Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | April 6, 2014

4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Competition

This year we decided to participate in a new project, livestock judging.  The kids took classes held at the Clemson Research Education Center to prepare for the competition.  They were taught the techniques for judging market steer, dairy heifers, sheep, market hogs, and gilts to determine the best and worse in a class.  What do you look for when looking at these animals for market production?  What body type is beat for breeding ur producing milk?

April 5th 4-H and FFA students from around the state gathered to compete at the Garrison Livestock Arena at Clemson University. It was a fine day to mix and mingle with Clemson students participating in the Little North American Livestock Competition.  Our Lowcountry Team had a wonderful learning experience and look forward to returning next year.

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | April 3, 2014

St. Helena Island, History, Museums, and Parks

St. Helena Island, History, Museums, and Parks

The members of the MLK Jr. Memorial Park, aka The Green, encourage you to visit the campus and properties of historic Penn Center on  beautiful St. Helena Island, SC.  Penn Center is the home of the popular York W. Bailey Museum, named in honor of and memory of Penn School graduate and the first Black physician from St. Helena Island.  The park is also a historic park of the Penn Center property.The Green was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for Beaufort , SC on October 6, 1988.    Our most recent post highlights the current exhibit at the York W. Bailey Museum, “Harlem on My Mind”.  

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | March 27, 2014

Lakeside Weekend

This weekend was spent at Weston Lake Army Travel Camp, a recreation location operated by MWR of Fort Jackson. The shelter on the grounds was the perfect place to host my mother-in-law’s 77th birthday. We also rented a cabin to make it easy for us to enjoy the weekend and serve as the base for the event.  The scenery was beautiful and enjoyed by all.  We’re already looking forward to to another visit.

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | March 20, 2014

Homeschool Science Choices

 

Sometimes the thoughts and ideas, events and activities I’d like to share here are so frequent and my family is so busy, I don’t always have time to put anything together to post.  Here of late we have traveled so our children can participate in 4-H events in our state.  Four-H programs and projects offered by the Clemson University Extension Service and the South Carolina State University 1890 Extension Service provide our children with opportunities to interact with their peers and challenge them to work hard to meet goals, learn new skills and take part in healthy competition.  We live on twelve acres of land and our goal is to improve our ability to operate a small sustainable homestead.  Through livestock and garden projects our family has learned a bit more than we already knew about those areas. 

Over the years the children gained experience in raising poultry, goats, hogs, and rabbits in addition to their dogs and cats.  The latest project involves learning how to judge livestock.  In February we traveled to the Clemson REC to participate in the Livestock Safety Workshop and one thing led to another and now the kids are attending the Livestock Judging Classes to prepare for the state competition next month.  They are not certain how these skills will be used in the future but they will have them to call upon and that’s important. 

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Searching for and collecting clues during GPS Competition

Just last weekend we traveled to Midlands Tech, Airport Campus for the kids to participate in the third annual 4-H Engineering Event.   Individuals or teams competed in one of the following events:

 

 

 

  • Rocketry
  • GPS/GIS
  • Robotics
  • Wind Energy
  • Bridge Building
  • Trebuchet
  • Egg Lofter

My children participated in the GPS competition. 

Background

The GPS contest will be set up using a Garmin GPS unit. The coordinate system that will be used is degree decimal minutes (DDM). This is a decimal version of Degree Minutes Seconds. DDM is used by geocachers and a growing number of other GPS enthusiasts. In this format, coordinates look like this:

 Example: N47° 37.216′ W122° 19.75′.

The north/south and east/west position remains unchanged. The difference is that the seconds part of the location is converted to a decimal by dividing the seconds by 60. Position format is a feature that should be adjustable in the GPS unit.

Objective

 Contestants will work as a team to complete the score sheet in the allotted time (30 minutes). The course will have alphabetic stamps hidden at known coordinates just like a geocache would be hidden. Teams will be given coordinates on a sheet of paper at the competition and the time clock will begin. Following the given coordinates in exact order will formulate a word or phrase for the team. Each team will have a different word or phrase that they must complete. Each team will have to find the same number of points.   Guidelines for GPS Teams

The livestock judging classes are instrumental in that they are designed to “teach youth to evaluate a group of livestock animals and measure them against a standard that is commonly accepted as ideal and to defend their ranking of those animals. Judging activities teach youth observation, organization, and verbal skills which are critical to their development”.

The objectives of the South Carolina Livestock Judging Contest are to:

Measure participant knowledge in the following categories:

  • Making accurate observations of livestock.
  • Determining desirable traits in animals.
  • Making logical decisions based on these observations.
  • Discussing and defending decisions for placings.

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Practicing livestock judging techniques on group of heifers

 

Instill an appreciation for desirable selection, management, and marketing techniques.

  • Develop the ability to select and market livestock that will satisfy consumer demands and provide increased economic returns to producers as well as meet the needs of the industry.
  • Understand and to interpret the value of performance data based on industry standards.
  • Become proficient in communicating using terminology of the industry.
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to associate with professionals in the industry.
  • ·Clemson Extension Livestock Judging Handbook 

As a homeschooling family, incorporating these kinds of programs and competitions along with their handbooks give us access to great science hands-on projects.  We don’t have to plan a science fair, develop guidelines, find judges, or pay exorbitant fees.  We just choose which science project we want to focus our attention, prepare and go participate.  This has been quite helpful to us and through 4-H we have incorporated similar instruction and activities as a school with an FFA, Future Farmers of America, program.  Our children participate in events that are open to both 4-H and FFA students and for the most part the criteria for the competition are the same.  More and more home school families are enrolled in 4-H and enjoying the experience, I know we are.  Sometimes we have to cut back on the number of projects we take on but that’s a good problem to have. 

 

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | February 28, 2014

Visit to Hunting Island State Park

 

 

During a recent visit home, Candace shared one of her favorite place with her daughter Isabel, aka Izzy.  It was great to be there and capture the experience.  I look forward to watching Izzy have many more beach adventures.

Genesis 1:20-23 ESV  “And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds[g] fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.”

 

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | February 28, 2014

Civil Rights and the Right to Life

A post by Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile in his blog Pure Church, looks into the thought of how Dr. King would react to the present day issue of abortion.  His conclusions are based on the teaching and character of Dr. King.  As much as I appreciate and have benefited from the work of Dr. King, as I take a look at many of those who marched during the Civil Rights Movement for the justice and equal treatment of all people  and those who are in the forefront of the movement today, I wonder how they decided to support the Pro-Abortion Movement.  There are those who are not willing to apply the same argument and thought about civil rights of minorities to the unborn but rather to the choice of the mother to end the life of her baby.  How quickly some active marchers, sign carriers, singers, protesters and overall supporters of the Civil Rights Movement have chosen to render that same energy in favor of abortion.  Those who spoke up so loudly for the underdogs, the misrepresented, the lynched, hosed, beaten  and those without a voice won’t do the same for the unborn.

How many religious leaders who fought so boldly for the sanctity of the life of “the Negro” do not fight for the right of the sanctity of the life of a baby in the womb. Those who fought valiantly against Negroes being considered, less than human, not worthy of full citizenship, labeled coon, nigger, monkey, are not defending the person-hood of the developing embryo in the womb.  Why are these champions for justice absent from pro-life rallies when abortion survivors speak?  Where are they when public speaking events are held featuring women who have had abortions share their experience, the pain, the emotional distress and lost from the act of abortion?  Where are the former Civil Rights Marchers when a mother or father suffering from post abortion trauma is being counseled or sharing their issues publicly for others to learn from?  Can they not with the same haste speak up to decry the selfish, careless and pointless decision to have a child killed in the womb, as they appear on the air to decry the thoughtless, senseless killing of young black men on our cities streets?

Yes, Dr. King may well have spoken out against Abortion but as I look at those who remain with us and often force themselves to the forefront as THE spokespersons for the Negro race, I cannot tell that the legacy has not continued.    The actions of the graduates of ‘the Movement’ who now support abortion and ‘pro-choice’ are not helping us overcome but are encouraging the death of our children.  Support the children both in and outside the womb should be our cry!

Dr. Fred McKissic Bush

We have leaders who speak for the unborn but they are not guests on the talk shows nor or they invited to be experts on the topic of women’s healthcare during news segments.  Rarely do our black pro-life leaders receive recognition most often they are referred to because they are at first thought not to support the pro-life platform. I am thankful for leaders like Dr.Ben Carson,  Mrs. Star Parker of CURE, Dr. Alan Keyes and Dr. Freda McKissic Bush, Ob/Gyn to name a few.   During the Abortion Media Summit, Wash DC, Dec 4, 2012 that addressed the topic, “What Has 40 Years of Abortion Done to America?, Medical Aspects of Abortion on Women’s Health?. Dr. Bush submitted this statement,

“So, what is different between African American and white women? Their abortion rate.
African American women obtain 35% of all abortions in the United States, although African Americans are only 13% of the population.
Tragically, in my state, Mississippi, African Americans are 39% of the population and obtain 78% of the abortions. MS is also among the top states with the highest premature birth rate and infant mortality rate. According to the 2011 statistics from the MS Dept of Health, the premature birth rate in MS is 16.5/1000 live births [white: 13.5; nonwhite: 20.1] and the infant mortality rate is: 9.4/1000 live births [white: 6.5; nonwhite: 12.8], the highest in the US.3.”

She goes on to state:

Myth # 2: Abortion is safer than childbirth.

Fact # 1: No one in the US is accurately measuring deaths from abortion, but deaths after live birth are accurately measured.7
Fact #2: Several studies show that women who abort are more likely to die within a year after the abortion than women who bring to live birth.
Fact #3: Several studies show that women who abort are more likely to commit suicide than women who bring to live birth.
Fact #4: The maternal mortality ratio in the United States has doubled over the past 20 years, since abortion has been legal.
The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is a widely accepted indicator of women’s health. It is a measure of deaths in pregnant women or women who have just delivered. So this MMR includes deaths after abortions, deaths after live births, deaths after stillbirths and any other pregnancy outcome. If abortion were truly critical for the well-being of mothers, one would expect the maternal mortality rate to decrease with increased abortion availability and to increase as abortion is restricted.
But that is not what we find. In 1987, there were 6.6 deaths for every 100,000 pregnancies and the last reported MMR by the CDC is 13.3 per 100,000 pregnancies with African-American women leading with a rate of 32.7 deaths per 100,000 pregnancies. Amnesty International published a report in 2010 titled “Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA” noting the lifetime risk of maternal deaths is greater in the US than 40 other countries, including virtually all industrialized nations.
In fact, the MMR in the United States, where abortion is legal, and one out of every three pregnancies end in abortion, is greater than the maternal mortality in the country of Chile, where human beings are protected after fertilization, and abortion is illegal.”

In conclusion she writes:

“Abortion destroys life – that of the unborn child and more often than thought, also kills women, as discussed. Abortion increases the mother’s risk of adverse mental health outcomes and increases the risk of preterm birth, cerebral palsy and infant mortality in the next pregnancy. Abortion subjects women at the hands of someone they may never see or talk to until heavily medicated and experiencing the procedure. Abortion strips protection from the woman when they face medical malpractice, because abortionists are not required to have at least one million dollars of insurance as I am required to purchase.
After 40 years of legalized abortion in America, it is still neither safe nor rare. Promoting abortion-on-demand, without limits is about creating “rights” that benefit abortion providers and their profit margins, rather than women. It is not about protecting women’s health as much as it is about population control of “those we don’t want too many of” as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reminded us in 2009.  Though she may physically survive the abortion, a woman is never the same after an abortion.”

I have therefore chosen new leaders to follow.  I chose not based on which color, animal or other mascot identifies them politically but rather on the basis of their morality steeped in the Judeo-Christian writings contained in the bible.  In most cases leaders influenced by the content of that book,  offered by those who espouse its teaching are more likely to adhere to its principles and willing to ‘learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause’.  We must also instruct our children at home as we walk with them along the way, talk with them at the table, ride in the car how to select leaders.  They need to see us model these beliefs, our actions must match our words.  We must require our civil rights organizations to step up and be counted in support of the right to life of the unborn.  We must demand they stop accepting funding from organizations that support abortion under the guise of supporting women’s health care.  Stand up and be firm in your convictions, do not hide behind politically correct slogans, be clear about your support of life.  Support women’s centers, encourage our communities to offer assistance to single, pregnant mothers.  Encourage our churches to assist these mothers and fathers with the support they need to see past the emotional trap they feel.  Show them a way to financially welcome a new child, give them training and knowledge to face an unexpected pregnancy.  Connect the mother with a support group who will be there for her throughout the pregnancy and beyond.  Let us show them another way.  Let us be like the midwives in Egypt; 

Pharoah Orders Male Children Killed
“15 Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other was named Puah; 16 and he said, “When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live.”

 20So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. 21Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.…

  Civil rights and the Right to Life should be working together! Like the midwives we must fear God and let our children live then He can bless us and establish our households.  We like Shiphrah and Puah can and must stand against the king of Egypt, our government today.  That my friends is what we need!

Proverbs 31:9
Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Isaiah 58:6
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

Jeremiah 22:3
This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

 

 

 

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | February 26, 2014

Beaufort High Football Banquet 2013-14

We are thankful for the opportunity our son Peter “Peeeete” Jones had to play  football at Beaufort High the past two years as a home school student.  He made new friends and had new experiences at practices and games.  Peter showed a great amount of enthusiasm during each season toward the entire football program.  We soon discovered that when Peter was around his teammates and coaches we would hear them call out, “Peeete” and it showed that he was well accepted and respected on the team.

It was our sincere pleaaue to support Peter during both seasons and be with him as he is honored this evening. Peter is a young man of integrity and  honor. We look forward to seeing him have many more accomplishments. Congratulations Peter!!!!

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | February 18, 2014

Teaching Black History

Today there are many resources available to us to assist us as we home educate our children.  This film offers us a wonderful inside look, a personal look at the perspective of a native Mississippian who examined her perspective of race relations during her childhood and teen years. I am grateful to Myra Ottewell for even considering the making of this film.  I admire her courage to examine her family and her upbringing during the turmoil of the 1950′s and 1960′s and to determine they participated in racists activities.  Certainly watching these kinds of films and discussing the information presented can be painful but it is needed for us to see what our problems were, see the racial ideology of our nation during that time and the actions that were implemented to change and end the years of hatred that existed.  This is a subject that should not be omitted from our homeschool curriculum.  When we teach history, social studies, government, and other related subjects, I believe it is our duty as teaching parents to ensure our children receive instruction that reveals the racial and moral sickness that existed in our nation.

As Christian home educators we have an even greater obligation I feel to compare the teachings of the Bible and within context examine what our reaction to racism and hatred should be.  It would be remiss in my thinking for us avoid this subject.  We have the opportunity to prepare our children to be true ambassadors of Christ and to proclaim a greater message even than racial equality and racial justice but that message of reconciliation with God.  When one is reconciled with God through the gospel message and surrender to Jesus as Savior, one is a new person, a new creation that is coupled with a transformation of the mind.  This transformation compels us to go to the Samarias of our day and break racial, ethnic and cultural bonds in order to share the compassionate message of the gospel and equality through Christ to those who will hear.
The marches, boycotts, sit-ins and other acts of rebellion were powerful tools that opened the eyes of the general public, exposed the sin of our nation and offered a method of change.  But through Christ and the gospel we have the greatest method to not only expose the sin of our nation, but it offers the answer to overcoming this problem and condition; it offers healing, forgiveness, hope and so much more.  Jesus and the gospel need to be a included in our efforts to continue to reach greater levels of racial harmony.  Jesus shows us how this is accomplished through our trust in Him for attaining this goal through the gospel we not only have civil rights, equality, justice but we have grace, mercy and a new spiritual family. If we have racial equality, civil rights, justice and equality but still die without a personal relationship with God through the Lord Jesus then have limited reconciliation that does not extend beyond our fellow human beings.  You have peace with man and no peace with God. So then we have a great responsibility to teach the greatest message to our children and give them to tools to present it to others for in it is the true message of freedom and peace.
Please watch the trailer and hopefully the entire film.  There are also guides for the classroom available.

Mississippi ReMixed tells the personal story of Canadian, Myra Ottewell, who returns to her birthplace in Jackson, Mississippi determined to celebrate the great racial transformations in the state since the 1960s, but discovers that understanding race relations is far more complicated than she bargained for. Mixed with rarely seen archival footage, the controversial documentary explores the state of race relations today, celebrates the transformations occurring, and exposes the struggles and successes Mississippi is having with integration today.

Mississippi ReMixed is a documentary about the current state of race relations in Mississippi.

Thank you Myra Ottewell!

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | February 14, 2014

Small earthquake shakes S.C., Ga.

We’ve had unseasonable winter conditions for the southeast.  Many people still without power and now we’ve just experienced an earthquake.  Keep your emergency kits at the ready. 

Bottled Water
Batteries
Non-perishable foods
Medicines
Flashlights, extra bulbs
First aid kit
Camping gear is helpful
Sleeping bags (you may have to go to a shelter)
Important papers
Generator if w/out power at home
Weather radio
Change if clothes
Baby supplies
Rain gear
Toiletries
Pet supplies

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/14/earthquake-us-sc-ga/5501873/

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | February 14, 2014

Thoughts about Womanhood

Thoughts about Womanhood

Sharing from my Candid Thoughts for Women blog my response to the radio program, Revive Our Hearts by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  I admire her willingness to address issues that are often left alone.  May the program be a blessing to those who listen in.  

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