Monday, October 31, 2011

Gone Fishin'

Okay... maybe not really fishing.

But we are leaving very soon, but only for a week.

Karl's parents are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary 
and that is something to celebrate don't ya think??

We're going to eat lots of food, see lots of family, eat more food,
see lots of friends and eat more food.

I'm sensing a theme... hm... :)

*Note to self: Pack bigger pants*

I'm silly tonight!

Before I depart for our latest grand adventure I shall leave you with some linkage...

• Miss Abigail's take on the fire

• One of our family's favorite things- Milk Toof!

(You don't know what Milk Toof is???!!!!)

Watch this book trailer to get the behind the scenes of this sweet little  blog...

• My latest Pause and Ponder was a verse near and dear to my heart.  You can check it out here.

• I love these thoughts about children and ministry.

• And this really blessed me... I hope it blesses you, too!
It was created by Amanda from this blog post.

I  hope you all have a most excellent week this week and next!


Friday, October 28, 2011

The Day Our House Should Have Burnt Down

I wasn't feeling great this morning so after making sure everyone was up and moving for violin lessons, 
I crawled back into bed.

I remember hearing a softly spoken yet panicked, 
"Oh no," just before the I heard the fire alarm.

I wasn't worried at all.

No one was yelling and I assumed someone wasn't diligently guarding their cooking
and things got a little smokey.

Our smoke detector is very sensitive and it doesn't take much to set it off.

But as I looked out of my bedroom door, I could see smoke.

The smell of it was suddenly much stronger than I would imagine.

As I got out of bed and headed downstairs,
I passed the large vent in the hallway and smoke was billowing out pretty furiously.

I thought, "Oh dear.  This isn't good.  Is our house on fire? Is anyone hurt?"

I walked into our smoke filled kitchen and nothing was on fire.

Doors and windows were open and a still smoking pan was on the counter.

I contemplated running it under cold water, but it still looked too hot and combustible.

I grabbed the giant bag of baking soda and smothered it.

Realizing things were under control, I told my child it was a good thing she didn't pour water on it.

Everyone knows you don't put water on a grease fire.

And that's when I heard her say, 

"But I did."


Apparently, the flames were 2 feet tall, the front of our microwave was black, the cabinets above the microwave were black, and there was soot on the wall and ceiling.

She said, "I couldn't figure out how to use the fire extinguisher 
(that we keep in the kitchen) and I didn't know what to do,
so I grabbed the pitcher (a Britta pitcher) and poured water on it."

Me: "Are you hurt?!"

Child: "No."

Me: "Do you understand how the Lord covered you today?
You should be burnt on your face and hands.
You should be in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.
Our house should be in flames right now."

She didn't really get it.


We started cleaning and amazingly, nothing was damaged except the pan.

We were able to clean all the soot.

The microwave and cabinets weren't even warped from the heat.

All the soot simply wiped off.

Except for the smoke and the shrill fire alarm still piercing the air, you would never have known what happened.

We sat down together and prayed-- prayers of thankfulness that no one was hurt.
Thankfulness that we still had a house.

But as we prayed, I remembered all those verses we studied last year from the Book of James.

Verses about the tongue being a fire and setting things aflame.

Another child said: The soot reminds me of what happens when we sin.
Even though the fire is put out, it leaves behind a mark.

We talked about how the smoke from a little pan in the kitchen affected the entire house.

We talked about how our fiery words, even small ones, can affect our entire house.


I don't know that we'll ever know on this side of Heaven why we experienced what we did today
or why the Lord chose to be so merciful to us.  

But, I do know that I don't want to forget the lessons of today.

This isn't the first (and I'm guessing not the last) miracle we've experienced.

I am very much aware how God's thoughts and ways are higher than mine.

A family at church lost their home in a fire this summer in the midst of doing a good thing.
They were hosting children from a local ranch that ministers to the fatherless for a 4th of July BBQ.

We were completely and totally spared while being careless and negligent.


No neat and tidy answers.
Just gratefulness.

I found this on Youtube... 
a visual reminder of what could have been...

Monday, October 24, 2011

1850-Modern Week 5

Wow... thankfully our home improvements are finished (for now).  Yet another week of school that has taken us two weeks to complete.  But our roof is de-mossed, the fence stained, the house painted, the drive and walkway power washed, our brand new door installed ( and I LOVE it!!!), the flower bed expanded, trees are pruned, and our retractable awning cleaned (the first time in *gulp* eight years!).

Also, Elijah learned how to install a doorbell and he changed the hinges on four kitchen cabinet doors all by himself! He is one handy dude!

Our Hymn for this week is: There Is a Balm in Gilead

Our current Read Aloud is: Courage To Run
In Bible, we are studying a variety of verses including Isaiah 53.
  We are using the book A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God this year.

We also read about Daniel Webster and Elijah Lovejoy.

Our Memory Verse for this week is: 1 Peter 2:24

Who his own self bare our sins in 
his own body on the tree, that we, 
being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: 
by whose stripes ye were healed.

In History,

we learned about Daniel Webster and Elijah Lovejoy.

I finally ordered book basket books (I am sooooo lagging this year) and hopefully,
there will be more excitement/interest in our studies.

We've sang/ learned the Southern and Northern Capitals.

The kids all had their first vocal "party" last night and did very well!

Charlotte will be in the Nutcracker again this year as a Party Girl.

Abby opted not to.  
Ninth grade is proving to be a challenge for both mother and daughter
(more on that later).

This is not a very exciting highlight-- we will try to get our act together this week!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hmmm, You Smell Good

That's what my son said to me tonight.

He came up and gave me a great, BIG hug

 and *sniff, sniff*

said, "Hmmm, Mommy you smell good!"

*sniff, sniff*

"What is that?" 


"Mmmm, it smells like...."


"Mmmm, it smells just like... 

beef jerky!"

Why, thank you, son.

*changes clothes so I don't smell like dinner any more*

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

1850-Modern Week 4 with Char-toon: Carbonaria

Illness and Home Improvements train wrecked Week 4.  We ended up taking week 4 over two weeks.
Without further ado...


Our Hymn for this week is: Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

Our current Read Aloud is: Courage To Run-which we have yet to start.
In Bible, we are studying a variety of verses including Galatians 2 and Romans 5.
  We are using the book A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God this year.

We, in reviewing, also read about David Livingstone and Hudson Taylor.

Our Memory Verse for this week is: 1 John 3:16

Hereby perceive we the love of God, 
because he laid down his life for us: 
and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

In History, we learned Italy becoming united after secret societies and several battles.

Charlotte has a Char-toon:

In Science, from a week ago, we finally did the DNA stranding experiment with onions...

Monday, October 10, 2011

AHL (9th grade) Week 7 Writing Assignment

EWH Week 7 Writing Assignment
by Abigail Magsarili
Write a speech explaining how the people of Babylon will benefit from having the Code of Hammurabi.

(This is a transcript from the newscast aired earlier today. You can view this at bww.HLM.mon.**)

* bww.HLM.mon stands for Babylonian Wide Web [dot] Hammurabi Local News [dot] monarchy (as opposed to government).

NEWSCAST ANCHOR FOR HAMMURABI LOCAL NEWS: I’m sure you were all watching earlier today on live television, as the new monument was unveiled in the city square. King Hammurabi previously announced that this stone column was going to change the face of our beloved Babylon. Members of the city have been speculating for weeks as to what it could be, but as it turns out, the spectators have told us that this stone actually bears a set of rules. Our top reporters are here live with the king’s secretary to discuss the significance of the stone.

LIVE REPORTER: Mr. Secretary, why did the king say that this monument will change the face of Babylon?

MR. SECRETARY: You know, Hammy- er, King Hammurabi, announced earlier today at the unveiling ceremony that this code was passed on to him by Shamash, our great god of justice, as the means to rule Babylon. It’s really quite extensive, as you can see. And um, many of the local craftsmen are looking considerably distressed, and hopefully they will be taking their work extra seriously.

LIVE REPORTER: And why is that?

MR. SECRETARY: (laughs) Do you see the north side of the stone? It’s all for the stonemasons and physicians and house builders, so on- and if you’ll notice, the penalty for, let’s say building a house that is faulty and falls on someone, is death. As well, any doctor that performs an operation that kills a patient will suffer the same consequences. It’s really become a risky thing, having an occupation like that. And by the looks of the people, not all of them are pleased.

LOCAL PHYSICIAN: You know, not to be disrespectful, but personally I feel like this is a little too extreme, you know? But really, in things like my profession, we don’t know all that there is to know, and we do our best. But sometimes, accidents happen, and instead of being able to learn from these, now if we have single slip up...

LIVE REPORTER: But don’t you think this will weed out the careless people, and improve your practice instead of damaging it?


LOCAL BUILDER: Frankly, I’m a little scared to build anything now. (laughs nervously) 

LOCAL STONEMASON: You know, everyone will have an objection or two, but if this
came from Shamash then who are we to argue? 

LOCAL BAKER: I’m just glad there isn’t anything about a person dying from a loaf of
bread. (laughs) 

MR. SECRETARY: The thing is, I personally believe this is a turn for the better. Because
it’ll really make people... be serious about their professions, and make this a better place to be. People will do their jobs the best they can, and we’ll probably see a drastic drop in crime, and silly accidents. (chuckles) Whether it be because of a fear of the consequences, or because of the consequences themselves. I mean, if all the criminals are getting killed, we’ll see a decrease in crime that way too.

NEWSCAST ANCHOR: It seems the leaders all have the same mindset as the royal secretary. The northern governor gave a speech today to reassure the citizens that the Code of Hammurabi it, in fact, a beneficial thing.

GOVERNOR: While this is an unexpected and bold move, we must firstly respect our king and our god. We must trust that they know what’s best for the kingdom (the crowd murmurs). We will be expecting you to be abiding completely by the new Code; for your good as well as that of your neighbors. If you have any questions or comments, please see the committee seated to my left.

NEWSCAST ANCHOR: The governor also read a large portion of the Code.

GOVERNOR: If a judge try a case, reach a decision, and present his judgment in writing; if later error shall appear in his decision, and it be through his own fault, then he shall pay twelve time the fine set by him in the case, and he shall be publicly removed from the judge’s bench, and never again shall he sit there to render judgement.
If any one steal a cattle or sheep, or a donkey, or a pig or a goat, if it belong to a god or to the court, the thief shall pay thirtyfold therefore; if they belonged to a freed man of the
king he shall pay tenfold; if the thief has nothing with which to pay he shall be put to death....
If a physician make a large incision in the slave of a freed man, and kill him, he shall replace the slave with another slave.
If a builder build a house for some one, and does not construct it properly, and the building which he built shall fall in and kill it’s owner, then that builder shall be put to death.

CITIZEN: My one thing, is this law appears to have several holes. For instance, what if the building falls in and kills someone but not the owner? (person next to him snorts) What? I’m just saying! I’m just saying!

GOVERNOR: (still reading the code) In any one hire a ferryboat, he shall pay three gerahs in money per day.
If he hire a freight-boat, he shall pay two and one-half gerahs per day.

NEWSCAST ANCHOR: (VO) Since the announcement we’ve noticed several new polls and internet pages discussing ferryboats, freights, and whether they should all just take swimming lessons. Or, so we’ve heard, get into the boatmaking industry.

GOVERNOR: You can rest assured that we will be seeing a significant drop in crime. Though we may also see a slight rise in deaths before that. However, expect high quality work from any stonemason, builder, or physician you hire. Overall, the people of Babylon will be benefiting from this new Code of Hammurabi, which was unveiled this morning with the promise of a better future, complete with directions for any scenario we shall ever encounter in this life. (cheers)

NEWSCAST ANCHOR: And that’s our top story for today. Small transcripts of the Code will be sent around to the local leaders, though many will find it beneficial to travel to the capitol and see it for themselves. Now, our forecast for this week is, surprising, relatively dry....


Note from Lainie: The assignment was to write a speech, but she asked if she could do a newscast instead.  I thought it was brilliant and loved it.

When do you (or do you) stand firm on the "assignment" and when (if) do you give your children liberty to be "outside the box?"  Just curious... :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

And Now A Word From Nana


Karl:  Hey Lain, David Courson (from Hawaii) asked me if I wanted to go to Nepal at the end of the month to help care for lepers.

Lainie: Oh, that's great!  Are we going to Nepal? I want to go to Nepal!

Nana: What?!  What in the world would you do?  Isn't that dangerous?
*a mild scowl forming on her brow*

Karl: No, not really. We would just be helping to care for them.

Nana: I still don't see what you would be doing or why you would want to go all the way to Nepal to care for leopards.

Lainie:  Ma.  


Not leopards.

Nana: *laughing and slapping her knee* Oh, lepers!  Now that makes more sense!

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