29 03 2019

This is a picture of Philip’s grandparents in the 1940’s, enjoying a Sunday afternoon with two of their sons and their families. They birthed and raised 4 sons and 3 daughters (and 3 other children who died much too young) in a two room cabin during the Great Depression.  They taught all of their children to work hard, and to love and take care of each other. Three of their sons served in WWII and their youngest served in Korea. Their daughters raised their own families and worked hard alongside their husbands.

By the time this picture was taken, their children were grown and out of the house, and grandchildren were beginning a new chapter of the family.
The seeds planted by these two have grown through generations of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Who are still teaching hard work and family commitments.

It has been almost 80 years since this picture was taken, and the seeds of taking care of each other, and enjoying the closeness of family are still flourishing. The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren still get together each year to celebrate family; one of the granddaughters keeps up a family email to keep everyone informed of prayer needs; Chicken Stews and other get-togethers are organized throughout the year where memories are shared and new memories are made.

Today. Consider the legacy you are building for your family. Make the relationships so important that they last for generations.

A Successful Launch

20 02 2019

Planning With the End in Sight

In Business, when one is in the planning stage of starting a new company, we discuss the need to plan for the ending of their business adventure as well as the beginning.  This is a part of Succession Planning.  How one exits a business is as important as how one runs a business, and is as telling of the success. 
The same is true for parenting.

While we parents are really enjoying the hustle and bustle of life with the kids:  educating at home, having a great time at church, enjoying friends and family, traveling, etc., it is easy to get a little short sighted. We forget that this is a relatively short period of life.  It flies by! If we’re not careful, we are staring down the end of the teen years without a solid plan of what happens next. Along with the idea of “raising able adults, not over-grown children,” is having a plan for these little birdies to leave the nest… And FLY!

What this plan looks like is as different from one
child to the next as fingerprints.  There is not a
one-size-fits-all plan for us all to use, of course,
but we do need to be developing one with
our young adults, that is
updated at regular intervals,
and intentionally pursued, as we discover
their interests, gifts, strengths,
limits, aversions, and passions

Planning with the end in view involves many elements, including:
> Personality, Skills and Ability Assessments
> Interest Inventories
> Jobs Sampling
> Field Trips
> Vocational Explorations
> Interviewing Industry Leaders
> Business Planning and Entrepreneurship
> Job Shadowing
> Educational Strategy Planning
> Career Coaching
> Internships and Apprenticeship

Through the years, Philip and I have talked over these things with other families, as our kids were growing up. We all agree that we should do SOMETHING… but What?
We often hear parents say they WANT their kids to launch successfully, but the reality is…
(a) they have jobs, younger kids and other responsibilities that require their attention;
(b) don’t know where to start;
(c) don’t have the time to build the professional resources needed… and so on.
They KNOW the necessity, they just can’t do it all.
That’s where we can help.


Your Launching Pad is both Person-to-Person and Web-based. Students have the freedom to move through the touchstones at their own pace. They will explore fields of interest and keep notes of experiences. They will participate in face to face interviews; round table discussions with peers; and problem-solve with real leaders at real companies

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registration will begin on the same day.
(No Foolin’!)

Who is Your Launch Pad for?

-Young Women and Men, ages 14-22
-Homeschool, Private School and Pubic School Students
-Those planning on entering the work place right after high school graduation
-Those planning on attending a 2 or 4 year college
-Those planning on pursing graduate and post-grad degrees
-Whether you have an idea of what you want to do, or are totally clueless, Your Launch Pad can help you discover, define and fine tune your plans for your future.

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Worry is just a waste of time!

7 09 2017

In this season we are seeing the absolute sovereignty of God, and are joyfully resting in it.

IMG_20170814_173901606For years we have discussed and re-discussed
“what in the world are we going to do with Bill
(My mentally ill Bro-In-Law) when Mom
(my Mom-in-Law) dies?” Then out of nowhere
he was killed two weeks ago today in the freakiest
of vehicle accidents.

All those years of, “What in the world…” worries and fretting and time and energy, just washed away in a matter of seconds. God had opened no doors. He had tried to draw me into peace about the situation, and I refused to follow him. I kept at it.  I made phone call after phone call. As a family, we talked through a wide variety of scenarios.   I have a stack of paper work at my elbow of completed applications and pleas for appeal and waiver to the County and State Housing Authorities (to whom he owed money), that I am about to throw away. All wasted time. Wasted Energy. Wasted Worry.

Oh, How I hate to call it worry! Worry is sinful. It is direct disobedience to Jesus. (Luke 12)  Jesus says it is a complete waste of time. He goes on to say that those who worry, have little faith. YIKES!  “O You of Little Faith.” Luke 12:28b (ESV)
 Jesus does give us a fantastic alternative to worrying in Luke 12:31:
Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. (ESV)
Seek His Kingdom?  Here’s what that looks like:

  • Praying for the Church, fellow Believers, and Elders
  • Studying Scripture
  • Praying for the lost
  • Sharing the gospel
  • Feeding the hungry
  • Visiting the sick and those in prison
  • Meeting the needs of orphans and widows
    (Matthew 25 and James 1)

Instead of wasting my time worrying,
I am actually supposed to be ministering. 

What a contrast! 

I’m supposed to be actively serving other people, not fretting over the future –
over which I HAVE NO CONTROL.
To quote my teenage self, “DUH!”

Both of our kids started college this semester after a lifetime of homeschooling, one as a Freshman and the other through dual-enrollment while finishing high school at home.  Talk about a prime opportunity to worry.  Man!  I could join the Olympic Worry Team over this one if left to me own >Vice<.  However, that isn’t where I am left.  I am left humbly sitting at the dining room table knowing that to spend a minute fretting over cruel people, harsh words, conflicting world views, etc. is a total waste of time.

What I can do In Obedience is:

  • pray for my adult children
  • continue to study God’s word with them deeply and faithfully
  • continue to teach them how to share the gospel and challenge them to do so

Thank you all for praying with us and for us over the past months. Mom (my MIL) is under hospice care, and we are enjoying this peaceful time with her, and trying to meet her needs.  Her mind is still pretty sharp and we are thankful for meaningful conversations.  We are also very thankful for family who works together so well. It is a joy.
Finally, I encourage you to…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

3 Hots: Week 5, Day 4

20 03 2013

Today we worked on a couple of house projects.  This means that all of the meals today were prepared by our Daughter, 13, and son, 11.  Actually most (like 90%) of the cooking in our home is done by the kids.  Let’s hear it for training up kids!  WOO-HOO!


Lunch – We built a bonfire outside to burn off some odds and ends from splitting wood, so the kids decided to roast hotdogs over the fire.  We don’t eat buns with our dogs.  just not needed.
Mac and Cheese (left overs)
Greens (left overs)

Spaghetti with homemade meat sauce with hidden veggies.  When the kids were little I started hiding veggies in different foods. Meat sauce is the easiest place to do this. Tonight’s sauce had carrots, onions, and zucchini.  We saute the veggies, then use an immersion blender on them before adding them to the sauce.

Tomorrow we have pork on the menu. That went into the brine tonight so it can soak for 24 hours. This makes a huge difference in the flavor and juiciness.


3 Hots: Week 5, Day 3… naughty girl!

19 03 2013

OK.  I know.  I make all these promises and I break them.  Naughty, naughty me.  Things are just so busy and blah, blah, blah…

So here we are on Wednesday, let me catch you up.

Monday we went for our store run.  We found the following for $1.49:
3 packs of Mushrooms
5 lb bags of Fuji apples
5 lb bags of Red Delicious apples
3 lb bag of lemons
bag of org celery
bag of baby Romaine lettuce
3 lb bag of onions

In addition, we gathered 6 lbs of Kale and Curly Mustard greens from Mom’s garden.  Their garden has been crazy productive all winter, and we are very thankful.


Apple Breakfast Cobbler
Baked potatoes
Butter, sour cream and cheese
DinnerLettuce wraps – chicken, cabbage, carrots, onions, water chestnuts
Romaine Lettuce
Hashbrowns (made from the left over potatoes from lunch yesterday)
Homemade chicken noodle soup – Yesterday I bought a pack of chicken breasts, brought them home and filleted them.  We used the meat for the Lettuce Wraps, and then boiled the bones with celery and onions and spices to make stock.  We used that to make the soup today.  To the stock we added carrots, celery, onions and noodles.
DinnerSteaks (we found them marked down to half price at the store Monday.  We bought 2 and just split them.)
Mac and cheese (such a comfort food!  We used De’Boles corn pasta for this.)
Kale and Mustard Greens from Granny’s garden
Greek Salad

So that is this week so far.

If you are interested in any recipes or have ideas to share, please feel free to.



Week 4, Day 4

15 03 2013

It is Thursday already!  Why does time move so quickly?  Life is so sweet right now.  We have a 13 1/2 year old daughter and an 11 1/2 year old son.  They are independent enough to take care of things on their own and dependent enough to make me feel needed. It is a great balance. Our daughter does most of the cooking at our house, but our son is coming along with his cooking skills as well, and is doing most of the prep work now. The kid knows his way around a knife!  Our girl has a great sense for balancing flavors and enjoys tweaking things to offer new interpretations of old dishes. Learning to blend flavors is a big step toward success in the kitchen.

Raisin Toast
Eggs – with green onions and little bit of cheese

Homemade Sloppy Joes – Brown the ground beef, add cumin, coriander, paprika, celery salt, 1 TBS of brown sugar (raw). Stir in a can of diced tomatoes and let simmer for about 30 min to cook out a bit of the water.
Homemade Chebe rolls. YUM!!!  These things are terrific!
Carrot sticks

Chicken Thighs – smear about 1 tsp of mayo on each thigh, sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning and parmessan cheese. Bake at 350 for 25 min or until internal temp is 165.
Green Beans
Potatoes – boiled with a little salt and pepper

See you Tomorrow.


Week 4, Day 3

15 03 2013

Tonight is my last night with my class at the college (I teach in the Business Department), so I am making dinner for  the students.  Well, actually the Girl is making dinner… maybe we can come to an understanding that when I say “I cooked, prepared, etc,” It means that she cooked, prepared, etc.

Grits with cheese
Fried Eggs
(Could it be more Southern?!)

Chicken Salad (left over chicken, celery, onions, pickle relish and some mayo)
Homemade crackers (http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ritz-schmitz-have-a-cracker/)
Apples and pear slices

Chili with cheese, sour cream and hot sauce options
Cornbread with Cracklins (If you do not know what cracklins are, I am very sad for you. 😦  Make friends with a Southern Cook, just so you can learn to cook with Cracklins.  It is worth the effort. 🙂 )

See you tomorrow!