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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

An Unexpected Surprise

Halloween is such a busy day for us. Between costumes, carving pumpkins and other festivities we always are super busy. This year had the sad addition of a funeral of a dear friend.
So, we never got our mail out of the mailbox until after the boys had finished trick or treating.
They brought in a mysterious white envelope marked...
We opened it to find...
a cotton plant with raw cotton! It also came with this note...

My first thought was that we could do Alabama again, but the boys thought maybe we could do the state when we talked more about the cotton crops before the Civil War, or perhaps when we did the Cotton Gin, I added.
We could also do a nature study on it since the plant is still attached.
There are so many possibilities...so I am sure you will be seeing it again!

Thank you, my friends, Karen and Kei at Homeschool Girls.
Alabama Cotton Girls
"On the way home we passed so many cotton fields. We decided to stop and take pictures because, while cotton fields are very common to us, we thought some people may not have seen one before." -Homeschool Girls


  1. That is the coolest thing ever!!!

  2. I've never seen cotton fields in my life and I ditto An Almost Unschooling Mom! That is very cool.

  3. Oh Phyllis, I am so glad you liked it! Hmmm maybe I could start a 'Send Cotton to Homeschoolers" Program. It's funny how we take things for granted. I have seen cotton all my life. ENJOY!

  4. What a great surprise!

  5. Aww, I know I've thought.. "man!! They've already done Alabama." That was so sweet of her. We took pictures in a cotton field recently, when we went to the pumpkin patch. It's odd how you can almost take something for granted that someone else has never had the opportunity to see. That was a great idea she had!

  6. That is so cool!

  7. I've seen that on a field trip, but not actual fields. Very cool.

  8. What a delightful surprise - I think a cotton field looks like a really fun photo op!!

  9. I'm so sorry about the funeral for your friend, Phyllis.

    The cotton is very cool! That was such a neat surprise :)

  10. Anonymous3.11.11

    That is soooo cool! :D

  11. Anonymous3.11.11

    I love surprise mail! What a full day - a good day to grieve a friend, and still hold family traditions and receive a gift in the mail. What a wonderful day all the way around. Blessings to the family grieving -

  12. I love stories like this! I'm very happy your family has an opportunity to explore raw cotton.


  13. How neat! Isn't it great when online friends reach out? I love surprises like this!


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