Flashback … 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

SURPRISE!!! (I wish I could see your face Hannah, when you first see this post).
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

Do you love giving thanks?  Recently we celebrated Hannah’s 26 birthday!  As I thought back over the last 26 years of Hannah’s life, I decided in the spirit of this thanksgiving season, to come up with a collection of memories, facts and interesting info about her. She has been a great inspiration and joy in my life, and I look forward to many more years together 🙂

1. Hannah was conceived on our parents honeymoon!   If my parents had gone the  traditional, recommended “wait a year or more” for children, Hannah would not be here today.  I would probably be the oldest, and the world would lack a daughter, sister and friend.  There would be no editress,
business owner, web designing, chocolate lovin’, coffee drinkin’ girl named Hannah… what a difference one life can make!
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

2. Abba worked a corporate office job when Hannah was young.  The family lived in a townhouse apartment and he had limited physical work to do.  He and Ima (mama) read to Hannah all the time, and by the time she was 4 years old, she was reading adult books on her own… 20 years later, she edits them 🙂
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

3. Hannah went from being a prissy, city girl that whined if her hands got dirty, to living in a trailer stuck in a field, in the middle-of nowhere Virginia 🙂
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

4. When Hannah was 22 months, she remembers eating popcorn with the midwife after Tommy, her 12 pound brother was born.  For all of you cringing, Ima (who has only had natural births) says his was the easiest of them all!  I love the picture below.  How is an 18 pound girl supposed to hold her 12 pound brother?
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

5.  While living in Virginia, Ima started buying sweet potatoes, that had not been sprayed with chemicals.  She would try to feed Hannah the skins but Hannah’s response was “me don’t like the skins, me don’t like the skins”.  One day, Tommy was eating the peel and started to  barely choke.  Hannah said matter-of-factley: “He don’t like the skins”!
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

6.  When Hannah was almost 4, I (Ruthie) was born.  Hannah excitedly called our grandmother who was at our uncle’s place.  She said “oh Ma! She is so beautiful, she’s so beautiful, and we will call her Rooffi!  Since you have a Naomi [my cousin], we will call her Rooffi!”  I have loved and looked up to her ever since (well, “up” might be an incorrect word, I passed her in hight awhile back) 🙂
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

7.  When Hannah was 6, Sarah was born.  Hannah has always been very mature for her age, and was an incredible help to Ima. Below is the first cobbler she made.
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

8.  While in Virginia, we got a trampoline!  I would cling onto the edge, while Hannah and Tommy jumped.  As soon as they bonked heads and started crying, I would jump up and start bouncing, by myself.  Years later, Hannah still enjoys the trampoline… even though she rarely gets on it anymore.
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

9.  We moved from Virginia to Tennessee and Hannah became even more responsible and helpful as we moved from place to place and Abigail, Samuel, Lydia and Baby Yosef were born.  She cooked, did school, and milked our goat with Tommy.  Mindy the goat didn’t like rain and the only way to calm her, was singing.  Hannah came up with a an extra verse to the “Its Raining It’s Pouring” song, and we still chant occasionally.  It went something like this:  “… So he hired a  girl and a boy, named Hannah Washburn and Tommy Washburn, to milk his goat named Mindy, then he sold her to us… Oh, oh, oh, what a good girl Mindy is, Oh, oh, oh, what a good girl Mindy is” 🙂 Thankfully her song writing skills have improved since then.
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

10.  Eventually, we built a home in west Tennessee and Hannah decorated the rafters and walls with stories about us, and what we were doing.  Sometimes, we would climb up in the rafters and she would read her handywork to us.
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

11.  Hannah used to play outside, climb trees and hike!  There was one tree she would climb up really high.  Then she would sway back and forth, terrifying Tommy and I.
She also loves competitive games.  Soccer, volleyball and spoons might be her favorite.  She use to always win Kings Base, ’cause she would never dash off her base very far.  Cautious and smart she was… but not a whole lot of fun for the rest of us impatient children 🙂
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

12.  Us children used to be divided into 2 groups.  There were the “3 oldest”, and the “4 youngest” (Sarah eventually learned how to work that though, if the “3 oldest” got a privilege she tried to become one of the “4 oldest”, if the younger ones got a treat, she was definitely one of them 🙂 ).  I was so glad Hannah and Tommy welcomed me, as one of the “big people”, and let me in on their thoughts, projects and fun.  You older siblings have an important role to play in shaping your siblings lives.

Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

13.  Hannah would get frustrated with me, because I couldn’t seem to clean my stuff up (we’ve shared rooms our whole life)!  Somehow life has a way of switching things around and now I’m the one that can’t understand, why she would prefer to let her clean laundry pile up THEN put it away.
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

14.  One day, Hannah and Tommy were building a fort.  Tommy happened to nail into a maple tree and sap started dripping out!  They decided to make maple syrup.  The first year, they only wound up with a cup or so of syrup, but that fed the fire of interest, and now we get nearly enough syrup,  to last a whole year!  Best of all, we have many good memories of tapping trees together, hiking up and down treacherous hills to gathering sap, cooking it down and eating together.  Maple syrup is very hard work… but it is so much fun too!
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

15.  As a girl, Hannah watched Abba play his guitar.  She started teaching herself to play by ear and now plays the guitar or piano more days than not.  She loves music and enjoys using her talents to bless others.
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

16.  At age 16, Hannah started a magazine for girls. She wanted to encourage them to embrace the Biblical role of womanhood… not just float along in the engulfing current of modern feminism.  Shining Stars Magazine has helped many girls find answers and encouragement in their counter cultural, but very rewarding calling.


Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

17.  Hannah also uses her writing skills to spread awareness and support for our beloved Israel.  Check out her powerful and touching post: Israel… What Does It Matter? also, Reply To Comment: Israel … What Does It Matter?
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!


18.  She loves the land and especially the people of Israel.  She would love to live there permanently, but in the meantime, she just visits, serves and shares the Good News whenever possible.
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

19.  Hannah can cook!  Although our likes and dislikes vary, I enjoy some of her unique creations and love when she makes the regular family favorites. The eggplant dip below might be my favorite thing she makes, her falafel are incredible and the almond flour pancakes are delicious too!
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!


20.  Hannah is not afraid to speak out on touchy topics including:


Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

21.  I am thankful that while Hannah can be very clear and vocal about right and wrong, she is also kind and considerate towards others with a different opinion… unless they are belligerent… she can have a tough side to her 🙂  She used to be a bossy, stubborn, controlling gal,  now…
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

… now she is quite a fine lady!
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

22.  Hannah’s favorite days are the cold rainy ones, when she can curl up with a book.  She loves dark chocolate, candles, calico kittens, hot drinks (especially coffee) and sleeping on the floor.
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

23.  Hannah is a born leader and fun to be around.    She is our moderator-of-choice when we play Occupation (perhaps our favorite group game).
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

24.  She also loves to dance!  Whether she is helping a friend teach a presentation dance, leading a group, or showing someone a new step, she is truly a blessing!  You can see some of the dances on Dance, Worship and Praise!
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

25.  Hannah has spent many years building our family’s puppy business.  Although everyone works hard, we would not be where we are now, without the dedication, knowledge, communication skills, web designing skills and business ethic, our heavenly Father has blessed her with.
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

26.  Perhaps one of the greatest blessings about my sister, is her example of wanting the Father’s best for her- and everyone else’s lives.  Especially when it comes to guys.  Her love and commitment to her future husband is rare, challenging and special… I know she will make some guy an incredible wife one of these days 🙂
Flashback ... 26 Reasons I love Hannah!

I love you Hannah!  Thank you for being such a good sister!

Happy October To You – Twins, Sukkot & Coconut Oil!

Can you believe that we are already in October?  I’m not sure where this year has gone!  It has been quiet around here lately and I apologize for that.  But I do have an excuse!  Or at least, a good reason.  That sounds better, doesn’t it? 🙂

Happy October To You - Twins, Sukkot & Inexpensive Coconut Oil!


Several weeks ago, we received a call at 2:15am from Clinton and Sharon (who are like family to us) and they asked for my mother and Sarah to come to their place because Sharon was in labor. We were surprised since it was a couple weeks before her due date but they hurried out of the house and drove the 1.5 hours to where Clinton and Sharon are living.  We received a text several hours later that read, “Baby girl born before we got here … waiting on baby #2!”

That began a whirlwind of a week and a half!  To start with, they didn’t know that they were having twins!  But some hours later, baby #2 was born – another beautiful little girl! Unfortunately Sharon did have some complications after the birth, which resulted in 2 unexpected emergency trips to the hospital.  During this time, Sarah was staying with them to help care for the twins and their 15 month old son.  Others in our family, myself included, spent time back and forth between their place and ours, resulting in loss of sleep and crazy schedules.  But it was worth it all!  I mean … they have TWINS!!

Happy October To You - Twins, Sukkot & Inexpensive Coconut Oil!

To say we’re all excited would be an understatement!  But with all of that going on, not to mention me and the other girls having more puppy business work to handle since Sarah was away, we haven’t kept up with things around the blog as much as we would like to.  More on that in a little bit!

Isn’t this a beautiful family?!Happy October To You - Twins, Sukkot & Inexpensive Coconut Oil!

I mentioned that Clinton and Sharon had some unexpected hospital visits, which resulted in some unexpected expenses.  Another friend of ours has started an online fundraiser for them.  If any of you feel led to help them with the medical bills, it would be greatly appreciated.  You can do so by clicking on this link:

Let’s Bless Clinton & Sharon Cauthen’s Growing Family


As most of you know, our family observes the Biblical feasts and Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) is beginning next week!  So it’s going to be quiet on the blog for a little bit longer but we look forward to catching up in a few weeks!  I know I still have one more house photo post to publish and we have some other things in the works too.  I’m sure we’ll also be sharing pictures and videos from our Sukkot celebration.  This is always a highlight of the year and I pray that all of you who are celebrating it will have a very blessed one!

Coconut Oil!

Do you use coconut oil?  It has some amazing health benefits! Our family enjoys using it in many different recipes and we go through a fairly large quantity.  I have searched around to find the best price on organic, extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil … and I think I have found it! {affiliate link} Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil on Amazon only costs $16.14 for 54oz!

Disclaimer: this is the price before shipping.  But I like to combine items in my order to get the total over $49, which gives me free shipping.  If you already have Amazon Prime, you can get free shipping anyway!  Or if you don’t have it, you can get a free 30 day trial at – try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial 🙂

Question: do you order many items through amazon?  What are some of your favorite finds?

Hope you have a lovely week and we’ll be back around the end of October, YHWH willing!

P.S.  Do you know what else I usually order on Amazon?   Cafe Don Pablo Organic Coffee Medium-Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee Beans!  It’s $15.99 for 2lbs and it’s VERY GOOD coffee 🙂

The Farmhouse Remodel Project – Before & After – Part 2

The Farmhouse Remodel Project – Before & After – Part 2

Last week I shared part one of our remodel project photo record!  Today I’m sharing pictures of the remodel process in the stove room and our girls’ bedroom.  The photo above is from our girls’ room.  It was taken while we were in the process of moving in, so it is still fairly empty and wide open!  There are more pictures of our room below … Read more

The Farmhouse Remodel Project – Before & After – Part 1

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

For practically as long as I can remember, whenever we would drive past an old farmhouse, we would comment on how nice it would be to fix one up!  Last year, our dream came true and we started tackling a farmhouse remodel project.  This post has been a year in the making!  We talked about sharing pictures a long time ago but I’m finally getting to it now.

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

It was quite a chore – trying to sort through the hundreds of pictures and whittle them down to the few best ones.  Many of the pictures I chose wouldn’t be considered incredible but they tell the story, so that’s why I used them.  Even after all the paring down, I still ended up with too many pictures for one post so I plan to split this into at least two.  Enjoy!

The above picture shows the front view of the house … this is the side where you drive in.  We love having so much yard area!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Kitchen

This was the original kitchen …The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

One of the first things we planned for was to replace the one small window with two large ones. We already had the windows so it was a blessing that we didn’t have to buy them.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Finished!  Sort of.  We actually still have to finish the exterior trim (ssshhhh, don’t tell anyone!)The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The floor under the sink was rotten.  That’s what happens when the drain pipe comes disconnected – meaning that the sink AND the washing machine were draining right here under the house.  My father always says it’s a mathematical equation: wood+water=rot!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

How do you like those tree trunk floor joists? 🙂The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Hard workers!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

When we took out one of the kitchen walls, we lost a lot of our cabinet space.  So we decided to move those cabinets over the sink here.  The plan is to thoroughly remodel the kitchen as soon as we get the chance but this works for now.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

See where the wall used to be?  It divided the kitchen from the dining room so we took it out.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Whenever we do the final remodel, we plan to put an island in the kitchen too!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Main Room

This was the dining room.  Cheery looking room, ay? :p  The wall on the left divided it from the kitchen.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And this was a living room – the wall on the left divided it from the dining room.  (The door on the right goes into the parents’ bedroom and the door straight ahead goes into the laundry room/pantry/garage area.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

We like wide open spaces, so we decided to take out all three walls, and make this one big room.  Thankfully, these were not load-bearing walls so we didn’t have to worry about the structural support.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The boys and our friend Clinton had fun busting down the walls!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Walls are out … time to paint!  But first …The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Do you see this window here on the right?  Well it looked out into the laundry room … and it wasn’t exactly a spectacular view!  Some of us really wanted to take the window out but we were short on finances and time, and so my parents decided that the window would stay.  Mama suggested that the china cabinet go in front of it, or mentioned even painting the window!  But when I compared the dimensions of the china cabinet to the window area, I discovered that there would several inches of window/trim showing on the sides and above the cabinet.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Finally, after being pretty outspoken about the need to remove the window and sheetrock the wall, I told my father “I will forever regret not getting rid of the window!”  Ruthie heard me and started to explain how it wasn’t a big deal because the china cabinet would cover it.  I grabbed the tape measure and showed her just how far the china cabinet would and would not cover.  She looked a little horrified and said “Oh!  We need to get rid of the window!”  The other children started agreeing so someone wrote up a “petition for window removal” on a scrap paper and signed the whole family’s names to it – including the ones who weren’t around!

Mama and Tommy had gone to pick up the hardwood flooring and Abba said he was fine with taking it out, as the materials really wouldn’t be too expensive, but he knew Tommy wouldn’t want more sheetrock to finish out.  So that evening, after getting the okay from Mama, Abba told Tommy that us girls had busted out the window so that it had to be removed! :p  We didn’t really, but the petition worked and wow – that wall looks so much better now than if it still had a window in it!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And this is what happens when you fall asleep while someone is mudding sheetrock!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

We found a couple cans of “palomino gold” paint on discount at Ace … added about 3 or 4 gallons of white to lighten it up … and we have nice, peachy walls!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The guys did put in a false beam here where the wall had been.  It’s not for support but because the ceiling was too uneven to finish out.
The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

This is a more recent picture but it gives you an idea of what the beam looks like!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

There was only one section in the farmhouse that needed support, so they manufactured this beam …The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And put it here!  This is where the dining room/living room adjoin with what we call the stove room (pictures of that in the next post).  It used to just be a couple doorways but since we wanted it open, they had to put in the beam for support.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

This picture was taken before it was trimmed out so it isn’t completely finished here, but it’s what I have!
The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Laying hardwood flooring!  Everyone helped with this project and it took several days to complete!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Sometimes you just have to take a break while you’re waiting on another piece!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

I wonder if there are any OCD floorers!  It sure can drive you crazy trying to decide which pieces to put where and keep the joints far enough apart.  And yes, there is such a thing as floorers remorse :p
The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The dining room and kitchen.  This definitely isn’t a finished picture, as you can see the trim still needs to be replaced, among other things, but this is a good idea of what it looks like now.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And from this angle … the dining room and living room!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

That’s all for now but I’ll post some more pictures very soon!

A Day On The Lake (Modest Swimsuit Pictures)

I have been wanting to share a post with pictures of our modest swimsuits and it just so happened that we were provided with the perfect opportunity to get some photos recently!

A Day On The Lake (Modest Swimsuit Pictures)

Our friend Silas has been visiting from Maine to work here in Tennessee during the winter/spring months and before heading back home this week, he wanted to take us to spend a day on the nearby lake.  It has been a long time since our family went out on the water and we had an absolutely wonderful time! Read more

Disney: Why Bible Believers Should Avoid The Magic Kingdom

Is there any company as well known and widely accepted as Disney?  From its incredible theme parks to outstanding movies, you can find the influences of this company nearly everywhere you turn.  Interestingly, most professing Christians are just as charmed with Disney as unbelievers … a distressing observation when you consider that professing Christians claim to believe the Bible.

Disney: Why Bible Believers Should Avoid The Magic Kingdom

Before I go any further, let me acknowledge that this article will probably step on some toes and it may offend some of you.  That is not my intention and I hope that you will receive what I say in the spirit in which it is written – one of love, compassion and concern.

When I was very young, my parents were convicted to not allow Disney into our home.  We children knew who Mickey Mouse was but we were taught to not play with him or any other Disney characters.  Why?

Well, what are some of the main words that come to mind when you think of Disney?

Magic.  Sorcery.  Wizard.  Enchanted.  Witchcraft.

Does any of that sound familiar?

Within the past few days, there have been many people upset about the possibility of Disney turning Elsa, the main character from Frozen, into a lesbian.  Most of these people are upset because they consider homosexuality to be a sin – an abomination, according to Leviticus 18:22.  But it has not seemed to occur to these people that Disney has been propagating sin and abominations ever since its establishment.  Let’s take a look at a few Scriptures.

“There shall not be found among you anyone who … practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.  For all who do these things are an abomination to YHWH.” – Deuteronomy 18:10-12

Shall we dive a little into the meanings of these words?

H07081 Kecem – divination, witchcraft.

In 1 Samuel 15:23, we are told that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.

H5172 Nachash – to practice divination, practice fortunetelling, take as an omen
H6049 Anan – to practice soothsaying, conjure

Leviticus 19:26 tells us, “nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying”.

H3784 Kashaph – meaning to practice witchcraft or sorcery, use witchcraft, sorcerer/sorceress

“You shall not permit a sorceress to live.” –  Exodus 22:18.

H3049 yid’oniy – a familiar spirit, soothsayer, necromancer

“Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am YHWH your God.” – Leviticus 19:31

“And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.” – Leviticus 20:6

“A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.” – Leviticus 20:27

It seems pretty clear from these verses that everything pertaining to witchcraft, sorcery, magic, etc, is a sin and abomination.  And just in case anyone objects to solely using passages from the Old Testament scriptures to support this view, let’s see what the New Testament has to say about it.

Galatians 5:20 tells us that those who practice witchcraft (G5331 pharmakeiasorcery, magical arts) will not inherit the kingdom of God.  In Revelations 9:21, witchcraft is mentioned in connection with idolatry, murder, sexual immorality and theft.  And we are told in Acts 19:19 that when those who had practiced witchcraft came to faith in Messiah, they burned their books/resources.

I am not aware of one instance in the Bible where witchcraft or sorcery is exonerated.  So then why is it acceptable to welcome these things into our homes in the form of entertainment and children’s toys, and pay money to experience them at theme parks?

Disney: Why Bible Believers Should Avoid The Magic Kingdom

When my sisters and I were discussing this issue, and I mentioned that I have never heard anyone give a Biblically sound reason for embracing Disney, one of my sisters told me she was talking with a girl she had met and the girl mentioned how much she enjoyed these things.  When my sister mentioned that the Bible forbids them, the girl replied, “Yes, it does say that, but you can learn so many good morals from them!”

It would be laughable if it weren’t so pitiable!  Why don’t we welcome adulterers and murderers in to learn good morals from them as well?  In the eyes of the Almighty, are those not the same type of sins as witchcraft?

Disney is often referred to as ‘the magic kingdom’.  Since the Bible tells us that magic is an abomination and those who practiced it were to receive the death penalty, would it not be more accurate to call it ‘the devil’s kingdom’?

For anyone who is not quite convinced, I want to talk about Disney movies for a minute.  I have never seen a Disney movie – and I don’t plan to either!  But I decided to look up the plot summaries of seven of their well-known productions.  Let’s read through them and every time you see the references to magic, witchcraft and sorcery (which include things like fairies, wizards, trolls, spells and enchantment), remember that these things are an abomination to our Creator.

Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven – to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. From the outside Anna’s sister, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret-she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It’s a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can’t stop. She fears she’s becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her.

After receiving the healing powers from a magical flower, the baby Princess Rapunzel is kidnapped from the palace in the middle of the night by Mother Gothel. Mother Gothel knows that the flower’s magical powers are now growing within the golden hair of Rapunzel, and to stay young, she must lock Rapunzel in her hidden tower. Rapunzel is now a teenager and her hair has grown to a length of 70-feet. The beautiful Rapunzel has been in the tower her entire life, and she is curious of the outside world. One day, the bandit Flynn Ryder scales the tower and is taken captive by Rapunzel. Rapunzel strikes a deal with the charming thief to act as her guide to travel to the place where the floating lights come from that she has seen every year on her birthday. Rapunzel is about to have the most exciting and magnificent journey of her life.

Merida, a Scottish princess whose interests include archery and horse riding, is told by her mother that her interests are not what a princess should be doing and that she has to marry. But Merida chooses to defy her mother. And when she and her mother have an argument Merida rides off and meets a witch. She asks for a spell to change her mother. And the witch gives her a cake which she gives to her mother but the change is not what she was hoping for. So she tries to find a way to fix it.

Beauty and the Beast
Prince Adam was cursed to a beast form by Enchantress who saw no love in his arrogant heart for others. The one way he could break the spell was to learn to love another and earn her love in return before the last petal from his enchanted rose fell, which would bloom until his twenty-first birthday. But who could ever learn to love a beast? Ten years later, Maurice, an inventor from a nearby village, becomes lost in the woods and seeks shelter in the Beast’s castle, the Beast imprisons him for trespassing. His daughter Belle, a bookworm who dreams of life outside her provincial village, finds him trapped in the castle and offers her place instead. The Beast accepts with a promise she’ll remain in the castle forever. In the beginning Belle views him as nothing more than a monster, he views her as difficult and stubborn. But the two soon taste the bitter-sweetness of finding you can change and learning you were wrong.

The Little Mermaid
Loosely based upon the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Ariel, youngest daughter of King Triton, is dissatisfied with life in the sea. She longs to be with the humans above the surface, and is often caught in arguments with her father over those “barbaric fish-eaters”. She goes to meet Ursula, the Sea Witch, to strike a deal, but Ursula has bigger plans for this mermaid and her father.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one – her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs – Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy and Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love’s kiss can save her!

The Princess and the Frog
A modern day retelling of the classic story The Frog Prince. The Princess and the Frog finds the lives of arrogant, carefree Prince Naveen and hardworking waitress Tiana crossing paths. Prince Naveen is transformed into a frog by a conniving voodoo magician and Tiana, following suit, upon kissing the amphibian royalty. With the help of a trumpet-playing alligator, a Cajun firefly, and an old blind lady who lives in a boat in a tree, Naveen and Tiana must race to break the spell and fulfill their dreams.

 As I mentioned last year in my post about homosexual marriage, if people do not believe in the God of the Bible, then it makes sense for them to accept and practice what the Bible calls sin.  I don’t agree with them but I can hardly blame them!  But for those people who do profess to follow the Bible, in light of the passages presented above, I cannot comprehend how they find it acceptable to welcome Disney into their homes.

I will close with one more verse … after we are told in Deuteronomy 18:10-12 to not practice these things because they are an abomination, verse 13 tells us, “You shall be blameless before YHWH your God.”  The word for blameless means ‘perfect’, ‘upright’ and ‘without spot/blemish’.

I meant to only share one verse but the meaning of that one reminded me of another one!  Ephesians 5:27, speaking of the Messiah, says, “that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”

Dear friends, please hear this in love: we cannot be holy and spotless when we welcome magic, witchcraft and sorcery into our homes and lives.

Happy Birthday To My Mama!

Several days ago, my mother had a birthday.

We usually don’t make a big deal about birthdays but in the busy-ness of life, sometimes we forget to appreciate and honor people, and celebrating the anniversary of their lives can be a good reminder to do that.  So I want to take a moment to honor my mother and share a few of the ways that she has blessed me and so many others.

And I’ll have you know, I’m taking a bit of risk in doing this!  We have a “rule” that Mama reads all the posts before they go live on this site but hopefully this time she’ll forgive me for “breaking” it and be pleasantly surprised 😉

She Is A Strong Believer

Happy Birthday To My Mama!

Do you know how many people have parents that aren’t in the faith or are nominal Christians?  I am so thankful that my mother is a faithful believer whose number one goal in life is to serve the Heavenly Father.  It wasn’t always this way.  She found the saving grace of Messiah as an adult after having experienced a sinful lifestyle.  Her experiences in the world have caused her to be far more careful and conscientious about raising up her children in righteousness.  That is a blessing!

She Loves My Father

Happy Birthday To My Mama!

I can’t count the times that she has said things to us children like, “Your father is such a wonderful man,” or the numerous blessings that she has prayed for him, while encouraging us to do the same.  I so appreciate my mother’s efforts to be submissive to my father and the way she encourages others to do the same with their husbands.  If there is one thing that provides a secure environment for children, it is to see their parents in love and unity with each other.

She Is A Servant

Happy Birthday To My Mama!

Mama is one of those people that is invited over to someone’s house for dinner and ends up cleaning their kitchen or picking up the children’s toys off the floor!  She is always looking for ways to bless people, both in her home and outside of it.  It can be anything from taking a meal to a new mom, extending hospitality to large crowds in our home, or going to the local jail to minister to the women inmates.  Sometimes her servant heart causes her to take on too much and wear herself out.  There is one thing for certain that my mother will not be remembered for: being lazy!

She Is A Keeper Of Her Home

Happy Birthday To My Mama!

When my parents planned to marry, they made the decision that that my mother would leave the corporate world and stay at home to raise their children.  For as long as I can remember, my father has always said that my mother worked harder than him!  She soon had her hands full with pregnancies, young children, homeschooling and living without electricity.  And while I know that it hasn’t been an “easy” life for her, she has been such an incredible example that I can’t imagine not following in her steps!  She has never said or done anything to make us think that she regretted leaving a career for her family – quite the contrary!  I sometimes wonder if my siblings and I will ever be able to fully appreciate the upbringing that she has given us.

She Is A Miracle

Happy Birthday To My Mama!

My mother has had at least two near-death experiences in the past 12 years.  She shared her testimony about being healed from congestive heart failure a couple years ago here on the blog, and recently my father wrote an article Shining Stars with the story of her hemorrhage after miscarrying our youngest brother.  The article is not posted online but you’re welcome to order a copy of the issue that contains it if you would like to read it.  It is an unspeakable blessing to have witnessed her (and my father) placing all of their trust in the Heavenly Father.  Their faith is an example and a legacy.

She Prays And Expects An Answer

Happy Birthday To My Mama!

Do you pray about things that need an answer … and expect to receive one?  It seems like the tendency nowadays is to pray along more generic lines instead of asking the Father, “What do you want me to do about such-and-such?” and waiting to hear His answer.  One of the things I love about my mother is that she is quick to pray for guidance, and to listen for an answer.  It may be something as simple as to what store to go for an item, or something big like whether or not to take a trip or move to a new farm!  Since a young age, she has trained us children to do the same thing and again, it is a wonderful legacy.

She Is A Good Cook

Happy Birthday To My Mama!

Mothers are supposed to be good cooks, right?!  There are several recipes for which Mama is famous but I think the number one favorite is her chicken enchiladas!  We also love when she makes latkes (potato pancakes) during Hanukkah.  She has been health-conscious for as long as I can remember and we children were raised to appreciate good food and avoid unhealthy options, but I appreciate that she has shown us that healthy food can taste good!

She Is A Titus 2 Woman

Happy Birthday To My Mama!

In a world where so many young women experience frustration and disillusionment over what they’re supposed to do with their lives, my sisters and I are beyond blessed to have a Titus 2 example right here in our home.  I have met so many young wives and mothers whose hearts are crying “where are the older women from whom we can learn?”  Our society condemns women who desire to be keepers of their homes and even among Christians, there are so few older women who can train up the younger ones to love their husbands and children and joyfully embrace their role as a homemaker.  Even though I don’t like to think of my mother as “older”, I am so thankful that she is able to fulfill that role – not just for my sisters and I, but other women as well.

She Is My Friend

Happy Birthday To My Mama!

When I was young, I didn’t think I would ever be able to really be close to my mother and share my heart and inner feelings.  I’m not sure why!  I tend to be more introverted and don’t always speak my mind, unless it’s dragged out of me!  But somehow, during my mid to upper teen years, my mother and I were able to develop a close relationship.  Popular culture bombards us with the message that parents and children should be enemies – especially parents and teenagers!  It doesn’t have to be that way!  But I know from experience, I began to appreciate my relationship with my mother more when she started treating me more like an adult friend in whom she could confide, rather than a child that needed to be told what to do.  So I want to mention this, for the mothers and daughters out there who may be struggling with your relationships, I encourage you to start being friends – not just mother and child.  I now value my mother’s friendship more than words can say.

I could carry on and on but as I wrap this up, I want to thank our Father in heaven who saw fit to place me in this family and give me a wonderful mother.  And I’m thankful to know her secret: a strong love for Him and a delight in His presence.  I may not ever be as good of a wife and mother as she is, but I know that her secret can be my secret and will be what gives me strength to face each day.