Friday, June 29, 2012

This year's garden

Here is a quick post on my gardening experience so far this summer.
I dug ditches this year hoping that I could water by flooding the garden - not working for me.  We tried a drip system last year that did okay, but I went back to sprinklers this year.  It is easier to tell if it is working.  I put in some more strawberries this year, a new raspberry bush (chickens killed mine last year), I started a corner for herbs, and planted a variety of vegetables that we like.
Broccoli looks great! This is the biggest I've ever had!
Comfery is doing great too!  I am using it in my mint tea and green smoothies.
Onions look happy, but the beans to the right look sad.
Tomatoes are very sick looking.  I've had great tomato plants in the past, but this is the second year they look sickly.
Another look at my sad beans.  (I have a bigger patch in another location that is doing better)
I tried to grow strawberries and a blueberry in containers, but we (the kids helped) killed them. I think we over watered.
Now that we are done with schooling for the year, we can spend more time outside in the garden.  Yesterday all five kids and I went out to weed the corn and beans I have.  They did great and had a fun time, and I lost only four bean plants.  They are begging to go weed again.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Reflections on Mother’s Day

I was spoiled this whole weekend.  It started Friday when my husband and Abby went to town.  They came home with many gifts - pictures, a bird feeder, seeds, and a new shovel for my garden.  Saturday we went out to eat, to the library (getting books while someone watches the young ones is so much easier), and at our last stop I got an apple tree, raspberry bush, and free strawberry plant.  Sunday the church gave roses to all the mothers, and a small bouquets to the oldest mother, the mother who has attended the church the longest, and the mother with the most children with them in church.  I won “the mother with the most children in church“.I feel so blessed by God, Who has allowed me to be a mother.  I have five beautiful, healthy children, and a wonderful husband.  I know that I am doing what God wants me to do.  It is clear in the Bible that this is what God wants all women to do.  I realize that not all women who are married are blessed with children, but when you study barren women in the Bible all of them eventually had a child.  It just took longer.1Timothy 5:14  I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.Titus 2:4-5  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.Deuteronomy 6:4-7 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. We have fallen for the worlds lies long enough.  It is NOT better to have a career. It is NOT better to wait to get married, or to wait to have children. It is NOT better to use birth control pills to limit the number of children, and it is NOT better to send your kids to daycares and schools to train.Before I got married I taught at our church’s school.  I taught other people’s children, and I was enjoying it. I used to think that I would continue teaching after I had children, and that it was “God’s will” for me to teach at the church’s school.  However, God gave me twins, which made it very hard to be in the classroom and take care of them at the same time.  I believe now that He gave me twins just to get me out of the school.  I am so much happier and contented at home teaching own children.  I loved teaching.  I loved my class, but that was NOT God’s will for me nor is it God’s will for any married woman with young children.  You won’t hear preachers say this because then they would loose all their school’s help, but it is true.  Can anyone show me any verse in the Bible that tells us to send our children off to a school to be trained?  I don’t think anyone can.  Well, maybe you can twist a verse or two to sound like you should.  Just because it is what everyone does, or it is what our parents and grandparents have done doesn’t make it right.  It has become a “tradition” of independent Baptist preachers to have a church school and to preach that families aren’t right with God if they don’t send their children to that school.  Sounds kind of fishy to me.The other idea that women should be working outside the home just like men is so unbiblical.  Now staying at home is not a walk in the park.  It is hard work, with very few breaks.  You can’t clock out.  Many nights I get up with the baby, or a sick child, or someone who had a bad dream.  But, There is no way I would trade all this for some high paying job.  Being a Mother is the best job in the world for a married woman, and it is the job God intended us to have.I hope all you mothers had a very happy Mother’s Day.Psalm 127:3  Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward

Friday, May 11, 2012

Ear Ache Rub

I have been reading a book my mom sent me called "Be Your Own Doctor".  It has a lot of remedies and stories of how those remedies were used.  Here are a couple of my stories and one of the recipes.

The other weekend Josiah was sick.  I spent one night cleaning up puke, until I got out the book and looked up a remedy for upset stomach.  I gave it to him and the puking stopped.  He went to sleep and I then got some sleep, too.  Two nights later, he was up in the middle of the night (2am) and standing in the hall crying.  My first thought was that he had thrown up again, but after asking him, he told me his ear hurt.  Usually when my kids have ear problems I use ear candles.  I keep them on hand all the time in my freezer.  I candled Jojo's ear, let him go to sleep on the sofa, and went back to bed.  Half hour later, he was awake and crying again.  I tried some moist heat to draw out whatever was troubling him, and he went back to sleep.  Less than an hour later he was awake and crying again.  I found my book and looked up ear infections and found this recipe:

Ear Ache Rub
Mix together:
1/4 cup olive oil (I substituted castor oil)
1 tsp tea tree oil
1 tsp lavender essential oil
Use this oil to rub liberally around the ears when an infection starts.  It is a calming, relaxing, antibacterial rub.
Well I applied it around his ear, and we both went back to sleep.  He slept the rest of the night with no problems!  I was impressed.

Now Hannah has been teething and has been a very fussy baby lately.  A friend mentioned that she may have and ear infections also, and suggested getting a amber necklace to help with the pain of teething.  I did order the necklace, but before it arrived I decided to try treating her ears.  With my husband's help, I candled each ear just a little.  WOW, the next day I had a happy baby!  Well, the necklace arrived and I have her wear it during the day, but a night she keeps waking up and fussing.  Yesterday she was very fussy again and wanted to nurse a lot, so last night before she went to bed I wrapped the necklace around her ankle, and put the ear ache rub around her ears.  She slept all night!!  Now I'm not sure if it was the necklace or the ear rub or both.  I will be doing it again tonight.  Anytime I can sleep all night it is a real blessing.

I enjoy being able to help heal my children naturally.  It has been years since I have taken them to a conventional doctor (we do see a homeopathic doctor when necessary).  I am very concerned about all the drugs and shots that medical doctors what to give children.  They are not natural and they are not what God made.  God made herbs for us to use, and there are almost no side effects.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Too much milk remedy

Recently Hannah went through some rough days due to teething.  She nursed more often those days and nights.  As a result I produced more milk.  Then suddenly she didn’t want as much.  Oh me! I had too much, and I got a very painful infection on top of it all.  I soon got some fresh pineapple and had some relief.
I hear a lot about drinking a special blended tea for “mother’s milk” for those who need help producing milk.  I tried it once.  I don’t need it!  I have the opposite problem frequently, but I haven’t heard of many remedies for that.  I had a doula a few years ago share with me that fresh pineapple will reduce the amount of milk that you produce.  That bit of information has helped me many times.  Just a few pieces at a time and I am no longer uncomfortably full.  I don’t eat too much or I may not have enough milk for Hannah.  It is a delicious way to solve an uncomfortable problem.
I hope this will help other mothers.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

14 Plus Babies in My House

Yesterday I brought home 11 little chicks.  I love their little peeps from their corner in my kitchen.  They are buff Orpington.  My kids are begging to hold them and help take care of them.  They will be replacing my current hens this fall.
Just this morning the mama cat, that I have been trying to keep outside because she is very, very fat, came inside when the kids opened the door.  Her time has come and she had her first kitten on the floor in the doorway to my room.  She has since moved to an empty box in my closet and had two more.
Now the cat and kittens will not be staying in my house long.  When she is done, I will be moving her to a safe place outside probably in with my chickens (she did fine there last time).  A mama cat and baby chicks in the same house is NOT a good combination!  Especially since this mama cat has been know to bring in wild birds, baby rabbits, mice, and prairie dogs for her kittens.
Typically I try to keep animals outside.  My lovely children create enough messes in the house.  I do not need animals in my home creating more.  The chicks will be moved out in a few weeks when they have enough feathers to keep them warm at night.  Only cats are allowed in as a way to help keep mice out or catch one.
The baby chicks
Hannah watching chicks
Boys holding chicks
Mama cat in her hiding spot

Friday, March 23, 2012


Hannah - March 11th
It is hard to believe, but my baby is one already.

  She started walking a few weeks ago.  
She is more laid back than the last two.  She is content to watch what the others are doing. 
 Although she does enjoy quietly exploring the house, and rearranging things for me.

 Just like a normal child she finds great delight in a box rather than her own toys.
Josiah - JoJo - March 15
 Josiah turned 5 this year.  
He is my funny one.
 He likes to get his work done quickly and go play with his legos. 
On his birthday we went to Legoland. 
 He has a special bond with Beth and is always willing to help her.  

Abigail and Robert - March 19th
Abby and Robert turned seven this year!

  Abby is little mother to everyone.  
She is full of questions.
and competitive.
She is adventurous.  
 She loves pretty things and dressing up.  
She loves to "marry" her brothers.  
This past November she was a flower girl for a friend.

Robert is my other "laid back" child. 
 He enjoys building things.  
He can stay focused on a project.
He acts and looks alot like my dad.
Psalms 127:3
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

It's fun having the birthdays so close.  Poor Beth feels left out in March.  This year we went to visit my aunt in California during birthdays.  I will try to blog about our trip in another post.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Birthday Girl

Today Beth turns three.  She is such a special blessing to our family.  When I was pregnant with her someone at church asked me "What's wrong with you?" because I was having so many children.  Beth was our first home birth.  My husband calls her 100% home grown!  Her birth was my easiest.  
 She is a little mama with so many baby dolls I lost count.  Anytime we see a baby doll at a yard sale she wants to get it to add to her collection.
She loves to take care of baby Hannah.
and dressing up with the older kids
She has the lightest colored hair of all my children, and is finally getting enough hair to do something with it, but usually takes it out soon after I put it in.
 This is the aunt that she gets her hair from.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

You Choose

My husband made a great statement the other night. He said that what you consider wrong really depends on what preacher you listen to. We regularly listen to some sermons of different preachers. One preacher says that the computer and internet are wicked, and he won’t even turn on a computer. Another one preaches against social networks and texting, saying that it is just telling everyone everything about you, which is pride. I can see some truth in that. Another preaches that the TV is wrong, I agree with that too. However, the preacher that is against any use of the computer is watching sports on TV anytime I have been at his home.

It is really important who you decide to follow. We need to read and memorize the Bible for ourselves, not just blindly follow some man. Jesus commanded us to search the scriptures. John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Wednesday night we were told that the Bible says children are a loan from the Lord and a blessing, but no verses were given. I searched for a scripture to support that idea. I love using esword to search for things like that. 1 Samuel 1:28, and 2:20 talk about Hannah loaning Samuel to the Lord, but I found nothing to support that God loans children to us. I know that children are a blessing. (Psalms 127:3) Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Genesis 17:16, 24:60 and Deuteronomy 33:24 also supports that idea. I often come home and look up things that are questionable to see if the truth is being preached. Sadly many times it is a lie that was preached. I know he will have to answer to God for the lies he is telling, but it worries me to see all the people who just follow and don’t question his words. Here are more verses that support the idea that we should check what is preached with the Bible. (Act 17:11) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (I Thessalonians 5:21) Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. We need to do some checking ourselves, especially if they just say “the Bible says” and don’t give you a reference. They may make it sound good, but is it. The Bible says many times that they did that which was “right in their own eyes” (Duet 12:8, Judges 17:6 & 21:25, Prov. 12:15 & 21:2). However, it is not right in God’s eyes. (Pro 16:25) There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

It is our responsibility and right to choose what church we attend. It is wrong for the preacher to preach things like “your not right with God if you leave this church.” Show me that in the Bible! We live in a free country. We should have the freedom to choose which church to attend. There are a few basic guidelines to follow in choosing a church, but sometimes I feel like a captive in my church because of what and how things are preached. There is no “perfect” church, but there are some closer to the truth than others. There is nothing wrong with leaving a church (especially if it is teaching lies) to attend another church that is teaching the truth. (John 8:32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

I know I am probably going to get some comment on how we shouldn’t say anything bad about the “man of God”, so lets address that issue. The Bible says in 2Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. These verses show me that the man of God needs to know the scriptures. Just because a man stands behind a pulpit and speaks doesn’t make him a man of God. He must KNOW the Bible. If he is preaching lies, is he a man of God?

Thank you for listening to me. Have a great day!