Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

third graders, third graders...what do you see?

we see a big yellow bus ☺
driving us downtown.
we see
 Byham Theator
 where we will watch Treasured Stories!

 mommy, mommy
what do you see?
 I see a little third grader
taking a picture of me :)

this was my first time to visit the Byham Theator.
(they are in dire need of new ceiling paint.)
and ornate detail
combined with odd cherub like figures
 influenced by greek mythology
give this theater a
"Las Vegas" feel.
 we saw

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's
much-anticipated new production

A Brown Bear, A Caterpillar And A Moon: Treasured Stories
(three of Eric Carle's most beloved tales.). 

We give them 5 big yellow stars
for great entertainment
WHAT an amAzing black light show
bringing laugh-out-loud
adorable personality
to the hungry, hungry Caterpillar
(this is a non "shushing" show)
and there is nothing better than hearing
the spontaneous laughter
of children (and adults).
(so worth the occasional booger on the sleeve☺)
at the end they had a question and answer time
revealing some of the "secrets"
and turning the black lights onto the audience
who responded with great delight
to see their teeth (and everything white) glowing.
after it is all over...
we see
spring is still

Eric Carle and his hungry Caterpillar
Google paid tribute to Carle and his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by asking him to design their logo "Google doodle", on their home page on March 20, 2009, celebrating the first day of spring.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

One Anothering

One Anothering
I have been reading this book for months.  It's really not very long.  Not difficult to read.  The trouble is WHAT to do with a book that is so simple and hard all at once?  How do I "one-another" the woman whose son is autistic?  She tells me they have been to 3 or 4 churches with the same response.  He is disruptive.  (he looks "normal" so they are told it is due to poor parenting).  The one who suffers from anxiety and can not even bring themselves to enter the church building? (tell them not to forsake the assembling together? really?) The new family in town that are probably illegal immigrants?  I guess this book has truly challenged me to ask myself, is there someone I would leave lying on the side of the road?
"Much of what is called counseling and correcting among believers is ineffective and hits dead soil.  It may not be because the counselor uses the wrong words or gives the wrong answers, but simply that there has been no prior established relationship.  Their has been no prior affirmation of worth and appreciation for the other person... Therefore, the one being counseled has nothing to lose by turning a deaf ear."
Wow. "Nothing to lose".   The difference between "pharisee" and "good samaritan"?.  One Anothering  prompts us to be genuine and loving in our relationships with Christ as our example.
When the load gets heavy-the world crushes you down.
The Church bears one another's burdens.
When you become weak-the world runs over you.
The Church prays for one another.
When you fail-the world scoffs and writes you off.
The Church forgives one another.
When you are lonely-the world makes you more miserable.
The church practices hospitality to one another.
When you are a misfit-the world calls you a misfit.
The church receives another another. You are special.
When you have a chance-the world grabs it from you.
The Church prefers one another.
(from Chapter 13)
I received a copy of this book for the purpose of review.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

His Work of Art...


is singing
in my head...
"REDEEMED" written on soft navy blue t-shirt
reminds me constantly to

 18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds;
 tie them as symbols on your hands
and bind them on your foreheads.
 19 Teach them to your children,
talking about them when you sit at home
and when you walk along the road,
when you lie down and when you get up.
20 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates...
  —to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him—
from Deuteronomy 11

I'm so happy to tell you...
Dayspring is giving one of you lovely commenters
the Vintage Glass Vase
(pictured below)
new to the Redeemed collection.
shipping and handling charges do apply.
Redeemed - Beautiful in Its Time - Vintage Glass Vase

Comment 4/10 until 4/17
if you would like to win this beautiful vase!

*Congratulations to Amber!*
The winner will be randomly drawn and I will email you a coupon code. It can only be used for this vase and YOU are responsible for shipping
what is your favorite item in the Redeemed collection?
I don't know about you, but even fresh "weeds" in a vase make me happy ☺.  
I received these products for the purpose of review. 


 I was not familiar
with the International Children's Bible.
from what I have researched...
21 Bible scholars carefully chose words
at a third grade reading level for this translation.
"Jesus asked the little ones to come to Him, and the International Children's Bible makes it a little easier for them to hear His call." - Max Lucado
This Bible is ballerina pink ☺.
there is a colorful Bible timeline creation --> church
as well as simple maps in the back
I wish that it did include a concordance (most children's Bibles do not)
as far as the translation...I think of my Grandma who grew up
in the King James only era. 
She once told me that she often reads out of the
Living Bible because it is so easy to understand. ☺
We must handle God's word carefully.
(the truth is, the amount of Bible/person in the world
is a more problematic issue to me than NIV, KJV, ESV, or ICB...)
My desire is that my children and their friends
learn to love the Word of God
at an early age...
so until they can study the Hebrew and Greek for themselves
there is the ICB.

*ages 7-12
*Beautiful ballerina-inspired design for today’s girls who love ballet or who love a pretty, feminine look
*Full text of the International Children’s Bible®
*Presentation page for personalizing
*Includes full-color maps and dictionary/concordance
I received a copy of this Bible for the purpose of review.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

God Himself will provide the sacrifice.

joining with WFW

Monday, April 2, 2012


the autumn garlic is coming up! 
 R is teaching the girls how to seed "hack"
and transplant
(in the converted guestroom temporary "green"house☺)
all of this has my mouth watering
for fresh out of the garden summer tomatoes and zucchini...
summer is coming!
...but for now
I'm thinking (it's never too soon)
 to heat up the grill...

Simply Grilling 105 Recipes for Quick and Casual Grilling
By Jennifer Chandler
Published by Thomas Nelson
how about these simply delicious ribs?
 finished off with some grilled peach pound cake?
(even upside-down it looks yummy, right?!)
What I like about this "grill" book:
  ☺it does cover the basics
☺does not call for hard to find ingredients
 ☺is basically simple and
☺family friendly
Book Description
If your grilling repertoire is limited to burgers and hot dogs, it might be time to reconsider your grill’s true potential. Think beyond that typical backyard menu, and imagine serving up a platter of skewered Caribbean Grilled Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa or a Balsamic Beef Tenderloin alongside an Asparagus and Cherry Tomato Salad. Memphis chef Jennifer Chandler has assembled everything a grilling amateur could possibly need to achieve pitmaster caliber results any night of the week. Whether you’re cooking with gas, charcoal, or cast iron, Simply Grilling will eliminate the uncertainty and have you manning the flames with confidence.
In her accessible style, Chandler explains everything—the tools, the heat, and the flavors. If you’ve always found grilling to be a guessing game, you’ll never have to wonder again if the heat is just right or if you flipped your food too soon. From appetizers to desserts and everything in between, Simply Grilling is your guide to delicious meals, hot off the grate.
I received a copy of this book for the purpose of review. ☺

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

it's a lot about trees...

this beautiful
unseasonably warm (for March)

Sunday afternoon
we stopped in on

they were cutting down "ginormous" pines (I think)
that were blocking

the kids ran
in the beauty

even through
the "down-the-road"
(quaint) cemetery.

"it was creepy, mom." she said.
"there was fresh dirt".

and I thought...
it is a lot about dirt, isn't it?

God knows we are.
 Genesis is just the
born to a
carpenter (step-father)
Jesus knew
the wood (of tree)
(and nails)
in the worst
 This day I call the heavens and the earth
as witnesses against you
that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.
Now choose life,
so that you and your children may live
 and that you may love the LORD your God,
listen to his voice...

and life
and death
and light
"Easter" was everywhere...)
and hold fast to Him.
For the LORD is your life...
from Deuteronomy 30:19-20