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Archive for March, 2008

Spider Hunters

Jonah (age 4) took a nap on my bed this afternoon. Halfway through. . .

Jonah: Daddy, I need you for a minute.

Jason: Okay, buddy.

Jonah: There’s a spider on your bed.

Jason: Oh, then you do need me.

Jason found the spider on his side of the bed, immobilized in a wet glob.

Jonah: I spitted on it, so it wouldn’t get away.

Jason: I see that.

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Jason and I started watching the Vintage Jesus series last night.

This one was just too funny to keep to myself.

So here’s a link:

Week 1: Is Jesus God?

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A Little Sanity

Well, the fight is certainly not over, but it’s moving in the right direction. Do they really need to hear from the teachers’ unions on this?

From the HSLDA headlines:

Court of Appeal Grants Petition for Re-hearing

On March 25, the California Court of Appeal granted a motion for rehearing in the In re Rachel L. case—the controversial decision which purported to ban all homeschooling in that state unless the parents held a teaching license qualifying them to teach in public schools.

The automatic effect of granting this motion is that the prior opinion is vacated and is no longer binding on any one, including the parties in the case.

The Court of Appeal has solicited a number of public school establishment organizations to submit amicus briefs including the California Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and three California teacher unions. The court also granted permission to Sunland Christian School to file an amicus brief. The order also indicates that it will consider amicus applications from other groups.

Home School Legal Defense Association will seek permission to file such an amicus brief and will coordinate efforts with a number of organizations interested in filing briefs to support the right of parents to homeschool their children in California.

“This is a great first step,” said Michael Farris, chairman of HSLDA. “We are very glad that this case will be reheard and that this opinion has been vacated, but there is no guarantee as to what the ultimate outcome will be. This case remains our top priority,” he added.

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Danger, Will Robinson!

I posted to the Baby Blog about yesterday’s midwife appointment, but before you read it I thought I should qualify a few things:

First of all, I realize I’m not going to die. At least it’s not likely that I’m going to die. The chances of dying from this pregnancy are close to nil. I also take comfort in the fact that God will prevent me from dying until he decides it’s time for me to die. Which could be at any time and from anything. So it doesn’t matter what my present circumstances may be, because God is still in charge of everything.

Secondly, Marie is not a cold-hearted, fear-mongering midwife. She was unusually blunt with me yesterday because I was unusually blunt with her about how ridiculous I felt restricting my activities when I believe myself to be perfectly fine. I think she was honestly concerned that I would go out and start moving furniture if she didn’t spell out all the possibilities in black and white. I can appreciate that. I was really ready to be done with the limitations. But I guess I’ll wait it out.

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I’m Up!

I was also up at six, and five, and four, and two, and twelve-thirty. . . I can’t sleep when I know I have to be out the door early. Please pray that I don’t die on the way down the hill. Thank you.

Edit: And Oh, my word. I just realized I’m not wearing pants. Shoes, socks, shirt, jacket, undergarments. No pants. This could be a bad sign.

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Hello, Mr. President

The things you find in the news.

–Associated Press

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Spring Picnic

I informed the kids that today might be the last warm day for a while. So Anna and Sarah (fabulous six-year-old event planners that they are) decreed a picnic lunch. They wrote a menu, set the table, assembled the food, sat everyone down to eat, and cleaned up, all by themselves. They even took care to dress their little sister in appropriate picnic attire, and paid no mind to the fact that their brother was only half-attired.

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Their first menu included pancakes (which I’m not about to make today) and bananas (which we don’t happen to have at the moment), but they settled for peanut butter and crackers, buttered toast, apples, and milk instead.

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These two are getting to be pretty handy to have around.

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