IMmodesty is a conspiracy!

From time to time the homeschool social media lists will break out in questions about modest clothing for young girls and sometimes for the Moms. Then everyone will send their favorite modest clothing site and the groups calm down again.

However, while traveling last week I had forgotten my slip, just a little half slip, but something that made a big difference in my favorite dress I was going to wear to an important dinner event. Well, I went to Walmart to gather some last minute items, knowing I could pick up a half slip there and save time. Not!

Called KOHLS, they had slips, but not in my size. Went to Target, same thing. Finally I hit the women's stores of Lane Bryan, Dress Barn, and Avenue, NADA. One lady said that only Sears and JCPenney had slips anymore. Nope. Called both and JC said they only had slips in the catalog.

So after NOT wearing my favorite dress to the event, I came to the conclusion that being immodest, showing more than you really want to, is a conspiracy among the store buyers. Instead of buying one good blouse for $30, we have to buy 3 blouses for $20 each because they are so thin you need to *layer* your clothing. Back when I was a kid, the first layer was called underclothing, for a reason!!

So if you are in need of underclothing, be sure and order it ahead of time. It won't be in the stores.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor - and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best. Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

President's Radio Address

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week, Americans gather with loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving. This holiday season is a time of fellowship and peace. And it is a time to give thanks for our many blessings.

During this holiday season, we give thanks for generations of Americans who overcame hardships to create and sustain a free Nation. When the Pilgrims celebrated their first Thanksgiving nearly four centuries ago, they had already suffered through a harsh and bitter winter. But they were willing to endure that adversity to live in a land where they could worship the Almighty without persecution. When President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, the United States was in the midst of a terrible civil war. But in that hour of trial he gave thanks -- because he believed America would weather the storm and emerge into a new era of liberty.

During this holiday season, we give thanks for those who defend our freedom. America's men and women in uniform deserve our highest respect -- and so do the families who love and support them. Lately, I have been asked what I will miss about the presidency. And my answer is that I will miss being the Commander-in-Chief of these brave warriors. In this special time of year, when many of them are serving in distant lands, they are in the thoughts and prayers of all Americans.

During this holiday season, we give thanks for the kindness of citizens throughout our Nation. It is a testament to the goodness of our people that on Thanksgiving, millions of Americans reach out to those who have little. The true spirit of the holidays can be seen in the generous volunteers who bring comfort to the poor and the sick and the elderly. These men and women are selfless members of our Nation's armies of compassion -- and they make our country a better place, one heart and one soul at a time.

Finally, I have a special note of thanks to the American people. On this, my last Thanksgiving as your President, I am thankful for the good will, kind words, and heartfelt prayers that so many of you have offered me during the past eight years. I have been blessed to represent such decent, brave, and caring people. For that, I will always be grateful, and I will always be honored. Thank you for listening.

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May you be surrounded with family, friends, food and the Spirit of the Lord as we give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good!


Leading the Children like a Pied Piper

I'm writing this as the nation votes for the next President of the United States. We've seen the young people following this Pied Piper all over this Nation. There are reports of friends telling friends to ignore their brain and vote their emotion.. Reports are coming in of kids voting for Obama in their schools after reading particular articles given to them by their teachers. How could a Pied Piper come in with hypnotic words lead a whole generation toward a Marxist vision for this Country?

It starts every day when the children of America are sent to Marxist schools. Who do you think composed those 3,200 signatures on the petition defending Bill Ayers? They were teachers, and teachers of teachers known as professors. Their vision of America taught in the public schools (although they long ago stopped being what the public wanted for their children) is a Marists world.

Long ago many schools began pooling the supplies of elementary schools, so that everyone gave into the common supplies for each class. Then when your child needs a Kleenex or a crayon or a pencil, they had to ask the teacher and receive one from the common supplies. We recognize this as teaching socialism; teachers believe it helps self esteem so no one has better supplies than the other.

In the last 20 years, ministries that teach World View to adults and teens in churches had sprung up all over the country. Why? Because the Christian History of this Nation was not being taught in the public schools. The Capitalistic History has not been taught in the public schools. If you ever visit your child's school and sit in on a class (if they still permit this) you will be shocked at what is being taught, what stories are emphasized, and what stories are never mentioned. The teachers have final say in what is actually taught in their classrooms. It's their world view that is spread to all of your children for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week 180 days a year. Do you spend anywhere near that much time with your children teaching them about your world view, your belief system, your view of life?

The wonderful thing about homeschooling is time with your children. You pick the history books your child reads. You can decide if they read a text book that mentions the Constitution or if they actually read the Constitution. You decide if they read about the Gettysburg address, or if they actually read the Gettysburg address. You can decide to take your children to those historic places where many re-enactors make the history of this country come alive and becomes a part of your child's life experience. Your children can be taught the real history of our country.

And we know that an informed public will not follow a Pied Piper.

Teachers know this also, hence the dumbing down of our education for the last 35 years.


Thinkg Ike Taught Me

Things Ike taught me_*

Coffee and frozen pizzas can be made on a BBQ grill.

Hot pockets taste pretty good deep fried on the outdoor cooker!

My car gets 23.21675 miles per gallon, EXACTLY (you can ask the people
in line who helped me push it).

*He who has the biggest generator wins.*

There are a lot more stars in the sky than most people thought.

*TV is an addiction and the withdrawal symptoms are painful.*

A 7 lb bag of ice will chill 6-12 oz Budweiser's to a drinkable
temperature in 11 minutes, and still keep a 14 lb. turkey frozen for 8
more hours.

*There are a lot of dang trees around here.*

Flood plain drawings on some mortgage documents were seriously wrong..

*People will get into a line that has already formed without having any
idea what the line is for.*

Cell phones work when land lines are down, but only as long as the
battery remains charged.

Hampers were not made to contain such a volume.

If my store sold only ice, chainsaws, gas and generators...I'd be rich.

Waterfront property can quickly become someone else's fishing hole.

Tree service companies are underappreciated.

I learned what happens when you make fun of another states' blackout.

MATH 101: 30 days in month, minus 6 days without power equals 30% higher
electric bill ?????

*Drywall is a compound word, take away the 'dry' part and it's worthless.*

I can walk a lot farther than I thought.

A MUST for all blackouts with kids... GLOWSTICKS! Cheap, fun, no mess!

A skateboard and a sheet make a great "sailboat" before the rain starts.

It is a great time to teach the children the fine art of gambling (penny
ante poker).

You can never have too many gas cans!

*If you fill the bathtubs with water, the water will not go off.*

7 dogs that do not normally live together still do not get along during
a hurricane. They have no comprehension of sharing.

5 gallons of sweetened iced tea a day is not enough for 9 teenagers.

*Neighbors are much more sociable when they are sharing a generator.*

Two-year-old canned beets taste better than you'd think.

Just because it is dark and you are in the privacy of your bedroom
doesn't mean we can't hear what you are doing in there because our
windows are open too.

*What looks acceptable by candlelight in your bathroom will scare you
when you look at yourself in the mirror at the office.*

Coffee is possible without Starbucks.

*Rather than campfires, you find families huddled about tiny
battery-operated televisions to watch The Simpsons.*

Peanut butter and jelly is a perfectly acceptable meal for breakfast,
lunch and dinner in the same day.

*Don't shun those who use Tylenol PM or Advil PM to get through 11-hour

*That neighbor who knows how to use a chainsaw is your new best friend.*

Ice is a form of currency.

It's OK to let the kids keep their stick fort until the debris-pickup
crews start rolling in.

Coming home from work with a pizza and a charged-up laptop so the kids
can watch a DVD makes you a hero.

You run out of things to barbecue after Day 2.

We don't want to hear rehashes of ball games we missed or be reminded
that we may miss the season premiere of Dexter at 8 p.m. Sunday on

Hair can dry without a blow dryer, but it may not look the way you planned.

The storm treasures your kids are finding really belong to your neighbors.

When George Noory's Coast to Coast AM returns to KTRH's late-night
lineup, we sleep better.

*Baseball caps go with any post-hurricane ensemble.*

*You can't train yourself not to flip on light switches when entering a

Lukewarm is the new cold.

You have neighbors.

It's easier to ignore a dirty floor when you can't see it.

*A new opening phrase when seeing someone: "Got lights yet?"*


Where have all the Homeschool radio shows gone?

Well, I was feeling bad, not having done a radio show in about a year, when I checked on the other shows. Seems podcasting was a big thing in 05 and has since deminished over the last several years. Was this a fad? Or was the hard work necessary for radio shows just too much for hard working homeschool Moms and Dads?

Yes, it does take someone with a producers hat to line up guests. It takes an editor 5 hours to edit a one hour interview. It takes a PR person to let everyone know that the radio show has a new entry.

For our show, I was the producer and host and pr person. My kids were the editors. They went to college and keep saying that I'm not allowed to edit the shows since I make the changes to abruptly.

But we had fun doing them, I have 10 more that need editing, and Yes, I really really would love to put this on REAL RADIO, but need sponsors.

I think that was the downfall of most homeschool radio shows. There was no money in it, it had to be your passion. Even the well ad supported shows have since gone numb. It just was not enough to hire an editor and pay for the audio server and the website server and take AAALLL that time from your kids.

If anyone knows of an Investment Angel who would like to see Homeschool Radio show, please have them contact me. I'm ready to continue and do this on the real airwaves (perhaps satellite radio!!)

I can dream.



Today I would like to write something a bit more personal. May is the month of homeschool graduations and homeschool conferences. Last year, I graduated one of my children in a wonderful small homeschool ceremony with friends around us. This year, however, was something spectacular.

My daughter graduated from ORU in Tulsa. I must say that I have been to several college graduations, but ORU is the best. Our last graduation at ORU was 9 years ago when my oldest and her husband graduated together. And yet, the ceremony always surprises me.

At the hooding, the head of the department stood there for an hour to hug each student as they received their hood, which indicates their school, their degree, and their specialty. To see this woman hugging these students, giving small whispers as they pass, knowing each of these adults in their path to completion of their degree was awe inspiring. We talked with her later and she is truly a woman of inspiration to my daughter.

Today, we had all the pomp and circumstance as we stood while the deans filed into the auditorium, and then the professors in their various robes with indications of rank and specialty. Then as the graduates enter, they wave to family and friends in the auditorium. So the music stops, I stop talking to those around me and all of a sudden we are singing praises to the Lord. As in church, we sing rousing praise songs of thanksgiving and rejoicing as this is a day of celebration, a time to stop and say THANK YOU GOD FOR BRINGING US TO THIS POINT. Kleenexes abounded before it was over.

They were great to acknowledge that each degree was a group effort, by the students, the professors and the families who sacrificed and supported the student through the process. It was good to be acknowledged, but also to see at an auditorium of families who had also sacrificed to send their children to a Christian college.

And that is what I wanted to talk about. This graduation is different than others I have attended in that the Lord God was acknowledged and thanked and praised with every step, every song, every speech. The university teaches the whole man: body, soul and spirit. Dr. Cooper's institute is in charge of the PE program which is required of all the students. They are taught logic and thinking skills as well as developed emotionally as they meet deadlines and standards of excellence. Finally, with chapel and required foundational courses in Christianity, their spirits are taught and matured.

The speaker was inspiring, the procession was quick and well organized, and my little girl with the curly hair is now finished with her degree. And none of that would have happened without Jesus in our lives.


My Time on the Mountain

With an unplanned turn of events, I find myself on a mountain in northern Alabama with a family of 13 children. My gracious hostess, Vanessa, puts up with my incapacitated rehab state, all the while singing and smiling with her 12 of her 13 children round about her. One of the 13 is away in the Marines.

Although older and, I thought, wiser than this young mother of 13, I'm learning quiet a bit from this wonderful family. Having the 13 was a walk of faith for them and I do call her blessed. Instead of living in the city, her husband commutes an hour to Birmingham. The kids play in the field and woods, the view is spectacular and their home pleasant.

Listening to their story of how God brought them together, and then talked with them about giving Him control of their family instead of the normal family planning methods, it's awe inspiring. It was not easy, but God came through with raises with the birth of each child, with provision from the community and with blessings from places not expected.

This lifestyle really takes a bit of unselfishness. I have seen families who have hit their limit (their selfless limit) and the Mom can't handle it. Her level of selflessness is at an end and either the kids are farmed out, her appointments become more numerous as she finds *me* time or she turns it inward into resentment of the children. All variations can be detrimental to a family.

Also, many times a father's faith in God's provision will give up before hitting more than 3 kids. Instead of handing over the provision of the family to the Father of us all, a dad tries to carry the burden, works more hours, resulting in less time with the kids and general unrest among the family. Working harder does not insure success as noted in Proverbs, if God is not blessing you. Learning to hand over the reigns in our life is the most important constant lesson in all our stages of growth.

To go forth and multiply really is a walk of faith and selflessness from both parents. To pour yourself into children, day in and day out, without the breaks that even teachers with 20 kids obtain over the weekends, can be taxing. But knowing where your source lays, and returning to that source each day to be refilled is the only way to continue pouring yourself out to your children, whether you have 3 or 13.

From this family of 13, I see builders, medical people, artists, soldiers, debaters, lawyers, actors, athletes, and other great talents. Will anyone outside this mountain know what work Vanessa did day in and day out as she tended her garden of children? I hope so.