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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Family Vacation

Hi everyone. You haven't heard from us for awhile, and that's because we just got back from a family vacation! On Sunday we arrived home from a 10-day trip to San Diego, California, where we were out visiting our uncle Steve, and seeing his new house. We had a great time enjoying his lovely home, swimming in the pool, and getting to ride waves in the Pacific Ocean! We also did some sight-seeing, such as Soledad Mountain, La Jolla Cove, and Julian. We left Friday at 5:30 in the morning, and got to our destination late that night. After the week was over we dropped Cara off with some friends a couple hours away, and headed back home. We left at 7:00 Saturday morning, and got home 9:00 Sunday morning. It was quite a trip! Because of time zones, we actually only spent about twenty four hours in the car, but that was plenty for us. During the next couple days, I’ll share our experiences, and some beautiful pictures from the week.


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

R. M. Ballantyne

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of reading. Among others, I’ve enjoyed tremendously a series of books, republished by Vision Forum, by an eighteenth century author, named R. M. Ballantyne. For those of you who have either heard of, or read, the works of G. A. Henty, Ballantyne is very similar. To some extent a contemporary of Henty, Ballantyne wrote boys’ adventure literature, focusing mainly on geographic locations.

He was dubbed “Ballantyne the Brave” by Robert Louis Stevenson, author of such classics as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and David Balfour. Ballantyne was highly instrumental in Stevenson’s life, and that author’s creation of Treasure Island, was largely influenced because of reading Ballantyne’s The Coral Island. This last book is one of Ballantyne’s best known books, but in addition he wrote around ninety others. So far, Vision Forum has republished twenty, and are continuing to work on more.

I find Ballantyne’s style to be exciting and fun to read. He writes directly to the reader, in some cases giving helpful advice. R. M. Ballantyne was also a Christian. From his covenanting Scotch background, he made it a point to write with a decidedly Christian theme. The gospel is clearly presented, and defended whole-heartedly. I'm looking forward with great anticipation for the next ones to come out!

Many others enjoy his works too, and a website has been created, to talk about his life. BallantyneTheBrave.com is run by a fifteen-year-old avid reader, who is an expert on his life. He keeps a frequently-updated blog, with information and stories about Ballantyne. I love this website, and have found it a great way to learn more about one of my two favorite authors!


Friday, September 05, 2008

A New Milestone

John's first day of high school

After nearly twenty years of home education, Mom is now teaching high school one last time. Yes, that is right. John has now entered into his last four years of formal at-home education.

At thirteen, John is intelligent, quick-witted, and a bright beam of sunshine in our home. He is the reigning poet of the family, aspiring film-maker, and champion mower-of-the-lawn. His topics of study range from music and history to poetry and math. Bible study, film-making, writing, literature, science and art appreciation are also subjects included in this first year of high school for John.

More than anything else, Dad and Mom desire to raise up God-fearing children to serve as mighty warriors in His Kingdom. To this end, they have self-sacrificially home educated each of their children. How grateful we are that almost twenty years ago a young couple decided to buck the cultural norm and begin a long journey down the path of educating and discipling their children each and every day. We do not deserve our parents, but we are so thankful God endowed them with this vision.

John, you are well on your way to maturity. As your sister, I am so blessed to see the man God is shaping in you. May you use these remaining years of formal education to the glory of God.

Welcome to high school.

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