Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ancient Greece

Following our Story of the World chapter on the Wars of the Greeks, we did "stone" sculpture with soap. The Greeks did so well making statues and friezes that when their towns and cities were taken over, their hard work was taken as bounty.
The kids also worked hard and enjoyed "sculpting", but the next day I found Avery with Jasper's project crumbled on the floor.
One of the benefits of working with stone i suppose.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Heartless Christians

In usual fashion, I read the the wrong day of my daily reading. The page must have rustled back when i got up for my coffee.
So O. Chambers is talking about Romans 8 and says this, "Beware of outstripping God by your very longing to do His will. We run ahead of Him in a thousand and one activities, consequently we get so burdened with persons and with difficulties that we do not worship God, we do not intercede."

What fantastic thoughts regarding relationships! To bring each difficult person and circumstance before God in prayer, surrendering our own opinions and feelings. Sounds easy when sitting down for a quiet time, but not as much when someone causes me great distress.

He goes on to say, "A heartless Christian must be a terrible grief to Our Lord."
One reason i never wanted to be a Christian. And here I am.

Great River Road

McAdams Peak
Brussel's Ferry Crossing
and Grin

On Sunday we went hiking on the east side...Illinois!
Pere Marquette State Park encompasses 8,000 acres at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. After a picnic and a hike up McAdams Peak, we took the free Brussels Ferry over to Calhoun County. It is at the tip of a peninsula and the main form of transportation is by ferry. Four ferries are available to cross the Illinois and Mississippi rivers and two of those are free. Brussels is a tiny town and we stopped by the Golden Eagle Country Store for pop and penny candy. There was a bluegrass band inside and we tapped our foot to the beat.
From there we drove through the beautifully undeveloped rural countryside to a cemetery.

It was such a lovely day, I even thought twice about urban living.

Henna Party

We invited Sister and Sister-in-law over for a henna party. We were even joined by a Sister's Sister-in-law visiting from Edmonton!
It seemed a tad complicated in the beginning, but we managed to figure it out. It turned out to be similar to real tattoos since it was addictive and we all ended up with more henna than we intended. It was fun and I look forward to doing it again soon...

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Big Yellow Truck

Our brother-in-law and his Dad driving from Edmonton to Mexico to donate a fire truck.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Baby Camel

We walked over to the zoo to meet the baby camel. It was drinking milk from it's Mama and was so cute...
The new pedestrian bridge is coming along nicely. The zoo also plans to post a memorial plaque near the spot where a drunken driver struck and killed 7-year-old Luke Maue while he was on a field trip in 2001.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Snuggle-Time With Judy

It is commonplace to find Jasper and Judy in an embrace on the floor. She puts her arm around him and they spoon. She can do wrong in his eyes. A boy and his dog...

Crisis Nursery

The St. Louis Crisis Nursery is an independent, not-for-profit agency funded by donations and committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by providing short-term, emergency shelter for children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with emergencies or who are in crisis.
There are several locations all over the metro area.
Consider giving a bit of your time...

Stormy Tulips

These tulips were a gift from my brother 8 ish years ago. The kids helped me dig and divide last fall. Many fell victim to the local squirrel population, but we had several pop up. They have been so delightful to watch!
Today it stormed and they all closed up. I love the raindrops on the delicate petals. The sun has been shining for an hour and I am sure they are starting to open again.


This is our neighbors redbud so technically it's not ours. But it is on the property line. When your yard is the size of a small trailer, everything counts...
I love the way flowers come straight out of the trunk. It is my favorite tree in every season.

More Spring

Unfurling Ferns

It is a gift to see ferns unfurl in a beautiful dance. To wake up each day and see new blooms.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Blooms This Week

Backyard Cherry Tree

In the midst of the terrible news i happened to read about Trenton, New Jersey today, i feel encouraged by the promise of rebirth that Spring brings.
Each day something new pops up. And because of Winter digging and overly ambitious squirrels, we have bulbs in random places.
The evil in this world is unimaginable. But the beauty is too...fitting for this Holy time.