Sunday, July 14, 2013

Saturday Snapshots - Great Lakes




There are definite perks that come with this interesting lifestyle.So far we've hit "three" coastal shores of the US, including the Atlantic, the Gulf, and now the Great Lakes. Ok, the lakes are not exactly an official shore, but they do make quite an impact on the northern end of our country.

We headed up to Lake Erie to a small coastal town about 15 miles from where we're staying in northern Ohio. Just as we approached the drawbridge, the arms went down and the light went red. So, what do a bunch of nerdy tourist homeschoolers do? Jump out of the car and run up to watch it, then run back to the van before we hold up traffic and annoy everyone.

After this we wandered to a local beach. It was a cool day so we did not swim, and I'm not that confident about the cleanliness of Lake Erie this close to Cleveland, so we just lounged.

Naturally, we learned a little bit about the lakes on the way, such as the fact that they hold 21% of the world's fresh water, and a bit about the lake weather. That would explain why the whole area is one big, sloppy, wet mess. Colorado is always so dry so having rain, and sometimes very heavy, street-flooding, torrential rain for over 2 weeks straight puts us out of our comfort zone, and boredom was getting us crazy. A day at the beach was just what the doctor ordered.

This park also has a small lake and checks out canoes, so the younger two talked dad into a canoe ride.

We were given a great gift this week. A gentleman in the park had just purchased a new keyboard and wanted to give his old one to us, figuring we'd get good use out of it. Of course, figuring out where to put it is a pretty big challenge. At the moment it lives on Sean's bed during the day and stands up behind the captain's chair at night. Sean plays it most of the time, mainly making up chord structures that have an eerie resemblance to 80's music. I don't think the 80's music will be particularly helpful with our folk music band, but the twins have a wild idea of having a band in the future with electronic instruments and they like the idea of having a keyboard to enhance that someday sound. Mary wants to learn a bit of keyboard (I'm looking into low-maintenance basic courses now so we don't step on her fiddle progress), and Sean is already obsessed with it. It makes all the weird noises a 13-year-old boy could ever want and his mother doesn't scold him to stop it. She scolds him to put on headphones, but not necessarily to stop.

While we figure out what to do with the keyboard, we have figured out some new arrangements to some historical folk music for our next CD. No, we aren't planning one officially yet. We can't afford it, but I am treating this the same way I treat everything. We couldn't afford the instruments, the sound system, the bus, or even to take off on the road 1 1/2 years ago. What we did each time is to plow the fields and await the rain. We don't wait for the rain and then plow the fields. If the fields are ready, God will provide when it's time, just as He did with the instruments, sound system, van, bus, and when we took off on the road before we were financially ready. Pray, plow the fields, and wait for the rain.

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  1. "God will provide when it's time, just as He did with the instruments, sound system, van, bus, and when we took off on the road before we were financially ready. Pray, plow the fields, and wait for the rain."
    Thank you.
    -Eryn

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