Mandala’s and Yoga


I thought about posting this article about adult coloring books and mandalas on my fb page but then decided most of the readers there are probably not interested in hearing this.  I think ya’ll are open to other perspectives and learning, so I am sharing it here.

I know for me it was a real eye opener.  While it only mentions yoga in the comments, I included that in the title because I hope you will read through all the comments and take to heart what she says about Yoga and Mandalas.

PLEASE read this with an open mind.  I searched through several adult coloring books on Amazon and bought one that is produced by Christian Press and was extremely disappointed to find it has 8 mandalas in it.  I am tearing those pages out and burning them.  My next book I will need to take even more time to look through it!

I will not be posting any example of mandalas on here.  The author of the article has photos in her article, but I don’t feel comfortable doing that.  I did my own research on mandalas too and everything she says is spot on.

Folks, this is nothing to mess with!  I have many christian friends who unknowingly open themselves up to evil spirits through yoga, through thinking the spirits in their house are “cute” and “friendly” when they turn off lights in the house or move items around.  They might start out this way, but as the lady in the article states, eventually their true colors show and then it becomes frightening.

I hope you will take this warning to heart!  I am posting it because I kare about you.  Truly I do! =)

 

 

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Olive Oil from Israel


I am SO excited!  I just placed my first order for olive oil from Galilee Green.

I had a dear friend recommend it to me.  She has been using it and loves it.  They have an automatic shipment that comes every 90 days right to your door.  I know the value of a quality olive oil, so rather than risk getting diluted oil at the store, I am ordering this.

This is from their website:

Enjoy our Premium Boutique Olive Oil

canOur Galilee Green Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil is among the finest you can find anywhere in the world. The olives are lovingly harvested from Olive Groves in Northern Israel.

It’s a mild blend of Barnea, Coratina and Koroneiki varieties. Each of these varieties are grown and harvested here in the Galilee and nurtured by the waters of the Jordan River. It’s very smooth and mild when you taste it with just a bit of a tang a few seconds later. You’ll love its delicate fragrance.

chatam soferYou can trust you’ll be getting 100% pure Olive Oil, and it is certified kosher under the supervision of Rabbi Shlomo Didi of local Kinneret-Emek HaYarden Rabbinic Council as well as Chatam Sofer of Bnei Brak. It is supervised Kosher which means that the olives are only picked from trees that are over three years old and all Biblical tithes are taken.  The olives are  brought directly to the olive press the same day. As part of the Kosher supervision, the machines are washed and cleaned before our oil is cold pressed.

And here is a video about how the oil is made:

What type of oil do you use?  Do you have a favorite olive oil?  Share with us in the comments!

 

 

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A Day of Rest


Oh how I love Sabbath!  Refreshment of the soul, of the body, of the mind…  I guard it carefully and look forward to it with anticipation each week!

I thought it would be fun for everyone to share what they do on this special day?  How do you set it apart?  What kind of meals do you eat?  Do you stay home and rest or go visit others?  What is your favorite thing about Sabbath?  Do you have a favorite teacher you like to listen to?  A favorite version of Scripture?

I will start.  We set the day apart first of all by not working.  We don’t wash dishes unless we run out, we don’t bake or cook from scratch, we don’t do any housework except putting the dishes neatly on the counter.

Our usual meals are cold cereal for breakfast (that’s a treat we only have once a week) and salad or sandwiches for lunch.  Sometimes we will  start a chicken in the crock pot the night before and then snack on that all day.  We usually try to have a special dessert and some chips too.  All things that we don’t normally have during the week.

We stay home 2-3 weeks out of the month.  I just find it more restful.  The other week we will drive to visit other couples or families that we know and spend the day with them.  We love doing that too!

My favorite thing about Sabbath is resting.  I don’t understand why anyone thinks that is a burden.  =)  It is such a PLEASURE!

At this time we don’t have a favorite teacher, but in the past we have enjoyed Rico Cortes, Test Everything, Zach Bauer and others.

Our favorite two versions of Scripture at this point are The HalleluYah Scriptures and The Scriptures.

Please share with us!  I am so excited to hear all the responses!  Make it as long as you want!

 

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What is Leavening?


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When we first began this journey 6 years ago I had no idea what we were in for! I’m so glad everything was not revealed at once because it would have been so overwhelming! Can anyone relate?

Like many others we saw the traditions and errors of christianity and jumped right into the traditions and errors of Judaism.

It has been a continuous process of questioning, studying, learning, changing and then starting all over again. I used to feel like I knew all the right answers. Apologetics it was called.   I had the verses memorized and the words were ready to be said at any moment. Now I wonder how I could ever have all the answers. Even the simplest thing like what is leavening must be questioned and researched!

For the first years that we kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread we searched the entire house for any crumb of bread, any box of food with yeast in it, gave away our yeast, etc. It was lovely to have the house so thoroughly cleaned once a year, but then something occurred to me that made us do things differently this year.

Yeast only leavens if it is added to other ingredients. Also bread that is baked no longer has active yeast. If you leave out a jar of yeast or a piece of bread, it is not going to leaven anything.

HOWEVER, there is a type of leavening that would be able to do this. It’s called sourdough. If sourdough is left out, even without adding anything, it will create leaven. In fact, if water is added to flour and left out, it can also create leaven. I believe THIS is what we are to remove from our house! Yes, we could also rid the house of all yeast and yeast bread… but those are not going to do any leavening on their own.

This year we did throw out or give away our yeast (we don’t have much any more, we are trying not to use it as much these days), yeast breads and crackers and we cleaned out the toaster and some basic cleaning, but the main thing we did was use all the sourdough so that there is no *live* leavening in the house.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this!

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Unschooling


I just wanted to share this article that came across my fb feed today.  It is very well articulated and basically the way we have operated in our home school, at least in the latter years…

Would love to hear your thoughts!

How To Learn All Subjects Through Unschooling

 

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Quality Essential Oils


essential-oils

For those of you who are passionate about essential oils, like I am, I wanted to make you aware of a few of my recent exciting discoveries!

For several years I was part of one of the large companies that distributes these oils and definitely saw people benefiting from the oils… but I have since found out a few things that concern me… and they should concern you too.  Take a look at this article.

The Quality of Essential Oils

Also, a lot of Direct Sales companies will jack up the prices of essential oils in order to pay their distributors, which means higher cost for us, the buyers.

So what’s a person to do?  How do we know which oils?  Which companies can we trust?  I know there are sources out there.  I personally have found one with very reasonable prices  that I am completely confident in, and I know there are others.  My recommendation would be to do your research.   Research the company.  Do your own independent study if you can.  Compare the results.  ASK ME about the company I buy from!

Read generic books and studies about essential oil quality – not those written by the companies that produce them…  for an unbiased opinion.  This book was highly recommended to me and I will be ordering it today.

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The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Every Day Wellness  *

I have other books written by folks in the top two companies, but I wanted something that wasn’t written by one of their representatives.  I’m excited to let you know what I think after I receive it on Monday!

*Disclaimer: Amazon pays me a tiny commission for referring customers to them.  This is one of the ways we can earn a small income through our blogging efforts.

 

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Meet the Animals


Rick

Ricky is almost 16 years old – which is very old for an outdoor cat.  He is a retired mouse hunter.  In his younger years he occasionally came home with battle scars, one of which gave him a permanent drool and a piece of his ear is missing.  Freddie sometimes brings him his food now, to honor him.  Ricky is every farm’s dream cat.

Fred

Freddie is 13 years old.  He is probably the most mellow cat I have ever known.  He befriended our first German Wirehair when he was bedridden with a tumor on his leg and they remained friends until death separated them.  Our current German Wirehair loves him.  Freddie worked out a trade – he lets the dog chew on him and the dog lets him eat some of his dog food.  It works well for them.

At Valerianos (13)

Little Bear is 11 years old.  This is not a recent picture, he is a little more gray now, but still just as cute and full of energy.  I never thought I would own a little dog because they are yippy and nervous, but this guy breaks the mold.  He is like a member of the family and we still fight over who gets to sleep with him at night.

cooter

Cooter is my husband’s hunting dog.  He loves to hunt birds and although he sounds ferocious when he hears the UPS man or the propane delivery truck, he is a very loving and sweet dog.  I don’t think he has a mean bone in his body.
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This is my daughter’s beloved kitty, Bamboo.  Twice in his 2 years of living here, he has gone off on adventures and we thought we lost him.  He is SO sweet and so beautiful, that we thought for sure someone decided to keep him.  Thankfully both times he also came back – mysteriously looking very fat and healthy.  =)  I guess we will never know…  He has a permanent purr and is dearly loved.

We also have goats.  If you want to meet them, visit our Nigerian Dwarf Goat website.

We plan to have chickens/chicks again this spring.  We sold our previous flock to travel out of the country and I miss having them around!

 

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Sorrowing


Yesterday morning, the morning after one of the world’s holidays for love, my daughter, Artist, opened up her instagram account to find out that a young man we know ended his own life.  He was 17 years old. This is the second person in the last 6 months that we knew personally.  In both cases I can remember the last time we saw them.

I need to tell you the story of how we know this young man.  It was almost 6 years ago.  My daughter was taking hunters ed (required in our state if you want to hunt) and I was attending with her because I have never had it either.  After one of the classes this boy and his sister came over and asked us why we wear dresses – were we Hutterite?  They were very polite, just curious.  This was the beginning…

Since we live out in the country and they live in town and we homeschool and they went to public school, we didn’t see them a lot, but every summer at the farmer’s market they would come by our table and say hello. (especially to my daughter).  They were very kind and very friendly.  Both had a sweetness about them that is unusual for the public school their generation.

One day, a couple of years ago, this boy, now a polite and handsome young man, came over to our table at the market and was talking to both of us and asked ME if he could take my daughter out for pizza with their group – on a date.  Very unusual in these days.  I said as kindly as I could that I very much appreciated him asking me, but that we do not date.  I suggested that instead he could come over to our place and get to know our family.  He declined.

We still continued to see him.  He was ALWAYS friendly and kind.  The last time we saw him last summer, he was with a girlfriend walking around the market.  He stopped and talked to us, telling us about his plans to go to a po1ice academy (or something like that).

I am feeling a heavy burden that we did not reach out MORE to this brother and sister.  I feel the pain of his sister as I read each of her posts on fb.  She is the one who found him.  Their mother is not in the picture.  I don’t know that story.  She is writing her feelings to him in letters on her fb account and we can all read them.  They are heart wrenching.  If my daughter and I are in an emotional state the past two days, I can’t even begin to fathom what his sister is going through.  I want to be there for her, but we haven’t been enough of a part of their lives for her to be comfortable with that.  I am still letting her know I am here.

Father, have compassion and kindness on this sweet young lady and draw her to Yourself! Comfort her in ways that only You can do!  I offer myself to be used in this situation however you see fit!

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Homeschooling with Torah


In a previous post, I talked about a homeschooling book titled “Heart of Wisdom” that I found to be very helpful using Torah as a foundation.  I still love that book!

However, I was very excited to find another option and I want to share it with you today!  It’s an entire curriculum especially created for those who keep Torah and the entire process has been very simplified.  The website is Homeschooling Torah and you can visit that link and check it out for yourself, but let me tell you what appealed to me about it.

  1. Everything is done and laid out for me.  It comes to me ready to go.
  2. There is a monthly cost option instead of plunking out hundreds of dollars at one time.
  3. The emphasis on Torah is critical.
  4. It comes with bonuses.
  5. They have a 30 day trial, which is refundable.

Go visit the website and let me know if you agree that this is the best thing since sliced bread! I just enrolled today!  I’m so excited to find this!

 

Disclaimer: some links in this post are affiliate links and will provide income to our family if you choose to purchase.  This is one of the ways we earn a few extra dollars to help with household expenses.  Thanks for looking!

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Quick Shout Out


I just put a link in the shop tab above and the links to the right for my daughters affiliate for Cowgirl Dirt – organic mineral makeup.  We love it!  It’s locally owned and an excellent line of makeup!  She would greatly appreciate any and all orders … and referrals!

 

 

 

THANKS FOR LOOKING!

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