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Samantha was chosen to participate in the district math contest this year. She was soooo excited and surprised, math hasn’t been one of her stong subjects. I was surprised too and then I felt bad because I had doubted she could make the team and had told her not to be dissapointed if she didn’t but that she could try out if she wanted.

It was a great experience for her and I believe a confidence booster. It didn’t hurt her math skills either. She had lots of practice on her basics and learned several new things that I wasn’t even sure how to do. (Probability problems, for example!) She met with three other 4th grade students every week to practice and then we traveled to Hannibal, Missouri for the actual contest.

I rode with her on the school bus with the other Knox County students and parents to the Hannibal middle school. Here are some pics.

The fourth grade contestants.

The Knox County representatives.

Waiting for the others to finish testing.

Sam did not place but several of her friends did and several will be going to the state contest in Springfield. Knox produced last years first place state high school winner! Perhaps next year will see two Bowmans on the team. Cris will be in 4th grade this coming year.

Enjoying a rootbeer float on the bus trip home.

This week, Samantha, had Misouri History Night. The fourth graders worked hard all quarter on researching famous Missourians. They wrote a report, gathered props, made props, decorated posters, and came up with costumes. They displayed their projects and represented their famous person as parents browsed by asking questions and admiring thier work. It was a lot of fun. I even learned some things. 🙂

Samantha’s famous person was Sacajawea. She made a woven basket out of paper and did a teepee display along with her poster. I put together a costume for her, very last minute, but she seemed thrilled with it.

Sacajawea’s display.

Lewis and Clark and Sacajewea.


Several months ago I saw an ad in a magazine for a wall hanging called a wall pocket. It is a similar idea to those wall boards with the criss crossed ribbons on them to put photos or notes etc. on. This one had pockets instead with a couple of ribbons holding it together along with upolstry tacks. I used the ad photo and came up with my own design. I used an inexpensive cork board and painted it with glossy acrylic paint and then used two contrasting fabrics to make the pockets. (You could also use a third fabric.) I tacked it to the board with pieces of gold and scarlet ribbon and the upolstry tacks. There was no sewing or gluing involved. (We’ll see if it holds together!) This was a lot of fun and pretty easy to do. I finished it in two afternoons, with interuptions and added on time for figuring out how to do it. 🙂

Here are some pics. (I need to touch up my paint job, as I didn’t wait long enough for it to dry all the way before I worked on it.) The second pic is natural lighting and shows the colors better, though it is a bit blurry.

This is what we had for breakfast this morning, we call it The Egg Thing.

The recipe is actually called a Dutch Baby, but I triple the recipe to feed the kids and I and bake it in a big pan instead of the iron skillet they suggest. My dad used to make this for my siblings and I on the weekends. We loved it, but it looks so strange! It seems to be growing and trying to escape the pan! Hence it bacame and will always be The Egg Thing to us.

We serve it with powdered sugar which soaks up the melted butter that settles on the top, yum!

Last night we were awakened by a furious sqwaking and flapping coming from the bird’s cage which sits on my dresser in our bedroom. This has happened a couple of other times before, but usually it was due to a disturbance such as my hand knocking the cage as I changed into my pjs or one of us suddenly turned on a light. This time we didn’t know what was going on and they sounded really freaked out and it took several minutes for them to settle down. I was hoping not to find a dead bird lying on the bottom of the cage in the morning, they were that stressed!

The only thing we could think of was that Matt had gotten a new pair of rubber boots in the mail yesterday and they smelled strongly of rubber. Perhaps the poor birds were going batty from the fumes? Matt removed the boots to the living room and we tried to go back to sleep.

This morning we found out there was an earthquake in southern Illinois right about the time our birds woke us up! Around 4:20am or so. Matt spoke to several of his co workers who also were woken up by pets in the early hours.

I did not feel anything, but apparently our birds did. I have to admit I will be much more attentive to the actions of my pets in the future. You never know.

Here are the noisy fellows:

I just had a most enjoyable time with two very sweet ladies. We shared about each others families and laughed about the antics of children, we spoke together about our heavenly Father and his amazing love for us and how we want to learn to love each other the way He loves us. We looked up scriptures that spoke of this love and were able to see His love in each other and appreciate it. It was a lovely time of encouragement and fellowship.

Just what I needed. And you know what, the funny thing is that these two ladies are from a religious group that I have had prejudice against all my life. I was told they were decieved and evil and would go to hell. (How many other “groups” of people have I been told this about?) I myself was “decieved” about some things. No one is perfect. Even if they pretend that they are.

More and more I find that people are people where ever you go. People want the same things. People want to be loved and accepted and they want to love others, if they could only know how. We are all on a journey, we are all searching and seeking. And I believe that “Those who seek, will find.” God is amazing, His love reaches higher than the heavens, and deeper than the deepest sea. Where can we go that He is not there?

I pray that you, my friend will find Him today as well. He is very near.

Be blessed!