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When Bethany learned that we were coming for her birthday, she and her husband started planning fun things for us to do. One of Bethany’s top priorities was a craft evening with Ma. Not surprisingly, it spilled over into the next day, too, but we were both happy with our finished products–four dozen patriotic pinwheels, just in time for the 4th of July! Because she is a craft supply stasher like her Ma, all she had to buy was a package of bamboo skewers.

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It was my idea to take a picture of all the pinwheels together, but it was Bethany who turned it into a photo shoot. I had in mind laying the pinwheels side by side on the living room floor, but Bethany’s idea of a sheet, a clothesline, mason jars, and chairs was much more creative. She can make anything pretty–and she does.

One of our first homeschool field trips was a visit to an advertising photographer. He worked out of his home, making photographs of food for weekly grocery store sale flyers. He showed us tricks and also showed his work in print.

I am grateful that God led us out of a homeschooling way that felt like a sack of rocks we carried on our backs into a homeschooling lifestyle that fit who we were. On this 4th of July, thank God for your freedoms, those in our country and especially the freedoms found in Jesus. As you think about “school” for the fall, think about ways to live in freedom and not in fear and bondage.

It was for freedom that Christ set us free;
therefore keep standing firm
and do not be subject again
to a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1

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