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Subj: * Youth Homeschooler's Epistle Issue 2 *
Date: 4/1/99 4:39:35 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Newsletter person
To: Newsletter recipients

April 1999
Second Issue of
* Youth Homeschooler's Epistle *

Question of the Month:
Recently I took a trip to Gatlinburg for a business show and one of my step-mom's customers asked me about homeschooling. The man used to be a school superintendent and thought that all children should be in a public school or private school. What would you have said to defend your homeschooling situation?
Please send all responses to: grace911@eudoramail.com

Responses to last month's question:
What are your thoughts on Y2K?

Jap813 writes:
" y2k is a problem for which many people are preparing. i recommend preparing as
well. just in case it is a big deal. but if it is not then everyone who has
prepared is... well, ahead of the ballgame. some people think the world will
shut down other think nothing will happen. well i think something will happen
and we should all be ready for what ever happens. now what am i doing to
prepare? well not really anything except what my dad tells me to do. "

SYNCSWIM14 writes:
Y2K! Boy am I getting tired of hearing that phrase! But I don't think I'm
the only one! I think that something is going to happen! Even though no one
knows how big or how small. There will be a lot of people who will not be
prepared for what may come and it might be a bigger situation for them than
for some of us who are as least trying to be prepared! My family is doing
everything we can to prepare for whatever the Lord is going to do! My parents
have a co-op and they have everything from wheat to powdered milk! I think
this is something that we can get through if we trust the Lord in all areas!

Sierra383 writes:
Hm....what are my thoughts on Y2K....that's really a hard question for me even
though our family is definitely preparing for it.... I think if we are well
prepared and debt free (especially) then everything will be ok, but I believe
it will be really difficult for those who DO have debt and who are not one bit
prepared. but don't get me wrong.....it may become serious.....it may
not...but I'd rather be safe than sorry. :o) Am I making any sense here? Ok,
the bottom line is: If Y2K DOES cause a problem than we should be prepared for
it "just in case"...and if it does NOT cause any problems, then we can always
use the supplies that were saved up on other things--maybe give to the poor or
just save it for later.....who knows what God might tell you to do with it!
well, maybe I DID have a FEW thoughts.....lol.....I hope that was good enough!

Skidmark43 writes:
i think that it's going to do something to the banks and other
Businesses and etc. for a week or two but nothing major to us people.

* Thanks to everyone that wrote back with their answers *

Scripture of the Month

Keep and protect me, O God, for in You
I have found refuge, and in You do I put my trust and hide myself.
I say to the Lord, You are my Lord;
I have no good beside or beyond You.
Psalm 16:1-2

What a typical school day at your house is like: ok, after getting home
from swim practice at 8:00, i eat and watch a little TV and check my
e-mail. Then i start school at about 9:00. I do school, and take a break
for lunch. Then do some more school. On somedays Thursdays i have another
swim practice at 4:00. that's about it.

Name: Daniel Farnham

E-Mail address: Skidamrk43@hotmail.com

Age: 15

How long you've been homeschooled: all my life

Siblings: Ben(10), Adam(13), Jon(15)yes he's my twin, Paul(20), and
Bryan(30)step brother

What you like most about being homeschooled: i like the freedom and
flexibility of my school day. i like that you don't really have to get
dressed (but i do), and you get to meet other homeschoolers.

What you hate most about being homeschooled: there's not much
socialization in homeschooling so i hate that. And i know there's
something else, but i can't remember right now.

Hobbies: i like to play almost any sports, the computer, and hangin'
out!, listening to music, and playing the guitar.

Interests: music, the guitar, sports, my favorite subject in school
would have to be Science( i don't know why)

What you want to be when you grow up: a fireman!

* Stay tuned for part 2 *


Book Review:
Here is a little section that I thought would add alot. Where people
can send in and read book reviews and recommendations made by other
homeschooler's around their age:
Love Comes Softly Series

This series is about a pioneer girl who goes out west with her husband.
But their venture out west turns to tragedy and she is left alone.
Clark Davis and his small daughter are also left alone and are in great
need. Clark's wife has died, leaving him to care for their daughter and their
farm. His offer to Marty comes with good intention, but will courage and faith
be enough to bring them to true love?


I really enjoyed reading this book as well as the 7 other books in the
series. They were small books easy to read and they follow the life of Clark
and Marty Davis. They are inspiring books, as well. I would recommend these
Please send in recommendations of books that you have read and think other teen's might enjoy reading! Send them to: grace911@eudoramail.com

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works
of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso
to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.
When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very
courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier.
The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at
the door. A young man stood at the door with a large
package in his hands. He said,
"Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his
life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when
a bullet stuck him in the heart and he diedinstantly. He often talked
about you, and your love for art.

The young man held out his package. "I knowthis isn't much. I'm not
really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have
this." The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son,
painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had
captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so
drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the
young man and offered to pay him for the picture. "Oh, no sir, I could
never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift."

The father hung the portrait over his mantle.Every time visitors came to
his home he took them to see the portrait ofhis son before he showed them
any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of
hispaintings. Many influential people gathered,excited over seeing the great
paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.
On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his
gavel. "We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?"

There was silence. Then a voice in the back of the room shouted. "We want
to see the famous paintings. Skip this one."

But the auctioneer persisted. "Will someone bid for this painting? Who
will start the bidding? $100, $200?"

Another voice shouted angrily. "We didn't come to see this painting. We
came to see the Van Gogh's, the Rembrandt's. Get on with the real bids!"

But still the auctioneer continued. "The son! The son! Who'll take the

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the long-time
gardener of the man and his son. "I'll give $10 for the painting."
Being a poor man, it was all he could afford. "We have $10, who will bid $20?"
"Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters." "$10 is the bid, won't
someone bid $20?" The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the
picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their
collections. The auctioneer pounded the gavel. "Going once, twice,
SOLD for $10!"

A man sitting on the second row shouted. "Now let's get on with the collection!"
I'm sorry, the auction is over."

"What about the paintings?"

"I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a
secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the
son gets every thing!"

God gave his son 2,000 years ago to die on a cruel cross. Much like the
auctioneer, His message today is, "The son! The son! Who'll take the son?"

Because you see, whoever takes the Son gets
everything. :)


>>> I knelt to pray but not for long,
>>> I had too much to do.
>>> I had to hurry and get to work
>>> For bills would soon be due.
>>> So I knelt and said a hurried prayer,
>>> And jumped up off my knees.
>>> My Christian duty was now done
>>> My soul could rest at ease.
>>> All day long I had no time
>>> To spread a word of cheer.
>>> No time to speak of Christ to friends,
>>> They'd laugh at me I'd fear.
>>> No time, no time, too much to do,
>>> That was my constant cry,
>>> No time to give to souls in need
>>> But at last the time, the time to die.
>>> I went before the Lord,
>>> I came, I stood with downcast eyes.
>>> For in his hands God held a book;
>>> It was the book of life.
>>> God looked into his book and said
>>> "Your name I cannot find.
>>> I once was going to write it down...
>>> But never found the time."


Well, Abraham had an old old computer. In fact, it was an old 386 Mac computer. Abraham went to his son Isaac, and tells him "Son, I'm going to load Windows 3.1 on my computer." And Isaac said to his father "Dad, are you sure? Your computer is awfully old!" Then Abe looked down at his son and said "Oh ye of little faith.......God will provide the ram."

What are the Chances?

What are the chances of being struck by lightning in my lifetime?

1 in 600,000

What are the chances that the next person I meet will be a born-again Christian?
( Not just someone who says that they are a Christian )

If I get into and argument with my parents, what are the chances I will win?
Not so good. Parents win almost 90% of the time!




Many of you know of or were in the Mock Trial competion if you weren't or don't know what it is you can e-mail me at: grace911@eudoramail.com and I will tell you.

Anyway, the G.R.A.C.E. team made it all the way to the final round ( pretty good for our first year ) along with the Trion team. We had a good round but Trion beat us and went to the State competion. [At state, Trion did ok but not as well as they--and we--had hoped. They did pretty good in the rounds, but didn't get any awards. Pat O'Riley made the judge cry when he was talking about his little girl Alanna. And Mark (lawyer) did well making the most of a very major blunder on the part of an opposing team's lawyer. They didn't advance but [I guess] they had a good time and are planning on doing better next year.

But so are we! :) __________________________


What children's toy is the riskiest?
send answer's to: grace911@eudoramail.com
the answer will be in next month's edition.

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