Uhm, Just Yes.

She Tells Her Grandma That She’s Just Been Cheated On So Grandma Tells Her To Do This

This is a good lesson for all of us, no matter what stage of life you’re in. You’ll see what I mean.


A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her – her husband had cheated on her and she was devastated. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as soon as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

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In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, ‘Tell me what you see.’

‘Carrots, eggs, and coffee,’ she replied.

Her grandmother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The grandmother then asked the granddaughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the grandmother asked the granddaughter to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked, ‘What does it mean, grandmother?’

Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

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“Which are you?” she asked her granddaughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity? Do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain.. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level?

How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?


May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

May we all be like the COFFEE.

~~http://www.upmoments.com/she-tells-her-grandma-that-shes-just-been-cheated-on/~~

Much Needed Humor

I actually printed this off and put it in my homeschool planner.

It might also be my screensaver.

I know.

Pathetic.

When you live with a child who has RAD…

When your oldest announces she is moving out…

When your youngest makes school AMAZINGLY difficult…

When your camper is totaled…

When your friend o friend’s is looking at other houses in other states…

When stupid people speak…

When everything happens all at once…

Sometimes you just need a little humor.

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I giggle every time!

Giveaway: The Apologetics Study Bible for Students HCSB

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Hello.  My name is Brandi.  I have an addiction to Bibles.
Now that we have that out of the way, I can tell you that I’m beyond thrilled to be able to offer one lucky winner this Bible.
First:  It is beautiful.
Second:  It is lightweight.
Third:  It is awesome!
Fourth:  It is tabbed…not like the flappy tabs that you tape on but the inserted tabs.  Happiness.
Fifth:  It is the version I love!!!!!!!!!  Holman…sigh….I love it, I really really do.
Sixth:  This is totally appropriate for, I’d say 14 and up
I will be drawing for a winner on August 21, 2015.  Please like this post here on my blog, on facebook, twitter, pinterest, or google +!!!!!!!!!!!!  I know I’ve said this before, but this maybe my favorite giveaway.  I was able to highlight in this Bible and it did not bleed through the pages, which is a plus for me.  It also didn’t make the page wet or crumpled.  I am looking forward to setting down with my teens and watching the videos to see their reactions to things…I will post their reactions as we watch them :)
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A Few Features of The Apologetics Study Bible for Students HCSB:
– Book Introductions for each of the sixty-six books of the Bible.
– Study Notes provide evidence of the reliability and truthfulness of Scripture.
– 120 Articles written by today’s leading Christian thinkers dealing with life’s ultimate questions.
– 60 Twisted Scriptures address ways that various religious movements distort Scripture to support doctrine contrary to historic Christian teaching.
Also, this summer, the gift of Confident Faith is being celebrated with 16 brand new, but energetic and brief videos featuring Sean McDowell, free resources like Bible studies and articles as well as wonderful specials on apps and Bibles.  There are new resources every week – a full 16 weeks of resources when it is all done.  AND, if that weren’t enough, a Confident Faith Sweepstakes is being offered to give away Bibles, free mini libraries of B&H’s best apologetics resources and even a trip for two to the National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) being held October 16-17, 2015 in Charlotte, NC where some of the world’s leading thinkers will offer insights and teaching. 

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TobyMac “This is Not a Test” CD Review and Giveaway

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AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It is TOBYMAC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Woot Woot!!!!!!!!!!  So stinking excited.  We love some TobyMac in our house.  So much so, that my 14 yr old son has decided TobyMac is who he is going to be when he grows up.  Can.  You.  Even.  Stand.  It?  I cannot!  This is Toby’s 6th studio album and it is fantastic.
If you love some TobyMac, then you are in luck!  I have a copy of this CD to giveaway on August 14th!  If you comment or like on my blog, pinterest, facebook pages, twitter, or google+, you will be entered to win!  I feel like you can all hear me screaming at the top of my lungs.  I am stoked.  I will email the winner of the this CD via email, so make sure you provide that for me.  If you do not respond to my email (check your spam folder), then I will have to select another winner!
Yay you!  Yay me!
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About TOBYMAC:
Toby McKeehan (known professionally as TobyMac) is a husband, father, performer, songwriter, producer, and businessman.  Growing up in the northern Virginia suburbs adjacent to Washington D.C. helped instill his love for rap music.  While attending Liberty University during the mid 80s, Toby met Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith and these three friends formed the Grammy winning, platinum selling group dc Talk.  Toby began his solo career in 1999 with his first solo album, Momentum, releasing in 2001.  Momentum has been followed by four additional studio albums, Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight (2010), and Eye On It (2012), along with his first live album, Alive and Transported (2008).  This Is Not A Test is his 6th studio album to be released.  Starting with dc Talk, and then going solo when the group disbanded, Toby still clings to such rootsy notions as hard work, persistence, patience, and – perhaps most relevant of all – the power of music, which he insists is still what keeps him going.  “It’s the truth,” he says.  “I still believe that a song can penetrate a heart.  I believe God can use a song to open someone’s mind and heart.”
This Is Not A Test  (Deluxe Edition) Songs: 
1. Like a Match
2. Backseat Driver (featuring Hollyn & TRU)
3. This Is Not a Test (featuring Capital Kings)
4. Lights Shine Bright (featuring Hollyn)
5. Til the Day I Die (featuring NF)
6. Feel It (featuring Mr. Talkbox)
7. Move (Keep Walkin’)
8. Love Broke Thru
9. Beyond Me
10. Love Feels Like (featuring dc Talk)
11. Undeniable
12. Lift You Up (featuring Ryan Stevenson)
13. Fall
14. Beyond Me (Phenomenon Remix)
15. Like a Match (Garcia’s Remix)
ALBUM RELEASE DATE:  AUGUST 7th! 

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YOUTUBE CHANNEL – Includes a 3 part video series for the song Feel It (see link on the Feel It giveaway below) 
iTunes – Please be sure to include this link on your post!  ALSO, if fans pre-order the album here on iTunes, they will receive 4 songs instantly.  
FEEL IT GIVEAWAY (Feel It will be the 2nd single released from the new album.)

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Patterns of Evidence Exodus DVD Review & Giveaway

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This is a documentary that I will be showing my children in our Bible lessons, at home.   It will help them, to defend their faith, with proof from historians and archaeologists.  This is a great DVD to add to your collection or to begin it!  Good news for you, I will be randomly drawing a name on August 9, 2015 and the winner will receive this DVD.  Any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email.  Remember:  You have to like this post, my facebook post (thebarefoothomeschooler), twitter (barefootHSer), pinterest, or google+ (thebarefoothomeschooler) to be entered!  You MUST provide me with your email address so I can contact you.  You can do this by leaving a comment on either of the above places or by emailing me at thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com  If you win and I can’t get in touch with you, I will have to draw another name for this giveaway!
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About Patterns of Evidence Exodus:
For more than 50 years, the vast majority of the world’s most prominent archaeologists and historians have proclaimed that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible.  In fact, they say that the archaeological record is completely opposed to the Bible’s account.  This view of extreme skepticism has spread from academia to the world.  The case against the Exodus appears to be so strong that even some religious leaders are labeling this ancient account as historical fiction.  Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the questions, “Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?”  He decides to tackle this issue wit a deliberate scientific approach.   After examining the details in the biblical text, he journeys across the globe to search for patterns of evidence firsthand.  The result is the most in-depth archaeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt ever captured on film.   This scientific documentary’s goal is to communicate the TRUTH of the Bible and help equip believers with defending their faith and the Bible.
The DVD features stunning animations and a cast including narrator, Kevin Sorbo (God’s Not Dead, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), interviews with leading archaeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.
Releases on DVD August 4, 2015
Run Time:  119 minutes
Special Features:  Cast Profiles & 17 Extra Interviews
      Behind the Music
      From Film to Book
      Additional Books and Resources
      Host a Patterns of Evidence Movie Event
      Trailers
Genre:  Documentary
Rating:  NR
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 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Wednesday Night Menu

Spaghetti, Bacon and Chicken

12 oz. spaghetti noodles, cooked and drained

12 slices bacon, cooked, drained, and crumbled

2 c. cheddar

2 c. chicken broth

Seasoning

1 can cream of chicken

2 c. chicken, diced

Mix it all up (reserving some cheese and bacon for topping).

Place in greased 13×9 dish.

Sprinkle cheese and bacon on top.

Cook at 350 for 40 minutes.

Corn

Red Lobsters Biscuits :)

Top with reserved

Tuesday Night Menu

Yes, it is 8000 degrees outside.

Does that bother me?

Nope.

I am making SOUP!!!!!!!!!

I.  Love.  Soup.

My family is large, so I make 2 pots.  All the time.

Vegetable Beef Soup

Last night, I put a Balsamic Roast in the oven.  I also added potatoes and onions.  We ate supper, but had enough leftover roast to split.  1/2 of the roast went in the freezer for a chinese dish that I will be making.  The other 1/2 of the roast, the juices from the roast, the potatoes and the onions (as well as the leftover peas) went into this soup.

I added a bit more water.

Seasoning

1 bay leaf

Oregano

Basil

10 oz bag of frozen corn, thawed

It is yummy!  I have already had the broth :)

ZUPPA TOSCANA SOUP

1 pound of sausage

1 onion, chopped

3-4 cloves garlic

Seasoning

2 tsp. red pepper flakes

6 strips of bacon, cut up

28 ozs. chicken broth

2 c. water

4-5 small potatoes, cut up (peeled or unpeeled…whatever floats your boat)

1 c. heavy whipping cream

1 bag of baby spinach (you can also use Kale or Swiss Chard)

Cook sausage, garlic, onion, bacon, seasoning, and red pepper flakes in soup pot until browned.  Pour a little bit of chicken broth in your pot and scrape of the bits on the bottom of the pan.

Add the rest of your chicken broth and water.

Add your potatoes and cover while on medium heat to get your potatoes tender.

Once potatoes are fork tender, add in the heavy whipping cream and let simmer.

About 5 minutes before serving, stir in your spinach (I chopped mine because my crew isn’t fond of eating ginormous leaves).

Let the spinach cook down and serve with parmesan sprinkled on top.

Monday Menu

Balsamic Roast with Onions and Potatoes

1 roast (I use 2 because of my family size….any leftover roast, I use in soups or I make a chinese dish out of it)

Steak seasoning

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1/2 c. tomato sauce (whole can if using 2 roasts)

2 Onions, cut

Potatoes, cubed

1 c. beef stock (2 c. if using 2 roasts)

1/2 c. balsamic vinegar

Place roasts in deep pan (with lid) or use a crockpot.  Rub on steak seasoning and pour over the tomato sauce, balsamic, and water.

Place onions and potatoes around the roast.

Cook till done.

Peas with Mushroom Sauce

Macaroni and Cheese

Fried Squash

Living Hope CD Giveaway

The music continues to play in this household :)  We LOVE music!  Michael W. Smith?  Yes, please!  Mark Shultz?  Of course!  Colton Dixon?  Who didn’t love him on American Idol?  My kids, my husband, and of course me…we love it!  I’m actually surprised that it hasn’t been swiped from my collection to be added to theirs!  That happens, a lot!
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Good news for you, I will be randomly drawing a name on July 29, 2015 and the winner will receive this CD.  Any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email.  Remember:  You have to like this post, my facebook post (thebarefoothomeschooler), twitter (barefootHSer), instagram, pinterest, or google+ (thebarefoothomeschooler) to be entered!You MUST provide me with your email address so I can contact you.  You can do this by leaving a comment on either of the above places or by emailing me at thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com  If you win and I can’t get in touch with you, I will have to draw another name for this giveaway!

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About Pizza Ranch:

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Adrie Groeneweg had a dream that started in Hull, IA, in 1981, when he was just 19 years old.  It was simple.  Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza?  With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed by Adrie’s mother, Lorraine, Pizza Ranch was born.  Pizza Ranch’s vision and mission is to glorify God by positively impacting the world and to give every guest a legendary experience.  They have 190+ locations across 13 states including Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.
About The Living Hope CD project:
On June 2, 2015, Pizza Ranch released a CD called Living Hope containing twelve songs from many of their favorite Christian artists.  Most of the songs are brand-new and written exclusively for this CD around the theme of Hope.  Artists include Colton Dixon, Francesca Batistelli, Ellie Holcomb, Sidewalk Prophets, Kevin Max, Bart Millard, Passion Band featuring Kristian Stanfill, Michael W. Smith, and Mark Schultz.
The CD will be available to purchase for $5 plus tax exclusively in Pizza Ranch restaurants or for download at pizzaranch.com/livinghope through August 31.
From Adrie Groeneweg, President & CEO of Pizza Ranch, Inc.:  “This album has a very special meaning for Pizza Ranch.  Although Pizza Ranch is not in the music business, many things have been happening, conversations have been taking place and doors have been opening for this album.  Through these events, I believe it was obvious that God has been behind this for His specific purpose and putting it on our hearts to collectively create this project.  As such, we call this our miracle album, Living Hope.”
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Twitter:  @PizzaRanch @PRServes

YouTube Channel (features images and videos of the artists talking about the story behind each song):  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE9lEnxuNzMyLfRyX8_tiLA
Press Release with additional information about the Living Hope CD project:  https://t.e2ma.net/message/7tnbk/7l1cgr

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 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”