Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Shocking Ruling!

“In a shocking move, an activist federal judge dismissed our amicus brief submitted to the court in defense of our new Texas Sonogram Law,” she said. “The well-known pro-abortion judge claimed that he’s not going to allow politics in his court. I guess what he really meant was any politics that differ from his own.”

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Well, if I've said it once I'll say (write) it again...As long as I have a blog I will stand for the unborn.

Homeschooling is important yes, but we have little babies being murdered in their mother's wombs, these little babies should be in the safest place ever but instead it is now the most dangerous!

And isn't this real homeschooling for Life? Or if you don't homeschool isn't keeping our youth and young adults abreast of the war within our country of utmost importance?

Have you ever noticed so many people seeming so lulled to sleep on this? It makes me ill, people seem to care more about their pocketbooks or McChurch than they do little unborn babies. It ought not be!

It's an interesting time we live in, more politicians are speaking out on abortion than many pastors...Sometimes it would just be nice to see some passion in people who say they follow Jesus Christ. It would just really be nice.

It starts in our homes, I hope our children see a passion in us.

Otherwise one day our grandchildren may ask us:

"What did you do or say when they were killing babies?"
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Rescue those who are being led away to death! Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter! Proverbs 24:11

Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalms 82:4

I wanted to share a couple of neat books to celebrate fall but it will have to wait after hearing of this most unjust and horrifying ruling.

Let's lift our country up in prayers. And remember, saying there will always be abortion is like the abolitionists saying there would always be slavery!
A helpful site: Wallbuilders

Thursday, August 25, 2011

"...I Cling to Jesus" Must See Video

My daughter Marianna sent this to me the other day, I just watched it. I hope you will be touched by this as I was. Be blessed. ~Amelia

This was grace - short film from Andrew Laparra on Vimeo.

And while I'm sharing about things and people who touch our hearts and bring us closer to Jesus, would you like to meet My Buddy Calvin?

He is a sweetheart in my life, on My Forest Cathedral blog.

These blogs are the everyday goings on in the life of a 50 year old young lady as myself homeschooling for going on 22 years....our daughters are ages 17 to 28 and we all love Jesus.

And that's it...because what am I without Him?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

When I Hear the Praises Start, This Ministered to Me Today

This ministered to me this morning. Sometimes things look bad in the world, sometimes our hearts are hurt, other times we rejoice to tears seeing the Lord's goodness. I hope this ministers to your spirit too today and throughout the week.

(Feel free to mute the music at bottom of page)

Hubs and I saw Keith Green in concert in 1982. He was killed that summer in a small plane crash...I was expecting my first baby, Lea. Melody Green, Keith Green's wife was also expecting. Lea is now 28 serving Jesus. We've homeschooled for going on 22 years now. We have four daughters ages 17 to 28, all serving the Lord in some capacity. May Jesus be engrained in them throughout their lives. May God be the glory. May we hold on to Him in these last days.

If you do homeschool remember the reason. The outcome will usually reflect the reason and heart in which we homeschool.

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What have you been up to? Here is my blog, My Forest Cathedral for updates at the Forest Cathedral with our family's goings ons.

Healthy guiltless recipes, easy sewing projects and old fashioned movies the entire family can watch? You may like my thats-italian blog.

Take care all, may we keep our eyes on JESUS.

For an audience of One, ~Amelia

Thursday, August 18, 2011


I thought this was great! My dad and my grandfather always said...

"Make do or do without"

I remember when I was young my mom and dad drove their car and truck til they fell apart. They would pay cash for a nice sensible vehicle and drive them and drive them. They did not buy new cars every two years to hold some imaginary insecure image EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD THE MONEY TO DO SO IF THEY WOULD HAVE WANTED. Praise God! PRAISE GOD!

loading ... Our home was a sweet home, a Thomas Kinkade type of home in the older part of our town. It had been built for my Uncle Wesley and Uncle Wesley had died in the home when he was in his 20s. He had attended Rice University, he and his bride had settled into the little home town on the bay. I can guarantee you when that gorgeous young man was dying he did not wish he had a a larger house, newer car or a boat. It was the Eternal that mattered, in fact I bet he could have cared less about a college degree he never would have used!!!

My German grandfather's home was next door, a beautiful red brick home that looked like it could have been transported from the beautiful museum district. The red brick home was not larger than needed though it was nice and it was adequate. Each home sat on four lots, only our two homes graced the block.

Now that I look back this was the better but the people who moved in with NASA coming in had the new homes and I can remember my mom wanting a new home. My dad would say,

"No, this home is paid for."

There was not a thing wrong with our sweet white siding home with storybook green shutters, except perhaps the kitchen was very small, but nothing that could not be remedied. My dad would also reiterate how the newer homes were so close together you could jump from rooftop to rooftop. He was right.

I enjoyed the saying at the top image from The Finer Things in Life

Do you want to read something good? Check her entry out here:
There's Beauty in Your Ugly Stroller

The above article could be fill in the blank, There is Beauty in Your Ugly (fill in blank). Car, coat, couch, coffee pot etc.

Don't be a part of The Emperor's New Clothes. If it takes going with only one car just do that little thing. I did when our girls were little tots for a year or so when my hubby was making a job change. And when we finally were able to afford a car for me to run around in we paid cash at the price of $450 dollars for a great sturdy little station wagon, it needed a new transmission and we found a reasonable mechanic to do the job.

Who wants to go to work leaving our children somewhere so we can have a dumb car? Think about that one. Custom curtains and fancy cars will rot one day, what will our children remember?

Our time with them! The ETERNAL!

Make everyday a sweet day, let's concentrate on Christian character and relationship with JESUS.

Don't go with the herd, go with the precious Word of God and His loving Presence, talk with Him, walk with Him and to heck with the rest. And for fellow homeschoolers, that goes for outclassing and college too. What are you doing all of that for if it is not practical or necessary? Could it be a pride issue? A popularity-with-other-mom's issue? (I still can't believe grown women play that game) And that's another blog...


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

That Was 1938...Why Not Now?

I won this pattern yesterday on ebay....It is from 1938. This is a day dress, what the ladies wore everyday.

Notice the handwritten note from the pattern company; thoughtful and polite... thankful as well.

I'm going to try my hand at making this dress, I love dresses and think this would be so much fun to wear at home and out as well.

Lately when I see women of all ages and young girls wearing jeans everywhere I can't help but think to myself...This is so un-lady-like. Why, jeans aren't really even flattering. They add bulk and show every little thing, it reminds me of 'The Emperor's New Clothes' story. Lately so many things do!

Is it any wonder the poor young girls have such a warped sense of what a normal figure should be?

Let's get back to the sweet things when men were men and women were women.

I enjoy skirts a great deal, how about you? Here is one of my skirt adventures and my favorite skirt pattern on My Forest Cathedral blog. An easy versatile top to make? I have one here on my thats-italian blog.

By the way ladies, Hobby Lobby has Simplicity patterns for 99 cents this week! So that would include my favorite skirt pattern above! : )

Have a great day in Jesus! ~Amelia

Thursday, August 4, 2011

An Enemy of Christ a Friend of the World? Encouragements for a Peaceful Happy Home

18.For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

19. whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame; who set their mind on earthly things. ~Phillippians 3:18-19

They set their mind on earthly things. Their delight is found in the things of this world.

4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. ~James 4:4


My husband was reading the above scripture to us last night for family devotions. It is very appropriate in these last days wouldn't you agree? For us homeschoolers, what do we seek? The Lord's wisdom? Or fear of and the approval of man? Do we wear academic achievements as a badge of honor ignoring true integrity and godly character?

What is our delight? What upsets us and grieves our hearts? What takes our time? Our money? Who are we trying to impress? Do we have mercy on others? Do we have mercy on God's creatures? It blows my mind the apathy in people at times, I don't understand a living faith in the Lord that turns the head to abuses of any kind at all. Do we have care one for another? Care even outside of church walls?

A good book worth reading: Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill

That's very much the wrap for today. Take care all, the way is narrow. He will guide us if we listen to Him and not carnal people.

I've homeschooled for going on 21 years and sometimes I can't help but be grieved as I have seen the homeschool movement move away from the Lord. It's very difficult for my heart to grasp sometimes how people will do things away from the Lord's guidance.

Brethren (Sisters) do not be deceived. That's what the Bible warns.

If you think you may want to see more on Leonard Ravenhill you may like this site. The late Leonard Ravenhill will also be found on youtube as well.

If you (or I) feel discouraged today we must remember the Lord never changes, sometimes the walk is a lonely one because of what has become of churchdom etc. but He is with us I can assure you (me) of that. Let's mind our own business working quietly with our own hands as the Bible says living blamelessly with a cheerful heart for our families. Many times we tend to overlook the fellowship right before us.

We are having cowboy day today at our house and cooking cowboy food for supper with a sweet old Roy Rogers and Trigger movie for tonight. My Pal Trigger (1946)

My dad always says...

Everyday's a party and every meal's a feast!

Sometimes in our country's moral climate I just want to sing....

There'll be Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover....

That is a good old 40s movie by the way...White Cliffs of Dover. (1944)

Okay, there you have it, Bible truths and hopefully encouragements from me to you for both you and me. You see I need encouragement in these last days just like the next mom. Enjoy your day, Good day! (As the late Paul Harvey used to say it) ~Amelia

P.S. Thanks so much for the thoughtful comments on the last entries. I thank God for sweet brothers and sisters in the Lord here online.