Archive for October, 2007

A Day With the Girls

There are so few days I feel like I can just kick back and enjoy my girls.  I mean, I have school to do, laundry to do, a house to clean, meals to prepare, animals to care for, and the list only starts from here!  Yesterday, however was different, it was such a blessing, the boys had a pastor’s conference at the lake and would be gone ALL day.  I vowed that none of the usual daily grind would hender our girls day! 

 We started by going to the girls favorite doughnet shop (I know most mother’s are cringing right now!  I know empty sugar filled calaries! I know no nutritional value whatsoever!), but it was a very special day.  The girls and I then proceded to buy the girls new black shoes.  They had outgrown last years shoes, and it has still been warm enough for the girls to wear their brown sandles (no white shoes after Labor Day).  We then went to the fabric store where each of the girls were able to pick out material for their sewing project for the day. 

Jordan, my 8 year old, made a wonderful mint green and white checked stuffed dog.  (We only have to sew up the seam left for the stuffing and afix the button eyes.)  Sydney, my 11 year old, chose a pink and salmon gingham for her “Laura Ingals Wilder work dress” which she has completed the boddice on.  I was very proud of my girls, because they were able to do most of the work themselves.  We really enjoyed each other and had a fantastic time.  I even heard from my son that Sydney told him “Mom was so patient and sweet with us girls that it wasn’t even funny.”  (What does that say about me on other days? Yikes!)

 God has given us each of our blessings (children, home, food, etc.), but it seems to be that there are many times our blessings aren’t considered blessings, but burdons.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my children dearly and have only threatened to give them away a couple of times (just kidding).  But do you ever say to yourself, I HAVE to make dinner, I HAVE to clean the house, I HAVE to do laundry?  Should our focus be change to I have the opportunity to care for the things the Lord has blessed me with.  A scripture verse which always helps me keep things in perspective is. . . . Colossians 3:23-24  And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

I pray God will grant my girls and I special days like this more often.


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Kim at Life in a Shoe is having another give away.  This one is even sweeter than before!  Thanks to Vision Forum, she is giving away $750 in products in $250 increments!  All you have to do is make a wish list and link her blog to it.  (See her blog for all the details!)  So here it goes again!  It never fails, I can never make it all the way through the catalog before I’ve hit my limit.  There is just too many wonderful products!  Happy shopping!

  • The Anti-Historical Revisionism Home School Kit $45
  • The History of the Sunday-School Movement $10
  • Biblical Eldership $16
  • Multi-Generational Victory Father’s and Sons $32
  • The Adventure of Missionary Heroism $24
  • The Life and Campaigns of Stonewall Jackson $25
  • Making Wise Decisions about College and Life After Home School $10
  • A Church in the House $12
  • The Master’s Plan for Fathers Fatherhood from a Biblical Perspective $35
  • Sacagawea Doll Dress $19
  • Make Your Own Doll Dress Kit $19

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Shaping their Hearts

Does anyone else have issues with their children’s wants?  Does is seem there is always something they are asking for? 

Yesterday, as I was looking through the new Vision Forum catalog to make my wish list for the giveaway from In A Shoe , I recieved several helpful suggestions as to what should be included in that list by several young members of my family.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love my children and want the best for them, but I refuse to give them everything their little hearts desire.  My husband and I were reading History of the Reformation by D’Aubigne later that evening and I really liked this quote. I believe it backs up my position perfectly. . . “Parents! in whose families your children find the spirit of piety, take pride, then, in adorning them with all manner of outward gifts, in introducing them into the society of the world, in granting all thier whims, in allowing them to walk according to their own desires, and you will see them vain, proud, idle, disobedient, impertient, extravagant!  They will treat you with contempt; and the more fond of indulgence you have bestowed, the less will be the regard they will exercise towards you in return.”

It would be so easy to give them everything they wish for, but would it be best for them?  Scripture tells us that in whatever state God places us we are to be content, but how do we transfer that truth to our children?  I believe we have to be consistent, diligent, patient, and forgiving.  What is your opinion?

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Free Books

Who doesn’t like books?  If your family is anything like my family you can’t have enough books.  I’ve found a couple of websites where you can go to and enter contests to win FREE books!   

 Challies.com you will enter to win 41 books from Ligonier Ministries

 At Life in a Shoe you can post a wish list for Vision Forum for up to $150 and be registered to win a gift certificate.

 See each site for rules and regulations.

 Here is my wish list for the Vision Forum contest.  

  1. Passionate Housewives Desperate for God     $16.00
  2. The History of the Sunday School Movement  $10.00
  3. Biblical Eldership $16.00
  4. Rediscovering the Family Altar (A Church in the House) $12.00
  5. Fatherhood from a Biblical Perspective  $35.00
  6. The Life and Campaings of Stonewall Jackson  $25.00
  7. Making Wise Decisions About College and Life After Home School $10.00
  8. The Adventure of Missionary Heroism $24.00

Happy shopping!


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Hello world!

This is my first official try at blogging.  (prayer:  Lord Jesus please help me!)  So, here we go!  Why would I name my blog “The Back Deck”?  Well, for anyone who hasn’t visited our home, the back deck is the place where my entire family likes to congregate.  We each try to get there first so we can have the coveted seat on the porch swing.  The reason we all enjoy it so much is . . . we’ve finally moved out of the city and we are able to look out over our acreage at the trees, grass, and wildlife.  We can also invision the creek that runs at the bottom of the hill, and we praise our Lord for blessing us with such beauty.

Pray for our family as we start this new adventure.

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