Monday, August 31, 2009

Music Mondays 2! "Call On Jesus"!

I am back for "Music Mondays" on Shawntele's blog! Hope you join in!

Okay, I know I have shared this song on my blog before, but it has been a while, and this is such a favorite songof mine! My girls love to dance to it too! =)

Hope you enjoy it and are inspired! =)

Never forget that Jesus is always here for us! We just have to call on Him.

"Call On Jesus"

by Nicole C. Mullen

from "Talk About It"

Verse 1:

I'm so very ordinary, nothing special on my own.

Oh, I have never walked on water,

And I have never calmed a storm.

Sometimes I'm hiding away from the madness around me

Like a child who's afraid of the dark


But when I call on Jesus,

All things are possibleI can mount on wings like eagles' and soar

When I call on Jesus,Mountains are gonna fall

'Cause He'll move heaven and earth to come rescue me when I call

La la la la la, la la la la la

Verse 2:

Weary brother, broken daughter,

Widowed, Widowed lover you're not alone

If you're tired and scared of the madness around you

If you can't find the strength to carry on


When you call on Jesus,

All things are possible

You can mount on wings like eagles' and soar

When you call on Jesus,Mountains are gonna fall

'Cause He'll move heaven and earth to come rescue you when you--


Call Him in the morning', in the afternoon time

Late in the evening' He'll be there

When your heart is broken,

And you feel discouraged,

You can just remember that He said

He'll be there

Chorus (2x):

When I call on Jesus,All things are possible

I can mount on wings like eagles' and soar

When I call on Jesus,

Mountains are gonna fall

'Cause He'll move heaven and earth to come rescue me

(back to top first time, 2nd time finish with "when I call")

La la la la la, la la la la la, la la la la la-a-a

Monday, August 24, 2009

"Music Monday" ~"The Motions"~

A friend has a "Music Monday" on her blog, every week, where she shares a song! I have really been wanting to do this on my blog too, and thought it would be neat to link to her's! So I was very happy that she added a Mr.Linky this week! Fun!
Hope you go over to Shawntele's blog and join in the fun!

Here is one of my favorite songs of here late! I Love it!
Matthew West, "The Motions"!

"This might hurt, it's not safe
But I know that I've gotta make a change
I don't care if I break,
At least I'll be feeling something
'Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of life

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more daywithout
Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,instead of going through the motions?"

No regrets, not this time
I'm gonna let my heart defeat my mind
Let Your love make me whole
I think I'm finally feeling something
'Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of this life

'Cause I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,instead of going through the motions?"

take me all the way (take me all the way)
take me all the way ('cause I don't wanna go through the motions)
take me all the way (I know I'm finally feeling something real)
take me all the way

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more daywithout
Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,instead of going through the motions?"

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more daywithout
Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,instead of going through the motions?"

take me all the way (take me all the way)
take me all the way (I don't wanna go, I don't wanna go)
take me all the way (through the motions)
take me all the way

I don't wanna go through the motions."

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wednesdays Walk ("So We Don't Forget") School Days-Begininng!

Lynnette has made some changes to Wednesday's Walk Down Memory lane! Go check it out on her blog here and join the fun!

This weeks theme is "School Days, In the beginning"!

It is hard to believe that it has been a year since we started a daily homschool schedule!
Princess S. started her pre-K, using ABC, number and phonics wipe-off books! She loved them! I also had a lot of paper crafts, coloring and we had a vocabulary word, memory verse, and learned colors and shapes! Since she learned her shapes, numbers, ABC's and colors so well in pre-K, we have had more time to work on her other Kindergarten studies!
Princess A. was still crawling, as you can see from the picture! She played on her blanket with an asortment of toys! fun!

We have probably started our children doing homeschool a little sooner then some, but with homeschooling we believe it starts when they are babies! Everyday is a day to learn something new! And with homeschooling, you can be so flexable and learn and improve all the time! Also you are around your children everyday and you know what they are ready for or not ready for yet! Plus each child is different.
We have already learned a lot with homeschooling in the short time that we have been doing it and I really look forward to all we get to learn together in the future! It is sooo much fun!
We started back just last week! Depending on how much she gets done, we may continue on later into the year, next year, instead of stopping the first of May!

I hope more and more people choose to teach and homeschool their own children! It is such a great experience and blessing!
May God bless everyones homeschools!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Our Homeschool for this Autumn

We started back to school last Tuesday (the 11th). I was hoping to start On Mon. but was too busy canning! =)
We have decided to use Alpha Omega's Lifepacs for our curriculum. This spring we decided to stop for summer, but she was right in the middle of Kindergarten! So I hope to work it out better this school year! If she finishes kindergarten this fall, we will hopefully start 1st grade and stick to it till she is finished!
I am still pretty new to this teaching thing, so still have a lot to learn! We have two children (so far), one in Kindergarten (Princess S.) and the other a toddler (Princess A.).
I try to stay pretty flexable, but I do keep a small schedule and I love my teachers books that come with the Lifepacs!
Here is what I am going by for this fall while Princess S. is finishing up her kindergarten:

Princess S.=
Devotional readings,
Language Arts,
Wordly Wise,
writing practice (Letter and number)

Princess A.=
Animal matching cards,
ABC flashcards,
First Words flashcards

Educational games,
hands-on activities (paper crafts, clay, painting, etc.).

I am really hoping that we will get to take a trip to the Zoo and Aquarium this fall or next spring! That would be great!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thankful Thursday- August 12th

Today's Thankful Thurday is linked to Grace Alone's blog!
I am thankful for my husband, and all the hard work he does for his family, for his love, care and dedication!
I am Thankful for my Grama Z (her birthday is this week!)!
I am thankful for my sister (her birthday is this week too!)!
I am thankful for a fairly clean house! =)
Thankful that our garden is doing well, and we are able to can what we have!
Thankful for the oppertunities that we have been blessed with lately and pray that we use them and all things to do God's will in our lives.
Thankful for the beautiful weather!
Thankful that the people in this country are waking up and being more aware of what is going on ,becoming involved in their community and country and using their freedom of speech.
And thankful for books and ways to educate ourselves! Thankful for knowledge, and for wisdom! Thankful for virtues and morals! Thankful for these gifts from God!

Parables of Ants and Grasshoppers

A friend posted this up at "The Conservative Homeschooler" and I wanted to share it here too! Hope ya'll enjoy. ( I wrote more further down on this post)!

From Conservative libertarian Outpost

Parable of the Ant and the Grasshopper
By Patrick Sperry

The ant works hard in the witheringheat all summer long, building hishouse and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks theant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Comewinter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food orshelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!*****

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building hishouse and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.
CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
America is stunned by the sharp contrast.
How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”
Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome.” Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake. Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper , and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share. Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer! The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government. Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill Clinton appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients. The ant loses the case.
The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him because he doesn’t maintain it.
The ant has disappeared in the snow.
The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

This story reminded me of the new story of the little Red hen, when everyone sues her for not sharing the bread she made all by herself!

A while back, my girls watched "A Bug's Life". If you have never seen it, the ants collect food for the grasshoppers, or else, they will be destroyed by them, or so they think! But at the end the ants stand up against the grasshoppers, and realize ,they greatly out number the grasshppers! At one point in the story the lead grasshopper says they can only keep up on this control, by never letting even one ant raise up against them!
Anyways, the last time I saw this show, I was amazed at what I got from it! LOL! This could be a show about America, or any people, being controled by a small group of currupt bullies!

You can watch the complete show on Youtube, if you would like, but the first of this is a good clip!

Wednesdays Walk- Fried Pies!

Hey, I am a day late! But hey, that is how it usually goes for my blog! Always a day late! lol!

I found my pictures from when husband and I where in the homemade, fried pie "business" for a while! We made them all at home, by hand and then delivered them to local gas stations/stores/resturants where people sold them for us.
I knew how to make fried pies, since my mom, sister and I had done a lot and sold a lot, over the years (at bake stands etc.). We decided to give it a try for a while and see if I could make some money, but it was a big job to do by hand and as you can tell, we had to make over 100 pies a day and deliever them, to make it worth it for us. Plus we should have charged more. Live and learn!

We made several flavors: Chocolate cream, coconut cream, cherry, apple, peach, and sometimes strawberry!

We made the fillings two, except the apple and cherry pie fillings!

I used canned peaches to make the peach filling, and we loved them, but around here, people said they prefer the pies made from dry peaches. Oh well!

If we ever did this again, I would have to go all the way, buying some machines, having the kitchen set up like I would need it, since you have to go by the laws when selling foods.

It was pretty fun and a great experience! I need to make some one of these days just to give to friends and family! They ask me a lot when I will make the fried pies again!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Welcome to my porch!

Welcome to my porch!
Lynnette from "Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground" invited us to join her on a front porch gathering!

Here are 10 Things about me!

1. I am a "homebody"! I love to be at home with my family!

2. I like to listen to Jarsofclay, the Newsboys, Nicole C. Mullens, Bebo Norman, etc. while I clean the house!

3. I love babies and hope we are blessed with a Lot of them! *Smile*!

4. I like to watch shows/movies with my family! But make it action, history or mystery! I have had enough drama! Lol!

5. I love to read! My dream house has a huge library in it! And it would be great to write books too! Childrens, an autobiography and a biography, etc.
6. I am not a girly-girl, never have been that I know of! Don't wear make-up, never been to a spa, don't go get my hair "fixed", etc! I do love long-hair, dresses and skirts and natural things though!

7. I love to bake and cook and make things for people! And canning! There is such a good feeling about having food put up for my family!

8. I use to milk a cow on a daily basis! I choose the cow over milking goats!
9. I love to learn about herbs, use herbs and would love to have a ton of herbs growing in my yard! And be a master herbalist!

10. I am very shy at making friends, crowds are NOT my thing! I would rather be walking in the woods or thru a field, then in a crowded room, party, fair, etc!

Thanks so much for visiting! Hope to make it over to visit you soon!

"The 5000 Year Leap" Book Study- First Principle

On "The Conservative Homeschooler", we have been doing a book study on "The 5000 Year Leap" (A Miracle That Changed The World).

I wanted to share my discussion "overview" on the First Principle here. Hope you enjoy it and if you are a Conservative Homeschooler, and want to join the discussion on the group, please look into joining! Conservative Homeschool Dad's are welcome too!


1st Principle
"The Only Reliable Basis for Sound Government and Just human Relations is Natural Law"

Natural Law- "The Only reliable basis for a stable society and a system of justice" as stated here by Blackstone.

The Life and Writings of Cicero
I had never heard of Marcus Tullius Cicero, until we started reading this book. I have been fascinated by his few writings that I have read so far, and would like to get the book quoted from here ("Great Political Thinkers") and hope to find more books/writings by Cicero.Cicero was a man who rose to great heights, but found himself on the opposing side of Rome as it headed towards a dictatorship, and for this, he was later murdered. He may have been ahead of his time, but he laid a great foundation for the founding fathers to take up and use for our countries founding. Cicero wrote of a "future society based upon Natural Law."

Cicero's Fundamental Principles
Accepting that there is "the brilliant intelligence of a Supreme Designer with an ongoing interest in both human and cosmic affairs." And once "the reality of the Creator is clearly identified in the mind, the only intelligent approach to government, justice and human relations is in terms of laws which the Supreme Creator has already established."And this, as the Declaration of independence reads are called "the laws of Nature and of Nature's God."Natural Law is Eternal and Universal"True Law" sounds a lot like the bible to me, "A sin to alter", not allowed to repeal any part of it and impossible to abolish it entirely.As my husband and I say, "you cannot out run nature. If you go against nature, it Will catch up with you, every time." Women going against nature is a great example of this! this country and much of the world has been going against nature for a long time now, and we will pay for it to some degree."In Natural Law we are dealing with factors of Absolute reality." Wow! Is it just me that sees people doing their best to avoid absolutes and reality?

The Divine Gift of Reason
God made man in His likeness, and gave man dominion over all the other creatures. Man was given the gift of reason and wisdom, and after eating the fruit, the knowledge of good and evil.Cicero's writing here is pretty amazing! Makes one really think! And it reminds me of Proverbs and some other verses in the Bible.

The First Great Commandment
"Love, respect, and obey the all-wise Creator"!People united together under God's law, belong to His commonwealth.Jesus said "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Matthew 22:36-40).

The Second Great Commandment
"Thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself""Justice is impossible except under the principles of God's just law"So the "glue" that holds the commonwealth of people together is the love of God!

All Mankind Can Be Taught God's Law and Virtue
"There is no human being of any race who, if he finds a guide, cannot attain to virtue."Cicero stresses that all men who hold God to be the Supreme Being, share this commonwealth, and that under God's law we were born for justice, not by right or man, but by nature, therefore all man can be taught God's law, Natural Law, and be virtuous.

Legislation in Violation of God's Natural Law Is a Scourge to Humanity
So a so-called law that goes against Natural Law, is Not a law, even though it is accepted by the people as law.

All Law Should Be Measured Against God's Law
This part of the book and the above are exactly what is happening in our country right now! They are taking bad and trying to take bad and make it good, and justice is now injustice, all because the power belongs to fools. (Yes, I called them fools!).if we held their papers that they call laws, up against Natural Law, they would Never measure up! We have to get back to holding all laws up against God's Law.

Cicero's Conclusion
Man needs to work in harmony with nature, and natures God to build a "highly moral and virtuous society."

Examples of Natural Law
Here is something for you to do:
Tell me the first things that comes to mind when you think of Natural law, (that is used in our Constitution, laws, Justice system, etc.).
Here are is the first one that I think of, but is very easy:
(If you have the "5000 Year Leap" book, you can find a list of some on pages 46 and 47!)!

The Best Healthcare Plan

With all the talk of health care, it has really got me to thinking about the medical system and how people nowadays want to make health such a big issue
I may not be very advanced in age and wisdom, but I have spent most of my life pretty close to nature, and have been learning more about health, natural healthcare and how one can better care for themselves and others around them, if they just learn what God has put around them, if they just learn what God has put around us
I believe that every household, or at least every community should have an herbalist.

May I take you to my world of healthcare ? This may sound unbelievable, but this is the vision of many people who are learning, have learned or practice natural/herbal healthcare

If this is not your idea of healthcare, fine. You may continue with what we have, something worse, or something that just patches up the problems, but does not feed the body what it needs

First, I will blow away most people by saying, we have to each decided and stick to a better diet Yes, no more processed food. Sure there will be processed food to buy, but once people start making this simple and good change, they will soon be replaced by local companies and individuals selling fresh, whole, true organic foods Imagine for a moment walking into your local communities grocery, market, farmers market, or food stand at the corner, and being meet with the sights and sounds of complete, wholesome freshness Fresh, farm grown, local food Grown by your neighbors No more worries about what is in it. You can see what is in it The grain feed to the animals is grown local of course too
(In case you do not see it yet, this is growing jobs for any family that wants to pitch in )

Healthcare is taken care of in a lot of ways just by ones diet.
If you have not studied natural healthcare, maybe I should take this a little deeper, so people can see how this Can and does work
First of all you must remember that we have been eating worse and worse and taking more medication for many years now. This did not happen over night and it will take the adults and older children nowadays, longer to gain good or better health, then it will for future generations. The sooner young people and new parents start making changes in their diet, the sooner a healthier generation will be here
Second you must remember, you are what you eat If you put dead food in your mouth, do not expect your body to be able to live off of it. Your body can only thrive, grow and maintain health, by you putting good, whole, live foods in it
It makes perfect sense if you think about it.
When processed dead foods are put into the body, the body cannot break them down and use them as it should. As these foods build up and the body cannot dispose of them, they build up and start backing up into the whole body's system. Soon you are putting on weight, but you stay hungry, so you eat more and the vacuous cycle continues Even if you change your diet, if you do not clean and rid the body of the build up that has been compiling since you started eating, it does no good for your body.
Once the body has been deeply cleansed of the waste/mucus that has accumulated over the years, then herbs and whole, live, foods can be used to rebuild the body's system, to help it function properly again, and the whole, live foods can work to feed the body what is needed for a long, healthy life. And once the body functions are rebuilt/working on their own again, and the person is eating whole, live foods, little is needed to maintain good health.

It is also important to remember that the body does not process and eliminate medications as they are not whole, live foods. So just like processed foods that cannot be broken down and used by the body, these things back up into the system and cause many harmful and often life threatening side effects.

With this natural healthcare in place, about the only need for an ER and hospital setting, would be for broken bones and when someone is profusely bleeding.

For birthing, there are midwives. You have your babies at home or in a maternity center but it is still natural birthing. For thousands of years, women have had children at home, and with the government out of health of the people, midwives will be able to have the freedom and supplies they need.

In place of medical pharmacy, they are herbal pharmacies, or just your local herb store. There you can get your herbal formulas, capsules, tinctures, dried herbs in bulk or small amounts.

Vaccines and shots are taken out of the picture, since your immune system is built and prepared with herbs and natural products.

Chemical factories would be replaced with factories that produce cleaners, bug sprays, body products, etc. made from herbs and natural products.

All seeds we need to be non-hybrid, and open pollinated. Grain, vegetable, fruit and herb growers would cover the country, as well as organic cattle/dairy, chicken, fish, and hog farms. Less meats and diary products would be eaten, but there would be enough other jobs in the country to make up for them.

There would still be dentist, but with natural tooth products and herbs/whole-foods for calcium and better diets that make for stronger teeth, their offices would no longer be packed. Teeth would be happy and healthy

There are natural treatments/remedies for every sickness, disease and complaint you can come up with. Remember though, many diseases that are diagnosed by this day and time are made up. The cures or remedies are not what they prescribe, and causes are usually traced back to problems in the diet and an overwhelmed/degenerating body system.

I do not wish to argue over peoples health problems, so please do not waste time.
I know many are closed-minded over this matter, because they have been in the medical system, they have never been around nature, do not trust God and what He has given us, trust the doctors to much, and or are too dependent on medications and a quick (but not true) fix .
It saddens me, greatly to see so many suffer from so many problems, many of which can easily be treated. We just have to educate ourselves and remember that herbs and whole foods have been used for healthcare for thousands of years and were given to us by our Creator, so we could take care of the bodies he made for us

You could not imagine the time, lives, stress, paper work and millions and trillions of dollars this healthcare plan would be save this country, and in just a few months and years time. This already works for individuals who use it, and it WILL work for the Whole country too.