Monthly Archives: August 2011

Gratituesday-What I am thankful for today

Gratituesday-What I am thankful for today

Today I am linking up with Heavenly Homemakers at her Gratituesday linkup.  So, this means that you will be able to head over to to Heavenly Homemakers and be encouraged by what everyone else is thankful for!  But first…what I am thankful for.

This week is a bit different than normal weeks at our house.  My husband is a a convention in Vegas all week for some 1500 magicians from all over the world.  Yes, you read that right!  A Magic Convention.  Crazy, huh?

Anyways, I decided to not start school this week with a full school load and my mother in law came up to sew with me for the week.  So I am really thankful for many things.  The ability to sew, a mother in law to come sew with me and watching my kids want to be around us while we sew to name a few.  I am really thankful to be able to take time to relax and chill a bit before the school year kicks off in full swing.

The 2 youngest helping to cut our scraps!

I will post some pictures of the finished projects later (assuming that I finish them!)

It has been a great week. I am having to take time from sewing to type this so it will be short!  But make sure you head over and see what others are thankful for too!

Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!

Fresh Broccoli Salad Recipe

Fresh Broccoli Salad Recipe

With all this praying we have been doing for our children I sure have worked up an appetite!  OK, not really.  I have been enjoying being able to focus on one specific thing to pray for each day.  I digress….anyways,  I have really been craving this dish for a while now, so I thought I would share it with you! It is a great side dish and goes with plenty of different meals.

Photo By: Karen Freeman

Fresh Broccoli Salad Recipe

(as found on


  • 2 heads fresh broccoli
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar


  1. Place bacon in a deep skillet and cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Cool and crumble.
  2. Cut the broccoli into bite-size pieces and cut the onion into thin bite-size slices. Combine with the bacon, raisins, your favorite nuts and mix well.
  3. To prepare the dressing, mix the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar together until smooth. Stir into the salad, let chill and serve.****A quick tip on the bacon…I like to try to plan dishes with bacon on a day I make bacon for breakfast or the next day.  I cook extra bacon at breakfast and then I don’t have to mess with making it later on for the recipe!

Homeschool Mother’s Journal-On the Road Again!-week of August 7

Homeschool Mother’s Journal-On the Road Again!-week of August 7

I am inspired by…people who are really living their lives for God and doing hard things because they know God has promised to help them do it! I also have been inspired by all the kids we have seen this week who are memorizing all the Bible verses we challenged them to memorize.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…We have spent the whole week in Kansas City, MO. My husband was speaking and performing at the Salvation Army VBS there. It has been such a blast. We also got to see our niece and her new husband.

My favorite thing this week was…seeing lots of people commit to praying for specific things for their kids for the next 31 days. How awesome is that?

Things I’m working on…The last little schedule things before we are in full gear for school!

I’m grateful for…Tim’s mom, who is coming up this next week to sew with me. I was originally going to start full swing into school Monday, but decided to get some last minute sewing and hanging out time before we do that. Kids will start with some math, and reading this week, but that is about it. After being gone for a week I knew I would need time to catch up on mounds of laundry and all that comes with coming home from being out of town a week. I will be in a much better frame of mind to start school after a “leisurely”week at home!

I’m praying for…my kids for the next 31 days in our challenge! Specific things each day. Check out our challenge if you don’t know about it.

So there you have it for the week….if you want to see what other’s posted click here!  Scroll to the bottom of that page to see everyone else’s links! Hope you have fun!

What we can specifically Pray for Our Kids

What we can specifically Pray for Our Kids

Some of you have asked for a list of the 31 Ways to Pray for Our Kids for the Challenge. (These are the same as the ones on the calendar) If you haven’t been counted in please head here ( )and comment so I can pray for you as we join in this challenge together. Here it is:

31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children
Praying Beyond Protection and Blessing
by Bob Hostetler

This is a note from Bob: For years, like any responsible Christian parent, I prayed daily for my two children, Aubrey and Aaron. I prayed for God’s blessing and protection throughout their days. I prayed for them to be happy. I asked God to help them through difficult times and to help them make wise choices. My prayers were regular, heartfelt, and-for the most part-pedestrian. I wanted so much for my children. But when I knelt in prayer, I invariably found the same tired words rolling from my lips.

Following is Bob’s list, along with suggestions from Scripture. Feel free to duplicate it-or improve upon it-to help you pray specifically and purposefully for your own children.

Day 1-Salvation “Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory” (Is. 45:8, 2 Tim. 2:10).
Day 2-Growth in grace “I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18).
Day 3-Love “Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them” (Eph. 5:2, Gal. 5:25).
Day 4-Honesty and integrity “May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection” (Ps. 25:21).
Day 5-Self-control “Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do” (1 Thess. 5:6).
Day 6-Love for God’s Word “May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb” (Ps. 19:10).
Day 7-Justice “God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do” (Ps. 11:7, Mic. 6:8).
Day 8-Mercy “May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36).
Day 9-Respect (for self, others, authority) “Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as your Word commands” (1 Pet. 2:17).
Day 10-Biblical self-esteem “Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:10).
Day 11-Faithfulness “Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts” (Prov. 3:3).
Day 12-Courage “May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions” (Duet. 31:6).
Day 13-Purity “Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions” (Ps. 51:10).
Day 14-Kindness “Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else” (1 Thess. 5:15).
Day 15-Generosity “Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age” (1 Tim. 6:18-19).
Day 16-Peace-loving “Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace” (Rom. 14:19).
Day 17-Joy “May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit” (1 Thess. 1:6).
Day 18-Perseverance “Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them” (Heb. 12:1).
Day 19-Humility “God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all” (Titus 3:2).
Day 20-Compassion “Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion” (Col. 3:12).
Day 21-Responsibility “Grant that my children may learn responsibility, for each one should carry his own load” (Gal. 6:5).
Day 22-Contentment “Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives them strength” (Phil. 4:12-13).
Day 23-Faith “I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them” (Luke 17:5-6, Heb. 11:1-40).
Day 24-A servant’s heart “God, please help my children develop servants’ hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men” (Eph. 6:7).
Day 25-Hope “May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 15:13).
Day 26-Willingness and ability to work “Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work at it with all their heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Col. 3:23).
Day 27-Passion for God “Lord, please instill in my children a soul that ‘followeth hard after thee’ (Ps. 63:8, KJV), one that clings passionately to you.”
Day 28-Self-discipline “Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair” (Prov. 1:3).
Day 29-Prayerfulness “Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Eph. 6:18).
Day 30-Gratitude “Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:20, Col. 2:7).
Day 31-A heart for missions “Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see your glory declared among the nations, your marvelous deeds among all peoples” (Ps. 96:3).

31 Days of Prayer for Our Children Challenge

31 Days of Prayer for Our Children Challenge

In case you missed my earlier post I wanted to post this portion in preparation for Our 31 Day Challenge to Pray for out Kids!
I have noticed that nagging etc rarely changes their heart.  God is slowly showing me that these things have more of a negative affect on them. It isn’t my job to change my children’s hearts. That’s God’s department. I can train them, but most importantly I can pray for them.
I ran across a 31 day calendar of ways to pray for our children. One of the coolest things about it is that all the prayers come straight from Scripture! My challenge to myself and to you is to print it out and post it somewhere to use to pray for your kids each day. What about above your kitchen sink, on your bathroom mirror, in the laundry room or in your Bible?
Where are you going to put yours?  I’d like to have you join me in praying for our kids for 31 days. What a great way to start our children off in a new school year!  We will start officially on Wednesday, August 10th. If you follow Home in the Trenches on Twitter or like Home in the Trenches on Facebook I will post daily reminders of what we are specifically praying for each day.  I’d love to hear where you put your 31 Days of Prayer for Your Children Calendar!  Also, please leave a comment if you are willing to join me in praying for your kids for the next 31 days. Also, please share this with your friends and challenge them to pray too!

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