Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Kids Answer Blog Cruise ~ What Do You Like Best About Homeschooling?

Emily, 14:
"...being able to have fun times with each other and breaking into Disney songs spontaneously."

Michael, 12:
"...doing school in pajamas and being able to do school pretty much anywhere in the house and having a teacher that pays attention."

Amy, 10:
"We can start our school before everyone else if we want to.  We can get finished quicker than everyone else.  Also, if we get our school done in time, we can do activities and fun stuff.  Then play outside.  Homeschooling is way better than public schooling; and, it is GREAT!"

There you have it from the mouths of babes.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Great Depression Cooking Baked Apples

Dear Readers,
We're all looking for ways to feed our families delicious meals while watching our food budget.  We all need a little help; so, I'm going to share some of the recipes and things that I do over the next few weeks.

Have you met Clara?  She's a 94 year old lady who shares recipes from the Great Depression. 

Have a terrific week.  Think about little ways to bless your family.  Little things sometimes make a big impact.

Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage!
Wholehearted Wednesdays

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Overflowing and Overwhelmed?

Even when your life is overflowing and you feel overwhelmed,
Jesus Christ is waiting to meet with you and fill you with His love, His Spirit, His peace.
Take a little time away with Him today.
Have a terrific week.

Laura of Harvest Lane
Happy at Home

May I suggest?
Knitting, Sewing, & Baking Bread
Anxious, Depressed, Stressed?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Review: The Guardian Duke

"Heaven could be found in music."

She had me.  With the very first line, Jamie Carie had me.  The Guardian Duke is fresh, original,  historical. 

Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is a powerful man.  He is accustomed to taking charge and leading.  His love of music is his greatest comfort.  A startling change is about to rock his life.  Pardon the pun.

Lady Alexandria Featherstone is a young lady who has been left home alone.  Her parents were treasure hunters who traveled all over the country and the world searching for missing antiquities.  Alexandria was left with elderly servants in a crumbling castle to await their return.  But... they didn't return.

The Prince Regent is about to bring them together in an unexpected manner.

Jamie Carie incites the reader's compassion and curiosity in this mysterious historical novel.  I found nothing in the book that made me blush.  I savored it.  I do look forward to the next book in the Forgotten Castles series.

I think this would make a fabulous movie.

About the Book:
The Guardian Duke is award-winning novelist Jamie Carie’s most exciting story yet, a uniquely arranged Regency-era romantic adventure where hero and heroine know each other through written letters but have yet to meet.
Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.
When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.
Jamie Carie
B & H Publishing
Pure Enjoyment 


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

A is for Amy

A is for Amy, my sweet little girl.  She came into our lives as our last little blessing from God.  She follows two brothers and a sister, but longs to lead sometimes, too.

She is my little artist and decorator.  She loves to spend time drawing, painting, or any other artsy craftsy thing she can create.  She's also a budding cook and seamstress.  She can melt my heart with her cuddles, giggles, songs and smiles.  

She writes at Living in Faith and Fun.  Please do drop by and leave her a comment.  It would just make her day!

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Sunday, February 19, 2012


Isn't it amazing?
Housework, homework, yardwork, life can be drudgery.
If we let it.
Poor me.  I have so much to do.  I don't feel like it.  It's like a plague.

Why not try a little...
Counting the blessings we have?
Choosing to enjoy the work just as we enjoy knitting or sewing or visiting with friends?

I think a little cheerfulness and a ready smile would change not only our work but our homes!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Housekeeping Monthly Advice 1955

It seems like an impossible list. Some things may be outdated; but, wouldn't our husbands be happier?

Maybe incorporating a few of these suggestions would make us happier, too.  The point being to put our focus on our husbands and their needs and comfort.  Our husbands are our first priority.  God said so when he made us to be helpmeets.  I needed this reminder today.

Have a blessed day and bless your husband today!

Linking with:
Monday   Modest Mondays -  The Art of Homemaking    -  A Mama's Story Tuesday Tuesdays with a Twist

Home and Garden Thursday I Choose Joy -  Imparting Grace - Hearts for Home Thursdays - All Things Thursday -   Homeacre Hop Brambleberry Cottage - Share Your up Thursday Serving Joyfully  - Home Sweet Home  (2)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Review: One Month to Live

Kerry & Chis Shook
Waterbrook Press

What if?  I've reached the age where grey silver is beginning to lighten my brunette hair.   Bifocals are a necessity.  My mother died young, just 51.  How long do I have?  How long do you have?  I selected this book to begin my year; because, I want to make my remaining days, months, and years meaningful for Jesus Christ, for me, for my family, and for those whom the Lord puts in my path.

The book is to be read over the course of thirty days.  That's a challenge for me; because, if I like a book, I often want to plow through it in a matter of a few days or even a few hours.  Dividing into daily readings gives a bit more time for reflection.  Ideally, this is a book that you journal your way through.  Each chapter has Make It Count Moments and Make it Last for Life questions that cause you to reflect on your life and how you're living it.

Kerry Shook and His wife Chris pastor a megachurch in Houston Texas.  The Shooks have had ample opportunity to minister to people in the last days, weeks, and months of their lives.  This book comes from the changes they've seen in people's perspectives and actions when they find that they only have a limited time to live.  Four principles are explored in this book:  Live Passionately, Love Completely, Learn Humbly and Leave Boldly.  I find this to be a worth my time book.  It's a New York Times Bestseller.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Trusting God for Our Needs in Hard Times

Trusting God for Our Needs in Hard Times

“I have never thought it necessary to save for the future or look out for myself or my family except that we trust God. So, when we see someone in need, an old woman, a sick person, or a helpless infant– I freely give whatever I have at the time. I know that later, when I am in need, God will provide for me. I don’t need to look out for myself in any way other than to trust in Him.”

~George Mueller

Oh for that kind of faith…

a faith that is willing to give it all away for Jesus’ sake knowing that He will provide all of our needs according to His riches in glory,

a faith that trusts Him explicitly without fretting or worrying,

a faith that does not doubt His love or His provision or His timing,

a faith that is strong even when we don’t see answers to our prayers.

Faith is hoping and believing and trusting all wrapped up together. It is a gift from God. The Word says that "…faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17 This tells me that I need to not only read scripture, but read it aloud and listen to it being read aloud. I want to hear from God from His Word.

I want that Faith that is a gift from God.
How about you?

God bless!


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Originally posted 7/23/09

Monday, February 6, 2012

Review: Four Letter Words

I'm a forty-something Christian who got saved in high school.  I am totally committed to Jesus Christ.  But-  I'm a regular mom.  No Bible school experience.  No super Bible scholarship.  I just read my Bible, pray, go to church, shout a few amens, and trust God to teach me by His Holy Spirit with His word.  This book was amazing to me.  I felt like I'd gone through a college course.  It explained terms I'd heard thrown around like modernism, post-modernism, animism.  The author explained things in clear terms that I'd understood. 

Each chapter is just a few pages long and is formatted in the same way:

A quote
Touchy Ideas
Touchy Scriptures
Teaching on the chapter's subject
Talking Points

The touchy ideas and scriptures are ones that may make Christians as well as unbelievers uncomfortable.  The teaching is intended to give the reader an understanding of the subject.  The talking points give practical suggestions on how to talk to friends about the subject.  If you're interested in apologetics at all, I suggest this book as a jumping off point.  It's a great overview.  There are lots of resources to enhance your reading experience and to help you with your Christian growth at  http://fourletterwords.org.

"Four Letter Words is one of the first QR Enabled books published for the Christian market. QR, which stands for Quick Response, allows a fully interactive reading experience. Readers can access additional resources, video, audio, or websites by scanning the QR code with their smartphones (first install a free QR app, like Red Laser [tm])." ~ Bill Giovannetti

About Four Letter Words:

Thou shalt tolerate every opinion... except the Christian's. Today's postmodern "prime directive" leaves many followers of Jesus tongue-tied. In the global village, isn't it unreasonable, and even dangerous, to suggest that the Bible has a monopoly on truth?
The church needs a new breed of Christ-follower. We need Christ-followers who are alert to today's touchy ideas, the truths that fire up more heat than light. We need Christ-followers who can make a clear case for the Bible's worldview; who are ready to help our friends think through their beliefs; who can recognize inconsistencies and challenge them; and who can do all of this with humility, confidence, humor, and love. For more information visit http://fourletterwords.org.
Dr. Bill Giovannetti is a professor at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and the senior pastor of Neighborhood Church of Redding. An experienced speaker and author, Bill informs the mind in ways that touch the heart. He enjoys life with his wife and two kids in northern California. For more information about Bill and his other books, visit http://maxgrace.wordpress.com and http://fourletterwords.org.

Bill Giovannetti serves on the faculty of A.W. Tozer Seminary and is the Senior Pastor of Neighborhood Church of Redding. Four Letter Words is his second book. He has written numerous articles and is a popular speaker. Bill hates legalism, loves grace, and teaches that God is infinitely more committed to us than we will ever be to him. He is a graduate of Trinity Seminary and earned his doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Here's a excerpt from an interview with the author:

What's Four Letter Words about, and where did you get the title?

Four Letter Words is about defending your faith in Christ. If you've ever felt tongue-tied standing up for Jesus, this book can help.

Even though our culture claims tolerance as a virtue, that tolerance stops at Christianity's front door: witness the hostility directed toward a sincere Christ-follower like Tim Tebow. Judging by reactions to him, you'd think he just cussed out his grandma when all he did was say a word for Christ. Speaking God's truth and living your faith is quickly becoming today's profanity. Tougher days are coming; we need to get ready.

There has never been a truth-system more satisfying, consistent, logical and beautiful than Christianity. I wanted to help God's people rise up and say so.

What four letter words do you write about?

True: who says your truth has to be my truth too? Know: how do you know God is real? Pain, Evil, and Ouch: why doesn't God stop the bad stuff? Damn: how can a loving God send people to hell? Word: What makes the Bible so special? Wait: isn't it unreasonable to expect today's people to live by biblical standards of sexuality? Hope: what good has Christianity done in the world?

The book has ten chapters, discussion questions (in the book and downloadable from the website), and 208 pages.

Did you ever struggle with your faith? How did you work through that?

Even though I've been a pastor for a long time, I struggle with my faith a lot. My earliest struggles – back in high school days – centered on scientific stuff, like evolution. In the book I tell the story of how I made peace with faith in a Creator God and how I fit together science, logic, and the gospel in my own heart.

Now that I'm a bit older, my struggles come more out of pain and suffering. Why does God let people hurt? I cover those topics too.

Struggles are normal – we just can't let them overwhelm our faith or uproot our joy. It's super-important for us to know every question raised against Christianity has an answer. I try to provide some of those answers along with simple talking points for everyday conversations.

Who is this book for?

This book is for anyone who either struggles with faith or who wants to help friends who struggle with faith. I wrote to strengthen faith and equip believers to share faith. Our church has used this book with high school students, young adults, and senior citizens—it's been really well received across all age groups. Other churches are using it in small groups and youth groups.

I would love to see this book in the hands of every high school graduate and new college student: they need to be inoculated from the anti-Christian venom they're going to experience.

Toward the end, Four Letter Words invites readers to faith in Christ so it can be resource for evangelism too.

Discussion questions are included.

I received this book for free from LitFuse in exchange for an honest review.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Traveling the World

The Story Book

by William Adolphe Bouguereu
I've traveled the world twice over, Met the famous; saints and sinners, Poets and artists, kings and queens, Old stars and hopeful beginners, I've been where no-one's been before, Learned secrets from writers and cooks All with one library ticket To the wonderful world of books. Unknown