We live our lives the way most of America wouldn't understand. If you took away the technology we use for our business, you might be shocked by the simplicity of our home. We do have televisions, and the reality is they're rarely on. We don't have cable or even Netflix. We listen to the radio, a local Christian station, The Joy FM, and when we watch T.V. it's a lot of Bible-inspired shows or well-screened kid/family-friendly shows.
We spend a lot of time with Jesus. We read the bible, do devotionals and we pray. We spend a lot of time outside, taking care of our garden, our chickens, our little bit of land. We build, we design, we craft, and work and play and enjoy life. We are building a strong and faith-filled life for our family, and it's a life most people can't even imagine, but they should imagine it. They should want it. They should seek it out...it's going back to a simpler time and way of life, and it gives perspective.
While the rest of America is out there running around like chickens with their heads cut off we are working to build a life dependant on God and not on this world. We don't want the many distractions that the world as to offer. We don't want them for us, or our children. We home school to teach our children the rich history of America, about God, and the other fundamental things they will need to know for life. Our plan includes making our children God dependant, and not victims to the world around them.
What is a "simple life"? It's going back to the basics, going back to our roots. Jesus and family and doing things for ourselves. Not counting on others as much as we've been programmed to in the last 30 years. It's slowing things down and focusing on the important things in life, and that means teaching our children how to get to the next life. Eternity matters y'all...teach your children that fact before you let them spend hours and hours soaked into a video game that undermines good values.
Listen, I'm not on here to preach, but I think we need to rethink this "progressive" stance so many have taken. We can make progress without destroying the foundation of the world. If you follow me, and you support this blog, our business, and our Facebook page, this isn't any news for you. You know how I feel, and where we stand, but I think people are feeling kind of lost and they don't know how to turn back time and stop what has been put in motion.
We haven't always limited tech with our kids or lived more self-sustaining. It all starts with a change. Start somewhere and get your focus where it needs to be (JESUS). If your children are young, they'll fall in line easily...some of the greatest humans in history didn't have a cell phone at all, let alone as a child. Let your kids be kids, and be involved in the process of their young lives. Create a FAMILY/GOD culture in your home, and stand up for what you believe. Do all these things to simplify your life and watch everything start to change for the good in your home.
If this struck something in you, and you have questions and would like to learn more about how to live a more simple life and lead your family to the Lord, reach out. We're here to talk to you! Until the next blog, you can find me doing something creative on our Facebook Page or hanging out in our Private VIP Group, CLUB CHARM. Come join us! Share this blog with a friend whom you think will benefit, and give us a like!
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple Psalm 19:7
Until we meet again...love and prayers!
Soooo y'all, we're remodeling our bathroom. My husband made a new light fixture out of some of this black iron pipe. When we took out the tile toilet paper holder that didn't match the new vibe we were going for, I had him create a new one. He used the same black iron pipe to match this new Farmhouse/Industrial Style, and y'all I LOVE IT!!!!
Here is what this project required (all 1/2"):
He had to use a grinder with the wire brush attachment to remove the coating off the nipples before they could be painted. When done it will look like the picture below.
He took some Rustoleum Satin Protective Enamel and spray painted it and left it to dry (He actually screwed it to an old board so it would stay put while he sprayed it and while it dried.)
This EASY project was inexpensive, so adorable, and turned out great! This is the finished project. It goes great with the vibe I was trying to create in our bathroom. If this is your style...try making one...it's cheap, easy and turns out awesome! Let me know if you try!
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You know what they say...the way to a man's heart is through their stomach. In the case of my husband, this is certainly true, so when a special occasion comes around I try to prepare meals I know he loves to show admiration, love, and affection toward him. Father's day and his birthday top the list of the days I put special care into what meals I fix.
One of my husband's favorite meals is BBQ Ribs and Fried Potatoes, but not just any fried potatoes, my specialty fried potatoes. This Father's Day I fixed both of these things for him, and he was a pretty happy camper, to say the least. He finished the entire plate of food with a smile on his face.
Now, on a 'normal' day we try not to eat lots of meals that are high calorie, but on a day like Father's Day we tend not to worry about the calorie count, and focus on the love, company, and the time around the dinner table together. There's really no better way to connect with one another than around a table eating a meal and sharing your lives and loves. We try to make sure we eat our dinner meals (at minimum) at the table together most nights.
I want to share the recipe to my fried potatoes with y'all, and feel free to pass it on by sharing my blog post!
MY POTATOES (Fried Potatoes)
I hope you enjoyed this blog, and I hope you'll try the Fried potato recipe. When you celebrate dad or any other man in your life, consider feeding him a good meal! He'll most likely appreciate it! Please share it with your friends! Thanks for reading. See y'all tomorrow!
We celebrate our birthdays as being another year older, and we are, since our last birthday. In reality, we're only one day older than the day before, and there's a lot of hype around that number.
My oldest son told me yesterday that I was three years away from really old. Clearly, he can say that he's only 29, but boy does he have a lot to experience and learn.
When you're young, everyone who's older than you by 10 or more years seems really old. I can remember considering 30 old, and then I turned 30. It wasn't a fun week leading up to that birthday, but the day I turned 30 wasn't a big deal. I had hyped it up to the point of feeling physically sick, and then it happened and all the world didn't collapse.
After 30 I really didn't think much about my age. When I turned 40 I celebrated. I embraced 40 with open arms. It seemed like a badge of honor more than anything. I didn't have grandbabies yet, but I was only a couple of years away from that milestone at that point. I had my last baby right before I turned 40, so I guess I felt kind of young in away.
Seven years later I look at my life and I'm kind of wondering how I got from there to here. I'm 3 years from 50 and I don't feel a day over 35. I know I'm a grandma, and my oldest son is going to hit the BIG 3-0 next year, but it just all seems so impossible. Surely I couldn't really be middle-aged already? It just kind of all sneaks up on you and before you know it you are your grandparents' age.
Our lives are but a vapor in the wind. Life passes away quickly, and when we find ourselves at the end of our lives, what will it all be for? I pray you were living for Jesus because then it actually will have meant something. It will mean something to those you leave behind, and it will mean you'll spend your eternity in heaven. That's a big deal folks!
You see, eternity isn't short, it's forever. Literally, it never ends, and that is hard to wrap our minds around, and still, it's so. Every soul that was ever created will spend their eternity somewhere, and they get to choose. Where do you choose?
I know I'm preaching, and I'm sorry for those who don't like it, but it needs to be said. There were many years of my life I was running from the Lord and living for Satan (even if I didn't realize that part until later.) Those wasted years sometimes haunt me, oh but God. He has reminded me more than a few times that even in my messed up past, He has a purpose, He created purpose and He's continuing to work it together for my good and the good of those who love Him.
When I think about how quickly life passes us by, and how most of us don't really appreciate many of the years we are given, I just want to run up to every young person and grab them and shake them and scream at the top of my lungs..."DON'T WAIT!" "DON'T RUN FROM HIM, RUN TO HIM!!!" "IT'S ALL ABOUT JESUS!!!!" Of course, you can't really do that, people would think you're crazy, and here's a little news flash for you, if you're living your life full-on for Jesus, they probably already do think that if they're not saved. Let them think it! Your eternity literally henges on your mindset. I have said it more than once, and I'll keep right on saying it. What occupies your mind, controls your life. Let it be JESUS!
If you're getting older, and you aren't really sure how you got from there to here, pause for a second and put it all into perspective. If you're not already, start pressing HARD into the Father. Live the life He has called you to live. Share the Gospel with others. Take as many people with you as you can to heaven. He actually told us, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19-20. Soooo, what are y'all waiting for? Use the precious time you have to lead others to HIM. He is the reason, and really there's nothing else. If you think there's anything else that matters as much, you've been deceived by the enemy.
Praying y'all find this encouraging today, and that you pass it on. Until tomorrow, be blessed.
Y'all life is crazy. One minute your floating along all fine and dandy, and the next you can find yourself in the middle of some chaos you not only wasn't looking for but you definitely don't want! That's how this world works. The circumstances we are often thrown into can be earth-shattering, and really shake you up, but that's not the only thing that can shake you up.
What if you're on a path you recognize, you enjoy, you might even love. You have a plan in front of you and you're staying on track, but suddenly something happens. Maybe your actions or even your inaction cause it inadvertently, or maybe someone else is to blame. No matter the reason, you find yourself suddenly in unfamiliar and perhaps uncomfortable territory, so what do you do? What do YOU do?
This has happened to me more times than I'd care to say, and when the waters get rough, and you don't know where to turn, I sure hope you're turning to the only one who can straighten it all out for you. His name is Jesus.
If you're feeling lost, deserted, looking for answers and nowhere to turn to, girl, don't you know it's always been Him? It's always gonna be Him. He has all the answers; He is standing in the gap for you. When the whole world falls apart, and you can't get your footing. I'm talking about when you've been swept off your feet, but not in a good way, call His name. Weep at His feet, listen to His voice, let Him lead you, allow Him to comfort you and don't you dare look away. Don't look to the left or the right, but look straight on at Jesus and REMAIN in Him because that's what's gonna get you through as a victor on the other side of your problems. That's what's going to change everything for you in your circumstance.
John 15:7 tells us "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." This doesn't mean God is like our personal genie, granting us wishes, it means if you eat, breathe and sleep the word. If you love Jesus, you follow Him and you OBEY Him, when a time of crisis comes calling (and it will) He is going to be there to pull you out of the miry clay. He will not fail, He will not falter. No matter what you're going through, He already knows, He has all the answers and He cares for you.
Girls, I know I'm not giving you any new news when I tell you, life often does not go as planned, but when we find ourselves amid troubled waters, look up, reach for Him because He will be there to pull you out of that mess. Believe it, know it, own it, and live it. Jesus is life. If you don't realize that, pause and ponder all this universe, and know God, the creator, made it all, and He created you. He's there for you, night or day and He'll never leave your side.
"The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. " Deuteronomy 31:8
I encourage you today, if you're going through some stuff, keep on going, with Jesus. He's got you, and even when it doesn't go as planned, you're gonna make it through. Until tomorrow, have a wonderful Wednesday and be blessed.
This is the story of George and Linda. My name is Jen, and my husband is Kenny, and if you aren't confused yet, well, you're in the minority. We constantly get asked during our lives why we call each other George and Linda, and those who don't ask us are probably just new, embarrassed, or they think they missed something. The only thing they missed most likely was us telling the George and Linda story for the millionth time. (I'm sure our regulars get tired of hearing it), but we continue to tell it because we aren't trying to confuse anyone. No we aren't in the Witness Protection Program, and yes we are in our right minds (I think!) We really just love having fun, so here's this crazy story.
In 2014 Youtube and the internet made a little boy name Matao famous when he argued with his momma over some cupcakes. He called her by her name (Linda) and it was the cutest thing we'd ever seen! (Even if we did want to spank him very much badly!) LOL, He was trying to argue with his mom about why he could have cupcakes when she had told him he could not.
Kenny began to use this little spiel when we would not agree on something, or if he was being silly, and he began to call me Linda. Slow at first, but over time I was more often than not referred to as Linda. It was funny, and most people didn't even really notice.
So it wasn't long until I began to give Kenny a nickname, and at first, just playing around, I was calling him Ronaldo, but it just didn't seem to fit him. One day I called him George, and it stuck, and we've been George and Linda (to each other) since.
Insert crafting 7 nights a week on Facebook LIVE, and well, people do notice when you don't call your spouse by their actual name. LOL, What has become second nature to the two of us has sincerely confused a whole lot of people who follow us. We weren't trying to confuse anyone, but if we didn't call each other that, well we wouldn't be 100% authentic because this is us people, and all our weirdness, soo...
Call us Kenny and Jen, or call us George and Linda...we'll answer to either name, just call us! LOL, We just try to be authentic and what you see is what you get. Some people find it weird, others cute, still others think we're a little crazy. I keep telling people we are a little crazy, but mostly about each other.
Thanks for hanging out with us, and getting to know us a little better, and now YOU know! You know the back story (it's not that glamorous) and you know that we continue to do it on our lives because you're getting an authentic experience with us. This is just who we are. We're fun, quirky, silly, loving, and we have a heart for the Lord. We also enjoy referring to each other as George and Linda, and we invite you to participate! We even have a t-shirt for our crafting LIVES and you can find it HERE.
Thank you for stopping by and reading our story. Share it with a friend who was wondering the same thing you were wondering. There's no confusion here, just a couple of silly people having fun with their lives.
A couple of weeks ago I bought a set of white wood shutters. I had every intension of making an American Flag out of one to put on my front porch, but then, well...life happened and I didn't get it done. Today I decided I needed to get on that, and so I took one of them and started painting.
Now, here's what they don't tell you. Creating an American Flag on a shutter isn't the easiest thing to do. I thought I had everything counted out, and divided properly to make 50 stars on my flag, and to make my stripes look good, and then when I began putting it all together I realized nothing's ever as easy as it seems.
First of all, it took 5 coats of the navy blue paint I was using to cover properly. I had to be patient and use my heat gun on the blue. (I used Admiral Blue by Apple Barrel) Also, it takes a lot of time to get into all the crevis' and the edges of the shutters, so be prepared to paint, and repaint, and then paint again. It was time-consuming!
I actually flipped my shutter over a couple of times to see how it was coming from different angles. I think doing this allowed me to see my mistakes and fix them quickly.
Once the blue paint was dry and looking good I started on my red stripes. I actually didn't add more white paint to the shutter for my white lines, I actually just left what was there since it was weathered and it looked good.
After I had everything dry (again) I started in on the stars I had planned to paint to make this look like a legit American flag. I tried using a stencil I had, which didn't work well at all. I then tried to freehand them, but again, not practical and it didn't look good. I was a little frustrated, to say the least.
I ended up covering the stars with some more of the blue paint and I loved how that looked. I then freehanded a large white star over them at the top, and then I grabbed some letters I had already and used a dry-brush technique to give them a pop of color.
It began to take form once I had the large star on it, but it needed a little something else. It needed More!!! So, I gave it more in the form of the adorable letters I dry brushed and added to it.
After painting the letters and letting them dry I used some e6000 and some hot glue to secure the letters to the shutter, then I let it all dry. This was super simple in terms of what materials were required, but super difficult on the level of time consumption. It took a lot of time to paint all the many layers. Add in my "mess-ups" and repainting some things, plus going over the small stars again with the blue, this was very time-consuming.
Now that it's complete I'm going to display it on my front porch for the summer! I love how it turned out. Let me reassure you that you CAN make this. When you try it though, just expect that it will take some patience.
I hope y'all enjoy making one, and please post pictures in the Creative Group so we can see it!
Until tomorrow, be blessed.
Thanks for reading and sharing!
Soooo, I like chickens y'all. Actually, I LOVE them! What started as two laying hens and two young pullets has turned into a full-fledged chicken farm! We have several breeds, many ages, and a huge chicken run my husband built for my girls! It's a chicken madhouse around here.
Recently we decided to start incubating eggs and keeping some for our farm and selling some and let me tell you, it's super exciting y'all. So far we have hatched Ameraucanas and we have Whiting True Blue's ready to hatch within the next 24 hours. I wanted to talk to y'all about hatching them, how easy it is, and how rewarding!
Set Up an Incubator
Whether you want to incubate 7 eggs for a homeschool project, or you want to do it commercially, there is an incubator for you! They start around $50 and go up from there. This, Farm Innovators Model 2250 is the one we're using. You can choose to purchase an egg turner to fit your incubator (if it doesn't have one already)...ours did not, so we purchased THIS ONE. Having an automatic egg turner keeps things simple, and I highly recommend it unless you want to be attached to your eggs for three weeks! No matter how fancy or simple though, all incubators must accomplish a few basic things:
Temperature: The eggs need to be kept at 99.5 degrees at all times; just one degree higher or lower for a few hours can terminate the embryo.
Humidity: 40 to 50 percent humidity must be maintained for the first 18 days; 65 to 75 percent humidity is needed for the final days before hatching.
Yes, you can make a homemade version, and they usually involve some sort of insulated box – a cheap Styrofoam cooler works well. An adjustable heating pad or a light bulb on a dimmer switch will suffice for the heat source and a pan of water with a sponge in it will make the air humid. Low-end commercial incubators don’t amount to much more than this, but the more you pay, the more automated the temperature and humidity controls will be.
A high-quality thermometer and hygrometer (a device to measure humidity) are the most important tools of incubation; cheap models are usually not accurate enough. If you’re not working with an incubator that has these instruments built-in, opt for a combo thermometer/hygrometer with an external display. These have a sensor that goes inside the incubator with an LED screen on the outside that shows the temperature and humidity readings without having to open the incubator and ruin your carefully calibrated environment. DON'T OPEN IT UNLESS NECESSARY....did I mention that part?
One of the most important parts as I see it is an automatic egg turner, it's a time-saving feature to rotate the eggs automatically. Much of the fussing that a hen does over her eggs comes from an evolutionary instinct to constantly move them about. The finely tuned ecosystem inside a chicken egg is kept in balance by constantly changing the position of the egg. High-end incubators have a built-in egg turning device, but there are also standalone egg turners that can be placed inside a homemade incubator to do the job. Or, you can rotate manually if you dare!
Find Fertile Eggs
If you already have a flock of chickens that includes a rooster, the majority of the eggs they lay will be fertile. Collect them as soon as possible after laying and transfer to the incubator. If you don’t already have chickens, find a friend or a nearby farmer who does and ask if you can buy some fertile eggs. Websites like Craigslist and BackyardChickens.com are a good way to link with people that may have eggs to spare. Some feed stores sell fertile eggs in the spring and many suppliers sell eggs online.The closer to home, the better the egg source. The jostling about and fluctuations in temperature and humidity that occur during transport are hard on the developing fetus. Hatching rates on eggs straight from the coop are often in the 75 to 90 percent range; with mail-order eggs, there is no guarantee that any will hatch so if you have them, or if you can find them close to you, that's your best bet.
When picking eggs to incubate, use those that are clean, well-formed and full-size. Above all, do not clean the eggs – there is a naturally occurring coating that is vital to the success of the embryo, and if you mess with it, you'll be messing with your success rate. Wash your hands before handling and be gentle, as the embryos are extremely susceptible to things outside the shell.
In a perfect world the eggs are transferred directly to the incubator, but it’s possible to store them in egg cartons if needed. There's a lot of information out there on this, but I want to say the eggs seem to me to be a little more resiliant than many people say. Our first batch of eggs that we incubated sat on our kitchen counter for two weeks before we bougt an incubator and placed them inside. We still hatched 4 chickens out of 12. I felt like that was a major success since I didn't expect any of them to make it.
It takes 21 days on average for an egg to hatch once incubation begins. Before placing the eggs inside, turn on the heat source and measure the temperature and humidity over 24 hours, making adjustments as necessary to create the optimal environment.
Once the incubator is functioning properly, it’s just a matter of maintaining the environment until the chicks hatch. Place the eggs on their side in the incubator, close the door and check the levels religiously to making sure things are going well and temps remain as they should. Water may have to be added to the pan occasionally to keep the humidity up. At day 18, add more water to boost the humidity level.
If you’re going to turn the eggs yourself, there is a standard method to mimic the efforts of a hen:
In the last days eggs will likely roll around and shift a bit on their own as the chickens begin to struggle and try to get out. The chick will eventually peck a small hole in the large end of the egg and take its first breath. It is normal at this point for the chick to rest for 6-12 hours while its lungs adjust before continuing to hatch. Resist the urge to help with the hatching process – it’s really easy to hurt them.
Once the chick is free from the egg, let it dry off in the warmth of the incubator before moving it into a brooder box, where it will spend the first weeks of its life under a heat lamp.
Once those little furballs hatch, you'll have chickens running around in no time so you'd better get that chicken coop built.
I'm sure y'all know by now, back last fall the Dollar Tree upped their Crafting game. For crafters like us, this is exciting. Well, now that we've been through the whole COVID-19 lock down, and many stores are opening back up, shelves are seriously being stocked up, and it's worth a look at your local store! I've been in several stores around me in the past couple of weeks, and the craft items are abundant! Check out some of the awesome stuff the dollar tree is carrying for crafters!
One of the best deals they're currently offering in their craft section is this three-pack of finger protectors. If you're a crafter, you know these babies are imperative for keeping you from burning your fingers when you're using your glue gun. They have similar finger protectors at Amazon, and other places, including Hobby Lobby, but for only $1, this is a fabulous deal! Be sure to pick yourself up some!
They have also restocked on all their wood crafting pieces. Lots of crosses, words, smaller animals, circles, flowers, even some cute wood cubes There are just so many it's hard to name them all, but it's worth a look because there's so much you can do with all these wood pieces when upcycling and crafting, and for only $1 each, you simply cannot go wrong!
Grapevine wreaths, wreath forms, and other wood wreaths are also available in the craft or floral section. These are a fraction of the cost that you'll pay at other craft stores or general merchandise stores. They're a bargain, so grab a few if you run onto an isle packed like this one! Not all my stores had so many choices, but a few did. You won't want to miss them! They also have the heart and ribbon forms for door hangers! Mine still had the hearts even now.
One of the things that I've found to be an amazing deal, although sometimes they're difficult to find is their canvases. At $1 for an 8x10, this is an amazing price compared to other craft and box stores. They have a variety of sizes and the quality is quite good. If you run onto these in your Dollar Tree store grab a few! You won't find a better price anywhere!
There are so many good things at the Dollar Tree for crafters, not just in the craft section, but in seasonal, kitchen, household and more, however with this newest addition of craft items and the expansion of the Crafter's Square Section the Dollar Tree has truly upped their game, and at $1 per item, you better RUN to the Dollar Tree (if yours is currently open) to see these newly stocked shelves with numerous crafting items you can't get anywhere cheaper.
From paint to glitter, to beads and glue, felt and wood pieces, floral items, and more. There's just so much you can now buy at the Dollar Tree that wasn't always there, and the new additions make crafting more cost-effective than ever!
Let me know what you find at your Dollar Tree! I'd love to hear about it in the comments below, and don't forget to share this information with your friends!
Until next time!
Hi I'm Jen, and I'm so glad you're here. I have a passion for Jesus, my family, and connecting with a more simple way of life. I love to write, and enjoy many creative avenues. I look forward to sharing so much with y'all so come back often!
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