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Hey, guys!  I’ve had my blog up and running for one year today!  In that year I’ve written 216 posts (not including this one), and received 1,839 comments.  Thank you so much to all of you for living with my weirdness and forget-to-post-ness, and thank you to everyone who commented even one of those thousand comments!  I love to get your feedback!  I would link to my first post, but it’s. . . boring.  Okay, since you guys all want to read it now, here it is.  Anyway,

Last week’s quote was from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Chapter 59.

Awesome, awesome book!  Spencer J Rothfuss gets brownie-points for being the only one to recognize that fabulous quote!

And now, I have some bad news:

This is the last “Mystery Quote” for a while.

Later this week I’ll be starting some posts about China (that anniversary is coming up this week too!), and then I’ll do some Christmas posts–and then The Sacrifice,  if I ever find a way to finish it! 🙂

And so, considering this is our anniversary, and you guys won’t have a quote to guess, I’d like everyone who reads this to comment.  I’d love to know who’s out there!  Please just say how you found my blog and, if you’re a regular reader, why you read my blog.  And if you have any other comments or questions, go ahead!

I’m all ears!

??? {Mystery Quote #27} ???

Hi, guys.  I’m back.  Sorry I didn’t get this done yesterday.

It was from The Princess Bride by William Goldman.  Both quotes were from  Chapter 5: “The Announcement”.  The [he] in the first quote was “The Count” and the [it] was “the Fire Swamp”.

And. . . nobody guessed it.  Really, I should have seen that coming, since I didn’t think any of you had read it!  Anyway, this week’s quote is from a wonderful book I would recommend to anyone:

“. . . Now, when suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be.  I have been bent and broken, but–I hope–into a better shape.  Be as considerate and good to me as you were, and tell me we are friends.”

Happy guessing!

??? {Mystery Quote #26} ???

Last week’s quote came from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 12: “The Queen of Underland”.

Katie correctly guessed everything, and Micaiah, Ellen, and Juliana guessed the book and author–and Juliana gets brownie-points (again) because I love the way she just describes what part of the book it happens in, instead of saying what chapter it is!

Okay, I’ve quoted this one before, but it’s been a while:

“We’ll follow as best we can,” [he] said.  He stared again at [it].  “He must be very desperate, or very frightened, or very stupid, or very brave.”  “Very all four I should think,” the Prince replied.

And I decided to throw in two, since there are so many good “Mystery Quote” quotes in that book:

. . . and surely sooner of later, there would be an answering “yes.”  But it didn’t come sooner.  And later wasn’t the kind of thing you wanted to hold your breath for either.

Happy guessing!

??? {Mystery Quote #25} ???

Last week’s quote was from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, Chapter 18: “Lothlorien”.

Spencer J Rothfuss got the right trilogy, and Juliana got the trilogy, book, and author–and some brownie-points for saying The Lord of the Rings is her favorite book series.  Great minds think alike! 🙂

Another one of the best books ever written for this week:

”  One word.  All you’ve been saying is quite right, I shouldn’t wonder.  I’m a chap who always liked to know the worst and then put the best face I can on it.  So I won’t deny any of what you said.  But there’s one thing more to be said, even so.  Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things–trees and grass and sun and moon and stars. . . Suppose we have.  Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones.  Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world.  Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one.  And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it.  We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right.  But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow.  That’s why I’m going to stand by the play-world.”

I always liked this quote!  (And, by the way, it’s less weird in context! 🙂 )

Happy guessing!

??? {Mystery Quote #24} ???

One sweet big sister got back from China late Sunday night!


Welcome home, Becca!

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Last week’s quote was from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Chapter 13: “Castles in the Air”.

Mama and Ellen guessed it right, and Ellen got the chapter.

I realized after I posted it that last week’s quote fit in with my new October theme.  I wanted to find another sunshiny one for this week, but nothing felt right, so I just went with a random quote from one of my favorite books:

‘They say that you breathe so loud that they could shoot you in the dark.’

Happy guessing!

P.S. Our “Random Writing Challenge” has been going for more than a week now.  I’m officially making the deadline this Sunday, the 25th.  I’m going to try to do a post with all the stories in it on Monday or Wednesday since “Mystery Quote” will be on Tuesday.

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Twenty-three! 🙂

Last week’s quote was from The Birds’ Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin, Chapter 2: “Drooping Wings”.

Wonderful, wonderful book (if you don’t mind bittersweet endings that make you cry).  Brownie-points for Mama for being the only one to correctly guess this book!  And now this week we have one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books.  Can’t you just see this gorgeous scene in your head?

It was rather a pretty little picture, for the sisters sat together in the shady nook, with sun and shadow flickering over them, the aromatic wind lifting their hair and cooling their hot cheeks, and all the little wood people going on with their affairs as if these were no strangers but old friends.

Beautiful, isn’t that?  Happy guessing!

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I really haven’t posted all week?  Guess not.  We’ve been fairly busy, and high-school never helps that!  Anyway, I’m back now:

Last week’s quote was from The Hobbit  by J.R.R. Tolkien, Chapter 18: “The Return Journey”.

Juliana and Spencer J Rothfuss guessed the title, and Micaiah guessed everything else.  Savannah Perran, Ellen, Skylar Perran, Jaidyn Perran, and Katie get half-credit. 🙂  Starting now though,

You need to make your guess before you read other peoples’ comments.

It’s just too easy when five people comment and say the same thing!

Anyway, this week’s quote:

Love could do nothing; and when we have said that we have said all, for it is stronger than anything else in the whole wide world.

Happy guessing!

??? {Mystery Quote #21} ???

Dad ordered a hamburger one night in China that had egg and cheese and probably something else on it, and he let me taste it.  It was the best hamburger I’d ever eaten. . .


. . . until Sunday night, when we had this for dinner.


Dad felt like a burger, but we didn’t have hamburger buns, so he fried bread and butter on the electric skillet instead.  And then we added egg, and cheese, and bacon, and fried onion–just for kicks.  This is a good house to live in! 🙂

Continue reading ??? {Mystery Quote #21} ???

??? {Mystery Quote#20} ???

It’s our twentieth “Mystery Quote”!  Can you believe it?

And, today is September 22nd–Bilbo and Frodo’s shared birthday, for those of you who haven’t read The Lord of the Rings so many times that you remember all the dates.  Some people at our house are crazy enough to celebrate fantastical characters birthdays, and wore their Middle Earth shirts today. 🙂

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Anyway, “Mystery Quote”:

Last week’s quote was from Lazy Tinka by Kate Seredy.

Spencer correctly guessed the book and author, and Ellen. . . sort of did. 🙂

I realized right before I sat down to write this that I was actually going to need a book in order to post quotes, so I grabbed this one that I read recently:

“It’s not much of a world, is it?  Is it worth trying to bring [her] back into it?”  [She] stood still in the road.  “Yes!” she cried, and [he] was astounded to see that tears had sprung into her eyes. . . “If only I could make you see, somehow that it is!  All this” she exclaimed, the sweep of her arm including the deepening blue of the sky, the shining lake in the distance, the snow-covered mountains far to the north.  “So much!  You must look at it all. . . not just the unhappy things.”

Hint: No, it's not from The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit.  I wanted to use one of those, but decided it would be too easy! :)

Happy guessing!

??? {Mystery Quote #19} ???

So, remember the praying mantis I mentioned in my last post?

Well, we found him on our porch again this morning, in a spider web!  Mama fished him out with a stick and we put him in a jar.  Michael has been carrying him around all day–he even took him to grandma’s house!


We put some bugs in there, but I don’t think he’s eaten any of them yet.  Last I heard M had christened him “Cricket”, but that may have changed. #ThreeYearOld

Anyway, “Mystery Quote”!  Isn’t fun to be back at it again?!  I’ll start it off with a quote from a book that Mom has been reading to the littles lately:

The Wise Old Woman looked at [her].  [She] was big, [she] was fat, and just then [she] was crying.  She didn’t want to be given to gypsies; she didn’t want to be cooked for dinner.  But even less did she want to work.  Not [her]!

Sorry about all the [she]’s.  They’re all the same person. 🙂

Happy guessing!

P.S. I tasted the apple sauce last night, and it is to die for!  Both the little tykes love it too.  I don’t think it’s going to last long!