Wednesday, 20 June 2018

So We Built a Bee Hotel


Hello!  Do you like bees? and lady bugs and well, 
just about all the little good bugs in the garden?

We do, and my boys and I put together a bee hotel to help them feel more welcome. 
We have lots of aphids in our trees and yard, and would like to encourage ladybugs to stay around for a bit.  
We bought a package of them and will release them bit by bit hoping that some will make our yard their home.  



The boys got some scrap pieces of wood from out wood shed and then hammered them together.  Just a few bruised fingers afterwards. :)  
Then we layered spruce cones, bark, and some bamboo that they sawed into small lengths.  
To make sure that it stayed in there, we stapled some plastic mesh overtop.  
We put it up on a rock (off the ground) but close to the ground for them to easily find a room to snuggle into.   Once we release all the ladybugs, we'll use the "bedding" they came in and tuck it into a clay pot and set nearby the bug hotel.
A fun project to do outdoor, and make the yard a bit more welcoming for our little friends. 

I asked my son when we were done if it looked like what we saw in pictures.  
He said, "No, it looks homemade." 


Thanks for dropping by!  
Would love to hear of little projects you do in your yard!  

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Some Sweet Purple


Hello!  
Today I'd love to share with you a card and shawl that I made for an old friend.  

She loves purple so I made the shawl in three shades of purple and 
I made a card with lots of shades of purple as well.  

The card has just a few delicate lacy touches underlaid by fun polka dots.

I made this shawl for her as a hug across the miles. 


I used the same pattern as the blue mix that I made...very nice pattern to work with!  
Here is a link to the PATTERN!
I couldn't find any variegated purple yarn that I liked, so I just picked out three different shades and made layers. 


For the last row, I just did a single crochet 2x and then a picot.  
This gave it a nice wavy edge.  


Thanks for dropping by! 
Jennifer


Monday, 18 June 2018

Homemaking Mondays: Obedient To Your Own Husbands


Welcome to Homemaking Mondays!

Today I'd lik to share with you about being obedient to your own husbands.

Titus 2:5


This isn't talked about much in the world today.  Mostly it's partnerships, and being equal. 
Pride says I don't want to be obedient! but to do what is right in our own eyes.  
Does having your own role and being subject to your husband mean 
that you're of lesser value then he? No.  
Pride says...I'm my own boss.  It sets one up as a god....calling the shots.  
Feminism has infiltrated the very basis of marriages as well.
Feminism sets up women as superior to men.
You think that's far fetched?  I don't.  

I have read many times in homemaking blogs, and heard in conversations among women, that woman are just as good or better at making decisions around the home/ finances so the men just need to move aside and let them do it.  Then we tell them what we want, and they pay for it.
Yes, there are areas that we as women have room for making decisions...and in each marriage that needs to be decided between the husband and the wife.  
We are not to "tell" our husbands anything.  
That is disrespectful to them and their place in the home and marriage.
We're not in charge of them. 
In fact we are to be subject to them...yes submissive, & yes obedient.
We were made a help meet for them, not them for us. 

Genesis 2:18
What does obedience mean? 

OBE'DIENCEnoun [Latin obedientia.]- Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Compliance with a command, prohibition or known law and rule of duty prescribed; the performance of what is required or enjoined by authority, or the abstaining from what is prohibited, in compliance with the command or prohibition. To constitute obedience the act or forbearance to act must be in submission to authority; the command must be known to the person, and his compliance must be in consequence of it, or it is not obedience obedience is not synonymous with obsequiousness; the latter often implying meanness or servility, and obedience being merely a proper submission to authority. That which duty requires implies dignity of conduct rather than servility. obedience may be voluntary or involuntary. Voluntary obedience alone can be acceptable to God.
As the head of the home he is in charge, and we are subject to our husbands.  
Does this mean they're the king and tell us what to do and how to do it?  No. They do have the right to ask us to do things (and yes even in a certain way).  We don't need to always want to  or like to do what they ask, but we need to follow through and do it.
They don't just sit around while we do everything.
They have their own role and responsibilities.  
We are to obey our husbands with love as unto the Lord. 
Obedience is part of submission in the home, and it's a beautiful thing.  
There is peace when there is order, and order in our place in the home is just as important as order in the cleanliness of our homes.  
When there is a question, go to your husband, give your input and then leave it for him to decide.  Each family will be different, as each couple will have decidedly different areas of responsibility of decision making.  For example, some husbands would rather their wives pay the bills as they come in.  Perhaps the husband will want to make the decisions on what the activities the kids are involved in.

Above all we need to realize that obedience in the home is natural and normal. The wife toward her husband and the children toward their parents.   The world rebells against submission and obedience.  Let us women give our children and those that are around our families the example of what God has ordained...not what the world finds socially acceptable.

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Playing with Paper and Ribbons


Hello!  
Today I'd like to share with you a few of the cards that I made this week. 
It's been awhile since I sat down to play with paper and ribbons and it was fun!


I pulled out a bunch of paper bits that I had stashed away. 
I like to use up leftovers and odds and ends before cutting into new papers when possible. 


I also pulled out all my sentiment stamps to look though.  
Sometimes I think I could use more, but then really....I don't. 


I had fun matching up lace and ribbons to each card.  
I have a nice collection, but there will always be colours that I don't have 
so then it's time to get more creative.  


Now I have some for different occasions and I think I'll make some more just because ones so that I have them handy to use.  I love to be able to just grab a card at a moments notice for things.  


Thanks for dropping by!  Do you like to make cards? Do you have a stash of cards or do you make them as you need them?  I do both. 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 11 June 2018

Homemaking Mondays: Keeper at Home


Welcome to Homemaking Monday! 

Today I'd like to share with you about being a keeper at home.  

Titus 2: 5
"To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."

What does it mean to be a keeper? 
Webster's 1828 Dictionary states this:
KEE'PERnoun One who keeps; one that holds or has possession of any thing.
1. One who retains in custody; one who has the care of a prison and the custody of prisoners.
2. One who has the care of a park or other inclosure, or the custody of beasts; as the keeper of a park, a pound, or of sheep.
3. One who has the care, custody or superintendence of any thing.

So, simply put:  One who has the care of something/someone. 


In our study it is linked to the home.  Keeper at home, simply denotes being the one who is responsible for the care of the home, and all that reside therein.  The "at" denotes that home is the basis for this keeping.
How does this look? to be a keeper at home.  The scriptures give us an insight into this. 
1 Timothy 5:14
So, to guide the house.  How does one do this?  
It is referring to being responsible for the workings of the home.
Guiding/ directing what goes on there. 
GUIDE: 
1. To lead or direct in a way; to conduct in a course or path; as, to guidean enemy or a traveler, who is not acquainted with the road or course.
The meek will he guide in judgment. Psalms 25:9.
2. To direct; to order.
He will guide his affairs with discretion. Psalms 112:5
3. To influence; to give direction to. Men are guided by their interest, or supposed interest.
4. To instruct and direct. Let parents guide their children to virtue, dignity and happiness.
5. To direct; to regulate and manage; to superintend.
I will that the younger women marry, bear children, and guide the house. 1 Timothy 5:14.


Preparing food, providing clothing, doing laundry, cleaning, teaching/ caring for the children, managing finances (that she is responsible for), gardening, & providing hospitality are some of the basic aspects of this.

For each of these areas we need teachers...older women who are skilled and knowledgeable.  
Yes, at times there are no older women who fit this category that live around us, that are able to take the time to teach us.  
Some women think that well, I've never been taught, so I can just live like it doesn't matter.  
Nope!  There is no excuse in this modern age of technology and information.  
You Tube, blogs, cooking shows, local community programs...there are many places that we can go if we are serious about this role/ occupation of homemaking.  I also encourage any older women that may read this blog...seek out and give of some of your time to younger women to teach them what you know.  I have had women (including my Mother) spend a couple hours with me on something, just to give me a chance to learn that skill.  That is invaluable!  

Homemaking is an honourable and joyous role that women have!
Don't let the world and it's feminist agenda lead you to think that it's just drudgery and monotonous boredom.  Serving our families, doesn't need to be like that when you look at it with the perspective of loving your family and being in the position that God has ordained you to be.  I have heard many quote Proverbs 31 and how that woman went out and did things apart from her home.  Yes, she did, but no where does it refer to her neglecting her homemaking duties at home.  Her home was still her central point.  Not to mention that Proverbs 31 is not referring to what she did for her whole life, but just things that she did over time.  There are times and seasons for many things.  

SO many fall for the lie of feminist propaganda, then go out and serve their bosses, doing monotonous, repetitive tasks each and every day.  Not all that glitters is gold ladies!  The only difference is money! 
No, homemakers don't get "paid"...but we receive treasures in heaven and the respect and adoration of our families, which is far greater in value!

Colossians 3:23-24

In being a keeper at home, we have the centre of all that we do stem from our homes.  
That is where we need to reside, where we need to be present.  
Keep the home fires burning is an old saying, but if one wasn't home, the fires went out. 
 We need to be home ladies.... for as much time as we can.  
Yes, there are errands to run, and places to go from time to time.  
Then we need to come home and focus on our tasks there.

There is a quiet comfort of being home, attending to the needs of our home and family.  
This can happen even with lots of small children around... chaos doesn't need to be the norm. 
Sometimes my husband has said that there is just chaos...and I refer to it as a flurry of activity.
There are times of that to, but it doesn't need to be like that all the time.

How are you guiding your home?  Does it glorify the Lord or does it look like you're seeking to be just like the world?  Don't run after the world and all it's enticements. 
It has nothing of greater value then what the Lord has already ordained.  

Being a keeper at home is an amazing blessing and is so diverse for each family is different.  
Find your joy in following God's plan for your life.  Enjoy the treasure of a woman's role.

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer


Friday, 8 June 2018

Do You Like Zucchini?


Do you like zucchini?  We do! 

I came across a new way of making them and tried it out this week. 
You just drizzle with oil (I used sunflower oil this time). 
Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
Lay out on cookie sheet and sprinkle with fresh parmesan cheese. 
You bake for a few minutes (until tender), 
and then broil until cheese is browned. 

Then try to share! 


Do you like to try new things in the kitchen?  I do, and I'm always pleased 
when the family enjoys them.   
Just us girls in the family liked this version of zucchini, so that's half of us...so I'll make it again. :) 

Thanks for dropping by! 
Praying you have a lovely day!

Jennifer

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Road Trip Across Canada: Maritimes and Newfoundland/Labrador

Canadian Road Trip: The Maritime Provinices


Hello! Welcome to the last leg of our journey across Canada.

For this portion we leaned about the far eastern provinces.  Each province had so much to offer and I'll just share a glimpse of it here.  
We loved how each province had it's own unique sign, and the lighthouse as you go to Nova Scotia was super cool!  


As we travelled through the provinces we noted many of the same plants and animals.
Smaller farms and many little towns along the coastal areas.  


We talked about the huge bridge that crosses the Northumberland Strait to connect Prince Edward Island to the mainland.  Although there is still no road way to connect Newfoundland with the mainland.  So you need to either fly or take a ferry there.  


We enjoyed reading many books on this part of Canada as well.  Lots about fishing and the coastal areas that they are famous for.  


There was so much history in this part of Canada, and lots and lots of museums to explore.  
One of the ones we talked about was the Green Gables museum that shared the history of the lady who wrote the famous books about a girl growing up in PEI.  
I shared about this wonderful miniature village that I had visited as a child that has been closed down.  There had been castles and other buildings from Europe that I got to see. 


I found this great colouring book about Newfoundland and Labrador. 
Then I found this sweet little book on Nova Scotia.  It has so many of the same underlying elements of the maritimes so we shared it with our homeschool group. 


Here are some of the pages.  
The world's highest tides, and fishing industry.


The incredible views in their national parks and vast empty spaces.
 (Yes there are still lots of those in these smaller provinces.)  
Mountains, forests, marshes, and beaches were so interesting.


The beautiful colourful houses and buildings to help guide the fishermen home.  Also to cheer the people during the long difficult winters.  There were fog horns and lighthouses to explore.
Plus there are so many very old buildings with lots of history stories to learn about.
We learned about the Acadians, the British, and the Norsemen/Vikings.  


Of course we couldn't not study food. :)  
My family isn't big on fish, or seafood so we decided to make a desert to share with our homeschool friends.  It was enjoyed by all! 
We chose Blueberry Buckle wild blueberries grow in an abundance in the maritime provinces...there are farms and just wild spaces with them.  We bought some Canadian wild blueberries at the store and my sons helped me put this together.  It's SO very good!!!  and easy to make.
We ate it all before I thought to take a picture...... so:
Here is the recipe! 


We wanted to make something to remember the maritmes by and as we looked through our pictures and books, the lobster cages struck us as most interesting.  


We took some stir sticks and boiled them until they were soft.  
Then we bend them and secured them in jars to make them dry bent. 
We made a bunch so that all the kids at the homeschool group could have some. 


We then took out our hot glue guns!  That's always fun. 
We glued the stir sticks and popsicle sticks together to make a cage. 
We had to remember to break one of the sticks to make a doorway. 


Then we needed some netting..we had lots of cheese cloth so that is what we used.  
We cut it into strips and glued it into the inside.  
The final touch being my son had a lobster of his own to stick in there.  


There was so many exciting places to visit on our road trip through the maritimes....from wild horses on Sable Island to learning about the song maps of the fisherman.  SO many great places to explore.

We hope you have enjoyed joining us for our road trip across Canada. 
Maybe this will wet your appetite for travel in this amazing country called Canada!
Good bye!  Au Revoir! 

Have a great day! 
Jennifer