Archive for February 2011

February: Bad Month, Good Month

February 28, 2011

Whew!

What a month this has been.  Weather-wise, this February has been like many previous Februarys, only more so, in most places around the states.  It’s a short little month, but that doesn’t stop February from packing quite a punch sometimes.  And like always, people where I live are pretty much fed up with winter.  Okay, so they were fed up with winter in January, but February certainly hasn’t helped matters any!

On top of the weather, February has been a tough month personally because I’ve been sick.  I caught a stomach bug to start with, and then got hit with a nasty head cold just as I thought I was going to be back to normal.  Three weeks after originally getting sick, I’m finally pushing the last of the congestion and coughing out the door.  Just say I’d like to start fresh with the new month tomorrow!

So, I’m sure you’re asking yourselves, I thought she said there was something good about this month? I did, and there was.  Believe it or not, the month of February 2011 has been the blog’s busiest month since I started writing.  It tops July 2010 by several “hits.”  Although I’m not writing this blog for the traffic, else I’d write more often and on more popular topics, it’s always nice to see that people have been reading my posts.

Another good thing about this month is that I’ve been doing a book study with a friend of mine on Major W. Ian Thomas’s The Saving Life of Christ.  While we’re only through a couple of chapters, I’ve been enjoying the book and the discussions very much.  Whether you are a Christian or not, this book will challenge you to live as you’ve never been challenged to live before.  I say this as a young woman who’s been a Christian for 3/4 of her life and grown up in a home where Christ is preeminent; I’ve been challenged and spurred to a deeper relationship with God, and I’ve only read the first three chapters!

So, despite weather and sickness, February has been a good month for relationships of all kinds.  I just hope March brings more of the same.  The relationship builders, I mean!  The sickness I can do without, and I do hope the weather grows milder, for all of us.  Still, “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, KJV).  ALL things, not just the “good” ones, but also the “bad” (from our perspective).  God uses everything in our lives to shape us into the living gems for his crown, so I am content knowing that he knows what is best for me and for all of you.   I’m so glad to serve such a wonderful God!

Great-Grandpa

February 24, 2011

I wrote this three years ago while doing a school assignment.  Today I pulled it out again to use as part of another assignment.  Perhaps it will ring true for someone else out there.  My great-grandmother has passed on now as well, when I was 18.  I miss her even more than I missed Great-Grandpa because I had known her longer and better.  Thing is, though, I miss all the things I don’t remember very well about Great-Grandpa when other people in the family talk about him.  Still, I did know him, even if only a short time, and that’s reason to be thankful.

When Great-Grandpa Died

When Grandpa died,
he was the first of my friends to go.
I had encountered death in stories first,
but never lost a relation.
Not that I’d known so well.

There had been Great-Great-Grandma Searl, of course,
but I had barely known her really.
I only vaguely remember when
she wasn’t at Great-Grandma’s anymore.
I didn’t know when she went.
I didn’t hear.

Grandpa was another story,
as I was rising ten.
We saw him cold in the casket
and didn’t know what to think,
only that Mommy was crying.

We missed him when, the day before,
we came to stay the night.
Grandma, yes, but Grandpa, no,
it didn’t seem quite right.
That chair of his was empty now,
the atmosphere so still,
I think we felt it very well,
though little understood.

My father gave the funeral speech,
I heard ‘twas Grandpa’s wish.
He said many things I did not know.
Tissues crumpled, I watched the floor.
My black dress was a bit too tight;
my uncles were quite strange.
The things I did remember,
just didn’t feel the same.

Facing the Giants

February 14, 2011

I finally watched Facing the Giants the other night.  Now, those of you who saw this a long time ago are thinking, “what took you so long?”  Well, the long and the short of it is, I kept forgetting to request it from the library when we didn’t have anything more pressing on our list of things to watch!

Now that I’ve seen it, I can’t believe it took me this long either.

If you’re following my blog, you’ll know that I just watched Fireproof as well, and this previous work from the Kendrick brothers is equally as good, in my humble opinion.  I understand they have another one called Flywheel, but I’ve yet to hunt that one up.  And they’re working on a new movie called Courageous, which I’m keeping an eye on.

Facing the Giants follows a highschool football coach and his team, both of which are struggling.  When both turn to faith instead of leaning on their own efforts, great things begin happening, in their school, on their team, and in their lives.  With God, they face giants, both on the field and off.  I know why I haven’t watched this before.  I’ve been working out what faith looks like in every area of my life lately, and this movie was very appropriate, to say the least.

One Year Later

February 10, 2011

It occurred to me yesterday that I created this blog a year ago – a year ago this past Sunday to be exact.  I went back and found my first post, just for fun.

I am a Class of ’07 graduate from one of the best homeschools on the planet.  Of course, that’s hard to prove, but I know it, and my mother knows it, and that’s what matters!  Here I hope to share some of my memories and thoughts on homeschooling and to encourage all those still homeschooling, both students and parents, to keep up the good (homeschool)work.

I needed something to get me started quickly, since at the time I was navigating all the initial set up stuff.  I still consider my family’s homeschool to be the best out there, and I believe I’ve got four siblings who would back me up, but I’d still never be able to prove it to all the other homeschoolers out there who’ve had great experiences.

I’ve shared quite a few memories, some random thoughts, and hopefully some encouragement to other homeschoolers.  And perhaps some to people outside the homeschooling community.   I don’t write exclusively for homeschoolers you know!  I write because I have a story to tell, not because you all want to hear it.  Thanks for listening anyway!

Wait, which left? Ohh, Leftwich!

February 5, 2011

Like bluegrass music?  How about fiddles that sing, dance, and tap your foot for you?  I happen to like bluegrass, especially bluegrass gospel, and in my exploration of the genre came across a guy named Ricky Skaggs, who’s an awesome musician (that’s got to be the understatement of the month) and a Christian to boot.  I saw him playing with the Boston Pops some time back, and I fell in love with the style of Kentucky Thunder (his band).  Most of all, I found a weakness for a well-played fiddle.  And who do you think was playing that fiddle?  A young man named Andy Leftwich.

I have other musical likes as well, but recently I’ve been listening to my bluegrass CDs again, and I remembered how much I enjoy hearing fiddle music.  Since there is no chance I’m learning to play fiddle myself, I’m thinking I’ll have to get myself a copy of Andy’s solo album, Ride.

Andy doesn’t just play fiddle, as you can see in the photo.  He also plays the mandolin and the guitar — quite the talented musician!  I encourage you to check out these YouTube videos of Andy, Cody Kilby, and Byron House: Shark Tooth and Shining Water.

I sometimes admit to fiddling around, but Andy does a whole different kind of fiddling around, and he’s a lot better at it!


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