Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Proud Mama

issue previewStarsongs Magazine                          

After 10+ years of homeschooling and starting out having no clue to what we were doing, I can honestly say we are starting to see some fruits of our labor.  Our son Cameron wants to be a writer.  With all his heart that is what he wants to be.  He has many of those eccentric quirks that you hear about writers having, like getting up at 5a.m. to start school so he can have the afternoon to write (crazy, I know, but true)  We have encourage all of our kids to write a lot for school.  He was given an assignment to write an essay about slavery.  He asked if he could write a poem and I agreed.  His poem title "A Slave, No Less, No More"  blew us away.  He was published in the Spring edition of Starsongs magazine.  Which, if you have a budding writer, I would encourage you to see about sending work to this magazine.  They do a fabulous job.

A Slave, No Less, No More

Having conquered the wretched fool,

Having pained like an arrogant tool,

Having smiled before his master’s whims,

A slave, no more, but less to him.

Come now boy, draw near to me,

Listen as I make my plea.

Hear and know this truth of life,

The freedom that is yours by right…

There, it cooks behind your brow.

I feel it as you feel it now.

Take that passion, reap its sow,

Raise up you hand, bring up your bow!

Fight the shadows all must loath,

And take your freedom from him.

Run dark child, flee up to them,

Fear not his hand, fear not his men.

They cannot harm you, in the north,

Nor take from your life, the life that is yours.

 For there the men are kind and good,

They’ll treat you as the white men should,

As an orphaned child in need of a home,

As a long lost brother, with rights of his own.

Now you’ve heard, my words to thee,

Give your response, boy, tell me, please,

Will you go up to white lands far?

To trust them still, while here you’re scarred?

Yes!  You’ll come with me afar?

You’ll travel there, you’ll take my par?

Child I’m so glad for thee!

To think my words have set thee free!

Here now boy, take this hat, wear this cloak,

Take here from my hand, my staff of oak,

Fine oak you see, will set you free,

No slave would have it.  They’ll let you be,

See, already you look, as one of us.

Just leave at dusk, to cover that musk.

In darkness, you might cleanly hide,

Until you reach the northern side.

I bless thee now, dear child once more,

Your journey, I pray, for you and mourn,

Oh, how I mourn to think of the fate,

Of one caught out in the night, far too late.

In this state, that child, he left,

My words of encouragement, clouding his head.

He did not look up when the white man neared,

Nor did he take note, of death as it leered.

There in the face, of an ugly man,

His master come, to punish that lamb.

And on that night, when the poor child died,

I wept my eyes out, woe, that foolish pride!

To think myself, an able nose,

A vigilant mind, to smell out the foes.

Oh the foes, of that dead boy so cold!

How could I have left him so blinded!

Now I’m committed,

My life is submitted

To ridding the world of this woe.

Never forgotten,

Though time may be plotting,

Always I’ll carry him so…

~Cameron McCausey

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Remeber why we celebrate this day!
5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”  Mark 16:5-7

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Classes at Maple Valley Farms

Just a reminder that coming up I will be teaching a drop spindle class on May 3 from 10a.m.-12:30p.m.  Details on my class can be found at their website here Homemaker Ang along with all the other upcoming classes they have going on.

I would highly recommend taking the time to do this.  Not only will you learn some invaluable information, but Ang and here family have a wonderful gift of hospitality that matches no other!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Happy Anniversary Hubby!

Twenty years ago today on a cold and snowy day (we got a snow storm that left 9 + inches on the ground the night before our wedding;)) I married the love of my life.  We have truly lived out the words in our ceremony.  We have been through better and worse, richer and poorer (more the latter:) and through sickness and health.  That last one has been a biggie for us, as the first five year of our marriage brought two major illnesses that I was not expected to survive, which is a whole other post.  Scott has made me laugh through it all and still does to this day.  We enjoy life as much as possible, knowing tomorrow may not come.  We have been blessed with five miracles from God, and are moving into a new season with our chicks starting to "fly from the nest" this year. 

I am looking forward to the next season, although youngest is only ten so we have a few more years of kiddos being here.

I am blessed.

Nature Walk Wednesday

We are back to beautiful spring like weather again. The three youngest and I went for a long walk today and got some things to use for nature journaling. If you have never used this idea in your homeschooling I would highly suggest trying it. Basically, we use field guides to answer our questions and the kids all keep journal books that they all draw and write the information in. My all time favorite "field guide" type book is this:

It was written in 1911 by Anna Botsford Comstock.  She wrote it to be used as a correspondence course, so it is perfect for a lesson with the kids.  Each sections comes with questions to get their gears turning.  The only thing I wish it would have is colored pictures, but her descriptions are so good you really don't need the pictures in color.