Gratitude~1000 Gifts~Multitude Monday

Remembering my school days this morning…

Telling stories about my life to my children~

216 Stories ~ I think the Amish call it Tellings
217 Books ~ like Pilgrim’s Progress ~ revealing truths
218 School ~ I am thankful I can read and write
219 Homeschooling ~ Thank you, Father, for opening my eyes to a better way.
220 Teachers ~ I’m sure they all had a purpose in my life. I remember good things about the nice ones and bad things about the not-so-nice ones.
221 Pens
222 Pencils
223 Paper
224 Crayons ~ remember how exciting it was to have a new box of crayons?

225 Glue
226 Fingerpaints
227 Lunch Boxes ~ remember that special smell when you opened your lunch box?

228 Graduating to paper sacks 🙂

229 First Day of School
230 Recess
231 Playgrounds
232 Swings
233 Running
234 Playing
235 Hop Scotch

236 Jump Rope
237 Tag
238 Baseball
239 Little League ~ when I was young only the boys played, but I loved to watch and cheer on my brother
240 Hot dog stands
241 Baseball diamonds
242 Bleachers
243 Bluebirds ~ I found a sweet blog on this here. Brings back lots of memories…

The Bluebird Wish

To have fun.
To learn to make beautiful things.
To remember to finish what I begin.
To want to keep my temper most of the time.
To go to interesting places.
To know about trees and flowers and birds.
To make friends.

244 Campfire Girls

Speaking of stories I found this book and a biography of an author having to do with Camp Fire Girls and a beautiful poem written by her father…more about her here.

Camp Fire and Guides by P.B. Hickling in Little Folks Annual 1922

“Both the Camp Fire Movement and the Girl Guides organization appear in a number of books. Camp Fire was a movement begun in America, which appealed more to the creative, thoughtful side of girls than the more practical Girl Guides. Elsie Jeanette Dunkerley was a Camp Fire Guardian while living in Ealing, greatly loved by the members of her Camp Fire. Overall in her books, there is an attitude of serving others, of wholesome activity and occupations, close friendships, careers for girls, taking responsibility for one’s own actions, a love of life, and a desire to enjoy it.

Elsie Jeanette Dunkerley was born in Southport, Lancashire, on 25 November 1880, the eldest child of a family of 4 girls and 2 boys. Her father was William Arthur Dunkerley who, as John Oxenham, wrote many books of prose and poetry, some with a religious theme. The most well-known of his books are The hidden years, about the life of Christ, and Bees in amber, a small book of poems carried by many soldiers during World War I. He is also remembered for the words of the hymn In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north. Both Elsie and her sister Erica adopted the name Oxenham as they in their turn became writers.

Elsie grew up in Ealing, West London, and in the 1920s the family moved to Worthing. After her brothers were married and her parents died, Elsie and her next eldest sister Maida lived together, while the 2 younger sisters also set up house together. Elsie died in a Nursing Home in Worthing on 9 January 1960.

EJO was greatly influenced by her parents to whom she dedicated 22 of her 89 published books. The following poem from Bees in amber points to the same choice which the girls of the Hamlet Club considered when they chose their motto in the book of the same name, and this is one of the themes which runs through many of Elsie’s books.”

The Ways
To every man there openeth
A Way, and Ways, and a Way.
And the High Soul climbs the High Way,
And the Low Soul gropes the Low,
And in between, on the misty flats,
The rest drift to and fro.
But to every man there openeth
A High Way and a Low.
And every man decideth
The Way his soul shall go.

Elsie’s books may be some wonderful reading for homeschooling daughters. 🙂

245 Campfires
246 S’mores ~ I had my first s’more at a Campfire Girls Campout. Here‘s a great website with a recipe.

246 Gathering around the fire singing songs
247 Starry nights
248 Cozy sleeping bags
248 The smell of campfire smoke
249 Dewey mornings and breakfast over hot coals
250 Sunrise warming a chilly morning…