Saturday, October 31, 2009


Earthgirl is learning to study her Bible herself using "How to Study Your Bible for Kids".  We love it! (Thanks for the recommendation, Crispy)

Part of the assignment, based on Luke 15: 7, 10,  is to draw a picture of what happens in the presence of angels when a sinner is saved.  Here is Earthgirl's interpretation:

I just love the cartwheeling angel.  Singing and gymnastics - sounds about like Earhgirl's daily life!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Maybe, maybe not

Tuesday I announced to Earthgirl that I had finished everything on my To Do list.  She looked at the list, and said, "But Mama, this list says 'Thursday,'"  I know, I know, but I finished Thursday's list.

I saw a reference to a new type of To Do list - a  Might Do list, complete with an asterisk - "But only if I'm, feelin' it - no pressure."  That's my kinda list!

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Here is some good news I want to commit to memory:

My sheep hear My voice,
and I know them,
and they follow Me;
and I give eternal life to them,
and they shall never perish;
and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.
John 10:27-29

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall tribulation, or distress,
or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Just as it is written,
'For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long;
We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.'

But in all these things
we overwhelmingly conquer
through Him Who loved us.

For I am convinced that
neither death nor life,
nor angels nor principalities,
nor things present nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other created thing,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:35-39

For I am confident of this very thing,
that He who began a good work in you
will perfect it
until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6

Hence, also,
He is able to save forever
those who draw near to God through Him,
Since He always lives
to make intercession above the heavens.
Hebrews 7:25

Friday, October 16, 2009

Curious Learner

In a previous post, I referred to myself as a curious learner, and spoke of the abundance of information available on the internet.  It's really more than one person can absorb.  Just think - there are books and videobooks free for the listening and reading - not that I don't have a stack of books already checked out from that other free cornucopia of information and entertainment, our local library.  

I could spend (waste?) days on end at sites like Good Book Bytes and Librivox.  Days.  While dishes and dirty clothes and unpaid bills pile up around me. Just looking up a quick scripture reference at Bible Gateway can  toss my schedule for a loop (though maybe getting lost in Bible passages is not such a bad thing...)  Looking up a book review at Amazon (do I really need to put a link for that?) leads to more reviews and there goes the morning. 

And then there are the sewing and craft sites and blogs - sites like Creative Chicks and Maya Made.  And if I check out one pretty thing at One Pretty Thing, I'll be lost for the day.

In spite of all the above, I wonder what websites pull you in?  Where do you lose track of time?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


I continue to be amazed at the free goodies that are out there in www-land. I am all about "free."  The monthly price of my DSL is well worth it to me as a homeschooling mama, a crafter, a curious learner, a communicator. (That said, I am going to check out less expensive high speed internet options - recently my cell phone provider, which also is my home phone and DSL provider, ceased cell service, so the package is not as attractive.  Everything is up for grabs - any good ideas?)

Scrapbook Presentations  has free Fall/Autumn scrapbook downloads, and a lot of other cool downloads, too. These embellishments can be used in Powerpoint presentations, digital scrapbooks, and entries!  I learned about these from Molly at Econobusters,  in her weekly email newsletter. She always has great resources.  

These may be old hat to some of you.  You may be thinking, "Yawn, she's going into the embellishments mode.  Tune in in about a month after she cools down."  You are probably right.  I may be embellishing all over the next few entries. Whee!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Yummy Beginnings, and a sad ending

Though it still feels like summer outside (inside, too, if the AC wasn't running for all it's worth,) but it can smell like fall!  Saturday I made Crock Pot Apple Butter using this recipe from Southern Plate.  It is easy, spicy, yummy, and smells heavenly.  I made a half-recipe, which yielded 3 pints (well, maybe 3 1/2 before taste testing.)

--and now for the sad ending--
After I looked at this picture on screen, I decided to take another shot at a better angle.  When I picked up the jar and my camera, I dropped the jar and broke it, spilling out all that spicy yumminess onto the hard floor, the carpet, and up against the refrigerator.  Ah, well, that leaves me one partial jar (my third jar went to friends).  I guess I'll need to fire up that crock pot again soon! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Lemons and Lemonade


The predicted high for today here, and every day this week, is above 90 degrees F.  The predicted lows all week are in the 70s.  The LOWS.  70s.  On Sunday, blessed Sunday, we expect the highs to plummet to 88 degrees, with lows a frigid 69 degrees. 


Out comes my solar clothes dryer to make up for some of the energy we are wasting on AC in October.

It's too hot to play basketball anyway.
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