Saturday, March 13, 2010

Happiness is . . .

A sweet gift of a vintage apron and book from dear Suzanne of Blueberry Cottage~

We love the sunshiney colors!

The ground being soft enough to harvest Jerusalem Artichoke tubers~

So good and they taste like water chestnuts~ Yum!

Hearing the girls practicing their piano, without being told, all throughout the day~

AnnaMarie and Audrey have both learned how to read music by themselves!

Dear Friends,

It is snowing a blizzard outside our door right now, but we've had nice sunny days to enjoy, and we are told the temperatures will be up in the 50s next week. It looks like springtime, indeed!

Thank you so much for all your offers to come help pack~ We think we've gone through every book and paper in the house now (whew)! I have to keep reminding myself what a blessing it is to have such creative, active children, and so many wonderful books in our library to choose from! I wouldn't want it any other way. Now for those wonderful piles of clothing . . . . :)

We've been letting the computer have a break every other day, and have found that we actually have more time to go through and read all the things we've been meaning to for so long now! What a concept! We hope that your blogs don't feel too lonely if we can't visit every day; we do think of our friends many times throughout the day, and wish you well this half-winter/half-summer time of year.




"Company.--A man is known by the company he keeps. We take on the thoughts, feelings, and characters of those whom we select as companions. On the same principle, a boy is known by the books and papers he reads, because our thoughts and beliefs and characters are formed by what we read as well as by our company. Parents should look well to what they admit to their homes, for by the trashy novel, the tale of bloody adventure or the obscene book, the child may be led to receive the false in view, to love the low in morals, and the vulgar in thought and language, while yet in the home where from parents and friends he hears only thoughts and words of purity and truth. Watch then the mails, for they bring life or death, blessings or curses.

Mother's Magazine, May 1879


  1. Oh dear friend,

    I have missed you, but I know that you have things to do!

    What a beautiful apron and the linen book is so nice. The library has it and I have enjoyed glancing through it :)

    My sons, also thought themselves to read music and now they are teaching their mami...

    Muchas bendiciones mi querida amiga,


  2. That is a simply beautiful apron, I appreciate all your posts!

  3. You look sweet in the apron Marqueta:-) I am glad all arrived safely and your enjoying the book too. How wonderful your house must sound with all the beautiful music your girls play.

  4. Blueberry Cottage has sent you a lovley apron and the book must be full of treasures!! Your look very pretty in the apron, Marquetta~I love the color on you. Have a wonderful day, Rose

  5. Oooh, what a pretty apron! I've got a few vintage ones from my great aunt, but I'm going to be on the lookout for some more. Just lovely on you!

  6. That is happiness indeed!!
    LOVELY post!
    That apron is simply

    Blessings~ Jen

  7. what a wonderful gifts. I love Jerusalem Artichoke, they are good in so many dishes xoxoxo Clarice

  8. Dear Marqueta,

    I, too, have had to limit my time on line lately, being busy getting the house back in order, caring for Thomas, and working. I find that there's more time for the home, the less I spend on line.

    I love the thoughts about being careful what we allow into our homes. We should certainly make every effort to keep our homes as havens from the world.


  9. Dear Mami,
    The apron is quite beautiful!
    I like Jerusalem Artichoke "tubers"!
    I LLLOOOOVVVVEE to play the piano!!;D I like snow, and I like winter, but, I think that I like spring and summer better--except the flies and wasps!:(
    I like the qoute!
    I love you and I like you!
    Graham Sisters

  10. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
    I ♥ ♫Music♫!
    I ♥ you and I like you!


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