Monday, May 31, 2010

Multitude Monday

holy experience
51. All day, gentle rain. Green is greener, stronger hues of life.
52. Understanding.
53. Laughter between sisters, so excited about the many firsts to come.
54. Earth soaking rain in the night. A rhythmic lullaby.
55. Littlest one still needs nightnight and bunny to travel with.
56. Watching for forest fairies, we know they are out there.
57. Sleepy eyes after a luscious afternoon nap.
58. Tulips and Pansies!
59. Neighbor pups arriving in the early morning to “play” with the Border shepherd.
60. Forest roads with overgrown trees and butterflies.
61. Home, sweet home.
62. Short work week again.
63. Book learning brought to life by family visit to the tide pools. Eyes wide open at the vibrant colors we never imagined living in the grey rocky pools, soon to be covered again by the approaching waves. A violent cold world limiting access to it’s abundant life.
64. Great disappoint gives way to new knowledge, understanding.
65. Pondering recent stories read, looking deeper into human motives with Maezie on the brink of growing up. Seeing her eyes flicker with deep thought, me wondering, what are the plans HE has for her, this deep thinking, strongly articulate, sweet spirited beauty.
66. Mmm, home brewed coffee, just the way Builder makes it, just the way I like it.
67. Happy dog smiles, soft cat purrs.
68. The hum of the washing machine, thankful for the convenience of doing laundry while I type, wash dishes, and all the other things at home.
69. Awestruck as i listen to a daughter intelligently converse with staff at the Ocean Discovery center and then, informed she’s nearly old enough to join in the work. This from a young girl raised miles and miles from the ocean, but blessed with living books full of colorful descriptions. Thank you Jeannie Fulbright!
70. Grace available immediately, when the failure is brought to light, again.
71. Living room becomes the Aquarium Zoo, full of the stuffed animals now renamed to join in the imaginative replaying all that was explored and discovered.
72. Twirly skirts and laughter.
73. Fallen trees in the road, creating the opportunity for a new route, a new adventure.
74. Tender new life, protected by the Border shepherd, who calls us, to show us.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

This Moment...

waiting for the butterflies...

worth the wait...

A simple moment, precious, be savored and remembered.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Bird Watching in May

Bufflehead Duck

These are not all the birds we saw, but getting photos of those quick flyers takes more time and patience that we can afford sometime. Hope you enjoy a peek at what we did "catch."

Loon couple at the Mill Pond, Jackfish Lake area

We are not quite sure yet, the name of these birds. Think they are Grebes, but need to get out the bird book and take a closer look. Can you see how low they sit in the water?

They are quite stricking aren't they? (Mill Pond, Jackfish Lake Area)

There was a rackett over head and I looked up to watch a group of sea gulls chasing this Bald Eagle. I've been waiting for quite awhile to get a photo opportunity like this one! (Taken by the Fisgard Lighthouse, Vancouver, British Columbia)

The gulls chasing the eagle were quickly joined by others that flew in from out over the water. Anyone want to guess at what the eagle had been up to?

That's what we suspect as well!

Blue Heron ~ outside the Vancouver Maritime Museum

We waited and watched for a few minutes, and the heron did find a tastey bite to enjoy while we snapped pictures.

Hyacinth Macaw at the Vancouver Aquarium. While not spotted out on our nature explorations nor native to the area (ha), they are wonderfully pretty and just had to be included.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thinking on these words...

17. Therefore children should be taught, as they become mature enough to understand such teaching that the chief responsibility which rests on them as persons is the acceptance or rejection of initial ideas. To help them in this choie we should give them principles of conduct and a wide range of the knowledge fitted for them. These three principles (#15, 16, 17 ~ see Home Education by Charlotte Mason) should save children from some of the loose thinking and heedless action which cause most of us to live at a lower level than we need.

18. We should allow no separation to grow up betweeen the intellectual and "spiritual" life of children; but should teach them that the divine Spirit has constant access to their spirits, and is their continual helper in all the interests, duties and joys of life.

Charlotte Mason, HOME EDUCATION.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

For You Morgan!

Sweet Morgan, I thought of you right away! We didn't get to have dinner there, they were closed already.

Chinatown, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Bears Along the Way

To get a better fare for our flights to Vancouver over the May Long Weekend we chose to fly out of Prince George, about 3 1/2 hours away from our home in Chetwynd. There was a long stretch of the road where we saw numerous black bears enjoying the fresh greens.

On the way back to Chetwynd we again saw a number of single bears, but we also enjoyed watching this family of 3 cubs and a momma. Truly delightful!

Monday, May 24, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

holy experience
30. An older child realizes the sweetness of well done completion.
31. Attempting to recite Silverstone poetry without bursting…at bedtime, to stall, to squeeze one more moment of joyful bliss out of the day
32. Bright red tulips, more blooming each day.
33. Girl asks for a picnic and more “yes” burning in my mind, we grab sandwiches, water bottles and find a place.
34. Fresh fragrant pineapple, is there any food better?
35. Laughter, light bubbly, laughter
36. Paddle boat rides in the sunshine.
37. Aching legs from paddling.
38. Lugging home the bucket of pond water and leeches, for the adventure girl to observe and study.
39. Greek roots over dinner.
40. Archimedes and Little Pilgrim with Builder Man.
41. Orange Poppy Seed Muffins, mmm
42. Grilled meat and spinach salad.
43. The music of rustling leaves, dappled light dancing with the wind.
44. Tulips nearly finished, but the promise of more color over in the iris patch.
43. The music of rustling leaves, dappled light dancing with the forest’s hymn of praise.
44. Tulips nearly finished, but the promise of more color over in the iris patch.
45. Words of life, pouring over me, washing the deepest places.
46. Purity, Holiness, igniting a greater hunger.
47. Remembering a much loved brother, lost, hope delayed.
48. Laughing dog.
49. Short work weeks!
50. Anticipation, what a thrill.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Nature Studies

On several recent mornings we rose early and headed out. On other days, as we return from grocery shopping, or mail checking (oh we do love to hear from loved ones), we take detours and end up home later, but oh so much richer.

Here are some of our delightful discoveries...

One morning we drove out to the big(ger) lake and as we drove up the dirt road, these horses came running to the fence. We'll have to remember some carrots next time!The ponies near our home.
Petal Rose wasn't quite sure at first, the sweet pony really stretched her neck out for that treat. No worries, Petal Rose enjoys getting right up there and stroking that soft face now.
We'd like to know "who" did this. So much to discover and investigate in this amazing place the Father has set us down in.
a ferrel cat, isn't it pretty?!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Pileated Woodpecker

My favorite source for idenifying birds is the Cornell Lab of Orinthology. We frequently look up birds and listen to the call recordings, trying to identify the voices we hear outside.

Just yesterday morning we were taking a look at a few birds and somehow ended up on the Pileated Woodpecker page. A friend has a son who is fascinated by birds and has been watching for the Pileated Woodpecker to arrive in their stretch of the forest.

It had been lightly raining all morning when Chica asked to go out and explore a bit. It didn't take long before I heard "MOMMA! Come see." Much to my surprise and delight, there he was, crest and mustache brightly red, hopping up the tree closest to our deck.

Now I know I am becoming more of a bird watcher...I grabbed the binoculars instead of the camera so I could get a closer look. But if you click on the bird's name above, you can visit his page at All About Birds.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sweet Sabbath

Scripture and memory box, open, ready.
tuesdays unwrapped at catsMaple Cinnamon Rolls

Bufflehead Duck
We don't know their name yet, but we're still investigating. Aren't they beautiful?

In this season we have added an international move to the job change, which has taken us from the CITY to the forest, and we have not found a church home away from home, a larger community of believers to gather with. This is partly becuase of the fatigue that results from 6 long days a week.

But we have discovered the sweetness of family worship. Letting the worship and fellowship linger all day. Soaking in the needed closeness, letting the laughter roll, singing HIS praises, together, no rushing...but a day to pause.

Monday, May 17, 2010

One Thousand Gifts...

holy experience
14. Strong warm hands taking my cold, tired hands, enveloping them in strength and love, not so tiny hands pulling mine, in vibrant, come with me I want to show you something in excitement and love.
15. Flickers of wisdom, understanding and discernment, knowledge and love growing brightly in young eyes.
16. Witnessing the sisters embrace in their play, reaching out in love during the joy of the moment.
17. Answered cries for help, morsels of helpful truth whispered in the early morning.
18. Anticipation and planning, a 6 day family adventure is brewing…and shhh, it’s a surprise!
19. Letting them play until the chill drives them in. They burst in with the scent of outdoors and flushed cheeks, cold hands reaching for an embrace of welcome.
20. Popsicles after poetry. A popsicle for mom during poetry to encourage them on ;)
21. Science Tuesday! Our favorite thing on Tuesday, that with staying home all day.
22. Snuggling through the “Big Woods” one more time, with a sweet 7yo, the youngest, the last…savoring this time, so rich, so precious.
23. Success! The pancake men didn’t become pancake blobs this time  Practice makes improvement, even in pancake men cooking.
24. Letting the surprise slip and hearing the children say, “oh Marme, it’s still a GREAT surprise.”
25. Planning family retreats and being more excited about what the LORD has planned during that time.
26. Sweet, wise hubby hugging me firmly and asking where the failed science experiment is, then quickly, kindly explaining the reason for my failure.
27. And despite his fatigue that is even greater than mine, cheerfully doing the experiment at 8:45 pm, with giggly, eager, excited, energetic daughters ~
28. And of course, the experiment succeeds, and the children go several layers deeper than this mother could have led them.
29. Sleepy snuggles in the early morning to chase the bad dreams away, then tucking the sleepy snuggler in to Daddy & Mommy’s bed

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tuesdays are for Science & Nature Explorations...

But we did not get our nature walk in. We drove to the Mill Pond after a quick run to town for electrical tape and distilled water to find that the mosquitoes were FIERCE.

So, we spent a few minutes peering at the ones swarming the windows from inside the van. We all agreed, mosquitos are...GROSS and SCARY.

We drove home and I pondered...when will we get in our nature walks without being eaten by 6 legged animals. And it came to me!

I woke the girls at Wednesday morning at 6, we grabbed muffins and hot drinks and headed out. The weather was cool, the breeze was light and the sun was UP. As we approached the Mill Pond from the North East I noticed some swift swimmers...yep, beavers.

We watched for awhile and then headed to the west beach area. What delight met us there. A red winged blackbird flitted and flew all around, singing his song. Ducks and Loons and other unidentified birds swam, dived, called.

And the beaver approached. Closer. Closer still. It appears that Shiloh (our dog) and the beaver were quite interested in one another. There was a lot of nose twitching going on.

Then he did it....SPLASH.

Watch all the way to the end of the video, we think it's well worth the minute or so wait :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

1000 Gifts

holy experience

6. Sisters, reading good stories together, laughing heartily, growing closer and wiser together. The art of reading aloud blossoming before me, before I knew to encourage them to do it, share the richest treasure of a story, aloud, between them.
7. Words of the Father urging me on, teaching me gently, but firmly.
8. A reminder to LOVE. .. in Patience, kindness, gentleness, seeking the good of the others, considerate, thoughtfulness.
9. Gentle music that draws my thoughts upward, heavenward, for HE is so worthy to be praised, in every moment, with every breath. Holy. Holy. Holy is the LAMB.
10. Sabbath rests that restores so much more than sleep is able.
11. Carrot cake and ice cream for breakfast.
12. Repentance. Forgiveness.
13. Ponies crunching carrots, hands stroking strong pony neck & head.

Oh, what manner of LOVE the Father has lavished upon me.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Yes, they are learning...

Saturday evening drive home from an afternoon of swimming...

Girl 1 "Mom, do aspen trees grow to be very big around?"

Mom "Yes, some do grow quite big, some have large diameters."



Girl 2 "DIAMETER! I hear 2 Greek words, dia and meter, metron.... Measure through?"

Mom, "Yes, metron ~ through, across, measure across. And to measure around the circle is to find it's circumfrence."

Girl 2 "wow! But what is the other word for measuring around?

Mom "Perimeter, for measuring around rectangles."

Girl 2 "right." then a deep silence and she searches her memory banks for peri...which we have not learned yet.

Now, let me tell you. This was actually Girl 5, the youngest of the bunch, at 7. The one who is CONSTANTLY examining, evaluating, questioning and very often, exclaiming! The one I did not expect to gain much from our "English from the Roots Up" moments each week. The one with which I planned to go though this year's lessons in another 4 years. Knowing these things about her, why did I not expect?

They listen. They learn. The bar is set high for this Marme.

Friday, May 7, 2010

A Mother's Day Gift to my Family

Today I will SMILE. Simply SMILE.

Today, when frustration rises, I will quiet it with GRATITUDE.

Today, I will be the one to be reminded to speak only what is GRACEfilled, appropriate for the moment, that will help hearts in need, and bless all others who hear.

Today, I will HUG. and TOUCH. and DRAW CLOSE.

so inspired by the Spirit, enouraged this morning by Mrs. Ann

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A yummy new recipe in our house...

Chocolate Banana Muffins

3 C Fresh Milled Soft Wheat (or whole wheat flour)
2/3 C Sucanat
1/2 C Cocoa Powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 C melted Coconut oil or butter
1/3 C milk or water
2 eggs
2 mashed bananas

Mix together the dry ingredient, I sift gently with a whisk. In another bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Make a well in the flour mixture and add the wet ingredients.

Scoop into paper lined or greased muffin tin. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

For my family I also add coconut ribboons and flax seeds. You could add chocolate chips, nuts, you name it!

For Today, Tuesday May 4...

Snow and a Grizzly Bear!

Well, we ladies haven't seen the bear, but Builder Man called this morning to let me know that Mr Grizzly is up and about in our neck of the woods (literally), and to keep our eyes open.

I am thankful the snow and cold will probably keep us in today, as I process that information and get comfortable with it. HA.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Happy Mother's Day Grandmama

One Thousand Gifts

holy experience

1. The melody of praise greets me every morning, bird songs as the trees wave their bare branches, waiting for the dressing of green,

2. I open the door for Builder Man to head out to work… There has always been work for that strong man who desires to love and provide for his family.

3. We have an abundance of fuel for our wood stove, which gives warmth to our bones as we begin our days in the chilly early morning, this one greets us with a blanket of new snow.

4. Sweet children who never miss the opportunity to encourage and affirm their mother. Isn't that my role, to encourage and affirm their hearts, and wait til years later for their sweet words.

5. Dear sweet friends, to share hearts with, to pray with, to walk this Walk with.

for this and so much more I am grateful today.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Refiner's Fire ~ A Good Place to Be

Purify my heart
Let me be as gold and precious silver
Purify my heart
Let me be as gold, pure gold

Refiner's fire, my heart's one desire
Is to be holy
Set apart for You, Lord
I choose to be holy
Set apart for You, my Master
Ready to do Your will

Purify my heart
Cleanse me from within and make me holy
Purify my heart
Cleanse me from my sin, deep within

This is one of the stronger fibers in the tapestry of my life currently. And I am discovering an interesting, exciting thing. This Refiner's fire, while it is hot and it burns, it's presence brings with it joy. peace. hope. gratitude.

  • Joy at the thought that my Savior will continue His work in me, until it is completed.
  • Peace in knowing that this will last for a season, and His strong arm will not let me be crushed in the process.
  • Hope in the beauty He is creating from the ashes of my life.
  • Gratitude that He has chosen me to be one of His own.