Archive for August, 2006
That’s what my son says after I tell him, “I love you.”
“Nah,” says I. “I love you more.”
“Wanna know how much I love you momma?” asks Landon.
“I love you Ephisnians!” he exclaims.
“Ephisnians! How much is that?” I ask.
“It means it keeps going and going,” Landon replies.
“Who told you that?” I wonder.
Hrmmmmm….infinity. Ephisnians. Yeah….I guess I can see that!
I don’t know if I should even correct him. I like Ephisnians!
Barb at A Chelsea Morning has been wondering about the names of all the blogs she sees around the blogosphere. I must admit, I have often been curious about what makes a blogger choose his/her blog name.
I do enjoy when I find out what lies behind the name of the blog. Sometimes bloggers have chosen a name for some deep, well-thought out reason, others just randomly selected their blog name out of the blue, while others stem from childhood nicknames. I love finding out the reason behind a name. (Like hearing a parent discuss why a particular name was chosen for their child….fascinates me every time!)
A Picturesque Life was not one of those deep well-thought out blog titles. I have been playing around with pictures for several years when I started getting a few requests to do informal portriats and even a few weddings. As I love photography I was estatic. I decided if I ever had a photography business (of course after I go to school and actually learn HOW to take pictures!) I wanted to name it Picturesque Photography.
When I started dating my now blogger husband, he suggested I start blogging. He showed me photoblogs galore and I admit to being a bit interested. Although I am by no means exclusively a photoblog, I certainly use photos quite a bit in my posts. And that was my intent from the beginning.
Joshua is actually the one who suggested A Picturesque Life after I played with the word picturesque a bit. I liked it immediately. I felt like it expressed what I wanted my blog to represent. Not a perfect life, by any means….but a happy one….one full of smiles, play, beauty, and real life! Almost like a digital photo album full of memories of weddings, families, babies, learning, loving, play, work, and life.
So there you have it. The story behind the name A Picturesque Life.
If you’d like to participate head over here for details!
Hurricane Katrina hit.
I’m not going to bore you with another one year anniversary of Katrina special. If you guys watch the news or weather channel you’ve probably had your fill of Katrina. I’m getting there myself!
But, I felt like I should mention it….since it was such a big part of our lives here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
And if you are interested in what was going on with this blogger through all that, here are my posts about it!
Those are the main ones. Katrina is briefly mentioned in about a gazillion posts throughout my blog. Including one I wrote about two weeks ago! It really has been part of our year!
I know. I wrote a lot about it. But I promise it does lack all the political hoop-la you hear in many Katrina stories!
Here’s some of my very few, during-Katrina-before-my-camera-died pictures!
And know this. Things are still different down here. Very. But we are doing well! All the prayers and thoughts from people all over the country (as well as the donations and workcrews!!) are very much appreciated! We truly have been blessed by so many people through all this!
Susanna tagged me for this book meme. And since I’ve recently had a hard time coming up with things to blog about I decided a meme was a great way to post something without having to think too terribly much. (At least I didn’t have to come up with a topic!)
(I’m not using The Bible since it basically could go in most of the blanks.)
1. One book that changed your life:
I cannot really think of a good answer to this. A Little Princess got me hooked on classics. Gone With the Wind and Jubilee Trail made me want to walk around carrying ginourmous books in junior high school. The Good Earth turned me off of summer reading lists. (Could they never recommend anything really good to read?) Mere Christianity got me interested in C.S. Lewis. A book I read in college made me reconsider my major and change from social work to education…and I don’t remember the name of it.
Can I name all those?
2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
One? I love rereading books! But the one I’ve probably reread the most is The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery. My current copy has a taped/stapled spine and many pages taped back in.
3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
How To Get Off a Desert Island
4. One book that made you laugh:
I just finished reading the Emily series by L.M. Montgomery not too terribly long ago. I remember laughing all through it. Other books have made me laugh…but those are fresh on my mind.
5. One book that made you cry [or feel really sad]:
Maus I and Maus II. I read them in high school and cried several times. At one point, after reading what the Nazis had done to some Jewish babies I was unable to eat.
6. One book that you wish had been written:
How to Keep Blogging While Working and Dealing With Pregnancy Fatigue!
7. One book that you wish had never been written:
8. One book you’re currently reading:
Merlin, by Stephen Lawhead. Really great book. I’m enjoying it thouroughly. You should read it!
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
10. Now tag five people:
Nah. But let me know if you wanna play!
By the way, I’d like to point out that I’m not sulking! I’m skulking! (That because I’ve had several commenters in the past ask what I was sulking about!)
Happy for your spoilage! And we are sulking because…..?
For some reason I read the title to this post as Shamelessly Sulking and couldn’t figure out what you were brooding about. LOL
Well, finally the blogging mood hit me. A little bit anyway. For those of you who read my post a few days ago about getting tested for gestational diabetes….well, I passed with flying colors! Yay! No special diet for me. Thanks for your kind comments.
And….what’s cool out in the blogosphere? Well, to be honest, I haven’t spent nearly as much time skulking about as I used to. So I know I’m missing lots of great posts. But I’ve got a few cool ones to share today.
Paul is a guy who used to go by the name Saul. It’s possible he is responsible for the murder of someone you know, perhaps even your parents or one of your children. Now you have to sit and listen to someone read not just words from this guy, but instructions from this guy. Since his conversion from Christ-hating enforcer of the Law to card-carrying Jesus freak, he’s not just one of your fellow Christians. He’s an authority over all Christians recognized by nearly everyone.
And if you are looking for a fun weekly blog activity, check out the new one at Blest With Sons, called Take Your Kid to Blog Day! Here is the premire edition! You might wanna consider joining in next week! Here is my daughter’s submission.
And, as always, Choosing Home Blog has some interesting posts going on. If you need to get your children involved in household chores and serving each other as a family check out their site. They have all kinds of information on children and chores. They finish with their Family Acts of Service Gathering where they link to lots of posts on the topic. Check them all out!
That’s all I have time for today! Hope you find something good to read! I have not one, but two birthday parties to go shop for! (My sister-in-law and my Dad!) When you are in a large family there are always birthday parties to attend!
My daughter loves to write stories. She’s actually a rather talented artist as well. Unfortunately, we are scannerless right now. We plan to fix that on Sunday. Shiloh made me promise to add pictures to her story then….so feel free to check back to see illustrations later!
This story is one Shiloh wrote specifically for the first Take Your Kid to Blog Day. I must say, she’s rather excited about “publishing” her work. She dreams of publishing books one day! Supposedly, she wrote this story at school today and forgot it. So this is a dictated version of the original. And the spelling is probably much better, since spelling is not exactly Shiloh’s biggest strength!
The Wolf Man
Once there was a man walking through the forest pass. His name was John Fox. As he was walking along, he saw two yellow eyes peering from the bushes.
Something jumped out! It was like a dog, but not a dog at all. It was too huge to be a dog. But that wasn’t the first thing he noticed. The first thing he noticed was a trap that was stuck on his front leg. It’s horrible teeth dug into the dog’s leg.
Then he realized it was not a dog. He knew too much about dogs to know that dog’s eyes were not yellow. It was a wolf!
He was not afraid. He walked up to the creature and clipped off the horrible trap. Then he tended to the wolf’s wound. The wolf got up as John started to walk home. The wolf followed him home.
And ever since then everyone called him The Wolf Man.
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Oh! I had no idea how tired I would be when I started back to work! School is going really well….don’t feel sorry for me. It’s just wearing me out!
But I do have a few bits and pieces to share! Just little things that have been going on around here that I find interesting, amusing, or alarming.
I encourage my students say the blessing before lunch each day. (I know….doesn’t happen too much in schools, does it?) I have the student of the day either say the blessing or choose a volunteer if they do not want to say it. They love it!
I’ve mentioned before that my style of worship is not exactly charismatic. So, that is probably why I find this story so endearing.
This sweet little seven year old in my class was the student of the day. When I asked her if she would like to say the blessing or choose someone, she looked at me very seriously and said, “I think I can do it.”
She then raised her arms into the air and with all the passion that little body could muster she said,” God is great, God is good. Let us thank him for our food. By his hands, we are fed. Thank you God for daily bread! Amen!”
My eight year old daughter is a behavior problem it seems. I asked her teacher how she was doing and she told me that the best instructions Shiloh follows is when she is told to get out a book and read when you are done with your work. She then said that she has to physically touch Shiloh for her to hear anything else after that.
She has been in trouble two or three times this year for reading when she was supposed to be doing some other task. It’s not that she’s intentionally not completing other tasks….it’s just that when she’s reading she doesn’t hear anything else.
I can’t decide if this is a bad thing or not. I guess it could definately be worse!
Tommorrow I go to the doctor for the three hour gestational diabetes test. My fingers are crossed that I pass. I’ve never failed the one hour test before, so this will be my first time to ever take it.
I’ve had to be on an interesting diet for the last three days. It’s incredibly high-carb and believe it or not was actually hard for me to do.
The idea of having to eat a certain amount of sugar, desserts, and bread products just didn’t appeal to me. All of a sudden I wanted meat, meat, meat. Any other time….the high starches wouldn’t bother me. I think I’m just rebellious.
Tonight I was cooking a chocolate mousse cake. (I needed two dessert servings!! ) My daughter was reading in her bedroom. My son, had already been sent to bed (he destroyed an entire bag of kitty chow…naughty little boy! ) She came out of her room and said, “Something smells good. It smells like brownies!”
I just looked at her, smiling. “May I please lay on the couch to read? I want to smell that smell even better!”
Josh thinks this is typical girl behavior. Don’t guys ever fantasize about chocolate?
My son is convinced that if he gets a blue smiley face on his daily folder, he is going to go to jail. He misunderstood something his teacher told him and lives in fear of the blue smiley face. His teacher was horrified when I told her this and wanted to clear up the misunderstanding.
I however, did not want her to do this. It was quite helpful all weekend telling Landon that if he didn’t do what he was supposed to do, I would give him a blue smiley face. His big blue eyes would get so wide.
He even told me one day that he couldn’t wait to go to heaven. When I asked why he said because there was no school in heaven. This surprised me, as my son is absolutely in love with school, his teacher, his classmates, and all things schoolie!
“I thought you liked school.”
“Oh, I do. I love school. I just don’t want to get a blue smiley face.”
Maybe I am an evil mother!
I was reading a book about different fruits and vegetables to my class. I was telling the students that apricots were first grown in China. A little girl raises her hand and I ask what she wants.
“I’ve been to China,” she says.
“Really?” I ask. I have had children confused about these things before so I wasn’t so sure she really had been. So I ask, “What for?”
“I went when we got my baby sister,” was her reply.
I am absolutely fascinated with the adoption of Chinese baby girls so I was impressed. I asked her to bring something for show-and-tell from China. She brought a Chinese purse, a picture of her and her baby sister in beautiful Chinese robes, a picture of her in front of the Great Wall of China, a picture of some panda bears they saw, and a picture of the baby girl that they are in the process of adopting.
I just thought it was all very cool. Definately the best show-and-tell I’ve had a student produce.
Of course, a friend of mine from church that also teaches, certainly has me beat.
She has a thirteen year old boy in her class this year that is from Iran. His father was a rather big deal in Iran it seems and had some US business contacts. These contacts just so happened to be Christians!
Through these contacts in the US, this man and his family became Christians. They actually had church underground and entered their church through a hole. They had to run for their lives one night when their church was discovered.
His family fled to Germany where they spent the next three years living in a metal building, about the size of a small camper trailer. This boy’s bed was right beside the urinal.
Finally, the German government told this family that if they stayed in Germany they would be turned over to Iran. They once again had to flee….this time to Switzerland. Here they made contact with their American friends who sponsored them and helped them get into America.
They have been here about a month now.
It certainly would be nice if you would remember this family in your prayers.
Speaking of urinals, I got a letter from the Kindergarten department at school. It was addressed to the parents of kindergarten boys. It asked if we would please take our sons to a public restroom and teach them to use a urinal. They stated that they could explain to the boys how to use it, but it would be better if someone could show them how to use it. It seems that these ladies have their hands full trying to instruct little five year old boys on the proper way to use a urinal…..
I just found this completely amusing.
Our first grade department uses Saxon Phonics curriculum. Each night the students have about ten minutes of phonics homework on a Saxon worksheet. I’m always telling the kids to complete their Saxon Phonics sheet.
I have one student who keeps calling it her Satisfaction Sheet. I did correct her, because, well, I’m a teacher. And I have to. But oh! It was so cute! I wanna call them Satisfaction sheets all the time now!
Like I said, bits and pieces. Things from here and there. Hope it wasn’t TMI!
Although Misty and Domino have been around a month, I haven’t shared any pictures of them. My kids are thrilled….they are quite taken by the little kitties.
Me? Well, I’ll never be a cat-lover. Never. But I’m getting used to them!
In Beleriand in those days the Elves walked, and the rivers flowed, and the stars shone, and the night-flowers gave forth their scents; and the beauty of Melian was as the noon, and the beauty of Luthien was as the dawn in spring.
There came a time near dawn on the eve of spring, and Luthien danced upon a green hill; and suddenly she began to sing. Keen, heart-piercing was her song as the song of the lark that rises from the gates of night and pours its voice among the dying stars, seeing the sun behind the walls of the world; and the song of Luthien released the bonds of winter, and the frozen waters spoke, and flowers sprang from the cold earth where her feet had passed.
For Luthien, your daughter, is the fairest of all the Children of the World.
~Selected quotes from The Simarillion.
I thank each and every one of you who offered suggestions for a middle name for our daughter. We read each one carefully…and it is really funny how many of the names suggested we actually discussed.
Some of my favorites were Grace, Evelyn and Eden. But I have a dear friend who has two young girls and she’s already taken some of those names.
There were a few others, that although they are nice names, we didn’t feel like we could use them. Like the name of my husband’s ex-girlfriend. Just couldn’t do it.
Or the names of some students that gave me nine months of fits. Well…enough said.
But reading your ideas was a lot of fun. And it sparked some interesting conversation between my husband and I. We got into some really great name debates!!
And finally settled on one.
Although we loved your ideas, we ended up selecting something that noone suggested.
Joshua and I are both huge Tolkien fans. We love the LOTR trilogy and think Tolkien has beautiful names for the women in his books. We considered Arwen and Eowyn. Such beautiful, feminine names! But we really didn’t want all the, “You named her after that girl in the movie….” stuff.
So we decided to go with a non-movie Tolkien book. The Simarillion. Such a lovely book. It’s basically the history of Middle Earth.
Luthien is an elf. The most beautiful elven-girl in the history of Middle Earth! And oh, how she is adored by her father, her beloved, as well as many others! If you ever get a chance you should read the story of Beren and Luthien. You will like it.
But Luthien is our choice. Rebekah Luthien.
…and we like it…very much!
Isn’t life funny? I’m sitting here and in one hour I will be leaving to have dinner with one of my dearest friends and her husband (who has become one of our dearest friends as well) for a farewell get-together.
They are leaving before daylight in the morning to Tennessee. Now Tennessee is not the furthest away they could get…but I’m used to seeing them every Sunday in church, sitting by them in Sunday school, having little dinner parties on whims. And just having them close.
I’m so excited for them. Court is getting a scholarship to complete his Doctorate degree. He is a philosophy and history major (I think….that’s what he was anyway!) It’s such a great opportunity for them. And Jenny is excited about the move. They will be in a lovely part of the state.But boy am I going to miss them!! They really are some of the greatest people I know!
My husband is getting ready to go. He’s been showering and changing and the entire time he is singing at the top of his lungs (which are quite powerful). His gorgeous voice is filling the house…..I absolutely love it.
It makes me happy and sad all at the same time.
Okay…sorry I’m being weird.