Saturday, May 31, 2008

Protection

Don't you love how Almighty God protects us when we do not even realize that we need His protection? Ok, Mom, you can just skip to the next post! It was not a black snake. I was talking with the Outdoor Expert. He informed me that black snakes do not have triangular heads, nor fangs, nor are the insides of the mouth white, they are pink. It was a cotton mouth, a water moccasin, a VIPER! Yes, I have seen them before in Texas, and this vile creature was much darker than the ones down there. Oh, thank you Lord for your everlasting mercy!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Flower Child


Bike Riding and the Gospel

It was a beautiful spring day with blue skies and a light cool breeze blowing. A beautiful young maiden was out on the hills riding her bike. As with slopes, the downhill can be quite fast and with dirt roads, quite bumpy. She lost control and tumbled over the handlebars a few times. Getting up a little dazed, she started walking home. After an uphill climb hill, she realized that she had gone in the opposite direction of home. She was quite upset with herself on several fronts, the loss of control, the torn dress (a favorite), the bloody face, arms, and knee. Her younger sister saw her and raced to get help. When help arrived, Mary Magdalene was the image seen. A beautiful young woman, long hair blowing in the breeze, torn dress, blood and tears running down her face, arms, and legs and lostness in her eyes. The parent picked up the broken child, nursed her wounds and comforted her soul.

I share this with you as a parable of our lives. How often do we encounter trials and tribulations called hills? How often do we spin out of control as we fail to lean on our mighty God and put our trust in Him, depending on our own strength and wisdom? We try to put the pieces back together and realize we are bruised and bloody and have been going in the wrong direction as we have left God out. How the Father waits for us to turn to Him and how He nourishs us and heals us. We may have battle scars, but may they serve as reminders of God's grace and mercy to us.

Summer School

One of the top 5 questions we get as homeschoolers is: Do you school in the summer? As you can see from Biology class, we do school in the summer. They are checking out the inside of a black snake. I took the pic, then I was outta there!

The vile creature was found trying to scale the house following the sound of baby swallows. The Ram whacked him with the hoe and deciding that wasn't enough, I proceeded to remove the head. A lamb will be presenting this offering to a special someone this evening.


In Physical Education class, someone just learned to ride sans training wheels!

Learning is a lifestyle, not something you are ever finished with, praise God!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Thinking God's Thoughts

"We are more fond of our own thoughts than the thoughts of the Bible." - NO RUSTY SWORDS
The thoughts expressed in the Bible are never simply noble. They are also disturbing. They tell us about a holy God and an unrighteous people, a way of life and a way of death, and a way of servanthood instead of a life of selfishness. These thoughts are not there simply to inform us, but more particularly to challenge us to live a life of dedication to the God of whom the Bible speaks. Living the thoughts of the Bible will put us out of step with the values of the world, but it will invest us in the world as salt and light.
We may think we are doing the right thing, but the LORD always knows what is in our hearts. - Proverbs 21:2
As our church asks God for revival this week, this devotion from Dietrich Bonhoeffer is encouraging and challenging at the same time. Do I really want God's thoughts to be my own? They are challenging and will set us apart in this world. They will transform your life. PRAISE GOD for that! If I have not been changed by the gospel message, I have not actually heard and received the gospel message. If my life looks the same as those around me in the world, I am not following the Holy and Most-High God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Change me, oh Lord, make my thoughts your thoughts, Show me my unrighteousness and sin that I may turn from it and to You.
We are truly blessed to have the Moore family bringing us God's Word this week in message and in song. God's prophets and messengers will be among us and we will delight in His presence. If possible, do not miss this time of annointing! You will be transformed if you allow God His work in your life.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Wedding Cake #2

It was a beautiful wedding, despite the leaning cake!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Introductions

Introducing The Boy to milking. I finally got her in the barn!
Max, great pyrenees, hoping he will fulfill his calling of Livestock Guardian Dog
Bob, sacrificial rooster. Bought because I want guineas, for tick control and serpent alert. Miciah like to eat chickens. We were anticipating him killing the roosters as we left them free in the pasture. Then, I could tie the rotting body around his neck. I know, morbid, but it is supposed to cure them from getting your chickens. We had Bob's sidekick Larry, but he was owl dinner one night. So lonely Bob got moved in with the 22 hens. Life is good for Bob.
Chester (as in chestnut brown) and Sucker (as in, boy he sucks that bottle hard).
Why? Well, as the youngest lamb tells them, "We gonna eat you!"
you already know who this is!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Challies.com Giveaway

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Ok, I enjoy theological discussions, talks, books, etc. I would rather listen to a good sermon than watch anything on tv. Challies has a great giveaway this month. Just click the box to enter!


May Giveaway

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Here are the prizes for this month's giveaway:

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Peonies


The sweetest gifts are those unexpected and from the heart. Our kind neighbor delivered a lovely bouquet of peonies today. Oh that smell-o-vision was enabled on the web!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Cow Games

She likes to play. All goes well while milking, as long as she has grain to munch on. After she runs out of grain, the games start.
  1. "How Many Times I Can Make You Jump When I Switch You In The Face With My Tail"
  2. "Let's See If I Can Rub On You Hard Enough To Knock You Down"
  3. "Let's See How Many Times I Can Go Potty"
  4. "Let's See If I Can Position My 800 Pound Body So You Will Be Kneeling, Squatting, or Sitting In The Results Of The Previous Game."
  5. Mind you, all these games are played simultaneouly with "Let's See How Many Times I Can Move Around and Make You Move That Bucket, Especially When You Just Get Comfortable."

I am not the only one reluctant to go back into the barn after the serpent sighting. Yes, milking would be easier in the stantion, but so far, I have not been able to push, pull, shove or bribe her back in there. At least rain isn't forecasted this week!

One of our favorite children's book illustrators is Steven Kellog. Apparantly, Belle has read some of his stuff. She has only kicked me twice. Once was in the pen when we first met. She was pretty upset at the time as she had been chased by dog, old man and 4-wheeler for close to an hour. Now here I was following her around the pen until she stood still and started rubbing on her. I probably would have kicked me too! The second time was last week when we were walking together to the milking station. I really think it was an accident and she was actually jumping for joy as Clorinda does:



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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Saturday

collecting Plantain for a tincture
sampling some fresh herbs in the yard soapmaking, this one is oatmeal and honey

artisan bread baking


shucks, the memory card in the camera went kaput so you will not get to see the pics of wild strawberry pickin', cheese making, or experiments in rock candy. maybe another day...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Monday, May 12, 2008

I REALY Don't Like These

The Ram built a very sturdy stanchion for Belle on Saturday and it was a pleasure to use it Saturday evening and Sunday. As I was about to enter the barn this morning, one of these evil creatures was slithering half way up the door with the rest of it's body still coming from underneath the outside stall area. I tried slamming the door on the beast, but it did not work, it just slithered into the barn. Where is that hoe? Oh yeah, out by the garden. At least I know that my hollerings will bring The Ram out of the house to see what is going on. However, by the time he strolled out there, the serpent could not be found in the barn. Needless to say, milking was done in the field today. I REALY don't like these things.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Walkin' in the Woods


In Honor of Farmer Brown

We like works by children's author Doreen Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin. So in honor of Duck in Duck for President, here is our "first page":

Running a farm is very hard work.

At the end of each day Farmer Barcak is covered from head to toes in hay, cow hair, seeds, sprouts, feathers, milk, filth, mud, muck and tea stains.

She doesn't smell very good either.

Lamb: What is that smell?
Ewe: What does it smell like?
Lamb: Cow and cow stuff.
Ewe: Oh, that's just me. (after milking the stubborn cow who did not want to come into the nice cozy barn to be milked but instead would rather be out in the rain, mud, muck, and well, cow stuff.)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Humility

Jonathan Edwards descriptions of humility when he wrote to Mrs. Peperell on November 28, 1751, concerning Christ:

  • He is indeed possessed of infinite majesty, to inspire us with reverence an adoration; yet that majesty need not terrify us, for we behold it blended with humility, meekness, and sweet condescension. We may feel the most profound reverence and self-abasement, and yet our hearts be drawn forth sweetly and powerfully into an intimacy the most free, confidential, and delightful. The dread, so naturally inspired by his greatness, is dispelled by the contemplation of his gentleness and humility; while the familiarity, which might otherwise arise from this view of the loveliness of his character merely, is ever prevented by the consciousness of his infinite majesty and glory; and the sight of all his perfections united fills us with sweet surprise and humble confidence, with reverential love and delightful adoration. (Works, Vol. 1 (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth), p. cxxxix)

Someone is a Genius

I read about this idea recently and decided to give it a try. I made a pancake batter, then poured it into a jelly roll pan. Here is the pancake recipe:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
dash of cinnamon
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2-3 Tbsp melted butter

Mix. Bake 350 for 8 minutes. I placed chocolate chips onto the pancake batter once in the pan

It takes pancake breakfast from about 1 hour for everyone to have their pancakes ( cooked in singles on stovetop) to 10 minutes. Brilliant!

Tough Questions To Ask Your Friends

What would lead any sane person to take part in such an activity? The truth is that godly friends ask tough questions. Hebrews 3:13 says, "But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Godly friends exhort one another to pursue godliness. They ask tough, awkward, probing questions that dig deep into the heart and expose sinful desires. Truly godly friends aren’t afraid to get down and dirty.

Why do godly friends exhort each other and ask tough questions about your struggles with sin? Because they care and they don’t want you to be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Sin is deceitful, and many times we fail to see our sin accurately. For example, I recently confessed to that I had been struggling with worry (our house down in Texas still has not sold). My friend was able to show me that I was failing to trust God, and I was being self-sufficient. This exhortation helped me to see my sin as it truly was. Godly friends help each other see their sin accurately by asking tough questions. Are you a godly friend? Do you ask your friends about their struggles with sin? Do you exhort them towards godliness? On the flip side, do you invite your friends to ask you the awkward questions? Be a godly friend and ask the tough questions. The questions aren’t one-sided. You should be inviting your friends to ask these same questions of you. Here are some examples:

Have you been consistently pursuing the Lord through scripture reading and prayer?
I want to see my friends are faithfully pursuing the Lord. If there is a deficiency in reading scripture and prayer, there will be a deficiency in their relationship with the Lord.

Have you diligently pursued your wife/husband this week?
This questions applies to married folks only. Our relationship with our spouse is our second most important relationship after the Lord. If I’m not diligently investing in my relationship with my spouse, there’s a problem.

Have you seen any persistent patterns of sin in your life recently?
Sin usually isn’t an isolated event. The same sin usually occurs multiple times in different contexts. It’s crucial that we help each other identify patterns of sin.

Last week you confessed struggling with [insert sin]. Have you taken steps to fight it this week?
It’s not enough to just confess sin. We want to help each other actively fight against the sin that we confess.

When you gave into [insert sin], what were you believing about God in that moment? What were you believing about yourself?
Sin is the result of believing lies about God and about ourselves. We sin in worry because we believe that God isn’t taking care of us. We sin in lust because we believe that it will satisfy us more than God. We sin in anger because we feel that our “rights” have been violated. Sin is the result of believing lies.

What is the truth that you need to believe in this situation?
We fight against the lies of sin by believing scriptural truth. We must help each other see how scripture applies to every area of our lives.

When you had the conflict with [insert person], what were you craving at that moment?
Scripture tells that conflict is the result of cravings. James 4:1-2 says, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel.” Cravings underlie conflict.

Hopefully these questions get you going in the right direction. Let there be awkward questions!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Mowing the Lawn Has Never Been So Much Fun
















My First Wedding Cake


First cake I have made for a wedding. If I do the design in the future, I think I will use less icing color (didn't realize they were so potent!) so it is more of a pastel instead of so bright..