Got Milk?

Got milk? Got pasteurized milk? You might want to thank God and Louis Pasteur, who died on this day in 1895. I like the quote of Pasteur at the bottom of this American minute below. I am so thankful to know that there is a loving Creator and that my life is not just a series of mere random events!

American Minute with Bill Federer

September 28

He developed vaccines for rabies and anthrax, revolutionized medicine
with his germ theory of disease, and laid the foundation for the
control of tuberculosis, cholera, diphtheria and tetanus.

While Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at Lille University in France,
he developed the process of “Pasteurization” of milk.

This was Louis Pasteur, who died SEPTEMBER 28, 1895.

President Eisenhower wrote January 8, 1954:

“Pasteurization of milk has prevented countless epidemics and saved
thousands of lives.”

President Johnson stated April 7, 1966:

“Years ago Louis Pasteur said, ‘I hold the unconquerable belief that
science and peace will triumph over ignorance and war; that nations
will come together not to destroy, but to construct; and that the
future belongs to those who accomplish most for humanity.'”

President George H.W. Bush stated February 13, 1989:

“You know, Louis Pasteur once said: ‘Chance favors only the prepared
mind.’…For America to be prepared for the future, our children must
be educated.”

Dr. Louis Pasteur wrote:

The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the

There is something in the depths of our souls which tells us that the
world may be more than a mere combination of events.”

Rocket Car Ready To Roll!

To go along with Paul’s unit study on Alan Shepard, we spent a little bit of time each day this week assembling this cool rocket car.  This was a birthday gift received from Uncle Bob last month.  We made a few mistakes puting it together and had to redo some parts, but we were able to finish it today.  We’re looking forward to loading this baby up with some baking soda and vinegar and launching it again and again next week. I like when we can do fun projects like this one.

Science Fair 2008

On Friday, April 25th, our homeschool support group held its’ 2nd annual science fair.  This year, my children participated along with about 33 other kids.  Each child had prepared a display board which told about their experiment, hypothesis, data, procedure and their conclusion.  First, second and third place awards were given for the various grade categories and each child received a special medal for their participation.  The special speaker this year was my husband whom I volunteered(okay, I asked him first if he wanted to do it before volunteering him)for the job.  In addition to being a pastor, he has his own business doing industrial hygiene consulting.  Most of what he does deals with infection control in hospitals.  He spoke for about 15 minutes on how science can be fun and shared some personal examples of how some of his work made a difference in people’s lives. (actually saving lives through some of his investigating).  It was a good time, and now that it’s all over, we’ll be working on converting our science lab back into a garage.  Here are just a few pictures from the science fair.


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Prelude To The Science Fair

This coming Friday, my kids, along with some other homeschooling families are going to be participating in a science fair. They still have a way to go on their projects, but I’m confident that they will be ready in time. I’m glad we’re all working on it together, because it’s actually kind of fun, and I am learning a few things myself in the process. As I was thinking about this upcoming event, I wrote this silly poem. After it’s all over, I’ll be more specific about their projects, and hopefully I’ll have some pictures to share too.

There’s Something Scientific Goin’ On

Oh my daughter she’s a spraying at our little pooch a bottle of perfume,
and that dog of ours is sniffing hard and rolling on the carpet in the room.
And I can’t be more specific
but there’s something scientific
Goin’ on.

My son sits at the table, to a mother’s heart this is all well and good
Quickly he’s assembling some gliders that are made with balsa wood.
And I can’t be more specific
but there’s something scientific
Goin’ on.

The metal tube that Papa built so capably, I’m sure it is the best
To ever be constructed for a child to perform the tunnel test.
And I can’t be more specific
but there’s something scientific
Goin’ on.

And Mama’s got the digital, it’s pointed at each canine volunteer
As they sniff of pheromonal scents that to their sensing sniffers linger near
And I can’t be more specific
but there’s something scientific
Goin’ on.

Science Fun With The Son

We are discovering that science is more fun with experiments and hands on activities.  Here are a few fun little science things we’ve done recently.


Did you know you can stack water?  We were able to stack 34 drops of water on this penny before it overflowed. 


We put a piece of tissue under a needle and laid it on top of the water.  The tissue sunk to the bottom, but the needle was able to float on top of the water.  Water has surface tension(kind of like a thin layer of Saran wrap), but the needle is too light to break through the surface tension.  Notice how you can see the needle print on the water?


This is a racedrop racetrack that I printed off a website.  You tape the racetrack to some carboard and then tape a piece of wax paper over the racetrack.  Then you get a waterdroplet on your finger and shake it onto the starting position on the track.  Now you’re all set to see how quickly you can get your racedrop around the course and to the finish.  Paul could do this a lot faster than I could.  Water on our waxy racetrack reacts the same way water does on a duck’s back.


With a few sponge pieces, salt, water and some Mrs.Stewart‘s bluing, we were able to start a little crystal garden.

We’re having a lot of fun with science.  I just can’t wait until we blow up the kitchen. (just kidding 😆 )

The Electric Racer


This is the electric racer that Paul completed from his Forces,Machines, Motion and Energy science unit.  I was proud of my hands on boy for completing this all by himself. I basically just sat there and watched him put it together.  We’ll be using it in our next few science lessons to conduct some experiments.  The race is on!

Pluto’s Comfort

Our number of planets, now eight

’cause the 9th one was in much debate

Pluto, no more a planet

for some wise men did can it

now our textbooks are all out of date!

Dear Pluto,

It’s okay if you are not categorized by man as a planet anymore.  I still stand in awe of you, because I know you were brought into existence by the same God who created me.  You and all the other planets, comets, stars and cool things in the heavens still have a purpose.

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

So please rejoice Pluto, in that you are still declaring God’s glory!

Faithfully yours,


Papa’s Got A Brand New Toy


Recently, we had a new addition to our family.  Fortunately, for me, it didn’t come via the stork. (I’m very happy and content with the 2 children with which God has blessed me!) This “addition” came to us straight from the Discovery Channel Store.  It is a Meade ETX90 telescope.  My husband had had his eye on it for a few weeks, and he finally took the plunge and made the purchase.  For a low-tech lady like me, this telescope is very advanced.  It has something called Autostar, which is a remote control device that can automatically move the telescope to any of 30,000 objects stored in the database.  When my daughter and I came home from her piano lesson Tuesday night, my husband was out in the front yard with the telescope.  He let me take a peek at what he was viewing, and I saw Jupiter and several of her moons.  It was pretty neat.  I’ve always found learning about the planets and stars to be interesting.  I thought it was fascinating as a kid, but after my salvation experience with Jesus, it took on an even greater dimension.  I remember one night when we were staying up near Mt. Lassen and a group of us were out in the parking lot just looking up at the sky, which was loaded with starts.  I was thinking to myself, “Wow, I know the God that made all of this!”

The Bible says in Psalm 19

Psa 19:1 <To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Psa 19:2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

Psa 19:3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

I believe if a person never even cracked open the Bible, they could know that there is a God just by looking at the sky and the beauty of nature that is all around us.  It is like a visual, unspoken witness that cries out in every language, “Yes, there is a God!” I hope that as we use “Papa’s new toy”, it will help me gain an even greater appreciation for my awesome Saviour and Creator! 

More Than Just Peanuts


I thought this was a neat little story about George Washington Carver.  I like seeing inventors, politicians, etc. that give God the glory for their achievements.

American Minute with Bill Federer
July 12

Born a slave around this date, July 12, 1864, George Washington Carver became a
scientist of international renown.
In 1921, he spoke for the United Peanut Growers Association to the U.S. House
Ways and Means Committee on the use of peanuts to improve Southern economy.
Initially given ten minutes to speak, the committee was so captivated his time
was extended.
Explaining the many products derived from the peanut, from milk to mock beef
and chicken, Carver stated:
“If you go to the first chapter of Genesis, we can interpret very clearly,
I think, what God intended when he said ‘Behold, I have given you every herb
that bears seed. To you it shall be meat.’
This is what He means about it. It shall be meat. There is everything there to
strengthen and nourish and keep the body alive and healthy.”
After nearly two hours, the chairman asked: “Dr. Carver, how did you learn
all of these things?”
Carver answered: “From an old book”
“What book?” asked the Chairman.
Carver replied, “The Bible.”
The Chairman inquired, “Does the Bible tell about peanuts?”
“No, Sir” Dr. Carver replied, “It tells about the God who made
the peanut. I asked Him to show me what to do with it and He did.”