True Treasure

True Treasure

We have accumulated a lot of “stuff” during our 32 year marriage. In fact we have a garage full of “stuff”. We are currently in the process of converting some of the garage space into office space and during the process we have had to clean out a lot of our “stuff”. We had to make decisions as to what to keep, give away or throw away. Some of those items were old and worn out. Some things my children…

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Developing a Philosophy of Education

Developing a Philosophy of Education

  Several years ago, when my children were young, I completed a CEU course on “Developing a Philosophy of Education”. This was primarily for a classroom situation, but it really made me stop and think about my goals of homeschooling my children. There are often many roads that will take us to the same destination, but without a road map, we might just drive around looking for where we want to go and never actually get there! Actually writing down…

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I have made this easy banana bread recipe for many years and it is a family favorite around here. I decided to try to adapt it to make a gluten free version. It turned out great, in fact my husband actually liked the GF version better! Give it try and let me know what you think! Butter for greasing pans 2 1/3 cups of Baking Mix (such as bisquick or this homemade version) I used Maple Grove Farms Baking Mix…

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Counting My Blessings

Counting My Blessings

  A few days ago my youngest child turned 20. I have mixed feeling about this mark of time. It seems like just yesterday he was a baby. I remember purposing to enjoy every minute of his childhood. Yet somehow the time seemed to go by so fast. He is now a man and is moving on into the future with enthusiasm as he sees what the Lord has in store for him. I must admit for the past year…

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Are You Captivated?

Are You Captivated?

  Our  family recently watched the documentary Captivated again. Wow! I was convicted. Even though we aren’t big TV or movie watchers, I do have a iPhone and check my email, Facebook and text when I am on the go. I have gotten used to looking up addresses and phone numbers. I keep my calendar on my phone. It can be a big time saver. Sending out mass emails  takes less time then making individual phone calls. We use the…

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Pumpkin Crunch

Pumpkin Crunch

Fall is my favorite time of the year. Cooler weather inspires me to get in the kitchen and bake. Here is a yummy recipe I hope you will enjoy! Pumpkin Crunch 15 oz can pumpkin; or, 2 cups fresh pumpkin puree 12 oz evaporated milk (or you can use cream) 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 box dry cake mix (yellow, white, or spice cake)      *I use a gluten free cake mix 1 cup melted…

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True Beauty

True Beauty

As women, so much of our time can be spent trying to conform to the beauty standards of the culture. We often spends lots of money and time trying to make ourselves live up to unrealistic standards. The truth is, that the culture’s standards are constantly changing and if you are caught up in trying to keep up with the latest “trend”, you are not seeking true beauty. Now I get that you do not want to look unattractive, old…

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Love Your Neighbor

Love Your Neighbor

 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 22:36-40 I am so grateful for the Savior who has died for me! And you…

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Standing Alone

Standing Alone

As a believer, it is likely that you have been challenged to stand alone. You have probably been in a situation that forces you to decide if you will obey God or “follow the crowd.” It is not always easy. It requires courage. Standing alone means you have confidence in the Lord and His Word. When I became a Christian at the age of 18, I soon found out that not everyone was happy about my new faith in God. …

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Are You Drifting?

Are You Drifting?

I have a family full of sailors. My father, father in law, husband and both of my sons love to sail. It takes a lot of skill to “stay on course”. You must constantly watch the water, the wind and look out for hazards as you sail to your destination. You can not let go of the rudder or you may suddenly realize you have “drifted” off course. I think that the Christian walk can be a lot like sailing….

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