27 May 2015


adjective: crafty; comparative adjective: craftier; superlative adjective: craftiest
1. clever at achieving one's aims by indirect or deceitful methods."a crafty crook faked an injury to escape from prison"
cunning, wily, guileful, artful, devious, sly, tricky, scheming, calculating, designing, sharp, shrewd, astute, canny; Moreduplicitous, dishonest, deceitful;
"a couple of crafty rogues”
2. informal
of, involving, or relating to the making of decorative objects and other things by hand.
"a market full of crafty pots and interesting earrings"

In this case, the second, not the first.

26 May 2015


“Today the word "hero" has been diminished. confused with "celebrity." But in my father's generation the word meant something. Celebrities seek fame. They take actions to get attention. Most often, the actions they take have no particular moral content. Heroes are heroes because they have risked something to help others. Their actions involve courage. Often, those heroes have been indifferent to the public's attention. But at least, the hero could understand the focus of the emotion.” 
― James D. BradleyFlags of Our Fathers

24 May 2015


Sunday driver, yeah.


"You have an unfair advantage. You carried five children. It made you strong."
- daughter to (Saturday Arm Wrestling Champion) mom


“I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” 
― John Steinbeck

and sometimes, they aren't so impressed with photography, either... 


Isn't it a wonder to find an unexpected sanctuary?

22 May 2015


I love the quality of childlike wonder. I love that my teen girls still get excited about collecting fireflies in a bottle. I love that they watch the glow bugs for a while and give them names and then shake those flying lights back onto the grass and into the dusky night.

20 May 2015


“That's right, you're not from Texas. But Texas wants you anyways.” 
― Lyle Lovett


Sometimes a light surprises 
The Christian while he sings; 
It is the Lord Who rises 
With healing in His wings: 
When comforts are declining, 
He grants the soul again 
A season of clear shining, 
To cheer it after the rain
In holy contemplation 
We sweetly then pursue 
The theme of God’s salvation, 
And find it ever new; 
Set free from present sorrow, 
We cheerfully can say, 
Let the unknown tomorrow 
Bring with it what it may.
Tomorrow can bring us nothing, 
But He will bear us through: 
Who gives the lilies clothing 
Will clothe His people, too: 
Beneath the spreading heavens 
No creature but is fed; 
And He Who feeds the ravens 
Will give His children bread.
Though vine nor fig tree neither 
Their wonted fruit should bear, 
Though all the fields should wither, 
Nor flocks or herds be there 
Yet, God the same abiding, 
His praise shall tune my voice; 
For, while in Him confiding, 
I cannot but rejoice.


Our primary guide in this homeschooling journey comes from Deuteronomy 6:1-9-

“Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son's son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
and right behind that is the exhortation from Micah 6:8-
He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?
These remain as our prayer for you, Susannah-
that you would love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength;
that you would love His teachings and hold tight to them;
that you would love others well, even better than yourself;
that you would know the breadth and the length and the height and the depth of the love of Christ;
that because of God's grace, you would be confident that there is nothing you can do that would cause God to love you more and there is nothing you can do that He would love you less;
and that is true of me and your dad, too.
Press on, eyes fixed, Susannah. We love you and we rejoice with you.

17 May 2015


quote of the day-
"I was in Utopia and there was no internet."


summertime residents (& a gutter that needs fixing after a deluge of rain...)


“In silence the three of them looked at the sunset and thought about God.” 
― Maud Hart Lovelace in Betsy-Tacy and Tib

13 May 2015


"But all may be done through prayer—almighty prayer, I am ready to say—and why not? For that it is almighty is only through the gracious ordination of the God of loving truth. On then, pray, pray, pray!”
- William Wilberforce, 1823