Rain, Passports and Gifts, Oh My!

So, with Porfiry away at classes all week, we were blessed with a deluge of epic proportions.  Let's just say the the freezer floats - who knew?  Thank goodness Grandpa and LeMoyne were here.  Here are some photos from the local newspaper.  Still pumping...
Apparently, I'm a blinker...

Next up, passport crisis.  I'm supposed to be attending the Charlotte Mason Education Conference and Symposium at Redeemer University in 12 days.  I am really looking forward to this as the digitization of the archives will be unveiled and I look forward to seeing dear friends and hey - I would like to be inspired, thank you very much.  I have been to Canada many, many times.  When I was 10, my mom found an antique walnut bed and I had to scrunch up and ride underneath in order to get it home - 4 hours away in Ohio.  It's the bed that is now in our bedroom.  I even honeymooned in Canada - Niagara Falls and Toronto.  So it just didn't click in my mind that I would need a passport.  It turns out that since June 1, 2009, everyone going to Canada by air, land or sea needs a passport.  (Hat tip - the 6 a.m. gals at Curves who brought this up four days ago.) And wouldn't you know, I don't have my birth certificate.  I've never needed it. Thank goodness my mother still lives where I grew up, could go pick one up and overnight it to me. I have an appointment on Tuesday to try and get an expedited passport.  Pray that it goes smoothly.  The photo shoot didn't.  It took three tries.

Have I mentioned that Porfiry has been gone all week?

FWIW - here's my version of Multitude Monday.

Fabled Friday  - Five Gifts

1.  He comes home this afternoon.

2.  The littles are listening to an exceptional version of Just So Stories on audio so loud, you can hear it everywhere in the house.

3. I just picked up seven books from the library on Wordsworth and Tintern Abbey.

4. I now have a blog button!  Anita from The Untamed Mouse designed this little beauty (she read my mind).  It's over in the right sidebar.  Feel free to grab the html code and paste it.  Let me know if you have any problems.

 5. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Sweetness & light,



  1. Whew!!

    Can't wait to hear all about your trip!

    Bobby Jo

  2. Oh, I hope the flooding hasn't caused too much damage for you! We've had a record week of storms and wild wind, and some flooding in the area, although not us.
    I do hope you get your passport and have a great time at the conference!

  3. Me too, I'm excited to hear about your trip. I checked out those pictures and there's a lot of water. I hope things are getting back to normal. Travel safe.


  4. I'm waiting patiently for the update from the conference :) I've much to learn!
    And is it good that the freezer floats??
    I have your blog button on my Blogs/Buttons/Sites page on my blog. I just love reading your blog.

  5. I can't wait to hear all kinds of inspirational info when you return...

    Oh and, cool button. I was just making one today too. I've never known what to do with such things... but as there are people who like having one, and I didn't want to throw out my blog banner pictures altogether, I decided to use it on a button, where it will be minute and you won't even be able to see the pictures... but still.

    I just realized I'm majorly rambling. I must be tired... ;)

    Have a great time! You'll have no problem with your passport, as long as you have some proof of travel dates!

    amy in peru

  6. Best luck on your trip...waiting for your posts to inspire us, as usual.

  7. Great update. Hoping all goes well for you. I thought of the passport when you mentioned going to the conference awhile back...should have said something I guess. Wow. Lot's of hurdles. Take care!

  8. Now that you have a passport, think of the places you can go! I wish I had my passport up to date.
    Have a great trip!

  9. WE have your rains right NOW....and to have some flooding. I did think of you when I heard the news last week of flooding in MINN. Oh do have a great trip. I talked to Carroll last week.
    I am putting something in the mail to you, so look for a letter!

  10. Oh my. Freezers are not supposed to float, even if they can! Sounds like you guys are seriously damp.

  11. Hi Nancy, feel like I have just stumbled onto a gem! So glad that you left a comment on my blog to lead me to your wonderful blog.
    Blessings in Christ