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more thoughts on crockpot cooking

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i just finished putting together a chicken and rice meal in the crockpot (using NO cream-of-soup from a can), and i have to run some errands this morning. when i was putting the meal together, and it was too late to change my dinner plans, i suddenly realized that there will be a time this morning that i will not be in the house as my crockpot is PLUGGED IN and COOKING away. PANIC! so i sent an email to my mom (who lives across the street from me): “mom,…read more

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food for (science and faith) thought

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Lately, I’ve seen versions of the following phrases used over and over to describe a particular Christian scholar who has written a bible curriculum for homeschoolers and/or sunday schools: “twisting scripture to fit a worldview” and “doesn’t believe the Word of God is inerrant” and “heretical.” I’m sure that Dr. Peter Enns, author of “Telling God’s Story” didn’t know that he would soon become a household name among the large contingent of Christian homeschoolers in the world, who homeschool using texts from Answers in Genesis or Ken Ham. I thought…read more

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Lenten Cooking

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i swear i haven’t given up blogging for lent! i’ve been busy reading and studying and reading some more, that when i sit down to put my thoughts on paper, i’m at a loss for words. i once learned that the more you read, the better your writing becomes. well, i’ve proven that wrong! i’ve been reading blogs, books, and articles by the dozens these past few weeks, and my writing has become non-existent! i have many thoughts running through my head, and i’m so glad for the time i…read more

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Let Evening Come ~Jane Kenyon

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Let the light of late afternoon shine through chinks in the barn, moving up the bales as the sun moves down. Let the cricket take up chafing as a woman takes up her needles and her yarn. Let evening come. Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned in long grass. Let the stars appear and the moon disclose her silver horn. Let the fox go back to its sandy den. Let the wind die down. Let the shed go black inside. Let evening come. To the bottle in the ditch,…read more

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a Lenten feast of suffering

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i have no words for you today. it’s a FEAST day, and yet i’m word-less as i ponder the suffering of Christ in these 40 days before Easter. ~ survivor guilt, perhaps for japan. humans suffering, dying, at the hands of a mighty wave of movement and water. ~ a moving account from our friend and pastor this morning about church planting in cuba that has me feeling guilty at our material wealth and freedom to worship. on our drive home from church, i asked kenny, “what would suffering for…read more

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lent ~ from/to dust…

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i hope your fat tuesdays/mardi gras celebrations were fun and fat! first of all, this is for my friend heather: here are some posts that other, more-together bloggers have put together regarding practicing Lent in your home: ~~¬†kerry at A Ten O’Clock Scholar always has great ideas…. ~~ as does jessica at Homemaking Through the Church Year…she is also hosting a read-together of Purgatorio during Lent. ~~ rachel held evans has a list of 40 ideas for Lent if you’re still searching for ideas on how to observe and celebrate…read more

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never alone

Posted by in family, homeschooling

we took this past week off for “spring break.” we haven’t had a few days off of school since christmas and we were all feeling the need for a break. unfortunately, a relaxed week of formal lessons found me fretting over school this weekend. “i’m not doing enough! i need to add more literature! the boys should be reading faster than that by now! why can he spell ‘enough’ yet? when will we be able to read aloud a shakespeare play???” it took a few days away from the house,…read more

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the ever-moving circle of the Year

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i’ve taken a bit of a blog break unintentionally.¬†this time of year finds me really eager for it to be over. the cold, snow, slush, large gas bills…i’m trying so hard this year to not let it get me down, but february isn’t a very friendly month here. next week is the beginning of Lent. it didn’t sneak up on us like it has in years past. since Easter is later this year, Lent is also later, so we’ve had a while to get comfortable in Epiphany and welcome Lent,…read more

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