Thursday, July 30, 2009

They like us to dress up

I was getting ready for a date with my dh tonight, when I looked at what I was wearing. Ugh...I had on a comfortable shirt and a pair of shorts. Just plain comfortable clothing. I thought about when my husband and I were "dating" and I remembered back to how excited I used to get when we were going out. I would spend an hour curling my hair, putting on makeup, making myself look "cute" for him. After 18years of marriage and three kids, I thought about how much time I spend getting ready for a date now. I must admit, I have not put much thought into it. I was just thankful that my kids were old enough to stay at home with out a babysitter (Halleluiah sp? ). I would just throw something on, pull back my hair and out the door I went. I have gotten so caught up in being a mother to my kids including their teacher, that I forgot about him. I wonder what he thought. Sigh...so ladies, a wise woman once told me that we need to dress up for our dh because they LIKE it. I am not pointing fingers, I am telling on myself. And I hope he will notice when he gets home... I will let you know. By the way... I would like to hear your thoughts about this topic. Thakns.

More "green" recipes

I found a great magazine with super recipes, both food wise and cleaners. I thought I would share some of them with you.

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.


Soft Scrub
1/4 cup baking soda
2-3 TSP liquid Castile soap
Combine ingredients and mix until smooth. Apply with cloth and wipe clean.


Oven cleaner
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.

Carpet deodorizer
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.

Dusting spray
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.

Nature is calling....

Hahaha.... I bet the title conjures up some intersting images in your mind. That is not at all where I am going with this. I am currently reading a book called The Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. It is a book about the changes that have occured over the course of a decade or so on where our children play. Here is a couple of quotes that caught my eye when I opened the book, please note the huge difference between them.
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!

~Gayla




Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Home made laundry soap

Home made laundry soap ...

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.

I'm a proud mama!

Ok, I just have to boast. Sorry, but sometimes that is the only thing a mama can do. I was looking at someones blog spot (thanks Laura) and really liked how she had the cutest backgrounds. So I found the little website :www.thecutestblogontheblock.com from her blog site. My son and I sat down and started trying to figure out how to get the background that I had chosen to wind up on my blogsite. After a few times.... he was really good at this stuff, I was able to change my blog background. We also added a cute blinkie. I am so bad at this computer stuff, because growing up, we didn't even have a computer in our school, much less in our homes. I am a homeschooling mom and I love the fact that my kids have taken it upon themselves to sit down and plunk around learning how to use this little box sitting in front of me. I SEE HOMESCHOOL HOURS ahead of me.

Until next time~

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Just Hanging out in Texas


Last Saturday afternoon, my family and I headed down to Gainsville, Texas to see some great friends that we have known for a long time. I am so thankful for how God has intertwined our lives with Mark and Amy. They have three boys that are great kids. Their kids are the same ages as our children. Stephen and Matthew were in the nursery together at Osage Hills Baptist Church in Osage Beach, Mo. We have spent many MANY hours enjoying each other's company.
While in Texas, we have been enjoying INCREDIBLE food. Amy is such a great cook. The kids have played hours and hours of football. Maggie has hung out with her mom, as she is greatly outnumbered here. We just returned from a short day trip to Denton, Tx. Right now the kids and Amy are at the lake enjoying some sunshine and water. Tonight we are heading to the clubhouse to play some bingo.
As I sit here and think about our lives, Brian and I are truly blessed to have such great friends that we can talk with and spar off each other. We have walked thru the trenches together. Mark and Amy have been there when our two younger kids were born.
When I think of the fellowship that Christ talks about in the New Testament, I can't help but think that he was talking not of organized worship, but fellowship at kitchen tables reading the Bible together, discussing biblical topics, etc...
We look forward to many more years of making memories with the Bakers.
~Until next time,
Gayla

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Have you read it?

I thought that it would be a good time to post the Declaration of Independence. I am not sure how many of us actually know and understand what it says and what it does not... Please take a moment to go over it. Ponder on what freedom means to you. I feel that is very important to teach our children what this document really says and what people had to do to gain freedom for the United States.


The Declaration of Independence
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...


~Happy blogging.