Hospitality, Friendship, Encouragement

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Off To Longwood

Today my littles, Becky, and I are off to Longwood Gardens!

We have a special reason to go - one that at least Becky and I are excited about! Becky's son Mikey has been doing an 8 week apprenticeship at Longwood this summer. He has been able to work in 4 different areas of the Gardens and to meet most of the employees. One person he met asked him about school and he explained he was homeschooled. Apparently none of them have ever really paid attention to homeschooling or known any homeschoolers as Mikey is their first ever homeschool apprentice! So this gal was interested in our co-op and asked if he thought our group would like to decorate a "wildlife tree" this year at Christmas! Were we ever!

The wildlife trees are a new thing for this year - at least having students decorate them! If you click here and go to the bottom of the page you can read all about it!

We are going to involve our 4th - 6th graders in this project. It has to be all natural and I believe we want them to look like ornaments. Today we will be meeting with the coordinator of this project at Longwood and get some supplies. She mentioned birch bark etc...

My mind is swirling with ideas. Cranberries and cumquats, pinecones with birdseed, orange cups with seeds....

Have you made outdoor ornaments for the birds, and if so what did you do? I'd love to hear all about it!

Tomorrow I will show you photos of our trip!


  1. Oh, I adore Longwood Gardens, and you are so lucky to live nearby! Have a wonderful time! The tree trimming project sounds like great fun!

  2. Deanna,
    We have made the typical pine cone with peanut butter and birdseed ornaments. You can use yarn or ribbon to hang them up. We made something else, but I can't seem to recall what it is now. I will ask the kids later.

    Have fun!!
    Laura K.

  3. How fun, and way to go, Mikey!!

  4. That sounds like a wonderful group project! I'd love to have the opportunity to work in a garden like this! How wonderful that your son has been able to apprentice there!


  5. I just wanted to stop by and tell you thanks for writing such valuable insights on my blog. You are so very right! Living our lives as God's daughter is of utmost importance! God has & is working in my own heart in this area, and I think He's helping me (& you) to articulate it those around us! Thanks again!

  6. You always have so many ideas for so many things -- where do you get them all?

    This sounds like a fun project.


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