Saturday, February 03, 2007

Field Trip to Small Claims Court

Last week, my teen and I went to observe my husband, at work. He's a court clerk at the County small claims court. So, how did it compare to say "Judge Judy" or "People's Court"? First thing that we noticed is that there's lots of waiting going on. People have to wait for their case to be called before going infront of the judge. The seats were extremely uncomfortable. I actually ended up with neck spasms for the rest of the day.

People actually do show up without all of the evidence. And they do consider themselves blameless. Here's a sample of some of the excuses we heard. Someone else signed their name to the paperwork. No that's not them in the picture, it's just someone that looks like them.

There were a few cases that were dismissed due to the law, evidence, people not showing up, etc.

After two hours we left for lunch. I asked our son what his opinions were of the experience. He replied, "I got so bored that I actually started paying attention." And "Mom, it's much more boring then "People's Court".

Well, at least we now know how to get him to pay attention.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Homeschooler's Writing Club Field Assignment

The new Homeschooler's Writing Club assignment has already started! Kids will write about their local history. The admission is just the cost of a 63 cents postage and an envelope to mail their work. Projects will then be posted on the site. Kids will receive a certificate, stickers and a couple of prizes in the mail.

Visit the site for more details, to sign up and to review some submissions.

Oh, there's no deadline so feel free to participate anytime.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

BerryMorins Bits and Tips Recommended Weekly Blog - 'Making A House A Home'

I originally found this blog through HomeCast, another Weekly Recommended Blog Pick. At Making A House A Home, Mrs. U describes her blog's focus as posts about homemaking, cooking, cleaning, gardening, a pastor's wife, from the South.

Check out her post and photos of the Cheese and Herb Biscuits. I just love biscuits and making them too. And this recipe has wheat flour so it will work for our family.

Stop by today and say hello.

DIY Network Super Knit Sunday - 5pm to 11 pm ET

Here's something for those of us that won't be watching the Super Bowl but love to knit or crochet. DIY Network is having a knit or crochet a square for charity event, Knit It. It will air on the DIY channel at 5pm to 11pm ET. Check your schedule for other time zones.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

My Teen Hates Our Youth Group by Rachel Paxton

My Teen Hates Our Youth Group
By: Rachel Paxton

A visitor to the web site asks the following question:

"I have had a pressing problem with making a decison about my church. I love my church and felt lead to go there but they do not have a youth group for my kids. My kids 13 AND 15 HATE IT! I have been forcing them to go! They like Sunday services but THEY WANT TO go to another church. And I know that they do need other kids their age to be with and I know teens have it so hard today! But I truly love my church and know God placed me there! Should I go find them another church? Or would it be right to let them say go to another church just for the youth on Wednesday? And not be a part of the church? I have talked to the pastor and he says they are praying for a husband and wife team for a heart of teens to come to our church. But what do I do in the mean time? They really hate going and they don't feel apart of it."

Families with teens face this same problem every day. What's the right answer? The truth is, there are many different possible answers to this tough question.

Some people would tell you to stick it out, if that's where the Lord has called you to be, but after talking to a number of parents of teens myself, I have come to a couple of conclusions.

I have a daughter in high school and a step-daughter in middle school and I also work with our church's high school youth group. Our church has grown a lot over the last 5 years and there are now 150+ kids in the high school youth group.

Many of the parents will tell you that they came to our church just because of the youth group. Their kids are now plugged in and serving the Lord. They bring their friends, and sometimes their friends keep coming and maybe even their families.

On the other hand, some families have left our church because for one reason or another their kids didn't feel part of the large group and found another youth group somewhere else they got plugged into. They're also serving the Lord.

Then there's the families that go to one church and let their teens attend youth group at another church because their teens feel more comfortable there.

So what's the right answer? The bottom line is your teens need to be where they feel plugged in and where they are spiritually growing and can serve the Lord. I don't think people should change churches/youth groups just because they're "not happy." But in a case where you don't think the leadership is strong and there just aren't the other kids to support each other, your kids are in danger of quitting church completely (even if they wait until after high school to do it). This happened to me when I was a teen, and it took me 15 years to come back to church and a relationship with the Lord. I have seen it happen many times. Some kids never come back. Don't let yours be one of the statistics!

The important thing is not whether or not your kids are going to your church's youth group (or church services), but whether or not they are growing spiritually. If you pray about what is the best choice for them and let them explore some different options (weekly Bible studies, outreach ministries, etc.), the Lord will show you where they belong.

I do urge you not to put it off, though. Kids at this age need the support of mature Christian adults more than ever to get them through these tough years. Even the "good kids" will have a tough time and need that support. Working through this will also be a good lesson for them, teaching them how to make good choices for themselves.

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Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For complete resources for the Christian home, visit her web site at

January is National Radio Month

These days we have more choices, for listening to radio. You can listen to radio online, paid satellite, and on TV. There's Internet Talk Radio, that provides shows on specific topics, like shows for work at home moms, parenting, dining out and lots more.

Do you still listen to radio? If so, in what form? Have you discovered Internet Talk Radio?

Monday, January 29, 2007

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The Essential Medicine Cabinet - Real Simple

Take it from me, you don't want to have a headache, check your medicine cabinet and find that there's no asprin. Or let it be one of kids or your spouse not feeling well.

Visit Real Simple for a list of essentials medicine cabinet items. This should cutback on those late night pharmacy runs, in your robe and slippers.

Free Teleseminar - 'Cook Your Way to Wellness' at Urban Homemaker

You are invited to join Maria Atwood, author of Cook Your Way To Wellness and WAPF leader for a discussion with her friend Blair McMorran , another WAPF leader, and Marilyn Moll, Urban Homemaker. They will be discussing how to master the basics of Nourishing Traditions, including making kefir, whey, kombucha, fermented veggies, salsa, bone broths, butter (easy!), crispy nuts, and more.

Be sure to email your questions ahead of time to

Please join us Thursday, February 1, 2007, at 9:00 ET, 6:00 PST.

Contact Information:

Dial-in Number: 1-620-782-8800 Kansas

Participant Access Code: 754071

If you have never participated in a phone seminar before, here is how it works:

1. You dial in the phone number below to the seminar. (You pay only for the phone call.)
2. Key in the seminar access code.
3. Introduce yourself, if you wish.
4. Bring a notebook to take notes, a cup of tea, and have your questions ready.
5. Don't worry about background noise, you'll be muted out!

Please be sure to mark your calendar, tell your friends, post the information in your discussion lists!

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