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"Out of defeat can come the best in human nature. As Christians face storms of adversity, they man rise with more beauty. They are like trees that grow on mountain ridges--battered by winds, yet trees in which we find the strongest wood."
~ Billy Graham

So, I know that my little pepper seedlings are never going to grow up into trees, but this quote reminds me of something I read once about growing strong plants. Many seedlings are wimpy little things that require a lot of baby-ing when you move them out of the protection of the (green)house to the great outdoors. I can't remember how many of them looked lovely inside, then spent their first few weeks in the garden bent over from the light breeze. I read a tip for growing your own seedlings in which you gently take your hand and brush over their leaves several times a day, mimicking the movement of some breeze. When they graduate to outside, they'll be much stockier and already used to the "wind."…


A little fun...

Yesterday, we had a splinting lab at school. To be very technical, a splint is a hard "half cast" it doesn't go all the way around a broken bone or a sprain, and it's probably what you're going to get (or what you should get) if you go to the ER for a broken bone. It lets your arm swell for a few days, then after the swelling's gone down, they'll put you in a normal cast, probably with an appointment with an orthopedist.

Here are some pictures!
The first is Dennis' awesome job for a normal wrist splint. (Too bad it was a smidgen too long and I couldn't bend my elbow.)

And that's my amazing thumb spica splint.

Oh, and I decided to be mean and see what Dan would do if I came home in a splint on my leg. I came up with some crazy story about some soccer mom dropping her kid off at the school across from the university hitting me with her car door as I was biking to school--anyway, he totally believed me and was getting ready to give me a lecture …

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