Flower Find

While poking around in a local antique shop last week, I ran across a wildflower book that we actually didn’t own…until I snatched it up!

Adding this title to our library and to my bedside table is exciting to say the least. You’ll have to wait until I finish it before you’ll be able to borrow it. Reading it reminds me of the good ol’ days when the wildflower association still existed. Reviving the opportunity to share nature this way is a project I’d like to tackle some day. Until then, I’ll enjoy absorbing all the lore and legends of this treasure.

Legends & Lore of Texas Wildflowersby Elizabeth Silverthorne

Sick Day Solution

If you ever wonder what to do on a “feeling sick” day, you must spend the day sipping chicken broth and reading The Christopher Robin Book of Verse, by A. A. Milne!

It’s a wonderful way to cheer up, even if you have a stuffy nose, or if the one with the stuffy nose is sneezing on you asking to snuggle and read just one more poem.

My favorite poem in the entire book is “The Friend.”

The sweet illustrations, by E.H. Shepard cause me to grab my sketchbook and hunt down a quiet corner filled with dolls and bears.

Quite frankly, this book turns allergy season into poetry season.  Enjoy!

Current Reads

I’m top heavy in the non-fiction category at this point. Seriously, I’m needing to read some good fiction. Brain overload. But, it’s all good.  I think I might pull out Mother Carey’s Chickens, or Understood Betsy.  Nothing too dramatic, but inspiring at this point.  No Austen.  No Dickens.  Not even a good Father Brown mystery right now.  I’m just trying to get through another February.  Most of what I’m reading is for preparation.  Yet, much of the stack falls under “reading again,” or familiar territory.  So, either an adventure, something ridiculous, or an AO book for years 4-6 would likely fit the bill.  Much too heavy laden, this current list.  I’m an idealist, mainly reading idealists, but living in a real world that just doesn’t seem to want to dig any deeper.  If I don’t lighten the load, I’ll end up angry, or disillusioned.  Would Twain offer comic relief, or just be annoying?  Pollyanna?  Um, nope.  Anne Shirley might be inspiring.  Wait!  Parnassus on Wheels is probably what I should read right now.  Yes, that’s it!  Whew!  Decision made.  I’ll put that one at the top of this list for a breath of fresh air.  I’m not adding anything on a higher reading level at this point.  Coming up to breathe is a good thing.  I think I just need a bit of time sitting beside the pool, feet dangling while I watch children play in the shallow end.  Their play is actually much deeper than the deep end, it just the fact that goes unrecognized.  I hope to finish most of these SOON!

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker:  A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Together, by Andrew Root

Portraits of Jesus:  A Nine-Session Bible Study on the “I Am” Statements of Christ, by Rev. Roy Beutel and Rev. Steven King, edited by Shannon Vietmeier  (This one is for monthly Bible Study group.)

What’s in Your Bag?  Outcome-Based Youth Ministry Developing Faith Skills in Young People, by Gary M. Pecuch

For the Family’s Sake:  The Value of Home in Everyone’s Life, by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

The Book of Concord:  The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, edited by Robert Kolb and Timothy J. Wengert

The Giant Killer, by A.L.O.E.  (Wow!  The lone fiction title!)

Dyslexia & College Success, by Maria S. E. Johnson & James Nuttall

 

Sharing Grace

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”  Isaiah 57:15

 

This is the verse Harmony Moore is mulling over just now in her “Sacred Smallness” series.  Today’s post is filled with grace.  Just had to share it.

Right Now

Only reading two titles right now.

Faithful, But Not Famous: A Tale of the French Reformation, by Emma Leslie (Wonderful so far.)

and,

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul, by John and Stasi Eldredge (Just as the title suggests, captivating!)