R4’s First Library Book

We go to the library on a fairly regular basis. R4 has recently taken more of an interest in books although she prefers to read them herself rather than let any of us read them to her. Yesterday at the library she grabbed a book, walked over to me and in her jibber-jabber asked me if she could get a book. I said, “You want to check out that book?” She nodded. I said, “Okay.” And she said, “Yay!” and ran off. :) It was adorable. Heck, pretty much everything she does is adorable. Before we left I explained to her that the book she picked wasn’t a book for her and led her to the board books. She picked Sandra Boynton’s But Not the Hippopotamus and took it herself to the check out and then carried it to the van. She’s since read it on the potty every time she goes. Be still my heart. This child. She’s just amazing.

The Chosen

CH 13
p. 217 “Human beings do not live forever, Reuven, we live less than the time it takes to blink an eyes, if we measure our lives against eternity. So it may be asked what value is there to a human life. There is so much pain in the world. What does it mean to have to suffer so much if our lives are nothing more than the blink of an eye?” He paused again, his eyes misty now, then went on. “I learned a long time ago, Reuven, that a blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something. A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives that span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant. Do you understand what I am saying? A man must fill his life with meaning, meaning is not automatically given to life. It is hard work to fill one’s life with meaning. That I do not think you understand yet. A life filled with meaning is worthy of rest. I want to be worthy of rest when I am no longer here.”

p. 219 “Honest differences of opinion should never be permitted to destroy a friendship.”

CH 14

p. 235 “Silence was ugly, it was black, it leered, it was cancerous, it was death. I hated it, and I hated Reb Saunders for forcing it upon me and his son.”

p. 244 “I worked carefully and methodically, using everything my father had taught me and a lot of things I now was able to teach myself.”

CH 18

p. 282 “A man is born into this world with only a tiny spark of goodness in him. The spark is God, it is the soul; the rest is ugliness and evil, a shell.”

p. 284 “I would like to believe that before he died he learned how much suffering there is in this world. It will have redeemed his soul.”

“And it is important to know of pain, he said. It destroys our self-pride, our arrogance, our indifference toward others. It makes us aware of how frail and tiny we are and of how much we must depend upon the Master of the Universe.”

p. 286 “Look into his soul, I said. ‘Stand inside his sould and see the world through his eyes. You will know the pain he feels because of his ignorance, and you will not laugh.”

I Didn’t See This One Coming

R1 and R2 (who shares a bedroom with R3) decided to trade rooms today. R2 wants her own room and R1 wants to share a room with R3 – so I said “go for it.”

So I guess that’s what we’ll be working on for the next week. :) R1 has a chair in his room, he usually sits there and reads before bed every night (and then crawls in bed with R3). Well, tonight R2 asked to stay up and read. We went to the library for story time and the kids all picked out books (it’s been a really long time since I’ve taken them to the library – usually I put the books on hold and Mr. Fox swings by on his way home from work). R2 chose 2 chapter books (I’m so impressed with her reading skills!) and started one in the car on the way home. By the time I went in to tell her ‘lights out’ she was on chapter FIVE!!!

I snuck in and snapped this pic – it made me a little sad. She’s growing up so quickly.

Bird Study Resources

Birds, folklore, and religion:
Noah and the Dove
The Phoenix – Egypt
Falcon/ Hawk Egyptian
Ravens and Odin (Norse Religion)
Peacocks in Hinduism and Buddhism
Bald Eagle in Native American
Ibis- Egypt

* The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
* The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coolridge (Albatross)
* I know Why a Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
* A Bird by Emily Dickinson
* The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull
* The Works of John J Audubon
* Handbook of Nature Study Anna Botsford Comstock
* Mother Carey’s Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin The storm petrel is referred to
as Mother Carey’s Chickens. In this case a widow’s children are likened to storm
* Chicken Little / Henny Penny
* stories about carrier pidgeons

* Go nesting- identifying the nests of Birds
* Keep a Nature notebook draw birds, eggs, and nests bird foot prints
* Learn the anatomy of birds
* Make a quill pen and learn Spencerian Script
* Find 10 local birds and identify them
* Learn some bird calls
* Learn about raising Chickens
* Build a Bird House
* Build a Bird Feeder or a Bird Bath
* Build a humming bird feeder and plant flowers that attract them
* Do a Feeder Watch to see what birds come to your feeder
* use a feather to paint faux marble
* Learn the state birds

Folksongs, Rhymes, and Songs
Yellow Bird
Sing a Song of Sixpence

The Wizard of Oz – Book vs Movie

We are reading The Wizard of Oz. Today we finished chapter 10 and last night Mr. Fox got the movie from the library so we decided to watch up to where we are in the book. It’s quite interesting the differences the kids and I have noticed:

Book – Movie

* Toto runs under the bed in the book, doesn’t in the movie
* She chases Toto in the book, thereby missing the chance to get in the cellar – she can’t get the doors open
* during the twister, D goes to sleep in the book – gets knocked out in the movie
* Scarecrow; she picks him up off the pole – she bends the nail to get him off
* the encounter with the apple trees doesn’t happen in the book (at least not in the first 10 chapters)
* Tinman groans – they find his can when looking for an apple
* you don’t see or hear mention of the wicked witch until they get to Oz – you see her in the beginning and again along the trip, right after they find the Tin Woodman
* the poppies’ smell is poisonous – the witch poisons the flowers to kill D and crew
* after D falls asleep in the poppies the scarecrow and tin man carry her and Toto to safety. Then the field mice queen calls her subjects and they use a truck built by the Tin Woodman to pull the lion to safety — in the movie the Good witch makes it snow and that wakes D
* all the people in Oz have green skin – not so in the movie
* no color-changing horse in the book
* Oz says to sleep in the palace and see him in the morning – he tells them to go away
* D sees Oz alone – in the movie they all see him together

Other Questions:

Where does the RED brick road go?
Why is the wizard of OZ also named OZ?

Just Once…

I’d like them to make a movie that’s actually appropriate for my kids to watch.

I Wanted to take the kids to see Winnie the Pooh, but we missed it at the $ theater. :( So what IS playing? Zookeeper and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, which I happen to be reading to the kids every night (we are on chapter 8). So I look them up. WHY must they make such nasty movies for KIDS?? I know they’re rated PG but COME ON!!

Zookeeper, just a few of the really bad things, there’s much more:

Bears, for instance, tell Griffin how important it is to walk around with one’s crotch (referred to several times as a “pudding cup”) thrust forward. “Show ‘em the goods!” they say. A wolf advocates turning every date into a “home game” by marking territory with urine.

A bear brags about how his own paramour has an extra claw “and she knows how to use it.” Someone makes a crass reference to breasts.

Griffin and a co-worker have so much destructive fun at a wedding reception that they jokingly mull making a career out of it; Griffin further suggests they knock off a convenience store. (They don’t.)

Characters say “h‑‑‑” four times and misuse God’s name nearly a dozen. We also hear a few curse word stand-ins such as “frick,” freak” and “jeez.”

One bear suggests to another that he’s been defecating in the drinking water. “You said that was vitamin drops!” the other bear exclaims. There’s a reference to a “hot stinking pile,” accompanied by a great deal of talk about urination, defecation and boogers. A wolf is caught licking his private parts. “I certainly wasn’t cleaning my basement,” he says.

This summertime slip-up of a flick, which carries the brand of Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions (Sandler himself voices the astoundingly annoying Donald the Monkey), is a kids’ movie only in the sense that it’s childish and juvenile. And it’s only a comedy in the sense that it’s kinda funny that anyone thought this was a good idea for a movie.


Now we haven’t finished Mr. Popper’s Penguins, but being 1/3 of the way through it I just can’t see that it’s going to end up being ANYthing like this movie. In the book the main characters are married and have two kids. It sounds like, in the movie, the parents are estranged. Hmm, maybe just read the synopsis of the movie and then of the book and we can all wonder together WHY IN THE HELL they had to take a wholesome story and EFF it all up so I have to tell my kids they can’t watch it after reading the book.

Tom refers to an older man’s energy as “viagratality,” a winking reference to sex and the little blue pill. He also uses the word “sexy” and quotes Beyoncé’s song “Single Ladies.” When talking of single women, Tom tells Janie that Martha Stewart is a powerful woman who sleeps with her dogs (which is just vague enough to earn a tentative double entendre warning). In a cold room, Tom indirectly refers to his erect nipples. Gonorrhea comes up in conversation when Tom and Amanda pretend to be infectious disease experts.

Janie asks what to do when unrequited love hits hard and a boy kisses someone else. As they mend fences, Tom and Amanda—who already has a new boyfriend—flirt. Lovey is just that, and it’s said that he fathers several chicks.

The s-word, almost used in reference to the penguins’ poop, isn’t fully said. “Freakin'” stands in for the more obscene word once or twice, and there are a couple of incomplete exclamations of “what the …?” We clearly hear one each of “h‑‑‑” and “d‑‑n” in song lyrics played during the closing credits. God’s name is misused around 10 times. Tom calls his ex-wife a “buzz kill” in front of their children.

Tom’s neighbor rightfully complains about the mess and noise of penguins, but to no avail because Tom tends to think laws or even the need for common courtesies don’t apply to him. Some of his business deals are shady. And his attitudes can be seen coming from his kids, too. Janie, in particular, can be pretty disrespectful to her dad.

Long-time fans of Richard and Florence Atwater’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins, the 1939 Newberry Honor book, might think the many liberties this contemporary film adaptation takes with a much-treasured story are about as appealing as eating raw sardines. And, it’s true, the movie version certainly won’t go down in box office history as an award-winning must-see.

I’m just so irritated and tired of it. Why can’t they just make a GOOD movie for my kids that’s not Pooh?


Our church is starting this tonight, I’m really excited about it as I am about 5 chapters into the book and it is SO.GOOD.

If you’re local and want to join us – click here for more info!

On to the book – there are some really great points that have been made so far, that had me underlining with my pencil (big deal, yk, I don’t write in books!!) and I had to blog about them.

“The New Testament was written a long time ago. How do we know that what they wrote down has not been changed over the years?”

Nicky Gumbel shows a chart comparing other historic texts to show why the NT writings are reliable, he says:

“The answer is that we do know, very accurately through the science of the textual criticism, what the NT writers wrote. Essentially the more texts we have, the less doubt there is about the original.”

‘As one of the greatest ever textual critics, F.J.A. Hort said, “In the variety and fullness of the evidence on which it rests, the text of the New Testament stands absolutely and unapproachably alone among ancient prose writings.”

I’ve never read anything proving why the Bible is accurate. I’ve heard plenty of rumblings about how it can’t possibly be accurate and how we can’t take it literally or really trust it. These things have never rung true to me, and now I know why.

The next part that had me whipping out my pencil was about how we can test Jesus’ claims. If I had a penny for every time I heard someone say, “Jesus was a great man and a wonderful teacher but I don’t believe he was the son of God” I’d be filthy rich. It irritates me to hear that and this is why:

“Jesus claimed to be the unique Son of God – God made flesh. There are three logical possibilities. If the claims were untrue, either he knew they were untrue – in which case he was an imposter, and an evil one at that. That is the first possibility. Or he did not know – in which case he was deluded; indeed, he was insane. That is the second possibility. The third possibility is that the claims were true.

C.S. Lewis pointed out that: ‘A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.’ He would either be insane or else he would be ‘the Devil of Hell.’ ‘You must make your choice’ he writes. Either Jesus was, and is, the Son of God or else he was insane or evil but, C.S. Lewis goes on, ‘let us not come up with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.'”

And to that I give a big, fat AMEN!!

Why, Yes, I am Overprotective!

I actually don’t think I’m overprotective, I think most parents aren’t protective enough. Yeah, I said it. ;)

I’ve been doing a lot of praying and reading and more praying lately and I really feel that it’s just not ok for my kids to be exposed to lots of things that other kids their ages are being exposed to.

I know some will think I’ve gone batty but I honestly don’t care. :) Take for instance books. R1 read the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book and really liked it and I was so happy that he finally wanted to read that I didn’t really think much of it. Of course, he wanted to read the whole series so I told him we’d look for them. Well, we could only find #4 and I bought it so we’d have it when he got to it, and told him we’d keep looking for the others. Then I sat down and read #4 and there’s just no way I’m going to let him continue these books.

I can see how most would think they are harmless but after reading it I was really annoyed that someone would write something like that for my child to read. The boy in these books is crude and disrespectful and it definitely would introduce ideas to my son that he’s not familiar with yet and I DO think it’s my job to protect him.

While I don’t think everything he reads needs to be about God, I DO think they need to be worthwhile in some way. He’s so smart and growing so fast that I see no reason to let him fill his head with drivel.

So from here on out I’ll be much more involved when he chooses a book to read.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phil. 4:8

Fell Off the Wagon

I’ve been slammed editing sessions and haven’t been blogging, and I was doing so well!

We kinda started school yesterday, more of trial-run to see what I need to adjust since the girls will be doing stuff this year. R1 surprised himself by reading the Pledge of Allegiance on his own!

When we finished I told him he needed to read for 10 minutes, and he chose Curious George. R3 climbed up next to him so he read it aloud to her.

May 2010 Reading Tracker


Truelove and Homegrown Tomatoes
A Promise to Remember
The Story of a Marriage
The Choice
The Historian
Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed
Wounded Healer
Warrior’s Heart
The Lovely Bones
Into the Wild
One True Theory of Love
The Glass Castle
Tender Graces


Spiritual Slavery to Spiritual Sonship
The Devil that Danced on the Water