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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)


A few italics September 5, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 11:22 pm
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But a few italics really do relieve your feelings. (from Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery)

I just thought this quote was cute, and true. I remember slanting my handwriting in my diary as a teenager to give special emphasis to words that really expressed how I felt. Do you remember just how much you felt as a teenager?

Saying a prayer tonight for all of the teenagers who feel so much, that God will give them courage for the jungle that is puberty. Saying a prayer for their parents, that they’ll remember once in a while how their kids must feel, that kindness will compel them to wait until later to laugh at the italics.


Do you think God minded? July 30, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 9:28 pm
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Mother, I guess I was naughty last night. I said, “Give us tomorrow our daily bread,” instead of today. It seemed more logical. Do you think God minded, Mother? (from Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery)


A good habit June 18, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 8:28 am

I’ve kind of contracted a habit of enj’ying things. (from Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery)


Couldn’t be improved June 11, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 2:39 pm

It’s the first thing I ever saw that couldn’t be improved upon by imagination. (from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery)

Today is Anne Day, in which kindred spirits unite to watch Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Green Gables the Sequel, drink raspberry cordial, and eat lots of pretty and sweet foods. Just now we are taking a break between the movies to visit and snack and, in my case, post this quote. I’ve asked all of the Anne Day girls to weigh in on the first things they ever saw that couldn’t be improved upon by imagination.

The first thing I ever saw that couldn’t be improved upon by imagination was my wedding dress. I couldn’t imagine ever feeling more beautiful and special in any other dress. Since then I’ve seen a few other things that qualify: my son when the doctor first held him over the c-section curtain, my son’s first smile and laugh and steps…

Laura said her babies were the first. Amy said Florence. Shanna said her horse, Tigger, when she was fourteen years old. Trish said a softball field.

For Anne it was The Avenue, or “The White Way of Delight.” What was it for you?


She won’t be a stranger April 30, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 9:26 am
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If she had lived she would have been over a year old. She would have been toddling around on her tiny feet and lisping a few words. I can see her so plainly, Marilla. Oh, I know now that Captain Jim was right when he said God would manage better than that my baby would seem a stranger to me when I found her Beyond. I’ve learned that this past year…and when I meet her again I’ll know her–she won’t be a stranger. (from Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery)

This isn’t exactly a Mother’s Day quote, but I am using it because today would have been the second birthday of my April Baby. As I decorate cakes this weekend for a church dessert auction, I will wonder what my two-year-old’s party theme would have been. What sort of cake would I have made for April Baby? Which of my friends’ toddlers would be here, filling my little house with joyful noise? I guess by now we would have a little training toilet in the bathroom and crayon scribbles on the refridgerator.

Today I am not sad, as I thought I would be. I am content with the life I have, the wonderful little Benjamin I have. I love my little April Baby still and treasure that memory. But I can’t find any tears of regret or sadness today. You might think I’m crazy (you wouldn’t be the first to think it), but I’m actually having fun imagining what a birthday party in Heaven must be like. And I am using today as a reminder to pray for those who have lost little ones to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, abortion, ectopic pregnancy, accidents, etc. It is a hard road, but it does get easier with time. And there are so many waiting for us in Heaven, throwing parties that we can’t imagine. My heart is very tender to those of you whose pain is so fresh.

Shanna will post for the next two days and I will resume the Mother’s Day quotes on Monday.


In spring April 10, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 3:25 pm

It was spring and young things must be glad in spring. (from Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery)


The things themselves March 22, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 12:08 pm
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“I was a whole lot frightened,” said honest Walter. “But I’m not going to be frightened any more, sir. Being frightened of things is worse than the things themselves.” (from Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery)

I love these books so. I remember when I was a little girl (probably thirteen), I thought the last few in the series were kind of boring with Anne all grown up and not getting into scrapes. But now I love the parts of the series in which Anne is a mother best of all. With a thirteen month old boy crawling (almost walking!) around my house I have less time to read than I used to. Well, that’s not true–I have the same amount of time but I spend it on The Napping House and Gossie and Gertie, The Cat in the Hat, Duck and Goose, and Tana Hoban’s wonderful little black and white books. Anyway, I’ve started earlier than usual on the Anne books this year so that I can be ready for “Anne Day” at the beginning of summer.  Anne day is a day in which I join friends in Lubbock, Texas for raspberry cordial and other Anne-ish foods and a viewing of the charming Anne of Green Gables movies (all except The Continuing Story, which isn’t Anne-ish at all).

I chose this quote today because I know exactly how Walter feels and it is a hard lesson to learn. But take courage, friends. Things are never as scary as they seem.


The only law March 12, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 8:30 pm

“Love was the only law in Glen St. Mary manse.” (from Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery)

I haven’t been able to get the next Little House book out, so I went back to the Anne books this week. When I read this line last night I put a tiny dog ear in the bottom corner of the page (that’s how I flag good quotes when I don’t have my friend Ticonderoga handy) because I thought, “Now that’s what I’d like people to say about my home.” And then I cried. But only a little bit.