Saturday, March 28, 2009

He has known me by name...

Your Name's Power is Perception

Your name's power is that it helps you be perceptive.

Your name conveys both wholeness and wisdom.

People who meet you can't help but think you are enlightened.

You try to live your life with flexibility and insight.

What's Your Name's Power?

You Are The Liver

You are a very versatile, adept person. You are able to do many jobs.

You seek balance at all times. You are good at adjusting yourself to keep things level.

You are able to counteract bad influences. You can neutralize anything toxic.

You are resilient like no one else. You can rebuild yourself completely if you need to.

What Part of Spring Are You?

You Are Blooming Flowers

You are an optimistic person by nature. In even the darkest times, you are hopeful about the future.

You feel truly blessed in life and can sometimes be overwhelmed with emotions.

You have an artist's eye. You are always looking for beauty in the mundane.

You have a good sense of aesthetics, especially when it comes to shapes and color.

What Part of Spring Are You?

Annette is playing this little game and asked us to join in

Friday, March 27, 2009

Most used words this week

The Second American Revolution

Wow this was awesome. A Silent Majority great presentation

24 family ways devotionals for Children

Each day after school I prepare a snack and a drink.
Today I copied the image on the lesson.
We start a lesson on Wednesdays.
Each devotional family way has five daily 10 minute topics.
We begin by talking in a very relaxed way about our day.
Then the kids read the way and the scripture and the Character quality/virtue.

Whole Heart on line
I do not see the old curriculum flip but I think it is replaced with the coloring book.

Now we have gone through these before when I was home schooling. I thought it time to do a refresher on it. When they first get in I have them wash their hands for snack and then come hang out and visit a bit first.
They fuss a little at first. I think that once they sit down to snack it is more acceptable.
The woman all those years before filled my belly first, then my mind could hear above the hunger. It was then that John 3:16 could be fully received.
It is cool. We discuss the topic questions and then read a scripture or two that are applicable to the questions I then ask and we just talk about it. I do not correct them. I let the flow go in a way where they are not WRONG for the way they see it. I do however let the flow go and often it is bent into correction in its own coarse. If not I will approach it at a open teaching moment that may be applicable in the moment. They are then free to share their thoughts with us, knowing we will listen even if we do not agree. This is imperative especially now for I have a pre-teen.

Grilling Goodness

Hello all!! Welcome back for your weekly dose of Goodness!!

1. Do you prefer to write with pen or pencil?

I love to actually hand write letters. It was many years in our old house that I wrote at least one card a day. Often several. The correspondence desk was right by the front door. I was on very personable terms with the mail carrier. The bos was just on the other side of the glass. We would waive at each other.


When we first bought the house, we lived there 16 years

We ourselves put on a new roof and it was really a much different house

The old estate was donned "Bird Haven Manor". Fancy, yes , but to me It was paradise. The calligraphy pens were my preference. Unfortunately I tore my right hand back at the thumb when Dove was an infant, then again when Dash was a baby I fell with him in arms and had to extend that same right hand to guard his sweet little head from hitting a foot stool. It again was sprained back at full extension. It was and is still tender sometimes. I have never had the same skill again. It caused my beautiful cursive writing to wane.

2. What was off limits to you growing up that you do all the time now?

Touch books. My step dad would NEVER allow me to touch his books. Now I will touch a book as much as I read it. Oft times I just stroke my Bible when I pray. It is the thing that can make learning on line less intimate to me. I Love to handle my books.

3. What is the age difference between you and your spouse?

He is three years and four months my senior.

4. Did you hurt yourself in anyway this week?

Yes, I neglected to tend to my feet. I ignored myself and then my feet had had enough and split open. I was shopping limping and then looks down to see my left foot was bleeding. I did a pedicure in the afternoon and humbly took care of my beautiful feet. Last night I was lame (literally) both feet split and raw. I sat on the sofa and rubbed healing moisture into my feet. I did nothing all evening but sit and nurture my soul/souls :)

5. Do you like wallpaper enough to hang it in your home?

absolutely! I have hung a full house before at the manor. Now I was actually thinking about it just an hour or so ago. Funny that question. I have some of the fabric from the manors dining room. A friend was over recently and offered me a whole bolt of it! She had it the same exact print! So I may do the great room (dining/ living room) in it

6. What do you need to do that you've been putting off?

Get a hair cut and do my hair coloring. I have the coloring , but I just have so many things to do I have not allowed it to bubble to the priority level.

7. What did you do this week that you wish you hadn't?

I told Dash to "shut Up!", I was praying about it this morning. I will be speaking to him about it tonight. I got way too tired and interrupted too many times with petty fight that I wish I would of handled like this..."you go tell your sister for yourself...when you are rough with my toys I do not want to let you keep them"...

but alas...I fell on my face. Now it is a big slice of humble pie that I will share with my boy this evening:) Teaching by bad e example turned into a good example.

8. Did anything keep you up late this week?

Yes! Rena the Golden had a tummy ache I think? She was in and out all night long! She has slept outside last night for we are not willing to do this every night. She is aging and needs to go potty often. Poor thing, but it is the life of a dog, and she is not suffering heat or cold outside.

join us here

Don't need those shot gun shells after all.

You were in danger this morning.

Hay babe your safe..:)

rice krispie squares

cereal purchased on lead in add for $1.50
marshmallows $1.29
butter (yes real butter) .58
.06 each

Pullin' weeds and picken' stones.

Yesterday a full day
Had a tea on the porch with a good friend
She is the teacher of our morning women s bible study
We enjoyed the flowers

She wanted to walk through the garden and enjoy the foods.
It was fun to see her feed the chickens, it really slowed her down.

Then I had to run to the city to fetch the repaired hearing aide.
The sweet receptionist Carmon, felt bad to tell me how it was to all come from pocket for us now.
Every expense we now were liable for.
She gave me the aide and then I had told her that we had paid out of pocket in full just short of $15,000. of medical last year, and that is why we no longer qualified. I told her we were debt free of it , but because we did all that overtime to pay off the bills we no longer qualified.
I then told her how I believed that God would honor that effort.

Then I looked down at the aide.
It was out of warranty just one week after the last (of four) repairs. It was not longer under warranty now.
The entire aid had been rebuilt.
My thought ?
"I was under the impression that it would be covered"...
Carmen said" it was!"
Every part of the hearing aide was NEW!
Except the part that the mold slips onto!
I looked at Carmon, and said "I just got to trust God".
She smiles and said "absolutely!"

Well the day was used up as I had to drive back from town narrowly escaping a very bad chain reaction accident that killed some one and injured many others.
A man was drunk and driving a dump truck lost control on the very off ramp I exited onto just minutes after it happened and I was able to skirt around the police cars and ambulances it was real bad. Dump trucks really leave very little left of a car...
So I prayed an shopped.
A refund check came and with my budget was able to get some bulk rice and pinto beans and soy milk.
for free per the Costco rebate
Went over to the bank and did my thing all the while the teller telling me how I needed to pay my bills on line. No thanks!

The chicken scrap was fetched and

I had realized then that I had $50. More than I had thought for I did my own taxes and did not have to pay for it.
After consulting and agreement with Steve I went back and got a beautiful new pot for the growing of foods.

My reward for doing the taxes for myself
Within budget a Black Russian tomato plant
It will go in the big pot withing the garden gate.

Then I rested and did a few tasks before the kids got home.

We are doing a thing now called family ways.
After school I sit with the kids who (annoyed at first) eventually enjoy the time. They each tell me about the day and I tell them all the cool things about my day.
We do a Scripture study and then they are off to independent time before home work. Our family way for Wednesday to Wednesday this week is.
We love and obey our Lord Jesus Christ in all we do think and say.

Verse is
Love the Lord your God with all your heart soul and mind . This is the greatest commandment.

This morning is a fine one!
Trust the beauty around you is shining a spark of delight into your eyes too.

Once the morning began and the lunch for Steve made, Doves bath done and both kids fed. We had a nice walk down to the bus stop my hands still warm from the first load of dishes washed. Dove was tender in her tone and we had a sweet visit for Dash was to the curb at the end of the street before Dove and I hit the end of our drive way. She hushed though once her brother was near and gave him a pre-teen kinda look that said "dang he is here".

They played a bit at the curb and when the bus came Dove ran back to me and gave me a hug good bye. I warmed and delighted me. Dash was a but perturbed because I confiscated the toys the had taken with them. I don't let my kids take toys to school.

When they were boarded I then took my morning walk around the block and found myself happy. Thanking God for the mounds of laundry and the washer that Steve had repaired, the loads of dishes and the joy of the foods prepared on them. These things were a privilege in my mind as the sun called me to remove my glasses (the magnifiers) to have pure light on my closed eyes. It was a refreshing walk . That found my in the front Yard weeding and picking stones.

Pulling weeds is a good thing to do.
It is a chance to reflect on the weeds withing my own mind and life.
Like the weed of choice today (the Indian Paint Brush) the weed was a plant.
The original plant a gift that came in on the breeze. It guards the iris in the center yard. A bit messy in full bloom. A snow ball of little tiny brushes. Hence the name.That is what the flower looks like and can be used for . Oh but once pollinated and dried it is a prolific wonder of the desert landscape. It has given live to at least 200 babies that I have been pulling for a few days time now.

At first I was not convinced whether it was a flower seed I had tossed or the paint brush.
Well Now being sure it is time to pull these little things. The joy is that once identified (like thought) it really is easily pulled up. The ones that are a bit longer in the ground come a bit attached by a deeper root. Yet for every one that is in thick rock or light soil the pull was easy. A bit back breaking perhaps. Yet so is most task that is worth doing. ")

Picking the stones from the base of the misc weeds helps me to get a firm hold to pull up and out. Those weeds that break off at the surface (as we all know ) those just come back stronger.
A Dove sat near me.

Pulling weeds and picken stones.

An old song in the mind is...

Pulling weeds and picking stones
Man is made of dreams and bones
feel the need to grow my own for the time is close at hand

Old crow watches hungrily
from his perch on yonder tree
in my garden I'm as free as that feathered thief up there

Rain for free sun and rain
I find my way in natures chain
Tune my body and my brain
To the music of the land.

Back to the music of my life, dishes,
laundry and the sweet chickens need their meal.

Love ya all.
Peace be with ya and over take you with delight.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

This bread baking, garden loving woman.

It was a good thing to be home today.
The service time in Doves class room was put off today.
I was tired and needed to nest and feel the earth.
Time in the garden is good for me.
Kneading bread is humbling too, so good for time in prayer.

The girls in the coop needed some new turf so I did some of the dung from the dogs and moved the hutch to greener lands. The chickens were very happy at this. They were enjoying a nice sit in the moist green grass that was high to them. then I mucked the coop and got the treat of petting Maybell and Prissy. They gave 4 eggs today. The new saw dust made for a nice place for the hens to come investigate. They are very curious birds.

Time in the garden gave way to my first salad.
Now that was just!!!!!!!!!garden salad

bread to bake
Today I tried a new thing or two.
Olive oil in the bread
Honey to sweeten it.
The yeast LOVED the living honey.
It was a good time to make bread today for we are low on the sliced loaf.
It is good to do the recipe and just make two of the loaf and then other things to fill in the menu.
This was a joy to wash my
living foods. Several little life forms took a swim down the pipes as the life in it is a testament to gardening organically.
The beauty of
organic earth in my sink.
The simple pleasures.

12:55 a fast lunch and out the door looking well lived in
this vessel of clay and flour. :)

At this point I had a commitment to attend
"Moms in Touch", for intercession. As much as I did not want to exit the estate...I am so very blessed to have done so. We three come together one mind one heart and one purpose.
In joint prayer it is the least lonely a human can be on the earth.

Upon my return!

Gently I kneaded out two loaves for sandwich bread.
Then I had an idea...Oh ya!

Alteration from traditional Cinnamon Rolls
Brown sugar was used, butter and my trick to charm the heart a bit of clove.

The baking center is awesome.
Everything is so much easier.

My happy yeast was so excited by the brown sugar.

Bread sticks with herbs De France and garlic salt.

While all this was baking I set the task of securing the tomato plants from the dumb (to smart for my good) dog!

How is that for a ridiculous menagerie!

The chair covers were my inheritance when my first dad died.
I really do not want them out in the sun like that.

Man I hope I get to harvest these fruits.

Speaking of fruit.
The fruits of my labor.
Yet the dishes call you know oh boy howdy do they call!
A simple frosting of powder sugar , vanilla and soy milk was drizzled on the rolls.
Yes they were very very good! :)
Danger...step away from the roll...
Melted butter was drizzled over the bread sticks.

A real "garden Salad"
I did it!
after a lot of hard work and persistence I grew a salad!
Made the bread and served it all with spaghetti marinara.
Note the harvet of strawberry was four of them. Just enough to adorn each plate!

Word filled Wednesday

Woman weeping by clspeace.
Jeremiah 9:12-22
In Zion the voice of joy and praise used to be heard,
while the people kept close to God;
but sin has
altered the sound,
it is now the voice of lamentation.

Unhumbled hearts lament their calamity,
but not their sin, which is the cause of it.
Let the doors be shut ever so fast,
death steals upon us.
It enters the palaces of princes and great men,
though stately, strongly built, and guarded.
Nor are those more safe that are abroad;
death cuts off even the children from without,
and the young men from the streets.
Hearken to the word of the Lord,
and mourn with godly sorrow.
This alone can bring true comfort;
and it can turn the heaviest afflictions
into precious mercies.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Good everning

I think I am eshausted tonight.
I have such a strange mood.
such a busy day...not a free moment literally for 6 am to 4pm then a play date over and that kid left at 5:30
Steve walked in the door at 5:45 hungry and I battling with a can opener and a phone that was ringing and ringing, the machine catching the call, so the kids who were doing homework could finish. It was the same kid hung up 1st time , left msg 2 nd time then called again all back to back dialing as fast as she hung up!
At the end of the spelling test for Dash and the blender grinding the beens at last it rang again! a different kid!
I just came undone.

Telling Steve I was tired , he not realizing the place I was in seamed to be indifferent to me.
I do not subscribed to this "pretence" of prov 33 fake greeting of "Hi sweet heart smile", and force a perky attitude.

I was tired ,worn and wanting for some tenderness.

I truely do believe the proverb model. yet today my cup was empty.
Asthma kept me up all last night. That and allergies.

I feel the many in the circle around me to be a bit indifferent to my feelings and the tenderness of my heart.
I see the things that around me displease me and good old prov wife I keep still and pray.
When I am tired it wears me out to do so.

I feel angry tonight and hurt and worn out. grieved and hurt . there are three women who have recently in there pain struck out at the air and I was in the midst of it, the fallout upon me.

Others have misunderstood the care and protection I express.
Still others judge me wrong as if It were a pleasure to offer hard news. News that killed me to present, news that scared me to the core over the fear of "doing it wrong". Yet I did what was required of me with as much kindness and tenderness as I could .
It seems I am a target for the hurt and exhalations of so many.
Normally I sorta think well "hurt people hurt people"
I must be pretty safe to be treated with such disregard.

Honestly though ,
I think tonight in my fatigue my hurt has lost that veil.
It is raw and exposed.
so in that i become even more vulnerable to more hurt.

I better just go get some strength and then do something to fill my cup up.

I hurts though so...when those I love those who's care is at the forefront of my mind for ...assume I am anything other than who I am...
To be true to who I am I just hold all in. Never an apology received by some they are just safe enough to come back to the safe rock and receive from my offerings of care only to target again the safe one when they act out.

I could say I just dont understand it, but the thing is I do.
thats love , that is my choice to love. to hurt to deal with the insults and the misconceptions and yet to be unwavering. I can not fill everyone's needs. I am going to let expectation upon me down.

I am hurting so badly over the loss of my nephews promise and potential. The life that could of been lived and the joy that not only he but all those that he loved could have known in and through him. Not only him but the others , lives compromised and lost to the dragon of this world and the error of hearts hurt.

So this post may be error as well.
I am tired of being treated as if I do not bleed. My veins run a bit dry tonight.

for those of you who offer me kindnesses, you are a balm. thank you.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Simple Woman's Day Book

For Today...

Outside my window... Spring teases with 90 degree day over the weekend and now a 70 degree day today...Grass is seeding and the allergy season has begun.

I am thinking... I will go to Bible study in the morning and walk into my day with courage.

From the learning rooms... I learned some good tricks for the strawberry pot. Add peat to the holes and also a bit of pebble to the top hole so as to not displace the soil when I water. I have been watching a show or a channel called create. I love it.

I am thankful for... My Dove's character she is now defending the underdog at the cost of her status. I am proud of her.

From the kitchen... a soft light under the cabinet and all is finished for the day.

I am wearing... Capri jeans and a t-shirt type top that is rose colored. Many combs in my hair for I had been working hard physically all day.

I am reading... Old home school documents on character, developmental timing and such.

I am hoping... To finish the laundry and sorting of the piles that are left from reorganizing the unpacked boxes. I want order! A quilt for the big master bed and curtains.

I am creating... A baking center to save on preparation time and energy.

I am hearing... crickets

Around the house... laundry is half washed and folded. many things to hang and put away. Clutter piles beg to be ordered and with Federal taxes done I must get a state tax book and finish it all up. We had $23,ooo in Itemized deductions. $14,900 in medical alone OUT OF POCKET! NO DEBT! we paid it all off! Praise GOD!!!!

One of my favorite things... making something to give.

A few plans for the rest of the week... cleaning, order, crafts and service work at the elementary.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

I need to get my starters back up and rising.

Tackle it Tuesday

Hello, This is the thing that has been on my heart to do...just for me.

My sweet husband noticed that my light was flickering and so for one of the gifts of recent he replaced the bulb for me.
I became inspired to care about my pleasure in baking.
Now that bread baking is a weekly task,
and I am noticing how disorganized my steps are this needed to be addressed.
I began by reclaiming the two drawers the one on the right had all the misc lids in it.
The one on the left held office type things and just misc junk.

One the right is now my Kitchen Aid Mixer parts.
With the large parts underneath in the box.

Lunches are now a normal daily occurrence and has been for several months. The savings is fantastic. However early morning sleep girl I am had a mixed up process. Now it will be much more stream lined and
With the Salt Box hung, the rolling pin here and both mixers a baking center is established.
The flour grist mill is on the far left. The heavy duty mixer next to it, and the canisters with needed daily supplies near. I am moving these ingredients out of the pantry.

Far left drawer begins its collected items...
Now it is ready for mixer use, and biscuit making as well as the napkins near the kitchen table.

Far right began to formNow
it has come together...
All measure, scoops, and hand made wooden mixing spoons at the ready.
Also funnels for canning, and pastry knife. I have a bit more to do here.

Below far left is all the baking pans, trays and cooling racks.

This has come together as well. The mixing bowls, rolling sheet, mixer and plastic.
Lids in large baggies separated and boxed, the kitchen aid box. and the cake pans that I do not hang up.
Above is the canning jars at my ready (they were out of reach above the refer), small plastics for lunches and recycled jars too. This is two sets of China, one is inherited and the other the china of my youth. These are serving dishes and such. Punch cups for the big punch bowl.
Upper left
Sifter (no more bending to dig it out of the other corner, measure cups (some are in the sink) and storage for the sandwiches of lunches. Tins with the cup cake papers, candles for cakes and some cake stencils, cookie cutters in the tin, and jello molds in the other big tin (they are antique, inherited). Above are the pie plates, chopping cups and the spring release pan.

no more tool drawer
He has a shop for tools!

Now in center, towels for morning lunch making, baggies (no more going back and forth to the pantry) all the decorative small cutters for pies and cakes. The cookie press and a salt shaker.

By and by these will have
Flour, sugar, brown sugar for dusting, baking powder (the jar is being washed) and soda. Yeast in the small one.
These jars have been collected over many years they are very old.
I have never been able to enjoy them like this before.

I will most likely tweak it a bit as I use it.
Less foot falls more time to play in the garden :)

So as for Tuesday...

There is Bible study
4 classes of 28 kids to present
Art Masters to
Fetching the chicken scrap
Shopping a little
making beans
Doing a bit of baking
Home work with the kids
unpacking some more
organizing too.

Older women likewise teach the younger women...

• how to love their husbands
• how to love their children
• how to be self-controlled
• how to be pure
• how to be keepers at home
• how to be kind and submissive (not subservient) to their own husbands. (See Titus 2:3-5)

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By Maya Angelou

'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ
That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean living,'
I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say.. 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain...
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!

Words have power. Here are a few of my favorite sayings.

  • A warm cup of tea is like a cuddle with a friend.
  • The North American Indians have a more eloquent word for ‘friend’ than we do in English. In their language, the word for friend literally means, “the one who carries my sorrows on his back.”
  • Return with Honor
  • The sage anticipates things that are difficult while they are easy, and does things that would become great while they are small. All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small. Therefore the sage, while he never does what is great, is able on that account to accomplish the greatest things."
  • “Live so that when your children hear these words they think of you… Fairness Caring Integrity Honesty Love Trust.”
  • "O Lord help my words to be gracious and tender today, for tomarrow I may have to eat them."
  • "No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes"

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Amy has clicked her heals and flown to her real home. There is no place like home.

This was given to me for the third time in just a few weeks.

Zephaniah 3:17 NLT
"For the LORD your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song."

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