Sunday, November 14, 2010

Colcannon - It's What's For Dinner

My husband has been asking for me to make a special dinner for a few weeks now. I always drag my feet in these issues. It is sooooo difficult for me to step out of my comfort zone and try new recipes!

While what he asked for seemed pretty straight forward, I was concerned that.... it would be lack luster and a disappointment. What did he want?

Mashed Potatoes, Cabbage and Bacon. - aka Colcannon

As a meal??


So tonight, because I was slower about selecting the meal de jour, Aaron once again threw his request out there. I had all the ingredients... so... I said ok.

My son, 4 year old Isaiah, hates potatoes. I have tried many many different methods of preparing them. He accepts hashbrown casserole and chokes down anything else. Really. He even hates french fries.

He watched me sadly as I peeled the potatoes. "Mama? Are you making that for the family, and something else for me?" "Nope honey. Tonight we will all eat this."

"Ok mama." He sadly left my kitchen, but did not complain.

So I cooked it up and served it into the bowls and called everyone to dinner.

Isaiah took the first bite. And exclaimed, "This is soooooo good!" He devoured his entire bowl and requested that we have this for dinner every night.

It is EASY to find recipes online, but here is what I did.....

Peel and dice 2 potatoes per person.
Chop 2 or more cups of cabbage.
Cover in water and boil until potatoes are soft, (about 15 mins for me).
Drain. Mash with masher and some pepper.

In a skillet cook a package of bacon to desired doneness. Take out bacon so you can chop or tear it into little pieces.

Then pour the bacon and ALL bacon grease into the potatoes and cabbage. Mix and serve.

It really is awesome. :)

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Gift Giving for the Holidays, Phase II

Since last Christmas, my husband and I have spent alot of time reconstructing what this season means to us.

What is Christmas about?
How do we celebrate THAT?

Let's face it. We all love presents. But when I think of Christmas, I think of music playing and lights glowing and snow. I think of meals with family and friends, warm drinks in front of a fireplace, laughter and love.

And I think of what we are to be celebrating to begin with. The birth of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.

I feel bad that it is my second thought often. But I recognize that society as a whole is BOMBARDED with Christmas decor, music, lights, sales, toy catalogs, and spiced pumpkin lattes. And I recognize too that my grandmother, who LOVED LOVED LOVED Christmas, and who raised me and my brother, was a GIFT GIVER!

That is not a bad thing. It is one of the Five Love Languages. Unfortunately... it is the only one I am quite fluent in. And I am trying to widen my repertoire for the benefit of my loved ones and myself.

SO, I am trying to focus my own thoughts and the celebration of my family towards the REASON for the SEASON. Jesus Christ, sweet and fragile babe, born to walk on this earth with mankind..... born to die for our sins....born to redeem those who could not ever redeem themselves.... born to redeem me.

So, how do I go about celebrating the birthday of the Lord that loves the lowly?

My husband had a great idea to start searching the local community, and abroad for charities that we could give to. Local food banks, homeless shelters, schools for underprivileged communities, etc.

And I also was blessed to find a GREAT advent calendar this week that focused on giving to others for the Christmas spirit. I will be paring it down this year to make sure it is doable for my family and small children. But I felt that it really would bless my children and myself to be actively blessing others this year.

Some of the activities I think are perfect for our family include, make cookies and visit someone who is lonely, create your own christmas cards and send to friends and family, and sing christmas carols!

And for our family and friends, I have found some great treats the kids can help make that will brighten their spirits and bring them great, yummy joy.

I am REALLY looking forward to Christmas. The greatest gift has already been given. Receive it! And spend the rest of your life REJOICING IN IT!

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Gift Giving for the Holidays

Our family has begun a new tradition when it comes to holidays.  For the last few years we just walked the road that seemed set for us.  Accepting all the gifts showered upon us and our children, wading through the wrapping paper and dealing with lost perspective and selfish attitudes in the post-holiday wake.

Last Christmas in particular became a real eye opener for us when, for 3 days following, my son refused to eat and kept asking for candy.  3 days!  I was really getting worried, and my husband assured me that my son would eat when he was hungry.

We discussed what we wanted for our children and for our holidays.  We wanted the holidays to be a joyful celebration, not a case of overwhelming sate.  And we wanted our entire lives, especially during the Christian holidays, to focus more on Christ and service.

So, much to the angst of some family members (whom I pray will understand and celebrate with us anyways), we have decided on purchasing one and only one gift for our children on these occasions, and focusing on the celebration that we are here and together and that the Lord has blessed us and will continue to do so.

How does this play out?

Soon after we made these decisions, we celebrated my little man's 4th birthday. We planned on meeting at the park, with all his friends (ie. the Huff tribe, lol) and letting them play for hours and enjoy fried chicken and cake. We did not open any presents there.

Why flaunt in front of other people what we have? Why invite people just to have them buy you presents? Why not just hang out with your friends and your family and have a great time! Why not run and laugh and play! We did and it was WONDERFUL!

How many times I have seen my son open a present bought with love and care, only to see him be uninterested, forced to say thank you, and the item thoughtlessly buried under many other purchases, forgotten?

This is not a reflection on the gifts or the gift givers!! This is a reflection of each of our hearts, our own selfish natures, crying "Want! WANT! WANT!" Time and time again it is proven that the more you have, the less it thrills you. And even worse, the more you have, the more you want.

It is not that I want my children grown in poverty. But what a sad thing it is to have a home full of toys, and have poverty of the spirit! On any given day you can walk in my home and find Legos all over the living room floor, children's books scattered around the bookshelves and end tables, a baby doll by the bed, and a much loved Bender doll sitting in the corner overseeing the mess. What do my children need, that time and love cannot provide? It is most certainly not 'things.'

So... with the understanding that some will disagree, we have chosen this path for our family. If you join in our celebrations, please respect our wishes and work within them. There are 365 days a year to show our children that you love them. And no matter how many toys you give them, it will not make up for a trip to the park, sitting down at dinner, and reading a bedtime story. I know you can't be there everyday. But you are welcome in our home anytime you can do so.

And we will be keeping a fund specifically for our homeschool supplies, which any would be welcome to donate towards.

Thank you and God Bless you this Thanksgiving and Christmas Season!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

The Five Solas of the Reformation

Sola Scriptura
Bible is the sole written divine revelation and alone can bind the conscience of believers absolutely.

Sola Fide
Justification is by faith alone. The full righteousness of Christ imputed to us by faith (comprised of His active and passive obedience) is the sole ground of our acceptance by God, by which our sins are remitted.

Solus Christus
Christ is Prophet, Priest and King; the only mediator through whose work we are redeemed.

Sola Gratia
Our salvation rests solely on the work of God’s grace for us and in us.

Soli Deo Gloria
To God alone belongs the glory.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Cornfield

I got this vision from the Lord last week.....

We are like little kids in a corn field. We are so short and the corn is so tall that we can't see anything past our immediate location.

And this corn field is a crazy place, with bogs and quicksand and fires and bands of thieves and robbers. But you can't see where you are going so if you stumble through by yourself, you won't know where you are going, you will undoubtedly run into trouble after trouble after trouble and never get to your goal.

But God can see everything. And if you stand really still and put up your hand and say "Please help me!" He will come and take your hand and lead you step by step.

And some days you will travel far and see amazing things, because God can see that the path is clear.

And some days you will stand exactly in one spot and not move at all, because the path is blocked by things you cannot see.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Download FREE Health Manuals

At the link below, scroll down the page for the FREE downloads of the books "Where There Is No Doctor", "Where There Is No Dentist", and others. These have been on my wishlist for a while and VOILA! I find that their publisher believes in FREEDOM of information. I love it.

These would be perfect to have on in your possession in the event of an emergency that leaves you and your family on your own for more than .... 5 mins (to be explained later).

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

2010 Garden - Surprise!

More than a month ago I admitted defeat with my garden. I spoke to the master gardeners, I read gardening articles, I look at the farmer's almanac and the accuweather reports. Summer was coming to a close and my garden plants were too immature to really produce before the rainy season set in.
So I gave up.
I left it.
I felt bad about it too. I remembered a dream that I had just a week or so before. I was in my garden and the ground was blessed by the Lord. Everything that I threw to the ground, dug itself into the dirt, germinated before my eyes and grew to produce ample fruit. I felt that this dream was truly from the Lord and pondered why my own garden seemed pathetic in contrast.
I made plans to clear the plots after my vacation to Nevada. I made plans to read everything I could this winter to prepare for next years garden, in the hopes that I would not face another total loss.
While I was there I thought more on my dream. Was it indeed from the Lord? Had I somehow failed a test and lost that promise?
And for some reason... I thought.... what if... I just hadn't put my faith in it? So I made a decision, I would believe that the promise in that dream WAS real, and it would happen without any help from me. I had not returned to my garden for over a month. I did not water. I did not weed. I did not contend with bugs or birds. I did not stake or tie up the plants.
And when I returned from my vacation I would go look at my garden and see if the Lord blessed my plot or not.

All I saw was weeds. But I did not give up hope that easily. I got out or my car and began walking among the weeds in an attempt to find my once planted rows. And I found something amazing!
A hidden, bountiful harvest!
After removing some weeds I found onions, zucchini's, corn, peppers, and... what I had longed for most of all.... tomatoes!

They are not ripe. But they ARE plentiful and big!
So for the next week or so, I'll be pulling up the tomato plants to hang in my shed. They will then ripen on the vines. We will be able to enjoy a rich harvest after all.

And... just for fun I had planted some sunflower seeds. MOST of the flowers are the size of that one on the right! That will be alot of fun to season and enjoy!

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Monday, August 23, 2010

The Threat of "New Baby"

Since we discovered that a new baby is on the way, we have been trying to prepare our children for the new addition. My baby girl, Reya - 15 months, is having the hardest time. She cries and clings and say's "I'm the baby." I reassure her the baby is not coming for many months, but I know she doesn't understand. And even my son, Isaiah - 4 years old, has become more of a Mama's boy, saying that he needs cuddle time, because "I'm still a little boy."

So we are trying to focus on teaching the children that we will love them the same after the new baby comes. In fact, there will be even more love in our family!
"Daddy loves you, Mama loves you, Isaiah loves you, and the new baby will love you too. Our family will grow, and our hearts will grow with it."

To help I've been able to get a few things to share with the kids to soften their hearts and get them a bit more excited about the new baby.

The best tool has been an actual model of the baby in my womb. I hit 12 weeks last week, and came across this little baby.

Both of the kids love it! Reya has even been sticking it in her shirt and carrying it around pretending she is a Mama.

And on our last stop at the library, the librarian helped me out to find several books explaining the babies development for a child's understanding.
How You Were Born, by Joanna Cole
What To Expect When Mommy's Having a Baby, by Heidi Murkoff
It's a Baby!, by George Ancona
The books seemed to help a little, and at the same time, cause a little more stress in the kids. And of course I had to skip all the parts that explained that it was not a baby yet, and all the parts about Mama going to the hospital and being gone for days. So.... I think I'll stick to baby dolls and loving. :)

And I think I'm going to write a little "My Baby" story for each of the kids, describing the pregnancy, the labor and birth, with pictures of the key players. It would be more personal, and help them understand how it will affect OUR family better.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

It's been awhile...

It's been awhile since I posted. I'd like to say I was on vacation or hard at work doing inspiring and amazing things. But... I haven't been.

I've been sitting at home with pregnancy exhaustion and nausea. And then... over the weekend, my two sweet babes came down with croup.

Over the past few weeks though, we have been able to accomplish a few things. We got our birth supplies for this growing bundle. I get them from In His Hands. They have packages, recommended to them by midwives that use their service. But after researching the uses of most of these items, I decided that we did not need them. I avoid the hospital to bypass tests and monitoring... no need to bring that home. My husband and I got a kick out of comparing the bills from our two children's births.
My son Isaiah's hospital birth that ended in a cesarean section, $24,000.
My daughter Reya's home birth, $35.

We also got some cast iron cookware. We purchased mostly the Lodge brand. And seeing the products we are glad we did. Sturdy, smooth and well designed. We've been practicing cooking various items in them. It is so much different that my teflon skillets. We haven't tried the dutch oven yet, which I am most eager to do. I might plan a camping trip JUST for that reason.

I also found a kindergarten curriculum book at my local grocery store for half price! I flipped through it. It has all color pages with activities in numbers, alphabets, animals, reading, and more. This paired with daily bible reading and discussion, educational games, and a unit study I purchased on farm life should provide a well rounded school year for my little man. I'm looking at some new opportunities for field trips. The zoo, OMSI, local farms, and an astrology club here in town have some great learning environments for me to consider.

My father also found me some unpicked fruit trees. So I have 4 boxes of yellow apples to clean and process. I am freezing up some apple pie filling and making some apple butter. They are so delicious!! I keep walking through my house wondering what that amazing smell is. It's those apples!! The family that I picked them from, said their children lived a little ways down the road and had more trees of the same!! So if I get these processed quickly enough, I might be able to get another round!

AND... my favorite blogger has just posted another installment, The Deliberate Agrarian
He talks about memories of his hardworking grandfather, a great yard sale find, and some painful connections between now and the great depression. I think he gave some GREAT and perfect advice on how to protect yourself and your family.
"Humble yourself. Ground yourself in the spiritual sense. Ground yourself in the physical, earthy sense so you can grow some of your own food. Stock the pantry. Eliminate debt. Downsize. Simplify. Make do and be content with less. Learn the various hands-on skills of self-sufficient living. Establish one (or more) small home businesses. Embrace the little pleasures of life. Thank God for His blessings...."

Regardless what the future holds, or the present for that matter, I am glad to have the Lord to lean on. It is good to know that someone loves us and promises "to work all things to good," (Romans 8:28) and reminds us to be "content in any situation," (Hebrews 13:5).

My exhaustion is temporary, and my nausea means there are lots of raging hormones indicating strong and healthy growth in my child. My son and daughter are coughing and coughing and have fevers, but they will recover and their immune systems will be stronger for it. I'll be peeling and coring apples all week (maybe longer) but my family will be able to enjoy delicious apple pies and butters for the next year. My homeschooling duties are right around the corner and seem overwhelming in my current state of exhaustion, but I should feel more like myself in 3-4 weeks.

So right now may feel hard, but the truth is, STILL, I am sooooo very blessed. :)

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Another poem....

I Walked a Mile with Pleasure

I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow,
And ne’er a word said she;
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When sorrow walked with me.

-Robert Browning Hamilton

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I love the old hymns....

My Hope is Built

My hope is built on nothing less,
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

by Edward Mote (1797-1874)

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Through a friend's eyes....

Here are some photos taken by a friend of mine, Katie Louise. They are beautiful portraits of my children.
Thank you Katie.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Picnic with the Huffs

Today we had a picnic with the Huffs at Riverside Park.


We had a wonderful time with fried chicken, green salad, fresh grapes and juice, followed by a space themed birthday cake for my little man. The kids played and ran and played and ran. As you can see, even Reya made some new friends. :)

Thanks for such a great day!

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Our Trip to Oaks Park

On Sunday my mother in law took me and the kiddos to Oaks Park in Portland.

Here are some photos for the family and friends to enjoy!

Isaiah and Reya on the Train

Isaiah and Reya walking with Grandma thru the Park

Reya and Grandma on the Carousel

Isaiah and Mama on the Carousel

Isaiah on his favorite ride

Isaiah and Grandma Got a Free Race Car Ride

Isaiah and Grandma Listening to Live Music

Reya resting after her big day

We had a great time!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Warning to The Lazy Man or Woman

A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest;
So shall your poverty come like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.
Proverbs 24:33-34

I must remind myself not to be lazy. My Lord, my children, my husband, and yes, even I, deserve better. It is insidious, creeping into every moment of my life, unless I am watchful against it.

Things that help me?

1. Putting on music while I do my chores.

2. Praying while I do my dishes (this is my #1 problem area).

3. Do one thing at a time. Regardless of how much there is to do, it is too easy to get discouraged with 20 things half done.

4. Don't get stuck in the blame and guilt games. Get up and do better now!

5. Scheduling! A decent bedtime, and starting your day with bible and prayer time. Things are always more difficult if you are tired. And life can easily get out of perspective if not grounded in the word.

So, if you struggle with this also, let us stand up and do what is needed. Confess our sins, and put them behind us.

A friend that holds you accountable, is a friend indeed.

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Gift From God


A new song wells within my heart,
As small and precious life within me grows.
Fear is melting, doubt no more,
This promise more felt than heard.

Has time changed the quality of me,
To a Woman, a child no more?
Daughter, now Mother, Love, now Wife,
My name is as changing as wind on the grass.

Now building creation, inside a womb I denied,
A miracle, a wonder, my mind a mute hostage,
To question, not ever, to fear, do not speak,
For watching and waiting for fruition to bear.

Have you given me my namesake,
An inheritance for my lasting joy?
Have you given me the place to dwell,
within your arms of healing love?

My song it rises quickly, slowly, strongly,
To praise your gift to me and mine,
May it never die upon my lips,
Except for speechless awe.

I wrote this when I found out I was pregnant with Isaiah who today turns 4 years old. Much love to my little man and the Lord who gave him to me.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Mosquito Heaven - No More

I've been tending my garden in the evenings just as the sun is setting and the day is cooling down. Unfortunately this is apparently when the mosquitoes come out for their daily feast.

Sooooooo... I've researched and found some tips of dealing with the evil beasts and their miserable bites.

To deter the pests in the first place, put Listerine in a spray bottle and spray it on yourself. I'm not sure if other brands will work, but until shopping day next week, that is what I'll be trying. I am so grateful that Michelle mentioned this! I need relief!

And if you have already been viciously attacked here is a list of things you can try for itch relief.

I just tried the first one, rubbing a dry bar of soap on your bites. It worked!

Hope this helps!

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

My Cup Runneth Over

I have been so very blessed this week.

We found out that we are expecting a wonderful new baby. By March 2011, we will have 3 beautiful children to fill our home and our hearts.

The sewing shop fixed my sewing machine and gave me a 75% (!!!) rebate. I was so sad when if fell off of my table and discouraged when I heard that the service rates had gone up. So when the repairman called me with the total I was so grateful.

And yesterday the Parks and Rec Department called to let me know that I can indeed have a third garden plot for free! They offered several more as well, scattered around the garden. I admit I was tempted. But I started with the plan for 3 plots and this one is directly next to my plots.

Here is a pic of my new plot - A-4. You can see it is backing A-3. It gives me access to another water spigot as well.

And my neighbor and friend, Floyd, is actually out there RIGHT NOW tilling it.

I am so excited. I see rows of potatoes, cabbage and onions. I can put out the kid pool for my children to while away the hours I labor there.

I am very thankful.

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Happy News - And Bible Verses for Pregnancy

Lilypie Maternity tickers

When the LORD saw that Leah was unloved,
He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.
Genesis 29:31

Then God remembered Rachel,
and God listened to her and opened her womb.
Genesis 30:22

By the God of your father who will help you,
And by the Almighty who will bless you With blessings of heaven above,
Blessings of the deep that lies beneath,
Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
Genesis 49:25

And He will love you and bless you and multiply you;
He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land,
your grain and your new wine and your oil,
the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock,
in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you.
Deuteronomy 7:13

Did not He who made me in the womb make them?
Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?
Job 31:15

But You are He who took Me out of the womb;
You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts.
Psalm 22:9

I was cast upon You from birth.
From My mother’s womb You have been My God.
Psalm 22:10

By You I have been upheld from birth;
You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb.
My praise shall be continually of You.
Psalm 71:6

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Psalm 127:3

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
Psalm 139:13-14

As you do not know what is the way of the wind,
Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child,
So you do not know the works of God who makes everything.
Ecclesiastes 11:5

Thus says the LORD who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you:
'Fear not, O Jacob My servant; And you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.'
Isaiah 44:2

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, And He who formed you from the womb:
"I am the LORD, who makes all things,
Who stretches out the heavens all alone,
Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself;"
Isaiah 44:24

"Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?" says the LORD.
"Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?" says your God.
Isaiah 66:9

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations."
Jeremiah 1:5

But when it pleased God,
who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,
Galatians 1:15

For He has strengthened the bars of your gates;
He has blessed your children within you.
Psalm 147:13

The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him.
Proverbs 20:7

Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
Proverbs 31:28

They shall not labor in vain, Nor bring forth children for trouble;
For they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the LORD,
And their offspring with them.
Isaiah 65:23

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
Psalm 127:4-5

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Self Evident...

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
United States Declaration of Independence Preamble

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Oh the fresh smell of dirt...

I am overjoyed!

A kind neighbor tilled my garden today! He asked for nothing in return, and in fact has turned down my every offer so far to assist or repay him. I just met him at the garden last week, as we stood and looked sadly at our grassy plots, both looking forlorn and directionless. We laughed about how well our gardens grew grass and comfrey, and how if we looked REALLY hard we could just see our onions sticking out of the wild foliage.

He said he would be back this week and would gladly till my garden along with his own. I was so very impressed with his kindness. And on Monday, I found that he had impressed others as well.

Floyd Willet - Local Good Samaritan

And here.... for your pleasure and most definitely mine......

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the LORD.

Isaiah 54:17

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Little Garden at Home

In front of our duplex, between the two front steps, is a little garden area. It is half ours, half our neighbors. I finally got around to digging up our half and turning it over. It took most of yesterday afternoon, and will be quite weed ridden for some time... but with some work it will be quite fruitful. The neighbor said we were welcome to use his side as well.

To start with I just planted 10 tomato plants in there. I hope to add some peas later this week.

Our neighborhood has quite a cat problem. I had read that Cayenne Pepper will keep them away and most pests, so I sprinkled some liberally over the newly loosened ground.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Raspberries and Cherries!

Nothing says summer like fresh fruit!

Today I stopped by one of the local fruit stands and picked up some sweet treats for the family.

We got 3 flats of Raspberries, with a few extra little baskets thrown in free because that was all the guy had left and he was EAGER to go home! And I also got 1 quart of Black Cherries, because they are one of my favorites, just for eating.

My husband and the kids immediately had a bowl of raspberries and cream when we stepped in the door. Then after discussing it, I cleaned the rest and put them in 2 cup portions in the freezer. I can make jam, pies, smoothies, ice cream or just raspberries in cream with them later as I choose. Last year I did this with only 1/2 flat of raspberries. With our bounty of fruit I didn't use those frozen raspberries until well into March and April. :)

It makes me happy to know we will have wonderful fruit for months and months to come.

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