Thursday, December 29, 2005

Merry Christmas to you all!

This is the print we gave dh for his b-day. It was a very good day too. You can read more here.

Merry Christmas to you all! I hope you all had a marvelous and peaceful time w/your families and friends. We did. I have been prayerfully considering what I would share today, since I hadn't written in a while. I actually took time off from "cyberspace" to just be. After talking w/my best friend on Mon, I decided to update my blogs so that my dear cyber-buddies would know that all is well w/me and my house. ; )

I have spent time finishing the reading on Lewis, though I don't think I will ever be finished. I am finding that there is more to this man than a month will allow to be read. I borrowed a biography that has captivated my attention and I intend to continue my Lewis study until I have had my fill. I have begun my new study for December which appears to be moving into January, but that's okay. This new study is interesting as well. My best friend asked me what I was reading and I had to stop and think for a moment. You see, I am reading several books at once, so to just name one was not as easy as I thought. I'll update my reading list in my sidebar later.

My current monthly reading is as follows:

The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer
Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen
~ actually reading excepts from Seeds of Hope

I received several new books and cds this year. My dh ordered books from my booklist at CBD and I'm so excited ~ can't wait to read them, yes all of them! ; ) I had a wonderful day, lots of chocolate, scented candles and family fun. Our Lord and Savior was the best part, He filled our hearts and home w/everlasting peace.

I've been reflecting on my walk w/Him and I realize that I have come a long way from where I was this time last year, yet there is so much more to learn and do. So, I shall "Carry On," and go wherever and do whatever my Lord wants me to do. There are new things on the horizon in 2006 and I am patiently waiting for the Lord to reveal Himself and all His glory to me. What about you?, Are you waiting to see what the Lord has in store for you? Are you preparing your heart to receive His absolute best in the new year? Are you making plans to follow His resolutions or are you making your own? Tough ?s I know, for I too have to answer these myself. However, I believe I am ready to yield and turn this whole thing over to Him and let Him lead. Its definitely a much more peaceful journey and there are always beautiful things to see along the way.

I leave you w/these challenging ?s and my list that I can't wait to thoroughly enjoy. Hope you enjoy it and if you own any of them, let me know what you think of them. I'd love to hear from you about your Christmas and your answers to my ?s.

My recent additions to our library:
Mere Christianity Journal ~ absolutely awesome
101 More Devotions for Homeschool Moms ~ love it, now I don't have to borrow the library's
God's Generals II ~ we own the first one and have borrowed this from the library ~ awesome church history. We use this as our Bible History read aloud.
Book Lover's Guide to Great Reading ~ you all know what I think of this one ~ my very own now!
Walking Through the Wardrobe ~ a devotional ~ special pick of dh's
Watermark by Watermark ~ wonderful, especially the track "Gloria"
Arriving by Chris Tomlin ~ you know I love this one very much
Chris Tomlin Live From Austin Music Hall ~ too good to be true
Live Uplugged by Jeremy Camp ~ love it, its a cd/dvd combo
A Classical Christmas ~ beautiful
What I Was Made For by Big Daddy Weave ~ nice one
Repeat the Sounding Joy by Phillips Craig & Dean ~ listening now, very beautiful and uplifting

~ Take care and have a blessed week rejoicing in the New Year! ~

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Peaceful Day at the Museum

Today, my oldest dd and I went to her work's Christmas luncheon. The luncheon took place at Le Villa in the Philbrook Museum. It was delightful and the food was excellent. The best part of the day was walking though the museum w/my dd. I think we had the most fun in the gift shop but we didn't spend any money, this time. We plan to go back and purchase a copy of the above painting. It is very beautiful in person. I am not sure if the one the Philbrook has is the original, but it doesn't matter ~ it is exquisite. My dd loves it. I think we own an art book w/more of his paintings, I'll have to look.

Enjoy the picture

The Shepherdess
Adolphe-William Bouguereau

Friday, December 16, 2005

Thought of the Day #5

The Song of Mary

"My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
As He spoke to our Fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever."
Luke 1:46-55 nkjv

May your soul magnify our Father and may your spirit rejoice in God our Savior!

~ Merry Christmas ~

Everyone, sing w/me:

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero año y Felicidad

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart
Have a holly, jolly Christmas and happy New Year ; )

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Cultivating Mother's Heart Pt 6

Oh, how I have enjoyed this past week. I have read more than I thought I would or had time for. It all has been enlightening, refreshing and full of truths that I need to grab hold of. Some may think that I am absolutely crazy for reading about 5 books at once, but you know it has been the best week I've had in a long time. I actually was able to truly understand why CM required such diversity in her students education. It allowed me to make connections that I wouldn't have normally made by reading only one or two books. Each book was different, yet they each held a piece of life's puzzle that I needed at this time.

Here is what I've learned so far, in brief that is:
"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" ~ is well written and most enchanting. I have found myself loving and disliking the characters and their actions. I am enjoying how it plays out and it is a quick read. I have a little more reading to do,then I will be finished. I have seen the new movie and in light of the amount of time directors have to really capture a book, I believe they did a fine job of trying to bring across the book to the silver screen. Of course, there are some dramatizations that you will not find in the book, but are necessary for one to really comprehend the meaning behind the words and for that I had mixed feelings ~ on one hand disappointed and on the other grateful for those who didn't have the imagination that I have or advantage of reading the book. Lewis has become one of my favorite authors.

"Mere Christianity" ~ this book is showing me alot about myself and my walk w/God. I am in no hurry to finish this gem. We are also reading this book for our Worldview studies this school year and I will continue to read though it slowly on my own and w/my dc. This is a must read for those who long to truly understand their walk w/Christ.

"The Soul of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" ~ this book has truly opened my eyes to the spiritual side of Lewis' book. I usually see things though my eyes of faith, but sometimes it gets cloudy or I just choose not to look. However, Veith made sure that I was looking, especially when I viewed the movie. He challenged me more than I dare to admit about who I am in Christ and my understanding of my authority, place in God's kingdom and the choices I make daily. This book will give you a bird's eye view of the story of Christ that Lewis was introducing his audience to and how to make the connections for yourself. I've finished Part 1 - The Story and will be working thru Part 2 - The Fantasy Wars. I have truly enjoyed Veith's style of writing, it is smooth, clear and refreshing. I encourage you to read it either alone or alongside Lewis' book.

"Ourselves Volume 4" ~ I am reading this book along w/a group, whom are farther along in the reading than I. However, in my attempt to catchup, I've been reading the pgs 81 - 125. These pages cover the study of "The House of Heart," which has been very interesting reading. I have posted earlier a particular quote that caught my attention and I have been pondering various quotes since. I am currently grasping and making them my own the interpretation on The Lords of the Heart Love and Love's Lords in Waiting. This reading is so rich and requires such attention, that I am truly happy to have discovered this at such a time as this. I look forward to continue to glean from this wonderful book and to read it again and again.

"Sisterchicks Say Ooh La La! ~ okay this was the fun book. I needed something to read that didn't require me to assess it, give my opinion or do anything, just read and enjoy. I spent time in a bath of bubbles, over coffee and delicious Godiva chocolates reading this incredible book. However, to my surprise, God had another plan. This didn't turn out to be just a truly pleasurable book, it has become another gem in my collection. God spoke to me again though one of Gunn's books at a need I had and I am so glad that I was willing to hear and receive. Its amazing how He does that even in a simple fictional book. Well, never underestimate the love and power of our heavenly Father when He wants to reach you and that was the main theme of this book. If you haven't done so already, I wholeheartedly encourage you to read the entire series. This book is #5 and has been a true blessing to me.

Okay, that is my update for my November reading. I will finish off the remainder of Veith & The Lion, et al today and tomorrow, then begin my December readings. I am looking forward to the next phrase of this wonderful learning journey that I have embarked on. Talk w/you all soon.

~ Be Blessed ~

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Did You Know?

Did you know that the Chronicles of Narnia can be read in more than one order? Do you remember what order they were in when you first read or heard of them?

My originial set places "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" as book 1, but the newer publications list it as book 2. Ever wondered why it was changed or why you would want it changed? I have thought about this for the past 3 yrs, ever since I saw a newer copy at my local library. I was puzzled by the change in the order, but until recently hadn't given it much thought. In the "Soul of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" Veith talks about this in his introduction under "Where Does Narnia Begin?" In this section you learn about choosing a reading sequence, whereby Veith indicates that the Chronicles of Narnia are sometimes read in different orders. The order in which I am most familiar is the order of publication, which I happen to own a couple copies of. You could also read the series in chronological order, which is the way the new publications have ordered the books. Some imply this is better for the children to read. Another option still, is to read them in the order they were written by Lewis. I believe I will be doing the third option and you can read a discussion by Andrew Rilstone
here which helped me to make this decision. I've listed all three options below, in case any of you are interested. Happy reading!

Option #1 ~ Order of Publication
1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2. Prince Caspian
3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
4. The Silver Chair
5. The Horse and His Boy
6. The Magician's Nephew
7. The Last Battle

Option #2 ~ Chronological Order
1. The Magician's Nephew
2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
3. The Horse and His Boy
4. Prince Caspian
5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
6. The Silver Chair
7. The Last Battle

Option #3 ~ Author's Writing Order
1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2. Prince Caspain
3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
4. The Horse and His Boy
5. The Silver Chair
6. The Magician's Nephew
7. The Last Battle

Thoughts of the Day

Its been a very productive day. I managed to sort the stacks of library books and get them ready to be returned. I somehow managed to leave half of the here, though, when I left for work. Oh well, such is life. I am still working on the remainder of my books, I should be done by Friday, especially now that is snowing here. Yippee! I like snow, the rest of my df doesn't but I grow up in NY and snow is apart of who I am.

I have been writing narrations for "The Lion, et al." and I may post some of them here next week. I am thoroughly enjoying my study. The book "Soul of the Lion, et al." is a great companion to the book and as I read the story, I get to not only enjoy a wonderful story but the spiritual significance of the story. This is truly wonderful. Today we ordered our tickets for the movie. We will go to the 4:15p showing on Friday at one of our discount theaters. The tickets were a bargain at $2.75 a piece ($.75 for online processing). I am so excited. I'll write a review this weekend.

I also found a new book called
"Roar! A Christian Family Guide to the Chronicles of Narnia" at the library. It has some really cool stuff in it for the whole family. There are even exam ?s for those hsg moms out there. I found the following in the beginning of the book and thought you might like to read it. Enjoy! Talk w/you soon.

The Narniac's Creed

I believe in a lion name Aslan
Who died and rose again
For a greedy child like me.

He is good but not safe,
And the more I grow,
The bigger he becomes.

At Aslan's roar, even the trees bow down.
Yet he comes to romp and play
With any who will join him.

He has another name in our world.
And by knowing him a little in Narnia,
I know him better here.

He's not a tame lion, it's true.
But when I am thirsty,
There is no other stream.

So I will take the adventure that Aslan sends,
And whethere I live or die,
he will be my good lord,

Until further up and further in
I finally reach his true country
And leave the Shadowlands behind.

~ From "Roar!" by Heather Kopp

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Something To Think About

We must never let our minds dwell upon any pain or bodily infirmity; we may be sick and pained in our bodies, but it rests with ourselves to be well and joyous in our minds;.....Still more careful must we be never to go over in our minds for an instant any chance, hasty, or even intended word or look that might offend us. A spot no bigger than a halfpenny may blot out the sun of our friends' love and kindness, of the whole happiness of life, and shut us up in a cold and gloomy cell of shivering discontent. Never let us reflect upon small annoyances, and we shall be able to bear great ones sweetly. Never let us think over our small pains, and our great pains will be easily endurable.
~ Charlotte Mason, Volume 4 p90 *Our Defences

Brings to mind a wonderful verse from Paul:

"Finally, brethen, whatever things are true,
whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just,
whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy
meditate on these things.
Phil. 4:8 NKJV

~ be blessed ~

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Cultivating Mother's Heart Pt 5

It has been an interesting week. I have had the opportunity to preview a new ebook, you can read my review here. We are also doing exams this week. In the midst of this all, I have not read any of my books. Not good, I'm sure. Therefore, I will be continuing my study of C.S. Lewis for one more week. I am really enjoying this study and the new movie comes out this week. We are planning to attend, and I think it will be at the IMAX, so we can see it in 3D. I missed the chance to see Polar Express in 3D today, because I wasn't doing very well, but I'm sure I'll get the opportunity again later in the week.

Cultivating Mothers Heart and Mind also encompasses learning new things and spending time w/your loved ones. We will be experiencing some culture this week by going to the Oklahoma Historical Society Museum. I'll continue to develop and grow, as I wait on the Lord for He knows best what I need and when.

Have an awesome week!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Thought of the Day #4

"The finest of all the fine arts
is the art of doing good
and yet it is the least cultivated."
- T. DeWitt Talmage

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