Monday, August 30, 2010

After the Last Tear Falls

by Andrew Peterson
After the last tear falls

After the last secret's told

After the last bullet tears through flesh and bone

After the last child starves

And the last girl walks the boulevard

After the last year that's just too hard



There is love

Love, love, love

There is love

Love, love, love

There is love



After the last disgrace

After the last lie to save some face

After the last brutal jab from a poison tongue

After the last dirty politician

After the last meal down at the mission

After the last lonely night in prison



There is love

Love, love, love

There is love

Love, love, love

There is love



And in the end, the end is

Oceans and oceans

Of love and love again

We'll see how the tears that have fallen

Were caught in the palms

Of the Giver of love and the Lover of all

And we'll look back on these tears as old tales



'Cause after the last plan fails

After the last siren wails

After the last young husband sails off to join the war

After the last "this marriage is over"

After the last young girl's innocence is stolen

After the last years of silence that won't let a heart open



There is love

Love, love, love

There is love



And in the end, the end is

Oceans and oceans

Of love and love again

We'll see how the tears that have fallen

Were caught in the palms

Of the Giver of love and the Lover of all

And we'll look back on these tears as old tales



'Cause after the last tear falls

There is love

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton Alberta



Canada's Largest Living History Park. This was one of the best livinig history parks I have visited.


First, Chica has a great fascination with TRAINS and all things FIRE STATION. We were able to ride on this steam train!





Builder and the girls spent some time asking questions and listening to the history of this particular train.



After the train ride we visited the Fort. And spent a little time reading about the history of this northern fort, and watching some re-enacting.  I didn't get many pictures this time around...

The furs were lovely to touch!

While the other 2 walked over to the teepees,       

we 3 took a stroll down to see this...

After some time at and around "the Fort" we walked to the beginning of 1885 Street, and took a stagecoach ride.



Yes, this had counted for some "school" hours.  We had a little lunch...

There was a little disturbance caused the some issues with the traveling Doctor and his Miracle Tonic.
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There were also great home, farm and business sites on the 1905 and 1920 streets.  This summer I've taken so fewer pictures and now realize I don't really have much for this trip.  At the individual homes there were actors, living out the various aspects of life during this time.  We came across a woman making a beautiful hat on her porch, who carried on a conversation about fashion and modesty with our girls.  At another home we ladies were invited to join in exercising our bodies and minds to keep them strong.

I also enjoyed going into each of the churches, looking at the architecture, and the alter emblem displays.  In one of the schools there was a poster for the Cree language symbols.

A little later, on 1920 Street things became "familiar."  So much reminded me of my grandparents home and neighborhood.  We even stopped at a corner store to have ice cream, cotton candy and coke in the glass bottle.  Funny the flood of memories that can be brought forth.

Our last stop was the Midway.

It was a great day and a place we would enjoy returning to, after we study those time periods in history again.

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Multitude of Gifts, just some highlights...

holy experience


138. Relationship building, God’s work for me. To let to build and invest in relationships. So thankful to know He will lead in this.


139. Daughters who long to bless, who desire to honor and obey.

140. A long hard hike, and we did it! Strength to finish well, even when we feel spent.

141. Gazelle intense, God trusting, big mortgage loan payment! Gratitude for the faith He gives, to obey Him, to trust Him.

142. The increasing endurance building as we swim laps, all 4 of us ladies. Swam 20 lengths on Friday!

143. Blessing in work, the Lord has provided the work. The Lord has blessed the work. Builder is getting it done.


This yard was full of components...whittled down to just a few!

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Multitude...

holy experience

135. Sisters encouraging and learning the art of knit and crochet together.


136. Grace, like rain, that falls even before one looks full into Truth. The rivers of that grace that can be seen throughout the past, when one looks back, washing, carrying, rushing to those places where the ONE can be seen and heard.

137. The opportunity to get to know another young woman, soon to be off to college. The hope to sow seeds, or water seeds already sown, or simply be one of the encouragers along the way. What joy.  How grateful for opportunities.

Friday, August 13, 2010

{this moment}

 A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

To see other "moments" go here.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Life & Internet Connections...

Blogging has taken a backseat lately.  We have been busy with school lessons, trying to avoid monster mosquitoes and swimming, lots of swimming.  Chica and Marme are taking lessons, learning to swim.  We also discovered another pool in a nearby town with...diving boards.  We've taken many treks there, as I have 2 girls who have a growing interest in diving lessons.  Think, ballerina and gymnast, wanting to learn to twist and twirl in the air.  There is also the issue with having wiggy internet connections and usage billed by data, that has me waiting until we visit the library to upload anything.

But soon, some posts on our recent adventure to Edmonton, Alberta.  Builder had 5 days off and off we went.  Lots of fun in those 2 days of driving and 2 days of playing.  The girls and I so enjoyed the city, with it's opportunities and bookstores...  First though, I have to sort out those pictures with a little storytelling.

Friday, August 6, 2010

If You Home School Your Rewards, and If You Don't Home School Your Rewards...

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.  Psalm 127:3

I honestly feel extremely humbled by that verse.  I certainly do not deserve the gift, the reward of the beautiful children the Lord has blessed us with.  But I do take His word as Life and Truth, so I humbly accept the reward.

My dear sister in law passed a book to me recently.  Knowing her like I do, I was eager to find time to read the book.  It took me a month to read and process it.  No, I am still processing it.

And I encourage you, to read "When You Rise Up, A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling" by R.C. Sproul Jr.

More of the thoughts in my head and on my heart were given words and direction as I read Mr. Sproul's words.  The goals and purposes in our family schooling challenged and sharpened, and focused more and more on God's Word.

Just wanted to share...

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.