Monthly Archives: September 2007

Yes - I know.  It's "eye candy" - but the desktop folders for windows Vista are cool.  You can catch a glimpse of the photos that are in the folder.

(this is not a good photo, but considering the subject is about a 1/2 inch tall...)

Here is a photo of my "set up" - I got the new laptop, I have the huge monitor that was gifted to me (thank you!) and a mini-port.  I stick the laptop in the port - that's where all of the peripherals are plugged in.  So I can have a "panorama" desktop spread over both monitors (the laptop and the big one) and use the keyboard/mouse/etc. with minimal fuss.

You can see here that I've got wordpress on the big monitor and iTunes on the laptop - actually one "screen", but spread over two monitors with the windows side by side.  All I have to do in order to "go" is unplug the one thing.  Yes, I'm spoiled...but with the classes I have, and have coming up the portability will be very helpful.


COMPUTER UPDATE:  I'm typing on the new laptop (Vista and all).  So far, all is well, but the thing came with Norton and Comcast gives me McAfee - so there's a bit of a conflict that I haven't taken care of yet.  But so far the my software is working.

HEALTH UPDATE:  Thank you for the prayers - part of me knows this is really minor, but the part that doesn't know the future frets... The surgical nurse has to talk to the doctor before they'll schedule.  The nurse said "D&C", which I didn't know was on the agenda.  I don't like generals, but if that's what it takes, I'll make sure I take an extra day off.

CAT UPDATE:  It took about 3 shots before Henry figured out that "insulin bottle = canned cat food".  Manda was out so I gave him the injection last night - as soon as I took the insulin bottle out of the fridge, the cat was next to the cupboard with the cat food...

My new laptop is on its way...with the wrong operating system. It comes with Vista, NOT the XP Pro that I ordered (and paid extra for). I am currently playing phone tag with the guy who is "taking care of it".

My cat has diabetes. That means 2 insulin injections every day and high protein, low carb food (why do vets recognize that low carb is the way to go for diabetes, but the American Diabetes Association is still recommending a high-carb diet for humans?) Amanda learned how to give the shots (I've given cats shots before) and she was a real trooper. Put food in front of Henry and he doesn't even notice the needle.

And I'll be having a (below the fold for TMI)...test/surgery

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Okay - here's my thing. I have about 60 Spanish flashcards that I carry around with me. To those I've added important information that I want to learn (student bus numbers, school phone numbers, other phone numbers that I want to know more of besides "speed dial 2".

To those I had started to add the Westminster Shorter Catechism, but after only a couple of questions decided to go with the Larger. I'm also using the ESV
Q. 1. What is the chief and highest end of man?

A. Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God (1), and fully to enjoy Him forever(2).

(1) glorify God

  • Roman 11:36 For of Him and through Him, and to Him, are all things; to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
  • 1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

(2)---and fully to enjoy Him forever.

  • Psalm 73:24-28 (this is not going to go on a business card - I don't usually memorize with verse numbers within the text, but I'm leaving them in here so I can use more than one card...)
  • 24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will receive me to glory.
    25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
    26My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.27
    you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
    28But for me it is good to be near God;
    I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
    that I may tell of all your works.
  • John 17:21-23that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

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HENDERSONVILLE — Joshua Jackson Reeves, four days old, slept undisturbed Monday afternoon in his mother's arms, blissfully unaware of war, or a city called Baghdad, or his mother's shattered heart.

Leslie Reeves, gently traced her baby's chin, a miniature version of another's chin, and smiled through wet eyes.

On Friday, Mrs. Reeves delivered her seven-pound, 14-ounce boy into this world without complications. Soon afterward she phoned Iraq to deliver the happy news. There, Spc. Joshua H. Reeves, her soldier-husband of two years, was stationed with troops from Fort Riley, Kan.

He was due to come home in November for two weeks of vacation from war.

One day's joy turned to sorrow on Saturday as a bomb detonated as Joshua Reeves' Humvee drove down a Baghdad street. Leslie Reeves, a Hendersonville native who had returned to be with her parents while she delivered, was still in the hospital with her new baby when she learned she was a widow.

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John Piper's son, Abraham and his wife, Molly lost their baby, Felicity.

In the hopes that you will pray for us, I’ll give you the news about Abraham’s daughter. Abraham is my son who serves as the Web Content Manager for Desiring God. He and Molly were expecting their second child on Sunday, September 23. Molly was big and healthy. Everyone was happy and excited about Orison’s little sister.

There had been no movement since Thursday. Molly had read this was nothing unusual, but the doctor said she could come for a check-up if she wished. Saturday morning (September 22) they went to Hennepin County Medical Center. No heart beat. Ultrasound confirms: the baby is dead

Please join in prayer for this family.

My friend, Phil asked me to look at the Scripture references that Piper cited and asked (since I also lost a child in this way - but earlier) if he did and said the right thing.

In situations like this, who you are talking to could change how you approach them. I can only assume that since Piper is "dad" to this couple, he knows them well enough to know what it is that they will need at this time. I would comfort a strong believing couple differently than I would new believers and I'd comfort believers differently than unbelievers.

In this case, I believe that believing couples can find comfort in all of these passages,, although there are certainly better passages to use than the 2 Samuel passage - I would most likely NOT have used that (not criticizing - John Piper is a man who is grieving and doing the best that he can).

2 Samuel 12:15-23 - this is the passages that tells us about when David lost his son. He fasted and prayed until the child was dead, and then he got up and ate. The reason that I would not have used this passage is that I believe the message is not that "life will go on", but rather that the child was taken as punishment from God. David had hoped to bring God's mercy by fasting and praying, but when the child died, David took the punishment as righteous.

If a person has done nothing wrong, there is no reason to add guilt; but if they have, this passage gives hope of seeing them again.

John 9:1-3 - This is a good passage - a reminder that we live in a lost and dying world - all of our existence is intended to bring glory to God and that (although sometimes these things can be traced back to our actions) many times there is nothing we could have done (or not done) to change the outcome. The thought that it is "not our fault" can be very comforting.

1 Corinthians 15:58 - Keep on keeping on - our labor is not in vain. I understand this, but...

These are passages that I would use, and have used:

Isaiah 53: 3-4
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.

Christ knows what grief is about - and if we put our burdens onto Him, He will help us to bear them.

John 11:35

Jesus wept.

The shortest verse in the Bible - and for me, one of the most meaningful. Lazarus was dead and his sisters were grieving. Jesus knew that He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead, and yet He wept.

Why? Because His friends were hurting. In the same way, He sees our grief and pain - and weeps along with us.

Romans 12:15

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

Know - KNOW that you have an entire church family who is ready to stand with you, shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart and weep with you.

Know this. My prayers are with you.


For one of my classes (Educational Psychology) we have to read an article each week and write a paper on it.  This week, the article is: "The New First Grade:  Too Much Too Soon?"

Too Much Too Soon?

Are we asking too much of our students, too soon? At what cost? I believe that we are; or at least asking too much of the wrong thing. At earlier ages, a child’s world fuels curiosity; curiosity fuels experimentation, experimentation fuels learning.

Rote learning (including the rote learning of sight words) leaves little room for natural curiosity within that teaching method. Yes – a child can learn that “b” + “at” reads “bat” – but this is like teaching them to play Beethoven without letting them first listen to the music. With the emphasis on “reading at grade level”, there is also an emphasis on “seat work”, and seat work does not fuel curiosity. Life fuels curiosity.

I recently read an article about a school called “waldkindergarten” – or “forest school”. Originating in Scandinavia, the schools I have read the most about are in Germany, and most of the websites are in German. The basic concept is a “school without walls.

This type of school uses a child’s inner curiosity and need for movement to teach them about nature, science, natural consequences, physical education, and more. It does this while improving gross motor skills, logic skills, and awareness of the world around them. Waldkindergartens believe that a child who is able to build on the foundation of motor development is better able to manage his or her own body.

Being able to manage his own body enables a child to recognise and use shapes, signs, deal with quantities and abstract numbers. Only a child that has learned to orient himself in play and experience can bring this orientation to paper or on a blackboard.

Just like in any other kindergarten, we offer paper, pencils, paint, brushes and scissors, and teach the children how to use them. Children who were able to run around and let off steam in kindergarten are able to sit still and concentrate later in school, as they have learned to occupy themselves with simple things and with few distractions in nature.

Children who have mastered day-to-day life in the forest, together with other difficult situations, and have learned to make arrangements and stick to them have gained social skills for living and working together. Skills that are not only valuable at school. )

In this type of school, children are learning. They are learning about the world around them, they are learning about “how stuff works”, they are learning about the limits of their own abilities.

Incidentally, this pressure for “too much too soon” is demanded by standardized, high-stakes testing. What do the Germans call this testing? Amerikanische Prffung (American tests). Whether or not high-pressure performance in first grade leads to better learning in high school and beyond really remains to be seen. But for those children who “make the cut” in kindergarten, childhood is lost forever.