i’m sitting on the deck this chilly morning.
enjoying the cool weather, the warm coffee, the gorgeous view.
finding so many reasons to be thankful.
for the gift of vocation, where the sacred intersects the mundane.
for the gift of teaching these children to love beautiful things.
for the gift of marriage, where we see the sacrificial love of Christ on display.
and for the gift of leaves—whose acceptance of their changing colors inspires us to
embrace our own.

i hold each moment still with my camera.
i savor the way things are, knowing that they’ll
never be just this way again.
so, why did october give a party?
and invite all the leaves to come and dance?
because he knew that we must celebrate every day.
every season.
even every trial.
for every day is a gift from God, who’s Word renews the face of the earth.
happy birthday stevie. you’ve given me so many things to be thankful for.

and now the girls will recite for you ‘October’s Party’ among other things.  if you have time, stick around to the end where you’ll hear  elea do a fantastic rendition of ‘Jabberwocky’.  it only works if you say it in your best british voice 🙂

i must go inside now,  the cardinal and the chickadee are both impatiently waiting for me to move so they can get to the feeder!

and i’m going to bookclub today at patty’s. we’re doing poetry this term and patty is a skilled writer with a contagious love for poetry.  and she’s making butternut squash soup.  i can’t wait.

hope you join ‘October’s Party’ and splash around in some leaves this weekend.

October’s Party by George Cooper
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.
Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly “hands around.”

33 comments on “October Gave a Party…..”

  1. What FABULOUS recitations, girls !! I particularly loved the Jabberwocky in your finest ENGLISH accents ! If you fancy doing a mini-tour of the British Isles in terms of accents, why don’t you have a crack at some of the Robert Burn’s poem Tam o’Shanter – also most appropriate for this time of year with it’s tale of bogles and carlins ! Also listen to the overture by Malcolm Arnold (you can You-Tube it !)

    You should be very proud of yourselves !

  2. Love all the fall leaves. I’m totally bummed that they hadn’t changed yet in N.Y.! I totally miss that now that I live in AZ. Love all the recitation…it’s so fun. Jaxon memorized Jabberwocky too. Oh if only my memory were as sharp as my kids. 😀 Your girls are growing fast, enjoy your beautiful fall. Loves. Jess

  3. Edie- I was cracking up when I read this because I actually wrote the first 2 lines of this poem on my little chalkboard in the kitchen last week! I thought it was so cute when I found it & had never heard it before.

  4. The leaves are gorgeous there! We’re still green mostly. I love how the girls hesitate at the same time during their recitations.

    Oh, and I can’t get the button to work on my blog!! I’ve added it in different areas, copied and pasted over and over, and still can’t get it to show up. What am I doing wrong?

  5. lovely recitation, though you should read up about a few birds you missed – kookaburras, galahs, cockatoos – all australian and amazing!! I’m sure the girls would love to learn about them!

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  7. Edie, I am so impressed by the memorization that your girls have done. This is something that I was never good at and so I struggle with teaching my own children how to memorize. So my question is: Do you have any suggestions on ways to help them memorize? Do you repeat it orally over and over with them? Do you give them a list and have them read it over and over? What’s your secret?

  8. Love the scenery. Love the October poem! I’d never heard it. You’re girls did an awesome job. We’ve memorized some short poems, but I’m inspired to try a long one now. And the bird list was soooo cool. I think my kids would love to memorize that. Thanks for sharing what you’ve been working on!


  9. I just wrote a post on Vocation today too.
    I have my next post already typed and ready with a link to that same Steven Hein broadcast from Issues, Etc to put up on my blog tomorrow. It is so comforting and liberating isn’t it?!

  10. Love the beautiful fall colors! We went to the Smoky Mountains last weekend and my sister and brother-in-law met us there. We all stayed in our RV. It was awesome and she and I had so much sister fun!

    Your girls are amazing! Their memorization skills are off the charts!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I stumbled across your blog looking for more classical ideas. We did CC last year, but this year we are doing it from home. We also do a little montessori, waldorf, Charlotte Mason really a little of everything 🙂 . When I watched the video I called the boys in (we have home schooled from day one ages 10, 8, 5 and 2) and wanted to see what they thought-as I informed them that I would like to add in more classics and poems to their daily memory work. They said how wonderful it was and that they really liked the jabberwocky and that is what they would like to start with! They really enjoyed watching your girls so I told them I would let you guys know how much we enjoyed watching

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