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Upstairs the Peasants Are Revolting: More Family Life in a Farmhouse

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Well-known blogger and newspaper columnist, Smucker, once again writes so vividly in this collection of essays about life with her six kids, that you'll be convinced you have a place at their table, your own seat in their van, a list of chores with your name at the top, and a small hankering for trouble ? just like one of the family.

Get ready for another rollicking reading ride ? when you can't tell if the tears you suddenly find on your cheeks are from laughing or from crying....

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Overview

Well-known blogger and newspaper columnist, Smucker, once again writes so vividly in this collection of essays about life with her six kids, that you'll be convinced you have a place at their table, your own seat in their van, a list of chores with your name at the top, and a small hankering for trouble — just like one of the family.

Get ready for another rollicking reading ride — when you can't tell if the tears you suddenly find on your cheeks are from laughing or from crying. Dorcas Smucker once again writes so vividly about life with her six kids that you'll be convinced you have a place at their table, your own seat in their van, a list of chores with your name at the top, and a small hankering for trouble — just like one of the family. She and her kids are innocently funny and usually well-meaning, trying hard to manage all their energy and their peculiar points of view.

Jenny asks questions endlessly like, "What's inside your lips?" Matt has serial obsessions — animals to astronomy. Ben drops caterpillars down the gaps in the porch floor and has a 12-year collection of scars. Emily moves effortlessly from being a whirling Queen of the Smuckers to posing as a pompous science lecturer. Amy phones home to report that, "New York City is not dangerous," and "We girls walk outside at night." And 9-year-old Steven from Kenya joins the family, soon demonstrating the same compulsion as his new brothers by throwing balls in the living room.

What makes this collection a stand-out is Dorcas' "Mother voice." With each new development, she's clear about the outcome she's hoping for, less certain about how she'll accomplish it, willing to confess the way things unfold. Dorcas Smucker, writer and mom, is bravely honest and hilariously humble. She never fails to give courage to any parent who reads these joyride chapters, while relentlessly entertaining.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561486007
  • Publisher: Good Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 972,413
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorcas Smucker, a mother of six and a Mennonite minister’s wife, lives in a 95-year-old farmhouse near Harrisburg, Oregon. In addition to her normal responsibilities of pulling splinters, settling arguments, and mopping floors, she writes a column, “Letter from Harrisburg,” for the Eugene, Oregon, Register-Guard. She also speaks to various groups, which she enjoys because everyone listens and no one interrupts. Her interests and hobbies include reading, crafts, sewing, travel, and exploring the Internet. She is the author of Upstairs the Peasants Are Revolting and Ordinary Days: Family Life in a Farmhouse, both published by Good Books.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     3
Priorities and People
Barbells for my brain     7
For better, for worse     11
For today, all is forgotten     16
Fresh perspectives     20
Simply complicated     24
Finding common ground     28
The indispensable mom     32
Holding on, letting go     37
Grace without limits     41
The mystery of marriage     45
"Too busy for you"     51
Gifts and Gratitude
Apple gratitude     59
Escapes for Mom     63
Daffodil Queen     67
The perfect porch     71
The best gifts     76
Mice and the power of nature     80
Help wanted: finder and clucker     84
Your land, my land     88
The kindness of strangers     92
Heritage and Hope
Connecting generations     99
Lasting memories and a new humility     104
Seven-foot brothers     109
A patchwork of personalities     114
Fearing the Fatal Error     119
From baby to bride     123
Changes and a Child
The turkey and the vine     129
The sound of dignity     133
Making a difference     138
Another tiny grave     144
Bubbles and paper airplanes     149
Bread on the waters     153
Normal, with a twist     159
A boy and his dog     153
About the Author     168
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

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    Dorcas Smucker has a refreshing voice, as she describes her gratitude for the crisp bite of an apple, the beauty of daffodils growing freely, the frustrations of a year in which mice seem to multiply out of nowhere, the care she took to choose Christmas gifts that would convey the feeling of being ¿special, loved, and included, like someone who really mattered.¿ I especially enjoyed the essays relating to her marriage, her discussion of the give-and-take of the relationship and how the ¿feeling¿ of love sometimes comes and goes but the practice of love should remain solid. Or, as she quotes her husband: You¿d think we¿d have everything figured out after 18 years. God has blessed me with a wife who is committed to making our marriage work, but we are still discovering the mysteries of love and sacrifice and commitment and how they make a relationship work. Dorcas grew up in the Amish community, but she and her family are now Mennonites and she describes her struggles to make the right decisions. ¿Is it okay to buy a fast-food meal if it means more time with a friend? If having a garden means I don¿t have time to teach vacation Bible school, which do I choose? Is making my own food always better than buying it? Am I insisting on doing things the slow and old-fashioned way long after it becomes pointless?¿ Ultimately, the question seems to be, ¿Was it worth it?¿ and her answer comes through clearly, ¿Yes, yes, it was.¿ Likewise, time spent reading this book was worth it. I highly recommend it.

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