Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cry For The Children

  The story below is long, but good. 
Saying 'NO' to abortion is something that is close to my heart!

You see, I was that scared pregnant 17 yr. old, whose family and friends rejected. I went as far as to call an abortion clinic - (although I was raised in a christian home, and I knew it was wrong, I didn't feel that I had many options.)
However, the baby's father was in jail at the time I found out, so I mustered up the courage to go to a Right to Life center. The lady there was so kind and sweet, not judging or harsh. ............She made me feel loved.

I left the center, with a pink baby blanket, knowing for sure that I was going to keep my little baby, no matter what!

Today, that baby girl is my beautiful 10 year old daughter. An artist, and a budding classical pianist! And, the best big sister ever. I couldn't imagine my life without her!



"Hi, Mommy. I'm your baby. You don't know me yet, I'm only a few weeks old. You're going to find out about me soon, though, I promise. Let me tell you some things about me. My name is John, and I've got beautiful brown eyes and black hair. Well, I don't have it yet, but I will when I'm born. I'm going to be your only child, and you'll call me your one and only. I'm going to grow up without a daddy mostly, but we have each other. We'll help each other, and love each other. I want to be a doctor when I grow up. ... ...

You found out about me today, Mommy! You were so excited, you couldn't wait to tell everyone. All you could do all day was smile, and life was perfect. You have a beautiful smile, Mommy. It will be the first face I will see in my life, and it will be the best thing I see in my life. I know it already. ...

Today was the day you told Daddy. You were so excited to tell him about me! ...He wasn't happy, Mommy. He kind of got angry. I don't think that you noticed, but he did. He started to talk about something called wedlock, and money, and bills, and stuff I don't think I understand yet. You were still happy, though, so it was okay. Then he did something scary, Mommy. He hit you. I could feel you fall backward, and your hands flying up to protect me. I was okay... but I was very sad for you. You were crying then, Mommy. That's a sound I don't like. It doesn't make me feel good. It made me cry, too. He said sorry after, and he hugged you again. You forgave him, Mommy, but I'm not sure if I do. It wasn't right. You say he loves you... why would he hurt you? I don't like it, Mommy. ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

Finally, you can see me! Your stomach is a little bit bigger, and you're so proud of me! You went out with your mommy to buy new clothes, and you were so so so happy. You sing to me, too. You have the most beautiful voice in the whole wide world. When you sing is when I'm happiest. And you talk to me, and I feel safe. So safe. You just wait and see, Mommy. When I am born I will be perfect just for you. I will make you proud, and I will love you with all of my heart. I can move my hands and feet now, Mommy. I do it because you put your hands on your belly to feel me, and I giggle. You giggle, too. I love you, Mommy. Daddy came to see you today, Mommy. I got really scared. He was acting funny and he wasn't talking right. He said he didn't want you. I don't know why, but that's what he said. And he hit you again. I got angry, Mommy. When I grow up I promise I won't let you get hurt! I promise to protect you. Daddy is bad. I don't care if you think that he is a good person, I think he's bad. But he hit you, and he said he didn't want us. He doesn't like me. Why doesn't he like me, Mommy? You didn't talk to me tonight, Mommy. Is everything okay?

It's been three days since you saw Daddy. You haven't talked to me or touched me or anything since that. Don't you still love me, Mommy? I still love you. I think you feel sad. The only time I feel you is when you sleep. You sleep funny, kind of curled up on your side. And you hug me with your arms, and I feel safe and warm again. Why don't you do that when you're awake, any more?




I'm 21 weeks old today, Mommy. Aren't you proud of me? We're going somewhere today, and it's somewhere new. I'm excited. It looks like a hospital, too. I want to be a doctor when I grow up, Mommy. Did I tell you that? I hope you're as excited as I am. I can't wait. Mommy, I'm getting scared. Your heart is still beating, but I don't know what you are thinking. The doctor is talking to you. I think somethings going to happen soon. I'm really, really, really scared, Mommy. Please tell me you love me. Then I will feel safe again. I love you! Mommy, what are they doing to me!? It hurts! Please make them stop! It feels bad! Please, Mommy, please please help me! Make them stop!

Don't worry Mommy, I'm safe. I'm in heaven with the angels now. They told me what you did, and they said it's called an abortion. Why, Mommy? Why did you do it? Don't you love me any more? Why did you get rid of me? I'm really, really, really sorry if I did something wrong, Mommy. I love you, Mommy! I love you with all of my heart. Why don't you love me? What did I do to deserve what they did to me? I want to live, Mommy! Please! It really, really hurts to see you not care about me, and not talk to me. Didn't I love you enough? Please say you'll keep me, Mommy! I want to live, smile, watch the clouds, see your face, and grow up and be a doctor. I don't want to be here, I want you to love me again! I'm really, really sorry if I did something wrong. I love you!..... I love you, Mommy. "

"Every abortion is just… One more heart that was stopped. Two more eyes that will never see. Two more hands that will never touch. Two more legs that will never run. One more mouth that will never speak."


Very good DVD to watch is:


National Geographic - In the Womb

Over 4,000 children are killed by abortion in America every single day. Almost every third child in America is murdered prior to, or at birth.

For more info on the truth about abortion click here.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Go Big Book Review

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1414361378/?tag=srki20-20

GO BIG by: Cory Cotton
Rating: 5 Stars

I'll be the first to admit, I wasn't thrilled when I first received this book - you see, I am so NOT a sports fan! And if I had to pick the one sport I hate the most it would definitely be basket ball!

However, before I even finished the first chapter.... I was hooked! This book isn't as much about sports, but rather about how to make your own GO BIG idea work! 

My husband and I have recently became Shaklee Independent Distributors and we are wanting to GO BIG! 

Not only do we want to both work from home and set our own hours, we also want to go on all the awesome FREE trips, drive a FREE car and live the Shaklee Dream - all while helping others - You see, we want to GO BIG!

The book is broken up in to 5 sections which are the principles 'Dude Perfect' uses - Get Excited, Own It, Blink Later, Inspire Others and Give Back. 

Get Excited about what you do. 

Fully embrace your vision - Own It! 

Your window of opportunity may be too short to blink- Blink later. 

To keep lasting momentum, Inspire Others. 

Shift your perspective from inward to outward - Give Back.
It's a simple, enjoyable read, and is a great book for someone who is in college or an entrepreneur looking for something to attain in life. 

This book is truly motivating! It shows us that we all have a God given talent, as different as they may be, that we can use to glorify God.

Is it possible to pursue your dream, be inspiring, successful, motivated, and happy all while staying humble and focused? In short, YES! 

What are you waiting for?

Go Big! 

Shaklee's Dream Plan and start living a life you enjoy! Click here for more info!

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!" 

Please Note: I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House. All thoughts posted are my own.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Weeding God's Way



I was out weeding one of my many perennial beds today (a normal, regular activity for me), when I started thinking........

 "Weeding is God's way of making my life look good, so other's can see Jesus in me!"

 It doesn't matter how big (proud/puffed up) I get, or how pretty I am.  If my life is full of weeds (bad habits, discontentment, or sin), no one can see that I am a born again Christian!

 You see, my beds always have tall, airy grasses, bright, pretty blooms and sweet, heavenly smells, however, when the flower bed is full of weeds, you never see the true beauty of the flowers.

The weeds take away from the appearance, just as sin takes away from our Christian witness!

I mean, think of it, you never see an article in a gardening magazine where the picture is a bed full of weeds! No! The gardening magazine wants their readers to see the beauty of the flowers. -Just as God wants others to see Him in us!

I think I may need to do better at pulling some weeds in my life..... how about you?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Milking Nigerian Dwarfs and a Milk Stand

So, this past week, I started milking our Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat aka 'Jelly Bean'!

It actually went very well. She didn't try to kick at all, but she does however try to lay down, while on the milk stand.... (not sure what that's all about!)


And speaking of milk stand..... my handsome hubby and daughter spent an evening and built me one.... it is top of the notch and I love it!



We are using the 'Once Daily Milking' schedule by The Homestead Prairie

So far, I really like this schedule.....
 I separate mama and babies at night, milk after morning chores, and then let them be together all day.
                                     ........and am planning on sticking with it!
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Since our goats are dwarf sized.... there is no need of big buckets or jars! I have a small stainless steel pail that I keep ice water and vodka (yep, you read that right - hubby wasn't too impressed) and keep it in the freezer. (the vodka keeps the ice water from freezing). It stays super cold.

When I'm ready to go to the barn.... I grab the pail, and stick in a glass jar. Thus, I milk on ice!


                                    


When finished, I screw on a white plastic cap and take to the house. I run the milk through a reusable coffee filter (my mom always used cheesecloth), write the date on the lid with a dry erase marker and stick in the fridge!

"My udder wash consists of a few drops of Shaklee Basic H2, a drop of Tea Tree Oil and water. There are many different washes to choose from, but they are often made with bleach and chemicals. I don’t like the having bleach/chemicals on my goats or in my milk. Basic H2 is an all natural, safe, organic cleaner - a few drops go a very LONG way!" 



I have to say, I love all my little goats, and wouldn't trade them for a regular sized goat or milk cow for anything in the world!



 If, you are interested in Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goats, Margo over at the Lil' Red Barn has the best herd around this area. She has great bloodlines and prices. She loves her goats and is more than willing to help the little guy get started!

 I call her for questions and was just at her place on Thursday. (She did the task of disbuding our two baby kids (poor things).......something I can't quite handle myself yet!)

Fiasco Farm also has a lot of helpful goat information.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Best way to Clean Pans

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to cook and bake, but I HATE very much dislike washing dishes!

Well I still don't care for dish duty, but there are a few things I've found that help to make clean up easier when it comes to a sink full of dirty dishes!

First of all, let me say that if there is one thing to spurge on in your kitchen, you should get a nice set of non-stick pans.

 Earlier, this year my hubby bought me a complete set of The Pampered Chief Executive Cookware ( both the 7 piece & 5 piece )!!


OK, so I really like my pan set, but sometimes, while cooking, I get expectantly called away from the kitchen. (that's what happens when you have three small kids, home school, run a home biz and try to operate a small homestead!)

Occasionally, I come back (quite awhile later) to the stove only to find the inside of my pan looking somewhat like this:


(Now, I'm sure none of you other cooks have ever had a pan look like this!!! :)!!)

Here is where the second thing comes in:

Shaklee Scour Off Paste works wonders!

  • It’s all natural and biodegradable. It has no chlorine, bleach, or dye in it and has no fumes! 
  • It’s great for scrubbing tubs, ovens, sinks, tiles, cleaning copper, grout, cement, ceramic, and imitation marble, and will remove rust!
  •  ..................and it WORKS!

   




I didn't use a scratch pad or anything, just Shaklee Scour Off, a wash cloth and warm water!

But, don't take my word for it.....

 Read what Jill over at The Prairie Homestead has to say about it and enter to win your very own tub of Scour Off for FREE!


Did I mention that it lasts a very long time??  Trust me.... you'll love this stuff!


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Monday, September 5, 2011

Stumbling Into Grace by Lisa Harper

 

Stumbling Into Grace By Lisa Harper 

"Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman"

 Rating: 5 Stars


I must admit..... I LOVED this book! Sometimes, I get the feeling that all devotional books seem to blend together, sounding the same - but NOT this one!!!

 I was happily surprised that Lisa Harper's "Stumbling Into Grace" was new and refreshing and everything I need in a devotional! I don't think there's a Christian woman who can't relate to this book. It 'hits the heart' in all the right spots. 

Lisa never tries to hide her past or embarrassing moments, but uses them to encourage, teach and provide a little humor for you along the way. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who makes a fool of myself on a regular basis.

Stumbling Into Grace is the diary-devotional of one woman's honest, ongoing, bumbling journey of faith and how she finds encouragement through a deeper understanding of Christ's time on earth. Within each chapter she alternates her often humorous memoir with stirring portraits of Jesus and his own encounters as recorded in the New Testament.

At the end of each chapter there is a prayer, followed by personal or group reflection questions and then an area for a journal entry. I found the personal reflection questions really helpful, to go through at the end of each chapter, in order to go deeper on the chapter topic on a personal level.

 Topics covered in this book include things such as fear, forgiveness, humor, rest and honesty.


If you're looking for a lighthearted and honest look at life as a woman with a focus on God, I highly suggest checking out Lisa Harper's 'Stumbling Into Grace'.
You won't regret it!!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements

Preparing for the Winter.....

veggies from the garden.....


 
I enjoy canning food for my family...... I love to open the pantry doors and know that I did my part to in feeding our family over the winter months!


  
    
My canning shelves the hubby built for me.... they are right by the garage door off the kitchen - I love them!

Here is a list of some of my homemade canning must-haves.......

Green Beans ready for the canner.......


Note: My oldest Daughter does not like cooked green beans...... she likes them raw.....straight from the garden!


Sweet Potatoes - click here for the reciepe to make the best sweet potato bread you've ever ate!

Sweet Pickels
 
Squash - If you run out of pumpkin for pumpkin pie - Squash is a great substitute (acually my hubby likes the squash pies better than pumpkin!)


Chicken Broth - Pork Broth - Beef Broth - doen't have MSG in like store bought


Shredded Pork - great for bbq or reg. sandwiches

Tomato Juice

Stewed/whole tomates with the juice



Chili Sauce - I use Mrs. Wages mix and then add some of my canned whole tomatoes, meat and beans -served with cheese


Salsa - I use Mrs. Wages pkts. once again




Chicken - great for chicken and rice, chicken salad and many casseroles or sandwiches


Pumpkin - woopie pies is my favorite way to use pumpkin


Pears and Pear Sauce (like applesauce)


Peaches


Pie Filling - apple and peach (our family doesn't like cherries)
Applesauce - I use yellow delicious apples as they are sweeter and use less sugar. I don't add cinnamin! - I can it to save freezer space - then freeze it after opening. So good and icy!


Apple Butter

Jams and Jellies

Veggie Soup - my own recipe -  a staple at our house in the winter




Canned Beef - great for sandwiches and beef & noodles


Shredded Beef


Potato Mix (cubed ham, carrots, and pototoes) -Great for quick potatoe soup (just add milk, cheese, and parsley flakes). I can this in little jars too, so I can add it to scrambled eggs along with cheese and onions! It's quick and easy and no mess from peeling the potatoes.  (I also can some without the ham to use in other dishes).


Our Freezer is stocked with:

Sweet Corn - I like useing bicolor (I add salt, pepper, butter and a little sugar too it before serving- it takes just like off the cobb!)

Strawberries


Broccoli

Peas

Meat - Roasts, bacon, tenderloin, steak, etc.
Ground Pork and Ground Beef

Chicken - breast's, stips, and peices

Sliced Peaches

Rhubarb
Strawberry Jelly

Butter

Cheese

Noodles


Egg Whites - love to make angel food cakes!

Apple Coblers - I make around 12-15 in the fall and stick in the freezer - it's so handy to pull out  - goes right along with freezer meals!

Flax Seed - I try to add this to all my baked goods - You can buy it cheep in bulk

- with eggs from our chickens and fresh milk from our goats and me baking homemade bread..... I don't think we will go hungery this winter!!!

I'd love to hear some of your canning must - haves!



 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Nigerian Dwarf Baby Goats



Yesterday, August 31, 2011 our Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat
 'Jelly Bean'
had her first baby kids......Twins!!!

Meet 'Starburst' and 'Skittles'



'Starburst' was born at 11:18 pm and weighed in at 3 1/2 # - he is a big boy!


'Skittles' was born a few minutes later and weighed in at 2 3/8# - such a sweet tiny little girl!

 

Babies are doing great and Jelly Bean has turned into a fine Momma.






my helper during their birth.....
(I think this counts as a learning experience.....don't ya love home school!!)






Baby Bug 'checkin' the baby out.....

I was raised on a farm, around cows, sheep, pigs, etc., but this is the first time I was the 'responsible' adult (hubby missed it by just minutes) in the whole goat birthing process..... every time I see the miracle of birth, I'm reminded of what a awesome God we have!

We are gonna let the baby's be with momma the next 10 days and then we'll start milking...... I can't wait to show you'll pics of the milking stand the hubby made for me!

In the mean time, head on over to The Prairie Homestead for lots of great info.... I love her site!

Also, if you are interested in getting started with a good herd of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats check out The Lil' Red Barn - she has great registered blood lines and very resonable prices!

I love my goats!

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