Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Shelia and Vincent

Once upon a time there was a short, but charming, Prince.
There also was a tall, but beautiful, Princess.

One day they each set out on a quest. The Princess's boat was overtaken by a terrible storm. She soon found herself suspended from one of the beams sticking out of the main mast.

The prince, hearing her cries of distress, hurried to her aid. He steered his ship right into the thick of the mess, and, grabbing a rope, swung down and -
Whacked into the mast.
The princess lost her grip and fell down down into the frothing waters. The prince, still holding the rope, dived in after her. He caught her and had his men pull him back on board his ship. After dumping her on the deck, he jumped to the wheel and, crying, "Let's get out of here!" successfully got them out.

Then the princess started coughing, so he sprang back down to where she was. She opened her eyes and instantly sprang up. "Where am I?" she wondered, quite loudly.
"Why, on my ship of course," answered the prince.
"And who are you?" she asked
"I am Prince Vincent, I rescued you from the ship wreck," answered the prince, "Who are you?"
"I am Princess Shelia," the princess answered, "I am very thankful. Could you tell me if this boat is headed anywhere in the direction of the Kieray Ruins and if not, how I could find a vessel that is?"
"Today happens to your lucky day," Vincent answered, "That happens to be exactly where I am going."
"It is!" Shelia cried, "Oh, that is so fortunate! You see, I am - was - engaged to a prince, but he died in a great fire a few weeks ago. LeEtta, my guardian (who happen's to be a fairy) said that I must go and fetch some 'lost stones' from there so she can choose for me a new prince."

"You know," Vincent cried, "That is not unlike the reason I am going! I was engaged to a princess, and she died in great earthfall. Roonto, my guardian (He's of the elves), said I needed some 'Lost Jewels' for the same reason"
"What a strang coincidence," Shelia remarked.

Time passed and they were soon at the entended location. The first thing either of them noticed were the people, especially the women. They were dressed oh so strangly. The women were wearing pants and - gasp - shirts that did not cover them completely. They talked funny too. The princess figured the accent out, finally, and translated the speach to Vincent. This is the story, as she understood it, of the place.

The place used to be two magnificent castles. A princess would live in one and a prince in the other. The two of them were said to have owned magic items. They never saw each other untill the day of their marriage. However, one night, a dreadful earthquake occured and caused an earthslide to destoy the princess and fire to to destroy the prince. That was five hundred years ago. Now they were excavating the place, looking for clues to the past. Shelia asked permissio to search for something, this was granted.

They went first to where the jewels were supposed to be and - they wern't there. So they went to where the stones were supposed to be. They wern't there either.

Then Vincent noticed some jewels around Shelia's neck. Shelia noticed some stones around Vincent's. "That's what I'm looking for!" They yelled at the same time. Each then asserted that they had had their string ever since they had been choosen for their position.
It was Shelia who finally figured things out. The prince and princess who had lived there had each been placed under a spell that made them sleep for five hundred years.
And they weren't just any one.

They were themselves.

Vincent soon caught on.
"Will you marry me?" he asked.
"Yes," answered Shelia.
And they ran off into the sunset and lived happily ever after.

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car accident

Mom, Aunt Karen, Matthew, Joel, Esther, and LaRue were in a car accident this afternoon. They were hit by an 18-wheeller. I think they hit a pole 'cause they nocked out the electricity on the whole street. LaRue is in the most danger of all us. The truck driver is the one we are concerned about. They had a flight-to-life readdy to take him the moment they had him out. If he survives - well, he's going to get the blame, and probably loose his job.

They're taking LaRue to a bigger hospital. She's got a big bump on her head they're worried about. The car they were in was totalled. It got hit right where Joel was sitting. It's a miricle that's he survived as well as he did. Grandma took him to her house when they let him go with the instructions that she was to bring him back if he starts throwing up.

You know, this is a momentus occasion - Joel's finally been seen by a doctor.

I'm not sure what the conditions of Aunt Karen, Mattew, and Esther are.

We would appreciate prayers.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New sister

Last Tuesday, Mom went to her midwife appointment. No big deal, that's something she did every Tuesday. What was the big deal, however, was that it was taking a long time for her to get back and the two younger children Vannan, K, and I had been left with were starting to wake up from their naps. Since I was the only one who had Mom's cell phone number memorized, I was the one to call.

Mom told me that things were not looking good and that they were talking about a C-section. (She also told me to give the littles clay to keep them busy.) I sent Vannan to make pudding for snack while I kept an eye on the littles. And started packing my school stuff.

Not long after, Aunt K, who had driven Mom to the appointment, called. We needed to pack fast because Uncle S would be there soon (along with themselves) and would take us to the hospital. I took V off the pudding (thinking K would stay on it) and onto packing. We never got our snack. V wanted to know how I could be so calm, I told her I wasn't. I just knew how to pull myself together.

The two cars soon got there, and we started packing. Then Dad got here so we played fruit basket upset. Then we went to the hospital.

The doctor decided that he would keep Mom over night and attempt a VBAC (since mom had a C-section once) in the morning. Vannan doesn't like hospitals, Dad had some lessons to take for his new job, so guess who got to stay over night at the hospital? (other than Mom)


The hospital is not the place to get a good night's sleep.

Dad arrived the next morning (Vannan was with Grandma and Grandpa). They got Mom into labor and a bit later, V and Gma showed up.

To make long story short, Mom yelled alot, and I buried myself in the book I am writing. Dad said I ought to become a news reporter. I told him that what I was writting was worlds away and a diversion, not a focus. It did make the yelling abit quieter. (for me any ways)

My new sister was born at 2:19 on October 14. She weighed 7lb. 12oz. and was 19.75 inches long. She is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Art Project 1 - Shading with a Colored Pencil


Tammy: Hello folks! Welcome to The Past Times. I’m your host, Tammy Turnback. Today, on our show, we have the best selling author Homer, writer of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Isn’t that right?
Homer: Oh, um yes, or at least according to tradition I am.
Tammy: Yes, two marvelously constructed poems, all about the superheroes of Greece, if only we had such talent today!
Homer: Well I wouldn’t exactly put it that way.
Tammy: And the most amazing thing is that you did it all without the help of your eyes!
Homer: Just because tradition claims that I’m blind doesn’t make me stupid.
Tammy: Well, it does make it harder for you to see where to put the pen down on the paper.
Homer: More like my fingers on my lyre. I’m just as illiterate as the next Greek over.
Tammy: How could you memorize such long poems?
Homer: The human brain is an amazing thing.
Tammy: oh isn’t it.
Homer: Besides, all you have to do is travel to Yugoslavia or Russia to see real live modern bards who recite poems that are as long or longer than my own.
Tammy: Really? And how do they do it?
Homer: It’s quite simple, they don’t memorize the words, they memorize the basic plot, characters, setting, etc. They always tell it slightly different at each recitation. Often they use and reuse many traditional phrases, lines or scenes. I did the same with the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Tammy: Amazing! But then there are the people who don’t believe you existed.
Homer: Oh the analysts. They seem to think that if it isn’t written down, you can’t remember it. They are right, though, about archeology not providing any proof for us Greeks having any alphabet in my day and age.
Tammy: I guess this would be a good time to ask, when did you live?
Homer: Somewhere between 800 and 700 BC.
Tammy: And what about those who do believe that you exist?
Homer: The unitarians say that my poems could have only of been written by one or maybe two people. They say that the unified plan of the poems and the consistent character portrayals point towards one author rather than many.
Tammy: But how did the poems get on paper?
Homer: Writing was introduced towards the end of my life. I then dictated my two poems to one of those new scribes. Historians find it hard to trace me, seeing as how I was a traveling bard and picked up a version of Greek that was not really native to any of the cities I traveled to.
Tammy: Interesting! What happened to the poems after your death?
Homer: They were recited as part of many great festivals. Copies became the basic textbooks that Greek children used to learn to read and to study the legends and myths. As a result the Greeks formed their religious views from my portrayals of the gods and goddesses. The poems also furnished characters and plots for the great tragic dramatists of the 400’s BC – Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles.
Tammy: Did the poems ever change after you had them written down?
Homer: Plenty. If you wanted copies of the poems I wrote, you had to write them by hand. Mistakes were often made, and some people even made “improvements”. In 300 to 100 BC scholars at the great Alexandrian Library in Egypt tried to correct the errors and restore them to original form. This was when the idea that there were two different poets originated. The scholars who thought this, the separatists, thought that the language, point of view, and subject matter in the two poems were so different that just one person could not have created them both.
Tammy: Fascinating! And just what did you base your poems on?
Homer: I got them from other bards, who got them from other bards, who got them from other bards, who got them from other bards, etc. etc. I imagine that if you go far enough back you would find a bard who was there when the Trojan War took place.
Tammy: Which brings up the question “did Troy exist?”
Homer: There is very good archaeological evidence for it.
Tammy: Like what?
Homer: Hienrich Schleimen, one of my biggest fans, discovered several cities in the hill called Hissarlik. He though that what he called Troy 2 was the one I talked about, Henry Durthbelt, a later excavator, discovered Troy 6, which matches pretty well with the descriptions I put in the Iliad. Another excavator said that an earthquake had destroyed Troy 6, and what he called Troy 7a, which was a city of soup kitchens and shanties, had been the one that had been ransacked by the Greeks.
Tammy: What do you think?
Homer: I know that I had changed a few details, so I wouldn’t put it past the bards who gave it to me. Maybe the wooden horse had just been a mix-up. Poseidon was both Earth-Shaker and the creator of the horse.
Tammy: Is he?
Homer: Yes.Tammy: Well that’s all the time we have for today folks. Thank-you Homer for your insight into the poems you wrote. I’m your host, Tammy Turnback, and thank-you for joining us on The Past Times!

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4. There's a character in Game of Thrones that, when I first heard of her, I was scared that she might be too much like a character I have in Half-Hidden, so I went and read her Wiki page. She shares a title, but that's about it.

My School Plans Until Christmas

4/21 PC – Research your Genealogy
5/14 Bible PC – Essay: What does the Bible say about being TRUSTWORTHY?
5/15 Bible PC – Essay: What does the Bible say about NOT being trustworthy?
6/17 Bible PC – I. Chap 20 Christian Character “Loyalty”
6/23 Bible PC – Write a Book Report about chosen book
7/22 Bible Study – p. 252
English – 101
Bible Study – p. 253
7/24 Bible Study – p. 254
English – 102 Class
Bible Study – Final Test
7/29 English – 102 Written
7/30 History – Report: Alexander the Great
History – Report: Achimedes
English – Chap 9 Test

School Year 2009 – 2010

Day 1 (8/24)
History – Report: 1 Great Greek Philosopher of Your Choice (300+ words)
English – 103 (ALWAYS: Read teacher notes and do class work orally)
Spelling - 1A
Bible – Far Above Rubies: Read Contents and Introduction
Day 2
Memory – Prov. 10:19
Science – WOS p. 144 – 147 + SE
History – Short Story: Setting Ancient Greece
Math – 1.1
English – ws 39
Reading – 41 EX
Spelling – 1 B
Bible – 01B27C
PC – D. Following Instructions: Repeat Back
Memory – Prov. 17:28
Science – LB
History – All Through the Ages p. 38 – 45
Math – 1.2
English – Start Notebook for English (go back and put all boxed information into notebook)
Spelling – 1C
Bible – Memorize Genesis 1 and 2 (chapters) – 01W31.C
Memory – Prov. 18:2
Science – LB
History – ATA Timeline
Math – 1.3
English – 104
Reading – 42 Planting Time
Spelling – 1D
PC – E. Following Instructions: Do It
Memory – Prov. 18:13
Science – LB
Math – p. 14 - 15
English – ws 40
Reading – 42 Ex
Spelling – Test 1
DAY 6 (8/31)
PC – F. Listen for Key Words
Memory – Prov. 20:5
Science – Lapbook: old maps
ART - 2
Math – 1.4
English – 105
Reading – 43 Of Pots and Potters
Spelling – 2A
Bible – 01B40.D
PC – Read an article or book about listening skills
Memory – Prov. 29:20
Science – Lapbook: Satellite
Math – 1.5
English – 106
Reading – 43 Ex
Spelling – 2B
PC – Essay: Listening Skills
Memory – Ecc. 3:1
Science – Lapbook: James Hutton
Math – 1.6
English – ws 41
Spelling –2C
Bible – 01C25.C
PC – N. Find 25 verses that teach about listening
Memory – Ecc. 3:7
Science – Lapbook: erosion
Math – p. 30 – 31 Report: Euclid
English – 107
Reading – 44 Observing Judge
Spelling – 2D
DAY 10
PC – K. Sermon Notes: Do Every Week
Memory – Ecc. 5:2-3
Science – Magic School Bus: Erosion
Math – 1.7
English – 108
Reading – 44 EX
Spelling – Test 2
Bible – 01C29.C
DAY 11 (Labor Day Goal)
PC – O. Short Story: Poor Listening Habits
Memory – 1 Timothy 2: 9 - 11
Science – Lapbook: layers of earth
History – GreenLeaf Greece: Read Famous Men of Greece – include introduction – worksheets will be spaced out
ART - 3
Math – p. 36 - 37
English – written work
Reading – 45 Little and Great
Spelling – 3A
Bible – 01C30.C
DAY 12
PC – Read: How to Win Friends and Influence People
Memory – James 1:19
Science – Lapbook: highest mountains
History – Greenleaf workbook: p. 5 – 7
History – Blue Maps Book p. 222
Math – p. 38 - 39 as Test
English – 109
Reading – 45 EX
Spelling – 3B
Bible – 01C31.C
DAY 13
PC – Essay: How can I be a better listener?
Memory – Poem of Your Choice on listening
Science – Lapbook: lowest / deepest trenches
History – GGW p. 9 - 12
Math – p. 40 – 41 (2.1)
English – 110
Spelling – 3 C
DAY 14
PC – Y. 25 Verses about talking too much
Science – Research: Continental Drift
History – GGW p. 13 - 16
Math – 2.2
English – ws 42
Reading – 46 We’ll Let Them Borrow
Spelling – 3D
DAY 15
PC – Read: Shepherding A Child’s Heart
History – GGW p. 17 - 21
Math – 2.3
English – 111
Reading – 46 EX
Spelling – Test 3
DAY 16 (9/14)
PC – p. 93 A Loving Woman: C. FIIR’s Hatred
Memory – Prov. 15:17
Science – Lapbook: volcano
History – GGW p. 22 - 25
ART - 4
Math – p. 52 – 53 Create a “rug” on graph paper
English – make a plan
Reading – 47 Meditation
Spelling – 4A
Bible – 01R45.D
DAY 17
PC – Essay: Acting with Hatred
Memory – John 15:9-13
Science – Lapbook: earthquake
History – GGW p. 26 - 28
Math – 2.4
English – 112
Reading – 47 Ex
Spelling – 4B
DAY 18
PC – Essay: How can I avoid hatred in my life?
History – GGW p. 33 - 36
Math – p. 60
English – written work
Spelling – 4C
Bible – 01W36.C
DAY 19
PC – FIIR: selfishness
Science – Lapbook: Alfred Wegener
History – GGW p. 33 - 36
Math – 2.5
English – correct paper
Reading – 48 Great Possessions
Spelling – 4D
DAY 20
PC – Essay: Acting with selfishness
History – GGW p. 37 - 40
Math – 2.6
English – 113 Oral A - D
Reading – 25 WB
Spelling – Test 4
Bible – 01W45.D
DAY 21 (9/21)
PC – Essay: How can I avoid selfishness?
Memory – Rom 13:10
Science – WOS p. 148 - 151
History – GGW p. 41 - 44
ART - 5
Math – 2.7
English – 113 Oral E - I
Reading – 49 Landing of Pilgrim Fathers
Spelling – 5A
Bible – 01W56.D
DAY 22
PC – D. Find 25 Proverbs About Friendship
Memory – 1 Cor. 13 : 1 - 8
Science – WOS p. 152 - 155
History – GGW p. 45 - 48
Math – p. 78 - 79
English – 113 Written A - E
Reading – 49 Ex
Spelling – 5B
Bible – 01P36.D
DAY 23
PC – E. Using the love Chapter – write list of actions about love pertaining to your life
Science – chart weather for 1 month, Predictions, actual and expected rainfall, etc.
History – GGW p. 49 - 53
Math – Test ( p. 80 – 81)
English – 113: written F - G
Spelling – 5C
Bible – 01A17.C
DAY 24
PC – F. Now write list of how to show love to parents
Science – LB
History – GGW Timeline p. 51 - 53
Math – p. 83 + 3.1
English – Test 10
Reading – 50 Gift and Giver
Spelling – K D
DAY 25
PC – H. write your own Love Chapter
Science – LB
History – Usborne: The Greeks p. 3 – 13 + Timeline
Math – 3.2
English – Notebook Check
Reading – 50 Ex
Spelling – Test 5
Bible – 01A19.C
DAY 26 (9/28)
PC – Book Evaluation: Watch how friendships develop
Memory – 1 Cor. 16:14
Science – LB
History – UWHTGreeks p. 14 – 25 + Timeline
ART - 6
Math – 3.3
English – 114
Reading – 51 Born to Fly
Spelling – 6 A
Bible – 03B24. C
DAY 27
PC – Essay: What hatred was shown in this book?
Memory – Col. 3: 12 - 14
Science – LB
History – watch movie about Troy
Math – 3.4
English – 115
Reading – 51Ex
Spelling – 6B
Bible – 03B25.C
DAY 28
PC – Essay: Selfishness in the book
Science – LB
History – UWHT Greeks p. 26 – 39 + Timeline
Math – p. 93
English – 116
DAY 29
PC – Essay: Love shown in the book
Science – LB
History – UWHT Greeks p. 40 – 53 + Timeline
Math – p. 102 – 103 Report: Archimedes
English – 117
Reading – 52 My Struggle for Education
Spelling – 6D
Bible – 03C31.D
DAY 30
PC – Evaluate: using Phil 4:8, Was this book useful to develop a Godly character? What did you learn?
Memory – 1 Peter 4:8
Science – LB
History – UWHT Greeks p. 54 – 67 + Timeline
Math – 3.5
English – 118
Reading – 52 Ex
Bible – 03R08.B Read to Sibs
DAY 31 (Oct. 5)
PC – Read 5 Love Languages of Children
Memory – 1 John 4:7 - 11
Science – Lapbook: types of rocks
History – UWHT Greeks: p. 68 – 80 + Timeline
ART - 7
Math – 3.6
English – 119
Reading – 53 Destruction of Sennacherib
Spelling – 7A
Bible – 03R11.B
DAY 32
PC – Essay: My love language is... (500 words)
Science – Lapbook: hardness scale
History – UWHT Greeks p. 81 (copy map to notebooks) p. 82 – 87 + Timeline
Math – Test 3 p. 114 - 115
English – 120
Reading – 53 EX
Spelling – 7B
Bible – 03R18.C
DAY 33
PC – Essay: My parents show love by ... (500 words)
Science – Research Report: Rocks forming a time table?
History – Timeline: The Greeks p. 88 – 89, p. 90 - 91
Math – p. 112 - 113
English – Visit LeTourneau Library physical card catalog (if still exists)
Spelling – 7 C
Bible – 03R20.C Movie
DAY 34
PC – Essay: I show love to my parents by...
History – Read: Favorite Greek Myths by Mary Pope Osborne
Math – p. 117 + 4.1
English – 121
Reading – 54 Treasure in the Cave
Spelling – 7D
Bible – 03W11.B
DAY 35
PC – Essay: I can show love to my siblings by...
History – Ancient Greece Timeline Chart/work
Math – 4.2
English – Oral Report
Reading – 54 Ex
Spelling – Test 7
Bible – 03W11.B
DAY 36 (10/12)
PC – p. 103 A Submissive Woman
Memory – Prov. 31:12
Science – Lapbook: relationship between volcanoes and earthquakes
History – Read “Classical Greece”
ART - 8
Math – 4.3
English – 122 Oral A - C
Reading – 55 A More Excellent Way
Spelling – 8A
DAY 37
PC – D. Memorize Assigned Questions of Larger Catechism
Memory – Exodus 20:12
Science – Report: Volcanoes
Math – 4.4
English – 122 Oral D - F
Reading – 55 EX
Spelling – 8B
Bible – 03W25.C
DAY 38
Memory – Psalm 131
Math – p. 127 - 128
English – 122 Written A - C
Spelling – 8C
DAY 39
PC – E. List other authorities in your life and 3 ways to show respect to each
Memory – Psalm 143: 10
History – Read: “Wondrous Realms of the Aegean”
Math – p. 142 - 143
English – 122 Written D - F
Reading – 56 Memory of Redwoods
Spelling – 8D
Bible – 03H17.D
DAY 40
PC – F. Duet. 28: List Blessings and Cursings
Memory – Ecc. 12:13
Math – 4.5
English – Test 11
Reading – 56 Ex
Spelling – Test 8
DAY 41 (10/19)
PC – H. FIIR: Disobedience
Memory – Lam. 3:27
Science – Lapbook: Atmosphere layers
History – Plato: Trial of Socrates
ART - 9
Math – 4.6
English – 123 Oral
Reading – 32 WB
Spelling – 9.1
Bible – 05B28.C
DAY 42
PC – H. FIIR: Stubbornness
Memory – John 13: 13 - 17
Science – Report: Global Warming and Carbon Footprint – Separate the Truth from the Media Hype
History – Read: Children’s Homer
Math – Test 4 – p. 156 - 157
English – 123 Written
Reading – 57 EX
Spelling – 9B
DAY 43
PC – FIIR: Scoffer
Math – p. 154 - 155
Spelling – 9C
Bible – 05C40.C
DAY 44
PC – FIIR: Defiance
Math – p. 159 – 5.1
English – 124 oral
Reading – 58 Cries in Cabin
Spelling – 9D
DAY 45
PC – Essay Report: How can I be more submissive like Christ?
Memory – Romans 13: 1-2
Math – 5.2
English – 124 Written
Reading – 58 EX
Spelling – Test 9
Bible – 05W32.C
DAY 46 (Oct. 26)
PC – K. Christian Character: Obedience
Memory – 1 Cor. 11:3
Science – Research: Average rainfall, average temp, each month in your area.
History – Read: The Greek Gods
ART - 10
Math – 5.3
Reading – 59 Walk in Graveyard
Spelling – 10 A
Bible – 07B01.A
DAY 47
Memory – Eph. 5: 21 - 24
Science – Lapbook: Avg. Temp and Rain Chart
History – (2 weeks – Ancient Greece Activity Book with Joel and Marriana)
Math – 5.4
Reading – 59 Ex
Spelling – 10B
Bible – 07B02.A
DAY 48
PC – M. Beautiful Girlhood: Chap 5 and 18
Science – Lapbook: Drought
History – LB
Math – p. 174 – 175 Report
English – Final Test
Spelling – 10 C
Bible – 07B04.A
DAY 49
PC – Short Story: Value of Obedience Vs. Disobedience
Science – Lapbook: Storm
History – LB
Math – 5.5
English – Notebook Check
Reading – 60 John Wycliff
Spelling – 10 D
DAY 50
Memory – Eph. 6:1-3
Science – Lapbook: Flood
History – LB
Math – 5.6
Reading – 60 Ex
Spelling – Test 10
Bible – 07B05.A
DAY 51 – (11-2)
PC – W. Essay: How can I prepare now to be a submissive wife.
Memory – Phil. 2: 3 -11
Science – Lapbook: hurricane
History – LB
ART - 11
Math – 5.7
English – 1 Continue you notebook
Reading – 9th Grade Rod Staff Reader: 1
Spelling – 11A
Bible – 07B06.A
DAY 52
PC – X. Promises Verses Project
Science – Lapbook: Tornado
History – LB
Math – p. 202 - 203
English – 2
Reading – 1EX
Spelling – 11B
Bible – 07B09.B
DAY 53
PC – Y. Warnings Verses Project
Science – Lapbook: Blizzard
History – LB
Math – p. 196
English – 3
Spelling – 11C
DAY 54
PC – AA. word study: Quiet Spirit
Science – LB
History – LB
Math – p. 204 – 205 Test
English – 3 Corrections
Reading – 2
Spelling – 11.4
Bible – 07B10.B
DAY 55
PC – Word study: honor
Memory – Col. 3: 18 - 20
Science – LB
History – LB
Math – p. 207 + 6.1
Reading – 2 EX
Spelling – Test 11
Bible – 07B16.C
DAY 56 – 11/9
PC – word study - reverence
Memory – 1 Tim. 6:1
Science – WOS p. 156 - 159
History – Usborne World History Dates p. 16 – 19 + Timeline
ART - 12
Math – 6.2
English – 4
Reading – 3
Spelling – 12 A
Bible – 07B19.C
DAY 57
PC – word study: submit
Memory – Titus 2: 9 - 10
Science – LB
History – UWHD p. 20 – 23 + Timeline
Math – 6.3
English – 5
Reading – 3 EX
Spelling – 12 B
DAY 58
Science – LB
History – History of the World (Green Book) – p. 3 – 119 (Read)
Math – p. 232
Bible – 07B23.D
DAY 59
PC – word study: subject – TO submit
Memory – Heb. 13:17
Science – LB
Math – 6.4
English – 6
Reading – 4
Spelling – 12D
DAY 60
Memory – 1 Peter 2: 13 - 17
Science – LB
History – HOTW Read p. 123 - 151
Math – 6.5
English – 7
Reading – 4 EX
Bible – 07B26.D
DAY 61 – 11/16
PC – From next 2 months: Keep a journal daily about your efforts to be submissive to your parents – write in a daily devotion and prayer and goal and how you did each day
Science – Lapbook: Types of Mountains
History – THOTW p. 153 - 187
ART - 13
Math – 6.6
English – 8
Reading – 5
Spelling – 13 A
Bible – 07B28.D
DAY 62
Science – Lapbook: Glaciers
History – THOTW: p. 189 - 211
Math – 6.7
Reading – 56 EX
Spelling – 13 B
DAY 63
Memory – 1 Peter 3: 1-2
Science – Research: 25 Longest Rivers + 25 Largest Lakes
Math – p. 256 - 257
Spelling – 13C
Bible – 07C11.B
DAY 64
History – Old World History & Geography Skill Sheets 42 and 32
Math – 6.8
English – Test 1
Reading – 6
Spelling – 13 D
DAY 65
Memory – 1 Peter 5:5
Science – Lapbook: List largest lakes and Rivers in the World
History – LB’s Keep List over Christmas Break of everything read in History and Science
Math – p. 258 – 259 Test 6
English – Notebook Check
Reading – 6 EX
Spelling – Test 13
Bible – 17C12.B


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Essay: A Godly Friendship

A Godly Friendship

“A friend loveth at all times, and brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17). This describes a godly friendship. A godly friend is there when everyone else runs away and hides. He doesn’t just stay for the good times and then quietly slip out whenever you encounter a little turbulence.

A godly friendship consists of two or more people like this. But it also consists of more. Many regular friendships have friends who are always arguing, splitting up, becoming friends with some one else and using all of the former friends secrets to hurt him. That is unkind. A secret is a secret and should stay one until the person the secret originated with declares otherwise.
There are even some friends who take your secrets and spread them around the second you tell them to him. This is definitely not a real friend. This person is a reputation wrecker and will wreck anyone who lets him do so.

No body wants to have a bad friend, yet many fail to be good friends in return. They fail to take to heart the principle – if you want to have friends you have to be a good friend. Good friends never share secrets that are not their own, they never talk bad about the other, and they always stick by each other in time of trouble.

Godly friendships are not for the fair weather type. If you run away the second one of your friends falls into hard times, don’t expect others to stay by you when you’re in trouble. Be the kind of friend you want to have.

If you have friends who are not Christians, you have to be extra careful to be a good friend. If your non-Christian friend sees how you’re different (in a good way) from his other friends, he will be far more receptive than if you are just another fair weather friend. You must learn to “walk your talk”.

If you aren’t going to walk your talk, then don’t talk! Telling some one that you’re different and actually being different are two very different things. Non-Christians will watch you when you do and then compare what they see to what you say, and if the two don’t match, they’ll think you’re phony. Better to have the walk without the talk, than to have the talk without the walk.
You’re best friend should be a Christian. A best friend who isn’t will drag you down into sin. Some one who doesn’t know Jesus can never ever be godly. They may be able to put up a good disguise and make you think they’re godly, but as the Bible says “You will know them by their fruit.” Before you make some one your best friend, make sure you both have the same eternal destination. Many people fail to take these guidelines to heart. They end up without friends, if their faults were of the driving away variety, or worse, without the close fellowship you used to have with God, if the fault was to let a non-Christian have a lot of influence over him. Both events create loneliness, which can drive humans, who are, whether they think so or not, social oriented creatures, crazy.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

What The Bible Says About the Opposite of Honesty

This was to be a short essay to help define a concept. We do these essays usually based on our topics in our Polished Cornerstone book. We explore Prov. 31. This section is based on the verse "The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her."

What does the Bible say about the opposite of honesty? The opposite of honesty would be dishonesty, or falsehood. There are many different types of dishonesty. Lying is a form of dishonesty, and so is stealing. Hiding or pretending to be something you aren’t is also a form of dishonesty.
Thou shalt not steal and thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor are both among the Ten Commandments. Bearing false witness is a form of lying, and lying, again, is a form of dishonesty. Stealing is treating something that belongs to someone else like it belongs to you. That is also a form of lying, you make people believe something belongs to you when, really, it belongs to someone else.
The second worst type of dishonesty is dishonesty to yourself. You are usually the readiest to believe your own lie than anyone else. You can make yourself believe that something is true, even when you know it isn’t. King Saul made himself believe that he was bringing home the Amalekite animals for sacrifices, while in truth it was to make himself rich.
The worst kind of deceit is trying to deceive God. Ananias and Sapphira sold some land and gave some of the money to the church. The only problem was that they said that they had given everything. The two of them were punished by death. The Bible has a lot to say about the opposite of honesty. From the serpent deceiving Eve in the garden, to the Beast deceiving the whole word in the Great Tribulation, it is encountered again and again in the Bible. It is a great sin, but God can help his children resist the temptation.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Gerta and the Geese - Part 3

Gerta suddenly remembered what her Dad always did when he wanted to get the geese to move. She spread her arms out to make herself look bigger and hissed.
One or two of the birds tried to do the same to her. She wanted to jump and run, but she couldn't, the geese had to get home. Slowly, but surely she made her way in a homeward direction.
She did finally make it and as she was locking the gate, she heard giggles behind her. Turning, she saw Hallie.
"I knew you weren't really afraid of geese," the younger girl cried, "I knew it was all an act."
Gerta gave here an icy stare. She was scared. She was shaking. The area under her left eye throbbed!
"Do you know who opened the gate to the goose pen?"Gerta asked after a long pause.
"I thought so,"Gerta said as she turned to leave.
That evening, when their dad arrived home from work, Gerta told him about the adventure of the morning.
"That was very brave of you Gerta," Dad said when she was done.
"I don't think so. I was scared stiff," Gerta argued.
"True courage is not doing something with out fear, rather in spite of it," he explained, giving her a big squeeze, "and Christian courage is doing it with God's help."

Wednesday, September 9, 2009



Have you ever sat in a rocking chair? It gave you something to do, but you didn’t get anywhere. Worry is like that. Worry can take up your whole day, but, in the long run, it doesn’t accomplish anything.
Many people do nothing but worry. What shall I wear? What if this happens? What if that happens? They don’t get anything done and their worrying doesn’t get anything done.
The Bible says “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof,” (Matthew 6:34). We can’t change tomorrow, so why worry about it?
Since worry does not accomplish anything, why do people do it? The answer is the want to be in control. When we cannot be in control, we still try. We picture how we would do it and then compare our opinion to how the thing is actually being carried out. Then we go crazy because the two don’t match.
We do need to plan for what we know will happen. If you know there’s a costume party in a month, it would be very stupid not to pull out your sewing machine and piece together some sort of a costume. You don’t want to have to rush to nearest costume store and have to buy something expensive, or worse, come without a costume at all!
Worry is thinking about what you can’t control. Planning is thinking about what you can control. When you worry, things don’t get done. When you plan, things do get done. God is in control of everything, so we don’t have to worry, His plan is always best!

Why Are Family Traditions Important?

Why Are Family Traditions Important?

Every year at Christmas, my family opens our presents on blankets. Every Sunday, after church we eat Chinese. Every year, we usually do AWANA.
All of these are traditions. But why do we do them? Why are family traditions important?
First of all they create memories. One is more likely to remember something if they do it over and over, rather than just once.
If one’s family had a tradition of eating coconut ice cream on Birthdays, whenever he tastes that stuff later on, he will think about those days. If the family had a tradition of holding a jump rope contest the last Saturday of every month, he would remember those days those days every time they look at a jump rope.
Traditions also bring family closer together. They often mean that the family has to get along, and when you spend time with someone, you usually learn to like someone, or you will create an aversion. That’s ok; one usually has at least one relative who likes him.
One is more likely to like someone when he is having fun with him or her. Singing songs, doing contests, board games, telling campfire stories. All of these are fun ideas, which create memories, and turn families in to friends.
Traditions often create security. I usually don’t have to worry about Sunday lunches because I know we are going to Chins Garden. After we eat, I know we are going to the library. I find security in this tradition because it is never changed unless the Library is closed or we are going to eat with someone else, or going to the library right before the evening sermon.
However, not all traditions are good. If it takes to much time, effort, or money, it is not a good tradition. Do your self a favor and get rid of it. Such traditions crate bad memories, drive families apart and form Insecurity. Once the tradition is gone you will probity find that you have more time for the traditions that you like.
The tradition may be one you cannot control, like ultra Republican Aunt May, and extreme Democrat Uncle Fred always getting into a fight about polities. In these cases just smile and bear it. Maybe someday you will look back at those arguments as the best political debates you ever herd. Maybe you feel that your family is lacking in traditions. In such cases, introduce new ones invite every one in your family to a costume party and select a couple judges from the adults to choose the best. Be creative; remember a good family tradition is well worth the effort setting up.
A good tradition lasts, when the main player in it is removed; someone else takes that person’s place. Everyone looks forward to it and is very disappointed whenever it can’t be carried out.
When a bad tradition cannot be carried out, no one notices. It is rarely reinstated. When the main player is removed, no one takes the persons place.
Good traditions are important. They are important they are remembered and looked forward to. They bring the family together and create security. They may eventually turn bad, but they can be changed. People love them and want them to stay.

School Essay: Fear


Whether young or old, rich or poor, strong or weak, everyone is afraid of something. The young man is afraid of not being popular. The old man fears death. The rich man is afraid of his money being stolen. The poor man fears the fact that he might not have enough food for the next day. The strong man is afraid of receiving an injury that will cripple him for the rest of his life. The weak man fears anything stronger that might try to hurt him.
Fear is an uneasiness of the mind and is caused by the apprehension of evil or danger, according to Webster’s dictionary. Fear is an emotion and can be caused by anything, depending on the person. Some people are so afraid of something, they go crazy every time they see or hear or feel it. This sort of fear is called a phobia.
Regular fear comes in three levels of intensity: fright, fear, dread, and then terror. Fright is the least intense, and terror is the most intense.
God does not want us to have our lives ruled by fear. He wants us to bring all our fears to Him. After we give our fears to God, we no longer have to fear the thing we were afraid of. All we have to do is remember that He is in control, and nothing can happen without allowing it. After we learn to bring our fears to God, we will have peace in every thing.

The word fear sometimes means “awe” or “respect”. This meaning is most commonly found in the Bible, and is used to describe how we should view God. This is illustrated in the verse, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10).

When you fear God, you will find that you will have less time to be afraid of earthly things. Bears, spiders, thieves, old age, no matter what subject of your fear, it falls into its proper proportions. As godly fear increases, earthly fear decreases.

Learn to fear God, rather than man. Once you learn to follow this principal, you will be able to live life more fully, because you won’t be spending as much time being afraid.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Gerta and the Geese - Part 2

Gerta glanced around hastily, where were the geese? And who let them out?
She heard honking and headed in the direction of the sound. She found them, but there was a slight problem. They were in their next door neighbor's front yard. The one that hated geese even more than Gerta was scared of them. He had promised to shoot if he ever saw one of the birds on his property.
Gerta had to get them home, and she had to get them home fast!
"Dear Jesus," she prayed silently, "Please help me get the geese home"

Friday, September 4, 2009

Gerta and the Geese - Part 1

Gerta was not afraid of the dark. Gerta was not afraid of heights. Gerta was not even afraid of spiders. In fact, there was only one thing she was afraid of. Geese!
She lived on a small farm with her mom and dad, and her younger sister, Hallie. On the farm were chickens, goats, rabbits, and geese.
Every morning, while feeding the goats and collecting the eggs, she shuddered as she passed the gate to the goose pen. Her fingers would wander to the area just below her eye in memory of the bite one of the geese had given her when she was only six.
The goslings had gotten out, but couldn't figure out how to get back in. Gerta had picked one up and was starting to put it back in the pen when one of the geese flew up and tore off a patch of skin under her left eye.
Even at ten, the very thought of a goose brought pain to that area. It was usually only a dull ache and didn't last very long, but it was there.
Hallie, who was only five, was not afraid of geese. She would often tease Gerta about it.
"Gerta!" she would say, "There's a goose behind you," and then Gerta would jump and Hallie would laugh.
One day, when she walked by the goose pen, the gate was open and the geese were gone!

Friday, August 28, 2009

God's Love

If there's one thing that you need,
Before all things should proceed.
If there's one thing you should know,
It will tell you where to go.
If there's one thing you should trust,
Something that is just.

It's God's love.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What Jesus has done for us

1. He died to save us

2. He arose to claim us

3. He lives to keep us

4. And will return to take us

Thank-you, Jesus!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

When Grammy Died - A Poem

When Grammy died,
We cried and cried.
The crying lasted many an hour.
Oh! Who knew sadness had such a power

She died on Sunday, Mother's Day.
'Tho many people oft did pray,
God saw fit to take her home.
Now she never more shall roam.

She was a daughter, wife, and mother,
Teacher, and sister to her brother.
She made cakes with what you wanted.
She understood, and never taunted.

Never ready before noon,
Even when, "I'm leaving soon"
The funeral was at two o'clock,
Each heart as heavy as a rock.

So many pictures lined her walls,
Her grandchildren, she loved them all.
I am so proud to be up there,
She's my Grammy! I loved her care.

Many people brought love and food,
All joy was paused sadness - the mood.
for two weeks we had relatives.
Now they're gone, but life still lives.

Someday, someday, life will even out,
But until then there's no need to pout.
She's gone home and so,
I think we ought to let her go.

Friday, July 31, 2009

The case of my missing feet.

Me: Oh, no! What happened to my feet? They're missing! Joel, can you help me?

Joel: Silly Kendra! You burried them!
Me: I did?

Joel: Yes, Sister. Here, I will help you dig them out.

Me: Hay, look, Joel, you're almost as tall as I am!
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Friday, July 24, 2009

Research Paper for a Contest -

Man’s Windows to the World

Kendra E. Ardnek

This research paper will attempt to show the complexity of the human eye and how it supports creation.

Every human has two jelly-like spheres in their head. They are so flimsy that they have to be protected in a bony socket called the orbit. They have to be continually cleaned by certain flaps of skin and a special fluid made by glands that are located just to the sides of these spheres. Yet it is through these that the brain receives most of the information it processes. Without them, life would be total darkness. What are they? They are the human eyes.
The flaps of skin are the eyelids, and the fluid is tears. The eyelids help clean the eye by opening and shutting rapidly. This spreads the tears around, and is called blinking. The eyelids also blink when a foreign object touches it. The blinking reflex is so strong that, according to Menton (2003), it is one of the last reflexes lost before death. The eyelids have both skeletal and smooth muscle. The skeletal muscle gives voluntary control and the smooth muscle holds them open in order to prevent fatigue. Tears are produced by the tear glands, and are the optimum cleaning fluid for the eye. There are little holes in the corner of each eyelid that sucks up the excess tears and drain into your nose. This prevents the tears from constantly running down the cheeks, although in this fallen world sadness and pain can cause an overload, which does run down the cheeks.
The eye is controlled by six strap-like muscles according to Walker (1994) p.43. The Lateral Rectus turns the eye outward or away from the nose, the Medial Rectus turns the eye inwards or towards the nose, the Superior Rectus rolls the eye upwards, and the Inferior Rectus rolls the eye downwards. These muscles are all voluntary, but, according to Menton (2003), the other two are not. They are the Superior Oblique and the Inferior Oblique. Their job is to keep the field of vision stable when the head is tilted to the side. In order for them to do this they have to each run through a pulley. The Oblique muscles actually turn your eyes sideways. However, they are not able to turn the eye upside-down, so when the head is upside-down, the eyes see upside-down.
The eye, according to Kelly (2009) p.10, is constantly moving, if not voluntarily, involuntarily. When focusing, it wobbles just 1/70 the thickness of a sheet of paper. The eyes will also slowly drift to one side, then suddenly jerk back. Why did God make them so that they would continually move? Is it so they would tire themselves out? No. Unless something is moving, your eyes cannot detect it. The eyes move so that you can see objects that aren’t moving.
The tough, white outer coat is called sclera. It is criss-crossed with blood vessels, unlike the cornea. The sclera is where the eye muscles attach. There is also a thin, transparent mucous membrane, called the conjunctiva. It, according to Fekrat and Weizer (2006) p.3, lines the inner surface of the eyelids, helps form a barrier inside the eyelids that separates the front and back halves of the eye (the area is called the fornix), and it becomes even thinner and continues over the front surface of the cornea (this area is called the limbus).
The cornea, a transparent skin covering, protects the inner eye and lets light pass through to the retina. In order for it to do that, it has to be crystal clear. It has to be wet in order for it to be this way, and that is another reason for tears. There are no blood vessels in the cornea, instead the it is nourished by a special gel which is called, according to Fekrat and Weizer (2006) p.6, the aqueous humor and is manufactured by the eye itself. The cornea provides about 70% of the refracting of light. Some corneas, however, are not perfectly smooth, which distorts vision. This problem is called an astigmatism, which can be solved by a pair of glasses that has the same pattern of bumps ground in reverse.
The iris is the colored part of the eye, and a person’s iris is as unique as his or her fingerprint. According to Walker (2007) p.50, it is sometimes scanned by security devices and used to identify people. Its main purpose, however, is much like that of the shutter on a camera. The light enters the lens through a hole in the iris. The iris controls the amount of light that enters the eye, in bright light, the iris makes the hole, called the pupil, shrink in order to prevent dazzling, and in dim light, the iris makes the pupil grow in order to admit more light.
The lens provides the remaining 30% of the refracting of the light. The lens’s shape is controlled by the ciliary muscles which surround it. The cells in the eye are the most protein rich in the body. The cells on the surface are alive, but the ones on the inside have no nuclei. Magnified, the lens cells look like stacks of lumber and are joined together by super tiny balls and sockets. Although God made a perfect lens to begin with, age makes the cells in the eye cloudy, which is called a cataract, and the lens becomes stiffer and it becomes harder for it to change its shape, which makes small print and eventually large print very hard to read. The first of these problems can only be fixed by surgery while the second can be corrected with glasses.
After the lens, the light travels through the vitreous humor, a transparent gel-like substance composed of 99% water and 1% protein. It composes 80% of the eye’s mass and helps it to hold its spherical shape.
In a developing baby, still in the mother’s womb, the front of the eye and the back of the eye develop from two separate places. The cornea, according to Menton (2003), starts as part of the skin on the baby’s face, and the lens is just a flap of skin underneath that. The retina and choriod form from a ball-like cup that develops from the brain and is attached to it by a hollow tube which will eventually become the optic nerve.
The image that hits the retina is actually up-side-down. This is because the cornea and lens, by refracting the light, end up turning the image that is being looked at that way. The brain will turn it the right way when it gets there.
The light then is detected by the photocells and the information is turned into electrical pulses which are sent to the brain. There are two different types of photocells. Numbering at 120 million, the rods, which work best in the dim light in order to provide black and white vision are by far the more numerous and widespread. The cones, of which there are 6 million, are concentrated in one area, the fovea, and work best in bright light to provide detailed, color vision. The fovea is the only part of the retina that is focused. This in and of itself, proves a designer. If everything were equally in focus, life would be total confusion. Reading would be impossible. If every word were equally in focus, the reader would not be able to read the individual words. Man can only deal comfortably with one item at a time. We may be able to see the crowd, but we can focus only on the person.
The retina is very curiously designed. The photocells do not point towards the light as would be expected, but away. Because of this, the evolutionists think that the eye could not have been designed. They say that God would not have made such a faulty eye. However this is faulty thinking. They call the eye faulty before they study it to figure out why it is the way it is. There is in fact, according to Menton (2003), several very good reasons for this. First of all, the photocells burn out faster than any other cell in the body, therefore the eye needs something to eat the dead cells. One would not want all of those dead cells building up or the mechanism for eating them in front, either one would block the light. Putting the photocells in backwards allows the mechanism for eating them to be in the back, out of the way of the light and cloud vision. Another good reason is the choriod, which is pigmented in order to absorb the light after it is detected by the photocells. If the photocells pointed towards the light, the choriod would not be able to absorb the light immediately after the photocells detect it and they may end up detecting it more then once, and that would be very confusing. Evolutionists think that if the retina were to be turned around, it would work a lot better. The eye, however, is sensitive to a single photon of light, it can’t be improved!
The choriod contains 95% of the blood in the eye, the other 5% is in front of the retina, casting a shadow on it which the brain ignores. This is because it moves with the eye, and its movement will never be seen.
Some people have too long or too short of an eye, therefore making what they look at fuzzy or blurred. If the eyes is too long (which is the more common problem), he or she will have trouble focusing on objects that are far away. If it is too short, he or she will not be able to focus on things that are close up. The long eye can be corrected with concave lenses while the short eye is corrected with convex lenses.
All the nerves leading from the photocells gather in one area to form the optic nerve. The area where the optic nerve forms and leaves the eye is called the blind spot because there are no photocells there. Each eye’s blind spot is in a different location and the eye is always moving, so, according to Rainwater (1962) p.14, it usually goes unnoticed. The optic nerve itself is covered with the same tissues that cover the brain, making it truly part of the brain.
The whole back of the eye is part of the brain, making the eye the only one of the five senses that is not merely connected to the brain, but part of it. The two eyes together contain 70% of the body’s sensory cells, and, according to Elting (1986) p.53, were a computer to try and do all of the eye’s functions, it would have to perform at least 10 billion calculations a second!
The evolutionist wants us to believe that this marvelous little built-in camera happened by chance, yet it is far more complex than a computer, which they say could not happen by chance. Even though the eye today has many short-comings, it is the work of sin – not a loving creator. He made the eye perfect, without disease or injury. How could blind chance make a seeing eye?

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At V's Royal Princess Tea Party

I was the story fairy - Aleenia.

I made the wand myself!
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Coaster Night at Church

We made leather coasters as our activity this week.

I really liked doing this - it was so much fun.

Even if I did ding the table a few times.
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