Quote from "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss

"She says I shall now have one mouth more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music and drawing.

Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other.

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which dwells is worthy of all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other dear darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, wondrously blest!"

Saturday, April 30, 2011

One Room School House Field Trip

Breezy, sunny, 70's spring weather was ours today for the taking.  We dressed up for an adventure to a 1910 one room school house.

 The children were first given an idea of life in the early 1900's.  One of my favorite stories of this day was of an 104 year old woman who was interviewed recently and was asked what her favorite invention was since she has lived through such an exciting era.  Her reply was wire windows, also known as, screens.  Life in Georgia before air conditioning had to be hot.  However, thoughts of life before air conditioning with no screens on windows can only be imagined as "unbearable".  Those pesky mosquitoes as night would be torturers of rest.  Flies circling and landing on your food at all hours of the day would be an agonizing nuisance indeed!

Loved hearing the children recite the pledge, "America", and pray before the day began.   The day went quickly as the children learned the history of the one room school house and were able to participate in a spelling bee, recitations of Bible or poetry that you have memorized, and practicing copy work with their quill pens. 

Another highlight for our family was the picnic lunch in tin cans with tin cups, our homemade bread buttered and sugared wrapped in brown paper bag, and a fresh apple outside in 70's spring weather with the steady high pitched hum of cicadas in the background.  Happy day!!

A Prayer in Spring
Robert Frost
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.

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