My Shadow…

February 8, 2016 by  
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One of the books (yes another) that I think every child should have on his or her shelf is the Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Lewis Stevenson… and particularly the one that is illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith. Just delightful.

Here’s one of my favorite poems from the book. Enjoy!





I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow--
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes goes so little that there's none of him at all.

He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close behind me, he's a coward you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

You can hear the whole book here!

A cute and easy bedtime story

December 5, 2015 by  
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When my girls were young they would ask me to tell this story to them over and over and over again – night after night – as I tucked them in bed. I called it the “I’d Choose You” story and years after I started telling them this we found a book by the same title …but I’ll tell more about that story later.

I can’t imagine any young (or old) child, boy or girl, who wouldn’t fall asleep feeling loved after hearing a story like this from a mom or dad. So here goes, as best as I can remember it but you’ll have to embellish and throw in your own “thoughts” as you go along – you’ll see what i mean.

If God ever gave me the choice again to choose a little girl for my daughter guess what, Sylvie? I’d choose you. Even if He lined up all the little 3 year old girls all in a loooooong line and we started at the front I’d say, “Lord, I just want Sylvie”. Then maybe He would walk along with me down the line and choose another little girl and say “How about this one Mom. She’s well behaved and keeps her room really really clean? Don’t you want her?” And I would say, “No, thank you. She’s beautiful and I’m sure her room looks nice, but I really want my Sylvie. Can we please find Sylvie?”

And we’d walk a little bit further and He would say, “What about this one, Mom. She’s quiet and always says please and thank you without you asking her and she’s never spilled her milk…”

You get the idea – fill in your own situations where maybe your little one thinks she might have disappointed you, etc. I would go through maybe 3 to 5 “other options” of children depending on how much past their bedtime it was :-). And then the story would end something like this:

And then I’d see the line was really long still but then I’d see you, Waaaaaay down there, my Sylvie. And I’d say “I see Sylvie!” and I would run and run and run yelling “There’s my Sylvie. Yay… I’m going to get Sylvie”. And I’d keep running until I got right up to you, Sylvie. And I’d give you a big hug and a big kiss and another SUPER BIG hug and kiss and turn to the Lord and say “THIS is the little girl I want in my house. Sylvie.” And He might say “Sylvie is a wonderful girl but you do know that she might have to be reminded to say please and thank you sometimes? And occasionally she spills her milk all over the table, and…

Again, you get the idea here right?

And Mom would say to the Lord, “I know, Lord. But this is MY Sylvie and no matter what she does or how she acts or how naughty she might be sometimes, I know YOU created her just for ME and our family and I love her the most of all. Can I take her home now?” And of course, God would say “Naturally. I knew that all along.” And we would hold hands all the way home. I would ALWAYS choose you Sylvie. Always.

Well there you have it and here I sit with big old tears in my eyes thinking I need to tell my teens the same story probably, huh?

I’d love your thoughts!

The Knight’s Code Of Honor

October 13, 2010 by  
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Knight on his horse.
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This is an adorable story that was an entry into a contest HERE.  Unfortunately there was an issue with the contest sponsor’s flash player so after the author uploaded the story to the contest site, part of it isn’t showing.

We’d really appreciate it if you’d vote for her story anyway by clicking VOTE on this page.  You can vote up to once per day, every day until the story ends.

The entire text of the story is below for your enjoyment! 🙂 It is a great bedtime story for your kids!

The Knight’s Code of Honor

by K.Yen

Once upon a time in a faraway land, there lived a knight named Gerald and his young son named Edward. Edward wanted to grow to be just like his father.

“If you want to be a good knight,” his father would say, “you must live by the knight’s code of honor. You must never lie, or steal; you must always be a gentleman; and you must always respect those above you.”

One day a royal princess from a neighboring country came to visit the kingdom. Young Edward was chosen to wait upon her during her visit. While they were on a walk, the princess unknowingly dropped her purse of money. Edward picked it up. “She will never miss it,” he thought. “She is already rich enough.”
He put the purse into his own pocket.

All the rest of the day Edward was uncomfortable. He couldn’t stop thinking about the money he had stolen. Suddenly he remembered what his father had said, and realized with horror that he had broken the knight’s code of honor!

He ran to his father and told him what he had done. His father looked at him sadly and told him that he must give the purse back to the princess and ask her forgiveness.

Edward was afraid, but he gathered his courage and knelt before the princess, presenting her with the purse. He confessed what he had done and begged her forgiveness. The princess was very gracious and forgave him from her heart. Edward vowed that never again would he break the knight’s code of honor!

That night, Edward lay his head on his pillow and slept peacefully, knowing that, in the end, he had done the right thing.

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Free Winnie the Pooh Download – Story and Music

March 1, 2010 by  
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Disney's adaption of Stephen Slesinger, Inc.'s...
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Here’s a nice freebie for you and your little ones – A free mp3 and pdf for “The Original Winnie the Pooh” as well as a lovely lullaby of “House at Pooh Corner” – great for bedtime or anytime.

Just click here for your free download links. You have to enter a code into the box (you’ll see it there on the page) and you’re good to go! They don’t ask for an email address or anything. Very fun!

Enjoy!

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Irish Stories

March 18, 2009 by  
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View of Aughnanure Castle, IrelandImage via Wikipedia

We don’t do anything for St. Patrick’s Day in our home but I know most people do. That’s why I was happy when my friend sent over this link for an adorable F*R*E*E online story told by an Irish storyteller. His accent is delightful and the story is an old one – I think your kids will be mesmerized!

(Please note that I have not had the chance to listen to the whole story yet myself so please listen first before you let your kids listen – I’m sure it’s fine, but just in case!)

Take a listen to the Irish StoryTeller at Real Irish Stories

From their website:

Irish myths and traditional Irish stories give you the insights into the magic past in Ireland when you could meet a Leprechaun or a Banshee just round the corner!

However, in times of our consume society the best and most authentic of these stories got lost in a bulk of kitsch created by people looking to adjust the Irish history to what customers want to buy

To get the real value, it is crucial that these stories are narrated in the spirit of Irish history and by a genuine Irish story teller who understands the traditions of this lovely country. … Click HERE to read more

Let me know what you think!

Part Two of the Roly Poly Pudding is ready!

August 11, 2008 by  
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If you didn’t already notice, part two of The Roly Poly Pudding story over at the Snuggles Podcast is ready for listening. Find out what happens to Tom and the rest of the kittens – as well as what happens to those enormous rats!

Click HERE for the Snuggles Podcast right now!

Another fun Preschool Story time – the Roly Poly Pudding Part 1

August 4, 2008 by  
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Our friends over at the Snuggles Podcast just uploaded another adorable itunes episode of their podcast for toddlers and preschoolers. This time it’s the story of the Roly Roly Pudding by Beatrix Potter. An adorable story about kittens and rats and a dog that saves the day! Your little ones will love it!

Just CLICK HERE to listen now or subscribe in Itunes so you can be sure not to miss another story!

The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck – audio story

July 23, 2008 by  
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Another great preschool story is up over at our sister site The Snuggles Podcast. These short, under 10 minute audio stories are wonderful for toddlers and young ones to listen to – great if they have their own mp3 player or even to just have it on the computer in the background.

This week is another wonderful Beatrix Potter story about a duck that just isn’t very smart – and she wants to hatch her own eggs. Unfortunately in her desperate need to show she CAN sit eggs, she fails to see that the bushy tailed gentleman who is so kind to her really had ulterior motives. Thanks to the Collie Dog on the farm, all is not lost… but you’ll have to listen to find out what happens.

Beatrix Potters stories are delightful and her illustrations are fabulous. If your home library doesn’t include some of her books, I’d encourage you to purchase one or more now. They’ll be ones you’ll pass on to grandchildren and beyond.

Another fun toddler story time ready to listen!

June 9, 2008 by  
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We’ve just uploaded another great toddler and preschool story time story over at the Snuggles Podcast. Take a listen with your kids – the stories are really delightful for all ages. This is the last story in a series of stories about Purrkins and Pit-Pat those mischievous cats that belong to the Harrington family.

This week’s story centers on a chipmunk intruder and how our fabulous felines attempt to help the family rid the house of it. Always fun and delightful, you’ll love this week’s story.

CLICK HERE to take a listen and subscribe to the ITunes feed. Enjoy!

Another fun preschool story time!

May 6, 2008 by  
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Our sister site, The SnugglesPodcast.com, has another fabulous storytime uploaded for you. This time it’s a snuggles original story as told by the author herself.

This is the first in a series of stories about two mischievous cats named Purrkins and Pit-Pat. In this story they get into trouble while their owners, the Harrington Family, are away on vacation. So cute!

It’s about a 10 minute podcast and you can download to your itunes to listen on your favorite mp3 player. The podcast is wonderful for kids of ALL ages so take a listen! You’ll be glad you did!

Visit the SnugglesPodcast.com to listen at the site or download the audios.

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