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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It's Getting Worse

I know, I have written on this subject before, but it IS getting worse!
I belong to a home school message board group that I adore. I have been hanging out there for almost 8 years. When I joined, we were a fairly small group of folks who wanted to excel at educating our children.
There have been so many women I admire on it through the years, ladies I would joyfully be friends with in real life. Through these boards we have laughed together, cried together, prayed together, advised each other and shared life's little triumphs and failures.

Over time, the membership has gone from a few hundred to thousands. Over time, the character of the board has changed and not for the better. My biggest pet peeve is the constant misuse and misspelling of the English language. (My second pet peeve is the trend to make inflammatory posts but that is another topic.)
It doesn't just annoy me. I believe it to be a bad sign. When women who are or want to home school spell words like curriculum incorrectly, to me it is a HUGE flag!
(The board has a function to edit your posts and I have always gone in to mine when I notice that I have misspelled something. So it isn't like you can't fix a mistake.)

My issue with the whole thing is that home schoolers already have a tough time defending our right to home school let alone our choices in curriculum. Do we need to add fuel to the critics by having women who home school look ignorant?? If someone, looking to criticize home schooling, stopped by our once erudite threads and saw the incredibly blatant misspelling and grammatical errors, what would they think?

I know what I think. I am not a judgmental person, let me be clear. I believe if you are home schooling or thinking of homeschooling than you have set high priorities and God bless you. However, if the sole responsibility for your child's education falls on your shoulders, should not you be up to the task?
I believe in self educating and I believe in learning some things along with your children. I just think, that if all of this were truly important to you, that you would already be working on your own weaknesses and at least use a dictionary or even spell check?

I still love my boards. I still get a great deal out of them and hope I have helped others as well.
But I worry. Is this just another sign of the times?


Friday, September 25, 2009

Cloudy in my Head

There is so much on my mind, of late, that I am at a loss as to choose a topic.
There have been a few more lows than highs these days and I find myself struggling to keep my head above water (or out of my a**) most days. I feel like the squall line in the photo.

Indian Summer is my absolute favorite time of year. It has been so glorious outside and such a blessing.
Revolutionary War Day was a blast, a good time was had by all and we even pulled off a record number of last minute folks joining us. A fabulous family fun day.
Jenna is doing really well adjusting to the heavier 3rd grade workload. I have high expectations for her this year and so far, so good.
Mike has had work daily, praise God.
We have a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs, a working vehicle and food in the refrigerator.
We have the most fabulous family and friends anyone could ever have and we love them so very much.

Which leads me to the cons. Which also helps me narrow down a writing topic. Which begs the question, how much can I write of all of it? And, do I really need to?

Maybe not, maybe I will just go outside.


Friday, September 18, 2009

From the Ft. Lauderdale paper this week.....

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they should do for themselves."

Abraham Lincoln

My Uncle Peter is wondering how two statesman from Illinois can be so very, very different. I am wondering the same.


Friday, September 11, 2009

We Will Never Forget


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Some dear friends got married last week, I was their photographer. This is my favorite photo.


Monday, September 7, 2009

Mike and Jenna sing the original song, "Beautiful"

Lyrics by Jenna Borden, Music by Mike Borden


Lord you are like the colors of the rainbow,
Lord you are like the flowers of the field,
Lord you're more than anything we could ever dream of,
you are beautiful, beautiful.

You are the best thing in the world you are the only one that's true,
You are the best thing in the world you're going to come again in glory
And we'll be waiting here for you 2X

Lord you are going to come in clouds of glory,
Lord you are gonna purify our hearts,
Lord you are gonna reign over us forever
You are beautiful, beautiful.

You are the best thing in the world you are the only one that's true,
You are the best thing in the world you're going to come again in glory
And we'll be waiting here for you 2X

So help us use our talents for you, Lord
We wanna be found faithful,
When you come back for us,
help us love each other, like you love us.

You are the best thing in the world you are the only one that's true,
You are the best thing in the world you're going to come again in glory 2x
And we'll be waiting here for you 2X


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