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A certain amount of discomfort September 12, 2011

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 9:18 pm
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But I can put up with a certain amount of discomfort for the sake of bringing young swans into the world. (from The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White)

Would anyone like to venture a guess as to why I’ve been such a terrible blog poster lately? I’m hoping the fatigue that has kept me from reading and blogging will subside in a few weeks….

 

More when you are listening June 21, 2011

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 11:26 pm
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I assure you that you can pick up more information when you are listening than when you are talking. (from The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White)

 Don’t forget to enter the drawing for the $20 Amazon.com giftcard. I am giving away an Amazon.com giftcard to one person who likes our facebook page this week. The drawing will be held next Monday. Good luck!

 

Let his thoughts return November 17, 2010

This idea filled him with fears and worries. But soon he let his thoughts return to the river, and as he lay there a whippoorwill began to sing on the opposite shore, darkness spread over the land, and Stuart dropped off to sleep. (from Stuart Little by E.B. White)

I have found a lot of little things to worry about today for some reason. But now I’m going to bed to read A River Runs Through It and drop off to sleep where it’s no worrying allowed. You know, both Stuart Little and Winnie the Pooh have made the connection between rivers and letting go of worries and fears. There must be something to the idea because those are two of the wisest creatures in literature.

 

Brave October 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 8:53 pm
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Stuart was frightened, but he was a brave mouse, even when he had a sore throat. (from Stuart Little by E.B. White)

My son is braver than I. Yesterday I made chicken enchiladas in the slowcooker but wasn’t home to eat them for dinner. My husband told me that they were good, but really spicy. Come to think of it, when I opened the can of sliced jalepenos, my throat did start to burn. Tonight we reheated it for dinner but I made a salad for myself. Benjamin dug right in–jalepenos and all. He would take a bite, give a smile, then a desperate look. “Drink your milk,” Jon or I would say. He would take a long drink of milk, then another bite of spicy chicken. I couldn’t believe he kept eating it. I wasn’t even brave enough to try it. This isn’t the first time he’s eaten something pretty spicy and liked it, but the other times we didn’t know how spicy the food was before we gave it to him. Anyway, he’s a brave little guy and a true Texan. And pretty darn cute.

 

A leaky boat July 26, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 7:00 pm
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He knew he couldn’t take Harriet out in a leaky boat—she wouldn’t like it. (from Stuart Little by E.B. White)

 Stuart is such a chivalrous little mouse. I do love his little romance with Harriet–makes me giggle. 🙂

 

A good attitude May 10, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 4:30 pm
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Harriet looked at the sky and nodded.  “Oh, well,” she said, “if it rains, it rains.” (from Stuart Little by E.B. White)

 

Sound Ideas April 8, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 10:45 pm
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Oftentimes people with decayed teeth have sound ideas. (from Stuart Little by E.B. White)

 

The same good feeling March 23, 2010

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Sam always felt happy when he was in a wild place among wild creatures. Sitting on his log, watching the swans, he had the same good feeling some people get when they are sitting in church. (from The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White)

 Pulling over by the side of the road because the West Texas sunset is too beautiful to miss. Laying in the cool grass to look up at a sky full of stars, and singing a Rich Mullins song of praise. Pushing a stroller in the spring breeze, singing What A Wonderful World and smelling the scent of many blooms in the air. The first shock of cold ocean water that sends goosebumps in waves over my skin. Squinting into the sun to see just how tall a tree can be. And sitting in church when all of the wonderful new songs are forgotten in the heartfelt singing of an old one that everybody knows, but nobody knows like we do: Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saves a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.

Oh, how I hope my son can enjoy all of this and more. Creation. Music. The heartbeat of life beneath the mere living of it. I love to see him beginning to enjoy nature, to watch him run his dimpled fingers through the grass and imitate the sound of a barking dog. And I love to hear him “singing” in church when we sing. It gives me that same good feeling.

 

Earth waking March 10, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 3:54 pm
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They heard and felt the breath of spring, and they stirred with new life and hope. There was a good, new smell in the air, a smell of earth waking after its long sleep.  (from The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White)

Raise your hand if you love spring! Yesterday was beautiful and Benjamin and I took advantage of the warm day by walking with friends at a local park. Today we are expecting wind gusts of 45 MPH (that’s West Texas for you!) and we will NOT be walking in it! The little taste of warm weather yesterday just made me long for spring more and more. I can’t wait to see green grass and flowers, spring showers that clear into bright blue skies. And I’ve collected lots of springy quotes that I look forward to using!

 

When you are listening March 1, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 7:13 pm
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I assure you that you can pick up more information when you are listening than when you are talking. (from The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White)