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Home Comforts

Welcome to the Home Comforts page. Please get a cup of tea, relax, and enjoy some time exploring ideas that will, hopefully, add depth and pleasure to your life.


Scriptures For Reflection:
"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

Proverbs 22:6 (New International Version)


Reflections:
Martha Washington said, "I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
About a year ago, someone very close to me traveled a very difficult road. My sister is younger than me, has never been married, and has no children. After a consultation with a doctor, my sister found out that it was necessary for her to have a complete hysterectomy.
This experience might have been devastating for some people, but, for my sister, it was just a different road in her life.
She said, "If I want children in the future, there are plenty that need good homes and a lot of love...I can adopt."
My sister is a very strong woman and God had already allowed her a glimpse into her future because a few years before this diagnosis, my sister had the opportunity to serve in missionary work. She saw many children that needed homes, love, and the teachings of God.
My sister had already seen something that many people never see; she realized that just because a woman may give birth to a child, that does not make her a great parent. Children are obviously very important to God and He commands us to be like little children so that we may enter the gates of Heaven.
God gives us an awesome job; we are to train these little children in His ways. It's not enough that we bathe, feed, and clothe these little people. God wants us to be kind and to teach these children His ways.
Being a mother myself, I have discovered that when I am teaching my children, I am often the one that learns the most.
Please know that we are praying for all parents; biological parents, adoptive parents, grandparents, step parents, and people that stand in the gap and fulfill the duty of parenting even though they may not have a legal obligation to do so.
I would like to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mother's out there.
I would also like to thank my sister for being such a strong woman with Godly principles and I would like to thank my Mother, my Grandmother, and my Mother-in-law for all being Godly women and for passing their love for the Lord down through the generations of our family...you are all deeply loved.


Cook's Nook:
I would like to thank Beth for her faithfulness in reading the site and for contributing the following recipes. Thanks for sharing Beth and may God bless you always.

Pea Salad
Ingredients:
Package cooked pasta (I use shell macaroni or elbow noodles)
Hard boiled eggs
Sharp cheddar cheese
Sweet relish
Mayonnaise
Pepper
Green onions
Bacon bits or cooked bacon pieces

Directions:
Cook pasta, boil eggs, and cook bacon if using regular bacon. Mix all ingredients together . I use enough mayonnaise and sweet relish to make a smooth and creamy dressing and then mix the other ingredients in. I chop the cheese into small chunks and mix everything together. Refrigerate. The longer the salad cools the better it tastes. May have to add a teaspoon of mayonnaise before serving.

Chocolate Covered Bananas
Ingredients:
Bananas Chocolate candy coating

Directions:
Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Cut firm bananas in half and dip into chocolate; lay bananas on wax paper covered cookie sheet. Place dipped bananas in freezer. Makes a great cold summer treat.


Helpful Hints:
Storing embroidery floss:
I use a three ring binder and clear collector pages that are used for collecting baseball cards. I put a different color thread in each compartment and then when I am doing needlepoint, I can easily see the colors. This also travels well.

Baking center
I love to bake and I have several decorator tips, tubes of color gel, measuring spoons and all sorts of other neat baking tools. I purchased a small plastic storage unit that has little drawers and I stored all of my baking implements in this unit and put the unit in the cabinet. It is very nice not to have to search for all of my baking tools.


The Writer's Block:
Title and Author Unknown

The child asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there, being so small and helpless?
"Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."
The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven,I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."
God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."
Again the child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"
God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."
"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"
God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and teach you how to pray."
"Who will protect me?"
God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it's life."
"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."
God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about me and will teach you the way to come back to me, even thought I will always be next to you."
At that moment there was much peace in heaven but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, God if I am to leave now, please tell me my angels name."
"You will simply call her "Mom."


The Book Worm:
Make Your Day Count Devotions for Moms
This book is really great. I keep it close at hand and start my day with some of the devotions. This book also includes a lot of recipes and helpful hints. Contributors of this book include, Lindsay Roberts, Gloria Copeland, Taffi Dollar, Marilyn Hickey, Kellie Copeland Kutz, and several other wonderful and Godly women. This book would make an awesome Mother's Day gift.

Let's Make a Memory by Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson
A friend gave me this book as a gift when I was pregnant with my youngest child. This book is full of wonderful ideas for making meaningful family memories. There are activities for holidays, the seasons, and just ordinary days. The book includes memories from the authors and some recipes. This is a really fun book.


Reflective Gifting:
A Meaningful Scrapbook
Scrapbooking has become increasingly popular. There are many types of scrapbooks from recipe scrapbooks to geneaology scrapbooks. A great gift is to design a scrapbook geared to a persons interests. For example, if you have someone that enjoys baseball, you could find baseball cards, information about favorite players, ticket stubs, memorabilia, etc. and design a scrapbook for that person. This is sure to be a gift that will be enjoyed.

Butterfly Bag
With Mother's Day close at hand, I thought I would add a neat project to do with kids that also makes a great gift. Purchase a plain white pillow case. Have children paint their hands in pretty colors. Draw the body of the butterfly with a sharpie marker and paint. You can either use fabric paint or acrylic paint. If using acrylic paint, it is a good idea to use a bit of textile medium to each color used so that the paint will be washable. Have child put a hand on either side of the butterfly body; the hands will form the wings. Snip some small openings at the top of the pillowcase and run a pretty ribbon through tying knots in the end of the thread to form handles. Now you have a pretty butterfly bag that is very special.


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