glimpses through Time

Today is my ‘office/report day’, which is every day for Mark, but only about once a month for me. I left a list for Daddy, so the kids MIGHT be getting their schoolwork done while I’m gone. Not sure though, since the morning started off with a very interesting ‘tree cutting project’ in our backyard which was followed by the spectator sport of ‘stump grinding’. As I was leaving it appeared they were all working on educational things, but the conversation had somehow turned to Boba Fett & Daddy claimed innocence when I asked if he really thought they would all remain focused if HE kept playing Star Wars videos on his phone… HAHAHA — But what matters is that I am GONE & getting to my reports. So we will just not ask any more questions, because I mean, Star Wars is science, right??!! *grin*

My report day is also my “Team Day”, so here’s a cool timelapse I found while checking up on some of our teammates on FB – what a beautiful country we are blessed to live in. While this makes me homesick, it also reminds me what beauty awaits us when we get back. It’s gonna be sooner than we think! We have just passed 80% of our goal, we are SOOO ready to be HOME again! – Enjoy the pics. 🙂

-JK

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happy Chris-Columbus-was-a-TURD day

So it’s Columbus Day. Woohoo. NOT. 

That’s about as cool as going to Germany & saying “Hey everyone, it’s Adolph Hitler Day, let’s go have a beer!” Um… EW!

Here I am with a million things to do: Order school books online, set up a fundraising page for our adoption, study my own school books, correct 3 kids’ homework, clean my tiny 2 sq ft kitchen, fold laundry, fill out reimbursement forms & file receipts, etc…

However, I put off writing about this topic last year & don’t really want to skip over it again. People should really hear more about the other people involved & what really happened… in ALL parts of our “American” history. In regards to this day, people should know the names of Leif Erickson & Bartolomé de las Casas as well as the Lucayan people…

So, obviously having lots of my own opinions on this & very little time to express them, I will instead leave you with a link to a page that pretty much sums it all up! If you’re even more interested in finding the truth, I recommend you look into reading Columbus’ own journal for yourself &/or the other informative resources sited on the bottom of the Oatmeal page.

The Oatmeal: Columbus Day

EDITED TO SAY… I just found another good link for a quick up-to-date list of which states still give CD as a paid day-off AND which state gives it a much better name. To which I say – Way to be leaders South Dakotans!!: “Since 1990, South Dakota has marked the second Monday in October as Native Americans Day, an official state holiday.” (Fact Tank)

With Love,

A frustrated American homeschool mom, living in Hong Kong, desperately striving to teach her children the TRUTH… the REAL STORY about HIS story. You see, one day we will all KNOW the truth & on that day, we will finally meet the ONE who saw every war & every ‘discovery’ first hand… that’s why it’s HIS story.

-JK

this N that… expats in HK

Just a few tid-bits & observations of life as an expat in HK…

Happy to see that many younger HK fathers are playing a bigger role in care taking… some need more practice with their ‘football hold’ technique. Need some Americans to teach this one!
#dontdroptheball #baby #fumble

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Literally, 3m after leaving our flat… Dad: “How many times do I need to tell you guys NOT to make a scene?!” Ummm… #rhetorical ???
#AmericansinHK #my3sons #loud

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“Everywhere we go, people want to know… who we are & where we come from.” – Not really. They can tell. 😛
#sorrybabe #marriageisfun

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OK, just to be clear… you took your 2 ankle biters for a walk in their stroller… then let them actually walk… so now one trails behind & weaves under MY feet, & u carry the other??? Still not sure why u need/brought the doggy stroller… -_-

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I love these colorful buildings… if u look near the bottom, you see the support pilings that go deep under every skyscraper here. The early morning pounding of these at nearby construction sites is not a fun wake up call! The pilings are visible BC, due to lack of flat land in HK, these towers are all halfway up a steep hill. So half the building is on the hill & the other half… not. Like a beach house on stilts, only 60-80 floors higher! It might look a bit sketchy, but we’ve seen no damage through the last 2 hurricane seasons! Mark says, “Only half the supports are visible, they go twice that deep. They’ve been building on hills for decades, it’s perfectly safe.”

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On a lunch/errands date w/ Mark… HK is a city of many extremes. This is “Somewhere between have & have-not.”

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*whew* Finished our greenhouses while reading about John Smith’s adventures as a mercenary soldier in France ©1596. Now time for a little badminton at the park while mom makes dinner!
#homeschool #history #science #PE

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Kids: Look Mom! We got you flowers!
Mom: Quick! Put it back before security comes!
#HKlife

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That’s it for today… but I’ll leave you with a bit of encouragement:

Life as an expat, as a Christian, as anybody… can get overwhelming pretty quick. But just when we feel discouraged, HE always brings forth His light & shows us the next step! I’m feeling encouraged, just enough to make it one more week… & hopeful that HE will deposit new strength/courage in me for the next week! I promise He will do the same for you…

When you feel like there’s a target on your back & the enemy is following your every move… keep going! The devil always chases those shining LIGHT on his evil plans. But don’t be afraid – when God sends you out,  HE’s got your back!

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-JK

thanks disney… NOT

Training up my children in the way of the LORD, not the way of the mouse. Discussions on the Disney Channel always make me glad we left the country & don’t have cable here in HK. We actually only see what we purposely record online & then make special time to view, which is not even on a weekly basis; maybe LESS now that our TV broke yesterday… LOL! I totally agree with the below comments on the Disney Channel programming… While I do let my boys watch Good Luck Charlie & Jessie on occasion, the catch is that I’m watching with them & we discuss the negative attitudes as we go. The rule at our house is, if you learn negative behavior from ANYTHING, out it goes. They all agree to this for their movie, music, tv & friend choices. I believe it’s very important to teach our children to use their own discernment & I totally agree that when it comes to Disney, much discernment is needed. Thanks Disney, for giving me so many chances to teach my kids what NOT to let into their growing minds! 
These days, less is more friends. Discernment is KEY. Training is needed so our kids will be wise as serpents & gentle as doves, both now & as adults.  -JK
Re-Blogged from “Life Inspired” – original post

Between Us: An Open Letter to the Disney Channel

No More Disney Channel copy

Dear Disney Channel Executives,

My daughter Journey has recently become a fan of the Disney Channel.  She just turned 7, she has officially outgrown Nick Jr. and since Nick seems to show SpongeBob all day, she has moved over to the Disney channel.  At first, she was pretty much only watching Phineas and Ferb.  Eventually, she started watching the rest of the line up including Good Luck Charlie, Austin and Ally, Shake It Up and Jessie.

The more she watched, the more I realized that all of scripted shows on the channel have one thing in common—all the storylines center around pretending to be something you are not or lying to get what you want.   I also realized that just about all of the episodes are recycled sitcom storylines from 20+ years ago with the same premise.  The pet that dies (or gets lost) and is replaced.  The favorite item that is mistakenly given away and has to be retrieved by any means necessary.  The boy who pretends to be someone he’s not to get the girl or vice versa.  While the setting, faces and fashion has changed, the stories are basically the same.

So much of our world has changed in the past ten years alone.  Yet Disney continues to promote shows built around formulaic characters that reinforce negative cultural and gender stereotypes.  There’s the doofus dad (Good Luck Charlie, A.N.T. Farm); the scheming brother (Good Luck Charlie, Jessie, Wizards of Waverly Place); the not too bright best friend (Wizards of Waverly Place, Austin & Ally).  But the worse show on the channel by far is Jessie.  A show about self-absorbed absentee parents that have left a flighty, inexperienced nanny and lazy butler to care for their culturally diverse adopted brood that represents as many stereotypes as it does ethnicities.

I am also concerned about the portrayal of mature subject matter between some of the characters.  Girls and boys regularly pursue each other and sometimes end up in relationships.  While this may be appropriate for teenagers, I don’t think it is behavior that should be presented to children around my daughter’s age.

At first, I thought it was my fault for allowing her to watch a channel that was programmed for older children.  But after a bit of research, I realized that Disney Channel is programmed for kids ages 6-14.  The obvious way to solve my dilemma with your programming would be to change the channel, and believe me that is exactly what I did.  When I made that decision, I sat my daughter down to explain why she couldn’t watch the channel anymore.  She was upset about it, but she did agree that most of the characters make bad choices at one point or another.  “But mom, they always fix it by the end of the show,” she said.  This is the message that our children are getting—that no matter how many times you lie, scheme or make bad decisions, it will all work out in the end.  Of course, anyone over the age of 7 knows that is simply not true.

With three Disney channels, I am asking that you consider airing programming on one of them that is suitable for kids ages 6-10.  Or at the very least, a block of programming during after school hours that features shows like Phineas and Ferb, Gravity Falls, and Disney feature films, as well as age appropriate scripted shows.

But then again, maybe I’m just expecting too much from a corporate conglomerate that occupies such a large place in the hearts and minds of children across the globe.  In the end, it’s up to me as the parent to make sure that the content that my child is exposed to is in line with my beliefs and values.  So for now, much to my daughter’s dismay, she is no longer allowed to watch the Disney Channel.
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