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Family Covenant Ministries (Formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship) Faithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 34 years! www.FamilyCovenantMinistries.com
 
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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME September/October 2018 Information
http://www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com/


Our Family’s Vision and Mission 
http://www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=4&Itemid=1 
 
Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF) Information and Activities

1.Special Note From The Summers

2. FCM Activities 
2019 FCM 34th Annual Graduation Information
2019 FCM Art Festival Information
FCM Activities-Additional Activities and Dates Coming Soon
2018
      FCM Christmas Ball Saturday December 1
2019
      FCM Ice Skating January
      FCM Skiing February 1
      FCM Graduation Meeting February
      FCM Heart to Heart Tea March
      FCM Art Festival April 6
      FCM Used Books, Games, Clothes, Decorations, Furniture Sale

3. Needs and Services  

a.    Semisaurus Mobile Creation Museum

b.    Home-school Interns opportunity for SPRING 2019

c.     Special Offer for John Eidsmoe’s Historical & Theological Foundations of Law 2nd Edition

d.    Summers Family Farms LLC, Jersey Downs LLC, Summers Wood Products LLC, and You May Prosper LLC

4. There’s No Place Like Home Articles

1.    Notes from Subscribers

2.    Heart to Heart-Home Schooling and Grandchildren and …What?!!! by Saralee Rhoads 

3.    Economy

4.    Casting a Vision for Multigenerational Family Businesses and Estates- Avoid the Foolish and Fractious Man

5.    Delightful Surprises-Join Peter Rabbit and His Family for a Spot of Tea with This Collection

6.    In the Library

a.    Snuggle Bunnies

b.    Essential Book List Additions

      7. Tiny Tots- Hunt for Treasures
      8.  Summers on the Farm
      9. Restoring America-President and Senate Working to Shape Courts for Decades
    
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Note From The Summers

Dear Families,
 
If you have not already, please click the links below to watch Honorable Brett Kavanaugh ‘s heart wrenching, but remarkable, testimony and Senator Lindsey Graham’s chastising the Democrats for their unethical and unjustifiable character assassination of Kavanaugh.
 
As we all know, this is a horrific battle over the life of babies, created in the image of God, formed by Him in their mother’s womb. Whereas the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; Jesus came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 
 
Although we must continue to physically work to overturn Roe v Wade, we must be reminded that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, we must take up the full armor of God, stand firm and pray! Ephesians 6:10-18   
 
Let us all join together in prayer against the rulers, powers, world forces of darkness and the spiritual forces of wickedness. Pray for Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Pray for Kavanuagh’s family.
 
Love, The Summers

https://youtu.be/ORdRbReYOv0

https://youtu.be/9GONHkIGagY
 



FCM ACTIVITIES 
 
FCM 23rd Annual English Country Christmas Ball to Live Music, Saturday, December 1st, 6:30 p.m. at the beautiful Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Conveniently located on the northeast corner of Hwy 40/64 on Lindbergh Blvd. Enter through back entrance. No prior dance experience is required. Please bring a two-liter bottle of ginger ale and a finger food to share. $6 per person; $42 maximum/family. Children 2 and under free. At the Door: $7 per person; $49 per family.
 
Make check payable to FCM, c/o Sonia Summers, P.O. Box 586, Fredericktown, MO 63645. Must be postmarked by December 6th.
 
Bob Green started dancing at the Pasadena Folk Dance Coop in the late 1950’s. He became an avid contra dancer in the mid 1990’s. He added English Country dance just after the turn of the century, and began calling English and Contra shortly thereafter. In addition to calling for English and Contra dance, Bob teaches waltz and other traditional couples dance, and is the editor of the Dance Video Archives website. Bob also love to do choreography, and has written over 40 contra and English Country dances. Here are links to a few popular ones:
 
http://dancevideos.childgrove.org/ecd/ecd-modern/470-waves-of-grain  
http://dancevideos.childgrove.org/ecd/ecd-modern/72-jacks-sparrow
http://dancevideos.childgrove.org/ecd/ecd-modern-86-a-little-ramsay-divey

Please Note: Young people’s behavior to one another should be that of brothers and sisters in Christ. No flirting, pairing off, or loitering outside the building. 
 
Please dress modestly. Parents, we realize how difficult it is these days to find modest apparel for daughters; however, we ask that you make sure that your daughters wear knee length or longer dresses and modest necklines. No off the shoulder dresses or spaghetti straps allowed. If you invite someone else who has never attended, please make certain that they understand our godly standards.

 



FCM Skiing and Snowboarding

Enjoy the best outdoor wintertime sport at a fabulous price. 
Join us for a Moonlight skiing session Friday February 8th at Hidden Valley Ski from 4:00pm to 1:00am.
17409 Hidden Valley Drive, Wildwood, MO

Snow Pass-Lift and Ski/Snowboard Equipment Rental  (Ages 13 and above) $56.00. For ages 5-12 only $50.00
Ski Lesson (Ages 8 and above) Only $20
Board Lesson (Ages 8 and above) Only $25
All payments must be here by January 28th!
There is a warm viewing area and food available. Call Josiah with any questions at 314-910-6135. We look forward to seeing you there. 
 



2019 FCM 34th Annual Graduation 

If you have a graduate, please email your graduate’s name, parents’ names, address, phone, and email address to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  so we may send you the information for our meeting, rehearsal, and graduation ceremony.  Our meeting will be held in March from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the beautiful Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131. Conveniently located on the northeast corner of Hwy 40/64 on Lindbergh Blvd., a little north of Frontenac Plaza. To give you an idea of the focus of our graduation you may read the godly and inspiring charge, “Destined to Make a Difference,” which was presented by Bob Wells in 2010 by going to http://www.familycovenantministries.com/. Click on “Services” and scroll to the bottom of the page.
 


 
2019 FCM Art Festival
 
Mark your calendars for next year's FCM Art Festival, to be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Salem United Methodist Church on Lindbergh Blvd.  Start planning your art projects early!
 
Also, as a part of expanding your knowledge about art and photography, we are in the process of working with instructors to offer a couple of art workshops.  These classes would teach on various techniques to help you better understand your craft and have fun in the process.  Stay tuned to the future newsletters for further details!
 


 
Upcoming Activities-Additional Activities and Dates Coming Soon  
2018
FCM Christmas Ball Saturday December 1st.
2019
FCM Ice Skating January
FCM Skiing February
FCM Graduation Meeting February
FCM Heart to Heart Tea Thursday March
FCM Art Festival Saturday April 6
FCM Used Books, Games, Clothes, Decorations, Furniture Sale
 



NEEDS AND SERVICES

Semisaurus Mobile Creation Museum
Sponsored by Missouri Lutherans for Life and The Missouri Association for Creation will be traveling to different churches in October. For more information go to www.missouricreation.org
 


Home-school Interns opportunity for SPRING 2019

The past couple of years I have had several wonderful home-schooled students from the nearby area.  I am hoping to have two or more interns this year.

Here are a few details:

Interns for SPRING 2019 will work in Jefferson City in my capitol office. This is open to multiple interns 1 to 5 days per week.    I specialize in constituent services and research so all interns will have plenty of opportunity for growth.

Job Description:

Reminder - Interns will be working for a Republican Representative.

The intern will: 

·       Work with Chair of Scope of Practice SubCommittee / Vice Chair of Rules.

·       Research constituent problems or concerns, then prepare verbal or written response 

·       Attend committee meetings, take notes, write briefs, and report on activities observed

·       Help with constituent services such as birthday letters, congratulatory letters and certificates. 

·       Assist the legislative assistant with general office work 

·       Guide tours of the Missouri State Capitol 


Full-time interns are asked to work three to four days a week from Monday through Thursday. Intern can also work on Friday's directly with LA. 

Part-time interns can have varying hours to be determined on a case by case basis. While this opportunity is not paid, it will provide the candidate invaluable experience with legislation and college credit. 

Interns in my office must adhere to a Business Dress Policy and Drinking and Smoking are not allowed while in Capitol or acting in any capacity for me. I am concerned about the safety and learning conditions while serving in my office so no intern will be required to attend any evening functions outside of the capitol. I would be happy to discuss any concerns or policies with intern or respective College.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, hardworking and have a passion for politics. Interest in Political Science is a plus, but any major is ok. It's a great way to network for your future.  

Interested candidates should contact my office directly and can send information to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thanks! -Chrissy

 

State Rep Chrissy Sommer
Vice Chair – Professional Registration & Licensing Committee
District 106 – St Charles MO
(573) 751-1452

 


HISTORICAL & THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF LAW 
2nd Edition  
 
Special Offer The book many of you have been waiting for and asking for has been released –and it is now available to you for a special price!
 
Nordskog Publishing has produced this book as a magnificent hardbound three-volume set that exceeds even my expectations, complete with beautiful illustrations, a detailed updated index, full updated footnotes, and questions for discussion and reflection after every chapter. 
The theme of the book is that God's Higher Law, revealed in Scripture and in the law written on our hearts (Romans 2:14-15) underlies all human law and the idea that law is simply the edict of the State is a modern aberration.  Inspired by "echoes of Eden," ancient legal systems were often more enlightened and sophisticated than those of the present age.  Together we journey through ancient societies like those of Egypt, Persia, and China to the New World systems of the Inca and the Aztec, and of course the laws of the ancient Hebrews.  We explore Greek and Roman law, Sharia law, the development of the common law through its Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and Norman roots.  We look at the Lutheran and Calvinist Reformations, legal thinkers like Locke and Blackstone, and close with the American colonies as they move toward independence and constitutionalism. 
 
The book consists of six books (two in each volume) covering a wide gamut:
*The Foundation: Ancient legal systems with their "echoes of Eden" * The Cornerstone: The Laws of the ancient Hebrews
The Structure:  Greek and Roman law and the Islamic Shari'a alternative
The Centerpiece: The Common Law with its Celtic/Anglo-Saxon/Viking/Norman origins
The Pinnacle: The Lutheran and Calvinist Reformations and the shaping of Common Law theory by Christian thinkers such as Milton, Grotius, Locke, Montesquieu, Coke, and Blackstone
The Beacon: Transplanting the Common Law to the American colonies,
culminating with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
 
Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who was my student and research assistant at the O.W. Coburn School of Law, wrote:
"I love and adore John Eidsmoe and point directly to his powerful influence and teaching as the highlight of my legal educational journey. ...My respect and esteem for him is limitless." Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
 
The book has received dozens of endorsements from law school deans and professors, seminary deans and professors, historians, political scientists, and others. But an endorsement that is very important to me came from an attorney and former law student of mine, Stacy Pilgreen Harris. Her endorsement speaks volumes (pardon the pun), because she is also a home-school mom and her sons cite-checked two of the chapters and found them readable and fascinating: "Fascinating, interesting, knowledgeable, and wise are just a few words that describe Professor Eidsmoe. As his former law student and now lawyer, I can say first-hand that he has an extraordinary ability to communicate and educate, and Historical & Theological Foundations of Law is the proof. Two of my sons had the privilege of cite-checking two chapters of this book and found the information intriguing. They could not seem to get the work done for reading the rest of the book! This book is well written and so full of well researched facts that it is a must have for every homeschooling family. As a homeschooling mother Historical & Theological Foundations of Law is an invaluable tool." Stacy Harris, attorney, home-schooling mother, and author
 
John Eidsmoe has masterfully synthesized a broad array of primary sources into a comprehensive survey of legal philosophy. Eidsmoe is equally at home in the fields of law, theology, and history. What’s more, he energetically guides his readers on a journey from the ancient Near East to the founding of the American Republic, gracefully distilling complex ideas into short, accessible sentences. Study questions conclude each section, making the text readily adaptable to the classroom. By including frequent block quotations from history’s greatest legal thinkers, The Historical and Theological Foundation of Law achieves an encyclopedic chronicle of human endeavors to maintain ordered societies. Eidsmoe’s narrative also links salient facts into an interpretative essay, culminating in a reflection upon natural law and the divine Lawgiver who established it. Ryan C. MacPherson, Ph.D. Chair, Dept. of History, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota Founding President, The Hausvater Project
 
"John Eidsmoe has written arguably the most comprehensive — likely, at least, the most wide-ranging — genealogy of legal systems ever published in English.  In tracing the influence of Christianity and the Bible on Western legal systems, Eidsmoe has left us deeply in his debt.  This is a massive, towering work, a magnum opus to which few could attain, and it will furnish legal students intellectual grist for many, many years to come."  P. Andrew Sandlin President, Center for Cultural Leadership
 
This three-volume set is listed at $149.00, but I am making it available to you for only $80.00. You may send your check payable to John Eidsmoe at the address below. Godspeed,
John Eidsmoe  
2648 Pine Acres
Pike Road, AL 36064
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
(334) 324-1812
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
VOLUME ONE
Foreword xxi
Introduction 1
Book I The Foundation: Ancient Legal Systems 17
1 Egypt: Law and Justice -- Human and Divine 25
2 Mesopotamia: Where West Met East 47
3 Persia: Where West Became East 71
4 India: A Study in Contrasts and Blended Cultures 89
5 China: The Multi-Form Mandate of Heaven 123
6 Hawaii: Polynesian Paradise -- or Purgatory? 143
7 Inca: Law -- Short, Swift, and Severe 153
8 Maya: Shining Cities, Built on Blood 165
9 Aztec: America's Roman Empire -- or America's Third Reich? 177
10 Cheyenne: The Mystic Warriors of the Plains 195
11 Iroquois: Early American Constitutionalism 215
Observations on Ancient Law: Ancient Constitutionalism: Echoes of Eden? 235
Book II The Cornerstone: Laws of the Ancient Hebrews 241
12 The Genesis of Hebrew Law: Law Before the Law 247
13 The Documents of Hebrew Law: Preserving God's Law, or Evolving God’s Law? 273
14 The Institutions of Hebrew Law: Confederacy, Republic, Then Monarchy 325
15 The Precepts of Hebrew Law: One God = One Law 369
16 The Influence of Hebrew Law: Moses, Lawgiver to the World 397
17 The Use of Hebrew Law in American Courts: Citing the Moral Foundations of Law 431
18 Interlude: The Magi, The Monarch, and The Messiah: A Christmas Contemplation 469 
VOLUME TWO
Book III The Structure: Classical Legal Systems 483
19 Greece:  "Professing Themselves to Be Wise, They Become Fools" 489
20 The Roman Republic: Built on Old Roman Religion, Old Roman Virtues 519
21 The Roman Empire: Order -- But at What Cost? 549
22 Christianity and the Canon Law: The Roman Empire -- But Holy? 585
23 The Islamic Alternative: Peace -- or Submission? 623
Book IV The Centerpiece: The Common Law 671
24 Feudalism: “The Darkness of the Womb" 675
25 The Celtic Influence: Law with a Little Magic 721
26 The Anglo-Saxon Influence: Confederacy, Republic, Then Monarchy 781
27 The Viking Influence: The Fury of the Northmen and Much, Much More 823
28 The Norman Influence I: The Plantagenet’s -- Friends of Freedom? 861
29 The Norman Influence II: Tudor Absolutism 913
VOLUME THREE
Book V The Pinnacle: Constitutionalism 947
30 The Lutheran Reformation: Revolt Against Rome -- and Roman Law 951
31 The Calvinist Reformation: The Revolution of the Saints 1013
32 The Legal Philosophers: The Common Law Resurrected 1083
33 The Constitutional Philosophers: The Common Law Defended 1139
Book VI The Beacon: Spreading Constitutionalism 1189
34 The American Colonies: The Southern Colonies: Colonial, or Medieval? 1193
35 The American Colonies: The New England Colonies: “Thy Liberty Through Law" 1245
36 The American Colonies: The Middle Colonies: Religious Liberty -- But for Whom? 1301
37 The American Colonies: Looking Toward Independence: “No King But King Jesus" 1329
Conclusion: “Like a River Glorious" 1361
Illustrated; fully Indexed, 6 x 9” Hardback 3 Volumes totaling 1500 pages.
 
Past CHEF/FCM Conference Speaker, John Eidsmoe brings to this study the combined disciplines of the soldier, jurist, theologian, and historian. A retired Air Force Lt. Colonel and Colonel (MS) in Mississippi State Guard, Eidsmoe is a Professor for the Oak Brook College of Law & Government Policy, an Adjunct professor for the Handong International Law School in South Korea, for the Institute of Lutheran Theology, Senior counsel for the Foundation for Moral Law, and is in demand as a speaker internationally. 
 


 
One Family, One Passion, One Century 
 
Summers Family Farms LLC 100% Grass Fed Beef, Non-GMO Heritage Berkshire Piglets and Pork, Pasture Raised Lambs and Lamb, and Non-GMO-Free Range Eggs Jersey Downs LLC Rich Creamy Raw Milk Summers Wood Products LLC Custom Cut Lumber. You May Prosper and Be in Good Health Toxic Free Home, Optimal Health, Abundance, Wellness, and Generational Wealth 314-910-2697
 
GRASS FED BEEF-takes a year longer of food, care, and labor to get it to reach slaughter weight compared to conventionally raised ones. Our 100% grass fed cattle are born, raised and finished on our lush green pastures that are free of herbicides, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers. To make certain our cattle get the most nutritious diet possible, Jedidiah and Josiah rotate them nearly every day to large lush paddocks of salad bar greens. Our cattle are never confined, fed antibiotics, or receive hormones, making it safer for our animals and you.
 
Great Savings-Compared to grass-fed meats sold at the grocery stores, our beef is sold at wholesale prices. And when you purchase meats from us you are getting meat that is much healthier for your family. Our grass-fed beef provides 2-4 times more omega-3s and a more favorable anti-inflammatory ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats than grain-fed beef. Grass-fed beef also has 2-3 times more CLA, a kind of fat that is thought to help protect against cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Grass-fed beef also has 7 times more beta-carotene and 2 times more vitamin E than grain fed.
 
Beef $3.95 lb. hanging weight ($3.40 steer $.55 for slaughter fee, processing fee, and delivery to St. Louis drop offs) We will take $40 off ¼; $80 off 1/2 or whole, if picked up at our farm or at one of our Fredericktown drop offs.
 
For maximum flavor and tenderness, we dry age our beef for 2-3 weeks before butchering. Only a small number of grass fed beef operations go to this trouble and expense. No additives or preservatives are ever added to your meat. 
 
When it is time to butcher, our sons help our local butcher. One steer takes nearly a full day to cut up and package because they take the time to do it right. Instead of vacuum packing our meat, we wrap it in butcher paper because plastic leaches cacogenics and a vacuum-packed environment is conducive for bacterial growth.
 
Custom Beef Whole, Half, or Quarter New York Strip steaks and filet mignon or porterhouse and T-bones, rib eye steaks, sirloin steaks, flank steaks, skirt steaks (upon request), cubed round steaks, rump roast, sirloin tip roast, chuck roasts, arm roasts, brisket, stew meat, short ribs, soup bones, and ground beef (1 lb. packs). Unless otherwise specified.
 
Tallow, heart, liver, tongue, and oxtail are also available upon request.
Please specify: if you want the bone left in your roasts; how thick you want your steaks; and how many steaks per package.
 
A quarter beef runs approximately $500-$750.
A half of beef runs approximately $1000-$1500 depending on hanging weight of the steer at time of butchering.
All cuts will be wrapped, labeled, and frozen.
 
NON-GMO HERITAGE BERKSHIRE PORK -Prized worldwide for their superior flavor, juiciness, and tenderness, Berkshires are rated the most flavorful pork in the world. Besides the fact that Berkshires are naturally delicious, the exceptional tastiness of ours is definitely due to the rich creamy Jersey milk from our cows, natural healthy eggs from our chickens, which we hard boil so they are clean and easier for the nutrients to assimilate in their systems, fresh fruits and vegetables, and all the good things they acquire from grazing in our pastures and rooting in our woods. The corn we feed is non-GMO.
 
Our pigs do not receive growth hormones or antibiotics. They are not raised indoors on concrete or in crates but as God intended-outside, exploring, running, grazing, rooting, sunning, wallowing, and lying in the shade.
 
While the pork industry emphasizes leanness, resulting in dry flavorless meat, we are raising delicious pork that is well marbled, juicy, tender, and sweet.
 
Pork $3.20 lb. hanging weight ($2.65 lb. pork $.55 lb. for slaughter fee, processing fee, smoking hams, curing bacon and delivery to St. Louis drop offs) Brats are $2.00lb extra. We will take $40 off 1/2 or whole if picked up at farm or at one of our Fredericktown drop offs.
 
Custom Pork Whole or Half Tenderloin, shoulder roast, steaks, chops, baby back ribs, spare ribs, ham and or ham steaks, bacon, jowl, and ground sausage (1 lb. packs). Bacon and ham will be smoked, unless otherwise specified.  
 


 
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME-Celebrating 32 years of inspiration, encouragement, and biblical instruction www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com
 
Notes from Subscribers-Each correspondence deeply blesses our hearts. Thank you! 
 
Candy, I cannot believe the newsletter. It is just unbelievable. You are amazing. This newsletter should be a course, a history course for everyone, and a bible course. It just absolutely blessed me so much. And I don’t know how you have time to do anything with all the stuff you all have to do. I love you all. All I can do is prayer for you all. You are a terrific group of people. Thank you for the privilege of knowing you and reading your newsletter. They are great. Thank you, sweetheart. I love you. -Chesterfield MO
 
HEART TO HEART
 
I asked our friend, Saralee Rhoads, to write the following article to our families, as this is Covenantal Living at its best-three generations working together for the good of the entire family. Grandparents homeschooling their grandchildren! The way God intended it to be! 
 
Saralee Rhoads is a long-time home school lover, raised three sons whom she home schooled through high school, and is now head over heels in love with her grandchildren. Grand, every last one of them! She is working on a new book entitled The Common Princess, and you can read a sample chapter from a posting on her blog at https://graceandgusto.net/2018/07/03/for-all-the-princesses/ 
 
Although Saralee finished her bio by saying: Thank you for supporting Jon and Candy in this fabulous ministry, our family wanted all of you to know how eternally grateful we are to Bill and Saralee for their hard work, diligence, and vigilance in procuring the homeschooling liberties we enjoy today; for setting a course of excellence in home education; and for encouraging us to love our children and enjoy the journey!  
 
Home Schooling and Grandchildren and…What?!!! by Saralee Rhoads
 
When I happen to mention I home school my grandchildren, I get raised eyebrows, grimaces or a few wise nods from people who have no clue what I’m talking about, and a very few genuine smiles. Why is that?  What happened to the multi-generational legacy on which we were founded?
 
Let’s address points of view from across the spectrum, the benefits and the limitations, and finally, how to be a support without being an annoying, interfering, you-are-my-worst-nightmare kind of mother (or mother-in-law), whichever the case may be. Prior to any serious discussion, let me introduce myself.
 
Obviously, I come from pioneer stock and learned home schooling a long time ago. After home schooling our three sons through high school and proudly watching them soar from the nest, I considered myself retired.  Then a neighbor’s child was diagnosed with leukemia. I sat with the parents in the emergency room where the enormity of uncertainty plummeted on a heartbroken mom. “But Cole’s due to start first grade next year,” she said, “and I don’t want him to go to public school.”
 
“You take care of Lauren.  I’ll home school him,” I replied, never thinking of the ramifications involved.  Three years later, after two more of her children were added into the mix and we lost Lauren, their mom took over her role. I breathed a sigh of relief. Retired! Again.
 
Then came the grands. The first we acquired through marriage and he needed speech therapy. Exasperated one day, M hating the therapist and his mom burdened with a full-time job, she said, “Saralee, why don’t YOU do his speech therapy?” I agreed to try. We learned together, as all home schooling families have always tackled challenges. A few years later his sister joined our little home school circle. Now one’s in 8th grade and the other is in 4th, 5th, or whatever she’s studying and she wants to say she is…and I’m a home school Nana. So, if you find me qualified to speak on this subject, proceed!
 
From a Grandparent’s Perspective
 
Erickson said the developmental stage in our golden years is generativity.  I remembered that the other day and realized I’m right on schedule. Old family stories, values we hoped our children would adopt and perhaps didn’t, and a tailoring of education to fit the signs of the times—these all fall within the purview of a grandparent’s role. We count it all joy.
 
They benefit from our attention, but we benefit just as much.  We like the structure of their day, feel valued, feel like we still contribute meaningfully. I feel so sorry for grandparents who don’t get to have this close relationship with their grands.
 
I gave each of my sweet little grands a cookie name, and I love making their name cookies together. I love popcorn and movies. I love snuggling.  I love games. True, we don’t get to socialize or go as much, but the rewards far outweigh the inconveniences of noise, mess, and attitude corrections.  (I do get Fridays off for good behavior…theirs or ours, it doesn’t matter).  Parents. Seriously. Why would you deny their grandparents this blessing?
 
From a Mother’s Point of View
I know, I’m the grandmother, but I talk to moms wherever I go. Moms fall into two categories:

·       What a blessing. I’d LOVE to have help one day a week. Could you adopt me?

·       I can do this myself, thank you very much.

I’ll stop right there. Draw your own conclusions.
 
From the Child’s Point of View
 Children who enjoy the rich fabric of intergenerational schooling gain several benefits:

·       A life-long connection with a grandparent.

·       An additional point of view to reinforce what mom and dad are saying at home.

·       Compassion for those older than themselves.

Adding Up the Pluses and Minuses
The pluses probably jump out at you, because they are interwoven throughout the discussion.  Some of the minuses may surprise you.

·       Continuity—Once a week we meet with parents and discuss what we see, problems, what the week holds, etc.  Real effort needs to be given to carry rule enforcement across all fronts.

·       Home school grands don’t get to be spoiled the same way as the others. When we keep the other grands, anything goes. Want more ice cream? Sure! How about 3 dips? Do I have candy? Do you want one of each kind? Of course, we can go swimming before and after breakfast! No, doggone it, on a day to day basis, you must be a little more responsible. We spoil them with more trips, because we like to travel, but on the whole, they enjoy fewer spoiling moments.

·       Very different coping mechanisms must be employed.  These are not our children. We don’t spank them. A lot more effort goes into motivation and external rewards versus the intrinsic reward of a job well done.

·       Because they come to us, they require more structure. The normal home school should require no more than two hours a day. But these children can’t go to their own rooms, play with their own things, enjoy their own past times.  We remain on task a little longer and maintain more of a routine.

 
Obviously, I consider it worthwhile.  Taxing?  Yes, sometimes.  But being a veteran, I know this time will pass, so I am able to enjoy it and treasure the opportunity.  Do I recommend it?  Wrong question.  I believe grandparents, when able need to step up their involvement. 
 
The broad home schooling community missed a turn when they separated family units, succumbing to societal norms.  The cute little ticky-tacky houses of subdivisions populated by mom, dad, and exactly two children colored our perceptions and while we tried to go our own ways, we still considered it normal.  
 
Actually, intergenerational families were the norms throughout our history, and this post-WWII invention of modern America does us all a grave disservice.  I may sound extreme if you are considering this for the first time. Pray about it. I believe we need a course correction.
 
Keeping the Peace
 
Let me just close with a short admonition. Grandparents need to learn how to keep comments to themselves. We don’t agree with everything we see or hear. We bite our tongues. We sometimes grimace inwardly at decisions they make. We bite our tongues. Our goal is to serve. Not correct. Sometimes they ask for advice, and we give it gladly. We sometimes entice their children with things they go home and ask their parents about, score!! But on the whole, we know how to keep the peace. 
Say little. Do no harm. Serve and love.
 
In closing, I’m honored to share with you, and hope this serves as food for thought. I encourage parents to include the grands. I especially encourage the grands to step up.  I do believe a time looms on our horizon when we will need each other more than ever. Start that bonding now.
 

 


 
ECONOMY-An example of our family managing our various enterprises with each member contributing significant information and input. 
 
Economy-Primarily, the management, regulation, and government of a family or the concerns of a household. A frugal and judicious use of money; the management which expends money to advantage, and incurs no waste. Economy includes also a prudent management of all the means by which property is saved or accumulated; a judicious application of time, of labor, and of the instruments of labor.
 
With everyone involved in various aspects of each of our enterprises, we take every opportunity to discuss the pressing issues of the day. Each of us bring notes to the table and writes notes as needed. Over lunch today, we discussed the date for spreading lime for a customer’s field, investigating other potential hay customers, the purchase of another tractor, making calls for the quality and value of the tractor to be auctioned off next week, making the call to secure more fence posts, date for picking up feed, scheduling pick up of the last load of Alfalfa hay, returning a customer’s call for the purchase of our flock of lambs, the date for butchering lambs, the customers we have for lamb, date for butchering our hogs, the number of customers that contacted us for pork, the sale of piglets to past customers, the completion date of our new farrowing house, purchasing a new Berkshire boar, determining how many customers we had for steers, when we would have more Jersey steers to sell, if we were setting aside enough for our own consumption, when and how many chickens would be ready for pick up, renting our bull, updating our farm insurance policy for hay coverage, the amount of coverage for tools, the value of our skid steer, if we needed to spend money right now on gravel for our lanes, how many additional trees we were tapping this year, determining if we needed more styles, marking the additional Maples, if we could get a sugar shack built in time for cooking, how much honey we extracted, the condition of the orchard, whether to purchase young or older Dobermans to begin our kennel, the days the county fair needed our assistance to set up, if the boys would have enough knives made for the fair, the electric that still needed completion at the house, what food we were preparing for the families expected this weekend, ordering Matthew Maury’s book for a friend’s birthday, who needed to be contacted before the next You May Prosper meeting, Young Living’s newest shipping options, sending past You May Prosper newsletters to our newest Young Living members, mailing books and booklets to newest members, the possibility of attending Young Living’s Animal Wellness conference, the completion of the You May Prosper newsletter, typing There’s No Place Like Home newsletter into a new format to make it more stable, including information for the Father/Son, calling to secure date for skating, adding the new subscribers to our mailing list, completion date of newsletter, returning new homeschoolers’ calls, particularly the family in New Zealand who wanted to come for a visit, and who was delivering milk after lunch. We then finalized house plans with size and number of windows and the man who would be installing our electric.
 


 
CASTING A VISION FOR MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY BUSINESSES AND ESTATES 
 
Avoid the Foolish and Fractious Man

I often hear Jedidiah speak to young men and boys on the importance of using their time wisely to invest in others’ lives by imparting that which is good for edification that in all things God be glorified. Recently I asked Jedidiah to tell me what I recently overheard him saying to several young men so that I could type it up for an article. Before I begin, I feel it necessary to impress upon parents the importance of teaching our children wisdom, the importance of teaching our children to recognize fools, and those who are divisive, particularly when it comes to undermining truth and covenant relationships, and the importance of avoiding them.
 
Here are several of the very first scriptures I taught my children- Proverbs 9:10,11 The beginning of wisdom is to fear the LORD, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you. Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which your God gives you.” Ephesians 4:29 “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”
 
When considering the fool and factious man, these verses come to mind:

A wicked man… soweth discord…Six things the Lord hates…he that soweth discord.  Proverbs 6:12,14,16,19
 
A fool’s lips bring strife, and his mouth calls for blows. A fool’s mouth is his ruin and his lips are the snare of his soul. Proverbs 18:6,7
 
Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned. Titus 3:10,11
 
Whenever I hear of an adult undermining a parent or parents, I relay this scripture: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes! If your hand or your foot caused you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire. If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell.”
Matthew 18:6-9
 
Jedidiah said:
 
Every time we talk with others we should be investing in their lives, instructing and supporting biblical truths. We are accountable for every word that issues from our mouths, so we need to heed the importance God places on edifying the hearer. Let me share an example of the seriousness of wasting time in relaying foolishness instead of imparting the wisdom God requires. 
 
On three separate occasions over my lifetime, I came into contact with a homeschooling father, who received our newsletter, and served as a church elder, yet these are the only three things he ever shared with me in my lifetime.
 
When I was quite young, I relayed that I was having trouble driving nails straight. This man told me that if I tapped on the nail with my finger three times and then closed my eyes they would go in straight.
 
Later after finding out that our family began a lawn care business he asked if I really wanted to cut grass for the rest of my life.
 
The third thing he shared with me was a story of his uncle who worked on his father’s farm all his life. The father had promised the son that one day the farm would be his but by the time the farm was turned over to the son, he was in his seventies and only able to operate it for two years before he turned it over to his son.
 
The implication was that I needed to be careful that this did not happen to me and to make certain that my own father did not take advantage of me. He then encouraged me to pursue my own ventures. 
 
The first bit of advice on driving nails was a waste of my time and his. Not only did it not teach me anything of value but it made me realize what a foolish man he was. The other two comments shocked and angered me that a man who professes to be a Christian and serves as an elder, would undermine my relationship with my own father and mother, and the covenant vision they have imparted, not only to me and my siblings, but to all of our homeschooling families for over 30 years.
 
Ironically, this man’s church espoused covenant, yet I never heard anything from him that indicated that he even understood what covenant meant, but to the contrary, his words scorned the very idea of family covenant.
 
In response to his last remark, I immediately shared how commendable it was for his uncle to remain faithful to his father all those years, and that the father did indeed keep his word and pass on the farm to his son. And it was a blessing that the uncle hung in there so he could pass on his inheritance to his son.
 
I went on to say that there is a fine line between fathers leading and fathers becoming tyrants; children respecting their parents and still making decisions. It is very difficult for many parents to make preparations for the transition. Either they don’t look ahead to the time that their children will take control or they don’t want to relinquish their control. And as parents get older their decision-making skills are not as good. Certainly, there is still value in the parent’s work but their leadership role should not be the same, which they need to recognize.
 
Both my great grandfather and my grandfather made lots of money but made zero preparations for taking care of my grandmother or my mother.
 
My grandfather did not have a vision. He did not want my mother to purchase the family business or the old building that he still owned at its prior location. He did not want us to live next door to him when the neighbor’s house came up for sale-even though my parents were his best friends and we were with he and my grandmother two and three times a week. My parents, on the other hand did have a vision and were looking ahead to the time they would need to take care of him and my grandmother. But my grandfather would never come to terms with that possibility until he had a stroke and realized he could not take care of himself. Then he was pleased and thankful that our family was at his home to care for him but it was a hardship on us because we lived 20 minutes away.
 
Giving Children a Hope for the Future
 
Our family often sees family businesses and estates fall apart because parents do not give their children hope for the future by making them an integral part of the business nor do they make the preparations necessary to secure the business and estate for their heirs. That is a tragedy.
 
In our case, Sonia, Josiah, and I are all intricately a part of all our family businesses, properties, and monies, and all the decision-making pertaining to those businesses, properties, and monies. My mother made certain of that even when we began our first family business many years ago- because the business was for us and our children. The entire focus, was on the future- to give us purpose and a hope for that future.
 
My father credits my mother with this understanding. In fact, Dad often tells others that from the beginning of their marriage Mom possessed a clear vision for multigenerational family covenant, while he had none, and that he had to learn as he went along. He then goes on to say that he doesn’t want his children to go into marriage without that vision.
 
Even when we were younger, Mom made certain that we sat in on all the meetings with my parent’s financial advisor, for both my parents and my grandparent’s estates, and also all the meetings with the attorney when drawing up our family trust.
 
There is a responsibility on both the parents and the children. For the parents, that they include the children in every aspect of the family’s business, train them to take over, delegate responsibilities and decisions early on, and look ahead and plan accordingly to secure their children’s future.
 
For the children, that they take an interest in the family business as their own, remain respectful, teachable and grateful, take their responsibilities seriously, and work hard to make a success of their family’s enterprises.
 
Our family trust is set up in such a way that if my mother preceded my father in death, the farm, estate, all the animals and equipment, the dairy, meat business, knife and tactical business, along with the remaining monies from my mother’s inheritance, would immediately go to each of us children. Half of the remaining estate, would also go to us with the other half providing for my father’s care.
 
If my father precedes my mother, half of everything goes to us, with the other half for my mother’s care.
 
We in turn are committed to taking care of each of my parents as my parents, and each of us, have taken care of my grandparents.
 
Mom already allows us to make most of the decisions with the farm and farm businesses she purchased with her inheritance and also with the monies she has left. We discuss everything as a family, but for the most part, the final decisions are left up to us. Now with that said, we have been thoroughly trained in wisdom and business savvy so that the decisions we most often make are the ones she thinks best. But there have been times when Mom really wanted to do something that Sonia, Josiah, and I did not. Instead of pursuing her wishes, she acquiesced to ours. My siblings and I in turn make decisions based on what is best for the entire family and for our future heirs, as my mother has done for us.
 
Although we all work together, we each have responsibilities for which we are in charge. Just as an example, Sonia does all the bookkeeping and is the one who makes most decisions concerning when money is available for purchases and how much of that money is available. No one takes a salary. All the money belongs to each of us. Our names are on every bank account, business entity, and property. We have access to each of those accounts at any time and have credit cards for each business.
 
When it comes to the ordering of feed and materials for the farm and making decisions of which animals to sell and which to butcher, Josiah and I make those decisions.
 
When it comes to spending my mother’s remaining inheritance on new ventures, the final say is up to Sonia, Josiah, and I because my mother sees that money as ours, and sees her role as guiding with wisdom for our future. She has not spent any of her inheritance on herself, but entirely on the farm and businesses that will benefit us and her future posterity.
 
This is how covenant families operate, working together for the benefit of future generations. And this is the kind of wisdom we should be imparting to others.
 
After Jedidiah finished, I contemplated, once again, the vast importance of continually beseeching God for Divine protection against wolves in sheep’s clothing that lie in wait to ambush our children and training our children to recognize and avoid foolish and divisive men.   
 
The Usefulness of Wisdom To know wisdom and instruction, to discern the sayings of understanding, to receive instruction in wise behavior, righteousness, justice and equity; to give prudence to the naïve, to the youth knowledge and discretion, a wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The Enticement of Sinners Hear my son, your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching; indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head and ornaments about your neck. My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, ‘Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us ambush the innocent without cause; let us swallow them alive like Sheol, even whole as those who do down to the pit; we will find all kinds of precious wealth, we will fill our houses with spoil; throw in your lot with us, we shall all have one purse, my son, do not walk in the way with them. Keep your feet from their path, for their feet run to evil and they hasten to shed blood. Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net in the sight of any bird; but they lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush their own lives. So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; it takes away the life of it possessors.

Wisdom Warns Wisdom shouts in the street, she lifts her voice in the square; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings: ‘How long, O naïve ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing and fools hate knowledge? Turn to my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention; and you neglected all my counsel and did not want my reproof; I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes, when your dread comes like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer they will seek me diligently but they will not fine me, because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD. They would not accept my counsel, they spurned all my reproof. So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way and be satiated with their own devise. For the waywardness of the naïve will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them. But he who listens to me shall live securely and will be at ease from the dread of evil.” Proverbs 1
 
 


 
DELIGHTFUL SURPRISES 
 
Join Peter Rabbit and His Family for a Spot of Tea with This Collectible Porcelain Teapot, Plates, Teacups, and Saucers from Vermont Country Store
 
To my delight, the collectable Peter Rabbit porcelain plates, teapot, teacup and saucers arrived today from Vermont Country Store. Remembering all the tea parties I hosted for my children while also thinking upon the ones I would pour for my grandchildren, I eagerly opened the boxes and carefully unwrapped each piece to make certain they were in perfect condition before placing them in one of the large storage containers marked Grandchildren. Even though they were all the same, three of each for every one of my children for their children, I smiled as I gazed on each one.
 
Rare is the gift that speaks to both the adult and child in you, like this delightful Peter Rabbit dessert plate, teapot, teacup and saucer made from fine German porcelain. They’re beautifully hand detailed with real gold and decorated with Beatrix Potter’s iconic artwork, the combination of which tells a memorable story all its own-one that is best enjoyed over dessert and freshly brewed tea.
 
Who doesn’t remember hearing the tale of Peter Rabbit’s loveable antics as a child? The sweet illustrations and engaging stories have delighted children since 1901. 
 
https://www.vermontcountrystore.com/easter/category/peter-rabbit
 


 
IN THE LIBRARY
 
Snuggle Bunnies by Lisa McCue
 
As one would expect with Snuggle Bunnies, Lisa McCue has once again captured the sweet essence of childhood by creating three adorable little bunnies snuggled together on the front cover of this book. I was smiling before I entered the lovely summer bedtime ritual of these bunnies-catching fireflies, washing up for dinner, gathering on the porch for star gazing before retiring for a bubble bath and bedtime story.
 
The picture of Mama bunny tucking her babies into bed perfectly revealed the love a mother has for her little ones and the joy they bring her even during the simple pleasures of a family’s nighttime ritual. When you see the Mama bunny’s expression, you will know perfectly well what I mean.  
 
Many wonderful memories of our own bedtime ritual flooded my mind as I read this book of baths, stories, hugs, kisses, and tucking into bed with good night, sleep tight, pleasant dreams my precious ones- I love you. I asked Sonia to purchase two more as these will be lovely books for each of my children to read to my grandbabies.
 
Mama tucked all three of her bunnies into bed. ‘Good night, my little ones,’ she said. ‘I love you.’ 
 
‘We love you, too,’ Rosy and Posy said. Dozy mumbled, ‘Love, love, Mama love,’ in his sleep. 
 
Mama turned off the light. ‘Sleep tight, my little bunnies,’ she whispered. ‘May you have sweet dreams all through the night.’ 
 
Essential Book List:
If you have not checked out our Essential Book list lately, I continue to add books, even several today. Here are a few recent additions.

Building a God Centered Family Matthew Henry
The Pleasantness of a Religious Life: Life as Good as it Can Be Matthew Henry
The Relevance of the Reformed Faith: The Great Commission CD Dr. Joseph Morecraft III
The Relevance of the Reformed Faith: Cromwell Done Right! CD Dr. Joseph Morecraft III
The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization Vishal Mangalwadi
Plymouth in the Words of the Founders Visitors Guide to America’s Hometown Dr. Paul Jehle
Elbridge Gerry Marblehead’s Forgotten Son Robert Goodwin
Paul Revere’s Ride David Hackett Fischer
Let Freedom Ring-The Birth of America’s Liberty Vision Forum Ministries CD
Landmarks & Liberty: The New England Covenant with God Vision Forum Ministries CD
Abigail Adams-A Biography Phyllis Lee Levin
The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams Phyllis Lee Levin
The Bible Lessons of John Quincy Adams for His Son John Quincy Adams
Jefferson the Virginian Dumas Malone
Carry on Mr. Bowditch Jean Lee Latham
Matthew Fontaine Maury, the Pathfinder of the Seas Stephen McDowell
 


 
TINY TOTS Remembering 30 Years-
This is one of my articles from the past 30 years.
 
Hunt for Treasures
 
Toddlers love to hunt for hidden treasures, so give them plenty of opportunities to develop keen awareness of their surroundings by hiding colored buttons, marbles, Legos, animal or lotto cards, little people, little vehicles, little plastic animals, colored blocks, stringing beads, pictures of animals, and puzzle pieces in your home. Count the objects before you hide them to determine if all are found once the children are done searching. Give your little ones a basket, bucket, or open container to hang on their arm so they can drop their treasures in as they find them.
 
For additional activities with the treasures the children discover:
Make pictures with buttons by gluing to poster board. You could outline an animal or object and have them fill it in with buttons like a mosaic.
Play marbles after all are found.
Play lotto after all cards found.
Using blocks, construct a farm, home or city and then add little people, vehicles, and plastic animals to act out life in those settings.
Make a diorama with the plastic animals.
Build with colored blocks.
String all the beads and use as a necklace or to decorate the dining room table for dinner.
Using crayons on large poster board, have children make surrounding habitat-blue sky, trees, grass, lake or river… and then have them glue the pictures of the animals in the appropriate places like birds in trees, animals eating grass, fowl swimming in water…
Put together the puzzle pieces.
 



SUMMERS ON THE FARM
 
-After being gone day after day hauling hay, I was relieved of that duty so I could get back to diligently working on the last There’s No Place Like Home newsletter, my You My Prosper newsletter, and finishing up the itinerary and notes for our historical trip to the East Coast. For over a week, from morning to the wee hours of the next morning, I typed without stopping, except for 10 minutes for lunch and 10 minutes for dinner in front of the computer. While I worked to finish those tasks, Jon and the children worked diligently on the farm to complete projects we had hoped to get done earlier, but were always waylaid by some other pressing matter.   
-Using the bobcat, load after load, Sonia cleaned out all the sheep’s bedding from the far manger area.
-Jedidiah repaired the meadow’s water gate.
-Jon began cutting the grass in the orchard; Josiah finished it.
-Sonia brought home a bag of our very first apples and pears. Even though they were very small, they looked like gems to us and we gave thanks for them. I am not sure why the trees are not producing as they should. They look healthy. I must investigate and find out how to improve the orchard so my posterity will have fruit.
-Josiah cut and split large logs in the barn lot.
-Sonia mulched all the raspberry rows, weeded the rose garden, planted cucumbers and peas.
-Jedidiah hung a 16’ gate on the new entrance to the meadow.
-Jon cleaned out the chicken house.
-Using the bobcat, Jedidiah cleaned out the manger where the dairy cattle come in to eat.  
-Josiah cut all the grass on the farm, at the house, and the for our elderly neighbor.
-When Jon went to brush hog the rest of the field he mowed, the tractor would not start. Our mechanic came and said that the wires had burned and it was a blessing that the entire tractor had not caught on fire while Jon was baling. After the wires were repaired, Jon tried again and the tractor battery was dead and it had a flat.
-It was so good for each of us to complete these projects before we left on out trip!
-The cows stirred up a four-foot rattlesnake on hill by the chicken house when the boys were moving them to the front meadow.
-Josiah continues to work on knives.
-The farmer who wanted most of our lambs, is losing sheep due to a virus so is not able to purchase them.
-Our Jersey heifer, Sugar, just had her calf. Looks like a Hereford instead of a Jersey. Jedidiah said she had gotten out into the meadow with our beef cattle one day. So far, our dairy cows have had 5 little girls and just 2 boys.
-We left for a two-week vacation to the East Coast. While we were gone, the farm received 6 to 7 inches of rain. We were so very thankful.
-The boys wormed our lambs.
-Found a rattlesnake in our berry patch.
-Hog sales are down but Jon delivered two batches of hogs to the sale barn because we could not get them into the butcher shop when we needed to and they were over the allotted poundage for butchering. Only received 45 cents a pound for them. That is really appalling for all the money we have invested in them.
-Picked up feed.
-Jedidiah and Josiah have resumed fencing.
-Sonia weeded the front flower bed by herself while I worked on There’s  
No Place Like Home and You May Prosper newsletters.
-Jedidiah and Josiah picked up a trailer load of cedar posts for ($575).
-Jedidiah and Josiah picked up our last load of Alfalfa hay for the season ($1530).
-Jedidiah nearly stepped on an 18-inch rattlesnake while fencing the Berkshire Downs.
-Rain continues to bless our land!
 



RESTORING OF AMERICA
 
Praise God for His mercy and grace in appointing Trump as President, along with the number of Republican Senators at this time. The judicial appointments made during Trumps presidency will affect our posterity’s’ liberties for generations to come!
 
President and Senate Working to Shape Courts for Decades Senator Roy Blunt’s Capitol Report
 
“One of the most important legacies a president can leave is the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court issues decisions that have far-reaching impacts on everything from individual liberty to the economy. Last year the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and soon the Senate will put another well-qualified jurist, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, on our nation’s highest court.
 
Based on our conversation, along with his outstanding judicial record and legal background, I believe Judge Kavanaugh is the right choice to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
 
More than 300 opinions and over 166,000 pages of material from Judge Kavanaughs’s time in the executive branch are available for public review, making this one of the most transparent confirmation processes of any Supreme Court nominee.
 
Once Judge Kavanaugh is sworn in, President Trump will have filled two Supreme Court vacancies with judges who, in their early 50’s, could go on to serve two to three decades after the president leaves office. President Trump is also on track to leave a lasting legacy on the U.S. Circuit Courts, which play a vital role in our constitutional system of government. Circuit court judges sit on the courts just below the Supreme Court and are appointed to lifetime terms. Because only a small fraction of cases decided by circuit courts are taken up by the Supreme Court, the makeup of circuit courts has a significant impact on the law. In the past year alone, circuit courts have issued more than 36,000 decisions, compared to just 69 for the Supreme Court. Circuit courts can set precedents on a wide range of issues, including religious liberty, regulatory reform and the 2nd amendment.
 
Senate Republicans have already confirmed 26 circuit court judges since President Trump took office, the most by this point in any presidency. The president’s judicial nominees now make up one out of every seven circuit court seats. With 12 remaining vacancies on the circuit court, President Trump has additional opportunities to shape our judicial system for years to come.
 
The historic progress Senate Republicans have made in confirming President Trump’s well-qualified judicial nominees is one of the most important accomplishments of this administration and Senate.” 
 



Time to Vote by Congressman Jason Smith
 
When I wrote in July that history showed Judge Kavanaugh and his family were about to experience “the absolute ugliest in politics,” I had no idea how far the United States Senate would fall. Any hopes that Washington would set aside personal ambitions and responsibly ‘advise and consent’ vanished this week, as Senator Feinstein and her followers chose instead to search and destroy. At Judge Kavanaugh’s hearings we witnessed how destructive their thirst for power is, and watched a Senate circus publicly harm two families in the name of power and greed.
I have no reason to doubt Dr. Ford believes her testimony to be true. I also have no reason to doubt Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony. Both were believable, emotional, and credible witnesses. However, we have every reason to believe the lead-up to Thursday’s hearing was a carefully-timed political hit job by Senators who intended to smear Judge Kavanaugh’s name and drag out his confirmation as long as possible.
The hearing this week was an embarrassment that should have never taken place. Dr. Ford had no new details or corroborating evidence to provide. She should have been heard in private, as she requested. Instead, Ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein sat on her allegation for six weeks. She had every opportunity to discuss this alleged incident with her colleagues in the Senate, or even Judge Kavanaugh himself. As she was interviewing Judge Kavanaugh for an hour, she made no mention of the letter she had in her possession or the fact that she and her staff were actively helping Dr. Ford find a lawyer. She said nothing as Judge Kavanaugh testified for 30 hours in front of the committee the first time. Not one related question was included in the 1,000 answered questions the Judge supplied to the committee. And then, just as Judge Kavanaugh survived a week of liberal Senators grandstanding and fundraising off of his confirmation hearings and was on track to be confirmed, suddenly Dr. Ford’s allegations leaked to the press.
I wish we had gotten to the bottom of things on Thursday, but the nature of Dr. Ford’s allegation made that impossible. Dr. Ford testified emotionally about something she believes to be true, and Judge Kavanaugh forcibly denied anything like this ever took place and offered as much evidence as he could to clear his name. No new details, corroborating evidence, or any meaningful facts backing up the allegation came to light. What we’re left with is eight hours of character assassination attempts and no concrete reason to believe that this alleged incident in any way represents the man Judge Kavanaugh is today or has been for the past 30 years.
It’s simply not enough. Allowing uncorroborated accusations from over three decades ago, which have been denied in sworn statements of people who were supposedly there, would set a terrible, dangerous precedent for the Senate and the Supreme Court.
I feel for both the Kavanaugh and Ford families as they go through this terrible circus – every day must feel like a lifetime and I can’t begin to imagine how difficult this is to explain to their young family members. The Senate, once called the “greatest deliberative body in the world,” has failed them and has failed the American people at every step of this confirmation process. End this circus. It’s time to vote.
 


Thankful remembrance of Columbus on October 8th! Consider reading the story of his remarkable quest for God's glory in the beginning of the Light and the Glory. 

Until next time,
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1.  FCM Activities

     a. FCM 34th Annual Graduation

     b. FCM Annual Air-soft Event May 4-6

     c. FCM Used Curriculum, Book, Toys, Clothes, Furniture, and Home

         Decorations Sale Wednesday, May 30th

 

2.  Needs and Services

     a. You May Prosper and Be in Good Health April Events

           1. Thursday April 26 5pm Fredericktown Kick the Toxic Chemicals  

                Out

           2. Saturday April 28 1pm St. Charles Toxic Beauty- What You

               Don’t Know Could Kill You: Skin Care, Cosmetics, and Healthy

               Savvy Mineral Make Overs!

           3. Tuesday May 8 5-7 pm Fredericktown Kick the Toxic

               Chemicals Out

           4. Saturday May 12 Springfield Skin Care and Savvy Mineral

               Make Overs

           5. Monday May 14 7-9 pm Fenton Essential Oils 101

           6. Saturday May 19 1:30-4:00 pm Overland Kick the Toxic

               Chemicals Out

           7. Monday May 21 7-9 pm Fenton Wedding Shower-Launch

               Newly Married Couples Off with a Healthy Start

           8. Monday June 18 7-9 pm Fenton Young Living’s Seedlings

                Baby Shower

      c. Summers Family Farms LLC, Jersey Downs LLC, Summers Wood

          Products LLC, and You May Prosper LLC

    

There’s No Place Like Home Articles

 

1. Heart to Heart-Spring Showers

2. Covenantal Families-Preserving Family Lineage, Estate, Heirlooms, Traditions and

    Celebrations –A Sacred Trust Part I as Presented at our 2018 Heart to Heart Tea

3. Casting a Vision for Multigenerational Family Business-

     Orvis Since 1856

4.  Delightful Surprises-Raindrops, Umbrellas, and Tulips

5.  In the Library-Time for Bed by Lisa McCue

6.  Tiny Tots-Hideouts

7.  Come Gather at Our Table-Creative Lunches from a Sparse

     Cupboard

8.  Summers Signature-Spring Decorations

8.  Family Outings-Charlie Gitto’s

9.  Summers on the Farm

10.Farm Life Is the Life for Me-Lord Willing and The Creeks Don’t Rise

11.Wellness-Where Do We Draw the Line Between Protection Against

      Germs and The Health Risks Associated with Hand Sanitizers  

12.The Dismantling and Restoring of America-Can’t Trump this 2017:

     Top Trump Wins & Epic Speeches by Ed Martin

      a. Transforming the Judiciary

      b. Staffing a Conservative Cabinet

      c. Growing the Economy to Record Heights

      d. Enacting the Travel Ban

    

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FCM ACTIVITIES

 

FCM 34th Annual Graduation If you have a graduate, please email your graduate’s name, parents’ names, address, phone, and email address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so we may send you the information for our meeting, rehearsal, and graduation ceremony.  Our meeting will be held in March from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the beautifulSalem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131. Conveniently located on the northeast corner of Hwy 40/64 on Lindbergh Blvd., a little north of Frontenac Plaza. To give you an idea of the focus of our graduation you may read the godly and inspiring charge, “Destined to Make a Difference,” which was presented by Bob Wells in 2010 by going to http://www.familycovenantministries.com/. Click on “Services” and scroll to the bottom of the page.

 

 

FCM Annual Air-soft Event May 4-6 Whether you are wanting to boost your air-soft gaming experience, gain an edge on being able to work effectively in small tactical groups, work on pre-military training, or just looking for an enjoyable and informative weekend, join us along with instructor Chester Misener, for a wonderful weekend of training and fellowship.

Chester has for many years been a shooting instructor with Project Appleseed, and has had extensive training with One Shepherd, an organization dedicated to training civilians in the art of small unit military tactics. We must face the reality, that as civilians we must be prepared to protect our family, church members, and our country in case of a terrorist attack. Pastors and Christian leaders that we know continue to receive death threats because of their strong stand on God’s Word. 

Learning the techniques used by active military branches, you will be receiving light infantry training. New this year-an introduction to CQB. Understanding the basic concepts of building infiltration and fighting room to room.

Arrival time: Anytime after noon on Friday May 4th.

Gear Needed:

-Air-soft gun (an AEG rifle is highly recommended)

-Rugged clothes (camo preferably) durable for running and crawling around in the brush

-Type of water carrier, i.e. canteen, camel pack, water bottle

-Bio-degradable BB’s (.20 gram recommended)

-Rain gear (just in case)

-Camping equipment

List of topics covered:-Safely deploying/ controlling weapons

-Small group patrolling

-Patrol in/out of hostile areas

-Set up patrol base

-Basics of Raid planning

-Introduction to CQB/Building infiltration, room to room fighting

-Basics of radio communications

Registration:  $95 per person. All meals included

Contact info: Josiah Summers 573-783-5798 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

FCM Used Curriculum, Books, Toys, Clothes, Furniture, and Home Decorations Sale Wednesday, May 30th, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the beautiful Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131. Conveniently located just off Hwy 40/64 between Hwy 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza.

ALL NEW: Besides curriculum, books, and educational toys, we encourage you to bring children's toys, clothes, furniture, and home decorations.

Both buyers and sellers have told us that this one is the best! We have people come from all over the state and other states. Sellers may begin setting up at 8:00 a.m. Tables are $13 for a 6-ft. table.

To reserve your table, please contact Sonia at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 314-920-6135. Please mail checks payable to FCM, c/o Sonia Summers, PO Box 586, Fredericktown, MO  63645.

 

 

 

NEEDS AND SERVICES

 

You May Prosper and Be in Good Health April/May Events

Thursday April 26 5-7pm Fredericktown Kick the Toxic Chemicals Out

Saturday April 28 1-4 pm Limelight Event Center St. Charles Toxic Beauty-What You Don’t Know Could Kill You: Skin Care, Cosmetics, and Healthy Savvy Mineral Make Up

Tuesday May 8 5-7 pm Fredericktown Kick the Toxic Chemicals Out

Saturday May 12 Springfield Skin Care and Savvy Mineral Make

 

Overs

Monday May 14 7-9 pm Fenton Essential Oils 101

Saturday May 19 1:30-4:00 pm Overland Kick the Toxic Chemicals Out

Monday May 21 7-9 pm Fenton Wedding Shower-Launch Newly Married Couples Off with a Healthy Start

Monday June 18 7-9 pm Fenton Young Living’s Seedlings Baby Shower-Childhood cancer has increased by 40% in that past 3 decades. Many toxic chemicals are found in the umbilical cord of newborns passed to them from their mother’s toxic burden. Baby Wipes, Baby Shampoos, and Baby Lotions are some of the most toxic personal care products on the market! Learn all about Young Living’s wonderful line of healthy Seedlings baby products.  

 

For detailed information, please contact the Summers Family at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 314-910-2697.

 

Kick the Toxic Chemicals Out of Your Home! Spring forward with a fast-paced, ground-up free presentation on how cosmetic, personal, skin care, and cleaning products are damaging your health. Our family will walk you through easy, simple, step by step, and affordable ways to kick the toxic chemicals out of your home and replace them with the purest essential oil based products in the world, how to get your family’s products paid for while earning income, and have some fun and pampering in the process. You will be able to try products, including Savvy Mineral Make Up, and go home with free samples and handouts.

 

While 1 out of every 2 men, and 1 out of nearly 3 women will get cancer some time in their lifetime, 90-95% of cancer is avoidable. It is time to take control of your health and use products that actually will improve your health instead of destroy it!

 

We look forward to seeing you, your family and friends! Jon, Candy, Sonia, Jedidiah, and Josiah Summers

 

 

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                        ONE FAMILY, ONE PASSION, ONE CENTURY

 

Summers Family Farms LLC 100% Grass Fed Beef, Non-GMO Heritage Berkshire Piglets and Pork, Pasture Raised Lambs and Lamb, and Non-GMO-Free Range Eggs Jersey Downs LLC Rich CreamyRaw Milk Summers Wood Products LLC Custom Cut Lumber. You May Prosper and Be in Good Health Toxic Free Home, Optimal Health, Abundance, Wellness, and Generational Wealth

 

Pork, piglets, milk, and eggs for sale now. Please call 314-910-2697.

 

Sixth generation to farm more than 100 years; fifth generation in this community; fourth generation here; third generation to operate a raw milk dairy; and third generation to butcher.

 

Non-GMO Heritage Berkshire Pork Prized worldwide for their superior flavor, juiciness, and tenderness, Berkshires are rated the most flavorful pork in the world. Besides the fact that Berkshires are naturally delicious, the exceptional tastiness of ours is definitely due to the rich creamy Jersey milk from our cows, natural healthy eggs from our chickens, which we hard boil so they are clean and easier for the nutrients to assimilate in their systems, fresh fruits and vegetables, and all the good things they acquire from grazing in our pastures and rooting in our woods. The corn we feed is non-GMO.

 

Our pigs do not receive growth hormones or antibiotics. They are not raised indoors on concrete or in crates but as God intended-outside, exploring, running, grazing, rooting, sunning, wallowing, and lying in the shade.

 

While the pork industry emphasizes leanness, resulting in dry flavorless meat, we are raising delicious pork that is well marbled, juicy, tender, and sweet.

 

Pork $3.20 lb. hanging weight ($2.65 lb. pork $.55 lb. for slaughter fee, processing fee, smoking hams, curing bacon and delivery to St. Louis drop offs) Brats are $2.00lb extra. $40 off 1/2 or whole if picked up at farm or at one of our Fredericktown drop offs. Custom Pork Whole or Half Tenderloin, shoulder roast, steaks, chops, baby back ribs, spare ribs, ham and or ham steaks, bacon, and ground sausage (1 lb. packs). Bacon and ham will be smoked, unless otherwise specified. Brats upon request.

 

 

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME-Celebrating 32 years of inspiration, encouragement, and biblical instruction www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com

 

HEART TO HEART

 

Spring Showers-Remembering 32 Years of My Heart to Yours

 

Ever since I’ve been knee high to a puddle duck, whether sprinkling or pouring, I have loved rain. I love to see rain, hear rain, smell rain, taste rain, and feel rain. On cold rainy days, I feel all snuggly inside our home. On warm days, I love to walk about feeling the soft rain as it kisses my skin. In fall, I love to go out in the early morning and find the dew diamonds on leaves and spider webs. In summer, I love to watch God’s splendid orchestration of storms across the horizon. At night, I love to hear rain on the roof.

 

Recently while studying the other planets and their atmospheres, I was so awestruck at the wonder of God’s magnificent design for our dwelling place—just perfect in every way. As spring approaches, I’m thankful for the spring showers in preparation for May flowers.

 

Happy Splashing.

 

 

COVENANTAL FAMILIES

 

Preserving Family Lineage, Estate, Heirlooms, Traditions and Celebrations-A Sacred Trust Part I –As Presented at our 2018 March Heart to Heart Tea

 

Sacred means divine. Trust is that which is committed to one’s care.

 

The warp and woof of life is in large part adroitly woven by the deft hands of a wise mother, who’s heart of wisdom preserves the family’s lineage, estate, heirlooms and traditions.

 

Like the strong warp yarns held stationary on a loom for the shuttle of the weft yarns passing back and forth day in and day out, family lineage, estate, heirlooms, deep-rooted enduring traditions and celebrations define our family’s sense of place in time and history in the tapestry of life, shape the family’s identity and strengthen the family’s bonds, while binding the generations in an endless cord of love and purpose. 

 

Who we are, why we are here, and our purpose is not left to chance, whim or fancy but is clearly laid out in the family’s tapestry. Not alone or starting from scratch, but tightly woven into the pattern that ancestors began centuries ago, each family member looks upon the past with gratitude for being able to stand on the shoulders of those woven into the family scheme, and upon the future with assurance.

 

Reflecting the heart of God who placed immense importance on genealogy, land, home, heirlooms, traditions, feasting, and rejoicing-our ancestors, our land, our homes, our heirlooms, our traditions, our decorations, our recipes, our table settings, our dinners, our books, our games, our everyday celebrations, create the wonderful tapestry of who we are. Walking in the family’s calling and destiny in a line of continuity woven over time, across generations, gives each member purpose by solidifying their place in the family’s history.

 

“For by wisdom a house is built and by understanding it is established and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches” (Proverbs 24:3,4)

 

The Vast Importance of Our Divine Lineage and Birth   

 

Lineage is thehistory of the descent of a person or family from an ancestor. Deeply important to God and His chosen people, children were identified through their parents, land was inherited through family lines, and nations were raised up through families

Ancestry was so important to the Israelites that if a person could not authenticate their lineage, they were treated as an outsider. 

 

Consider the importance of the lineage of Jesus recorded in Luke 3:23-38, which traces His ancestry 4,000 years back to Adam. “When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, the son of Eli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Hesli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon,  the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Heber, the son of Shelah, the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,  the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan,  the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.”

 

The son of…the daughter of…is how children were identified. Most children worked in their family business, sons took on the trade of their father’s, while daughters continued to work with their mothers and grandmothers in their homes. Except for unusual circumstances, generations of families lived together, next to one another, and very close by, within extended family clans or tribes, still common today in the rest of the world. Children were named after parents and grandparents. Parents and grandparents were cared for by their families.

 

Indeed, God personally chose our particular parents, grandparents, and great grandparents all the way back to Adam and then personally wove us in our mother’s womb.

 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” Jeremiah 1:5

 

“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb, I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.” Psalm 139:13-18

Created as His Image

 

Our Heavenly father created us as His image and chose us as His sons and daughters to be blameless and holy before Him.

 

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27

 

“The Image of God is not so much something that man bears as something that man is. Biblical scholar D. J. A. Clines, in his groundbreaking article “The Image of God in Man” (Tyndale Bulletin 19, 1968, 53-103) argues that the Hebrew preposition be (“in”) in the phrase betsalmenu, “in our image,” and Betsalmo, “in his image” (Genesis 1:27), should be taken as an instance of “beth essentiae” or “beth of the essence.” The point is that the grammar favors the translation “God created man as His image” over “God created man in His image.” As Cline puts it in his concluding remarks: “Thus we may say that according to Genesis 1, man does not have the image of God, nor is he made in the image of God, but is himself the image of God.” Humankind, then, was created to be a “copy” or a “graphic image” of the Creator-a formal, visible and understandable representation of who God is and what He is really like.”

 

“Did man’s fall into sin destroy or remove the Image of God? No-it merely marred or disfigured it. This is a crucial distinction, since it is the Imago that makes us different than the rest of creation. As theologian Louis Berkhof puts it, “The doctrine of the Image of God in man is of the greatest importance in theology, for that Image is the expression of that which is most distinctive in man and in his relation to God. The fact that man is the Image of God distinguishes him from the animal and every other creature” (Systematic Theology, p. 206).”

 

“To put it another way, it is precisely the Image of God that makes man human; man could not lose the Image without ceasing to be what he is. Furthermore, it is only because he retains it, even in a broken or distorted form, that man is redeemable and worth redeeming. Without it, God would have had no reason or motivation to send His Son to die on our behalf. This is a vital point, not only from a strictly theological point of view, but also in connection with practical issues such as the sanctity of human life.” https://www.focusonthefamily.com/family-q-and-a/faith/what-it-means-to-be-made-in-the-image-of-god

 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight, He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of Promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”  Ephesians 1:1-14

 

“God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2:13,14

 

“And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!” Galatians 4:6

 

A Divine Inheritance

 

For children to know that God personally knew them before the foundation of the earth, personally chose their lineage, personally created them “as His image”, in their mother’s womb, personally chose them as His sons and daughters, and thus also personally appointed them as heirs of His kingdom, is paramount to their well-being- happiness, comfort, security, good, welfare, safety, and health, and divinely powerful for amalgamating them to God, to their family, to their ancestral home and land, and to their community!

 

Assured of God’s love for them, their position before Him, their position in their divinely appointed lineage, of their identity and purpose in history, produces a confidence that is unshakeable!

 

“And if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4:7

 

“The heir...is owner of everything.” Galatians 4:1

 

“For every beast of the forest is mine, and the earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, the world and those who dwell in it.” Psalm 24:1

 

“For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.” Psalm 50:10

 

“…all things belong to you…the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.” 1 Corinthians 3:21-23

 

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will 

give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-9

 

“…For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said, ‘I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16

 

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them.” Revelation 21:3

 

The Importance of Knowing Family History

 

The New York Times ran an article entitled, This Life, by Bruce Feiler, which perfectly defines the importance of knowing your family history. Dr. Duke’s wife, Sara, a psychologist who works with children with learning disabilities, noticed something about her students. “The ones who know a lot about their families tend to do better when they face challenges,” she said.

 

Her husband was intrigued, and along with a colleague, Robyn Fivush, set out to test her hypothesis. They developed a measure called the “Do You Know?” scale that asked children to answer 20 questions. Examples included: Do you know where your grandparents grew up? Do you know where your mom and dad went to high school? Do you know where your parents met? Do you know an illness or something really terrible that happened in your family? Do you know the story of your birth?

 

Dr. Duke and Dr. Fivush asked those questions of four dozen families in the summer of 2001, and taped several of their dinner table conversations. They then compared the children’s results to a battery of psychological tests the children had taken, and reached an overwhelming conclusion. The more children knew about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem and the more successfully they believed their families functioned. The “Do You Know?” scale turned out to be the best single predictor of children’s emotional health and happiness.

 

And then something unexpected happened. Two months later was Sept. 11. As citizens, Dr. Duke and Dr. Fivush were horrified like everyone else, but as psychologists, they knew they had been given a rare opportunity: though the families they studied had not been directly affected by the events, all the children had experienced the same national trauma at the same time. The researchers went back and reassessed the children.

 

Once again,” Dr. Duke said, “the ones who knew more about their families proved to be more resilient, meaning they could moderate the effects of stress.”

 

Why does knowing where your grandmother went to school help a child overcome something as minor as a skinned knee or as major as a terrorist attack? “The answers have to do with a child’s sense of being part of a larger family,” Dr. Duke said.

Psychologists have found that every family has a unifying narrative…the most healthful narrative,” Dr. Duke continued, “is the oscillating family narrative: ‘Dear, let me tell you, we’ve had ups and downs in our family. We built a family business. Your grandfather was a pillar of the community. Your mother was on the board of the hospital. But we also had setbacks. You had an uncle who was once arrested. We had a house burn down. Your father lost a job. But no matter what happened, we always stuck together as a family.’”

 

Dr. Duke said that children who have the most self-confidence have what he and Dr. Fivush call a strong “intergenerational self.” They know they belong to something bigger than themselves.

 

Leaders in other fields have found similar results. Many groups use what sociologists call sense-making, the building of a narrative that explains what the group is about.

 

Jim Collins, a management expert and author of “Good to Great,” told me that successful human enterprises of any kind, from companies to countries, go out of their way to capture their core identity. In Mr. Collins’s terms, they “preserve core, while stimulating progress.” The same applies to families, he said.

 

Mr. Collins recommended that families create a mission statement similar to the ones companies and other organizations use to identify their core values.

 

When faced with a challenge, happy families, like happy people, just add a new chapter to their life story that shows them overcoming the hardship. This skill is particularly important for children, whose identity tends to get locked in during adolescence.

 

The bottom line: if you want a happier family, create, refine and retell the story of your family’s positive moments and your ability to bounce back from the difficult ones. That act alone may increase the odds that your family will thrive for many generations to come.

 

Preserving Your Family’s Heritage is a Sacred Trust

 

Preserving your family’s heritage is a Sacred Trust that should be carefully handed down, not just by word of mouth, but by written documentation. To ensure that our family fully understands the importance of their heritage, I have carefully recorded our family’s history, along with personal anecdotes, for each of our children, with the commission to carry on the family’s history. I have also chronicled family heirlooms such as furniture, decorations, clothes, jewelry, and recipes, noting from where and whom they came, along with personal stories.

 

Family Crest or Coat of Arms Preserves the Family Heritage for Perpetuity

 

Although vernacularly interchangeable, historically the crest was worn on a helmet or 

crown as part of the armament, while the coat of arms decorated the shield identifying the medieval knight and the family to whom he belonged. Symbolically the Coat of Arms portrayed the knight’s family’s location, life, and achievements. Two animals or people typically stood on either side to support the family’s origin and story. Located at the top of the arms, the Motto succinctly stated the family’s character in one to five words.  Directly under the Motto, a three-dimensional family crest, identified the family.

 

Upon investigation of our family, Josiah discovered eight Coat of Arms from eight branches of our bloodlines. Sadly, none of them had been passed down to our family in the last four generations, therefore we had no alternative but to design our own.

 

Presently, Josiah and I are creating the design for an artist. Our family’s Coat of Arms will be placed in a frame and silk screened onto family flags for each of our homes. Eventually we hope to have money enough to have them cast in bronze for the front of our homes and painted on our hallway walls.

 

Family Flag

 

The family flag, flown at each family members manor or home, comprised the family’s coat of arms.

 

Family Portraits

 

Although photographs are wonderful, there is nothing quite like large family portraits painted with oils to prompt an appreciation for one’s ancestors. Eventually we hope to have enough money to have one made for each member of our family, and for some of our ancestors. If we don’t get that completed in our lifetime, our children will carry on the vision.

 

 

CASTING A VISION FOR MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY BUSINESSES and ESTATES

 

Orvis Since 1856  

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Orvis is a family-owned retail and mail-order business specializing in high-end fly fishing, hunting and sporting goods. Founded in Manchester, Vermont, in 1856, by Charles F. Orvis to sell fishing tackle, it is the oldest mail-order retailer in the United States.

 

Offering superior fly-fishing equipment, and priding himself on customer satisfaction and service, today, Orvis is the trusted source of discovery and adventure in the natural world. For more than a century and a half we have loved the wild, explored it, and protected it. At our core, we are a fly-fishing and wing shooting brand, inspired by nature, driven by curiosity, and fulfilled by adventure. As the world leader in fly fishing, we are also proud to share our offerings in a wide assortment of men’s and women’s sportswear, fine gifts and home furnishings, luggage, and travel accessories. 

We are an industry leader in dog beds and innovative dog products. Our culture of “We Love Dogs” inspires us to be a central source of education and information for all dog lovers.

 

We offer fine shotguns, gear, and technical apparel for wing shooting and sporting clays, and Orvis sporting services also include fishing and shooting schools, an international sporting and eco-travel agency, the Orvis-endorsed network of lodges, outfitters, and guides, and Orvis-endorsed hunting dog trainers and breeders.

 

Each product and the services we offer is rooted in our heritage, inspired by our love of the wild, and backed by superior customer service and a 100% guarantee of satisfaction.

 

Today Orvis is an international, multi-channel retailer with approximately 1,700 employees. Our award-winning website, orvis.com, offers more than 5,000 products with 32 million visits/year. The company mails more than 44 catalog editions each year with a total annual circulation in excess of 45 million. As of 2017, Orvis has 69 retail stores and 10 outlets in the US, and 18 retail stores in the UK. Our wholesale division services more than 500 independent dealers worldwide. The Orvis blog (orvis.com/news) offers a wide variety of editorial and educational content to more than 2.5 million visitors per year, with extensive articles and videos about fly fishing, wing shooting, dogs, conservation, and more. Our Learning Center (howtoflyfish.orvis.com) provides the most comprehensive collection of online videos and resources devoted to teaching the world how to fly fish.

 

Orvis Core Values  

 

The Customer is Always Right-Personal and friendly customer service is our first order of business.

Pride of Ownership-We do not sell what we, ourselves, would not be proud to own or give.

Integrity, Mutual Respect, Praise and Recognition-We “do what’s right” even when it might not be expedient.

Performance-We are committed to outstanding performance.

Conservation and Our Sporting Traditions-If we are to benefit from the use of our natural resources, we must be willing to act to preserve them.”

 

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DELIGHTFUL SURPRISES

 

Raindrops, Umbrellas, and Tulips

To this day, whenever I think of April showers bring May flowers, I am immediately transported back to my childhood sitting at my desk on a wooden planked floor, surrounded by 12-foot ceiling to floor blackboards, and classroom windows that soared above my head, because in April, the windows were covered with large construction paper rain drops, umbrellas, and tulips. I loved the decorations so much, I decorated our windows in similar fashion for my own children. Easily cut from colorful construction paper, these lovely additions make Spring come to life for children.  

 

 

IN THE LIBRARY

 

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Time for Bed illustrated by Lisa McCue 

Every time I see an adorable children’s book-and I look all the time-I purchase it and place it in a very large Rubbermaid container marked Grandchildren. Well not immediately, because I continue to go through it for a while and read it to the children and tell them how much fun I enjoyed reading to them and how much fun I’m going to have reading each particular selection to their children. 

 

Recently I saw a delightful cover filled with sweet lovable looking animals-mice, hedgehogs, and rabbits- that made me break out into a wide, yippee, hooray smile. It is a Lift-the-Flap Counting Book called Time for Bed illustrated by Lisa McCue. I thought, finally, an illustrator that knows how to express love and the sheer happiness of being a family.

When I turned the page to the six happy splashing bunnies, I let out a squeal. The bunnies were beaming with the sweetest smiles as they scrubbed each other with bubbles. The mice on the next page also prompted a chuckle, as I gazed on a mouse thoroughly enjoying his ride on a swinging blade of grass. Then there was the most adorable looking mouse peeking through blades of grass and one perched on top of a soft furry ball of dandelion seeds.

I loved that the author and illustrator presented fathers engaged in getting the children ready for bed and that they included a grandmother enjoying her grandbabies.

 

When I came to:

 

Five hungry, fuzzy ducklings

Nibble their nighttime snack.

“How about one more cookie?”

Offers Nana with a quack.

 

I said, that is going to be me! Then I opened the flap to the cutest animal crackers I have ever seen.

 

The back cover says: It’s Bedtime in the Forest-From one sleepy bear cub to ten stars shining brightly in the night sky, Time for Bed provides an endearing way to learn to count from 1 to 10. Featuring the irresistible artwork of award-winning illustrator Lisa McCue, this enchanted walk through the nighttime forest will become a bedtime favorite in homes everywhere.

 

I was so impressed with the illustrator that I looked to see what other books she produced. And there it was-three sweet little bunnies cuddled up together in bed titled Snuggle Bunnies. The review says Say goodnight with three snuggle bunnies in this sweet bedtime board book! The pleasure of ordinary life at the end of a long summer’s day-from catching fireflies to a snuggle and a story before bed-are all here, rendered in loving detail by best-selling artist Lisa McCue.

Cannot wait to get it!

 

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TINY TOTS

 

Hideouts

Over the winter we bring in a card table to place in front of the fire for puzzles. After the children set it up this year, I told them again how I would cover that same table with a quilt to use for my hideout when I was a child. Then I proceeded to ask them if they remembered how much fun we had under our dining room table after I covered it with quilts.

 

There is just something very special about hideouts. When the children were young we would use the tent for pow wows, our sleeping quarters on the prairie, the captain’s quarters on our ship, our outlaws den, a hideaway for booty, our den when we became bears, and just a fun place for picnic luncheons and snacks. Right before we moved to the farm, I found Josiah’s stash of our junk mail stuffed in an opening under the table. It brought back great memories, so I left the stash for the next generation of children to find. Won’t that be fun!    

 

 

COME GATHER AT OUR TABLE

 

Creative Lunches from a Sparse Cupboard

Since the boys usually work six hours before they come home for lunch, that meal is as important as dinner. Most of the time it includes meat, a starch, vegetable, salad, and dessert. But sometimes I am caught without much in the refrigerator. This past week the cupboard was quite sparse so I had to be more creative than usual. From a little bit of chicken and broth left from the night before, garlic that I always have on hand, white wine that is always on hand as well, wild rice that we purchase in 50# bags, and some seasoning, I quickly whipped up chicken and wild rice soup. Then I found three zucchinis, which I deep fried to go on the side, with a spinach salad I tossed with hard boiled eggs, a few left-over strawberries, almonds that I keep frozen in the freezer, and a sweet mustard dressing. I just plopped some Dijon mustard in the bowl, added my olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, minced garlic, and several tablespoons of orange marmalade, whisked this into a nice dressing and tossed with the other beautiful salad ingredients. For dessert, I added sugar to a small bag of frozen rhubarb and blackberries I put up last season, and cooked this down to a sauce for placing over shortcakes left over from the night before, when we had strawberry shortcake.

 

What do you do with one squash, a few carrots, an onion, and some rich cream laden Jersey milk? Make creamed squash, onion, and carrot soup, of course. I baked pita pockets that I cut in wedges and brushed with salted olive oil to accompany hummus which I whipped up from just three cans of cannellini beans, olive oil, garlic, and salt. I made egg salad sandwiches fresh from the chicken coop. And a Waldorf salad from a few apples, a few stalks of celery, and pecans I keep on hand in the freezer. For dessert, I splashed rich cream over our frozen blackberries that I had sprinkled with sugar-brown sugar, no less, as I was out of evaporated cane sugar. Boy, the cupboard was bare!

 

Yesterday I was really reaching for ideas when I remembered we had bags of potatoes and two packages of bacon. Naturally I used these to make potato soup and bacon sandwiches with a few wedges of apples on the side. Thankfully I had left over birthday cake for dessert.

 

It is so important to teach our daughters to be creative with what we have on hand so they are able to provide delicious meals for their families even when the cupboard is quite bare.    

 

 

SUMMERS SIGNATURE

 

Rabbits, Flowers, and Eggs

Isn’t it lovely to begin each season with new decorations? Though I like to keep my tree up as long as possible, by the time I clean up all the needles and box up all the other decorations, I am ready to begin dressing the house in Spring finery. Out come all the rabbits, flowers and eggs. In our open living area on the first floor I have fourteen silk flower arrangements with rabbits popping out of decorative buckets, peeking around arrangements, and pointing the way to the Easter Egg Hunt for a Mama rabbit and her three baby bunnies to find. Colored eggs grace the small evergreen tree that just recently held ornaments. They fill various sized baskets on several table tops and top ceramic cups. Ah, the delightful pleasures of Spring!     

 

 

FAMILY OUTINGS

 

Where Do You Want to Go to Dinner? Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill at 5226 Shaw Avenue, of course! 

 

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The classic question, where do you want to go dinner depends on the time of year as our family patronizes certain restaurants according to the season. But barring our traditions, if Jon and the children ask me where I want to go to dinner, I usually respond with need you ask because everyone knows that my favorite go to restaurant, any season, any night of the week, is Charlie Gitto’s On the Hill, a St. Louis iconic landmark for the past 35 years.

 

It all began at Angelo’s restaurant where Charlie’s father was maître d’, and Charlie, at age eight, wrapped the potatoes for baking. Even at such a young age, little Charlie knew he wanted to own that restaurant someday. When it became available 17 years later, Charlie became the owner as planned and changed the name to Charlie Gitto’s. Since then, national headlines from coast to coast praise this restaurant as a St. Louis dining destination.

 

Authenticity is the hallmark of Charlie’s old school Italian food, crafted with Sicilian time-honored methods. With bread, pastas, sauces and desserts made in house, everything I have tasted has delighted my palate, and apparently many others, as this restaurant is always packed with faithful patrons and bustling servers. But even with such a tightly packed crowd, the dim lighting, secluded booths, linen white tablecloths, and flickering candles make this a very romantic restaurant.

 

Besides impeccable service and delicious food, I appreciate what goes on behind closed doors. Several years ago, a server that had been with Charlie from the beginning, asked if we would like a tour of the kitchen. Naturally we were honored. The server was obviously very proud of the business he had served so many years. After such a long parade of customers all night, we were delightfully surprised to see that it was still clean and the energetic staff still polite to one another, working in lock step to orchestrate the wonderful service and beautifully appointed plates for which they are well-known. 

 

Something that is not as well-known, but equally praise worthy, and of immense importance to patrons that desire an ongoing liaison with their favorite restaurant, is Charlie’s multigenerational vision evident in his comments such as People appreciate when you put money into your restaurant. You have to invest in the future—your kids’ future. My kids may choose to sell our CG brand products wholesale—the demand is there—but for me, the focus was on our quality and keeping all that money in house. Three’s the right number of restaurants for me. I’ve got ideas and concepts, sure, but that's another question for my kids. My daughter, Suzanne, does a great job running our Chesterfield location. We have a direct connection for fresh seafood, bringing in whole fish. My son Anthony just broke down a 200-pound swordfish.

 

Known for their seafood, signature steaks, veal, pizza, salads and appetizers, everything that comes out of the kitchen is delicious. With so many wonderful meals to choose from, it is really hard to pinpoint just one to recommend, but customer’s all-time favorite dish is the one named after Charlie’s daughter, Pasta Suzanne. Five types of fresh seafood cooked in a spicy three-pepper cream sauce over fresh tagliatelle has become my favorite, as well.  In the winter, I love to accompany this with the best lobster bisque I have ever tasted; in the summer, I love to accompany this great meal with a tomato mozzarella basil salad on the side. Of course, that is after I have enjoyed a few raviolis from the appetizers our family orders before dinner.

 

Famous for their golden brown toasted ravioli, it will come as no surprise that this household favorite was discovered on site when one of Angelo’s chefs accidently dropped a ravioli in hot oil instead of salted water. As good as it tasted, he wondered how it would taste if he breaded it first. And thus, another accident in the hands of a creative chef became a blessing to the world.

 

Talk about blessings, take your family to Charlies Gitto’s and while you are there, purchase a gift certificate for someone special in your life.  

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill 5226 Shaw Avenue St. Louis MO

https://www.charliegittos.com

 

 

SUMMERS ON THE FARM

 

-The boys have been butchering our meats with a friend at their butcher shop.

-When our trees began budding Jon removed the spigots from the maple trees.

-Jedidiah returned our friend’s boar.

-Sonia picked up limbs from the storm and repaired the county road in front of our farm by filling the holes with gravel.

-Jedidiah repaired our trailer, once again.

-Josiah stretched barbed wire on the new fencing in the meadow.

-Sonia burned a huge pile of brush in our meadow from the boys cleaning the fence lines and blowdowns on our elderly neighbor’s property.

-Jedidiah took Jubilee (a registered miniature Jersey) to be bred by a friend’s miniature Jersey bull.

- Jedidiah fed the rest of the pumpkins to our pigs. I read that pumpkins naturally deworm pigs. I hope so.

- Jon has been sowing seed in the hayfields (15 minutes from us) that he cuts and bales for our livestock.

-Our entire herd of beef cattle managed to get into our garden. I have not yet surveyed the damage to our berries. I am becoming quite discouraged about planting, as most everything has been uprooted, chewed down to the ground, or stomped to death. 

-Sonia continues to milk and take care of the animals so the boys have more time to fence.

-The boys continue to clear fencing, pull out existing fencing, dig holes, set posts, stretch fencing, secure fencing, stretch barbed wire and secure barbed wire covering several hundred feet a day. They still have several miles of fencing to go.

-Jedidiah dried off five Jerseys that will calve shortly.  

-Jon and I attended the last economic meeting for our county and three adjacent counties. I find it quite disconcerting that the USDA is funding this economic plan to bring industry-Big Ag, Bio Chemical… companies to these farming communities. I have already begun discussing this with our neighbors and friends. They, too, are concerned. We hope to hold a meeting soon to discuss ways to preserve our farming heritage and community. I will be making appointments to speak with our Congressman and county commissioners.

-Josiah cut more firewood to heat our house.

-Since one of our ewes continues to butt her two lambs away from her, the boys, Sonia, and I are taking turns holding her so the lambs are able to nurse.

-When Jon went to check on the seed he had planted in one of the hayfields he cuts and bales for our livestock, he found that feral hogs had torn up several acres. It was a shame, as the seed elsewhere was coming up quite nicely.

-Since the children need to know every aspect of our businesses, I took them to our insurance agency and had our agent explain the coverage our insurance policies provide for our farm and other businesses. They were able to ask questions and discuss further coverage.

-The geese have finally begun laying and sitting on eggs again.

-I continually update our farm documents, email the Summers Family Farms product document to customers, take care of specific butchering instructions for the butcher and boys, finalize details, calculate bills, and deliver products with Jedidiah.

-Piglets are having a blast chasing each other around the farm.

-Hay is running low so Jon picked up more round bales from a friend.

-Our bobcat is down and out again, which means the boys will need to wait on fencing until it is repaired. They use the bobcat every day to move hay, repair roads, drill holes for fence posts, pound in fence posts, stretch barbed wire, move pallets of feed, remove tree stumps and much more!

-A tire blew out on the stock trailer as Jon was delivering 9 lambs to the sale barn. He replaced several tires with new ones.

-The children have always used our bank cards, signed our names to credit receipts and checks. However, since they just acquired Social Security numbers for their own Young Living businesses, I thought it would be handy for them to have their own bank cards for our other businesses, as well, so we went to the bank to take care of that today.

-Josiah has been working on our newest business for tactical equipment. He has been ordering equipment, making knives, and painting guns. Everyone is quite impressed with his artistic painting skills.

-Josiah and I have been working with our attorney to get everything in order for this new business.

-Jon took our ram to a friend’s farm to breed her sheep.

-The cows and sheep are busily grazing the wonderful new green shoots of grass.

-Sonia and I, and sometimes just I, have been picking up branches and limbs along our fields’ fence lines, hauling them to the burn pile, picking them up a second time to heave or toss onto the pile. (No, I am really not supposed to be doing this with my torn rotator cuff so I mostly work with my right arm instead of both-very inconvenient, I might add.) It amazes me how many huge piles of brush we collect each day.

-Jedidiah took a ewe into emergency to remove a dead lamb that was too large to deliver.

-Jedidiah repaired our county road that was washed out by all the flooding.

-Jon picked up our bobcat so the boys are back to fencing again.

-Tonight, at midnight, the boys heard four wheelers near our elderly neighbor’s house. They quickly got dressed and left to pursue the intruders. I called my neighbor to let her know they were on their way. When the arrived, the four wheelers were running through the creek that lays alongside our farm. The boys put a spotlight on them and the men cussed them out and sped away. The boys followed them off our county road.

-Our dog that has gone through heart worm treatment is now able to get out for longer periods of activity, so Sonia and I take him for longer walks most days.

-The bobcat is down and out again! I cannot believe how much money we have spent repairing this piece of equipment. Jedidiah and I have determined that it is time to sell it and look for a newer model. 

-Jedidiah just leveled out the ground the piglets had torn up in our orchard. I dearly love the piglets as they provide so much enjoyment. They are a road show all by themselves. But they sure do tear up the ground!

-Rain, rain, and more rain! I love rain but I don’t like slogging around in all the mud.

-Jedidiah has been busy in our shed constructing compartmentalized trays for Sonia’s jewelry that fit snugly in several of her drawers.

-Jon and the boys dropped off a baler to be auctioned this weekend and then picked up equipment for our sawmill.

-Read an article in our newspaper about a very prodigious project the forestry department is planning for the 36,000 acres of woods surrounding our farm and other farms in the area. It was very disconcerting. Supposedly, the forestry department sent letters to land owners adjacent to the forest, inviting them to a meeting to discuss the project. Since we never received a letter, I began calling my neighbors to see if they had received a letter. None of them had. Sonia is making copies of the article to give to each of them. I called a friend whose father worked for the forestry department. He is investigating this project for us and then we will be contacting the forestry department to discuss our concerns. There are always battles-even in our quiet farming community!

-Jedidiah and Josiah are showing our neighbor boy how to operate a bobcat and put up fencing.

-We did not receive nearly enough money for our baler.

-Jedidiah took in a young lamb to the vet to have her prolapsed uterus stitched. It will be a bit before she delivers. I hope all goes well. We have been told that we should cull her after her lamb is weaned.

-Slogging around in mud!

-On our way back from picking up limbs and branches in our meadow, I spied a dairy calf quite a distance down our county road. Once Sonia returned the calf to the barn lot where the gate had been jostled open, most likely by Jubilee, our beef herd began bellowing and moving towards the fence line that borders the road. Apparently, the entire dairy herd took advantage of Jubilees exit and had followed for an afternoon jaunt. 

-Jedidiah is servicing all our equipment while Josiah continues to work on the new business, knives, and farm security. 

 

 

FARM LIFE IS THE LIFE FOR ME

 

Lord Willing and The Creeks Don’t Rise

Have you ever heard someone say Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise? Not only have I heard it repeated over my lifetime, but I have repeated it once or twice myself. Yet I never really considered the implication of creeks rising.

 

Or how about Over the River and Through the Woods? Although I adored this song and sang it with my children to usher in the holidays, I never gave much thought to crossing rivers to reach relatives on the other side. Even when I looked at the glorious pictures of family members snuggled under fur blankets in an open sleigh, did I consider the hazards that could await them through the woods.

 

Over the river and through the woods
To Grandmother's house we go.
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
Through white and drifted snow.

Over the river and through the woods,
Oh, how the wind does blow.
It stings the toes and bites the nose
As over the ground we go.
 

Over the river and through the woods
To have a full day of play.
Oh, hear the bells ringing ting-a-ling-ling,
For it is Christmas Day.

Over the river and through the woods,
Trot fast my dapple gray;
Spring o'er the ground just like a hound,
For this is Christmas Day.

Over the river and through the woods
And straight through the barnyard gate.
It seems that we go so dreadfully slow;
It is so hard to wait.

Over the river and through the woods,
Now Grandma's cap I spy.
Hurrah for fun; the pudding's done;
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie.

 

Now when it comes to the cute little dittyApril showers bring May flowers that is something I understand. To this day, whenever I think of this verse, I am immediately transported back to my childhood sitting at my desk on a wooden planked floor, surrounded by 12-foot ceiling to floor blackboards, and classroom windows that soared above my head. Because in April, the windows were covered with construction paper raindrops, umbrellas, and tulips. I loved the decorations so much, I decorated our windows in similar fashion for my own children. Easily cut from colorful construction paper, these lovely additions made Spring come to life.  

 

The origin of this rhyme actually dates back to 1557 when Thomas Tusser gathered writings that he titled A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry. For the month of April, he wrote: Sweete April showers, Doo bring Maie flowers. Apparently, it was to remind its readers that behind every dark cloud there is a rainbow. I like that!

 

Creeks, rivers, and showers- I love them all. Explores with my children along our creek is always great fun, as we splash upstream for crayfish and beautiful rocks. Dangling our feet over rock ledges while we enjoy a picnic lunch or dinner is an added pleasure. Then there are marvelous float trips on the river where we gently glide downstream as we enjoy the glorious scenery along the way. Misting, drizzling, sprinkling, or showering, I call to the children to listen, often followed by let’s go for a walk. Even when cloudbursts and thundershowers pour from the heavens, we listen, smell, and watch as God waters the sweet earth.

 

Though my fondness for creeks, rivers and April showers often persuade me outdoors, it was not until 1993, whenwatching the force of water during that great deluge, that I thought of the many unsuspecting early settlers that set up housekeeping next to lovely 

bubbling brooks, creeks, and rivers, without realizing the pending dangers of their close proximity to such small bodies of water that turned into raging torrents in a downpour. How many houses, I wonder, were washed away into the gorge or valley below, all because the homesteaders loved the creek or river that meandered so exquisitely past their door? And what about all those who could not get to loved ones for the holidays because the creek or river impeded their journey? Or in our case, how many families were kept from feeding their animals?

 

Our farm, with all our animals, lies on the other side of two shallow, very unassertive, happy meandering creeks that quietly hum past our farm. Adding beauty to the landscape, one also waters our animals. Pleasing to the eyes and ears, never once, in all the times I crossed these little bodies of moving water, did Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise, or even over the river and through the woods, cross my mind or cause me to pause and contemplate what could be. They just were. And I counted on them to be just what they were, day after day, year after year.

 

That all changed one Friday night last year when rain began pouring out of the sky as if God had changed His mind about never flooding the earth again. I would never have thought it possible but more rain poured on Saturday night than on Friday. It rained so much, I could not sleep. Before sunrise on Sunday morning, the electric went off and then our phone service.

 

When the boys reached the first creek that morning, on their way to take care of our animals, they came face to face with an insolent, brazen, outraged torrent that overflowed its banks like an army intent on conquering the territory surrounding its border, making further travel impossible. You know it’s serious when young men, who know no fear, silently stand a distance from a force much stronger than themselves.   

 

Thankfully we had planned well the prior afternoon due to reports of area wide flooding. As the sky grew dark and rain started pouring on Saturday afternoon, we all scrambled to make certain that every animal had extra food and water in their night quarters. We kept calves on mamas so we did not have to milk in the morning. We moved the sheep into a manger further from the creek and ran electric fencing to keep calves away from the lower area in the barn lot where waters had raged the night before. Except for the mama geese nesting on eggs, the fowl went into the chicken coop well above possible flooding. 

 

After the waters finally receded, we crossed both turbulent creeks, to take account of the aftermath of the flood. The powerful energy of the raging waters burst over its banks with abandon, all the way across our meadow and over the road, to join forces with the other creek. In its determined maneuver, it washed out our county road all along our farm and past our neighbor’s farm. Took out our lower fence in the meadow, which confidently held large livestock the week before. Deposited large logs, rocks and gravel in the field. Washed out the lane along our long flower bed. And moved quite a bit of our farm’s soil as it traveled.

 

Not confined to our road, flooding washed out surrounding county roads, making travel 

impossible for us and others. The roads were so badly damaged that schools closed.

 

When Jedidiah took coffee, muffins, and cookies to the men working on our power lines, they said that this was a 100-year flood, followed by an explanation that our leg of the electrical lines are the worst to repair because of crossing two rivers. 

 

Our neighbor who grew up just past our farm said it was the worst flood he had ever seen here. Finally, I understood the gravity of the words Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise and Over the River and Through the Woods. And then realized how negligent I had been in thanking God for all my blessings- electric, running water, indoor plumbing, and smooth thoroughfares, and for all the robust strong hearted pioneers that forged the path ahead of us!

 

The silver lining to our clouds afforded us the time to nap, play games and read by flashlight-a rest we all needed from our daily routine!

 

Ah, farm life is the life for me! 

 

 

WELLNESS IV

 

Where Do We Draw the Line Between Protection Against Germs and The Health Risks Associated with Hand Sanitizers? 

 

As important as it is to eat healthy foods, knowing that our skin, which happens to be our largest organ, is not a barrier but a carrier of toxic chemicals that reach every organ within minutes, makes what we put on our bodies of utmost concern. Coupled with the fact that our skin does not have toxic safeguards like liver enzymes to break down toxins in food, makes what we put on our skin actually more important than what we ingest.

 

When considering the dangers of toxins applied to our skin, most of us think of our cosmetics, skin and personal care products with no regard for the hidden dangers in hand sanitizers. That is because we have been programmed to automatically reach for those products designed to keep us from getting sick. In fact, statistics reveal that 75% of us use six or more antimicrobial products every day.

 

Triggered by reports of the AIDS virus, influenza pandemic, and the increase in diseases our country has not seen in decades; warnings from public health authorities that strongly recommend frequent use of hand sanitizers; and the prolific ad campaigns from sanitizer manufacturers; Americans have become obsessed with protecting themselves from other people’s germs and those in their homes.

 

A microbiologist from the University of Arizona, Charles Gerba, warned that kitchen sponges and sinks harbor thousands more bacteria than toilet seats and ten percent of all dishcloths contain salmonella. He went on to point out that more fecal bacteria reside on 

the hands of toddlers than those exiting public toilet stalls while the flush of those toilets disperse enough droplets in the air to be described as “the Fourth of July”.

 

On their website, the Centers for Disease Control encourages Americans to frequently disinfect, not only the kitchen sink, but kitchen counters, bedroom furniture, and children’s toys. 

 

Certainly, precautions should be taken to avoid infections, especially the potentially life-threatening ones such as the H1N1 swine flu, but where do we draw the line between protecting ourselves against those germs and the potentially dangerous buildup of toxic burden in our bodies from the very products that we use to prevent illnesses? When we realize that the average child touches their nose and mouth every three minutes, and that we, and our children, touch at least 30 different objects a minute, it becomes obvious that we cannot possibly cover ourselves enough with anti-bacterial products to stop germs from coming into contact with our bodies. Besides, it is the cold virus that is most often spread by hands, not influenza, which is most often contracted through tiny droplets dispersed in the air by sneezes and coughs.

 

While you may think that I am shooting my concerns in the foot because the mere mention of germs on toilets and toys-the likes of influenza- sparks hysteria in most mothers, to the point of purchasing more disinfectants and sanitizers, read on.

 

Doctors in Boston published a clinical trial study on alcohol-based hand sanitizers used in families who had children in day care. What they found over a five-month period is that in spite of the use of hand sanitizers, respiratory infections had remained unaffected. Columbia University came to the same conclusion that these products do not reduce common infections after they studied inner city families which were provided with antibacterial hand soap and other cleaning supplies. Shortly following this study, a University of Michigan epidemiologist, Allison Aiello, in her summary of results in testing alcohol based hand sanitizers, stated that most reductions in respiratory illness were not statistically significant.

 

A Boston group repeated this study in elementary schools, with the added protection from disinfectant wipes which they provided for each classroom, and again, concluded that the rate of respiratory infections remained unchanged. So, while these hand sanitizers may kill some germs, like those that cause diarrhea, studies have found that they don’t do a whole lot to prevent respiratory illnesses.

 

Based on my investigation of the most common ingredients in hand sanitizers, I found that they do pose considerable health risks which I wish to avoid.  

 

Aminomethyl propanol is a chemical irritant that effects the respiratory system and disrupts the endocrine system.

 

Ethyl alcohol 65% - an absorption enhancer, helps drive the other ingredients into the skin while also drying out our skin.  

 

Fragrance- Created from dozens of chemicals, many of which are highly toxic, fragrance, or more accurately called fakegrance, is virtually unregulated in the United States. Most often present in these scents are phthalates used to prolong the scent in the air. These chemicals are known endocrine disruptors, affecting sex hormones, especially in infants. Also likely responsible for a large share of the asthma epidemic, fakegrances irritate the lungs. The Environmental Working Group’s scale of 1 to10, with 10 being most toxic, rates fragrance toxicity level at 8.

 

Glycerin orglycerol, is a skin irritant.

 

Isopropyl alcohol, more commonly known as rubbing alcohol, is a petrochemical and known neurotoxin. The practice of applying it to children to reduce fevers was discontinued after infants went into comas and died following repeated rubdowns. The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) gave isopropyl alcohol a toxicity rating of 4.

 

Propylene glycol is a petroleum-based chemical widely used in many products such as antifreeze, processed foods, and medications. Exceptionally irritating to the skin, eyes, and lungs for some people, the EWG rates its toxicity level from 4 to7.

 

Tocopheryl acetate-a synthetic form of vitamin E, is a skin toxicant with an EWG toxicity rate of 4.

 

Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizers

 

Alcohol-free hand sanitizers don’t seem to be any safer as the following two commonly used ingredients pose serious safety concerns.

 

Benzalkonium chloride has been implicated as the leading cause of occupational asthma and chronic dermatitis in janitorial and healthcare workers. 

 

Triclosan, a petrochemical antibacterial, have been shown to produce a variety of hormonal issues. It has been linked to allergies asthma, eczema, and resistance to a range of antibiotics used for treating infectious disease, one potential contributor to the evolution of superbugs.

 

Two preservative ingredients common to antibacterial soaps and cleansers which pose particular dangers: triclosan and triclocarban. Triclosan, an active ingredient in many cosmetics and personal care products, including nearly half of all commercial antibacterial soaps, deodorants, detergents, toothpastes, and mouthwashes. Triclosan and its chemically related cousin triclocarban have been shown to produce a variety of hormonal effects, including on the development of the thyroid gland in tadpoles and on sex ratios and fin length in fish. In humans, this preservative chemical has been linked to allergies, asthma, and eczema. More importantly, in its role as an antibacterial, it has been directly linked to increasing resistance to a range of antibiotics commonly used for treating infectious disease, one potential contributor to the evolution of superbugs. 

Triclosan was found in umbilical cord samples collected by Greenpeace International and Britain’s WWF. Surveys in Sweden have also found triclosan in the breast milk of 60 percent of women.

 

Just since 2000, more than 1,500 new antibacterial products have entered the marketplace. In 2006 study, John Hopkins University researchers found that 75 percent of the bacteria killing ingredients found in these products survive waste water treatment processes and end up contaminating waterway or the sewage sludge that is commonly spread on farm fields. These ingredients accumulate in soil and water (and perhaps in human bodies) and help create super germs resistant to antibiotics. Indeed, water testing studies by the U.S. Geological Survey have found that triclosan and triclocarban are among the top ten persistent contaminants in U.S. rivers, streams, lakes, and underground aquifers.

 

Triclosan, which is also a hormone disrupter, is present in many liquid soaps. At Virginia Tech University, a team of researchers in April 2005 reported that some toothpastes and soaps create a chloroform gas when the triclosan in these products reacts with chlorinate water. Chloroform is known to cause liver problems, depression, and cancer if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Even more troubling evidence has emerged about the health impacts of triclocarban, which is used in bar soaps, deodorants, toothpaste, and even baby toys. A study published in the science journal Endocrinology in late 2007, revealed that this chemical too, is also a hormone disrupter; feeding triclocarban to test rats resulted in abnormally enlarged prostate glands.  

 

Triclosan also produces a class of persistent, highly toxic, carcinogenic chemicals known as dioxins-an ingredient in the Agent Orange defoliant used by the U.S. in the Vietnam War. In 2005, an advisory panel to the FDA concluded that triclosan and triclocarban posed “unacceptable health and environmental risks,’ but the FDA hierarchy still ignores this conclusion and its implications. Toxic Beauty Dr. Samuel Epstein

 

Considering that the American Cancer Society reported that only 5 to 10% of cancer is genetic, while the other 90-95% is in our control, makes what we allow into our homes, and on our skin, a top priority.

 

Importance of Using Essential Oils Everyday

 

This is why it is so important to protect and support our bodies with the essential oils that God has given us for our health. Oils contain protective properties from the plant’s natural defense mechanism giving them their therapeutic properties for our bodies.

 

“The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) assay is a laboratory procedure developed in 1992 at the National Institutes of Aging (NIA) in Silver Springs, Maryland. The ORAC scale has been adopted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), who in cooperation with Scientists at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, has recently applied the ORAC Assay to measure the antioxidant capacities of many foods, juices, and oils. The higher the ORAC score, the more capable that particular food or oil is of  destroying free radicals, thus retarding the aging process and preventing cancers and other diseases.”

 

Antioxidant (ORAC) Scores for Selected Fruits and Vegetables

 

Carrots 210

Oranges 750

Beets 840

Raspberries 1,220

Strawberries 1,540

Blueberries 2,400

Wolfberries 25,300

 

Antioxidant (ORAC) Scores for Selected Essential Oils

 

Sandlewood (Aloes) 160

Frankincense 630

Rose of Sharon (Cistus) 3,860

Cinnamon 10,340

Spikenard 54,800

Myrrh 379.800

Clove 1,078,700

 

“The contrast in the two sets of figures is striking. Chinese wolfberries are the highest scoring food in the world while Clove is the highest scoring essential oil which is 40 times more potent as an antioxidant than wolfberries, 450 times more than blueberries, and 5,000 times more than carrots. Most essential oils score higher than most fruits and vegetables. In fact, essential oils have the highest ORAC scores of all the substances in the world.  For example, an ounce of Clove Oil has the antioxidant capacity of 320 pounds of carrots, 28 quarts of blueberries, and 10 gallons of beet juice.” Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart Ph.D.

 

I am so grateful to Young Living for their 25-year investment in research, farms, and the plants God has given us for wellness.  As the world leader in producing and guaranteeing 100% pure, genuine therapeutic grade essential oils, I trust their products for my family. I especially appreciate Young Living’s Thieves Essential Oil and their Thieves Cleaner which contain the powerful ingredients of Clove bud oil (ORAC rating of 1,078,700), Citrus Lemon Peel Oil (660), Cinnamon Bark Oil (7,100), Eucalyptus Radiate Leaf Oil, and Rosemary Leaf Oil (330), without the additions of dangerous or synthetic ingredients.

 

Thieves Household Cleaner

 

Since I use our Thieves Cleaner spray bottles all the time throughout the day, I keep one in the kitchen and one in each bathroom.

To make spray bottles of this cleaner, I place one capful of Thieves Cleaner in our spray bottle that has been filled with filtered, distilled, or well water and use to spray down sinks, counters, door handles, toilets, floors… I even use it to wash my windows. 

 

I also keep cleaners in our vehicles made from the following recipes to use when we are away from our home.

 

Spray Bottle 1/4 t salt; 10 drops of Thieves oil; shake; fill bottle with water; shake again.

 

For Squeeze Bottles

 

Gel Cleaner 3 T Aloe Vera Gel;¼ t Vitamin E Oil (preservative);10 drops of Thieves oil; shake bottle.

 

Lighter Gel Cleaner 5 T Aloe Vera Gel;¼ t Vitamin E Oil; whisk;8-10 dopes of Thieves oil; add a little water to get to consistency that you want; funnel into bottle; makes 3oz.

 

Foaming Hand Soap Our YL leader, Carol Littmann, makes her own foaming hand soap filling 1/3 of a pump dispenser with unscented Castile liquid soap (about 1 cup), 1/3 distilled water, and 5-20 drops of Thieves Essential Oil. If you were making this for shampoo, you could drop in your favorite scented YL oils. We stretch our Young Living Shampoo and make it foamier by adding it to a bottle with equal parts of Castile liquid soap.

 

Cancer

 

Only 5-10% of cancer is genetic, the other 90-95% of cancer is caused by the foods we eat, lack of exercise, and the toxic chemicals we apply to our bodies and breathe in our homes and environment. This means that 90-95% of cancer is in our control! As the gatekeeper of our home, it is our responsibility to make certain that our family members are kept safe from harmful chemicals. 

 

For a chemical free home, a healthier family, and a way to create multigenerational income, please call 314-910-2697 and leave your name, phone number and email address.  www.YouMayProsper.com

 

 

 

THE DISMANTLING and RESTORING OF AMERICA

 

Can’t Trump This 2017: Top Trump Wins & Epic Speeches

 

In his Can’t Trump This 2017, author and commentator Ed Martin, President of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, provides a handbook of Trump’s accomplishments to fortify our defenses and get off the offense while helping others get over their doubts and face the facts. This book also includes seven stirring Trump speeches sharing his vision, underlying governing philosophy, and view of Western Civilization. These words, loud and clear, echo his clarion call to ‘Make America Great Again’ and will be recognized for years to come as a turning point in American history.

 

Transforming the Judiciary

 

Trump has filled many vacancies with conservatives who will serve for decades and will transform American law back to the constitution. Trump is-every week- nominating great conservatives who honor the law, respect the men and women in blue, and honor God.

 

Staffing a Conservative Cabinet

 

“This is the most conservative cabinet of any Republican including Reagan” American Conservative union President Matt Schlapp

 

Health and Human Services Secretary Ben Carson has uncovered tens of millions of dollars of missing money while Education Secretary Betsy De Vos has limited government obstruction of education towards parents. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has moved to give back lands seized by the feds, and Attorney General Sessions is enforcing the law fearlessly against MS-13 and illegal aliens. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is getting his department back to basics-safety and science-instead of left-wing renewable energy schemes.

 

At the Defense Department, retired Marine Corps General James Mattis has reconfigured our military to be a fighting machine NOT a public relations vehicle for left-wing social engineering. At the State Department, Rex Tillerson has limited the bureaucrats and left scores of Obama positions unfilled that were more about politics than protecting or promoting American interests. United nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has played a key role at protecting American interests. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin are pushing deals for American companies and out of trade agreements that hurt us.

 

Growing the Economy to Record Heights

 

The Numbers are phenomenal over the last (year)-since November 8th, Election Day” our unemployment is at 17-year low. We’ve gotten almost 2 million more people in the workforce in just that short period of time. I’ve reduced regulations terrifically. President Donald J. Trump November 6, 2017, Tokyo, Japan One year in, there is no disputing –even by the New York Times-that the economy is better today than it was the day he was in office.   

 

The proof is clear: Wall Street is setting record highs and creating wealth for all who own stocks and retirement accounts; GDP is up over 3% and soaring. Employment is down to the lowest it’s been in almost a quarter of a century just over 4%. The Trump Tax Cut puts American taxpayers first and protect our American jobs by cutting American companies rates to levels lower than China-so our American companies can compete.

 

Enacting the Travel Ban

 

After three tries were all stymied by lower courts, President Trumps travel ban was finally upheld by the U. S. Supreme Court on December 4, 2017.

 

Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump made clear that he would employ extreme vetting when it came to those trying to enter America. He has spent most of his first year directing all his executive agencies to use more extreme vetting and he has fought for travel bans on those visiting America who might be threats to our safety. 

 

A Report from Our Congressman Jason Smith

 

Rural America is roaring back. A recent report from the Department of Agriculture shows that for only the second time in the last century, we are actually increasing the number of farmers under the age of 35. With the President’s leadership, we have been able to deliver tax cuts for American farmers, reduced federal regulations at a rate of 22:1, driven down energy prices and have grown the economy to bring jobs back to rural America.

 

Personally, I experienced this resurgence first hand during my annual farm tour last August. The tenor of the farms I visited changed from the previous year’s visits – no longer was there a clamor to stop this regulation or slow down a new federal rule, more it was optimism for what a limited government approach in both Jefferson City and Washington DC would bring.  

 

This past week, I was at the White House with President Trump where we discussed the priorities of rural America when it comes to negotiating fair deals for our farmers and rural based businesses. We talked specifically about ending unfair practices from foreign countries that are hurting the American worker. I told him about how some of these foreign practices aided in us losing our Aluminum smelter plant in New Madrid and with it, 900 jobs. We discussed how with a stronger economy, a better tax code, fewer regulations, lower energy prices and new, fairer trade deals, we believe that we can bring back the domestic aluminum and steel industries and with it, jobs.

 

By sharp contrast, for eight years, I watched the Obama Administration wage a war on rural America. Seeing folks back home struggle under the crushing burden of Obama Administration rules and regulations is one of the reasons I ran for office. Obama gave us stringent overtime rules, tried to regulate kids working on their family farm, wanted to treat spilled cow milk like a leaking oil tanker and even tried to put federal mandates on every drop of water on a farmer’s land. These rules were strangling locally-owned businesses and making it nearly impossible for folks to keep the doors open, the lights on and the cows fed. Despite these challenges, the work ethic of Missourians never faltered. In fact, they just fought harder to keep their businesses going. 

 

It’s incredible to now be working with a White House actually interested in strengthening the business climate here in the U.S. and improving the prospect of farming and our rural way of life back home. As a result of our tax cuts legislation, farmers have more money to invest in their fields and families, American workers are receiving larger paychecks, benefits and bonuses, and businesses large and small are looking to expand and grow here in the U.S. We’ve also made major progress on cutting Obama-era regulations. In fact, more than 1,500 regulations have been withdrawn completely or delayed. Regulatory repeals by Congress and the President will save Americans $8.1 billion over their lifetimes, and more than $9.8 billion is expected to be saved through regulations we are working to repeal in 2018. I am also working directly with the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, to expand rural broadband across southeast and south central Missouri, an important advancement in order to improve the education and job prospects of today and tomorrow. 

 

I am encouraged by the President’s strong policies to ensure rural America stays open for business and helps Missourians thrive. His commitment to fight for fair deals on every front for American workers is amazing, and I’m proud to stand alongside him in the fight. Whether I’m holding a small business roundtable in Salem or Hillsboro, making stops on my listening tour in Jackson, Farmington or Poplar Bluff, traveling to farm operations in each of our 30 counties or hosting a rural broadband discussion with the Trump Administration in West Plains, I hear over and over again about just how much easier it is to operate a business or family farm with President Trump in office. While we have many more steps and actions to take, rural America is once again open for business.

 

 

 

 

 


 
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FEBRUARY 2018

 

Family Covenant Ministries (Formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship) Faithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 34 years! www.FamilyCovenantMinistries.com

    

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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME February 2018 Information

Our Family’s Vision and Mission


Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF) Information and Activities


 1.  Thanks to Joe and Joye Hengst

 2. FCM Legislative Alerts and Reports

 3.  FCM Activities

     a. FCM Graduation

     b. FCM Heart to Heart Tea March 15-Genealogy, Enduring Traditions &

         Family Celebrations-A Sacred Trust

     c. FCM Art Festival April 14

 4.  Needs and Services

     a. Trimark II, LLC Custom-Made Table Pads and Tablecloths

     b. Nibbs Lawn Care

     c. Summers Family Farms LLC: Beef, Pork, Piglets, Milk, Maple Syrup

     d. You May Prosper and Be in Good Health March Meetings 12 & 19 -Toxic

         Beauty

 
 There’s No Place Like Home Articles
 
  1. Heart to Heart-Reading Aloud Pulls Hearts and Minds Together
  2. Covenantal Families- Genealogy, Enduring Traditions and Family Celebrations-A Sacred Trust
  3. Casting a Vision for Multigenerational Family Business & Family Estates-Althorp-19 Generations of Spencers in One House For 500 Years!

4.   Summers Signature-Home: A Sense of Place
5.   Delightful Surprises-Valentine Sweets for the Sweets in Your Life
      a. DeBrand Fine Chocolates
      b. Liquorice Allsorts from Vermont Country Store
      c. Old Time Candy
6.   In the Library-I Prayed for You
7.   Tiny Tots-Identifying Body Parts
8.   Come Gather At Our Table-Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie
9.   Family Outings-Crumpies 11 Point Smokehouse, Grand Gulf State Park,
      Sybill’s Restaurant
10. Summers on the Farm
11. Farm Life is the Life for Me-No Sight More Glorious than Home at Journey’s
      End
12. Wellness V-Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softeners Linked to Cancer and  
       Neurological Diseases
13. The Dismantling and Restoring of America
      a. St Louis City Board of Alderman Move Unconstitutional Buffer Zone
          Bill Forward
      b. Are We Free to Discuss America’s Real Problems?
      c. Donald Trump First President in 45 Years to Speak at Pro-Life March
      d. An Ignoble Exception: The United States is One of a Few Countries to
         Allow Elective Abortions after 20 Weeks of Pregnancy
      e. Committed to Protecting Life
      f. Andy Schlafly The Swamp in D. C. Blocks Pro-Life Bills
      g. Liberals so Intolerant-CNN Removes Ed Martin
      h. Walgreens Allows Men Unrestricted Access to Women’s Restrooms
 
OUR THANKS TO JOE AND JOYE HENGST FOR THEIR SERVICE TO CHEF/FCM FAMILIES
 
Dear Families,
 
We encourage you to write or email words of appreciation to Joe and Joye for their 23 years of service to our homeschooling community!
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Or mail to:
PO Box 586
Fredericktown, MO
63645
 
Since this month is typically the month we hold specific celebrations of love for family and friends, it is quite appropriate for our family to be thanking Joe and Joye Hengst for their service to our FCM and There’s No Place Like Home families. For over 23 years, they typed, edited, formatted, and emailed our monthly newsletters. And for a time, put together our magazines, which turned out to be a huge task that required more than Joye and I anticipated. Joye continually updated our mailing list, printed mailing labels for our conference flyers and postcards, proofed conference speakers’ schedule and program, and in general kept me on track. When Joye did not see an activity that needed to be advertised she would let me know. When Sonia neglected placing newsletters on the website she would let her know. When I could not find a past article or particular piece of information, Joye would retrieve it for me. When I wrote something, Joye thought should be deleted or reworded, she let me know. Jon and I also sought counsel from Joe and Joye on letters, articles, and difficult situations. So, when Joye said she was retiring, we were quite distressed. We knew that this would come about some time, as Joe and Joye’s children graduated years ago, but we dreaded the day.  We will miss Joe’s computer savviness and Joye’s meticulous attention to details and her editing expertise. Beyond the work they did for us each month, we already miss our frequent correspondences. Thankfully we are friends, so will continue to visit with them, but it is not quite the same as talking with them each month.
 
I asked Joye to share some history of the newsletters and here is what she wrote:  My husband Joe and I homeschooled our two children from 1992 through 2004. We enjoyed editing and formatting the homeschooling newsletter for the Summers family from September 1994 through 2017.
 
There were a lot of changes over the years, but one of my favorite changes was in January 1997 when we changed from one column to two columns to make the newsletter more readable. Since Jon and Candy can be resistant to change, it took a while for them to give the new format a try. In Candy’s words, “Joe has been patient with us, only occasionally submitting sample formats for us to view.” Back then, Candy wrote out all the newsletter articles by hand since she was not yet computer literate (sometimes 100 handwritten pages). Then I would type up the newsletter, and Joe would help me to format it. After Candy acquired a computer and learned how to use it (I was so proud of her!), her articles grew much longer.
 
Another big change happened in June 1998 when the newsletter format was changed to a magazine format. Mike Stull designed beautiful color covers, and the magazine contained articles by Candy and other authors. Joe and I learned to use the desktop publishing program Quark and figured out how to add graphics and pictures to the magazine. Then we went back to a newsletter format from September/October 2000 through May/June 2005, which was the last printed newsletter.
 
Beginning in the fall of 2005, we changed to an email newsletter. No more printing and mailing expenses made this much cheaper and easier. We didn’t do any fancy formatting and graphics with the emails like we did with the newsletters, so this took less time, which was good since I started working part-time in 2005.
 
It doesn’t seem like it’s been twenty-three years since we started helping Candy send out her newsletters, but we have loved doing it!

FCM LEGISLATIVE ALERTS AND REPORTS
 
Defenders of the Unborn, Mary Maschmeier shares: St Louis City Board of Alderman Move Unconstitutional Buffer Zone Bill Forward
 
Read full article under Dismantling America at the end of this newsletter and please consider contacting the members of the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen before March 3.  
 
The Public Safety Committee of the St. Louis City Board of Alderman ignored our many calls of concern regarding the "buffer zone" bill that denies sidewalk counselors at abortion clinics from being within 8 feet of the driveway entrance to the facility (BB34). 

Showing an utter disregard for our free speech rights protected by our Constitution, they passed BB34 out of Committee and on to the full Assembly for a possible vote on Friday 3/2/18.

This vote reflects how closely allied the City government is with the abortion industry. While they claim to support women's health, they are denying these women in difficult situations the option to avoid a lifetime of regret. The aldermen tout women's choice, but deny them the important information they need to make that choice. An uninformed choice is no choice at all.  

For the health and safety of Missouri women and for the preservation of our constitutionally recognized free speech, we ask your continued prayers that God open the hearts and minds of the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen to the threat BB34 poses and to grant them the wisdom to make the right decision to vote against BB34.
 
FCM Legislative reports for January and February will soon be online at www.familycovenantministries.com. 

FCM ACTIVITIES
 
FCM 34th Annual Graduation If you have a graduate, please email your graduate’s name, parents’ names, address, phone, and email address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so we may send you the information for our meeting, rehearsal, and graduation ceremony.  Our meeting will be held in March from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the beautiful Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131. Conveniently located on the northeast corner of Hwy 40/64 on Lindbergh Blvd., a little north of Frontenac Plaza. To give you an idea of the focus of our graduation you may read the godly and inspiring charge, “Destined to Make a Difference,” which was presented by Bob Wells in 2010 by going to http://www.familycovenantministries.com/. Click on “Services” and scroll to the bottom of the page.
 
FCM 20th Heart to Heart Tea Genealogy, Enduring Traditions and Family Celebrations-A Sacred Trust Thursday, March 15, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Hawken House Hearth Room, 1155 S. Rock Hill Road, St. Louis, MO 63119. Preregistration cost is $12 per person; $13 per person at the door. Come and enjoy great fellowship with other homeschooling moms and daughters, practical and inspirational teaching, tea and delectable pastries.
 
Genealogy, Enduring Traditions and Family Celebrations-A Sacred Trust The warp and woof of life is in large part adroitly woven by the deft hands of a wise mother, who’s heart of wisdom continues the family traditions, or if few exist, deliberately establishes strong family traditions before the weaving of family life begins. Like the strong warp yarns held stationary on a loom for the shuttle of the weft yarns passing back and forth day in and day out, family celebrations and deep-rooted enduring traditions define our sense of place in time and history in the tapestry of life. They shape the family’s identity and strengthen the family’s bonds, while binding the generations in an endless cord of love and purpose. 
 
Learn to create wonderful family celebrations and enduring family traditions that will sweeten your family’s hearts, comfort their minds, restore their souls, deepen their love for one another and home, and bind them more closely together, all while deeply etching lovely memories upon their hearts and minds. “For by wisdom a house is built and by understanding it is established and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches” (Proverbs 24:3).
 
FCM (CHEF) 24th Annual Art Festival and Photography Contest, Saturday, April 14th at Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63131, conveniently located just off highway 40 on Lindbergh Blvd., between highways 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza.
 
We offer 3 categories for submission:  Fine Arts, which includes drawings and paintings; Assorted Arts, which includes such projects as sculptures, origami, string art, fabric art, mosaics, needlepoint, knitting, macramé, woodwork, etc.; and Photography (no video will be accepted).
 
Art Festival Categories Age Eligibility:
 
Fine Arts                     Ages 5 and up
Assorted Arts              Ages 5 and up
Photography               Ages 10 and up
 
Each eligible participant may submit up to 2 projects in each category.
 
For example:  Homeschooled children ages 5 and up may submit up to 2 projects in the Fine Arts category AND up to 2 projects in the Assorted Arts category; AND ages 10 and up may also submit 2 photos in the Photography contest.  Homeschool graduates are also welcome to submit projects in all 3 categories.
 
Our families are cordially invited to view these artwork pieces created by our gifted children, to be displayed at Salem United Methodist Church. Before the awards ceremony, admire the artwork while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cookies, cold drinks and classical music performed by homeschooled children and families.
 
Saturday, April 14th              
4:30-5:30         Viewing of artwork, voting for People’s Choice Awards (hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music and fellowship)
6:00-7:00         FCM Art Festival awards ceremony
9:00                  Project retrieval and clean-up
 
                         IMPORTANT DATES FOR PROJECT SUBMISSION
 
Saturday, March 17 Early registration form submission - $5.00 per project for all registrations postmarked by this date. Early fee maximum per family: $60.

Saturday, March 31  General registration deadline (MUST be postmarked by this date)-$6.00 per project. General fee maximum per family: $72.

Saturday, April 7 Deadline for project drop-off
 
Saturday, April 14 FCM Art Festival artwork viewing and announcement of winners
To download the registration form, and for additional details on registration            
procedures, drop-off locations, guidelines for acceptable artwork, etc., go to
www.familycovenantministries.com under Calendar of Events, April 2018.  

If you have any questions, please contact Joe and Teresa Carr at (314) 521-5668 or email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
                         FCM 2018 Art Festival and Photography Contest

                        

Download Registration Form


 
 
 
FCM Annual Air-soft Event May 4-6 Whether you are wanting to boost your air-soft gaming experience, gain an edge on being able to work effectively in small tactical groups, work on pre-military training, or just looking for an enjoyable and informative weekend, join us along with instructor Chester Misener, for a wonderful weekend of training and fellowship.
 
Chester is a certified NRA pistol and rifle instructor, has for many years been a shooting instructor with Project Appleseed, has had extensive training with One Shepherd an organization dedicated to training civilians in the art of small unit military tactics. He is also a second degree black belt in Bushido Karate and black belt in Hojutsu-ryu.

Learning techniques used by active military branches, you will be receiving light infantry training. New this year-an introduction to CQB. Understanding the basic concepts of building infiltration and fighting room to room.

We must face the reality, that as civilians we must be prepared to protect our family, church members, and our country in case of a terrorist attack. Pastors and Christian leaders that we know continue to receive death threats because of their strong stand on God’s Word. 
 
Arrival time: Anytime after noon on Friday May 4th
Departure: Early afternoon on Sunday May 6th
 
Gear Needed:
-Air-soft gun (an AEG rifle is highly recommended)
-Rugged clothes (camo preferably) durable for running and crawling around in the brush
-Type of water carrier, i.e. canteen, camel pack, water bottle
-Bio-degradable BB’s (.20 gram recommended)
-Rain gear (just in case)
-Camping equipment (We do have limited clean barn loft space available)
List of topics covered:
-Safely deploying/ controlling weapons
-Small group patrolling
-Patrol in/out of hostile areas
-Set up patrol base
-Basics of Raid planning
-Introduction to CQB/Building infiltration, room to room fighting
-Basics of radio communications

Contact info: Josiah Summers 314-910-2697 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
NEEDS AND SERVICES
 
TRIMARK II, LLC Custom-Made Table Pads & Tablecloths 
 
Continuing in their family’s tradition, the Drinkard family, (an FCM/CHEF homeschooling family for over 22 years), is offering custom-made table pads and tablecloths. Diane’s father started the family business over 39 years ago, making the Drinkard family the 3rdgeneration providing custom-made goods for your tables. 
 
The table pads are custom made to the size and shape of your table, even the most intricate, with options of leather tones, wood grains, and solids for the top and Dura-velvet bottoms to care for your finish. The pads are guaranteed to protect your table up to 550 degrees and is the ultimate in protection against scratches, gouges, moisture, breakage, and burns. Table pads commonly last over 50 years, making this a very wise purchase for the protection of your table. Every pad now comes with a patented MagnaLocâ„¢ (Invisible Magnetic Locking System) at no extra charge. 
 
TRIMARK II, LLC offers free shop at home service, will make a pattern of your table, and provide samples of the lovely coverings to choose from to coordinate with your home décor.
 
TRIMARK II, LLC also offers custom-made tablecloths, napkins, placemats, runners, and more. There are over 500 quality fabrics to choose from and the tablecloths will be customized to the exact drop you would like. This means all sides of your table will have the cloth hanging at the same length. Napkins are also custom-made to your choice of size.
 
There is still time to get your table pad and tablecloths before Easter!
 
Contact TRIMARK II, LLC at (636) 343-0846
 

 
ONE FAMILY, ONE PASSION, ONE CENTURY
 
Summers Family Farms LLC 100% Grass Fed Beef, Non-GMO Heritage Berkshire Piglets and Pork, Pasture Raised Lambs and Lamb, and Non-GMO-Free Range Eggs Jersey Downs LLC Rich Creamy Raw Milk Summers Wood Products LLC Custom Cut Lumber. You May Prosper and Be in Good Health Toxic Free Home, Optimal Health, Abundance, Wellness, and Generational Wealth
 
In March, we will have beef, pork, piglets, and maple syrup for sale. We have milk and eggs all the time.  If interested, please call us at 314-910-2697.
 
ONE FAMILY ONE PASSION ONE CENTURY
 
Our Family’s Commitment to Multi-Generational Farms and Family Wellness Our entire family cares for our land and animals with love and compassion as we consider our stewardship a duty for future generations. After investigating our ancestry, we realized that we are the sixth generation to farm over more than 100 years; fifth generation in this community. We are also the third generation to operate a raw milk dairy.
 
Our family is committed to multigenerational family farms and hope to be able to one day say that the Summers Family Farms are family owned and operated by generations of Summers’ families that continue to live and work together on the land they call home, in the same location for over 1,000 years. 
 
Grocery store beef is usually brought to overcrowded filthy feedlots for the last 4-5 months of their lives and fed an unnatural diet with steroids, antibiotics, growth hormones, and animal by products thrown in to bring beef to market nearly a year earlier than our grass-fed steers. Mass production processors typically process hundreds of cows per hour and then treat the beef with chemical baths and irradiation to compensate for the fast production methods.
 
Our 100% Grass Fed Beef are born, raised and finished on our lush green pastures that are free of herbicides, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers. To make certain our cattle get the most nutritious diet possible, Jedidiah and Josiah rotate them nearly every day to large lush paddocks of salad bar greens. Our cattle are never confined, fed antibiotics, or receive hormones. For maximum flavor and tenderness, we dry age our beef for 2-3 weeks. Only a small number of grass fed beef operations go to this trouble and expense.
 
When it is time to butcher, our sons help our butcher. One steer takes nearly a full day to butcher because they take the time to do it right. Instead of vacuum packing our meat, we wrap it in butcher paper because plastic leaches cacogenics and a vacuum-packed environment allows bacteria to grow exponentially.
 
Our grass-fed beef provides 2-4 times more omega-3s and a more favorable anti-inflammatory ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats than grain-fed beef. Grass-fed beef also has 2-3 times more CLA, a kind of fat that is thought to help protect against cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Grass-fed beef also has 7 times more beta-carotene and 2 times more vitamin E than grain fed cattle.
 
Beef $3.95 lb. hanging weight ($3.40 steer $.55 for slaughter fee, processing fee, and delivery to St. Louis drop offs) We will take $40 off ¼; $80 off 1/2 or whole, if picked up at our farm or at one of our Fredericktown drop offs.
 
Custom Beef Whole, Half, or Quarter New York Strip steaks and filet mignon or porterhouse and T-bones, rib eye steaks, sirloin steaks, flank steaks, skirt steaks, cubed round steaks, rump roast, sirloin tip roast, chuck roasts, arm roasts, brisket, stew meat, short ribs, soup bones, and ground beef (1 lb. packs). Unless otherwise specified. Heart, liver, tongue, and oxtail are also available upon request.
 
Our Heritage Berkshire Pork -Prized worldwide for their superior flavor, juiciness, and tenderness, Berkshires are rated the most flavorful pork in the world. Besides the fact that Berkshires are naturally delicious, the exceptional tastiness of ours is definitely due to the rich creamy Jersey milk from our cows, natural healthy eggs from our chickens, which we hard boil so they are clean and easier for the nutrients to assimilate in their systems, fresh fruits and vegetables, and all the good things they acquire from grazing in our pastures and rooting in our woods. The corn we feed is non-GMO.
 
Our pigs do not receive growth hormones or antibiotics. They are not raised indoors on concrete or in crates but as God intended-outside, exploring, running, grazing, rooting, sunning, wallowing, and lying in the shade.
 
While the pork industry emphasizes leanness, resulting in dry flavorless meat, we are raising delicious pork that is well marbled, juicy, tender, and sweet.
 
Pork $3.20 lb. hanging weight ($2.65 lb. pork $.55 lb. for slaughter fee, processing fee, smoking hams, curing bacon and delivery to St. Louis drop offs) Brats are $2.00lb extra. We will take $40 off 1/2 or whole if picked up at farm or at one of our Fredericktown drop offs.
 
Custom Pork Whole or Half Tenderloin, shoulder roast, steaks, chops, baby back ribs, spare ribs, ham and or ham steaks, bacon, jowl, and ground sausage (1 lb. packs). Bacon and ham will be smoked, unless otherwise specified.  
 
 
You May Prosper and Be in Good Health Meetings March 12 and 19 7:00-9:00pm Fenton MO-Candy Summers will be presenting two fast paced, fully packed FREE lectures Part 1 and Part II on Dr. Samuel Epstein, MD’s book Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Endanger Your Health…And What You Can Do About It along with information on: how personal care, skin care, and cosmetics are damaging our entire bodies; the companies and organizations responsible; how ungodly thoughts, attitudes, responses, and stress also affect our health; and how to obtain true beauty from God’s Word and Young Living’s healthy skin care and beauty products.
 
Stunned by my lack of ignorance on the harmful ingredients in skin care and beauty products; grieved that I sold conventional cosmetics to unsuspecting customers over many years; but thankful for God’s forgiveness, mercy and grace in revealing this information to me, I am excited about educating others so they can be healthier!
 
If you are interested in attending, please call 314-910-2697 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will send directions.
 
 
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HEART TO HEART
 
Reading Aloud Pulls Hearts and Minds Together
 
Each evening, we gather together before the hearth to tune our hearts one to another as I read. Sonia and Josiah work on puzzles before the blazing fire, while Jedidiah and Jon turn their sights on me, each listening with rapt attention to the story I relay of the honorable men who forged this great country of ours. Transporting us to the towns of Philadelphia, Boston, Braintree, and others, where our forefathers walked, and talked, and labored for the birth of our country, delights our hearts and makes us see a bit clearer the pains it took to bring us to this place. 
 
Much like needle and thread, reading aloud to the family is a tool that pulls the hearts and minds of each individual together on the same path. From birth, each of our children were included in our family circle of vision, purpose, and delight. Hours upon hours each day and night, they listened as their father and I read theological, historical, biographical, autobiographical, adventure, western, mystery, travel, art, cooking, how to, Christmas, and children’s books, articles and stories from magazines and papers. Now that the children are older, they in turn are reading aloud to the family. Sonia shares sections and chapters from the books she peruses and reads all the notes and letters we receive from family and friends. Josiah reads Shakespeare, Sherlock Homes, Agatha Christie, Bible commentaries, and articles from Answers in Genesis and Reminisce magazine to us while Jedidiah reads the Bible to us each evening, shares sections from law books, and defines words for us from Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary.
 
There are many ways to show loved ones how much we care, but nothing really compares with bringing the family together for sharing the heart of a good book or article with the ones we love.
 
 
COVENANTAL FAMILIES
 
Genealogy, Enduring Traditions and Family Celebrations-A Sacred Trust
(The topic for our March Heart to Heart Tea)
 
The warp and woof of life is in large part adroitly woven by the deft hands of a wise mother, who’s heart of wisdom continues the family traditions, or if few exist, deliberately establishes strong family traditions before the weaving of family life begins. Like the strong warp yarns held stationary on a loom for the shuttle of the weft yarns passing back and forth day in and day out, family celebrations and deep-rooted, enduring traditions define our sense of place in time and history in the tapestry of life. They shape the family’s identity, strengthen the family’s bonds, while binding the generations in an endless cord of love and purpose.  
 
Who we are, why we are here, and what is our purpose is not left to chance, whim or fancy but is clearly laid out in the family’s tapestry. Not alone or starting from scratch, but tightly woven into the pattern that ancestors began centuries ago, each family member looks upon the past with gratitude for being able to stand on the shoulders of those woven into the family scheme and upon the future with assurance.
 
Reflecting the heart of God who placed immense importance on genealogy, traditions, feasting, and rejoicing-our ancestors, our traditions, our decorations, our recipes, our table settings, our dinners, our books, our games, our everyday celebrations, create the wonderful tapestry of who we are. Walking in the family’s calling and destiny in a line of continuity woven over time across generations, gives each member purpose by solidifying their place in the family’s history.
 
“For by wisdom a house is built and by understanding it is established and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches” (Proverbs 24:3,4)
 

                             
 

CASTING A VISION FOR MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY BUSINESSES & ESTATES
 
Althorp-19 Generations of Spencers in One House For 500 Years
 
One family in one house for over 500 years--now that is a multigenerational vision and a family legacy to anchor future generations!  
 
Earlier this month, the children and I had the honor of listening to Charles, 9th Earl Spencer speak on his rich family history and the honor he shares with past generations as keeper of the ancestral home. During the lecture, he shared his immense love of his family’s history and said It is in my bones.  I look after Althorp and love it. Althorp is a family home first and foremost. I love that my ancestor built this home and left it in his will that Althorp must always be a place of enjoyment. I love getting back to letters and journals that bring to life that families loved living here.
 
Showing a slide of one of his favorite family portraits of a mother hugging her child he said, I love this portrait of a mother hugging her child with a little dog playing with them. Althorp has always been a home.
 
Just one of the 650 family portraits in the house, the Earl expressed the pleasure he derives from exploring the history of each of the ancestors he passed all his life. He felt that each of them were worth remembering.  And then expressed how great it was to get married in the house surrounded by all of his ancestors.
 
Clearly a man who reveres his past, the Earl gratefully honored one of his ancestors who lived in poverty in the palace because he refused to surrender it to the state. Apparently Althorp is one of just a few family estates still remaining in private hands because of the tremendous tax burden, which at the time of that particular ancestor, was 98%. The Earl said he was so thankful that his forefather held onto the estate for future posterity because he believed it was more important to hold onto the estate than live in comfort.
 
Charles then showed a picture of his seven children and said that he refurbished the exterior and replaced the wiring, plumbing, heating for his children and their posterity. Each of his ancestors had done that before him and so he continues to care for the family home with the same wise and thoughtful multigenerational vision. Every project is done with future generations in mind, and that, in fact, is the reason Althorp has remained in the family-each generation sacrificing for the generations to come.  
 
The Earl shared a lovely story of reading a letter from his great grandmother to his great grandfather about planting Cedars of Lebanon that would be good for their great grandson. It set him thinking in terms of hundreds of years and wondering, how will my great, great grandchildren want it to be? 
 
He ended his marvelous talk with this poignant tribute. There is something about Althorp that is not imposing. I think it is due to the fact that it has been one family that has lived here for 19 generations; they loved it and made it a home. I think you can always tell if the soul of a house is intact. So many ancestors in my family have made this home viable. You can tell if a home has been loved. Keeping this collection together is what it is all about for me. I am just the caretaker.

   
 
 What can be done over five centuries when a family continues to honor their past by building on   the shoulders of their ancestors? They can increase land holdings to 14,500 acres. Build an estate  with 90 rooms. Become the richest family in the country. Loan money to their country. Create the  greatest private library in the world with 43,000 first editions. Gather one of the world’s, finest  private collections of priceless antiques, paintings and ceramics. Establish Althorp Living History, a  company that manufactures handmade fine reproductions of Althorp’s collection of antiques. Build  a museum for the family’s history. Produce historical documentaries. Raise prize bulls, herds, and  flocks. Change history by serving in the House of Lords and House of Commons, as Chamberlain  to the King; Courtier to the Queen; the First Lord of Admiralty; modernize the Queen’s Navy; and  serve on the county council. Their home can become a gathering place for all the monarchs in the  world and other men of renown, such as Winston Churchill and George Washington. And they can  use their money to help others. One of the present Earl’s projects is having a home for abandoned  and orphaned children.
 
But more astounding to me than all the accomplishments during each lifetime is the faithfulness of each generation to impart the vast importance and significance of the family’s vision, calling, and generational obligation as keepers and caretakers of the family legacy!
 
Rising to the daunting task of steward of the Spencer family’s rich legacy and expansive ancestral estate in North Hamptonshire, 9th Earl Charles Spencer, younger brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, a Godson of Her Majesty the Queen, has undertaken the extensive refurbishment of the house and grounds which are visited by thousands each year. After his beloved sister’s death, he constructed a mausoleum for her remains, and a museum commemorating her life.  Charles continues to acquire priceless paintings and articles of antiquities to add to his family’s collection and established a line of handmade fine reproductions of Althorp’s collection of antiques.
 
Coming from a long line of nobility-kings and queens, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and President George Washington-acclaimed best-selling historian, Charles Spencer, has authored six historical books including Althorp: The Story of an English House; The Spencers: A Personal History of an English Family; Blenheim: The Battle for Europe; Prince Rupert-The Last Cavalier; Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I; and most recently, To Catch a King.
 
The Secrets of Althorp

www.spencerofalthorp.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lCGsMMoVmY
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SUMMERS SIGNATURE
 
Home-A Sense of Place
 
In a world full of strangers and unfamiliar objects, home provides a sense of place and belonging where family stories are told and new ones created. Conversations are shared. Souls are nurtured, problems solved, and troubled hearts mended. Books are read aloud with everyone gathered round. Games are played and songs are sung. Memories are made through the experiences shared and then shared again as they are retold through the ages. Where favorite objects are admired and held and then passed on to the next generation. Sharing a deep kinship to family members in the place we call home is the greatest joy of life!
 
 
DELIGHTFUL SURPRISES
 
Valentine Sweets for the Sweets in Your Life
 
Although my family sold candy year-round, shortly after New Year’s we began showcasing gorgeous red satin heart shaped boxes of Russell Stover’s candies, along with a large selection of Hallmark’s beautiful Valentine cards. Our store was sold many years ago, but I still remember how thrilling it was to display such lovely gifts of sweets.   
 
DeBrand Fine Chocolates
 
Today was truly a day of rest as we stayed home from church. While the boys napped after morning chores, Sonia and I read our February issue of Victoria magazine-cover to cover. Appropriate to the holiday, De Brand’s rich truffles were encased in one of the signature chocolate heart boxes. Too expensive for our budget right now, we still greatly appreciated the company’s standard of excellence and attention to every detail. This company serves as an exemplary model for all business endeavors. I recommend that you watch Celebrating 25 Years with your children.  https://www.debrand.com/video-gallery/   
 
Liquorice Allsorts from Vermont Country Store
 
I purchased Liquorice Allsorts for Sonia’s Christmas stocking. She loves them and said that they are the best licorice she has ever tasted. No other candy in the world tastes like Liquorice Allsorts, the famous licorice candy enjoyed by the English for over a century. Assortment of not-too-chewy, melt-in-your-mouth Liquorice Allsorts includes little licorice petit fours and a variety of colorful fruit and coconut pastels, each with a sweet licorice center.  https://www.vermontcountrystore.com/liquorice-allsorts-set-of-3/product/H1593
 
The Bassett Company claims that their creation happened when in 1899 Charlie Thompson, a sales representative, dropped a tray of samples he was showing a customer, mixing up the various candies. He attempted to re-arrange them but the customer was intrigued by the new creation. The company began to mass-produce the "new" product under the name of Allsorts and they became very popular.
 
Although I am not fond of licorice, I was impressed with the ingredients of these unusual sweets: Sugar, cane molasses, wheat flour, glucose syrup (contains sulphites), desiccated coconut, palm oil, beef gelatin, cornstarch, glycerol, natural colors (plain caramel, beetroot red, curcumin, paprika), fat reduced cocoa powder, licorice extract, natural flavorings (lemon, aniseed, raspberry, vanilla, orange), glazing agent (beeswax), fruit and vegetable juices for coloring.
 
OldTimeCandy.com Candy you ate as a kid.
 
The dime stores, Spicers and Nagels, that we visited each year for all kinds of wonderful goodies, including the old time favorite candies we ate as a kid, are now gone. I lament that I will not be able to take my grandchildren to these stores where my children and I have so many wonderful shopping memories. However, I just found this candy company online and thought it would be fun to gather some goodies for the children. 
 
We are Karen and Donny Ray and our business is located in LaGrange, Ohio. We grew up in the late fifties and early sixties and are certified "baby boomers." It cost 50 cents to go the "picture show" and a large bag of popcorn from the "dime store" was only a dime (really!). We remember the first McDonald's in Cleveland when the burgers were 15 cents and the fries sold for 12 cents. Those were the days!
 
This adventure began in July, 1999 when we walked into a large candy store in Cleveland, Ohio that specializes in old time candy. We had no idea that many of our old-time favorites still existed. It was the candy we ate as kids. Necco Wafers, Candy Buttons on paper tape, Wax Lips, Candy Cigarettes. Amazing!
 
We went on-line in early 2000 with our first candy assortment and began to grow. In 2003, we moved into a larger facility and expanded at the beginning of 2004. We moved into a much larger facility in August of 2006 where we are located today. 2015 began our 15th year in the candy business. Thanks for helping us be successful. We hope you like what we do and will continue to support us with your purchases and referrals.
 
We have a lot of fun eating and selling the candy we ate as kids. Sometimes we are asked how we can sell 50-year-old candy. It makes us smile and our response is that our candy is fresh from the manufacturer. We don't make the candy, we tracked down the manufacturers who are still in the business and then sell their candy on the internet. We package and ship our candy every day so it gets into your hands (and mouths) quickly.
 
The mission of the Old Time Candy Company is to provide childhood candy memories such as a way that it glorifies God and His plan for our lives. Our goal for every candy order is that it results in a "delighted customer" who will tell their friends.
 
We like to think we’re really in the “memory business.” We hope the candy will take you on a trip down memory lane and remind you of good times past. We know everyone loves candy, but there’s something special about Candy you ate as a kid. https://www.oldtimecandy.com/about
 
 
IN THE LIBRARY
 
I Prayed For You by Jean Fischer Illustrated by Frank Endershy

The words I prayed for you are such comforting and assuring words to a child.
 
Just as God’s assurance to us that “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you For I created your inmost being; I knit you together, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jeremiah 1:5) bathes us in irresistible love and awe-inspiring purpose, this book begins with Before you were born, I asked God for something special. I asked Him for you.
 
Is there anything more powerful in a child’s life than knowing that a mother specifically petitioned God for them?
 
To know that my own mother, after being told that she could not have children, specifically asked my Heavenly Father to form me in her womb and bring me to her, powerfully secured my place and purpose in my family’s history. Likewise, I prayed for each of my children and am now praying for my grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 
The first time I held you in my arms, you fell asleep all snuggly-cozy. And I prayed. Thank you, dear God, for this cute, cuddly bear. May my little one know Your love’s always there. Again, to know that my mother prayed that I would always know God’s love, divinely fortified my faith in Him, and my place before Him.
 
The book ends as it began, with Mama praying for her child. Today and tomorrow, even when you are all grown up and I am old and gray, never forget, precious child-your mama will always pray for you. Dear loving Father in heaven above thank you so much for this child whom I love. Amen
 
Mothers, our prayers for our children and our children’s children are divinely powerful in securing their faith and place in time and history.
 
 
TINY TOTS
 
-To help toddlers identify different parts of their bodies, start out when they are babies by saying Mommy is touching your nose. Mommy is kissing your feet. Mommy is clapping your hands. Mommy is patting your head. Mommy is bending your knees…. Then as they get a bit older, tell them to: clap your hands, stomp your feet, point to the window, shake your head, wiggle your toes, wave at Mommy, bend your knees to pick up your clothes, pat your belly, touch your nose, close your eyes, bend your neck to look at your feet… Play Hokey Pokey.
 
 
COME GATHER AT OUR TABLE
 
Food, like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power, has that ability to comfort. Norman Kolpas
 
My life has revolved around family and food with every day spent preparing meals that delight and comfort those I love. Hours on end, I spend in my kitchen, sifting, mixing, kneading, patting, pinching, peeling, cutting, chopping, stirring, pouring, and managing all the bubbling pots, sizzling skillets, and baking bounties in the oven. Cooking for my family is a pleasurable profession; one from which I derive immense pleasure. And from my adult children’s comments, one of the things they treasure most.
 
Young mothers, I want to impress upon you the vast importance of your divine calling to prepare healthy and delicious foods for your family!
 
Triple Layer Brownies from Teas and Sweets. I made these for Jedidiah’s birthday High Tea.
 
2 ½ c Ghirardelli milk chocolate morsels divided
¾ c butter, softened and divided 
1 ¼ c sugar
3 large eggs
1 ½ t vanilla extract
divided
1 c flour
¾ t salt, divided
1 c creamy peanut butter
¾ c confectioners’ sugar
1 T whole milk
½ c heavy whipping cream
 
Preheat oven 350 degrees
Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Cover with thin coating of butter. Set aside. In a large bowl combine 1 ½ c chocolate morsels and ½ c butter. Melt until smooth. Do not burn.
 
Add sugar, stirring to combine. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Add ½ t vanilla extract, stirring well. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine flour and ½ t salt, whisking well. Add to chocolate mixture, stirring to incorporate. Pour batter into prepared pan.
 
Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-33 minutes. Let cool until slightly warm, approximately 15 minutes.
 
In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter, remaining ¼ c butter, confectioners’ sugar, remaining ¼ t salt, milk, and remaining 1 t vanilla extract, stirring until blended.
 
While brownie layer is slightly warm, use an offset spatula to spread peanut butter mixture over top in a smooth layer. Set aside.
 
In a small saucepan, heat cream until almost boiling. Remove from heat, and add remaining 1 c chocolate morsels, stirring until smooth. Pour over peanut butter layer, spreading into a smooth layer. Refrigerate until chocolate layer becomes firm, 2 to 4 hours.
 
Using edges of parchment paper as handles, lift whole brownie from pan. Carefully remove parchment, and place brownie on a cutting board. Using a long chef’s knife, score chocolate ganache into 1-inch squares. To cut into individual brownies, line up knife with scored lines, pressing down firmly in one motion.
 
Refrigerate, covered, for up to 3 days.
 
Keeping Family Recipes Safe
 
Although we try to safeguard the precious memories of pictures, we had taken no provision to safeguard our precious recipes. I had copied our favorites for each of my children, but their cookbooks and recipe boxes are here in the same house. Recently I typed out our favorite family recipes and stored on a file on the computer just in case of fire.
 
 
FAMILY OUTINGS
 
A Lovely Day Trip for the Family-These are routes that we took through beautiful farm country. Please check a map for more detailed directions.  
 

Crumpies 11 Point Smokehouse https://www.facebook.com/Crumpies11PointSmokehouse/
 
For Jon’s 68th birthday, Josiah planned a lovely day trip that included Crumpies 11 Point Smokehouse in Couch Missouri, Grand Gulf State Park in Koshkonong, and Sybil’s plantation restaurant in St. James. Almost the entire drive was gorgeous. The trip began as we headed south from Fredericktown on highway 67. Mostly open vistas of fields, tree covered hills, creeks, and rivers with few houses and nearly no business make this section of the journey a delight to the eyes. The beautiful countryside continued as we turned west on 60 through beautiful farms- acres and acres of great farms. I am not certain what southern route we took to get to 142, but once on 142, we went west to Crumpies 11 Point Smokehouse. Although close to the Arkansas border, this adorable diner is in the middle of nowhere. When I asked how they survive, they said that people come from all over Missouri and Arkansas. Constructed by the owner’s father, this well built, impeccably clean adorable diner with red and silver table and chairs, Andy Griffith memorabilia, and Coca Cola décor offered delicious barbecue and hamburgers. The owners were very friendly and took time to talk about their heritage. For pictures of the food go to Trip Advisor Review 
 
 
Grand Gulf State Park
 
Continuing west on 142 we got on W and passed through more lovely farms and woods to Grand Gulf State Park in Koshkonong near Thayer. One of the natural wonders of the Ozarks, often referred to as the Little Grand Canyon, this collapsed cave system goes for over a mile between walls that reach 130 feet high with a natural bridge that spans 250 feet. Hiking trails and scenic overlooks give a bird’s eye and down to earth look at this natural phenomenon.   
 
 
On MO State Parks
Google Maps

On Trip Advisor


Sybill’s Restaurant
SYBILL'S ST. JAMES

When we left, we continued north on 377, north on 63, east on 44, and north 68 to Sybils restaurant in St. James, just outside Rolla.

Pulling up to this beautiful restaurant in the black of night was like coming upon a sparkling diamond on black velvet. Cozy and delightful, we felt as if we were dining in our friend’s plantation home. Even our waiter made us feel at home as he answered our personal questions with personal answers. It was fitting, as the owner shared how she came home after years working elsewhere. Family history is important to us so we enjoyed hearing hers.
 
We were so pleased to learn that the owner had finally returned home, embraced her family’s heritage, and went into partnership with her parents. 
 
Sybill’s expertise in the food industry was quite evident in the variety of carefully crafted cuisine she provided her guests. Everything was exquisite! The coconut cream pie and roast prime rib were the best we have ever eaten. We also enjoyed the Asian Dumplings, Lobster Rangoon, and coconut shrimp. And the service was great.
 
The lovely atmosphere and dining experience was the perfect ending to a perfect day celebrating Jon’s 68th birthday.
 
 
SUMMERS ON THE FARM
 
-It had been just a few days since Jedidiah and I had gone to pick up feed. Most of the feed bags were still covered with cellophane on pallets and tied down on the goose neck trailer. I was getting ready to feed, but the cans were empty, so I went to the trailer to pull off some bags. I could only pull from the one side because the other was up against the staircase.  Of course, the feed was on that side. As the trailer is a bit tall for me, I had to pull myself up on the trailer, roll over to that side, and pull. The bags were wedged tight. I pulled and pulled. I then braced myself and pulled with my left arm. Pop went the shoulder as pain permeated that spot. Nearly two months later an MRI revealed a Subscapularis tear. Of the four shoulder tendons the surgeon said that it is the most difficult and challenging to heal and to repair. It is highly uncommon for anyone to tear this tendon-I can imagine- but that he had just done a very long and difficult surgery on one that had completely severed. I asked if it was successful. He said that he will not know for another six months. He prescribed six weeks of light duty for me and physical therapy-two days a week. If it is not better after the six weeks, he said it would be best to attempt repair while it is just a tear rather than waiting until it completely severed, which in all likelihood would, considering the constant wear and tear it would get on the farm. I am praying for a complete healing as I don’t want surgery but I need that shoulder every day and I need to be able to sleep at night without pain.  
-Josiah tapped 50-60 trees this year. I helped him carry the jugs along the creek and insert the hoses into the lids as he went along tapping the trees. I love helping the boys collect the sap into buckets. It takes 40 gallons of maple sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. It amazes me that God provided a source of sweetener that is so healthy for us and that it comes from our own trees. It also amazes me that someone thought to tap trees and realized by cooking down the clear sap they could get a lovely amber colored sweetener. It takes long hours in our outdoor cooker to boil down the maples’ sap to just the right consistency of syrup. Jedidiah and I usually finish cooking down the sap, straining, and canning it in our kitchen.
-Piglets, lambs, and calves continue to come.   
-Although Jon and the boys, and sometimes Sonia, roll out the large round bales each morning so every head of cattle gets to eat their share, we purchased a huge hay ring for the bales we don’t want spread on the fields because of some of the weeds they contain. When we cut all our own hay, we did not have to worry about this but with our increase of cattle, we need all the grasses that grow forcing us to purchase hay from several other sources. Sometimes they contain weeds that we don’t want to spread on our farm. We hope the new feeder will help contain those weeds in a small area. I look forward to the day when we are able to purchase more land so we have enough grass to bale and graze.
-The boys continue clearing out the saplings, blowdowns, and brush away from the fencing, pulling out the old fencing, setting new posts, pulling the new fencing and barbed wire tight, securing it on the posts, and fortifying the corner posts. All of our fencing is in desperate need of replacing-miles of it-so it will be a while before the boys finish the job.
-Jon is hauling the hay he cut for others this summer to our farm for feeding our cattle.
-Josiah is cutting and splitting more firewood to carry us through March. We burn the wood in our living room’s large stone fireplace to heat our entire first floor.
-The problems of having old equipment are many. Someday I hope to have new equipment for the boys, as Jedidiah is constantly welding things back together while he and Josiah are constantly pulling things apart, repairing, and putting them back together.
-Looking for another truck to replace the one that died.   
 
 
FARM LIFE IS THE LIFE FOR ME
 
No Sight More Glorious than Home at Journey’s End
 
What must it have been like to spy the familiar lights of home on the distant shore after riding the high seas for months on end? Or to round the bend after a long hunt and see smoke rising from the snug cabin left behind in the woods?
 
Just recently, both Jedidiah, and then Jon, told me how wonderful it was to come up our lane and see me busily working in the kitchen, spying the lights of their vehicle and waving a welcome home. Their appreciation prompted me to reflect on the nights that I come home after evening chores.
 
Since nightfall comes early during the winter season, I like to begin my chores before darkness blankets the land. I begin my nightly routine by flipping the light switches on for the barn’s main corridor then the cow and sheep mangers. I first throw feed in the manger for the dairy cows. One by one they file in along the long manger, stick their heads between each stanchion, and begin chowing down. They have access to pasture and round bales of hay all day but each evening brings a special treat of alfalfa/orchard mix hay. I then turn around and feed the weaned calves on the opposite side of the barn who rush in as they hear the evening’s meals preparation.
 
While the dairy cows and calves are occupied, I fill up the silver bucket with sheep feed, slide open the huge back barn doors, open the gate to the large sleeping quarter for the sheep that I, or one of the children, prepared earlier that day with bedding straw, water, clover hay bales, salt and kelp, and pour the feed into two feeding troughs. I then open the back gate, turn the corner and call in the sheep. Quickly they file past me as I count to make certain all have returned. Once all in, I pull the gate shut and slide the latch. I linger at the gate for a moment to watch the lambs chase each other around and around while mamas eat to their hearts content. It is such a joyful scene watching the lambs have so much fun.
 
Pulling myself away, I fill the silver bucket again with feed for our Jersey bull and often the ram or other bulls. I put the feed into the feed trough and then fill his water trough. Then I feed and water the calves or lambs or ewes and lambs or pigs and piglets that fill the smaller manger. While they are eating, I spread fresh straw for bedding. I latch their manger tight, put the chain back around the post of the back gate, slide the huge barn doors closed, and fill the dogs and cats’ dishes.
 
While everyone is eating, I pull up a chair and watch the steam rise from the long line of cows, one right after another, along the manger. And I listen intently to the lovely sound of contentedness as all the animals munch their hay. The dogs gather at my feet for rubs all around. Vying for attention I busily run my hands over each dog, over and over again, until soon one cat jumps in my lap, then another. The last one sits on a straw bale next to me. Surrounded by my lovable furry friends while hearing our livestock enjoy dinner is sheer ecstasy for me! 
 
When I become chilled to the bone, I realize it is time to go home, so I pat everyone goodnight, turn out  the lights, drive up to the chicken coop and herd the geese in their enclosure, latch their double doors and then the chicken door, tell the boys I will see them at home or pick up Sonia from the dairy or Jon at the shed or silently leave if I am all alone, close and lock the main gate and then the barn gate.
 
Headed home, I turn the UTV into the white chat drive between our towering pines and wind through the dense forest that surrounds our home. Amid the chill of the dark night, I soon see our house snugly nestled in the woods. Softly penetrating the winter eve, warm golden light spills out of every window. At that moment, all is right with the world, as the warmth of the light beckons my heart inside. Pausing for a moment, I take another look and sigh as nothing is more glorious than the sight of home at journey’s end.
 
Two lit lamps stand on either side of our kitchen window. Twinkle lights sparkle from around the dining room window, Christmas tree, porch railing, and deer. From the outside, the house looks so inviting. Richly lit from lamps on every table surface, lights under the kitchen cabinets, and recessed lighting over the sofas and fireplace, with a cat perched on top of a wing backed chair, another curled upon the chair next to a crackling fire, I realize how marvelous it is to come home! It is those moments that strike a chord of perfect pitch when thrilling pleasure shoots through my veins creating harmony in my soul while praise rises from my lips for the home shared with loved ones.
 
Uncomfortably cold, I welcome the warmth that encircles my body the moment I enter. In the background, I hear Christmas music playing and smell the food I left cooking in the oven before I left, or which Sonia has recently prepared, and understand how wonderful it is for men to come home each night after a long day away.
 
Ah, farm life is the life for me!
 

 
WELLNESS V
 
Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softeners Linked to Cancer and Neurological Diseases
 
Before the convenience of dryers, clothes hung outside everyone’s door where the sun’s rays killed the bacteria, germs, and dust mites and the gentle breeze made them smell delightfully fresh. Then along came electric dryers and synthetic fabrics and the need for fabric softeners and dryer sheets.
 
No longer sweetly scented by the summer breeze, manufacturers came up with fakegrances to mask the unpleasant smell of chemically produced fabrics heated in the dryer. Created from dozens of highly toxic chemicals, frakegrances, which are virtually unregulated in the US, are known endocrine disruptors, affecting sex hormones, especially in infants. Likely responsible for a large share of the asthma epidemic in this country, fakegrances irritate the lungs. The Environmental Working Group’s scale of 1 to10 with 10 being most toxic, rates fragrance toxicity level at 8.
 
Besides fakegrances, fabric softeners and dryer sheets contain ingredients that irritate the upper respiratory tract and can cause respiratory problems, central nervous system disorders (loss of muscular coordination, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, depression), confusion, twitching muscles, and convulsions. They are linked to pancreatic cancer and are neurotoxic and carcinogenic.
 
Mike Adams, from Natural News, says that When people use dryer sheets, they are coating their clothes with a thin film of artificial chemical perfumes. Just like other perfumes, a person’s sensitivity to these perfumes decreases over time to the point where they don’t even notice how potent these artificial fragrance chemicals are. None of this would be interesting if it weren’t for the fact that these fragrance chemicals are extremely toxic. They are known carcinogens. They cause liver damage and cancer in mammals.
 
Even after we turn off our dryers, these harmful toxins remain suspended in the air for hours. And no matter where we go, we are breathing these harmful toxins from the clothes we wear. Then we breathe them all through the night from our sheets and blankets which go straight to the brain’s most sensitive neurological center. If this were not bad enough, these toxic chemicals are also directly absorbed into our bloodstream through our skin as our body temperature and perspiration dissolves the chemicals from our day, evening, and night attire.  And we not only pollute our own homes and ourselves, but we pollute our neighborhoods as the toxins escape through our dryer vents and impact everyone we even casually pass. What is worse still is that these toxins are created to remain in clothing and bedding for a long time, so even if we eliminate them in our homes, it could potentially take years to eliminate them from our garments and bedding. I have heard that in some cases, they never come out.
 
Environmental Toxins Contribute to Dementia
 
>From Why I Decided to Ditch Dryer Sheets, Vanessa Romero repeatedly asked her mother’s neurologist for answers as to what caused her mother’s Lewy Body Disease, a form of dementia. Consistently he had expressed with certainty, “the only thing we know for sure, is, environmental toxins contribute to dementia.”  
 
While investigating toxins contribution to dementia, she found a book, The Brain Wash, which revealed toxins link to neurological disease and the harmful effect on overall health. Two of the worst offenders were fabric softeners and dryer sheets.
 
According to neurologists and other experts in this area, the chemicals absorbed into our bodies contribute to dysfunction and disease of the nervous system. One study found more than 25 “volatile” air pollutants released by laundry products-including carcinogens. In fact, headlines from publications around the world are reporting alarming increases in brain diseases.
 
The Brain Wash: A Powerful, All-Natural Program to Protect Your Brain Against Alzheimer's, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Parkinson's, and Other Diseases
 
Arguably the most powerful organ in the body, the brain governs thoughts, moods, emotions, movement, speech, and every daily function. Until recently, scientists believed that this mysterious organ was protected by an impermeable mechanism known as the blood brain barrier that was understood to allow only nutrients to reach the brain without letting toxic chemicals in. However, the most recent, cutting-edge research demonstrates that this system allows many environmental toxins and heavy metals access to the delicate brain.
 
Unfortunately, once these substances reach the brain, it can take decades to eliminate them-decades that can result in such substantial damage as inflammation and plaque build-up in the brain.
 
In light of this new understanding, a huge volume of new research links environmental toxins…to brain diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, autism, and many others.
 
Consider one groundbreaking study entitled, Toxic Nation: A Report on Pollution. This study found that no matter where people live, how old they are or what they do for all living, they are contaminated with measurable levels of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, disrupt hormones, affect reproduction, cause respiratory problems, or impair neurological development.
 
One in seven people currently live with brain disease and almost 1.2 million people are diagnosed with brain disease in the United States alone very year. The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to quadruple over the next fifty years-escalating from four to fourteen million. Another disease of the mind, attention deficit disorder ADD has increased five hundred percent in just fifty years!
 
Researchers at Harvard Scholl of Public Health and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine examined data on chemical toxicity and found, of the chemicals reviewed, over 200 have the capacity to damage the human brain.
 
One in six children has a developmental disability like autism, attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder, and others. The authors of the study suggest that the widespread use of toxic chemicals in industry is a pandemic and that childhood exposures to these neurotoxins may be linked to increased risk of additional future brain diseases like Parkinson’s.
 
Wool Dryer Balls with Young Living’s Essential Oils
 
Instead of using dryer sheets full of harmful chemicals, we add a few drops of our favorite Young Living essential oils to several wool dryer balls and throw them in with our wet laundry. The balls actually reduce drying time and the essential oils add a wonderfully healthful scent to the wash. We prefer Young Living’s lavender, orange, and lemon oil and reapply these oils about every 4-5 loads. Sometimes it takes a couple of times for the scent to linger on our garments and bedding.
 
Although we have personally never used fabric softeners, if you feel your clothes need additional softening, add ¼ cup of baking soda to the wash cycle. I have also read that ¼ cup of white vinegar softens fabric and eliminates the cling.
 
Cancer
 
Only 5-10% of cancer is genetic, the other 90-95% of cancer is caused by the foods we eat, lack of exercise, and the toxic chemicals we apply to our bodies and breathe in our homes and environment. This means that 90-95% of cancer is in our control! As the gatekeeper of our home, it is our responsibility to make certain that our family members are kept safe from harmful chemicals. 
 
For a chemical free home, a healthier family, and a way to create multigenerational income, please call 314-910-2697 and leave your email address and we will be happy to send you information on our upcoming meetings.  www.YouMayProsper.com
 
 
THE DISMANTLING and RESTORING OF AMERICA
 
Defenders of the Unborn, Mary Maschmeier shares: St Louis City Board of Alderman Move Unconstitutional Buffer Zone Bill Forward
 
The Public Safety Committee of the St. Louis City Board of Alderman ignored our many calls of concern regarding the "buffer zone" bill that denies sidewalk counselors at abortion clinics from being within 8 feet of the driveway entrance to the facility (BB34). 

Showing an utter disregard for our free speech rights protected by our Constitution, they passed BB34 out of Committee and on to the full Assembly for a possible vote on Friday 3/2/18.

This vote reflects how closely allied the City government is with the abortion industry. While they claim to support women's health, they are denying these women in difficult situations the option to avoid a lifetime of regret. The aldermen tout women's choice, but deny them the important information they need to make that choice. An uninformed choice is no choice at all.  

For the health and safety of Missouri women and for the preservation of our constitutionally recognized free speech, we ask your continued prayers that God open the hearts and minds of the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen to the threat BB34 poses and to grant them the wisdom to make the right decision to vote against BB34.
 
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Subject: Opposition to "Buffer Zone" Ordinance BB34CS
 
Dear Aldermen/Alderwomen of the City of St. Louis,
 
Please vote against Board Bill 34CS as it is a clear violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and in direct conflict with U.S. Supreme Court Case law under McCullenet.al. v. Coakley, 134 S.Ct. 2518 (2014).  A copy of the McCullen et.al. v. Coakley case is attached.  This Board Bill sets an illegal and very dangerous precedent of violating the freedom of speech beyond views on abortion or any other specific issue. 
 
You all took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and the laws of our great Country and you are not allowed to pick and choose the subject matter or content of expression or speech to restrict because you may or may not disagree with it. Id.   Sidewalks and public ways occupy a special position in terms of First Amendment protection because of their historic role as sites for discussion and debate.  U.S. v. Grace, 461 US 171, 180 (1983).  These areas are traditionally “public fora” which have immemorially been held in trust for use of the public and for the purpose of assembly and communicating thoughts between citizens and discussing public questions.  Id.  Due to the open character of sidewalks and public streets, the ability of the government to regulate and restrict speech in such locations is “very limited”.  Id.   In such a public forum, the government can’t selectively shield the public from the content of speech that you may disagree with and not other speech that you may agree with. 
 
Based on the wording of the Board Bill and the testimony presented in favor of the Board Bill, the Board Bill is not a reasonable restriction of protected speech based on time, place or manner under McCullen et.al. v. Coakley.   The Board Bill is not justified without reference to the content of the regulated speech.  McCullen et.al. v. Coakley. The Board Bill is not narrowly tailored to serve a significant government interest.  Id.  The City fails to demonstrate that alternative measures that burden substantially less speech would fail to achieve the interest of the City.  Id.  The City fails to leave open ample alternative channels of communication.  Id.   The communication at issue is the “essence” of the First Amendment.  Id. No form of speech is entitled to greater constitutional protection.  Id.  This communication lies at the heart of the First Amendment.   
 
This Board Bill violates the constitutional right to free speech and convey a message.  Id. The right to converse with fellow citizens on public sidewalks is fundamental throughout the history of the United States. Id. The Board Bill is an extreme and unreasonable step of closing a substantial portion of traditional public forum to all speakers.  Id.  The Board Bill violates a historic and time honored forum and the essential purpose of free speech.  
 
Please put politics and personal agendas of certain groups or individuals aside and uphold the right to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment by voting against this Board Bill.  Id.  This Board Bill is a substantial waste of time, effort and City resources as it violates the First Amendment and is inconsistent with McCullen et.al. v. Coakley which has already been ruled upon by the U.S. Supreme Court as set forth above and otherwise.    
 
Where does the dangerous precedent of this Board Bill lead to in violation of the First Amendment?  Id.   What happens if Planned Parenthood employees promote abortion escorting in the buffer zone?   What precedent is next if there is a puppy mill or animal shelter abusing or killing animals? What if there is free speech being limited based on race?  Ethnicity? Religion? Age? Sex?  Disagreement with Court Verdicts? 
 
Please vote against Board Bill 34CS.  Thank you for your time and dedication to public service.
 
God bless,
Mary Maschmeier- Founder/President
Defenders of the Unborn
Office:  13610 Barrett Office Dr.  Suite 203
3147-394-3274
Manchester, MO 63021
 
Facing an increasingly uneducated, radically biased, emotionally charged, socialistic populace mirrors the changing culture at the time before the French Revolution.  Diane Drinkard shared this wonderful article with us.
 
Are We Free to Discuss America’s Real Problems?
Imprimis Hillsdale College January 2018, Volume 47, Number 1
https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/are-we-free-to-discuss-americas-real-problems/
 
Amy L. Wax is the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she has received the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. She has a B.S. from Yale College, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She is a former assistant to the United States Solicitor General, and her most recent book is Race, Wrongs, and Remedies: Group Justice in the 21st Century.
 
The following is adapted from a speech delivered on December 12, 2017, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series.
 
“There is a lot of abstract talk these days on American college campuses about free speech and the values of free inquiry, with plenty of lip service being paid to expansive notions of free expression and the marketplace of ideas. What I’ve learned through my recent experience of writing a controversial op-ed is that most of this talk is not worth much. It is only when people are confronted with speech they don’t like that we see whether these abstractions are real to them. 
 
The op-ed, which I co-authored with Larry Alexander of the University of San Diego Law School, appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on August 9 under the title, “Paying the Price for the Breakdown of the Country’s Bourgeois Culture.” It began by listing some of the ills afflicting American society: Too few Americans are qualified for the jobs available. Male working-age labor-force participation is at Depression-era lows. Opioid abuse is widespread. Homicidal violence plagues inner cities. Almost half of all children are born out of wedlock, and even more are raised by single mothers. Many college students lack basic skills, and high school students rank below those from two dozen other countries. 
 
We then discussed the “cultural script”—a list of behavioral norms—that was almost universally endorsed between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s: Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime. 
 
These norms defined a concept of adult responsibility that was, we wrote, “a major contributor to the productivity, educational gains, and social coherence of that period.” The fact that the “bourgeois culture” these norms embodied has broken down since the 1960s, we argued, largely explains today’s social pathologies—and re-embracing that culture would go a long way toward addressing those pathologies. 
 
In what became perhaps the most controversial passage, we pointed out that cultures are not equal in terms of preparing people to be productive citizens in a modern technological society, and we gave some examples of cultures less suited to achieve this: The culture of the Plains Indians was designed for nomadic hunters, but is not suited to a First World, 21st-century environment. Nor are the single-parent, antisocial habits prevalent among some working-class whites; the anti-‘acting white’ rap culture of inner-city blacks; the anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants. 
 
The reactions to this piece raise the question of how unorthodox opinions should be dealt with in academia—and in American society at large.
 
It is well documented that American universities today, more than ever before, are dominated by academics on the left end of the political spectrum. How should these academics handle opinions that depart, even quite sharply, from their “politically correct” views? The proper response would be to engage in reasoned debate—to attempt to explain, using logic, evidence, facts, and substantive arguments, why those opinions are wrong. This kind of civil discourse is obviously important at law schools like mine, because law schools are dedicated to teaching students how to think about and argue all sides of a question. But academic institutions in general should also be places where people are free to think and reason about important questions that affect our society and our way of life—something not possible in today’s atmosphere of enforced orthodoxy. 
 
What those of us in academia should certainly not do is engage in unreasoned speech: hurling slurs and epithets, name-calling, vilification, and mindless labeling. Likewise we should not reject the views of others without providing reasoned arguments. Yet these once common standards of practice have been violated repeatedly at my own and at other academic institutions in recent years—and we increasingly see this trend in society as well.  
 
One might respond, of course, that unreasoned slurs and outright condemnations are also speech and must be defended. My recent experience has caused me to rethink this position. In debating others, we should have higher standards. Of course one has the rightto hurl labels like “racist,” “sexist,” and “xenophobic” without good reason—but that doesn’t make it the right thing to do. Hurling such labels doesn’t enlighten, inform, edify, or educate. Indeed, it undermines these goals by discouraging or stifling dissent.
 
So what happened after our op-ed was published last August? A raft of letters, statements, and petitions from students and professors at my university and elsewhere condemned the piece as racist, white supremacist, hate speech, heteropatriarchial, xenophobic, etc. There were demands that I be removed from the classroom and from academic committees. None of these demands even purported to address our arguments in any serious or systematic way. 
 
A response published in the Daily Pennsylvanian, our school newspaper, and signed by five of my Penn Law School colleagues, charged us with the sin of praising the 1950s—a decade when racial discrimination was openly practiced and opportunities for women were limited. I do not agree with the contention that because a past era is marked by benighted attitudes and practices—attitudes and practices we had acknowledged in our op-ed!—it has nothing to teach us. But at least this response attempted to make an argument. 
 
Not so an open letter published in the Daily Pennsylvanian and signed by 33 of my colleagues. This letter quoted random passages from the op-ed and from a subsequent interview I gave to the school newspaper, condemned both, and categorically rejected all of my views. It then invited students, in effect, to monitor me and to report any “stereotyping and bias” they might experience or perceive. This letter contained no argument, no substance, no reasoning, no explanation whatsoever as to how our op-ed was in error.
 
We hear a lot of talk about role models—people to be emulated, who set a positive example for students and others. In my view, the 33 professors who signed this letter are anti-role models. To students and citizens alike I say: don’t emulate them in condemning people for their views without providing a reasoned argument. Reject their example. Not only are they failing to teach you the practice of civil discourse—the sine qua non of liberal education and of democracy—they are sending the message that civil discourse is unnecessary. As Jonathan Haidt of NYU wrote on September 2 on his website Heterodox Academy: “Every open letter you sign to condemn a colleague for his or her words brings us closer to a world in which academic disagreements are resolved by social force and political power, not by argumentation and persuasion.”
 
It is gratifying to note that the reader comments on the open letter were overwhelmingly critical. The letter has “no counterevidence,” one reader wrote, “no rebuttal to [Wax’s] arguments, just an assertion that she’s wrong. . . . This is embarrassing.” Another wrote: “This letter is an exercise in self-righteous virtue-signaling that utterly fails to deal with the argument so cogently presented by Wax and Alexander. . . . Note to parents, if you want your daughter or son to learn to address an argument, do not send them to Penn Law.”
 
Shortly after the op-ed appeared, I ran into a colleague I hadn’t seen for a while and asked how his summer was going. He said he’d had a terrible summer, and in saying it he looked so serious I thought someone had died. He then explained that the reason his summer had been ruined was my op-ed, and he accused me of attacking and causing damage to the university, the students, and the faculty. One of my left-leaning friends at Yale Law School found this story funny—who would have guessed an op-ed could ruin someone’s summer? But beyond the absurdity, note the choice of words: “attack” and “damage” are words one uses with one’s enemies, not colleagues or fellow citizens. At the very least, they are not words that encourage the expression of unpopular ideas. They reflect a spirit hostile to such ideas—indeed, a spirit that might seek to punish the expression of such ideas. 
 
I had a similar conversation with a deputy dean. She had been unable to sign the open letter because of her official position, but she defended it as having been necessary. It needed to be written to get my attention, she told me, so that I would rethink what I had written and understand the hurt I had inflicted and the damage I had done, so that I wouldn’t do it again. The message was clear: cease the heresy.
 
Only half of my colleagues in the law school signed the open letter. One who didn’t sent me a thoughtful and lawyerly email explaining how and why she disagreed with particular points in the op-ed. We had an amicable email exchange, from which I learned a lot—some of her points stick with me—and we remain cordial colleagues. That is how things should work.
 
Of the 33 who signed the letter, only one came to talk to me about it—and I am grateful for that. About three minutes into our conversation, he admitted that he didn’t categorically reject everything in the op-ed. Bourgeois values aren’t really so bad, he conceded, nor are all cultures equally worthy. Given that those were the main points of the op-ed, I asked him why he had signed the letter. His answer was that he didn’t like my saying, in my interview with the Daily Pennsylvanian, that the tendency of global migrants to flock to white European countries indicates the superiority of some cultures. This struck him as “code,” he said, for Nazism. 
 
Well, let me state for the record that I don’t endorse Nazism! Furthermore, the charge that a statement is “code” for something else, or a “dog whistle” of some kind—we frequently hear this charge leveled, even against people who are stating demonstrable facts—is unanswerable. It is like accusing a speaker of causing emotional injury or feelings of marginalization. Using this kind of language, which students have learned to do all too well, is intended to bring discussion and debate to a stop—to silence speech deemed unacceptable. 
 
As Humpty Dumpty said to Alice, we can make words mean whatever we want them to mean. And who decides what is code for something else or what qualifies as a dog whistle? Those in power, of course—which in academia means the Left. 
 
My 33 colleagues might have believed they were protecting students from being injured by harmful opinions, but they were doing those students no favors. Students need the opposite of protection from diverse arguments and points of view. They need exposure to them. This exposure will teach them how to think. As John Stuart Mill said, “He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.” 
 
I have received more than 1,000 emails from around the country in the months since the op-ed was published—mostly supportive, some critical, and for the most part thoughtful and respectful. Many expressed the thought, “You said what we are thinking but are afraid to say”—a sad commentary on the state of civil discourse in our society. Many urged me not to back down, cower, or apologize. And I agree with them that dissenters apologize far too often.
 
Democracy thrives on talk and debate, and it is not for the faint of heart. I read things every day in the media and hear things every day at my job that I find exasperating and insulting, including falsehoods and half-truths about people who are my friends. Offense and upset go with the territory; they are part and parcel of an open society. We should be teaching our young people to get used to these things, but instead we are teaching them the opposite.
 
Disliking, avoiding, and shunning people who don’t share our politics is not good for our country. We live together, and we need to solve our problems together. It is also always possible that people we disagree with have something to offer, something to contribute, something to teach us. We ignore this at our peril. As Heather Mac Donald wrote in National Review on August 29: “What if the progressive analysis of inequality is wrong . . . and a cultural analysis is closest to the truth? If confronting the need to change behavior is punishable ‘hate speech,’ then it is hard to see how the country can resolve its social problems.” In other words, we are at risk of being led astray by received opinion.
 
The American way is to conduct free and open debate in a civil manner. We should return to doing that on our college campuses and in our society at large.”
 
Donald Trump First President in 45 Years to Speak at Pro-life March
 
"The President is committed to protecting the life of the unborn, and he is excited to be part of this historic event," Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Wednesday. Family Policy Council
Pence called Trump “the most pro-life president in American History.” He boasted of a litany of anti-abortion measures by the Trump administration over its first year: Banning federal funds for global health groups that promote abortion under the "Mexico City policy," defunding the United Nations Population Fund, and overturning an Obama administration rule that required states to provide funding for Planned Parenthood. Pence predicted that Republican majorities in congress and Trump in the white House would lead to a watershed moment in the coming years. ‘I truly believe, with all of my heart, this is the pro-life generation in American,” Pence said. “And I truly believe, in this generation, we will restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law once again.” USA Today
President Donald Trump says he’s committed to building “a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished.” FOX
 
AN IGNOBLE EXCEPTION: The United States is one of a few countries to allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
 
The United States is one of only seven countries that allow for elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy; two of the other countries are North Korea and China.
 
Research shows unborn babies feel pain as early as 20 weeks to such a degree that anesthesia is routinely administered to unborn babies undergoing in utero surgeries and premature infants of the same age undergoing surgery.
 
In the United States, taxpayer funding subsidizes 900 health care plans that cover abortions, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
 
Under the previous administration, States were allowed to outlaw pro-life health insurance with impunity.
 
COMMITTED TO PROTECTING LIFE: President Donald J. Trump has shown his steadfast commitment to preserving the precious gift of life and defending religious liberty.
 
President Trump is the first sitting President to address the March for Life live via satellite.
 
Vice President Mike Pence addressed the March for Life in 2017, becoming the first sitting Vice President to do so in person.
 
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing a proposal to revise its conscience regulations to protect President Trump’s promise to enforce Federal conscience and religious freedom protections. The proposed conscience provisions include: Restricting taxpayer funds, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare, from being used by entities with discriminatory policies or practices. Protecting Americans who have religious or moral convictions related to certain health care services. Recognizing that Americans should not be discriminated against for their religious or moral beliefs when participating in certain health services.
 
Just after taking office, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which protects $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to fund the global abortion industry.
President Trump cut off taxpayer funding for the U.N. Population Fund, which colludes with China’s cruel program of forced abortion and sterilization.
President Trump signed H.J. Res. 43 into law, overturning a midnight regulation by the Obama Administration, which prohibited States from defunding certain abortion facilities in their federally-funded family planning programs.
President Trump has expressed strong support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would stop late-term abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, when science tells us that an unborn child can experience pain.
President Trump’s Administration issued guidance to enforce the requirement that taxpayer dollars not support abortion coverage in Obamacare exchange plans.
President Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services just announced the formation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, tasked with ensuring that laws that protect religious freedom and conscience rights are appropriately enforced. Family Policy Council West Virginia
 
The D.C. Swamp Blocks Pro-life Bills by Andy Schlafly, Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
The Swamp in D.C. blocks pro-life bills while pretending to be pro-life, and endorses pro-abort nominees to the courts while pretending otherwise.  The problem is not Trump, who is the first president ever to fully address the March for Life from the White House.  The problem is congressional Republican leadership, and the phony groups they control, such as National Right to Life.  This week they are blocking a vote on the Heartbeat Bill, and instead are going through the charade of pushing a different bill that won't actually protect any unborn children.

You don't have to take my word for it.  Rep. Steve King, our finest pro-life leader in Congress, and former Rep. Tom DeLay, our finest pro-life congressman before Steve, are both exposing National Right to Life for blocking this good pro-life bill.  Other real pro-life leaders are speaking out, too.

The Swamp plays its game of pretending to be pro-life while privately blocking real pro-life bills, in order to appease pro-abort donors, employers of spouses, and Fox News.  The phony pro-lifers think they can continue to treat the real pro-life movement like a cheap date.  The fakes will all be exposed.

Republican leadership in Congress passed nothing pro-life in all of 2017 -- zero -- and our window of opportunity is closing.  They have eroded the base of the Republican Party and Dems will take over Congress in the midterm elections in 9 months.  It won't be Trump's fault, who has done what he can.  It is Speaker Paul Ryan (whose wife is apparently pro-choice), Majority Leader McConnell (who is apparently pro-choice), and the phony pro-life groups in D.C.  Both Ryan and McConnell are expected to resign after losing control of Congress later this year.

The phony pro-lifers will be discredited, and our movement will be stronger without them.  Personally, this is the 10th consecutive year that I'm funding a busload to D.C. for the March for Life.  Hope you can fund Marchers too.
 
LIBERALS SO INTOLERANT: CNN removed President of Phyllis Schlalfly’s Eagles, Ed Martin, author of Can’t Trump this 2017: Top Trump Wins & Epic Speeches, as commentator on their show because they were not happy having a Conservative speak his mind and didn’t like that Ed honored James O’Keefe, author of American Pravda, at a Phyllis Schlalfly Eagles event.
 
James O’Keefe is an award-winning journalist and writer. He is the founder and President of both Project Veritas and Project Veritas Action, non-profit organizations dedicated to investigating corruption, dishonesty, waste and fraud in both public and private institutions.

James O’Keefe’s investigations have led directly to the passage of new legislation, federal and state investigations, congressional inquiries, the defunding of taxpayer-funded groups, resignations, firings, restraining’s, arrests and disciplinary action.

O’Keefe’s series of voter fraud exposés inspired several states to reform their election laws, forced resignations in Washington, and pushed FBI and Department of Justice officials to defend themselves before federal lawmakers.

His investigation into ACORN led to the group’s collapse. He caused a Planned Parenthood Vice President to be fired, National Public Radio executives to be fired, an Enroll America director to be fired, Medicaid worker retraining’s, an investigation into Battleground Texas, and Congressional field hearings into Obamacare navigator fraud.

The Nation magazine wrote, “O’Keefe’s influence on voting rights opponents and legislators alike is particularly jarring.” Slate.com agreed, “O’Keefe has had more of an impact on the 2012 election than any other journalist.”

In 2013, O’Keefe authored New York Times bestseller, Breakthrough: Our Guerilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy, the inside story of the challenges he faced bringing his powerful new form of guerilla reporting to the forefront.

In May of 2014, O’Keefe released videos at the Cannes Film Festival showing Hollywood environmentalists agreeing to take money from phony Middle Eastern oil tycoons to fund anti-fracking movies. The videos prompted a U.S. Senate investigation into the funding sources of NGOs.

During the summer of 2014, an investigation by Project Veritas transformed the discussion on national security. Dressed as Osama bin Laden, James O’Keefe crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States. In a follow-up video, Project Veritas exposed the lack of security at the northern border as an investigator dressed as an ISIS terrorist crossed Lake Erie into Cleveland. In his grilling of officials from the Department of Homeland Security, Senator John McCain referenced the investigations as proof of the failure to secure the border.

Heading into the crucial fall elections of 2014, James O’Keefe launched Project Veritas Action, which launched investigations in four key Senate battleground states to expose the hypocrisy of candidates who were saying one thing to the voters and something entirely different to their close supporters. All four Senate candidates exposed by O’Keefe lost their races, some by incredibly narrow margins.

In 2015, O’Keefe oversaw the expansion of both Project Veritas and Project Veritas Action, providing the vision and direction for projects that increased the training, professionalism, and reach of both organizations. During the expansion, both organizations released impactful investigations. Most notably, Project Veritas conducted investigations of the Veterans Administration, political correctness on campus, and the corruption within the racial grievance industry. Project Veritas Action reported on multiple instances of the Hillary Clinton campaign violating state and federal campaign law.

During the 2016 election cycle, both Project Veritas and Project Veritas Action released videos exposing key Democrats not only admitting that voter fraud exists, but also showing how to successfully commit it on a massive scale. One result was that a New York City Democratic election commissioner was forced out of his position by Mayor de Blasio and the New York Assembly.

O’Keefe also released videos exposing how the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton worked with consultants to organize paid protesters at Trump rallies, which sometimes erupted in violence. The investigation into Democracy Partners caused two key Democratic operatives to resign, sparked a response from the White House, and caused Donald Trump to bring up the videos in the final presidential debate. O’Keefe was ultimately credited with having a significant impact on the 2016 presidential elections for his October Surprise video series.

In the Summer of 2017, O'Keefe began his American Pravda video investigation series which focused on revealing the bias and hidden motivations at mainstream media companies. The American Pravda: CNN series exposing directives to drive a "Russia narrative" made national headlines, was mentioned by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a press briefing. The American Pravda: New York Times series led New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet to call O'Keefe "despicable."

O’Keefe is a graduate of Rutgers University. He founded an independent newspaper in College called The Centurion. He is a 2014 recipient of the Young Professional Conservative Leadership “Buckley Award” awarded to “young professionals in recognition of significant achievements in advancing the conservative cause.” He is the recipient of the Robert Novak Award for Journalistic Excellence (2011), has been named “Fox News Power Player of the Week” twice, and was on the Forbes “30 Under 30” for media moguls.
 
Walgreens Allows Men Unrestricted Access to Women’s Restrooms
Katie Koenig shares: In a shocking policy announcement, Walgreens has now directed its stores to allow men full and unrestricted access to women’s restrooms in all of its 8,100 stores. On Nov. 17, 2017, Walgreens issued a memo stating, “All individuals have a right to use restroom facilities that correspond to the individual’s gender identity, regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth.” The policy came as the result of being pressured by the ACLU of Southern Californian. Since a similar public policy was announced by Target Stores, Inc. two years ago, dozens of women and children have been victimized by male predators inside Target stores. Walgreens’ new policy could potentially result in female customers becoming victims of voyeurism, sexual assault and physical attack by unrestrained men.

 
  1. Sign our petition urging Walgreens to immediately reverse its dangerous policy that allows men unrestricted access into women’s restrooms.
  2. To make your voice heard even more, please call Walgreen’s corporate office at 800-925-4733 and share your concerns.
  3. If you are a Walgreen’s customer, let your local store manager hear from you.
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Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association




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The Summers Family