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Tabitha's Visit is Good to My Soul

Here are 2 of many photographs we've taken: (I'll post more later.) Tabitha and niece, Eleanor My mom, Tab and Olivia (We're at our favorite Mexican Restaurant, Anchor Inn, in Hutchinson.

Christine Dreams of Horses

I remember the same dream as a girl! Christine and her friend, Joanna, came up with a grand idea to ride horses for Christine's birthday on March 2nd. You would think that in Kansas where it seems that about every 7 miles in the countryside there is a pasture with at least a couple of horses, there would be somewhere close by to rent a horse to ride. We're thinking Kanopolis State Park and Lake may have horse rentals. We have inquired and we'll see if they respond. Until then, Christine dreams on and enjoys a book of wonderful horse photographs called The Majestic Horse. Two quotes from the book: "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." W. Churchill "The Horse: Friendship without envy, beauty without vanity, nobility without conceit, a willing partner, yet no slave." Anon.

"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men." (Willy Wonka)

(If you haven't guessed from the quotes in the post before this, you should guess before reading on!!!) Wonka also quotes: "So shines a good deed in a weary world." (from The Merchant of Venice, Act V, Scene 1 by William Shakespeare [1564-1616]) HERE ARE ANSWERS from the quotes in the previous post: Post Title. Pollyanna (Angelica) 1. It’s a Wonderful Life (George Bailey) 2. Amazing Grace (Wilberforce and Richard, the butler) 3. National Velvet (Velvet’s mother, Mrs. Brown) 4. Meet Me in St. Louis (Esther) 5. Spy Kids (Juni or Carmen) 6. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (original- Willy Wonka) 7. Monster’s Inc. (Roz) 8. The Truman Show (Christof and Truman) 9. School of Rock (Mr. Sneed and Katie) 10. Fiddler on the Roof (Motel, the tailor) 11. Cast Away (Chuck) 12. Sarah, Plain and Tall ( Skylark , Sarah and Anna) 13. Mary Poppins (Bert and Janie) 14. The Sound of Music (Herr Zeller and Captain von Trapp) 15. i am sam (Sam) 16.

A: “Glad this, glad that. Do you have to be glad about everything? What's the matter with you, anyway?”

That's a quote from a movie. Know which movie? Huh? Know which one? Here are some more. See if you can guess the movies by reading the quotes. Post Title? 1. G.B.: Now, you listen to me! I don't want any plastics, and I don't want any ground floors, and I don't want to get married - ever - to anyone! You understand that? I want to do what I want to do. And you're... and you're... 2. R: “You found God, sir?” W: “I think He found me. You have any idea how inconvenient that is? How idiotic it will sound?” 3. M: “I too believe that everyone should have a chance at a breathtaking piece of folly once in his life… Win or lose, it’s all the same. It’s how you take it that counts and knowing when to let go. When it’s over it’s time to move on to the next thing…There’s a time for everything.” 4. E: “If there’s anything I hate, loathe despise and abominate, it’s a bully!” 5. “From now on, whatever we do, we do together. Spy work… that’s easy. Keeping a family togeth

"It's Not Easy Being Green", Our Theme Song for Early Spring

Rather dull, I realize, but maybe this captures the hope (and sometimes desperation ) of seeing green again! Sean found green! Happy green weeds! The green is welcome, but the weeds are not! Olivia and Chloe. As we sat and watched the kids play in the ending day, we got chilled. Chloe is a snug bug in Mommy's arms! What is it? Well it's a pile of shriveled crab apples the kids gathered below our young trees. This kept them busy adventuring and talking about making a pie for quite awhile! Sean with a stick. He played with it well, then eventually Olivia and I had to say. "Okay. Drop the stick. I'm not telling you again. Drop the stick. Put it down and walk away." Eleanor after we came inside. She's holding a Franklin video. Sean had been asking to watch it all day. When we finally turned on the t.v. and plugged in the video, they weren't too interested. I'm not sure if there were more interesting things to do, or if it is a boring video to them.

Homeschool Retrospect #4 (Frog Guts and "Whoop Whoopin" it Up For Basketball!)

Tabitha and Olivia got to take a homeschool Biology class taught by my friend, Ruth. One day after an appetizer of fried frog legs, we dissected a frog under Ruth's direction. Ick! I am blessed to have such a friend as dear Ruth who liked this sort of thing, because honestly I'd have rather done twenty English or grammar lessons and two Saxon Math lessons than take tweezers to frog guts. This same friend and her husband coached homeschool basketball which is in and of itself a signing up for a lot of dribble and much scrutiny as well as a good set-up for some sanctification if we are hip to the workings of God. There are things I would shy away from and coaching a sport would be in my top 10. But how blessed we were to have Dick and Ruth coaching as they "set the picks" for each other, learned to play defensively, played beautiful offense in some difficult days and hopefully in retrospect, came out the winners with some beautiful symbolic, as well as literal, 3 p

Genius Perception? or He Ordains and in His LOVE?

Recently Mike and I again began watching the video series by R.C. Sproul entitled What is Reformed Theology? which is what spurred me on to thinking about God's Sovereignty again and some more ! In the 2 nd segment Sproul made some statements that caused my mind and heart to do some serious "high fiving" as I scrambled for the remote controller, pushed pause, looked at Mike and said, "Amen!" (I actually said much more than 'Amen' , but virtually that is what my words could be boiled down to!) Maybe you had to be there, but here is the "Amen" part for me: "If someone were to say to me, 'R.C., what do you believe is the most distinctive aspect of reformed theology?' I won't hesitate to answer that question by saying, Oh it's our Doctrine of God." (His absolute Sovereignty) "All Christians have a basically orthodox creedal affirmation about the character of God, but what I think happens frequently in other the

This Is Love ... "This knowing if I love Thee, Thou must have loved me first."

"Tis' Not That I Did Choose Thee" lyrics written in 1836  by Josiah Conder   were set to music by Mike. We sing this song in our meetings with the church and here Mike and I sing it as a love song for Valentine's Day. God's love sweet love. (T he lyrics are here so please sing along!) Thanks to Christine for camera operation. ‘Tis not that I did choose Thee for Lord that could not be, This heart would still refuse Thee hadst Thou not chosen me. Thou from the sin that stained me hast cleansed and set me free. Of old Thou hast ordained me that I should live to Thee. ‘Twas sovereign mercy called me and taught my op’ning mind. The world had else enthralled me to heavenly glories blind. My heart owns none before Thee, for Thy rich grace I thirst. This knowing if I love Thee, Thou must have loved me first.

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

This is just a response to a couple invitations to talk about 25 Random things about myself. I suppose the love it’s got to do with is God’s love to me, His girl! 1. I’m rather random, but being assigned 25 random things isn't the most random thing. 2. I love the sound of wind through leaves of cottonwood trees. 3. The beauty of a full moon is exciting and alluring to me. 4. I like the smell of books. Intoxicating like the smell of a new car, certain old cars and my Dad's old panel work van when he let me ride in the front with the windows slid back while the wind blew our hair. 5. Some speaking voices are like music to my ears. Yes, I can easily think of at least a dozen. 6. Music, Music, Music! Sometimes I think in music. 7. Certain cello pieces beautifully played make me cry. 8. I also cried over the taste experience of Zuppa Toscana at the Olive Garden once. My daughters wondered if I was alright. I told them someday they'd understand. 9. I'm addicted to lipstic

Love, Sweet Love ... "It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it."

In light of upcoming Valentine's Day and True Love, I devote these next few posts to love sweet love. This quote from C.S. Lewis is one I heard at a wedding. (Some of it was omitted at the wedding, but I couldn't bring myself to edit out any of the short paragraph here!) I found it inspiring! What say ye? "Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing. There are many things below it, but there are also things above it. You cannot make it the basis of a whole life. It is a noble feeling, but it is still a feeling. Now no feeling can be relied on to last in its full intensity, or even to last at all. Knowledge can last, principles can last, habits can last; but feelings come and go. And in fact, whatever people say, the state called "being in love' usually does not last. If the old fairy-tale ending "They lived happily ever after' is taken to mean 'They felt for the next fifty years exactly as they felt the day before they were married&#

Here's The Thing

It’s only the beginning of February and I’m already pining for spring. Last week brought warm temperatures of 64 degrees. Where I live, 64 degrees in February is a teaser and is fuel for the imagination as I look forward to spring. Imagination can take a break when it’s that warm. This week is colder, but the reality of the cold has taken awhile to catch up to me! This afternoon I made a cup of hot tea and decided to go out onto the patio to drink it. I wanted to look at our sleepy dormant little garden surrounding the patio, dream of spring green, and make plans for when the earth’s dirt is warm again. I watched the birds at the feeder which Mike so graciously fills for our feathered friends. As my hands got colder even as I clasped them around my steaming cup of tea, the fact of cold dormancy settled in. I decided to go inside and build a fire in our fireplace. For everything there is a season. This season of cold is also a season of longing, waiting and remembering. It’s a sea

Please Excuse Me While I Go A Little Nay Nay Crazy! Naomi Will Be Two In Two Days!

Pleasant, Delightful, Silly, Cute, Sweet, Thoughtful and Adorable Naomi The twins, Marcail and Henry, were 1 year olds when Naomi was born! Busy Mommy! Henry is meeting his new sister held by Aunt Christine. Daddy James and Naomi. I really like this photo! Mommy Tabitha and sleepy baby Naomi So Sweet! Happy Nay Nay in her swing Miss Blue Eyes Granddad holding Cuddly Naomi Me, Tab and Nay Nay My dad with Naomi, Me with Henry and Mom with Marcail Marcail, Henry (the twins) and Naomi Naomi in our yard last summer Happy Birthday, Dear Naomi! Naomi means "pleasant" And my prayer is that you are pleasant All the days of your life And that you always find The God of Hope God of Comfort God of Salvation, Our Lord Jesus Christ, To Be more than pleasant All the days of your life!