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Unstoppable and in control December 31, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 7:49 pm

Riding Arion, Hazel felt powerful, unstoppable, absolutely in control—a perfect combination of horse and human. She wondered if this was what it was like to be a centaur. (from The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan)

This is a familiar feeling for me. A wonderful, beautiful feeling. And a feeling that I miss in my life in Boston. I’ve spent the last few days riding my beloved horses, and remembering things about myself that I first learned on horseback and which are most true when I am around horses. Like knowing that I am strong, and that I am able, and that I am in control of myself. I am stronger, calmer, brighter, and more in tune when I am around horses. I am more me around horses. And you know what? I can’t think of a better way to start a new year than feeling powerful, unstoppable, absolutely in control. Thanks, horses!


Christmas perhaps December 23, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 10:22 am

“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!

It came without packages, boxes or bags!”

And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.

“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

(from How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss)


A daughter December 21, 2011

Filed under: Classics — Kristi @ 10:03 pm
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Years rolled on again, and Wendy had a daughter. This ought not to be written in ink but in a golden splash. (from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie)

Yesterday I had a sonogram and discovered that we are having a baby girl. I have loved being mama to a little boy, but something about a girl is just so exciting. I haven’t really been able to put my finger on it, but today I read an article in my MOPS Momsense magazine that may hold the key. The article was by Carol Kuykendall about fun being a family value. She says, “If we live out our average life expectancy, we will spend twice as many years as adults together with our children as we do when they are living at home with us.” She goes on to talk about forging the kinds of relationships with our kids that will cause them to want to be our friends when they enter adulthood.

I think that’s what it is about a daughter–it’s a chance to grow your own best friend. I can share with her the books, recipes, movies, jokes, values, and experiences that I love in hopes that she will love them too. I love my son and I have so much fun with him. I hope he will be my friend when he’s all grown up (tear!) too. But, God willing, my daughter and I will one day be women together, understanding things that men cannot.

I’m so glad she’s a girl. I think I would have been really relieved if we had heard “boy” yesterday just because I already have all the boy stuff and kind of know what to do now. And I think sometime a while back I started thinking of myself as a “mother of boys,” probably because I babysit my nephew five days a week while also caring for my son. I could just picture myself with three boys in the end. So it took a little while for the “girl” news to settle in with me yesterday. But once it did, it was like a golden splash.

When is too early to start her on Anne of Green Gables? And is there a 12-step program for Pinterest addiction? Because the girl stuff on Pinterest is so darn cute I can’t even stand it.



Christmas all the time

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 9:41 pm

“If everybody wanted everybody else to be happy, all the time, then would it be Christmas all the time?” Laura asked, and Ma said, “Yes, Laura.” (from On The Banks Of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder)

When I read this a few nights ago I immediately thought of Liam, of how he is making it like Christmas for some people all the time by providing clean water for those who didn’t have it before. If you haven’t yet, please check out our posts from last week and weekend, with links to Liam’s water project. Give if you can. It is humbling to see how unselfish a child can be–a child who has valiantly fought an unfair opponent in leukemia, yet chooses to reach out in love to a world in need. He and his family have looked past their own very deep needs and their very real heartbreak to share light and love and water with people who are so thirsty for it. A line from a Caedmon’s Call song comes to mind when I think of Liam’s water project: “It takes a deeper well to love one another. Share the well, my friend.” May we all take a page out of Liam’s book.


That was Santa Claus

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 9:33 pm

Whenever anyone was unselfish, that was Santa Claus. (from On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder)


I can carry you December 18, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 3:42 pm

“Come, Mr. Frodo!” he cried. “I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you and it is as well.” (from The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien)


Who Made the Lame Beggars Walk December 17, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 6:28 pm

He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day who made lame beggars walk and blind men see. (from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)

I confess that when I read this book [every year], I love Tiny Tim dearly. I love his little paper-and-words heart, and how he understands—in a way that only children seem to—that his life is meant to be a blessing to other people, whatever his circumstances.

That’s something that Liam understands, too.

If you haven’t been reading for the past couple of days, please take a look at those posts for more information about Liam and his mission to help provide clean drinking water for people in Africa. And please leave comments to encourage him!