Earn Your Life

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Earn Your Life

An old man walks down a wide path through a colonnade of evergreens. He has a full head of gray hair, combed from a wavy peak to one side. His eyebrows spike with a grandfatherly flourish toward his temples. He wears a light blue Windbreaker over a golf shirt with a horizontal stripe, Sansabelt slacks, and the crepe-soled shoes his doctor recommended. His gait is quick but stiff – stiff like someone who has just gotten himself up. He marches forward with great intent and purpose, as if he’s hunting out something or someone.

Behind him trail his family. His wife is closest, his son and daughter-in- law a step or two farther behind, bracketing their children.

The man’s eyes show that for the moment he’s not thinking of his family, although he seems to be dragging them in his wake. His eyes are at once wide-open yet fixed, poached by what can only be dread. His mouth works in a way that shows his stomach is in his throat. Off to the left his family can see the curve of a long shore, hear the soughing of the waves, and nearly breathe in the scent of the brine. But the man looks neither to his right nor to his left. He keeps stumbling forward, his body tense yet determined.

When he finally turns to his right, he steps onto a vast lawn striped with thousands of white crosses that extend toward the horizon. Here and there a Jewish star adds to the procession of markers that contrast starkly against the green sward. The old man’s pace speeds as he makes his way through this vast cemetery. His family struggles to keep up.

James Ryan’s determined march finally halts in front of a particular cross. The rims of his eyes show red. He wipes at them with a shaking hand, sniffs hard, tries again to breathe. Here it is, his captain’s cross, the name, the date: Captain John W. Miller, June 13, 1944.

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He takes another sniff against his watering eyes, bites his lip. He’s almost choking as he struggles to breathe in the heavy air. His knees give way, and he kneels before the cross, his shoulders heaving. His wife is suddenly at one shoulder, his son at the other. He’s glad they are there, but they cannot help with what needs to be done.

He mumbles that he’s all right, and they retreat several steps, leaving him to the thoughts that press so hard he can’t bear the weight.

Not until this moment does he realize that what he has been looking forward to yet dreading is a transaction. An exchange of some kind. For him this visit to the Normandy American Cemetery is no sightseeing tour. It’s a profound action. Even now he cannot say why he believes this to be the case. The emotion that’s seized him declares it to be so, however.

Whatever must happen involves the question that’s dogged him his whole life. The unspoken question that’s brought him here. He feels its presence in every memory, and not only the good ones.

Now that he’s looking at his captain’s grave, Ryan has to ask the question.

Decades earlier, on June 6, 1944, Captain Miller and his men had landed at Omaha Beach, a horror James Ryan had been spared as part of the 101st Airborne. His unit had been dropped into Normandy the night before the sea assault. He later learned from the tales of his buddies and from seeing newsreel footage what D-day had been like. Although Germany had not been expecting the assault at the place Eisenhower chose, the air assault hadn’t softened their positions one whit, and when the armored front of the Higgins boats opened onto the beach, the men were ducks on a pond to the enemy’s machine guns.

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Many of those sitting forward in the landing craft never had a chance to move from their seats as the Germans opened fire. Those who jumped over the craft’s sides to swim and crawl ashore could only cling to the Belgian gates and iron hedgehogs – the jack-shaped defensive works strewn in rows all along the shingle that prevented tanks from making the initial assault.

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The army rangers humped forward in waves, men falling to the right and left every few feet. They were getting hit not only by machinegun fire but by artillery as well. Bodies flew with the explosions. The wounded picked up their severed arms and stumbled a few more feet to their deaths. The waves washing onto the beaches ran red with blood, lapping at the dead, who lay scattered and senseless.

Captain Miller and a few of his company made it to the seawall. Although 50 percent of the men in the first waves to hit Omaha Beach were killed in action, the others broke the first line of German defenses.

Soon after the hell of D-Day, Captain Miller and a squad of seven men were assigned to find paratrooper James Ryan and bring him home – alive. The army’s chief of staff, General George C. Marshall, had personally issued the order for Private James Ryan to be taken out of the war. Ryan’s two older brothers had died in the great assault, and a third brother had been killed in action in New Guinea. Marshall thought that three sons were enough for any mother to contribute to the war.

Captain Miller and his squad found Ryan with remnants of the 506, Baker Company, which had orders to secure a bridge on the far side of a river. The company had been ordered to hold the bridge at all costs – or, as a final defense, to blow it up. When Captain Miller and his squad arrived to take Ryan home, Ryan refused to leave. Miller asked him what he was supposed to say to Ryan’s mother when she got another folded American flag. Ryan replied, “You can tell her that when you found me, I was with the only brothers I had left. And that there was no way I was deserting them. I think she’d understand that.”

Captain Miller and his squad told Ryan angrily that they had already lost two men in the search to find him. Miller finally decided that they’d make Ryan’s battle their own as well and save him in the process.

The Germans soon came at them – nearly a full company of men, two Panzer tanks, two Tigers. The Americans lured the Panzers down the village’s main street, where they staged an effective ambush. The only thing Ryan had been allowed to do was pitch mortar shells like hand grenades. Captain Miller never let Ryan leave his side, protecting the private every step of the way.

Still, one tank blew their sharpshooter to eternity. Another soldier died in hand-to-hand combat with a knife to his heart. No matter their ingenuity, the squad couldn’t hold off such an overpowering force, and the men made a strategic retreat to the other side of the bridge. In the retreat one of the sergeants was hit and collapsed.

Captain Miller took a shot beneath his ribs as he struggled to fix the wiring on a detonation device. Then an artillery blast knocked him nearly unconscious. All hope lost, Captain Miller began shooting at a tank coming straight at him.

Suddenly, Tankbuster aircraft shrieked down on them, blowing the enemy’s tanks to smithereens and routing their foot soldiers. The Allies’ own armored reinforcements rolled up minutes later.

Of the squad that had come to save Ryan, only two men escaped relatively unscathed. The others were dead or dying.

Captain Miller lay close by where he had been hit, his back slumped against the bridge’s wall. Ryan, in anguish, was alone with his rescuer in the final moments before Miller died. Ryan watched as the captain struggled in his last moments, shot clean through one lung. The captain wouldn’t take another breath, except to grunt, “James. Earn this . . . earn it.”

Were these dying words a final order or charge?

These memories rivet the aged James Ryan, who now finds himself staring at the grave marker and mumbling to his dead commander. He tells Captain Miller that his family is with him. He confesses that he wasn’t sure how he would feel about coming to the cemetery today. He wants Captain Miller to know that every day of his life he’s thought of their conversation at the bridge, of Miller’s dying words. Ryan has tried to live a good life, and he hopes he has. At least in the captain’s eyes, he hopes he’s “earned it,” that his life has been worthy of the sacrifice Captain Miller and the other men made of giving their lives for his.

As Ryan mutters these thoughts, he cannot help wondering how any life, however well lived, could be worthy of his friends’ sacrifice. The old man stands up, but he doesn’t feel released. The question remains unanswered.

His wife comes to his side again. He looks at her and pleads, “Tell me I’ve led a good life.”

Confused by his request, she responds with a question: “What?”

He has to know the answer. He tries to articulate it again: “Tell me I’m a good man.”

The request flusters her, but his earnestness makes her think better of putting it off. With great dignity, she says, “You are.”

His wife turns back to the other family members, whose stirring says they are ready to leave.

Before James Ryan joins them, he comes to attention and salutes his fallen comrade. What a gallant old soldier he is. 

(Excerpt from The Good Life by Chuck Colson)

So you see, James Ryan, out of gratitude for the sacrifice of his friend Captain Miller, did all in his power to live a good life.

Today, Veteran’s Day, is an exceptional time for each of us to look at our own lives and examine our hearts. Are we attempting to live ‘good lives’ in gratitude for all those who have gone before us in sacrifice – those who gave their lives, those who gave up years in service to our country, and those currently serving? Are we filled with thankfulness for those who have gone before us so we could live a ‘good life’ – one of freedom and liberty in a country where we have a vote, can raise our children as we would like, and can sleep safely at night?

And what about our families, devoted friends, and most of all Christ?

Like James Ryan, are we kneeling before the cross? What a powerful allegory in this imagery. Are we following the commands of our Captain thankfully doing our duty for Christ whatever the Lord has called us?

Take a long look in the mirror and appraise your life.

This Veteran’s Day, thank those who have sacrificed for you and those you know who have served in our nation’s armed forces at home or on foreign soil. Connect with them today…just do it! Tell them how much their service means to you. Maybe you’ll do what I do when you see a serviceman or woman in uniform …wherever that might be. Walk up to them and thank them for their service.

And then go and remember Whom it is you serve.

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To Juicers & The Infertile: Know The ‘Dirty Dozen’

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To Juicers & The Infertile: Know The ‘Dirty Dozen’

Especially YOU, if you are juicing or find yourself infertile…listen up!

Our family is doing a 21-day juicing detox to address some deep-seated health issues. It has become clear that while juicing we consume SO MUCH MORE pesticides because we consume so much more produce in a short period of time. So, why buy the typical pesticides-laden conventional fruits and veggies when you are working so hard to rid toxins from your body! I want to get the best payoff from our health investment; it PAYS to know the dirty dozen and clean fifteen. Organic is a better value in this case when you figure the real cost of healthcare today.

Pesticides Affect Fertility

Choosing produce is also of concern to those considered infertile. As my husband and my journey with infertility crossed over the decade mark, I began reading that pesticides were strongly suspect in infertility. The notion was confirmed by my fertility specialist, as well.

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Infertility affects both women (sources: herehere) and men (here and here).

Physicians For Social Responsibility states that, “Human reproduction is under threat, and male fertility appears to be particularly at risk. Worldwide, sperm counts are down and infertility rates are up. Concerning trends in male reproductive health include:

  • Rising rates of testicular cancer
  • Falling sperm counts
  • Decline in testosterone levels
  • Fewer males being born
  • Increases in certain types of birth defects

Science tells us that pesticides and other chemicals are at least partly to blame. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are particularly adept at interfering with reproductive health, even when exposure levels are extremely low.” (Source)

Mamas, some of those men are our little boys now! 

Not only do we gain exposure from heavily sprayed yards, neighboring fields, road fumes, toxic cleaners, air fresheners, and conventionally canned and processed foods but also from the gorgeous fresh fruits and veggies one finds on supermarket shelves.

According to the EWG: “The fruits and vegetables on “The Dirty Dozen” list, when conventionally grown, tested positive for at least 47 different chemicals, with some testing positive for as many as 67. For produce on the “dirty” list, you should definitely go organic – unless you relish the idea of consuming a chemical cocktail.” 

Dr. Alex Lu, Harvard, exposes what pesticides do to us and our children (2 Minutes).

The truth is, choosing organic-certified foods — when you can and can afford to — is one of the best choices you can make for your children.

“If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.” ~Thomas Jefferson

“The way he treats his body, you’d think he was renting.”  ~Robert Brault

Every year the Environmental Working Group analyzes pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the FDA to come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items. All 51 foods are listed HERE from worst to best (lower numbers = more pesticides).

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Organically grown foods have become more widely available as consumer demand increases. Nationally, more than 3/4 of all grocery stores carry at least some organic products.

  • Ask the farmers who sell at your local farmers market if their products are organically grown.
  • Ask your grocer to stock locally and regionally grown organic products.
  • Consider your own small garden plot for growing some of the things listed on the DD list: sweet bell peppers, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas, spinach, and kale are some of the easiest veggies to grow.

On Packaged Organic Items, Read the Ingredient Labels

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There is a carcinogenic ingredient allowed in organic food! This surprising ingredient is a substance derived from red algae (seaweed) called carrageenan. 

Carrageenan is used as a thickener and stabilizer for certain dairy products like cottage cheese and yogurt. Carrageenan is extracted from red seaweed (so naturally-derived) and widely used in the food industry for its thickening and stabilizing properties. It is most commonly used in milk and milk products including non-dairy milk alternatives such as coconut, rice, soy, and almond milk regardless if the product is certified organic by the USDA.

The organic watchdog group Cornucopia Institute notes that according to USDA organic code, non-organic ingredients like carrageenan can only be introduced into certified-organic food when they are deemed “essential” to the manufacture of a given product. The group argues that carrageenan should not have been deemed essential, because some organic dairy companies don’t use it at all, proving it can be done without. For example, Horizon and Whole foods 365 use it in their cottage cheeses, while Organic Valley and Nancy’s don’t.

Here is a shopping list to avoid using carrageenan.

While this hopefully makes us more aware, don’t let it make us become fearful. Simply exercise wisdom and seek it from the Lord. He has always directed my steps, and He will yours, too. Keep learning as much as you can.

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Use this handy Dirty Dozen list (top photo) to help you budget your spending on organic produce. There is an app that you can download, too!

Support the Organic Farmer, Especially Locally Owned

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Juicers, those trying to conceive, and families with children, I strongly urge you to consider buying the Dirty Dozen foods organic, as best you can. Just do the best you can and don’t sweat the rest. Don’t give way to fear or frustration. True rest in the care of the Lord and peace are far more healing and strengthening to the body and spirit than any amount of organic food! 

“And He [Jesus] said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.” ~Luke 12:22

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Mama’s Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

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Mama’s Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

Very trendy now are chia seeds and chia pudding, so we have been enjoying chia puddings along with everyone else. You can probably find over 100 recipes if you look on Pinterest alone! 

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hydrophilic chia seeds rich in omega-3 fatty acids including α-linolenic acid (ALA)

Since it has turned all fall-like and cozy-feeling I’ve been making this {raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, processed sugar-free} chia pudding concoction with pumpkin for breakfast and snacks…anything to add more pumpkin to the season! Our visit to the pumpkin patch was just perfect for that crisp autumnal day!

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For a basic recipe to which you can add any *flavor plus sweetener* (raw cacao powder, raspberry puree, apple sauce, bananas, almond butter, etc.), stir 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and a pinch of sea salt into 1 cup milk or milk alternative. Let sit in the refrigerator overnight. It makes itself while you sleep! By morning it will be thick and creamy – amazing for topping with berries or few nuts for a healthy breakfast or an afternoon snack or dessert.

A second way to use chia is to gel it. Similar to the pudding, you can make a chia gel, which can be stirred into sauces, dips or salad dressings to lend a more satisfying texture to otherwise lean items. Mix 1 tablespoon chia seeds with 1/2 cup water (or other liquid, such as coconut water) and let sit for 20 minutes. Chia gel can also be substituted for some of the fat in baking recipes though I have not done this.

Chia seeds don’t have much, if any, flavor of their own. Instead, they take on the taste of whatever you add them to. I feel they amplify flavors and add desired bulk to make your cooking even more appealing.

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Ingredients for Mama’s Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding:

(4-6 servings)

  • 3 cups of coconut milk or milk alternative of your choice
  • 1/2 cup (~8 Tbsp.) chia seeds - I buy in bulk to save money (they are shelf-stable)
  • 1 -15 oz. can pumpkin puree or just under 2 cups of your own baked pumpkin
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp of maple syrup or raw honey or substitute stevia to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 – 2 level tsp. pumpkin pie spice, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg, optional to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, optional to taste
  •  1 tablespoon walnuts and pumpkin seeds to garnish, optional
  • a dusting of cinnamon to garnish

Directions:

  • Mix milk and chia seeds together in a glass or bowl until chia seeds are fully submerged/dispersed in liquid and not clumped.
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients together and stir into the chia mixture, smashing out any lumps.
  • Place in refrigerator overnight or for at least 3 hours. I try to stir it once before I go to bed to make sure the chia seeds don’t become too gelatinous.

Some say chia seeds help with weight loss, but the 2 studies that have looked at chia refute that they help with weight loss. However, chia seeds do seem to keep me from wanting to snack between meals. The wee seeds provide an excellent source of fiber (11 grams per 2 tbsp!) – both soluble and insoluble – which helps you feel full and keeps things moving smoothly. They offer significant amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin and zinc. More health benefits on chia.Mama's Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding, clip art, autumn

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and some nice thick socks;
Wake up for Mama’s puddin’
served up with bagels and lox.”
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Why 99-Year-Old Lillian Weber Is Not Retired

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Why 99-Year-Old Lillian Weber Is Not Retired

She has no plans of retiring anytime soon. Matter of fact, by May 6, 2015, when she’ll celebrate her 100th birthday, Lillian Weber hopes to have sewn and donated her 1,000th handmade dress for young girls in Africa. 

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Lillian begins a new dress every morning at her home in the small town of Bettendorf, Iowa, to benefit Little Dresses for Africa, a Christian registered 501c3 nonprofit that sends dresses overseas to impoverished girls in Africa and beyond, including America.

It is reported in Africa that girls wearing a new little dress are much less likely to be abducted, abused, or molested because the new little dress shows that someone cares about them. 

Each dress takes four hours for Lillian to complete from start to finish, and it’s been her daily hobby for the past three years. To date, that has amounted to a whopping 855 dresses!

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Along with investing in her family, Weber said the dresses are now part of her life’s mission.  “I think that’s very important to have something different for these little girls,” she says. “I imagine four or five of them standing in a row, and they got a little dress on and they’re all different.”

“I feel the good Lord has given me this to do.” ~Lillian Weber

The people at Little Dresses for Africa, have named Lillian their ‘sewing celebrity.’ The organization has even launched a personal shipping fund for Lillian’s dresses.

“I never get tired of looking at them,” says Rachel O’Neill, founder and director of Little Dresses for Africa. “She likes to do the little extras, and believe me, [the little girls] love it.” O’Neill will personally deliver some of Lillian’s dresses to Malawi later this month.

“She’s my hero,” O’Neill says. “When someone like Lillian goes the extra mile, it shows.

Lillian’s daughters help by cutting out the fabric, and Lillian takes it the rest of the way. “She can thread a needle at 99; I can’t thread a needle and I’m not near that old,” said Linda Purcell, one of Weber’s daughters. “She makes the dresses because it helps her stay busy and staying busy keeps her out of a nursing home. She says she has no intention of slowing down or retiring.”

10 Ways To Make A Difference through Little Dresses For Africa.

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“If I’m still able to do it, I’ll continue all the way through because I know I’m making little girls happy. And that is very, very important to me.”
~Lillian Weber

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What a better place this sad world would be if all of us who were able-bodied said ‘No’ to retiring to the TV set or some other inwardly-focused pastime and decided to re-tread to serve others. Oh, that our hands would be used to love a neighbor, near or far, as we would want to be loved ourselves.

What a cool role model.

Lillian Weber is the kind of woman I want to be when I’m 99! Do you know of another senior who is making a difference?

“Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh when we learn where the outcast weeps.” ~Brennan ManningAbba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.  If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” ~1 John 3: 16-18

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Murmuration~ Winter Spectacle

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Murmuration~ Winter Spectacle

A “murmuration” of starlings, as this phenomenon is known, must be one of the most magical, yet underrated, wildlife spectacles in winter. One writer says, “In murmuration, each bird strives to fly as close to its neighbors as possible, instantly copying any changes in speed or direction. As a result, tiny deviations by one bird are magnified and distorted by those surrounding it, creating rippling, swirling patterns.”

And whoever thought of the word murmuration, anyway? It comes from the Middle English – ‘the act of murmuring:  the utterance of low continuous sounds or complaining noises.’

You can experience them in the video.

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Murmuration from Islands & Rivers on Vimeo.

These images were taken at Gretna on the Scottish borders on November 1, 2011. This brought tears to my eyes. As you watch this chance encounter with one of the Creator’s greatest and most fleeting displays, may your mind be renewed and your heart filled with a desire to praise our awesome God today!

Now I keep my eyes ever heavenward in late fall and winter hoping to witness this very cool event. Maybe you will be inspired by one this winter, too!

“For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.”
~Words by Folliot S. Pierpoint, 1835-1917 The Song and the Story 
Queens College, Cambridge University

“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. ” ~George Washington Carver

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Developing Your Child’s Observation Skills

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Black swallowtail drying after emerging from chrysalis

Developing Your Children’s Observation Skills

As you work and play around your yard, have a camera at the ready and take pictures when you see something that might interest your young children, even if it isn’t interesting to you. It will sharpen their observation skills, useful for all of life.

For years, we have been on the ready to capture images of beautiful and unusual things on film and to study them. In this age of digital, it is so much easier. We stop what we are doing…we get all excited!

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Last week when my husband and I were working together on the blackberry patch behind the garden, I noticed a black swallowtail butterfly resting after coming out of its chrysalis.

I grabbed my compact camera, a Nikon S8100 Cool Pik, and began taking note of what I saw. This butterfly’s wings were still slightly wet and not yet full size. Notice the greenish tint to the veins in the wings.

This beautiful, but damp, adult had already emerged and was pumping a liquid called hemo-lymph into the veins to inflate the wings. At this time as they are very vulnerable to predators.

Host plants of the black swallowtail include members of the parsley family: carrot, parsley, dill, and Queen Anne’s lace. One of the reasons (besides food value) of growing dill and parsley annually is to witness the yearly attraction of the black swallowtail to our little potager. I see them floating above the plants many days right outside the kitchen window. As the summer progresses, you will most certainly find caterpillars.

You can construct a simple butterfly house and feed it fresh host plant every day; it is likely to make a chrysalis, and later emerge completing its life cycle.

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Probably 3-4 days out of the egg sack.

 

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Parsley going to seed in its second year. Time to re-sow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This 1″ (young) caterpillar is on my parsley -  eating away. I have enough to spare for him and a few buddies :)

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These perfectly new wings are almost dry and full size

 

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I saw it happen! I heard it! This flash of yellow and a dull thump on the glass! A tiny little palm warbler dropped to the concrete of our back porch. Oh, it made my stomach churn, but I grabbed my camera and rushed out anyway to see if I could help. She just lay there, totally still, with her feet tucked up under her tummy. Her eyes rolled up and opened again. She was probably dazed and not afraid of me.

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Stunned palm warbler (thanks to Dawna for the ID)

It was a sunny, chilly, and very windy day. My daughter was right there beside me to hold the camera, and we took a 1 minute video to share. I will then tell you what happened.



After we set her down in a little hidden spot among the cobalt blue bugle weed, we watched off and on the whole afternoon and into chilly dusk. She became more alert, but didn’t fly away. The area of my garden is fenced, so there would be no threat of a cat, thankfully. In the morning our dear little friend had left. No sign of struggle, no feathers. She had shown signs of moving, so we decided to leave her in the hands of our Lord who knows…she would have certainly died in ours.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.” ~Matthew 10: 29

Mamas, authentic excitement is catching! And truly, more is caught than taught…

It may be that you have a budding scientist (or nature writer or artist or photographer) in your home, and he or she may just need their eyes to be opened :) After all, that is half the pleasure and purpose of teaching our children…to direct them to excellent things, discover their God-given passions, and develop them to the fullest. Here are some practical ways to develop your child’s observation skills:

  • Take your children on walks in parks, on a nearby farm or orchard, or on your own property. Tell them that you want them to find 5 beautiful examples of God’s creation, such as an acorn, a leaf, a butterfly, a bird’s nest, or a plant. If possible, have your children draw what they found in a notebook and label it.
  • If you have older children, allow them time to use a camera to take photos of nature. You can help your child start and maintain a small photo journal of their finds.
  • If you come across some neat insect or plant while by yourself, take it and show your children. Ask them to help you identify it.
  • If you see a beautiful bird, scary snake, or other animal/insect, pull out an identification guide and look up the animal. Read about the creature, find out if it is poisonous, where it lives, its habitat and what it eats.
  • If you find unique things growing on a leaf or a small insect, grab your magnifying glass and show your children the intricacies of God’s creation.
  • Sometime when it’s snowing outside, put on gloves and let snowflakes fall into your hands. Take a magnifying glass and look at the design closely. Read more about the snowflake here.

Observing even the tiniest intricacies of nature builds in us a thankful attitude for the marvelous creation all around us, and it creates a mind eager and ready to observe in all areas of life.

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Can Leftovers Make You Sick?

Sometimes we think of the refrigerator as some sort of cryogenic chamber that’s capable of keeping food fresh indefinitely.                        

Stew from last week? No problem – it’s been in the fridge. Turkey slices left over from the pitch-in – what day was that, anyway? Leftover veggie pizza slices that got pushed to the back? Sure! But even at a chilly 40 degrees, mold and bacteria (both gram-positive and negative) can thrive. 

Two awful experiences with mold  - one in a past home and now this one – made us very sick! It is no joke, and now I have begun examining other places to be watching for mold. Even if you’ve never had the sickening, icky problem of mold to deal with, you may have not thought about it on or in your leftover food. But, you should!

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My practical friend Julie reminded me of this very thing since I mentioned we were eating more leftovers lately. Because of the sickness and clean-up from the latest mold issue and caring for the needs of two of our aging parents long-distance, I’ve not been as on top of things as I’d like. 

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Perfect Coconut Pie Crust {Easy}

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Perfect Coconut Pie Crust {Easy}

This coconut pie crust recipe is soooo easy; it looks amazing when served and tastes amazing, too.  It has only two ingredients (magical words, right?).

As we prepare for sweet family times of Thanksgiving around the dinner table, I decided to think ahead about the pies I might want to make. To make a very pretty pie and to save some time for myself as well, I decided to do several pies this year with a coconut pie crust. This low carb, gluten-free crust will be helpful for family and friends watching ingredients, as well.

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Ingredients for the Crust:

  • 10-12 oz. shredded, UN-sweetened coconut will make one very thick and fluffy crust, as shown above. Just 8 oz. (1 bag) will make a thinner, normal crust suitable for coconut banana cream pie or other delightful concoction of your choice. Let’s Do Organic shredded coconut is very reasonable – $2.09/8 oz. bag – and leaves out the sugar. Many of the supermarkets carry it now in their baking aisle.
  • 4-6 TBSP. butter (preferably organic), softened

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Directions for the Crust:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2.) Melt the butter on low in a small saucepan. In a medium-sized bowl, thoroughly mix the shredded coconut with the melted butter.

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3.) Place a 9-inch pie plate on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Press coconut mixture into bottom and up sides of pan to form crust, leaving top edges loose and fluffy. No need to grease the pie plate.

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 4.) Place a foil ring over the edges to prevent burning. Bake until center begins to brown, 10 to 15 minutes; remove foil and bake until edges are browned, 4 to 5 minutes more. Use your timer and set it for a couple of minutes less than you think you’ll need to brown. Keep an eye out from that point on and you can produce the perfectly browned, golden edge!

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Voila! A lovely golden brown that holds together under your filling!

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 A sweet-tart Key Lime Pie sounds like a fabulous finish to a rich Thanksgiving meal…what do you think?

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What’s your favorite pie to enjoy on Thanksgiving Day? 

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20 Safe Antibacterial and Antiviral Herbs {A Quick Guide}

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Early in my herbal adventures, I had a hunch that foods and medicines tinkered with and altered by man were riddled with problems and side-effects, but that things made by God were so much better when used properly.

It wasn’t until I had my own family, that I really discovered the worth and medicinal value of herbs and the truth of that conviction. After nursing for many years and seeing the downsides of pharmaceuticals, I saw it played out repeatedly.

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The first experience with the power of herbs came when I had a prolonged kidney/bladder infection, and I was reacting to the antibiotics. Usnea and uva ursi came to the rescue, and I’ve never gone back to the antibiotics. There was no need to!

With my family, I stuck to and made incredible use of the safe herbs (with research and prayer) that have been used for centuries, and you can, too! Maybe this list can set you on the path of discovery in treating viral (like ebola and West Nile) or bacterial infections.

Before using antibacterial or antiviral herbs, please understand I am not a doctor or an herbalist, but a mother practiced in the arts of natural health over the years. I suggest doing your own research, consulting an herbal medicine guide, or a reputable herbalist for exact dosing instructions. Every body is unique and so are your specific needs. Allow that there will likely be times when it is not wise to treat an illness that is beyond your capability.

Antibacterial Herbs, alphabetically:

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum sp.) has a preservative effect in food, retards bacterial growth, and has powerful antifungal properties to treat Candida albicans. It improves circulation, warms the body, and relieves discomfort in the abdomen. Whole cinnamon, taken in tea or tincture form, is an effective treatment for yeast infections that are resistant to treatment. It is useful as a treatment for thrush, an oral yeast infection. Use cinnamon as a tea, an essential oil, or add liberally to food. Always dilute cinnamon essential oil with a carrier oil to prevent stinging. 

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) is a natural topical painkiller. Clove-infused oil or clove essential oil can also be used to temporarily treat a toothache or cold sore, relieve sore muscles and arthritis, treat upper respiratory infections, improve digestion, and kill bad bacteria in the gut. Always dilute clove essential oil in a carrier oil or olive oil to apply topically and use only a little as it is strong. Use EO in a personal steam inhaler or disperse via a room diffuser when mixed with other EOs. 

Echinacea (Echinacea augustifolia) has a historic reputation of boosting the immune system in treating colds and flu and fighting infections. It is known for its action to speed wound healing when taken at the beginning of an infection. Good anti-inflammatory properties. Use as a tea or tincture. Contraindicated in auto-immune diseases.

Garlic (Allium sativum) is a proven anti-fungal and antibacterial herb and more effective against several types of bacteria than penicillin. It does not cause bacteria to become resistant and destroys the offending invaders without killing the body’s normal good bacteria. Garlic can be used in a capsule, as a garlic tincture, garlic infused oil, or simply eat it raw (which is what we do when not going anywhere). Heating over 120 degrees will decrease its potency.

Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) The oil from this plant has a soothing effect on coughs and helps clear congestion to make breathing easier.  It can also help build a stronger immune system and has both anti-microbial and antioxidant qualities. Effective for gas, bloating and nausea, morning sickness and stomach cramps. Additionally, it can help ease the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Peppermint is a muscle relaxer and reduces monthly cramps. Excellent for all sorts of minor pain relief due to its menthol content. It heightens alertness if drowsy. It’s my favorite breath freshener. Use the dried herb as a tea, the essential oil in a room diffuser or personal steam inhaler, or chew the leaves.

Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is an Australia native whose essential oil acts as a potent antimicrobial agent. Helpful for fungal nail infections, acne, and athletes foot. Studies show that it’s active against the yeast Candida albicans, and bacteria such as staph (Staphylococcus aureus). In lab studies, tea tree oil kills methacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Some, but not all, studies in humans show that topical applications can eliminate colonization of the bacteria in skin and nose. Use as an essential oil topically with a carrier oil, in hand soap, or in a room diffuser. Not to be taken internally.

Thyme (Thymus) is a strong antibacterial agent as well as a strong antiseptic and antioxidant. The oil can be used within mouthwashes in order treat mouth inflammations as well as infections of the throat. Thyme contains bronchial antispasmodic and expectorant properties useful in bronchitis, upper respiratory tract inflammation, and whooping cough. All members of the family of mint, such as thyme, contain terpenoids that are well-known for battling cancer. Use dried herb as a tea, as a powerful household cleaner, or use as an essential oil. EO not for use with young children.

Usnea (Usnea barbata) for 25 years, when combined with Uva Ursi (below), this is my favorite go-to for bladder and kidney infections. This common lichen is antibacterial and antifungal. A powerful antibiotic, usnea is used to treat urinary tract infections, strep and staph infections, respiratory and sinus infections as well as fungal infections like vaginal yeast and Candida albicans. Usnea is best used as a tincture. No known precautions, but consult an herbalist before using in pregnancy.

Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is often used as a tincture or capsule for treating urinary tract infections as it contains compounds effective at killing pathogens specific to the urinary tract. Because of its strength, it should not be used continually for longer than 2 weeks. Not to be used by children, pregnant, or nursing women or those with kidney disease.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) The fresh leaves can be used to staunch bleeding wounds and to relieve tooth aches and canker sores when chewed. It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, useful for increasing bile flow (releasing toxins), eczema, fighting fevers, lessening menstrual bleeding and cramps, and increasing circulation. As a tea, yarrow is used to fight urinary tract infections. It can cause uterine contractions, so avoid during pregnancy. 

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Antiviral Herbs, alphabetically:

Astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus) is an excellent antiviral herb that works to boost the immune system much like dandelion or burdock. Taken internally, either brewed as a tea, in a tincture, in a capsule, or by adding it to stew, astragalus root is known to increase your body’s defense against viruses. Astragalus root is best used as prevention, so take it during flu season or before going places with large crowds of people. Avoid if you already have a fever.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and skin-soothing botanical. It is most often used topically for cuts, abrasions, skin infections, insect bites, and to treat pink eye. Calendula is antifungal and so can help to cure thrush (Candida albicans). As salve, it is great for chapped lips, facial cream, and diaper rash. You can use calendula as an infusion (tea), tincture, lotion, or salve. There are no known precautions.

Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) In addition to being antiviral, cat’s claw is antifungal, anti-parasitic, and antiviral herb , cat’s claw is also known for boosting the immune system, increasing your body’s protection against illness. Cat’s claw can be taken as a tea, tincture, or capsule. Do not take during pregnancy or while nursing baby.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum sp.) - see above.

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) is a potent defense against urinary tract infections due to its ability to make the bladder lining too “slippery” to adhere to. Full of antioxidants, cranberry also has antiviral properties and prevents plaque formation on teeth. Use capsules (Cranactin) or as concentrated juice (best with no sugar added).

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has antiviral activity against cold and flu viruses and enhances immune function. Elderberry stimulates circulation and effectively cleanses the body. Elderberry tincture and elderberry syrup (easy to make) are the common delivery methods. Leaves, roots, seeds, and berries of the raw plant contain cyanide-producing compounds and should not be consumed without proper preparation.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is another herb known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. It is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion, colic, irritable bowel, chills, cold, flu, poor circulation, menstrual cramps, and gas. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb helpful for joint problems and arthritis. It has also been used to lower cholesterol and blood-pressure and aid in preventing internal blood clots. Ginger can be taken as a tea (Ginger Aid), in capsule form, as an essential oil, or added liberally to foods. A tea brew that begs the wind to howl and the snow to fall while you cozy up with it.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) In Germany, the antiviral effects of lemon balm are well-documented, and creams made from the herb are prescribed for herpes outbreaks and cold sores. Lemon balm is very easy to grow in your garden – a little too easy, in fact, as it tends to take over if not contained. Lemon balm makes a very good tea, and can be drunk to combat all sorts of viral infections, such as colds and flu. The tea or a cream can be applied to cold sores or other viral lesions, such as shingles or chickenpox. May be unsafe to consume during pregnancy.

Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is one of my favorite herbs. It is wonderful for breaking up chest and sinus congestion. Best taken as a hot tea with peppermint. Also, mullein-infused oil is a great remedy for ear infection especially when combined with garlic. Use the mullein flowers to create an infused oil. 

Olive Leaf (Olea europaea) As antiviral herbs, olive leaf is used to treat the flu, common cold and herpes. Olive leaf can be taken as a tincture, capsule, or tea mixed with mint. Avoid during pregnancy.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) Way beyond adding great flavor to food, oregano fights viruses and bacteria as one of the best and strongest antiviral herbs available and may help in the fight against antibiotic resistance. I believe it is effective for treatment of psoriasis along (with milk thistle) because of what it did to rid my father of his horrible 20-year case.  It should be avoided in infants and children, and pregnant or nursing women. I add Super Strength P73 oil to gelatin capsules. Not for prolonged use.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional nor a doctor. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to treat or prevent disease.

These are just a few of the many antibacterial and antiviral herbs. I do encourage you to take control of your health through self-study and teach your children, if you haven’t already.

This is a very helpful, fun, and easily readable book on this topic: Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family.

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God Is Not Dead In US Marine Corps

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God Is Not Dead In US Marine Corps

Despite first amendment challenges and religious persecution taking place almost daily across the US, we still have assurance that Jehovah God is very much alive and active.  Scripture affirms God is at work in mighty ways everywhere – omnipresent, omniscient and omnipresent – in schools, business, sports, communities, Hollywood, and in our military. 

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Please prayer for all of our brave young men and women in uniform. Also, pray for the intrepid chaplains that are boldly sharing the truth in the Word of God with them. As you know, the God of the Holy Bible is systematically being stripped out of our military, not just the Marine Corps – all branches are under attack. Just last week the “So help me God” requirement in Air Force oaths was removed.

While this video is encouraging news and a comfort, let’s be constant in prayer for those who in uniform who don’t know the Lord Jesus. These are frightening times. I am thankful He is at work in every circumstance whether home or abroad.  

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Sweet Hour of Prayer by Emily Pugmire

There are no atheists in foxholes.” ~often attributed to U. S. Military Chaplain William Thomas Cummings in a field sermon during the Battle of Bataan in 1942.

“God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.” ~Peter Marshall, U.S. Senate Chaplain, 1946-48

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