Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mr. Graham Fiddles on the Roof, and Other News :)

Dear Friends,

We still have no news on a new job or house, but we've managed to keep ourselves busy, in spite of that. Mr. Graham has been playing the butcher Lazar Wolf in our local "Fiddler on the Roof" production~

And my brother Jamie is playing the innkeeper Reb Mordcha~

We were delighted to have a visit from Grandma Graham, who came all the way out from Missouri to see her boy in the play :) !

We treated Grandma to an outing by the LDS temple in Idaho Falls, where we fed the ducks and geese by the Snake River.

Meanwhile, on the homestead, green things are finally making a show!

There is garlic that we somehow missed harvesting last year~ The whole plant makes a lovely pesto or salsa ingredient!

The Moonwort (Artemisia ludoviciana) from last year has had lots of babies! They are coming up in an almost perfect circle.

And the Japanese knotweed is just big enough to start playing with (We've never tried eating it before, but it's supposed to taste like rhubarb).

These plants are still some of our favorites, though (The ones wearing dresses)~ They seem to be growing nicely in the sunshine and fresh air!

We hope that you enjoyed your visit with us today, and that you will be blessed in all that you do.



How the Flowers Grow

This is how the flowers grow:
I have watched them and I know.

First, above the ground is seen
A tiny blade of purest green,
Reaching up and peeping forth
East and west, and south and north.

Then it shoots up day by day,
Circling in a curious way
Round a blossom, which it keeps
Warm and cozy while it sleeps.

Then the sunbeams find their way
To the sleeping bud and say,
"We are children of the sun
Sent to wake thee, little one."

And the leaflet opening wide
Shows the tiny bud inside,
Peeping with half-opened eye
On the bright and sunny sky.

Breezes from the west and south
Lay their kisses on its mouth;
Till the petals all are grown,
And the bud's a flower blown.

This is how the flowers grow:
I have watched them and I know.

~Gabriel Setown


  1. The girls look so tall and so pretty! Mr. Graham certainly looks the part of "papa".

    Thank you for sharing dear friend. Remember that Our Lord is in control of the situation...


  2. Even amidst the trial you are showing such faith and finding happiness! I loved seeing all your photos - of gardening and your fun visit to the Temple, and all the theatre pictures.

    There is nothing like sunshine for the growth of all things - including children!

    Praying something happens soon for you!

  3. Oh, I had to chuckle at the title of this post, Marqueta! That is one of my very favorite movies ~ Fiddler on the Roof! What a great diversion for your family!
    Still praying about a job and house for you.
    What a good mama to come all that way to see 'her boy' in the play!
    Looks like you had a great sunshiney day for your outing!

    I read somewhere, you can find lots of wild asparagus growing along the Snake River. Have you ever gone harvesting for it there?

    And, when is your due date? Hope you are settled in a new place or have not yet started to move when your baby arrives! They seem to have a way of choosing very *inconvient* times to make their appearance!


  4. Love the picture of the temple across the water! Feeding the geese is always a fun way to spend an afternoon. We have them flying over but since we have no pond they don't stop.

    Your herb garden looks wonderful I am planning one, but like everything else I take my time planning before I jump.


  5. Oh, how neat about theater! Our children are involved in theater as well and our oldest may have some theatrical gifts.
    Blessings, Tonya

  6. "You want to buy my MILK COW!!!" Hee, hee! Too great...we love Fiddler on the Roof! My girls got such a kick out of your post!

    Praying for a job situation to transpire very soon. May He provide all of your needs until then.

  7. Marqueta,

    When were you in Idaho Fall?! Do you live near IF? I was just there weekend before last and showed my son the very temple where we used to take he and the girls down by the snake river. Idaho Falls has such meaning to me. I get to visit briefly again at the end of month when we stop in Rexburg to see DB and then on to Salt Lake to see DD.

  8. How lovely...
    I LOVE Fiddler on the Roof! :)

    Many Blessings~ Miss Jen

  9. How nice to have your relatives in "Fiddler on the Roof"~I have only seen the movie~I have never been to a live theatre performance! It must have been spectacular. My children love the movie! Your children look so peaceful and happy feeding the ducks, geese around the temple!! It is a very beautiful site! God bless, Rose

  10. Dear Marqueta, you hubby does dress up nicely and I expect is capable of some great acting! Looks like fun.

    The garlic looks SO healthy! My my, makes me hungry. Your Japanese knotweed looks different from mine -- similar but not exactly alike. I wonder if it is just our difference in location. I am afraid to eat mine, but it may be because I stay so mad at it for taking over. ;)

    Hugs and Love,

  11. If I lived closer I would have loved to see the play too!

  12. DEAR MAMA,


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