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Going to believe September 16, 2013

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 9:25 pm
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I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe the best does. 

(from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery)

 

 

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One little seam after another November 30, 2011

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 11:26 am
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It’s just one little seam after another and you never seem to be getting anywhere. But of course I’d rather be Anne of Green Gables sewing patchwork than Anne of any other place with nothing to do but play. (from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery)

I am, once again, infected by dangerously high piles of laundry. It’s gotten so bad that I can no longer ignore it. We went camping a week and a half ago and I just put the laundry from that trip in the washing machine. That’s how behind I am. We went to Ft. Worth for a wedding three weeks ago and the dresses I took and didn’t wear are still hanging in the garment bag I packed them in. I really don’t know how I let it get this bad except that I honestly never knew a person could feel this tired. The next person who asks me to do anything, be they child or adult, can expect to see some tears. I am completely overwhelmed. And while I am working my way through the laundry piles, I can hear the children making toy piles elsewhere in the house. So piles are everywhere and it seems I never get anywhere.

But, Anne of Green Gables is a good reminder for me today. I would still rather be Kristi of this home and this family with piles of work and a baby in my womb sapping my energy than Kristi of any other place with nothing to do and no one to need me.

Plus my husband just brought me a Dr. Pepper (God bless that man) and I just successfully bribed my two-year-old with a caramel apple sucker so he is picking up the toy pile.

 

Anne of any other place January 10, 2011

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 10:17 pm
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It’s just one little seam after another and you never seem to be getting anywhere. But of course I’d rather be Anne of Green Gables sewing patchwork than Anne of any other place with nothing to do but play. (from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery)

About those piles of laundry I mentioned last week: Of course I’d rather be Kristi doing Jon and Benjamin’s laundry than a Jon and Benjamin-less Kristi with nothing to do but sit on the beach.

What about you? What disagreeable task in your daily life would you still rather have than not? I love it when you comment, so please answer this in the comment section. But even if you don’t comment, at least think about it so you’ll know. Then perhaps the next time you’re working through a pile of laundry or a stack of editing, wiping a nose or changing a diaper, you’ll remember what Anne said.

 

Bends in roads October 5, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 10:35 pm
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“Isn’t a road an interesting thing, Lewis?” said Anne dreamily. “Not a straight road, but one with ends and kinks around which anything of beauty and surprise may be lurking. I’ve always loved bends in roads. (from Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery)

 

How Horrible! (But not really) June 12, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Shanna @ 2:49 pm
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Oh, she thought, how horrible it is that people have to grow up–and marry–and change! (from Anne of the Island by L M Montgomery)

That’s how it seems, anyway, when you’re young and you’re watching your friends get married.  But what Anne didn’t know was that change and growing up and life are all unutterably beautiful.  She hadn’t yet witnessed the way that marriage can soften people around the edges and draw out their best qualities.  I didn’t either, once, and might have agreed wholeheartedly with Anne’s sentiment.  But six years ago, my two best friends promised to walk through life together hand-in-hand, and through the years since it has been a delight to see them helping each other to become people who shower blessings on everyone around them.  Change isn’t horrible, after all.

Happy anniversary, Kristi and Jon!