Mrs. J with her Civil War dress on did a portrayal of Clara Barton. I'm always amazed at how quickly the children learn Bible verses. It seems like adults have to work ten times as hard to learn a verse as a five year old. That's one reason it's so important to have the children hide God's Word in their hearts when their young. I find the verses I learned as a girl are always with me whereas the ones I've learned in adulthood disappear and need to be relearned.
The older children are making matchstick crosses this year. Today they lined them up in rows and by lighting the end match, the flame quickly travels down the row and there you have your burned end matches ready to be glued tomorrow. The younger children made "Jesus in My Heart" wooden puzzles that my dad made for us. They are really cute heart shapes with the letters J_E_S_U_S inside of the puzzle. I guess they didn't really make them since my dad did that but rather they painted them, quite colorfully!!
We try to do a theme skit each year and this year it's a mystery skit. Arthur makes a wonderful Uncle Sam, don't you think? Priscilla was Liberty Ann and Silas was Justus Forall. Hosanna played the mother and Naomi played Scardy Cat. I guess listening to barn cats all those years made her more realistic as she meowed while she talked!! We had a few others in the skit as well, like Amos as Sherlock and Isaac as a Amelia Bedelia type Watson. Ah, the fun you can have when you work with children!!
Saturday was the J. family's last night to each at our house before moving into their own house. We had a cookout and the kids went for horse rides. Isn't Ethan a cute cowboy!