1st Day Take Two

Jenna started at Tri-County Community College today.

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It wasn’t the best start she could have had. It seems they changed the room number and building to her second class of the morning and didn’t bother to inform all the students. She wasn’t the only one late, but by the time she found someone who actually knew where the class was, she was thirty minutes late. But she survived, and now all is well. I don’t think she will find the classes any more challenging than what we’ve been doing at home for the last three years.

In addition to Freshman English and World Civilization that she is taking at the community college, at home she’ll be doing Physics, Trig and Pre-Cal, World Literature (this fall she’s reading Cry the Beloved Country, Crime and Punishment, and Les Miserables and writing about how each of those authors deals with justice and mercy), and an Old Testament Survey.

Jenna has applied to Belhaven University on Friday and started her application to UNC-Chapel Hill.

And if you remember my stack of books from a couple of posts ago, you’ll be happy to know that I’ve got three finished. I started Crime and Punishment yesterday. I just have to stay a week ahead of the girls!

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A dear friend from church planted us a row—a long row—of corn in his garden. Jenna and Lauren helped me pick some of it this morning.


We ate some tonight (very good and sweet) and blanched and froze about 10 quarts this evening.

DSC_0003And put some more in the fridge for dinner tomorrow night and gave some to the neighbors, and we still have some left…

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Old Friends, New Starts

We had the pleasure of some old friends stopping by yesterday on their short time in the states this summer.


Becky and Dana were friends in college. Rich and Becky have been living and working in North Africa for 20 years. It has been several years since we’ve seen them, and it was good to catch up with what is going on with them. We keep thinking that one of these days we’ll get to travel to see where some of our friends happen to live who are scattered around the globe.

Today was also the first day of Rebekah’s 7th grade year.

DSC_0004She’ll be busy with math and science, geography and Latin, literature, writing, and critical thinking. While Jenna’s and Lauren’s official classes don’t start until the 18th and 26th respectively, they both also began a little work today in preparation for what is to come.

And that means that my “school” starts as well. Here’s my fall reading stack.


I really should get started!


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Four Years

Today is the four year anniversary of our arrival in NC.

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That Time of Year

It’s that time of year again:

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The girls (minus Lauren who was at driver’s ed) went to pick blueberries at a friend of some friends. They also had a rather large garden and invited them to pick as many green beans as they wanted as they had already put up 100 quarts! Yesterday, Dana, the girls, and some friends canned 18 quarts. Today we made 6 pints of dilly beans and pickled 2 pints of jalapeños. The okra is starting to come in, so we’ll pickle some of those in the days to come, and we’re supposed to get a bushel and a half of fresh peaches on Monday.

On top of that, it’s time to start thinking about school. I have orientation this week for my class, which now I think will be up to 11 students. Rebekah—who is now home from camp—also has some work to do this coming week as her classes start on the 12th. Jenna starts classes at Tri-County on the 18th, and Lauren will also start that week as her first class is the 26th. Somewhere in there we still want to visit at least one more college.

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College and Camp x2

Jenna and I visited Belhaven University on Friday—in a torrential downpour, well at least the tour part was in the storm. The sit down with admission and financial aid was actually inside. Despite the weather, we were impressed with the campus and all that we saw. We did go back the next morning to actually get some pictures and look around at the campus without having to dash from one building to the next.


Then we drove two hours north where I dropped Jenna off at camp to work a mission camp for a week. I also got to see my two nieces and a nephew who are also working there this summer.


We thought we were going to have two daughters at home this week, but it turns out we’ll only have one. Lauren finished up music camp on Friday, but they asked her to come back and be a counselor for the junior high music camp this week. So as of tonight, she’s gone again.

So we’re down to just Rebekah.

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New Critter, New Dish, etc.

We have a new critter living in our backyard under the shed. The girls have named him/her Mona-Max, as they’re not sure whether it’s a he or she. We see them all the time around here driving around, but this is the first one we’ve seen up close. If you’re not sure what that thing is, just know that we won’t have to depend upon a certain one from Pennsylvania come February 2.



No, the new dish does not have anything to do with our new friend. But it does have to do with the garden. We’ve (at least as far as we remember) have never had these before:


Speaking of the garden, the electric fence seems to be doing its job: no deer this year and we are about ready to pick our first mess of green beans and the okra is blooming.

Friday I take Jenna back to camp for her to work the mission camp at Lake Forest Ranch. But first we are heading further into Mississippi to visit Belhaven University in Jackson. We are trying to figure out where else to visit before school starts again. I think we might also head south to Emory at some point and there are a couple of schools in Virginia that are blips on the radar.

Lauren is spending the week at a music camp with some friends about 20 minutes from here in Hayesville, NC. They will do a couple of concerts during the week for the parents.

Dana and I spent her birthday in Danville, KY as I had some training to do so that I can tutor Lauren’s class in the fall with Classical Conversations. It looks like I’ll have about nine students to work with in Latin, Algebra 1, American Lit, Eco/Gov’t, Drama/Philosophy, and Physical Science.

We had a special treat in church this morning. When we were in seminary and attending Scofield Memorial church, the church supported some missionaries in Papua New Guinea, the Smiths, so we prayed for them regularly and kept up with what they were doing as they were living with the tribe, learning the language, teaching literacy, and ultimately the story of Christ. When we were interviewing for this job here, we saw their pictures on the church’s website—small world. We got to meet them today as they are in on furlough and came to visit Andrews, NC and church this morning to talk about all that has gone on since they’ve been in PNG since 2003. Tomorrow they are coming over to swim at our sweet neighbors, the Carringers. They have a daughter Jenna’s age and three younger boys.

We missed getting to spend time with all the Herrington clan this 4th of July. Maybe it will work out next year to make the festivities!

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