Wednesday, October 15, 2008


It's been a long while since I posted a furlough memory. Here we are, in one of our many "classrooms" along the way.

Taking school on the road was a real challenge to us. Sometimes we did school in the van while traveling, but it was so much easier to be able to spread out somewhere (usually a mission house or hotel room), like at this house provided by a church in Ohio.

We inevitably fell behind in the curriculum during our year of travel in the States, but I must say our children learned so much more from our experiences and the places we visited. The school of life, as they say.

Visiting the House of Representatives, Capitol building in Jackson, MI. I do not remember this man's name, but he is not a tour guide. He is an actual representative who was straightening his desk right after a session had dismissed! He was so kind as to explain to our little group the process of passing a law, as well as some of the things that were done during that day's session.

This is our family at the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. They have some fascinating exhibits on flight history all the way back to the Wright Brothers, including a model of their first airplane, as well as planes from all eras of flight history. Aside from the two children who passed out in their strollers, we all learned a lot!

So many photos from other places we visited along the way were lost when our computer crashed, as I mentioned before. But the memories and lessons impressed on our children will never be erased. There is nothing like visiting one of Laura Ingalls Wilder's childhood homes while reading her series of books about her life, and seeing where some of those adventures took place!

That's real (FUN) education. :o)


Tori said...

Oh now that was a familiar post. I recognize the little white house on the corner with the steep stairs, and the museum in Dayton, hey I even recognize the Landmark curriculum (my kids use it too).

That was fun Tammy!

Tammy said...

Thanks for sharing. How long before you go on furlough again? I imagine it would be hard not to fall behind while traveling so much - but like you said. There is so much more to learn out there first hand than from just the books!

Nina in Portugal said...

Fun memories!

My family and I were just talking at dinner the other night about some of the funny things that happened during deputation. I'd love to post some of them, but they are the kind you'd rather the pastor not find out know what I'm talking about...!!

I'm having a give-a-way...come see!