Tuesday, December 02, 2008

That's me. Sitting in our (borrowed) pop- up. Alone. Drinking coffee and reading my book. The kids are off roaming around the countryside, running down to the Brazos River, climbing up limestone bluffs, exploring caves and springs and eating dandelion leaves right out of the ground. I didn't have to worry about them at all.

They had a fabulous time and my heart was so happy to be able to let them run free, not having to be able to see or hear them at all times. I definitely need me some more nature time. It felt great to be outside with them.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Don't Eat These!

1. Sodium Nitrate (also called Sodium Nitrite)

This is a preservative, coloring, and flavoring commonly added to bacon, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meats, smoked fish, and corned beef. Studies have linked eating it to various types of cancer.

2. BHA and BHT

Butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydrozyttoluene are used to preserve common household foods. They are found in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, and vegetable oils. They are oxidants, which form potentially cancer-causing reactive compounds in your body.

3. Propyl Gallate

Another preservative, often used in conjunction with BHA and BHT. It is sometimes found in meat products, chicken soup base, and chewing gum. Animals studies have suggested that it could be linked to cancer.

4. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

MSG is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in soups, salad dressings, chips, frozen entrees, and restaurant food. It can cause headaches and nausea, and animal studies link it to damaged nerve cells in the brains of infant mice.

5. Trans Fats

Trans fats are proven to cause heart disease. Restaurant food, especially fast food chains, often serve foods laden with trans fats.

6. Aspartame

Aspartame, also known by the brand names Nutrasweet and Equal, is a sweetener found in so-called diet foods such as low-calorie desserts, gelatins, drink mixes, and soft drinks. It may cause cancer or neurological problems, such as dizziness or hallucinations.

7. Acesulfame-K

This is a relatively new artificial sweetener found in baked goods, chewing gum, and gelatin desserts. There is a general concern that testing on this product has been scant, and some studies show the additive may cause cancer in rats.

8. Food Colorings: Blue 1, 2; Red 3; Green 3; Yellow 6

Five food colorings still on the market are linked with cancer in animal testing. Blue 1 and 2, found in beverages, candy, baked goods and pet food, have been linked to cancer in mice. Red 3, used to dye cherries, fruit cocktail, candy, and baked goods, has been shown to cause thyroid tumors in rats. Green 3, added to candy and beverages, has been linked to bladder cancer. The widely used yellow 6, added to beverages, sausage, gelatin, baked goods, and candy, has been linked to tumors of the adrenal gland and kidney.

9. Olestra

Olestra, a synthetic fat found in some potato chip brands, can cause severe diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and gas. Olestra also inhibits healthy vitamin absorption from fat-soluble carotenoids that are found in fruits and vegetables.

10. Potassium Bromate

Potassium bromate is used as an additive to increase volume in some white flour, breads, and rolls. It is known to cause cancer in animals, and even small amounts in bread can create a risk for humans.

11. White Sugar

Watch out for foods with added sugars, such as baked goods, cereals, crackers, sauces and many other processed foods. It is unsafe for your health, and promotes bad nutrition.

12. Sodium Chloride

A dash of sodium chloride, more commonly known as salt, can bring flavor to your meal. But too much salt can be dangerous for your health, leading to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure.

Friday, August 29, 2008

John Piper and the Prosperity Gospel

Biblical Worldview (The Thompson Manifesto)

It is our belief that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the one true God that sacrificed His only son at the hands of the very people He created, in order for us to have eternal life with Him, created the heavens and earth and all that is in it. We believe that His design is perfect and without flaw. We also know that because of sin, this is a fallen world and we all fall short of the righteousness of God.
In 2000, we began to question our faith. We wanted to know everything about what we had said we believed for so long. We were seeing discrepancies between what the world calls truth and the reality that we live in. When we look at the world''s solutions to life's problems we saw that the results were broken marriages, empty lives and failures. This proves to me that mankind does not have the answers. Why would I seek the wisdom of man first to answer any questions or solve any problems? Man gets himself into trouble. If God made us to live one way and we act another way, we won't function well. We saw that our everyday living is affected by what we believe. What we believe causes what we think and feel and do. At this point we had to ask ourselves how much did we believe the Bible. If it is completely true, the undeniable word of the one true God, then we sure aren't acting like we believe that. We were living our lives with fear and worry. We were constantly worried about what was going to happen the next day, where will we get more money, how can we prevent bad things from happening to us......

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:25-34

We asked ourselves "Are we willing to believe this? Are we willing to believe every word of the Bible? Are we willing to trust God completely?"

Jesus said "I will never leave you." We believe this! We are learning a new way of thinking and living that brings full rest and joy. We know bad things will happen. But "in the easiest position He must give me His grace and in the hardest situation His grace is sufficient!" (Hudson Taylor). This is true! This is how much God loves us and how much peace we can have! Living in His plan and abiding in Him is so much easier and so joyful and stress free. This is a lifetime long lesson and we won't always get it right. If we continually remember that this is God's perfect plan and there is a natural order to the universe, we have no reason to fear.

Why is there suffering? If God loves us so much, He must hate our suffering. Couldn't He just solve all the problems and fix everything? But we aren't puppets. The choices humans have made beginning with the fall and throughout history have resulted in an abnormal world. This fits our reality. It fits with the way the physical world works. Susan Schaeffer Macauley says " I believe real truth is practical and sensible. It fits in with and explains the world you see around you and feel inside. I propose that a good test for a view of life is to ask yourself: Can I live this way? Does it make sense with what I observe? A life view that is true would fit with the workings of the physical world and the facts of human personality....We can't bump into God in the universe. But in another sense, I believe that fact of His existence bumps into us every day." We can find out what God is like by looking at nature and experiences and human beings. He is evident in His creation and wants to show Himself to us there.

Some of the things we were taught in our culture and ideas ingrained in us don't line up with a Biblical worldview. How can I say I trust God if I lay awake at night and worry about money or health? If we truly accept that God is truth and we want to live our beliefs then we have to reconstruct our worldview. That's why we are writing down our beliefs. We are learning and changing and choosing to abide in Him.

Friday, August 01, 2008

The Thompson Manifesto

A manifesto is a public declaration of principles and intentions. The premise here is that if I put my beliefs into writing and let other people see them, then I might be more aware and accountable (or be exposed for the hypocrite I am). Does it make me less of a hypocrite if I announce it?
Several years ago, Kraig and I started writing "The Thompson Manifesto". We wanted to have our beliefs written down for ourselves and for our children to read later. At least they will see that we had a purpose and a reason for our choices. Some topics have been completed and some haven't. Here are the topics so far:
Biblical Worldview
Health and Nutrition
Child Raising
Celebration, Feasts and Alcohol
Have I left out any facets of life? I guess these are the most pertinent to me right now since I can't think of any others.
OK, now for the disclaimer: These are my beliefs. Belief means that I hold these to be truth. Does that mean I think that everyone should believe this way? Well, yes and no. Truth is important and I believe that I have searched out truth. Should everyone homebirth or not vaccinate? Only if God leads you to. I don't judge other people for not having the same beliefs. I've been led to this place and these beliefs buy seeking God and His will for me and my family. Some people are led to be doctors or public school teachers or teetotalers (shudder) and I know that to be true. So, know what you believe and live it (or they aren't your beliefs, just nice ideas.)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Open Carry Petition

Click here to sign a petition to allow open carry of guns instead of keeping them concealed. I love this idea!
And yes, I would carry a gun and wear my gorgeous tooled leather holster everywhere. With my lovely skirt. And my baby.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Vision Forum giveaway!

Families Against Feminism is giving away some Vision Forum DVDs! Go over and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

About me A-Z

I got this from Mountain Mama's blog

A)Age- 32
B)Burger of choice- Burgundy Pasture beef grilled out back with mustard and horseradish and lots of veggies on an Ezekial bun
C)Car you drive- Honda minivan
D)Dogs name- Roscoe P. Coltrane
E)Essential item you use everyday- Teapot
F)Favorite TV show- hmmm, how about a whole channel - the Travel Channel
G)Game you love to play- Set card game- you can try it online here
H)Hometown- Fort Worth or Dallas or Atlanta - I am not super partial to any of them
I)Instruments you play- Piano, a little bit
J)Juice you love- Orange
K)Kick whose butt?- I can't think of anyone who would elicit this response from me.
L)Last restaurant you ate at- Fuzzy's Tacos
M)Muppet you love- Gonzo
N)Number of piercings- 2
O)Overnight hospital stays- none
P)People you were with today- my husband and our 4 kids
Q)Quiet time- Reading, looking at Etsy, painting....
R)Regret- thinking that I should go to college - O, how I wish I could go back and do something more productive and creative with my time.
S)Status- Very happily married.
T)Time you woke up- 6:30 am (Time I went to bed 2:30 am - baby chose to have happy playtime from about 1 am til 2:30)
U)What you consider unique - more than I'll ever even know
V)Vegetables you love- swiss chard, yellow squash, red onions, Vidalia onions, fennel, tomatoes
W)Worst habit- not working
X)X-rays you have had- 4 years ago, I closed my thumb in the minivan door and had to have it x-rayed.
Y)Yummy food you ate today- banana, almond milk, Chai tea, spinach smoothie
Z)Zodiac sign- I don't care

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Sweet Marguerite

Marguerite's dance recital was this evening. She was precious as usual and seemed to really enjoy being on stage. She is right in the middle of this group of girls.
She is so much fun to experience new things with. While I was pregnant with her, we received a prophecy about her - about the joy she would bring us and how her cup would run over with joy. It's true! I know it is rather cliche to say that someone is so "full of life". I mean, aren't we all? What is half full? Rather dead? My Marguerite Joy is full of life and such a blessing to me.
The biggest compliment I can give her is that she is being a good mommy. It makes her glow. She would rather work with me in the kitchen than go outside and play. She loves taking care of Daisy for me and calls it "making Daisy happy". The other day, I had her playing with the Daisy on the floor and overheard her saying in a baby sing song voice "How's my sweet ugly baby?" I'm glad to be her mother and grateful to God for sending me a daily reminder to be joyful.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Dearest Mother

Proverbs 31:28
Her children arise and call her blessed

I am grateful to you.
I am grateful to God for giving you to me. (or me to you.)
I am proud of you. I have seen your character through Dad's sickness and death, through having to work, in adventurous traveling and in still seeking God and not settling into a habit.
I love that you go to Africa - 2x in 1.5 years. What's ahead?
I am grateful that you always lead me to God.
I appreciate all you do for the kids (fun and educational gifts, all the quality time and attention to each one, helping with Elijah's food, the way I could count on you when I was sick after Daisy, that your hearts desire for them is that they seek God.)
I love that I don't have anything to complain about you to my friends.
I love knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that you pray for me and my family.
I love you.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Elijah the Drummer

This is from Elijah's drum recital Friday night. It was filmed by the father of the two boys on the right and Elijah is on the far left so you don't see him much. But you can hear him! I just randomly found it on Youtube while I was searching out the drumming troupe of his teacher.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Veggie Day again!

I get so excited about how much I get for $20! And you can't even see the 2 pounds of strawberries!

Moving on

Where I am spiritually:

"The greatest spiritual crisis comes when a person has to move a little farther on in his faith than the beliefs he has already accepted."

--Oswald Chambers

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Haiku of Regret

Would you like a rock?
YES! Next time I will say yes.
Could have been my rock.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Joy Givers

Chubby babies
Foggy mornings.
6 am coffee and toast with my daughter.
Getting the clothes folded before breakfast.
World percussion beats.
The color orange.
My dancey 2 year old.
Also, the colors avocado green, sunshine yellow, woodish brown, dove gray, scarlet and turquoise.
Being able to see all those colors from where I am sitting in my house.
Road trips without kids.
Road trips with kids (2 totally different things).
Funky groovey music.
Hearing my son pound the skins.
The sound of bugs in the spring.
Seeing the nature my kids think worthy of collecting.
Fresh homemade gingerale.
Beans. The perfect food.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Farmers Market Day!

Every other Saturday I get bookoos of fruits and veggies for $20. I enlisted the kids help and had a nice time prepping things for cooking or freezing. I love pictures of colorful produce! For dinner we had asparagus tofu soup, corn on the cob and crustless spinach quiche with brown bread and jam for dessert. The kids enjoyed it all and I think that it helped to have them doing all the chopping and washing first. Getting close to nature!

I am a weak sinner (a.k.a. human)

1 Timothy 1:15
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

All day long, the majority of my thoughts are about me. About things I hate about myself, about how I could do something better, about how I failed at this or that 8 years ago, about how if I don't change things soon I'll fail again......
What a selfish sinner I am! I am like the ungodly in Romans 1 who "because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. " What futile thoughts these are! No wonder my outlook has been negative and darkened!
Romans 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
OK, so I guess I've been back in the flesh again.... but I have hope! God's thoughts towards me! He loves me - all the time.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Isaiah 26:3
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.

Isaiah 55:8
“ For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

His thoughts towards me are love and peace and my thoughts are sick and wrong!
So I am definitely not loving Him with all my mind if 75% of my day I am hating myself or my actions. Therefore, I will gird up the loins of my mind - I looked that up. When men needed freedom to work, run or fight, they would tuck the hem of their tunic into their girdle. So it is a metaphor for being prepared for service.

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Thinking of myself all day long (whether pridefully or negatively) is still not thinking about others. It is just selfish and fleshly. I want the freedom to work, run or fight that comes with freeing my mind of any thought that is not from Him.
I have a future and hope in Him!