19 January 2013

Waiting for Morning by Margaret Brownley

Brides of the Last Chance Ranch Novel

Molly Hatfield only has her 14 year old brother Donny, who is paraplegic as a result of an accident when Molly was only 8. When their home is destroyed by fire, she answers Miss Hatfield's advertisement seeking an heir for the Last Chance Ranch. The catch is, to inherit, Molly will have to sign a contract saying she will stay single for the rest of her life. In her desire to provide a home for her brother, Molly neglects to mention Donny in her application. Things become complicated when Dr Caleb Fairbanks comes on the scene, along with his tin lizzy, Bertha, and dog, Magic. Can the young doctor win Molly's heart? Can he help Donny gain some independence? There a mountains to be overcome by all of the main characters.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the characters of the Last Chance Ranch for a second time. They are well developed and the plot is intricately woven. Sub plots add further suspense to the overall book.

As a Christian novel, this book challenges the reader to think about how he/she responds to people who are different, both inside the church and out. It also reminded me of God's love, and how important it is to remember that while God is perfect people are not, and we cannot expect them to be. People will hurt us, and we may hurt others, but God asks us to forgive and to accept forgiveness.

This is a great book, and I highly recommend it. If you can, read Book 1 first as it helps set the scene, but this book can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

16 January 2013

Meet the newest member of Grade 4K

Hello everyone, my name is Lamb Chop, and I've just joined Grade 4K at East-West International School.

First thing this morning I was a very naughty lamb. I kept shouting "I want a story! I want a story!" Eventually Miss Karen said that if I was a good lamb and did well on my Spelling Test today, and my Maths Test tomorrow I can have a story on Friday. So now I'm trying really hard to be a good lamb.

Later in the day I helped Miss Karen with the maths lesson. She was talking about really hard stuff - per... per... permets? perims? permitres? No, that's not it. Oh, yeah, Perimeters. Some of those kids were really clever. So now I know that a perimeter is the distance around the outside of a shape, and you can work it out using measurement and multiplication. See, aren't I clever!

Some of the girls wanted me to go swimming with them today. Miss Karen said I couldn't, and I'm so glad. I wouldn't want to get my beautiful white wool all wet. I might drown. I don't think I'd be a very good swimmer.

Well, Miss Karen wants to write something, so I'd better sign off for now. Lovely to meet you all. Don't forget to come back and say "Hi" some time.


So now you've met the latest addition to my classroom. Lamb Chop was one of my purchases on a recent visit to IKEA in Thailand during the "Winter" break. I think he's pretty cute, and my students love him, and I can see us having lots of fun in the coming days.

15 January 2013

Back again ...

Sometime in the last month this blog has clicked over the 10,000 views mark. OK, so that's not many in the land of blogging, but it's a milestone.

In view of that milestone, I thought I'd have a quick look at some stats.

Pageviews all time history: 10,146

Comments: 86

Most popular post: Welcome to Grade 4K (12 Sept 2011) - 1399 Pageviews

Most frequent traffic source: http://dedertfamily.blogspot.com/ (which is rather interesting because this blog is no longer being updated)

Reader locations (in order of volume): USA, Australia, Cambodia, Russia, UK, Canada, India, and heaps of other places.

Most frequent keyword search:
  • noise o meter,
  • classroom noise meter,
  • noise meter classroom,
  • noise-o-meter,
  • noise o meter poster,
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So, let's do a quick update on what this blog is about.
I'm a middle-aged Australian, who heard God's call to serve overseas in my early 40s. I embarked on a major career change, after 20+ years working in various administrative roles for Queensland Health, and undertook graduate teacher training. I moved to Cambodia six years ago with two subjects and my major practicum still to be completed in my Graduate Diploma of Education (Middle Years). I finished my course, graduated in absentia, taught three and a half years in a Christian school in Phnom Penh, then transitioned to East-West International School where I'm currently teaching 4th grade.
In this blog I do a number of things. Initially I started this blog because I could not fit all my experiences into my bi-monthly/quarterly newsletters. Since then it has developed into a place where I not only share about what happens in my classroom - the good and the bad (but mostly the good), but share a little more of who I am. Sometimes I reflect on deeper issues that are impacting on my life. Other times I review books I've been reading. I also share snippets of what it's like living in Cambodia. Sometimes there are photos, sometimes, it's just me writing and thinking.
If you've read this far, can I ask you to do something for me? Would you make a comment to let me know what things you enjoy reading about? One of this year's resolutions is to get back to writing at least once a week. We will see if I can keep it up. Meanwhile, this day is almost done so it's time to post this and head for bed. Be sure to check back soon. I promise to post more in the near future.

12 January 2013

Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock

Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock

Imagine two precious 3 year old girls, ripped from the arms of the only mother they have known (following the death of their father), to be dragged up, abused, and lied to by their grandparents, who only wanted custody because they thought it would be easy money. Meanwhile, their adoptive mother, Amanda, continues to watch over the girls from a distance. As they grow up, she seeks to meet their needs, despite the conflict with their "grandparents". Eventually, the girls are independent, and it is possible for Amanda to legally make contact with them. Will her loving be accepted, or rejected. Will they believe the truth she tells them, or the lies they have been fed during all their growing years.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, although this wasn't the first time I had read it. I kept turning page after page to find out what happened next (I first read it many years ago and so I'd forgotten much of the details of the plot). The detailed descriptions were clear, and the story-line kept flowing. As the story unfolded, and the characters developed, I was reminded again and again of our heavenly Father's love for us, a love that is freely given, but never forced on us. While different to other Terri Blackstock novels, Covenant Child is certainly worth reading.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.