About Afterthoughts

The purpose of this blog is to nourish the mind.

This blog got its name from what it does, which is to attempt to think through the thoughts of God and man. Very few original thoughts appear on this blog. The bulk of the ideas are simply afterthoughts: thoughts that other people thunk first. Anything original is purely accidental, for we are afterthinkers here.

So what do we think about? Good books. Charlotte Mason. Educational philosophy. News. My rambunctious youngest child. Messy homeschooling days.

Basically anything.


It's all fair game here.

About Brandy

Brandy is a sinner justified by grace through the redemption that is in Christ. She has been married to Josiah Vencel {usually referred to as Si} for 13 years, and is the mother of four children: E. {12-year-old boy}, A. {9-year-old girl}, Q. {7-year-old girl}, and O. {5-year-old boy}. Please note: the name Vencel rhymes with "pencil"--it is German, not French. Brandy is a Reformed Protestant Christian {and recovering Dispensationalist} who invited Charlotte Mason into her heart in 2005. She is an alumna of Biola University and Talbot Theological Seminary. When she is not teaching her children or managing the family zoo {Khaki Campbell ducks, Kinder dairy goats, and rabbits}, she is working on the Ambleside Online Auxiliary Board with a wonderful group of women.

Her other blog is Teaching Reading with Bob Books.

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The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. AMEN.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. AMEN.