Several weeks ago, Ryan, Leah and I went to dig up some of the plants just to see what was going on underneath the soil. What we discovered was that the plant stems were rotting underneath the ground, but there were potatoes! Beautiful, big potatoes . . . we were like little kids out there digging them up. :) So now we knew that even though the plants were dying, the potatoes were there and definitely usable, and we wanted the girls to have the opportunity to reap the fruit of their labors.
This afternoon opportunity presented itself, and we headed out to the garden with a pitchfork and a large bowl (I could not find our bucket!) I began digging and the girls would shout 'potato' whenever they saw one.
Once we were about halfway through with what we had planned to dig today, Leah took over the digging, and I had the opportunity to watch the girls' faces and to photograph.
Big potatoes, little ones, and several huge night crawlers (as in over a foot long!) were the 'treasures' found.
Once we had dug a sizable number of potatoes, the girls carried them over to where the hose was and sprayed them off.
I was informed that this was my potato . . . ;)
Once getting back inside, we spread the potatoes out on the counter to dry and then had our lesson for the day. We reviewed a bit of what we had discussed last week which was Christ's Second Coming and also how we need to be obedient to Him. This week we looked at one way that we can do this . . . by being obedient to our parents.
We began by looking at Colossians 3:20
"Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord." After discussing this verse, the girls asked if before we moved on, if they could copy the verse in their journals. They generally take notes during the lesson, but do not often write down the verses. I was more than happy to oblige them. :) Once they had finished we moved on and read Ephesians 6:1:
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right." The girls again wrote this verse down as they also did the majority of the later ones. How this blessed my heart! I cannot describe the feeling as I looked at them carefully copying the verses!
Leaving the New Testament, we turned to a verse in Proverbs:
"My son, observe the commandment of your father and do not forsake the teaching of your mother;" (Proverbs 6:20). After discussing this verse, we read and explained the definition of obedience:
"Submissive to authority; yielding compliance to commands or orders; performing what is required, or abstaining from what is forbid." We then applied this to our own lives and examined areas that we may struggle being obedient in. Obeying instantly was also discussed . . . it is not obedience to say "just a minute" or "after I finish this chapter" when your parent asks you to do something. My parents called it as they were training us: "first time obedience". Not always easy, but it is necessary! After the lesson, the girls spent some time writing in their journals, cross-stitching, and then they had the fun of picking out which potatoes to bring home to their families. :)