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~J.A. James, “The Duties of Parents” 1828

On parents it depends in a great measure, what their children are to be . . .
happy–or miserable in themselves,
a comfort–or a curse to their relationships,
an ornament–or a deformity to society,
a seraph–or a fiend in eternity!

It is indeed a fearsome thing to be a parent, and is enough to awaken the anxious, trembling inquiry in every parent’s heart: “Lord, who is sufficient for these things?” 

graceless parent is a most dreadful character! Oh! to see the father and mother of an expanding family, with a crowd of young immortals growing up around them–and teaching worldliness to their offspring, and leading them to perdition by the power of their own example!

A sheep leading her lambs into a den of hungry tigers, would be a shocking sight! But to see parents conducting their children to the bottomless pit–is most horrible!!

HT: Grace Gems


Indelible impressions!

(William Bacon Stevens, “Parental Responsibility“)

We aid and abet the spiritual death of our children, by our irreligious example–both in doing that which is positively wrong, and in neglecting to do what is as positively required. As young as our child is–it has learned to join together precept and practice. And if we are professors of religion, our child has put along side of this profession–our daily walk and conversation, and is perpetually drawing inferences from the one to the other, either for, or against, the truth which we profess.

Uncurbed tempers, ill-governed passions;
unbridled tongues, uncharitable words;
lack of meekness, and gentleness, and truth;
lack of sobriety of mind, and kindliness of heart;
the absence of that strict conscientiousness which should mark all our actions;
neglect of the Bible and of prayer;
disregard of the means of grace;
irrepressible worldliness, in ever dwelling upon “What shall we eat, and what shall we drink, and with what shall we be clothed?”
–are leaving indelible impressions upon the minds of our offspring! So that, copying our habits of thought, speech, and action–our child’scharacter in its essential characteristics, may be formed for eternity; before its mind is able to receive the precepts which perhaps we occasionally teach.

~Grace Gems

Happy 17th BabyGirl!

a verse from Scripture~
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Psalm 127:3

family gathering in Pittsburgh * ice hockey win * home school Spring Formal * yard work * Sunday dinner with family

a view beyond the front porch~
tulips ready to bloom * violas * wild dogwoods dotting the forest

from the garden~
herb plot planted * Brussels sprouts & black-eyed peas in * three more beds to go

around the kitchen~
meals to plan * dishes to wash * a puppy patiently waiting for her chow

school notes~
off week * lots of ‘Home Ecc’ projects * field trip to FBI Academy

currently reading~
Slave by John MacArthur

at the morning watch~
JMac:  Islam and the 7 year Tribulation

thinking about the week ahead~
tidy desk * rainy days ~ get back to parlor prep * sunny days ~ work in veggie garden beds

one of my favorite things~
seeing something I’ve planted actually survive and thrive  =)


Have a lovely week!




a verse from Scripture~
“And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; in both summer and winter it shall occur.  And the LORD shall be King over all the earth.  In that day it shall be–‘The LORD is one,’ and His name one.”
Zechariah 14:8-9


date night with Hubby * a four-course, birthday dinner from daughter * son struggling with strep throat


a view beyond the front porch~
the first blooms of spring


from the garden~
tomato seeds planted


around the kitchen~
chicken soup to sooth sore throats * cheese burger bread roll


school notes~
starting Algebra 2 * last week before daughter’s well-deserved Spring Break * finish driver’s ed


currently reading~
how-t0 manual for new smart-phone


lessons learned from the Labs~
lying in the sun all day is a good thing


at the morning watch~
another warning about American Girl dolls


thinking about the week ahead~
more cleaning in parlor * get peas and spinach planted * home school board meeting


one of my favorite things~
Nutella on a cinnamon bagel with a hot cup of coffee


Have a blessed week!



meditating on ~
“…be imitators of God as dear children.”  Ephesians 5:1

remembering ~
a fun evening with friends

beyond the front porch ~
the puppy barking to come inside ~ a balmy, spring-like morning ~ blooming snowdrops

from the garden~
wooden pallets ready to start composting area ~ pea seeds for planting

around the kitchen~
leftover blackberry cobbler ~ bread baking day

school notes~
algebra 1 finished!

currently reading~
the latest ‘Living’ magazine looking for gardening tips

lessons learned from the Labs~
free toys can be found in the woods

at the morning watch~
Rob Bell’s new book comes out next month.  Does he believe that Hell is empty?

thinking about the week ahead~
parlor clean-up ~ errands Tuesday ~ an entire week with my husband not on travel

one of my favorite things~
playing games with my family

Serve your King today!



Should I celebrate Christmas?

These thoughts began a few years ago and have only become more intense this year because of a few other serious blog posts.  I have no desire to decorate because that involves not only my time, but sometimes lots of money.  Gift giving is almost a required aspect, so I haven’t even approached the subject knowing it will be painful.  At this point, I am simply trying to honor the Lord with how to spend my time during this ‘season’.

Sick mother

Fifty years of smoking has led to serious health issues for my mother.  After spending the better portion of the last decade nursing her failing husband, her health care was put on hold until now.  Complications after another stent was put into her leg caused some worry, but she’s on the mend now and looking at getting her other leg cleared soon.

Patriocentric theology

I have been a closet supporter of the patriarchy movement for quite a while.  I have desired my husband to be the spiritual head of our home, wanted to be a stay-at-home, homeschool mother, and hoped to keep my daughter and son home until they marry, are all thoughts that drove my way of thinking and influenced most of my decisions.  …until recently.

Karen Campbell has a series of podcasts that I have been listening to.  Boy!  She has opened my eyes to some of the problems in this movement.  Now, to be sure, I have known about some of the issues associated with some of these groups.  For example, I am aware that many in this group are Dominionists.  And recently, in Vision Forum’s new catalog they have started selling Rushdonney’s books.  But now I am questioning the actual biblical support for some of their teachings.

Talk about rocking your world!!

A new church

It has been six years since we left our last church.  Since then we have mostly had what we call ‘home church’ which consisted of Bible Study, prayer and singing of hymns.  Initially, there were two other families that we met with, but they both felt the need to join others churches.

A few weeks ago, my husband decided that it was time to try church again, so we have begun attending a small, local congregation were we know many of the families and the pastor.  It is a Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) church which is different than the United Methodist, American Baptist and Southern Baptist churches that we have been part of in the past.  I am quite familiar with the official teachings of the PCA church and have a number of differences in my personal theology, but right now it is wonderful to be back with a group of believers in corporate worship.


I am remembering these words of comfort from my Savior,

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”   Matt. 11:28-30

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Since writing this post I have come across two other blogs concerning patriocentric teaching, specifically Michael and Debi Pearl’s methodology.  Here are the links:

I am in the process of reading these sites in hopes of a deeper understanding of the problems of this movement.



With avocados, tomatoes, and jalapenos all ripe, it must be time for fresh guacamole.  Here’s the recipe that my family loves:

2 ripe avocados, peeled and mashed
juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
1/2 c onion, chopped
1/2 c tomato, seeded & chopped
1/4 tsp salt
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded & chopped

Combine all ingredients.  Refrigerate overnight for best flavor.

Years and years ago, we bought our first bread-making machine.  We had fun trying different recipes and experimenting with ingredients.  Our friends also had one and we shared all that we had learned.  Pizza dough, cinnamon rolls, beer bread…what memories!

Last year we had to replace our old, worn-out DAK.  After a bit of research, we purchased a spiffy, new Zojiroshi. 

We also invested in a mill and wheat berries in an attempt to make healthier bread because our little man was struggling with some digestive issues.   😦 

All that being said, I have struggled to find the same types of recipes that we enjoyed with our old DAK.  My ryes are like bricks; my banana bread failed miserably and I threw away lots of failed experiments to get a basic wheat right.  Ugh!

However, I have discovered a new trick!  Our old recipe book 
has recipes that can be doubled with success!   And one of my family’s new favorites is for garlic cheese rolls.  Yums!

Using the dough setting, I can make two, lovely pie plates of pull-apart rolls; one to serve and one to freeze for later. 

Here’s the recipe:

1.5 cups water
4 cups flour (I used fresh-milled white wheat.)
2 teaspoons salt
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons sugar (I used Sucanat.)
2 Tablespoons nonfat dry milk
1 heaping teaspoon gluten
1 Tablespoon yeast
1/2 cup melted butter
2 garlic cloves, crushed
freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Place first 7 ingredients in bread pan, select basic dough setting, and press Start.

When dough cycle is complete, remove bread from pan, and turn onto a floured surface.  Cut dough into two equal portions.  Working with one portion at a time, roll and stretch dough into a 24-inch rope.  With dough cutter or sharp knife, cut rope into 16 equal pieces.  Shape into balls; place in a greased pie pan.  Follow the same procedure for the second half of dough.

In a small bowl, combine melted butter and garlic.  Pour evenly over two pans of rolls.  Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 

Cover and let rise in warm oven for 30-45 minutes or until doubled in size.  (HINT:  I turn on my oven to the lowest setting and let it warm for two minutes, then turn it off before placing dough in oven to rise.) 

Remove pans from the oven and preheat to 375 degrees.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden. 


I made 24 little rolls instead of 16, but I think I’ll do 16 next time.