Our Cirriculum Choices 2014-2015 & Book Reccomendations

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We have come a long way in the short time we have been homeschooling!  We have finally found our niche, at least for now :)  Charlotte Mason methodology fits our family well!  Children learn and Momma’s teach differently and you will have to find for your self what works best for your family. That’s one really cool aspect of homeschooling, you can cater to your children’s needs and they can learn more effortlessly. Here’s our Curriculum Choices for 2014-2015

PRE-SCHOOL:

Workbooks and Flashcards and not to be underrated REAL LIFE LEARNING.  Don’t miss all those little teaching opportunities, MOM!  We have been known to nix flash cards for this method!

KINDERGARTEN:

My Fathers World – God’s Creation from A to Z   www.mfwbooks.com

Handbook for Reading  www.abeka.com

2nd GRADE:

My Fathers World -Exploring Countries and Cultures

English- Language Lessons for Today   www.mfwbooks.com

Spelling- Rodd and Staff (3)

Math-Arithmetic 2 (Abeka)

4th GRADE:

My Fathers World – Exploring Countries and Cultures

English- Intermediate Language Lessons by Emma Serl

Spelling-Rod and Staff (4)

Math- Switched On Schoolhouse 4 – www.aophomeschooling.com/

 

A Little About My Father’s World (from their website) www.mfwbooks.com

Family Learning Cycle

My Father’s World’s unique INVESTIGATE Multi-age Family Learning Cycle is designed for children through 8th grade to be taught together using the same program. Bible, geography, history, literature, science, music appreciation, and art activities can be enjoyed by a range of ages. Our Teacher’s Manuals provide guidance for grade level expectations as needed. A 7th grader will complete assignments more thoroughly than a 3rd grader while using many of the same resources. The Multi-age Family Learning Cycle keeps the family together when possible and assures that the parent is only teaching one complete curriculum package each year.

Our five year-long programs begin with a one-year foundation in geography and cultures followed by four years of chronological history. A 2nd or 3rd grader continues in the cycle for 6-7 years, repeating material previously learned in 2nd or 3rd grade at an advances level.

 

We also use Character Development materials for all ages and grades from Character First  www.characterfirsteducation.com/c/shop.php

 

Good Books:

Big Book of Homeschooling By Debie Pearl

www.amazon.com/The-Book-Homeschooling-Debi-Pearl/dp/1616440686/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406295816&sr=8-1&keywords=homeschooling+book

 

Homeschooling with a meek and Quiet Spirit  By Terri Maxwell

http://www.titus2.com/homeschooling-with-a-meek-and-quiet-spirit.html

 

Managers of Their Schools

http://www.titus2.com/managers-of-their-schools.html

 

Think Outside the Classroom

http://www.generationcedar.com/main/our-products/ebooks/think-outside-the-classroom

 

Internet Resources:

Want to know more about the Charlotte Mason methodology? Check out…  www.simplycharlottemason.com/

 

To Schedule or not to Schedule…

th1that is the question!

And a much debated one in homeschool circles.  It all comes down to what works best for your family and lifestyle.  We have done the regimented color chart found at   http://www.titus2.com/managers-of-their-homes.html  It was beautiful, and I loved it so much it hung on the wall for a year, before I took it down, even though we never followed it!  If you are a scheduled person you will love this method.  We recommend all of their books!  I have almost ALL of them :)

Even the best schedule book couldn’t help me, apparently.  To homeschool and have 6 kids, for that matter, you do need structure.  If you don’t have some kind of structure there will be chaos!!!!  Routine, Routine ROUTINE…there I like that better!  Routine sounds better to my free spirit than schedule!  So, lets talk about our “routine”.

We get up, when we get up! Usually around 7.

We eat breakfast and get dressed.

School Starts…I do kindergarten and pre-school while big kids are doing independent work.

We do character First as a family.

Kindergarten and pre-school go play while we do our Family Cycle with 2nd grade and up.

After that, if they are done with independent work they are done.  If they are not, they finish, we do any tests we need to do and I look over their work.

All this gets done in time to prepare for lunch. We eat and then go about our day doing those things that are necessary.

This is our Routine, Life happens, but this is the general order of business.  I am available while they are doing there independent work to get them started or to answer any questions.  That’s why we built a house with an open floor plan and we have school in a central location.  I can keep my eye on progress as I am cleaning up and doing dinner prep, and tending to a new baby’s needs.

We have 4 day school, Monday – Thursday, with Friday reserved for make-up work or field trips.  Our Curriculum is set up this way and we LOVE it!!!  We are also planning year round school this year.  More about that, another time.

Also a great reference for ordering your days is a book called Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman

Kim’s blog is at http://largefamilylogistics.blogspot.com/

So that’s how we roll…

How about you, I would love to hear how you do it!

 

Homeschool Week

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I know, I know its summer break for all you teachers and public school-ers out there, but this is the time of year things are really gearing up for homeschool.  We like to learn all year long in our house and the last few weeks have been full of planning for next years adventures!  This year we will be starting in July.  I know this sounds crazy to a lot of people, let me explain.  The particular school curriculum we use is set up for a 4 day week, also we like the freedom to have school when the weather is yucky and explore the outdoors and enjoy our family when its nice outside, or when The Farmer is out of the field.  It is all about OUR family!

Secondly, I thought a week of Homeschool posts would be very fitting!  I usually post after we have started our schooling for the year, and this is too late for those who wish to learn more about school-at-home.  So here it is!  For those of you who have and are considering homeschooling, I hope this helps. For those who are opposed to it or confused, this is for you too!  So kick back and enjoy this week of homeschooling information overload!!!

Topics this week include:

EXCUSES FOR NOT HOMESCHOOLING

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING (Bet you’ve never heard a sermon like this!)

HOMESCHOOL INFORMATION

OUR CIRRICULUM CHOICES

THE A B C’s of HOMESCHOOLING

HOW WE MAKE IT WORK (Homeschool Cart Idea)

and TO SCHEDULE OR NOT TO SCHEDULE

 

Okay, Okay, so its going to be more than a week of posts.  I’m a little against the grain, that comes with being a homeschool mom.  Some of you will understand :)

Dress A Girl Around The World

Dress A Girl Around the World is a wonderful ministry that I am so blessed to be a part of!  We just sent our first shipment of 100 dresses and I was so excited to get back the pictures of all those smiling faces! Be looking for an up-coming post with those pictures.  For now, I wanted to share a little information about the dress a girl program.  I would love to come speak to your church, youth group, or sewing group and tell you more! Please let me know if you are interested!  You can contact me at dagmissouri@gmail.com

The following is taken from http://www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com/

We dream of a world…

                                           in which every girl has at least one new dress!

 

We want girls to know  that they are worthy of love and respect and most of all that God loves them!

 

Dress a Girl Around the World is a Campaign under Hope 4 Women International (a 501 (c) 3 organization) bringing dignity to women around the world since 2006.  Hope 4 Women International is a nondenominational independent Christian organization.

Visit Hope 4 Women International at  http://www.h4wi.org

 

 

What if Every Girl had just one dress?

 People from across the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, The UK, Sweden, the Philippines, Uganda, and more gather for a day or an evening of sewing dresses out of pillowcases and fabric. They gather in living rooms, basements, backyards, dining rooms, schools, churches, and civic centers.

Change Her Destiny

 By providing a new dress you may well be changing a young girl’s destiny. Village pastors tell us that a girl wearing new dress presents an appearance that she is well cared for and may discourage would-be predators. We attach our Dress a Girl label on the outside of each dress sending an additional message that each girl is under the care of an organization, giving her added protection from those who would harm her.

What If You Made That Dress?

 Go around the world with us and see girls who live in a society where they have no value—where they are used as slaves, abused and preyed upon. Imagine kneeling before a little girl in Uganda or the Appalachians. You are holding a beautiful new dress—made by you.  You tell her “I made this dress just for you because you are precious to me and to God.”

Imagine as you drop the dress over her head that the shame she feels is dropping away. She lifts her chin toward the heavens—allowing her to stand tall.

To join us on a trip please email rachel@h4wi.org

 

Get the Sewing Handbook

If you are interested in sewing for dress a girl please download the sewing handbook…

http://www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com/sewing-handbook

 It includes guidelines, patterns and sewing tutorials essential for sewing the dresses.

 

 

 

 Give a Gift to Help us Reach Girls at Risk

Your financial gift enables us  to ship dresses to groups who will hand carry them to other countries. We also train women to make dresses within their own countries and gift them with sewing machines enabling them to dress their own girls.

If you would like to help this program continue to reach girls around the world you can send a tax-deductible financial gift to:

Hope 4 Women International
P.O. Box 8061
Tempe, AZ 85281

Why we sew…

Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

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I ran out of my homemade cleaner the other day and found this recipe.  Since I had almost all the ingredients, I thought I would try this out.  I liked that I could use my essential oils, and that it is disinfecting!  And, Have I ever mentioned…I love the smell of essential oils!?! Added bonus: it’s inexpensive to make!!!

Supplies:

  • old baby wipes container or sealable plastic container
  • white vinegar
  • tea tree oil
  • lavender oil
  • castile soap
  • old t-shirts cut up I used 5
  • water

  Instructions:

  • Put cloth into wipes container or plastic container with lid.  Just about anything with a lid will work.

MIX:

  • 2 cups of water
  • a big squirt of castile soap (mine was castile soap and lavender oil)
  • 1/2 c. of vinegar
  • 6-8 drops tea tree oil and
  • You can also add 6-8 drops of lavender oil if you wish (my castile soap was infused with lavender so I only added 3 drops)
  • Pour liquid mixture over cloth

Voila!  When you are done wiping down counters, or toilets, or whatever, simply throw these in the wash with your clothes, and make a new batch!  I keep my wipes on the kitchen counter so they are handy to grab!

July Flexi-of-the-Month

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As always…

Remember to check out Lilla Rose styling and sizing video’s before ordering!

To order yours today…click here.

Preserving Squash & Recipe’s

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Squash is so easy to put up and of course is so yummy and good for you!  Start by washing your squash and then slicing it.  I like to use my mandolin slicer for nice uniform slices.  Label your bags.  this works out better when they are flat!

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Throw your slices in a quart freezer bag.

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Throw in 1/4 cup of flour.  Seal the bag, with the air in it and….

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Let the kids shake, shake, shake, until your squash is all coated with flour.  Then you can squeeze as much air out of the bags as you can and re-seal them. Then throw them I your freezer!!!

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Recipes:

Fried Squash

  • Get your grease hot.
  • Get your bag out of the freezer and whack it on the counter to loosen up the stuck together squash.  You can let it defrost it a little, but I am impatient sometimes!
  • Put your squash in the grease and fry away!
  • When it has browned you can strain it on a paper towel and salt to taste.

Fresh Squash and Onion

  • Use about 5 to 6 medium sized squash.
  • Wash and cut into chunks.
  • Place in a pot of boiling water (Just enough to cover the squash)
  • add salt, pepper 1 stick of butter and 1/2 an onion cut in slices or rings, what ever you prefer.  I like nice big pieces!
  • Boil just a few minutes until squash is soft and onions are translucent.

 

Preserving Green Beans & A Recipe!

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We picked 5 gallon of green beans out of the garden a week or two ago, and wouldn’t you know it was at an extremely busy time for us!  I was planning on canning these, but due to the time crunch, I froze them instead.  This process takes much less time!  Obviously you pick your green beans first, then you rinse them off.  The kids gave them a rincing off outside, then I brought them in and with the help of a strainer, did a little better job.

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After rinsing them, I got water started boiling in the biggest pot I have, and began snapping off the ends and snapping them in half.  I gave all the little kids a butter knife and cutting board so they could work on their knife skills safely.

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We gave all the end pieces to the rabbits and chickens.

 

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This is what they look like snapped in half.

 

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When you have them finished, throw them in your boiling water.  BE CAREFUL!  I was able to do around 2 1/2 gallons at a time in by big pot.   This was a time saver.  When it comes back to a rolling boil, time them for around 3 minutes or until they turn brighter.  This is called blanching.  Blanching kills the yucky stuff, locks in flavor, and cuts your cooking time in half!

 

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Strain them and quickly throw them in an ice bath to stop them cooking.

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As soon as they cool spread them out on a towel to drain and pat them dry a little.

 

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Label and put them in your freezer bags!

It may seem like a lot of work compared to opening up a can from the store, but you cannot even compare the nutritional value!!!  It is worth it, and your stomach will thank you.

Recipe:

  1. Put 1 gallon of green beans in pot.
  2. Cover with a few inches of water over the top of the beans.
  3. Add 1 stick of butter and 1/2 small chopped onion (or 1/4 to 1/2 cup of dried minced onion, if you don’t have fresh)
  4. Fry 5 slices of bacon, chop and put in your green beans.
  5. Add 1/4 cup bacon grease rendering to green beans.
  6. Boil away!  Check your water every now and then and add some if needed.

These are even better the second day!!! :)

 

Do it yourself…Baby Cereal (Brown rice and Oatmeal)

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Stella has recently started eating and I have been making and freezing baby food all week, fresh out of the garden.  We think mommas milk is best and we don’t stop there.  I don’t know what is in those little jars of baby food at the supermarket, but I do know what is and isn’t in my garden! :)

Along with veggies and fruit I ground up some brown rice in our mill, and oatmeal in our food processor.  If you have a blender or a food processor you can use these to mill your rice or oatmeal to as fine a consistency as you can get it.

I put mine in 1/2 gallon mason jars.  Remember to store these in the fridge or a dark cool place.  You can make a little recipe card and tie it to the side along with a tbsp. measure for quick and handy cooking.

And here’s the recipe’s. Your baby will thank you!!!

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Baby Oatmeal Cereal

To make 1 serving for a 5-9 month old baby

1. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and sprinkle in 2 tbsp. of the ground oats.

2. Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then occasionally for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy.

Accompaniments: Breast milk or formula can be added to thin the mixture, or ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, if desired. Fruit purees would go great too!

Brown Rice Cereal

(1 serving for a 4-6 month old baby)

1. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and sprinkle in 2 tbsp of the ground brown rice.

2. Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then occasionally for 4-5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy to prevent any lumps from forming.

Accompaniments: Breast Milk, Molasses, Banana, Almond Milk, Apple Sauce or Baby Food Puree.

2014 Wheat Harvest in Full Swing!

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Wheat thrashing is underway.  We have some of it burnt and planted back already and one farm left to thrash.  It’s busy bees around here right now!  The kids are loving it, but the farmer’s wife is tired of hauling them to the field repeated times a day to “take turns” riding!

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A Necklace and a Prayer

Another sweet way to include your little ones in the Dress A Girl Around the World ministry is to let her make necklaces for the recipients of the little dresses.  This was a great idea I heard about the other day and I just had to pass it on.  These are a real treasure for a little girl who has literally nothing.  The finished necklaces can be color matched with the dress you are giving and placed in the pocket of the dress.

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I bought this ribbon for 44 cents a roll, but I’m sure you could find it cheaper on sale..  I cut the ribbon at 28 inches.  This seemed big enough to even clear our 8 year olds head.

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Next you need some pony beads.  You can pre cut the ribbon and put it in bags so its ready whenever your little ones need some busy work.

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I told Jo Anna how I pray for each little girl as I am making her dress, and that she should pray for the little girl as she was making her necklace.  I said that we should pray for God to keep her safe and that she would love Jesus and serve Him, that she would grow up to be a momma who would teach her children about Jesus.  It is very sweet to walk by and see her little head bowed and a whispered petition coming from her lips.

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To Find out more about Dress A Girl Around the World, click the link on the side bar or feel free to e-mail me at  dagmissouri@gmail.com

Tye-Dye Dress A Girl

Since I have been making all these dresses, and my little ones can’t sew yet, I wanted to find some ways they could be involved in this ministry so they could develop a servants heart like our Saviour.  Since they love to tye-dye, this was right up their alley!

 

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Didn’t they make a lovely finished product!

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A tye-dye birthday party, sleep over or youth group activity benefitting Dress A Girl would be great fun!  E-mail me for details! :)

To Find out more about Dress A Girl Around the World, click the link on the side bar or feel free to e-mail me at  dagmissouri@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Pillowcase Dress

This is a quick and easy way to make a pillowcase dress. and my favorite to make!  I recently became the Missouri Ambassador for a wonderful ministry Dress A Girl Around The World.  www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com Our director, Suzanne, has a post of this same dress pattern on her blog, as well  http://sewdelightful.blogspot.com/2013/12/dress-tutorial.html  It will help you to visit Dress A Girl’s website and check out the sewing handbook.  It will give you all the measurements for these dresses and you can print off the arm-hole templates.

 

  1. Start with a clean pillowcase trim off the top and fold it in half.

 

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2.   Measure the approximate length of your dress and decide which armhole template you need.  Cut both sides at the same time.

 

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3.   Open up pillowcase, turn inside out and fold town 1/4 inch and press.  Fold down again 1 1/2 inch to 2 inches and press.  Do this for both sides.

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4.  Sew along the edge of your fold.  I live to use a zig-zag stitch, especially when I am doing a contrasting color.  Then sew your top stitch that will encase your elastic.  I like to skip down a little so you will have a little ruffle at the top of your dress.  Do this for both sides.  Always remember to back stitch so your dresses will be sturdy and bless these girls for a long time!

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5.   Determine the length of elastic you need (refer to your handbook), put a pin in the end of it and feed it through your casing.

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6.    Do a zig-zag stitch back and forth several times along the elastic.  Be sure to do it close enough to the edge that your seam binding will cover it.  Feed the elastic all the way through and do the same on the other side.

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7.    Determine the length of your straps (refer to the handbook).  You will be using Extra wide, double fold bias tape for this.  Fold your tape in half to determine the middle.  Place the middle at the bottom of your armhole and pin it.  You might want to open it up and sandwich it around the fabric and pin all around the armhole.  I have done it so much at this point, I am able just to hold it!

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8.   Be sure to fold under the ends of your tape so you have no rough edges and sew all along the tape from one end to the other.  Where the binding meets with the edge of the dress I like to use a back and forth zig-zag stitch to make the dress more durable.

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9.    Now it the time you would add a pocket, maybe even some lace or a ruffle, and your Dress A Girl Label.  Since I am waiting on my labels to come in I will add my pocket later!

 

 

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If you would like to find out more about Dress A Girl Around the World and how you can help this work please feel free to contact me!

Candyce Tims

dagmissouri@gmail.com

 

 

 

Chicken Rich

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THIS IS A POST I FORGOT TO POST!!!! These chickens are now half grown!!! Enjoy the Flashback! :)

We have been enjoying our Hens and Rooster from Dragonfly Farm, so much so that we thought we needed more chickens!  The kids and I were at Tractor Supply the other day and heard that familiar “peep peep” sound and had to investigate!

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A quick call was made to The Farmer, to see if we could buy some more!  He agreed and we bought 3 Amerucana and 3 Reds.

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When we got home Our Farmer quickly fetched our old rusty watering trough that was saved for such a time as this.  Our screened in back porch was quickly transformed into a brooder.  I quickly realized that since these chickens had not been sexed we might end up with all roosters!  So I called back to Tractor Supply a few days later and to my surprise they had just gotten in some Silver Laces Wyandotte chicks.  Another call to the Farmer, and then a dash to get more chicks.  Our Total now it 7 hens, 18 chicks, and the big daddy rooster Speck.

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I think they grow faster than children! The kids have been enjoying looking at them every day and counting how many new feathers they have.  I will enjoy them one day when we have more eggs!!!

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I think Grady would like to be a chicken farmer! :)

 

Kids Garden 2014

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We love to garden and there is nothing better than opening up a mason jar in the middle of winter and enjoying bounty of summer.  We are so glad to have moved by our shop and have an expanded garden.

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The other day I was reading in our Baker Creek Seed catalogue and I was excited to see that the owner was sharing that his momma encouraged him in gardening and gave him his own garden spot.  I don’t know why this idea escaped me!  We have always included them in the family’s garden, but giving them their own was a foreign concept.

 

 

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Since Don was in the field, I talked it over with the kids and they were excited at the idea.  That morning after I tilled our garden, I tilled 4 smaller gardens for the big kids and we went to get some plants and seeds.

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I purchased a set of small tools for them to use along with their hoe’s we purchased for them last year.

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They all picked out a tomato plant.  Lee – Arkansas Traveler, Grady – Cherry Grape, Jo Anna – Pink Brandywine, and Eli – Jet Star (Because it was an airplane and it was orange, his favorite color!)

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They all also picked out peppers and several seeds.  Pumpkins, Carrots, corn, watermelons and cantaloupes were among their favorites.

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Eli REALLY, REALLY likes corn!

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Clara doesn’t have her own garden yet, but she enjoyed watching.  We thought it was important for them to be big enough to take care of it on their own.  They will be totally responsible for weeding, watering, harvesting and preserving their bounty.

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We are still awaiting the arrival of their tiny sprouts.  They have been watching every day, and so far…no weeds!  I am really proud of them!

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Proclaiming the Gospel with Gospel-Link

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Our family has been blessed by the National Pastors we support through Gospelink and are so thankful that God would use our little family in such a big way!  We found this organization a few years ago through another family and we knew it was for us!  God has blessed our family financially and we love giving as much of it to the Lords work as we possibly can.  We were so glad to be able to increase our giving this year. Last year Bro. Samuel came from Malawi, Africa to speak to our church and since then Tyler Baptist and our family has sent 1,000′s of tracts to Africa. To God be the glory!

 

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These are some pictures that Bro. Samuel has sent us over the last few months.  Here his family are handing out tracts in an open market.  In other countries these pastors are invited to the schools to share the gospel and the children love receiving the tracts we send.  They carry them home and whole families are saved.  Its so sad that the words of God is not welcomed in our “In God We Trust” government schools.

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Happy faces to receive just a few scriptures in their native language.

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The picture below is of a Muslim witch doctor who by God’s grace was saved after reading one of these tracts!  Praise God!

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Please check out Gospelinks National Pastor Program and pray about what the Lord would have your family or church do!

 

What is a national pastor?

A national pastor is a born-again Christian serving in his own native area. He doesn’t have to learn the language since he already knows it. He knows the culture and has a hearing among his people. What has amazed us is that a national pastor can live on a hundred dollars or so a month versus the cost of thousands and thousands of dollars to send a western missionary to that same mission field. It has been a blessing for our family to find this ministry! You can find out more at Gospelinks website, or even watch a short video.

 

How much does it cost?

Gospelink sponsorships are divided into five parts––you can sponsor a pastor for $15 a month, or, you can do all five parts for a total of $145. Each pastor needs:

  • 3 ministry sponsorships ($35 each)
  • 1 outreach sponsorship ($25)
  • 1 training sponsorship ($15)

May I write my National Pastor?

Gospelink allows you to correspond with your preacher. You may write to him once a quarter, and you’ll also receive a several-page report from your pastor each quarter. The report includes details of his ministry and information about his personal life and family.

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Will I get a photo of my National Pastor?

Yes! Gospelink gives you prayermarks with your pastor’s picture and name on it, and several pictures of him and his family. We have ours on our refrigerator, and we have made a book for the kids to look through. We have put the pastors letters in there as well and have included maps and interesting facts about the pastors, their families, and the regions in which they minister.

 

GospelLink’s Statement of Faith

It is important to us to know what an organization believes and you should too! http://www.gospelink.org/content/beliefs

Chickens, Rabbits & Herbs, oh my!

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We have been enjoying our back yard chickens and our farm fresh eggs!  Our little chicks have grown so much.  You really don’t realize how fast they grow.  They are kind of like kids in that regard!

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Above is the chicks just a few weeks ago when they were still under their brooder lamp on our screened in porch.  Below is the chicks in their new home outside with the big chickens and big rooster “Speck”

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The big chickens excepted them pretty well, although, I now know the definition of hen pecked and flying the coop!  The big chickens eat at one feeder and the little ones eat at another one and Speck runs around like he is loosing his mind having to take care of all these hens and chicks!

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Speck letting us know who’s the boss.

 

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Oh, and we have a new “pet”. Her name is Rosie.  This little red hen has adopted me.  She follows me around and likes to be held and pet like a cat!

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The kids had a great time watching their little chicks growing up, and we all enjoyed their peep-peeping on the back porch.  Another added benefit was the herb garden that has flourished with a little help from the chicks.

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We used the old horse watering trough (that was their brooder) for our herb garden.  We mixed the chicks wood chips and litter with potting soil and planted our herbs.  As you can see they are flourishing!  This year, kitchen herbs…next year we are planning on starting a trough of medicinal herbs!

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We have a new litter of bunnies too!

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Until next time…Happy Homesteading!

15 Farmwife Realities That it is Farming Season Again

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1. You will be a single mom for the remainder of the year.  Lovingly termed “the farm widow”

2. Your life will revolve around the weather… Did it rain? How much? Praying for rain, praying for no rain.  How hard is the wind blowing?

3. You will spend time in the tractor, sprayer, and combine with your husband… just so that you can see him in the daylight.

 4. Your meal time of 6:00 pm you’ve had throughout the winter will now be “whenever is convenient”.

5. You quickly realize how much gas you use this time of year. You will be driving to and from fields multiple times a day — delivering meals, delivering parts, moving equipment from field to field.

6. Vacations are no longer possible… unless it rains… Then maybe you will get to take a day trip with the kids, if there are no needed repairs on equipment.

7. All your children will have farmer tans, and will fight over who gets to ride with daddy.

8. Lots of ham sandwiches…….lots of ham sandwiches! Did I say…lots of ham sandwiches?

9. It’s that time of year when you start on your “hobbies” again. (gardening, quilting, canning, drawing, etc.)

10. You will stay up till 1 am cleaning the house, on more than one occasion, because you cant sleep if the farmer isn’t home.

11. You will be called at random times of the day for a forecast or wind speed or to describe what the radar looks like.   Be prepared to tell the farmer exactly when the rain will start.

12. Have a baby sling (for the nursing baby) and a nana handy (to watch the other young ins) when you have to put on the old jeans and drive a tractor to help out.

13. Your kids will bring home random stuff the Case or John Deere parts men gave them when they went in with their daddy. (once a sausage and biscuit)

14. Buying the farmer a new “pocket calculator” because he wore all the numbers off last year.

15. and last but not least…sleeping late when it rains :)

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All jokes aside, there is nothing we had rather be doing!  We feel incredibly blessed to be able to work hard and to raise our children on the land that generations before us have cultivated.  We wouldn’t want to do anything else and we are very grateful that this was part of God’s plan for our family.

 

May Flexi-of the-Month and SALE!!!

Beginning May 1st at 12 am this lovely flexi is available for a limited time!  FAITH, HOPE, LOVE with a removable (if you wish) Mom charm.  This would be a lovely gift for Mothers Day!  Remember you don’t have to have long hair to love Lilla Rose!  They offer badge, clips, beaded headbands, and pins.  You can also use a flexi to secure your favorite scarf.

 

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With the stamped lettering, this months Flexi-of-the-month, is going to go quickly!  And as an added benefit this month if you order early you can reap the benefits of this…

2 DAY SALE & Free Shipping on orders over $40

For Customers & Guests Only

10% Off Everything!
20% Off Retiring Styles (over 30 items!)
Free Shipping on Orders over $40

Starting 12AM May 1st

As always…

Remember to check out Lilla Rose styling and sizing video’s before ordering!

To order yours today…click here.

Family Garden

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Pardon me while I share pictures of seeds busting out of the ground.  We just love spring!  And the Farmers Wife just loves gardening!!!  We are so excited the last few weeks have been warm.  School is winding down and much of the days have been spent outside.  We have 8 mouths to feed now, so our garden grew considerably this year.  We have 1/4 acre patch in our backyard and aprox. and acre of sweet corn.

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I just love to see little sprouts popping out of the ground!

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Just look how strong they are!!!

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First tomato!!!!  Get the salt shaker ready!  We have 36 tomato plants, but we are planning for a lot of salsa and spaghetti sauce.  I hope we will have enough! :)

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The Littlest Gardeners.  They like to help with their machinery.

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Pretty little cucumbers…we LOVE pickles around here!

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Last but not least, STRAWBERRIES.  We need a much larger patch!  I had hopes of canning jams and jellies, but they are eaten just as soon as they turn red.  The kids have a race every day to search for ripe berries. iphone pics2 105

Junior, the guardian of the strawberries.  He insures no mice in our strawberry patch!

Until next time, HAPPY GARDENING!

 

Starting Seeds

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Spring is here, but someone forgot to tell the weather man!!! We have been enjoying all this snow, but its time to get serious here!  Our family loves to garden, and love even more the bounty we enjoy all winter from the pantry and freezer.  This year we started seeds again.  So far it is turning out better than previous years.  We might just have something to plant, if they hurry up and start growing.  The kids picked out which seeds they wanted to plant and planted them.  I think they are going to make pretty good farmers! :)

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Hopefully the weather will warm up soon and these little beauties can be put outside during the day!

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I’m ready to have my counter space back again!

April 2014 Flexi-Of-The-Month

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Aqua Burst the April Flexi is here!  If you have never tried flexi-clips or beaded head bands…this is the month to try!  They are also offering matching You Pins this month! As always the flexi of the month is produced in a limited supply and is sold at a first come first served basis.  Its not unusual for them to sell out in all sizes in just a week.

Remember to check out Lilla Rose styling and sizing video’s before ordering!

To order yours today…click here.

 

Pure Religion – The Lloyd Family Adoption Journey

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This post is dear to my heart.  I have personally been praying for this sweet family for quite a while.  I know I am in good company, because I know there are many others lifting the Lloyd family and little Samuel up in their prayers.

This is from a post on April’s page…

I was asked today why we were adopting and why Africa. Honestly I love that question. It allows me to brag on God! I am not perfect or anyone to follow I am not posting this because I think I am good. But to tell a little of our story and answer why to anyone who we call a friend. My quitting work full time was a huge leap of faith and a test that we passed. One month and one day later God changed our lives again. That day we did a newborn session and I pulled out a scarf I had brought back from Africa. I told the mom that it was special because it was from Africa. Little did I know she too had been on a mission trip a few years ago. As she spoke I kept hearing God say the time is now. I actually had to sit twice and try and compose myself. After the session I had to hurry home to pick up our kids from school. Jason stayed behind to shoot a Senior session. During that 45 min drive I argued all of the logical reasons why we can’t do this with God. Then as I arrived to Dyersburg I heard him very clearly say you have a baby in Africa. You are the mother. You can waste time and tell me why you can’t do this but I am telling you, you have a baby in Africa. The longer it takes you to realize that is the longer he goes with out his mother!
So I pulled over and cried and apologized to God! Little did I know at the same time Jason was also having his own God moment. I thought I would surprise him but he already knew! So that’s it. We are following God every step of the way no matter how crazy or illogical and we could not be happier. One day soon hopefully we will have an update that we can post but for now it looks like we will be home with our baby in 10 months to a Year.
Thanks for reading and please keep our complete family in your prayers!

God spoke to their hearts almost a year and a half ago, and they are still waiting. Following God is not always easy, but the Lloyds have decided to do just that. No matter how difficult or expensive, they are on the journey to their son. #waitingforu

Take a moment and watch their Journey… (Warning, have tissues ready!)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=san3BvMudJs&feature=youtu.be

 

The Lloyd Family Adoption Journey Timeline

Nov 12 2012 Heard separately, but at the same time that they had a baby in Africa …
(don’t you just love when God does that)
Nov 14 2012 Signed with an agency
Nov 28 1012 Announced to family and Facebook that we were adopting
Dec 27, 2012 Homestudy done
April 2, 2013 All documentation complete and approved. Officially waiting for a referral
April 10, 2013 Samuel was born
May 20, 2013 We got THE call. We have a SON!!
Aug 27, 2013 Passes court and CONA!! Samuel is now a Lloyd!! Told Gavin and Addie
you have a brother. Announced to youth group, we have a son, and told family and
friends!!
Sept. 27, 2013 Our adoptive country stopped issuing exit letters, for up to 12 months :(
Oct 10, 2013 I-600 Approved!!
Oct 17, 2013 Embassy received I-600 and Visa investigation started.

Currently they are waiting on the visa investigation to be completed. This can take from 3-6 months. They are at month 4. Since passing I-600 Samuel has been in foster care.
It is expected that both parents will have to travel to pick Samuel up and are expecting a 3 week stay. Currently they have not received any grants, in spite of applying for many. At this time they  have paid all agency and lawyer fees. However they still have monthly foster care fees, travel cost, and re-adoption fees to pay as those arise.

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What you can do…

Pray for the Lloyd Family and little Samuel as they go through this adoption season.

Sign the Petition to Congress to help resolve pending adoptions to the Congo…  www.petition2congress.com/14960/please-help-resolve-pending-adoptions-from-democratic-republic-co/?m=5272303

If you feel lead to help in a financial way please donate using the go fund me link… www.gofundme.com/lloydsadoptionafrica

Pray for all the orphanages around the world, Pray for the children who are hurting, and families who are waiting to selflessly receive them into their home. Pray that these children will come to know the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and that they can be used as an instrument to further the gospel to the United States and even to their native lands.

May God give us an open mind and open hearts…may we desire and seek a pure religion.

James 1:27
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

 

Marriage Retreat 2014

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March 16th marked our 12th Anniversary!  Lee is a great photographer, don’t you think?  We haven’t always “gotten away” for our Anniversary, but we have for the last few years and it has been a great investment in our family.  Last year we enjoyed Fort Rock so much, we decided to go back.  This year we were joined by our friends the Mashburns.

 

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Fort Rock is an awesome Christian camp!  We can’t say enough about the awesome time we always have there.  We went last year for Family Camp and had a blast then too.  This year we enjoyed sermons from S. M. Davis.  We always enjoy his messages and we came back home with many more dvd’s to watch.  You can check him out at Solve Family Problems’ website www.solvefamilyproblems.org .  On the first night he preached “12 Reasons Why I Am For The Permanence of Marriage”.  It was very good!  Its so sad how so many in our culture today start out their marriage with the thoughts that they are going to “try it out” and when they encounter their first problem they are already gone.  Another great sermon was “Are You a Giver or a Taker”.  It was really eye opening and caused me to evaluate everything I do!  I have always considered myself a giver, but I thought of many more ways I can be a giver, and ways that I can take less.  He also preached on the demonic nature of anger.  When you think of how yelling and anger destroys our families and children, and gives place to the devil, it is much easier to keep your cool!  It is much easier to raise children with tenderness and compassion than it is to repair broken adults.

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His last sermon was about the two paths a person takes when they go through a trial.  He called them the garbage trail and the golden trail.  God allows and sends trials in a Christians life to refine us like gold.  It is up to us to choose the right path.  So many will take the garbage trail and pick up garbage along the way.  They will pick up a why me attitude, anger, doubt, fear, jealousy and come out defeated carrying all their burdens with them on the other side.  Then God looks down and sees that they have learned nothing and sends another test to see if they can get it right.  Most people will habitually take the garbage trail.  Most will try to walk through life alone and never will experience the blessings that are found on the golden trail.  On the golden trail you pick up things as well like…patience, peace, compassion, understanding, love and joy.  When you take this trail through your trial you learn and grow in the Lord and come out a better person, ready and able to help others when they go through a similar place.  Let us pray now that when the next trial approaches we will choose the right path!  Let us pray that people will remember us for our smile not our frown!  Let us be a giver instead of a taker!

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We enjoyed the trail ride!  It brought back memories of our honeymoon in the Smokey’s 12 years ago!

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Baby Stella enjoyed “hanging” out with her Mom and Dad

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Target shooting with friends

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Jake and Jess were kind to babysit Stella while we were shooting

 

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What’s a few tomahawks between friends?

Tomahawk throwing is much harder than it looks!  It is a lot of fun though! I actually got 2 out of 6 this time! Last year I scored a 0.

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Bow and Arrow fun!  Between our shooting, tomahawks and bows, Don said he knows why the Indians lost!

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Saturday evening we were  also joined by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.  They are great speakers and are very encouraging.  Michelle is such a kind hearted lady and has a special heart for young mothers.  It was sweet to watch her taking time with so many women at the retreat, encouraging, offering wisdom from God’s word and praying with them.  She is very petite and has a sweet voice like a whisper, but man can she WHISTLE!  I guess you would need that with 19 children!

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The view from our door

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Well that’s it!  We missed our babies and were ready to come home, but it was an awesome time of much needed fellowship and re-commitment!  We look forward to Marriage Retreat 2015!

Stella’s One Week Pictures

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Its hard to believe how fast our little “Stella Bella” has grown!  She is now 7 weeks old!  These pictures are a flashback when she was only a week old.  I still feel like she is tiny, but I forgot just how small she was until I was looking through pictures.  She is the best baby!  Every one asks “So this is the Last one right?”  I always say that Stella has been the easiest baby yet, so why stop now!

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At one week old she only nursed 2 times in the night.  Every one always comments on how alert she is.  She always seems to have her eyes open for pictures and she loves to stare and smile at her brothers and sisters.  Apparently the “new” has already worn off of Stella, because her brothers and sisters are already talking about the “next” baby!

 

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