Archive for the ‘The Future’ Category

There are some things that really make my blood boil…

There was an earthquake along the Atlantic coast today just before 2 P.M., our time.

How many more warnings does America need?!

Wake up! Don’t bury your head in the sand. Think about the path that our country is on.

Think about it.

Pray and prepare.


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Two days ago I was pleasantly surpirised by a black raspberry bush that I found growing amoungst a lilac bush. The berry bush in taller than I am so it has been there for awhile. Today I thought about cutting back part of the lilac bush so I can access those sweet berries better. I would have to ask Aaron though. Any pointers on berry bushes?

I have been blessed to live outside of the city in a house that is 100% ours that we have to make no payments on which is a praise within itself. There is so much I want to learn and do!

Growing our food from salads to corn to watermelons to cabbage.

Canning, drying, freezing our harvest.

Making my own jams, jellies, relishes and other condiments.

Buying pantry staples in bulk.

Using hand powered kitchen appliances.

Planting and using culinary herbs like Basil to make fresh pesto and Tarragon to put in vinegar for salad dressing.

Planting and using medicinal herbs from harvesting wild plantains for postpartum relief to making white horehound lozenges and cough syrup to echinacea tinctures.

Digging a root cellar

Having a home library versus a video game collection

Cloth diapers hanging on the clothesline.

Going to pick…anything blueberries, apples, blackberries, strawberries, cherries…

Using my wood stove for more than just heating the house.

Patchwork quilts and crocheted afghans for everyone.

Home birthing


Family devotions.

Little girls running around in home sewn dressies with little lacy headcoverings and little boys running around with ‘spa-menders’


🙂 What would you like to learn?

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The Mennonite church that I visit once a month for quilting cleaned out there kitchen and was giving away items for donations.

Today I got about a dozen plastic cups (which we don’t have yet), a handful of mason jars, and two large blue and white serving platters. All of it I purchased for five dollars. We had a family donate scrap material in boxes and trash bags. I helped Betsy sort through them. The a large quantity of the contents weren’t worthy to be called “scrap material”. They were as good as rags. I took a bag of scraps I am going to put to projects that I can donate to Haiti relief. I am motived to make a difference and help by working with my hands. After church I received a pint of garlic in olive oil, the product of an overabundance of garlic.

This morning Aaron and I lay awake in bed listening to NPR news. So depressing and a little scary.

Jimmy (I guess I should call him Brother Lang, I don’t think that I have even called him that yet…hmm..) did a sermon on Revelation. We are in chapter 2 and we covered the first two churches. Ephesus and Smyrna. I was really blessed when I read that even those the church in Smyrna was dirt poor, they were actually very rich in faith!

God proved to me today, that even though I may be uneasy about the future, He will provide. Now, do I need a pint of garlic and material scraps? Not necessarily, but if God can bless me with things that I can use to bless others, and He can fulfill my every need.

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I just got finished reading this amazing article!http://visionarydaughters.com/2006/10/a-never-ending-testimony

I can relate to the author in certian areas.

I find it very encouraging! The part where she said that she “had no time to learn domestic skills” That is what I was back before college started!

I actually had no desire, and somehow I thought it would magically ‘come to me’ or something. I know that I won’t have everything I’ll need to know, because some of it comes with experience. But it would never hurt to learn how to do things the proper way right?

When I get married my husband is going to be the master of the home and I am going to be the keeper of the home.

The idea might seem simple-minded but it is a new revelation to me!

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