Monday, July 22, 2013


So today I went blueberry picking for the first time. I really, really liked it. :) The farm we went to was beautiful and quiet, and the morning fog refused to let go of the hills, trees, and gently used tractor paths. Blueberry picking somehow made everyone friends, whether or not they knew each other. The people sitting around us in the wagon were first talking blueberries, but then they were talking about their families, and how every year they come and make contests out of it, making traditions. Mothers loved telling their children that whoever picks the most gets TWO scoops of ice cream, and children loved racing around grabbing handfuls of the blue goodness and dropping it into the silver pails. Everywhere the hum of conversation of how to freeze the berries and what to make with them and "this was the sweetest one yet!", all accompanied by the soft sound of blueberries upon blueberries being gathered. Cold water waited at the end of rows, waiting to be drunk out of tiny paper cups. Then, when your arm is tired from hauling the 12+ lb. pail full, the wagon rolls around and you hop on and your berry picking is finished. People are smiling and fingers are blue and no one's hair is perfect, and it's wonderful. 

And now I am going to tend to my 9 pounds of hand-picked blueberries, and then ceremoniously read Blueberries for Sal. ;)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

"...with all my heart and soul."

       "And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding [mind], and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."

~ Mark 12:33 (emphasis added)

There are four channels of love.

Heart ~ Our emotions
Soul ~ Our will and general individuality
Mind ~ Our intellect
Strength ~ The activities and energies of our service

 "Often we cannot feel love, but we can always use our strength for God and show our love by doing things which we would never do except for his sake."        

~ from F. B. Meyer's Devotional Commentary (emphasis added)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

why I love being a peewee patch teacher

I mean, where else can you find these types of pictures of bumblebees, worms, and ladybugs??

Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Kinda late, I know. :P But Happy 4th, anyway. I am so proud of the patriotic treats I made that I thought I'd boast here. :P Chris helped me make them, and I got the idea on Pinterest, of course. I'm the least creative person on the planet so I need help whenever holidays roll around. 

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!