Saturday, January 31, 2009


The old nuts that the shakers didn't bring down
stick on like glue by the sap
and have to be knocked down before bloom.

Regina knocking 'em down


My favorite thing to drink is herb tea
My favorite thing to do is talk with Mom

Yam Pudding

4-5 large yams cooked

2 c. almonds

2 c. dried coconut

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 c. dark honey

1 T. blackstrap molasses

Grind almonds and coconut in Vita-Mix to a fine powder.

Blend all together.

May be served warm but I like it chilled.

Getting Married

April is getting married soon, then moving to Nebraska!
We'll all miss her.
She asked us to take photos for her.
We aren't professional,
but we did adjust our cameras to their max quality
and bought a mono/tripod for the event.
See the wedding:

Our Chauffeur

Victor's Fudge

3/4 c. date pieces
1c. dark honey
1c. Cocoa powder
1 T. molasses
2c. almonds ground
2c. unsweetened coconut, ground
Mix all together and add:
1 1/2 c. currents
1 1/2 c. walnut pieces
Boil 2c. water, add dates
and let them sit a few minutes to soften.
Grind almonds and coconut in Vita Mix.
Add molasses and honey to dates till honey softens.
Blend wet ingredients, add to dry,
press into container and freeze.

Dinah, Mighty Hunter
Dinah said, "He had a soft little body. I loved the feel of it."

The squirrel is now fertilizer for our baby orange tree.
One squirrel can eat several nuts in just a couple minutes
Even while they are still green on the tree.
They multiply fast and empty entire rows of trees.
It is amazing.

Our first bread using our new giant stainless mixing bowl

The great thing about using the BIG mixer

is that the bread has more elasticity.
Cranberry Nut Bread

There is great peace in God's Sovereignty.
  1. Accept your single state as a wise loving arrangement from your Heavenly Father. You are not single by accident.
  2. Exploit your present state of singleness. When you are married your time, energy and resources will be directed to your spouse. Use your time, energy and resources for the glory of God right now. Learn how to be faithful where God places you, diligent in the things God gives you to do and when God fulfills the desire of your heart He will cause you to be faithful in many things.
  3. While you're single, work on your undesirables and uglies. Go to those whose counsel you trust (your parents, close friends, mentors/elders) and ask them where you need improvement. Go to them and say, "Do you think there's something in me that needs to be changed and that's the reason I'm not married?" When they say, "Probably." Accept it with humility. "What are some of those things I need to change/improve?" Humility is an important part of singleness. 
  4. Pray continually for God's preparation of you and His provision for you. You're not married because you're not ready. You are not adequately prepared. Ask God: "Whatever it takes to prepare me for the man/woman you have for me, please prepare me and while you're at it prepare him/her for me. While you're preparing me, provide him/her for me." 
  5. Establish Christian relationships with God's people. Put yourself in the way of legitimate contacts and acquaintances. Don't go places where you don't expect Christians to be. Go where you will meet God-fearing, like-minded people. Don't be invisible.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Gerald Celente Forecasts 2009 on Lew Rockwell's Podcast: The Year of the Greatest Depression

From C.S. Hayden's blog:

In his latest podcast, Lew Rockwell interviewed Gerald Celente of the Trends Research Institute. The interview is an excellent listen, a tremendous investment of 13 minutes and 39 seconds. If you prefer to read a summary instead of (or in addition to) listening to the podcast, I give this to you now:

Lew Rockwell (LR) asks how bad things will get? Gerald Celente (GC) says that current events form future trends. The headlines say that 75,000 workers were laid-off in one day, and there are more layoffs to come.

Last year was the panic of '08 in the financial sector. This year we will see the collapse of '09 throughout the economy. What we have seen so far is just the beginning.

The crisis has already spilled into retail, as we saw closings of Circuit City, Linens 'n Things, KB Toys, and other familiar chains. By mid-February or March, we will see other big name failures.

The big collapse in 2009, which will dwarf the subprime meltdown, will be commercial real estate. Who will take the empty spaces when all the retail stores close, not to mention the banks and financial institutions?
LR correlates Hoover and FDR with our day's powers that be in Bush and now Obama. As with the Great Depression of the 1930's and 1940's, from which our country took 17 years to recover, the government is directly making the crisis worse by subsidizing losers and penalizing producers.
GC discusses the buildup and plight of Citi Group and calls it a giant protected by Washington rather than a "too big to fail" institution. Wall Street has hijacked Washington and gained control. For example, the new Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, is former President of the NY Fed.

LR and GC agree that Washington cannot actually save the banks like Citi. The government is just draining money from the producers and letting the failed banks simply reinvent themselves. LR says that the losing banks are "too big to succeed."
Wall Street has now completely taken over the Treasury, which used to represent industry as well as finance. Now, Treasury is ripping off the producers and making all of us much poorer to enrich the losing financial institutions.
And there is no end in sight, says GC.
There will be a revolt. This is a clear trend they are forecasting. The government knows this. It is building detention centers and training the military for riot control. States are training their police forces to deal with riots as a fallout from economic calamity.
GC describes himself as a "political atheist," meaning he does not want to get caught up in anyone's "political religion." So, his forecast is not a knock against Obama per se, but he does believe that Obama will instigate a draconion measure such as a bank holiday, which will freeze all assets in banks, or a gold confiscation. The draconion move(s) will severely hurt the "little guy" and enrich the "too big to fails." The powers that be will justify these moves as a necessity during dire times.
LR says that Bush gave us a tremendous increase in the U.S. police state and fascism (government and corporate collusion to control the economy); Obama is giving us even bigger government, more spying, and so forth.
The last Great Depression took 17 years to overcome, and we are now on an even worse footing.

GC says that we need something to emerge like an amazing alternative energy source -- on the level of discovering fire or inventing the wheel -- that we invent, own, produce, and maintain ourselves in the U.S. Short of a productive capacity such as the U.S. dominance in engineering and manufacturing after WWII or the emerging internet in 1993, we will be living in the worst conditions ever.
GC is not an investment advisor, but he says he just buys gold. The governments of the world are just printing money and using old economic paradigms in this global economic meltdown. Buy gold to protect yourself. (In this podcast, GC predicts gold will reach $2,000.)

GC also recommends firearms to protect yourself, your family, and your assets from off-the-charts crime rates.
People are and will be increasingly out of their minds. Petty thievery, not to mention greater and more violent crimes, will be drastically on the increase. We have a growing underclass that we did not have during the Great Depression when we were a nation in ascendancy. Now, the large cities only turn out about 50% of students as high school graduates.
GC is not a "survivalist" in the crazy sense, just a close-combat practitioner. He has dried fruits and water that would last two weeks. He had an escape plan during 9/11 and has one now in case something really, really extraordinary happens. It will be hard to get money out of banks and even harder to redeem CDs, which are financial instruments.

Take protective measures, be alert, and be prepared to preserve your wealth.

LR agrees that gold, guns, and cash outside the banking system are wonderful to have in possession for these dire times.

Although he is certainly a fallible man, Mr. Celente has a remarkable track-record for analyzing and predicting trends and events. "A prudent man forseeth the evil and hideth himself," says Proverbs 22:3. Accordingly, let the reader beware and wisely judge what he should do to protect his family, his capital, and himself. This is a duty, not an option.

Re: Nancy Pelosi on Contraceptive bailout

Although cultures of life win by default, the world is still hurt by cultures of death.

Beale Philips, who's story we posted in October, was born to a divorced 40+ year old mother who had conceived her in an adulterous affair with a married man.

Abortion would not become legal till two years later, but was quite available to those who wanted it.

Beale's birth mother gave her up for adoption and by God's grace, she is on of the most radiant examples of Christian womanhood I've seen.

This is why we can't say 'just let them think that way.' Satan hates babies, and he specifically attacks the children of God’s people, like with Pharaoh and Bethlehem. But man is made in the image of God, so Satan hates even his own -- as in the modern abortion holocaust.

I tell my siblings, "He who serves leads."

The illegal Hispanic women, who give birth to 25% of the babies born in California, are leading. They may be leading badly, raising children who look to the welfare state to provide, but they are leading.

We must lead by raising children who love God, and love to work -- who are producers, not just consumers. They will bless the world.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Nancy Pelosi This Week "Contraception Will Reduce Costs" Help Economy

If the state pays for our existence, it may decide when we should not exist.

Mrs. Pelosi may believe she is helping people -- or helping states. After all “children are expensive.”

Mom taught us differently. She told us that we made her rich.
We believe her and look forward to being wealthy:).

Demographic Winter -- the decline of the human family

Now available with subtitles in five languages:

Pro-Life Theology

The theology of deliverance runs all throughout the Bible. Again and again Scripture exhorts the faithful to rescue the weak--in one way or another--out of the strong jaws of death. This is precisely because of the character, nature, and attributes of our God--He Himself is the great rescuer:

"In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord near its border. And it will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will rescue them" (Isaiah 19:19-20).

The Lord rescues the humble (Psalm 76:9). He rescues the afflicted (Psalm 35:10). And, He rescues the ravaged (Psalm 35:17). He rescues each of His own from the wicked (Psalm 17:13), from the deceitful and dishonest (Psalm 43:1), from temptation (2 Peter 2:9), from every evil deed (2 Timothy 4:18), from our bodies of sin and death (Romans 7:24-25), and from this present age (Galatians 1:4).

As His disciples, we are to comfort others with the very comfort we ourselves have received (2 Corinthians 1:4). Thus, we too are to be deliverers:

"Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and rescue those who have been robbed by the power of the oppressor (Jeremiah 22:3).

"Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked" (Psalm 82:3-4).

"Rescue those who are being dragged away to death, and those who are staggering to the slaughter, O hold them back. If you say, 'See we did not know this,' does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to a man according to his work?" (Proverbs 24: 10-11).

There are those, who even amidst the confusion of the present day--with all its fickle political profundities--have heard that high call to covenantal faithfulness. Their stories are a testament to the grace of the Deliverer--who in turn calls us to deliver. In a rapturous variety of manners, methods, and means they have heard and heeded that call. And that is the story of the pro-life movement today, that is the foundation upon which its advocacy, its service, it programs, and its endurance is built. That is the essence of pro-life theology.

From George Grant’s The Quick and the Dead blog.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Choose What's Right Come What May ~ Movie

"Caleb teams up with Rachel to lead Patrick Henry College to the National Moot Court Championship. Along the way, he is caught in a moral tug-a-war between his parents -- a newly Christian father, and a constitutional attorney mother.

As the PHC moot court team and the U.S. Supreme Court simultaneously grapple with legal cases involving abortion, Caleb clashes with his mother and his own conscience as he struggles to internalize his beliefs and stand on Biblical values."

Austin Kearney as Caleb

This movie was made by 45 home educated students,

coached and directed by film professionals.

This is their first film.

Victoria Emmons as Rachel

This movie could not enter the SAICFF 101,000 competition because

Doug Phillips worked for Michael Farris,

and Homeschool Legal Defense before starting the Vision Forum.

(Creating a possible conflict of interest.)

There is a clickable link to a vender on the photo

of the movie on the left column at bottom.

We bought our copy from one of the film makers,

who had a few copies in his back pack:).

Disclaimer: Dinah does not like this film.

She says it is like cotton candy - soft and just as unhealthy.

The film assumes outside career training for women, i.e. law,

and that while getting this training, you meet your awesome dude.

My uncompromising sister insists that assisting our parents in cultural reformation

is the best career training on earth.

And in helping them, we meet the greatest guys.


Texas Straight Talk

Freedom is our strength.
Big government is our weakness.
Banks that had been bailed out before are asking for more.
They are too big to bail out
Government cannot save the economy.
Government is a DRAG on the economy:
borrowing and debasing our dollar through inflation.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


Clouds Gather Above Our Home


My Hard Working Man
Regina Writing
My Right Hand

Knocking down "Mummies"
(the almonds that did not come down
in the fall when we shook the trees)
An Industrious Sweetheart

Mustard Greens

January Rose

Trimming Roses

Fama's Cactus

Hanging out Clothes

Adjusting the Forks

Ready to Go!

Covenant Theology

All the provisions that God made in His promises, all the provision that God made in His Covenant of Grace, point to Jesus. They do not point to the Jews and they do not point to the promised land. They point to Jesus and the redemption that He would bring. Every provision given in the old testament pointed ahead to Jesus Christ and was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

All God's Creation is Good

"The Bible is God's blueprint to us for righteous living." Gary DeMar
The New testament reinforces the goodness of God's Creation:
"For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer." I Timothy 4:4-5

God Rules the World

The Christian's view of the future determines how he lives, plans, and works in the present for the future. Even during Israel's captivity under Babylonian rule, the nation's darkest hour, The people were told to plan and build for the future: "Build houses and live in them, and plant gardens, and eat their produce. Take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that the may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do not decrease...For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope." God's words seemed contrary to what the people saw all around them. Destruction and captivity awaited the nation, yet God commanded them to prepare for the future. In spite of every pessimistic view, God wanted the people's desires and hopes to future-directed. Built for what will be...A preoccupation with defeat brings defeat by default."
Excerpts from Gary DeMar's Whoever Controls The Schools... pg. 47

Thursday, January 22, 2009

More Treasured Friends at SAICFF

Photo by Nathaniel Bluedorn

Regina on left, Isaac Botkin-center, Melody on right

Isaac is the author of Outside Hollywood
His sisters, below, are authors of So Much More

Elizabeth Botkin, Melody, Anna Sophia Botkin

Liberty Phillips & Melody
Photos od girls Courtesy of Lourdes Torres

Barack Hussein Obama's Victory

An editorial from the London Daily Mail (A British View)

A victory for the hysterical Oprah Winfrey, the mad racist preacher Jeremiah Wright, the mainstream media who abandoned any sense of objectivity long ago, Europeans who despise America largely because they depend on her, comics who claim to be dangerous and fearless but would not dare attack genuinely powerful special interest groups. A victory for Obama-worshippers everywhere. A victory for the cult of the cult. A man who has done little with his life but has written about his achievements as if he had found the cure for cancer in between winning a marathon and building a nuclear reactor with his teeth. Victory for style over substance, hyperbole over history, rabble-raising over reality.

A victory for Hollywood, the most dysfunctional community in the world. Victory for Streisand, Spielberg, Soros and Sarandon. Victory for those who prefer welfare to will and interference to independence. For those who settle for group think and herd mentality rather than those who fight for individual initiative and the right to be out of step with meager political fashion.

Victory for a man who is no friend of freedom. He and his people have already stated that media has to be controlled so as to be balanced, without realizing the extraordinary irony within that statement. Like most liberal zealots, the Obama worshippers constantly speak of Fox and Limbaugh, when the vast bulk of television stations and newspapers are drastically liberal and anti-conservative. Senior Democrat Chuck Schumer said that just as pornography should be censored, so should talk radio. In other words, one of the few free and open means of popular expression may well be cornered and beaten by bullies who even in triumph cannot tolerate any criticism and opposition.

A victory for those who believe the state is better qualified to raise children than the family, for those who prefer teachers' unions to teaching and for those who are naively convinced that if the West is sufficiently weak towards its enemies, war and terror will dissolve as quickly as the tears on the face of a leftist celebrity.

A victory for social democracy even after most of Europe has come to the painful conclusion that social democracy leads to mediocrity, failure, unemployment, inflation, higher taxes and economic stagnation. A victory for intrusive lawyers, banal sentimentalists, social extremists and urban snobs.

Congratulations America!

Australian Gun Law Update

It has now been one year (12 months) since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.

The first year results are now available:

Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2 percent;

Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent;

Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent);

In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent as compared with the last one year period when private ownership of a firearm was legal.

(NB: the law-abiding citizens did turn in their personal firearms, the criminal element did not and thus criminals in Australia still possess their guns.)

While data for the 25 years preceding the confiscation of privately owned guns showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months as criminals now are assured their victims will be unarmed.

There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly, while the resident is at home.

Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in 'successfully ridding Australian society of guns.'

This story of well intentioned government intervention in the rights of lawful individuals to own and possess firearms won't be seen in the mainstream US media or on the American evening news. Senator Obama who advocates a similar confiscation in the US will not be reporting any of this to you.

But, the Australian experience speaks for itself. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Americans may want to take note before it's too late!

sent to us by Dr. David Morris

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

History Has Been Made

Geoff Botkin

Christians will invest in their future. For the first time in history, the finalists and award winning films at this year’s festival included feature films that were also making headlines for significant cultural impact.

In fact, FIREPROOF, the winner of the SAICFF Jubilee for Best Feature Film, was the top grossing independent film in the United States for 2008, at $33 million in box office receipts.

Doug & Beale Phillips Family
Also, with more than 2400 people in attendance at the SAICFF and 550 at the Christian Filmmaker’s Academy, interest in Christian filmmaking appeared to reach a historic high.
These are excerpts from:
Photo by Dinah Seppi
Vladimir was amazed,
"Viktor, take pictures! Americans with big families and long dresses!"
R.J. Rushdoony said,
"Our dominion work is to bring forth the meaning of man,
morality, earth, and to perfect the God-ordained purposes of creation."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Akiane's Gallery

"I want my art to draw people's attention to God,

and I want my poetry to keep people's attention to God."


Age 13

Age 12
Age 11
Age 10
Age 9
Age 8
Age 7
Age 6
Age 6
Age 5
Age 4

We talked with the homeschooler artist's mother, Florali today.

They are from Lithuania and live in Idaho.