October 13, 2017

Thyme :: Notebook Page & More

In the middle of a major life move and where do I find my mind wandering to? Herbal projects for children. Well - it is either that or the Word of God... or homesteading, milking goats and raising gardens. Sometimes it is all of the above.

Anyway, I wanted to share this Thyme notebook page with you, along with a new page I created called 'My First Herb Garden'... before move out day. Which is just over two weeks away!

Again, both are a simple - black and white printable page. My hope is to work on editing and then add a little frosting to the whole Tell Me Of Series when we get settled in... but until them:

  • For both pages - follow the link - print as needed. I corrected the page title in the link, as in the photo it says 'your first herb garden'. Yes - Editing, formatting and frosting will be a must!

Also before I go, I wanted to share a blog with you. It is called brave grown home, and I love it! Even though, we currently don't have little ones in our home. The way she captures life is... well - I just want to give her a curtsy and a hug, and to say YES!

Ashley also has a shop on her blog, and though I have not found herbal related items, her offerings spark the desire to go play in Creation and to learn. You should check it out, especially if you have little ones... or - even if you don't. The visit will be encouraging.

Oh - and more resources for herbal studies, kids and thyme:

Resources: link sharing, does not mean I personally agree with every aspect or teaching within the site, please use Scriptural discernment and choose what is best for your family.

  1. Introduction to Herbs for Kids by the Herbal Academy - the Herbal Academy is a place of bountiful information and resources. They do a wonderful job teaching and include some great printables too. I think is a great place to start, to build a unit study off of or to include in a Botany class. 
  2. The Christian Herbal - again they share some cute printables, as well solid herbal articles without having to weed through subjects may conflict with the Scriptures. 
  3. Vintage Remedies - Five Weeks of Herbs & Oils for Kids - Vintage Remedies is where I received the first part of my formal herbal education, and I can not say enough about them. I loved the approach, the science base and the interaction with the instructors. Still one of my top choices for solid herbal education. They recently added a slew of new classes!
  4. Babies & Children - Essential Oil Guidelines - Hopewell Essential Oils is just an over all wonderful site and resource for essential oil education and usage. I highly recommend their oils, and use them myself. Thyme Linalool page.
  5. WHO Monographs - linked to Thyme page, not geared for children... more for the high school student/parent/adult learner. 

October 7, 2017

Currently :: life lately, boxes and Sukkot

Today I'm: Resting. Yes, I am resting and unloading my brain... Shabbat is wonderful for that, it is also wonderful for refilling my spiritual cup. So I sit here, tucked into a corner and wrapped in flannel, sipping my collagen coffee and unloading my brain.

Looking out My window: I can see the Fall trees, and their turning foliage. Our little balcony Sukkah, set up to remind me of the most important calendar there is. A string of lights, candles... left overs from the balcony garden, a simple crate table and this - written in chalk:

"you shall rejoice in your feasts, your son and your daughter... you shall rejoice before the LORD seven days... you shall dwell in booths... a statute forever."

With Gratitude and Thanksgiving: Thankful to have made the trip to Tennessee again, to spend time with dear, dear friends... who are more like family. My heart was blessed with a bit of dulcimer music and a myriad of emotions I can not put into words.

We are Celebrating and Enjoying: Sukkot... which is not like any other we have honored before. It feels like we are all over the place, but I think that maybe it is the season of our lives right now. We went for late night drive to the International market, and found our selves purchasing things like: green tea pocky, mochi, more green tea... and spices. 

A peek into Yom Teruah 

This week we will spend time in community fellowship with our local group, to which I hope to soak up every ounce of worship and truth... for my soul will greatly miss each one, and the river that flows there.

From the Pages I am Reading: Success! We just finished another Lamplighter - read aloud, which has been on my {to read} list for four years. I just love Lamplighter books and even in my adulthood, I glean so much from them.

Of Sowing and Reaping: Taking a slight twist... of sewing and ripping: one thing I appreciate about the 52 lists project, is the accountability and the encouragement I receive to help me attain the goals I have set. One of those goals was to complete my daughters quilt, this is a big accomplishment for my hearts sake, and I am happy to share that it is finished.

Inspired by Creation:

This quilt is also a replacement. A restoration if you will, and restoration is a 'hearts desire' of our Heavenly Father... and in some ways, yes - this quilt - is all about that. There are many miles on those quilt blocks, from Tennessee to Michigan to Kentucky. Now, tightly sewn together, it will make the journey back home, for a new chapter in life lessons.

A Cultivation of Soul: There is an overwhelming desire in the pit of my heart gut to sob, and to tear scream: I tried... I did the best I knew how, that I was learning too... that it takes time to heal. To restore. To Redeem the heart and the mind. It takes time to remove lies, and sin cycle mentality... and in the endeavor to grow from the 'milk of the Word to meat' - a person may choke a little. 

To say: I am truly sorry for every time I have misrepresented my Redeemer... in thought, in word and in action. In private, in public and even here - on this blog. There is part of me torn... between being brutally open and honest, the real hard of life to singing the praises of the beauty and the purification that follows Redemption.

In that place of torn... there is a truth of Divine ordination: the battle of flesh and Spirit. Of the mind and of what is written. Of right and wrong, and no amount of human wrestling will ever attain the 'mind of God'. Every one of us is in need of Yeshua, whether you acknowledge Him or not... the sobering reality is He knew {yada} you, long before you ever chose.

I love Him, greatly... I am sure, I need to love Him better and I am looking forward to the path before my feet, as I am surround in boxes, miles of road and daily life battles.