Magnanimously homeschooling, worshiping, creating.......

Join us on a journey of faith, healing, learning to live with part of our hearts missing, and recovery, as our family rebuilds our lives, after our son's long battle with cancer....and his eventual rise on eagle's wings into Heaven...victory is his...he is serving the King!!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

blooming damsel

I have been loving learning to use my camera better this summer and playing around with editing. What girl doesn't love to acquiesce to this request of a summer pose? Hope you enjoy a glimpse of my fun.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

jane eyre

You may not believe this 'reader', but I have not yet read this classic book all my life until now! In this case I listened to the book on audio CD. Often the narrator can make or break a book, but this one juliet mills was very pleasing to the ear. It makes me start speaking with an English accent and I love the rich, deep words they used in this time period. I must say that I absolutely loved this book. It is so mulitlayered, deep, full of courage, values and yet so fully human with all our errors. It exults the idea to do right even if it's not how you feel... Mother's and daughters should read this together and discuss it.

Here is a quote from the book:

I can live alone if self respect and circumstances require me to do so. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

a wedding with flower girl

Here is the lovely bride. Many of the photos I took in the chapel area just did not turn out well, so I will keep honing that skill I hope. This is why you see no handsome bridegroom here.
This wedding was so sweet and God honoring as their promises were made. Praise God for them and the couple's life together.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

uncle karl

Thanks Uncle Karl, for all you do to minister our family. You truly are the best!! We don't know what we would do without you and Patty. We love you!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

keep 'er perservin'

First we must wash the corn.
I love the way this captures the water flowing...


Then we have to parboil; be careful girls, this is hot.

They are working so well together!

I love all that steam.

Cool them down.

Using her tool wisely and safely.

Ready for the freezer!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

wordless wednesday 'sorta'

'this flower is a love flower...use it well'

a precious surprise for mom from damsel

Monday, August 10, 2009

girly ripply loveliness..

is here!!! Wow, this was so much fun to make for damsel girl. This yarn is wool and so soft and lovely. I am hoping to add some pretty, fun, experimentals from the 'very little bit' of leftover colors.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

bible devotion challenge: proverbs

I am sending out a fun challenge to you all to come along with me and read through the book of Proverbs with your kidlets! It is just packed with so much wisdom and fuel for excellent discussion and conversation. Recently I was seeing some heart issues that needed working on and realized I haven't read through this in detail with my little ones in some time. I try to do it every year but I think most of you know what my last year or so has entailed to some extent, so that just slipped by.
You don't have to do anything fancy or get a book to go with it, just sit down while your kids are eating breakfast or when they are done, don't wait until the kitchen is clean, it kills the extra blessing of it; just READ IT!!
Don't worry if you miss a day or have to cut it in half or if you don't get it done in a matter; just READ IT!!
Say a little prayer, talk about what some of them mean, look your kids in the eye and talk about God's word. It is so simple and yet the greatest investment you can make in your kids lives..better than college or camp or sports, even school or anything else.
Send me a note if you plan on going along for the ride.
May you be blessed through the adventure as I am already.

We are going to try to pick out verses to memorize too. Here is our first one. The kids just love the way that verse sounds. Isn't it so lovely??

Proverbs 3:3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


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Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:
MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.