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The Raggedy Man

Mike has been reading books from our home library collection lately including: Travels with Charley - John Steinbeck Uncle Tom’s Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee The Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens Gentle Ben – Walter Morey I especially like when he shares excerpts and his thoughts from the books. A few days ago after lunch, he had a book I recognized in hand and peering over his reading specs he said, “Can I read you something?” He read from an old book called Riley Child-Rhymes by James Whitcomb Riley copyrighted 1906.
Mike remembers his beloved Great Aunt Eleanor reading aloud to him from this book when he was a young boy, especially “The Raggedy Man” and also “Little Orphant Annie” The book is inscribed in the front in lovely script:To: Eleanor: From Aunt Ida “James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) was an American writer and poet, known as the "Hoosier Poet" and the "Children's Poet&quo…

"But Heaven holds all for which you sigh.~ There! Little girl; don’t cry!"

from Riley Child-Rhymes by James Whitcomb Riley Illustration by Will Vawter

Homeschool Retrospect #3

Back in our home school days I remember Tab, Liv and I having conversation about accountability. They had the idea that they had to have accountability, but I, as their Mom, did not! As they protested at a point in our discussion I was struck with the thought that our children are some of our best "built-in" accountability partners. This is a good thing! It's another way children are a blessing! Daughters: “But you don’t have to have any accountability." Me: "I don't?! Whether you realize it or not, you two are my accountability partners every day I get up to be your Mom!"

Estella Katina Cow Says (again):

Dancing David, Jerry and my fella, Mike
I lost my YouTube video of Dancing David Byrne, so I'm thinking this dance from Cinderfella replaces it quite well. I forgot to compare Mike's dancing to Jerry Lewis, but come to think about it...

Strangers, Love and the Bond of Christ

This song has to do with communion (bread and wine), and communion with our brothers and sisters in Christ. I love the words and sentiment. I couldn't find the author, Rich Mullins, performing, but this group does a nice job! Peace of Christ to you.Though we're strangers, still I love you I love you more than your mask And you know you have to trust this to be true And I know that's much to ask But lay down your fears, come and join this feast He has called us here, you and me And may peace rain down from Heaven Like little pieces of the sky Little keepers of the promise Falling on these souls This drought has dried In His Blood and in His Body In the Bread and in this Wine Peace to you Peace of Christ to you And though I love you, still we're strangers Prisoners in these lonely hearts And though our blindness separates us Still His light shines in the dark And His outstretched arms are still strong enough to reach Behind these prison bars to set us free So may pea…

Seeming Insignificances

But words are things, and a small drop of ink,Falling like dew, upon a thought, producesThat which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.—Lord Byron, Though Lord Byron captures a truth with his words, I rather smirk when I read them while pondering anew that question:
“So, why do I blog?” 
The answer is pale and truth is 
My words don’t waste much ink 
Or cause many to think, 
But they are my words 
And my thoughts 
Minuscule may they be 
They matter … 
Considering A drop of dew to an ocean 
And my God Whose "thoughts to me outnumber the sand."

America and Complex Simple Gifts

Here’s an excerpt from the 2009 inaugural speech given by our president, Barack Obama: “America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America."1 Timothy 2:1-3 "First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior..."…

Foam Phones "Sometimes Nonsense Makes the Most Sense"

Sean and I had conversations with foam phones this evening. Sean calls:"Ring! Ring! Answer Grammy! Who's your name gonna be?" I answer: "Hello. This is Penelope Pumpkin Pelican Pie. Who is calling?" Sean: Giggling in his irresistible way and barely able to talk straight says, "This is Too-kie." (giggle, giggle, giggle) I say: "Oh, hello Too-kie! (More giggles from Sean) I'm so glad you called. What you are doing?" Sean: "I gootletoonockkwopeldoo" (or some such made-up words) and he giggles some more. Me: "I love you. Ya wanna sing me a song?" Sean: "Yeah, and you can sing with me." Me: "Okay. Bye Bye, See ya later." Sean: "Okay. See ya. Bye Bye." Then he gets in the middle of the room behind Mike's music stand and I begin to sing then Sean, Eleanor, Grandad, Christine and Mommy Olivia join in on, "He's got the whole world in His hands... " (ALL the verses for everyone in the room…

Out of the Depths

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, More than watchmen for the morning. Psalm 130:1-6

"Full of Earth and Stained with Dirt"

Christine got the David Crowder Band B CollisionCd for Christmas and she has graciously surrendered it to the car stereo for now. Between silences, radio station scanning and car conversation it’s what we are listening to. The music is pleasing in a folksy/ rocky/ blue grassy with a touch of praise and worship music thrown in sort of way. The banjo is used in a non-traditional bluegrass style at times and I find it’s treble tones vibrantly complimentary to the bass sounds. Today I said to Christine, “Okay, I want to hear the first two songs one more time, then we can listen to something else if you want.” Christine answered, “No. It’s okay. We can keep listening. I know you really like it.” (She’s sweet like that.) So we hear the first two songs again and keep the Cd playing until I can’t get the second song (Wholly Yours) out of my head and go back to hear it again... (I realize this song doesn't feature the banjo like some others do!) I listen to the music satisfied, then I begi…

Kansas Weather Quote: ‘If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes. It will change.’

"10 Minutes" is a bit of an exaggeration, but change "10 minutes" to "8 hours" and that's about right! Yesterday's weather was restless, howling, wild and almost insanely windy! This morning is still, calm, sunny and lovely! Yeah, I do know weather is a rather dull subject for a blog post, but the extremes in weather of this place are strangely, an aspect of why I love it! As I step outside just to feel the cold and listen to the day, I hear that the birds are pleased also!

Winter Wind and the Warmth by the Fireside

The north wind doth blow,And we shall have snow,And what will poor Robin do then?Poor thing!He'll hide in the barn,And keep himself warm,And hide his head under his wingPoor thing!Yes, the Kansas winds are howling and serve as a reminder of the blessing of a cozy, warm home. The crackling fireside beckons us to sit close with a cup of hot tea and a book!Mike is reading Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. I'm reading Holiness in Hidden Places by Joni Eareckson Tada and Christine is working on a cross-stitch project! We also took time to watch a very early (so early it was silent movie 1928) by Alfred Hitchcock that Mike got for Christmas. It was a sweet story of a widower farmer taking a wife. Not typical Hitchcock at all! Not even one "nail biting" scene! Earlier this afternoon a dear friend and I watched Tape 2 in a series called Grief Care. That's what's happening by the hearth this wintery Kansas evening as the cold wind howls outside!

Here's the Thing: COMFORT FOOD!

Yep, I'm Thinking About Food and Nope, I've Not Yet Begun a New Year's Diet! Here is my short list of comfort foods in no particular order: Mexican Food Saltines and milk (Goat Milk if Possible) Cold cereal-Frosted Mini-Wheats, Puffed Wheat with honey, Honey Bunches of Oats and the like Spaghetti noodles with butter and salt only Stove popped popcorn (yes, with butter and salt) Roast Beef (Pot Roast) Zuppa Toscana (from Olive Garden) Cheese with or without crackers Mom's Bleu Cheese dressing (with salad of course) Summer ripe home-grown tomato sandwich (hamburger bun and mayo) Cucumbers in Mom's special dressing Fresh sweet ripe strawberriesOatmeal (w/ brown sugar and milk, please) Chocolate (of course) My Mom's Cookin I see a pattern of carbs here. Do you have favorite comfort foods? I may be missing out on something!

Almost Every Sunday I am Reminded of Reasons

I appreciate our elders. As shepherds of our flock, these men teach truth, preach well and lead in love. My few words don't go far enough to adequately describe these men or show appreciation. Justin- Quiet, Deliberate, Thoughtful, Passionate, Humble, Steadfast and Hopeful. I am very often reminded of George Baily from "It's a Wonderful Life" as I listen to Justin. (I hope Justin considers it a compliment that he reminds me of George Baily, as it is meant to be a compliment.)John- Reserved, but Bold (Hmmm. Sounds like fine wine!), Unpretentious, Equitable, Gracious and Approachable. John's job involves some world travel to places most of us only dream about but even so, humility becomes him.Mike- Passionate, Honest, Faithful, Merciful, Humorous, Patient and Long suffering. (He must get much practice at patience and long suffering since he lives with me. And since I live with him, I can attest that these qualities are truly exemplified in his life.)In praying for …

Estella Katina Cow says

"I went on a diet but I had to go on two diets at the same time because one wasn't giving me enough food." B. Marter

Here's the Thing

When a drive-in burger joint (a large national restaurant chain) runs out of hamburger buns and a Tex-Mex fast food restaurant (a large national chain) runs out of refried beans during the evening dinner rush, it may be time to seriously re-evaluate the managerial positions. When we experienced these scenarios on our orders, I thought maybe I don't do quite as poorly as I think in my home kitchen management!

More Roses!

Yes, Memories Allow Us To Gather Roses In Winter! Sean in Summer Eleanor in Summer Baby Chloe in December The Trio in December

Memories Allow Us To Gather Roses In Winter (anon.)

Mike's Dream of Fast Driving in Reverse

We got in the car to take a little drive today. When we were situated and ready to pull out of the driveway, Mike looked over at me from the driver’s seat and said, “Oh yeah! Last night I had a dream that you were driving fast in reverse.” That struck me funny. I find it a little tricky driving in reverse, so driving fast in reverse is surely trickier! The closest we can come to an interpretation about me driving fast in reverse is Mater driving in reverse on Cars and a little Cars booklet we have for the grand kids that may have sparked a dream, but how I‘m connected with Mater, I‘m not sure and may not want to know! If driving in reverse in a dream could be interpreted as “going back in time”, maybe I would want to go fast, at least until I got to a point where I wouldn't mind lingering longer, but the new year and day by day calls for driving forward and pacing ourselves neither too fast nor too slow. God grant me forward moving safe passage, sound judgment and reasonable…

Happy New Year 2009!!!

Glory to God in highest heaven, Who unto man His son hath given; While angels sing with tender mirth, A glad new year to all the earth! Martin Luther Gott Nytt Ar is Happy New Year in Swedish. Happy New Year!