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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 March/April 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.  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

 

 

Looking for the perfect summer job?

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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.
  4. If our mission resonates with you, please consider supporting our work financially with a tax-deductible donation.

 
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association




Until next issue,
The Summers Family




 
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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 33 years!

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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME February 2017 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.  FCM Events

     a.  FCM 33rd Annual Graduation Meeting, Thursday, March 16

     b.  FCM 19th Annual Heart to Heart Tea, Thursday, March 16

       (1)  God’s Grace is Greater Than Our Fear-Widowed with Six Children, Leslie Obenhaus Shares about Their Family Business and the Joy and Hope the Family Shares for Their Future

       (2)  Home Defense Against Intruders-Jedidiah and Josiah

       (3)  What Are You Doing with the Rest of Your Life-Candy

     c.  FCM Airsoft Gaming and Training, Friday-Sunday, April 21-23

     d.  FCM 23rd Annual Art Festival and Photography Contest, Saturday, May 6

     e.  FCM Purina Farms Field Trip, Thursday, May 11

2.  FCM Notes

     a.  Thank You for FCM’s Letter on Gorsuch

     b.  More Disturbing Information on Gorsuch’s Church

     c.  A Homeschooler’s Letter in Opposition to Gorsuch’s Appointment

3.  Legislative Updates from FCM Lobbyist and Homeschooling Attorney David Klarich

4.  Needs and Services

     a.  Music Lessons-Both Live Online Classes and Private Lessons and Classes in Person

5.  Special Opportunities

     a.  Visual Manna Art Training and Mission Trips

     b.  MAC Homeschool Program at the Zoo, April 25 or 26

 

 

There’s No Place Like Home Articles

 

1.  Heart to Heart-Nothing Short of an Invasion

     a.  99 Percent of 97,000 Resettled Somalis Have Been Muslim

     b.  Louis Farrakhan: The Future is Ours

     c.  Growing Muslim Population in St. Louis

     d.  Good Reasons Why Our Founding Fathers Limited Immigration

     e.  Disturbing Statistics

     f.  Solutions

     g.  More on Immigration

     h.  Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants: A Policy of False Compassion

     i.  Manifestation of Antinomianism

     j.  Noah Webster’s Opposition to Those Who Used Immigration to Advance Their Subversive Doctrines

2.  Casting a Vision for Multigenerational Family Business-Riedel Glass Founded in 1756

3.  New Homeschoolers, Part XV

     a.  Homeschooling No Different from What You Have Been Doing Since Their Birth

     b.  Preschool/Kindergarten Curriculum

4.  Delightful Surprises-King Arthur’s Baking Supplies

5.  In the Library-The Character of an Upright Man

6.  Family Outings-Nathaniel Reid Bakery, One of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America

7.  Summers on the Farm

8.  The Joy of Country Living-I Luvs Yuh Like a Pig Luvs de Mud

9.  Dismantling of America

     a.  Convention of States Should Be Rejected

     b.  Change It or Obey It? Why the Constitution Is the Solution

     c.  Victory in Virginia

     d.  How Obama is Scheming to Sabotage Trump’s Presidency

     e.  The Obama Administration Takes a Parting Shot at Personal Freedom

     f.  Thomas Sowell Commentary: History Shows the Folly of Disarming Lawful People

     g.  Neil Gorsuch Nomination Update

10.  Restoring America

     a.  Trump Signs Executive Order to Withdraw from 12-Nation Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal

     b.  Praise Report from Congressman Jason Smith

     c.  Defunding Planned Parenthood

 

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FCM ACTIVITIES

 

altFCM 33rd 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 . Shortly after we receive your information, we will email our Welcome packet. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 16 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.

 

 

altFCM 19th Annual Heart to Heart Mother/Daughter Tea (Mothers without Daughters are Welcome!) Thursday, March 16, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Hawken House Hearth Room, 1155 S. Rock Hill Road, St. Louis, MO 63119. Preregistration cost is $11 per person; $12 per person at the door. Mothers without daughters are welcome to come. Come and enjoy great fellowship with other homeschooling moms, practical and inspirational teaching, tea and delectable pastries.

 

Home Defense: What You Need to Know When the boys shared what they learned from their Home Defense class, I was amazed to realize that everything I thought I would do if someone broke into our home was absolutely wrong. Jedidiah and Josiah Summers will be sharing important lessons you need to know to protect your family against intruders.

 

God Worked Out His Perfect Plan for Us and Provided a Hope for the Future Widowed at age 44 with six children ages 3 to 14, no college education, a mortgage, and no prospect for a job, Leslie Obenhaus faced the future with confidence because God had prepared the way for her to follow. Before Leslie even knew how much she would need the support from her family and a means of making a living for her children, God miraculously orchestrated the acquisition of the 30 acres next to her sister’s family and laid the groundwork necessary for owning a business. Through their prayers, research of possibilities, and their saving towards a family business prior to her husband’s passing, Leslie was able to carry through with their plan. More importantly, God was laying a foundation for trusting in Him through her husband’s actions and teachings that no matter what the situation or how they felt, they must stand firm on the truths in God’s Word. God continues to provide everything the family needs as Leslie and her children work together in their embroidery business. Working from home has given her children a hope for the future and serves as a springboard for pursuing other businesses and interests. There is excitement in the home again, as each of the children continues to share ideas of expanding the business, starting new ventures, making improvements on the property, and selecting spots for their own homes on the property. Come and be blessed as Leslie and her daughter Grace share God’s providence, the great joy of working together, and the secure hope the family possesses for the future. Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’”

 

What Are You Doing with the Rest of Your Life What do you want your life to look like in 10, 20, 30 years and your family’s life in 100, 200, 500 years? What are you doing about it? Many homeschoolers right now are floundering because they did not plan for their family’s future. They lived day by day, and now that the children are scattered to the four corners of the country, they no longer have a purpose or a hope. In this fast-paced presentation, Candy Summers will be prompting you to think ahead and plan for your family’s future.

 

You may either pay online or mail your check payable to FCM, c/o Sonia Summers, PO Box 586, Fredericktown, MO by March 14 to reserve your place. If you are unable to pay online, or experience any difficulties, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 314-920-6135.

 

To pay online, use this link and choose 19th Annual Heart to Heart Mother/Daughter Tea by clicking on the arrow on the Event List drop-down menu.

https://familycovenantministries.com/index.php?option=com_rsform&formId=12

 

Under Reservation, make sure the Ticket Type “Family” is selected if more than one person is coming. Then select the appropriate “Number of Attendees” in your family.

 

Directions: If you take Hwy. 270 south, exit at Big Bend Road. Go east on Big Bend approximately 4 miles to S. Rock Hill Road. Go right on Rock Hill for 2 blocks. The house is just past Hawken Condominiums on the right. Barn is on right in back of Hawken House. There is no Big Bend exit if you are going north on Hwy. 270. Therefore, if you take Hwy. 270 north, go east on Hwy. 44. Exit at Big Bend Road and go east for approximately 1.5 miles to S. Rock Hill Road. Then follow above directions.

 

 altFCM Airsoft Gaming and Training, Friday-Sunday, April 21-23, after 2:00 p.m. on Friday through Sunday afternoon on our farm in Fredericktown. $75 per person. All meals and drinks provided. Snacks welcomed. Perfect for anyone looking for group training or improving Airsoft skills. Open to anyone in the mood for a good time.

 

We will be learning:

Basic land navigation

Infantry movement techniques

Traveling techniques

Attack formations

Crossing danger areas

Proper reactions to ambush

 

Essentials to bring: Camping equipment and camp chairs; Airsoft equipment; Gun-I recommend a full automatic rifle; Safety glasses-clear and tinted; Biodegradable BB’s-a MUST; Clothes that are able to blend in and withstand crawling around in the brush. I will have plenty of BB’s available for sale.

 

Other helpful items but not necessary: Compass or GPS, canteen or other water carrier

Recreational items: You are welcome to bring fishing poles and bicycles.

RSVP by April 14. Make checks payable to FCM and mail to Josiah Summers, PO Box 586, Fredericktown, MO 63645.

For more information, call Josiah 314-920-6135.

 

 

 

altFCM 23rd Annual Art Festival and Photography Contest, Saturday, May 6 at Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131. Conveniently located just off Hwy 40/64 on Lindbergh Blvd., between Hwys 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza.

 

We are pleased to continue this year the Assorted Arts category, which includes such projects as sculptures, origami, string art, fabric art, mosaics, needlepoint, knitting, macramé, woodwork, etc. (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, May 6 Schedule

                                   

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, April 1 Early registration form submission: $5 per project for all registrations postmarked by this date. Early fee maximum per family: $60.

 

Saturday, April 15 General registration deadline (MUST be postmarked by this date): $6 per project. General fee maximum per family: $72.

 

Saturday, April 29 Deadline for project drop-off

 

Saturday, May 6 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, May 2017.

 

Registration form

http://www.familycovenantministries.com/files/2017_fcm_art_festival_registration.pdf

 

Guidelines and procedures

http://www.familycovenantministries.com/files/2017_fcm_art_festival_guide.pdf

 

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 .

 

 

 

altFCM Purina Farms Field Trip, Thursday, May 11, 11:30 a.m. at 200 Checkerboard Loop, Gray Summit, MO 63039. Event is FREE. However, you must sign up ahead of time either by phone 314-920-6135 or email Sonia at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To register, you must leave your name, email address, phone number, number of adults and children attending.

 

Come join us for an exciting day at Purina Farms where we will take a Better with Pets interactive tour showing why life is better when shared with a pet, view canine performances, watch a milking demonstration, take a wagon ride, enjoy swinging on a rope in the hayloft, crawl through tunnels, and pet many different animals.

 

No outside food allowed. However, you may either bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the area parks or pre-purchase food from their snack bar. Purina has informed us that we must give our food orders 32 hours in advance. After you register, we will email a menu.

 

Directions: Located just 10 minutes west of Six Flags St. Louis on Hwy 44. Take the Gray Summit exit #253 and head north on Highway 100 for 1/2 mile. Take a left and head west on MM for approx. one mile until you reach the Purina Farms entrance on the left-hand side of the road.

 

 

 

FCM NOTES Each correspondence deeply blesses our hearts. Thank you.

 

Thank you, Candy! I certainly agree with the reasons for the hesitation to support him (Gorsuch). Thank you for the information. Hope you have a blessed day!Lonedell, MO

 

The article on why FCM was opposed to Gorsuch’s nomination was very good! Thank you.Fenton, MO

 

Lydia Kaiser shares: Gorsuch is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder, Colorado (https://pjmedia.com/election/2017/01/30/president-trumps-top-three-supreme-court-picks-have-serious-problems/). The website for the church promises that they are an “inclusive” congregation that practices “contemplative prayer” and engages in “social justice programs.”

 

The church is green-friendly and has a function on the website so that people can see how much energy the church solar panels are producing. The church’s impastor is the Reverend Susan Springer (and all the deacons are females). Springer, Gorsuch’s impastor, is a renowned social progressive who is an outspoken supporter for gay marriage, gun control and all things liberal. Springer is quoted as saying…

 

“I don’t think anybody in my faith tradition is out to destroy marriage between a man and a woman. I think we are out to find a way to offer the same blessing and the same sense of inclusion to same-sex couples. And I think we stand as prophetic witness, that same-sex couples ought to enjoy the same legal benefits, if you will, as heterosexual couples…Any time you take a stand as a faith leader, whether it’s gun control, same-sex blessings, capital punishment or immigration, it’s very risky — and yet the paradox is, we are called to take a stand” (http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_22903609/lafayettes-flatirons-community-church-goes-public-opposition-gay).

 

Springer also recently organized a city-wide event to speak on the dangers of “gun violence” (http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_30107657/boulder-churchs-49-bells-project-brings-attention-gun).

 

The Episcopal Church of which Gorsuch is a part started to have “full inclusion” toward the LGBTQXYZLMNOP community in 1976, added its first sodomite clergy member in 2003, voted to authorize a “blessing” on same-sex unions in 2012 and made the rite of marriage available to sodomites in 2015. The Episcopal Church has also repeatedly defended a woman’s “right” to murder her unborn child.

http://polemicsreport.com/2017/02/01/the-religion-of-trumps-supreme-court-pick-neil-gorsuch/

 

Lydia Kaiser’s letter: Please do not appoint Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. You promised to appoint a pro-life justice. Although he looks good on the outside, it is very telling that he would sit under the counsel of a church pastor who is anti-life. The Constitution promises the protection of LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, so to submit to the counsel of someone who would deny life for any reason, is un-American. I understand that he may rule to send the issue back to the governance of the states, according to his textual convictions, but the issue of Constitutional protection of life is even more fundamental than the issue of states’ rights, which has already been badly eroded, so not something in which I put much hope.

Please appoint Charles Canady, Jennifer Elrod or Edith Jones. The main objection to Canady was his age of 60 years. If this disqualifies him, then President Trump was too old to take on the more grueling task of President at age 70.

 

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES FROM FCM LOBBYIST AND HOMESCHOOLING ATTORNEY DAVID KLARICH

 

Please see legislative updates from David Klarich at the FCM website under Legislative Alerts:

http://www.familycovenantministries.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5&Itemid=7

 

January legislative update

http://www.familycovenantministries.com/files/2017_fcm_01-27-2017.pdf

 

February legislative update

http://www.familycovenantministries.com/files/2017_fcm_02-17-2017.pdf

 

We are honored and greatly blessed to have David John Klarich as our homeschooling attorney and registered lobbyist. He homeschooled his own five children. David was elected to the Missouri Senate (1994-2002) where he served as the Chairman of Judiciary; Chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules; Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions & Ethics; and member of Judicial Resources; Ways and Means; Pensions and General Laws; and Local Government and Economic Development. He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives (1990-1994).

 

David drafted, sponsored, and passed legislation relating to virtually all subjects. Included among his legislative accomplishments are the creation of the Child Custody, Abuse and Neglect Commission; created and/or protected the Uncompensated Tort Victims Fund, Crime Victims Fund, and Unemployment Compensation Fund; passed a law that prohibits frivolous lawsuits by making inmates pay for their own legal fees; created a state program to put “at-risk” youth to work instead of turning to crime; created the first expedited capital crimes procedure; banned the death penalty for the mentally retarded; drafted and passed the first Violent Sexual Predators law, the Predator Registry, and Predator Civil Commitment procedure; defined and defended marriage; drafted and co-sponsored the “Safe Schools Act”; drafted significant civil, corporate, and judicial reform legislation; secured additional resources for education and transportation; and reformed property tax laws.

 

He also worked in private law practice with the Clayton law firm of Riezman Berger, P.C. In 2002, Mr. Klarich created and now manages a company known as Citizens for Policy Reform, LLC which provides government relations services before the United States Congress, Missouri General Assembly, and administrative agencies. He holds an A.B. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.A. in Public Policy, and Juris Doctor from Regent University, Virginia.

 

David Klarich is in Jefferson City each day of the legislative session diligently working on our behalf both for us as homeschoolers and as families. Therefore, we are deeply grateful to God for providing us with such an experienced attorney who has served as both Missouri Representative and Missouri Senator for many years. David also handles our DFS cases and has been instrumental in helping our families in past years with issues concerning admission to technical schools, universities, the armed services, and work permits.

 

We also want to emphasize the importance of showing your gratitude to David for his service in the Missouri House of Representatives and the Senate and for all the many years he has served our (CHEF) FCM families for free. I know of no other state that has been blessed with such a tremendous service! Please make every effort to thank David for his sacrificial service by sending an email back to us so that we can forward it on to him.

 

 

 

NEEDS AND SERVICES

 

Music Lessons My name is Andrew Bishko. My wife Rachael and I are homeschool parents of three children, ages 5, 7 and 10. We are building and living in a straw bale house on our homestead about one hour outside of Springfield, Missouri along with our goats, chickens, dog, and cats.

 

I want to reach out to other homeschool families and offer my services as a music teacher. Right now I am offering an inspiring lineup of LIVE ONLINE CLASSES. Some classes on my schedule include: * Introduction to Songwriting * The Game of Songwriting * Introduction to Musical Improvisation * Piano Now: Play Fur Elise by Beethoven in Two Classes * Music of the World * Instant Blues: Intro to Blues Harmonica. For an updated look at all my classes, reviews, and to request a class, see my Outschool page at https://outschool.com/teachers/M-Andrew-Bishko.

 

Online classes or lessons can be done from the comfort of your own home. I use an enhanced video conferencing service that allows for a highly interactive experience. You can also request a new class section to fit your schedule, or even ask me to create a custom class designed for you and your family.

 

I also offer private LESSONS AND CLASSES IN PERSON in the Springfield, Buffalo, and Lebanon, Missouri areas. I teach in two music stores (Hoover Music in Springfield and Morgan Music in Lebanon) and also provide in-home lessons on a limited basis. These lessons can include: * Piano * Flute or Saxophone * Recorder, Native American Flute, or Ocarina * Accordion or Harmonica * Songwriting, Music Theory, or Family Band.

Some advantages to studying music with me: * EXPERIENCE: I have been a professional musician over 30 years and teaching over 25 years. I teach students from preschool age to seniors. I have taught privately, in private and public schools, and in colleges and universities. * SERVICE: I do not teach cookie-cutter lessons. Each student and family is unique with their own musical goals. I will teach you the music that you want to play. * INNOVATION: In order to serve you, I am constantly developing new teaching techniques that go beyond ordinary lessons. In addition to the standard classical approach, I have accelerated techniques to teach you music reading, chording, playing by ear, singing and playing, improvisation, songwriting, playing music for church, and more. * VERSATILITY: I play and teach a number of instruments, musical styles from around the world, and voice. * TRUST: I have recently passed background checks for public schools and Outschool. I can supply references from students, families, colleagues and employers. * RESPECT: As a homeschool father, I understand the care you have taken to provide the best learning environment for your precious children. I will respect your family, faith, and values and will direct my teaching to support and enhance what you yourself are teaching to your children.

 

Thank you so much for your time and consideration! These are the things I would want to know before hiring a teacher for my own children. You can learn more about me on Facebook, YouTube, and GigSalad. You can contact me by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone/text: 417-733-3776.

 

 

 

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES:

 

[This information is communicated to you only as a service to our families. The information contained herein is not screened or verified by FCM. Please be discerning at all times.]

 

Sharon Jeffus shares: Art Training and Mission Trips There is a new phenomenon in homeschool and Christian education that gives students the ability to learn a subject well and then reinforce their learning by putting it to use on the mission field.

 

This year I am going to teach an advanced fine arts and graphic art course on an advanced high school level, and then give students the opportunity to use what they have learned and build their portfolio on two different week-long mission trips.

 

Art is a powerful tool in communication of the gospel. Many students are gifted in the visual arts but have not had the training and experience to use it effectively and with confidence in their churches and communities, and especially when they go on mission trips to serve the Lord and communicate the gospel. Everyone knows the power of an image to convey truth. Art transcends language.

 

The slogan of Visual Manna’s new art program is “BE BOLD, BE ORIGINAL, AND BE EXCELLENT.”

 

Goals for the new Visual Manna Academy Art Program

 

1. Students will learn a variety of art techniques in different media and explore finding their own style and their favorite medium.

2. Students will complete 20 works of art that will be appropriate for their digital portfolio, college entrance, freelance work, or AP credit.

3. Students will gain experience seeing their gifting in art used in a practical way by experiencing the opportunity to go on two mission trips that will be focused on creating art to use in ministry and encouragement.

4. Students will complete the program with 20 hours of online study and two weeks of practical use of their gifting (mission trips) in order to go into their communities and churches and use their gifting with confidence.

5. Students will cover graphic art programs using open source software and learn techniques in video, drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, graphic art, landscape architecture, architecture and costume design. When they choose their concentration, they will choose their area of career interest.

6. Students will get a solid foundation in art history and the vocabulary of the arts.

7. Students will get a strong foundation in the elements and principles of art. Cost is $300 (not including cost of mission trips, TBD by individual trip destination and necessary fees).

8. When graduating the program, Visual Manna will work to find them an internship that will further enhance their gifting with Christian companies and ministries.

 

For more information, please email mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call 573-453-6364 or visit http://www.visualmanna.com/.

 

 

Missouri Association for Creation (MAC) Homeschool Program at the Zoo

 

Where: The St. Louis Zoo in Forest Park
Date: Choose Tuesday or Wednesday, April 25 or 26
Time: Choose 9:30 a.m.-Noon or 1:00-3:30 p.m. 

 

Learn about the amazing design features of God’s creatures from MAC speakers, while seeing those animals up close. Special presentations on the following animals (list subject to change, but all are marvels of God’s creation): Tiger, Transcaspian Urial, River Otter, Bird Cage, Orangutan/Gorilla, Galapagos Tortoise, Sea Lion

Receive a colorful, informational booklet on the animals with “fill-in the blanks” from the speaker’s presentation (bring a pen or pencil). These booklets are great for later family discussions.

At each animal location, a speaker will give a 10-minute presentation about that animal emphasizing the remarkable design by our awesome Creator.

Ask the speakers questions about these animals or anything else about how God created our world and us.

 

Please register for the tour by sending an e-mail to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and include the following information:


1. Family name
2. Name of homeschool group (if any)
3. Which date and session you plan to attend – Tuesday or Wednesday/morning or afternoon
4. Number of people attending over the age of 5
5. If you can attend an alternate session
 

Children 5 and under are welcome to attend as well but just need not be included in your count. If the count exceeds the maximum size of the tour, you will be informed and put on the wait list for that session.
** In the event of bad weather, the tour may be rescheduled or cancelled. You will be notified by e-mail.

 

To cover the costs of the tour, we suggest a donation of $5 per family to MAC. After your attendance is confirmed, please wait until the week of the tour to make out your donation check, payable to MAC with “ZOO” in the memo line. Mail your checks to: 

Will Burgener– MAC Treasurer, 12015 Berkley Manor Drive, St. Louis, MO 63131.

 

We look forward to serving you and would appreciate your prayers that this event would glorify our awesome Creator, loving Redeemer, and powerful King.

 

 

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME Celebrating 31 years of inspiration, encouragement, and biblical instruction www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com

 

Stay tuned as we are creating a brand new website for There’s No Place Like Home that will be brighter, prettier, filled with more pictures, easier to navigate, and more easily accessible for smart phones.

 

 

 

HEART TO HEART

 

Nothing Short of an Invasion

 

Obama Administration Resettled 50,000 Somalis, Most Muslim Roughly 50,000 Somali refugees have been resettled in the United States under President Barack Obama, according to official numbers. The figures were revealed in the wake of Monday’s attack at Ohio State University, during which police said a Somali refugee drove into a crowd of people with his car and then slashed several of them with a butcher knife. Police shot and killed the man. Eleven people were wounded. The Washington Examiner cited data from The Center for Immigration Studies that show the Obama administration has brought in tens of thousands of Somalis. And since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, 99 percent of 97,000 resettled Somalis have been Muslim. http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/obama-administration-resettled-somalis/2016/11/29/id/761159/

 

On Sunday, February 19, 2017, in Detroit, Michigan (one of the largest Muslim communities in America), Louis Farrakhan gave a workshop entitled Have No Fear for the Future: The Future Is Ours! He stated, Let’s pool our resources to buy as much land as we can get our hands on. God is making us into a world ruler and the cornerstone of a kingdom that can never die. https://www.facebook.com/MuhammadMosque28

 

North St. Louis County is home to a growing Muslim population. There is a historic African-American Muslim community in North City and County. Within a short distance of Ferguson is Masjid Umar (formerly the Institute of Learning), located in the rugged Mark Twain neighborhood of North City. Masjid Umar has a Nigerian-American imam and a predominantly African-American congregation. To the north of Ferguson in the city of Hazelwood, you have the Dar al-Jalal Mosque (the largest mosque in the St. Louis metro area). Dar al-Jalal is a predominantly Arab (specifically Palestinian) congregation with a high percentage of store-owners in North City and County as congregants. Closest to Ferguson is the West Florissant Masjid in the city of Jennings. The West Florissant Masjid is a predominantly Nigerian congregation with a very diverse crowd at Friday prayers. Also, close to Ferguson in the Walnut Park neighborhood of North St. Louis you have Muhammad’s Mosque #28 of the Nation of Islam.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/altmuslim/2014/11/muslims-in-ferguson-on-the-ground-and-active-since-day-one/

 

Our Founding Fathers did not encourage unlimited immigration. George Washington felt that immigration should be limited to “useful mechanics and some particular descriptions of men or professions.”

 

Thomas Jefferson saw the new government as a unique combination of the freest elements of English law and political custom. He was concerned that unrestricted immigration of peoples from lands unacquainted with the principle of representative government might undo the careful work of our Founding Fathers. “Yet,” he said prophetically, “from such we are to expect the greatest number of immigrants.”

 

Even if these immigrants could throw off the principles of the governments they left, Jefferson feared that they would merely pass “from one extreme to the other. It would be a miracle were they to stop precisely at the point of temperate liberty.” He added, “In proportion to their numbers, they will share legislation with us. They will infuse into it their spirit, warp or bias its direction and render it a heterogeneous, incoherent mass.”

 

Today, the annual tidal wave of over a million immigrants (legal and illegal) is endangering our American way of life. Currently, fewer than 15% of our immigrants come from Europe and share the heritage that made America strong. A majority of today’s immigrants are (consciously or unconsciously) undermining our customs, our culture, our language, and our institutions. Instead of remaining in their native lands and emulating the United States, they are descending upon our shores and trying to reshape the United States into the image of the lands they forsook.

 

*The U.S. admits almost 1,000,000 legal aliens annually, the highest sustained rate in our history

*For every 100 illegal aliens who find jobs in the US, 65 American workers are displaced

*Over the last 30 years, Congress has tripled legal immigration levels

*The Pew Research Center found that “If present trends continue, the population will rise to 438 million in 2050, from 260 million in 2005, and 82 percent of the increase will be due to immigrants arriving from 2005 to 2050 and their U.S. offspring.”

*Edwin Rubenstein, director of ESR Research and former director of research at the Hudson Institute, found that immigrants (legal and illegal) cost the federal government a net loss of $80 billion a year.

 

Solutions Supported by AIC

*Increase funding and manpower of U.S. Border Patrol; assign US. military troops to help the Border Patrol regain control of our southern border

*Reduce legal immigration levels to traditional levels of no more than 250,000 self-supporting immigrants per year

*End all federal public assistance to non-citizens except emergency health care

*Increase funding and manpower for the enforcement of laws to fine and incarcerate employers of illegal aliens

*Repeal federal bilingual education programs and bilingual balloting

*Prohibit affirmative action benefits for non-citizens

*Cut foreign aid and deployment of U.S. troops abroad to fund immigration enforcement. Our first duty is to protect our own nation and its people http://www.immigrationcontrol.com/?page_id=583

 

Immigration, Reprinted from September 2007 There’s No Place Like Home Newsletter

Keep in mind that this was printed in 2007. All the following statistics have greatly increased.

 

Common Sense on Mass Immigration is a 40-page concise booklet that explains the grave difficulties our nation faces as we deal with the many problems involved with mass immigration. It actually contains frightening statistics that should make all of us sit up and face the reality of these problems. Did you know that from 2000 to 2005 86% of U.S. population growth was the result of immigration? Did you know that we have 10 million illegal aliens in this country who are given free medical care and subsidized housing? Guess who is working so hard to pay for them? You and me! And did you know that their numbers are increasing by almost 1 million per year? Their entry into this country is nothing short of an invasion.

 

In some areas of the county, 12% of felonies, 25% of burglaries and 34% of thefts are committed by illegal aliens. In Los Angeles, criminal aliens cost the county over $150 million annually.

 

In 2000, about 8 million of the total 53 million school-age children in the U.S. were the offspring of immigrants who had arrived since 1970. This is equal to all of the growth in the school-age population over the last 20 years. Just education of illegal aliens’ children costs taxpayers $7 billion a year.

 

From 1997 to 2002 the number of uninsured immigrants rose by 2.2 million to 11.2 million. Even illegal immigrants, many of whom pay no taxes, are eligible for publicly funded medical care. Provided to them by the sweat of our brow!

 

Mass immigration is a threat to our nation’s health. Diseases nearly eradicated are breaking out again. Tropical diseases, previously unknown to the United States but prevalent in Third World countries including Dengue fever and Chagas disease, are appearing for the first time. Medieval ailments such as leprosy are resurfacing. Among the diseases carried into the U.S. by immigrants are tuberculosis, AIDS, cholera, measles, hepatitis and SARS. Hispanics, 13 percent of the U.S. population, account for 19 percent of the reported number of new cases of AIDS, more than three times the rate for other Americans.

 

Consider the startling facts that Common Sense on Mass Immigration addresses, which can be viewed here in its entirety:

http://www.thesocialcontract.com/booklets/common-sense-mass-immigration/common-sense-mass-immigration.html

 

Consider that these aliens have nothing in common with our Christian faith or our Christian heritage or Constitutional ideologies. They take our money, and then those who vote, vote to keep more coming their way. We must write our congressmen and let them know how we feel about this hostile invasion.

 

Last year, we had an opportunity to discuss at great length this issue with a homeschooling friend’s brother who happens to be a policeman in Houston, Texas. He said that America is fast becoming a Third World country as immigrants pour over our borders. Not surprisingly, Houston’s crime rate has escalated at an alarming pace; however, the illegal immigrants cannot be tried under our law and so are not detained for very long. Ironically, though, prison is not a deterrent to crime for them because the conditions in our prisons are far better than the conditions they left in their own country.

 

Can their crimes here be blamed on their inability to find work or acquire citizenship? After talking with two different homeschooling missionary families, each having served for many years in Mexico, we discovered that indigence and immorality define their existence. Both actually stated at different times that if it isn’t tacked down, the Mexicans will steal it. This is not surprising when we understand that the majority of Mexicans are not Christian and therefore feel no obligation to abide by God’s Laws. Quite frankly, when we consider the state of Mexicans’ spiritual darkness, steeped in idolatry and superstition, it is no wonder that their country is riddled with corruption and crime. So why would we want these people in our country?

 

Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants: A Policy of False Compassion

by John Vinson, President of Americans for Immigration Control

http://www.immigrationcontrol.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/33727_Immigration_Brochure.pdf

 

Manifestation of Antinomianism, Reprinted from February 2009 There’s No Place Like Home Newsletter

 

What causes men’s conclusions to differ so drastically with one another? Well, to adequately assess the reasoning behind one’s thoughts, we must examine their presuppositions, or in other words, their foundational beliefs. Cornelius Van Til best defines presupposition as an elementary assumption in one’s reasoning or in the process by which opinions are formed…a personal commitment…of beliefs. Presuppositions form…perspective in terms of which everything else is interpreted and evaluated…having the greatest authority in one’s thinking…

 

Observably different conclusions, then, reveal dissimilar presuppositions, and since God is truth and since He will not allow any rivals, by its very nature, truth is always in opposition to any other position. Let us take for example the view that America should welcome as many immigrants as desire to come to our shores because, after all, each of us are descendants of immigrants, and besides, America’s success depends on acquiring more brilliant minds and more hard working people. Sound plausible? Many Americans think so; however, as we shall demonstrate later, as Christians, we must compare all views with scripture to ascertain whether it supports or denies the validity thereof, because every thought must bear truth and thus be substantiated with scriptural and historical fact.

 

Our response to the preceding view would include such points as follow. First and foremost, God is Sovereign over all areas of life and governs all the affairs of men. Thus God blesses and curses, rewards or punishes according to our obedience to Him, and specifically in this case, according to our nation’s obedience as revealed in Deuteronomy 28. Therefore, America’s success will not stand on brilliancy or hard work, but on its obedience to God’s standard expressed in His righteous Law. In fact, God most emphatically states that “righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34), thus making holiness and blessings inseparable for any people or any nation.

 

Whereas most people believe in the inherit goodness of man, since the Fall all have sinned, and all men’s hearts are depraved prior to regeneration, making none righteous apart from God’s indwelling Holy Spirit. Furthermore, Christ states in Luke 11:23 that “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.” Therefore, those who are not Christians are at enmity with Him and with His people. And since civil magistrates serve as God’s sword against evildoers to maintain peace and safety for those who are His, then it stands to reason that we do not want those opposed to His Laws.

 

Whereas many do not believe that God’s Law applies to all men and certainly not to nations because we are no longer under the Law but under grace, the Bible from front to back explicitly states that all men and all nations are governed and judged by God’s Law—the only standard of righteousness. If this were not so, then God would be unjust in His condemnation of those who oppose Him. Consequently, since Romans 1 verifies the fact that all men are culpable before God and that all will be judged according to His standard of righteousness, then it stands to reason that God requires obedience of all men, which indeed He commands in Acts 17:30,31: “…He admonishes all men everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness…” Furthermore, if men are not under God’s Law, then why does He command us to disciple all nations, teaching all that He commanded?

 

Rousas John Rushdoony in the foreword to Greg Bahnsen’s Theonomy states: If law be separated from grace, then grace also disappears, for the Bible knows no antinomian grace. The redeeming work of Jesus Christ, and the necessity of His atoning death on the cross, attest to the absoluteness of God’s Law: it could not be set aside. The redemptive work of Christ did not end the function of the law but rather re-established man in obedience to the law. We are redeemed, St. Paul made clear, ‘That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us’ Romans 8:4.’ Theonomy is God’s Law opposed to autonomy, which is man’s law.

 

A thorough study of the Reformation and Puritanism in America reveals that their adherence to Scripture in all areas of society, coupled with their earnest labor toward sanctifying their culture, namely, themselves, their families, their churches, their communities, and their civil magistrates by discipling all men to adhere to all that Christ commanded, not only served as a catalyst for liberty but was in fact that which created the only Christian Republic in the history of the world, resulting in incomparable liberty, prosperity, and consummate felicity. In contrast, the Enlightenment that firmly asserted that both the individual and the state be free from biblical direction or restraint, quite understandably, culminated in the bloodbath of the French Revolution.

 

To secure this distinct Christian heritage, America throughout most of its history held firmly to very stringent immigration laws. An example of this comes from Puritan Economic Experiments by Gary North: The towns of colonial New England were tightly knit Christian commonwealths (with) restrictions on immigration into the local community. They were concerned that newcomers might not meet the religious and moral standards of the present inhabitants (therefore) ‘the court will be careful, that whom they accept are persons orthodox in their judgments.’ The Puritan towns of Boston, Cambridge, Dedham, and probably many others all included the requirement that outsiders be cleared by town officials before they were allowed to buy land locally.

 

Since God warns that “a little leaven [sin] leavens the whole,” allowing opposing religions into this (once) Christian Republic, staunchly founded on explicitly Christian principles, appears most ludicrous to the judicious mind.

 

This brings us to the most disturbing opinion that many Americans hold: that Muslims on the whole are not violent like their extremist counterparts and therefore not a threat to this country. How could anyone believe such foolishness, when he understands that the very god that the Muslims worship commands them to kill all infidels that refuse to worship him?

 

In response to this erroneous conclusion, Dr. George Grant in his book Blood of the Moon makes a most compelling case to the contrary, substantiating the real threat all Muslims pose, with exhaustive biblical and historical evidence. Never in the history of the world have the Muslims been a peaceful people, but consistently murder all infidels, whom they explicitly name in their Qur’an as Christians and Jews, that refuse to worship their God Allah. Again, I encourage all of you to read this excellent book!

 

Frighteningly, 75,000 Muslims poured into St. Louis in the ‘90s when Clinton opened the floodgate for this mass influx of immigrants from Eastern Europe. According to other Muslims, whenever they build a mosque, they claim that city for Allah. Already they have built somewhere between 4-6 mosques in St. Louis. For a look at one of the mosques in St. Louis, go to https://www.facebook.com/MuhammadMosque28.

 

According to a recent survey, there are 1209 mosques in America. There are 7 million Muslims living in America. 43% of all Muslims are African American. 30% of all incarcerated African Americans are Muslims. There are 150 Muslim elected officials. In 1998 Hillary Clinton declared her support for Palestinian statehood. The Muslims donated $50,000 to her campaign for a seat in the Senate. The 2nd largest donation to President Clinton’s campaign was a Muslim. Muslims have given invocations to the Senate, House, and both political party conventions. The number of participants at mosques has increased more than 75% during the past 5 years. In light of the Muslims’ past history, their growing numbers in this country places Christians and our nation at great risk!

http://www.allied-media.com/AM/AM-profile.htm

 

Our government’s alarm over the increase of Muslims in our prisons, and their claim that they intend to carry through with their jihad plans once they leave prison, led to a special report that we personally viewed on PBS last year. To our dismay, we learned that our prisons are increasing by 5,000 inmates nationwide every 90 minutes. Yes, that’s right, every 90 minutes! Even more alarming is the fact that many of these inmates are becoming Muslims while in prison.

 

To further confirm this grave concern, following this broadcast, we read an article from John Stormer’s Understanding the Times in which Rick Mathes with Mission Gate Prison Ministry reported that during his annual prison security training session, he listened to a Muslim cleric give a presentation on the Muslim faith. Afterwards, Rick asked, “‘Please tell me if I’m wrong, but I understand that most Imams and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad (Holy War) against the infidels of the world and, that by killing an infidel, which is a command to all Muslims, that they are assured a place in heaven. If that’s the case, can you give me a definition of an infidel?’ There was no disagreement with my statements and, without hesitation, he replied, ‘Non-believers?’ I responded, ‘So let me make sure I have this straight. Followers of Allah have been commanded to kill everyone who is not of your faith so they can have a place in heaven. Is that correct?’ He sheepishly replied, ‘Yes.’”

http://www.missiongateministry.org/

 

An Investor’s Business Daily report states that Obama favors most all immigration and is against English as our official language. Obama states that he “would not require the borders to be secured before illegal immigrants could seek citizenship and would increase the number of legal immigrants”… voted in 2003 for state legislation allowing illegal immigrants to quality for a driver’s license …voted against making English our official language…and said “Understand this: Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English…you need to make sure your children can speak Spanish.”

 

Noah Webster’s opposition to those who were using immigration to advance their subversive doctrines is as pertinent today as it was then. Consider carefully the warning he wrote in his American Minerva magazine: I consider as a matter of infinite consequence the cautious admission of foreigners to the rights of citizenship. Numbers of them who have within the past year arrived and settled in this city come with violent prejudices against arbitrary government, and they seem to make no great distinction between arbitrary government and a government of laws founded on free elections. Many of them are warm democrats; and the Emigration Society here is headed by Democrats of our own—in short the opposers of our government are literally wriggling themselves into all sorts of company to carry their points. One main article of their policy is to attach foreigners to their principles the moment of their landing. If that system of creating a popular interest extraneous from the legislature to influence their proceedings—that system of raising a multitude of isolated private clubs over the nation as its guardian—should spread through the country, we may bid adieu to our Constitution. Our safety is in the country people, who more scattered and more independent, are out of the reach of demagogues.

 

 

 

CASTING A VISION FOR MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY BUSINESS

 

During our family’s Valentine’s Celebration we fill our wine glasses with sparkling grape juice to toast God’s love for our family and for each other. I was so impressed to find that this glassmaking company, which began in 1756, is still operated by the same family of 11 generations.

 

altRiedel Glass GmbH-Glassmaking/Kufstein, Austria founded in 1756. Johann Christoph Riedel (1678-1744) journeyed throughout Europe trading glass. His son Johann Carl Riedel (1701-1781), a guilder and glasscutter, operated his own workshop. Grandson Johann Leopold Riedel (1726-1800) founded glass factory in 1756, benefited from the need to rebuild windowpanes after the Seven Year War (1756-1763) between Austrians and Prussians. The company is now known for making wineglasses. George Riedel of the tenth generation is the president. Eleventh-generation member Maximilian Riedel (born 1977) is in charge of the North American market; Laetizia Riedel (born 1974), a lawyer, plans to become the firm’s legal adviser.

 

 

 

NEW HOMESCHOOLERS-Part XV as presented at the Conference Remembering 30 Years (I have actually been presenting the New Homeschoolers workshop for 31 years.)

 

Homeschooling Is No Different from What You Have Been Doing with Your Children from Their Birth

 

There was once a little neighbor girl who fell into our fishpond in water not much deeper than what she had bathed in all her life. Yet she continued to thrash and scream, “I cannot swim; I cannot swim,” until we told her to stand up. Officially beginning what is commonly called homeschooling may perhaps feel like the first time you jumped in water over your head, when in reality the water is no deeper than the water you bathed in all your life, or in homeschooling terms, no different from what you have been doing with your children all their lives. In truth, you have been homeschooling your children since they were born. You just did not think of it in that way. And since statistics show that children learn more in the first four years of their lives than at any other time thereafter, you may relax knowing you have done the hardest part.

 

How can this be, you might wonder? Reflect on all that you have taught your children already. You have trained them to walk, communicate, reason, solve problems, control their tempers, respond courteously, and a thousand other very important skills. When you come to realize that children’s cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical skills proliferate under their parents’ nurturing, the idea of homeschooling takes on a whole new perspective.

 

Preschool/Kindergarten Curriculum

 

Throughout the years, parents of preschool children will ask me what curriculum they should use for their children. Before I answer their question, I ask them to consider several important points. First of all, studies show that children beginning formal academics at ages 8 or 9 will within a few months catch up with the educational level of the 8- or 9-year-olds who began formal academics at ages 3, 4, and 5 years of age, a reality that became evident to me when I taught first grade in public school. It was then that I realized that children at that age were not ready for structured days of formal instruction.

 

In an article by Raymond and Dorothy Moore entitled “When Education Becomes Abuse: A Different Look at the Mental Health of Children,” a top learning and development authority from Berkeley, California by the name of William Rohwer warns that early formal school is burning out our children. He offers this solution: All the learning necessary for success in high school can be accomplished in only two or three years of formal skill study. Delaying mandatory instruction in the basic skills until the junior high school years could mean academic success for millions of school children that are doomed to failure under the traditional school system.

 

This same article aptly included the Smithsonian Report on Genius. It was a three-part recipe for high achievement. The foremost component in this formula for genius was that children spend the majority of their time with warm, responsive parents and other adults. The second element confirmed the first in that children spend very little time with peers. And finally, that they spend a great deal of free exploration under parental guidance. This, in fact, has always been the course for genius, and behavioral health, as well. Even for those early American intellectual giants who attended institutions outside the home setting, the time was limited to 3 or 4 years in later life compared to 13 years today.

 

Author, former schoolteacher of nearly 30 years, and past FCM speaker, John Taylor Gatto told our homeschooling families that reading, writing, and arithmetic take only 100 hours to transmit. And this revelation came from a teacher that received New York City Teacher of the Year award in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991. Best known for his underground classic Dumbing Us Down, John has authored several books criticizing the ideology, history, and fatal consequences of modern education.

 

In light of history, and all the statistics that confirm the supreme advantage of parental discipleship over early formal schooling, I do not recommend a structured curriculum for five year olds, but instead offer guidelines and ideas in my Preschool/Kindergarten article that will provide parents with all the skills needed before introducing their children to formal academics.

 

Since children learn best through play and creative activity, instead of forcing your children to conform their minds and bodies to a regulated curriculum that requires textbooks and workbooks, fill their lives with wonderful days of learning through playing with you.

 

Preschool/Kindergarten Curriculum will be placed online sometime in the near future.

 

 

 

DELIGHTFUL SURPRISES

 

King’s Arthur’s Baking Supplies

 

altFor the past 15 years, Sonia and I have been enjoying King Arthur Flour and their baking supplies. Since Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to shower your family with all things delicious and lovingly prepared, King Arthur’s gifts make the perfect Valentine presents for your daughters.

 

Some of their great baking supplies include appliances, bread machines, knives, bowls, pans, scales, rolling pins, digital thermometers, cake stands, butter dishes, molds, bake and give packages and tags, cookie supplies and decorations, unusual spices, cookbooks, food gifts (chocolates, maple syrup, baking pans and mixes, scones and muffins mixes, caramels, preserves, curds) and gingerbread house kit. They even carry a dog bone kit and cutter set.

 

My most treasured gift to Sonia from King Arthur was their fresh sourdough starter that has been lovingly nurtured since the 1700s. It is my desire and prayer that this starter will continue to be lovingly nurtured for a thousand generations of my family. I am thrilled to think that my great, great, great…grandchildren will be making delicious breads, pancakes, waffles and biscuits from sourdough that we kept alive and well for their precious families.

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/

 

 

 

IN THE LIBRARY

 

Remembering 30 Years-This is one of my book reviews from the past 30 years.

 

altThe Character of an Upright Man: A Plea for Personal Integrity by Richard Steele (1629-1692) is available from Amazon.com in hardcover or Kindle edition. This is an excellent book and a must for every family’s library! I have read it now for the second time; gleaning even more from it than the first time I read it. And now we are having the children read a chapter each day as part of their quiet study time with the Lord.

 

Richard Steele was a Puritan pastor. He graduated from St. John’s College in Cambridge and then received his M.A. at Oxford. He was considered a devoted husband, a loving father, a diligent scholar, an excellent preacher, and a compassionate shepherd. Besides the book in review, he also authored A Remedy for Wandering Thoughts in the Worship of God and The Religious Tradesman. Hopefully, his discourse Concerning Old Age will also be published soon. Also of interest to us was that he ordained Philip Henry in 1657 and then 30 years later ordained his son Matthew Henry who became the famous Bible commentator—and in our minds the very best Bible commentator. The ordination of Matthew Henry actually took place in Richard Steele’s own home.

 

Since this is such a great book, I decided to give you a little taste of the treasure it contains. But before I do, let me reprint the book’s introduction from the back jacket: There are few things harder to find in our day than personal integrity. Honor, nobility, dignity, and integrity seem more and more to be things from a bygone era. We find it harder and harder to trust a man’s word anymore. It would not be difficult to paraphrase Solomon’s proverb into this: ‘An honest man, who can find?’ The Puritan Richard Steele deals with that problem in this never-before reprinted book. He addresses believers and unbelievers alike in this work. The faithful Christian will find encouragement, strength, and a road map to godliness; the backsliding believer will be able to see where to set his or her mark, and the danger of delaying repentance; and finally, the unbeliever will notice the goodness, mercy, and compassion of the Christian life, and may, by divine grace, be stirred to jealousy, to seek those things which are above.

 

With pen in hand, I took notes as I went through the book for the second time. These are the notes I made in reflection to the wisdom Mr. Steele imparted: An upright man is resigned to God with a singleness of heart to honor and serve Him. He is wholehearted, sound, true, sincere, and obedient while walking in the integrity of his heart, for his heart and mind are conformed to the things of God. Truly, he is a man after God’s own heart, which seeks God’s praise and not that of man’s.

 

A hypocrite, on the other hand, chooses only those things he wants from the Lord and then only when those things serve him best. He never chooses Him when his own happiness, comfort, or his reputation in the eyes of other men are at stake. A hypocrite serves God on his own terms because of the duplicity of his heart for the many gods whom he worships—money, friends, and all the pleasures of this world.

 

An upright man—a true believer, constantly studies God’s Word and agrees with the whole and entirety of scripture because it is God’s Word. Grace is his ambition, so he labors hard for greater faith, greater love, and greater godliness. With bended knee and broken heart, he watches over his heart constantly repenting of unfaithfulness, pride, dullness, wandering thoughts during worship, envy and lust. These are the things that keep him up at night and on his knees while others slumber. He hates all sin and loves his duty. Psalm 119:128,129,131: “Therefore I esteem right all Your precepts concerning everything, I hate every false way. Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul observes them. I opened my mouth wide and panted, for I longed for Your commandments.”

 

The hypocrite cares less about these things because they are issues of the heart, which no one else really sees. He only worries about the things that will cause his friends to think more poorly of him like cussing or drunkenness, for the hypocrite only worries about how he looks in the eyes of men. In essence, he would never steal from his neighbor, but steals from God’s honor all the time. Good deeds may bring accolades from others, but a rotten heart is most certainly condemned by God.

 

Quoted from Richard Steele: An upright heart is pure without mixture. It is not absolutely pure, for that happy condition is reserved for heaven; but it is compared with the pollution and base mixture that constitutes a hypocrite. Though his hand cannot do all that God bids, yet his heart is sincere in all he does. His soul is bent for perfect purity, and so he has his name from that. Matthew 5:8 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart.’ In his words he sometimes fails, and also in his thoughts and deeds; but open his heart and there is love, a desire, a design and an endeavor after real and absolute purity. He is not legally pure, that is, free from all sin, but he is evangelically pure, free from the reign of all sin, especially of hypocrisy, which is so flatly contrary to the covenant of grace. And in this sense the upright man is the Scripture Puritan, and so is further from hypocrisy than any other man. He is really glad that God is the Searcher of hearts, for then he knows that he will find His name and nature in his own.

 

And yet the most upright man in the world has some hypocrisy in him. Proverbs 20:9 ‘Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?’ but he detects, resists, and hates this hypocrisy; and so it cannot dominate him as a hypocrite in this world, nor damn him as one in another. His ends are generally purely for the glory of God; his frame of heart and thoughts are pure, and generally better than his outside; the farther you trace him, the better he is. He is pure from dishonesty in his dealing, purer yet in his family from all appearance of evil, purer still in his closet, and most pure in his heart. Though there is sin there, yet there is also there an antipathy against it, so that it does not mingle with it.

 

The upright man has but one happiness, and that is the enjoyment of God; he has but one rule, and that is His holy will; he has but one work, and that is to please his Maker. Thereupon he is entire and certain in his choices, in his desires, in his ways and contrivances. And though there may be some demurs in his prosecution of his main business, yet there is no hesitancy and wavering between two objects; for he is entirely fixed and resolved therein, and so may be said to be ‘perfect and entire, wanting nothing.’

 

There is in every hypocrite some one fort or stronghold that has never yielded to the sovereignty and empire of God’s will. Some lust fortifies itself in the will; but where integrity enters, it brings every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. ‘Lord,’ he says, ‘I am wholly Thine; do what Thou wilt with me; say what Thou wilt to me; write what Thou wilt upon me.’ ‘Other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name’ (Isaiah 26:13). Here is the upright man.

 

A hypocrite makes a cloak of religion which he puts on and off as it serves his purposes; the upright man wears it as his everyday clothes and does not put it off till…he dies.” Whereas a hypocrite is ruled by the culture, companions, and the moment, the upright man is ruled by God’s Word, so therefore he constantly and steadfastly walks with God and lives like Him. He chooses to confront and rebuke rather than to flatter and comfort others in their sins, concerned not that he loses many by the truth that he could have kept with flattery, because he desires to honor God rather than himself. Job 32:21,22 “Let me now be partial to no one, nor flatter any man. For I do not know how to flatter, else my Maker would soon take me away.” Proverbs 26:23 “Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross are burning lips and a wicked heart.” Mark these words and burn them deep in your hearts: Those who want to be loved and approved by all are far from God!!!

 

The hypocrite “can set his sail to every wind and please everybody to profit or preserve himself…The upright man is deliberate in choosing and settling his principles, but a thousand words shall not alter him without clear evidence in his conscience. He is not a twining willow, but a sturdy oak; and whether the point he differs in is small or great, if it is a matter of conscience… yet all the rhetoric or rigor on earth will not remove an upright man from his course till God makes the business clear to his conscience.

 

The hypocrite’s desire is to please and promote self; the upright man’s desire is to please and promote God. For his eyes are on the mark, not on those around him. So “without squinting at events, or how it will please, or whom it will lose; he is resolved to live and die in his duty.” Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.”

 

Although the hypocrite may appear to some to be good, the upright man knows that only God is good. A hypocrite’s religion is only skin deep, while the Holy Spirit reigns in the upright man’s heart because without regeneration no one can be truly holy and upright. For without the cleansing of Christ’s blood, there can be no remission of sins. “Civility and sanctity are two separate things.” 2 Corinthians 1:12 “For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.”

 

God defends and upholds the upright man. 2 Samuel 22:31 “As for God, His way is blameless; the word of the LORD is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.” Ephesians 6:24 “Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.” Psalm 37:37 “Mark the blameless man, and behold the upright; for the man of peace will have a posterity.”

 

God is a very present help to the upright in trouble and comforts them with a peace that surpasses all understanding. Jeremiah 32:40 “I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me.” Proverbs 28:10 “He who leads the upright astray in an evil way will himself fall into his own pit, but the blameless will inherit good.” Psalm 84:11 “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Proverbs 21:21 “He who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life, righteousness and honor.”

 

Psalm 112 “Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Light arises in the darkness for the upright…For he will never be shaken; the righteous will be remembered forever. He will not fear evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is upheld, he will not fear, until he looks with satisfaction on his adversaries…His horn will be exalted in honor. The wicked will see it and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked will perish.”

 

Proverbs 15:8,9 “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight. The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but He loves one who pursues righteousness.” Psalm 7:8-12 “The LORD judges the peoples; vindicate me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me. O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; for the righteous God tries the hearts and minds. My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, and a God who has indignation every day. If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready.”

 

Isaiah 33:14-16 “Sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling has seized the godless. ‘Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning?’ He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity, he who rejects unjust gain and shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe…he will dwell on the heights, his refuge will be the impregnable rock; his bread will be given him, his water will be sure.”

 

Consider carefully how close Saul, Judas, and the Virgins came to the target but missed the mark. Matthew 25:1-13 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish…For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them…But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.”

 

Oh, what a terrible fate to think oneself a Christian only to be damned at the gates of heaven! Come let us sift ourselves to determine where our heart really lies. Psalm 139:23,24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”

 

Buy the book! Everyone needs to read it. This is one of those books that we will purchase for each of our children.

 

 

 

 

FAMILY OUTINGS

 

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Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood Our family first became acquainted with Nathaniel Reid’s pastries at the Ritz-Carlton a couple of years ago when the children surprised me with their Mother’s Day Brunch. Awestruck by his amazing artistry, we stood silent for several minutes as we all stared at his magnificent works of art. Never had we seen such stunning baked creations or tasted such lovely morsels second only to manna from heaven. Most recently we were delighted to discover that Nathaniel and his wife had opened their own shop at 11243 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122. One of our stops on Jedidiah’s birthday included this bakery for some sweet treats. Heartily greeting us as we walked in the door was none other than the owner and chef himself who had to be one of the most personable, kind, and polite young men we have ever met. While admiring and selecting his gorgeous pastries, we talked to him about his life and business. As we talked, customer after customer came in to say hi and purchase goodies from him. He knew them all by name as they knew him. That said a lot about his reputation for wonderful creations. The article that I have linked below says it best—all sweet things about one of the top ten pastry chefs in America.

https://www.stlmag.com/dining/sneak-peek-nathaniel-reid-bakery-opens-in-kirkwood/

http://www.chefnathanielreid.com/

 

 

 

 

SUMMERS ON THE FARM Everything we do is being recorded for our posterity to know and understand the loving sacrifices we made to ensure their prosperity!

 

-Although our livestock have access to springs and creeks, when the boys are rotating them through our pastures over the summer, we water everyone from water tanks that we fill with our spring water. A friend just gave us a water tank for our cows. These tanks are so very helpful, and now that we have two, we won’t need to fill up twice a day.

 -Jedidiah and I went shopping for the dairy. We purchased a soft pliable clothesbasket for the dirty udder cloths, a sturdy clothesbasket for the cloths coming out of the dairy barn’s dryer, two containers with handles (one for the dairy and one for the main barn) for carrying any medical supplies we need when treating cattle, a medium sized lidded container for medical supplies, two large lidded containers for clean udder cloths, magnetic pads of paper for notes, a notebook for keeping time of tasks, scrub brush for washing hands, and liquid hand soap.

-I spent time at a friend’s house today, as she filled in all the paperwork for registering our miniature Jersey bull. We should have papers on him shortly, which will double his worth compared to a standard size bull.

-Today I decided to add flowers to the list of products we hope to sell. I spent hours searching for varieties that are both gorgeous and good for cutting for bouquets. Then I searched for nurseries that sell the seeds, tubers, and rosebushes. Since the garden has not produced as much as we anticipated due to grazing deer, munching groundhogs, and marauding cattle, we will start off small to see if we can keep more than we lose.

-I went over to the dairy barn and organized all the supplies in our closet. Josiah helped me finish washing the ceiling, walls, and windows of the milking parlor. Then Jedidiah and I washed our rolling cart and shelving unit. After we thought we were done, the boys had to take the toilet apart to fish out the scrub brush I left in the bucket of soapy water that went woops down the drain. I felt terrible! They said it was no big deal. Picked up the toilet, fished it out, and cleaned up the mess in no time.

-I have been sending out information and answering questions on our products for those families that have shown an interest.

-Jedidiah picked up long floor runners for the entrances into our dairy’s kitchen.

-Sold our first jars of milk from our dairy barn today. After a year of building, I am very thankful that we are finally in business.

-Jedidiah tried to bottle feed Buttercup’s calf. The calf will not drink from the bottle. We will try again.

-While Sonia has been ordering flower seeds/tubers/bushes for our new venture, I have been searching and recording information on seeding, potting, and cultivating flowers for customers.

-Jon and Jedidiah made our first milk delivery. Thankfully we have an icemaker to produce all the ice it takes to pack the milk.

-Had friends over today so the younger boys could learn how to construct a barn addition for their sister’s horse.

-Met with the contractor to discuss the expenses involved in converting the farmhouse into a butchering facility. It looks like we will save a considerable amount of money, so the boys should begin the remodel soon.

-Jedidiah cut and formed a metal roof for our UTV so that we stay dry when it is raining.

-Brought Buttercup and calf in to make certain the calf is getting enough milk and to give Buttercup alfalfa hay so she can continue to make milk. The cancer is definitely depleting Mama’s energy. Hope she makes it a few more months.

-Jon picked up another 100 bales of alfalfa/orchard grass for the dairy cows and sheep and more electric fencing for our pigs.

-In preparation for tapping some of our maple trees, I purchased all the water jugs the grocery store had. Then I walked along our creek in the meadow and watched while the boys tapped 39 trees. Jon drilled holes into the lid of the water jugs. Jedidiah drilled holes into the trees and cut the rubber tubing. Josiah went behind him and pushed the rubber tubing onto each spile, inserted the tubing into the jug’s lid, and tied the jug onto the spile. I just ran back and forth for supplies and held jugs and string. The sap was already flowing as we worked.

-Jon and I picked up a pile of firewood that Josiah had cut in the meadow, took it home and stacked it.

-The boys and I looked at one of the small original buildings on the farm to see if we could use it for a sugar shack. We decided not to attempt reconstructing it for that purpose at least for this year.

-Jon and Jedidiah just picked up a stock trailer and a hay elevator we purchased from a friend. She kindly threw in her fuel tank so we will have diesel fuel available all the time.

-The vet just checked our cows to make certain they are pregnant. Thankfully, they are. He then checked poor Buttercup who is drooling now because of nerve damage. We are so saddened by her degeneration.

- Last year the syrup ended up having a smoky flavor so Jedidiah made a stainless steel lid to cover our cooker.

-The boys boiled down our first 40 gallons of sap.

-Jedidiah and I went out to collect more sap, so the boys began cooking down another 40 gallons.

-I began cleaning up limbs and branches around the low water bridge in hopes of reducing the coverage for the rattlesnakes that we typically find there. Sonia and I had worked on that last winter with Sonia running the bobcat. Since I do not operate that machinery, I need to wait for someone to help me finish that job. After I was done with what I could do there, I began cleaning up the meadow.

-A friend just gave us a fuel tank for our farm. It is rusty, but when cleaned up, it will be a great help to us for all our equipment.

-Ordered more heirloom apples: Cox’s Orange Pippin, King David, Grimes Golden, White Winter Pearmain, Ashmead’s Kernel, Calville Blanc, Spitzenburg, Roxbury Russet, Arkansas Black, and Wickson Crabapple. Several of these are for making apple cider.

-We are continuing to boil down sap for maple syrup.

 

 

 

THE JOY OF COUNTRY LIVING

 

I Luvs Yuh Like a Pig Luvs de Mud

 

I find it quite remarkable how certain aromas, even those that are rather disagreeable, have the capability of triggering powerfully emotional memories. For example, whenever I smell a gardenia, my mind is flooded with lovely memories of my mother wearing these exquisite scented corsages from my father. Likewise, picking up something that smells like my mother and father’s home always elicits sweet comments from one of my children.

 

On the other hand, even less desirable odors, like sweaty bodies, call to mind wonderfully pleasant recollections of my children’s smudged faces beaded with perspiration from playing under the summer’s hot sun. The same is true when I pass someone who reeks of too much perfume. Instead of turning up my nose, I am immediately transported to the back seat of my father’s shiny Hudson. Eagerly watching for my Aunt Francis, I see her come into view on my father’s arm, all dolled up in high heels, jewels, and a fox fur that had the ability of leaving me spellbound until the trance was suddenly broken by the heady perfume that smacked me in the face long before the soft fascinating fur brushed my tender cheek. Engulfed, once again, by her portly figure. I can feel her hearty hug, and just as if it were yesterday, I hear her jovial greeting of “Candy, you’re just as cute as a bug’s ear.”

 

At the time, I loved her affection and thought highly of her praise. After all, she was the only one who expressed her affection for me in quite that way. She was also the only one who allowed me to slide across her highly polished floors in my stocking feet, wind up the little bird that sang in her golden cage, and stroke that amazing fox fur of hers. But as I got older and discovered that bugs don’t really have ears, I began to wonder what she truly meant by that remark.

 

As I searched for the meaning of “as cute as a bug’s ear,” I found that the phrase related to cute as a button, cute as a cupcake, and cute as a kitten. I love old buttons and actually keep a large tin of them, but no matter how beautiful, I never considered them cute. I don’t even think cupcakes are cute—and I love those, too. Pretty, appetizing, and delicious, yes, but hardly cute. Kittens, on the other hand, are cute! But what did this have to do with cute as a bug’s ear?

 

Apparently, the phrase began as “acute as a bug’s ear” because they could identify miniscule and high-pitched sounds. Cute was as synonym for acute in the 1700’s in England…as sharp, quick-witted, shrewd. An early example of ‘cute as a bug’s ear’ is found in a story in the South Carolina newspaper the Charleston Sunday News, June 1891: Imogene McGinty is as cute as a bug’s ear. From around that time onwards, in the USA, the ‘pretty; charming’ meaning of cute began to supersede the previous ‘acute’ meaning.

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/as-cute-as-a-bugs-ear.html

 

I was glad to know that! Interested in the origins of words and phrases, this is just one of many that I have looked up over the years. Take for instance a relatively simple phrase: By and large. Where exactly did that come from, I wondered. Surprisingly, it is a nautical term that dates back to the 16th century. Mariners used “by” to describe ships sailing into the wind while “large” referred to vessels that had the wind at their backs. Seafarers, then, used “by and large” to describe cruising the seas in every direction according to the wind. Today, it has come to mean “all things considered” or “for the most part.”

 

Have you wondered what people meant when they said that they felt “fair to middling”? Referring to grading farmers’ cotton at the market in the South during the 1800s and 1900s, “fair and middling” ratings meant that the cotton was poor in quality. Therefore, someone who uses those terms to describe their health means that they are feeling rather poorly. I was certainly glad to know that because I always thought that they meant that they were fine. Now I express compassion to the “fair to middling” crowd and tell them how sorry I am that they are feeling poorly.

 

How often did you tell your kiddos “goodnight, sleep tight,” when in fact you really did not know what it meant? Before our present day’s sturdy box springs, mattresses rested on ropes tied to a bed frame. For a comfortable night’s rest, the ropes needed tightening, thus “goodnight, sleep tight.”

 

And what does “raining cats and dogs” mean? Upon further investigation, cats and dogs would snuggle in their owners’ thatched roofs at night to keep warm. During downpours, the animals often slipped off the roof in the rain. Wow, how sad is that! Certainly not a phrase that you will hear me using in the future!

 

Other phrases over the course of time are the result of observation during life’s experiences. That in fact is what has happened since I moved to a farm. “Making hay while the sun shines” became reality when we began mowing, raking, baling, and hauling hay. To avoid ruined hay, I realized how essential the sun is to curing and keeping it dry. And as I witnessed our bees busily buzzing from flower to flower, I fully understood the declaration “as busy as a bee.”

 

Owning pigs has also brought to mind a whole new level of understanding to expressions like “hog wild,” “hogging all the food,” “wallowing in sin,” and “luvs yuh like a pig luvs de mud.” Hogs do indeed go wild over food, and if it must be shared with more than one pig, a lot of loud snorting and shoving takes place at the feed trough. And let me tell you, three to six hundred pounds of pure lard in shovel mode is definitely something to behold.

 

Most people think that they understand what it means to wallow in sin, but that statement takes on a whole new level of understanding when you actually witness a pig rolling about in the mud, which brings me to the point of this story.

 

Of all of the prior expressions, I never really thought much about the saying, “I luvs yuh like a pig luvs de mud” because it was not really something that I would ever say to someone. But knowing pigs as I do now, I can tell you most emphatically that telling someone that you love them to the moon and back has nothing on luvs yuh like a pig luvs de mud.

 

Pigs (which describes any of the animals in the genus Sus, within the Suidae family of even-toed ungulates) or more simply put—all manner of swine, of all ages, love mud. I am not talking about love as we generally perceive it. I love my flannel sheets to the point of rubbing my legs all over the soft fibers every time I slip into bed—something akin to a cat rubbing its owner’s shins—but this does not even come close to pigs’ love of mud. We are not talking about “like, fondness, or appreciation,” but an ardent adoration that borders on idolatry, second only to their robust appetite for food.

 

With abandon, they fling themselves full length into a mud hole, and with the sheer enthusiasm only pigs exhibit, flop and then wiggle and jiggle until they find just the right amount of cush (not like the son of Ham or the ancient region of northeast Africa, but short for cushy) like in real comfort. Squealing with delight, they get up and flop down on the other side and nestle into the oozing muck until they feel quite satisfied. And this, I might add, is all done with smiles on their faces.

 

So just like there is more to “as cute as a bug’s ear,” there is much, much more than meets the ear with this one. Therefore, if someone tells you that they “luvs yuh like a pig luvs de mud,” resist feelings of offense, and instead, hug them tightly as you count your blessings because they truly luvs yuh!

 

Ahh, country living is the life for me!

 

 

 

THE DISMANTLING OF AMERICA Every hour our government spends 200 million dollars it does not have!

 

Pie-in-the-Sky “Convention of States” Should Be Rejected

Please vote NO on all applications for an Article V Convention.

 

There are enemies, foreign and domestic, to our United States Constitution. Some want to make our Constitution more globalist-friendly, some want to dilute the Second Amendment, and some want to eliminate the Electoral College. Some simply want to become important by rewriting our Constitution. 

 

Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced on February 6th that she would like to change the Electoral College requirement in the Constitution. Without that, no non-incumbent Republican candidate would have won the presidency in the last quarter century. Without the Electoral College, money alone would dictate the outcome in presidential elections.

 

Billionaires have poured many millions into pushing a project deceptively named the “Convention of States,” which seeks an Article V convention that could rewrite our entire U.S. Constitution. These hidden donors may be connected with George Soros or with the Koch brothers, who are not socially conservative. Regardless of who the financial backers are, they secretly think they will rewrite our Constitution, and they are spending millions to do so.

 

No thanks. Yet some Republicans have fallen for this scheme when they should be focusing on good legislation for this State, rather than on this dangerous pie-in-the-sky plot to rewrite the Constitution. There is no way to limit an Article V convention, and it could insert every liberal entitlement into it.

 

Last July in Cleveland, the Republican national platform committee resoundingly rejected an attempt to include a call for an Article V convention into the platform. Justice Antonin Scalia, in his final year before he passed away, explained at a public event in May 2015 that it was a “horrible idea” to hold an Article V convention to change the Constitution. Other conservative leaders throughout history, from Phyllis Schlafly to James Madison, have emphatically rejected this bad idea.

 

Yet this is being considered in your state legislature, seeking to launch a new constitutional convention that would be dominated by the liberal media, by Democrats, and by RINOs (Republicans in Name Only). The big money behind this project is probably pro-immigration and anti-American sovereignty, and a new constitution could end border security. Fortunately, only eight states have enacted the Convention of States out of the 34 required to force a constitutional convention.

 

The Constitution is not the problem, and an Article V convention to change it cannot be limited as part of an application for one. The text of the Constitution expressly states that only Congress may “call” a constitutional convention, and it would not be a “convention of states” but rather would be convened (called) under the direction of power-brokers in Washington, D.C.

 

The original Constitutional Convention had three essential conditions that do not exist today: (i) secrecy from the media, (ii) participants who fought in the American Revolution against tyranny, and (iii) George Washington presiding. Today, instead of men like Benjamin Franklin who wrote our Constitution, we would have liberals like Barney Frank rewriting our Constitution.

 

We should reject the tactics of the Left that are being used to try to pass a “Convention of States,” using secret donors and hidden agendas. We should not allow the “bait-and-switch” tactics of pretending that an Article V convention would be something better than our Congress. It would not be better and could be far worse.

 

The first thing liberals would do in an Article V convention is attempt to repeal the Second Amendment, and also insert a right to taxpayer-funded abortion into the Constitution.

 

Big liberal states like California and New York would have greater power at an Article V convention than most conservative states would because the Supreme Court has required the “one man, one vote” rule since 1964. In calling a convention, the House of Representatives would also require voting based on population.

 

Supporters of the “Convention of States” falsely claim that States would not ratify bad amendments. But state legislatures did ratify the liberal 17th Amendment, often unanimously, even though that took power away from them to elect U.S. Senators. Media pressure to ratify amendments becomes unstoppable.

 

If the problem is that politicians do not obey the current Constitution, then writing a new one is no solution to that problem. Politicians who ignore the current Constitution would ignore a new one.

 

There are important, good laws to consider and pass in the remaining days of this legislative session. Let’s focus on them, rather than falsely pretending that the Constitution is somehow the problem. Thank you.

–Andy Schlafly. J.D.

Phyllis Schlafly Eagles

 

 

 

Thanks to Diane Drinkard for sending this excellent explanation of why we absolutely do not want a Constitutional Article V Convention: The Article V convention was not to reign in out of control government but for the amendment of errors in the Constitution (Federalist 43). Are errors causing the problem today? No! Ignoring the Constitution is the problem. History shows that a Convention cannot be restrained.

 

Change It or Obey It? Why the Constitution is the Solution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB1QNdDomI8

 

 

 

Eagle Forum Lobbyist Janet Engelbach shares: Hooray for victory in Virginia! All five of the Con Con bills, including multiple COS bills, failed to pass in Virginia. Special thanks to Delegate Bob Marshall, Sue Long, and others there for stopping these bad bills. Virginia, the home state of Michael Farris and location of the silly simulated conventions by the COS promoters, has been a high-priority target for passage by the other side. This is an enormous win for us.

 

 

 

How Obama is Scheming to Sabotage Trump’s Presidency by Paul Sperry

 

Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House. In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama IS working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda.

 

He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Rather, it’s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.

 

Since Donald Trump’s election, this little-known but well-funded protesting arm has beefed up staff and ramped up recruitment of young liberal activists, declaring on its website, “We’re not backing down.” Determined to salvage Obama’s legacy, it’s drawing battle lines on immigration, ObamaCare, race relations and climate change.

 

Obama demanded they “move forward to protect what we’ve accomplished.” “Now is the time for some organizing,” he said. OFA activists helped organize anti-Trump marches across US cities, some of which turned into riots. After Trump issued a temporary ban on immigration from seven terror-prone Muslim nations, the demonstrators jammed airports, chanting: “No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!”

 

Run by old Obama aides and campaign workers, federal tax records show “nonpartisan” OFA marshals 32,525 volunteers nationwide. Registered as a 501(c)(4), it doesn’t have to disclose its donors, but they’ve been generous. OFA has raised more than $40 million in contributions and grants since evolving from Obama’s campaign organization Obama for America in 2013.

 

OFA, in IRS filings, says it trains young activists to develop “organizing skills.” Armed with Obama’s 2012 campaign database, OFA plans to get out the vote for Democratic candidates it’s grooming to win back Congress and erect a wall of resistance to Trump at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

 

It will be aided in that effort by the Obama Foundation, run by Obama’s former political director, and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, launched last month by Obama pal Eric Holder to end what he and Obama call GOP “gerrymandering” of congressional districts.

 

Obama will be overseeing it all from a shadow White House located within two miles of Trump. It features a mansion, which he’s fortifying with construction of a tall brick perimeter, and a nearby taxpayer-funded office with his own chief of staff and press secretary. Michelle Obama will also open an office there, along with the Obama Foundation.

 

Critical to the fight is rebuilding the ravaged Democrat Party. Obama hopes to install his former civil-rights chief Tom Perez at the helm of the Democratic National Committee.

 

Perez is running for the vacant DNC chairmanship, vowing “It’s time to organize and fight . . . We must stand up to protect President Obama’s accomplishments;” while also promising, “We’re going to build the strongest grass-roots organizing force this country has ever seen.”

 

The 55-year-old Obama is not content to go quietly into the night like other ex-presidents. “You’re going to see me early next year,” he said after the election, “and we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up all kinds of great stuff.”

http://nypost.com/2017/02/11/how-obama-is-scheming-to-sabotage-trumps-presidency/

 

 

 

Judge Napolitano: The Obama Administration Takes a Parting Shot at Personal Freedom https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/72156575-2bbf-30db-8e82-3ac36921af7e/ss_judge-napolitano%3A-the-obama.html

 

 

 

Thomas Sowell Commentary: History Shows the Folly of Disarming Lawful People http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2016/12/30/history-shows-the-folly-of-disarming-lawful-people.html

 

 

Neil Gorsuch Nomination Update from Andy Schlafly, Esq.The Federalist Society strategy for choosing a young, stealth nominee, another David Souter, is not working. Gallup polling shows that Gorsuch has the weakest support of any nominee in decades, despite benefiting from the massive public relations efforts.

 

Grassroots pro-lifers do not support Gorsuch, and neither does the other side. Many people dislike Gorsuch’s lack of transparency about his views and his far-Left church. Trump was misled to nominate someone who is not pro-life, and that has needlessly hurt Trump politically. Hopefully Trump will get a second chance for filling Justice Scalia’s vacancy with a real pro-life pick.

 

No nominee has ever been blocked by the Senate for having a pro-life record, and none ever will be. It’s the wrong strategy to try to confirm a young candidate who is silent (and worse) on the abortion issue, as Gorsuch has been. Key Democratic senators from conservative states are more likely to vote for a nominee who is up-front about his views than one who tries to conceal them. 

 

Despite this, the donor-driven Federalist Society pursues its stealth strategy. The confirmation hearings will be filled with silly answers like “I can’t say,” “It would be improper for me to comment,” and “I see good arguments on both sides of the issue.” Opposition will grow as the charade plays out. Notice how Gorsuch will praise “stare decisis” to signal to liberals that he won’t overturn Roe v. Wade.

 

With so little support for Gorsuch, some GOP senators may understandably be reluctant to change the rules just for him. Democrats seem to have enough votes to sustain a filibuster.

 

The plummeting internet traffic at the National Review, through which Ed Whelan has been cheerleading for months for a nominee who lacks a pro-life record, illustrates that they are on the wrong path:

 

That is not a road-map for pro-life success.

 

 

RESTORING AMERICA

 

Trump Signs Executive Order to Withdraw from 12-Nation Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-signs-order-withdrawing-u-trans-pacific-trade-165735372--sector.html

 

 

 

PRAISE REPORT

 

Our family is blessed to have Jason Smith as our Congressman. If you want to be encouraged that there are still statesmen, visit our Congressman Jason Smith’s website at https://jasonsmith.house.gov/.  He is diligently working hard to defend our liberties in every area of life. Please pray for Congressman Smith’s health and safety.

 

Here is this week’s report:

 

Dear Friend,

 

If you have never heard of the ‘Stream Protection Rule’, you aren’t alone. In fact, before the Obama Administration decided to name that one of their final midnight rules last year, I had never heard the term. But its impact would have been disastrous - 400 new regulations from that one rule alone and a projected economic impact of 78,000 jobs lost.

 

With a President now in office willing to put his signature behind rule and regulatory repeals passed by the U.S. House & Senate, we have begun to take aggressive action to repeal some of the most costly, harmful and unconstitutional rules and regulations authored by the Obama White House. In bipartisan fashion last week, the House formally repealed that so called ‘Stream Protection Rule’ and a term that none of us ever became familiar with will fortunately stay that way.

 

In the midnight hours of President Obama’s term, they finalized a rule that effectively barred some Americans who receive disability benefits from owning a firearm - drastically impeding the Second Amendment rights of thousands. Just because somebody has a disability does not mean they are a threat to society. It is exactly this type of lame duck action, this type of Washington bureaucrats know best mentality which voters overwhelmingly rejected this past November. Again, the U.S. House acted last week with my full support to repeal this unconstitutional new bureaucratic rule and at last we have a counterpart in President Trump who is willing to put his ink on legislation passed by the Republican Congress to repeal these terrible rules and regulations.

 

In the past 2 weeks the House has been able to repeal 8 disastrous rules imposed under the Obama Administration. While our work is far from over, the removal of these rules alone has resulted in economic relief to the economy in the form of over 6 billion dollars. The repeal of these rules has been across the board - from rules and regulations projected to increase the strain on our nation’s teachers, rules which would increase burdens on local and state budgets, or new regulatory hurdles which would delay the permitting process on construction projects - the House is using the powers at its disposal as authored in the Congressional Review Act to undo job killing and costly rules finalized by the Obama White House during its last hours in office.

 

When Congress returns to session this week we will repeat this work of reviewing and repealing unnecessary, burdensome, duplicative and costly regulations finalized by the Obama White House in its final months, weeks, days, and hours. Less regulations, lower taxes, reduced federal spending, removal of a bureaucrat between you and your doctor and a return to the days of increased personal freedoms and liberties are just around the corner. Liberals in the House and Senate will continue their tactics of delay and disruptions, but they are only slowing down progress the American people want and deserve. The work of getting our country back to a place where the current generation knows they are leaving future generations better off has just begun. Together we will return America to that light of democracy that invokes respect and awe from those around the globe.

 

Legislative Wrap-Up

 

H.J. Res. 44- Rolls back Obama’s regulations by ending the Bureau of Land Management Planning 2.0 rule that will kill jobs, create unnecessary permitting delays and centralize power to unelected Washington bureaucrats. PASSED- Rep. Smith voted YES.

 

H.J. Res. 57- Overturns the Department of Education’s teacher accountability rule that undermines state and local control over education and further strains state and local budgets. Passed- Rep. Smith voted YES.

 

H.J. Res. 58- Overturns the Department of Education’s teacher preparation rule that provides a disincentive for teachers to help traditionally under-performing students, including those with disabilities and could decrease state funding for education or even increase the cost of higher education. PASSED- Rep. Smith voted YES.

 

H.R. 387- The Email Privacy Act- Brings our email privacy laws into the 21st century and protects Americans’ right to privacy by requiring law enforcement to get a warrant to search through private personal data. PASSED- Rep. Smith voted YES.

 

This Week in D.C.

 

U.S. Rep. Smith Authors Bill Defunding Sanctuary Cities

 

Monday, I filed H.R. 824, the No Transportation Funds for Sanctuary Cities Act to block Federal Highway Trust fund dollars from being awarded to states and local governments if they fail to obey federal immigration laws and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requests.

 

U.S. Rep. Smith Leads Effort to Overturn Obama Administration Ammunition & Tackle Ban

 

Thursday, I sent a bipartisan letter along with 60 of my colleagues to President Trump urging him to revoke a “midnight rule” from the Obama Administration that would ban lead ammunition and fishing tackle from being used on any public lands.

 

From Defenders of the Unborn:We are closer than we’ve ever been to de-funding Big Abortion—Planned Parenthood (PP). As Congress considers efforts to strip the organization of our billable tax dollars, now is the time for a groundswell of grassroots efforts. Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion chain. Over 300,000 babies are killed every year by the abortion giant—on our dime! Nearly half of PP’s billion dollar budget is derived from tax revenue raised by law-abiding citizens. We will call on Congress and President Trump to strip PP of federal funding and reallocate those funds to health centers that help women without killing babies.
www.stl-defenders.com