Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Scott Brown director of the NCFIC is hosting it in May.Here is Scott’s description of the conference:
“On May 9-10 we are having a really unusual conference for the reformation of family life. It is called, “A Puritan Family Reformation,” which seeks to document the biblical doctrine of the family as the Puritans understood it and to put it into practice in our times. It will be a very practical conference for the reforming of marriage, child raising and the relationship between the family and the church.”
God’s word tells us in Malachi 4 that Reformation is preceded by a renewal of interest by fathers in their children’s hearts. The reformers knew the importance of family worship for the spiritual health of a nation. This is why they wrote their “Directory of Family Worship” as part of the Westminster Standards.
I believe we are truly living in a generation that has arisen and does not know the Lord or the things he has done for his people, in the past, much less the ways in which our spiritual fathers sought to honor God and train their children serve him in fear.
From the conference website:
When the protestant reformation swept Europe, everything changed. The doctrine of the sufficiency of scripture, which lay at the root of the reformation, caused transformations in every area of life. Not only was there a return to the biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone, but the biblical doctrine of the family was also recovered. There was a profound reformation of family life during the protestant reformation. Then the successors of the reformers, the puritans, took the foundation that was laid and built upon it. They expanded on their predecessors’ understanding of family life. They put doctrine into practice in church and home. And, they published many powerful treatises on the biblical doctrine of the family. Family life was reforming according to scripture. But something tragic happened. Many forces rose up to wage war against the family and instead of standing on the shoulders of the puritans and building further, the next generation fell to the ground, and the biblical doctrine of the family was largely lost…
This conference seeks to change that.
The “Puritan Family Reformation Conference” website is here
Scott Brown’s Blog.
Hope they have conference cds available afterwards!
Monday, April 28, 2008
3 cups boiling water
4 1/2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp Freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 pkg powdered pectin
Pull the yellow blossoms from the green parts. Get lots and lots of blossoms. Make sure there are no green parts since they have a bitter flavor. More blossoms mean more flavor for the jelly. Bring the water to a boil and fill the water with dandelion blossom shreds. Simmer over very gentle heat about 10 minutes. Pour the water and blossoms through a strainer. Press the blossoms as dry as possible to extract the maximum amount of water. Add more water to make up 3 cups. You lose some water because it is caught in the blossoms. Strain the water very well. Combine water with lemon juice, sugar and pectin. Bring to roiling boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Boil hard for one minute. Skim. Pour into hot jars and seal.
So I am in the yard and hear quite a commotion in the hen house. The hens are squawking and I hear them flappin' all around so I go over to see what could be causing all the commotion. Surely, there is some predator in there. Here is what I saw coming out of the hen house:
Just being The Boy!
Surely, these are not MY children! My dad would be so proud of them!
Friday, April 25, 2008
My Mother's Day present came early this year (actually I wasn't expecting one at all as there is really nothing I NEED, but I was hoping for a dishwasher!). EVEN BETTER: A 18 month old Brown Swiss - Jersey cow. She is fabulous, especially considering this is her first time to be milked. Right now she is still giving colostrum as she 5 days fresh, but we are hoping for that milk soon! We (especially me!) are so excited: milk, cream, cheese, yougart, ice cream. Yeehaw!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Child (ever so carefree): To cover the fang marks.
Mom: What fang marks?
Child: From the snake that bit me today. Don't worry, it was Friend of Jack, not the other one.
Did I mention that I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY do not like snakes?
Saturday, April 19, 2008
The smallest birds were two handers for some.
Chicken foot soup, anyone?
Ready for next time!
Some comments from the eviserating table (heads already removed at this point):
- Will the feathers grow back?
- Will they still lay eggs?
- Why do we have to kill them before we eat them?
- Can I taste it now?
- That has got to be the grossest thing I have ever witnessed.
Dressed weight is about 6 pounds per bird. The breasts alone are just under a pound each.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Lamb (coming out of barn): MOM, MY SIBLING (names withheld to protect the guilty).....uh....what are y'all doing?
Sheep (trying to supress laughter): Practicing.
Lamb returns to barn and all lambs are unusually well-behaved for the rest of the day.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Child: There is something up my nose.
Mom: It's your finger.
Child: No, something else.
Mom: Is a booger?
Mom: Is it alive?
Child: No, it's scratchy.
Mom (after peering into the orifice and not seeing anything unusual): Well, blow out.
Child inevitably sucks in instead of blowing.
Mom: No, blow out.
Child sucks in again, and again, and again.
Mom: It will come out eventually.
Child sneezes, nothing.
Child sneezes again, this time a 1 inch square of green plant material (can you say mullein?) zooms out of nose.
Mom: Did you put that up your nose?
Mom (trying to suppress laughter): Well, don't do that again, that's not how it works.