An exciting event is underway in our front yard! We were alerted to the tree swallows’ appearance after hearing their cheerful twittery song and noticing their bat-like acrobatics as they raced for flying insects. We understand they can eat their own weight in insects every day.
A male arrives to check out last years gourd nest.
They seem to have arrived back all at once looking for their old nests. We now have up eight plastic gourds, which they seem to like very much. The openings are just right to prevent starlings from entering, and they hang from shepherd’s crooks planted firmly in the ground. Continue reading →
Will you join me in taking the Pam Forster ‘Bible Study for Busy Mamas’ Challenge?
Pam Forster of Doorposts says:
Mothering is a wonderful but demanding job. In the day-to-day grappling with dirty diapers, sticky floors, and full laundry hampers, it’s easy to forget Who we are doing this for and why we are doing it.
During a season of life when we so desperately need the nourishment, wisdom, strength, and comfort of God’s Word, we can find ourselves struggling to find the time – or even the motivation – to open the Bible and read it.
We need to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to God. We need His Word! But how do we make it happen? Continue reading →
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy on her wedding day - source
The Mathematics Of Marriage
As we wed in a beautiful evening candlelight service over 40 years ago, my mother, in the front row on the left side of the church, wiped away a flood of tears. But did I, the bride? No, I was beaming. What was I thinking in that moment of becoming ‘one’ with a man I had known for such a short time? Did I have the smallest inkling of what will be required of me as a wife? Did the thought of sacrifice ever cross my mind?
And did my groom who was tingling with anticipation as he watched me come down the aisle have an understanding of God’s reasons for ordaining marriage? Did the reading, “For the procreation of children, for a remedy against sin, and for the mutual society, help, and comfort that the one ought to have for the other, both in prosperity and adversity – into which holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined,” mean anything to either of us?
Almost three years ago, we had ants. You know…those industrious little 6-legged annoyances which gather crumbs wherever they find them. (As a very little girl, I used to lay on my tummy and watch them go in and out of sidewalk cracks with over-sized food bits and ant eggs. What fascination they provided!) But that day in our home, medium-sized, brownish-red ants came in from under the base board. There were droves of them all in a few hours, and we had to do a little dance to avoid stepping on them. Eek!
Maybe they were enticed by the sweet aroma of cinnamon and raisin scones baking in the oven, but more than likely they had been nesting in the sand-bed under our house. It is 24″ deep with sand, pea gravel, and radiant heat lines connected to solar water collectors on the roof which heat our floor, and would be a very cozy environment for ants to tunnel in, but I digress…
It is possible to create a homemade ant trap using boric acid powder and sugar. Continue reading →
Remember when you were a child, and your parents made you eat all your vegetables? I remember – I disliked the texture of peas intensely, but they said they were ‘good for me.’ Compliant child that I was, I swallowed them, probably whole.
It is just coming to light that there is one thing we should be eating [on a semi-regular basis] because it is so terrifically good for us, and it is dark chocolate. Hopefully, no one is disgusted with dark chocolate. Continue reading →
Spring is here; it’s such a happy, forward-looking time to be sure. Various pretty garden seed catalogs have been arriving all across the US and Canada. Folks are underway planning the garden, ordering, and receiving their seeds to grow their own food.
Food is a pretty emotional subject. It matters a lot to all of us. We are what we eat after all! The subject is also of financial interest for the corporations that manufacture genetically modified seeds and agricultural technologies.
Sadly, many of the old-time garden seed companies have been bought out by the voracious mega-giant Monsanto. Continue reading →
Asking Forgiveness: Love Language Of A Highly Fulfilling Marriage
The need to forgive and ask for forgiveness is one of the most ubiquitous of human experiences.
Ruth Bell Graham was right when she said, “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” Indeed, it’s essential if you are going to enjoy a truly fulfilling marriage. There’s no other relationship I know where the need to forgive presents itself more often.
For 40 years, I have been a wife to my husband and a teacher of our children in the home. Now a new season has come, and with the blessing of my husband, I write this blog as an encouragement to myself and others. (Titus 2: 3-5) How important is this role of speaking into the lives of younger women! The habits of the home in one generation become the morals of society in the next. As William Ross Wallace said: “The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world.”
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