“This is where I caught my leg in the grain conveyer chain,” he reminisced. “Your Grandpa didn’t believe it was broken!”
“When I was six, I sat under the old red gas tank and filled a coffee full of gasoline and threw a lighted match into it. The flames swooshed up and singed my eyebrows. Boy, did I catch it for that one!”
“Here’s the bedroom window I used to climb out of to get to the old oak tree…”
“Daddy, please tell us another one!” our children begged.
Painting vivid word pictures of his life as a little boy on the farm was a common occurrence in our home. Over the years “Daddy’s” farm stories were woven into the fabric of our children’s lives. The constant telling and retelling of them set a longing in all our hearts for a little farmette of our own. We dreamt about the possibilities while driving through the countryside not too far from our home in Northern Illinois.
In 1999, a series of life-changing events prompted us to sell our house and move to a farm within a mile of where Robert grew up. It didn’t take our children long to go exploring. They found a grove of young trees and tall grass to the southeast of the house. Following a path the deer had made, they came upon a brook just beyond the whispering leaves, a real Pebbly Brook!
This is how our new country setting became the inspiration for The Pebbly Brook Farm Stories. Between the antics of the wildlife and the escapades of our four children, new farm stories began to take shape. Some of them fit so well with Robert’s childhood farm stories, we realized the past was just waiting to be united with the present.
Our daughter Claire, who inherited her father’s storytelling gene, masterfully wove these experiences together into The Pebbly Brook Farm Collection. Set in the days of The Great Depression, Dan Robertson moves his wife and four children back to the family farm to live with Grandpa and Grandma Robertson. And that’s when the adventure begins!
These truly delightful stories will teach your children valuable lessons in faith, courage and perseverance at a time when our country is facing many of the hardships we did back then. Join Katie Robinson, her brother Joseph, and her little sisters, Christine and Anna in these six action packed stories that are sure to warm your hearts and make you smile! You’ll find them waiting for you at Pebbly Brook Farm.
The Pebbly Brook Farm Collection includes:
The Discovery of Pebbly Brook
By the Bushel Full
One Big Shot
Judy Gets a Lickin’
Fairest of the Fair
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Hope to see you down on the farm!
It isn’t easy to convey how my 92-year-old father’s needs have impacted our lives, but we just want to say how grateful we are for those of you who have prayed and keep praying for us. Grandpa is at a very fragile age, and although he is mentally sharp, he is physically challenged.
I started blogging in August about our journey together http://www.jillnovak.com. I hope these blog entries help you gain insight into our situation. You can read about why Grandpa came home and some of the funny experiences we’ve ad over the last three years taking care of him. He is a constant source of writing material, and we all have a lot to learn from Grandpa!
These are two of the more serious posts about bringing Grandpa home. Make sure you read the funny ones, too!
Taking Care of Grandpa
Counting the Cost
I want to share some of the beautiful “thank you” notes we have received. Thank you, dear sisters, from the bottom of my heart.
Dear Girlhood Home Companion,
We are so sorry that your family is having a difficult time. We are praying for you… As a new subscriber, I had never seen an issue…The magazine exceeds my expectations!
May God richly bless you as you continue this endeavor.
Mrs. Elizabeth Nicholson
I hate to hear about the delay in production, but family comes first! Hope everything works out soon for you all. I am praying for your family. Thanks for the tea cozy. I had all the past magazines but one and was so excited to be able to print it out and add it to my collection. Your magazines are such a blessing to my family and I pray that God will bless your family during this time of transition.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
…I am so sorry to hear about your father’s health. My husband and I are living with and caring for his aging parents. His Mom was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer just 7 weeks ago. Life has been absolutely turned upside down for us as well.
Please let me encourage you, as I’m certain that you would me…..if given the opportunity. Our Heavenly Father is not surprised by the trials that you are now facing…He knows exactly where you are, What you need as well as When you have need of it. He loves you with an everlasting love and NOTHING can ever change that. This evening, I’m praying for you for divine wisdom and direction. I don’t have to know all that you’re going through….but my Jesus knows…and HE wants you to know that I, as so many others are… praying for you and your family…
Again, THANK YOU for the ministry provided to me and my granddaughters through your lovely magazine…. Our prayer is that the Lord will continue to allow you to minister as you have been…BUT…truth be told…Ministry does begin in the home…THANK YOU for living that example…
Blessings and my sincere prayer goes out to you today!
May The Lord bless you and your family for your selfless deeds. My family and I took care of my grandfather until he passed away three years ago. Caring for him was a blessing, especially for my children to get to know him so well. I hope everything works out well for your family and situation. My family enjoys your magazine very much.
Thank you for letting us know about the delay…I will pray that you can bless your father in his care and that you can be where God wants your family to be.
Thank you, Novak family. You have the most beautiful publication which I know is a reflection of your family’s beauty. We appreciate your generosity for this.Blessings,
Dear Novak family,
Thank you for your creative way of fulfilling my subscription. I am looking forward to reading all the issues as I have time. I pray that you will sense the comfort of the Lord, live in the grace God gives for this special time of testing and that His leading will be very clear.
Psalm 92:1,2,4 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty, I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in Him will I trust. He shall cover thee with His feathers and under His wings shalt thou trust.
Thank you for your continued understanding,
The Novak Family & Grandpa
Like you, I try to nurture my children’s hearts everyday, but the truth is that the busyness of life and countless outside distractions keep me from preserving words that bring life, direction, and vision–unless I write a letter. Letter writing bridges the gap between the words I long to express, and the words my children and grandchildren will remember the rest of their lives.
A Legacy for All Generations
There are as many reasons to write a letters as there are people to receive them. Still, a practice so commonplace in previous centuries has become a lost art to our generation. Many parents are rediscovering the truth in the saying, “The pen is mightier than the sword!” and have committed to writing letters to their children on a regular basis. Whether you are writing about a moment you’ve shared, saying thank you, or giving your child a vision for the future, letter writing is vital for nurturing relationships.
The Inspiration for Writing to My Children
I know that my mother liked to dabble with words. I have a few of her precious attempts at poetry and prose, but the writing that I hold dear to my heart are the two letters that she penned to me over her whole lifetime. It hardly seems possible that I lived with her for 22 years and only have two letters to show for it.
Her poetry gives me glimpses into her heart, her love of family and nature – things we share in common – but her letters give me a sense of belonging and purpose. Her words, though few, are well chosen and give me the vision to write letters to my children on a regular basis.
Two Letters from my Mother
It’s about 4 a.m. Christmas morning and as I lie here thinking of all of you I want to cry for the joy God has put in my heart for our family. I’ve always prayed He would do special things with each one of you. I prayed for your salvation when I really didn’t know Him so well. Can you imagine what He has in store for all of you now that we really know Him? Know Him like we never knew Him before! May the power of God which transcends all understanding be yours forever and may the Holy Spirit hover over all of you, and protect you every hour of every day.
In the Love of Christ Jesus,
I want you to know how much I appreciate you thoughtfulness. Everything you do and say is very much appreciated by me, but I don’t always have the chance to put in words what I feel. In loving Claire, you might have some idea how I as a mother have felt for you. That doesn’t change because you are a woman, it just becomes a mature caring at this point and seeing your relationship with Claire tells me that the love my mother had for me has come through to be seen in your love for Claire. Love is what it is all about isn’t it? God love your little family, and may the Holy Spirit abound richly in each one of you.
Little did my mother know the impact that these two letters would have in my life and the lives of her grandchildren. She left a legacy of love and a memorial to her relationship with the Lord. You can do the same. Letter witting is one of the most effective ways to minister to the heart of your child and give him a vision for his life.
Last week, my daughter Elizabeth came to talk to me when I was working on the revised edition of The Gift of Family Writing. She glanced at the monitor and saw the two letters that my mother wrote to me. As she snuggled into my lap, I began to read them to her. I didn’t realize until that moment that she hadn’t heard of these letters before, so I explained that they were the only letters that my mother wrote to me over her lifetime. “Well, I hope you write lots of letters to me,” she said. Her comment challenged me once again to make it a priority to write to my children on a regular basis.
The Gift of Family Writing is filled with examples that will inspire and equip you to begin a letter writing ministry to your family today. Learn about the many different types of letters that you can write to your children.
My Daughter turned eighteen last week. What a milestone! I wanted to do something special for her, so I wrote her a letter. I wrote about many of the memories I have of her life and then I wrote some verses of Scripture based on the theme of “fearing the Lord”. On the envelope on put stickers that were symbols of things from her life.
That same week one of her friends was having a “princess” party. She secretly wrote to each girl’s father and asked them to write a letter to his daughter to be read at the party. Writing is difficult for my husband. He agonized over this letter. However, the final result was beautiful! He wrote of memories he had of her and inside things that only she and he shared. What a cherished gift.
Now I plan to write letters to each of my family for the holiday season (we celebrate Hanukkah). Thank you so much for the inspiration.
Be Inspired by Jennifer’s Letter in
The Gift of Family Writing