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Thursday, October 23, 2014

American Girl class: Kirsten: Week 2 (Time #2)

We had another fun Kirsten class! We discussed book two in the series, Kirsten Learns a Lesson. Our craft this week was a midsummers wreath. I bought small grapevine wreaths at Hobby Lobby, one for each girl. I gave each girl three small flower picks (Pulled off of a larger fake stem), and one foot of each of three colors of ribbon. Some of the girls wrapped the ribbon around the wreath, some tied bows on it, and others didn't use ribbon at all! It was fun to see the variety of tastes and choices!

 Working on the wreaths...


 Our snack was crackers with Lingonberry jam (Our moms found sauce at Natural Grocers)

We also began our ongoing craft of braided rugs. I bought three yards of three matching fabrics, and cut them into 1" strips. The girls each got the three colors and began to braid...

 Braiding and braiding...
 The 2:00 class works on their wreaths...


 This silly girl made it like a crown on her head and got it stuck in her hair! : - D
 Friends chatting and braiding...
 More braiding!
We will keep braiding next week on our rugs again! 
Find out more detailed directions about the Kirsten class week 2 on my blog here.


Exodus 39:15
For the breastpiece they made braided chains of pure gold, like a rope.

1 Kings 7:36
He engraved cherubim, lions and palm trees on the surfaces of the supports and on the panels, in every available space, with wreaths all around.

Isaiah 28:5
In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kindergarten: I week

Last week was I week in homeschool kindergarten. Even though it was cut short by Bethany's sickness, we still had a fun week. We talked about lots of I things including ice, icebergs, icicles, ice cream, igloos, Inuits, italics, islands, ink, iron, insects, inches and more. We didn't get the chance to find the I states on the map, igniting a fire, igneous rock, incense and instruments. Hopefully next week will be back to normal!
 My daughter was putting the magnetic letters in order, and saying "S." We have been working on this in her language lately. She is getting better and has known the letters for a while, but it is still a good challenge for her.
 She made an "igloo" with sugar cubes and the help of big sis.
 Making ice cream! A delicious treat in homeschool! We got an ice cream maker from my sister-in-law from their yard sale. We have not used it much, but after this week, we've wondered why. It was SOOO yummy!
 Measuring the cream...
Adding the ice, letting it turn and turn and turn... waiting is the hard part!

Looking forward to making JELLO next week!


Job 6:15-17

But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams,
as the streams that overflow
when darkened by thawing ice
and swollen with melting snow,
but that stop flowing in the dry season,
and in the heat vanish from their channels.

Job 37:10
The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen.

Job 38:28-30
Does the rain have a father?
Who fathers the drops of dew?
From whose womb comes the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens
when the waters become hard as stone,
when the surface of the deep is frozen?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Why doTerra vs. other competitors?

"When you choose dōTERRA, you are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Each dōTERRA essential oil is also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade dōTERRA essential oils." (excerpt from doTerra's website)


DoTerra takes pride in their certified pure oils. When you purchase oils from the health food store, they may say "PURE essential oil" on the bottle, but there is no regulation for this. They can say they are pure if they put fillers in the bottle, such as alcohol, water and other oils. They do not have to say exactly what is in the bottle, and this makes it cheaper. I never realizedthis until I began with doTerra. DoTerra tests their oils several time (at least FIVE) times before any batch of oil is approved. I know I would rather use something on and in my body that is certified pure and has been tested well. 

Before I began with doTerra, I heard or read somewhere that peppermint essential oil is good for stomach/ digestive pain. As I deal with that occasionally, and I LOVE peppermint, I went to the local health food store and bought a bottle of an off brand. I took it internally, and  it GAVE me a stomachache! I felt sicker. I then read on the bottle and it said "not for internal use." So I wasted my money on something that I couldn't even USE! Don't make the same mistake that I did! 

I trust this company and these oils, because I know they are tested as pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. It is worth the extra money to me to purchase high quality oils. If you join doTerra, you will get a discount as you purchase each month. Now I get a 20% discount on my monthly purchases! I have to pay the yearly fee again soon, but I also get a FREE peppermint oil for joining again! So basically I will pay about $5 to get the oil, one of my very favorites! 

Another quote from doTerra's website: 

"Although there are many good essential oils available to consumers, many products claiming to be essential oils are not pure aromatic extracts and often contain fillers and non-aromatic compounds. Furthermore, there are no current regulatory standards for the descriptive use of the “therapeutic grade” for products labeled as essential oils. 
The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® mark represents dōTERRA’s own internal standards for sourcing and testing pure aromatic botanical extracts using independent laboratory analysis. The dōTERRA brand and registered CPTG mark represent dōTERRA’s guarantee of pure essential oil extracts that meet high standards for both purity and material composition and for accurate product labeling.
We harvest our plants and quickly and carefully distill the aromatic compounds of the plants. Other than testing for purity and composition, there is no other processing or manufacturing of the oils. They contain pure aromatic compounds. Nature did all the work; we just carefully remove the aromatic compounds and put them in the bottles. Pure and simple!"
- See more here.


Have more questions? You can see a list of FAQ's HERE on doTerra's website.



Song of Songs 1:3
Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the young women love you!

Song of Songs 4:10
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume more than any spice!

Luke 11:42
“Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.
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