Monday, October 29, 2012

Contentment and Gratitude

Young Italian Girl by the Well by Franz Xavier Winterhalter

Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.

~Psalm 16:5-6

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Noble Career

A Young Girl Reading by Jean Honore Fragonart, 1776

“Educated women in the home?  What an odd thing to deplore!  What better place to have us “end up”…What more important job is there than sharing the values we are learning to cherish with the next generation of adults?  What more strategic place could there be for the educated woman?”

~Edith F. Hunter

Thank you Kelly at Generation Cedar for sharing this quote!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Consequences and Grace

Pardon Mama by Emile Munier, 1888

"It isn't that we ignore sin. We deal with it, and children do need to obey their parents. The same applies to us adults- there are consequences to our actions and we must obey God. It's just that when we blow it over and over and over, our God opens His arms wider and pours out more mercy, more grace, and in great and lavish abundance. It melts our hearts and makes us want to sidle up and squat under His protection and wisdom. I want my kids to want to do that too, but that will never happen if all I do is lay down the law and remind them of their failures."

~Kendra Fletcher at Preschoolers and Peace

Monday, October 8, 2012

Delightful Education in Nature

Crossing the Bank by John George Brown, 1874

“Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pinecones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets. And any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.”

~Luther Burbank

Monday, October 1, 2012

Poem ~ The Teacher

The Childhood of Pico Della Mirandola by Paul Delaroche, 1842

The Teacher

LORD, who am I to teach the way
To little children day by day,
So prone myself to go astray?

I teach them KNOWLEDGE, but I know
How faint they flicker and how low
The candles of my knowledge glow.

I teach them POWER to will and do,
But only now to learn anew
My own great weakness through and through.

I teach them LOVE for all mankind
And all God's creatures, but I find
My love comes lagging far behind.

Lord, if their guide I still must be,
Oh let the little children see
The teacher leaning hard on Thee.

~Leslie Pinckney Hill

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