Review

This lovely review was posted on Amazon!! Thank you so much for your kind words!  If you have read my book…a review would be appreciated, so that more people will be encouraged to take a look!

  1. Scruffy is a loveable character that warms your heart through his antics and mischievous nature. ♥️ My kids loved this book. I loved that it tells the story of a God that loves us through our struggles.
  2. Marie Blair Campbell

    Reviewed in Canada on May 3, 2021

    In Scruffy Finds His Way, P. Lynn Halliday uses her barnyard experience to weave a delightful tale about a young adventure seeking goat. Scruffy learns that life on the farm is not as simple as it seems. The smooth-flowing children’s story is filled with lessons about differences, leadership, conscience, loss and recovery. It’s a fine book to read to young children. All levels of readers will enjoy it. Scruffy Finds His Way has many tales of tails to tell. Illustrations by Jupiters Muse give the pages jump.

 

StoryTime with Mama and Papa – chapter 3 – part 2

Questions- Chapter 3 – part 2

  1. Was Scruffy concerned about doing stuff that Mama and Papa didn’t like? Why?
  2. Why did Papa put an electric fence around the pasture?
  3. Why does the Maker sometimes let bad things happen to us.?
  4. Describe a time when you did something that your Mom had told you not to do. What happened? did you get into trouble? Did your Mom still love you?

Activities 

  1. Draw a picture of Mr. Ram and the sheep all hopping together.
  2. Draw a picture of Scruffy breaking out of the pasture fence – show a speech bubble that says, “Yikes, it bites.”
  3. Write a little story about some of the mischief that Scruffy and the Scruffkids did when they broke out of the pasture fence.

 

StoryTime with Mama and Papa-chapter 3-part 1

 

Questions

1- What were the names of the Scruffkids?

2- How do goats “look” at things?

3- what was Billyboy trying to do in the barnyard?

4- What did the Maker design Scruffy to do?

5- Why did it matter that Scruffy got himself and his friends in trouble?

6- Why did Scruffy shake his head when the “little voice” spoke to him?

7- How did Papa and Billyboy find out about the goats escaping from the barnyard?

Activities

1- Think about the “little voice” that spoke to Scruffy. List the type of things the voice would say.

2-Draw a picture of a time when you decided to do something you shouldn’t have done- put a “speech bubble” and write down what the “ little voice” would have said to you.

Other books by P.Lynn Halliday

Have you ever been lost? Totally and completely, have no idea where you are…lost? Well, Lynn has! Join her as she shares her “lost” adventures with you- adventures that God has used to show her His way.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” Ephesians 2:10

“In her short delightful memoir “Stuck on the Rocks, Again” Lynn paddles through and shoots the rapids of her Northern Ontario life…Halliday’s adventures remind the readers that God always answers their prayers. Sometimes the answer is “yes”. Sometimes it is “no.” Often, it’s “I’ll get back to you, I’m working on something.” – Wayne Campbell, editor/writer Welland Tribune

Both books are available directly from P. Lynn Halliday. Contact: plynnhalliday@gmail.com to place your order or to comment. $15/book or $25/both

Never give up

 

Never give up!

If you have read my book – Scruffy Finds His Way and read my first blog, you will discover a curious omission…that it appears in the book that we only have a small family that consists of Mama, Papa and Billyboy! In reality, our family consists of five people…Mama, Papa, Randi-Lynn, Joan and Bill…or Billyboy! So the question arises…why didn’t I include my two oldest children in the story?? Was there some deep, dark secret about them that I wanted to keep hidden…away from public view or “gasp” was I ashamed of them?? The quick answer is, “No”.

In Goat Tails I am telling the story of the Family Farm from the perspective of the Goats and right from the very beginning the family member that best loved the goats – especially the kids was our youngest child…Bill! Hence he has been featured in the first book, “Scruffy finds his way” and in the second book…soon to be released, “SuperScruff!”

But while Bill was primarily interested in the goats…he was not the only one to have adventures on our farm. Our oldest daughter, Randi-Lynn’s passion was horses! She spent every minute she could with the horses…riding, training and grooming. You could often find her at the barn…sometimes with an equally enthusiastic friend, gaily chattering while brushing and saddling her horse for another training session. She was serious about her riding and regularly went out for solo rides in the country to work off a few rough edges on her mount.

One day she headed off on such a ride on her favourite mount of the time…Angel! Now that horse was as misnamed as any horse I have ever heard of. To me…she was a cantankerous old lady whose sole pleasure in life was dumping you onto the ground! But to Randi-Lynn she was a queen who just needed a little work…?? Well off she went across the field to practice jumping over obstacles that Rand had strategically placed along the trails, then farther along to Clover Valley, where they would enjoy a brisk gallop. We watched her go…no worries…they had done this dozens of times.

It wasn’t until we spied Angel galloping up the field towards the barn, saddle slapping against her flanks…minus the rider that we got a little concerned! We ran to the driveway to head her off and managed to direct this angelic horse back into the barn. We had just decided who was going to ride out to look for our daughter when we saw a small person stomping angrily home (you could tell just how angry she was, even at a distance ). Fifteen minutes later she arrived, with a black look on her determined face. Stomping straight by us without saying anything she marched to the barn. Two minutes later she was back on a snorting Angel galloping across the field. We pondered…who had learned the biggest lesson…Randi-Lynn or Angel?

Over the years there were many similar sort of events that occurred with that horse…yet despite the frustrations, Randi-Lynn continued to love her…never gave up on her…used every opportunity to further her training…just like God does for us!

He uses events…both good and bad to build our character, to rub off some of our rough edges. We balk, we fight Him, we stubbornly refuse to learn…but He never gives up…now that’s love! See Romans 5:3-5

Now, I’ve happily shared one of Randi-Lynn’s moments…I have also shared some of my own misadventures- check out “Finding His Way” and “Stuck on the Rocks, again” – real stories about our Faithful…never-give-up God rubbing off some of my rough edges!

StoryTime with Mama and Papa – Chapter 1 – Scruffy Beginnings

Chapter 1 – Scruffy Beginnings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laAEOvCm1nM&t=3s

Question Time with Mama

Part 1- Comprehension                               

 Name:_________________    Telephone: ______________     

  • Answer the questions below and email your answers to plynnhalliday@gmail.com – don’t forget to put your name and telephone # on the question sheet!
  • Every person that sends in their answers will be entered in a draw to win a free book!
  1.   What type of animal is Scruffy?_________________________________________
  2.   What is a baby goat called? ____________________________________________
  3. What special building did the Family Farm have?  __________________________ 
  4. Who lived on the Family Farm? __________________________________________
  5. What other critters were born? _________________________________________
  6. Which animal had the longest legs? _____________________________________
  7.   What is a baby horse called?___________________________________________
  8. What did Hobby have trouble doing when he was newly born? ______________
  9.   Which animals had the shortest legs? ___________________________________
  10.   What are goats made for?_____________________________________________

Part 2 – Activities

  • Send me a picture of your drawing of the Family Farm and of Scruffy
  • The best picture will be posted on my website…for all to see!
  1.   Imagine that the Family Farm was your home.

Draw a picture of your farm, include one other animal that you would have there.

  1.   Nellie Nanny said, “that she hoped that Scruffy would grow up to be the       special Scruff that the Maker had designed him to be.”

  Draw a picture of something that made Scruffy special.

 

 

Lost…on the Family Farm

Hi Again;

In my last blog, I described our lovely little farm in Manitowaning, but I didn’t really give you the full picture…let me add a few details.

Our eastern boarder ran along Highway 6, and McMullen side road on the south side. We had another farm on our north boarder…the neighbour who had the pigs that delighted my sheep dog and on our west boarder was our forest and part of the Manitowaning Golf course. Our forest was crammed full of a thick tangle of low bushes and trees…it was there that I spent much of my time since one of my hobbies has always been trail cutting. When I had a day off my biggest joy was hiking back to my forest and working on my latest trail. Let me share an example.

On this particular morning, I had decided that I needed a connecting trail between the main trail and the most southerly trail. I had the whole day to get this job done and since it wasn’t that far between these two trails I expected to plot, cut and clear the trail in one day…so off I hiked, machete in hand. I headed along the main trail and when I had reached the half way mark, I prepared to begin the work. I dug in my pockets for my compass to get a rough bearing…my trails were not precision planned paths…they were more like an art form…free to zig and zag while still heading roughly in the direction that I had determined. However it was frustrating to discover that I had left my compass behind…rats! It would take me an hour to walk home and back again, just for a compass. Perhaps I didn’t really need a compass for such a short trail? After all I just had to head roughly south and I would intersect the other trail at some point…it didn’t really matter where, I reasoned! My husband is a land surveyor and this sort of mentality drives him crazy! Anyway, I looked up at the sun…put my right shoulder in that direction and began cutting. Did I mention that the bush was pretty thick and that you could barely see through it?? Well that did make it a bit harder to stay on a straight track, but I was confident in my superior (not) orienteering skills so off I went! The process was simple…just identify a tall tree in the direction you intend to go then cut the path to it…so simple…so easy! I sometimes had to deviate from the intended path to get around fallen logs and swampy spots, but surely that didn’t matter? I industriously repeated this process over and over throughout the morning, periodically stopping to wipe the sweat from my eyes and stare ahead to see if I could spot the other trail. There was no sign of it, even though I had been cutting for hours…curious…the trail was not that far from the main trail, but this path was taking forever to cut. Finally after about four hours of cutting I looked up and spotted the roof of a barn! “Great,” I thought “I must be almost there, I can see civilization.” Then it occurred to me that I had never noticed a barn within sight of the trail that I was cutting towards…how odd? Finally, I broke through to a trail…but what trail? It didn’t look at all like the trail that I had planned to intersect. ”Had someone else cut a trail in my bush,” I wondered indignantly? I took a good look around and spotted signs of recent cutting, “aha, someone has been cutting here, just as I thought.” Then I noticed a water bottle and a coat that looked suspiciously like mine. Upon closer inspection I confirmed that they were mine….hmmm?? I followed the trail…and came to the unfortunate conclusion…that I had spent all morning cutting the new trail in a complete circle…totally missing the trail that I was originally aiming for. I considered throwing brush on the trail and covering up my work so that my surveyor husband wouldn’t tease me, but after some thought…I confessed all and laughed with him!

I fondly called that trail, “The Lost Loop.”

So, here is the point…I was so sure that I knew what I was doing…that I didn’t need help…not from God…not from others…not from a simple device like a compass, that I plunged ahead on a wrong course. Well this event mirrors what has so often occurred in my life. All too frequently I have decided to blaze ahead alone…unknowingly choosing a wrong course of action. Using my own power, strength and wisdom to make these decisions, I have ended up going in circles or have travelled some errant paths. Oh…the frustration and pain I could have saved myself if I had turned to God or to the people that God provided to help me.

In the book, “Scruffy Finds His Way,” we see a young kid who often chooses the wrong path…but no matter what path he chooses there is a heavenly Father who is there to help him to find the right path…no matter how many wrong paths he chooses.

Proverbs 3:5,6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

And lean not onto your own understanding

In all your ways acknowledge Him

And He will direct your path.

 

Check out similar stories in “Finding His Way” a book of “lost” adventures available on-line or directly from me!

 

…until next time, Lynn!