"To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."

Thursday, September 30, 2010


Can't believe it's already Thursday! This week has flown by. To say that we have been busy would be an understatement.We have had so much going on besides our schooling and usual household up keep, but it has been fun and I am glad that the time is passing quickly because my husband is still away on his moose hunt ( they did get a moose... YAY, we are very happy ).

We enjoyed a nice trip to the library yesterday and came home with some great books mostly about Maine or by Maine authors. There is just something that I love about being at the library...I love it! I am really looking forward to our reading time today.

Friends make any day special, and we had the privilege to stop and visit with a few of our friends yesterday as well, so that was a treat. As always we were encouraged and uplifted by our fellowship.

After visiting with one set of friends we had to rush off to art class, which my second oldest daughter participates in. She is having a wonderful time and we are really thankful for knowing people, who know people, who share their talents and enrich our learning experience. As we waited for art class to get done we had the opportunity to visit with some more friends!

Drivers ed has been keeping us very busy, it's a good thing it doesn't last too long, it has been a good experience for my daughter though and I am glad she had the opportunity to take the class. Rachel is very excited to get her permit on the 8th of this month and we are excited with her!

Although busy can be crazy, sometimes it's fun and I am really enjoying this time. When I make time for the Lord and put Him first, He always helps me keep everything together. But, seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.~ Matthew 6:33
It's so good to know we don't need to worry about "stuff", He has it all under control, we just need to seek Him. Hope everyone has a good Thursday!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fabulous Friends

Proverbs 17:17a ~ A friend loveth at all times... oh how nice to have sweet friends! I am blessed with fabulous friends who know me and love me anyway and for that I am very thankful. God has been so good to me, to give me sweet and wonderful friends and acquaintances who are encouraging, thoughtful, funny, generous, forgiving and fun! For me, friends truly are one of the greatest gifts in life.

I want to say thank you to all the special women in my life that I call friends. Thank you for listening, really listening... to my joys, my struggles, & my triumphs thank you for all your words of wisdom; which are a great treasure to me, much thanks for making me laugh and for all the fun times; for a merry heart doeth good like a medicine Proverbs 17:22a, thank you for being godly women, who are a shining example of Christ.

I pray that my friends will see in me, the kind of friend that they have been to me and that they too, will consider our friendship a blessing.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Favorite Season

Fall has arrived! I love this time of year... the campfires, pressing cider, the foliage, cool crisp nights, and hunting! The glorious colors and the delightful aromas either coming from our oven, woodstove or burning candles are just the Best ! Fall is such a Cozy time of year.

Lord willing, this fall I plan to take some long walks, make applesauce and more cider, bake and enjoy some cozy moments with my children as we read together by the fire. We are currently getting all our winter wood stacked in the cellar, it is hard work but nonetheless fun. We are also busy getting school underway and I am hoping for a great year. My husband will be leaving in 3 days to go on a moose hunt, which is a big deal around here. So, we are also very busy getting ready for that. Praying they have fun, safety, and get a big moose too! So busy, but so much fun. I love the great memories we make doing simple things together as a family.

 I hope all of you have a chance to sit back with a cup of cider, tea, coffee, or cocoa and enjoy this most wonderful time of year with your family. Take some time to notice the beautiful change of season.

Well, as I mentioned with fall comes baking here in our home, so I would like to share some of our favorite fall recipes. You will enjoy eating them and they will fill your kitchen with a heavenly aroma as you bake them.

Pumpkin Muffins :                       
2 cups flour                                         1 cup honey
1 1/2  tsp. cinnamon                          1/4 cup oil
1 tsp. baking soda                               2 eggs
1/2 cup walnuts                                  1/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup pumpkin                                    1 tsp. vanilla

Mix pumpkin, honey, oil, milk, eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients, stir until blended. Bake at 350 degrees 25 minutes or until done. Eat as is or with cream cheese frosting . We mix  some honey and cream cheese for frosting and it is delicious . Enjoy! 

Pineapple Zucchini Bread :
2 eggs                                                           3 cups flour
1 cup oil                                                        2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups sugar                                                1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla                                                1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups grated zucchini                                raisins and chopped nuts (optional)
1 can drained, crushed pineapple    

Beat eggs, add sugar, oil, and vanilla, beat until foamy, stir in zucchini and pineapple. Mix dry ingredients and add to zucchini mixture. Divide batter into 2 well greased loaf pans. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Last but not least, this is one of our family favorites. This taste delicious but uses honey instead of sugar, which I love because I try not to use refined sugar. 

Carrot Cake

1 1/2 cups honey                           1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cups flour                                     2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking soda                          3/4 cup crushed pineapple
2 tsp. cinnamon                              2 cups grated carrot
3 eggs                                               1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/3 cup oil  

Beat eggs, add oil, honey, milk, vanilla, mix well. Add dry ingredients, mix, then add nuts, carrots, and pineapple, mix. Pour into 2-8" greased, round pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting : 

4 cups powdered sugar                                          2- 8oz cream cheese
8oz cream cheese                                                    1/2 - 3/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1 TBS milk                                             or
1 tsp. vanilla                                                             beat until creamy
beat until creamy                                                                                                                          

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

One year we asked our daughter Hannah what she wanted for Christmas and she said " A big, tiny baby "

Tim Hawkins on Bananas - Playground Mishaps

Bringing Up My Boy

I am so Delighted to be the mother of a son. I am blessed with one very energetic, funny, and interesting boy. He is my DANIEL,My little man, DAN, Danny, mister man, and Danny Boy. I love his smile, laughter, curiosity and boyish ways. Today for instance he came into the house so proud because he had captured a very large hairy spider, after shooting his homemade arrows through it's web. He ofcourse brought the spider into the house to show all of us. I don't particularly like BIG spiders but I remained calm as he showed it off. He is so different from my girls but just as much fun! I thank the Lord that I have had the opportunity to experience (usually on the sidelines) sword fights, frog catching, skateboarding, wrestling, tee pees and forts and even spiders! My boy has opened up a world of excitement and adventure for me. Thank You Lord for my son!

As the weeks and months go by and turn into years, my little boy is growing into a man and I pray that I will take every available opportunity to draw him close to Jesus. May he not only be strong physically but spiritually. I pray he will see in his parents, Jesus, and that he too will always choose Jesus above all things.

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments. Proverbs 3:1

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Joy of Mothering Daughters

It is such a pleasure and honor to be a mother of daughters. What a great privilege we are given from the Lord to be able to teach them His ways and watch as they grow into virtuous young ladies, who will, before we know it, be keepers of their own homes.

It is a sometimes daunting task to instruct our girls in godliness, as well as the keeping of the home. It is a process over time that takes diligence and prayer. As overwhelming as it may be, it is also extremely rewarding. It is a blessing for me to see my girls reading their Bibles, cooking, sewing, pressing cider, babysitting, knitting, making gifts and cards, planning for their future ; sometimes by putting a useful item in their hope chest and sometimes by just sitting down with their Daddy or I to seek counsel.

I am blessed with 4 lovely girls, that I adore. They are all very special and unique. I am so glad that my home and life have been beautified by the presence of them and the lace, flowers, hearts, frills, curls, tea parties, and pig tails that go along with little girls. My little girls are growing up though and my time with them is short, so I treasure everyday I have with them.

Although I do treasure everyday, everyday is not a treasure, in the sense that quite honestly some days stink. We are not perfect. There are many days that things don't go right, I holler, girls bicker, house is a mess, we're tired etc... that is life sometimes, in our home anyway. We get through those days and we try harder the next day, but thankfully most days are good. It is when we keep our focus on Jesus that life is good.

So, as I have said, raising girls is fun but it is also a challenge. I want them to learn so much and be prepared for adulthood, so much to teach, so little time, but I often am reminded ( by myself, a friend or the Holy Spirit ) that the most important thing for them to know is Jesus. Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life, what more could I want for my girls than to know the way to go, to know truth and to have life. If my girls grow up with not enough domestic skills, not being good in math, not playing sports, or only a few close friends but they love Jesus and want to serve Him, they will be fine, in fact, that is the greatest thing I could hope for. On the other hand if they had all those other things and not Jesus, they would have nothing. We must teach them the most important things first and often.

My girls are fun, exciting, helpful, smart and loving and I love them so much! Thank you Lord for all the mother daughter moments you give us to cherish!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hook Up, Shack Up, Break Up


"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company."
~ George Washington

"A man ought to live so that everyone knows he is a Christian...and most of all, his family ought to know. "
` D L Moody

"The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible."
~ D L Moody

"Give me the Love that leads the way, The Faith that nothing can dismay, The Hope no disappointments tire, The Passion that will burn like fire, Let me not sink to be a clod, Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God"
~ Amy Carmichael

The Christian Life...A Life of No Regrets

The Christian life can be many things, sometimes it is : difficult, encouraging, joyous, or challenging, it is often all of those at the same time. One of the things that most stands out to me about the Christian life is that it is a life of no regrets. How wonderful to be able to live in such a way that when you look back you aren't filled with sadness or remorse ; wishing you could do it all over again.

As I mentioned in my last post the world often thinks we are strange, but it is that strange difference which is also the positive difference they see. They may not always admit it but they envy the life we have, a life that can only be found in Christ.

When I look back on my life I am not going to regret having only been with one man. My daughters on their wedding day are probably not going to be wishing they had had intimate physical contact before marriage, as well we will not feel upset at the end of our lives for having dressed modestly. We won't be thinking when our kids are grown, wow, I wish we had spent a lot less time with our kids and been less involved. I'm not going to feel empty because I have never experienced drunkeness or drugs. Those who have experienced the joy of being married to one person are not going to look back thinking, it would have been nice to have experienced divorce, atleast once.When it is all said and done we are going to have made mistakes but if we do it the Lord's way we aren't going to wish we could do it all over again.

On the other hand there will be a lot of people wishing they could have a do-over. There are going to be many who wish they had spent more time with their kids and who realize that public school may not have been the best influence for their kids. Some girls will wish they had waited for the man God had prepared for them and others may realize too late that the way we dress can cause people to stumble or may draw the wrong kind of attention that they will later wish it hadn't drawn. There will be those who will feel less than satisfied because they jumped in and out of marriage and were never really happy.

Stated Simply... God's way is always best! His ways are not always the easiest but they are the most satisfying. There are many things that I and my family have or will have missed out on and for that I say, Praise the Lord...no regrets!!

II Corinthians 2:14 - Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place.

II Corinthians 3:5 - Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Peculiar People

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness and into His marvellous light. I Peter 2:9 ~ What a wonderful verse, which describes how we as Christians should be clearly set apart from the world. As believers our lives should stand out; people should see Christ in us, in the way we talk, act, and dress. I definitely don't always live as if I am part of a chosen generation or the daughter of the King, I need to remember this verse often.

Occasionally though, I am blessed by knowing that our family has stood out for Christ, and it makes me glad to know that I am doing something right. Every once in awhile people will say things about how different our kids are ( a good different ), how pleasant they are, how respectful, or how neat it is that our family has so much fun together. Strangely enough though, it is often those who think that we are weird, who are the most complimentary. Many are amazed and maybe even disgusted at the fact that our daughters can't "date" until they are older and ready for marriage and that they wear modest clothing. Our kids are not running around with cell phones, ( not because we think they are bad but because they just don't need their own phone yet, when they do they will have one, but not because it's the cool thing to do) we only listen to certain kinds of music, and watch carefully selected movies, AND strangest of all, to most people, is the fact that our kids spend more time at home with us than they do with  their friends. People notice all these things about our family and also notice that we have a very happy home life. They see that our kids are well adjusted, intelligent, responsible, fun, and happy kids. Being different may be weird to them but it is also the reason why our kids are who they are. It is all because of Jesus, He is the reason! I am so thankful that He makes a difference and He makes life beautiful and worth living. We still have problems and difficulties in life, sometimes with our marriages or with our kids but we aren't in constant turmoil. Jesus is the answer. I pray that others through my life, might find Him. O taste and see that the LORD IS GOOD: Blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. Psalm 34:8