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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~#100~ 11/30/10

For Today...

Outside my window...
dark, grey, rainy skies. It looks colder than it actually is & makes me shiver. Brrrrr!

I am thinking...
of all the things I have to do today.

I am thankful for...
another day & that no matter what happens, God is still on His throne!

From the kitchen...
vanialla biscotti coffee is brewing...mmm...ahhh!

I am wearing...
burgundy leggings & an over-sized burgundy sweat shirt. Comfort & warmth is the goal.

I am remembering...
that I need to practice CHRISTmas music for this weekend's festivities.

I am going...to take DD#2 to work, practice the hammered dulcimer music, go to work.

I am reading...
Bible: going to start a new study tonight, haven't decided which one.

I am hoping...
that my sweet DH finds a really good, well-paying job soon (since his lay off he is terribly under employed & tragically under paid); I can tell that he feels like he carries the weight of the world on his shoulders.

I am creating...a peaceful, Christ-centered home; hoping all who enter & leave feel up-lifted by the Holy Spirit's presence.

I am hearing...
inside: radio & DD#2 getting ready for work; outside my windows: wind & rain.

I am noticing that...
it's so dark that I need to turn on a light. AND...this is my 100th Simple Woman's Daybook!!!

Around the house...
tidying up, making lunch & Maggie (the dog) needs a good brushing...

One of my favorite thin
gs...that DD#1 is spreading her domestic wings since she got her own apt. She made a yummy casserole that she 'invented' for Thanksgiving & it was really good!

Plans for this week...
family time, work; on Saturday I'll be playing CHRISTmas music on the dulcimer in an historic house. Tipp City, Ohio has an annual Holiday Home walk-through every year where several historic homes & shops in the historic downtown let you walk through & see their decorations, & someone is playing some sort of background music in every stop while people walk through.

Pondering these words..."A calling is a shaping of a burden...a hand-in-glove fit." ~Ravi Zacharias.

Scripture thought...Isaish 6:8
~ "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'"

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

Enjoy 100's of other Daybooks at
Peggy's Simple Woman's Daybook!

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Monday, November 29, 2010

Guest Post on Living Well Moms!!!

I have been honored by the Living Well Moms blog as a guest blogger for today! Woohoo!

Thank you, dear ladies.

You can read my post on homemade toothpaste Here!

Be sure to leave a comment so that they know you linked over from Marmee's Pantry.

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

History Lesson ~ Thomas Jefferson

No matter what your politics, it would be hard not to say that Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

At 5, began studying under his cousin's tutor.

At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.

At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

At 23, started his own law practice.

At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America" and retired from his law practice.

At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.

At 33, took three years to revise Virginia ’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.

At 40, served in Congress for two years.

At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben
Franklin and John Adams.

At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions

At 57, was elected the third president of the United States .

At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.

At 61, was elected to a second term as President.

At 65, retired to Monticello.

At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.

At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff. A voice from the past to lead us in the future:

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe .
~Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
~Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
~Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
~Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
~Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
~Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
~Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
~Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
~Thomas Jefferson

~Thomas Jefferson
said in 1802:
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive
the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.


Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The 1st Thanksgiving ~ from Those Who Were There

In the year 1620 ~

"About the 16th of March a certain Indian came boldly among them, and spoke to them in broken English, which they could well understand, but were astonished at it...His name was Samoset; he told them also of another Indian, whose name was Squanto, a native of this part, who had been in England and could speak English better than himself. After some time of entertainment, being dismissed with gifts, in a little while he returned with 5 more, and they brought back all the tools that had been stolen, and made way for the coming of their great Sachem [chief], called Massasoyt, who about 4 or 5 days after, came with the chief of his friends and other attendants, and with Squanto. With him, after friendly entertainment and some gifts, they made a peace which has now continued for 24 years...

"After this he returned to his place, called Sowams, some 40 miles off, but Squanto stayed with them, and was their interpreter, and became a special instrument sent of God for their good, beyond their expectation. He showed them how to plant their corn, where to take fish and other commodities, and guided them to unknown places, and never left them till he died..."

In the year 1621~

"Thus their peace and acquaintance was pretty well established with the natives about them...

"After this they had many greetings from various Sachems and much firmer peace. Even the Indians of the Island of Capawack sent to declare friendship; and Corbitant himself [a chief who was slow to warm up to the English but trusted Massasoyt] used the mediation of Massasoyt to make his peace, but was shy to come near them for a long time after.

"After this, on the 18th September, they sent out their shallop with 10 men and Squanto as guide and interpreter to the Massachusetts, to explore the bay and trade with the natives, which they accomplished, and were kindly received...They returned safely, and brought home a good quantity of beaver, and reported on the place, wishing they could have settled there. But it seems that the Lord, Who assigns to all men the bounds of their habitations, had appointed it for another use. And thus they found the Lord to be with them in all their ways, and to bless their outgoings and incomings, for which let His holy name have the praise forever, to all posterity.

"They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to prepare their houses for the winter, being well recovered in health and strength, and plentifully provisioned; for while some had been thus employed in affairs away from home, others were occupied in fishing for cod, bass, and other fish, of which they caught a good quantity, every family having their portion. All the summer there was no want. And now, as winter approached, wild fowl began to arrive, of which there were plenty when they came here first, though afterwards they became more scarce. As well as wild fowl, they got abundance of wild turkeys, besides venison, etc. Each person had about a peck of meal a week, or now, since harvest, Indian corn in that proportion; and afterwards many wrote at length about their plenty to their friends in England, -- not feigned but true reports."

Of Plymouth Plantation ~ Bradford's History of the Plymouth Settlement 1608-1650

"Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent 4 men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruits of our labor. They 4 in 1 day killed as many fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some 90 men, whom for 3 days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed 5 deer, which we brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty."

~~Edward Winslow; From Mourt's Relation ~
full title: A Relation or Journal of the Beginning and Proceedings of the English Plantation Settled at Plimoth in New England [note original spelling], by Edward Winslow, although William Bradford wrote most of the 1st section. Written between November 1620 and November 1621.

Have a blessed & happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Turkey Trivia

Thank you, Farmer's Almanac!



Here is some fun trivia about turkeys, the all-American bird.

  • There are several theories about how turkeys got their name. One story claims the Christopher Columbus heard some birds say "tuka, tuka", and his interpreter came up with the name tukki, which means "big bird" in hebrew.
  • Because the wild turkey is quick to defend itself and fight against all predators, Ben Franklin wanted it as the symbol of the United States. Comparing it to the eagle, he called the turkey "a more respectable bird, a true original native of America."
  • The average person in the United States will eat 15 pounds of turkey this year.
  • The wild turkey is one of the more difficult birds to hunt. It won't be flushed out of the brush with a dog. Instead, hunters must try to attract it with different calls. Even with two seasons a year, only one in six hunters will get a wild turkey.
  • By the 1930s, almost all of the wild turkeys in the U.S. had been hunted. Today, thanks to conservation programs, there are plenty of wild turkeys—they even invade cities!
  • A male turkey is called a tom, a female is a hen, and a youngster is a poult.
  • The domestic tom can weigh up to 50 pounds, the domestic hen up to 16 pounds. The wild tom can weigh up to 20 pounds, the wild hen up to 12 pounds.
  • The domestic turkey can't fly. The wild turkey can, for short distances, but it prefers to walk or run.
  • The average life span of a domestic turkey, from birth to freezer, is 26 weeks. During this period of time, it will eat about 75 pounds of turkey feed. The average life span of a wild turkey is three or four years. It generally feeds on seeds, nuts, insects, and berries.
  • The wobbly little thing on the turkey’s chest is the turkey's beard and is made up of keratin bristles. Keratin is the same substance that forms hair and horns on other animals.
  • Only male turkeys, or toms, can gobble, and they mostly do it in the spring and fall. It is a mating call and attracts the hens. Wild turkeys gobble at loud sounds and when they settle in for the night.

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~#99~ 11/23/10

For Today...

Outside my window...
lovely bright sunshine after a night of howling wind, rain & 2:00a.m. tornado sirens!

I am thinking...
of ways to simplify our lives.

I am thankful for...
our country & all who sacrificed ~ in word, deed, finance & their own lives ~ from 1620 forward, to establish it, build it & keep it great. Thank You, Lord, for blessing us so abundantly. Even the poor in America have far more than most of the non-Judeo-Christian world. Help us to keep it. Amen!

From the kitchen...
fresh bread baking & I'm about to make a new batch of laundry detergent & refill all of the foamy liquid soap dispensers; I make the bathroom soaps w/lavender & tea tree & the kitchen soap w/rosemary & tea tree.

I am wearing...
jeans, purple shirt & purple socks.

I am remembering...
happy holidays from my childhood.

I am going...
to take DD#2 to work, run some errands, do some blogging, write my weekly devotion for our church's newsletter, pick up around the house...& THEN...go to work! '-)

I am reading...
Bible: Psalms & I Peter; my favorite blogs, Country Sampler magazine.

I am hoping...
that hard-to-get-along-with extended family members 'behave themselves' during the holidays. Saw a sign in one of my Country Sampler magazines, a while back, that I'm tempted to buy ~ it says "Be Nice Or Leave." Exactly!

I am creati
ng...a peaceful, Christ-filled home. Selecting recipes for soaps & spice mixes for CHRISTmas baskets/gifts.

I am hearing...
the radio, typing fingers, the jangling of my bracelet.

I am noticing that...
the Lord has brought me to a cross-road & I need His wisdom to choose the right path...actually...I need a push, a shove, bells, whistles, bright lights, arrows, etc. to make the right decision! :-P

Around the house...
prepping for Thanksgiving, looking forward to putting up the CHRISTmas decorations after Thanksgiving. We are going to take Glenn Beck's advice & simplify. We will be slowly weeding through our 'stuff' in the next few days & then getting more serious about it after the holidays.

One of my favorite things...
that my sweet hubby wakes me up to kiss me good-bye as he leaves for work at 5:00a.m. I love those lips!!!

Plans for this week...
much the same as "around the house" ~ this will be our 1st Thanksgiving w/DD#1's boyfriend...could be the 1st of many! '-) I need to practice CHRISTmas music on my hammered dulcimer a little more diligently b/c I'm playing at a neighboring town's CHRISTmas home & business open house night on Dec. 4th. I believe I'll be playing in an historic hotel.

Pondering these words...
"I am a tangible expression of Jesus Christ in the world" ~ from Sunday's sermon.

Scripture thought...
Isaiah 6:8 ~ "Then I [Isaiah] heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'" We are all called to serve. Our calling begins w/an attitude...an attitude of humility & availability. (Also from Sunday's sermon.)

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

I LOVE this idea for a pantry door!!!

Enjoy other Daybooks at Peggy's The Simple Woman's Blog!

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Monday, November 22, 2010

Homemade Mayonnaise

This is a tasty & simple recipe for making your own mayo. It's good to have on-hand for everyday, but it's especially nice for holiday dips & dressings...like my dill dip recipe!!!

One of the best parts about this recipe ~ besides the low cost & the taste! ~ is that you probably already have everything it takes to make it in your cupboards already.

1 egg
1/2 ts. salt (I use either Sea Salt or Real Salt)

1 TB apple cider vinegar

1-1/2 c. oil (I use Safflower oil)

  1. Add all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Start whipping until mixture begins to thicken, begin with 1/4 c. of oil & then drizzle it in until you have added all of the 1-1/2 c.
  3. Continue whipping until it reaches desired consistency (NOTE: you can use either a hand mixer or a whisk).
  4. Makes 1 pt.


s from Ohio...Kim<><

Friday, November 19, 2010

C. S. Lewis on Who Jesus Is...

"I'm trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man & said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic ~ on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg ~ or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, & is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him & kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet & call Him Lord & God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."

~~C. S. Lewis; Mere Christianity.
[emphasis mine ~KW<><]

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cheesy Ham Casserole

Every family has recipes that are family favorites...here's one of ours. We especially enjoy this in the cold weather months, but believe me...it's SO GOOD all year long! :-P

  • 1/2 c. Miracle Whip
  • 2 c. fresh broccoli tops
  • 1 1/2 c. (or more!) shredded cheddar cheese ~ sharp or mild
  • 1 1/2 c. Ham, chopped into approx. 1/2" squares
  • 1 1/2 c. corkscrew noodles, cooked & drained (I like to use the tri-colored pasta, it's makes such a pretty presentation)
  • 1/4 c. milk (or vanilla flavored rice milk for those w/dairy allergies)
  • 3/4 c. seasoned croutons
  1. Mix all ingredients EXCEPT hold back 1/2 c. EACH of cheese & croutons.
  2. Spoon mixture into a 1 1/2-qt. casserole (I usually use a little more of each item than the recipe calls for & use a 3-qt. casserole). Sprinkle top w/croutons & remaining cheese.
  3. Bake @ 350* for 30 minutes.
  4. ENJOY!
Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#13~ 11/17/10

PASSAGE: Judges 6:37-40 ~~ [37]"...look, I [Gideon] will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece & all the ground is dry, then I will know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You said,' [38]And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece & wrung out the dew - a bowlful of water.

[39]"Then Gideon said to God, 'Do not be angry w/me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test w/the fleece. This time make the fleece dry & the ground covered w/dew.' [40]That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered w/dew." [Emphasis mine ~ KW<><]


"I'll help you. Look for a sign." ~ Gerry, in a letter to Holly, in P.S. I Love You.


LESSON LEARNED: Have you ever asked God for 'a sign'? C'mon now...we all have, haven't we?

The funny thing about signs is that they can be in front of you (in your near future) or even behind you (in your past). Of course, hind-sight IS 20/20. But if you will look back on those 'signs,' you will remember that they had to be accompanied by obedience to God & His Word. Even the most gentle 'nudge' will agree w/Scripture, IF it is from God.

Real life: Gideon was afraid b/c the Lord told him that he COULD defeat the Midianites SIMPLY BECAUSE God had sent him. Simply because. Then Gideon, realizing the mere creature of mortality that he was, needed the reassurance of knowing that he really was hearing God before taking his men into battle. He asked for a sign.

Fiction: Gerry, knowing he was dying of a brain tumor, wrote letters to his wife, Holly, to be read at certain times after his death. He knew that she would flounder w/o him & he often prompted her to "Look for a sign" from him. In the movie, his timely & encouraging letters not only got her out & about, helped her make amends w/his Irish parents, helped her find a new boyfriend (Gerry's BFF of all people!), but caused her to discover her new career.

Real life:
Often in the past, I have experienced God almost literally taking me by the hand a leading me into new phases of life ~ the most important of which was coming to know Jesus as my Savior. (I'll have to tell you about how God led us to our house, sometime! It involves a bunny & a red-tailed hawk! It's an amazing story.)

Right now, I feel like I'm being led in different directions, that I'm standing at a crossroad, & need to set out my fleece...& pray (some more)...because what I have laid before Him ONLY He can work out.

So...I'm looking for a sign b/c I know He'll help me. Simply because He loves me. And I know that either way ~ whether the answer is 'yes' or 'no'...'go' or 'stay' ~ that when I read His Word, I have a letter from God & on every page He will say...

Enjoy other Word Filled Wednesdays at http://acountrymom.blogspot.com/ Please feel free to grab the WFW button for your blog while you're there!!

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

HSLDA: Ohio Senate Applauds Homeschooler

Ohio Senate Applauds Homeschooler

This summer, the Ohio Senate adopted Senate Resolution 252 “Honoring Rachel Brown on winning the 2010 Ohio Right to Life Oratory Contest.”

In the resolution, the Senate acknowledges that Rachel Brown is a homeschooled student and “a person of intelligence and integrity.” It proclaims that Rachel “represents all those throughout Ohio who have realized their aspirations,” and that “she has distinguished herself among a select group of students whose efforts merit praise...With her vitality, intelligence, and positive outlook, she has set a fine example for her peers.”

The Senate then applauds her personal success and extends best wishes for her future.

HSLDA is pleased, but not surprised, to hear of Rachel’s accomplishments. Homeschooled students receive individualized instruction in a loving and nurturing environment with the highest levels of academic engagement. As evidenced and acknowledged here, homeschooling is capable of producing students who are mature, self-motivated and advanced in study skills.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~#98~ 11/16/10

For Today...

Outside my window...
grey skies, chilly, windy...welcome to November in Ohio.

I am thinking...
that the Lord is preparing me for a change...& I know not what it is. Exciting & scary!

I am thankful for...
the necessities of life. Our church...we just became members this past Sunday! :-)

From the kitchen...looking through recipes for baked goods, spice blends, soaps, etc...considering what to make & put together for CHRISTmas gift baskets.

I am wearing...
jeans, brown sweater, brown socks.

I am remembering...
wonderful, childhood memories that were lovingly jogged by an e-mail from this morning.

I am going...to take DD#2 to work, read some favorite blogs, tidy the house, go to work in the late afternoon.

I am reading...
Bible: Psalms; "Herbal Antibiotics" by Stephen Harrod Buhner.

I am hoping...
for some clarity & direction.

I am creating...a Christ-centered home; the beginnings of homemade CHRISTmas gifts.

I am hearing...
the radio, leaves skittering by the window as the wind whips them around.

I am noticing that...
I need a hair cut!

Around the house...tidying up, simplifying.

One of my favorite things...
homemade...period. :-)

Plans for this week...
family time, work, worship practice, Sunday worship w/the saints!

Pondering these words..."Between the top of the ladder & the top of the wall." This past Sunday at church, we had a gentleman from a sister church who was 'recruiting' ppl to go w/them on a missions trip to Mali, West Africa. During his slide show, he had a photo of an African man climbing up to the roof of a building they were working on, on a very rickety ladder. There was 3-4 ft between the top of the ladder & the roof & the man was climbing onto the roof from there. He said that as he watched this precarious situation, that it occurred to him that THAT is where the Lord works best: between the top of the ladder & the top of the wall." FAITH.

Scripture thought...~~Eph. 6:19-20~~ "Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should." [Emphasis mine ~KW<><]

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

Prayer concern...a place for Marmee's Pantry? Hmmm...

Enjoy other Daybooks at The Simple Woman's Blog!

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Homeschool Carnival

Guess who is a part of this week's Carnival of Homeschooling Open House?!

Check out all the great posts ~ plus mine :-) ~ HERE!

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Monday, November 15, 2010

Humbleness...Staying Alert...Roaring Lions...Oh, My!

~~I Peter 5:6-11~~"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

"Be self-controlled & alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist Him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

"And the God of all grace, Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you & make you strong, firm & steadfast. To Him be the power for ever & ever. Amen."

You know how you can read something in your Bible many times, & then...one day...a section just leaps out at you? Once again, that happened to me ... Why, do you suppose, Peter warned us to "
be self-controlled & alert" JUST AFTER telling us to "humble [our]selves" & "cast all [our] cares upon Him..."?

One thing that occurs to me is that, even in hard times...when there should be nowhere else to go BUT to the Lord, we still try to 'do it our way' & dig our way out on our own. When, in reality, the FIRST place we should go in any situation should be on our knees before the Lord.
Because if we think we dug ourselves out of the mire of our situation, then that can lead to pride. "Look what I did!" And pride, being the original sin (Is. 14:12-15), can cause us to believe that we are greater than we are; it makes us forget of all that we've been forgiven of.

And because of God's great love for us & the forgiveness of our sins that we have received, He even tops
that & wants us to remember that we still need to cast our anxieties upon Him simply because He cares for us. He cares. He loves us. Like the best of all Fathers that He is.

But when we depend upon our own devices &, again, in His graciousness God blesses us w/success, THAT'S when we need to get a grip, back track & exercise a little
self-control. Because in that state of pride is exactly where the devil is prowling around like a lion, just waiting to destroy us in our pride! He thrives on destroying God's precious children. He doesn't care if he can get you by completely turning away from God in your hard times & struggles ("Why are YOU doing this to me, God?!?!?!") or simply through apathy ("See? I can do this by myself. I'll leave the praying to whimps & children & people who need a crutch").

The devil is a liar! RESIST HIM!

We live in a fallen world. RESIST HIM!

Others are suffering right along with you. RESIST HIM!

You are NOT alone! RESIST HIM!

God IS on YOUR side! God loves YOU! He "will Himself restore you & make you strong, firm & steadfast"! In hard times draw near to God, humble yourself, stay alert...

He's there.

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Thursday, November 11, 2010

(casting crowns)A Tribute To Our Soldiers(very sad video)

Thank you, to our dear military & their families.
{Remember to turn my music off at the bottom of the blog before watching the video.}

Thank You, Veterans!!!

Thank you past, present & future veterans! Thank you, AND your families, for your service, your sacrifice & for keeping us free. God's richest blessings upon you all!

Revolutionary War ~ War of Independence

War of 1812

Civil War

World War I ~ "The War to End All Wars" {my grandpa, Army}

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Gulf War

War Against Terror

Our brave servicemen & women are the liberators of the world. Thank you.

And a special thank you to my dear Grandpa ~ Daniel S. Chandler: Army/WWI (his flag) & my dearest Daddy ~ Hershel L. Chandler: Navy/WWII (his dog tags).

Never forget!

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lipstick? What lipstick?

No, I have NOT seen your stupid lipstick! Why would you even ask me that? I'm insulted! Every time something goes missing around this joint, everybody comes looking for me!

{Got this in an e-mail...HAD to share it!}

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Opera Company of Philadelphia "Hallelujah!"

What a wonderful surprise!! I would have been standing there worshipping...singing w/tears in my eyes & hands raised to the Lord in praise!



Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~#97~ 11/9/10

For Today...

Outside my window...
bright, blue skies; unseasonably warm temps. A little Indian Summer for SW Ohio.

I am thinking...that I need some God-given clarity on a couple of issues.

I am thankful for...the FREE McD's carmel McCafe' that I was blessed w/this morning! :-P And that I didn't break my toe when I dropped a heavy bottle of liquid vitamins on it at work last night!

From the kitchen..
.new loaf of flaxseed bread in the making.

I am wearing...my cold weather "uniform": jeans & one of my Lakeside hoodies...the dusty brown one for today. :-) lol

I am remembering...16 yrs of homeschooling...& that I miss it. Children do grow up, don't they?

I am going...
to do some housework, some baking, some laundry...and THEN I go to work! '-)

I am reading...Bible: Psalms.

I am hoping...that the ho
lidays will go smoothly w/extended family; that the newly elected Conservatives will do what they promised all of us they would do.

I am creating...a peaceful, Christ-centered home.

I am hearing...
the radio.

I am noticing that...
I need to punch a couple of new holes in my belt! Woohoo!!!

Around the house...cleaning, baking, enjoying the quiet of mid-day w/the house to myself.

One of my favorite things...
the way Maggie, our little dog, greets me when I come home.

Plans for this week...family time, grooming Maggie, work/staff meeting; looking forward to watching "Sarah Palin's Alaska" on TLC this Sunday.

Pondering these words..."God intends His Body to function through spiritual gifts. Human talents are NOT adequate for spiritual ministry. Too often, we look to the secular skills of someone in the world instead of someone in our church body who is gifted in a certain area." ~ From Sunday's Sermon.

Scripture thought...~~I Peter 4:10 ~
"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." [emphasis mine ~KW<><] I have to decide to use the gift(s) that God has given me. He is a gentleman & will not force them upon me.

Here is a picture thoug
ht I am sharing with you...

A local homeschool grad who just made it through Marine boot camp! His family & our community are SO proud of him. God's richest blessings!!

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Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

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