Something I Did This Week

This week was a pretty busy, one since I went to a potluck Party for swimming on Wednesday, which was fun.

There was a lot of school for me that day, so it was a bit rushed to get ready for the party, but it was doable.

The drive to the party felt long thanks to the excitement. The party was very fun, I hung out with my friends and teammates, there were speeches from my coaches , and most of all, it was nice to see my team together and having a good time.

That was the most exciting thing I did this week, the other things I did was go to work, which is always good and I enjoy working, shopping for ski gear with my family, going to swim practice which was hard but fun, and celebrating Thanksgiving with my family.

My week overall was pretty good and normal except for the party and Thanksgiving.

My Little Sister

I am the oldest of five kids, I will be talking about my oldest sister Nancy Isabelle.

She was born on June, 7th 2007, four months before my second birthday. The first year after her birth I didn’t like being an older sister, I probably was jealous because I wasn’t getting all the attention anymore, but after a little bit I warmed up to her. Soon enough we became best friends and started doing almost everything together.

Nancy is very mature for her age, she is a good and encouraging leader when it comes to dealing with kids who are younger than her, this makes her a very good communicator with younger kids. Example say if she was talking to a three year old that has just started talking, she has no trouble understanding them, even if their speech ability is very hard to understand.

Because of her maturity I have no problem talking to her like she is the same age as me, and she is a good listener. 

We tell each other almost everything, and try not to keep secrets from each other, even when it’s hard.

Nancy is an inch taller than me; she has straight, long dark brown hair which she always puts up into a ponytail or braid. She has a lot of freckles, even more than me, and has a dimple by her mouth when she smiles. People often mix us up, and think we are twins which annoys both of us.

 She is a great athlete, and loves sports, especially skiing and swimming.

We have a lot in common, we both love chocolate, sour gummies, nail polish, and crop tops, but we have a lot not in common, she like very long hair and I don’t, I like butterfly but she like 

breaststroke, and I love pink but she likes purple, so we have are differences in taste.

One of our favorite things to do together is swimming, we swim four times a week together with are team, we both support each other when we have a swim goal, and we even race each other.

My little sister Nancy is an amazing person in my life I don’t know what I would do without her.

My Schedule

Oct, 7-13

Monday

Wake up at 7:30 am.

Start notebook school, 7:15 am.

Start Computer work 8 am.

Take break 9 am to 10:45 and have breakfast/ get changed/do chores.

11 computers work again.

12 take a break for lunch.

Finish school up, 2/3/3:45.

Drive to swim practice, 3:45.

Arrive to swim 4:15, start swimming 4:30, and end swimming 6:00.

Stay in the hot tub with friends from 6:00 to 6:15, go to change room shower and change from 6:15 to 6:30.

Leave 6:30.

Arrive home 7, finish extra school till 7:30 to eat supper with family.

Finish supper at 8, and get ready for bed.

Go to bed at 9:30.

Tuesday 

Wake up 7:45.

Do notebook work at 8, finish by 9.

9/11 have breakfast, get dressed, and do chores.

12/1 have lunch.

1 to 4:45 computer school breaks included.

Babysit little sister from 5 till 6:30 at the community center.

7 have supper with family, and finish up school from 8/9.

9 get ready for bed, sleep by 9:45.

Wednesday

Wake up at 5 am, have breakfast 5:10 at 5:25.

Leave house at 5:35 for swim practice.

Arrive by 6:05, swim at 6:15 to 7:45.

Spend time with friends, in hot tub, 7:45 to 8.

Leave pool by 8:15, arrive home at 8:45, have breakfast at 9:05 and do chores from 9:25 to 9:45.

Start school from 10 to 11.

Take a break at 11/12 and do swim notebook school.

12/1 do some more computer school.

½ have a break and do chores.

⅖ finish school.

Get ready for the party 5/5;45, drive to party 5:45.

Party 6:30 to 8.

Return home by 8:45.

Get ready for bed 9, sleep by 9:30.

Thursday 

Wake up at 7, do notebook work.

8/9 start computer work.

Have breakfast from 9 to 9:30, do chores 9:30/10:45.

School, 11/12.

Take break do chores, take a walk, do notebook school homework, and have lunch 12/2.

2:00 to 2:25 for school.

Drive to work, work at job from 3 to 5/ have something to eat after.

6/7:15 swim practice.

Leave pool by 7:30, arrive at home 8.

Have supper at 8:45, and go to bed at 9:30.

Friday

Wake up at 7, do notebook school.

Start computer school from 8/9.

9/10, have breakfast and do chores and get ready for the day.

Do school 11/12.

12/2 have lunch, have a walk, and do chores.

2 to 3:45 to school.

3:45 drive to swim practice, arrive by 4:15, swim from 4:30 to 6.

Stay in the hot tub with friends from 6 to 6:15, get ready and shower 6:15 to 6:30, leave pool 6:30.

Arrive home 7, have supper 7:30/8.

Get ready for bed 8:20/8:25, watch movie with family from 9 to 11:45.

Go to bed at 12.

Saturday

Wake up at 8 am do chores, have breakfast at 9, leave the house at 9:45

Babysit my little sister from 10/11 after her Ballet

Go to a farm stand with Mom at 11:20.

Return home by 11:45.

Free time, spend time with family, go to the ski sale with family 1 to 4.

Return home at 4:30 do Personal Finance and Business unknown time, prepare apple pie at 6 with Dad.

7:30 have supper with family.

8 get ready for bed.

9 watch a movie with family, go to bed 11.

Sunday

Wake up at 8:25.

Have breakfast at 10.

Spend time with family.

Go to work from 11-1.

Return home at 2.

Prepare for Thanksgiving, do personal finance 4:25, do business at 5:10.

Have supper at 6:45 finish at 7:45, get ready for bed at 8, watch movie at around 8:45.

Finish around 11.

Sleep at 11.


Gerhard Groote

Most of you probably have never heard of the name Gerhard Groote, but now you will know. He was an early Protestant reformer before Martin Luther.

Early Life

Groote was born in the Netherlands in 1340 to a wealthy family. When he was only ten years old the black plague swept over his small town, killing many people including his parents. After his parents’ death he inherited all of his father’s wealth.

 He was very wealthy at a very young age. These riches made him grow up into a spoiled brattish young man, he wasted his life and wealth on partying and traveling. But he was very educated since he went to the best schools.

His Conversion to Christanity

Groote changed through; during one of his travels he came across an Augustinian Monk, who was preaching the bible. He stopped and listened to the preaching and his life was changed forever. He converted to Christianity that very day. His change of character from the spoiled rich guy to a man of faith was quite remarkable.

After his Conversion

He went home, and began reading through his huge library. For months he read these books extensively, doing nothing except reading. He tried to go to church many times but was disgusted by all the misteachings, heresy, and over, all corruption of the church, so he decided to stay at home and plunge into the work of God that way.

His Schools and Preaching

Around the time of his conversion, the black plague spread through his town again, he luckily did not become ill. He noticed the many now parentless boys on the streets in his town; he wanted to help them. He brought several of these boys to his home, and gave them food, water, and a roof over their heads, while doing this he kept them busy by teaching them how to read, write, and taught them the Gospel. 

Groote bought the house next door, and turned that into a similar school but for girls, he taught them the same way he did with the boys.

His schools were known as great schools of learning. Thanks to his wealth he was able to start several more schools, like his first two, he got some of his first students to help him run the new schools, he was never short of teachers because of this. His schools were somewhat unnoticed.

This is because many other events such as the Hundred Years War were going on during this time, the schools were just know, as places of learning for orphaned children

He began preaching, and traveled, gaining a large number of followers.

Death

Another wave of the Black Plague went through his town again in 1384. Groote wasn’t so lucky this time and died from the illness.

After Death

Groot’s schools did not disappear right after his death, thanks to his mission, his schools lasted for another hundred and fifty years, thanks to his system, where the older students would teach the new group of students.

Many of his students became future reformers. Men such as Martin Luther, Thomas a Kempis, Martin Bucier, Ulrich Zwingli, John Knox,  and John Calvin all went to Groot’s schools.


Author’s World Views From the Books The Lion of the North and Little Men

Most books usually give an insight into the authors worldviews or beliefs, through their characters, and their characters actions and beliefs.

The Lion of the North, by G.A Henty is about the thirty years war, which is a war between the Catholics and Protestants. The main character in this book, Malcolm is on the side of the Protestants. This gives a small insight of the fact that G.A Henty himself was a Protestant and Christan, this means that he believes that God is real, that God has created the universe. This belief is known as Theism, so, this means that one of Henty’s world views is Theism. 

This book shows a little bit of the worldview Rationalism. The reason why I think this is because the characters in the book think reasonably and logically, and don’t use emotion to lead their actions. Rationalism is the belief that opinions and actions should be based on logic, reason, and knowledge, instead of religious or emotional belief. So I think G.A Henty is also somewhat of a Rational thinker.

In Conclusion I think that G.A Henty’s worldviews are Theism and Rationalism.

Little Men, by Lousia May Alcott, is the second book of the Little Women series, and is about Jo (who is one of the sisters in Little Women), and her husband, together they are running a special school, the children at this school are taught to be kind, accepting, and treat each other as equals, Jo and her husband believe that everyone has some good in them or that everyone is born naturally good. This belief is known as Transcendentalism. Alcott was most likely a Transcendentalism.

Another worldview that I saw in this book was Theism, the children in the story prayed each night to God and went to church, they were also taught not to lie or steal since it is a sin and wrong.

In Conclusion, I believe that Lousia May Alcott’s worldviews are Transcendentalism and Theism.

John Cabot


John Cabot was the first European explorer to visit the mainland of North America after the Vikings. I will be summarizing his life.

Early Life

Cabot was born in 1450 in Italy; he was the son of a spice merchant, and grew up with Italian sea men, so he learned navigation and sailing at a young age when he was in Venice

He married at twenty four, and had three boys. He became a citizen of Venice in 1476, but moved to England in 1488, apparently because he had some issues with money, and was being chased.

Cabot was very interested by expeditions and voyages of early explorers who had gotten sudden riches, such as Christopher Columbus. He wanted to go exploring too, to gain wealth.

Expeditions 

He met up with King Henry the 7th of England (who funded his voyage), who gave him permission to seek out and discover some new lands for England to colonize. In 1479 Cabot set out for his first voyage, on a ship called the Matthew.

Fifty days on sea they landed in North America on the now Canadian province of Newfoundland; Cabot like Columbus thought he had landed in Asia; he then claimed this new land for England.

He sailed back to England and made another journey the following year. This journey was somewhat of a mystery since his entire fleet of five ships and three hundred men disappeared, including himself. Know one knows what happened on that expedition.

Conclusion  

Even though Cabot did not have a lot of time to explore thanks to his disappearance, he still gave England a claim to the New World.

Lydia Smith


One cold and rainy spring day, the fog loomed over Plumfield quite thickly blocking much of the view. The children stared out of the foggy windows boredly since they are unable to go outside, and being indoors all day can become rather dull. Mrs. Bhaer noticed the misery of the children and decided to cheer them up.

“Well my dears; I have some exciting news for you all. Mr. Bhaer and I have just learned that we will be having another student.” 

The reaction of the children was quite enjoyable and sweet.

“Really! Is the new student a he or she?” inquired Daisy, who liked the idea of having another playmate who was a girl since the majority of the school were boys, except for two girls one who was a complete tomboy and the other to young.

“How old is this new student? I hope it’s a boy!” said Tommy eagerly.

After a few minutes of the children’s questions, Mrs. Bhaer spoke.

“She is a girl of fourteen, older I know; her name is Lydia Smith. Her parents have decided to send her here, so she can have a little more fun and laughter in her life. She is from England and went to a very strict and dull boarding school in London which has left her quite moody and miserable. She is staying here at Plumfield for an entire year to have a little fun, enjoyment, and to learn in peace without to much stress. Please be kind to her.” 

This left quite an uproar again.

“When is she coming?” asked Nan.

“Does she like books and learning?” softly asked Demi.

“Dears please calm down. Well, she is coming tonight Mr. Bhaer is picking her up at the station, Nan, and I think she probably might, Demi.”

Mrs. Bhaer answered.

After there was a great deal of whispering, everyone wondered who this new mysterious girl from England was like, was, she nice or nasty, Mrs. Bhaer has said she was miserable and moody. Did she like younger children, would she be kind to them?

Lydia Smith miserably sat on the bench, her shoes and jacket were wet; she felt miserable and cold. She rubbed her thin elegant fingers together to warm them up, her leather gloves were not

helping one little bit. She was a small girl, small in stature, she had wavy whitish blond hair, and pale white skin which was pink from the cold, with milky grey eyes. She wore expensive clothing which did not suit her at all, they rather sagged on her.

Finally she saw the carriage. She grabbed her trunk and walked toward the carriage. The man sitting in the carriage had a kind and caring face that seemed to warm you up even though you were freezing cold. 

“Hullo. You must be Lydia.” He said kindly which warmed Lydia a tinge bit more, she had always been suspicious of strangers.

Back home at Plumfield the atmosphere of the children was even more anxious and excited; when they saw the carriage drive up the drive, they nearly leapt up with a blast of relief from the anxiety. The anxiety in the atmosphere was so bad the Nan said she had clutched her hands so hard that her hands were blue.

The house was nice, decided Lydia, much nicer than the boarding school that she had gone to for the last five years of her life; Mr. Bhaer was also very nice much kinder than the people at her boarding school. Lydia decided that she would like this place. She nervously walked through the door. The inside was even nicer than the outside, it wasn’t fancy and lavish, it was quite plain and simple but full of kindness and love, as if the house was giving you a warm embrace.

As Lydia was taking everything in, she heard the bounds of feet and saw a bunch of joyous happy young children run toward her. It was overwhelming since she had never seen such happy children, even her noisy siblings weren’t that happy. A kind gentle woman came down the stairs, after the children, she looked like the kind of person you could trust, someone that could understand you, and talk to. Lydia decided that she liked Mrs. Bhaer also.

“My dear, you are welcome to Plumfield.” said Mrs. Bhaer as she put her arm around her skinny shoulder, and introduced her to all the children. Lydia had never felt so much kindness, she was grateful for her mother’s decision now, she would be happy here.

The year that Lydia stayed at Plumfield truly changed her. She now laughed more often, she began to have color on her cheeks, she just glowed with happiness. She began to enjoy helping the other children in school, and had a close bond to Demi who just adored her. She became close friends with Nan and Daisy who treated her like an elder sister.

But the year went by to fast and Lydia soon had to leave Plumfield. She was saddened but ready for her English boarding school. The children were very sad since they would miss her a great deal. But felt reassured when she promised to write them letters once a month or whenever she could, they promised her that they would never forget her and write her letters whenever the could.

When she left she did not shed a single tear but instead waved farewell.

The End


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