The Capable Wife Part 5

 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.  Proverbs 31: 21-22

Our Capable Wife does everything she can to take care of her family.  Not just her family, her entire house (in that day it would include slaves and servants as well).  She has worked for so long so hard, that when rough times come, she knows they are taken care of.

In biblical times, Scarlet was a color of power, wealth, luxury.  Scarlet dye in that time came from a tiny little bug, so small that it is like a grain of sand.  So it took time and money to make and entire robe of scarlet. Our Capable Wife knows that her family and her servants are clothed to the very best of her ability.  They are warm and secure.  Are they in Polo?  No, not necessarily.  But they are dressed in well made clothing and appropriately for the weather.

She made herself clothing…clothing of silk (more bugs, ugh) and purple.  Purple came from a small sea snail and took a very long time to get it right!  So we see she is dressed also in well made clothing.

Now, in no way shape or form am I suggesting that you need to go and spend a ton of money on clothing.  I’m not saying you need to take up sewing either.  Here’s a small hint:  I have a monthly budget for the family for clothing, and to get the best bang for my buck, I usually hit the local second hand stores.  I have found name brand, new with tags, clothing for bargain basement prices.  And that is saying a lot…especially when you are dressing 3 picky teenage girls and 3 rough and tumble destructicon boys.  Remember the name of my blog???

I also have a rule, if we are leaving the house, no holey, torn, ripped, or stained clothing.  (Beach or hiking is different)  When we leave the house, hairs must be brushed, faces washed, teeth brushed, and clean neat clothing must be put on.  All my household is clothed appropriately – weather included.  On my FAQ board I list the weather of the day, and how that will feel in our hot Florida Sun.  That way they are dressed appropriately for the weather as well!!!

164 The boys even come shopping with us…even though they hate it! 😉

Science: Melting Ice Experiment

I was in a random mood in the beginning of March, so thanks to pinterest, I was inspired to do a random Science Experiment.

We decided to see what household substance would melt ice the fastest.

Our first step was to fill 5 cups (left over from Barbie’s Quinceanera) a quarter of the way with water.

023 024 025Eyes decided he had to make sure they were all even. 😉



Then we put them all in the freezer and let them sit over the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).


Our ingredients to check the rate of melting were: hot water, apple cider vinegar, salt, baking soda, and sugar.  Our Experiment was to see which ingredient when applied to the ice would melt the ice fastest.



The most dramatic visually was the apple cider vinegar, so I decided to post those pictures.163 168This is after just a few minutes.

172The end result was that the salt actually melted the ice the fastest, faster even then the hot water.  When the experiment was done, they poured all of the ingredients out of the cups and into the pan ….just to see it foam.

It was a fun experiment – and a good way for them to practice their “Scientific Method”.  So I judge it an unqualified success. 🙂

10 Things Pastors Hate To Admit Publicly

As Papi continually looks for a position as a Pastor somewhere, I am being constantly reminded of this. Considering that I am as transparent as I get, being opaque is a learning process for me. I know God will bring me through it if He brings me to it, but it is still very scary.

MB Posts When Ellen and I were first married ministry was not our 20-year plan, the Navy was. We had it all planned out; we were to spend the next 20 years with me being gone for 15. The Navy explained to my sweet new bride how grueling it would be, that I would be gone often and that even when I was around my mind would be elsewhere. Knowing that my particular career path in the Navy would be a marriage destroyer I pursued a discharge for the pursuit of higher education. With the promise of a difficult future behind us we embarked upon an easier dream where everyone would love us and things would be calm: pastoral service.

Twenty plus years later I can tell you it has been a ride we never could have anticipated. So much so that only now do I feel equipped enough to share a…

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Am I REALLY Saving Money? Part Two: Homemade Sandwich Bread (New, Updated Recipe)

I don’t always get a chance to make homemade bread….though i love the smell and taste more than store bought. Here’s a good price comparison on if it’s worth it!!!!

My Foray Into Food Storage

As part of my “Am I Really Saving Money?” series, today I will analyze the cost of homemade sandwich bread versus store bought sandwich bread.   Homemade bread, when done well, tastes SO GOOD , and there are no “mystery” ingredients in your bread, since you made it yourself.  BUT, there’s a learning curve, isn’t there?  Is it worth it?  Will you really save that much money?  In today’s post, I posted my new, updated version of my favorite “Easy, Peasy Bread” recipe along with a cost analysis.  Look it over and decide what’s right for you and your family.

Without further ado, let us begin!  I usually buy Oroweat Country Buttermilk bread for my kids.  It’s their favorite.  I know that there’s not much fiber in it, but my boys love it.  It is only worth making bread if my boys like it as much as they like Oroweat…

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jump start

Thank you Karen, for reminding us that everything is about God’s timing…..and that we need to remember to make time for Him so that He can give us the jump start we need!


It was an ordinary afternoon, time to  leave work the only difference was I didn’t make my morning gym workout UGH, this means ” Time to change into the gym clothes” quickly!!! before I talk myself out of going:) Hi ho, Hi ho off to the gym I go, I get in the parking lot of the gym and go to get my earphones and one of the boys must have taken them out of my car. This means… I am now working out with no music, this is NOT GOOD !!! I am not happy, and its beginning to show in my attitude. I decide I am gonna go ahead and get out of the car and just do this thing:)

Then I hear right behind me Mamm, Mamm. I turn around…. It this precious little older lady, Do you have any jumper cables? I didn’t have any, if…

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