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House Sitters

Thank you to Tracy and Matt for house sitting while we are away. You are a life saver! And thanks to Emily, Timothy, Elizabeth and Robyn for taking care of Kazzie. You are awesome!


St. Louis

Yesterday we passed through St. Louis and saw the arch. We couldn’t find parking for the trailer so we didn’t stop, so not much to post other than that, as a result we will also post a tank you to our house and cat sitters. 🙂


Aunt Jane and Uncle Joe

While we were in Kentucky we stayed with my Aunt Jane (Mom’s youngest sister) and Uncle Joe. As a couple in their mid 80’s they are amazingly active. The live independently in their own home which is huge – and beautiful. We enjoyed getting caught up and getting re-aquainted with cousins I haven’t seen since we were young. Sharon and her husband, Marty, and Stephen dropped by for a meal and we very much enjoyed our time together. A highlight was one morning when Aunt Jane made a good old fashioned southern breakfast with biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, and grits with sorghum. It was awesome!


Creation Museum

On the last day of September, our family made a two hour drive from my Aunt Jane and Uncle Joe’s house in Bardstown, Kentucky to greater Cincinnati where the new Creation Museum is. It is a truly world class museum, which brings a Christian worldview to the world of science. God created all things, so all scientific discovery will ultimately reveal his truth. The young earth theory not only best reflects the biblical account of origins of all things, but is also the best interpretation of all scientific evidence. This museum so clearly explains this along with presenting the truth of God’s intervention in history, in Jesus. I particularly liked the part of the museum which explained the creation of Adam and Eve and the events which followed, through the flood of Noah. The explanation was clear and the artifacts were very realistic. Adam and Eve were quite a handsome couple, it turns out. (They were my great, great … grandparents, after all.)

The film, “Men in White” was pretty awesome, too.

The best part of the day was when we met Ken Ham, the founder, (we discovered that Ken will be speaking at AHEA in Red Deer next year!) and his assistant, Perry Petrushenko, who turned out to be from Edmonton. As we chatted we found that we were both homeschoolers, and that we both knew Greg and Elizabeth King and Ross Haven Bible Camp. The next thing we knew, we were at their house for supper, having a great time like old friends. Wow!

We were blogged about!

Betsy Clemons posted on her blog about our visit!


Our final interviews were with the Rushton family. They were undergoing extensive renovations in their home, so that we could not meet there. Instead we filmed Harold at his business “Playmasters” and Cindy in a local book store that she writes in often. My mom has long followed Cindy’s blogs and things. The Rushtons also took us to see the home of Helen Keller. We had a great time getting to know the Rushtons and I think they will make an exalant contribution to the documentary.


Mom’s Perspective

It is so inspiring to meet other Christian homeschooling families. The families we filmed for the documentary were from different places, in varying businesses, some with many children, some with fewer, some with young children and some with grown and married children. They were all strangers to us, and yet we shared the common bond of being brothers and sisters in Christ, and that of homeschooling. Each of the families have been so hospitable, from sharing meals with us, to letting us camp on their property, to allowing us to stay in their guest house, and always wonderful fellowship. It has been refreshing to see these wives and mothers so happy and content, fulfilled in their calling and supportive and encouraging to their husbands as they in turn lead and support their family.

I feel I have been blessed to meet these wonderful, godly women. Lisa Jost is so positive and encouraging. I loved watching her interact with her children and seeing the love flow between them. It was neat to meet Kyrstin Brown, another second generation homeschooler as I am. Contentment flowed from her countenance. Bonnie Munger exemplified for me the fulfillment of having completed homeschooling well, as her children are now out of the nest and are continuing the legacy with her grandchildren. We felt so welcomed by the Clemons family. Kathy has a sweet, gentle spirit with constant encouraging words for her eight children. And what wonderful, creative children they are! I have been inspired to have afternoon tea parties with my children as she does hers. And finally, I was so excited to meet Cindy Rushton- she has been a mentor to me through her writing for many years. She is wonderful, very sweet and giving! Though her children are now graduated, she continues to bless the homeschooling community- worldwide!- through her books and online programs.

Thank you ladies for your inspiration, example, and steadfastness in the calling God has given you. I feel so very blessed to know you!