Coming Soon to Youtube

We’ve decided to give you a peek inside our everyday life here at the homestead. We’ve posted videos before, established our Youtube Channel some time ago, but never really went anywhere with it. Life got in the way. Buck is such a ham, though, and loves watching other families on Youtube so I agreed to give a glimpse of our real life. It isn’t always going to be pretty-in fact it may rarely be-but we are just going to keep it real, as they say.

Yes, I am an outspoken Christian who is looking for our “blessed Hope”-the return of Jesus-but we are not perfect. You will soon see that. :)

I hope you will subscribe and visit us often.

Either way, Maranatha!

Vowel-Bat!

Buck is struggling to remember his short vowel sounds. He is more apt to remember a consonant than he is a vowel. I was discussing this with a friend who works at the local elementary school and she suggested Vowel Bat!

Buck is a typical 5-year-old boy and loves all things superhero, especially Batman, so here’s hoping this video helps him remember his short vowel sounds. :)

A little one at the homestead…

Today we are having so much fun watching my niece, Twerp. It is eye-opening, however, as her presence is making it obvious how big my own kids are. We are having to be on our toes in areas bigger kids don’t need. Such as: the steps. I hadn’t really thought about how many steps are in my upstairs until a toddler started, uh, toddling around. We’re improvising, though. :) It is so fun having her here!!!

having a snack

having a snack

Buck and Twerp watching tv in the playroom

Buck and Twerp watching tv in the playroom

Hello Chickens!

Hello Chickens!

Stopping to smell the flowers

Stopping to smell the flowers

What a special kind of joy they are at this age!

How, then, Shall We Live?

Once a week I watch a Mid-East Prophecy Update put out by a minister named JD Farag. Brother Farag and I often agree on key issues and I find his Youtube channel both informative and encouraging. Anyway, last week he began his program by presenting a question (both to his congregation and to those watching via internet). He asked something along the lines of: If you knew for certain, without a doubt, what day the rapture was…What would you be doing differently?

This question was especially meaningful to me because I too have had a tugging of the Spirit, asking myself that very same question. This isn’t the first time God has placed something in my mind or on my heart, only to have it confirmed by someone else shortly after. So I present the question to YOU: If you knew for certain the day of the rapture, would your life change at all? Let’s be more specific: If we knew for certain that Jesus was going to call His bride home on September 23 2015…would your life change? I certainly hope so. The petty every day anxiety, annoyances and frustrations wouldn’t seem like such a big deal would they?

We do not know for certain when the rapture will happen. We DO know it could happen at any moment-and the headlines make that more obvious every day-and we also know our lives could go by way of death. We are not promised the next breath.

Yet we fret, complain, huff and puff over the silliest of things. We take people for granted. We take GRACE for granted.

While there is still breath in us; while we wait for our Blessed Hope, we need to be diligent in our service, deliberate in our words and actions. Jesus IS coming back, very soon I suspect, so what are we going to do in the meantime? Answer that for yourself.

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2: 11-14

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Maranatha!!

Homeschool Wrap-Up: Week One

Well, we completed our first week back in school!  Things didn’t always go as planned, but then do they ever? We didn’t start as early as I would’ve liked some days and we had to take an extended break here and there, but that is one of the benefits of homeschooling. It is especially beneficial for Beauty; to be able to take a break when her body and mind have just had enough. We had to have a shortened day on Wednesday because the night before both kids were stung by a wasp on their writing hands. One cannot write easily with swollen hands and fingers. We got it all done, though, in the end and both kids seem to be engaged and learning. Here’s praying it stays that way!

first day aug 10 2015Excited about the first day.

Watching videos is a key learning tool. Here they are learning the names of the 12 disciples.

Watching videos is a key learning tool. Here they are learning the names of the 12 disciples.

Concentrating on writing and then drawing pictures of themselves.

Concentrating on writing and then drawing pictures of themselves.

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A Battle for Our Homes

I saw the following article on Facebook just now and had to share it here.

There is indeed a cosmic, spiritual battle being waged against Christians and one of the ways the enemy (satan) attacks is by attacking our homes: our families.

I pray that everyone reading this will have a family in which the husband takes seriously his role to protect and guide his family-especially in spiritual warfare. I also pray that wives do NOT allow the enemy to use her in tearing down her home. This can come in the form of allowing our emotions to rule our thinking and actions, feeling the need to nag our husbands and/or children and through emasculating our husbands by belittling or second guessing his God-ordained leadership. May we never do these things, for when we do we are a pawn of satan.

Instead, we need to pray for our husbands and children. We need to trust God to work in our lives as only He can. We need to hand over our worries to Him. We need to study His word and apply it to ourselves. Do all things without grumbling and

complaining for a gentle and quiet spirit is beautiful in God’s sight.

Maranatha,

Marcia

The Reality of Spiritual Warfare in the Home

please consider taking the time to read the linked article.

Undulatus Asperatus

We in Kentucky had our breath taken away on Monday morning when we stepped outside and saw the sky. Here is a picture shared by Aberiel Walton, from Lancaster Ky on Facebook:

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Linda Hatcher shared her picture from Boyle County:

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Here is one my sister took from Boyle County, Parksville, Ky…just four houses down from mine:

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and lastly, here is one from someone in Lexington, Ky:

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Apparently these clouds are called Undulatus Asperatus and while they may appear foreboding, they do not usually accompany a storm. Here in my neck of the woods, they lasted perhaps 30 minutes or so then just dissipated.

One thing is for sure, it was a gorgeous way to begin my morning and I could not help but praise God the moment I stepped outside!