Monthly Archives: February 2012

Daily Renewal when Motherhood Feels too Hard

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I don’t know about you… but I have been so tired lately.  Not just a physical tired, but a battle-weary, need a daily bit of encouragement kind of tired.  The soul-weary and emotionally worn out kind of tired.  Though I do know others who are also stay-at-home homeschooling moms, I still feel so ‘alone’ at times.

I was listening to Kevin Swanson’s 2010 Family Economics Series the other day.  In his talk “A Biblical Economy – The Opportunity of Our Century” he states that over 40% of 5 year olds are latch key kids!  And we wonder why the nations children are “growing up” without any decent character traits…?

As one of a small minority of mothers who does stay at home with her child(ren), I am always appreciative when I find something that will give me encouragement in my God-given job of mom.  It is said that a Navy wife is the toughest job in the Navy.  That is so true, to which I can personally attest.  I would also have to say that a biblical, stay-at-home, homeschooling mother is the toughest job in the church.

Of all places… the church (generally speaking) is the last place where we mothers can even find a modicum of encouragement for the role God has ordained for us!  In most instances, the modern, American, evangelical church is our most ardent opposition.

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus

will be persecuted,

2 Timothy 3:12

That is why I am so excited about this new devotional by Kelly Crawford.  In case you don’t remember, Kelly’s home was destroyed in a tornado last April and she had a tiny newborn!

Yet despite these trials Kelly and her family glorified the Lord day in and day out.  I can’t think of another person who would KNOW so intimately the emotional and spiritual weariness of motherhood!!  Can you imagine continuing to love, nurture and school your children without a home?

Here is what is being said about Kelly’s new book:

“When mothers are strong, their children — regardless of the challenges they face — tend to be strong. When they’re resilient and filled with faith, their children are likely to be resilient and filled with faith…The destiny of mankind is in the hands of mothers….” -Neal Maxwell

This book is your comrade in the trenches. It is a life-book, you will want to read over and over, written in small snippets for daily renewal.”

“This eBook is Kelly’s “cup of cold water” to mothers. We all need refreshment and encouragement when the hard days come, and Kelly has provided bite-sized (but meaty and thought-provoking) daily devotionals that urge us to take our calling as mothers seriously but remember at the same time that we are vessels of clay in need of God’s filling. These words are true whether you are the mother of one or the mother of ten! Thank you, Kelly, for sharing your beautiful insights into the calling of motherhood “from the trenches!” -Jennie Chancey

It will be released Monday, 20 February 2012!

Not only will it be available on Monday…

it will only cost $1!!

Though that low price will only hold for one day.

Blessings, Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

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Online Course – Constitution 101

Constitution 101:

“The Meaning and History of the Constitution”

About Constitution 101

“Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution” is a 10-week online course presented by Hillsdale College.

Featuring an expanded format from the “Introduction to the Constitution” lecture series with Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn, Constitution 101 follows closely the one-semester course required of all Hillsdale College undergraduate students.

In this course, you can:

  • watch lectures from the same Hillsdale faculty who teach on campus;
  • study the same readings taught in the College course;
  • submit questions for weekly Q&A sessions with the faculty;
  • access a course study guide;
  • test your knowledge through weekly quizzes; and
  • upon completion of the course, receive a certificate from Hillsdale College.

You must register in order to participate in Constitution 101. Even if you have already signed up for a previous Hillsdale webcast or seminar, we ask that you complete the simple registration process for Constitution 101. There is no cost to register for this course, but we ask that you consider a donation to support our efforts to educate millions of Americans about our nation’s Founding documents and principles.

Questions? Email

Constitution 101 Schedule

Each lecture is pre-recorded and lasts approximately 40 minutes. Lectures and other study materials will be released by noon each Monday according to the schedule. Once released, they are available to view at your convenience.

You will receive an email each week informing you that new material is available.

  1. The American Mind
    Larry P. Arnn
    Monday, February 20
  2. The Declaration of Independence
    Thomas G. West
    Monday, February 27
  3. The Problem of Majority Tyranny
    David Bobb
    Monday, March 5
  4. Separation of Powers: Preventing Tyranny
    Kevin Portteus
    Monday, March 12
  5. Separation of Powers: Ensuring Good Government
    Will Morrisey
    Monday, March 19
  6. Religion, Morality, and Property
    David Bobb
    Monday, March 26
  7. Crisis of Constitutional Government
    Will Morrisey
    Monday, April 2
  8. Abraham Lincoln and the Constitution
    Kevin Portteus
    Monday, April 9
  9. The Progressive Rejection of the Founding
    Ronald J. Pestritto
    Monday, April 16
  10. The Recovery of the Constitution
    Larry P. Arnn
    Monday, April 23

Mitt Romney, Mormonism and the 2012 Election

I knew I wouldn’t ever vote for Mitt Romney.  Couldn’t ever… even if he is the Republican nominee.  There was just ‘something’…

But I wasn’t able to elaborate on what that ‘something’ is.

Until today.

I have appreciated Eric Holmberg and the Apologetics Group for a few years now.  I am still digesting all that is in the Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism DVD & Study Guide.  :-)  This set if currently on sale for $9.95 (normally $29.95).  I am not an affiliate.

Today I appreciate Eric Holmberg for his clarity on this issue and making a YouTube video to explain it all.  :-)

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Feb 2012 – Photo A Day – #15 Phone

Day 15 – Phone

Yes this phone actually does work!

Yes, I do know how to “dial” a phone!

Go HERE to see all my Feb 2012 Photo A Day Pics & challenge details!

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Feb 2012 – Photo A Day – #14 Heart

Day 14 – Heart

I was surprised by how many different places heart shapes were  in my home.  If you had asked me yesterday I would have said… ‘none’!  lol

This is a pair of arm rest covers on a couch in the living room!

Tea light holder in the master bedroom.

The pewter piece is a paperweight I made in Jr High school, the purple ones are button covers, the gold one is a pin and the red one represents “my” heart that I gave to the Patriarch after a long time of martial turmoil. You can read a bit about that here.

This is a sweatshirt I made for Valentine’s Day in the late 80’s or early 90’s.  It took  f-o-r-e-v-e-r  to sew on all those buttons!!

You may also enjoy reading about a few of the things I have done on Valentine’s Day for the Patriarch here.

This year I am cooking up a special dinner for us all; pot roast, mashed potatoes, peas, salad, and a special gluten free pink lemonade pound cake.  That will be a separate post!  :-)

Go HERE to see all my Feb 2012 Photo A Day Pics & challenge details!

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Feb 2012 – Photo A Day – #13 Blue

Day 13 – Blue

13 - Blue Jean Jacket belt detail

Go HERE to see all my Feb 2012 Photo A Day Pics & challenge details!

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Feb 2012 – Photo A Day – #12 Inside Your Closet

Day 12 – Inside Your Closet

What can be said about a photo of a closet…?


Go HERE to see all my Feb 2012 Photo A Day Pics & challenge details!

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Feb 2012 – Photo A Day – #11 Makes You Happy

Day 11 – Makes You Happy

It makes me happy to create soap that people love to use!

Go HERE to see all my Feb 2012 Photo A Day Pics & challenge details!

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

The Deformed Heart of Obamacare

The Patriarch just read this to me and I HAD to share this with y’all.

Bigoted Barack, Red in Tooth and Clause

By on 2.10.12 @ 6:09AM

The deformed heart of monstrous Obamacare is sick and secularist social engineering.

Modern liberalism is willfulness writ large — a godless ideology that rests upon the caprice of central planners. Under it, the fluctuating and often frightening desires of corrupt men, rather than the changeless will of a caring God, form the shaky measure of “good government.” As the grim chapters of recent history show — chapters written in the blood of millions of unborn children and other “undesirables” — taking God out of “goodness” drains the term of any coherent meaning, leaving mankind at the mercy of power-seeking ideologues.

Pope Benedict XVI calls modern liberalism the “dictatorship of relativism,” a phrase that neatly summarizes the Obama administration as it moves to… 

The remainder of this article is at the American Spectator and WELL worth the read.

Blessings, ~Mrs.R (aka Aunt Mae)

The State of the Church

This is so true of the church today in 2012 much less in 1879…

“There is a common complaint in these days, that there is a lack of power in Christianity, and that the church does not shake the world as it did in former years. Shall I tell you what the reason is, in plain words? It is the low tone of life which is so sadly prevalent among professing believers. I believe we fall far short in our standard of Christian practice.

The times require a higher standard of personal holiness, and an increased attention to practical religion in daily life.

I must honestly declare my conviction, that there never has been . . .
so much profession of religion–without practice,
so much talking about God–without walking with Him,
so much hearing God’s Words–without doing them,
as there is at this present date!

Never were there so many empty tubs and tinkling cymbals!

Never was there so much formality–and so little reality!

The whole tone of men’s minds on what constitutes practical Christianity seems lowered. The old golden standard of the behavior which befits a Christian, appears debased and degenerated. You may see scores of religious people (so-called) continually doing things which in days gone by, would have been thought utterly inconsistent with vital Christianity! They see no harm in such things as theater-going, dancing, incessant novel reading–and they cannot in the least understand what you mean by objecting to them! The ancient tenderness of conscience about such things seems dying away and becoming extinct, like the dodo-bird.

And when you venture to remonstrate with those who indulge in them, they only stare at you as an old-fashioned, narrow-minded, fossilized person, and say, “What is the harm?” In short, laxity and levity are the common characteristics of the rising generation of professors.

Where is . . .
the self-denial,
the redemption of time,
the absence of luxury and self-indulgence,
the unmistakable separation from earthly things,
the manifest air of being always about our Master’s business,
the singleness of eye,
the simplicity of home life,
the high tone of conversation in society,
the patience, the humility, the universal love–
which marked Christians seventy or eighty years ago? Yes, where is it indeed? We have inherited their principles–but I fear we have not inherited their practice!

The Holy Spirit sees it–and is grieved! The world sees it–and despises us. The world sees it–and cares little for our testimony. It is life, life–a heavenly, godly, Christ-like life–depend on it, which influences the world!”

J. C. Ryle in 1879

We need more preachers who preach like this and not the ‘feel good’ twaddle most are fed in the church today!

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)