Archive for October, 2019

October 25, 2019

I’ve been thinking about the life of Peter a lot. My group that meets on Sunday morning is studying his early life. And before that, I happened to read a novel about Peter’s life and how He met Jesus.

I often think we kind of cheat, well, cheat is not exactly the word I want because we don’t have a choice. But maybe the better way to say it is that we have an unfair advantage because we know the story. We like know that Jesus is the Son of the Living God, the Christ. They didn’t know He was, especially in the early days. Sure, they had their Torah, and there was a lot written about this Messiah in the Torah. And Jesus surrounded Himself with fishermen like Peter. I’ve heard that every Jewish boy memorized at least the first five books of the bible. Did that include people like Peter? I don’t know.

Peter and his friends watched Jesus do miracles. They listened to His teaching. I guess that they spent time among themselves discussing Jesus and who He was.

And then He died. Jesus should not have died, should He? He was here to save them from the awful oppressoion of the Romans, right? That was the biggest need they had. But then all of their hopes died when He hung on that cross. He died. What on earth could He do now? Did anyone remember Lazarus during those the darkest days of their lives? But then He did come back to life. And these disciples went on to do great things themselves.

Favorite books

October 19, 2019

Because of my disability, I spent a lot more time in the house than my siblings, and I have done a lot of reading. When asked what my favorite book is, I usually have a hard time deciding on just it one book. Let me tell you about a few of my favorites.

I don’t remember how old I was when I first read Little Women. But I’ve always loved that book. I’m pretty sure Jo was my favorite because she was the one that wanted to write. My Grandpa was the one that first took me to see the movie. We own the video of that movie, and I love it to this day.

And oh, there is Anne of Green Gables and that whole series. To this day, I’m not sure I’ve read all of the books. I have seen the first two movies countless times. There is a third movie that I’ve watched several times, but don’t love it..

I think I got a couple of series about World War II when I graduated high school. I gobbled them up, would read any time anyone would turn pages for me. I’ve always been fascinated with that time. I think part of that was my love for Corrie Ten Boom.

I was in my early twenties when I took a writing class with the homeschool group my siblings were part of. My teacher recommended some books about ancient Rome. Again I gobbled those books up.

Thanksgiving

October 11, 2019

I know that for several years when I was really young we would go to my grandparents’ house for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I don’t remember when we stopped doing that, but know that I was pretty young. I loved being with my grandparents, loved being with my aunts and uncles too. I think we stopped going for Thanksgiving before cousins started coming. I remember that since both sets of grandparents lived in the same town, we would do a big lunch at one house and a big dinner at the other.

I know one year Mom just had one of my brothers, and my aunt decided to take me for a couple of weeks to give Mom a break. My grandmothers took me home for a couple of days after they had come to meet my baby brother. I think my aunt stayed with my grandparents a couple of days, and then I went to my aunt’s house. She’s my favorite aunt, always has been. I know I took my schoolwork but I don’t think we really did much of it. I remember we were busy planning and getting ready for Thanksgiving. We had Thanksgiving with her husband’s family, and then went to my grandparents the following day.

I remember one year we went to have Thanksgiving with some friends in South Carolina. These were friends who also had a number of children. I remember the dads taking us to some kind of flea market the day after Thanksgiving.