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My New Years Resolutions

Is this post a bit late…?

well maybe…

or maybe not!  😀

The meaning of resolution from the dictionary as I am using it is:
res·o·lu·tion     [rez-uh-loo-shuh]     noun

2.  a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.

#1 Increased Time in the Word.

#2 Getting Serious About my Health, Firstly my Weight.

#3  More WORK Minded.

#4 More Attentive to my Husband.

#5 More Diligent in Homeschooling.

#6 Better Steward of our Finances.

Practice these things, immerse yourself in them,

so that all may see your progress.

1 Timothy 4:15 ESV

There are many more things I need work on, but these are the ones that come to mind first and foremost.   😉

I will elaborate more on each of my resolutions in posts through this month.  I will end with a poem for our encouragement!

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions that you made and are still trying to keep?

Ring Out Wild Bells – Alfred Lord Tennyson

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Feb 2012 – Photo A Day – #2 Words

Day 02 – Words

One of my favorite verses.

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

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Jan 2012 Photo A Day Challenge – Day 14 – Something You Are Reading

Day 14 is “Something You Are Reading”

This book goes along with the New Year’s Resolution post I am “still” working on…  🙂

This link is to the main page on MY blog

for all my photo links.

You can go here for details and to see other photos… at your own discretion!


Photo A Day Challenge

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

FREE e-book from Money Saving Mom!!

Saw this and HAD to let you all know ASAP!!

You can get the above book is free if you order her budget book:

Or other details here: Money Saving Mom

This is free ONLY until January 9th… so don’t delay!

I am still working on my New Year’s Resolutions post… and both of these books are EXACTLY what I NEED!!  I will be ordering the budget book and reading about MAINTAINING my new resolutions while I wait for it to come to my door!!  Oooooo, I am so excited!  Thanks Crystal Paine!!

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Broken Arm Blessings – Arrow Learns Kitchen Knife Skills & Cooking!

Anticipation 1940 click to go to Shorpy.com for full size view

We continue with our mini series on “Broken Arm Blessings” here with this newest installment.  Yes it is a year later (plus a little) but it seemed fitting somehow.  In case you missed them, you can read part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here & part 5 here.

Right after I broke my arm the Lord impressed upon The Patriarch & me that “this time” was for Arrow’s training.  That was confirmed (without us having said a word) by Papa & Mama B on the Sunday four days after the initial break.  Yes, I did actually attend church with a very banged up face.  We didn’t want to deny anyone the blessing of helping us, but we needed to obey the Lord in this.  So, we turned down meals from our church in order to have this time of real life training for Arrow.

Baby Blue Cast & Casted Thumb

I was quite limited in what I could do in taking care of my family and out home.  My left thumb was cast immobile so I couldn’t move the radius bone.  That alone really limited my arm movements.  (Insert NON-evolutionary note here:  Even in just this I saw how we truly are fearfully and wonderfully made!! … end note)  Anything requiring two hands was o-u-t for me… for a time.  I found creative work arounds for a few things, but most things I had to have someone else do.  It was amazing to me how many things I actually HAD to use two hands for… that I did without thinking about “how” I did them.  And now I had to teach someone else the how… without being able to do the show.

YouTube!!  Did I ever think I would thank the Lord for YouTube..??!!

Arrow had to do all the majority of the house cleaning, cooking, laundry, garden watering, dishes, dog care (including giving doggy medications), as per the Lord’s direction.  I did a few little things that weren’t taxing & easily be done with one hand.  Many of the tasks that Arrow was now responsible for he had some training in.  He had just never been responsible for it all… all at the same time before!  We prayed that this time of training would 1) help develop a servant’s heart, 2) learn to work cheerfully as unto the Lord, 3) scheduling various household chores, 4) scheduling cooking so all items were done at the same time and able to be served together, 5) know what is required to ‘run the home’ so he will be a better manager of his own home (should the Lord provide him with a wife), 6) give him the skills and training to help around the house when all the children are too young to take charge on their own and his wife is incapacitated by morning sickness (should the Lord so graciously provide!) …and??

We had training in using larger knives (very interesting when I can’t ‘show’ how it is to be done!)  have you ever tried to cut an onion with only one hand… that thing rolls all over the place!  These youtube videos were Arrow’s ‘knife skill school classes’:

  – (This is an excellent explanation of how to cut, and the principles of the cutting action, how to hold you hands, etc.  This would have been tops if he had also shown better how to hold the knife and how to stand, but that is covered in the 2nd link.);

  – (This second one show how to hold the knife properly, how to stand while cutting, but I don’t like his knife action as much as the first video.);

(Sorry I tried embedding the video code… grrr….!)  And the audio quality on these isn’t the greatest, but the information is top notch!  So I included them here for your learning as well!  🙂  Here is the Gluten Free Girl’s Hubby showing how to dice vegetables (different info than how to cut them!;

Gluten Free Girl & the Chef show why it’s important to start with a  hot pan!!; – this was “MY” cooking epiphany!!  Oh!!  Oh!!  Oh!!  Revolutionized and IMPROVED my cooking dramatically… I never knew.

I thought these “training” videos were for teaching Arrow how to cook.  Ha!  Just like any other subject I teach in our homeschool, I learn SO MUCH!!  I wasn’t even taught the proper way to hold a knife in my home-ec classes way back in the 70’s!!  You know, the “old” days when girls were till being taught some home skills.  I was taught the basics of the how but none of the why and much of the details were never taught at all!  I have learned them now when training Arrow and in being part of the Ratio Rally.

Our learning continued in using the stove safely, washing up as you go so you don’t have such a large mess later, tips for hardboiling eggs, tips for frying eggs so they don’t have that hard plastic edge, 1) the eggs MUST be at room temperature.  I usually place them in a container with hot water while I prep the rest of the things, 2) The pan MUST be heated completely on LOW heat.  It takes my stove about 5 – 6 minutes.  The butter should NOT sizzle and neither should the eggs., 3) Cook the eggs slowly, they should slide around in the bottom of the pan when they are ready to turn and there should not be lots of the white still uncooked.  I still use butter, but skim off the foam as that is the protein that causes me a problem.  Guess I need to make my own ghee…, 4)  get the spatula completely under the eggs before trying to turn them so you don’t break the yolks… turn gently!, 5) Only cook 2 – 3 eggs at a time in a pan of the proper size.  If you use a larger griddle for lots of eggs… the same principles apply, but you may need some kind of ring to keep the whites separated so they don’t spread all over the place.  I don’t cook our eggs on our cast iron griddle as I don’t like the iron taste it leaves behind in the eggs.

how to coordinate laundry, cooking, etc and MUCH MORE!  So far his attitude has been pretty good.

Some of the things he made are:  a pot roast in the crock pot, chicken salad, gluten free pasta salad, GF pancakes, fried eggs, salads, roast beef hash, GF  cherry peach cobbler, hamburgers (not on buns), cole slaw, potato salad, fresh brewed coffee and iced tea.  I didn’t keep a complete record of all Arrow cooked during that time.  There would have been many other things not listed here.  And a dear, sweet friend, Mrs. G.B. made us a couple of meals anyway.  On a few days when we were gone for the better part of a day with various doctor’s appointments & such we heated up these meals.  Those were such blessings!  Thank you dear!!

Do you realize just how long it takes an 11 (at the time) year old boy to fix a complete dinner??  “MY” timing was W-A-Y off as to how long I needed to give him to get the food ready.  What took me 30 minutes was taking him 3 times that long.  I sure wasn’t about to tell him to hurry up when slicing, dicing and chopping with 12-inch sharp chefs knives!!!  So we got very little else done but the bare essentials.

I looked at this time as “my season of stillness” given as a blessing to me by my heavenly Father.   NOT that I want to run right out and break my arm again…  🙂  My ‘learning’ was in extending patience, letting go of perfectionist tendencies (do those towels REALLY need to be folded just that way??), relying on others help without demanding, new knife skills (yep I had NO clue…) and much more.  I couldn’t change what “crook in my lot” (or arm – ouch!) the Lord had given me, and complaining about it would only make me & those around me miserable!  So I spent much more time praising God for my… “Broken Arm Blessings”!

Ten blessings I am thankful for:

1) YouTube videos for teaching essential kitchen knife skills!

2 ) dear friends from church who made meals anyway.

3) that I had done some of this training before I broke my arm

4) watching Arrow chop and slice like a pro! (though more slowly!!) AND keep all his fingers

5) how pleased The Patriarch was with the fried eggs cooked by Arrow for the very first time

6) for a good set of Cutco Knives, thanks honey!!

7) Arrow’s pleasant attitude towards learning all this food prep stuff

9) watching Arrow carefully cup up a large watermelon for our church fellowship meal and do so safely

10) for the learning I had while teaching kitchen skills to Arrow!!

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R

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Prayer for R. C. Sproul Jr’s Bride

Well Enough to Complain

by RC Sproul Jr.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. When we are in fear for our lives, there is precious little we aren’t willing to go through to make it out alive. We will endure long hardship. We will put up with humiliating procedures. We will grit our teeth through pain. We will bite bullets, all hoping to get to that place where the worry will subside, and we can move forward knowing we’re going to be okay. At which point we go back to normal; we begin again to grumble against the smallest irritants, buck against the simplest requests and refuse the mildest indignities….  go here for the rest of RC’s message.

Let us keep RC’s dear bride in our prayers.  She has encountered a setback in her battle with Leukemia.

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R

My One Thousand Gifts List – A Beginning

RETRACTION:  I do NOT recommend this book.  I did purchase a copy, but never got around to reading it… and I am SO glad I didn’t!  My ‘very fast reading’ didn’t allow for any discernment on my part.  The idea of giving thanks in all circumstances is biblical, but she veers way off of that track!  You can read a biblical analysis of this book here and here.

I recently got Ann Voskamps book One Thousand Gifts from our local library.  I am not sure what to say.  I love this book.  I will be buying a copy so I can read it again.  I couldn’t put it down and was reading very fast.  I want to read it again and savor it.  Lingering in the lessons on thankfulness.  I want to live fully, right where I am.

I am going to start my own ‘list of one thousand gifts’ and will list them all here.

Thankfulness… to be thankful… in the small things… in the large things… practice so I can still find thanks and joy in the hard things.

1. Spring flowers

2. Birds singing in the early morning

3. the hummingbird flitting between blossoms at the flowering plant on the neighbors arbor

4. the sound of the rain on the skylight

I started out by wanting to please my husband and clear the entryway.  Some of these items had been sitting here for months.  Sigh, why do I always wait so long to get around to putting things away?  I just wanted to put these things from this one spot away.  Of course that meant I had to clear some space for those items in the hall closet.

This closet is directly across from the hall coat closet.  But it is 2/3rds the width of a “normal” hall closet.  It is narrow and deep, with a strange half shelf for the top shelf.  I don’t store my towels here, but in the bathrooms they go in.  I don’t store my extra sheets here, but in the bedrooms they are used in.  I don’t store extra blankets here, but in the “piano bench chest” for the off season.  It does seem as though we may not have much of an “off season” this year.  So the blankets are still out.   Though I could put some of them away.  Arrow just washed them for me today, so they are ready to be stored for the “summer”.

5. blankets laundered by Arrow

6. my newly organized game/puzzle/extras/first aid/candle closetThe photo isn’t very good, I will try for a better one in the morning.  And because it is in the hallway I can’t get a good angle to photograph it all together.  I may have to photograph one shelf at a time.  But I can access everything without having to move a bunch of other things out of the way!!

OK… so I got ‘into’ the closet across from this one to get better photos and I used the flash.  I almost never use flash, it is such harsh unflattering light, but for a closet… perfect!

This narrow closet is where all our games and puzzles are kept.  Those take up floor and two bottom shelves.

The third shelf  is for extra dental supplies and supplements,  and equipment like ear scopes, braces, slings, neti pots, and all the batteries.  I should design a battery storage shelf. They spill out and get everywhere!  I have been purchasing batteries at Costco, so they do come in handy boxes… but once they are opened… it just ain’t pretty (or wasn’t!!).

On the fourth shelf I keep the first aid box, homeopathic remedies, cough syrups and stuff like that.

On the very top half shelf I keep the extra Puffs Plus boxes, an essential during allergy season!  That is also where I keep the few videos we still have, one of Arrow as a toddler, one of The Patriarch’s cataract surgery, some airplane ones and a couple of others.  Just below the half shelf is the 5th shelf where I keep various candles.  There are jar candles, tea lights, votives and other container candles.  The electricity can and does go out frequently here, so a ready supply of candles is a necessity.  The electric company did trim back the trees from the power lines a couple of years ago and that lessened the number of times the power was out.  But there are those scary wind storms in the fall that usually leave us in the dark.  NOTE TO SELF:  I should put a lighter with the candles so I have everything I need all together.  DONE!!  🙂  Well after I took these photos!

I liked this so much I left the closet door open so I could look at it again and again each time I walked by!  🙂

Simple things to give thanks for.


~Mrs. R

Christ Glorified in Recent Tornado

Over 200 dead after massive tornadoes rake the South

(AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Dusty Compton)

It is with much sadness that I post this.  Yet our god IS faithful!  The recent tornado in Alabama that has completely devastated that region has taken the life of a godly father of 13, Mr. Lee.  Their neighbors, another godly family The Crawford’s (I am an affiliate for her product line), have had their home completely destroyed.  They also just had a brand new baby 3 weeks ago.  You can read their stories in by clicking the links below.

Kelly Crawford of Generation Cedar

Tribute to Tom Lee by Doug Phillips

How You Can Help ~ Donate Here

Please pray for all these families.

It is stories and moments like these that remind me of why it is so important to prepare with extra food, water and medical supplies.  If I had been a neighbor of these dear families, and my home was not one of the ones destroyed, I would have had the supplies these families needed.  Preparedness isn’t about saving my own skin alone.   Preparedness is providing for those the Lord puts in my path (my immediate family AND friends and neighbors) with the supplies He has allowed me to gather up and the skills I have learned so that I may be a blessing and a message of hope and love from the Lord.


~Mrs. R

Sufficiency of Scripture 2009 Audio FREE!

I just had to pop in and tell you that the National Center for Family Integrated Churches is giving away the audios from their “Sufficiency of Scripture Conference” from 2009!

This conference, which took place December 10-12, 2009, in Covington, KY, called Christians back to their foundation, affirming that the Scripture alone is sufficient to direct their lives and the life of their families, their churches, and their country in the 21st Century. 35 messages cover everything from the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture to Youth Ministry to personal evangelism.

What a blessing!  There are talks by Ken Ham, Voddie Baucham, Doug Phillips, Dr. Joe Morecraft, Scott Brown and many others!  Isn’t it grand that biblical truths don’t change with the times?!

Here is the link: NCFIC


~Mrs. R

LAF Book Set Give-A-Way!

Devotional Package

Washington & Declaration of Independance Package

Children’s Package

There is limited time to enter for a chance to win one of three great sets of books being given away at LAF!  Go HERE for more details and to enter for a chance to win!

I love a good book!  And these are all wonderful sets!!


~Mrs. R