The summer has gone so fast this year. I know in reality it's the same time frame, but as I age I realize more and more how time seems to speed up. There were no big family vacations this year just mini fun times. We still have a few more to go. A trip to the water park, another Chicago trip, Childrens Museum near U of Michigan campus (uncoupled with a Dr. visit), and a few more hiking trips at nearby state parks.
Caroline just got back from her poms competition and did wonderful. She got 4 ribbons. As a team they got state recognition (I know that doesn't sound good, but it's a high honor), and placed high in their complicated and detailed moves category. The coach is an amazing person. She believes in lifting up instead of tearing down. She believes each girl is an individual and allows them to be just that. She also does not tolerate cattiness. I love this in a person. Now it's time for my baby to get back to earth and back to health class. She took a summer class and is so glad she did. It's allowed her to really study the information and understand it since there are no other classes to study. She is very diligent about her studies.
I had the opportunity to assist in a seminar at Notre Dame last week. It was for Students from the University of Fudan, Shanghai China. They were all engineering students. The seminar gave the students the opportunity to view US campus life, sit in a few different classes, and learn a bit about Americans first hand.
Well, I learned a great deal as well. The competition level in China to achieve good grades is Very High. The students study all the time. They were telling me how the students do not party at college, they do not get into trouble, the library is the hot spot and everywhere you look students are in books or on tablets studying. Wow. A little of that here would be nice. They said it's like that from the time they were in elementary school. The children do not mouth off to teachers or fight with other students at school. It's all about the books.
During the seminar the topic of American slang words was covered. Well, to say the least I learned allot as well. Now I know why my Caroline comes home and asks me about different words she has heard and why they use it in that context. I took allot of notes. The one question the students had was why people would knowing call each other other vulgar names in a friendly type setting. Hmmmmm good question.
Our garden is doing OK. It's finally started to take off now that God has watered it instead of me. We needed the rain desperately. The fields were suffering around here something fierce. It's nice to see a bit of green instead of all the brown yards. I was hoping to be able to put 100-150 quarts of tomatoes but it may only be more like 50-75. We'll see what the next month brings.
So many changes going on at home, I'm glad children are resilient and adjust well. Although they don't get it all they still roll with it and tough through. I have some amazing young'uns.
Here are a few pics from 4th of July - VERY Hot day and on a burn ban so this was the extent of our celebrations with fireworks
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
Next year we may look into camp, but it WILL NOT be Impact. I'm so sad because it really has it's benefits in building on the Christian faith. But, I can not allow my girls to be traumatized. With Impact camp each week has different volunteer counselors. We may go back to Camp Eberhart. My Owen grew up in this camp 1 week every summer from the time he was 8 yrs old until he graduated high school. It's not a Church camp, but it does maintain strong Christian values.
W are coming up to the end of our volunteering with http://www.petrefuge.com/ It's been 4 years of fostering baby kittys. 78 adoptions have come through our home. About 1/3 of the babies have been bottle feeders. We have had the opportunity to watch several live births, one in my car. We have lost a few as well, I guess God needed a few more baby kittys running around, after all they are so sweet. I've had a few injuries along the way. I think the worst was the feral momma who wanted nothing to do with her babies and didn't want me to either. That one required 3 rounds of antibiotics and a shot in the backside. Thank God for much cushion to help the pain. It's been wonderful experience, it really taught the girls so much about life in simple ways. I think it also helped our Caroline transition. Shortly after she came to us, was the around the same time as the feral mama, so those babies needed allot of love and she provided it for them.
But sadly because of all that's going on in my personal life, time is up for us to foster anymore. Here are a few pics of some of the babies. Caroline is holding Mei Fen and Lo Mein, 2 of the bottle babies from the feral mama.
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