Monday, June 29, 2015

My Mom

Mom came home saturday, but she fell and can't eat or drink so we took her back. She really isn't doing very good.

She has been fighting cancer for two years, declared cancer free last January. But this is a particularly nasty "breed" of cancer and it's back, this time in her brain, liver, and lungs. They are doing radiation for the brain cancer. They say it will take care of it.

She started the pain last night, is not real conscious.

Please pray.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The plot to sterilise the world’s poor � The plot to sterilise the world’s poor

The birth control culture was born in the arrogance of the wealthy and continues in it.

It was born in eugenics and continues it.

It was born in death and tyranny and continues in it.

And this is a good reason to NOT vaccinate your kids. There is no way to know what is really in those shots, you can't sue the manufacturer no matter what,  and they have been used in other countries to sterilize people without their knowledge.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

I Knew it!

Minimalism is biblical 😀

“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
Luke 12:15 KJV

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

GOP civil war: Intense crackdown on conservatives

GOP civil war: Intense crackdown on conservatives

Common saying in the churches I have grown up in:

If you and I are exactly alike, one of us is not necessary.

If the Republicans are just like the Democrats, one of them should be eliminated as redundant.

I don't know where this idea that the two parties should "get along" and "work together" came from (though I seem to only hear it when its the Dem's ideas on the voting block). The fact is we are a two party system because there are two major views of government;

  • The federal government should be as big as possible.
  • The federal government should be a little as possible.
What we see in congress today is;

  • The federal government should be as big as possible.
  • The federal government should be as big as possible, but a little slower.
These are not different opinions and leaves those of us that believe in small government without representation.

Congress (and honestly election campaigns) should be a place for discussion, disagreement, telling it like it is. Fling some mud out there! Don't play "nicey nicey;" tell me how horrible the Dems ideas are and WHY! Otherwise you, GOP,  come across as spineless, selfish, greedy wimps in it only for the money.

It's time for change in the leadership of the GOP. Rhinos OUT!

June 2015 Phyllis Schlafly Report - Eagle Forum

June 2015 Phyllis Schlafly Report - Eagle Forum:

"The use of same-sex marriage to attack Christian businesses, but not
businesses run by members of other religions, demonstrates what is
really driving the demand for a new constitutional right to same-sex
marriage. It is simply the latest attempt to destroy Christian
institutions and discredit Christian beliefs....(tyranny always goes after the Christians first.- BT)

"...A Supreme Court decision that strikes down state marriage laws wouldn’t
just be a defeat for marriage. It would also limit our First Amendment
right to the free exercise of religion...(it would be the government telling us what we are and are not allowed to believe- the very definition of religious persecution.)

"...Our Founding Fathers recognized the dangers of religious persecution,
so they guaranteed in the Bill of Rights that all Americans can freely
exercise their faith. They view religious freedom as a natural right,
essential to everyone’s full participation in our political process. Religious freedom is now at risk....

"...History, social science research, and common sense have taught us a
few truths about the best way to raise a family. (This is a second point, after religious freedom) Children do best when
they grow up raised by their biological father and mother. They benefit
from the stability that marriage provides, and need both the father’s
masculine and the mother’s feminine presence.

"These advantages add up to a brighter future. Children raised by
their mother and father commit fewer crimes and do better in school. And
when these children grow up, they are more likely to marry and maintain
intact families, and give their kids the same family advantages they
had." (Of course, these children raised in stable families are not in need of government help, which reduces the power of the government. If there is one thing the government can't stand it's not being able to control us.)

Are hospitals the safest place for healthy women to have babies? An obstetrician thinks twice

Are hospitals the safest place for healthy women to have babies? An obstetrician thinks twice

I absolutely support homebirth for for low risk women and birth centers for medium risk ones. I like the laws in the Scandinavian country (don't remember which one) that say a midwife must be present at all births, even c-sections. The research just plain supports this!

The “It Can Wait” Phenomenon | CBMW | The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

The “It Can Wait” Phenomenon | CBMW | The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

"What so

many women are sadly finding today is that the pool of men dries up in

their thirties, and their biological clocks don’t pause so they can

advance their career in their twenties."

You will never "feel" ready to be married or be a parent. So use your brain:

  • The average age for a woman to lose her virginity used to be
    about 18, on her wedding night. Now it's, uhhh, 18, but in the back seat
    of a car. The only thing that has changed there is the attitude from
    "sex is the most wonderful of wedding gifts" to "sex is a cheap toy to
    played with with every Tom, Dick, and Harry."

  • The time in a woman's life when she has the biggest choice of
    mates is usually in her late teens or early twenties (young men tend to
    die off in wars and stupid accidents, while men age faster and die
    younger from ill health, severely limiting the pool of mates as we get
    older). So the wise woman will look at her pool of choice and pick the
    best candidate available and hold onto him for dear life (and men who
    are married are more successful, healthier and happier too.)

  • The time in a woman's life when it is safest for her to start
    having her babies is her twenties. Teens tend to diet to hide a
    pregnancy too much for safety (there's that age delay thing playing in.
    When women married in their mid teens they didn't need to hide a
    pregnancy and so weren't unhealthy.) If you wait until your thirties to
    start the baby life, you have about a 50/50 chance of infertility, after
    40 it's about 80% chance, and after 50 it's 100%. In fact, marrying
    young (18-20) and immediately starting your family is the healthiest
    option if you ever intend to marry and have a family.

  • ALL methods of hormonal or surgical birth-control have
    side-affects, some lethal. On the other hand, every baby you have lowers
    your risk of cancer by 2%, while every year you nurse lowers your risk
    by 9% (I should live forever, lol) Doctors during the transition from a
    "culture of life" to the "birth-control culture" noticed that women who
    had large families were healthier than those who didn't. We now have
    increasing proof that that is absolutely true. Every baby leaves behind
    Fetal Stem Cells that have now been observed healing ailments in Mamma.
    Like, maybe, God designed us to "be fruitful and multiply" or

  • You can go to college at any age. In fact, it is easier and more
    profitable when you are older, more financially stable, and have a
    clearer idea of what you like and don't like (can't tell you how often I
    have read about people hating the field they chose to study after high
    school and having to go back to college anyway to retrain into something
    they do like now that they are mature!)

  • You can always start a new career. In fact, the most rewarding careers are generally those begun AFTER 50. 

Looking at these facts it becomes obvious that the feminists are full of bologna. Smart women;

  • Get married as soon as possible.

  • Have babies as soon as possible.

  • Have LOTS of babies.

  • Go to college as you approach menopause. Save for it so you can do it without the crippling debt the kids are aquiering.

  • Enjoy your career while you are enjoying your grandkids!

The Dangerous Dichotomy of Birth Control Pills | GreenMedInfo | Blog

The Dangerous Dichotomy of Birth Control Pills | GreenMedInfo | Blog

Women are dying to keep from having babies.

Simple, Awesome Ideas for Whole-Schooling (Relaxed Homeschooling) - Generation CedarGeneration Cedar

Simple, Awesome Ideas for Whole-Schooling (Relaxed Homeschooling) - Generation CedarGeneration Cedar

The Power of Biblical Paleontology

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Why Minimalism is a Better Way of Life

Why Minimalism is a Better Way of Life

Much better than what was described in the post I put up a minute ago.

I'm even looking at the tiny house movement. I sooooo see the logic: smaller house, often with no land, means less money needed just to keep the roof over our heads. This translates into needing less hours of work to stay alive, which means more time for what is most important, those things we will regret not having done when we are 80.

Now, a smaller house isn't really an option for us. We are already living with 136 square feet per person :-) Most tiny homes provide more than that, lol. Of course, most tiny homes also need one fridge for every 1-2 people and the same number of stoves and bathrooms. We only have 1 fridge, 1 stove and 2 baths for all of us, so our current, "average" sized home is a more efficient use of space.

But the pricipal of minimalism has made our home so much bigger, and I have only been "simplidying" for a couple of months! And housework is already less than half what it used to be.

My mom has been simplifying too. She isn't feeling too well right now, so I went to clean her house for her yesterday. Other than folding a tub of laundry, there really wasn't anything to do! such a difference from a year ago when she was going through heavy duty chemo, and she feels up to doing LESS work at the moment!

Yes, stuff and the pursuit of stuff keeps us from what's important; people.

Aspirational parents condemn their children to a desperate, joyless life | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

Aspirational parents condemn their children to a desperate, joyless life | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian:

"In 1653, Izaak Walton described in the Compleat Angler the fate of “poor-rich men”, who “spend all their time first in getting, and next in anxious care to keep it; men that are condemned to be rich, and then always busie or discontented”. Today this fate is confused with salvation.

Finish your homework, pass your exams, spend your 20s avoiding daylight, and you too could live like the elite. But who in their right mind would want to?"

The Pressure to Look Good - The New York Times

The Pressure to Look Good - The New York Times

I worked on my commentary of Isaiah 3 this morning.

"16 Moreover the LORD saith, “Because the daughters of
Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking
and mincing as they go, and
making a tinkling with their feet:

The women are stuck
up snobs, all decorated and proud.

17 “Therefore the
Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and
the LORD will discover their
secret parts.”

Disease will cause
their (most women’s) greatest beauty, their hair, to fall out and their heads
to be scabby. You just can’t look pretty under these conditions.

It was common when
one country conquered another for them to strip the captives naked so they
could have their clothes.

18 In that day the
Lord will take away the bravery of their
tinkling ornaments about their feet,
and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,

Judean women
evidently decorated their feet with bells so they would sound pretty as they

Cauls is decorative

The “round tires like
the moon” are called “cresant necklaces” in other translations.

God is going to take
all their pretties away.

19 The chains, and
the bracelets, and the mufflers,

Newer translations
call “mufflers” veils.

20 The bonnets, and
the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the

“Scarves, ankle
bracelets, sashes, perfumes, and charms;” –New Living Translation.

21 The rings, and
nose jewels,

22 The changeable
suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,

23 The glasses, and
the fine linen, and the hoods, and the veils.

“21 rings, jewels,
22 party clothes,
gowns, capes, and purses;
23mirrors, fine linen
garments, head ornaments, and shawls.” –New Living Translation

24 And it shall come
to pass, that instead of sweet
smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle
(fancy belt) a
(rope); and instead of well-set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher (fancy
clothes) a girding of sackcloth (burlap); and burning instead of beauty."

Ancient, pre Babylonian Judah sure sounds a lot like America today. Ouch!

Actually, I studiously avoid this common mindset. Hubby thinks I'm beutiful... and shows it!... so why in the world would I care if anyone else does or not? He's the only one I need to attract.

Truth be told, though, most of this stress to be perfect doesn't come from men. Oh the occasionl man will notice, but mostly they don't give a hoot, in my experience. Pretty much "Oh, hey! A Female!" The men I have known simple would care enough to notice if a woman was even wearing makeup and a girdle or not.

It's us women who give each other a hard time. We are the ones getting snarky behind each other's backs; 

"Did you see? X has gained 5 pounds! and Y isn't wearing makeup!! And Z is wearing a fashion that is a whole  SIX MONTHS OLD!!! I wouldn't be caught dead like that!"

So ladies, knock it off! Quit being so snarky and judgmental! When you find yourself negatively judging another woman for her looks, even just in your own head, smack yourself and find something good about her to focus on.  

Let's look at the important.

Not the impossible.

After Losing His Father, Here are the 10 Life Insights This Dad Wants His Daughters to Know -

After Losing His Father, Here are the 10 Life Insights This Dad Wants His Daughters to Know -:

"When making decisions, ask yourself ‘What would 80 year old me want me to do?’. Do that."

I have lived my life by this, second only to "What does the Bible say God wants from me in this situation."

Most of these points of advise a very good, especially the last one.

"For loved YOU so much, He gave His only biological Son as a sacrifice so that if you will only follow Him, you will live forever."

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Facetious Rush Limbaugh: 'I Identify as Skinny'

Facetious Rush Limbaugh: 'I Identify as Skinny'

Facetious Rush Limbaugh: 'I Identify as Skinny'

Giggle, I'm with Rush!

see, I've always thought of myself as tall. So from this day forward I
will be known as "that 5'10" woman. Biology is irrelevant! The fact that
I look to others to be within the range of "average" is entirely beside
the point. I'm not. I'm tall.

The point is,
of course, that it is utterly stupid for a man to hire a doctor to
mutilate himself to look like a woman. This is the very definition of
mental illness. We should be encouraging 'ole Brucey to go see a shrink,
not praising him for denying his true (XY) self.

Domestic Felicity: Parents, education and the government

Domestic Felicity: Parents, education and the government


Homosexual desires are sin... | BaylyBlog

Homosexual desires are sin... | BaylyBlog

The Bible puts homosexuality alongside of incest, adultery, infant sacrifice, bestiality, lying, murder, and theft.

If a person came to our pastor admitting to being attracted by animals, our pastor would be in the right to tell him, first, quit the physical act, and second repent of the desires and work on removing them.

That's righteousness.

Homosexuality, by context of association in the Bible, is a sin and should be dealt with like any other sin.

Sex is for one human with XX and one human with XY chromosomes who are adults farther in blood-relation than cousins, in a conventional relationships (marriage) with each other but not anyone else.

Our society has accepted the idea that it is dangerous to not have sex (brings on insanity, you see) and so to tell anyone they can't "have" anything they desire is unfair.

The fact is we already tell people who are attracted to animals, little kids, siblings, and cousins that they are disgusting and will not be accommodated in our culture. This is where the homosexual should be also.

We are not being loving by telling someone their sin is ok, and acting like it is normal.

Modesty | Femina

Modesty | Femina

I agree with the author's opinion of most modesty discussions. She brings out a very valid point, though.

Mayber God commanded women to dress modestly ("not in exteme" by definition) in order to keep her from sinning in her heart. To put it another way, when a women dresses by not really dressing, striving to look as sexual as possible, her heart is trying to take her beauty from her looks and sexuality. The Bible clearly says our beauty should be from a "meek and quiet spirit, not hair styles and jewelry." (Betty Sue translation:-D).

If this standard- taking our beauty from our looks- is what God was actually talking about, than those who so religiously hold to the fashions of the 1910's are just as much in sin as the woman who walks down the street practically undressed.

(Just a disclosure, I almost always wear skirts and haven't done more than a 1" trim on my hair in years. Hubby has asked me to do both wear skirts and keep my hair long, so to honor and obey him, I do. It is totally in obedience to God's command for how I am to treat my Hubby.)

Elisabeth Elliot Has joined the party

Mrs Elliot has been an inspiration to me for a couple of decades and has written some of my favorite books. She has gone on to the Great Party. I hope to meet her there some day.

This is a devotion she wrote:

LAF/Beautiful Womanhood � On Motherhood and Profanity – Elisabeth Elliot

No one should be hungry

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I believe in Child labor

My three youngest volunteered to help paint. The older ones kind of disappeared when I started to get the buckets and brushes out, but there wouldn't have been room for them to work anyway. These three (3, 7, and 10 years old) had a great time :-)

(I did the high parts on a ladder)

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mom and the chickens.

It was nice to see our long-time friend at church yesterday. He surprised us with a visit:-)

For those checking in on Mom, she hasn't been doing too well lately. My family had the flu and she caught it. That combined with the chemo has made her very sick. She has missed the last two church services. Very unusual for her.

Listing our chickens on Craigslist. We have coyotes in the area (they've already run off with two hens; we saw them take them but couldn't do anything about it). We want to reduce any attraction to our property for them we can. Plus that coop has had chickens in it for several straight years, and a break would allow any germs to die. They're not laying too well, either, making the eggs cost way too much. So I've offered them for sale. If no one wants them, we'll call a friend who butchers (but hates doing chickens :-(   ) to off them. We don't' want to do it here because of the coyotes.

This will have the result of more simplifying. One less category to take care of. Don't know why this feels right all of a sudden, but it does. Is God prepping us for something?

Workign on my commentary of Revelation. I've got everything up to chapter 20. Then, blahhhh. It just doesn't fit. Nothing, no theory of interpretation, does. :-(

Saturday, June 13, 2015

How do you like it?

So how do you all like the new look? I haven't decided yet, but I think I like it. Seems like it makes it easier to see all the posts available. What do you think?

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home: How I Make a Full Time Income as a Stay-at-Home Mom

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home: How I Make a Full Time Income as a Stay-at-Home Mom

I do love the story in this post. It is exactly what the minamalists/ simple living people are saying!

I would love to bring in enough money my Hubby could take a different job; one where he didn't have to work 50 hours a week :-( Seriuosly, with commute time he leaves home at 5:30am and gets home at 6:00pm. This is why I am SO protective of our Saturdays and don't let anything interfer with them; its the only time he has with his kids as they are growing up---FAST!

Sigh. Blogging would be great, but I'm certainly not making a profit here. I made $.02 last month through google ads! Nothing through the Amazon affiliate program (mostly 'cause I don't actually post many links to products:-)

The only thing I actually make money at is the Lilla Rose hair accessories, and then only enough to support my "habit." (it's really weird for this simi-tom-boy, none frilly fru-fru to be jonesing for pretty hair clips! lol)

So, I help financially by doing everything in my power to keep the money he earns in the house (i.e. coupons, sales, cooking from scratch which is healthier anyway), but I would love to help even more.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Being simple

I think I like the term "simplify" better than "declutter." The latter one means "getting rid of stuff, junk that has accumulated." Simplify means "removing everything between me and my picture of what I want my life, home, cupboard or drawer to look like."

Simplify gives me a goal, an end point.

Declutter is just too vague.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Viewpoint: How life in a caravan set us free - BBC News

Viewpoint: How life in a caravan set us free - BBC News

"Well, we believe that the real measure of modern success is nothing to
do with your bank balance or the size of your house, but instead, the
amount of free time you have at your disposal. We think disposable time,
as a resource to strive for and spend, counts for much more than
disposable income."

I love this.

Everyone gets 24 hours in their day, no matter their age, income, social status, race, etc.

How do you use that time?

In the past, if we didn't work every minute possible we starved. So throughout history humans have always worked every minute possible.

But that isn't true here in modern America.

Now we work every possible minute not to survive, but to accumulate more STUFF.

All the while, our children grow up without us. Our parents grow old alone. Our own lives trickle away. And for what? So we can have a bigger house than any of our ancestors ever had? Why? What good is it to work 50 hours a week to support a house no one is actually using because we are all working 50 hours a week?

The choice to work fewer hours, maybe in less prosperous but more fulfilling (fun, even?) jobs is simply logical.

And the thought occurs to me, what are these mobile-living people doing for church? Many express a belief in God in their posts I've been reading, but a "normal" church simply wouldn't understand them (too materialistic? ouch).

The Cloud Generation: No Longer Buys All The Things - The Vocal

The Cloud Generation: No Longer Buys All The Things - The Vocal

Materialism is out.

Experiences are in.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Personality or character?

As a parent we can't change our child's personality. Those are the traits our child is born with that make them uniquely them;

extrovert or introvert?
energetic or calm?

You can often tell these traits in a small baby.

Character is what you are on the inside. It is the result of training by parents and teachers plus experiences and, mostly, choices.

A child's character is a reflection of training. It's not until adulthood that personal choices make a difference.

obedient or disobedient?
respectful or disrespectful?
honest or a liar?

These are learned traits.

If your child is disobedient, you need to do something about it. Not only are they disobeying you; they are disobeying God since He told them to obey you.

It is your responsibility as a parent to teach your child good character.

and just enjoy the personality:-)