"Look, a pig! Let's go get it's lungs."
Jack has been studying respiration. We read, watch videos and talk about how this system works, but nothing compares to exploring the real thing.
As we drove along the main street in our town we saw a freshly butchered pig hanging out front. Grabbing my dictionary, I jumped out and asked if we could buy its "pulmones". He had just sold all the innards to a woman in town, but thought that she might be willing to share. We rushed to her house, hoping to arrive before there was too much slicing and dicing.
"You're going to cut it up just to look at it?" she asked.
"Yes, for science."
She shrugged, shook her head and said, "Then what?"
I shrugged, shook my head and said, "Put it in the garbage?"
She gasped at the thought of wasting such delicious treats and insisted that we return everything to her afterward so that she could prepare soups and other delectable dishes. I agreed and gave her the equivalent of $1.50 to "rent" the pig's respiratory system for the day. I grabbed the bag and dashed away before she had the opportunity to invite us for dinner.
At first the kids were reluctant to even touch it...
...but that quickly changed when we pointed out the voice box, windpipe, and bronchi.
They were amazed to find all the same parts and pieces shown in the diagrams we had studied.
Katelyn had the idea to inflate the lungs using a balloon.
After exploring the stretchiness of the lung tissue, the rigidity of the alveoli and the floppiness of the epiglotis we bagged everything up and returned it as promised.
When the Lord called us into missions I was afraid....
....afraid that my children would miss out on a quality education.
In Luke 18:29 Jesus says, "...there is no one who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents of children for the sake of the kingdom of God who will not receive an overabundant return in this present age..."
I never imagined that this would include pig guts.
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