Sunday, July 27, 2014

Share a Blessing *GIVEAWAY*

The people who made "Share a Blessing" must have known my daughter. She loves giving people cards, and she loves stickers.This has both. 24 cute cards to send, and over 1000 fun stickers!  She has had hours of fun with this, and blessed many friends with pretty cards she has sent.She loves the fancy fastener on the front too, that keeps everything tucked neatly inside. 

To win your own copy of Share a Blessing, leave a comment letting me know 
When is the last time your kids made a note to share with someone? Who was it for and what was the occassion?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Current Movies and Books...

Reposting, since this topic has come up again with the new movie coming out.


and some great posts about why I am NOT reading/seeing them.

Oh Be Careful Little Eyes
"Is reading this book or watching this movie going to fill my eyes, my head, my heart with God-honoring thoughts or is it going to cause me to lust after the fictional characters and real-life counterparts?  Am I going to be prone to speak words of encouragement and purity or will I let more things slip out that are crude and discontented?  What is the purpose of filling myself with the world…is it to spur myself on in my walk with Christ?  Is it to increase my godly example to my children (and others)?  No, it is to titillate my flesh."

50 Shades of Magic Mike
"Christian women need to reject both of these works, and instead, use our voices in support of what is good, right and true. It is our responsibility, as daughters of the Heavenly King, to remain set-apart from the poisons of our culture, to rebuke temptation, and to celebrate and honor righteousness."

Why I am NOT reading 50 Shades of Grey
"The Bible has said for thousands of years that lust is hurtful and harmful. Guess what? Biopsychologists and others are studying the effects of lust, pornography, and erotica on the brain and the body. They are finding that the Bible was, in fact, right. Over time, your body becomes conditioned to self-stimulation and gratification. It’s not just a preference. It’s physiological."

No shades of Grey-A black and white seduction of the mind
"According to Jesus, fantasizing in your mind about someone other than your spouse or indulging in even literary sexual voyeurism is sin. Because sin is ultimately a heart issue, we can’t ingest titillating images or stories about the sex lives of other people without participating (at least in our minds) in their sin."

Mommy Porn
"My question is why are these two forms of entertainment aimed for women being  advertised as harmless entertainment?  If a man started bragging at the latest issue of Play Boy we would all be disgusted. Women everywhere are heart broken at the damaging effects of pornography use in marriage, but as women we believe a lie that for us it is harmless. Where are the Godly men, I want to see them stand up and say no to these things not turn a blind eye to their wives walking straight into a dangerous open door.
According to Jesus, fantasizing in your mind about someone other than your spouse or indulging in even literary sexual voyeurism is sin. Because sin is ultimately a heart issue, we can’t ingest titillating images or stories about the sex lives of other people without participating (at least in our minds) in their sin. 
 This includes magazines, books, websites, movies, television, or whatever “provision for the flesh” we dream up (Romans 13:4). A woman reading erotic fiction is sinning in the same way a man is when he views pornography."
Living In A Shades of Grey World

"Christians often hear about the wise woman in Proverbs 31, yet fail to recognize her counterpart, the wild woman in Proverbs 7. She is described as loud and persuasive — as well as young, married and religious....When Christian women explain to me that reading "Fifty Shades of Grey" helped their marriage, it tells me they don't have a healthy understanding of God's view of sex. They're missing a vision for the beauty and the glory of who God created them to be — women who, together with their husbands, live as an expression of God's cosmic love story."

Christian Women and Mommy Porn
"So before women run to novels such as "Fifty Shades of Grey" or to movies such as "Magic Mike," let's consider the question, "Don't wives owe husbands the same courtesy we expect from them?" Women may say, "It warms me up for my husband," but that's really no different from a man looking at the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition and justifying his lustful eyes with an excuse like, "It makes me want my wife even more." No woman would buy that justification — so perhaps we shouldn't try to sell it, either."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Essential Oils Part 3

 I am still a fan of essential oils! 
The more we use them, the more we love them!
I have found a regimen that works well for keeping my migraines under control. 
I layer  Plague Defense(HEO) and Migraine Relief (HEO) on my neck throughout  the migraine, and they never get bad anymore. I am still able to function, and not ever hit the intense pain phase. 
Purify(HEO) has worked wonders on all our bug bites this summer, and on my son's wasp sting. It took the swelling and pain away instantly (I do not dilute this oil).

My son was also stung by a wasp right on his lip, and I wasn't sure if Purify(HEO) was safe to ingest, so I waited to do anything to that sting. It swelled up bigger than a grape very quickly, so I decided to put some Plague Defense(HEO) on hoping it would give some relief.  It also stopped the pain, and the swelling went away shortly after I applied it (this did need diluting).

If I could have only one oil, it would be Plague Defense, hands down!

I had posted previously that I was upset that Pain X hadn't worked for me, but I pulled a muscle in my neck pretty badly a couple months ago, and for muscle pain I have found that Pain X is amazing!

I also bought Adagio for my oldest son. He has tics, and for the last few years, he would unconsciously rub his eyes, until he rubbed the skin right off from under his eyes. He had no idea he was doing it, and it frustrated  him that he could not stop or control the tic. It left scabs, that he would just rub right back off. We struggled for years, and no matter what we put on, we couldn't stop the behavior, so we were worried he would have permanent scars. I read the testimonies for Adagio, and didn't really think it would help, because nothing else had, but figured it was worth a shot. I made him a roller bottle and asked him to put an X over his heart when he woke up and when he went to bed. After a week I completely forgot all about it, and stopped reminding him to apply. A week later I realized that his scabs were gone, and I hadn't seen him rub in days! He had stopped, and was so glad about it that he remembered on his own to apply the oil twice a day.   This behavior had gone on for YEARS, and it stopped within 2 weeks of beginning the oil, and has not returned in 2 months. We are absolutely amazed, and he is so thankful!
I had diluted my oils with my regular kitchen Coconut Oil at first, but recently  invested in some Roller Bottles from HEO, and they have been amazing! I bought some Fractionated Coconut Oil to add to the oils in the roller bottles, and since they are prediluted, they are so easy to just roll on when needed. 

I also have a few non Heritage brand oils that have helped me a lot. 
Living Flower Essences Sleep Spray has absolutely helped my insomnia. I spray it on after a warm Epsom salt bath before bed, and while I rarely do need a second application, it has helped me to fall asleep quickly and consistently.

Their Sports Relief Salve, made with essential oils(Cayenne, Cedarwood, Clove, Ginger, Lavender, Marjoram, Pine, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme). has also helped with my migraines. I rub it on my neck as soon as I start feeling that tightening, and it relieves the tightness and lessens the pain.

Also, this has nothing to do with oils, but I cant recommend BioNatura Arnica cream enough. It helps with bruises, sprains and  muscle pain. It was a life saver when I threw my back out, and for all sorts of other ailments. I end up giving away bottles faster than I can use them up, because people who try it are amazed and ask to keep it! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Age of Opportunity Part 4

"We must reject the self-centered survivalism that sees success as making it through our children's adolescence without sanity. We must settle for nothing less than being instruments in the hands of God who is doing important things in the lives of our children. "

"Pursue your teenager. Daily express your love. Ask questions that require description, explanation, and self disclosure. Don't just relate to them during times of correction. Don't only catch them doing something wrong; catch them doing something right and encourage them. Pray daily with them, even if it makes them uncomfortable. Always say a warm goodnight to them before they go to bed...Enter the world of your teenager and stay there. "

"We need to be skilled at talking about the spirit of the law with our teenagers. We need to talk about the heart issues behind the command. We need to show them the difference between inner purity and Pharisaic performance of duty. We need to see teenage legalism as an opportunity to  talk about what it means to have a heart for God and a heart for doing what is right." 

"Human legalism leads to human self-righteousness. Human self-righteousness denies the need for the saving grace of Christ."

"We need to ask good questions that help the child to examine his thoughts, desires, motives, choices, and behaviors. We want to lead our children to heart insight that will lead to much wiser decisions. We are not accomplishing anything on the heart level when we judge in fear and decide things for them."

"Teenagers need to be taught to think in  terms of long term. Teenagers tend to live for whatever they want at the moment and put off their responsibilities until the very last minute. We need to teach them to examine the kids of seeds they are planting now, and the kind of harvest those seeds will bring."

"Who are the heroes of our culture? They are people who live for the moment, people who are laying up treasure on earth. They are typically people who have no more sense of eternity than the most immature teen. In God's eyes they are antiheroes who lead our children to believe lies and to lie for what is passing away."

"{You must} assist her in seeing the places where she has exchanged the Creator for some aspect of creation, such as peer pressure, a certain possession, or some coveted position."

Friday, July 4, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Abigail's Garden 2014

 Here is what has bloomed in her garden of wildflower seeds so far, this year

Buffalo Spot
 Bachelor's Button
  Bachelor's Button

 Double Poppy


Monday, June 30, 2014

Slimy Putty

A very creative friend  gave Andrew the instructions and supplies to make homemade "slime" as a birthday gift. 
He had a blast making it, and even more fun playing with it.

 It even bounces!
Instructions for slime:

In 1st bowl  mix:
2 cups school glue
1/2 cup lukewarm water
liquid  food coloring

In 2nd bowl mix:
2 Tablespoons borax
1/2 cup HOT water
Stir until borax is completely dissolved or it wont work.

Add contents of bowl #2 into bowl #1, and mix until goopy. 

Store in a ziplock bag in the fridge. Always wash your hands before and after playing with Slime. It will eventually dry out or get moldy. Throw away and make a new batch.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Practicing Reading Skills

We are reading Pocketful of Pinecones, and she mentioned cutting apart poems to help Emily learn to read. I thought it was genius, so I took some poems Abigail had already memorized, and cut them up and she thinks it is great fun to put them back together!
 Kitty enjoyed scrambling them back up, for her to try again :)
 Abigail liked this activity so much, she made sentences for her bunny to unscramble too. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Snowflakes in Summer

We just finished reading Pocketful of Pinecones as a read aloud (yes, my children enjoyed it as much as I did!), and her mention of "Snowflake Bentley" sparked an interest in my children. So we grabbed some books about Wilson Bentley (the first man to photograph snowflakes-very interesting!) and some about snowflakes.

 God's creation is so breathtaking! And to think that EVERY SINGLE SNOWFLAKE is unique! No two are the same. 

We also enjoyed comparing the quality of the first photographs in 1885, to the photographs we are able to take with current technology, as seen at the website below. 
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