Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Father's Love Letter

My Child ~

You may not know me, but I know everything about you ~ Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up ~ Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways ~ Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered ~ Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image ~ Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being ~ Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring ~ Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived ~ Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation ~ Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book ~ Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live ~ Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made ~ Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb ~ Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born ~ Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me ~ John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love ~ 1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you ~ 1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child and I am your father ~ 1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could ~ Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father ~ Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand ~ James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs ~ Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope ~ Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love ~ Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore ~ Psalm 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing ~ Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you ~ Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession ~ Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul ~ Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things ~ Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me ~ Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart ~ Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires ~ Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine ~ Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you ~ Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart ~ Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes ~ Revelation 21:3-4
And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth ~ Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus ~ John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed ~ John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being ~ Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you ~ Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins ~ 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled ~ 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you ~ 1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love ~ Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me ~ 1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again ~ Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen ~ Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father ~ Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is ~ Will you be my child? ~ John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you ~ Luke 15:11-32
Love, Your Dad, Almighty God


Footsteps of the Flock: 1 Samuel 3:15-21

I have been so delirious with pain that for the last two nights I've conked out before reading my nighttime devotional, Footsteps of the Flock.

Honestly, I haven't been able to focus or concentrate on reading the last few days. I seem to be reading the same sentences over and over again.

I'm doing much better today thanks to the Lord and a "burst" of Prednisone.

All this to say, I was reading this morning and the entry from March 29 was such a good and gentle reminder for me to be aware of the attitudes of my heart.

It's so easy to misrepresent Him, isn't it?

March 29
(by Jon Courson)

And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD.
And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.
Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son.
And he answered, Here am I.
And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee?
I pray thee hide it not from me:
God do so to thee, and more also,
if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.

And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him.
And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.

And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him,
and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that
Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.

And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh:
for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh
by the word of the LORD.
1 Samuel 3:15-21

God not only spoke to Samuel because of his responsiveness, but because of his tenderness.

Samuel didn't want to say to Eli, "Eli, you're in trouble. You haven't disciplined your sons. Now judgment is coming to you and your family. And it's too late for any sacrifices to make up for what you've done."

Living in the Temple, Samuel no doubt observed Eli's sons and was aware of their immorality and problems. Therefore, he could have said, " Aha! At last these guys are getting what they deserve."

But that wasn't the heart of Samuel. Nor was it the heart of Daniel.

Before Daniel gave Nebuchadnezzar the interpretation of his dream, he said, "I wish this dream applied to your worst enemy rather than to you, for you're going to go insane like an animal for seven years and eat grass like a cow in the fields" (see Daniel 4:19).

Daniel could have said, " Great! It's about time God brings Nebuchadnezzar down a notch or two." But that wasn't the heart of Daniel, nor is it the heart of anyone who is in tune with God.

Whatever God speaks to you must be enveloped in tenderness and love. Even is the message is a difficult one, it's always to be delivered in humility and kindness.


Monday, March 30, 2009

A Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY: Monday March 30th, 2009...

Outside My Window...I can barely see because my windows need a good scrubbing!

I am thinking... about too many things all at once today. I can't seem to get my brain on track.
I think I'm just tired.

I am thankful that... our dishwasher was still under warranty and it was just a simple part replacement. The repair man was here and gone in a matter of minutes!

From the kitchen... I plan on making Pineapple Vinegar. Why? So I can make Cortido (a Latin American Sauerkraut) that supposedly is a nice side dish for a variety of Mexican/Latin foods.

I was also able to borrow a food mill and plan on making the enchilada sauce.

Dinners this week: M- Adobo since we never had it last week, T- Soup (not sure which one), W- Sea Bass (we ended up having salmon last week), Th- Torta and F- Pot Roast

I am wearing... Jeans, a white tank and a white long shirt over it. Oh yes, and my new reading specs!

I am creating... a lot of extra work for my husband who has been a trooper about the whole thing. He has been such a great help to me since I'm still "benched" from most work around the house.

I am going... to the doc this afternoon. Karl thinks I should have an MRI.
Tonight I hope to go to Bible Study.

I am reading... just my night time devo, Footsteps of the Flock, and 1 Peter.

I am hoping... that we get back into the school schedule quickly. We're all a bit draggy today.

I am hearing... the washing machine and the dryer. "Kurt" is upstairs singing and I hear paper shuffling coming from the girls.

Around the house... Pleading the Fifth on this one.

One of my favorite things... Raw honey. I had no idea. A.Maz.Ing.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Appointments! Doc today, Physical therapy tomorrow, Wed we meet with our financial "dude," Thursday "Leisl" has an Orthodontist appoint and we have church in the evening, Fri we're having friends over for dinner, Sat a wedding/bridal shower.

Whew! I'm tired already :P

From the learning rooms: We are beginning Week 23 of our curriculum and David will be taking the throne.

Picture Thought:

This was taken two years ago at Sea World. Our daughter "Brigitta" said he didn't smell and he actually felt really warm and soft when she hugged him (Jake).

Who knew?


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Week 20: Highlights

This week was very exciting!

The Ark was captured.

(Thumbs down)

The Ark was returned.

(Thumbs up!)

The golden hemorrhoids that were returned with the Ark?

(Definitely thumbs down) ;D

Israel asked for a king and Saul was crowned.

It was a somber time as I shared with kids that the Israelites rejected God from being their king and governing over them. Ironic considering Israel means "governed by God."

The LORD said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.

They sat and absorbed the truth that God wanted to govern them out of love and protection. He didn't want them to have a king like the other pagan nations because they would,

"he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots
and among his horsemen and they will run before his chariots."

"He (the earthly king) will also take your
daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers."

He (the earthly king) will take the best of your fields and
your vineyards and your olive groves and give them to his servants.

He (the earthly king) will take a tenth of your seed and of
your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants.

"Then you will cry out in that day
because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves,"
1 Samuel 8

It was a good opportunity to remind them to have a heart that is yielded to the Lord and allow Him to be their King because He is good and loving.

Even though our nation as a whole chooses not to be governed by God, we can, as individuals and families, choose to place ourselves under His covering and protection.


We also started our study of The Trojan Horse and a combined study of
Homer's Iliad and Odyssey in The Children's Homer.


We are still plugging away at our Greek Root Words (which are updated in the sidebars) and still studying Bach for music.

God and the History of Art seems to have taken a bit of a backseat recently. We'll see what we can do there in the future.

In science the kids soaked some bones in vinegar to make them rubbery.

They also did some project involving balloons and food coloring.

I didn't hear too much about this experiment except from Leisl who complained (just a little) because she had just cleaned the bathroom.

Sorry Leisl!!


Week 19 : Highlights

We studied the Book of Ruth and the beginning of Samuels life.

The Book of Ruth is one of my favorites.

I have such a special relationship with my mother-in-law that it helps me understand Ruth's devotion to Naomi.

My very first experience in a Christian church was with The Captain's mom. She invited me to attend Easter service with their family.

I cried through much of the service and had no idea why.

I remember her comforting me afterward as we walked through the parking lot. She explained that her first time in a Christian church touched her and she cried too.

(I didn't realize the Spirit of God was working in my heart and preparing me to follow Him. But now I can look back and see how gently yet powerfully He was working in my life.)

Even though our relationship started out a bit rocky, we've been able to share our hearts with one another freely and I am so grateful for her.

It was nice to share my relationship with her with my children. I pointed out how there was something she had, even when things were difficult, that drew me to the Lord and His abundant life in the same way that Ruth was drawn to Naomi even in the midst of her heartache.

I also love the picture of Boaz being like Jesus, our kinsmen redeemer. I am so grateful He was willing to redeem us.

There weren't any major projects although we did also learn about the Minoans and Mycenaeans.

I honestly don't remember what else we did on Week 19. But I do have the pictures of the science project that was started in Week 18. It was amazing!

Last week, the kids put eggs into jars of vinegar to soak. It was only supposed to soak overnight but ours had to soak for much longer. We ended up leaving them in for a week.

The Captain gave them each a little nylon scrubber to gently remove the shell from the still raw egg.

It was definitely slow, careful work.

It was fascinating to see the membrane of the egg without the shell around it.

And more than once, the egg ruptured before all the shell was removed.

Here is just the membrane--
But we finally got an intact egg and The Captain could explain cell structure using it as his model.

We held it up to a flashlight and we could see the yolk inside!

I don't know why this was so amazing but it was (at least in person it was) and we kept the intact egg for quite awhile in refrigerator.


In other news, Brigitta graduated to Suzuki Book Two in violin.

We're just cruising along, one day at a time...


Positively Smashing!

Nana and I had a little date yesterday. She went with me to--

The Mall.

She knows that I avoid the mall like the plague and I usually prefer company when I do go.

So why, in Kim's words, was Little Miss Lainie Pants at the mall?

Well, I realized after I had my haircut last week that my eyebrows had gotten a little, um,


I have been saving my allowance, so I had a little tucked aside for non-essential niceties.
You know, like having two eyebrows instead of one.

I had an appointment with Claire (Anastasia Brow Studio) which is inside Nordstrom.

Now before I go on I must explain, in case you haven't figured it out, that I am a girl and I am an enigma.

In other words-- I don't make sense to some people (hee hee).

The crunchy, raw milk drinking, whole food eating frugalite (just made that up) that makes her own detergent because it only costs $.71 per batch, as well as making my owning cleaning supplies-- mainly vinegar and baking soda (which is super cheap), still likes to look good for her man. And for myself.

Feeling frumpy=acting grouchy. Not good for anyone.

Anyhoo, I clean my own house so I can get a really good haircut every few months.

I use coconut oil for moisturizer and use yogurt and oatmeal masks so I can, on occasion, visit Claire the Eyebrow Guru Extraordinaire a few times a year.

Now with that said, I was a little early for my appointment and had a few minutes to browse.

I had forgotten there was a giant Trend Show at the store yesterday and it was crazy busy with all the reps from various cosmetics companies there doing make-overs, etc...

I wanted a new lip gloss because I was almost out and because you see, my lips actually have a fan club.

It's a whopping two members strong.

The President of the "I Love Lainie's Lips" fan club is Kristina. Whenever she sees me (minimally twice a week at church) she tells me she loves my lips.

I don't really get it. I mean they work well--blowing bubbles, making smacking sounds, smooching my kids and of course the Hubs so I don't argue.

If that's how she feels I guess I'll just have to endure all those compliments.


Oh my, where was I? Oh yes, I sauntered over to the closest counter to Claire.

I used to be familiar with all the cosmetic lines because my neighbor Kerryanne would keep me "in the know."

Alas, she has moved away to distant Sherwood (probably five miles away but you'd never know since I still haven't made it over to her new house!)

Anyway, I have no idea about all the lines that are out there now so I just went to what was closest to where I was standing which happened to be Smashbox.

I was looking at the Lip gloss when Frederic, the rep from Smashbox who was down from Seattle for the day, came over and asked what I was looking for.

He was totally awesome and very helpful. He definitely knows his stuff without being pushy or scary.

But a few minutes into a little lip gloss application came Hank.

Don't get me wrong, Hank was also very nice and very helpful.

But Hank, the Smashbox rep up from San Francisco, was a little... larger than life.

Seriously-- think Arnold Schwarzenegger with a make-up brush!

Big, bulging muscles in a teeny, tiny, super tight shirt.

The next thing I know I've got bronzer and eye shadow. He's re-applied my mascara.

I'm talking full on make-over in a matter of minutes.

I don't know how he was able to gently and accurately apply make-up with fingers the size of bratwurst.

But he did and I left feeling like a rock star. From the reaction of my family when I got home I have been a little lax in the personal grooming department.

I was greeted with words like, "Wow." And, "Ooooh."

As well as a very nice, "Well Helllllo," from The Captain.

Kurt and I were goofing around on the computer after dinner so I though I'd share a couple pics from last night.

But I really just wanted to say Thanks to Frederic and Hank and Erin at the Smashbox counter for helping spice up the life of this little homeschooling, stay-at-home mommy.

Being a "rock star" for a few hours was fun but I wouldn't trade my simple, quiet life with my little family for all the gloss and glitter and glam the world tries to offer.


Friday, March 27, 2009

Midnight Chat: Seeing Clearly

New glasses provide a reminder to keep looking up.

A devotional of 1 Corinthians 13:9-13

Tissue Box Rating: 0-1


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lights! Camera! Action!

Before we realized Leisl's sinus infection was coming back for an encore performance, she spent the afternoon hanging out with J. Aaron Dort.

What? You don't know who Aaron Dort is? Really?

Okay I'm just messing with you. He's not internationally famous...yet.

But he is a really great guy and an award-winning film student at George Fox University.

Karl and I met him and his beautiful bride-to-be, Katie, for pre-marital counseling in February and discovered that he is a film maker.

We shared with him Leisl's love of all things movie related and he gracious invited her to come to the set of his final student film.

We missed the first two invites because she was sick and this past Monday was the very last day they would be filming.

We are so glad she was able to go! She had a blast and learned a ton.

But the best part was she didn't just get to watch. He actually put her to work.

She got to be the slateman!

You know the person with the Clapboard that says,"Act I; Scene 4" (clap)

This thing...

She said it was actually harder than it looks (trying to keep track of what scene you're on, etc...) but she was so excited that she actually got to do something.

Not that she needed any more motivation, but her passion for film making is fueled even more.

Here she is winding some cable:

They were shooting inside a funeral home in case you're wondering.
Don't worry it's not an icky film. Aaron is all about bringing God glory in his films while delivering a quality end product.

Anyhoo, here she is with Aaron and her clapboard or slate as they say "in the business."
Hee hee

And here is the crew that was working that day. I have no idea who they all are and she is asleep right now so I can't ask her. So, I'll try to add names later.

Thank you Aaron for being so gracious. We hope to make it out to the film festival :)

***Edited to add that Aaron's film won the People's Choice Award as well as another award! Congrats Aaron! He is so sweet... he put Leisl's name in the credits :)


Week 18: Highlights

During week 18 of our studies, we learned about Gideon and Samson.

It's so hard to remember all that we talked about since it's been more than a month but whenever I think of Gideon I think of two things.

First, that God called him a "mighty man of valour" when he was hiding from the Midianites in Judges Chapter 6.

I'm comforted in knowing that God sees us, not only as we are, but who we will be.
I love that Jesus already sees us as a spotless Bride.

The second thing I always think of is the clay pot (pitcher) that covered the torches of light that Gideon and his men held in that famous and very lopsided battle against the Midianites in Judges Chapter 7.

When we were reading the story, Kurt asked why they had to break the pitchers.
"How come they couldn't just take them off? Why did they have to smash them?" he asked.

The timing was so perfect.

I shared with him that the pitchers are a picture of us...our flesh (selfishness, pride, etc...) and the torch of light is a picture of the Light of Christ, His Spirit, within us.

He said he understood that but still didn't know why the pitcher had to be broken.

I told him that if the men took the pitchers off and kept them intact they would be able to put the pitchers back on the torches and cover the light.

It was so amazing to see his face as he realized that to the degree we are willing to have our pitchers of self broken is the degree in which the Light of Christ will shine from us.

When our pitchers are "smashed" there is no turning back. All that remains is the bright light shining in the darkness which, of course, sends the enemy running.


Science was fun as usual. I think they lit some things on fire... not sure why.

Oh! Now I remember, they were trying to make match rockets. Not too successful but you know fire is always exciting.

Then they made a rocket using balloons--

No, Leisl didn't loose her tan...that's her good friend and our neighbor who likes to join us for science experiments, church on Sundays and Thursdays and hanging out while Leisl cleans the bathroom. We like her because she eats when she comes over. Eating... very important to the Filipino family :)

We should probably assign her a blog name since she's part of the family... so from this day forth she shall be called, "Marimba Sticks." She is par excellence on the marimba and is a music composing genius! Watch out John Williams, here she comes...


We also had an experiment with potatoes. One is raw and plain, one is raw with salt and the last is cooked with salt. The idea was to see how salt draws the water up through the potato but also the difference in cell structure between a cooked potato vs a raw potato.

Here is the before picture--

You'll have to click on these to enlarge them...here is the after picture and the raw with salt potato was the clear winner.


We also prepped some eggs for another experiment. The eggs had to soak in vinegar so the shell could be removed with the membrane intact. It was so cool!

Here is the prep picture--

You'll have to see week 19 for the results!!


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook (a little late)

My week hasn't felt right without my daybook entry. So here it is. Late, but here.

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FOR TODAY: Tuesday March 24th, 2009...

Outside My Window...dark. It's very late and I'm very ready for bed. It was an okay day weather wise. At least the torrential rain has stopped for now.

I am thinking... about my bed waiting for me! I'm also thinking about how great and sweet my husband, family and friends have been since I've been injured.

I am thankful for... the Lord totally covering our very expensive week last week. I'm thankful for the provision for multiple Physical Therapy appointments and that Nana has been available to watch the kids. Actually, Katie and Andrea helped with that this week too! Thank you guys* sniff*

From the kitchen... Oh, that Corned Beef I made last week was a huge hit! Definitely not just for St. Patty's Day. Let's see... Mon we had meatballs, tonight it was a strange buffet of pasta and a red sauce, steak and pancit (a Filipino noodle dish). Long story but it was all good. I think I'm doing the Sea Bass tomorrow since we're having company over, Chicken Adobo on Thursday and Tacos? on Friday...hmmm we'll see.

I am wearing... Jeans, a green tank and a Navy blue long shirt/ shirt dress thing I picked up at Target yesterday. I like it because it hides the chub :) I can't imagine wearing it as a dress but it will make a nice cover up at the beach this summer while also being a casual top option. I'm trying to find things that can serve double duty when we are in Hawaii in July--thanks to Karl's parents.

Oh, AND since I never took them off when I came in, I'm actually wearing my long Uggs instead of my indoor lilac ones. Whoa, really stepping out of my comfort zone over here (hee hee).

I am creating... (insert crickets chirping here). I never re-organized the kitchen... my neck and all parts connected are not permitting any of that for a time.

I am going... to tell you where I went! PT this morning, then I finally had to take my daughter to the doc for the sinus infection. She just wasn't getting any better and is wiped out.

I am reading... just my night time devo, Footsteps of the Flock, and 1 Peter.

I am hoping... to heal quickly. I am hoping I don't fully herniate C5 and C6. I am hoping to sleep tonight. I'm really hoping the Lord comes back soon! I'm hoping that my brother, who has the SAME exact injury in the SAME exact vertebrae on the SAME exact side (weird!) is feeling better and that his boss can accommodate his limited lifting ability.

I am hearing... the dishwasher. Oh, and very faintly I can hear a train.

Around the house... Karl helped me make detergent so at least we're set for a while. I absolutely cannot do anything so the house?...hmmm... well, it has looked better and it has looked worse so I can't really complain.

One of my favorite things... Pink Lady apples with Havarti cheese. Random I know, but there it is...

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: The girls are doing a Master violin class and Chamber music thing in the mornings. Meeting with some couples from church Wed, Thursday is Thirsty Thursday as usual and Fri???

From the learning rooms: We've decided to take the week off since I am "broken" and Leisl is still sick.

Picture Thought:

I made cheese!


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Footsteps of the Flock: Ruth 4:13-16

I'm braving cold tile on my toes but I couldn't sleep after reading my bedtime devotional, Footsteps of the Flock by Jon Courson.

I felt like I needed to share it with one of you. May it be a blessing to you.

Here is the entry from Friday night...

March 20

So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife:
and when he went in unto her,
the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.

And the women said unto Naomi,
Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee
this day without a kinsman,
that his name may be famous in Israel.

And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life,
and a nourisher of thine old age:
for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee,
which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.

And Naomi took the child,
and laid it in her bosom,
and became nurse unto it.

Ruth 4:13-16

You left full, Naomi. You came back empty. And now God is blessing you once again. The women told Naomi that Ruth was better than seven sons, seven being the number of perfection.

Their words were prophetic indeed, for out of Ruth's line would come forth not only King David, but the Perfect One- Jesus Christ.

Naomi, this prodigal daughter of the Old Testament, came back to Bethlehem, where God rebuilt, rebirthed, restored, and renewed her.

And that's what He'll do with us- if we'll just come back to Him.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Thirsty Thursday

Last night at Thirsty Thursday, Pastor Jim's son David read a passage of Scripture before we started our study and he gave a word of exhortation that I thought I would pass along.

He read from Hebrews 5 starting in verses 12 to 14:

For though by this time you ought to be teachers,
you need someone to teach you again
the first principles of the oracles of God;
and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

For everyone who partakes only of milk
is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.

But solid food belongs to those who are of full age,
that is, those who by reason of use
have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

He challenged us to ask the Lord to search out our hearts and see if we have become complacent in the things of the Word.

• Am I relying too much (for some solely) on the teaching time at church and not having enough personal time in the Word?

• Am I continually teaching the things the Lord is showing me to others?

• Am I being diligent in these troubled times to find my strength and comfort from the Lord who is a strong tower?

• Has my passion for the Lord diminished and need re-kindling?

It was good reminder that I have three pairs of little eyes watching me and watching how I live and how I love.

They will always do what I do instead of doing as I say.

It's amazing to realize how our children are perfect little mirrors of ourselves.

The old saying, "More is caught than is taught" is frighteningly true when I'm not doing what I should be doing.

But it is also very comforting to know that if I keep close to the Lord and make sure I'm doing my part in His vast plan that my children can, and will, simply learn from my example.

I am reminded of the verse in 1 Timothy 4:12:

Let no man despise your youth; but
be an example to the believers
in word, in conversation, in charity,
in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Dear Lord,
Thank You for Your Word that is a compass for life; teaching me right from wrong and good from evil. Lord, I confess my lack of discipline and tendency to get distracted from sitting at Your feet and resting in Your profound love for me.

By Your Spirit, may I walk closely with You that my children will learn from my example and walk with You all of their days.

Lord, keep them in the front of my mind and my heart that I may cover them in prayer always.

Thank Your for Your grace and that Your mercies, Your tender, tender mercies, that are truly new every morning.


Monday, March 16, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY: Monday March 16th, 2009...

Outside My Window...it looks very Oregon winter and not so much Spring.

I am thinking... unfortunately, about my shoulder that is killing me right now. It's hurting to the point of distraction and is making me grumpy which I so don't like being.

I am thankful for... that my Physical Therapist has an opening this Thursday and I am able to go see her.

From the kitchen... Oriental Stir-fry, Rugelach, Tacos, Mickey Mouse Waffles, Coconut Chicken are some of the breakfast and dinner items for this week. My plans haven't "firmed up" in my head yet. Oh, I forgot about St. Patty's Day, I might try to make a corned beef.

I am wearing... Jeans, a fun, funky top and my comfy gray sweater. We all know what is on my feet :)

I am creating... a more efficient work space in my kitchen. My kitchen is not working for me right now and I need to re-think how it's all laid out.

I am going... to my haircut appointment today! I keep hearing the song from Winnie-the-Pooh, "Today's the day, today's the day, hooray for you, hooray for me, hooray, hooray for Pooh will soon be free..." I have not had a haircut since December 13th, 2008. I'm a little excited :)

I am reading... verses about Sarah in the Bible (still), my nighttime devotional, Nourishing Traditions and I am reading Ron Mehl's Ten (der) Commandments--soooooo good.

I am hoping... that I can accomplish stuff around the house in spite of my gimpy shoulder.

I am hearing... nothing. Weird.

Around the house... Laundry needs to be done (it's Monday) but I noticed I need a new batch of laundry detergent so I'll probably make some tonight or tomorrow. A good straightening and a vacuum wouldn't hurt either.

One of my favorite things... my Monday night bible study group. I look forward to going each week and just love all the ladies. We are studying through 1 Peter.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: The usual lessons and schooling. Wednesday I have my initial evaluation for the eye doctor because I probably need vision therapy too. My eyes have been hurting so badly and make me very tired.

Wed night is Worship here (yea!)

And of course I now have PT on Thursday.

From the learning rooms: Continuing with Saul and David, which totally sounds like a soap opera--

This week Saul tries to kill David but Saul's son Jonathan warns David so David runs away from Saul. Later David almost destroys a town because of Nabal, a foolish man, instead takes his wife Abigail and marries her. Also, David has the opportunity to kill Saul who is chasing him all across the country in an all-out manhunt.

Will David take the opportunity? Is Saul about to loose his kingdom?

We'll find out As The Bible Pages Turn (cue intro music)

LOL, oh I need to go eat breakfast. I'm getting goofy over here.

Picture Thought:

See? My craziness is contagious-- I get it from my kids!


Saturday, March 14, 2009

I Feel All Fancy And Stuff!

The Captain and I went to Bi-Mart today to look for canning supplies and other odds and ends.

With the new zeal in cooking lately, I wanted to price out a hand blender so I don't have to scoop out soups into the blender to puree only to pour it back into the pot. With a hand blender I can puree in the pot and save myself some time and clean up.

Well I found this Oster 3-in-1 Hand blender that has more power (350 Watt) than the standard (250 Watt) and it was on sale on only $6.00 more than the standard one.

So for $29.00 (The Oster website sells this for $53!!!) I scored this--

Yes, I am all fancy with an electric knife! I've never had one before but after using it tonight I am so glad I do now! Anything to save my blown out shoulder.

It did such a good job on cutting my brisket into thin, thin slices for the Sol Long Tang (Korean Soup) that I made tonight (see recipe below).

Up until two years I didn't own a food processor (I've always used a big chef's knife and a cutting board) or a stand-mixer (uh, it was just me and my wooden spoon and a bowl).

But thanks to Nana and Papa and my 40th birthday, we now have both.

My shoulders are happy and I can cook and bake more without feeling so exhausted.

Yea for us :)

The recipe for the soup is so simple and very delicious.
So far every recipe I've tried from the Nourishing Traditions cookbook has been fantastic.

Korean Soup (Sol Long Tang)
© Sally Fallon from Nourishing Traditions 1999,2001

• 1 and 1/2 quarts beef stock

• 1/2 pound beef brisket, sliced very thin

• 1/2 C brown rice

• 1/2 C buckwheat or brown rice noodles**, broken into pieces

• 2 T naturally fermented soy sauce (like Kikoman)

Bring stock and rice to boil and skim. Add brisket and soy sauce and simmer for 1 hour.
About 10 minutes before serving add noodles.

That's it. I topped it with chopped green onions and it was so delicious.

**A word of caution on brown rice noodles. They are not all the same! Andrea found this brand named Tinkyada and it is excellent. The texture is like good durum wheat and it does not disintegrate when you boil it. I have found it in most "natural" sections of the major grocery stores. I swiped the picture from Amazon so you could see the package :)

This recipe serves 6 so I doubled it for our family and it fed 5 adults and 4 children. There was nothing leftover :O )


Science Montage

Edited by Leisl

Saturday Science Fun

The Mishmash children learn how fish surface and dive in the water using their swim bladders.

The Mishmash children learn how salmon find their home stream by using their highly developed sense of smell.

The Mishmash children learn how dolphins use sonar to "see." They practice being dolphins using a spray bottle while blindfolded.


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