Archive for March, 2011

How Are Boys Like Puppies?

My first two children are girls. When I had my first son, of friend of mine told me that boys are kind of like puppies. To keep them happy, feed them well and walk them everyday. While this sounds a bit demeaning (boys are certainly much cuter and smarter than puppies 🙂 ), there is some truth to her advice.

My two -year-old is in the throws of the terrible/terrific twos. 🙂 But let him outside and he’s like a different child. My five year old is almost always happier outside as well. I love how God made my boys to want to challenge themselves physically, to take risks, to explore and create. The outdoors is such a perfect environment for this.

Often, it requires a sacrifice on mom’s part to take the time to bring little boys outside to play, especially when it is cold or rainy (or both, like it is here lately! ). However, letting boys play outside certainly keeps them happier, which makes for a happier mama! 😉

Is that a vinyl tablecloth on your table???

Okay, I will admit it. When I think of vinyl tablecloths, I do not think of classy decorating. I usually think of a kitchen circa 1981. HOWEVER, before you scoff at the thought of using a vinyl tablecloth, let me tell you why I love using them.

Wiith 4 kids and three meals a day at home (usually :)) our kitchen table tends to get a bit, um, messy. :). Vinyl tablecloths wipe up so well. Toddler spilled orange juice at breakfast? No problem. Five year old left chocolate cake crumbs and smeared chocolate frosting all over? No sweat. Just wipe down and you’re good to go until the next meal.

I usually buy these handy little things on sale, and actually have fun finding cute or seasonal ones. I have found some really pretty ones at Marshalls, but Target and Wal-Mart usually carry them too.

Who said being practical has to look ugly?? Vinyl tablecloths work for me!

I am pleased to link this post to WFMW over at We are THAT Family
and Simple Homemaking at Raising Arrows

Science at Our House

Two of my kids were doing science yesterday morning at 8:30. Without being asked. They hadn’t even brushed their teeth, but were determined to be diligent in this school subject. HOW do I get my kids to do their schoolwork so diligently? WHAT is my secret? Look below for the answer…

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Okay, so they were actually outside playing and came across this snail. But isn’t that part of the beauty of homeschooling? That’s how we (sometimes) do science at our house. 🙂

Wordless Wednesday

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Gluten Free Millet Oatmeal Bread

I love homemade bread. I used to mill my own wheat, but now that we are on a gluten free diet (more about that in another post), I have searched and searched for gluten free bread recipes that taste good!

Here is a great one!

Gluten Free Millet Oatmeal Bread

1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup gf oat flour ( I just pulverize the oats in my little food processor)
3/4 cup millet flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/3 cup arrowroot or cornstarch
1/3 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup flax seed meal ( I prefer golden)
1 Tbsp xanthan gum
3 eggs
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbsp butter or butter sub, melted
1 1/4 cup warm water

Mix liquid ingredients in your mixer. Gradually add dry ingrediets, finishing with the xanthan gum and then yeast. Mix for 6 to 8 minutes. Put into two greased loaf pans. Let rise until almost to top of pan, about 40 minutes. Bake in preheated oven 350 degrees for about 50 minutes. Let cool for 5 and turn out. Cool and slice. Smear butter on and enjoy!

For more bread recipes, check out
4 moms bread making http://raisingolives.com/2011/03/whole-wheat-bread-baking/

Why Acorns and Oaks?

For my first post of this blog, I thought I would write the title of my blog. Why did I choose Acorns and Oaks? I do like trees, but not enough to blog about them. 🙂

Well, back when we first started homeschooling- about 7 or 8 years ago, the Lord gave me a verse to encourage me and cling to. It is Jeramiah 17:8:

“They will be like a tree planted by the water

   that sends out its roots by the stream.

It does not fear when heat comes;

   its leaves are always green.

It has no worries in a year of drought

   and never fails to bear fruit.”

Aa few years later, another verse encouraged my husband and I in raising our children.

  and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
   instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
   instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
   instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
   a planting of the LORD
   for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:3

Just the thought that we are oaks of righteousness. Not because of our own goodness, but because of the grace that the Lord Jesus has poured out on us.
Not only that, but we are called to bring up our children to be oaks of righteousness. However, they are not yet full grown trees. They are still acorns, or maybe seedlings. But in them is the potential to become strong, mighty, sturdy oaks- Christians who can withstand the temptations of this world, be unmovable in their faith, and be a “display” of the Lord’s “splendor”.
And then they can be part of a generational vision themselves, but producing and raising little “acorns” themselves.:)