Monday, May 23, 2022

More Changes Ahead?

We have another family member who was interviewed for a new position today and will have their third interview on Wednesday. If this position is gained, it will open other doors in the future. However, we are not sure about the timing with the current economy.


Another family member has been applying with other companies.


We have asked the Lord to open or close the doors according to His will in each situation. Thank you to any who pray with us.

Brandon's Exciting News

I can share it now that he has turned in his notice to his current employer. 

Brandon has been hired by Honeywell!

They were impressed with his broad-ranged credentials and the multi-facility supervisory roles he has achieved at the age of 29. They said he interviewed extremely well and has expertise in the areas they want. 

They gave him an incredible offer! It was one he could not refuse! They have more opportunities for him to advance in the areas he desires, so he is very excited!

While he was willing to sacrifice in pay to get to a company that will help him move further along in his career, he did not have to do that. They exceeded his current salary, gave him a car, phone, computer, vacation, and better benefits. The only thing he had to give up is seeing his Dad and sister now and then at work and his 8 1/2 year tenure.

Homeschooling led by God works! Don't let fear or naysayer's comments hold you back from walking where the Lord is leading! Our five oldest children have performed so well that they were put into leadership roles very quickly. Emily and Hannah are not of employment age.

Thank you to those who were praying with us! Thank you to those who are giving God thanks and rejoicing with us now!

You are not God. God is not you.

There is a current trend to filter the Bible through the words of man when what we should be doing is filtering the words of man through 

The Word of

The Most High. 

Many authors and some pastors today are saying in a very subtle and deceiving manner that we are God or a part of God or like a god. "All you need is inside of you." 

While it is true that we are created in his likeness, we are not omniscient, omnipresent, or omnipotent. We, the created, can not be the Creator. We have no power outside of Him. He is complete without us. 

We are incomplete without Him.

We stand in need of a Savior.

There are those our family knows who believe they are part of the "god head" or the "inclusive trinity." They believe they have all kinds of power they can tap into and use for their own benefit. 

They are adopting the lies of a mere man and giving them more importance than the Word of God. They are embracing false teaching and helping spread it. 

What words/attitude had satan kicked out of Heaven? Do you really want to embrace teaching along those lines? 

Walk carefully in this world.

Dear Reader, I care very much about the people our family knows who have embraced these beliefs. It grieves my heart deeply to see them turn from truth and embrace lies that echo the fallen one. Please join me in prayer for them. The Bible warns us to be sober and vigilant because there is a mighty predator prowling around waiting for an opportunity. He is a liar and a deceiver. He is cunning, manipulative, and very intelligent. If you are reading the words of a fallible man, my advice to you is to filter them carefully through the Word of God. My love to all!

The time will come when people will not listen to the true teaching. But people will find more and more teachers who please them. They will find teachers who say what they want to hear. People will stop listening to the truth. They will begin to follow the teaching in false stories. 2 Timothy 4:3-4

Holes in gas cans? fuel lines? Might be this bug...

These are now present where I live. I know of two people who have had holes drilled into their gas cans and mower fuel lines.

To Tammy


I do not know why, but the Lord keeps putting you in my heart. I tried to contact you. I am praying for you and hope all is well. If you need someone, 


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Little Notes


My family has always left little notes like this around for each other. We did it a lot when the children were little. Now, with everyone working and leading very busy lives of their own, it happens less than it use to. I am thankful it still happens. :-)

Dear Reader, Is there someone you can build up with a little note of love or appreciation? Don't hesitate. Life is far too short.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Which Christ will you face? Jesus on the Bema, or Jesus on the Great White Throne?

The closer you get...

 Romans 12:9 says to "Abhor what is evil" and "cleave to what is good".

To Abhor something.. is to HATE it.
So the Bible says to hate what is evil.. and cling to what is good.
All sin is evil, so we should Abhor it.. hate it.
But OBEDIENCE (to God's commands) is good... So we should strive to cling to it.
God hates all sin, because sin is a transgression of God's law.
(1 John 3:4)
Sin is "rebellion" against the will of God.
What parent likes being rebelled against by their children when they instruct a child to do something? Parents want to be honored by their children through obedience and faithfulness.
God is no different.
So the more a child of God grows in the knowledge of Christ, the more our love grows for God.
The things that we know break God's heart, will break ours as well.
The closer you draw to him...
The more you will love what he loves, and hate what he hates.
-author unknown

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Strong Man


He is in his mid-50s and is still very strong.
It's because he stays very active and is not afraid to work.

The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights.
Habukkak 3:19

Friday, May 20, 2022

Prayers for a friend's brother

A friend of mine's brother was in this accident. He is OK. They are asking prayers for all involved and especially for the deceased person's family.

Please pray for Tim.

Tim works under Clint. This is not the Tim who was severely injured and is in rehab. That person works with Clint but was under another boss. It is a different person. Tim has had cancer in the past. It has returned and is "all over" his body. His awaiting testing so they can find out what type and what course of action they are going to take. Please also pray for Tim's salvation.  Thank you!

Prayer for Mark

Please pray for my friend's husband. Mark has had long-term Lyme and coinfections. Things are very serious. He has a severe infection in a wound and has heart issues. They are talking about a PICC line and multiple trips to a far away clinic while at the same time, the family car has broken down. They are in another state, or our family would offer to work on the car. Thank you to all who pray for them.

Home and Big News Coming

I am on my usual late morning break. 

Clint and I are home! We had a wonderful adventure that was both thrilling, relaxing, and very restorative. I so enjoyed the exhilarating 4WD-only roads, the beautiful scenery, the abundant wildlife, the exclusive access to trails we were given, the historical buildings we had the privilege of sleeping in for one night, the absolute quiet, the amazing view of the stars, the people we met, and so much more! We covered so many miles doing the overlanding. We came home both tired and rejuvenated! Both of us want to go again. We actually talked about taking another trip next weekend, but we decided to wait. We have a long trip planned in the fall with most of our family.

We were able to share the gospel with well over 200 people on this past trip! That was more than twice what we had hoped for before we left!! It is double what we did on the last trip.

Once we were where our phones could pick up a signal, our phones buzzed for several minutes straight! We are still in a vacation frame of mind. We will get back to everyone over the next few days. 

We were in touch with our children every few days to check on home, but it was only for 10-15 minutes at a time.

One of us has big news! I will share soon.

Another one of us has an opportunity that may open up. 

And, another one of us is seeking an opportunity!

I will be soon at our private vacation spot so Clint and I can do a little work there. I am also considering starting a couple of new projects. I am still bouncing around ideas about the timing. I enjoy being highly productive and trying new things, but I want to make sure I can manage adding more to my already full schedule. 

Life is very exciting at the moment! 

My love to all!

Please Pray for Walter

Walter had to have another surgery due to continuing episodes of his trachea collapsing and cardiac arrest. They did a three-in-one surgery like last time and have also put in an ND tube hoping it will stop the episodes. Please pray this gives him and his parents some relief.

Sarah is very weary and could use prayer. He pulled out his tube overnight. They are going to put in a new ND tube. The student nurse has not relayed Sarah's concerns correctly. The doctors are also trying to do procedures Sarah feels are unnecessary, so she is having to advocate hard for Walter during this stay. Please pray for her. 

It's because of the stories...


Graveyards don't scare me.
I would spend more time walking through them if I had the time to spare.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

We found a foundation


You can see Emily, who is wearing her crazy Christmas sweater, walking away. We found these old stone steps, a stone foundation, stone flower beds, and a stone chimney from a dwelling in the forest. We crawled all over it! It was a fun find! We plan to go back and recon the rest of the area on another trip.

"But why do you call Me "Lord, Lord," and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:46-49

Wednesday, May 18, 2022


If you have been reading the blog for any length of time, you know I take a lot of pictures of trees. Like people, they have stories to tell.

two shall become one

This one reminds me of the pictures of trees with hidden objects in them.


At one time she was strong and beautiful. The scars of living left their mark on this ridge-top sentinel.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

A Very Effective Camping Heater


Maggie (white), Mercury (red), Marty (black). Sweet little Rachet laid near my feet.

The weather unexpectedly changed while we were camping in April. It went from comfortably crisp days to downright freezing.

There were four of us and four tiny dogs, so we each slept with one. It really helped keep us warmer. I cut socks to make "coats" for our dogs to keep them warm. However, I took those off at night for their sleeping comfort.

I sent this picture to Amanda by text and told her it had turned very cold and damp, but I found a heater so I was toasty. She wrote back that she had the same type of heater but "a different model." :-)

Monday, May 16, 2022

Everything around us was soaking wet


...and I was happy about it! Usually, when we go camping, the weather is great. On the April trip, I was able to really test my fire-starting skills!
I found dry tinder inside of a hollowed-out log. I showed the girls how to collect it, keep it dry while transporting it, and use it to start a fire.

I always carry other forms of tinder, but I like to learn and experience new ways of doing things. This camping trip allowed us to learn quite a bit.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

from my mind would not depart

Only One Life, Twill Soon Be Past
by C.T. Studd

Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgement seat;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice,
Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,

And to God’s holy will to cleave;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill.
living for self or in His will;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore,
When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way,
Then help me Lord with joy to say;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn,
And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say, “Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

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Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Dr. Seuss Bush and Amanda's Sketch


This was outside of a church.
Clint, the girls, and I went into town for a few things early one morning and stopped here to check our phones. I sent the picture of the bush to Amanda and told her it looked like a Dr. Seuss creature. She sent the hastily done sketch back to me before we were out of range again.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Just a picture of an awesome man standing on a rock

We saw signs others had turned around. There were no fresh tracks on the other side either. He wanted to check the depth. I went down with him and walked back quickly so I could get this shot while he was still down there. I do that alot :-)! It is deeper than it looks and had a bit of a current. We went on through and found beautiful places!

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Awww, Poor Baby!


Courage has been altered.
He is no longer a threat to my breeding program.
He wasn't feeling that great when Brandon took him home, but he's doing better now.
I'm going over to check on him in a little while.
He has to stay home by himself until his stitches are healed.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Stay Salty

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”" Luke 14:34-35

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. Matthew 5:13

Dear Reader, Being lukewarm is believing but showing indifference to what you believe. Showing indifference in what you believe is the worst of attitudes and comes with warnings. If your faith in Jesus has any value, it is worth everything to you. There is no room to believe in Jesus and be neutral in how you live. Salvation through Jesus is LIFE and ETERNITY CHANGING. Jesus wants people to declare themselves in earnest as either for him or against him. Hot or cold, not inbetween.

Note that both passages end with a stern warning and dire consequences: “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” and "no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men." As ambassadors for Christ, we should be creating a thirst in other people for righteousness that comes from knowing Jesus. 

Are you serving Him, yourself, or some idea? Which of those is your passion, gets you motivated? People often say they are serving Jesus through serving an agenda or another person's desires. That's a trap (distraction/diversion)! We are called to carry out His work which is spelled out in the Bible.

Paul was battling this very thing in Corinth. He was having to correct people in the Church who felt the only way to get others to believe in Christ was to use philosophy which he called the “enticing words of man’s wisdom" to which he replied, “And I, brethren, when I came to you, I came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:1–2. 

Paul is saying that the core of his ministry was that Jesus was/is the Redeemer of the world. Nothing outside of Jesus can break the hold of sin and death. We don't need to dilute that message. Instead, we need to examine what we are putting out there to make sure we are sticking to the simpicity of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We do not need to mix anyone or any ideas with Jesus to make him worthy. Break free of "man's wisdom" and man's agendas and share the gospel of Christ! 

My love to all!

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Gardening Inspiration


Weak-minded people make excuses while the strong-minded
find their way around the obstacles.

Lyme and Mental Health Connection

The investigators found that people with Lyme disease had a greater risk of mental problems and suicide attempts. They also had a 42% higher incidence of depression and bipolar disorder, and a 75% higher rate of death by suicide, compared with people without Lyme disease.

-shared from a friend who is battling very hard

Please lift my friends who are battling Lyme Disease and the co-infections that are almost always present with it. I personally know of several people with this horrible but often medically unrecognized disease.

It was way off the road and had a fabulous view...




You never know what you will find...even deep in the forest!!
While I was scanning a pond for signs of fish, Emily and Hannah came running out of the woods laughing so hard.
I don't know if Rodin would appreciate Clint's adaptation, but he enjoyed making us laugh.

Sunday, May 08, 2022

Happy Mother's Day

 Happy Mother's Day 

to our family and friends
near and far, 
old and new,
close and estranged

with a loving mother's heart 

no matter if you have many children or none. This includes those who conceived and lost, those whose child grew and left for Heaven, teachers and social workers who see the hurting child and respond, and fathers who step up to fill both roles. I hope you know your love and concern matters in a child's life, and you are worth your weight in gold! 

The only life people get from their human parents is physical. But the new life that the Spirit gives a person is spiritual. John 3:6

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Mother's Day and Beyond

Update: Our trip plans are fluid because Clint's job is flexible. We have already added more time to our trip...and might add more. Brandon is watching over 2314. I also had the date wrong in the post below. It is the 20th we are due back, not the 10th. For those who are concerned about us being out of cell tower range, we have Clint's HAM radio with us. We also carry a first aid kit, trauma kit, food, water, multiple ways to start fire and purify water (if needed), etc. We like to get way out there and go for long hikes..and see what we can see!


Brandon and Clint are on a roof doing the work for the family that I asked they do for my Mother's Day gift. They are installing 8 panels that will provide power for our pool pump and other things. We are supposed to also put one on our Suburban.

Then, tomorrow, we celebrate all day with the whole family and a meal together. 

Soon after, I will be out of state with Clint until the 10th for a "kind of surprise but not*" overlanding adventure to an area I have never visited before. 

The blog will have posts that were prescheduled, but I am not home. I also will not have a working cell phone or internet for much of this time. SO...

if I do not respond to a phone call, text, or etc, that is why. :-)

My love to all! 

*He had to let me in on it so I could inventory and pack our gear. I also made a few new purchases for just in case.

Thumbs and Such

So, I have something eating produce in a garden bed. I'm thinking it is a rat or a vole. I pulled out a trap.

Emily looked at it and said, "That thing can take your thumb off!"

She volunteered to bait it and set it for me.

She later came in and told me, "I can't figure out how to set it, (big sigh) AND (a pause and then continuing with lots of laughter) that thing will NOT take your thumb off!!"

She stuck up her sore thumb and walked out laughing at herself.

Dear Reader, I am so thankful for these joy-filled days of having the children I was told I shouldn't have. "After 35 is TOO OLD!!!" Don't listen to people. Earnestly seek the Lord and follow where He leads you without looking back. He brings us to good places!

Friday, May 06, 2022

What ate my chickens?

Wendy, what ate my chickens? (It was accompanied by pictures)

From the hole size, I'd guess a skunk. What got the chickens is not the most important question to ask. How to make the coop stronger is what you need to know.

As you can see, the bricks around the outside of the pen were simply pushed aside. From there, it was an easy dig on soft soil to enter the coop.

What works for me is to have a woven wire bottom on the ground where the pen will go. That bottom extends some from the side of the pen. If I do not do that, I ring the outside of the pen with chicken wire folded in half. Half goes on the ground and half goes against the pen's wall going away from the pen. This way, if the predator runs up to the pen and begins to dig, it digs on the wire. 

All of my pens for poultry also have woven wire fencing or chicken wire on the top. Not only do we livestock owners have to worry about ground attacks, but air raids from predator birds are a real threat.

I also keep a dog in a large run near my poultry. This has been very, very effective. I'd say it was one of the best things I have done with our livestock. 

For the pens that border our wooded areas, I use predator lights that mimic predator eyes and motion solar lights. 

I also ask my menfolk to urinate around the pen. The smell does seem to be a deterrent. When I have employed this technique where I have had multiple strikes, the losses stopped. We are blessed that no one is close by and our men can do this. Friends have their men urinate in a bucket and they pour that around. Eons ago, I read it was the testosterone in the male urine that makes the predator go away. In other words, the predator knows the human has laid claim to and will defend the area because of the scent marking.

Every once in a while, something still gets taken by a predator. Our geese free-range and we have goslings waddling about the acres. One was taken recently. I saw a very large fox in the driveway, so I believe it is the culprit. Something also struck the outdoor aviary and took a few parakeets. It had to have been something fairly small like a young weasel. The only entry point I saw was a very small area at the corner of the door. To give you an idea, the manufacturer made a square opening for a rounded door. I will be working to tighten up that pen this week.

I believe we should live with nature as much as we can, but I also believe in dealing with problem animals. My livestock count on me taking responsibility for their safety. The predator is working against that. Generally, I will ignore one gosling being taken, but if it becomes a problem, I start setting traps. Anytime I have something taken by a predator, I alert my neighbors so they can watch out for their livestock also. They appreciate it and often offer to help out.

How did your morning start?


I am MamaBear over all at Contentment Acres. The crows alerted me early this morning that the predator that has been killing our chickens and goslings was moving our way again. I ran out there barefoot for an opportunity to protect our livestock. It was going to use a well-worn deer trail in the woods to cross the driveway.

Foaming Tree


 I saw this tree foaming, so I had to find out why...

"As rainwater trickles down the tree stem or trunk (called stemflow), it collects deposited dust particles (i.e. salts) and plant residues (i.e. acids) that have accumulated on the bark surfaces. Bubbles are formed through the process of “stemflow mixing”. As this dissolved, simple soap solution flows down the trunk, it encounters barriers and bumps, like bark plates, furrows, and ridges. The solution is then tumbled, mixed and aerified, during its downward flow to the ground, generating the bubbles or soapsuds, which collect at the tree base. Occasionally, a light coating of foam may even be visible higher up on the tree trunk. Stemflow mixing has no known deleterious effect on tree health.
Tree suds can happen in all types of trees and has been observed occurring in all continents where trees grow."

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Please pray for T

Please pray for T. who has stage 3 lung cancer. Please pray also for his salvation. I will share his name and more details later. 



Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Cooking Oil Substitutes

Cooking oil rationing is happening in other countries. Supplies of cooking oils are very low in my area at the moment. The shelves are about 25-33% stocked of what is normal and that is after they reduced the shelving space to hold less. Prices have skyrocketed. Tips:

Use a little less of what you have to make it last longer.

Learn the substitutes for oils. for example, I have been using fruit purees in cake mixes since the 90s. Applesauce is an example of a fruit puree that can be substituted for oil.

Research the health benefits of and learn how to render these fats: schmaltz, lard, tallow. You may already have invested money in and are throwing away replacements for cooking oils. I have found that I can use quite a bit less and still have a nice finished product in most dishes. 

My generation was been taught that fats are bad and that we should avoid them. However, fats are very important for health. The stick margarine that was pushed as "healthier" in the 70s is detrimental to heart health in more than one way. I also think that time period's advice on fats has something to do with the rising cases of Alzheimer's and dementia. I'd rather use something that comes to us naturally. 

My favorite fat to render is lard from our pasture raised hogs.

There will be a lot of people who will tell you that you can't keep tallow or lard on a shelf or that you can't keep it on a shelf for longer than xx amount of time. When I have cared to ask, most naysayers on whatever they are talking about have not even tried the thing they are saying can't be done. So, I don't give most of that advice much attention. I just go ahead an try it. 

Tallow and lard, rendered properly, are shelf stable. I have lard that is a couple years old on my pantry shelf that still looks, smells, and tastes as fresh as when I put it in the canning jar. Your nose will tell you very quickly if it is spoiled. It will smell chemically. Mold is also a sign it had gone bad. If the taste is sour, it's bad.

I pour the hot tallow or lard into the canning jars via funnel and cap them after they cool. Waiting until they have cooled prevents condensation that can cause mold. I fill them to within 1/2 inch of the top before I move to the next jar.

Schmaltz needs to be refrigerated or frozen. Schmaltz is made from the yellow fat layer that forms on top of the gelatin like layer. Once we cook chicken, we strain the juices into a wide bowl and put it into the fridge until it solidifies. We separate it with a spatula and make the schmaltz. I use the gelatin like layer to flavor soups. 

If you do have fat that goes bad, especially the tallow or lard, remember there are other uses for it like lubrication, candles, etc. 

Dear Reader, I learned a lot of what I know from reading books from authors other times and other cultures. These people survived or are surviving just fine without modern conveniences like refrigeration. They often possess a wealth of knowledge for anyone who cares to learn. My love to all!

No Need to Ask "Are We There Yet?"

 “I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.” William Booth, Founder of the Salvation Army (1829-1912)

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

What are some herbal or alternative antifungals?

Here is my answer:

natural antifungals: garlic, oregano oil, turmeric, olive leaf extract, coconut oil (caprylic acid), goldenseal, barberry, onions, black walnut, tea tree oil, cloves, etc. Neem oil is used internally and externally in some countries, but it is not common in the US. 

Dear Reader, I encourage you to thoroughly research each and also research and consider contraindications (other medications or health concerns that may cause harm if taken with a specific herb). Learn the difference between maintenance dosages (daily) and therapeutic (healing) dosages. Therapeutic dosages can be much higher than maintenance dosages. What you see on most labels are low maintenance or maintenance dosages. They want to keep their liability down because most people will not do the underlined part in this paragraph.

Update: I forgot about honey!! Raw honey is also a strong antifungal. It is also a good antibacterial. This is because it contains naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide. 

Found with the Excavator



Shenango China Bowl from 1926. The number code is the date code.
I am amazed this was not broken when the excavator brought it up.

When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a teacher, an archaeologist, a nurse, or a vet. I homeschooled my children, have a farm full of livestock I do 99% of the vet care for, am an herbalist, and have been unearthing things on my farm and other properties for decades now. I sought the Lord on what I should spend my life doing, and He gave me all of my heart's desires. Thank you, Father, for loving me the way you have! You lead us to good places!

It was my view for a couple of hours...



Clint is tireless and gives sacrificially. I am so thankful God gave him to me.

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7

Monday, May 02, 2022

Motherhood is an art

Motherhood is an art. And it is naive to send a mother into an arena for twenty years with a child and expect her to come out on top. Everything is in the child's favor. He's little, he's cute, and he can turn tears on and off like a faucet. ~Erma Bombeck~

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Bald Mountain in the Snow


I keep my windows down when off-roading unless it is too dusty or raining way too hard. Snow didn't bother me one bit.

We had never done Bald Mountain in the snow before. It started out snowing, then sleeting, then we had freezing rain, and after that was a wintry mix. Then the fog came in thick! 

Cole Road was close to the halfway point of where we had been adventuring in WV. We knew we could camp, eat, and rest there before heading home. The snow was so very pretty! I am so glad we had the opportunity to do it again but do it all differently!

Friday, April 29, 2022

Please pray... copy and paste

Teresa is a person our family has known for 27 years. She is one of the first people we met when we moved in 1995. She has always treated us well and is a kind and generous person. She loved on our babies and still looks out for them today, especially Joshua who gets coffee from where she worked. 

Teresa has had a hard life. She's a fighter. While I am not claiming she is perfect, there is a lot to admire about her and how she conducts herself. In spite of the obstacles in her way, she worked two and three jobs to give her daughter "a better life " by putting her through college. 

When her daughter was married, her new husband offered to pay off the college debt. Teresa said "No, thank you. This is the one thing I am going to give my daughter. I want her life to be better than mine, and I am going to be the one to give her this." She would give us updates on how much progress she had made on the college loans. We would see her after she had worked 8 hours at one employer and was finishing up four hours at the other. As exhausted as she was, she was always polite and very friendly.

After seeing the news, I contacted Teresa's daughter to see if there was anything our family could do to help. Teresa's daughter says this story is not being represented fairly by the media. Based on what I know about Teresa, I believe her.

It would be very out of character for Teresa to behave like this without provocation. Dozens of other people have said the same as they came to her defense on social media. She has an overwhelming amount of support. There has to be more to this story.

Pay attention to the fact that the police were called and when and why. 

Our family has reached out to Teresa and offered to write a letter regarding her character. 

Since I was not there, I do not know what happened. BUT, I know this story is not adding up to what is being put out by the media. Scores of people are standing up for Teresa. Teresa had to have felt threatened to have hit a person. I strongly suspect she was defending herself.  I could be wrong, but until I see proof otherwise, that is what I believe.


For BOTH parties, we are truly sorry this horrible thing has happened. May the Lord make the truth known, and may His mercy rule over both parties.

Extruded Chaos


I am thankful I do not have to clean this up.

How do they clean it up? Electric chainsaws, hammers banging on screwdrivers, chisels, drills, etc. It reminds me of the ice-busting scenes on Deadliest Catch!

Every bit of the plastic will be reused after being put through a "regrind" process. 

Thursday, April 28, 2022

How to Prevent or Eradicate Fungus Gnats

I keep getting this question, so I am sharing my answer here:

"I very rarely see one. I think it is because I use hydrogen peroxide when I water. I use a few tablespoons per gallon. If he has a problem he may want to go as strong as one half to one cup of peroxide to four cups of water depending on the severity. They also like moisture so I don't leave any standing water under my plants. After I water them, I wait an hour and then drain all of the extra liquid off.  I give the plants an hour to drink all that they need and for the soil to get fully saturated. Whatever I pour off goes into the pots outside*. I try to use quality bagged soil when I plant in the house because eggs can be carried from the soil. Diluted neem oil will kill them too. When you are trying to kill them with the hydrogen peroxide or the neem, you want to really water them thoroughly so that every part of the soil and underneath the pots gets covered."

*is so the fertilizer does not get wasted

My love to all! :-)

PTL!! Clint and Wendy Made Another $15k in 30 minutes

PTL!! Clint and Wendy Made Another $15k in 30 minutes Cha-Ching!
God provides for His children! We have to trust Him and walk where He leads.

Amanda's Saltwater Tank


Protoreaster nodosus aka Chocolate Chip Sea Star


Mithraculus sculptus aka Emerald Crab


                        Lytechinus variegatus aka Pincushion Sea Urchin


Amphiprion ocellaris aka Common Clown Fish

I took her shopping and bought her the clown fish. They have grown and are thriving!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Hannah went up the mountain to see what she could see.

somewhere in beautiful WV

That hill is a lot steeper than it looks in this picture.
It was easy climbing up but a bit trickier coming down.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

"It's getting 'gloriously dark'"

We’re living in strange days, are we not? When I see what's happening to this world, if I didn't know the Lord Jesus Christ, I’m not sure what I would do. Yet, knowing the Bible and Bible prophecy, when I see all these things coming to pass, they do not shake me. Sometimes they grieve me, sometimes they sadden me, but they do not shake me. That’s because I know God's Word. I know they’re a fulfillment of prophecy. I can say with all the saints, “Praise God, it's getting gloriously dark.”

The book of Revelation is known as “the blessing book” because it’s the only book out of the 66 books in the Bible that promises in chapter 1, verse 3, a blessing to those who study it.

Our hope is not found in studying science books. There’s no eternal blessing in books of politics or sociology. Friend, the blessing is in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, as revealed in the book, the Bible—the Word of God, the Book of the Ages.

But how are you going to know this? You've got to know prophecy. God gave us the book of Revelation to show us the “things which must shortly come to pass” (Rev. 1:1). You're not supposed to be in the dark. You're to be informed. You are to know, so “that day will not overtake you as a thief” (1 Thess. 5:4). -Adrian Rogers

Soft Edges


Oh, the places we go!!

I believe this is somewhere near here.
That big ole suburban went right on over that soft edge on that narrow curve.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Dear Reader, Today is one of my days to get a little time with the Lord. I have been doing this since I was a young wife (before children). I had no solid Christian role models around me, so I would ask the Lord questions and open my Bible for the answers. He never failed me in supplying the answers. I still have the Bible I used while doing those studies with the notes and dates in the margins. My daughters love to take it to their rooms and read it now. I so love where He has led me in this journey of life. 

This is from one of the many videos I have watched so far today. A lot of my friends and some of my family have been sharing how they are struggling with fear and anxiety, so I thought I would take a break and share it now. I found it very comforting and hope you will also.

Starting around 32 minutes, Andy Woods gives examples of how God has handled big armies in the past. I found that very comforting! God has many tools in His arsenal and has the ability to handle everything we see happening around us today.

Nothing going on right now in our big scary world is a surprise to Him. There are a lot of troubled waters surrounding us today. We must follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and, like Peter, keep our eyes on (trust in) Jesus.

How to Keep a Cool during Power Outages

I shared this on a FB group and am sharing it here for any who can make use of the ideas. My love to all.

These are just a few of the things I do. 

I use mylar blankets with shades behind them on the windows to keep sunlight out. My house looks like a NASA experiment, but I save on cooling costs. 

I open a window in our attic and let it vent out the hot air which keeps the downstairs cooler as it pulls a draft from the cooler side of the house where I open a window when I see the temperature dropping on that side. 

I open windows on the shady side of the house and close and cover (insulate the heat out) the ones on the sunny side. 

I know to get my work outside done in the morning or evenings if at all possible.
Close off the rooms that are on the sunny side of the house to keep the rest of the house cooler. 

Learn how to trap the coolest air in the morning in your house before the day heats up. I know which windows to open to get the airflow right to cool down the whole house quickly. Airflow varies from home to home so what I do will be different than what you do. 

Staying well-hydrated is crucial to keeping the body cooler. 

Digestion creates heat, so eat lightest when it is the warmest. A farmer told me to feed my animals right before bed on the coldest nights to help keep them warmer. 

My family had to work outside doing heavy manual labor in 90F+ with high humidity. The heat indexes were over 100F. There was no power on this site for months. We had a battery bank for the tool batteries and a generator that we would use with a pump to pull water from the well. We also had a hand pump we could put on the well for when the generator was in use at another site. That or stored water in a cooler area might be an option for those who do not have an alternate water source. 

We cooled down in the middle of the day under a tree with our feet and calves in a bucket of cool water from the well. We also applied and frequently changed cool cloths around our necks, on our heads, and around our wrists. Cooling the pulse points (where the blood flows closer to the surface of the skin) helps cool down the entire body. While we did that, we hydrated with bottles of water that we cooled down in well water in a cooler that was kept under a building. 

The effects were pretty impressive and got us back on our feet working. It depended on the day and what job we were doing, but the cooling effects lasted for at least an hour or so before they needed to be repeated. Some days we only needed one cool-down break but we were doing lighter work on those days. 

Sweating = evaporative cooling. It is how the body cools down. Applying water that can evaporate can help your body cool off faster. Using herbs in the water that have a cooling effect also helps. For example, research peppermint cooling spray. 

There are evaporative bandanas with polymer crystals you can purchase. You can tie them to your wrists as well as place them around your neck. 

I researched how people cooled down their homes and bodies before electricity and learned a lot from that. Research window quilts. Many homesteading minded are using those to cut cooling and heating costs.

Sunday, April 24, 2022


 Above all, love each other deeply - fervently - sincerely - intensely - constantly, because love covers over a multitude of sins - offenses - faults (missing the mark). (1 Peter 4:8)

Interesting that Peter says "Above all" … The most important thing Peter wanted the church to do was to have a fervent love for one another. A love that builds up and does not destroy people.
Jesus said that the world would be able to identify His disciples because they would see our love for one another.
Is that what people see in us today? -Christian Family Enrichment

Friday, April 22, 2022

Creepy Lil Dude

This creepy little dude with a hat was spying on our campsite.😂🤣 This really made Hannah jump! You don't need to tell scary stories when the fog rolls in...and someone left a cairn nearby. 😃