Monday, November 17, 2008


A good article

This topic is being discussed in my home a lot lately. I read this blog today and found it interesting. I thought I would share.

Monday, November 17, 2008

I am a homeschooler

by Claire M.
"You were homeschooled, weren't you?" (Of course the question came on the heels of another demonstration of my woefully-deficient knowledge of pop culture.) "Through high school?"


"That's the big debate in our house now, whether to homeschool through high school. Did you use videos and co-ops and that kind of thing?"

I didn't want to bore the whole group with the whole long answer, so for the rest of the Bible study, I was distracted by all the things unsaid. Things like that the biggest advantage of homeschooling, in my mind, is the opportunity to learn for the sake of learning, to step outside the academic game and study the things that fascinate you, to learn the way you learn best, to learn from rich life experience and not just memorize things for a test and a grade. I would have said that if you're just going to create a mini-school, you might as well send your kids to school, because school probably does the school thing better than you can.

Not to say that co-ops and core curriculum and all that doesn't have a place. And certainly, people might have very conventional ideas about education and still homeschool for other reasons. If you're going to educate conventionally, homeschooling at least lets you do it efficiently and leave the rest of the day open for exploring and creating and just being a kid. But feeling obligated to recreate school at home is such a sad waste of homeschooling's potential.

This is all fresh in my mind because I am, for the next month, doing in med school something that's very like homeschooling. It's a reading month, a free-form elective that requires merely a topic, an advisor, and whatever sort of work the two of you agree on. I had my first meeting with my advisor today, discussing a handful of journal articles we'd read, and came away thinking, This is what education is supposed to be like.

In a classroom setting, I would have been given a sheaf of articles in a coursepack, which I would have perused dutifully--if at all--the night before the class. Then I would have struggled to stay awake through a long small-group discussion of a topic about which nobody except the disheartened professor seemed to care.

But this month it's different. This is my topic, spinning along in whatever direction my interests and my advisor's guidance takes it. I read and thought and came to today's meeting with questions, eager to explore them with someone knowledgable and equally interested. I didn't have to ward of yawns, because the topics we were discussing were things I'd been mulling over all week.

I didn't find it hard, when I started college, to adjust to playing the academic game. (Actually, I quickly discovered that I didn't need to work as hard as I thought I did.) And I've been in this world for long enough that I'm used to it. But days like today, when I get to breathe again the free air of just learning, I realize that the dad at Bible study had it wrong.

It's not that I "was homeschooled." It's that I am a homeschooler.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

What does God say?

John 17

9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

I Corinthians 7

22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant.
23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.
30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; 31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.

I John 2

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

To quote an old song; This world is not my home I am only passing through.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Okay so I know this is a tough topic for some but its In the Book. (The Bible that is)

Ephesians 2:
; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Definition of
1. to give over or yield to the power or authority of another (often used reflexively).

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


This is a great mix of old with new. The church is Calvary Tabernacle which is where I use to attend church the soloist is Gabe Easter from TPC (The Pentecostal Church) which is where I attend now.

I Love this!!!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Holy, acceptable unto God,

Romans 12:1 (King James Version)

King James Version (KJV)
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Romans 12

1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.


Courtship is the traditional dating period before engagement and marriage. During a courtship, a couple dates to get to know each other and decide if there will be an engagement. Usually courtship is a public affair, done in public and with family approval.

Sounds different than casual dating or hanging out or even hooking up.

Okay so if its the period before engagement and marriage then maybe our children should wait until they are ready for engagement and marriage. Emotionally I do not think that means that my now 11 year old is ready to date and I doubt that my 14 or 16 year old would be mature enough when that time comes.

I am preparing pure daughters. Oh but you can't shelter them forever well okay but while I have the vessel I can fill it with what is pure and good and let them see through Godly eyes.

Remembering your past. Bruises heal but scars are forever. God does forgive but your choices in life affect who you are. I don't want my daughters to have those scars.

He who finds a wife finds a good thing. I pray that is what my future son in law thinks one day. Also we are to be like the bride of Christ . I want a spotless bride.

All that said I hope to be able to teach this to my children. I also know that I have made mistakes and its under the blood and I am forgiven. If anything should happen in my children's life as they mature I pray that I will remember how I was treated and show unconditional love.

Here is a good website with thoughts on courtship

Friday, October 24, 2008

A WOW moment

James 3

5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Lord Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary

I want God's will in my life and my families. This is another song on my heart today. I guess my prayer will be I trust you and Lord Prepare me. Love to all

Holy Spirit, Thou Art Welcome

Holy Spirit, Thou Art Welcome

by Dottie Rambo


Holy Spirit, Thou Art Welcome in this Place,
Holy Spirit, Thou Art Welcome in this Place;
Omnipotent Father of Mercy and Grace,
Thou Art Welcome in this Place.

Verse 1

Lord, in Thy Presence There's Healing Divine;
No Other Power Can Save, Lord, but Thine;
Holy Spirit, Thou Art Welcome in this Place,
Thou Art Welcome in this Place

Verse 2

Fill All the Hungry and Empty Within;
Restore Us, Oh Father, Revive Us Again;
Holy Spirit, Thou Art Welcome in this Place,
Thou Art Welcome in this Place

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Avaleen Springs Bed & Breakfast

Avaleen Springs Bed and Breakfast is a 30 acre retreat located between the Natchez Trace Parkway and the Tennessee River. Whether your interests include canoeing the Bufffalo River, touring a working Amish farm, visiting Loretta Lynn's Dude Ranch, or taking in a few rounds of golf, you will find Avaleen Springs a central location to these and other great activities! This is also where you start walking or hiking if you want to meet the Mountain Man.

Saying goodbye to the Mountain Man

When it was time to leave the Mountain Mans home he suggested a new path down the mountain. Oh my is he in better shape than me.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Check out my sister

South Side Beta Club Begins Season of Giving

By Jessica Cupples
The National Beta Club is a student centered organization that continually develops and nurtures individuals. At this moment the South Side Beta Club is working on a project called the "Red Cross Care Bags."

One gallon zip-lock bags are filled with emergency items including toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, comb, mouthwash, and shampoo. Senceca Gaydon, a senior at South Side, has finished her project.

"I'm in the Beta club because I get the sense of helping people i don't know, " said Gaydon.

"We will do a project every month," said Judy Gammon, Beta Club advisor. "Our biggest project will be the food drive from November to Christmas break," said Gammon. They will need each student in the school to bring five cans. The project will be called: 5 Cans to Feed 500 Families.

To join Beta club you have to have a B average or above. Ninth graders may join after their first report card showing a B average.

Originally published September 25, 2008

She also recently co wrote the Jackson Madison County School Scholarship Handbook

She has been a feature counselor on the local news and has in the past won teacher of the year.

Way to go Sis!!!

I hear that she is a pretty amazing Sunday School Teacher as well.

The Mountain Mans Fresh Water

The mountain man said that he built his house where he did because that is where the water is. He use to pump the water into the house but it became expensive and it had to be maintained. Now he lets nature do the work. This is some of the clearest water you will see. The water comes down the mountain and is caught in this. This is the water for everything they do. Drinking, cooking and bathing.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

I Love To Singa

Where have all the good cartoons gone? I love this!

Friday, September 26, 2008

A visit to the mountain mans home

The home of the mountain man is at the top of a mountain. They use solar power for some energy and some light. The stove is a nice wood burning stove. The day we visited it was a hot day and his wife was inside cooking on the wood burning stove.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A true mountain man

We met this man on our recent vacation. He and his wife live at the top of a mountain. His only bills are taxes $100.00. They live completely off the grid. Solar power, garden for food, and water from the stream. His life was interesting and a little foreign to me. Today as I post his picture and I think about the economy maybe his life is not so odd.

Spending time with new friends

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Honoring the Old Saints and the Old Hymns

My mother loved the old hymns. It was very common in my home growing up to hear her singing these through the house or in the car.

Hymn: Because He Lives

Hymn: I'd Rather Have Jesus

Hymn: Leave It There

Hymn: Have A Little Talk With Jesus

Hymn: Power In The Blood

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Mother

Today would have been my mothers 77th Birthday. My father prayed that God would put His arm around her today. My mother was a virtuous woman. Most everything I know on how to have a God centered marriage I learned from her. What an awesome example and I am grateful. I miss her very much. I love you mother and Happy Birthday.

Friday, September 19, 2008

A New Sound At Our House

My husband plays the drums and his father plays the piano. I am hoping we have a 3rd musician in the family now.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Dance Before The Lord

This is a link to Nancy Grandquist. She is singing at the Indiana Bible College Music Fest 2003. Here are some of my favorite quotes of hers on the video.

Somebody needs to move out of their seat

What's wrong with you people tonight Holy Ghost is here.

The first moment we get too stiff and starchy in our programs that we can't let the Holy Ghost move in and out of our pew and we have to stick to our program their is something wrong with us

I've never gotten use to this Pentecostal Apostolic Experience

Nancy Grandquist
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If you can not get the links to work email me or send me a note and I will email you the link.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I've Got the Victory - IBC Indiana Bible College

This is one my children's favorite songs. We will sing this song and worship. This is a good on the way to school song. Its a joy to hear my children singing " I've got the Victory".

Say So

This is where we use to go to church in Indiana. Enjoy

Monday, September 15, 2008

Israel and New Breed - To Worship You I Live

To Worship You I Live (Lyrics)

To Worship You I Live

Verse: Away away from the noise
alone with you
away away to hear your voice
and meet with you
nothing else matters my one desire is

Chorus: To worship you I live
to worship you I live I live to worship you
To worship you I live
to worship you I live I live to worship you


VERSE 2: Away away, away away from the noise alone with you
Away away to hear your voice and meet with you
It's been a while but hear my heart cry again

Chorus: To worship you I live
to worship you I live I live to worship you
To worship you I live
to worship you I live I live to worship you
To worship you I live
to worship you I live I live to worship you
To worship you I live
to worship you I live I live to worship you
To worship you I live
to worship you I live I live to worship you


Peach Pie

Today I bought fresh peaches. Tonight I sliced them, covered them in Honey (from our trip), Amish butter and cinnamon and some vanilla. Bottom and top with a bought pie shell and bake. I topped it with some Breyers all natural french vanilla ice cream. The family voted Yummy!!!!

This is not on Mommy's diet. I have some yummy cereal to look forward to later tonight. I did take one bite of the pie. Yummy.

Excited and Thankful for Friends

Since moving away from Indianapolis the one food we crave is Skyline Chili. Kroger recently stopped selling the cans of chili. Thankfully we received a call today from friends who were in Indy at Skyline Chili and wanted to know what we wanted. Thanks buddies. We are really looking forward to seeing you guys!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Adventures with Daddy

Tonight after supper Daddy decided to take us on a walking adventure on a new path he found. Here are a few pictures.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

What's for supper

White Bean Chili

3 cans drained and rinsed canellini beans
1 onion diced
3 tsp garlic
2 Tablespoons butter
4 cups chicken broth more as needed
1 small can green chilies

chicken breast

boil and shred chicken

Saute onion and garlic in butter. Add chicken broth and canellini beans.

1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. cilantro

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

(makes 12 muffins)

1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour *
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup natural peanut butter **
6 tbsp (3 ounces) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
Approximately 1/3 cup fruit jam (I used strawberry)

Preheat oven to 375F. Line 12 (4-fl.oz. capacity) wells of your muffin pan with paper liners (or butter and flour each the wells).

In a bowl, sift together all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside dry ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar. Mix in egg and vanilla. Mix in buttermilk and stir until evenly mixed. It should become smooth as you stir but it's also okay if the mixture looks a bit curdled.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix gently until just moistened. You don't want to over mix the batter.

Spoon in about 2 tablespoons batter into each of the 12 wells of your prepared muffin pan. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of jam in the center (do not spread jam over the batter). Cover the jam with the remaining batter.

Bake at 375F for 15 – 18 minutes until muffins spring back when touched lightly. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and then remove muffins from pan and let them cool on wire rack for about 20 minutes before serving.

In a large heavy pot saute onion and garlic, Add the beans, the 4 cups broth, chilies, oregano, cayenne and cilantro and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently, adding more broth as needed, until the beans are very tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Add the shredded chicken and continue to simmer. Serve with tortilla chips, Monterey Jack cheese and sour cream. I think a squeeze of lime would also go well with this Chili. We also added Louisiana Hot sauce to taste to our bowls.

Savory Cheddar Muffins
Makes 8 large muffins.

2 C. unbleached white flour

2 teas. baking powder

½ teas. sea salt

1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (no subs.)

Optional herbs: 1/2 T. crushed dried thyme or savory, 2T. chopped dried parsley, 1 teas. Mrs. Dash or Spike Seasoning Blend

1 C. milk

1 egg, beaten

¼ C. light olive or vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 400. Grease muffin tin and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add shredded cheese and (optional) herbs and stir to combine. In a small bowl, combine remaining liquid ingredients. Add to flour mixture, stirring just to combine, don’t over-mix. Spoon into prepared muffin tin, filling each cup ¾ full. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Reduce heat to 350 after first 10 minutes if browning too fast.

Reprinted from: Not Just for Vegetarians, Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way

Monday, September 8, 2008

What's for snack

I asked the kids what kind of fruit they wanted and I was pleased that they actually had request. Thanks to Easy Way they each get what they want. I did add some nectarines. I am so glad that eating healthy is rubbing off on the kids.

Finishing the Race

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith

My husband rode in a 25 mile bike ride this weekend. I am so proud of him because he never gave up and he finished the race. I told the children that its not about how fast you go its about finishing the race. That is so true in our spiritual walk. We all want to hear well done my good and faithful servant.

Matthew 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Considering Scriptures, thoughtful and prayerful

King James Bible

1 Corinthians 10:23
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

Gal 2:21
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Act 10:14
But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

Act 10:15
And the voice [spake] unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, [that] call not thou common.

1Ti 4:4
For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

1Ti 4:5
For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Mar 7:18
And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, [it] cannot defile him;

Mar 7:19
Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Happy Birthday

Today has been fun. Lots of calls and cards and chocolate. Thank you everyone for making me feel special.

Monday, August 25, 2008


"You may say we were sheltered but we say we were blessed"

That is a quote from my mothers funeral.

At the end of sharing the eulogy my sister finished describing our mother so well. She said these words. " I can only imagine". As my sister walked off the platform a beautiful video of this song began to play. My mother loved God and love life. I can only imagine what she must be doing. I told my daughters any day you walk on streets of gold is a good day. Today is a good day.

This is not the same video that was played but I like how she is sharing her heart. Plus I like the quote. Show them the cracks in the armor that is how the light gets out.