Seeing Land Three Months Later

Seeing Land Three Months Later

Mrs. Noah’s Diary The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible. Genesis 8:5 (NIV) by Bonnie Beardsley Dear Diary, Japheth came running in shouting, “Land ho.” I didn’t like them playing pirates when they were growing up. But this time it was true—he had spotted the tops of some mountains near us. The girls and I planned a party. We made fig cakes and roasted veggies in the small oven while the guys worked on everything else. We danced after we ate to celebrate the first sight of land, even though it was just mountain tops. Then we played a game trying to guess what mountains we are looking at. No one knows who won yet. About Bonnie Beardsley Bonnie Beardsley is...

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Making Sugar in the Early 1800s

Making Sugar in the Early 1800s

Did you know … by Sandra Merville Hart Maple or sugar trees provided sugar for early pioneers in the early 1800s. Sugar Camps They built log huts called Sugar Camps near maple trees. Neighborhood camps were often built near each other to allow friends to talk during the long process. Sap boiled in iron kettles Pioneers collected gallons of sap. They boiled the collected sap, or “sugar water,” in iron kettles. The children loved it, because it often continued all night. They played with children from neighboring camps while the sap boiled down. Sap made several forms of sugar Sap first made a waxy form of sugar and many people ate it that way. It granulated, or became like the little crystals you see in the sugar bowl, when it boiled longer. Sap...

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Rocky in the Ark

Rocky in the Ark

Mrs. Noah’s Diary But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Genesis 8:1 (NIV) by Bonnie Beardsley Dear Diary, Today it seems as everyone is a little short on patience. It has been a long time since the rain stopped. Yet, the water is still there. The trouble started with the girls fighting over what meals to make today. I told them that since we eat three meals a day they can each fix one meal. We planned which one was fixing each meal. They are now working as a team. I will gladly do the dishes. Next, the stairs became a scene of a major fight among the boys. Japeth carried a large load of straw down the stairs and couldn’t see in front of...

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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park

by Sandra Merville Hart Crater Lake National Park, established in 1902, is a picturesque lake surrounded by two-thousand foot high cliffs in the state of Oregon. This unusual lake was formed by a volcanic eruption over 7,500 years ago. At 1,943 feet deep, it is the deepest lake in the United States. The water is almost entirely rain and melted snow, making it a beautiful blue color that fills visitors with wonder. About 533 inches of snow (44 feet) fall every year at Crater Lake. The biggest snowfall was 879 inches (73 feet) in 1932-33. The snow usually melts by August. Fish were added to the lake but only two species survived: Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon. Fishing is encouraged and no license is required. There is a volcano called Mt. Mazama in the park. You...

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Finally, the Rain Stopped

Finally, the Rain Stopped

Mrs. Noah’s Diary The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days. Genesis 7:24 (NIV) by Bonnie Beardsley Dear Diary, The rain had stopped the day after my last post, but it is taking a very long time for the water to go down. It is almost five months since the rain started, and there’s no land in sight. Noah measured the water again and it has gone down some. All this humidity has my hair frizzy. The girls and I are wearing scarves to cover our hair. I have a couple of funny stories. We learned to be quiet when you walk past the parrots. Ham’s wife said something about being in a floating zoo. Next thing we heard were the parrots saying repeatedly, “floating zoo squawk.” The other story is that a cat got out of its cage and the dogs...

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