Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mary had a Little Lamb

Mary Had a Little Lamb (2 of 4)

Jenika Lee
as Mary

“Mary had a Little Lamb”

 Mary had a little lamb,
its fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
the lamb was sure to go.

 It followed her to school one day
which was against the rules.

It made the children laugh and play,
to see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,
but still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about,
till Mary did appear.
 "Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
the eager children cry.
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know."
the teacher did reply.

"...The truth of the LORD endures forever."

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pussycat, Pussycat

"Pussycat, Pussycat" (one of four) 

  One of our poem books is a Little Golden Book by Eloise Wilkins.  It’s full of adorable illustrations of sweet little children and Mother Goose nursery rhymes.  It gave me inspiration to try some nursery rhyme photos. 

So we scrounged up some costumes for the girls and their two cousins.  They had so much fun acting out their rhymes and I had lots of fun enjoying their cuteness!  We did four rhymes and I’m planning to post them in four sets.

Pussycat, Pussycat 
Skylynn Dashay
“Pussycat, Pussycat” 

“Pussycat, Pussycat, where have you been?”

“I’ve been to London to visit the Queen.”

“Pussycat, Pussycat, what did you there?”

 “I frightened a little mouse under her chair!”


 "While I live I will praise the LORD."
Psalm 146:2

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Feeling Autumn


     Autumn is here.  I can smell it in the air – the damp earth, and the foggy mornings.  I hear it when the crickets and katydids are singing for all they’re worth because they know cold is on its way. I taste it in the tart crabapples my girls convince me to try.  I feel it in that sharp underneath chill that’s in the air even when the sun is warm.  I see it in the trees even though they haven’t truly turned yet.  There’s just a hint of color and the green of summer is fading.  The massive old Black Walnut trees are looking bare in the backyard.  They are the last of the trees to grow their leaves in the spring and the first to lose them in the fall.  

     It’s beautiful, this season, Autumn.



A Vagabond Song
       Bliss Carman (1861– 1929)

THERE is something in the autumn that is native to my blood—

Touch of manner, hint of mood;

And my heart is like a rhyme,

With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.

The scarlet of the maples can shake me like a cry.
Of bugles going by.

And my lonely spirit thrills

To see the frosty asters like a smoke upon the hills.

There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir;
We must rise and follow her,

When from every hill of flame

She calls and calls each vagabond by name.



October's Bright Blue Weather
     Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)

O SUNS and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather;

When loud the bumble-bee makes haste,
Belated, thriftless vagrant,
And Golden-Rod is dying fast,
And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

When Gentians roll their fringes tight
To save them for the morning,
And chestnuts fall from satin burrs
Without a sound of warning;

When on the ground red apples lie
In piles like jewels shining,
And redder still on old stone walls
Are leaves of woodbine twining;

When all the lovely wayside things
Their white-winged seeds are sowing,
And in the fields, still green and fair,
Late aftermaths are growing;

When springs run low, and on the brooks,
In idle golden freighting,
Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush
Of woods, for winter waiting;

When comrades seek sweet country haunts,
By twos and twos together,
And count like misers, hour by hour,
October's bright blue weather.

O suns and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October's bright blue weather.

He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;
Daniel 2:21

I Heart Faces - Friendship

Here's my entry for the October contest at I Heart Faces!  My girls are best friends.  Sometimes I just sit and listen to them play.  And I smile.  Of course there are the not so smiley moments also, but I wouldn't trade being a mamma for anything!  Here they are enjoying a Korean Sweet Potato Latte together on a rainy October day.  (Look at this post if you'd like the recipe!)
To see more "Friendship" photo contest entries, click the I Heart Faces button.  I love this theme!

Photo Challenge Submission

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A good day for a Latte

On a cold dreary sort of October day it’s nice to have something to warm up with.  I tried out a new recipe with my girls.  It’s a Korean Sweet Potato Latte.  It’s nice and warming and very fallish.  Reminds me of pumpkin pie just a bit.

Korean Sweet Potato Latte
1 cup milk
3 T. cooked sweet potato
1 T. brown sugar
A few drops of vanilla
  Heat milk and sweet potato in
microwave until almost boiling. 
Add brown sugar and vanilla. 
Then blend with a blender stick
or blender until smooth and very
frothy.  Top with a little nutmeg
and a dash of cinnamon.  (The
original recipe I found doesn’t
call for the spices, I just think
they’re good. J)

“Mine’s not sweet enough.
Let me try yours.”
(Mamma adds more sugar.)
“mmmmm… this is good!”


"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born
 to help in time of need."
Proverbs 17:17
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