Pelletier’s Parental Rights Restored

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Pelletier’s Parental Rights Restored

Justina Pelletier’s horrendous 16-month plight has certainly garnered national media attention on the parental rights issue. The nightmare appears to be over for the Pelletier family thanks to the relentless efforts by so many on her behalf. It is just possible that people will stay away from Boston Children’s Hospital in droves after the revelations.

Apparently Justina Pelletier’s parents aren’t the only ones that have had their parental rights violated. Continue reading

~ Jacqueline

Posted in Children, Parenting, Protecting Our Children | 7 Comments

Modest, Feminine Dressing for the Plus Size Woman

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Modest, Feminine Dressing for the Plus Size Woman

Our dear friend Johanna coined a phrase that has stuck with us (we love it!), and now we think of our plus-size friends as ‘elegantly curved’! We have many beautiful, elegantly-curved friends created by God, wonderfully and fearfully made.

As I get older and undergo the inevitable changes in my body and shape, I find it is harder to find beautifully-fitting modest clothes for less. Still, I desire to make modesty and femininity look excellent instead of frumpy, so I persevere. At whatever age we are, we must still discover for ourselves what it means to represent the Lord as His ambassadors to the world.

I keep my eye out for clothing I feel is tasteful in a variety of circumstances. Below is a compilation of many femininely beautiful (and modest) REAL plus size WOMEN from all walks of life in no particular order at all. Here is a taste:

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~ Jacqueline

Posted in Beauty, Fashion, Modesty | 31 Comments

Bye-Bye, Parent: The Government Owns Your Child

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Bye-Bye, Parent: The Government Owns Your Child

What would you do if you were told that you could not be present for a ‘private’ meeting between your 12 to 17 year-old child and an unknown nurse or care-giver with a list of questions that would be put in their ‘medical’ record forever? I am not sure if I am a ‘normal’ parent or not but after being a practicing RN for over 20 years, I would say, “No thank you!”

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~ Jacqueline

Posted in Children, Family, Parenting | 16 Comments

Corrie ten Boom’s Concentration Camp

 

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(The Corrie ten Boom Museum website is an absolutely beautiful place!)

Corrie ten Boom’s Concentration Camp

Emotions were taut in postwar Germany. Corrie met with many who suffered from severe guilt. For instance, in a railway station she gave her suitcase to a boy to carry, and a man came up to her and whispered, “We Germans are all thieves; don’t trust that boy.” Before she reached her train, five different Germans had warned her. God seemed to be confirming that He wanted her to carry His message of forgiveness into this wounded country.

Before Betsie died, she had said, “Concentration camps are now used to destroy people. After the war there will be no use for them. We must ask God to give us one, and we will use it to build up lives.” The memory of her dead sister was kept alive through the visions and directions she had given to Corrie during their prison camp incarceration. 

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~ Jacqueline

Posted in Books, Heroines and Heroes, The Christian Walk | 9 Comments

Summertime Raspberry Sorbet

Summertime Raspberry Sorbet

Summertime Raspberry Sorbet

I think raspberries are one of God’s most extravagant food gifts! 

We are still finishing up the bumper crop we froze from last summer! So with that, we are making lots of smoothies and sorbets. For us, it’s a never-ending craving because we just love raspberries so much and can never get enough.

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~ Jacqueline

Posted in Food & Recipes, Raw food, Sweet Treats | 22 Comments

Thoughts On Stevia & Trim Healthy Mama

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Thoughts On Stevia & Trim Healthy Mama

As you may know, there are so many Trim Healthy Mama recipes that call for stevia, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you’ve have heard about the controversy over stevia. The natural, whole food blogosphere has hammered down hard on stevia products, and yes, chemical processing and unhealthy fillers are the main concerns cited against using stevia.

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~ Jacqueline

Posted in Books, Bulk Herb Store, DIY, Giveaway, Herbal Remedies | 14 Comments

Sun & Swim: Swimwear Tutorial {and a Review}

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Sun & Swim: Swimwear Tutorial {and a Review}

Last September, our family traveled out to Maryland and Pennsylvania for the HSLDA National Conference and a visit with my brother. We enjoyed spending time on the Chesapeake Bay at his cottage. Activities included tubing, jet skiing, and cruising the Chesapeake surrounds in sturdy and stalwart Bumps.

One of the most important packing items when a family is going on a vacation near the water is feminine swimwear for the ladies. It will be up to your family to determine what is modest for you. But, since we found some things that we love, we are going to share them with you. Maybe they’ll even give you some ideas!  Continue reading

~ Jacqueline

Posted in Fashion, Modesty, Outdoor Living, Sewing, Tutorial | 24 Comments

6 Reasons To Make Your Own Stevia Extract {& A Giveaway!}

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6 Reasons To Make Your Own Stevia Extract {& A Giveaway!}

Do you want to get in on some DIY fun and a Giveaway? Recently, I posted on How To Make Your Own {Non-Processed} Stevia Extract using fresh or dried stevia herb and quite a few of you decided to give it a go and Make-Your-Own just like us!

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~ Jacqueline

Posted in Bulk Herb Store, DIY, Giveaway, Herbal Remedies | 120 Comments

Victorious Mother!

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Victorious Mother!

I know well that a mother’s tasks in the home, caring for her children, are not light. It is no easy thing to go on in the same routine, day after day, week after week, month after month…
…always keeping sweet,
…always having a shining face and a cheerful word,
…always strong to meet every question and perplexity and difficulty which comes to you.

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~ Jacqueline

Posted in Children, Encouragement for Mothers, Family, Home-schooling, Motherhood | 20 Comments

Are We Starving The Hearts Of Our Children?

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Are We Starving The Hearts Of Our Children?

My heart is breaking for the souls of our children. I am thinking there might be a negative reaction from readers on this topic, but I need to speak the truth, for what is the use of a blog if not to influence our culture? Please do not confuse this with me thinking I have all the answers. I know I don’t, but there is trouble already in the making. Continue reading

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~ Jacqueline

Posted in Books, Children, Encouragement for Mothers, Family, Protecting Our Children | 98 Comments