Happy for the Phoenix: 3 thoughts

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1. A song from my college play-list still comes in useful these days (however *feminist* it might be). A certain sentiment in Ani Difranco’s “32 Flavors” still comes to mind every now and then: ” …God help you if you are a Pheonix and you dare to rise up from the ash a thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy while … Read More

Autumn Accessories

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Check out this site for some simple art ideas… http://www.kinderart.com/recycle. That’s where we got our idea for these dazzling leaf bracelets…                                 

Book Report: Peace Like a River

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Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous.  This is the best fiction I’ve read in a very long time.  A dear friend explained Enger’s writing best when she said, “You have to stop and read his sentences aloud just to feel the words rolling around in your mouth and spoken with your own lips.”

Munch, munch

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Last night, while Vivienne and I played games in the car, Ryan ran into Lowe’s to get a crow bar (he’s replacing our front and back door today… pictures will follow). Minutes later, he popped back in the car, crow bar in tow. I said something like, “Nice crow bar!” From her back seat, Vivienne asked enthusiastically, “Can I have … Read More

What Would Jesus Sing?

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This morning, Vivienne was rifling through her little NT Bible with determination. Back and forth, back and forth, obviously looking for something. Finally she said, “I can’t find it! I can’t find it anywhere! I’m looking for the verse about Jesus liking calm music, but I can’t find it in my Bible anywhere!” (The more traditional churches in town surely … Read More

God made ME!

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“Your hands have made and fashioned me…” Psalm 119:73 This week, I traced Vivienne on wrapping paper, cut “her” out and hung “her” on the door. Then the real Vivienne chose the fabric, stickers, and yarn to complete the masterpiece. Can you see the resemblance? 😉 Ryan calls the girl on the door “Hip-Hop Vivienne.”   This week’s unit included … Read More

Tea for Three

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Vivienne and her two girl friends enjoyed a tea party, a dance party, and a piano recital in one morning’s time.  I love that Vivienne is learning how to prepare a beautiful setting for her guests, welcome them into our home, and make sure they have all the “cream and sugar” they need.  I also love that for half an … Read More

The months, days, and counting to 30(1)!

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Teach your little one the months, days of the week, and how to count to 30 (or 31) with this simple tradition: Each morning, flip through a calendar together reciting the names of the months. (During the first week or so, it might help to spice it up by having your child repeat after you with different volumes, accents, moods, … Read More

Your Toddler: Mozart?

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Here’s a simple way to encourage your toddler to compose music with you: Do ya remember the repetitive chords to “Heart and Soul”? You know, the duet that all the kids plunked out on Aunt Gerty’s piano during every Christmas party? Well, consider it useful knowledge! You will play the bottom part of the song while your toddler plays any … Read More

Jingle Bells: A peak inside

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I took a picture of the 3-D sonogram, hoping it won’t be too strange for those of you with weak stomachs… But, I wanted you to see our little baby’s face peaking through all of the amorphous protective layers! (You can click on the picture to see a larger version.)   A sobering realization… it’s this 20-week ultrasound that informs … Read More