Instructions In Titus

Titus 2:3-5 "the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things ~ that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed."

Friday, January 30, 2015

We've Gone & Come Back

We've spent the last week in El Progresso, Honduras.
 
Amy and I worked on a Childrens Bible School Team.  5 different churches, a Boys Home & the International school were our locations.  100's of children ~ gave/received hugs, heard the gospel, sang, did crafts, ate candy & played games.
 
Greg was on a construction team that layed a tile floor in a church sanctuary.  They put in long hours at this church ~ laying the tile and leveling each tile on the uneven concrete slab floor.
 
We got home about an hour ago.  Got the firstload of laundry in the washer.  Downloaded the pictures to the laptop.  And just about ready to sleep in my own bed ~ yay!
 


Sharon, Denia, Amy & Mirna~




 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday Pictures

I dug in the family archives to find these jewels ~ memories from my childhood!

David, Brenda, Sandy, Donna (my grandmother made our dresses)

cousins Buzzy & Sandy

Its me!

Julia & me

Hey its my sister in law ~ Sabrina

Sandy, MaMa & me celebrating our September birthdays!

at Lake Spivey with the Vinings

me & Julia

Hunting eggs ~ mom, Brenda & me

Greg, Brenda, me, Sabrina ~ her 1st birthday!

Brenda, me, Amanda

my kindergarten graduation dress made by my grandmother

my Papa, Roy White

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

He Numbers Our Days

The Lord knows the number of days we will have on this earth.  He knows how we will perish from this life to eternity & He knows where that eternity will be spent.   Sometimes we have a time when we know the end is near and sometimes the end is sudden.

The beginning of December, my Uncle was diagnosed with Liver Cancer.  The Lord decided his passing would be quick ~ on the morning of December 24.

2 years ago, my Aunt had a stroke and has been plagued with health complications ever since.  Her passing into eternity was early this morning.

My cousins are dealing with the loss of both parents, less than a month apart.  My Aunt & Uncle leave behind ~ 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 4  great grandchildren. 

I know we will all be reunited one day.  They are in the presence of the Almighty Creator of the Universe!  What a joy to know that!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Essential Oils Start

So I did lots of research on Essential Oils.  I read several books ~ thanks Amazon prime!  I've been on numerous blogs and of course searched through Pinterest.

I found lots of information, and lots of fantastic claims (could be realistic claims, but some sound inflated).  Most people who write are also sellers of a particular oil brand so they claim, theirs is the best, the safest, the most reliable, the purest, etc.....but they are also earning money to say this and try to sell their brand ~ marketing. And friend of mine started selling a certain brand ~ but she just told me to be careful what I order and make sure its pure ~ best tip I got!  I've been on Young Living, Doterra, Frontier Products, Amazon, and Aura Cacia.  And visited our local natural store ~ Rainbow and been to Whole Foods.

I've even contacted a couple of companies directly to ask specific questions about labeling, purity, etc.  I got 2 very nice, prompt email replies from Aura Cacia concerning their oils.

I ended up buying a multi bottle set off Amazon ~ lavender, orange, tea tree, eucalyptus,  peppermint, and rosemary.  They ended up being about $4 a bottle.  100% pure, undiluted, essential oil.  The eucalyptus may be the only one I can't use because of allergies but I will have to see.  Then I've gotten separate bottles of frankincense, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, helichrysum and citronella.

So what to do with these?

*We are going to make some outside candles using the citronella.
*Lavendar for some body products for me ~ I love the scent.
*Lemon, Orange & tea tree for cleaning products.
*Lemon, peppermint & grapefruit (2 drops each) in either a capsule or ice water are a good diet aid.....diuretic for sure.  I put them in the water.
*Helichrysum on a cotton ball overnight in ear for ringing ~ pesky side effect from Meniere's.
*Frankincense behind the ears and down the neck for dizziness ~ yep, it seems to work.

There is a huge amount of information and "recipes" available for different blends & mixes to fill your needs.  I told Amy we were gonna brew some soon ~ she wants to use a black cauldron, ahhh, what an imagination!

To me using the oils to help with things would be like using herbs ~ we use Red yeast rice capsules for cholesterol, and I use natural progesterone cream and black cohash capsules for menopause (yay for growing older!).

2 books I like are ~

"Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails" by Dr. Scott A Johnson
and
"Healing Oils of the Bible" by David Steward PhD

In the book by Dr. Johnson, he gives specific oil blend recipes for specific ailments/conditions/concerns.  Meniere's is specifically listed.  My thyroid condition is specifically listed (although I wouldn't want to try without dr. approval since I have a prescription for this), and other things.  Plus common ailments like upset tummy, headache, allergies, etc.

In the other book, Mr. Stewart takes an in depth look at the oils listed in the Bible, their uses, where they came from, how they got from one country to another, and where in the Bible you can find these references.  Its an interesting, informational, historically & religiously based book. 

And then there is Pinterest ~ a plethora of information ~ facts & opinion.  If someone or a company is making a chart for everyone ~ the information is helpful, but they are ultimately trying to sell you their product ~ not to be too cynical but being honest.  An interesting post I read was entitled something like "why I am not using just one brand" or something like that.  I think mine are 3 or 4 different brands ~ reviews, size and cost had a lot to do with the decision.  The bottles are tiny about a 1/2 ounce ~ but you use the products by the drop. 

And I am not selling any product or books ~ just sharing what I have learned! 






Monday, January 12, 2015

Keeping My Hands Busy

Some projects I finished stitching on last week and this weekend ~

Smocking on an "Amy" jumper pattern

Smocking on a Bishop Dress

sleeve of the Bishop

finally finished my Quilt & Birds Cross stitch
The smocking plate is from an old "Australian Smocking" magazine.  It was adapted from the original.  The jumper is about an 18 months size and the bishop is a size 4.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

What to Pack

What to pack for a Mission Trip ~ Overseas

*A prayerful spirit, good attitude, joyful expectation
*Your smile ~ it can leap over any language barrier if its genuine
*Your Bible, either the actual book or an ereader version ~ mine is on the kindle

Now for the practical stuff

*money to exchange for local currency
*prepackaged snacks for your daily backpack
*Bug spray, bite cream
*allergy medication, Tylenol, vitamins, prescription meds
*lightweight blanket (some places don't have covers & the air conditioner setting are 2 ~ off & on)
*large towel (theirs are small)
*comfortable shoes, more than one pair ~ it could rain!
*a rain jacket & umbrella
*a personal backpack ~ easy to carry and leaves your hands free
*an extension cord, and any chargers for electronic devices
*something to do for "down" times ~ cross stitch, reading, game to play, craft, etc.
*tiny first aid kit ~ moleskin, band aids, Neosporin, gauze pads
*treats/gifts for your interpreters
*camera, extra batteries or the charger (very thankful for digital as opposed to rolls of film!)
*hand sanitizer & wipes.....lots of wipes
*travel size personal items ~ shampoo, conditioner, makeup, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.
*sunscreen & hats ~ the warmth is awesome, the suns rays can be brutal
*light weight, comfortable clothes, mix & match items are great

What to leave at home

*your ego
*any preconceived notions
*your agenda
*inflexibility

We are very excited to have this opportunity to serve the Lord in Honduras ~ again!  2 more weeks!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Rant for the Day

We enter the fair every year for the fun, for the ribbons, and for the commission attached to each ribbon.  By commission I mean that each item in each category is worth so much $$ depending on whether its a blue ribbon or a red ribbon.  It is very fun to go to the fair and see the stuff displayed and see what ribbon your items were awarded.

If you have the most items with the most blue ribbons entered in the fair ~ you earn an extra $$.  This year and last, Amy and I had the most.  Her for the youth category and me for the adult.

The checks usually arrive in November.  Last year we received them in December.

This year, they told us in November it would be Dec.  Then they told us after the first of the year.  Today, they said a couple of more months.  So shouldn't they have told us when we entered that there could be a delay or that there would be a delay?  (The State started using a new "banking" system)

Argh!

We follow all sorts of rules to enter.  Jump through many hoops to have everything just so.  Some of the fair folks have been downright nasty and negative about some of the entries that don't suit their "tastes".  But we've continued to do it because of the reasons listed in paragraph 1.  You have 1 day to drop your items off ~ and by 1 day, I mean about 8 hours. (thanks Angel!) Pick up is 1 day, about 5 hours. 

If we were only talking $20 or so $$ then maybe I wouldn't be so aggravated.  But its almost $300.  Amy's is over $200.  That's a chunk of change.

SO, they may not see me next year.  And I've heard that others feel the same way.  If 6 or 8 of us don't enter ~ its gonna be slim pickin's in the craft categories next fall at the fair.

Hummmmmm, if they are so fond of MY money, how 'bout we just subtract that amount from any tax money due the state on April 15th?  No, I would be the one who go penalized and fined for not paying on time. 

Rant over ~ but still fuming!