The Mommy Bloggy

Reflections of a Mother's Heart

Flame February 28, 2012

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 10:18 pm

The kids received an aquarium from their grandparents over Christmas.  They each had money to buy decorations and gravel, chemicals and potions, food and fish.  After we got our ph issues solved, the kids bought their first fish, one fish each.  Lindsay got a platy she named “Shimmer.”  Luke got a platy named “Clemson,” and Logan got a tiny little guppy he named “Flame.”  Later, we added three tetras:  “Coconut” (you can see through this one!), “Stripe,” and “Swimmy.”  I also got a Mickey platy that Lindsay named “Starburst.”  This little guy (or gal!) is unique in that he has a mark on his back side that looks like a sideways Mickey ears tattoo!  Too funny!

This past weekend, we experienced a family tragedy…Logan’s guppy fish, Flame, died.  I had noticed he didn’t look so good on Friday morning, so I mentioned it to Logan just to prepare him for Flame’s probable death.  I explained that Flame may have been sick or just old (you never know how old those fish are when you buy them and I don’t think they have a long shelf life, I mean, tank life anyway!).  Logan was sad, but he didn’t seem really bothered by it.

The next day, Saturday, we found poor little Flame capsized on the bottom of the tank.  None of his tank mates seemed to even notice!  I scooped Flame out and kept him on a paper towel on the kitchen counter until after dinner.  I wanted to flush it right away, but Brad suggested we hold a funeral service, with Logan leading it.

So, we all gathered around Flame’s little orange body still on the paper towel and listened as Logan decided on his own to read from Genesis 1:1.  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  Brad encouraged him to read about day 5 of creation when God created the creatures of the sea.  I offered a humble prayer, ending with “God rest his soul,” at which Brad and I about died laughing!  Then, the kids and Brad marched to the bathroom and flushed Flame away.  I thought everyone was fine, but then before I knew it, tender-hearted Lindsay had thrown herself into my arms, sobbing.  I tried comforting her the best I could with words like, “death is part of life,” and “Flame had a good life.”

Now, honestly, at her age, I would have done the exact same thing.  I remember to this day, crying over the death of my pet hamster, Buttons.  My sister’s hamster, Teresa, had attacked him, and I was not happy!  The death of a pet always allows a good opportunity to bring the Lord into the conversation.  He cares when even a sparrow falls from the sky, and he cares about fish and He cares about us!

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Geography Fair

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:31 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first Saturday in January found our family setting up two presentation boards at a local church for our home school’s Geography Fair.  It was our first time participating in this annual event.  A couple of weeks before Christmas, I asked Lindsay and Logan if they would be interested in making a board on a country of their choice to share and display at the fair.  They agreed, one more hesitant than the other.  Can you guess who?

Lindsay decided to do her board on American Samoa.  She picked this tiny group of 5 tropical islands in the South Pacific because it was a country we had recently prayed for through http://www.operationworld.org/countries-alphabetically.  Some of the things we learned in our research include:  AS is the only U.S. territory south of the equator, its capital is Pago Pago, and one of its chief exports is pet food!

Logan chose to focus on the country of Turkey.  His inspiration came from a recipe we had made for Turkish Delight, a candy which originated in Turkey.  We learned that Istanbul is the only city in the world located in two continents (Europe and Asia), Turkey supplies 70% of the world’s hazelnuts, and the Turks introduced coffee to Europe and their famous tulips to the Dutch!  As part of Logan’s display, we provided samples of Turkish Delight, and it was a hit!

In walking around and looking at the other displays, one fact really stuck out to all of us.  Canadians eat their macaroni and cheese covered in ketchup.  Luke thought that was really funny, and he’s even tried it at home and likes it.  I can’t say I’ll be trying that anytime soon!

Winners were announced at the end of the morning, and Logan won 2nd place for his board!  We were so very proud of him because if anyone needed encouragement for a job well done, it was Logan!  He won a gift card to Chick-Fil-A, which could not have made him happier!

 

Armed and Dangerous February 21, 2012

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 10:59 pm

Brad and I had a hot date Saturday night!  We went to a firing range with another couple from our church, and I shot a gun for the first time in my life!  I was given a quick lesson on gun safety and before I knew it I was donned in safety glasses and ear protection, holding a Glock 40-calibur semi-automatic pistol in my hands.  On my first round of 5 shots, I actually hit where I was aiming, the X in the middle of my pink target!

It was a lot of fun, but I have a very healthy respect for guns.  In fact, I was really pretty nervous, and I experienced sore arm muscles from my tension.  There is a lot to remember when firing a gun!  I learned how to load the magazine, rack the slide, and how to line up my target with the gun’s notches.  I even used one gun with a laser light which was really cool!

Brad’s goal is to get us both very comfortable with firing a gun, so we are competent should the need to defend ourselves ever arises.  Brad wants to put a sign in our front yard that says, “Protected by Smith & Wesson.”  I think I could just attach my pink Target practice paper to the front door, and that should be enough to scare any intruder away!

 

Valentine’s Tradition February 14, 2012

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 11:54 pm

Our Valentine’s Day tradition continued today by the loving hands of Lindsay.  While I was busy studying, she was busy in the kitchen.  She melted dark chocolate chips and hand dipped each strawberry in the delicious sweetness.  This was our special dessert tonight, and we’ve made these chocolate-covered strawberries every Valentine’s Day for many years.

I picked out the “pretty” ones to take a picture of, and Lindsay said, “Well, who cares what they look like?  The important thing is that they taste good!”  Ahh, I see a need for a lesson in food presentation!

Anyway, “well said, my Lindsay!”  And they were soooo delicious!