Month: May 2017

Mormon Conference, Spring 2017

Memorial Day weekend, 2017, was historic -the very first Mormon Right conference took place. With about a dozen adults as well as a bushel of kids in attendance the weekend was filled with lots of fun and fellowship.

We kicked things off with a pool party and followed that up by going out to dinner for pizza.

The next day we met up at our conference room and listened to three talks given on the Alt Right and the Gospel, Postmodernism and Cultural Marixism’s Affect on Mormonism, and True Christian Charity. (I will be uploading these on my YouTube channel soon as audio recordings)

We finished up our weekend with lunch together and wished each other well on our journeys home.

Our attendees hailed from many different states, from all across the US, some flying 5 hours to attend. All in all it was a huge success with another meeting already planned for the fall!

Simple Gifts

One of my passions as a Christian woman in my community is to find fun ways to give practical gifts. Pinterest is a gem for that of course. I like to combine ideas I see, get inspired and create my own thing. Here are two recent creations to lift spirits…

A baby blanket bouquet. Here’s the tag I designed…

Next up is the “I’m tickled pink” jar. This works for anything, graduation, birthday, new home, etc. simply fill a jar with fun pink items and attach a bow. 

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” 1 Peterson 4:10

The Cult of Moloch Continues 

The youngest known victim of last night’s cult sacrifice to multiculturalism, Saffie Rose was just 8 years old

Last night, at least 22 children lost their lives following a Muslim terrorist attack in Manchester, England. The Christian Science Monitor reports..
“MAY 23, 2017 MANCHESTER, ENGLAND—The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande show that left 22 people dead as young concertgoers fled, some still wearing the American pop star’s trademark kitten ears and holding pink balloons.
Teenage screams filled the Manchester Arena just after the explosion Monday night, and members of the audience tumbled over guardrails and each other to escape. Fifty-nine people were injured in what British Prime Minister Theresa May called ‘a callous terrorist attack.'”
Yet, despite the slaughter of these innocent children Twitter this morning was filled with cries against “racism.” As well as, defense of open doors immigration policies toward 3rd world migrants and fake “refugees.” 
You can literally blow little girls to pieces and the Western World will say, “Shhh, don’t hurt the bad guy’s feelings.” 
It’s events like these that leave me feeling as though we may be beyond hope. The Bible doesn’t give much comfort in this situation but it does give is a stark dose of truth. God abhors child sacrifice. Child sacrifice was a practice done by those who worshipped Baal, Moloch and other devils. Child sacrifice results in the clear destruction of your lands and people, without exception. 
Today we call Moloch, Baal and Satan by the names Tolerance, Love, Anti Racism, etc. but they are the same devils demanding the blood of our children and we are giving it to them.

Self Indulgence Does Not Satisfy 

There is a movement afoot to reclaim the joy that comes in serving others – especially as mothers.One of the most notable books on the subject that I have read is Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald.

They warn us women and mothers against the idea of self centered “me-ology” and remind us of the joy found in service to our families. They tell us that when we constantly see our families or children as the obstacles in our path to happiness, freedom or me-time, we only make ourselves unhappier. If a mom “escapes” from her family and goes out for a pedicure she is only running away from the issue instead of working on herself and developing her patience and love.

From the book…”After all when she returns home from her ‘break’- nothing has changed. The dishes are still in the sink, dinner still needs to be made, little Johnny is still having a hard day. Hence she only grows more frustrated and desperate for more “me time.” This is a never ending cycle which pits a mother against her own family. 

Please understand there is nothing intrinsically wrong with [spas, massages, pedicures], as long as we understand that we don’t need them to be content or healthy and that we aren’t somehow deprived if we don’t get them. There are many ways we can relax and enjoy ourselves when God gives us opportunity, but to feverishly pursue solace in worldly leisure and personal pleasure is to run to an empty comforter (p. 15).
This cultural obsession with me-time is clearly demonstrated in this story of a woman who actually decided after a working trip away from her family that she no longer wanted to be a mother at all and she abandoned her two young boys ages 5 and 3.The Today Show interviewed her and actually raised the question if we as a society are redefining motherhood?!
The scary thing to me is how innocently me-ology slips into our minds. At first it was about moms choosing to work, then it was about moms needing to work, now it’s about making sure mothers are taking time for them selves, indulging themselves, not ‘chaining’ themselves to their families. So mom works 9-5, goes to the gym, has dad put the children to bed so she can have a bath, then drops them off at grandma’s the next day so she can have pedicure and ‘just have her space.’

And what does her family have? An absent mother pursuing a the beast of me-ology which is never satisfied!”

As Stacey and Jennie point out in the quote above – it’s not about going out by yourself every now and again, it’s about feeling like you need to escape your family and your life.

It seems that every time I meet someone new, we get to talking and they become very concerned about my being a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother. They lecture me or at least drop huge hints that I need to be taking more time for myself. That I need to make sure I have a break.

I’ve been there, I’ve done that. It only made things worse. Sometimes life doesn’t give you a break. You can stand around waiting for one, growing more unhappy by the second or you can choose to be happy with what you have.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love to go to the Thrift Shop by myself every once in a while but I know I don’t need it and on those days when everything is going wrong – the dishes are piling up and the kids are crying – I don’t run away. I sing through the dishes and I wipe up the tears – even my own!

And that night when I slip into bed I smile and praise God for all He did for me that day and for all the blessings He gave us – food to eat, a warm dry bed, healthy children, good music, etc.

This morning I came up against this theme again. A lady praised me for all the hard work stay-at-home moms do but essentially summed her comments up with the attitude that I was “overdoing” it by staying at home and homeschooling and that I needn’t be a martyr, everyone needs time for themselves.

Ugh…it irks me. So I decided to come up with a motto. When I was planning my first homebirth I was barraged by “what ifs” concerning the health of my baby. I borrowed Hygeia Halfmoon’s motto of, “Your fear is not part of my reality.”

Now I need a “happy to be at home, happy to find joy in being with my children motto.”
Let’s borrow a bit from Stacey and Jennie here:

I’m happier when I find joy and relaxation in everyday life instead of pursuing solace in worldly pleasures.

Feel free to use the motto and please tell us about it if you do!

Wholesome Weekend Activities 

The weekend is here and in most places the weather is just perfect! Here are a few suggestions of simple weekend activities that are healthy and wholesome to inspire you! Life is a gift, don’t just let it pass, live with intention 🙂

Plant a window herb garden so you can cook with delicious fresh ingredients! 

Learn how to make jam 
Have a family slumber party, everyone sleeps in the living room
Play hopscotch
Fly a kite (make a kite)
Draw pictures, start a family sketch diary
Bake cookies or bread (give to neighbors or grandparents)
Make watercolor paintings, store for later use as birthday cards
Make homemade lemonade or sweet tea and tell stories (old ones, new ones, scary ones, maybe dress up like a character?)