Monthly Archives: October 2007

Works for me Wednesday: No tape measure – No problem!

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It’s a good idea to always have a small tape measure in your purse. You just never know when you’ll need it. Yard sales and second hand stores have cool desks or sofas or pictures or…. well lots of cool stuff. The problem is that sometimes you just don’t know if it’s going to fit when you get it back home. My hubby taught me this trusty trick many years ago and I have used it time and time again.

Just measure your hand span and then you always have a ruler with you. Mine just happens to be 8 inches. So when I want to know how tall a dresser is, whether that inseam is long enough for me to bother trying them on, or if that rug is just going to be a few inches too short, I just measure how many hand-spans it is and count by 8’s. I’ve used this trusty tool when buying my children clothing by just measuring (with my hand) their inseam before I leave the house for our used clothing place. It really does work for me and I’m sure it will work for you! :)

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Mom in Training

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Yep, I’m reprinting this post from way back, like, 1 1/2 years ago! Reading in Titus this week with Book Review Friday (see sidebar) has brought the ‘younger women loving their children’ verse to mind a lot lately.
Here’s a picture of my little Lone Ranger to go along with my thoughts. This is my eldest who has to deal with most of our parenting mistakes, because… well, he’s the oldest. Poor guy.

Anyway, here’s what I said then and am saying again now. :)

I am terrified to be in charge of teaching and training my children. That feeling is probably healthy considering it makes a parent very careful about how their children are raised. I desire for my children to have a heart for God. To make Him the central focus in everything they will ever do for the rest of their lives. I want them to know the scriptures inside and out. I want them to live out what the scriptures say with confidence. To have such faith in their God that they will obey Him without question, at any cost.
Many people think I go a little overboard on some issues. But what others thought and believed won’t matter in a thousand years. Let them think what they will. I have more important things to be attending to. I want to please God. What will matter for all the rest of eternity is whether we raised our children to glorify God or not. That is the issue.
This terrifies me because I have had yet another realization of what this truly means. It calls for much on my part. It is a huge order. I have begun to ask the Lord each day to put in me the desire that he wants a mother to have. When you ask a question like this of God you have to be ready to get your answer and work hard.
Each day I noticed more and more the things that I had been missing out on before. All those missed opportunities to help mold and shape their little hearts to be open to the things of God. Chances to give a verse and teach them true wisdom. Chances to get involved in their lives on a deeper level. Chances to gain their affection and trust. Chances to point them to Christ.
Though some may think that sheltering my children from many outside influences such as reading material, movies, even other children, is actually going to work against what I want to accomplish, I stand firm on my convictions. The stakes are too high. Why would I want to mar their chances of purity at such a young and impressionable age? I definitely want them to be able to live as ‘wise as serpents’ in this evil world, but they are in training session right now.
A wise mother watches for glimpses into their child’s soul each day. From that you gain an understanding of where they are spiritually and what they can handle and where they need further training.
I am thankful for mothers who have gone before that we can gain wisdom from. I watch them and learn. Sometimes I learn what I need to do and from others I learn what not to do. Either way, I am thankful for their examples.
This past week I realized that I just wasn’t getting the ‘mother’ thing and started with a simple prayer. “Lord, help me know what I am supposed to do as a mother.” But a simple prayer like this forces you on your knees more and more as you realize how inadequate you are for the job God has called you to. You also get excited to see results that only He can make happen.
It really is amazing what you learn and how much you can grow in a short time when you stay home and start pouring your heart into what counts.

Why?

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Folks, this is scary! Many people out there do not think it necessary to home school. It is!

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  • and don’t think that we aren’t affected by it. Children who attend any school whether in the US or Canada are dealing with these things everyday AND it will come to this before long right where we live. It’s just that these new laws are so blatantly evil it should give us a wake up call before it’s too late with our own children. They’re kids, they aren’t strong enough to handle it, (and light bulb moment here) neither are we as their parents. These are scary times and Christians need to start studying, praying, and getting into action.

    Book Review Friday: Zephaniah

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    First things first, let’s move on to Titus for the next week. It’s a super short one but I’m sure we’ll find it super good! :)

    I liked reading Zephaniah a lot this week. I had a hard time grasping just exactly what this prophet was saying. (By the way, I think it’s exciting that I know now who a few of the prophets were since we’ve been reading these books together. I wouldn’t of had a clue before who was or wasn’t. Oh yes, we’re learning lots!). I’m thinking that he’s warning about the Lord returning and them not being ready because of the sin they are living in. The people are called to repentance and they are told about the judgements to come if they do not repent and escape them. It ends with explaining the blessings of being one found faithful and hidden safe in Christ when the judgements come. I think. Much of it I cannot figure into this equation because I really have no clue what is really being said.

    Despite the fact that I have no sweet clue with much of it but find it terribly interesting I was convicted with a few verses. The first being, “I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And punish the men Who are settled in complacency. Who say in their heart, The Lord will not do good, Nor will He do evil.’ 1:12 Complacency is one of the major sins in the Church and in the individual Christian life these days, and apparently always has been. When life just continues on day after day with the same routine it’s so easy to drift off into la la land spiritually. I am that one that starts thinking (without really thinking about it) that God is in neutral mode. He wouldn’t do anything drastic in my life- I’m not that bad that He would have to deal with me! Big mistake. That was exactly who this prophet was talking to. That’s how these people were summed up at the first but as we read through we see that there are other names for ‘the complacent ones’. Names like, ‘rebellious’ ‘polluted’ ‘insolent’ ‘treacherous’, to name just a few. To God these sins are one and the same. It’s scary for me to think that I am actually doing damage to God’s purpose in my life by just not caring enough.

    In chapter 3: 3-5 it explains the wickedness found in the people. All of this is carrying on day after day with people not really thinking about what they are doing and all the while, “The Lord is righteous in her midst,” He’s right there seeing it all and being perfect waiting for the time to act. And the kicker- “But the unjust knows no shame”. Although we know He is righteous and He’s there somewhere, we don’t really care and we just keep going right along. Shameless!

    I do not want to be part of the pollution problem. I’ll be asking the Lord what is polluting my life and I’ll need to pray for strength to do something about it too. It’s all about being ready and chasing life, as my little logo up there at the top of my blog says. Live with purpose- God’s purpose.

    So even though some was confusing God still got some major points through to this brain of mine. Now I’ll wait to see what God put on all your brains this week. Let’s fill up Mr.Linky ladies! :)

    I’m not ignoring you :)

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    I keep forgetting to mention to anyone who cares that my computer is acting up. For some reason it won’t let me leave comments anywhere, including my own blog. Slightly annoying. :( In fact I am not able to scroll down to read comments that might be left there for me. Not sure what the problem is and not patient enough to figure it out.
    Hey Laurie, I really hope that you are feeling better! :( That cutie little baby will be here before you know it! :) We are reading Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is a total tongue twister for me and if I’m tired it just gets worse. The kids don’t seem to mind, though the eldest is the only one who understands any of it. I think they would be happy if I read the dictionary, just as long as I was reading to them. :) I’ve had to skip a few things. It’s had a few choice words and a little mature subject matter dealing with violence that I’ve skipped, but just short bits and pieces. You may not have a problem with it though. I think I’ll skip the Prince and the Pauper for a bit if it is old english. My brain needs a break. :)
    As for the comments ladies, I am reading the usual blogs and enjoying them all. I’m just not able to say hello to you there.

    The facebook fiend.

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    I canceled my facebook account today for the last time. I will never return. I loved being able to get in touch with a few people that I had lost somewhere along the way in the past 12 years though. Facebook really could have been a great tool for keeping in touch with some great people but….. there are just too many disadvantages to surfing around on it. Here are a few that I have had to deal with in my time on it:
    1) The ads are horrid!! HORRID!!! There are absolute vile adds that appear on the sidebar every time you enter a new page. (If you don’t think they are vile your conscience has been seared.) I don’t want to worry about my kids seeing half-dressed (if we’re lucky) women while mommy shows them the newest pic’s of her friends. And I figure if I have to warn my husband not to get a facebook account because of it, it’s not good for anyone including myself to bother with.

    2)At first, months ago, it became a great time waster. It is easy to become addicted and then our first priorities as wives & moms suddenly take second place to a computer screen. You really don’t realize how much time goes by as you are typing and clicking away.

    3)You can’t control what your friends have on their own facebook walls and stuff. I went on to say hello to a friend and see some pic’s and was greeted by a cartoon that will forever make me want to be sick to my stomach. Vile, that’s all I’ll say.

    4) Also, pictures are not the only problem. The language is awful. What is disappointing is that I saw the language and rude pictures on some of my Christian friends facebooks.

    I began yesterday to go through thinking I would just delete all my friends that had things that I found objectionable. It bothered me so much just checking each one out and seeing if they were ‘clean’ or not that I just gave up and decided it wasn’t worth trying. Seriously, it shouldn’t have taken me this long to figure it out, I know.
    I’m going back to good old fashioned email and my favourite, Kodak Gallery. We love pictures and send out lots of them through that.
    What bothers me about facebook is that there are so many Christians (just like me) on there and they are seeing the same stuff that I do. Does anyone else think this is just plain wrong??? Maybe you think I’m just old fashioned and need to get a grip but I’m just saying it like I see it. We got rid of the TV so that we didn’t have to see stuff like that, why would I subject myself to this nasty stuff if I don’t have to. One of our latest readings in Book Review Friday helped me in my decision to deactivate my account. “(for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)” 2 Pet 2:8
    Anyone want to help me out? I can’t seem to find that verse I know that says “I shall set no wicked thing before my eyes”. Where is that???

    So I’ll go the old fashioned way from now on – email, to keep in contact with those great friends I found on facebook. Maybe they’ll change things and it will be clean someday and safe for me to join again…. what are the chances?? :(

    Produce :)

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    We are so excited to give you the latest news from the Elson’s chicken ranch! We collected our first eggs this week!!! Our eldest has had the job of caring for the chickens since they were chicks. He was so excited and in such a rush to get back to the house with the two eggs he found that one was lost along the way. Everyone wanted a turn holding the the egg that did make it, and just stared at it for a long time. If you’d like to take your own loooong look here ya go…

    Impressive eh?! Yep, we’re pleased and looking forward to the day when we see 23 fresh eggs in the coop waiting for us. Woo Hoo!!