Read Alouds – April 2007

April 30, 2007 Categories: Books , Homeschooling , Kid Stuff | Comments Off  

Egermeier’s Bible Story Book: A Complete Narration from Genesis to Revelation for Young and Old by Elsie E. Egermeier
Favorite Poems Old and New selected by Helen Ferris
The Dragon’s Eye: The Dragonology Chronicles, Volume 1 by Dugald A. Steer
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Chickens to the Rescue! by John Himmelman
How to Be a Roman Soldier by Fiona MacDonald
Vacation Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne

Noah’s Reading – April 2007

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The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Pokemon Adventures Volume 4: The Snorlax Stop by Hidenori Kusaka & Mato

Jonathan’s Reading – April 2007

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Sunset of the Sabertooth by Mary Pope Osborne
Midnight on the Moon by Mary Pope Osborne
Pokemon Adventures, Volume 3: Starmie Surprise by Hidenori Kusaka & Mato
Stink: The Amazing Shrinking Kid! by Megan McDonald

Natalie’s Reading – April 2007

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Half Magic by Edward Eager
Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager

To the Holy Spirit

April 29, 2007 Categories: Faith , Poetry | 4 Comments  

O Thou, far off and here, whole and broken,
Who in necessity and in bounty wait,
Whose truth is light and dark, mute though spoken,
By Thy wide grace show me Thy narrow gate.

~Wendell Berry

Movie Meme

April 28, 2007 Categories: Memes & Quizzes , Movies | 12 Comments  

I saw this at The Bayer Family Blog and I think it makes a good post on a Saturday when I’m too tired to have anything more important to say:

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

2. Name a movie that you’ve seen multiple times in the theater. Top Gun

3. Name an actor who would make you more inclined to see a movie. Hugh Jackman, Clive Owen, Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant

4. Name an actor who would make you less likely to see a movie. Will Farrell (in a comedy – I liked him in Stranger Than Fiction)

5. Name a movie that you can quote from. Sleepless in Seattle

6. Name a movie musical that you know all the lyrics to all the songs. Singing in the Rain

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with. Any musical or any movie that has a song I know on the soundtrack. It drives my kids crazy.

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see. Cinderella Man

9. Name a movie that you own. Much Ado About Nothing

10. Name an actor who launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops. I’ll go with Kev’s answer – Will Smith.

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? Lots of times. Our small, boonie-ville town actually has one!

12. Ever made out in a movie? No. But I’ve made out on the couch while watching a movie. Does that count?

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t gotten around to it. The Passion of the Christ

14. Ever walked out of a movie? Two that I can remember: Born on the 4th of July and some movie starring Brian Bosworth. My boyfriend at the time wanted to see it, but fifteen minutes in we looked at each other and said, “Let’s get out of here!”

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater. Lots, but I particularly remember Schindler’s List. I went by myself and I was wearing contacts – I cried so hard that my contacts were covered with mascara and it took me forever to get them clear enough to see to drive home.

16. Popcorn? Always!

17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)? Once a month. I have a wonderful husband who would rather watch movies at home on DVD and will let me go to the movies with a friend or my parents – or sometimes even by myself!

18. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater? Wild Hogs

19. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie? I like almost everything except horror, so that’s a hard one. Drama, comedy, sci-fi, thriller – see what I mean?

20. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater? The Empire Strikes Back

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen? Carrie

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed? Hudson Hawk

23. What is the scariest movie you’ve seen? Carrie

24. What is the funniest movie you’ve seen? Hmmm – lots of funny movies. Recently, Wild Hogs and Music and Lyrics. I do remember laughing so hard I snorted during a showing of Wayne’s World.

What about you? Favorite film of all time? Movie you hated that everyone else loves?

And the winner….

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…of the Michael BublĂ© CD is…. (drum roll, please)


Congrats! I’ll be contacting you for your mailing address soon.

Poem in Your Pocket Day (and some links)

April 27, 2007 Categories: Faith , Movies , Music , News , Poetry , Television | 3 Comments  

You can’t ask me what’s in my pocket, so I decided to post a poem here instead.

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

~Wendell Berry

~Scientists have discovered that the sun’s astmosphere sings. But, we already knew that, right?

“Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone- while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?”

Job 38:1-7 NIV

~Think Christian has a humorous post about prayer pet peeves.

~This little boy is amazing!

~We can finally watch a full-length trailer of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!

~Melinda Doolittle is my favorite on American Idol this year – and her song on Tuesday night was outstanding!

~On Wednesday night’s Idol Gives Back show, they featured a hilarious montage of various stars lip-synching to Stayin’ Alive.

Well, that’s it for links. Our weekend will go something like this:

~Play date at Michelle’s this afternoon.

~Movie night tonight – Harry and the Hendersons. I pre-ordered this in January when I heard it was (finally) going to be released on DVD, and it just came this week.

~Clean out the basement tomorrow.

~Possible movie night again Saturday: Night at the Museum.

~Church on Sunday.

Somewhere in there, I’ll find time to practice for the concert next Saturday. Any prayers for that occasion would be gratefully appreciated – specifically, that the sound system will work correctly, that we’ll remember all our words, and that the ladies who attend will be ministered to.

Any big plans for your weekend?

from The Satisfactions of the Mad Farmer

April 26, 2007 Categories: Poetry | Comments Off  

…the work of feeding and clothing and housing,
done with more than enough knowledge
and with more than enough love,
by those who do not have to be told…

~Wendell Berry

Yes, I can count!

April 25, 2007 Categories: This and That | 2 Comments  

I just looked at my Thinking Blogger Award post – in which I stated I would name FIVE blogs that make me think – and counted FOUR. Oops! Here’s the other one that I thought I’d put in there:

~ Staci at Writing and Living, one of the first blogs I read back when I figured out what they were. She is humorous, and thoughtful, and writes great book reviews.