Sep 24, 2010

Homeschool-Bible- and Laughter

Today, we were reading the Bible together, to start off our homeschool day.  It was a beautiful morning and we gathered outside on our deck.  Princess Sweetness (13) had gathered her 3 Bibles
(one in Oromo, one in Amharic and one in English) 
and the rest of us had the one language in which we spoke.  

She began to read us from John chapter 8 first in Oromo, her native language.  Then she read a bit of Amharic (the main language of Ethiopia, her second language she acquired at the age of 7, when she entered the orphanage).  She struggles a bit more in Amharic, but I press her to continue through her struggles; as I want her to retain this language- not just spoken with her friends over the phone, but in writing as well.

We all follow as she reads, as she keeps us informed (in English)as which verse she is on.  When she is done, we switch then to English.  One by one my children take turns reading orally their given section of the Scripture (we read in the New International Version).  Princess Sweetness also practices her English, occasionally I correct her pronunciation, but usually we just enjoy her joining in. Her English has MUCH improved over the past 5 months.

Often we stop to discuss what we are reading.  

Today my 8 year old son asked a question.
And I share it with you, as we still are laughing.

He said, "Mama..."

I said, "Yes King Meemer." 

He said, "Mama, why did they put salt and pepper on Jesus?"
I cocked my head and thought what he might be talking about...

then it came to me...

John 19:40
Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes
with the spices,
as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 

We talked about it later, as we shared the story of our day with Papa.
King Meemer still was not getting it, to him it just wasn't funny.  As we told Papa he asked again...

"Okay, now explain to me why they put seasoning on Jesus!"

I will NEVER talk about Jesus' burial again,
without thinking of my sweet 8 year old son and his trying to wrap his mind around 
they were putting salt and pepper on his Jesus.


Kathy C. said...

I would love to send you a copy of my book The Christian Girl's Guide to the Bible for your girls. Just e-mail me your address

Sara said...

Simply precious! You brought a smile to my night.

happy day,

Amrita said...

Made me smile, Superman Meemer is great

Julie said...

Such a sweet story Kimmie!

MommaMindy said...

What a great idea for learning more about the Lord Jesus and the English language. I could just picture the beautiful scene on your deck.

My 7 year old recently "found" Song of Solomon in her Bible. She brought it to the dinner table one night to read because she was so convinced it shouldn't be in the Bible. We had a few giggles over that, too.

Diana said...

Laughing with you. I think I'll remember that one as well.

EEEEMommy said...

What a beautiful peak into your daily life and family! Kids have the best insights and questions when it comes to God's Word. Even when they're off the wall, at least it shows that they're listening, pondering, and really trying to understand. What more can we ask for?

Praying for you as you continue to adjust!

Grace and Peace,

Renata said...

LOL - oh I can just imagine salt & pepper - too cute!!
I love that you are encouraging Simenesh to continue with her other languages - she will be so thankful for this when she is grown!
Hope you have a beautiful day

Amie said...

Poor kid lol. Were you finally able to explain it to him?

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Ruby said...

That will be a very precious family memory for a long time to come. I am enjoying your blog and will read further. Thankyou for having me.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Salt of the earth, that boy...

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