Secrets to a Happy Home

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In the last analysis, home happiness depends on the wife. Her spirit gives the home its atmosphere. Her hands fashion its beauty. Her heart makes its love. And the end is so worthy, so noble, so divine, that no woman who has been called to be a wife, and has listened to the call, should consider any price too great to pay, to be the light, the joy, the blessing, the inspiration of a home.

Men with fine gifts think it worth while to live to paint a few great pictures which shall be looked at and admired for generations; or to write a few songs which shall sing themselves into the ears and hearts of men. But the woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home, filling it with love and prayer and purity, is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies.

 

Secrets of Happy Home Life: JR. Miller

~~Feeling weary and worn down physically or mentally? Make sure to read my health testimony and my journey with adrenal fatigue and depression. If you’d like more info on the protocol that God has blessed me with connect with me on facebook or email me at sandjervin@gmail.com

 

How to make Homemade Lefse

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My father grew up 50% Norwegian and 50% Swedish. ¬†(He jokes that he is continually fighting with himself ūüėČ ) Growing up in with such a strong Scandinavian influence in Minnesota was a treat. ¬†Swedish Meatballs and Norwegian Lefse were a part of many a family gathering. ¬†My dad used to be the expert in making the Lefse. ¬†It was a fun family tradition growing up. :)

My children have tasted store-bought lefse but never had the privilege of having homemade. So this year I decided to change that and have a family day of lefse making. I have the lefse pan that my great-great grandmother brought over from Norway on the boat. So with such a heirloom treasure tool I set out yesterday to make lefse. ¬†(You can use a modern day skillet, but mine has the flavor of many generations seeping into it’s very metal–LOL!)

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The recipe that I used was an easy online recipe from Food.com. ¬†It’s so simple because it uses instant mashed potato flakes instead of ricing potatoes. Earlier in the day I mixed up the batch and did all the prep.

First, I made a box of the instant mashed potatoes and then put the potatoes in the freezer to quick cool.  After they were cool I followed this recipe:

  • 2cups of plain mashed potatoes
  • 2tablespoons milk
  • 1tablespoon butter
  • 1‚ĀĄ4teaspoon salt
  • flour
    1. In a large mixing bowl mix potatoes, milk, butter, salt and 3/4 cup of flour.
    2. Kneed briefly on lightly floured board, adding flour to make the dough non-sticky.
    3. Divide dough into 12 equal balls

I made the mistake of multiplying this recipe by 5Xs so it took me AGES to knead my dough.  I had to have my daddy rescue me as I reached my max in my arm workout.

My mom made a gluten free/milk free batch before I started mine.  This is her kneading her batch.

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After my lefse rolls were made I chilled them in the refrigerator ready for later that evening when all the children were home.

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When it’s time to actually roll out and cook the lefse you roll the balls out into as thin of a crepe like “tortilla- looking” sphere. ¬†Using your lefse turner place the dough on the pan that has been heated on medium heat. ¬†Cook for one minute on each side.

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After the lefse is cooked on both sides slather it with butter and sprinkle with sugar.

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Roll the lefse up and enjoy!  (Some people also enjoy cinnamon sprinkled on their dessert.)

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We usually cut the lefse up into triangles and store in the refrigerator.  Lefse also freezes well so we can have a stash for awhile. :)

The last step is the cleanup of flour that has migrated all through the kitchen and into every nook and cranny.  Our kitchen was hopping with hilarious craziness but it was a fun memory making day!

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~~Feeling weary and worn down physically or mentally? Make sure to read my health testimony and my journey with adrenal fatigue and depression. If you’d like more info on the protocol that God has blessed me with connect with me on facebook or email me at sandjervin@gmail.com

 

My 5 New Years Resolutions

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I can’t believe it is almost 2017! ¬†And what a year it has been! ¬†Ups and downs, trials and joys. ¬† We have had big changes this year, because this was the year I quit homeschooling (but, I really didn’t). ¬†I have another another son working towards graduation from high school. My baby turned four and the season of babies and littles in drawing to a close. Our home is more of a place for young adults as they learn to spread their wings and fly. This was the year that the Lord deepened our walk with Him through His providence and grace. But through it all God is faithful and I have learned so much more about His ways and our daily sanctification is for His glory! ¬†And now we are looking towards a new year…

I don’t know about you but I love fresh beginnings. ¬†I love the Scripture that says:

“It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.¬†¬†They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.¬†¬†The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Lamentations 3: 22-24

And so as I look to 2017 I have lots of new fresh goals that I want to implement and I thought I would share a few with you…

1. I want to be more heavenly minded. ¬†I want to put First Things First.¬†¬†I desire to focus on the one thing needful and be sitting at Jesus’ feet daily in an even deeper way. ¬†“What doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul? ” Mark 8:36 ¬†Throughout my day to be reflecting on my Creator even through Lessons from the Honeybee¬†¬†and Queen Anne’s Lace.¬†

2. I want to enjoy my children more. ¬†These days are going by quickly and I want to remember that I have¬†a calling higher than Steve Jobs. ¬†Motherhood is a rich blessing that our society doesn’t value but our Lord does. :)

3. I want to remember the lessons the Lord has taught me through my chronic sickness and be full of gratitude that He has returned so much health to me!  I want to remember the lessons from the sickbed. 

4. I want to take my health a step further!  I hope to get in a good pattern of moving more through exercising, walking and a variety of healthful activities.  I am going to seek to kick up my weight-loss through adding in another fabulous supplement that my favorite health company has to offer. And I am going to be seeking to make better choices of what I put in my body.  I have been gifted with such great benefits through these plant based supplements but have need to be more watchful of complementing that with a healthier lifestyle.  I am so excited!  If you want to learn more details of what I am going to be doing you are welcome to join my Facebook page Heritage Healthy Habits.

5. I want to start a fresh new schedule that will keep me a bit more structured.  Now that several of the children are in school, I want to be intentional with enjoying my 4 year old, household duties and my home business.  (read: Why I was NOT going to have a home business.)

These are a few of my goals for 2017.  All of these things I cannot do in my own strength but rely on the Lord for His grace, help and strength looking to Him for each day. I need to simply lean upon my Beloved as I shared at the beginning of a previous year.

Do you have New Years Resolutions? ¬†Check out Jonathan Edward’s resolutions!

Happy New Year (almost) to you! :) ¬†I will leave you with an entry…

From the January 1, 1704 diary of Matthew Henry….

“This New Years Day I have in much Weakness, and compassed about with many Infirmities, upon my Knees made a fresh Surrender of myself, my whole self, all I am, all I have, all I can do, to God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, my Creator, Owner, Ruler and Benefactor; all my Affections to be ruled by the Divine Grace, and all my Affairs overruled by the Divine Providence, so as I may not come short of glorifying God in this World, and being glorified with him in a better World.

 Confirming and ratifying all former Resignations of myself to God, and lamenting all the Disagreeableness of my Heart and Life therewith, and depending upon the Merit of the Redeemer to make this and all my other Services acceptable, and the Grace of the Sanctifier to enable me to make these good engagements, I again bind my Soul with a Bond to the Lord, and commit myself entirely to him; particularly, as to the Events of this Year which I am now entering upon, not knowing the Things that may abide me in it. If this Year should be a Year of continued Health and Comfort, I commit myself to the Grace of God to be preserved from carnal Security, and to be enabled in a Day of Prosperity to serve God with joy.

If my Opportunities as a Minister, should be this Year continued, I commit my Studies, and Ministerial Labors at home and abroad, to the Blessing of God; having afresh consecrated them all to his Service and Honor, earnestly desiring Mercy of the Lord to be Faithful and successful.

If I should be this Year at any time tried with Doubts concerning my duty, I commit myself to the Divine Conduct, with an unbiased Desire, praying to know what God will have me to do, with a fixed Resolution by his Grace to follow his Direction in the Integrity of my heart.

If I should this Year be afflicted in my Body, Family, Name or Estate, I commit my All to the Divine Dispose; the Will of the Lord be done; only begging that the Grace of God may go along with the Providence of God in all my Afflictions, to enable me both to bear them well and to use them well.
If this Year I should be disturbed or molested in the Exercise of my Ministry, if I should be silenced, or otherways suffer for well-doing, I commit the keeping of my Soul to God as to a faithful Creator; depending upon him to guide me in my Call to suffer, and to make that clear, and to preserve me from perplexing Snares; depending upon him to support and comfort me under my Sufferings, and to bring Glory to himself out of them, and then welcome his whole Will.”

Why I Wasn’t Going to Work from Home

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I’m a mama. ¬†I love pregnancy, having babies, breastfeeding and snuggles and kisses. ¬†That’s my calling and my first and foremost priority! Ever since I was courting Steven it was our goal that I would be a stay-at-home-mom. ¬†He was blessed to always have his mom there ¬†growing up and so was I—it was important to us that while he was the breadwinner I was his help meet for him at home.

I am so thankful after all these years the Lord has enabled us to keep that vision and kept me able to be at home with my babies! But, there is a problem, this is a two-income world. ¬†The percentage of SAHM’s is so small and our economy definitely assumes there are two incomes in the household. So we have become masters at thrift shopping, finding the best deals and sales and adjusting our lifestyle to cutting costs where we can. ¬†My dear husband has been the best provider and we have truly been very blessed!

I have seen other moms have tremendous home businesses and have admired their creativity and skill.  But, I am not gifted in sewing, crafting, baking, and creating for websites like Etsy and so on. God has given me a love for helping and serving people in different ways.

At one point I was seeking to make money through this blog, but the family suffered.  It became all consuming and the deadlines and competition took the joy away from my writing.  Because the children were the priority and my health was really struggling I took a sabbatical from this blog. My giftings and talents are to be used for the glory of God first and foremost with my family in this home, and anything that tears me away from them in an inordinate way has to be curtailed.

And then, God laid it in my lap and called me to work from home.

I wasn’t looking for it, but it was the perfect fit for me.

I was so sick with adrenal fatigue, depression and all the other things that go along with that ¬†I have blogged about before. ¬†When I was so helped by the plant-based products that a friend shared with me it was SUCH a gift from God. ¬†So yes, I joined but only for the wholesale prices.¬†In fact I told Jen, “I am not doing the home business, I have been sick, I am a homeschool mommy of 8 and I don’t have the time and energy.” She said that was perfectly fine. :)

And then it happened. ¬†I couldn’t help sharing, as I researched the WHY of how it was helping me and saw the gold mine — a burden began to grow.

There were SO MANY other mothers like me!!!¬†Exhausted, worn out, mind blowing fatigue, mental fog and feeling like they couldn’t go on! And I HAD to SHARE! It would have been selfish not to.

And so I went back to dear husband and asked him about giving this a go. Unlike some other companies this fit right into the nooks and crannies of my life and it revolves around my family not my family around it. I didn’t have to have inventory, I didn’t have to put out a huge outlay of money, and didn’t have to do ANY home parties!¬†¬†I had his blessing. ¬†And from then on we have only been more and more excited about this opportunity! ¬†We are even dreaming of the day when my husband could come home (or only work when he wants to) and this will be our family business.

And guess what? ¬†Now my focus has shifted to not only helping people with their health, but with their finances. ¬†You see, far from being like many other companies…it’s real homeschooling, large family, Christian families that are seeing HUGE provisions from the Lord. It’s students and single mamas. ¬†And yes, it’s dad’s that see the amazing wisdom of this comp plan. ¬†Families are getting out of debt, bringing Daddy home, financial freedom! ¬†And what better way than serving others.

So if you have been praying for a way to earn extra income, I would love to share more with you about this company and how it has been a gift from the Lord for us!  email me at sandjervin@gmail.com :)