Friday, November 21, 2008

Kitchen Floor

Last weekend my dear sweet husband installed a new ceramic tile kitchen floor for me. Below are some photos
This is the before picture. This white linoleum did not work well for us. It stained very easily and always looked dirty. It was very hard to keep clean.

This is my new beautiful ceramic tiled floor ,in the eating area of my kitchen. The trim still has to be put back up.

Here is a closer view of the tile in the other half of my kitchen



Here's a really close up view of the 2x2 center tile. I just thought it was so pretty. It's called autumn bronze. So there you have it a little peek into my home : )



Friday, November 14, 2008

Another Great Article

Here's another great article that expands on my last post, it is written by my friend Rebecca:

Who am I really to throw cold water on these folks? I suppose if they want to go away from society and "separate" themselves in the name of being godly, let them go. It's their right and freedom to do so. I am sensitive to this whole thing for one reason. I've had cold water thrown on me. You see, I went through the Little House series twice and one phrase kept running through my mind "free and independent". I live on a farm so I thought, I sure would like to be free and independent. I would like to be "self sufficient". After all, who knows what the future holds, wouldn't it be nice to be able to rely on yourself? Well, I started to float away with the ideas. I checked out books on setting up a little "homestead" of our own. Started learning about chickens and how to take care of a cow and milk one and composting and gardens and different survival stuff. I kept it all to myself for a little while and then shared some of my thoughts with my very practical software engineer of a husband. I mention this because he is know Pa Ingalls. He is an engineer - very much a man of modern technology and there is no way on earth I'll be able to change that. He was not the one to throw cold water on my unrealistic dreams though. He patiently listened as I think he knew I would come back to reality on my own. As I read on all this neat stuff (before I ever read my first Christian Homesteading blog or preparedness blog or agrarian blog) I began to realize that we would go into debt just trying to become "self sufficient". It would cost a fortune! Then it started to hit me that there is really no way one can be self reliant if what they have belongs to the bank. If you study the Great Depression, people lost their homes if they didn't own them outright. The best thing to do in a Depression is to be out of debt. How could we do this if we had to take out bank loans to set up a homestead? I threw the cold water on myself. I splashed my face with it real good and woke from my dream of thinking I could somehow become totally independent of modern day ammenitites. I realized that in truth, separatism is not the way Jesus lived. He mingled and reached out to the most unlovely. I think of the City Missions and of missionaries who go into all sorts of impoverished places or for those who go into devastated areas both here and in other parts of the world. That is Jesus to me. Now, perhaps that is putting God in a box and perhaps He does call some to "separate" for the sake of godliness, but I personally don't understand that. But then again, I'll be the first to admit I do not understand the mind of God. For me though, separatism is arrogant and ungodly. How will you be a light to the world if you are off in never, never land living like the Amish? Never mind how you look! How silly you must look to the people of the world in strange looking clothes - they can't relate! There is absolutely no reason a person should have to cover their heads and wear long dresses in order to be modest. We live today - in this culture. You will make far more impact if you live in today and dress modestly using COMMON SENSE! I like dresses very much and I wear them a lot but not because they make me more godly. I happen to feel feminine in them. I would NEVER try to tell someone that I am being obedient by wearing dresses. My hair is long but not because it makes me holier than the lady I sit next to in church that has very short hair. Not at all! How pious I would seem if I ran around with the arrogant attitude that dresses and long hair made me somehow better or more in touch with God than they are. Ok - off on a rabbit trail here but it does all tie into this homestead silliness. These people make themselves spectacles with the idea that they are living the "simple and quiet life". WRONG! Rather, they make bold and prideful statements to the world that their way is better and that they are in obedience to God and everyone else is not. This just makes me mad! But I find that this being mad is cause for repentance. It is not for me to decide what God calls people to and what He doesn't. I guess I just feel that this further divides the Christian Community as a whole. It creates more factions and dissention. Pride is such a clever tool of satan to keep us from having a unified voice up to the Lord. Are we heading for a Great, Great Depression? I don't know. Maybe. Study the last one to get an idea of how we got through it. Unity was a big theme, I tell ya. People pulled together. Roosevelt created labor jobs that didn't pay much but kept the nation fed. True, there was far more agricultural land to support the people but we'll just have to figure ways around that. Victory Gardens...? Perhaps an economic disaster would be a blessing in disguise. Perhpas it would restore some of our traditional values in this country and draw us together to figure out ways to survive. We have too much here and it has caused a lot of havoc. I don't have all the answers but I do know this. I am not called to separate from the world and time in which God has placed me. Rather, I need to be modest in today's culture. I need to be wise in my spending and not go into further debt and seek ways of getting out of it. I need to support the efforts of those whose mission field is to the less fortunate and to those who HELP others by NOT separating themselves from the hurting. I love benevolance. The homesteaders talk of generosity. I guess I don't see it but what do I know? Nothing really. I just can't imagine being able to be very charitable while you spend ALL your time trying to become SELF SUFFICIENT! Self, self, self! Yuk! That is what I have to say about that.If a depression is what it takes to get us back to ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL then I say bring it on!May God have mercy on us and may His will be done.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

You have to read this!

Below is an article that a fellow blogging friend wrote. I feel as she does and have tried in the past to get my thoughts out on my blog, but was never quite able. If I could this is exactly how I would have written it.

This was written by my blogging friend Rebecca:



Is our Father not able to care for us even in disaster? One last thing before I go on to my week or so of intense training. I have an opinion I wish to express. It's another one of my rants so bear with.
This "Homesteading" thing. Ok, it could go several ways. Perhaps it's God's way of mobilizing some to set up camp for the rest of us that will need refuge. That is hard to imagine though as there would be A LOT of those needing refuge. I wonder if they would willingly open their homesteads to droves of hungry, frightened people that didn't prepare as they, the homesteaders, did. In truth, the supplies of even the most prepared Christian will run out if they were to share. Or better yet, say you "prepare" yourselves to feed your family for X amount of time if disaster struck. What will you do if your neighbors find out you have and they don't. Are you going to bar your doors and refuse them assistance? Would your little pantry feed your neighborhood? Would Jesus have you to lock your doors, turn out your lights and hunker down with your food source while the people you live around starve? Hmmmm.... Might He have to multiply the loaves and the fishes? Would you trust Him to do that? If you would, honestly would, then can you trust Him to provide even in the most dire of circumstances? I tell you, your pantries, gardens and homesteads will be no safer than any other place if you are even allowed to stay there and your food/water supply will not last indefinately and you sure as shootin' don't want anybody to find out what you have or they'll be on your door step looking for help How would you like that "Prepared Christian"? This is the truth: YOU CAN'T PREPARE for castrophe. You CANNOT rely on yourselves for survival. You know where you'll be heading? Wherever the gov't has you to go, that's where. You'll end up sleeping on a cot with an issued blanket eating whatever is rationed to you, that's what! And you'll be thankful that you are dry and warm and have something to eat and you can know that your Heavenly Father is caring for you - meeting your needs and somehow being glorified in the midst of it all. To the homesteaders: I am so glad that not everyone is like you. I am so glad that there are City Missions that rescue the unfortunate as I may be one someday. I would be grateful for the scenario I described above in the event of "total economic disaster". I will not kid myself into thinking that I can hunker down where I live and not be found here and that I can somehow survive on tree bark and rain water. You have moved away from the cities to homestead and that may be where God has you but don't try to make everyone else feel that they are less faithful to God because they don't go play little house on the prairie. There are people who see the suffering in the cities and stay here to help them! There are people who feel they are called to missionary work both here and abroad and thank goodness for relief workers who go to these war torn countries and to places that are hit with natural disasters. Thank goodness they did not shut themselves up in their own little cozy hovels and say well at least it didn't affect me!
Ok, my blood pressure is a bit up right now.... I need to calm down as I am not doing those things I just mentioned but I am thankful and SUPPORT those who do because that could be me and my family some day. Those who are offering assistance to those who are "deserving" (tornado victims) and "non-deserving" (thieves and drug addicts) alike are being the hands and feet of Jesus. They depend of Him to provide what they need to operate just as we all will if we come to the place where what we now know and find our false security in ceases to exist. I am sick of reading about off the grid and all the silly survival tactics people are out there playing with. Maybe they take it very seriously but I wonder how serious they will take it if they or one of their loved ones comes down with something awful and they have to move back to the city near a hospital where they will have to look a little silly wearing their prairie clothes while their loved ones take advantage of the system that God has allowed us to use for the time complete with running water, electricity and high tech medical care! Thank God for those people who haven't run off to a homestead to figure out a way off the grid. Instead, they devoted their lives to practicing medicine to help heal people taking full advantage of education and opportunity - the same opportunity that homesteaders have come to despise.
Support your local missions to the homeless and down trodden. Support relief efforts for those who go to the places that are devastated. Pray for them and thank God that these faithful people exist and are His hands and feet whether they realize it or not. Thank God that He cares for the afflicted through such efforts and know that if our time comes to need such help He will have selected people to do such works!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Life With Little Ones

This Little House .....I started to answer your question, but it seemed to be getting a little long winded , so I decided to just make it a post : ) This is only my opinion on scheduling small children, every family is different, and has to do what works best for them.

First off, I'm probably not the one to be asking about scheduling small children. LOL! I've never been good at it : ( I feel I have a little different parenting style then most. When I became a parent, I parented the way I did out of instinct(I guess) and survial LOL! I never knew my parenting style had a name but later found out it was called attachment parenting (I think that's what it's called). Although, I do know there are some extreme forms of it, that's not me; however, at least I don't think so.

Strict schedules are not my thing....I can't follow them. I do like having a routine/plan though.....that seems to make the most difference for me. Goodness, I can hardly remember what it was like having two small children. What I remember the most about them being that little was reading to them , making tents out of sheets in the living room, going to the park and for walks,blowing bubbles, going to storytime at the library, etc. I don't remember house work being too much of a struggle. I lived in an apartment....there wasn't a whole lot to clean :) Life seemed alot easier & slower paced then. I miss those times.

I understand the need to get things done and it does need to be done. Just put first things first & that maybe differnt for everyone. For me it's important to have meals planned, kitchen kept up with , so it's clean enough to be able to prepare those meals. I don't know about you , but if we don't eat right or skip meals, it affects us all in a negative way.

Another thing that I really think can mess up how our days go with little ones is the distraction of the TV, phone, and computer. I look back at when my two older children were small & things probably went smoother because I didn't talk on the phone much at all & I didn't have a computer. I kind of have a love hate relationship with the computer. Sometimes I just want to get rid of it althogether.

I would love to be of more help but I guess I can't. I just know when I look back at the time when my older children were younger, I don't remember much about the house work. If I do it's thoughts of regret. One time in particular that comes to mind, was when my daughter was a month old. It was the night before Thanksgiving & I made the mistake of taking the entire Thanksgiving preparations on my shoulders. It just happened that my usually very content baby cried & cried and wanted to be held, while I was trying to prepare things for the next day. I remember becoming frustrated with her and just having a bad attitude. I stayed up into the wee hours of the night finishing what needed to be done. Sure the meal was nice and the house was clean but all I remember was her little cries that I became so frustrated with & that makes me sad that I reacted that way.

Take life with little ones a little slower & just enjoy it.....before you know it they will be more independent and able to do things for themselves.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Heart of the King is in God's Hand

I have had several days to let the election results sink in. I was initially disappointed with the outcome, but after really letting God's truths fill my mind, that disappointment has past. God is in control, who am I to question His authority! He knows what He's doing. So any concerns I might have should be lifted up to God in prayer.


"The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will" Proverbs 21: 1

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Defeated?

I have to say I'm dissappointed and a little worried that Barack Hussein Obama is now our president. What does this mean for us now? What does the future hold? I've heard so many speculations, some very frightening, but yet I still have hope because I know God is Sovereign and I'm trusting in his truths. His truths (His word) as Christians should give us hope & peace. We should know that we have not been defeated, that God has not been defeated.

"There is no authority except that which God has established . The authorities that exist have been established by God.......For [ the ruler] is God's servant to do you good." Rom. 13:1 &4

God is wise beyond measure & sovereign , EVEN when He permits rulers to go against his revealed will . I have to admit I cringe when I see all the Obama supporters celebrating over his victory. It's difficult as humans to understand/accept that, but we are not God & not everything is for us to understand. I found the following quote from a timely Bible study book that I am reading (Trusting God ~ Even when Life Hurts) to be encouraging " And we should remember that God works in history from an eternal perspective, whereas we tend to view the outworking of history from a temporal perspective" This should give us hope that there is a bigger picture, although we may not see it all clearly right now, God does, and He is in control of it!

So what do we do now? Do we just sit back passively and say "what will be will be" because God is in control. No, we pray and I believe that those prayers should be as Paul says in 1 Timothy 2: 1-3 " I urge you , first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God's mercy upon them, and give thanks. Pray this way for kings and all others in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our savior."

The verses below really encouraged me because I believe it reveals the greatness , power, and control that God has over rulers. I hope it brings you encouragement as well." He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff." Isaiah 40:23-24
Evil will not prevail!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Precious Little Children

This past Halloween season my 2 year old daughter, poor thing,was scared on several occasions when we were shopping at Walmart.......when she saw the scary decorations & costumes in the store. So much so it brought her to tears ; however, she was a little light in that same store. Let me tell you how...........

Recently, as we were shopping and without me prompting her, she loudly started singing " The B-I-B-L-E.....that's the book for me!" as we walked up and down the aisles . It was so precious! I guess she told them : ) What a wonderful example even a litte 2 year old child can be for Jesus!