Showing posts from June, 2007

From 1776 - A Book About America's Independence

P. 14-5

. . .John Wilkes, Lord Mayor of London, champion of the people and the homeliest man in Parliament, stood to be heard, and to let there be no doubt that he was John Wilkes.

"I speak, Sir, as a firm friend to England and America, but still more to universal liberty and the rights of all mankind. I trust no part of the subjects of this vast empire will ever submit to be slaves." Never had England been engaged in a contest of such import to her own best interests and possessions, Wilkes said.

We are fighting for the subjection, the unconditional submission of a
country infinitely more extened than our own, of which every day increases the
wealth, the natural strength, the population. Should we not succeed . . . we
shall be considered as their most implacable enemies, and eterrnal spearation will
follow, and the grandeur of the British empire pass away.

The war with "our brethren" in America was "unjust . . . fatal and ruinous to our country," he declared.


"Daily Care" Goals

I had a goal of getting through all the closets in the house and I only have half of the craft room closet to go, and I am done with that goal!

I did all the kids' toys and books and under the stairs (with kids), their room, drawers, and closet, office closet, and my side of the master bedroom closet.

After this I am going to extend my summer goals (since it just started, and I am almost done!) to include for the month of July:

Bathroom drawers and cupboards
Office drawers
Kids' desk drawer
Craft room desk drawers
Kitchen cupboards, drawers, and pantry

Then, I will work on my scrapbooks in last July or early August. :)

I also want to purchase:

Four drawer file for downstairs so kids can put their drawings and paper projects in there
Tall book shelf to match the other one on the other side of computer table

After all of this, I want to encourage the garage and storage shed to be cleaned up by Geo and the boys!

Summer Reading List Progress

How to Read Slowly: A Christian Guide to Reading with the Mind by James W. Sire - Sent it back from which is came. Incredibly DRY and BORING! Couldn't read it.

I replaced that book with:

Eat this Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Readingby Eugene Peterson - It was throughly delightful and covered Lectio Divina and the power of reading Scripture for transformation. I ate it up!

Crunchy Cons by Ron Dreher (Lamp-post discussion end of June) - Absolutely loved it. I am leading the discussion right now, and I don't think I am very good at leading online discussions. I am much better in person on that score. Not to self: Don't lead any more online discussion after you lead Passage to India. LOL!

Passage to India by Forster (Book Dames discussion July 14 and Lamp-post July 27)

I really love Forster! It was very fun to read and to see the cultural differences between the English and Indian and between Indians of different religions. Fascinating!

Still left to read this summer…

An ADD kind of day

I had nothing on my calendar. So, I pretty much did just a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but I think I need days like that. I am so the "goal-oriented" lady that an ADD day is very good for me!

Did a little bit of Abraham study, a little bit of reading Eat this Book by Peterson, straightened up my half a the master bedroom closet, read a little bit of Hakim's first book to see if it is suitable for high school US History, looked into buying the first book, looked up some alternative history books on Amazon and at the library, looked at a few of the attractions in Washington, D.C. to scope it out for Aug of 2009, ate a bit of this and that, talked to the boys a bit, talked to Teala a bit, talked to Dee when she picked up the bird a bit emailed Cheri about getting together (I miss her!), emailed Tammy about Apologia Science, emailed Roger about the board meeting in July, emailed back and forth with Tori, emailed Rebekah, posted a bit on Lamp-post, took some p…


"Great men of God like Charles Spurgeon, G. Campbell Morgan, and H.A. Ironside never had the privilege of formal Bible training. But they were devoted students of the Word, learning its deeper truths through hours of study, meditation, and prayer. The first step toward fullness of life is spiritual intelligence -- growing in the will of God by knowing the Word of God."

Warren Wiersbe Commentary on Colossians 1:9

Jumping In

Jumping In, originally uploaded by carolfoasia. I just love life right now, and these girls are jumping, and I feel like jumping too, but my bladder wouldn't be able to take it. I am not a teenager anymore!

Friday Freewrite

A slower day. It was so busy most of this week. I love hearing the laughter downstairs as P is reading a book and telling M, "You have to hear this. This is hilarious!" Then, he reads a joke from the book that he is reading.

I sold my Math U See blocks today. It is sort of sad. :( We are out of that manipulative stage. We sold many things at the book sale. I brought an overflowing box and came back with half of one. So, it was a productive thing, even though it was so much work getting all the books together, but I cleaned out many shelves. I didn't spend more than I made, and this was the goal. I found a BJU Geometry set that retails for 135 for 35! It was a good book purchase.

This sale was so much more organized than the last one. They did such a great job, and I am so impressed with the coordinator. She LOVES doing this sort of thing because she loves the networking. George went with me and had to leave because he said he was on "estrogen overload." I laughed…

2008 is going to be great! Austen Lives!

Sundays with Jane: PBS' MASTERPIECE THEATRE to Present 'The Complete Jane Austen'
Posted : Mon, 21 May 2007 12:04:00 GMT

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DALLAS, May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MASTERPIECE THEATRE has good news for Jane Austen's millions of fans: PBS' beloved British drama series will broadcast adaptations of all of Austen's six novels, plus a new drama based on her life. It's the first time in television history that her books have been broadcast as a complete collection.Beginning in January 2008 on PBS, MASTERPIECE THEATRE is inviting viewers to tune in on Sunday nights for "The Complete Jane Austen": new presentations of Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Sense and Sensibility. The lineup will also include the acclaimed Emma starring Kate Beckinsale, and Pride and Prejudice, the Emmy award-winning miniseries that made Colin Firth a heartthrob.Miss Austen Regrets, a true story based on Jane Austen's own letters and diaries, w…

Rejoicing I am out of the Vortex

Something is happening today. Instead of feeling "left out," I am reveling in life out of the vortex, sipping Chai tea, listening to the Vienna Master's Series, and reading Crunchy Cons. Life is indeed good.

A spiral motion of fluid within a limited area, especially a whirling mass of water or air that sucks everything near it toward its center. A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

Answers in Genesis

Finishing up my study of Genesis that I started several years ago (Maybe four?) has been really delightful. Genesis is one of the "recommended" books that all believers study before they go on to other books (the other recommended ones are John, Romans, Ephesians, and James) because it is truly the book of beginnings. As I studied Romans 1-5 this last year, I thought it would have been great for our little Bible study to start with Genesis first because of that fact.

I had already done Creation and the Fall a while back. So, I started in with the Flood and Genesis 6 around Memorial Day, and it has been good. Although the Precept upon Precept study goes into a little more detail about flood research than I would have cared for, it was an interesting pursuit. I am now in the life of Abram and Genesis 12 and am much more happily situation though. I love character studies, and the next three sections will be character studies on the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob/Esau, and Joseph…


I have some minutes today to say that I just feel this vague sense of blah, and it seems to be connected to that place again. I just don't know what it is, but often, when I go, I feel it.

In the quiet of the night freewrite

In the quiet tonight, I heard God whisper. It was lovely.

The last few days have been ones of peace. All together, I will have nine days in a row of no evening obligations, and I am already reaping the benefits of these nights. We had at least that many in a row the previous nine days. So, it is nice to bring my life back in balance once again. I am sensing more of an interior calling this summer. Oh yes, "outwardly," I will be still studying the Bible with Nourieh and doing Colossians on Wednesday nights and four weeks of "July with Joseph" with my "cream of the crop" women of Rachel, Kim, and Lisa, but I want to devote the remainder to being at home and being prayerful and reflective and staying close to my precious family. The last few days makes me see that they are the most special and wonderful people that I know. I love the men that my boys have become. More like there father every day. That is a very good thing.

I am wanting to be prayerful for ma…

Healthy Church

I reflected many months now on church health. Last week, I put my thoughts down in my journal, and I am going to journal some of my thoughts and how I feel that our new church is so healthy

A Healthy Church has:

A missions vision threaded throughout its ministries

There is a sense of excitement about missions. Throughout the year, people are coming and going to new places around the world and reaching out at home. I especially like that there is an evangelism component t

Wellness in Mind and Body

This is the last little part of my "Well" report in terms of summer goals for my body!

Weight Control

I have finally gotten some of the pounds off that have crept up on me over the last few months. I am only four pounds away from my goal weight. This is the top of my range, but it is within the range. I am always creeping up 5-7 pounds above my goal weight. It used to be 7-10, but I want it to be zero!


It has been touch and go since my shoulder injury in March (?) on the exercise front, but I am healed from that. After that, I decided to get orthodics from a new business in town that does custom orthodics. BAD IDEA. She is new at it, and I am a very complicated from the waist down. I should have stuck with a podiatrist who makes plaster castes of my feet. She used the foam method, and it just has messed my right knee up something fierce. She wants me to keep coming back for adjustments to get it right, but in the meantime, I am in pain and I have to stop exercising and …

The Well-Educated Mind: Part II

In Part I, I blogged about what I was learning with my kids. Now I am going to put my summer reading goals out there and check up on myself to see how I did at the end.

I read something recently, and I wish I had blogged it here because it said something to the effect of how important outside reading is to our spiritual life. I believe it was in How to Read Slowly: A Christian Guide to Reading with the Mind by James W. Sire. As this is one of the things I will be reading this summer, I will post it when I find it because I am almost positive that this was the book.

First of all, let me post where my reading has brought me so far this year:


1. Light from Heaven by Jan Karon

I have closure on the series after reading the first in the series in 1997. I have such fond memories of reading about snow storms in North Carolina while sweating in Malaysia. The series ended well.

2. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Book Babes for February)

I really loved the story and the writing. I was a b…