Hints for Home Schoolers – Eating the Bread of Idleness


Oh boy did I need to read this tonight! This cold and snow has motivated me to do little more than curl up under a blanket. I always feel worse when I’m idle yet it remains so easy to fall into that rut this time of year.

Originally posted on The Vine Vigil:

Proverbs 31:27

 She looketh well to the ways of her household,

lady in garden

and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Groan . .  . the Proverbs 31 woman.  Did any woman ever achieve what Solomon so glowingly describes as the “virtuous woman?”  It is important at the outset – to fully recognize that Proverbs 31 describes the entirety of all the phases of a woman’s life.  The young children at home phase, is different than the older lady volunteer stage.  Proverbs 31 covers all, and I mean ALL stages of a woman’s life, and should not intimidate you, nor prevent you from striving to become a Proverbs 31 woman.  A little at a time!

The particular focus of this article, really affects me personally.  Most people who don’t know me very well, would scoff at the notion that I could ever be idle.  Here is my confession.  I like to be…

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The 9 Best Pantry Foods To Store For A Crisis

Originally posted on TheSurvivalPlaceBlog:

By  Nicholas O. - Off The Grid News

There are three ways to get food when the power’s out or when there’s a crisis: what you can find naturally, what you cultivate, and what you store. Having a means to get food from all three sources will make you quite well-rounded when it comes to food, but for right now, we’re just going to focus on food that you can store.

Here’s the truth: A lot of so-called “long-term storage” food can really only be stored for about six months before it goes bad. While you will need to rotate out all food eventually, why rotate food every six months when you could rotate it out once every one to two years? The types of long-term food that we’re going to look at are the types you can keep in your pantry for at least one to two years.

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What is our Blessed Hope?

Hope. A beautiful word, isn’t it?

In today’s world we associate the word “hope” with “wishful thinking”. For example, I hope I get the promotion. I hope the test results are good.

This is not the “hope” I refer to when speaking of our Blessed Hope. No, there is no wishful thinking.

The Hope referred to in Titus, the Hope that gets me through each day, that motivates my every moment…that Hope is much more substantial. Instead of wishful thinking, it can be defined as excited anticipation. Like a child awaiting Christmas, we are awaiting the moment we will finally see Jesus Christ face to face.

Technically, the Blessed Hope is the guaranteed return of Jesus to the earth; when He will establish lasting peace and justice.

Whether I meet Him in the air upon that trumpet sound without meeting death, or I go by natural means through death, I will be awaiting His face with every breath He gives me.

You see, He IS coming back! This isn’t some pipe dream. It is REALITY. The only reality is HE IS the great I AM and He IS coming back!

11 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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Winter Arrives Mid-February and a New Address!

We have a new address on the web! And a new name! I finally settled on Blessed Hope Homestead. The word “homestead” evokes feelings of nostalgia, warmth and comfort. Our little haven until Jesus calls us Up. We are also now a dot com, in case you haven’t noticed. BlessedHopeHomedotcom

We’ve had a considerably mild winter here in Central Kentucky, until today. The weathermen predicted 10-15 inches for our area and it appears as though they will be correct when it is all said and done. Yesterday was sunny and clear. Today, several inches of snow.  Nearly everyone ran to the store yesterday for the necessary “bread and milk”, but we did not. Didn’t have to. I’m so thankful for our stocked pantry and the fact that for whatever reason we already had 2 gallons of milk in fridge. Good thing, too, as FB was blowing up with posts about the stores being out of everything.

After church yesterday, Hubs and I decided to take extra precautions with the girls and winterize the coop. We added tarp to the sides of the chicken house, where they usually roost, to block the wind and make it a bit warmer inside the house. We also added an aquarium heater to their water bucket. It is working really well and it is a relief to not worry about their water freezing.

In other news: We got 19 new girls over the weekend! While Saturday was Valentine’s Day for everyone else, it was my birthday. Yep, a Valentine Baby. And what wonderful gifts! 19 new girls, some flowers, candy and Hubs got me a certificate for a 60 minute massage. I am so looking forward to using that! He also put up shelves in our cellar (finally), increasing our pantry storage.

Cellar ShelvesThe shelves Hubs built for the cellar. 

 Snug as a BugThe tarp blocking the wind on the coop. They are snug as a bug inside.

Snowy backyard The chickens’ backyard. No one wants to play in all that white cold stuff!

Too much snow to go outside!They’ve decided to huddle up inside instead

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I am doing some cleaning on this blog, so be prepared to see a new “us” within the next few days. Meanwhile, today is a foggy one and we are having so much fun with our daily egg hunt. We’ve gotten a dozen a day for the past couple of days. More on what we did to increase egg supply later. Have a glorious day!

Another Chicken-filled Weekend!

Hubs purchased seven more girls last Thursday. This time he got 2 buff orphingtons, 3 Easter Eggers and 2 sex-links. Friday and Saturday he was busy building a set of new nesting boxes. When we put it in the chicken house, the girls went nuts over it; three or four trying to crowd into one nest. It was a hit.

Our egg supply is starting to pick up, thank goodness, and we finally feel confident about advertising their sale. In fact, we’ve already had two customers! We are so grateful for them and for God’s blessings. He is Good!

20150130_155101 One of our new Easter Eggers.

20150130_155048A Buff Orpington.

20150130_155203“Melody” (sex-link). She is the friendliest chicken I’ve met. We named her thus because she follows me around, singing and talking. She has a twin sister, “Harmony”; who is friendly but not quite as musical and pet-like.

20150131_114226Here they are trying to crowd into the new nest boxes. “Andy”, their Black Giant protector rooster, took a look around as well and gave his approval.

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Yummy Gummy Pal

The ladies of my church draw names to be a secret pal each year. We surprise our pals with little gifts throughout the year, particularly birthdays and anniversaries, and then have a Christmas party and reveal ourselves. It’s fun.

My pal surprised me this morning in a rather sweet way. The note says “To sweetest bookworm I know”. Hmmmm. Whoever it is knows I like to read, so they likely read this blog. So, thanks pal! 🐥


New Girls and the Boys have a New Home…sorta

We took advantage of the gorgeous weekend and got a thing or two accomplished.

First, we bought seven new hens/pullets: 3 Barred Rock, 2 Easter Eggers and 2 Barnevelders. The Barnevelders are not yet laying but should be with in the next month; they are slower to mature than other breeds.

“Angel”, an Easter Egger. She has no tail feathers.

The Barred Rocks adjusted to their new home with grace and ease. The other four are a bit shyer but were out scratching with the others today. We’ve gotten one medium-sized brown egg a day from the Barred Rocks since Saturday. This afternoon I was super excited to find our first pretty Easter Egg!

We’ll be glad when winter is over (for many reasons) and we start to see more eggs. We intend to buy a few more Easter Eggers and also pick up some Cinnamon Queens and Buff Orpingtons from our local suppliers. This spring I will order some more white egg layers, probably Leghorns and Andalusians, and Joey wants a few black giant hens.

The second thing we got done….mostly….was we built a house and pen specifically for the roosters. We left the black giant in with the girls for protection. He’s the biggest of our roos, but he’s also the most gentle with the ladies and actually stands guard over them, as opposed to the others who are constantly looking for some rough action. The polish roo is staying with the girls as well, mainly because he is so small and gentle we are afraid the other roosters will hurt him if he’s left penned up with them. After building them a new house, we fenced in an area between the barn and the metal shed. We ran out of fencing, so we are not completely done. One side of the pen is 6 feet high and the other only four. They are flying out of the pen somehow, so we need to get that secured. We are hoping having all those roosters out of the hen house will lessen the stress on the girls and they will give us more eggs.

 20150116_161059Andy the black giant rooster

20150116_161353 20150116_161133 Ginger and Angel, Easter Eggers. 20150119_165236 One of them has already given us this gorgeous egg!

20150116_132753 One of three Barred Rocks. They, too, have laid for us.

20150116_132526 One of two Barnevelders. They are super shy and have not adjusted as easily as the others. They will not lay for another month probably. They are slower to mature. Gorgeous though, aren’t they?

Joey making walls for rooster hut Some friends had given us a cage-like coop last summer. It was framed with wood but the walls were chicken wire. Joey sawed up some scrap lumber and made walls. Then he took a spare piece of metal roofing for the roof.

20150116_160032Buck helped. Smile

completed rooster houseThe finished rooster hut. As I said, they are not used to it yet, but give them time.

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