Archive | August 2012

Mother & Daughter matching aprons in 1920

In The Vision of a Mother’s Heart, Isabel and “Mama” shared tea together. Sometimes Isabel was served tea. What other beverage did Mama serve Isabel from the tea pot when Isabel was ten or eleven years old?

Hint: When Mama wanted to share special time with her eldest daughter, it was usually in the evening after Papa and the other children had fallen asleep. Mama was confiding to Isabel the joys, hopes and sometimes discomfort of becoming a mother for the eighth time.

The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking: Tie Dye Play Silks

Wonderful project for Mom and Kids! Check out this blog from

The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking

(And I thought dying salt, play dough, and rice was a neat way to teach about colors with the preschoolers in my classroom and  home childcare. Imagine teaching children about colors and having them “paint” their own fabric. The possibilities are endless!)

The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking: Tie Dye Play Silks.


27 Years Ago God brought John and I together through the prayer of a friend.

It’s hard to believe this was twenty-seven years ago! The Lord is good!

The location where John proposed – his parent’s lovely back porch. The sun-porch faced a lovely back yard lined with evergreens. Near the house there were rhododendron, mountain laurels, English Ivy (which we used to decorate the Church for our wedding) and a bird bath which hosted a large variety of song birds. We loved listening to the bird songs.

The Scripture of Love

A new commandment I give unto you. that you love one another:

as I have loved you. that you also love one another.

Love suffereth long and is kind:

love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.

Doth not behave itself unseemly,

seeketh not her own,  is not easily provoked,

thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity

but rejoiceth in the truth.

Beareth all things, believeth all things,

hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Love never faileth.

For love is of God.

And now abideth faith. hope. love, these three:

but the greatest of these is love.

(Jn. 13:34 & I Cor. 13:4-8, 13)

Pastor Bob Alderman with The Purdys

Because God in His gracious love divine
hath caused our paths to meet and
My heart is filled with joy to now unknown,
Because you are my own.
Because you trust me with your heart
and hand, In humble gratitude to
God I stand,
And pray for power divine my love “to show,
Because you love me so.
Because God’s perfect love our love
enfolds, Because His mighty hand
the future holds,
No earth-born cloud our joy can ever
dim, Because we dwell in Him.
– Avis B. Christiansen ..~

“Continue in my love. “
John 15.9

1923 Lake Pearl Pullman Car, a deluxe sleeping car from the golden age of passenger rail travel.

1923 Lake Pearl Pullman Car, a deluxe sleeping car from the golden age of passenger rail travel.

Vote and help save our 1923 Lake Pearl Pullman Car!

Last year, your votes helped to cosmetically restore the N&W 1776 Locomotive in the Virginia Association of Museum’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts Competition.

This year, we’ll need your votes to help us restore our 1923 Lake Pearl Pullman Car, a deluxe sleeping car from the golden age of passenger rail travel.

A Pullman sleeper tells a powerful story of life in America: romantic stories of luxurious passenger travel, economic stories of the growth of commerce made possible by overnight travel, and, most significantly, political stories of the rise of the civil rights movement.Click on the link, scroll down until you see the Lake Pearl (we’re second from the bottom) and vote!

This passenger car was in service when the main character of my novel, The Vision of a Mother’s Heart was a child. The city of Roanoke, Va is in existence because of the railroad. It would be a shame to let this wonderful old lady, the Lake Pearl Pullman (deluxe sleeping) Car be destroyed or decay from age. Cast your vote for her to be restored.
Have you ever traveled on a train? I have many times. My step-Dad was a crane operator at the Norfolk & Western. (N&W)  We had the privilege of traveling by rail for free. I slept on the train many times – curled up in a seat with a pillow and blanket the kind Conductor supplied. We never had the experience of riding in a “sleeper” car. Wouldn’t that be an adventure?
I would love to hear your railroad stories.