Thursday, April 17, 2014

Raising Heros



One of my favorite blogs is Raising Homemakers. Until recently, I didn't have any homemakers to raise. God gave my husband and I three boys to start off our family. It had gotten to the point where I figured I just wouldn't have any girls at all and this began me thinking - what's the male equivalent to homemakers?

I thought of words and concepts like "arrows" or "workers" or "leaders" but none had the right zing to it. Now that the Lord has blessed me with not one but two homemakers, ironically I finally thought of an umbrella term that sums up the type of men I am trying to raise up for God...

Heroes

I want to raise up heroes. Heroes for God, heroes for their wives, heroes for their children, heroes for their community.

I'm raising heroes.

Heroes walk with the Savior. Heroes lift others up. Heroes are hard workers. Heroes honor their parents, love their siblings and keep their hearts and minds pure for the day they will marry the woman God has for them. They will love that woman as Christ loved the church.

Heroes do not deny Christ, they feast daily upon the scriptures and to their wives and children they may as well have a cape on their shoulders as they strive righteously to provide, to love and to protect.

Heroes are trained - they are not born.

Proverbs 22:6

King James Version (KJV)
 
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

If you do not diligently train your hero everyday do not expect a hero to magically manifest when he turns 18 just as you wouldn't expect a girl to know the art of homemaking automatically at the age of 18 simply because she was born a female.

Sister Reeves spoke at the LDS General Conference a few weeks ago and she said that the ONLY things that MUST be done in a house daily are...

family prayer

family scripture study

and weekly family home evening

If you have done these things, your home is a success. Having the laundry neatly folded, having a perfect meal on the table - this is all icing on the cake. These are wonderful things to have, no doubt, but do not neglect the prayer, scripture study and family home evenings in an attempt to create a home that looks like a magazine cover.

This does not train heroes.

God's WORD trains heroes. Period.

Men who follow God's word aid in training heroes. Don't expect to leave a boy child with no righteous role models and have him figure it out on his own. That will produce mixed results at best. Fathers, uncles, cousins, brothers, Scout masters, neighbors, church brethren, etc. are needed to train heroes.

Train him to love God, to lean on God for everything.

Train him to love and respect his future wife by keeping his heart pure now.

Train him to love his future children by patiently loving his siblings.

Train him to work hard now by giving him work today! Don't let him grow soft! Train him to love work and to work to the glory of God!

Your man will lead his family but first, you, his mother, must lead him. Lead him to God. Lead him to be a hero! :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Natural Dyed Easter Eggs!

 
We start with eggs from our backyard chickens. The Ladies lay a variety of colors, everything from white, to dark brown, to light brown, to green. This makes a great color canvass to start from. If you don't have access to backyard chickens you can still find brown and white eggs at the store to give you a little variety :)
 
 
 
Next we select some to dye with turmeric. In a quart pot I boil the eggs with about a 1/4 cup turmeric. The picture doesn't show the hues well but they are a variety of yellow browns and vibrant yellows.
 
 
Next we roll some of the eggs in juice for a marble effect. You can use blueberry juice, beet juice, black berry juice, kale juice, etc. Seen here is blueberry juice. Just roll them and let them dry. Brush off any pulp or seed bits.
 
 
Some eggs we leave plain, some are dyed with turmeric, some are marbled with juice.
 
 
 
Last, the kids select some of the eggs to color with beeswax crayons. The end result is eggs with lots of texture and many vibrant, natural colors :)
 
Hope you're enjoying you Easter egg dying this week :)
 
 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Counting the days by scripture

The year just has a way of rolling right along! It's nearly Easter and we find ourselves quickly hurtling through April, May not too far off. In these times of long days and short years how do we mark the times, the moments? Are we praising the Lord through out the day in all the randomness of life?
 
 
 
 
Little Miss plays dress up and has that Saintly glow about her that children seem to have.
 
 
He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord.  Psalm 148:13-14


 
Braveheart plays music for us all.
 
...and all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with trumpets, also the singers with instruments of musick, and such as taught to sing praise. 2 Chronicles 23:12-14
 
 
 
 
My oldest daughter and I enjoy the inspiring LDS General Conference together.
 
 
(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)1 Samuel 9:8-10
 
 
 
Visiting my grandmother for my birthday.
 
 
When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.2 Timothy 1:4-6
 
 
 
Beautiful Boy practices his reading in home school.
 
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:Proverbs 1:4-6
 
 
 
Conference cupcakes! Made with whole wheat flour, pink icing dyed with beets.
 
I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.Job 23:11-13
 
 
 
 
During Conference I knitted a hat for the new baby coming. She'll be here next Conference!
 
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;Colossians 2:1-3
 
 
 
Little Missy feeds Bell.
 
 
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.Isaiah 40:10-12
 


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

SUD- the way I rate what movies my children can watch

 
If it doesn't pass the SUD test, my family lets it go...



Most movies come with ratings

G - General

PG - Parental Guidance

PG 13 - Parental Guidance, no one under 13

R - Restricted

X- Adult only

and so on.

TV shows also have their own rating system as well, it's more complicated and can be found in detail here but to sum up TV systems they give a guideline on age and then add information such as whether a show as strong language, violence, fantasy based violence, etc.

I throw all these rating systems OUT THE WINDOW.

I use them not at all.

Why?

Because they cannot truly tell me the content of a movies character.

Schindler's List is horribly violent but historically accurate. Is my job as a mother to shield my children from any act of violence at all or to use opportunities to speak about violence and what God has said about how we are to treat others?

A movie may have sexual content but how graphic is it? What's implied? Is the couple married? This all makes a difference. Sex is a natural and healthy expression when done within marriage and there is an appropriate way movies can reference this intimate act that, in my opinion, would be acceptable for younger viewers as well as another great conversation starter.

Drug use in movies is subjective as well. I've often said that even though the movie has cursing, nudity, sex out side of marriage and horrible violence, my children will be REQUIRED by me to view the move Trainspotting when I think they are mature enough to handle it (maybe around 15 or so?) because Trainspotting will make them view drug use with such an abdominal distain I cannot imagine them ever wanting to be near any drug for the rest of their life. The movie Blow which glamourizes drug use (at least for a while) is something my children will never see under my roof.

Ok, so I think I've made my point. Drugs, sex, violence -it's not blankly bad, it depends on how it's presented.

That's why you will see my children watching Lord of the Rings but not the new Noah movie. My children are allowed to watch Star Trek (original, TNG, Deep Space and Voyager) but will never set eyes upon Frozen so long as I live.

While Satan has conveniently distracted us all with drugs, sex, cursing and violence and made them the target for whether or not a movie gets the green light we have overlooked the more important ratings we should be thinking about...

S - Sass and Selfishness

U- Ungodliness

D - Disrespect

I rate our movies by SUD.

Selfishness

Frozen doesn't pass. It's main theme is about "being who you are" without exception or compromise even if it harms, confuses or hurts your community. That's selfishness.

The prevailing theme in entertainment today is selfishness. Most movies start out with a main character who has a unique quality. This quality comes in conflict with their family or community in some way. Instead of working through this difficulty together and building relationships the main character defies the "unreasonable" expectations of others. This happens violently through fighting or by the main character leaving the "intolerant" atmosphere behind and often engaging in even more selfish behavior where they inevitably find another person in whom they can confide their uniqueness, and thus justified, return triumphantly to their former family or community with smug pride.


Sass

Hannah Montana, and most Disney Channel TV shows, don't pass the sass test. How are those children speaking to their parents? Their school teachers? Their siblings? It is often full of teasing, name calling, sarcasm, etc. that tears down those precious relationships instead of building of them up in a kind manner.

This doesn't mean that the characters on the show cannot makes mistakes or say something wrong. Eddie Haskell in Leave It To Beaver is often doing and saying the wrong thing and even if Wally and Beaver follow him at first, in the end the moral lesson is always taught and the consequences to wrong behavior are seen. Nowadays we simply hear a laugh track played over Eddie Haskells and they are more often than not the heroes of the show.

 
Ungodliness

Most Bible based movies made by Hollywood these days are blatantly ungodly. They mock our creator and pervert His teachings and history. Other movies leave out God altogether and rely on ever changing science as the only answer and authority.


Disrespect 

Figures of authority, guidance and respect such as parents, teachers, police, neighbors, older siblings, etc., are often insulted directly or indirectly by the children in TV shows and movies. They are portrayed as buffoons or well meaning idiots who don't know as much as the main character children.

A quick example that comes to mind to me is the wildly popular Phineas and Ferb. Their older sister Candace is not kind but her efforts to watch over them, keep them out of trouble and generally do the care taking that an older sister should be doing, are seen as ridiculous and comical. Instead of getting along with their sister Phineas and Ferb egg her on in every episode typically setting her up for some sort of humiliation.

Quite frankly I'm truly shocked at the popularity of children's entertainment that does not pass the SUD test.

How about you? How do you rate what your children view? Do you have any favorite resources like PluggedIn?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Our Little Lamb

Mary isn't the only one who had a little lamb. Our family is taking care of a lamb from a local farm! It was orphaned when it's mother died in birth. We have been bottle feeding her and we have named her Mountain Bluebell. She's the sweetest thing. We had no idea how to bottle feed or care for a lamb but we learned fast and she is thriving! It's been the most amazing home school project we've ever undertaken!

All the kiddos with Bell
 
 
 
Beautiful Boy was the most excited when he heard a lamb was coming to our home. "That's great because I'm a farmer!" he yelled. He's the best at taking care of her by far.
 
 
 
She runs around our house in a diaper, sleeping at the boy's feet. I think she thinks she's a puppy LOL She looks like a goat because she doesn't have wool, she's a hair sheep - an American Black Belly.
 
Bell loves to suck on Beautiful Boy's earlobes LOL It's so funny -just his, no one else's. They must be yummy!
 
 
 


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Our Shrovetide and other blessings...

 
Wee Baby Girl greets you with her chicken treasures. Checking the chickens is her favorite chore and she always closes her eyes when she smiles. We call it her "best smile"
 
And we used some of those eggs to make homemade, baked, whole wheat donuts!
 
 
 
 
 
They all look so good, which shall I have first?
 
And no food discussion would be complete without speaking of gardening!
 
 
Papa tills the garden while Beautiful Boy looks on eager to help!
 
We had the blessing of putting in an 800 sq ft garden this year!
 
 
(the land is ours the house seen is a neighbor)
 
 
Our peas are in! Corn is up next :)
 
Gardening is a great project to add to our home school experience but our book and paper work is coming along nicely too. Here's a peak at our home school area...
 
 
 
Braveheart traces Lewis and Clark's trail on our map
 
 
Beautiful boy works on some word searches.
 
And while the young ones are hard at their work, Papa was hard at his, earning a recent promotion!
 
 
During our family celebration.
 
And speaking of celebrations we had a lovely Shrovetide/Mardis Gras this year with a big group of home school friends over to our house for a pancake feast!
 
 
 
Choosing a topping is hard! :)
 
 
The pancakes were so yummy I bet even the "Little Lassie" in my tummy enjoyed them!
 
 
Hope you and yours are safe, well, and enjoying the coming spring time!!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Winter Work





Dark skies, cloudy days, the sharp cold of the outside. Before spring graces us with her majesty it's nice to look back on our winter's work.

This is what I worked on, among some other projects. This is a hand sewn, double seem, straw mattress from my four year old. Papa made the bed for him last winter and I've been behind on finishing up the mattress. Now it's all complete and looks great if I do say so myself!
 
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men..."
Colossians 3:23
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