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She's Going To Disney

Mei-Lings Trip To Disney World

A Whole New World Project: The Castle Awaits Princess Mei | Mission Trip -

With much gratitude, the money was raised for Mei-Ling and her family to go to Disney World but now, despite putting in a request months ago, Wal-Mart in Cleburne TX has denied Casi's vacation time, so unless there is a miracle, a change of heart with the powers that be for that store, Mei-Ling will be broken hearted to have to go without her Daddy.  She is a daddy's girl, and they all were so looking forward to this trip together.  Casi's extended family are going too.  I am hoping that with enough prayer and perhaps by bringing this story to the public, maybe the store managers will have a heart and make this little ones dreams come true. 
Pictures are from todays newspaper article 

Its A Beautiful Morning

Sunshine at times and gray clouds that come and go.  Winds from the south, bending the tall trees as if they were saplings.  Its not a bad wind, just wind, the kind that comes off the prairie in summer.  The blue jays are squawking at me as I hang up the laundry, they must think I am too close to their favorite spot.  The top of Emery's workshop, which gives them a fine vantage point to view the crow feeder.  They like the crows food as much as Edgar, Allen and Poe like it, and it seems everyone is raising a family right now, so easy food makes life better for these busy parents.  Even the Yellow Bellied Woodpecker is in on the action several times a day and both woodpecker parents hold their own when the blue jays try to shoo they away.   Today there are pumpkin seeds to plant, so we can have lots of pumpkins for baking this fall and of course the children love to pick pumpkins to decorate.   Its an easy sort of day, no pressure to accomplish anything by a certain hour.  No "…

A New Journey

Today I am embarking on a new journey, one of gentleness with myself. No more races, no more measuring, calories, steps, even years, but I am going to stop the stresses that come from these goals that measure us. Take up our thoughts, consume us. I am simply going to live mindfully. Eat mindfully, walk with purpose, not a goal. Swim with joy until I am tired, savor the moments, not count them, measure them, or let those aspects tell me what I am. Living mindfully in  the moment is freedom. Life is not a race, its not ruled by some man made measuring stick that steals from us the true purpose of the moment. We know what we need to do, we know when we are lazy, we know when we over eat or eat unhealthy food. We also know the freedom that comes from a hike when all that matters is the scenery. We all know the freedom that comes from enjoying a healthy meal, eating mindfully, but without counting, stopping to eat when we are full or just before we are full, without concern of which food &…

A New Day

The house is all tidy, just some laundry left to be folded from yesterdays wash day.  Balsam incense are burning, filling the house with a scent that reminds me of camping in New England.  Gentle songs played on the Celtic Harp by Patrick Ball, completes this perfect morning.  The sun is shining so bright, the grass so green after all our recent rains.  The sky, so blue that if you painted it, it would seem garish but God in His wondrous love for us, knows just how to blend the colors so that it all seems perfect.   Life here on our little homestead feels full of order and contentment this morning.  Our wants are few, our needs are few and our gratitude great.  Its a good day.

The Sunshine and The Rain

"Nature and revelation alike testify of God's love. Our Father in heaven is the source of life, of wisdom, and of joy. Look at the wonderful and beautiful things of nature. Think of their marvelous adaptation to the needs and happiness, not only of man, but of all living creatures. The sunshine and the rain, that gladden and refresh the earth, the hills and seas and plains, all speak to us of the Creator's love. It is God who supplies the daily needs of all His creatures." 
~Steps To Christ~

My morning in the garden.  Loving this rain that is so badly needed !

A Trip To DIsney, Goal Reached !!!

A Trip To Disney For A Little Princess
How excited Mei-Ling is, her dream will be coming true very soon as she gets to go to Disney with her family.  What makes this trip extra special is the fact that she gets to go the same time as her grandmother, her aunts and uncles and her cousins.  Most of her daddy's family is going too, just as she dreamed.  How happy we are and how grateful we are that so many kind and generous people donated money to make this trip a dream come true.  Thank you to all that gave so generously and made a little girls dream become a reality !

Where Have I Been ?

I am unsure of how it happens, but each and every day of late, my intentions have been to write a bit on here, but something always seems to come up.  Nothing major as measured by the modern worlds standards, but for me, they are moments to be savored, cherished.  Last week, both my daughters were here visiting and watching them with their children gave me such a sense of satisfaction that words would be so inadequate to describe how it made me feel to hear them talk about raising children, and what works and what doesn't.  Hearing their conversations reminded me of how I used to feel, reading issues of Mothering Magazine way back in the 1980's, comforting.  The talk of breast feeding, of cloth diapers, of soothing techniques and about the profound feeling of love that fills them when they are holding their little ones.  It suddenly felt to me as if my heart would burst, from being so overflowing with love, of feeling like I have seen life come full circle.   I watched my gran…