So times are a changing here in the King household. Almost 2 teens live here, and soon to be a bunch of pre-teens to follow. :) Trying to...
Saturday, January 31, 2009
This is sort of like my own pep talk. You see I didn't get much of anything done today, not my Bible Study, did not crack my Bible, did talk on the phone, did pray, did clean my house, and do TONS of laundry, did make lunch, and dinner, and served all kinds of snacks, did hug and kiss my kids...I don't think I hugged or kissed Matt though :(, did read bed time stories, snuggled, bathed, paid the bills, balanced the check book, had the opportunity to tow that tractor I love, (and didn't get yelled at!), and the list still goes on as it's 9:45pm. Anyway, I was both encouraged and challenged as I read this to complete my day...So, I guess I did get a lot accomplished, just not all I wanted too...Maybe there will be another day. :)
Homemaking is a career that demands considerable expertise, may encompass decades of our lives, and has the potential to spread the gospel to our families, churches, communities, and future generations.
That’s a career worth preparing for, wouldn’t you say?
But how do we learn? Scripture says that the older women should teach the young women to be effective home managers and to love their husbands and children (Titus 2:3-5). It’s the mother’s job to teach and the daughter’s job to learn.
So even though this little series is directed to teenagers, we’re going to stop and address the moms for a moment. We want to encourage you to help your daughter make the best use of her teenage years by preparing to be a homemaker. (But girls, this doesn’t mean you should sit back and wait to be taught. You need to be asking for homemaking training from your mom or, if your mom is not a Christian, a godly mentor.)
Moms (and mentors) we must seize every opportunity to prepare our daughters for their homemaking mission. We should speak often of the joys of being a wife, mother, and homemaker. We should advice them of the sacrifices homemaking demands but also of the unsurpassed rewards it offers.
We must also be intentional. A good domestic training plan begins with the heart. As mothers we must shape our daughter’s convictions to reflect the biblical priority of the home. A steady diet of God’s Word and other biblically informed materials are indispensable.
An effective training program also equips our daughters to manage all practical aspects of caring for a home and family. Consider your daily responsibilities and you’ll easily come up with many skills your daughter needs to learn.
Think of your daughter as your homemaking intern. She needs both practical training and instruction. You can provide hands-on training by delegating portions of the household responsibilities to her for short periods of time. You can provide her with practical instruction by getting books from the library or bookstore on cleaning, cooking organization, decorating or child-training.
Moms, I hope these brief thoughts will inspire you to begin and persevere in training your daughter to be a homemaker.
Daughters, let me conclude by encouraging you to embrace your mother’s domestic teaching. Allow her to direct your affections toward home. And take it one step further. Volunteer to be her homemaking assistant. This way you’ll receive vital training for your future mission and make the best use of your time today!
Posted by Carolyn Mahaney on January 30, 2009 at 03:59 PM Permalink
January 29, 2009
What are your dreams and aspirations for your future? How do you answer the well-meaning adults who ask about your plans after high school?
It may surprise you to learn that in the Bible God has already given you a sneak peek into your future. As women, we are all appointed to be keepers of the home (Prov. 31:10-31; 1 Tim. 5:14; Titus 2:5).
Someday you may be called to love a husband and bring up children and make a home for them. Or as a single woman, you may be entrusted with a home from which you extend hospitality and vital service to your church and community.
While you may pursue many other God-honoring tasks or occupations throughout your lifetime, you are also called to be a homemaker.
This is our purpose in life, what John Angell James calls a “woman’s mission,” to “affect society through the medium of family influence.” We as women have a unique task: to change the world by devoting ourselves to home life.
Now this does not mean that the Bible confines girls and women to their homes. The Proverbs 31 woman—the ideal homemaker—pursued endeavors outside of the home for the good of her family. And, of course, single women will have careers that require them to work beyond the home. But Scripture unapologetically sets forth the high priority of the home for each and every woman.
And contrary to popular perception, homemaking is a career that demands considerable expertise. The commands in Scripture to love, follow, and help a husband, to raise children for the glory of God, and to manage a home encompass a vast responsibility. Homemaking requires an extremely diverse array of skills—everything from management abilities to knowledge of health and nutrition, to interior decorating capabilities, to childhood development expertise. If you are to become an effective homemaker, then you must study these subjects and many more.
The time to prepare is now.
Tomorrow we’ll give you some ideas for how to make the best use of this season so you can be ready for your future homemaking task.
Posted by Nicole Whitacre on January 29, 2009 at 02:51 PM Permalink
January 28, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Matt is getting the chicken houses ready for peeps. The first house will arrive tomorrow morning. There is a lot of prep work that has to be done, and we have always appreciated it when HIS brother Mark was able to help...mainly because he knows what to do. He is away with work now, so was unable to help, so MY brother Mark came down to help. He and his family have moved back to the area the first of the year. It was great to have someone able to help Matt, as I am not much of any now, with our 4 little kids occupying my time. Thanks Mark. He was very thankful for your help. Looking forward to lunch with your family tomorrow after we put peeps in. Nothing like some re-acquainting playtime with the cousins.
I guess this entry is mainly for Mark's wife, Heather. I know the guys did work hard, but I didn't want you to think he worked too hard. Ha. :) Check out Matt, Kaden, and my brother Mark racing around on the 4 wheelers in the snow, and yes, that is my 34 year old husband doing donuts in front of the barn. I THINK Kaden is still pretty scared to do that, but then again, I probably just didn't catch him on video. :)
It's quite the dress, that's for sure. Now I just need to find a seamstress, it's a bit big. It would be so nice if sizes were standard. She probably could have fit in the size down...
We can't wait for your big day Em...
Friday, January 23, 2009
almost 50 degrees! Let me remind you it was only 4 degrees here
at the beginning of the week. So, I went to check on all the
animals. I came upon this tractor I am learning to hate. It
never starts, so Matt is really working hard on his verbal
communication with me when I have to tow him to pull start it.
My family will laugh at that. Even though I grew up on a farm
I might have driven a tractor twice? I did drive a "stick shift"
car though, so at least I have a handle on the whole clutch
situation. Needless to say, I need a lot of grace, and he needs to
exercise communicating gracefully. Love you honey. :)
This is the cute little fellow who was born yesterday to his mommy "Bell". I hope no one is offended...the reason her name is Bell, is simply because she has a bell around her neck. So all you Isabelle's out there, just relax. :) He is very cute, I thought his name should be "Sarge". I don't know if I was outvoted yet or not?
These are the two little twins who were born the day before. These we named Snow White and Blanco...
And this video is for Zion, my precious niece who loved my last "long" video. While I was down there videoing, toward the end I noticed there was an extra white baby down there. Here, a new white baby goat was born in the shed down there sometime this afternoon...don't know if it's a boy or girl, I don't check those things. :) So, we'll wait for Matt to tell us, and then we'll need yet another name. Enjoy the video Zion. I think I made it pretty long.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I guess I am going to start boring you all with video's of baby goats...but these twins were born yesterday afternoon. This video was taken when they were less than an hour old. Matt thought the video was a bit long, so no pressure to watch it. They are both little girls, so we are thinking Snow White, and Blanco. What do ya think? These are all white, we had no ALL white goats before this point...You will also see Pumpkin and Penguin , who are still in the barn. Cricket did not make it thru the cold snap, and Firefly was moved outside again with his mommy. We are running out of room in the barn. :( We had no reason to go to the Farm Show this year, we are running our own Farm Show right here. Come on over. Mis.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
A lot of our goats are pregnant right now, and yeah, like women, ya never really know when they will deliver. Last week, Trigger, Matt's favorite goat delivered triplets overnight, and they had all died by the time morning rolled around. Dercy, this mommy goat, delivered our first baby goat, Alvin, about a year ago, and now she had twins early this morning.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
P.S. Poor Campbell fell asleep crying on the steps, while she was waiting for me to finish nursing Calli. Did someone wonder how 4 kids was going? Ha. mis.
Her princess "crown" cake I spent most of the afternoon making...Well...okay...all of the afternoon. :) Not quite as time consuming as last years castle cake. :)
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