Thursday, October 28, 2010

A true champion

For anyone needing a little inspiration... or perhaps just a little reminder--
that our lives are purposeful, that we don't go unnoticed,
that He calls us to LOVE,
and as a result,
speak volumes to those in need.
Watch and be blessed~

Thank you, Jennefer, for passing this story along~

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Homeschooling benefit #103

Art "class" can happen any time...

and sometimes there aren't even any rules :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

1000 Gifts: October glory

In awe of His glory, I give thanks~

October beauty

red, yelllow, and orange

crunching leaves and fresh cool breezes


"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
~Albert Camus

funny faces & laughter all around

swan-shaped gourds... the garden brought in

a just-turned 6-year old's explanation to his mildly (or perhaps... incredibly) stubborn 2 & a half-year old sister that sometimes you have to do things you just don't want to do

strength to conceal my laughter as said 6 yo told me of their "discussion"

big brother love

paperbag pumpkins

"Mom, can we take some home to share with [Bub] and [Noh-man]?"

friends who have walked a similar path and know exactly where I am

prayers before practice-- with requests for "a challenge" and then the strength to succeed


"... we also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character;
and character, hope.
And hope does not disappoint us,
becasue God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit,
whom He has given us."

Romans 5: 3-5

a new life, a new babe-- my bff... a mother once again

little boys

dinner with friends

chocolate cake!

a Saturday to sleep in

homemade applesauce

... some for now; some in jars for winter

"[Bub], do you want to be a superhero? WE'RE superheroes!"

and then later... "We're putting our things away... but we're STILL superheroes!"

the opportunity to smile. And laugh. And give thanks, every. single. day.

"Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise Your glorious name."

1 Chronicles 29:13

holy experience

and the list continues...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Our favortite books for autumn

Now that fall is well under way, I thought I'd share a few of our seasonal favorites...
a handful of titles we revisit every single time autumn rolls around.

... beautiful watercolors fill every page as Mousekin's first adventure unfolds~
a charming story and a delightful first in this now out of print series
(yet so worth the time it takes you to track a copy down).
A favorite from my childhood;
now one of my children's, as well.

Ox-cart man by Donald Hall
A classic... a must-read... a lovely glimpse at life back then

One of our very favorites from our Five in a Row days~
We discovered this one when Bub was 5 years-old... and simply can't get enough of it!

The Scarecrow's Hat by Ken Brown
A lesson in perseverance and a bit of thoughtful thinking... charming!

Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh
One of our favorite John Chapman retellings...
filled with gorgeous paintings and wonderfully lyrical verse.
My littlest ones just love to pour over these pages!

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Very, very fun! Again, one that my littlest people adore~

Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende & Harry Devlin
Another treasure from Five in A Row~
A Thanksgiving tradition around here, almost as much so as turkey & mashed taters...
my eldest ones still huddle around for this delightful tale!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


From Cunningham Falls State Park (that's where we camped), it's a mere 30-minute drive to Gettysburg. Since:

-- the boys and I spent several weeks studying the Civil War last spring
-- nary a one of us had ever been to Gettysburg (from my family, I mean)
-- our friends raved of their previous visit and highly recommended that we head that way
-- the 2 adult men in our party = history buffs... especially of the Civil War variety. A few hours at Gettysburg = music to their ears.

... we decided we really must go, and oh... I'm so very glad we did. The skies were blue, the mosquitoes were gone, the company was the best... we couldn't have asked for a better adventure.

Here's the abbreviated version~

Monday, October 11, 2010

Our weekend in pictures: Camping

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

~Leonardo DaVinci

The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter,
and is about as ample at one season as at another.
It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness.

~Henry David Thoreau

To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world.

~Charles Dudley Warner

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life,
and the labors of life reduce themselves.

~Edwin Way Teale

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.

~Vernon Howard

In the woods. With a tent. And great friends. And yummy food.
The stars, the sky, the fire (oh... the fire!).
It was an absolute blast! Yep, an absolute blast...

and the epitome of simple living.

Sign. me. up.

To find the universal elements enough;
to find the air and the water exhilarating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter...
to be thrilled by the stars at night;
to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring -
these are some of the rewards of the simple life.

~John Burroughs

Sunday, October 10, 2010



My baby is twelve... today.... 10/10/10... and oh. my. goodness.
I don't know where the time has gone!
What I would give for a Pause button, or perhaps even a Rewind...
*why* must the years fly by so quickly??
Oh, how I'd love to know.

Thankfully, God gave me this heart... this already filled-to-overflowing
yet so-much-more-to-be-contained-in heart~
for Memories. Treasures. Eternity. And Him.
Thank you, Lord.


Happy Birthday, my favorite 12-year old baby boy~

You have brought more joy to my life than you will ever know...
and I love you with all of my heart!

Monday, October 4, 2010

1000 Gifts: October!

"It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night...
for You make me glad by your deeds, O LORD;
I sing for joy at the works of your hands.
How great are your works, O LORD..."

Psalm 92: 1-2, 4-5

At the onset of another week,
I pause to catch my breath, to prepare, to recharge and regroup and remind
of all that matters... of all that counts.

And I focus on Him... on His love... and the gifts of His hand...

and continue my list once again~

a new season... my favorite season!

which means a new month on the calendar... and new beginnings


"Thanks for doing this, Mom!"

the generosity of a very great friend... who opened her home when rain shut down the park
(thanks again, Laura!)

a whole afternoon to play & to celebrate... and an impromptu dinner to cap it all off

wonderfully thoughtful birthday gifts... my family room now a Lego fortress

youth group excitement, enthusiasm, and energy... and a youth pastor who truly cares

Wednesday night small group Bible studies and my boy's desire to be there every. single. time.

11-year old faith... 11-year old boldness... determined to share the love of Christ... praying with his pastor... reading a book given just for him

explosions of thanks... this heart overflowing

our World War 1 studies and the reminder that, even then, our God was in control

learning alongside my boys

a tasty treat found stashed in the cupboard...


a weekend to play... with an afternoon at the fair


and the fullness of His love

Rejoice, give thanks, and sing!

holy experience

and the list continues...