Tonight I’m uploading 5 new unit studies to the Unit Study Treasure Vault:
- Invertebrates Unit Study
- Crustacean Unit Study
- Spider Unit Study
- Insect Unit Study
- Feast of Purim
Here is the behind-the-scenes story of how I was able to pull off 5 new unit studies while finishing the revisions on the manuscript of my book on prayer, meeting an agent of a Christian publishing company, attending a writers’ conference, writing a book proposal, attending a wedding out of town, and going to choir practice and singing in choir twice on Easter while hosting a homeschooling family with 7 children at my house 3 nights over Easter weekend. The mother of the homeschooling family went to prom with my husband, just to complicate matters. And when I said to my mother that I wasn’t cooking Easter dinner this year because of choir, God had other plans obviously, because somehow I threw a big Easter dinner on the table. (Yes, the ham was cold because I had to cook it a couple of days before. And we had a lovely centerpiece with the empty tomb.)
I just want to mention briefly that when my sister announced that she was going to get married in two weeks (instead of in June; why wait?), my husband was out of town that weekend at the Shepherd’s Conference at John MacArthur’s church in California. My in-laws watched the kids, and I got (miraculously) inexpensive plane tickets just days before the wedding. Since I’m doing a Beth Moore Bible Study, I was convicted that I never talk to unbelievers, so I asked God to seat me beside someone that I could lead to Christ. Well, there was this one woman who I spoke with for 5 hours whose face turned from bitterness to joy. She didn’t want me to leave when the plane landed. I felt the Holy Spirit’s presence the entire time, leading me to say a lot of hard things that I never would have said if she hadn’t kept asking me questions.
It was also my dad’s birthday in March, and I usually have him over for dinner and presents. I asked him if he didn’t mind me filming the Feast of Purim for his birthday party, since he loves biblical topics. He said yes, and I was glad. Because of sick kids, I had to postpone the feast. I froze the dough for the pastries, and when I filmed rolling out the pastry, it was so sticky. The pastries tasted great, but they were a pain in the patootee because of stickiness. Then I just made up a rendition of the book of Esther while the kids acted out the story with masks, and the audience booed and shook groggers. Before filming, I asked God to help me, and it turned out GREAT! I will be uploading the masks (as downloadables) later this month and the script of what I said to have each character come in and out of the scene. My husband acted the part of Haman and did a superb job. My parents asked him if he ever won awards for acting, and he said yes, in high school he won awards for acting. I guess you learn something new every day. Ha!
We did a couple of dissections: a worm for the Invertebrates Unit Study and a crayfish for the delicious Crustacean Unit Study. The Invertebrates Unit Study ended up being almost an hour because I had done so many activities.
The Spider Unit Study was GREAT! On the high school level, the kids drew a diagram of the anatomy of the spider and learned about the different kinds of webs. I told my kids to go outside to find some webs I could film. I said I would pay them 10 cents for each web. One of my sons hit the jackpot when he went into the shed. There were tangle webs, sheet webs, exoskeletons of spiders, and spider egg sacks. We shone our flashlights around the shed, and I LOVED the footage we got! I went to a pet store and filmed a tarantula. I asked God to move the tarantula, and it moved right up to the camera! I made up a super cool easy craft for a spider web and a spider. They looked so good, and I’ve never seen them done before.
The Insect Unit Study was also fabulous. God is so good to me. What God calls you to do, He sustains you to do. God called me to do this unit study site, and He gives me so much joy in doing it. I’m working full time 40 hours a week on my Unit Study Treasure Vault, which is why it can’t be free. But I keep getting good chills about especially the spiritual videos that I’m doing. Last month I recorded the Armor of God, and part of it was my children sharing the gospel with each other. My 7-year-old daughter wanted to share the gospel straight into the camera, and it turned out so beautiful I cried.
So if any of you prayed for me this past month, thank you for your prayers. I finished all the new unit studies for the month, along with everything else God required me to do. I pray every day for my unit study members, that God would bless you above and beyond the small fee you give straight to my family each month. I love you guys!