Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Western Morality

Woman Reading
 
I see some women dressed in veils go by,
And next to them, some women barely dressed.
I contemplate this contrast, and ask why,
Our western girls are eager to divest.

Yet once our ladies were much better dressed,
They wore fine hats and clothes from head to toe.
They went to church decked in their Sunday best;
They walked with grace wherever they would go.

Those ladies knew their place and had respect,
For gentlemen and everyone around.
The men in turn, did honour and protect,
Those ladies, whose good name was safe and sound.

Detail of Dancing Couple from Le Bal a Bougival

What happened to this modesty and grace,
That ladies used to have in years gone by?
What evil has so cursed the human race,
That such fine female modesty should die?

The devil offered Woman that old fruit,
Of knowledge and of freedom and of power.
And since the sixties this has been the root,
Of decadence, the loss of Woman’s flower.

And just like Adam, Man must share the blame,
For he stood by inactive, when the flow,
Of sexual immorality became,
As filthy and as strong as we now know.

And some men, full of lust, to their delight,
Abuse the girls who think that they are free,
Who think that being equal is their right,
But equal to the worst that men can be.

Seated Woman with Bent Knee

Now chivalry and modesty are spurned,
As women prize equality and force;
And many noble gentlemen are burned,
As they encounter women tough and coarse.

I know that not all women are like this;
There are still modest ladies on this earth,
Who've never listened to the serpent’s hiss,
Who know their source of grace and inner worth.

Lighthouse Walk at Biarritz, c.1906

For God the loving Father made us pure,
All men and women special, not the same;
In His eyes, we are equal, to be sure.
Our holy lives will glorify His name.

Good Christian men and women, listen up!
Fulfill the role that God has given you.
And if you do, we shall all drink the cup,
Of love and joy and harmony anew.

– Emile Joseph

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Good Morning Hugs

Mother Gives Her Little Child a Big Hug

Sometimes when we get up in the morning, it is so easy to scramble to get to our daily tasks.  Oh, and there are those same old people we always see in the morning.  We may not even notice the rise-and-shine sleepy heads as they come out of their rooms.  But this should not be so.

I've been making it a point to greet each one of my blessings with a good morning hug and kiss every day.  It sets the tone for the day--a tone of, "I love you.  You are not a burden, but a blessing."  I want to remind them, and remind myself, that this is the day that the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Let us take comfort in each other and in being together.

I think my children love their morning greeting from Mama.  They always return the hug and kiss and "Good Morning", and let me know if I didn't give them their greeting yet.

Thank you, Lord, for our children.  Our Blessings.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

I Don't Want to Sell You Something

The Young Fruit Merchant, about 1670/75

I don't want to sell you something you don't want anyways--that's for sure.  I know this blog, or any other homemaking blog, can seem a bit "commercially" if we go on and on about the latest this-or-that that you should buy...I've seen it happen, and I've done it myself.  The truth is, I've wanted to share certain things with you because they were great deals...and in the hopes you would buy something.  Or at least somebody would buy something...because it helps when I can earn a little money from this blog.

But I don't want to annoy you with a sales pitch today.  I love homemaking and I love my readers.  I am thankful that you come here to read, find encouragement, leave comments, and maybe sometimes learn a thing or two.  I don't want to sell you something you don't want to buy.  But I will briefly, if I may, mention that if you are a crafty type of person, or if you would like to be, or find time to be...Or if you're a person who is interested in decorating your home, or taking photographs...I just want to let you know...in case you're interested, that there is a sale going on right now.  Yes, one of those huge bundle sales that includes tons of ebooks, course, etc. for one low price.  This is one is a brand new idea. It's called the Ultimate DIY Bundle, and from the looks of it, has a lot of great material for those who like to create.  BUT, I'm not going to post all about that here.  I don't want to bore you if that's not your cup of tea.  I don't want to feel like a saleswoman...So I will just make this brief mention, and you can go check it out if you like.  If you see that you might enjoy the materials and decide to purchase through my link, yes, I will get a small commission, and yes, it will help our family.  I thank you for that, and I hope you enjoy your learning materials if you get the bundle.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Cold & Dreary Day

Old English House, Moonlight After Rain, 1883

I had a laundry day today.  Laundry is really my favorite homemaking task.  I love to take the dirty clothes, sort them, and place them into the washer.  Then when they are done, they come out clean!  Drying them is simple too.  Some clothes go into the dryer, and some get placed on our drying rack.  I love the feel of warm laundry right out of the dryer on a cold winter day.

Yesterday was surprisingly warm--so lovely and sunny.  We enjoyed some outside time, and Cherished of God began making a soil mixture with our compost for our upcoming garden.  We even did some of our schoolwork outside.  Today was quite the opposite of yesterday.  It was cloudy and cold--the heater even had to run a few times during the day.  We got some rain and even a little bit of snow.  How wonderful it is to have a house to protect us from the elements.

In the afternoons, I often feel the urge to take a nap, but I know my children need me, and I have things to do.  I am hoping if I get to bed earlier, I will not feel tired after lunch and instead will remain alert and full of energy.

My little boy has been very snuggly.  He offered to help me remake my bed today.  He has been showering me with gifts--little pieces of paper he draws on and then presents to me.  I never want these days to end.  How children grow so quickly.  How I wish they didn't.

What an awesome task I have--being a mother to so many children.  They are each unique, and have different needs in some areas, and different things to work on.  How I need the Lord's help to guide them in His ways.  How I pray I don't fail at the job.  How I pray to be patient and kind, even when the children have been naughty.  May my life point always to Him.  May God give me grace when I fail.

I had to spend quite a bit of time comforting one of my children after bedtime who was worrying about me.  I feel blessed because she treasures me so, but I want her to not be afraid.  We talked about trusting in the Lord--how we must all trust in Him.  Now I must get to bed soon.

I hope you all are well.  Many blessings...♥

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

How to Save Money and Stay Warm This Winter

La Cheminee, 1869

I am at Raising Homemakers today sharing some money-saving tips for your winter heating bill that will also help you stay warm.  Please join me there!

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

God's Beautiful Creation (As Captured by My Daughter)

Hello Dear Readers,

How are you doing today?  I hope well.  We are getting over a cold.  My children are coughing this morning, so we're mixing up some homemade cough medicine, and later I will sit down with each one of them and find a suitable homeopathic remedy for them.

If I haven't published your comment recently, I am just behind and will try to get to it soon and then pay you a visit!

Today, I just want to share a few pictures with you that Cherished of God took back in the late summer time.  She enjoys taking pictures and has taken some beautiful shots of God's marvelous creation.  A few of them are a bit blurry because the camera isn't that great.  I hope you enjoy them.











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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

15 Resolutions for Parents

The Marquis of Granby and Lady Elizabeth Manners, as Children

While I don't necessarily agree with all of these resolutions, there are some good things to ponder.

(Originally from an article by John Rosemond)

Given that this is the first column of a new year, I'm proposing a number of parenting New Year's Resolutions for my readers to consider. The list is by no means comprehensive. It's just a good beginning on what is probably a much-needed family revolution:

1. We will not throw expensive "event parties" for our children on their birthdays. Instead, we will confine all birthday celebrations to our family, including extended family. We will keep it uncomplicated: a special dinner of the birthday boy or girl's favorite food, a cake, the song, and a few simple gifts, mostly clothing or other useful things.

2. We will spend at least as much time helping our children develop good manners as we do helping them get good grades in school, which means we will cut back significantly on the time helping with the latter (in consideration of the fact that good manners, which are expressions of respect for others, will take one further in life than will good grades). Each week, we will work on one specific social courtesy, such as saying "excuse me" when you walk in front of someone. Taking two weeks off, that's 50 courtesies a year!

Polite Manners
3. We will show our love for our neighbors by properly disciplining our children, insisting on proper behavior, and reprimanding immediately (even if that means in front of other people) when they behave otherwise, and on those occasions we will also insist they apologize appropriately.

4. If we have not already done so, we will assign a routine of daily chores to each of our children (at least those who have reached their third birthdays) and we will insist that the chores be done, and done properly, before they engage in recreation or relaxation.

Illustration of Children Helping with Chores

5. When our children ask us for cell phones, we will tell them that they may have cell phones when they are able to pay for them as well as the monthly bills.

6. When our children complain that they are the only kids who don't have cell phones (and do chores), we will tell them that learning how to be different is character-building.

The Frugal Meal
7. Our children will not be able to order customized meals unless we take them to a restaurant. At home, they will eat what we are eating, and they will sit at the table until they are finished. We will do this so that when they are invited to eat at someone else's home, they will be the best of guests.

8. We will surely bond with our children, but we will not bond with them in the marital bed, nor will we bond with them in their beds.

9. In keeping with number 8, we will put our marriage first and our children second, for their sake as well as ours. They will revolve around us; thus, they will not grow up thinking the world revolves around them.

10. If I am a single parent, I will take good care of myself for my sake as well as my children's. I will have an active, adults-only social life. I will take plenty of personal time to simply relax and do those things I like to do. I will do all of that so that my children will not ever think the world revolves around them.

A Quiet Read

11. We/I will put our/my children to bed early so that we/I can end each day reconnecting as a couple or relaxing as a single.

12. We will eat as a family around our own table at least six nights a week.

Crumbs from a Poor Man's Table, 1868
13. We will keep after-school activities to a minimum, and let them enroll only in activities that do not prevent us from delivering on number 11.

14. Instead of buying our children expensive things, we will help them develop hobbies and take them to museums and on trips.

The Necklace
15. We will do all of the above so that when they grow up, they will have wonderful memories of their childhoods and raise our grandchildren in a manner that honors us.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/01/04/897541/15-resolutions-for-parents.html#storylink=cpy

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Only 24 Hours Left

Strawberries
Hello my dear readers,
Look back on 2014. What would you say was the best decision you made?
Did it have to do with your health, family or homemaking?
Now answer this: How many things did you decide to buy that had nothing to do with those things? How many times did you buy something that had ZERO impact on your happiness today?
Fast-forward back to the present. What would be the best thing you could accomplish in 2015?
I guarantee it has to do with the SAME 3 things.
And guess what? Of the 3 things, there is one that is the most important — your health. It is what allows you do everything else that you do. Without good health, you would fail everywhere else.
In 24 hours, the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will no longer be available. I want you to make a decision right now to improve your family’s health and learn everything Ryan and Stephanie have been working on.
Check out details about the Healthy Living Bundle Here
 
Trust me — it will be the best decision you ever make in 2015.
Best,
Blessed Homemaking
P.S. After midnight on Dec 30, the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will no longer be available. In September, Ryan, Stephanie and Erin sold over 18,000 copies. After people begged them to make it available again, they found a way for 48 more hours (and you only have 24 hours left) Don’t miss out. This is your last chance! Get the bundle now.
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Help to Get Healthy in 2015

Family of 4 Inside Supermarket Father Pushing Cart Mother 2 Kids

Rewind back to January of 2014 — you likely made plans back then for yourself. You perhaps even took up some new year’s resolutions.

You likely vowed to improve and transform yourself… to be in better health, to be in better shape, to live a longer life.

Fast-forward back to the present and tell me this: Are you where you wanted to be?

If you are not, don’t be discouraged! I’ve been there many times myself! Don’t feel like you’ve failed or fallen short. Don’t feel like the mountain is too hard to climb.

Most of all, don’t pack it in. Not yet.

We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing all we can to prevent serious diseases.

How many times have you “tried harder” to improve your health? How many times have you “tried harder” than the last time, only to fail again?

Here’s a secret: Trying harder has never been your issue.

Instead, you should be trying different. Trying simpler.

Preparations for Dinner


Most people over-complicate the process of improving their health. They think the silver bullet is in the complexity, in the personal trainers, in the protein shakes, in the gym memberships.

But it’s actually the opposite.

The silver bullet is in you. In the knowledge you have and how that knowledge empowers you to consistently make the right decisions (big and small) in your everyday life.

You probably start every January the same. Recharged. Rejuvenated. Reinvigorated. Ready to retry the same things you knowledge bank remembers, hoping to not re-fail again.

In the midst of all that, you seem to forget: To be reborn, you cannot recycle.

To put it another way: The only way to go somewhere you haven’t gone before is to do something you haven’t done before.

But even if you know that, it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the flood of information out there…what should you be listening to? It’s not easy to know and it’s even harder to find the right information. And so we’re frozen into complete inaction instead!

That’s where the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle comes in — a complete and curated collection of the best eBooks and eCourses to give you all the best practices, tips, tools and resources you will ever need to solve any health challenge you or your family want to overcome.

For the ridiculously low price of just $29.97, you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of $1,030.

The bundle contains a wealth of information from the very finest healthy living writers out there – but there’s no risk of getting overwhelmed! A useful Getting Started Guide is included with your purchase, which will help you identify the most valuable resources for your specific health priorities.

The Ultimate Bundles team has done all the hard work for you – finding the top experts across a number of healthy living fields and combining their products into one essential collection. If you want to take control of your health, there’s no better way to start!



The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will only be on sale for 2 days only – from 12am EST on Monday, December 29 until 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, December 30.

But don’t wait until the last moment – this encore sale lasts for 2 days only and then it’s gone for good!

You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day guarantee: you have 30 days to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s health, you’ll get your money back in full!

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As if this great collection of eBooks and eCourses wasn’t enough, the Ultimate Bundles team has also partnered with 7 fantastic companies who’ve each agreed to give a special bonus to every buyer. The bonuses have a total value of over $145 – more than 4 times the price of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle itself!

The bonuses include free goodies aplenty, like a starter culture from Cultures For Health. You’ll also get gift sets from Made On Skin Care Products and Homegrown Collective.

There are virtual goodies, too – a 4-month membership to StayAtHomeYoga.com and a 3-month premium membership to meal planning service Tradishen. And as if all that weren’t enough, there are also $15 gift certificates for Strawesome.com and Trilight Health. There is a nominal shipping charge for several of the bonuses, based on each company’s standard shipping rates, and is usually $3-5.
Here’s what you need to know about the sale:
When? 12 a.m. EST Monday, December 29 until 11:59 p.m. EST Tuesday, December 30

What? 74 eBooks and 6 audio & eCourses, PLUS over $140 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.
How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth $1140, and it’s selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?
We think there’s something here for everyone, and don’t forget… our Getting Started Guide will show you exactly which resources cover the topics and health concerns that matter most to you!

1960s Man Grilling Steak with 2 Daughters Seated at Picnic Table and Wife Standing Serving Food


We know you’re eager to see exactly what’s included in this bundle, so head on over to the website, where you can see the full list of eBooks, eCourses, and bonus offers.

When you’re ready, you can either buy here directly, or right through the website. It’s fast and easy, and you’ll have your bundle sent to you via email within minutes.

Click here for more info or to buy now.
Remember, this flash encore bundle is available for 2 days only, from 12 a.m. (EST) on Monday, December 29 to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, December 30.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Easy Way to Living Healthy

Hello Readers,

Guess what? Our break is over.

This marks the end of your festive dinners, the holiday treats and lack of activity you’ve allowed yourself to be exposed to over the last week.

Consider me your wake up call…and I’m going to make this very easy for you.

Well actually, Ryan and Stephanie are…If you didn’t read their story in my post, here it is in a few short sentences:

In February 2007, Ryan was diagnosed with cancer. He fought cancer. He beat cancer. Ever since then, Ryan and his wife Stephanie have made it their life’s mission to improving their family’s health and way of life so that their 4 wonderful children’s lives are never shortchanged.

Ryan and Stephanie have overcome a lot as a family. And they did it all after they made one big decision.

1960s Smiling Family Portrait Standing on Grass Mother Father Three Children


In the coming week, I’m going to make Ryan and Stephanie’s secret accessible to you. The way they got themselves and their family back on track is something every family needs to learn about and begin doing TODAY.

Ryan and Stephanie have put together a life-changing selection of the best ebooks and courses from some of the most knowledgeable and renowned authors on some of the most important topics impacting your family today:

How to make yourself more fit
How to make your children more nutritious meals
How to improve the condition of your skin and hair through natural products
How to use essential oils
How to do all that you can to prevent chronic diseases
And hundreds of more topics

They’ve put it all together into one easy-to-use, easy-to-understand, easy-to-implement package called the Healthy Living Bundle so that you never have to worry about finding the “right” information.

Ryan and Stephanie have done the work for you!

If you don’t believe me, see what others are saying about their bundles.

In the next week, Ryan and Stephanie will be opening the Healthy Living bundle for purchase for just 48 hours — that’s it! After that it will no longer be available.

I’ll be in touch with more details as we get closer to the date.

Until then, prepare yourself to make 2015 your healthiest year yet. You’re about to get access to a wealth of knowledge to transform your life.

Best,
Blessed Homemaking

P.S. Ryan and Stephanie could only get the authors to agree to give away a limited number of copies of their books. Be on the lookout for more information so that you’re ready on December 29 before the books are sold out. In the meantime, check out the reviews of the bundle here.


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