Friday, February 29, 2008

Phony Food

I like to buy in bulk when it saves money.

For example, I buy the big jug of vinegar. I keep a small bottle of vinegar in the reachable cupboard and the jug up high. I refill the small jar from the jug. But, someone (not blaming anyone, but I *think* it was the birthday boy) used the vinegar in the small bottle and threw it away. So, we had to get a new one. All boring information, I know, but you have to know every little detail of my story to understand!

Anyway, my mother bought groceries with the list that listed both the large and small containers. She came home with this little bottle.

So, all's fine with that. BUT, this was the jug.

Did you notice? It isn't apple cider vinegar. It is apple cider FLAVORED vinegar! Sure enough, the ingredient label lists distilled vinegar with flavoring added.

Does EVERYTHING we eat have to be fake? It's VINEGAR, for goodness sake!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Donovan Raul

Donovan Raul Correa was born at home at 8:20 in the morning on Saturday, February 23. (Yes, I know I'm really late in posting this! I've been busy mothering the mommy!) He was 21 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces. And he's gorgeous! He is our ninth grandson -- in a row!

Minutes after.......
Doesn't she look fantastic already?!

Papa admiring his 11th grandchild!
Diego loving his new brother!
Midwife filling out birth certificate.
Isn't this a beautiful breakfast? Lovingly created by Auntie Daja for Donovan's mom.

A second generation tradition -- a Birth Day Cake!

Brother and cousins praying and prophesying over
Donovan at the end of this glorious day.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Happy Birthday, Gabe!

I'm sorry you have to work today. It would be fun to go find all the senior discount places with you today!

The years really have just flown by. Did you realize that I was with you for your birthday when you turned 20?!

I love you, Gabey! I pray you have a wonderful day and that this coming year is your best ever! May God give you the desires of your heart!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Restoration of the Culture of the Home

I wrote this (with help from my editor!) for our church newsletter. Thought I would share it here, too.

Wedding in Skagen by Anna Ancher (1914)

In Genesis 1:26-28, God gave a commandment to the man and woman together to rule the earth and take dominion. This family unit was the first institution created by God. The importance of family cannot be overstated.

However, in our culture today, the family is fractured. We have husbands and wives going in different directions. We have parents and children who do not interact well with one another. This isn’t the way it was supposed to be. We need to return to God’s ideal. I propose that a first step would be for women to return to the home.

1 Timothy 5:14 says, “I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.”

Titus 2:3-5 says, “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”

Not every woman will have the opportunity to marry and not every married woman will have the opportunity to bear children. Yet, Paul did not give any exception clauses in his admonitions above. In fact, he went as far as to clarify that even the young women were to behave with the same propriety and holiness as the aged women. The aged women were to actively instruct the younger women to do and be certain things. One of those things that is often glossed over is “keeper at home.” To ignore the admonitions is to choose the consequence that Paul lays out -- the word of God being blasphemed.

In order to see this Scriptural mandate carried out in our families and churches today, we need a restoration of the culture of home! This is an area that far too often we have submitted to the culture of the world. We need to remember the mandate given us in Genesis! Rather than acquiescence, we need to take dominion!

Women play a key role in creating and sustaining family stability. Rather than defining “keeper-at-home” by her to-do list of chores, we can adopt a Biblical understanding of that term. In the Greek, “keeper at home” is despot. It gives the connotation of one who has authority, a ruler of a domain. A woman who sees her position as a ruler of a small kingdom can model that domain after God’s Kingdom. Under her management, the home can be transformed from merely a place where we eat and sleep and pay a mortgage to a place that is a beacon of light to the world!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

May God's love abound to each and every one of you! Daja wrote a wonderful Valentine's Day post. Can't do better, so I'll just send you all over there!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Valentine Decor

I haven't had one day where I just set out to deck my home in Valentine's Day glamour. Instead, I have found myself adding little bits and pieces as inspiration hits.

Here is what greets you as you enter my home where our family vision is on display:

I printed out the letters on the computer through the generosity of Jenny over at Allsorts. (Think of all the wonderful and fun things you could do with these letters!)
We were given flowers in a beautiful red glass vase at church on Sunday along with a lovely card about how happy and comfortable our home is. Such a sweet surprise. Thank you, Revival Center! (The tablecloth I found at Kohl's this year at 60% off!)
Okay, so a couple of days ago, I set out candles on our family room's coffee table. Last night, I added Scrabble letters to make what I thought was a pretty, yet whimsical coffee table display.

Until I saw it from this angle through the camera lens!
So, I changed it a bit!

Go ahead. Spread the love! Have some fun and add a little red around your home!
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