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Once Upon A Time…

Once upon a time, on an ordinary, rainy afternoon, the minds of two children sailed away on a not-so-very ordinary adventure.  The lively adventure that only comes to those who read.  Any morning, afternoon, or night can grow into exciting day if you take the time to open a book and paint a picture between the lines of exciting text.  Below I have made a few lists of books I or someone else in my family has thoroughly enjoyed.  There is a list for each age group and if you are interested in a certain book, click on the title and the link will bring you to a page with more information.  Many if not all of these treasures can be hunted for and borrowed at your local fortress of literture (or library lol).

Books for Children of a Young Age (This is a list of books that my younger sister has especially enjoyed)

  

Soup Day is a delightful but simple book about one girl’s soup day from start to finish.  My sister read it in story-time once months ago and she hasn’t stopped reading it since.  She doesn’t know how to read, but since everyone in the family has read it to her trillions of times, she knows every word and can sit down and “read” it for herself.  There is something homey about this book.  Children thrive on routine, and the simple delight in this book with make this your children’s or siblings’ favorite book as well.  The illustrations are creative and fun.  They make me hungry for the warmth soup can bring, any time of the day.

This book demonstrates a quiet, simple life, which children love.  Once again, my sister has this book memorized! She “reads” it to me!  Her favorite lines from the book: “the bunnies bathed with daisy soap in silver bunny tubs, then wrapped in fluffy towels for mother bunny rubs”…”…the bunnies found a bungalow a cozy bunny home. They live there still, they always will, they made it all their own.”  This book is cozy and sweet and perfectly demonstrates a simple, family life full of the simple pleasures that are the most important after all.

A warm book full of beautiful poems written by the famous Robert Louis Stevenson.  The pictures, illustrated by Tasha Tudor, are full of imagination and color.  This is a breathtaking book which will introduce your youngest children to the wonderful world of poetry.  Every night, I would read these poems as my little sister drifted off to sleep.  This book contains some of the most well-known poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson, including The Swing, My Shadow, Bed in Summer, The Land of Counterpane, and many others.  The poems included in this book seem to be endless. 

  • “The Valentine Foxes” by Clyde Watson

Every year on Valentines Day, my mom borrows this book from the library.  This is a cute book, illustrating the joys (and frustrations) of day-to-day life.  The story is about a family of foxes preparing for Valentines Day.  The young foxes get carried away as they glue hearts and paper to everything in the dining room.  When mother fox is too busy with baby fox, the young foxes lend a helping hand and decide to make the special valentine cake themselves.  Not only is this a wonderful little story, there is a mouth-watering recipe for the foxes’ valentine cake in the back of the book.  Our family has made it a few times and we all agree that it is our favorite.  I encourage you to borrow this book from your local library next Valentines Day or any day of the year!

This book, full to the brim with music, has always been a favorite of mine since I was a young child.  The story includes a CD of musical accompaniment that goes along with the book.  The story will introduce your children to every type of music imaginable!  From classical, jazz, or blues, to opera, bluegrass, or country, the music is delightful and very beautiful.  I strongly recommend this book to anyone!

A List of Books for Older Children (This is a list of books that I have especially enjoyed)

My friend recommended this book to me and I eagerly read it shortly after.  It is an amazing true story about two young sisters and their journey of faith.  The girls are captured by indians and taken far away from their families to indian camps.  Their home is destroyed, their father murdered, and they are even separated, but they hold on to their faith during the hardest time of their life.  This book is exciting and attention-gripping.  It also demonstrates a faith in God that can never be broken.  I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.

  • “The Elsie Dinsmore Series,” by Martha Finley

Once I began this wonderful series of books, I couldn’t put them down.  They portray such an inward beauty in the main character, Elsie Dinsmore.  The books begin during Elsie’s girlhood years and end in Elsie’s last years of life.  The first two books are my favorite, but I enjoyed all of them with equal pleasure.  If you or your daughters have never read this series, I plead with you to do so now.  You will cherish these books once you have read them.  Elsie’s strong moral character and unwavering love for the Bible and her Father is heaven are a perfect example to young girls of all ages.  Girls will be inspired by Elsie’s will to never displease her heavenly father in any possible way, no matter what persecution and rejection she must endure.  This is what makes a truly beautiful person, inside and out. 

This is a exciting yet heartbreaking book about a young Christian Jew during WWII.  Adolph Hitler’s ominous statements seem only a distant threat to eleven-year-old Rudi Kaplan. But when the Nazi forces invade Poland and bomb his home city of Warsaw, Rudi finds out that he is Hitler’s enemy not only because he is a Pole but also because he’s a Jew and a Christian.The next few years change Rudi’s life forever. With only his imprisoned father’s promise that they will be reunited after the war, Rudi must learn how to survive in hiding, how to be truly brave, and how to overcome the hatred of his enemies. He must learn to die to himself and to trust the God who is mightier than any army.  Can Rudy put trust in his father’s promise, or even more importantly, his Heavenly Father’s promise that He will never leave him nor forsake him.  I have read this book so many times both by myself and with my family.  I encourage you to read it for yourself.
  • “Letters From Rifka,” by Karen Hesse

My mother read this book to my brother and I about two years ago.  It has been one of my favorite books since.  I remember listening intently to every word.  Rifka’s story is inspiring and I love how she wrote everything down between the margins of her Russian poetry book.
 Twelve-year-old Rifka’s journey from a Jewish community in the Ukraine to Ellis Island is anything but smooth sailing. Modeled on the author’s great-aunt, Rifka surmounts one obstacle after another in this riveting novel. First she outwits a band of Russian soldiers, enabling her family to escape to Poland. There the family is struck with typhus. Everyone recovers, but Rifka catches ringworm on the next stage of the journey–and is denied passage to America (“If the child arrives . . . with this disease,” explains the steamship’s doctor, “the Americans will turn her around and send her right back to Poland”). Rifka’s family must leave without her, and she is billeted in Belgium for an agreeable if lengthy recovery. Further trials, including a deadly storm at sea and a quarantine, do not faze this resourceful girl. Told in the form of “letters” written by Rifka in the margins of a volume of Pushkin’s verse and addressed to a Russian relative, Hesse’s vivacious tale colorfully and convincingly refreshes the immigrant experience. Ages 9-12.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
 
There are so many more books that I could list on my top favorites, but I couldn’t possibly post them all here.  For more lists of books I recommend, please visit my Books page.
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The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

Book of the day: “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”.  I just love this nature journal.  If you have never read through it before, I encourage you to borrow it from your library.  I know it inspires me to keep a nature journal.  The pictures are so beautiful and real, and all the text is written in the author’s handwriting.  The following text is from a nature journal I wrote when I was about ten or eleven.

A Nature Walk is a Privilege to study beauty, to smell the air on which we tread through.  To feel the dust that we walk upon, to make the seasons come alive.  January a time when the frosty air is in you coming out your mouth with puffs of smoke.  The snow is frosted on the earth spread like a white blanket.  February the white frosty winter is still here, this is a time for loving and a time to celebrate Valentines Day.  Spring is coming soon very soon and the Cardinals will sing.  The frosty snow still covers the ground but is more like gentle and delicate slush.  The air you breathe is still a crisp winter wind that gives you rosy cheeks.  March a time to skip and dance, the tiny invisible white and pink buds began to appear.  Surely, surely spring is almost here.  Soon the flowers blossom and the happy times have begun.  March is a time for laughter a time to be together again.  And surely April is to remember how the rain comes, to water all of the flowers and blossoms.  April! April is here!  The birds build their nests in the white-flowered trees and the baby animals are born, everything begins again.  The grass is green the sky is blue and Easter weekend will soon come to!  May has soon, has soon begun and there is fun for everyone.  The beauty has covered the world so great the air is warm with breezes.  The nice spring breeze has come at last and the whistling birds are here singing.  June is pretty and always hot, the air is sweating the pop cycles will melt.  The ice-cream truck is on its way.  June! June is here today!  July is a time of Red, white and Blue, the time of the flag as we always knew.  We eat are watermelon and some chocolate cake.  The summer is already wide awake.  August is nice the end of hot summer, and now the breeze is here again.  But wait! Summer is not completely gone, there is still hot weather and pop cycles to be ate.  September! Fall has begun the leaves the colors for everyone!  The leaves start to turn their color and then away with the wind they’ll turn and flutter.  As you walk down the sidewalk you will here crunch under your feet.  For the leaves are falling down, down on the street.  October is nice and quite precise; the fall is not to its end.  The leaves are still here and more will appear; fall is great for sure!  November, yes fall is still here! Away with the wind you will here us all cheer.  But you have to understand that the cold weather has just begun.  Thanksgiving is in this glorious month, a time to thank our God for much, to thank him for this beautiful year and to ask him for the snow to appear.  December is a wonderful month, with Christmas!  A time our dear Savior was born.  The snow has begun to fall on our roof, and the year is done; the next will be January and so on.

The book was written and illustrated back in 1906, but wasn’t published until Edith Holden’s works was discovered in about 1977. 

Edith loved nature.  She was constantly gathering flowers and plants to draw them.  She also drew many birds.

I was very saddened to read that the author died at the age of 49 after drowning in the Thames while gathering buds from a Chestnut Tree.

I encourage you to borrow this wonderful book from your local library and look through it thoroughly.  I hope you benefit from it just as much as I did. :)

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Ideals

“What is your aim in life, or, rather, what would you have your life to be if you could have the choosing?  What kind of life looks the best and most desirable to you?  What are your ideals?  An ideal is a mental conception of perfection.  It is a picture in the mind of things as we should like to have them.  Every girl has her ideals and in one way or another is working toward them.  She may be careless and hardly conscious of what she is doing, yet certainly she is following after her ideal.  She has in her mind the picture of the woman she wants to be.  No girl can rise higher than her ideals.  The ideal that one has in mind is the limit of perfection to that person.  It is impossible to attain to higher things than we strive for; and few even reach their ideals.  So it is imperative that a girl set before her good and pure ideals, that she set her mark high.  It is better to aim at the impossible than to be content with the inferior.  Every girl is a women in the making.  Some time she will stand in a women’s place and take a women’s responsibilities.  And now, while she is a girl, she is forming the character that shall be hers through womanhood.  Her ideals are shaping her life.  What is an ideal women?  What kind of women is most to be admired?  Who among your acquaintances seems the most admirable to you?  Consider her dress, her lifework, her manner of speech, her influence upon those about her.”  From “Beautiful Girlhood” by Karen Andreola.

I hope you will be encouraged by the words of Karen Andreola.  A young lady myself, I must constantly remind myself that what kind of person I am now, is who I am to become.  If I am rude and unpleasant, than I shall grow to be a rude and unpleasant women; but if I am a calm and pleasant girl than I will soon become a calm and pleasant women.  We must remember that it is our job to serve others.  What kind of women do you want to become?

“It is not enough to have good ideals alone.  There must be careful and persistent effort to live up to them.  To reach these ideals often costs the sacrifice of other things that seem pleasant.  Like the merchant of old who found a pearl of greatest price and sold all that he had to purchase it, so a girl to keep her ideals pure must be willing to give up all else for them.  And a girl will sacrifice much for her ideal, be it good or bad.  It is not enough simply to strive for a life morally pure and noble.  That is good; but the truly ideal life is one lived for God.  A life that does not in word and deed reflect the life and teachings of Christ fails that much in being ideal.” From “Beautiful Girlhood” by Karen Andreola.

 

 

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Bliss

Bliss-Beauty Living In Sweet Simplicity

Rejoice… in your youth; and let yourheart cheer you in the days of your youth.”

Quotation from “Beautiful Girlhood” By Karen Andreola

“Have you ever watched the development of a rose from the tiny bud to the open flower?  The bud holds little more promise of beauty than the foliage about it; but day by day it grows until it is full and round.  One day you see a thread of color, promise of the rose to come, peeping through the covering of green.  Each morning the thread of color widens until the bud bursts asunder and the flower is revealed.  You look upon the bursting bud with admiration and delight, though yet you do not see the rose in its full size and beauty.  You have to wait until it is full grown and fully open, till it has reached its maturity, before you can behold the complete flower.  But in the opening blossom the beauty of the mature rose is blended with the grace and charm of the bud.”

“Girlhood is the opening flower of womanhood.  It has charms all its own.  The wonderful change from the child to the women, the marvelous bosoming of young, healthy girlhood, will ever be God’s great miracle in life’s garden.  Girlhood is like a half-open rose.  We are charmed, both by the beauty of the bud and by the wonderful coloring of the rose.  We behold the familiar traits of childhood that have always charmed us and held our affections, but blended with these in ever-changing variety are the graces and powers of womanhood.”

I hope these words encourage you today as you go through the many challenges of “growing-up”.

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A Novel Worth Reading

As summer break begins, I must tell you of a book that you will probably will searching for by the end of this post.  It is a novel that is very unheard of by most people and was only just recently republished.  It is a touching story of an endearing 10 year-old boy who is suddenly orphaned and transplanted from a world of music in the mountains with his father, to the provincialism of the little town of Hinsdale.  It is a story of how the simple, undefilable goodness of the boy transforms the lives of the people who reluctantly take him in, despise their opinions of his crazy talk and strange innocence.  The novel is called, Just David by Eleanor H. Porter (the author of Pollyanna).  I hope you consider buying the book, it deserves a place among your library of classic literature.

You can find it at:

http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=92057&netp_id=290889&event=ESRCN&item_code=WW&view=covers

or:

http://www.wholeheart.org/whitemdetail.php?itemid=11

Also please pray for a little boy whose name is Noah; he has a serious disease.  You can visit the families blog below:

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/ourquiverfull/

I want to thank all those who view my blog.  I also want to apologize about the long gaps between posts. Please continue to read my blog and be inspired to do more with your life every day! =)

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Our Journey Begins

“Neglect not the gift that is in thee.” I Timothy 4:14

Greetings to my Kindred Spirits!  The day has finally arrived…. I now post my first blog entree.  In this cozy nook I will express my thoughts of reading, writing, and the nature around us.  So pour a cup of tea, and move to a comfortable place to read my feelings of the wonderful journeys your imagination can guide.

God has locked a special gift in each of our hearts.  It is our job to find the key that will unlock the “safe” protecting our true calling.  Discovering your true calling may be easy or difficult; it is different for everyone.  I have found much joy in writing, but also capturing pictures of God’s nature.  No matter what your purpose in life may be, never neglect it.  When you do, it is like neglecting a friend.  Your relationship with that friend will not be able to grow, therefore it will not blossom into the fruit that it was meant to.  Your gift is like a birthday present from God to you.  Imagine if you didn’t contain any special talent, if you didn’t hold any unique aspect to separate your personality from others.  You wouldn’t be able to say “I want to be an artist, or a teacher”.  God was thoughtful when he created a desire in each and every one of us, it is our job to fulfill that desire and please God with our actions.  Everything we do should be to please God. 

As spring unfolds it is a perfect time to discover what pleasures we can find in nature.  That’s why over this season, I have decided to discuss the beauties I personally have found in nature.  You too, will be surprised at how little searching you will have to do to find these same pleasures.  Nature is calling, we must answer.  It is calling in the morning when the sun rises and peers through your windows and the birds sing a chorus.  It is calling on summer nights when the crickets chirp a tune and the bullfrogs join in competition.  It is calling when the peaceful sound of raindrops beg from the windows to enter your home.  An orchard of nature is in your very own backyard, whether you live in the city or the countryside.  Even the tiniest signs of spring show God’s godness.  Enjoying nature is more than just a walk, it is really exposing the life that is left in this dark world. 

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