Showing posts from July, 2007

The Road

HPIM0787, originally uploaded by carolfoasia. I found this picture from 2005 when I was deleting old photos to make room on our hard drive. I think George took it at the place in Newberg, and I just love it. The light shining on the path out of darkness into the light beyond.

This is so analogous of how life is these days. There is a shining path in front of us, and we are reaching forward to a bright future ahead of us.

We were in the dark, dense wilderness for so long. Maybe not 40 years like the Israelites, but it was 28 years for me and 22 for George. I always knew that we were heading out of the wilderness though, and I think we were headed in the right direction. For the most part, we were on the path, and there were (and still are) wonderful people whom we partnered with along the way while we were there, but it is still nice to be seeing the light out there to a wide open brightness at the meadow on the top of the hill. "I can almost see the top of the hill, and I be…

Summer Progress for Reading and Cleaning

Here is my original reading list with updates:



The books that I have finished:

1776 by McCullough (I like to read a patriotic book around the 4th of July!)
Crunchy Cons by Ron Dreher (Lamp-post discussion end of June)
Passage to India by Forster (Book Dames discussion July 14 and Lamp-post July 27)
Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnards (Just because I love this!)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (Book Babes for July)(LOVED)

The book I decided to send back:

How to Read Slowly: A Christian Guide to Reading with the Mind by James W. Sire (boring)

Still to readfrom list:

The Cloister Walk by Norris (Prep for possible workshop at Jubilee on Private Retreat)IN PROCESS
Hound of the Baskervilles by Doyle (Book Dames for September)
Escape from Slavery by Francis Bok (Book Babes that I didn't read in April)

Books not on list that I read this summer from other people's recommendations:

Big Box Swindle - Excellent expose of the Big Box retailers in America. Va…

Happy 89th Birthday Dad

Mom and Dad 1956, originally uploaded by carolfoasia. Today was my dad's birthday. He would have been 89 today. Amazing. Here he is with my mom on their honeymoon. He is 38 years old.

They are such a dashing couple.

It is another sunny day!

DSC_0038, originally uploaded by carolfoasia. It is going to be 100 degrees today.


I am reading Peter Elbow's book, Writing without Teachers. So, I will write until 12:10 and punch the button because this is a freewrite.

I have been lazy this morning. We were going to go up to Iron Mountain and Cone Peak early this morning, but we have been very socially engaged for the last few days and needed a down morning. George has from Wednesday to Monday off of work because HP wanted them to take time off to save money.

We will go to Cone Peak/Iron Mountain later on today so we can get the flowers in the low light of late afternoon/early evening.

Since we didn't get up, I slept in until 7 a.m. and finished my book Big Box Swindle while George got out of the house and shopping this morning by 8 a.m. YIPPEE! No shopping for me this week is a very good thing. :)

I really enjoyed Big Box Swindle, and the way I am going to apply it is try to shop at the First Alternative Food Coop here in town and Richey's Market which is locally owned. I will also try to buy more fres…

Finished 1776 and Sobbed Like a Baby

What a price these dear people paid for our freedom. I am so inspired by George Washington's life and my next 4th of July book will be a biography of George Washington!

I love this quotation from John Adams that he includes on p. 180:

"We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."