Romantic Living

      I’ve had The Art of Romantic Living: Simple Touches to Enhance Everyday Life on my shelf for about a year.  I popped it into my reading basket when I last filled it late last summer.  I tend to save the lighter books for last, mostly as a reward to myself for muscling through the […]


     Penned today into my Commonplace Book:              Firelight will not let you read fine stories, but it’s warm and you won’t see the dust on the floor.          – An Irish Proverb-

(Culled from The Art of Romantic Living: Simple Touches to Enhance Everyday Life)

     After a thirty mile trip to a […]

Preparing for the Lord’s Day

     Long time readers know that our family spends a good deal of time on Saturday preparing for Sunday.  We prepare clothes for church, we pack play clothes for after church, we prepare all of the shared dishes we take with us for potluck, we make sure the house is in respectable order, we bake […]

Who Need Oprah?

     I’ve enjoyed Barbara Curtis’ Mommy Life blog for years.  I don’t always see eye to eye with her on everything; but when I don’t, she always makes me think through why I don’t agree.  That’s a good thing!  Sometimes, she even changes my mind.  Barbara’s first selection for “Barbara’s Book Club” has been made, […]

From the Archives – Vintage Copperswife

      As part of a project I’m working on, I’ve been looking back through my blog archives.  I’ve laughed a lot, and I’ve cried some, too.  I ran across this post, and thought it might challenge and/or encourage someone today.  I pray that it does both!          From October, 2006:

I promise, I really do, […]

I’m Still Blogging

     I’m still blogging, or at least planning on it; and I’m still blogging here at Xanga (though the rumors of my relocating in the future do ring with some truth).  I’ve spent the last week or so trying to shake a virus of some sort.  It’s been one of those bugs that leaves me […]

Childhood Creativity

     I’m rather choosy about what I put into my reading basket.  My reading time is precious, and I am loathe to see it wasted on books that are not encouraging, edifying, informative or entertaining.  I generally only choose books that have been recommended by a source I trust, or that have been mentioned in […]

Your Mission Field

     One of my favorite authors is Sally Clarkson.  Mrs. Clarkson’s books always encourage me, and I am very thankful for the things I have learned from her over the years.  I’ve often said, and it’s true, that Educating the Wholehearted Child, which she co-authored with her husband, Clay, was the turning point in our […]

Time Sensitive Work

     Mondays are relatively slow days for us.  We consider our Mondays to be almost the same sort of day that most folks have on Saturday.  We do homeschool on Monday, but Monday is my husband’s first at home day off of the week.  Today, though it has not been a rushed-busy kind of day, […]

The Good Earth

     I started reading The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck, a week or so ago, wanting to pre-read it before giving it to my fifteen year old son to read for school.  I loved the book, but Aaron will not be reading it for awhile.  The story of a Chinese farmer, beginning with the […]