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For our lovely daughter

Hannah's Graduation Picture

Things I wish for my daughter as she becomes an adult…

I wish for her to remember that she
was welcomed with joy and excitement…

I wish for her to know that she was
cherished every hour of her childhood…

I wish for her to find the lights in the darkness
and look for the rainbows after every rain…

I wish for her to enjoy her artistic and literary talents
and to bless others with them…

I wish for her to find a husband who will cherish
her as I am cherished by her father …

I wish for her to love that husband with
the depth of love I have for her father…

I wish for her to love and nurture her own children
as she is loved and nurtured by us…

I wish for her to embrace homemaking and
enjoy caring for her home and family…

I wish for her to stand strong when others are weak…

I wish for her to seek wise and godly counsel
and to avoid the chatter of fools…

I wish for her to know that I believe in the brilliance of her mind,
the purity of her heart and the beauty of her character…

I wish for her to remember that no matter where she goes or
what she does she will always have my unconditional love…

I wish for her to seize joy, spread love,
build friendships, and count blessings…

I wish for her to rely on the word of God for answers,
to continually seek her Heavenly Father’s will, and to
follow the example of Jesus Christ of Nazareth in word and deed…

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Friendship is a very comforting thing

Friendship, said Christopher Robin, is a very comforting thing to have.
~A.A. Milne.

There are few things that pull my heartstrings more than to think that there are those in this world who don’t ever experience the comfort of a friend. Sadly, there are many who live a life filled with acquaintances that never develop into friendships.

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
~ William Blake

Like the bird that searches far and wide to find items to build a nest, we might have to go the distance to find friends. Sometimes friends live miles away and we will need to make opportunities to nurture those friendships. With modern technology and social networking, keeping up with long distance friends and building friendships is simply a keyboard away. Miles need not separate hearts bound together by bonds of love! Going the distance doesn’t just mean seeking friends across the miles. Sometimes it means that you have to work harder to get to know others and give more of yourself!

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My new home on the net

Welcome to my new home on the net. I have had a blog on www.pleonast.com for the past five years or so…so I'm not entirely new to the world of blogging. I have always loved to write! I have enjoyed my time there and plan to continue to some degree. However, this new blog will be my focus! Pragmatically speaking, I am able to do a lot more here and to save my blogs in a more permanent way.

Pleonast has been a great place to blog — I renewed old friendships and even made new friends; enjoyed reading about what was happening with my friends and enjoyed sharing my life with my readers. I am certain that I will continue to enjoy that aspect of Pleonast!

However much I enjoyed it, I have wanted to have a place that was just mine — my very own blog. My husband — techie extraordinnare — and I made a project of it and here it is!

Hello there world! I'm Sally and I'm Carpe Diem Mom!

Families who teach at home – the diversity

I have read many articles addressing various ways to identify home schooling mothers or home schooling families in general. Many are rather successful attempts at humor and encouragement, noting similarities shared among families. A comment in one of them (by a mother who felt out of place in slacks in “a sea of denim jumpers”) brought to mind a few things that may be helpful to address in a more serious fashion.

Home educators are united in that they often share a strong conviction that they can give their children a superior education: academically and morally. Most Christians who teach at home are diligently trying to follow God’s ways rather than man’s ways. Their strong convictions result in many similarities among families: careful attention to child training, modest dress, censorship of profane and vulgar materials, and diligent attention to God’s word.

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Paving the way for a happy marriage – a few words to wives

Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. (Proverbs 18:22).

Next to God, the most important person in a wife’s life is her husband. Often wives are guilty of holding their husbands to their own expectations and standards or comparing them to other men. Learn what kind of a man you are married to—and remember that you were created to be HIS help meet. Be content with him! Discontent is the main ingredient in an unhappy marriage.

Knowing our own husband’s hobbies, likes, dislikes, personality traits, strengths and weaknesses will help us to love him in a way that pleases him—and ultimately pleases God. Consider some of these practical ways a wife can love her husband and pave the way for a ‘Song of Solomon’ kind of love in your relationship.

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Now that I’m quite grown up

I guess it is important to note in the beginning of this ‘what-is-destined-to-be-long-blog’ that all (nearly all) of our family lives Florida. In our married lives, we have only lived there for a few months. For many years we lived thousands of miles away. I guess the older I’ve grown, the more sentimental I’ve become. This blog will certainly reflect that. May I first say that I’m fully aware that not all homes conjure up images of contentment, love and happiness. Some may never experience the beauty of a good home this side of heaven. The lack of godly (and even simply loving) homes is a tragedy. Thankfully, our homes on earth are but temporary. Ultimately, the child of God has a perfect home in heaven. No matter how wonderful our homes on earth, none can compare to the place God has planned for His children when death, our last great adventure, takes us to our final home.

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