"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future! "
Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Venison Jerky

Venison Jerky

Add ingredients to a sealable plastic bag or container with a snap lid:
1 cup soy sauce
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. liquid smoke
¼ cup steak sauce
¾ cup brown sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp. coarse black pepper
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
Dash of hot red pepper sauce

Cut backstrap into thin strips (1" × 3" × . "). Marinate strips in the mixture for at least 12 hours. Shake around in bag at least once to distribute meat into seasoning mix. Cover oven racks with heavy aluminum foil. Remove strips from marinade and lay on the upper oven rack. Use a fork to poke small holes in the upper covered rack. Leave bottom rack covered with no holes in foil to catch drips and keep the juices from dripping on the oven floor and smoking or burning. Bake at 200 degrees for 4-6 hours. Check hourly. Jerky should be dry but not hard or brittle.

This jerky has no preservatives or nitrites. You can keep it refrigerated in small sealed bags. This also freezes well.

Autumn Recipes

I was looking around the internet for some Autumn recipes and I came across a few that I am ABSOLUTELY GOING to try. I thought you might like to as well!

Topsy-Turvy Apple Pie

Ingredients
Glaze and Crust
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1/2 cup pecan halves
1 box (15 oz) refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

Filling
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (4 medium)

Topping
Whipped cream, if desired

DIRECTIONS
1. Heat oven to 425°F. In 9-inch glass pie plate, mix brown sugar, butter and corn syrup. Spread evenly in bottom of pie plate. Arrange pecans over mixture. Make pie crusts as directed on box for Two-Crust Pie, placing bottom crust over mixture in pan.
2. In small bowl, mix granulated sugar, flour and cinnamon. Arrange half of apple slices in crust-lined pie plate. Sprinkle with half of sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining apple slices and sugar mixture. Top with second crust; seal edge and flute. Cut slits in several places in top crust.
3. Place pie on sheet of foil on middle oven rack in oven; bake 8 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F; bake 35 to 45 minutes longer or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Immediately run knife around edge of pie to loosen. Place serving plate upside down over pie; turn serving plate and pie plate over. Remove pie plate. Serve warm or cool with whipped cream.


Sugar-and-Spice Shortbread Sticks
- I absolutely LOVE shortbread! :> )
(these look like those Pop-Tart sticks)
INGREDIENTS
Cookies
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon apple pie spice

Glaze
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 to 2 tablespoons apple juice

DIRECTIONS
1. In large bowl, combine brown sugar, butter, vanilla and egg; beat until light and fluffy. Add flour and 3/4 teaspoon apple pie spice; mix well. Divide dough in half; shape each half into flattened disk. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 1 hour for easier handling.
2. Heat oven to 350°F. On lightly floured surface, roll half of dough at a time to 12x6-inch rectangle. Keep remaining half of dough refrigerated. Cut dough rectangle lengthwise in half; cut each half into 1-inch-wide sticks. Place sticks 1/2 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake at 350°F. for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets. Cool 10 minutes or until completely cooled.
4. Meanwhile, in small bowl, blend all glaze ingredients until smooth, adding enough apple juice for desired glaze consistency. Spread glaze on tops of cookies. Let stand until glaze is set before storing.


Onion Soup w/Thyme and Gruyere Crustini

INGREDIENTS
1 pound yellow onions, halved and thinly cut lengthwise
3 to 5 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Fresh cracked pepper
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups beef stock
1 cup water
1 1/2-inch-thick slice of ciabatta bread cut in half
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups grated Swiss Gruyère cheese

DIRECTIONS
1. In a heavy 5-quart pot melt the butter over low heat. Add the onions, thyme, bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste and cook until the onions are deep amber and exceedingly soft, stirring occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes.
2. Add the flour and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then add the wine, increase the heat, and let the wine bubble away for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Add the beef stock and water, and let the soup simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Preheat the oven to broil. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven. Place the ciabatta on the middle rack of the oven and toast until crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
5. Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs from the soup and discard. Pour the soup into two ovenproof bowls, float the toasted ciabatta on top, and cover it with a thick layer of the Gruyère. 6. Put the soup bowls under the broiler on the middle rack and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and golden.

I don't know about you, but I certainly can't wait to try these DELICIOUS looking recipes!

HAPPY FALL, Y'ALL!

The Christian Jack-O-Lantern

The Christian
Jack-O-Lantern

I am a Jack O' Lantern
My light will shine so bright
For I am a Christian pumpkin
My symbols tell what's right.

My nose is like the cross
on which our Savior died
To set us free from sin
We need no longer hide.

My mouth is like a fish
The whole wide world to show
That Christians live in this house
And love their Savior so!

The story starts at Christmas
My eyes are like the star
That shone on Baby Jesus
And wise men saw from far

My color it is orange
Just like the big bright sun
That rose on Easter Day
Along with God's own Son.

And so on Halloween
Let's set our pumpkins out
And tell the trick or treaters
What God's love is all about!

Author Unknown

A Huntin' We Will Go

My friend Renee and her son, Jacob, just LOVE to go hunting. Well, I am NOT a fan of it in the least, as Renee can tell you.

I have told her a few times while she is out there waiting, she needs to remember to SCREAM these 3 VERY IMPORTANT WORDS when you see a doe walking up....................

"RUN, BAMBI.........RUN!!!!!!" lol





Well, this is the extent of my "hunting" abilities or desires. This picture is proof that you don't need to have a weapon to hunt. I shot this......................





With this.......................my weapon of choice! :> )






And that is as close as I will EVER come to hunting!


Suit Demands Nativity on Public Land

A clash between the Constitution and a Christmas tradition has led to a federal lawsuit in Warren, Mich.

John Satawa is fighting to return the Nativity scene his father built in 1945 to the median of a public street. The Thomas More Law Center, a Michigan firm that promotes Christian values, filed a suit on his behalf last week, charging Satawa's rights to free speech and equal protection under the law have been violated.

To read more, please click HERE!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Soup.....It Does A Body Good

I think it is safe to say, that most of us, have a favorite soup recipe. Some of you may have just discovered a new one recently that you enjoy, or you have a favorite recalled from childhood. If it is from your childhood, more than likely it was either made by our mother or one of your grandmothers. Did they make it for us when we weren't feeling well? Or perhaps it was made on a cold winters day to combat the bitter cold? Whatever the reason, our memories of it are likely to be as warm as those bowls of soup once were themselves.

Soup has a reputation for not only healing the body, mind, and soul, but is often thought of as a remedy sometimes for just about everything and anything that ails us. Now there is really no known documentation that soup does cure a cold, however, if my Foxy says it does....then it does! lol

So the next time you have a cold or even just feeling down, go have a nice big bowl of homemade soup. It will do your body, mind, and soul good!

I know I feel a HUGE crock pot of "Taco Soup" coming on. Ahhhhhhhh........I'm feeling better already! :> )

PLEASE TAKE OUR SOUP POLL ON THE RIGHT SIDEBAR!


A Pumpkin Apron

The other day I went to Wal-Mart to get a gift for my friend's birthday and some thread to close up some pillows I have been working on when I spotted this adorable material remnant.

Hmmmm........What can I do with this cute piece, I thought. Aha! I know.......G. LOVES to bake, so I will make her an apron for her birthday! And so I did! :> )





So it went from this....................











To this.............................







I didn't put on pockets because I wasn't sure if G. would want them or not. Good thing I didn't. Turns out she prefers them without! :> )

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Blogging Buddies




I thought I would share with you my little corner of the world I blog in.................












and my sweet little bloggers-in-training that help me!

I love my babies! :> )

What's On The Menu

Tonight's dinner on the farm:
Marinaded Steak Fajitas w/black beans, corn, and rice and other yummy fixins'

Dessert:

Almond Pecan Rolls


(This menu is subject to change at any given moment!)




Thankful Thursday Tag



Renee over at G*L*O*W Academy tagged me and I, in turn, would like to tag ANYONE who would like to participate! :> )

This post is giving me a break from the daily stresses of life, to take a moment and think about what I am thankful for.

So, thank you, Renee! Once again, you have managed to be there right when I need you! Isn't that cool how God works? :> )

This Thursday I am most Thankful for :
1. My precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and the fact that He loves me unconditionally! I love you, Father!
2. Skippy, Goose, Bean, and Kiddo - You guys are the BEST!
3. My washer and dryer
4. My friend, Renee

My Four Favorite Hobbies : (as of today ;)
1. Sewing
2. cooking/baking
3. Hand embroidery
4. Yahooing with Renee

My Four Favorite Books:
1. Bible
2. Having A Mary Spirit In A Martha World
3. Having A Mary Spirit
4. The Shack

My Four Favorite Simple Things in Life:
1. Prayer time with my Heavenly Father
2. Sitting on my front porch with a hot cup of French Vanilla coffee doing my devotions and chatting with Pappa
3. Snuggling on the couch with Skippy and Kiddo
4. Walking at night during a snow storm

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone...and a blessed weekend!


Angel Biscuits

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
John 6:51

I found this recipe for Angel Biscuits on Paula's blog. I LOOOOOVE butter milk biscuits hot, straight from the oven. When I saw this recipe, I just had to snag it. I think I am going to make these toNIGHT!

I am a VISUAL person and I like to see how things are supposed to look. If we go to a restaurant and there are no pictures on the menu, I'm LOST! I have to look around and see what everyone else is eating and then ask the waitress, "What are they having? It looks reeeeaallly good!"

Paula did not have a picture of her biscuits on her blog so I found a picture of what I'm SURE they look like after she takes them out of the oven. :> )

To make Paula's Angel Biscuits, you will need:

1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
5 cups all-purpose flour (about 22 1/2 ounces)
1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
Cooking spray 1 tablespoon butter, melted
Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water in a small bowl, and let stand for 5 minutes.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add yeast mixture and buttermilk to flour mixture; stir just until moist. Cover and chill 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 450°.

Turn the dough out onto a heavily floured surface; knead lightly 5 times. Roll dough to a 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Brush the melted butter over the biscuit tops. Bake at 450° for 12 minutes or until golden.

Thank you, Paula, for sharing your recipe with us!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Big Thank You


I would like to give a HUGE thank you to my wonderful cat, Simba! I have been having problems with my internet being very slow, but today, Simba knocked the wireless connection box (sorry, I don't know what the technical term is) down off the computer desk and.....voila......

SUPER FAST HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION!!!


Thank you, Simba......YOU DA MAN!!!

Aww......How Sweet

Today, I want to share with you, the most "AWESOMEST" awards that I have ever been presented with. Jacob, over at G*L*O*W Academy gave these to me and I can't tell you how special he has made be feel by presenting these sweet gifts to me.
THANK YOU!

Jacob, young man.......I will wear these with honor!


A Walk Down Memory Lane

Wednesday's Walk Down Memory Lane

Come for a walk with me down Memory Lane!
And if you have a "Memory Lane" post, head on over to Scottsville to join in on the fun!


My walk today takes us back to 2004. It was a couple of days after Christmas, and my brother had just been diagnosed with a terminal disease. After numerous tests to determine if the results were correct, the doctor gave him the news....the tests were conclusive. I remember I started praying that very moment while we were talking.......

"God....you are the great physician and you can perform miracles.
Please perform one now and heal Chris and make him new again in YOU! Show him your love and give him a peace that passes all understanding about all that is to come. Bring him closer to You, Father. Let him experience firsthand, your miraculous, healing power. Lord, I pray that Chris will come to know you as his personal Savior, and if this path you are having him walk is what it will take to bring him closer to you, we will be there every step of the way, holding his hand. I pray this all in your precious name...AMEN!"


Well, upon hearing this, we packed up in an hour and headed to TX. Chris didn't know we were coming and I couldn't BELIEVE we were going. Especially on that short of notice, but when family needs you.....YOU JUST GO!!!

It was a "sudden surprise attack" that only my sister Barbara (in the purple) knew about. We didn't tell anyone, except Skippy's boss. While we were there, Chris took us all out for breakfast at DENNY'S! Oh, I just LOVE that restaurant! :> )

Our visit just seemed way to short, as visits with family usually do, but we had such a good time and did lots of things while we were there. We even drove to San Antonio and went to the Alamo and The River Walk. We took a nice relaxing ride on the gondola type boats there. It was funny....our driver (is that what you call them?) even sang for us. It was a BEAUTIFUL! Everything was still decorated with Christmas lights.

I will never forget our trip and all the memories that were made. But what I won't forget MOST OF ALL, is the phone call we got a month later. My brother called me crying. He said that a MIRACLE had happened. He said they were running tests again and said that apparently, the first tests that were done were WRONG!! "What, Chris? What are you saying?" He said, "THE TESTS WERE WRONG..........I AM FINE! I AM GOING TO LIVE TO BE AN OLD MAN! IT'S A MIRACLE!!!"

PRAISE THE LORD! GOD, YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

A year later, my brother gave his life to Christ and last year was even baptized! WAY TO GO, GOD!!!


WOW.....Talk About Savings!

About two weeks ago, Skippy went to the grocery store without me :> ( He came back with 5 HUGE bags and was grinning. "Hmmm.....I wonder what's up with him?" I thought.

As I watched him unload the bags, I noticed that they contained nothing but meat. I also noticed that he was "SMILING" while he's doing this.

"Okay....what gives?" I said. "What's going on?" "Take a look at this!" he said, while handing me the receipt. "Look at what I saved at Food Lion today!"

It was a good thing I was NOT drinking anything at the time he slapped that piece of paper in my hand because he would have been WEARING IT! I couldn't believe my eyes. My darling, sweet, wonderful Skippy Man, had just saved us $85.16. DO NOT ADJUST YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN, LADIES......YOU ARE READING THIS CORRECTLY! He saved us $85.16 by using our MVP card and coupons.

The only thing that came out of this "frugal females" mouth was "WAHOO COOKIES!!"

I think I will let him go shopping more often without me.................NAH!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mom Sense - A Must See!

(PLEASE PAUSE MY PLAYLIST, LOCATED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE LEFT SIDEBAR, BEFORE VIEWING VIDEO!)

Anita Renfroe sums up all the things that a mother says to her children in a three-minutes song set to the William Tell Overture.

I absolutely LOVE this video!

For Little 'Ole Me?

"I would like to thank the Academy....ahem...I mean....."I would like to thank G*L*O*W Academy, for this very prestigious award!

My sweet, God loving, easy-going, compassionate, caring, html helping, template making, purple hating, friend loving, blog posting, SON and HUSBAND LOVING, photo shrinking, crock pot using, French Vanilla coffee drinking (I knew we were kindred spirits!), photo bucket surfing, cherry cheesecake eating, friend, Renee, gave me this precious award.

THANK YOU, RENEE! I will wear it with honor! :> )

The rules for accepting this award are fairly simple.....


I am to tell you six things about myself that you don't know and then award it to six other gorgeous bloggers.

Hmmmm.............I don't know I can think of 6 things that you all would LIKE to know! lol

1. I am probably one of the most UNORGANIZED people you will EVER meet! Although I try really hard NOT to show it! Wait....does that then make me "somewhat organized" in a weird, demented sort of way?

2. I dye my hair..............NOT! Are you reading this, oh siblings of mine?

3. I play the alto horn

4. I massage my cats feet....they LOVE IT! And NO, I'm not a freak! ROFLOL!

5. I am a photography NUT, however, photographer and my name will NEVER be used in the same sentence! LOL

6. I LOVE having a nice hot cup of French Vanilla coffee while chatting with my Heavenly Father on my front porch!


Now to pass it on.....

Bevy @ Dreaming of Peace

Terry @ Just Call Me Grammy

Martha @ Fly Away Birdie

Kat @ Art's Chili Pepper

Andrea @ Arise 2 Write

Stephanie @ Living On HIS Terms

FREEBIES

If found a few E-book FREEBIES today that this "frugal female" thought might be of interest to you!

For a FREE down loadable "33 Crock Pot Recipes" e-book, please click HERE!

Interested in raising chickens? If so, please click HERE!

Ok, I had a chicken recipe e-book originally posted here but it just didn't seem right to post that after the link about RAISING THEM! :> (

If you are a fan of e-books like I am, then this next link is a MUST!

To view and down load THOUSANDS of FREE e-books, please click HERE!

Blog-O-Meanies

"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer!"
Psalm 19:14


Scallopped Vadalia Onions


This recipe is AWESOME!! It is so easy and so DELICIOUS! I love onions, so when I saw this side dish, I just HAD to make them.

For this recipe, you will need:

6 large Vadalia onions, thinly sliced
8 tbsp. (1 stick) of butter
2 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 cup milk
8 oz. grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
melted butter for topping - about 2 tbsp.

Sauté onion slices in 4 tbsp. butter. Melt 4 tbsp. butter in a separate pan; stir in flour & seasonings and cook for 1-2 minutes. Slowly stir in milk and cheese, stirring constantly until cheese is melted and mixture thickens.

In a 1-quart baking dish, alternate layers of onions and sauce. Sprinkle top with crumbs and drizzle with melted butter.

Bake at 400° until browned - about 15-20 minutes.

ENJOY!

Monday, October 26, 2009

My Skippy Man............


..............IS NUTS! And I say that with lots of LOVE! It was in the low 30's with FrOsT on the ground when Skippy left for work this morning. He has a 40 minute drive, up and over the mountain, where it gets even colder! And would you believe he was riding his MOTORCYCLE?
Can you say.........C R A Z Y!!! lol

Fortunately for him, it has turned out to be a BEAUTIFUL day here. But then again I'm sure he knew that and that's WHY he rode! :> )

My Skippy Man..................gotta love him!

Doing Laundry


Do not complain! It could always be worse. Yes, It could be!!! You could have no family to care for, or you could live in a remote part of the world with no running water.

Use laundry time to pray for your family one by one.

Use laundry to teach diligence and responsibility to your children.

Put on happy music while you work.

Make folding a family affair and do not expect perfection!

Buy fabrics that do not require dry cleaning or ironing.

Make sure clothes are really dirty before washing/drying/folding.

Keep only seasonal clothing in the closet and drawers.

Less is more. Having too many clothes can make the laundry task even harder. Keep it simple. The more stuff we own, the more stuff owns us.


We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.
- E.B. White -


It really is all about perspective…and diligence. Sad that in a day with so many conveniences and wonderful products, we dare complain about doing laundry. Perhaps scrubbing our laundry on a rock at the creek would cause us to give thanks when we approach the washer and dryer?

A Homeschool Story


Mr. Pointy Nose

by Tammy Drennan*

Once upon a time, there lived a happy family in a great wood: Mother and Father, Brother, Sister and Baby. Father went off to work each day, and Mother planted seeds and tended her garden and loved her children and taught them to read and write. At night, when Father came home, the family sang songs and laughed and played together.

One day while Father was away at work, a knock came at the door of the family's home. Mother opened the door and found a stern man with sharp teeth and a very pointy nose standing on the doorstep.

"May I help you?" Mother asked.

"I am here," snarled the man, "to inspect your home and your children."

Mother was surprised. "Whatever for?" she asked.

"It has been reported," snapped Mr. Pointy Nose, "that you do not institutionalize your children, as is the norm. It has been reported that you spend an abnormal amount of time with your children, and you have been seen laughing with them, and they with you. It has been reported that your teen child is not embarrassed to be seen with you and that she smiles while working in your garden and hanging laundry. I will have to inspect your house and ask you some questions."

Mother invited Mr. Pointy Nose in and offered him a cup of tea. Mr. Pointy Nose pulled a great pile of papers from his briefcase and began asking important questions: "How many television sets do you own, how often do you dine out, why do you have so many books, what do you have against institutions, why do you grow your own food, do your children know who Madonna is, how about Beavis and Butthead?"

Mother was very kind and reassuring: "We have one television set in the closet," she told Mr. Pointy Nose, "and we dine outside several times a week in nice weather. We have so many books because we love to read. We have no personal grudge against institutions -- we simply choose not to institutionalize. We grow food to eat, and of course my children know who the Madonna is. I'm not sure what a beavis is, and while butthead is a rather crude term, I have known a few."

Mr. Pointy Nose seemed insulted by this last statement and jumped up in a huff. "I must speak with your children," he announced.

Mother called Brother and Sister. Baby was too young to speak. Brother was six years old and Sister was 13. Mr. Pointy Nose asked Brother, "Have you ever heard of Beavis and Butthead?"

"Yes," said Brother. "We have beavers in the creek, and Butthead is my uncle's boss."

Sister giggled, but Mr. Pointy Nose was not amused. He addressed Brother again. "Do your parents ever yell at you?"

"You better believe it!" said Brother. "One time I climbed clear to the top of a 30 foot tree, and Dad yelled and yelled at me to stay up there till he could climb up, too. He doesn't get much time to climb trees, and I think he yelled so much 'cause he was excited at the chance."

Mr. Pointy Nose turned in disgust and asked Sister, "Wouldn't you like to be institutionalized with other children your age?"

"Well, most of my friends are institutionalized," Sister told him. "And I haven't been too impressed with it. They can hardly read anything --they don't even like Charles Dickens. And they all hate history and math. I like playing jump rope with them in the evening, but they talk about the most boring things, like clothes and make-up and what's on TV, and... oh -- I know who Beavis and Butthead are. Do you know who Mr. Pickwick is?"

"No," said Mr. Pointy nose curtly. "What sort of music do you listen to?"

"Oh, Beethoven is my favorite. Did you know he went deaf and just kept on writing music?"

"No," said Mr. Pointy Nose impatiently. "Why don't you listen to popular teenage music?"

Sister was surprised that a grown-up would ask such a question, but she answered as politely as possible, "Because it sounds simply wretched."

"Wretched! Wretched!?" screeched Mr. Pointy Nose. "That is not a seventh grade word! Where did you learn it?"

Mother had been in the kitchen preparing a snack of homemade bread and strawberry preserves. When she heard Mr. Pointy Nose screech, she rushed to the living room. "What's wretched?" she asked, a little alarmed.

"This child," Mr. Pointy Nose said indignantly, "correctly used the word wretched."

"Oh, I'm sure she wasn't referring to you," Mother said gently. "Here, have some fresh bread and jam."

Mr. Pointy Nose looked at the tray in Mother's hands suspiciously, then cautiously took her offering. As he ate he began to relax a little. "You made this yourself?" he asked.

"Oh, yes," said Mother.

"And I helped," chimed in Sister. Then she added, "I'm sorry for upsetting you. I didn't know you had an aversion to that word, or I would never have said it."

"Aversion?" Mr. Pointy Nose sighed. He slumped in his chair and looked at Mother. How do you ever expect your children to fit into the world if you don't institutionalize them, and you encourage them to develop advanced vocabularies and you teach them self-sufficiency. This does not coincide with the new way -- they must follow the new standards."

Mother looked at Mr. Pointy Nose thoughtfully. "I appreciate your apparent concern, kind sir," she said, " but you see, I am not raising children to follow standards -- I am raising them to set standards."

Mr. Pointy Nose looked around in a musing way and murmured, "Yes, yes. I can see that." He left with a bread recipe and an invitation to visit again some time.

*Tammy Drennan homeschooled her own sons from 1985-2003. She has worked as a homeschool leader, tutor, workshop leader, and writer since 1986. She blogs on wordpress.com at EducationConversation and assists homeschoolers on her website HomeschoolStarter.com

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Sing-A-Long


"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I, Lord...Send me!"
Isaiah 6:8





"GO"

My life has been instilled
By a hope that never moves
And yet it moves me still
So I'm crying out to You
Use me
So I can take Your fame and glory
For all to see
No matter where Your hand may lead me

I will go
I will go
To make You known
I will go

I can't keep You to myself
My heart is just too small
There's so many left to tell
That You came for one and all
Use me
So I can take Your fame and Glory
For all to see
No matter where Your hand may lead me

I will go
I will go
To make You known
I will go

For a dying world in need
For the hungry and the weak
For the sinner scared to speak
I will go

I will go
I will go
To make You known
I will go

LAAAA LA LA, LA LA LA LA LA LAAAAAAA,
LAAAA LA LA, LA LA LA LA LA LAAAAAAA,

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pumpkin Carving 2009

Yesterday, Goose and Kiddo went to the pumpkin patch and got their pumpkins and last night they carved them. I wish I had found this prayer BEFORE we carved them.

During this Halloween time of scary ghosts, witches, gobblins, and scary stories, why not tell your little ones about our Heavenly Father instead!!






"Pumpkin Prayer"

{cut off top of pumpkin}
Lord, open my mind so I can learn new things about you.



















{remove innards}
Remove the things in my life that don’t please you.















Forgive the wrong things I do and help me to forgive others.



















{cut open eyes}
Open my eyes to see the beauty you’ve made in the world around me.




















{cut out nose}
I’m sorry for the times I’ve turned my nose at the
good food you provide.















{cut out mouth}
Let everything I say please You.


















{light the candle}
Lord, help me show your light to others through the things I do. Amen

By: Liz Curtis Higgs