Monday, October 10, 2016

Galations for You - New Reading Material

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I am starting a new book this week. I just finished reading a fictional account of part of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, and this week, I will begin a non-fiction book, Galations for You, by Timothy Keller. My friend recommended it, so here I go.

I opened it up to the Introduction, because that often states the heart of the author. This is no exception. 

Part of it reads:

"But in this short letter, Paul outlines the bombshell truth that the gospel is the A to Z of the Christian life. It is not only the way to enter the kingdom; it is the way to live as part of the kingdom. It is the way Christ transforms people, churches and communities.

"We're going to see Paul showing the young Christians in Galatia that their spiritual problem is not only caused by failing to live in obedience to God, but also by relying on obedience to Him. We're going to see him telling them that all they need--all they could ever need--is the gospel of God's unmerited favor to them through Christ's life, death and resurrection. We're going to hear him solving their issues not through telling them to "be better Christians", but by calling them to live out the implications of the gospel.

"We're going to watch Paul challenge them, and us, with the simple truth that the gospel is not just the ABC of Christianity, but the A to Z--that Christians need the gospel just as much as non-Christians."

I am excited to read this. What are you reading right now? What is on your bookshelf that is bringing you encouragement in this life? What have you loved that you have recently read?

Monday, October 03, 2016

Free Magazine and Awesome Homeschool Resource

Hi all! Just a note to say - did you see the new FREE fall issue is out from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine?! It's gorgeous, digital, amazing, and free! :)

I am excited about fall - can you tell? 

What else is new from TOS?

Have you seen SchoolhouseTeachers.com? There are upwards of 300 courses available for students and no per-child fees!

Don't know what ST is?

Read their Scope and Sequence to see just what they offer homeschool families. 

You won't believe. it. :)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Recipe for Almond Butter Skinny Chocolate

So some of you are trying to lose weight - and so am I! I have done the research on the keto diet and really do believe there is something to it, however it is hard to miss some of the best things I have always loved. I have purchased a few cookbooks to help me with that, and I will share some of those at another time. Today though, I want to share what I concocted for us. I received two delicious jars of  Organic Alive Almond Butter from Living Tree Community Foods, and I decided to put it to good use.

I did cheat one day and made almond butter toast and ate it with a cold glass of milk. Oh my heavens - it was so good. Almond butter is a wholly different flavor from peanut butter, but it is versatile and interchangeable with peanut butter in recipes. It is softer so it will melt faster once made, but the flavor is worth the licking of the fingers that may result. :) The New Lighter Life posted three recipes for skinny chocolate, and I modified the peanut butter one to make this. I had a recipe that I modified that used peanut butter, and this is the Almond Butter Skinny Chocolate recipe:

Almond Butter Skinny Chocolate

1/2 C Coconut Oil (melt if not already in oil form)
1/4 Heaping C cocoa powder
1/2 C Almond Butter
1/4 C Truvia, blended to powder form (I use a second coffee grinder that I keep for this purpose. I don't like gritty chocolate and this smooths that out.)
1 T vanilla - make SURE you include this or it will simply not be the same
1/4 t salt

Mix all together and place in a rectangular pan; freeze. I use the container below that's about eight inches long. You can put them in mini-cupcake tins or double the recipe and pour it into a 9x13 pan. Once frozen, you can easily cut with a knife and leave it, closed, in the freezer. It is quite good right out of the freezer and melts in your mouth.

If you make this, let me know what you think!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

16 Years and yet...

So I had to use math to figure out that I have been homeschooling for 16 years. That seems crazy to me, but when I look at my children, I see that most of them are either adults or very close to being there. I have two graduates, and three in school this September. They will be in 8th, 10th, and 12th. I can't believe I am going to have another senior, and I can't believe I am almost done homeschooling my third child. I simply do NOT know where the time went. It feels as though it flew away so quickly.

I wonder, as most homeschooling mothers wonder, did I do enough? The answer (to me anyway), is probably not, but God is able to do more than we ask or think, and His plans are perfect. I regularly feel like I am not doing enough, but I know that most homeschool mothers think this way. I know that most of us struggle with the time that is given to us - and those of us (like me) that work from home, it is doubly so. I am *so* grateful for my ability to work from home, but it is still hard, and does take its toll. I am not complaining, just being honest.

I have a hard time looking at old photos as I see the changes that have so swiftly taken place. I have become that mom that shares with her younger mom friends, "Love those babies! Enjoy this time! Don't worry about the laundry!" The older I get, the faster it goes. So I resolve to have a good year, but I feel that I don't really know how to do that very well. I am struggling to get it all together even though I have some really awesome curriculum to use this year. I am so blessed with what we have. I wonder if *I* am able. Do you ever wonder that?

I know that God is able. I know that He is able to come along beside me and help me to be who He needs me to be.

"If we must come to Him for the small things and can be assured of His wise provision, how much more can we bring to God the "big" things and be assured that the same wise Father is at work?"

I read that today, from this article. What a powerful message - that we are dependent on God for every single thing - every single day!

This really hit me:

"On the journey through the wilderness from Egypt to the Promised Land, daily dependence on God's provision was the way of life of God's people.

What the Israelites -- about two million men, women, and children continually on the move for forty years -- needed for each day, came that day, and was enough for that day. No Israelite could hoard the leftovers, because as they soon learned, they would be stinking and worm-infested the next day."

I get worried that I won't be enough; that I won't be able to plan in the right way, or do the right work. But maybe it isn't supposed to be planned out every day. Maybe I need to trust that God has us well in hand, all the time, each and every day - just like He has for the last 16 years.

I want to remember that this last year is a gift. That I will never have this time again. I don't want to waste it.

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."
(James 1:17)

I saw this on Facebook the other day, and saved it. I don't know who created it, but I loved it. I hope it helps you too. God is able. Always.

Monday, July 11, 2016

24 years

24 years ago, I was just about ready to walk down the aisle with my father, to embark on the greatest adventure of my life with the young man who'd become my best friend. We had no idea what the next 24 years would look like, but we were committed to experiencing it together. By God's grace, we're here today with five amazing children, one awesome son-in-law, and a deeper love and faith than we'd ever imagined. Looking back, I'd not trade a moment of it - not any of it. God is ever faithful and His love is everlasting. The happiest anniversaries to you, Mark. You are deeply loved.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

You Hold it ALL, Lord!

Today, I discovered that the Newsboys have a new album. This song in particular, spoke to my heart today. This is the amazing Sovereign I serve. I am so very grateful He rules the world.

From the highest of mountains
To the depths of the sea
From the planets in motion
To the breath that we breathe
From the womb of the barren
To the rich and the poor
To the dreams of the orphan
Every heart beat is Yours
You hold it all
(Every mountain, every valley)
You hold it all
(Every tear drop, every heartbeat)
In my weakness
You’re my victory
In my sickness
You surround me
I believe that You hold it all
It’s in the roar of the lions
It’s in the wind and the waves
It’s in the glory of sunrise
And the lives that You change
You stand alone in splendor
You reign in majesty
Your hands formed all creation
Your hands are holding me
You are my hope forever.

(Copyright, Newsboys.)

Sunday, May 01, 2016


This past weekend begins our many spring and summer weekends visiting our favorite place. This is one of the reasons - big sky. It is just so peaceful. Click to enlarge to see how really lovely it is. :)