26 November 2015

"A Day of Thanksgiving"

Dear Ladies,

I found this little gem on YouTube.  The youngsters and I enjoyed watching it, and I thought you might enjoy this short film, too.  

May God heap blessings on you and your families. 

Agape always,

16 November 2015

A Story of Love and Moral Courage that Touched My Heart

Photograph by my favorite marine (c) 2001 All Rights Reserved
I read this story of selfless unconditional love in our local rag.  I hardly ever read this newspaper, but for some reason, I decided to visit its website today.  I remember when the original incident occurred and had wondered what ever happened to the baby.  Now, I know.  I hope that you all will be touched when you read the story.  

For those who do not wish to follow links, you can go to sacbee.com and search for "Rae Carruth."

The mother, her mother, and now her son exemplify moral courage.  The mother loved her son enough to resist the father's insistence on abortion.  The grandmother loved her daughter enough to raise her grandchild.  The son loves life and brings joy to those who are privileged to be in his life. 

Agape always,

12 November 2015

"Autumn Leaves": More Tenderness

Dawn's participation in the "Sweater Weather" tag a few days ago reminded me of a beautiful song that I thought you all might enjoy. 

11 November 2015

Take a Few Moments to Write a Note

A Call to Arms - Edmund Blair Leighton
Here in the United States, today is Veterans' Day.  Veterans' Day gives me a feeling of tenderness for all the men and women who have served our country by joining the military.  All of the women have served voluntarily and, since the late 1970s, so have the men.  They are to be commended for choosing a way of life that requires one to give up most personal freedoms that others take for granted, a way of life that is often difficult and demanding.  

People sometimes say, "Well, the military members have great benefits for the rest of their lives! Why do they need thanks or a special day?"  For one thing, almost everyone in the United States has similar benefits; for another, many Veterans experience extreme difficulty in accessing those benefits.  I know of one lady who finally heard from the VA several months after her husband died that his name had come to the top of the waiting list to be considered for treatment.  That shouldn't happen, it seems to me, but it does.

So, why not send a Veteran a lovely note thanking him or her for serving your country.  Even if today is not Veterans' Day where you live, you could write that you had read of Veterans' Day in the US and were reminded to say "thanks for your service."  

It takes only a minute or two.

Agape always,

07 November 2015

Femininity Friday: Sweater Weather Tag 2015 (a bit late)

Portrait of a Young Woman - Vigee-LeBrun - Public Domain

Hello, Ladies!

The last few Femininity Fridays have been serious, so I decided to change things up at bit with a fun autumn tag.  I found the tag on Blair Fowler's YouTube channel--if you would like to see the original.


1. Favorite candle scent?

  •  Natural beeswax
2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
  • Yes, please.
3. What's the best fall memory you have?
  • I fell in love with Braveheart as we corresponded during the fall of 2001 after meeting in the previous summer.
4. What's your favorite book you're reading (or have read) this fall?
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (the very thing for a dark and stormy night)
5. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?
  • Dark lips 
6. Best fragrance for fall?
  • Aromatics Elixir by Clinique
7. Favorite Thanksgiving food?
  • A toss up between roasted turkey and pumpkin pie
8. What is autumn weather like where you live?
  • Cool mornings, warm afternoons, and--please, God--rain
9. Most worn sweater?
  • Red cardigan
10. Must-have nail polish this fall?
11. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
  • Jumping in leaf piles with the youngsters (although I do enjoy football on Thanksgiving Day)
12. Skinny jeans or leggings?
  • Leggings under a skirt to keep my legs warm
13. What is something that nobody knows about you?
  • I'll never tell!
14. Combat boots or Uggs?
  • Neither!
15. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
  • I don't believe so, no.
16. Favorite fall TV show?
  • After everyone's in bed, I've been watching Kojak on Hulu; does that count?
17. What song really gets you into the fall spirit?
  • "We Gather Together"
What are your Sweater Weather favorites this autumn?  

Agape always,

06 November 2015

Birthday Special: Half Off the Basic Class

Sea Promenade - Michael Ancher - Public Domain

One of the birthdays my family will celebrate this month is my own.  Since this year is one of those "big birthdays," I have decided to offer you all the humble gift of fifty percent off the cost of the Marriage Enrichment Basic Class.  You can read more about the class here, or go to CynthiaBerenger.com, click on "Classes," and click on "Marriage Enrichment Basic (with Fascinating Womanhood).  The offer is good throughout the month of November 2015.

Agape always,

03 November 2015

Seasonal Living: Hello, Sweet November!

Courtesy of Microsoft

Dear Ladies,

I believe that November possesses an undeservedly bad reputation.  Emily Dickinson likened November to Norway (which most folk find cold and austere but which I also happen to like), and Thomas Hood wrote the following invective poem to vent his November-y disdain:

No sun--no moon!
No morn--no noon!
No dawn--no dusk--no proper time of day--
No sky--no earthly view--
No distance looking blue--

No road--no street--
No "t'other side the way"--
No end to any Row--
No indications where the Crescents go--

No top to any steeple--
No recognitions of familiar people--
No courtesies for showing 'em--
No knowing 'em!

No mail--no post--
No news from any foreign coast--
No park--no ring--no afternoon gentility--
No company--no nobility--

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member--
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,

I admit I like neither the birthstone (Golden Topaz) nor the flower (Chrysanthemum [reminds me of men's funerals]).  The month itself, however, gleams with joyous opportunity.  Think of all the good things to be accomplished in November!  Here are just a few of my plans for this month:

Celebrate births
Celebrate Thanksgiving
Change out seasonal clothing
Contact inactive FW students
Finish polishing one booklet and sticker set
Finish--at long last--two curricula for publication
Magnify gratitude
Offer birthday special on BME
Prepare for Advent
Prepare pumpkin yummies
Purchase new-to-us jackets for the youngsters
Upload holiday sticker sets
Upload inspiration wall materials  
Update my inspiration wall
Visit the apple orchard (soon)

What plans do you have for November?

Agape always,

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