"....Your children shall be like olive plants all around your table." Psalm 128:3

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sad Commentary on the Total Depravity of Our Society

I read this article last week and wanted to share it, but I didn't have time to post it. 


‘Kill Your Baby for Free’ Day Sees Dozens Slaughtered

free abortions
"Dozens of babies were literally massacred in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday in what area pro-lifers will remember as "free baby-killing day."
Scores of pregnant young women—probably scared, anxious or resentful—lined up at the Orlando Women’s Center to take the abortion clinic up on its offer to brutally murder their pre-born babies—free of charge.

In a sickening marketing display that treats murder like a two-for-one special at McDonald’s, the pregnant women were only responsible to pay for a $150 state-required sonogram. That’s less than half the price of a regular abortion. It seems it was an offer too good for many scared, young pregnant and cash-strapped girls to refuse.

Emily Sarmiento, co-founder of the Orlando House of Prayer, sent me an email Tuesday afternoon reporting there were 40 to 50 women at the clinic waiting for abortions by pill. Lord, have mercy!
This abortion center was offering the equivalent to drive-thru abortions. The website says, “Time constraints? Have only two hours to be in the office? Make private appointment for consultation with Dr. Pendergraft … VIP and exclusive private appointments available …  immediate appointments available.”

This is so sickening I’m almost at a loss for words. Pregnant young women who are considering abortion are already under immense pressure. This Orlando abortion clinic tapped into that pressure with a promise to do a rush job that leaves them little time to reconsider their decision. VIP and exclusive private appointments relegate abortion to box seats at an NBA game. What's next? BOGO abortions?

And this Pedergraft … he’s known widely for late-term abortions, surgically murdering pre-born babies up to 24 weeks old. The abortion clinic’s website boasts that women were traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles to an abortionist to kill their 24-week old baby until he opened multiple centers in Florida.
Prayer does work. Sarmiento sent me another email late last night, reporting some success from the efforts of sidewalk counselor John Barros and the outpouring of prayer that went forth throughout the day.
“John Barros preached the Word with the Spirit's power, calling the 80 aborting moms and dads to listen to the voice of God in their conscience and get out of there,” Sarmiento said.
“Keishley came out of the door of the killing place with a smile on her face and announced in front of the crowd: ‘I heard His voice, John. I heard that voice.’ John sent Keishley over to a pregnancy center. And another couple left, saying, ‘We're not doing this’.”
Of course, it’s always joyous to see babies saved from abortion, but Sarmiento reports that Barros was alone and has never seen so many infants slaughtered. She asks that we pray for him as he will be back there today.

Today is late-term killing day.

I urge you to pray. Pray not just for the abortionist, but pray for the women considering abortion. Pray for them to get a revelation of the precious life they carry within. And pray that the women who have had abortions would come to the knowledge of the saving grace of Christ, which rids them of the guilt and shame of abortion. Just pray. And don't stop praying. Amen."

Jennifer LeClaire is news editor at Charisma. She is also the author of several books, including Did the Spirit of God Say That? You can email Jennifer at  jennifer.leclaire@charismamedia.com or visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

How very sad, my friends. But abortion isn't just about killing precious little babies. It is the direct result of a  sexually promiscuous society. We need to be teaching our young people to save themselves for marriage...and then the murder mills will go out of business, and the "American Holocaust" will come to an end.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Chewy Oatmeal Bars

This one my children's favorite breakfast treats.

Chewy Oatmeal Bars

2  1/4 c. quick oats
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. vanilla extract
5 T. butter (at room temp.)
1/4 c. raw honey
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. raisins, nuts, or chopped fruit (or sometimes I add 1/2 c. chocolate chips as a special treat)

Preheat oven to 325*.
Lightly coat and 8x8" pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Stir til well blended.

Press mixture firmly into pan.

Bake for 18 - 22 minutes.

Cool 10 minutes, then cut into bars.

Let  the bars cool completely in the pan before serving.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wordless Wednesday {sort of}

Here's what it looks like at our house after a trip to the library...


"The most common and monstrous defect in the education of the day
is that children fail to acquire the habit of reading. "
~ Charlotte Mason

Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Our Falconhurst

Hi friends,

One of our favorite read alouds from last year was the Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss. My children loved this book!

I read the unabridged version and it took some time to make our way through the book, but it was worth it.

And hearing about the awesome tree house ( named Falconhurst) that's mentioned in the book  made the children want one of their own. They mentioned it to their dad and the planning began.

Thankfully, we have a small patch of woods on our property, and in that patch of woods is the perfect sycamore tree for tree house.

My boys helped their dad every evening after he got home from work. It took several weeks to build it, and the best part is that it cost very little because my hubby's boss gave him most of the lumber that was left over from jobs; lumber that would have eventually ended up getting thrown away.

Here are some photos of the whole process...

Building the deck of the tree house..

The "bridge" that leads from the platform of the rope swing (pictured below) ...

Hubby put in this 40-ft. rope swing a few years ago...

The kids like to do this trick and give me a heart attack lol..

Ok, back to the tree house..the decking for the bridge leading to the tree house..

All of the supporting posts were cedars taken from our woods. Hubby wanted to give it a rustic look. :)

Handrails on the bridge...

 More of the rustic look....pickets are made of cedar branches.  :)

Bridge to the tree house is finished..

Deck of the tree house. I love the way hubby built it around the trees. And this fall, it will be carpeted with red oak leaves and yellow sycamore leaves.  :)

To get down from the tree house, my hubby cut the top off a dead cedar tree and attached it to the tree house as a ladder..

Next, he decided that we needed a crow's nest. But from the tree house to crow's nest (14 feet high), we needed another bridge..

Looking up at the crow's nest from the ground...

Now for handrails and pickets..

The bridge and crow's nest are finished!

Looking up at the finished product..

 And last, but certainly not least, hubby wanted a spot for us to sit and watch the children play. So he used cedar to posts to hang this swing on. This swing is very special to us. It's the porch swing that belonged to my beloved father-in-law. He used to love to watch the children play when he came to visit. Now we sit and watch them on his swing.

So there you have it  - our very own Falconhurst. I need to be careful about what I read to my children. You just never know what they're going to ask for.  ;)

Thanks for reading, friends. Hope you have a blessed week!

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Homemaker Beatitudes

Blessed is she whose daily tasks are a work of love; for her willing hands and happy heart transform duty into joyous service to all her family and God.
Blessed is she who opens the door to welcome both stranger and well-loved friends; for gracious hospitality is a test of brotherly love.
Blessed is she who mends both stockings and broken toys and broken hearts; for her understanding is a balm to her husband and children.
Blessed is she who scours and scrubs; for well she knows that cleanliness is one expression of godliness.
Blessed is she whom children love; for the love of a child is of greater value than fortune or fame.
Blessed is she who sings in her work; for music lightens the heaviest load and brightens the dullest chore.
Blessed is she who dusts away doubt and fear and sweeps all the cobwebs of confusion;  for her faith will triumph over all adversity.
Blessed is she who serves laughter and smiles with every meal;  for her cheerfulness is an aid to mental and physical digestion.
Blessed is she who introduces Jesus Christ to her children;  for Godly sons and daughters shall be her reward.
Blessed is she who preserves the sacredness of the Christian home;  for hers is a divine trust that crowns her with dignity.

by Ella May Miller

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Patriot's Day 2012

In memory of all the lives that were lost 11 years ago.....

In memory of our fallen heroes since then...

And for the heroes who are still fighting...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

New Life Update {Guest Post}

My 10 year old son volunteered to do this post.  :)

Since my brother's post about starting our chicken-selling business we have hatched more baby chicks - 3 to be exact.

And we have our first customer (and possibly a second one), who bought 3 chickens from our first flock. We had a hard time deciding which ones to sell because we loved all of them. But when our 2nd flock hatched, it was a little easier to sell the older ones since we had 3 more to take their place.  :)

Here is a photo of our first flock on bug patrol in Mom's flower garden...

And here are some photos of our second flock..

Mom has claimed this one for herself and named her Gwynevere.

And as of last night, one of our hens is  in the hatching coop setting on another clutch of eggs. Hopefully we'll have another flock of babies in 3 weeks.

We have decided that even if we don't  have a booming business, it sure is fun and educational to watch the baby chicks hatch and grow.  :)

~ Asher

Friday, September 7, 2012

I Never Thought I'd See the Day.....

Hi friends,

Well, our first 2 weeks of Ambleside are over and what a wonderful 2 weeks it has been!
The children have gotten up each and every morning eager to get started, and oh, how that has blessed my heart.

I never thought I'd see the day when my children don't want to miss a day ofschool for a holiday.

I mean, what more can a home school mom ask for than hearing her children gripe and complain because we didn't have school on Labor Day?!

I love that!

 But instead of writing about it, I thought I would show you what we've been up to for the past 2 weeks...

Nature journals...

Handicrafts: crocheting and wood carving....

Math lesson...

Reading a book on the Kindle...

Narrations: written....

and oral.

Musical instrument practice...

Picture study...

Studying dictation...

A hands-on reptile demo, courtesy of Ian's pet black rat snake...

Yes! Our children love Shakespeare! *gasp*  ;)

A peek at some of our books. The rest are on my Kindle or on the Ambleside website.

We spent lots of time outside since our lessons are short and we finish earlier.

Playing basketball..

Riding dirtbikes...

Playing badminton...

Looking for specimens...

for Natty's butterfly collection.

Fun on the zipline...

We spotted a garden spider in the flower bed.

And Aaron decided to hold her (he loves arachnids!).

Playing with the baby chicks..

We look forward to many more years of learning with Ambleside.

And Asher told me yesterday, " Mom, do we have to take a break next summer?? I want to do Ambleside year-round!"

Ahhh...that's music to this home school mama's ears.  :)

Have a blessed week-end, my friends.  :)

"You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk  of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up."
 Deuteronomy 6:7