Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Well, I hope all is well with you. Please keep in touch when possible. Remember that this season is not about gifts and bing, but about the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
~Until next time.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
written by Matheson B. Miller - age 15
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
~Sad, but pressing on
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Until net time...
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I love autumn. It is such a wonderful time of cool weather, beautiful color outside and just a repreive from the hot summer sun. Autumn brings about a busy time around our house. The tea pots come out and scones are baked for a hot cup of tea in the crisp morning. Yum! One of our favorite traditions that I started when the kids were little, is to make applebutter. Each year we shop around for the best priced apples and buy usually two to three bushels. This year we bought three. I am planning on dehydrating some apple slices for a winter treat. I used to take the kids to a pumpkin patch before we moved here. I realized last night that we had not visited one in a long time. I looked up a place on the internet and found that it was close by, so we will be visiting one hopefully next weekend. Another tradition (that my dd and I have not been able to attend in a couple of years) is a large extended family Harvest Party. All the aunts and uncles as well as the cousins and their children get together near Springfield, Mo. and enjoy a day out. There usually is a theme. This year it is Superheros. I am thinking about going as Van Mom... since I am in the van driving down the hiway so much. Not sure how to pull that one off. Not sure I want to, but anyway the day is quite a blast. Our kids can spend the time with thier cousins. The day also has an archery contest and a weiner roast. So.... the windows are open, there are chocolate chunk cookies in the oven, apples drying in the dehydrater and after school is finished, I will clean for dinner company. That always brings about a wonderful smell of a clean house. Oh, did I mention that the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice is always on when I clean. My boys just love it.....NOT!
Until next time....
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Until next time...
Sunday, August 30, 2009
So...these are the things I am thankful for:
1. My Saviour Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for me
2. My husband who did the work of three people while I was down.
3. My kids who are just awsome kids.
4. My freedom to school my children at home.
5. My abilitly to pick up the phone and call my doctor when I or my family is sick.
6. The great strides that have been made in medical science, to be able to restore my son's hearing.
7. Family - my mother in law and my husband's aunt (who lives near Springfield) came to be with us while my son was in surgery. Even though I was not able to talk with my aunt much, it meant the world to me that she came by. The rest of our family were unable to come due to work or other obligations.
8. Friends who come up beside you when you are down and make you laugh or just love you. We had a good friend come to the hospital also. He prayed with us for my son and then took my oldest with him to run some errands while in town. Another friend watched my daughter during that day. It was wonderful to know that people were there for you. Also, those crazy gals in Carthage that are so much fun to be around... thank you all for your prayers. Laura... Thank you so much for the prayer you posted. That really meant a lot to me.
Well, I could go on and on, but I need to stop for now. I thank everyone who has been praying for my family during this last month. We have felt the wonderful prayers going up.
Thank you Jesus for all these things that you have blessed me with. I am truly grateful for all that you have given me. Thank you for guiding the surgeon's hands during the procedure and for bringing Gavin thru the surgery.
Until next time....
Friday, August 14, 2009
My husband took off in one vehicle to take my oldest to a job interview and I started out with the car with the other four. Making it into town, I made a couple of errands and went to drop off my oldest two at a friend's house. It was then that I found out that my husband had a flat tire on the way. So off to WalMart we go to have the tire fixed. Leaving the van at Wal Mart, we headed out on our 1 1/2 hr. trip to the doctor's appointment. Getting there in plenty of time, we pull children out of car seats (I have not had to do that in several years) and we head into the giant five story building to the doctor's office. Checking in, we were told that the doctor was running a little behind. A LITTLE? Our appointment was for 3pm and we finally saw the doctor at 5:15pm. We found out that our son will need surgery and we will need to call back the next day to schedule that appointment. UGH! So, needless to say, we had three very tired little boys with us. To sit in a doctor's office for two and a half hours is outlandish for adults, much less small children.
But it got me to thinking... #1. several of my friends have four or more kids and they do this everyday. I stand in awe at them. My hats go off to them all. #2 God is the one who has the plan...not me. I had spent several weeks getting my school year planned. That was my first mistake. It is great to have a plan, but life happens. I sometimes forget that... in fact I forget it alot of the times.. Then I get upset when my plan is messed up. It was more important for me to spend time with my nephews this week, than try to do school. With everything going on in their home at the moment, they needed a place to feel safe. I thank God for my wonderful husband who has been there thru this whole week to help me AND continue to keep the state park running. I am hoping to look back and see seeds that were sewn this week that will last a lifetime. The Dr. appointment was non-negotiable, but the rest of the week is.
My fever? Yes, I still have it, but I also have three wonderful kids who are helping me take care of these little guys. Did I mention one of them tossed their cookies at breakfast this morning? Toddlers... you gotta love them!
Until next time please be in prayer for my sister and her husband as well as my family. I really apprecitate it.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Whole Wheat Thins
3c whole wheat flour
1/3 cup olive oil or coconut oil. I used olive oil.
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. You can add other spices or herbs. (I added homegrown dried oregano and garlic powder.) Knead as little as possible to make the dough smooth. Roll very thin on a lightly floured counter. Cut with a pizza cutter and place them on a cookie sheet. Prick each cracker with a fork, then sprinkle with salt over them. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 mins. or until golden brown. Let cool and eat plain or with peanut butter on them.
I cut them into one inch by one inch square. Kinda like cheeze its. I am thinking that parmesean cheese placed in the flour mix would be good. Have fun with these great little crackers.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I have been homeschooling for over 10 years now and I still sometimes find myself conforming to the institutional ways of thinking, keeping me bound up in a textbook style of teaching. This does not give us freedom to learn what God wants us to learn. We put God's plan aside. Sometimes He remind me of that. OUCH. Am I the only one who does this? I am getting excited to see what God has instore for our upcoming year.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Lemon Dish Soap
2 cups liquid Castile soap
10 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops tea tree oil
Combine all ingredients in a squeeze bottle. Works well as a hand soap too.
1/4 cup baking soda
2-3 TSP liquid Castile soap
Combine ingredients and mix until smooth. Apply with cloth and wipe clean.
1 small box baking soda
liquid Castile soap
Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven and cover with baking soda, avoiding heating coils. Sprinkle more water over soda. Let sit overnight. Wipe up in the morning, used a scrup pad. To remove residue, put a bit of Castile soap on a damp cloth and wipe clean.
1 cup Borax
1 cup baking soda
10 drops essential oils
Combine all ingredients and sprinkle over carpet. Let stand 20 minutes, then vacume up.
Toilet Bowl cleaner
1 gallon water
1 cup ammonia
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup baking soda
Combine all ingredients and store in a spray bottle.
1 cup distilled water
2-3 drops essential oils
Combined in a spray bottle. Spray onto cotton cloth and dust away.
Castile soap is a type of soap make with olive oil rather than animal fat or synthetic substances. It is known as the mildest and most moisterizing of all soaps. Look in your laundry aisle of your local grocery store.
*this information taken from the Aug-Sept 2009 issue of Mary Janes Farm.
The first one says "There was a child went forth every day, and the first object he look'd upon, that object he became, And that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day, Or for many years or stretching cycles of years. The early lilacs became part of this child, And grass and white and red morning glories, and white and red clover; and the song of the pheobe-bird, And the Third-month lambs and the sow's pink-faint litter; and the mare's foul and the cow's calf,..." ~Walt Whitman
The second one says, " I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are." ~A Fourth-Grader in San Diego.
Wow, what a difference. My first thought was "Is there really any truth to this?" The answer is YES. This is really happenening to our society. The kids stay inside and stare at a box or play with their games (not board games mind you). The television has become a babysitter. Ouch! A very good friend of mine did a survey with the teachers in a local town. The teachers sent home instructions for the students in their classes to simply write down every time their feet touched grass. The results were scary. I don't remember the exact numbers, but a majority of students touched the grass with thier feet once every two week. Yes, two week. For some of them, it was every three weeks. Which meant that the students went from home to school by way of the garage to the car to the school parking lot to the sidewalk and in to the school.. then visa versa. The same went for things they did out of school. THEY NEVER PLAYED OUTSIDE. I was amazed to hear that.
As a child I remember going outside with my siblings and playing ball or running..... just running. I never stopped to look at the flowers or trees, and I never learned much about nature, but I knew what poison ivy was and I knew that there were bugs, ants, spiders, SNAKES (unfortunately I had to coexist with the copperheads) all around me.
Since marrying Davy Crockett (that's another blog and no I really didn't marry Davy Crockett, just someone who loves nature) and homeschooling my kids, I have learned so much about the outside world. We started nature journaling, becuase I had a very dear friend who loved to do that, so she taught me. My kids and I love to journal. It helps their knowledge of God's world as well as their artist abilities. I must stop and say that there are times (just like a few minutes ago) that I realize my kids have spent too much time inside. So, I have to remind them and myself that God's world is waiting for them just beyound the front door.
If you and your kids are interested in nature journaling, I suggest you check out your local art supply store or nearest Missouri Dept. of Conservation office for some nice journals. You don't even have to do that; just take several pieces of printer paper (hey, when did we stop calling it typing paper?) and fold them in half. Glue or staple the seams and then your are on your way. Have your kids decorate the front of their books, give them a pencil or colored pencils and send them and your self outside. My good friend, Gladys, suggests not giving them erasers. That was a hard one for me, because I wanted to be perfect in my drawings. It taught me to really stop and look at what I was drawing and to accept what I drew. God makes no mistakes.
I hope you all have a great day getting yourself and your kids outside and learning about the great big world God has made. It is amazing what you will learn. You can see God in every corner of nature. Have fun!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
My husband became allergic to commercialized laundry detergant, so after some research I found this recipe. It works great and smells WONDERFUL.
1 bar Fels Naptha soap, finely grated
1 1/2 cup Borax powder
1 1/2 cup washing suds
Mix together and store in an air tight container.
Use 2 TBS per load.
Until next time~
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
In Congress, July 4, 1776, THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OFTHE THIRTEEN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws of Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
John Hancock, President
Attested, Charles Thomson, Secretary
New Hampshire:Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts-Bay:Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut:Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
Georgia:Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
Maryland:Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison,Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
New York:William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
Pennsylvania:Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer,James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware:Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
North Carolina:William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina:Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
New Jersey:Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson,John Hart, Abraham Clark
So as you can see, we live in the most wonderful country in the world. May God richly bless you and your family as we celebrate this most important holiday...
Until next time...
Monday, May 11, 2009
We found out that the damage was wide spread and that we were the lucky ones. I am so thankful that God was protecting us.