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|Ordinary Days: Family Life in a Farmhouse||View|
|by Dorcas Smucker|
Dorcas Smucker Set|
Save 10%! All three of Dorcas Smucker's book about life with her family on an Oregon grass seed farm. Titles include Ordinary Days, Upstair the Peasants are Revolting, and Downstairs the Queen is Knitting.
paperback, 196 pages, $9.95
|Imagine raising six spirited kids on a grass farm. Today.
That'll test any mama's strength. Dorcas Smucker and her brood live
out their days in full view in their collection of musings—picking
blueberries while watching for bears, hoping for angels driving off the
nearby freeway, moving into the "thousand-story house," enduring 15
year-old Matt's lecture on respect while captive in the car. Then
there was the four week road trip, which Dorcas says, "My sister-in-law
warned me would be like putting your whole family in the bathroom and
staying there for three days." |
Dorcas and her husband, Paul, are
purposeful parents. But they aren't perfect. Dorcas wonders if their
marriage can endure when she and Paul can't ever figure out what gifts
to give each other. She tries to navigate her mild daughter's
development into a very certain self, wondering, "When do I give in,
and when do I stand firm?"
There are no recipes here. But there is
story upon story. Dorcas has three daughters and three sons. And she
has a voice—encouraging, doubting, entertaining, but never taking
herself too seriously.
Copyright 2006 Good Books
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