Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Want to Knit Some Mittens for Your Little Kittens for Christmas?

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Want to be knitting mittens for your little kittens for Christmas?  I learned to knit mittens a couple of years by watching a series of video tutorials from Knit Picks. I loved it, because I could stop the videos, back up and have Kelley explain it as many times as I needed.

Kelley's instructions are easy to understand.  I loved having her help me step-by-step beginning to end.  My kids loved their mittens.  They've grown and need bigger mittens this year!  

Wool mittens are so very warm.  Give it a try.  If you can knit and purl, you can do this.  I buy my supplies at Knit Picks.  I like their yarns and prices.  Their customer service is good, too, if you have a problem.  I feel so silly having to write "I am an affiliate or I am not an affiliate"; but, for Mr. Government Man, I am not an affiliate. :)

I need to order some washable wool and get busy if I'm going to be Knitting Mittens for Kittens this Christmas this year.  ~smile~


Friday, October 25, 2013

REVIEW: The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs

Thank you Blogging for Books for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review.

EXCITED!  That's all I can say.  I was just so excited to be chosen to receive a free review copy of The Women of Christmas by one of my favorite authors Liz Curtis Higgs.  I adore Christmas books.  You probably know that if you've read my blog for long.  ~smile~  This book is no exception.

Liz Curtis Higgs can make characters come to life like no other writer I know.  This time, the characters are real women from the Bible.  Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna.  All precious women who were central to the Christmas history of Jesus' birth.

Mrs. Higgs can get more out of a few lines of scriptures than I can dream.  The insight that Mrs. Higgs gleans through use of multiple Bible translations and versions, study helps, original languages, and other research give a depth to the Luke 2 story that makes it vibrant.  You might say that her descriptions quicken the scriptures for us.  Contextual history and customs bring depth.

Cocoa, The Christmas Story, and insight from Sister Liz Curtis Higgs.  What more could you want?  Oh, maybe some slippers and a blanket.  Can you tell I enjoyed this book?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher.  
I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Snatch Reading and Fall Reading List

Can't find time to read?  You should try what I call "snatch reading".   Five minutes here, five minutes there. It works well if you're only reading one book and use a post it note to keep track of what paragraph you're reading. Once upon a time, it was the only reading I did.  Also, take a book with you everywhere you go.  Snatch every free moment to read a bit.

Fall Reading List

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Monday, October 21, 2013

God's Mercies Are New Every Morning!

Hello Ladies,
  It's so good to greet another week full of promise and possibilities, isn't it?  A fresh page on our daily or weekly calendar and a fresh start on our to do lists or our homeschooling.  Perhaps Friday or the weekend left you feeling a bit downhearted over what you haven't done right or perhaps, like me, you ate a few things that weren't all that healthy over the weekend.  Well, I have good news for you!
God's mercies are new every morning!
Here's how the Amplified Bible states it:

"22 It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.
24 The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him."

Isn't that terrific news?  We need only confess our sins, and seek His face to have a whole new start.  Great is the Lord.  Praise God!

God is more than ready to meet us right where we are and forgive us. 

Have a wonderful today dearies!
Happy at Home

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Thinking About Fall Cleaning?

Dear Reader,

Are you thinking about fall cleaning?  I have used the following ideas that I found on Pinterest with success.

What ideas have you tried from Pinterest that you'd like me to see?

Happy Fall!
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Busy Busy & Finding Emma Joy

Good afternoon ladies,
Emma Joy
I've been busy in the basement today.  I've been sorting through some old boxes and totes.  I've just about finished filling up a trash bag.  I also have a stack of things for hubby to go through.  Maybe a little bit at a time?

I just found out my oven is not working.  My son told me yesterday that he saw it spark.  Ugh, and right before the holidays.  Hmm... I guess new problems give us variety in our lives.  ~smile~

I've been busy with a writing project for Christmas.  I made a bit of progress yesterday.  I hope to spend a bit more time on it soon.  Christmas will be here before we know it.  Just a couple of months now.  I'm usually much further along in my preparations.  I'll have to get busy soon. ~smile~

I received a surprise e-mail today from Emma Joy.  I found her blog just yesterday.  She's a young woman who is passionate for God, and it shows in her writing.  I've won a giveaway for a watch.  Yay!

Her blog post, The Ultimate Rejection, really touched me.  We really must be bold in our faith and in sharing our faith.  I encourage you to take a look.  It's worth your time.

Here's what Emma Joy says about her blog:

Welcome to the Emma Joy blog! My prayer is that this will be a great resource for people to learn about God or grow in their walk with Him. "I am just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread!" I hope you will be blessed.

Autumn blessings,

Monday, October 14, 2013

A Chilly Morning in the Cottage

Hello Lovely Ladies,

It's a chilly morning here in the cottage.  Rain is in the air, I can just feel it.  That means I'd better think up some soup for supper. ~smile~

I must admit things are in a bit of disarray.  You see Buddy the Bug Man is coming today.  He comes every quarter just to make sure we don't have any little free loading tenants that we don't want around here.  This means everything must be pulled away from the walls.  The kids, therefore, are busy with their rooms.  We moved the furniture in the other rooms last night.  In a couple of minutes, I'll be making a final walk through to make sure everything's ready.

I hope you find time today to begin thinking about the next couple of months.  Much to do much to do!

Autumn Blessings,
Busy at Home

Thursday, October 10, 2013

REVIEW: A Christmas Gift for Rose

I do adore Christmas books... I have at least... one, two, three, four, well never you mind!  One more is just what I need. I mean like.  ~smile~  Litfuse sent me a free copy of A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer in exchange for an honest review. (Just for you Mr. Government man!)

This book is well worth the asking price of $15.99.  It's a gentle story of a young Amish woman whose best laid plans are going awry.  It begins with her love, Jonathan, going off to World War II to serve as a medic.  This is a major no no for the Amish.  Other young Amish men sat out their days in prison or government work programs for dodging the draft as conscientious objectors.  When the community finds out Jonathan went to war, they pressure Rose over his decision.

She then found she was adopted which leaves her feeling lost, alone, and afraid.  Her decisions about how to handle the situations will shape her life forever.  Tricia Goyer based this novel on a true story an Amish man told her of his grandmother growing up in the Great Depression and how her Englisch family left her with an Amish family to raise because of their extreme poverty.

This is a relaxing book to read during the holiday season that will encourage you to strengthen your faith and to be close to your family.

About the book: Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War
II---only to discover she's an Englischer herself. Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own
kind---Englischers? When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/pfhBl

About Tricia: USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and "Lead Your Family Like Jesus," (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Monday, October 7, 2013

This is Not a Review... But Algebra's Hard!

We use Teaching Textbooks Algebra for my 10th grade daughter.  Why?  Because I know that math is hard for me.   And because the teacher on the computer cd explains every single problem.  Emily came upon a type of problem last week that she just couldn't get.  I had no idea how to set up an equation to get the answer.  So...

I sat down beside her and picked up a pencil. 

We watched the teacher do each step of the problem.  Then we each did it ourselves, too.  I'd say, "I got xxxxx on this line.  What did you get?" Then we'd watch and see what the guy on TT did.  Then we'd do another problem and try to guess remember what to do next.  I don't know how much help I was, but misery loves company. ~smile~  After we did several of the same kind of problem, they got easier.  If you're not a math person, and you're looking for help or need to change the math you're doing with your kids, take a look at the website and see what you think.  I'm glad we did.

Laura Lane
Happy to be Momma
to terrific kids.

*I'm not affiliated with Teaching Textbooks at all.  I just am so thankful to have found it.  All three of my kids use it. Oh, one more thing....  We use only the CDs.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Carpe Diem... Seize the Day... The Fall Day!

Make some cookies, rake some leaves, have a picnic, play outside, sew, craft, read under a beautiful tree, play with your kids, snuggle with your hubby, go to a festival, make this weekend a fun one!

I'll be at Farm Girl Fest in Carthage, Missouri with my family.  We'll be selling our big gooey homemade cinnamon rolls and demonstrating dutch oven cooking.  Drop by Red Oak II and see us if you're in the Carthage area.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cherish Yesterday ~ Dream Tomorrow ~ Live Today!

Karen Tribitt 
I guess I’m feeling a little introspective. I ran across this little saying, “Cherish Yesterday-Dream Tomorrow-Live Today” on a little wooden sign in a country primitive catalog. This sign is different, but it’s available from www. allposters.com . Don’t you just love country primitive decorating? You can use all the worn out, less than perfect things you find, and it looks great! Ah, but that’s another post altogether….

My mother died at 51, too young to my way of thinking, of cancer. It began as breast cancer, went into remission for several years, then reappeared with a vengeance. They’re sad memories that I’d rather not think about often.

Anyhow, my momma was only 17 years older than me. She was a child bride, and I came along just before their first anniversary. I’m now 48.  I had a mammogram a couple of years ago, and the results were fine. I need to schedule another one as soon as I can find a way to pay for it. We have a lot of differences in our lifestyles, but heredity is a factor. But- God is a bigger factor!

I have a lot of yesterdays to cherish.
I don’t know how many tomorrows I have left to dream. 
I do have today, this moment to live and live well.

Like you, I have good memories and bad. Probably also like you, I tend to look at the past through rosy glasses, remembering just the things I want, such as the house I wish we’d never left. It’s great to remember. I have my scrapbooks; and, I’m working on books for the kids, too. Still, it’s just the past, just a memory….

Dreaming and planning and wishing and praying for tomorrow is great, too. Realistically, though, no one knows if she has even one tomorrow. I’ve had a terrible tendency to put off fun and enjoyable things with my family to do the stuff that’s pressing. What if I never get to do those fun and enjoyable things? What if I never make those memories with my children and for my children?

Today…it’s all I have. It’s all you have. I have to choose those things today that are best…things that will have a positive impact on my family and those around me. Though my circumstances are rather hard right now, I am, right this moment, choosing to follow some of the best advice my LORD JESUS ever gave me in Matthew 6:24.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Now realistically, I’m going to have to keep making that choice over and over. Somebody remind me of that when I am feeling whiny! ~smile~

This day…this moment…how will you spend it?  How will I spend it? I think I’m going to go hug my kids, tell them I love them, and make a memory. What about you?

Just something to think about….

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