Here are some links I've shared on facebook in the last couple of weeks, as well as some that I wanted to and never got around to:
The Worship of God Conference Giveaways
From Cindy at Getalong Home:
"The ministry of the National Center for Family Integrated Churches is devoted to teaching the modern church about Biblical worship, and helping families find a place to worship where they will feel welcome bringing their little bundles of energy right inside the service with the rest of the Christians."
Cindy is hosting a giveaway to the conference, The Worship of God, in Asheville, NC. Not only does that include registration to the conference, it also includes lodging for the family. So yes, I'm trying to win. I would love to see North Carolina ;) Go enter here.
Want another chance? A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is hosting the same giveaway! Enter there too!
New Pinterest Board
Can you imagine ten mothers of large families pinning their tips, tricks and motherhood encouragement together? Ten large family mothers have teamed up on one Pinterest board called, uh, Large Family Mothers (clever title). If you have a large or growing family, you will love this board. The description:
All things pertaining to needs of the large or growing family, such as organization, health of the family, meals and recipes, motherhood, pregnancy and the blessing of children, homeschooling, frugal living and anything that involves being a keeper of the home.
You can follow it here! (Or follow all my Pinterest boards, whydoncha?)
Great New Ebook
Marci, at The Thankful Homemaker, just finished her ebook A Beginner's Guide to Assembling a Natural Medicine Cabinet.
Here is the review I left on Amazon about this great little ebook:
A Beginner's Guide is full of great information for treating common health issues naturally. The recommendations for treatment are grouped according to ailment, which makes it very simple to use. There is a perfect amount of information here to get a beginner started, without completely overwhelming the reader like some books of this nature do. What I loved most were the free printables that allow you to see at a glance the quickest way to treat health issues, which is why we usually reach for the OTC meds--a quick ease of symptoms. The author makes it easy to choose a more natural alternative.
I loved this beginner's guide and think it's a great resource. Go to the website and download yours for only $2.99. Marci also has a giveaway going on now for her ebook and a $25 gift card to The Bulk Herb Store.
From Joy at Artful Homemaking:
I don't do our grocery shopping. My husband does it all, and he has for years. He is very good at it, he enjoys doing it, and I'm happy to let him continue. :)
Read: How I Don't Do it All
This article by Dr. Al Mohler, President of Southern Seminary, was flying all over the web last week and rightly so. I'm so thankful to see mainstream evangelicals speaking out:
"Is public school an option? For Christians who take the Christian worldview seriously and who understand the issues at stake, the answer is increasingly no. The number of Christian parents ...coming to this conclusion increases each year. We can understand the nostalgia that many Christians hold about the public schools. I spent every minute of my school life from the first grade to high school graduation in a public school. And yet, I saw the ideological transformation of the schools before my own eyes. Long ago, the public schools entered a Brave New World from which no retreat now seems possible."
Read: Is Public School an Option?
From Debbie at Building a Family That Will Stand, a long-time friend of mine:
"As homeschoolers we may believe our children don’t spend much time with other children in comparison to those who attend school, and that may be true, but consider how much time they do spend with their peers: Sunday school, children’s church, mid-week church programs, youth group, Vacation Bible School, pageant preparation, home school play dates at the park, playing in the yard with the neighbours’ children, sports practices and games, home school co-op classes or lessons, birthday parties, sleepovers, extended family get-togethers, etc..
Are we suggesting our children never participate in any of these? We’re suggesting some of the above should be very, very carefully considered, and even avoided, particularly those activities in which we, as parents, are relegated to the back of the room, or not permitted to be in the room at all."
From Nicki at the 400 Things blog on raising entrepreneurial daughters:
When I went back to waiting tables as an adult, I realized I could not willingly send my daughters (or my sons) into this atmosphere to earn a few bucks. As long as possible, my job is to protect them from the world, and I could not do it this way.
This post had me in tears. A wife gave her husband a letter asking him what was most important to him, that she accomplish during the day. His reply might surprise you.
Read: A Kind Wife
And maybe it's cause I read this late at night, but this post had me bawling too. From Trisha at The Good Life:
In my many years of reading, I've come across some godly authors who never remember their parents fighting. Such an admirable thing it is!
But that's not my memory, and, sadly, it won't be my children's, either.
Read: There's Hope Even When Your Children Know About the Cow Pies
Have a beautiful weekend, friends!