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Friday, June 15, 2007

Thursday, June 14th

WE were all fascinated by the naked mole rats.

At the zoo me, Jodene and LaMario we looked at all the stuff. These little naked mold (mole) rats were on top of each other sleeping and one was big. It couldn’t get through the tube, because a big thick stick was there. Then we went to the little monkeys. They were so cute. One looked like a little rock star. The other one looked like a little person with a little face. Then we went to see the seals, one jumped into the Hoola Hoop for a talent show. It was really cool. Then us kids rode on the train. I sat with Savanah and Dez. We sat in the back so we could go in the tunnel last. It was so fun I want to go again some day.

Today Brenda and Jodene earn a big time thanks for all the things they done for us. Especially Brenda she planned this whole summer. My best part is my attitue change so now I have more fun.
But my favorite animal is the seals, Tony and Pearl, out of those two my best one is… I’m going to say both of them! They both did excellent. I was scared of one of the lamas, the while one.
The train was awesome because I got to ride with my best friends Savanah and Shae. They are so cool, Shae helped me when I was afraid of the lama. But the zoo was awesome because of my attitude.
(Dez accepted Christ as her personally savior about 3 weeks ago and she truly as been a new person. Before I hated picking her up from school, she would have such a sour face and attitude, it made the whole day go bad. One day we were taking about the body of Christ and who that is. She broke into sobs and I took her outside to talk. She said she was crying because she didn't know if she was going to heaven or not and didn't know what to do. Finally an easy problem to fix, I actually had the answer. We talked, she prayed and she has been a new kid ever since. Miss Brenda)

Savanah pets a rat.

Pearl the Seal waves at us.
What I did today was went to the zoo. I walked around and saw all kinds of animals like camels, sheep, deer and snakes. The whole place was huge. The first thing I did was look at the seals. They did a performance for us. And one their names was Pearl and the others name was Tony. Tony was so good that she jumped through a hooli-hoop. Then Pearl just spun around and showed us her flippers and her silky coat.

Savanah and Shae find out what it is like to be large chicks.

The Cheetah.

The camel waits for a snack.

Today we went to the zoo in Lincoln, it was fun for the most part. We went to the goat exhibit and fed the goats and the lamas. I also saw my friend Amy at the zoo working so I talked to her for a while. Then we went and looked at the seals and we watched them do some tricks. Then we went and saw some camels and fed them. Then we took a ride on the train.

Today we went to the zoo and we saw a cheetah, a monkey, snake, turtle and other animals. The train rides and the seals were the best out of the whole zoo. I want to thank Miss Brenda and Jodene for doing everything for us. Obasi spent a lot of money on us this week. So thank you.
(All week the kids have been earning beads instead of Obasi Monopoly money for good behavior, learning things, doing well at camp, etc. They get colored beads for activities and green beads for doing chores. They need to earn 100 colored beads and 30 green beads to go on our end of the summer overnight trip. They have been pretty proud of how many beads they have earned this week. Today I informed them that they have to pay for things with their beads too, just like we did with Obasi Money. Some of them weren't to happy when they saw a lot of their beads disappearing for all the field trips and camps they participated in. So I explained to them how much real money Obasi had spent on them this week. Jodene explained to them this is what happens in real life you work and you have to pay for the things you need and want. So then you have to work more to get it back. I looked in Savanah's journal and she had written down all the fees I had named off and at written down the total. She's our little accountant.)

Savanah receives her hat and first pin.
At the end of each week the kids get the chance to recite their memory verse for the week. If they learn their verse they get a little miniature swap to put on their Obasi cap to help remind them of their verse and the lessons for the week. This week if they memorized their verse they got their cap and a big button that says, BE A HERO OF FAITH. They were so excited to recite their verses. They also received other awards for the week too. One is the Faith Hero of the Week, where we pick a person who has lived their faith that week. Our first Faith Hero was Pierrie. It is easier to live your faith while you are at Obasi, but harder for the kids when they are out in the world. We picked Pierrie this week because he lived out his faith at his new job. Doing his best for God and working hard, when it would have been easier to slack off like some of the other kids he is working with. Instead he was a great example and was noticed by his supervisors for having a great work ethic. On a personal note as a mentor that makes my heart, sing and dance. A few years ago when we started working with the kids to help with work ethic and doing your best, it was like pulling teeth, and we didn’t think that we would ever get to this point. God is so faithful, and we are grateful and excited.
Miss Brenda

The kids show off their new hats.

After the zoo and awards we were invited to the Cornhusker Kiwanis family picnic. It was beautiful outdoors and it was good to relax. We love doing anything with the Kiwanis they are a great group of people. They are always so good with the kids and love talking to them and celebrating their successes. We had a lot of fun. Thank you Cornhusker Kiwanis for all your kindness and support.
Miss Brenda

Hailey (the white dog,) was very excited, she thought that burger was hers, sadly later she discovered it was Jodene's and wasn't even going to get a taste of it.

After the picnic it was back to our last night of Track Camp. LaMario, Kemonterious, North Star Track Coach and Shae.
At track camp I learned about high jumping. When you high jump you have to bend over so that when you jump your back is slanted and you land on your shoulders. The other thing I learned was the long jump. When you start from the fifty yards and sprint and jump into the sand as far as you can.

Triple Jumping Jacks!!!!!! Let me tell you what I learn about track camp. Well the first thing I learned was when you are getting ready to run someone will say runners to your mark and you will put both of your hands on your knees then they will say get set. Then your suppose to put your right hand on the ground then and your left hand is up in the air. Then you go. When you do the 200 meter you go half way around the when you do the 400 meter you go I time around. Then when you so the 800 meter you go twice around.
(Before writing this story, Shae came up to me and said I need to start this story out more exciting, can you help me with some words, we came up with Triple Jumping Jacks ! I am so excited that Shae is thinking about how her writing sounds, usually when I tell them we are going to write they all moan and grown and it is like pulling teeth, but this week they have been amazing, almost excited to write. I think that when they go back to school their teachers will be excited to see how much they have improved in writing. That is exciting.
I also have another story about the kids and track camp. Kemonterious, LaMario and Shae attended track camp all week. By the end of camp they were known as the Three Amigos, they went everywhere together. You call one they all would come. For the most part they did a really good job. Kemonterious is so fascinated with gadgets and trying out new things that he loses focus on what he is there for. They all improved in their running techniques. At the end of camp I told them they needed to go thank the coach for doing camp. So I sat on the bleachers and watched. They waited for the other kids to get their t-shirts and then when the coach was through, Shae took the boys to the coach and I heard her say- Coach, us, then she points at the three of them, just want to tell you thank you, we had a great time at camp. Thank you for letting us come. The coach makes a awww sound. Then Shae says, In fact we really should get a picture of all of us together. Then she comes over to me and says Miss Brenda we should have a picture with the coach, can you take one for us. So we took the above picture, it was so cute. Shae is our spokes women and little encourager. Miss Brenda.)

Kemonterious practices the 200.