eclipse watch 2017

August 22, 2017

I did not have anything ready for the long awaited solar eclipse, so the night before, I was scrambling to make 4 pinhole projectors. Thankfully, it was pretty easy, and we happened to have 4 boxes of Os in our pantry. I do wish I was on the ball and got the girls glasses, but the experience was magical nonetheless. I think their favorite part of the experience was testing out various household items that would create the crescent shadows on the ground.

We were counting down until totality, which was 10:21am for us, and while 3 of the girls loved what we saw, there was one who was having a hard time (see photo above) that we weren’t in the line of totality. We had been talking about it getting dark, and well, it wasn’t dark enough for her. Thankfully, it led to conversations on gratefulness, idolatry, and being thankful no matter what. I know I sure do have a hard time with that too.

The eclipse was pretty spectacular, even with our 60% totality. It certainly pointed me to praise the greatness of my God and remember what was said in Genesis 1:14-16, “And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.”

3 comments on “eclipse watch 2017”

  • JuliAnne Berry says:

    Poor thing, I had a hard time that it didn’t get completely dark where I live too (Northwest Arkansas). I love those projectors you made. I had the glasses but I also wished I had been more prepared for the eclipse! I’m glad you all got to experience it nonetheless.

    • Rubyellen says:

      We will all be much more prepared next time! I heard from friends who experienced the complete totality and they said it was so cool!

  • Kristen says:

    We had a similar experience! Sad kids and excited and ill prepared mom!

    I love how you talk about experiences and attitudes with your girls. Any chance you have a parenting book you like? As a fellow Christian HS mom of four girls I’d love some more wisdom for this precious and challenging task.

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