Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Since I am really trying to bring the autumn feel to my home, I thought I'd share some quotes that I found. I'd love to know of any good ones you might know!
The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus
For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad. ~Edwin Way Teale
It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. ~P.D. James
Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter. ~Carol Bishop Hipps
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds - November!
~Thomas Hood, "No!"
Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. ~Stanley Horowitz
No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.
Besides the autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the haze.
October's poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter. ~Nova Bair
hide the path
~John Bailey, "Autumn," a haiku year, 2001, as posted on oldgreypoet.com
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
~George Cooper, "October's Party"
Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits. ~Samuel Butler
Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~Elizabeth Lawrence
I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. ~Henry David Thoreau
Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile. ~William Cullen Bryant
Monday, September 29, 2008
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Outside my Window...things are quiet on this Monday evening.
I am thinking...that I have got to get busy on my goody bag items for the scrapbook retreat.
From the learning rooms...the girls are done for the day, but have Scantron tests to take online tomorrow, a report on Marco Polo to research and a time-line to complete.
I am thankful for...my husband who always works hard and puts the family first.
From the kitchen...Taryn is getting the ingredients together to make some Pumpkin Spice bread.
I am wearing...denim walking shorts, blue print top, light blue Crocs.
I am reading...The Rainy Day Book and The Host
I am hoping...for cooler weather that feels more like fall.
I am creating...goody bag items for the Northern California scrapbook retreat that I will be going to in a few weeks.
I am hearing...the t.v. in the background and Mercy Me music from my blog.
Around the house...things are starting to look and smell like fall - my favorite colors and smells...
One of my favorite things...is Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte and I am so glad it is the season for it again!
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...keep the girls on track with their school work, continue to make goody bag items, decide what I will make for the Castillo wedding (favors), make plans to see some old college friends, post things on ebay and Craig's List... phew. That's all I am going to think about for now!
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
By W. E. Petersen
This story first appeared in the October 1975 Ensign Magazine
One day Mr. Miller was bagging some early potatoes for me. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a basket of freshly picked green peas.
I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes.
Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller and the ragged boy next to me.
"Hello Barry, how are you today?"
"H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas ... sure look good."
"They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?"
"Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time."
"Good. Anything I can help you with?"
"No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas."
"Would you like to take some home?"
"No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with."
"Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?"
"All I got's my prize marble here."
"Is that right? Let me see it."
"Here 'tis. She's a dandy."
"I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?" "Not zackley ... but almost."
"Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble."
"Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller."
Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said, "There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever. When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, perhaps."
I left the stand smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering.
Several years went by, each more rapid that the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his viewing that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them.
Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could. Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts ... all very professional looking.
They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.
Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and mentioned the story she had told me about the marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket. "Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size ... they came to pay their debt."
"We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world," she confided, "but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho."
With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband.
Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.
Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles ~ A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself. An unexpected phone call from an old friend. Green stoplights on your way to work. The fastest line at the grocery store. A good sing-along song on the radio. Your keys found right where you left them.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Yesterday was the first "official" day of autumn. Of course, here in Southern California, it doesn't feel official at all. I'd have to drive a good 30 - 45 minutes or so to find some really autumn looking scenery.
Those that know me, know that I love all things fall. The colors, the holiday of Thanksgiving, school starting....but I also think that I love it because it causes me to reflect on all of the blessings in my life. The Lord has definitely given me much for which to be thankful.
- I am thankful for my salvation. I am thankful that He loved me enough to make a way for me to have eternal life. John 3:16
- I am thankful for the husband He gave me. I honestly don't know a more hard-working and patient man. He is selfless and treats me like a queen!
- I am thankful for my children. I love that each of my children are unique and have a personality of their own. I love that they already love serving the Lord in His house.
- I am thankful for our church congregation. We have a core group of people that I now consider to be family. I think about and pray for them daily and I know that they pray for us.
- I am thankful for my parents, siblings and extended family. Though they live so far away, we are able to (and enjoy) talk every week.
- I am thankful for my husbands family - my in-laws. I do not call them in-laws because I feel as if I have been a part of their family forever.
- I am thankful for my many friends. Because my father was in the army, we moved a lot. I went away to college in Indiana, even though I spent my high school years in Washington state. I have so many friends that are both near and far. I even have friends that I've gotten to know, but have never met IRL, because of a love for scrapbooking and a message board that I frequent. I consider some of my friends to be kindred spirits - you know who you are. I am thankful for them all.
There is so much more that I am thankful for, but those are the things for which I am always thankful. I will start putting out all of my fall decorations and it will remind me how much my Father in Heaven loves me!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Outside my Window...the sun is shining bright.
From the learning rooms...autumn craft projects and lots of math
I am thankful for...my little Naomi who is 3 today!
From the kitchen...chicken cooking for the 140 taquitos I will be making.
I am wearing...light blue pajamas.
I am reading...Stories for a Faithful Heart by Alice Gray
I am hoping...that Naomi's party will go smoothly.
I am creating...altered notebooks, tins, CD's and more to sell
I am hearing...the birds singing and some worship songs coming from my iTunes
Around the house...everything is tidy and orderly in preparation for the party.
One of my favorite things...is getting the house decorated for the autumn season.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...school work, special event on Thursday with a friend, doctor appointment for the girls...
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
I didn't get this posted this morning, because I was waiting for a picture of the birthday girl!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Outside my Window...I see some nice grapefruit that is hanging over our wall from our neighbor's tree...she leaves those for me. =]
I am thinking..."I am enjoying this Tony Bennett song that's playing...reminds me of my grandparents."
From the learning rooms...the girls are quietly working on their spelling and math.
I am thankful for...friendships that I thought were long gone, but are just being re-born.
From the kitchen...fresh fruit and dinner out with my in-laws tonight!
I am wearing...denim pedal pushers and a blue printed shirt
I am reading...Josh McDowell's "Family Devotions"
I am hoping...that everything will work out...it always does - PTL!
I am creating...some altered items that my mother-in-law will be able to sell for me.
I am hearing...music from my Yahoo! Messenger Music launch and I have it set on Vocal Standards...currently playing is Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues"
Around the house...a bit of tidying, at least 2 loads of laundry, dishes are done, vacuuming later and a full day of homeschooling
One of my favorite things...is a good nights rest followed by early morning rising, coffee, quiet time and then peek in on my friends in the blog world. All before the children awake.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...make dental appointments for the children, visit to the pick out eye glasses for the two oldest, help a young couple with some details for their upcoming wedding, planning for little Naomi's 3rd birthday.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
Little Marco adores all of his sisters, but these two are closer in age and they get along fabulously. Naomi is so patient with him. She really does take good care of him.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Naomi requested scrambled eggs for breakfast...see her placemat? She chose that one day at Target as her prize. Yup. She could've picked anything, but all she wanted was the one place mat.
Time to get more fruit!
Taryn has already started on her grammar. This is her desk for school.
Hannah thought she'd be a little creative today. Kinda hurts to look at, no?
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
- seeing all of my siblings and their families
- spending time with my grandmother (she's 84 years young!)
- spending time with my parents
- seeing my Aunt Kum, Uncle Jay, and cousins
- seeing Angela and Robert - a young couple from our church in Cali. They relocated in Washington after securing a job with Boeing.
- watching my grandmother dance to a street musicians rendition of Twist 'n Shout...she gathered quite a crowd. =]
- eating the best Korean food ever
meeting my new brother-in-law P.J. and meeting Deb's guy Clint.
- knowing that God provided every single thing we needed for us to be there.
Although it was a bit tiring and we all came back with a cold, it was really good to be with family and friends. It was definitely a memory maker!
Beautiful bride - Tabitha