Sunday, 16 March 2008 04:00

    Pictures As Promised

    Here is a montage of our trip.  This is not all of them.  The snow pictures aren’t in there.  That will be a different post.  Arianna uploaded the pictures from both cameras and they are out of order.  Sorry about that!  The Creation Museum is first, then the aquarium.

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    Tuesday, 11 March 2008 04:00

    Why Did We Schedule for March 6th?

    Let me start out by telling everyone that the Hand of God was definitely with us on our trip, despite how awful the weekend turned out.  The question that kept cropping up in my mind was why did we choose this weekend to go to Kentucky?  Hello???? Are there any brains in my head?

    We went to the Creation Museum as planned.  It took us a little longer than we had anticipated since the snow kept coming down.  The museum was wonderful!  About one quarter through Aric, Arianna, and I had to zip through quickly to go see Dr. Georgia Purdom speak on the Physiology and Anatamony of Christ’s Crucifixion.  It was great!  She is a wonderfully dynamic speaker.  I’d like to see her speak again sometime.  When it was over, one of the staff came up to say that the museum would be closing at 3:00 PM.  It was 2:00 PM.  They also announced that they would be closed the next day (Saturday).  They aren’t open on Sundays.  At that point, we went to find Greggory and Aneira.  They were in the gift shop.  We had to choose between going through the museum in half an hour (we had tickets to see the Stargazer’s presentation at 2:30 PM), or pick out items to buy.  Aric and Arianna went downstairs to look at the dinosaurs.  I stayed in the shop.  The Stargazer’s presentation was magnificent!  I wish we had had the time to buy the DVD of it.  Not that it could compare to the planetarium.  We then bought a couple of pictures that were taken at the beginning of the museum.  I will scan them and post them later.   Then we drove back to the hotel in the snow.  That was our trip to the Creation Museum.   I enjoyed it, but wish Aric, Arianna, and I could have seen the entire museum. 

    I was really bummed about having to leave early, especially since we went on the trip specifically to visit the museum.  However, I am very thankful that we went to the museum on Friday instead of going to the aquarium.  We would have totally missed the museum altogether!

    That night we met a homeschooling mom "P" and her two sons, "J" and "D" while we were at dinner at the hotel restaurant.  We had seen them at breakfast, and again at the museum, so we started talking to them, until our kids drove us crazy about swimming in the indoor pool.  We went back to the room, got our bathing suits, and headed for the pool. 

    We had a great time in the pool.  We met up with "P", "J", and "D" again.  Aric and Arianna started swimming pretty well.  They aren’t great swimmers, in that they can barely swim, and only for short distances.  They were really improving as time progressed.  Meanwhile, I talked with "P" and kept a close eye on Aneira.  Arianna went back to the room.  Never in my wildest dreams did I ever dream that I needed to watch Aric like a hawk.  Next thing I know, Aric is in the deep end panicking because he can’t get to the side.  "P" and I then go towards him to bring him in, "J" is already there trying to help him.  Well, he is panicking so much that when I get there, he pulls me under.  I finally get back up, and try putting my arm around his chest so that I can swim backwards with him.  What a mistake, he twists around and holds me around my neck under the water.  At this point I’m not really sure what to do.  I keep trying to come up for air, but when I do, I get pushed back down.  I found out later that "P" was trying to push each of us to make sure we can breathe.  At this point I don’t know where we are in regards to the side of the pool, or what is going on.  A man there with his children apparently helped "J" pull Aric to the side, which left me free to swim back to the side.  Aric was extremely shaken up.  "J" had scratches on his neck and chest where Aric had tried to hold on to him.  I was a basket case.  Before anyone tells me, I do realize that what I SHOULD have done was grab a flotation device from the side of the pool.  I have to say that I didn’t even think of that.  That was a mistake that could have cost the life of my son and myself.  Obviously God had other plans, and it was His hand that was completely covering us.  For that I praise His Name.  After it was all over I thought about flotation devices.  There were none in the fenced in area.  The closest one was outside the fence back near the wall, at least 20 feet from the gate.  We remedied that situation.

    The aquarium was closed on Saturday, so we mainly stayed in our room.  The night before really left me exhausted and frazzled, so I slept most of the day.  We went swimming that night, and then went to bed.  The next morning the aquarium was open, so we packed up, checked out, and then drove to the aquarium.  We had a great time, then went to lunch at the Fish Market.  It was so cool!  I had some of the best salmon ever.  Then we drove home.  Once more, God has his hand on us.  The roads were clear, the weather was great, and the drive down through the mountains, although nerve-wracking, was uneventful.  Now I need a week to recover from my vacation.

    I will be posting pictures in the next couple of days.  Have a good week!

    Friday, 07 March 2008 05:00

    Kentucky & Ohio

    Hello!  I’ll bet you thought I had dropped off the face of the earth.  I really haven’t.  I’ve just had a hard time getting better.  I’m just sort of rundown by the time I get home.  Nothing to worry about.  This is how I usually am when I get bronchitis.

    Today we are in Kentucky, ready to go to the Creation Museum.  We drove up yesterday in our little Suzuki Firenza wagon, which barely holds the three kids in the backseat.  LOL.  They were a bit cramped.  Gregg and I usually get pretty sore driving that far.  It took about 7 hours, but we had to keep stopping to stretch our legs, use the restrooms.  We stopped to eat twice on the way.  We are staying in a neat hotel.  The hotel room itself is nothing to write home about, although the bathrooms are extremely clean.  Well, the room is clean, too.  The outside looks like an Elizabethan era building.  The lobby is very cool, too.  We didn’t really know what it looked like when we chose it.  It must have been a God thing.  Gregg loves middle ages and renaissance history.  I will be sure to take pictures.  It has free wireless internet, and they gave a very good deal on the aquarium tickets.

    Tomorrow we will be going to the Newport Aquarium.  We figured that since we were here anyway, we might as well go see it, too.  We love aquariums.  This will be a good rounding out of our Oceanography study.

    You may ask why we are here to begin with.  Aric will be turning 18 on March 17th (yep, that’s St. Patrick’s Day).  We couldn’t figure out what would be a good birthday present.  Then we thought of this!  He was ecstatic about it.  He’s kind of lost his enthusiasm with the trip after yesterday’s trip, and then sleeping on the floor.  (He sleeps on the floor anyway at home.  Gregg built him a closet bed at no cheap cost not too long ago, but he insists on sleeping on the floor most of the time.  Not sure why.)  He says it’s because it’s a strange place, which could very well be.  All I know is that I wouldn’t feel great today after sleeping on the floor.  It was tough enough sleeping on a double sized bed when we are used to a king size.  I’m so sore I can barely stand it.  That’s alright.  The museum will make up for it!

    Oh, and it’s SNOWING!!!!  The housecleaning lady told me that they were so sick of snow.  It’s still pretty cool to me.  I hope that we will be able to drive around in it.

    Well, I’d better get ready before Gregg gets up.  Only one bathroom, you know.  Although there is a sink outside of the bathroom.  The kids are all ready.  Arianna is reading her book; Aric is playing on his gameboy, and Aneira is straightening up  everything.  She even unpacked everyone’s bags yesterday.  She’s my neat freak.  I don’t mind.

    Saturday, 23 February 2008 00:00

    I'm Still Alive and Kicking!

    Well, the wonderful flu bug developed into bronchitis, and I’m completely worn out.  I did good to homeschool.  In all, I missed five days of work.  I went back a couple of days in between, when I really should have rested at home.  However, there were many tasks that needed to be completed by a certain time, so I had to go.  That doesn’t make for a very rested sick person.  Add to that the fact that I can’t sleep lying down flat when I have bronchitis, and you can see my dilemma.  Thinking of things to write when I feel that way is very difficult for me, so I usually do something that requires less brain power when I’m done homeschooling.  I’m feeling better now that the my head is clearer, but the tight chest is a bit of a downer.  I’m just glad that it is the weekend.

    I still need to:

    1. Complete the tag littlebrowngirl tagged me with.
    2. Put my award up from mamasmurf and nikowa.
    3. Decide which ten blogs to award the Excellent Blogger Award.  Or should that be 20 since I was awarded twice?
    4. Catch up on everybody else’s blogs.
    5. Change my template to pansies.
    6. Read ariannajoy’s and ariclegomaniac’s  entries and post them.  (They don’t post until I have approved them.)
    7. Post another resource or two, or three, or more.  I’m very behind.

    I promise I will get some of them done tomorrow.  The pansies will have to wait.  What do you think, should I change my template to pansies, or should I start another blog with pansies?

    Friday, 22 February 2008 05:00

    Tagged by LittleBrownGirl

    I was tagged by LittleBrownGirl, so I thought I’d comply.  Here are the rules:

    • Link to the person who tagged you
    • Post the rules on your blog
    • Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself
    • Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs
    • Let each random person know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

    Here are my six random things:

    1. I collect things that have pansies on them (my dishes, my pots and pans, pictures, paintings, whatever).
    2. I enjoy watching Dr. Who (classic and new series)
    3. My favorite authors, in order, are C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Stephen Lawhead.
    4. I saw the first theater release of E.T. 17 times (I was in 10th grade), and I cried every time.
    5. I have read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice no less than 30 times, and I need to buy a new copy because the other one is falling apart
    6. I love math, especially higher math like Trigonometry and Calculus.

    I tag whoever would like to participate.

    Monday, 11 February 2008 05:00

    I'm a Bit Behind the Times . . .

    Ooops, I haven’t updated in a week, and I haven’t added any new resources for a longer period of time.  I’ve been a bit preoccupied with other trivial things, like work, projects for work I do at home, homeschooling (especially Algebra I), and celebrating my birthday that was last week.

    Today I am at home during the day because I’m sick . . . again.  I’m running a fever, coughing, sneezing, and, well, all the things that go along with a nasty cold.  Hopefully I will get over it pretty quickly, and perhaps it won’t develop into bronchitis . . . again.

    I have a tag that I need to do, so I’ll probably be doing completely that soon.  I’ve also been contemplating what would be a great resource to feature next.  I have some ideas swimming around my head, so hopefully today I can feature something.  How many people would be interested in my Oceanography unit study?  I have quite the collection of links to resources, and I have a Homeschool Tracker lesson plan (for those of you with HST+).  The spine of it is based on The Ocean Book by Frank Sherwin, but I have added quite a bit of extra stuff I’ve found around the web, and other places.  You would have to have the book for the unit study to be at it’s optimum, although the extra stuff could stand on its own merit.

    Well, I’m off to homeschool the kids.  I wonder what I should tackle first?  Writing essays? Good manners? ABCs? Algebra? Basic Math?  Oh, homeschooling 3 children at 3 different levels is challenging, isn’t it?

    Wednesday, 30 January 2008 05:00

    Tagged Again ;) THREE Times!

    Amy, over at homeschoolhighlites, tagged me with this book tag, and so did Crossview, and so did Nikowa. So, I’m going to do what Crossview did with another tag, and do it thrice. Here are the rules.

    1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages.)
    2. Open the book to page 123.
    3. Find the fifth sentence.
    4. Post the next three sentences.
    5. Tag five people.

    Anyone Can Homeschool: How to Find What Works for You, by Terry Dorian, Ph.D. and Zan Peters Tyler

    (This happens to be a quote from the Bible to bring home the point of the preceding paragraphs, technically, it’s only two complete sentences, but that was the end of the chapter.)

    For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

    These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you. (Titus 2:11-15)

    Okay, for the second tag:

    Marine Biology, Second Edition, by John Reseck, Jr.

    Ooops, sorry, only three words on page 123.

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    Hey, that was enlightening, wasn’t it? I was really hoping the nearest book would be one of my Dummies books . . .

    Okay, for the third one:

    Nonfiction Craft Lessons: Teaching Information Writing K-8, by Joann Portalupi & Ralph Fletcher

    This is from the Appendix, which is a sample of informational writing.

    There are many pieces to help you. Each army has a queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights, and eight pawns. Learning how to move these pieces can be challenging.

    Can you tell what the student was writing about? Okay, that’s it for my tags. Now I need to tag 5 people. Mind you, I should be tagging 15, but I’m going to stick with the 5. And the people I tag only need to do it once, not three times (from my tag anyway).


    And, if any of them aren’t into tags, that’s fine with me. (Except, of course, Aric and Arianna). And if you’ve already done this tag (I didn’t check), you don’t have to do it either.

    Saturday, 26 January 2008 05:00


    Today’s resource is Kids4Truth.  This site if full of eye-candy that’s good for the soul. 

    Kids 4 Truth International is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that exists to inspire and equip God’s people to reach boys and girls worldwide with the memorable, creative, leading-edge teaching of God-focused truth.

    Since the first time I saw their creation dynamation, I was hooked.  Since that time, they have created many more.  Scripturally sound, these eye-popping dynamations bring to life the simple truths of the Bible.  I don’t think there are enough adjectives to describe their beauty.  Some literally bring me to happy tears.  All of them minister to me in various ways.  In order to view their website, you will need to have the free Flash player installed.  If you don’t have it on your system, there will be a link that shows up for you to install it.

    As if the multimedia dynamations weren’t enough, there are a myriad of other Christ centered resources on this site.  Here are just a few:

    Great Christian Stuff

    • Art Works ~ Coloring Pages based on the dynamations on their site
    • The Blade’s Edge ~ Tools for defending your faith
    • God’s Questions ~ Biblically Sound Q & A about God
    • Interactive ~ Post prayer requests, pray for others, post ideas for kids and their parents to grow in Christ
    • Just Neat Stuff ~ Servant Spotlight, History of Hymns and their Writers, and Bible Stories
    • Me and My Parents ~ Read or post ideas for kids and their parents
    • Missions ~ spotlight on a missionary and their work
    • Real Audio ~ Children’s Audio-Adventure Stories

    Daily Devotions

    • Audio and text version
    • Description of God
    • Question and Answer
    • Big Christian Word and definition

    Free e-cards

    Visit Kids4Truth Devotions!

    As you can see, there are some great resources for growing your children in Christ.

    Let me know what you think!

    Monday, 21 January 2008 05:00

    Urgent Prayer Request

    Not sure if you know the Estes from Hands and Hearts.  They have a young son, Noah, who has a mitochondia defect which is wreaking havoc with his little body.  He is in fairly bad shape right now.  I have never met the Estes, but from what I can tell from their blog, they are dynamic Christians who really love and depend on the Lord.  Please pray that the spirit of fear will not overtake them, and that the peace that passes understanding will envelope them at this time.  Go over to their blog and read New to Our Blog, Read This First, then read Monday Update #1.  As of this writing, she hasn’t put up a #2 update.  I guarantee that you will not be able to read it with dry eyes.  This family is quite an inspiration to me.  So much has gone on in their lives, but they are really living and leaning on Christ.

    Monday, 21 January 2008 05:00

    Another Reason to Homeschool

    I just read a disturbing article from the Center for Christ & Culture called Sex Ed: Education or Propaganda? I have been receiving their newsletter via email for some time, and  I find this ministry to be very thought-provoking and right on the money.  I have never seen them overreact or blow something small out of proportion.  Take a minute to read this, and you will agree that the best place to raise our Christian children is at home.

    I do want to add that we live in the conservative south.  Although some of these issues are touched on in our state, I think we are still a conservative enough state that the majority of these problems are not evident in our area.  I know for a fact the the school districts in my area use an abstinence-based curriculum.  Mostly because the parents, administrators, and school board are pretty conservative compared to certain parts of the country.

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