After lunch today, I went to the house our company is building with Habitat For Humanity. It's a three bedroom house. It's being built for a lady named Sarina. We put on siding. Jeremy, Mike and another guy (Sorry, I don't know his name) climbed the ladders and I helped by handing them stuff. I also worked with Sherri. There has been alot of progress since it began being built.
I found an interesting website via Mrs. Happy Housewife. It is named Postcrossing. There you can register and then send out a postcard to someone in another country and receive one back. It's a great and inexpensive way to learn some of other countries and individuals who live there.
Where does time go on a Sunday morning? I got up at 5:30 and didn't even finish reading the Bible passages for the day. My husband got up at 5:00! Sunday mornings before our children get up are a time in which we talk about thoughts of interest that just pop in our head.
Sometime (soon) when I become an official teacher of an official elementary classroom I want to have a serious underlying attitude that learning knowledge is serious business. And then, I want to use a bunch of creativity to make it enjoyable and fun. I have several educational websites I plan to go through. I know I can make these e-games into manipulatives for the classroom. I found a good free game to help students learn the states. I enjoyed playing it and I'll bet you will too! (Admit it, you're a kid at heart!!) The name of the game is The USA game.
I went to an educational game site called Gamequarium and funbrain. It is full of all kinds of educational games. There were links linked all over the place to other links. I've been looking through them for over an hour and have found a few select that are appealing and practical in helping children with spelling and language arts.
Judges, Job and Acts. I have read from these books of the Bible this morning and discovered more about the man named Apollos who was aquainted with the famous apostle named Paul. I consider Apollos a coooooool guy.
Mark Twain once said, I have never let schooling interfere with my education. This quote has a bit of ornriness. Twain obviously had a good understanding of ornriness because he wrote Tom Sawyer. While learning in a classroom, a child must have structure, productivity and the drive to fully complete assignments but he/she must also develop an underlying foundation for lifestyle learning. That is, a desire to learn knowledge each day of life.
I have just two more days of work. We're working 10 hours of overtime on Friday. (yeah! extra money!) I need to start packing. I have some ironing to do as I pack. I made a list of everything I need to bring.
I'm going to traveling on Mother's Day. This bother me some but we've figured out a plan. I watch an elderly lady on Saturday. Since I need to be at her house at 10am, we are going out for breakfast. IHOP in Tulsa sounds good. I've eaten there once several years ago. They have pancakes that have a cream cheese filling. That sounds good. After breakfast Danny is going to take our children to Wal-mart. They have some idea for gifts they would like to buy. Then he will pick me up around 6pm.
This morning I read in Judges 13. It told about an angel of the Lord coming to a couple. The angle told them they would have a son. That son would be Samson. While the mother was pregnant she had to be careful in her pregnancy. Judges says, `Behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and now you shall not drink wine or strong drink nor eat any unclean thing, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.' " Samson would be a judge for Israel. He was known as the strong man in the Old Testament. He was also known for his downfall because of his lover Delilah.
My husband is the webmaster of a site called Homeschool Buy. Each month he writes a newsletter. This month he asked a friend, Chris, that he has been in contact with since they went to high school together (about 30 years ago) to write about his business and offer some internet auction selling tips. His story is an interesting one.
It's the day of departure for me. Look out Pheonix, Arizona here I come. Ginny is lying next to me with her head on my arm as I write this. I've been checking the weather in Pheonix. It's going to 100 degrees when I get there! And then it's going to be about the same all week long. This is different from our humid but not so hot Oklahoma spring days.
This past week has been full of working hard and staying busy. It's been more than a 40 hour week. On the other hand, I've been staying at a resort where I've been able to relax, go swimming, enjoy the lovely setting around me and endulge in fine dining.
The Pheonix Metropolitan Area is known as the Valley of the Sun. The first time I remember hearing this was during the opening ceremony when Christine Odom spoke the phrase as she introduced herself as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity for the Pheonix area.
I return to my normal routine today. Stacey is driving in our carpool.
I had the opportunity to take a picture with the homeowner and a range. The range was packaged like we always package them so its from Tulsa. I also got to describe some of the different parts of the range to a young woman engineer from Michigan who took the picture.
I met many interesting and successful people in Arizona. That was the funnest part.
I took about 500 pictures on the Habitat For Humanity trip. I'm still sorting through them and writing in captions for each picture. I just got an email from Mary Ann. She has her pictures on this website She took about 150 pics.
Yesterday when I came home from work Ginny showed me a simple recipe for cookies. She asked me if she could bake them. She found the recipe in a book. It was about a missionary names Lottie Moon. Lottie Moon is famous in Baptist churches. She lived in China. Every Christmas an offering is taken up in her name.
Ginny made the cookies. In fact, she doubled the recipe. We didn't have any cream. I told her to just use milk. The cookies were very crumbly and wouldn't hold together. But they were still good.
In the Bible King Saul didn't like and was jealous of David, the Isrealite. He wanted the favored warrior dead. David was on the run and being hunted down by Saul's men. His situation was tense and stressful, always fearful that someone near was going to kill him. I read in the Psalms his words and can relate to him somewhat.
This morning I got a phone call that makes me proud of my three sons. The manager of the park where we live called and asked if one of my sons would come and mow their lawn. The manager has also referred other people to my sons and their little lawn mowing businesses.
We had to figure out who would get it. We finally decided that Jonathan could do it since he has had the least business lately. It makes me smile to know my children have a good reputation for their work. :)
I read a devotional from a book called Streams In The Desert from the Back To The Bible website. It is was written in 1925 by Mrs. Charles Cowen. I read of a man who prayed for his son who was very ill. Here's the story:
I'm working toward becoming a public school teacher. A big reason why I want to do this is to impact the future of my nation with good. I want to help my students to have a passion for knowledge which will help them become successful, interesting and caring adults. Long ago Daniel Webster spoke of the importance of affecting the next generation:
“If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving that upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity.”
<em>My husband wrote a blog entry today. He writes for Jack Lewis.Net. We most recently celebrated Memorial Day. The day which solemnly acknowledges that our soldiers died so that we have the freedom to use our talents to be a success. Here's the true story of two American lives.
A Tale of Two Americans
For reasons that will become clear later, let's just call him Dr. Kyi (not his real name). He was born in what used to be called Burma, which was renamed by its current military dictatorship to Myanmar. He grew up under the oppressive control of the ruling military junta which answered to no one for their oppression of the people of Burma. The current elected leader, who won by a landslide majority, remains imprisoned while the military dictatorship continues to rule and oppress the Burmese people. The average income there is around $1,800 a year, in spite of the wealth of natural resources. Dr. Kyi eventually was able to escape, and came to America.
Bob "the builder" O'Brien worked with me on house #7 during our Habitat For Humanity Building Blocks 2007. I received an email from him just today. He linked us to the local newspaper that had a slide show of the build. Here it is:
King Saul wanted to kill David. This was a heavy dark cloud that continuously hovered over his head. But David would take refuge in talking to and trusting in God. I'm going through stressful times right now. So much that my appetite is less and I have lost weight. I have been accused falsely of a deed I did not do.
Sometimes the stress and nervousness takes over and I have to stop and just focus on breathing and work at calming myself down. At least I'm not overwhelmed with the reality that like David someone is pursuing me to end my life!!!!!
I went to the meeting yesterday. The operations manager basically agreed with the previous decision. He said he would put his decision on hold. I asked him what that meant. Then he said it would need to go to the next level of the peer review process. So I filled out a form to go to the next step. In the next meeting I will meet with someone higher in management who is a director. The director is just below the chief executive officer. After that I will go to a peer review committee consisting of five people, two salaried and three wage earners.
There has been alot of rain this month. For some reason when it rains it makes the turtles in ponds near our house come out. A kid found a baby turtle alongside our little paved neighborhood road near a dumpster. The kid gave it to my son Benjamin. The kid thought Lucky would be a good name so it stuck.