Olive oil. Delicious. healthy (depending on who’s talking ). Useful. Profitable. Which adjective gets us into trouble?  Americans consume nearly a billion dollars’ worth annually. How could something so good be so bad? Big money lures unscrupulous sellers to adulterate olive oil with fake olive oil. Sometimes you just want something to be simple … like rich olive oil on fresh, crusty bread. How do you avoid the fakes in an industry dripping with scoundrels?

When we found out about food allergies, life became hard … fast. We were shocked to learned our olive oil was not real olive oil. It was probably soy which is one of our top allergies. By the way, those sensitive to corn need to be careful too. Yeah, it’s faked in olive oil too. Olive oil could be adulterated with a variety of oils and still say only olive oil on the label. It is processed in a variety of ways including using gasoline or other stripping substance. Personally, I don’t want to eat gasoline or soy. So, I thought I would test it.

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                As I sit with this blank page thinking about physical health, I am stumped.  Physical health takes on so many different ideas for each person.  So many of us have very complex health needs.  We learn this tidbit from this expert and that tidbit from the other.  This guy thinks his plan is THE way to be healthy and that woman says her plan is THE BEST. Even the government touts a plan—warning flags there!  Each expert thinks his/her way is the right/best/ONLY way.  I got to wondering, what did God say?  Is there “only” one way to have good health?

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Ahhh, picture it.  Smiling clean faces quietly listen in rapt attention to the tour guide. Everyone in the group enjoys the pre-made fieldtrip designed for generic kids.  Each darling obediently follows the rules and colors insides the line.  Even Mommy.  If that does not sound like your family on a field trip … join the club!  Being free to do whatever you want on a fieldtrip because it’s family is awesome! You can explore anything you want.  Take it deeper.  Take it in another direction!  Do crazy fun.  You have freedom. Take it anywhere God wants to teach and enrich your life. It requires planning and flexibility so your wee ones and not so “wee” ones learn something more than how to find the bathroom. 

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As I sit flopped on the bed today with a pounding headache from sinus pressure, I ponder the problem of illness and homeschool.  I am sick.  Both my girls are sick but at varying degrees.  Do we take a sick day? Do we plod through school?  Do we use this as an opportunity to build character and work ethic?  Do we take the opportunity to nurture and rest?  As I wrestle with worry over these issues, I reach for yet another tissue.  Perhaps the issue is in the tissue.

 

 

 

 

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I have two friends who have been dealing with the slow death of their fathers to cancer.  One father died this last week.  The other has a few months left.  Thankfully, both of my friends have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and both of their fathers as well.  Still, what do you do with all the grief and pain?

 

 

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I have been a member of a local homeschool group since my daughter started kindergarten.  Homeschool groups come in all shapes, sizes and textures.  I strongly recommend you join one because of the social opportunities for you (the Mom) and your kids such as field trips.  They are a great community to share new ideas.  Homeschool groups also give you a safe place to laugh with other Moms who have been through it.  They can be with you while you cry in your broccoli soup at the local soup-n-sandwich shop when things get hard.  Just make sure you try on a few groups to see if you get the right fit.  There is nothing worse than a too tight bra or an uptight homeschool group.

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Last time, I shared a post regarding a new way to look at Proverbs 31:10-31.  I suggested you look at it sideways.  These verses are awesome any way you choose to study them.  I did not say it last time, but I just have to say, if you really want to get in snuggly with God the Father, you need to reread, study, and pray over His Word.  Why?  A single read through of a verse will not cut it.  The Bible is not a novel that you devour in one sitting and toss in the donate pile for a tax write-off.  It is made with thin paper for a reason:  there is a lot to it!  The Bible needs to be tasted and savored.

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I think it’s awesome when God gives us a guidebook.  Sometimes He spells out what He wants us to do.  Although most of Proverbs is primarily a guidebook for men, there is a section that is for women.  We all benefit from all verses in the Bible.  Sometimes though, God gives each of us a little bit extra.  You know, the extra slice of cake at the end of the meal.  Well Proverbs 31:10-31 is the extra slice of cake for women.  It’s rich.  It’s sweet.  It’s worth picking up every crumb with your fingertip.  It’s lick-the-platter-clean good. And, there is more to it than being perfect. 

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Mesa VerdeQuick!  What is the most controversial class homeschooling parents must teach?  Science or History?  I think it is history! History and/or Social Studies are required subjects in every state in America.  Like it or not, we must do it.  Personally, I relish history.  I enjoy the story telling.  I enjoy learning about different cultures and places that I would love to see and experience.  It is a thrill to travel and see the places I have studied—Hey! I do love to travel! Studying history and then going to see where it occurs takes travel to a higher level...

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