Sure Is Sweet…

This morning, I have the sweetest view. I’m watching and listening while my daughter Sarah reads to her little brother, Kerry. Kerry’s had a cold the last couple of days–been coughing, nose stopped up, etc. Little fellow hasn’t felt too good, but he sure has been enjoying the extra attention from his big sister. Sarah has him “tucked-in” on the sofa, and she’s reading Horton Hatches The Egg, by Dr. Seuss.

Sure is sweet, I tell ya, sure is sweet…

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Keep on the Sunny Side

Keep on the Sunny Side

(A. P. Carter)

There’s a dark and a troubled side of life
But there’s a bright and a sunny side too
Though we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

Chorus:
Keep on the sunny side always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day it will brighten all the way
If we keep on the sunny side of life

Oh the storm and its fury broke today
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear
The clouds and storm will in time pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear

Keep on the sunny side always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day it will brighten all the way
If we keep on the sunny side of life

Let us greet with a song of hope each day
Though the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Saviour always
To keep us every one in His care

Keep on the sunny side always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day it will brighten all the way
If we keep on the sunny side of life

Keep on the sunny side always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day it will brighten all theway
If we keep on the sunny side of life
If we keep on the sunny side of life

Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

(Lyrics-Hoffman/Music-Showalter)

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms…

A-h-h-h, Isn’t That Sweet?

A-h-h-h, isn’t this sweet? How’s this for a doting big sister?

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Everywhere I Go

Below is a peppy, Gospel/Bluegrass song that keeps coming to me today. It’s “an oldie, but a goodie,” don’t ya think?

EVERYWHERE I GO

(author–unknown)

 


CHORUS: Everywhere I go the Lord is always with me
Everywhere I go He’s right there by my side.
He is constantly cheering me, pressing toward the victory,
He is always leading me, everywhere I go.

 

1. Here I am a climber, I’m climbing up the mountain.
I’m searching for that city fair that I can call my home.
Even though the hills are steep, even though the valleys deep,
I have a friend to hold my hand, and I’ll not climb alone.

 

CHORUS:

 

2.It’s been a long, hard journey, while trudging through the darkness,
But my sights are set on heaven’s door, and I’ll get there, I know.
Though I may be weary and the outlook may be dreary,
But the uplook points to victory and Jesus said it’s so.

 

CHORUS: twice

 


I really like the words of this song–especially the last two lines of the 2nd verse. I put “unknown author,” because I haven’t been able to find the writer. If anyone sees this and knows the writer of the lyrics, please leave me a comment and let me know.

“There’s No Place Like Home…”

“There’s No Place Like Home–
A Sleepover Gone Slightly Awry”

Several months back, Kerry made his first attempt at attending a sleepover. He was staying with his cousins overnight. We thought “all was well,” until about 9:00 p.m., when we get a phone call from his aunt. Lisa explains to us that we may want to come get Kerry. Lisa had thought everything was fine too. That is, until her cute little nephew pleadingly says, “Aunt Lisa, are you ‘done with me‘ yet?…’cause I want to go home.”

Needless to say, by 9:30 p.m., Kerry was home in his own bed…

Sarah’s Science Lesson

“God gave me really good eyes. I can see very good,” says Sarah the other morning. She continues with, “But I can’t hear everything–like I can’t hear a leaf fall off a tree. …But elephants can! Did you know that? I guess it’s ’cause they have humongous ears!”

After telling me many other facts, Sarah then shows me in her science book about elephants. She had quoted most of the information, “word for word,” from memory! Sarah then says, “See, I told you!” Then, on her own, she decides to read half the science book to little Kerry and I. …O.K., well, not half, but 30 pages!

While reading about the elephants, she stops and asks, “What happens if the baby elephant gets separated from her mommy?” After discussing different possibilities, we all agreed that it is best for the baby elephant to stay very close to Mommy. Of course, I took this opportunity to reiterate the fact that Sarah and Kerry need to stay very close to Mommy when we’re at the grocery store, the museum, the library, etc.

You know, this thought brings me to a whole other lesson… It often seems so frustrating to me to have the kids right with me all the time–but oh, what a blessing! I know when I get frustrated about it, I’m losing sight of the “big picture.” I realize many people think of home schooling as being too sheltering. However, don’t our children still need some protection? Are they already equipped with everything they need to make good decisions, steer clear of danger and pitfalls, etc.? Don’t they still need loving guidance, discipline, and nurturing, and who is better to provide that than their own parents? Even the animals of the wild are aware of the dangers and know to keep their young close to them. Can the animals God has created teach us all something?