Sunnybrook Farm produces (Summer and Fall 2015)

From those beautiful February days of planting, we did have some production at Sunnybrook Farm.

Ryan was a terrific steward over his precious pepper plants and harIMG_20151125_202333528vested a horde of jalapenosIMG_20151107_112929302!

We turned them into jalapeno poppers, dip, soup, and froze them to use all year.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Moapa squash seeds, a local cultivar that I use like pumpkin, also gave us an abundant harvest.

Rebecca won a “carving” contest at Halloween with her Mr. Moapa.

Mr. Moapa squash

 

 

At Thanksgiving, Ryan was a trooper cleaning out all the seeds and goop so I could turn Moapa squash into pumpkin streusel squares (yum!) and a side dish.

 

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And, of course, not pictured here is the often-overwhelming zucchini harvest. I think we had so much that it wasn’t fun anymore, so no pictures. 🙂 We also enjoyed some delectable tomatoes, but they never last long enough.

It’s always a joy- and a bit surprising- when we have gardening success!! We’d like to think we are somewhat self-reliant, though we still have a long way to go…

We are- and try to be- House Upon a Rock.

Hero Night at House Upon a Rock 2015

We held our first Hero Night at House Upon a Rock in February 2015. As we learn about great men and women, I ask my children to choose noble examples as their heroes, and determine how the lessons of their lives can be applied to our own. They research, write a paper, prepare illustrations, and develop a presentation in a format of their choice. My children amaze me with their insight and wisdom. They recognize eternal principles and work to live them. I love that they teach me.

We invite family and friends to participate in Hero Night, where the students give a presentation about their Hero and lead a discussion. We visit, teach, learn and are edified together. Of course, we also have treats. 🙂 I always feel uplifted, and call this an “Evening of Inspiration.”

Ryan’s Heroes of 2015:Ryan's hero: Captain Moroni

Captain Moroni

-Paul Revere

-the ancient prophet Elijah

Horatius at the Bridge

 

Rebecca’s Heroes of 2015:IMG_20150226_192231527

-the ancient prophet Nephi, son of Lehi

-George Washington

-Queen Esther

-Socrates

 

Later in the year, we started alternating Hero Night with Great Books Gathering, and will continue that going forward. It’s the same format as Hero Night, just choosing a book they consider great instead of a person from which to learn and apply eternal truths. We love the lively presentations and discussions!

So far:

Ryan: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Rebecca: Biography of Helen Keller

 

We are- and try to be- House Upon a Rock!

School at Sunnybrook Farm (February 2015)

Rebecca and Gunner at Sunnybrook Farm

House Upon a Rock is built on… well… rocks. Quite literally. So while we have 4+acres, it’s not worth much for growing things. However, our dear neighbors just down the road were smart enough to choose farmland instead of a rock quarry. And they are so good to us that they invited us this year to garden with them at what we fondly call Sunnybrook Farm (in honor of Rebecca, if you’re not familiar). These friends have irrigation water, tractor, green thumbs… everything we don’t. And they have Gunner, a sweet old dog that reminds us of our beloved, departed labs. He and my Rebecca are buddies. Ryan is, too, but I think he was busy chasing cows instead of cuddling at the time of this picture.

The good thing about Logandale (well, one of the good things) is February. Beautiful, sunny days perfect for planting a garden while everyone else is still under snow. So that’s what we did for hands-on science during those early, first days of home school. We tilled and planted and tended and weeded. And learned about the life cycle of plants. And enjoyed being outside in the winter sunshine.

We are- and try to be- House Upon a Rock!

(though we’re glad we have friends with better soil 🙂 )

Why we teach our children at home

meme-perry-parenting-1549664-gallerySome parents do
an amazing job of finding (i.e. making) time amid all the crazy busy-ness of life to intentionally teach their children. I’m not one of them.

Last year, I felt frustrated that I wasn’t spending enough high-quality time with my children, intentionally teaching them. It seemed that there was too little time and energy left- for them and for me- after school, homework, and other activities every day. We had daily prayer and scripture study and weekly family home evening, but I’m not sure I was engaged in persistent, daily intentional parenting.

I absolutely have a testimony that the most important work I will ever do is with and for my family. So… we brought our children home and now my full-time, around-the-clock job is teaching them. It’s hard, really hard. But it’s amazingly rewarding.

Here’s why we at House Upon a Rock educate our children at home:righteous intentional parenting

  1. We are following the Lord’s direction for our family at this time.
  2. We believe our children have important work to do, that the Lord has sent them here “for such a time as this.” (That’s true for all of us, really.) So we have a responsibility to prepare them for that work, and we are entitled to the Lord’s help in teaching our children.
  3. In our home, we unite spiritual and temporal learning; we learn and teach by the spirit.
  4. Our family gets to be together- not just at the end of the day when everyone is tired, but in our high-energy hours as well. We are closer, more unified, and have flexibility in how and when and where to teach.
  5. We teach and learn what is needful and best, leaving out the rest.
  6. Personalized instruction (and spirit-led instruction!) allows our children to learn and progress at an accelerated pace. We also have the freedom and time for them to pursue individual interests and talents.

When in April 2015, then-Elder Nelson testified that, “No other work transcends that of righteous, intentional parenting,” I felt confirmation from the Spirit that we are doing what’s right for our family at this time. What a privilege…

We are- and try to be- House Upon a Rock!