A Fresh Start

February 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm

*Synching our family calendars for a very busy March.  Wishing February had been more productive seeing what March will bring, but this week got through two children’s sets of clothing, needing to hit the third soon.  Space…it feels good!

*Realizing I’ve got to start exercising again for the energy to tackle March.  Feeling excited about the treadmill and getting outside again.   Hope to begin today is schedule and health allows.

*Studying with the kids for their regional and state quick recall…high priority the next few weeks.  Good family “jeopardy” time.

*Laying out new direction for self and kids for character issues.  Gentleness is a big area we struggle.  Watching the Duggers interactions has been very helpful for me.   Using several books I’ll allude to as weeks go on.  Feeling inspiration from the Duggers and from a blog who follows the heart of their gentle and scriptural approach here.  I think it’s so wonderful when people embrace the joys of family life, and it gives me the encouragement I need, even though I may not feel the calling to have such a large family.

*Thanking God for dealing so gently and quietly with me.  I so rely on his grace and mercy.  May I extend it so freely and gently with His help.

Comments are closed on this post as it is more a quiet time reflection than a need to reach out.  I hope it blesses you to read and pray that you have a lovely day.


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Magnanimity (derived from the Latin roots magn- great, and anima, soul) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity. Both terms were coined by Aristotle, who called magnanimity "the crowning virtue."

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:

MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)



"We shall not waste our time in looking for extraordinary experiences in our life, but live by pure faith, ever watchful and ready for His coming by doing our day-to-day duties with extraordinary love and devotion." ~Mother Teresa



"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today. Let us begin." ~Mother Teresa




A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in it's vicinity freshen into smiles. --Washington Irving




When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. -Harriet Beecher Stowe


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