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A good day!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

We met our goal!


Thanks to the generosity of several donors and the generous tripling of donations from another donor, WE MET OUR GOAL! We are so excited for this mission trip to Venezuela!

Even in my weakness, these are exciting times for me. I look forward to learning more about the culture, being part of a team that is serving Him, helping with building a place to worship, being a witness for Christ, and seeing another part of the world that God created.

The joy that this brings me helps me forget how much pain I'm in, how weak I am, etc. :) I will do what God ables me to do and do it with joy in my heart!  Hurry up October! :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Trouble teaches...


"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Ps. 46:1).

The question often comes, "Why didn't He help me sooner?" It is not His order. He must first adjust you to the trouble and cause you to learn your lesson from it. His promise is, "I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him." He must be with you in the trouble first all day and all night. Then He will take you out of it. This will not come till you have stopped being restless and fretful about it and become calm and quiet. Then He will say, "It is enough."

God uses trouble to teach His children precious lessons. They are intended to educate us. When their good work is done, a glorious recompense will come to us through them. There is a sweet joy and a real value in them. He does not regard them as difficulties but as opportunities.
--Selected.

Not always OUT of our troublous times,
And the struggles fierce and grim,
But IN--deeper IN--to our one sure rest,
The place of our peace, in Him.
--Annie Johnson Flint

We once heard a simple old colored man say something that we have never forgotten: "When God tests you, it is a good time for you to test Him by putting His promises to the proof, and claiming from Him just as much as your trials have rendered necessary."

There are two ways of getting out of a trial. One is to simply try to get rid of the trial, and be thankful when it is over. The other is to recognize the trial as a challenge from God to claim a larger blessing than we have ever had, and to hail it with delight as an opportunity of obtaining a larger measure of Divine grace. Thus even the adversary becomes an auxiliary, and the things that seem to be against us turn out to be for the furtherance of our way. Surely, this is to be more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
--A. B. Simpson
~Streams in the Desert

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Love, anniversaries, and Venezuela...


Hmmmmm....what do all those things have in common? Vow renewal! My husband doesn't know it yet (don't worry, he NEVER reads my blog lol) but we will be renewing our vows in Venezuela for our 15th wedding anniversary in October. Our anniversary is October 19th. I wanted to surprise him with this as he would never expect me to do something like this.  We have come very far in our marriage and I am so blessed to be married to such a wonderful man. A man who has grown so much closer to God in the past few years, even the past few months.

I wanted to celebrate our love by renewing our vows and rededicating our marriage to God. What a blessing to do it while we are serving Him in Venezuela. We are so blessed to have one of our best friends to the honor. I called our friend who happens to be the pastor that is taking us on the mission trip to Venezuela and asked if he would do the ceremony for us. He said yes. :) We get to renew our vows in front of our friends on the mission field and I'm excited that they get to be a part of it (even if my husband won't know until it happens) :)

We never know how much time we have on this earth. I want to make the most of whatever time we have together working toward the same goal, winning the lost and disciplining the winners. In sickness and in health....


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gearing up...


It's that time of year again. :) We are gearing up to start back homeschooling on Sept 6th. I'm pretty excited about this year. It's our 9th yr homeschooling and Hunter will be in the 8th grade. My how time flies!

My husband will be more involved this year, which excites me. Because of my declining health at this time, he has stepped up to help me with lesson plans and other ideas to implement. He will be doing wood working with him and helping me with experiments.

I love how flexible we can be with homeschooling. He can visit the widow up the road in the middle of the day and help her with things around her house, we can take vacation whenever everyone else is in school, and are free to go on mission trips without disrupting school. :)

I am thankful for a husband who cares deeply about us and is willing to take time and help us keep going with schooling during this difficult time of my health. On that note, I have been resting quite a bit this week so far (hard for me to do) and I'm feeling a bit better today. :)

Hope you all have a great week. :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Needed prayers...

My health is declining and I will soon need to make a decision whether or not to start treatment or continue without it. Treatment consists of a small dose of chemo to suppress my immune system and it makes me feel yucky most days. No treatment will probably mean a declination in progress, continued progression of weakness (diff to hold phone up, swallow, sit up at times, etc), muscle atrophy, and fatigue.
I am functioning ok right now, but I am extremely weak and tired. Normally, I would be admitted to the hospital for a treatment, but I cannot tolerate them anymore. I have adverse reactions and have previously lost my sight, had heart issues, etc with them.
I need prayers for wisdom of what God would like me to do. I go back to the doc on Sept 2nd and have another test to see if I have another muscle disease. I would like to be prayed up to be able to tell him what my choice is.
I know He has given me strength enough to go to Venezuela and I am looking forward to serving there in any way I can. I can't wait to see what God has in store. :)
I appreciate your prayers in advance.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

What a blessing!


We were given these and many more yesterday from a neighbor at the farmer's market. I was happy to have them. :) Our garden has failed and I have failed in keeping up with it...

My husband took these and some peppers and onions and turned it into salsa.  A whole huge stock pot of it! We will freeze that and be able to enjoy it over the winter.

I hope you all have enjoyed your weekend. :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Dreams...

There are two different kinds of dreams. One is when you sleep and the Lord allows "movies" to play in your mind. You sometimes get to see people you haven't seen in a while, or watch your life play out, or enjoy an evening by the ocean, or even possibly see things that have not yet occurred, but will. I dream a lot. Last night I dreamed of my "dad" and he picked us up to go to dinner. He said he missed us and wanted to see how we were doing. He drove, my husband sat in the passenger seat, and Hunter and I sat in the back. It was nice actually. As he drove, he told me how proud he was of me and he was sorry he couldn't tell me. He said he loved me and wanted me to keep seeking the Lord and what He wanted me to do in this life. I'm sure he talked to my husband and son, but in the dream, I only heard what was spoken to me. After supper, he gave me a giant hug that I could still feel when I woke up. :) I'm sure I dreamed this because I've been missing him. But, I also believe I dreamed this because I need to be praying for him. You see, whenever I dream about anybody at all, it is my cue to pray. Sometimes it doesn't even matter what the dream was about, it is about the people in it. So whomever is in my dreams, I pray for them. So I prayed for my "dad."

Other dreams are what I call aspirations. I talked a bit about this in a previous post. I have lots of dreams. I dream of one day traveling to different lands and being a witness for Christ. I dream of living a very simple life when my son moves out and has his own life. Like getting a motorhome and living in that and just moving from place to place seeing this country. My husband would work odd jobs in whatever town we stopped in so we could have groceries and gas, etc and moving to the next town. :) (that one will probably stay a dream lol) But, seriously, I do dream of being a missionary, either permanently or part-time where we go somewhere once or twice a year.  I also dream of one day having a whole day without pain. Hey, I can dream, right. ;) I don't want to sound like I'm complaining, I'm not. Just dreaming...I'm not one to complain about the pain I go through everyday. Instead, I push through it on a daily basis. My family knows how much it hurts just by my eyes, no need to speak a word. :) Those are just some of the dreams I have. :)

I am thankful for both kinds of dreams. In one, I can see and hug loved ones that I wouldn't normally be able to. I can sit and talk with them and share things going on in my life and get that in return. In the other, I can picture what God could do with my life. 

How 'bout you all? Do you have dreams of either kind?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My thoughts for today...

What are your aspirations in life? Is there any point to it? Do you get up, go to work, come home, eat, go to bed and do it all again the next day? Seems pretty empty. We should be reaching for more. But, not just anything more...more of Jesus. Making a difference for Christ is never empty or pointless. It is something to be sought after. Our life should not be about us...but about Him. Ecclesiastes talks about life without Christ is futile and a chasing after the wind...meaningless. God has put a fire in me that is burning so hot I can hardly stand it. He is working in me in ways I can't articulate. I want to GO and DO for Him. I want to make a difference in this world in His name. I can't tell you how EXCITED I am about Venezuela. Getting to serve there brings me so much JOY. I can hardly keep still. I'm fidgety even. I look forward to what God is going to do there and in me. I am so thankful to have a husband who lives for the Lord and is just as excited as I am. It's is such a blessing to do life together and head in the same direction...the cross.
I know there are MANY distractions in this world...finances, food, health, etc, but in the end all of that doesn't matter. What matters is what we did for God. How did we live our life for Him? Did we sit and fret over money, food, pine away over our health, etc. or did we give that over to God, move on and live our life according to His will?
I am in no way perfect. I have several issues that God is dealing with me on and I'm thankful for it! He doesn't leave us where we are, but guides us further on...Builds us up stronger so that we can withstand the trials of this world.
I will seek Him, live for Him, work for Him, encourage for Him, teach for Him, love for Him regardless of the incurable illnesses He has allowed me to have. After all, He is the One who created me and knows my limitations. I will keep going until He stops me. :) Don't let hard times stand in the way of your work for Him. He will make a way...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Backward Porn Addiction: When women draw attention to themselves...

I thank you in advance for reading this long post. It comes from Rick Thomas from Counseling Solutions. It is worth the read.
I think most of us understand what a porn addiction is.
It is typically understood to be when a man seeks to lust after a woman.
But what about a Backward Porn Addiction? What is that?
Frankly, I had never heard the term before, though I am very familiar with the concept.
I was caring for some friends recently when the wife began to talk about her struggles with what she called a Backward Porn Addiction.
I think I was more amazed by her humility than anything else.
She was sharing how she liked to capture the gaze of men.
She has struggled with a life-long battle of insecurity and her method of “feeling better about herself” was to dress and present herself in such a way to draw attention to herself.
Ladies, let me ask you some questions:
  • When you get dressed in the morning do you think about God’s gaze upon you or someone else’s?
  • Do you dress to put God’s name on display or your physicality on display?
  • How does the glory of God impact your thought life when it comes to your appearance?
  • Would your friends or spouse say you are overly-concerned about how you look?
  • Can you go to the store and really not care how you look?
  • Are you free to not wear make-up?
  • Do you secretly compare yourself to other women?
  • What feeds your thinking more:
    • How the culture views beauty?
    • How God views beauty?

Backward Porn Addiction

A Backward Porn Addiction is when a woman, or man for that matter, presents herself in such a way that she draws attention to her appearance. She is not actively pursuing porn, but she is doing it in a backward kind of way.
One of the more seductive problems with this kind of heinous thinking is that she can feel smug or self-righteous in her judgments of a man who aggressively or openly pursues porn. Her addiction is more subtle, thus the reasoning could run along these lines:
Guys are sleazy. They disgust me the way they gawk at women.
While her assessment may be crass but true, do you think dressing provocatively-subtle is more spiritual, biblical, and honoring to God? If so, then you’re a legalist who is hair-splitting. While the two porn addictions are going in different directions, both of them corrupt the soul and rob God of His due glory.
Typically a Backward Porn Addiction manifests itself in two ways:
  1. Women comparing themselves with women
  2. Women competing or craving for the gaze of a man

Checking out the competition

The next time you’re in a place where a woman enters a room and there are other women already in the room, notice how the other women look at the lady who just entered. An insecure woman will look up and down the woman who just walked in. And why does she do this?
I talked to my friend and her husband about this very question, though the answer was self-evident. She said the reason many women do this is so they can compare themselves among themselves.
Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. – 2 Corinthians 10:12 (ESV)
They are “checking out the competition” to see what it is like. Are you without understanding?
She went on to say that she is tempted to see what she has versus what the other woman has and then she would adjust her thinking about herself accordingly.
If she could find a flaw in the other woman, then she would feel better about herself. If the other woman appeared to be “more together” or better looking, or better “built,” then she would feel worse about herself.
This is one of the reasons porn is so devastating to a woman. In her mind, she cannot compete with what her husband is looking at in the cyber world. These “plasti-women” are what our culture grades as the perfect 10. No normal woman could compete with a “cyber woman.”
Adultery, though the competition may not be as “plastic,” still shatter a wife’s world because she knows she has been outed by the competition.
I appreciated my friend’s honest and transparent answer. Most women would not own up to this. It is like a “secret handshake” among the fraternity of women to say what she said.

Capturing the gaze of a man

The second element to a Backward Porn Addiction is a woman’s subtle desire to capture the gaze of a man. This is a deceptive and appealing drug for the insecure woman. She can feel a sense of power if she can make the man look twice. Though she may be disgusted at the thought of adultery, she is flattered by his gaze.
There is a battle of opinions going on here.
Whose opinion drives your clothing choices? God’s opinion of you or another person’s opinion of you? Whose eyes or attention are you trying to attract?
Some women will say they want to feel sexy or look attractive and it is the man’s fault if he looks too long. Yes, it is the man’s fault AND you are naive and deceived. That puts it mildly. Worse case, you are lying.
I know when I am flirting or manipulating a situation. I’m not that detached from my motives. I suspect most women are not as detached from their motives as they may want you to believe.
Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble. – 1 Corinthians 8:13 (ESV)
Let me paraphrase:
Therefore, if [the way I dress] makes my brother stumble, I will never [dress in a way that may capture his attention], lest I make my brother stumble.
Some will argue the point and say, “I could dress in a burlap sack and a man would still lust.” That may be true. However, when the argument goes in that direction then we’re being intellectually dishonest. Yes, lustful men will lust. I get that. The greater question for you is the motive of your heart?
Do you dress in such a way that could capture the gaze of a man? Honestly answer that question. If you are genuinely unsure, then ask someone who has the grace and courage to assess the way you dress. It would be an excellent conversation between a husband and wife. It would be a good conversation between the ladies in your small group.

Looking for male shepherds

  • Dad, how are you shepherding your daughters regarding their temptations toward sensuality?
  • Husband, are you aware who is “hitting on your wife?”
  • Is your wife “eye candy” for others?
  • How are you guarding your wife’s heart and her reputation?
  • Are you culpable in allowing her to flaunt herself before others?
  • Do you know the difference between being culturally relevant and sensually tempting?
Dads and husbands: are you talking to the females in your home about these things? If your wife or daughter(s) struggle with insecurity, then it is a given that they struggle with how they look.
Candy’s parents said she would never go to the mailbox without putting on make-up. They saw this as a positive thing. They were glad that Candy cared about herself.
Sadly, Candy’s parents were not discerning. Candy was controlled by the fear of man and what people thought about her mattered more than anything else. She was an idolator.
Rather than helping her walk through her life-dominating sin pattern, they applauded her desire to be attractive.
Insecurity is bondage. Trying to be beautiful for the insecure person is like giving crack to an addict. They need to be freed from the beauty trap and reacquainted (or acquainted) with the Gospel.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
Not only are we saved by grace, but we are being sanctified by grace too. Our entire salvation, whether we are talking about being saved or sanctified, is a gift from God. There is a reason for this: so God can receive maximum glory for what He did. But for the insecure person there is a “boasting problem” going on.
The insecure person, who is in bondage to the beauty trap, will seek to overcome her problem through her works, her appearance. Let’s suppose that she did overcome–which would be a mirage rather than the real thing–then she could boast about her accomplishments and feel better about herself.
Though she would probably be “discreet” about how she overcame because she is a Christian, she would know that she “solved” her problem through her strength (beauty and physicality) rather than God’s strength. This is deception, legalism, and another Gospel.
It is also spiritual blindness: she will more than likely see her insecurity merely as a battle in her heart. What she won’t understand is that she is in a battle with God. He opposes the proud and insecurity is a manifestation of a proud heart (James 4:6). The insecure person is not controlled by God, but by others.
Imagine having a child who was afraid while under your watchful care. It would be troubling to you because of all you do and have done for your child to provide and take care of her. Though we are imperfect parents, God is not.
Not to be able to apply the power and freedom of the Gospel to every area of your life marginalizes the Gospel. This is a malfunction in the human heart, rather than a reflection of God’s inability to care for us.
The insecure woman, who is grasping for vain beauty in order to feel better about herself, needs to be carefully and skillfully walked through what it means to be “in Christ.” The solution is not complicated, though applying the solution can be a challenge.
  • Husband, does your wife have a “backward porn addiction?”
  • Dad, is your daughter becoming addicted similarly?
If so, I appeal to you to come alongside her in order to care for her soul. Re-examine her relationship with the Savior. Seek to reorient her mind and heart around the truths of the Gospel. Help her to fully enjoy what Christ has provided for her by His cruel death on the cross. He died to set her free.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Joined in God...


"As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing" (2 Cor. 6:10).

Sorrow was beautiful, but her beauty was the beauty of the moonlight shining through the leafy branches of the trees in the wood, and making little pools of silver here and there on the soft green moss below.

When Sorrow sang, her notes were like the low sweet call of the nightingale, and in her eyes was the unexpectant gaze of one who has ceased to look for coming gladness. She could weep in tender sympathy with those who weep, but to rejoice with those who rejoice was unknown to her.

Joy was beautiful, too, but his was the radiant beauty of the summer morning. His eyes still held the glad laughter of childhood, and his hair had the glint of the sunshine's kiss. When Joy sang his voice soared upward as the lark's, and his step was the step of a conqueror who has never known defeat. He could rejoice with all who rejoice, but to weep with those who weep was unknown to him.

"But we can never be united," said Sorrow wistfully.

"No, never." And Joy's eyes shadowed as he spoke. "My path lies through the sunlit meadows, the sweetest roses bloom for my gathering, and the blackbirds and thrushes await my coming to pour forth their most joyous lays."

"My path," said Sorrow, turning slowly away, "leads through the darkening woods, with moon-flowers only shall my hands be filled. Yet the sweetest of all earth-songs--the love song of the night--shall be mine; farewell, Joy, farewell."

Even as she spoke they became conscious of a form standing beside them; dimly seen, but of a Kingly Presence, and a great and holy awe stole over them as they sank on their knees before Him.

"I see Him as the King of Joy," whispered Sorrow, "for on His Head are many crowns, and the nailprints in His hands and feet are the scars of a great victory. Before Him all my sorrow is melting away into deathless love and gladness, and I give myself to Him forever."

"Nay, Sorrow," said Joy softly, "but I see Him as the King of Sorrow, and the crown on His head is a crown of thorns, and the nailprints in His hands and feet are the scars of a great agony. I, too, give myself to Him forever, for sorrow with Him must be sweeter than any joy that I have known."

"Then we are one in Him," they cried in gladness, "for none but He could unite Joy and Sorrow."

Hand in hand they passed out into the world to follow Him through storm and sunshine, in the bleakness of winter cold and the warmth of summer gladness, "as sorrowful yet always rejoicing."

"Should Sorrow lay her hand upon thy shoulder,
And walk with thee in silence on life's way,
While Joy, thy bright companion once, grown colder,
Becomes to thee more distant day by day?
Shrink not from the companionship of Sorrow,
She is the messenger of God to thee;
And thou wilt thank Him in His great tomorrow
For what thou knowest not now, thou then shalt see;
She is God's angel, clad in weeds of night,
With 'whom we walk by faith and not by sight.'

~Streams in the Desert

Saturday, August 13, 2011

What's it look like to be sick?



This is a photo that was taken this morning. I wanted to share it because sometimes people who are dealing with illnesses don't always look "sick." I have Myasthenia Gravis and possibly another underlying muscle disease. I also have Celiac. I don't look too sick though. But inside that body is swirls of pain, tons of weakness, shortness of breath, and periods of choking.

BUT, I don't let that stop me from living my life. I am happy and spiritually healthy! God has done great things in me and I know He will continue to do so. I am blessed to go to Venezuela and do God's work there.  I am SO excited about that!

He has given me the knowledge of how to care for my body despite the diseases that lurk there. I eat all natural, wholesome, healthy, clean (except for the occasional guilty treat :)). I treat my colds, stomach upsets, pain, etc with herbs and not conventional medicine (unless absolutely necessary). God gives me the strength I need to complete each day...no more.  He even gives me little blessings like waves of hello from a loved one.

So even though I don't look sick today (some days I look worse LOL)...I am. Keep in mind that everyone has a story and even though they may look happy, healthy, together, etc...they may not be. Give them grace and friendship and a listening ear. Not all illnesses are physically evident all the time. :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The doc...

I went to my neurologist yesterday. I actually enjoyed the 45 minute drive by myself. The air was cool and traffic was good. It was nice to have time to myself.

I have to go in for more testing the first of next month. I may have another muscle disease. He is looking for Polymyositis. I fit the description almost perfectly. We will see if it shows up in the testing.  I will know more the first of next month. In case anyone is wondering, Polymyositis is an inflammatory muscles disease that presents with weak muscles, atrophy of muscles, diff swallowing, shortness of breath, PAIN in the muscles, and heart issues.  All of which I have. It looks very similar to the Myasthenia Gravis. Interesting times.

I'm really enjoying this gorgeous weather. :) What a blessing! It helps me feel better. I'm sure it helps a lot of people feel better. 100 degree weather can takes it's toll on anyone! :)

My soul is getting excited for Venezuela! I can't wait for October to come around! My doc said I would be fine to go, but to take breaks and not overdo. I will not be taking any vaccinations or malaria meds. :) So pray for safety there. I can't wait to see what God has in store for my husband and I. We will be celebrating our 15 yr anniversary there. Oct 19th. :) Wow....

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Beautiful weather...

Finally got to open up the windows last night. Oh how I've missed it! The sounds of the country are so wonderful not to be enjoyed. The cool breeze feels so good after having 100 degree weather for so long. My husband sure appreciates it, too!

Heading to the neurologist today to get his take on my leg muscles deteriorating. Hoping it's nothing new and just my Myasthenia Gravis.

I hope you all have a great day!

Monday, August 8, 2011

The sweetbriar rose...


"Beside my cottage door it grows,
The loveliest, daintiest flower that blows,
A sweetbriar rose.

"At dewy morn or twilight's close,
The rarest perfume from it flows,
This strange wild rose.

"But when the rain-drops on it beat,
Ah, then, its odors grow more sweet,
About my feet.

"Ofttimes with loving tenderness,
Its soft green leaves I gently press,
In sweet caress.

"A still more wondrous fragrance flows
The more my fingers close
And crush the rose.

"Dear Lord, oh, let my life be so
Its perfume when tempests blow,
The sweeter flow.

"And should it be Thy blessed will,
With crushing grief my soul to fill,
Press harder still.

"And while its dying fragrance flows
I'll whisper low, 'He loves and knows
His crushed briar rose.'"
~Streams in the Desert

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The jury's still out...


This is a white eggplant parmesean. I thought it was ok...don't shoot me, but I don't think I'm a big fan of eggplant. It was much like squash to me, and no, I'm not much for squash either...

I kinda liked it, so the jury is still out...

Busy day at the market today. We did above average today which was surprising because out town's local street fair is this weekend.  I have been making two batches a soap a day to get ready for the holidays. Fun stuff. I enjoy being able to provide something that is natural and wonderful that people enjoy using. :)

I can't believe my son's birthday is coming up next month.  He is going to be 14! Where has the time gone? I'm so blessed to be him momma. :)

I am heading to my doctor in Champaign next week. I have some atrophy occurring in my left calf now and my doc wants to have me see my neuro to make sure something else besides my Myasthenia Gravis isn't going on. Knee still acts up now and then and hasn't gone completely back to normal...not sure it ever will. 

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend. :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Be strong...



"Quit you like men, be strong" (1 Cor. 16:13).

Do not pray for easy lives! Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle. --Phillips Brooks.

We must remember that it is not in any easy or self-indulgent life that Christ will lead us to greatness. The easy life leads not upward, but downward. Heaven always is above us, and we must ever be looking up toward it. There are some people who always avoid things that are costly, that require self-denial, or self-restraint and sacrifice, but toil and hardship show us the only way to nobleness. Greatness comes not by having a mossy path made for you through the meadow, but by being sent to hew out a roadway by your own hands. Are you going to reach the mountain splendors? --Selected.

Be strong!
We are not here to play, to dream, to drift;
We have hard work to do, and loads to lift.
Shun not the struggle; face it. 'Tis God's gift.

Be strong!
Say not the days are evil--Who's to blame?
And fold the hands and acquiesce--O shame!
Stand up, speak out, and bravely, In God's name.

Be strong!
It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong,
How hard the battle goes, the day how long,
Faint not, fight on! Tomorrow comes the song.
--Maltbie D. Babcock
~Streams in the Desert

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Good morning...

It's a hot one already here in central Illinois. Chickens are running around this morning searching for bugs to eat before the sun gets to scorching. Then they rest under the pine tree in the dirt. :)

I'm thankful that there is a least a bit of a breeze this morning. I know my husband will appreciate that being on the roof all day. Yesterday he didn't get home until after 7. 12 hours on a roof in this heat is miserable. He is such a hard worker and great provider.

Making soap today and most of this month to be ready for the holidays. I don't want to be overwhelmed when they roll around. :)

Grocery shopping yesterday almost had me in tears. I went over budget due to price increases. It's just crazy.  I told my husband last night that we may not be able to eat as clean as we'd like to and he said he'd sell a kidney first that we weren't compromising our health. Wow...So we will watch our budget close and we may need to increase it a bit to stay on the organic/natural side.

How are everyone's gardens doing? I hope they are doing better than ours. ;)

I have lots of cleaning to do today and that is just fine on a hot day like this. I am so thankful for air conditioning. :)

I hope everyone has a blessed day!

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