What did I…
Offer thanks for?
I’m very thankful for the deer gifted to us by one of Doug’s coworkers. I’m also very grateful that the head was removed promptly and it was delivered still fresh. I remember butchering deer back in our early married days, and the blood would be everywhere. When hunting, as opposed to slaughtering a farm animal, it is so hard to work fast enough to get the blood out. Now that we have learned better how to slaughter, there is no blood in my kitchen. YHVH did us a favor when He told us not to eat the blood. When working with the carcass, we have learned to get that head off within ten minutes. It makes a big difference. Ok, enough about blood and guts lol!
I’m making good headway on my routine. The kids each have a simple weekly chore chart that they keep in their school notebooks. They help with dishes, sweeping and firewood. I am using a 3×5 card file to keep track of my to-dos. I have a file for each day of the week. I saved a bunch of scrap paper that had been printed on one side, and cut each sheet into 16 pieces. This gives me paper that is a bit smaller than an index card. Every chore gets its own slip of paper, and the frequency gets written on the bottom, ie daily or Tues and Thurs. Today I am working through my Wednesday cards. When I finish each job, it goes in the next day, or farther back if I don’t do it everyday. I also write my menu for the day on a slip of paper. So far, it’s working well. It’s fun to move the papers back until I have an empty day. 🙂
When are we ever going to get this trust thing down? I try to do the right thing, pray about it, have peace about it, and then still worry if it will all turn out all right. I’m so glad that His grace is sufficient for me!
Teach my children?
Lots of living, preparing for adulthood, reading, math, Torah, sibling relations, courtesy, appropriateness, natural healthcare. The list goes on.
Study and learn?
I always have a surplus of nonfiction loaded on my kindle. Right now I am reading a book about natural child birth. I plan to say more about that later. 😉
I love laughing with my husband. My children crack me up. And I enjoy the occasional comic and video on facebook, too. “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”
I have been thinking of and praying for those that are expecting babies shortly. Some friends of ours are expecting twins anytime, and we are praying for a smooth home birth for them. Are you expecting? Be sure to share with us!
What is this week’s Torah portion and what did I learn from it?
We just began reading the chronicles of Joseph, and we talked quite a bit about doing your best at whatever job you have to do. YHVH blessed Joseph and prospered him in all he did. We would do well to put forth our best effort, whether we are washing dishes, or doing schoolwork, or writing a blog post. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”
This is our new dog, Juno. She was on trial with us for several days from the humane society, and now is ours officially. She has blended into our family so beautifully and we are happy to have her here.
Happy Hanukah, everyone! You can click here to get a PDF copy of ‘Jonathan’s Story‘ and print it out to share with your family this Hanukah! Have a wonderful week recounting tremendous heroes of the faith, and celebrate the faithfulness of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!
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