On Tuesday it was time. I prepped my husband and my children. Wear your farm clothes, all shirts should already be stained, gather your work gloves, and get some buckets. This is a family project.
The five senses are sight, touch, taste, hearing, and smell.
Where are those senses activated more fully than at the Stanislaus County Fair?
What God Had Emptied tells the tale of two years, two positive pregnancy tests, two prenatal diagnoses, and two different outcomes.
For adults who have fallen or been hurt by others, perhaps misshapen at an early age, the step to trust is complicated and sometimes painful.
Our summer break began early in May. As a homeschooling family, we can end as soon as the syllabi are completed. Their education is not confined to set hours of the day or a set building but I utilize the experiences of life to augment what they learn at their desks. As summer begins extracurriculars fill the calendar.
Mentors, teachers, and parents come in all ages, all occasions, all types of communities. But they only come when we approach our days with that good advice I heard as a child, “try to learn at least one thing from every person you meet” and then find ways to generously and prudently share the lessons we ourselves learned.
But the hotter it gets in California, the more inclined I am to watch Westerns. Over time, I’ve encountered a smattering of really terrific films all available through our local library or Hoopla.
And like this practice in imagination, when we know the stories of on our ancestors and pass them on to our children and future generations, this oral history stays with us as something we remember from time to time, something we fall back on, something that can powerfully shape how we respond to the trials and tribulations that come our way.
Peace in pregnancy. Peace in pregnancy for a mother after miscarriages, prenatal diagnoses, and infant loss. Peace in pregnancy for the mother who has faced none of that but glows as she moves closer to the introduction of her firstborn. Peace in pregnancy.
When Undset writes, she is not merely telling a story. She paints a portrait of a person. What makes her one of the greatest authors of all time is her ability to peer into the fullness of an individual and share the story from that person’s point of view.