Sunday, June 24, 2012

Gravel Math

"Whoa! I bet that wheelbarrow has about two hundred rocks in it!" Ellie exclaimed as she watched Jason fill his umpteenth load for our soon-to-be concrete walkway.  Jason grunted as he began to push the wheelbarrow, "Um...I'm pretty sure there's a lot more than that."  

This simple conversation began a study in estimation led by my fantastic engineer-husband.

He told Ellie to fill up a cup with gravel and then count how many rocks it contained:

He then dumped a shovel full of gravel on the driveway and Ellie counted how many cupfuls it contained:

They counted how many shovelfuls it took to fill the wheelbarrow.

Then they crunched some numbers:

 And discovered that each wheelbarrow held an estimated 37,366 rocks.  Yup, that's a lot more than 200!
No wonder Jason was sore the next day...

They were both disappointed that the didn't think to count how many wheelbarrow loads Jason made.  Then they could figure out how many rocks were in the whole pile.  I love the nerdiness around here; and more than that I love the real-life math applications!

(The walkway is still a work in progress, but hopefully will be completed soon...)

ps:  Our little boys left this week, and with them left much of our desire to be a foster family.  We have been so grateful to be able to help and so incredibly blessed as a family during our service.  But, man, it's heart-wrenching.  Also, our goals have shifted; we started just wanting to help, but now that adoption is our plan for growing our family we feel the need to go a different route (we will keep our license up in case they calls us for a "for sure" adoption case; through we've learned nothing is for sure until it's over...). 

This last placement has pushed us in a new direction, we are beginning down the path toward a private adoption. We're not sure how long and/or bumpy this path may be but we feel very positive about the first steps we've taken.  Even in just the past few days (as this has become our definite plan) we have seen a few things fall into place.

It reminds me of this quote:

I am feeling hopeful as we embark on this new path.  

Any tips from those of you who have adopted through an agency would be greatly appreciated!

1 comment:

  1. Hi! Your sister, Katherine referred me to your blog. 6 of our 10 kids joined our family through private adoption and she thought maybe I would have some insight into the adoption process. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have! Adoption is an awesome journey!!