Tuesday, July 21

Happy Birthday Alex

This is my baby, who is now 10. He has grown 4 inches this last year!

Friday, July 17

A Book Review of Legends of King Arthur and His Court

I was sent this book by Shelly Noonan as she was looking for people to review it. It is a revised book that was originally written in 1901. It also came with a study guide written by her son. I was excited to read this to my boys as they have never really heard much about King Arthur. I expected it to be a quick summer read as it is only 10 chapters. And it is a quick read. But when I got to looking at the study guide I realized that it was more than just some questions I could ask after we read the story. The study guide is in itself a thorough vocabulary and character study about the book. So after looking at it I decided that we will be using this in the fall as part of our homeschool curriculum. It is much more than a literature study. I anticipate many good discussions about loyalty, chivalry, honor and much more.There are also sections to stimulate writing and art activities as well as research. This is going to fit in nicely with our school year.

Thursday, July 16

A sad kind of day

One of our former classmates passed away on Sunday morning and today was his funeral. I was unable to go but I've been thinking about his family all day. This is the second child his parents have lost. I can not imagine their pain.

Later today I heard about the death of 4 marines working in an office in Chattanooga. As a wife of a former airman I am appalled at this attack. I hear they apprehended the shooter. I hope that Tennessee has the death penalty. My prayers go out to people that survived the attack and the families of the marines who were killed. This should not be happening on American soil!

Monday, June 29

We're getting a new daughter!!!

Yesterday my son got engaged and I am so happy for him. His bride-to-be is smart, pretty and mature. But best of all she is very good for him.  I am very excited to welcome this lovely young woman into our family!

Tuesday, June 16

Happy Birthday Ian!

I'm going to be in big trouble over this because I forgot to post it on my son's birthday. But since he became a middle child a few years ago he should get used to being forgotten. Right? :P

Seriously, I am so very proud of this young man, I just can't tell you how much. He is independent and self sufficient, but more than that he is one of the most compassionate men I know. He is also sometimes brutally honest and I appreciate that(most of the time). He isn't perfect and he still has some growing up to do, don't we all? But I love him very much and can't wait to see what he accomplishes with his life.

Happy Birthday to my baby boy- middle child- practical joker- best son a mom could ask for!

Elisabeth Elliot

When I was a young wife there was a short radio broadcast on the radio featuring Elisabeth Elliot. I was impressed by her wisdom and sat at her feet (so to speak) and drank in her words. Later I read her books, the one about her childhood years really stuck with me. It's called The Shaping of the Christian Family and can be found here at Amazon.com.

I'm linking to an article that shared some of her best quotes. They are great little nuggets of wisdom and I hope that you enjoy them as I did. 

Here is one of them,
“But the question to precede all others, which finally determines the course of our lives is, 'What do I really want?' Was it to love what God commands, in the words of the collect, and to desire what He promises? Did I want what I wanted, or did I want what He wanted, no matter what it might cost?” 

“When ours are interrupted, his are not. His plans are proceeding exactly as scheduled, moving us always (including those minutes or hours or years which seem most useless or wasted or unendurable).” 

Thank you Elisabeth for being my mentor even though we never meant. And thank you for staying the course and finishing the race well, setting a good example for those of us left behind. 

Monday, June 15

My favorite coffee

I recently bought a different brand of coffee on the clearance rack at work. It wasn't much of a bargain as I ended up throwing it away. My daughter said it tasted sour. I didn't realize coffee could taste sour, but she was right.
So I bought my favorite Seattle's Best #4. This is a nice rich coffee that leaves me feeling satisfied.