Our Team

'daDad (38 yo), the Mama (36yo), FarmerBoy (19 yo ds), Gypsygirl (17 yo dd), Miss Petite (16 yo dd),LionHeart (14 yo ds), Red (12 yo ds), Belle (10 yo dd),Nae Nae (7 yo dd),Bunny (2 yo dd), Little Britches (3 months)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Encouraging words and Actions

"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not whither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Psalm 1:1-3
'da Dad and I had the blessing of visiting last Saturday w/ some "senior saint" friends.
Our time there was such an encouragement to me as a mom.
This couple raised their (now grown) children to love and serve Jesus. We know their children, and you can see the hard work paid off. They are now enjoying grandchildren and helping support their children's efforts to rear godly offspring.
The one thing I walked away with is, what we do really,really does matter.
I will confess I have become "weary in well doing" at times. It's hard to mother many (and several littles) and not lose perspective some days. Thankfully, God has given us 2 adult children still living at home to remind us (me), they grow up very quickly.
The scripture above was part of our collective "school" Bible reading.
It was a good reminder to me that my children and myself will bring forth good fruit, in it's season. Not when I want things to be done. Corn can't be harvested the day after it's planted. The same applies to the spiritual walk. Our job as parents and Christians is to be faithful to train
and weed.

Look to Jesus.

John 17, Romans 5

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


BTW, I will give this a week from the last post. If you don't want to/can't leave a comment here on blogger, you may comment via our email.

Hebrews 7

Monday, July 11, 2011

Deciding What to do with the Blog

I started this blog so the wonderful people who blessed us so much after our house fire could keep up with how God was working for our good.
I believe that purpose has been fulfilled.
Life has assumed some semblance of normal. God is still working, but some of what He is doing for our family is not open for public consumption, so I find I have less to share with readers.
Then, too, I wonder if anyone is reading the posts anymore. If not, being on here, even occasionally is a waste of my already limited time and energy.
So, if you are reading this, and you want me to continue posting, please leave a note in the comments section.
Be blessed.

Hebrews 5-6

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Life is full of good things to enjoy.
God didn't have to make food taste good, colors and flowers beautiful, or songs melodious. How glorious is His creation!
Sunday, Little Britches crawled and stood up by himself(!!) for the first time! He's not even 7 mo yet! It's so wrong! He's just so precious, standing their with his two little teeth peeking out from his huge grin. Priceless.
Gypsygirl took her GED last week. It should be a couple more weeks before she knows her score. Then, we can plan a celebration for her.

I have kind of drug my feet about mentioning this, but I have been working on losing weight. I want to lose about 50 lbs. Seven weeks ago, I started The Maker's Diet (outlined in book form-the author is Jordan Rubin). I lost 11 lbs. in 6 weeks.
Now, I am working on continuing most of that diet coupled with an exercise book called, "8 Minutes in the Morning" by Jorge Cruise. That's about all I have most of the time. I like it because it's different every day. It's a lot like Pilates and it contains some yoga stretches (which I skip-every yoga position is a prayer pose to one of their million gods), so there's one caveat. Anywho, I have lost another 6 lbs in 2.5 weeks since I started that.
I have now lost almost 1/3 of my goal!!!!
Psalm 125

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Enjoying Life

"O, give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endures forever." Psalm 118:1
This psalm is the one that refrains " his mercy endure forever" after every declaration. Must be really important that we know God's mercy is everlasting.
In the preceding chapter, it says, "O, give praise to the Lord, all you nations; praise him, all you people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord." Ps. 117:1-2
He is available to all.

A few days ago, 'da Dad and Lionheart put up a temporary clothesline. I am so happy! I love to be outside hanging clothes. They always smell so fresh, and it saves us $50+ a month!
Then, Monday they installed a ceiling fan in our livingroom. What a wonderful addition to our comforts!
Farmerboy actually got it for free on a job he worked last summer.
The garden is coming up nicely. We were concerned it would be a washout b/c of storms, but there seems to be minimal loss.
A friend has offered me some raspberry and blackberry canes. I hope to pick those up this evening before or after church. This same lady also blessed us w/ some alpine strawberries. They are now putting out runners and need to be moved to a permanent home.

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lots to Blog About

There has been a lot going on around here. I will not be sticking to 1 topic, but I will try to make my subjects clearly divided.
Bible Reading
First, today's Bible reading. I began again in the Psalms earlier this week. It has been very good to be there. Anywho, this morning my reading included Psalm 56:9 "When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me." One interesting thing God has shown me while I have been studying Psalm is who my enemy is. I do not consider myself to have personal enemies, so a lot of psalms seemed to have little application for me. But, the Lord showed me that there are ppl out in the world who are out to ruin spiritually and probably physically. I remember reading once about a man who used to produce online p*rn, who converted to Christianity. He said that one of his greatest thrills (as an unbeliever) was to get a Christian man addicted to that filth!!! So, the plans of ppl like that, who are governed by satan, the enemy of our souls, I want to be frustrated!
The other place that scripture (56:9) reminded me of was Romans 8:31 "What shall we say then to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" What were these "things" Paul was talking about? Suffering b/c we belong to Christ. I just can't leave it here
"He that spared not his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died,yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness,or peril,or sword? As it is written, FOR THY SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL THE DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER. Nay, in these things we are more than conquerers through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life,nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:32-39. actually all of Ch.8 is a good reminder of our position if we are in Christ. What a hope we have within us!
Thanks to My Dad & Mom
Every year at church we are given an opportunity to publicly honor our parents on mother and father's day. My parents do not attend church w/us, so I'm going to do it now :).
I am so very grateful they took me to church and laid the foundation for all the work God has done since then. My parents were "more experienced" when they had me, so they didn't fall in with all that Dr.Spock, permissive, stifling your child junk. If I needed it, I got a spanking. I am a well adjusted adult, if anything, I might have been even better off w/ a few more trips to the woodshed (just remember, you can't spank me anymore :). Another benefit of having "more experienced" parents was the fact that they did not, nor did they allow me, to just go along w/ what everyone else was doing. This has made it so much easier to be different in all the ways I and my family are different. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I always knew my parents were going to be there when I came home from school. I always knew they loved me, and were trying to do their best for me b/c they wanted to see me living a blessed life. Mom and Dad I just want to thank you for every sacrifice you made for me, every tear you cried, and every prayer you have ever prayed for me and our family. I understand you both better with every passing year with my own children. So, you just keep getting smarter as the years go on! LOL! I love you both!
Life storms. Thursday I was at an appointment about an hour away, when I began to have chills. By the time the appt was over, I was running a fever and had pain in a specific area. I wasn't sure I could even make it home, but being the only driver, I didn't have any choice. I had Gypsygirl make some calls so everyone at home would be ready for a sick mama. 'da Dad came home from work, so he could take NaeNae to her dental appt. I don't think I've been that bad off in my life. Maybe when I had a double ear infection when I was 16. Anyway, we got right on it, and w/in about 6 hours, the fever broke and I was feeling less miserable. I have been what we call "gassed" since then. Then last night, I started in w/ an ear ache and sore throat. All those things should be helped by what I am taking for the other infection, but I do feel a little done in.
One other thing that happened Thursday-one of the key pieces of equipment I use in ministry to families I discovered has a broken part. I realized this will be the 2nd time I have replaced that in 7 years. So, God is affording me lots of opportunities to trust Him. He is good all the time. I am anxiously awaiting how He works all this out.
A Word on Courtship
Something I have noticed is a lot of emphasis on the young man pleasing the girl's parents. There is some of that surely. For us, his beliefs need to be pretty close to our, but not b/c he changes them to conform. After all, it is the woman who is to be helper and conformer to her husband (Gen 2:18-25).A couple of great question the young lady should be asking herself are "Can I complete this man? Can I conform myself to him and support him in the vision/ministry/vocation God has called him to?" Just my 2 cents.

Be blessed!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tea Time w/ My Girls

For a month or so, I have been trying to keep a special tea time with my girls. Because their ages and needs are different, I meet with the older girls on Thursdays after supper. The little girls (Belle and NaeNae) I gather with on Sunday afternoons. We typically have tea or coffee in my tea set ( a very neat "coffee pot", sugar,and creamer set my dh bought me as an anniversary gift 2-3yrs ago-I was wanting one just for this purpose.), and cookies or scones.
Gypsygirl, Ms. Petite, and I have been reading "Raising Maidens of Virtue" by Stacy MacDonald. It has been very good.
I am reading through "The King's Daughter". I cannot remember who publishes it, but it has various authors.
I think we are all enjoying our time together. It gives us an opportunity to learn what God wants for us, as well as knitting our hearts closer through prayer and sharing our thoughts.
My first responsibility as an "older woman" (Titus 2) is to train my own girls to be all God wants them to be (as I too am learning).
The men in our family have been turkey hunting several with no success. At least they get some time outdoors together.
Tonight we had a really nice supper. It was really peaceful.
Little Britches now has his bottom 2 front teeth in. He is so cute,sweet, and chubby. We are having a lot of fun with him.

1 Timothy 1&2