"....Your children shall be like olive plants all around your table." Psalm 128:3

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

From My Commonplace

I have been reading the book, John Adams by David McCullough for several months. It was a gift from my dear friend, Silvia. It's a long book (651 pages), and I am taking my time, yet I was hoping to get it finished before Ian will be needing for Term 3. I have come to realize that it is not going to happen, so we will be reading it together, which will make for wonderful discussion time.  :)

There are so many treasures in this book; my commonplace book is fast filling up.

I want to share one quote from a letter that John wrote to his daughter, Nabby. It was his advice to her on choosing a husband.

"Daughter! Get you an honest man for a husband, and keep him honest. No matter whether he is rich, provided he be independent. Regard the honor and moral character of the man more than all other circumstances. Think of no other greatness but that of the soul, no other riches but those of the heart. An honest, sensible, humane man, above all the littleness of vanity and extravagances of imagination, laboring to do good rather than be rich, to be useful rather than make a show, living in modest simplicity clearly within his means and free from debts and obligations, is really the most respectable man in society, makes himself and all about him most happy."

This is timely advice, don't you think? Even though it was written so many years ago. When the time comes, this is the kind of man I want for my little girls. And I want my boys to be this kind of man.
May God grant it to be so.

Have a blessed day, friends.

Sharing today with Dawn.