Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Place Called Home

 Peace ~ that was the other name for home.

~Kathleen Norris

My family is not Catholic. We are Reformed in our faith. We hold to the five solas: Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), Sola Gratia (Grace alone), Sola Fide (Faith alone), Solus Christus (Christ alone), Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone be the Glory!).  We do catechism with our children. Catechism is *not* just for Catholics. All it is, is a series of questions and answers to train up your children and family by. It has been historically practiced and is almost unheard of now, unfortunately. Catechism teaches the family biblical doctrine that can be thought on and memorized. We have really enjoyed this one...Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism.

However, our church uses the New City Catechism. You can read more about it HERE from the Gospel Coalition. It's really great! I highly recommend the use of a catechism (in addition to Bible reading) while training your children up in the Lord.

I would say this oil lamp is due for a good cleaning and refill...wouldn't you? can see Wanda-the-Honda outside our kitchen window! (And no, the window is not dirty despite how it looks. These windows were here when we bought the house almost 14 years ago. They are double-paned windows that leak. They get foggy and such in them and there is no way to clean them. You can wash the insides and outsides all you want...they still look this way. Hopefully, one day we can replace them...)

Although I keep my own personal planner, we also have a family calendar located in our kitchen so everyone knows what is coming up...

My Bible, well-loved and well-used (you can find the cover I use for it HERE)...

Madelyn made this...

Taco salads for supper one evening (a family favorite)...

El comes for a visit!

An older gentleman, who teaches at our homeschool co-op, offered to let us come and take al ook at all his books and take what we would want from them. My one friend and I went over to browse and look at the treasures I brought home!!!

Xavier, working on some wood-burning...

Madelyn, intently trying to find the *right* lego (which can be quite time consuming!)...

“A true home is one of the most sacred of places. It is a sanctuary into which men flee from the world’s perils and alarms. It is a resting-place to which at close of day the weary retire to gather new strength for the battle and toils of tomorrow. It is the place where love learns its lessons, where life is schooled into discipline and strength, where character is molded.

Few things we can do in this world are so well worth doing as the making of a beautiful and happy home. He who does this builds a sanctuary for God and opens a fountain of blessing for men.

Far more than we know, do the strength and beauty of our lives depend upon the home in which we dwell. He who goes forth in the morning from a happy, loving, prayerful home, into the world’s strife, temptation, struggle, and duty, is strong--inspired for noble and victorious living. The children who are brought up in a true home go out trained and equipped for life’s battles and tasks, carrying in their hearts a secret of strength which will make them brave and loyal to God, and will keep them pure in the world’s severest temptations.” 

~J.R. Miller 


  1. Hmmm .... you chose some wonderful books!

  2. Your home looks so warm and cozy. I agree that your pile of books looks interesting. Oh, and love Wanda the name :)


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