Monday, February 13, 2012

Lighthouses & Lamplighter Giveaway!

Grace Darling and Her Father by William Bell Scott

Where every parting agony is hushed,
And hope and fear mix not in further strife.
"But courage, Father! let us out to sea-- A few may yet be saved."
The Daughter's words, Her earnest tone, and look beaming with faith,
Dispel the Father's doubts: nor do they lack
The noble-minded Mother's helping hand
To launch the boat; and with her blessing cheered,
And inwardly sustained by silent prayer,
Together they put forth, Father and Child!

~ An Excerpt from the Poem Grace Darling by William Wordsworth

The painting above by William Bell Scott depicts the Victorian Era heroism of Mr. Darling and his daughter Grace that we read about in our "Portraits from the Past" last month. William Wordsworth even penned a poem to commend the bravery of these lighthouse keepers written about here. The keeper of the lighthouse had quite a job on his hands. Such responsibility weighed on them for lives depended upon their illumination!

Did you know that the family of Robert Louis Stevenson were lighthouse architects? His grandfather is responsible for building the largest one in Scotland with the opening of these words,

"May the great Architect of the universe complete and bless this building!"

It seems like lighthouses were the topic this month in my home! We just finished reading the Lamplighter Publishing book titled, Saved at Sea by Mrs. O.F. Walton and I thought it would be fun to offer this little treasure as a *G I V E A W A Y*. To enter, you just need to answer the following questions by leaving a response in the comment box. Winners will be announced this Friday the 17th so be sure to check back so I can get the appropriate email and address of the winner. One entry per person please.

Questions for the wives, mothers and maidens:
  • Who is your treasured heroine in the Bible?
  • Who is your favorite Christian heroine of the past?

"The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
the LORD is the strength of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?"
~ Psalm 27:1

Saved at Sea by Mrs. O.F. Walton Written in 1879 and republished by  Lamplighter Publishing, this is a sweet chapter book for ages 8 - 12 years of age or would make an excellent family read aloud.

"On the lonely island the lighthouse stands, warning of impending danger and providing light for seafarers in the frightening world of the dark turbulent seas. But even as they keep watch, old Sandy Fergusson and his grandson Alick can’t prevent the raging storms that lurk ahead."

Birdie's Lighthouse by Deborah Hopkinson (4 - 8 years of age)
A fun, picture book about a young girl based on a true story.


  1. I love Esther and Deborah in the Bible.
    We've just been learning about Elizabeth Fry and Florence Nightingale with my girls, they did amazing things with what little they had!

  2. I'm sorry to have missed the giveaway! I have always been so inspired by Esther and Ruth. Courage and loyalty!

  3. I am SO sad that I missed your giveaway! I would have answered this way: Mary Magdalene because she was forgiven much and either corrie ten Boom or Darlene Diebler Rose, both great ladies of faith.


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