Monday, November 20, 2017

Ever wanted to learn how to can your own foods? Go for it!

My job as wife and mother is to feed my family as healthily as I can as economically as I can. For about 20 years now, I shop in November for the best deals on turkeys and purchase as many as I can afford. I usually average about 20 turkeys. This year, combining discounts, I was able to get my quota of turkeys for .34 a pound.  


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I roast them, de-bone them, and then cube and pressure can the meat in my pressure canner. The skin and bones go into US Navy sized pots, and I make dozens of quarts of rich stock and pressure can that. The scraps of meat and vegetables at the bottom of the stock pot go into freezer bags to feed my dogs. The bones go to our hogs who gobble them up. It's rare I can purchase food that inexpensively and make it do so much.

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Having meats, soups, seasoned and plain beans, baked beans, and roasts I made myself for my children to eat is my favorite form of "convenience food." I know exactly what is in each jar. I like canning over freezing because once the work is done, it can sit on the shelf for years and not cost me anything extra to store. They can open it and eat it straight from the jar (which they often do) or reheat it quickly. My husband and children love taking them to work for lunches. Co-workers usually get a few jars too. They also make great gifts that are always well received.

If you have not learned how to can but have been wanting to, take the leap and do it. Canning is easier than you think and not as risky as some people would lead you to believe. I taught myself in my 20s by following USDA standards.  I had no one to ask for help as I learned. I figured it out. I passed the skill down to all of my older children. My youngest two children are still learning. If we can do it, you can too! 



Saturday, November 18, 2017

Family Fun

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This was left under some things I had to move around

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by this mischievous child.

I put a dollar store rat and spider in her tent later.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Look for the Silver Linings

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I don't like the time change, less daylight, cold weather, bulky clothes, etc during this time of year. 

However, I do appreciate the extra moments we have together as a family.

There is always, always, always something to be thankful for. -unknown

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Miracle

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Miracle, who has a story and a desperate mother's prayer behind her name, chose Brandon as her human. She use to follow him all over the yard like a dog. 

Then when he moved out, she chose Joshua to be her person. My big, strong adult son is so tender and considerate of what I call his "old lady cat." She is about 17 years old, just a little younger than Joshua.

She lived outdoors serving our family as a barn yard mouser for 15 years. She did a great job and often also caught rabbits, snakes, and lots of moles and voles. We started keeping her indoors in the winter once we noticed she was slowing down. She mostly stays indoors and sleeps a lot now. She goes to the door and meows when she wants to be let outside to use the bathroom. We think she also teleports because no one is sure just how she gets back indoors. 

She's a feisty gal. There's been several times a dog or livestock has been giving me trouble which would bring Miracle running with her claws out to take care of business. I've seen her chase pit bulls, rottweilers, Great Danes, and Great Pyrenees out of our yard. She's also fostered litters of orphaned kittens including a kitten one of our other cats stole from a neighbor's cat's litter. In fact, couple of months ago, she took in a litter of orphaned kittens for a neighbor. I fed them, and she kept them clean and warm.

I am not big on having cats in my house, but it looks like there is an exception to every rule. She's served us well and has earned an easy retirement.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My Grandbeebees

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Brandon's Italian honey bees are eating spilled honey.
These little bees are pretty chill.
I did get a good "cussin" from the bottom right bee for getting my camera lens too close for its comfort.

I am looking forward to adding bees to our farm next year.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Daddy's Dangerous Tree Removal

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Clint cut down four trees for Brandon. This is the dead oak tree before he cut it down.  

Brandon used his chain saw to help cut them up into firewood. Joshua helped too. I cut a little, kept an eye on everyone's safety, used hand signals to communicate with Clint, and helped load the wood. We will use the wood for heating our home and the branches will go along the property line to create a natural barrier. Caleb grabbed some of the oak for woodworking. 



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This tricky tree was leaning towards Brandon's house, so he wanted it down before it got any taller. 


It was not a fun tree to take down. Clint put a cable on it to make it fall so that it missed landing on Brandon's deck. It behaved and landed exactly as Clint predicted.


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We are thankful for the wood, and Brandon is thankful to have the trees gone. He has a few very tall pine trees in his backyard that have to be cleared before he can repair the shed that came with his place. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

More Herbaling

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It's been a privilege and a joy for me to spend a good portion of my day today making herbal medicine for friends and family. 

I am mailing jars of my comfrey salve to family and many friends. I am taking some to neighbors tomorrow. 

I love crafting and gifting medicine for those I care about. Doing so lifts my spirits and lets me share some of God's amazing love.

"There will be so much more evil in the world that the love of most believers will grow cold"

Warning Against Falling Away
We have many things to tell you about this. But it is hard to explain because you have stopped trying to understand.  You have had enough time that by now you should be teachers. But you need someone to teach you again the first lessons of God’s teaching. You still need the teaching that is like milk. You are not ready for solid food. Anyone who lives on milk is still a baby and is not able to understand much about living right. But solid food is for people who have grown up. From their experience they have learned to see the difference between good and evil. Hebrews 5: 11-14

During that time many believers will lose their faith. They will turn against each other and hate each other.  Many false prophets will come and cause many people to believe things that are wrong.  There will be so much more evil in the world that the love of most believers will grow cold.  But the one who remains faithful to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:10-13 

Today's Christians show more enthusiasm for their sports team or their pets than they do studying the Word of the Most High. Our churches are teaching watered down milk to Christians, who are called to example God's love to others, but they don't even know the differences between agape, philia, storge, and eros. The Bible warns us that in the last days, "the love of most believers will grow cold." It's easy to understand how that can happen when you see how little the church knows. Note it says "of MOST believers." That's the majority.
We are seeing more and more of the evil in our society. It's making itself visible from the venom spewed online to the hate fueled attacks all over the world. The thing about rising evil is that it gives us more opportunities to example a greater love, but we have to know what that is in order to example it. We have to strengthen our minds and spirits so our flesh does not win the battle as we respond to the evil around us. We need to grow closer to the One who created us.
To prepare for what is happening around us and for what is to come, I encourage you to study the Word of God, and study it hard so you will not be part of the many who are easily deceived and fall away. 
Whatever excuses you are making, lay them aside and pick up your Bible today. Now is the time to "armor up." Don't give up eternal reward for temporary pleasures. 
Set yourself up to succeed in studying God's Word on a deeper level. Make appointments in your calendar, set alarms in your phone, and/or download and listen to lessons as you commute, do household chores, or work out. Set goals, discipline, and reward yourself. Make it enjoyable: have your favorite snack, play music in the back ground, buy highlighters and notebooks, diffuse essential oils, etc. Find out what keeps you on track, and do those things. 

If you stumble, don't negative self talk yourself into defeat. Simply drop the many excuses, and start again. 
We Christians also need to strengthen our bonds with one another. That means we have to quit the excuses and give our time to others instead of self serving pursuits. We also need to encourage, build up, and show support for one another. Now is the time to prepare for battle. 

I don't want my love to grow cold at a time when the world needs an example of God's love more than ever. 




Friday, November 10, 2017

Premature Baby Awareness Month

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My husband was born over a month premature in 1969. I was told he stayed in the hospital for almost two months. 

He had a "rare blood disorder" that caused doctors to say he'd likely die, but it miraculously disappeared after the church held a prayer vigil. He was so small when he came home, he fit in a shoe box. My mother in law said he was an ugly baby. 

When he was released by doctors, the billing department told my MIL she had to pay the bill in full before she could take him home. She tried to work out a payment plan, but they told her again she had to pay it in full. She said, "OK. I guess you'll have to keep him since I can't do that. I'll pay a little each week and come to visit him." It's amazing how fast they worked out the payment plan after that.

 He's 6', healthy, strong, and at nearly 50 years old, just spent two full days cutting down trees and then cutting them up into firewood. The third day, he worked a 10 work day and then cut firewood again for three hours. 

God is good, and I am very thankful for the gift of my "premature baby" husband! 

Clint and I still chuckle over his mother's creative way of handling the billing department. 

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Herbaling

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Expanding my knowledge of medicinal herbs and edible wild plants is one pursuit I wish I could dedicate more time towards. 


I did get to make some elderberry syrup which I take for the antiviral properties.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Advice or Prayer for Someone Struggling with Eating Disorder

I have a Christian friend with a 14 year old daughter who has been diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia. She went to a treatment facility (out of pocket, very expensive) and was doing better for a while. 

However, she relapsed and is doing very poorly, and they are concerned for her life. Doctors are considering a feeding tube and hospital stay soon if things do not improve.

Her problems started after both her mother and aunt came down with life threatening diseases. Her therapist believes it was her way of controlling what felt like an out of control life. 

They can not afford to send her to the treatment facility again due to being overwhelmed with medical bills. 

The mother is asking for advice from those who have gone through it in their own life. What things made the difference in your experience? 

She is also seeking prayer from those who will pray for her daughter. 

She is doing this anonymously because the last time she sought help people copied and pasted her private email and sent it to every member of her family and church. This caused a lot of pain for their daughter and family, and it led to false accusations and finger pointing. That was a nightmare they do not care to live through again. They wouldn't even be opening themselves up again, but they are desperate to help their daughter. 

If you have experience, please share your advice. Feel free to send an anonymous email. contentmentacres at ya hoo dot com 

To those who are praying, please continue to pray for the entire family. It seems like they are being hit from all angles. 

Monday, November 06, 2017

Daddy's Helper

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Bethany rewiring the trailer lights

Clint and our middles refurbished our old trailer late September right before our camping trip.



Friday, October 27, 2017

Lord keep us watchful in all seasons

“If you will tell me when God permits a Christian to lay aside his armor, I will tell you when Satan has left off temptation. Like the old knights in war time, we must sleep with helmet and breastplate buckled on, for the arch-deceiver will seize our first unguarded hour to make us his prey. The Lord keep us watchful in all seasons, and give us a final escape from the jaw of the lion and the paw of the bear.” ― Charles H. Spurgeon

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Happy for Clint!

Clint was given a promotion and a very nice raise today. He will be the maintenance supervisor where he works. I am very thankful for the Lord's provision and blessing, and I am also proud of Clint. This also mean no more 24/7 call ins which he has been doing for nearly 20 years. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

What's happening with us?

Our family has been in a transition of sorts for the last several months. 

We've been enlisted to help neighbors who fell on hard times claim back their independence and quality of life. There are changes to this situation coming this week, and we will see how things develop.

Three of our children have graduated or will soon! Yes, three! Joshua graduated, but Caleb (16) and Bethany (14) are not far behind him. 

Our farm has changed too. We have stopped keeping some animals and are increasing others because of our time limits and ease of care.

I am not working in the more commonly understood sense, but I have something I am doing a few hours a day that involves writing and is very well compensated. Initially, it was just something I was offered and would try, but I rose through the ranks quickly. I am now offered so much to do that I have to turn quite a bit down. It is blessing my family and a few other people which keeps me motivated. God dropped this in my lap, and I am very thankful!

Brandon still has the house he bought and works for the same company, but he was given a series of raises and has earned some big bonuses.

Amanda is living in her own space on our place and has moved up in her job with another opportunity to move forward this week. She works nights so I try to plan family events around her schedule. 

Joshua has graduated, purchased a car, and is looking forward to his college classes starting. 

Caleb is learning to drive, but that has been held up by time constraints. He will graduate this week or next depending on how hard he pushes himself to finish the last few tests. (He finished his work the day after I wrote this post and is waiting on his diploma.)

Bethany reminds me so much of her paternal grandmother with some of the things she says and does. Clint and I wish she had had the chance to know her. She is half way through with her high school course and has a goal to finish by Christmas. (Her course had some changes that will take her around another year to finish.)

Emily and Hannah are doing well in their homeschool course work. Hannah is thriving in language arts while Emily enjoys math and science. 

Clint stays busy between family, work, and home. He just got a car he plans to fix and resell for profit when he gets time to do it. 

We're planning another camping trip before the holidays. Our last one was nice  but had to be cut short by two days due to the weather. 

That's us! If you're reading, send us an update about you and yours. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

This is not how the story ends...

Sarah, Rebecca, Josiah, Angel Noel, Abigail, Benjamin, Mary, Isaac, and Jonathan

Faith is not a magic pill that removes our pain. Faith is what helps us bear it. Today, I choose to be thankful for the babies God made known to me and my family but took away before we got to know them better. I choose to rejoice as a person who truly believes God's promises will come to fruition. Choosing to honor God with my attitude, thoughts, and words does not mean I have stopped loving my miscarried and stillborn babies or that I love them less. It means I've taken God at His Word. I believe He has a plan and what He allows is for my good and His glory. I believe there is life and a future for my babies. It means He has given me, and I have readily grasped a hold of, some of His strength so I can keep doing the job He has called me to do in being a wife to a wonderful man and a mother to my other seven. 

Today, in recognition of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, is the day I remember my precious nine, celebrate their short lives, and thank my Father that this is not how the story ends.


Psalm 30:11 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

Coal Road 4x4 Jeep Road

I have added some pictures to the 4x4 Jeep Trail off of Coal Road album for those who plan to make the trip. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

What time do you wake up and start your homeschool?

My wake up and homeschool start times have varied a lot over the years depending on my husband's shift, his work week, our activities, difficult pregnancies with bed rest, new babies, etc.

Sometimes I was up very early (before 6). Other times, I woke up after 8. I did what worked best for us in our current circumstances and never cared what anyone else was doing. It doesn't matter what "they" are doing. What matters is if I am doing my very best at keeping priorities in check, at staying on top of my responsibilities, and at seeing progress in my children's academics.

I've been homeschooling since 1995 (22 years) and have three graduated children who are doing better than their peers in college and the workplace. My 16 yo will graduate high school in a month. My 14 yo will graduate high school before January. My oldest son is the sys admin over two industrial plants (since he was 21 years old) and bought his own home when he was 23 without any help from us other than opinions on the structure. My seven living children range in age from 25 to 9 yo. I am happy to say that all of them are also serving the Lord.

Homeschooling has built us a strong marriage, parent-child, and sibling relationships. There are SO many ways God has blessed us through homeschooling. I am very, very thankful He led us to this way of living.
Looking back over the years, I do not see where an earlier start time was of any benefit. It was the consistent and mindful effort that gave the results.

Interestingly enough, a friend of mine took a poll on wake up and homeschool start times a couple of weeks ago. Most of them woke up after 9 and started in the late morning hours. Most of them reported they did not make their beds because there were things of more lasting value to spend their time on.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Need Help with Your Flat Stanley Project

Flat Stanley Visits

I love where I live and love sharing our history with others. Feel free to use these images for *your own child's* school or homeschool project. 

I retain the copyright to these images, and if you desire to use them in any other way, please contact me for permission.

If you have not purchased your Flat Stanley book yet, please consider using this link: Flat Stanley Books on Amazon The very small proceeds will benefit my family's homeschooling and sends me a "thank you" for keeping the photo album available to families.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Nausea and vomiting in the first trimester

Help! I am having nausea and vomiting in my first trimester and can't keep anything down!!! I am trying to eat healthy, but I keep throwing it all up!

I had severe hyperemesis gravidarum from 5 to 40 weeks with all of my pregnancies. I was on medication and IVs. Helpher.org is a hyperemesis support group which has a support board with a list of foods that are easier on the stomach. It is called Foodments. There are also volunteers who may be in your area. I was sent books and a list of HG knowledgeable doctors. As a volunteer, I have helped women in my local area. 

I also took Unisom and B6. The sleep center and vomit center of the brain are in the same area. Unisom and Benadryl are safe to take while pregnant, and it does help slow down the vomiting, but you will be sleepy. 

I was told by my doctor that the nutritional stores in my body would carry me through for a good long while. Your baby will get what he/she needs but it will come at your expense. However, if you have been taking care of yourself, my doctor said, it will be a while before you see any of the effects. I was told to do the best I could, eat what stayed down, and not to worry because my body would provide what my babies needed for the short duration.

If you would like prayer support, please drop me a message at the email in the header. Our family will be happy to pray for you and your baby.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Prayers for Friends in Irma's Path

Update 9/9: My friends are in the Dominican Republic. Both of them were put on a plane this morning. I believe US military intervened. They are waiting for a flight to get to the US and plan to fly to their home in GA. They were told Monday would be the earliest. The DR is also hurricane damaged but not as extensively. They are in a hotel and eager to get home. The situation in St. Maarten was deteriorating rapidly. The hotel had to have blockades and armed guards around the clock. Please continue to pray for my friends and the people who have been affected by Irma.


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Update 9/8/2017: Michelle is flying off St. Maarten tomorrow morning thanks to the military. They are taking the elderly, women, and children off first. I was told she does not know where she will land. She will have to arrange a flight from wherever to her daughter's house in TN. She can't fly into GA with Irma in the way. Scott will have to shelter in the concrete bunker of the hotel. I read from a reliable source that food and water supplies were getting low. There are some news reports that there is looting and men with machetes in the street robbing people. Thankfully, a plane with rations of food and water for 40,000 people for five days landed today. Other supplies were said to have been brought in today. Please pray for Scott and the rest of the people of St. Maarten. Thank you to everyone who has been praying.


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Update 9/8: If anyone reading this has experience on how to help evacuate Americans from a Caribbean Island, please let me know so I can pass that information on to my friends' family. They have asked me to help. They are in danger. There are men with machetes in the street robbing people. The shop owners have just opened the doors rather than have mobs break in and destroy things. This situation is deteriorating.

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Update 9/8: This is from Michelle's mother: "I just got off the phone with Michelle, they have no wifi so she can not post updates, here is the latest.
They were able to get into their room and get their luggage, the glass door was blown in and the hall door also but luggage was all ok. They are staying in one big public room with all the others, they are no longer "guest" but are refugees, they are receiving rations of food and water.
They have set up a Medical Center where they are both working, along with other "refugees" that are Drs and nurses. They were able to round up enough medical supplies, but luckly there is not a lot of injured people, mostly scratches and blisters.
The damage is great, there is NO control tower at the airport and no building, only planes that can land are military as they know how to land without a control tower. She has heard it could be up to 4 weeks before they might get out.

They are safe and she sounded very good (to this mothers ears). Please pass this on to anyone that might not read it on here, and please continue to pray for them and all that are living in this disaster."


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Update: My friends were able to call a family member of theirs and let them know they are OK. Conditions are bad, but everyone is safe!



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5 a.m UPDATE: If you are awake, my friends need immediate prayers for safety. They were sheltering in a room of the hotel, but a roof near that area came off. They had to relocated in another room. My friends are asking prayers that all lives will be spared.


Clint and I have friends trapped on an island in Irma's path. They were told is was OK to go and that they would be evacuated if needed. They tried very hard to leave, but the service they went through refused to reschedule another flight, then Delta, their airline, did not send extra planes to facilitate the evacuation, then the government closed the airport. It didn't help that their taxi driver scared them with images of extreme damage from a previous hurricane or that the hotel forced them to sign a waiver for responsibility for their life/property or leave their room. Please keep them in your prayers.

Monday, August 28, 2017

NC Tire Change Large or Small

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I am friends with the Vance family through Facebook. 
RATC is located in Caldwell County.
They are hardworking people of integrity.
If you need tires changed on heavy equipment, tractors, semis, etc, please consider calling.

What age range is best for siblings to play and interact with one another?

I was asked "What age range is best for siblings to play and interact with one another?"

Playing is simply engaging in an activity for enjoyment. 

My seven children range in age from 26 to 8. Even though he has his own house, my 26 year old will sit and play Legos, play in the pool, throw water balloons with, race Matchbox cars, etc for hours now and then with my 8 and 10 year olds. He often invites all six of his siblings to his house for pizza, movies, games, and sleep overs. They laugh and have a blast together. 

When I have the time for it, I am out there with them playing just as hard. I am 48, almost 49. When I play with a baby's feet and make him laugh, I am not counting the age difference. I am counting the smiles we both get out of the shared fun experience.

It's not the age, but the love in the relationship that keeps people of all ages interacting and relating to one another. It's up to the parents to teach their children to value and preserve relationships.

I told my older children it was up to them to reach out and build those relationships with their youngest siblings. They have taken that advice and run with it. 

My oldest daughter is 22, and she plans "Girl Days" where the four girls go shopping, go out to eat (her treat), do a craft, or do hair and make up while watching a movie. She and my two youngest went paint-balling with her co-workers recently.

Like my 96 year old grandfather who kept a collection of modern toys that he showed off simply because they delighted him, I intend to keep engaging in fun (playing) until I die.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

What do you say to those who are against homeschooling?

I had this happen to me over 20 years ago. They were Christians. I asked them what Biblical basis they had against homeschooling. They had nothing which told me it was just opinions I was dealing with. I thanked them for their concern and told them we felt homeschooling was the way the Lord was leading us. I explained that even though it was different than what they preferred for us, we were going to follow as the Lord led. If they sincerely felt we were in error on this, then to please pray for us and trust God to do that work in our lives.

That worked!

It took the focus off of coming to us with their worries and sent them straight to the Lord.

I made up my mind to obey God and not let the voices of others distract/hinder me even for a moment from where He was leading. God blessed that.

My oldest graduated at the top of his college classes. At 22, he was the youngest person working where he works as the sysadmin over two industrial plants. He makes VERY good money, just got back from a two week trip in Europe, owns two cars, has paid off most of his college loans, has a good start on his retirement fund, and at 23 years old purchased his own home.

When she was 19, my now 22 year old was given a raise and made assistant manager over the store where she worked after being cashier for two months because of her work ethic and accuracy. She has a new job that she has been working three months and has already been moved up with raises twice. She is on her way to buying her own home.

I have a 13 year old who is almost done with high school through a regionally accredited online course.

There's nothing like success to quiet the dissenters.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Article: Trusting God in the Next Phase of Your Child’s Life

"She had no idea what would happen to her baby, but she trusted the plan of the Father.  " read more:  Putting the Basket in the Water: Trusting God in the Next Phase of Your Child's Life

At a time where many children are leaving the next to attend college, this article is very timely. 

While I do agree with her that we need to put our children in God's care and trust Him to work in their lives, I disagree with her on a couple of things like where she says "Jesus wasn't human any more."* However, that does not take away her points about the phases of life, and our need to place our trust in the Father. 

*Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:8

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sneaky Grief

I don't know why. I have nothing I can pinpoint as triggering it, but grief has sneaked up on me again today. My arms ache for my nine babies that left this earth far too soon. I am drawing attention to draw attention to a simple fact: 

Grief has no timeline. It doesn't expire. It can be unpredictable. 

I get through these days by reminding myself of what I know is true. Each day takes me one step closer to meeting my Savior face to face and seeing all the promises of my Father fulfilled. 

I will see my children again. 

I am going now to go play with my girls in the pool. Enjoying the children I have been blessed to share this life with is one of the ways I can honor my God and the children I am missing...and it helps the heart. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Warning: Our Kmart Online Experience

If you haven't heard it from others, take it from us: Do NOT shop Kmart online.

Please note we didn't even post about this until the 17th. The order was placed the 6th and canceled, from what we were told, on the 8th. We have tried every other avenue.


We don't normally shop KMART locally or online so we had no idea of the issues people are having with them until it happened to us.

It just happened that they had the best deal on a higher priced item we wanted to purchase. We really wish we had looked at other people's experiences first so we could have avoided the trouble we've encountered.


I know there are inconsistencies, but this is what exactly we have been told:


Our money (almost $500) is still tied up after they cancelled our July 6th order because their website let us order something they did not have in stock.


Kmart didn't inform us our order was cancelled, UPS did indirectly when they sent a shipping update via text telling us it was damaged in transit.


Now, if there was nothing to ship, why was a shipper's service used and why did UPS report to us that it was damaged?


Kmart said they didn't reorder it because there weren't any to send. We had already checked online, and it showed there were some available, and the price had been dropped almost $50 since we ordered.


When we asked why the website said some were available, we were told it was because the website had not been updated since we ordered. So, we are left to assume the website was updated enough to change the price but not to update the quantity.


That means some other person/family might be about to go through the same hassles we are. Hence this post.


We have had issues getting a person who could speak and understand English.


On our third time calling, we asked to speak to a supervisor. The person kept delaying until Clint repeated twice more that he wanted to speak to one. They replied with, "You want to speak to a supervisor?" Either the person couldn't understand the request, or they were deliberately ignoring the request.


We have been told FOUR different dates our money will be returned. What started out as 3-5 days has gradually lengthened to 10 days. Every time we interact with them, we are given a new date.


Our money is not in the account again today, so we complained again..and received a FIFTH deadline.


Now we wait until after Wednesday, the 19th.


NOT ONCE have they apologized for the issues we've encountered. It's like we and our order gone wrong are the inconvenience. They do not care that our experience has been horrible, that we are confused by what has happened, or that our money is still tied up. They have done nothing to encourage us to shop with them again.

Unlike other companies we've shopped with recently, no one at Kmart has reached out to us. We've had to initiate every contact every step of the way. We understand now why their company is doing so poorly.

Our experience with Kmart has been nothing but a huge hassle, with many inconsistencies, and a lot of aggravation.


Meanwhile, Walmart.com had an item of ours damaged in transit. They initiated the refund before we even knew about it. We've received our refund in 2-3 days and are very pleased with that turnaround. Then they sent us a customer satisfaction survey to make sure they made us happy through the cancellation and refund. #thankyouWalmart #Walmartrocks

We have received refunds on the same day in the past from Amazon and Walmart. Why can't Kmart do the same?

...and, we still wait on Kmart to return our money for an order gone horribly wrong from the start. We'll update this post with how it turns out.

Update 7/19/2017: The fifth deadline for our almost $500 has come..and the money is not there. Clint called them this morning. They told him they would call back in one hour. He waited two.

When he called back, after being put on hold, he asked to speak to a supervisor. The man fussed at him and said he was suppose to be waiting on a call from a supervisor. Clint told him he had waited twice as long as was promised. He finally was transferred to Carol.

Carol told us she would try to expedite the refund for tomorrow, but it would most likely take another 3-5 business days. Carol told him a refund had never been issued. She says our account was never charged because the order was canceled. We can prove it was charged. Someone with common sense in the company should be able to research that and see that payment was received on their end. Because of that, our refund was never issued. At least that is the story we are getting today. We have filed with the BBB and our Attorney General and other agencies.

July 20: As expected, the expedited refund did not come though. Per a tip from a friend, we called our bank. Even though this was purchased with a debit card, the bank will still pursue it to get our money back. 

July 21: Our money is back in our account! Thank you SUNTRUST!! 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

This Is A MUST Read: Take A Gander At This Amazing, But Little Known, 9-11 Story

This Is A MUST Read: Take A Gander At This Amazing, But Little Known, 9-11 Story



THIS is worth the read! 



“In spite of all the rotten things we see going on in today’s world this story confirms that there are still a lot of good people in the world and when things get bad, they will come forward. Let’s not forget THIS fact.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

He's Home!

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(photo taken by Amanda)

Brandon is home safely from a two week trip to Poland.
He stayed with friends, experienced the culture, saw 68 places!!, and enjoyed his time there.



Sunday, July 02, 2017

Priorities and Legitimate Christianity

The most important side of my life is the one where I bear my most cherished titles – husband and father. There is nothing in this world that means more to me than the fact that I am Bridget’s husband and Asher, Jasmine, Trey, and Elijah’s father. Whenever I say that, I can almost hear people thinking, “Shouldn’t your relationship with Christ mean more to you than your family life?” I guess in an ultimate sense that is the case. However, my family is the primary place where my walk with Christ takes on flesh. It is one thing for me to have a personal relationship with Jesus. However, if I spend hours reading the Bible and praying and invest the lion’ share of my time ministering to others while neglecting my role as husband and father, my relationship with Christ is out of balance or, worse, inauthentic. It is my relationship with my wife and children that gives my walk with Christ legitimacy. -Voddie Baucham

Friday, June 30, 2017

What happened to your images?

Photobucket changed their terms and is trying to coerce people into paying $400 a year for image hosting. I don't like their tactics and will not be using them any longer. I will be moving to an account with another imaging service soon. 

For now, if you want to see what I have posted, please click the Photobucket ad to see them. However, I was informed that will eventually be shut down also.

Sadly, I do not have time to go through the blog and change every link. So, the posts will continue to feature the ugly ad. I will make changes to my most frequently visited pages as I have time.

You can read a better explanation of what has happened with images on Photobucket here.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cooling the Hive

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See how the bee has its wings straight out? They buzz their wings in that position to cool the hive. Brandon took and sent me these pictures of his bees to show me. I am eagerly looking forward to acquiring my own hives next spring!

In cold climates like Poland, bee hives are painted dark colors to help keep the hive warmer. Here in the southern US, we paint our hives a light color to reflect summer's heat.