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Update on Ian


So many have been praying for Ian.  He is a boy from our neighborhood who was violently attacked at a public school playground that is just a block away from our house.  He had some brain hemorrhaging and swelling issues as a result of the beating and had to be air lifted to Vanderbilt Hospital.  Miraculously, he is on the road to a complete recovery.

We attended a prayer meeting at the school playground at 4:00 Thursday.  It was so good to gather with our neighbors for a time of prayer for our community, public schools,  Ian, and the boys who attacked him.  Thanks to social media, we were able to reach brothers and sisters in Christ with our prayer requests and many agreed to stop what they were doing at 4:00 and join with us in prayer.

Matthew 18:19  “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

Since there are more than two agreeing in prayer about this situation, I am expecting wonderful changes!

Click here for the previous post and link to the original news story https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/22/ian/

You can link to the updated news story here http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/home/ticker/Juvenile-charged-with-assaul–208554221.html  or type “Ian Poole” into the search bar here  http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/

betty jo




The following is from my town’s local news station.  After you read the article, scroll down a little and take a look at the comments that follow.  I’ve been homeschooling for 16 years and have been out of the loop about what has been going on in our local schools.


Morgan Elementary School is about a block from my house.  Z7 plays there after school hours sometimes.  E17 has homeschool color guard practice there.  Both Ian and the unnamed bully are my neighbors.

I am horrified, angry, and so sad.

There is a prayer meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 23 at 4:00 CT at the playground.  Would you please join with us in prayers for Ian, his family, our local public schools, and my neighborhood.

Matthew 5:44  “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”

And yes, please pray for the other boys and their families too.

betty jo

Irish Prayers and Irish Jigs

st_patrick  The Prayer of Saint Patrick

“I bind to myself this day:

The power of God to guide me,

The might of God to uphold me,

The wisdom of God to teach me,

The eye of God to watch over me,

The ear of God to hear me,

The word of God to give me speech,

The way of God to go before me,

The shield of God to shelter me.

Christ be with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ within me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ at my right,

Christ at my left,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks to me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.


Our homeschool’s St. Patrick’s Day Unit Studies are just about over.  We are having such a good time that I wish we would have started sooner or could continue a bit longer.

La Fhelle Padraig Sona Daoibh!  That’s Happy St. Patrick’s Day in Gaelic.  I laughed all through our attempt at learning a little Irish Language.  (Just imagine what our Kentucky accents combined with Irish ones would sound like and you might laugh too):  https://ai.glossika.com/blog/learn-how-to-speak-irish-gaelic-for-beginners

Traditional Irish folk music and dancing remind me of our own Bluegrass music.  (And yes, my singing and dancing is pretty funny, too.)   Here’s a link to some really talented Irish folk musicians and river dancers.

And several  Irish Step Dancing  Instructions For Beginners               https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVVrsRPIrc7q5279V05G-noSw_wQA-B0_

If you’re wanting more links for St. Patrick’s Day studies I posted some on  “Absolutely No Pinching” available here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/14/absolutely-no-pinching/

Beannachtai na Feile Padraig oraibh!  (St. Patrick’s Day blessings upon you)

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Blogs In Heaven?

It’s been a little over a week since I started Still Learning Something New.  I am humbled that I’ve had views, a few e-mail followers, and received wonderful, encouraging comments. I’m proud that I’m in the process of overcoming my computer-phobia and learning how to blog instead of only reading others. Really, friends, this is a huge step for me.

In my past life (not a in a Shirley McClain kind of way, but in the before marriage and children kind of way) I studied journalism in college.  In fact, my folks spent thousands of dollars to see I got educated to write and be published.  However, college was a “FAIL”.  Those dollars were wasted. I lost brain cells instead of filling up the ones I had. I hurt me and I hurt my parents.  I’ve been ashamed and I have always thought they were too. They were very educated. My older siblings have degrees.  Success was expected.

After all those years I am finally committed to writing daily, I’ve finally been published.  People from around the world have read what I said.  It’s mind blowing.  I wish my parents could know.

 I don’t imagine that they have WiFi in Heaven. There is so much sin and sadness over the internet and NO sin and sadness in Heaven that I don’t think those there would even want it.  However, since “all things are possible with God” , my prayer is that my Mom and Dad know that it all wasn’t a waste. I’d love for Jesus to let them read what I’ve written. And for Him to show them that “view map” on the stats board.  I’d like them to see the pics of the chalk board wall, too.  Mom would love that idea.

 Also, I pray for those of you reading now that whatever your needs are that they will be met. And that we all will be able to do something that glorifies and pleases He who made us and saved us.

.        many blessings, betty jo