Archive | November, 2009

sCrAbBlEd WeLcOmE

I was preparing the final touches for company to arrive to spend a weekend in our home. Making my home welcoming is important to me. It should be clean. If that isn’t completely possible, it should at least look clean –  with messy things hidden in my bedroom and in the garage. My home should smell clean – candles, […]

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Fall Foliage…

Our fall is still lingering. The last brilliant leaves are unwilling to give up their grip on the almost bare trees.  Even our several severe windstorms weren’t able to knock them all down. The leaves have the tenacity writer O. Henry described in the short story  “The Last Leaf.” When I see the leaves decorating sidewalks, porches and cars, […]

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Speaking of Teaching….

What I don’t do well, I teach well. What I do well, I don’t teach well. All my kids know how to cook and cook well.   In fact, I often have volunteers for meals and snacks. Not a lot of volunteers for the dishes, but a lot of volunteers for the cooking. I don’t consider […]

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The Skill of Teaching a Skill

Today was the long-awaited day for Rebekah.  She learned to sew.  I set my old sewing machine on her table, had her take out the thread and practice seams on paper. Like all the women from my Mom’s side of the family, Beka was a natural sewer.  She also naturally followed the family tradition of […]

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mAkInG fUn oF mOmMy – again

This fall, I was standing in the mirror, bemoaning the fact that the roll around my middle is now evident when I stand up, not just when I sit down. In two weeks this summer, I gained ten pounds, and it all decided to congregate just above the waistline. Rebekah, ever my cheerleader said, “Ah, […]

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MM Meditation – Belly Rivers

John 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.38 He that believes on me, as the scripture said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. Have you thirsted and drunk of the living […]

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Sunbreaks are for Gardening

We’ve had some windstorms.  We’ve had some serious downpours.  We’ve  had some power outages in the area and some rivers are near flood stage.  We are in the throes of winter. For someone who loves the sun, who loves the warmth of the sun, who loves the light from the sun, winter can be challenging. To help coax myself […]

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Out of the Mouth of Babes

This year I’ve had the privilege of teaching my sixth child to read.  Watching that lightbulb go on when they translate the phonics lessons into reading is an amazing experience.  Reading is so exciting because if you can read, you can travel anywhere you want, you can meet anyone you want, dead or alive, you […]

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