Saturday, February 18, 2006

Just finished Canadian Summer again

We've been going through the Mitchell's series by Hilda Van Stockum (from Bethlehem Books) at bedtime and just finished the second book tonight. We haven't made it through this far in the series for quite a few years, so we all enjoyed it - all the way down to Kate.

Here's a piece I want to remember...

"What would you like me to be, Mother?" asked Peter.

"Yes, Mother, what would you like us to be?" cried Patsy and Joan.

Mother thought for a moment, looking at the fire.

"I don't care," she said slowly, "as long as you are happy and at home in your work."

"Don't you have any special wish for us?" asked Joan.

"Yes, I do," said Mother. "I want you to become men and women who are easily moved by God's inspiration. I think there is nothing more beautiful in the world than a soul who is sensitive to the language of God, whether He speaks in nature, or in art, or through people, or whispers directly into our hearts. I think we are happy and alive just so much as our ears are open to His voice and our eyes to His handiwork. That is what I wish for you and that alone. Then I know you will choose the right way of life for yourselves." (pgs. 166-167)

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