Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Isaiah 11: 1-9

Isaiah 11: 1-9

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
    and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him,
    the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and might,
    the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
    or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
    and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
    and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
    and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
    and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
    and a little child shall lead them.

The cow and the bear shall graze;
    their young shall lie down together;
    and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
    and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.

They shall not hurt or destroy
    in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD
    as the waters cover the sea.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Song for a Fifth Child

I have read this before and thought it was so sweet. Now that my fifth has long left her babyhood, it is even more poignant to me. Have you read it?

Song for a Fifth Child

By Ruth Hulburt Hamilton
Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren’t her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

To my young mama friends, love and enjoy your little ones. The time is fleeting and the days are short. I didn't believe it when I was young, but all of a sudden it happened. No one needed me to help them make a sandwich, wash their hands, learn to read or use the potty. Life keeps marching and they keep growing up. I'd not go back for anything because I love my older family. I love the talks and games and life that goes on here. I am trying to enjoy this stage and find all the joy of life that is to be found in it. This time is fleeting too and tomorrow is promised to no one.

Love your children.

Monday, December 15, 2014


Who doesn't like to win, right? I have won two amazing things via a blog contest - an iPad mini and some cash! So I decided I wanted to share one of my favorite blogs on the internet with you as she happens to have a LOT of great giveaways going on right now!

Meet Marcy from Ben and Me:

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Some of her giveaways end tonight so make sure you hope over and enter!

Happy entering!

Friday, December 05, 2014

Getting CashBACK for Shopping Online!

I am pretty excited about this as we do a lot of shopping online--and not just for Christmas! There are thousands of shops to choose from and it doesn't take long to get paid for doing so all year long! I have bought items from stores I know like Target and Sears, and discovered stores I'd never heard of simply because they were in the huge network I have to choose from.

I share it here because if I am going to buy things online, why not get #cashback to do so, right? When does that desire go away? Um, for me? Never.

I'd not share it here if I did not already see the results. I have. We are getting money back for Christmas shopping. :D
You've nothing to lose because it is FREE to sign up!

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Love this time of year! We get to see all sorts of people we don't regularly spend time with.

We were able to take a family photo and life just keeps marching on (and my children keep getting taller!)

From our time at my mom's for Thanksgiving last weekend:

Then last night we had long-time friends over. It was such fun playing games and eating good food!

Have you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday time?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Blog Look!

It is hard to comprehend just how long it takes to find the right background. I am still not sure I landed on what I love, but for right now, these little birds will keep me company.

If you keep a blog, how often do you "clean house" and redo it?

I might do this more often - when I have some spare time. (Wink.) What homeschool mama has that?

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Crew Application - 2nd Chance! & Crew Favorites!

We have so many spots sold for the 2015 year that we are expanding our team. If you blog and love to review curriculum with your children, Apply Today!

Our Schoolhouse Review Crew Blue Ribbon Award Winners are up and posted! These are some of our favorite vendors for the 2014 year. Come and see if your favorites are ours or learn about something new!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On Veterans Day with Love

I wrote this a few years ago but the message is still true and poignant for me. I miss my grandpa like I miss no one else. He was a true gift of God to me at a very vulnerable time.

Growing up I didn't have a lot of contact with my father. My grandfather was the only real dedicated father figure I ever had during those years, but he really loved me. I never had any doubts about that. Always there for me, always encouraging, always happy to see me - to be a part of my life. He left his imprint and I am forever grateful. 

My grandpa met my grandmother at a dance hall in their town. It was right before World War II. He used to watch her dance from the balcony and finally got up the courage to ask her. They married during the war on a weekend pass. He made it through the war and they went on to have four daughters. My mother was their second. 

We saw each other regularly once I married and he loved my children every bit as much as he loved me. It was from him that I learned to cook a tasty beef roast, learned how to fry an egg to perfection, and drive a fast car. Every year on Veterans Day, I would call him and thank him for his service because I felt it was important to remember. 

My grandpa died eight years ago. He left a void I imagine nothing will ever fill. I think of him regularly, but especially on Veterans Day. There is an ache in my throat and tears in my eyes and I don't post this looking for sympathy. I just wanted to honor a man I loved deeply on this day, when I can no longer do it in person. 

Happy Veterans Day.

Monday, November 03, 2014


There are some birthdays that are more monumental than others. It isn't a hugely significant number like 21 or 30 or 40. It is only twelve, but it is big to me.

My baby was twelve last week.

See that tiny face in that photo? That tiny face is now the precious daughter above there in all her twelve year old amazingness. 

Life, mamas, life goes so fast. Love your babies. Love your children. Love your adult kids. 

Time is fleeting. 

Happy Birthday, beautiful girl.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wulf the Saxon ~ Audio Henty Review

Scene 51 from the Bayeux Tapestry ~ Battle of Hastings ~ Norman Knights and Archers

1066 - Battle of Hastings. If you study history at all, you know this was a pivotal moment in English history that changed the dynamic of England forever. As a homeschool teacher, I know this, but how do I convey the importance of this battle and this time period to my children? How do I make it come alive? Historical fiction is my favorite way to do this. The MP3 audio recording and PDF study guide for Wulf the Saxon: A Story of the Norman Conquest, by G.A. Henty, is an excellent way to bring to life, not only this battle, but the whole world of Saxon England. Jim Hodges Productions does an excellent job with this Henty story for children ages 10 and up.

Wulf the Saxon, is the main fictional character in a sea of non-fictional ones. He is a thane (the title of landed gentry in Anglo-Saxon England) and has pledged his service to Earl Harold. The story revolves around the choices Harold makes through various battles, and the choices Wulf must make in response. Will he retain his honor? Will they make it through all the battles? You'll have to listen to find out!

Who was G. A. Henty?

Born in 1832, George Alfred Henty was an indefatigable historical fiction author and war correspondent. During his time as a war correspondent, his letters home contained battle descriptions that so moved his father he submitted them for publication. His 122 historical fiction stories were born from his deep understanding of the hardships of war life he witnessed, an appreciation for the actual history behind a story or time period, and his love of storytelling to his own children. His stories display both honorable and dishonorable characters and the lines are clearly drawn. He obviously valued virtue, integrity, and upheld the idea of a character's duty. His are stories worth reading amid today's sea of questionable ethics and immoral choices on the shelves in the bookstore.

Wulf the Saxon Study Guide

This PDF guide is not your normal study guide. This is an astonishing wealth of information packed into 66 pages! With both questions (and answers for the teacher - thank you!), Jim Hodges has covered anything you'd probably want to discuss with your children. An extensive list of vocabulary words from each chapter are included that your student is asked to define. In Chapter 1 alone, there are 47 words. Some of these are: edifice, insolent, begrimed, indomitable, sojourn, and housecarls. I like that Hodges mixes in words we'd use today and words that are time-period specific, but are still important to understanding the story. There are discussion questions that often have a geography or character trait focus as well as hands-on activities or research opportunities. Some have external links to internet resources as well. Two examples of discussion questions your child might answer are:

1. Where is Rouen located and what makes it historic?
2. Osgod is more concerned with food than with withstanding the storm or being dashed on the rocks. What negative character trait does he display and what is the opposite character trait?

I like that you can use the discussion questions in a variety of ways. Use them for oral or written discussion, as writing prompts, or as comprehension exercises. $12.00 is a small price to pay for such a valuable resource.

Why MP3 audio from Jim Hodges Productions?

MP3 is such a flexible content delivery method! It plays on computers, portable MP3 players (like one's iPod), MP3 CD players, and in many vehicles. It is possible to rip the stories to one's computer from the disk and then to transfer it to a portable MP3 player. Wulf the Saxon is fully 12 hours and 35 minutes long. That would be a huge case of CDs! Instead, we can access the full story on one sturdy $25 CD. Jim Hodges Productions also offers a digital download for only $18.

Do they have other titles?

Do they ever! Jim Hodges Productions offers a large assortment of other Henty titles, but also a vast array of many great audio stories

My children listened to Wulf the Saxon while falling asleep. I can't say I recommend that you do that *IF* falling asleep is a priority for you. I'd hear the story going on until late into the night and hear them quietly chattering about it. I highly recommend you check these wonderful Henty stories out though--even if your children get a little less sleep!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Advantage of Studying History

The advantage of studying history is that you see things in their proper perspective. So much ravage and hate, crime and distress has happened in every age and every country. We cry out that our rights in our land have been violated (and sometimes they are), but there were times and places people had no rights at all. Whole countries--wiped off the map.

From the earliest days of Cain and Abel, we see it - the manifestation of our sinful nature. From the ancient Babylonians, Assyrians, Mayans, Philistines, Aztecs, to the Persians and then to Rome - it is a long slow march of destruction by man against man (and woman against woman). It is hard to comprehend the level of hate and venom we can fling at our fellow humans. It should take our breath away that one human can so despise another that they wish them dead. So very many act upon it.

But as a Christian, there is another way. We should not act as those in the world.

Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire."

I know how often I have thought, "You fool!" to those I love. How much more to those I don't agree with? I repent of it!

Jesus said, "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." What is abundant in your heart? What is abundant in mine?

James (3:6) calls me on the carpet:

And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

My tongue flows out of the abundance of my heart. What is deeply hidden inside pours forth in what I say, what I write, what I do, and how I feel. How deeply I need the grace of Christ. As a parent, as a wife, as a friend, as a child of God.

It is all of Christ. It is impossible for me.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

We are HIS workmanship. We are created in Christ Jesus for GOOD WORKS that God prepared specifically for us so that we should walk in them. We are not here to replicate the death and destruction of hearts, minds, and souls as our ancient forefathers did.

We are His instruments. We are His beloved children. We were dead and now we are alive in Christ Jesus. In nothing else. Not in our works, not in our worship, not in our ability, not in our gifts. We are dead without our Savior.

We are alive in Christ! He is at work in those He saves. He redeems the lost and changes hearts. 

He is rich in His mercy. Rich in love. Rich in forgiveness of all our trespasses and sin.

Let me not be as the Assyrians, the Romans, or the evil in our midst today. Let me be the light of Christ to a dark dark world buried in their sin. Let Christ be the light to them through me. Let me be an instrument for your glory.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Are you a homeschool blogger?

Applications are now being accepted for all homeschool bloggers who want to join the Schoolhouse Review Crew! 

Come and check it out and see if it is something you'd be interested in doing!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Blood Moon Coming Up!

If you like astronomical events, you will not want to miss the blood moon (or lunar eclipse) on October 8!

The moon will pass through Earth's shadow early Wednesday morning (Oct. 8) and no enthusiastic skywatcher should ever miss a total eclipse of the moon. The spectacle is often more beautiful and interesting than one would think. During the time when the moon is entering, and later emerging from, Earth's shadow, some secondary phenomena may be overlooked.

Wednesday's total lunar eclipse will be visible, weather permitting, from much of North America, as well as to observers in Australia, western Asia and across the Pacific Ocean. As a veteran of 14 eclipses of the moon, I know that to get the best out of a lunar eclipse, you should know the major stages of the event. To help you prepare for the eclipse, here is a step-by-step chronology of some of the things you can expect to see, weather permitting.

You read more of the text and see a video explaining what will happen in the sky and what is going on at this website.

Do you stay up to see astronomical changes in the sky?
It is one of my favorite things to do with the kids! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Schoolhouse Review Crew - Application Opening Soon!

We will soon be announcing the application process for the 2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew year!
Learn more about joining the 2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew
I wanted to take just a moment to give those bloggers who might be interested in joining us some ideas of what we'll be looking for:
  • First of all you must be a homeschool mom or dad. You don't have to homeschool all of your children, but you must homeschool at least one.
  • You must be willing to use the review products with your students for about six weeks in your homeschool, before writing your review. Review periods have deadlines and requirements for the reviews. You must be willing to follow our requirements. No, that doesn't mean you must write a positive review. And we don't tell you what to write. But there are minimum requirements for length and certain elements that must be included with every review.
  • You must have an active blog on which to publish your reviews, and a minimum number of followers. By active blog, I mean that you should be blogging regularly, at least weekly, about your family and homeschool. In fact, it will be required that you publish at least one non-promotional post per week while on the Crew. Your blog should have followers --  RSS feed or email subscribers and social media followers. I'm sorry, but we don't accept brand new bloggers who just set up their blogs for the purposes of applying to our team. We need established bloggers who like to write and enjoy the social media aspect of blogging.
  • Are you using social media to promote your blog? Activity on at least one social media platform is a requirement to serve on the Crew. Which one is up  to you -- Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Pinterest. You will need to commit to promoting your reviews in social media.
  • You must be willing to check into our Review Management forum. This is where we communicate with our team. We do everything possible to make things easy for you, outside of writing the actual review, but you need to be willing to participate by checking in nearly daily and completing required forms when reviews become available. You will also be required to post your reviews in prescribed windows of time, and link them up here on our blog.
  • Sample reviews are helpful. If you've never written a review on your blog, go ahead and write one for curriculum you are currently using in your homeschool. This will help us see how you approach writing reviews. You will be required to link to a review in the application. You may also be asked to write a review with instructions we will provide to you.

If you can meet these requirements and would like the opportunity to join the Schoolhouse Review Crew 2015, watch the blog next week. You can subscribe here so you don't miss the announcement. We will announce when we are accepting applications  here first!

Here's what a few of members have to say about being on the Crew:

When I first joined the Review Crew, my thoughts were honestly on helping our meager budget for homeschooling our four children.  Over the years, the Crew has definitely filled that initial motivation by providing some of the most high quality homeschool products and curriculum that have been used by each of my children spanning elementary school through high school.  What I did not bargain for was the professional creative outlet it provided for me personally in my writing for both reviews and non-review posts.  Many times when we homeschool, the person we were before being a mom and especially a homeschool mom seems to vanish.  Blogging and being a part of the Crew has changed that.  It has also really given me a much broader knowledge of what is out there allowing me to be a resource for so many other homeschool families in our community!  Got to run, our youngest is hollering to start his Chinese (another great Crew review product).
Dawn Oaks -- Double O Farms


I love being on the Crew because we all benefit in some way:
  • I get a chance to do something creative and useful, work with deadlines that keep me accountable to someone outside of my family, and apply my love of writing outside of homeschooling...I get to be a grownup!
  • my kids get to try out such a variety of products that it makes it so much easier to find out what works for each of them individually without risking my cash to do it
  • our blog readers get to read our honest opinions before they buy so they can make more informed decisions about how to invest their homeschooling dollars
  •  I get to be part of a wonderful team of reviewers that provide a great network of support
Kelly Burgess -- KGB That's Me


As a veteran homeschool mom, I have often looked at the Schoolhouse Crew reviews when trying to decide on new curriculum. I never imagined that I would one day be a part of the Crew. Being on the Crew has allowed me to work with so many amazing vendors, grow as a blogger and be blessed with a support system of fellow homeschool moms that is more helpful than I could have ever imagined. This experience has been about so much more than just receiving curriculum in exchange for an honest review (although that is GREAT)!
Adena Foster -- AdenaF

Monday, September 22, 2014

Under the Sky

You can probably tell from the name of my blog that I like the sky. (Smile.) I do! I love the clouds and the variations I find when I look up each day. I took this photo of our gorgeous sky last week while at a friend's home.

You'd have never known it when this photo was taken, but our state (and our area) is beset with fires up and down the length and breadth of it. One of them hits close to home personally. Though we are not in any physical danger, we have friends in the Sierra Foothills that, we hope, are finally out of the woods. The fire is only 18% contained as of today, but they look to be safe (at least we hope so!) There is so much loss already, but most of it is of forested land that most people do not see. It is hard to comprehend that it was arson that started it. We have been in a drought situation here so not only is it hot, it is also very very dry. What makes a person want to destroy the land around them?

I am very grateful that our friends are safe and I hope they stay that way. I hope the winds do not change up and bring the fire back towards the small towns up in the lovely area they are blessed to live in. I pray that all the fires in our crispy state will be doused with the rain that is supposed to be coming sometime soon. I am very grateful to know that God is in full control of all the crazy of the world, and I am sincerely glad to know that we are in His capable hands.

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven..."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Medieval Golden Treasure

We are beginning Medieval history next week and one of my favorite things to study throughout the whole of this period are illuminated manuscripts. I will probably post about them more than once because their stories are often amazing and the artwork and craftsmanship that went into making them are bar none. Take for example, the Codex Aureus of St. Emmeram. This beautiful "Gospel Book" is said to have been completed by two monks for the grandson of Charlemagne, Charles the Bald in 870

Those are emeralds and sapphires on the cover there, surrounded in gold. From Wiki:

During the Carolingian era, King Charlemagne believed in the spiritual powers of gemstones and minerals, and their magical connection to heaven. He believed sapphires symbolized an image of heaven, heavenly virtues, and eternal life.[5] Charlemagne passed down his interest in the spiritual qualities of gemstones to his grandson, Charles the Bald, who ordered the Codex Aureus and Lindau Gospels to be written in 870. The artisans created the covers with emeralds, sapphires, rubies, garnets, agate, and pearls. The standard of the work is extremely refined, with each of the gems in a setting that rises up from the plane of the cover and is decorated with fine detail. The "claws" holding the gems in place are minutely formed as acanthus leaves; earlier jeweled metalwork usually used plain "claw"-type settings.

The cover of the book is, of course, Christ in His Majesty. He is seated on a globe and He is holding a book with these words: 

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me."

At the Wiki link above, there are other photos of some of the illuminated pages. The detailed artwork is beautiful. What strikes me is that the gospels were valued enough to have been treated in this way. The amount of money, gold, and gemstones it would have taken at this time to create this astonishing book is immeasurable. I wonder who was allowed to read it; probably not very many people!

It is so easy to ignore the gospels--all scripture really--to rush on with my day. It is so easy to put my busyness in front of what is really, a golden book. My Bible doesn't have the sapphires and the emeralds, and is not covered with gold, but it has a treasure much richer and deeper--and life changing--than the cover art. Jesus is our treasure. As Matthew 6:21 says, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Let my life be rich in the treasure of Christ.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

115 FREE iPad Apps!

There are so many amazing free apps at Ben and Me Blog!!

Don't miss it!

There is also a contest at the same link to win some amazing apps that are NOT free! :D

Friday, August 29, 2014

Exciting Crew News - You can subscribe!

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Huge Blog Hop and Giveaway!

I didn't want any of my readers to miss this truly neat Blog Hop OR the Super Duper Giveaway being hosted by the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

What is being given away?

These two amazing prizes!!


So don't miss a day of the Blog Hop found at the Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog and make sure you enter the contest at the links above!

Friday, August 01, 2014

N is for Need

Clearly I needed a week of not thinking about blogging because I never did get back here to write the post I wanted to write. Instead, I will post pictures of things that fill a special need for me. The obvious are friends and family, but the less obvious are things of beauty that fill a spot in my soul.

This was on July 22. I planted these from seed and they are just glorious to me.
This is a photo taken today. They are close to 4 feet tall!

Some close up shots of the flowers in our yard. (Some of which are zinnias.)

The color is so lovely, isn't it?

This is something else I am *so* thankful for - fresh fruit and veggies!

Are you growing anything in your yard? 

This is something else that fills my spiritual soul, but in a much different way than my yard--and has far-reaching eternal blessings! These are *wonderful* Christian Bible study materials from Ligonier Ministries. These are such excellent series that you can often find on their $5.00 Friday for just that. (The $5 pricing only shows up on Fridays!)

Spiritual and physical needs being met each and every day - from our Lord to us!
I feel very blessed.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

M is for Martin - John Martin - An Artist Post

A long time ago (well it certainly feels that way to me) I spent a semester in London. I studied art history and Shakespeare and life was pretty simple considering my mom paid for my whole trip and all I had to do was enjoy it and get good grades. (I did both.) It was a wonderful trip that I think of almost every week of my life for one reason or another. It was the opening of a different world to me--a look at art, people, history, and beauty in a way I'd never experienced before. It changed me profoundly and gave me a longing for things I didn't know was there. I still have that longing, but now I fulfil it in a different way. I can't travel to all the places and things I want to see and experience, but that doesn't mean I can't experience them. What an amazing thing the internet can be!

I was browsing the CGFA art site again because I wanted to do another artist post and I discovered the name of the artist that deeply moved me when I first saw his art in the Tate Gallery in London. I still have the photos I secretly took when I was only 20. I have looked at those photos from time to time since and have often wondered who could paint such scenes and why he did it. Now I know--John Martin, (1789-1854). He was an English Victorian artist of rare ability. He was not appreciated by the art world at the time, but was loved by the commoners.

These were the three huge pieces of artwork that just astonished me in London:

The Last Judgement, 1845

If you click and enlarge it, you will see why it was such an astonishing painting. The fine detail work and the faces of those perishing and of those who have been saved are deeply moving. This painting takes up a wall and is over 6' tall and 10' wide. It is meant to be the centerpiece of the three (two to follow). This painting strikes me today as it did then. Powerful. What side will I be on in the last judgement? What about you?

The Great Day of His Wrath, 1851-1853

From Wiki:
The Great Day of His Wrath, was intended to be hung to the right of The Last Judgment, and continues the theme of destruction and damnation depicted on the right side of the central image.

The Book of Revelation describes a scene that is painted by Martin: "... and, lo, there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair and the moon became as blood. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together and every mountain and island were moved out of their places." The collapsing pile of rocks to the right of the painting are the buildings of an entire city falling into an abyss.

When you click this one to see the larger scene, you will see just how detailed this one is. It is almost as large as the previous one and just as terrifying in its subject matter.

The Plains of Heaven, 1851

After the other two, you can probably guess what this one is - peaceful eternity. It is hard to know what heaven will really be like, but I do think this is a beautiful work of art. The crystal clear blue water - the purity therein - the white robes of the faithful and the color found in the flowers and the hills - well, it is all rather stunning to me. Praise God I do know where I am going because of the deep deep love of Jesus! Whether it be something like this or something far far better, I am so grateful for salvation!

This last one from John Martin I thought was downright astonishing. I have never seen this one up close, but I am so grateful for the technology available to me so that I can see it up close here.

Belshazzar's Feast, 1821

The details on this are bewildering and just spectacular. To see it up close, click this link. His use of white  is finely done to show light and add focus to specific areas. Make sure you don't miss the writing on the wall!

So that is just a little bit of John Martin's work. Had you ever heard about him? Wiki has a good write up about him that was full of fascinating details about his life. I'd love to see his artwork up close again. It moved me then and looking at it here, it moves me now. How a person can convey the depth he does is truly beyond my scope of understanding!

So what do you think of John Martin's work?

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