Friday, June 27, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
It's hard when your best friends live many miles away, but the times you do meet are that much sweeter!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The fact that I remember a television program five years afterwards has made me realize that her story moved something in me. Tasha Tudor lived without running water until possibly only 10 or 15 years ago (I can't quite remember), and I think at the time the TV show was filmed, she still didn't have electricity. Yet hers was a life filled with the simplicity and beauty of a well-tended cottage and garden, and in that, she was content.
In Tasha Tudor, I saw the delicate elegance and dignity of a quiet life, and I was stirred to aspire to the same. As life becomes more and more busy with responsibilities and problems and questions, the longing for such a beautiful life grows more in me with each passing day. May it truly be my ambition to lead a quiet life.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
This is my first meme on this blog! I haven't done memes on previous blogs too much, but this one looks fun! Thanks to Janna from The Joy of Home for tagging me!
Who is your all-time favorite author and why?
This is a hard one! Sad to say, but I haven't read as widely as I wish I had. Growing up on the mission field, we couldn't really afford to order lots of (heavy!) books, so my choice was limited. I would probably choose Lucy Maud Montgomery. While I do enjoy "heavy" books, I find Montgomery's to be pure delight. I appreciate that her books are true-to-life and honest, but I also like that they're simple and, well, quiet. I also feel like I understand her more since visiting PEI in Canada last year. Seeing the places that inspired her and shaped her life made me appreciate her all the more.
Who was your first favorite author and why? Do you still consider him/her to be among your favorites?
Among the books I *did* have to read when I was growing up were the "In Grandma's Attic" books by Arleta Richardson. I loved the simple, straightforward writing, and read the books over and over. They are definitely books that I will share with my children (if I have any!).
Who is the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?
Prior to 2005, I had never read a book by Charles Dickens, but I have come to love his work. When I first started reading his books, I was so bored for about the first half of the book, but when things finally start to fall into place, I can't put his books down!
If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth?
C. S. Lewis, Charles Dickens, Jane Porter, Jane Austen, L.M. Montgomery. L.M. Alcott, Regina Doman.
My Tagees:Jessica: Reflections of a Princess
Rebecca: flowershop girl
Keri: Quaint & Quirky
(That's all I can think of! :-S)
- Link to the person that tagged you.
- Post the rules somewhere in your meme.
- Answer the questions.
- Tag six people in your post.
- Let the tagees know they’ve been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog.
- Let the tagger know your entry is posted.
Now I can't wait for it all to get here, so I can use them! Then I can pick out fabrics and shelving and finally have my room organized!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Wednesday: Better lasagna
Thursday: Sweet & Sour Pork Chops
Friday: Yakitori (Japanese grilled chicken)
Saturday: Chicken Fried Steak
Sunday: Steak (it is Father's Day, after all!)
Monday: Chicken Fricassee
Tuesday: Scraps (as Father Tim would say)
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Speaking as someone who grew up outside American culture, this book helped me to understand why Americans do what they do in weddings, and why American weddings look the way they do today. Ms. Wallace's perspective was informative for me personally, as well as very affirming for many of the things I have felt but not understood or been able to articulate about the "American White Wedding." Overall, I couldn't put it down!
I wouldn't recommend All Dressed in White to very young ladies as it does discuss some mature topics, although it does handle them in a tactful, delicate way. For anyone interested in planning or participating in a meaningful wedding, or the history of wedding customs, it is a must-read.