What’s Up?

Val, Val, how does your garden grow? Little by little- weekly we start some new seed indoors. So far there are a passel of still hidden onions and some leggy tomatoes. Yes, you read that correctly- Luke got a little craving for some real Early Girls. Ha. Nevertheless, seeing those bright green wisps of life these last days of February does my heart good. More onions, parsley, broccoli and asparagus are up next for their dive into the potting soil this weekend.
Some more crockpot successes- tapioca pudding, ribs, and a minestrone made out of a bag of bean soup mix that was fantastic.
Every few months I am forced to reevaluate my parenting and teaching skills, and these always come up lacking. Luke just bestowed upon me his precious iPod, which now contains every children’s song known to man. I’m excited about this especially helping me teach on spiritual topics like character qualities, Bible stories, and discipline. Before I might have known about the song or story, but wouldn’t usually take the time find the cd and to include it in our day. Now I have no excuse, what with being able to customize my own playlists on iTunes.
I was elated to find Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, at my local library in their new book section. I read this book last summer, and it has had quite an influence on me. Shameful that I still have not gotten around to writing a review here on the blog, but one of the reasons is that it isn’t a book for everyone. Not to sound too ethereal, but I feel like I was at just the right place in life to be challenged by Barbara’s eating lifestyle choices- I’m very excited to start growing my own food and finding as many local producers of the rest of my food as I can. Many other people, however, would look at the author’s foodlife story and shrug in indifference. The present economic times do have many more looking for ways to sustain their way of life themselves, so a book like this should only grow in popularity, with more people than the usual ‘green’ types.
I’m going to read it again, and maybe I will post my thoughts as I go this time through it.
I’ll leave you with a wonderful quote from Fanny Crosby’s Rescue The Perishing. When we sang it one Sunday, I felt so encouraged in my mothering-

Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;
strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
back to the narrow way patiently win them;
tell the poor wanderer a Savior has died.

That just about covers my job description, doesn’t it?

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