“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"
Wednesday is usually set aside for the older kids and I to be at debate club all afternoon. I know I have told you in this club parents work as hard as the students to learn this years reform and to help all the students achieve.Most of the time, my Liz spends the afternoon with the best Nana ever. But, last Wednesday was different. Much to my delight, I didn't have to be at club all afternoon to fulfill my debate'ish parental duties. I got to spend time alone with my youngest. When we reached our destination in Easley, this little girl and I dropped "our big kids" off at club and then took off quick to the library before anyone noticed.
It was a perfect day to spend together: reading, snuggling and deciding which books we would select to be ours for the week. And. . . in this perfect afternoon we shared, there was a milestone reach ~ were Mary Elizabeth earned her very own library card.
It's been busy here for these two since last Friday. They had to be up at 7:00 a.m to get to our Friday home school class an hour away. They work and study all day to get home by 8 p.m.. There is reading, writing, studying and very little play that happens on Fridays for us. Saturday morning was an other early start. We had to be up before 6 a.m. to get to a debate tournament. That day there were four rounds of debating with this years reform (( should the federal government significantly reform the criminal justice system. )) that lasted all day until 7:00 p.m. that night.
Sunday morning it was finally time to get ready for the important part of the weekend. The part of the weekend that they had been looking forward to for months. They had to be up at a very early 4:15 a.m. to catch a bus traveling to Washington D.C. to stand up for life.
When I picked these two up at 2 this morning after a 10 hour bus ride home, one night in a hotel and two days marching in the freezing rain standing up for a cause they believe in these kids were full of energy, excitement and life.
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is bliss, taste it.Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it.
This must be Kathryn's favorite quote. She says it everytime I ask, "So, what did you think about what we just read? " It always makes me laugh. But, if the truth was told. . . this is the way we spend most of our days: reading, writing. . . learning about the classics ~ taking stock in dead people.
Kathryn and Stephen are on their way to Washington D.C. this morning to the March for Life rally with a bus load of kids, some parents and their very amazing youth group leader.
I realize my two are going on this trip for many reasons: they want to be with theirfriends, they want the adventure, they want to have a good time, and last but not least, they want to stand up for life.
Little do they know things will not be that simple. Little to they know they are on their way to learn a life time of lessons this weekend. I admire that they have the guts to not only stand up for what matters in this crazy world of ours, they are fine examples of what our future holds.
I think - What a privilege it is to be called their mother.
On this earlyTuesday morning I sit here and think: "What should I write about today?" "What do I have to show you?" "How can I show you how much I love it when you take the time to come to my little corner of the world and say hello." and then. . .
It hit me.
I haven't shown you Christmas and the love our mother pours into her decorating. I haven't shown you the splendor of the ribbons, garland and tulle. I haven't shown you how our mother sets the tables and makes everything look as if we were living in a dream: the trees, the candles, the angles blowing their trumpets announcing the Savior is born.
I haven't shown the grandeur in the front hall adorned with deer, ribbons and berries. Every year it gets better. . .each room makes us feel as if we are royalty and nothing could be finer. Each year the love she has for her family completely inundates us.
I didn't introduced you to the fair maiden Miceala. I haven't told you how this lovely girl puts a smile on my Prince Matthew's face and how she is becoming quite a regular at all the family gathering.
I haven't shown you how great the Squire James looks this year as he has grown into a fine, respectable man.
I haven't shown you the magnificent gifts that were exchanged with simple love.
I failed to show you: how battles are won in this kingdom of plenty,
the pure love a growing boy has for his father,
the girl that is growing up into fine Lady,
and the new baby's first Christmas.
I almost missed showing you the magic of Christmas at our parent's house. I almost missed showing you the pride our Queen Mother has as she looks on and celebrates not only Christmas but a life she built with her one and only King.
* Did you hear about the bum who walked up to a Jewish mother on the street and said, "Lady, I haven't eaten in three days." "Force yourself," she replied.
* The Doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn't pay his bill so the doctor gave him another six months.
* Doctor: "You'll live to be 60!" Patient:"I am 60!" Doctor: "See! What did I tell you? That'll be 60 dollars"
* A drunk was in front of a judge. The judge says, "You've been brought here for drinking." The drunk says "Okay, let's get started."
* The Doctor called Mrs. Cohen saying, "Mrs. Cohen, your check came back. " Mrs. Cohen answered, "So did my arthritis!"
* A man calls his mother in Florida,"Mom, how are you?" " Not too good," says the mother. "I've been very weak." The son says, "Why are you so weak?" She replies, "Because I haven't eaten in 38 Days." The son says, "That's terrible. Why haven't you eaten in 38 days?" The mother answers, "Because I didn't want my mouth to be filled with food should you call."
* How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a light bulb? (Sigh) "Don't bother. I'll sit in the dark. I don't want to be a nuisance to anybody."
You just may see that top photo on her blog too. I swiped it from one of her posts. I know that was very knotty of me to steal but I forgot to get a photo of them together before they left. So please do me a favor and don't say word. I think she'll be to tired to even notice.