August 11. Daddy's Birthday!
9:00 p.m. already. It has been a busy evening. We didn’t sit down to eat supper until 6:30. After I started fixing supper, Maro’s mother came to see me so I went to say hello her a few minutes. I was making a chicken pie for myself, and when I went to get out the pie pan, I couldn’t find it. I finally found it stacked between my two fry pans. Finally got my meat pie into the oven and then sat down to correct a few more math books until the pie was partly done. Then I went back to the kitchen and made cheese burgers for Daddy. That’s what he wanted for his birthday supper. By the time supper was over, it was already time for Daddy to go teach Bible school. I had dish water on heating, and by the time I got the kitchen cleaned up, the dish water was hot so I did the dishes. Then I was ready to sit down for a while so finished grading the rest of the math books. Then I put water on to heat and had a bath. After bath, I washed an apple and cut a half to eat. Then I printed Daddy’s birthday card and three copies of an outline for Dallas, Phinehas, and Esau to use for their first outreach message.
Was it cold today! Possibly a record cold morning. Down to 45º, maybe a little less. I told the students, if it were just a few degrees colder, we would probably have snow. I had figured it was going to be pretty cold this morning. When I looked at the thermometer at 1:00 a.m., it was already down to 53º, and at 2:30 it was down to 50º. It was 53º in the house before Daddy got the fire going. We got warmed up a little bit in Bible class this morning by singing and then clapping time as we learned different kinds of notes in our music lesson. In the next class, the students went and sat out in the sunshine a while and worked on their reading lesson. In math class, I had five students at the chalkboard, working with them on division problems with two-digit divisors. The rest were able to go ahead with their next math lesson.
There were a lot of papers to grade today - reading workbooks, phonics workbooks, math workbooks, spelling workbooks, English exercises, English worksheets, and history questions. They were all easy to correct, however, so the grading went quickly.
While Bible school was in session this evening, Peninnah and Bonita came in here to sit and work on their bilums. They are doing a nice job.
After Bible school, Dallas recited the books of the Bible for Daddy. He said he has read Genesis and Exodus and John so he seems like he is going to get a good recommendation with his Bible school certificate. I gave him his copy of the outreach outline, and he was happy to get it.
“22For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” Romans 8:22-25
August 12. Not quite as cold this morning, but still too cold - down to 47º. And the sun didn’t come out until about mid-morning so the world and the house didn’t warm up as quickly.
This morning, Amos reviewed what he had taught so far in Acts 19 and gave the applications to the section he had taught last week since he hadn’t had time to do that last week.
Most of the students did lesson 165 in their math today. There are no more lessons now with new material. Today’s lesson and the four lessons to follow are all review lessons before the final exam in math. They should finish everything next week and have their exam at the beginning of week 9. I’ll be happy to be done teaching math. After the exam, we’ll try to finish up some of the other lessons during that class period.
It was nice to get a little bit earlier nap today. Afterward, I finished grading today’s lessons, prepared for tomorrow’s lessons, and played the keyboard. Then we had supper, and I did dishes. Also started getting some birthday gifts together for the three students whose birthdays we’ll celebrate on Friday.
Sosthenes came by and asked if the students could have off tomorrow to go fishing with the community. There is too much to do for them to have another day off so I told him, if they go fishing tomorrow, they’ll have to have school on Saturday. So we’ll see what they decide to do.
“28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:28-31 Encouraging verses for this evening.