"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Sunday, March 3, 2013

this and that and a bit more for fun

It's getting late and since I wasn't clever enough to take pictures when the sun was shining (so beautifully and fully I might add) I'm defaulting to the dreaded pictureless post once again.  I actually think it shows a great deal of growth on my part if you don't mind me tooting my own horn for a moment.  I remember in my seventh grade creative writing class being handed our first assignment.  Write a poem.  No rules.  Whatever comes to your mind, suits your fancy, floats your boat.  How open ended is that?  It took me the entire period to come up with this classic:

Pencil erect
Staring at an empty page
Wonders what to write

I wasn't proud when I turned it in, nor was I proud when it was featured in our classes end of the year publication.  I just thought this would give you an idea of how 'clever' I am when faced with a blank page, hence my need for photos!

This morning we girls played hooky from church.  Our fellowship was meeting in a home up the hill about 20 miles and we had allowed the girls to accept an ice skating invitation for early afternoon.  Rather than all of us having to leave early, Larry went as our home's representative leaving the girls and I to watch the live service from Hillary's church online.  Unfortunately we had trouble getting it to load so we defaulted to a Nancy Leigh DeMoss audio series we've been listening to on Modesty.  This led to some very good conversation and may I just say here that I am so thankful for God's word.  I'm thankful for how He cares for us with His instruction that not only brings honor and glory to Himself but provides us with the tools we need to live a peaceful and joyful life.  It was a good morning.

Erin and Audrey came back from skating positively beaming.  Apparently one of the women who went with the group is amazing on the ice and gave the girls some wonderful instruction.  Now they are dying to go back, "so we won't forget everything!"

I just got off of the phone with Cory and he is beginning to feel better which is such a relief.  It's hard to be mama bear over the mountain when one of your cubs is sick.. I don't care how old he is! 

Phoebe lives in Orange County California.. so remember the time difference if the screen is dark!  :)

Well, I just had an idea..  a picture of the computer screen will turn out just fine in this (lack of) lighting and I wanted to give you all (especially you home school moms) a link to this site that Audrey and I found yesterday morning.  Last fall we spent time watching a live cam on an eagle's nest (thanks again Donna). This spring, that camera isn't active because the eagles didn't lay eggs so there is nothing going on right now. In our desperation we began a search for something else and found Phoebe.  Phoebe has what is now a 3 day old chick and by the time you check this out her second egg should have hatched.  Have fun!!

Updated Tuesday March 13th:  It's been determined that the second egg wasn't viable and won't hatch. :(  But the first chick is doing well!  It's hard to get perspective when watching Phoebe but the egg is smaller than 1/2".  It's been compared to a tic tac and the nest is about the size of half a walnut shell.  If you click on the photo link at the top of the cam page and scroll to the bottom photo you will see just how tiny everything you are looking at actually is.

Blessings, Debbie     


  1. I was just thinking this morning....I can't post with pictures. I download the pics first, then start writing! Good for you.

    Cindy Bee

  2. Wow! Thanks for the site!
    I remember an ice skating winter I enjoyed with a precious friend. I'm glad the girls had such a good time!
    I know what you mean about mama bear and a sick cub. I'm glad Cory is on the mend!

  3. I can't find your email right now so I will just go ahead and reply here. Church yesterday was interesting. We celebrated the Lord's Supper and the sermon is about what true love looks like. Hard stuff when one is fighting resentment, especially the Lord's Supper.

    After church I was able to walk up to my friend and talk to her. Honestly, she looked as scared as I felt but it went well. I'm still struggling though.

    The source of the take down I experienced was a book club book. I need to finish it (I hadn't finished reading it again before we met last Thursday) before I can even let this go, I think.

  4. It sounds like you had a nice day. Yep, no matter how old they get you still worry.

  5. Thanks for the great link to the series on modesty! Looking forward to investigating for me and my girls :-)

  6. We watched the eagles too, and I showed the kids the hummingbird and we've enjoyed it very much. Thanks for posting the link.

    Sounds like it was a special day. Your a good Mama, friend.


  7. Debbie, I am going to go and check out the hummingbird mama. We had a nest in a tree when we lived in Albuquerque, but the wind blew it away one night. It was so tiny. We have hummers here, too.
    I feel your pain with pictureless blogs, but I think you did a fine job. Here is one of my first poems:

    The yellow rose
    Into the blue, and
    The green became visible.
    I thought I was very clever....yellow + blue = green....oh, yeah. :-)

    1. Beautiful poem.. I will always think you are clever Donna!


  8. I must remember to show Bekah this hummingbird nest cam...she will LOVE it!

    Glad to hear that your "cub" is on the mend. It is hard to have a sick baby, no matter how old they are. Once you become a mother, you are always a mother. Forever.

    I am sooooo agreeing with you on the richness and completeness of God's Word. We cannot live without it!

    Blessings to you, friend...

  9. Just had a look at the hummingbird. She flew off to reveal her little chick...and the one egg...I'm hooked. Puffin cam is not up until April but I think I'm going to be watching Phoebe in the meantime. Thanks for the link.

  10. You are clever with a pencil and blank piece of paper!

    God's Word is such a comfort and gives me such encouragement when things around me look "out of control." I know that HE is in control.

    I love ice skating, but we have had very little ice to skate on this winter. So glad your girls are getting good tips.

  11. I've seen the eagle webcam site last year and it was pretty amazing. I'll look for the hummingbird one.

    Obviously you came up with a cleaver poem since it made it in the Yearbook.

    I'm glad that your girls learned some great tips on skating. Have a great rest of the week.


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