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Jon and Candy Summers share:

 

Family Covenant Ministries (formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship) Faithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 31 years! www.FamilyCovenantMinistries.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

 

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME February 2015 Information

http://www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com/

 

Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF) Information and Activities

 

1.  FCM Activities

     a.  Graduation Meeting, February 27, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

     b.  Past Graduates’ Notes of Gratitude

     c.  Meeting/Fellowship, February 27, 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

     d.  Entrepreneurial Field Trip-Dr. Jazz Soda Fountain and Grill, February 28, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

     e.  Heart to Heart Tea, March 19, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

     f.  Art Festival, April 11, 4:00-9:00 p.m.

     g.  Conference, May 4-6

2.  FCM Conference Notes

3.  FCM 2015 Conference

     a.  Parakeet Pete and The Battle of New Orleans

     b.  Southern Exposure to the Bible Belt-Southern Traditions

4.  FCM 2015 Conference Surprises

     a.  Additional Speaker: Wesley Strackbein

     b.  The Making of a Creationist-Encouragement to Hear Dr. Jason Lisle

5.  FCM Advocates for You Through Our Registered Lobbyist and Homeschooling Attorney David Klarich-Correspondences and Legislative Updates

6.  Special Opportunities

     a.  Rome to Geneva Tour

     b.  Art Classes by Sharon Jeffus

     c.  The Academy of Racing Science

     d.  Clarinet Intensive Study Program

 

There’s No Place Like Home Articles

 

1.  Notes from Subscribers

2.  Covenantal Families: Always Begin Life with the End in View-Create a Legacy by Joel Salatin

3.  New Homeschoolers Workshop-Part VI

     a.  Knowledge

     b.  Curriculum

4.  Delightful Surprises

     a.  Mississippi River Unit Study

     b.  Some Facts about the Mississippi River

5.  Come Gather at Our Table-Heirloom Recipes

6.  Summers Signature-A Sacred Trust: Passing on Heirlooms Along with Their History

7.  Summers on the Farm

8.  The Joy of Country Living-April: A Pivotal Month

9.  Fearfully and Wonderfully Made-Caught in the Web

10.  The Dismantling of America-Excellent Article on Obamacare by Joel Salatin

 

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FCM ACTIVITIES

 

altFCM (CHEF) 31st Annual Graduation (First) Meeting, Friday, February 27, 1:00-3:00 p.m. 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 graduation planning meetings will be held 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. Meetings are on Fridays, February 27 and March 27. 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 www.familycovenantministries.com. Click on “Services” and scroll to the bottom of the page.

 

 

 

PAST GRADUATES’ NOTES OF GRATITUDE

 

Just wanted to thank you again for hosting our graduation. You both do it sooo well!! And you look like you enjoy yourselves! Your ministry to homeschoolers is so vital, and I personally have learned how to be a support group leader by watching and imitating your leadership. I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you. Romans 1:8New Melle, MO

 

I just wanted to say thank you for your help with my issue [convincing a corporation to allow our homeschooled student to test for their apprenticeship program]. I was able to take the test yesterday, so it did all work out. Have a blessed day and thanks again.Hermann, MO

 

Thank you so much for reissuing my diploma. I hope you and your family have been well.Farmington, MO

 

 

FCM (CHEF) Meetings and Fellowship February 27, March 27 7:00 p.m.-Midnight at the beautiful Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Mo 63131. Coveniently located just off Hwy 40/64 beteen Hwy 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza. Registration at the door is $15 per family or $5 per person to cover room rental ($125) and speakers (other than us).

 

 

HURRY! HURRY! HURRY!

altFCM Entrepreneurial Field Trip Series Dr. Jazz Soda Fountain & Grille, Saturday, February 28, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at 230 West St. Louis Street, Lebanon, IL 62254. $30 Adults; $15 Children ages 9 and up; $10 Children ages 8 and under. This field trip will include a tour of the business and three hours of instructions on how to wait on customers and take orders, how to prepare food, health inspections, and running your own restaurant and bed & breakfast. A meal will be provided. Space is limited, so sign up now by sending a check payable to FCM, c/o Jon Summers, PO Box 586, Fredericktown, MO 63645 as soon as possible. Please include the number of adults, children ages 9 and up, and children ages 8 and under.

 

Adults can choose between cheeseburger and fries or cashew salad. Children can choose between cheeseburger and fries or chicken strips with applesauce or fries. Everyone gets a fountain drink and a one scoop cone or sundae of Cedar Crest Ice Cream.

 

For the past 15 years, Paul Krumsieg and his wife Sarah, with the help of their children, have owned and operated Dr. Jazz Soda Fountain & Grille in Lebanon, Illinois, the oldest existing soda fountain in the United States. The historic building dates back to 1850 and also houses a bed and breakfast. Paul and Sarah have 5 children and have been homeschooling for 16 years. One has graduated with 4 more to follow. Paul comes from a family of 11 children, 7 of which were homeschooled. Last year, Paul spoke at our conference on Marketplace Evangelism. Even though he had been a missionary at one time, he has told us that he never was able to evangelize and minister to people like he has with their business. Referred to as the “Metro-East” portion of the Greater Metropolitan St. Louis area, Lebanon is a scenic small town of only 3,850. It is the home of the pretty McKendree College. This is FCM’s second Entrepreneurial field trip to equip our families to own and operate their own businesses. http://www.drjazzsodafountain.com/

 

 

 

altFCM (CHEF) 17th Annual Heart to Heart Mother/Daughter Tea (Mothers without Daughters are welcome!) Thursday, March 19, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at 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 tea and delectable pastries with other homeschooling moms.

 

Online registration will be available soon. You may pay for this event online by going to http://www.familycovenantministries.com/index.php?option=com_rsform&formId=12. Choose Mother/Daughter Tea by clicking on the down arrow to the right of the Event List.

 

If you are unable to pay online, please send name, number of attendees, and check payable to FCM, c/o Sonia Summers, PO Box 586, Fredericktown MO 63645 by March 14 to reserve your place or call 314-920-6135 to make a reservation.

 

Candy’s Message for the Evening At different times in our lives, each of us has been guilty of fear, worry, and anxiety. As some say, “It goes with the territory of motherhood. After all, where would children be if it were not for mothers? Someone has to do the worrying. And we do live in such unpredictable and dangerous times!” I actually remember making some of these comments at different times in my life, presenting my “tolerable” sins with levity unbecoming of a woman of God.

 

Sadly, unless smacked in the face with the reality of our kinsmen’s pernicious distrust, ingratitude, and discontentment at the Red Sea, and during the forty years that followed, we don’t often make the connection with their intolerable sins to our own. More importantly, we don’t realize how our distrust in God’s omnipotent providence affects future generations.

 

It is true that each passing year brings far more responsibility and trials, yet a great many people throughout history experienced far worse circumstances that come with war, pestilence, and famine. To their credit, and to those who took the time to record their resolve to trust in divine Providence, we have a great cloud of witnesses that exemplified a faith few of us understand.

 

Thankfully none of us has gone through such perilous events, but I can testify to the struggle of finding balance between disbelief and righteous concern, nonetheless. After exploring what the Bible has to say about these sins and their remedy, we will look at the difference between self-imposed stress and stress that comes with godly responsibilities and divine trials; the steadfast faith of some of our Southern heroes in the face of losing everything; in-depth personal practices that help me deal with the stress that comes with our family’s immense responsibilities; and finally ways to solve some of your stress. My hope for the evening is to strengthen your resolve to trust in God and focus on His grace and mercy towards us. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

 

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 (CHEF) 21st Annual Art Festival and Photography Contest, Saturday, April 11 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.

 

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, etc. (no video will be accepted). The addition of this category gives more opportunities for our children to showcase their creativity. 

 

If you are looking for thought-starters for your art projects, this year’s FCM conference theme is a great place to start. Simply go to www.familycovenantministries.com. Click on the tab for the conference, and go to the list of workshops for a wealth of ideas for your special project.

 

Please note: 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 14 and up may also submit 2 photos in the Photography contest. Homeschool graduates are also welcome to submit projects in all 3 categories.

 

All of our families are cordially invited to view these artwork pieces created by our gifted children, to be displayed at Salem 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.

 

Art Festival Schedule on Saturday, April 11

 

4:00-5:30 p.m. Viewing of artwork, voting for People’s Choice Awards (hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music and fellowship)

6:00-7:00 p.m. FCM Art Festival awards ceremony

9:00 p.m. Project retrieval and clean-up

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PROJECT SUBMISSION

 

Saturday, March 7 Early registration form submission - $5 per project for all registrations postmarked by this date. Early fee maximum per family: $50.

 

Saturday, March 21 General registration form submission (MUST be postmarked by this date) - $6 per project. General fee maximum per family: $60.

 

Saturday, April 4 Deadline for project drop-off

 

Saturday, April 11 FCM Art Festival artwork viewing and announcement of winners

 

(Due to increased costs to host and run the art festival, we have had to make a small increase in our project fees.)

 

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 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Joe and Teresa Carr at 314-521-5668 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

 

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2015 FCM CONFERENCE

Southern Exposure of America’s Bible Belt

May 4-6 at St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO

 

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL, HURRY-Limited Time

Register early and save from February 23-April 7

 

Family Pass Regular $129, Now Just $99

(Includes unmarried children still living at home)

Couple Pass Regular $89, Now Just $69

(Husband and Wife)

Individual Pass Regular $69, Now just $49

 

First Time Attendee*

Family $79

Couple $49

Individual $29

Exhibit Hall Free

 

*To get the First Time Attendee price, please enter firsttime for the Coupon Code.

 

Online Registration This exclusive price is now available online by going to:

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

 

If you have any trouble registering, please let us know by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 314-920-6135. Please keep in mind that it may be a few days before we are able to respond.

 

Look for your 2015 FCM Conference Postcard in the mail. Please pass on to another family after you have registered.

 

Speaker's workshops thus far will be listed online soon at: www.familycovenantministries.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=1&id=116&Itemid=4

 

Speakers' Pictures and Bios

www.familycovenantministries.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=1&id=115&Itemid=4

 

FCM CONFERENCE NOTES Many of the following excerpts are taken from lovely letters received from our families. Each letter, note, and email we receive deeply blesses our hearts. Hopefully these will bless your hearts, as well, knowing that God is working mightily among us.

 

We believe so much in the ministry of FCM/CHEF and the conference that we wanted to help support it, both in prayer and financially. We pray that God will do a mighty work through this conference (and many to come!) and that He will continue to bless you and your family and FCM/CHEF. Calverton Park, MO

 

Thank you very much for the wonderful conference. Once, again, you have given the homeschoolers the gift of your time and talents in putting this together. The conference is so important to help homeschoolers prepare for the new school year. The line-up of speakers was great! We were praying that the money needed would be provided. I hope it worked out well. We appreciate you both so much. You are very generous in giving of yourselves and always thinking of others. We are enclosing a gift to show our appreciation for all that you do.St. Louis, MO

 

Our family attended the Family Covenant Ministries Conference two years ago. We were very impressed. Some of us were able to attend this year, and once again we were impressed with the quality as well as quantity of speakers. We also enjoyed the extra evening activities.Capron, IL

 

Thank you for all your hard work for the wonderful homeschool conference and curriculum fair. Since my oldest just turned six, it is the first I have attended, and I am already marking next year’s calendar. Your choice of a location was wonderful. It was a very hospitable place. So thank you so much. I can’t imagine all the planning and preparation you have done. It all seemed to work so well. Thanks, again, for the wonderful conference!Columbia, MO

 

The Conference and speakers were awesome this year! I was so glad I brought my daughters. They were equally inspired! Thanks so much for everything. The TNPLH newsletter is always so beautiful. I am proud that it represents us. Thanks.O’Fallon, MO

 

 

 

FCM 2015 CONFERENCE Unforgettable, That’s What It Is!

 

Parakeet Pete Ahoy, Matey, here is the fifth selection in our series on the South’s fascinating history through the eyes of that beautiful feathered fowl Parakeet Pete.

 

Shortly after their arrival, Mrs. Lafitte married New Orleans’s merchant Pedro Aubrey. Many naturally attributed Jean Laffite’s acclaim to have possessed “more accurate knowledge of every inlet from the Gulf than any other man” to his stepfather, but when you understand the navigational skills of Parakeet Pete, it is no wonder that Jean’s skill was so highly praised. Pete helped Jean navigate the treacherous brackish waters of the bayous and swamps.

 

In a labyrinth of waterways that had been known to consume men’s lives, Parakeet Pete’s inherent sense of direction and imminent danger preserved Jean’s life in the thick fogs amongst the tangle of cypress roots and hanging moss, palmettos and marsh grasses, man eating alligators, mountain lions, and poisonous snakes.

 

Parakeet Pete’s same inherent sense of direction also continued to play a crucial role in helping the Laffite brothers capture booties of war on the high seas. Some called his masters pirates, but Parakeet Pete preferred the honorable title of privateer. There was a difference after all, since privateers helped countries during times of war.

 

Privateers were private persons who were sanctioned as legitimate by letters of marquee issued by their particular governments during times of war that occurred during the period from the 16th to 19th centuries. Without tying up precious funds from the treasury, nations could quickly mobilize armed ships and their crews to attack the enemy. They were an extremely valuable component to countries who possessed smaller naval fleets because they could engage these privateers to interrupt the commerce of enemies that were dependent on trade, making it necessary for the enemy to spend monies, men, and time on deploying warships to protect their merchant ships.

 

Most countries used privateers to aid them in the defeat of their enemies. Queen Elizabeth’s Sea Dogs, Francis Drake, John Hawkins, Walter Raleigh, and Martin Frobisher were quite famous in their role in defeating the Spanish Armada. The Americans also used privateers during the War for Independence from Britain.

 

By the early 1780s, there were 500 private warships prowling for British quarry, while the fledgling Continental Navy had fewer than 10 vessels at sea. The Essex County, Mass. ports of Beverly, Salem, Marblehead, and Newburyport became hubs of privateering initiative, a point of pride for Adams. http://www.nysun.com/arts/our-privateer-history-patriot-pirates/78922/

 

Generally booty captured during the plunder of the ships would be distributed between the privateer, officers, crew, investors and the country for whom they operated. It was all very legitimate until European nations signed The Declaration of Paris in 1865, which abolished all privateering.

 

The adage that love is blind was certainly true in this case because Parakeet Pete did not realize when his masters began to engage in smuggling and piracy until the Lafitte’s fleet was captured in Barataria. Appalled and ashamed, he asked for forgiveness for his part in helping the Lafitte brothers in their smuggling operation and prayed that they would repent.

 

In exchange for a pardon, the Lafitte brothers helped General Andrew Jackson protect New Orleans against the British invasion in 1815. Parakeet Pete was so thankful for the pardon that he, too, gladly offered his services during the Battle of New Orleans. In fact, it was actually Parakeet Pete who first sounded the alarm of the advancing British fleet on the east bank of the Mississippi River.

 

You can find out more about this battle when you listen to Bill Potter’s workshop at this year’s conference. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_New_Orleans.

 

Parakeet Pete was proud of his role in helping the Americans defend New Orleans against the British because it kept that nation from seizing not only his home town of New Orleans, but also the immense territory that the United States had acquired through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

 

Upon hearing that the Lafitte brothers determined to move to Galveston Island, Texas to become spies for the Spanish during the Mexican War of Independence, Pete began to pray that God would make a way for him to stay with his dear friend, Captain Jack. Although Pete was truly grateful to the Lafitte brothers for their care of him, he realized that he had nothing in common with them spiritually, and so he longed for the companionship of other Christians.

 

In fact, he was never more at home than when Jean Lafitte allowed Pete to travel on Captain Jack’s steam driven paddle wheeler or stay in his home along the Mississippi. Because whenever he was in the presence of Captain Jack, his family, and friends, Pete learned so much about God’s Word and his nation’s Christian history. So as the Lafitte brothers prepared to depart for Galveston, Parakeet Pete fervently prayed that they would allow him to stay. However, if this was not in God’s will, Pete prayed for grace to accept God’s Providence, no matter what happened to him.

 

To Be Continued … Stay tuned for more adventures with Parakeet Pete and learn some of the South’s fascinating history in upcoming issues!

 

 

 

SOUTHERN EXPOSURE TO THE BIBLE BELT

 

SOUTHERN TRADITIONS Faith, Freedom, Family, Farm (Home), and Friends

From www.southern-style.com/southern_family.htm by Sharman Ramsey

 

We Southerners are a unique breed. Pride of place, manners bred into us from birth, the foods we eat, our bond with the land and our relationship with our family and friends make us who we are. Most practice true religion. As my great grandfather wrote: “Tis something akin to the immortals that makes us long not to be altogether unworthy of the fame of our ancestors.” –E. Burson

 

It must be genetic. Southern women collect traditions like some people do stamps. Even our recipes come with genealogies. No conversation passes without clarification of the antecedents of those whose names pass through the discussion. We are a people for whom our sense of place in time and history is important. People, recipes, and houses have histories, and to us they go to create the wonderful tapestry of who we are.

 

Those new to the South are sometimes offended by our questions. One of the first questions any newcomer is asked is, “What church do you belong to?” This question isn’t to challenge one’s morality; it’s a place question. A “who do you know that I know” question. It is the jumping off point for sharing information about people known in common. From that point the conversation may begin…to talk people.

 

Porches were once the gathering place for people talk. Some folks call it gossip. It is too ingrained within the Southern tradition to be belittled by such a derogatory term. Southern talk is more in the tradition of the seanachies of old Ireland. The seanachie was the historian of the tribe who passed the oral history of the tribe down from one generation to another. The Irish and their descendant Scots settled the South. The pub, the community gathering place in the old land, became the front porch where people would sit in the shade, drink tea sweet as syrup, and wait for someone to walk by and join them…to share the “news,” meaning the talk of what was happening in the lives of those they knew in common.

 

I sometimes think a part of the loneliness and alienation young and old alike now feel is due in part to the fact that air conditioning keeps folks inside. I wonder if the bars on the windows would be necessary if the sense of community developed on those front porches continued today. A community was like a family. Each contributed to the security of the least of them because caring was not abdicated to a government agency, but was a responsibility of those who kept up with the “news” about their neighbors.

 

As a young mother, it became important to establish traditions for my children as they were set for me. I started jotting things down for my children to find if suddenly I were taken from them. My horror was that they would be lost without the security of knowing what their Grandmother’s favorite foods were, who their people were, where they came from…how they fit in the world. Only a child’s mother can provide them with that unique and special sense of who they are.

 

To a Southerner, genealogy is not a hobby; it is a sacred trust. Who we are, why we are here in this place, and what is our purpose has meaning beyond our simple existence. We are one in a chain, a continuation of a heritage. Not to know our heritage is to dishonor those to whom honor meant everything. Like the seanachies of our Irish heritage, every generation produces one who remembers and records. We pass the torch to another generation to lift the eyes, the spirits, the ambitions of the children to aspire to lofty goals and transmit the same character and purpose to the next generation.

 

After the War, my ancestor, Elkanah Burson, came home, plowed his fields, and went into politics, becoming a state representative. He delivered the speech for the Memorial Day ceremonies of April 26, 1877, included in its entirety in Chapter One: Wakefield. He exhorted those assembled, saying: “Then gather around this sacred spot, when the flowers sweeten the air, and the song of the birds makes melody with the children that cluster around you, and tell them the story of their fathers and brothers. Teach them that man is noblest when he died for man, and that their fathers were heroes and patriots worthy of the admiration of the world.”

 

The family information I have acquired, including all those pictures that tell such a story in themselves, are too precious not to share. Since our family gatherings revolve around food, what better way to discover our ancestors than around those wonderful dishes we would have shared with them if they were here with us. www.southern-style.com/southern_family.htm

 

Stay tuned for further articles that are sure to bless your darlin’ Southern (Christian) hearts! Y’all come back now!

 

 

 

FCM (CHEF) 2015 CONFERENCE SURPRISES

 

altAdiitional FCM Speaker: Wesley Strackbein

Wesley Strackbein has a passion to proclaim the great deeds of God in history and to pass on important lessons from the past to today’s Christians. He has lectured on John Knox in St. Andrews, Scotland; the French Huguenots in Paris, France; and has given messages on Texas and American history in various locations across the US. Wesley spent two years with the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA in the middle 1990s, first as an intern and later as project manager for the Communications Department. From 1998 to 2013, he worked with Vision Forum, handling media relations, marketing, and a variety of editing responsibilities for the ministry. He has served a producer on multiple film projects, including The League of Grateful Sons, The Mysterious Islands, and D-Day and the Providence of God, and had edited numerous books, including Life is But a Vapor: The Life & Letters of Michael G. Billings and John Calvin: Man of the Millennium. Wesley’s articles have been published in Patriarch Magazine, the Patriot Update, the Schwarz Report and the Johnson City Record Courier, among other media outlets. A native Texan, Wesley was home educated by parents who are amoung the pioneers of the modern homeschool movement. His desire is to encourage families to embrace homescholling as a high calling of biblical discipleship, so that their children might advance Christ’s kingdom and be mighty in the land. He is currently involved with his father in a business pursuit in the Texas oil field.

 

 

The Making of a Creationist by Paul Weiland

A homeschool father and a scientist who has worked in the field of microbiology for many years encourages our families to hear Dr. Jason Lisle at this year’s conference.

 

I would like to share a part of my testimony because I believe this is going to be a help and an encouragement to some of you. Being raised in a Christian home, I was taught that God created the world and everything in it as the Bible teaches in the book of Genesis. As I grew, I heard about Darwin’s idea of evolution. At this point I wish I could say that I believed God and took Him at His Word rather than believing the word of man. However, I became what you would call a theistic evolutionist (although I didn’t know the term for it at that time). That is, I believed God used evolution to create. If you’ve not tried that position, take my word for it that it is a waste of time. It cannot be reconciled with scripture. 

 

Anyhow, I entered college as a theistic evolutionist. I thought evolution had pretty well been proven. Maybe a few problems here and there, maybe a few “missing links,” but by and large “they” know it happened, and “they” know pretty much how it happened. As a college freshman, I recall a question on the 2nd semester biology final exam. There were not many questions on that exam, and this was going to be a long answer, so I knew it would count quite a bit toward my grade. The question asked us to explain how an animal such as an echinoderm (echinoderms include sea urchins, sand dollars, star fish, sea cucumbers) could evolve into a mammal. As I sat there writing the answer, trying to remember what the professor said, I found myself using phrases like “we think this could have happened;” “perhaps that happened;” “somehow, this happened.” Well, I must have written something the professor liked because I got an “A” for the course, BUT “WE THINK?” “PERHAPS?” “SOMEHOW?” Hmmm. That began to open my eyes. The more science courses I had, the more I began to realize that Darwinian Evolution, although cloaked with scientific terminology, was not really science at all but a made up story of the past. 

 

There is more to the story than that, but I will stop here for now. This was at a time when we didn’t have all the creation resources we have today. There were no books that I was aware of. (The Genesis Flood by John Whitcomb and Henry Morris had been written a few years earlier, but I had not heard of it.) There were no creation groups. There was not all the creation research. There were no tapes or videos. There was no Creation Museum. There were no creation websites (there wasn’t even an Internet for that matter). Now, today, we have many good creation resources. I have listed below some of them. For those of you coming to the Family Covenant Ministries Conference in St. Charles, Missouri May 4-6, 2015, you have the opportunity to hear Dr. Jason Lisle of the Institute for Creation Research. Dr. Lisle has a Ph.D. in astrophysics. One of the topics he will be covering is the age and design of the universe and how using our “biblical glasses” enables us to see that it confirms the Bible. In the “Ultimate Proof of Creation” talk, we will see how we can demonstrate the biblical account of creation and how any deviation from that is irrational and does not make sense of the laws of logic. I have heard and read Dr. Lisle’s material and can tell you that I find him to be a good speaker as well as a good writer. I hope you will be able to take advantage of this chance to hear him.

 

For those of you who are local to the St. Louis area, there is the Missouri Association for Creation. Besides having monthly meetings on a creation topic at different locations in the St. Louis metro area, we provide speakers for groups, churches, and organizations. Also, we host a homeschool program at the St. Louis Zoo in the spring and fall, where you will learn some of the amazing design features God has in His creatures. Each participant will receive a booklet with facts and pictures of the animals covered. The next program will be in Spring 2015. Among some of the animals covered will be rhinos, hippos, cheetahs, and elephants. Reservations are required, so look for the announcement and make your reservation. 

 

Institute for Creation Research www.icr.org

Answers in Genesis www.answersingenesis.org

Creation Ministries International www.creation.org

Alpha Omega Institute www.discovercreation.org

Missouri Association for Creation www.mocreation.org

 

 

 

FCM ADVOCATES FOR YOU THROUGH OUR REGISTERED LOBBYIST AND HOMESCHOOLING ATTORNEY DAVID KLARICH

 

FCM (CHEF) has advocated for home educators and parental rights since 1984, not only in Missouri, but nationwide. Being the premier Missouri-wide advocacy group, with a registered lobbyist of renown, both as a former Missouri representative and senator, and also serving as our homeschooling attorney, David Klarich works hard to help us make Missouri the best and safest state in the union for homeschooling. Our continued work with the Missouri legislature is always on behalf of family freedom. Our conventions help us continue this important work. When you come to a FCM convention, you are helping us Keep, not only Missouri Families Free, but Families Across the Nation.

 

altLEGISLATIVE UPDATE-FCM Lobbyist and Attorney, David Klarich

Jon and I receive these legislative reports each week that the Missouri legislature is in session, each year. This year we decided to share these updates with you to show you how much David Klarich works on behalf of our FCM families and our nation at large. Like us, he has faithfully worked hard these many years for our families without monetary compensation. Now that we have restructured, we hope to change that because God tells us that we are not to muzzle the ox and that a laborer is worth his wages. First we must work to fund our conference, then we must work to fund those who continue to work for us!

 

The House Standing Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education will convene next week and hear legislation relating to the “Student Accountability Act” that provides, in part, the following: “In order to receive a high school academic diploma issued by the department of elementary and secondary education, a public school student shall have achieved at the proficient level or higher on a comprehensive assessment or assessments taken after the student’s eighth grade year. The parent or guardian of the student, or the student if he or she is an emancipated minor or no longer a minor, may choose the ACT, the COMPASS, the ASVAB, or the GED, or an end-of-course statewide assessment in each core area of mathematics, communication arts, social sciences, and science. Neither the department nor any public high school shall issue a high school academic diploma to a student who does not achieve the required performance on the assessments as required in this section.” The bill continues: “No student who fails to meet the requirements for an academic diploma as described in subsection 2 of this section or the requirements for a diploma of local achievement as described in subsection 3 of this section shall be awarded any high school diploma.”

 

I am concerned that the legislation could be interpreted to prohibit our assertion that we have completed the statutory criteria sufficient to issue a diploma.

 

Thoughts? David

 

Dear David, We totally concur. Who is behind this?

 

Since public schools test their children every few years to determine their academic status, do you think the implementation of Common Core requirements has prompted this legislation?

 

Although the bill states that Neither the department nor any public high school shall issue a high school academic diploma, it certainly appears to me that the wording below must be pertaining in some manner to homeschoolers, since parents of public school children are not allowed to choose what test their student will take.

 

The parent or guardian of the student, or the student if he or she is an emancipated minor or no longer a minor, may choose the ACT, the COMPASS, the ASVAB, or the GED, or an end-of-course statewide assessment in each core area of mathematics, communication arts, social sciences, and science.

 

What direction needs to be taken at this point?

 

Thank you, David, for all you do! Sincerely, Jon and Candy

 

ONCE AGAIN, DAVID HAS PROTECTED HOME EDUCATORS’ LIBERTIES BECAUSE OF HIS PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS.

 

Jon and Candy: I have attached an updated legislative report for your review.

 

The House and Senate committees on Education convened this week to hear matters relating to the school curriculum and student accountability. Per our conversation, I approached Rep. Bryan Spencer and requested that he amend HB 365 to apply only to institutions of public primary and secondary education. He willingly offered to make the changes that we requested.

 

Please note that the House of Representatives will hear HB 104 relating to the Student Freedom of Association Act (House Committee on Higher Education 02.10.2015), HB 557 relating to the right of parents to direct the upbringing, education and care of their children (House Committee on Civil and Criminal Proceedings 02.11.2015), and HB 377 relating to requirements for school districts to identify student who are at risk of not being ready for college-level work or entry level career positions, next week (House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education 02.09.2015).

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. David

 

 

 

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.

 

altDouglas Bond shares: The upcoming Reformation Tour, Rome to Geneva Tour, June 20-30, 2015 is shaping up to be a delightful time with previous travelers and new ones coming together to share what we trust will be an unforgettable experience of the working of God’s grace in church history. We still have some open space on the tour and would love to have you join us as we explore the Early Church, Renaissance art and architecture, and Reformation history together. But this tour is not simply about geographical starting point and ending point, Rome to Geneva. It is rather a tour that retraces the theological move from the error of the medieval church in Rome to the recovery of the Reformation gospel of free grace in Christ alone centered in Calvin’s Geneva. It is really a tour from works to grace, from law to gospel, from my perormance to Jesus’ perfect righteousness in my place. The tour will be strung around five of my books: The Betrayal, Mr. Pipes book 4, my biography of Savonarola, my non-fiction recent release Grace Works! (And Ways We Think It Works), and my forthcoming historical fiction Hammer of the Huguenots (May 2015). Let me know if I can answer any questions about the tour. Check out the tour site www.bondvoyage.webs.com/rometogeneva.com and give me a call at 253-381-1961 if I can clarify anything for you. Join us! I is more affordable than you might think, especially for families. We have a special discount for pastors and their wives as well, but not for long. Watch a short video created by and featuring folds who have traveled with us on several other tours: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkotB8LqCY4. Share the word with others you know who might not want to miss out!

 

 

altArt Classes by Sharon Jeffus Do you believe some people are called to be artists and writers? Do you have a book you want to write or finish? Do you want to understand art techniques, vocabulary and history better? Do you want to know how to be an art teacher? http://www.homeschoolhope.com/009-sharon-jeffus/

 

See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers (Exodus 35:30-35).

 

Workshop 1 How to Write and Publish a Book/Write for Publications

Come for a whole day of information on writing and publishing your book. This workshop presents topics such as getting started, researching your topic, copyright, visual images ownership, ISBN numbers, publisher versus self-publish, writing AP classes or writing for publication, contracts, and more. Cost is $45 for the day on April 7 from 9:00 to 4:00 at the beautiful Montauk State Park. Lunch is included.

 

Workshop 2 Graphic Art and Fine Art Techniques in Media 

This workshop includes three eBooks that cover all the elements and principles of art, techniques in media, and how master art reinforces these concepts. Students will complete three works of art to take home, one painting on canvas, and learn techniques in Graphic Art from several Open Source programs. A laptop is needed to do the workshop. I do have several extras if needed. Understanding how to make your work digital is included. Cost is $45 for the day on April 17 from 9:00 to 4:00 at the beautiful Montauk State Park.

 

Workshop 3 How to Teach Art

This workshop is a complete program on teaching art. It includes my large complete art curriculum revised and my Teaching the Core Subjects through Art eBooks. It also includes a program that incorporates teaching the art basics along with Bible principles in a fun and exciting way. You can even have a Bible school art camp. You receive the materials to use art to glorify God, and this program gives your students the highest quality of art education. Training includes students making several samples to take with them in each area. This is a two day workshop that will be offered two times (April 8-9 and May 7-8) from 9:00 to 4:00 at the beautiful Montauk State Park. Lunch is included. Cost is $95.

 

Sharon Jeffus has a B.S.S.E. in Art Education from John Brown University and continued on in her studies to be certified to teach English from the University of Arkansas. She studied painting at Metropolitan in Denver and sculpting at Southern Illinois University. With having written over twenty books, she also has the internationally known company Visual Manna. Sharon wrote her first book in 1992 and developed the Visual Manna teaching method where art is integrated with art appreciation, techniques, vocabulary and core subjects. Her Indian Arts and Crafts program was rated outstanding by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Sharon taught in the public schools for fourteen years in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri and also homeschooled her two sons. Other achievements include 3 AP courses approved to teach and Sharon has presented workshops at colleges and conventions all over America. For a sample lesson go to:

http://ourhomeschoolforum.com/videos/interactive-lessons/art-through-the-year-with-sharon-jeffus-lesson-1-post-impressionism-and-line

 

altAlex Detmering shares: The Academy of Racing Science is a field trip unlike any you’ve experienced. Built on a racetrack and taught by professional engineers, mechanics, and racecar drivers, The Academy is four hours of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) packed into three hands-on lessons. Whether you’re looking to ignite a passion for science in your students or you just want to take them on the field trip of a lifetime, The Academy of Racing Science hits on all cylinders. Booking Info: Cost: $25 per student. Time: Scheduling is subject to availability and your schedule, but mornings are best. Curriculum Level: 5-8th grade. Group Size: 30 is the minimum. 300 is the maximum. Check us out at www.academyofracingscience.org.

 

 

Diana Haskell shares: MasterWorks Festival, a Christian festival for the performing arts, is beginning a Clarinet Intensive study program with Diana Haskell, Associate Principal Clarinet with the St. Louis Symphony. Mrs. Haskell, a Christian, says, “Clarinet Intensive is for 4-7 advanced high school and college clarinetists who want to work on clarinet skills within a Biblical Christian environment. Students receive two lessons a week, three hours of practice time daily, and master classes touching on all things clarinet!” For more information on Clarinet Intensive: www.masterworksfestival.org/clarinet-intensive.com. Bible studies on subjects like dealing with nerves from a Christian view, how art and faith are intertwined, and ego are part of daily life at MasterWorks. Devotions and prayer throughout each day are also a natural part of life at MasterWorks. Students must apply and send a video for this competitive program. For more information about MasterWorks and audition requirements, see www.MasterWorksFestival.org

 

 

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME-Celebrating 29 years of inspiration, encouragement, and biblical instruction www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com 

 

NOTES FROM SUBSCRIBERS

Many of the following excerpts are taken from lovely letters received from our families. Each letter, note, and email we receive deeply blesses our hearts. Hopefully these will bless your hearts, as well, knowing that God is working mightily among us.

 

Words cannot express adequately my appreciation for all you do. Thank you for showing me in the best way how to be a mother and woman of God. Thank you for teaching me the meaning of consistency, perfection, flexibility, compassion, forgiveness, gentleness and most of all love. Whatever you do, you pour your heart into it and do all to the best of your ability.Maryland Heights, MO

 

As we begin school in earnest again after Christmas, we looked through the newsletter and were reminded that we do indeed want to send a donation. The newsletter is our “lifeline” to homeschooling. It is always a source of inspiration and information when our spirits are sagging and we feel overburdened. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.Blue Springs, MO

 

In this winter season, please know that we deeply appreciate your service to homeschoolers. May the Lord richly bless you and your family.St. Charles, MO

 

We were calling because we really appreciate what you put out in your emails regarding Miss Linda, and what you guys shared yesterday. We could just tell the love and support… (the message was cut off here). Branson, MO

 

 

 

COVENANTAL FAMILIES-Always Begin Life with the End in View

 

altCreate a Legacy by Joel Salatin (from www.acresusa.com)

 

Joel Salatin is from the South—Virginia, no less. One of our former speakers, he understands the vast importance of heritage, ancestry, and raising your children with a multigenerational vision and mission.

 

Daniel is interested in aquaculture and fishing. So we’re building ponds that give us water pressure anywhere on the farm, a focus for Daniel’s interests. Ten years ago Teresa and I quit making major investments or changes for ourselves; we are making them to open up opportunities for our grandchildren. That’s how we need to think. We are already through with our kids; they have tons of room and salaries galore on the farm. We’re thinking about the grandchildren to come.

 

As a culture, we have this idea that we send kids off to school to get as smart as they can be to go 1,000 miles away from home to earn enough money to put us in nursing care when we get old. My vision is I just want to age and have the grandchildren fighting over who is going to get granddad for a day. Wouldn’t that be neat? Stephen Covey wrote the book, which next to the Bible, everybody ought to read: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. One of the habits is that you start with the end in view. We have to think about what kind of a model the kids are going to have, not when they are 18, but when they are 2 or even before we have them. We have to think way down the line. If my end in view at 80 is grandchildren running around my feet, vying for who is going to spend the day with granddad, I don’t start that when I’m 80. I started that 20 years ago. In fact, it started a lot sooner than that with my dad and mom. It’s a rich legacy. Reprinted from June 2000 - Vol. 30, No. 6 - Cover Story

 

 

 

NEW HOMESCHOOLERS WORKSHOP- Part VI as presented at the Conference

Knowledge

Before we begin the education of our children, we must first fully understand Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” Revelation is the means by which God makes Himself and His will known to us. Knowledge is God’s interpretation of all that He created.

Romans 11:33-36 “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!...For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”

 

2 Timothy 3:16,17 “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

 

So we must ask ourselves, can anything be truly known apart from God? No, for nature, and all the laws that regulate nature, were created by God and thus can only be known through His divine revelation.

 

John 1:3 “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”

 

Colossians 1:16,17 “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

 

Colossians 2:2,3 “… attaining to knowledge, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

 

But to come to this knowledge, we must eat meat. Hebrews 5:13,14 “For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”

 

And to acquire a taste for meat, children must hear and read and study the Bible with parents. They must hear meaty conversations filled with deep and meaningful discussions. They must engage in meaningful discussions and read meaty books.

 

Curriculum

 

In The Philosophy of Christian Curriculum, Cornelius Van Til states: For a Christian, the task of instruction is made simpler by the fact that the Biblical, Hebrew word for instruction, Torah, means both law and instruction. For us, all things in every sphere are under an ultimate and fundamental law, God’s law, and education is instruction in that law order.

 

Puritan Henry Smith says, We should set the Word of God always before us, like a rule, and believe nothing but that which it teacheth, love nothing but that which it prescribeth, hate nothing but that which it forbiddeth, do nothing but that which it commandeth.

 

Therefore, to be truly a Christian curriculum, it must be thoroughly Christian in both content and method. Jon and I loathe historical novels that reduce God’s omniscience to mere humanity by minimizing His providential works to a few dates and irrelevant facts sandwiched between suspenseful fantasies fabricated by the author. They are the scourge of literature and the bane of education because they draw our children into falsehoods that sadly stay with them forever. Christian parents, therefore, must use biblical reasoning when choosing materials for their children’s instruction.

 

Quite mistakenly, parents assume far too much when it comes to the materials they feed their children. Some suppose that earlier copyrights ensure fidelity, while others believe that everything offered through Christian companies are in fact Christian in content, while still others depend wholeheartedly on their friends’ recommendations. Yet I believe all of us can attest to the contrary if we reflect on our own personal acquaintance with the materials we encountered during our own formative years.

 

The truth of the matter remains that unless we are actively involved in reading with our children, it is inevitable that they will learn many concepts contrary to a biblical worldview. However, if we are not also actively studying God’s Word, it is more than likely that we are leading our own children astray because a thorough knowledge of the Bible is crucial to our own discernment.

 

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21 “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.”

 

Among the chief hindrances to truth is the suppression of truth in unrighteousness. This is the case in every instance where God’s Word is not propounded and why it makes reading with our children so very important. This not only allows us the opportunity to learn with our children, but also keeps our children from accepting lies as truth, since we are able to refute those principles that we find contrary to God’s Word.

 

Case in point. When the children were younger, I began reading aloud Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys by Slater Brown. Yet shortly into the book, I read: It was about this time that Ethan came under the influence of a young doctor who had moved to Amenia, just across the line in New York. Like so many free spirits of his time, Dr. Young, who had just been graduated from Yale, called himself a Deist. A Deist believed in God but refused to accept divine revelation. Deists in 1770 were regarded with horror by the devout, though many clergymen today would not find it necessary to leave the table if somebody like Dr. Young began talking. Under Dr. Young’s influence Ethan became a Deist too. But we shouldn’t let his religious convictions overshadow his other beliefs. For Dr. Young gave Ethan other ideas. They were ideas the doctor shared with the forefathers of this country—ideas that we find imbedded in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. One of Dr. Young’s favorite slogans was “Life, Liberty and Property.” This slogan, particularly its emphasis on the right of every man to own the property he lived on, made a deep impression on Ethan. All through his life he repeated it.

 

Such a little paragraph may appear to some as seemingly harmless, yet read in light of God’s Word, along with other historical accounts, these few sentences are highly problematic for Christian parents whose duty it is to instruct their children in truth. Knowing full well that all ideas have consequences, these several sentences pose a real threat to the sanctity of truth, as children left on their own would be corrupted by these ideas. Please consider the following points.

 

“Like so many free spirits of his time, Dr. Young, who had just been graduated from Yale…” Now to a child’s mind who reads this account of Ethan Allen in conjunction with the ideas of Ethan’s quest for his state’s freedom and the colonies’ freedom from Britain, a free spirit may seem quite in line with our founders’ quest for freedom. However in truth, in this context, a free spirit is one not governed by God—free in the sense of not being tethered by God’s Word. How ironic that the world calls this free when in fact this spirit is enslaved to the evil one, for only those in Christ have been freed from their bondage to sin and death.

 

Furthermore, “so many free spirits” gives the impression that there were many Deists at the time, when in fact they were a small minority.

 

It also sounds as if Deism was acceptable, when in fact it was strongly condemned by our founders, pastors, and the vast majority of people living in the Colonies.

 

As to the reference to Yale, let me share some information about that institution from Gary DeMar’s, America’s Christian History: “Yale in the early 1700’s stated as its primary goal that ‘every student shall consider the main end of his study to wit to know God in Jesus Christ and answerably to lead a Godly, sober life.’ Yale demanded the same rigorous academic concentration as Harvard as well as a religious commitment to the cause of Christ and His Word. ‘All scholars shall live religious, godly, and blameless lives according to the rules of God’s Word, diligently reading the Holy Scriptures, the fountain of light and truth, and constantly attend upon all the duties of religion both in public and secret.’”

 

“The Yale Charter of 1745 made it clear that the College, ‘…under the blessing of Almighty God has trained up many worthy persons for the service of God in the state as well as in the church.’”

 

Yet Dr. Young… a Deist…believed in God but refused to accept divine revelation. Knowing that Young believes in God may be enough to convince a child of his Christianity when in fact Young was a pagan. Notice that the author capitalizes God, when in fact that honor is reserved for only the One True God. This may seem insignificant to you, but it is at the very core of this author’s agenda. Furthermore, how can one believe in God if he rejects that mode in which He chose to reveal Himself to man? Without divine revelation there is only man’s speculation.

 

The Encyclopedia Britannica states: The Deists argued that after God’s initial work of creation, He withdrew into detached transcendence, leaving the world to operate according to rational natural rules. Borrowing upon the general prestige of Newton’s vision of the universe as a mechanism obeying stable rational laws, they propounded variations on the classic argument for design wherein the existence of a creator is inferred from the evidence of the rational ordering of the world.

 

The author then states, “Deists were regarded with horror by the devout, though many clergymen today would not find it necessary to leave the table if somebody like Dr. Young began talking.

 

Considering that Christian men of that time did regard Deism with horror combined with the modern church’s theological apostasy, I do not deny the truth of this statement; however, I do resent the implication that those devout men who objected to this paganism were somehow unkind and unjust. This statement makes Deism, and in essence other views contrary to truth, more palatable to the budding mind and makes those who honor God seem to be intolerant and divisive.

 

John Eidsmoe in Christianity and the Constitution: The Faith of our Founding Fathers writes: “Washington understood the national government’s responsibility to God. He also understood the role of religion in preserving the nation. A substantial portion of his farewell address identifies and confirms that role: ‘Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instrument of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.’”

 

“It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who, that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric.”

 

Eidsmoe continues that “Washington’s words about the ‘influence of refined education’ appear to be directed to the deists, rationalists, and others who believed that man’s reason alone could guide him into virtuous conduct.”

 

Remember that Thomas Paine was also a Deist and was openly reviled by the Founders. So contrary to Christianity was this religious belief that many states refused to let Deists hold public office.

 

Don’t underestimate the far-reaching impact of the sowing of the seeds of destruction in a young child’s mind.

 

“Under Dr. Young’s influence, Ethan became a Deist too. This should make every parent shudder! Just like ideas, associations have consequences. However, the point of this statement is not to warn children to stay away from heretics, but again, makes Deism less abhorrent, since many children consider Ethan a hero of liberty.

 

“But we shouldn’t let his religious conviction overshadow his other beliefs. I believe this statement, more than any other, really raised my dander. First for its flagrant attempt to forge a tolerance of paganism, in this case, the Deists abject attack on God’s Deity. Secondly, for its obvious suppression of the truth that everything is viewed through a theological framework. Our presuppositions affect every thought we possess, as our theology directs each of them. Certainly this is true with Ethan.

 

Consider that Ethan Allen found his first wife very incompatible because of her “rigidly religious” views. Knowing that Ethan openly attacked the Bible and Christianity in a book he authored entitled Reason: The Only Oracle of Man, his incompatibility with his rigidly religious wife certainly doesn’t come as a surprise, since she probably irked his “free spirit.”

 

Even Wikipedia states, The work [Reason: The Only Oracle of Man] was a typical Ethan Allen polemic, but its target was religious, not political. Specifically targeted against Christianity…it was an unbridled attack against the Bible, established churches, and the powers of the priesthood. As a replacement for organized religion, he espoused a mixture of Deism, Spinoza’s naturalist views, and precursors of Transcendentalism, with man acting as a free agent within the natural world. (This more plainly explains that “free spirit” of his.)

 

Ethan then “began work on An Essay on the Universal Plenitude of Being, which he characterized as an appendix to Reason. This essay was less polemic than many of his earlier writings. He affirmed the perfection of God and His creation, and credited intuition as well as reason as a way to bring Man closer to the universe. The work was not published until long after his death, and is primarily of interest to students of Transcendentalism, a movement the work foreshadows.

 

Several of our history books truthfully define Ethan as the heathen he was, but then those Christian authors understood that religious beliefs direct every thought and action. In fact, because of Ethan’s religious views and disruptive nature, the township of Northampton requested his departure. Boy, now that smacks of intolerance, doesn’t it? But then those men understood the ramifications of allowing heresy into a community; Harry Potter, anyone?

 

On his death, Wikipedia shares that a number of clergymen expressed different sentiments. ‘Allen was an ignorant and profane Deist, who died with a mind replete with horror and despair’ was the opinion of Newark, New Jersey’s Reverend Uzal Ogden. Yale’s Timothy Dwight expressed satisfaction that the world no longer had to deal with a man of ‘peremptoriness and effrontery, rudeness and ribaldry.’”

 

Finally, when reading, “Dr. Young gave Ethan other ideas…ideas the doctor shared with the forefathers of this country—ideas that we find imbedded in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution,” it sounds as if the Deist, Dr. Young, significantly impacted our founders’ understanding to the point that they included his ideas in our Declaration and Constitution, such as “Dr. Young’s favorite slogan—‘Life, Liberty and Property.’” And yet even a casual student of American history grasps that the principles of “life, liberty and property” were continually propounded from the Puritan pulpits throughout the colonies. And to those of us who are Christian, it is quite apparent that these principles of life, liberty, and property are only possible through Christ. Again, what a travesty for a child to think otherwise!

 

Needless to say, this one little paragraph precipitated a lengthy discourse as I refuted each of these deplorable attempts to brainwash my children’s minds with antithetical rubbish, which I accordingly threw into the trash.

 

Allow me to reiterate this important truth. While it is true that “Deists in 1770 were regarded with horror by the devout, though many clergymen today would not find it necessary to leave the table if somebody like Dr. Young began talking, what is not true or wise, but in fact is so destructive is the following idea that “we shouldn’t let his religious convictions overshadow his other beliefs.” For religious convictions drive everyone’s beliefs. In this case, Deism is a religion that came about during the Enlightenment to destroy Christianity. It espouses that a supreme being created the universe but rejects scripture as divine revelation; rejects the triune God; rejects the divinity of Christ; and rejects His providence over all creation. Ideas indeed have consequences.

 

 

 

DELIGHTFUL SUPRISES

 

altMississippi River Unit Study-As Promised: Another Unit Study to Go Along with our 2015 Conference Topics

 

*Create a Mississippi River Unit Study Notebook.

*Consider purchasing Dover Coloring books: Exploration of North America; Audubon’s Birds of America; Birds of Prey; North American Ducks, Geese, and Swans; Reptiles and Amphibians; Swampland Plants and Animals; The Water Cycle; and The World of Turtles.

*Make a salt relief map of the United States marking the Mississippi River in blue.

*Trace or draw a map of the United States coloring the Mississippi River blue.

*Using different colored pencils, color the states that border the Mississippi.

*Investigate the water cycle and illustrate to show from raindrop to river to evaporation to rain clouds.

*Define barge, basin, bayou, brackish, canal, channel, confluence, current, dam, delta, drainage, estuary, flood plain, gulf, hull, hurricane, inlet, levee, marsh, paddle wheeler, sediment, steamboat, swamp, tributary, watershed, wetland…

*Write facts about the river such as the Mississippi flows 2,340 miles, but ships are only able to travel 1,800 miles of it from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico; it is our nation’s preeminent inland waterway; its depth varies from 9’ to 100’; its width goes from 20-30 feet to 11 miles; it takes around 90 days for a raindrop falling in Lake Itasca to reach the Gulf of Mexico…

*Explain the difference between a wetland, bayou, and swamp.

*Draw a picture of each.

*Describe why Louisiana is the drainage basin for the lower Mississippi’s watershed, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

*On another map of the United States, color in the states that drain into Louisiana’s watershed.

*Explain how bayous and swamps protected inland areas from hurricanes.

*Read Minn of the Mississippi.

*As the children write on the following subjects, have them illustrate their research by drawing such things as a paddle steamer, fur trappers on the river, wharf depicting the trading of products transported on the river…

*Write about the Mississippi’s historical significance as a transportation and trade route.

*Write about the first inhabitants, first pioneers, and the history of the river.

*Considered by many as the opening of the Industrial Revolution, write about the person who set the stage for steamboat transportation in the 1760’s.

*Write about Robert Fulton and the paddle steamer.

*Calculate the difference in speed between the flatboats that traveled the river and the steam driven paddle wheelers.

*Write about the Clermont’s voyage up the Hudson River and show how the attention drawn to this voyage prompted the increase in steamboats on the Mississippi.

*Graph the increase in steamboats during the 19th century and then their decline with the onset of train travel.

*Explain why steamships dominated the traffic on the Mississippi but failed to capture traffic on the high seas.

*Write about the history of the clipper ships.

*Show the difference between steamboats and clipper ships.

*Draw some of the boats that traveled on the river, including a paddle steamer.

*Do a chronological pictorial of the different kinds of boats that have traveled the Mississippi.

*Cover the history of how railroads replaced steamboats.

*Write facts about each of the animals that live in or on the banks of the Mississippi. Order them by classification such as Mammals: armadillo, bat, bear, beaver, bobcat, bottle nosed dolphin, coyote, deer, fox, mink, muskrat, opossum, otter, raccoon, mountain lion… Reptiles: alligator, snakes, turtles…Amphibians: frogs, salamanders, toads…Birds: cormorant, duck, eagle, egret, geese, heron, indigo bunting, ibis, pelican, scarlet tanager, spoonbill, swan, warbler, wood stork… Fish: bass, blue crab, catfish, flounder, garfish, paddlefish, redfish, shrimp, sturgeon, sucker, trout, walleye… Insects: dragonfly, grasshopper, mosquito…

*There are 260 species of fish that live in the Mississippi River. Select the most unusual and draw these on butcher paper to line the kitchen or dining room wall.

*Include a list of the North American birds (326) that use the Mississippi River as their migratory flyway.

*Write about birds’ migration.

*Draw some of these flocks flying over the Mississippi.

*Sing “All Creatures Great and Small” and “This is My Father’s World.”

*The Mississippi River is one of the busiest commercial waterways in the world. Explain why the Mississippi is so important to our country.

*List and illustrate some of the products that are transported on the river.

*List the busiest ports along the river.

*Write why the Mississippi River’s basin contains the continent’s richest farmland, which produces 92% of the nation’s agricultural exports, and how that helps our country.

*Explain why the nutrient rich soil led to farming sugar cane, cotton, and indigo.

*List crops that are grown along the river.

*Explain and illustrate how barrier islands are the first buffer in protection of Louisiana from hurricanes’ storm surge.

*Providing 33% of our nation’s seafood, Louisiana’s commercial fishery is second only to Alaska. List animals and fish indigenous to Louisiana. Explain how the animals that inhabit the wetlands influenced Louisiana’s commerce.

*Explain how the shellfish, fish, animals, grains, and spices of the regions defined the foods prepared in Louisiana.

*Prepare dishes that are common in Louisiana such as jambalaya, shrimp creole, shrimp and grits, red beans and rice, okra hushpuppies, pralines, pecan pie, beignets…

*Take a Trip Down the River: Start in Minnesota and travel down the river all the way to New Orleans by highlighting some of the important river towns including their names, locations, and historical significance. In just our own state you have Hannibal, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, and Cape Girardeau.

*Compute distances between some of these important river towns like how far is it from Dubuque, Iowa to St. Louis; how far from St. Louis to Memphis, Tennessee; to Vicksburg, Mississippi; to New Orleans, Louisiana…

*Tell how the New Madrid earthquake affected the Mississippi River.

*Visit the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_River

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/385622/Mississippi-River

http://www.4rivers.com/mississippi/info-wildlife.html

http://www.nps.gov/miss/riverfacts.htm

http://www.covebear.com/HabitatBayousAndSwamps.htm

 

Some Facts about the Mississippi River

 

The Mississippi River is the chief river of the largest drainage system in North America. Flowing entirely in the United States, it rises in northern Minnesota and meanders slowly southwards for 2,320 miles to the Mississippi River Delta at the Gulf of Mexico, 100 miles downstream from New Orleans. With its many tributaries, the Mississippi’s watershed drains all or parts of 31 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains. The Mississippi ranks as the fourth longest and tenth largest river in the world.

 

The river served first as a barrier – forming borders for New Spain, New France, and the early United States – then as a vital transportation artery and communications link. In the 19th century, during the height of Manifest Destiny, the Mississippi and several western tributaries, most notably the Missouri, formed pathways for the western expansion of the United States.

 

Formed from thick layers of this river’s silt deposits, the Mississippi River Valley is one of the most fertile agricultural regions of the country, which resulted in the river’s storied steamboat era. During the American Civil War, the Mississippi’s capture by Union forces marked a turning point towards victory because of the river’s importance as a route of trade and travel, not least to the Confederacy.

 

The word itself comes from Messipi, the French rendering of the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe or Algonquin) name for the river, Misi-ziibi (Great River)

 

The Upper Mississippi River is home to over 119 species of fish. Some fish include walleye, sauger, large mouth bass, small mouth bass, and white bass. Northern pike, bluegill, and crappie also reside in the Upper Mississippi River. Other fish like channel catfish, flathead catfish, carp, the common shiner, freshwater drum, paddlefish, and shovelnose sturgeon also live in these upper Mississippi waters.

 

Hernando de Soto became the first recorded European to reach the Mississippi River, which he called Río del Espíritu Santo (“River of the Holy Spirit”), in the area of what is now Mississippi. French explorers Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette began exploring the Mississippi in the 17th century.

 

When Louis Jolliet explored the Mississippi Valley in the 17th century, natives guided him to a quicker way to return to French Canada via the Illinois River. In 1682, Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle and Henri de Tonti claimed the entire Mississippi River Valley for France. On March 2, 1699, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville rediscovered the mouth of the Mississippi, following the death of La Salle. The French built the small fort of La Balise there to control passage. In 1718, about 100 miles upriver, New Orleans was established along the river crescent by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville. In 1762 the entire region is part of the Spanish Louisiana from southern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico until 1802.

 

Following Britain’s victory in the Seven Years War the Mississippi became the border between the British and Spanish Empires. The Treaty of Paris (1763) gave Great Britain rights to all land east of the Mississippi and Spain rights to land west of the Mississippi. Spain also ceded Florida to Britain to regain Cuba, which the British occupied during the war.

 

Article 8 of the Treaty of Paris (1783) which ended the American Revolution, states, “The navigation of the river Mississippi, from its source to the ocean, shall forever remain free and open to the subjects of Great Britain and the citizens of the United States.” France reacquired ‘Louisiana’ from Spain in 1800. The United States then bought the territory from France in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. In 1815, the U.S. defeated Britain at the Battle of New Orleans, part of the War of 1812, securing American control of the river. So many settlers traveled westward through the Mississippi River basin, as well as settled in it, that Zadok Cramer wrote a guide book called The Navigator, detailing the features and dangers and navigable waterways of the area.

 

Steamboats entered trade in the 1820s, so the period 1830 – 1850 became the golden age of steamboats. As there were few roads or rails in the lands of the Louisiana Purchase, river traffic was an ideal solution. Cotton, timber and food came down the river, as did Appalachian coal. The port of New Orleans boomed as it was the trans-shipment point to deep sea ocean vessels. Steamers worked the entire route from the trickles of Montana, to the Ohio River; down the Missouri and Tennessee, to the main channel of the Mississippi. Only with the arrival of the railroads in the 1880s did steamboat traffic diminish. Steamboats remained a feature until the 1920s.

 

Control of the river was a strategic objective of both sides in the American Civil War. In 1862, Union forces coming down the river successfully cleared Confederate defenses at Island Number 10 and Memphis, Tennessee, while naval forces coming upriver from the Gulf of Mexico captured New Orleans, Louisiana. The remaining major Confederate stronghold was on the heights overlooking the river at Vicksburg, Mississippi, and the Union’s Vicksburg Campaign (December 1862 to July 1863), and the fall of Port Hudson, completed control of the lower Mississippi River. The Union victory ending the Siege of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863 was pivotal to the Union’s final victory of the Civil War.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_River

 

 

 

COME GATHER AT OUR TABLE

 

Heirloom Recipes

 

There is nothing quite as important to our family as visiting with one another around our dining room table over a deliciously prepared meal created from one of our family’s heirloom recipes. Although the memories of gatherings will always be cherished, the individual recipes will be prized for the stories that are passed on with them. Each one has been copied down in my children’s recipe files so that they, too, can pass them on to future generations.

 

Beignets http://www.southernliving.com/food/how-to/new-orleans-beignets-recipe

Jambalaya http://www.southernliving.com/food/whats-for-supper/jambalaya-recipe

Shrimp and Grits http://www.southernliving.com/food/holidays-occasions/new-orleans-mardi-gras-recipes/creole-shrimp-and-grits-recipe

Creole Red Beans http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/johns-creole-red-beans

Cajun Shrimp Casserole http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cajun-shrimp-casserole

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-and-sausage-gumbo-0

Shrimp and Okra Hush Puppies http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/shrimp-and-okra-hush-puppies

 

 

 

SUMMERS SIGNATURE

 

A Sacred Trust: Passing on Heirlooms Along with Their History

 

History is extremely important to our family, so I continually tell the children the history about our pieces of furniture and decorations. Since we purchase pieces with their children’s children in mind, and since we have so many pieces that both my mother and aunt gave us, it would not do to dishonor their memory or our legacy of revered tradition to keep the stories to ourselves.

 

The other day, a friend asked where I had acquired my red vinyl metal stepping stool. I told him that my mother had given it to me many years ago. I don’t remember my mother ever using it, but it holds special memories for me because I remember seeing it during my childhood. I use it for cutting everyone’s hair and for reaching the top of the cabinets, light fixtures, and ceiling when doing spring and fall cleaning.

 

My friend went on to tell me that his mother had one they used when he was a child and that it was the last thing his father gave his mother before he died in 1954. Naturally I asked him if he obtained it after his mother’s death. He did not and sadly was not even sure what happened to it. Knowing that it had sparked a fond memory, I asked if he would like for me to pick one up for him if ever I found one at an estate sale. He was interested.

 

Funny how pieces as simple as a stepping stool invoke warm feelings of affinity to our past. Yet it should not surprise us when as Christians we read over and over again how much importance God places on our genealogy, our heritage, and our inheritance. Over and over again, He commands us to remember and to honor our forbearers.

 

I loved what Sharman Ramsey says about genealogy in the prior article under Southern Traditions. It must be genetic. Southern women collect traditions like some people do stamps. Even our recipes come with genealogies. No conversation passes without clarification of the antecedents of those whose names pass through the discussion. We are a people for whom our sense of place in time and history is important. People, recipes, and houses have histories, and to us they go to create the wonderful tapestry of who we are.

 

To a Southerner, genealogy is not a hobby; it is a sacred trust. Who we are, why we are here in this place, and what is our purpose has meaning beyond our simple existence. We are one in a chain, a continuation of a heritage. Not to know our heritage is to dishonor those to whom honor meant everything.

 

The Children Did Not Want These Things

 

Whenever Sonia, Josiah, and I go to an estate sale, I always ask the auctioneers, “Didn’t these people have children?” The answer is always the same. “Yes, but the children did not want any of these things.” “Things” said in such a casual manner as if they meant nothing but a collection of objects that have no essential value. My response is always the same. I shake my head and say, “What a shame.”

 

In my mind, I think, “How can children not want their parents’ and grandparents’ belongings? It is their birthright. Has our society become so narcissistic that they reject their heritage and subsequent responsibility to pass their legacy on to their children?”

 

A Sacred Trust

 

Genealogy means family and lineage—to many, a sacred trust. Therefore, that which is bequeathed (which means entrusted and committed) is passed on to us while we live and then passed on to those who follow within our family. The word committed means devoted or faithful. For me that means to devote myself to the care of the item and to be faithful to my trust in passing on the history of each piece to my children and their children.

 

Faithfully I continually convey that which I know about our heirlooms including pieces of furniture, artifacts, decorations, quilts, jewelry, clothes, purses, hats, tools, recipes and even kitchen utensils—who they belonged to, how they were used, and stories related to each.

 

Pondering this vastly important role that we play as stewards of the past prompted me to chronicle the history of the children’s inheritance so they remember the details to pass on to their children’s children.

 

 

 

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!

 

-One morning in November, I read a very easy to read book on raising chickens entitled Chickens in Five Minutes a Day: Raising, Tending and Getting Eggs from a Small Backyard Flock Made Easy from Murray McMurray Hatchery. Contributor Chris Huseman, who had been a vendor at last year’s conference, will return this year to speak to all of you on how to raise chickens.

-I thought I actually ordered 70 chickens, but when I just looked at my receipt, I see that I only have 64. I wanted 100, but when I asked the sales representative if she thought that wise, she suggested that I should order less. The biggest problem I face right now is that I don’t have 64 names for my chickens. Of course I know that they won’t come when called, but it just seems like the right thing to do since I will be with them day in and day out for the duration of their lives.

-The boys have been busy cleaning out the trash and debris from our chicken house. Constructed from solid oak on a foundation of concrete, this fine structure will work well once we attend to its apparent neglect. Years of trash, dust, dirt daubers and rats’ nests assembled in the loft above, which obviously had become the rat pack’s penthouse of choice, created more work than anticipated.

-To make the chicken house tight, the boys have screwed down every board and panel of metal roofing. Jedidiah has also reconstructed the window frames and sills—refitted for glass panes. He also reconstructed the door and latch so that it fits snugly and opens easily. He placed chicken wire on the outside of the windows to keep out critters when the windows are open for ventilation. He reset the huge rock step that sits outside the entrance and placed several smaller stones in front of it to make it easier for me to ascend. Using old wood from other structures, he just finished building 14 nesting boxes, so they blend in with the older materials.

-I have named this structure Chanticleer for two reasons. First, in honor of the rooster whose crowing absolutely thrills my heart; secondly in remembrance of the fascinating house Jon’s family once occupied, and the Chanticleer pottery we purchased from the subsequent owner.

-Many of you have inquired as to what kinds of chickens I selected. Speckled Sussex, Black Star, Araucana, Red Star, Black Australorp, Buff Rock, Delaware, Silver Laced Wyandottte, Rhode Island Red, Columbian Wyandotte, Buff Orpingtons, and Barred Rock are the ones we ordered for this year. All my life I have looked forward to hearing roosters crowing in the background while I go about my daily chores. I can hardly wait!

-The enclosure to the right of the building will house our ducks. We all like duck, but no one better than Josiah. I try to roast one for him at least once, sometimes twice a year. I suppose in the coming year we will be eating duck more regularly, if we don’t become too attached, that is, to those puddle ducks who will be waddling after us in search of food and fun.

-Talking of naming structures, I have named our barn Ironhorse (until my children are financially able to build suitable stables, which I am sure will be long after I am gone), our butcher shop will be called The Chop House, while the Creamery will be called just The Creamery.

-Every winter since the children were very young, I have read The Best of James Harriot—stories told from a country vet about his experiences on English farms. Insets of information lie along the text of the stories. These provide interesting information on different breeds of farm animals, farm tools, and such. One such inset stuck with Josiah, so that when we talked about the kind of pigs we should raise, he knew exactly the breed to purchase. As soon as I realized he wanted Berkshires, I did some investigation and ordered some piglets to arrive sometime in spring along with our chickens. They will graze with the rest of the animals.

-Berkshires apparently came from the English shire of Berks and are famous for their docile disposition, hardiness, and exceptionally tender, juicy, flavorful meat. The pigs are great grazers. They are black with white points on the feet, snout, and tail and are not prone to sunburn. The sows make excellent mothers. An average litter consists of 8-10 piglets, but the mothers can produce as many as 16.

-The boys reconstructed the farrowing structure so it is ready for mother and piglets; nothing fancy, but enough to keep them out of the weather. Josiah constructed an addition to the original structure called a creep area. This is solely for the piglets to stay safely out of the way of the sow to avoid suffocation when she lies down. Josiah built a sliding door that is opened and shut with a pulley and a hinged roof so we can inspect babies without interference from the mama.

-Josiah and I have been clearing the debris from prior timbering off the hill in front of the chicken house. We will seed it with grass for the chickens and gooseberries for us.

- Sonia and I continue to work on the entrance to the farm, pulling out old wire, debris, and fallen trees and branches. In just one year, we killed three rattlesnakes there. Hopefully clearing out innumerable hiding places will discourage them from lingering there.

-Several years ago, long after the boys had left to pick up a snowplow, I called to see what was taking so long to get home. What followed was unbelievable. Apparently the plow was connected to a truck that could not be pried loose, so the boys were compelled to bring it along. Now before you feel happy for us that we received a truck for the price of a plow, let me assure you that the truck was no bargain. Rusty to the point of being holey, the only thing left to do was pry loose the plow and take it to the junkyard. Only we found out that junkyards don’t take vehicles without titles, and the prior owner did not have one. We tried to give it away to a local mechanic who thought it could be used for parts. “Parts?” I questioned, “I did not know it had any parts left but rusty panels and doors.” I don’t think it even had a complete floor panel. It reminded me of the Flintstones’ car where they used their feet to get it rolling. The boys determined to dismantle the truck with a torch; the junkyard would take that. Down to the farm went the truck. Next thing I know, the boys had another vehicle situated against the old homestead—another one without a title; only this one ran. They told me it’s to use around the farm for working. I am not a fussy mother. After all I encourage the boys to collect knives and guns, tools and equipment, but I draw the line at dilapidated vehicles. I did not say anything, but I was beginning to feel like I lived in Haneyville near Green Acres farm. Then God, true to His Word to impart wisdom to those who ask, impressed upon me how the snowplow truck could be used. So I asked the boys if they thought the chassis of the truck might work for an egg mobile (a portable chicken house where the chickens sleep at night after grazing in the pasture after the cows). Jedidiah liked the idea. Josiah was disappointed because he had hoped to blow it up. I like to acquiesce when I can because I like to make the boys happy, but I also draw the line at having shrapnel all over the farm. Thankfully that heap of metal is now being transformed into our first egg mobile. God does provide in mysterious ways.

-The boys trenched a 400-foot line from our electric pole in our hayfield to the shed and another 200-foot trench over to the chicken house for electric and water. Jon was so impressed that we did not have any rocks in our 4-foot deep trenches that he made a special trip to get me to come and see the inside of the trenches. Of course, he did not tell me what he wanted to show me, just that I should come and see the boys’ work. But when I arrived, he told me to go up to our trenches and look inside. Then he asked what I saw. “Wow,” I said, “The boys have done a great job.” “Yes, they have,” he replied, “but did you notice anything about that trench.” Why of course, there were absolutely no rocks, just beautiful dirt! Now that is a blessing!

-After typing in loads of information on each individual vegetable from Rodale’s How to Grow Vegetables and Fruits by the Organic Method, I poured over our seed catalogs and then ordered our vegetable, grain, and flower seeds from Seed Savers, Rare Seeds, and Seeds of Change.

-In 1999 Jon ordered spiles and hooks to tap maple trees for sap. Sadly, we could never find the time needed to tap trees and make syrup until now. So on Valentine’s Day, we all went to a maple syrup class at the conservation department in Cape Girardeau in preparation for tapping our own trees. Isn’t it truly magnificent that God provides us with all we need!

 

 

 

THE JOY OF COUNTRY LIVING

 

Apparently April Will Be a Pivotal Month

 

While writing to a friend last month, I realized that the beginning of my letter provided an opportunity for a good lesson. What follows, then, is part of my letter with additional content for completion of this significant lesson.

 

Dear Friend, I just recovered from an illness after being in bed for 11 days. I can hardly believe it, since I am so far behind on the conference because of moving, company for over a month, and then just receiving Internet access to our home two weeks ago. Needless to say, we are on the run now!

 

After all the tumultuous events, your note was like a breath of fresh air that put a lilt in my spirit and a smile on my face. Something greatly needed with all that is staring me in the face. Which is what, you may ask? 

 

I have no experience with chickens, bees, pigs, huge gardens, or rotational grazing, yet I have 70 chickens coming in April, two hives coming in April, piglets coming in April, a large variety of seeds coming for April planting, 300 strawberry plants coming in April, 30 asparagus crowns coming in April, currants and gooseberries coming in April, and electric fencing coming in April, with the addition of three new businesses that we hope to start in April. Besides all this, it appears that we may have kittens soon. When you may, ask? April, of course!

 

Do you notice a pattern here? Apparently, April is going to be a pivotal month for us, an extremely hard month, just one month before the conference. On top of this, instead of taking care of Mom Friday through Sunday, we will soon have Mom with us here full time beginning this week. And then getting her house ready to sell for the spring market.

 

But before you admonish me for taking on too much, as it must seem like self-imposed stress, I must assure you that each of these endeavors is part of an overarching plan to fulfill two paramount purposes—fulfilling our duty to establish our children’s future, while also keeping us financially solvent so we are able to support our ministry.

 

However, I must admit that after realizing the complexity of all these new endeavors, on top of everything else, I told Jon that it would not surprise me if I finally came to the end of myself and he had to put me away somewhere; adding that I just hoped I bring the chickens through without killing too many of them before I go.

 

The funny thing is I worry that I don’t have 70 names for my chickens. Go figure! I hope that isn’t an omen. I better come up with some more names rather quickly! 

 

Have you ever watched Holiday Inn at Christmas? It is not a good movie, but that is beside the point. The main character, Bing Crosby, leaves the hectic life of show business and tells his friends that they can drive themselves into lovely nervous breakdowns while he goes to the country to live on a farm so he can take it easy. Actually, the dialogue reveals that he wants to be lazy, out in the sun, with no work to be done.

 

The next thing you see is Bing covered with a pile of firewood, workhorses leaving him and the plow in the dust, and pigs running over him as they vie for the feed trough. Consequently, when the alarm clock awakens him at 4 a.m. to begin his chores all over again, he throws the clock out the window and then tears his feather pillow to bits. Shortly thereafter you realize the irony of the situation. He is the one who ends up with a nervous breakdown, less than a year after he moved to the farm. 

 

Wow, what a year of upheaval for us. I pray that 2015 is a more settled year for us—one that we can look back upon with fondness. I really cannot say that of 2014. It is just a blur! Maybe I am just getting older because I have had worse years. 

 

I am still blessed that you pointed out our Russian olives—the bushes I wanted to tear out—and ultimately saved them so that we in turn could make jelly out of their fruit. I will put that down for our posterity: Friend Saves Food Supply from Destruction! Ever since then, we have been enjoying jar upon jar of jellies from their sweet nectar. 

 

Okay, now to the bees. I put your book and DVD in a separate packing box so that we could watch and read again, after our move. Only I am not certain of its location—the floor or the room. The box pile up is so bad that one day while Sonia was looking for her clothes, a pile of them, along with boxes, fell upon her. She was behind a screen of boxes that reached to the ceiling all the way to the door. Knowing that no one could reach her, she thought she might never be found, as even her involuntary scream after being covered was muffled. Now that I have made the dire circumstances of our dilemma obvious, I hope you will join us in prayer that I find that special box soon, as I must get a handle on bees before their arrival. 

 

Which brings me to our orchard. At long last the ground had dried out after three months of dampness, making it the perfect week to plant our orchard. Excited to finally get our fruit trees in the ground, Jon rented an auger for digging the holes. However, as I approached our 36 apple, peach, pear, and plum trees, I quickly ascertained that only 7 of the 36 identification tags remained flying in the gentle breeze. My heart sank. Apparently, our cows, dogs, and a few strong gusts of wind found these novel objects a source of entertainment and thus removed them.

 

Just in case you think all is not lost, let me remind you, as I did my husband, that you cannot blindly plant fruit trees one next to the other without their proper pollinators, or for that matter position an 8’ by 10’ tree next to 12’ by 15’ tree because it will be shaded. Not knowing their identity, we do not know the kind of fruit each will bear, the height they will reach, or the special requirements for pollinators, if any.

 

I called the nursery to see if we might be able to at least identify the apples from the peaches from the pears from the plums. The customer service representative offered, “Well yes, that is a possibility when they leaf out, but then you cannot transplant them until fall after they are dormant again. And then they will need good-sized root balls.”

 

Unfortunately, since it had been so wet after they arrived, months in fact, we had to do a mass burial, which means that the trees’ roots will have grown into one another once fall appeared. And even if this were not a problem and we could tell the varieties apart, we had 6 apple tree pollinators somewhere in that bunch that cannot be more than 50 feet away from the apple trees they pollinate, which were also unidentifiable.

 

After the boys trenched 600 feet of ditch for burying electric and water lines and a hole for a new septic tank, they planned on laying pipe for the electric and water. While they were busy with that endeavor, Sonia and I planned on sowing pea, radish, beet, and lettuce seeds, except that it snowed ten inches, with snow and snow showers predicted for the rest of the week. You know what that means, don’t you—wet ground again—no tilling of the garden, no sowing seeds, no more digging holes for trees, and a muddy mess for laying pipe for electric and water.

 

Right now we are getting ready to tear out our main floor's ceiling, add additional supports to all the floor joists below our bathroom, replace the ceiling, and refinish our newly laid wood floors because of water damage from a pipe that burst during a cold spell.

 

With that said, fear not that I may end up like Bing. I don’t sleep on a feather pillow and am not prone to throwing things. On the contrary, I never possessed any illusions of being lazy here on the farm, but working very hard to establish sound endeavors for my children and their families, which, in fact, brings me to the most important point—that of perspective. For these two scenarios really form quite an accurate picture of the antithesis between men of the world’s perspective on their role in life and that of God’s children taking dominion of the earth for God’s glory, in His timing, according to His plan.

 

The world concurs with Bing Crosby’s character who sang some verses from the following song.

 

Ev’ry time

I see a puppy upon a summer’s day

A puppy dog at play

My heart is filled with envy

That’s because

My heart is yearning to pass the time away

Like that pup

‘cause I’m all fed up

And tho’ it’s wrong to be

I long to be

 

Lazy

I want to be lazy

I want to be out in the sun

With no work to be done

 

Under that awning

They call the sky

Stretching and yawning

And let the world go drifting by

 

I want to peep

Through the deep

Tangled wildwood

Counting sheep

‘til I sleep

Like a child would

 

With a great big valise full

Of books to read where it’s peaceful

While I’m

Killing time

Being lazy

 

Life is short

And getting shorter with each day that goes by

And how the time does fly

Before you know, it’s over

That’s why I’m

In such a hurry to pack my things and fly

To a spot

Where it’s nice and hot

And hear the birdies sing

While I’m being lazy.

 

For men of the world, it is off to the races, the lake, the ballgame, and finally to retirement—those activities that silence their conscience for making their time count according to God’s plan—by pleasing their flesh’s desire for self-gratification. This narcissistic, “all about me generation” that has permeated America’s soul spurns God’s mandate to take dominion, and instead, abandons their children, squanders their children’s inheritance, and wastes God’s precious gift of time on worthless activities.

 

Will April be a pivotal month? Absolutely! Will it be extremely hard? Absolutely! The difference between the world’s frustration with the responsibilities and trials of life and God’s children’s anxiety due to momentary lapses of faith pivots on the foundation.

 

Christ, the Rock on which we stand, upholds us and provides the lens through which we see life. It is not that self-consciousness never occurs, but rather that the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ, returns us to the reality, not of circumstances, which appear in time and space to the unaided eye, but that which is unseen, that working power of His Holy presence in every facet of our lives.

 

When Christ turned my self-consciousness back to a Christ-consciousness, all became crystal clear. It is now well with my soul. Subsequently I clearly understood that my illness provided needed rest from the move, while also giving me a jump-start for the race ahead of me for the conference. Baby chicks, bees, piglets, seeds, plants, rotational grazing, the new businesses, and the conference are all His; I am just a steward of His resources and a laborer for the Master’s work.

 

Snow and rain are magnificent blessings, as is learning so many new things. Even trials that appear to be failures, and in some cases, expensive losses, are to the wise a source of great gain for the lessons learned.

 

For His children, it is all about focusing on the author and finisher of our faith; His grace, His mercy, His might; and our duty to complete the work He has ordained for us in taking dominion for His glory. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

 

Thankfully, I can still say that country life is the life for me!

 

 

 

FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE

 

Caught in the Web

 

For teens, Internet obsessions and addictions come in many forms, including blogs, gambling, social news sites, social media sites, gaming, pornography and more.

 

In 2012, the American Psychiatric Association officially announced that ‘Internet use disorder’ might make an appearance in the next edition of their diagnostic manual. Their studies likened the neurological effects of online addictions to the effects experienced by people addicted to cocaine, heroin or other substances. Obvious changes in the brain and its dopamine levels could be charted as online use grew into a preoccupation resulting in increased tolerance levels. Users developed a need to spend more and more time online, and when the Internet was taken away, individuals experienced withdrawal symptoms.

 

Dr. Hillarie Cash, co-founder of Restart, and Dr. Kimberly Young from the Center for Internet Addiction suggest that parents watch for the following warning signs of Internet addictions: craving more time on the Internet, displaying irritability when attempting to cut back, neglecting friends and family, withdrawing from other activities, and neglecting sleep to stay online.

 

If your teen shows signs of abuse or addiction, take it seriously. Practically speaking, consider moving the computer to a family space, adding filtering software or taking the computer away. And don’t forget the iPhones, Androids, iPads and other Internet-accessible devices.

 

We want our teens to become adults who are engaged in living a full life and influencing the world for Christ. Helping them to reach that goal may include commitment to monitoring Internet uses. –Jan Kern, Focus on the Family

 

 

 

THE DISMANTLING OF AMERICA

 

Excellent Article on Obamacare written by Joel Salatin

http://polyfacehenhouse.com/2014/02/a-note-from-joel/

 

 

 


 
January 29th, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Newsletter

Jon and Candy Summers share:

 

Family Covenant Ministries(formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship) Faithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 31 years! www.FamilyCovenantMinistries.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

 

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME January 2015 Information, Part II

http://www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com/

 

Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF) Information and Activities

 

I. FCM Activities

 

1.  Ice Skating, January 31

2.  Paintball, February 21

3.  Graduation Meeting, February 27 and March 27

4.  Meeting/Fellowship, February 27 and March 27

5.  Entrepreneurial Field Trip Dr. Jazz Soda Fountain and Grill, February 28

6.  Mother/Daughter Tea, March 19

7.  Art Festival/Photography Contest, April 11

8.  Missouri’s Legislative Reports

 

II. FCM 2015 Conference

 

1.  Southern Exposure of America’s Bible Belt

2.  Super Early Bird Special

3.  Online Registration

4.  Southern Grandeur and Southern Hospitality at its Finest!

5.  Impersonators

6.  Treasure Hunt

7.  Southern Pageant

8.  Volunteers

     a.  Artists for Scenery and Impersonators

     b.  Sword Ceremony

9.  Meet Captain Jack and Parakeet Pete and Become a Shipmate on FCM’s Flagship

10.  A Compelling Case for Donating to Family Covenant Ministries

11.  Speakers Thus Far

12.  Speakers’ Pictures and Bios

13.  What Should You Expect?

     a.  Southern Hospitality at its Best!

     b.  Registration

     c.  Issues with Online Registration

     d.  Cancellations/Refunds

     e.  Full 3-Day Pass

     f.  Pastors

14.  The Perfect Family Vacation & a Great Place to Reconnect with Friends-Special FCM Rate for Embassy Suites-Hurry!

 

FCM (CHEF) Annual Family Ice Skating, Saturday, January 31, 4:00-8:00 p.m.PLEASE NOTE: Add $1 more if you pay us at the door. Outdoor ice rink at Shaw Park, 217 S. Brentwood, Clayton, MO 63105. $5.50 per skater includes skate rental, hot chocolate, and paper goods. PLEASE NOTE: You may pay for this event online by going to http://www.familycovenantministries.com/index.php?option=com_rsform&formId=12. If you are unable to pay online, please send name, number of skaters, and check payable to FCM, c/o Jon Summers, PO Box 586, Fredericktown MO 63645 by January 23. To get this deal, we must pay in advance, so please pay online or send your check in by the deadline. However, if you are able to come at the last minute, we will still be able to accommodate your family, but it will cost $1 more per skater ($6.50 at the door). Do not pay at the ticket window; pay us. Just make certain that the ticket window knows that you are with the FCM (CHEF) group. This outdoor rink is a beautiful place to skate at night. Bring a finger food or plate of cookies to share, as we will set up hot chocolate in the warmed seating area just off the rink.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This is just a polite reminder that we would really appreciate if more families would sign up prior to this event as the skating rink needs to know our numbers so that they have enough referees. We also need to know for purchasing the right amount of paper goods. As always, we desire to accommodate everyone and so will continue to take registration at the door, but it would be very helpful in the future, if you know that you are coming that you let us know. Thank you!

 

 

altFCM (CHEF) Annual Family Paintball Game,Saturday, February 21, 12:00-4:00 p.m. (but you need to be there at 11:30 a.m.) at Gateway Paintball Field, 14510 Missouri Bottom Rd., Bridgeton, MO 63044, the same location as last year. The same price as it has been for years! $15 per person for gun, mask, air, and four hours of play—paint is extra (2000 rounds for $60) or $30 per person for gun, mask, air, four hours of play, and 500 rounds of paint is included. Arrive at noon for gear and instructions. Children must be 10 years old to play. Pay when you arrive, but please call 314-920-6135 by February 13 to let Jedidiah know how many of you will be playing so we can let Tim know how many referees we need. If you find that you are able to come at the last minute, just give us a call to see if there is room. This is a great activity! Come and enjoy! Please Note: To save time, download the waiver from http://www.gatewaypaintball.com/waiver.html and have it signed when you pay.

 

Directions:Gateway is located between Hwy 70, 270, and 370. Take Hwy 70 to Earth City North. Go about 2 miles to St. Charles Rock Road. At the end of the road, it will curve right to the front of the sand mine. Follow the road to the right. About a half mile down the road, you will see Gateway on the left. From St. Charles Rock Road, take St. Charles Rock Road west to the end of the road. At the end of the road, it will curve right to the front of the sand mine. Follow the road to the right. About a half mile down the road, you will see Gateway on the left. www.bushwackerspaintball.net

 

 

altFCM (CHEF) 31st Annual Graduation (First) Meeting, Friday, February 27, 1:00-3:00 p.m. 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 '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text38897 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> 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 graduation planning meetings will be held at the beautifulSalem 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. Meetings are on Fridays, February 27 and March 27. 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 (CHEF) Meetings and Fellowship, Friday, January 16 (upcoming meetings on February 27 and March 27), 7:00 p.m.-Midnight 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. Registration at the door is $15 per family or $5 per person to cover room rental ($125) and speakers (other than us).

 

 

 

 

altFCM Entrepreneurial Field Trip Series Dr. Jazz Soda Fountain & Grille, Saturday February 28, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at 230 West St. Louis Street, Lebanon, IL 62254. $30 Adults; $15 children ages 9 and up; $10 children ages 8 and under. This field trip will include a tour of the business and three hous of instructions on how to wait on customers and take orders, how to prepare food, health inspections, and running your own restaurant and bed & breakfast. A meal will be provided. Space is limited, so sign up now by sending a chec payable to FCM, c/o Jon Summers, P.O Box 586, Fredericktown, MO 63645 by February 21. Please include the number of adults, children ages 9 and up, and children ages 8 and under.

 

Adults can choose between cheeseburger and fries or cashew salad. Children can choose between cheeseburger and fries or chicken strips with applesauce or fries. Everyone gets a fountain drink and a one scoop cone or sundae of Cedar Crest Ice Cream.

 

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For the past 15 years, Paul Krumsieg and his wife Sarah, with the help of their children, have owned and operated Dr. Jazz Soda Fountain & Grille in Lebanon, Illinois, the oldest existing soda fountain in the United States. The historic building dates back to 1850 and also houses a bed and breakfast. Paul and Sarah have 5 children and have been homeschooling for 16 years. One has graduated with 4 more to follow. Paul comes from a family of 11 children, 7 of which were homeschooled. Last year, Paul spoke at our conference on Marketplace Evangelism. Even though he had been a missionary at one time, he has told us that he never was able to evangelize and minister to people like he has with their business. Referred to as the “Metro-East” portion of the Greater Metropolitan St. Louis area, Lebanon is a scenic small town of only 3,850. It is the home of the pretty McKendree College. This is FCM’s second Entrepreneurial field trip to equip our families to own and operate their own businesses. http://www.drjazzsodafountain.com/

 

 

altFCM (CHEF) 17th Annual Heart to Heart Mother/Daughter Tea (Mothers without daughters are welcome!) Thursday, March 19, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Hawken House Hearth Room, 1155 S. Rock Hill Road, St. Louis, MO 63119. $11 per person; $12 at the door. Come and enjoy tea and delectable pastries with other homeschooling moms. Description of presentation will be forthcoming.

 

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 (CHEF) 21st Annual Art Festival and Photography Contest, Saturday, April 11 at the beautifulSalem 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.

 

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, etc. (no video will be accepted). The addition of this category gives more opportunities for our children to showcase their creativity. 

 

If you are looking for thought-starters for your art projects, this year’s FCM conference theme is a great place to start. Simply go to www.familycovenantministries.com. Click on the tab for the conference, and go to the list of workshops for a wealth of ideas for your special project.

 

Please note: 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 14 and up may also submit 2 photos in the Photography contest. Homeschool graduates are also welcome to submit projects in all 3 categories.

 

All of our families are cordially invited to view these artwork pieces created by our gifted children, to be displayed at Salem 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.

 

Art Festival Schedule on Saturday, April 11

 

4:00-5:30 p.m. Viewing of artwork, voting for People’s Choice Awards (hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music and fellowship)

6:00-7:00 p.m. FCM Art Festival awards ceremony

9:00 p.m. Project retrieval and clean-up

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PROJECT SUBMISSION

 

Saturday, March 7 Early registration form submission - $5 per project for all registrations postmarked by this date. Early fee maximum per family: $50.

 

Saturday, March 21 General registration form submission (MUST be postmarked by this date) - $6 per project. General fee maximum per family: $60.

 

Saturday, April 4 Deadline for project drop-off

 

Saturday, April 11 FCM Art Festival artwork viewing and announcement of winners

 

(Due to increased costs to host and run the art festival, we have had to make a small increase in our project fees.)

 

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 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Joe and Teresa Carr at 314-521-5668 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

 

MISSOURI’S LEGISLATIVE REPORTS

 

altNote from David Klarich, homeschooling attorney and registered lobbyist in Jefferson City:

I have attached an updated legislative report for your review.

 

 

Although the week was abbreviated due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Missouri General Assembly successfully completed its committee assignments in both chambers (attached), heard the Governor deliver the “State of the State” address, and listened to Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Rhodes Russell outline the “State of the Judiciary.”

 

House Committee List http://house.mo.gov/ActiveCommittees.aspx

 

Senate Committee List: http://www.senate.mo.gov/15info/com-standing.htm

 

Governor Nixon summarized his priorities for the legislative term and encouraged the General Assembly to: 1) modernize and improve our state’s veterans’ homes, 2) invest and improve our cyber security, 3) expand agricultural trade with Cuba (among other nations) and increase our agricultural production, 4) raise the gas tax, 5) reform municipal courts, 6) invest in education & technology, 7) protect the stat’s riparian right, and 8) enact ethics reform.

 

In the Sate of the Judiciary address, Chief Justice Mary Rhodes Russell lauded our system of trial by jury, our electronic filing and document transmission system, and jury service. She also identified four (4) issues that require legislative attention, including: 1) municipal court reform (access, revenue limits, and pay overtime fines), 2) child welfare laws (Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA support), 3) Treatment and Veterans Courts, and 4) matters relating to our seniors (issues relating to incapacity determinations, probate, financial protection, guardians, and conservators).

 

In addition to the annual Executive & Judicial addresses, this week the House of Representatives rejected the Missouri Citizens’ Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials salary increase recommendation (133-15), and the Senate convened its committees on Ways & Means, Appropriations, and Veterans’ Affairs to hear legislation.

I anticipate that a calendar for debate in the Senate will be set as early as next week.

 

 

 

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2015 FCM CONFERENCE

May 4-6 at St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO

 

SUPER EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

 

HURRY-Limited Time

 

REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE!

 

Now until February 22

 

Family PassRegular $129 Now Just $89

(Includes unmarried children still living at home)

Couple PassRegular $89 Now Just $59

(Husband and Wife)

Individual PassRegular $69 Now just $39

First Time Attendee

Individual$29

Couple$49

Family$79

Exhibit Hall Free

 

To get the First Time Attendee price, please enter firsttime for the Coupon Code.

 

Online Registration

 

This exclusive price is now available online by going to:

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

 

If you have any trouble registering, please let us know by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 314-920-6135. Please keep in mind that it may be a few days before we are able to respond.

 

Family Covenant Ministries 31st Annual 2015 Southern Exposure of America’s Bible Belt Extravaganza May 4-6. This extraordinary conference will address the following topics and how they impacted families, and thus the foundation of our nation!

 

Spanish Influence on America

Eli Whitney Cotton Gin

McCormick Reaping Machine

Daniel Webster/Henry Clay/John C. Calhoun

French Influence

Matthew Maury

Ocean/Mississippi

Clipper Ships/Paddle Wheelers

Tying Knots

Louisiana Purchase

Thomas Jefferson

Piracy/Jean Lafitte

War of 1812/Battle of New Orleans

Andrew Jackson

Texas/Battle of Alamo

Dessert

Music

Mexican War

Enlightenment

German Scholarship

Darwinism

Socialism/Communism

Industrial Revolution

War Between the States

Reconstruction

Spanish/American War

Rough Riders/Teddy Roosevelt

Woodrow Wilson

Scopes Trial

Southern Hospitality

Southern Etiquette

Southern Cooking

Southern Travels

Southern Business

Decorating

Gardening

Essential Oils/Herbal Remedies

Multigenerational Family Plan

Property

Family Celebrations

Unit Studies

 

SOUTHERN GRANDEUR AND SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY AT ITS FINEST!

 

Celebrations will include American Music of the South Production with a Sing-a-long, Mountain Folk Festival with Irish Cloggers, Cotillion with Sword Ceremony and Costume Contest.

 

We are very excited about the upcoming 2015 conference. Although this conference continues our reputation for excellent speakers, messages, and fellowship, it will be distinctive in many ways. So keep watching as we unfold plans for this spectacular conference in upcoming newsletters—plans that are sure to delight your family!

 

IMPERSONATORS

 

Parents, young adults, and children, if you wish to participate in our impersonation contest, please mull over some of the conference topics below and the people we have listed to see who you would like to become. This is certainly not mandatory, but fun. Thoroughly investigate your character so you are prepared to answer attendees’ questions as they attempt to identify your person.

 

TREASURE HUNT

 

When you determine who you will impersonate, contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 314-920-6135, and we will keep a running list of characters. Before the conference, we will print cards with the names of the characters coming to the conference and hand these out to our attendees.

 

Characters will wear a nametag that identifies them as an impersonator and have a special pen for marking the cards when someone discovers their identity.

 

The first attendee to fill their card by discovering the identity of our impersonators will receive a special historical gift. Now this means that attendees will need to brush up on their history of the characters below so they are prepared to ask good questions of our impersonators.

 

SOUTHERN PAGEANT

 

We will also ask our impersonators to be part of our southern pageant where we announce your character at our Southern Cotillion. Attendees will vote on the best impersonator’s costume, and the winner will receive a historical gift.

 

Impersonators may represent any of these famous people from the South: Spanish Conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, Spanish Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, Spanish Explorer Hernando De Soto, French Explorer Louis Jolliet, French Missionary Jacques Marquette, French Explorer Robert de La Salle, Privateers/Pirates Jean and Pierre Laffite, English Pirate Edward Teach Blackbeard, Governor Alexander Spotswood, George Washington, Mary Washington, Martha Washington, Samuel Adams, Elizabeth Adams, John Adams, Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams, Louisa Adams, Patrick Henry, Sarah Henry, James Madison, Dolly Madison, Samuel Davies, Sarah Davies, Jane Davies, John Randolf, Richard Henry Lee, Anne Lee, John Rutledge, Elizabeth Rutledge, Thomas Jefferson, Martha Jefferson, Explorer Daniel Boone, Rebecca Boone, Commodore Joshua Barney, Admiral Franklin Buchanan, Commodore Stephen Decatur, Commander Catesby ap Roger Jones, Master Samuel Chester Reid, Captain Osa Eldridge, Oceanographer/Cartographer/Astronomer Matthew Maury, Inventor Eli Whitney, Father of Texas Stephen F. Austin, Frontiersman/Tennessee Representative/Soldier at the Alamo Davy Crockett, Senator/Governor/Soldier Sam Houston, President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Vice President/Secretary of State/Secretary of War John C. Calhoun, Floride Calhoun, Senator/Secretary of State Henry Clay, Lucretia Clay, Soldier/Secretary of War/Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Varina Davis, Pastor and Chaplain Robert Lewis Dabney, Margaretta Dabney, Brigadier General Robert E. Lee, Mary Randolph Custis Lee, Brigadier General Thomas Stonewall Jackson, Mary Anna Jackson, Brigadier General James Jeb Stuart, Flora Stuart, Brigadier General Pierre Beauregard, Marie Beauregard, Caroline Beauregard, Senator Daniel Webster, President Andrew Jackson, Author of The Naval War of 1812 (a standard study of war)/Colonel of the Rough Riders/President Teddy Roosevelt, Representative/Secretary of State/Opponent of Darwinism William Jennings Bryan,  Scientist/Inventor George Washington Carver, Sgt. Alvin C. York, and Grace York.

 

Mothers and daughters might want to consider playing the part of the wife or sister of the impersonator in the family, or mothers and daughters may wish to become a Southern belle.

 

For Those Who Do Not Wish to Be Impersonators but Wish to Dress in Period Costumes

 

A cotillion is a formal ball originating in the 18th century. Costumes are not mandatory for our cotillion. However for those of you who do not wish to be impersonators but wish to dress in period costumes, you should begin sewing or selecting your gowns, dress attire, or uniforms for our Southern Cotillion. This can be Civil War attire, Sea Captain/Ship attire, Spanish Conquistadors, Explorers…or dress up as any of the characters above. You do not have to participate as an impersonator to dress up as one of our historical characters

 

VOLUNTEERS

 

Calling volunteers, both artists to create backdrops of New Orleans’ bustling Southern port and impersonators: Creoles, Indians, Fur Trappers, Frontier Soldiers, and Peddlers calling out their wares. “Ducks?” “Oysters?” “Shrimp?” “Pralines?” Anyone?

 

Sword Ceremony Calling volunteers for a sword ceremony that will open our pageant and cotillion.

 

If you are interested in volunteering for either of these, 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.

 

MEET CAPTAIN JACK AND PARAKEET PETE AND BECOME A SHIPMATE ON FCM’S FLAGSHIP

 

Ahoy Matey! Come aboard FCM’s 2015 Flagship Conference and meet Captain Jack, along with Parakeet Pete, while he shows you how to tie nautical knots. He will be sitting along the mighty Mississippi on a traveling trunk with lots of individually cut lengths of rope, so you can learn firsthand to tie the knots you will need to know for signing up as a shipmate on FCM’s flagship.

 

A flagship isa vessel used by the commanding officer of a group of naval ships, reflecting the custom of its commander, characteristically a flag officer, flying a distinguishing flag. Used more loosely, it is the lead ship in a fleet of vessels, typically the first, largest, fastest, most heavily armed, best known, first rate where the Admiral’s flag is flown. Admiral is the rank of the highest naval officers. God is our Admiral, and we are very thankful that He has sanctified our conference with the honor of His Holy Spirit.

 

A Compelling Case for Donating to Family Covenant Ministries (CHEF)

 

Destruction of the traditional, biblical family is the greatest culprit in the demise of our nation and the world at large. Restoration of the backbone of this Christian Civilization is the only long-term solution to our society’s disorder, beginning and ending with covenant fidelity to parental discipleship throughout multiple generations.

 

From its inception, Family Covenant Ministries (formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship) has diligently labored to equip generations of families to fulfill their biblical mandate to disciple their children at home. As a matter of fact, leaders from across the country have touted our organization as the premier educational and advocacy group for home educators. All because of our uncompromising tenacity to covenant faithfulness and our indefatigable labor for discipling our families in the Word. The results of this long-term commitment are summed up in several leaders’ summation that FCM (CHEF) isn’t only discipling our nation, but the nations of the world.

 

While our nation suffers violence from the great influx of ideologies and values antithetical to the biblical principles on which it was established, rapidly hurling it into pagan barbarism no less, Family Covenant Ministries’ diligence assures continuity from one generation to the next of the ideas, values and principles necessary to keep it free. Producing well educated, disciplined young people faithful to their Christian legacy provides the moral fiber needed for rebuilding this culture.

 

Yet for all its hard labor, FCM cannot continue to exist if not financially assisted by those who believe in its mission and vision. Indeed if the Christian community desires to advance the Kingdom in this cultural war, they must be willing to finance the vanguard who continues to battle, day in and day out, year after year.

 

As you know, FCM/CHEF is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that has dedicated these past 31 years to honoring our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through equipping generations of families to fulfill their biblical mandate to disciple their children at home. Making certain that our events remain affordable for all homeschooling families, while providing scholarships to widows and those in duress, FCM consistently experiences shortages for most events.

 

When it comes to the conference, the shortfalls are huge because unlike other conferences that use vendors as their speakers, with only one or maybe two featured speakers, FCM’s adherence to excellent messages requires large outlays of money that results in enormous shortages.

 

Although we are thrilled to serve the Lord and help advance FCM’s extraordinary work in transforming our culture, we feel that we have a fiduciary responsibility to our own children to enlist more families to make significant pecuniary contributions towards supporting the tremendous costs involved in operating this organization.

 

Contributing from 40-80 plus hours each week to the work, our family can attest to the huge amounts of money it takes to continue the daily tasks that go into managing the organization, ministering to thousands of families each year, orchestrating events throughout each year, and writing monthly newsletters.

 

Who has not benefitted from the excellent teachings expounded in the newsletters, at meetings, or at the conference? In a world of information where meaningless dribble continues to take the place of valuable content, families need to understand the significance of maintaining the hand that feeds, nurtures, equips, and supports them. Especially when families continue to make a point of expressing their gratitude for the instruction provided in the newsletter and the conference, because they don’t get it anywhere else, we must make the point to turning those words of gratitude into acts of love and appreciation by supporting those who labor on behalf of so many. Even those who don’t realize FCM’s impact have benefitted by the influence it is having on our nation, but more importantly, by the blessings it has brought upon so many families because of our faithfulness.

 

God says that the laborer is worthy of his wages; yet not only have we not been paid these past 29 years, but our family continues to cover the huge shortfalls each year.

 

Sound harsh? The truth of the matter is that it is tragic and a poor witness that one family shoulders the brunt of the hefty weight of the ministry’s shortfall, when thousands, who benefit from the weekly labors of the few, continue to neglect the great need of their brethren.

 

Our ministry needs help. Will you help us?

 

Leading up to Valley Forge, during the time at Valley Forge, and while engaged in the battle for our freedom, Washington continued to plead for the finances he knew were needed for winning the war. Americans are still experiencing far more grace than deserved because of our founders’ faithfulness in pledging their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to that cause. Please allow us to repeat what national and local leaders continue to share with us that many home educators in this land are living in the light of God’s blessings because of FCM’s arduous labor on their behalf.

 

We are engaged in a fierce battle for the hearts of our families and the soul of our nation!

 

Please Consider Making a Donation When You Register Online

 

Please notethat although we are a nonprofit organization, donations provided for Family Covenant Ministries are not tax deductible because we reserve the right to speak truth freely about legislation, to actively campaign for candidates who share our vision and mission, and to lobby without government restrictions. We deeply appreciate your support!

 

Speakers Thus Far-We are still waiting to hear from four other speakers

 

Geoff Botkin

Victoria Botkin

Elizabeth Botkin

David Botkin

Anna Sofia Botkin

William Federer

Chris Huseman

Dr. Jason Lisle

William E. Potter

Dr. Paul Michael Raymond

Mark Stillpass

Candy Summers

Brian Van Laar

Renee Yeo

 

Speakers’ Pictures and Bios

www.familycovenantministries.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=1&id=115&Itemid=4

 

What Should You Expect?

 

Southern Hospitality at its Best!

 

Ahoy Matey! Come aboard FCM’s 2015 Flagship Conference and meet Captain Jack, along with Parakeet Pete, while he shows you how to tie nautical knots. He will be sitting along the mighty Mississippi on a traveling trunk with lots of individually cut lengths of rope, so you can learn firsthand to tie knots before signing up as a shipmate on FCM’s flagship.

 

·      A Spectacular 3-day celebration held at the beautiful St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri

·      Southern Hospitality Welcome Bags filled with Delightful Surprises

·      World Class Speakers and Workshops

·      Stunning Heirloom Poster to be Signed by Speakers

·      Celebrity Book Signings

·      Southern Scenery

·      Historical Impersonators

·      Treasure Hunt

·      Special Historical Gifts

·      Southern Belles

·      Sword Ceremony

·      Southern Pageant

·      Costume Contest

·      Southern Cotillion

·      Mountain Dance and Folk Festival with Irish Cloggers

·      The History of America Through Music Sing-a-long

·      Especially convenient for families with young children, the award-winning Embassy Suites is attached to the convention center and is a 60-second indoor walk from the main conference area.

·      More convenient than ever! Since we have never fully utilized the upstairs ballroom space, less than half actually, we are moving everything upstairs. That’s right! For your convenience, the entire conference will be held on the main floor, including our Exhibitors.

· Southern Exposure to the Bible Belt Travelogue Illustrated (slide show) lecture on places visited and historical people encountered while traveling south through the Bible belt. Learn about planning trips, packing, navigating, and extraordinary adventures.

Registrationis opening online until we reach capacity. There is limited capacity at our facility, and we expect to fill up prior to the event! Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Issues with Online Registration If you experience issues with our online registration, if you are from another country, or if you do not have a credit card to complete the online registration process, you may email or call our registration coordinator Sonia Summers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 314-920-6135. Please allow several days for return calls in some cases.

 

Cancellations/Refunds Registrations cancelled before March 15 will be refunded at 50%. All registrations after this date are non-refundable.

 

Full 3-Day Pass Conference registration is available only in a full 3-day pass. The conference registration covers all three days, and we hope you can attend the whole thing! However, if you are only able to come for part of the conference, we look forward to seeing you then.

 

Pastors To show our appreciation to pastors for their sacrificial labor and to help disseminate our speakers’ magnificent teachings to their congregation, our family has always been pleased to offer free admission to pastors and their families. However, due to the sheer magnitude of CHEF’s shortfall each year and the great number of pastors who attend each year, we have been encouraged by others to eliminate this offer. We are sorry because we are truly grateful for each pastor and his family, as we pray that they become instruments in bringing a revival to this nation. Instead, we are encouraging pastors to ask their churches to pay for them to attend since it is the church body that will benefit from these life-transforming messages.

 

THE PERFECT FAMILY VACATION & A GREAT PLACE TO RECONNECT WITH FRIENDS

 

Special FCM Rate for the Embassy Suites-HURRY!

 

altWe recommend attendees stay at the beautiful, award-winning Embassy Suites connected to the St. Charles Convention Center. The Embassy Suites is offering a special rate to our Family Covenant Ministries (CHEF) families for just $109 (compared to their normal rate of $179 for two doubles and one sofa bed). To receive this special rate go to www.embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/S/STLEMES-FCM-20150502/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG or call 636-946-5544.

 

Please note that it is better to make reservations online than by phone because in the past, part of the reservationist’s “sales tactics” was to say that the room block was full. If you have any problems with receiving this special room offer, please contact Nick at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call at 636-866-0170. You may also call us at 314-920-6135. To make certain that you receive this special room rate, you should make your reservations as soon as possible because our room block will fill up, as it gets closer to the conference.

 

The Embassy Suites Hotel is a 12-story, 296-room facility with the lavish Spa Botanica, an indoor pool, fitness center, and a master chef. Your spacious, two-room suites are fully equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and two telephones with data ports, high speed Internet access, and a well-lit dining/work table. During your stay you will receive complimentary cooked-to-order breakfasts, and in the evening from 5:30-7:30, complimentary drinks and snacks are also provided.

 

The St. Charles Convention Center and the Embassy Suites Hotel are conveniently located off Interstate 70 just 5 miles from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. You can also visit their website at www.stcharlesconventioncenter.com.

 

 


 

 

 
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Jon and Candy Summers share:

 

Family Covenant Ministries(formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship) Faithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 31 years! www.FamilyCovenantMinistries.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

 

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME January 2015 Information

http://www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com/

 

Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF) Information and Activities

 

1.  FCM New Video Promotional

2.  FCM Activities

     a.  Dear Families

     b.  FCM Meeting and Fellowship-Christmas Traditions/Christmas Caroling/Christmas Cookie Fellowship, January 16

     c.  FCM Ice Skating, January 31

     d.  FCM Annual Family Paintball Game, February 21

     e.  FCM 31st Annual Graduation Meetings, February 27, March 27, April 24, Graduation, June 6

     f.  Past Notes of Gratitude for the Graduation

     g.  FCM 17th Annual Heart to Heart Mother/Daughter Tea, March 19

     h.  FCM 21st Annual Art Festival and Photography Contest, April 11

3.  FCM 2014 Conference Reviews

4.  FCM 2015 Conference Information Coming Soon!

5.  FCM 2015 Conference Surprises-Volunteers Needed for Creating New Orleans Bustling Port

6.  Missouri’s Legislative Reports

7.  Southern Exposure to the Bible Belt-An Important Message from Jon and Candy

8.  Special Opportunities-Private Violin and Viola Lessons from Homeschooling Father

 

There’s No Place Like Home Articles

 

1.  Notes from Subscribers

2.  New Homeschoolers Workshop-Part IV

     a.  A Great Reformation

     b.  The Purpose of Education

     c.  Home-First Sphere of Government

     d.  Puritan Fathers

     e.  Another Great Reformation

     f.  Will We be Faithful or Apostate to the Divine Covenant?

3.  Family Travels

     a.  New Orleans, Louisiana

     b.  New Orleans History

     c.  Plantation Alley, Louisiana

     d.  New Orleans-The Court of Two Sisters

     e.  New Orleans-Café du Monde

     f.  New Orleans-Jackson Square

4.  Summers on the Farm

5.  The Joy of Country Living-While All Hell was Breaking Loose in Ferguson, Sonia and I Were Witnessing a Multigenerational Community’s Affinity for Each Other

6.  Fearfully and Wonderfully Made-A New Year, A New You by Renee Yeo

7.  The Dismantling of America

     a.  Reread November’s article entitled “Al Mohler Calls for Public School Exodus, Sort of”

     b.  Wake up, America!

 

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FCM NEW VIDEO PROMOTIONAL

 

Check out the first in a series of videos promoting Family Covenant Ministries

http://www.familycovenantministries.com/

 

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FCM ACTIVITIES

 

Dear Families, We are sorry that we had to cancel the Christmas Ball. After consulting a number of authorities and realizing the vast increase of murders and violence in the St. Louis metropolitan area, we thought it in the best interest of our families’ safety to cancel this year’s event. However, we will be hosting a Spectacular Southern Cotillion (Ball), Costume Contest, Historical Impersonators Contest, and Sword Ceremony at our upcoming 31st Annual Conference, which will be held on May 4-6. We are also sorry for the delay of this announcement, but we were still in the process of moving in November and then provided our country home as a safe location for families who needed to get away from the looting and violence. Therefore, we had families from the end of October through the early part of December. Furthermore, Joye Hengst, who edits and sends out our newsletters, was also preoccupied with moving from Ferguson. Thank you for your notes of concern for us. We deeply appreciate your prayers. Love, The Summers Family

 

FCM (CHEF) Meetings and Fellowship, Friday, January 16 (upcoming meetings on February 27 and March 27), 7:00 p.m.-Midnight 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. Registration at the door is $15 per family or $5 per person to cover room rental ($125) and speakers (other than us). Since we did not get to enjoy our December gathering, we will do it in January. So this month’s meeting will be Family Traditions/Christmas Caroling/Christmas Cookie Fellowship (bring a plate of cookies to share or an appetizer). Candy and I will present some of our family’s Christmas traditions and then open up the floor for other families to share their family customs. Afterwards we will join in singing Christmas carols while enjoying Christmas cookies.

 

FCM (CHEF) Annual Family Ice Skating, Saturday, January 31, 4:00-8:00 p.m.PLEASE NOTE: Add $1 more if you pay us at the door. Outdoor ice rink at Shaw Park, 217 S. Brentwood, Clayton, MO 63105. $5.50 per skater includes skate rental, hot chocolate, and paper goods. PLEASE NOTE: You may pay for this event online by going to http://www.familycovenantministries.com/index.php?option=com_rsform&formId=12. If you are unable to pay online, please send name, number of skaters, and check payable to FCM, c/o Jon Summers, PO Box 586, Fredericktown MO 63645 by January 23. To get this deal, we must pay in advance, so please pay online or send your check in by the deadline. However, if you are able to come at the last minute, we will still be able to accommodate your family, but it will cost $1 more per skater ($6.50 at the door). Do not pay at the ticket window; pay us. Just make certain that the ticket window knows that you are with the FCM (CHEF) group. This outdoor rink is a beautiful place to skate at night. Bring a finger food or plate of cookies to share, as we will set up hot chocolate in the warmed seating area just off the rink.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This is just a polite reminder that we would really appreciate if more families would sign up prior to this event as the skating rink needs to know our numbers so that they have enough referees. We also need to know for purchasing the right amount of paper goods. As always, we desire to accommodate everyone and so will continue to take registration at the door, but it would be very helpful in the future, if you know that you are coming that you let us know. Thank you!

 

FCM (CHEF) Annual Family Paintball Game,Saturday, February 21, 12:00-4:00 p.m. (but you need to be there at 11:15 a.m.) at Gateway Paintball Field, 14510 Missouri Bottom Rd., Bridgeton, MO 63044, the same location as last year. The same price as it has been for years! $15 per person for gun, mask, air, and four hours of play—paint is extra (2000 rounds for $60) or $30 per person for gun, mask, air, four hours of play, and 500 rounds of paint is included. Arrive at noon for gear and instructions. Children must be 10 years old to play. Pay when you arrive, but please call 314-920-6135 by February 13 to let Jedidiah know how many of you will be playing so we can let Tim know how many referees we need. If you find that you are able to come at the last minute, just give us a call to see if there is room. This is a great activity! Come and enjoy! Please Note: To save time, download the waiver from http://www.gatewaypaintball.com/waiver.html and have it signed when you pay.

 

Directions:Gateway is located between Hwy 70, 270, and 370. Take Hwy 70 to Earth City North. Go about 2 miles to St. Charles Rock Road. At the end of the road, it will curve right to the front of the sand mine. Follow the road to the right. About a half mile down the road, you will see Gateway on the left. From St. Charles Rock Road, take St. Charles Rock Road west to the end of the road. At the end of the road, it will curve right to the front of the sand mine. Follow the road to the right. About a half mile down the road, you will see Gateway on the left. www.bushwackerspaintball.net

 

FCM (CHEF) 31st 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 '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text53563 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> 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 graduation planning meetings will be held at the beautifulSalem 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. Meetings are on Fridays, February 27, March 27, and April 24, with the graduation on Saturday, June 6. (We are waiting for confirmation from the church on these dates.) 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.

 

Past Notes of Gratitude for the Graduation

 

Your family is beautiful and is a great inspiration. You are dear friends to us. I don’t know how to express my gratefulness, but thank you so much for putting this ceremony together so beautifully. It was the 2nd best thing in my life (of course being a born again Christian). Thank you for helping our family in every way. I know it must have taken a lot of your time and effort. Please continue your sunny disposition and your serving heart.Curryville, MO

 

It was such a joy to meet your wonderful family and to visit with you. Thank you, again, for all your help and support with the graduation. And thank you for presenting the graduates again this year. –St. Charles, MO

 

Thank you for all your help with my diploma and with the college admission board here. –Utah

 

FCM (CHEF) 17th Annual Heart to Heart Mother/Daughter Tea (Mothers without Daughters are welcome!)Thursday, March 19. 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Hawken House Hearth Room, 1155 S. Rock Hill Road, St. Louis, MO 63119. Come and enjoy tea and delectable pastries with other homeschooling moms. Description of presentation will be forthcoming.

 

FCM (CHEF) 21st Annual Art Festival and Photography Contest, Saturday, April 11at the at the beautifulSalem 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. Last year’s festival was a great success, so mark your calendars and begin to plan your children’s art projects. We are pleased to continue our assorted arts category, along with fine arts and photography. More information forthcoming in the next newsletter! If you have any questions, please contact Joe or Teresa Carr at 314-521-5668 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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FCM 2014 CONFERENCE REVIEWS

 

We appreciate all your sacrificial labor for your fellow homeschoolers. God has not only gifted you with a talent to organize and lead, but also gifted you with a love for others. Had a little extra in our ‘pot of gold’ at the end of the year. Would like to see it put in the group’s pot-of-gold! ­–Creve Coeur, MO

 

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FCM 2015 CONFERENCE INFORMATION COMING SOON!

 

Be looking for detailed information on our 31st Annual Southern Exposure to the Bible Belt Conference May 4-6 to arrive sometime in your inbox over the next several weeks.

 

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FCM 2015 CONFERENCE SURPRISES

 

Calling volunteers, both artists to create backdrops of New Orleans bustling Southern port, and impersonators, Creoles, Indians, Fur Trappers, Frontier Soldiers, and Peddlers calling out their wares. “Ducks?” “Oysters?” “Shrimp?” “Pralines?” Anyone?

 

Parakeet Pete Ahoy, Matey, here is the fourth selection in our series on the South’s fascinating history through the eyes of that beautiful feathered fowl Parakeet Pete.

 

We last left Pete feasting on the fascinating sights of New Orleans’ bustling port. After nibbling on pralines purchased from a street peddler, the Lafitte family began to explore this city’s architecture and eclectic populace. Perched upon Jean Lafitte’s shoulder, Parakeet Pete had a bird’s eye view of the large open air French Market that was abuzz with activity. Farmers and fishermen, one right after the other, were standing in long rows of stalls calling out their wares. “Potatoes!” “Oranges!” “Ducks!” “Oysters!” “Shrimp!” Peddlers, too, were calling out the contents of the baskets they carried on their heads. “Coal!” “Blackberries!” “Pralines!”

 

Amongst the peddlers were patrons of diverse backgrounds—Creoles (Caucasians from France and Spain), free men of color, fur trappers dressed in buckskins, swashbuckling pirates, frontier soldiers in coonskin caps, and elegantly dressed planters. French and Spanish were the languages most spoken. Of course, when Parakeet Pete’s eyes rested on the solemn faced Choctaw Indians sitting next to their brightly colored baskets woven from reeds, he realized they were not speaking at all.

 

Beyond this colorful scene, he could see the St. Louis Cathedral’s two towers against the skyline, the Cabildo named after the council that ruled the colony, and the Presbytere courthouse where cases were heard and tried. These magnificent structures served an unyielding backdrop to the flurry of activity all around him.

 

After wandering through the crowd and making a few purchases, the Lafitte family continued the exploration of their new homeland by horse drawn carriage. Up and down the narrow streets, the horse carried them past tall brick buildings covered with plaster painted pink, lavender, and yellow. Although jammed together like toothpicks in a box, the bright colors, wrought iron second story balconies, and flowers spilling out from above distinctively marked one dwelling from the other. Then he noticed that some of the buildings had shops on the first floor with living quarters on the second. But what were most intriguing to him were the long, narrow passageways that ran between the structures. Later he found out that these inviting passageways led to courtyards comfortably situated under the shade of magnolia trees. Many of them also had water fountains to further cool their occupants from the humid hot weather.

 

Unlike these buildings that sat nearly on the street, Americans built two story homes on the other side of the canal, which they hid from view by palms, magnolias, and live oaks strewn with Spanish moss. Called Quartier Americain, these larger homes constructed with wide galleries supported by tall white pillars also possessed lovely gardens, but on a much grander scale. One day this area would be called the Garden District.

 

As the sun was on the decline, the Lafitte family decided it was time to check into a hotel before proceeding to join the other French planters in the rich valley along the mighty Mississippi.

 

Stay tuned for more adventures with Parakeet Pete as the Lafitte family discovers the mighty Mississippi and its storied history.

 

To Be Continued…See some of the South’s fascinating history through Parakeet Pete in upcoming issues!

 

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MISSOURI’S LEGISLATIVE REPORTS

 

We are extremely blessed to have David Klarich as our homeschooling attorney and registered lobbyist. Every legislative session for the past 24 years David Klarich has been our advocate in Jefferson City. Not only is he in Jefferson City every day of the legislative session, but also he takes care of all our legal issues as well. Since he was both a representative and a senator, he knows the ins and outs of every facet of the legislative process. As an attorney, he knows the law and is called upon to draft legislation. As a Christian he views everything from a biblical perspective. Brilliant, articulate, and passionate about home education, David deserves your prayers and appreciation.

 

Every year David keeps Jon and me up to date on all the issues concerning our families. This year we decided to make his legislative reports to us a part of our newsletters. So if you are interested, please look for his reports under this new section.

 

David John Klarich has 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 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.

 

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SOUTHERN EXPOSURE TO THE BIBLE BELT-An Important Message from Jon and Candy!

 

THE OPPOSITE OF LAW IS NOT GRACE BUT LAWLESSNESS:

Ferguson’s Anarchy is a Result of America’s Departure from God’s Sovereignty Preceding the War Between the States

 

Dear Families,

 

Thank you for your calls and notes of concern for us. Although we were safely tucked into the hills of the Ozarks when the grand jury’s announcement was made, we were under no delusion of security because we fully realized that the vast increase in murders, armed robberies, assaults, drive by shootings, and other acts of violence throughout St. Louis was just a precursor of more violence if our nation did not humble itself and repent by returning to its Christian roots.

 

The truth of the matter is that when government officials—sworn to uphold law, order, and the safety of its people—order the police—sworn to uphold law, order, and the safety of its people—to stand down while businesses are looted and burned by lawless mobs, no one is safe!

 

Ironically not even the police were allowed to shoot back at those who fired upon them. In fact on the night of the announcement, our neighbor told us that gunshots could be heard all night long. One news commentator stated that he counted 150 shots. Consequently many officers have determined to leave the force and find work elsewhere. Why should they place their lives on the line when the governor won’t protect them against criminals, but instead prompts those criminals to more acts of violence?

 

Almost simultaneous with the apparent switch in priorities from protecting law abiding citizens to “protecting the constitutional rights of the protestors” (who threaten the lives of police, physically wrestle them, throw objects at them, and even shoot at them while looting and burning the property of others) emerged proposed legislation to define and ultimately restrain police force. So what an officer will be allowed to do when assaulted remains to be decided. In the meantime, those who remain on the force are highly more likely to face life-threatening assaults from those who have been encouraged to wreak havoc on society, while society faces the brunt of retaliation. Indeed this is exactly what happened in Berkeley right before Christmas when an officer, answering a call for shoplifting, shot a black youth who had pulled a gun on him. In retaliation, the QT across the street was looted and set on fire.

 

Back in the 1970s Francis Schaeffer told us that one day we would wake up and discover that the America we once knew was gone. That day is here. One does not have to be a prophet to see that dark days are coming to the United States. There are ominous signs that the freedoms we once assumed were ours are disappearing. Forces of secularism lead inevitably to a totalitarian state to which everyone is expected to submit. (When a Nation Forgets God by Erwin W. Lutzer)

 

Crime: Its Causes and Cures

 

There must be a restoration of the proper role of civil government under God. Romans 13 defines that role clearly: “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”

 

The Bible clearly teaches that civil government is a divinely ordained institution commissioned to punish evildoers and protect the godly so that they can raise their families and build God’s kingdom. When the civil government properly administers justice using the biblical principles as contained in the Magna Charta, English common law and the U. S. Constitution, then it is doing its job well.

 

Law professor John Eidsmoe pointed out that “as government officials keep the criminal element under restraint, the safety and freedom of law-abiding citizens is preserved. This also facilitates the spread of the Gospel.”

 

Daniel Webster called Americans back to their roots on 22 November 1820 at the bicentennial celebration of the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock: “Finally, let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers were brought hither by their high veneration for the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light and labored in its hope. They sought to incorporate its principles with the elements of their society, and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political, or literary.

 

Let us cherish these sentiments, and extend this influence still more widely; in full conviction that that is the happiest society which partakes in the highest degree of the mild and peaceful spirit of Christianity.”

 

True Christianity, restored first in our homes and churches, then in the streets, will restore to America the “peaceful spirit of Christianity.”(Christian Home Learning Guides by Marshall Foster and Ron Ball, pages 149-154)

 

Freedom is a Question of Sovereignty and Responsibility

 

The question of freedom is first of all a question of sovereignty and of responsibility. Who is sovereign, and to whom is man responsible? This source of sovereignty is also the source of freedom. If sovereignty resides in God and is only held ministerially by men, then the basic responsibility of ruler and ruled is to God, who is also the source of freedom. But if sovereignty resides in the state, whether a monarchy or democracy, man has no appeal beyond the law of the state, and no source of ethics apart from it. He is totally responsible to that order and has only those rights that the state chooses to confer upon him. The word comprehend means both “to contain” and “to understand.” That which contains man is also the source of our understanding of man. If man is a creature of the state, then he is to be understood in terms of the state. Aristotle’s man, a social animal, can never transcend his political order. Christian man, however, created in the image of God, cannot be contained in anything short of God’s eternal decree and order, nor understood except in terms of God Himself. Man therefore is not understandable in terms of man but in terms of God. Absolute monarchy and democracy, statism in other words, came into existence as revivals of paganism and as anti-Christian movements, whatever their ostensible claims otherwise.(This Independent Republic by Rousas J. Rushdoony)

 

The Maddest, Most Infamous Revolution in History:

The Religious Cause of the War Between the States and the Reconstruction of the South

 

Ferguson’s recent display of lawlessness is clearly a consequence of our nation’s departure from its Christian view of God’s Sovereignty, which led to the War Between the States. In fact both the War Between the States and the French Revolution were fought to eradicate God and His presiding Sovereignty over man. If we fail to realize this, we fail our progeny; for no man can fight on the right side of the war when he refuses to recognize the conflict and its intent.

 

On The Beverly Hillbillies, when Granny was asked what the Civil War was, she answered: “That was when the North invaded America.”

 

The Abolitionist Wendell Phillips was the most articulate spokesman for a revolutionary policy. He insisted that the Civil War is “primarily a social revolution…The war can only be ended by annihilating that Oligarchy which formed and rules the South and makes the war—by annihilating a state of society—The whole social system of the Gulf States must be taken to pieces.” The congressional leader of the radical Republicans, Thaddeus Stevens, was equally outspoken. We must “treat this war as radical revolution. Reconstruction must revolutionize Southern institutions, habits and manners…The foundations of their institutions…must be broken up and re-laid, or all our blood and treasure have been spent in vain.”

 

This view that the War Between the States was a religious and social revolution was internationally held. Karl Marx, who followed the war with keen interest, described it as a “world transforming…revolutionary movement.” Georges Clemenceau of France wrote of it as “one of the most radical revolutions known in history.” The pro-Confederate Times of London “described the radical Republicans of the North as the Jacobins of the second American Revolution,” meaning that they, as the radicals of the French Revolution of 1789, were radical bloodthirsty fanatics who raved the overthrow of a Christian moral order in America. Other newspapers described these radical pro-war Republicans as “the Committee of Twelve” of the days of Voltaire, the Reign of Terror and the guillotine during the French Revolution.

 

Over 300,000 people were killed by guillotine, cannon and drowning during the French Revolution. One of the leaders said, “Let us make a cemetery of France rather than not regenerate her after our manner. Everything, yes, everything must be destroyed, since everything must be remade.” (“Stoking the Fire: Celebrating the Atrocities of the French Revolution,”by William F. Jasper,The New American)

 

At this point, I should explain the French Revolution of 1789, not only as a bloody war, but as a religious movement, which finally came to America in 1861. Our War Between the States cannot be understood apart from the earlier revolution. The French Revolution of 1789 was the first war of its kind in the history of the world. Many wars had been fought in France prior to 1789, but never was there a war like this one. It was the first revolution that had as its express purpose the total overturning of Christianity and a Christian moral order.

 

Mirabeau, one of the leaders of the French Revolution, summarized the attitude of the people behind the Revolution: “We must overthrow all order, suppress all laws, annul all power, and leave the people in anarchy. We must caress their vanity, flatter the people’s hopes, promise them happiness…but as the people are a lever which legislators can move at their will, we must necessarily use them as support and render hateful to them everything we wish to destroy, and sow illusions in their paths… The clergy, being the most powerful, through public opinion, can only be destroyed by ridiculing religion.”

 

The wars of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, including the War Between the States and the World Wars I and II, are continuations and extensions of that Revolution.

 

The French Revolution, which let to the tyranny and wars of Napoleon, was inevitable once Europe embraced unbelief, and turned from the supremacy of God and the divine authority of the Bible to man and human reason as the supreme gods of the universe. Unbelief unchecked always breeds bloody revolution.

 

“The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizens” was the confession of faith of the French Revolution. It sets forth the religious and philosophical basis of the revolutionary establishment of a new antichristian order: “Kings, aristocrats, tyrants of every description are slaves in revolt against the Sovereign of the earth, which is HUMANITY, and against the Legislator of the universe, which is REASON.” To celebrate their faith in man and nature, the French revolutionaries created a statue of a prostitute and crowned her the goddess, “Reason.” They carried this harlot-goddess through the streets, and the crowds bowed in worship and submission before her as she passed.

 

Over one hundred years before the French Revolution of 1789, during the “enlightenment,” Europe began her apostasy from the Christian Faith and Worldview. She stopped believing in the sovereignty of God and began believing in the sovereignty of man and the supremacy, not of divine revelation, but of human reason.

 

As a result of its apostasy from the God of the Bible in the hearts and minds of Frenchmen, and other Europeans, the bloody French Revolution was inevitable. God says in Proverbs 8: “Those who hate Me love death!”

 

One of the most insightful critics of the French Revolution was the Dutchman, Groen Van Prinsterer (1801-1876), whose book on the revolution is entitled Unbelief and Revolution. He emphasizes the inevitability of this revolution, because the humanistic worldview of the supremacy of man and human reason of the Eighteenth Century would result in the redefinition of Western Civilization in terms of a self-consciously antichristian worldview, which always is bloody.

 

With the tree of life planted once more in the European soil by the Reformation all but dead, the ground was ready to receive the deadly seed (of humanism). Theology, political theory, literature, and education: all these were soon permeated by the new doctrine. This leaven leavened the whole lump. At the outbreak of the French Revolution, virtually all of Europe was ripe for upheaval. The eruption of a volcano is inevitable long before the mountain mass is torn asunder. The French Revolution was inevitable long before it broke out.

 

It [the Revolution] is more than just a political revolution ending in democracy…It is THE Revolution: with its baleful influence which, though tempered in its pernicious effect by the blessings of higher providence, continues even in our day to frustrate the operation of truly wholesome principles. It is THE Revolution: with its systematic application of the philosophy of unbelief; with its atrocities and destructiveness; with its self-deification and its adoration of Reason on the ruins of the ancient state.

 

As early as 1770 the king was told by the clergy: “Impiety bears a grudge against both God and men. It will not be satisfied until it has destroyed all authority, divine and human. It will plunge France into all the horrors of anarchy and give birth to the most unspeakable revolutions.”

 

What happened in 1789 had to happen. (Unbelief and Revolution byVan Prinsterer)

 

And now, let us return to the social revolution of the War Between the States. James McPherson gives his own conclusion: “The Civil War was indeed the Second American Revolution, if not, in a strict sense, the First, because the Revolution of 1776 had produced no such changes in the distribution of wealth and power among classes. The Civil War did partially overthrow the existing social and political order of the South—overthrow it, as least as much as did the English Revolution of the 1640s or the French Revolution of the 1790s.”

 

One man who lived through, what he called, the maddest, most infamous Revolution in history, was George Ticknor, born in 1791, who was a Harvard historian four years after Appomattox. He wrote that this national trauma had created “a great gulf between what happened before in our century and what has happened since…It does not seem to me as if I were living in the country in which I was born.”

 

In 1865 Richard Taylor, a Louisiana planter who returned home after four years as an officer in the Confederate Army, wrote to Samuel Barlow: “Society has been completely changed by the war. The (French) Revolution of 1789 did not produce a greater change in the Ancient Regime than has this in our social life.”

 

McPherson wrote: “The Civil War changed the United States as thoroughly as the French Revolution changed that country.”

 

Richard Weaver, who taught at the University of Chicago for two decades, is one of the most important philosophers of the Twentieth Century. Unashamedly pro-southern he also referred to the War as America’s Second Revolution, and states that “to the extent that the South has preserved social structure and avoided the creation of the masses, it has maintained the only kind of world in which values can long survive.” He explains this statement with this comment: “A society in the true sense must have exclusive minorities of the wise and good who will bear responsibility and enjoy prestige. Otherwise either it will be leaderless, or its leadership will rest on forces of darkness; for there is little difference between the tribal chieftain who wins his place by brute force and the demagogue of the mass state who wins his by appeal to mass appetite. The notion that all ideas of rank are inimical to liberty is found only among those who have not analyzed the relationship between freedom and organization. It is the process of leveling which distorts reality and leaves us with a situation that is, literally, impossible to conceive.” And yet, this leveling is exactly what the North sought to accomplish by war and reconstruction.

 

And exactly what the Ferguson protestors, both Communist and Black Nationalist, wish to accomplish through their lawlessness.

 

Weaver’s thesis is that the North’s attempt to obliterate the Southern social order, which he has just described and its institutions was a self-conscious assault on the religion of the South, because, he writes, “Religion was a bulwark of those institutions…a religious solid South preceded the political solid South, (because) reverence for the ‘Word of God’ was a highly important aspect of Southern religious orthodoxy. Belief in a revealed knowledge was the essence of religion.”But with the rise of Unitarianism in New England, and with it the growing condemnation of the older Christian orthodoxy and Calvinism, so dominant in the South, and the growing appeal of socialism, the North was condemning as error, the centuries-old faith in revealed religion which the South was striving to preserve. Conflict was inevitable.

 

In his historical survey of Southern literature, Weaver concludes: “In broad outline the victory of the Yankee was viewed by the South as a triumph of forces of materialism, equalitarianism and irreligion.” Weaver tells us that “the French Revolution (with its dedication to destroy a Christian moral and social order and to replace it with a secular one), had not come to the South by 1860.” But it came with all its fury and devastation in the War Between the States and in Reconstruction. “Southerners of the postbellum epoch were men of the Eighteenth Century, (more correctly, of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries with their Protestant Reformation), suddenly transported into the Nineteenth Century world (with its cold and life-negating humanism, rationalism, materialism, statism, and antichristianity).”

 

With Reconstruction “the old formulations were gone, and a previously well defined structure of society was giving way before the parvenu’s, whose title to place rested upon some special—and not always praiseworthy—achievement. Everything betokened the breaking up of the old synthesis in a general movement toward abstraction in human relationships. The individual was becoming a unity in the formless democratic mass; economics was usurping the right to determine both political and moral policies; and standards supposed to be unalterable were being affected by the new standards of relativism.”

 

Topping it all was the growing spirit of skepticism, which was destroying the religious sanctions of conduct and leaving only the criterion of utility. (Lectures on the South by Joe Morecraft, III, pages 1-9)

 

nchorLAWLESSNESS-The Results of Rejecting God for a Statist Society

 

The Three Purposes of the Law

 

Scripture shows that God intends His law to function in three ways… Its first function is to be a mirror reflecting to us both the perfect righteousness of God and our own sinfulness and shortcoming. As Augustine wrote, “The law bids us, as we try to fulfill its requirements, and become wearied in our weakness under it, to know how to ask the help of grace.” The law is meant to give knowledge of sin (Rom. 3:20; 4:15; 5:13; 7:7-11), and by showing us our need of pardon and our danger of damnation to lead us in repentance and faith to Christ (Gal. 3:19-24).

 

A second function, the “civil use,” is to restrain evil. Though the law cannot change the heart, it can to some extent inhibit lawlessness by its threats of judgment, especially when backed by a civil code that administers punishment for proven offenses (Deut. 13:6-11; 19:16-21; Rom. 13:3,4). Thus it secures civil order and serves to protect the righteous from the unjust.

 

Its third function is to guide the regenerate into the good works that God has planned for them (Eph. 2:10). The law tells God’s children what will please their heavenly Father. It could be called their family code. Christ was speaking of this third use of the law when He said that those who become His disciples must be taught to do all that He had commanded (Matt. 28:20), and that obedience to His commands will prove the reality of one’s love for Him (John 14:15). The Christian is free from the law as a system of salvation (Rom. 6:14; 7:4,6; 1 Cor. 9:20; Gal. 2:15-19; 3:25), but is “under the law of Christ” as a rule of life (1 Cor. 9:21; Gal. 6:2).(The Reformation Study Bible, R. C. Sproul)

 

Our Founders Understood that God Instituted Government as a Means to Protect the Righteous

 

Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man, either by the Bible, or by the bayonet. (Robert C. Winthrop)

 

We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God. (James Madison)

 

Crime was nearly non-existent during the first two centuries of America’s founding. Why? French historian, Alexis de Tocqueville, who toured America in 1831 explains: “American cities did not even need a police force, whereas in Paris the Gendarmes would run the beggars through with bayonets as they clamored to steal bread. De Tocqueville wrote of the reasons for America’s civility and blessing: ‘In the United States the influence of religion is not confined to the manners, but it extends to the intelligence of the people…Christianity, therefore, reigns without obstacle, by universal consent; the consequence is, as I have before observed, that every principle of the moral world is fixed and determinate…I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution. Not until I went in to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.’”

 

If They Will But Humble Themselves and Repent

 

As Christians, we must humble ourselves, confess our sins and the sins of our nation, and repent. This is exactly what our church did during a time of corporate fasting and repenting. All of us went down on our knees before God, confessing the depravity of our hearts, the sins of our fathers, the church, and our nation.

 

Bonhoeffer’s plea to the church before the Holocaust was Confess! Confess! Confess!He was attempting to awaken the church to its responsibility at an hour when its witness and strength was most sorely needed. He insisted that if the church stood upon Christ as the rock, “The church will not be taken from us…Come…let us return to Holy Writ, let us go forth and seek the church together…For the times, which are times of collapse to the human understanding may well be for her a great time of building…church, remain a church, Confess! Confess! Confess!” he pleaded. The date was July 23, 1933. In January of the same year, Hitler had been installed as chancellor of Germany. (When a Nation Forgets God by Erwin W. Lutzer)

 

From business owners to our librarian, from the postal man to stores’ employees, from friends and neighbors to those in our church and community, we are spreading the Word that the lawlessness in Ferguson, and around the country, is the result of the following:

 

1. Parents abandoning their responsibility to educate their own children to a socialistic Statist school system that is totally anti-God. According to David Horowitz, “There are more Marxists on the faculties of American colleges than in the entire former communist bloc.” We cannot maintain our liberty, which comes through Christ, if we continue to disobey God by sending our children to statist schools to be conformed into staunch socialists.

2. The Church replacing God’s definitive Word for a social morality. Pastors’ espousal that we are no longer under law but grace is totally antithetical to His Word as the opposite of law is not grace but lawlessness.

3. Rejecting God for a statist society, which in turn becomes god, deeming right from wrong. This is a far cry from the Colonists’ battle cry, “No king but King Jesus.”

 

We then recommend writing letters to state representatives and senators insisting that Governor Jay Nixon be held accountable for his obstruction of justice, getting involved in the community and running for office, homeschooling, holding pastors accountable to the Word, attending our conference, and reading our essential book list.

 

Furthermore, every one of Jon’s sermons since this display of treason has contained much on the law of God and the implementation of God’s Law in America.

 

To be continued!

 

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SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

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Hello! My name is Steve Haney. I am a homeschooling dad who just retired from the public school systems. Now I am teaching private violin and viola lessons at the Mozingo Music stores in Ellisville and O’Fallon. I would like to have more students, especially from the homeschooling community.

 

I have a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Music Education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. While attending SIU-E, I studied violin with Kent Perry and chamber orchestra music under the Suzuki violin specialist, John Kendall. I also received a String Award in 1979. I have played for 47 years, and I have played for the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra and several chamber orchestras and quartets. In the last 32 years, I have taught in the Parkway School District, Ferguson-Florissant School District, Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Rockwood School District, while also teaching private violin and viola lessons throughout that period of time. I retired from the public school systems in May of 2014, having 400+ students per year. I have taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. 

 

Although I have had a long career teaching in the public schools, I am a great believer in home education, and I feel a very strong connection with those in the homeschooling community. My wife is Darlene, and my 19-year-old daughter Lisa was homeschooled from 2007-2013, when she graduated through CHEF. 

 

I have a very good rapport with my students, and I believe in much positive encouragement and praise to motivate my students in my lessons. I teach from the Suzuki Violin and Viola Book series, but I also teach fiddle and gospel music. My hobbies include singing and playing gospel music by ear on the piano. 

 

If you are interested in private lessons with me, please call 636-402-8335 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text86383 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . I would also be willing to teach out of my home, which is in St. Clair, Missouri, if that would be a closer location for some of you. Thanks!

 

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NOTES FROM SUBSCRIBERS

 

I was moved by your article on Ferguson, so I forwarded it to several of my friends; some of whom may not know the Lord and many of whom do not homeschool. Yet, your well researched article demands that we prayerfully respond. If you get emails from folks you don’t know, it may be some of those who I forward to. May our lord and Savior bless you and your family. –Jerseyville, IL

 

So good to hear from you, my dear sister. We have been in prayer for your family and all the families there in Ferguson! It is so difficult to see such utter chaos and such hatred and lawlessness. Yes, when we stray from God’s Law, there is destruction! We will lift up Jon and the boys specifically as they finish up their work there in Ferguson. Trusting in God’s Hand of Protection over them and your entire household. If there is anything that we can do, please let us know. Trusting that the Lord will bring all of this to His Glory and that through all of this evil and darkness that the shining Light of His Truth will bring Victory…Keeping you in constant prayer.­–Antioch, IL

 

Thank you so much for the exposure you and Jon wrote about what is happening in Ferguson. I am passing it on to many. You are a wonderful family!!! With all that is going on in your life, you took the time to write that and share the truth!! Thank you again so much! Much love.–Bridgeton, MO

 

We have been keeping you in our prayers, knowing that the situation in Ferguson is pretty serious. We are looking forward to coming to the Christmas Ball and seeing you. We so enjoy the fellowship! Just wanted to check and see if any plans have changed because of the Ferguson situation. Such difficult situations and trying circumstances. May the Truth shine through in the darkness. –Brunswick, MO

 

We are so sorry to hear of the cancellations and sorry you are faced with such difficult decisions. We will continue to keep all in our prayers and pray for safety.Brunswick, MO

 

I’m very sorry you have to endure this. Thank God you providentially have a place to be away from Ferguson. We are praying for you all and the condition of our nation. I pray God shows himself sovereign in this to those that haven’t trusted Him. I hope you are safe. –Columbia, MO

 

Praise God for justice for Officer Wilson and his family!! We love you and pray that the Holy Spirit will silence the demonic hordes in Ferguson. Be safe, be blessed, and be assured that God is present. We love you. –Handong, South Korea

 

“When you are the neediest, He is the most sufficient. When you are completely helpless, He is the most helpful. When you feel totally dependent, He is absolutely dependable. When you are the weakest, He is the most able. When you are the most alone, He is intimately present. When you feel you are the least, He is the greatest. When you feel the most useless, He is preparing you. When it is the darkest, He is the only Light you need. When you feel the least secure, He is your rock and Fortress. When you are the most humble, He is most gracious.” This verse reminds me of you. It seems that through it all, you keep going. Isn’t it comforting to know that He will take over when we need Him most? He truly can. May God bless you and your family. –Chesterfield, MO

 

I want you to know how much I appreciate your love to us. We can’t begin to thank you for the many hours you put in to helping homeschoolers. Thank you for sharing your ideas and thoughts of encouragement. I have been praying for you, and from the newsletter, you’ve gone through a lot. Thank God He is faithful. –St. Louis, MO

 

I realize that you may not get this if you are at the farm.We have been praying for you all. –Edwardsville, IL

 

Praying for you. We would love to have your address to send cards/letters, etc. Take care.St. Charles, MO

 

I know there’s been a lot of pain and heartache recently for many of our families. I just want to encourage you that many of us are praying for each other and for you. I know you are reaching out in support, and God will give you grace, strength and words of comfort. “I cried out to God and He gave ear to me.” Psalm 77:1 May you know His listening ear and heart as you cry out to Him, as we all do. He is a marvelous Father. –St. Louis, MO

 

I just finished your newsletter and had to write you. If there’s anything we can do for you guys…Please don’t hesitate to call on us. Miss you.Ferguson, MO

 

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NEW HOMESCHOOLERS WORKSHOP, Part IV

 

A Great Reformation

 

Rosalie SlatersaidAmerican Christian education was the foundation of our nation’s great growth, progress, and success…The colonists brought with them a tradition of biblical scholarship and the fruition of the Reformation…the Scriptures in English. And with their Bibles they brought a determination to continue the individual study and practice of the Christian verities contained therein. (America’s Providential History by Stephen McDowell)

 

Like our Hebrew forefathers, our Colonial Forefathers possessed a multi-generational eternal vision that expressed itself throughout the 1600s and 1700s when most children in American were home educated. This adherence to God’s Word produced a remarkably literate godly nation. In fact at that time, 99% of Colonial America’s population were literate.

 

Why did parents teach their children to read? So that they were able to read God’s Word!

 

The Purpose of Education

 

For all Noah Webster accomplished in his lifetime, his most profound thoughts emanate from his biblical presuppositions of the importance of biblical scholarship, which he believed not only began in the home, but also was best fostered there. The founding father of America’s Christian Scholarship said, All government originates in families, and if neglected there, it will hardly exist in society…The foundation of all free government and of all social order must be laid in families and in the discipline of youth…the Education of youth, an employment of more consequence than making laws and preaching the gospel, because if lays the foundation of which both law and gospel rest for success…

 

Every year I tell nursing mothers that the convention center has lovely sofas and chairs in every nook and cranny for them to sit and relax and nurse their babies. This year, one of our speakers asked if there was a comfortable place for her to sit to go over her workshop. I said the same thing to her that I tell our mothers, only I told her I would take her to one of those comfortable seating arrangements. I went down one hallway, and there were no chairs or sofas. I went down another hallway, and there were no chairs or sofas. So I asked the convention center what happened to the furniture. Their answer was very revealing. They actually removed their furniture for a youth event that preceded ours because the last time that group held an event at this venue, the young people destroyed the furniture.

 

Everywhere we go we see children who have no reverence for their parents and no regard for authority at all because government is no longer laid in families. Therefore no law and no amount of preaching are going to return our culture to a civility it once possessed until parents return to their duty to disciple their own children.

 

Home–First Sphere of Government

 

Home is the first sphere of government where parents lay the foundation for self-government, family government, church government, and civil government. How? By teaching His law to their children. This is clearly stated in Deuteronomy 6:1-9: “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly…You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

 

This verse clearly commands parents to disciple their children throughout the day and night. Our forefathers were faithful to this command. And in fact our founders quoted from the book of Deuteronomy more than any other book of the Bible because their parents had been faithful to teach them God’s Law.

 

So then it is our duty to teach God’s Law, which is God’s tool for taking dominion.

 

Noah Webster defines education as thus: Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations.

 

In other words, we are to teach our children to think God’s thoughts after Him and apply His Word to every area of life. We are to train them to be obedient to His Word, to form righteous manners and habits that will fit them for usefulness in taking dominion of this earth for His glory.

 

Puritan Fathers

 

Our Puritan fathers’ faithfulness to this commandment led to the first Christian Republic in history. But then, by and large, America’s fathers abandoned their role to the State. Subsequently, churches, totally missing the point, abetted the enemy by leaving dead dogs lay while humanists educated their members’ children. Pastors and their staff went so far as to commend mothers who worked outside the home and then followed the school’s direction by dividing the family into age-segregated groups, creating an entirely new segment of society called YOUTH, which had never existed from the beginning of time. They also delegated transformation of our culture to individuals when God clearly commanded families to do the job.

 

Recently a woman from our church excitedly expressed her joy to us because of the continual emphasis Jon and I place on families as God’s strategy for transforming culture. She then went on to let us know that she finally realized why her former church was so unsuccessful in their outreach to the community. Apparently, although they genuinely sought to reach the lost, they had not followed God’s strategy for taking dominion of the culture through strengthening their own families, but instead placed their trust in church programs, which in turn continually segregated and weakened their own families, until every one of them lost their own children, and in some cases, their spouses, in the process.

 

If we want to be blessed by God, we must do everything God’s way!

 

Another Great Reformation

 

Over thirty years ago, God began another Reformation when parents fled the Greek institutions of humanism to disciple their children as God commanded to prepare a people for the Lord. But where is the homeschooling community today? Some homeschoolers left Greece, but they failed to leave their gods behind, and so are recreating the same humanistic institutions in the name of Christian homeschooling. Only Christian homeschooling by its very definition requires compliance to Christ’s model, which is clearly parental discipleship at home. It is not learning from others at some learning center, even if it is at a church. We must remember that Jerusalem was destroyed because parents, fathers in particular, abdicated their duty to disciple their own children.

 

Spurgeon says it is not so much knowing right from wrong but knowing right from almost right. Learning from others away from home is not discipleship even if you call it Christian homeschooling.

 

As stated earlier, we have been homeschooling for 34 years. In those early years, when a family suggested beginning a few corporate classes, every one of our parents emphatically rejected that idea because they understood the importance of their biblical duty to disciple their own children. Consequently they wanted absolutely nothing to do with that pagan notion. But by and large what happened? The same thing that happens each time God’s people become comfortable. Families began longing to be like the world once again, all in the name of Christianity, of course. So the enemy’s strategy changed from working from without to working from within by tempting parents to become like the public school in herding children into classes.

 

So where are we today? For the most part, there is little difference between homeschooling children who attend learning center classes and those who attend public school. I can point them out in a crowd. I can tell you exactly what children are going to classes at learning centers and youth groups at their churches and those who are being discipled by their parents as God commanded.

 

I have the benefit of being in the homeschooling community for the past 34 years, which is a blessing because I can see the results of God’s promises of blessing from following His Word and curses from following man’s reasoning, which he deems better than God’s.

 

Christian education by its very definition requires compliance to Christ’s model of instruction, which is parental discipleship.

 

The Question Remains-Will We beFaithful or Apostate to the Divine Covenant?

 

Presently we are facing the fiercest battle ever fought over the hearts and minds of our homeschooling families, as enemies to God tempt our families to abdicate their duty of discipling their own children. One state organization after the next is succumbing to the world. It is an incredible degeneration from the character of homeschooling 30 years ago to the point that some state organizations that had been run by Christians are now being run by atheists, wiccans, feminists, and deviant religious groups who shun godly speakers, or worse yet, ask them to return but with a compromised message. Other organizations go so far as to place a cross by the few Christian speakers they have so that their attendees are forewarned, that none will be offended by their scriptural messages. In truth these leaders offend God to placate the wicked.

 

Homeschooling is in a world of hurt, all because we moved the ancient boundary to fit the flesh’s desire. It is very important that you understand this so that you stay on the right path because I guarantee that a host of people will try to waylay your course on the straight and narrow path.

 

So will history testify of our faithfulness to the divine covenant of discipleship, or will it bear witness of an apostate people? The question remains to be answered. Will we choose Jesus the Son of the Father, or will we, like the Hebrew fathers before us, cry out, “Give us Barabbas. Crucify Jesus! His blood shall be on us and our children”? And so it was in the horrific destruction of Jerusalem.

 

As home shapes the destiny of nations, we must ask ourselves, “Where will ours be in 25 more years?” It does not look good, but in your programs this year, we placed a verse that gives us hope. For God says in Isaiah 65:23 that “they will not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they are the offspring of those blessed by the LORD, and their descendants with them.”

 

When considering the vast importance of our divine role, we must remember above all else that our children are eternal creatures who will live forever with God or forever apart from Him. With this in mind, carefully examine your lives. Are you raising your children for God’s throne room or for the world’s playroom? Are you preparing them for their noble station in the King’s court, or are you bending their necks toward the world, and ultimately hell?

 

Sadly, many mothers are so anxious about their children’s society that they neglect the weightier matters of eternity. As eternal creatures, our lives ultimately lay the foundation for future generations. When we realize that the family is a divine institution for the preparation of eternity, our mission becomes of the greatest import—for our lives are living epistles, which offer others either a foretaste of heaven or of hell.

 

Admittedly, since most of us were not discipled according to God’s Word, it becomes imperative for us to enlighten our own understanding so that we are proficient to nurture the spiritual and intellectual acumen of our own children.

 

Luke 6:39 “...a blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit?” Matthew 28:19,20 “…make disciples…teaching them to observe all that I commanded…” Genesis 18:19 “For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD…”

 

How can we teach our children to keep the way of the Lord when we are so biblically illiterate ourselves? Homeschooling is our second chance to get it right! For most of us, our own education was completely antithetical to truth, yet God in His mercy uses discipleship to teach us as well. It is accurate to say then that homeschooling begins first in parents’ own hearts and minds.

 

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FAMILY TRAVELS

 

New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Since Parakeet Pete just landed in New Orleans, I thought it would be appropriate to share some information on the area. However, from the get go, you must know that New Orleans is not representative of the Bible Belt, not even close. The enormity of the multiethnic, multiracial influx of immigrants into New Orleans so deeply impacted that city that Louisiana became America’s cultural exception. In fact, Louisiana consciously dissented from the Bible Belt because its diverse religious backgrounds ran contrary to the rest of America’s Christian foundation. This is extremely significant for us today because of the flood of immigrants that continue to pour into our country from pagan backgrounds hostile to Christianity.

 

Considered the most unique city in America, in my opinion, reveals how vastly different it is from our nation’s Christian roots. So even though I do not consider New Orleans a family destination, I do believe it is important to study its eclectic, sometimes fascinating history, but ultimately corrupt foundation, and the cultural ramifications that followed.

 

Fruit reflects roots, and in this case, the area’s blatant paganism, and more particularly, its black magic predominance stems from its Spanish, French, and Afro-Caribbean roots. The online encyclopedia says New Orleans also notably has a distinctive variety of Louisiana Voodoo, due in part to syncretism with African and Afro-Caribbean Roman Catholic beliefs. The fame of the voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau contributed to this, as did New Orleans’ distinctly Caribbean cultural influences.

 

But I am getting ahead of myself because I did not fully understand the extent of its perversion until we took our family there nearly fourteen years ago. It began when Jon’s nieces and nephews asked Jon to baptize their children. They lived in Florida, so we naturally planned a historical trip on the way to our destination. From Baton Rouge we entered Plantation Alley, which took us past sugar cane fields and 250-year-old live oaks to visit the antebellum river mansions and plantations along a hundred mile stretch of the Mississippi to New Orleans.

 

I only planned to stay a day in New Orleans, just long enough to show the children some of the places my parents loved. After all my children frequently had dinner on my parent’s wrought iron furniture and sat on my child size antique chair that came from New Orleans. Yet I was under no delusion that this was a place for our family to stay for the night. I knew of their lewd Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday celebration, the notorious Bourbon Street nightlife, and their high crime rate. As a matter of fact, when I went to get our AAA Trip Tik, our family’s travel agent, who charted my parents’ trips for years, drew red lines on the map of New Orleans to show me the few streets on which my family could travel, followed by the exhortation to leave before dark. Not one to disregard superior expertise in unfamiliar matters, I heeded his kind consideration.

 

Really, there were only a few things I wanted my children to experience, and it was only because it was on the way that we were even stopping. And as time would have it, the few hours we ended up spending in New Orleans turned out to be enough. Jon and I could not wait to leave the area because the spiritual oppression and demonic activity that surrounded us on the safe streets we entered was more than we could handle. But it was not until years later that I more fully realized the significance of our great uneasiness.

 

That revelation occurred several years later at a very famous preacher’s conference where Jon and I spoke on homeschooling. At a special luncheon after our session, we sat and listened to the pastor speak on his experience as a preacher in New Orleans. During one of this pastor’s evening messages, a priest from one of New Orleans’ black magic churches began antagonizing him. To quell the spiritual battle that was raging before his eyes, the Christian pastor stopped preaching to his sparse audience, pointed his finger straight at the demonized mocker and said that his God was greater than the god that possessed him. He then followed with a string of scriptures, which expelled the evil spirit right out of the church.

 

That there were actually churches that worshipped Satan surprised my Midwestern roots until I reflected upon our visit to New Orleans, which left no doubt in my mind that there are far more Satanic worshippers in that city than I realized. After all, palm readings and tarot cards are common activities in the heart of the French Quarter at Jackson Square. So years later when I read that New Orleans was voted the dirtiest city in America, I realized that this implied far more than grime, as dirt and immorality were by-products of rejecting God and His law.

 

New Orleans History

 

Besides the horrific aspects of New Orleans such as Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street, and voodoo, the city is also legendary for its French and Spanish architecture, fascinating history, and sumptuous food.

 

Named after the Duke of Orleans, the French established New Orleans in 1718 as the administrative center of their vast empire, which extended from the Appalachian range and Florida to New Spain in the West, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Illinois River. Attempting to manage this expansive French Territory, it was their attempt to control fur trading on the Mississippi, to defend French sovereignty in North America against the growing threat posed by the British colonies, to block the Anglo-American expansion to the West, and to increase their territory’s export trade.

 

Since colonization was widely regarded as unimportant to France, except for the agricultural settlements that extended south of New Orleans to Natchez, Mississippi, France’s presence was maintained primarily by alliances with Native American tribes who supplied them with furs and garrisoned trading posts through the Indian nations who were often hostile to all white men. Because of its predominant interest in dominance within Europe, France was not very interested in the colonization of North America like the British. Thus, New Orleans was established for commercial, political, and military reasons.

 

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River just 105 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans became an important port for transporting military equipment and supplies up the Mississippi River during the War for Independence. In 1763 the territory was ceded to Spain and then reverted back to French control in 1801 and remained with them until 1803 when Napoleon sold it to America in the Louisiana Purchase.

 

In the War of 1812, with the help of local militia, US army troops, Kentucky riflemen, and privateers recruited through Jean Lafitte, Andrew Jackson defeated the British troops sent to capture this important port and gateway to the interior of our country.

 

New Orleans became an important port for Spanish ships to transport French goods such as hides, timber, pitch, tar, turpentine, rice, and tobacco to Cuba, Santo Domingo, and Mexico. Serving as a major port for exporting goods from the interior and importing goods all along the Mississippi River, New Orleans had a good many warehouses that housed all these commodities, such as the one owned by Jean Lafitte. Filled with flatboats, sailing ships, and steamboats, this port was a beehive of activity and monetary transactions, making New Orleans the wealthiest city in America by 1840.

 

Today New Orleans remains one of the largest ports in the world. In bulk tonnage, it is also the world’s busiest port. It is home to major petroleum and natural gas pipelines and refineries owned by Exxon, Shell, Chevron, BP, and Texaco, making it extremely important to the functioning of our country.

 

Oddly enough, every time I say New Orleans, I think of the song I learned in one of my French classes many years ago. It goes like this:

 

Mes amis, que reste-t-il;

À ce Dauphin si gentil?

Orléans, Beaugency,

Notre Dame de Cléry,

Vendôme, Vendôme!

 

The song is about the Dauphin prince, Charles VII. Upon his father’s death in 1422, he inherited the kingdom of France, which at that time, only included the towns of Orléans, Beaugency, Notre Dame de Cléry, and Vendôme. The English and their allies occupied the rest of the kingdom. Thus the translation:

 

My friends, what’s left;

For a Dauphin prince who is so nice?

Orléans, Beaugency,

Notre Dame de Cléry,

Vendôme, Vendôme!

 

Plantation Alley, Louisiana

 

Also known as Louisiana’s Great River Road, Plantation Alley is a 100-mile historical stretch from Baton Rouge to New Orleans featuring 30 antebellum mansions on the bluffs of the Mississippi River in the heart of sugar cane fields and pecan groves.

 

Although Oak Alley is highly publicized for the 28 majestic oak trees that line the entrance, each planted to correspond to the 28 Doric columns that surround the house, our particular favorite is Nottoway Plantation. An astounding 64 rooms covering over 53,000 square feet depict the multigenerational vision of the South’s families—in particular, John Hampden Randolph, who constructed this home to accommodate his eleven children. Five of the seven Randolph girls married in their 65-foot Grand White Ballroom.

 

Intricate lacy plaster frieze work, hand-painted Dresden porcelain doorknobs, hand-carved marble mantels, and 22 massive cypress columns make this Italianate and Greek Revival style plantation the largest and finest in the South. Thankfully, a Northern gunboat officer, who had been a former guest of the Randolph’s, spared Nottoway during the War Between the States. http://betweennapsontheporch.net/tour-nottoway-plantation-in-white-castle-louisiana/

 

New Orleans-The Court of Two Sisters

 

The Court of Two Sisters will always hold a special place in my heart because my parents loved this restaurant’s romantic courtyard so much that my father built a smaller version of it for my mother, complete with the same wrought iron patio furniture, gaslights, and fountain.

 

Located in the French Quarter at 613 Rue Royale, The Court of Two Sisters was named after the prior occupants, Emma and Bertha Camors. Voted Best of the South in 2013, this restaurant is most notably recognized for their daily Jazz Brunches and delectable fare. Creole jambalaya, turtle soup, shrimp etouffee, Ceviche, crawfish Louise, Cajun dishes, shrimp Creole, Southern pecan pie, and bread pudding with whisky sauce all reflect the area’s natural resources along with its French and Cajun roots. Now just a delightful memory, this unusual, enchanting place inspired my love affair with outdoor courtyards, shrimp Creole, and bread pudding.

 

The lovely three-story building sits on “Governor’s Row,” the 600 block of Royal Street that was once home to five governors, two state Supreme Court justices, a future justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and a future President of the United States. 613’s own resident was Sieur Etienne de Perier, the royal governor of colonial Louisiana between 1726 and 1733. Such a famous block lent itself to rumors, and it’s said that the outrageous Marquis de Vaudreuil—the colonial governor who turned New Orleans from marshland into a “petit Paris”—also once lived here.

 

Emma and Bertha belonged to a proud, aristocratic Creole family; their “rabais,” or notions, outfitted many of New Orleans’ high society women in formal gowns, lace, and perfumes imported from Paris. With a larger courtyard than its neighbors, the residence lent itself to visitors, and the sisters’ shop received many. Marriage, reversals of fortune, widowhood—nothing could separate the two sisters. Indeed, as the Picayunewas to report, the sisters died within two months of each other in the winter of 1944. They lie side by side at St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, united in death as in life.

 

New Orleans is a destination for food, history and music. The Court of Two Sisters offers an authentic blend of all.Guests from all over compliment us on the quality of all our food...from the hot and cold buffets to our gourmet Creole dinners. Our picturesque old-world courtyard with original gaslights and flowing fountains and our three differently styled dining rooms add to the unique history of our French Quarter building. We are proud to be the only historic restaurant in New Orleans to offer a strolling trio playing real New Orleans jazz 7 days a week during our world-famous Daily Jazz Brunch. My brother and I are committed to maintaining the reputation of the Court of Two Sisters as one of New Orleans’ premier restaurants.

www.courtoftwosisters.com/our-history.html

 

New Orleans-Café Du Monde

 

Established in 1862, Café Du Monde is the original coffee stand in the French Market. Famous for their delectable beignets (a French style doughnut dusted with powdered sugar) and café au lait (a French coffee drink meaning coffee with milk), this is the destination of choice for most residents and tourists for a late night treat. The French colonists brought coffee with them when they came to settle along the Mississippi along with the recipe for beignets, a deep fried choux pastry made from butter, eggs, flour and water. The water takes the place of yeast. When heated, the water forms steam and makes the pastry puff.

 

During the Civil War, coffee was scarce, so chicory was roasted, ground, and then added to dark roasted coffee beans. It turned out that the chicory actually softened the bitterness of dark roasted coffee beans and added the slightest hint of chocolate flavoring, so they continue to use it in their coffee today.

 

If you have never experienced the delectable sweetness of beignets, I highly recommend that you create some of these delightful treats for your family. They are the perfect addition to a mug of rich hot chocolate. Yummy! What a perfect breakfast to start off this year.

http://cafedumonde.com/

 

New Orleans-Jackson Square

 

A beautiful garden in the heart of the French Quarter, Jackson Square’s wrought iron fencing, benches, and walkways through Parisian-style landscaping embodies the renowned Place des Vosges in Paris, France for which it was designed—the oldest and finest planned square in Paris. And like Paris, this was the gathering place for famous painters of their time.

 

In honor of Andrew Jackson and his part in securing New Orleans from British invasion in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, the city erected a fine equestrian statue of Jackson that stands in front of the St. Louis Cathedral. The old city hall, now a museum, is where the last version of the Louisiana Purchase was signed. The flagpole appropriately representsthe history of the square’s ownership from Spain to France to America.

 

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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!

 

-Picked up rough-hewn oak for our barn doors. After construction, we realized that each door would weigh around 1,000 pounds each. Obviously more than Sonia and I wish to push open each morning, we decided to consider replacing cross pieces with pine, cutting down the size of each door from 12x8 to 11x7, and installing hardware that can help us navigate such immense openings.

-To fight parasites more naturally, we gave our cows their first dose of Basic H soap mixed in their drinking water. Joel Salatin says that his cows have not exhibited a case of pink eye since he began this regime several decades ago. It is to be repeated every two months.

-The boys continue to arrange all their tools and equipment in our shed, as more shelving and pegboard are installed.

-Had a semi-truck load of compost delivered for mixing with the soil for the 37 fruit and nut trees we ordered from Stark Bros. It was nighttime when he arrived. Sadly the semi became lodged in mud, which took five hours to dislodge. Not an easy task I can tell you! The children and I had been target practicing at a friend’s farm over an hour away. On the way home, we received a call from Jon urging us to come along as quickly as possible as he had spent hours attempting to pull the semi out with our Bobcat. The thing is tough, but not that tough. It took our four-wheel drive truck and the Bobcat to drag it out.

-We have spent a week burning all the trees, brush, and debris from around our chicken house and vegetable garden area. After we cleared up those piles, Josiah took the Bobcat and drug out a large amount of debris from blow downs on the hill just in front of the chicken house while I carried out what was left behind. This will be planted with grasses and bushes.

-I have spent a considerable amount of time planning out our vegetable garden and other landscaping projects. Questions such as “Where should we place the permanent unsightly asparagus bed, and where will the strawberry patch get the most sun, and is rhubarb poisonous to cows or chickens?” all raise important issues that must be addressed. An inventory of all the flowers I want to transplant from our city home to the farm top the list, along with all the seeds I need to order for 2015. To help organize the mass of information in need, I have the farm divided up into areas titled Entrance, Along Drive, Barn Gate, Wooden Fence, Arbor, Hillside, Chanticleer House all the way to water lilies for the pond and flowers for our ceramic planters. In my Vegetable Garden document, I listed the fruits (rhubarb, raspberries, strawberries…), vegetables (asparagus, horseradish…) and herbs (chives, oregano…) under Permanent Beds. All the vegetables we want to grow for the main area, including new additions like Crowder peas, leeks, kohlrabi, maiche, and new varieties of old favorites such as Tuscan kale, Nelson carrots, Sylvetta arugula, and Indivia Bianca Riccia da Taglio, are catalogued with specific varieties simply under Garden. My planting schedule begins with sowing seeds in my hotbed and cold hardy lettuce on the first day the soil can be worked. It proceeds to March 17th for planting potatoes, to spring seedlings for broccoli, cauliflower, onions, and peas. From there I have a note to transplant Josiah’s raspberries from his city patch—18 inches apart in rows four feet apart—with a note to construct a more suitable staking system for more efficient picking. The directory continues with a list of vegetables to plant in April, May for a summer harvest and then in July and August for the fall/winter harvest, with notes on how to store cabbages, carrots, Brussels sprouts and such for winter eating. Some time in the future, I hope to have the boys build a cellar to contain our winter forage. Although I have always had organic flower and vegetable gardens, something I come by honestly from both my father and grandfather, I have never had space on this scale in which to fill and with the knowledge that it takes to feed several growing families. So I spend hours reading books and taking notes from books like Rodale’s How to Grow Vegetables and Fruits by the Organic Method. It has been invigorating to learn such a massive amount of new information, but more importantly to understand the importance of creating a lifeline to my progeny.

-While Sonia operated the Bobcat for pulling trees out of the little patch of woods that bordered our farm’s entrance, I was busy pulling all the large limbs in the trailer. After filling our 18’ trailer we took it and formed a new burn pile in our barn lot. Although it was dark, our eyes had become accustomed to the lack of light and thus commenced on a walk through our alfalfa field. When we finally headed home in our truck, we noticed a strong odor coming from the back seat and turned to see our Doberman salivating all over the back seat. Apparently Hunter had become a little too chummy with a resident skunk who had promptly sprayed him in the face. Poor boy, and poor Jedidiah who spent hours repeatedly bathing him in tomato juice, lemon juice, vinegar, and Dawn dish detergent. Jedidiah thinks that Hunter probably won’t mess with a skunk again, but I wouldn’t count on it. The scripture that foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child clearly applies to puppies as well. Since we think the skunk lives under the old farmhouse, this fiasco will likely reoccur.

-We ordered two bee colonies for next spring and will soon order our Langstroth hives, and other equipment, from Mann Lake. For years our family had purchased raw honey in five gallon buckets from a local apiary, so this will be a great savings, along with the extra benefit of pollination for our orchard, vegetable garden, and other crops.

 

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THE JOY OF COUNTRY LIVING

 

On the way through town, as Sonia and I were running errands before heading to Ferguson, Jon called to tell us to stay on the farm because the protesting in Ferguson had escalated once again to loud ranting and raving just yards from home. Ironically, while all hell was breaking loose in Ferguson, Sonia and I were witnessing the working out of a generational community of farmers, town dwellers, and shop keepers who knew, respected, and even liked one another—an affinity that was quite apparent.

 

From those gathered at the counter at the hardware store laughing and cutting up, to those chatting at the post office, to the groups stopped on the street with their heads together laughing over occurrences they all thought funny, to the people in every aisle at the grocery store who stopped to chat, to the men standing outside the body shop noticeably enjoying each other’s company, all pointed to a kinship shared by those who grew up together and who worked together to build this farming community.

 

Yet for all that we witnessed, nothing attributed more clearly to the success of this community as did our last stop that afternoon, which brought us to a fifth generation farm of over 1,000 acres. After turning off the main road that led us to this farm and traveling a long driveway between open fields of cattle and sheep, we pulled up to three generations of family, all laughing, talking, and playing with the two newest grandbabies right outside their butcher shop.

 

Totally oblivious to the lawlessness transpiring in our old neighborhood, this family had recently finished a meal together at the daughter’s house that stood just steps away from her parents’ home where she, her father and grandfather were born. From all appearances it had been a rewarding rest after working together that day on their farm, harvesting their vegetables, butchering their meat, and tending to the countless other responsibilities that were passed on with the farm—all while their dogs and their cats and their chickens ambled happily around them as their cattle and sheep grazed peacefully on the hills beyond.

 

It was a welcomed sight and a fitting scene for the antithesis that existed between those who rejected God and His design for family, community, and nation, with the chaos and destruction that ensued, and those who embraced God and His commandments to be fruitful and take dominion through family and who in turn were reaping His covenantal blessings to a thousand generations, one generation at a time. Yes, this was now my town, my community, and my dream come true!

 

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FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE

 

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A New Year, A New You

Ancient Paths Newsletter January 2015

Contact: Renee Yeo @ 847-602-2792

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“Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well…” James 5:14-16

 

The information herein is given by faith in God as our great Physician, and by this faith we believe that according to His Word, “Thy fruit shall be for food and thy leaves for thy medicine.” Ezekiel 47:12. Therefore, there is no propriety intended herein, but rather let this serve as an expression of our faith and gift to the Body of Christ.

 

A New Start

 

Another new year! This is a time where we reflect on the year behind us and as Paul exhorts us, “to press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

 

It all sounds great, right? But often, we find ourselves at the end of the year realizing that those honorable goals we set forth to accomplish have been missed, again. Maybe this is why the verse from Lamentations 3:23 is one of my “smart phone favorites”:

 

“Great is his faithfulness, His mercies begin afresh each morning…they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness…”

 

Our bodies – new every morning

 

We are infinitely and wonderfully made! The “work” that goes on in a single cell is like a factory unto itself. Did you ever wonder what goes on in a single cell? For a look into this marvelous and yet complex work of our Creator, watch this short 3-minute video:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJyUtbn0O5Y&index=20&list=PLl6nWQ1PZXBein_a_8KwMGOm7eiNdTiDw

 

This is the life of one cell – but we have trillions of cells in our body! Imagine the work that is going on every minute of every day! In God’s Grace He has given us new life every day, and it can be seen in the tiniest microcosm of a cell!

 

What we do today matters

 

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions for our health every year. I think that is great, and there is much wisdom in making good, attainable health goals. Whether you have made these goals or have decided to forego the “New Year Resolution” bandwagon, may I suggest that we look less at what we want for the year and more on what we need for each day? If you get in the daily habit of asking yourself these simple questions each day/each meal, you will find yourself changing your health habits for good:

 

1)    Is what I am eating bringing life to my body?

2)    Is what I am drinking helping my body cleanse itself?

3)    Are my food choices in line with what God intended for me?

 

Simple, right? But, not always easy!

 

Some practical steps

 

Science shows that most of our cells (not all) are dying off and replicating new cells, some in as little as a few days. The sum total of this cellular regeneration has been stated to be approximately 7 years. That means we are newly “regenerated” at a cellular level every 7 years. Maybe our New Year’s Resolutions should be every 7 years instead of every year!

 

The truth is, we determine how our bodies regenerate. Are the choices we make now going to bring us healthy cells 7 years from now? Here are some practical steps you can make today to help you get on your way:

 

1)    Drink 24 oz. of pure, clean water before you start your day. I like to bring a bottle of water to bed with me the night before so it is right at my bedside when I wake up. I use a glass bottle so I can add a drop or two of lemon essential oil, as that is a great detoxifier and helps combat any acidity.

2)    Drink enough water. A good start is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you will want to drink at least 75 ounces of water each day. I fill up a jug of water with my allotted ounces, and I make sure to finish that before the day’s end. Yes, I put essential oils in that too – usually grapefruit or Citrus Fresh.

3)    Extend your cleanse. Every day our bodies go through a cleansing time. From the last meal of the day (dinner) until your next meal (breakfast), our bodies have at least 12 hours to cleanse. If you aren’t giving your body 12 hours – that would be a good start. Or, if you are able to extend your cleanse – try giving your body a little more cleanse time. For me, I give my body 18 hours of cleanse time. That means a lot of cleansing liquids in the morning for me. Besides my water – I am also drinking my Ningxia Red (2 oz.). With the amount of water I drink – I have not been hungry during my cleanse time.

4)    Be picky – choose foods that give life. If it has an ingredient list, it probably isn’t life giving. Fill your meals with foods that God gave us first – proteins, vegetables and healthy fats.

 

If you get in the habit of simple daily choices, you will be amazed at your “new you” this time next year!

 

Recipe to get you started

 

Here is a yummy beverage recipe (inspired by THM) that you can make every day and use during your “cleanse” time:

 

In a 1 quart jar – fill with ice first, then water

Add 1-2 Tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar

Add 1 tsp of Ginger power (I use 1 or 2 drops of Ginger essential oil)

Add Stevia (to taste) – I like two droppers

Add 2 oz. of **Ningxia Red

*You can add other yummy things too: berries, lemon essential oil, lime essential oil or vanilla. Endless possibilities. Have fun!

 

**Ningxia Red is a super antioxidant functional beverage available exclusively from Young Living. See your YL rep for more details or contact me for information.

 

Benefits:

Ginger – Dulls the appetite, heats up our thermogenic temperature (metabolism), is a digestive aid, and improves absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. It is an immune stimulant (along with apple cider vinegar), and it is at the top of the list with anti-inflammatory supplements!

 

Apple cider vinegar– Abundant in potassium, which is imperative for growth and building muscles, the transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity and preventing brittle teeth and hair loss. It encourages weight loss by breaking down fats to be used instead of stored in your adipose tissue (amen!). It is loaded with acetic acid, which slows the digestion of starch and lowers the rise in glucose levels that occur post mealtime. It is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial due to its high levels of malic acid. It is super alkalinizing though being rich in ash. It lowers bad cholesterol and helps regulate blood pressure. It is a powerful detox tool and improves bowel function. It clarifies the skin and has been shown to be effective in killing cancer cells or slowing their growth.

 

Benefits courtesy of http://www.theencouraginghome.com/2013/05/28/good-girl-moon-shine-refreshing-trim-healthy-mama-drink/

 

God’s richest blessings to you this year!

 

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THE DISMANTLING OF AMERICA

 

If you have not already, please make certain that you read November’s article entitled Al Mohler Calls for Public School Exodus, Sort Of.It is a great article to send to other Christians who have their children in public school. We cannot continue to graduate millions of socialists each year and expect to preserve our liberty. We must be proactive in discipling our brothers to disciple their children in the manner God commanded, or we will be utterly destroyed like Jerusalem in 70 AD.

 

WAKE UP AMERICA (Sadly, we do not know who sent this poem, but we thank them because it clearly defines America’s stupor, the present administration’s insidious plan to destroy America, and the huge burden taxpayers shoulder from the invasion of illegal aliens. Deuteronomy 28:15, 29, 33, 43 certainly identifies the root of our problem and the consequences. “But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and over take you…You shall be robbed continually [taxpayers work six months of each year to pay all the many taxes required to a government that gleefully takes care of those who refuse to work in exchange for election votes]. A nation that you have not known shall eat up the fruit of your ground and of all your labors, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually, so that you are driven mad by the sights that your eyes see. The sojourner who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower…He shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.”)

 

I come for visit, get treated regal,

So I stay, who care I illegal?

 

I cross border, poor and broke,

Take bus, see employment folk.

Nice man treat me good in there,

Say I need to see welfare.

 

Welfare say, “You come no more,

We send cash right to your door.

Welfare checks, they make you wealthy,

Medicaid it keep you healthy!”

 

By and by, I got plenty money,

Thanks to you, American dummy.

Write to friends in motherland,

Tell them come as fast as you can.

 

They come in rags and Chebby trucks,

I buy big house with welfare bucks.

They come here, we live together,

More welfare checks it gets better!

 

Fourteen families they moving in,

But neighbor’s patience wearing thin.

Finally, white guy moves away,

Now I buy his house, and then I say,

 

Find more aliens for house to rent.

And in the yard I put a tent.

Send for family (they just trash),

But they, too, draw the welfare cash!

 

Everything is mucho good,

And soon we own the neighborhood.

We have hobby—it’s called breeding,

Welfare pay for baby feeding.

 

Kids need dentist? Wife need pills?

We get Free! We got no bills!

American crazy! He pay all years,

To keep welfare running here.

 

We think America darn good place!

Too darn good for the white man race.

If they no like us, they can go,

Got lots of room in Mexico.nchor