It's been a while...

 Monday, December 19, 2011

Sorry it's been so long again between posts!! We have been pretty busy around here with everything. Nothing super exciting, just the normal day to day life of a family of 10!

School is going well. We're getting all the kinks worked out finally. Figured out where everyone needs help and working on those areas. Figuring out what curriculum works best for each subjects. I still like Landmark, but have found that it is NOT an independent, student led curriculum like I was led to believe. It is very much a teacher intensive curriculum. So right now we're using it still and have added in other things. Math we are using Saxon/DIVE for the 3 older and will be using Critical Thinking for the younger 2. We're also using Writing Strands, Spelling Power, All In One English and then we're also doing some Sign Language and Science videos. We have a very full schedule just with school! The kids are all still doing piano and are really excelling at it. The girls are loving their sewing and are almost finished with some nightgowns and matching ones for their dolls.

We've had lots of sickness still. I was hoping the move would get rid of alot of that, but I guess we're having the acclimating sicknesses along with all the sicknesses people are so good to bring to church and share with us. Zachary and Kathleen are still having recurring bouts of croup. The Dr thinks it's probably asthma caused by allergies causing it. But researching it, there are kids who are just prone to getting it frequently. I'm hoping they outgrow it either way. We're all sick right now with either colds, pink eye or a flu. I'm hoping we get over it fast because I do not want us to be sick on Christmas again this year! Plus Sunday is Emily's bday too! Not a day to be sick!

My pregnancy is going well. I passed my glucose test with flying colors! I am still anemic, but am taking the stuff for it and hoping it goes away soon! I am measuring a week and a half ahead of dates so the Dr ordered another U/S just to make sure everything is OK. I don't really like having lots of U/S's but I don't mind getting another peek and hopefully a good view to make sure it's still a girl ;)  I can't believe how fast the end of this year is going now! It felt like it was going slowly and then since Thanksgiving it's just speeding by. This baby will be here before we know it and I am totally unprepared. I have all the stuff I need, but I still need to order my birth kit and get everything out and wash it. I'm waiting til after Christmas though. OK....Actually I keep waiting hoping for the "nesting" period when I'll have lots of energy and desire to do that stuff! LOL!

This last month has been very stressful and exhausting because of it. Someone of my family had surgery, my dad and my 3 sisters were in a very bad roll-over car accident which resulted in my dad having surgery, we've had car troubles, my clothes dryer broke, my phone had issues that had to be resolved through customer service, lots of sickness and just other little annoying things. I am not having such a great attitude because of it. I am really hoping things calm down now and stay calm through the holidays and babies being born. I'd appreciate your prayers! :)

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Blessings, ♥T

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Cloth Diaper Giveaway!!

 Saturday, November 19, 2011

There's a cloth diaper giveaway over at A Mommy's Blessings! Check it out!

http://www.amommysblessings.com/2011/11/osocozy-aio-cloth-diaper-giveaway.html

Blessings, ♥T

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It's a...

 Saturday, October 22, 2011

So for those who are curious, who have been anxiously awaiting the results of the u/s :D

We are having a GIRL!!!

Yep another girl. That makes SIX girls, three boys. Poor boys are get more and more out-numbered! LOL...We don't have names yet and I probably won't be announcing them even when we do. I will just announce it when she's born. Which should be sometime in the first 2 weeks of Feb.

Everything pregnancy wise is going well. She's growing and is very strong already! The midwife had to "hold her down" to get her heartbeat! She would not hold still, kept kicking/hitting the monitor :D

This week was son #2's 11th birthday. Next week is daughter #2's birthday. So we had a combo party today for DH's side of the family and will be having a combo party for my side of the family next weekend. They got some nice gifts. Makenzie got a really pretty medieval dress and Jason got a jacket that he will be needing soon. We make whatever food/dessert the birthday child wants. Jason requested pumpkin pie, instead of cake. It's kinda funny cause it seems the last year they have all picked odd things that I would never have thought of for them. :)

Not much else new going on. Just the "normal" daily life of a large family/homeschoolers :)

Blessings, ♥T

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I'm still alive!!!

 Saturday, September 24, 2011

Yep, I'm still here. Things have just been so chaotic since we moved. So I'm just going to give some updates...

We moved! Yay! It wasn't all peaches and cream, but it worked out. We ended up staying with my mom for almost a month. (15 people in an 1100 sq ft house, Fun!) Had a really hard time finding a house. Not many people wanted to rent to a family this big. Sad really that people think children are so bad. But just when we were despairing we found the perfect house! It's out in the country. 3/4 of an acre lot, so plenty of room for the kids to run around. The house itself has 3 bedrooms, 2 spare rooms and a family room and living room! Plus a two car garage and shed in back. More than enough room for us and all our stuff. I'm so glad to be done moving and unpacking! The only think I "like" about moving is the unpacking and going through everything and getting rid of so much excess stuff we don't need!

School is going well. We are still using Landmark. I still think it's a good curriculum, but I'm not liking it so much for a large family. Plus opposite of what I was told, it is not really a self teaching curriculum. It takes a lot of teaching on my part. It also is a lot to grade every day. 7 subjects and 5 kids, plus doing school with Emily. (she doesn't want to be left out ya know?!) Just isn't working so well. We are going to be adding some other things and not doing ALL textbooks though. We are going to try out Spell Power and Story of the World. I'll let you know how it goes with that!

The kids are all doing well. Kathleen and Zachary still keep getting croup. I'm thinking it must be allergy induced, but location hasn't seemed to change anything. There's not much they can do for it unless it's bacterial croup and Kathleen has only had that once. It's always just a "let it run it's course" type of thing. They're all doing pretty well in school too. Michelle especially. She's 6 and doing 2nd grade. She's helping her older siblings with their work though. God really blessed her with an amazing mind! They older 5 are all doing piano and doing really well with that. James Michael's teacher is very impressed with how well he's doing. The older 3 girls are all doing sewing lessons as well and LOVE it! Their teacher is the mom of one of my good friends from childhood. She taught me a few times and she's taught 3 of my sisters to sew as well. Jason and Makenzie have birthday's coming up next month too and are very anxious for them to get here! :D I'm not as anxious, as I still have to get working on their blankets. I have Jason's started, but don't have anything for Makenzie's.

This pregnancy is going well. I'm over my paralyzing all day sickness and exhaustion! Baby is pretty active, usually in the middle of the night of course. Still haven't had an U/S, but I'm hoping to have one soon. I usually only have one a pregnancy as I don't really think they're all that healthy for the baby. But I like to have at least one, just to make sure everything's o.k. and to see whether we're having a boy or a girl. We have no names picked out yet though for either sex. Still have plenty of time for that though :)

Well, I'm off to bed!

Blessings, ♥T

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Alabama Judge

 Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Alabama
Judge


Some of you may be wondering what Judge Roy Moore has been doing since he was removed from the bench for refusing to remove the Ten Commandments from his courtroom wall. Please read the poem he wrote.


The following is a poem written by Judge Roy Moore from Alabama ... Judge Moore was sued by the ACLU for displaying the Ten Commandments in his courtroom foyer. He has been stripped of his judgeship and now they are trying to strip his right to practice law in Alabama ! The judge's poem sums it up quite well.



America the beautiful,
or so you used to be.
Land of the Pilgrims' pride;
I'm glad they'll never see.

Babies piled in dumpsters,
Abortion on demand,
Oh, sweet land of liberty;
your house is on the sand.

Our children wander aimlessly
poisoned by cocaine
choosing to indulge their lusts,
when God has said abstain

From sea to shining sea,
our Nation turns away
From the teaching of God's love
and a need to always pray

We've kept God in our
temples,how callous we have grown.
When earth is but His footstool,
and Heaven is His throne.

We've voted in a government
that's rotting at the core,
Appointing Godless Judges;
who throw reason out the door,

Too soft to place a killer
in a well deserved tomb,
But brave enough to kill a baby
before he leaves the womb.

You think that God's not
angry,that our land's a moral slum?
How much longer will He wait
before His judgment comes?

How are we to face our God,
from Whom we cannot hide?
What then is left for us to do,
but stem this evil tide?

If we who are His children,
will humbly turn and pray;
Seek His holy face
and mend our evil way:

Then God will hear from Heaven;
and forgive us of our sins,
He'll heal our sickly land
and those who live within.

But, America the Beautiful,
If you don't - then you will see,
A sad but Holy God
withdraw His hand from Thee.

~~Judge Roy Moore~~


Blessings, ♥T

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God is not Mocked

 Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7): 

'Be not deceived;  God is not mocked: 
for whatsoever a man sow, 
that shall he also reap. 

Here are some men and women 
who mocked God : 



John Lennon (Singer): 
Some years before, during his interview with an  American Magazine, he said: 
'Christianity will end, it will disappear. 
I  do not have to argue about 
that. I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his  subjects were too simple, today we 
are more famous than Him' (1966). 

Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ,  
was shot six times. 

Tancredo Neves (President of Brazil ): 
During the Presidential  campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from his 
party, not even God would  remove him from Presidency. 
Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day  before being made President, 
then he died. 

Cazuza (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet): 
During A  show in Canecio ( Rio de Janeiro ), 
while smoking his cigarette, he puffed  out some smoke into the air and 
said:'God, that's for you.' 

He died at the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER in a horrible manner. 


The man who built the Titanic 
After the construction of  Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic 
would be. 
With an ironic  tone he said: 
'Not even God can sink it' 
The result: I think you all  know what happened to the Titanic 

Marilyn Monroe (Actress) 
She was visited by Billy Graham during a  presentation of a show. 
He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to  her. 
After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said: 
'I don't need  your Jesus'. 
A week later, she was found dead in her apartment 

Bon Scott (Singer) 
The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979  songs he sang:  
'Don't stop me; I'm going down all the way, down the  highway to hell'.
On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found  dead, he had been choked 
by his own vomit. 

Campinas (IN 2005) 
In Campinas , Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went  to pick up a 
friend..... 
The mother accompanied her to the car and was so  worried about the 
drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter  holding her hand, 
who was already seated in the car: 

My Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You.' 
She responded: 'Only  If He (God) Travels In The Trunk, Cause Inside 
Here.....It's Already Full '  
Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal  accident, 
everyone had died, 
the car could not be recognized what type of  car it had been, but 
surprisingly, the trunk was intact. 
The police said  there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To 
their surprise, inside  the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was broken 

Christine Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and entertainer) 
said the Bible  (Word of God) was the worst book ever written. 
In June 2006 she was found  burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle. 
Many more important  people have forgotten that there is no other name that 
was given so much  authority as the name of Jesus. 

Many have died, but only Jesus died and rose again, and he is still alive
.  

Blessings, ♥T

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Memorial Day

 Monday, May 30, 2011

This just amazes me...It's just awesome to know that there are still honorable, diligent young men out there! Men that are willing to serve in such a dedicated fashion. I am so proud of every branch of our military!!!! Thank you for serving your country. Thank you for fighting for our freedom's and liberties.

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you...

Jesus Christ and the American Soldier

One for your soul, the other for your freedom


ARLINGTON  CEMETERY  

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 1.  How many steps does the guard take during his 
 walk across the  tomb of the Unknowns and why?




 21  steps:  It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which 
 is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.  



2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his  return walk and why?  

21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1



3. Why are his gloves wet?  


His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing  his grip on the rifle.



4.  Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the  time and, if not, why not?  

He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his  march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside  shoulder. 



5. How often are the guards changed?



Guards are changed every thirty minutes, 
twenty-four hours a day,  365 days a year.



6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited  to?  

For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10' and 6' 2' tall and his waist size cannot exceed  30.  

They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a  barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty  for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform or the  tomb in any way.  

After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There  are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules  for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.     

The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat  and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the  shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.  

There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror. 

The  first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch  TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National   Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where 
they are interred.  


Among the notables are: 

President  Taft,  

Joe  Lewis {the boxer}  

Medal of  Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most 

decorated soldier of WWII  and of Hollywood fame. 

Every guard spends five hours a day  getting his uniforms ready for guard duty..



ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON  THEM.

In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington, DC,  our US Senate/House took 2 days 
off with anticipation of the  storm. On the ABC 
evening news, it was reported that because of  
the dangers from the hurricane, the military 
members  assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!" Soaked to the skin, marching in the 
pelting rain of a tropical storm, they  said that guarding
the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a serviceperson.  The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.  


 God Bless and keep them. 

We can  be very proud of our young men and women in the  service no matter where they serve.

IN   GOD WE  TRUST 


Blessings, ♥T

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Changes...

 Saturday, May 28, 2011

So I have decided to go ahead and share some of the changes going on around here...

Change number one...We are moving!!! Finally, finally, finally...Our house sold! We've been trying to sell it for over a year! We hate living so far from family. We do not like the heat and humidity where we live. And we are REALLY sick of allergies causing us to be sick all the time! The exact location hasn't been determined, but it will definitely be closer to our families.

Change number two...Well, I'll let you look around and figure that one out ☺(when you figure it out...don't say anything publicly if you know me in "real" life! lol)

Oh, and I fixed the links from my last post...sorry bout that, I must have not actually copied it when I thought I had!

Blessings, ♥T

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A Week of Craziness...

 Wednesday, May 25, 2011

So much has happened this week. Craziness!

The tornadoes have wreaked havoc across the midwest. The devastation is awful! A distant relative of mine was missing. He has been found but is in critical condition. Our dear friends have lost their home and vehicles. So many lives have been lost. Yesterday I was so worried for my friends (all of them ☺) that I spent most of it in tears. I couldn't even pray past "PLEASE LORD!!!" Today the tears are for their loss and the loss of so many others. The sadness is overwhelming.

Kathleen was sick starting on Sunday. She was sleeping a lot during the day (very unusual for her cause she doesn't even take naps anymore) and then her fever spiked over 104. I could get it to stay down by alternating tylenol and ibuprofen and doing cool baths, but if I let more than 3 hrs pass it would spike again. Then she got uncontrollable diarrhea. I waited till the next day to see if it would go away. Spent most of the night up with her. Had to give her a bath in the middle of the night, not fun for either of us. The next day was pretty much the same...Called the Dr to try to get her in and they were booked. Transfered me down to Urgent Care and they were booked too (they're by appt) so they told me to take her to the ER. Now I totally prefer to do things naturally first, but high fevers worry me. Along with the fact that she was screaming and climbing the back of the couch cause she was in pain. So I wanted her checked just to make sure there wasn't anything weird going on. (I live in a small town and there were only 2-3 other people in the entire ER besides me, for those worried about me taking up precious space in the ER) The Dr, who happened to be the one we like, said it was probably viral. Seems to be going around. Because we're on well water though, he gave antibiotics just in case. The next day she was fine, so there was no need for the antibiotics. No fevers and the diarrhea was clearing up. Today no diarrhea, just gotta clear up the rash from it. Several other kiddos are getting it now, without the fevers though.

Makenzie lost 2 teeth. So far on all her teeth she has gotten completely hysterical when they get pulled. The first one this week...She came to me with dental floss so I could pull it. I worked on it to get a slip knot ready, which I'm not really good at. I had just finally gotten it done and she says "I pulled it!!" I was like "What?! You pest, I just finally got the knot in! Now what am I supposed to do with this dental floss???" ;) LOL...She just laughed and I threw it away....Funny girl...a couple days later she told me another one was really loose, so I said ok tell me when you want me to get the floss ready...a few minutes later she triumphantly held it up for me to see. She pulled it by herself again! She was so happy...DH told her since she was so brave he was gonna pay her $1.50 for both teeth! (We do not do the tooth fairy thing, But most of the time for the first 8 teeth or so we give $.25-$.50 per tooth) It's just so funny to me cause she is my hysterical dramatic child. She used to FREAK out if she got drips of water on her, used to scare me to death over the most silly things.

Zachary has been starting to talk lately. So cute! Says "girls, James Michael, dad, mom, cup"...the other day he found a flashcard with the #8 on it. He was showing it to me, so I pointed to the 8 and said "It's the number 8" Then he pointed at it and said "it's uh 8" LOL...I have another child genius! (yes, I have several of those, but I'm kinda prejudice :D (seriously Michelle is though, she just turned 6 and is doing 2nd grade and I think she could do 3rd with no problem!)

We have been having garage sales this week and have actually done pretty well. At least we're getting rid of things. Stuff = Stress in my opinion. There is just a point (different for each person) where the amount of stuff starts to overwhelm me. Trying to find places to put it, keep it clean, keep it organized...I hate clutter and Love to get rid of stuff! Garage sales or good will :)

Had my 15 yr high school reunion. All by myself :) That's what happens when you're a homeschool graduate! LOL...It was so fun catching up with all my old friends ;)

Found THIS article to be very good...and THIS one to be interesting...and THIS one (snappy answers for stupid questions about your big family) to be hysterically funny! The last one I think everyone should read!!! SUPER FUNNY!

Blessings, ♥T

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Additional Prayer Request

I have family and friends who were affected by the tornado. One relative is missing. Our very best family friends (they and their 10 children) are safe, but they've lost their house and all their vehicles. The death toll keeps rising, and there are so many missing...Please Pray!

Blessings, ♥T

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Please God or Man...

 Monday, May 23, 2011

Well, those are the options. So I'm gonna go with God. I'm sorry if not everyone agrees with what they read here. (You don't have to read it if you don't like it though☺) This is my blog. My thoughts. My views on things. I realize not everyone will agree with everything I put on here and that's fine. What I write here, I write for myself and for those who care or want to read it. I don't write it because I'm judging or condemning anyone. I'm simply writing what I believe the Bible is saying to me, you're free to read the Bible and see what it's saying to you :D

Blessings, ♥T

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Prayer Request

I'd like to ask all of you who are reading this to please pray for the people in Joplin, MO and in NE OK who have been affected by the tornadoes. The devastation is severe and they greatly need our prayers. Personal request on that...I have family in the area and as yet don't know if EVERYONE is safe. I know some are, but please pray! Pray for everyone to be found, for the families to be comforted in their loss (of family or homes), pray for there to be no more injured, and pray for the ER workers to have the strength and energy to do their jobs!



Blessings, ♥T

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A Giveaway!!!

 Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sarah over at Heartsdesire is having a GIVEAWAY!!! Of the Duggars new book! Head over and check it out!

Blessings, ♥T

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100 posts!!!

 Friday, May 20, 2011

Wow! I can't believe I have posted 100 times! Crazy! I had been thinking of doing something "extra" special for this post, but with the happenings around here I just haven't found the time. We have been super busy with some big changes that I'll explain later. Fun Stuff! :D  So, since I don't have much time I thought I'd just do a quick post. Typing in each letter of the alphabet, one at a time, I found all the sites I've been to alphabetically. It was kinda interesting actually, at least to me...Sorry if this is "boring" to some of you ☺ So, here we go A-Z


amazon.com

bible.rodandstaffbooks.com

clothdiaper.com

dictionary.com

etsy.com

fiascofarm.com/goats/index.htm

google.com

homeschoolclassifieds.com

i google search

jadeandpearl.com

kellythekitchenkop.com

landmarklfbc.com

myfitnesspal.com

nogreaterjoy.org

o google search

passionatehomemaking.com

quiverfull.com

raisingolives.com

stevenandersonfamily.blogspot.com

titus2.com

uscellular.com

visionforum.com

www, or w google search

x google search

yahoo.com

zany-zebra.com


Blessings, ♥T

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Out here...

 Monday, May 9, 2011

Well, out here in our world things have been pretty interesting. About a week ago Jason burned his arm pretty bad. 2nd degree burn. It was very painful. I put aloe very gel on it as soon as it happened and then followed with colloidal silver gel til it scabbed and then he's been putting lanolin on it to help it finish healing up. It looks much better now!





The weekend of Easter Kathleen and Zachary had croup, which then turned into bronchitis for Kathleen and an upper respiratory infection for Zachary. :(  They finally got over that and now we're dealing with a stomach bug! :P I have 2 kiddos left to get it. Hopefully they'll get it and get over it quick. It seems to be a quick thing. PTL!




So sweet even when he's sick!

We are working on getting our place cleaned up and getting rid of stuff. Have someone coming out this week to look at our place. We're really hoping it will sell. All of our family lives far away (in the same state) and we'd really like to be closer to them. Guess we'll see what the Lord has in store for us though :D

One of our chickens has been hatching her eggs. 8 so far, but more are trying to break through! So fun for the kids! They think it's so cool! Two of our goats appear to be in labor, but no babies yet. The signs are hard to read since we have no idea when they were bred. (sometime before we got them) And some of the signs can be days or hours before impending birth. So it's kinda all guess work till the baby comes :D Birth is such an awesome thing. We tremendously enjoy babies around here :D

Blessings, ♥T

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Frogs, snails, puppy dog tails....BOYS!

 Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I happen to LOVE my boys! ALOT! I do not however particularly enjoy their fascination with such gross things! They love to catch spiders, snakes, frogs, turtles, etc... They take particular delight in scaring me with them too! :D So I thought I'd share some pictures of all their "catches"! Hope you enjoy!!!















Blessings, ♥T

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HE's Still Working On Me!!

 Friday, April 22, 2011



Yes this is actually a SUNRISE!!! I was actually up early enough and awake enough the other morning to take a picture! LOL... Pretty isn't it?!


He's Still Working On Me

He's still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
'Cause He's still workin' on me

There really ought to be a sign upon my heart
Don't judge him yet, there's an unfinished part
But I'll be perfect just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master's loving hands

In the mirror of His word
Reflections that I see
Makes me wonder why He never gave up on me
But He loves me as I am and helps me when I pray
Remember He's the potter; I'm the clay


Blessings, ♥T

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Always Tired...

 Thursday, April 21, 2011

That describes me to a "T"! I am ALWAYS tired. It doesn't seem to make a difference what I do. There are times when it's worse...ie once a month and during the first and third trimesters of pregnancy. This is the story of how I became tired all the time. (I will be commenting on foods that I know are extremely bad for you. At the time I didn't know that, and seeing as it was 15 yrs ago I don't think they were as bad for you as they are now)

Around the time I was 14 I started to gain weight. By the time I was 16 I was around 190-200lbs. Not good. Towards the beginning of '96 I was doing ballet. We had practice 4 times a week. I was teaching ballet, and I started doing Escrima with my dad and brother. (escrima is sword and dagger fighting, using wooden sticks to train) I started losing some weight. By the time I graduated in May, I had lost around 20-25lbs.

I had my graduation ceremony on a Friday night. Afterwards I felt sorta sick, but mainly just a sore throat. Over the next 3 days I was VERY SICK! I spent it all sleeping and in that 3 day span I lost over 20lbs and continued losing weight over the next few months...'til I was down to 135lbs. During the beginning I had a sore throat and got a terrible cough. The cough hurt my chest SO bad, it was awful. I was so weak that I spent most of my time in bed. I would get up to use the bathroom and be falling asleep while in there, only to get back in bed and go right back to sleep. I couldn't eat hardly anything. I went from being able to eat a double cheeseburger, large fries and large drink and still be hungry to I couldn't eat more than 3 chicken nuggets. I developed an intolerance to dark colored sodas, but clear one's were fine.

During this time I also went from being able to tan and being quite dark to being white as a ghost and getting second/third degree burns from the sun.

A couple weeks later I got an UTI. I was put on antibiotics for that and towards the end of that developed an allergic reaction to it. I also noticed at some point that there was a large mass in my left side, right under my rib cage. I could push it back, but it would just come forward again.

I went to the Dr's several times. Had innumerable tests done. The Dr was actually so worried about me (we had a wonderful Dr at the time) she actually called my mom to see how I was doing. The tests showed absolutely NOTHING! The Dr was very concerned about the mass in my side as well, so I had to do more tests for that. They discovered that my kidney is turned and tilted forwards. What I can feel under my rib cage is the top of my kidney.

Over the course of the next year I slowly recovered. At least to the point where I was semi normal. I still was much weaker than I should have been. I started having awful kidney pains. The worse when I would eat too much sugary foods or sodas and not get enough regular food. I still could barely eat. Since that time I have MORE than recovered my appetite. I still have occasional problems with my kidneys, esp if I take Vit C or drink citrus juice. To this day I still am tired most of the time. My Dr now says it's just cause I have so many kids. (Because you know everyone with more than the average 1.8 children just must be exhausted!) She tried to put me on BP meds saying I have high BP (which does run in my family) only at my next visit the nurse told me what my readings were and they were no where NEAR high. So I remain in the dark to this day. I am trying some supplements and am hoping they will work for me. We are doing our best to switch over to whole, natural, organic foods. It's very hard though when you're exhausted to cook from scratch. I realize it would help, but sometimes I'm just too tired to care.

Why am I tell you this? I don't know exactly, but I hate for people to think I'm just a complaining, whiny baby. When I say I'm tired, I really mean it! Thanks for letting me "vent" :D

Blessings, ♥T

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Vaccines

 Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I do NOT vaccinate. After plenty of research, we have decided that it's not safe or beneficial for our children. We have several reasons for not vaccinating. The fact that they use aborted fetuses to grow the vaccine, the plethora of dangerous chemicals used in the vaccines, and the fact that most all the disease are treatable and not life threatening. With the exception of tetanus, which you can read about HERE just scroll down to "Some Horse Sense About Tetanus". There is a ton of other good info on there about vaccinations as well.

I realize that YEARS ago a lot of the diseases were severe or life threatening. Today that is not the case. I do not feel it is safe to risk all the possible side effects and complications from the vaccines to HOPEFULLY "protect" them from a disease that, while it may not be fun, isn't going to kill them. Think back 15-20 years ago, everyone I knew had chicken pox or were naturally immune to them. Never heard of one person dying from it. And yet with all the vaccines they're using that scare tactic. "If they get said disease they'll die or have serious complications from it"...I think there are more possible complications, side effects and danger of death FROM the vaccines.

Here are some more good sites for info...

HERE

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I'm not saying you have to agree with me. This is just my opinion and the reasons for why I do things the way I do. If you feel that vaccinations are necessary to protect your children, that's your decision. But do your research. And I would highly suggest you do them on a very delayed and spread out schedule. I personally do not think it's just the ingredients of the vaccines causing things like autism as much as it's the massive amounts of disease bombarding the nervous system. The body can't handle it and starts shutting things down causing autism and other such things.

Blessings, ♥T

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Modesty Article

 Sunday, April 17, 2011

LET'S TALK MODESTY

By Stacy McDonald

Ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy…

Leviticus 11:44



Joel and Marian joyfully stand up on the fourth pew at the church in which they were married 50 years earlier. Their two grandsons, 15 and 17, along with their parents, stand beside them. The oldest smiles at his grandmother and whispers, "Happy Anniversary" as he turns the pages of the old beloved hymnal, preparing to sing Marian´s favorite hymn, Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated. My, how times have changed in this old church since the day she married Joel. It used to be that young ladies dressed discreetly. Even if Christian modesty was not practiced at home, it was certainly respected in the worship service. Now today, 50 years later, she must cast her eyes downward, hoping her grandsons do the same, as the 3 young ladies in the pew in front of them wiggle their way to theirseats. Short skirts and tight clothing leave little to the imagination. When did immodesty and nakedness creep into the church? How was it that God´s people didn´t notice? Was it our complacency or our active participation?



"Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord to Thee…."



One of the most controversial topics among Christian women today is the topic of Christian modesty. Why is something that is commanded in Scripture even questioned by God´s people? How could we, as a "Christian" nation, have degenerated so far in such a short period of time? Less than 100 years ago women would have been arrested for wearing what some ladies would unflinchingly wear to a worship service today! To our degradation, modesty and femininity are no longer common, or, in many cases, even desirable.



There is much we could discuss concerning modesty and the apparel of Christian men and women. However, since I am a woman, I will simply address the issues concerning women. Although it is true that men should dress modestly and decently as well, I will leave such details for discussion amongst the men. Neither will I attempt to delve into whether or not it is lawful for a woman to wear pants. Instead, my desire is to challenge you, my sisters in the Lord, to reevaluate what God´s Word says concerning modesty.



Many times we seem to be asking, "How much can I get away with before it is considered sin? How many articles of clothing may I shed before it´s considered wrong? How tight is too tight? How short is too short? How low is too low?" Instead my question to you today is, "Whatis God´s best?" Let us reason together and see what God´s Word tells us.



First of all, the Bible is clear that God wants His daughters to dress modestly.



In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 1 Timothy 2:9-10



We as women love to adorn ourselves. Before redemption, many of us "adorned" ourselves in provocative clothing that was purposely intended to entice and seduce men. Some may have adorned themselves in costly jewelry or expensive clothing to pridefully flaunt their wealth or status to others. How does God say we should "adorn" ourselves? "In modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety…" We must honestly ask ourselves (and our husbands!) if this describes our current wardrobe. The Christian woman should not be "focused" on outward appearance. Men are attracted to the female form. If we´re showing ours off, purposely or not, we´re not being modest! Shorts show off legs. Plain and simple. Tight or low blouses show off other things.Pants can also show off the crotch area and the bottom. (I don't know how to say that more politely!)



Secondly, God wants us to dress like women and be delightfullyfeminine (the way he designed for us to be). In case you haven´t noticed, God made men and women drastically different! It´s a shameful crime when society succeeds in convincing little girls they should be tough, ambitious and masculine and little boys that they should be soft, effeminate and pretty. It starts out with a few "innocent"twists of God´s design for men and women. Then this same evil deception and perversion leads to those fools who are under the delusion that they are "women trapped in men´s bodies" and "men trapped in women´s bodies."



The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are an abomination unto the LORD thy God. Deuteronomy 22:5



Although I believe this Scripture is specifically referencing the Transvestite, what else can we learn here? Go to your local mall and watch the teenaged girls dressing and carrying themselves like gangster boys! Baggy jeans, t-shirts, short messy hair, pierced bodyparts! When we smudge the clear lines of the differences in the sexes, this is where we end up! Open a magazine that has women's business-wear in it. You'll see slightly feminized men's business suits. Even the shoes look like men's! If it's a business suit with a skirt, then the skirt is short and sexy and the rest looks manly! We have a wonderful medley of masculinity AND immodesty all packaged nicely for today´s modern career woman!



Thirdly, we do not want to be responsible for causing a brother to stumble. Sadly, few ladies consider their brother when choosing their attire. "It´s his problem if he lusts!" is the more common reply.


But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.Matthew 5:28


Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. Romans 14:13


It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. Romans 14:21



These are all issues we need to seriously consider when choosing our wardrobe. It is clear God wants us to dress in "modest apparel." But does He leave it up to individual interpretation what"modest apparel" is? My neighbor thinks her leather mini skirts and halter tops are modest because she covers the important" areas. Does the fact that she *feels* she is being modest make it so? What about the pastor's wife who wears short dresses and sits at the front of thechurch playing the piano as her skirt rises higher and higher? If she has decided in her heart she is being modest, does it make it right? Is everyone supposed to decide what is modest for themselves or does God give us any guidelines at all?



There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. Proverbs 30:12



Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Isaiah 5:21



In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, (katastole) with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 1Timothy 2:9



What does the Greek word "katastole" (apparel) mean? In our modern society, the word apparel could mean a bikini! Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words tells us "katastole" is connected with "katastello," which means "to send or let down, to lower" (kata, "down," stello, "to send"), was primarily a garment letdown; hence, "dress, attire," in general (cf. stole, a loose outergarment worn by kings and persons of rank.) This describes a long, flowing robe-type garment.



The only time the word "katastole" is used is when it is describing how a woman is to dress AND it is a verse that is specifically addressing modesty. It describes a LONG, FLOWING, LOOSE, outer garment. All other references to "apparel" in the New Testament are gender neutral. They simply mean "clothing" or "to clothe." We areto understand that as women, our clothing should be long, flowing and loose.



According to the Westminster Assembly´s Larger Catechism: Q. 138. What are the duties required in the seventh commandment? A.The duties required in the seventh commandment are, chastity in body,mind, affections, words, and behavior, and the preservation of it in ourselves and others; watchfulness over the eyes and all the senses; temperance, keeping of chaste company, modesty in apparel; marriage by those that have not the gift of continency, conjugal love, and cohabitation; diligent labor in our callings; shunning all occasions of uncleanness, and resisting temptations thereunto. Q. 139. What are the sins forbidden in the seventh commandment? A. The sins forbidden in the seventh commandment, besides the neglect of the duties required, are, adultery, fornication, rape, incest, sodomy, and all unnatural lusts; all unclean imaginations, thoughts, purposes, and affections; all corrupt or filthy communications, or listening thereunto; wanton looks, impudent or light behaviour, immodest apparel… and all other provocations to, or acts of uncleanness, either in ourselves or others.



Although immodesty and nakedness is at an all time high in our country, it is not new to sinful man. John Bunyan preached against immodesty in his day as well! Consider his words:



"Why are they for going with their…naked shoulders, and papshanging out like a cow´s bag? Why are they for painting their faces, for stretching out their neck, and for putting of themselves unto all the formalities which proud fancy leads them to? Is it because they would honor God? Because they would adorn the gospel? Because they would beatify religion, and make sinners to fall in love with their own salvation? No, no, it is rather to please their lusts…I believe also that Satan has drawn more into the sin of uncleanness by the spangling show of fine clothes, than he could possibly have drawn unto it without them. I wonder what it was that of old was called the attire of a harlot: certainly it could not be more bewitching and tempting than are the garments of many professors this day."



My, my, wouldn´t John Bunyan be shocked by the "bewitching and tempting" garments of today´s "professors?"



From what we have found in Scripture, long dresses, long skirts, long robes, long and loose culottes or even pants [This is the only area I don't agree with, I don't believe you can find modest, long flowing pants, cullottes yes, but not pants]if they can be described as long, loose and flowing (and not sheer) would be modest and feminine. Can short or tight skirts be described as long and flowing? Can shorts be described as long and flowing? What about blue jeans? You might be able to describe them as loose but are you convinced they are long and flowing? Can you describe a skirt that is slit up higher than the length of a dress you could wear decently, as modest? If the dress is too tight to walk without a high slit, maybethe dress is too tight to wear!


Therefore we are certain that God commands Christian women to dress modestly, to dress like women in a feminine manner and to not dress as to cause our brother to stumble. We have also learned thatScripture is not up for individual interpretation. God´s Word is the final authority in all we believe, do and think. Don´t allow the world to set your standards of dress!



Dressing modestly will not get you to heaven. It will not make you a "better" person and it will not save your soul. What it will do is display obedience to the Word of God. It will reflect a heart thatis submitted to Him and a desire to dress "to the glory of God!"



Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, doall to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31


It is a sad day indeed when God´s chosen people flaunt their nakedness shamelessly all in the name of "Christian Liberty." We livein a day when His precious sons and daughters wreak of the world and resemble more the heathen, than the elect.



Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate…2Corinthians 6:17



But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1Pet 2:9



The feminist cry from our heathen society is, "But it´s MY body and MY choice how I dress!! I´ll do what I want!" Is the cry much different from our congregations? "But it´s MY Christian Liberty to dress the way I want! Legalism! I will do what I think is right!



"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20



What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace mayabound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Romans 6:1-2



Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness untosin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from thedead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Romans 6:13



Should we have the "liberty" to pick and choose what is worth obeying?



All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable fordoctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction inrighteousness. II Timothy 3:16



Sisters, let us repent of our arrogance and rebellion. Let us turn to the Lord with a humble and contrite heart and may the God of mercy grant us pardon for our worldly and selfish desire to dress contrary to the glory of God. If you haven´t honestly and earnestly sought God in how He would have you dress, then I urge you dear sisters to do so now! Ipray God gives you the grace to walk and dress as befits a child of the King. In so doing, you are considering your brother, loving your neighbor and honoring your God.



And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. II John 1:5



By the grace of Him Who saved me, may I seek to give Him honor and glory in all that I do…and yes, all that I wear. "Take my will and make it Thine – It shall be no longer mine!"


Blessings, ♥T

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Happenings

 Saturday, April 16, 2011

This last month has been quite, well boring actually :) We haven't done much. Our school is going OK. I think we've finally gotten everything worked out. Hopefully! I've been sick, again. Sinus infections, ear infection, seasonal asthma and allergies. Wiped out is putting it lightly. I finally went to the Dr, it just wasn't going away. So I'm slowly feeling better now. Somehow I am REALLY backed up on laundry. Although I always have a ton of laundry to do, I usually am not backed up like this. Not really sure how it happened either. So I've been slowly chipping away on it every day.

James put up shelves in what is supposed to be the kids play room. I had intended to organize in there this weekend, but it's just not working out that way. But this week sometime I will be getting to it.

The kids have been playing outside, riding bikes and having a great time in all this warm weather we've been having. We have baby chicks, baby ducks, and bunnies! The kids love it! We also have geese now too! We ended up having to get rid of the donkeys. They wouldn't stay on our property and were kicking our neighbors calves. Somehow they figured out how to go through an electric fence! Still have the goats minus 3 we sold today. We aren't selling all of them, but are shrinking our herd a bit. Kathleen thinks Kessie is her baby, carries her all over the place. Don't think that'll last long though since Kessie is getting quite big!

My kids are so sweet. The girls were doing the dishes today and singing. It was so awesome and I wanted to film it, but the batteries died just as I started to!!! :( I was so sad. Emily said to me the other day "Mommy I love you! You're so clever. You're so smart at making dinner. You're pretty too!" LOL...(spaghetti is what I was making!) The girls were all shocked the other day too. I had cut my foot on something (couldn't find what) and had put it in the sink to clean it. They were all "WOW, mom you're so flexible! How are you doing that?!" LOL...I used to be called Gumbi growing up when I was in gymnastics. Then last night Makenzie says to me that I can't ride a bike...cause I'm too OLD!!! Can you believe it?! I'm NOT OLD! :D Silly girl! I love my kids! They make me laugh, they make me happy, they make my heart feel like it's going to burst!

I'm going to be finishing up a few more loads of laundry today and getting ready for church in the morning. I'm also going to start writing down all the things I want to do every day, every week, every month. I really want to get us back on a schedule. I think things just go so much smoother that way. In a large family things can get chaotic so quickly without one. I'm hoping to stop at the Dollar store tomorrow and get some poster board to use for our schedule. I'll have to get 2 to have enough room for us all though! LOL

I am reading through the Bible in 90 days. It's going good. I'm a couple days behind, but will catch up today and tomorrow. There are so many interesting things in there! Like did you know that Balaams donkey was a girl? Some of the"laws" are funny too. Or this Leviticus 15:33 And of her that is sick of her flowers... Or this Job 5:2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the SILLY one. And this Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God WINKED at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:...I just find stuff like this so funny! God definitely has a sense of humor!

Blessings, ♥T

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