Monday, December 8, 2014

Proverbs Intro

The first section we will cover in bible study is Proverbs.

Each week I'll take one or a few verses from Proverbs and share with you what the Lord has given me regarding those verses.

I hope this helps others to think and truly dive in to their bible reading and come to deeper understanding of His truths as much as it is helping  me.

All verses will be taken from the King James version.

Proverbs 1:1-6

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;  To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;  To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;  To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.  A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:  To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

These first six verses are an introduction to the rest of the book of Proverbs. They tell us who is writing and why.

There are a few other authors in Proverbs, but we start out with King Solomon, a man with great wisdom from God.

The Proverbs are essentially life instructions. Guidence in wisdom.

Basically: it's there so we don't have to learn everything the hard way.

If we take the time to learn and apply the lessons and truths found in Proverbs we take the path with less struggle because we're not falling into our own foolish and flesh driven traps.

Many people practice reading a proverb a day to continue to keep these instructions in wisdom close to their heart and mind.

I look forward to diving into these truths with each of you and any respectful discussion that comes out of this study.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I'm back! With a year end update and a promise

Okay, I've neglected my poor blog again. Not happening again. I'm working on a plan for 3 posts a week. Tuesday will be a scripture study and life application post. Thursday and Saturday posts will be a mix of homeschooling, frugal, parenting, garden, canning and critter posts.

So how have I done on those goals I set at the beginning of the year you ask???

1. Read the bible and 4 other books
I'm still on track with my bible reading and have read 9 other books this year.

2. Take a meal to one family/person a week
This one got neglected. Around June finances got tight and gas became a precious commodity. We've managed about once a month since then.

3. Get off TANF
Last TANF payment was in August. Things are tighter than I'd like, but we're managing.

4. Grow or produce most of our food: grocery goal budget is $200 or less
I've managed to keep my grocery budget at a $225 average for the last 6 months.  Mostly due to changes in shopping habits, the garden wasn't very fruitful this year.

5. Get involved in another ministry at church
I have not taken on a specific ministry in the church. With illnesses and the chaos of my schedule, it's not practical. I have however continued to step in to help where I can as often as possible.

6. Work on house: paint interior, replace carpet, upgrade some insulation
The carpet and paint are done in every room but my own. The insulation went untouched, but we did install a wood stove to improve the heating efficiency and lower the cost. So far, I have spent $0 to heat the house this fall!

7. Build up stock for craft fairs: complete 10 projects a month, not including orders
I've hardly been able to keep up with orders and things we need, but I have managed a small amount of stock items.

8. Eat better: more organic, no soy, mostly GF, less sugar
We've gotten rid of the soy and really cut back on sugar. We're about 50% organic and everyone eats less gluten. At least 3x a week our meals are gluten free.

9. Stop smoking
Still a lingering bad habit. I'm doing better and still making a conscious effort to cut back.

10. Expand animals and their housing
Due to some unforeseen events, I was forced to sell the goats. We now have 7 ducks (1 Drake and 6 hens) and 8 chicken hens. 

Other than the smoking, I'm pleased with the progress I made this year and can not wait to see what the coming year holds!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Weekly Goals~ July 7th 2014

It's been a fairly productive week around here! Hopefully soon I'll be able to add more blog work back in.

Finance
~Earn $300... and more!

Animals
~enlarge chicken run... didn't get finished, but I did get started and get a different water set up that freed up some space

~either sell or slaughter roosters... I have some possible interest, I'm waiting on a firm answer before I butcher

~continue to try to catch or kill the wild rabbit... continued to try, but she's still winning

~determine what materials I need for milk stand... I have most of what I need, now to find the time to build it!

Food
~$50 max... $49.62

~meal plan from pantry... accomplished easily

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~finish afghan... done

~reusable produce bags... done

~ cut purse pieces... done

Reading
~Bible, follow plan... on track
~Clean House finish... finished
~Sheparding a Child's Heart, finish... finished

Business

~Make business cards... I'm slacking
~Contact local Saturday market... did I mention I'm slacking

Homeschooling 
~Accomplish at least 2 hours of school per day... mostly

~ start looking for more curriculum... looked and realized it's just not in the budget

Projects

~rest of carpet up... nope

~haul, rake and level the (free) gravel for shed area... hauled several loads and raked them, but didn't get it finished

Garden
~rip out peas... done

~plant something else in their place... went with sunflowers, they'll be beautiful and then we'll save the seeds to help offset critter feed

Other
~deliver one meal... done

~house & pet sit for family that is out of town... and I enjoyed their Netflix too

~make an updated project list... that was scary

~make a detailed list of potential changes and the likely savings... that was enlightening and slightly depressing

Additionally
~baby hat to match Afghan
~turned scrap yarn into pot holder
~finished over half of a gift for my mother

I need to work on managing all my tasks I need to get to run our life and be able to expand my business. for this week.....

Finance
~Earn $300
~set up online bill pay for water bill

Animals
~finish enlarging chicken run
~either sell or slaughter roosters
~continue to try to catch or kill the wild rabbit

Food
~$50 budget
~meal plan from pantry

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~finish 5 pot holders
~embroider butterfly on purse

Reading
~Bible, follow plan
~start reading Pay Dirt

Business
~Make business cards

Homeschooling 
~Accomplish at least 2 hours of school per day

Projects
~rest of carpet up
~haul, rake and level the (free) gravel for shed area
~move shed
~finish floor in girls room

Garden
~make a plan for a fall garden
~determined what edibles I can grow indoors and in the greenhouse for the winter

Other
~deliver one meal
~go through all the garage sale leftovers and get them posted online
~figure out the rest of the Christmas gifts for family and friends

Monday, June 30, 2014

Weekly goal ~ June 30th 2014

Okay, so I dissapeared for a week. It has been a crazy couple of weeks because, well, our life is crazy, last week was vacation bible school and my children decided it was a great time to pass around a stomach bug.

A quick summary...
~ I've met my $300 a week goal both weeks
~ I found a less expensive source of chicken feed
~ I've spent $15 on groceries in two weeks
~ my oldest daughter created a pantry and freezer inventory to help with meal planning
~ I found the perfect nightgown pattern and a possible dress pattern
~ the Afghan is almost done
~ bible reading is on track and I've made progress in both books I'm reading
~ I got a few more items stocked on etsy
~ clothesline is up
~ carpet is up in the girls room
~ had a meeting with pastor
~ talked to insurance and got my bill lowered $10 a month
~ had a moderately successful garage sale

So, now to move forward with another week and some fresh goals!

Finance
~Earn $300
Animals
~enlarge chicken run
~either sell or slaughter roosters... we ended up with 2!
~continue to try to catch or kill the wild rabbit
~determine what materials I need for milk stand

Food
~$50 max
~meal plan from pantry

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~finish afghan
~reusable produce bags
~ cut purse pieces

Reading
~Bible, follow plan
~Clean House finish
~Sheparding a Child's Heart, finish

Business
~Make business cards
~Contact local Saturday market

Homeschooling
~Accomplish at least 2 hours of school per day
~ start looking for more curriculum

Projects
~rest of carpet up
~haul, rake and level the (free) gravel for shed area

Garden
~rip out peas
~plant something else in their place

Other
~deliver one meal
~house & pet sit for family that is out of town
~make an updated project list
~make a detailed list of potential changes and the likely savings

That should be enough to make me fall over dead tired each night!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Weekly Goals ~ June 16th

Well, working 4 days a week is wonderful, but does take some adjustment!

Finance
~Earn $400... almost!
~Cut budget by $25... I found about $5 to cut but I'm not sure what else can be cut

Animals
~Get buck and drakes sold... check!!!!

Food
~$10 budget... blown, I spent $43

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~finish off mending basket... done
~30 rows on Afghan... I accomplished 11 rows

Reading
~Bible, get caught up... still not caught up
~Clean House chapter 10... didn't even touch it
~Sheparding a Child's Heart Chapters 10-12... done

Business
~Stock Etsy shop, at least 5 more items... 3 items stocked
~Make 8 business cards... nope
~Contact local Saturday market... still didn't do it

Homeschooling
~Accomplish at least 2 hours of school per day... only 2/6 days

Projects
~Put up new clothes line... nope

And there were no additional accomplishments. I am actually very discouraged. While I know I did a great deal this week, I don't think I made the best use of my time. I need to be more diligent and watchful of my time!

I'll be adding a few new categories this week to encompass all my monthly goals.

Finance
~Earn $300
~Assess water, electric and gas usage for possible cuts

Animals
~enlarge chicken run

Food
~no buy week

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~30 rows on Afghan
~find/make night gown pattern
~print purse pattern
~reusable produce bags

Reading
~Bible, get caught up
~Clean House chapter 10
~Sheparding a Child's Heart Chapters 13-15

Business
~Stock Etsy shop, at least 5 more items
~Make 8 business cards
~Contact local Saturday market

Homeschooling
~Accomplish at least 2 hours of school per day

Projects
~Put up new clothes line
~rest of carpet up

Garden
~tie up peas
~cut and freeze some herbs

Other
~1 meal delivered
~meet with pastor

Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekly Goals ~ June 9th

Another week has passed and it's been a busy one!!!

Finance
~Earn $400 this week... almost made it!
~Write out June budget... check

Animals
~Keep trying to get drakes and buck sold... I tried, but no takers
~Check with 1 business about waste produce... didn't happen

Food
~$140 budget (this includes stocking up on spaghetti sauce, rice, and other staples)... spent $170, I ended up going to visit family and hit up two awesome discount stores there!
~Continue to try to catch wild rabbit... she's still hopping about
~Start potato tower... check!

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~1 item from mending/alteration basket each day... check
~Find yarn... check
~30 rows on Afghan... did a skein on the other project, but not the Afghan, I'm waiting on the yarn I ordered
~Pick fabric, floss and embroidery pattern for purse... check!!!

Reading
~Bible, get caught up... I'm 3 days behind still
~Clean House chapter 9... check
~Sheparding a Child's Heart Chapters 8&9... check

Business
~Stock Etsy shop, at least 25 items... I've been stocking items, but it is a slower process than I anticipated
~Make 8 business cards... didn't even try
~Contact local Saturday market... completely spaced this one!

Homeschooling
~Select new community welfare project... check
~Write up approximately 4 weeks of bible curriculum... check

Projects
~Put up new clothes line... nope
~Install screen door... yes, it's a beauty
~Paint kitchen... it looks wonderful!

Additionally
~pulled up carpet and several layers of linoleum in the living room and boys room... revealing the original hardwood floor. Looks fabulous!
~Got a new babysitting job!

Now for this week's goals!!!

Finance
~Earn $400
~Cut budget by $25

Animals
~Get buck and drakes sold

Food
~$10 budget

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~finish off mending basket
~30 rows on Afghan

Reading
~Bible, get caught up
~Clean House chapter 10
~Sheparding a Child's Heart Chapters 10-12

Business
~Stock Etsy shop, at least 5 more items
~Make 8 business cards
~Contact local Saturday market

Homeschooling
~Accomplish at least 2 hours of school per day

Projects
~Put up new clothes line

I feel like I'm aiming low this week... but I'm also going to be working 3 or 4 days this week. Here goes nothing!!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Weekly Goals~ June 2nd

Better than last week, but I clearly have an aim for the moon and land among the stars philosophy.

Finance
~Earn $300 this week... made it about half way

Animals
~Sell 2 drakes... pushed the post, but no sale
~Post buck for sale... posted and reposted
~Check with 2 businesses about waste produce... one yes, one no

Food
~$20 budget... $20.11, close enough
~Continue to try to catch wild rabbit... 3 sightings and it's still roaming free
~Start potato tower... umm, nope

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~1 item from mending/alteration basket each day... check
~finish baby shower gift... check
~20 rows on Afghan... nope, haven't found the yarn I need yet

Reading
~Bible Ezra 1- Job 4... I finished Nehemiah.... oops
~Clean House chapters 6-8... check
~Sheparding a Child's Heart Chapters 6&7... check

Business
~Post at least 3 flyers... check
~One Facebook post per day... check
~Set up Etsy shop... check
~Make 10 business cards... I made 2
~Make 15 ribbon tags... check

Homeschooling
~Catch up grading and filing...check
~Refill Chey and Dakota's baskets... check

Projects
~Clean up green house... check
~Paint and install screen door... it's painted but not hung

Additionally
~cleaned out shed
~cleared brambles along back fence line

And now for this week's goals!

Finance
~Earn $400 this week
~Write out June budget

Animals
~Keep trying to get drakes and buck sold
~Check with 1 business about waste produce

Food
~$140 budget (this includes stocking up on spaghetti sauce, rice, and other staples)
~Continue to try to catch wild rabbit
~Start potato tower

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~1 item from mending/alteration basket each day
~Find yarn
~30 rows on Afghan
~Pick fabric, floss and embroidery pattern for purse

Reading
~Bible, get caught up!
~Clean House chapter 9
~Sheparding a Child's Heart Chapters 8&9

Business
~Stock Etsy shop, at least 25 items
~Make 8 business cards
~Contact local Saturday market

Homeschooling
~Select new community welfare project
~Write up approximately 4 weeks of bible curriculum

Projects
~Put up new clothes line
~Install screen door
~Paint kitchen

Let's see if I can knock this list out!