Digging for Gemstones: Feels Like an Archaeologist

by Michelle
Today is my first time to write my own blog entry. My mom helped me and showed me how to choose the pictures. After a few minutes, I found my subject: the time I dug twelve gemstones from a block of sandstone.
Here, I started to get in more and more. It took me about ten minutes to find my first gemstone, serpentine. Later, I started finding more and more, until I found all twelve. I was really excited, because I felt like an archaeologist!
After a long time of digging, I knew I was getting closer to the finish. I found out that archaeologists really have to work hard, because if they found ancient stuff, they have to dust it with a brush(like me!), so they won’t break any treasures. I was glad when my brother helped me, even if he found big, broken chunks of rock, and tried to break it.
Actually, I don’t even know how long it took me to find all twelve(the picture just shows nine of the rocks), but I know that it took me a very long time! I still had to find two more gemstones, but my dad told me to sleep because it was midnight. So the next morning, I finished the rest, and put all of what I found on a box. When my mom woke up, she didn’t know where I put the gemstones, so she picked up the box, but before she could throw it away, she saw my gemstones fall into the carpet. She only found eleven of it, but then I found the twelfth one next to the sandstone! Also, the gemstones that I found were: One rock crystal, one fluorite, tree rose quartz, one amazonite, one jasper, one serpentine, one sodalite, one agate, and one mahogany obsidian.

Day 40: Promise

(Zion National Park)

For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
– Proverbs 8:35

Day 39: Waiting


“…but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
– Isaiah 40:31

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.”
– Psalm 40:1

Day 38: Children

(Laguna Beach, California)

“Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
– John 1:12-13

Day 37: Teachings


“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
– Deut. 4:9

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
– Deut. 6:6-9

Day 36: Free

(Park City, Utah)


“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

– Galatians 5:1

Day 35: Accountable

(Four Corners, Utah-New Mexico-Arizona-Colorado, USA)


“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”
– Galatians 6:2

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
– Ecclesiastes 4:12

Day 34: Glory

(road to Bear Lake, Utah)
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
– Psalm 19:1

Day 33: Owner

(Coronado, California)

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
And established it on waters.
– Psalm 24:1-2

Day 32: Education

(American Museum of Natural History: New York City)
“Just ask the previous generation.
Pay attention to the experience of our ancestors.
For we were born but yesterday and know nothing.
Our days on earth are as fleeting as a shadow.
But those who came before us will teach you.
They will teach you the wisdom of old.
“Can papyrus reeds grow tall without a marsh?
Can marsh grass flourish without water?
While they are still flowering not ready to be cut,
they begin to wither more quickly than grass.
The same happens to all who forget God.
The hopes of the godless evaporate.
– Job 8:81-3
Degrees and academics are good. But let’s not forget the wisdom of age. We learn more about life from our elders. We learn life lessons from people who had been there. Education doesn’t make us always better than others. Let’s have a teachable heart.

e=”font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;”>”Just ask the previous generation.

Pay attention to the experience of our ancestors.
For we were born but yesterday and know nothing.
Our days on earth are as fleeting as a shadow.
But those who came before us will teach you.
They will teach you the wisdom of old.
 
“Can papyrus reeds grow tall without a marsh?
Can marsh grass flourish without water?
While they are still flowering not ready to be cut,
they begin to wither more quickly than grass.
The same happens to all who forget God.
The hopes of the godless evaporate.
– Job 8:81-3
 
Degrees and academics are good. But let’s not forget the wisdom of age. We learn more about life from our elders. We learn life lessons from people who had been there. Education doesn’t make us always better than others. Let’s have a teachable heart.  
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