Monday, December 9, 2013
JEAN TELLS ABOUT KATIE
Like the rest of the family, Katie has chores that she has to do in our home and outside. She has been taught how to get the eggs from the chickens. Also, she knows how to feed some of the small animals. Inside, she sets the table, helps pick up laundry and is learning measurements of baking in the kitchen. Cleaning and picking up are not her favorite jobs, but does it, after encouragement. Her major cleaning job is to dust some of the furniture. Also, she is to pick up her toys when she is done, which she does not always do.
Also, we are teaching her to read, count and speak Deutch . She is doing well on all that we teach her. In our schools most of the children speak Deutch and have to learn English. She speaks English and has to learn Deutch.
Lately we have been having problems with her great grandparents who want her to learn more of the ways of the world. They like our long dresses, but think we should allow slacks sometimes and shorts in the summer. We have tried to explain that is not our way. Also, when at their house, they allow her to watch television, which we do not.
Katie's Birthday is coming up soon. They will have Katie part of that day. What we weren't suppose to know is that they are having a big party for her, which is fine. But she will be receiving lots of gifts, that we do not approve of and they want to bring them in our house. Bishop Joseph tried to talk to them, but they said she is their granddaughter and they can do what they want.
Also, Christmas is coming and they want to take Katie to see Santa Claus. Bishop Joseph said he would allow it, once. When Michael and Edward each came, they were allowed to go the world way if they wanted to the first Christmas here. We will explain to Katie who St. Nicholas was. But, according to her grandparents, we are not allowed to tell Katie that Santa Claus is not real.
They also want us to have a Christmas Tree. We explained how we decorate our home and if she wanted a small tree in her room, she could have it, but not in the living room. Again her grandparents are upset. They also have purchased Christmas Gifts for Katie that are not allowed.
Our way is we only have a few gifts for each person. We do not have stacks of presents. They want to bring several gifts for Katie to have under a tree that we aren't going to have. We tried to explain that it would not be fair if Katie got lots of presents and the rest of the children didn't. Although we have room for all the gifts and could explain to the rest of the family why they aren't getting the gifts Katie is, we feel that it is not right. Michael says they are spoiling her - David and I agree with him.
Katie goes with me where I go. When I go to quilting, grocery store, library, visiting and more. She meets children her own age and is making friends.
Thought you might be interested in a recipe that I have for making dough Christmas Ornaments.
DOUGH CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
l cup water
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix together flour and salt. Start adding water (it will take more or less, depending on the humidity). Stir into a ball and knead 7 - 10 minutes. Work in as much flour as possible, as one needs a firm dough. Food coloring may be added with the water. Cut out or form into desired shapes. Place on cookie sheet and bake until rock hard. A piece 1/2" thick will take about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hour to make.
Pricking with needle will help so it does not bubble. Cover with at least three coats of paint or varnish to keep moisture out.
Be With God,