Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Welcome!

Welcome to Creation Exploration Ministry

We now have a website as well as our Facebook Page for your convenience.  I will probably continue to post here for awhile, as it's convenient.

Visit and like Creation  Exploration Ministry on Facebook!
Or check out our new (a work in progress) website at http://creationexploration.jimdo.com!

Scroll down beyond this post for updates on our most recent adventures!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Crawling Under A Rock

Ever feel like the world was closing in and the safest place to go was under a rock.  Yeah, it started out like one of those days.

The crazy part is that there have been so many amazing things happening in the last two months.  Seriously, two months ago I sent out a prayer request.  A dozen folks responded and started a prayer circle and in that time, God has done so many amazing things for Creation Exploration.

As a group we claimed the land we've been using, by putting chairs out and planting a garden and talking about building forts.

Then I got my license, so I can take CEM on the road, with or without another adult to help out.

Then we were given a vehicle.  No, it's not the camper van we'd prayed for, but God knows best what we need at any given time.

And then we were given use of a building to house our stuff, which is currently in my kitchen, books, specimens, posters, the whole schabang!

Now, the biggest prayer is how do we generate income without my going out to work?  Everyone is encouraging me to write curriculum.  This is a huge hurdle and this morning it just seemed too daunting.  Crawling under a rock seemed easier than climbing over it.

Friday, July 4, 2014

A Guide to Exploration in Creation

It seems like it's time.  Time to try to put into writing what we do each week here at CEM as part of our homeschool nature study group.  This is a challenge for me, with many hurdles.  If you've long wanted to do nature study but weren't sure where to start or didn't know how to make it count as school or didn't feel like you had enough knowledge of creation yourself, please comment with your questions.  This will help me know how to shape it to help those who say things like, "Your group sounds like so much fun.  I wish we lived closer."

The fact is that creation is just outside your front door.  If you don't think so, just leave your outside light on all night this time of year ... you'll soon be bustling with activity of various local moths.

Pray for me to have faith, to have courage, to take the necessary steps and to be able by God's grace to produce something that will be a blessing and encouragement to families - all families, not just those who homeschool - to get outside together as a family!


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Lessons Learned

This past Thursday, CEM did it's first day long Creation Care Camp.  It was fantastic.  There were 39 kids, between the ages of 3 - 17.  Six of those were teens that were immediately delegated to as helpers, due to the sheer number of participants.

Everyone took their shoes off, got their feet wet and had fun.  (Well, I hope they had fun!)

I learned some lessons this weekend, too.

I prefer doing parent child groups, where the parents are there.
I dislike doing crowd control.
I don't care what the weather is, you can get outside.
I think teens need to put down their screens and get outside as much as little children.
I don't know everything and some of those kids were way smarter (academically) than I am in the field of natural science.
I don't have to know everything to lead, as long as I'm willing to admit, I don't know everything.

I'm sure there were a lot more lessons I will realize as I decompress from the weekend.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Finally - A Website for Creation Exploration!

A year ago, I was frantically trying and exceedingly frustrated by my failed efforts to get a website up for Creation Exploration Ministry.  This week, in just a few hours time over the course of a few days, I've got a basic website up, and so far, I like the results!!

If you'd like to check it out and see where we've come, from our very first homeschool group in September 2010, to where we are today with a blog, a Facebook page, and now a website and a growing group and a traveling outreach, be sure to visit and check it out!!

http://creationexploration.jimdo.com


Thursday, May 15, 2014

In the Know....

I was just walking around outside, barefooted.  A friend told me I needed to go do that.  Why is it that I'm unable to come up with that on my own?  It always helps when I'm feeling off.  And I've been off for about three days!

While I was walking, I was looking at the different plants that are up, naming them as I went.

I was thinking about how, lately, in our homeschool group, I've been identifying things for people.  Which isn't really the way I like to do it, but in a big group, it's just easier that way.

It's kind of like making an initial introduction.  "Hi, This is Susie!  Susie, I'd like you to meet Violet."

The thing is that long the way, Susie, may meet many folks that look like or remind her of Violet.  She may or may not remember Violet's name.  It's not until she takes time, personally and spends it with Violet that she really gets to know who Violet is.

It's the same way with wild flowers, birds, amphibians, ... all of creation really.  We may be able to name something, by way of a general introduction, but until we spend time with it, study it, really get acquainted with it, we can't really say that we know it.

So, how much of the world just outside your door are you well acquainted with, and how much you know, based on just a brief introduction.  Get out this week and pick one thing to get to know more personally.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Day 5 - Catch 22

Well, just when I think I've got it figured out, the situation takes on another dimension of impossible.

You can't register a vehicle without insurance, and you can't get insurance without a license, but I can't really get my license without a vehicle.  So!  Back to the drawing board, praying about what God would have us do and how.

As of now, we do have homeschool families in three areas of the state that would like us to come to their area.  So the demand is there.  The question is, how do we get the programming to them.

Continued prayers appreciated!