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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July everyone! May the Lord bless you with a safe and enjoyable day.

We are greatly blessed to live in this country with the freedom we have. We can worship in freedom. We can read our Bibles without concern. We can share our faith freely with a lost and dying world.

We are blessed beyond anything we deserve. 

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34).

Pretty Exciting

Our granddaughter, Abigail (12), asked if Teri would edit a report she wrote on a classic, short story. Teri edited and commented on it and set it on the counter for Abby to pick up. Since the report was facedown with the last page up, which contained Abigail’s summary paragraph, I read those three neatly, handwritten lines. I was delighted and amazed by what Abigail said. Here it is:

“While this story is interesting, it has no value. It does not teach the reader anything. So, while it does entertain you, you are not any wiser, and you have not learned anything while reading this story.”

Today entertainment is often the goal and justification for many (most?) children’s activities. I wish I’d had the wisdom at Abby’s age to evaluate the things I was spending my time on growing up as to whether they would help me grow in wisdom. Way to go Nathan and Melanie (Abby’s parents)! 

“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient” (1 Corinthians 6:12). 

The HSLDA Resource Winner

Yesterday, we did the drawing as mentioned in the HSLDA post. We used a random number generator to give us the winning comment. I was surprised to see #1 be drawn. I did it again to make sure it was working correctly and it was. Here is the winning comment:

Nancy M says:
April 9, 2021 at 5:07 am
We joined HSLDA since our first year of homeschooling which was 2005. Even though we have never had to use their services (thankfully) we loved that our membership help give others the legal representation they would need. We did purchase our graduation diplomas from them and we’ve lived in different states or be praying about a potential job change and was always grateful to search out the homeschool laws for a different state. Even though MO is a homeschool friendly state, I have always encouraged families to join HSLDA. My youngest will be a junior in HS next year and this would be a great resource to add to his curriculum.

We will be asking Nancy for her address so we can ship her the resource. We are grateful that the Lord has used HSLDA for many years to be a blessing to homeschoolers. If you aren’t a member, we would strongly encourage you to join.

“O taste and see that the LORD is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Psalm 34:8).

HSLDA is a Blessing Giveaway

In March, we had the post Don’t Homeschool Without It and invited those who aren’t current Home School Legal Defense of Association (HSLDA) members to join HSLDA. HSLDA graciously gave a resource to everyone who joined after reading that blog post.

To our surprise, HSLDA gifted us with the same resource after the post, which is the Constitutional Literacy DVD. Since that original offer was only available to new members, we thought we would give our resource to someone who is currently a member.

To join our HSLDA is a Blessing Giveaway, simply comment on this post with two things. Tell us how long you have been an HSLDA member and why you like being part of HSLDA.

We will then have a random drawing on April 15th to give away the copy HSLDA gave us. (The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.)

BTW, there is still a few days left (April 15th) to join if you are not yet an HSLDA member and receive a copy of the Constitutional Literacy resource from them.

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21

Don’t Homeschool Without it

Happy Monday, everyone! This is a really important post, and I encourage you to share it with your friends. –Sarah

Do you have medical insurance/assistance? Almost everyone does because it is a very wise choice. Similarly, we strongly encourage each of our homeschooling readers to consider the wisdom of being a member of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). Our family was a member for our homeschooling years. 

We are thankful we never had a situation where we needed HSLDA’s legal help. Hopefully, you will never need their legal help either, but if you encounter a difficult situation, you will be glad to be a member. Lawyers are incredibly expensive, and if you have to pay for one out of pocket, it might be just as devastating as a medical emergency. 

If you aren’t an HSLDA member, please critically evaluate why not? Maybe you feel comfortable in not joining, but friends, times are changing. Even if you don’t need their legal services, they have lots of homeschool resources for all stages.

We asked HSLDA if they had some small gift should you join as a result of this blog post. If you join within the next thirty days as a result of our encouragement, you will receive their Constitutional Literacy resource free. 

In this Constitutional Literacy series, you will “join Michael Farris as he delves into the nation’s most important document and provides the training to turn America back to a proper understanding of liberty.” 

We find it amazingly generous that they would offer this, and we hope you will join. Also, we receive nothing from promoting them; it is simply our heart’s desire to help you in your homeschooling journey. 

Once you enroll, forward Matt ([email protected]) a copy of your membership receipt, let him know you heard about this offer on Titus2, and he will see you get the resource. Please allow thirty days to receive the resource. 

Trusting in Jesus,
Steve and Teri

“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself:
but the simple pass on, and are punished.” Proverbs 22:3

Very Good News

Hopefully, we are concluding our quest to learn more about a subject we never wanted to be knowledgeable about—bed bugs. There has been a lot of activity since our last post. 

Here is my process, that included close inspection of each of these specific places and I believe covered every square inch of that room:

  1. Beds stripped
  2. Mattresses flipped
  3. Dust covering torn off the underside of box springs
  4. Dresser drawers emptied
  5. Baseboards checked
  6. Covers removed for light switches and power receptacles and then taped. (I will be applying a special dust inside them before I put the covers back on.)
  7. HVAC registers removed and then sealed.
  8. Meticulously vacuumed.
  9. Everything that could be cycled through the dryer went for an hour on heat.
  10. Things that weren’t needed were bagged and went to the attic.
  11. Bedding was washed, dried, and stored in another room.
  12. Finally used a heater to heat the room to 120 degrees for 3 hours.

In all my inspections, I did not find a single bed bug. I was happy not to, but then the question was: Where did the first one come from? They can live a long time between meals. Could it be possible that just one was carried in? 

Still to have a high degree of confidence that some weren’t lurking somewhere in that room or elsewhere in the house, we employed a trained K-9 bed bug hunter to “sniff” the house. The little beagle was disappointed not to find any bed bugs since he gets treats when he does, but we were pleased that he didn’t.

Taking a rest after working real hard.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28