by Hillsong Australia
Friday, October 2, 2009
by Hillsong Australia
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Yes, I am a nature girl. I have always loved, and still love bugs, snakes, turtles, and all manor of creeping, crawling critters. I happened to be walking through the woods behind my house and spotted a rotten log. That's were these big, black, hissing 1 1/2 inch beetles live. My brother and I used to catch these suckers all the time when we were kids and keep them for weeks. They are still so cool!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Find this itsy-bitsy spider web in a little hole near our house. The whole thing was about 2"x2".
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
See from his head, his hands, his feet
Were the whole realm of nature mine
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him!"
Saturday, July 25, 2009
His intellectual abilities are far better developed than his social skills. He is extremely egocentric, rarely able to see another person’s viewpoint. Because of this, his ability to empathize with others is poor. Most people assume he is just eccentric - fairly normal for the most part with a few quirks. He is incapable of hiding his feelings and wears his heart on his sleeve. He has a childlike personality and naïve innocence which is clearly seen in his boyish behavior. In spite of his dominating tendencies and seemingly eccentric behavior, his honest personality wins the hearts of many. Others lose patience and seek to be rid of his company as quickly as possible. Some are highly amused, often too amused. They just sit back and tauntingly laugh at him, asking questions which provoke the reaction they find entertaining.
You may be asking what my point is. His description so far most likely describes a number of guys you have encountered. You might be saying: “So what?” However, as you get to know Max better you will see various abnormal patterns in his behavior, mainly in the way he socially interacts and communicates. Remember, you’ve only just met him. These certain abnormal behaviors I mention, become obvious overtime as you begin to interact with Max. Here are some examples of the abnormal behavior I speak of, some of which have already been mentioned: ***The following list of symptoms were taken from various online resources (see bottom of page for more info.)***
"Peculiarities in speech and language"
"Repetitive behaviors or rituals"
"Limited interests or preoccupation with a subject"
"Socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior and interpersonal interaction"
"Problems with nonverbal communication"
"Lack of empathy"
"Clumsy and uncoordinated motor movements"
"Problems with hand-eye coordination and other visual skills"
"Poor pragmatic language skills. (This phrase means that the child does not use the right tone or volume of voice for a specific context, and does not understand that using humorous or slang expressions also depends on a social context.)"
"Learning difficulties - which may range from mild or severe."
These are the basic symptoms of someone with Asperger’s Syndrome. My relative, Max, was born with this syndrome. Thus far you may doubt how pervasive and serious this syndrome is, but as I said, you’ll understand more as you get to know him better. It affects everything social in his life – how he functions in public, one on one, with his mother, with his sisters, with his close friends, with the stranger on the sidewalk, with his boss, with his co-workers, with his neighbors, in a crowd, in a small group…the list is extensive. I hope you’ll stay tuned as I try to define and explain Asperger’s Syndrome. I look forward to sharing with you the many touching, funny, sad, frustrating, and delightful stories about Max’s life.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
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The U.S. Department of Education has released its periodic review of schooling in America, and it offers a revealing look at the growth of homeschooling. The picture of contemporary homeschooling offers some real surprises and raises some new questions.
"The Condition of Education 2009" is produced by the National Center for Education Statistics, and it contains a wealth of statistical data. Approximately 50 million children are enrolled in the public schools for grades K-12. In 2007 5.9 million children were enrolled in private schools and the percentage of those enrolled in "Conservative Christian schools" increased from 13 to 15 percent of that total.
Homeschooling was the choice of families for 2.9 percent of all school-age children in the United States in 2007, involving 1.5 million students......
Click on the link to read the rest of this fantastic article by Dr. Al Mohler.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009