Wednesday, February 29, 2012

B is for Bodacious Books

We have been reading here at the Kessler house. I have so many good books that I have accumulated over the years. I recently received new-to-me bookshelves, and it was such fun to go through all those old friends on the shelf to sort and organize. LOVE that! Here is the finished product:

So from my favorite shelves (the ones with the marvelous picture books that NO one is too old for) I pulled four the other night. These are the ones we read.

When You Were Small is an adorable book. The story is about a little boy names Henry and his father's stories about when he was little--really little. :)

"When you were small we used you as a chess piece, because our chess board was missing one of the knights and you were the perfect size."

The artwork is soft and delightful colored sketches. It is a very sweet book.

The Lightlings is a beautiful allegory of the King of Light. I am just going to share the description from ChristianBook.com because it is so good!

"Dr. R.C. Sproul weaves an allegorical tale that captures the essence of the biblical story of redemption in a manner that will fascinate and delight children. A race of tiny beings known as lightlings represent humanity as they pass through all the stages of the biblical drama--creation, fall, and redemption. In the end, children will understand why some people fear light more than darkness, but why they need never fear darkness again."

We have listened to R.C. Sproul's story books and CDs for years. Here are some of his best:
Book: The Priest with Dirty Clothes  
CD: The Priest With Dirty Clothes

Book: The King Without a Shadow
CD: The King Without A Shadow

LOVE these stories of God's beautiful redemption of His people!

Caedmon's Song is a book I like for many reasons. I found this story many years ago and have used it for our medieval studies. I love the history of the real Caedmon that it is based upon. I also love it because my brother used this name for his son. :)

It is a story about stories, about a time long gone when people sat around the fire and shared history through poetry and minstrelsy. It is a lovely book.

This last one came to me via a review I did for TOS, The Cat At NightThe artwork is particularly intriguing as it uses black a lot at night to show what we see and the next page to show what the cat sees. If you have a cat-loving child, as I do, this is a really fun one. What does your outdoor kitty do at night? Does he sleep on the porch or does he explore? This kitty explores! 

I am going to be making a book series like this, and this is the first post. It is also my B is for Bodacious Books in the Blogging Through the Alphabet with Ben and Me! I hope you enjoy it. I have had the privilege to seeing a lot of gorgeous hardback books in my review/library/homeschool catalog time so I have many great finds to share. 


Monday, February 27, 2012

My Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: How grateful I am to be employed. Today's economy, as many of you know the hard way, is difficult. I am so very grateful to work for my favorite homeschool magazine.

What I'm reading: Apologia's Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? The TOS  Homeschool Crew is reviewing this here. I thought we would give it a try here too. I have been so impressed with this product! We are really learning a great deal and the children all seem to really appreciate it and are learning from it. I recommend you look into it. :)

What I'm listening to: My husband's lathe in the garage. He is such an excellent woodworker. I am truly glad he can do this for the sheer pleasure of doing it.

What we're learning: That I need to spend more time with my little ones. I don't spend enough "fun" time reading with them. I am going to endeavor to to read to them and play with them this week. 

What I'm watching: We have been enjoying Blue Bloods and I really love this show. There is a really lovely family dynamic that is expressed in this show and I like it a great deal. There is honor there and family loyalty and you just don't see that on TV much anymore.

What's cooking: Chicken soup this week with basil pesto thrown in. This is my recipe. Check it out!

What I'm buying: I just downloaded the March Celestial Almanack! There is SO much going on in the sky and this is ONLY $3.00. Are you following the unfolding conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in the evening sky? Do you know that this is your last chance to see this until 2036? Check it out!

What I'm thankful for: Our new baby boy, Rocky! :D This is our secret I was saving for today! He is a rescue doberman/shepherd. Isn't he a beauty?

He is a sweet eight month old and is really responsive to commands and is SO friendly. We are really grateful he is ours. :)

What I'm creating: Still making comfrey pountices and you would just not believe the healing that it has brought to my son. God is so faithful to His people. :)

What I'm praying: For our little Annie dog. She has a long back and has learned to jump on the furniture and injured herself. We are now training her to stay off the couches, but that will take a while. Dachshunds have such long spines that it is really something to be concerned about when they do stupid things. The good news is that she doesn't seem to mind her new younger brother. She has been happy to have him here because he is so mellow. This is a very good thing. :)

What I'm planning: The Lab article for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine's May issue. It is due in two days! This is the February issueThe Lab is on page 132 for those of you that have no idea what I am talking about. :D

What we did this last weekend: We had a lovely visit with Grandma and Grandpa and went wine tasting with them AND we got our baby Rocky. :D

What I'm looking forward to: The California State Railroad Museum tour we are taking this week. 

A picture to share: Spring.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Reading Eggs - What's that?

When I first heard the name, Reading Eggs, I thought, What in the world? I had no idea what to expect or even what it was. As the Director of Product Reviews for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine's Homeschool Crew, sometimes I review what we receive and I decided to do that with this program. I am so glad I did!
My youngest daughter has had a very difficult time learning to read and our reading sessions have almost always been greeted with less than joyful enthusiasm. I have never considered an online interactive program, but I figured that Reading Eggs couldn't hurt, right? She took the reading evaluation test:

If this was for a younger child, her test would have been much simpler. She was placed in a certain level and began on the correct "map" of the program. This is what these maps look like:

She follows her character, a cute little just-hatching chick, around the path and does the lessons. She earns golden eggs that translate into surprise characters that hatch for her. Here is a lesson on the "ch" sound. First she clicks the three "ch" sounds:

Then she finds the sound amid other sound blends all the while listening to the "ch" sound.

Then she finds the sound amid foods that begin with "ch" as indicated by their name. She hovers over the food if she does not recognize it right away and it states what it is.

After that she blends two sounds that are repeated to say the word into one word by clicking first on the monkey and second on the chain. 

She does this three times and then the word comes together so she can read it completely.

The lesson goes on from there, and there are many different types of lessons (this is but one example) but I appreciate the way it builds from simple to more complex. She is always rewarded in some way. Here she is receiving stars that build towards some other reward. The program is very encouraging to the learner and I love this!

Reading Eggs is for beginning to early readers and is complete with 120 learn-to-read lessons and 96 spelling lessons. The side bar on the map looks like this:

As you can see, they have quite a few other areas for them to explore, learn, and play in. Each time she does her lessons, I receive a Reading Eggs Progress Report email that gives me information on how she is doing and what she has accomplished. I can tell you that she is accomplishing much more in her lessons with Reading Eggs than she was doing with our sit-on-the-couch stress time. This isn't to say that we will stop doing that, but we have taken a break to see how she progresses with this. Change can be good! This is what the progress report looks like for Emma: 

So the nice thing is that she really does have to do the work, or I find out about it! However, that has not been a problem because she ASKS to play Reading Eggs. She ASKS to read!

There is another section of the website called Reading Express. This is for older children. 

Reading Express is for readers who are capable of reading chapter books and beyond. It has 200 comprehension lessons and a "library full of more than 600 E-books." This part of the site has its own "Floating Island." It looks like this and swivels so your child can access each part. 

Here is the Library interface:

Here is the Gym interface:

Here is the Stadium interface:

This is something Emma did not do too much of, but I wanted to share it with you in case you have an older child that might be interested.

The website also has free printable activity sheets for all 120 lessons. The parent dashboard is friendly to use and easy to navigate. There is nothing to download as the program is housed on the Reading Eggs servers.

Reading Eggs offers a variety of pricing choices from $75.00 for twelve months or $49.95 for six months or for $9.95 for a monthly subscription. They also sell book sets listed on the same pricing page. There is a free trial to be had for those of you that want to try it out and you can find that right on the front page.

We are very pleased with this program and will continue to use it for at least another few months to see how she progresses. I plan to continue the subscription beyond our allotted time period and am excited to see my daughter motivated to learn! 

Give Reading Eggs a look! You might be as surprised as I was at how well it works for you!

See what the other Crew members thought about it here.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are mine. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

All Around the Mulberry Bush...

Who doesn't know the rest of that song? The monkey chased the weasel...

PhotobucketIt makes me think of the ABCs and that's what I am gettin' to. I am blogging through the ABCs with Ben and Me. I just love that homeschool mama!

Since most of you are homeschoolers, you will be familiar with the teaching the first letter of the alphabet...A. :)

A is for AMAZING. That is what my husband is. Not only is he a wonderful provider, but he supports and loves me and our children. He is gifted in a thousand different ways, but he is really gifted in woodworking. 

He built these beautiful B is for Bookshelves for a friend's home:

Here is a close-up shot of his work. Isn't it lovely?

And of course B is for Books. How can a homeschooler leave that out? We often read the best books when we study history, but I don't limit myself to just school hours when it comes to historical fiction. Have you ever read the Cadfael mysteries? It makes you feel as if you are right in the middle of the 12th century. That kind of book really makes reading enjoyable.

C is for Creative. My youngest girl is artistically inclined and I love to see what comes through her mind and out via her pencil.

We studied the John Singleton Copley painting of Paul Revere from this very resource on Tuesday and this was her interpretation of the painting:

Don't you just love what your children come up with? I feel so blessed to be able to witness it. :)

D is for Dragon! See the results of our dragon co-op day. These are from my youngest two. I love the differences!

E is for Eggs because we have a lot. Our chickens keep makin' em! I love the variations in color. Who needs Easter eggs when you have chickens at home! :)

F is for Fine Arts we study here at home. The desert was our topic and landscape our goal. Gorgeous colors, don't you think? Art Lessons for Children is our DVD art teacher. 

G is for Great Things like birthdays of note. 13 is one such year and we celebrate our John this month! (He now surpasses his eldest sister in height by a mere 4 millimeters, but those are highly prized millimeters! He has waited a LONG time for that. :D) 

H is for Home. I'm so thankful to have one. I can't imagine life without this beautiful place we get to rest our heads, school together, and share our lives with one another. We are grateful for the blessing from the Lord. This, however, is what makes my home a home:

And Annie helps too...

A-H. That's all for me today! Join with us and blog your ABCs! :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

My Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That it is nice to be blogging. I don't have a lot of time to do this, but to be making the time again is well... nice. :)

What I'm reading: I just finished reading Kindle's free download of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself. We recently finished studying the Civil War and I had downloaded several things to read that I never got to. This one was so powerful and ultimately so triumphant that I recommend it heartily. I cannot say that there are not very hard things to read in it, but sometimes we need to remember the hard things.

What I'm listening to: The tapping of my typing fingers and the occasional email notification. It is quiet tonight. :)

What we're learning: We are learning about going west. Not quiet sure how I am pulling that one off and co-op is tomorrow and what am I doing? Blogging. :) Late night, here I come.

What I'm watching: We just finished watching the Downton Abbey series plus the Christmas special. There are some skipable moments in the show, but overall it is a beautifully crafted and well-acted program. I love period movies so a period show is wonderful to me. Dame Maggie Smith is my favorite saucy character. She is simply adorable.

What's cooking: I am trying out very low fat and no sugar recipes so I am being creative. Tonight I sauteed zucchini and onions with marinated lean beef strips. I marinated them in Bragg's Liquid Aminos (that tastes much like soy sauce) and garlic chili sauce, and sauteed it in its own juice (no oil or fats). It wasn't half bad, but truth be told, I really like sauteing in an oil base better!

What I'm buying: My daughter wanted to order two books from Amazon and needed someone to come up with an extra $5.00 to make it to free shipping. I happily obliged her and bought, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz CD. We are a big books-on-CD family and I am always looking for good ones. We frequently get good ones at the library. Right now the girls are listening to the unabridged Heidi that is almost eight hours long. That makes me a happy homeschool mama.

What I'm thankful for: New excitement in our lives that may be coming soon. I can't really say yet and no, I am not pregnant. :D

What I'm creating: The last few days I have been making comfrey poultices for my son's sprained wrist. I had forgotten this amazing herb until my dear friend, Charlotte, mentioned it to me. She had given me some a few years ago to treat a bee sting that had swollen up my son's foot. She has a lovely big bush of this in her backyard in the right season of the year of which I received a clipping some time back. It is dead in my backyard at the moment so I headed off to our local natural food store and bought some dried comfrey in the bulk section. I made the poultice and have wrapped it around his wrist once a day for the last three days for two solid hours each time. It has been nothing short of astonishing. Comfrey is also known as knitbone and works in a most marvelous way. 

Comfrey roots and leaves contain allantoin, a substance that helps new skin cells grow, along with other substances that reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy. Comfrey ointments were often applied to the skin to heal bruises as well as pulled muscles and ligaments, fractures, sprains, strains, and osteoarthritis. (Source.)

It has been simply amazing. We have been praying for his full recovery and to see such a remarkable change in just a few days is a gift of mercy. 

Genesis 1:29 
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food."

What I'm praying: Two friends with sons that are struggling and two friends with husbands in need of jobs. Pray with me if you like! God knows who we are praying for even without names. 

What I'm planning: A trip to the California State Railroad Museum next week. Can't wait! 

What we did this last weekend: Worked and played and enjoyed great fellowship at church. God is ever faithful.

What I'm looking forward to: Time to finish building our raised beds higher so we can grow deep-rooted plants. I am impatient to get to spring planting! Winter is long gone here and I had best get moving!

A picture to share:

Friday, February 17, 2012

Light of Freedom

Over the course of my life I have spent a great deal of time reading. I love to read. I love the places it takes me and the people I meet. I especially value historical fiction. I have always preferred it to nonfiction probably because most nonfiction is a little flat in the "story" part of things. This isn't always true of historical nonfiction though, and that holds my attention and touches my heart in an entirely different way. It is someone else's real story--their life in words. 

I just finished reading The Emancipation of Robert Sadler on my Kindle App. This was one of the most powerful and difficult books I have ever read. He was sold into slavery--by his father--at the age of five. In 1916. Yes, 1916. It was his account of his life, very honestly told. I was deeply troubled by the book, but troubled in a way that made me think. How did this kind of thing go on when the Civil War ended slavery in 1865? It was such a blatant display of the totally depraved heart of man that it was hard to process. So many people lived this way! He wasn't the only one. 

Mr. Sadler's story is a powerful one of the work of the Savior--how Christ changes lives. His life  began in such poverty and fear--living in terror of his own father. The suffering he endured and witnessed should never have been. It was extremely difficult to read in places. His witness for His Savior is powerful. What Christ did in his life was nothing short of miraculous. I serve a living and active God!

"..so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.  May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,  giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light."
Colossians 1:10-12

Robert Sadler is walking with the Lord in his inheritance and in His light even now. His witness to me through the book--of the power of God to transform lives in every day events as well as giant grief--was beautiful and compelling. I know His Lord. He is rich in mercy to me every day. I hope you know Him too. 

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

How ALEKS Changed Our Homeschool

This is a blog post written by one of my dearest friends. This is her real story and experience with ALEKS, the online math program. 

Homeschooling has been a real struggle for us since I have had to go back to work.  For seven years now I have been schooling five days a week, while answering phone calls for my pony ride/petting zoo business, and training horses all afternoon.  On the weekends I have spent all Saturday at events where I have to maintain a high energy combination of Barney and Mary Poppins, all while making sure everyone stays safe with the horses.  On Sunday, we rush to church only to top the day off at events in the afternoon.  Monday starts the schedule all over again.  Not to mention all of the regular chores involved on a working ranch; milking, mucking, and feeding.  

Several times we contemplated selling the ranch, but we would have come out worse, with no way to make money to pay the bills.  Several times we looked into "help" only to find the "help" expensive and not particularly helpful.  Meanwhile, several of my children were dropping further and further behind, and by this I mean by several  years.  After a trip to the doctor and the discovery that my endocrine system was in a meltdown, I knew something had to change.  The only option I thought I had was to send the kids to public school.  

One morning, I was sorting through emails, completely defeated.  I was sick of hearing all of the homeschool "success" stories; and sick of the people around me wanting "this" or "that" from me. I was sick of people offering me "advice" when they had no clue as to what I was going through, sick of the complaints from other people that felt that I "should" be more that I was.  I was sick of life. I felt I had failed miserably,  as a homeschooler,  and as a mother.  The only option was public school, at least then I could get the rest I needed to heal, and get on top of the mess.  I came across an email from ALEKS offering a free trial for EACH of my kids.  I enrolled them all.  

With all of my children enrolled and working on tests, I found out that the situation was worse than I expected.  My best student was four years behind their public school counterparts.  Since it was September and I had to have the kids at home for our extremely busy season of October, I decided to just let them use the free month and then I would cross the bridge of enrolling them when October’s busy face was gone.  

The most amazing thing happened.  Within two weeks of ALEKS, and the artificial intelligence and the unique way of assessing and explaining, three of my kids were 80% done with their course work.  ALEKS was able to quickly figure out what the kids knew and what they did not know. Then it worked them hard on the things that they needed to master, while cycling the information that they did know just enough to keep it fresh.  ALEKS also goes back over any prerequisites to a new topic before teaching something to make sure they are properly prepared. 

(The student's "pie" chart showing their progress.)

Another one of the aspects that has helped with my younger kids is called Quick Tables.  This has no "drill and kill" aspect but instead, in a fun way, makes sure the child knows the basic math facts. I have my kids do it at least ten minutes a day until they are done with them all.  

The best things about ALEKS is that when a child does not understand something, they explain it again... and again.... and again.  No one gets upset or frustrated, because the explanation is there.  

With all of the things I have going on in my life, follow up is very difficult if not impossible and I was afraid ALEKS was going to end up being one of those things that just gets lost in the shuffle, rendering me, once again, unable to know what is going on and thus fail. Not so here.  ALEKS sends me a progress report weekly, and even that can be adjusted to different amounts to help keep the parent apprised of their child's progress.  ALEKS even determines what the child needs more work on and makes worksheets appropriate for that child, and then emails you the correction sheet.  

ALEKS offers all this, at a fraction of the cost of a tutor, and all without the drama of another human being in your house.  Needless to say I have enrolled all of my school age children in ALEKS and benefited enormously  from their family discount and their pre-paid discounts.  

Four months in to ALEKS, three of my children have already worked through two full years of math and are well on their way to being "caught up".   

She is a paying customer of ALEKS and wrote this review for me because the program has changed their lives so much. She received no compensation for it and her thoughts are her own. 

Read what the TOS Homeschool Crew had to say about it HERE.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Goodbye to a hero.

My Great Uncle died this weekend. He was a real war hero. He was one of those kinds of people we read stories about and can't believe they really existed. He was one of the kindest men I have ever known even though we were not close and saw each other infrequently. This is his obituary. It made me cry. 

Donald F. Kirk was born October 3, 1920 in Pottsville, PA and died Sunday, February 5, 2012 in Toledo, Ohio after a short illness. 

Don was awarded a YMCA membership by a local judge in elementary school and that forged a lifelong interest in health and fitness. While attending Pottsville High School, he became a Pennsylvania State Champion in gymnastics and that created an opportunity for him to attend Westchester State Teachers College. At West Chester, he met Dorothy Brennan, whom he married in 1946, after returning from WWII. They were married for 62 years until Dorothy’s death in 2008.

Don was very proud of his service the U.S. Navy in WWII. After being commissioned as an Ensign by Gene Tunney, the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, he chose amphibious landing craft and was assigned to the USS Tyrrell in the Pacific. The night before the Battle of Okinawa, the landing commander was injured. The Tyrrell’s commander ordered 24-year old Lt J.G. Donald Kirk to lead the command of the 24 landing craft carrying tanks and troops to the beach. During the assault and while he was on the beach, his ship was hit by a Kamikaze, but not sunk. Later in the war, he visited Nagasaki two weeks after the atomic bomb was dropped.

After the war, Don and Dorothy moved to Toledo while he worked for Red Cross. Later, he joined Blue Cross and worked as an insurance salesman for 29 years. A lifelong Catholic, he was an active member of Christ the King, where he and Dorothy also sang in the choir. He volunteered at Red Cross and regularly attended American Legion meetings. He and Dorothy travelled extensively, including 25 Elder Hostels around the world. Always an adventurer, he rode a camel at the Egyptian Pyramids at 88 and visited the Holy Land at age 89.

He is survived by an elder sister (my grandmother), three children, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He was 91. 

HistoryDocumented.com interviewed him some time ago. This is part of his story. 

Goodbye Uncle Don. You will be missed.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Looking Up!

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.

And they do! Not just the night sky, but the day sky too. As I shared on the TOS Homeschool Crew blog, it was not too long ago that I had a lovely conversation with the author of Classical Astronomy's monthly Celestial Almanack, Jay Ryan. He mentioned something I found really powerful--something I too easily forget.

The Moon that is referred to in 62 verses of Scripture and the Sun that is mentioned 183 times are the SAME Sun and Moon that we see everyday. The Bible also mentions trees and animals and people, but the original ones made in the creation week are long dead. Meanwhile, the SAME Sun, Moon and stars are STILL THERE, pristine artifacts of God's original creative work. 

How often do I really consider the work of God in the sky? Jay Ryan's monthly Celestial Almanack can now help our family consider it every day of the year! 

Sometimes people go silent when a person starts talking astronomy. The crickets start chirping and we feel uncomfortable with our lack of knowledge. We don't have to! How often have you been out on a clear starlit night and thought to yourself, I wish I understood what is up there. I wish I could identify what I see and that it wasn't just a jumbled mess of tiny lights to me.

This monthly Almanack opens up the doors and shares the great mystery with you. February's Almanack is a 21-page e-book downloadable from CurrClick so it is instant knowledge of the northern sky available for you. On page four we find the whole monthly moon cycle and inside it he sprinkles tidbits of knowledge of significant events that happened over time. He even gives you a link to find your local rise and set times for the Sun and Moon. 

On the next page, he shows you the whole sun cycle through the month of February and explains what we are seeing during the days of winter. Next we learn about constellations. This is the one thing that I have really yearned to understand and he really makes it so easy! Will your family take the Orion Challenge? 

Probably the most exciting thing in the night sky is what is happening to the planets Venus and Jupiter. They are coming together in the sky in what is called a conjunction that will culminate in March, but we get to watch it happen all February. 

Through his beautifully drawn yet simple to grasp artwork in the Almanack, we get to see things from a "God's eye" perspective. This is so helpful to really understand what we see in the sky. "When we look up and seen Venus and Jupiter in the sky, we are actually looking out into space, onto the plane of the solar system." This was demonstrated so we could "see" in the drawings. 

Last week we were able to visit a local planetarium at a junior college near us. The lecturer was an astronomy professor and he really knew his stuff. What impressed me was that due to studying through Jay Ryan's book, Signs and Seasons, from Fourth Day Press, and now as we begin using these monthly Almanacks, my children not only understood what was being presented, but they could also answer the questions he asked them! What is more, they were genuinely interested and we spoke at length afterwards about it. Then, that very night, we went to my aunt's home on the river where hardly any ambient light is, and they could see the whole of the sky! It was astonishing and exciting. 

There is nothing like it! I can now look into the sky and understand some of what I see, see the hand of God in all of it, and marvel at His glorious achievement.

I know as homeschoolers, we sometimes feel we must stick to the regimen of the science topics per grade level that we think are somehow "assigned" to those grades. Studying Classical Astronomy, the astronomy that the ancients knew so well, hearkens back to a simpler time where people used the sky every day to tell the time, to tell direction, to understand the signs in the heavens as they lived and worked their land. There is something very powerful about looking at the moon and understanding that it is the same moon that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob saw; it was the same moon Jesus saw as He walked this earth for us. It links us all together through time. 

The upcoming months of the Almanack will focus on the Jupiter-Venus conjunction on March 15 (this happens only once every 24 years); the annular solar eclipse on May 20 (this happens only once every 18 years); and the transit of Venus on June 5 (this is the last one until 2117).

I cannot encourage you enough to take a look at this wonderful work. Jay Ryan has made something unequaled in the homeschooling world and our family is the better for having had the privilege of using it.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 
Psalm 8:3-4

Disclaimer:  As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.