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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Drum Roll, please...

And the WINNER is.....

Corey at Living and Loving!!! The amazing thing is that she's won two of the other giveaways, too. The Lord really wanted to bless her, I guess! Enjoy the book, Corey!

Go by and tell her congratulations and check out her lovely blog.

Thank you all for entering - I wish I could afford to give away more books. There were so many dear comments. I am going to do my best to come visit each blogger who took the time to comment.

This was so much fun, I'm going to do it again sometime!

Thanks for your participation...

Wow! 130 comments! I'm so glad you all liked the giveaway so much! I'm not sure if the other bloggers have announced their if they have and I'm late, please forgive. I've been at the CiRCE conference since Thursday. (It was WONDERFUL, by the way - more on that later!)

Since it is Sunday, I'm going to wait and announce the winner tomorrow morning (this being a day of rest and all). I'll post the winner's name and, if she/he is a blogger, a link to their blog. I'll also email the winner (if I have a working email address for the winner). So, check your email and/or this blog to see who has won the Mother Goose book!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Farce and Future

Going back to my two posts prior to the give away (have you signed up to win yet???), one of the thoughts that has occurred to me is this: If our past church decisions concerning contraception and women's ordination have led us farther and farther away from creedal Christianity, what will our current and future decisions do? Here is a point in case:

After the election of Gene Robinson to bishop (an openly gay man in an non-celibate relationship), ScrappleFace posted this farce. This was a joke. The point was to provoke the question, "What's next?". Well, the farce has now COME TRUE a mere 4 years later.

Hat tip to First Things. They have an excellent article (all their articles are excellent) discussing this at length and the implications for interfaith dialogue. Otherwise, I'm still digesting....

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Give AWAYS? Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer (a fantastic blog, by the way) is hosting a give-away carnival. I love give how much fun to be one of the people giving away!

In keeping with the theme of my blog, I'm giving away a new copy of The Real Mother Goose, with the old-fashioned illustrations by Blanche Fisher Wright. (She's the illustrator for the Ten O'Clock Scholar picture in my title.) This is the book I grew up with (and many of you did, too, I bet!)

In order to win, all you have to do is submit a comment to this post. In it please include your favorite nursery rhyme (not in it's entirety - just a line will do!). From these commentors, I will randomly choose someone to win on Friday, July 2th, 2007. (The nursery rhyme is not required to win, just thought it would be fun.) Because of shipping costs, I reserve the right to limit winners to those with US addresses.

Thanks for coming by to visit - hope you'll take some time to check out the rest of my young blog!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Another link along the same lines...

Heather from Stepping Heavenward left a wonderful comment (thanks, Heather) and a shocking quote from GK Chesterton. It is so good that I had to put it into a regular post so that it wouldn't be missed....

"Given an attempt to escape from the nature of things and I can well believe that it might lead at last to something like 'the nursery school for our children staffed by other mothers and single women of expert training.'

I will add nothing to that ghastly picture, beyond speculating pleasantly about the world in which women cannot manage their own children but can manage each other's."

Here is a link to the entire essay. It was written in 1927....and again (why am I so fascinated by this reference? :) ) there is our old friend Malthus. I think I'm going to have to go read some of his writings.

My mind is kind of whirling around right now.....I need to spend some time distilling this down a bit before I post more or I'm afraid it will be just 'gobbldygook'!

Do you have any thoughts or comments?

Friday, July 20, 2007

She wore a lovely green Malthusian belt....

Birth Control. Whew, that is a subject that can cause some real divisions even among like-minded folks, isn't it? And it is a subject that is frequently on my mind. I've gone from extreme to extreme in my life and I'm trying to find, if not a middle ground, a godly understanding.

Last week, I read a post from a pastor in my own denomination concerning feminism, birth control, women's choice, etc. The subject matter was typical feminist rhetoric, but with the addition of some personal attacks against women to whom she disallows the freedom of chosing their own values. Remarks were also made directly about another pastor in our denomination concerning her fitness for motherhood because she also held values with which the author disagreed. (The article has since been modified to remove some very offensive statements, but the gist of the article is still the same.) In the comments, I found this statement...

"And I have no sympathy for those who would teach that contraception is wrong and that you should just leave the pregnancy up to God - if you do that, there's going to be lots of pregnancies"

Keep in mind that this is from a Christian who is supposed to believe that God is GOOD - and what he gives you is GOOD - and that his will for you is GOOD (Matt 7:11; Luke 11:13). Do you see the contradiction in this statement? Whether or not you believe Christians should be using artifical contraception, let's hope your argument doesn't rest on "if you leave it to God, there will be lots of pregnancies". Geez - you've practially made the argument for your opposition!

Yes, if you leave "it" - "it" being the size of your family - up to God, he very well may BLESS you with a large family...but on the other hand, He may BLESS you with a medium or small family. The point being what He gives us is always GOOD! Why do we trust our own limited "knowledge" and "understanding" when there is a God of perfect wisdom to whom we may turn? If we trust Him, he will lead us through seasons of fruitfullness and seasons of fallowness. Both are needed for a bountiful harvest!

Back to the original article, the woman whose motherhood status was questioned has responded with a godly grace and restraint. She also linked to an interesting Touchstone article on the history of the birth control question in the church.

Ok, the Malthusian belt. I was positively thrilled to see to see this reference in the article. I'm currently reading Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Huxley uses a reference to Malthus with the contraceptive equipment/fashion statement known as the "Malthusian belt". I had a sneaking suspicion about Malthus' politics, but hadn't looked it up yet. This article provided the impetus. Here's what I found. If you've not read Brave New World - go out and purchase a copy pronto. You'll be ASTOUNDED and saddened by his "prophetic" vision of the future. Well, I was. It is particularly telling that he wrote his book in the early 30s - right around the time discussed in the Touchstone article.

Now, off to pizza, wine and a movie night with hubbie....

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Homeschool Carnival!

This week's Homeschool Carnival is up and full of great articles, ideas, essays, etc. Go by and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Our Labra-dudette

Our labra-dudette is Sophia - aka: Sophie, Soapie, Soaps, Dopey. She's a great dog: Just enough smarts to be dangerous, just enough goofiness to keep us always in stitches. She was a rescue "doodle".

The Common Room family shared some recent "then and now" photos of their dog Donovan. Now, Donovan may not be a labradoodle (waiting for comfirmation from The Common Room), but he sure looks exactly like our Sophia! What do you think? Go check out Donovan and compare him to Sophia...


NOW: (well a couple of months ago)

Do you pour out your alabaster jar?

Baby Blue just posted an excellent essay about sacrifice, particularly women who serve their husbands and families with little or no earthly "recognition". It was written in response to a very distressing post by an Episcopal clergywoman who ridiculed women who chose the high calling of motherhood and wifehood eschewing the world's version of "fame" and "fortune". (These links are not at all necessary to enjoying the essay.)

The essay on the "Alabaster Jar" is an encourgement and challenge! I hope you'll take the time to read it.