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A Look Back on 2013

My goals for 2013 were to adapt and I believe I have finally done that towards the ending of this year.  That is adapting to the new baby and how that changed all our lives!  My son has changed me as a person just as my daughter did and I've learned that God gives us children to change us and make us better.  I wonder what I would be without them, it is an alarming thought because my children have made me a better person.  With each one that has come, there is more refining done and the selfishness I once used to be full of is but a fading memory. I would have to say that this was the year of..... LETTING GO .  I learned to let go of the perfectionism that ruled me and to let things be - physically, mentally and even spiritually.  Just a few weeks ago, I started to learn to let go of something I've been carrying around for a long time that has done damage on me but I feel it is time to be delivered fully.  I've learn to let go of what others thought that we should be

Why Don't You Just Shut Up!?

The world, society and Satan all say the same things these days: "Why don't you just shut up?"  On the one hand, the world and society do not want to hear about God and what is right and wrong.  On the other, Satan doesn't want you to share it with anyone.  Both of them want Christians to just shut up! Don't push your religion on me.  You think you are holier than thou because you go to church every week.  It's not your business who I marry.  Keep your opinions to yourself.  America isn't a Christian nation anymore. Are you being told any of those things?   If you are an ambassador for Christ, a representative of God, then you no doubt get your share of the "won't you just shut up" phrases, no matter how they are worded .  No one wants to hear it anymore.  They don't want to hear that homosexuality is sin and perverse.  They don't want to hear that you should live right.  They don't want to be told to not forsake the assemblin

On Women's Rights, Pants, Careers & Abortion

I just completed a study on women's rights AND the history of clothes.  You may be asking why study both of those together?  Well, because the one begat the other.   The women's rights movement brought about the acceptance of women wearing men's clothing; pants .  It also brought about bobbed hair, cut short like a man and women doing men's jobs.  The push for women's rights in essence was the push to be what its' heroines called "equal" rights with men, when in reality it was to become just like men. However, becoming like a man or as they say it, "equal" to men, didn't bring ENOUGH satisfaction.  They had to be above men and to take the reigns from man, so to speak.  Truly the phrase, "she wears the pants in the family," was indicative of women who domineered over their husbands and something so very much desired by the advocates of women's rights.   It was never about being equal, it was about being out from under man&#

Foods To Grow Healthy Hair

I did a hair update in September and you can see my ends were thick.  However, since using my curling wand more the past few months, my ends have become thinner and my hair drier.  I've been doing a lot more  coconut oil treatments as well to try and help some of the damage.  I did it today since I curled my hair on Thanksgiving and here is how it looks fully coated with 1/2 cup of coconut oil !  Yes, it took 1/2 cup because my hair literally soaked up the first layer I put on and that is when I knew it was very, very dry.  I don't know if I will stop using my curling wand because I love how it looks, but I also don't want my hair to look dried out - so I will just keep a watch on it. I was reading  The Hair Bible and noticed that the list of foods that help you grow healthy hair is basically what I eat already.  They mentioned that calcium is really good for healthy hair and as you all may know, I'm a dairy queen - I love milk and cheese and get 3 servings dail

The Cost of Distraction

I read a moving article today on the Huffington Post, now I don't usually read there but this was a recommended read from someone that usually passes on great articles.  I cried because this was just what I was blogging about in that, we must live so that we don't regret it later on with our children.  However, she takes it further as she was hooked to electronic devices, namely the cell phone.  I know I would probably be hooked to one and that is why I don't have one.  I know I have the potential to be addicted to something like Facebook, so I don't have one (mind you, I don't want everyone's business in my head either) .  I know myself - I know how easily addicted I can be to electronics - so I decided years ago to NOT be THAT woman.   I want to be present in my husband and children's lives. I also don't commit myself to every activity because I know for each activity I commit to - that is more time, energy and distraction that pulls me away from my

What Way Are You Going?

"Train up a child in the way he should go – but be sure you go that way yourself." - C.H. Spurgeon I saw this quote at the bottom of an email from a friend and WOW, ain't that the truth!?  What way are we teaching our children to go?  Children are a mirror of us and as my daughter grows older, I've seen things in her that really irk me but upon close inspection, I realize it is because it reminds me of myself!  God uses children to make us better IF we let Him. I've heard mothers say they couldn't homeschool because they can't stand to be around their child all day or they don't get along.  However, that is the reason WHY they should homeschool - to get along with their child(ren) and to learn to "stand" them.  Sending them off all day just because you can't get along, will only push them further away from you and you will lose their heart.   I want my children's hearts and I want them to be trained up in the correct way of

Look Around....

Loved this post about homeschooling, here are some quotes: So I’ll send my child to public school during her formative years, watch as her attention starved peers attempt to tear her to emotional shreds for the next decade, and then, at the end of it all, she’ll be “socialized”? Really? What’s next? Should I soak in a tub full of sewage and hepatitis for the sake of “health and hygiene”? Thanks, but I’ll pass, on both counts. “Oh, but you don’t want to be too protective of your kids,” I’m told. “You don’t want to shield them.” Yes. Yes I do. That’s my job. I will shield them and I will protect them, because they are my children and that’s why I’m here. Again, I understand that not everyone can home school, but it’s truly insane, and dangerous, and appalling to pretend that a child benefits from the sort of bullying and social torment that is rampant in modern public schools. Good Lord, look around you. Are you surrounded by well adjusted, mature, “sociable” individuals?

To My Lovely Daughter......

Dearest Katie,      As you complete a decade of your life on this earth, I'm reminded of your wonderful, loving and generous spirit that has been evident in everything about you.  You were first a miracle to our lives and now you are an example of a loving, obedient daughter and a caring, compassionate soul to many.  My greatest joy comes in knowing that you accepted Christ as your eternal Lord and Savior and that you want all that He has for you and your life and to do His will only.      You are about to embark on a new decade in your life and by the end of this one, you may very well have a family of your own.  That saddens my heart, yes, but it also brings peace knowing that you are going to become a virtuous girl, and then a woman, and I trust that you will always seek to choose God's way and that comforts my soul.    To celebrate your life thus far, I just want to say that I love you with an enduring, unconditional love that comes from being a parent that God cho

External Obsession

Years ago, I lost weight and became extremely fit and even started doing personal training.  I lived it, breathed it and my life was so focused on fitness that it became a god in my life.  I had my body fat down to 18%, went from a 20 to a 4/6 and could eat so much because of all my muscle - I was a machine!  Then, liver issues started up and I ended up in the hospital and that was my wake-up call.  I had got so focused on the external that the internal became second place.  I constantly talked about exercise, what to eat, etc. because it is what I THOUGHT about most of the time.  It consumed me and my exterior body was so important to me that I did whatever I needed to take make sure it was looking good - while my interior; my spirit went on the back-burner. 1 Timothy 4:6-11 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse p

When God Provides

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Since having my son and him having his severe milk allergy, our budget said we could NOT afford the $400-a-month formula.  It didn't work on paper but God provided.  My husband's employer's business started booming and then came the overtime.  Without that overtime, we wouldn't have had the money to buy my son's sole source of food!  That scared me but God never failed . Not only did God provide the money for the formula, he also provided some astounding blessings, one being my couch.  I didn't think I would ever get this "dream" couch but God opened a door for us and it was just standing wide open and we were blessed.  Sometimes God makes the impossible - possible, just to sh

When Your Friends Leave You......Standing

It took me a while to write this post because first, I had to get over the hurt that is involved when a friend leaves you or in my case, the church you are a part of.  I've had several friends over the past few years leave and some were very dear to my (our) heart.  Initially, I tried to reach out to them and 'save' them from the decision that they made of leaving a church that preaches the truth.  However, I was met with all the reasons why my church, or rather it's leaders, were flawed, in error and corrupt.  In reality, they tried to convince me and my husband to leave this "awful" place and show us how we would be treated if and when we ever went into the ministry.  That is when I cut off communication with them because I didn't want to hear their bitter fires and see the destruction that would soon follow. I've been serving God in this church organization since 1999 when I got saved.  I know there are bad preachers/pastors, just like there are i

9 to 10-Month-Old Baby Daily Routine/Schedule

I've had a couple questions about my son's schedule and sleep, so I thought it would be a good idea to show his daily routine/schedule.  He has been sleeping 12 hours every night since 2 months old, but lately, he only sleeps 11 and then gets in about 4 hours of sleep in naps during the day, which is the average 14-15 hours a day recommended at this age. We've increased his solid food recently and decreased his formula from 40 oz a day to 30 oz.  He is also drinking 1/3 of milk protein mixed in with his special formula and so far, so good! He may not be allergic to milk anymore and that is what we are praying for.  I still can't get him off his bottle, which is new to me because my daughter took to a sippy cup easily with no problems at 7 months - but not this child!!  He is strong-willed for sure, in more ways than just this lol.  I use Earth's Best Organic baby foods and Plum Organics puffs. 9:30 a.m. - Wake up; 1/4 cup Cheerios & 6 oz formula Cuddle a

Hair Update

I seriously don't know how my hair is growing so fast!  I thought growing 6 inches during pregnancy was fast, but since March , my hair has grown 4 1/2 inches!  It is now 48 1/2 inches long , which has me an inch and a half away from the longest my hair ever was in 2005 here .  I did have breakage and my ends thinned when I used a curling iron for a period of time a few months ago, but overall, my hair is still very healthy and full. For new readers, I haven't cut my hair in about 14 years (Dec 99).  I don't even trim it at ALL.   My hair is my glory, so why would I want to cut it off?  I've found that women who cut their hair have split ends, but if you let your hair be its natural self, it will take care of itself.  If you blowdry, use products and heat, you will thin your hair and suffer breakage and split ends.  You can read my hair story here and go here for my Hair Care 101 .

The Revival of the Homemaker

Something important is happening right now in our country, in a time when sin is rising to a new high and morals are dwindling - there is a revival of the homemaker.  Women are returning home to care for their families, homes and husbands. The interesting thing about this is that the internet is helping this as more and more women are feeling more confident in leaving their jobs to come home as they see countless blogs across our country that encourage homemaking. There is also another factor in this revival and that is of homeschooling.  Women, who were of the "working" class are now seeing the benefits of homeschooling and jumping on board.  In essence, homeschooling is the driving force in bringing in the revival of the homemaker .  One prominent blogger, a woman whose profession was a doctor, decided to leave the 'success' and come home to homeschool her children and is encouraging others to do so as well.  Looking at our educational system, the test scores, the

Our Homeschool Room - August 2013

We haven't updated much since our last homeschool room photos here .  I've been baby-proofing since Zach (my 8-month old) is crawling everywhere and had to empty the small shelf because it had a lot of things that could hurt him if he ever got a hold of them.  I have Katie's artwork hanging on yarn across the room and used mini clothes-pins to hang the art onto the yarn. We live in a double-wide manufactured home and use our dining room also as our homeschool room.  I'm standing in the kitchen for the first shot: Here is another view from a different part of the kitchen: This is our pantry, which divides the dining room and the living room and gives us lots of room to store food!  It has a radio/cassette built-in with an intercom system.  I put up charts that go along with whatever science we are studying at the time and then we have our bulletin board and a magnetic board for calendars, reading lists, etc. Looking in from the hallway: One bookshe

I Will.......Oh, Wait.....I Could

I was grading papers tonight and came across my daughter's sentence, of which she must have had second thoughts about because she changed the wording of it LOL! Zach is my daughter's baby brother, he is 8 months old. I think I remember the day she had this writing assignment.  She came to me in the kitchen and said, "Mommy, I will always be smarter than Zach right, because he is younger than me?"  I then told her how that might not be true (to her shock) and that he may be a genius for all we know.  So, that must have been when she marked out "will" and put "could."  Too funny.....

Song For a Fifth Child

Song For a Fifth Child  by Ruth Hamilton. 1958 Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth empty the dustpan, poison the moth, hang out the washing and butter the bread, sew on a button and make up a bed. Where is the mother whose house is so shocking? She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking. Oh, I’ve grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue (lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo). Dishes are waiting and bills are past due (pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo). The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew and out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo but I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo. Look! Aren’t her eyes the most wonderful hue? (lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo). The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow, for children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep. I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

Craft Cabinet

I wanted to find a way to store our crafts to where my son couldn't get to them when he starts walking.  I decided on getting a cabinet like we had in the kitchen to where I could use a latch on the handles to secure it.  Before, we had the crafts in these storage bins: Now, they are organized into this cabinet that takes up less space in the closet and creates a place that we can lock up. I plan on getting more of these cabinets eventually, one for the homeschool room to store the tacks, magnets, paper clips, etc. and another for the closet to store homeschool things that I'm saving for Zach.  Right now, I have an open bookcase in the closet with grades K-2 books and supplies but it will be more convenient to have those locked up as well and also to cut down on dust! In other news, my daughter Katie cooked us dinner last night (Tacos)!  This is the 2nd meal she has cooked for us and she can't wait till she can do it all - neither can I!!

Living in God's Will for Right Now

We are waiting on what God wants us to do, whether it be a call to the ministry or just a call to being a church member.  I used to be offended but now I laugh when people think my husband is a minister and then they say "Oh, you are JUST a church member."  I'm glad to be JUST a church member because that is what God wants me to be right now and I'm not trying to impress anyone but Him. I think it is a VERY serious thing to step into the ministry because not only do you have to give an account for those you minister over and how you ministered - you could destroy people with your ministry if it isn't kept in check.  Destroy them for eternity!  Does anyone not think of that when they attend a Seminary or become a preacher?  I've seen several count it as nothing, like it was just something to do to get recognition for being something "great" in God - then they go out and destroy other people with their wacky jack doctrines. James 3:1 My breth

That Place.....

Have you ever came across a photo or a drawing and have it take you somewhere that you knew you wanted to be but didn't know how to get there?  Your heart ached for that place where you knew you belonged.  Then, a few years or even months later, that feeling came back again but this time, maybe it was from a smell or simply an idea that you heard and you were once again reminded of that.....place. I've been to 'that' place so many times in my life and recently it is occurring closer together than ever before as I'm nearing it.  To me, that place is full of peace and happiness and most of all - simplicity.  I keep going towards it and getting closer but never yet touching it.  I seem to foil my own plans of reaching it.  It is a place that I once knew before the distractions of this technological world came.  Before the internet, before the blogs and all the mass of ideas floating around the internet - before the overload. That place for me is simplicity.  The

Where I Don't Want to Be

Thinking back on growing up and what I saw as "normal" around me and even looking at the current situation of some, I see where I don't want to be.  I'm not talking about location - I'm talking about lifestyle.   A lifestyle of debt.  It is one of the saddest things I've ever seen in my life as it holds its captors in chains, seemingly never able to be delivered. The lifestyle where even though you are not rich, you can live like you are with credit.  A home is possible thanks to credit.  Vacations are possible thanks to credit.  New cars every few years are common because of credit.  However, because of credit, which ultimately leads to debt, you end up having to put needed clothing and shoes on yet more credit.  When the bad times come, frugality also comes with it, but it is short-lived and once times improve it is back to spending money you don't have. Yet, when hard times come, no one wants to be reminded of how they didn't save, or pl

The Bond That Teaches Our Children - Love and Jesus

Today I've been married to the most wonderful man on this earth, my husband, for 13 years.  We were just 20 years old when we said "I do" and we still feel that same giddy, loving feeling that we did those many years ago.  We don't hide our love, our affection and even our disagreements from our daughter because she needs to see what marriage is really like.  Most importantly, she needs to see that even when you have disagreements, you work them out - quickly - and this is made possible because of God! I wasn't sure if my daughter had understood marriage or learned much at 9 years old, but was surprised when she presented us with a card she had picked out and she also added in her own writings at the end.  It touched my heart that she picked out such a card AND that she wrote such amazing words. The card: For Mom and Dad On Your Anniversary Because of the two of you, I know what love is. It's patience.  It's sacrifice. It's sharing joy and ke

Why I Homeschool

I'm not sure that I've actually ever answered this question with a list of the main reasons we homeschool, so I thought I would go ahead and do a post on why I homeschool.  Besides the most obvious reasons of we prefer a God-centered education and will not put our child under false teaching, there are numerous other reasons we have chosen this route.  Even if I didn't care about God or what my child was being taught, I more than likely still would homeschool - so for all those that think I just do it for religious reasons - you are wrong!  So here they are........ Less Stress  - my mornings are mine, they are not rushed, they are quiet and peaceful .  There is no rushing around to get a child fed, ready and off to the bus for school.  It is a slow, stressless morning with joy.  The evenings are ours - no rush to get home and get in bed, bedtimes are only for good sleep hygeine and for my daughter (and me!) to get the sleep she needs.  I have to say that I'm SO glad t

What Our Table Means to Us

Some people may wonder - what is so special about a table?  However, to us and specifically to me - it means a whole lot.  Growing up in my family we would eat together at the table and have that closeness as a family but when my parents bought a television, it became the table's demise.  I was 9 years old when that television set came into our house and stole my family's bond, peacefulness and faithfulness.  However, something that sticks out in my mind all these years was how it made the table obsolete.  Instead of gathering around the table, praying and eating together, it was rather get your dinner and go to your new family - the television set. I remember fondly those times at holidays when we sat at the table together and how weird it felt because it wasn't normal, but then also, how wonderful.  I remember some nights when my dad was sitting at the table drinking coffee and I would come and sit down and we would talk about God.  I remember staring down at the groove

1,375th Reason to Homeschool - Ungodly Socialization

My 1,375th reason to homeschool: A middle school in New York has been managing complaints from angry parents after their daughters complained that they were forced to ask each other for kisses and pretend to be lovers during an anti-bullying presentation on homosexuality and gender identity. It's ok everyone, this is just training on bullying, so it is perfectly alright!  Don't get in a huff because parents weren't 'notified' - we don't need your permission to teach the government's children the mandatory anti-bullying curriculum, you dropped them off to be babysat everyday, so you must trust us, right?  The public schools are going to teach your daughters what it is like to be sexually attracted to a girl, to kiss them and go on dates with them, so maybe they can see if they are really a lesbian and how it FEELS to be a lesbian.  Remember, you are leaving your children in the care of these schools and they have your children in good care.  No worries,

Harding Family Sent 6 Kids to College by age 12

They sent 6 of their children (so far) to college by age 12, simply amazing - and they don't even have a teacher's degree, imagine that!   They credit GOD for all of this!   It is time to STOP believing the lies that the indoctrination institutions are putting out there and realize that we, as parents, can better educate our children.  When we live in a time when most children can't read past a 4th grade level - it is time to kick the teacher's unions, the NEA and the Department of Education to the curb and get our taxes back that are paying for a system that hasn't worked in decades! A system that is built upon humanism, on which not even God would advocate, so why do you?  Stop sitting around complaining about "how bad the schools are" and the terrible things they are teaching and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!  How about not allowing it?  How about saying "as for me and my house we are going to serve the Lord!?"  Or just keep whining about it, ke

Whoever Controls the Schools.......

........Controls the World.  You can't go wrong training your children up in the ways of the Lord for the majority of their day!! Here are some wonderful quotes from the video: Non-Christian education puts the child in a vacuum. The result is that child dies. Christian education alone really nurtures personality, because it alone gives the child air and food. Modern educational philosophy gruesomely insults our God and our Christ. How, then, do you expect to build anything positively Christian or theistic upon a foundation which is the negation of Christianity and Theism ? No teaching of any sort is possible except in Christian schools. ~ Cornelius Van Til Is the Bible true? My science, health, and literature teachers said no. Is God providential in the affairs of men and nations? My history, social studies, and economics teachers said no. Is there design and purpose evident in creation? My biology, chemistry, and math teachers said no. Are there absolutes? My sex-education

Jose Eber Curling Wand - Review and Hair Pics!

A friend, whose hair I had loved when she curls it, told me how she did it - she uses a Jose Eber curling wand.  It took me a while to finally buy it because of the high temperature and price, but after seeing her use it (her hair is as long or maybe longer than mine) and her hair not showing any damage over time - I tried it out.  I've tried hot rollers and even hairspray on my hair since having my baby and nothing would curl my hair or it wouldn't stay past 30 minutes or so.  My friend's hair is the same until she came across this wand - so it arrived today and it worked.  I only left it on my hair for literally seconds and I still can't get over how it curled.  I didn't use any hairspray, gel or mouse - just au naturel and it still held. Here is my hair before (straight) and then after (curled) with this curling iron - by the way, I measured my hair and it grew 6 inches during pregnancy, it is now 44 inches long ! Here are some more shots I did, please

Homeschooling With a Baby - Part 1: 10 Tips to Get You On Track

Just when you think homeschooling is challenging, you have a baby and realize it never was until now!  I have to say that it has taken me weeks of trial and error and I'm still not completely in my groove yet of homeschooling with a baby.  There are some things I've learned along the way that I thought would be beneficial to other new moms out there with older children they homeschool or a mom who is thinking or going to have a newborn soon.  I'm sure there will be a part 2 to this in another few months but for now, here are my tips: Pray - Pray for wisdom and knowledge on how God wants you to do this, after all, he is the one that called you to homeschool, He will make a way!  Seek His wisdom for how to run your day and homeschool, and pray for your baby to be on a schedule and sleep through the night, etc.  God does answer prayers like these - He has for me!  You have not because you didn't ask! Take off the first 2 months - Spend those first 2 months getting

Conforming to Christ Alone

Someone had once preached about being a non-conformist in the context of the Word of God proclaiming we should not conform to the world; it's worldly mentality or way/pattern of thinking.   Romans 12:1-2  It was an awesome message and God really used it to encourage me and show me some things. The preacher had spoke about an Earl Nightingale story about the pumpkin in the jug and you can read the full story here .  In summary, the story speaks about a farmer who took a glass jug and placed one of the pumpkins inside of it.  The pumpkin grew into the jug but could grow no further because the glass jug had restricted its growth. It correlates with our life telling us we shouldn't let someone else, or even ourselves, put restrictions or limitations on our life.  We don't have to conform to anyone. You can say, well the remedy if you are in a "jug" that restricts you - just break out of it.  But HOW!?  Do you just ask God to deliver you?  Is it a mental process