Dude. Check out these “before and after selfies”!

On Saturday, our buddy “Bills” commented, saying: “The selfie-series here (#25, 26 & 27) got me thinking that it would make a cool post; a bunch of “before and after” pics that are all “selfies.” What do you think guys?”
What do we think? We think it sounds like great fun. Thanks for the suggestion, Bill. Our best posts always come from our friends’ suggestions!

We think the best dudes are amateur dudes!

It’s official… we have a new student in our little Table Rock classroom. It’s a long story that’s still developing, so we’ll update you as time goes by. Our newbie is a a delightful 7-year old girl named “Alyssa”, who was referred to us by our Minister. She’s lived all her life in Branson with her grandmother who recently suffered a severe stroke and is currently living in an assisted living facility that specializes in stroke rehabilitation. Since the stroke, “Alyssa” has been self-quarantining with an older couple that’s active in our Church. She has her own i-phone and i-pad and has been doing “virtual school.” The couple she’s been staying with has been concerned about her education and feels she needs to be interacting with other students on a daily basis. So… our Minister contacted me wanting to know if we’d consider another student. I talked with David – and the other members of the gang and everyone thought we should do everything we can to help her. I talked with “Dr C” and he’s really excited. He says he thinks she’ll make a wonderful addition to our ” Table Rock student body.” Alyssa has been tested twice for Covid and takes and records her own temperature every morning and evening. She’s been in our school for a week (the people she’s staying with bring her over each morning and pick her up after school). Academically, she’s “totally lost” and it makes me realize just how “advanced” our kids are. But they’re crazy about her and have been really good to help her understand what we’re doing in the classroom. Dub started calling her “Lissa” as soon as he met her and it’s stuck with the others. She smiles a lot and obviously loves all the attention.
So that’s what’s happening here. We haven’t posted much lately because things have been real busy with school and closing down the summer lake stuff, but we promise to do better in the coming weeks. xoxo Ben (and David).


We’re all really “pumped” because WE VOTED today. This year, any registered Missouri voter can vote by mail – due to the Covid threat. We sent in our “Mail-in ballot requests” on August 25th and our ballots arrived by mail yesterday. Of course, Missouri wanted to make voting by mail as difficult as possible so they require that ballot signatures be notarized. Our attorneys have a young lawyer in the office who is a notary, so he came over this morning (wearing mask, gloves and shoe coverings). We all (sort-of) ignored how CUTE he is while he notarized our ballot signatures. Then David took the ballots to the Kimberling City post office and mailed them. Now we won’t have to burst our “covid bubble” here at the lake by going to the polls on Nov. 3rd. It’s a wonderful feeling!
On an unrelated subject, we surprised the kids last Friday when “Patricia” came over to begin teaching them about pottery. Dub and Austin figured out that “throw a pot” is “jeter un pot” in French or “tiara uno olli” in Spanish, which was news to Chad, Patricia and me. It was just an introductory session but he kids had a blast (there’s nothing kids like more than playing in mud and potting clay is a lot like that). Bella and Tra took the work very seriously and probably made the best pots of the day. Patricia helped each of them work out a potters signature and date their work. We’ll continue with the training for at least the current quarter – and probably much longer. xoxo Ben