I'm thinking about shutting down this site at some point, since I rarely update it. This is because I finally succumbed to Facebook and that is where you will find pictures and news for the Reed family. So if you are a long lost friend or relative and want to keep up with what’s happening in my family, just friend request me on Facebook. I’ll accept you, so don’t be shy about it. Sometimes I feel like friend requesting people but I haven’t talked to them in so long (like 20+ years in some cases), I chicken out and don’t do it. So I’m letting you know that you don’t have to feel that way with me. I’ll gladly accept you. I just won’t chat. I rarely turn my chat on in Facebook. - Bill
We usually attend Christian Home Educators of Ohio (CHEO)'s homeschool conference every year. But last year they moved the conference from Columbus (where I live) to Akron, so that was a bummer. This year we were deciding whether to go to Akron or choose a different conference, a much larger one, which is held in Cincinnati. Friends had warned us that it was not solid Christian and there would be some non-Christian views there. But I found out that Ken Ham was speaking there so I wanted to try it just because of that alone.
Well, one week out from the conference, I find out that they disinvited Ken Ham because he was speaking against another guy who doesn't hold to a literal Genesis account. I guess this other guy became upset and complained because he was trying to sell his new curriculum. Then Ken Ham warns people against it at the same conference. I don't blame Ken Ham. He did the right thing as any born again christian should do and that is defend scripture and warn fellow believers of false teachers.
So this homeschool conference won't answer any emails or return phone calls, so we won't get a refund. I decided that we will still go but I'm going to give them a piece of my mind as soon as I walk in the door. We will never go to this one again, CHEO in Akron from here on out!
You can read more about this ordeal here.
Ksena received an American Girl doll for Christmas. It was from their "Girls from many Lands" collection. It also came with a book entitled, "Cecile - Gates of Gold." The doll is suppose to be a collectors item and most people would not even take it out of the box. But I told Ksena, you can take it out and play with it but to take very good care of it.
The book was recommended for 11 years and up but Ksena had incredible interest in the story at age 5 and we read the entire book in a week or so. It even had Dad's interest. It is a great story based on 1700s France.
I am very excited to have just received our new science curriculum, God's Design for Science. This should last for a while as it is intended for grades 1-8. I can eventually use it for all three girls at the same time. And the best thing about this package, is that it is totally biblically accurate. It teaches Creation, and not just "creation" but a young earth created a little over 6,000 years ago and created in 6 actual 24 hour days. It disucess the theory of evolution but shows why the theory is obviously wrong. If you are interested in learning more, check out the link. It has very high reviews by homeschoolers, science teachers, and the like.
We recently had a vacation to Orlando, FL. We visited Holy Land, Magic Kingdom, and Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. The girls enjoyed Holy Land the most. Here is Ksena in front of Jesus' tomb.
Joe-Joe wanted no part of Tigger! She didn't like Pooh Bear too well either.
That Sam-I-Am was well received by the Reed family. Even Joey didn't mind him.
No trip to Florida is complete without a day at the beach. This is CoCoa Beach, which was not too far from Orlando.
It has been quite a while since I have updated my blog here so thought I would talk about something current. My two older girls have long ago left behind most of the books that I still have listed on my Childrens Books page but my youngest is starting to have interest in those. But lately, Kasi and Ksena just love these Laura Ingalls Wilder chapter books, even with very few pictures. The stories are great and speak of early American History as the settlers moved West and had to contend with the Indians, etc. We have read, "Little House in the Big Woods", "Farmer Boy", and "Little House on the Prairie". We are now reading "On the Banks of Plum Creek". They had to leave their little house on the Prairie because they were in Indian Territory and the Army was going to make them leave anyway. Reading these books is very interesting, even for me. "The only good Indian is a dead Indian", Mr. Scott says but Pa disagrees! :-) - Bill
I know. I have been really bad about keeping this website up-to-date, so I thought I would give it an attempt today. Here are some pictures from our Oct 2009 Hong Kong visit.
The Noah's Ark visit was a dissapointment for me. I guess I was expecting more than a biblical-size accurate ark. I was expecting a strong gospel message to go along with it and that we did not receive. They had some truths presented from the Bible but they also had some things that were not true (old earth) and the message was all over the board, very unclear and sometimes New Age sounding. They even had "earth boy" warning us about how so-called global warming is going to destroy the world and Hong Kong may one day be under water. Yeah, yeah, whatever.
Katy celebrated a birthday party while there. I do love Hong Kong's cakes. They put ours to shame. Lots of fruit on top and within sometimes and the icing is never sickening sweet like our cakes here.
Ksena at Stanley Beach. This is where the Japanese invaded during WWII. I learned that in their coastal defense museum. :-)
Kasi at Stanley Beach.
Joelle with Alice.
Ksena is sizing up dinner.
No. This is not dinner. I actually researched this and eating horse shoe crabs would not be recommended.
I was able to take the girls fishing at the "ocean", my dad's small pond. Kasi caught a sun fish and so did Ksena. Ksena also caught another small fish, maybe a crappie I guess. I really don't know my fish. But the funny thing was my dad. We thought he had a prize winner on the hook until out came the big snapping turtle.