Tuesday, January 29, 2013

It's a good thing we played outside all yesterday. It's been raining all night and day and Jeremiah said it's supposed to start snowing tonight. That's Missouri for you. It was 68 yesterday.

I'm trying to decide who he looks like here.

Planting trees.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

4 Little Turkeys

The kids got a bowling set for Christmas and set them up the other day for a few rounds.
Also, as you can see, Jeremiah finished the kids wall where he had previously taken out the door and window. Hurray!

"Mama take my picture quick!"
She always wants me to take her picture, but she never smiles. I have to catch her on the fly-

like this.

* If you are wondering how the bread-making is going, click here to see what that idea turned into...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

One Little Sentence

We started reading through The Golden Children's Bible in school today during writing practice time. Its the first "subject" we do in the morning and its a great way to be in the word with the kids every day.

Of course we started in Genesis, since that's where the cool people start reading their bibles, and even though I've read that part dozens of times, its so awesome to see Jesus there in the very beginning. It blows my mind to think that every story, every chapter in the Old Testament points to Jesus in the New Testament.

Like when Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden for eating the apple, and
"The Lord made garments of skin for Adam and for his wife and clothed them."

It seems like such a simple statement, not anything special. But oh, how awesome it is! Because it is such a picture of Jesus on the cross and what he did for us.

Adam and Eve didnt know they were naked until they ate from that tree God told them not to eat from. They disobeyed.
And sin came into the world for the very first time.
And then they realized with shame that they were naked, so they hid and sewed themselves coverings made of leaves. And God walked through the garden and asked where they were ( like He didnt know) and listened to the whole story, which mainly consisted of them blaming someone else for causing them to sin.
Then he gave them their punishments and made them clothing from animal skins so they could hide their nakedness and sent them on their way to live out their days in sweat, blood, and tears.

"The Lord made garments of skin for Adam and for his wife and clothed them."

God took the life of an animal. He killed it so that Adam and Eve could be clothed by it and not feel the shame of the sin that caused them to realize they were naked. The bible says that before the Fall,  the animals in the garden ate of the plants and grasses there, they were all vegetarians. There were no predators and prey. God took something innocent and slaughtered it for His people who didn't deserve to be clothed in good things. But He did it because they were his children, even if they were sinners, and He loved them.

How beautiful a foretelling of Jesus' sacrifice that is. Jesus, whom God dearly loved, who never sinned, who was completely innocent, was nailed on that cross to be our covering. The sin that causes us to realize how naked we are before the Almighty God needed an atonement. It needed to be covered over in good things so we could once again be able to come before God in all His holiness. And God took something innocent and slaughtered it for His people who didn't deserve it, because they were his children, even if they were sinners, and He loved them.  Jesus' robes of righteousness cover every sin, every shame; past, present, and future.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:7-9

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 1 Peter 1:18:20

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Remember Me?

So my last post was the middle of November. I am going to try to be better about that. Who knew one little baby added to our family could be such a distraction from blogging? But, in his defense, he is a really cute baby...

Generally I don't do New Years Resolutions. They are good in theory, but in reality, I am lazy and easily distracted ( see above) and sometimes I don't remember that I even made a New Year's Resolution until, like, May, and by then its like why bother?
This year I do have some goals and it just happens to be the start of a New Year so hey lets do this!


I have wanted to learn how to make bread from scratch for a long time, because even though I can get it pretty cheap at the store, I've come to realize cheap is not always better. And I think its a good skill to have. And I love bread. So if I know how to make it then I can have bread whenever I want. Yippee!

But woman can not live on bread alone! So here is a list of other bread-y things I am determined to learn to make myself this month:

biscuits *
doughnuts oh yeah
french bread
cinnamon swirl bread
pizza dough
sandwich bread
graham crackers

thats a tall order, but with pinterest and a lot of flour, I think I can do it.

I can cross biscuits off my list already because I totally nailed this recipe this week. Best biscuits ever. And dont think you can not use buttermilk and just add some vinegar to regular milk(pinterest fail btw). It wont work trust me, you will end up with ugly biscuits that could double as hockey pucks. Go to the store and get some buttermilk!  You can make the dough and cut out the biscuits and freeze them for later. I did this and there was no difference between those and the ones I cooked right away.