Friday, November 30, 2012

Update

Richie got a call from the hospital today (Finally!)  They're going to call him back again on Monday to confirm his surgery for December 13th. 

We're leaving in  a few minutes for our little vacation.  Yay!  Will post pictures soon :-)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

11-28-12

Some sweet friends from church gave us coupons for a couple nights at a very nice hotel.  Since the hospital still hasn't re-scheduled Richie's surgery, we decided we'd go ahead and go for a little vacation this weekend!  We're really looking forward to being able to just relax and enjoy some time together.  I'm very thankful that my sweet sisters and Daddy are happy to lead worship this week even though they'll be short their guitarist!  

Richie's been feeling really well...he's pretty much back to normal!  (As normal as Richie can be lol)  He had a physical this week for his CDL, and found that he was back to the weight he was before the whole ordeal.  I don't see how he couldn't be with all the good food we've been eating!  I'm sure he's built up the muscles that he lost too with all the walking he does.  

I put up our little 3' Christmas tree a few days ago.  It sure is nice to have one out here in the house.  I love it!        

 I took this picture yesterday on my walk.  Pretty huh?!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pictures from Thanksgiving

Richie and I went over to the Bowes' for dinner on Thanksgiving.  We had such a wonderful time, as usual!  The food was delicious too! 











Wednesday, November 21, 2012

11-21-12

We still haven't heard when the surgery will be scheduled.  We sure would like to know how the man who had his surgery last week is doing.  I'm hoping we'll get to find out a little more when we go to the hospital.  I just hope it will be soon, and not during Christmas! :-(

Richie's hair is really growing back fast now.  His facial hair has come back darker than before, while the hair on his head has come back soft and almost blonde!  He's going to need a haircut before too long.  We've been blessed with another wonderful week.  Today I am praising the Lord for good health, great friends, loving family, a strong and Godly husband, beautiful and uplifting music to listen to, and a God who's fingerprints are seen everywhere I look.  Why has He chosen to be so good to us so undeserving?  So that His Name would be glorified.  "Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with honor and majesty." Psalm 104:1 

Sprouts

I’ve been excited about growing sprouts for awhile.  They’re easy to grow, cheap to buy, and VERY healthy to consume.  Yesterday I ordered a couple pounds of sprouting seeds from Heirloom Acres seeds.  It cost me only 20.50 for Certified Organic chia seeds, mustard seeds, quinoa seeds, alfalfa seeds, amaranth seeds, and green lentils seeds.  

Soaking and sprouting your grains and seeds before consumption increases the enzyme activity as much as 6 times.  This is because germination neutralizes the inhibitor that keeps the enzymes from flourishing.  The process of germination increases vitamin content dramatically.  This is especially true of vitamins A, B-complex, C, and E.  The vitamin content of some seeds, grains, beans, or nuts increases by up to 20 times the original value within only a few days of sprouting.  Research shows that during the sprouting process bean sprouts increase in vitamin B1 by up to 285 percent, vitamin B2 by up to 515 percent, and niacin by up to 256 percent.  Carotene also increases dramatically.  Even more important, sprouting neutralizes phytic acid, a substance present in the bran of all grains that inhibits absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and zinc.  
Experts estimate that there can be up to 100 times more enzymes in sprouts than uncooked fruits and vegetables.  Enzymes are special types of proteins that act as catalysts for all your body’s functions. Extracting more vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids from the foods you eat ensures that your body has the nutritional building blocks of life to ensure every process works more effectively.
The quality of the protein in the beans, nuts, seeds, or grains improves when it is sprouted.  Proteins change during the soaking and sprouting process, improving its nutritional value.  The amino acid lysine, for example, which is needed to prevent cold sores and to maintain a healthy immune system increases significantly during the sprouting process.
  The fiber content of the beans, nuts, seeds, or grains increases substantially.  Fiber is critical to weight loss.  It not only binds to fats and toxins in our body to escort them out, it ensures that any fat our body breaks down is moved quickly out of the body before it can reabsorb through the walls of the intestines (which is the main place for nutrient absorption into the blood).

So, how do you sprout and use seeds?  Simple!  Fill a quart jar ¼ full of seeds, fill it up with water and screw on a piece of fabric or cheesecloth underneath the screw band.  Let sit overnight, then drain in the morning and rinse well with fresh water (you can do this without removing the top.)    Place jar upside-down but let it sit at an angle so it can drain.  Rinse a couple times a day without taking off the lid.  Sprouts are ready to use in 1-4 days.  Store sprouts in the refrigerator.

You can sprout beans an use them as you normally would, but they will cook much faster!  You can also sprout your grains before making breads, and add spouts to sandwiches and salads and soups, or eat them steamed!

*Did you know?*  Before the advent of factory farms, grains were partially germinated.  In former times, grain was harvested and sheaved.  The sheaves were then put into shocks and were gathered and built into stacks which stood in the field for several more weeks before threshing.  During this period of weathering in the field the grain seeds were exposed to rain and dew, and with heat from the sun, conditions were ideal for a degree of germination and enzyme multiplication in the grain.   Edward Howell MD Food Enzymes for Health and Longevity

Finally, a book recommendation if you are interested in healthy recipes and tips and lots of wonderful information!  If you'd like to learn more about the healthy eating habits and traditions of generations past, this is the book for you!  It’s called Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.  I have enjoyed this book immensely, and will for many years I think!  

Monday, November 19, 2012

Preparedness

I’m sorry it’s been another whole week since I’ve posted!

I’ve been sitting here in our cozy little house most of the day, conscious of the wind forcefully blowing the heavy rain against our large picture window.  Consequently, I have only ventured outside for one important thing…feeding my sheep and securing the beehives.  This relatively mild stormy weather has me thinking about the East coast and all that they’ve been though recently.  Although I am so sorry for the folks in New Jersey and New York, I’ve found it more difficult to find compassion in my heart for the many victims that have the “entitlement” mentality.  Stories of looting and generally selfish behavior disgusted me.  Especially since the East is considered one of the “most churched” areas in the nation.  It makes me ponder the consequences at hand, were a disaster of Sandy’s velocity to hit the more liberal and Godless states of Washington and California.  How would people react?  Like animals.  The instinct to protect themselves and their family against starvation, death, and discomfort will dissolve any single fiber of decency they once had.   Morals that are not grounded on the foundation of Biblical truth will not stand in a disaster...as we have witnessed many times over.  People will fight to the death over the last smashed tomato left on the grocery store shelf.  

And I wonder….how long will God withhold his judgment on us?  Washington has chosen Godless government leaders again and again—ultimately siding with Satan rather than God.  They legalized same-sex marriage, kick God out of schools, accept evil for good by tolerating abortion, fornication, and adultery as a cultural norm, punish good and reward evil, elect a lying Socialist president twice and then sing “God Bless America” at the top of their lungs before the baseball game.  Ouch.  So far I’ve not read about any nation who turned its back on God in this way and survived to tell about it.

 It’s easy to become discouraged...why even bother to stay involved or informed if it’s all going down the tube?    But I believe every Christian alive today has been placed at this time in history for a reason.  Even when we don’t think we are making a difference, we are.  We are obliged to pray for the nation, illuminate the uninformed, and to be hope in the difficult times ahead.      

   Are we ready for judgment?  Are we ready to be part of a solution to whatever problems may arise, rather than part of the problem?  Richie and I frequently talk about self-sufficiency and its implication.  We believe that self-sufficiency does not mean that we are not dependant upon God to supply our needs.  Actually, it is very much the contrary.  We believe we are to use this time wisely to prepare for more difficult times, just like Joseph did in Egypt before the famine.  We want to be dependant on God rather than the government, as well as provide for those who were not prepared.

 Did you know that grocery stores today operate much differently than they used to?  They have very little or no stock on hand.  What you see on the shelves is all that they have, unlike the well-stocked store rooms that grocers had previously.  In stores today, as soon as something is purchased, the bar-code of that item is scanned and electronically added to the next shipment “list.”   What does this mean for you in the event of a disaster?  As soon as Wal-Mart’s shelves are looted and empty, there will be nothing for you to eat until the system is up and the trucks start trucking again.  And I wouldn’t recommend even going to a store in the even of a disaster...you’re likely to get killed over a fight for the last bag of rice.  Is your pantry stocked enough to feed your family for even a week?  Most are not.    

We’re still in the process of being better supplied up here on the hill.  One thing we are probably going to do is go to Costco Business and buy rice and beans in bulk and store them in Mylar bags within food-grade 5 gal pails.  (You can get cheap food-grade pails at Home Depot, or free from local bakeries!)  Costco business is different than the regular COSTCO store; its focus is primarily selling to restaurants.  There’s one up in the Fife area.    

We must be ready to give of ourselves as we never have before.  We don’t know what is in store for us, but we know how it is ultimately going to end.  We don’t know that God won’t rapture us out of here tomorrow, but as long as we are on earth we have a duty to serve others and to show the hope, the future, and the priorities that we have though the way that we speak and act.  But that brings up another aspect of preparedness...If the Lord was to come tomorrow, would you be ready?  Do you know that you're going to spend eternity with Him?  It's a frightening thing to think of the alternative. 

Pastor Dean had a great sermon this week about Heaven.  John 14:3 says "And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." 
I loved the analogy Pastor Dean came up with to explain how wonderful it is to know that God has prepared a place for us.  It went something like this.  

  Imagine that a hotel has been reserved for you.  Upon your arrival, there is a cozy fire flickering in the fireplace, the room is clean, the bed is made.  There is even a little dish of chocolates on the coffee table; each one inscribed with your name!  What does all this mean to you?  The hotel staff was expecting you!  Do you know for sure that God is expecting you in heaven?  If you believe that  Jesus died for your sins, you better belive He has not only prepared a breathtakingly beautiful and wonderful place for you in heaven, but is waiting in aticipation---for you, His bride! 


 

Monday, November 12, 2012

A last-minute change of plans

A couple hours ago Richie got a call from his surgeon.  He told Richie that there is a man who is in very bad shape, and needs to have a 2-day surgery done this Wed. and Thurs. if they're going to have a chance at saving his life.  So, they have decided to push Richie's surgery back a couple weeks or longer.  We were very surprised, and rather disappointed.  We were really just wanting to get it over with, and had spent the last couple days preparing ourselves mentally and emotionally for the day.  But we know that even this turn of events is God's perfect plan!  The doctors are not worried about Richie's cancer spreading; they say that his is not a time-sensitive surgery. 
We'd like to ask you all to pray for this poor guy who is going in for surgery this week.  Please remember to pray for him on Wednesday and Thursday, just as you would have for Richie!   

Rosie Comes to the Farm!

On Saturday we went to pick up the Jersey cow that we bought back in June.  The farmers have been so kind to keep her for us for these last few months! 


She's not at all used to being led by a halter, so it was quite a job to get her into the trailer!


Home at last!


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Dinner with the Jacobsons

Last night we were invited to a wonderful dinner cooked by Randy Lenz  at the Jacobson's house.  The food was AMAZING and we had a wonderful time visiting!!!!!


Randy is a wonderful chef, tells great stories and has a hilarious sense of humor! :-)

A beautiful table setting!

Becky told us about the special quilt she was given.

The gals talking

The guys talking

I really enjoyed meeting these friends!  Richie knows them, but I hadn't met them yet.  They dropped in to say hi and deliver this amazing basket that is PACKED FULL of goodies!  They were so thoughtful!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Early Thanksgiving Party!

On Tuesday we had a wonderful early Thanksgiving celebration at our friends the Pitts' house.  It was so nice of everyone to put it together and bring so many delicious goodies.  Richie's brother Darrell and his fiancee Rachel, Paula and Mason, and of course Janet and Rich were all there.  I wish I had taken more pictures!  Richie and I were a little sad that we'll have to spend Thanksgiving in the hospital, so it was really wonderful to be able to celebrate it early. 


Janet made some beautiful pies!


There were so many tasty snacks that we were hardly even hungry for the fabulous dinner! 


"Oh man those look good!"

   

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

"Don't Think" Obama '12 Ad

The Josties are a homeschooling family who enjoy making humorous videos.  They have some really great ones.  Here is their home-made campaign ad for Obama!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Happy Birthday!!!!

Happy 16th to my sweet sisters and brother today!!!!!!!!  I love you guys so much, and am so blessed to be your sister.  We have so many awesome memories together, don't we?  And many more to come!  You guys are so pretty and handsome! 





Sunday, November 4, 2012

Babysitting and Cider Pressing

It's been awhile since I've done any babysitting.  Friday I had the privilege of babysitting my 3 little brothers, Timmy, Joe...and Benjamin. ( He's the little mischievous-looking one in the last picture.)  These guys are a lot of fun.  You just have to keep a good eye on "Bendabin" lest he start spraying Windex on the back of the counter or choke on the unfortunate Lego mens' heads he kept chewing on.  Not that any of this happened or anything.







 The frick and frack fire crew of Mossyrock!

Joe wanted me to play Lego's with him...

...so Timmy played Darrell and I played Richie ;-)

After Lego's, we played Horseopoly. (I call it never-ending-opoly.)  

Here are some pictures that Timmy took with my camera...

I told him "It's OK Timmy, I don't really need a head anyway...the picture just looks artistic." lol


Snowberry

We also did our Cider pressing (most of it) on Friday.  It was fun, but we were pretty tired out by the time we finished!


Richie is cranking the handle, Rich is throwing in apples, and Joe and I are supervising!

Even though she was down with a cold, Janet is out washing the apples!  A true farm girl :-)

When the rest of the family showed up things really started moving!


Neither me or Mommy got pictures of Kyle cranking the wheel, but he's a strong guy and could do it fast and long!




Ahhhh the fruits of our labor!  I think we got a total of 14 gallons.  Not bad!  We still have quite a bit more to do.