Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Best Gift


I think we have finally settled into a routine with our family schedule--it has taken some effort! Haha. In so many ways, it is up to Mom to establish the mood and routine of the home. The Lord has given me a poem that I will copy later on to the blog--this lovely poem, "Work" by Henry van Dyke, was in Dear Daughter's Literature book.  I feel that the Lord gave it to me to help me get a grip on our hectic life.  He continually calls me to time with him early in the morning--if I put that off until evening, it doesn't get done. He has helped me so much in re-establishing this part of the day.  
Our kids, age 20-16, all have such full schedules. We are still together a lot, but not as much as we are accustomed to. That is probably a good thing for everyone, but I miss them. I have been trying to get us around the table for supper as early as possible. 
I can't tell you how grateful I am for the privilege of being "mom" and "wife" --Lord, help me to do more for my family. To You, I give all the glory!

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Beautiful Heritage Continues


I will never be a seamstress, but our daughter has become one. Her new love is sewing, and her new passion is quilting. I love this!  She has inherited a number of lovely quilts from her Dad's east Tennessee family. My Uncle Ray gave us some quilts that were probably made by my beautiful and godly great grandmother, Cora Young. So, she gets it from both sides of our family. 
There is something especially warm and lovely about quilts, and I think this is a marvelous new interest for her. She loves all of the quilting things on Pinterest and has found some great ideas. 

Pictured above is her sewing machine (a gift from a family friend) and a table we found at a thrift shop for $25. Can you beat that?
There is a room in our unfinished basement downstairs that I think she wants to turn into a sewing room when it warms up a bit. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

An Encouraging Trend


One of the most encouraging trends I see in television and movie choices is that of the "period drama." Lavish productions based on the literary classics bring these marvelous works to another generation. Our daughter is captivated by many of these  such as Sense and Sensibility. Downton Abbey, a modern take on Edwardian England and beyond, has quite an audience (in our household, too!).  What is the attraction for this genre of films, series and mini-series?  Of course, at the heart of it has to be the fact that many of these productions are based on great literary works. I also like to think that  there is a part of the upcoming generation that rejects the profanity and immorality that are the themes of modern literature and movies. 
Good stories and great literature will have bad characters who do bad things, but they are not celebrated for their behavior. 
We homeschooled our children for many reasons, but one of the most troubling aspects we faced while they were still in public school was the reading choices that were promoted. The young adult section at the large book stores seem to celebrate pornography and sorcery. All of the JK Rowling books are available, but how often can we find all of the Anne of Green Gables series at Barnes & Noble?