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Megamaxx Console Game

So we gave Nate a phone for his 16th birthday. However, we didn’t want it to be too obvious, so we got a “prank box” to put it in. The one we got was for a “Megamaxx console game” (console not included) for doing chores. It has a link “for more information” on the box – – which doesn’t […]

3-Column Baby Blanket

Dawn’s 3-Column Baby Blanket Blue-Ribbon Winner at the Jackson County Fair! This is the first pattern I’ve ever created. There are some places where I adjusted when crocheting, but I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t follow my own pattern, or if I just messed up… if the instructions don’t appear to line up, just add or subtract a […]

June 2015 Update Letter

Dear Friends and Family, Since it is already the sixth month, and I’m horribly behind on update letters, I’ll just cover this year so far. In January, Nate turned 15. He is currently about 6’2” – which is the same as his paternal grandfather. Everyone in our house has to look UP at him! In February, I turned 44 – […]

Do You Live Godly?

2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Food for thought: Do you suffer persecution? Does that, perhaps, mean that you are not living godly in Christ Jesus?

Think it Through

Like a bushel of acid-dipped feathers released into the wind, so are thoughtless words: never to be fully retrieved and each causing damage to the surface on which it lands. This damage may be irreparable; one might never know the final result of some of the strewn pieces. One would think after 43 years of life (most of that with […]

Back to School

We started back to school this morning. It doesn’t look the same for us as it does for some, as we homeschool. Sarah did a lesson in reading and worked some math problems. The boys had curriculum to work with. We also took time to visit with friends. No, not everything got done that I’d hoped; but we made a […]

First Fiction Friday of 2015

I asked my kids for words… they gave me the following: word, chivalrous, peanut butter, Yoshi, pony So what follows is what I came up with from those words. The light brown pony, who was just about the same color as peanut butter, stood chewing calmly by the fence as he watched the other ponies play in the corral. He […]

Happy New Year!

I know I am a little late – since it is already January 2 – but I wanted to wish everyone a very happy new year. May your 2015 be full of blessings and may even your trials bring you joy.

Running, Running

Along the path I daily tread From morning until time for bed, Step by step, a couple rungs, A burst of speed, refill my lungs, I watch the path as it goes by. The end will get here, if I try… Keep pressing on, yard by yard, Some steps easy, some steps hard. It seems a mile, or maybe two, […]

“Just Kidding”

Proverbs 26:18-19 KJV: As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport? Or, to put it in today’s language: As a psycho who throws molotov cocktails, shoots bullets, and causes death, so is the one who tells a lie and then says, “Just kidding!” […]

Books and Movies

I love books. I’ve loved books ever since I began reading at 2-and-a-half years old. There is a recent trend in which famous books are being made into movies. (Case in point: The Hobbit, which is currently playing in my living room.) What I can’t figure out is why they bother naming the movie the same as the book, when […]

Unusual Scholarships

It is a little late for most people to apply for scholarships for this year’s college, but for those who are thinking ahead, there are some wildly unusual scholarships available. The advantage to odd scholarships is that fewer people will qualify – or apply – for them. Check out the unusual scholarships that CURRENT posted.


You hear it everywhere these days. “It’s reverse discrimination!” “That’s reverse racism.” No. Discrimination, according to, is “treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.” […]

July Update Letter 2013

Dear Friends & Family, July 15, 2013 It’s been four and a half months since my last update letter (sorry!). A lot has happened in that time! MARCH In March, my oldest daughter became my second graduate. We had a full ceremony followed by a reception for her. She gave a speech, which she also did in American Sign Language […]

February 2013 Update Letter

Dear Friends & Family, February has been a fairly mild month, weather-wise, here. I know you might not have had weather as nice as we experienced, but I hope you did! Early this month, Rachel took the ACT test. She got her scores on the 25th, with a score that is solidly average. I’m very proud of her, as she […]

January 2013 Update Letter

Dear Friends and Family, I hope you are well. I am hoping to do better with keeping up with updates this year, so I’m hurrying to do this one before January is over! December was pretty nice. The Christmas parade on the first Monday of December actually saw some reasonably warm weather, for the first time since we moved here […]

FYI: Craig cmp741e tablet reset information

We had a customer who had purchased a 7″ tablet – a Craig cmp741e – and whose grandchild had entered a pattern password and then could not remember it. She was looking for a way to reset it. We searched all over the internet, including Craig’s site, to no avail. We have just been called back with the proper procedure […]

October Update Letter

Dear Friends, Sorry I have not updated in so long! A lot has been going on. My last letter was sent the end of January. I definitely did not intend to wait until October to send another one! At the time of the January letter, I had just found out I was pregnant with what would have been our seventh […]

Sad news

Hannah Grace was stillborn at 36 weeks. I’m thankful for the 36 weeks I got to love her, but of course I’m sad that I never got to hold her alive. She was physically perfect; it was a placental abruption that resulted in her stillbirth. Apparently, I had HELLP syndrome, followed by eclampsia (due to the HELLP not being caught […]