Memorial Day Weekend

(I am re-posting this from last year)

I found a wonderful poem for Memorial Day.

Here it is:

A National Moment of Remembrance On Memorial Day

“That poem about where “poppies blow”
And, “the crosses, row on row”
Still rings true, these ninety years
After written, still brings tears.

We still have Dead, “amid the guns”
And lose our young and our loved ones
Those who lived, “short days ago”
Who, “felt dawn, saw sunset glow”.

In Flanders Fields, “the poppy red”
Still grow near where the blood was bled
They, “Take up our quarrel with the foe”
And still die for Freedoms that we know.

They pass, “The torch” to, “hold it high”
And not, “break the faith with us who die”
For they, “shall not sleep, though poppies grow”
Beneath all those, “crosses, row on row”
In Flanders Fields.”

Del “Abe” Jones

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

~*~Courtney~*~

Monday Musings: My Personality Quiz Answers


You Are An ISFJ


The Nurturer

You have a strong need to belong, and you very loyal.
A good listener, you excel at helping others in practical ways.
In your spare time, you enjoy engaging your senses through art, cooking, and music.
You find it easy to be devoted to one person, who you do special things for.

In love, you express your emotions through actions.
Taking care of someone is how you love them. And you do it well!

At work, you do well in a structured environment. You complete tasks well and on time.
You would make a good interior designer, chef, or child psychologist.

How you see yourself: Competent, dependable, and detail oriented

When other people don’t get you, they see you as: Boring, dominant, and stuck in a rut

Let me know what you are!
~*~Courtney~*~

We’re sick….

Please be praying for our family. Several people here have come down with the nastiest head/chest cold, and are simply not feeling well at all.

The bad thing about sickness for us is probably that it spreads so quickly. Please pray that no one else will get sick and that those who are under the weather get to feeling better soon.

Thanks and God bless,
~*~Courtney~*~

Thursday Thoughts: Sibling Spats

As most of you probably know, I am the oldest of 9 children. My siblings are such a delight to me each and every day. We all love one another very much, but even so, there are some sibling spats, as we are not perfect.

While I have been reading more and more about sibling rivalry, I have been trying to apply some new principles to decrease the number of “issues” that come between us, therefore, creating greater harmony here at home.

  • Step back and take a deep breath. Give both parties some time to cool off.

  • Really listen to what the other person is saying, don’t plan your next statement while they are talking.
  • Ask forgiveness, even if you don’t think you did something wrong. Make sure you don’t just say it, but really mean it.
  • Talk to God about your problem. Ask Him to guide you through this hard time.
  • Ask if there is anything you can do to help. Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. This person may just need a listening ear.
  • Apply the verse “do not let the sun go down on your anger”. Do your best to solve the problem before it gets worse.

For more great ideas on getting along and truly loving your siblings, I recommend “Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends”, available through my Astore.

I hope these help you stop fighting with the siblings in your home. God bless you on this Thursday,
~*~Courtney~*~

Garden Pictures

Here are pics from our garden this morning–

Miss Spider (ewwww!):

Raspberry blooms:

New Strawberries (most of us are only enjoying the strawberries in pictures since Ben and Emma eat them straight off the plants before anyone else has a chance, *grin*):

Peas, peas, and one munched pea (nope, not Matthew this time!):

Lines of sprouted cucumbers waiting to be thinned (Christy, which one would you like?….If anyone else needs cucumbers, give me a call!):

Peaches:

Potatoes peeking through the dirt:

Mrs. Bee dropping by for a quick snack:

Sprouted corn:

Dill:

Tomatoes:

Chamomile:

Carrots:

Aren’t they lovely??
~*~Courtney~*~