Friday, October 23, 2009

Bookworms listen up!!!!

Oh, oh, OH!!!! I am so glad our library sends "arrived hold" notices under the heading "Overdues"--gets my attention EVERY TIME(we pay enough overdue fines to have our own special WING built at the library! UGH! HOMESCHOOLERS!!!!!!)! At any rate, I digress.


I just received note that a new sound recording my daughter requested is IN--and it reminded me that I wanted to mention the BOOK here, just in case anyone who reads my ramblings actually takes anything away from it and is looking for something REALLY GOOD to read, say, to a son or daughter or a grandkid or niece/nephew or school class or something. . .or even just would like a really rip-roaring good story for YOU to read because you like kids' books better than adult fiction, always(like me), and you've read The Chronicles of Narnia repeatedly and could use something new besides Tolkein because that is REALLY a committment . . . I digress again.

Singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson has written a book(actually two, but this is about the first one because my family has not finished the second book yet--reading aloud as a family has definite rewards, but it takes so LONG to finish something, which is pure torture when you get into a story and WORRY about the characters like C and I do--ANYWAY!!!!). The title, which I mentioned in a Friday post a few weeks ago, is On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness.


The story begins as the Igiby children are finishing their chores in anticipation of the Dragon Day Festival in their little village of Glipwood--a small town built on the edge of the Dark Sea in the land of Skree--a "free" country that has been overtaken by the lizard-like Fangs of Dang who answer to a Great Evil know as Gnag the Nameless. The Igibys--Janner, Tink, and Leeli, are normal kids with normal kid dreams, but they also live in fear of the Black Carriage which comes and takes children away in the night, never to be seen again.

All the perils of foreign occupation aside, they have learned to live happy lives--captivity being all they've ever known-- and having a wonderful family with their mother and grandfather, and children being children.

On the day of the Dragon Day festival, though, odd things begin to happen. An unpleasant encounter with one of the lizardesque Fangs who has a grudge problem starts an unraveling of their lives that will change almost everything. They discover their family has secrets, learning things about their mother, their long-dead father, and their grandfather that they could never have imagined. They begin to hear tales of and to long for a far-away place that actually seems more like home than the home they've always known, and they begin to have ADVENTURES.

Aerwiar(pronounced "here-we-are")is a world populated with many strange creatures; there are Horned Hounds, Bumpy Digtoads, Toothy Cows, and Thwaps(my family's personal favorites) to keep things interesting, and perilous.

All in all the book is full of humor and fun mixed up with the realistic love of family who would do anything to help one another, odd encounters with eccentric characters(did I manage to get this far without mentioning Peet the Sock Man?), and page-turning, heart-racing, run-for-your-lives and pray-to-the-Maker escapades. It is full of real fun and real fear coupled with real hope, all of which are necessary for a really good story to be, well, REAL.

My Redhead told me last week, "Mom, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is such a good story, it's so sad that it's just a STORY and not REAL."

And yes, that is true, unless one is glad to live in a world where evil is not nameless, and the Maker is intimately involved in the lives of His creation, and where we have The Book that tells us what happens at the end(I admit that while reading the On the Edge. . . . I wanted to skip to the end more than once, just to make myself feel better and quit worrying about the Igibys!).

All good stories, after all, give us glimpses of His Story--the One who spins the story of our lives and holds all things together by His Word(Hebrews 1:3).

The book is available on Amazon. You can find out more about the Igiby family at http://wingfeathersaga.com/

Enjoy!
~april

Friday Fourteen

The letter F. Could be a tough one. Let's see!
1. Family

2.Friends

3.Food

4.Fried. Won't say that this one applies to all three of the above. . . haha.

5.Four. Kids. Proof that the Lord has a sense of humor. Really.

6.Fun. Our lives never lack it--or noise, which doesn't begin with F.

7.Free. Love this word when it rings true.

8.Faith. Free gift from God. Amazing but true.

9.Feathers. Four birds in the house equals feathers everywhere. UGH!

10. Fickle. This is a word I use often, being a Mom of Three Daughters.

11. Fate. I despise this word. People refer to it as if it were a god, rather than placing their trust in the
12.Fact that the ONE True and Living God actually holds the

13. Future--which of course means according to 1 John 4:18, that there is no reason to

14. Fear--because he or she who fears has not been perfected in love.

ok. didn't mean to sermonize. sometimes word games are evocative.

Let me close this with that quote from Scripture: 1 John 4: 13-19(taken from biblegateway.com)

We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us.


that says it better than i can.
~april

Thursday, October 22, 2009

beautiful morning surprise . . .


Wow! I woke up accidentally later than usual this morning(it was actually LIGHT outside already), and after getting my coffee(very important), as I sat down to the computer table, I saw FOUR Great Egrets in my neighbor's yard! I tried to get a picture, but the zoom on my camera just wasn't up to the task. They were so beautiful. I don't know if I've ever seen four of them in one location, ever. They are such fun birds to watch, too, as they step delicately along in the ditches and puddles, suddenly dipping their heads to catch a bite of something. They look as if a strong wind would send them reeling in a flash, on those long spindly legs. They freeze completely motionless at any odd sign which could mean danger, even if they're standing on one leg. If necessary, suddenly the huge wings open and they flap away, graceful and yet laborious. Getting to have them in the yard, on the bridge, near enough to watch is probably one of my favorite things about Louisana--one small redeeming quality of living in the flatlands(and I'm always LOOKING for redeeming qualities!).
They say home is where the heart is. . . .I'll take that at face value sometimes.
~april


Friday, October 16, 2009

A Pirate Party


Last night we had a pirate party. There were some pretty rough-looking characters hanging around here--better watch this crew of scalawags!!!! We had fierce, scary pirates(see the red eyes?!?)
Tall, tall pirates and small, small pirates . . .
Trays full of piratey snacks,
Pirate shirts and pirate hats--
They even did some pirate WORK--hunting for treasure, of course.

Did you know that pirates like burritos?


Too pretty to be pirates!

I think it is safe to say we all had a rollicking good time--hopefully there are no scurvy rascals hanging around here today.
The air is COOLER this morning!!! We have been WAITING!!!!!!
Happy weekend, y'all!
~april




Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Six years ago . . .






Today is the Boy's birthday! I cannot believe my "baby" is six--where does the time go? He is such a blessing in our lives. We love you, man!!!!!


Friday, October 9, 2009

A Day Out

Oakley Plantation

The (ladies')parlor, where guests would have been received.
Welcome, y'all!

Ok, so I've tried to work on this post for two weeks--to no avail. I've decided to let the pictures speak for themselves. It was truly a lovely day--so enjoy the scenes from a bygone era.

Quiet corner of the parlor
A couple of weekends ago, my whole family(that means with hubby included)went for a field trip to Oakley Plantation--about an hour away--to learn about life in the 1820s. We toured the old house and grounds and saw demonstrations of the way things were done "back then". We unexpectedly got to visit with some long-unseen friends--quite a pleasant surprise.
The gardens were beautiful.
The kitchen(above and below)

Medical supplies
The stairs were rather narrow and frightening! I loved this candlestand.
A child's bed. So pretty! Bed and bath suite, anyone?
Sleep tight!
Steps leading up from the driveway. The parlor is on the first above-ground level. Above it is the floor containing all the bedrooms; the dining room is located on the lowest level.










The butler's pantry. Don't you LOVE the dishes? My camera wasn't able to get the full breadth of this china dresser. A beautiful piece!
The dining room--on ground level. The thing above the table is a "fan" that would have been operated by a slave standing in the corner. Its purpose? To keep flies and other unwanted guests away from the food!

I am sure this big guy would be distressed to know how close he is to the dining room in my post! This is Gus, the highlight of the day. He is a "butterball" turkey who was dropped off at the plantation--I guess someone thought it would be a good home for him. He should be a tour guide, as good as he is with people. He followed us around all day, showing his beautiful feathers and generally stealing the show. He even let the kids pet him!
Here is Gus, strutting along in front of one of the slave cabins.

Makes me hungry!!!!!
~april

fourteen on friday . . . .

happy friday! long time, no see! hmmmm. today is "E"

1. eggs. didn't have more than two this morning, PERFECT for waffles for everyone. yummy waffles. no, there really is NOT a recipe. that would be too easy.


2. e.e. cummings. love the poetry. have since i was a kid. maybe the lack of capital letters?


3. exhale. what we finally got to do wednesday after B's neurology appt. Bell's palsy is not so bad. it could have been MUCH worse.


4.edge--On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. get it, read it, squeal a LOT and ENJOY a great story.


5.eaten--North! Or Be Eaten! the sequel to the Dark Sea. we are reading it now--WONDERFUL. again, read the book to some adventure-loving child in your life. or just to yourself. enjoy it. seriously fun!


6.excessive. the heat here this time of year--unseasonably warm is an UNDERSTATEMENT.


7.email. addictive, isn't it?


8.eggplant. yummy yummmy yummmmmmy. wish i had some to cook. fried, maybe?



9.embroidery. my mamaw(mom's mom)and grandma hazel(dad's mom)taught me how. i am so thankful for those memories of sitting by their knees and watching the wonder of pictures emerging from the needle. wouldn't it be great to have a perfect little corner like this to sit and sew? i love the natural light! this was taken at Oakley Plantation on a field trip a couple of weeks ago.



10. estuary. i love this word! (my eldest is going for the dictionary since i won't define it for her--i get her to use the dictionary every possible chance because i know she can't just read ONE entry! hahahahaha! hey, she's a bookworm, and i'm a home educator!)



11.entryway. finally. my hubby painted the inside of my front door last night--after only three and a half years in this house! it took me awhile to settle on BLACK. it really looks great in the morning light!



12.emerald. the hummingbird guarding the feeder just out my window shimmers emerald-esque in the sun.



13.everlasting. Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.



14. End. The, that is! hope you Enjoyed this list! Now go ENJOY the day the Lord has made. . .

blessings!

~april