Wednesday Hodgepodge

1.What's something you wish you knew how to do, but feel like it's too late to learn? 

Hmmm...I'm not sure I think it's ever too late to learn anything. The problem is making the time for it. I would love to play the guitar better, but I simply do not have (or make) the time to work on it. I *could* spend hours a day practicing, but I would have to sacrifice something else. But as for being "too late"? That is the wonderful thing about life--you never have to stop learning! Nor should you!

2. Your least favorite thing to shop for? Why?

Groceries. I just do not like grocery shopping. I usually try to do it as quickly as possible and then I end up buying things like "light" sour cream and "diet" soda because I'm not paying close enough attention. I wish I had a quarter for every time I brought home a "light" product. *sigh*

3. How has the celebration of Thanksgiving today changed from when you were growing up?
Our Thanksgivings have gotten smaller (it's now usually just our immediate family and a few others), but I don't mind.

4. What's something that when other people see it, reminds them of you? Explain.
I *think* when people see a redhead it reminds them of me sometimes? I'm not sure. Since I'm a redhead people usually tell me I look like other redheads WHO I DO NOT ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE. We just both have red hair. :) (Ex. Julia Roberts, Martina McBride)

5. If you could guest star in a TV show, what would it be and why?
This is easy! Parks and Recreation, hands down! If you haven't watched that show, you HAVE to. It's hilarious. There are a few inappropriate things, but overall it's just good stuff.

6. Have you ever farmed or spent any time on a farm? Are there farm stands in your little corner of the world and do you make it a point to shop there? If so, what item do you particularly like to buy from a roadside stand or farm shop?
When I was 15 or 16(?) I spent a week working on a dairy farm to earn money for Bible camp. I actually enjoyed it...but that was probably because I only had to do it for a week. :)

We live near a town that has a wonderful Farmer's Market twice a week. In fact, in our county there are lots of great farm stands all over the place. I definitely do not shop at them as much as I should or would like to.

7. What's something you've experienced recently that made you feel a sense of awe or wonder?
This may sound silly, but we've been reading about the universe and space in school, and that never fails to bring about a sense of wonder in me. Our universe is crazy huge and I can hardly wrap my mind around it all. Can you even imagine how BIG OUR GOD IS if the universe that He made is bigger than we can measure??! Mind. Blown.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
My random thought... we are listening to Irish Christmas music on my phone via Amazon Prime Music and it is so pretty. :)

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Fits and Starts

One takes a whole life,--
sees what course it makes
Mainly, and not by fits and starts--
In spite of stoppage,--which impart
Fresh value to the general speed.
~Browning, The Cloud of Witness

(Reminds me of the post I wrote here.)

I've experienced some "fits and starts" lately, and I can choose to get discouraged or I can learn and allow them to bring "fresh value to my speed."

It *is* true that these fits and starts bring fresh value to our speed, isn't it? Or at least, they should. When the fog of a "fit" lifts, things become so clear. After this clearing, I can sprint for a while because the Lord is always faithful to remind me what the *real* goals are in this life.

The real goal in homeschooling--
The real goal in relationships--
The real goal in my "doings"--

--to glorify God! To know Christ and make Him known--to my children, in my relationships, in my "doings."

I love the idea that I can judge myself based on the "main course my whole life takes." I don't have to judge myself on the fits and starts. Am I, in general, seeking to live for Christ? Yes and yes!! Do I fail sometimes? Yes, but I am still headed in the right direction if I keep my eyes on the goal. There is much comfort in that.

This also reminds me of Pilgrim's Progress. (We're listening to this FREE audio version. We were having a bit of trouble with just reading the book, but listening to it has helped so much!) We're at the part in the book when Pliable has just led Christian astray. Thankfully, Evangelist comes along and reminds Christian to "keep his eyes on the light!"


In honor of Thanksgiving, here are a few things I'm thankful for:

  • our cozy, but messy, home. proof that we live here!
  • our family's health
  • never having to go without anything--food, heat, clothing, etc.
  • Christmas movies 
  • good, delicious books (we are almost finished with Understood Betsy *sigh* and we just started Wind in the Willows. eek!)
  • friends, in real life and online
  • homeschooling
  • a husband who makes almost our ENTIRE Thanksgiving dinner!
  • new jobs! (my husband FINALLY got a new job after 6-7 years of looking! Thank you, Lord!
  • oven pancakes for breakfast (thanks for the recipe, Angela! we eat it once a week!) 
  • knitted gifts 
  • rambunctious, sweet little boys
  • big sisters, learning and growing
  • and many, many more gifts...
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :) God bless you and yours!


Please, Please Pray for Josie

It breaks my heart to write this.

Dear friends of ours have just had one of their children diagnosed with cancer.

She is 7 years old and her name is Josie. Would you please pray for her and her family? She has 6 siblings who love her dearly. Pray for absolute healing in Jesus' name!


Obscure Movies I've Seen and Love...Mostly

A thread on the AO Forum got me thinking about all of the obscure movies I've seen. Most of them I saw as a child/teen. But I still love'em today! Well, most of them.

Green Card (1991) - This is probably the least obscure of the group, but I've never met anyone in real life who's seen it. Have you? I love this movie.

It's about a woman (Andie MacDowell) who helps a friend out by marrying another man (Gerard Depardieu) so he can get his Green Card. This is *not* your ordinary RomCom. It's sweet and sad and wonderful. (and very tame by today's standards--if you can call them standards) Also? The soundtrack includes Enya. Need I say more?

Krull (1983) - This B movie combines bad 80s hair, terrible humor, atrocious special effects and even worse acting. Are you sold yet? Even so, it's still one of my favorites. Mr. N and I have seen it dozens of times. There's something strangely endearing about it. If you want a good laugh, this is your movie! Just for fun, here's the Amazon description:
In a fantasy adventure, set in a world peopled by creatures of myth and magic, a prince embarks on a quest to find the magical Glaive and then rescues his young bride. Colwyn (Ken Marshall) is the leader of a mythical sword-and-sorcery group in pursuit of "the Beast" that has kidnaped his fiance, Lyssa (Lysette Anthony).
Sounds pretty great, right?

White Dwarf (1995) - Does anyone else remember this Made for TV Movie? I loved this one. I'll admit, I haven't seen it since I was young, but I'd love to get my hands on it again! But since the VHS is almost $90 on Amazon, I'll be waiting a while to purchase it.

Crossing Delancey (1988) - This is another sweet romance. Without all the crap you get nowadays. (They just don't leave anything to the imagination anymore!) It's a story about a pickle-man who falls in love with his friend's granddaughter. It has a few strange moments, but that's what makes it sweet. And strange.

Harold and Maude (1971) - This is the only one on the list that I saw first as an adult. My dear friend was a HUGE Cat Stevens fan at the time and she found this movie, who's whole soundtrack was Cat Stevens! It *is* odd--an old, old, OLD woman and a very young man fall in love. Can't say it's one of my favorites, but I did see it!

The Night They Saved Christmas (1984) - Jaclyn Smith in a Christmas Sweater having hot cocoa with Santa Claus? Elves with mutton chops bigger than Texas? Enough said.

What obscure movies have you seen? Have you seen any from my list?