Welcome! This is where it all began. I no longer post on this website and some of the content reflects former convictions and understandings. Some of these posts are hard core on issues that I am softer on these days. I deleted many posts that I feared would lead people into legalism, so if you find a missing hyperlink that may be why. These days I write at Covered By His Hand.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Homeschool materials for 2008-2009

I thought it might be a good idea to list the curriculum I will be using for school this year. I am doing this as a reference point for myself as well as informational for my family (I am the first to homeschool in the family). I began this post on July 7th of this year, but did not finish the draft till now. We were without a computer for so many months.

Rebecca - 1st Grade

Bible- The Bible itself

Geography -
- free sources off the internet
- a globe
- Google Earth

Math - Continuing in Saxon 1
- geoboard
- cash register
- pattern blocks
- balance bucket
- linking cubes

English/Literature - The Bible
- any good book we find at the library
- we were recently given the Pilrim's Progress in Pictures, adapted by the Rev. Ralph Kirby.

Phonics/Spelling - Writing Road to Reading, by Romalda Spalding. I rely heavily on this, though I supplement it with printables from all over the internet and from...
- Veritas Press Phonics Museum - I started using this for Rebecca's kindergarten 2 years ago. At that point she couldn't "get it," so I waited another 6 months. Then, she did great with phonics and loved the worksheets, but could not memorize the "special exhibit" site words. I have since abandoned the lessons from Phonics Museum as a dangerous blend of phonics and site words that Becca cannot vacillate between. I use the worksheets as a supplement, but even that is hard - because different phonics programs can/will teach different sounds. I think Nelson may possess the ability to do site words and phonics both, we'll see.

History - The Bible
- a ton of great free resources on Old Fashioned Education! (OFE has every subject thinkable!)

Music - I was teaching piano, but now we do not have a piano. It looks like I may have to teach flute first, because that it what I have on hand. Rebecca is already making consistent sounds from the instrument... we haven't started reading music yet. I still want to teach her to read both treble and bass clef. I will likely use Bastien's books. (I love that those books teach theory and all sorts of really useful things!)
- we sing all day long!

Art - I intend to, but have not yet begun, teach from Drawing With Children, by Mona Brookes.

As for Nelson's kindergarten, it looks very much the same. He is just beginning to write, but he has understood concepts for a long time! He sits through all the same lessons as Rebecca! (We just call him a kindergartner for the sake of the rest of the world...)

Lydia's preschool is sitting in the room during the big kids' lessons and playing quietly with crayons, puzzles, etc. She participates in all games, recess, and PE.

And, of course the girls follow me around and help me as I: cook, clean, wash laundry, do dishes, etc. Visitors at our house are surprised (sometimes alarmed) at how much Becca does in preparation and clean up of a meal. Nelson follows Paul and Grandpa around and helps with the manly jobs.

I am sure I left some things out... as you can see, we do not stick to one curriculum. I pick and choose what I like and what works, and even within one book I will pick and choose... I know that drives some homeschool moms crazy, but it works for our family.

Vaccinations - Part 3

View Vaccinations - Part 1
View Vaccinations - Part 2

Did you know that we have only so much rights in the area of vaccinations? Our free country can mandate that everyone gets vaccines, they can line us up on the square and administer them! Don't believe me? Check out what this lawyer has to say in Massachusetts (one of the volatile states on this issue). In Massachusetts, they actually lined kids up under police/SWAT protection to execute their state's mandatory vaccination rights (mentioned in the previous article).

I talked one day with a nurse from a public health department and she was totally against vaccines. She was so glad to find someone like-minded to vent to. She cannot speak against them on her job, or she will be fired. She is the one who told me about the Massachusetts affair. She is very concerned about the role of public health in this country... she says that it is getting out of hand! (I won't use her exact words, because I don't want my blog shut down by people on the alert for such words against the government. If they can tap private phone calls in the name of public safety, what can they do with public blogs?).

And what about military waivers? Read this.

You may get worked up as I do, you may get involved. But, do not lose sight of the sovereignty of God! Let your voice be heard! Just remember that God is in control! Even if we lose our civil rights in regards to vaccines, homeschooling, and any number of other issues - God remains in control! Remember Daniel in a foreign land? God used that for an amazing end!

Pray diligently for your babies! And, train them to be ready for whatever comes.

Extra sleep

Don't forget to set your clocks back this Saturday night (Nov. 1), before you go to bed.
I love to "Fall Back!" One extra hour of sleep.
Why is it that in college I saw it as an extra hour to hang out with friends... now it is an extra hour to sleep...?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

ABCs to become a Christian

Do you know for sure that you will go to heaven when you die, or when the Lord returns? There are some things you need to do and believe to have assurance of your salvation. (That is salvation from hell). This is a simple explanation, I am still working on a longer explanation.

A - Admit/acknowledge that you are a sinner. We are all sinners, but not everyone admits it. First, let me define "sin." Sin is the actions and thoughts that we have that go against what the Lord has laid out for us to do (through His commandments and in the whole of the Bible). Sin separates a person from God.
Here is a passage from Luke where Jesus is telling a story about a Pharisee and a tax collector (publican). Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, "God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess." And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, "God be merciful to me a sinner." I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Luke 18:10-14 (KJV)

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23 (KJV)

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8,10 (KJV)

B- Believe that Jesus is God's Son who lived a sinless life and died on the cross that you can be saved. He was the ultimate sacrifice (thus we no longer kill animals to find salvation). After Jesus died and was buried He rose from the dead! This shows that Jesus is more powerful than even death!
And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man. And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned. Luke 23:45-48 (KJV)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV)

C- Confess your sins to God. Ask Him to forgive you. Then, believe that He will!
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (KJV)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9 (KJV)

After God has forgiven your sins you need to see yourself as having been given a clean start. Rejoice that you are forgiven!
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: John 1:12 (KJV)

Repent of your old sins, turn away from them completely. That is what repent means, to turn away from.
Be baptized. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:38 (KJV)

These steps are a general guide of how to receive God's forgiveness for sins. If you mean all of these things that you have done and said, and if you continue in this way, then you can be assured of your salvation! Praise Jesus because he makes all things new!
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Cor 5:17 (KJV)

The best dream I ever had

In late September 2008, I had the best dream I have ever had. This is what I remember most.

I was in a large gymnasium (totally unfamiliar to me) with people everywhere. We were all trying to stay warm, we were crowded together. My husband Paul was there with our kids, all dressed in snow suits. Also near me was a my two mentors from my college days, Todd and Gretchen. They were my campus ministers in Springfield, IL. Anyway, we were there talking and Todd pulls out his guitar. We all start singing worship tunes when someone comes running into the gymnasium. He said the weather was clearing up and it was time to leave.
Well, the whole mob of people (some of whom I know, some where unknown) started heading toward the single exit. I remembered that I had taken off my gloves and scarf. I told Paul to go on and wait outside, I would go back alone.
I was one of the last people still in the building when everyone outside starts screaming, it is mayhem! I turn around to look back at the door and everything is in panic. People are yelling and I begin to understand that the world is ending. (Something like the sky is falling). At first, I was terrified -"But, Paul, my babies..." Then, I was among the others running from this terrifying end. Within a few steps I realized, "Paul and the kids are with the Lord. And, I do not need to fear meeting the Lord." I stopped in my tracks looked at the mad mob running towards me and with great peace and inexplicable joy I looked toward the sky and lifted my hands in longing to be united with Jesus. I noticed as I tipped my head upwards that a few others had stopped running and were doing the same thing, awaiting the Lord with their hands in the air.
Then, I woke up.

I cried when I woke up, because I was so happy with the dream, but so sad that it was just a dream. I laid awake for hours thinking about it all... what did it all mean. I still don't know for sure.

But, friend, if the world ends today are you at peace? Do you feel joy when knowing that judgement could be imminent? It could be today, friend.

If you want to know how you can be at peace with God, please, send me an e-mail. And, if you are family or a "real-life" friend I will give you my phone number to call me. Or read my post on the ABCs of becoming a Christian.

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, "Peace and safety;" then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 1 Thess 5:2-3 (KJV)

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10 (KJV)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Vaccinations - Part 2

If you have not yet Part 1 of Vaccinations start here.

My other post was mostly links to facts to find on your own. This post is mostly an argument from experience - the things I have seen in my own family.

I will organize this by using family members' names as headings.

Bethany (that's me) - If you started with Part 1, then you already know that I never gave vaccinations a second thought till this past year. Up to that point we were all "up-to-date" with our shots. My overall health was fair to good when we moved to seminary in 2003. I was pregnant with Nelson when we arrived in Wake Forest, NC in August of that year. Paul and I had both been accepted to enroll in classes. We got a letter saying that we needed proof of MMR and Tetanus shots to stay enrolled, or we would need to get boosters at an all-day clinic on campus. Well, in the little time I had before that day I could not find/send for our vax records. At the time I thought, "What's the big deal, it can't hurt to be double vaccinated." We both had our shots that week. Paul was fine. In February 2004, I started aerobics on campus. In March, I had an event that changed my life. One day during work out I nearly collapsed in chest pain. I thought I was having a heart attack, I thought I was going to die. That day I went our family physician. After an EKG and other tests I was diagnosed with asthma. I was also nearly incapacitated with seasonal allergies (which I had never had before). I was on all kinds of drugs for allergies and asthma. Since that time, those conditions have improved - some. Last year, I stopped taking my meds for the safety of unborn children I may carry. Is it just a coincidence that I had these conditions arise after my MMR and Tetanus vaccines? Is it just a coincidence that every year that passes brings me better health? I am not going to take any chances, I will NOT be getting another booster!

Also, the last few years I have gotten the flu shot, since I have asthma and an autoimmune disease. The last few years I have gotten the worst cases of flu I have EVER had. So, what's the point?! If I recall correctly, the flu shot has about a 50/50 chance of preventing flu... does the benefit outweigh the risks? Read this article on the worst flu shot ever, April 2008 - ranked at only 44% effective!

My sister-in-law - In training to be a MO Dept of Corrections worker she received a full-load of vaccinations. Her first week on the job (that would be just after the training, of course) she had a seizure - ON THE JOB, and was promptly fired. Praise Jesus that none of the inmates harmed her!!!

My son, Nelson - After his first barrage of shots he slept for almost 30 hours straight!!! Soon after he developed severe eczema! With each set of shots the eczema got worse... still we took him through all of his shots, thinking that we were doing the right thing. He is still afflicted with this itchy rash, though it seems to have improved some. But, I will not be getting his kindergarten boosters!

My daughter, Lydia - Her first year of life she was very healthy and around 90+ percentile on both height and weight. She was also behind on vaccines. At about 15 months we made an effort to get her caught up on vaccines - she was given more than I would care to admit to. After that her percentiles dropped dramatically! By spring of 2008 she was less than 5% weight - failure to thrive. She had many health issues and she was certainly on the autism spectrum. (At 15 months she was running, walking, learning to talk, and understood everything someone spoke to her, then it all came to a stop!)
In May when we took her to an immunologist and he told us to get her boosters immediately, because her responses to certain things were less than average. I give GOD all the glory for healing Lydia. Still, I can't help but wonder if she is getting stronger because the vaccines are wearing off?! She is now up to 25% weight! Praise the Lord!

My baby, Joshua - He had the vaccination at birth, in the hospital - though I was leery. Other than a deep, deep sleep there was no big problem. Then, the poor guy had his 2 month check up. I was still unsure of the vaccination debate, so we got him all his shots (probably even given chicken pox vaccine, I have been stupid enough to vax all my kids against this inconvenience.) Anyway, within a week he developed TERRIBLE eczema! In the passing months his eczema lightened up a lot, but he has an occasional rash.

Now, can I say that all of these things were for sure caused by vaccines? No, not with 100% certainty. But, I am convinced enough that my kids are susceptible to problems from vaccines! We have not gotten Joshie any more shots.

Paul and I often wonder if God showed me this information on vaccinations at just the right time to prevent further damage?! What if Lydia had gotten her toddler/preschool vaccines and developed full-blown Autism? What if my boys' eczema turns into a lifelong condition that prevents serving in the military? (There questions are "humanly speaking." I know God is sovereign and everything will work out to His glory). I cannot answer these questions. But, I am glad that I studied the issue when I did. I am glad that I can now say that I made an informed decision!

Friend, I don't know what side of the vaccination debate you stand on, but is your decision informed and educated? If you are getting your primary information from the CDC have you asked yourself if their may be an ulterior motive? I think much of what is being done in the way of vaccines is all about money for the greedy.

Do you know which diseases kill children and which are just inconvenience? Have you weighed a non-threatening 2 week illness against life-long autism? If you get your kids vaccinated they must get boosters on schedule to stay "healthy." Doesn't it seem easier just to let your child get Chicken Pox one time and be truly immunized?

Please, friend, think about it... maybe there are some vaccinations that your child really can do without.

View Vaccinations - Part 3

Vaccinations - Part 1

I have long been wanting to mention the issue of vaccinations on my blog. I will risk disagreement here, so that just maybe someone may be helped.

Disclaimer - Whether you vaccinate or not is NOT a salvation issue. We can be sisters in Christ even if we disagree.

You see, I always vaccinated my kids - I would praise God through their screaming (while being administered the shots) that He made a way for them to avoid all types of nasty diseases. My children even got the more optional shots against flu and chicken pox. That all changed this past year. One of my friends, Paula, kept telling my to research the issue for myself. And, I kept dragging my feet. Finally, I did a google search for anti-vax websites. I was aghast at what I learned! I never knew vaccines could be dangerous! I never knew they contained aborted babies! After a little research I went to the CDCs site to read ingredient lists. Good night!, did you know there is borax in their vaccines?! I looked up every ingredient individually on wikipedia or google and I was livid! They put all that in my kids' shots?! I discovered so many things through that study that I am now anti-vax myself!

We are all sold so many lies by the health department and the CDC, that I don't doubt that many of my readers will disagree with me... especially my family. I know that most people think, "You cannot afford to NOT get your kids vaccinated." I firmly believe that I cannot afford to HAVE them vaxed! I will put some links here and there and you can see for yourself. Save them all on your favorites and look at them as time allows (that's what I did).

CDC vaccines Ingredient lists - Read it for yourself, be sure to look up the big words! You will see that there is still Mercury in some. They have an * by it to indicate that it is a safe amount. But, as the next article indicates, they don't know what the safe limit is!!! Do you want your kid to be a guinea pig?! In an age where animal testing is prohibited (and certainly human testing is) how do they really know what amount is safe except through trial and error?!
Also, these vaccines are made to cause your body to fight things off as foreign agents... is it any wander that so many children have allergies to foods like milk and eggs when they are being injected into their bodies along with toxins to be fought against?! Could that be another reason that you can't give your kids milk and eggs before age one, because it could cause allergies? Yes, no doubt that their little infant bodies shot up with egg and milk toxins every 2 months might create a problem!
Also, I believe that some auto-immune diseases may be caused (or at least worsened) by vaccines. Take me for example, I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Would you be surprised to hear that thyroid hormone is an ingredient in some vaccines?
In children, and especially newborns, how does the body know how to determine which part of the vaccine is supposed to be forever fought off as foreign?!

Here is and article called the Vaccine Cover-Up. When studying anything it is important to go to actual sources. This long article includes minutes from a meeting on vaccine safety. It is a long read, but it shows some amazing/horrible results. For example, one of the men (Dr. Johnson) in the group seeing that there is indeed mercury in the shots would not let his grandson receive them! I know that the paper is long, but do try to read it - first hand sources are best.

Next is VacLib, out to liberate us from vaccines - There are so many articles and links within this one site that it is a little overwhelming.

One pro-life Catholic site has some great links to current research and articles.

Government conceded link between vaccination and Autism - well, at least they are admitting it now! Though, the pay out is small considerring the medical care needed for autistic children!

Here is a WONDERFUL interview on CBS with the former head of the National Institute for Health (NIH). She explains the situation amazingly well!

Monkeys are given US childrens' vaccines and subsequently show signs of Autism!

Follow the yellow brick road, who gets the money from all these vaccines?! Be sure to look at the links at the bottom of the article in her footnotes!

This is all the links I will put on today, but I plan to post my emotional appeal next time - the effects we have seen in my family. (That will be a long post too!) In the meanwhile, pray that God would show you and your family what to do!

I know that those in public school think they have to be vaxed, and indeed they do -if they cannot afford a lawyer... maybe that is a good argument for homeschooling! I know one homeschooled girl that had to get a lawyer to avoid shots before being accepted into Mizzou! And, I know that most hospitals require HepB vax before new baby leaves the hospital. Maybe this is a good argument for home birth! Yes, I know I am getting radical with this - but I am passionate about this topic!

View Vaccinations - Part 2
View Vaccinations - Part 3

My kids amaze me

...they really do! My kids have taught me SO much about caring for non-Christians. There was a day when Rebecca said she was worried about her cousins and uncle going to hell. She asked, "Do they love Jesus? Are they Christians?" She initiates prayer for family members often. Then, last week, Rebecca asked me if one of Paul's coworkers was a Christian. (By the way, it is not the easiest thing to answer this question... I usually say "I don't know, but it seems like... But I could be wrong." My kids have done much to open my eyes to the needs of others!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

More thoughts on Halloween

During the whole month of October I dread going to Wal-Mart and the grocery store... it seems like every store tries to out-do all the others and go beyond whatever they did last year. When it gets right down to it, I feel like Halloween is a glorification of death and gore! You cannot go down the aisles of the costume/decoration section without agreeing with me!

Sometimes children see things best... (A story, by way of illustration)
Nelson's birthday is on November 1st. The year he turned two Grandpa S. gave me $20 to buy decorations for a party. I went to the Party Tree store to buy a trucks and trains theme. I went to the store the week of Halloween and it was grotesque! There were some exhibits that made me feel physically ill. (Granted, I am more sensitive to gore than most). There were graves and grim reapers and worst of all a man with his head cut off - brains oozing out. The kids were terrified!
Now, up to that point in time we never even mentioned Halloween to the kids - there was no need, but this was a teachable moment. Rebecca asked "Why, Mommy? Why do people want to buy this? Why would they want to take it home?" I spent the next full hour in discourse on Halloween.

Humans, as a whole, fear and dread death - don't want to talk about it, think about it, plan for it... most folks hate funerals. Yet, once a year people glory in death, guts, and gore!

I leave with this verse that distinguishes Jesus from frauds. (And may perhaps help to distinguish Holy-days from pagan holidays!)
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (KJV)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fun sewing

I had a great time today at the sewing circle! I got acquainted with several ladies from church. I was a little bit productive, I got my curtains done. But, really it was just fun to get out and talk. Also, Rebecca did her first hand stitching with a needle today! She did fabulous! (It must be those years of practice lacing yarn through holes in cardboard!) She had a good time too. Here are took some pictures of my new curtains. I added a picture of our homeschool room too, because I thought it looked great after I rearranged a few things the other day!

Mingling of light and darkness

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 8:12 (KJV)

Once a year many Christians cover their light and cloak themselves in darkness.The annual event I speak of is Halloween. Before I go any further let me say that I grew up celebrating Halloween through costumes, parties, and "good, clean fun." When Paul and I first got married I said that I wanted my kids to have a good time, so long as they dressed in non-scary costumes. I have many family and friends that think along these lines. I understand where you are coming from - I used to think just like you. But, now I think that Halloween is a dangerous mingling of light and darkness!

I do not think that Christians who celebrate mean to give any credence to the Devil or evil things. In writing this post, I don't mean to offend anyone - but it will happen anyway. Is it possible that whatever a Christian's intentions are in celebrating Halloween that Satan gets the glory of the event?

The Apostle Paul has a lot to say about mixing good and evil. In the first verse below he is speaking in context of individual gifts given to edify the whole body, and how we ought to behave as a body.
Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Romans 12:9 (KJV)
Also, in his first letter to the Thessalonians he says to
Abstain from all appearance of evil. (5:22 KJV)
If a person was to see your family on Halloween would they know that you are a God-fearing Christian? Or, would you look just like the World?

One of my favorite Bible verses is this:
whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8 (KJV)
That verse is rather a catch all that can be applied to so many areas of one's thought life!

Here's a more lengthy quotation from the Apostle Paul regarding Christians being people of light, and how we ought to have no fellowship with darkness.
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.Eph 5:6-11 (KJV - emphasis mine)
I think the above verses do justice in showing that Christians ought not to partake of evil. Now, for this to be a complete logical argument, I must prove that Halloween is evil. I personally, do not have the time to write such an article. But, I offer for your further study and article called The Way of the Heathen: A Brief Survey of Halloween. While I do not necessarily agree with all that Dr. McMahon has to say, it is a very thought provoking article. I chose this article because it is so thorough and because it is so challenging (even to me, and I gave up Halloween years ago).

As always, your comments are welcome. I will post opinions that disagree so long as you are kind in your speech. We are sisters and brothers in Christ, even if we disagree on this issue of Halloween.

One last thing... One of my best friends in high school was heavily involved in witchcraft. Since that time the Lord has saved him and he is truly a new creation. Last year I asked my friend what he thinks of Halloween from his perspective as a former warlock. He told me that he is appalled that Christians are so deceived into thinking that Halloween is just harmless fun. He went on to tell me that children will be born to be sacrificed on October 31st. While your kids are picking out their costume for trick-or-treating there are babies born unknown to the world, for the sole purpose of being sacrificed!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Covenant family

Paul and I consider ourselves to be a covenant family (though we have not baptized our children). We see great value in training our children to love the Lord while they are young. All of our children have known the Gospel since they were in diapers. Please don't think I am bragging, I think all Christians ought to do this... it's just that so many of us don't.

Paul and I always hear things like, "enjoy them while they are young, because once they are teenagers..." These statements make me sad (and a little angry). Why should we license children to dishonor and disobey their parents just because they are in their teens?! Our goal for our family is that they will not rebel when they hit those crucial teen years. Sure, laugh if you want to, everyone else does - but this is what we feel that it means to be a covenant family!

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Prov 22:6 (KJV)

I know that Paul and I are far from perfect, and we are bound to make many mistakes along the way... but we are working and praying for our children, that they will love the Lord from their first breaths and never stray from Him! Our deepest desire is that they will have no recollection of a time when they did not love the Lord!

I am just wondering if all those parents who complain of unruly teens:
1) raised those children to look upon adolescence as a time to "get away with" sinful behavior?
2) had regular family worship?

My husband and I are new to this thinking. Neither of us were raised to think covenantally... Both of us lived debauched lives throughout our teens. Neither of us had family worship. Neither of us was home schooled. Our thinking in the area of family is totally new territory.

Jesus says,
Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matt 18:3-4 (KJV)
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.Matt 18:6 (KJV)
Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matt 19:14 (KJV)

Sewing Circle

I am so excited, I was invited to participate in a "sewing circle." One of the ladies at my new church thought to invite me. So, tomorrow afternoon I will take all my kids and turn them loose while I sit around and sew with the ladies! Oh boy! I might get to meet some new gals!

I am really reserved at church, so I don't really know anyone yet. I pray that tomorrow the kids and I will get to meet some new friends. I plan to finish my curtains for the kitchen (cute, red gingham... oh how I love country life!). Then, I am going to play around with some denim from a pair of Paul's old pants. I plan to make it into a skirt for me or Becca - we'll see.

I'll let you know how it goes.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Cat scratch fever

Did you know there really is such a thing as Cat Scratch Fever? Actually, they now call it Cat Scratch Disease.

When we moved into this house there was about a dozen cats (this number includes many tiny kittens). Within weeks the number of cats dropped to about 6. We like to keep cats, because they help control the rodent population.

One day Nelson decided to put one of the cats into the Radio Flyer wagon and shut it in. (We have the wagon with the two seats that face each other and can be folded down.) The scratch was a bad one from the beginning! She punctured through his skin right at the knuckle. Within 24 hours the finger was terribly swollen and purple. We did not yet have a local doctor, so I took him to the Emergency Room (ER). At the ER he was very well behaved and submitted to all kinds of poking and prodding. (The doctor and nurses raved about Nelson's good behavior!) The doctor told me that with such a bad infection he was considering admitting Nelson, but he did not. He put Nelson on Augmentin antibiotic.

The finger healed quickly...

A few mornings later Nelson complained that his leg hurt, he would not/could not walk. It was pretty scary, since usually he runs laps around the house in the morning. It was obvious that this was some type of "complication", so I took him back to the ER. While there, Nelson went absolutely crazy. He was crying and screaming irrationally! (I was in tears myself.) It took three ladies to hold him down for X-rays.
I cornered the doctor and said to her, "I know you see bad kids all the time, but my boy is not a bad kid. This is totally irrational behavior. Can cat scratch disease cause delirium?" She said that he was clearly out of sorts and in great pain, but it was not because of the cat scratch. They had to drug him with Tylenol with Codeine. After that we both stopped crying!
Turns out, the local hospital in our small town does not have an MRI machine. And, without that they could not fully diagnose Nelson's hip problem. She labeled it as a problem in the capsule around the joint, but said it could become very serious. The leg problem did not turn out to be serious. It healed quickly.
As for the delirium - looks like Nelson was intolerant of Augmentin, so we switched antibiotics.

Nelson is fine now, and playing with the cats again...
I bribe my family to come to my blog with pictures. Here are our most recent of each kid. Taken y-day in my yard.

Joshua 15 months.

Lydia 3 years with "Tiger" 2 months.

Rebecca, age 6. She's a real goose sometimes.

Nelson, almost 5, with "Blondie" 6 months.

I love pictures of the kids backs as they walk along. So precious.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Our new home

Here are some long overdue pictures of our new home.

This is as you pull into the driveway, the front of the house.

This is the East side of the house.

This room is our main doorway that leads through a "mud room" into our kitchen.

This is the run down chicken house that may someday be fixed up and usable.