Archive for March, 2012

My Office in the School Room

March 24, 2012

If you have been to my house in the last few years, you know that my desk is always piled with goodies and the table is usually covered.  Well, we worked on it today.  We took a few pictures because it may never look like this again.  I’m open for business now!  Veronica added the candle on the table.

There is a story behind the Pac-Man garbage can.  My favorite brother bought it for me years ago.  He would always get me presents that he really wanted himself, but was considered too old for.  When I grew up I gave it to a little boy named Steven.  After Steven passed away, his parents gave this back to me.  He kept it in his room all those years.  Now it proudly sits in my office.

Two Pictures from Sunday

March 21, 2012

Here are a few pictures that Joe took with his phone on Sunday.

March 15, 2012

March 15, 2012

Today is March 15, 2012.  The children have been in the creek playing as the temperature has gone well into the 80s today.  I’m not sure, but I don’t think this is “normal” Tennessee weather!

Mother Made It!

March 13, 2012

Thank you to all of you who have prayed for my Mom over the year.  Last July I had resigned myself to the fact that we would probably never see her again.  She was very sick when we left and I knew we were never going back there again.  Well, Mom wanted to see her grandchildren and some of my brothers and sisters made that possible.  Mom flew in and stayed at my brother’s house.  It is easier for her to move around there than here due to some steps.  We are ever so grateful to get to spend time with her, laughing and playing games, and even taking pictures, which she really doesn’t like!

Mother brought the beautiful weather with her this time!

On another note, spring has sprung (or is springing!)  Please enjoy some of the Spring shots from around Bodenburg.

Susan Branch and Handwriting

March 10, 2012

Not too long ago, maybe a year or so ago, a friend of mine gave me a copy of a Susan Branch book.  It was a book about Autumn.  Well, I just loved it!  For Thanksgiving this year, we pulled it out and used some of her little table setting ideas.  Around Christmas Joe bought me several of her books (we love used books!) and I even gave a copy of one of her Christmas books away to a friend of mine.  They are eye candy, just so delightful.  Every now and again I get a chance to check Susan’s blog.  Today I stopped there and the post was on writing!   Once again, it is just a joy to read and look at.  It got me thinking about some of the special letters that we have here.

Previously I think there is a post here that talks about a little project we had done.  Each of the children wrote down a few questions such as what was your favorite day, what games did you like to play, what was your school like, etc.  We made copies of these questions so that people could see the handwriting, and sent them to a bunch of family members.  We got back so great responses that we still read to this day.  They are treasures now.  We are also fortunate to have a copy of the handwritten journal of Joe’s grandfather.  He wrote down everything from when he bought a house, to the birth of his children, to when he wrote a letter to his mother.  It is wonderful to have a little piece of him.  On Joe’s other side, we have a letter from his grandfather to his girl…it looked like a break up letter.  Then next letter is from him to her and addressed as, “To my Dear Little Wife…”  We have a letter that Joe’s sister wrote to her grandmother when she was around 8 years old.  Both of them are now deceased.  Now, in this day and age, I find myself writing letters at night after the children have gone to sleep.  They are much more personal than an e-mail and handy when it is too late for a phone call.

Back to the Susan Branch post, it has inspired me once again to keep up with a journal, even if there are just a few lines about the weather.  The blog is nice, but it takes a lot more time to get a post up here than writing a few lines in a journal.

(On a totally different note, little Vincent is sleeping on my lap.  Teh way his face is shaped and the look right now reminds me totally of the Sieben side, maybe even more specifically Mager.)

This whole subject has got me thinking about trying to get the children involved.  We’ll see how that goes.

What have you written lately?  Is it more that a quick e-mail or line on Facebook or Twitter?  Do you have any special letters that you hold dear?  Do you keep a journal or even a nature notebook?