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C.S. Lewis

C.S.Lewis is one of my favorite authors. He died the same year I was born, the same day that Pres. Kennedy was assassinated. He was a brilliant man who continues to impact the world through his writings. He penned such works as the Chronicles of Narnia which have recently gone to the Big Screen. His words have impacted me greatly over the years of my life so I thought I would share some of his more famous quotes with you this morning. Enjoy! And tell me which one you liked the best!  

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Peanut Butter Powder

This week the kids and I did an experiment with Peanut Butter Powder. Some months ago, I had purchased this...   http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_FS D140_A_name_E_Peanut+Butter+Powder   I decided it was time to open it and see how we liked, what it tasted like, what in the world you did with it!   The instructions on the #10 can say: Mix 1 TBSP of Powder with 1 Tsp of water. Add a small amount of sugar for flavor. Add a drop of oil for creaminess.   First, we all tasted

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentines Day!   Let me tell you about my night last night. The women at our church held a Banquet, for women only, called HeartSong. Having only joined the church last summer I had never attended it before. Being a bit of a hermitress these days, I can honestly say I wasn't really interested. But, my husband insisted, and really insisted, which is not his normal manner.   The purpose of the banquet was two fold. First, all of the men of the church were the servers. The other

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Aslan Has Arrived!

Aslan has arrived! After what seemed like an eternity of waiting, Aslan has been safely delivered to our family!   It was love at first sight of course, but the last couple of days have been filled with wonderful puppy love!   He is a puppy with purpose! Yesterday we signed him up for the Puppy Training Classes at the pet store. They start the week that he turns 10 weeks. So, we've got about 3 more weeks to do the best we can with his very determined little self.   His markings a

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Growing Grins!

Next month will be two years since our family grew from four children to seven. It was quite the adjustment, let me tell you. Not only did have MORE children but now we had two girls, talk about a change in family dynamics! Oh my!   Here they were , these three little children who had been in an environment that would make you and I shudder. They had a different set of values, morals, priorities, opinions, outlooks, lifestyle...I could go on but I think you've got the picture.   It h

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Signature Story

I have a new signature and I wanted to tell you about it. It was a difficult decision for me as I went about looking for the picture that would represent me and who I am.   I am a homesteader-in-training and love my goats and chickens. I homeschool my children and have adopted them all. I love to read and write stories. I could go on and on, just like you could when you try to summarize yourself. But finally, I decided that one particulary scripture was the best representation of me a

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

The Weight is OVER!

I did it!! I spent the money and made the commitment and signed up to Weight Watchers On Line! I've been trying to get ROUND TUIT for over a year. Kept looking for that perfect moment to get started. This morning wasn't perfect at all, but I did it anyway.   So, I entered in all my info and got my "point* allowance for the day and realized I had already spent about half of that daily amount with the big breakfast we had eaten of sausages, eggs and grits   But, I don't care, well I do

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

SEW Excited!

Y'all, I am SEW excited!   Last summer we changed churches and started attending a local fellowship. It was a good decision and has made it much easier for the kids to be involved with activities and etc... My dh is very involved with the boys groups, the FCF (Fronteirsmen Camping Fellowship) as well. But me, well, I don't know, since we moved here over three years ago, I've been a bit of a hermitress.   Well, this latest story that I've been writing in Fireside has made me do some so

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Creative Camping

This weekend we set out on a new adventure, in our own backyard nevertheless!   A family with seven children and chickens and goats and dogs (plus a parrot) does not travel much, or at least ours doesn't.   So, we decided to take advantage of a very low cost method of family vacationing and entertainment, camping. Under our particular circumstances we had to be a bit creative...therefore...CREATIVE CAMPING.   Upon considering the choice of location for this camp out, we decided the

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Adjustments

Hi everyone. I've kind of dropped the 'blog ball' here lately. Actually, haven't been posting much even on the board. I feel a bit disconnected.   I think this started with my 9 day trip to Arkansas. I was there with only one of my children and he is 13, so able to take care of himself for the most part. I ran the roads with my mom and sister, shopping, taking mom to therapy, visiting my grandmother. I was a free spirit. I had no time constraints to speak of, no one pulling on my skirt

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Aslan Hïdaverdi

For those of you who don't really believe that God likes to get all involved in the tiniest details of our lives, you may not want to bother to read on. But, for those of us who understand that God is a marvelous Orchestrator of the lives of those that allow Him to be...I think you'll be nodding your heads in agreement.   I don't believe in coincindences, flat out, I just do not. If you do, well, naturally you must be mistaken.   I do believe in Divine Intervention, Divine Purpose, and

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Routine Requirements

I seriously need to develop some routines into my life. I tend to resist the constraints of routine. I like to live in a free and flexible manner. But, although it is appealing, it is not necessarily wise or healthy.   No matter that I don't have to set an alarm clock, catch the school bus, clock in at an office or have dinner promptly at six...there should still be some Routine Requirments in my life. I have the greatest of intentions. But, I don't always follow through. ::   Our swe

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Sam's 'Click and Pull'

I just tried the Sam's 'Click and Pull' for the first time. So, hopefully after PT tomorrow I can go and pick it up without having to 'shop'. Here's what I got...   Item Description Item # Quantity Unit Price Subtotal FULLY COOKED BACON 72 COUNT 272086 1 $8.52 $8.52 I try to keep a pkg of this on hand, very handy and shelf stable   DQ PK SALMON 4-14.75 4-14.75 OZ 822899 1 $7.67 $7.67 noticed I needed mored salmon the other day when counting   CHOCOLATE PUDDING 112 OZ. 4

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

On the Mend

At one point this past weekend I just felt so tired and wanted to sit down, but, couldn't justify it with so much needing to be done. About that time, my second son who is 13 brought his blanket that had some tears in it and asked me if I could mend it.   Well, I'm not much of a seamstress and I can't remember the last time that I sat down and mended anything, but I decided to try. This would give me a good excuse to sit in the recliner with my feet up and my hands busy.   This blanket

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Stephanie's Life as a Mommy and a Wife

I think I'll tell you a bit about me. I think I've been assuming that everyone already knows, but maybe you don't.   I live in Alabama with my dh Henry and our seven children whom we have been blessed to make our own through the miracle of adoption. We have been married 26 years! I assure you he is the only man on earth who could live with me that long, he is amazing and the love of my life.   Our children, and how they came to us, are miracles indeed. Just briefly, the are   ds

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Popcorn *PoP*PoP*PoP*

Did you know that Popcorn is a Whole Grain and has lot of nutritional and healthy benefits?   I've always been a fan of Popcorn in its many varied forms. Whether it was dripping in butter at the Theater or in a box of Cracker Jacks at the ball game...formed into a PopCorn Ball at Halloween or caramelized with brown sugar... yum yum yum!   I have loved it when I wasn't counting calories and I have loved it when I was. On its own, it's nothing but good... our adding toppings are sometim

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

My Grandma DeMoss

Today my Precious Grandma DeMoss is celebrating her 89th birthday!! I so wish that I was there to hold her in my arms and look her in the eyes and try to convey what words could never say...how much she means to me, how much I love her, how much I appreciate her.   Grandma is an amazing person and a Godly woman. The influence that she has had on my life and the lives of so many others is without measure. She was the oldest girl of a very large family and was a Daddy's girl and a devoted da

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

The Lesson of the Nine Bean Soup

This morning, as I was taking an inventory of my dried beans I decided to make a Mix. We love the mixed bean soups and those bags of beans are much more expensive than individual bags. So, we looked at our assortment of beans, we had nine. I commented that this was one variety of beans per person in our family. I used one of the storage containers on wheels that I have mentioned before and we began to pour in the beans (4lbs of each variety).   Black-eyed Peas Navy Lentils Green Bab

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Chili Cook Off ?

What have I gotten myself into? My boys talked me into entering a Chili Cook Off at our Church.   I've never been in any kind of cooking contest, I'm just a momma cooking for a bunch of kiddos. Anyway, the same man has won for the four years that they've done this. This is our first year at the church so we're newcomers.   I guess I must be more competitive than I realized because I kept thinking about what I could do to 'stand out'.   And then I came up with a really cool

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Ergazomai ἐργάζομαι Part III

God has entrusted each of us with much of value as well. And to whom much is given, much is required. (Luke 12:48)   What has God placed in your hands, in your life, in your safe keeping and how will you Ergazomai ἐργάζομαι ?   Remember the usage list for Ergazomai ἐργάζομαι   1) to work, labour, do work   2) to trade, to make gains by trading, "do business"   3) to do, work out   a) exercise, perform, commit   b ) to cause to exist, produce   4) to work for, earn by

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Wonderful Possibilities

Well, my first morning to wake up with my coffee and come to this new MrsSurvival with so many wonderful possibilities! Of course I've got to figure them out a bit, but that's part of the adventure! Plus, don't you think it's kind of neat that we're all learning together! This is an historic moment for MrsSurvival and we are a part of it! How cool is that?   I am discovering a little at a time some of the many perks that this upgrade has afforded us. We are in high style to put it straig

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

A Wee Bit Weary...

This morning I feel a wee bit weary, it's been 'coming on' for several days. That feeling of drudgery for things that normally make me smile. It blossomed into full fruition this morning when I needed to make biscuits. I just didn't want to do it.   I thought wistfully of the days when every weekend I opened a bag of those lovely little frozen biscuits and set them effortlessly on the cookie sheet. Then, I regretted the fact that I had thawed out a turkey to bake today. My idea of cann

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Accessible Storage - My Solution

One of the things that I've struggled with as I've tried to buy bulk foods like grain, dried beans, rice, etc... was that once it was packed away in the opaque white buckets, I couldn't easily 'see' it nor access it.   When I bought the grains for grinding, I ordered the Gamma Lids. These are going to work well.   However, all of these white buckets filled with assorted stuff would kind of run together. Even with my best efforts to keep the Steel Cut Oatmeal separate from the pinto beans

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

So, do Wether's make good milk goats?

I almost giggled out loud, assuming the man was making a funny. But, then I caught the sincere look on his face and caught myself. We were at Aslan's Puppy Training and he was a visitor from another class.   The trainer asked how Aslan was doing with the goats and the man said, "Oh, we really want some goats. What kind do you have?"   Eager to help I said, "Oh we are just getting started, we have two Nubians and two Wethers."   That's when he asked, "So, do Wethers make good milk g

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

The Worth of a Week

One week ago today my mom and step-dad arrived and now they have gone. It was a lovely visit and so very productive in every way!   My step-dad brought all of his handy man tools and my dh took the whole week off to tackle numerous building, maintenance, repair projects in our home and on our little homestead. My two oldest ds's worked right along side them assisting and learning so much. A new kitchen counter top, a new bantam coop, new nesting boxes in the big coop, an addition to the goa

Stephanie

Stephanie

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