The Heavens Above

To Him who made the great lights, For His lovingkindness is everlasting: The sun to rule by day,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting, The moon and stars to rule by night, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalms 136:7-9



Never would I have thought that, as an adult and mother, I would spend my evenings laying out school work, searching for worksheets online, planning science related crafts, relearning details and dates throughout history and printing out star charts.


But that’s exactly what I do most nights. And it’s fantastic! Right now, I’m listening to an {amazing} audio production on Galileo – which will go hand in hand with our Science unity study – this year, we are, as a family, studying the heavens and the skies.

It’s amazing, spectacular and absolutely intriguing.  Every night since the end of September, the girls have been going outside after the sun has set, sketching the night sky and drawing the phases of the moon as it happens in the dark Autumn sky.

Do you want to gasp at the magnificence and awesome power of the amazing Creator?

Stare up the dark, starry mid October sky…


{the moon on October 7, 2014}

The inky blackness is filled with scattered sparkling stars, a beautiful moon and if you are lucky enough, you may even spot a planet. Last month, the girls and I even found Mars in the sky – it was splendid and exciting! They have learned how to find the North Star and various constellations (although there are so many – there is so much still to discover!). Tomorrow, we are climbing out of bed, sleepy but hopefully wide-eyed, to behold the amazing lunar eclipse – what some would call a Blood Moon.


There is so much to go with our unity study on the Heavens and the Skies. I have created a pinterest board with ideas, if you are interested. Tomorrow, I will feature a book we are using to teach the moon phases and will be giving away a copy of such book to one reader.

Even the littlest girls are spotting the moon and running with excitement to report what they see in the sky!

  {the moon phases – with Oreos! Snack and school all in one!}

{Moon sand for the little ones —
Folks, this was messy but fun! It is just flour and oil mixed together. All the girls loved this fun time!}



There is something so truly fascinating when you begin to turn your eyes towards the Heavens and study such beautiful sight. I’m grateful for this chance to teach my daughters about such an amazing Creator and His delightful starry skies.

October 8, 2014 - 11:23 pm

channon What a wonderful post! My little ones get excited to report their moon sightings, as well. My seven year old daughter just told me the other day that when her sisters go to sleep she likes to raise the screen and stick her head out to look at the stars 🙂 Love the Oreos!

October 8, 2014 - 9:47 pm

Courtney We were up in the wee hours of the morning to see it but the cloud cover was terrible where we are. I heard it was quite beautiful though!

October 8, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Elisha Wolter This is very encouraging and inspiring. I meant to look at the blood moon last night, then I forgot! Bother. My eldest son in particular enjoys stargazing … I think I will do it more often and read scriptures to my kids about God’s amazing creation. Thanks for the inspiration!

October 8, 2014 - 3:34 pm

jenn Aiden woke up to see the Blood moon with daddy this morning too!

October 7, 2014 - 11:45 pm

Kristina I love your Oreo moons! I did astronomy with F. a couple of years ago, and I just loved it. I learned as much as he did for sure.

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