She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. -Proverbs 31:26-28
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Saved, born again, Bible believing Christian, homemaker, only wife to one amazing man, home schooling mother to a quiver of beautiful children. King James Bible proponent, dresses only, head covering. Loves nature and being physically fit. Likes schedules and organization, but can throw it all out, and go with the flow as well.
Around here, we say "home school is cool school." It is not a drudgery, but part of our routine, and something we enjoy doing. I'm hoping to write a new homeschool post soon, which has been floating around in my mind, as well as editing and republishing a previous homeschool article or two. I also need to reorganize and re-set up a homeschool section in my sidebar, as well as post our updated curricula.
Meanwhile, here is a cute homeschool news clip floating around on YouTube:
Have a blessed weekend. I'm having a cold one, but blessed, nonetheless. :-)
PS – I’ve been considering doing some videos again. I go back and forth on this. What do you think?
It can be hard to maintain a sunny attitude when it is gray, snowy, and not at all sunny outside. These are the days when we homemakers need to put in the extra effort to make our homes even more comfy and inviting. We should cook heartier meals on such days, such as chili and beef stew.
The home should be clean, comfortable, warm, inviting, and smell of good things cooking or baking. While it may be gloomy outside, inside is a delight.
Mmmmm, I think I may need to bake some ginger cookies soon. That's my current favorite cookie to bake, but my fave changes often.
It may be cold and harsh outside, but inside it is cozy, comfy, clean, and inviting. Home sweet home - yes it is. :-)
I have facial eczema, and I have a friend with the same thing. My friend handles it via Cortisone cream. It keeps the eczema at bay, but when the cream isn't used anymore, the eczema comes back something fierce.
I don't like Cortisone, and do not use it on my eczema. I use organic, extra virgin coconut oil. I get results just as good, if not better than my friend with the cortisone, and sometimes I can even go a few days to a week without any treatments before the eczema rears up again. I try to do the coconut oil treatment every day, though, because not only does it make my eczema "disappear," but it also makes my skin so smooth and soft, and it even seems to look more even.
To do my treatments, I simply wash my face before bed, but I don't completely dry my face. With my face still slightly damp, I take a good amount of coconut oil, and rub it on all over my face. If my eczema is not rearing up, then I just make my face slightly shiny, and the oil soaks in. If I have itchy, red patches, then I slather a LOT of the oil all over my face, and go to bed with a very shiny face. I don't mind some of it getting into my hair or on my pillow. It's healthy, so it doesn't bother me one bit, and it comes out in the wash, no problem.
Coconut oil also works well on some rashes, especially those that come from, or appear like chapped lips. Oh, and I use coconut oil for chapped lips, as well. It is so soothing. It works much better than store bought balms.
Now - honey... I've written in the past about how sometimes I wash my hair with "honeypoo." Honey is a GREAT cleansing agent for both hair and skin. HOWEVER, use pure, RAW honey. I purchase a brand where the honey is made fairly locally. To wash your hair with honeypoo, simply dilute a bit of raw honey, and wash it through your hair like shampoo. Leave it in your hair for a few minutes like conditioner, then rinse it out. It should rinse out easily.
Honey is great for rashes. It's been known to work on rashes from chaffing, bacteria, and fungus. Instead of using athlete's foot cream or Cortisone, give raw honey a try. Just apply it directly to the area affected, and let it take its time soaking in. You can apply it, then cover the area with clothing or cloth, if you need to make sure not to get things messy.
Honey is amazing. Bacteria cannot grow in it. It doesn't really have a shelf life, as it can just last and last. It is also hygroscopic. Now, there's a word to Google for your home school. That can lead you into many facets of study. :-)
Enough of my rambling for now, I've got quite a busy day today. I have several ideas for future blog posts, but no time to sit down to sort and write them yet. Perhaps soon.
Comet Ison put on a spectacular show, but it looks like it's a comet no longer. I find the NASA SOHO animated pictures of the comet's trip around the sun, and then its disintegration fascinating and beautiful to watch. You can see it here.
The Science channel is going to have a special about comet Ison on the seventh. I need to remember to DRV that, as that sounds like it would be fun to view.
Reader, were you tracking Ison? I thought it seemed to be a unique comet, and it was fun to track via Space Weather, and such.
When creating and running off of a Master Schedule in your HMB, I cannot stress enough, that YOU are the master of the schedule, it is not the master of you. It is referred to as the "Master Schedule," because the whole point is that it is one schedule you go off of, instead of a different one for each day of the week.
On weekends, you may want to sleep in, and wake up later than the wake up time slot in your schedule. If this is what you enjoy, then by all means, do it. Follow the schedule loosely on the weekends. Your house work and homeschool work should be done for the week, so you should have extra time, where some time slots won't need to be used.
You can use this extra time to sleep in, go on outings with your family, relax and watch a movie, etc.
A typical day in your household may be a-typical. Perhaps no day is typical. That is fine. The Master Schedule is there just as a framework. If nothing else, it's a bouncing point. Glance at it to remind you of what needs to be done, and if you are "behind" on your day, then see what you can skip, and what is mandatory.
Be flexible, and expect the unexpected. Life is an adventure, so enjoy the ride.
Relative - existing or having its specific nature only by relation to something else; not absolute or independent: Happiness is relative. -Dictionary.com, definition 6
Time - a limited period or interval, as between two successive events: a long time. -Dictionary.com, definition 4
Travel - to move or go from one place or point to another. -Dictionary.com, definition 2
My Definition of Relative Time Travel: A perception of the passing of time from one point to another, including a perceived (relative, not absolute) speeding up, or slowing down of the passage of the time interval or intervals between certain specific points, or along a particular path or segment of time.
I am a time traveler. You are a time traveler. Don't let the simple, yet true statement boggle you, as I can provide irrefutable evidence.
Evidence: You are doing so at this very moment. Presently, while you are sitting here reading this, you are traveling through time. Others reading this are time travelers as well. Here's the kicker. Some of you reading this have a shorter or longer perception of the time it took to read this. I am not referring the speed at which one reads and comprehends. That varies from person to person, yes, but it is not relative time travel in and of itself. I am referring to the perception of the allotted time it took to read this.
Let's say person A and person B generally read and comprehend at the same rate. A and B both began and stopped reading this article at the exact same speed. Yet, A was reading for a long time, while B read only briefly. According to the clock they both took 4.75 minutes. However, according to the individual perceptions of A and B, what the clock said had little bearing on how long it felt.
Can a person graze the face of eternity in one minute? Can a person pass an hour in perceived seconds? Yes and yes. We can look at a clock, perhaps set accurately using Atomic Clock Time, and see an example of what I will refer to as the absolute of time. Yes, I know even an Atomic Clock can be argued as relative, but let's just refer to it as "absolute" in this article, for simplicity's sake, shall we? While we will call Atomic Time absolute, perceived time to each individual is not absolute. It is relative.
We are each traveling through time. Our current direction is forward. We may only travel back in time via memories, which is not a true travel at all, but a simple glancing back. Literally, we are traveling forward. While we are not able to turn around and travel backwards in time, we can slow it down, even to the point of milliseconds, where it seems time has stopped for a brief period.
While person A and person B both took 4.75 minutes to read this article, person A's 4.75 minutes were much longer than person B's, even though they both started and stopped at identical times as marked by the absolute Atomic Time Clock.
Here is a time travel experiment I did with my children, and I urge you to do with yours - especially if you homeschool - this is a great intro into areas of science not often touched upon in public or private schools:
Have your children jump up and down without being able to see a clock or watch. Set a timer that only you can see, and tell them that they HAVE to jump until the timer goes off. Do NOT tell them how long you set the timer (don't set it for very long, but don't let them know that).
Here are the results from my test, with four of my kiddos:
Group one - Child A and B:
Child A jumped for 5 minutes, and Child B jumped for 3 minutes. They both did so in 2 minutes.
Group two - Child C and D:
Child C jumped for 3 minutes, and Child D jumped for 3 minutes. They both did so in 1 minute.
Their perceived time was different than the time ticking away on the timer. The child who had a perceived 5 minutes in an actual 2 minute time was traveling through the seconds of those two minutes slower than the child who did it in 3 perceived minutes.
This is the reason we have the saying "time flies when you're having fun." Jumping up and down is kind of boring, and tiring. Therefore, it's not unexpected that relative (perceived) time would occur to an individual slower than what is ticking away on the Atomic Clock.
Now, I've often had to tell my children to end a game they've been playing, because it's time for chores/home school/bed/to go somewhere, etc. They may have been playing that game together for one hour, but I hear at least one of them say "mom, we just started," and the others saying "yeah, mom, please, just a few minutes longer." When I inform them an hour has passed, they sometimes have to run out to the living room to check the clock, because that hour was just a few minutes long in their group perception.
While Relative Time Travel seems like a cutesy thing to discuss amongst friends, I would like to point out it is more than that. It has an application. We can alter our perception of time, and therefore control how long a minute lasts for us, relatively speaking.
Yes, time does fly when we are having fun, but perhaps we wish time would slow down when we are having fun, because we want to relish it, and make that one hour (or however long it's supposed to be) last as long as possible. Instead of the one hour game lasting a perceived few minutes, what if we could make that one hour game last for a perceived three hours? We can, with a bit of practice.
On the flip side, things unpleasant, such as boring and strenuous jumping in place, doesn’t have to take forever in a minute. When we have gathered the discipline to make an hour of fun last three, we can flip it, making an hour of drudgery last a perceived 15 minutes - maybe even less.
Like lucid dreaming, once one knows it's possible, it's more possible for one to do. Such is with relative time travel. What if the bad went by in a zip, but the good dragged on for a deliciously long perceived time?
To begin, there are mental tricks we can use in order to control relative time travel. Let us use cleaning a toilet as an example, as I for one detest that chore. While cleaning that toilet, instead of focusing on how uncomfortable and gross it seems to us, what if we instead changed our focus onto the end result. Instead, envision the toilet all clean. The germs are killed, it is gleaming, and you know if a toddler should drop a toy into it, you can rest that at least the commode is clean. By the time you're done thinking about that, you are done cleaning the toilet. Wow, right?
Let us move on to the more important aspect - how do we slow down the good times, and make them last? The key is keen observation and thankfulness. We observe every minute detail of everything, and we are thankful for every bit of it. We rejoice in observing the joy of others, and we lift our hands in praise to the Heavenly Father who sits on the throne in our hearts, and in the Heaven of heavens. When we take the "time" to soak it all in - every detail, and we rejoice in it, and are thankful, then we pack a whole lot more into just one minute, and even one minute can then be perceived as two, three, or more minutes.
So... Fellow relative time travelers - enjoy the ride! :-)
PS - I wonder if we won't be limited in the fourth dimension after the rapture. Hmmmm.
I love to read. In a few online study groups I've been in, in the past, we ladies would lament over a book called "The Secrets of Fascinating Womanhood" being out of print. Sure, we had and could get the free .pdf version, and then print it and bind it ourselves, but it would have been nice to have the official, printed book.
I do a lot of reading on my Kindle Fire. However, there is the occasional book that is so good, I don't just want it on my e-reading device, but in print, as well. It's nice to access it whenever I want, and not have to depend on battery power.
Besides the King James Bible, there are two books that I happily recommend for all Christians ladies to have in print. The first one is written by Helen Andelin, and is called "Fascinating Womanhood:"
The second book is the first one I mentioned in this post. Ladies, I found out some great news. "The Secrets of Fascinating Womanhood" is back in print, and as of my typing this, is in stock at Amazon. Get it while you can, because I don't know if this will last, but I hope it does. I just got my copy yesterday, and I love it. "Secrets of Fascinating Womanhood," written by David Coory:
We had such a wonderful Thanksgiving. We unwrapped presents in the morning, in our jammies, of course. Then, we let the dog have her present - some wrapping paper to tear up:
While the goose was roasting in the oven, we hung out, and then watched the National Dog Show. The American Foxhound won!!! We were excited about that, because our dog is an American Foxhound. What a great dog she is, too. She watched the show with us, but she was rooting for the bearded collie, LOL. She really liked that dog.
The feast was great. We all got sufficiently stuffed.
Yesterday was a double special day, because it was also the 16th wedding anniversary for Hubby and I.
We watched a 3D movie on our new TV with the kids, then Hubby and I watched another one at night for our anniversary.
PS - 3D Blueray has you getting spit in the face by Brendan Fraser in "Journey to the Center of the Earth." The kids' reactions were so funny!
I once heard my pastor say that "Thanksgiving is the most biblical holiday." I tend to agree with that statement. The Old Testament feasts and holidays are fulfilled, or being fulfilled in Christ. The ceremonies of them are abolished - see Torah vs. Grace.
"Christmas" and "Easter" are portrayed in the Word of God as pagan holidays - see the articles under the "Holiday Truths" section in the left sidebar.
Thanksgiving is an American holiday, all about giving thanks to God. It's not "Turkey Day." In fact, my family prefers goose, so we usually serve roasted goose for this special occasion.
Thanksgiving is about giving God thanks for the freedom to read the Bible, believe it, and follow it. The people who we know as the "Pilgrims" that came in on the Mayflower, were actually Separatists and Strangers. The Separatists were people who differed from the Puritans. If I lived in that time, I would probably be a Separatist. In a way, that's what I am today.
The Puritans were trying to purify the Protestant church, and get all of the Roman Catholic leaven out of it. Most Protestant churches today unfortunately still have plenty of Roman Catholic leaven. The Puritans were not successful.
The Separatists realized that they couldn't just walk in and start changing churches, so they decided to separate themselves from the corrupted churches, and they looked to have a church where Jesus is the head (1 Cor. 12) and the Word of God is to be followed, and not man's traditions (Col. 2:8).
Through the centuries, through the reading of the Holy Bible, many people have woke up, and have "come out of her" (Rev. 18:4). People have (and still are) coming out of the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches, and are coming to God and His Word. Purge the leaven:
"Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us" -1 Corinthians 5:7
Eventually, the Separatists desired to go to America, where they could worship the Lord as the Bible says, without being persecuted by the other churches for doing so. In order to procure a ship, they had to agree to take a good number of other people with them. They referred to these other people as Strangers.
It appears that the Strangers joined the Separatists, perhaps eventually becoming Separatists themselves.
During the first winter in the New World, many of these "Pilgrims" died. This didn't squelch the spirit of those still alive, however. They continued to thank the Lord that they finally were able to worship Him in spirit and in TRUTH:
"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." -John 4:24
The Lord's hand was on these people, who followed the Truth:
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." -John 14:6
They ended up on land that was already cultivated and abandoned. They ended up meeting a few Indians who spoke good English, and who liked them. The Indians taught them how to work the land and get good food.
This led up to the first Thanksgiving feast, where it was proclaimed that a day be set apart, in which people were to gather together in a feast and give thanks to the Lord God. In the first Thanksgiving gathering, the Separtists invited the Indians to partake of the feast with them. As they gathered together, the Separtists gave thanks to God.
Thanksgiving is about thanking God that we are able to worship Him in spirit, and in TRUTH.
How my Family Celebrates this Holiday
My family does not partake in the pagan festival, which is now known under the name of "Christmas." Instead, our big holiday is Thanksgiving. We purchase gifts for each other, wrap them up, and save them until Thanksgiving day.
On Thanksgiving morning, we pray to and thank the Lord for his blessings, and for the ultimate gift He gave us - that of His sending his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die to pay for our sins. The ultimate free gift is this:
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." -Romans chapter 5
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We give gifts to one another in remembrance of the ultimate Free Gift. We show our appreciation and give thanks to one another in this way. We thank the Lord for His provisions and blessings, and remind one another to joy in the Lord always.
In addition to the gift giving, we have a Thanksgiving feast in the afternoon. We often host Thanksgiving for friends and family at our house, but sometimes we travel, and have Thanksgiving at other's homes. When we do this, we usually unwrap our presents when we get back home.
Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks to the Lord, and that we can worship Him in spirit and in truth. We give gifts to one another as part or our celebration; somewhat like a birthday.
Thanksgiving, a Giving of Thanks
Under the Old Covenant/Old Testament, offerings of thanksgiving unto the Lord were given:
"If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried." -Leviticus 7:12
"Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, which was over the thanksgiving, he and his brethren." -Nehemiah 12:8
Under the New Covenant/New Testament, we offer the Sacrifice of Praise:
"By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name." -Hebrews 13:15
Under both covenants, God's people offered unto God thanksgiving:
"That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works." -Psalm 26:7
In ending this article, I leave you with a convicting Scripture:
"Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD." Lamentations 3:40
God - Pray. Read from the Bible daily. Live your life for Christ, and joy in the Lord always.
Husband - Be kind to him, appreciate him, and never nag, or try to change him. Read and live the book Fascinating Womanhood.
Children - Praise them for good deeds daily. Be consistent when discipline is needed. Provide steady structure, and a steady diet of love. Have a good attitude - little eyes are watching and learning
A) Your appearance - make sure you look nice. Wear a pretty and modest dress. Look your best every day, regardless if you plan to go somewhere or not. Make sure you are healthy - take care of your teeth, hair, skin, and figure.
B) Regular meals for you and your family - three healthy, square meals a day
C) A tidy house - even if you are behind on housework, you can still take five minutes to tidy up each room, which will make your home look clean and inviting.
D) Education and self improvement - homeschool/home educate your children, and don't forget to continue enriching yourself via reading good books. There are many books recommended on this website, and some of them are free. Take advantage of these.
Basic Daily Cleaning Routine
Tidy the house every morning, afternoon, and evening
Dust main living areas
Vacuum main living areas
Keep things picked up and put away
The below links open into printable .pdf files, so they may take a few moments to load.
After you've read the Gospel of John, go on to read Acts, and then Romans. These three books will bring you through the Gospel, the early church, and basic Christian doctrine. After you've read these three, then turn to the beginning of the New Testament, and read it all the way through. After that, read both the Old and New Testaments.
You should also follow the Lord and get baptized in water. A Believer's Baptism doesn't save you. Only faith in Christ saves you. A Believer's Baptism is an outward showing of your salvation. It symbolizes you being born again. When you are lowered under the water, it shows you dying to your old self, and when you are raised up out of the water, it symbolizes you being born again, as a new creature in Christ. This is called a Believer's Baptism, because, according to the Bible, a person is supposed to get baptized after they have believed on Christ. Anyone who was "baptized" before having faith in Christ just got wet - nothing more.
Find a good church to go to, and you can get baptized there.
It can be hard to find a good, Bible believing church. Below is a directory to some great Bible preaching churches or home churches.