Morning musings in August

“Good Morning!” The boiling water says to me as it bids me to wake up with a cuppa. Tea is my caffeinated beverage of choice. I do not mind the occasional coffee and sometimes I long for its strong and slightly bitter taste, but most of the time it fatigues me too much after it sends me into overdrive and my day doesn’t like that.

It is a beautiful still sunny morning in the Milwaukie Oregon area with a deceptively pleasing aroma of camp fire. So many forest fires in the area that the sky is hazy and if you travel south irritating to breath. Concern for our local neighbors and firemen is real but the threat is not nearly the same as the one our Washington neighbors have been facing.

I am thankful for the men and women who rush to the front line to protect us. Who set their life to the side so we can be kept safe. I sip my tea and breath in the air and pray for each of those in danger that they are kept safe too. I breath in “camp fire” and pray for the families who have lost love ones to these fights. I look up into the bright sunny sky and join many others in prayer for rain.


Ducks!: a book review

A trip to grandmas is always a pleasure but a summer trip is particularly wonderful. My grandparents live just across the street from a lake that is teaming with ducks and other nature to explore and explore we did! We came home from our trip with my two year old beyond in love with ducks. So as any good book loving mama would do I quickly checked the library for one that we all would enjoy.

I have recently discovered the teachings of Charlotte Mason and a passion for living books and this one almost fits the bill. (Pun intended.) Ducks! By Gail Gibbons is so beautifully illustrated that it’s an easy book to be captivated by, it truly is lovely and I’m having a hard time retrieving it from my two year olds hands. The text is a bit wordy, yet so full of facts that it’s something that mama can glean information from and sound like a duck expert to her kids. (“Wow mom, you are so smart!” Or so I imagine they want to say.) It is the well labeled illustrations that make this book a win for me.

“Mama, what is this duck.” My 4 year old now wants to know. “Well that is a Oldsquaw. And do you see that one with the big bill? He is a Shoveler, why do you think he is called that?” Big knowing grin, “because he shovels” .

Can you hear the theme to Reading Rainbow? I do every time we take a look in a book and I watch my children travel and learn while snuggled in my lap.

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