Wednesday, August 26, 2009

'None so blind as those who will not see'

Idiom Definitions for 'None so blind as those who will not see'
This idiom is used when people refuse to accept facts presented to them. ('None so deaf as those who will not hear' is an alternative.)

As a headcoverer in a non-headcovering church I found this ironic. Here is a photo from my son's weekly sunday school pamphlet.

and look again.

It's Hannah. The story about a woman that pleased God and her prayers were answered.
And her is me doing a pretty good impression.( don't ya think?)

and here are some verses.
For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ, ' and will deceive many. … and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people (Matthew 24:5, 11).

For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time (Matthew 24:24-25).

Trust in Yahweh with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Yahweh and shun evil (Proverbs 3:5-7).

Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32).

"Now I am praising you because [as you say] you have kept me in your remembrance in all things and at present still do have me in your thinking, even as also you are holding fast to those things which were delivered to me to be handed down to you, which I also delivered to you to be passed on to succeeding generations. Moreover, I desire you to know that the head of every man is the Christ, and the woman's head is the man, and the head of the Christ is God the Father. Every man while praying or prophesying [giving out the word of God in the public assembly, which word he received by divine revelation] having a shawl hanging down over his head dishonors his head. But every woman while praying or prophesying with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for this would be one and the same thing as if she had her head shaved. For, assuming that a woman is uncovered, let her also cut her hair close. But since it is dishonorable for a woman to be shaven or have her hair cropped close, let her put a shawl down over her head. For, indeed, a male individual is morally obligated not to cover his head in that manner since he is so constituted as to be the derived image and glory of God. But the woman is the glory of a man. For a man is not out of a woman as a source, but a woman out of a man. Assuredly, a man was not created for the sake of the woman, but a woman for the sake of the man. On this account the woman is under moral obligation to be having a sign of [the man's] authority [over her] on her head because of the angels.

Nevertheless, neither is a woman [complete] apart from a man, nor a man [complete] apart from a woman in God, for even as the woman came out of the man as a source, thus also does the man owe his existence to the intermediate agency of the woman. But all things are out of God as a source. Come to a decision among yourselves. Is it seemly or fitting for a woman to be engaged in prayer to God not wearing the shawl hanging down over her head? Does not the innate sense of propriety itself based upon the Objective difference in the constitution of things [the difference between the male and the female] teach you that if indeed a man allows his hair to grow long, it is a disgrace to him, but if a woman allows her hair to grow long, it is her glory? Because her head of hair has been given to her for a permanent covering [answering in character to but not a substitute for the shawl]. If, as is the case, anyone presumes to be cantankerous [about the moral obligation of a woman to wear a head covering when engaged in public prayer in the assembly], as for us, we do not have such a custom [namely, that of a woman praying with uncovered head], neither do the assemblies of God."- I CORINTHIANS 11:2-16

Here is a long but good article I found about headcovering:
fern's homestead

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Daddy these are for you.

"Little One" wants you to know that he is "christian cowboy".

"Take a picture for Dad!"

and here are some improvement photos:

( skirting with treated plywood)

Do you think they used enough spray foam? ( notice the sarcasm? lol)

Much love, The wifey

Freecycle bird feeder

My boys and I are "beautifying" our place on a budget. I saw a bird-feeder on freecycle and I thought not only can we enjoy watching the birds but we can also learn about the common birds in Alaska.

The birds are very fearful and I told the boys that it may take a while for them to feel comfortable at the "bird cafe". But one little brave fellow made a "grab and go" almost immediately! ( I was hiding behind window to take this photo)

My "little one" is already an avid birdwatcher!

Then I was researching birdfood recipes and I came upon this really interesting FRUGAL recipe
see it HERE
I plan on making it this weekend. Now I just need to call the butcher and "beg for scraps!"

Sunday, August 23, 2009

this means war- frugal wasp traps

on wasps.
I have been stung numerous times this summer. Yesterday I was stung and it hurt all day.

So I looked up on the internet how to make a trap. Suprisingly it is very simple and inexpensive and they work!

I baited two traps with salmon. I counted up the wasps and with the two traps I netted 27 wasps.
See photos and directions below.

First you take a gallon jug. I used one milk jug and one jug from windshield cleaner. Then you cut a hatch in said jug. ( I roll up the extra bit like a tent door.)
Next you take a one to two inch square of fish and wrap in salmon. Hang the salmon from the top of the jug and let dangle in area by hatch. Then fill jug with water mixed with a squirt of dishsoap. ( this breaks the surface tension of the water). The greedy hornets/wasps need a one inch take-off area so after chewing off a piece of meat they will drown themselves taking off. Some do get away but that is ok as they tell all their buddies about the meat and so more show up. Add more water, soap, and bait as need be. Also make sure to scoop out the dead insects otherwise they will make little life-rafts for the other hornets. A very quick, frugal and poison-free alternative to commercial insect repellents/traps.


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Did you know I am a superhero(ine)?

Cuz I am! My shirt says so.

It really does. See-

And hey look it is a smaller size than I have worn in years. ( go lapband bandits!)

Want to know where to get them? You can order them here: True Wisdom Mommy
They come in sizes small through XXXL and she ships super(hero) fast.

Last night I used my "super-powers" to host a sleepover with my two youngest sons and their friend.

Whew. This superhero(ine) needs a break!

Friday, August 21, 2009

New camera photos

new camera.

*and some test photos*

Not the best photo of me but still- it is all in focus!

A willing model- My youngest

and again- playing with a favorite toy: playdough

and for my husband the boy's baseball photo

Two photos of the mobile home remodel (no more mortgage- Yeah!)


and our dog that matches our carpet.

Warning: wolf in sheep's clothing.

I don't usually pass on forwards but this one is true. I did some research on my own.

Beware of This Book- Oprah is pushing it

This has also been made into a movie...

and you can read a sample of it on Amazon, if you'd like....


Please take note of the information below and pass it along to others.
Schools are distributing this Book to children through the Scholastic Book Club.

The name of the book is Conversations with
God.. James Dobson talked about this book twice this week. It is devastating. Parents, churches and Christian schools need to be aware of it.

Two particular books are: Conversations with
God and Conversations with God for Teens, written by Neale D. Walsch.

They sound harmless enough by their titles alone. The books have been on the New York Times best sellers list for a number of weeks, and they make truth of the statement, "Don't judge a book by its cover or title."

The author purports to answer various questions asked by kids using the "voice of God". However, the "answers" that he gives are not Bible-based and go against the very infallible word of

For instance (and I paraphrase):

When a girl asks the question "Why am I a
lesbian?" His answer is that she was 'born that way' because of genetics
(just as you were born right-handed, with brown eyes, etc.). Then he tells
her to go out and "celebrate" her differences.

Another girl poses the question "I am living
with my boyfriend. My parents say that I should marry him because I am living in sin. Should I marry him?"

His reply is, "Who are you sinning against?
Not me, because you have done nothing wrong."

Another question asks about God's
forgiveness of sin. His reply "I do not forgive anyone because there is
nothing to forgive. There is no such thing as right or wrong and that is
what I have been trying to tell everyone, do not judge people. People have
chosen to judge one another and this is wrong, because the rule is "'judge
not lest ye be judged."

Not only are these books the false doctrine
of the devil, but in some instances quote (in error) the Word of God.

And the list goes on. These books (and
others like it) are being sold to schoolchildren through (The Scholastic
Book Club), and we need to be aware of what is being fed to our children.

The children of our nation are under attack.
So I pray that you be sober and vigilant about teaching your children the
Word of God, and guarding their exposure to worldly mediums, because our
adversary, the devil, roams about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may
devour (1 Peter 5:8). We know that lions usually hunt for the slowest,
weakest and YOUNGEST of its prey.

Pass this on to every Believer you know..
And, if you are in doubt, check out the books yourself.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

homeschooling: bee video

Definitely worth a watch. ( I borrowed it from the library)
Now my boys know not to be a drone ( lazy) or a hornet ( a bully). But to be a "busy bee" because they sure get their work done!
All joking aside it truly is an exceptional video. You even get to see a queen bee's "wedding flight"!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

homeschooling with background music

Today we started homeshooling for the 2009 school year. We still haven't recieved our ebay purchase curriculum *gulp* so I ended up having to pick up a few workbooks from Barnes and Nobles to fill in the gaps. They are inexpensive, child-size and bright colored. o they'll do in a pinch.

"Flash Skills are colorful mini-workbooks designed to focus on specific skills necessary to master math and reading. Eye-catching artwork and full-color stickers motivate, reward, and reinforce learning." - Barnes and Nobles

The boys were restless today so I went to switch on my old standby. - light classical. But since we do not have tv channels anymore we didn't have background music! So I did an Internet search and came up with this nifty site.:
Classical Webcast
Classical music stations from all over the world.

Because as we all know:

"Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak." William Congreve

"Music has charms to soothe a savage breast," spoken by Almeria in Act I, Scene 1. (The word "breast" is often misquoted as "beast".)

Thanks to WikiAnswers I won't be misquoting that anymore!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Photos from my life

A crochet plant hanger I designed to fit a cool-whip container

I thought these colors were so pretty. ( pickles in the making)

A 60 cent blessing for a boy in need.

A frugal birthday gift. ( all it cost was time)

Rice Bags ( bean bags) for a two-year olds birthday party.

The coffee-can (catcher) I spray-painted and permanent marker decorated

Then I wrapped in Sunday comics and topped with some ribbon I had around the house.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

North to the Pole

That's right. When we went to Chena we also went to the city of North Pole. There is a Santa there year around. Now my kids don't believe that Santa is a real guy but they got a kick out of it anyhow.

First of all youngest on his own. ( He said "I'm a little shy.")

Then the whole trio.

My youngest posing with a life size stuffed (toy) polar bear

Then of course they have to try the sled!

Well that was our trip to North Pole's Santa House.

Headcovering Tute ( per request)

First of all why is this woman wearing this on her head? The answer to your question can be found here: Scroll Publishing

Here is my headcovering:

"say cheese"

First of all I fold the square into an UNEVEN triangle.

Then I place the triangle onto my head large triangle out.

Then I tuck triangle under the ties. ( which I double tie)

Then I take the two "wings" and I place together and secure with a clippie. ( I do mine upside-down )

And that is how you can turn any square into a "no wings" covering.

stop and smell the.. daisies.

Lord Jesus when I am having a "Martha" day please help me to remember this poem.

If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.
I'd relax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances.
I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would perhaps have more actual troubles,
but I'd have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I'm one of those people who live sensibly and sanely, hour after hour,
day after day. Oh, I've had my moments, and if I had to do it over again,
I'd have more of them. In fact, I'd try to have nothing else.
Just moments, one after another, instead of living
so many years ahead of each day.

I've been one of those persons who never goes anywhere
without a thermometer, a hot water bottle,
a raincoat and a parachute.
If I had it to do again, I would
travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier
in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daisies. Nadine Stair, adapted from an essay by Don Herold

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Life in Alaska - none can compare!

Here are some photos from our camping trip up to Chena to see Daddy. ( Daddy's building a bridge and we miss him so!)

First off my romantic DH surprised me with roses when we arrived ( after 8 hours in the car). It was a lovely surprise.

Then two photos of DH. First one is him standing by the campsite whistling for the dog but it looks like the caption should say "Man's quest for fire fulfilled!" and a bubble coming from his mouth "Ohhh pretty!" Hee hee.

and next is actually the last night we are there. My husband is cooking dinner on the campfire. There is a cast-iron pan somewhere in there! Suprisingly it turned out well.

Here is my lovely middle son. He is such a happy camper!

Then I saw this pic of my eldest son and I knew right away who he reminded me of. Now all the people can stop searching because Bigfoot has been found!

Old photo:

New photo (of course it would be a teenage boy!):

The very dangerous sleeping bag shark. AKA Teddy Bear.:

Then here I am on camping day 1.

The last night camping. Swollen from hives and stings. Haven't been near a bath or plumbing for days. Cooking meals for three kids, husband and dog... I earned my badge.

My youngest on the trip home. Shhhhh don't wake "the baby"!

Whew well that's enough for now. Next time I will post pics about the north pole. So you all come back now you hear-