Monday, June 29, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

Peculiar

"If that's being queer, then we could do with a bit more queerness in these parts." - Fellowship of the Ring, p. 47
He was adventurous, had odd companions, gave presents to everyone - not just his friends. These were the accusations against Bilbo and thus the label, "queer." But being different can be a very good thing.
What if people were more generous and friendly? What if you were? What if we were more daring and less afraid? What if I were? What if people who say they're Christians actually give their whole lives to Christ? Can you imagine the difference in our world? Oh sure, we would be ridiculed for being foolish and strange. We may not get rich or even live in much physical comfort. We may not have much time for ourselves, but who cares? Small price to pay for the glory it would bring to God, for the spiritual comfort and joy that would fill our hearts, the hearts of our children, and the lives we touch. That's what I want. What do you want?
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." 1 Peter 2:9

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Chickies: 2 Weeks

Wing feathers, tail tufts, developing personalities - they grow up so fast! I'll be hopeful and call them all girls.

Meadow - She's the feistiest and most colorful of the bunch.
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Magnolia
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Hollyberry
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Maple
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Blueberry, the sweet little runt of the litter - or maybe it's just that she's a different, smaller breed, since she is the only black one. Really rooting for this one to be a girl, though she is a bit scraggly.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

City

We've lived in the area for seven years, but being a country girl at heart, our day trips usually take us to the mountains rather than the city. We have taken the kids to the zoo and art museum, but that never included walking around Knoxville. Last week, we wanted to take the kids to the history museum, but we ended up getting there too late (their website is kind of confusing.) Since we were downtown, we decided to walk around and see what we could see. I actually forgot to bring my camera that time, but later in the week we returned to the museum and I brought it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that exploring the city was interesting and fun.
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The art museum, seen from the parking garage.
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I liked seeing the architectural decorations on the old buildings.
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Market square, where there was a farmers market, little water fountains for the kids to play in, and a musician playing on a bench.
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The window was actually a painting, though the brick around it is real. I love it.
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So there's our city experience. We'll definitely be going back to discover more.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

O Happy Day!

Happy Father's Day
to my daddy. He passed down his birdwatching to me.
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To Jeremiah's dad.
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To my grampa. The original birdwatcher and a real puzzle-lover (me too.)
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To the father of my children, who is becoming a better father all the time. (He's a little blog-shy.)
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I love you all!

There are those who have no father but Our heavenly Father. Be His loving arms for these children. Pray for them. Give to them. Help them. Please visit the below website to learn about a wonderful ministry to the children in Uganda.

"Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy." Psalm 82:3

Today is also Miah's birthday! She is seven now and sweet as ever. Miah, we LOVE you! xoxox
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And happy First Day of Summer to you all!
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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Kefir, in Haiku

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Don't touch my kefir.
It will be done tomorrow.
Then you can have some.

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I've waited so long.
Now here it is! I like it!
Thanks for the kefir.


Larkin has been asking me to make kefir for months, ever since he tasted the store-bought kind. I finally bought some starter and made some with our raw milk. It was really easy to make and tasted kind of like a cross between plain yogurt and sour cream. I made a smoothie out of it with strawberries and honey. It was a success!
The haikus are for the flickr group, do u haiku.

Molt

One of Larkin's hermit crabs molted and is now a tender pink color. That's the old exoskeleton laying in front. Cool, huh?
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Too Big For Me

"'Elves and dragons! I says to him. Cabbages and potatoes are better for me and you. Don't go getting mixed up in the business of your betters, or you'll land in trouble too big for you, I says to him. And I might say it to others,' he added with a look at the stranger and the miller." - The Fellowship of the Ring, p. 47
Sam's dad, the Gaffer, is talking to a bunch of hobbits at The Ivy Bush, a little inn. He's trying to defend the reputation of Bilbo, but also mentions this remark he made to Sam. As it turns out, of course, Sam does get mixed up in an incredibly big, important adventure. It caused him lots of trouble and lots of heartache. Should he have never gotten himself into such a mess? Would it have been better for him to continue minding the cabbages and the potatoes? He was, after all, just a simple gardener. He had never even been on a very small adventure before. And this would be a task on which the entire world would depend. Sam, though, couldn't help but continue to listen to the stories, until finally his meddling resulted in Gandalf choosing him as a traveling companion for Frodo.

"For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, 'He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.'" 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
"Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began . . . " 2 Timothy 1:8,9

God chooses us and gives us tasks which will bring Him glory, not tasks that we can do in our small strengths. Our strength is nothing anyway. What can we do on our own? Sam's greatest attribute was his willingness and continued interest in grander things. So go on, get mixed up in the business of the One that is infinitely better than us. Live on His Word and immerse yourself in His works. Seek Him; seek His ways. Maybe your task will be simple. Maybe your task will change your whole world. Maybe it will bring you lots of trouble.  Don't worry that you are inadequate, just be willing.

I'll tell you, this whole mothering business seems to be too big for me. There's only one of me and four of them! I can list for you a hundred faults that can surely cause this whole adventure to fail miserably (I'll spare you.) But I'd better take my own advice: His Word; His works; Seek Him, His ways; just be willing.
Well, here I am.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

LOOK!

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We have chicks!
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We picked them up Monday from a local guy who has a lot of chickens. He said they are Rhode Island Reds and Black Sex Links and some are mixed. He couldn't tell me which were male or female even of the Sex Links. Hmmm. Anyway, we bought 5 and will keep the females.
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Meet Blueberry. (I suggested Peepicheep and was overruled.)
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Meadow.
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Hollyberry.
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Maple.
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And Magnolia.
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I'm youth, I'm joy, I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg.
James M. Barrie

Lake Cumberland Nature Photos



Larkin with the fence lizard he caught.
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A braided daisy creation by Miah.
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"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33