Friday, August 28, 2009
I read in the local paper that there is a 12 year old girl (insert Helen Reddy roar here) --Alyssa Frazier--that was selected to represent Missouri at a leadership academy in October in Washington DC. She is selling her artwork as a fundraiser to get the money she needs to go.
Please visit her website: http://www.alyssafrazierartgallery.com/
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The ladies from the St Pius School who have been raising money the last year for the Manute Bol School project (our former RYLA students) won the True Hero Contest for $1000 from the internet. :) Thanks to everyone who voted for them. Hooray...as of June, they had helped raised over $80,000. Half way there, ladies.
Thanks everyone who voted. I know the ladies appreciate it.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
One of the quotes I will never forget is
Monday, August 24, 2009
My only brother.
or his Buddah...as it is known.
he has cool work boots.
This is the girl when she was about
two in Uncle Brian's boots.
She now owns her own pair.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
There. I said it. If you know me, you already know it. Val loves the public school system.
Do you hear what I hear?
There is a wonderful sound right this second at my kitchen table. The sound of Ms. VanBallas educating my boy. Ms. VanBallas, our tutor from the spring has willingly returned to us. We are so happy.
She is sipping her daily Diet Pepsi. She is enjoying the medieval coins, rocks from every country, and the chocolate buttons from the Cadbury plant we brought her from the UK. She is smiling, laughing with the boy, wowing at the size of the fatty cattys and she is investing in a child that she didn't bear. She has already been investing in 120 others earlier today, and still has a little left for my boy. Thanks be to God.
I am so sick of hearing the people saying they are going to home school because public education isn't getting it done. These same people who were SCHOOLED by public education are now going to educate because the education isn't good enough for their child. That public education is broken.
Some of my best best friends on this planet are or have been teachers. They aren't broken.
An imperfect system? Sure. Imperfect people? Sure.
Last week, the boy and I met with four team teachers, his school nurse, school counselor, vice-principal, and Ms. VanBallas. Plus me. There were 9 adults sitting at that table, with their juice and doughnuts we brought, and were completely investing in the success of my boy. That doesn't include the team at the hospital that is right in there with us. I was sure to point out to the boy that all these people were there in his best interest. On his side. On his team.
If you know the boy, he got a sheepish grin and was a little embarrassed at the attention. But he loved it.
For all the negative press, stories of abuse, academic neglect, and the failure of public education, I wanted to state for public record that there is some really great things going on with education. Just ask me. :)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Speaking of light, Rudy our photo teacher would be very
proud of me for using natural window light.
Sometimes the best moments in life don't involve
any words at all. :)
Taking a field trip to Nebraska tomorrow to the temple. :)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Growing up in Alaska, we didn't have many paved roads.
Happy Birthday Catties.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Naturally, we had the Star Spangled Banner
(the mid-west version of an opening prayer)
and Old Glory.
We had our sleeping dogs
Thanks Tom A. It worked like a dream.
I mean as "hot as