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Country Girl at Heart

Cowboy Boots

While I pretty much grew up in the city, I’ve always been a country girl at heart. It could have something to do with the fact that I also grew up going fishing and camping. Exploring the great outdoors and learning how to use a gun from a young age was also part of my upbringing. It should be no surprise that I ended up dating and marrying a farm boy even if he did end up taking on the title of U.S. Marine.

We’ve traveled the countryside as the Marine Corps sent us from one location to the next. We took advantage of the many beautiful locations by exploring them. We embraced the nomadic lifestyle and learned new things with each duty station. Many times we were still in the city, but the great outdoors, the country-life was always calling.

We knew that city life, in the end, wasn’t really for us. Yes, the convenience of having everything right there was always nice, but the quiet solitude and crisp, starry night skies were more of a draw for us. The simplicity of life on the land definitely called our names.

When the opportunity presented itself and with the Lord’s leading, we purchased our future homestead. We have a long way to go to turn it into a thriving homestead, but it’s the beginning of our true country life even if that reality won’t come into play until D retires. It’s interesting watching the Lord bring twists and turns into our lives as we honestly never know where those things will lead us.

At this duty station, we our in the country even though we’re technically in the city. It was a pleasant surprise for us as it’s not what we envisioned for our CA life. The community we’re currently in has a small town feel. People know each other and help each other out. The churches in the community set aside their denomination differences to help the community. While there are aspects of the community that we don’t embrace, it is nice to see a working community where the church is doing the Lord’s work.

Little did we know that the Lord would give us a jump start on our homesteading by bringing horses into our lives. We definitely did not see this coming any time in the near future. We always knew that horses would be part of our retirement homestead, but we are thrilled to have them part of our current “homestead”.

We’re using each step of our journey to help us prepare for our final homestead. We’re learning new skills along the way and doing our best to continue our education in a manner that will help us achieve our long term goals living the country life. I look forward to seeing what else the Lord has in store for this country girl at heart.

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Book Review: Questions God Asks by Israel Wayne

Questions God AsksA special thanks to New Leaf Publishing for providing an electronic copy of this book to help facilitate the writing of this review.

Questions God Asks Book Description:

Why would God ask anyone a question? We ask questions when we don’t understand. Yet, the Creator of the universe who spoke all that we see into being asks questions. Unimaginable power and wisdom are already His. As strange as it may seem to us, the Bible is filled with questions God asks. He is not the one who needs answers – these questions help us to understand both God and ourselves.
Delve into the answers found by Job, Adam, Cain, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, and others
Examine our fundamental assumptions about God, human nature, relationships, origins, and purpose
Learn about godly character and God’s transforming message

Israel WayneAbout the Author:

Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is the author of the books “Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview,” “Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship,” and “Questions God Asks.” Israel Wayne is a regular columnist for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. He is a former regular columnist for Home School Digest and Brush Arbor Quarterly. He is also the site editor for

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: New Leaf Press (January 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892217219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892217212
  • Retail Price: $11.99
  • Electronic Versions Available

My Thoughts:

“The point is to allow Him to be in control and not try to take His rightful place of leadership.”

I found myself nodding in agreement at this quote as well as many others as I read through Questions God Asks. I was constantly thinking and pondering on the topics/questions being presented. The manner in which the information was presented in this book was quite interesting and held my attention.

There was more than one occasion where the topic hit me hard as the Lord used it to convict me (in a good way) or reaffirm something that I had already been thinking or studying. Because I read this book over a couple of weeks, I was able to really soak in the various topics/questions and use it as a devotional rather than just read it as a regular book.

Questions God Asks could easily be used as a family devotional, if desired.

In Questions God Asks, Israel presents each chapter as a question that was asked by God to someone in the Bible. We see men like Adam, Cain, Moses, job, Joshua, Elijah, and many others as they are faced with tough questions from the Lord. The often rhetorical questions make these men of the Bible think about the points the Lord wanted to convey to them. We can now use these questions to help us better understand the Lord and the situations we are presented with throughout our lives.

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New Glasses for Munchkin

Munchkin wearing new glasses

With a new prescription in hand, we headed to find new frames for Munchkin. Little did we know that it was going to be a long, drawn-out process. She did not want little glasses which is what the vast majority of the frames were in the store, and I didn’t want to pay a crazy amount for the frames.

Munchkin wearing new glasses

This combination lead to a crazy search for frames that would work for her.

Munchkin with Glasses

Finally, we stumbled across some clearance prescription sunglasses frames that she really liked. A few days later, she was sporting her new glasses.

Munchkin with Glasses

The transition from her old prescription to her new was not easy, but now that her eyes have adjusted, she’s quite happy with her new glasses.

Munchkin with Glasses

She is now back to wearing her glasses full time, so it was really important to me that her glasses were comfortable and worked for her. I was thankful that we were able to find glasses that she liked and that were comfortable without breaking the bank. I think these glasses fit her quirky style. :)

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A Closer Look at Biblical Reproductions

Biblical Reproductions

Last week, I introduced you to a company called Biblical Reproductions. As I mentioned, we’re going to be reviewing one of their reproductions in the near future. (No, I’m not sharing which one yet even though we now have it in our hands. I will say that it’s pretty cool.) Today, I’m going to take a closer look at the website set-up for Biblical Reproductions.

Mission Statement:

Biblical Reproductions Inc. was created to bring the opportunity for the public to own reproductions of key artifacts excavated in the Holy Land, – many of which provide external confirmations to the Bible. We are proud to deliver high quality authorized replicas, at affordable prices, for our customers to create mini-museums in their homes, churches, synagogues, congregations, temples and community centers, and to share the fascinating stories behind these special discoveries.

Dead Sea ScrollsMy first impressions of the website was that it was clean, easy to read, and easy to navigate. They have designed the website with end users in mind which meant locating the various types of products and learning about each of the items is simple. I have to say that the history portion of the item descriptions is my favorite part of the website. They provide excellent background information and photos of each of the items available for purchase.

Dead Sea Scrolls JarI thought it was interesting that they offer fundraising opportunities with their products. What a unique way to raise funds with something that is out of the ordinary.

Want to stay up-to-date with Biblical Reproductions? No problem. You can sign up for their newsletter. They are also active on social media, and they have a blog where they talk about the Biblical Reproductions products. I found the digging deeper aspect of the blog quite intriguing. The information about the Dead Sea Scrolls was fascinating.

I encourage you to head over and learn more about these pieces of Biblical history.

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Asian Black Beans and Rice

Asian Black Beans and Rice

I had put brown rice in the rice cooker earlier in the day, but I had forgotten to get out the protein (chicken) from the freezer. Supper time was almost upon us, so I needed to do some quick thinking on what we were going to have. While I’m trying to get in the habit of using dried beans more often, I admit that I still keep canned beans on hand. They’re quick and easy. Plus, Munchkin really likes to eat canned beans for snacks. (Yes, I realize that is a bit odd, but she likes her fruits and veggies. lol!)

I pulled out a couple of cans of black beans and looked to see what seasonings I had on hand. When I came across my Devo Oil samples for Japaneses Toasted Sesame Oil and Honey Ginger White Balsamic Vinegar, a light-bulb went off.

I pulled out the cast-iron skillet and went to work chopping up onions and pulling out the rest of the ingredients. I added some of the toasted sesame oil to the pan and tossed in the onions to cook until they were translucent. I just love the smell of onions cooking. Mmmm…. It smelled even better after I threw in some garlic. The house was really starting to smell wonderful by this point.

After the onions had cooked down, I added in the beans and the rest of the seasoning and cooked around 10 to 15 minutes. I then served the mixture over brown rice. Munchkin and Daddy added some gluten free soy sauce right before eating and declared the dish delicious!

Black Beans and Rice

Asian Black Beans and Rice Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil – Devo Oil Japanese Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 cans black beans (drained)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar – Devo Oil Honey Ginger White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp ground ginger (optional)
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • Gluten Free Soy Sauce (optional)


  1.  Put oil in pan over medium low. Add chopped onion and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients (minus the rice and soy sauce) into the pan and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve black bean mixture over brown rice. Add gluten free soy sauce to taste, if desired.


  • This does heat up nicely, so make extra if you want to have it for lunch the following day.
  • If you have sesame seeds, you can roast some to top the bean mixture for an extra layer of flavor and texture.


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