May 28, 2010

Thanks Kelly

One of my favorite blogs reminded The Santos Times of a man we haven't talked about for a while~ The GIANT of a man Nick Vujicic. We usually bring him up when we are ungrateful and need a better perspective on life.

Here, we share just one of many videos circulating the web but, it is my favorite because of his message at the end...I hope you will watch it all the way.

May 27, 2010

Coconut Oil


The Santos Times has always promoted the use of Coconut Oil...but recently we have fallen in love. I have yet to learn how to cook and bake with it. I don't really use oil when I cook ~ water for cooking and butter for baking ~ so I forget to use it, but I will soon be incorporating it more in our diet.

For now we use it as a moisturizer. It is wonderful. I use it on my face and body and in my hair after a shower. It is also a mild sunblock. I eat it by the spoonful. LOL. I love it. It tastes wonderful, and it has helped in giving me energy and making me feel full in the morning (I take it at breakfast).

Have you had your Coconut Oil Today?

Here's a clip from a recent article I read:

"Coconut oil is another healthy saturated fat that contains many properties that
are beneficial to Candida sufferers which are anti-bacterial, anti-viral and
anti-fungal. It also kills off yeast overgrowth. Coconut oil supports immune
system function, supplies important nutrients necessary for good health and
improves digestion and nutrient absorption.

The fat in coconut oil is easily digested and absorbed, unlike the newfangled trans fats that act like plastic in the body. It puts little strain on the digestive system and provides a quick source of energy necessary to promote healing. Coconut oil is absorbed directly from the intestines into the portal vein and sent straight to the
liver, whereas other fats require pancreatic enzymes to break them into smaller
units.

Look for unrefined coconut oil, since most commercial coconut oils are refined, bleached, and deodorized. It is highly resistant to spoilage and has a long shelf life (up to 2 years at room temperature). Coconut oil has a high burning point and is a perfect oil for cooking. Coconut oil can be taken by the tablespoonfuls with meals to aid digestion. A good therapeutic dose is 1 to 2 tablespoons with fat containing meals."

Bee Wilder, Nourished Magazine via Food Matters

May 26, 2010

Speaking of Distractions...

Aren't these cute?


I think this would be pretty in a tan or brown. I don't do green very well.




From salvation to My Purpose in life


Do you remember when you got saved?

Maybe you don't have time to remember...what with all the stuff that distracts. We can't deny that there is much to distract us. All the STUFF. Just thinking about stuff ~ what we will eat, or wear, or do today is enough to keep us distracted our entire life.

Before we know it, all the STUFF of life swallows us up and we either faint with exhaustion or never get to the real meaning of life.

The real meaning? To know God.

But how do we know God?


Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Romans 1:19, 20


It is such a beautiful time of year. The vegetables are starting to pop up out of the ground. The trees are heavy with bright young leaves. The eggs are hatching in all the little nests surrounding our apartment. It is all so alive...but nothing is alive like us ~ you and me with our independent will.

I recently read this:

"...all of creation was under the absolute, pre-programmed control of God. It
was mechanical-fixed to precise innate laws. The physical universe did not have
the capacity to make choices. All turns of events were the direct act of God.
There was no possibility of anything violating His will. No will existed outside
His own." By Divine Design, Michael Pearl

But then we came along...

God breathed into Adam, the breath of life and he became a living being, made in the image of God. We have a will. We can do whatever we want. It's amazing really. Can the wind decide where it will blow? Can the ocean decide how far it will come over the shore? Can a fish decide it would like to live on land for a while?

No. However, WE can go to the moon, tame animals, talk to people on the other side of the world with an invention called a telephone...AMAZING. There is nothing we cannot do.

What is it all for? It is for the Lord. To know Him and His greatness.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised and his greatness is unsearchable. Psalm 145:3

But, usually we use our will for our own selves. We live to please ourselves, to know ourselves and to have others know us.

Where does all this self stuff lead? - to death - and not because God is wicked, but because that is not why we were created. We were not created for ourselves, but for God.


This is why we get so unhappy. The new dress only satisfies for a moment. The great friends eventually disappoint us. The super thrill leaves us wanting another super thrill.



But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Isaiah 64:8



Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? Romans 9:21



Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Rev 4:11



God is so good.


The Bible says that the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23





  • Sin is going our own way ~ our will over God's will.
  • Wages is something we earn. We have to do something to get it. We have to sin to earn death...and we have all earned it.
  • God has a wonderful gift for us. You cannot earn a gift. It is given out of love. That gift is eternal life...only He cannot give it to us. He is Holy. We are not.

Jesus, our Saviour, stands in the way...passing God's gift to us. We receive it and have eternal life.

Do you remember the day you were saved...when you accepted that gift from God through Jesus? Now you can know the God who made you...you can fulfill your purpose.


Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

2 Peter 1:2-4

May 21, 2010

School Anyone?

~ Fractions ~



Fractions are in everyday life ~ cooking, sharing, gardening. We have had fun making some of the projects in this book.











~ architecture ~





The children LOVE this book and the idea of having their own house.



When children have some time to think and dream, some space to make a mess (or rather build inventions), amazing things can happen.

May 17, 2010

Daybook



(click on the icon for more daybook fun)


FOR TODAY

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Outside my window...



Grey skies - but the sun looks willing. Maybe, just maybe we might have some sunbreaks.


I am thinking...

of sitting still and being quiet. I used to do that a long time ago when the children took naps, but I rarely do now...He calls me every morning "Be still and know that I am God"

I am thankful for...

Noah. He is such a good boy, so childlike, so innocent, and so willing to protect and serve those around him.


From the learning rooms...


How to plant raspberries, memory work in Hebrews, and fractions.

From the kitchen...


Banana bread, fried beans and chilies, green salad

I am wearing...

brown skirt, brown tee, and my "old lady" cardigan sweater with the hydrangeas all over it.


I am creating...


a list of priorities...1st on the list? Still and Quiet Time with My Great God.


I am going...


to sit and be still today


I am remembering...


When my oldest was only two and she would stand on her tiptoes to look over at the neighbors house through the open window.


"HI MAYNERS!" she would yell, and the neighbor would reply "Hello Neighbor!"


She had such chubby red cheeks and short little legs...time flies by. Wasn't that just yesterday and not seven years ago?


I am reading...


Chapter books with the children.


I am hoping...


To enjoy some quiet today~to lay all my burdens at His Feet because He cares for me.


I am hearing...


Whistling. Whistling. Whistling. Now that all the children know how to whistle - it is endless.


Around the house...


Lots of beckoning voices...Come clean me, come organize me, come vacuum me,


Come, sit and be still and know that I am God.


The last voice sounds so sweet.

One of my favorite things...


"O.K. Mom" after a command is given



A few plans for the rest of the week:



yard work, school work, visiting friends, and making boxes... gift boxes for fun and leisure time with my girls.



Here is a picture thought I am sharing...

Playing with the camera and the children.



May 15, 2010

Can you call us Farmers yet?

Well, we did plant and harvest THOUSANDS of daffodils...didn't make any money...but does that count?

~oOo~

Our backyard venture.



First we marked out the garden. Here we are working hard on a typical Spring day in Washington...pouring rain.

The sun is out - yeah! We cleared out the grass - by HAND.


Then we had to clear out all the rocks. We didn't realize how rocky this place was...we may have never started had we known. It took three weeks to get all the rocks out.

Maybe it took so long because the farm workers were hiding in the trees. Can you see Naomi and Noah? I think you can click on the photos for close-ups.


Fun in the mud!


FINISHED! Our neighbors brought truck loads of manure over...and we were ready to plant!

Mr. Santos built up the beds and here is a picture of our "not so small" backyard garden. Looking forward to broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, kale, cucumbers, onions, melons, and zinnias.



~oOo~



The Santos Family U-Pick Farm...humble beginnings.

When Mr. Santos came to the USA from El Salvador many years ago, the only option for him was farm labor. However, he did not accept that option. He moved around the country looking for other opportunities, teaching himself English, and prospering.
There's a big difference between working out in the fields 'cause that's the only job you can get to working a farm for your own profit.

Happy and Independent Mr. Santos planting rows and rows of strawberries.



The farm laborers hard at work.


Unloading truckloads of compost.

Pray with us ~ for a bountiful harvest.

This is a picture of what comes wearily home every day. A tired, filthy, happy munchkin...learning early the value of hard work. We couldn't do it without them.

Beautiful sky to enjoy at the farm.

May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day


Picture from Seabeck State Park website


This is where the Santos Clan took me for Mother's Day. We picnicked in the warm sunshine with a cool breeze blowing off of the water. Dare I confess we ate deep dish pizza with red vines for dessert? LOL not very nutritious! But we did drink organic peppermint tea and water.
I am blessed to have three beautiful children to raise and a husband who supports us and encourages us in home schooling. God has been good to me. Happy Mother's day to all you mothers, to my own dear mother and to my funny and dear grandmother.

May 06, 2010

From my heart


Dear Sophia, Naomi and Noah~

Hello my sweet ones, my lovies. I am so happy to know you. I am so blessed by God to be a part of your life and to see you grow up. I make a lot of mistakes. Sometimes I am a bad example. Sometimes I am afraid. But the Lord gave you to me and me to you. For always you three will be my babies, my lovies.

I would give you the world, if I could.

Naomi, I would love to give you a ranch full of animals ~ a horse to call your own, a little dog that follows you around, a big pink canopy bed!

Sophia, what joy I would have to give you all the cameras, lab equipment and musical instruments your heart desires - that your appetite for knowledge could be satisfied right when the thoughts enter your head.

Noah, wouldn't you just love a great big trampoline! or a passel of brothers to run and jump and play with? That might give me more joy than you. (LOL)

But, all that aside. There is something more.

I am writing this letter so that you know for sure what is my deepest desire for you.

Life is short. Sometimes we think that we will live forever (or at least until we are very old) so we work hard to make our life into something we can enjoy. It's true. There is a time for fun and beautiful things, but that is not why you are alive.

You were created by God, FOR God. My deepest desire for you is to know and understand this truth.

No matter where you live, or what you have or don't have, your life is not your own. It belongs to God. He is a loving God. He gives us many things to enjoy - but enjoying life is not why you were made. You were made to know and enjoy GOD.

It is the Lord that will satisfy you and lead you. It is the Lord that will provide for you and protect you.

The way you know Him and enjoy Him is to obey Him. Somehow, doing all that he says brings you closer to him. It is amazing and wonderful.

Pay attention to what you do and not to what is happening to you.

A lot of things are going to "Happen" to you as you grow up~good and bad.

Someone will be mean to you. Work will be hard and boring sometimes. Your toys will break. They might even be stolen. You will get sick and have owies and have to stay home when everyone else gets to go.

Sounds yucky, huh? But when you are old, like me, it is the same, only a little different.

Remember the disciples with Jesus in the storm? What was happening to them was not the problem. It wasn't all those waves and the tossing of the boat, or the wind and rain. Nope, their problem was fear. Maybe they were even angry and bitter. After all, they did ask "Master, don't you care that we perish?" Mark 4:38

It was the fear and anger that was their problem.

What is happening to you is not your problem. It is what you do, what is going on in your heart that is the true "problem."

You know what? A lot of Happy Things will happen to you also. You will win contests and go to great places. You will eat yummy foods and have beautiful things. I hope that you will get married and have children. Again, what is happening to you is not the true joy. It is what you do, what is going on in your heart that is the true joy.

Please hear me. When bad things happen, you will face anger, fear, jealousy and guilt...these are the things that will ruin your life. Oh, my lovies, don't let this happen! Put your trust in God and let go of your life. If you don't these yucky things will choke the life out of you and destroy you and all the people you love. It will make you sick and cause disease.

But when good things happen you will face greed and lust. You may want more, or you will hold tightly to your stuff because you won't want to lose it. These also kill and destroy. A rosy rich life can be worse than having struggles. When life is good, it is easier to forget that you were made by and for God.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost


My deepest desire for you is that you would remember that For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Colossians 1:16-17


If you believe this then you will live it. This is what I want for you and what I hope you want for yourself. I love you, I love you.

O.K. Enough lectures. I hope that I can live this out for you...I pray that God would help me.

By His grace,
Mom

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