14 April 2014

Reminder: Closed for Holy Week

13 April 2014

Stupendous Selections on Sunday

  • Because of Yellowberry, padded pushup bras aren't the only options for young girls. So exciting!
    • “I couldn’t believe the bras that she was supposed to buy,” she added. “The choices for her, and for all girls her age, were simply appalling to me. They were all padded, push-up and sexual. Not only that, they did not fit her body properly, which automatically made me wonder ‘Where were the young, cute and realistic bras for girls?’ There were none!”

      That ‘Eureka!’ moment was the spark that created Yellowberry — and may have ripple effects throughout the teen lingerie world, which has been the target of significant consumer activism in recent years.
  • A bad temper, but possibly a good sense of humor! I love Caravaggio, so this was fun...
    • It shows a man, thought to be Caravaggio at the age of 25, with dark curly   hair, peeping out from the inside of the carafe.
    • Experts were able to "see" through the painting with a technique   called reflectography, which uses infrared technology to penetrate paint   layers of different thicknesses, making the upper layers appear transparent.
  • This is a great newsletter to subscribe to, if you don't already. I appreciated the section on the Blood Moon since there is a lot of superstition surrounding those.
    • I've been involved in astronomy education and promotion for over two decades, and it can be annoying when rookies with little knowledge or experience with astronomy jump in on the subject.
    • So many Christians get blown around "by every wind of doctrine" and jump on the latest bandwagon.
    • As for me an my house, I prefer to not get caught up in the latest End Times fads, which always seem to come and go.
    • So it's really not very unusual to have a lunar eclipse at either Passover or Sukkoth, or even at both.  It's simply a natural convergence of two lunar cycles.
  • Yet another wonderful list of resources if you are thinking about memory work.
  • I hope you all have been following this entire series. It has been oh so good. This one is one of my favorites.
    • Bring your loaves and your fish, even if you think them completely insufficient. They are insufficient. 
      You are insufficient. But His grace is not.

11 April 2014

Seven Quick Takes: Metal Allergies and Earrings, Blog Announcement, and More!

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Please Note: This blog will be CLOSED for Holy Week next week. This is something I toyed with doing last year, but didn't do...and then I regretted it. So this year, I'm doing it, and I'll probably make it a tradition. I take time off for Christmas, but Paul tells us that without the Resurrection, our faith is nothing.

So next week? Nothing. The SSS autopost will still go through, but I'm not actively posting.

Maybe that will help encourage you to take time off, too?

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Have any of you tried any of the herbal coffee substitutes out there? I'm afraid to try any of them, but I do think I'd do better with herbs than real coffee. I love the taste of real coffee, which is why I never fully give it up, even when I think that, constitutionally, coffee and I do not mix well. If you have a substitute you like, I would love to hear about it!

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We are in the midst of planning the 2014 Bakersfield Home Education Conference. This is a project that is not Top Secret {cough Dawn! cough}. One of the things we do each year is give away drawing prizes to our pre-registrants. If you have a product that you would like us to give away, just let me know using the conference's contact form. All prizes are featured on our website and mentioned on our Facebook page in addition to being given away on the day of the conference.

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Might I suggest the Totally Natural Goats group on Facebook to you fellow milkmaids out there? I've been a member for a short while now and I'm learning so much from them. If you have ever wanted to know how to use herbs to treat all sorts of livestock ailments, this is a great place to learn. I subscribed to the notifications and read through all the case studies and advice whenever I can. It has been such a great learning experience. You might like it, too.

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A-Age-Nine had her ears pierced for her birthday in February. This was followed shortly thereafter with all the fun and games involved in getting an infected piercing, likely due to a metal allergy or sensitivity. We sure know how to have a good time around here. Thankfully, Aunt R. was available to help us work it all out, including lending us her own gold stud earrings.

I've been researching earrings ever since, and trying to find some that I can actually afford. I simply can't have my daughter running around in $50+ earrings, you know? I discovered this company called Sensitively Yours that sells studs with a guarantee against reactions. That is something I was willing to try, especially since their prices were so incredibly reasonable. So I just ordered her these 5mm crystals. I'm sure Auntie R. will be glad to have her earrings returned.

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Some of you asked for a photo of the new set of triplets. I am, of course, happy to oblige. We are not keeping any of these, though the doeling Butterscotch is my favorite kids this year.


The guest house is almost done! That is hard to believe, really. The only guy out there working right now is the finisher. There is still a lot of work to do -- floors, staining cabinets, and countertops, to name a few, but all of the big structural work is complete.

And that is all for this Friday. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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09 April 2014

The DtK Book Club: A Meaningful Liturgy

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I am still loving this chapter. I find myself wishing that my church recited the Creed -- or a creed for that matter, though, of course, not just any would do -- and then alternately oh so thankful {again} for our weekly Communion.

This was a chapter in which I thought his view of tradition was very balanced. Of course, it helps that I agreed with him!

What I love most about tradition is the sense that we are not alone in history. I love that it connects us to the past. I love that people before us prayed this prayer or sang this song. I love that it reminds me that we are not the first generation to face these problems, and we likely won't be the last. The Church has already faced it, and already survived. This sense that she needs to "change or die" is nonsensical when we realize that the Church is what is unchanging and the rest of the clamor is the fad. Since when does a 2000+ year old institution need to accommodate a fad?

But I digress.

Here are some of my favorite quotes in regard to the Creed:
We are heirs to a tradition, indebted to those who have handed on the faith across the generations. Like many of the practices of Christian worship, the Creed comes to us from an ancient world, and yet it is on our lips as a contemporary confession. {p. 191}
Christian worship constitutes us as a people of memory. {p. 191}
The communal recitation of the Creed conditions us to recognize the role of tradition in our construal of the world. {p. 191} 

I also appreciated some of his thoughts on prayer:

[P]rayer...is a practice that makes us a people who refuse to settle for appearances. Or, to put it otherwise, it makes us a people who always see that there's more going on that meets the eye. {p. 193}

I couldn't help but think that this was true in two ways. First, as Christians, we do not believe in a closed system. God's intervention is always factored into things. But we also refuse to settle for how things are -- isn't that really the nature of supplication? We cry out to God, asking Him to make things different than they are. We can imagine things being some other way, and so we ask Him, if it be His will, to make it so. Or, to change us into agreement with Him. Either way, something -- or someone -- is changed.

This, I think, fits more than Bible study:
[W]hen we acquire the habit of praying for illumination...we are training ourselves in a stance of reception and dependence, an epistemic humility. This position recognizes that in order to see things for what they really are -- to understand the world as ordered to the Creator -- we are dependent on a teacher outside of ourselves. {p. 194}

Overall, I love this chapter! How about you?