Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Old Prairie Land


{From the Archives of Connie's Letters, September, 2006.}

Dear Mothers,

Oh, lately nothing has ministered to me as much as looking out my side screen door. It’s right behind me as I write. That old black screen door is maybe 50 years old at least. It’s wooden and has an old screen in it on the outside and then a strong one on the inside. I imagine in the old days, the children kept breaking it out and a Daddy nailed a stronger screen on the inside. Anyway, between the screens I have placed flowers that I have dried.

Johnny mowed just lately but the grass was getting pretty high out the side yard and I loved it. Oh, it looked so old fashioned with Dixie’s windmill out there and the gourds growing around it. See, Iowa became a state in about 1850 something I think. So the house I live in is one of the first ones built in Iowa. I let my wild herbs grow in my yard as to take the land back to the way it once was. I have old fashioned flowers, too, that come up each year. The flowers I am enjoying right now are the morning glories. In the fall, these glories cover everything. They have blue flowers and purple, white and pink. They grow up the house and all over. Many people hate them as they intertwine everything but I love them. If I could, I would just let the grass grow in certain areas of my yard. I love the tall grass and old kinds of flowers as they sway in the summer breeze.

I am so happy here with my home as Papa had it. Jim loved nature and back to the land things. Papa wasn’t much with words. I never got into a word war with Jim as I knew I would win. I mean without really winning? But, oh, we connected in many ways. Mostly over homemade bread or a fresh apple pie.
Papa ran after me in his heart, always afraid of losing me to something. One time, he wrote about how glad he was, as I had told him that I had abandoned myself to him and our children. Jim wanted all of me and didn’t want to share me. It was a sacrifice to him to give me up as a writer. It was a sacrifice to me, too. All I ever wanted was Jim and the children and our home. I wanted to have children through my 50s. But Jim used to tell folks that one of the reasons he ran away from his family in the old days is because he had put me on such a pedestal and didn’t think he could keep up with me. Often I told him I loved him and only him. But in the early years he would say, “You only love me because God told you to.” Little did he know that I truly loved him with or without God.

When I first met Jim, I just loved him right off the bat. I ate bullets for breakfast and nothing less than Jim would do. I still remember how he held me as we danced our first slow dance together. The other day, as I had gone to the store, I heard a song on the radio. I had to listen to it in the car before I went in the store. The singer was a son asking God to let his Mom dance one more time with his father who had died. Well, Papa and me will dance again with golden slippers on golden streets.

But as I write this morning, I can feel Papa’s spirit as I feel the cool breeze coming through the old screen door behind me. And I hear locusts and the crickets chirp. “Oh, Papa, yes, I will pick the apples this morning. I picked the wild plums yesterday.” Jim always called me away from my daydreaming and writing to the Prairie Land and to the works of righteousness. Papa was a dreamer, too — a visionary. But he didn’t know how to tell me what he had dreamed.

I talked to Danny, our son age 24, last week. He went to NYC to find himself and to get discovered as a musician. Feeling kinda like a failure as a mom, I said to Dan (my fifth child), “Danny, did Dad and I do anything right raising you kids?” He said, “Oh, Mom, you and Dad did everything right. Us kid had a ball growing up. We learned to be creative and to do things on our own.” But I said, “Danny, do ya still love the Lord? And what is the best thing Dad and I taught you personally?” Danny said the best and most important thing we taught him was that he could make it one way or the other. That nothing could take him down. I asked Dan if he liked NYC and he said that he missed home and the garden and the fruit trees. He misses Papa, as we all do. But the City is mostly concrete and he misses the wild flowers and what he grew up with.
I haven’t made a loaf of bread since I lost my Jim. My heart land has not rained and my heart has been dry and covered with sand. But it will bloom again I see it in my visions. I see specks of dreams that I am going on — as Dan says, “Mom, you and Dad taught us to never give up.”

Danny and I laughed about the year the gas bill got so high. And how we turned the heat off altogether and wore our coats in the house. The bill went to 25 bucks after being 500 and some dollars. Our outside dog would cry by the kerosene burner but I wouldn’t turn it on until just before the family was up for breakfast. We laugh about how Mom outlasted the dog. I would tell the dog that if I could make it without fur, then she could make it, too. Even our dog was a survivor. She lived to be 15 years old. The only time she saw a vet was when we took her to have her put down. She was old and had pneumonia.

I guess we just didn’t have much money to take us through and we refused to give up on anything. As I write, I look at my family table still set for 7 or 8 people. Oh, the stories I could tell. Stories of just plain not givin’ up. Papa and me would just say, “Well, we will just make it somehow.” Then Jim would smile and pretend to tip his hat. “We always do.”

But ya know a lot of it had to do with going back to the land. Going back to basics. There is a secret there. The Depression era Mothers did the same thing when they lost everything. They went back to the land and made a home. This old home of mine went through the Depression era and stood tall and strong and I will, too. And in my desert, I will bloom as the desert rose. And as I tip my hat to Papa in heaven, I say, “And, yes, Papa we will make it as we always do.”

Love Connie

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Storing Food for the Winter

{From the Archives of Connie's Letters, December, 2012.}


If I got up in the morning and said to Jim.."Honey we need a miracle today." he would say, "Well we have needed one before..."

Well, yes we lived in a nest planted on a branch that hung over troubled waters........As long as ya didn't look down you were ok.. God often made a way for us where there was no way...Often I prayed for food.  We had 6 children to feed..One day in prayer the Lord told me to clean out my cabinets as the Lord was going to give us a lot of food.  And that was when I started buying the fruit and vegetables at the back of the store that was outdated...  I would pay like a buck or 2 for a box filled with lettuce..Most of it would be good but some of it not so good.  So I would throw the rotten parts on my compost pile. . I would have a garden in the summer with mostly tomatoes and green peppers..and cucumbers.. I always grew herbs and country flowers around the house.. I dried some of the herbs and some I froze..I loved the different basils and I would plant them in pots and then bring the basil pots into the house when the weather turned cold.. The basil would last a few months in the house by a sunny window..

At times I would get up to 15 boxes of produce from the back of the store..You had to take all of the leftover produce or not at all.  Once we got about 4 boxes of bananas..Oh mercy the boxes wouldn't even fit in the car..So we took all the bananas out of the boxes and stuffed them in the car in every available place..I had this huge freezer we had bought for a song...So I froze a lot of the bananas just as they were in the skins..  These are good for banana breads..or I would just put them in regular yeast bread.. Now this was back in the 1980's.. But we lived on about 50 bucks a week for food. . In the produce boxes I would maybe get a whole box of grapes.. I would just freeze these .. I would take the grapes off the stem and put them in Ziploc bags... I made grape juice by putting the washed grapes into a gallon jar..Then I poured boiling water over the grapes..Then a few cups of sugar..Then you just let it sit for a few days .Then sift the grapes out and throw on the compost pile. You could make a lot of grape jam too.. But I had grapes growing in my backyard and so I used these for making jam in the Fall.

I got a lot of fruits like apples and all kinds of different fruits..So I would freeze the fruits in Ziploc bags..And then in the fall when most everything was stored away, canned or dried.. Then I would make jams and jellies..We had a wild plum tree and in the Fall I would make plum butter..and can it..I didn't can the stuff from the store because they spray a lot of it ..And washing the fruit doesn't get all the spray off.  So to store the produce from the store I would freeze that..  But I made ketchup and tomato sauce etc. from my fresh tomatoes from my garden...  And about my tomatoes.. If I was real busy and didn't have time to can my tomatoes ..then I would cut them up and freeze them..Then I would use these tomatoes for chili or any kind of tomato based soups.. You can just throw these tomatoes in frozen.. I didn't even peel them if I was in a hurry, because the peeling will float to the top in the hot soup anyway and you can just ladle it off and throw the peeling away..

I guess I think to write this as winter is coming. . And it was always harder to feed my children in the winter then in the summer..love connie


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Monday, September 7, 2015

Teachings on Marriage

{From the Archives of Connie's Letters, December, 2012.}



When I was a young mom like many of you...I was so zealous for the Lord...I wanted to be used of God..And I had thoughts of wanting to be a missionary to China...or to some far off land...But I had such a horrible marriage I didn't have time to think of going anywhere..let alone out of the country.

It soon became very apparent that my mission would be to my marriage and to my child...My marriage was so impossible..Jim would leave and not tell me he was going. . And he would be gone for months..I hardly ever knew where he was..My life and home was a mess..And yet I knew some how that God had called me to be a teacher to women.

There was not much teaching on the home or in the churches at this time..This was in the early 1970's..I remember begging God to let me get a divorce..I told the Lord that Jim would never straighten up and that I needed to be free of him to do the Lord's work..The Lord and I went around and around on that one. . I would read the Word of God on marriage and divorce..It said that if the unbeliever would leave, let him go. . be at peace..Well Jim was an unbeliever but Jim never stayed gone. . he always came back.

Sometimes I didn't know what to do with him, so I would pray him home.Then he would be home a while and leave again. . He said to me once. . "You don't know what you want and I feel like a Yo-yo.." Well he was right about that..But my calling from God seemed to keep me... I wanted to do right before the Lord..I knew that if i wasn't faithful to God in my marriage...how would God ever use me for His glory in any calling?

I just felt I had to get this marriage figured out..if it took all of my life to do it..Well it did take 12 years..but it was worth the wait...The Lord taught me many things during this time..He taught me how to cook and bake.  Later some good books came out about Marriage and I read every one of the books I could.

God kept me in the hallow of His hands..He protected me until I could understand how to be a good wife..  And how to raise a family for the Lord..Mostly He taught me to submit to my husband..Thank the Lord..!! The teachings on marriage are the key teachings to about any ministry there is..Love connie


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Household Schedules

{From the Archives of Connie's Letters, April, 2013.}

Dear Mothers,

Thanks so much for sending in your home schedules..These are just suggestions to give you ideas.. One schedule i went by when my children were young and not in school yet was this one:

Get up early like by 7:00 am. and get dressed..Eat breakfast and feed the children and get them dressed for the day.. If husband has to go to work early pay close attention to him...Make his lunch if he wants you to...Be sure to have your face washed and a lil lipstick on so he will want to give you a kiss Good-Bye..Ok so try to start your work around 8:00 in the morning..Try to straighten up the house by spending about 10 min in each room...Don't do the dishes yet ..Just clear the table and put dishes in to soak ..Just straighten up the house ..like top clean each room..don't vacuum yet..just put things away..

Then around 10:00 start the family evening meal..If you plan on having meatloaf then now is the time to make this up and put it in the frig all ready for when 5:00 comes for supper...Also make your dessert and put this in the frig too..maybe make a salad and refrigerate this..Then when you want to put supper on by 5:00..its almost all done..Like maybe around 4:00 you could make mashed potatoes or some kind of potato dish, and
you will be ready for supper at 5:00..

So now it is around 11:00 in the morning ..So now do the dishes and sweep the kitchen floor..Then vacuum and make the beds..and tidy up for lunch.. Try to get this done by noon and just have something simple like leftovers or a sandwich for lunch..

Then take a nap with the children.  Lay down and read to the little ones..and you take a nap too ...Or just rest and pray and read your Bible..Then around 2:00 in the afternoon do a project..such as some deeper cleaning...Make a list of 5 things you want to do for a special cooking or cleaning job...Something special that will take a few hours to do..For example Monday clean out your closet and get rid of the clothes you don't wear..Then Tues do all the baking for the week.. Wed, start your garden. Thursday and Friday do extra cleaning for the weekend.. But this is to be done in the afternoon between about 2:00 and 4:00..

Then about 4:00 get ready for Papa to get home from work..Get supper on by 5:00..after supper sit with Papa and enjoy him and the little ones..Then around 8:00 start putting the little children to bed..Give them their bath etc..And then spend the evening with your husband...Now these are just suggestions for a young
mother..i know you older moms don't need this..love connie



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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Missionary at Home

{From the Archives of Connie's Letters, May, 2009.}

 
Ya know i have told you all many times how when Jim got saved it was a new life for us,,Jim wanted to just care for his family and do what was right,,He struggled a lot with his bad temper and his jobs,,But he some how kept working ..at many different jobs,,Ya know by the time he was really healed i was a basket of missing marbles,,i had my own demons of fear to battle,,And i couldn't very well ask him to pray for me as i didn't want to reveal my fear that he would leave again,And i wasn't able to tell others either as they were wondering if he was really healed this time too,,So i suffered a really lonely Hell on earth,,i cud tell no one but Jesus ,,And finally He set me free of my fears,,And Jim was truly healed by the blood of Jesus.

 This morning as i thought of Mother Theresa i thought of how i too had to lay down my life for Jesus ..,,i knew i cud wreck Jim's healing had i revealed the terror i felt inside,,i knew God had done a work and i knew i cud make or break the miracle,,God was building me a spiritual house to bless my family..Cud i live in it,,and have the 3 more children He had promised me,,? I chose to walk as Mother Theresa did.

i saw myself as a missionary in my home..i had worn my hair sort of long and layered,,feathered ya know ..But i decided to let it grow and i wore a bandanna around my hair,,i kept it clean and brushed but hidden so i wouldn't be worried about it,i was busy let me tell you,,i cooked mostly from scratch,,Well i have told you how we went off all government help,,i went from having 500 bucks a month to having 200 a month to spend on food,,But i had counted the cost of the life i had decided to live ..And some how i decided i wouldn't turn back,,And this meant not buying new shoes for myself for yrs,,i was so busy at home i never knew what was going on in the neighborhood, ,or with friends or anything, But i had decided to be a missionary in my home,,i put down what i wanted and exalted the Lord,,i put my needs last,,We had so little ,,What kind of mother would ask for something when her little ones needed warm snowsuits for winter? i remember praying for warm socks and mittens for them,,But should i have said “Well God wants me to have the best of everything.. i am not living like this,,living poor is for the unbeliever” Heck no ,,God gives us a set of circumstances to live out,,Can He trust us to be poor if that's the hand the world has given us?..Not always the question is “Can we trust the Lord”? But can He trust us as wives and mothers? in a less then perfect life.

And growing up my family was middle class,,Dad always had nice cars for our family and a nice home,,Dad always had a good job..But i had decided to live in submission to what my husband cud give me,,i submitted to my husband as unto the Lord,,Jim had taken his place as priest of the home,,and i wanted to obey God as the virtuous wife and mother,,i became a missionary in my home,,And this was as important as going to a foreign country to give my life for Christ,Some of us are called to walk in hard places right now,,But lets show His glory in this place,,Lets not give up until we see His glory,,When our faith is tested in fire and we come out with no smell of smoke upon us then His glory will shine upon us ..and we will glorify God..
love Connie.


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Monday, June 8, 2015

Godly Submission in Marriage

{From the Archives of Connie's Letters, February 2011.}


Part 1 - Love and Marriage

Dear Wives and Mothers,,Ya know it seems that the religious world is now worried about the divorce rate,,Well i wondered when they wud worry about it,,Finallllllly they are worried about the adultry going on in the local church,,Then folks tell ya,,"Oh ya gotta go to church '..Why so i can learn to commit adultry and Praise Jesus at the same time "? i know every church isnt like that,,But basically the Christian women are divorceing as fast as the unbelievers,,Probably faster,,There new philosophy is ,,,"I am a child of the King and no man has a right to treat me like that "...Now days the unbelieveing wife seems to have at times more love and common sense then the Christian,,Prostitutes who are after our men knows shes a sinner,,so she can forgive,,and will forgive,,and will keep on comin ,,But the proud and arogant church ladies rules are "One strike and yur out"....Christian Feminism is indeed a religion and has no place in a true Christian womans home,,C.Feminism is an unholy rebellion against men,,And it is Witch Craft....And so many women are in this,,They come against the husband but they dont realise it is about to kill their childrens childhood..The woman who wont submit to her husband will submit to many gods,,She submits to her boss at work and helps him build his kingdom,,But she forgets her own home kingdom ..where she is the Queen,,She submits to every worldly god and destroys her own calling as Queen in her home,,As she wont honor her husband she shows her children the way to rebellion,,The children learn to disrespect authority,,They learn that Daddy dont know nothin,,And pretty soon this teaches them that Mommy is a jerk too..They become their own god...Now ya got some real trouble...The child runs the Home,,,


Part 2  - Godly Submission

See Wives when you try to punish your husbands all you are doing is
delaying him looking at his own faults,,He is supposed to be a MAN and take
care of himself..and face his own self...He has to stand on his own 2
feet,,No one changes because someone told them to..We all make changes when
we see we have goofed things up..and we have suffered,,then we change,,As
long as the wife stands there and needles her husband thru words and actions
then he has someone to blame..But if she keeps her eyes on Jesus and being a
godly wife and mother then she throws the guilt back on her husband for him
to deal with it,,Because he is the only one who can make a decision for his
own self..Only Jesus can woo a man to Himself,,The Holy Spirit calls to
Husbands spirit..Spirit to spirit..Only Jesus can call a man thru the Holy
Spirit..We as wives are called as helpers...We are called to serve our
husbands and to honor them and make them happy,,We are called as keepers at
home to bring honor to our men,,But we are not called to take spiritual
authority over them,,If you try to lord it over your husband and make him be
religious this is Witch Craft..It is a curse upon your husband,,and your
home,,It bindes a man and makes him ornery,,But the true wife will honor her
husband where honor is due ,,And she will build a man out of him thru love
..You do this as you submit to your husband as unto the Lord,,

Part 3

Ya know MaryL my mentor who died 3 yrs ago submitted to her husband till her last breath,,
She was 78 when she died,,Russ was 82 when she died and was as strong as a bull and still is,,They had miracle healings alot..They prayed and counseled many Christians,,includeing me and Jim...Mary didnt allow strife in her house,,If Russ was mad at her ,,,it nearly killed her,,And oh Russ loved Mary,,Mary was so sweet about her dog and cats,,She wudnt get into strife even with a bird ,,Her cat Scruffy,,who was in and outside all day is 20 yrs old and acts like a kitten,..Mary slept with her animals ..She said her and Russ were their parents,..Mary kept a lovely home,She made pumpkin pie for Russ all thru the year,,just because it was his favorite,,She got up with him every morning at 4;00 A.M. to pack a lunch for him to go to work,,And always a big breakfast,,And Russ still has a job,,He has no health ins as he says he dont plan on being sick,,And no life ins as he dont plan to die,,i guess he will go up in the rapture,,And right after Jim died Mary told me i cud have Russ after she died,,And she politely died 2 yrs after Jim died,,But i cudnt keep up with Russ,,he needs someone younger..But i am tellin ya one thing,,A Godly Home is a place of miracles..Sickness or curses wont stay long in a home where the husband rules under God..and the wife submits ..Between Russ and Mary they raised 10 children and all know the Lord..This was a 2nd marriage for both of them,,love connie

 
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Feminine Desperados

{From the Archives of Connie's Letters, April 2010.}

Part 1 "Feminine Desperados"

Good Morning Ladies,,i woke up this morning not wanting to write,,Actually i
wanted to run over the hill..i felt like i have led you ladies into the
desert to die,,Wendy you prolly think i have been terrible..i hope i can
sorta explain..The Lord led me as He finally got me outta bed to again read
this book i have..Mary Elisabeth gave this book to me at Christmas,,i have
told you about it before,,the book is called WOMEN OF THE CIVIL WAR,,Of
course the author of this book calls the heroines of these stories
"feminists",,But the women themselves wud twirl in their graves if they thot
someone called them that,,These women were true to their families for the
most part..Why is it if a woman is a bit wiley or industrious she is called
a feminist ? Chrissy Joy my girl who lives in NYC says "Well Mom you were a
feminist,,You had to be to do all you did " Well no i just followed the
Lord,,ON our Radio Show Aunt Toot wants to interview me one of these
days,Toot knows me and knows just what to ask me to get me goin,,it shud be
a fun interview,But may God help us,,i am prayin an hour a day for this
Radio thing,,Only God can help us,,,But anyway i want to tell you all about
some of these women of the Civil War,,The feminine Desperadoes were the spys
for either side,,One woman who hit the newspapers was an actress who turned
spy..Her name was Pauline Cushman,,She was almost hung but escaped,,When the
wives men went to war some of the women went with them,,To me this is as
today,,Many husbands are fighting spiritual wars,,Just because some of us
are not getting shot at that doesnt mean we are not in a war,,We are in a
Spiritual War with unseen forces,,Satan is tearing up family homes with both
hands,,Satan is out to destroy our homes ..

Part 2 "Fanny Ricketts"

Ok heres the story on Fanny and her work in the Civil War,,When her husband
Captain James Ricketts was taken as a wounded prisoner , Fanny went with
him,,She became a prisoner too in order to be a nurse to her husband,,She
nursed him back to health several times as he was captured,,And many of the
other wives did this also,,Some brot their children,,Some became cooks for
the army so they cud watch over the health of their husbands,,They made sure
if they were wounded that they got the food they needed,,The wives didnt
just stand by and watch their husbands die,,The mother of the home was her
families counselor..and nurse,,Of course the mothers with lil babies had to
stay behind to care for the children,,They wud have died in an army
camp..But then some of the wives had lost their homes and so continued to
follow the army camps with their children,It wasnt easy anyway you word
it,,Cant ya just see one of those wives sayin,,"Well i cant take this,,i am
gettin a divorce,," Well in a war you lose it seems either way,,A divorce
only makes it all worse,,if you are doing without now,,you will have less
after a divorce,,The name of the game is patience,,Wait on God..If ya wanna
make the devil mad and upset his game?Smile sweetly the next time you fall
into diverse temptations,,But anyway,,no,,Fanny Ricketts was no
feminist,,She was a virtuous woman,,and she saved her husbands life ,,She
did him good all the days of her life...

Part 3  "True Women"

Most of the wives during the Civil war stayed behind and ran the
Homesteads..They didnt hit the streets lookin for boyfriends as the modern
tv shows wud portray,,But their husbands knew these women were capable wives
and mothers,,And that their wives were to be trusted to care for their homes
and children,Their marriage covenant was a sacred promise to God,,They wud
stay True until death,,The virtuous woman does her husband good all the days
of Her life,,And ya know when we went thru this with our Mary,,Jim had just
died,,i was glad to deal with Mary for my own self as her mom,,But i felt i
was left here to honor Jim and to deal with Mary on his behalf,Our Mary was
so special to Jim,,He was 45 when she was born,,she was his precious
baby,,and mine too,,She was our lil Shirley Temple..For my own sake i cudnt
let her die,,But i kept thinkin of my Darling Jim.And how broken hearted he
wud be if Mary had died an addict,,i just cudnt let Mary go,,for Jims
sake..i wanted to honor Jim..and i will all of my life,,i want to stand
honest before God when i reach Heaven,,And the way to stay honest before God
is to stay honest before your husbands,,Mary wrote me a note and put it in
my book.."To the Bravest woman i know"..All of this from a daughter who
barely spoke to me for almost 3 yrs,,But as i persevered to honor my husband
who was dead,,This brot me to a place of honor in my daughters eyes,,And she
was healed by the blood of Jesus. . Love Connie


 
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Childhood Vaccinations - The Way It Was

Part 1 - "Childhood Vaccinations"

Good Morning Ladies,...i am up early doing some housework..Also i was reading some articles about childhood vaccinations..and how they are linked possibly to Autism..It seems this subject is an on going debate..My oldest children were vaccinated..But then when David and Dan came along i didnt want them to be vaccinated ..i felt their was enuff being said about the dangers of vaccines to make a good mother wonder what it was all about..i was thinking " Now that many parents cudnt be all that wrong for all this time"..Well Jim wanted me to get the vaccines ...so what i did was this..i ask Jim if i cud wait until they went to school to get their Vaccines.This way they wud be older and cud tell me if they were sick or hurting some place...Then when Mary came along { our last baby} we didnt get her vaccinated at all..Jim and i both felt pretty strong at that time that all this Autism had to be coming from some place..We began feeling uneasy about anything concerning public school..So we began homeschooling in 1988..Baby Mary was 3 yrs old ...Dan s first yr of homeschool was 1st grade and Davids was 2nd grade..We made John homeschool too and take 7th grade over as he got all F's..even in Art and Gym..!! i got so nervous thinking that John wud NEVER get an education..i let the State come in and test John..and they said he was a Genious..i thot the "TESTERS" were on drugs or something..But they were right ..John grew up and now has a good job and works hard..Thank God !!!Well i will write a 2nd part on this..

Part 2 - "Quarantined"

I grew up in the 1950s..One family in our neighborhood had a mother who worked full time..If any of we children got the measles or mumps or any childhood disease, our Mother kept us at home..You cudnt go to school ...We knew these diseases were dangerous and needed special care...The neighbor mothers were to make sure that all the families knew that their children had a contagious disease and that no one was to go to the sick childs house..Of course each home then wud get the mumps ..One by one..In a few weeks then all was quiet again..In my Mothers day..they wud put a sign on the door that said :"Quarantined"...i think i read once that if you went in a house that had been Quarantined you wud have to pay a fine..This was back in the old days..Everyone knew that these diseases were contageous..But thanks to feminism and no mother in the home..we cant have any childhood diseases..The babysitter cant risk taking them..So with this debate over what causes Autism ? will probably never end..The feminist must be able to have her rights as much as a man ..She shudnt have to stay home with a sick child.....Well so goes the war..Now alot of women have to ,work..i understand..There are alot of single mothers ...love connie



 
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Women in The Pulpit

{From the Archives of Connie's letters, July 2012.}

Part 1 - Women in the Pulpit

OMG i guess i like to live dangerously!! The Ladies are on the grp
discussing whether it is right or not for women to preach and take
spiritual authority over men..Well to me it is like this.."Well yeah you
cud ride a cow to town to get groceries...But ya got a horse so why dont ya
just ride it ? The cow is busy with giving milk and quietly chewing her cud
and eating grass in the back 40..But still ..yes she is strong enuf to
carry our Harriett to town..The cow is as smart as a horse...well able to
do the deed.. But ladies it wud be alot easier to ride a horse????..The
Bible says a woman shud wear a covering to show she is under her husbands
authority.. i think this is one reason women have so much trouble with head
aches and nervous problems..and female problems.,,Wives and Mothers belong
at home ..They need a spiritual covering of peace,,They are not made to
bear the burdens of men..Our men are getting so stinkin lazy
spiritually..You Christian feminists feed your Baboons tons of bananas
..and they hardly have to go to work..Now ya wanna feed them spiritually
too? Why dont ya just put a big pacifier in his mouth and let him watch tv
all day while you go to work...Then he comes home from work ,,if he goes at
all..and he starts a fight with you so he can go play tv games at the
neighbors...How much more will you do for this baby before he runs out on
you? The wise woman wud see thru all of this...She wud see that she is the
weaker vessel..She will see that her place is in the home..Her gifts are
the hidden gifts ..the quiet meek spirit is her confidence..In quietness
and confidence you will find your peace..The works of righteousness is
peace and the effects of righteousness is is quietness and assurance
forever..Isaiah 32....

Part 2 - No Prayer ? No Power


There is Spirit of fear in our country right now that cud
stop a herd of buffalo on a dime..You women shud go HOME and get ready for
some Heavy interceding in the Holy Ghost..If ya dont know how to walk in
the Holy Ghost then Child of God .you better do some findin out... it isnt
money that is gonna keep you,,It isnt .your bright ideas that will save
you...There is Holy work to be done..Yes do your house work and care for
the children and submit to your husband...But we need to be spiritually
working too..We need to be spending at least an hour a day praying for our
families..We labor for gold..but no labor for the Holy Spirit..When you are
alone in the house, lay on the floor before Jesus and cry out to Him....Pray
Sister pray for your families..Except the Lord build your house they labor
in vain to build it..We dont know all of the secrets of the Holy
Spirit..But He is our counselor and our helper..our teacher..He will guide
us into all truth..We can trust in God ..He will care for us..No weapon
formed against us will prosper..its so important that you be able to depend
on God alone and His Word..If we get really upset we need to know how to
take our Bibles into the bedroom and read the Word until we feel better..I
am finally able to do this.,,Even if Jim had the tv on i cud pray in the
same room...and keep my mind on the Lord..Not always but most of the
time..i am still workin on it..But sometimes i have to pray for maybe 3 hrs
to get myself back to the Lords rest and peace..But do what you need to do
to keep yourself in the will of God..Great Christians who saw great
miracles were men and women who spent much time in prayer and fasting...No
prayer ? no Power..Much prayer..much Power..And send the nutty women who
are upsetting you back out the door..WHO CARES IF THEY DONT LIKE IT? Your
children and your husband need you at home ...to tend the home and to tend
to the business of the home..Your business at home is to sweep and vacuum
and bake and cook..Also it is to learn Wisdom and to learn how to work
Wisdom..If you get built up in God then no one can take you out..Be some
trouble for the Devil..Keep him on the run...Keep him scared of what you
will do next..{I am scared of what i might do next }soo i hope the devil is
too..

Part 3  -  Our Stability

The Bible in Isaiah 33;6 says "And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times and strength of salvation ; the fear of the Lord is His treasure.." The Book of Proverbs is a Book of Wisdom..Prov 1;20 says Wisdom crieth without ;She utters her voice in the streets..verse 21 she crieth in the chief place of concourse in the openings of the gates ...Well we dont hear Wisdoms voice with our physical ears but with our spiritual ears..with our heart ears..we hear Wisdom speaking..And we hear Christian Feminism in the spirit also ..we hear it also with our heart ears ... But we also hear with our physical ears the voice of Feminism..It seems Feminism is everywhere ,,,being taught over the tv etc..Everywhere out in the world it is taught as if it was the Gospel Truth,,,The Bible calls the C.F. the strange woman..She isnt like the women of God..What are the traits ladies of the Bible based women..Can you find her traits in Proverbs? Can we discuss this in a quiet way ?  love connie



 
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Rare Titus 2 Mother

{From the Archives of Connie's Letters, June 2012}

Dear Sisters of the Revolution..Good Morning,,PTL we are getting a
good rain this morning..Here in Iowa we have been as dry as
bones..Yesterday i pulled weeds..i cud hardly get them out as the ground
was so dry and stubborn..We have had to water our gardens every day..Even
 the vegetables arent growin that good..i have never seen a drier
season...i am so dry myself ..My words are coming out like the dry weeds
,,i can hardly pull them out,,i guess i need the rain upon my dry and
barren soul...Well the Lord always refreshes ,me..But i wanna scream "Hurry
Lord."..I know the devil isnt tryin to do me any favors ..by leaving me
alone.The Titus 2 Mother is about the most endangered species on earth..My
Jim always said that the married male was the most discriminated
person on earth.. .

Isaiah 32;17 "and the work of righteousness shall
be peace ...and the effects of righteousness quietness and assurance for
ever... verse 18 And my people will dwell in a peaceable habitation..and in
sure dwellings and in quiet resting places.."Oh i used to love to read
these scriptures when i was a young wife and mother..These words said to me
that if i was taking care of my home and family that this was a work of
righteousness ,,And as i did this work of righteousness i wud have quietness
and assurance in my heart...So often as Jim and i were raising our
children we wud come into a financial difficulty...i wud think of this
scripture..And i wud know that i was to continue to do the works of
righteousness..So i wud go into my kitchen and just start makin the next
meal or i wud stir up some yeast bread..i wanted to go lay on my bed and
cry.. But i knew Jim needed to see me walking in courage and faith..He
didnt need me to start lecturing him about what he shud have done so we
wudnt have to go thru this financial set back..i needed to walk by faith
and not look at the bad news in front of us..

Isaiah 33;6 says that Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of our
times...Proverbs is all about Godly wisdom..Prov 7;4 Say unto Wisdom thou
art my Sister ;and call Understanding thy kinswoman..Love connie



 
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Monday, February 9, 2015

To Walk With Those Who Sorrow


Good Morning Mothers..

Yesterday morning i woke up so full of depression and sorrow..i hobbled into the bathroom..i felt like a drunk person..i said "God what have i done to deserve this living hell?...whatever it was please forgive me..it must have been bad.."..I came out here in the livngroom ..and answered some emails..i tried to read my Bible..But my spirit seemed to flow like dry mud.." God why have you left me..?" i know i am supposed to be happy and positive and confess the Word.As i read my blog i read again about the cowboys going West to get free land.And yet their wives cudnt keep up with them as they had lived pampered lives ..Many wives died or lost their minds because of the hardships...They must have lived in constant fear of Indian Massacres and incurable diseases that swept thru the land killing whole families..Later on the government started letting women in prison out so they cud go west too and marry some of these cowboys...These women had lived tortured lives in the prisons ..So just to be free in the open air was glorious..even tho you have to fight indians to breath fresh air.i read one story about an Indian who had attacked this mother and her children.Another woman came along and attacked the indian and held him down until the Mother and her children cud get away..The attacking woman knew she cudnt hold the Indian down for long or over take him...But she some how held him back long enuf for the mother and her children to get away..Jesus was aquainted with grief..As we are filled with sorrow and walk with those who sorrow ..we minister to those who are broken down..We cant always help those who grieve..but we can walk with them..We can let them know we are there..We can use our own knowledge of our own grief to hold back their oppressors for a little while so the Mother and her children can get away...This is a privelesge..and an honor..to be able to speak deliverance to those who need it ...They open their hearts to you as they know that you suffer like them...There is a price to pay Connie...to see the supernatural..To see the captive set free....Will you walk with those who grieve? Can you hang on just a little bit longer ? You will see His Glory ..Walk with Jesus ...He understands your sorrow .. love Connie


 
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Patching and Sewing and Making Do

{From the Archives of Connie's Letters, April 2012.)

Part 1 - Patching and Sewing Sheets

Ya know..After my Grandma died we found some old sheets she had
made,,They were made from feed sacks..You cud tell where they were ripped
up ,,,Like one had a big hole in the middle ..And she just patched it with
a big piece of cloth,,You cud use the old sheets as just a frame and put in
some material and patch it all again,,Thats what my Gramma did,,Well too
the flour sacks they made the sheets from were not big..So they had to sew
the pieces together anyway,,i am sure it was alot of work..It was sure
easier tho for them to patch the sheets rather then to have to make them
all over again,,One year when Jim and i were young,,he had to work outside
all winter,,Iowa winters can get bad ,,And that year it was very cold..Jim
had a pair of gloves that he had worn out..The palm of the gloves were
ripped..Well i sewed them up..We didnt have any money for gloves..And each
evening after supper we wud watch tv..And i wud get out my sewing basket
and patch Papas gloves,,Because every evening he came home with holes in
his gloves..i cant remember where he was working then,,But wherever it was
it caused the gloves to rip..But by the time winter was over Jims gloves
had 100s of stitches in them,,I was happy to sit with
Wildman in the evening and repair his gloves,to get them ready for him to
wear the next morning..,i loved hand sewing ..Sissy Joy hand sews the
outfits she makes..Just think of the Pioneer Mothers who made all of her
families clothes without a sewing machine....i was sitting in a chair of
Marys a few yrs ago..And i saw where she patched a hole in one of her
chairs..The chair was blue and it looked like the dog had ripped it,,She
took another material but the same color of blue and she patched it..i thot
that was really a good idea.

Part 2  - Makin' Do

Eat it up..Wear it out.. or Do without ..This was the motto for the
Depression era families,,But i can imagine the Mothers especially thot of
this motto daily..During this era folks had cars but had no money for
gas,,,They cudnt afford a postage stamp that cost only a few cents,,One
housewife reported that the letters wud stack up on the cabinet in the
kitchen waiting for 2 cents to come in from somewhere..so she cud mail a
letter to her folks.. One way i used to stretch our butter was as
follows..Well most of the time we ate margarine,,But if butter was on sale
this is what i did to stretch it..You can take a pound of butter and bring
it to room temp..Then put the butter in a bowl and pour in a can of
evaporated milk and beat it together ,,Then refrigerate it and use it as
you wud any butter,,i had an old-time crock i used to use just for this
butter,,This crock had a nice lid and i always used this only for
butter,,This crock was really old,,probably an antique,,i got it at a Garage
Sale.And ya know on the internet they have alot of Depression era
recipes..simple and good..i was watching a video of a woman making bread
from the 1930s..She made it from only flour and yeast and water,,Man i thot
you wud have to put in some kind of oil or salt at least..and some sweetener
to make the bread rise,,??? But this lady Clara who is 96 just made it so
simply..She made about 8 loaves of bread that afternoon,..The mothers back
then made bread twice a week..and then biscuits and pancakes in between...

Part 3  -  Rag Rugs

The Mothers in the olden days saved every bit of cloth they cud.The
smallest pieces they used for patching or quilting,,i remember my
grandmother making my brother and i rag rugs to put beside our beds,,The
mothers wud save their material in strips to make a rag rug..They wud wait
until they had a huge ball of strips and then they wud braid the strips
and coil them around and sew them into place..Or they wud crochet the
strips and coil them around and sew them ..i have seen crochet hooks for
rag rugs,,they are about a foot long,,i have made small ones to use for
chair cushions,,but not in a long time,,i just had to try it as it looks
fun, and it was. . . i braided mine,,You can get really creative with these rugs
and use them for alot of things,,Mothers always had button boxes ,,They wud
take the buttons off of any garment to use again...Also they wud take out
the zippers to use on another garment too..No one threw much of anything
away,,They wud save different wrappers from the store to pack a lunch..Its
fun to get creative and save things and try to think of different ways to
use them,,The old time mothers saved bread sacks and they even made the
crocheted rugs out of these bread sacks,,nothing was ever wasted,,And every
housewife had a ball of string to wrap things in,,These were the days
before scotch tape...love connie


 
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Virtuous Woman

The woman with the issue of blood knew if she cud get to Jesus she wud be healed..When she touched the hem of Jesus' garment virtue came out..And virtue is what caused her to be healed.

"Who can find a virtuous woman ? Her price is far above Rubies"..

Virtue is a power ..a moral power..The virtuous woman is a strong woman..She is a woman of valor meaning she is war like..she is a good fighter in the Spirit..The virtuous woman has strength and is very powerful..

But her strength is not as a man's...If she acts like a man she insults herself and leaves behind her greatest power... that of virtue....love connie


 
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hard Times

{From the Archives of Connie's Letters, July 2011.}


Part 1  - Hard Times


Dear Mothers,,,

This writing will be to those of you who are going thru tough times,,which is most of us right ? These tough times are where our miracles will happen,..The hard times are the starting of our miracles..We stand amazed as satan does his work and we think and pray,,"Where are you God"???We pray and pray and our kid is still a knot head and our husband is still a drunk or wont come home or whatever,,Satan seems to stand there happily and we dont see God tryin to stop him..But we are Sarah's daughters of faith and are not afraid with any amazement,,The reason we get so off the Word and off of His will is that we are judging our situations thru the flesh and not thru Gods Word..Gods Word says our husbands are sanctified thru us as Christian wives and our children are holy.,,Our families are set apart for God..God is saving them even NOW ..We have to have a "Knowin" that these promises of God for our families are true,,This KNOWIN in our heart comes thru reading the Word of God and meditating on the scriptures,,i heard this man on tv lately talking about his own Mother,,She lived back in the old days,,He said she didnt have a tv or phone or anything to distract her,,She stayed at home and was a homemaker,,And she prayed all day long as she did her work..She saw many miracles,,And this was how the old time Christian mothers lived,,They prayed until their kids were saved and their husbands were men of God,,Most men who became great men of God had a mother or wife prayin for them,,i know David Wilkerson talked about hearing his mother calling his name before God..Even as a boy outside playing he wud say he cud hear his mother calling out his name before God in her bedroom with the window open,,Lets us be like these old time Mothers and call upon God to save our families.

Part 2   - Ya Got to Get a Knowin'

Oh dear Mothers we will get no where if we keep judging our lives thru
the flesh,,We are part Heaven and part earth,,Our spirits will live forever
into eternity...Our reborn spirits will live forever in Heaven,,This time
on earth is but for a moment ..It is a vapor the Bible says,,Lets live for
our real home in Heaven,,Lets quit looking at this worlds reality and find
the truth which is Gods kingdom,,May His will be done on earth as it is in
Heaven,,God promises us that our children will all be saved and our husbands
too..Its a done deal..Its already done,,It isnt done when your husband walks
the isle at church,,Its done when you get that KNOWIN in your heart,,"My
Husband is sanctified"..He is set apart unto God..!!! We receive our loved
ones to God in prayer,,Later we do see them walk the isle..the truth comes
to them and they are saved ,,But first the miracle comes to Mother on her
knees before the throne of God..She has prayed and stood on the Promises of
God..And Mother gets a KNOWIN that all is well with her boy,,he is safe and
God has His eyes on him..No really good Mother ever sleeps until her kids
are all safe ..Our tendency is to walk the floors until all is well ....And
Mothers heart can never be quiet until all her lambs are in the arms of
the Good Shepard..  love Connie


 
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