Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Passover 2014

This year we read more of our Haggadah than we usually do. When we first bought it, I had highlighted the parts I wanted to do, keeping the ages of my children in mind. But now they are older, so I highlighted even more.
We also tried a new seasoning on our lamb, and it was a huge hit!

Another new thing we did, was turn the "River' into "blood". Abigail was having trouble visualizing what was going on as we read about the plagues in Egypt, so we showed her how Aaron dipped his staff in the "river" and it turned to "blood". 

Then we did most of the traditions we usually do.

Painting the doorposts

Andrew found the Afikomen

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Most Delicious Lamb

I kept seeing Rogan Josh seasoning on Pinterest, and decided Passover was the perfect time to finally  try it out, (since it is the only day of the year we typically eat lamb). 

 I took a few recipes and adapted them to what I had in my pantry and tried it on our lamb steaks.
 It was so delicious!  Usually we only eat the lamb because it is Passover, but I would absolutely eat this other times of the year because it was so delicious!

Rogan Josh Seasoning:
  2 tablespoons paprika
  1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  1 1/2 tablespoons coriander
  2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1  teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/4 teaspoon cardamom

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Some favorite Insect Resources

This year we have been studying Land Animals in science. We have thoroughly enjoyed it, but we ended up taking a small break to spend some time studying insects over the last month, due to Abigail's birthday gift of LadyBug Land!

We really enjoyed Children of Summer: Henri Fabre's Insects
It is a story told from the point of view of Henri Fabre's son, about his fathers observations and experiments on the insects he found around him.
"Paul, 10, is fascinated by insects, an interest engendered by his father, Henri Fabre, who has studied the creatures for most of his life. The boy and his two younger sisters help Père gather material for a textbook, often accompanying him on field trips into their untamed backyard"

We also had a lot of fun with  1001 Bugs To Spot.

We also really like the "Are You A" series, by Judy Allen.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bridge Of Hope

Deuteronomy 15:11 I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy 

 Why do I choose Gospel For Asia instead of the MANY other programs out there? 

I have read and heard K.P Yohannan's heart. He loves the Lord and wants to serve Him! 

They put Jesus Christ at the center of all they do. It is a fact: Whether healthy or sick, rich or poor, people face eternity without Christ if they do not know Him. Therefore, their highest goal is to share the message of salvation and forgiveness through Christ.The ministry of Bridge of Hope is simply a natural extension and outflow of that desire. So when you meet your sponsored child's physical needs, you also do much more. Your gift of compassion helps break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, superstition—and ultimately the bondage of the caste system. 

 They take a "big picture" approach. Each child we educate is part of an extended family. As these boys and girls begin to understand God's love, expressed to them in very practical ways, they take the message home to fathers, mothers, siblings, uncles, aunts and grandparents. In addition, parent training sessions are an integral part of the Bridge of Hope program. As a result, hearts and homes previously resistant to the Good News are now open to the witness of national missionaries like never before. Your love and care reach far beyond just one individual. As you extend hope to your sponsored child, that same hope is passed on to many others. 

Most important to me, 100 percent of your child sponsorship donations go directly to the Bridge of Hope programs on the field without deducting anything for administrative costs.

Psalm 82:3-4  Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.  Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

What the children receive:

Jesus' love.

Your child will learn Bible verses, stories and songs that clearly present the Gospel.
Jesus' love

Quality education.

Learning to read and write is the key to a future of hope for your child.
Teaching the Children

A daily meal.

At the Bridge of Hope center, your child will receive a healthy, balanced meal.
Daily Meal

Medical care.

Periodic checkups are supplemented by teaching children habits of good hygiene.
Medical Checkup

Proverbs 14:31 He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Whales in the Neighborhood

We are so blessed to have gray whales in the harbor that backs up to our housing tract.
We got to see one this week!
and before that, in 2010

and before that in 2006
My dream is to someday see an Orca!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My newest project

 This CHRISTmas we received a beautifully hand lettered envelope. It really left an impression on me.  So my project this year has been making the envelopes  I send out more creative. It is definitely a work in progress, and the results are never  as elegant as the idea in my head. But I am hopefully it shines a little bit of love on the receiver, and brightens the mail carrier's day as well :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Essential Oil Updates

I have had a lot of people ask me to update my last essential oil  post about my experience with essential oils. I am still very much a believer! I have bought quite a few more since my last post, and have had even more time to use them.

Lavender (Mine is made at a local farm. I was able to help make a batch, so I know that it is completely pure!)- Amazing on burns and cuts.

Plague Defense(HEO)- Bought a second bigger bottle, still LOVE it.

I also received a bottle of On Guard(Do Terra). I do not like the smell, but  it seems to work just as well as Plague Defense, though I am more likely to grab Plague Defense for the more serious things because I KNOW it works.

Sandalwoods (HEO)- This helps me sleep. We originally bought it to use in homemade soap for my husband, and I haven't gotten to that yet. 

Headache Relief(HEO)- I have had only one  full migraine since using essential oils. They are not a miracle cure, but Headache Relief  dims the pain and allows me to function through it. NOTHING has ever worked to do even do that much for me before.

Lemon- great for acne, and skin irritations, as well as evening our skin tone. I know it is good for SO much more, but I have personally not used it for anything else yet. 

Purify(HEO)- I bought this to use in homemade deodorant.  It has worked really well for me, and both my boys!
Also,  I got some kind of weird rash after hiking. It was red and it hurt and itched. I put some Purify and coconut oil on it, and about 15 minutes the pain and itching and the rash itself was gone!

Pain X(HEO)- I bought this for pain, specifically Fibromyalgia. This one does not work for me neat, or with a carrier oil. It does help a little when mixed with Epsom salt in a warm bath, but not as much as I had hoped.  I do have friends who have used it to wipe out ALL their pain though.
That said what DOES work best for me is a salve made with essential oils(Cayenne, Cedarwood, Clove, Ginger, Lavender, Marjoram, Pine, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme.

Master(HEO)- I bought this hoping to balance my hormonal issues (and maybe even prevent the migraines in the first place). Unfortunately this was NOT the blend for me. The month I used Master was when I got the 1 migraine that  I could not help. It increased all my issues instead of relieving them. It affected my moods, my cycle, it was the worst. So it DID work, just in the opposite way I was hoping for.

I have not had a chance to use Oregano, Frankincense, Warrior (which I blended myself using HEO's recipe an oils) or No Bites(HEO) yet.
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