Okay, It’s time you knew. I have kept this secret long enough. I have to come clean on this one. You are my friends right? You won’t judge me to harshly.
I mean you put up with my bad spelling, my poor grammar and my rambling thoughts. So I thought I should just tell you.
He likes. . . lectures A LOT! He likes economics as much as he likes lectures. Strangely enough, he likes lectures and economics together. . . at the same time.
He like lectures and economics enough to win a scholarship to study economics in a lecture setting for. . . 12 hour days. . . for a week.
A whole week. 7 days . . . 12 hours a day.
I have tried with this kid, I really have. But, he thrives on lectures and economics. . .at the same time. He tells me, “because I have home schooled him he knows how to think. . .for himself.”
So here we are, I have an economist in the house. Not just any economist, we have an Austrian Economist. Most particularly, I am talking a Ludwig von Mises Institute school of economics economist. AND that’s a mouth full!
I am telling you, Matthew studies and studies and studies this thing. He reads books that are bigger then. . .I don’t know. . .a dictionary about this stuff. He really finds it all very interesting.
He fills me up with the things he has learned. I listen and think. . .could he be right? Does he really know what he’s talking about? and then I hear the things he says on the news about: the way things are going in this great country of ours and what needs to be done and why our government won’t do them.
And I think. . . well, maybe an Economist in the house is not so bad. There are days I get to call him “my son sunshine” because of the gloominess of his tone. “My Son Sunshine” tells me all about why the FED is bad and what really needs to be done in our government. . .to make things work again for all of us and why our government won’t do them.
So, my oldest son, Matthew, the son I home schooled for nine years, won a scholarship to the Ludwig von Mises Institute at Auburn University with an essay that he wrote. The scholarship paid for everything from his food, to his room and board, to the lecture classes that was all about economics. All Matthew had to do was get to Atlanta Georgia the very same weekend Mark got out of the hospital.
This home school thing really gets tough sometimes. There is so much to learn and study some days I just don’t know how we get it all done. Like, a few weeks ago the kids and I headed back to Furman for another Debate Lecture about the United States Policies towards Russia.
Even though we did really well in the cloud class, I think we smoked the stopping to smell the roses class 100.
There was little time to waste. The leaf throwing class was about to begin and these Clemson Tigers don’t mess around. When it is time for class it IS time for class.
You see, when your a home-school debate mom, like me, you get to do these things with your kids. You get to go to lectures about Russia and learn things you just didn’t know like: what the United States Sanctions are regarding Russia and whether or not the U.S. should change our policies towards Russia. And all kinds of interesting things.
I thought I would tell you for her birthday everyone showered her with the most beautiful gifts.
I thought I would tell you about the ring my mother had made for Kathryn out of an old earring. My father had bought a set of earrings for my mother over 50 years ago in Filen’s Basement and when my mother lost one earing she held on to the other one saving it for years. I thought I would mention my mother had the remaining earring made into a MOST fabulous ring this year just for Kathryn. I wanted to say just how delighted and truly special this gift is to both Kathryn and me.
I thought I mention how Margaret bought Kathryn a beautiful jewelry box just to put the ring in.
13 for Kathryn this year will be a year to remember.
I really have wanted to post all this for the past couple of days but I couldn’t get to it for one reason or another. Tonight I decided this post may be a great post for Black and White Wednesdays.
So now here we are and Kathryn is not only another year older, she is making advances into the cooking world.
Tonight she was trying to boil water for a nice hot cup of peppermint tea before ending her great day and calling it a night. After putting a pan on the stove to boil the water in, she covered the pan with a plastic cover that was way to big for the pan AND she walk away!
Mark and the boys were not home and before I knew what had happened the house was covered in black soot, the stove was on fire and I couldn’t get the fire alarms off…….WHAT A MESS!!!
Soooooo, now I’m just think-en
Maybe we should consider tutor. ANNE??? Lisa??? What do you think?
It is true….I have taken an impromptu leave from my blogging.
You and I have had this blog relationship for almost a year now and well……there is something you should know about me…
I am a procrastinator…Yes…disappointing I know…….. but true.
I even procrastinate on the things I like. But here is the thing……
Honestly; it’s the pictures of Thanks-Giving I have not wanted to post.
You see…..I have this strange way about me….maybe it is a Finnell thing….I really don’t think it comes from the Coleman side of my family but…….I find if I don’t think about certain things that have happened or are happening….. I forget.
Sometimes forgetting is good.
That is of course…….. until I remember.
I am finding this time……Margaret is doing the same thing. When we talk about “things”…..We will not use the dreaded “D” word. Margaret and I will always say “before Father” or “when Father” never saying that word…and now it is down to “Well, you know.”…..
And that is what I have been doing…..Simply; I have not wanted to think about these things or even say them out loud.
Linda’s father came with his wife, Karen and Joe were there, George and all his kids, James tore himself away from his camp-out in front of Best Buy with is friends.
Father Theo stopped by. There was the usual football game
George Carved the turkey. He did a beautiful Job!
This was all done much to our relief…….after the meal was over. The turkey was not cooked and that simple under cooked turkey made us all smile and laugh at ourselves.
((Karen convincing Mary Elizabeth she IS the angle on top of the tree.))
But here we are and I have good news about Stephen and his team mate Mary winning a placement in the debate tournament yesterday…..I am very excited. This was his first debate ever AND his first academic award ever.
I am very proud of him both as his mother and his teacher. There are times when I really question our little school…..and then something like this happens and I know we are doing a good thing.
I quess that is just the mother in me…..always questioning.
Isn’t that Silly
Today, I think in the middle of all the kayos and confusion in our school days with; potty training, stopping to answer the business phone, checking this or that for Mark, laundry, the house work, finding what’s for dinner, dealing with everyday things life throws our way and lets not even mention what has happened these past few months with…
…Well, you know…
They are learning something. This school thing we have going on is good. So Yesterday; Kathryn recited her poem the Ballad of Birmingham By Dudley Randall for the debate club, Matthew judged and
Stephen argued the case he wrote by himself “Environmental Reform and Changing the Policies towards Cole Slurry ” with his partner and THEY WON….
I am so proud of him.
I finally sit down and think……I am going to post this one……and see five comments I have missed and these very loving messages:
How are you doing, my dear friend???? I’ve been thinking of you A LOT!!!!! You’re in my prayers…Miss you!!!! Love always, Janine XOXO
Just wanted to let you know that I’m missing your posts. Hope you’re doing okay. Thinking of you.
And I think…….Wow!!! Wow!!! Wow!!!
Thank you Regina and Janine………You guys are the best. Thank you for caring. Thank you for wondering and Thank you for thinking of me…..Thank you for thinking of Us.
We are doing………Well….you know.