My Mother’s Lullaby
By April Whitaker, age 14

For many months you carried me
Anxious Mother soon to be
Your heartbeat was my lullaby
Safe inside as time ticked by.
You waited for the day I came
And patiently I did the same
Each day that passed, I grew and grew
The time so long and yet it flew
And when I finally had arrived
Your eyes so tired yet so alive
Your heart so happy and yet you cried
Tears of Happiness, joy and Pride
Thank you for all your pain and strife
You sacrificed to give me life
Thank you for your warm embrace
Your patient soul and loving face
You are my Mother and my Friend
And we’ll be together until the end.
Copyright 1998

April wrote this beautiful poem for her mother, Mrs.Denice Whitaker.

Did You Know?
Submitted by Miss Jean F.

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the two men most responsible for writing the Declaration of Independence, both died on the same day. The date? July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the signing of their declaration!

Since 1774 the United States of America has had nine different capitals.

George Washington didn’t sign the Declaration of Independence because he was out in the field with his army, not in Philadelphia where the Declaration was signed.

The word bigwig originated around the time of the American Revolution. It meant a person of real or fancied importance. The larger the wig a person wore, the more important he was designated to be.

What time of day was Adam born?
Just before Eve!

Why is your nose in the middle of your face?
Because it’s the scenter (center).

What ten-letter word starts with g-a-s ?

What two things can’t you eat for breakfast?
lunch and dinner

How are you supposed to measure snakes?
In inches because they have no feet.

— the Liebing family

Mrs. Jones ten-year-old daughter, Louise, came home from camp with a shiny medal for packing her suitcase more neatly than any other girl.
“How did you do it,” marveled Mrs. Jones, “when at home you often leave messes behind?”
“It was easy,” explained Louise, “I just never unpacked it all summer!”

by Trevor L., age 11

Reading a book is so much fun,
I could almost read a ton!

You can learn to bake a bun,
Or take a rocket 'ore the sun!

See a cowboy shoot his gun,
Or read about a Catholic Nun!

See a jogger Run, Run, Run,
And hear about the races won!

Find how to stay forever young,
Or discover the taste buds on your tongue!

Read of how a picture's hung,
Or about the lady who was stung!

Reading a book is so much fun.
So before each day is done,
Be sure that you have read one!

What do you get when you cross a rainstorm with a convertible?
A carpool!

How can you tell if a fly in the kitchen is a cowboy?
It'll be on the range!

Why does the ocean roar?
You would too, if you had crabs on your bottom!

by Trevor L., age 11

What fascinates me are the mountains so tall,
Big enough for one and all.

What fascinates me is the bow of a ship,
Through the waves of the ocean it can fastly slip.

What fascinates me are the birds that can fly,
Over the trees, mountains and world so high.

What fascinates me are the mansions so fine,
The craftsman's hands made such a beautiful design.

But what fascinates me most of all,
Is the Heavenly Father, host over all.

by Ben S., age 6

There is a funny man
made of snow in our yard.
This is a snowman.
And when the sun comes out to play,
he will slowly melt away.

Who's biography did the race car driver write?
He wrote an auto-biography.

What starts with E and ends with E, and has one letter in it?
An envelope
Josiah R., age 10

A six-year-old girl said she was going outside with her ball to play with God. "How do you play with God?" her father asked. She explained: "I throw the ball up and He throws it back."

One boy said, "My father writes words on a piece of paper and calls it a poem. He gets $100." His friends were impressed. The preacher's boy said, "That's nothing. My father writes words on a piece of paper, and he calls it a sermon. It takes four people to carry all the money!"

Thanksgiving Laughs

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?
The Pilgrims!

If Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?
Their age.

How can you make a turkey float?
You will need two scoops of ice cream, some root beer, and a turkey.

What do you get when you cross a turkey with an octopus?
Plenty of drumsticks for Thanksgiving!

What is the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner?
The tur-key.

All of the above submitted by Laci K., age 12

There are three guys walking in the desert and the first guy says, "I brought a piece of bread so if we get hungry we can eat it."
The second guy said, "I brought a glass of milk so if we get thirsty we can drink it."
Then the third guy who was trailing behind said, "I brought this car door so if we get hot we can roll down the window."

submitted by Jacob H. age 10

Girl: "First I got tonsillitis, followed by appendicitis and pneumonia, ending up with neuritis. Then they gave me hypodermics."
Boy: " Gee, did you have a hard time."
Girl: "I'll say. I thought I'd never pull through that spelling test."

Clark R. age 10

What do you call two guys that like to hang around windows?
Kurt and Rod

What do you call a guy that likes to lift up cars?

My Favorite Animal by Andrew E. age 12

I have a favorite farm animal
he's a black and white holstein
He's big and stong and bulky
he's the biggest bull I've seen.

He slowly grazes in the field
He sure does love to eat
he's getting bigger every day
he'll make some tasty meat.

He slowly roams the countryside
his cud he loves to chew
and as he walks across the way
he nods good bye to you.

A little girl was making noise in church. A little boy told her, "Shush!, we're in church. And besides that, people are sleeping."

A minister told his congregation that he was doing a sermon on liars next Sunday. He asked them to each read Mark chapter 17. So, next Sunday came, and he asked who has read Mark 17? Everyone raised up their hands. The minister said, "Since there is no Mark 17, I'll continue my sermon on liars!"

God's Awesome Space by Aimee E. age 10

Way up in the sky at night
what a lot to see
Many stars a great big light
the look small to me
Oh if I could go to space
see the planets nine
arranged in a great big case
oh so great and fine
it could not have just appeared
it had to be God.
Though the scientists so jeered
it the people awed.

Learning the Basics by Mr. Kevin R.

After breakfast one morning, I told my wife and Jonathan, age four, "I sprayed under the dishwasher for a cockroach, but I think I got the lizard that was living there, also." Jonathan said, "Cockroaches carry their eggs in their bodies." My wife responded, "Mommies carry their eggs in their bodies, too." Jonathan thought about that for a few seconds, then quipped, "You mean like when you were a cockroach, mommy?" We had to explain to him that mommy was never a cockroach.

What is it?
It has four legs
It eats hay.
It has a tail
And it sees just as well
from either end.
A horse with his eyes shut.

Why are fish so smart?
They are in homeschools.

What is the difference between a donkey and a postage stamp?
One you lick with a stick, the other you stick with a lick.

What question can never be answered with "yes"?
Are you asleep?

Going to Grandpa and Grandma's
by Joshua M. age 5 (with Mom's help)

I'm going to grandpa and grandma's in Idaho.
I love them so much, you know.
Grandpa always asks me how old I'll be when I'm ten
then smiles because I fell for his joke again.

Grandpa has a horse,
A nice, short one of course.
Twinkle is his name,
Brown with a white tail and mane.
When I go there, I'm going to ride him. Oh joy!
The saddle makes me feel like a real cowboy.

I'll see grandma who makes good stew
And has lots of good food and games for me to do.
Sometimes she buys candy, but I'll say it's not good for me.
I'll hug her when I get there.
I love them a lot, a bunch, really!

When did the fly fly?
When the spider spied her.

Why couldn't the flower ride it's bike?
It lost it's petals.

Which side of a hen has the most feathers?
The outside.

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