Sunday, October 25, 2009

Homeschool literacy rate....

100% at our house!! Owen is reading!!

The first words he read were from the McGuffy Reader Primer.

"A rat and a cat, A cat and a rat"

This was secretly one of my biggest fears when we started homeschooling, surly you need a teaching degree to teach a child to read! I'm just his mother, what do I know?

I love it when I can check things off the list to stop feeling guilty/worrying about!

He also just lost his first tooth, he is getting to be such a big boy.

The girls test for their 9th Gup

Go girls! They are really enjoying TKD. I love that they can all do the same activity. Keep up the good work!

Fun Weekend Up North

Jim and Grandpa took the kids Up North a few weekends ago and had a great time.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Oh, so true...

Obituary printed in the London Times........
Interesting and sadly rather true

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who
has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was,
since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain; Why the early bird gets the
worm; Life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies don't spend more
than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended
from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for
reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the
job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental
consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could
not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses;
and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a
burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to
realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in
her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by
his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son,

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and
do nothing.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

No Grant, :(

We received a letter yesterday informing us that we did not receive the grant we were hoping for. Oh well, we will keep plugging away adding to our BBH fund. We know everything will work out just the way it is supposed to!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

If you get a chance today...

...say a little prayer for us. We applied for a grant (our agency called us and told us to apply for it! They are the best!) that will help us tremendously to pay for Ben's adoption. I'm sure there are others who deserve it more than us, but please pray with us that something stands out about our application. Thank You!