Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Good Wednesday, Not Good Friday!

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"Good Friday" seems to be the day that most observe the crucifixion. Have you ever thought about it? I can't count more than a day and a half between Friday evening and Sunday morning. It is my personal belief that Jesus was crucified on WEDNESDAY, not Friday. I would love to put this into my own words, but I just don't have the time...especially when I easily found a thorough article on it. Enjoy!

"What Day Was Christ Crucified?"

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Resurrection Sunday Story Cookies

My mother-in-law sent this to me. I thought it was so great and fun...a great object lesson. I haven't checked all the Scriptures to be sure if they're all right. I wanted to go ahead and share with everyone since Resurrection Sunday is creeping up fast! I hope we're able to give this a try this year.

  • 1 c whole pecans
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 3 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 c sugar
  • Ziploc baggie
  • wooden spoon
  • tape
  • King James Bible
Preheat oven to 300 FIRST. Don't wait until you're half through

Place pecans in Ziploc bag and let the children beat them with the spoon to break them into small pieces. Esplain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten. Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar and put into mixing bowl. Tell the children that when Jesus was thirsty hanging on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Read John 10:10-11 and explain how Jesus gave His life to give us life.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers and the bitterness of our sins. Read Luke 23:27.

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add the sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants none to perish and for all to have a relationship with Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high for 12-15 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus' blood. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Now, fold in the broken pecans. Drop by teaspoons onto a baking sheet lined with a silicon baking mat, parchment paper or wax paper. Explain that each mount represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.

Put the cookies into the oven, close the door and turn it OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and have them "seal" the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.

Now go to bed!

The kids will surely be sad and disappointed to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20, 22.

The next morning, open the oven door and give everyone a cookie. Observe the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the day Jesus rose, Jesus' followers were amazed to find and open and empty tomb. Read Matthew 28:1-9

Friday, March 26, 2010

Oh ... It Appears That Am Rather Green...

My GoGreenScore is

66

Now you can take the GoGreenScore challenge.



Never in my life have I given a rip about being green. Don't mean to offend any of you super earth-peeps out there, it's just not my thing. I mean, I'm not irresponsible or anything, I just don't really go out of my way to be green, ya' know. So, I saw this post at another blog, Bridget's, and thought, just for fun, I'd give it a try.

If you know me and my blog, you know that I am all about simple living, buying natural and organic products, homesteading as best I can on one-and-a-quarter acres, and frugality. Now it turns out that many of those things also are green...which explains a score that any treehugger would be proud of.

Some of my blackballs include these:
  1. I don't recycle. No curbside pickup. No where to store a recycling bin. Having to drive a ba-zillion miles to take it to a recycling pick up. I even *gasp* throw batteries in the trash because I would have to drive upward of 50 miles to recycle those.
  2. I have never used public transportation in my life. That just goes with living rural. Well, there was that time the ladies at the church went to Pigeon Forge and we used the trolly. Somehow I think that won't count.
  3. I do drive more than 6,000 miles in a year ... probably double that. I have to drive 70 miles round trip just to go to the grocery store. More of that country life, ya' know.
  4. My car doesn't get more than 35 mpg. What transportation that sits 6 or more do you know that does?
  5. Do I use my own bags at the store. LOL!!! Could you imagine all those bags? Could you imagine me trying to keep up with all of them?
Where I scored big:
  1. I buy local, when possible. Local = fresher and cheaper
  2. I buy organic when possible and when I can afford it. Our garden is organic (duh) so that helps a lot.
  3. Hanging clothes out to dry saves on the power bill. So does keeping the thermostat in a good range.
  4. "Buy used and save the difference." - Jim Bob Duggar It's also a motto for our family!
  5. In our quest to eat more healthy we have tremendously cut back on meat consumption. Meat has a great acidifying affect on the body. Acid = disease and disease = yuck!
Anyway, just some of my highlights.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Don't Forget to Pray for Military!

If you can spare a few minutes, please pray for the brother of a dear friend of mine. Daniel is a Marine serving in Afghanistan. He lost part of his leg to a road side bomb. Like I said, his sister and I are extremely close. He grew up in our church. I guess it just hits home when it's someone you know ... especially when you're like me and you just don't know a lot of people. I wasn't going to say anything for the family's privacy, but an internet news article has been published on the incident. Since it's public knowledge now, I'd ask if you can to please pray for this family. Thanks in advance!

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Armour of God

In Bible, the children have been learning the text on the armour of God: Ephesians 6:11-17. Lydia has been learning it also, but needs help with the latter end of it. Here I used our webcam to get her reciting verses 11-13, with some minor errors. C'mon, she's just turned three! Her little voice is so cute. I pray that these verses sink into her and when she needs that holy armour she will remember how to arm herself with it.



Oh, and she does know the whole bit, but just needs a few memory joggers after verse 13. She'll get it in time, but while I was thinking about it, I thought I'd share this little blessing.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Another Attack Against Our Daughters

After I dropped the oldest 3 children off with Nanna and Paw-paw for an afternoon of fun, I was listening to the radio on the way home. A news break came on (SRN News) and they mentioned Planned Parenthood handing out literature to Girl Scouts, some as young as ten. The brochure is entitled Healthy, Happy, and Hot. I refuse to discuss it in further detail, for lack of time and lack of ability to stomach it. I looked for a write up on SRN's website, but couldn't find it and don't really have time to dig. Here is a snippet that I did find.

http://www.c-fam.org/publications/id.1589/pub_detail.asp

This was so disgusting to me that I loudly gasped and covered my mouth in shock as I was driving.

The Simple Woman's Daybook - March 18, 2010

For today - March 18, 2010

Outside my window ...
it is far too cold. Our average high is 71. The current temperature is 52. It is so uncharacteristic of our weather. It's cloudy and yucky.

I am thinking ...
of how gracious God is to not only love me, but to bless me.

I am thankful for ...
our friends, Phillip and Jamie, who are down for a visit. I am thankful for their friendship over the years.

From the learning rooms ...
going through textbooks quickly today, as it is piano lesson day.

From the kitchen ...
looking forward to trying out another new recipe tomorrow for salmon steaks. Yum!

I am wearing ...
a red short-sleeved top with a demin skirt. With the longing for spring, I would love to get out some summery clothes, but it's still too cold!

I am creating ...
I finished my dress for Resurrection Sunday and am going to start Lydia's this afternoon. It's the first time that she and I are going to have matching dresses. I'm excited about it. I thought I'd try it now while she's little and doesn't care.

I am going ...
to take the kids to piano lessons today.

I am reading ...
my sweet, sweet Bible!

I am hoping (praying) ...
for the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of my children. Also, that God continues to provide for our family, as I have a prayer need right now.

I am hearing ...
Josiah playing in his toy basket, Lydia is talking to herself about the picture she is drawing. The older 2 boys are riding bikes outside and giggling together.

Around the house ...
I've made some good progress on Mt. Washmore, but the living room and kitchen is looking rather cluttered. Oh well, where no oxen are, the crib is clean, right?

One of my favorite things ...
spending time with family.

A few plans for the rest of the week ...
We are planning on having a fun night out with Phillip and Jamie this weekend. Then to church and to minister at the nursing home on Sunday.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

This is my husband and his grandmother, Louise. She celebrated her 87th birthday the same day we had John's birthday party. She is very lively, drives herself anywhere, and is in great health. And yes, Jeremy really did put 87 candles on it ... and then lit them ALL. And yes, it did make a scary plume of black smoke.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Kids Are So Great!

Tonight during family altar, when it was Lydia's turn to pray, she said:

"Thank You Lord for what You done. And thank You for ... *indaudible*. And pray for Pastor. And help everyone to know that I have pretty hair. Amen"

Oh, kids are so fantastic. You can't purchase entertainment that is as good as a happy home full of kids.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

More Garden Fun

It's that time of year again. Yesterday was potato planting day. This was such a blessing to us because this was the first time that the children actually did everything by themselves...with supervision, of course. Lydia sorted out the potatoes that had good sprouts and eyes on them and brought them to the boys.


The boys then used Mom's flip-flops to space out the potatoes and put them in the dirt.


Then they each took a hoe and covered the potatoes. Now, we did have to go over the rows and be sure that everything was properly covered, but they did a fantastic job!


Josiah has decided lately that his favorite thing is to blow raspberries. Love it. If you blow raspberries back at him he giggles and laughs...too cute!


And also we have lots of things budding here in the country:

Apple trees!


Blueberries!


And satsumas!


Well, I don't see blooms on the satsuma tree, but it looks good.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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Last week, Friday I think, we had a great family outing. While we were out someone told us that Josiah looks like the eTrade baby.
So, I wasn't even sure what the eTrade baby looked like. Here's a screenshot of the two of them. I don't know. I think that maybe they favor, maybe not. What do you think?

We had a great time with a family outing, like I said. We all had a great time. First I had to take Lydia and Josiah to the pediatrician. It was an interesting visit to say the least. I really like our pediatrician. She was so sympathetic and kind while Josiah was hospitalized. I told her that I didn't want him vaccinated. Well, I got the nth degree from her about it, to be sure. As our family has learned more about healthy living and natural medicine, we have also been learning of reasons not to vax. I have learned that when you break away from norm in this area you are immediately labeled as a lunatic, and extremist and a child abuser. I left the doctor's office telling her that we would probably not be vaxxing until 2 so that I wouldn't have to hear her gripe and quote the AAP, but in my heart I was thinking, we'll do exactly what is right as we judge it to be right. I did not schedule his next appointment.

Anyway, to the better part of the day. We took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese. Now honestly, Chuck E. Cheese scares me to death: creeps, weirdos, germs, music, kids with ugly mouths, etc. We planned our visit during school hours, so the place was close to empty. There were two highlights to the visit: one was Lydia calling the Chuck E. Cheese by the name Chucky Jesus!! Oh, that was tooooo funny. The second highlight was John. After he spent up all his tokens, he plopped back at the table and started snarfing up a piece of pizza. I walked over to him nice and calmly, "John, that's not our table ... (his eyes widen)... and we already ate up all our pizza. He dropped the slice of pizza back in the box and runs away completely embarrassed. Now, this leaves Mom in quite a predicament. I can't exactly reach over and take out the pizza from their box; I'd look like a thief! So, I wait hoping to tell the owners of said pizza what had happened. And I waited ... and I waited ... Then I thought to myself, "Well, John's not ill. He doesn't have cooties or anything." I don't know what happened to the pizza, but oh well, I tried!

Monday was daddy's first real day off in weeks, excluding Sundays. It was really nice to have him home. It was a beautiful day, much of which we spent outside. Here's Jeremy throwing the boys through the air.

And here's to still baby-wearing at 6 months.I love the Moby style wrap. You can wear baby for hours (Josiah weighs nearly 16 pounds) and never feel it in your back or shoulders!

Lydia decided that she didn't want to take off her princess dress all day long.It was a great week last week and we're looking forward to another great week!