I found a worn old copy of this poem in my room today while I was cleaning and going through old memories. This poem was written about my Dad. He is now 84 and has been a preacher his entire life. He is also a musician and artist, but most of all, he is the friendliest man I know and he especially knows how to talk to total strangers about his Lord. The author of this poem, Sister Georgia Gold has long since past, but she wrote this about my dad back in the 1970's when he was "her preacher".
THE PREACHER’S MASTERPIECE
He is no ordinary preacher - he’s a man of many talents;
Talents that have brought pleasure and happiness,
or comfort to the distraught.
He is a learned man, possessing artistic qualities
Displayed most effectively,
Be it with palette and brush, with pen, music or
Expressing a provoking thought.
With his keen sense of humor he can converse
With utmost ease;
Making in-roads into lives marred by worldly strife.
Whether in oils, or on parchment, or oratorically
Somehow, the preacher makes an imprint on
The preacher, with the help of his family, has painted
a lasting picture;
With vivid colors and bold, masterful strokes its
beauty will never cease.
It depicts a Christian walking tall among men,
Unscathed by association;
A lesson of love and understanding -
Truly his Masterpiece.
~ Georgia Gold
Emma is driving. And she is doing a very good job at driving. I’m finally starting to feel comfortable having her behind the wheel. She has been one determined girl and asks at least once a day if she can drive. She is anxious to learn and get comfortable with her skill so that she can be a fully licensed driving by this summer.
I’m very proud of her.
We live in Tampa, FL. Tampa is renowned for it’s crazy drivers and we see wrecks here on a DAILY basis. She actually had to avoid one today. (Just moving into another lane while the tow truck tried to manage getting the car up on his truck to transport it to the dump, or wherever cars like that go) She did a great job maneuvering around it.
But the thing I wanted to write about here is her special “Newly Licensed” magnet that we clearly display on the back of the family mini-van each time she drives. I saw one of these magnets and thought it was a good idea for our area, even though I surveyed several young adults before ordering it and they said things like, “Please don’t do that to your daughter”. The drivers here have a tendency to be angry and impatient and I thought that having a sticker like this might give Emma a little leeway from folks like that. I explained to our young teenage driver how I thought it would help and she (even though she is a teenager) gladly agreed to use it! She wants people to know she is learning. She is not ashamed of that and is thankful that the person behind her is less likely to honk while she tries to check out a major intersection before she decides to proceed.
So far it has been a big help and I have seen it have the affect we want. She has even had a few older more experienced drivers smile very nicely at her as if they are saying, “Good Job! Keep up the Good Work!” But today, while were traveling south on Dale Mabry (one of the busiest wide 3 lane streets in Tampa (it goes by the Buccaneer stadium, etc) a young couple passed Emma on the left. They were in their 20’s and were driving a cute little volkswagen, but as they passed I noticed the girl, in the passenger seat, smirking at us. She had obviously seen our sticker and thought, “Wow, how embarrassing for that poor teenage girl!”. The young man even turned back to look at us as they passed, as if to say, “Check it out, that poor girl! Aren’t you glad our mother didn’t torture us like that?!” And off they zoomed, giggly at us.
Emma did not see them thankfully :) But I really don’t think it would have bothered her anyway. She is focused! Focused on the road and her she is taking her responsibility behind the wheel very seriously. I wish I could have expressed to those passers by that it is Emma who remembers to put the magnet on the car every time, and not her overly domineering mother ;) And I also wish I had had the opportunity to tell them how proud I am of her, for not letting what other people think get in the way of her learning a new skill and learning it well (and without incident, which the most important reason to warn these crazy Tampa drivers to give her some room!)
I’m very thankful to have a teenage driver who is so willing to express that she is a novice at driving. Thank you, Emma. For being willing to admit that you are inexperienced and for being willing to learn in front of the whole world (or at least in front of a bunch of rude Tampa drivers). I’m SO proud of you!!
I haven't been on here in a while. I have been focusing on many other needs and responsibilities (so I guess that is a good thing).
It's that time of year again :) Schooling has begun at our house.
Emma takes Algebra II on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 am pretty far from our house (25 min. drive)
I take Sadie with me and we sit at a nearby Super Target cafe and do some of her work and reading. If i left her at home she might not wake up :) She is my sleeper, so she gets up and gets going with us and so far it's worked out really well. I can pick up apples, milk or toilet paper if needed so that is an added bonus ;)
On our way to Algebra II and Target we drop Hailey at USF for her class in Chinese. She is really loving this class and is delighted with the teacher. He has won many awards for his skills in the language (storytelling and speaking) and co-wrote the curriculum they are using. It's an immersion style of learning and so far it's been very enjoyable for Hailey. She has lots of studying to do, but has really enjoyed having her FC friends back in town and had lots of great evenings and bible studies with them so far. AND... she turns 21 tomorrow. Where did the time go?
I have been teaching some at church for our summer ladies' class and that kept me busy, busy.
We had great company the weekend that FC started. The Youngs brought their sweet daughter, Camille.
Lot's of Emma's camp buddies are here at FC now and her time there (in two years) is getting real to her. She is very close to several of them and so we have been busy having kids over for snacks, and Sunday dinners.
I am still busy at the birth center too. 2-6 days a month and teaching some evening classes in September.
Joe is VERY busy with church responsibilities and his new position at AT&T. We have to make time to get together and talk. This is kind of new for us so we are trying to manage our time better and keep calendars updated so that we can spend some special time together.
On top of all of that, or maybe I should say under (as a foundation), I'm planning a new Bible study time with my girls. I'm looking forward to that.
Whew, I'm sure there is more to say, but now I better get to some schooling of these precious girls and get ready to drop one at USF.
Love you all!!
There is so much to tell of the wonderfulness of our vacation! Sightseeing, tours, museums, ferry rides, subway rides, bus rides, train rides, wonderful visits with Christians, staying with special people, eating delicious food! Today is the first day back that I'm actually feeling energetic enough to resist laying down to take a nap! Once the girls and I get done with our "review of the trip" project, I will be writing a play by play. Hope it's not too boring, you know, like when your neighbor invites you over to watch home movies of their trip to ... "you fill in the most boring place you can imagine" ;) Ours definitely was NOT boring to us, but you will have to let us know once it is officially posted ;)
I'm going to have to figure out how to post pictures on here again I guess...
Thanks for all of the great help and hints you all gave me before our adventure! It was a great help!
Love you all!
We received our e-mail confirmation yesterday - we are scheduled for a White House tour! We are also scheduled for a US Capitol tour! I'm making lists and checking them twice. Lots to remember! Train tickets to NYC, ferry tickets to Liberty and Ellis Islands, movie tickets to see Harry Potter ;), tickets for Mt. Vernon....
BTW, it pays to make a call! The web-site for Colonial Williamsburg vaguely offered "discounts for homeschool families" but did not mention tickets. I called to ask and sure enough, the adult ticket price goes down from $41.95 to $15.00!! And the children (7-16) get in for $7.50! That's a savings of $100 on one day of sightseeing! All we have to do is prove that we are homeschooling (our county office will be sending me a letter - another thing to put in that file!). I'm very excited about that savings! We have never been to Colonial Williamsburg, and we hear that it is lovely, but the tickets we were going to have to buy were pricey to me.
The kids are going to camp next week. Hailey, Joe and I will have time to finish up our packing then, but for now we have to get Sadie and Emma all ready for both vacation and camp. It's going to be a crazy few days. The washer and dryer are busy as I speak. Today we will be doing some last detail shopping and then I think we will be ready to pack!! Yay!!
I generally don't have anything quite this exciting going on in my life so I'm a little overwhelmed by all the things to do! But so far it's under control ;)