There is no Frigate like a Book/ To take us Lands away
It is summer and I am reading fiction again! Somehow, Autumn and Winter seem so much more serious and I find myself reading books about education and art processes, history and biography, with the occasional classic thrown in. But summer, full of shimmering heat and drowsy afternoons is a season that calls for lots of fiction.
The following are the books that I have read this past month with some of my favorite quotes from the books: Continue reading
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~John Muir
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Recycled Materials Creation Station: For this invitation I cut up cardboard boxes into about 5×7-inch rectangles. I put out toilet paper tubes that I had cut into about 1-inch circles, bottle caps, bits of fabric and paper leftover from other collage projects, cut up egg cartons, pieces of ribbon and pictures from magazines. I also set out scissors and glue. As the children arrived, I showed them our “creation station” and talked to them about creating a collage, however they wanted, out of all of these material. Of course, since this is an invitation, whether they create a collage or not, is entirely up to the child. Continue reading
1. The plan of redemption has existed since before the foundation of the world. Grace is not God’s backup plan. Jesus Christ has been the planned redeemer since foundation of the world: Moses 4:2
18 And behold, I say unto you, this is not all. For O how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that is the founder of peace, yea, even the Lord, who has redeemed his people; yea, him who has granted salvation unto his people;
19 For were it not for the redemption which he hath made for his people, which was prepared from the foundation of the world, I say unto you, were it not for this, all mankind must have perished.
20 But behold, the bands of death shall be broken, and the Son reigneth, and hath power over the dead; therefore, he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead.
She Shall Find What Is Lost by Brian Kershisnik
Gifts of the Spirit by Robert D. Hales Continue reading
Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice. And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared to face His task and to take up His Cross. ~William Barclay
An Invitation to Create Felt Easter Eggs:
I first saw this idea on the website Best Ideas For Kids. This is such a simple invitation to set up and the Littles loved it. I made an egg shaped pattern and cut lots of egg shapes out of brightly colored felt. Then I put out bowls of different things that the Littles could glue onto their eggs to decorate them–bits of ribbon and ricrac, small pompoms, pastel colored buttons, sequins and gemstones. They loved it! Continue reading
Men cannot worship the Creator and look with careless indifference upon His creatures…Love of nature is akin to love of God; the two are inseparable. ~Joseph F. Smith
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir
Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace ~Mary Sarton
“It turns out that knitting isn’t about the yarn or the softness or needing a hat (although we really can’t argue with these secondary motivators). It’s really about this: Knitting is a magic trick. In this day and age, in a world where science and technology take more and more wonder and work out of our lives , and our planet is quickly becoming a place running out of magic, a knitter takes silly, useless string, mundane sticks, waves her hands around (many, many times…nobody said this was fast magic), and turns one thing into another: string into a hat, string into a sweater, string into a blanket for a baby. It really is a very reliable magic.” ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Anyone who works on a quilt, who devotes her time, energy, creativity, and passion to that art, learns to value the work of her hands. And as any quilter will tell you, a quilter’s quilting friends are some of the dearest, most generous, and most supportive people she knows. ~Jennifer Chiaverini