Alternatives to MLK Day 

For many of us we feel uncomfortable celebrating Mrtin Luther King Jr day. We have done the research and we know that the famed MLK was a communist, who kept the company of prostitutes and plagerized his “I Have A Dream Speech” from Archibald Carey. 
So this weekend while the rest of America is celebrating MLK we can use this time off to celebrate some of our heroes, heroes of the European people. Heroes who liberated our ancestors from the slavery of Arab rule in Europe. Here are some suggestions of historical figures along with coloring pages you can print out for your kids.

  
Godfrey had the dream that Jerusalem would be liberated from crushing Muslim rule and that the mass slaughter of Christian pilgrims would end. He saw that dream come true when he led the first crusade and retook Jerusalem.

Godfrey of Bouillon (1060 – 1100) was a medieval Frankish knight who was one of the leaders of the First Crusade from 1096. He was the Lord of Bouillon from 1076 as well as the Duke of Lower Lorraine from 1087. After the successful crusade to Jerusalem in 1099, Godfrey became the first Christian ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem after the Muslim explosion. He did not want to be called King, because he believed that the true King of Jerusalem was Christ. He used instead the title Advocate (protector or defender) of the Holy Sepulchre (Latin: Advocatus Sancti Sepulchri). 


  
Charles Martel was the prince and duke of the Franks. He was born sometime in the 680s and died in 741. Charles united Gaul and most importantly beat back the Arab forces that were advancing into Western Europe. At the famous Battle of Tours he showed great leadership and skill and liberated Europe from the oppression and brutality of Arab invasion.

  

Alexander II, 1818 – 1881, was the Emperor of Russia. He was also the King of Poland and the Grand Duke of Finland. Alexander was the most successful Russian reformer since Peter the Great. His most important achievement was the emancipation of serfs in 1861, for which he became known as Alexander the Liberator. Living up to his liberator title he went on to give indepedance to Finnland and to kick the Muslims out of Bulgaria, freeing the Bulgarians from brutal Arab oppression they had suffered for 500 years. 

15 Day Scripture Reading Challenge

As we embark on a new year I thought I would create a 15 day scripture reading challenge we could do together! The theme is “Learning to Trust God.” No matter what this year has in store for us, joy, heart ache, challenges or ease – placing our hopes and hearts into God’s wise hands is the BEST frame of reference we can have for the start of a new year! 

The idea is super simple. From January 10th to January 25th we will be reading and reflecting upon one chapter of scripture. Within every chapter is a gem of wisdom pertaining to our theme. Once you have read the chapter feel free to get out your journal or just relax and reflect on scriptures using the T.R.A.D. method. 

T – Theme. What was the theme of this chapter? What was it about?

R – Related verse. Choose a verse that stood out to you regarding this theme. Write it down or recite it.

A – Application. How do the theme and it’s related verse apply specifically to your life?

D – Do. What can you do to apply this chapter’s lessons to your life? 

My Homemaking Schedule

 

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I learned a while ago that the best way to keep a household on task is to have a cleaning schedule both for daily tasks and weekly tasks. I wrote this up recently. I needed to make a few changes to our current routine as I prepare for baby number six. This is what I expect myself and the children to get done daily. I post it on our fridge where they can read it. usually my oldest will assign tasks to his younger siblings when it comes to what daily deep cleaning they are doing and typically everyone has three deep cleaning tasks to do daily.

I pair my children up, one “Big” with one “Little.” Currently the two oldest boys, ages 13 and nearly 10, are buddied up with one of our two youngest, ages 4 and 2. Our 6 year old is responsible just for himself. This shifts as they shift age. The Little rotates every other day so the same Big doesn’t always have the same Little, with a day off on Sunday. So, for example, my 13 year old is paired with my 4 year old Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while he’s paired with the two year old on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The pine cones referred to are a pine cone I keep in each room and our shoe cupboard. We put essential oil on them everyday, in every room. The kids get a kick out of picking the oil scent, or blend for that day. Since it’s cold and flu season we have been using a blend of eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary and tea tree oil.

 

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Morning Routine:

Before Breakfast: Dressed, little pottied and dressed, jurisdiction clean and approved.

After breakfast: Teeth brushed, Littles’ teeth brushed, general straightening up including living room and home school room. Clean kitchen up from breakfast. Fix the girls’ hair. Put oils in diffuser and on pine cones.

 

13 year old: Vacuum Living room

10 year old: Disinfect bathroom

6 year old: Take out trash in kitchen

 

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Deep Cleaning:

Monday, Kitchen: Sweep out laundry room, wipe down washer and dryer, organize stuff on top of dryer. Wipe down stove top, hood, sides, door, broiler, pull out broiler and clean floor underneath and wipe out broiler. Wipe down cupboards top and bottom, inside the door and outside the door. Clean dish dryer, disinfect counter top, lay down fresh towel. Dust window sill and window blinds, wash window inside and out. Spray shoes in shoe cupboard, wipe down shoe shelves, put oil on pine cone. Wipe down appliances that are sitting out on the shelf. Dust the light fixture. Wipe down fridge inside and out, throw away old food.

Tuesday, Living Room: Mop tile. Dust bakers shelf, light fixtures, pictures, bookshelves, computer and homeschool room desk, window sills and blinds. Wash sliding glass door and windows in the homeschool room, inside and out. Clean behind homeschool room bookshelves and under the brown chair. Wipe down walls and door frames. Clean under couch cushions, wash couch covers every other week, febreze couches. Sweep the front porch and sidewalk, wipe down front door, scrub out kids toilet. Wipe down wall in the dining room where the Littles sit, wipe down dining room chairs.

Wednesday, Outside: Sweep the driveway and the back porch. Weed and pick up trash in the front yard and the gravel. Weed and pick up trash in the back yard landscaping. Weed garden when needed.  Straighten back porch, pick up trash. Dust out pillows and cushions. Wipe down table and chairs. Clean trash and toys out of the playground, pick up rubber chips. Mow lawn. Clean and vacuum car.

Thursday, Bathrooms: Wipe down cupboards and doors. Scrub sink and basin. Scrub toilets, wipe down toilet seat and back and base of toilet. Replace bathroom towels. Clean mirror. Dust light fixtures. Take out trash. Scrub and disinfect behind and around the toilet floor. Sweep and mop floor. Throw away trash and empty bottles. Scrub out shower. Wash rugs as needed.

Friday, Bedrooms: Clean under beds. Wash sheets. Clean out trash. Clean out toy bins. Dust shelves and surfaces. Febreze mattresses. Clean window sill, wash window, dust blinds. Dust light fixtures. Vacuum. Wipe down doors.

Santa Lucia Day! 


My favorite European, or white, tradition of all time is St. Lucia Day! I wait all year for this! I also waited 9 years to have a daughter who could be our family’s Lucia! The darkness of winter has descended and now a lovely woman brings us the light in her golden crown. She seems to be at once both angel, Goddess, Saint, Wife, mother, sister and daughter. A celebration of purity, innocence and the divine feminine. 


Unfortunately, like so many European holidays, Santa Lucia Day has been accused of being too “white” or too “European” and offensive to Muslims. That combined with declining interest from Nordic youth who have been told globalism is to be preferred to local traditions, Santa Lucia Day and its traditional prossesions, baked goods and church choirs are fading fast. I encourage you to think about celebrating this holiday in your home to keep it alive. 
God bless and God Jul! 

Liberal Minorities Quickly Take to Twitter to Blame White People and Trump for the North Carolina GOP Firebombing 

Liberals didn’t waste much time today. Within an hour of the news story finally hitting the main stream press, many took to Twitter to immediately blame the victims, Trump and/or white people. 

An inside job? In a city of 50% minorities, which votes 3/4 democrat and has a crime index 3 times the national average? Not bloody likely.

This self described black communist threw around some words he picked up in a humanities 101 class to show his support of the bombing. 

Karina here doesn’t feel even a little bit bad for the act of assault and violence.

Mr. Diaz wants to blame not only Trump supporters for bombing their own building but also Russia? 

In more “she was asking for it” style rape victim blaming Miss Ronda thinks Trump’s assumptions that his opposition is responsible makes him and his supporters “unhinged.”

Oh Keith, we believe you when you say you’re no expert, unless you claim to be an expert in anti white racism, then we’ll believe you. 

Another Diaz, another blame whitey. Notice how “white” is all in caps. 
I’m sure this is only the beginning as we will see continued use of this fire bombing to attack whites and conservatives. 

Columbus Was A Hero


 

“I ordered that everyone [the natives] be treated honorably because they are the best and gentlest people in the world…”

-Christopher Columbus
Columbus has become a very controversial character in history. Some adore him but it seems as if these days most people think he was anywhere from very bad to completely evil.
All the information and misinformation had me confused for years. First, I liked him, then I hated him. He’s the perfect fall guy for the current social trend to hate all things Christian, white and male. 
So who was he? Saint or sinner? Before I could present a Columbus day narrative to my children I HAD to know the truth, or as close to the truth as I could reasonably get. 

So here it is. My best assessment of Christopher Columbus and I must say that where my research took me was not somewhere I expected to go. 
I went into this project thinking, “OK, he was probably bad but was he that bad? You know, ear cutting, slave taking, cold blooded murderer that some pieces would make him out to be- bad?” and I ended up coming out at the other end of my research thrilled to have studied him! 
I can honestly say he truly was a very brave, smart and faithful man. His journal logs were so inspiring that I’ve decided to make his entire log book mandatory reading for my boys as they come of age.
I would even venture to call him a “hero.”
I know that’s a bold statement in today’s world. No doubt what happened AFTER Columbus was terrible for the Native peoples. As the Spanish came and eventually the migration to North America of the Europeans, millions of Natives lost their lives to European disease and slave labor. 
Despite the fact that millions of Europeans found refuge in a New World and had their lives saved from religious prosecution and death in Europe, it cannot excuse what happened to the Natives of Central and North America and even though Columbus was not really the first to “discover” these areas nor did he personally exploit them (he died in poverty) others used Columbus’ research and discoveries in an indefensible way.
Not all of those indefensible actions, however grave, can be laid upon the shoulders of a man who died only 14 years after he found this New World. 
So let’s get some of the “ugly” out in the open. Columbus is accused of horrible acts. He is accused of enslaving the native population onto farming plantations during his 3rd visit to the islands. Men, women and children died by the thousands during his reign as governor of this territory.
Did those thousands die of cruel treatment, or did they die of disease? Some most likely died of cruel treatment during his governorship and we know countless people lost their lives to European diseases. This is fact. 
What is not fact however is how Columbus or his brothers, who were ruling with him, treated the natives. All of the negative accounts of Columbus’ treatment of the natives comes from, or was gathered by, one man. Just one and he was not unbiased. 
His name was Francisco de Bobadilla. Bobadilla was sent to check up on Columbus. After only a few days Bobadilla had Columbus and his brothers returned to Spain in chains without a chance to offer a defense.
Christopher wrote to a friend at court…
         “It is now seventeen years since I came to serve these princes with the Enterprise of the Indies. They made me pass eight of them in discussion, and at the end rejected it as a thing of jest. Nevertheless I persisted therein … Over there I have placed under their sovereignty more land than there is in Africa and Europe, and more than 1,700 islands … In seven years I, by the divine will, made that conquest. At a time when I was entitled to expect rewards and retirement, I was incontinently arrested and sent home loaded with chains … The accusation was brought out of malice on the basis of charges made by civilians who had revolted and wished to take possession on the land … I beg your graces, with the zeal of faithful Christians in whom their Highnesses have confidence, to read all my papers, and to consider how I, who came from so far to serve these princes … now at the end of my days have been despoiled of my honor and my property without cause, wherein is neither justice nor mercy”
Once in Spain Columbus and his brothers went before the King’s court and where they were acquitted of the charges. They were allowed to return to the islands but Columbus could not be governor any longer. Meanwhile Bobadilla had established himself as governor.
So, what are the facts here? Did Bobadilla have reason to arrest Columbus? Yes, he wanted Columbus’ job and he got it! Did the King and Queen have reason to acquit Columbus yet not reinstall him as governor? What kind of verdict was that anyway -he was guilty enough not to be governor but too innocent for jail? 
Seems odd. 
But you see, under the Capitulation’s of Santa Fe, the Spanish Crown owed Columbus 10% of the wealth found in the New World. So, of course when he asked for his retirement money, an old man with severe arthritis, they said “Nope, sorry, remember, we had to let you go.”
Convenient. 
Like an old time cop drama “He was just two weeks away from retirement!!!”

But why when reading this history do I give Columbus so much benefit of the doubt? Because I read his logs. Whether or not he acted perfectly in every situation after reading his logs upon his first discovery of the New World I can safely say I know what his intent was.
He wanted to convert them, not kill them.
You see Columbus was a deeply religious man who had two goals, spread his faith and get gold for the court who funded his trip. 
“But maybe he was trying to convert them through force?” some might ponder.
Columbus wrote in his logs on October 12, 1492 “I know they [the natives] are people who can be made free and converted to our Holy Faith more by love than by force.” 
In his logs he was always looking for gold but he had nothing but love and honor for the native people. 
He wrote, “They are very well-built people, with handsome bodies and fine faces.” October 12, 1492
“They traded everything with goodwill, but it seems to me that they have very little and are poor in everything. I warned my men to take nothing from the people without giving something in exchange.” October 12, 1492
Columbus gave strict orders to his men to treat the natives with the utmost respect. When they rowed ashore to an island and found that the villagers had fled their homes Columbus ordered his men not to touch or take anything from the Native’s abandoned homes. 
“I ordered that everyone [Natives] be treated honorably because they are the best and gentlest people in the world…” 
“I gave them [Natives] glass beads, brass rings and hawks’ bells, not because they asked for anything but because it seemed to me to be the right thing to do…” December 21, 1492
“…I do not believe there is a better people or a better country. They love their neighbors as themselves, and they have the softest and gentlest voices in the world and are always smiling.” December 25, 1492
During his travel among the islands many of the native people told Columbus of some tribes on nearby islands that committed horrible murders, slaughters and were cannibals. They even showed him men from their tribe with chunks of flesh torn from their bodies and told Columbus it was the cannibals who had done it.
Columbus did not believe them and still attempted to visit all the islands and natives that he could on his travels, which to me means two things. First, that Columbus was very brave and second, that there may have been natives in the area that Columbus later had to defend himself against in a violent way. 
Perhaps Columbus abandoned his faith and began slaughtering the Natives later in life? Not likely. Records from his son show us that Columbus, who already praised the Lord every few sentences in his early journals, only grew MORE devout and faithful in his advancing age.

Conclusion and citations…
The issue is this: we may never know the full truth of who exactly Columbus was and what role he played in the deaths of the native peoples of America but that is no reason to demonize Columbus. There are far more historical evidences of his virtues than of anything else.
I do invite you however to read Columbus’ personal logs. You can find them in The Log of Christopher Columbus by Robert H Fuson, PhD (complied by the National Geographic Columbus Project 1986) from which I derived most of this information. After considering many Columbus resources I found this to be the one which would give the best historical accuracy. I also cited Samuel Eliot Morison, Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus p. 576.

Not Really Halloween, How My Family Celebrates 


My family has been transitioning away from Halloween for a few years now. Halloween has become so dark and demonic I simply couldn’t rationalize it anymore but my biggest problem was what could we transition onto? I still wanted to enjoy autumn, pumpkins, and dressing up. I wanted to avoid witches, Devils, ghosts, and any other ghoulish happening. 


A few years back we gave up movies such as Hocus Pocus and Halloween Town for their promotion of witches, death and sorcery. We stopped going to the seasonal Halloween store. I stopped allowing my children to dress up as anything demonic, spooky, ghostly or scary. These were some of my favorite all time movies and activities since childhood so letting them go was really hard but everytime I went to scripture I was convicted over and over that these things were not Godly.
“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.” 1Cor 10:21
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty” 2Cor 6:14-18

There are dozens more scriptures, you can find them here. Unfortunately for me and my favorite holiday, scripture is crystal clear on this point. You cannot celebrate a modern American Halloween and be in line with God’s teachings.

This year I have discovered a way to celebrate my favorite holiday in a new way, Reformation Day! October 31st is the day that in 1517 Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the church door and sparked not only the Protestant revolution but a reforming attitude that bled into social and political spheres creating the path for us to shake off the unholy restraints of rituals and find the truth of God in a direct way.

Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”)
Sola fide (“by faith alone”)
Sola gratia (“by grace alone”)
Solus Christus (“Christ alone”)
Soli Deo gloria (“glory to God alone”) 
What an amazing, positive, God-filled alternative to Halloween! I’m in love! So yesterday I got cracking on creating a Reformation Day binder that we read as a family each night of October as we count down to October 31st. The emphasis is on scripture as well as the beautiful autumn season God, in His wisdom, created. 


Each evening we read a scripture verse about autumn, seasons, harvesting, or another related topic. We read a poem or short story about autumn and then a quote by Martin Luther. 
I cannot express how amazingly satisfying this experience has been! Here is what our binder looks like. 

In my romanticized mind this is how it looked when Martin nailed his theses to the door- surrounded by fall foliage.


This is the back of the binder. The door image is not mine, I found it on google images but I added the bats and pumpkins. Now before you think bats are demonic that is not my meaning with this image. I’m not referencing vampires, I’m reflecting the very REAL autumn time bat issue we have where we live. In our natural surroundings the bats come out in the late summer and early autumn evenings looking especially for water and will swirl around your head, unafraid, as they dip into your backyard pool or pond for a drink. 


Here is an example of one day’s entry. Hopefully in the future I will add songs for each day and as the month progresses I will be using Little House on the Prairie stories about autumn in place of the poems to change it up from time to time. 


I have so many ideas! Examples of autumn themes I intend to include both in our binder but also in our home decorations and celebrations, which are Christian friendly are…

Colorful leaves

Squirrels

Squash

Chilly wind

Rain 

Puddles

Nuts

Gnomes

Elves

Bon fires

Animals building nests for the winter

Evergreen trees keeping their needles

Pumpkin pie and other fall dishes 

Rain clouds

Bats and other nocturnal animals who start coming out earlier as the days grow shorter 

Golden autumn light

Days growing shorter

Lanterns and candles 

Preparing gardens for winter

Winter gardens 

Popcorn

Canning and processing food for winter 

Apples and apple products such as cider and mulling

The harvest that will happen when Christ comes again

Wheat from tares 

Our blessings in the gospel 

God creating the seasons

Harvest stories in the Bible such as Ruth working in the fields
If you have your own traditions, please share! 

Skinny Caramel, Just in Time for Fall! 


Caramel is a human right in the fall! But what’s a girl who’s watching her waistline to do? Skinny caramel! 
Mix together: 1/2 cup powdered stevia, 1/8 teaspoon molasses, 2 tbsp butter, one egg yolk, 1/4 cup of water, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil one minute. Cool and enjoy with a pinch of salt and some crushed nuts! 

Top Fall Movies


Pooh’s Heffalumpen Halloween 
A kids classic. Just the right amount of spooky, nothing unwholesome. 

Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown 

I have to admit that I don’t love that Lucy dresses up as a witch but since the rest of the spirit of the movie is so good I’m willing to overlook it. 


Curious George: Halloween Boo Fest 
If you have young boys Curious George is like crack cocaine LOL I love the sweet simple story lines with no blood and guts for a clean Halloween movie. 

E.T.
There is some mild cursing in this movie along with the adult theme of a family right after divorce however the uplifting aspects of this family flick make it worth it to me and many forget that this tale takes place over Halloween. 

Monsters Inc.

I just adore most things Pixar does and this was one of their early best. 


The Village
This movie may be a bit too scary for little children but kids 10 and up could really enjoy this tale. I know I get lost in the desire to move my family to a pseudo-Amish village somewhere away from everything and the spooky woods and fall scenery make this a great autumn night treat. 

October Kiss
A Hallmark movie about a nanny who falls in love over Halloween. She brings a cheerful spirit back to the lives of a sad family. 

Harvest Moon 

A sweet tale of a harvest fest organized to help a struggling family. 


October Sky 

A true story about the awesomeness of the white mind. A coal miner decides to be a rocket scientist and well…watch to see what happens! 


Meet Me in Saint Louie 
A classic movie staring the lovely Judy Garland, takes place in the fall. 

Luther 

Probably the best of the list, remember the other holiday celebrated on October 31st, Reformation Day! Plus those Fiennes brothers are easy on the eyes. *Wink*

Summer Magic
Don’t let the title throw you, the movie takes a family from summer into Halloween where they host a big fall festival at the end. This movie is beyond charming.