Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesdays with Words (A Lantern in Her Hand)

I have just finished reading A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich and I found this portion so very beautifully said. In this portion Abbie Deal, the main character, is refusing her daughter's invitation to travel abroad
Grace was loath to accept the decision. As I said, I'm sorry, You owe it to yourself, if you possible can go. Your life has been so narrow, Mother...just here, all the time. You ought to get out now and see things. 
Unwittingly, as so often she did, Grace had hurt her Mother's feeling. For a moment Abbie nursed her little hurt, and then she said quietly, "You know, Grace, it's queer, but I don't feel narrow. I feel broad. How can I explain it to you, so you would understand? I've seen everything...and I've hardly been away from this yard. I've seen cathedrals in the snow on the Lombardy poplars. I've seen the sun set behind the Alps over there when the clouds have been piled upon the edge of the prairie. I've seen the ocean billows in the rise and the fall of the prairie grass. I've seen history in the making...three ugly wars flare up and die down. I've sent a lover and two brothers to one, a son and son-in-law to another, and two grandsons to the other. I've seen the feeble beginnings of a raw state and the civilization that developed there, and I've been part of the beginning and part of the growth. I've married...and borne children and looked into the face of death. Is childbirth narrow, Grace? Or marriage? Or death? When you've experienced all those things, Grace, the spirit has traveled although the body has been confined. I think travel is a rare privilege and I'm glad you can have it. But not every one who stay at home is narrow and not everyone who travels is broad. I think if you can understand humanity...can put yourself into the personality of every're not're broad." p. 241-242

Monday, February 22, 2016

What's On Your Nightstand - February

What's On Your Nightstand

For March:

From my January Nightstand I read:
  • Hoodwinked: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need To Knock It Off by Karen Ehman & Ruth Schwenk - This was an encouraging read. Though I didn't feel every myth related to me it still stand to reason that myths of motherhood abound and it comes down to learning to be reliant on God rather than what other say. 
  • 10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know: Getting Her Ready for Life by Annie Chapman - I can't say there was anything very profound. I read all these thought before--of course it never hurts to have them repeated.
  • The Rim of the Prairie by Bess Streeter Aldrich - I have really been enjoying Bess Streeter Aldrich. This book tells the story a young woman with a secret, a young man burdened with the cares of life, and a couple who are seeing an end of a way of life. A gripping story of how the old ways aren't that bad and every thing comes back to the land. Streeter's books remind me of Wendell Berry though I find her the tone of her books happier and they have a satisfying ending.
  • Friendly Gables by Hilda Van Stockum - This was a read-aloud for my kids. We read the first two books last year and finally got around to the last book in the series. These books really caught my seven year old daughter's attention.
  • The Silver Chalice: A Novel by Thomas Costain - Years ago I mentioned to someone that I loved the story of  Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace and they recommended The Silver Chalice so I added it to my The Classics Club list. My conclusion is that it wasn't nearly as good of read as Ben-Hur. I will have a review forthcoming.
I also read:
  • Mrs. Tim Gets a Job by D.E. Stevenson - Continuing on with the series of Mrs. Tim of the Regiment this tells of Mrs. Tim getting a job while her husband is stationed out of the country. A fun read.
  • Mrs. Tim Flies Home by D.E. Stevenson - The last book in the Mrs. Tim series. I have to admit that I did enjoy these series, but I find her friendship with Tony Morley, who plays a part in all four books, quite odd. In fact, in this book it does cause some talk. I liked him in the other books okay, but I found his character in this last book kind of annoying by the end.
  • Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman - This book has a great title and a great thought. It even has excellent reviews at Amazon. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into this book. I concluded that we spoke two different language. I finished it and about did a jig when I did.
I listened to:
  • The House of the Deer by D.E. Stevenson - This is a sequel to Gerald and Elizabeth which I listened to last month and decided it wasn't my favorite Stevenson book. While browsing Audible I noticed that this was sequel to the book and bought it immediately because some of my disappointment in the book was over the ending. Gerald and Elizabeth needed an sequel, which I was glad to listen to. Again, it won't be my favorite reads by Stevenson, but it was a satisfying conclusion the the two book set.

See what others have read over at 5 Minutes for Books.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Lots of Love - Valentine's Day 2016

Over the years we have had an annual tradition of handmade Valentine's Day cards along with a book and a bag of candy. This year I added a few things. I don't know if these will become traditions, but it was a lot of fun and added a little spice to our celebrations.


Beginning February 1 I put heart shaped post-it notes on my kids' doors with words of love and affirmation.

We started the day with heart-shaped cinnamon rolls. Check Pinterest for the idea. No, I did not slave away making homemade rolls. I will tell you right now that they came out of a can. Then right before church the kids' opened their handmade cards and candy.

I was feeling unmotivated and suggested that this year I would just buy them cards. 
That was met with a resounding "No!". 

1. My hubby's 2. Caleb 3. Chantry 
4. Destini 5. Delani

The kids' books: Caleb - The Auschwitz Escape
Destini - The Scarlet Pimpernel
Chantry - The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
Delani - Beauty and the Beast & King Jack and the Dragon

Valentine's Day 2016


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