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Homestead Blessings - The West Ladies

One of my favorite Christmas Presents this year was bought with my Christmas money from my Grandmother and Mother. A series of videos from Franklin Springs.   Franklin Springs   I have enjoyed these videos so much that I wanted to share them with my friends and give them my recommendation. They deal with candle making, soap making, canning, gardening, cooking, herbs, etc...   I also have enjoyed visiting their web page as well. They really are a delightful family, a Mom and her thre

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

 

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

 

Get it together!!

I had a dream...and I don't dream much lately. It was so vivid that I can't stop thinking about it. When I woke up from it (or in the midst of it) I was distressed, trying to catch my breath and had to go and wash my face with some cold water before I could think clearly.   Before I tell you about this oddity, I want to give a disclaimer - I am in no way trying to say this is a prophetic dream, a hidden message or anything to but me and me alone. But, it sure got my attention and I thought

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Funnel Vision

Nope, that's not typo, I meant what I said.... FUNNEL VISION .   I woke up this morning a little weary, feeling like I'd never get everything done that I needed to get done. Ya' know?   Nothing was terribly wrong, I just felt like I had about 5,000 too many things to do and felt convinced that no matter how hard I tried, it just wouldn't be enough. My head was hurting, the children were wanting breakfast, my brain was frozen or muddled or overheated or something...and I just couldn'

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

FCF (Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship)

My husband and five sons are involved in a program that is similar to Boy Scouts that is called Royal Rangers. They have an extension group called FCF (Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship). If there is such a group in your area, I highly recommend it. This coming weekend my dh and two oldest sons will be attending the first part of their orientation into this program.   http://royalrangers.ag.org/fcf/index.cfm   I am busy collecting the required items that they must bring. I thought you

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

 

Ergazomai ἐργάζομαι Part II

Ergazomai ἐργάζομαι Part II   As I read the parable that Jesus told in Matthew 25 I was keenly interested in how each of them reacted and then the results of the actions that they individually took.   Remember, I had been praying about what I should do next, what I should with what I had, what I should focus on.   As I began to read the verses where Ergazomai ἐργάζομαι was used, I began to get a better understanding of what the word meant. Here are a few more of the verses. I

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

CZ 75 B (Czech it out!)

I am the proud owner of a CZ 75 B 9mm LUGAR. Can you believe it? I can hardly believe it myself!   There are some of you saying Wow! and Kewl! There are some of you saying Huh? and What?   As for me, I'm saying   If you'd like to know what in the world I'm so excited about, Czech it out!!   http://www.cz-usa.com/product_detail.php?id=29   So, why in the world would I want such a thing, some of you may be asking? So, why in the world would you wait so long t

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

 

Convenience Redefined

I'm a busy mom, I get tired, overwhelmed and just outright pooped sometimes.   In the past, on a day like that, I'd ask dh to stop by and pick up something convenient. After all, hungry kids, a frustrated mom, lack of time, a small crisis of some manner, and etc... were the recipe for disaster. And so I excused it. Now, while we still eat out (very occasionally), it is a planned event, not a matter of convenience.   In my life, Convenience has been Redefined.   It started rathe

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

 

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

 

Blogs/Web Pages/ Sites I have Found

I'm constantly finding these good things and then losing them...so decided to list them here, y'all might find them interesting and maybe I'll do better at keeping up with them. I'll add more as I find them.   http://survivallady.com/   http://thesurvivalistblog.blogspot.com/   http://allaboutfoodstorage.com/   http://www.shelfreliance.com/   http://lds.about.com/library/bl/faq/blcalculator.htm   Visit My Website   Four thieves   Positively Prepared

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Blogging Brilliantly

I'm enjoying the Personal Blogs option of our new home. I've been doing some investigating, can't resist those shiny new buttons.. and thought I'd share a few tips with my Blogging Buddies.   At the top of the page you will see two 'buttons' concerning 'blogs'. One says 'my blog' and takes you to your own created blog where you can make an entry to your own blog, create your own blog and set blog controls.   The other button simply says 'blogs' and it will take you to a page where yo

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Ergazomai ἐργάζομαι Part I

I love Word Studies!   And this word caught my attention. Ergazomai ἐργάζομαι It is a Greek word that is found in the Scriptures 39 times. These are all found in the New Testament of course since it is a Greek word.   I came across this word as I was reading the parable of the Talents found in Matthew. I have been doing some contemplating in the last week or so about living a purposed life and making my moments count.   In this parable, Jesus tells of three servants

Stephanie

Stephanie

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