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Tips on Dressing Little Girls

My daughter wears dresses only, so this post is discussing just skirts/dresses/tops/coats, etc.  I've received a lot of questions on this topic, so I thought it would be a help to others to share how I do it. I thought I would give some tips and ideas for those with girls in dressing them and were you can find good clothing and how to get the most use out of your daughter's clothing.  I plan on making my daughter's clothes hopefully in the future but up until then I have been buying most of her clothes at Gymboree and ebay.  You may say "why spend all that money for Gymboree clothes?"  Well, I've have learned that higher quality clothing lasts longer than say clothing from Wal-mart that barely lasts a year!  Here is how I shop for my daughter: Buy clothing 1-3 sizes too big, depending on length Make sure you have tights and shoes and accessories to match Feel the fabric - you can tell if it is sturdy and will not fade easily The reason I buy my daug

Hating Evil

Psalm 97:10 "Ye that love the LORD, hate evil"  Thou hast a good reason to hate evil, for only consider what harm it has already wrought thee .  Oh, what a world of mischief sin has brought into my heart!  Sin blinded thee so that thou couldst not see the beauty of the Saviour; it made thee death so that thou couldst not hear the Redeemer's tender invitations.  Sin turned thy feet into the way of death, and poured poison into the very fountain of thy being; it tainted thy heart, and made it "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked."  Oh, what a creature thou was when evil had done its utmost with thee, before divine grace interposed! thou wast an heir of wrath even as others; thou didst "run with the multitude to do evil."  Such were all of us; but Paul reminds us, "but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. We have good reason, indeed, for hating evil

What Brings a Great Revival?

I contend there has never once been a great revival without the preaching against sin.  Without feeling the very fires of hell and awfulness of sin - one has not been brought to salvation.  Flowery messages and pats on the back have never produced a great revival in which the sinner is turned towards God. One-sided preaching is not only un-biblical it is often the practice of such preachers who can't bear the criticism and hatred of people for their own egos but rather want the acclaim and love of men .  They want to make "God seem like a doting old granddaddy with no righteousness, no holiness and no wrath against sin." If people never become lost, how can they ever be saved?  A sinner can never be saved without repentance .  So how will a preacher who never preaches the full gospel lead a sinner to repentance?  Repentance of what?  If there is no preaching and no conscience being brought to the realization of sin, then how will people know they are in need of a Saviou

The Joy of Time with Children

I came across this article today in the UK's Daily Mail.  It was asking the question if working moms should feel guilty.  I want to concentrate on the first part of the story - the woman with experience.  The Mother who had children and is feeling, 20 years later, regret.  She worked and missed a lot of her children's life.  At first she did it just because and then she was divorced and it was a necessity at that time for her to work.  However, she got married again and recently chose to stay home with her children.  Then she realized the error of her ways with her previous children.  Here are some of her quotes: It may seem strange to some, but it is only recently that I have felt able to acknowledge that mixing work and children comes with its downsides. Why did it take me so long? Part of me doggedly believed I had to stick to my 'line' - that work gave me independence, adventure and, of course, money. But I have to admit that another part didn't want to ex

What doest thou here, Elijah?

1 Kings 18-20 Tonight's message was just what I needed! Pastor preached about Elijah and Ahab and the abundance of rain.  Ahab tried to blame it all on Elijah for causing the problems but Elijah threw it back in its proper place and told Ahab, it isn't me that troubleth - its you and your people's wickedness!  Isn't that like some to blame the one who preached the word of God?  But Elijah was bold and he told them it was their own wickedness that troubleth Israel!  Elijah had those that worshiped Baal do a 'showdown' of gods.  You may remember the story how Elijah taunted them and told them to scream louder, maybe their god can't hear them.  Then God came and showed himself to everyone that day with Elijah's sacrifice.  Even after that great victory, Elijah goes and gets discouraged.  Ain't that like us sometimes?  lol  Moping and pouting about how bad we have it waa waa waa!  Sometimes you just have to tell yourself to SHUT UP!  Notice that Elij

Satan's Best Allies - So Called Christians

I am still thinking on this morning's message that Pastor preached "The Right Choices" or "You Know Brass isn't Gold!"  2 Chronicles 12:9-12   It really did something for me and I'm not going to go into great detail but it drove me to a firmer, bolder stand for God!  I was reading a lot tonight - a hunger for righteousness and a disgust for worldliness in the church.  The whole message was basically about counterfeits and guarding your treasures that God has given you and the church!  I dare to fight and stand to keep worldliness and ungodliness out of my church........I know several others who will also.  Will you dare to stand?  Or are you busy polishing your brass behind the curtain? They who design and endeavor to win others . . . must religiously avoid that which is the greatest obstruction of all, the profligate and atrocious lives of some that call themselves Christians. If men were prompted and employed by the devil himself, they could not be

God's Word vs. Man's Opinion

I chose this picture for this post because it demonstrates so well a lot of kid's teachers - the TV.  But this isn't about the TV, although it does most definitely apply!! My husband and I have been having some pretty soul-searching talks lately and with others at church on the topic of recent - dealing with the ungodly public school system.  Pastor was describing just the other night how they have taken out spirituality by removing prayer and Bible and the name Jesus, the teachers are in unions now and its all about the money and you would be hard pressed to find one who is actually there for the love of it and for the care of the child.  You are saying when you give your child to a teacher "I trust you to TEACH my child". A commentor made the comment what about the pediatrician, nurse, etc.  They are teaching my child 6 hours a day.  Teaching is the subject here - can Christians let God haters teach their children?  Can Christians let a homosexual indoctrinate t

Drowning in a Sea of Books.......

Last week we got our curriculum books and I laid most of them out on the table as you can see in the photos below.  We started homeschool this Monday and just completed our 3rd day and I must say that my daughter is LOVING it and even wants to do it at night.  It does take sacrifice on my part but I believe my daughter is WORTH it!  I believe it helps kill any selfishness a person may have lol - after all, it isn't all about 'you' anymore.  To give your time and energies over to train up a child in the way he/she should go is the calling of a Mother.  It has been amazing to feel the Holy Spirit when we start school with prayer and 'invite' God into the classroom!  The first day I did this, I almost shouted because the Holy Spirit's presence was so strong and I didn't expect that.  I knew that including God in our children's learning was without question, a must, but I didn't expect the strong presence I felt that first morning!  It was as though Go

Jesus the Critic

The title might have got your attention I'd say! Most people don't hear Jesus being called a critic but he was by definition. These thoughts have been on my mind for quite some time now. My husband and I have talked them over and I've even had a conversation with my Pastor about some that I'm writing about in this post. You may remember the post, " Misconceptions about WWJD " and how so many people perceive that what Jesus would do is never name-call, criticize, fault-find or raise his voice but yet he did all of those. What they don't understand and have failed to grasp by mere lack of thought - is that fact that there are two kinds of each of these things. One for the good and one for the bad. First lets start by defining these terms: Criticize - finding fault with, denouncing, evaluate Fault-find - in essence, criticizing, pointing out wrongs in others Complain - to express grief, pain or discontent; a formal accusation or charge Now let&

The Case for Christian Education

I came across a blog today and I had to share this post! It is a must read! She gives many links that are worthy of reading: http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/2009/09/case-for-christian-education.html A quote she shared from John Wesley , I also wanted to share. What would John Wesley say today in this society that has schools which teach as though God is irrelevant to a child's education and that some think its acceptable to leave the Creator; God out of a child's learning. To let them be taught by a system that most definitely, beyond any doubts, supports satan's type of education - the Godless one ........let John Wesley's words speak even unto this day as it applies even more the so!! God give us more men like these who have their eyes on the greater learning - that which God is a part of! "Let it be remembered, that I do not speak to the wild, giddy, thoughtless world, but to those that fear God. I ask, then, for what end do you send you children

Mandatory Gay-Friendly Classes: Have we reached "enough" yet?

I can't imagine a real, born-again, Bible-believing Christian would even consider allowing their child to attend a school which indoctrinates homosexuality in such a way as this!!  It is happening in California - children as young as 5yr old in Kindergarten will be indoctrinated with this ungodly teaching!  Wake up America!!   Why don't you just go ahead and give your child to satan already - because you are by who you entrust them with. Hey Lot!  Get your children out of that environment!  Abraham - get out from among that bad environment......notice God has always commanded his people to COME OUT from among them and be ye separate.  Now some are letting the very devils teach their children and indoctrinate them against God's Holy Word......the shame!  This is one person who will stand for God's word and speak up, I'm not ashamed!  I really don't care what you think of me either, because I have the Bible to back me up and you have absolutely nothing from God&

Training Daughters

I have a daughter and that is all I know about raising so far but I do hope to have a boy one day! :)  With boys, you raise them to work but for girls we are to raise them to be homemakers .  I've learned a few things over the years from raising my daughter and will sure learn more as the years go by! I wanted to share what I've learned and do. Home Economics should be a course in every girl's life from when she is young on up .  I've entertained the idea of making a curriculum for Home Economics for girls but have decided I don't have the time.  When my children are gone and grown I plan on taking that wisdom and helping others with it.  I wish there were older ladies that would have taught me, but I had to learn on my own. I did find a Home Economics course geared towards my daughter's age that I'm adding to our curriculum this year and will let you all know how it is and then if I like it I will most likely recommend it on here!  It is by an older lad

Various Thoughts on Teaching our Children

Hubby and I were talking before church about how it 'used to be' different in public schools.  Coming from a small town in TN, we still had prayer over the intercom - prayer groups and Bible clubs.  Most of the teachers had a reverence for God and/or morals.  Today, those kind of men and women are far and in between.  Church tonight was wonderful!  Pastor preached for a while and talked about how we can't go back on God!  Towards the end he started talking about when he grew up in school, how they PRAYED, you could talk about God and the teachers cared for the students and had morals!  Then he contrasted it with today - he talked of how they have taken the spirituality out of the schools and look what we have now and what kind of kids those schools are producing!  Not just tonight but last week's Bible study, Pastor had spoke on teaching our children about God at home.  It is either, my mind is so much on school now that I'm noticing the increase in talk about

Motherhood; Mothers of the Bible

You can read the Introduction to this series on Motherhood by clicking here .  I got the three names of Mothers from John Rice, however this post is in my own words and thoughts I received from the Lord.   We are going to look at some of the Mothers in the Bible and glean wisdom and example from them.  What is truly amazing of these Mothers is their awesome love that reveals itself from the pages of the Bible as we read about them.  Could that be said of you as a Mother for your children?  Or do you push them away and want to be rid of them so readily?  Oh, how we need to return to Godly Motherhood! If women could only understand the influence they have on their children and their future they would not take the role of Motherhood so lightly.  Will your chidren spend years trying to erase what you taught them and showed them by your life or will they rather build upon the Godly foundation that you laid?  Jochebed, the Mother of Moses was a woman of wisdom.  She saw that Moses was

The Housewife

T here was a housewife I once knew Who had so much work that she wanted to do. She had eight loads of laundry to wash and to dry, Five beds to make and groceries to buy. Library books three years overdue, She thought, "Go to the library? No, let's go to the zoo." "Hurray!" cried her children. But, alas, they stayed home. The eight loads of laundry had all the clothes that they owned. She had dishes from dinner the night before And gum to scrape off the kitchen floor. And just as she knelt to scrape up the gum, She thought about popcorn and she wanted some. So she got out the popper; it was full of rice. And she thought to herself, "It would be nice To get out the pictures of my wedding dress," But she couldn't find them because of the mess In her living room where she kept a shelf Full of books on how to improve herself. So she picked out a book and she sat and she read. And she thought to herself, "I'll take a nap instead." So she s

Attire of a Harlot or a Christian?

 Proverbs 7:10-11 "And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot , and subtil of heart.  She is loud and stubborn;" Jesus said you can tell what a tree is by the fruit it bears; by looking at it and seeing it for yourself.  Solomon, one of the wisest men to ever live - could tell the type of woman by her clothing/attire.  It isn't any different today.  You see so much nakedness even going to the store, you can't get away from it. It is expected from sinners but how about the women who dress like harlots and call themselves Christians?  Do you wear the attire of a harlot?   Are you exposing your nakedness to the world in hopes some man will lust after your cleavage line?  Do you wear pants so you can show off your shape and rear end to excite lust in men or in the hopes you will get "checked out"?  You aren't a Christian........your heart is wicked and deceitful.  There is no shamefacedness about you but rather showfacedness!   You

United States of America Pledge of Allegiance

Since some need a refresher course on the United States code , I'm posting the pledge of allegiance and also the proper personal rendering in reverence to this great nation that is under the Almighty God! The Pledge: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God , indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart . When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.

Motherhood Introduction

This is a short introduction to the new series I'm starting on Motherhood. This isn't a popular topic in today's society for the modern woman. She could do without this role and would rather have wealth, success in worldly avenues and supposed equality with man in the workplace. She is out for numero uno and how dare a role of raising children come in the way of her wants and desires. And even if it does, she refuses to raise them herself or let them interfere with her life and her pursuits. She will go so far as to murder them before they even have the chance of being birthed, give them away, or if she does go through with the birth and keeps them, she will find some way to dump them on another while she continues with "her" life. For the Godly woman it is a much different story! Not only does she pray for her womb to be blessed by the Creator, she will be in much sorrow if she finds she is barren. She grieves for children, a desire that God put within

Growing Hair Long Challenge Update #4

It's been a while since I  updated and reason being I didn't think my hair has grown but I was wrong.  I measured it today for the first time since March and it has grown 3 inches but I also lost inches from my old (2) perms breaking off.  My new growth is now 16 inches and the rest is permed and total length is 38 inches .  If my estimates are right, I lost 4 inches to breakage and grew 3 inches.  So the growth is growing quickly but my damaged permed portion is also breaking quickly as expected.  This year I have grown 5 inches of silky healthy straight hair - at this rate by the end of December the new growth should reach around 4 more inches for a total of 20 inches of new growth since my last perm!  That's also with being very sick this year from Feb-April.  Still not back to where I was before the perms at 50 inches but we are getting there!  I've been doing my hair differently - which I don't like doing because I'm using heat on my new growth, but

Quotes from Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?" "However brilliant an action, it should not be esteemed great unless the result of a great motive." "Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it." "Few are agreeable in conversation, because each thinks more of what he intends to say than of what others are saying, and listens no more when he himself has a chance to speak." "It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible." "Jealousy feeds upon suspicion, and it turns into fury or it ends as soon as we pass from suspicion to certainty." "No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong."

Monthly Energy Costs

Here are the results of the poll for Summer monthly energy costs: $0-35 2 (9%) $35-45 0 (0%) $45-60 1 (4%) $60-80 1 (4%) $80 and above 17 (80%) We can see that the majority spends $80 a month during the Summer months on energy costs. Of course this wasn't based on whether you live in an apartment or house or even square footage. What I was trying to get a view of was if most people spent $80 or more. We have 1400 square foot home and our energy costs are at the most - $60 a month . It used to be higher when we lived in a smaller, 700sq foot, 2 bedroom apartment believe it or not! I have found many things to do to save electricity and also moving into a place that is very well lit, saves on having to use the lights during the day! Here some things that we do to save on energy costs: Switch your light bulbs to the new energy saving bulbs . We did this a long time ago and noticed the difference in energy costs! Don't use lights during the day . We have sky

The Blessing of Abortion

I first heard of this news story from Much More Than Rubies and then read the article here at World Mag. Katherine Ragsdale, the soon-to-be President of the Episcopal Divinity School, a major seminary near Harvard says that abortion is a blessing.  She even goes so far and says that abortion is holy work !  Here are some more quotes from the article: "Ragsdale, though, says abortion is a "blessing," and not only in harsh situations but good ones: "When a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe, affordable abortion—there is not a tragedy in sight—only blessing. The ability to enjoy God's good gift of sexuality without compromising one's education, life's work, or ability to put to use God's gifts and call is simply blessing ." This is what I've been talking about folks - this PERVERTED ( twisted ) view

Quotes to Ponder

Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress. ~Alfred A. Montapert It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. ~Harry Truman A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. ~Thomas Jefferson The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach. ~Benjamin Mays Thought is useful when it motivates for action, and a hindrance when it substitutes for action. ~Bill Raeder Some people make things happen, some people watch things happen, and some ask what happened. ~Casey Stengel Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs. ~Christopher Hampton Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. ~Cyril Connolly If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much. ~Donald H. Rumsfeld Whether

Facial Care Introduction; Products I Use

We have yet to start talking about facial care, someone had commented last year that they thought I was 19 or around there because of my skin lol.  Believe me it was the best compliment I have ever gotten! ; )  I'm not 19, but 29 and my skin is not the greatest.  I do believe you can do things to: Protect your skin from damage ( wear sunscreen all the time! ) Slow down skin damage you already caused My skin regime has changed over the years, so I will start from the beginning.  I used to use Irish Spring to wash my face when I was a teenager and didn't know anything about face care.  Then my oldest Sister got us started on Clinique's 3-step system but it actually only gave me skin problems that I had never had before.  Then she started selling Mary Kay and we used those cleansers.  I did wear makeup back then and you needed a heavy duty cleanser to get all that junk off lol. One thing I regret that I did from a child on up was sit out in the sun and go to our grandma

Anonymous vs. Face to Face

What we need to realize is that the internet, email and any type of writing without the actual person present with their tone of voice or facial expression - you can skew and interpret wrongly what the author is saying. This happens a lot and even others I have talked to say the same thing. I would be here all day explaining things, because you only read what I write without hearing my tone of voice or the manner in which I'm presenting it. It can come across a different way then I intended. It is easy to hide behind "anonymous" and say things to someone that you would never say to them face to face . I think the internet for some that use it that way has become a "weight" that so easily besets them. They are murdering each other with their own words, of which you will be judged with before God no matter if you used anonymous or not! The internet is a blessing in some ways and a curse in others! It is hard to understand that so many want to actually r

Guest Post: Simplifying the Home

Dear readers and friends of Christian Home keeping blog, It is a pleasure for me to be asked by Bev to write a guest post about my home keeping tips and schedule for her blog. Bev is a lady of beauty. I love that its her hearts desire to follow the Lord, and that she has a blog created to encourage us in our roles as home keepers. I like my home to be fresh, clean, simple and pretty. I recently titled my blog " Simply Pretty " because I want to create a simple and pretty home for my family. I believe that the key to keeping our homes organized is by living simpler. To me, that means having less material things in my home. I like the saying "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful". I find that to be such great advice because the truth is, the more things that we have, the more we have to dust and clean! Here are some of my tips to help with simplifying our home: Start with going room to room. Keep only what is