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  1. Roseofsharon


    I don't know where the hours in the day go - but I am not one of these organized people by nature so have had to cut back on computer time. I think one major thing that is throwing me off is I am used to getting up at 4 and staying up and lately when DH leaves for work I crash back out till 7 or 8 and am way behind. I feels so good to sleep in lately though!!!! I have been running to practice for Little League, which seems to take over my life this time of year. It is funny I have boys 19, 15, and 8 -so I feel like I have been out there FOREVER. I am also heading up a new women's ministry department at my church. We have been meeting monthly which sees to take a lot of organization and in May are going to host a 2 day conference -so been working hard to get everything ready for that. Then there is everyday life of homeschooling a 10th grader (who just cant seem to grasp Algebra past a certain point!) and a 3ed grader who’s learning is just taking off. Then there is my household which seems to be completely disorganized this time of year with piles of papers and magazines and who knows what (clutter) everywhere. Excuses, excuses, excuses....
  2. Sorry to hear you have been feeling bad - but glad to hear you are being well taken care of - ((((Lois))))
  3. I feel like I saw something about this here before but ican find it now! I have a quart jar of natural honey and 97% of it is turned to sugar. Isnt there a way to turn it back to honey form? in advance
  4. Highlight, copy and paste to reply. This is for your entire life: ( x ) Smoked a cigarette - ( x) Drank so much you threw up - ( ) Crashed a friend's car ( ) Stolen a car - ( x ) Been in love ( x ) Been broken up with- ( x ) Shoplifted ( x ) Been laid off/fired - ( x) Quit your job - (x ) Been in a fist fight ( x) Snuck out of your parent's house - (x ) had feelings for someone who didn't have them back. ( ) Been arrested ( ) Gone on a blind date - ( x ) Lied to a friend - (x ) Skipped school- ( x ) Seen someone die ( x ) Been to Canada ( ) Been to Mexico ( x ) Been on a plane ( x ) Been lost ( x ) Been on the opposite side of the country (x ) Gone to Washington, DC ( x ) Swam in the ocean - ( x ) Felt like dying - ( x ) Cried yourself to sleep- ( x ) Recently colored with crayons - ( ) Sang karaoke (NO WAY) (x ) Paid for a meal with only coins ( x ) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't - ( x ) Made prank phone calls ( x ) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose - (x ) Caught a snowflake on your tongue - ( x ) Danced in the rain ( ) Written a letter to Santa Claus (x ) Been kissed under the mistletoe- (x) Watched the sun rise with someone you care about- (x ) Made a bonfire on the beach ( x ) Gone roller-skating (x ) Ran out of gas - Any nicknames- Mel Mother's name?.... Mary Ann What is your favorite drink? Water Tattoos?. No Body piercing? ears How much do you love your job (1-10)? 9 (stay at home mom) Birthplace: Detroit Mi Favorite vacation spot?. Gatrlinburg Ever been to Africa?... No (but I want to go really bad) Ever steal any traffic signs? No. Ever been in a car accident? yes A,B,C,D,DD cup size?....C 2 Door or 4 Door?........ 4 Salad dressing?........ Vinaigrette Favorite pie?......... Apple Favorite number?....... 7 Favorite movie?....... Gone With the Wind Favorite holiday?....... ? Favorite food?.........Natural Peanut butter Favorite day of the week?.......Sunday Favorite brand of body soap?...... Bella bar Favorite TV show?........? Toothpaste?...... Toms Favorite smell?.... Fresh cut wood What do you do to relax? Read!! How do you see yourself in 10 years? Ten years older than now but hopefully still healthy enough to enjoy life What do you enjoy receiving? cute stylish hand-me-down clothes
  5. WOW! I love my cats! We have 2. One would be happy inside and one lives to prowel outside/ sleep -eat inside. I think I would keep him inside on valerian (herb that sedates) or something before I would put him down though! WOW! sorry- I have not been here in a while and had not heard about the cats -let alone dogs. so easy to puy head in sand....
  6. The Perceiver: 85% The Server: 65% The Teacher: 45% The Encourager: 70% The Giver: 75% The Ruler: 65% Showing Mercy: 36% I am improving -the last spiritual gifts test I took I had no mercy!
  7. This is a letter that was passed on from a friend. This young girl (22) is a relitive of hers. Awesome faith! A Rose in the Wilderness It has been an eventful few weeks since I have last updated. Many of you received an email asking prayer for Kanesa and I since we felt like we were about to really enter into the battle against Satan and his demons. Well, I sent that email on a Sunday afternoon and on Sunday night, the battle really began. On Monday morning, our house helper found a curse that someone had bought from the alfaga, a Muslim leader, and had buried beneath a rock in our yard near our house. That night Kanesa had maggots in her room and in her bed that were unexplainable. At night, we listen to the beating drum and chants of those who are calling the evil spirits to come. For many of you, this is outrageous and unbelievable. But the Truth is that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against powers of darkness and principalities. It has been difficult to know how to be with the people since all of this took place. How do you minister to those who hate you? How do you bless those who persecute you? But isn’t that what Scripture commands? And now I am having the opportunity to obey this command. I am having the opportunity to see God’s mighty power over all evil spirits. I am seeing God “contend with those who contend with me.” I am seeing the mighty power of our Savior, as He rushes to my aid. So, in all of this, I am being allowed to see the greatness of the One whom I am serving!! And for that, I praise Him. Many of you may be asking if I am safe here. Well, define “safe.” If your definition of safe is being in the center of God’s will, knowing that He will keep me in whatever way He chooses, and that my soul will endure to the end, then YES!!!! I am safe. If “safe” to you means comfortable, healthy, free from harms way, then NO!!! I am not, nor do I want to be. Because I am learning that I would rather live a life that is uncomfortable, unsafe, and the exact opposite of all I had hoped it would be, if that means that I am in His perfect way, making His Name great among the nations. Do I love the people here that much to give up all those things? No. But I love my God and His glory that much. I am learning to love my God that much. Friends, I plead with you to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him. To take up the cross always means death in some form. Death to sin, death to self, maybe even death to physical life. But He who clings to his life shall lose it, and he who loses his life for the sake of the Gospel will keep it. What will it look like for you to lose your life for the sake of the Gospel? Will it mean you leave behind family, friends, and comfort for the mission field? Will it mean that you will invest your life in the young children in your Sunday school class? Will it mean that you will pour out your life for your neighbors that don’t yet know the greatness of Christ? Will it mean that you will now surrender your all to Christ and die to your own pleasures and desires? I pray that all those who read this, along with myself, will be brought to their knees in absolute surrender and abandon to Christ. I will keep you all posted on life in Niger. Please do the same for me wherever you are. Your prayers are powerful and effective. Because you have prayed, I have been given strength, peace, and hope in great measure. I love you all so very much. Looking forward IN HOPE, Brandy www.zermateam.org www.westafricahut.blogspot.com Father, would You bring me to the point of surrender in my life where I deny myself and take up my cross to follow You. May I follow wherever You lead, whatever the cost.
  8. Great Idea! I will do it- even though Dh got a great card for me this year- it made me cry! But given the choice I would rather have him pray for me for 30 mins! happy valentines day!
  9. Just got this in a email- thought you all might enjoy! Aprons I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that "old-time apron" that served so many purposes. REMEMBER: Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw Do you remember any of these? I do!!
  10. The herb Paw Paw is good to kill them also.
  11. Also if you want to check out what people think about the book- I usually check for reviews on Amazon.
  12. I never really knew any of my grandparents - both of my grandfather passed away before i was born and my mother's mother passed away whe nI was a baby. I have some memories of goingto Georgia to see my dad's mom but she passed when I was 7 or 8 and wit hher living out of state ... Part of the reason they passed away so early in my life was my parents were 47 (mom) and 57 (dad) when I was born. They were born in 1910 and 1919. Now I really wish they has shared more. They never really talked about their childhoods much. I don't know why. But many times as an adult I have wished they were still alive so I could sit and listen to the stories.
  13. Quote: But what if I hadn't recorded her grades? They would have given me a stink about it! Then, if you decided to put her in PS you would make up some grades - what you, her mother, who would KNOW what she really deserved, decided to give her and hand them a sheet with Math B, English A, Science C, or whatever....
  14. This is part of my Homeschool cover school's attendance policy: POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN REGARD TO ATTENDANCE: 1. The School Year is 365 days. The definition of education extends far beyond the limitations placed upon the word in government-run, taxpayer funded schools. Our policies will not be defined by the lowest common demoninator. EDUCA'TION n. [L. educatio.] The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties. (Source: 1828 Webster's dictionary ) Latin educatio: bringing up, training, education. Relevant excerpts from Hyperdictionary entry: education activities that impart knowledge of skill; the result of good upbringing; the gradual process of acquiring knowledge; the knowledge acquired by learning and instruction. Synonyms: breeding, activity, training. See Also: acquisition, activity, assimilation, cognitive content, enlightenment, erudition, experience, foundation, grounding, instruction, learnedness, learning, lesson, mastering, preparation, self-cultivation, teaching, upbringing. 2. Every day is a school day of 24 hours length. On each school day, some combination of the activities of bringing up, moral or academic instruction, value grounding, and/or the process of enlightenment, learning, knowledge acquisition should occur. Rest is a necessary component of all educational processes/activities. Every absence of a half day or more on any of the 365 school days should be reported on the Absentee Form. 3. These policies are formed based on our philosophy and definition of education. Should you need a transcript for the purpose of transferring to another school, we will require that you provide days of attendance for each year of that transcript. You should keep in mind this possibility and be able to provide the days of "academic activitiy" attendance as commonly expected and reported to schools which limit their definitions to the commonly-accepted "public school" definitions of education, school year, etc. In Short. Upon review of the law, we find absolutely no reason to require an attendance report be submitted to the school. There is no reason to ever take the most restrictive interpretation of a law possible, especially when it is a piece of silliness if you examine closely the philosophy of our school. Education is no more and no less than an integral part of the raising of, and the responsibility for, a child. You are raising ... educating ... your child every day, and you are responsible for that child, regardless of where they are or what they are doing. There are no absences from that responsibility. Should you need a transcript at any time or for any reason (prior to high school graduation), you must furnish us with a complete report of ALL days of "academic attendance" -- as commonly defined by those who limit their definition of education to that used in government schools. As you know, institutionalized schools will want to know what days you were "doing school". At that time, you will have to be able to compartmentalize the raising of your child to fit the expected definition and report at least 140 to 185 days you were "doing school" ... or alternately, report 365 days and be willing, if called upon, to explain. Decide now, and plan accordingly. Should you ever encounter any legal difficulties (custody problems, for example), you the parent -- and not DSA -- will be held responsible by any legal entity that becomes involved. DSA may become involved in some way in supplying information, but if attendance records are required as a part of that encounter, you must be able to supply any and all records needed for your protection or defense. Plan accordingly. We plan to homeschool all the way through - but if I had to come up with an attandance calander I could. When my oldest returned to Public School -no one asked me anything about attendance though.
  15. A good friend of mine is wife to our local sherif. We have been having lots of publicity because a sex offender was recently exposed (discovered?) here. Anyway she passed on this link this morning where you put in your address and can see any sex offenders who live near you. When you click on the dot it gives their specific address, a photo and what they were convicted of. http://www12.familywatchdog.us/
  16. Quote: I've seen p/t conf where 2/3 of the parents didn't show up. I have went to p/t conf where the teacher I made an appointment to speek to did not show up (more than once)! Don't have that problem now LOL
  17. During Hurricane Ivan I was our searching for batteries as the hurricane approached - (so glad I wont have to go through that this year) so had to buy what was available... I got ahold of a pack of Energizers and a pack of Dollar General brand cheepos. Believe it or our in our 2 weeks without power I discovered the cheep ones outlasted the Energizers! Who would have thought. I would not have bought them if others had been available. Now I stock what I find on sale. Edited for spelling
  18. Really good show - I was impressed. thanks again for telling us abou it Erica!
  19. I watched the show and was very disappointed -just left me with the feeling they (Oprah & guests) feel that the war in Iraq, religion, and President Bush are THE cause of ALL our problems. Is CNN the ONLY news station with reporters that cover the Middle East????? I will watch tomorrow, but I really feel I wasted an hour today.
  20. IN a SHTF situation.... I believe math is the only subject you really NEED at textbook for- and then in the older grades. For younger children it is easy to just jot down some problems everyday...word problems are all around us in everyday life -and show if there is any real comprehension of math. Social Studies could take the form of historical fiction or political discussions with parents. The Bible is a great history book most homes have one of these on hand. maps could be used to make a geography course. For science - collecting leaves, insects, making charts of the stars, all could be done with out books. Would be a good time to have student write a survival notebook (combining science and writing). English could include writing, reciting, reading, dictation, & coping, maybe you write a paper with lots of mistakes and let them edit it. Heck probably the best thing would be give them one big class on survival/homesteading 101- let them help with all of the actual extra work -teach them about herbs and cooking over an open fire and washing clothes with out a washing machine, and cooking from scratch, plus hunting and fishing etc.... or even if there is power - keeping an inventory of supplies and learning to manage and ration these. just some ideas....
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