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Those of you who have been around here for awhile know that we are big into the “teach your child to LOVE to learn” method of homeschooling. Our homeschooling philosophy is something we began forming before we even had any children and it’s proven to be just [...]
Do you feel discouraged by the Proverbs 31 lady? Does she seem like an impossible standard that you can never live up to? Before you give up on being “good enough” let’s take a closer look at her!
We already talked about how that list isn’t really about what she does, it’s about her heart. It’s about why and how she does what she does. Be sure to start over there at that post if you missed it and then come back here.
The second big thing to keep in mind with this lady is that we don’t have to be crazy busy to be “virtuous” women! After reading that long list of things she does, we can start comparing our to-do lists with her big ol’ list. Don’t do it! Remember that this list isn’t a play book for us, it’s a description that is [...]
We ladies can so easily fall into the comparison trap. Church-going ladies often find they are comparing themselves with the well-known Proverbs 31 Woman. To many of us, she seems like an impossible measuring stick that does nothing but discourage us. She’s the “perfect” wife, mama, Believer, home-based business owner, charity worker… she “does it all.” Many of us feel that we need to do it all, too.
There are two huge problems with that. The first is that this wasn’t a description of a real woman. This is a description of an ideal. The “virtuous” woman. All of those things listed are there because they are examples of things a virtuous woman could do. This is not a checklist of all the things a virtuous woman must do. This list needs to be divided into two categories. The “character” category and the “examples” category.
In the Character category, [...]
Life has been so crazy with all our adventures, lately. Just a year ago we moved into our cute little 1940′s farmhouse fixer-upper and we’ve been working on it ever since. We’ve made friends with some wonderful people in the area and we’re working on growing those relationships. We’ve also been gardening and I’ve learned a lot about how different it is going to be to garden here in the hills.
With our first year here under our belts, we’re making some fun plans for our second year. I’ll be cleaning and repairing the chicken coop so we can have our own laying hens. The previous owners took the nesting boxes with them, so I’ll be building some and I plan to take lots of pictures for those of you who might want to have a tutorial. We’ll also be building a chicken tractor for meat birds, though I haven’t [...]
A year ago, we bought our adorable little 1940′s farmhouse. We love it and we love the area. We love that it’s a fixer-upper. We did quite a bit of work on it before moving in, which you can see here, here and here.
What we weren’t loving was the funky smell coming from the master bathroom. It got so bad that we had to do some exploratory demo to try to find the source of the smell and the ominous dripping we could hear behind the laundry room wall downstairs when we flushed the upstairs toilet.
Here’s the catch. We don’t have the money right now to buy all the things we need to renovate our master bathroom. We can only demo and try to fix whatever the problem is and then put the bathroom back together into our dream bathroom as we can afford it. My friends, we [...]
We all have those days when we just can’t seem to handle everything. Our to-do lists are 17 miles long, our dirty laundry is taking over the laundry room, the dirty dishes are taking over the kitchen and the kiddos are reacting to the chaos by trying to top it with their own versions of insanity. We can’t get it all done. We can’t “handle it” like we think we should be able to. We’re overwhelmed.
I’ve been there. Often, I *am* there!! People tend to think that those in any kind of spotlight (bloggers, writers, leaders) have somehow found the magic answer and everything in their lives runs smoothly. They haven’t. It doesn’t. We all have our own version of chaos between the (sometimes brief) periods of calm. This season of my life is a bit crazy and that’s okay! Other seasons have been calm, quiet and organized [...]
(Note: This is the first of quite a few posts that I’ve been wanting to write for awhile. These topics are controversial, which is why I’ve hesitated to share what I’m learning. I don’t like arguing and debating, so this is really just me sharing my heart with you. These are things I wish I had known years ago and I hope they will bless, encourage and challenge many of you!)
“Follow the doctor’s orders.”
“Just do what the doc says and you’ll be fine.”
“Doctors know what they’re doing so we’ll just have to trust them.”
You’ve heard these things before, right? We’re taught that doctors are in a league of their own. They are practically worshiped in our culture and questioning the knowledge or wisdom of somebody in the medical community is looked upon as blasphemy. Even most Christians act like the word of a doctor [...]
My two favorite places to buy organic food online have some good deals happening! As always, don’t forget to find good local deals using the internet, too. Some chain stores have special deals that you can only get if you log in to an online account. Before our local grocery shopping I try to always remember to sign in at Safeway.com and add all my personalized deals and special discounts so that they are on my shopping card. I saved about $70 in two shopping trips by doing that and then building my shopping list around those great deals on organic and all natural foods!
Our very favorite organic, fair-trade coffee is 20% off now through the 13th! They also have buy-one-get-one-free on their 32 ounce jars of organic coconut oil.
There are a lot of good deals going [...]
Are rising food prices taking too big a chunk out of your budget? Yeah, I’m right there with you! That’s why I’m compiling the best online deals I can find for healthy foods online and I’m sharing them with you every Monday. Today the only really great ones I found were all at one place. Happy shopping!
Two gallons of organic virgin coconut oil is on sale for $99!!! If I wasn’t already stocked up, I’d be ordering. The regular price is $220, so that’s a huge savings. Plus…
FREE SHIPPING!! Just use coupon code 24314 for free ground shipping.
They also have 50% off of their organic raw Canadian honey, which makes 17.6 ounces just $10.49.
I spent all last week catching up from having had the flu, so this post is late getting out. There are a ton of really great deals out there, though, so I didn’t want to skip it. Happy shopping!
Bob’s Red Mill is 20% off, plus there are fantastic coupon codes:
for $5 off $55+ use coupon code SAVE5 for $15 off $100+ use coupon code SAVE15 for $20 off $150+ use coupon code SAVE20
PLUS, if it’s your first order and you use my affiliate link, you’ll get $10 off your order and I get a $10 store credit for telling you about Vitacost.
Two gallons of organic virgin coconut oil is on sale for $99!!! If I wasn’t already stocked up, I’d be ordering. The regular price is $220, so that’s a huge savings.
Another of our favorite [...]