Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Something on My Heart

Before you read this post any further I need to warn you that what I write in this post may be sensitive to some readers. Consider yourself warned.


I'm deeply concerned about the level of immodesty I'm seeing in young women, teen girls and even little girls.

Sunday at church there was a little girl about 7 or 8 years of age dressed in an outfit you would normally see on a teen girl. Why are clothing designers trying to make our little girls, some who are still playing with baby dolls look sexy?

I know I have failed many times in the area of modesty when it comes to my own daughters. I want to please the Lord and to be honest I think it would be so much easier if I had been raised in a plain church. Of course that is probably an excuse because I know people who are not attending a plain church but they still have a standard for modesty.

I love the way Conservative Mennonite cape dresses look and they are so comfortable to wear. They probably are old fashioned and frumpy looking to most people but I really don't care. They don't make one look "holier than thou" but of course there are some people who believe that is the case.

What kind of message are we sending when we get dressed in the morning?
I really had much more to say (Remember the warning in the beginning of this post?) but I decided it was just too sensitive for my younger readers.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

When it Rains it Pours

I really can't believe all the things that fell apart and needs to be repaired or replaced. Our printer has been acting terrible and it won't print properly. The range literally fell apart. I was taking dinner out of the oven yesterday and the door came off. It hadn't closed properly for a number of years now and yestereday it came completely off the hinge and it can't be repaired because the hinge is pretty much broken.

The sink is clogged and we will probably need a plumber.

But the Lord is in control. He will take care of all our needs and none of the things that went wrong are too big for Him to handle. We are getting a new oven on Tuesday . This one has a burner in the center which will be perfect for canning.

Everything else is a wait and see deal.



I got some sewing done this week which was refreshing. I sewed a couple of resuable shopping bags for two of my daughters and will finish my oldest dd's bag tomorrow. Sewing is so relaxing except it can be hard on your back from the constant leaning forward.



I finally got some canning done. I did a few quarts of apricots and several pints of various jams. These should keep us going through winter.

I saw a recipe in the Ball Blue Book for mint jelly and that sounded so good! I have some peppermint growing which it is really thriving so I think I will make a few jars of mint jelly.



If you have never tried canning anything I would recommend you try. Start with water bath canning first and make some jam. Ball has a starter canning kit called the Ball Discovery Kit (or something like that) that is less than $25 and it is just right for the beginner canner. Also get the Ball Blue Book of Preserving which has a ton of information on using both the water bath canner and a pressure canner for canning meats, veggies, soups, etc.