Here are some more jokes

     My college classmate Nancy Fudge says, “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing! Take heed and pass these along to people who need a laugh. I thought you would enjoy this….times are tough right now…for all of us….so we need something to make the day a happy place. ‘They’ haven’t found a way to tax you for laughing yet.”

     A wedding joke:  Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, ‘Why is the bride dressed in white?’’  The mother replied, ‘Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.’  The child thought about this for a moment then said, ‘So why is the groom wearing black?’

     A Sunday joke:  A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could, trying not to be late for Bible class. As she ran she prayed, ‘Dear Lord, please don’t let me be late! Dear Lord, please don’t let me be late!’  While she was running and praying, she tripped on a curb and fell, getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress.  She got up, brushed herself off, and started running again! As she ran she once again began to pray, ‘Dear Lord, please don’t let me be late…But please don’t shove me either!’

     A funeral joke:  An elderly woman died last month. Having never married, she requested no male pallbearers. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she wrote, ‘They wouldn’t take me out while I was alive, I don’t want them to take me out when I’m dead.’

     A police joke:  A police recruit was asked during the exam, ‘What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?’ He answered, ‘Call for backup.’

     A Sunday school joke:  At Sunday School they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings.. Little Johnny seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam’s ribs.  Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he was ill, and she said, ‘Johnny, what is the matter?’ Little Johnny responded, ‘I have pain in my side. I think I’m going to have a wife.’

     An after Sunday school joke:  Two boys were walking home from Sunday school after hearing a strong preaching on the devil. One said to the other, ‘What do you think about all this Satan stuff?’   The other boy replied, ‘Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out. It’s probably just your Dad.’

monthly meditation for December

     NOTE:  Here is the monthly meditation from the Dec., 2009, issue of Biblical Homeschooling ( biblicalhomeschooling-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or http://groups.yahoo.com/group/biblicalhomeschooling ).

Monthly Meditation

1. FROM THE YOUTH UP

by Wayne S. Walker

     “For You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth” (Psalm 71:5).  Youth is a time of growing and learning the skills, both physical and mental, that will be needed for life as an adult.  The purpose of life here on this earth is to fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).  Therefore, one of the reasons that God gave children parents is so that the parents can train the children in the way that they should go (Proverbs 22:6).  The primary goal of this training should be that children will look to God as their trust from their youth.   Whatever else may be said about the “rich, young ruler,” Jesus gave no criticism or condemnation when the young man said, “All these things I have kept from my youth,” but rather “looking at him, loved him” (Mark 10:20-21).

     Parents are told to take the words of God, especially about loving Him with all our heart, soul, and strength, and “teach them diligently to your children” (Deuteronomy 6:4-7).  Parents need to act in such a way that they will encourage their children to “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth” (Ecclesiastes 12:1).  There is nothing so wretched as a child whose parents have lovingly taught him God’s word, taken him faithfully to church services, and provided a wonderful example of godliness, but who grows up to say, “My parents crammed their religion down my throat, and I don’t want to have anything to do with it!”  That is the height of ingratitude.

     Of course, not all people have had the privilege of being raised in homes where they have been taught God’s word.  However, many great men and women have overcome such spiritual handicaps.  Each individual simply must start where he is and come to the Lord from there.  However, living for Christ and serving Him are in many respects much easier when one has been taught to do so in youth by parents because there are far fewer regrets later in life.  Parents, we have an obligation to bring our children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).  And when children obey the Lord, they in turn honor righteous parents (Ephesians 6:2).  God is pleased and glorified when children learn to trust Him from the youth .

Would you like a good joke?

     Three boys are in the school yard bragging about their fathers. The first boy says, ‘My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, they give him $50.’   The second boy says, ‘That’s nothing. My Dad scribbles a few words on piece of paper, he calls it a song, and they give him $100.’  The third boy says, ‘I got you both beat. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon, and it takes eight people to collect all the money!’

     And another one?:  A Sunday school teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem. A small child replied, ‘They couldn’t get a baby-sitter.’

     And one more?:  Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to ‘Honor thy father and thy mother,’ she asked, ‘Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?’ Without missing a beat, one little boy answered, ‘Thou shall not kill.’

good reading

      The Nov./Dec. issue of No Greater Joy ( www.nogreaterjoy.org ) has articles by Michael and Debi Pearl, and their annual calendar; you may not always agree with the Pearls, especially when they discuss what might be considered “doctrinal” issues, but there is usually something helpful in each issue.  The Sept./Oct., 2009, issue of Home Educator’s Family Times ( www.HomeEducator.com/FamilyTimes ) has an excerpt from Linda Dobson’s book The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child and other homeschool-related articles by Naomi Aldort on expectations, L. A. Crothers on the philosophy of art, exceptional children by Ann Lloyd, Theodore Roosevelt’s letters by Barb Frank, voluntarily submitting information to the government by Deborah Stevenson, preparing for college by Shirley M. R. Minster, and the recent homeschool ruling in New Hampshire by Paul Viggiano, among others.

Simmons School, Hope, IN

Simmons School, Hope, IN

     The documented history of the Simmons School, originally located in Hawcreek Twp., Bartholomew Co. IN, is sketchy.  From county records it was determined that the original site, located 4 miles northwest of Hope, was deeded to the county as a school section in 1837 by John and Nancy Drake.  The first structure built on this section was a log school.  It was replaced by a brick structure that was later remodeled by adding an entrance room and bell tower.  An architectural survey of Bartholomew County done in 1979 related that the current structure was built around 1879.  The school was used until 1907 when all the students of the township were sent to Hawcreek Central School.   After its closing, the building was used for a variety of purposes.  Fred Simmons, whose family owned the land for a while, remembers the family’s home burning and the family had to move into the chool.  He related that other families also lived for brief periods in the schoolhouse.  The building was later used for farm purposes, for cleaning tomatoes being prepared for market and the canning factory in Hope, for a storage shed for tools, and even for grain storage. When the Hauser Historians were asked to investigate the existing one room schools of the area to help select the one to relocate to the educational complex, they fell in love with the badly deteriorating Simmons School.  All windows had been broken.  Chalkboards were gone, as was most of the plaster and woodwork.  The floor had caved in, and there were cracks in the back wall large enough for a person to stick his arm through. The bell tower was intact, but the bell was missing.  Once restoration was underway, the Simmons Family donated the original bell to the schoolhouse.  The building now sits on the campus of Hauser Jr.-Sr. High School of the Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corporation, 9273 N. State Road 9, in Hope, IN.

     Imprimus is a wonderful free monthly publication of Hillsdale College (www.hillsdale.edu ); it is not about homeschooling, but it contains speeches made by some of the leading conservative thinkers of our time that would be excellent resources to go with “social studies” curricula for homeschoolers.  The Oct., 2009, issue contains a speech by John Bolton, former Undersecretary of State and U. S. Representative to the United Nations, about Barack Obama as the “first post-American president.”  He said, “More broadly, the Obama administration believes that its predecessor didn’t negotiate enough on issues like the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  The president has said repeatedly—starting with his Inaugural Address—that the United States must hold out its hand to countries like North Korea and Iran in the hopes that they will unclench their fist and enter into negotiation.  This reflects a curious view of history, since in fact the Bush administration negotiated directly or indirectly with Iran and North Korea for six-and-a-half years.  But more importantly, it reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of negotiation.  Negotiation is not a policy.  It is a technique.  It is a way of achieving our objectives.  It doesn’t tell us what the objectives are.  The emphasis on negotiation as an end in itself reflects a shallowness in this administration’s approach to international affairs, and gives us little confidence that our interests will be well served.”  Concerning North Korea, he said, “The North Koreans have been very successful over the years in using negotiations to leverage economic and political concessions.  They’ve even been happy to pledge to give up nuclear weapons—five times by my count, over the past 18 years.  But of course they never carry through.”  The concerning Iran he said, “Indeed, there is now at least anecdotal evidence that the regime in Tehran saw the Obama administration as so eager for negotiations that it would overlook any harsh steps Iran might take internally.  So in response to the administration’s friendly overtures, the mullahs in Tehran conducted a grossly fraudulent presidential election on June 12 and have spent the subsequent months repressing their opponents.”  My opinion is that, while Bolton does not make this comparison, I would think that the West would learn from the attempt to appease Hitler that you simply cannot "negotiate" with evil.  Students studying American history and government need to get this perspective that they would probably never get in public schools.

Home School Enrichment Magazine

     The Nov./Dec., 2009, issue of this wonderful bi-monthly magazine ( www.HomeSchoolEnrichment.com ) has a number of really good articles, such as Naomi Musch’s “Remembering the Cost of Homeschooling” (she says of remembering the spiritual cost, “We are not exclusionists, nor do we have the idea that we will somehow shield our kids from all the evils of the world, but we believe we can best battle those evils from our own home fronts”—AMEN!); Part 2 of Marvin G. Baker’s “Raising a Creative Child;” “29 Wonderful Books to Enjoy with Your Family This Holiday Season;”  Hal and Melanie Young’s “Who’s His Hero?”; articles by homeschool graduates such as Jonathan Lewis’s “Thankful for Homeschooling” (he says, “Some have suggested that homeschooling is a regressive movement because we seek to keep education centered around the nucleus of the traditional family rather than accepting the progression toward a more complex society.  Home Education, they suggest, is reminiscent of more primitive, less organized cultures.  Those of us who embrace homeschooling are either reluctant to give up the past and move into the modern age or are trying to reclaim something that has slipped away.  Although I disagree that homeschooling is regressive, I do agree that we’re trying to reclaim something.  We’re trying to reclaim our families, our spirit of togetherness, and our traditional values.  We’re trying to reassemble the fragments of a society splintered into a thousand pieces through the breakdown of he basic family unit.  Yes, we’re trying to reclaim something.  Some things are worth reclaiming because they have great value and never should have been lost in the first place” (again, AMEN!), and Felicia Alvarez’s “Grandma’s Time;” Hannah Glenn’s “The Makings of a Homeschooler;” Melanie Hexter’s “Evaluating the Options: Support Groups, Co-ops, and More;” Christine Field’s new “Homeschool Legal Minute” column on “Basics for Record Keeping;” and “Mom Time With Kari” Lewis on “The Lesson of the Ivory Brooch;” among others.