Friday File 5

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I’ve been so busy making gifts and helping the children make gifts this week that I haven’t done much reading on the internet. I do have a few things for you though.

Since the children have been sick and we’ve been working hard to catch up on our schoolwork, I’ve let our daily copywork slide. This article has reminded me that I need to get back to it when we return to school in January.

How Handwriting Trains the Brain

A while ago I read an article written by a woman who took a purity vow as a teenager and wished she hadn’t. I’ve been thinking about responding to it, and maybe I still will. In the meantime, someone else has. She did a great job and addressed some of the things that upset me in the original article.

One of the things that bothers me is that we talk about “losing virginity” as if it’s not important. I think instead of warning our children about “losing their virginity”, we should be talking to them about the beauty of giving as a precious gift to their spouse.

Christians, Stop Staying Pure Till Marriage

I also read another article by a single guy about his motivations behind staying pure. I think there’s a lot to think about in these two articles.

I Didn’t Wait for My Future Spouse, and You Shouldn’t Either

On a lighter note, if you’ve never watched “Kid Snippets” on YouTube you really should. I almost always laugh out loud at these. They are a great stress reliever. Here’s one to whet your appetite.

Finally, I’ve worked really hard to make my Pinterest boards look pretty and organized. What do you think? 

Do you have anything to add to my reading for this week?

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Library Time - Healthy Simplicity

This week I read two great books about female journalists, The World is Bigger Now by Euna Lee and Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran by Roxana Saberi. One was a Korean-American who ended up in a North Korean jail while doing a story about North Koreans who escape to China. She was held for many weeks and put through a mock trial before finally being allowed to go home.

The other was also about a female journalist. An American girl born to an Iranian father and Japanese mother. She went to Iran to become familiar with her father’s homeland. She fell in love with the country and eventually decided to write a book about Iran interviewing people from all walks of life. Two months before her scheduled departure she was arrested, interrogated at length, put on trial and sentenced to eight years. Due to international outcry she was released after one hundred days.

These are my favourite kind of books to read. Books that show how the human nature can endure and even shine while going through trials.

16-year-old daughter – Wild Grows the Heather in Devon by Michael Philipps. This isn’t the first time she’s read this book, so I know it must be good.

14-year-old son – Aircraft of WWII in Combat edited by Robert Jackson. I know this is a favourite because I see it out a lot.

12-year-old son – Ripley’s Believe It or Not. This is another book that I see out a lot. They love all the weird and unique facts it contains.

10-year-old daughter – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

9-year-old daughter – Peanuts by Charles Shulz. What can I say we love all of the Peanuts characters, but I do have to say that my favourite is Snoopy.

6-year-old son – One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey. This must be the week for favourites. This is another family favourite. We’ve read many times about Sal and her loose tooth and growing up when things don’t go as you planned.

3-year-old son – Alfie Gets in First by Shirley Hughes. Ethan loves Alfie. That’s probably because Alfie is a typical three-year-old with all the joys and trials that come with being three and having a younger sibling.

Now we’d like to hear about what you’ve been reading this week.


Friday File 4

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Another busy week. I made a skirt for my middle daughter and fleece overalls for my baby. They make him so much more squishy, huggable and cute. :) I did my own thing and add ribbing around the ankles to make cuffs. It turned out great. Check him out…

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I sent this article to my oldest daughter. I really like #3 and #6. Preparing for marriage is one of the most important things we can teach our children.

7 Things I Wish I Had Done Before I Got Married

Who has not been tired as a mom? I never realized how hard mothering would be. This post is so encouraging. And I can identify with this mom – hiding out from her children and being encouraged by them at the same time.

For the Mom Who Feels Weary

I loved this idea when I saw it. My husband and I plan on doing a sheet too. We’re going to sit around our table either New Year’s Eve or Day – haven’t decided yet – and fill them in together. Then we’ll save them with our important papers. I wish we had thought of something like this years ago.

Printable New Year’s Resolutions for Kids 2015

I want to change up my Bible reading time next year, and there are some fantastic ideas in this post.

9 Ways to Study the Bible

This post was so wonderfully written. Why do we have children whether one or two or five or eight?

Why Have More Kids?

And finally, I have watched this three times now and cried every time. Actually, I sobbed through it the first time. It is just. so. beautiful. And I kept thinking if we have this much beauty on earth what will Heaven be like?

 What did you read and enjoy on the internet this week?

Winter Sewing List 2014-2015

Healthy Simplicity - Winter Sewing

I feel so behind this year. Because the children were so sick this fall, I’m about a month behind in everything. I’ve had this list perking in my head for a while. Sewing in the winter is such a cozy activity. This is the sewing that I want to do this winter, and now that life is getting back to normal I hope to start getting on with these projects.

So, in no particular order, here is what I want to sew/make this winter.

  • bread bags
  • pjs – for my two youngest – one piece, zip up the front
  • nightgowns – for my two youngest daughters – one wants fleece, the other wants flannel
  • skirts – as needed for my daughters
  • gifts
  • napkin holder - I found this great pattern and could use a new holder
  • reusable “paper” towels - I’ve had this on my to-do list for. ev. er. I really want to do some of these so I keep putting it on my list hoping one of these times I’ll get around to it.
  • overalls – for my baby – fleece – to make him extra squishable
  • sew new curtains for my bedroom and bathroom – looking for inspiration here

I think that’s enough to keep me busy for a while. ☺

What do you plan on sewing this winter?

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Library Time - Healthy Simplicity

This week I read quite a few books. The one I’m recommending today is called I Am Rosemarie by Marietta D. Moskin. It’s about the Holocaust and told in the first person although it is not a true story. I would say that it’s written for the eleven and twelve-year-olds and up. Since the intended audience is young the violence is more muted. There’s a feel of believability to the book.

 16-year-old daughter – His Watchful Eye by Jack Cavanaugh. Still on a roll with her favourite author.

14-year-old son – Les Mis by Victor Hugo. An old favourite revisited.

12-year-old son – The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart. This is a prequel to the Mysterious Benedict Society series. All of the books are well written mysteries. It’s fun to know the beginnings of Nicholas Benedict.

10-year-old daughter – The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict. It’s a family favourite. ☺

9-year-old daughter – The Candy Makers by Wendy Mass. My children all tell me I need to read this book. That it’s in the same genre as the Mysterious Benedict Society and that I would really enjoy it.

6-year-old son – Curious George by H.A. Rey

3-year-old son – Hide and Seek at Blackberry Farm by Jane Pilgrim. We love the Blackberry Farm books. They’re playful stories about the animal life on a farm. The pictures are beautiful. We have several and are always looking for more at thrift stores.

 So what have you read this week?

Friday File 3

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Another week gone by! I can hardly believe it. We had a good week in school, and I got back to sewing. Sewing puts me in my happy place. I’ve also read some interesting/fun/inspiring things this week. I hope you’ll enjoy them too.

I found this article very interesting. As an addition to what is said here, I read somewhere this week that the average eight-year-old eats more sugar in one year that anyone ate in their entire life a century ago. No wonder diabetes is on the rise.

Why your grandparents didn’t have food allergies…but you do

I love cuddling, tickling and nibbling my baby. In fact, we call his toes “niblets”. Baby skin is so irresistible, and now it seems that someone has done a study to understand why. And bonus – It actually makes us a better parent to nibble on our babies.

Wanting to eat your baby makes you a better parent

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I desire for my boys to be gentlemen. Thankfully, they have a good role model in their dad. I’m pretty sure he’s covered all of the points in this article with the possible exception of the first one.

 21 Lost Gentleman Traditions That Still Apply Today

I love ThePianoGuys. These guys are amazing. So I included this for fun.

Angels We Have Heard on High

My baby’s getting too big to be carried in my baby wraps. That makes me sad because I miss it. I even wrote a post about it. Having them close just gives you another excuse to do a little nibbling. ☺ 

All Dressed Up

baby wearing

How was your week? Did you read anything good on the ‘net?

God’s Goodness In Trials

Healthy Simplicity - RuthI am enjoying going through the book of Ruth again and creating these studies. It’s a blessing to me to be reminded of the richness in this book. I was reminded this week that although we view this book as a love story, the word “love” is not found anywhere in the book. I was also reminded that God is good even in our suffering. This week we are looking at Ruth 1:10-18.

10  And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.
11  And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
12  Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
13  Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.
14  And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
15  And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.
16  And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
17  Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
18  When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

Naomi’s daughters-in-law started down the road to Judah with her. Finally she decided they had gone far enough and urged them to go home to their mothers’ homes. Orpah and Ruth were determined to continue on with Naomi. Naomi pointed out that if the girls continued on with her they would have no hope of a future husband. She could produce no sons for them to marry, and as unacceptable foreigners they could have no hope of anyone offering to marry them.

Naomi feels hopeless for the girls and really for herself as well. Look at what she says, “…the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.” Who can blame her for saying this? Her husband and two sons are dead. She has no grandchildren. She has spent some of the best years of her life in a foreign land cut off from family and friends in her homeland. Now she is returning to Bethlehem as a destitute widow. Who of us can blame her despair and tell her to just buck up and trust God?

When family or friends are going through a trial and are despairing, depressed even, what is your attitude? Do you try to force them into cheerfulness, do you quote stale platitudes about trusting God, or do you just listen? Many times when someone is hurting they don’t need you to say anything. They’ve heard it all, even said it all themselves, many times before. It’s hard to just sit and do nothing, but a listening ear is sometimes the greatest gift you can give someone in need.

There are things you can do. Hold them, take them out for a coffee, cry with them, give them a meal, scrub their toilet. But when it comes to talking think twice before you say anything. Don’t try to figure the problem out for them. Give them a safe place to cry. Just be there.

Orpah and Ruth clearly believed all that Naomi said. There was loud weeping. Naomi seems to bitterly watch Orpah go even though she had urged her to. She cynically urges Ruth to follow Orpah’s example. And here for the first time we get a glimpse of the beautiful character contained in Ruth.

Ruth abandons all that is known and familiar. She vows to follow Naomi until death. In spite of all Naomi and her family has been through, there was enough faith in their life to call Ruth to follow their God. She vows now to leave the gods she has known all her life to follow Naomi’s God.

Life has been so dark and full of sorrow for Naomi up to this point. I can almost feel the small glimmer of hope that must have touched her. She accepts Ruth’s offer to continue on. Doesn’t this so often happen to us? God knows our breaking point and never leads us past it. Naomi had touched bottom. God gave her a taste of what He had in store. She does not have to return to Bethlehem on her own. She will have companionship and help in whatever troubles might face here there.

God is good. We can never fathom the depths of His love for us. He only asks us to trust that He will work all things for good in our life as we love Him. Years ago I lost my fiancé. I could never imagine a life without him, but I am a thousand times over thankful that God allowed that to happen so I can have the husband I have now. God is good.

How has God shown His goodness to you even in a dark place? This poem expresses God’s goodness even in the dark times.