True Friends

It was a sad time in the Mouse house, for Mr. Mouse was very sick.  Day after day he lay there unable to get out of bed, growing weaker and weaker.  Mrs. Mouse was busy taking care of Mr. Mouse, trying to help him get better.

 

Poor little Samuel Mouse, his mom was always taking care of his sick dad and had no time for him.  Samuel knew that his dad was unable to go out and get food for their family, and he needed food to get better. This made Samuel so sad he hardly ate anything himself so his dad would have more food to eat and get well.

 

Every day Samuel would take most of his dinner up to his dad and sit there hoping he would eat. But Mr. Mouse would not eat and Samuel would put his food back in the cupboard so Mr. Mouse would have it when he needed it.  Poor little Samuel grew thinner each day from not eating.  Why he became so thin he was almost invisible.

 

One sunny day Gladly Bear and Suzanne Bear came over to visit.  When they saw how thin Samuel Mouse was they were upset and asked him if he was okay.  But Samuel was embarrassed and did not want to say anything to Gladly or Suzanne.

 

Then Gladly told Samuel that the wild huckleberries were ripe. Gladly and Suzanne were going out to pick them and they wanted Samuel to join them. Samuel was not sure he wanted to go, but Gladly and Suzanne convinced him to come with them.

 

Off into the forest they hiked, each carrying a bag for their berries. When they had reached the berry patch, they set about gathering the bountiful berries in their bags. Gladly was the biggest, so he gathered all the berries at the top of the bushes. Suzanne his little sister was the next tallest so she gathered all the berries in the middle of the bushes.  Little Samuel was the smallest so he gathered all the berries off the ground and on the bottom of the bushes.

 

Gladly and Suzanne saw that there were not as many berries on the bottom of the bushes, so when Samuel was not looking they would drop extra berries on the ground for him. But Samuel saw them dropping the berries out of the corner of his eyes and worked harder gathering all the bright berries he could find. Soon his bag was bursting to the seams with huckleberries, Gladly and Suzanne also filled their bags with the tasty treats.

 

Gladly looked at the other two and told them, “Why we have had a good day, my bag full of delicious huckleberries.”

 

Suzanne, not to be outdone by her big brother chimed in, “My bag is fuller!”

 

“Well my bag is the fullest”, chimed in Samuel.  “And when I get home I am gonna take some of these up to my daddy.  I bet he will love them.”

 

They rushed back to the Mouse house with their bountiful harvest of berries, and when they arrived Samuel dashed upstairs to see his dad.  As he entered his room, Samuel handed the berries to his mother; she squeezed the juice out of a couple of them into a cup.

 

Tilting the cup by Mr. Mouse’s face, she urged him to drink a sip.  Mr. Mouse opened his mouth and drank a drop of the huckleberry juice.  Tasting the mouthwatering goodness of the juice, Mr. Mouse took another sip.  Soon he was draining the cup of the juicy delight.

 

Mr. Mouse drank some of the juice every day and soon he chewing on whole berries.  Gladly and his other friends gathered more berries for the Mouse family, and their parents brought over other food for them.

 

By Sunday morning, Mr. Mouse was able to get out of bed.  Weakly he strode down the aisle and took his seat.  Resting he leaned back against the pew, proudly his wife and son sat next to him.  Samuel beamed happily at his friends, thankful for the kindness Gladly and Suzanne had shown him.

 

Spotting Miss Rosie the Wise Old Owl, he waved.  Smiling she came over and gave Samuel a quick little hug.  Samuel told her about what Gladly and Suzanne did while they were picking berries.

 

When it came time for the children’s Bible hour, Miss Rosie stood and spoke about what Gladly and Suzanne had done.  “They were true friends to Samuel”, she said. “They helped him in his time of need, in fact this reminds of a story I read in the Bible.  This story is about a girl named Ruth and her mother in law Naomi.

 

While they were traveling on a long journey through the land of Moab, Naomi’s husband died. Naomi and her two sons continued to live in Moab. Both of Naomi’s sons got married – one to a woman named Ruth, and the other to a woman named Orpah. For ten years they all lived together in Moab. Eventually, both men died, leaving Naomi, Ruth, and Orpah as widows.

 

Because she heard her own country was being blessed with lots food, Naomi decided to go back there, taking Ruth and Orpah with her. On the way, she told both Ruth and Orpah to go back to their own homes.

 

But Ruth and Orpah both said, “We will go with you.”

 

Again Naomi begged them to go back to their own homes saying “I am old and have no hope of getting married.  Even if I did have sons again would you wait that long for them to grow up?”

 

Orpah kissed Naomi and left but Ruth clung to her. Naomi asked Ruth to go but Ruth replied, “Please do not ask me to leave! Wherever you go, I will follow, and where you stay, I will stay, and your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.” And she added, “Where you die, I will die, and that is where I will be buried. May God let us be together until we both die.”

 

When Naomi realized that Ruth would not change her mind, she accepted, and they both traveled to Bethlehem together. They arrived at the beginning of the barley harvest and they stayed just outside the city near the home of a man named Boaz.

 

Now Ruth told Naomi that she wanted to go out to the fields and gather the extra grain that was left behind. So each day, Ruth went out to the fields of Boaz. Now Boaz was a kind man, and he told his reapers when he saw Ruth gathering, “When you reap the good grain, let some of it fall to the ground for the poor to gather.” He also asked of them, “Who is this woman? Does she have a husband?”

 

The reapers answered, “She is a Moabite woman who came back with Naomi.”

 

So Moab told Ruth, “Don’t go to another field but stay close to my women.  When you are thirsty, get your water from the jugs that my men have drawn.”

 

Ruth fell on her face and said, “Why are you so kind to me, I am but a foreigner.”

 

He answered, “I have heard what kindness you have shown towards your mother-in-law since your husband died, and how you stayed with her instead of going back to your home. Therefore may the Lord bless you and give you a great reward.”

 

She thanked him for his kindness to her. At the mealtime Boaz invited her to join him in the meal and she ate until she was full.  Afterwards she returned to the fields to gather more grain. But Boaz told his reapers to let her gather and to also pull out extra bundles of grain for her to gather.

 

She continued to gather until the evening and then beat out what she had gathered.  She had gathered about a bushel of barley from the fields.  She gathered it together and took it back to Naomi along with the food she had left over from the meal.  Naomi asked her where she had gathered that day.

 

Ruth answered, “In the fields of Boaz.”

 

Naomi praised God saying, “Blessed is the Lord who has not left us!” Then she explained to Ruth that Boaz was a close relative of hers.

 

Ruth continued telling Naomi, “He also said to me, ‘You shall keep close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.'” Naomi told Ruth, “It is good, my daughter that you go out with his young women, for in another field might be attacked.”

 

So Ruth kept close to the young women of Boaz, gathering until the end of the barley and wheat harvests.  Ruth continued living with Naomi. Eventually Ruth married Boaz and she became the great-grandmother of King David.”

 

 

Miss Rosie found this story in the book of Ruth

Freddie Wren’s Bird’s Nest Eggs

20161126_213554Ingredients:
Non Stick Cooking Spray
Eggs
Bread (Sliced)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325
Spray custard cups with Non Stick Cooking spray
Place a slice of bread in each custard cup, pressing down in the middle.
Crack one egg in the middle of each slice of bread.
Cover the custard cups with tin foil and place in the oven for 17 – 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven, place on a plate and enjoy.

Major Sullivan Ballou

A week before the battle of Bull Run, Major Sullivan Ballou wrote a letter to his wife Sarah.  During the battle of Bull Run he was hit by a cannonball that tore off part of his right leg and killed his horse.  He died from his wound a week later. This is Major Ballou’s letter:

July the 14th, 1861

Washington D.C.

My very dear Sarah:

The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days—perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more.

Our movement may be one of a few days duration and full of pleasure—and it may be one of severe conflict and death to me. Not my will, but thine O God, be done. If it is necessary that I should fall on the battlefield for my country, I am ready. I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in, the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how strongly American Civilization now leans upon the triumph of the Government, and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of the Revolution. And I am willing—perfectly willing—to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this Government, and to pay that debt.

But, my dear wife, when I know that with my own joys I lay down nearly all of yours, and replace them in this life with cares and sorrows—when, after having eaten for long years the bitter fruit of orphanage myself, I must offer it as their only sustenance to my dear little children—is it weak or dishonorable, while the banner of my purpose floats calmly and proudly in the breeze, that my unbounded love for you, my darling wife and children, should struggle in fierce, though useless, contest with my love of country.

Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on with all these chains to the battlefield.

The memories of the blissful moments I have spent with you come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and to you that I have enjoyed them so long. And hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes of future years, when God willing, we might still have lived and loved together and seen our sons grow up to honorable manhood around us. I have, I know, but few and small claims upon Divine Providence, but something whispers to me—perhaps it is the wafted prayer of my little Edgar—that I shall return to my loved ones unharmed. If I do not, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you, and when my last breath escapes me on the battlefield, it will whisper your name.

Forgive my many faults, and the many pains I have caused you. How thoughtless and foolish I have often been! How gladly would I wash out with my tears every little spot upon your happiness, and struggle with all the misfortune of this world, to shield you and my children from harm. But I cannot. I must watch you from the spirit land and hover near you, while you buffet the storms with your precious little freight, and wait with sad patience till we meet to part no more.

But, O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the brightest day and in the darkest night—amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours—always, always; and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath; or the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by.

Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for me, for we shall meet again.

As for my little boys, they will grow as I have done, and never know a father’s love and care. Little Willie is too young to remember me long, and my blue-eyed Edgar will keep my frolics with him among the dimmest memories of his childhood. Sarah, I have unlimited confidence in your maternal care and your development of their characters. Tell my two mothers his and hers I call God’s blessing upon them. O Sarah, I wait for you there! Come to me, and lead thither my children.

Sullivan

 

Haley Rabbit’s Flowerbeds

20161122_192739Ingredients:

2 Zucchini (washed)
1 small bag baby carrots
2 Tablespoon  butter
Cinnamon and brown sugar to taste.

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350

Chop off the ends of the zucchini then slice them lengthways

In a saucepan heat the butter, cinnamon and brown sugar.

When butter is melted add the carrots and cover, cook until soft

Place the zucchini sliced side down on an oiled cooking sheet and place in the oven until soft (about 25 to 30 minutes)

Remove the zucchini from the oven, place skin side down on plate or tray.  Use a spoon to scoop out the seed and make a hollow trench down the center.

Mash or blend the carrots until smooth.  Use the spoon to place the carrots down the center of the zucchini.

Serve.  I used strips of roasted red pepper to add some color to the Flowerbeds.

The Lord’s Prayer by Rick Warren

lordprayerBook Description:

This iconic prayer is paired with flowing illustrations by award-winning artist Richard Jesse Watson and thoughtful insights by bestselling author Rick Warren, resulting in a book that rejuvenates the familiar prayer for a younger audience. Using poetic scripture from the King James Version, The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness helps familiarize children with real biblical text while also presenting contemporary illustrations and insightful words that make this beautiful prayer come alive.

My Review:

This is a nice book for little ones.  It goes through the Lord’s Prayer section by section with an explanation of each line broken down for children to understand.  Rick Warren did a good job on his explanations.  The illustrations are nicely drawn and the book is of a sturdy board pages that will hold up.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Love Bears All Things by Beth Wiseman

lovebearsBook Description

Could God be offering Charlotte a second chance at true love?

Charlotte Dolinsky needs time to recover after breaking up with her boyfriend, Ryan. But when a surprise visitor shows up on her doorstep in Texas, she’s forced to put aside her own worries to help her Amish friends in Lancaster County. Soon she is entangled in a web of deception and this time, she isn’t the only one keeping secrets.

Daniel Byler struggles each day in his Amish community to heal from his fiancée’s betrayal. When he discovers that a member of his family is in danger of being shunned, his pain turns to fear. His only way to help is by partnering with Charlotte, a woman he barely knows who has already deceived them all before.

Charlotte begins building a friendship with Daniel that she’ll need to lean on when more surprises surface from her past and she once again finds herself torn between two worlds. Will Charlotte’s friends in the Amish community be able to show her the power of redemption and lead her home? And can she help young Jacob realize that God offers second chances at happiness when she isn’t even sure herself?

My Review:

The book starts off with a bang and keeps on going.  The characters are not fake sugar and love but more real life.  Charlotte is being evicted, Daniel is running away and his mother has problems of her own.  You will like this book. Very complex issues are addressed in a sensitive, meaningful fashion. We rarely see how the Amish address drug addiction, depression and dealing with life changing abusive childhoods.

This is the 2nd in the series of this Amish trilogy, with many of the same characters appearing. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but there were enough clues to help me understand the background.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Miss Rosie Owl’s Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

20161019_170607Ingredients:

1 Banana (ripe)
1 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Cup Rice Crispies (or you may substitute 1 cup of oatmeal)

 

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, mash up the banana thoroughly.

Add one cup Peanut Butter and mix.

Stir in one cup of Rice Crispies.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Spoon mix in one inch balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Lightly press the balls down to flatten.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until a nice golden brown.

Place on cooling racks to cool.

Benjamin Squirrel’s Easy Crock Pot Apple Butter

20161010_2012486 quarts of Applesauce
2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon of allspice
1 Crock pot (slow cooker) 6 quart size

Large spoons and ladles

 

Fill the crock pot to within an inch of full with applesauce, mine takes about 5.5 quarts.:

Stir in the spices: 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon of allspice or spice to taste.

Set the crock pot on low or medium heat. . Every crockpot is different, so you just going to get to know which setting works best on your crock pot.

Cover it loosely, I use a pair of chopsticks which I place across the top of the crock pot, then I put the lid on top of those.  This leaves a space for the moisture to escape when cooking down the butter.

Leave it to cook for 6 – 18 hours.   How long depends on the size and power of your crockpot, and how thick you like it, Stir it occasionally, to keep the butter from burning to the sides of the crock pot.  When the apple butter is at the desired thickness transfer to containers and refrigerate or seal in canning jars.  I allow mine to cool, place it in medium plastic containers and freeze it.

Lizzy Beaver’s Butterflies

20161009_211251Ingredients:

Peanut Butter
Sliced apples
Sliced Strawberries
Raisins
Graham Crackers

Directions:

Break the graham cracker into 1 half making a nice even square

Spread the peanut butter on top of the graham cracker in an even layer.

Arrange the raisins down the middle for the body, the sliced apples for the wings and add a strawberry slice for the head.

You can also cut antennae out of sliced licorice.