Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Our "Gifts" From God

     The Bible teaches us that GOD gives us each our own personal “gifts.” When I say “gifts,” I don't mean gifts as in like a “present” that you might get on Christmas or your birthday. I am talking about a “gift” that GOD gives us. Webster's Dictionary defines a “gift” as a special ability, a natural capability, or talent. YOU are special in God's eyes. God does not make any two of us exactly alike. Oh you may be an identical twin in looks, but the person you are does not exactly match your twin's personality, thoughts or ideas. Those are your own, just as God's “gifts” are His own for you.

     In Romans 12:4, God talks about each of the seven individual gifts that he hands out to those who are in His family, to those He loves. One may be the gift of prophesy, or of ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership or even mercy.
     My personal “gift” is mercy, bordering very closely on teaching. What is mercy? It is the willingness to forgive, not to punish those who have wronged us, being loving, kindhearted, and truly tenderhearted... It is blessing someone else, showing them the forgiveness that God shows us daily, being gentle, and sympathetic. I should be asking myself daily, am I showing mercy in every way that I can? Am I showing mercy to my own family, to my friends? It is my special gift from God Himself. HE wants to be able to show mercy to all who need it, when they need it, and for whatever reason they may need. I am by no means the only person who God has given this gift too, but I am one.
     And the gift of teaching is a secondary gift that God had given me. I don't know why I have necessarily been given this gift, but I believe that it is what has enabled me have taught the Sunday School classes, Bible School classes, and nursery classes that I have taught over the years. However, I also believe that it is in major part of what has enabled me to home-school our children these past 18 years. In Deu. 11:19, it says, “And you shall teach them (His words) to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you rise up.”
     Our “gifts” are meant to be special to us, personally. What are we doing with our “gifts?” Are we using them to glorify our Lord and Savior? This is something that we should do our best at, and take very seriously. Are we using our gifts in a way that is fitting for the Lord and the church body? Think about it...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Homemade Laundry Soap

We saved $90 making our own laundry soap this year!!

4 Cups - hot tap water

1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax

- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

TIPS FOR LAUNDRY SOAP: We use Fels-Naptha bar soap in the homemade soap recipes, but you can use Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk's Hardwater Castile or Zote bars. Don't use heavily perfumed soaps. We buy Fels-Naptha by the case from our local grocer or online. Washing Soda and Borax can often be found on the laundry or cleaning aisle. Recipe cost approx. $2 per batch.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Previously Sold Puppies to Happy Owners


Here are some of the puppies I have had that have gone to happy owners.  It always blesses me when they are loved and adored!

Friday, November 12, 2010

What Is One of YOUR Biggest Reasons that YOUR Family Homeschools?

     What is one of the biggest reasons that you personally home school your children? For our individual family, I would have to say that it is "our SCHEDULE." One of the greatest benefits of each and every home schooling family, is that, just as the Lord made each person's fingerprints unique only to that specific person, no one elses school will ever be just like ours either. And rightfully so, it shouldn't be. Many of us may do certain things, or use certain curriculum that is the same, or similar, but over-all, our schooling belongs to each of our distinct respective families.
     So to us, our schedule plays a huge role in our schooling. Simply put, it is our schedule, and no one elses! (grin) No one can demand when or what days we start school, finish school, or skip school. For instance, we can choose to school Wednesdays - Sundays, and not on Mondays and Tuesdays. Or, maybe we had a very late night because of sick little ones, and so we decided to start schooling at 4:00 the next afternoon, and do not stop schooling until 10:00 that night. Time is our most valuable commodity, and is so precious to us all. We are each given the exact same amount of hours, and it is up to us how we use them. Homeschooling has allowed us to choose how we use those hours. That, for our family, is a wonderful benefit. There are so many opportunities that come up in every day life that can change the course of our days. And there are crisis's that come up, or emergencies that need to be tended to immediately. As well, there are wonderful opportunities we would never want to miss out on. For instance, the recent rescue of the of the coal minors in Chile'. There has never been a greater successful rescue of trapped and rescued minors in all of history! What a shame that would have been to have missed that rescue, as it took place, than just have had to read about in some newspaper or book! To actually see each of those men come up alive, after being trapped for 69 days underground, was worth missing "book work" for those hours. Did we learn anything by watching this that day? Oh my yes! More than we ever probably would have in our books that day.
     So in a nutshell, our "schedule" is one very important reason that we homeschool. There are many other reasons as well, but we personally believe that this is one of our most influential, relevant purposes to homeschool our children.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

How Are Your Child's Habits?

What is it in your house that your children know never to violate???
That's the habit that you have instilled really well in your children.
Strive to make more of those good habits in their every day lives.