"The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." Titus 2:3-5

About Me

Oregon, United States
I am a happy, Christian, wife and post-homeschooling mother. I have spent the last several years homeschooling and now I am "adjusting" to a new season of life as "empty nester". In 2010 we moved to be Host/Caretakers at a Bible Camp. We look at our ministry here as preparing the way for the gospel to be shared as well as encouraging believers in their daily walk. I am a farmgirl at heart and love the country, I love gardening and food preserving. I also, love tea parties!! I also have a Titus 2 heart and want to share with anyone willing to listen and learn. I love having friends over and teaching them how to make bread or put up pickles. And as we work, I love to encourage them to love their husbands and their children and to be Keepers at Home and all that implies and I love that you let me do that here!! Hope you enjoy visiting my farm and walking through a journey in life with me.......I hope at some point in time I can encourage you in your walk and in your home..........

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Titus 2 Day

I am sad to have no pictures of our day together....
but we just started up our meetings again now that the
holidays are over. We are only going to
meet once a month, that way we can meet just
a little longer and do more.
This month we focused on:
"Peace in Perilous Times"
Everything we did was in an effort to help
bring peace to our own hearts as well as
our families and in our home.
As they arrived I had bread dough ready to go and
each rolled out Cinnamon Bread. The point was, when you
make a batch of bread, once in awhile do a cinnamon one for
a treat, nothing like Cinnamon Toast with a bowl of
hot cereal on a cold winters morning. Sounds
peaceful right?? Making our families happy and
contented brings PEACE.
Then I had our soup done to a point, meat browned, veggies
chopped, and it had to be boiled for just 5 minutes
before you could can it in the pressure canner.
Food ready to go in the pantry keeps us at PEACE.
So, we enjoyed lunch together and then had a short devotional
about peace in our lives. Peace comes when we draw
closer and closer to God. When we are close to
Him, we will be able to trust Him more
and that brings PEACE to our whole household.
Then we did a project that is fun to use with homeschool
curriculum or just for a fun scrapbook project idea. We made
a Lap Booklet with Minit Books inside.
Lap books are a file folder folded to the center so it
opens like shutters and you put different bits of
information or pictures or whatever on the little
booklets that you glue inside. Fun for all
ages. Once the older kids master the little
books, they can help the younger ones.
Busy children on a cold winters day
is very PEACEFUL indeed. :)
Then I showed them how to use a fabric pen
and write a verse on a piece of fabric to
embroider. Scripture on your walls is a
very good thing.....it reminds us of God and
who He is and keeps our minds focused
on Him throughout the day. Which brings
more PEACE to our homes.
The verse I chose is one that has ministered to
me ALOT lately.....
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect PEACE,
whose mind is stayed on thee."
Isaiah 26:3
So, some knew embroidery and some learned that day
as we moved on and learned how to do a granny
square. Some knew crochet and some had to
learn. So, at that point we just spent the next
bit of our time crocheting or embroidering
and encouraging one another. :)
All in all it was a very PEACEFUL day. :D
Next month, we will do two more embroidery stitches
and possibly work on crocheting a bit more. And
some other fun things I have up my sleeve. :) Our
theme next time is PREPAREDNESS.
(But not to an extreme, just some things we
can easily do).....which also brings PEACE!!
If you are ever interested in doing your own Titus 2 group,
Lisa at New Harvest Homestead
on my side bar will send you a free meeting
guide. It has some fun ideas and encouragement
for how to start a group.

A "Winter White Tea"

Lot's of preparations........
Snowflake cookies in the making!! I like to cut out these stars,
when bakedput a squiggle of white frosting from
point to point, at the tips add a little
silver candy ball and.....voila......snowflakes!!
I actually accomplished making ALL the bread for this tea!!
I always get at least one of them made, but this time
I got them all done. :)
For a "Winter White Tea" everything is white and snowy!!
The Menu
1. Frozen Lime Mousse
2. Apple-Walnut Scones with
Honey Butter and Peach Jam
3. Cucumber with herbed butter on
white, topped with a slice of wheat
Cream Cheese with pineapple on white
Herbed Chicken on herb bread
4. Snowflakes
Snowballs (Russian Tea Cakes)
White Chocolate Rocky Road
5. More Snowballs
(Vanilla Ice Cream rolled in Coconut)
Before the ladies came.......
I always try to keep everything as white as I can
with touches of gold......
This is our back sunroom/dining room. This is the
first time I have offered seating here.....and the
ladies loved it!! It worked out
very well.

The centerpiece is fun!! I saw this in a little tiny
photo down on the corner of the page
in Victoria magazine years ago....
It is a pear, sprayed gold, hollowed
out and filled with a small bouquet.

I found these gold sprays of acorns and berries
at an after Christmas clearance for pennies!! Then
added a silk rose to each one from my collection.
Sometimes if I feel I can it is fun
to put a real rose in there. :)
There was white hanging around everywhere.......
This is an old dress we found years ago at a second
hand store. My youngest daughter was about 10 and loved
dressing up. For around $3 I was able to get this
and surprise her for Christmas that year. Along with
a little white tea pot. Fun days gone by......
This little dress is actually mine!! I really wore it!!

I actually saw the idea for this wreath on a blog I looked at one
day.....I think she was using something a bit nicer....I just
used some batting I had and wrapped it around a straw
wreath and added some white flowers and gold and white bow!!
Oh......and if you know me......I couldn't stop inside......(lol)
See the wonderful frost on the wire!!
The day before tea was quite warm, I was thinking......
Lord, it is a bit warm in this back room for a
Winter Tea........
The next morning, my husband got up and peeked out the
window and said, "you are not going to believe this"....
We were having a frosty fog!!!!! It was awesome
and the perfect backdrop for a
"Winter White Tea".
All the ladies thought so as well, no one
minded that we had two days of frosty fog, all because
of my tea I am sure. ;)

After a couple days the fog left and I was left with the
wonderful afterglow of a lovely winter event........