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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

I will leave these up for today, but then take them down. :)






This is one of my very favorite holidays. We are Irish and even though the "traditional Saint Patrick's Day meal" isn't particularly Irish (save for the potatoes!) I grew up on it. It has become a tradition in our family.

And just in case you would like to know a little more about the real Saint Patrick, the man Maewyn Succat, you can read here.

The Book of Kells is one of the great treasures of Ireland. I have an special affinity for hand-written manuscripts, but especially so for ones with a great story. It is understood that Irish Columban monks living on the remote Scottish island Iona, created this manuscript around the year 750. Iona was the center of St. Columba’s influence, and was where his church was located. The Book of Kells contains the four gospels, a section of Hebrew names, and the Eusebian canons, and it is also known as the “Book of Columba.” In 878 “The Annals of Ulster record that following another Viking attack, the shrine of Colm Cille and 'other relics' are taken to Ireland.” How can it get worse than to be plundered by Vikings? (It can!) In 1066 "The Book is stolen for its cover of gold, inset with precious stones. Months later it is found buried under sods of earth in a bog, without its cover." After this point it was evidently kept fairly together, but the final restoration and binding did not happen until 1953!

Here are a few of the pages of this beautiful treasure. If you click on them, they will enlarge so that you can see what they really look like. Just gorgeous!





And here is part of a prayer penned by Saint Patrick.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Amen! Have a beautiful day.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Spring

Spring comes early here so we just go with it--and add allergy meds. :) Here are some shots of God's beauty in creation.

Camelia





Pink Breath of Heaven



Apricot blossoms





Baby lemons



This is our newest garden experiment--salad tables!



The best carpenters! :+)



The finished product. We will have two of these (8' x 3') and they will house a great many things. :+)



Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

A lovely bit of life.

It was a gorgeous, fresh, baby green, sunny, blue sky day here today. The tiny sprouts of spring are springing all over the place and the hideouts between the trees on the road to co-op were lush and barefoot-worthy. And then on the drive home, I just wanted to stop at the top of the freeway and take in the puffy clouds and great big sky. Tonight and for the rest of the week, we will have rain! :) I don't mind rain and don't mind the wet, but there is something tremendous about a wide blue open sky.

On Monday, my husband received word that he was chosen for a new job. It is something I have been wishing for since early December. I praise God. He is our Sovereign Provider, and He has never failed us. Amen and amen! It is the kind of job in which he excels, and I can't wait to see where he will go. God is so faithful. All the time. We live, as always, before the face of God. It is a beautiful place to be.



So last week was a little insane in the school department, but we did manage to learn about Jupiter, Bunker Hill and the cannons from Fort Ticonderoga, predicate nominatives, solving for N, The Bondage of the Will, logical fallacies, and somebody learned some biology and Spanish, but it wasn't me, obviously. I am really enjoying teaching history. How was history ever boring to me?

I searched hither and yon for a do-able-at-home craft for Jupiter. I could not find one that was not idiotic or way too babyish for my two youngest children. So I made one up. I figured, paper art and swirly stormy color striations make for interesting ideas so we did this with construction paper and glue. Tearing the colors into Jupiter "stripes"--my word, no science involved there.



Gluing on the stripes...



She wanted to stay in the Jupiter border. Very neat and tidy planet here. No excitable stripes for her. :)



She wanted even the four moons as well as the cloudy surface of Jupiter.



And just in case you forgot that Jupiter has a red spot, here it is:



I know this isn't wildly creative on my part or anything, but we enjoyed it. I like seeing the differences that come out in the children when they create something. They are so different!

These were some verses that have meant much to me over the past few months. Glory to God for His goodness.

Psalm 95:3-7

For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.