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We Voted

We voted today (via absentee ballot) in the Florida Republican primary.

A couple of our choices were a "hold your nose and vote"--especially for one of the primary races in which one candidate is very much a. . . politician. . . of the sort that you wouldn't want to trust as far as you could throw him. Yet he clearly drew boundaries around what he supported and what he didn't, whereas the other candidate did not. So, who do you trust? The one who will clearly set out what he will support and thereby be made accountable to those who vote for him, in spite of his poor reputation--or the one who is being wishy-washy, but has more experience?

In a different race, we at TulipGirl wholeheartedly endorse Katherine Harris.

The Florida primary is Tuesday, September 5th. Go vote!


August 31, 2006  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



I'm Not A Luddite, Really I'm Not

Though I know some of my friends in Ukraine thought we were, the way we eschewed getting a cell phone. We "borrowed" a team one during a summer project. I never used it.

But we've made the jump, and now Hubby and I each have cell phones. I figured out how to dial and answer it tonight. Played around a bit so the ring tones are less annoying. At the end of the week, our landline will be disconnected. The costs balance out.

Fiber-optic internet at home; cell phones when we're out. No more dial up or being tied to landlines.

No, not a Luddite.


August 29, 2006  |  Comments (14)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Spurgeon: The Valley of the Shadow

I know that wise brethren say, "You should not give way to feelings of depression." Quite right, no more we should. But we do; and perchance when your brain is as weary as ours you will not bear yoursleves more bravely than we do. "But desponding people are very much to be blamed." I know they are, but they are also very much to be pitied; and, perhaps, if those who blame quite so furiously could once know what depression is, they would think it cruel to scatter blame where comfort is needed. There are experiences of the children of God which are full of spiritual darkness; and I am almost persuaded that those of God’s servants who have been most highly favoured have, nevertheless, suffered more times of darkness than others.

Charles Spurgeon, in a sermon on the text "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me."

The Spurgeon Archive, a repository of all things Spurgeon
Curator: Phil Johnson


August 28, 2006  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Kids and Cooking

J10 and T8 have been visiting these websites:

The Redwall Kitchen (Thanks to Chewymom and crew!)


August 28, 2006  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 10

Q. 10. How did God create man?

A. God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures.

after his own image
Genesis 1:27

in knowledge
Colossians 3:10

righteousness, and holiness
Ephesians 4:24

with dominion over the creatures
Genesis 1:28, Psalm 8

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August 27, 2006  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



The Profane, The Wise, And Common Grace

"Therefore, in reading profane authors, the admirable light of truth displayed in them should remind us, that the human mind, however much fallen and perverted from its original integrity, is still adorned and invested with admirable gifts from its Creator. If we reflect that the Spirit of God is the only fountain of truth, we will be careful, as we would avoid offering insult to him, not to reject or condemn truth wherever it appears. In despising the gifts, we insult the Giver. How, then, can we deny that truth must have beamed on those ancient lawgivers who arranged civil order and discipline with so much equity? Shall we say that the philosophers, in their exquisite researches and skilful description of nature, were blind? Shall we deny the possession of intellect to those who drew up rules for discourse, and taught us to speak in accordance with reason? Shall we say that those who, by the cultivation of the medical art, expended their industry in our behalf were only raving? What shall we say of the mathematical sciences? Shall we deem them to be the dreams of madmen? Nay, we cannot read the writings of the ancients on these subjects without the highest admiration; an admiration which their excellence will not allow us to withhold. But shall we deem anything to be noble and praiseworthy, without tracing it to the hand of God? Far from us be such ingratitude; an ingratitude not chargeable even on heathen poets, who acknowledged that philosophy and laws, and all useful arts were the inventions of the gods. Therefore, since it is manifest that men whom the Scriptures term carnal, are so acute and clear-sighted in the investigation of inferior things, their example should teach us how many gifts the Lord has left in possession of human nature, notwithstanding of its having been despoiled of the true good.

Moreover, let us not forget that there are most excellent blessings which the Divine Spirit dispenses to whom he will for the common benefit of mankind. For if the skill and knowledge required for the construction of the Tabernacle behaved to be imparted to Bezaleel and Aholiab, by the Spirit of God (Exod. 31:2; 35:30), it is not strange that the knowledge of those things which are of the highest excellence in human life is said to be communicated to us by the Spirit. Nor is there any ground for asking what concourse the Spirit can have with the ungodly, who are altogether alienated from God? For what is said as to the Spirit dwelling in believers only, is to be understood of the Spirit of holiness by which we are consecrated to God as temples. Notwithstanding of this, He fills, moves, and invigorates all things by the virtue of the Spirit, and that according to the peculiar nature which each class of beings has received by the Law of Creation. But if the Lord has been pleased to assist us by the work and ministry of the ungodly in physics, dialectics, mathematics, and other similar sciences, let us avail ourselves of it, lest, by neglecting the gifts of God spontaneously offered to us, we be justly punished for our sloth. . .

John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion
Book 2, Chapter 2, sections 15-16


August 25, 2006  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Sarasota Book Lovers

For the bibliophiles in the Sarasota area, here are some of the tips and tricks I use to get ahold of good reading materials.

1. Sarasota County Libraries
We like to go to Selby downtown for a "fun" excursion. The aquarium in the children's section is captivating. I hate the angled staircases up to the nonfiction section, however--they had weirdly angled staircases at the old Selby, too. I always felt like I was going to be sick when walking down them.
Fruitville is very child-friendly and has friendly librarians to boot. It probably has the best AV section and as it is just off of I75, is very convenient.
Gulf Gate library is small and homey, and the best for running quick errands. This is the library where I pay my fines because they are friendly and don't make me feel pariah for having overdue books.
While there are other locations, these are the three we frequent. Each of them have used bookstores run by the Friends of the Library.
Along with physical trips to the library, I do a lot of book reservations (and renewals) online. When a book isn't in the Sarasota County library book catalog, I put in a request and then visit AlleyCat.

2. AlleyCat
As it's slogan says, "A Couple of Clicks, Millions of Picks." This is a great resource, as it draws from public and academic libraries in this region of Florida. Hubby has used it for books he's needed to read for grad school, but weren't worth purchasing for his professional library. I've also found it useful for requesting older children's books that are recommended in homeschool resources and for books that are from Christian publishers. They are delivered for pickup to whichever local library I request--all at no charge! I usually do school planning with Homeschool Tracker, SCLIBS and AlleyCat all open, and request books as I plan.

3. Goodwill Bookstore
If you are local and haven't visited this bookstore, it's a must. The children's section has a good stock of homeschool texts and supplements, at least last time I stopped in. The prices aren't dirt cheap, but are very decent.

4. The Main Bookshop
A Sarasota icon, the Main Bookshop has been a key date destination since Hubby and I were first together. One Thanksgiving our post-dinner recreation was going in and buying Christmas presents for the entire family in one fell swoop. We spent our last anniversary browsing the Main, as the weather was too cranky to allow a walk along the beach.

5. A. Parker's Bookstore
Also a wonderful place to browse downtown, Parker's caters to rare and specialty books. I still regret I didn't buy a book of the stories behind nursery rhymes from Parker's.

6. The Living Word
One of the managers is Reformed Baptist and takes the extra effort to stock quality books, along with the kitsch stuff. They also have a decent section of homeschool materials from a range of publishers. Good service.


August 25, 2006  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



God's Science, Understood By Men

"As far as the principle of interpretation is concerned, the natural man makes himself the final point of reference. So far, then, as he carries through his principle, he interprets all things without God. In principle he is hostile to God. But he cannot carry through his principle completely. He is restrained by God from doing so. Being restrained by God from doing so, he is enabled to make contributions to the edifice of human knowledge, the forces of creative power implanted in him are to some extent released by God's common grace. He therefore makes positive contributions to science in spite of his principles and because both he and the universe are the exact opposite of what he, by his principles, thinks they are."

Cornelius Van Til , A Christian Theory of Knowledge, pp 21, 22


August 22, 2006  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Home Again, Home Again. . .

Hooray! My boys are all home with me.


August 20, 2006  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



While the Boys Are Out of Town. . .

My list of things to do while the guys are gone this weekend:

Hair Cut/Highlighted
Visit Bookstores, B&N, Borders, Living Word, Goodwill
Clean the Fridge / Freezer
Grocery / Produce Market
Photo CD for Sis
Package to Mail GCM
Catch up on Laundry
Make Bulk Batches of Black Beans, Lentils, Rice
Make Granola
Dust Ceiling Fans
General House Cleaning
Gather Package for Katya / Sasha
Review GL
Review JF
Edit Hubby's Article
Edit Friend's Website
Edit Hubby's Book (See a pattern?)
Dove Chocolate/Cherry Courtship Ice Cream
Go to the Library
Add History/Bible to Homeschool Tracker
Check Kiddo's Math
Make Next Week's School Schedule
Amaretto Cherries
Watch Chick Flicks:
Raising Helen
The Shop Around the Corner
Good Night and Good Luck
Start Christmas Gift List
Pay Bills
Read Books
Listen to Lectures


August 19, 2006  |  Comments (13)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Is Your Wedding Ring Stuck?


Removing a Stuck Ring

This is the sort of thing you can find on LifeHacker, one of the sites I visit weekly and always come away knowing something new. . .

But I didn't get this from LifeHacker, I got it from mom2threePKs.

Pretty cool, huh?


August 18, 2006  |  Comments (6)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



It's Toooooo Quiet

Hubby and the boys left this morning for a trip to South Carolina. C5 was born in Columbia, SC, so he's especially excited to visit his birth state.

(Each of the boys has especial affinity for the part of the country in which they were born. Trivia: Each of our children was born in a different state. None was born in the state in which he was conceived.)

Hubby's little brother has become one of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. He's graduating from basic at Parris Island. Hubby and the boys have taken our first road trip since returning to the States to support his little brother. (They'll also be visiting the USS Yorktown and historical Charleston. The last time we were in Charleston was 1999, visiting some friends. . .)

And while I have a couple of Netflix movies that haven't made it to the top of the queue when the rest of the family is home, and while I plan on getting a long over-due haircut, and while I have some projects I'm looking forward to working on. . . it's hard to relax or concentrate with a house this quiet.

Update: Hubby called. He and the boys are safe and having a wonderful time. He says I make better barbeque than then legendary place at exit 14 when you cross over the Georgia line. And I'm off too watch "Raising Helen." Not because I've heard it is a great movie, but because we purchased pirated versions in Ukraine--multiple times--which promised to be in English but never were. Po-russki, it's called "Modnyia Mama." It's like completing a mission to finally watch it. . . And I'm drinking white zin, a vino Hubby finds less than appealing.


August 17, 2006  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Charles Hodge and Parenting

This was originally posted in January 2004, my first month blogging. I was revisiting it today because of an online discussion about sin and family norms, children, and the place of the Gospel in our families. So, I'm reposting it today.

The other night I was skimming Charles Hodge's commentary on Romans and was just struck by how God relates to us as His children, and how I can follow that example with my children.

This is from the Crossway Books Classic Commentaries, page 189, commenting on Romans 6: 12-23:

"As no man is free from sin, as no man can perfectly keep the commandments of God, every man who rests on his personal conformity to the law as the basis of his acceptance with God must be condemned. We are not under the law in this sense, but under grace--that is, a system of free justification. We are justified by grace, without works.

We are not under a legal dispensation, requiring personal conformity to the law and entire freedom from sin, past and present, as the condition of our acceptance; but we are under a gracious dispensation, according to which God dispenses pardon freely and accepts the sinner as a sinner, for Christs's sake, without works or merit of his own. Whoever is under the law, in the sense just explained, is not only condemned, but he is bound by a legal or slavish spirit. What he does, he does as a slave, to escape punishment. But he who is under grace, who is freely accepted by God and restored to his favor, is a child of God living under his Spirit. The principle of obeying him is love and not fear.

Here, as everywhere else in the Bible, it is assumed that the favor of God is in our life. We must be reconciled to Him before we can be holy: we must feel that He loves us before we can love Him."

Reflections related to Parenting

"God. . .accepts the sinner as a sinner"
I know this to be true with God accepting me, and now I want to really just ACCEPT my children as who they are. I want to provide a "safe place to fall" for my kids, where they know they are accepted as they are, even when they sin. I know my parents have lived that out towards my siblings and me.

"What he does, he does as a slave, to escape punishment."
I don't want my children to be doing things out of fear, simply to escape punishment.

"But he who is under grace, who is freeely accepted by God and restored to his favor, is a child of God living under his Spirit."
This is the part of the passage that first drew my attention to asking how I can relate this to me and my children, copying God as my Father.

"The principle of obeying him is love and not fear."
Again, I don't want it to be fear of me or fear of punishment that compels my children to obedience. But of love. Just as, truly, my obedience (imperfect though it may be) to God is out of a desire to please Him and out of love.

"we must feel that He loves us before we can love Him."
I read a survey once that said something like 90% of kids knew their parents loved them, but only 30% FELT that their parents loved them. I want to really nurture my children, and have them FEEL loved by me and my husband.


August 16, 2006  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Book Meme

I've seen this going around a lot lately, and was just tagged!

1. One book that changed your life:

Maybe an odd choice and not the most significant book I've ever read, but the info and timing of Mary Pride's original Big Book of Homeschooling which I read in 10th grade pointed me in a whole new direction.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
Like many bloggers, I’ve read a lot of books more than once! But ones I return to at least a couple of times a decade are the Anne books by L. M. Montgomery.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
Bible, definitely. I know some people are listing one book other than the Bible, but I can't imagine being stranded without the Psalms.

4. One book that made you laugh:

Operating Instructions, Anne Lamott

5. One book that made you cry:
Little Pilgrim's Progress, read aloud to the boys

6. One book that you wish had been written:
Children in the Covenant: The Theological, Philosophical, and Practical Implications

7. One book you wish had never been written:

I've seen Babywise listed more than any other single title. *L* But I'll still join in wishing Gary Ezzo had never opened a word doc.

8. One book you’re currently reading:
Hubby's military sci-fi manuscript, reading and editing.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity
David Allen. More.

10. Now tag five people:

Barbara Curtis (I know you're busy writing, but being the book-lover you are. . . well, I wanted to invite you to join in!) Barbara takes a break from her current book to blog with us about books!

Carmon Friedrich, another bibliophile (I didn't see that you had done this one yet.)

The College Girls ('Cause we all know college girls like to hit the books.)
Woohoo, Dr. Camille joins in!

Book-lovin' Becca (Maybe books will get you back to blogging!)

The Seven Realms (This is one I think would be really interesting!) And he doesn't disappoint!


August 14, 2006  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Book Meme - Done By J10

I printed out the questions for the book meme that is going around for our oldest son. Here are his answers, unprompted and unedited:

1. One book that changed your life:

Harry Potter 1 (He explained, it was the first real book he read all by himself.)

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
Island of the Blue Dolphins

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
World Military Power

4. One book that made you laugh:

5. One book that made you cry:
The Wide Window (He told me that he hadn't cried reading any book, that he could remember, but this one made him very sad.)

6. One book that you wish had been written:
The Kid Conservative: The Kids Guide to Building a Club

7. One book you wish had never been written:

Stupid White Men (Not that he's read it--he's just seen it on our shelf and knows he doesn't like Michael Moore.)

8. One book you’re currently reading:
World Military Power

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
The War Against Iraq


August 14, 2006  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Define: Journal

"What's a journal?" asked R7.

"It's like a blog--only on paper."


August 13, 2006  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 9

Q. 9. What is the work of creation?

A. The work of creation is, God's making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good.

word of his power
Genesis 1:1; Psalm 33:6, 9; Hebrews 11:3

all very good
Genesis 1:31

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August 13, 2006  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Cross-Cultural Experiences. . . Sorta. . .

Today I went with a friend and her boys to the local homeschool roller skate day.

Roller skating is almost as all-American as baseball and apple pie. It was a brand new experience for my three younger boys. Even though we've been back in the States for over a year, the boys are still having new "American" cultural firsts. A couple of weeks ago they were introduced to bowling.

We started by staying on the carpet and keeping balance on wheels. I instructed them to try to fall on their bottoms and not use their arms to block falls. We ventured out onto the floor after awhile. I skated once around with R7. A little bit with T8 (until I wiped out. Yeouch.) And C5 just dove in fearlessly.

They did great. Some trepidation, lots of falls--but by the time the age-grouped races came, they all participated. (And they each came in last for their age group. *L*) Yet I was so happy they were willing to take the risk of joining a race when they were so new to an activity.

I bet the homeschool organizers didn't realize just how educational an experience roller skating could be.


August 11, 2006  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Battle of New Orleans (in Florida)

In 1814 we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip.
We took a little bacon and we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British in the town of New Orleans.

We fired our guns and the British kept a'comin.
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and they began to runnin' on
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

We looked down the river and we see'd the British come.
And there must have been a hundred of'em beatin' on the drum.
They stepped so high and they made the bugles ring.
We stood by our cotton bales and didn't say a thing.

We fired our guns and the British kept a'comin.
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and they began to runnin' on
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise
If we didn't fire our muskets 'til we looked 'em in the eye
We held our fire 'til we see'd their faces well.
Then we opened up with squirrel guns and really gave 'em ... well

We fired our guns and the British kept a'comin.
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and they began to runnin' on
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn't go.
They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch 'em
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.**

We fired our cannon 'til the barrel melted down.
So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round.
We filled his head with cannon balls, and powdered his behind
And when we touched the powder off, the gator lost his mind.

We fired our guns and the British kept a'comin.
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and they began to runnin' on
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn't go.
They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch 'em
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

Hubby used his birthday money from his sister to buy music, including this Johnny Horton CD. He got it especially for the boys, as they are studying US history this year and next. (Thought US history would be more meaningful the years we live in the States and can do historical field trips.)

The boys have the lyrics nearly memorized to this song, Sink the Bismark, Johnny Reb, and Johnny Freedom.

Do you remember acting out songs when you were a kid? I did all the time, especially with my sister and one of my friends. This evening I've watched the boys' choreography to Battle of New Orleans evolve. Near the end of the evening, J10 was costumed all in red and R7 all in blue--the British and Ol' Hickory.

Ahhhh. . . I love watching my boys' childhood. . .

Update: Thanks to Mrs. Crumley, check out this lego brick film of the Battle of New Orleans. What a way to learn history. . .


August 10, 2006  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Test - Successful!


Thanks, Amanda, for the coding help!


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Arizona Honeymoon

Arizona Honeymoon.jpg

Much love to my sis and her music man
as they celebrate their marriage,
from one full moon to the next.


August 09, 2006  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Mail Call!

Woohoo! We got some fab deliveries today.

First was our order from Timberdoodle, and just like years ago, they still send Mrs. Grossman's stickers along with your receipt. I like little touches like that.

From Timberdoodle we received our math curriculum for this semester. We're trying something new for us--Developmental Math. I like that each child has his own workbook (rather than reusable texts, ala Saxon, which I'm biased against from my own childhood.) I liked the placement tests that are available online helped pinpoint the boys' strengths and weaknesses. After being in school for a year, I needed help to gauge what they needed. And an endorsement by Molly (who I "know" and respect) was the deciding factor in taking a risk in ordering a curriculum that was new to me.

Also enclosed was Le Français Facile, Junior, which was recommended by Timberdoodle. R7 has been asking to learn French since he was. . . oh. . . a verbal toddler or preschooler? Seriously, he's had an attraction to the French language and France since he was very little. Our trip to Paris only intensified it. Now that we are not living in a russophone country, we decided it was time to expand our linguistic horizons. Hubby has a good foundation in French (when he first started learning Russian, he spoke it with a French accent! *L*) I tried to teach myself French all throughout middle school, but didn't get very far. I need more than an autodidactic approach for languages. The "junior" edition seems very basic--just what we want for introducing all the boys (and me!) to French.

I also got a Christmas present for my folks! Not blogging it here, I like to keep surprises.

In addition to homeschool goodies, I received my Old Bisbee Roasters order of Ethiopian Natural Sidamo Organic and Sulawest Decaf coffee. Mmmmmm. . . Totally worth splurging on. (And free shipping!) I couldn't find the Ethiopian Sidamo when I looked online a week or so ago, so I called and spoke with Seth, the master roaster himself. He gave me great alternate recommendations. Gotta love the personal service. Oh, my coffee's brewed. Time to post.


August 09, 2006  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Homeschool Resources We Like: Bible and Theology

This is not an exhaustive list. Many excellent resources are not on this list, either because we haven't used them or because I don't remember them right now. Share some of your favorites!

Catechism for Young Children (free, online)

Little Pilgrim's Progress
(adaption by Helen Taylor)

You Can Change the World, Lame title, excellent missions book

Child's Story Bible, Vos

Trinity Hymnal


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Nurturing, Nursing Mothers

"Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother's breast. From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother's womb you have been my God. Do not be far from me." Psalm 22:9-11

"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me." Isaiah 49:15,16

"For you will nurse and be satisfied at her comforting breasts; you will drink deeply and delight in her overflowing abundance." For this is what the LORD says: "I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees. As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem." Isaiah 66:11-13

"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me." Isaiah 49:15,16

"But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. Put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore." Psalm 131:2,3

"But we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us." 1 Thessalonians 2:7,8

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:11

Be encouraged. God who has given us our children, has given us also means to physically nourish them and spiritually nurture them. We may lean into Him, each moment of each imperfect day.

For more mommy-inspiration, check out Parenting Decisions.

This post concludes our World Breastfeeding Week 2006 series.


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More WBW 2006 Blogging

More people are blogging in support of World Breastfeeding Week and mamas and babies around the world.

August 5:
Echo of Love
Misplaced Mama
No Such Thing
Color Me Red

Five Minutes for Mom

This Classical Life
Life With An Axe
Jo's Cafe
(Another) Day in the Life
Confessions of a Political Junkie

August 6:
Nursing Two
Arch Words
And Then There Were Four
Girl from FL
Blogging Baby Malcolm
Mommy @ Home
Oddly Complete
Jihad of a Woman
Only the Best
Rinsed With Gold

August 7:
Blog on Breast
Charity Grace
Rambling Moo
This Classical Life
Gaggle of Girls
Love Never Fails
liminal musings

This post is part of a World Breastfeeding Week 2006 series.


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Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 8

Q. 8. How doth God execute his decrees?

A. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence.

creation and providence
Psalm 148:8, Isaiah 40:26, Daniel 4:35, Acts 4:24-28, Revelation 4:11.

(via OPC/CRTA)


August 06, 2006  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



When I Was A Kid. . .

When I was a kid, school didn't start until after Labor Day, and wrapped up right about Memorial Day.

The school district in which we reside begins classes Monday. In the city just north of us, school started last week.

Homeschooling, we're following a more traditional calendar. Not quite waiting until Labor Day, but we aren't starting Monday. It's still summerime here!

For those who live in Florida, here's a sample letter of intent to file with your school district, as required by Florida state law. Thanks to the Learning and Families homeschool group for providing it online.


August 05, 2006  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Breastfeeding Art

Over the past several years, I've shared some of the examples of breastfeeding art that have moved me.

Now I've found a website that is combination art history and lactivism:
Breastfeeding Art. I especially like the timeline.

This post is part of a World Breastfeeding Week 2006 series.


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Blogging WBW 2006

Here are some blogs who are sharing thoughts on breastfeeding, in support of World Breastfeeding Week 2006.

August 3:
MereMortal Mom
Mountain Mama
Angelic Momma
Out of Cute
This Classical Life
Green Goddess
Celebrity Baby Blog
Mary Ann Liebert **Academic papers! Interesting. . .
Bin and Mitch
Geek in Your Country
Mama's Village
In The Agora **Sadly, not that supportive
This Side of Somewhere
Orlando Sentinal Blog
And She Calls Me Mommy
My Journey
Eric's Blog-O-Rama
Squirrel Stories **Kudos for a great blog post title

August 4:
Living a Full Life
Life Story (Indonesia)
Debra Kloskey
Perfect Mom
Blue Door
Suicide Girls
Where It's At
Charity Grace
This Classical Life
Blonde Mom Blog **Another With A Great Post Title
The Politicker
Mama Life
Rantings of a SAHM
Oh, Baby

This post is part of a World Breastfeeding Week 2006 series.


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What happened to my blog?!?

My sidebar has disappeared. I haven't touched the template in ages. I checked, and the coding is still there, but it's not loading. Ack.

One of my boys better grow up to be super-techy to help me with this stuff. C5 has been pretty intuitive about computers and electronics, since he was a toddler. I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes our tech-geek.

Though I'm skilled enough in getting the computer to do what I want, coding and trouble-shooting are beyond my ken.


UPDATE: It righted itself. Hunh. Thank goodness--C5 isn't quite up to coding yet. . .


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Breastfeeding Art X

audrey samsara triptych.jpg

“The Audrey Samsara Triptych” © Amy Jenkins 2004

This post is part of a World Breastfeeding Week 2006 series.


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John Calvin, Lactivist

John Calvin, in commenting upon Genesis 21:7 states:

". . .the Lord does not in vain prepare nutriment for children in their mothers' bosoms, before they are born.

But those on whom he confers the honor of mothers, he, in this way, constitutes nurses; and they who deem it a hardship to nourish their own offspring, break, as far as they are able, the sacred bond of nature.

If disease, or anything of that kind, is the hindrance, they have a just excuse; but for mothers voluntarily, and for their own pleasure, to avoid the trouble of nursing, and thus to make themselves only half-mothers, is a shameful corruption."

(Posted on TulipGirl in December 2005. Found quote via Pastor Lane)

This post is part of a World Breastfeeding Week 2006 series.


August 02, 2006  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Healthy Hot Dogs?

The boys had hot dogs for lunch. Hubby was quick to inform me that they were healthy hotdogs--served with flax seed, spinach, avocado and ketchup. He said they were delicious.

I'll take his word on it.


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World Breastfeeding Week 2006

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has chosen the theme of Code Watch: 25 Years of Protecting Breastfeeding for this year's August 1-7 World Breastfeeding Week.

By the term Code Watch, they are referring to the 1981 International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, which was designed to limit the undermining of breastfeeding through advertising.

As in years past, I'll be posting this week in support of breastfeeding. Just my little online contribution to World Breastfeeding Week. If you are posting about breastfeeding, too, let me know!

So, hooray for all those who are blogging on breastfeeding for WBW!

August 1st:
This Classical Life
Heart, Mind and Strength
Mom Squawk
The Marmot's Hole (Korea)
Domestic Psychology
BurmaNet News
Belly Tales
Celebrity Baby Blog
Women's Health News
Susan D'Arcy
Knitted in the Womb
IrwanIrah (Singapore)
And Baby Makes Four
Wired for Noise
Sazz (Australia)
Blogging Baby
Got Sophia
Mom's Milk Anywhere
Pieces of Us
MumSpotting (Singapore)
Crunch Mama
Cigar Theology

August 2nd:
No Such Thing
Charity Grace
Count It All Joy
View from the Prairie Box
Dorian Kaye
The Juggling Act
Birth Write
Amanda's Blog
I'm a Geek in Your Country
Aurelia Ann
And the Seasons Go 'Round
Confession Time
Dry Eraser Thoughts
Kitten Licks
Christi's Blog
Blogging Kellan
What's Hot for Tots


August 01, 2006  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Homeschool Goodies

Alright so it's already August 1st, and I just placed my first curriculum order. We're not rushing into things here. *grin* I've known of and loved Timberdoodle for since I first saw a catalog of theirs in 1989. We ordered math and French materials from them.

I still need to place an order with Veritas Press. The younger boys are going to continue with The Phonics Museum (which we used and loved with the older two.) We'll be using their New Testament and early American History materials.

Also, we picked up some goodies at the office supply store today. Printer paper, high quality colored pencils, composition books. As soon as we got home R7 asked, "Can I start writing in my journal?" The "do things orderly" me wanted him to wait until we "officially" started school. The unschooler in me said to him, "Go ahead!"


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