Sunday, June 28, 2009

A Clue To Who...

But first a peek inside Easy and Elegant Lone Star Quilts: All the Wow Without the Work! How can something so elegant be so simple?

And now the clues:
They like their coffee in the morning and their children are more than happy to serve it to them.

Mama loves a clean kitchen.

The family has repeatedly dealt with a lady wondering through their woods. Calls to the sheriff, neighbors and such haven't remedied the problem.

Related Resources:
Hospitality Commands
Adult-Size Blue Apron
The Handbook of Knots

Friday, June 26, 2009

Guess Who Blog Contest

It's Time For A Blog Contest!

From now until sometime Thursday Ah...the Life is offering you the chance to win a...drum roll please...............small welcoming wall quilt inspired by
Easy and Elegant Lone Star Quilts: All the Wow Without the Work!

But it's a mystery!

But what does the quilt look like? Why no pictures you ask? Because you see, I haven't made it yet that's what this contest is all about! A mystery! What's the mystery? What is the contest? How do I win? The mystery is, "Who is coming to our home Thursday? Who will be here to help give away this mysterious quilt?" Hints to follow throughout the week...stay tuned.

Official rules of the contest
since a contest isn't a contest without official rules.

1. If I told you already, you can't guess. Sorry!
2. Leave comments with all your guesses of who you think it is that will be here. You can guess as many times as you want!
3. If nobody gets it correct or if more than one person guesses correctly, then I will draw a name out of a hat. So, blog about the contest and come back here and say you did so with a link to your post and I'll count that as 2 entries for the drawing.

I wonder who it is?

First hints: It's someone who has never been here before, who is a home schooling stay-at-home mom, who blogs, loves chocolate and is absolutely hilarious....and she's entrepreneurial.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

12 New Episodes of Jonathan Park!

On the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of his world changing book, “The Origin of the Species,” the newest release in the Jonathan Park series is one of the most timely and useful products your family can have. Not only does it offer more than five hours of creation family adventure, but it uncovers the true history of Charles Darwin and his colleagues’ theories and their widespread impact upon society. Learn how these men helped perpetuate the myth of a universe created without a Creator.

Pre-order Jonathan Park Album VI —The Journey Never Taken and save 25% — only $18.75. Learn more now!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lovely Light Blue Civil War Victorian Gown For Sale

This light blue plaid dress is made out of a lightweight decorator’s fabric in order to give the skirt a rich full look.

The back of the skirt hangs 44” from waist band, and the front hangs 41 ½”. This cut makes a slight train, creating an elegant look!

The bodice flares out at the waist making the waist look small and petite!

The skirt also has a growth tuck that holds up 1 ½” so that could be let out to make it longer or you can add more to make it shorter. The circumference of the skirt is 166 ½”.

Delicate details!
The trim that goes off the shoulders and across the front and back make the shoulders look wider thus giving the dress a very authentic Civil War era look as do the sleeves.

The bodice is closed with 13 hooks and eyes and the sleeves are closed with cuff links, which are included.

The skirt has a 5½-inch hem guard to protect the hem from wear.

Find out more about this dress and place your bids here. Please feel free to ask questions through the auction. Thanks for looking and Happy bidding!!!

Recommended Resources:
How To Be A Lady
Beautiful Girlhood Heirloom Tea Set
Framed Calligraphy: Proverbs 31 Woman

Friday, June 12, 2009

Boys Protect Girls - Why You Won't See Me Dying For You Any Day Soon

"...we can conclude that anyone who uses women and children as “human shields” is indeed a wicked ruler."

"The truth is that “Boys protect girls” is not just a moral imperative. It is an ontological reality. That is, men will always lead women. The only question is whether that leadership will be servant leadership [as Christ died for His church]. The only question is whether men will lead by ordering women off to battle, or to serve men’s petty wants, whether we will send our sisters to face off with the Lady from Child Protective Services, or have them shine our shoes. Or, will we lead as Jesus led?"

Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. defines a man's role as protector.

Don't be fooled by film, books and other media today that depicts a pistol packing woman fighting crime and confronting injustice along side men as the biblical role of women. It is not. A woman's role is BEHIND her man. Should he see war, whether on our soil or abroad, she may be more likely to have to defend herself should he die, but she is there behind him because he has proven he will and can stand in front of her.

Man's protection of woman extends to more than that of physical safety. He is to shield her from the wiles of the devil and so he watches for her soul, knows her mind and feeds her spiritual truths and instruction. He shields her from affronts that would trample a woman's need for privacy and the ability to trust in her husband alone, her weaker emotional nature, her reputation, her character. He protects her by providing for her. When he nourishes her she flourishes when he requires her to provide for her self she withers. He knows this because God inclined her heart toward him. He understands she is designed with desires to serve him, his interests, with a desire to respect him, follow him, to trust him and be responsible for his household. When he severs all this and says, "Provide and protect yourself," he severs her from himself.

Recommended Reading:
What He Must Be...If He Wants to Marry My Daughter
Why Christian Manhood Must Prevail
Women and Children First Collection

More Hatchlings - Low Humidity

The little black hatchling had quite a bit of trouble because of the low humidity today. The shell membrane becomes sticky when humidity is too low, sticking to shell to the little escapee. Andrea moistened the dry exposed membrane with a dampened swab. As soon as she did, the little chicks were able to break free.

Recommended Resources:
The Complete Frugal Family Activities Collection

Illinois man rescues flags improperly thrown out

ELGIN, Ill. — Jeff Olsen doesn't pay much attention to the garbage he collects unless he spots red and white stripes or white stars on a blue background.

Whenever he sees a U.S. flag in the trash, Olsen retrieves it and takes it back to Waste Management offices in this Chicago suburb. He has rescued more than 250 flags in the past 18 months.

Olsen, 33, who was born in Grimsby, Ontario, started recovering flags soon after he was hired in 2005. Doug Zywiciel, a co-worker, brought a battered flag into the office, and Olsen asked him about it.

"He said, 'If you can believe it, people throw them out,' " Olsen recalls. Zywiciel and Jamie Lauderdale, another driver, explained that as Army veterans, they are offended when people don't dispose of flags properly.

"It just clicked," Olsen says, and he decided to join their effort to save discarded flags. American Legion Post 57 and Elks Lodge 737 will honor him on Flag Day, which is Sunday. Next month, he will be recognized at the state American Legion convention.

Flags collected by Olsen and other Waste Management drivers go into a box. When it's full, the flags are taken to the American Legion.

Don Sleeman, Post 57's adjutant, says enough flags to fill a 35-gallon container 40 times are dropped off every year.

Flags made of cotton or wool are burned in disposal ceremonies; those made of synthetic materials go to a local crematorium, which incinerates them for free.

Some people know how to properly discard flags, Sleeman says, but others "don't respect the flag, or they are ignorant of what to do with it." The American Legion distributes pamphlets on flag etiquette, and members visit schools to tell fifth- and sixth-graders about the flag's history and appropriate care.

Mike Schuiteman, Olsen's supervisor, says drivers aren't allowed to scavenge items from the garbage they collect, but flags are an exception. "All our drivers have gotten together to do this," he says. "They realize this is a symbol of our nation."

Olsen's wife, Stacie, a former Army medic, helped him understand the flag's importance. When he finds one, "I feel kind of patriotic," says Olsen, who is a citizen of the USA and Canada. He and Stacie have two children, Tyler, 5, and Abbey, 2.

Several found flags are on display at the Waste Management facility here; Olsen has one in his garage, next to a Canadian flag.

"It's the symbol of our nation, so you have to take care of it," Olsen says. "You dump it, you see it, you grab it and you get it to the right place."

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The First Hatchling Is Here

We have a hatchling on the way...and a feisty one at that.

It's coming wing first!!!

Chicken midwives standing by...

Sam Adams' name lives on.

Freedom at last for number 8

Big Generous Giveaway

The Skinny:

They over ordered - double actually - their stock, but instead of sending it back they decided to keep it and put their inventory on sale. They are running a 40% off sale over at Geneva Bible Pages. They've even created a special Family Bundle at 50% off!

What you can do:

Blog, Twitter, Facebook,Digg, do whatever it takes to help them get the word out about this sale. They need to move this inventory fast - like in the next 2 weeks and they are prepared to make it worth your time to help them.

What's in it for you? Besides a great deal on a really cool gift, that is.

There's also 400 bucks - well up to 400 dollars retail in products from

Blog about the sale and giveaway (or facebook or twitter) and then come back to Life in a Shoe and leave a comment with a link to your efforts. They will take entries until midnight June 17, then they will select a winner to pick up to 4 individual items from absolutely free. Their most expensive item sells for $94.99 each so that's practically 400 dollars in retail.

But wait! There's more! (Now where have you heard that before? )

They will actually let the winner choose 200 dollars cash instead of up to 400 dollars in merchandise if they prefer. Would you choose filthy lucre instead of a set of framed 400 year old Bible pages?

Visit Life in a Shoe...hurry, it's almost Father's Day you can justify it!

Homemade Incubator

The laundry will just have to wait...Andrea built a homemade egg incubator after we witnessed the high success rate of am ingenious friend with a very similar set up.

The temperature must remain between 99'-103' With the Texas heat varying so much it's hard to keep a constant temperature. There were days when it was up to 108' and down to 97'. This thermometer has a lead on it. Andrea dangled it down inside the box placing the sensor near the eggs.
Humidity sensor from a violin case. The last 3 days of incubation the eggs can not be touched and the humidity must be around 55-60%. Thunderstorms rolled in helping Andrea achieve that goal.

The pan inside is full of water to create humidity. The greater the surface of the water the greater amount of humidity created. There are decorator's marbles in the pan so that when the chickens hatch they won't drown in the water. The chirping and pecking started last night.

Any guesses which chicken will escape first? Guess correctly and we'll name the bird after you! :)
Out of the 15 fertilized eggs 14 developed.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Lord has given me a friend I love

Proverbs 18:24
A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly:
and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.

It’s been 2 years since I met my friend Robyn, and I have come to count our friendship a rare privilege. My heart is increasingly knit toward her as the Lord has seen fit to bless me with a sister-in-Christ. I am looking forward to many years of deepening friendship as we live in this world though we are not of it. Now that I know Robyn, I can’t imagine a future without her.

It is hard to sum up the last two years. A verse comes to mind and then another quickly follows it. When I think of Robyn, I think of Proverbs 37:4. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. I think of Psalm 42:1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. As well as Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Robyn has been an example of this and more.

If I could, I'd like to share those things about her that I consider a blessing to me, because it is not everyday that the Lord blesses with a friendship such as this.

  • Robyn has a growing and seemingly insatiable desire to know the wisdom of God. Almost every time I ask her if she’s heard of a book or CD by a Christian author she says, “I already have it."
  • She has not only cultivated a love for home, family, and husband but also contentment to continue to grow in Christian maturity. She holds the conviction that growing in Christ is not only her duty but a life work.
  • Robyn loves to share those things which are precious to her, namely her convictions about a woman’s role, home-schooling, home-making, child rearing, and more. She has shared many stories with me of reaching out to friends sharing about these things as she counts them a true joy.
  • Robyn shares my love of curiosity and trying new things. Whether it’s gardening, sewing, cooking, photography, a new homeschooling idea, Robyn is excited to try it.
  • Robyn thinks long term. She specifically plans for the future, walking circumspectly, carefully looking out for pitfalls that would affect her and her son.
  • Robyn is delighted to appeal to her husband. She is open in asking for help. She also openly praises his wisdom.
  • Robyn has no love for the flesh and hypocrisy and pursues purity of heart.
  • Robyn radiates biblical defined beauty.
  • She is very quick to offer a smile and a laugh. Her joy is contagious.
  • Robyn is also quick to offer friendship.
  • She faces trials by seeking out God’s wisdom for it.
  • Robyn is trusting in our friendship.
  • Robyn always exhibits a respect for our relationship. She never threatens it with gossip, slander, complaining or bitterness, but always has a kind word and always maintains purity of purpose with her objectives and investments into the friendship.
Robyn has not only been someone with whom I shares interests and perspectives for life, our friendship has been very edifying to me. The blessings that I have received from fellowship with her have been increased opportunity to humble myself, for self-examination, for storing up more wisdom, (can we ever have enough?) a strengthened love and trust in the Lord, opportunities to rejoice with her in her victories, sympathize with her, an increased desire to know more of God’s word, a greater opportunity for prayer.

Knowing Robyn means I have a friend that I love.

Recommended Resources:
Young Lady's Guide to the Harmonious Development of Christian Character
Elsie Dinsmore series - 50% off
Beautiful Girlhood Library
Training Dominion-Oriented Daughters

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Preparing Daughters for Entrepreneurship by Wade Myers | HOMESCHOOLING TODAY Magazine

Why should we teach our daughters to be entrepeneurs? Mr. Myers tells us in this article.

"Unhappy is the man whose wife is not content with his provision, which can lead to much contention. There are no fewer than five warnings in Proverbs about the contentious wife or woman. We need to raise our daughters to joyfully accept their circumstances (as Paul wrote in Philippians 4:11–13) and to thankfully support their husband in his ability to provide, whether feast or famine.

We also need to raise our daughters to be creative thought partners that can provide their husbands with the necessary input to help him achieve his best. Creative wives can contribute mightily with thrifty homemaking, gardening, animal husbandry, and sewing skills that enable them to manage a home without adding stress to the family budget.

Finally, we should teach our daughters about business. One homeschool father I know is teaching his daughters accounting which is a wonderful skill that a wife can contribute to her husband’s business. Other useful skills include design, sales, marketing, and customer service."

Preparing Daughters for Entrepreneurship by Wade Myers | HOMESCHOOLING TODAY Magazine

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Starting a Business

Starting and managing a business takes motivation, desire, talent, research and planning. The purpose of any business that's operated by a Christian should be to glorify God, not just to make a profit.

If you're more concerned with pursuing riches than serving God, you cease to be useful to God. "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth"(Matthew 6:24).

Like a chess game, success in small business requires decisive and correct moves, so develop a plan.

  • Get started by listing your reasons for wanting to go into business.

  • Determine the type of business that is right for you, based on your talents, skills, time availability, and interests.

  • Identify the niche your business would fill.

  • Develop a pre-business checklist to answer questions about location, finances, insurance, equipment and supply needs, and legal structure.

  • Establish a budget, even if your idea is several years in the future. Be cautious about borrowing to start any new venture.

  • Never borrow against your home or retirement account. Don't deplete savings accounts, or cash in IRAs or cash savings bonds to fund new ventures. Debt makes it difficult for a new business to break even. If God wants you to develop this idea, He will provide a way to finance it without having to jeopardize your future.

Existing business
If you are interested in purchasing an existing business, it's best to have a lot of experience in that business. Carefully examine the records and books. This is very important and would be worth the money an accountant may charge for this service.

Determining the value of a business is very difficult and what a business is actually worth seldom brings that price. In addition to property value (get three fair market appraisals) and the cost of inventory, the business worth should be about four times its net yearly earnings. After deducting your salary, a business should be able to pay itself off in 5 to 7 years. If it can't, it's probably overpriced and not a good buy.

Home based business
Before becoming involved with any home-based venture:

  • Get the names of the principals of the business opportunity and the home office of the company.

  • Contact the Better Business Bureau in the state where they are located and the attorney general or the state securities office of that state. Ask if any complaints have been filed against the company before you make any decision to become a part of that company.

  • God knows your needs and the desires of your heart. Trust Him to show you the business that will fit your talents and needs and will honor His name.

Small business is the backbone of the American economy and is America's largest employer. Starting your own business can be very challenging and rewarding. If you are successful it gives you a chance to take control of your future, achieve a great sense of personal satisfaction, and reap financial rewards.

But remember, in order to be successful in the eyes of the Lord, the business must be established for the purpose of glorifying and honoring Him.

Church Leaders Speak On The Murder of George Tiller

Reformed Thoughts That Support An Entrepreneurial Revolution

"God has blessed us with the Reformation. He has blessed us with wisdom of John Calvin. He has blessed us with prosperity here in these United States such as the world has never seen. And if we will repent of our sin, if we would work diligently, and if we will acknowledge Him, He will forgive us, prosper us, and set us free."

Read RC Sproul Jr.'s article in it's entirety here.