Friday, August 17, 2018

No More Braces for Joshua!

This happened on August 6th!

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Who but God can see the entire picture?

What if you get to the end of this life and learn those people and situations that you had mean thoughts towards, judged harshly, gossiped about, opposed so fiercely, wrote letters of scorn to, tried to get even with...

were completely different than what you thought you knew? 

Maybe you were lied to or you made assumptions and came to the wrong conclusions. Maybe you never heard both sides of the story. Maybe you were manipulated into believing what you do about the person or situation.

Who but God can see the entire picture?

Would you grieve heavily in your spirit if you knew those unkind attitudes, words, and actions of yours in your self righteousness caused harm to others? or learned how much your self righteousness cost you and your family in your spiritual walk? 

Are you more anguished by your own sins than you are angered over someone else's? 

This life is not a game.

Walk circumspectly with the goal in mind.

You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’ ” So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. Romans 14:10-13

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them." John 14:21

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

I never know where something like this might pop up.

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I had a bag of googly eyes that had sat in my craft supplies for years.
My children found them.
That includes my adult children too.

Now I never know where I'll see something staring back at me!

This house is a fun place to live!


Yes, I take the Kyo-Green tablets. I love the energy boost they give me!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Someone Stole from Our Disabled Neighbor

I learned more details about what happened and edited the story to reflect those new details. T can be hard to understand sometimes. 

8/7/2018: Our neighbor, T, has Muscular Dystrophy. He is wheelchair dependent and at the point where he needs help getting in and out of bed, bathing, and more. He relies on in home aids sent through an agency. 

Sunday night (8/5/18), he was robbed by two former caregivers who worked through an agency. H and L pretended to be there for a "visit." They came after his aid had put him in the bed for the night. One stayed by his bed while the other stole his safe which was hidden in the kitchen. T knew something was up and had called a buddy to come watch the girls, but he did not get there until 10 minutes after they left. We think one or both must have snooped around and came across the hidden safe while working. They stole around $11k in cash, family jewelry, all of his guns, important documents, and more. Anything of value, they took. They cleaned him out!

The women were clearly identifiable on the game camera he had set up in that room. So far, the police have not arrested the women. 

T is asking for prayers that police will arrest them very soon and that he can recover most, if not all, of what was taken from him. 

T had to rely on them and had come to trust them. His heart is hurting.

Our family has met these young women (20s) who are both mothers of very young children. Their children will be affected by their crime. 

Our two youngest boys had a good relationship with both H and L, helped them with some of the heavier tasks, and taught them how to use the lift. Their hearts are hurting too.

Sinful behavior is selfish and thinks only of itself. It has destructive consequences that reach much further than the original intent. Please pray for Timmy. Please pray for these young women and their children. 

I do not sit in judgement or condemnation of these women. The Bible says "sin so easily entangles" us. (Hebrews 12:1)  That means ALL of us...me..and you too. In situations where others have made poor choices, I use it as a warning to myself and take a moment to pray I do not fall into sin. I look for weeds in my heart and ask God to start pulling. Even if I live to be 120 years old, there will not be enough time for me to honor and glorify the Lord, so I don't want to waste a moment.

I encourage you right now to take a moment to examine your life and flee from the things that take you further from the Lord. Fix the things in your life that need fixing. Reach out and mend those relationships. Ask God to make you strong where you are weak. Live to glorify the Lord, not self.

This life is not a game! It's serious business with eternal consequences. 

If an arrest is made, I will update. 

Update: Clint spoke with T and learned the women admitted to police that they took his things. They claimed they no longer had them because they got scared and threw them in a field. Nothing has been recovered. Police would not tell T if they girls had been arrested. If I learn more, I will update.

Update: I just searched our county's court cases. One was charged with grand larceny. The other was charged with a felony. Both were released under recognizance. They have hearings on the 15th. 

Update: T was taken to the ER for complications to injuries that occured when he was dropped in the nursing home last fall. He learned he has a torn bicep and a torn rotator cuff from that fall. They want to operate, but they said he will have to do PT in a nursing home for six weeks afterwards. He adamantly does not want to go back into the nursing home. He called me crying and was very low spirited. One horrible thing after another keeps happening to him. Please keep praying.

Because he was in the ER, it took us a while to ask him what would be easiest for him for donations. He does not have internet access at all, so I was not sure how gofundme would work. He said the easiest for him would be a check. If you want to help him, send an email (contentmentacres@yahoo.com) with subject line "FOR T." I will give you his name to put on the check or money order and our post office box address to protect his location. He has $200 to his name. He's very concerned about bills. 

Update: We raised $560 in just a few hours yesterday!! Thank you everyone who gave. May God bless you for it! 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Update: We have been able to raise more money for T. He is somewhat better mentally knowing he can pay his power bill and make it financially to the end of the month. Please pray for reconciliation with his siblings. The women who stole from him go to court for the first time on Wednesday.

Update: H and L, the nurses, go back to court on September 13th.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Ads

I was told there were some inappropriate ads being shown. I have not seen them on my end. I have turned off the ads. I will investigate and try new settings as soon as I can which might be a while. 

Prayers Needed for a Special Friend

I bumped this prayer need up because the situation is serious and ongoing. 

Most posts on this blog are made in advance and set to publish at a specific date and time. I choose midnight simply because it is the first time in the list. Because Clint has to get up so early, I am usually in bed by 10 unless something unusual is going on. 

8/10/2018: She is seeing slow, steady improvement. "One day at a time" is her motto right now.

8/6/2018: There is still a long way to go, but things are headed in the right direction. Prayers for healing and wisdom for what path to take health wise are needed. There may be some good news that could make what she has been through outrageous and unacceptable, but it will take a while for that to be determined. 

8/3/2018: It was not the blood clot causing the severe pain. It was the wound vac. It has been removed and the pain has reduced a lot. There is a lot going on with questions that need to be answered. Prayers are still needed and very much appreciated.

8/2/2018: She is in extreme pain. The blood clot is around nerves. As the body tries to resolve it, it causes horrific pain. Medication gives her one hour of somewhat relief. The medication has side effects. Please pray. 

8/1/2018 10 a.m. The huge internal wound is closing up faster than expected thanks to a nurse insisting upon a wound vac. It will take over a month to fully heal and the cleaning of the wound every three days is very painful. 

I was asked where this hospital is located. Chesapeake. This is the third similar incident I am aware of in this facility. 

7/30/2018 9:00 p.m. We're back home! I kept in touch by text over the weekend. The uncomfortable issue has been resolved. Other than that, there were no significant changes in her condition. She has a long way to go. Please keep praying for healing and for peace as the next step draws closer.

7/26/2018 There is finally a good plan in place to get her well...unless they change it again. There were no new complications. She was able to rest a little more. She needs prayer for an uncomfortable issue. Clint and I will be staying in another city Fri, Sat, Sun, and that stay might be extended since our children are at home to care for the livestock. I won't have internet where I am staying, but I will update asap once I am home again. You will see other blog posts which were scheduled in advance. I may not be able to answer texts. Thank you for the prayers for our friend. When those who love the Lord band together in prayer as He has told us to do, big things happen!

7/25/2018 10 p.m. I am sorry I have not answered anyone today. Long busy day. I just got off of the phone with my friend. I am not sharing details because there is sufficient evidence to support a very solid case for medical neglect. She is in a lot of pain, is very sick, and needs a lot of prayer. Thank you to those who are praying along. 

7/24/2018 8:00 p.m. Things are MUCH worse. I am not at liberty to give any details for privacy and due to a possible future lawsuit. Please pray hard for return to full health. God knows the rest of the many needs. Thank you for praying for my dear friends. This is painful to watch. They truly need your prayers.

7/23/2018 2:00 p.m. She still needs a lot of prayer. It's going to be a while before she is out of the woods. Thank you!

7/19/18 9:37 p.m. A family friend has been having some heart issues and had a pacemaker put in today. Something went wrong with the surgery. She is bleeding internally and is in quite a bit of pain. Morphine is not helping her. The bleeding is being checked every hour. If it does not stop, they will have to have surgery to find out what happened. We love this lady very dearly and ask that you lift her up in prayer. I will update as I learn more. 

My Girly Tomboy

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I saw this and laughed.

free mirror she painted
concrete planter she made herself
free dresser from her oldest brother
battery operated candles from her mama
scented candles
trailer hitch and screwdriver

She also owns her own rolling toolbox as well as tons of clothes, make up, and hair dye. I don't know any other woman her age who has mastered cosmetology, works in a leadership role, has purchased their own home, and can tear down and rebuild a car engine. She continually amazes me!

Amanda is a girly tomboy!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

How She Saved $70k on a Home

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Amanda doing the final cleaning of the ceiling and skylights.

Amanda purchased her four bedroom two bath brick house for over $70k LESS than the current tax assessment. She now has at least that much equity in her new home. 

She found a foreclosure that was just listed minutes before. She texted me at midnight and asked me to pull the records and other information. I jumped on it so she'd have the advantage over other potential buyers. Everything looked good, so she asked me to go with her to check it out right away. Clint went with us again that evening. Our realtor loves us and gave us the code so we could look at it whenever was convenient. The house was solid structurally. It needed a little sheetrock work, a working stove (free), and a very, very good cleaning.

Dirt, however, is easy to remove especially when you have Team Asbell who will come help you scrub for a couple of days. 

If you can see the potential in a property and don't mind applying a little elbow grease, you can find some great deals in real estate. Move fast when you find an excellent deal because they do not last long. 

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Girly

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Girly is Brandon's dog, but she stays with me during the day due to anxiety issues caused by her previous owner's death. 

She loves our entire family!

I had to drop some things off at Amanda's house while Amanda was working. Since she likes car rides, I let Girly accompany with me. She looked all over the house searching for Amanda. She whined and carried one until I opened Amanda's bedroom. She searched that thoroughly and then laid on some clothes Amanda had left on the floor. She looked at me like "I'm sitting right here until she comes back."

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Worth the Watch



Honey Harvest

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empty natural comb

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chopped comb

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straining the honey from the beeswax


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honey in jars ready for Christmas gift giving

There was an additional 8 ounce jar that came from melting the wax and allowing it to separate from the leftover honey as it cooled. We will use the wax for salves, soap making, lip balms, candles, grafting plants, sealing furniture, etc. 



Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Bethany working with a friend

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That's Miracle's surprise kitten our children named Dutchess.
Bethany is cutting vinyl siding strips for Clint.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Have You Said It Today?

But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, "The LORD is great!"
–Psalms 40:16

Saturday, August 04, 2018

They are Mom's Dynamic Duo too!

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Caleb is loving his job!
He even likes the uniform!

Joshua's and Caleb's boss calls them his "Dynamic Duo!" He said they know how to work, work hard, and are very responsible. Joshua told him, "That's how my mom raised us to be!" I grinned when Joshua told me that story. 

Friday, August 03, 2018

Funny Ad for a Passenger Van Owned by Large Family

source:  2005 Ford E350 XL Extended 15 passenger van - $3800

We're selling our 2005 Ford E350 XL Extended 15 passenger van. Photos attached. In the interest of full disclosure, here's more information and a partial list of its issues. Please read before making an offer. Thanks!

The van is missing a speaker in the side door. My kids have been throwing random items in the speaker hole for years. So, you may end up with some very special treasures. Or really old chicken nuggets. Probably both.

One side of the van has a yellow scuff mark on it. That's courtesy of me and a battle with a yellow concrete parking divider (I did not win). The other side of the van has a matching white scuff mark. That one is courtesy of my wife. She completes me. In related news, you know how most cars these days come equipped with a fancy backup cameras? This one does not.

My wife and I have used this van for the better part of a decade. We're a lovely couple, but we sometimes inadvertently back into inanimate objects. Also, we've been forced to take defensive driving class a few more times than the average American. That said, there are a number of other minor scratches, dents, and places where the paint is chipped on this vehicle.

When you open the side doors, the rubber door liner is detached in some places. It still does its job, but it looks stupid.

The van came equipped with automatic door locks. Unfortunately, they no longer work. Somehow, something got reversed and the locking motor ran without ceasing until the button was pressed and held down. Rather than taking the van to a repair shop like a normal person, I duct taped the button down to keep the motor from running. At some point the duct tape failed and the motor ran until it eventually burned up or something. Anyhow, the automatic door locks don't work. Each door must be locked and unlocked manually. Duct tape is not included.

We're a family of 11. Every one of our children has thrown up in this van at some point in the past decade--most notably, on this trip: http://www.joshwoodtx.com/college-station-2015/. We have had the van detailed a couple times since then (shout out to Xtreme Auto Re-Styling Center for tackling a level of depravity unrivaled in the world of passenger transport.) The van is clean now; but, it will probably always be inhabited by the ghost of vomit past.

The automatic windows work! This is good because the air conditioner does not. Well, it sort of works and sort of doesn't. It works fine until you accelerate past ~45 miles per hour. After that, the gas pedal essentially functions as an on/off switch for the air conditioner. Accelerate = AC off. Decelerate = AC on. I don't understand why. But, then again, as you've probably gathered by now, I don't understand most things about cars.

The windshield is cracked.

There's a 20" tv mounted to the ceiling. It works and is connected to an in-dash DVD player. This is a handy feature as it helps distract kids from the intermittent air conditioning and smell of decaying chicken nuggets.

I don't think that the front speakers work. Actually, just assume that they don't. Better yet, if you're wondering if some particular part of the van works, just assume it doesn't work in the way that Ford originally intended it to work.

I looked the van up on Kelley Blue Book. $4,396. Unfortunately, Kelley Blue Book only allows me to choose between the following conditions: excellent, very good, good, and fair. I chose "fair" since "sad" was not an option. I've adjusted my asking price accordingly.

The heater works. Also, the van has a hitch and wiring for a trailer.

In order to save myself a bit of time answering requests for more information, I've decided to add a FAQ section below:

FAQ

Q: "Have you performed all proper maintenance and religiously changed the oil every 3,000 miles?"
A: [laughter] No. No, I have not. Does this article make you feel better? It made me feel better. https://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/11/your-money/11shortcuts.html

Q: "Are those 143,000 miles mostly highway miles?"
A: Well, a lot of them are. However, we've been using this van as our farm van for the past year or so. Also, in efforts to find quicker routes, I've been known to disobey Siri's directions. These "shortcuts" have sometimes taken us on exotic, off-road adventures. I'm pretty sure those miles cancel out all of the so-called "highway miles."

Q: "Is the registration current?"
A: Yes! It should be noted, however, that first 3 letters of the current license plate are FRT. We have five boys under the age of 12 in our house. This is a very unfortunate combination.

Q: "How are the tires and the brakes?"
A: They seem to be ok; but, as with everything else, I recommend getting them checked out. I did buy the tires at Discount Tire, so there's a warranty with them.


One last note: I recommend getting this thing checked over by a mechanic before buying. Everything under the hood looks and sounds fine to me; but, then again, I would have no idea if it didn't look or sound right.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Work News

Joshua had a work related orientation last week. He found out the store he and Caleb work for has been the top store in the country for 5 years.

Their boss also shared his story of overcoming alcoholism and getting his life back on track. He gave his testimony and shared the changes in his thoughts that took him from where he was to where he is. He shared Bible verses with the new workers.

Joshua already has a lot of respect for Mr. G and is learning so much more than how to run a restaurant from start to finish. His training has had him working different shifts and doing many different jobs.

Joshua asked Mr. G to share the whole story with him someday, so Mr. G is going to invite him out to eat and talk soon.

Last but not least, Joshua has been adopted by a lady there that reminds him of his Aunt Michelle. His coworker looks after all of the "younguns" and keeps them fed with snacks and meals. His "work mama" is such a great example to all of those young people that when real love is present race doesn't matter.

I am very thankful my boys get to work in such a good environment with good people. This is another blessing and answered prayer!

I am so very thankful for God's goodness in our lives!

It's Happening!

To those who know, our next exciting step began on July 21!

We are rolling along and can't wait to get back to work!

At the beginning of our marriage, we observed my parents and hoped God would allow us to do this. 

We didn't think it was time yet, but God dropped it into our laps! Debt free! 

We hope to continue to grow!


God has been so very good to us!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Now that's a good Bible verse!

How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. Psalms 31:19

Our family can testify of His protection! One day, we may be able to share a story of how God protected me and two of my children from life threatening danger. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Year Around Christmas Shopping Makes My Life Easier

Because I like to keep my Christmas a peaceful time of reflection, I shop year around for Christmas presents. I look for sales and clearance items on things I know my family will enjoy. I tend to buy mainly practical items. I like shopping online because it lets me research products and compare prices, but sometimes you can beat those deals in the store. 

As I talk with or visit people on my gift giving list, I send myself a note about things they need or would like. For example, I know three people on my list need small fire safes, so that is what I am looking for at the moment. I make notes about what interests they have, like I have a family member who loves whales, so if I find something like a sturdy wall hook in that area on clearance, I will know it will be used and appreciated. In July, I start looking for great deals on those more targeted gifts.

This practice saves me quite a bit of money and time. The cost is spread out over the entire year which is easier to manage. It also keeps me out of the crowds and away from illnesses during peak cold and flu season. I also get to slow down and enjoy my Christmas and do the things that matter to me. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

One of Our Boys

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Caleb

This was taken around the 4th. He's had a growth spurt since then. He's now wider and taller.

Monday, July 23, 2018

What is a day of homeschooling at your house like?

I was asked...

What is a day of homeschooling at your house like?

Education and our home life is so intertwined; it's hard to say where one ends and the other begins.

Many people think homeschooling is "school at home" with desks and chalkboards, but it's different from that. A lot of new homeschoolers try to recreate school at home with designated school rooms with student and teacher desks, chalkboards, posters, charts, purchased manipulatives, strict schedules, etc. Classrooms are very limiting, very boring, and tend to stifle the love of learning. We do have book and computer based learning in our home, but it is a smaller part of the whole experience.

We might combine science, reading, and math by doing something practical in real life. We have had lessons ranging from watching live animal births to learning how to repair cars to practicing stitching a wound to investing in the stock market to incubating eggs and selling the chicks to pay for the feed for our chickens. We take our children camping to teach them basic survival and first aid skills. We grow a garden and raise animals to teach them hands on where their food comes from, the effort it takes to produce it, how to get it from start to table, and how to preserve it so it lasts through winter. We try to introduce our children to a wide range of learning experiences and emphasize that learning is a lifelong and exciting journey.

You might see a group of children playing in our pool while I see children socializing and getting exercise while honing a useful life skill. You might join us on a trip to the grocery store where math becomes very practical and includes a bonus geography and history lesson from a friendly veteran. A trip to see a sporting event may include estimating the gas, meals, and lodging expense and then be followed by an essay telling the story of what we experienced. That essay would become a keepsake and go into their memory boxes. Living and learning are the same in our home.

Homeschooling, in our family at least, exploits the learning opportunities that come with daily living. You could visit and not realize homeschooling is happening around you.

Because each family is unique, homeschooling will look differently from home to home. Some families need much more structure and accountability to keep them disciplined in their approach. Others thrive best with no structure at all. We have a general schedule that is just right for us without being too stifling.
The best part of homeschooling my children is that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God called me to do it. I also know He does not set His servants up to fail. I've reaped the fruit through the character and success of my oldest five children. I know God will work His will through my obedience and even my flaws as I continue homeschooling my youngest two children. His way of educating my children is turning out far better than anything I could have imagined, and I am so thankful He called me to this less traveled path!


Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3

Sunday, July 22, 2018

God is so very good to us!

This morning, I was given a gift from the Lord. Clint saw it as a gift also, but he knew about it before I did.

Sometimes, not always, God gives us a glimpse of how He is using us for His glory. I believe the insights to His work are meant to both comfort and motivate us. 

This morning, I was told that a man who had hardened his heart to the Lord for decades was starting to ask questions. With rage in his heart, he rejected God many years ago because his wife and he suffered many late term miscarriages and stillbirths. 

Clint's and my remaining faithful to the Lord despite having the same heartbreak has helped soften his heart. WOW! With joy, I rang the bell nine times in remembrance of each of our precious little ones and how God has used them and us in another man's journey to know Him. I could write a book about what God has done through our pregnancy losses. 

Today, we give thanks that what God allowed is being used in yet another way. 

We also give thanks that God was compassionate enough to make us aware of this. Now we continue praying knowing the work God has begun will be completed!

God is at work! Despite Clint's and my many flaws and failures, God is using us in a small way. 

Can I get an "Amen!"?

Friday, July 20, 2018

Way to go Joshua and Caleb!!

Joshua was told by his boss that he is guaranteed a raise when it comes time. A raise is always a good way to compliment your hard working employees!

Joshua mentioned he had a "little" brother. His boss told him that if he works anything like Joshua does, his brother had a job. Joshua told him Caleb works harder.

Caleb was interviewed by Chick Fil A yesterday morning and hired a few hours later! He plans to work both jobs and continue college for a while. As long as his grades are good, Clint and I support his decision and will give him all of the help we can.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Caleb Made a Stand

Clint and I are very proud of our 17 year old son, Caleb. He works for a Christian founded business which is now run by an adult son. 

Caleb stood up to his employer, a 40+ year old man, and coworkers, all older than him. He asked them to stop swearing and talking about how they use women. The men apologized and immediately stopped talking like that in front of him. When they slip up, they apologize and stop immediately. 

He received his 13% raise not long after this conversation.

Do not let your age or position keep you from speaking out on what is right. You can encourage other Christians to live better and also give a testimony to those who do not know the Lord. Shine bright where you are! 

We are proud of Caleb for not being afraid to speak up and set a higher standard.

There may be more Caleb news soon.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Way to Go, Caleb!

Caleb has worked so well that he impressed his boss and earned a very early and much larger than normal raise. He was also told in front of his coworkers that he is a hard, dependable worker who does what is needed without being asked. We're proud of Caleb for his work ethic!


Monday, July 16, 2018

Brandon Travels Again

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This time it is for work.

Caleb is Enjoying His Job

Caleb has been all over the place working. He's been to mansions on the water and humble abodes far out in rural areas. 

The truck he was blessed with such an incredible deal on needed a tie rod, back brakes, and a license plate light. It cost less than $150 to fix those things himself. 

Wendy's Virus Defense: Elderberry Tincture

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We are blessed to have several elderberry bushes on our farm. 

Sambucus nigra is a wonderful immune system booster that helps fight viruses. Our family has been using it for a number of years with excellent results. I also use it to help control Epstein Barr Virus with success. 

We just started a gallon's worth of tincture for the coming cold and flu season. If you don't have access to elderberries, you can buy tincture and other elderberry products from Amazon. I recommend buying it before cold and flu season starts. It has become increasingly popular in the last few years which has caused supplies to run out. I've also noticed prices on the various elderberry products tend to rise during cold and flu season.

"Probably the most interesting properties of elderberry extracts were reported by Zakay-Rones et al. (1995). Following earlier work done by Konlee (1998), these authors reported that a mixture containing elderberry extract had an inhibitory effect on haemagglutinin found in mycovirus. More work done by Barak et al. (2001, 2002) have shown that such a mixture could inhibit the replication of 11 strains of the influenza virus and increase cytokines production." source


Sunday, July 15, 2018

He Notices

Have you ever heard a testimony of a person's life lived for the Lord and been blown away by how brightly their life shined for Jesus? Have you ever desired for God to use you in a big way?

If you want the Lord to use you, study His Word and obey it. Remain sincere and willing to change when convicted of sin and shortcomings. Walk away from all that is worldly, and keep your focus on Him. Then, keep doing what is put in front of you.

Seek to touch the lives around you wherever you may be. Keep praying on that issue you've been praying about for so long you've become discouraged about it. Keep working for the Lord's glory where He has placed you.

There will be a great multitude of outstanding testimonies of people who never made it to a stage or had a movie made about their lives. They will be the unnoticed but steadfast people who worked faithfully and diligently doing what God told them to do. 

Keep going strong until you are in His arms! 


But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
2 Chronicles 15:7


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Prayers Please: Friends of Friends

Mother and 7 Year Old Son Drown 

Some acquaintances of ours are asking for prayer for their friends who are involved in this story. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Clint Teaching Girls Circuitry

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One of Em's birthday gifts was the Snap Circuit Pro 500. 

We've bought several Snap Circuit sets over the years. These sets are very popular with homeschooling families and is one of the reasons my oldest children understand electronics so well. 

Clint enjoys teaching our children basic electronics with these engrossing sets and is easily able to expand upon them.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Em's Birthday

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Em wanted a chess set of her own for her birthday. She received that among other things. I managed to surprise her by setting up for her party while she was in the pool which is surrounded by a fence. She was so busy playing with Clint she didn't notice the activity in the yard or the house.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Ask for the Discount

It's July which is when a lot of homeschooling teacher's minds turn towards curriculum ordering and lesson planning. As you prepare for your school year, keep in mind that a lot of bookstores, movie theatres, museums, art galleries, zoos, and bowling allies give discounts to homeschool students. Some places cover homeschool parents under their teacher discount. Ask at your local places to see if they have homeschool or teacher discounts. If they don't have one, suggest they start so they can attract homeschool families to grow their businesses. 

When you frequent those places, please make your children behave.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Joshua's New Job

Joshua doing so well at his new job that they took him off of training after the first day. He then started working in the spot for which they hired him. He was so good there; they changed his position and now have him opening the restaurant. He's loving it! Well, he's not liking the 9 p.m. bedtime and 4 a.m. wake up so much, but the rest, he loves!

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Did She or Didn't She?

The question posed today where Clint works is "Did a bee really sting Clint between the eyes, or did he give Mama Asbell some trouble?" 

I would never hit my beloved even if I were very upset with him. 

I'd just ask him to check the hive. 😜😁🤣





Friday, June 29, 2018

JMU Friends and Family

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just for our JMU friends and family
Lord willing, we will see you soon!