I want to thank everyone for all the prayers and well-wishes. The new baby is doing great. He drank his mother's milk for the first time yesterday--only 5 ml, but learning how to suck was a very important milestone. They'll be weaning him off the IV.

It was an enormously hectic week, but things are smoothing out. The little family will manage without us. It was a joy to take care of the two little ones.

Mike and I are leaving imminently to drive to Seattle, and then board a plane for Maui. Back in two weeks!


Unexpected Family Crisis

Hello Words World and Wings readers--

I find myself involved in an unexpected family crisis. My husband and I were planning to leave for Hawaii on Sunday. Between yesterday and this coming Saturday, I was planning to write blog posts so that the blog could update periodically for the two weeks while I'll be gone ... but then ... (!)

Quite unexpectedly, my pregnant daughter went into labor and gave birth to a baby boy, her third child, yesterday morning. She's doing fine, but she was only 33 weeks along, and so baby boy was airlifted immediately to a Neonatal ICU at a hospital 90 miles away. He should also be fine, but at this stage of prematurity, there's a lot of milestones he needs to overcome before things are truly okay. They expect the baby to be in NICU for several weeks.

Meanwhile, I'm scrambling to help my daughter and her husband with the other kids while baby's mommy and daddy are in Spokane with new baby.

My husband and I may or may not be able to go to Hawaii, depending on whether our daughter is able to find other babysitting help.
To make a long story short, nothing new will be posted on Words World and Wings any sooner than February 6. There's just too much at stake right now for the blog to have any prority.


Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle your Tongue: Poetry Friday

Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle your Tongue
Jon Agee
Picture Book
Ages 4-8

I Saw Esau
I saw Esau on a seesaw. Esau, he saw Lee.
Lee saw Esau’s shiny tree saw; Lee saw Esau’s tree.
Lisa, she saw Lee and Esau; she saw they were three.
I saw Lisa, Lee, and Esau, but none of them saw me!

This is just the kind of silly but clever poetry that would throw kids into fits of giggles as they tried to read it, or even as they listen to it being read to them.


Art Studios: Scrapbooking Room Perfection

A couple of weeks before Christmas, I got the unstoppable urge to totally revamp my Scrapbooking room. It was our son's bedroom when he was growing up, but I took it over after he left home. It was a writing room until 2003, at which time I took up scrapbooking.

After that, it was a shared Scrapbooking/Writing room, and soon it was too crowded for both. So I removed all things pertaining to writing and reading and moved them either to the basement or the storage room, which has allowed for perfect streamlining of the scrapbooking room.

Test-driving a layout. Yes, the new workstation arrangement makes a layout go together faster.

Layout #2. OH, this is fun!

I have 15 drawers full of non-themed embellishments, separated by color. Probably only a scrapbooker would be interested in seeing these drawers. If interested, click here.

And, of course, there is my laptop. I love being able to move it from station to station as I work and need to look at my plans. I fool around with my pictures on Microsoft Digital Image or Adobe Photoshop 8, and then drop them into Microsoft Publisher to see how they'll look in a two-page layout.


Today I Will by Jerry and Eileen Spinelli

Today I Will

Jerry and Eileen Spinelli
October 2009
Grades 5-8

I love quotes, and this book, written for children and young adults, inspires and amuses with a quote for each day of the year. Taken from children’s literature, the quotes are especially apt for youth. Following each is some advice from the authors, and an affirmation. They cover familiar issues such as staying in touch with grandparents, and finding other ways to occupy oneself besides TV. Perhaps some of the quotes will resonate so much with young readers that they’ll want to go on and read the book it was taken from. Though I bought this for the library, it’s not a particularly good library book, except in that readers who enjoy it might want to purchase their own copy, to read every day of the year.
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