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  1. Praying it goes quickly and you'll soon be holding that little one! I like surprises too!
  2. We had to put a dog down once. She had a brain tumor. Maybe someone else who has done it will offer some advice, but when we did it we thought it would be good to be there when they put her down. It felt disloyal to let her go through that alone and we had our kids there too. If we had to do it again, I wouldn't do that. We would just say good-bye and not witness it. I'm sorry. It's hard.
  3. Our co-op has the same policy, but in my six years there, I have yet to see a need for it to be enforced.
  4. We have about 80 kids in our co-op and close to half of those are in high school, but our co-op was begun as a high school supplement and continues to make that its focus. Some of the things that we offer for high school that seem to be helpful to most families are: upper-level science classes with labs, Spanish I and II, writing class, speech, drama, literature discussion classes, and volleyball. Most of those things are just easier to accomplish in a group setting.
  5. I'm curious about it. I like that it's online and gives immediate results.
  6. Thanks for this. The labs look very helpful. Did you use a textbook also?
  7. Books: To Kill a Mockingbird -- amazing writing, powerful and sweet story First They Killed My Father -- Cambodia during the Pol Pot regime; awful, gripping, eye-opening All of the L.M. Montgomery books -- she captures the nuances and idiosyncrasies of people and tells a good story Left to Tell; Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculée Ilibagiza; more powerful than words Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng; cultural revolution in China Journey Through the Night by Anne DeVries; Dutch resistance in WW II Educated, A Memoir, by Tara Westover; the story is powerful, her writing is lyrical Fahrenheit 451 The Last Book in the Universe -- not the type of book I would usually read, so I was pleasantly surprised Movies It's a Wonderful Life -- makes me cry every. time. Schindler's List I'll probably think of more later. 🙂
  8. So sorry to hear this. Praying.
  9. I have not had that happen, but twice I've had people give me money because they said that God told them to. I confess that the second time it happened, I looked down at my clothes to make sure I wasn't dressed in rags by mistake. 🙂 I didn't need the money, but it was an encouragement to me that God was using other people to step into my life and show me in a tangible way that He saw me. (Life was pretty overwhelming for awhile there.) I would feel uncomfortable with a stranger wanting to pray with me, but I too, would give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they were following God's prompting and leave it at that.
  10. Mashed potatoes, applesauce, pudding, scrambled eggs. I also like the soup idea.
  11. I like my Dyson, but I'm going to look into Sharks when I need a new one because of all the rave reviews I see.
  12. You can usually go darker without a lot of work. You'd have to sand enough to remove the varnish. New stain isn't going to penetrate varnish, but if you sand it off, you will be able to rub darker stain in. You can apply the stain as many times as you'd like. Let it dry in between and then put on coats until you like the color. Let it dry at least 24 hours and then put 2-3 coats of varnish on it. Gel stain and gel varnish are much less messy than the liquid varieties. Wear disposable gloves and dip a clean rag into it and rub it in thoroughly. Let dry. Repeat.
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