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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Could the CT shootings have been prevented?

This is written by me a women who has had "anger" issues in the past, have relatives who have their issues with sin (alcohol, strip clubs and the like) but have found hope and healing in Christ alone.

The resounding answer is YES!  If you look at the situation like sin is the snake that comes to eat your pickles in the garden this will help you see the perspective from the eyes of Christ.  And sin was in the nature of Adam Lanza who came to "eat" the children of the school in CT.

1.  The first problem in the situation is that the mother and father of the child had a serious sin problem as evidenced by divorce.  If you are reading this blog and you are in marriage trouble please please please seek to resolve your own personal character so that your children don't choose evil over good.

Here are a couple of websites to help you fix your  and your child's character problems:

fascinating womanhood (a guide for women to fix marriage problems)

http://www.charityministries.org/  Listen to the tapes.  One a day or so.

Making brothers and sisters best friends.

2. The second problem in the situation is that the heart of the child was not cleaned up as evidenced by the paraphernalia found within the home.  Weaponry and love of violence were clearly evidenced in the home of the mother who raised the child. A good book to read on how to clean up and keep the heart of the child in love with being good rather than evil is the book:


This is a wonderful book and a wonderful family who understands the importance of proper good social skills with those in wheelchairs and with grey heads.  Notice that the book states that keeping our children's hearts is our VITAL priority.

3. Proper psychology was not administered.  Yes I have worked with children who have or have had Asperger's syndrome.  They are beautifully intelligent children.  A good book from a general "look" on psychology is written by Gordon Thomas entitled "parent effectiveness training."   Complete honesty and win win with children rather than authoritative or neglectful attitudes can change the behavior of children quite well.

4. Reading the bible to the child!!!  Had the mother read the words of Christ to the child from an old fashioned KJV bible EVERY DAY that child would have had the mind to want to LOVE God and not evil.

5. Administering positive free time entertainment activities that perhaps showed the child how to use electronics and technology in a positive light.  Have the child "video tape" momma washing the dishes and then doing some gardening as the mother was fond of doing.  Both positive activities.  Have the child write why he LOVES to watch momma do those things!!

6. Make sure the child is set free from his or her sin.   www.settingcaptivesfree.com has a resource for those whose child may be on the verge of mental collapse.

7. Gardening the mind of the child in a KJV bible home school base.  The mother chose to home school AFTER problems with the public school system, but secular knowledge doesn't show the child what sin nature actually is and looks like.  Knowledge of the ways of God as well as giving the child additional chores to keep busy and resourceful each and every day.  Faith and works produce good fruit.  We are not apes we are humans.  IF you are reading this you are a person who was not "aborted" by your mother.  Teaching children the words of socrates and plato is NOT the same as teaching your children the words of Christ.

8. Spanking immunization.  If a child is spanked no differently than giving the child a shot at the immunization clinic under the age of three, issues like this will surely be prevented.  A child that understands what pain feels like is less likely to want to give others pain and grief in life.  We as a society must learn how to properly spank again or more of these problems WILL show up.  How to do it: spank self first three times to ensure proper level of pain, then when child "touches" or "eats" something foolishly, administer spank.  More  can be found here : http://www.nogreaterjoy.org/  (the ministry has a so so reputation so keep that in mind) KEep in mind that these methods are DOCTORS orders so the risks and benefits are up to the patients at hand.

9. MOVE AWAY from bad influences.  Too much alcohol, too many drugs, too many weapons etc.  MOVE MOVE MOVE!!!  And DON'T call back.

10.  Public schools are full of bullys.  They were in the days of Laura Ingalls Wilder and teachers were KILLED by bullies in the small public school houses even in those days.....and they will continue to be that way unless PARENTS show who is boss in this world  God first, poppa second, momma third, child has apprentice opportunity under their guide.

Those are just a few examples of how the CT situation could have been prevented.  I hope that more parents choose to raise children in the eyes of Godly ways.  It is HARD WORK!!!  But it MUST be done to prevent more problems like this in God's garden of people.

For further information on this subject I encourage you to also read the articles written by ladies against faminism

Monday, December 3, 2012

Parenting advice: Get Psychology right according to biblical rules

Modern Psychology may seem like the best route to go, but in fact it is only a repetition of what has already been written.  If you write an outline of a modern day parenting book like PARENT EFFECTIVENESS TRAINING by Thomas Gordon, you will find that the same advice can be applied to many verses in proverbs.  I thoroughly enjoy the book as it points out how parents use their words to either help the child grow or shrink.  Effective parents allow their child to think-through the problems they face and come up with the correct solution to their behavior issue.

In summary the book outlined the following points which are expressively written in the book of proverbs thousands of years before.  Of course my conclusions on the similarity of ideas is only a quick summary and not fully explained, so you the reader may have to take the time to investigate why I applied the verse to the specific principle.  A reminder to Christians is that Psychology and Sociology are not solutions to the problems we face in our world, they are only platforms of observation.  We need Christ to fill in ALL our areas of weakness and defeat that we face everyday in life.  We as parents can do our best to point our children in that direction, but we cannot nor ever will be able to think for our children.  We damage their spiritual growth if we take on all control of their ability to think for themselves with the aide of Christ as guide.

*Skills that help students Grow
- Self-Direction
When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
(Pro 2:10-11)

-self - responsibility
Pro 3:27  Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

-self - determination
My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
(Pro 6:1-5)

-self- control
The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
(Pro 8:22)

Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
(Pro 8:14)


* I messages put responsibility directly on the student for modifying his behavior
-pr 12:17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
-----> example say, "I am tired right now and don't like it when you are jumping up and down"

*Do not order, command or direct
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
(Pro 10:11)

-----> example say, "I need you to pick up the table."

*Do not warn or threat
pr 11:12 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
(Pro 11:2)
> example say, "I don't want you to get cold outside"

*Do not moralize, preach, give "shoulds" and"oughts"
The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit. The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
(Pro 12:12-13)

--------> example say, "You are eating candy right now.  I don't want you to get cavities from eating so much candy."

*Do not advise, offer solutions or suggestions
Pro 12:28  In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death. 
------> example say, "You chose to watch a lot of TV and video today, would you like to explain why you chose to do that?"

*Do not teach, lecture or give logical argument
Pro 11:25  The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
----------> example say, "You chose to wear a short dress. I don't want you to get hurt in relationship."

*Do not Judge criticize, disagree or blame
A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.
(Pro 11:16)

----------> example say, "You like a lot of things that are related to spongebob.  I see that the advertizing industry sure knows how to find its way for you to know about spongebob."

*Do not name call, stereotype or label
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
(Pro 15:1-2)

----------> example say, "Ok jimmy, I'm ready to go" He slowly walks to door (don't say slowpoke)

*Do not interpret, analyze or diagnose
A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies. A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
(Pro 14:5-6)

----------> example say, "You are angry right now.  I can't stop to help you cut that picture because I am washing the dishes" (Don't say....you will grow up depressed with your anger)

*Do not praise, agree or give positive evaluations
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
(Pro 15:8)

-----------> example say, "I put your picture on the wall" or "I needed you to do that in that way, thankyou"
...express thankyou as an example of proper etiquette

*Do not reassure, sympathize, consol or support
Pro 15:27  He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
---------> example say, "That boy would like to be by himself right now"

*Do not question, probe, interrogate or cross-examine
A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
(Pro 16:29)

---------> example say, "I still need you to pick up those pieces." The child formerly told a fib about why the mess was made.

*Do not withdrawl, distract, be sarcastic, humor or divert
Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
(Pro 23:6-7)

----------> example say, "I need some time with daddy alone I don't think the baby understands that"  Child will take on the responsibility to find something else to do on own terms and be responsible for others safety.

Door Openers

* Is there something you want to talk about?
I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
(Pro 8:20)

*Sounds like you have strong feelings about that.
A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
(Pro 14:25)

*Would you like to say more about that?
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
(Pro 16:17)

*I have the rule ____. You seem really rebellious/disobedient to that rule would you like to tell me about it?
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
(Pro 22:3)

*The bible has the rule_______. You seem rather resistant to obey that rule, would you like to tell me about it?
same proverb as above.


Of course there are more ways to express how all books on psychology are wrapped up in the book of proverbs and some in Ecclesiastes.  But we can't forget these famous parenting proverbs.  Natural accidents and failures have a tendency to be a proper rod of correction for the child.  Allowing the child to fall off of a chair because it wasn't sturdy will teach the child to be careful and ask for help next time.

Pro_13:24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Pro_22:15  Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Pro_23:13  Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
Pro_23:14  Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Pro_29:15  The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.


Proper use of rod to avoid abuse and give correct distiction of bad behavior.

-Spank self three to ten times and look at markings on own skin to determine proper level of pain that should be administered.  Should be no more than a stinging shot from the immunization clinic.

-Withhold all anger before approaching the child.
-Ensure that the first way to correct behavior is to have the child pick up the mess he made first.  If he has done this, the use of the rod may not be necessary.

In all these cases, a properly trained child will have the ability to correct younger siblings and take responsibility for them.  If you see that happening, the parenting is effective and the child is growing to maturity in his or her actions.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Lamplighter publishing

It has been a long time since I wrote on this blog.  As of far, we have moved!!  Yay!  Of course that has kept me quite busy setting up  house and home.

Are you looking for Godly and Biblical based entertainment from the past.  Check out http://lamplighter.net/c/. .  The books are wonderful from the past.  These books instill true biblical character rather than mythical understandings about our world.

If you cannot afford the material, that is OK!

Many of the books they sell can be found directly from www.gutenberg.org and audio versions can be found from http://librivox.org.

You may even choose to incorporate the material into your homeschool curriculum or other method of schooling you wish to use.

Happy reading from authors of the past ;)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

GIVING: Ways a maiden can serve while waiting for prince charming.

-gives a protion of meat unto her maidens
-stretcheth out her hand to the poor and reacheth forth her hands to the needy

 This is a proverb's 31 series post

201 ways a maiden can SERVE while waiting for prince charming

(more may be added to this list simply by picking up a book entitled 365 things to do etc.)

1. Create a crossword puzzle out of a 100 word segment of scripture.
2. Write a children's book
3. Crochet in the presence of Christ
4. Learn new jump rope skills
5. Experiment with long hair styles and headcoverings
6. Sew a modest dress
7. Window shop for a parent that needs help with children in public (redirrect child back to parent)
8. Visit abortion clinic or family planning clinic and talk with a young woman seeking an abortion, pray for her, share gospel with her
9. Play a musical instrument in a coffee shop, share message of Christ's love
10. Visit an older single woman
11. Study and practice survival skills
12. Play a game of checkers, chess or other game with brother, sister, parent.
13. Research child training skills, including spank and non-spank methods
14. Research and write a mini-book on housekeeping methods
15. Plant some seedlings indoors
16. Learn how to change oil and tire on car.
17. Compliment your father on 5 differnt masculine qualities.  Write a letter to him or tell him personally.
18. Improve your ability to bake hommade bread from scratch.  Try sourdough bread from scratch.
19. Compile a monthy reading list consisting of 10 or more books per month.  Include classics and christain writings from those martyred or persecuted for the faith.
20. Study home remedies.  Start trying some remedies or preventative measures.
21. Compile a prayer list of those in bondage to (sexual impurity, alcohol, drugs, mental illness, cigarettes, anger, gambling, gluttony, eating disorders)
22. Memorize or make 15 bible verses into  a picture, song or other method to trigger the verse to mind.
23. Start a journal to keep track of the weather.
24. Study apologetics in bible vs. evolution
25. Study unassisted childbirth
26. Go on a date with Christ.
27. Learn how to do a new craft (embroidery skill etc)
28. Write a small song from bible verses
29. Write  about an issue to the opinions of your local paper
30. Design a bible themed game.  Try to make it for those who have never read the bible before.
31. Organize something
32. Create a home evening-entertainment plan for the next two weeks not including electronics.  Entertain family and friends.
33. Make a special desert.
34. Study home design
35. Learn how to overcome and live an unhindered life from various "proffesional" positions.  Doctors, lawyers, yoga instructors etc.
36. Donate Christian homemaking books to the local library.
37. Set up a small farmers market or yard sale
38. Pray for your future husband according to the words written in the bible.
39. Design a special bible reading plan that covers 1 week, 1 month, 40 days, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year (proverbs, special readings)
40. Research a local natural problem (trees with disseases, pollution in rivers, extinction of certain species)
41. Study and write down 25 different ways to be more frugal and reuse items
42. Learn how to make cheese.
43. Make homemade laundry detergent
44. Pray for leaders, parents, teachers, police and protective services
45. Seek ways to over come anger and improve character.
46. Try weaving
47. Pick up local ditches
48. Pray for those who attend large alcoholic gatherings
49. Sweep outside of a bar.
50. Hand out tracts particularly focusing on helping those in bondage (alcohol, drugs etc)
51. Research KJV vs Hebrew-greek vs. other bible versions
52. Hand sew and mend something
53. Make a marketable craft (gift baskets, wooden toys etc)
54. Create multiple differnt things out of old cereal boxes, cardboard boxes and other commonly thrown items (homemade cards, toys, learning materials)
55. Record some music
56. Study how women of the past lived and prepared their daily work
57. Give your parents a hug.
58. Make "baseball cards" of multiple characters of the bible.  Include whether they were good or evil for stats.
59. Visit a local nursing home and make a card for a resident.  Perhaps adopt a grandparent.
60. Send bibles to a country where they are forbidden.
61. Learn some psychology and sociolgy.  Determine how scripture can only solve the problems found in both fields.  Write a list of 25 differnt ways biblical principles can be applied to both fields to improve both.
62. Study the book of proverbs in depth including definitions and such.
63. Read material written by women who raised 5 or more children (teri maxwell, michelle duggar, large family mothering)
64. Develop and read material for your own homeschool curriculum.
65. Write a list of 30 different things you will do to bless your husband.
66. Study differnt flowers found in back yards
67. Read a household fix-it manual.
68. Donate items to local thrift store
69. Run one mile or more as able.
70. Preserve and can something from the grocer store, locally grown or own garden.
71. Design a modest femininine dress that fits in the ettiquitte of proper style.
72. Press some flowers
73. Rake leaves for an elderly person.
74. Write to local churches and encourage them to stop abortion as it is equal to murder (of jewish persons for example)
75. Research and/or serving at a food bank or shelter
76. Study how Sabbath and jewish traditions affect and can be a part of Christian practices without compromising Christian values.
77. Go on a walk in the woods.
78. Spring clean something.
79. Draw a picture of each of your family members and keep a scrap book.
80. Write a card to close relatives.
81. MAke some homemade cards.
82. Learn 50 new vocabulary words.
83. LEarn a new language.
84. LEarn hebrew
85. Paint a picture.
86. Make something with clay.
87. Knit a man's sweater.
88. Study how to improve laundry skills
89. Research the negative effects of TV on family life.
90. Take a picture of local residents and write a short biography of each.
91. Start highlighting your bible according to this fashion: yellow: salvation etc. etc.
92. Go camping.
93. Study smokescreens and learn to discern false or "puffed up" christian teachings.
94. Take care of your feet.
95. Study how to give someone a massage.
96. Participate in a local choir.
97. Film birds or animals
98. Create a list of Christian marriage help books and read all 5.
99. Study teaching styles and learning patterns of children.  Discern myth from reality.
100. Read a cook book.
101. LEarn basic CNA / nursing skills.
102. Create a doll house with paper dolls.
103. Create homemaker style toys and books for girls. (aprons, spoons, dolls and houses)
104. Create a child's chore chart and activity cards.
105. Create a file box of homeschool material.  Start printing now to save time later.
106. Try oragami.
107. Learn good ettiquitte practices.
108. Filter out wardrobe to only include 7 differnt feminine looking outfits.  Donate rest to good will.
109. Learn about and/or start raising chickens.
110. Visit a local farm and perhaps offer to volunteer a couple hours a couple times a month.
111. Study ways to write and create website.
112. Study computer programming.
113. Give out yell and tell printouts to children and/or daycares.
114. Give "Above rubies" magazines to local daycares.
115. Read material from Christians in communist countries.
116. Do some beauty routine practices.
117. Make a weekly breakfast menu.
118. Go sledding or swing on a swing
119. Restore an old piece of furniture.
120. Wash some windows and glass.
121. Start writting a daily devotional for single women
122. LEarn how to or plan to develop a home church from scratch (select certain bible readings, songs, attire etc)
123. Study female sexuality from a godly standpoint.
124. Make some garland.
125. Go for a walk.
126. organize your desk space.
127. Study how to improve your communication skills
128. Visit a different congregation or denomination.
130. Learn and write a list of 25 different characteristics of cults and -isms.
132. Study actual dates of Christ's birth, death on cross etc. based on scriptural account and jewish calendar.
133. Study Mary the mother of Christ from scriptural standpoint alone not religious twists and turns. (ie. how many children did she actually have)
134. Host a small tea-party for local neighbors.
135. Bake some cupcakes
136. Study cob houses, renewable energy and resources.  Make some plans to develop.
137. Write down 40 different ways to spend (cost of bread * 40) $ in 40 days.  Be as frugal and wise as possible.
138. Practice accounting.  Watch how your parents spend their money on a money management program.
139. Sew some curtains out of scrap material.
140. Write a list of people you can forgive in your life, especially males and men.
141. Write a list of 100 things to do and ways you can use the bible.
142. Play a bible trivia game on the computer.
143. Read a child's classic story book.  Devlop puppets to accompany the story you just read.
144. Improve your reading skills.  Learn how to power read 1000 words per minute.
145. Improve your writing skills.
146. Develop a plan to write a magazine for unmarried maidens from a Godly perspective.
147. Write to local teen women magazines and ask them to stop showing immodest girls.  Set up an online petition.
148. Write to major women's magazines and ask them to stop promoting relationships outside of marriage.  Set up an online petition.
149. Go fishing.
150. Write a letter to grandma.  Pick a 100 word segment from the bible.  List the 100 words and try to use all the words minus extra names and places.
151. Make a homemade rug out of scrap material.
152. Make homemade oil lanterns.
153. Make homemade candles.
154. Create things useful for the home out of old newspapers.
155. Use a jigsaw.
156. Draw pictures of flowers.
157. Illustrate and design a child's board book.
158. Sew a homemade doll and design her as a homemaker with lots of children.
159. Make homemade toys out of things from nature.
160. Study heirloom seeds.  Plant some.
161. Design hopscotch games using various words from the bible.
162. Learn some latin and word begginings and endings.
163. Smile while cleaning up something really disgusting.
164. Pick out a 100 word protion from the bible.  Defend the bible on an internet forum.  Use all 100 words minus extra names and places while writing in the debate.  Do that to prevent personal anger.
165. Study a strange animal in a differnt location on planet earth.  Write a small journal about the animal.  Ignore evolutionary jargon.
166. Create a calendar. 12 month or 365 day calendar or 360 jewish calendar.
167. Write a list of things to bring on a 2 week vacation.
168. Visit a relative if they live within 30 miles of your current location.
169. Write to a relative if they live over 30 miles away.
170. Develop a plan (specific time each week to study and recite) to memorize ALL of the psalms.
171. Bake bread from a different culture.
172. Study a culture unhindered by modern technology or city lifestyle.
173. Keep records of the weather.
174. Crochet something.
175. Study ways women can make men happier.
176. Try out a science kit.
177. Try out a new recipe.
178. Read a classic novel by  a well known author.
179. Visit a woman's shelter and encourage the women to forgive and pray for the men whom they left.
180. Study feminist women in history.  Determine if their lives were influenced by biblical principles.
181. Go swimming in modest swimwear.  Thighs, shoulders and hair covered.....
182. Study how to improve teaching methods.
183. Design montesorri style toys.
184. Draw 25 coloring pages.
185. Sew a quilt.
186. Paint with oil paints.
187. Write a 40 day plan to improve feminine characteristics in marriage.
188. Read a book about history.
189. If a parent is willing, take a child to the park.
190. Volunteer at a local daycare.  Encourage the women who leave their children at the daycare to find ways to stay home with their children.
191. Print out a classic book from e-book.  Start reading.
192. Read the local court records.  Pray for the people involved in the current court battles.
193. Develop and write a plan of what to do when your mind starts to lust after a man to whom you are not married.
194. Create a homebirth checklist.
195. Study Robert's Rules of Order.
196. Research a common dissease that affects people.
197. Study how to care for horses.
198. Visit a sheep farm.
199. Learn and play an uncommon sport.
200. Study Kitchen safety.
201. Attend a city coucil meeting
202. Attend or volunteer at a local child's club

Monday, August 13, 2012

FOOD: Cole Slaw

-giveth meat unto her household

 this is a proverb's 31 series post

Cole Slaw
1 head cabbage, finely shredded
2 Carrots, peeled and grated
1 Small red onion, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon celery seeds
1 cup creamy dressing

From: Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

Sunday, August 12, 2012

TIME MANAGEMENT: How to avoid idle time.

Time Management
-riseth while it is yet night
-her candle goeth not out by night
-looketh well to the ways of her household
-eateth not the bread of idleness

 this is a proverb's 31 series post

Do you have an issue with finding your self in "idle" time only later to discover that you have forgotten to do so many things!  Oh do I ever find my self in that position, and it ANNOYS me a lot.  In fact sitting in idle time is like letting the old devil come in an create monsters in my imagination and heart so that I grumble and complain about all the problems in life.......and THAT is NOT what God wants from his people AT ALL.

Read the few verses below to see what I mean.

And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. For some are already turned aside after Satan.
(1Ti 5:13-15)

Do you know a woman who spends her idle time wandering about setting up trouble??  Are you that woman??  If you are, you must stop, before trouble brews to the brim in your own home and in society.  We can see the effects of this in our communities as people do not "trust" their neighbors like they did 100 years ago before world war 1 and world war 2 and all the other various wars of the past century.  Not only that, but the lingering effects of men and woman who have turned to violent behaviors and shooting to resolve their own problems of a defiled mind (Aurora movie theater incident for example)

Of course there are times where I love to just stare up at the leaves blowing in the breeze while time floats by, but when I am sitting and complaining about something in my life that is not going right, I am setting myself up for trouble.

So what do we do to AVOID idle time????

1. Make sure you have a walking talking relationship with Christ.
2. Recognize that the nature of humanity is bent on choosing "evil" and destruction of other human beings in their imagination from the get-go.  Cut those imaginations off in your mind and fill-them with ideas for love and blessing of others instead.
3. Use the bible to create GODLY ideas and prayers for your future and your children's future and your children's children's future.  (example: read the book of proverbs and try to meet UP TO the standards laid out in front)
4. Submit to your husband.  He will have ideas for things you can do and things to "fetch"  Work for your husband with a smile and you will be the most happy employee on the block.
5. Plan ahead.  To-Do lists with lots of things to do to grow happiness and grace in your family will do wonders.  Plan a reading times and craft times, special recipe times as a family etc.
6. Learn and do many new skills.  Have a knitting project handy when your children want to go to the park.  Try caligraphy,  fishing and more.
7. AVOID all websites and people that stir up anger in your spirit.  Cut-them off completely.  If it feels like you are only around your husband and children and maybe a neighbor or two.....that is OK.  If we have a relationship with Christ, we are fine.  We don't need to worry and "know" everyone in our community of 300.  God knows them, so that is in God's control.
8. TRUST that God's word is true when he says he will provide food for you as he provides for the lilly of the valley......
9.  Pick up ideas from books like
Link to buy book is found here.
10. Keep a notebook by your side.  If you wear clothing without pockets, were an apron with pockets and keep notebook and pen handy to write down ideas and activities at all times and in all places.
11. Practice and study various ways to keep your life frugal.  Creativity keeps you out of the dwelling place of feeling you "need" money instead of being content with what is available right before your eyes.
12. Study the lifestyles of those who lived before the invention of electrical appliances.  They kept busy in so many alternative ways than we could even imagine.
13. Set up exciting goals for your self and family the "[verb] [number] [what] per [time frame] by the [end time]" method of creating goals.  For example using the formula above a few goals may be "[memorize] [8 lines] [psalms] per [week] by the [end of 2012]" or another may be "[paint] [1 8 X 12] [painting] per [week] by the [end of 2014]" or another may be "[try] [one] [new recipe] per [week] by the [end of one year]"
Create that fun and exciting goal calendar and see what happens ;)

Those are a few ideas, I hope they help!

Friday, August 10, 2012

CRAFTING/HOUSEHOLD SUPPLY: Hats, Mittens and Scarves oh my

Crafting/Household supply
-works willingly with her hands
-layeth her hands to the spindle/distaff
-she maketh fine linen

Its that time of year, time to make sure all in your household are ready to be clothed and warm when they enter the frostbitten air.  Below are a few patterns you may use to help supply your household with plenty of mittens, hats and scarves to keep everyone warm and cosy.

A fun Hat and Mittens Pattern can be down loaded here.

Basic Scarf
click here for a printer friendly version of this pattern basic scarf pattern

On US size 10 needles, cast on 20 stitches, knit every row. When desired length is reached, bind off.

Tan and White Scarf: Sugar 'n Cream Cotton, Ecru and White
Brown and Blue Boucle: Bernat Soft Boucle, Westport Shades, US size 11 needles
Black Fuzzy Scarf: Pattons Allure, Ebony, US size 11 needles

basic scarf pattern

basic scarf pattern

 For more free patterns check out Knitting Pattern Central

Thursday, August 9, 2012

SELLING: What he must be: if he wants to marry my daughter.

-she sells fine linen
-delivers girdles unto the merchants (item that alters the body appearance under clothing)

This is a proverb's 31 series post

What he must be: if he wants to marry my daughter.  by Vodie Bachum Jr.

"This book is more than you think. It is more than a 'check list' of what a man must be. It is more than a 'how to find a suitable husband' for yourself or your daughter.

This book inspires me to be a better parent, to be more diligent in training both my sons and my daughters, and will inspire men to be better men, better husbands, better fathers. And that is not what I anticipated."

 To purchase the book from my Amazon account you may click here.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

SHOPPING: Genetically Modified Foods (GMO's)

-seeks wool and flax
-is like the merchants ships and brings her food from afar
-considers a field and buys it
-percieveth that her merchandise is good

 This is a Proverb's 31 series post

Deu 22:9  Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.

Unless you live in the 1930's or live in a 3rd world country with little access to food you will notice that we live in a country that sells GMO's.  A lot of our food supply is provided through GMO crops.  In fact, much of the products you eat on a regular basis is taken from GMO products.  However, there is a difference between hybridization and the process of GMO.   Much of the GMO products are that way because the farmers "need" the genetic changes to add chemicals like herbicide, fungicide or other preventative chemicals to the fields.  Unless you live entirely in the city, it is likely that you may have heard the term "round-up ready" soybeans or other terms of that nature.

           In hybridization, the genetics of the crop are not changed.  Its kind of like putting a crop of extra-sweet sweet corn right next to a crop of semi-sweet sweet corn and ending up with a crop of extra-semi sweet sweet corn with a variation of colorful kernels in the sweet corn.  The process of change was entirely NATURAL in nature and not influenced by human endeavor.  Hybridization has been going on for centuries.  I am sure many gardeners are familiar with the term "hybrid tomatoes"

On the other hand GMO products are a dangerous product that infects not only human health but animal health as well.  The process of change in the plant is done by MAN-MADE means and more specifically  God himself, the creator of the universe, knew that this process was wrong and specifically forbid such practices in his law in Deuteronomy 22:9.  Both Christians and non-Christians have caught up to the fact that GMO's are inherently dangerous and are not good for consumption.  In fact children with variant forms of autism have been healed simply because they stop eating GMO food products.

Here are a few articles about the tested effects off GMO food products.

So what may a person do to prevent eating or consuming GMO products?
1. READ labels carefully when going to the grocery store.  You may even call the company your self if you are curious.
2. STOP buying products that you KNOW are produced by GMO additives either directly or indirectly.  (indirectly would be a cow that consumed round-up ready soybeans)
3. Buy all-natural and organic products in bulk.  If you need to save enough money to buy more organic or non-GMO products, then cut out on other costs like costs for cable, netflix or other unnecessary forms of entertainment.
4. PLAN ahead.  Write menu's that specifically include non-GMO products.
5. Plant seeds at home in your garden that are not GMO seeds and start producing your own garden and further seeds for more generations.  www.seedsavers.com is a great place to start.

All-in-all as Christians we are NOT GUILTY if we consume a GMO product especially if we do so UNKNOWINGLY.  For example, your mother invites you over for a potluck and other family will be there and they will-fully bring GMO products to the table because they believe it is the best there is while you are witnessing or showing them proper Christian behavior.  Christians are also NOT GUILTY if they are NOT in a financial means to receive or provide organic, non-GMO products or grow those products themselves.

However, a Christian who claims Christ as savior and yet grows GMO products IS guilty, especially if they KNOW the verse Deut. 22:9.  They are guilty if they willfully promote the SALE of GMO products and they KNOW the law of God.

God's laws are designed to protect not only people and society as a whole, but ALSO to protect the environment in which food is grown.  If that were not so, humans could have the potential to destroy not only social function but ALSO the environment in which animals and people live as well.

I hope this articles helps you understand not only how God LOVES the earth he created, but he also LOVES the people he created too ;)


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

CHARACTER: Characterjournal.com

-Does him good and not evil all the days of her life
-strength and honour are her clothing
-opens her mouth with wisdom
-in her mouth is the law of kindness
-her children and husband rise up and call her blessed
-her own works praise her in the gates.
-she feareth the LORD

This is a Proverb's 31 series

In order to make our homes better, more efficient and thought filled according to God's word, we need to make sure our lives are centered upon establishing Godly character.  Even though we are weak in the flesh, God can and will give us enough strength to help us establish Godly character in the home.  Most homes and even churches in the United States are not filled with Godly men and women of good character, this is largely in part due to the many "_____isms" and cults that surround us and the lack of knowledge of God's word.  God changes not, he still expects us to be good and to use wise judgment in regards to our behaviors and actions.  In fact, our character is molded and improved when we face trials, sufferings  and false accusations in this life, and that is in and of itself, something to be thankful for.  If we are falsely accused in this life we can and should be exceedingly thankful because our crown will be given unto us in heaven above.  I would encourage those of you who home school to consider a portion of each week devoted to training and teaching your children about how to have godly character.  Devote your time to ensuring that the children pay attention while you read the portions below.  In fact, when you go about your daily routine and correct your children in a godly sort of way with kind and gentle wording, so that they will learn how to have better character.

If your home is filled with Godly people, your home will be a happy home indeed.  Possessions are a minor necessity compared to a home with godly care-filled people.  A home of godly people is a home of great riches.

Monday, August 6, 2012

CLOTHING: Learn How to Sew with a sewing machine

-all her household are clothed with scarlet
-maketh herself coverings of tapestry
-her clothing is silk and purple 

This is a proverb's 31 series post.

When you want to learn something new, it can seem like the whole world knows more than you do and even knowing what to search for can be a major challenge. Starting to sew is simple if you can find the information you need and take things one step at a time. Do you need to know about sewing a seam? How about how to sew a dart? This page will help any one find what they need.

Sewing Lessons - Learn How to Sew One Step at a Time

Learning how to sew is something that I believe is a totally "hands on" and "learning by doing" experience. Through the internet we can share and learn! Be sure to sign up for the free sewing lessons on this site. The lessons newsletter will help you stay on task and follow through in manageable steps. Follow the lessons, one step at a time, following all the links that are provided to learn how to sew and make the most of your sewing time.

Sewing Terms and Definitions

Sometimes it seems like the people in the know are speaking a different language when you are learning how to sew. Don't panic! There is help available. Learning how to sew and communicating with people in the know, is much easier if you understand sewing terms.

Shopping For A Sewing Machine

Most sewing will require a sewing machine. There is so much about sewing machines on the Internet it can be very overwhelming to anyone learning how to sew. I suggest that if you have a machine, you also have a manual for that machine. As much as I would absolutely love to have one of every sewing machine ever made to be able to walk people though threading and bobbin winding it is impossible. A sewing machine manual for your sewing machine makes learning to sew much easier and prevents sewing machine frustration.

Sewing Machine Care

Many times people are given a sewing machine and want to dive right in and not wait for a sewing machine manual. You can find most basic information and get going. All though the machines shown may not match your sewing machine, the machines shown were chosen to provide as much visible information as possible. Be sure to learn the basics before you start to prevent damaging the machine.

Learn How To Sew a Seam and Other Techniques

Seams are a mainstay to most sewing projects and a great place to start learning how to sew. Seams that have straight sewing and even seam allowances are a must for a professional-looking project. Learn how to sew a basic seam is one of the first steps in learning how to sew, then move on to other sewing techniques to learn how to sew almost anything.


Do you know the difference between ironing and pressing as you sew? Do you know the tools that are available to get the job done? Find the key information you need to avoid a homemade look and have professional, eye catching results.

Hand Sewing

Hand sewing is a great way to keep your hands busy and accomplish a project when you are on the go. You'll find tutorials on how to sew various hand stitches and projects to keep in your car or by your television chair in this index.

Start Simple

Practice, experiment and research! You can learn anything! Start with a simple project. A simple tote bag, a sachet, a throw pillow cover one of the Ten Easiest Free Sewing Patterns will help you learn how to sew the basic sand over come hurdles that may have been stopping you from achieving everything you can imagine.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

FEARLESS: Check list of children's clothing

-not afraid of the snow
-she shall rejoice in time to come

This is a proverb's 31 series post

Before winter comes it is important to make sure that all of your children have enough supply and clothing to keep warm.  Below is a list that I have compiled.  I understand that some people would add more or less items to this list.  I consider the fact that children under the age of 7 have a tendency and need to change clothes more frequently than older children.

_____ = enter size needed

________socks for one week
________7 pairs underpants
________7 sweater/sweatshirts/longsleeves
________7 pairs of pants

________2 winter hats
________2 Pairs of mittens
________1 scarf or face cover
________1 Coat
________1 snowpants
________1 pair winterboots

________2 pjs

________1 swimsuit (we go indoor swimming sometimes)

________socks for one week
________7 pairs underpants
________7 sweater/sweatshirts/longsleeves
________7 dresses/jumper's/skirts
________7 bloomer's/leggings
________7 pairs tights
________1 skort/collotes

________2 winter hats
________2 Pairs of mittens
________1 scarf or face cover
________1 Coat
________1 snowpants
________1 pair winterboots

________2 pjs

________One modest swimsuit/collotes & swimdive top (we go indoor swimming sometimes and encourage girls to learn to swim)

_______14 cloth diapers/training pants and covers

You may also find another version of printable children's clothing list here. The list is in pdf.  It contains other ideas for clothing arrangements for children.

Friday, August 3, 2012

COMMUNITY RELATIONS: Visionary Woman Gatherings

 Community Relations
-her husband is known in the gates when he sitteth among the elders of the land

This is a Proverb's 31 series

An e-book to build vision of Christ in our world through woman who trust in God's blessing and God's word.

Cost: 1.00

Visit their website below:


Lets build  in the Strength of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

HEALTHCARE: Overcomming Depression and Mental strain

Health Care
-strengthens her arms
-strength and honour are her clothing

This is a Proverb's 31 category

Have you ever encountered or experienced the drain of depression?  Many times people can become depressed because they are looking at the sin of others and trying to judge that rather than looking at one's own personal sin and curing that.    Religion doesn't cure depression as there are people who are in "christian" groups who still find that they become depressed.  In God's eyes, depression is a basic lack of joy in one's life.  In fact, in the eyes of a parent it looks like a child who whines.    When the Israelites whined in Moses' day, God struck the people who whined with the bites of serpents and snakes so that the people actually died.  In our day, people attend the psychiatrist thinking that will cure their depression, only to find out that they are in bondage to death roe as the psychiatrist feeds them all sorts of concoctions of unhelpful depression meds.

God's cure for the Israelites who whined in that day was to "look" at the serpent on the pole to get cured from their snake bites so that they would not die.

As you can see in the verses below, Christ (the son of man), IS the serpent in the wilderness:

Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
(Joh 3:10-21)

If you are skilled in mathematics you will find that the pharmaceutical remedy of depression meds actually does more harm than good.  Statistically, the death rate of those on depression meds is much higher than those who are not. on depression meds.

So what are the steps to overcome depression??

1. Make SURE you are revealing all inner feelings and have a walking talking relationship with Christ.  Go on a "date" or a "counsel session" with Christ and reveal to him your troubles.  Christ knows all things about all people all the time, he will have the BEST listening ear around.

2. Pray for others in bondage to depression at the same time each day.

3. Read the bible regularly.  Prefer the KJV in English speaking countries as it is the cheapest bible on US soil.  Also evidence has shown that women who read KJV are least likely to encounter emotional strain and stress in life.  It also translates back to original Hebrew and Greek the best.

4. Witness to others and speak about Christ to others.

5. If you are attending a psychiatrist at this moment in time, you may find a legal document for removal of depression meds from your list of necessary medical treatment from www.settingcaptivesfree.com website.  You may just "stop" all treatment at the psychiatrist, but some meds are dangerous to the body to stop immediately and you may end up BACK at the treatment facility with even MORE troubles than you had before, so PLEASE check into that first.

6. Cut off ALL and anyone who causes you to get angry.  If that person will not leave you alone, state the words "I need you to stay away from me, because you are making me mad and I DO NOT want to get mad"  The flesh has a tendency to get mad.  Christ wants us to live by the Spirit not in the flesh.

7. Serve others as much as possible.  The flesh does not want to "work" and serve others.  Pray for strength in serving others.  Serving others may mean that you learn new things on how to improve your skills in various areas in life.

8. Read, memorize and meditate on bible passages each day.

9. Fellowship and worship with others who do not practice sin filled behaviors but strictly follow scripture.  Avoid liberal churches who proclaim that drunkenness, sodomite lifestyle, fill in gaps with pagan practices and/or claim that weapon's of war will solve the problems of our world.

10.  If you are still having minor bouts of depression, you could try herbal or alternative remedies instead.  St. Johns wort, fish oil and others are some possible solutions.  You may also try other therapeutic remedies like journalism.

Bellow are a few verses to memorize that can fill our "anger built" flesh with truth and life of Christ.

Psa_16:11  Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psa_21:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
Psa_27:6  And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
Psa_30:5  For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Psa_32:11  Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Psa_35:27  Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
Psa_42:4  When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
Psa_43:4  Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
Psa_48:2  Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
Psa_51:8  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Psa_51:12  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Psa_65:13  The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.
Psa_67:4  O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.
Psa_105:43  And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:
Psa_126:5  They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
Psa_132:9  Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
Psa_132:16  I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
Psa_137:6  If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

You may also apply the same principles if you have suffered with other forms of mental illness like anxiety, OCD, bipolar, schizophrenia or other issues that can hinder or demean the value of your life.

Always remember, the problems in our world cannot nor ever will be solved by a fleshly solution.  The problems of our world can ONLY be solved by Christ.  We are all strangers and pilgrims of this world and we all need Christ to fill our flesh with truth and strength.  DECLARE WAR on your flesh.  Your flesh wants to lie, kill, steal and destroy yourself AND others whom God loves and You love.  Send it to the caner and replace it with the blood and flesh of Christ.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

HOMEBIRTH/NATURAL BIRTH: Proper Purity Before Marriage

Homebirth/Natural birth
-girdeth her loins with strength

This is a Proverb's 31 series post

In our day of equal rights for the "perverted," man has forgotten the reason behind Christ's death on the cross and true purity of heart, mind and body.

Before a woman even "thinks" about getting married, especially if she claims Christ as her savior, she really needs to ensure that her marriage is built on the foundation of purity in mind and body.  This ensures that the children she brings into the world are not put under the pressure of living in a socially dangerous or untrustworthy environment.  Such unnatural conditions can cause great psychological damage and twisting to children to that they actually "feel" like dying rather than living.  For example, divorce and remarriage causes strain and pressure on the child to "choose" which parent he or she can trust.  When the parents themselves don't ultimately trust God's written word as the ultimate foundation, the results, though "cured" temporarily by man or distorted religious practices, are results of generational curse upon the lives of those that follow behind.

How can a woman who has never been kissed, begin her journey towards building a pure relationship with a future spouse in such an impure world where dating and divorce are commonplace and accepted as "the only" way to find your match?

She can begin by considering HOW god created her.

She should consider the scientifically and mathematically proven truths about her body that even an imbecile or savage person can discern, including the following:
1. She is more than likely capable of having children 1 per year on a consecutive and perpetual basis.  Some women are infact infertile but more than likely the first is true.
2. Every touch can cause her to be sexually stimulated, even a gentle touch by a man on one's forearm or EVEN toes or ears.
3. She is capable of birthing unassisted and without medical assistance or assistance by man.  An unlearned woman can accomplish unassisted birthing and easier childbirth much easier than those who have high degrees of knowledge.
4. Separation between mother and child can cause great stress, anxiety and animosity in society and between family members.

Considering those facts, she should be prepared with a few questions to ask a future and potential spouse.  That spouse should answer a clear resounding "yes" to the answers or he is not the BEST man for that woman:
1. Are you willing to have [(age of predicted menopause)-(age of woman) = Total number of ] potential children?  For example: 40 (age of menopause)- 20 (age of marriage) = 20 potential children.

2. Are you willing to provide home, clothing and food so that I have no need to work away from home? based on biblical Titus 2 commentary

3. Are you willing to allow me to home school potential children? based on Christ's words:

36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate."

Those  are a few of the following things to consider.  Of course there are more.  But another vital clue to ensure a pure and good relationship is established with a pure man is to ask and trust in a woman's natural father and/or brother's protection.  It is guaranteed that a woman who listens carefully to the good or bad qualities in a man can discern properly in account of her natural father and/or brother's opinion  of a man who seeks to court the maiden of the household.

The previous conditions to ensure purity in relationship for a woman will NEVER change as long as man dwells on the earth.  Social conditions change but the design of God's plan will NEVER change.  The BEST relationship is established in the light and presence of others and in the light and presence of God.

Further thing to consider is if a woman has fallen from purity, God can and will forgive, but she must be aware that consequences do and will follow. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

GARDENING: Toxic Plants for children

-plants a vineyard

This is a Proverb's 31 series post

Whether you have a garden or not, take the time to be aware of the following poisonous plants.  This is especially useful if you have children under the age of 6 or more importantly under the age of 6.  To see an image of each plant use google image.

Toxic Garden Plants
  • Azalea (azalea indica)
  • Bleeding Heart (dicentra formosa)
  • Calla Lily (zantedeschia aethiopica)
  • Carnation (dianthus caryophyllus)
  • Castor-Oil plant (ricinus communis)
  • Chinese or Japanese Lantern (physalis)
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clematis
  • Crocus (colchicum autumnale)
  • Daffodil (narcissus)
  • Delphineum
  • Foxglove (digitalis purpurea)
  • Gladiola (bulb)
  • Hyacinthe (hyacinthus orientalis)
  • Iris
  • Jonquil (narcissus)
  • Lily of the Valley (convallaria)
  • Morning Glory (ipomaea tricolour)
  • Narcissus
  • Oleander (nerium oleander)
  • Pansy (seeds) (viola tricolour)
  • Peony (root) (paeonia officinalis)
  • Primrose (primula)
  • Sweet Pea (lathyrus odoratus)
  • Sweet William (dianthus barbatus)
Unidentified Wild Mushrooms
Should be considered toxic until identified by a mycologist.
  • Potato (green patches found on tubers & above ground part)
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Tomato greens
Hedges & Bushes
  • Black Locust (robinia pseudoacacia)
  • Buckthorn ( rhamnus cathartica)
  • Cherry Laurel (laurocerasus officinalis)
  • Daphne (daphne mezereum)
  • Elderberry (not berries)
  • Horse Chestnut ( aesculus hippocastanum)
  • Hydrangea
  • Laburnum (laburnum anagyroides)
  • Privet ( ligustrum vulgare)
  • Virginia Creeper (ampelopis brevipedunculata)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

GIVING: Thank you notes

-gives a protion of meat unto her maidens
-stretcheth out her hand to the poor and reacheth forth her hands to the needy

This is a Proverb's 31 series post

After receiving gifts from those outside the immediate nuclear family, it is good etiquette to return a good thank-you note within one month of receiving the gift.  Below are examples of what to write in the thank-you cards.


Dear Aunt Gloria,
Thank you so much for the beautiful stemware you sent to us. I know it will look wonderful on our table and we can't wait to invite you to dinner after the wedding so that you can see it for yourself. You have always had such wonderful taste in gifts!
Looking forward to seeing you on our big day!
With love,
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Reingold,
Thank you for the lovely candlesticks you gave to us for our wedding. They'll be sure to keep the romance burning at our table for many years to come.
Best wishes-
Elissa James
Dear Marjorie and Jack,
You two always know how to select the perfect gift! We just love the CD collection you gave us as a wedding present. You'll have to come by soon so we can enjoy our first dinner party together as married couples. We'll be sure to crank up the CD player that night to enjoy the new tunes.
Tina and Bill

For different ideas on how to make handmade cards check out http://www.vickiscardmakingideas.com/
A basic image printed from the computer and placed on card stock can be turned in to a number of different  cards for many different thank-you notes and other greeting cards.  Even in our day of social networking, it is much more thoughtful to return a handmade paper thank-you note.  It stirs the memory of warmth and kindness to touch and feel a handmade card, given from the heart.

Friday, July 20, 2012

FOOD: Bean recipes

-giveth meat unto her household

This is a Proverb's 31 series post

Are you looking for frugal food ideas and recipes.  Look no further than the bean aisle that contains dried beans at your local grocery store.  There are canned beans as well, but it is so simple to turn your crock pot on high and let the beans cook for about 2 hours and you will have soft and ready to eat beans in a flash. Most stores offer a 16 oz bag of beans for about 1.00.  You can make a meal to feed your family with under 2.00 if you are wise and creative.  Below are a few examples:


For a menu example:


In our family we enjoy minestrone soup, lintel soup and plain lima beans with butter ;)

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Time Management
-riseth while it is yet night
-her candle goeth not out by night
-looketh well to the ways of her household
-eateth not the bread of idleness

This is a Proverb's 31 series post.

Have you ever thought of creating a "common book"  It is similar to that of a household management binder only more of a note taking, scrap book of ideas and procedures.  It was wonderful resource for those who lived in the 1800's and it can still be used today.  In those days it would contain a list of ideas and resources for a number of ideas.  For example it would contain a section in the book for special menus and recipes as well as another section of sewing ideas and procedures and another for gardening tips and notes.

Today you can make a common book with any number of categories:
Here may be a few:

Electronics and Technology tips
Child Raising Tips and Results
Husband Support and ideas for better help mete
Kitchen and Food
Cleaning tips
Education schedules, ideas, goals
Remedy Methods
Prayer Section, ideas and prayer list
Books reading list
Frugal living ideas
Evening Entertainment ideas
Bible reading activities
Craft ideas and projects
Home sewing projects
Wisdom and proverbs
"ology" section of various studies
Etiquette Tips
Birthdays, Anniversary and Holiday Dates
Survival, Bulk foods, native lifestyle and Emergency Procedures
Resources and Programs, inernet based and local
Small Business, Farmer's market and Free Style income.
Baby, home birth and natural birth
Large Family Suggestions

Having a Common Book can save you lots of time trying to "look up" the same information over and over again for reference.  It can be made from a bunch of scrap paper or a simple .10 notebook from Wal-mart.  It can be FanCy and more scrap book in nature or it can be plain and more of a scratch book of sorts.  You make the choice and design it to fit your lifestyle.

Songs of Love and Hope