Friday, February 27, 2009

Diligence in Fighting for our Rights as Parents

Do you ever sit in amazement and wonder how in the world we got to the point we are in our nation? Well personally I believe it is mainly because we have had it so good and have not been obeying God's commandments, and secondly we have not paid a lot of attention to how our "representatives" have been representing us!

So now it is time for the sleeping majority to wake up and be active, and that can take the form as a letter or two. :o) If you love your children and value your parental rights given by God listen to this.

Here is a direct link to JOIN THE FIGHT has also suggested we appeal to Glenn Beck to cover this issue on his widely-watched program. Here is an excerpt from their letter, with Beck's email address...below that is the email I sent. You could copy and send it with your name, or write your own, but I think this matter is one of those things we do not need to sit idly by and cross our fingers.

This is something to take action on--and these are easy actions. Please consider emailing and/or joining in the fight for your children.

"We want to carry the message to an even broader national audience through Fox News personality Glenn Beck. We believe we can get Michael Farris on his show if enough viewers email Mr. Beck and ask about the Parental Rights Amendment or the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Even if you do not watch his show, you can email him and push to get the message heard.

Please, before you close this email or move on to something else, take just a moment to email Mr. Beck at Tell him you think he should cover the Parental Rights Amendment, or tell him he should look into the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, or both. Urge him to have Michael Farris from on the program to discuss this issue.

We truly believe that together we can win this fight, but we need you to contact this national news program and help us get Mike Farris on the air!

Thank you so much for helping make history by passing the Parental Rights Amendment."


Michael Ramey

Director of Communicatons & Research

Mr. Beck,

I SO appreciate your stand for truth and common sense in a culture that seems to have lost all sense of its existence.

I am writing to urge you to consider covering the Parental Rights Amendment, to oppose the UN Treaty proposed by Barbara Boxer, an issue which threatens to greatly hinder our parental rights and possibly even criminalize us for passing on our religious values to our children.

This is one of the most dangerous proposals I've seen yet in this new administration, and I believe it is urgent that we fight it with all our might.

You might also consider inviting Michael Farris, of to appear on the show to discuss the matter.

Many thanks for considering this crucial topic.


Kathy Brodock

Monday, February 23, 2009

Get in on this GIVEAWAY!

Vision Forum is allowing us to give away some really great gifts! One winner will be able to choose a gift from the albums below when the contest ends on February 27th.

Rules are simple: Leave a comment stating which set you would like to win and I'll enter your name in the drawing once. Leave a comment AND post about the give away on your blog (including the link in your comment) and I'll enter your name twice.

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*True Beauty: 8 inspiring CDs recorded at the 2008 Father and Daughter Retreat

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Jkebana Class

Yesterday, Emma and I went to a Jkebana Class, which is Japanese floral design.

Now we had no real interest in this type of floral arranging, but I am all for learning new things about other cultures. When a fellow homeschool mom's sister, who was visiting from out of town and who has been an airline stewardess for over 30 years, offered to do a little class for a few girls, how could I resist? :o)

Sandra was VERY sweet and taught a great class for the girls.
She usually flies to Japan and London, so she is a wealth of information.

It was interesting to hear a little about the Japanese culture.

The class ended with tea and some Japanese cookies. Thank you Jan, Samantha and Sandra!

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Ronald Reagan:

All great change in America begins at the dinner table.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Family and Friends

Here are a few shots from the last couple days.

Sweet Emma...what happen to our tomboy?

We (Kelly and I) had a birthday outing for our dear, SWEET friend Robin.

It is so wonderful to be able to sit with like-minded friends and just laugh and sort through the world's problems. I am VERY blessed!!!

Robin is ummm... should I say? Heck yeah.!..she is 40 something. Not only that, God has chosen to bless her with another child in the womb. She is a beautiful mom who has more spunk than most people I know. I am so thankful she shares her family with me.

By the way, Kelly is pregnant too, gonna be a busy summer! :o)

My precious Grandma (85 next month) has been here for the past 6 weeks visiting, she lives 1100 miles away in upstate New York. sigh... Time is so precious. She has the most meek and gentle spirit you could ever see in a person.

So good to have Josh at home.
I can't wait for Olivia to return home this weekend, I've missed her so much. I just want to huddle all my chicks under my wing and keep them forever, but I also want grandchildren...ahhh to find that rare jewel of contentment!

Our 4 month old puppy, a mud puddle and a frog, it was a hoot!

He was bouncing all over the place, made me think of Tigger.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Eve

Jeff and I have plans tomorrow night to attend a Valentine's Banquet, so tonight I wanted to do something special for the family. So I fixed a few goodies, including strawberries and chocolate fondue.

Added some beautiful classical music and candle light...

And Jeff's mother-in-law (my mom), my grandma and Emma...ahhh a beautiful night with some of my favorite people! Can love get any better? Josh was at work, and Olivia is out of town, so it wasn't perfect, but pretty close!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Handiwork and Giving to the Needy

We have recently started a group of girls and moms that would like to crochet or knit to give to the needy.

This is a perfect ministry for the women, especially for those that have several children and find it hard to get out and participate in other outreach projects. We meet once a month for a couple hours and work on our projects, but the majority of the project is worked on at home. If the ladies/girls cannot come to the meeting that is OK; the goal of having a group is to inspire and motivate each other!

The great thing about crocheting or knitting is that you can take it with you while you sit in the waiting room or in the car while the kids are at practice. Doing handiwork is something that takes up little space, unlike quilting or scrap booking! Most handiwork projects can be stopped at any point and picked up when it is convenient.

Proverbs 31 gives us so much to aspire for:

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

Proverbs 31:13

I just love this verse, “…and works with eager hands!” Another version says, “…works willingly with her hands.

Just think on that! What do most girls do with their hands today? Are they eagerly looking for ways to work with them? Are they looking how to be a blessing to those around them? I dare say most girls spend many hours texting and few hours “eagerly working”.

She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

Proverbs 31:20

One of my goals with our handiwork group is to use our projects to give to the needy. There are many elderly people in nursing homes that don’t receive many gifts, especially something hand made for them. We are also looking for elderly people in our community that may need the warmth of a shawl or a lap blanket.

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:27

We are of great service to our husband when we manage the home efficiently. If we are truly meeting his needs, caring for our home, training the children and reaching out to the needy, there is little time for idleness. We need to be training our daughters not to be idle. As our daughters mature there are so many ways for them to be of service to mom and reaching out to the needy. There simply is no time to be idle. Be careful not to confuse rest and relaxation with being idle.

A handmade item will minister to a person’s heart in a way that little else can.

A few handiwork tips:

***Find what works for you. Some prefer crochet over knit, it really does not matter, just be eager!

***If you don’t know how, find someone that does. Most handiwork people LOVE to share their skills! (Or you can buy my DVD!)

***In the evening hours while family reading is being done have something in your hands.

***Keep your current handiwork in a bag or basket close to the chair you usually sit in.

***Once you become comfortable with a pattern crocheting or knitting can be very relaxing.

***If you will be out at lessons, practices, or appointments with the children, take your handiwork with you. You will be amazed how it helps the time go by, and just how much handiwork you can get done.

***If the phone rings and you know it will be a long conversation you can still talk and crochet/knit at the same time.

***When making an afghan or shawl use a larger hook ( I, J or K) and a thicker yarn, it will make your work move much faster.

***Set a goal of one or two projects a year to give to someone needy.

***As you work on the project, pray for the person you will be giving it to, even if you do not know them, God does!

***Watch for good sales and change of season clearance in the yarn department.

***Don’t think it has to be perfect to give to someone, it doesn’t!!! More than likely you’ll be the only one that sees your mistakes!

He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD,

and he will reward him for what he has done.

Proverbs 19:17

Our group’s goals so far are:

January and February -Shawls and lap blankets for the elderly.

March and April -Baby blankets for Sav-A-Life (Crisis Pregnancy Center)

May and June- Booties and hats for local NICUs

If anyone has material possessions and

sees his brother in need but has no pity on him,

how can the love of God be in him?

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue

but with actions and in truth.

1 John 3:17-18

Perhaps this is something you could do in your community? Perhaps this is something you could get a group of girls and moms together for to encourage a spirit of mercy?

… for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Making and Managing Money for Teens

Do your kids constantly ask you for money?

Do you ever hear, “I’m bored”?

Do your children spend money on foolish things that disappear in no time?

Do they spend money as fast as they can get it?

If so, then it is time that your child learns the value of a dollar and beings to earn his own.

When children work for their money

they value it so much more!

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As parents you should encourage them to put their special talents to work for them.

Point out ways for them to use their mind and ability to create their own home business.

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