Clarification on the previous post

I am going to add this statement to the end of the Videos of a Girl and a War post, but I thought I’d add it here too.

After I made this post, I got into a couple of discussions about whether the Christian group’s actions were right.  Was it right for them to go into a hostile environment at night and taunt the locals by worshipping a God they didn’t believe in?  Would it have been more productive and less confrontational to go during the day before the drinking hours began and to earnestly seek to speak to them rather than just singing? 

Charles Spurgeon makes an interesting distinction between bearing the cross as Jesus did and seeking after needless persecution:

I do not think we should seek after needless persecution.  That man is a fool and deserves no pity who purposely excites the disgust of other people. No, we must not make a cross of our own.  Let there be nothing but religion to object to, and then if that offends them, let them be offended; it is a cross that you must carry joyfully. (The Power of the Cross of Christ,p.36-37)

Was this group’s approach seeking after needless persecution?  Or was it testifying boldly and bearing the offense joyfully?  I’m not sure.  I don’t know if that was the best way to reach the homosexuals.  But I do know that the girl’s love for the Lord is worthy of emulation and that these hostile homosexuals need our prayers.


Still alive and well

Hi all,

It’s felt like forever since I’ve updated this blog.  So much has been going on.

  • We successfully moved.  Well, we’re 90% moved.  Our entire garage still needs to be moved over and some of Erich’s clothes are still in his old closet.  But we’re functioning well in our new place.
  • Lots of work has been going on in our old place.  Our kitchen cabinets have been refinished.  All the walls of the lower level and stairwells have been painted. And just yesterday, we had the hardwood floors sanded and one coat of really cool dark stain applied.  The house is looking so good!  Just another week or so of work and we’ll be ready to list it!  It will be a sad but exciting time for us.  We loved that house so much and are sad that our that our days there are over.  But we are so glad to see it fill all of the great potential it had!
  • We’ve been working lots.  I am getting closer to the point of being able to retire from my part-time work and be a full-time mom again.  Though I have really loved this job and the blessing that it’s been, it’s really exciting for me to consider life without so much computer time.
  • There have been some medical issues that have kept us busy too.  This busy season of moving and getting our house ready to sell has also been an expensive one.  We’ve been  spending lots of money on house projects, which has caused us to cut corners on nutrition.  I’ve been ignoring food sensitivities, favoring quick prepared foods over more laborious home-cooked meals.  And we’ve definitely noticed a difference.  I won’t go into details, but suffice it to say that we’ve again turned away from those prepared foods to protect our gift of health.  We’ve got too much to do at home and church to be down with medical issues!
  • Baby 3 is still growing and doing well.  The ultrasound doctor was 95% sure the baby is a girl, so we’ve been addressing her as Keiryn Joy.  We’re really excited – especially Madeline.  I’m 24 weeks and bigger than ever.  I feel lots of movements, which is always incredible

Sooo, that’s  a re-cap for now.  I’ve got to run and make lunch, but I hope to post some more recipes and other fun stuff soon.

I hope you all are well!

Talk soon!


Womanly Dominion Book Giveaway

Hi all,

Lindsay over at is giving away 7 copies of Womanly Dominion: More Than a Gentle and Quiet Spirit by Mark Chanski. Lindsay says it was her favorite book from 2009!  I’ve heard several other rave reviews too.  It was on my Christmas wish list this year, but I never got it, so I’m hoping to win one of them.  To enter to win a copy for yourself, visit here.  You can also check out her full review of the book here.

But hurry, the giveaway ends tonight (Thursday, January 21, 2010) at 5:00 pm PST/8pm ET.

Happy reading to you!


Tim Hawkins Full Range of Motion Comedy DVD Giveaway

Kristen, a wife, homeschool mom of nine, entrepreneur, and Founder and President of Pennywise Learning, Inc, is doing a giveaway of Tim Hawkins Comedy DVD.

Tim is a FUNNY Christian guy!  If you haven’t seen any of his stuff, you should check out a couple of these clips from YouTube:

Things you don’t say to your wife
A Homeschool Family

You can enter the giveaway here.

I’m still around

Hey all,

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m still alive and mostly well.  I’m pregnant with number 3 and have been trying desperately to keep up with my appetite and sleep needs.  That, combined with holiday travel and a few other unexpected glitches have kept me away from the blog.  (Other  unexpected glitches include mice invading our laundry room while we were gone and our carbon monoxide detector going off the night after we returned, requiring us to evacuate for almost a whole day.)

Sooo. . .I’ll be posting probably a couple times a week again soon.  I have a few pregnancy-related things to share.  🙂

I hope you all are well this new year!


Update to Jerk Chicken and Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice

My friend Leigh Ann has put Jerk Chicken with Fried Plantains and Cuban Style Black Beans and Rice on her menu for this week and has kindly linked over to my blog for the full recipes.  As a result, I’ve had lots of visitors checking these recipes out.

I just made some important updates on two of those recipes I thought I should announce:

Jerk Chicken: Coat the chicken with half of the pureed mixture, unless you’re not afraid of some serious warmth. I’m not a fan of lots of spice, so I enjoy less of the rub on my chicken. But even with the full batch spread over the single chicken, it was uncomfortably warm, not deathly spicy, in my opinion.

Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice: Though it says the limes are optional, that may very well be the ingredient that makes the most difference in this dish.  Erich and I LOVE the fresh-squeezed lime juice on the rice.  I wouldn’t skip it.