Thursday, August 28, 2014

"Study to Shew Thyself" ~ Free Inspirational Art Printable


As many of you are starting a new school year, I thought it would be fun to decorate the school room with a splash of inspiration. Perhaps this little verse with big meaning can keep us focused on our ultimate goal, to raise godly children and teach them the beginning of real wisdom.

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?"
~ Mark 8:36

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:
and the knowledge of the holy is understanding."
~ Proverbs 9:10


This printable would be perfect in the school room, office or study.  You can find frames inexpensively in second-hand stores and simply paint them to match your decoration. We printed ours on white card-stock, cut it down to size (leaving some white border as a "matting") and placed it in an 8 by 10 inch frame. To use, simply download from the menu link below and print. Happy homeschooling, ladies! 



Monday, August 25, 2014

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #15

"May God help every one of us to live at home so tenderly, so unselfishly, so lovingly, that the memories we make within our own doors shall be our own holiest requiem, on the breath of which our spirits may be wafted away to glory in the Home in our Father’s House!"
~ J.R. Miller, The Family
There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemaking, homeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, etc).~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

Note: I have been having problems leaving comments on certain blogs (mostly self-hosted ones). If you haven't heard from me this week, you may find a lady named "JES" in your spam box (and perhaps could find it in your heart to release her :) 

* This week we are featuring the TOP 2 VIEWED posts from last week *

#1 Most Visited: Blessed to Be a Homemaker by Chris at So Much at Home


#2: 10 Weapons to Combat Yelling: Choose Contentment by Marie at Blooming In His Garden

For the sake of our readers, please link up appropriate and wholesome home-related articles and leave out any giveaways, advertisements, etc. Thank you for understanding! I can't wait to see what you all have to share! 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work ~ Part Two



"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."
~ Genesis 3:19

Ever since sin entered the world, work became a sweaty and toilsome event. Most people go out of their way to avoid it... But is the fruit of idleness that sweet?  I think it may be costing us and in many different ways. In fact, it may be that old fashioned labor yields the sweetest fruit.

{Part one is shared here.}


“There is nothing wrong with God's plan that man should
earn his bread by the sweat of his brow.” 

Working with our hands blesses our physical, emotional, financial and spiritual needs (these last two will be addressed in different posts). A good dose of honest labor keeps us healthy with its therapeutic and stress relieving abilities along with the common, everyday use of our muscles for exercise. 


“Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade.” 
~ Rudyard Kipling, Complete Verse

For example, the act of growing your own produce creates a gentle workout for the homemaker, in slow and steady movements. It affords us a moment of fresh air, a de-cluttering of our over-stimulated minds, and a splash of sunshine while stretching out our burdened bodies to keep ourselves agile and strong. The outcome is much more than just vegetables.


We can also consider the sweet blessings of sweat. Our loved ones are being subjected to many diseases in this modern world. An overload of toxins in our body is said to be a major contributor to many of our health problems. Can it be that we are depriving ourselves of the healing powers of sweat since much of our lives are being spent sedentary in front of a screen? Are we removing that opportunity to release excess toxins that are brewing havoc in our bodies when we pass on that old fashioned work?

(Note: What is Making Me Sick? and Your Genes are Not Your Destiny are both favorite videos featuring Dr. Micheal Bernui which shares this thought along with some other encouraging ways to live healthy lives from a godly perspective.)


"Labor, honest labor, is mighty and beautiful. "

The act of sweating also: "improves circulation, accelerates metabolism, opens skin pores, cleanses the skin, boosts the immune system, uses energy and burns calories, relaxes body and mind, great for stress relief, helps body release toxins, sweating is a form of exercise, helps body to regulate its temperature and cool down, anti-aging – produces softer skin, releases endorphins that help with pain, improves tone and flexibility of skin, critical factor in body’s hydration process, contains natural antibiotics that destroy harmful skin bacteria, can reduce cholesterol and sodium levels and may improve sleep."  (source)

It makes one wonder, what have we given up?


There is also our physicial need of vitamin D (which is actually a hormone) to consider. Sunshine cheerfully gives this to us! Fifteen minutes of time in the sun without sunscreen is recommended by the Nat'l Institution of Health. This is especially important for older women because it gets harder for your body to produce vitamin D as you age. This time in the sun will benefit in the following areas including an overactive immune system, heart disease, osteoporosis, breast, colon cancers, helps fight insomnia and depression. It also aids your body to absorb calcium and utilize magnesium which affects many areas of the human body (source).


“Go on with your work as usual, for work is a blessed solace.” 
~ Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Old fashioned labor is also a wonderful stress-releiver which promotes health in its own right. There is healing power in scrubbing and scouring as we release bottled up emotions, hurts and pains. It can be quite soothing to the soul! One can even bring some indoor work to the outdoors in order to breathe in the fresh air, soak in the vitamin D while applying some elbow-grease to those long awaited household tasks.

“There's nothing like active employment, I suppose, to console the afflicted.” 
~ Anne Brontë



It is so easy for the modern-day homemaker to curl up and hibernate in our cozy and comfortable cottages but is this the healthy lifestyle that God intended for His people? While I am not suggesting that women go out and break their backs like some of our ancestors were forced to do because of poverty and survival, I have been contemplating my own level of activity on our farm. I have been consciously attempting to labor more in the outdoors with the fresh air, in the clean earth and surrounded by God's fascinating creation. Are you interested in rebuilding an old fashioned lifestyle consisting of a daily dose of gentle womanly labor?


A good start would be to spend at least thirty minutes each day in some form of physical, outdoor work:

Some ideas could be picking fruit from a bursting tree, purposely stretching your limbs to find that ripe tender piece and gently lowering it into a basket.

Perhaps you can do some foraging by taking a brisk walk in search of medicinal plants. Harvest your herbs by the bunches to be dried into teas and/or made into tinctures. Or use your findings to prepare a fresh, daily brew of herbal tea for your family. You can call the moments spent searching, your "tea time". Bring the children along!

For some of us it could be the useful act of hanging clothes to dry in the sweet summer sun!



Consider raking up leaves, pulling of weeds, sweeping the sidewalks, stacking up firewood, pruning, planting an herb garden, or even doing some decorative landscaping.

Last year I took over the lawn. My husband was struggling to keep it up during the busy harvest (when hay grows, grass grows!) so I adopted that old push mower as my own. Since our back yard is large, it takes me between 3-4 hours to complete. In the summer heat I am exhausted and sweaty, but it feels so good! I listen to inspirational music and the process is very therapeutic. (It is also toddler friendly since at the time, my little nephew was with us, and it kept him busy playing "run away from the mower" the entire time.)

Let us look around and see what we could be contributing with our hands that will in turn, contribute to the health and happiness of our body, soul, and ultimately our future.


"The noblest thing in the world is honest labor. It is the very preservative principle of the universe. Wise labor brings order out of chaos; it turns deadly bogs and swamps into grain-bearing fields; it rears cities; it adorns the earth with architectural monuments, and beautifies them with divinest works of art... Work, therefore, with pride and gladness, for thereby you will be united by a common bond with all the best and noblest who have lived, who are now living, and who shall ever be born."


{Part one is shared here.}


This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making MondaysModest Mom Monday'sHomestead Barn HopAmaze Me MondayMonday's MusingsMarriage MondayTitus 2sdaysTitus 2 TuesdaysRaising HomemakersMake Bake CreateWise Woman Link UpWow Us Wednesdays, Wildcrafting WednesdayThe ScoopCoffee and ConversationSo Much at HomeHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeHearts for Home ThursdaysGrowing in Grace ThursdaysHome Acre HopFrom the Farm Blog HopFarmgirl FridayFront Porch Friday Blog HopSimple Meals FridayCultivate NourishingSimply Natural Saturdays and Clever Chicks Blog Hop. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. Paintings by George Faulkner Wetherbee, Julien Dupre, Camille Pissarro, Berthe Morisot and Daniel Ridgeway Knight. Source of information for monthly fees. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #14


“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career. ”
~ C.S. Lewis
There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemaking, homeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, etc).~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

* You will find the features from last week here *

For the sake of our readers, please link up appropriate and wholesome home-related articles and leave out any giveaways, advertisements, etc. Thank you for understanding! I can't wait to see what you all have to share! 

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Just Peachy! What to Make with All Those Peaches ~ Link Up Love


"Mr. Hale had been peeling a peach for his wife; and, cutting off a small piece for himself, he said: 'If I had any prejudices, the gift of such delicious fruit as this would melt them all away."
~ Elizabeth Gaskell, North & South


Today we are featuring five posts from our 13th edition of "The Art of Home-Making Mondays" link up. They all concern that luscious fruit which we call the "peach". My taste buds were tantalized by all of these seasonal recipes! If you need some ideas, here is what you can make with them:


If you are interested in saving some sweetness for the fall and winter months, Angi at A Return to Simplicity shares how to freeze and how to dehydrate your peaches.


She also gives us her mouth-watering recipe for peach and praline pie! If you were to add some home-made vanilla ice-cream to this, it would be a taste of heaven...


Homesteading on Grace teaches us how to make a peach cobbler (whole foods style)! I think the picture says it all!


Peaches aren't just for eating! Heather at My Overflowing Cup shares how to make a peach flavored simple syrup. Doesn't it look refreshing?


And lastly, we are going to include a post from the earlier week, how to can peaches for yogurt (by Making Our Sustainable Life) since it looked so delicious and I loved the concept!




After reading these recipes, I hope you take advantage of the lovely peach while she is in season and in her best advantage!  You will find some pretty labels for your peach related projects here (shown above). Thank you ladies for sharing your wisdom with us! I invite you all to join us this upcoming week at the Art of Home-Making Mondays

... the richest-coloured peaches,— the freshest vine-leaves. They were packed into a basket..."
~ Elizabeth Gaskell, North & South


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