Monday, October 31, 2011

Horray for the modest maxi!

Long haired homeschoolers aren't the only ones to wear long skirts and dresses, though I give them (us :) lots of credit for starting out the style simply because it was beautiful, modest, and feminine, and not simply because it was in.
But now, if you are wondering what is hot off the press, and what is modest, let me introduce you to the maxi!  This term usually refers to maxi dresses, spaghetti strapped sun dresses going to ones feet, but can also mean long flowing skirts, and simply long, lose dresses.  So pretty!  Take a look.

Summer skirts and dresses

Since most maxi dresses have itty
bitty sleeves, if any at all, a simple
sweater can make it right in most
cases, and it looks great

The classic look goes modern and
chic. A summer blazer, braided belt,
strappy sandals, and silky smooth
hair with a faux-leather handbag

Broom skirts, or otherwise
known as crinkle skirts are
care free and so nice and
cool in the summer!
Jewelry can make or break the outfit.
Go for natural, multi-layered this year.

Try new colors and

Pretty dresses really can have

Floral in winter 

Missing the flowers and colors of
summer?  Floral isn't gone yet!
Try black or brown boots, tights,
and shirt, then a lighter colored jacket,
with a popping floral skirt.

A big natural belt and a wrap-around
scarf goes well with a floral maxi


Solid colors

The sweater with the skirt.  It's a
nice pair, and something your
bound to start seeing more of.

Never underestimate the power of
red in an outfit, but not too bright!
Try to stay away from just black
white and red.  Add one other
color to keep it real. 

The denim skirt

Revolutionizing the denim skirt.

They really don't have to be floor
length, but it's so pretty, I think.

Modest is cool

A look into our refrigerator

I've read of people randomly taking pictures of their messy bedroom, making a list of the books on their end table, and posting what is in their closet.  Well, I'm not far behind with a fridge scan.  Whats in our fridge?!  Your about to find out.  (No, this is not a scary halloween post :)
  • Fresh pineapple
  • coconut milk
  • lots of fruits and veggies
  • organic yogurt
  • homemade chili with beef
  • local eggs
  • olives
  • homemade "lemonade"
  • refried beans
  • seafood quiche with Swiss chard
  • whole milk
  • lettuce/kale
  • cream cheese
  • ginger root
  • prune juice
  • real butter
  • garlic
  • sourdough starter
  • organic lemon juice
  • blue corn tortillas
  • organic dark chocolate
  • whole wheat bread
  • cheeses
  • sour cream
  • natural applesauce
  • coconut "cookie" dough
  • condiments
Out on our counter, in the oven, and on the stovetop
  • Chinese eggplant bake with peanuts
  • Gourmet vegetable tomato sauce
  • bananas and apples
  • local raw honey
What's in your refrigerator?

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Temple

Imagine with me...

You walk along the country side, and smell the air.  Like after a good rain.  You look around you, catching in the scenes around you.  Sandy soil slips into your sandals, and a very slight breeze moves your hair.  The vibrantly green slopes around you rise and fall within the scattered trees, and you notice there are little houses around you.  The kind you might see at a the edge of an colonial New-English town.  Two story, though not large, with many long windows and ornate, weathered trim.  As you approach one with an apparently fresh coat of white paint, you notice that some of the clean lacy curtains are pulled to the side.  The creaky, winding porch is already peeling a bit under the warm sun.
You climb the steps, holding onto the newly sanded railing, and stand facing the door.  A "Sold" sign is written in red ink, and nailed to the frame.  The handle does not have a lock, but the brass knocker above it seemed worn and smooth from use.  First you pear in the window.  It is a beautiful house, and seems to be under some remodeling construction.  Most of the furniture has been removed, and replaced with beautiful instruments, book shelves, a grand clock, and two cushioned seats.  You can see the places where old picture frames were ripped from the wall, and new creations light up the small parlor viewed through the glass pains of the door.
Next you move to the window on your left, and the scene of a cheerful kitchen is brought to bare.  The cupboards were in the process of being filled, for old, rotting potatoes were gathered in garbage bags, and the cleaned counters were covered with a gorgeous array of breads, spices, 9 baskets of fruit, and as you lean into the window to see what else you can spy, the latch slips from it's hook, and the glass shutters creak inward.  The aroma slipping through is so scrumptious and satisfying, you wonder how anyone could live on the stale crusts and mildewing vegetation swept to the corners and bagged for their delivery out.  So temped by the food, you reach out your hand into the well-lit room and tear a corner off a loaf on the edge of the table.  It is warm and fresh and soft and hardy, and lets off a bit of steam as you hold it to your lips.  It warms your whole body and invigorates your very soul.  How could these things not be shared with the world?!  And as you watch, the bit broken off the golden bread grows in to replace it's self, just as fresh and lovely as before.  You want to see more of this place, so well-stocked with good things.
Running around the corner of the house, another window catches your eye.  This is a bedroom.  A mural of a pure heart is painted on the wall, washing over the grapheety that has been stripped off.  A single bed sits in the corner, dressed in crisp white sheets, and a white canopy, with fluffy white pillows and coverlet arranged artistically.  However, there is a dark curtain over the wardrobe door.  Every once in a while it's flaps move and a smoke-like wisp travels out, leaving a growing residue on the floor.
  With so much to know and discover, you venture to open the window.  It is locked.  Going 'round again to the door, you turn the knob and venture in.  Instead of going into the kitchen to your right, you go left, and and it reveals a writing room.  A sword hangs glistening over the desk, nearly alive as you look into it's valiance, and flowing scrolls spill onto the shining floor.  A pair of spectacles unlike any you've ever seen rests atop a crimson stand, with a large book, worn from study, and beautiful beyond description.  As you draw near, a tingling feeling creeps into your bones, and you can almost imagine a sonnet coming deep from within it's pages.  It's ancient knowledges come from beyond any mortality, and go deeper than created measurements.
  Back into the parlor, another door leads to the back of the house.  This door frame is simple, but draped with a bright red robe, like a curtain.  There is no other door, and one must enter through this only.  You only peek, but the sight is breathtaking.  A simple wooden cross, though gnarled and stained with blood, shines in the center, on its stand.  But the holy scene goes dark, as a closet door opens, and the house's resident enters.  She is dressed in robes of white, and wears a crown on her head, but it slips to the floor, as she traids her garments for rags.  She lays her hands on the cross, and removes it to the corner.  The alter lays bare.  Though the girl is weakened, she drags an image from the folds of her humble attire, and places on the stand an idol... an idol made in her own image.   The cross mourns, and the house is engulfed in a painful sorrow.  She is also pained, but is too enamored with the work of her hands.
  If only to go into the parlor, and sit with her true love; to go into her kitchen, and feast on life; to pour over the Holy Book, so active and living; to praise the maker of her purity, and throw open her wardrobe to be washed again by the Light.
She disregarded the owner's deed, and the temple was disgraced and grieved.  Is there yet hope? 
There is!

This house is a soul.
This story is a picture.

A picture of the Christian who has been bought out of slavery by Christ's atoning blood, but sets their selfish desires above that of God's perfect will.  We are given the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of us, to seal us for heaven, and to guide and teach us in God's love and His ways.  When one of God's children disobey Him, it brings sorrow to His heart.  Remember these verses, and give your heart back to Him.

Ephesians 4:30
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Exodus 20: 2-4
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
“You shall have no other gods before me.
“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fantastic Foods

I keep finding more and more great foods I want to share with you! 
Click on the brand name to go to their site.

Henry and Lisa's solid white albacore tuna

Synergy G.T.'s kombucha, Gingerade

Justine's nut butters, chocolate hazelnut butter

Chocolove, Almond and sea salt in dark chocolate

Clif Bar and Company twisted fruit ropes, mixed berry

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

favorite Owl City songs

Adam Young of Owl City

Procrastinator - song lyrics written by me

Procrastinator or Wake Up

Verse I:
Throw away your pillow
And I'll jump upon your bed
There's a phenomenon outside -
Alarm clock on your head

You're still in your p.j.s
And you've slept away the day
The hourglass glued to the floor
Theres no time to waste!

You can wait until tomorrow
But tomorrow may not come
You'll be waitin' for forever
In the hours yet to come

If an hour meant a life
That was saved while you were prayin'
Or simply 60 seconds
That you wasted by your playin'

Chorus prelude:
What is time
That we could own it?
What is new life
If it's not showin'?
What if it isn't
As simple as it seemed?
What if nothing ever happened
That you ever had dreamed?
What if today was all you had...

Chorus I:
Wake up, wake up
Theres a red light above your head
Flashing it's danger
You are gonna wake up sometime
It should not be when your dead
There are people all around you
Who may not wake up at all and
Wake up, wake up
A love like this just must be shared
And we can be it's bearer!

Verse II:
There are people who have never heard
Yes, people just like you
All around this big wide world
Who do not know the truth

Is there passion in your heart
That blows into a fire
So open up that ember heart
And let your blaze get higher!

You pray, I'll pray
On our knees together
Holy Spirit, give us strength
To storm the world together

There are a billion
In this slumber sleeping
There could be a revolution
If we started being

Chorus II:
Wake up, wake up
Theres a red light above your head
Flashing it's danger
You are gonna wake up sometime
It should not be when your dead
There are people all around you
Who may not wake up at all and
Wake up, wake up
A Christian kid who does not care
Should not call Christ their Savior

E-mail Wisdom on polotics

This is just an e-mail I received, so these are not my own words, though I think it is well written and quite applicable to any American.  It is OK if you do not agree with this.  Because if you don't, you are most likely leaning toward Democracy, which means you should professedly be avid lovers of Freedom of Speech.  :)  No hard feelings, I hope.

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;

From spiritual faith to great courage;

From courage to liberty;

From liberty to abundance;

From abundance to complacency;

From complacency to apathy;

From apathy to dependence;

From dependence back into bondage."

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:

Number of States won by:

Obama: 19 ; McCain: 29

Square miles of land won by:

Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by:

Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:

Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to the twenty million illegal immigrants - and if they vote - then we can say goodbye to the USA.

If you are in favor of this, ignore this message.

If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.

The USA is a Constitutional Republic.

Someone should point this out to Obama.

He and too many others pay little attention to The Constitution.

There is a great deal at stake in November 2012.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Modest clothing brands - SOOO cute!

For those who don't sew, or can't seem to put something together that covers and flatters from Wal-mart, here are some links to clothing brands I think you'll enjoy.  Beautiful, modest, feminine, trendy, and too cute!


Novae Clothing
Apolistic Co.
Boutique Europa
Knee Shorts
Impel Clothing LLC
Mia Bellina

Dresses and casual

Mika Rose
Simply Zeena
Nordstrom modest skirts
Shabby Apple

Sierra Brooke
Dressing For His Glory
Funky Frum

Down East Basics
Jen Clothing
Hannah Lise

Wedding and formal

Call me a Jesus Freak

Come on - do it. 
It's what I want to be known as.  Not a hypocrite, not a dumby, not a stereotype, but gung-ho for Jesus.
You can call me those things, and I'm not saying I'm perfect, but I've been saved by grace.  If sin is a cancer, the cure has been provided!  And I'm not keeping it to myself!  How could I?  So I'll be known as a weirdo if I have to, and I dare you to call me a Jesus Freak.
Questions?  Be sure to comment and ask me.  I'm open.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

SYATP - we are part of this world!

It was a work day, a Wednesday, and I got up early.  Earlier than usual.  At 6am, in fact. 
(So that may not be that early, but I am a homeschooler, so it is to me ;)  I was getting up to go to school at 7.  Yes, school. 
This only happens once a year for us in our little, sleepy, historical town, and most people never know about it.  It's called See You At The Pole.  When Middle and High-Schoolers gather around their respective flag poles right outside their schools.  They form a circle, holding hands, and pray for themselves, their school, their nation, and their world.
And yes, it is legal.
This and last year my sister and I participated, even though we are "not belonging" to the public schools of America, and are schooled "at home".  This gathered some questions, and I do understand why, but I believe I could also expound on that.
We don't hate public schools, we know many public schoolers - and public-school teachers - very well and value their friendship, and we certainly care for our community and the children.  In fact, we are the community, and we are the children.
When I heard "But... your homeschooled, why are you praying at the school an hour before you have to be at work?!"
I can't help but think of Lord of the Rings, when Merry actually says something earth-shattering and profound.  The trees refuse to take part in the war because they simply don't take sides.  They say it is not their place in the world, to which Merry replies with much force "But you are part of this world!"
Yes - I am also part of this world.  Though it is not my home, for I have a much greater destination and citizenship, but it the same for many of our fellow-Christians in the schools.
And yes, there is corruption in the schools of America.  Just one of the reasons my parents chose to homeschool my sister and I, and why my sister and I agree that it is the best choice for our family.
I also have met homeschoolers who resigned from the public education plan more for the reason to escape all outside forces.  As Christians, we are not called to be righteous hermits.  Yes - christian fellowship is a gift from God for us to regularly partake it, but what good is it if it only fulfills our pleasure and encouragement?  This would be a strong diversion of God's plan, indeed.  God's Word was not meant for one or two, but for all mankind, and how will they hear it if not told?  And how will they be told if one is not sent to do so?  And who will go?
As a homeschooler, who has parents amazing and committed enough to school us, it would be a terrible irresponsibility of us - who have been given much - to not give much in return.  Our privilege gives us a responsibility.  If spent competing with our like-fellows, impressing and compounding knowledge and experience, but never used it to progress any other not in our little circle, we must truly re-evaluate our motives for our practice of education, or way of life, in the first place.  Plus, who wants to prove true the stereotype that homsechoolers are only socialized within themselves?  It is very rarely true, in extremity, but let us not simply look at the two opposites on the spectrum.  Let us also not ignore the complacent middle-ground of "happily excising", but not prolifically expounding.  When was anyone successful - in God's kingdom or the world's - who would not live as if they were not the only ones upon the earth.  There is where the difference of motive comes in to play.  One in the world's enterprise may use those others to their own benefit, whereas those truly living according to God's kingdom plan will empty themselves for the sake of their brothers and sisters here.

So, homeschooled or not, get out there.  Do something that matters in God's eyes, whether your into it or not.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Food review - SeaSnax

I am always sceptical about trying seaweed based snacks.  I'm a pretty big health-freak anyway, so I don't mind the taste so much, but I have a problem when a product claims great flavor when even I wouldn't call it so. 
These are different from any other seaweed snacks I've ever had.
At first I didn't think anything of them - sure, they were pretty good for a sheet of roasted seaweed, but not spectacular.  Then I reached for more... and I found they really are strangely addicting!  I really like them.  And they are only 42 calories per package, and the packages are large and full.

Go to SeaSnax 's website to check out their Toasty Onion flavor

Others flavors:
Classic Olive

Nutritional Information:

Serving size: 1/2 bag (.35 oz/ 9g) 
Calories 21
 Total Fat 2 g
Saturated 0g
Polyunsaturated 0 g
Monounsaturated 0 g
Trans 0g
Sodium 25g  
Total Carbs 0 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg

Vitamin A 7%   Calcium 1%
Vitamin C 4%   Iron 1%

Other Seaweed "chips" I've tried
Click here to view  Annie Chun's seaweed snacks 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

YBI chapter II

YBI assignment for 9/25/11

Chapter 2 - The Authority and Inerrancy of the Bible:

Review Questions:

1. The words in the Bible are written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit, who showed them what to write, and in places conversation recorded directly from God, as His voice.

2. John 8:12-18. There is no other higher, or equal, authority or truth to the Bible that it be compared with. This may appear as circular reasoning, although has more "substance" than that of other "reasonable" categories in the same predicament.

3. The Source of Truth Himself "breathed" them out.

4. Inerrancy is to be without fault or falsehood. Always believable 100 percent. Not a "temporary truth". Reliable without exception through the ages

-Objection 1: "The Bible is exclusively true to the singular religious community of Christians."
Response 1: The general exclusion of gentiles in the Old Testament was, one, a symbol of purity and devotion to God alone, and two, to keep the Israelites from being tempted and swayed by pagan ways. Jesus ushered in the New Order, and associated with Gentiles (Mark 2:15, Luke 19:2-9, and John 4:9. Paul confirms His teachings, (Acts 10:24, Romans 1:16, Romans 10:12-13) and Christianity has spread and flourished throughout the world because of Christ's command to tell all of Him, as in Mark 16:15.

-Objection 2: "The Bible was true in it's day, but the world has changed and it's teachings are no longer relevant."
Response 2: That is an non-consistent statement. Morals do not evolve, nor change with time. The constant God who was and is and always will be created laws according to His unchanging character, and mankind's forever degrading sinfulness. God provided the Old Order in writing, and the New Order in writing, and this is what He has given us to esteem as absolute truth.

-Objection 3: "I haven't been able to trust God in other things, so I can't trust His Bible."
Response 3: This statement is based on personal feeling and is ill-grounded. If one is to know what God's promises He must first go to His Self-professed Word.

6. The denying of Biblical inerrancy is to
- call God a liar
- forfeit the commands of righteous living
- deny it's complete historicity
- proclaim one's self as equal with, or above, Truth.

Personal Application Questions:

1. The whole objection to Christianity, thus the scriptures, is a rebellion against God. Sometimes out of ignorance, others out of willful deception. The Bible is condemning in nature, and many feel that those who follow it's teachings must therefore be so. One would try to discredit the Bible probably out of several motives, but one perhaps is because they wish to feel uninvaided and comfortable in their sinful, unredeemed state.
I genuinely believe the whole of scripture but, yes, sometimes it makes me feel uncomfortable too. That is the Holy Spirit working through scriptures. I guess there is nothing I wish not to believe, though the hardest command for me is to put God first in all things.

2. No. Other religious books are of no comparison. My initial response to reading other religious works is confusion - then my analytical mind sets in and processes their inconsistencies.
The Bible has an enrapturing blanket over me. It is alive and relevant and beautiful and piercing. It is truth.

3. In a way, yes. I may not understand some things. Mainly metaphors or closed teachings, though they do not effect the gospel, but I know God is sovereign and has proven Himself over and over, though He didn't need to, to me.

4. First I would want to look through translations, depending on what "errors" I perceived. I would look at context, and for good measure go to someone who has much spiritual maturity to glean what they have gathered. I would then read scripture trying to look at the big picture, with lots of prayer, and see what it's main teaching is.
This may just be how I'm taking it, but this question is really "If the Bible had inconsistencies and falsehoods, would I still stick with it?". To that I would say, "What if God was not God? Would you still believe in Him."

II Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

YBI - what is it?

YBI stands for Youth Bible Institute
A college credited course for high-school and college students our church offers for the serious student, with Bible-memorization, deep discutions, quizzes, and weekly hand-in papers on theology and that particular chapter's topic.
We are going through Wayne Grudem's condensed version of his book, Systematic Theology.
There are about 8 other Junior and Senior high-schoolers (and one other homeschooler) under the tutelage of a Hebrew/Greek scholar and an objective arguer with the highest acting expertise on our church drama team.
And, yes, that's right up my alley!  I really love it.  So what I'm going to do is post and share what I'm learning and writing, whether your interested or not.  :)   Somebody may read it, or perhaps nobody but my adoring parents, who faithfully scour my highly active blog, but that's alright.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

10 days of modest - VII

A simple coggle neck sweater, not
too bulky, with a loose fabric belt
and three quarter sleeves to make
it a true fall-to-winter acett.
 Poppin' black and white

There aren't really any frills or
baubles in this outfit, so this hat
is perfect.  A soft charcoal news-
boy hat, wear at a slight angle,
with hair down, silky strait.

Plain yellow pumps with a modern
flair will make a perfect pop to a black
and white outfit, giving the "city
photographer" look.  Add a pattern
to your outfit to make it balanced.

I love this skirt!
Considering the rest of the outfit
is made up of solid colors, this is
the perfect modest touch-up. Classy
and sophisticated, this will add the
"business woman" to your look.

Just a simple black accessory, faceted,
so it does have a little glam, though
it's subtlety makes it the perfect match.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

"Picniking" pictures

CD Cover - Light post

CD Cover - Of days and years

CD Cover - Gettin' Somewhere

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Just kick off your shoes!

It's all well and fine to look nice and dress up and look all prim and pretty, but who could live their life that way?  Who could be satisfied to continually indulge in the frivolities of man, or simply observe them forever?  Those people may have never known what it is to go to bed exhausted, and maybe having missed a streak of dirt behind their ear. Or perhaps never viewed such small a segment as our eyes have dominion of at night, untainted by city lights and smog.  All those stars! 
Have you ever just wanted to kick off your shoes, wear a simple shift, tie your hair back and go where few have been?  To jump from rock to rock, to swim in the rapids, to run for miles in a spring forest, forever discovering new places, things, and beauties.  To shake an apple tree, to stain your fingers with wild blueberries, to crack a walnut and roast it over an open fire.  Just laying in sunny fields of tall green grass, not even thinking about your tan line or sunburn, or if your legs are shaved, or how many creepy crawlies are just a'swimming in the hummus beneath you.  To spend a night under a simple shelter wrapped in evergreen branches reading ancient Scriptures until eyelids grow too weary and heart is too full.
Or if that's too much, just set aside a few hours to stretch out and write a line or two, to go around the block in your slippers, and make a meal out of scratch.
Or, really, just kick your shoes off!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Baby Name Meanings

Avalon Natisha (eyes on paradise)
Maria Felicity (bitterness and happiness)
Francis Melody (free song)
Isabell Lydia (Woman of God's covenant)
Tanika Valary (rope of strength)

Favorite Movie Characters

Elizabeth Bennet is...

Too bad she is so brash

Arwen is...
Strength and Grace giver

Too bad she is so romantic

The Mad Hatter is...


Too bad he is so creepy-looking

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Picks of the month - October

More Fantastic Foods -  lettin' ya know what tastes great!
Homemade CD Covers - being creative
"How did I show Myself?" - a song I wrote
Psychology... and guys - troubles in writing
Orac - what is it?!
My Style Starts Here - A little about my style
Creative Cuisine - My recipe blog, check out delicious meals