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About JillZ

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  1. I do see your point here. As a Christian, one thing to think about is that everyone is a sinner, and no one sin is worse than another. Even if you were in a Christian college where the professors didn't blaspheme, they would still be sinners, whether or not the sin was visible. There is just no way to avoid it in this world. We all have to interact with and depend on each other; even isolating ourselves would not solve the problem. I'm not sure what you should do in this case, but it's something to keep in mind.
  2. :iagree: We sing a mix of hymns and contemporary music, but the contemporary music all has meaningful theology (no mindless repetitions, etc.). We sing a decent number of Sovereign Grace songs, and songs by the Getty's. I love the mix at our church!
  3. I think you're referring to The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I read it while on vacation in Austria. We visited an old castle that had an original painting of Vlad the Impaler. Very, very creepy :D I loved the book. http://www.amazon.com/Historian-Elizabeth-Kostova/dp/0316070637/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1284259218&sr=8-1
  4. I heard the "full version" A LOT in high school (i.e. that sucks d**k, or that sucks c**k, or that sucks the big one) so it will always have sexual connotations in my mind. I don't use it and won't let my children use it, although I don't consider it a swear word when I hear others use it. I think the OP's description of distasteful is spot on.
  5. I haven't used Dave Ramsey's method, but I do use and like You Need a Budget. It's pretty easy to set up, and I like that it's aimed more at budgeting rather than just tracking spending (although it also does this). For example, all of the money you have to spend for a month comes from the money that you actually bring in that month. You can't budget money that you don't have (actually you can, but you end up with negative, red columns which will drive you crazy until you have everything balanced :D).
  6. :iagree: It always reminds me of the gleaning guidelines in Deuteronomy: Deuteronomy 24:19-22 19 "When you reap your harvest in your field, and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20 When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. 21 When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not glean it afterward; it shall be for the stranger, th
  7. :iagree: I gave up Diet Coke a few years ago, and the caffeine withdrawal was really hard for me. Bad headaches, nausea, irritability. It lasted about a week and then all was well. But for almost a year after that, I'd get a bad headache whenever I'd have any caffeine. It was like my body remembered the caffeine addiction :glare: Now a few years out, it isn't a problem and I can have caffeine without any problems (although I don't drink it regularly).
  8. He should be able to add you to his Amazon Prime account. I think it applies to everyone within your household. My husband and I both use the same Amazon Prime account.
  9. Look at Amazon's textbook buyback section. It's easy to look books up and they pay for you to ship them there via UPS.
  10. Use all compact fluorescent lightbulbs. This cut our electric bill by a good amount. Using the crockpot for cooking won't heat up the house and doesn't use much electricity.
  11. You could also try Google books (books.google.com).
  12. If they liked The Hobbit, they might like The Neverending Story. I remember loving it around the same time I read The Hobbit, although I was a bit older than your children are now. It's epic and adventurous enough to be a centerpiece for the summer (I love the idea of having a "centerpiece" for the summer).
  13. The Science Buddies website might be helpful. You can search through projects by grade level, topic, time available, cost of supplies, etc. They have some excellent project ideas and lots of help on how to do them. http://www.sciencebuddies.org/
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