It has been a while! My Thanksgiving page has been out of order for a long time, so I am finally finding time to fix it. Below are the notebooking pages. Further down, you will find links to my other Thanksgiving related pages.
Thanksgiving Maude M. Grant
The Pilgrims were good people.
They lived in England.
The Pilgrims liked to go to church.
Their king was not kind to them.
He would not let them go to their own church.
So they left England and went to Holland.
The Pilgrims lived in Holland.
They lived there for twelve years.
They saw the wind-mills. .
The wind-mills grind the corn.
The wind-mills pump the water.
The Dutch people live in Holland.
The Dutch boys and girls wear wooden shoes.
The Dutch people were kind to the Pilgrims.
The Pilgrims did not wish to live in Holland always.
They wanted a land of their own.
So they sailed across the sea.
The name of their boat was the Mayflower.
It was not a large boat.
The great green waves tossed the Mayflower about.
The Pilgrims sailed a long time over the sea.
The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth.
It was winter and very cold.
There were no houses.
The Pilgrims went into the woods.
They cut down trees and made log houses.
They made a church and a schoolhouse.
The Pilgrims met the Indians.
The Indians were kind to them.
They taught them how to hunt.
They taught them how to fish.
The Indians gave corn to the Pilgrims.
They showed them how to make corn bread.
The Pilgrims had to work very hard.
The winter was very long and cold.
The Pilgrims lived in log houses.
These houses were not warm.
Food was very scarce.
Sometimes the Pilgrims did not have enough to eat.
After awhile the Pilgrims did not have so hard a time.
Their corn and vegetables grew and they had a fine harvest.
They caught wild turkeys in the woods.
Soon their barns were full.
They said, "Let us have a day of Thanskgiving.
Let us thank God for His blessings."
So they had the first Thanksgiving Day.
We had a lovely Christmas. We always let the kids dig into their stockings before we get up. It helps to hold them over. 🙂 This year, I added an electronic thesaurus to their stockings. They have been wanting one since watching Mr. Pudewa with IEW. I thought it would be a nice investment. One was free with the Swagbucks I saved, so that helped.
Daddy read us the Christmas story from Luke and we gave thanks for our gifts and many other blessings he has given us throughout the year.
Donnie likes comic books like his daddy, but I don't care for them. I make sure his are geared towards kids and doesn't have any bad language or scantily dressed women. I got him a few Spiderman comics and the Good and Evil Bible comic by No Greater Joy. The Good and Evil book was actually drawn by a Marvel artist, so that made it even better. I have been eying it for a while, so when they had it for 50% off, I snagged it.
MaryEllen is into fantasy right now. We dug out our Chronicles of Narnia series that was in her Aunt's attic last month and for Christmas, I got her the Peleg Chronicles. Little did I know that she was looking at these in a catalog as something she would like to read.
Daddy got us all mp3 players! Donnie and mine are the same (the one on the right) and MaryEllen got a smaller version, but it holds more. This is SO great because now I can listen to my sermons while I iron and I don't have to worry about bothering the kids while they are trying to study. I know a lot of times, the radio is a distraction for them and I try to put it as low as possible so that I can still hear it. It is hard in the summer with the air conditioner running (window unit) or the dishwasher. So, this is a wonderful gift. The kids can now listen to their music and books on tape too.
We got MaryEllen some carving tools since she has shown an interest in wood carving. I don't know anything about carving, so I think this book will be great for beginning and the tools too. We need to still purchase some safety gloves.
I think Donnie, if cultivated, could become a photographer one of these days. If not for profession, than for a hobby. He enjoys taking pictures and fiddling with the different setting on my camera, so I got him his own. Actually, I found the one I gave him in my closet many months ago. I was tempted to open and use it, but I didn't see the need since I already have a camera and thought it would be a good gift. Well, when Christmas was upon us and I was thinking of gifts, I remembered it...perfect. It also does video, which he enjoys too.
MaryEllen got me a Nancy Drew mystery game. I have enjoyed Nancy Drew games for about ten years now. I am now on #26, Tomb of the Lost Queen, which is the one she gifted me. 🙂 Usually these are gifts from Don every Christmas, so I was surprised to get if from MaryEllen. Don did get me some other PC Games, puzzle type games, the ones I enjoy. I don't spend a lot of time playing games, but I do enjoy one now and then. I do include the kids with Nancy Drew because they enjoy sleuthing too.
Donnie got Don a movie, Total Recall. Don had this one on his wish list, so it was a nice surprise for him.
Later, we decorated the popcorn balls Auntie Reff sent us. It was interesting. You wouldn't think it would be hard, but I guess I have no imagination. lol! Here are a few the kids decorated.
Don grilled us steaks for dinner and I made some asparagus and ramen noodles. We didn't feel like the turkey thing this year. We ate our popcorn balls for desert.
Earlier this week, I did try my hand at eggnog. It came out pretty good. I do want to try a few more recipes to see which we prefer. I even found a vegan eggnog that I want to try. I haven't made the fudge yet. When I went to the supermarket, I forgot to get chocolate chips and I bought sweet milk instead of evaporated. Oh well, maybe later.
We had a peaceful time together and finished off the day by watching The Nativity and some of The Gospel of John, finishing it the next day. The Gospel of John is acted word for word, it is pretty neat.
I don't usually post many picture of myself, especially in my pajamas, but here is one of me and Don. The kids didn't want me to post any pictures of them. So, maybe if I post more of me, they will be more willing. 🙂
Aren't those bunnies cute? MaryEllen drew them for me. She even colored them using Photoshop Elements.
CHRISTMAS IS COSTLY
It cost Mary and Joseph the comforts of home during a long period of exile in Egypt to protect the little Babe.
It cost mothers in and around Bethlehem the massacre of their babies by the cruel order of Herod.
It cost the shepherds the complacency of their shepherd lives with the call to the manger and to tell the good news.
It cost the wise men a long journey and expensive gifts and changed lives.
It cost the early apostles and the early church persecution and sometimes death.
It cost missionaries of the Christ untold suffering and privation to spread the good news.
It cost Christian martyrs in all ages their lives for Christ’s sake.
More than all this, it cost God the Father His own Son—He sent Him to the earth to save men.
It cost Jesus a life of sacrifice and service, a death cruel and unmatched in history.
Amongst the hustle and bustle, may we meditate, not only on the baby in the manger, but of what that birth really meant and still means today. Jesus came to die, isn't that amazing? It sometimes is too much for my little brain to register, but I am glad and forever thankful he did.
This month has been pretty mellow as far as school goes. We basically have been doing Bible, math and reading. I began reading [amazon_link id="161293112X" target="_blank" ]A Christmas Carol[/amazon_link] with the kids. We are just about finished. I have always wanted to read it, but never have. It is pleasantly enjoyable.
We also watched some Christmas classic cartoons. When the kids were small, we had a VHS of The Stingiest Man in Town, based on A Christmas Carol. It was my favorite to watch with the kids. I searched, but only found it available on a [amazon_link id="B001H9N1AO" target="_blank" ]Classic Christmas pack[/amazon_link]. So, I bought it and the kids and I have enjoyed watching these old time cartoons. This week, we will watch [amazon_link id="B003UORGGE" target="_blank" ]The Nativity[/amazon_link].
Baking has gone slow this month, with chocolate chips and sugar cookies. MaryEllen made the sugar cookies and Donnie joined in with the decorating. We left some for the mailman along with his Christmas card. He is such a great mailman, always has a smile for us.
This week I am going to try my hand at fudge and eggnog. Can you believe I have never made either before. Today I made peppermint bark. It came out good. I think I made it too thick because it was hard to break. Next time I will make it a tad thinner. It made a lot, so I think I will surprise the mailman with another goodie tomorrow. 🙂
I wasn't sure how fine to chop the candy canes. I did the Ziploc method with my rolling pin. Some pieces seemed to stay big and others were turning into powder. 🙂 This recipe didn't call for peppermint extract, but I think I will add some next time. MaryEllen, who likes peppermint, thought it needed more of the peppermint taste. I did too. The chocolate was over powering.
I was late with getting our Christmas cards, but they are sent now. We were late with starting our Advent reading, but I am not stressing over it. We are just reading and enjoying.
Christmas will be just us this year. We will be celebrating our Savior's birth on Christmas Eve because Don works on Christmas Day. The kids like that because usually we celebrate AFTER Christmas, this year we will celebrate before. We plan on decorating popcorn balls, a gift sent by their Auntie Reff. This will be a fun family time and we get to eat our creations. Thanks Auntie Reff!
Small Pox Matchbook – Describe briefly what smallpox is and how it impacted Squanto.
Small pox is a disease that caused high fever and bumps to appear on the body. It is contagious. Because of no vaccines in Sauqnto’s day, it
often caused death. Small pox impacted Squanto because it is thought to be the cause of his tribe being wiped out.
Teaching the Pilgrims - He taught them how to plant corn, find eels in the river and where the best places to find lobsters were.
Word Study (Vocabulary) – Write a description of each word as you read about Squanto.
Tisquantum – Squanto’s real name. The English called him Squanto.
Patuxet – Squantos original tribe.
Wampanoag -- The tribe that invited Squanto to live with them when he returned home only to find his tribe was wiped out by small pox.
Small pox – A disease that causes fever and a rash of bumps on the body. It is contagious and life threatening.
Monk – Men who dedicate their lives to the works of Jesus Christ.
Usually they live together in monasteries, but some live alone while
others roam without any fixed residence.
Sachem – Word the Massachusetts tribes called their chiefs.
Pilgrims – A group of Puritans who left England in order to freely
worship the one and only true God.
Plymouth – The name the Pilgrims gave to the area where they landed in America. They named it after their home town in England.
Copywork Verse - Genesis 45:7 "And God sent me before you to
preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great
Thanksgiving -The Pilgrims got together during the harvest time to give thanks to God for his blessings throughout the year. They invited Squanto’s Indian family. They cooked up an abundance of food from their crops and from various animals.
What are you thankful for this past year?
Squanto’s Travels – Describe a little about each place when Squanto was there.
America – His home. His home was located where nowadays Plymouth, Massachusetts is.
England – His first time there was voluntary. He felt he could learn a lot about the English and report back to his tribe. His second time there, after he was taken to Spain, he was waiting for a ship to take him back to America.
Spain - His trip to Spain was against his will. He was a prisoner soon to be sold as a slave. He thankfully was bought by some friendly Monks who gave him his freedom, sheltered him, taught him of Jesus and eventually sent him to England where he was most likely to find a ship heading to America.
Patuxet – This was the tribe to which he belonged. Squanto was a Patuxet Indian. Their home was were nowady Plymouth, Massachusetts is. While Squanto was in England and Spain, his family was killed by small pox. Squanto was the last of the Patuxets.
Wampanoag – The Wampanoag tribe lived close to the Patuxets. So when Squanto had no home, they welcomed him in. The Wampanoag Chief made a peace treaty with the English that was in place until his death.
God Protects Squanto – Tell how God delivered Squanto from a life destined to be a slave.
Squanto Mini Biography
Nickname: Squanto – given by the English
Birthplace : America
Indian Tribe: Patuxet
Born: Around 1585
Greatest Accomplishments: Learning English and Spanish. Teaching the Pilgrims to survive off of the land in their new home. Translating
between the Indians and the Pilgrims which opened communication lines of peace and trade.
I thought this poem was cute, especially because the kids and I were thinking the other day about how we can make Christmas special for dad. He does SO much and I know he know we appreciate and love him for all he does, but just baking his favorite cookie or making a small gift would be a fun way for us to SHOW him.
Just me brainstorming. Anyway, I thought it was neat how I bumped into this poem.
How about Christmas for dear old dad?
Let's give him the best one he ever has had.
He thinks of the best things for Santa to bring,
But he always gets just the same old thing.
Handkerchiefs, neckties, of red, white and blue.
And maybe a cheap cigar or two.
He always smiles, and says he's glad,
But it's always the same. It's quite too bad!
Find out something dad really wants, this year,
If you're smart, you can do it—that's very clear!
And earn the money with which to pay
For it, yourself, this Christmas Day.
For most of the presents we all of us get
Have dad behind them, you just can bet!
For mother, sister, baby or Will,
Grandma or auntie—dad pays the bill!
This year dad's shall be the best present I give.
He'll remember this Christmas as long as he'll live,
As the year when he really got presents, you know.
Don't all of you boys want to do just so?