Month: March 2013

  • Sunday Sum-Up!

    I haven’t actually *posted* in a week – the past seven days of blog entries were either re-posts or re-worked posts… so you have no idea how I’m doing over here.  So I would have to say that it’s time for a summary of what we had going this past week, no?

    • We’ve gotten about THIRTY GALLONS of sap from the eight six trees that we tapped (NoTe: apparently two were not maples).  Still, I wasn’t expecting that much!  So my stove has been on all day, every day, as we boil down the sap to syrup, with three BIG stock pots full of waiting sap at any given time.  And this was just a trial year – just an experiment on a handful of trees!  Do you know how many more sugar maples we have??  If we were to do any more, though, I would want to build an outdoor woodstove for it.  Honestly?  I’ve wanted one for years, anyhow.  And I just found THE most beautiful one EVER.  Could we build it?  I’m thinking it doesn’t look too terribly bad… and my honey is REALLY good with metal.  So… we’ll see if I can talk him into it.  But syruping has been really effortless and fun, this year – the kids LOVE running out with a mid-size kettle to collect sap throughout the day.

    • I broke down my Pinterest a little last week.  I thought if I added five boards and broke up the ones I had, it would make them easier to read… you know, instead of ‘Holiday and Feasts’ have a ‘Celebrations’ and ‘Feasts’… instead of a crazy-long homeschool board, have one for projects, one for useful links.  Like that.  But honestly, five boards did NOT make a difference.  And it took a long time.  Maybe I just need to stop pinning stuff to the dadgum thing, eh?  Or I need five more boards…  how many pins do you think should be the doable limit per board?  I have a limit of 200 with a goal of 100, but… not sure.
    • We have been catching up on our charcoal drawings – remember, I dropped poetry for faerie tales this year, and so we’re doing our art based on that, instead.  But I didn’t do it until after the new year (2013), so we’re a bit behind.  Still… it’s been fun to sit down and sketch together.  As a ‘lighter’ week of school… I gave them off for the holy days, of course.
    • For the first time in TWELVE YEARS, our bedroom is baby-paraphenalia free.  This week, we took down the diaper-changing station that was the top of our dresser.  I put away the box of diapers (apparently I had a few of each size left over as we outgrew them, and ended up with a full diaper box of diapers… all sizes!).  I turned the wipe/diaper rack into a sock rack for the kids – since now I have two different sizes: big kid socks and little kid socks.  But my dresser has LAMPS and a runner on it… it’s pretty!  We also moved the wardrobe up from the basement (heavy mutha!) and set it in where the crib used to be.  We cleaned it up, and had to build new shelves for the inside of it (not sure where they went during the decade or more it’s been in storage), but now we have room to put our clothes, again!  And it looks SOOOO different in our room!  Very spacious and nice.
    • We also had to completely re-do the kids’ computer station.  What. A. Mess.  But there wasn’t room at the table for FIVE of them (or five chairs), so instead of having the table against the wall, I have turned it perpendicular, now.  So two on one side, three on the other works better… but it eats up a TON more room.  It will take some getting used to.  We *really* need to add on a schoolroom.  Another bedroom wouldn’t be bad, either.
    • For those of you on FaceBook, there has been a HUGE explosion of red equal signs all over the  place.  And in the other team’s profiles, a HUGE explosion of unequal signs (or red man/woman bathroom signs).  I. Am. LOVING it!!  I keep posting the same thing everywhere:
      “The problem that *I* have with this is that I don’t like christians expecting the world to hold to Biblical standards. They aren’t going to – they’re THE WORLD, remember? The fact of the matter is that when you take away their choice, you only set up yourself for them taking away YOUR choices, later.  Yes, I believe in the God-given relationship of man/woman. But I believe in His giving people the choice to obey or not. For these people to foist their beliefs on others is taking that choice away – and the Lord would NEVER condone that. It’s stripping people of freedom/free will/choice. And I protest that more than what’s being protested, here.”

    Anyhow, I think this thing RAWKS, and for two reasons:  First, the christians I post this on (who are protesting gay rights) all *like* what I write.  WTHeck?!!?!?  It’s freakin’ hilarious.  And secondly, it has taken ALL of the attention off ‘the Ishtar/Easter week’.  Nobody posting about Lent winding down, or Maundy Thursday, or how to make resurrection rolls or Tomb topiaries (<< big thing on Pinterest, I’ve noticed).  The gay issue had totally eclipsed the Ishtar mess, and I’ve been BLESSEDLY free of having to slog thru Jee-zus and Easter pictures.  Until today, of course, but I can vacate FB’s feed for one day.  It’s. Been. Wonderful!!

    • I cut my finger this week.  You know those apple do-hickeys that you push down on an apple, and it slices and cores them at the same time?  Well, I pushed it down into my thumb, accidentally.  It takes real talent to do what I did.  The good news is that the slice was so thin, the skin kind of seamed back together, so it didn’t bleed out, much.  The bad news is that it was pretty deep, and bled a lot internally, so the end of my thumb is REALLY, really bruised and sore.  It’s amazing how much you need a thumb for, and don’t realize it until after the dadgum thing is out of commission.  Take brushing teeth for example.  Ever try to do it without a thumb?  It gets reeeeeeal interesting.

    • Our Pesach was a TOTAL hit, this year.  Brian presided most smoothly over our dinner, the food  was delicious (even Ellie got a treat – we gave her the shank bone when we were finished), and we had a really good time.  My mother wanted us to come to her Pesach Seder, but I don’t regret our decision in the slightest.  I wrote about several things that went down in that whole fiasco protectedly, yesterday – there’s just no point to getting into the gory details out here.  I just feel that the Seder is one of the most holy times of the year – and it’s my life, too.  I can choose NOT to have it defiled.  And I can be clear to my children as to why it’s so important to be obedient and honor Yehovah.  And while they can consider me ‘the brat’ for not cooperating all they like, calling and asking to bring doughnuts to my house during an unleavened week just solidifies my allegation that they DON’T keep the feasts in obedience.
    • We lost a bunny this week.  R.I.P, Moe… he was one of the first New Zealands that we got, and we had him for five years – that’s good, for a bunny.  But it means that Ruthie is going to go soon, too – she’s his sister, and we got her at the same time.  I’d be sad, but they’ve had nice, long lives and have been well cared for.  We almost lost two goats, too – Aaron (5) and Owen (3) wanted to visit the does, and left the gate open.  Brian headed them back my way, and I managed to get them back in the pen, but… wha, it was exciting, for a while, there!
    • I told you that we had to have a tree taken down, half of which fell on the goat pen, the other half of which was totally rotted and likely to fall on a) rabbits, b) chickens, c) goats, or d) my daughter’s room.  With it being ‘March Winds’ season, I wasn’t keen on that thing being up in the air like that.  So we had it taken down… and as a major tree-hugger, I had issues.  So imagine my issue-full-ness the next morning when MORE tree hackers arrived – these ones NOT hired by me?  Yeah.  They mowed, and what they couldn’t mow, they buzzed with a chainsaw, and what they buzzed with a chainsaw they shoved and crunched and smashed with a front end loader.  Brian is happy – he says it’s less maintenance we have to do.  I… have issues with it.  Yes, it’s clear, but I happen to LIKE my scrub, thankyouverymuch.  And I was still recovering from the loss of the big tree (and shade) in Critter Corner.  Having them come RIGHT on the heels of that?  Not so good timing, for me.
    • Lydia has informed me that I play TripleTown wrong.  Apparently it’s all about getting points, and dying instead of buying is the name of the game.  She wants points to get horses and cats and dogs and sheep and weird backgrounds… I just want four floating castles in a row, so I can see what comes next, dadgummit!  But she mocks me for spending money on trees and bushes instead of getting cash.  I had no idea that came was competitive until my daughter looked over my shoulder and ‘tsk-tsked’ me because I only had 4K in cash, and *SHE* has 23K.  Yikes.  So apparently, I had to stop trying to stay alive and just die for the big bucks.  I did that, for one day.  Got 35K in coins, bought the winter background, and… realized that I don’t want critters mucking up the game.    So I’m back to spending my cash, again.  PS:  Nobody TOLD me ‘Cut the Rope’ was so fun!!  I found it this weekend, and now I know where Om-Nom came from.  TOO fun – better than PuddingMonsters, which I’ve yet to figure out.  The pudding monsters are fun to listen to, but I canNOT figure out what they want me to do.  At least have a shadow on the board of what shape you want me to make out of the pudding, for pity’s sake, no??
    • I had to re-figure-out Firstfruits, again.  Because every year, I forget when it’s supposed to be.  The wording in scripture is… funky.  It says it’s the day after Sabbath, according to Lev 23.  So in case you wondered, that DOESN’T mean that Firstfruits was Easter Sunday – that’s like SIX DAYS from Pesach, and Messiah rose in three days, right?  So in case you were wondering, here’s the skinny: Pesach is a Sabbath, and Unleavened Bread is a Sabbath… they’re feastly Sabbaths, so they count.  Messiah arose on Firstfruits, and that’s the third day… so if Pesach is the first day, and Unleavened is the second (and that’s the Sabbath right before Firstfruits), then Firstfruits would be the third day.  So… okay.  I got it.  Finally.  Yeesh!  Apparently I just have to talk it thru, out loud?

    Anyhow, this is getting long, so I’ll stop, now.  But as you can tell, we have been VERY busy!  When are we not, really?  What is it I always tell my kids, “only boring people get bored”?  And we never have a dull moment around here!

  • There is a protected post today, for those with access.

  • Week’s Wrap-Up

    So much has happened this week (while I’ve been re-posting and not around), that I have GOT to play a little catch up.  I know I mostly don’t do NoteWorthy’s anymore – leave it to Extinction Protocol – but half of this stuff, HE didn’t cover… so that means I got to.  I’m not posting bits of the articles – if you want to look, you will.  But here’s the links to everything that’s been going on… and some of it’s pretty big.

    EXTRA-PLANETARY NEAR MISSES ARE INCREASING 
    http://www.timeslive.co.za/…three-near-misses-in-one-weekend

    EVEN GOLD WON’T HELP, SOON 

    http://www.businessinsider.com/faber-gold-wont-be-a-place-to-hide-2013-3

    WASHINGTON STATE LANDSLIDE 
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/landslide-washington-island…425

    WHITE LANDSLIDE OF DOVER 
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news…Channel-near-Dover.html

    CATHERINE ASHTON DONE BEING EU BIG DOG 
    http://www.freiberg.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-chair-is-vacant…m

    RUSSIA ON CYPRUS CRISIS (WITH SOLANA MENTION)
    http://www.freiberg.blogspot.com/2013/03/already-there.html

    OBAMA GIVES ISRAEL GREEN LIGHT ON IRAN? 
    http://www.foxnews.com/…green-light-on-iran/

    NK CUTS ALL CHANNELS WITH SK AS WAR LOOMS
    http://news.yahoo.com/north-korea-cut-channels…1398.html

    NK: ROCKETS ON STAND-BY TO STRIKE THE U.S.
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/29/world/asia/north-korea-us-threats/index.html

    PUTIN ORDERS SURPRISE EXERCISE IN BLACK SEA
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/03/28/putin-orders-exercise

    A fine state of affairs, is it not?   I’m just… waiting.  That’s what I do, anymore.  Just wait.  Because I know what’s coming, I just don’t know when, and there’s nothing to be done but sit back and wait, at this point…

  • Firstfruits!

    “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the Firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it” Leviticus 23:9-11.

    Firstfruits is the third of seven feasts the Lord… it was when they gave the Lord the first of the harvest.  This is terribly poignant – Because Yeshua Ha’Masiach is the first of the dead that was resurrected.  And that resurrection is a fulfillment of this prophecy. 

    And if we believe God, then His Son was raised on FirstFruits. 

    For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised, And if Christ be not raised, then your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished… But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His Coming.  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom of God…   – 1 Corinthians 15:16-18, 20-24

    Paul wrote this in the New Testament to confirm that Yeshua indeed fulfilled the feast instituted thousands of years before His birth.  Is that not incredible?  What’s more incredible is that there is a promise tacked on the end – while Christ fulfilled it… it was only as the first of those yet to come.  There will be more resurrected!  Christ the Firstfruits is come and risen!!

    Now something that need addressing is the fact that some people believe that because Christ resurrected on Firstfruits, we will, too.  I don’t know.  But even so, Messiah, come!

    When is Firstfruits?  The wording in scripture is… funky.  It says it’s the day after Sabbath, according to Lev 23.  So in case you wondered, that DOESN’T mean that Firstfruits was Easter Sunday – that’s like SIX DAYS from Pesach, and Messiah rose in three days, right?  So in case you were wondering, here’s the skinny: Pesach is a Sabbath, and Unleavened Bread is a Sabbath… they’re feastly Sabbaths, so they count.  Messiah arose on Firstfruits, and that’s the third day… so if Pesach is the first day, and Unleavened is the second (and that’s the Sabbath right before Firstfruits), then Firstfruits would be the third day.  So… okay.  I got it.  Finally!!

  • Counting the Omer

    “And you shall count for yourselves from the morrow of the Shabbat, from the day on which you bring the Omer offering, seven complete weeks they shall be; until the morrow of the seventh week, you shall count fifty days… And you shall proclaim that very day a holy festival.”   Leviticus 23:15-21

    There are fifty days between Pesach (Passover) and Shavuoth (Pentecost).  In the Bible, we are commanded to count every single one of these days… and I gave the scripture above, just for you.  ((wink!))  Anyhow, I (being raised a christchun) have never done this.  Like most christchuns, I wasn’t taught that we were supposed to keep His commandments if we claimed to love Him.  ((Don’t get me started.))  So I had NO idea there was even such a thing as a counting of the Omer.  Thank you, good  ol’ Sunday School.  They had me waving palm fronds like the fickle unbelieving Jerusalem Jews for ‘Easter’ when I was a kid, but to celebrate in obedience?  Hell, no!  So imagine my surprise when I grew up and claimed the scriptures for myself… and found out that there’s this really nifty little countdown that we’re supposed to (as Jews) participate in.  ((And yes, I said I’m a Jew.  See Romans 2:28-29.))  And the nifty little countdown sure as HELL ain’t Lent.

    …Here’s what I found out (paraphrased and shortened Anna-style from multiple sites):  The counting of the Omer, stems from the biblical commandment to set aside one sheaf of barley on each of forty-nine days between the two largest spring festivals, and then to offer the barley as a sacrifice on Shavuot/Pentecost.  The Omer is the time between Pesach/Passover and Shavuot/Pentecost.  This was the time from Israel’s exodus from Egypt to their arrival at the foot of Mount Sinai… and what that symbolizes for us…. the journey from bondage to freedom.  

    This 49-day period is meant to spiritually prepare and refine ourselves. When the Jewish people were in Egypt for 400 years, they had assimilated many of the immoral ways of the Egyptians. The Jews had sunk to an unprecedented level of spiritual defilement.  God stepped in and redeemed His chosen people, and they underwent a spiritual rebirth and quickly ascended to the holiest collective state they had ever reached. They were so holy, in fact, that they were compared to angels when they stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai to receive the Torah.  From the lowest lows to the highest heights in just seven weeks!

    Every year, we retrace this journey by counting the Omer.  Beginning on the second night of Pesach/Passover, we count the days and weeks. “Today is one day to the Omer,” we proclaim on the first night of the count. “Today is two days to the Omer,” “Today is seven days, which are one week to the Omer”, “Today is twenty-six days, which are three weeks and five days day to the Omer,” and so on, until: “Today is forty-nine days, which are seven weeks to the Omer.” The fiftieth day is Shavuot/Pentecost.

    Chabad.org has a page with daily readings for the Counting of the Omer.  It tells you what the short blessing is to recite, and then has a passage to be read that’s a bit longer.  I may just read them this year for the sake of doing it, and see what I learn from it and how it might bless me.  I know it won’t mean a whole lotta anything to the kids, but I want to LEARN, and learning comes by experience in many situations… so for the sake of experiencing it, that’s my plan.

    But how to count in the Omer?

    I saw this chart at Davka.org that was really kewl, and decided that this was the way I wanted to do it.   Here’s the original color-crayon chart at that site, that I ‘green-lighted’ over.  ((<<<—– ))

    The basic concept here is that you start on the red space at the top right of the chart and wind your way down to the purple, and the colors going from right to left diagonally across the chart are the 7 colors of the rainbow.  Everything else is a blend thereof.  And every day you put a barley corn on a space.

    But I couldn’t really USE this, because it’s so shoddily done, and while she/he called for other people to ‘make it better’ for her with their computer knowledge, every link (and there are like five of them) that people provided to ‘their’ version is either defunct or not workable.  So you know me…  I went to Word ((I do e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. in Word)) and tried to take the concept and make it better.

    So here’s what I did…  ain’t it purty?  Wha, I do good work!  Not sure I got the colors right (hey, look what I was working off!)… but it was my best shot at it.  And it only took HALF my bloomin’ life.  ((kidding!))  Ah, but I luvvv my work!  Anyhow, for the last (five?) years, I’ve told you to click it and print, but THIS YEAR there’s a better option.  I’ve uploaded the file to K&S, and all you have to do it click here for an original copy of it:

    Omer Printable

    The colors of the .doc version are slightly different from the one shown here – if you prefer this more brighter version, you can still click the picture, click the image to enlarge, and use that.  Both options are available… and options are always nice!

    Anyhow, here’s how it works:  This whole thang is considered a mitzvah, so the count, which takes place each night, is preceded by a blessing.  ((See the Chabad link above.))  However, we may only recite the blessing if we have not missed a single night of counting. If we have omitted the counting even one night during that stretch, we may no longer recite the blessing, but instead must listen as our friend says the blessing and then do the counting.  I plan to have each member of our family glue a barley corn to the chart (was afraid I wouldn’t be able to find barley corns and thought I might have to substitute popcorn, but it’s golden).  That’ll be five per square, but they’re small, so they’ll fit. 

    But there you have it.  The meaning behind, process of, and Anna-cized version of the Counting of the Omer.  Hope that helps!!

  • Feast of Unleavened Bread

    Today begins the Feast of Unleavened Bread!

    In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’s passover.  And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.  Leviticus 23:5-6

    So the next question would be ‘what is the feast of unleavened bread for?’

    And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt: therefore you shall observe this day, throughout your generations, as an ordinance for ever. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, and so until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses; for if any one eats what is leavened, that person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a sojourner or a native of the land.” (Exodus 12:17-19)

    What relevance do the Days of Unleavened Bread have to Christ-Followers? The Feast of Unleavened bread memorialized Israel’s deliverance from a life of slavery under Pharaoh after the slaying of the Passover lamb, but it also now represents the Christian’s deliverance from a life of sin under Satan after the slaying of Jesus Christ, the “Lamb of God.”

    “Cleanse out the old leaven (sin) that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened (sinless). For Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1 Corinthians 5:7-8 RSV)

    Those are NT words from Paul – who obviously held that the feast observance was to be kept even after Christ’s death, to remember that it was a fulfillment of God’s feast that Christ delivered us from our sins.  I also find it interesting that in Acts 20:6, Luke records the NT church observing the feast of unleavened bread, as well.  Key to that is the fact that Luke was the only writer in the Bible who wasn’t a Jew.  And he was observing it, too.  Precedence was set… what happened, church?

    …..more good information on it located here….

    I aslo thought that maybe some of you might like to do the lapbooks that I put together (free) here on the site.  But since the links are always easy for you to find, and for the sake of convenience, here they are, again:

  • … Beginning at Sunset, Tonight!

    I have put together enough posts to get me thru the entire week
    (all pre-set to post at 11:11am, every day)…
    so I’m going to be making myself scarce.  It will be nice to take a break.

    Chag Pesach Sameach!

  • Pesach Preparations

    PReFaCe:  A friend on FB linked me to Hebrew4Christians, where they told here there are 15 steps of the passover because Passover is on the 15th of the month, and this number and that number adds up to 15… and I directed them – and her – to Leviticus 23:5… which says Passover is the 14th day of the month, hello.  H4C deleted my comment.  Wouldn’t want Truth to get out.  As for my friend, the comment under mine was about a Seder they were going to on 11 Nissan.  I mourn.  Because no matter how much Truth I try to give people, the reject it for lies, and choose their way over His.  Even my friends.  I… don’t know what else I can say to you.  Except that I have done my best.  Your choice is ultimately yours.  And that I *BEG* you to please, please check scripture before even believing ‘Hebrews4Christians’… because if it doesn’t match the Bible, I don’t care WHAT it is, it’s not true.  (/PReFaCe)

    Well, Thursday (10 Nissan, Gen 12:3) we brought home our lamb,
           …and Friday/Saturday we saw in the last Shabbat before the redemption feast…
                  …and here we are, on Sunday – embarking on our leaven hunt

    I love this day, and hate it at the same time.  Love it, because it’s fun to go thru and take all of the bread, crackers, cookies and pastries out of the house.  Hate it because one must get REALLY creative when they have to go a week with no leaven.  Meals get interesting.  But even that is a kind of an adventure!

    And we should probably re-touch on the topic of how legalistic to be about this.  It says ‘do not eat any leaven’ in Leviticus 23:6.  In Exodus 12: 18-19 it says not only will you not eat it, but you will not have it in your home.  So we remove the leaven from our home (where we live) and make sure not to eat any leavening during the 7 days of Pesach… but I don’t go crazy and burn all the bread, freak out and vacuum behind the fridge in case there’s a crumb somewhere.  It’s obedience, not legalism.  At my house, everything gets taken out to the camper for a week… or put downstairs in the basement.  Because we don’t live in either of those places – they’re not the ‘home’.  That’s just how it works for us.

    I found a free printable placemat for the kids to color for our feast (HERE), and a seder clock, for them to follow along with when we have our feast (HERE).  I love both of them, and just had to share with you.  Something new for this year!

    I won’t be posting tomorrow… but if you’d like to read previous Pesach posts:

    I have to tell you… my friend V believes that we’ll be raptured during the spring feasts.  I can see some of the reason she would think so – Yehovah Elohim delivered Israel out of Egypt/the world on this day and Yeshua ben Yosef delivered mankind from their sins on this day… and so it would make sense that Yeshua ben David would deliver mankind from the Tribulation to come on this day.  I see that, and would NOT protest if it were true.  In fact, I think the timing is perfect – there are a lot of big changes going on, right now.  The Pope, Israel’s gov’t, etc… why not this, too?  I’m all for it.

    But in the meantime, I prepare for the feast.  It’s a time of prayer and putting my perspective in the right place, and so I wish you and yours the best for Pesach… and I’m gonna scoot along and be with my family.

    Have a blessed day!

  • Inserting a little Humor

    I’m a ‘Words of Affirmation’ kinda gal, in case you’ve ever gotten into the ‘Five Love Languages’ thing.  And my husband?  NOT a man of many words.  So I got this idea off Pinterest last summer, to put a frame and dry-erase marker on the microwave, so he could leave me little ‘morsels’ of endearment as he went to work (since I crave them).  But… um, the kids got involved, and… well… look how it’s going:

    Mind boggling, some days.  But I think that about sums it up, around here.  LoL!!