Discovering Diving

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I have never been very good in water.  I like to swim in it, but I never really have done anything such as diving from a standing position, except about three times in swimming lessons three years ago.  I have been scared to go too deep, then not be able to get up to the surface in time.  Yesterday, however, when we went to the pool, I gathered up all the courage I had and dived standing.  It was not scary.  It was fun! I had discovered diving.  Again and again I dived. 

Maria came over to me and said she wanted to learn how to dive.  So I taught her.  First I showed her the knee-dive, diving from a kneeling position.  when she was ready to move on, I showed her how to dive from a standing position.  She belly-flopped a lot, but kept on trying.  She probably did about five real dives.  The others were a mix between a dive and a belly-flop.  Maria also found out she was four feet tall, high enough to go down the big, curvy slide. 

I have never had so much fun at the pool as yesterday, because I discovered diving.

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Tennis Tournament

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Friday marked the end of tennis lessons.  We had a tournament, hosted by Weber (whatever that is.)  I lost the first match three games to four.  Landon got matched up with a bad server and that he says made him win the first match.    Again he went on to win the second match and finally, in the last match, placed second in the tournament.  He got a bronze-colored medal.

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Back Online!

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After an all to long period of my internet being down, in which I have not been able to write,  Dad has put me back online!

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Joseph’s Favorite Room.

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Today, thanks to a carpet cancellation, the carpet people came at eight o’ clock.   They finished installing it about ten thirty, then every child poured in to the room.  The baby gate was taken down with as much joy as the Wall of Berlin.  The most happy one was Joseph.  He has spent the time from when the door was taken down to now trying to get into the school room.  Now he happily joins the other children in playing on the fresh carpet.

 

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Dedication of August

The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Lord, have mercy.
Lord,have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,                                             Have mercy on us.
God the Son, redeemer of the world,
God the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, one God,

Heart of Mary,                                                                    Pray for us.
Heart of Mary, after God’s own Heart,
Heart of Mary, in union with the Heart of Jesus,
Heart of Mary, the vessel of the Holy Spirit,
Heart of Mary, shrine of the Trinity,
Heart of Mary, home of the Word,
Heart of Mary, immaculate in your creation,
Heart of Mary, flooded with grace,
Heart of Mary, blessed of all hearts,
Heart of Mary, Throne of glory,
Heart of Mary, Abyss of humbleness,
Heart of Mary, Victim of love,
Heart of Mary, nailed to the cross,
Heart of Mary, comfort of the sad,
Heart of Mary, refuge of the sinner,
Heart of Mary, hope of the dying,
Heart of Mary, seat of mercy,

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

L: Immaculate Mary, meek and humble of heart.
A: Conform our hearts to the heart of Jesus.

Let us pray:
O most merciful God, who for the salvation of sinners and the refuge of the wretched, has made the Immaculate Heart of Mary most like in tenderness and pity to the Heart of Jesus, grant that we, who now commemorate her most sweet and loving heart, may by her merits and intercession, ever live in the fellowship of the hearts of both Mother and Son, through the same Christ our Lord. – Amen.

Green it is!

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Mom decided that she would have the new school room green and the kitchen red.  Dad has finished painting the ceiling and installing the lights and light switches, and the carpet man is coning on Monday!

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Braces!

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Monday the twenty third I got braces on my top teeth.   I am almost done with having them hurt.

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Summer Ballet Classes

I am taking a grade 3 ballet class on Tuesdays in the summer.   When I was at the first class yesterday, Ms. Amy, the teacher came up to me and explained that she was making some changes to the classes I was taking.  She meant in the fall, but I misunderstood her to mean the summer classes.  I became even more sure of this when she brought in a box of pointe shoes and began trying them on girls. (They take special care that pointe shoes fit perfectly to avoid injuries.)  You see, usually girls don’t get to take pre-pointe until after they pass their grade two exam, and even then they have to be invited to be in a pre-pointe class.  I have only passed my grade one exam.  I became very bewildered when Ms. Amy told me to put on a pair of shoes.  I did.  They felt weird, yet wonderful.  There were pointe shoes on my feet.  I thought that maybe I was only going to take one class, and that she was loaning them to me for the one class since I was there. (I still thought that I was in the wrong class, and that I was supposed to be in a different class.)  Then Ms. Amy looked at the shoes and saw that they were the right size.  She gave me a pen and told me to write my name on the box containing the shoes.  I asked “Am I staying in this class?” She responded “Yes, you are going to be in this class all summer!”  That is when the full realization hit me.  These were my shoes!  I was going to wear pointe shoes!  Later Mrs Seimans came and explained what the changes to my fall schedule were.  I was going to be in a pre-pointe and strengthening class.  Pointe!  Oh! I wasn’t expecting pre-pointe for another year at best!

LIBERATION!

Yesterday I was liberated from that horrible instrument known as a twin block appliance.  I am now getting braces on Monday.

Queen Hatshepsut

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Queen Hatshepsut was a powerful Egyptian woman pharaoh.

I watched something on the Discovery Channel Sunday about Queen Hatshepsut’s mummy some scientists were trying to find. They had four suspects. Using a CT scan, they ruled out because she was to old, the other because it had its arms straight and they hadf never been bent, a sign that she was not a pharaoh. There were two possibilities left, or else neither of them was the queen. They succsesfuly took some DNA from the mummies to see if it would match with relatives of the queen. But would her relitaves have enough DNA left after 3,500 years?

The scientists, while waiting for results, decided to take a look at the only part of the queen they knew was hers for sure.  Her mummified liver, inside of a canopic jar with her name on it.  But when they tried to open the jar, it was glued shut with resin! Then they put the jar through the CT scan to see inside. To their suprise, the jar contained not only her liver but her intestines as well! They looked closer, and found a little bone also inside the box.  It looked like a tooth.  They brought in an expert tooth docter and found it was indeed a tooth; a molar with one root.  Now which of the mummies was missing teeth?  Both of them.  Only one was missing a molar.  Just to be sure, they measured the tooth and the root.  It was a perfest fit.  They had found Her Majesty.

But how did she die?  She had a tumor, arthritis, diabetes, and Osteoperosis,  and bone and liver cancer, but that didn’t kill her.  At the age of about fifty she died of a ruptured abcess in her mouth, caused by pulling the tooth that identified her.

The discovery of Hatshepsut’s mummy happened in June of this year.

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Decisions, Decisions! (Who said kids were slow?)

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Dad has hired workers to finish mudding, sanding, and texturing the schoolroom.  The workers say that we should be able to paint by tomorrow night! But Mom has a dilema. She still can’t decide what color of paint she wants.  First she wanted green. Then Yellow, then red, then back to green again.  What color will it be?

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Screwtape Letters

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Today I read a wonderful book called Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.This book was on a Catholic reading list for my age.  I enjoyed it immensly.  the story is a collection of letters from the older, experienced devil Screwtape,  to his yound nephew instructing him how to snare a soul in evil.  It is humourous, calling Satan ‘Our Father Below’ and hell ‘Our Father’s House,’ yet it makes one think about their faith.  I reccomend this book for anyone 12+.

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