat. He insisted on boots that we can't afford for rapidly growing feet, so he made the boots himself. I thought it would be impossible but here they are! (Future note: He later wore these with different military costumes (and here) and looked pretty good! Then he told one of the Colonial Williamsburg shoemakers how he made them and they said that is basically how they make some versions of boots too, then they got a pair to show him!)
He also insisted on a bow and arrow which he made. When we studied Texas history we had learned how the Native Americans of Northeast Texas were master craftsmen of bows because of the bois de arc wood. Their prized bows made them traders throughout the land. My son really wanted some bois de arc wood but I told him we couldn't source any from San Antonio. He settled on a certain twig from my crepe myrtle and created his own bow and arrow, which he is wearing. 

I read in some Medieval Feast scripts that the participants collected food for the poor. I have no idea how historically accurate that is, but it is certainly a nice touch in memory of all the poor people Robin Hood tried to help.  This is especially nice when done near Thanksgiving. 

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Medieval Feast Dialectic History Presentation

In our study of the Middle Ages we relived adventures of famous men such as King Arthur, Robin Hood and Marco Polo.  We learned about St. Patrick, Charlemagne, and the murder of Thomas A Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. Our imaginations soared with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Beowulf, and Canterbury Tales.  We imagined ourselves in other lands while learning about Camelot, the search for the Holy Grail, and the broken note of the Trumpeter of Krakow.  These are the books that transported us to another time...

 Here are some of the art projects.  At the bottom of the window sill, are the salt dough maps of Europe. In between is 12yos stained glass of a fish.  In the middle of the window are the illuminated manuscripts.

Here is the coat of arms 12yos made.  The shamrocks and fish are apparently accurate for our family name. My family name is German and extremely complicated. My dad told me that it was actually longer at one time and is now simplified. That is funny, because my maiden name was a never ending source of frustration because no one can spell it or pronounce it! So ds made up his own symbols for the rest of the crest.

Here is the stained glass I helped 14yod make out of black poster board and tissue paper.  She chose flowers from Colorado:  columbine, Indian paintbrush, and black eyed susan.

Here is the table...

Lady C....

Ye olde pardoned outlaw Robin Hood (he will be the surveyor of ceremonies...)  He made the boots himself and got them done in the nick of time!  He also made a bow and arrow which are under his cloak...

The kids found more books that we had read. Hear ye, hear ye! Let it be known that we read a lot of books!

The royal family...

Our guests finally arrived and because their name is German, I put "von" between Dad's first and last name to be more authentic, and the surveyor announced they were from the Holy Roman Empire.  DS had the best time blowing the horn...

Then dd did a history of Thanksgiving, which goes back to the High Middle Ages.  She also read a prayer of thanksgiving.  She also read the manners of the times which brought many laughs.Then she collected food for the poor...

Then began the wassail ceremony where we learned the derivatin of the word (Anglo Saxon "weshal" for "to be in good health"), sang "Here we go a'wassailing" and gave many "Wassail, wassail!  Drink to your health!"  Here's what was left of the wassail after the first round of drinks!

Then we had the presentation of the salt, where dd put the saltcellar before the king (her dad, he's not one to dress up).  Then she explained the significance in rank with the be above the salt is to have high rank, whereas the others below the salt...Here's the saltcellar...

Then we had the upper crust ceremony.  I cut the bread in half horizontally and presented the upper crust to our guests while dd explained the significance....honored ones are the upper crust.

Then dd passed around the aquamanile, which was full of water, herbs, rose petals, and orange rinds for us to wash our hands.  DS then came around with a towel...

Then we had the presentation of the soup of fungi and leek in pumpkin shell.  Then we had  the presentation of the salad.  (A medieval feast is about entertainment and presentations, not so much the eating...)  Then we had the presentation of roasted peacock...

Then we had the presentation of ye olde exotic and rare sauces and garnishes.  Here's everything...

After eating, we began the entertainment.  My kids were not interested in learning juggling, acrobats, or other feats of entertainment, so I had them read a selection of their papers, all 5 paragraph essays.  They do the same writing assignments, so we picked one of each topic on the Middle Ages, and then decided who would read which. They took turns and I finally had to read for dd, who was recovering from a sore throat.  DD read a paper on St. Patrick, then ds read his on Charlemagne, then I read dd's on King Alfred, then ds read his on Codes of Chivalry, then dd read hers on Marco Polo.   

Then it was time for the presentation of Castle Pie.  DS made the grand announcement with his trumpet, dd brought it to the table, then we read "Sing a song of sixpence..."  Then dd had me present the pie.  We look as though we are praying for this to work! Are ye ready?

I lifted the crust and lo and behold what was in there but...

singing and moving birds! I was trying to discreetly tuck the aluminum foil under the crust earlier in the day and they are motion activated and would keep chirping every time I touched the crust. I didn't want dh to know about these. It was a big surprise of course, but he's also been eyeing them in one of our favorite shopping towns. I could never think of a use for them until the idea of this pie came up! Now that it was time for them to sing, I had to wave my hands to get them going! The other birds are marzipan that I had made for us to eat.  I had meant for the kids to make these but they got sick this week, leaving me to do a lot of cooking! Thankfully, they were well enough to do the feast!

After dessert, we sang some hymns written during the Middle Ages. DD read a brief history then we'd sing. She only got through the first one then needed me to read the rest while she drank soothing wassail!  We sang "Be Thou My Vision", "All Glory, Laud and Honor" and "All Creatures of Our God and King". DS got the birds to chirp during the last hymn.

Finally ds closed with a final trumpet call and announced,

"Farewell, farewell to one and all

Tis time to leave this festive hall

Remember this day, the one true Son

He is the Christ, the Risen One

And as you leave be merry and bright

Remember to spread God's glorious light!" 

Next week our history studies begin the Renaissance and Reformation.