>Summer Children’s Art Gallery -Nino DeBarros-

>I am so happy to have Nino sharing with us today his art. He is a very talented young man (10 yo), who loves to play with his watercolors and know how to take advantage of those accidents that the water makes. I share with him the passion for watercolors.

Nino says,

This picture that I made was actually an accident. I was with my aunt in our kitchen playing around with watercolors when I splashed some blue watercolor onto my piece of paper. Then I spread the watercolors around, and I saw that I happened to make a wave.

Nino, thank you very much for sharing your gift with us today.

A godly man, Octavius Winslow, penned these words about the ocean and I am sure you will enjoy reading them today:

“You grand and beautiful old ocean! upon whose brow time has impressed no wrinkles–flowing on in your majesty and power, in your soundless depths and boundless reach–washing with your waves every shore–whitened with every sail, and bearing upon your bosom earth’s costliest treasures! you are to me the image and the emblem of the ocean of DIVINE LOVE–the Triune love of God the Father, of God the Son, and of God the Holy Spirit–full, limitless, free–restoring a heaven forfeited, and extinguishing a hell deserved. And, as I tread your pearly shore, muse upon your vast expanse, and listen to your sweet music murmuring at my feet, you shall raise my thoughts to Him who made you, fixed your bounds, pencilled your dimples, fanned your wavelets, controls your rage, and bids you do His pleasure.”

Blessings on your weekend, my dear friends.




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>Summer Children’s Art Gallery -Sebastian T.- and an Advice on Treatment of Brothers and Sisters


Sebastian made this wonderful drawing with love and tenderness for his sweet baby sister who will be born very, very soon. I am so grateful that he was willing to share this piece of art with us.

Sebastian, I thought you might enjoy reading what Mr. Harvey Newcomb wrote* (1847) as an advice on how brothers should treat their siblings, specially their sisters. It is a bit long, but believe me, it is worth reading and considering it with all attention.

I love you!

“The family is a little kingdom in miniature. The father and mother are king and queen; and children, and others residing in the family, are the subjects. I have treated at large, in the last chapter, on your duties to your parents; but I must not pass over your behavior towards the other members of the family. And here, I wish you to keep in mind all I have said about the formation of character. Remember, that the character you form in the family will, in all probability, follow you through life. As you are regarded by your own brothers and sisters at home, so, in a great measure, will you be regarded by others, when you leave your father’s house. If you are manly, amiable, kind, and courteous, at home—so you will continue to be; and these traits of character will always make you beloved. But if you are peevish, ill-natured, harsh, uncourteous, or overbearing, at home, among your own brothers and sisters—so will you be abroad; and, instead of being beloved, you will be disliked and shunned.

The best general direction that I can give is, that you carry out the golden rule in your behavior toward your brothers and sisters, and all other people who reside in the family. If you do to them as you would wish them to do to you, all will be well. But I must be a little more particular. Boys are often disposed to assume a dictatorial, domineering air toward their sisters, as though they thought themselves born to rule, and were determined to exercise their dominion over their sisters, because they have not strength to resist their tyranny. But I can hardly think of anything more unmanly. It shows a very base spirit, destitute of noble and generous feelings, to take advantage of the weakness of others to tyrannize over them. But to do this to those who, by the relation they bear to you, are entitled to your love and protection, is base beyond description. The same is true, though perhaps in a less degree, in regard to the conduct of an older brother toward a younger brother.

A brother should be kind, tender, courteous, and delicate, in his behavior toward his sisters, never treating them with rudeness or neglect, and standing ready always to protect them from the rudeness of other boys. He should never speak gruffly to them, nor in a lordly, domineering, or contemptuous manner. Such conduct toward other misses or young ladies would be esteemed very unkind and ungentlemanly; and why should it not be so esteemed at home? Are your own sisters entitled to less respect than strangers?

Accustom yourself to make confidants of your sisters. Let them understand your feelings, and know your designs; and pay a suitable regard to their advice. By this means you may be saved from many a snare, and you will secure their affection and sympathy. Never form any design, or engage in any enterprise, which you are ashamed to divulge to them. If you do, you may be sure it will not end well.

One rule, well observed at home, among brothers and sisters, would go far towards making them accomplished gentlemen and ladies, in their manners—BE COURTEOUS TO EACH OTHER. Never allow yourself to treat your brothers or sisters in a manner that would be considered rude or ungentlemanly, if done to other young people visiting in the family. Especially, never allow yourself to play tricks upon them, to tease them, or, in a coarse, rough manner, to criticize or ridicule their conduct, especially in the presence of others. But if you see anything that you think needs reforming, kindly remind them of it in private. This will have a much better effect than if you mortify them, by exposing their faults before company. Be careful of their feelings, and never needlessly injure them.

Boys sometimes take delight in crossing the feelings of their brothers and sisters, interfering with their plans, and vexing them, out of sheer mischief. Such conduct is especially unamiable, and it will tend to promote ill-will and contention in the family. Be not fond of ‘tattling’ against them. If they do anything very much amiss, it will be your duty to acquaint your parents with it. But in little things, of small consequence, it is better for you kindly to remonstrate with them, but not to appeal to your parents. In some families, when the children are at home, your ears are continually ringing with the unwelcome sounds, “Mother, John”—”Father, Susan”—”Mother, George,” etc.—a perpetual string of complaints, which makes the place more like a bedlam than a quiet, sweet home. There is no sight more unlovely than a quarrelsome family—no place on earth more undesirable than a family of brothers and sisters who are perpetually contending with each other. But I know of no place, this side heaven, so sweet and attractive as the home of a family of brothers and sisters, always smiling and happy, full of kindness and love, delighting in each other’s happiness, and striving how much each can oblige the other. If you would have your home such a place, you must not be selfish; you must not be too particular about maintaining your own rights; but be ready always to yield rather than to contend. This will generally have the effect to produce the same disposition in your brothers and sisters. And then the strife will be—which can be most generous.

Young men and boys should cultivate a love of home as a defense against the temptations to frequent bad company and places of resort dangerous to their morals. A boy or a young man, who is deeply and warmly attached to his mother and sisters, will prefer their company—to that of the depraved and worthless; and he will not be tempted to go abroad in search of pleasure, when he finds so much at home. It is a delusive idea, that any greater pleasure can be found abroad than is to be enjoyed at home; and that boy or young man is in a dangerous way, to whom the society of his mother and sisters has become insipid and uninteresting. When you feel any inclination to go abroad in search of forbidden pleasure, I advise you to sit down with your sisters, and sing, “Home, sweet home.” And here I may say that the cultivation of music will add much to the attractions of home. It is a delightful recreation. It soothes the feelings, sweetens the temper, and refines the taste. In addition to the cultivation of the voice, and the practice of vocal music, you will find great satisfaction in learning to play on some instrument of music, to be able to carry your part on the flute or violin. This will greatly diminish the temptation to go abroad for amusement; and in proportion as you find your pleasure at home, will you be safe from those evil influences which have proved the destruction of so many boys.

But perhaps you are an only child. Then you will enjoy the exclusive affections and attention of your parents, without a rival. But you will lose the advantage of the society of brothers and sisters. The former will be no benefit; for parents do not abate their love to their firstborn, when others are added to their number. But the exclusive love to an only child often degenerates into excessive indulgence. The society of brothers and sisters, though it often tries the temper, yet contributes greatly to the happiness of a child. It provides a wholesome discipline, and affords the means of learning how to behave among equals; which an only child cannot learn at home. You will be likely to think too much of yourself, because you will receive the exclusive attentions of your parents, and will not have before you the daily example of your equals. These things you must guard against; and endeavor to make up the deficiency, by carrying out the hints I have given, in the society of other children, wherever you meet them.

In conclusion, I will give you one little family rule. You may think it a very little one; but it is able to do wonders. If you will try it one week, and never deviate from it, I will promise you the happiest week you ever enjoyed. And, more than this, you will diffuse such a sunshine about you as to make others happy also. My little rule is this—never be moody or grouchy.”

May your weekend, dear friends, overflow with joy in your home!


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*via Grace Gems

>Summer Children’s Art Gallery -Marco T.-

>Welcome to the grand-opening of the Summer Children’s Art Gallery!

Today I am very proud to show you what my nephew Marco has drawn: Achilles Hit by an Arrow.

Marco is 12 years old and lives in Canada with his beautiful family and a big dog. He loves to draw in his spare time and is ready to enjoy his summer.

Thank you Marco, for participating in this virtual gallery today. Your drawing made me think of these words of Spurgeon, that we all need to remember and consider carefully:

“A cunning enemy we have to deal with; he knows our weak points; he has been dealing with men for these last six thousand years; he knows all about them. He is possessed of a gigantic intellect—though he be a fallen spirit; and he is easily able to discover where our sore places are, and there it is he immediately attacks us. If we are like Achilles, and cannot be wounded anywhere but in our heel, then at the heel he will send his dart, and nowhere else.”



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>Summer Children’s Gallery


I am sure that your children (or grandchildren), just like mine, love to paint, create, craft, model with clay, design with cardboard boxes, cook, or even write throughout the summer; and I am also sure they like to show the world what they have created.  That is the reason why I thought it would be a wonderful idea to invite YOUR children to display their art every Saturday during this summer in this place, in the Summer Children’s Gallery.

If your children (or grandchildren) want to participate, it is very simple:

1. You must be a friendly reader of this blog (a “follower”, or a subscriber)

2. Email me a picture (or two or three) of their art work, or culinary abilities (including their recipe), and I will display it here. Be sure to include their age, the media they used, and maybe a note written by them.  (dailyonmywaytoheaven (at) yahoo (dot) com)

3. Please, pass the voice and share the fun!

I would love to see what your children are creating; I am sure we will be surprised.

Soli Deo Gloria