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“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet Happy New Year, friends. I’m curious to see what this year holds for our family. Edit entry Delete entry  

Love Like That. 0

Love Like That.

How do I even begin to convey the way I feel with words? My eyes are leaking. To be honest I don’t really know why we started hosting orphans. It just seemed like a natural thing to do. I saw the website with the hosting info. The quiet voice inside of me said go forward. I went. It was hard, but once you take the plunge there is no going back. There is no un-knowing what your heart has learned. It’s...

No Regrets. 0

No Regrets.

Regardless of their situation in the foster home, my kids are orphans who have been through a lot of heartbreak losing both parents. If I can make them smile, that’s worth something. And I sure can make them smile! Real life. Crumbs on the floor, child in pajamas jumping up and down with messy hair, stubborn Ukrainian asleep accidentally on the couch refusing to remove her dirty clothes or too small shoes. Misha took this picture of Andrii cooking chicken legs...

Beautiful Things. 2

Beautiful Things.

Beautiful things, so many beautiful things. We’ve become regular visitors to the graves. The neighbor, who has lived here her entire life (along with the rest of her extended family) told me that in the 1870’s there was a diptheria epidemic here and the families lost so many members they filled the graveyard. There are lots of big field stones stuck into the ground with no markings on them. Graves of which beloved person?  The people who might remember are long...

Thoughts from Charlotte Mason study group tonight. (Vol 6. Ch. 3, pt. 1) 0

Thoughts from Charlotte Mason study group tonight. (Vol 6. Ch. 3, pt. 1)

I wanted to write down some quotes and thoughts after reading the first three sections of Chapter 3 from Charlotte Mason’s book Towards a Philosophy of Education.  I’m reading the book with a group of other moms.  It is so wonderful to meet other mothers who are interested in the same lifestyle I am!  We meet every Tuesday night to discuss the book and plan our Charlotte Mason style homeschool co-op, which will start classes in January. If you want to...

Thoughts on where we’re headed with this life. 0

Thoughts on where we’re headed with this life.

By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it’s established; And by knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24: 3-4 I happened across this tonight and it struck me as poignant. This is how I want my family life to go.  This is what I want to do as a parent.  This wholly sums up my reasons for homeschooling. As I sit back each night and reflect on my day I sometimes feel panicked that I’m doing everything...

Reminder. 0


If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but have not love- I am a housekeeper, not a homemaker. If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements, but have not love- my children learn of cleanliness, not godliness. Love leaves the dust in search of a child’s laugh. Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window. Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk. Love picks...

Hello…Self Confidence? Courage? 0

Hello…Self Confidence? Courage?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to...

1/25/2011 3


Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth, Empty the dustpan, poison the moth, Hang out the washing and butter the bread, Sew on a button and make up a bed. Where is the mother whose house is so shocking? She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking. Oh, I’ve grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue (Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo). Dishes are waiting and bills are past due (Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo). The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew...

Finally, to take a step without feet. 0

Finally, to take a step without feet.

“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.” -Rumi I keep re-reading this quote, over and over. This quote perfectly describes what the conception of this baby and this pregnancy is for me. It came out of so much sadness and heartbreak, after being pregnant for 12 weeks then suddenly no longer pregnant. After trying desperately to fill...