Holy Saturday

As has become my tradition, here is my favorite quote about Holy Saturday:

What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the flesh and raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, and the underworld has trembled. Truly he goes to seek out our first parent like a lost sheep; he wishes to visit those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. He goes to free the prisoner Adam and his fellow-prisoner Eve from their pains, he who is God, and Adam’s son. The Lord goes in to them holding his victorious weapon, his cross. When Adam, the first created man, sees him, he strikes his breast in terror and calls out to all: “My Lord be with you all.” And Christ in reply says to Adam: “And with your spirit.” And grasping his hand he raises him up, saying, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.” “I am your God, who for your sake became your son, who for you and your descendants now speak and command with authority those in prison: Come forth, and those in darkness: Have light, and those who sleep: Rise.” “I command you: Awake, sleeper, I have not made you to be held a prisoner in the underworld. Arise from the dead; I am the life of the dead. Arise, O man, work of my hands, arise, you who were fashioned in my image. Rise, let us go hence; for you in me and I in you, together we are one undivided person.” (quoted in For All the Saints, vol. III, p. 1037)

St. Charles Old County Courthouse

One of my favorite things about the “Cakeway to the West” project is seeing places I either never would have gone to otherwise, or that I simply overlooked in the past (yesterday’s visit to the Shrine of St. Joseph is a perfect example of this). The Old County Courthouse in St. Charles is another instance where I have found a hidden (to me, at least), St. Louis-area treasure:

I was amazed at how beautiful it is. When we were coming up behind it, I assumed that it was a cathedral because of the architectural style. We go to St. Charles once a year usually, twice at the most, but our travels have never taken us past this building, even though it’s a mere few blocks from our normal destinations, and we have probably noticed the top of it at least in the past. But thanks to the 250th birthday of St. Louis, I got to not only see it, but walk around it and appreciate its beauty. One of the many perks of cake hunting in St. Louis!

2013-14 School Year–Week Twenty-Eight

We had a very busy week, trying to cram five days’ worth of lesson into only four days. We did get everything done, although not without some grumbling!

Turkey and Bunny kept working with decimals in math, going to the thousandths place. They both did very well on their tests, so I think they’re getting it! Ladybug did some prep work for learning to carry when adding. Even though I’ve taught it before, this still scares me a bit!

In history, we learned about the end of the ancient Jewish nation. We also finished The Bronze Bow this week, which once again tied in nicely to our history lessons. We’ll be getting to the end of the Roman Empire before too long!

We also started our new science curriculum this week, which focuses on botany. We learned about taxonomy, and how scientists classify living things, particularly plants. We did a fun activity to practice being taxonomists, but we classified shoes. Since there are seven people in our family, we had a large pool with which to work!

Our Scottish history lessons focused on James VI of Scotland and I of England. We really enjoyed reading about how the crowns were joined, especially since the English tried so hard to force their leader on the Scottish for so long, and in the end, it was the Scottish ruler who became king of Britain!

Our school year is starting to wind down. We still have a good six to eight weeks left, but you can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Good Friday

Thus says the Lord: What have I done to you, O My people, and wherein have I offended you? Answer Me. For I have raised you up out of the prison house of sin and death, and you have delivered up your Redeemer to be scourged. For I have redeemed you from the house of bondage, and you have nailed your Savior to the cross. O My people.

Thus says the Lord: What have I done to you, O My people, and wherein have I offended you? Answer Me. For I have conquered all your foes, and you have given Me over and delivered Me to those who persecute Me. For I have fed you with My Word and refreshed you with living water, and you have given Me gall and vinegar to drink. O My people.

Thus say the Lord: What have I done to you, O My people, and wherein have I offended you? Answer Me. What more could have been done for My vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad? My people, is this how you thank your God? O My people. Lutheran Service Book