Monday, May 21, 2007

Mother

I know this is a little late, but who said that that you can only be thankful towards your mother at Mother’s Day?

My mother and I have always enjoyed doing things together. She is my dearest friend and has always been my teacher, playmate, and dear mommy. We scrapbook, stamp cards, talk, drink tea, and read together.

Mom has always been my loving teacher. I can remember jumping on the trampoline as I shouted out the letters of the alphabet and sitting beside her as she pointed out new words for me to pronounce. She listened patiently as I learned to spell sat, mat, and cat, and she carefully explained the silent “e” and other mysteries of the English language.

Mom wasn’t the best reader as a child, but the Lord helped her overcome her difficulties, and she now has a great love of the Holy Bible. She spends much time everyday meditating on the Word of God. She is an inspiration as I strive to form steady Bible habits of my own.
Some of my fondest memories include the times my brother, sister, and I would sit around the table after a lunch of steaming Irish oatmeal and listen to my mother read The Long Winter, Little House on the Prairie, and other books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She made the stories alive for us, and we were always disappointed when it was time to put the book away.

Both of my parents taught me to love reading. They spent hours reading with me, and it was always a treat to go to the library. I was inspired by the many books they gave me (many of them were the antique children’s classics that I still cherish today), and they planted the dream that someday I could write books like them.

In recent years Mom and I have rediscovered our love of reading together. She reads to me occasionally, but I now take over the majority of the reading while she works on her scrapbooks or relaxes with a cup of coffee. I try to make the reading come alive for both of us and give each character’s voice distinctive qualities that are easily recognizable (I don’t know how well I succeed at this).

Some of the books that we have read include:
  • A Little Swiss Boy (Vinzi) by Johanna Spyri

  • Most of the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  • Pride ad Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • Get Out of that Pit by Beth Moore

  • A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter

  • Emma by Jane Austen

We love being together and can talk for hours. My mother is my best friend (along with my dad, sister, and brother). She is a treasure, and I am so glad that God placed me in her life and gave us the special bond of mother and child. She inspires me, comforts me, and builds me up. I can only hope that in the coming years I will be as much of a blessing to her as she has always been to be.

I love you, Mom!

Mother's Day Lunch

My brother and I helped my sister Susanna prepare a special Mother's Day lunch for my mom last week. It was delicious with tea, fresh fruit, and scones with jam and whipped cream.

Coming Soon!
I am writing a post about my mother and the fun stuff we like to do together!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Multimedia Presentation

I have been so busy living life that I haven’t had time to write about life – or anything else for that matter. Study.Quiet has been much too quiet lately, and other things have been neglected too. My journal feels abandoned. Letters haven’t been written. Deadlines have been missed.

What have I been up to? Well, I would like to share some of it – but I haven’t the time now. The short version would sound something like this: music, more music, and a fast approaching deadline on a family project I am working on.

So, until I can put a lot of my blog post ideas onto paper (or screen) go check out the multimedia presentation my brother David put together at The Moore City News. It shows pictures of our unique music festival experience this year. It was a challenge; trial after trial assaulted us, but we were continually reminded of the faithfulness and goodness of God. No problem is too great that he cannot overcome it.

Musical note: we performed a recorder solo (David), recorder duet (both of us), recorder trio (both of us and one friend), and recorder quartet (both of us and two friends.) David also sang in a vocal ensemble.