Sunday, November 18, 2018

Goodbye Blog... :( MUST READ!

Goodbye sweet blog!
I have blogged here on this website since 2010!
All my pregnancies, all my marriage. 

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Let's continue to apply God's Word to our lives and the lives of our children. 

(did I say that already?)

Praise the Lord!!

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Shoo Flu! Don't Bother Us!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Master Kits The Starry Night Review

I started something special with my kids several months ago. I began note booking with them back and forth. I write a note in their notebook and leave it on their pillow and they write a note back and leave it on mine. One night I was reading the heart of my 6-year-old daughter expressing her desire to spend some special one-on-one time with me. She's number 3 out of 6 so she can get lost in the hustle and bustle of things sometimes. I wanted to create something special...

I was so excited to bless her with's Master Kits The Starry Nightfor us to do and review together!

Dad was out, I sent all the other kids upstairs, and Hayven and I partook in the glorious unwrapping of our Kit together. We read over the directions and took the project nice and slow, making a big mess, and some great memories.

The kit comes with everything you need to complete the project except for paper towels, water and a hair dryer (optional). It comes in a nice sturdy storage box that includes 3 acrylic paint tubes, 5 oil pastels, a texturized "Van Gogh" Roller, a re-usable Starry Night stencil that is fit to the size of the art paper, a standard foam paint roller, a sheet of round "star" stickers, 2 large pieces of art paper, a kid friendly information packet all about Van Gogh, and some easy to follow directions.

Everything is conveniently rolled up in this rectangular box so it naturally fights to hold it's cylindar shape when removed from the container; some smoothing out and working with the paper and stencil are needed before starting the craft. In fact, Hayven and I needed to tape our pages down to keep them from rolling up. We had this same issue with the stencil.
Even though we are duplicating the famous "The Starry Night" masterpiece, Hayven was encouraged to express her own artistic tendencies through this project. She placed the large black stars where she saw fit.

She rolled her "Van Gogh" roller all around until her paper was properly covered with the blue paint to her discretion.

After removing the star stickers (which was much more difficult then I imagined - so much so I didn't think we would get a second use out of them, but we did in fact achieve a second use), she then placed the stencil across her page and used the standard foam roller to create the city that laid below the soon to be swirling sky.

As Hayven took a blow dryer to her paint job, I started on my version of this hobby! I enjoyed it just as much as she did!

Once our artwork was completely dry we spent the next 20-30 minutes blending the oil paints in different combinations adding swirls and texture, highlights and splashes of emotion to our painting. We looked at the image on the box and in the directions for inspiration.

It was interesting how we could gaze upon the exact same image and interpret it so differently. Where I feel more warmth, Hayven felt more cool. Where I thought the moon's white light would rest, she saw blue shadows.

There is a deep intimacy and atmosphere of vulnerability that happens when your eyes and they eyes of your daughter are fixed on canvas' of artwork, yet your minds, ears, and conversation are fixed on each other. I understood my Hayven in a deeper way after experiencing these couple hours with her hovered over this craft. I comprehended her thought process, studied what frustrated her, related to what made her laugh, and saw the world through her eyes for a brief moment.

A moment I would never change.

I will never look at "The Starry Night" the same again, and my Hayven will be filled with warm memories of my love for her, number 3 our of 6, when she catches glimpse this famous art work for the rest of her life!

I see many possible applications of a product like this one. If a child were interested in, or is studying famous artists and artwork, this kit would bring an immense amount of color and application to those studies. The pamphlet detailing the person and work of van Gogh I found incredibly interesting. When I was a young child, I was enthralled with famous artists and could often tell you which artist created which masterpiece just based off of the technique used in the piece. I studied these things on my own, with no instruction. I believe that a child that is curious and interested in things like the fine arts would benefit greatly from's Master Kitz The Starry Night.

Because I am a bilingual reader, I did notice a misprint in the instructions that are written in French. The colors that are listed are written in Spanish and not in French. I thought this would be noteworthy for the product editor to be aware of. :)

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Friday, November 2, 2018

What's Been Going On At AMC?

For my new readers, AMC is the small herbal medicine business my sisters and I started a few years ago. We will be celebrating two years of officially being "Ancient Medicine Cabinet" this coming January!

This summer we focused on doing a few craft fairs getting our feet wet. We were able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with several people this summer as well as pray with or over many more. 

Now we are working on some changes in order to better streamline the larger amount of customers we have been receiving! YAY!

We have some more professional looking photos, labels, business cards, product books and other exciting things such as a BRAND NEW WEBSITE coming up soon!

All these changes will *hopefully* be implemented in the beginnings of January.

Much Prayer Needed!

We are making some changes to our product line so keep an eye out for those changes. We will be narrowing down our selection to only our best selling or most favored products for the time being. If there are any products that are no longer listed, but are interested in, PLEASE shoot us an email! We may have what you want in stock and will gladly sent it to you for a great deal :)

Please remember that when you purchase from AMC you are supporting a ministry. We use every dollar that comes in and put it right back into AMC opening us up for opportunities to share the gospel with the world as well as build up the body of Christ by donating products to people in need. 

Pray for us as we make some pretty exciting changes and grow! 
Thanks for your faithful support. 

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Shabbat Shalom!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

3 Pillars that Encompass All Education

As I study through the Bible I continually see a three prong format for learning and educating oneself.

What is Education?

Educate means:

To bring up, as a child; to instruct; to inform and enlighten the understanding; to instill into the mind principles of arts, science, morals, religion and behavior. To educate children well is one of the most important duties of parents and guardians.

Again today I saw these three pillars of education in Philippians 1:9-10 which says,

"And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment (understanding, judgement), that you may approve (discern) the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ."

I see this layout in so many verses throughout scripture. I also see it when we decide to sin.

For all that is in the world - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - is not of the Father but is of the world." 1 John 2:16

"Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death." James 1:15

Go to and search the word "understanding" or "wisdom" or "knowledge" and you'll see this over and over throughout scripture!

You can't have a true education if you don't have all three of these pillars. Like a three legged stool, it will not stand up and be able to hold anything if education doesn't include these three things.

What are the 3 Pillars that Encompass all true educating?

Did you figure them out yet?

(1) Knowledge ~ What does it say?

(2) Understanding ~ What does it mean?
(3) Discernment/Application ~ What does it mean to me?

To truly receive an education, you need all three of these pillars. 

You cannot simply obtain facts and figures and call that an education. I think most would agree that route memory isn't truly education.

Likewise, too many believe that having knowledge and understanding of something is adequate. 

I believe having knowledge, understanding and a discerning and thoughtful application of the knowledge and understanding is TURE education.

Let's take history for example.

I can know many things about the history of my country. I can know the Founding Fathers names, the dates of important events and so forth. 

Then I can even understand how those events came about. I can read the journals of these men and I can grasp a better understanding of what made them think the way they did, what influenced their decision making process and so forth.

However, it's when I come to this final step education becomes education: how does this apply to me? to my country now? how does what I learned provide a solution to the problem I am now facing? 

Still don't track with me? 

What about in our study of God's Word?

Sure I know the Israelites exited Egypt and God parted the Red Sea and all that...

Okay, I understand they did it because they weren't free to worship God in the way they wanted to; they were slaves, they were mistreated, they were fed up with it. I understand God chose Moses and placed him in a royal family with the upbringing he had to specifically lead them out of Egypt.

But it's not until I realize that God wants to free me from a life of bondage of sin and death, that God specifically chose His son Jesus Christ to deliver me from Egypt. It's not until I realize I need to conquer the promise land of a life sold out for Jesus Christ and fight the giants of sin and pride and selfishness to get victory in the things God's called me that REAL education happens. I need to share this message with my family, friends and the world!

God's Word is very clear on increasing in all knowledge, understanding and discernment. 

This is how you teach your kids to learn. 

This is how you educate them. 

Take any subject and apply these 3 pillars and they will receive a deep education. 


Know how to do it, understand why you do it that way, and then apply it to real life. That's how math is truly learned. 


Learn about the types of rocks, animals, or chemical compounds. Understand their make-up, their usefulness, their origins. But, take that understanding and create something, discover something, build something... that's education.


Memorize a sheet of music. Understand music theory and how things are created. Then create your own compositions, play things by ear, improvise and apply those learned skills into something you physically created. 

God's Word truly DOES have all the answers to life and godliness... 1 Peter 1:3, 2 Timothy 3:16

Only homeschooling is specifically designed to foster this type of learning environment. 

Be encouraged to slow things down and give your kids the EDUCATION that most Americans... most of the world is lacking!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Are You Enjoying Parenting?

As I bathed my toddler, I gently wrestled him to keep his head back while I rinsed the soap from his hair. 

"Look at the bugs in the light"
(This is how I get him to look up... yes there really are bugs in the light...)

Bathtime is over and I wrap him up in a towel. Since he was little I always purposed to snuggle with him a few minutes after a bath instead of hurrying to get his clothes on and move onto the next endeavor. Part because I wanted to spend time holding him, part because he won't let me NOT take this time with him. 

Piece by piece I put his clothes on as we count "two feetsies" "one head" "two arms" and of course, because he's a boy, "one booty!".

Then I end our routine with two kisses and one hug. 

He puts his little hands on my shoulder, kisses each cheek and gives me a hug. With his hands still placed on me he looks me in the eye and says,

"I love you mom"
"I love you too Aryeh"

"I love you so much!"
"I love you so much!"

"Mom, you're home!"
"Yes I'm always home."

"I'm home too!"

Wow! I can't believe this moment just happened!

It was so precious, so deep, and had so much meaning behind it that his little mind didn't even grasp. It caused a series of thoughts to train their way through my head.

What a responsibility, what a joy, what an opportunity, of great importance, of great wealth, of such fulfillment to stay at home and raise my children!

Responsibility in training them to become adults in every aspect. Emotionally, financially, disciplined, productive, intelligent, wise, kind, patient, helpful individuals.

Joy in the moments when your toddler understands how to read, when your 5-year-old understands place value, when your 6-year old applies God's Word in such a personal and powerful way, when your 8-year-old is passionate about somthing and applies all those character traits you've built in her to gain a new skill. 

Opportunity in being the one who lays the entire foundation for their long, long (prayerfully) life outside of your home. 

Am I Enjoying it?

Am I laughing?
Am I mulling over the little things they say?
Am I laughing with my husband at the ridiculous situations we find ourselves in?
Am I brushing back the hair off my little one's face and singing them their favorite song while I nurse them back to sleep in the wee hours of the morning?
Am I sitting on my girls floor having a fun conversation with them before bed?

I would challenge you to look over the moments of your day and aim to increase the moments of enjoyment. 

There will be frustrating ones and challenging ones, but how many enjoyable ones will there be? 

The enjoyable moments we have are all by our choice. 
We choose enjoyment.
We choose joy.

I want to enjoy more moments like I did after bath time today. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

St Bartholomew's Eve Heirloom Audio Review

Maybe it was the thrilling audio drama our family reviewed called St Bartholomew's Eve by Heirloom Audio, maybe it was some writings by the founding fathers I was reading, maybe it was the late night talks I've been having with my husband because we're both drinking FAR too much coffee this fall season in Minnesota (it snowed a few days ago!!!)... it's probably a combination of all of these that has me so intrigued and inspired at the tragedy of the loss of culture in America. We've lost the stories, the passion, the National Books that our country was founded on, and soon, if nothing changes, we will lose our freedom.

Where are the Philip Fletcher's of this century? You know, the young men that have such a passion for Christ and for the right to worship Him freely? The one's that study military history on their own and at age 16 aspire to be something for their country, to do something for the Lord?

I identified with the character of Fletcher in his "cut everyone down and let God sort them out" mentality. This young man was zealous, yet humble. God built him into a valiant Huguenot (or a protestant) willing to lose it all for the Gospel Truth, yet he never believed he was worthy of a reward or to be an example and gave all glory and honor to Jesus.

We primarily enjoyed this on our LONG drive for our family vacation :) Now we've listened to it a number of times. 

Our favorite quotes came from Admiral Coligny. I have written these down and am still meditating on them.  When speaking on our rights to worship God, the Admiral says, 

"More than God given! God commanded. When anyone, whether a farmer or king tells you to stand when God asks you to kneel, to hold your tongue when God leads you to pray, that person contradicts our Lord's command. Whom should we obey? The King of France or the King of Kings?... Peace must always be our aim, but if we must draw towards to obey God n the way we worship, than let there be a forest of swords... This is a cause worth dying for because my Savior died for me."

You see, St Bartholomew's Eve takes place when the King of France was telling the people how they were to worship God. Catholicism was the religion of the land and if you didn't do things according to the standards of the king, you would end up in jail or sometimes killed. The Protestants understood they were fighting for the freedom of their children and future generations, yet they felt the weight of taking a life. Each man's life they took was someone's husband, father and son. They didn't take this lightly, yet they didn't back down from the fight that needed to take place. 

The Huguenot were stripped of their rights at increasing rates. Things seemed to be looking up when Prince Henry, who was a Protestant, married Marguerite, who was a Catholic. This mixed marriage brought promising changes such as peace feasts between the opposing parties and even military advances in accord with each other. However, Marguerute's cunning mother attempted to sow discord by spreading rumors that the Huguenot were preparing for a coup. She had the Kings soldiers convinced and they set out for a massacre.

The doors of the Huguenot homes were marked with a large white "X" on the night the event was to take place. This was the inspiration for the beautiful album cover. As I was listening to the story and this intense scene danced around my senses, I looked down at the album cover and got goosebumps. It was as if it came to life and hit me like a ton of bricks!

So many events took place in these two disks, I could never write about them all. 

The movement of the Huguenot was an organic one where people simply responded to the need for freedom and the call to follow Christ. A moment we desperately need to happen in our country today.

Fletcher and his comrades had a strong handle on Scripture and used it to determine their steps, lead them into battle and heal their broken wounds. 

They knew that "fear is what you feel... brave is what you are."

These are the stories I want my boys to hear over and over and memorize the words to. I want to quote these sayings to my children. I want them to quote them to each other. I want them to dream of standing up to tyranny in the face of certain death. Oh, to inspire my children with the culture of Christianity, of America! When the young and old felt obliged and driven to contribute to the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Tear jerking moments (for me) included a funeral where hymns were sung, prayers uttered at the brink of war and in the moments of desperation, and the oaths taken between brothers in Christ standing side by side even when the odds are against them. I even replayed certain tracks over and over again so I could feel as if I were taking part in the scene at hand! What an adventure!

This was BY FAR my FAVORITE audio drama to date. It strung a cord so close and dear to my own heart. Again, maybe it's the coffee... but I don't think so. I think St Bartholomew's Eve is exactly the remedy to many if not all the problems facing America today.

St Bartholomew's Eve opens and closes with a man named Mr. George speaking to two young kids Sebastian and his friend skipping church. He proceeds to tell them the story of Fletcher and what exactly it cost for them to have the freedom to go to church. 

So I will conclude this review how Mr. George concluded his fantastic re-telling of the hero Philip Fletcher:

"Then stay diligent. Stand up for the right to do your duty to love God. Teach your children to do the same. And the best way to teach them is to show them."

 St Bartholomew's Eve is one of those ways you can teach your children. 

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