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Chapter 43 – Around the World in Seven Days – page 232

There is no way I can blog about this chapter without giving you a link to the COOLEST video about the countries of the world. I warn you… you may end up watching this a whole bunch of times, trying to sing along with it. (It’s impossible… I think!) 😀

Ready??? (Just don’t forget to come back here.) 😉 Here’s the link:

Now, keep in mind that this video is probably older than I am, so the geography might be a little off but what a fun way to be reminded of what a HUGE world there is out there. Those of us who live in North America can easily forget that there are hundreds of other countries and BILLIONS of other people. We’re just a small part of an amazing and colourful world that God created.

This week’s chapter in Designer Genes has some fun activities about language and culture, as well as daily Bible readings that remind us to love and respect people who are different from us. Don’t forget, tween girls in Liechtenstein, Hong Kong, Zambia, Peru, Russia and everywhere else have designer genes, too! 😀

Here’s something else that’s really fun… Remember our chapter on manners and etiquette (page 212)? So, you probably learned a few tips and have better manners now. But do you know about the different etiquette rules around the world? Try this cool quiz, which has some VERY surprising answers!

Now you’re ready to travel the world! 😀

Well, girls… that’s it for my blog updates, because we started going through the book on November 1, 2007, beginning with the next chapter (Love Your Neighbor):

If you started reading this blog sometime after that, you can continue to check in each week as you go through the rest of the chapters in your book… there’s an entry here for each one! 😀

Just look at the menu on the left side where it says “Read Them All…” and click on the month you’re in. You’ll have to read from the bottom up (sorry… I don’t know how to have them show up from top to bottom!) but I’m sure you’ll find the chapter you’ll looking for. Let me know if you have any difficulties! You can write to me at

This doesn’t mean I’m disappearing! Stay tuned for updates on what’s happening with Designer Genes… and other book projects that I’m working on! 😀

God bless you, my little sisters in Christ!


P.S. I just thought of a better idea! I’ll come back every week and give you the link to that chapter’s original entry. How’s that? 😀


Chapter 42 – Send Me! – page 227

Today was the last day of reading for this chapter in Designer Genes Devo. So… what do you think? Do you feel like you want to get out there and volunteer and use your talents to bless other people?

It’s pretty amazing how many things a tween can do to bring joy and beauty into the life of someone who’s sick or lonely or poor. YOU can be like a window that God’s love shines through. Actually… I just had a thought. More than just a window, which is a flat piece of glass, you can be like a prism! Have you ever seen one of those glass shapes (usually a triangle) that create a rainbow when light shines through them? Kind of like this…

The piece of glass by itself isn’t too interesting to look at, but when it faces the sun or another source of light at just the right angle, it creates a beautiful display of colours.

Just like the prism, if we’re looking at Jesus, His love can shine through us and touch the lives of people around us in a special way! I pray that you will find ways to share God’s love with others.

Remember Jonah? Don’t run away from the opportunities God gives you to carry out the special plans He has for you. Jonah ended up being swallowed by a big fish!

Speaking of Jonah, here’s a fun puzzle page you can print out:

I’ll try to check in again tomorrow or Thursday for chapter 43. After that, if you’re new to this blog, you’ll be able to go back to the November 2007 entries to continue with the rest of the chapters. (We started going through the book last November, so it’s almost been a year already!)

Don’t forget that you can always write to me at

Have a great week!


Chapter 41 – What’s Going On? – page 223

Welcome to Section 6 of Designer Genes, where we’ll be looking at the world around us.

This post is late because I was sick with the flu all of last week. In fact, a few people in my family have been sick… and I’m sure you know people who are sick, too! It seems like a lot of people catch colds at this time of year.

Today is also Thanksgiving in Canada, and I have to say that, even though I’ve been sick, I’m really thankful! I’m thankful because I know that once my nose isn’t so stuffed-up and I get some energy back, I’ll feel fine again. Sadly, there are many people in the world — even young kids — who are really sick with no hope of getting better.

There are also people who are suffering because of natural disasters such as hurricanes or floods, or because of terrible wars.

Do you ever think about all the bad things happening in the world and feel discouraged or upset? That’s what this chapter is all about, and my hope is that the Bible verses you’re reading will encourage you.

I also want to share a fun and uplifting song by Francesca Battistelli, a new Christian pop singer. It’s called “Blue Sky” and it’s like a message from God reminding us that, no matter what’s going on, His love is always there for us! You can hear the whole song for free on her Web site: Scroll down a little until you see the orange-y music player on the right side. “Blue Sky” is song number 6. Just double-click on it and it will start playing.

Are you worried about something happening in the world today? You can talk to God about it!

By the way, here’s my favourite Precious Moments figurine, which is titled “Jesus Is the Answer” (because He really is!) 😀

Have a great week,


Chapter 40 – Wonderful Words – page 217

This is probably my favourite chapter in Designer Genes. Since I was a little girl, I have loved words… especially word games and puzzles. My mom teases that I used to read the dictionary when I was bored. Some would say that made me a nerd but… hey, I’m a writer now so I guess it paid off! 😀

There’s some really fun stuff in this chapter, such as Spoonerisms and palindromes. Another type of word play I enjoy is puns. Have you ever heard of those? Here’s a cute example I found today:

“I rode my bike twice yesterday. I guess that makes me a recycler.” Get it? 😀

A pun is when you use a word or phrase in a funny way that makes it mean something else, in this case “recycler” doesn’t actually mean someone who puts their newspaper in the blue bin, but someone who “cycled” again.

Here’s another cute one: “That’s a cool chair!” “Yeah, I know… it rocks.” (Rocking chair, get it?) 😉

Anyway, there’s all kinds of great stuff in this chapter, but the most important words are the ones you’ll find in your daily Bible readings. And remember that the words that come out of your mouth are really important, too. Sometimes we don’t realize that the way we speak to our parents, friends, and others can be really hurtful or disrespectful.

This week, let’s all ask God to help our words be beautiful!

Before we go, here’s a great word game! Quickly read the words below out loud.

Was it easy? Some people get mixed up and say the colours that they see instead of the colours that are written. 😀

Have a great week!


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