Thursday, January 26, 2012

Can You Guess What This Is?




If you guessed an empty space then you would be right!

...

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The empty space where our microwave used to be!

Yes, I finally just unplugged, and chucked it out...sometimes you've just got to take drastic action!  Yes, I could have just left it there unused...but the sheer convenience of the dratted device, was too much of a temptation for me.  So it's now gone!  Hooray!

Recently I had done a little (ok, a lot) of research on how microwave usage can be extremely detrimental to ones health:

Ten Reasons You Should Not Use A Microwave:


  • Micro-waved diets cause digestive disturbances.
  • The human body cannot metabolize unknown by-products created in micro-waved food.
  • The effects of micro-waved food by-products are permanent within the human body.
  • Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating micro-waved foods.
  • Minerals, vitamins and nutrients of all micro-waved food are reduced so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down for utilization.
  • The nutrients in vegetables cooked in a microwave oven are altered into cancerous free radicals.
  • Micro-waved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancers.
  • The prolonged eating of micro-waved foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood.
  • Continual ingestion of micro-waved food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.
  • Continually eating food processed in a microwave oven can produce virtually irreversible damage to the body’s nervous system by “shorting out” electrical impulses in the brain and nerve centers. This can result in the loss of memory, lack of concentration, emotional instability and decreased intelligence.
 
      Our family also learned a lot about microwave usage and effects on this website ( there are many related articles if you scroll down).

      To be honest, I was worried that I would find it hard to manage, without the convenience of the microwave.  You see, as I reached an age where I could begin to help with the cooking at home, my parents had already bought a microwave, so I have always been used to having one in the home.  Until I met my husband, I had NEVER made either porridge, or scrambled eggs in a pan!  Poor guy!  ...But I'm happy to report that I haven't experienced any of the "inconveniece" I thought I would.  Re-heating dinner is so easy on the stove top, or inside the oven!  Who'd have thunk it?  And if I can do it, anyone can!  No more cancer-ridden food for us!


      Monday, January 23, 2012

      The Myth Of "I Was Born This Way"





      We have probably all heard the idea that homosexuality is caused by a genetic trait.  If this is true, then this would make the homosexual lifestyle acceptable to many people.  The "I was born this way" statement has been key in pushing the homosexual agenda.  In the interest of challenging this idea in love and truth, I will discuss my own opinions about this statement:

      God is perfect. He would not speak of homosexuality in the scriptures as an abominable sin, if men and women bore no responsibility for it.  The myth that people are born homosexual, just doesn't hold water...

      Despite the fact that homosexual individuals have existed for thousands of years,  there is still no scientific evidence whatsoever for a "homosexual gene".  Without a doubt the "it's genetic" theory has been actively promoted by homosexual activists and the media.  However this remains simply a theory and no legitimate proof has been found to support it. 

      What can appear to be the fulfilling of an inherited genetic trait from adolescence through to adulthood, is really only the developing and strengthening of a habit.  Some research has identified common elements in the lives of homosexuals, such as: negative relationships with the parent of the same-sex, leading to lack of gender identification, gender non-conformity (sissiness in boys and tomboyish behaviour in girls) that was not addressed by the parent, and a homosexual experience in adolescence. Such results lend support to the idea, that social and/or environmental factors are behind homosexuality.

      Can homosexuals change?  Do homosexuals lack free will?  There is overwhelming evidence that they can change how they respond to their "inclinations"  It is clear that homosexual conduct, like heterosexual immorality, is assumed to be something we can choose either to do, or not to do. Otherwise how could God condemn it?  All sins assume personal responsibility.  Homosexual sin is no exception.

      Our modern world media has unfortunately reached the stage, where it portrays the homosexual lifestyle as happy, healthy and stable; therefore making that way of life sound more appealing. The truth about it, is that it is associated with a large number of serious physical and emotional health consequences.  The Irish media portrays homosexual "committed relationships" as being commonplace, and very similar to the traditional family structure.  The Irish government campaigned for civil partnerships as fast as it could, insisting that they were in great demand.  This was a lie.  Statistics also show that no more than nine percent of these "relationships" may be said to be stable.  Is it for this tiny number that we are willing to violate the law of God? 

      I have commented here before, that large numbers of homosexuals can then go on to molest children.  It is not hard to conclude that mentally unstable people, who give in to their own unnatural lusts towards another person of the same sex, would perhaps be also willing to also satisfy their unnatural and perverted lusts towards children.  How is stating "I was born a homosexual" any different to saying, "I have a sexual interest in children...but don't hate me, I was born this way"?  This of course is completely illogical.  

      Stop being brain-washed by a world who wants you to tolerate, promote and participate in this wickedness.  "I was born this way" is a lie.


      Friday, January 20, 2012

      Questions For American Readers!




      Amy and I were talking over lunch recently, discussing some American things that are a mystery to us Irish!  Ha!  Sure we could "google" these things, but we thought it might be more fun to ask you all.  So please dear American ladies, would you be so kind as to enlighten us?

      • What actually are "grits" and what are they used for?
      • What is celebrated on Labour Day?
      • What we call jam, you call jelly.  So what do you call jelly
      •  Is a corn dog made from corn?  If not what are they made from?
      • Is an American "biscuit" the same as a scone?  If not then what it the difference?  When would you eat one (breakfast, lunch or dinner) and what with?
       
        Thanking You All Kindly In Advance! :)


          Wednesday, January 18, 2012

          Fresh As A Daisy - Make Your Own Deodorant!




          Wow, wow, wow!  I have the most amazing recipe to share with you all!  But first let me fill you in with a little background:

          Recently our family has been learning more about having a healthier "less chemical riden" home.   Even though we realise that it would be impossible to be truly chemical free, we had started to identify areas that we could lessen or eliminate chemicals easily from our home.  Personal care products was one immediate area we thought we could make changes.

          I began to wonder about our anti-perspirant deodorant, after all I don't want to inject aluminium (or other dangerous chemicals) into my children or self, via vaccinations; so I wondered, why would I spray it onto my skin?  If you've ever looked at the ingredients list on the back of your deodorant can, you'd see it contains substances like: aluminium based compounds, butane, mineral oils, many types of parabens and propylene glycol.  Yuck...huh?!

          I will note, that Amy and I are the only members of our home, that have used antiperspirant deodorant.  My husband does not EVER use it, and if he sprays anything "fancy" on himself, he applies a small amount onto his clothes.  To try and accommodate his wishes I have bought tonnes of "natural" deodorants over the last few years...I thought ALL of them performed BADLY!  He has told me for a long time that spraying chemicals onto your skin, to stop your body performing a normal function, is a really, really, bad idea!  He is so wise, I guess I should listen to him more! 

          After talking this through with my husband, I remembered seeing a recipe for a home made deodorant on another blog a long time ago.  I discussed making this with Amy, and so a few days later, we pulled out the necessary ingredients and made it up as follows:

          Ingredients

          6-8 Tbsp Coconut Oil (solid)
          1/4 cup Bicarbonate Of Soda (Baking Soda)
          1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder

          Directions

          1. Combine equal portions of baking soda and arrowroot powder.

          2. Slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon  until it maintains a firm but pliable texture.  If it is too wet, add further arrowroot powder to thicken. I guess-timate that it took about 10-15 minutes of mixing, to get it all blended together well.  Again, if you need to add more powder, add more arrowroot, using too much baking soda, can cause stinging/irritation (this happened to me, but not Amy?)

          3. We scooped our mixture into two small containers (with lids) Makes about 1 cup. I've read that this recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.  Apply a small amount to your underarm area, after showering/washing with the tips of your fingers.

          We have been trying this out for days now, and it is amazing!  It works a hundred times better than any chemical laden antiperspirant deodorant!  The natural coconut-ty smell is so nice, it doesn't feel sticky or clammy when applied, and it keeps us smelling as sweet as a daisy all day.  In actual fact, just a few days ago I attempted to time its effectiveness, just to share with you all:  I applied it as I washed and dressed in the morning and only by the late evening was it starting to lose it's effectiveness!  See I told you it was amazing!

          So go on, give it a go, and together we can make the world a cleaner, greener, more sweet smelling place to be! *Takes A Bow*  :)


          Sunday, January 15, 2012

          An Evening At The Theatre...




          Just last week, our family arranged to go to a local theatre production, of "Goldilocks And The Three Bears".  We have watched quite a few pantomimes and musicals in our town before, and they were all brilliant.  We love to see the hard work of those involved coming together to make a spectacular evening for local families to enjoy!

          Given the title of the show, I'm guessing that most would assume the production would be clean, and family friendly...well it most certainly wasn't.  My husband and I are so angry, about what we, and our children saw last Wednesday night.  Here are a few of the "highlights":

          • Goldilocks' "boyfriend" was played by a another girl...in leather hot pants and high heels?  The two skipped about on stage confessing their undying love for one another, and making plans for their marriage?  What, are there no boys in our town, who could play the part in trousers?   

          • Young teenage dancers were dressed up in "Britney Spears style" school uniforms and showed off their underwear in every dance routine (save one).  I'm sure these girls worked very hard to learn their routines...but it was sad to see them being exploited by the people who should be protecting them.  The mothers of these girls ought be ashamed, for not guarding their daughters purity. 

          • There were jokes a plenty about viagra, the marital bed, adultery and mens private parts.  Obviously an important ingredient in a family show.
           
          •  Baby Bear kept "hitting" on Goldie.  Which was incredibly gross, considering the guy in the bear suit was about fifty and the girl playing Goldie was seemingly in her late teens or early twenties.  Yuck!

          • Oh, and I just loved how Daddy Bear sang "Don't be a drag, just be a queen...I was born this way"!  Apparently this is a current chart song, sung by a hideous pop singer.  Perhaps they were hoping to "educate" our children that being a queer is normal?  Urgh! 
           
          Sounds like a great show huh?!  I can honestly say that we will never, ever, attend our local theatre again.  It's such a shame really, because they used to be very good.


          Thursday, January 12, 2012

          Bugs, Organics, And Charcoal...Oh My!



          Okay, so I have been much more diligent in making sure I at least, get a couple of good photographs of my beautiful children every week.  This is not as easy as it sounds...our camera is r.u.b.b.i.s.h!!!  But since Christmas has past, the dratted thing appears to be over its tantrum, and is taking some fairly decent photographs now and then.  So I thought I'd post some recent ones, as well as a few thoughts!


           Meg Sampling The Vinegar, On The Just Cleaned Windows!


          A Pale, But Tummy-Bug-Free Dylan, 
          Enjoying Some Outside Play!

          Well, I'll firstly tell you about poor Dylan, who has had a nasty tummy bug all last week.  We were unconcerned by this initially, as there are always a few, making the rounds at this time of year.  Usually if anyone in our family is unlucky enough to contract one, they last a day or two at the most.  But poor Dylan wasn't so lucky...his lasted days, he was miserable!  On Saturday evening, a friend on facebook recommended "Activated Charcoal" for Dylan, she said it works very fast, which was what we needed!  We were staying home from church on Sunday anyway on account of not wanting to pass it to anyone else, so Brian drove around, trying to find somewhere that stocked it and who was open on a Sunday.  Long story short he found some!  Phew!  I'm glad to report that within hours of taking the charcoal, Dylan was much better, and he is now back to full health!


          Amy Working On Her Bible Worksheet, With Her New
          KJV "How-Can-You-Even-Read-It?" Bible!


          Gorgeous Girly! 

          I have recently gotten lots of motivation, to begin making changes, about the harmful substances we allow into our home.  After reading a book review on another blog; Brian and I began reading "Slow Death By Rubber Duck".  It is quite a scary read!  Although I know, that there is absolutely no way we can ever fully escape harmful chemicals, we have begun to target areas, that we think we can easily eliminate unnecessary toxins.  I will be blogging plenty more about this in coming weeks!  :)


          Dylan Was So Tired During His Tummy Bug,
          That He Fell Fast Asleep On Grandad!


          Sweet Amy!

          This week I have been truly shocked by "certain" internet users, who repeatedly "bash" other ladies online.  Often, their words do not surprise, nor shock me...but every so often I will read comments left at other blogs (Ms Anonymous back at it again!), that make my head spin.  Criticising and mocking children has to be a whole new level of nastiness.  I truly wish they would find a new way to vent their obvious envy...knitting perhaps?
           

          Mmmm...Shepherds Pie!


          One Of The Down Sides To A New Puppy!

          Last week I was so blessed, by these posts on organic eating!  A lot of what we eat is organic, home-reared or home grown anyway...but you know when you just got slack?  Well I had.  These posts gave me the kick-in-the-rear that I needed!  Thank you Zsuzsanna!  Even though our garden is not growing right now, and organic produce in Ireland is quite limited; I'm glad to say that we are back-on-track and are eating about 80-90% organic again! :)  
           

          Miss Meg, Enjoying Some Fresh Air
          ...Couldn't You Just Eat Her Chubby Cheeks!


          Tuesday, January 10, 2012

          Great Sermon To Share!



          My husband, Amy and I watched this sermon last week.  It was so encouraging and convicting, I wanted to share it with you all!  God bless Pastor Anderson's ministry!



          But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, 
          which shall not be taken away from her. ~ Luke 10:42


          Saturday, January 7, 2012

          The Voice Of Liberation?




          •  "Being a housewife is an illegitimate profession... The choice to serve and be protected and plan towards being a family- maker is a choice that shouldn't be. The heart of radical feminism is to change that" (Vivian Gornick ~ Feminist)
          • "No woman should be authorized to stay at home and raise her children. Society should be totally different. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many will make that one" (Simone De Beauvoir ~ Feminist)
          • "Women of the working class, especially wage workers, should not have more than two children at most. The average working man can support no more and and the average working woman can take care of no more in decent fashion"
          •  "Marriage has existed for the benefit of men; and has been a legally sanctioned method of control over women.... We must work to destroy it. The end of the institution of marriage is a necessary condition for the liberation of women. Therefore it is important for us to encourage women to leave their husbands and not to live individually with men.... All of history must be re-written in terms of oppression of women. We must go back to ancient female religions like witchcraft" (from "The Declaration of Feminism")
          • "By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God" (Gloria Steinem ~ Feminist)
          • "In order to raise children with equality, we must take them away from families and communally raise them" (Dr. Mary Jo Bane ~ Feminist)
          • "The most merciful thing a large family can to do one of its infant members is to kill it" (Margaret Sanger ~ Feminist)
          • "Since marriage constitutes slavery for women, it is clear that the women's movement must concentrate on attacking this institution. Freedom for women cannot be won without the abolition of marriage" (Sheila Cronin ~ Feminist)
          • "The nuclear family must be destroyed... Whatever its ultimate meaning, the break-up of families now is an objectively revolutionary process" (Linda Gordon ~ Feminist)
          • "Let's forget about the mythical Jesus and look for encouragement, solace, and inspiration from real women.... Two thousand years of patriarchal rule under the shadow of the cross ought to be enough to turn women toward the feminist 'salvation' of this world" (Annie Laurie Gaylor ~ Feminist)
          Maybe it's just me...but reading the wicked words of these well known feminists, does not make me feel liberated.  On the contrary, I feel that the feminist agenda seeks to oppress women.

          They seek to rob us of the living God, salvation through faith in Christ, our wonderful husbands, our beautiful children and our fulfilling womanly role.  In return they have given: abortifacients, adultery, increased homosexuality, child care, abortion, fornication and increased sexually transmitted diseases.

          Thanks But No Thanks Ladies...You Can Keep Your "Liberation"! 


            Thursday, January 5, 2012

            Happy 1st Birthday Meg!




            Meg's Birthday Party Breakfast!



            Just recently our sweet Meg celebrated her very first birthday!  Wow, where did the time go?!??  It seems that just last week, we were bringing her into the world!  How time flies, when you're loving on God's greatest blessings!

            As Meg's birthday fell during my husbands working week, we decided that we would have a "birthday party breakfast" for her, to celebrate this wonderful occasion!  That way my husband could celebrate with her, before he went to work...but, I think he was really just hanging on for the cake!


            A Pretty Dress From Nan And Grandad!


            My parents and brother came around early, and we all tucked in to lots of yummy food (I had gotten up extra early):  sausage, bacon rashers, black pudding, grilled tomatoes, baked oatmeal w/maple syrup, orange juice and birthday cake!  Meg especially loved the oatmeal, since she loves anything with maple syrup!  That is why in most of her birthday photos she has "shiny syrup face"!  

            Next we opened Meg's birthday cards and her gifts (From us, my parents and a kind friend), before kissing hubby off to work!  The rest of Meg's special day was spent quietly enjoying our usual activities and routine, which was nice after such a busy morning!  And although, I'm sure she had absolutely no idea that it was her birthday, she sure did love all the excitement and attention...all-in-all I think Meg had a great 1st birthday!



            Meg Sporting Her "Party" Hair Clippie!


            Happy Birthday To Our Sweet Baby Girl, Meg!


            Tuesday, January 3, 2012

            Beat That Pesky Raven!




            Quite a while ago I read about a board game for younger children on this blog.  The game, Orchard, is a co-operative game; in that all players race to win against a common enemy, instead of one another...which as we all know can sometimes lead to arguments!


            So after searching for quite a while, I found a seller through Amazon...the game was reasonably priced, but the shipping was a little high.  I was so impressed by how high quality the game was; all wood pieces (no yucky plastic) and a colourful card playing board.


            Dylan and I played together Christmas night!  That night, we won a game, and then we lost one to that formidable foe...the raven!  We have played several times since, and all our family thinks this game is just brilliant, for little ones AND bigger ones!