Top Ten Tuesday: St. Patrick

Top Ten Tuesday: St. Patrick

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Ten Facts About St. Patrick

1. Patrick’s birth name was Maewyn Succat.

2. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped from his home in Britain and sold as a slave in Ireland.  He remained in captivity for six years working as a shepherd.

3. It was during this captivity that Maewyn began praying regularly and strengthened his relationship with God.

4. After being told in a dream to flee, Maewyn ran away from his captors and found passage on a boat to France.

5. After 3 days of sailing, the boat landed, and the men began walking towards the nearest city.

6.  Twenty-nine days later, the group was still walking and completely out of supplies.  Maewyn prayed for food, and God sent a herd of swine (BACON!).

7. Maewyn eventually returned to England, and his family urged him to remain with them.

8. In yet another dream, Maewyn was told to become a missionary to the animistic people of Ireland.

9. During his ministry, he led thousands of Irish people to Christ and started hundreds of churches.

10. As a missionary, Maewyn’s name was changed to Patrick.  St. Patrick’s Day is a Catholic holiday which honors St. Patrick for his dedicated service to the Lord.

To learn more, you can read this short biography or simply watch the Veggie Tales clip below 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Disney Truths

Top Ten Tuesday: Disney Truths

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As a daycare employee, I watch, quote, and talk about my fair share of Disney movies.  Fictional cartoons may not be realistic, but there is always something to learn from them.  Here are some of my favorite examples.

Ten Disney Truths

1. You must know where you want to go before you can determine how to get there. – Alice in Wonderland

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2. Laughs are more powerful than screams. – Monsters Inc.

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3. A pair of shoes can change your life. – Cinderella

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4. Hard work pays off. – A Bug’s Life

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5. Love can thaw a frigid heart. – Frozen

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6. When someone saves your life, you are eternally grateful. – Toy Story

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7. Don’t be afraid of the unknown; explore it. – Tangled

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8. Hakuna Matata. – The Lion King

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9. Things take time. – Beauty and the Beast

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10. Cherish the memories. – Alladin

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Top Ten Tuesday: Facts of Life

Top Ten Tuesday: Facts of Life

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Top Ten Facts of Life

1. The Lord “protects our lives and does not let us be defeated.” Psalm 66:9

2. Reading in the bath tub with a cup of tea is a restful way to spend a cold, snowy night.

3. Bananas should never, ever be thrown away.  Freeze them, make cookies, bake muffins, cook pancakes, just don’t waste them!

4. Thrift store clothes are more classic and durable than cheaply-made mall clothes.

5. A day is incomplete without oatmeal.  Here, try a recipe!

6. Running clears the mind, and nothing feels better than the sweet soreness after a hard workout.

7. There is never an appropriate reason to wear socks or tights with sandals.

8. Eating peanut butter straight from the jar is a satisfying fix for a rough day.

9. No one in the world can calm me like my family. They will always listen to me when I need them, and they give me great advice.  They can make me laugh when I am frustrated.  I would be miserable without them.

10. If you don’t write it down, you will forget it.

Facts from Fiction

Facts from Fiction

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To say that I cannot remember a time before I could read would be a falsehood.  However, I can say that I cannot remember a time before books were a prominent part of my life.  Even as an infant, my mother would tote my brother and me to the local library to satisfy her longing for books, and she would always borrow a few children’s books for my brother and me.  The first book I remember being excited about checking out was The Clown-Arounds by Joanna Cole.  My mother read me the book, I looked at the pictures, and I made up my own stories based on the pictures.  Then, my mom would read me the story again, and the cycle would start over.  I could not get enough of that book, and I checked it out many times.

As I entered elementary school and learned to read, I could never satiate my longing for reading.  I would read books, signs, billboards, and shampoo bottles–my eyes deciphered anything with words.  Books became more than a time-filler;  they became passageways to foreign lands, windows to view historical families, and portals to times and places beyond physical grasp.

Books taught me more lessons than any experience could have.  Before I could even read myself, I Can Read with my Eyes Shut by Dr. Suess explained to me that, “The more you read, the more you know.  The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  In lower elementary, Valerie Tripp’s character Aunt Minnie taught me the age-old lesson “waste not, want not.”  In upper elementary as my love of reading flourished and I incessantly found my nose pointed into books, Lemony Snicket, one of my favorite authors, admonished me to “never trust someone who has not brought a book with them.”  In middle school, L. Frank Baum accompanied me on adventures to destinations that I never could have imagined on my own.  In high school, I was often reminded by Melody Carlson and Robin Jones Gunn to set my standards high and never settle.  Yet, through all the books that I have read, the one lesson that stands out clearer than all is from the book One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss by Barry Denenberg:  “You can’t get rich selling books, only reading them.”