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Life Lately

A few things worth noting have happened lately.
First, Mataya got a hair cut and she loves it!

 It is still long enough for pony tails and braids, but it is much more manageable and less tangley which make us both happy!
Second, it was Storybook Character day this week at school. We went the Robert Munsch route this year, which was nice a simple. Joash made a cookie of play dough and was Christopher from Mmm...Cookies! And Mataya rocked the side pony tail as Stephanie from Stephanie's Ponytail.

We did some pumpkin carving. Mataya was going for silly and Joash was going for frightening!

And finally, I headed back to the classroom and started teaching again last week. I am teaching the 9/10 English class at ICS. I teach three class periods a week, last period of the day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I asked to teach in the afternoon because then Gideon can stay with Wilbert and we don't have to worry about who is taking care of him. It has been great to get back at it and …
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Joash's 8th Birthday Interview

What is your favorite color? Blue and Green What is your favorite thing to play with? Lego What is your favorite food? Grilled Cheese or Pad Thai What is your favorite tv show or movie? The Prince of Egypt What is your favorite outfit? black gym pants and a t-shirt What is your favorite game? Not sure What is your favorite animal? Jackel What is your favorite book? DK Eyewitness books - especially those about history Who is your best friend? Ben What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride my bike or the skelter What is your favorite drink?Juice What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Pancakes and jello What do you want to be when you grow up? A chemist, archaeologist, geologist, paleontologist or Egyptologist

Joash is 8!

We have an 8 year old in the house! Yesterday was Joash's birthday and we had a great day celebrating.
This year I made a cake shaped like an 8.

 It was a PD day, so there was no school. That meant Oma and Opa could come for coffee time. Joash was pretty pleased with his gifts! Books on his favorite topics, cool rocks, a light for reading in bed and real tools!
 And Tante Reina came for the birthday supper of pancakes and jello (and bacon and eggs). And Joash will have lots more facts thanks to another new book!

You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart

Jessica Chamberlain, newly separated and living with her two sons in a small Iowa town, can’t believe that a tragedy in another state could have anything to do with her. But when her phone rings one quiet morning, her world is shattered. As she tries to pick up the pieces and make sense of what went wrong, Jess begins to realize that a tragic death is just the beginning. Soon she is caught in a web of lies and half-truths—and she’s horrified to learn that everything leads back to her seven-year-old adopted son, Gabriel.

Years ago, Gabe’s birth mother requested a closed adoption and Jessica was more than happy to comply. But when her house is broken into and she discovers a clue that suggests her estranged husband was in close contact with Gabe’s biological mother, she vows to uncover the truth at any cost.

I have read several of Nicole Baart's novels and I have enjoyed them all. I enjoy the page turning suspense and I love that it is free of some of language and gore and other co…

First Days of School - 2018

School has started once again. Joash began yesterday in Grade 3.  Mataya started Kindergarten today. She was VERY excited. She was all ready to go to school by 7:15 am this morning. Those last 45 minutes before we had to leave for school were a very long time to wait.
 And Gideon wanted his picture taken with a backpack on as well. He get to have all the attention to himself now while brother and sister are at school.

A Visit from Grandpa and Grandma

My parents came for a week long visit and we had a wonderful time with them. 
We spent a morning at That Fun Place.  We also went mini-golfing one morning, but we forgot to take pictures.

Another day we went the Greenwich Beach, which has very interesting interpretive center, trails to walk and lovely, quiet beach.

Exploring the map of eastern PEI a the interpretive center

 Walking the trails at Greenwich Beach

 They have nice lookout tower at the beach.
 Playing on the beach with Grandpa and Grandma.
 We also spent sometime downtown Charlottetown. We stopped a the library, had Cows Ice Cream and did the Fox Story Walk together. It was a fun day.
We are so happy that Grandpa and Grandma could come to visit and we look forward to the next time we see them.

Rise of the Mystics by Ted Dekker

Some say the great mystery of how one can live in two worlds at once died with Thomas Hunter many years ago. Still others that the gateway to that greater reality was and is only the stuff of dreams. They are all wrong. 
Rachelle Matthews, who grew up in the small town of Eden, Utah, discovered just how wrong when she dreamed and awoke in another world. There she learned that she is the 49th Mystic, the prophesied one, tasked with finding five ancient seals before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, the world will forever be locked in darkness.As Rachelle sits deep in a dungeon, Vlad Smith is just getting started. Thomas Hunter's world is about to be turned inside out.
So begins the final volume of high stakes in one girl's quest to find an ancient path that will save humanity. The clock is ticking; the end rushes forward. 

Well, Ted Dekker does it again. I will admit that I was little confused at the beginning of this …