Saturday, December 25, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
I am not going to post rules, regulations, or even guidelines for you to follow. Rather I want you to focus on your "Be" Level ~ who you are, what you find, in Christ. I want you to do these things (modesty, kindness, charity, meekness, etc.) because you love your God. If you can get a hold of this one concept, it will revolutionize your life.
Now that we've covered that, let's get to the heart of the matter. Before we begin on anything else, there is on prevalent question that MUST be asked:
Would you be content if you remained single for the rest of your life?
Or would you be upset?
Let's be honest. Our calling in life - whether at an away-from-home job or as a stay-at-home maker - begs for a companion. But have you become so consumed with the idea of a life mate that you're completely missing the point of life? 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.“ Our life is to revolve around worshiping, serving, honoring Christ.
At this point you may be asking, "So what are you saying?!? That marriage is bad? To want to be a mother wrong?" No, I'm not saying any of this. What I am saying is that the sole goal of a husband, a home, and children is not Biblical. Marriage is not your highest calling!
The best way I have heard it put is by a girl named Joanna Lynn,
But here’s a surprise. Tempted as I might be to say that singleness is the most defining factor in my life right now, I would have to admit that, no, it is not. Being single is not who I am. If I were married, my marriage would not be who I am. Even just the fact that I am a woman doesn’t define my life and shape my days. The most important detail of my whole life is that I am a child of God. Wherever I go, whatever the color of my skin happens to be, however lonely I feel, however stereotyped and boxed-in other people choose to see me, I am a Christian, bought with the priceless gift of Jesus blood, and THAT is defining, if anything is. That means, I am not my own. I am called to serve the Lord, with all of my talents, all of my being, all of my desires and wishes. I am called to throw myself into the front-lines of spiritual battle, praying when I can do nothing else, working when and where that is possible, pouring my life out for the One who bought me. I am a girl, yes, but I am also a soldier. I am single, and financially limited, but I am also Christ’s witness and a bearer of precious tidings. My life right now should be pretty much like my married life will one day be: a life with Christ as it’s focus, it’s aim, it’s glory. In that respect, my physical conditions on earth do not alter who I am, and what I am called to do. Granted, a married woman definitely has a different field of service than a single woman does, especially if she is a mother as well, but if you see what I mean, her ultimate goal and desire should remain unchanged.
~ Joanna Lynn, The Defining Factor
It is emotionally painful to be single! We were not created to be solitary creatures (just look at Genesis 2:18 where God created Adam a companion) but rather to function in a partnership. Need an example? Check out 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 where Paul speaks of unity in the Body of Christ. Isn't it interesting that this unity chapter leads into arguably the most famous Bible chapter (hint: it's about love)?
We're getting off course. Around my school there is a phrase often quoted, "You'll be more of tomorrow what you are today." Whatever you are practicing today is what you will be living tomorrow. What are you practicing?
Preparing to be a help-meet means so much more than just learning how to do dishes, how to rear children, or how to cook. The Hebrew word,עזר ('ezer), is the idea of aid. A help-meet's sole purpose in life is to aid her husband - who's job is to lead his family in worship. Let me repeat/clarify that: The sole purpose of a wife is to aid her husband in God's glorification.
Wait! This mean that our purpose as a married woman is the same as a single female!!! What a revolutionary idea!
"Be More of Tomorrow"
Disney has ruined us. From a young age we are taught to wait in our ivory tower because "One day my prince will come!". This mentality is so rare (I believe non-existent) in the Scripture. Rebecca, Esther, Mary, Ruth, Deborah... you name her, she wasn't waiting for her prince. She was serving God right where she was.
Are you content to serve Christ as a single? Will you just wait to serve Him until you're married? How do you expect to be more of tomorrow if you aren't doing today? Instead of spending your time pining for your prince, use it to Glorify God. He'll bring along some on so much better than Mr. Charming. "...that in all things he [Christ] might have the preeminence." (Col 1:18)
Lady Weaver is a part-time student, full-time single. Soft spots include food, cultural oddities, good books, excellent music, and all things Asian. She is currently studying for God's call on her life - Foreign Missions. Often she struggles but knows that God is in ultimate control. Daily she lives to serve and worship Him. In the back of her mind she wonders if she'll find Mr. Right... but knows that God has plans and lessons for her at the moment (mainly in learning to keep her big mouth shut and listen). The Lady keeps up with school, church, ministry, work, and two blogs Filia Pacem and Wanderlust Requiem.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Then I will randomly pair you with someone to exchange with.
You will email each other to get an address, then of course the fun begins.
For the gift exchange, please don't go over $20. Something simple, maybe homemade.
After you have received your gift, post about it on your blog and let us see what you got!
You have until the 14th to enter and then I'll get you paired up.
So comment here and have fun!
(sorry this is rushed.. I'm running out of time)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
yup.. I'm behind... Waaaaay behind. Not to long after Thanksgiving I came down with the worst cold I think I've ever had.. It layed me out all week..
But I'm back, and I'm going to try to get some things going. Like exchanges. :D
Also there are a few new polls in the sidebar, check them out, answer a few questions, and help me get to know you.
Also I'm going to beg.. yup beg... I want to hear from you!!!
I want you to write something! I need inspiring articles, inspiring pictures, quotes, ANYTHING!!
I don't have Internet at home so its really really hard for me to wheedle out those things that even at first glance make you want to run home and learn something new. So you have to wheedle them out for me! If you don't want to email me, simply comment on the contribute post (sidebar) with a link (preferably "LinkS" plural) to what you found.
So please, please, please, help me get this place going!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
We so often take this day for granted, with it's turkey and cranberry sauce, and we forget what it's really all about. As we learned in preschool, Today we remember the feast that the pilgrims hosted to thank the Indians for pretty much saving the settlement. Today was set aside to emulate them, But instead... it's all about the turkey. (Sounds familiar come "Christ"mas time right?)
We do the same thing in prayer sometimes. We get so wrapped up in the sick or lost relatives, or, heaven forbid, that pair of boots we've been drooling over (among other wants and wishes), that we forget to thank him for what he's already done.
You know, if a friend stepped in front of a bullet for you, especially if they lived, there would be no end of thanks to them. I know I, at least, would fall slave at their feet, making sure they never wanted for anything again.
But didn't Jesus do the same thing? And yet, we can only ask for more.
So take aside time, among the basting, decorating and entertaining, to stop, and thank God for the Sunshine. Or the rain or snow! Thank him for bringing your family together, and if he didn't, thank him for the time of solitude to spend with him. And thank him, most importantly, for the sacrifice he made for you!
So what are you thankful for?
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Wool Skirts By: Natasha Atkerson
In my quest to dress more feminine, I've come across a new favorite: Wool Skirts!
While cotton skirts are appealing in the Summer time, they can become quite cold in the Winter! I live in Montana, so it can get pretty cold. Instead of abandoning skirts in the Winter, I've found wool skirts. Picking up Pendelton (a pretty expensive brand!) skirts at Goodwill last week was my best buy ever! They keep the chill out-and they look cute!
Where to find wool skirts:
Keep your eyes peeled!
How To Wear Them:
Pair wool skirts with dress boots, granny boots, ballet flats and maryjanes. I think the best length is shown above. any shorter would really defeat the purpose! If you are an hourglass shape (like me) the skirt would look best with a loose fitting top, tucked into the skirt with a wide belt at the waist. Stay away from skinny belts as they will add un wanted attention to your chest. And be sure to pick up a pair of cozy knee highs, or tights! If a day is extremely cold, wear furry boots, tights/leggings with one or two pairs of socks (depending on the tempature!)
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Another Sunday another post!
Thanksgiving is this Thursday! are you ready? Is the food all bought? The house all decorated?
Are you like me and procrastinate till the last minute?
or are you relaxing gently while waiting for a trip to the home of a flabberghasted relative?
Or even more relaxed are you one of those lucky Canadians who are already through with Thanksgiving?
Our Thanksgivings are always a flurry among my nuclear family of "So what are we doing this year?" Christmas has always been planned out with traditions and set schedules, but thanksgiving is sure not.
The relative on my Dad's side all decide to save the drama until Christmas, and do other things on this day, but we still like to visit my Grandparents. My Mom's side is very demanding on all holidays, it's "Their way or you can come by yourself another day" Which is rather upsetting sometimes... And finally we have some friends in the community, a middle aged couple who are not only inviting their family, but have invited all the "Lost Puppies" among their friends. Last year... I think it was, we joined them. ;D lol!
So what are your traditions? Any ways you especially try to give thanks unto our Father on this day? (And Don't worry, I already have a post read for the day itself for a "Give thanks" post. :)
Well I'll let you get back to travel and flower arrangements. :D
Love and Huggs!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Okay actually we'll be asking each other...
Once every week to few weeks, (depending on how much response we get to this..)
I'll host an "Ask Anne" post.
Do you have a burning question? A recipe you can't find? A concept you don't understand? A prayer request?
This is the place to ask it!
To ask, simply Email it to me! (info in the contributions button in the sidebar)
Then the next time I post an "Ask Anne" Your question will appear and if someone knows the answer or has an opinion they will comment a reply!
My question is; when is piping an armcye necessary? and.. excuse my ignorance... what is it and how is it done? (tutorials welcome!)
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Stay at Home Sunday again!
This week happened to include veterans day. I am so proud of our men and boys! My Grandfather was in the pacific in WWII, my mom's dad was in the air force just after. My dad served in the army around the time of vietnam but never had to go overseas. And I have several church friends now who are either serving or were recently discharged.
Patriotisms always makes me think of the 40's The strength, not only of body, but of the minds of our boys. But not just the boys, the women here on te homefront. Keeping the faith here at home, watching and waiting for either our men to come home, or for that dreaded telegram. They worked here to keep the country moving while the world was at war. So as you Remember our boys, remember the Women too.
Do any of you have any friends or relatives who are veterans? How about any interesting stories that stem from that service?
I have pleanty of dear dinner table stories from my relatives, but no great medal of honor things. But those quiet precious stories,meant the most to the family though they wouldn't mean much to others. My Grandfather won a purple heart on Okinawa and stayed there until the surrender. He then came home to his wife (my Grandmother) and his then around two year old daughter that he had never seen. (my aunt)
What's your story?
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Now this will be more of an issue come Christmas time.
But I need to find out how much ya'll want to do.
I'll most likely do a giveaway, deffinately for Christmas, possibly for thanksgiving (That's up to you)
To those of you who are handcrafters and especially to those who have etsies, I want to ask one of you to donate something to give. I don't mind entering something myself, but this gives those of you who want to, a way to contribute without having to write an article.
Secondly is exchanges, personally I love them! a straight get and give whether it's just a card or a larger gift. (nothing over $20 really) But this would require giving out an address to "Strangers." (Strangers here are those we just haven't been formally introduced to) I know a lot of us wish to conceal our Identity for safety's sake, so you wouldn't be required to enter. And as safe as I can think would be to list only an email address in a comment, or email it to me, so nothing would show up openly on this site. Then I would shuffle all the entries names and send you the email address of the person you would exchange with.
This is also a WONDERFUL opportunity to get to know a fellow SaHD. You can begin a correspondence, or simply get an address. I suggest the former. ;D it's much more fun and lessens the worry of giving an address to a "Stranger"
Also a way to avoid that is to give (With their permission of course) the address or a friend or relative, or even better a PO box, to keep from giving your own.
Now these are just suggestions. I won't condemn you if you don't enter. And if you have a better more organized way to do this as easily and safely as possible I am always open to suggestion!
But then would you like to exchange a gift? a Card? or both?
Please comment here and let me know! all these Holidays are creeping up on us faster than we realize!
And let me know here or email me if you have something you want to donate to a giveaway!
Love and Huggs!
Ps, If this is a success I would love to do these for things like spring seed exchanges, Valentines, St. Patrick's day, and beyond! So be prepared!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Mmmmm, November is here at last! Roll out the electric blankets and cocoa, the leaves have fallen and winter is on it’s way!
It’s funny, when the doors close and most people huddle up by the fire or heater, I’m at my most active!
I do all my spring cleaning in the fall… And I do a lot of walking and such once it gets cold. There is nothing I like better than to put on my long skirts and wool coat and go walking. To me, it’s better in the cold, I don’t have to worry about snakes or spiders, or grass that reaches over my head. (In which all of the above reside….)
What about you? Any "Getting ready for winter" traditions?
And here’s a question I’d like to ask. As it gets cold… you can’t very well hang clothes on the line. (I did in the dead of winder once and there were icicles hanging off my underwear! Eep!) So do you just give up and use the drier? Or do you have indoor apparatuses to hang clothes on?
We sometimes hang them under our stairs… (We have open uncarpeted stairs) but now I have a sewing corner there so that makes it difficult… Plus the cat liked to have fun knocking things off, then running to see if she’d killed it.
Well have a wonderful week!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Please welcome Kristen!
It's hard to say where my story begins. I've always been raised in church, and knew how to live a Godly life, following the examples that my parents, and grandparents had set before me. I took my bible study time seriously, but always felt like there might be something more I could do to further my relationship with Him. I attended a local college, following in the footsteps of my peers, where I worked on a 4-year degree in Biology. I always wanted to be a doctor, so this was the first step. As I progressed through the courses, I started to lose focus on the end goal. I thought that maybe I was going through a "stage", and prayed that God would deliver the focus I needed to follow "His" plan for my life. But, what I didn't realize was that His plan, was completely different from my own. One night, I was watching TV, when a new show (new to me, anyway) flashed across the screen..."18 Kid's and Counting." It was as if a light bulb turned on in my brain. Their love for God, their morals, their togetherness as a family, is EXACTLY what I wanted in my life. I immediately turned to my bible, searching the scriptures for what might be an answer from God, that this was His plan for me. Titus 2:3 spoke to me, and I realized that God's plan for me wasn't to spend all my hours in a hospital, but instead taking care of my own family, and raising my children in the ways of the Lord.
Flash forward to today, I'm 27 and still waiting for God to show me the man that He has intended for me. I have faith that it will happen in His time, and I am contently working on my relationship with Him in the meantime. I still have occurrences when I'll blurt out some scientific fact that I have stored away in my brain. But, anymore the occurances are humorous, and my friends and family just laugh .I am working on learning to sew, cook, and manage a house. All of which I enjoy thoroughly. I am sharing this, to offer encouragement to women, who might just be realizing God's true plan for their lives. I lack very little to obtain a degree in biology, but instead have decided to turn my focus upward, and focus solely on Him.
Kristen N. Porter
Sunday, October 31, 2010
This just so happens to be Halloween Sunday! I Have a love hate relationship with Halloween… especially when it falls on a Sunday.
My whole life, I’ve loved dressing up, and looking at other’s costumes. And I still do, which is why October is my favourite month! (Especially since I was born on the first day of it!)
But I’ve never liked what Halloween stood for. All the ghouls and Goblins, ghosts and monsters.. And not to mention who’s boss over all those things… *shivers* Not cool…
So I won’t say I’ve never been Trick - or - treating, or that I didn’t enjoy it. What I didn’t like was showing up at a church’s "Not so Halloween" party, and being the only one in a costume! (Embarrassing!)
So what about you? Do you have any Anti- Satan "Halloween" traditions? Or do you ignore it all together? (Not a bad thing.. I know a lot of people who do, and now looking back, I don’t blame you!)
But hey! All that discount candy afterward is great! (Just kidding)
Back to homemaking, have you done anything this week that made you feel accomplished in that realm?
Tell me about it!
Love and huggs
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Tomatoe Sauce And Canned Green Chile
3 Cups of lukewarm water
1 1/2 Tablespoons of Yeast
COMBINE WITH WHISK
1 1/2 Tabelspoons of coarse salt
COMBINE WITH WHISK
6 1/2 cups of flour
Place UNCOOKED dough in a greased bowl, and let rise for 1 hour.
Roll out into pizza shape and place on greased pizza/sheet pans (whatever you have really is fine)
Bake at 400 Deg. 6-12 min. or until cooked.
Add toppings, and COOK for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is metled and bubbly.
Topping Ideas From The Atkersons
Canned green chile
Chicken (baked or fried)
Cream Cheese (yes, I know it sounds disgusting, but its awesome!)
Green Chile (stew/soup kind as a base with cheese)
Base Sauce Ideas
Green Chile (stew/soup kind)
Cream cheese with green chile and Basil.
BBQ Chicken with BBQ sauce
Friday, October 29, 2010
ps... what happens when you are in a hurry? You look like a dimwit for spelling "Here" instead of "Hear" for the poll about music... and then you find out you can't change it...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
First off, what is a "Stay at home Daughter?" For those that are wondering, we are a group of girls, sadly few and far between, usually aged 15- 30, that believe their calling in life is to be a stay at home wife and mother. Most of us believe that going to Colledge is not right for us, and chose to stay at home and learn from the best professors on our calling; God, first and foremost, And our Mothers and Grandmothers, (Not to mention other matronly women)
Now, on to this blog.
Why Did I start this? At the age of Nineteen (and earlier) I find myself lost in a sea of Doctors, lawyers, teachers, and other "Professional female students." I have nothing against that, but as someone who wants to do things the seemingly "Old fashioned" way and wait for God's calling, I'm highly scrutinized. Women are allowed to vote, hold property, be high ranking officials, whatever they want, but when they openly CHOOSE to be a mother, they are supposedly going against everything society has worked for.
Now here you are, you're young, smart, and have chosen the "Old fashioned" way. You believe that the Highest calling God gives ANY woman, is that of a mother. To raise your children to be like their "Father."
The problem is, now you're lost in that sea of Doctors and Lawyers, pushing you in the direction society wants you to go.
And here's the revelation, (or at least what I found as one), You are not alone! There are dozens of us, hundreds of us, lost, and trying to follow God's calling.
That is what this place is for. To commune and fellowship with others who share this calling. Others the same age, going through the same things, facing the same problems. And we're here for you. We understand, and we have advise to give!
Welcome! Come introduce yourself!
Now that we're here, what do we do?
Well here are my plans!
My first project is called "Stay at Home Sunday" every Sunday we get together and tell some of the things we have done toward a homemaking goal throughout the week. You can share a link to your blog, or a video, or simply chat about it. Did you try any interesting recipes? Clean a room from top to bottom? This is the place to share!
Unless you want to write a full article. Which is wholly welcome! Share that recipe or sewing project. Or an SaH "Revelation" you had recently. There is info on how to contribute in the side bar. Simply click to learn more!
Now, other things I want to see here, I'm planning some giveaways, and exchanges, for everything from Holidays to number of followers (So tell your friends! *wink wink* *Nudge nudge*)
I'd love to host old fashioned weeks (or weekends..), and modest fashion weeks, theme them or do something entirely different depending on the time of year.
For now I'm not sure what else really. There will be articles on everything from recipes, to modest dress, to cleaning tips, whatever. I'm hoping it will simply grow and blossom into something wonderful!
Now, here is the place for you to tell me your Ideas. I have barely started this! And any ideas you have will be FULLY appreciated! Just leave a comment!
Thank you so much for joining in!
Love and Huggs!
As all or most of you have blogs, I know you can write to some extent!
You don’t have to become a permanent Co-author to contribute. (Though I’m open to that as well!) Remember that yummy recipe you made last week? What about that Titus two moment you had a few weeks ago with a Stay at home mom from your church. I’d LOVE for you to write about it. And if you’ll Email it to me, I’ll post it here with due credit!
My email is Stayathomedaughtersfellowship[@]gmail[.]com (remove brackets)
Write about anything "Comfortable and homey" that you want!
But please do! I can’t keep this going by myself.
I await your articles! I can already see some of the delightful posts you will send me!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
toward a homemaking goal. Did you clean a room? or do Laundry for your mother? Did you Sew something or make something? Keep some cutie kids?
Tell me all about it! (And there are two of you here,) You have 'Till next week. Go ahead and tell me something!
As for me, I cleaned the living room, and Tidied the bathroom. Hung out the Laundry and Cut out a new coat. I'm sure there was a lot more but I'm at my Grandparents and can't think of anymore...
Please! Comment here, and tell me all, or simply link to a post on your blog!
Next week, we may start putting a theme to these so be ready!