January 2009

About a year ago my dear Mother-in-Love surprised me with  my family.  I mean it. She gave me the gift of my family…or more accurately my family tree…on my mom’s side…all the way back to the 1640’s.  Apparently, I’m related to half of Quebec (just joking).  But seriously, my great-great-great,etc…grandfather several generations back was one of the early  folks to settle in Quebec (exactly where escapes my mind right now…I’ll have to look it up for another post). But suffice it to say those early settlers were hardy stock.  They were pioneers.  A later grandfather (I believe my mom’s great-grandfather) fought in the Civil War, don’t know which side he was on, but that doesn’t really matter.  I have a connection to a turning  point in American history.

And the funny thing is it seems I’m not the only one looking for family…one of my mom’s cousin’s son has been gathering data about the family.  Through a very circuitous route we got in touch.  He e-mailed me some photos this afternoon.  I can’t explain what it was like to see pictures of my grandma, my mom’s mom, the  one and only grandparent I ever knew, as a young woman–fashionably dressed I might add.  I know when I show these pictures to my mom they will bring back many memories.  I can’t wait to see what else my mom can add to the story.  She’s looking through her old photos for anything that might be of interest.   And in the meantime I get to correspond with a 2nd cousin I didn’t even know I had until this past November.  I feel like I’m playing connect the dots.  Sure glad I like that  game.

Coram Deo,



Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?

That  question is the linch-pin question for Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project; it is also a question I’ve been pondering these last two weeks.  It is almost too much for me to get my mind around.  I mean, what DO I really, honestly believe with my whole heart down to the very core of my being?  And if I really believe what I believe, does my life reflect that belief?

Well, I hope so.  Yet, I know I am not perfect.  I mess up…daily.   Good thing God is not expecting me to be perfect.  Good thing he offered me salvation through His son, Jesus Christ.  Good thing I answered His knock.

Have you ever thought about how  much we are bombarded on a daily basis with a humanistic world view? From the T.V. shows we watch to the books we read there is a general view that this life is all there is…nothing more, nothing less. That being  “good” is good enough  and as that long as what one does doesn’t bother anyone else then “Go For It!”.   How utterly self-centered, how uterly hopeless.   Good thing I have hope.

Just somethings that I’ve been thinking about.

Coram Deo, Lola

We are starting our study of mammals this coming week.  Mimi is very excited.  The first study focuses   on Rabbits and Hares.  As the past owner’s of a couple of bunnies (whom we dearly miss) this is going to be fun!  I’ll be posting here or at my homeschooling blog (see tab at top) all about our adventures using the Handbook of Nature Study as we embark on this 9 week mammal study.

Coram Deo,