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

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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 | 18 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 | 22 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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(The Playful Child by Jesse Willcox Smith, 1931, Creative Commons)

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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Camping Buddies

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

~ Jacqueline

Posted in Books, Children, Encouragement for Mothers, Family, Protecting Our Children | 96 Comments

Painted Stone Markers

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Painted Stone Markers

Flat stones, chunky stones, all different colored stones! The fun began looking for just the right stones while on vacation and out in our field. Our favorite stone markers fit right into the palm of your hand. Lake Michigan has wonderful stones, smooth and flattened, but you might find the right stone, or even a pebble, anywhere.

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~ Jacqueline

Posted in Crafts, DIY, Garden | 16 Comments

Make Your Own {Non-Processed} Stevia Extract

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Make your Own [Non-Processed} Stevia Extract

Quite honestly, I’ve never felt good about the perfectly white, flowable, processed stevia products out there.

When I was on a stock-your-pantry preparedness effort several (over 5) years ago, I bought 4 Trader Joe’s Pure Stevias. I remember thinking at the time that they were really expensive, but, hey, if we couldn’t get things at the store, at least we had our sweetener! What I found was that I really, really liked using it! Slowly, over time, I kept thinking about having more and MORE, and if I didn’t get to have it, I craved (felt addicted to) the stuff. I looked for things to eat to add it to even though I wasn’t hungry! Yikes! Continue reading

~ Jacqueline

Posted in Food & Recipes, Sweet Treats, Thrift, Tinctures, Tutorial | 27 Comments

Attributes Of God On Butterfly Wings

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Have you ever really poked around while out on a walk and looked at things closely? If you take a moment to look with eyes to ‘see’, even in the least likely of places, you might find evidence of God’s eternal creational power and Godhead where you least expect it.

We’re often going about our lives at such a frenetic pace that it’s easy to forget the little things, those minute details that can at times inspire true wonder, especially in the heart of a child.

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~ Jacqueline

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