Friday, July 29, 2016

The Miting

Recently I read The Miting. I don't usually gravitate towards Amish fiction because it almost always turns out to be an uncomfortable read for me, and if I take time to read a book, I like to enjoy it.

The Miting, while it is fiction, could very easily have been a true story. Dee Yoder did an excellent job at creating a gripping, true to life, Amish fiction book. So very different from other Amish fiction out there. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Amish things.

She did such a good job of writing this book, that I had to keep reminding myself that Leah is a fictional character, and praying for her really isn't necessary, though I would then take a moment to pray for all the other Amish out there that are experiencing what Leah was going through.

It spoke to me, like very few books do. It was so real, so raw, and having experienced some of what Leah experienced, I lived through those parts right with her.

Though this book can be emotionally draining at some points, it is ultimately a book of hope and courage and I can not recommend it enough.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your summer so far? Why?
(1=eh and 10=best summer ever)

I don't know how to rate this summer. We've had some good times, and made memories I'll treasure. But I really, really dislike the heat and humidity that comes with summer.

2. July 26th is National Aunts and Uncles Day. Did you have many aunts and uncles growing up? Were you especially close to any one or maybe all of them? Are you an aunt? (or uncle for the men who join here on Wednesdays) Share a favorite memory relating to one of your own aunts or uncles or relating to a niece or nephew who call you Aunt (or Uncle).

My parents both came from large families so I had a LOT of aunts and uncles. I was really close to my Aunt Vernie, and also my Mom's youngest brother. As we grew older we had more and more in common. His youngest three children were all born within months of our oldest three. He and his entire family have become even more special to us in the past ten years. They remained the same, always friendly, and never judgmental even though we left the Amish.

3. What's your favorite food dipped in chocolate? What's your favorite food dipped in cheese?

Strawberries and pretzels dipped in chocolate are my favorite! Not the weird chocolate fountain type of chocolate, but the good melted milk chocolate.

We like baby carrots dipped into a cream cheese dip, but otherwise we don't go dipping food into cheese much even though we eat lots of cheese.

4. When were you last astonished by something? Explain.

Apparently I live a rather boring life, because I really can't think of anything right now.

5. Surf board, paddle board, ironing board, Pinterest board, score board, clip board, bulletin board...which board have you most recently encountered?

Most recently .... Pinterest board. Even though I really dislike the awful changes made to Pinterest, I'm still using it as I lesson plan.

6. What's your favorite story from scripture? Why that story?

I can't call it a story, but I love when Jesus rose from the grave and spent time with his disciples, and how when he ascended to heaven the angels said we would see him come again. It gives such hope in the midst of a troubled world!

7. If you were to travel from the east coast to the west coast in your own country, which five cities would you most want to see?

I'm not a city person at all, but if I have to choose five cities they would be New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Seattle.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I would also like to thank them for helping me with my homework ... I was able to memorize the entire Constitution of the United States while I waited for my meal.

How's that for keeping things positive in a review about an awful experience at a restaurant? There was more, but for some reason this line especially amused me.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Wintery Daybook

For today.....  July 25, 2016

Looking out my window.....  Even the leaves on the trees are looking tired, from all this heat.

I am thinking.....  that I can't wait for the day when winter winds whistle around the corners of the house, heaping drifts of snow, and I'll finally be comfortable again.

I am thankful.....  that every day brings me one day closer to winter.

One of my favorite things.....  winter days.

I am wearing.....  A pink and black top, and a charcoal gray skirt.

I am creating.....  lesson plans. I start with the base provided for in the curriculum that we'll be using, but I branch out and dig deeper. For example Sunbeam will be studying about the country of Algeria in our first week back to school. In addition to learning what her curriculum provided, I'm finding books to read, food to try, the national anthem to listen to, some crafts, a lapbook to record interesting facts, and plants and animals found in that country.

That is only the geography. I do the same for other subjects where I feel we could do more indepth things.

Yes, I realize I'm making my life busier than it would have to be, but we love learning

I am reading......   I finished The Miting last week, and haven't started another book yet. This morning I read the book of Galatians in the Bible

I am hoping.....  That winter will come early this year.

I am learning.....  that even though I daydream about all things winter, it doesn't bring the desired relief from being stuck in the middle of the dog days of summer.

In the kitchen......  it's hot enough for me to consider serving something I never imagined I would even consider. My mother-in-laws cold soup.

 Picture thought..... 

Yep, pretty much the picture going through my mind multiple times a day.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Picture my Week

We were gathering the tea we use for sore throats. Buddy has learned to identify it and enjoys picking it when ever he spots some.

Rosebud found a baked instead of deep fried donut recipe she wanted to try. They turned out to be the best donuts we ever had. They will be a favorite we'll be making often in the future.

The finished product.

I went through all our school things. Organized what we'll be using this year, and created our first week's schedule.

Buddy enjoyed being the conductor of his train. Stuffed animals made the perfect happy passengers when siblings had better things to do.

I read this book. It's very rare I find one that impacts me as deeply as this one did. I will be talking about it some more in a future post.

I love the atmosphere created by early morning clouds settling in among the mountains.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Crossing Your Arms

Sometimes I take for granted our children know way more about the Amish and the many accepted yet unspoken traditions, than they actually do.

Somehow I forget they were only 2, 4, and 6 when we left that culture.

This morning Rosebud and I had a discussion on crossing your arms. I couldn't remember ever seeing her with her arms crossed and I don't know why, but it made me feel just a little sad.

Growing up every proper, well mannered Amish girl always stood with her arms crossed in church, or anywhere when her hands weren't occupied doing something, but especially on Sundays. It was considered ladylike and respectful, unlike some of the women who had the unfavorable habit of resting their hands on their hips.

It's one of the things I have stopped doing since leaving the Amish. Funny how in one culture something is consider proper and respectful, while in another culture it's considered rude.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Pok√©mon Go....your thoughts? Are you playing? Do you even know what it is?

I think it is rather ridiculous how popular it is. Our family is not, and will not be playing.

2. What was something you collected as a child? Do you still have that collection? If you're a parent what's something your own children collected? Have you ever camped out, stood in a crazy long queue, or paid a ridiculous sum for a 'collectible'?

I used to have a rock collection as a child. My Dad created a shelf table under our pine trees in the back of our house for me to display them. Somewhere around 7th or 8th grade I bequeathed the entire collection to one of my younger brothers. Not too long after that, it got destroyed when a lot of the trees were cut to make room for our woodworking shop.

I have never camped out, stood in line, or paid a lot of money for a collectible.

3. "Collect moments, not things"...tell us about a moment you've added to your collection this summer.

So many moments. Some of my favorites were the lazy days before the humidity kicked in that we spent outside simply enjoying nature and time spent together.

4.  What's something collecting dust in your home right now? Any plans to do something about it?

I have no patience for things that serve no purpose other than collecting dust. We live in an old farmhouse that seems to create dust astonishingly fast.

Figuratively speaking, I have some projects that are collecting dust, that I need to pick up and focus on again.

5. A favorite song relating to time?

A line from what used to be one of my favorite hymns as a child O God Our Help in Ages Past

Time like a ever rolling stream .......

6. What's been your most frightening or your most interesting encounter with wildlife?

My most frightening/interesting encounter with wildlife was when Sailor was a colicky baby and I was carrying him around outside while he was screaming. A group of deer had been in our cornfield, most of them upon hearing his wails ran back to the woods, a big buck however decided to charge me. Thankfully I managed to make it safely into our phone shanty before he got me.

Recently LV saw something a lot cuter regarding wildlife. There is a certain stretch of road not far from our house that is almost guaranteed to always have a deer or two on it every time you drive through. Several days ago there was a cat hanging out with a deer. They meandered down the road together and finally up over a yard.

7.  On July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong set his foot down on the moon. If you could travel to the moon would you go? Why or why not?

I would not. I won't even go into details with my thoughts regarding space travel.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Going back to school shopping ..... it's on the schedule for today, and I have two very excited girls here waiting to leave.

Our new school year begins on the 1st. The countdown is happening ..... I hear about it multiple times a day.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

When Scammers Succeed

When we first got an email account it didn't take long for a scam email to arrive declaring some long lost relative had died tragically in a plane crash and we had inherited a large sum of money. All we had to do was wire some money somewhere to have that money released to us.

We promptly deleted it.

Over time we received many variations of the same type of email, and some phone calls as well, all of which we ignored. We couldn't help but wonder why they keep being so persistent, surely no one would fall for something like that.

Turns out that yes, occasionally people do believe them, and fall for their lies.

We are currently in shock after learning of one of my elderly uncles who was scammed out of every single penny he had, even going quite deep into debt, wiring money to these unscrupulous scammers.

He has lost his house, and everything he owned. We're feeling sick about the whole mess, and can't help but wonder if there is something wrong with him, because this is so unlike him. Ten years ago he wouldn't even have considered sending them money.

He will be cared for by family, but what a sad way to live the last part of his life.

To say I'm feeling rather uncharitable towards these scammers, is stating it mildly.