Monday, December 11, 2017

Parental Peer Pressure

I have been doing a daily devotional with a few ladies on the Bible.com app. It's been really fantastic. The requirements are short. Read a devotional. Read a few scriptures. And share. That's it. If you miss a day? Oh well. Perfect bite-sized nugget of truth for me each day. 

Yesterday's devotional really stood out to me. So much so, that I want to share it below. If you'd like to read it as it was originally printed, you can do so here. (I've highlighted the statements that meant the most to me.)

Parental Peer Pressure

Our world is changing rapidly. Social media has given us the ability to exchange ideas faster than ever before. In the time that it once took to have a conversation with one person, we can now engage with multitudes.
But connectivity comes with a price. For all of its benefits, social media has created an arena for peer pressure unlike any we have seen before. Our actions used to be judged by a handful of people in close proximity to us; now they are being judged by the masses.
In this environment, it doesn’t take long to learn which topics are safe to discuss and which we should keep to ourselves. Post the wrong thing and you can quickly find yourself in the center of a storm of controversy. The cacophony of likes, swipes, shares, and comments all serve to muddle the truth and confuse our convictions.
This is important for many reasons, but is especially important when it comes to parenting.
If we are unsure of our beliefs, then we will be unable to teach them to our children. The good news is that God’s truth doesn’t change. He is not swayed by public opinion or the number of likes He gets. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
If we embrace the truths found in His Word, then our lives will show consistency. This is crucial because our kids learn more from watching our behaviors than they do from listening to our words.
If they see us behaving differently in different situations, they will learn that morality is flexible. If we attempt to hold them to a standard that we ourselves are not willing to adhere to, they will see Scripture as a source of confinement and control and not a source of freedom.
It is what we show them that sticks.
The smaller the world becomes, the more important it is to develop convictions which are rooted in the unchanging truth found in God’s Word. The more we saturate ourselves in Scripture, the easier it will be for us to resist peer pressure and live lives that reflect our true beliefs.
Are you spending as much time reading God’s truth as you are the opinions found on social media?
Ask God to show you His ways so you can model a life based on His truth to your children.

We Bought a Farm: Success!

Today, Duygu left us. :( We hope she will come back and visit us again in the Spring, but I am currently wwoofer-less. JB had to sleep. And his dad and mom had to go to town unexpectedly. That left me and four rams. Moving animals solo is never suggested. Two people is way better. But my housekeeper, Robin, was here for the day, so I decided to leave the kiddos with her and take my hand at it. Here goes nothing:



Sunday, December 10, 2017

What are you expecting?

Our pastor has been doing a series entitled "What are you expecting?" Today he spoke from the passage with Abraham and Sarah and the promise of a son. Pastor Scott reminded me that they were promised a son twenty-five years before he actually came. Can you imagine?

This flashed me back to early on in our infertility struggle. I was in a bad place and suffering quite a bit. I came home, and my uber practical and logical husband had set up a visual illustration for me (since I am a visual learner of course.) He used pennies to symbolize how long some famous people in the Bible had been waiting for their promises. Take a look at this for some perspective:


There's piddly ol' me over there on the right having waited 18 months. (Of course, by the time we adopted Isaac we would be at the five year mark.) And there is Sarah. Really puts things in perspective, doesn't it?

What are you waiting for? Don't lose hope. God is present. He hears you. Keep praying. Keep trusting. Keep hoping. Keep ... waiting.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Magic Stix: TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY!!!!

Time for a GIVEAWAY of Magic Stix! 
Leave a comment on this post and in three days, I will randomly choose a winner!

No odor! 
Bright Bold Colors!
Vented Safety cap!
And now you can buy these on Amazon!!
P.S. The 12-pack makes a great stocking stuffer. 










We Bought a Farm: I Love the food we are making!

Our friend Michelle K. recently bought two of our turkeys and some of our lamb. This week she sent us a comment on our Facebook page thanking us for our meat. I love that people recognize it is about TASTE and the treatment of the animals. Both are hugely important to us. We truly like to say that our animals will only have one bad second in their life. (P.S. as always, I greatly respect you if you choose to be a vegetarian, but being as we are raising meat on our farm, I won't get into a debate about it!)

Here's the note from Michelle:

I love cooking this time of year. Mostly because the hard work is done and all I have to do is get creative with the leftovers. Last night was left over Turkey PotPie. Tonight we was Lamb Pie with leftover potatoes and veggies. I’m also love that I’m cooking with meat from John Kitsteiner and Wendi Kitsteiner.

On Thanksgiving as I was preparing the bird Alli was watching and asking questions, “What’s that?” Why are you doing that?” And as she puzzled she came to the big question. “How did it die?”

Now I won’t argue with anyone who choses not to eat meat because it is always a question of humane treatment. But for me it was so amazing in that moment to know beyond a doubt that this animal was treated well it’s whole life. That it was raised in the fresh air with children running around and when the came time it was respected. It was wonderful to answer her honestly about how it lived and died. Thanks guys. What you are doing is so very important.


Friday, December 08, 2017

Baklava day!!!







Today, Duygu taught mom how to make Turkish baklava!!! It is so fun having Duygu here and getting all this fantastic culture and reminders of the life we lived in Turkey. My favorite place to get baklava there was in Tarsus. Yum!!!

It's also fun because Duygu doesn't cook much at home. She lives in Istanbul, and her mother does all the cooking. So while she has watched this cooked a lot, this was her first attempt herself! 

We are found to be freezing batches for guests. So if you come to the farm, maybe you'll get lucky and eat some baklava with us. 

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Sometimes when it rains ...

... it pours.

I consider myself a healthy person. And I rarely get sick. But I have found myself clobbered this last month.

First I had what appeared to be the flu (although we passed on a test since it was going to cost about $160 to know for sure.) Then I had a four day period of hormonal migraines followed by a really tough cold.

But the cold finished, and I thought I could finally pick myself up. But then I had these really swollen lymph nodes that knocked me on my tail. And this morning, when I asked JB to check them out he said, "I am pretty sure you have abscess!" In my neck!

I tell you what, I am very cautious with things I call painful. I had a dry socket which was 10 out of 10 pain for me. I also hemorrhaged after Sidge's birth and had to have the doctor climb on top of me to stop the bleeding after just having a c-section. That was definitely 10 out of 10 as well. So I don't easily give away high numbers for pain.

I remember when I had my appendicitis, and they asked me for a number. I told them 5. Maybe 6. John said, "Wendi, you are in a lot of pain!" and I said, "I know. But I've felt a 10. This is not a 10."

If John gets a patient in who claims their pain is a "10" ... well they better not have gone through a drive-thru or be texting on their phone. The number 10 means you are begging God for help. You are writhing. You can't see straight. And you are trying to figure out ways to end the madness.

Anyways, this abscess. I will actually say I hit an 8 a few mornings ago. I couldn't function at all. It was horrible. It also explains why I have still wanted to rest a lot and been exhausted. I had an infection! Ugh!

So I skipped our homeschool Christmas party this evening and am laying low with my family. The pain is now very manageable, and I opted to start on a course of antibiotics instead of subjecting myself to the radiation and cost of a CT-scan. We therefore can't be positive that it is an abscess.

I'm really hoping after this run, things slow down. I don't find it a coincidence that this corresponds with a new Bible study I have been doing with some other moms online. I've been really reconnecting with God, and I believe in spiritual battles. Just hanging on and trusting!

Your prayers are appreciated!

P.S. The post below: "Hannah's Clothes" fell off my radar during all this. So I'll try to follow her with a camera another day.