Saturday, November 23, 2013

Kill the Oxen Burn the Plows



You might wonder if I have ever wished diabetes away or wondered what it would be like if I never had to take another blood sugar or give another shot. I would be untruthful if I denied that .I have had those thoughts on many occasions. Once I asked my husband, "If we ran away do you think diabetes would stay home?" The Lord healed and directed me through the following passage. 

1 Kings 19:19-21 Amplified Bible (AMP) 
19 So Elijah left there and found Elisha son of Shaphat, whose plowing was being done with twelve yoke of oxen, and he drove the twelfth. Elijah crossed over to him and cast his mantle upon him. 20 He left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, Let me kiss my father and mother, and then I will follow you. And he [testing Elisha] said, Go on back. What have I done to you? [Settle it for yourself.] 21 So Elisha went back from him. Then he took a yoke of oxen, slew them, boiled their flesh with the oxen’s yoke [as fuel], and gave to the people, and they ate. Then he arose, followed Elijah, and served him.

Elisha was working in his parents fields.  He had a job, a call, and a home.  Then the prophet of God, Elijah, asked him to follow him. Immediately Elisha kissed his parents goodbye and killed the oxen and burned the plows.  He said goodbye and burned anything that had to do with his past life.  Anytime anyone in the Bible showed regret and looked back from the call they were currently walking suffered consequences.  If I dream of the day that could be or once was.  I can be swallowed by heartache and regret.  I would not be living or walking in the blessing that is overflowing me today.  I would just look back and hope for something that was. I will never live a day again that diabetes is not a part of the road I have walked.  Even if Ryan has a miraculous healing and I never have to give another shot.  It would still be tomorrow.  Diabetes would still have been a part of my life.  I have to walk with God and not look back; live for the hope in the future; the blessings of today, and kill the oxen and burn the plows.  



For more articles on "Food, Faith, and Diabetes" click on links below:
How We found out
The Hospital
Going Home
Well Springs of the Heart
All of Us
Mommy I Pooped!!
If There is Any.....
Sorrow for the Night
I Will Try to Fix You
Kill the Oxen Burn the Plows

******How to save money and shop organic:
A few pointers from me and Beka(sister-n-law) Thanks Beka!!!! 1) Don't stress too much If the budget isn't there for organic, then it isn't there. Eating healthy homemade food is already waaaaay better than eating fast food. I have to tell myself this frequently when I'm debating spending that extra few dollars on the organic item vs one dollar for the non organic one. Sometimes, it just makes more sense to save a few dollars (I've heard some arguments against this thought process, but seriously, is buying all organic food worth the mental stress of not having enough for another bill? No, I don't think so.) On a side note, I have to say that I HATE that organic is more expensive than non. Less than 100 years ago, ALL food was organic, now we have to spend more just to buy the same veggie, just grown the way God designed it to grow. Back to the tips for buying - If there's some wiggle room, figure out which organic things are most important to you. For many people, focusing on buying organic fruits and veggies that are on the Dirty Dozen is a good place to start. 2) Look at the eat out money. If you go out to eat to a place that isn't fast food, we can easily spend more than $30. Even if we are being conservative and get water, no appetizers and stay on the cheap end of the menu, it's probably going to be $20. Well, even using organic food, making a homemade meal is going to be less than half that price and will probably be better for us anyways. 3) Make everything count extra aka, use every single possible leftover always. Don't throw anything away without asking, could I use this some other way. my big ones are: - vegetable butts (I know, strange name) I use onions and garlic in so many things. Dave eats carrots every day as a snack. I love celery. Why does this matter? It means i end up with a lot of carrot, celery and onion ends and the leftover garlic paper after I squish it through the garlic press. I call all of them vegetable butts and they go into a jar in the freezer for when I make chicken broth. This means I can make broth without having to dedicate an entire onion, etc to make the broth more tasty. Since I would otherwise throw those pieces in the trash, it feels like I'm getting free veggies. - bones - I save bones whenever possible. Organic/free range chicken and grass-fed beef are going to be more expensive than regular meat. By buying a "cheaper" cut of beef with a bone or getting a whole chicken instead of just breasts, I save a little bit of money AND get bones for broth. Yes, I also stick bones in the freezer to use later if I don't need broth right away. I also admit to taking bones home from a restaurant in a to go container to use later. - apple cores - I eat apples a lot. Instead of eating them off the core, I cut them off and put the core in a bag in my freezer. When the bag is full, I make applesauce with the cores. It helps to have a food mill to get the seeds out, but isn't absolutely necessary. You can just cook the apple cores down and fish out the seeds. 4) Make some snacks at home. Organic snacks are expensive, plus they are often just as junky as the non organic version, so why bother? I make granola bars and yogurt for snacks, and have a few recipes for larabars that I also want to try. I won't break down the price savings for all of these, but I have for yogurt. I can buy organic yogurt for 3.29 for 32 ounces. I can buy organic milk for 6/gallon. If I get the milk and make my own yogurt, I've made 4 times the yogurt for $6, instead of $13. 5) Make some condiments at home. I typically make my own balsamic vinaigrette. I alternate between buying ketchup and mustard and making my own depending on how much time I have. 6) Join a CSA. This is by far the best cost savings I have ever experienced. The one I found broke out to about 26/week for almost enough veggies and plus a little extra to freeze for later. This particular farm also let us come out on the weekends for extra veggies and fresh eggs, so I was really fortunate to find him. Unfortunately, I can't buy from him any more without spending way to much money in gas to meet him at his drop off points. 7) Cheat the meat. Pull 1/4 lb of ground meat out of any ground meat dish and replace it with 1/4 lb lentils or some other bean that would go with the dish. It's not super noticeable and after 3 ground meat meals, you have enough cheater ground meat for a whole other meal (plus the 1/4 lb of beans). The same idea can be done with ground liver, instead of beans. Liver is supposed to be good for you, but is also super cheap. Figure out what freezes well and what doesn't and how to freeze things appropriately. Peppers are so awesome. You can chop them up and just freeze them. Collards and spinach have to be blanched first. Tomatoes can go in whole after removing the core. This way if something happens to go on sale, you can get a bunch to use later at the sale price. (I think now is an appropriate time to warn you that people have accused me of having a very scary freezer. It's all the jars and bags of homemade/on sale items/veggie butts. I do label my stuff though, so it's not scary to me...) 8.) Beans, Beans and rice...Make beans the from dry beans, easy, cheap and filling. 9.) Freeze berries that are going bad and use for desserts and for smoothies:)
****Good Websites to purchase organic products:
crunchmamasgoods.com 
hardlotion.com
trilighthealth.com

****Recipe I missed Wednesday:
Turkey Meatload with feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes:
*****This recipe is very good, and yummy as leftovers.  Put it between bread and add mayo:) Yum!!!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/turkey-meatloaf-with-feta-and-sun-dried-tomatoes-recipe/index.html

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I Will Try to Fix You.....





Since the moment Ryan was diagnosed I would and still sing this song to him.  I know this is song is more about emotional healing, but it was my simple lullaby to my son.  

"Tears stream down your face"
"When you lose something you cannot replace"
"Tears stream down your face"
"And I...
"Lights will guide you home"
"And ignite your bones"
"And I will try to fix you"
Link to the ColdPlay song.  I cannot listen to it without crying. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY9b6jgbNyc



I have ventured down many roads and avenues searching for ways to "fix" Ryan.  Many opinions and ideas have been shared to me.  I have tried better blood sugar management, tried many foods that offer a "healing power" - (which by the way my two year old has turned his nose up to every single one). I've listened to sermons, read books, been prayed over, prayed for my son every night, thanked God for his healing and looked at sin in my life. The list goes on and on and on and on...... Are you exhausted yet? Because I am! As I was reading the scripture one day I came upon the story of Elijah and Jezebels prophets.



1 Kings 18:20-38
20 So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel and gathered the prophets together at Mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him." And the people did not answer him a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people, "I, even I only, am left a prophet of the LORD, but Baal's prophets are men. 23 Let two bulls be given to us, and let them choose one bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it. And I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood and put no fire to it. 24 And you call upon the name of your god, and I will call upon the name of the LORD, and the God who answers by fire, he is God." And all the people answered, "It is well spoken."25 Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are many, and call upon the name of your god, but put no fire to it." 26 And they took the bull that was given them, and they prepared it and called upon the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, "O Baal, answer us!" But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped around the altar that they had made. 27 And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, "Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened." 28 And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them. 29 And as midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice. No one answered; no one paid attention. 30 Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come near to me." And all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that had been thrown down. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD came, saying, "Israel shall be your name," 32 and with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD. And he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two seahs of seed. 33 And he put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood. And he said, "Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood." 34 And he said, "Do it a second time." And they did it a second time. And he said, "Do it a third time." And they did it a third time. 35 And the water ran around the altar and filled the trench also with water.36 And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, "O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. 37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back." 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.


The main thing I noticed about this section of scripture was that Elijah had complete confidence in God.  He even allowed the prophets to pick the best bull, take all day and do whatever they needed to get their god to show up.  He even made fun of them and their god.  The prophets cut their skin, danced around, and pleaded for their god to make himself evident.
Elijah knew that his God would display His power. He humbly offered a sacrifice, covered and surrounded the alter with water, and gave a heartfelt prayer. Through all the avenues I've looked down, the roads I've traveled, today I stand on the firm foundation that Christ is showing His power and will continue to show His power to Ry and our family.  I have complete confidence in God and His faithfulness.  All my attempts to "fix' Ryan are worthless attempts to dance before God and beg Him to help us.  He has already shown His power and sent us fire, and His heart burns for Ryan and He will continue to show us how much He loves Ryan.  The absence of Ryan's physical healing does not represent the lack of God's power.  I stand in confidence that His power is evident everyday in our lives.  The mere fact that we still have faith in His love, mercy and faithfulness makes His power very real. 
For more articles on "Food, Faith, and Diabetes" click on links below:
How We found out
The Hospital
Going Home
Well Springs of the Heart
All of Us
Mommy I Pooped!!
If There is Any.....
Sorrow for the Night
I Will Try to Fix You
Kill the Oxen Burn the Plows




"Putting on the Spirit" Book Review


 I am excited to present "Putting on the Spirit, Ten-Minute Devotional for Busy Mom."  This book looks into the fruit of the Spirit, and as mom's how we can put on the Spirit instead of our Super Mom cape.  It truly takes 10 minutes to complete each devotional!  But the most unique feature of this book is it's not only a devotional but has the characteristics of a Bible study.  You will not only review the main scripture about the fruit of the Spirit, but you will compare other scriptures, have practices and procedures to further review the concept and much more.  It also comes with a workbook to complete the study.  "Putting on the Spirit" is an easy read for any person  and takes you through a deeper look at the characteristics we all need the fruit of the Spirit.

Some of my favorite quotes:

"We understand poor in spirit to mean humble, or as Romans 12:3
says, “not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think,
but to think soberly” [in a self-restrained manner]."

"If you find yourself clothed in the Supermom cape of
independence or if you find yourself estranged from your husband,
ask the Lord to help you put off that cape and put on faithfulness."

"Our responsibility as women is to be good and to teach others to be
good—not as a matter of pride or to show that we are better than
anyone else, but so that God, his Word, and his testimony among
men are not blasphemed or shamed in any way. "

I was so encouraged and excited to read this devotional!  I was encouraged in my faith in God, and who I was as a mom, and encouraged to that I could put on the fruit of the Spirit with he help of my Heavenly Father. I was strengthened in my faith that I was not a slave to the world and it's attitudes and characteristics. I knew that I could submit my life to God and He would give me the strength to walk in the fruit of the Spirit.  I am so glad that I do not have to wear a supermom cape and I can look to my Father above to be much more than super to me!
  I most enjoyed the devo/study guide, because it was just that!  Katie did not just give a short overview of each topic and personal experience.  She encouraged us in the word with further research of the scripture, practices and daily reflection.  I am thankful for the opportunity to read this devotional and I will definitely read it again!

Click on link below after you purchase book and you can download a free copy of the corresponding workbook!






Monday, November 18, 2013

"Mommy I Pooped!!!!"


The first sign that something might be wrong was that Ryan wasn't pooping.  We had spent 10 days in Ethiopia.  I did not notice that he was not having bowel movements at first because I was dealing with jet lag. Three days after we got home it came to my attention that he had not bowel movement since we got back.  I watched him for a couple of days, and tried a few home remedies to get him moving. Finally, I took him to the doctor.  The doctor said he spent 10 days with grandparents and was probably struggling with a diet change.  He also had an ear infection. "I'll give him amoxicillan and that should help him have a bowel movement and the ear infection."  Three days later still no sign of poop.  We went back to the doctor and we were sent to the hospital.  After 24 hours of insulin and I.V. Ryan started to make grunting noises and finally he pooped.  I remembered back before we went to the hospital that he wasn't  even making the funny faces or grunting.  His body was shutting down and his body was not functioning or trying to go to the bathroom.  When he pooped I was so happy!!!!

As we returned home and lived the life with diabetes. I always have the knowledge that as sleeps Ryan could have problems and not wake up.  I especially have concerns when he takes a longer nap than usual. I think to myself,  "I wonder if he's o.k.?"  "I wonder if I should wake him up and check his blood sugar?" "What if he's just really needs sleep?" "I would feel bad if I woke him up."  " I wish he would just wake up."  As I have this conversation in my head, finally, I hear the refreshing words.  He calls from his bedroom, "Mommy, I pooped!"  "Mommy, I pooped!"  I smile and my heart and mind is finally at rest.  Poop, its a sign of life. 


One thing to remember about life is that it can get messy sometimes.  Nobody likes to clean a dirty diaper, but for me it is a joyful sign.  Just because life seems messy does not mean God is not moving.  In fact, often messes happen because their is activity, and activity equals life. Clean up the mess and move on and wait for the next sign of life and growth.
Proverbs 14:4
 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.



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Yep, I just went there. In honor of the previous entry.  Today's recipe is a chocolate sheet cake:)  I hope you enjoy!!!!
For more articles on "Food, Faith, and Diabetes" click on links below:
How We found out
The Hospital
Going Home
Well Springs of the Heart
All of Us
Mommy I Pooped!!
If There is Any.....
Sorrow for the Night
I Will Try to Fix You
Kill the Oxen Burn the Plows

Chocolate Sheet cake
Pioneer Women's chocolate sheet cake is the same recipe I grew up with.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

All of Us........

 
The Holland Family




Everybody deals with a traumatic experience differently.  There are so many experiences that brought laughter and helped us understand each other,but there are two that are most prominent in my mind.   The first time the kids came to the hospital happened to be the first time I had to give Ryan a shot.  Surprise kids! diabetes 101 the first time you see Ryan since diagnosis you get to watch him get a shot!  Well, as to be expected multiple nurses and Andrew had to hold Ryan down.  He was screaming at the top of his lungs.  I looked at Rachel and the color had gone from her face.  Oh, where's Isaac in all this?!  Where's Isaac?!  A friend had brought Ryan an Elmo book that had drums.  Oh, there's Isaac,  He's behind the chair beating the drums.  He gets louder, louder and louder as Ryan's screaming escalates.  At that point I figure out mmm...... I guess that's how Isaac deals with stress, escapism.
A couple of days later Andrew and I were carting Ryan around the hospital a little red wagon.  As we walked by the hospitals build a bear.  I said,"We should get Ryan a bear."  "  We can get a hospital gown, and a wagon."  "Something to remember his hospital stay."  My husband jokingly say, "Yah, and we can name it Diabetes Ryan."  I have to tell you it struck me so funny. His sarcasm made me laugh so hard.
So within a week stay at the hospital.  I learned that Isaac escapes, Rachel gets stressed, Ryan gets really angry, mom comforts and tries to fix everything, and dad uses humor.

O.K.  lets go retro here.  Do you remember when in high school when America was called a Melting Pot?  Well, I had one history teacher say that, " We weren't called a melting pot anymore.The Melting Pot terminology came into play because as Americans.  We came from so many different countries and origins." But the comparison had changed to a salad.  We were all mixed together but kept our uniqueness.  Personally, I like the melting pot reference better.  Beware of America the Salad!!!! But really in a family God made us all very different.  We all respond to tragedy differently. It can feel like your in a tornado trying hang on to everyone and meet their needs.

So what do I do when so many members of my family have different needs?  What do I do when one,"Can't handle to pressure."; another covers his ears a closes his eye at stressful moments,  another makes jokes when it is a serious situation, one screams angrily, and the other tries to fix it all?  Well,  the answer might not be as profound a you think.  I ask for help from Christ.

James 1:5
English Standard Version (ESV)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.



When we ask for wisdom we can guarantee that it will be given to us and will be amazing advice.
James 3:17
English Standard Version (ESV)
17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

Yep, that's all folks just ask God.
For more articles on "Food, Faith, and Diabetes" click on links below:
How We found out
The Hospital
Going Home
Well Springs of the Heart
All of Us
Mommy I Pooped!!
If There is Any.....
Sorrow for the Night
I Will Try to Fix You
Kill the Oxen Burn the Plows

Homemade Bread

5 cups of warm water
3 egg whites
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of honey
8 cups of whole grain flour
3 tbs yeast
1 tbs salt
*Makes 2 large loaves and 3 mini loaves


Add 5 cups of warm water, olive oil, honey, yeast, egg whites, and 4 cups of flour  to Bosch or KitchenAid mixer.  Mix thoroughly and and slowly add flour one cup at a time; until dough comes away from the edges of mixer.  It usually ends up being about 4 more cups.  Cover dough and let rise for at least one hour.  You can leave it a let it rise as long as you want to. After dough has risen at salt and mix.


You can also make a cinnamon, sugar, butter mixture and add to center of flattened out dough; shape in to bread pan. It makes a yummy cinnamon bread.  Preheat oven to 350. Let dough rise on preheating oven for one hour in bread pans.  Cook for 30 to 45 minutes depending on your oven.






Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sorrow for the Night......




"Each time I would leave the hospital room I would cry.""I knew my son was already so upset, and I had to be strong for him."  I would always have to eat alone.  Andrew and I had not figured out the eating situation with a diabetic two year old.  I would think to myself as I sat at the cafeteria tables," I must look strange all alone crying."

Talk about sorrow, try best friend dies, son is diagnosed with diabetes, father has a heart attack, a
and two grandmothers die all within eight months time. In the hospital sorrow was a near and dear companion.
Each time I would leave the hospital room I would cry.I knew my son was already so upset, and I had to be strong for him. I would always have to eat alone.  Andrew and I had not figured out the eating situation with a diabetic two year old.  I would think to myself as I sat at the cafeteria tables," I must look strange all alone crying."

 Andrew gave me a Christmas present of a new room.  We had saved for a while and finally at Christmas the new master bedroom was complete. I'll never forget my sweet, dear husband would allow me to sit in my new peaceful room for hours, and never expect much of me.  He knew I needed to process alone.  I also remember months after diagnosis I would cry while driving my car.  I would always be lead to listen to "How He Loves Me" by the Jesus Culture.  Sorrow was not an easy process but was needed.

                                                 and a time to heal;
                                             a time to break down, and a time to build up;
                                            a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
                                           a time to mourn, and a time to dance
                                           Ecclesiastes 3:3,4


                                                    Weeping may tarry for the night,
                                                    but joy comes with the morning. Psalms 30:5

 When I was nineteen years old my grandfather died and a wise women told me, "That sorrow was good, but I should not let myself be sorrowful too long." "If it last too long you know it is not a Godly sorrow." Well, what is too long? I think the scripture is quiet clear.  Even if you went to bed sorrowful. Each morning you wake up you should have a new outlook on the situation. You should be joyful and hopeful each new day.  Each time sorrow visits,important word"visits", I would turn  my eyes and heart to the faithfulness of the Lord.  I have to VIGILANTLY guard my HEART from depression, because if sorrow is more than just a visitor it can quickly turn to a forever friend or AKA depression.  
Lamentations 3:22-25
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.

Angela's Green Beans:

Makes 4 servings
4 cups of fresh green beans
1/2 cup of soy sauce
2 tbs of diced garlic
1 tbs of butter

 Cut ends off green beans, and boil or steam green beans for 15 minutes or until softened.  Pour cooked green beans into saute pan.  Pour garlic, soy sauce, and butter over green beans and saute until they look candied or soak up soy sauce until change to color of soy sauce.  



HEARTSchooling 101

Heartschooling 101 “Service at home and to the ends of the earth”

When I decided to write about “Heartschooling” or how I veer from homeschool curriculum to teach from the heart,   I was kind of like, “Mmmm, Wow what am I going to write about?”  I could not think of any time that I intentionally taught from my heart in relation to homeschooling. But quickly the Lord prompted me that I teach my children daily about something that is in my heart.  I did not recognize it as teaching because it is our way of life.  Our children are taught daily to serve their community locally and to the ends of the earth.  They know that scripture instructs us in that directive.  And that’s why I chose to title my article “Heartschooling 101” because it is our priority.

Serving locally:
On October 23, my children were involved with a non-profit organization called “Color Me a Smile”.  “Color Me a Smile” take pictures from children and sends them to shut-ins, nursing homes, and hospitals.  Their heart is to bless those that might be enduring hardship alone.  Before the children began to color, they were instructed that their creations would be given to people that are alone in nursing homes, retirement homes or hospitals.  They were told that some people do not have families and friends to make them smile, and this was the reason we were coloring the pictures.  My FAVORITE 
thing about “Color Me a Smile” is that my small children, 8 and under, can get involved.  It is very hard to find an organization that allows small children to be involved.  I’ve spent countless hours searching for an organization where my small children could serve.  “Color Me a Smile” is a fun way for children to show Christ’s love. 



“Color Me a Smile” distributes thousands of drawings every month.  We are always looking for more ‘crayon artist’.  It is a simple way for schools, scouting troops, youth groups, religious organizations and individuals to show they care and to get involved (www.colorasmile.org)

To the ends of the earth:
Now that’s a hard one. How can you physically get your children involved with “to the ends of the earth”?  We show them our love for the ends of the earth by teaching them it’s a directive from Christ.  It’s just what you’re supposed to do.  We do the easiest thing of all, we give.  We give at least 20% of our income to our local church and to mission’s organizations.  We give it freely with no hesitation.  We show them with our actions what it means to be involved “to the ends of the earth”.  We attend fundraisers, profess our love for missions to all who will listen, and even travel to other countries ourselves.  Over the last year, my husband and I have traveled to Belarus, Niger, and Ethiopia.  In our lifetimes, we have also traveled to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong and Mexico.  
Ethiopia is near and dear to our heart.  We are involved with an organization that serves orphans.  Kidmia has a holistic approach to serving orphans.  They meet needs by orphan care, adoption advocacy & training, community outreach, and economic empowerment.   Their heart is that orphans are a priority to God and they should be a priority to us, because we were first adopted by Christ. (http://kidmia.org/)
We also tell our children that they will go to other countries.  As soon as they are of age, we let them know they will be going with us, and that they will go on their own someday.  When we are raising money to go, we are full of faith that the Lord will provide, and we don’t even blink at the amount.  We know if it is a directive from God, He will follow through to meet our needs. We know serving to the ends of the earth is very attainable.
So, as you homeschool, may God give you revelation and speak to you on how you can teach your children to serve locally and to the ends of the earth.  Make it your priority.


 Angela is an adventurous mom who has traveled the world.  Angela decided to start writing after her youngest son was diagnose with Type 1 diabetes.  Angela’s life message is that even when life is not so simple what you need is simple faith.  
Come check her out at pureandsimplefaith@blogspot.com