Tuesday, December 31, 2013
My prayer is that we all grow closer to the Lord Jesus, listening to and following the Holy Spirit and to have a year in which we strive to please the Father with our love for Him and one another! I have so many things to work on in my heart and thoughts, but I am grateful for those painful moments when I realize my words and deeds are not pleasing to Him! He isn't giving up on me! Thanks for your friendship and many, many kindnesses this year, dear friends. May we honor Him in 2014!
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Thursday, December 26, 2013
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Well, here they are at the Creation Museum, on our way home after two glorious days at their College Fair. Every College and University invited to participate teaches Creationism, Science from its true, Biblical perspective. Our kids have such a great time at this event. Last year, we purchased Gertie from the gift store, and she was happy to make the trip back.
As I always say when I talk about the Creation Museum, it is one of the most wonderful places I have ever been in my life. Ken Ham and his team of scientists honor God and His Holy Word, and you can feel that as you walk through the various exhibits.
We are so grateful to be at a College (which has just been granted university status by SACS) where the Word of God is honored and taught.
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Saturday, December 14, 2013
One day a couple of months ago, my DD bought this lovely Vanna White book pictured in the blog.She loved the Vanna's Choice yarn as well as the patterns in the book. She made a lovely ripple pattern afghan for her Dad using BEAUTIFUL Autumn colors. I will have to show you a picture of it soon. I had never had any luck even understanding how to start a ripple pattern afghan, but DD got me started, and I have thoroughly enjoyed taking a break from granny squares! Haha! The pink you see is just so very lovely. The picture doesn't do it justice at all. I am working on this throw for a bench we have in the living room. All of the patterns in the book are easy (just what I need) and some are on the beginner level (again, just what I need). But no matter how easy they are, I couldn't have made these had I not a live-in tutor who is very patient with her mother. Oh and look at the groovy bamboo-handle size N hook in the picture. I have never gone larger than a "j"! I like the wood handle. I wish I could find one of these hooks with a light since I do most of this handwork on the way to and from Church. We are all hoping for a little slow-down time here at the end of the semester. The Fall Term has been a good one, but so very hectic. Some of the sweetest moments have been when we all take a break and watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! here and there.
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I am working on an afghan for DS1, and I thought carefully for a long time about the colors I would use. He loves greens, golds and oranges. He loves flags, all things patriotic and anything to do with National Parks. He has a beloved World Book Encyclopedia set from the early 60's that is olive and blue--he loves that set so much, I had originally intended to make the afghan in those WB colors. However, one day I was looking at yarn and noticed the Lion Brand Heartland line. Oh my goodness! Not only is it super soft and beautiful, it is a line of colors commemorating the National Parks. Well, there was no looking back. I bought most of my yarn at Jo Ann's because they had it at $3.99 a ball. I went back last night to look for some more, and it was almost all sold out! I think there were just a couple of balls left. So I went on the JoAnn's website and found it at the same price (it is normally $5.99 a ball). I have ordered from them before, and found that they deliver very quickly. Normally, I prefer doing business with Hobby Lobby, but we haven't been able to get up there since I began this project. I think I can get this finished--I will have some time once final grades are submitted. I'll try to post again with more pictures as I progress.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
This semester has been one of the busiest in my memory. I think part of the difference is having both boys at the College, each with their own schedules. Last night we had a very short window of time before everyone had to head back to the College for a function. We took the time to watch a movie we have had for about a month or so. I can't recommend Time Changer enough. It is available on Amazon, but we bought our copy at the Creation Museum. The point of the movie is that we live in a society where morals are neither ascribed to nor defined by Jesus Christ, and as such, are subject to questioning and change, and ultimately collapse and failure.
When we were at the Museum representing the College, I heard a lecture presented by Dr. Georgia Purdom. She argued that when discussing or arguing issues of morality, the Christian must stand on God's Word--That and That alone. Science, logic and reason seem infallible, but they change with the times. God's Word never changes--
I wish I could present what she said more eloquently. But if you can't hear her speak or read her books. you CAN find this wonderful movie in which the same principle is presented in a thought-provoking drama.
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Saturday, August 24, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 2013
School begins at the College next week. This week, we have had a ton of meetings, but I was able to get DD started on her homeschool subjects. She will be with me a lot at school, and is actually sitting in on an Hebrew course. I am not sure how that will go. It is a very hard subject,but she is most excited. I have a friend from high school who had a degree in music then has recently completed a degree at Seminary in Hebrew. I know she has been blessed by learning this tool to study the Word of God. I think DD has the same thought. We'll see.
Today is our 22nd Anniversary. We have spent the day getting ready for school here and at the house. Tomorrow will be a lovely day at Church--we are having a nice dinner after Church and then the "3rd Sunday Singing." These will be nice respites from all the hub-bub of the past couple of weeks.
I feel spiritually zapped--I have not had the discipline I need in my Bible study and quiet time. I hope to get myself back on track.
Hope your week will go well and that you will each be drawn closer to the Lord!
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Friday, August 16, 2013
Another title I'm enjoying is Winston Graham's Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall (1783-1787).
Poldark is an English soldier returning home from fighting in the Colonies in the American Revolution. I am hooked. We have the Masterpiece Theater mini series from many years ago, and I plan to watch it when I am finished with this first book.
DH and I have noticed that not only are we losing some of our favorite bookstores, but the ones that are still here are downsizing in the amount of books they're selling. Many of the larger chains sell lots of "stuff" in addition to a dwindling number of books. In my adult years, I have seen the demise of Borders, Walden Books, B Dalton--the so-called "Brick and Mortar" stores have been replaced with the Kindles, Nooks and Amazon! I can't relate to the idea of reading a book on a device. Our children have Kindles but use them primarily for music and news (since we don't do the fancy phones). We all still love the thrill of bringing home a new book or even more so the feeling of an old book found in a used book store. I love the edition of Poldark I found for this post.
What are you reading this week? Old or new? Fiction or non?
Hope you're enjoying this gift from the Lord.
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Thursday, August 8, 2013
We were able to take a little trip today in honor of my birthday tomorrow. Our family went to Social Circle to eat lunch at The Blue Willow. It was just marvelous. The food was delicious and the ambiance was even more lovely. As you can see from the picture below, we even took Gertie. DD crocheted her a beautiful new yellow ensemble for the occasion.
We then went to nearby Covington. Many television shows and movies were filmed there, including one of DH's favorites, In the Heat of the Night. In an antique store we visited (which was very, very pleasant), there was a room dedicated to memorabilia from the show. DH had his picture taken with "Bubba."
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
She will be doing more reading than ever. We have stepped away from video classes a bit more this year (nothing wrong with them at all--they're great) and are using a combination of resources and curricula: Beautiful Feet Books, Memoria Press, Christian Liberty Press and a few others. My goal is to post on each subject area.
I think we are all glad about getting back to more of a routine. Routines bring so much comfort to me personally but can be so elusive when I am trying to establish them. The key to a successful day is beginning with time with the Lord. That has to be the centerpiece of my routine, and I want to be more disciplined. Many years ago, when DD was actually on the way, I drove all over teaching College courses to high school seniors for the College where I worked. It was not the easiest semester I had experienced. I had morning sickness EVERY DAY, several times a day. (That was one routine I was glad to see ended). Anyway, when I knew that the semester was to hold some real challenges, I began the practice of starting each day with time with the Lord. I had some books by Jennifer Kennedy Dean. I began each day with a Diet Mountain Dew, Mrs. Dean and my Bible. The Lord brought me through those difficult days, and DD was born the day after I gave my last final for the fall term! We all survived! All that is to share my heartfelt and heart-experienced that the key to contentment is time with He Who gave you life.
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As our summer quickly comes to a close, this is a good time to reflect on the Lord's blessings throughout this season. I can say this has been one of the busiest summers ever--for all of us. All of our children (teenagers, but still our "children"), thanks to His provision through our Church and a precious and loving family friend, were able to attend life-changing music camps. These camps built their self-confidence and strengthened their love for the Lord. They are still singing and playing the songs they learned. They made friends which I believe will always be with them. DD and DS1 went to a camp where they learned to read (and sing!) shape notes. DS2 had the time of his life at a GBC music camp, and he won a scholarship for the College this year! He gained self-confidence and poise. I am so proud of each of them and so very grateful for the opportunities they had. They are all excited about next year's camps!
We had a great time at Bible School. I am always amazed at how much our little Congregation can do--but there again, it is the Lord's Provision. Everyone works together out of love for Him and for each other. I can't tell you how much I love these dear Saints of the Lord.
There 's much to still do in the way of schoolwork for Fall and housework, but I did get some significant tasks accomplished (not on my own, I can assure you). I am most happy with getting the boys' room really sorted through and cleaned so that they can better keep it clean in the busy back-to-school days to come. Our closet is 90% cleaned and organized. I had a lap desk that had ripped and millions of little white dots were everywhere. I thought I would never get them gone, but they are now! I went through so many clothes that we have had since before we were married. I had a ton of flannel nightgowns from when we lived in Missouri. They were old and soft and still comfy and they now how new, loving homes.
I have not accomplished much on the crafting front,and I had really hope to, but these things are waiting for me to return to shortly.
I will turn 51 on Friday, and am so grateful for the paths that the Lord has taken me down. He has never left me. He will never leave us; His Word promises us that. May you rest in that sweet assurance this day.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tonight was great at Church but we had an interesting drive over and back. We had one terrific thunderstorm, complete with hail before we left. Then, on the way back home, we drove through another major storm. It was something else! We were all happy to be back in the house, safe and sound. Thank You, Lord, for Your goodness.
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The boys came in about 10:30, having had the time of their lives. I am so pleased they were able to do this. DD made it to her friend's house and they have done the girly things, painting toenails and making funny videos singing Elvis songs (yes, Elvis songs). I copied their toenail masterpiece below. DH had some good visiting time with his family and will have a nice breakfast with his sisters today before coming home. I just remembered that today would have been their mother's 80th birthday. I know that she would be overjoyed at her children being together this day.
Looking forward to having all my chicks back under one roof and DH back on his side of the bed, but grateful to the Lord for His blessings yesterday.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
We had a great day with our Church family yesterday. Sunday evenings are my favorite services. The Pastor is teaching from the Book of Judges on Sunday nights. I need to post about that later. Anyway, when we came home, we had a great easy supper of sandwiches and fruit. We watched a great episode of Bonanza --what a great way to end the day. I watched another episode before heading off to go to sleep. There's just something about the Ponderosa and its occupants!
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I cannot read, watch or listen to the news without being so terribly discouraged by the evil in the world and in our own government. The President is currently visiting Ireland where as he addressed young people in a speech he called for them to abandon Catholic schools. Unbelievable. I feel that if he had the time, he would launch a campaign against homeschooling--anything that allows the family to teach rather than the state to indoctrinate certainly represents a threat to him and his ungodly agenda.
Tonight while I was doing some school work, I listened to my beloved Bible Broadcasting Netowrk, and the music there soothed my soul. On the one hand, I want to retreat into the enclave of my family, church and school. On the other, if we all withdraw from the arena, the enemy will continue to walk with impunity through our culture and our lives unabated.
We must teach our children and arm them with the Word of God and we must know what we believe and why we believe it AND be ready to take a stand.
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Saturday, June 15, 2013
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Having said that, I was just thinking the other day that this must be the most beautiful part of the entire world. Isn't God, our Loving Creator, magnificent in the variety and vastness of His Creation?
This is probably the only blog you see which includes posts about bathrooms. I am sorry, but I have to post this picture of a completed home-improvement project. DH and I are NOTvery gifted in this area, but the Lord has given us the blessing of perseverance. We moved in this house almost 10 years ago and it has been the most wonderful blessing you can imagine for our family.
The main bath, pictured here, had lovely, lovely wallpaper. It was in its prime, a nice print. Unfortunately because the room tends to be dark and because there is no fan, mold and mildew became our constant adversaries. I was getting to the point that I scrubbing off the wallpaper just to get the yucky stuff off as well.
Boldly going where I had never been before, several month ago, I began stripping the wallpaper from the walls. Needless to say, I looked on every web site I could to get proper directions, and I followed those directions to the letter. Unfortunately, this wallpaper clung to life (and to the walls). It did not want to leave after probably about 30 years of dedicated service. The battle became a real clash of wills between the paper and me! The paper was easier to get off than the coating of glue underneath.
The Pastor helped and made such a difference. I couldn't have finished without his help and encouragement.
Once we got the walls cleared and cleaned, he painted with a mildew-fighting primer and then later a beautiful top coat. He did the same on the ceiling. I painted the trim and door facings and he painted the doors. We had begun to wonder if it would ever be completed!
I am grateful on so many levels to have been able to do this. We were out of comfort zone to say the least, and we didn't have a lot of money to pour into it. Our school and church schedules have been so full that we didn't have a lot of time to put into until after the semester was over.
But, it is done and we are grateful that the Lord is involved in our every day lives. He is with us in the big projects, the little projects, and the moments in between.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013
This is not only a great literary work, it is a story of a man broken by his own willfulness. He loses everything and finally becomes a man God can reach. Robinson is the ultimate literary prodigal.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013
Well, this is just about the prettiest girls' room linens I have ever seen. I stumbled on this add the other day.I will post a picture of DD's sheet set soon. We washed the one we found and she put it on her bed. I haven't found any pillowcases yet, but her plain yellow ones go perfectly with the sheets.
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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Tonight, I had a late start in getting supper going. I made a huge pot of mashed potatoes, some crock pot chicken and a new recipe for cooked carrots. This meal called for lots of pealing and paring, dicing and mashing. To make my tasks a bit lighter, I popped in a Leave It To Beaver DVD. I love watching this show as much at age 50 as I did when I first saw it at about 4 years old. I don't mind telling you that I laughed out loud several times. DD heard me one time and hollered out to me, "I love that episode." Haha. Timeless comedy!
Here is a new recipe (new to me at least) for baked carrots. Simply scrub or peel a pan full of carrots--you can use the baby carrots that are so easy to find these days or the regular sized carrots. Just try to make sure they are sliced or presented in uniform sizes for consistency in baking. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the carrots; then dash a bit of sea salt and pepper on top. Toss a bit and place in a pre-heated over (425) for about 25 minutes. They are so flavorful this way! This will remind you a bit of carrots cooked in a beef stew or pot roast all day. They are still a little crisp but not crunchy. You may substitute butter for the olive oil, but I think the oil brings out the carrot flavor!
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Monday, May 27, 2013
May God bless this country as we honor those who have fought and died for her. I hope we can once again be a country worthy of such a sacrifice and worthy of His Supreme and Divine Love.
We must return to Him as
the Light from Above."
the Light from Above."
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Sunday, May 26, 2013
These are nice young men. They each love the Lord and serve Him with gladness in their own unique ways.I am grateful that DS1 has such good friends even if I am a bit confused about "star tripping."
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Friday, May 24, 2013
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Here it is! After I posted, I did a quick search. Aren't they lovely?
I am looking forward to starting on this pattern. I have to finish the dancing girls' sampler first. I am about 60% done. There are many things in my sewing basket to keep me busy this summer!
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Friday, May 3, 2013
This is the time in the semester when everyone is stressed: DH, me and the kids. All of the year's activities seem to culminate in about a two-week period of events, exams and performances. None of this is bad, just hectic. Last night, I was working on everything for school today, and the laundry and the dogs, and dishes--yikes. "Calgon, take me away!" Well, DH saved the day by cleaning up the kitchen for me, remaining calm and putting on one of our Tennessee Ernie Ford records! As his deep voice resonated throughout the house, I felt a sense of calm and joy--really, really, really. Why? Not because of Ernie himself--it was his songs! (having said that, I think Ernie would be pleased to have brought the Lord back into my mind through this beautiful record!)
I think we all need reminders of His presence in our lives, not because He steps away or neglects us--just the opposite. We get too busy to pray, to sing His praises and to remember the joy of our salvation. The half-brother of Jesus, James, reminds us in God's Holy Word, draw nigh unto God, and He will draw nigh unto you.
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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Last night after a great supper at Moe's ("WELCOME TO MOOOOOOEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!")
with all the family, we kinda' went our separate ways. DS1 went to his weekly UNO festival with like-minded scholars; DS2 watched some of his favorite movies (he is feeling a little poorly with a bad head cold); DH curled up with Mamie and read; DD and I went back to school where I was able to spread all of these squares out on a long table. She worked on her new cross stitch project, and we watched Murder, She Wrote while we were working. A pretty good night for everyone.
Hope your weekend and the new week ahead are wonderful!
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Do you remember this great television show? I grew up watching it like I did Star Trek and Gilligan's Island--every day after school. No matter how many times I watched the episodes, they never grew old. When the DVD's came out a few years ago, they were a "pretty penny." We carefully shopped for each installment so that our kids could see what TV could be like. We have been watching them again lately, and I was struck by something that I took for granted as a child: the Robinson children, especially Will, were respectful and responsible. The family members loved each other and they all worked together. They weren't perfect, and there was always Dr. Smith to throw the proverbial monkey wrench into any situation, but they were such a wonderful escape for the rest of us.
Families today, even on family-friendly networks, have smart-mouthed children, and usually the parents, especially the father, are made to look ridiculous. Yes, that reflects today's culture, but it doesn't have to be. I am grateful for our children who are respectful and kind. These values need not be permanently lost, but I am not sure how to retrieve them. So much of it goes back to the fact that families don't worship the Lord together. His Name has been stricken from the schools, the organizations and now so much of the military. The author of Righteousness is a stranger in many homes. There needs to be a revival among Believers that spills over into the hearts of the lost.
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Sunday, April 21, 2013
Afterwards, Dad loaded us up (including the big white dog we now have) and took us to Wendy's for a Frostie. Wendy's gives discounts to students, staff and faculty of our little college, so that was a nice and inexpensive dessert for all of us. I think the dog would have liked one, too.
DH and I have been discouraged by the changes in our culture. Yesterday he said to me that he didn't like this world anymore and didn't feel as if he belonged. I agree 100%. But that is how we are supposed to feel. We are told to live in the world by not to be conformed to it. When we grow comfortable with a fallen world's values, we have forgotten what is right and wrong in the eyes of God. I would much rather have a place in His Kingdom than in man's world any day!
God bless and keep you all as you serve Him and each other this week.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Today, I want to "Bless my home" as FlyLady suggests on Monday, cook a really nice sit-down supper for the family and spend some good time with the kids--even if it is really mostly school work. We are together most of the time, but I always worry that I don't spend time doing things with them that I should.
I would like to say a special good morning to my friends BRM, Miss Janice and Miss Sheila. You each inspire me to be a better person.
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Saturday, March 2, 2013
|We we able to get out of town for the day, and we all decided to visit South Carolina.|
|We all were able to go to our favorite places--we will post more soon--here is Gertie on her way into Hobby Lobby!|
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