Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lewis' thoughts on War

We don't blindly romanticize military service around here, but I am surely not a pacifist either.  I can not agree with people who say nothing is worth fighting for.  Surely some things are worth fighting for?   Some things must be worth bleeding for, dying for?   Jesus Christ found this broken world worth bleeding for, dying for.
My dad, Grandpa to six, was honoured by his regiment in Toronto this past week for his service to Canada during WWII.  He found it worthy to bleed for us, his posterity.  He was not conscripted.  He volunteered, as an underaged 15 year old boy.  
Dad is still "right of line" worthy.   
- Kathleen

Lewis's thoughts on military duty as WWII loomed and the prospect of a second engagement of the German Forces as an Infantry Officer because a possibility:

"My memories of the last war (WWI) haunted my dreams for years. Military service, to be plain, includes the threat of every temporal evil; pain and death, which is what we fear from sickness; isolation from those we love, which is what we fear from exile; toil under arbitrary masters; which is what we fear from slavery: hunger, thirst, and exposure which is what we fear from poverty. I'm not a pacifist. If it's got to be it's got to be. But the flesh is weak and selfish, and I think death would be much better than to live through another war." 

Letters 320 - C.S. Lewis

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Boggis' Chicken House Number One

The chicks got attack out their new home for a few hours today in the warm sun.

The are totally hilarious.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Hans Brinker

"There is another important aspect of Hans Brinker that I would like to mention, an aspect that may appear as dated ..... but that I believe is vital for young readers, and that is the character of Hans himself.  In our cynical age the boy seems almost too good to be true.  But the fact is that the hearts of children yearn for such goodness, yearn for role models.  In this regard Hans Brinker - both story and character - fills a deep emotional need.  As Bruno Bettelhein says in the Uses of Enchantment: "The question for the child is not, "Do I want to be good? but "who do I want ot be like?"  It is here, most of all, that the story of Hans Brinker has so much to offer.  For I cannot help but believe that our world would be a better place indeed were it populated by more people as strong of heart and true of purpose as study Hans Brinker."

Bruce Coville

Piano progress....

Piano is a means to an end in this house.  I've been a bit militant about the whole thing.  The Ontario school board counts RCM grades for high school credits: Grade 7&8 RCM are grade 12 high school credits and theory exams count as well.  Some universities will count RCM Grade 9, 10 and ARCT toward a degree program.  Music has been big part of our school day. 

When we moved from the city, we lost a very good piano teacher.  I worried it would be hard to find someone of the same calibre to teach the kids all the way out here.  

But God has good plans for us.  Amen.

Susanna, a very talented, very patient, young woman from our church agreed to take Gabe and Cole as students for the next year.  She is more than I could have asked for.  She is incredibly particular, but she manages to be persuasive and gentle about the whole thing.  The boys have really improved in the past three months and I am very grateful for her.

Friday, April 15, 2016


We picked up 12 yellow, fluffy, peeping chicks today from a kind friend at Welsh Hill Farm  They are completely adorable.  I fear I will never be allowed to eat them.  The kids have made a pact already.

They have names.  A bit premature as we don't really know if they are hens or cocks yet, but here they are: Denis, Eggbert, Wally, Essy (the second?), Flash, Dash, Steve, Mike and Spike and more to come.

They remind me of the children's book, Alvah and Arvilla: "The hens, being plural by nature...."

First meeting
The ride home - they seemed to like having a hand on them

New home