Thursday, June 30, 2011

If folks think you're from a different planet...


...YOU'RE  PROBABLY DOING SOMETHING RIGHT!!!

The other day I noticed a book that was titled:

“WEIRD….because NORMAL isn’t working.”
Now I don’t know if it’s a good book or not, I just got a kick out of the title, since that is the way I look at our family.  It’s interesting how people glance at us sometimes.  You have to wonder what they whisper to each other as they walk away.   Once Victoria overheard someone who was watching us mumble, “Look here comes some Mormons.”  :-) 

Yes, we’re weird…because normal…just isn’t working!

 1 Peter 2:9 
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."
Romans 12:2 "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." 
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Tomorrow we're going camping in Tillamook OR.  We always have Internet connection there, so I'll probably be posting some pictures! 

Have a  wonderful 4th! 

Horses, Garden and such!

We've had a few days of sun, so things are really starting to grow well! Here are some recent pictures from the farm. 


Victoria found Buba's special spot :-)
 Pretty purple flowers are just starting to bloom!
 Garden is lookin' good!

 One of my bees hard at work!  Today I found out one of my hives is queen-less.  I'm in a dilemma.  I suppose a new queen will have to be ordered QUICKLY since a bee's  life span is something of 5 weeks.  I may take a frame of brood out of the healthy hive and place it into the queen-less one, so at least there will be a few new bees and a chance of survival.

 I grew bachelor's buttons from seeds :-)
 The first blooms in my wildflower mix
 Nasturtiums~I grew these from seeds too!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Swarm!

It's honey bee swarm season in Washington right now.  Last night we captured this one, and put them into another hive box.  So now I have 3 hives! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'm sorry for "Lydia's Soap Box!" :-)


Titus 2:3-5 

Taken from "The Fulfilled Family."

"The phrase "keepers at home" is the Greek word oikourgos.  It comes from oikos, which means "home" and ergon, which means "work."  Oikourgos, then, means simply "to work at home"  Now, I'm going to tell you what I think this really means:  I think women ought to work at home.  Profound huh? 

You say "But I have a wonderful job!"  Well, the Bible says to work at home.  You say, "But we need the money." Well, the Bible says to work at home.  You say "But my kids are in school" (they shouldn't be!) Well, the bible says to work at home. 

The Bible doesn't say P.s.--Under the following circumstances, this is not valid." 
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 Don't feel like you have to read all of this, remember, I mostly just have this blog to get all of my thoughts out! ;-)  This is one area that can frustrate me sometimes; as I wonder why so many Christians don't see the issue!

I believe that the all of the problems in our society stem right back to the fact that we have been chipping away the foundation on which our country was founded.  That solid foundation is the original laws and principles of God and the Bible.  One of those principles that God clearly explained was the distinct roles of men and women...and what each of them are to pursue and highly value. 

By getting kids in school, the woman into the work force, and the men either working, or playing games in their basements, we see the utter destruction of the family.  And now this generation is asking, “Why even BOTHER with marriage or a family?”  As a result of this, we are seeing children abandoned by one or both parents out of wedlock.

 Those who are willing to be honest, recognize that we are raising a generation that is illiterate compared to what was coming out of America when she was founded.  But the problem is, because people are terrific at sticking Band-Aids on symptoms, rather than dealing with reality (the reality being that there is a God and you are not him) we are LOSING these children.  These kinds of people don’t want to deal with reality, because that would mean there must be some standards that this God has given His people to follow.   And following those standards will require effort and submission, and the giving up of your selfishness.   

When the family is destroyed, we have many, MANY lives that are left in complete confusionKids are stumbling around trying to find purpose and meaning, and love outside of their God-ordained family realms, and they are self-destructing.  It is HEART BREAKING for me to see this thing going on.  All hope is not lost.  It is our duty to stick together as a family, and reach out to these kids who are crying out for attention and love, and show them that they can find all the fulfillment and acceptance they will ever need when they are grafted into the family of God.

Another thought: Isn’t it best to reach out to young adults and kids by welcoming them INTO the FAMILY of God (that is, that multi-generational group of parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, and all of those in-between), rather than send them off to another building with only kids of their age?  

I subject that is 'danced around'...even in the church!

Taken from "The Fulfilled Family" by John MacArthur
"I recognize that this whole issue of authority and submission in the home is not very popular, but do you know why?  Because we've had our minds literally brainwashed, and are told we are doing an injustice to women by categorizing them in this way.  If you have trouble accepting these principles, (those in the Bible that establish the man as the head and leader, and the woman as the body, the follower) it is because you are part of a society that has been victimized by a godless, Christ-less, non-biblical philosophy of living that has been perpetrated for centuries on human thinking.”  

What we are seeing today in our society is the result of the thinking of the French Revolution, which was a humanistic, egalitarian, approach to life.  They believed in a society were there was absolute equality—a classless, godless kind of humanistic existence.  These ideas have been brewing for years, and it is now coming to full brew.  Our generation is drinking it in!  No classes, no sexes, no distinctions, no authority, no roles, no submission, and no humility.  And the church, instead of rejecting it, falls right in by supporting equal rights for homosexuals, advocating women preachers, and women elders, and functioning on a philosophical godless hermeneutic that forces reinterpretation of the Bible in terms of our present time, instead of accepting the authority of the Word of God.

Nothing can be done well when it is in contradiction with the laws that God has given us to follow.  He set up our roles exactly as He wanted them in Genesis, and  has confirmed them all throughout the Bible.   

It's not about guns, it's about control!

Yesterday at the Wal-Mart in Chehalis, we couldn't help noticing a few neat bumper stickers.  I found a couple others along the same lines.  So here are a few to brighten your day :-)  (Note: it’s not always a great idea to read bumper stickers in this area, in fact, it’s definitely best to avoid them. :-) 
If guns kill people…
…do pencils miss-spell words?

Gun control is using both hands.

Gun control is being able to hit your target.

And last but not least… :-) 
I always carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.



 
One of the things that was required of us so that our home could be  approved for a foster license, was that all guns must be kept in a locked safe.  (Even when we were to foster a BABY.)

Sooooo…If some guy who was up to no good came into the house in the middle of the night, someone would have to politely ask him to hold his horses while we run around in the dark looking for the ammunition (that has to be kept in a separate hidden spot), un-lock the safe, and get the gun all loaded and cocked while the kind man stands there patiently, waiting to be blasted into smithereens or arrested.

Brilliant!!!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Interesting....

These days, men claim (and try to convince others) that there
 "IS NO SUCH THING AS ABSOLUTES."

My question is:

ARE THEY ABSOLUTELY SURE OF THIS????

Sunday, June 26, 2011

What a thought!

“You cannot give your child what you do not possess, you can scarcely help giving your child what you do possess.  We impress upon our children less by what we teach them, than by what we are,  Children are mirrors…if you don’t like the reflection, then the fault is probably with yourself.”   J.R. Miller, “Homemaking”

I see this with my own little brothers.  I see Timmy talking like we do “yeah, um, and then I was totally like, no way!”  and then Joe (who is a couple years younger) imitates Timmy.

When the 5 of us older kids were younger, we used to always say to each other “stop copying me!”  But I realize that it’s just natural for the younger to imitate the older.  When they did things that bothered me, it was probably because I did them myself…and taught it to them without knowing :-)   

"Rather I would see my own little ones laid away in the grave tomorrow, and miss all of their love, and go with empty hands and sobbing heart through this life to it's close, than to attempt to train them without the Lord's help and guidance."  ~ J.R. Miller "Homemaking"

Basic First Aid

A Couple of First Aid Basics:

Normal human temperature: 98.6

Heat Exhaustion: Above 104.0

Hypothermia: Below 95.0

CPR
30 compressions, 2 breaths.  Babies and children are the same, but use only 1 hand for child and 2 fingers for infant. 

Point of interest…
Our CPR class teacher recommended we used either the song “Staying Alive” or “Another One Bites the Dust” (LOL!)  to help you do compressions accurately.  Just sing the song in your head and keep time with it. :-)

I guess the person you’re administering the CPR to would determine which song you sing

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Amazing New Book!

Actually, it isn't REALLY a new book so much...it was written in '85.  But it's new to me :-)


"The Fulfilled Family"  ~by John MacArthur Jr. 


I found this book buried in a bookshelf (we have so many!) and started reading it last night.  I'm almost finished with it, as it is small. 

He hits on all of the very critical issues regarding the roles given to each individual in a very easy-to-understand, but firmly Biblical and down-to-earth way. 


It is basically a study on Ephesians 5:21 and 6:4  (Sorry for the blurry picture, I took it off of Amazon ;-) I noticed that you can get it there for 1 cent!)  It's sooooo good!  I don't know why it would be so cheap!

MacAurthur's writing style is very similar to the way I write papers and such for my other old blog Taking Back America. 

Unfortunately I already wrote in my answers for the question on my evaluation paper that asked which 3 books outside the Bible are my favorite.  Too late to add it now!   This one has to be at least 2nd or 3rd place though! 

I've been underlining, and underlining, and underlining in it...to the point that it looks like the whole book has been scribbled in by a toddler;-)

Danger--Facebook

PLEASE everyone out there with a Facebook account...be VERY CAREFUL.  Better yet, reconsider even posting any personal information or pictures AT ALL.  Our family has never trusted Facebook, and it seems truer and truer as time goes on that 'they' don't care about your privacy...or protection. 

You'll find plenty of articles on the Internet about this "Facial Recognition" thing they have now. 
This latest creepy news about Facebook:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/229742/why_facebooks_facial_recognition_is_creepy.html

If someone was to ask you...

...what is love? 

What would your answer be?

We can get all sorts of strange answers from the world.  But this is what I belive love is:

1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag, and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly, it does not seek it’s own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things,. Love never fails.” 


Somtimes...

...things don't exactly go the way we planned :-)


We made this cake with the intentions of using it for our cousin's graduation party. 
Let's just say it's a good thing Costco knows how to make cakes!!!!

(If you'll notice from the picture, it wasn't wasted...some of it is already eaten.;-)

Friday, June 24, 2011

I CAN do ALL THINGS!

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise."

1 Corinthians 3:18
"Let no man deceive himself.  If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise,  For the wisdom of the world is foolishness before God."

Answering these pre-courtship evaluation questions has really humbled me, and has shown me that, if I think that I am 100% perfectly prepared for such responsibility, I will fall flat on my face and be disappointed in myself when I realize that I am NOT. 

I am completely incapable of handling anything WITHOUT the Lord's help.  I am trusting in him to continue revealing himself to me every day.  "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." 

You know what "all things" means in the Greek (before the Bible was translated to English?)

  ALL THINGS!!! ;-) 

Which would seem to include courtship and marriage, raising  and teaching children,  homemaking, growing in character, and trusting everything into His care.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

June 23rd 2011

The last couple of days have been busy.  Busy for me in the sense that I have been sitting here at the computer typing in some very important answers to some very important questions…such as “Who is God”  “Why is there Evil in the World” and “Is God unjust to send sinners who have never heard the gospel to hell?" The last of these questions was probably the most difficult for me.  I have learned so much though, mostly through reading Romans 1:18-24.  This is an area of much controversy among Christians, but I believe that Romans 1 explains the concept that “they are without excuse” thoroughly.  I don’t believe I will ever FULLY understand this mystery of the gospel, but I also understand that God does not require us to ‘know everything’ but rather to trust completely in his inspired word.  

I love answering these questions; they are the kind of thing I thoroughly enjoy writing about.  The personal questions were a little harder, but it always feels so good to write everything down; and to pour everything out onto paper.  I probably should have considered spreading the questions out over at least a few days, but I just couldn’t help myself :-)  When I get a mind to do something, I usually do it right then and there.  Tonight when I told Daddy that I was finished and had read it all aloud to Mommy already, he just laughed a lot and said “Oh I figured!”  He knows me pretty well.  I wasn’t at all trying to rush through it; (in fact, I think I exceeded the 3 paragraph limit a couple times) I take this very seriously (but of course had to include a little humor here and there ;-)  If I don’t stay light-hearted through this, I think it could potentially be way more difficult than it needs to be.  

The words just came to me much easier than I expected.  I was constantly praying for that, for me and always, always, for the other.  That God would give us the wisdom and knowledge that I know He wants us to have so that we can grow closer to Him in every area of life and live our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him.  No matter what happens, no matter how hard the waiting and the wondering gets, He will be with us through every step. I write this with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes (and more of them dripping all over my lap. ;-)   God is so good!  Thank you Jesus, for all of your blessings.  I feel His peace, and (besides the very occasional butterflies and stomach flips) I am not worried!  :-)   

My silly little brother

A couple of cute things Joe said today:
"Have you sawn Timmy?"  (He uses "sawn" in place of "seen" all the time ;-)
"How soon are we going triping?"  "Tripping," is the same thing as "camping."  We're going on a trip to Seaside next weekend.  So to Joe, it's tripping.  Naturally.  :-)

Philipians 4:6

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God, and the peace from God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

6/22/11


Today was an interesting day.  Mostly because of what we discussed in our “family time” this morning.

I will apologize in advance for my lengthy post.  Writing things down is always rather relieving.  So bear with me as I pour out what’s on my heart at this time.  :-)

I believe that we are entering into a new chapter of life, at times the thought of it is rather overwhelming.  Things aren’t as simple as they were 5 or 6 years ago, when cares and trials were lighter and sometimes almost non-existent.  But the Lord is ever faithful, and I see this not only as a challenging time of bridling my anxiousness, but also a blessed time, with opportunities to grow closer to my Savior as I continue to learn to lean on Him rather than my own understanding.  

For some time now my parents have been diligently considering, and constructing a list of our family’s standards for marriage preparation---that is, pre-courtship, and if after that step we see eye-to-eye, courtship, and if we still agree on everything, engagement which should be a short time of the prep for marriage.  

I know for some people, this is a completely foreign idea, why in the world would you go through all of that trouble?  Marriage is a serious, life-long commitment, and our family has chosen not to adopt the culture’s practice of date-and-drop until you decide you like someone enough.  A union built exclusively on the foundation of having similar movie preferences…or foods…or whatever else…probably isn’t going to last long.  

“God will never ask you to do something that he will not give you the strength to do if you ask of him.”   ~Mike Kessler

Philippians 4:13
   "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

 “I know I’m not strong enough to be everything that I’m supposed to be, I give up, I’m not strong enough.  Hands of Mercy won’t you cover me Lord right now I’m asking you to be strong enough…for both of us.”  
~Matthew West “Strong Enough” (I would encourage anyone to listen to this song if you’re going through any sort of trial! :0)

This is what I am asking of all of you; dear family.  Please PRAY for strength for both parties concerned.  We could all use and extra dose of wisdom and strength, patience and perseverance!

The only place I want to be is in the center of God’s will...anywhere else is frightening and dangerous.  

Please ask Him to give me, and us, a humble spirit, peacefulness, and an ever stronger understanding of what His will is for our lives.  Pray that I would not be afraid, neither fretting nor worrying over what “could happen.”
   
 2Corinthians 12:9
“But He said to me; “My Grace is sufficient for you, and my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”  




Doing things God’s way is always worthwhile…

…And anything worthwhile is never easy.

"Nothing Worthwhile is Ever Easy."


I see this lesson in so many things.  My garden in particular.  Anything I want to grow is difficult, and it requires meticulous care in weeding, fertilizing, pruning, and protecting from critters who are out to devour and destroy.  

All of the things that are most important to me in my life—the fundamentals of living out a God-pleasing life—are like my plants.  I want to cultivate them, and grow them, and see them blossom.  

But the enemy is keen, and his greatest joy would be to see me:
 Writhing in pain and agony, despairing and worrying, anxious and un-settled, un-happy, miserable, and hopeless.  He wants to see my communication with my Father cut off, he wants to see me dry up because of my deficiency of the refreshing Word of God.  He wants to see me up all night, and distressed all day, proving to myself my utter lack of trust and faith in the Almighty.  He wants to see that flame of hope and joy drowned and extinguished by my own apprehension and fear.  

By discovering just what the devil would like to see, I am given a clearer vision of the raging battle against evil in my heart.  This is where I am. 

What the Father wants from me is:
 A constant dialog, communication through prayer and thanksgiving all day long.  He wants to see my persistence in prayer; he wants my full concentration, attention and devotion.  He wants to take all of my anxiety, any of my fears, and he wants to exchange them with hope and peace that can only be found through trusting that he has always had a plan, and will bring his WILL to full completion no matter how badly I manage to mess things up.  He wants to see me patiently waiting for him to act, and with that a joyful countenance.  

Psalm 5:3
“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct my prayer to You, and I will look up.”

Psalm 55:17
Evening and morning, and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud; and He shall hear my voice.

1 Thessalonians 5:17
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus

2 Timothy 1:7
  “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and of discipline.”  

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Psalm 37:7-9
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.

Romans 5:4-5
"And not only so, but let us have joy in our troubles: in the knowledge that trouble gives us the power of waiting. And waiting gives experience; and experience, hope: and hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."

Baked Oatmeal

Really good, and really easy :-)  This was from a dear friend of mine from our church, Linda Clements. 
2 1/2 C. Oatmeal
1/4 to 3/4 c. Brown Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder

1  1/2 C. milk
2 eggs
1 TB vanilla
2 TB oil
Mix and let stand for 15 minutes.  Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes


  I bet it would be awesome with strawberries or blueberries!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Pictures from our Father's Day Trip

This is a KOA campground in the Astoria Oregon Area.  We were right across from Fort Stevens... a fort first built during the Civil War, and used to guard the mouth of the Columbia through the Second World War. 



















There's a lot I'd like to say about the pictures, but I don't have time right now, so maybe I'll add comments later!

1 Tim 4:12

"Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity show yourself  to be an example of those who believe." 

Change In The Making

I like the verses to this song.  It's where I am, and will always be.  A change in the making!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Something is wrong with this picture...

“The Bible says that debt is a curse, and children are a blessing.  Yet in our culture, we apply for the curse and reject the blessings.  Something is wrong with this picture.” 
                                                          ~Doug Philips, Vision Forum Ministries 

Psalm 127:3-5
Behold, children are a gift of the Lord,
And the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gates.  


We are being told constantly that children are expensive, they're handfulls, they're trouble, they're messy, they will cost you energy and time. 

It's interesting at the farmer's market when I tell people how many siblings I have and how thankful I am for them.  The frequent comments are:
oh how did your mom do that!!!
wow.... (with a puzzled look)
no way...really?
You must be busy then
why...how...what...did you say???

I can tell that some of them would like to say (but don't for politeness's sake)

Imagine the carbon footprint!  You guys are breathing all the air!!!!  Think of all the co2!
What's wrong with you guys
how do you afford that
why in the world would you want so many kids
What are you crazy???

You get the idea.  :-)  I don't think I've had more than one or two that say "Oh what a blessing!!" 

Isn't that sad???

What's For Lunch???

I have a hard time coming up with new ideas for lunch.  I mean, ham sandwiches and grilled cheese can get kind of old after a few months.

This is really really really really really good.

Toast a half  bagel (or a slice of bread)
Mix together some cream cheese, and some chopped pickled Jalapeno slices and green chilies
Melt some shredded cheddar cheese
Spread the cream cheese on your bagel, melt the cheese in the microwave and put on top of the cream cheese. Then crush up some tortilla chips and stick those to the cheese on top. 

Enjoy them!  (with a fork probably...they're a little messy to pick up and eat ;-)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It's been a wonderful Weekend!

Monday was my 16th Birthday.  My wonderful family wanted to do something very special for me…so they secretly contacted around 50 people—all of my dear friends and family—and asked them to send notes, recipes, and verses to my Meemom’s address. 

For the last month, they have been putting together 2 very, very, special scrapbooks for me.  I don’t know how to THANK YOU all…this was such a surprise, and I am truly overwhelmed.

 God has been so good to me…and not because I deserved it!  I have pages upon pages full of the PRICELESS photos, recipes, verses and cards from all of you who I love so dearly.  I am so blessed; I just can’t even find the words to express my thankfulness and gratitude for this treasure composed by so MANY special friends. 


I love you all!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Growing the Old Fashioned Varieties :-)

I’ve always wondered why heirloom varieties are supposedly healthier to grow.  This explains it! 

Researchers have known since the 40’s that yield increases produced by fertilization, irrigation and other environmental means tend to decrease the concentrations of minerals in those plants,  These techniques  give growers higher yields and consumers get less expensive food.  But because of this, we get a lower quality food as well. 

Another contributor to the nutrient deficiencies in food is what scientists call the Genetic Dilution Effect, which happens when farmers breed plants to produce high-yield varieties.  This declines the nutrient concentration significantly in comparison with the heirloom verities grown years ago.

  • Wheat and barley~ Protein concentrations declined by 30-50 percent between the years 1938 and 1990

  • Official U.S.D.A. nutrient data shows the calcium content of broccoli averaged 12.9 milligrams per lb of dry weight in 1950, but only 4.4 ml. dry weight in 2003.  

  • In fruits and veggies, usually 80-90 percent of the dry weight yield is carbohydrates—sugars and starches (the last thing we need more of in the American diet). When growers choose varieties for highest yields, they are selecting mostly for the highest amounts of carbohydrates.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Need Motivation?

Benefits of Regular Exercise

Reduces risk of:
Heart disease
Obesity
High blood pressure
Osteoporosis
Diabetes
High cholesterol
Some cancers

Keeps muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments flexible to make bending walking and moving around in general easier.

Has been shown to be helpful for mild depression and anxiety
Makes people feel and look healthy
Promotes better sleep patterns
 Increases cognitive function
Reverses dementia