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1/22/17 the last practice before the driving test…

Beth went in to take her driving test. I wanted her to take her test before it snowed again The day before we were going in for the test I realized that there was a maneuverability portion that we had not practiced for. I called the testing place and asked if there was parallel parking on the test too. They said no just the maneuverability part. They were still open so William and I went over to get a driving book. I am always hoping that if William goes to the License Bureau with me, he will start to feel comfortable there and want to take the driving test too. It hasn’t happened yet. While we were there they had the maneuverability test set up outside. That was good so that we could see how to set it up for Beth to practice on. We had set up to leave the house about three hours before the test. This would give her some driving time before the test.
We went to a parking lot the day of the test to practice the maneuverability. In the test they have five big orange cones and sticks sticking out the top of them. The drivers can see the sticks. I told Beth that I didn’t have any cones. In the trunk we had some sticks that were each about a foot long. I said we could put these on the ground and she could get the idea of what needed to be done. She said OK. We looked at the book to see what was required. She had to pull up between the cones, go around the last one and be parallel to the first cones. That isn’t a very good explanation. I set up the sticks and Beth tried it. We had the sticks too close together. She ended up running some of the sticks over and the car was crooked. She looked so upset and so young and so small. All of her hopes for driving had just ended. The driving test was today, and she had run over the sticks. We adjusted the sticks to a more correct distance and she tried again. It wasn’t any better. I explained to her that she had always been my child that was good at everything that she tried on the first try. And if she wasn’t good at it on the first try she simply chose not to do it again.
She smiled and said yes. I explained that some things take work and some things that she works at she will really love. Not everything is easy. So she tried again..The problem was that she could only see the sticks for a second then the car was in the way since the sticks were laying on the ground and not standing upright in a cone. I went over and stood by the stick that she needed to be aware of, but not close enough that I would get hit. She practiced going forward and backward and to the left and the right. Eventually she got the car straight. She felt confident again. We picked up the sticks and drove over to the neighborhood that the drivers test was in. We were early so we found another parking lot and practiced again. Then we went to the test. I was confident. I trust her driving. We signed her in and sat for about a minute before they called her. Away she went. I said a prayer for her. They came back. I looked at her, sort of like how did it go. She shrugged like they haven’t said yet. We went up to the desk and the officer gave the paperwork to the clerk, she handed it to Beth and said that we could take it to the other table. I asked if she had passed and the lady said yes. We did a quiet woo-hoo!!! I wanted to take a picture but Beth said I had to wait until we got outside. We got her license and had her picture taken. It was exciting. My first child with a drivers license. After we went outside I took a picture of her, actually I took a lot, she makes all sorts of faces in every picture so I need to take a lot to get one I can frame. Then she took a lot of selfies.


2/11/15 new goals, posting meditating, calendars, driving test…

written 10 ! 26 ! 13 – I have made some new goals. One of them is to post every day. This one has not been going very well. I have been sick and haven’t made it onto the computer this week. My plan is to write during the week on my Nook and add the posts in on the weekends, to be released each day. Then if we have a lot going on, this goal can still be accomplished.

Another goal is to start to meditate. I have a Yoga VHS that has meditation on it so I…or we, if the kids want to join in…can learn from this tape.

I also have a few family goals. One of the problems that I have is when a goal is made, I either loose the list of goals, or the goal gets lost on the family calendar and it never gets completed. We were at the store the other day and got calendars for 2014. We now have a second one for me that can be used for separate goals. We took the 2013 calendar and made a copy of the October, November and December pages.  Our main calendar has things like the kids school holidays and club events…like parades and dances. Years ago we had separate calendars for these things, school and goals, and it didn’t work. I don’t remember why. We went to having everything on one calendar and that didn’t work. We are now back to separate calendars. As long as we keep moving forward, I guess that is what really matters.

Another goal is to get a copy of the driving rules of the road. My kids don’t have licenses yet. We are going to try reading a small section of the book at dinner after we read our devotional. It should only take a few minutes and help the kids feel more comfortable with the test. None of them want to drive.

These are a few of my current goals.

Here are some pictures:art2 coral 9-13pumpkins and flowers spend time with your kidsswing



1/5/15 math and Minecraft…

written 8!1!13 – Beth is doing math on the computer. The program is called Aleks. She has until school starts to finish. The computer is starting to move slowly. As each day passes and the computer slows down more and the number of topics she must do per day grows. The stress is growing. The added problem is that it is summer and people want to play. It is difficult to keep up the pace. Also…after every ten hours of work, there is an assessment test. She is at the computer now.

Maggie has a new phone. She plays Minecraft. She builds houses in this game while zombies chase her. When she gets a second story built on a house she is safe from the zombies. The zombies can’t climb ladders or stairs. The game can’t be saved so she plays until the phone resets itself or the phone shuts off. She is so happy with this game.

We need to get Maggie’s drivers permit renewed. She drove over the summer and was getting good at it. But we didn’t drive enough that she could get her license. Maggie needs to get letters of reference from her teachers this year. She is a senior and will need them in future years for scholarship applications and for employment references. She needs to have them written on school letterhead.



9/1/14 household jobs, no chickens and driving tests…

written 2/19/12- The kids have switched household jobs. Maggie is now on break, Beth has the dishes and William has laundry.

This spring we are not going to get any chickens. We had chickens last year, and after about a year we gave them to a friend. It was a nice learning experience, but I need to be in the house right now. We still have the chicken coop, so we can get more chickens another time.

Maggie had mentioned last week that she was ready to learn to drive. I found on the website what paperwork we needed to take in for her to take the written driving test. I am excited. I think that she will enjoy driving. When I told Maggie what paperwork was needed to take in and that we could go next weekend, she looked panicked. Maggie said that she couldn’t study for the driving test now since she has a big paper due this month. She said that she will let me know when she is ready.


2/28/14 driving the car, electricity and birthdays…

written 9/4/11 – William wanted to back the car out of the driveway yesterday. He did a great job!!! Maybe he will want to get his drivers permit soon. He has been pulling the car into the drive for a while, but not backing it up.

There was a big rain storm here last night. The electricity went off sometime in the night. In the morning, the food in the freezer was still frozen but the food and the air in the fridge was not as cold as normal. The power came back on at about 9:30 AM. This time we had a flashlight with batteries. I would like to get a radio that has a crank to generate power. Then we wouldn’t feel so isolated in a storm, we could tell if it was only our neighborhood or a larger area that was without power.

I have heard that a way to tell if your power had gone off in the freezer is to take an ice cube and put it in a Ziploc bag and put it in the freezer. If the power goes out for a long time and comes back on then the ice cube will melt and you will know to look at the food in the freezer.

Maggie turns 16 this week. I wonder if she will want her ears pierced? She also could have her drivers permit.

How old were you when you started driving?

Thanks for stopping by! Please come back tomorrow and see what new adventures we have found!!!

Here are some pictures: 21619 picture of flowers 21670

February’s Bible verse: “But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” Psalms 147:11 Revised Standard Version


2/22/14 Walking, learning to drive, gardens and braces…

written 8/14/11 – I did get a short nap today.

The girls and I took a short walk around the cemetery today. Just a short walk. We live right by a cemetery. Most of the graves are from the 1930’s so there are not a lot of visitors. The city does a great job of keeping the grass mowed and trimmed. Our little neighborhood (we live on a dead end street) spends a lot of time in the cemetery. Our yards are small, and it gives us a large, safe place to walk.  It was good to get some exercise.markers

I have been having the kids pull the car up to the garage. Maggie pulled the car in today. It was her first time to drive. Beth is next. William was last week. I want them to start pulling in the car all of the time. They should get drivers licenses…someday. When they feel ready to get their licenses, I want them to feel comfortable in the car. William will be 22 on his birthday, Maggie will be 16 and Beth will be 15. They just aren’t ready yet. No one wants to get the learners packet.

We grew some melon plants inside from seeds for part of the summer. When we planted the garden in the backyard these two plants…and all of their vines…were moved outside. The vines were about ten feet long. They had attached themselves to everything and were difficult to pick up without crushing or bending. Their leaves have started perking up. I haven’t seen any melons starting to form.

William got his braces off today. He has such a big smile and his teeth look great!!!

Here are some pictures: 21629 2143 21647

February’s Bible verse: “But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” Psalms 147:11 Revised Standard Version


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