Thursday, June 24, 2010

What a Blessing!

Last weekend our homeschool group had it's annual used curriculum sale. Those are always fun because you see people you haven't seen in awhile and we can get curriculum at reduced prices.



We also have a table set up for free items. These can be anything from curriculum, toys, books, household items, anything . I had told myself that I would try to avoid that area because I can over do it and end up with way too much stuff. Like I need more clutter!


Well I did end up in the free curriculum area while I waited for one of my daughters to buy a book and while I was waiting I saw this box sitting on the floor. I was curious as to what was in the box so I decided to check it out. I saw that it had some No Greater Joy magazines and a few Above Rubies magazines. As I was digging deeper in the box I saw for me the most wonderful treasure, back issues of Keepers at Home magazine! I couldn't believe it! I was so excited because I have been wanting back issues for the longest time. They were from Winter 1999- about 2008.



KAH is my absolute favorite magazine because the articles are so encouraging (and sometimes convicting!) and I share their doctrinal beliefs.

I read one article a few days ago on complaining. I felt like I had the sense knocked into me after I read it. I don't feel very Christlike when I complain. Believe me I have had my share of things to complain about.


However I have found that when I complain it doesn't change the situation not one bit. It better to just deal with it with a merry heart or better yet, give the whole situation to the Lord no matter how small the matter is.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

On Beiing Older and Learning From Younger Women

I have found that for some reason much of what I have learned about being a godly wife and mother have come from younger women.
I learned about headcovering from a younger mom. I learned about submission and reverence for my husband from a younger friend.
This is totally the opposite of what the Bible teaches in Titus 2 where it says "the aged women" are to be teaching the younger to love their husbands and children, be a keeper at home etc.

Mind you I'm 49 years old and I've been married 16 years and I still learning these things. I find myself wondering if I have any wisdom to help a younger wife and mom struggling in her God given role.
I wish I had the wisdom of Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies who is definitely a Titus 2 woman or the wisdom of younger mom Michelle Duggar.

As I look at what I just wroteI'm thinking "Why am I comparing myself to other moms?" In my Christian life I will always be learning whether it be from younger women or older. All of us are always learning and growing. God can even use a child to encourage us in our Christian walk.

Bread Update

Well yesterday's bread came out great. My daughter took a picture so if I can figure out how to post a picture, I will post it.
We made three loaves today but they didn't come out too well but they still tasted great!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bread Making

I got together with a friend on Monday to try our hand at making bread without a bread machine for the first time.
We watched the first part of The Art of Breadmaking first then while the bread was on it's first rise we watched the remainder of the DVD.

We had a lot of fun and I encourage you all to try to make bread. I think it's more fun when you try it with a friend.
I was so encouraged by the success of the bread I made at my friend's house that I bought some loaf pans and made another loaf at home.
Then it occurred to me that we should have taken pictures of our first loaves of bread. Oh well.

So now I have dough rising for bread to go with the pot roast cooking in the crockpot. I hope I have success with this loaf. This will be a basic white loaf. It's not the healthiest but I'm still experimenting and learning the whole breadmaking process.

I will post later with the reults of this latest loaf of bread.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

If You Love Sewing for Charity..

You will love this site! One of our homeschooling moms sent this link for making little girls dresses from pillowcases. They are so cute and you can make them as modest as you would like! You can find nice pillowcases at thrift stores. I'm trying to figure out how to make a simple dress for the moms as well. It would be nice to have mother-daughter dresses. Enjoy!
http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/

Friday, June 4, 2010

Good Morning!

Today I wil be busy getting school done with my children,repairing an dress, making an apron and making bread.
I learned a few things from the Homestead Blessings DVD that will help me with my sewing.
I've only recently learned how to sew and I find it very relaxing and fun. I think it would be fun to have a treadle sewing machine. They definitely would come in handy if the power goes out. And you get those leg and foot muscles going too!
Well that's all for now. I'm still learning my way around here at Blogspot but it is way easier that my previous blog host.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Feeling Adventurous

I recently recieved a set of DVDs of the Homestead Blessings Art of.... series by the West Ladies. So far I have watched The Art of Canning, The Art of Sewing, The Art of Cooking and The Art of Quilting. The West Ladies consist of mom Vicki and daughters Hannah, Jasmine and CeCe. They are Christian ladies who encourage wives and mothers in various homemaking skills. So now I want to try quilting and gardening. The Homestead Blessings Collection consists of 10 DVDs in addition to the ones mentioned above there is also The Art of Candle Making, The Art of Herbs, The Art of Soap Making,The Art of Gardening, The Art of Breadmaking and The Art of Dairy Delights.

I feel so blessed because I've been wanting these DVDs for years and I was so happy when they went on sale. You can order them through Franklinsprings.com.

Anyway, I highly reccommend these DVDs and they make the perfect gift for a new bride.