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Hey girls! Check out my latest on-line article, which gives some great tips on how to get along with your teachers and classmates this year:

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Chapter 22 – Life Is Short – page 121

The first time someone close to me died (my grandma from my mom’s side), I was around 16 years old, so I was old enough to understand what was going on. For very young children, it can be a lot harder. Maybe you’ve already experienced having a family member or close friend die. What was it like for you?

As this week’s chapter in Designer Genes points out, it’s not only old people who die (although that is obviously more common). Somehow we seem to expect old people to die — but not kids or teenagers, and not even our parents.

Since no one knows how long they will live, it’s really important for us to make our hearts with God while we’re still young! Be sure to read the very first section in this chapter, where it says, “Are You Ready?”

By the way, statistics show that car accidents are the #1 cause of death among tweens and teens so…

  • always buckle your seat belt!
  • be careful about riding in a car with a teenage or new driver
  • be careful when crossing or playing in streets

Now… here’s a little Bible quiz for you! I’ll give you the answer next week…

Which two men in the Bible never died? (Clues: Genesis 5 and 2 Kings 2)

Have a great rest of the week! 😀


Chapter 21 – Dollars and Sense – page 115

Isn’t it amazing how people focus on money so much?

Tweens, teenagers, and adults always seem to be talking or dreaming about things they want to own or things they want to spend money on… clothes, shoes, movies, iPods, vacations, beauty treatments, sports equipment, food, amusement parks… and the list goes on and on and on…

We’re kind of like Mr. Greedy!

As you’ll learn in this chapter of Designer Genes — especially through the daily Bible readings — being rich won’t make you feel happy, but being happy will make you feel rich! And true happiness comes from knowing and loving Jesus. 😀

Of course, money is also a fact of life and we do need some to survive, so this chapter also gives some tips for being smart about your money.

Here’s a helpful quiz about earning money on the PBS Kids site: Making Money

And here are some games on the United States Mint Web site: H.I.P. Pocket Change (The games are still fun even if you live in Canada or another country!)

Have a great week! 😀


Chapter 20 – What Do You Want to Do? – page 109

Which of these images do you like the most?

A  B  C  D 

E  F  G  H

According to a Web site I was looking at, your choices tell you what you should become when you grow up, in this order:

A – a mechanic

B – a social worker

C – in the military

D – an artist

E – a manager

F – a teacher

G – a doctor

H – a politician

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm… What do you think? I’m thinking this probably isn’t the best way to decide what career path to follow! You see, I liked design “H” the best… and I totally am not into politics! So, although some psychologist somewhere can probably guess some things about you by analyzing the design you chose, there’s nothing perfect about this way of deciding what to be when you grow up.

(How about you? Did the answer match your interests at all?)

This week’s chapter in Designer Genes gives some tips about thinking ahead to your future career, and how to stay focussed on what God wants for your life. Don’t miss the fun word search puzzle and be sure to do the daily devotions.

In the meantime, try this fun quiz that gives you an idea of what kind of job might suit you when you grow up. Again, it doesn’t give a perfect answer, but it’s kind of fun (and makes a little more sense than the design quiz!) After I answered the questions, it told me I should consider being a social worker, painter or writer — now that’s more like it! I love to work with the kids at church, I enjoy sewing and crafts (so that’s the artistic side of me) and I’m a writer!

Not bad… 😀

See you again next week!


Chapter 19 – Priorities, Please! – page 104

Hi girls! I’m so terribly sorry that I’m posting this update at the end of the week instead of at the beginning. I was away on a business trip for about five days last week and just couldn’t get to post anything here. I did get to talk about Designer Genes quite a bit, though, and at least two girls in the U.S. now have a new copy of the book. 😀

So, if you’ve been following along in this chapter this week, you should be on the last devotional – Matthew 6:28-34.

It’s kind of funny that this past week’s devotional is on goals and priorities because I’ve been thinking about the subject a lot. There are things I want to accomplish but some of them take a lot of work and concentration and discipline. For example, I’d like to write another book for preteen girls. If that’s my goal, then I need to make time to work on the chapters. I would also like to read through the entire Bible in about a year. To do that, I may have to spend less time on the computer or doing something less important so that I can get into God’s Word.

What are your goals? I’d love to hear about them!

There are a couple of things I do to help me reach my goals:

  • I write them down as a check-list, which helps me remember all the things I need to do. Every time I finish a project or do something on my list, I cross it off or make a check-mark in front of it.
  • I have a friend that I share my big goals with (and she shares hers with me) and every week or so we ask each other how we’re doing with our goals. It helps keep us motivated. If I’m struggling with one of my goals, she encourages me and prays for me, and I do the same for her.

Do you have any other ideas about how we can reach our goals?

This chapter also talks about setting our priorities straight. I pray that as you did the devotions, you were able to get a better idea of what’s (or who’s!) important in your life and needs more of your attention.

As usual, I’d love to hear from you! You can write to me at Let me know what kinds of things you’d like to see on the blog. Do you want more puzzles? Stories? Pictures? Cartoons? Quizzes? I want to make the blog interesting for you so please tell me what you’re interested in. Thanks!

Please come back tomorrow for Chapter 20. 😀


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