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Sharing the Gospel Boldly

Sorry to be missing once again from my blog but it has been yet another very busy week. We are currently in the high country on our annual ski trip that we take. Today is a relaxing day for me as I decided not to go skiing. It’s been two years since I’ve went (last year I had vertigo and couldn’t make it) and my leg muscles were letting me know it. It’s such a fun sport though. Here is the large group that went this year (missing some). We kind of dominated the mountain. 🙂   One of the things that makes us stand out so much is all us girls wearing skirts. Invariably we have people ask “What’s with the skirts?” Yesterday, I…

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Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever

Happy New Year! It’s quite shocking to think how quickly 2016 went by, but here we are – January 3, 2017. What will we do with this year? How will we make it count? Are we making the most important thing the most important thing? Is this the year we can finally lay aside all our grudges and differences and just choose to be happy? Instead of focusing on what others are doing wrong, could we change our viewpoint and look for the good in each other? Life is too short to dwell in the mollygrubs. It’s easy for us ladies to let our emotions rule us and especially as we get older I think we feel it more. I know my nerves can’t handle…

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Making Progress on the Cabin (VRBO)

Just a quick update on the VRBO. My parents arrived last night so we’ll be busy doing all the last minute preparations that have to be done. The cabin will be livable but not complete finished when everyone is here. But it’s lookin’ good! The bathroom wall is now up. The bathroom wall behind the tub looks so pretty but unfortunately that will be covered once the tub sides go in. A loft that can be used for storage. Windows and doors are some of the big things that need to be done this week. And that’s the update for now.

How to Lose Your Insecurities

Complexes and insecurities. They seem to rule so many of us and young people feel it the most. Name-brand clothing, new clothing, the latest hairstyles, glasses, anything that’s deemed “cool” are all things we feel we need if we don’t want to feel inadequate. But if we could only realize that these things are only a very small part of what makes up a person. Those things have no lasting value and fade so quickly from people’s memories, beside the pressure of always keeping it up, putting us in a never-ending cycle of trying to become acceptable to others, popular or admired. Each and every one of us has a unique position that only we can fill. I Corinthians 12 talks about the different parts of the body…

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My Young Entrepreneur’s

I mentioned on my Thanksgiving post of a little cabin we are building. Here is the story. Several months ago Audrey was inspired to have her own vacation rental by owner. She had been to see her cousins and one of them had taken a rental that they rented monthly and turned it into a vacation rental. Audrey mentioned it to her daddy and he thought it was a good idea, so the brain started spinning with possibilities and the idea was born. We live away from town and neighbors. As a matter-of-fact our nearest neighbor is 3 miles away. A cabin could be built next door, capitalizing on the gorgeous view and the seclusion – a place where people could come and decompress, getting away from city…

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A Motto to Live By

Bloom where you are planted. Such a simple line but the meaning behind that thought can have so many applications. It doesn’t matter matter where you are in life; you have a choice to make on whether you will be happy or not, whether you will bloom or choose to be something far less than you could be. The Castle Keeper girls have been voting on a motto for our club and the winner was “Bloom where you are planted.” We are now going to have t-shirts made up with this saying printed on the back. I like it!     The CK girls are great examples of someone choosing to bloom where they are planted. They are wonderful girls and are great examples of…

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Reaching the “Over the Hill” Mark

Have you ever heard someone talk about the “the golden years”? Well from what I’m hearing it’s not really true. Then you’ve probably heard the term, “over the hill”? I thought it was just a big joke, like who is over the hill at 40? Seriously! But I’m finding out by personal experience that this is pretty much the truth. Yikes! Tuesday morning I woke up and could barely walk (you could call it a shuffle) and all the discomfort was centered in my hip area. If I sat for any length of time I had the hardest time when I would go to stand. Then I started feeling it in my shoulder. Wednesday I called a lady in the area that has been trained…

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Take Time to Be Holy

What value do you put on prayer? Is it something you set time aside for or do you just try to fit it in if you aren’t too busy? It’s a fact that it can be a battle to really have a habit of earnest prayer. But mom’s, what else could be more important with all the responsibilities we have and decisions we must make?  We are just the clay but we have an amazing opportunity to go to the master potter who makes beautiful things out of lumps of ugly material and ask him for wisdom and help in all areas. And you know what? He cares. He cares about all the details of your life. Nature testifies of that. If God didn’t care…

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Sometimes It’s the Little Things…

Although there were many things that needed my attention, I had to rely completely upon my husband and children to help me for the last few weeks. For several days, I couldn’t move around much and then other days, I was unable to do the simplest of things like empty my dishwasher because bending over would bring on dizziness and nausea. Vertigo – the state of feeling like everything is spinning, which causes nausea and a loss of balance.  That is what I have been experiencing for most of the last 2 weeks. It was not fun, I can tell you. I went to bed perfectly fine one night and the next morning when I sat up in bed I fell over because of the…

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Making the Most of This Year

January 1, 2016 What will you write in your life’s story this year? I love the thought of having a clean slate and making the new year count more than the one before. To make plans and goals and to try and accomplish them. It feels good. Even though statistics tell us that most people never accomplish their resolutions, you have a 10x more likelihood of being successful if you write down your goals. If you don’t have a goal what do you aim for? You just live life as it happens. How much more productive we could be if we imagine, dream and plan what we want and then aim for it. It might be: Spend more time each day in prayer Plan fun…

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3 Things We Can Learn from 4-H

  For the last 8 months or so our little farm had some additional critters besides our normal chickens, goats, cats and dog. As part of the kids’ 4-H projects… …we had Sir Kendrick… and   …Bacon & Daisy… I think 4-H is a great program and for those that are looking for ways to make the most out of your projects, you can also let this count for animal husbandry. In 4-H they learn what it takes to make their pig grow to the proper weight besides basic information about the species of animal they’re raising. They are required to give an oral presentation on something related to the kind of animal they are raising, too. And they meet business leaders in the community…

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Investments in Our Children

Sometimes we forget just how important and valuable our role as a mother is. We get caught up in the dailiness of things and lose sight of how we are impacting lives, shaping character and helping our children grow into young men and women of fine character. Planting good seed that will some day reap an abundant harvest.   At the recent homeschool conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Sonya Shafer from Simply Charlotte Mason, shared how we can give our kids 5 gifts. She used the acronym TEACH to make her point. Here is some of what she shared. And for free, just for you, I added some of my own thoughts. 🙂 T – Teach them the Bible – Teach them the mighty things God…

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Our God Has it All Under Control

Was it only a week ago that Russell and I boarded a plane headed for Nashville, Tennessee? Our day started at 2:45am as we had to drive over an hour to reach the Phoenix airport. Early morning flights are not one of my favorite things. I like to get up early but having an actual time-frame that early in the day is not a motivator for me even if I am going somewhere wonderful! Dear sweet Audrey woke up to say one last goodbye to us before we headed out the door. This trip was a little more challenging because Russell was on crutches. He tore his calf muscle about 1 1/2 weeks ago and was unable to put his full weight on his foot….

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The Power of a Pivot

Sometimes what we’re doing just is not working for us. Maybe it’s a schedule we’ve set for ourselves, a goal we have made or even how we approach tasks we are to do in the home. Maybe we get discouraged and just want to give up. But before you do that, why don’t you consider another point of view. A pivot. In basketball, once you stop dribbling the ball, you are allowed only two steps.  You must keep the foot that made the last step firmly on the ground where it landed, but your other foot is free to go in any direction it chooses allowing you to pivot. With a pivot you can totally change your direction. What does a pivot mean for you?…

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Sharing the Wonder with Our Children

His eyes alight with the experience he had just had, my son had to share it with me as well. It was simple. Nothing we adults would think was too amazing nor have thought twice about but for this 11 year old boy it was a moment to remark on and to be delighted about. How often do we quell the first time discoveries our children have, brush it off as something that’s not really interesting enough or worthy enough of our attention? I have been guilty too many times These curious and wondering children. When did we lose our innocent delight in the simple things? Do we live lives that are too rushed? Too busy that we are unable to enter into their joys…

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Feeling Discouraged in Your Homeschool Endeavors?

Sometimes we may get discouraged because we feel we’re dropping the ball in our children’s education. We read the writings of Charlotte Mason or another modern day guru on education and feel the wash of failure sweep over us.   We wonder, we wish and we think desperately what we might be doing wrong because our homeschool doesn’t look like what others describe.   But I want to challenge us today to consider what it would be if we didn’t have an ideal to strive for.   Lofty thoughts, ideals and a vision of something bigger than ourselves are what gives us inspiration to keep trying. It’s what  makes us give a little more effort,   Where there is no vision, the people perish… Proverbs…

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A Place Where Time Has No Meaning

It was a last minute decision. There was so much to do. Sleeping bags to pack, foams to gather, food to prepare and package , as well as many other things. The thought of doing this seemed almost to be overwhelming coming so closely on the heels of our 4-H EXPO. But we wanted to do something special with our niece Zoe while she was here visiting with us, so we did it. After several hours of preparation we hit the road. The drive was part of the experience. Bumpy dirt roads with plenty of wash boards to jar everything that could be shook. The views from the Mogollon Rim, which gained attention when Zane Grey wrote about it in his western novels, were majestic….

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When You’re Feeling Dejected and Discouraged

Sometimes when disappointments and discouragements are present in our life it’s easy to lose sight of anything good. This is something I have struggled with a lot in my personal life.  I’ve overcome it to a certain degree but then there are the days I have my set backs. It’s not wrong to feel discouraged but it’s how you and I handle it that determines whether we are going to let the trial or situation affect us adversely or if we’ll be overcomers. David also had his ups and downs as he shares in the Psalms – There were times when he was full of praise. “I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.” “O give thanks unto the Lord;…

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Choosing What Really Matters

Twenty-four hours in a day. What will we do with them? We cannot possibly do everything, therefore we must choose the essentials. We must set limits.  I was given this thought by Leo Babauta who wrote the book, The Power of Less. In the first few pages of the book he speaks of the haiku style of poetry. The haiku poem usually is nature related, has limits of 17 syllables and is written in only 3 lines with the first line having 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables and the third line 5 syllables. These limitations causes the poet to consider carefully what words they will use to express their thought. I was challenged in my thinking in just a few paragraphs. Oh, to…

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I wrote the following thoughts for the girls in our Castle Keeper club. I trust it is a blessing to you. Chances are you are starting to think of your future and start to wonder who God has for you. Who you will wed, what he looks like and how it’s going to come about and…on and on. It’s how God designed us. Maybe you think that year is far off but is it? Whether that day is 1 or 2 or even 5 years away there are some things are some things you can be doing right now while you are waiting. 1. Pray for your future mate. If it’s the Lord will for you to get married, you have a wonderful privilege to…

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