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This was a fun little project, courtesy of Face Book.

Curiouse?  Here are the “Rules”.  Have fun, and let me know if you make one!

To Do This
1 – Go to “wikipedia.” Hit “random”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Go to “Random quotations”
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 – Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 – Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.  I used Picfont.

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day fifty-seven

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

-1 John 4:10

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day fifty-six

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

-Hebrews 8:12

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day fifty-five

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

-John 14:3

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little mother
little mother 

Play is a very important part of a child’s life.   Montessori defined play as a child’s work.  Whatever a child is learning or thinking on, he will express through play.  

When teaching something new, do not expect a child to start acting it out immediately.  Play comes when a child has integrated the information into his being.  For a young child, integration can take two weeks.  For an older child, accustomed to being taught, the time is reduced; but, even an adult needs half an hour to integrate a new thought or idea.

One afternoon, about a year ago, I heard the boys running up and down the hallway. Thunk.  Thunk.  Thunk.  Thunk.  Up and down, up and down they ran. 

There was also a strange grunting/chanting sound emitting from their mouths.  A sound that was not wholly human…

I went to investigate, and found the two oldest giving the next two piggy-back rides, up and down the hallway, stopping occasionally to throw their limp brothers onto the couch, and pretend to feed them.  It was very strange, indeed.

Finally they were ready for more.   They began to ask for more information…

After watching them run, for what seemed like quite a while, I asked what they were doing.  “An Orc run,” was the only answer I received, as they trotted past me with their brothers on their backs.  Big flatfooted steps they took, shaking the house as they went.

Once the concept had worked its way into their understanding, they played “Orc Run” to its full.  They played until their minds could wrap around the concept of strange warriors.  Warriors  who could run for three days, without tiring. 

What in the world?  “An orc run,” they had said. 

Oh!  Orcs! 

They had watched “The Lord of the Rings” with their dad, about a month earlier.  The concept of Orcs had been brand new to them then, and they had made no mention of them, except to refer to them as “The bad guys,” when talking of the battles.

Now the thoughts had come to some form of maturity, and they had need to act their understanding out.  Their first encounter with Orcs had been the “Orc Run” when Merrie and Pippin had been carried off… so there they where, pretending their younger brothers were Hobbits, and they were Orcs…

Thunk.  Thunk.  Thunk.  Thunk…  On and on and on they went.

They did a similar thing when they learned that the sun did not just disappear in the evening, to reappear in the morning.  That it was always daytime somewhere…

They set their playthings on a table, and stationed a ball for the sun.  The “sun” would move throughout the day, and at night it would be placed under the table. 

Play:  Exploring their understanding. 

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day fifty-four

“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”

– 1 John 5:12

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day fifty-three

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.”

-Matthew 7:24

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