April 29, 2012

Curiouser and Curiouser.

The Stranger

"For truth is always strange; stranger than fiction."
-Lord Byron

“Now they were as strangers; nay worse than strangers, for they could never become acquainted.” 
― Jane AustenPersuasion

 The word stranger is never limited to only one definition. For example, stranger is a person we have yet to meet; stranger is an emotion unknown to us; stranger describes something compared to a less foreign something else; stranger is a person we have known; stranger is an emotion we have felt, but who has left and in its wake is a deafening unfamiliarity. 

 Stranger is the cashier who you pass by every week, who hears unconscious thank-you's and who returns each automatic smile with one of her own, day in and day out. Stranger is the person on their cellphone scurrying past you on the sidewalk. Stranger is the person who lets you in to traffic. Stranger is the person causing the traffic. 

 Stranger is daily responsibility after a month's vacation, quiet after the birth of children, extra money during college, love in war, and hunger after a lunch at grandma's. 

 Stranger is that person you used to know, used to have memorized, and is now changed and only a silhouette of a memory. Stranger is that feeling of security and carefreeness that belongs to our early years. 

 Stranger is the recognition of the fact that tomorrow we'll look back and realize that today is one of those early years in which we had less responsibilities and cares. Stranger is the thought that tomorrow we'll look back and realize we really didn't need to worry so much.

 Stranger is cold hard reality. Fiction and the supernatural are easy to accommodate. Oftentimes reality is stranger, more complicated, and harder to accept. 

 Stranger is all these things and more. What's Stranger to you?

This post was based on Word Nerd's GBE 2 prompt for this week. Check it out.

April 27, 2012


 Today Victor finished his Red Cross Kids swimming classes. He has reached the farthest level they offer, and got a medallion. Now maybe it's no big deal for families with kids who are in swim clubs and have Olympic dreams, but for our little family, it's an achievement, and we'll celebrate it.

 A year and one or two months ago, Victor was afraid of entering water deeper than up to his knees; he wouldn't submerge his face under water in the bathtub. Today he can swim several laps in a row, can swim freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke, has dived off the diving board, jumped off the high dive and is working his way to touching the bottom of the deep-end of the pool.

 This summer, he wants to begin taking junior lifeguarding courses, and, of course, I couldn't be happier. In fact, think of me as the proud old farmer with his hands on his suspenders, beaming a grin, and rocking back and forth on his feet. Yes, that annoyingly proud of my little squirt.

Happy Friday. (:

April 25, 2012


Participate in a Flashmob. 

 I really don't remember how that got put on my bucket-list, but it's on there. It just seems so much fun, to participate in something with a bunch of other people and hopefully add a little sunshine and smile to other's lives. 

 This week, I've participated in something that TangledLou has co-started and dubbed a "Comment Mob." Basically, we're bombarding the ever amazing Cdnkaro (Remember? The totally fabulous fellow Canadian [using the term loosely here] who sent Victor a stamp album and totally made his week?) with comment love. 

 She was away (from blogger) for a month or so, to be super mom, wonderful wife, translator, all while grading a bunch of college papers. So now that she's on her way back to the Blogosphere, we're sending some extra love her way. Time to repay, in a small dose, all the smiles she's sent to us.

 So basically, before I bury my head underneath Algebraic equations, I'll ask you to please, hop on over to Four Under Four, and drop her a line or two. [Click Here.]

 I mean come on! Who hasn't always wanted to be part of a flash comment mob?

April 24, 2012

Tulips & Mountains.

It was around Wednesday when Agatha Christie and I established that we'd have a double date on Sunday. She said she'd call up M. Poirot and Hastings, and we would have a wonderful time. But Sunday was a beautiful day, and mother had been dying to visit a few tulip fields nearby, so she said Sunday was a perfect opportunity to do so. So I called Agatha and explained to her my predicament. She said family comes first, and I invited her and the boys to come along with us. They did. And in the end it was a lovely time and I crossed off another book from the Larissa Tenorio Book List.

Would you like to come too? 

I hope you enjoy these vignettes of our outing..

Photos are mine and the last few are mother's. 

April 21, 2012

Cultus Lake.

"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."
-Isaiah 43:2

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." 
- Philippians 4:19

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."
- Proverbs 17:22

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
-John 16:33

"For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall."
-2 Samuel 22:30

"..My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.."
- 2 Corinthians 12:9

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
- 1 John 1:9

"They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage." 
- Isaiah 41:6

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." 
- Jeremiah 29:11

 "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth."
- Psalms 121:1

I couldn't write today... I was busy, enjoying the view by the lake...

April 20, 2012

Books, Buddies, and Bows.

Yesterday, I met for the first time my second little reading buddy. She's bright and adorable, she likes to read, and I have a feeling we're going to have a lot of fun in the months ahead.

Yesterday, I was working on my Pinterest board cleaning, and came across a hair tutorial I had pinned a while back. It was to make a bow, with your hair. I thought it looked fun, and cute, and really really hard. So I pinned it on a whim. Yesterday I clicked on the link, and it took me to this wonderful tutorial by Ducks in a Row. (She's awesome by the way. Go check her blog out. But be right back!) Turns out, the 'do is easier than I thought..and well, I tried it. Ok, so it's not as pretty as her's, but I was satisfied.

I found this book on a shelf of recommended books in the kids section. I immediately thought of you, Tiffanie

Mother's favorite flowers are around now..She's loving it.

And a bow themed outfit..

Cardigan: Autumn Cashmere. via Thrift.
Skirt: Jacob. via Thrift.
Socks: Ardené.
All Stars.
Purse: Steve Madden.

Bow Bun via Ducks in a Row Tutorial

Bow socks, because I own about two pairs of socks that are one solid color only. 


Books for her. Books for me. And Record Sheets...

 (Books with Harold and His Purple Crayon.)

Karen Witemeyer's to Win Her Heart I loved the book covers for all her books, and loved the Historical Christian fiction inside the covers as well. Witemeyer is pretty much amazing.

Happy Friday!
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