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Marcella Plantation, Mileston, Miss. (LOC)

Image by The Library of Congress via Flickr

A friend sent me a link today.  I rarely have time to click on links sent by friends, but for some reason, this one got me.  And I am so glad I did.  This is what the caption reads at the top:

These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

What follows are 70 reproductions of full color slides around the years 1939-1940.

Amazing.  The focus of my blog is about giving our own children solid roots in Christ and family and the freedom and strength to follow wherever the Lord will lead them, and hopefully helping you to do the same.  I am touched by these photographs of life back when my grandparents and Jason’s parents were children.  Seeing the hope, the perseverance, the grime – all of the daily living that developed the solid roots passed down to our parents and eventually to us.

Somehow looking back at these photographs encourages me to see the blessings looking forward.  A renewed energy.

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1940

Enjoy.

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I don’t know about you other moms out there, but I am loving Fall!  The apples, the pumpkins, cooler weather, heartier foods, beautiful foliage – all of that.  But one other thing I am truly delighting in are the leaves in my yard.  They have proven to be an endless source of work for my industrious children!

What better answer could I have for a small child who says, “Mom I’m bored,” than to respond, “Oh, great!  I was looking for someone to rake leaves.”  Brings a smile to my face.  They actually enjoy the work.  I sent them all out last week to rake and then transfer their leaf piles to my garden beds for composting over winter.  Kept them busy all day.

I can speak from experience when I say that productive kids are happy kids.  And my two-year-old can speak from experience when she says that yard work is more enjoyable when wearing a leotard.

Go Fall!

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Cover of "Roxaboxen"

Cover of Roxaboxen

The mornings this past week were cool enough to prompt us to relight our fireplace.  We love our fireplace.  That little guy can heat our entire house, and keep things quite toasty through some ugly Chicago winters.

It is definitely a cool weather ritual around here for the first person downstairs in the morning to flip on the fireplace.  And, it is another ritual for the kids and I to push the couch in front of the fireplace (gotta love hardwood floors and felt), snuggle up and read.  I am so blessed.

Here is what we are snuggling up with this week:

Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran, Illustrated by Barbara Cooney – Another sweet book illustrated by Barbara Cooney.  This one is the story of a city made of rocks on a hill and inhabited by an imaginative group of neighborhood children. Some treasures of childhood are buried in your heart and carried carefully into adulthood – Roxaboxen is one.

Verdi by Janell Cannon – Verdi is an adventurous little yellow python who has no interest in growing up and turning green.  Despite his wishes, and without him noticing, he matures into a lovely green grown-up who still appreciates the energy and excitement of youth.

Dear Garbage Man by Gene Zion, Illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham – Originally written in 1957, an environmentalist book this is not.  However, it is an amusing tale about the first day on the job for a garbage man.  He makes trash into treasure, only to find it was really just trash all along!

A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla – Clyde Robert Bulla is quickly becoming one of my six-year-old son’s favorite authors.  We have enjoyed two other titles by him, and this one has us hooked already.  It is a short chapter book we are reading aloud together.  The story is about a young girl in the year 1609.  Her mother dies, and she determines to take her younger brother and sister across the ocean to where her father has built a home for them in America.

I recommend you hop on your library’s website now  – let the requesting begin!

Happy reading!

(In case you are curious, I am not affiliated with Amazon, and I do not receive any compensation for any purchases you might make through the above links.)

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All the Places to Love

My kids love it when a book makes me cry.  Happy crying or sad crying – it makes no difference to them.  They are entertained.  “Look, Mom’s crying!” is definitely an announcement that turns heads while I am reading aloud.  And, I have to say that I love it when a book makes me cry.

All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated with paintings by Mike Wimmer is sweet, poignant, lovely and well – a crier.  At least for me.  My children seem to have hearts of steel.  Request this one from your library, curl up in a snuggly place with every child in your house who will let you, and have a good, cozy cry.

You won’t regret it.

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