Saturday, June 11, 2011

Failures?

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Ezek 47:12 NKJV
12 Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine."

Well, at this point in time, the garden is sort of a failure.  Do you like my beautiful luscious weeds? Somewhere in the middle of the mass of the picture on the right is my asparagus that went to fern again.  This was supposed to be the first year I could harvest some, and I failed to get out and harvest it!  The storms and rain/floods that we had kept me out of garden and then things just got busy.

I did finally go buy some plants a few weeks ago, but have only got a few tomato plants and cukes in.  Have got to get the rest in this week.  Very late garden, but still hoping for a  harvest in fall.  Even failed to keep up with the strawberries this year.  Harvested some, but let too many go to waste. How sad and wasteful, not to mention that we would have been blessed with the extra goodies this winter.

Some was laziness, but most was due to our situation with the foster children.  I always have so many appointments (sometimes 3 in one day!!) to go to and between work and homeschool and trying to keep everyone safe, a lot of things just didn’t get done.  I was able to harvest some strawberries and enjoy a  yummy homemade strawberry shortcake cake.

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I hope to have some success pictures next week of a nicely groomed garden.  Homestead Dad has been working hard cutting down the weeds, tilling them under and has constructed 4’ X 4’ boxes for me.  We are going to try raised bed in boxes this year for some things.  We were very successful with the raised beds in the ground, but hard to maintain the weeds.  The tomatoes and cukes are still going into the ground where we have the fencing up for them.  I hope to get the peppers into one of the beds and not sure what else at this point (that bushy green thing below is the horseradish I got from a friend last year that we can start to harvest next year).

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Really disappointed in what hasn’t been done, but I’m not giving up!  I will press on and we will at least have some yummy salsa in the fall!!  Gotta have that salsa!  I make it really hot for Jearl and then some nice mild with tang for me and everyone else.  I do get lots of compliments so I think the recipe I use is a really good one.  I do can it because I like to have it ready to go year round.

Failure?  No, just delayed and not as good as it could have been.  We have been redeemed by our Lord and Savior, we are not failures!

How’s your garden growing?  Trying any new techniques or plants?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Joy Comes in the Morning

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Psalm 30:5 NKJV
For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 90:13-15  NIV

13 Relent, LORD! How long will it be?  Have compassion on your servants. 14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. 

I feel as if we have had our share of trials this year.  Of course nothing compares to the losses of those around us with the floods and storms, so Lord, forgive my whining and make my heart glad!  We continue to have some serious challenges with the foster child we still have.  As many of you know we took the two brothers back in hopes of being able to still help them.  Once the second brother arrived everything fell apart.  The older brother that had come back to us first started manifesting many dangerous behaviors and we had to have him removed again for the safety of my son and his brother. 

We decided to still try to work with the younger brother, who is now almost 10, but alas, it is not to be.  My son who is 7 has now been exposed to behaviors that are VERY unacceptable.  We have given our required two week notice and I am afraid we will not be able to keep him any longer.  We are now on “lock down” where I supervise the boys every moment.  They must be in my vision every moment.  I am mostly a stay at home mom, so this can get challenging when I must leave the room.  The rule is, my son comes with me and stays with me when I must attend to something.  I can leave no room to chance anymore at this point.  It will be a stressful week, but with God we are more than able.

It is sad that we did not have a better outcome, but the well being of my child has already been violated and his innocence broken.  We knew we didn’t want to have older children in our home and we broke our own rule.  We have now paid the price and so has our son.  I pray that God can erase from his memory the things he has seen and been shown to do.  What fools we have been.  I repent and ask for forgiveness and I know my God hears my voice. 

I’m sure that everyone else already knows this, but if you are looking for insight into fostering, I HIGHLY recommend that you DO NOT take any children near the age or older than your child. DON’T DO IT!!  You just never know.  We happened to get one of the worse case scenarios you can get and it was our first time out.  We are fairly angry with our agency because they had to have known to some degree if not all.  We asked the questions, just evidently not the exact right ones in the exact right way, because we were constantly led to believe that this was all new to them.  Everyone in the system that I have spoken to that is involved with this case has said it was one of, if not THE, hardest case they have every had.  So now what do you think??  My response has not been so joyous as I have heard this repeated on different occasions. 

We are picking up the pieces and moving on. We will try again.  I hope we have a better experience.  We have been assured by many that not all in the system are such rough cases.  We will try with perhaps age 5 and under, maybe younger. 

I have not had the time or felt like blogging.  I was pretty close to just shutting it down for now, but I love to babble and this is such a good outlet for that, isn’t it?  Seriously, I just have a lot I want to share and learn from fellow bloggers.  We really want to get this homestead stuff going.  We just haven’t had the time or resources to do much.  With the heavy rains and our schedule, I have not even gotten the garden in yet!!  I will share in a separate story.  Enough for now.  Blessings to all.  Praying for joyous weekends for all of you. 

Any challenges in your life lately you would like to share?  Better yet, are you confident that Jesus will walk you through every one of them?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Boy(s) are Back

2011 Samuel's scorpion lego creationFinally, an update to our foster story.  Things have been pretty crazy around here for many different reasons (sickness, schedules, weather, etc.).  I have missed blogging and am making a goal to blog at least 3 times per week if not more, if my schedule allows it.  Lately, the weather has kept me from blogging until I found out about Live Writer and now I can write without being online and post later, yeah! Smile

I’m not going to go into any details because I don’t quite have this confidentiality thing down.  For the related posts to this story see HERE and HERE.  Basically, we have one of the boys back and we should be getting the other brother sometime this week.  It was a long drawn out process and lots of prayer and faith.  We are believing that God will get us through this and that He will do a work in the boys’ lives.

Our hope is to be able to care for these boys while they wait for reunification with their family.  It has only been about 4 days now and we have already had several trials.  We knew it would be difficult because of the behavior problems.  Like I said, we are walking in faith and believing that God will do a work.  I’m sure we’ll have more trials to overcome when we add in the other brother, but God can do anything and He will get us through this.

It was God who broke my heart over the situation with these boys and I know we can trust Him to carry us through it.  I appreciate those of you who have communicated with me that you are keeping us in your prayers.  It means a lot to us.

What challenges have you faced lately, and have you remembered to trust God to get you through them?

Monday, May 2, 2011

2011 Flood in Southern Illinois

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Lots of bad weather lately down in our neck of the woods.  My internet has been off more than on.  It is actually off right now and I am able to write this and hopefully post later.  All of the above photos are in areas that should NOT have any water!  The lower right one is some flooded farmland and the others are from the highway where the water has threatened to close (and some are actually already closed) our roads.  

The road we live on has an East and West and the West end has been closed for almost a week now.  We are currently getting more rain and there are areas south of us that have had to evacuate their towns.  It is very sad.

There is a lot of sandbagging going on in our area.  Many volunteers have stepped up to help out their neighbors.  Below is a picture of the Army Corps of Engineers who have been transporting sand bags in needed areas.
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There was also an onslaught of of tornados in the southern states of Alabama and five other surrounding states.  The reports I heard were about 160 tornados in about 1 week and over 300 deaths.  Our prayers go out to all the individuals and families devastated by these storms.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Testing of my Faith

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:2-8 NIV

Testing of my faith produces perseverance . . . ?  Yes, I believe it does.  Mature and complete, lacking nothing. . . sounds good to me.  When I grow up. . .   are we there yet Lord?  Lacking wisdom, just ask?  I'm asking Lord.  Really need some wisdom.  I will believe and NOT doubt!  I will NOT be double-minded.  I refuse to be unstable.

Several posts back, I believe it was March 20, I mentioned I would follow up on some developments.  Well, those developments had to do with the foster children.  It has been a roller coaster ride that is not yet over.  The boys have some behavioral issues and it had gotten so bad that weekend that we had to call in some outside help and ended up having the boys moved out of our home.  I was very sad and distraught over the incident and actually made an appeal to my husband to give the boys another chance.  He agreed, but when I called the agency back, they were not in agreement.  We felt it was a lesson learned in many respects and thought we would just move on.

Here we are several weeks later and the agency calls us back and says they have not been able to find a placement for the boys.  They are still in emergency care and are in need of a home.  They have asked if we would consider taking them back.  It has been a hard decision.  We have sought our Lord in the matter to do what is in His will.  I will need to call them tomorrow to give our answer.

I will plan to follow this post up with an update.  I will plan to be more regular in my posts.  I will choose to do what is right, not necessarily what I "feel" like doing or not doing.

May you have a blessed day.  What has the Lord called you to do today?

Photo courtesy darktaco at stockxchng

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

 
Thanks to Living the Ruth Life in an Eve World for nominating me!

In order to completely accept this award it is asked that one:
1. Thank and link back to the person that has given you this award.
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3. Award 10-15 blogs you feel deserve this award as well.
4. Contact these bloggers and let them know about the award.
 
 
About me:
1. I was born in Hawaii.
2. I have two brothers and no sisters.
3. I have been married for 17 years.
4. I choose Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
5. My favorite color is blue.
6. I love the privilege of homeschooling my son.
7. I can't wait until we can get some chickens, goats, and maybe ducks (and more farm animals in the future).

Monday, March 21, 2011

Freely Educate Homeschool Resource

If you don't already know about this site, I highly encourage you to visit Lori at one of her blogs, Freely Educate.  She has some fantastic finds and what a blessing she is to the homeschool community (or any one else who visits her site).

I also encourage you to visit her other sites and click on some of her links to help support the great work she is doing.  I recently followed one of her posts about a free bird kit to order for our homeschool coop and also for my son.  We were just working on some bird stuff and this came at just the right time.  Her most recent post has to do with a free online typing course for older children.  Hop on over to her blog and enjoy!!

disclaimer:  I have not been asked to give this review, nor have I been compensated in any way.
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