January Free Family Events (Cleveland, OH)

Happy New Year!!!

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4

As we celebrate the new year, we celebrate what God has done and what God is doing. “In the beginning God created…” and God is still working in His creation and in our lives. In fact, “the heavens declare the glory of God”!

To start the new year, we would like to highlight an amazing, meaningful, free activity that is great for the whole family at different levels. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has a temporary exhibit (9/29/2018-4/28/2019) called “BUILT TO SURVIVE: BIOMECHANICS”. We were there today and it is amazing!!! It’s as if it were created to show the amazing wisdom, power, creativity, etc. of our amazing Creator. Our 4 year old, 8 year old, Elyse and myself (It’s hard to speak for the baby), all thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit and it had the right mix of hands on, and deeper information to keep us all engaged and amazed. (See below for the “free” part, since the museum is not usually free. :o)

For those who are homeschooling their children, we have another exciting event to highlight. Bible Study Fellowship offers a great way to go deeper into God’s Word with a view to know him more. The day women’s class in Middleburg Heights has had the pre-school program for years, but that was difficult for families who are homeschooling. Starting this year, they will be adding the school age program for K-12!!! If you, or your children, would like to go deeper into God’s Word. This may be worth your checking out! BSF continues to be a huge blessing for our family and we are excited to pass this along.

With those highlights, here are other activities to celebrate God and his creation in the the month of January.

January Events

The events marked “Free RSVP” do require advance registration, which may fill up quickly. Be sure to check whether the registration is still open before you plan your trip.

Events marked “($$$)” have a fee.

So, How do I go to the Natural History Museum for FREE!?!

We encourage supporting the museums, etc. However, if finances are going to keep you from going and you’re willing to have a little extra hassle, there is a way to go for free through the public library.

Here is how:

  1. Get a Cleveland Public Library card. (Bring your Cuyahoga County card and they can use the same card) – FREE
  2. Ask to check out a “Family Pass” for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. This is good for six people to enjoy the museum AND the planetarium for FREE!
    1. The branches sometimes run out. If they don’t have one try again later, or try another branch.
    2. These do not need to be returned. You turn them in at the museum in exchange for tickets.
  3. Tell a friend… share the good news! (Especially while the “BUILT TO SURVIVE: BIOMECHANICS” is still at the museum!)

Enjoy your New Year as you focus on the Beginner and Sustainer of all things!

Other events that are not specific to this month

Ongoing Events (Some may have different schedules this month)

Weekly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month)

Monthly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month)

“God’s Double Agent”

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Hebrews 13:3 
 
Just finished reading “God’s Double Agent” by Bob Fu. I have to admit I didn’t expect myself getting so hooked as soon as I started reading. From a former beggar’s son, to top student leader, to Communist party school lecturer, to house church planter, to prison, to the founder of China Aid in the U.S., Bob’s story gives a bigger picture of God’s great plans through bringing one soul to repentance. 
Growing up in the more developed east coast of China, I am very oblivious of what really happened in my parents’ generation. I heard bits and pieces when I was young about the famine and “Culture Revolution”. History class only briefly touched upon this sensitive period of time. Persecution was more like stories and it didn’t make much impact on me (or at least I think I was ready to skip that shameful era of history). As a little girl, I learned to be grateful for my time and even the Party (I received Atheist education and was taught to give the Party all the credit) and the future was bright. It wasn’t until I became a Christian, I started to become familiar with the term persecution. Continue reading

Chronicles of Narnia

Elijah and I have been exploring the land of Narnia for a few weeks now. For Elijah, this has been his first time to enter into the magical land in the Wardrobe and for me… I have lost count.

Narnia has kept us both enthralled with the depth of fun and adventure as well as profoundly deep life changing meaning. Elyse has heard Elijah discussing many quotes and concepts from the books and me again expressing what a genius C.S. Lewis was with these books (sometimes after I “preview” the next chapter after telling Elijah we will have to wait until tomorrow for more… even though I have already read these books many times)

There are many reasons that The Chronicles of Narnia continue to be my most recommended read after the Bible for both kids and adults, however my reasons may not be yours. With so much depth, these books may reach and speak to you in ways that I had never even thought of. Two things I will mention are that they are not only life changing, they are also a very easy read. (I read three of the seven books in one night when I was younger and supposed to be sleeping.)

One other thought, if when you do read them, do yourself a favor and start at the “proper” beginning, “The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe”. They reordered them a few years ago into chronological order so most sets now have that order. The original order was:

1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2. Prince Caspian
3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
4. The Silver Chair
5. The Horse and His Boy
6. The Magicians Nephew
7. The Last Battle

Our Tower Garden Experience

Contact us or visit the Tower Garden website
to learn more about our experience
or growing your own Tower Garden!
Providing us with extremely local, chemical free and just picked greens (of many sorts), tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers,  herbs & flowers all spring, summer and fall, and….
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… through the winter, too!
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  • FUN – We have had a ton of fun and are so grateful for our Tower Gardens.
  • EASY – I can’t say it’s “workless”, but it is certainly “work less”. I add water around once every 2-4 weeks depending on what we are growing and the temperature. I don’t need to prepare the ground. There are no weeds. There is no daily care needed. I don’t do any trimming. Our biggest thing we do it just pick and eat.
  • SIMPLE SUCCESS – I was not a gardener. Yet, our first garden (see above) turned out very well, as have all others since.
  • DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN GARDENING – We have grown an enjoyment in gardening that led to buying a second Tower, and also planting in the ground (though in the ground is not nearly as easy or productive :).
  • EDUCATIONAL – We have all learned so much about how plants grow.
  • ELIJAH EATS EVERYTHING – Elijah runs out and grabs anything from greens to tomatoes and even flowers and stuffs them in his mouth. (We only plant edible flowers, and he knows to only pick from the Tower, not others in the yard.)
  • TASTE – We now better understand when people say that garden fresh produce tastes better. So much better!
  • CAN’T KILL IT – I call it the garden that will not die. I add water about once every 3-4 weeks. Twice I forgot to add water and it looked like it had died. I added water and within a few hours it was back to full life. (This is more of a testimony to the amazing design God gave plants that we have come to appreciate, than to the Tower Garden, though the way it waters does allow the water to be absorbed more easily.)
  • REALLY CAN’T KILL IT – Our garden has flourished on a year when everyone else’s was dying.
  • WINTER GROWING – We even moved it inside for the coldest winter (2013-2014) and it did well just next to a medium sized window with no grow lights. (See pictures above). Outside with full sunshine grow most things faster, but inside did very well.
  • SAVE MONEY – We eat a lot of greens and we didn’t need to buy greens or tomatoes for over half of the year! We bought it for around $10 a week for the first year, and have been eating almost for free ever since and looking to years to come.
  • Over all, this has been an amazingly fun, healthy, habit developing experience!