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May 29, 2006


We're still living in the abyss created by my daughter-in-law's parents, but so many of you have written such loving and encouraging notes to Justin and Sarah as well as to Benny and me, that Justin wanted me to share a picture taken of his and Sarah's precious daughter yesterday.


Thank you for your continued prayers and blessings for this young family.

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May 28, 2006

My Husband's the Best

I have been collecting novelty teapots. My Sweet Benny got up at 5:00 this morning to win this one for me on Ebay.
It will be my new favorite.

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May 22, 2006


I just received this as an E-mail from a friend.
It amazed me.


What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895

--Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895?
This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina , Kansas , USA . It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, KS, and reprinted by the Salina Journal.

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina , KS -1895
Grammar (Time, one hour)

1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of"lie,""play," and "run."
5. Define case; Illustrate each case.
6 What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)

1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find the cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per metre?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus .
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States .
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour)

1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals
4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u.'
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
8 . Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

Geography (Time, one hour)

1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas ?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of North America
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco .
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
7. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

Notice that the exam took FIVE HOURS to complete. Gives the saying "he only had an 8th grade education" a whole new meaning, doesn't it? Also shows you how poor our education system has become.

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May 20, 2006

Happy Birthday Justin!


Wow! You're 18 today!

I named you after Uncle Justin because he was the most Gracious man I knew. The name Justin means "Full of Justice". Like Uncle Justin, you have truly become your name.

This has been the most difficult year of your life, when it should have been the most joyful. You have looked evil and heartache in the eye and taken the high road, when succumbing to malevolence may have been justified by someone your age. And still, you press forward, doing what is right, for the sake of your family.

Your Uncle Justin would be proud of the way you honor his name.
I am proud of the man you have become, and honored to be your mother.

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May 11, 2006

A new baby!

Though I am still being prevented from celebrating my new Granddaughter, I do get to celebrate a new life. One of my dearest friends is in Cincinnati waiting on the birth of her Granddaughter.

I have a baby surprise on the needles for her.

I'm considering wrapping it up before stitching the sides, just to watch the expressions when it is opened.

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May 10, 2006

One Skein Secret Pal Exchange

I got my information today about my Secret Pal!

I'm really looking forward to this exchange! I think I will send her some handspun for the first skein.

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May 09, 2006

7 X 7

Lynne made a contest out of the 7X7 meme. So Here goes

Seven Things To Do Before I Die:

1. Open a Crisis Pregnancy Center where help is given because of a need ~ not on a point system based on how many hoops the person in crisis is willing to jump through

2. Obtain funding for Doula services for every woman who wants one, but can't afford to hire one

3. Raise the Littles to Love God and Love Others

4. Be sure they know that's all that really matters in life

5. Be a supportive and loving Mother-In-Law and Grandmother

6. Become a Master Weaver

7. Knit crochet or weave so many wonderful things that, when I'm gone, there will still be a warm hug from me for anyone who needs one

Seven Things I Cannot Do:

1. Convince people not to hate or control others

2. Understand man's inhumanity to man.

3. Math with letters where numbers should be

4. Sing in public

5. Change a tire

6. Knit Fair Isle holding a different color in each hand

7. Spin thick yarn

Seven Things That Attract Me To My Husband:

1. He loves me unconditionally

2. He shows me love with words and actions every day ~ especially on the days I deserve it the least

3. He loves the kids unconditionally and guides them with wisdom and a tender heart

4. He supports the kids and is their biggest cheerleader, without ever trying to control or decide things for them

5. He brings coffee to me in bed every morning

6. He prays over our family each morning before leaving for work

7. His Character ~ He treats everyone with respect, not just those who could do something for him.

Seven Books That I Love:

1. The Bible

2. All of The Mitford Series

3. The Red Tent

4. Christy

5. Mothering the Mother

6. Gentle Birth Choices

7. The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

Seven Things I say:

1. I love you

2. Please

3. Thank you

4. Bless you

5. Ummmm

6. Too Funny!

7. Shit

Seven Movies I Have Loved:

1. Top Gun (The first movie Benny and I watched together)

2. Sister Act

3. Meet the Fockers

4. Calendar Girls

5. The Sound of Music

6. Yours Mine and Ours (The original with Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball)

7. Blue Collar Comedy Tour (Both 1 and 2)

Seven Ladies To Tag:

This one I'm not sure about, because I don't want anyone to feel pressured. But I'd like to see Abby, Annie, Charleen, Katy-Kathleen
, and Melissa
It's a short list, but most of my e-mail friends don't keep blogs. These ladies are all very talented and all Very Busy. Their blogs are always interesting. Check them out.

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May 04, 2006

National Day Of Prayer

Because of the pedomorphic actions of a few, I almost allowed myself to be forever robbed of the enjoyment of my blog.

On this journey with our son, our family has been slandered. We have suffered the effects of defamation of character. By taking the high road at every juncture, we have learned who our friends and foes are. We have seen an abundance of strength of character and Godliness develop in our son. And we have been blessed with a beautiful daughter-in-law and granddaughter.

In each faith there is a fixed law of reciprocity. Some call it Karma. The world says "What goes around, comes around". My faith believes in reaping what you sow. We are taking care to plant only "good seeds".

On this National Day of Prayer, I choose to do as my God asks of me and pray for those who persecute us.

Our family is experiencing tremendous growth in other facets of our lives. Our oldest son is on a new stepping stone of his ministry. He has been given the position of Direct Support Professional for a company of group homes, serving the needs of mentally and physically disabled clients. It is a challenging job, but he gets to speak life and joy into many lives. The clients seem to immediately sense his compassion. Many ask for him to do their personal care.

The littles are finishing up another school year. Kaity is still into all things American Girl. She is developing an interest in bead weaving and jewelery making.

Khi is our child of eclectic interests. For Easter he asked for a sling. To his dismay, we bought him a sling shot. He quickly explained that what he wanted was not a sling shot, but a sling, as in the days of David and Goliath.

Through a little research, we found that sling shooting is an ongoing hobby among many. There are clubs and organizations dedicated to perfecting the arts of sling making and projectile development. Now, Benny and the men in our church are planning to form their own little David Club as an alternative to Boy Scouts.

On this National Day of Prayer, may you be blessed, and may your prayers be answered.

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