Friday, May 30, 2014

Ok, been real sporadic and inconsisitant around here. Life is, uhhh, hard sometimes.

My mom was diagnosed with lung, liver, bone and lymph cancer. She started chemo this week. The doctor is hopeful, but we are in for a rough ride as this chem is a stronger chemical than the last time she had treatment.

My dad goes in two weeks for back surgery.

Hubby has a mole on his leg that changed colors and so is having it removed the week after dad's surgery.

My brother (who lives 8 hours away) had to see my parents to knwo they were ok. He is visiting. Always a delightful, though busy time.

My brother still intends to come visit with his wife and kids in a couple of weeks, too.

My nephew is spposed to be here to visit this week end. I get to meet his fiance:-)

Hubby, Mom, and two of my kids have bad coughs that just won't go away. Now I'm starting to cough too.

And there's more I don't want to go into.

Oh, and I hate facebooks new programs.

So, blah. Nothing's consistent and I'm happy if I can keep one day ahead of another.

Nearly Every Mass Shooting In The Last 20 Years Shares One Thing In Common, And It Isn't Weapons - Liberty Crier

Nearly Every Mass Shooting In The Last 20 Years Shares One Thing In Common, And It Isn't Weapons - Liberty Crier







When you consider the millions of hunters and hobby shooters (shooting is just fun:-) in this country who NEVER point a gun at a human being it becomes obvious it couldn't possibly be the guns. 



It's not the ease of getting a gun either. Most of these nut cases got their guns illegally. Passing more laws wouldn't have stopped them.



Another thing this article doesn't mention is that the vast majority of these shooters are from broken homes. Seems having a dad in the house really does make a difference after all (how many of these kids needed the antidepressant drugs BECAUSE of their parents divorce?)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

What I’ve Learned in Twenty Years of Marriage | Moore to the Point

What I’ve Learned in Twenty Years of Marriage | Moore to the Point

There is no such thing as a 'pro-choice' Christian | The Matt Walsh Blog

There is no such thing as a 'pro-choice' Christian | The Matt Walsh Blog



YES!

The Well-Rounded Mama: Prenatal Vitamins, Pre-Eclampsia, and Obesity

The Well-Rounded Mama: Prenatal Vitamins, Pre-Eclampsia, and Obesity

This link will rile some of you up. | Bleeding Heart Libertarians

This link will rile some of you up. | Bleeding Heart Libertarians

The Wedding Predicts the Marriage - Kevin A. Thompson

The Wedding Predicts the Marriage - Kevin A. Thompson



Great wisdom. 

How to Deep Mulch Your Garden with Hay | The Prairie Homestead

How to Deep Mulch Your Garden with Hay | The Prairie Homestead



I've been searching for an answer to our gardening problems. A good fence has helped a lot, but I really think our biggest problem is that this is the desert. Our land is 1 1/3 acres of rocks held together by sagebrush and clay, watered by and "average" of 14" or rain a year ("average" meaning every ten years we get 30"; the rest of the time we get less than 10"). I am beginning to think that every property needs it's own method and you just have to experiment until you find the best for your land.



If I had unlimited money to put into our garden/orchard (both enclosed by the same fence):

  • I would build a wall of either straw bales or rock around the perimeter and plant a producing vine of some sort all along it (grapes? berries?) Such a structure is supposed to alter the micro climate for the length of its height x 4 (a 4' wall will reduce wind and our intense sun for 16' inside the garden.) This should drastically reduce the need for watering and the just plain loss from our blow-dryer winds (honestly, in August you can stand out watering the plants and watch them wilt as the wind dries them faster than we can water them). 
  • I would build better beds throughout the whole area, including one that goes around the whole perimeter. 
  • I would fill all the beds (new and old) with high quality potting soil. Not the organic way I know, But it would give us a jumpstart we desperately need.
  • I would probably mulch all the planting areas with straw and the paths with pine needles, except the one area with a table and chairs which I would plant in a nice grass. This area also needs more chairs.
  • I would install automatic waterers on timers for the whole area, plus add a storage shed.
  • I would need some sort of compost scheme. The one that attracts me the most is a run around the garden with chickens in it (which would require us moving the chicken coop). Then garden waste would just be dumped over the main garden fence into the run, kitchen scraps added, and the chickens do the rest. Once a year we rake up all the compost and add it to the garden.
  • Lets add miniature greenhouse covers to each bed to extend the growing season (Our last frost is in June, first is in September, and I've seen it snow in July here). I would also make it so these could be covered with screens to keep the sparrows and quail out. The trees need nets over then too, as we are already losing our cherry crop to the sparrows this yeas and they aren't even ripe yet!
This is a lot of work and though some of it can be done without money, too much of it needs some investment, which I just don't have.



I would also like to hire someone to come over once a week and teach us how to get the most out of our land. I simply don't know enough about gardening to not feel overwhelmed every time I go out there. I don't even know where to start:-(

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I hate porn because I hate child abuse and sex slavery | The Matt Walsh Blog

I hate porn because I hate child abuse and sex slavery | The Matt Walsh Blog

I’ve got 9 kids. Are we killing you yet? | LifeSiteNews.com

I’ve got 9 kids. Are we killing you yet? | LifeSiteNews.com



When people say "I can't aford more children" or "I can't aford to homeschool or be a stay at home mom." what they mean is "I can't afford to maintain my selfish, consumerist lifestyle and have more kids and stay home and homeschool."



Without exception, every parent who has told me the things in the first sentence has earned MORE than my hubby who is the sole support of our nine kids, 22 chickens, 1 cat, 1 dog, 2 finches, 1 beta fish, 5 rabbits, and 1 Gecko lizard.



And the article's author's comment that it doesn't take any more to heat a 3000' house for 10 than it does to heat it for 2 isn't quite right. It takes LESS energy to heat the house for more people because body heat supplies a good deal of the heat necessary for comfort. (I know this because our dc spend the night with my parents once a week and in the winter Hubby and I have to turn the heater on those nights while we don't the rest of the week!)





Domestic Felicity: No more summer? The sad fate of childhood

Domestic Felicity: No more summer? The sad fate of childhood

The Only Way to Love Sinners |

The Only Way to Love Sinners |: Love is not love if it simply wants to be your friend, “just as you are.” Jesus never wanted us to stay as we are. We are doomed as we are. Our only hope is repentance and forgiveness.

And love is only love that seeks to warn, plead, point and lead others to the cross where they can put to death the deeds of the flesh that evoke God’s wrath.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Three Lies Christians Tell Themselves - Kevin A. Thompson

Three Lies Christians Tell Themselves - Kevin A. Thompson: Failing to be involved with a church doesn’t necessarily negate one’s faith, but it does clearly reveal a heart which is not fully obedient to God. The church is God’s idea. He created it and he planned for Christians to be involved with it. Yet many Christians have come to the conclusion that the church is no longer a necessary part of their faith journey.

What's Your Threat: Medical Emergencies at Home - PreparednessMama

What's Your Threat: Medical Emergencies at Home - PreparednessMama: Basic Supplies

Adhesive tape
Aluminum finger splints
Antibiotic ointment
Antiseptic solution or towelettes
Bandages, including a roll of elastic wrap (Ace, Coban, others) and bandage strips (Band-Aid, Curad, others) in assorted sizes
Instant cold packs
Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
Disposable latex or synthetic gloves, at least two pair
Gauze pads and roller gauze in assorted sizes
Eye goggles
Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Plastic bags for the disposal of contaminated materials
Safety pins in assorted sizes
Save-A-Tooth storage device containing salt solution and a travel case
Scissors, tweezers and a needle
Soap or instant hand sanitizer
Sterile eyewash, such as a saline solution
Sutures
Thermometer
Triangular bandage
Turkey baster or other bulb suction device for flushing out wounds

Medications

Activated charcoal, follow poison control recommendations and use only if instructed
Anti-diarrhea medication
Over-the-counter oral antihistamine (Benadryl, others)
Aspirin and nonaspirin pain relievers (never give aspirin to children)
Calamine lotion
Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream
Personal medications
If prescribed by your doctor, drugs to treat an allergic attack, such as an auto-injector of epinephrine (EpiPen)
Syringe, medicine cup or spoon

Emergency items

Cell phone and solar charger or a charger accessory that plugs into your car dash
Emergency phone numbers, including contact information for your family doctor and pediatrician, local emergency services, emergency road service providers and the regional Poison Control Center
Small, waterproof flashlight and extra batteries
Candles and matches for cold climates
Sunscreen
FRS and/or Ham Radio for communications. This is the radio recommended to me (BaoFeng UV-5RE Plus) ,when I took the test. It is a durable starter radio for under $50.
Mylar emergency blanket

What's Your Threat: Rising Food Prices

What's Your Threat: Rising Food Prices

I would love to have a self sufficient farm, but God has put us where this is difficult at best. We own 1 1/3 acres of rocks held together with sagebrush and clay. Our gardens have nearly all been and exercise in feeding the sparrows, quail, jack rabbits and mustangs (!). Our fruit trees only produce about every third year. We have to buy 99% of the feed for any meat animals we get (though the chickens and dog do well on our table leftovers. We do keep commercial feed out for both, but they don't eat much of it.)



Our biggest likely disaster here is wild fire (not "forest fire" as there are no trees, but cheat grass burns fast and far). Other than that, earthquake or even fall out from Mammoth blowing are remote possibilities. But everyone would be affected by a general shut down of the food system. And if electricity goes out we have no water (we have a well).



So what to do? We are trying to get self sufficient rabbits going, but feed's hard to do.



We raise our own chickens for eggs- more than we can eat in fact. They free range most of the time, controlling our bugs and a lot of the weeds that do manage to come up as well as cutting down our feed bill and making the eggs healthier.



I try to stock up, but it's hard when it takes every penny we have jjust to buy food for a family this size for one week. "penny wise and pound (dollar) foolish" because we have no other choice.



I am praying about it though. God is good and does take care of His people.











On another note, I have posted that my mother was diagnosed with cancer. It is spreading fast and she starts chemo this week. Please keep us in your prayers.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Today's sermon

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Great Sermon! Everyone who has or cares about children or our country needs to listen!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sale!

Use the code MEMORIAL25 at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/bettysbooks to get 25% off any (or all) of my books!

This woman wants to change how we look at our bodies

This woman wants to change how we look at our bodies



My Hubby regularly reads Ann Landers. He finds it totally unfathamable that so many women say things like "My body is ugly since I had a baby and all my husband wants to do is have sex." He says obviously she's wrong about her body being ugly or he wouldn't be wanting to have sex, now, would he?



But then I turn the tables on him. We discuss a certain celebrity who is larger than average, who has perfect arteries, is strong as an ox, and in every way appears healthy. Hubby says "but he's still fat." Yes, dear. But all indicators are that he is just larger than Hollywood says he is supposed to be; not actually unhealthy in anyway. 



Ladies, we have bought into the billions of dollars a year weightloss industry propaganda for much too long.



NO ONE has a perfect body, but all our bodies are beautiful. There is not a connection between weight and helath, as is commonly taught. What little there is says that being underweight is VERY unhealthy. But overweight? Meh.



The studies used to trick us into doing dangerous things to our bodies to make them go away did not control for poverty. Once economics are factored in the weight/health connection disappears.



So quit giving your money to manipulators in the weight-loss industry and start enjoying your life. God made some people little and some big and all people beautiful.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Deadly Pajamas & Toxic Sofas: 5 Ways to Reduce Your Baby's Exposure to Flame Retardants - Aviva Romm

Deadly Pajamas & Toxic Sofas: 5 Ways to Reduce Your Baby's Exposure to Flame Retardants - Aviva Romm

And what are you supposed to do if you can't afford to redecorate? :-(

How Ephesians Killed My “Radical” Christianity | The Log College

How Ephesians Killed My “Radical” Christianity | The Log College

God does cal us to be radical, but in the hard way.

If a Republican said what this Democrat did about black people the media would have FREAKED OUT | Young Conservatives

If a Republican said what this Democrat did about black people the media would have FREAKED OUT | Young Conservatives

I am hearing more and more comments from liberals that are downright racist. I think they have always been there. The technology to bypass the mainstream media has just arrived.

Think about it: which party is always bringing up race? Which party wants everything interpreted in terms of the color of people's skin? So why would it surprise anyone that they are the ones making the racist statements?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

$70 million Birth Injury Case – Largest Arbitration Award in U.S. History (Cytotec Brain Injury) | Wise Woman Way of Birth | by Gloria Lemay

$70 million Birth Injury Case – Largest Arbitration Award in U.S. History (Cytotec Brain Injury) | Wise Woman Way of Birth | by Gloria Lemay

The drug used is cytotec, an ulcer medication. The manufacturer begged doctors to quit using it to induce labor, but doctors told them it would set medicine back too much. Never mind the drug had never been through scientific tests for use in labor. They just wan to use it and so do.

Actually, you would be horrified to find out how much of what a doctor does is based on tradition and good ideas instead of sound scientific proof- especially in the maternity ward.

New Study Finds Home Birth is a Comparatively Safe Option for Women with a Low-Risk Pregnancy | Inhabitots

New Study Finds Home Birth is a Comparatively Safe Option for Women with a Low-Risk Pregnancy | Inhabitots



"We need to start focusing on who might be a good candidate for a home or birth center birth and stop debatin whether women should be allowed to choose these options."



...Whether women should be ALLOWED!?!



What right does ANYONE have to tell a woman where she can bring her child into this world? How arrogant can you get, medical community?







Anyway, yet another study saying it is safer for a low-risk mom to just stay home with her midwife than to go to the hospital.

“We
need to start focusing on who might be a good candidate for a home or
birth center birth and stop debating whether women should be allowed to
choose these options. - See more at:
http://www.inhabitots.com/new-study-finds-home-birth-is-a-safe-option-for-women-with-a-low-risk-pregnancy/#sthash.4ktLZwWR.wddboDCY.dpuf
“We need to start focusing on who might be a good candidate for a home or birth center birth and stop debating whether women should be allowed to choose these options.”




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The statistics for this study came from the Midwives Alliance of
North American Statistics Project (MANA Stats) 2.0 data registry and
boast some major home birth benefits and successes for both mamas and
babies. Of the 16,924 women who planned home births, a full 89.1% ended
up giving birth at home and most women were only transferred for failure to progress, not a major problem. Just 4.5% of these women required oxytocin augmentation and/or epidural analgesia.
Even better, 1054 women who planned home births were also attempting a
vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) and amazingly 87% were successful.
Babies born at home fared very well too. Only 1.5% of all the newborns
had low Apgar scores and postpartum maternal (1.5%) and neonatal (0.9%)
transfers were very infrequent. On top of all of this good news for home
birth advocates, most of the babies born at home (96%) were still
breastfeeding at six weeks and of those 86% were exclusively breastfeeding, which is a much higher rate of
breastfeeding success than the average. Right now, perinatal data is
only available via birth certificates in the USA, which makes home birth
research a challenge, plus of course, most women are against being
randomized to a hospital or home birth
in research studies. Still, while home birth data is still being
assessed it’s clear from the research we do have available, that for
low-risk women, home birth attended by a midwife
should be considered a safe option. Cheyney sums up the research,
noting, “Home birth is not for every woman and risk factors need to be
weighed. But the evidence strongly suggests that a healthy woman with an
uncomplicated delivery and a single, term baby in a head-down position
can safely give birth outside the hospital.”


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Outcomes of Care for 16,924 Planned Home Births in the United States:
The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004 to 2009



+ Study finds home births comparatively safe – for low-risk women, infants











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Monday, May 19, 2014

Mother Accuses Doctors of Forcing a C-Section and Files Suit - NYTimes.com

Mother Accuses Doctors of Forcing a C-Section and Files Suit - NYTimes.com

So let me get this straight; if the mom wanted to hire a man to cut her baby's arms and legs and head off, that is her right because she has the basic human right to control her own body. But if she simply wants to give birth naturally, now suddenly she has no right to control her body?

The baby was not in distress. There was no danger. Yet the doctor forced himself on this woman. In any other circumstances we would call this assault with a deadly weapon.

And even if the baby was in distress...

If my son's kidneys quit working, would it be OK for a doctor to force my Hubby into the OR and take his kidney against his will? Of course not! Yet somehow it's ok to violate a mom's body and will for her child.

Now, Hubby would willing die for his kids. And the vast majority of mom's wouldn't hesitate to have surgery to save their baby. But the fact is that doctors are human and and make mistakes. When it boils right down to it, the human whose body will suffer the side affects of the surgery is the one who should make this call. Not some doctor who will never see the mom or baby again.

Critics Display Massive Intolerance of Moms’ Choices In Reviews Of ‘Moms’ Night Out’

Critics Display Massive Intolerance of Moms’ Choices In Reviews Of ‘Moms’ Night Out’

"What that actually says about the critics is that they are only supportive of choices like their own."

To say that a stay at home mom is not doing anything or any of the other insults thrown our way, is to say that raising children is unimportant. This not only insults SAHM's, but daycare workers and nannys too.

Yes, women can do other things beside care for children, but what could a woman possibly do that is more important?!

Raising children is ruling tomorrow's world.

Miracle salve?


Great selection of bulk herbs, books, and remedies. Articles, Research Aids and much more.
I have been studying herbs for some time. At one point I ordered a healing salve from my favorite herb company (see the Echinacia flower above) that I was VERY impressed with. But our finances are, well, a bit less than optimal so I had to find a cheaper way to have the same product.

Besides, it is sort of my hobby to figure out how to make as many things myself instead of buying them that I can.

So began my quest to make my own salve. (Bulk Herb Store now sells a salve making kit to make this process easier) I have experimented for several years now. My brother loves the stuff, especially the "one with sticks." That was a time he was visiting and asked for more salve to take home with him, but I didn't have any made up or even any oil ready to make some with. So I powdered the herbs in my blender and just added them to the oil and melted beeswax directly. There were teeny tiny twigs that the blender missed. He swears that stuff heals his skin problems instantly, though he doesn't use it if he's leaving the house (doesn't want to wear sticks around.)

I had another experience with the salve this weekend.

I have been reading my new favorite herbal, "Be Your Own Doctor" (great book by the way. No, she doesn't mean set your own broken bones and do your own heart surgery. It's a book to teach us to use natural remedies to minimize trips to the doctor to true emergencies that only professionals can really handle instead of the everyday stuff anyone can do. Sort of an herbal first aid course.) The author extols the virtues of aloe vera and lavender oil for burns.

So when my daughter burned herself cooking lunch Saturday, I reached for my new bottle of aloe (after having her run it under cold water for a few minutes). That helped, but only slightly. So I tried my lavender oil.

Better but she was still nearly crying with the pain (this kid's tough with a very high pain tolerance). The wound was about five inches long and two inches wide with two blisters forming in the middle (I've had burns like this that would keep me awake all night with the pain). These two remedies did work, but only for a few minutes before needing to be reapplied.

Finally, I told her "get the salve." She smeared a good helping of the salve on and within seconds her pain was obviously reduced. In fact, she didn't complain about pain from it again. I had her keep applying it and within half an hour there was a visible reduction of the redness. Within two hours the burn was gone except where it had blistered, which was no longer blistered, just burnt.

This morning, (two days later) the burned spots are less than half the size they were yesterday and fading. She has NO pain whatsoever. In fact, she forgets about the burn and I have to keep reminding her to use it (she'll need to do this several times a day for a couple more days, probably, to make the marks go completely away.)

I am SO impressed with these God-made cures! I am trying to figure out a way to get salve onto my mothers liver, lung, and bone cancer!

So, your family needs this too! It replaces many products. Bulk Herb Store's is great, or I sell mine here (we're still working on a label:-). Or give a try to making your own. It's fun and fairly easy:-)

Hey, just a thought; would anyone be interested in the one with sticks as a supper salve?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Just a Thought...

If you added up all the time you spent watching TV, playing video games, surfing pintrest, etc over your life time, how much time would it come to? What could you have accomplised with that time? When you stand before God on Judgment Day, will you be proud or ashamed?

Stand before the Judgment Seat?!

I think I'm ashamed right now.

:-(

Quick! Someone raise the minimum wage before this man starves to death! | The Matt Walsh Blog

Quick! Someone raise the minimum wage before this man starves to death! | The Matt Walsh Blog



"two leading researchers conducted a thorough investigation and discovered that the vast majority of the most reliable empirical evidence points to a direct causal link between job loss and minimum wage hikes."
Read more at http://themattwalshblog.com/2014/05/16/minimum-wage/#2R17YEVRlRhM7IpG.99

Seriously, if your employer is forced to raise your wages by 50%, your landlord, grocer, etc will be forced to raise their bills by 50%. You end up in the same place, just with more zeros at the end.

Where is voter fraud inportant?

Al Sharpton is losing his mind over Rush Limbaugh winning a children’s book award, and Al is now demanding… | Young Conservatives: Liberals are more concerned with voter fraud when it comes to Rush Limbaugh winning an award than in the presidential elections! Suddenly, it’s a completely rational idea to look at CHILDREN’S IDs, but totally racist and intolerant to ask the same of adults in national elections.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Which Parent Are You? - Kevin A. Thompson

Which Parent Are You? - Kevin A. Thompson

Dangerous Chemicals Linked To Breast Cancer: Report

Dangerous Chemicals Linked To Breast Cancer: Report



My mom went through a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation for breast cancer last year.



She just found out (literally not two hours ago) that the cancer spread to her lung, liver and bones.



Please pray for us. She is only 70 and otherwise in great health. I would love for her to see my great grandkids.

what does a stay-at-home mom do all day?

The San Francisco Globe



This man needs some child-training help.



Any way, what does a stay-at-home mom do all day?



  • Everything the daycare worker does with your children.
  • Everything the janitor of the daycare does when your kids aren't there.
  • Everything the maid does.
  • Everything the fastfood or convenience food people do.
  • Everything the janitors at the restaurants do.
  • (If they homeschool) everything your kids teacher does.
  • (If they homeschool) everything the school janitor does.
  • Everything the janitor would do for the SAHM if she worked outside the home.
  •  and many of them then have their own Work-at-home business work to do. 
Many working women mistakenly think they do all the same things as a SAHM plus hold down an outside job. This just isn't true. Someone else does all the child care for them during the day and they only have to deal with it at night. 

The problem with voter ID laws is that they don't make it hard enough to vote | Page 2 of 2 | The Matt Walsh Blog

Special Report on C-Sections Uncovers 15 Things Hospitals Are Trying to Hide | The Stir

Special Report on C-Sections Uncovers 15 Things Hospitals Are Trying to Hide | The Stir: While the C-section rate is going up, the infant death rate in the U.S., while low, is higher than that of most other industrialized nations. And the maternal death rate actually increased slightly from 1990 to 2013, according to an analysis published online in The Lancet medical journal.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mother Forced To Have Cesarean Section, And Now She’s Suing

Mother Forced To Have Cesarean Section, And Now She’s Suing



Forced (through downright violence or just deception) is WAY too common in birth.



I whole heartedly believe a baby is a human deserving all human rights from conception.



However, so is mom.



A woman does not give up her humanity, her basic human rights just because she decides to not hire a hitman to cut her baby's head off.



All women should have informed consent (which is meaningless without informed refusal). If a woman decides to forgo the treatment her doctor recommends that is her decision, even if it puts baby at risk.



Let's put it this way: if my son's kidney goes bad, should the hospital have the right to come to my home and take my husband away by force and MAKE him give his kidney to our son? No? A pregnant woman has the same rights as a father to control her own body and make her own decisions.



Now, understand, I think mamma does NOT  nave the right to execute Baby before birth any more than my husband would have the right to kill one of our children. But that is a whole different thing than the parent having the right to make decisions about their own body.

Cruelty in Maternity Wards: Fifty Years Later

Cruelty in Maternity Wards: Fifty Years Later



Not enough has changed. Birth is still way too traumatic.



I do take issue with the statements saying "women are taught to be passive." This simply is not true anymore. But we are all, men and women alike, taught that the experts know everything and we know nothing. It is a bigger problem than sexism would be.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How Abortion Has Changed the Discussion of Miscarriage � Scissortail SILK

How Abortion Has Changed the Discussion of Miscarriage � Scissortail SILK



"

It’s time to change the discussion of miscarriage – by starting one.
It is time to acknowledge the loss of neonatal life as…life… It is time
to stop expecting women and men who have experienced miscarriage to stay
silent in their own pain.


They have lost a child."







When people ask me how many kids I have, I say nine like I am expected to. The truth is I am the mom of 13. But people don't understand, and to try to explain that 4 of my babies died before I got the chance to hold them is too painful. So I take the easy way out and say 9. This is a disservice to my babies, though. They deserve to be remembered.

The American Vision | Long before Common Core: the real leftist takeover of education

The American Vision | Long before Common Core: the real leftist takeover of education



Yes! This is what I have been saying all along! The liberals CANT take over education because they are the ones that founded our current system. It is by definition a leftest system. In fact, it can't be fixed, because it isn't broken. It functions just like it was designed to function.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The intolerence of the "tolerent"

This is my homophobic rant against Michael Sam | The Matt Walsh Blog



I'm glad I'm not the only one who can see the hypocrisy of the Left.



If what you do in the bedroom is none of my business, than for goodness sakes, Quit Telling Me About it!!!



And how brave of the man to get paid millions to play games. We should all be so lucky.

The
man pursued national media outlets and, without being provoked or
solicited, ‘announced’ his sexual desires to the nation. Why? Because
it’s none of our business? Because we should feel nothing and have no
opinion on the matter?
Read more at http://themattwalshblog.com/2014/05/12/homophobic-rant-michael-sam/2/#I4ieXVpvI4b5CK3A.99
The
man pursued national media outlets and, without being provoked or
solicited, ‘announced’ his sexual desires to the nation. Why? Because
it’s none of our business? Because we should feel nothing and have no
opinion on the matter?

Read more at http://themattwalshblog.com/2014/05/12/homophobic-rant-michael-sam/2/#I4ieXVpvI4b5CK3A.99
The
man pursued national media outlets and, without being provoked or
solicited, ‘announced’ his sexual desires to the nation. Why? Because
it’s none of our business? Because we should feel nothing and have no
opinion on the matter?

Read more at http://themattwalshblog.com/2014/05/12/homophobic-rant-michael-sam/2/#I4ieXVpvI4b5CK3A.99"
I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees teh hypocrisy of the left.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day quotes

G. K. Chesterton- “How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three [referring to a kind of mathematical problem], and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.”

"Motherhood is not about the mother; mothers are in full-time ministry serving the Lord.”-Mark Driscoll

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."
-- Theodore Hesburgh

"An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest."
-- Spanish proverb

"Children are the sum of what mothers contribute to their lives."
-- Unknown

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont

Women's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It's the men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one's likely to do anything about that. ~Golda Meir

Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children. ~Marilyn Penland

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. ~Chinese Proverb

"Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children."
--William Makepeace Thackeray (Most people treat God as they did their moms when they were children.)

"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother."
-- Lin Yutang

"The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes one a mother—which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician."
-- Sydney J. Harris

On What We Have Lost:
"How the Americans (of the mid 1800s) View the Equality of Men and Women"

Following are some further quotes about the respective roles and equality of men and women in America’s democracy of the 1830s.

"There are Europeans who confuse the various characteristics of the sexes and would make men and women beings not only equal but alike. To both, they attribute the same functions equally, impose on them the same duties and grant them the same rights. They would involve them both in everything – work, pleasure, business. It is easy to see that, in this ambition to make the one sex equal to the other, both are demeaned and that, from the crude mixing of nature’s works, will emerge weak men and immodest women."

"That is far from being the American view of the type of democratic equality which can be brought about between men and women." ...

"America is the one country where the most consistent care has been taken to trace clearly distinct spheres for the two sexes and where both are required to walk at an equal pace but along paths that are never the same. You do not see American women directing concerns outside the range of the family, or handling business dealings, or entering politics. Neither do you see any women forced to face the rough work of plowing fields, nor any of those heavy tasks which demand the exertion of physical strength. No family is so poor that it forms the exception to this rule." …

"If the American woman is not allowed to escape the tranquil sphere of her domestic duties, neither is she forced to leave it."…

"Consequently, American women who display a quite manly intelligence and energy generally maintain very delicate features and always remain feminine in their ways even though they sometimes show they have the hearts and minds of men."…

"Nor have Americans ever imagined that the result of democratic principle would be to overturn a husband’s authority or to introduce any ambiguity about who is in charge in the family." …

"Americans constantly display their complete confidence in the understanding of their wives and have a deep respect for their freedom. They esteem that her mind is as capable as a man’s of discovering the plain truth and that her heart is just as resolute in following it." …

"In America a girl can set out on a long journey alone and without fear."

"American legislators, who have softened almost all the articles of the penal code, still punish rape by death. And no other crime is prosecuted with the same relentless severity by public opinion. The explanation is this: since Americans have nothing they value or respect more than a woman’s honor and independence, they consider no punishment too harsh for those who deprive her of both against her will." …

"Thus Americans do not believe that men and women have the duty or the right to perform the same things but they show the same regard for the role played by both and they consider them as equal in worth although their lot in life is different. They do not give to a woman’s courage the same character or role as a man’s but they never question its strength; and, while they do not think that a man and his partner should always use their intelligence and understanding in the same way, at least they consider that the one has as sound an understanding and as clear a mind as the other."

"For my part, I say this without hesitation: although the American woman rarely leaves her domestic sphere and in certain respects is very dependent within it, nowhere does she enjoy a higher status. And now, as I come near to the end of this book in which I have recorded so many considerable achievements of the Americans, if I am asked how we should account for the unusual prosperity and growing strength of this nation, I would reply that they must be attributed to the superiority of their women."

Friday, May 09, 2014

Goin' to the garden to eat worms...

Every have a when you just want to run away from home? No reason. Just tired of it all and want a change?

Oh well. On to making the weeks shopping list.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The 11 most ridiculous “hate-crime” accusations that ended up being complete lies | Young Conservatives

The 11 most ridiculous “hate-crime” accusations that ended up being complete lies | Young Conservatives



Oh course, I have to ask, if conservatives are all rabid racists and homophobes, and half the country is conservative (a known fact), then why does anyone have to make these things up to have news stories about race/homophobia? Maybe the racism and homophobia is in the heads of the liberal media, and not so much in reality.

Christian-hating liberal fascists have once again demonstrated their 'tolerance' | The Matt Walsh Blog

Taxes and force

The Tea Party is a good start. They need to expand to all the invasive federal programs (education, retirement, etc)

 I looked it up once. If the feds only did what the Constitution allows them to do they would only need the taxes the Constitution permits. This means all the ss taxes, income taxes, employee taxes, fees, etc are only necessary to allow the government to do what it isn't supposed to be doing anyway.

Let's look at an example: We recently had a fridge die on us. As in, the repair man said he would feel guilty fixing it because it just wouldn't do us any good. It would only buy us a couple of months at best.

So we went to the store to buy a new fridge. $1000 for a fridge!?!?

Well, no, not exactly. Yes, we paid more than $1000, but how much of that was to cover the property, employee, and income taxes for the store? How much to cover those same costs for the transportation company that brought the fridge from the factory? How much to cover the taxes for the factory itself? and the transportation of the raw materials to the factory, the production of the raw materials, and so on. Then of course, we had to pay sales tax after the purchase price. The truth is that the fridge itself only cost about $4-500. The rest of what we paid was taxes.

And this is AFTER they took a good chunk out of Hubby's paycheck!



Don't agree with everything, but I do agree with most of this. If you think your way is the right way, use words to persuade people, not the force of government to make them.

What I don't agree with in this video is that there is a proper place for government force; punishing wrong doers and protecting citizens from foreign invaders. This is the power given the government in the Bible. Nothing more.


If you think children should be educated (as do I) give your own money to the school you think does the best job (or some other resource, such as Khan Academy). Dont' force me to support your favorite method of education through property taxes. I just might disagree with you. I just might have a better idea. But I can't pursue my idea because I have to fund yours.

If you think the poor should be fed, buy a bag of groceries (as I do) and give it to them,  go work at a soup kitchen, donate to the Salvation Army. Don't take my money away to give it to the poor through food stamps and ADFC, or you just might find me standing that line, too. I am the better judge than you of whether I can afford to donate to the poor without becoming one of them.

If you want the elderly to be cared for, take them into your own home (as I will when my parents reach that place), donate to organizations that help them, or go take care of them yourself. Don't force me to give to them through Social Security, Medicare, etc, or, you know what? Visit the previous paragraph. I am the best judge of what I can afford to give. Not you.

Do you see the theme in these "helping people" taxes? It is someone forcing others to give to their pet projects, their passions, instead of giving of their own money.

Aren't they doing both? No. Studies show that Liberals (those who campaign the hardest for government programs) give less than 1% of their own money to charity. Conservatives (those who fight against government programs) give 7% plus their own time to charities. The conservatives are the ones putting their money where their mouth is.

If everyone was free to follow their own passions with their own money, I am convinced that the poor would be well cared for, better than they are today, and there would be far fewer of them, too.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Like Junk Science on the Climate, Saturated-Fat Fearmongering Has Been Exposed as Baseless - The Rush Limbaugh Show

Like Junk Science on the Climate, Saturated-Fat Fearmongering Has Been Exposed as Baseless - The Rush Limbaugh Show: "More than a billion dollars have been spent trying to prove Ancel Keys's hypothesis, but evidence of its benefits has never been produced. It is time to put the saturated-fat hypothesis to bed and to move on to test other possible culprits for our nation's health woes."



"he didn't choose countries randomly but instead selected only those likely to prove his beliefs."



I know, I know- Rush is evil. Actually as long as I don't tell people who said it, they agree with me when I quote Rush.



Anyway, what he is on about  here matches my research exactly. It is the man-mad foods (sugar, hfcs, white flour, bologna) that will kill you. The God made ones (beef, butter, milk) are good for you.



I know from being the daughter of a hypoglycimic all my life that the brain functions best on protein. Yet what do the food-nazis tell us not to eat? Well, yeah, fat. But that fat is always attached to protein. High carb diets make people who can't think.



And they whole ides gets us used to obeying the government. Watch the movie 84 sometime. Then watch news clips from over the last 50 years. You will see the same changing of opinions over and over again.



Blahh.



Anyway, enjoy your highly, natural beef, butter, whole (preferably raw) milk, cheese, etc. They are good for you.

School Choice: Whether, Why, How? | Cato Unbound

School Choice: Whether, Why, How? | Cato Unbound



Exactly! 

This is what I was saying just a couple of days ago; let every parent choose what is best for each child. If we must, we can give them vouchers, but let them choose.



Our current set up assumes all children are the same, just like cars off the assembly line. THEY ARE NOT!



Some kids need more recess time than others.

Some need more music lessons than others.

Some need more freedom, some more structure.

Some more electronics, some less.



And not all parents have the same wants and needs for their children's education.

Some need longer school hours to accomatate their work schedule.

Some need the absolute minimum.

Some want there child prepared for college, some for being business owners.




And our current system is set up so the squeakiest wheel wins. If the atheists are the loudest, there will be no God in school (current situation). If the Christians are the loudest their will be. If the Muslims are loudest, the girls will be shrouded. If the Buddists are, there will be meditation. This devides communities and creates enemies.



My Wicca neighbor is no threat to me what so ever. We get along just great, each expressing our own reasons for our beliefs when it comes up, but otherwise we are just neighbors.



Now if we both had children in the same schools with no choice to pull our kids, we become threats to each other. Either my kids will be taught her religion or hers will be taught mine, depending on who can throw the biggest tissy fit. With real educational freedom, my kids are sent to a Christian school and hers to a Wiccan one (actually, hers are grown and mine homeschooled, but we are talking theories here).



What we have today is a communist educational system. What we need is a free one.

The Well-Rounded Mama: Emergency Phone Numbers to Keep Handy

The Well-Rounded Mama: Emergency Phone Numbers to Keep Handy



This is a very good idea. I have started my list, including adding this years Christmas pictures.



Kind of depressing seeing how many medical entries there are for the last two years:-(

I Love the Message Bible

If you don’t take your stand in faith,
    you won’t have a leg to stand on.

Isaiah 7:9 

(My favorite is the King James, but I do enjoy the message so much!)

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The Nirvana Approach to Paternalism | Bleeding Heart Libertarians

The Nirvana Approach to Paternalism | Bleeding Heart Libertarians



Exactly! Read my page "There was no king."



ALL humans are imperfect.

ALL humans make mistakes.

ALL citizens are affected/damaged by the mistakes made by those humans in government.

Only I and my family are affected/damaged by the mistakes made by me.

The more things in my life that I control, the better my life is likely to be.

The more things controlled by government officials who do not suffer for their bad decisions, the worse my life is likely to be.



Please, Please, PLEASE! Quit voting for people who want to control my life! Just leave me alone.

LAF/Beautiful Womanhood � The Myth of Male Privilege

LAF/Beautiful Womanhood � The Myth of Male Privilege

Racisim.

"In any case, the premise is self defeating. It contradicts itself. You’re being prejudiced against white men by saying they can’t have an opinion about a subject, and then justifying the prejudice by claiming that they’ve never felt prejudice. The minute you play that card, you lose it — even though you never really had it."


Good article and time we addressed this.

"rac·ism- ˈrāˌsizəm/
noun
        The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
        prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior."

How is the attitude towards white men in this country not racism? How is "racial quotas" not racist by definition?

And the so-called "white privilege?" This attitude assumes all whites came to this country on the Mayflower with loads of money (really, read your history. They were all poor), owned plantations and slaves, and have inherited a great deal of wealth from their parents.

My ancestors came to this country AFTER the Civil War (from famine ravaged Holland, Germany, Poland, and Ireland), were all dirt poor, migrant farm workers (my Dad can tell you all about picking cotton by hand.) Both my parents (2nd or 3rd generation Americans) had times growing up when they didn't know where their next meal would come from, and my Dad didn't always GET that next meal. He knows very well what it's like to be a hungry child.

Everything my parents have they got by hard, physical labor and thrifty living. Yes, today they are "comfortable," (not rich by any definition of the word, but comfortable), but it's because we did without many things while growing up, (though I never went without food or housing.)

Yes, my blond-haired, blue-eyed bother got a BA. He worked full time  (as a convenience store clerk, cashier, etc.) all the way through college to pay for it, too.

I could have gone to college (certainly had the grades for it), but decided I didn't want to. Had  better things to do (like actually learning! I have spent my time and money reading, reading, reading, instead of staring gaga eyed at some teacher lecturing. Since I'm NOT an auditory learner, I have learned way more this way than I would have in lecture halls). I would have had to work, though, to afford college just like my brother did.

This is somehow privilage?

Well maybe it is. 
I inherited a strong work ethic from my parents.
Many didn't.

I inherited a "suck it up and don't make excuses. If you want it, work for it" attitude.
And I thank my parents for that.

That is what has made them what they are, what has made my brother what he is (High School special-special ed teacher, head of the special ed department in the district, one of the worship leaders in a mega church, and now dad to seven children.) It is what made me what I am (mom to nine, homeschooler, book author, worship leader in our tiny church, homemaker (OK, maybe I shouldn't brag about that one, looking around the house this Monday morning), web master, amateur herbalist, and wife for 28 years to one great man.)

If you haven't achieved your goals, maybe you need to look deeper than the color of your skin. Maybe you need to look at the "content of [your] character"



"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (including black, yellow, red and, yes, white men- BeST) are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi (may I take the liberty of assuming he also meant "the Great Country of America"?), a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. 

I have a dream today!"

So do I, Rev. King. So do I.



Monday, May 05, 2014

The Message Bible

Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet. -James 4:10








Answering Dr. Norman Geisler's Comments on Genesis • Your Origins Matter

Answering Dr. Norman Geisler's Comments on Genesis • Your Origins Matter: “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them…”



A very good, refutation of the Old Earth is Biblical argument.

Violent persecution of atheism continues: Supreme Court allows public prayer

Violent persecution of atheism continues: Supreme Court allows public prayer | The Matt Walsh Blog

Violent persecution of atheism continues: Supreme Court allows public prayer

Violent persecution of atheism continues: Supreme Court allows public prayer | The Matt Walsh Blog

My Family Stopped Eating Sugar for a Year and This is What Happened | Healthy Living - Yahoo Shine

My Family Stopped Eating Sugar for a Year and This is What Happened | Healthy Living - Yahoo Shine


I would love to do this.

Hubby was just diagnosed pre-diabetic.
I am yploglycimic and have been gestational diabetic in the past.
Several of my children show symptoms of hypoglycemics. Notably, according to my research tooth decay is a symptom of blood sugar problems. Several of my kids have bad cavities. Oddly, two of them have none, so it can't be our diet or environment.

But this would require such an extreme change in our diets, I really don't think it's possible. Now if Hubby were to declare we were doing it, then maybe. Or if God moved us to the mission field. But otherwise, well, I'm doing the best I can. I'm back to being the meany who doesn't allow any sweets so the ones others offer don't do as much damage.

It is very hard though.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

If you really want to help black people, stop talking about Donald Sterling and start talking about this… | Young Conservatives

If you really want to help black people, stop talking about Donald Sterling and start talking about this… | Young Conservatives



The best thing we could do for the poor of any color, the best way to "level the playing field," would be to take the money we are already paying for each child's education ($10,000/ child on average nationwide) and give it to the people who know the child best, love them the most, and profit the most (besides the child of course) from him being well educated; the parent. Let the parent decide what type of education his child needs. The market will respond with more options than we could possibly imagine right now and EVERY child would succeed. 



I read an article written half a decade before the Ma Bell break up (for my younger readers, there was a time when there was only one phone company and everyone had no choice but to use them). That article speculated that there would come a time when technology would be such that if someone called you, whatever phone was nearest to you would ring (all phones were wired to the wall at the time, by the way).



"Missed it by this much" -Maxwell Smart



No one even imagined what today's "phones" are. It was the break up of the Ma Bell monopoly that allowed market forces to create the Blackberry, iPhone, and Galaxy 4.



Imagine what could be possible if we broke the stranglhold of the teachers union and allowed technology and market forces to REALLY take on education!?



Yes, the most democratic, the most non-racist thing we could do would be to provide EVERY parent with the means to provide EVERY child with a custom designed education- the Smart Phone of the classroom!

Continued Musings on Herbs

One big problem I have is that I live in a small house. Well, no, actually, it is the size of an average American home.

But my family is not.

With 11 of us living here we are, uh, a bit cozy.

I have had to give up one kitchen cupboard to my herbs already.

Plus one self in my dining room for experiments and projects.

And a spot in my bedroom for essential oils.

And another shelf in the dining room to try to grow stuff.

Not to mention a place for allopathic meds that I haven't gotten away from moving yet, partly because I don't have an herbal remedy ready when I need it.




So now I need to have a place to put tinctures and oils, too? High. Anyone have a nice big house to give a way? With lost of cupboards? Near my parents?




Friday, May 02, 2014

Thoughts and Ramblings on Natural Medicines.

I've been studying herbs for some time. I am whole-heartedly convinced that in most cases they are better than "normal medicines" (the proper term is "allopathic.")

I have tried a couple of homeopathic medicines too. Not nearly convinced on these, but my research says they can't do any harm. I must say, they have had great success, but I have this nagging suspecion that that success is due a whole lot more to the placebo affect than anything else. Still, as Hubby says, if it works does it matter why?

Lately I have tried essential oils, also. Again some success.

But the fact is that there is just no the scientific support for essential oils and homeopathic meds as there is for herbals, herbals are more natural (read that: God Made), and I can grow them myself, aiding my goal of self sufficiency.

So where do I go from here?

I think I will replace the HO that we have used up and keep them on hand.
I will probably keep the EO's on hand too, at least a few of them.
But maybe I need to really set down and learn to make tinctures (buying them in quantities large enough for my family is too expensive. I once bought a bottle of tincture that cost more than $10....and used the entire thing in one sitting while treating a family-wide flu. Yeah, that ain't happening.)

So how do I proceed? I have a number of dried herbs on hand. Do I just go in and get them all going as tinctures? Well, after a run to the store since we are teetotalers and don't happen to have that much vodka on hand! :-D (Yep, and that will be the one time I run into someone I am trying to get to go to church, when I have a cart full of vodka, lol.)

Or do I just make up what I think I actually need in the near future? Well not so near. It takes six weeks to make a tincture.

Hmmmm. the more I think about it the more it seems the way to go would be to just make up everything I already have on hand so I have it when I need it.

I can do the same with oils, actually.

I did make up some arnica oil a while back to use on Hubby. Turns out I'm using it more on me. My hands have been falling asleep during the night. The arnica oil does seem to reduce this.

Anyway, if you hear rumors of me having a drinking problem, you'll know I just went out and bought what I need for my tinctures:-)