Friday’s Factoid 9 (by Titus and Joel)

The Earth is the most special planet in the whole solar system and the only one people can live on. It has just the right amount of everything like sunlight, gravity, atmosphere, tilt and spin so that people won’t freeze or burn up or starve or fall off. I am glad we live here but I would like to visit another planet too (Joel,7).

The Earth is in the Milky Way Galaxy. The Milky Way is a Spiral Galaxy and our solar system is not in the middle. It is more on the edge. The Milky Way is over 100,000 light years across. A light year is almost 6 trillion miles. There are no pictures of the whole Milky Way because no one has been out of it. Once, the Voyager took a picture of the Earth from 4 billion miles away and it was just a little dot in the middle of a sunbeam (Titus,8).

H is for…

There were 2 final contenders for our ‘H’ verse and I really couldn’t choose so this week we are doing both! Besides, next week is a review week so we’ll have plenty of extra time if we need it. So…

This weeks Memory Verses: H is for…

“He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows it’s time for setting.”
Psalm 104:19

“He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.”
Psalm 147:4

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Hymn of the week: Great is Thy Faithfulness (Chisholm/Runyan)

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not;
As Thou has been Thou forever wilt be.

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Tsunamis, Star-gazing, and Celestial Soup

Arrived home early this morning after a tsunami evacuation pulled us out of our beds last night. Battled some pretty crazy traffic to get to a friend’s house were we camped out on her fourth floor balcony which happened to have a lovely view of the now deserted Kailua-Kona harbor. Also an even lovelier view of a beautifully full Hawaiian moon shimmering on some VERY CALM WATER. So yeah, false alarm. No tsunami, not even an over-sized ripple on our side of the island. But a sleepless night out-of-doors at least yielded some lovely star-gazing and two more constellations checked off our list. Our little adventure left us all pretty out-of-sorts today and in need of some soothing comfort-food. My boys’ all-time favorite soup is a home-made version of Italian Wedding Soup made from spinach, chicken, and those tiny Acini Pepe pasta balls. However, in keeping with our astronomy theme I substituted the pasta balls for Stelline Pasta Stars. That, and a long afternoon nap should have us back to our old-selves.

Celestial Soup Recipe

1. Boil your left-over $4.99 Costco rotisserie chicken carcass in 8 cups water till it falls apart and you have a nice chicken stock. Let cool then pick out ALL the bones leaving all the little chunks of chicken in the stock (a great job for little hands).
2. Boil 1/2 box of Stelline Pasta Stars (or Acini Pepe Pasta Balls) in 8 cups water, drain.
3. Add 1 cube chicken bullion, 1 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg, 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
and the pasta to chicken stock and chicken.
4. Chop up and saute in 1 TBSP Olive oil a good sized bunch of Kale, spinach or chard with a little sea salt just till tender then add to everything else.
5. Add water to desired thinness. We like it thick rather than brothy.
6. Serve with baguette and butter or in this case Costco Parmesan bagel halves smeared with homemade macadamia nut and basil pesto topped with sliced tomatoes and mozzarella then toasted in oven till cheese bubbles. Yumm.