Saturday, August 25, 2007

water again

Friday, August 24, 2007

Tim's sister!

I did not write this article!

People often ask how we combine officership and homeschooling. It's a hard question to answer! I think of myself as a "homeschooler" -- noun -- not one who does "homeschooling" -- verb. In other words, it's as much WHO I AM as what I do!

And officership is the same, like parenting it's really a 24/7 job. We've found different solutions at different times in different places.

This woman writes about some ways she has found to make it work.

We officially "start school" this Monday, so please pray for us! Corps activities start the first week of September!


a woman after my own heart!

One of the things I really miss is being able to have a conversation with people like this!



Neighbors of Franklin Arterial have delivered a bold statement about their desire to be involved in future planning for the busy road that crosses the Portland peninsula. It comes in the form of two 5-foot-square signs on wood posts at the arterial's intersections with Somerset Street and Cumberland Avenue. The first sign poses the question, "What is wrong with this road?" and lists some of the neighbors' concerns. The second offers a "Community Vision Statement," endorsed by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization and the Bayside Neighborhood Association. "Franklin Street will be a beautiful, vibrant, urban street in the center of a new neighborhood," the statement reads. It goes on to describe the need for a pedestrian- and bicycle- friendly design that doesn't harm the environment and supports a mixed use of housing and commercial development. "The Franklin Arterial has been, for a lot of Portland citizens, a very uninviting place," said Ron Spinella, chairman of the Bayside group. The corridor has been changing rapidly, with the new Whole Foods market, housing projects in Bayside and the Ocean Gateway cruise terminal on the waterfront. Community leaders say now is the time to move away from the car-oriented designs of the 1960s and toward a plan that gives at least equal consideration to pedestrians. "Franklin is a real problem for our neighborhoods, and doesn't really fit into the urban context of the peninsula," said Markos Miller, vice president of the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Association. Portland Councilor Kevin Donoghue, who also serves on the board of the Munjoy Hill group, got a special permit from the city manager's office to post the signs through Sept. 4. Two more will be posted soon for traffic leaving the peninsula. Donoghue said the signs are important reminders that citizens should be involved in traffic planning. Many have felt excluded in recent years, Donoghue said, as a 13-member committee put together a peninsula traffic study. Councilors shelved the study last year after widespread criticism of its recommendations, one of which was a widening of Franklin Arterial. Members of the neighborhood groups subsequently held a workshop called "Rethinking Franklin." The vision statement came out of that meeting, said Donoghue, who chairs the council's transportation committee. Next month, the committee is expected to discuss the principles of traffic planning for the peninsula, but will not consider specific changes to streets.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Smoke-Free for ME


I'm now on Facebook. Will you invite me to be your friend? ;-)

Evelyn Elizabeth Clark

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Do Not Call


Monday, August 13, 2007

Chris is one in 3.2 million!

"Over the next few years the number of high-school graduates will rise steadily to a peak of 3.2 million in 2008, the largest class ever. A majority of those students will head for college, many of them to schools more than 100 miles away."

Including Chris.


"The National Center for Education Statistics reported that in 2003, some 1,096,000 students (including K-12) in the United States were being homeschooled, an increase of about 29 percent since 1999."

If we can assume a further 29% increase, then that means that now there would be 1,413,840 homeschoolers in America -- or approximately that exact same number as the entire population of the country of Estonia!


Sunday, August 05, 2007

Külli Tõniste

It's not the determining factor by any means, but it certainly is a great comfort to know that there is an Estonian on the faculty of Houghton College! (And in the Religion Dept., no less!)

Prayers for Chris as he makes plans for his future would be greatly appreciated!


Saturday, August 04, 2007

Spring Valley

The pseudo-family atmosphere of church also complicates the discipline issue. Although you know many of the families in your church, regulating their children's behavior may feel uncomfortable. Ginger Davis was serving as the team worship leader one Sunday at her Episcopal church. "Children were darting in and out the entire time, and finally, during the prayers of the people, which last about five minutes, I asked the ushers not to let any children into the sanctuary. The kids could go out, but they couldn't return until the prayers were concluded," says Davis. She got an earful from annoyed parents afterward.

Something similar happend to us at the Spring Valley Corps. There was no nursery worker, and we had Christopher and Christina with us, I think. A woman (a transferred soldier-officer, this was shortly after THQ moved to Rockland County) yelled at us about them. We left and never went back. When we moved to Maine and transferred our soldiership some time later, the Corps Officer had the audacity to cross out the words "in good standing" from the transfer form!

MT 19:13 Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
MT 19:14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

MK 9:36 He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."

Thursday, August 02, 2007