Saturday, May 24, 2008

Oh The Things That Children Say....




We took the boys to a movie yesterday. Andy got home from being out of town early and it was the first day out of school...so it was a celebration of sorts.

We sat down before the movie and while Andy got our snacks, the boys and I were reading the screen trivia. A picture of Brooke Shields came up and I said, "She is a pretty girl isn't she?" Jackson immediately replied, "No - yuck". So I asked him what girls he thought were pretty, and this precious boy gave me the sweetest answer..."There are no pretty girls but you Mamma". Oh my goodness...that is one I will pull out and mull over during dark moments to be sure.

Monday, May 5, 2008

I Am Fascinated....


The other day I was folding clothes and looking for something good to watch on television while I did it. I happened upon "Miss Potter" with Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. It was the story of Beatrix Potter. I have all of her books and have read them countless times to my children but I never knew anything about her. It is truly an amazing story. She is my new fascination. What I loved about her is her courage of conviction and her ability to put feet to her ideas and make them work. I encourage you all to rent that movie if you have a chance. She is inspiring...and I need that! So much!
She bought thousands of acres of land and preserved them as working farms. It is said she bequeathed 4000 acres of land to the National Trust in Britain. Sometimes paying twice as much as what it was worth to keep land developers from ruining the lake district she loved so much. What a wonderful use of the money she made from her books.

Here is the official website. Good for you and your kids!

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You can find her lovely paintings and a little more information about this wonderful lady!

I have been mulling some things over so you will probably see me back soon. Simplicity and using time and money wisely - so convicted!