Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Too busy to write See you after the new year..BEAN

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Treats

We are in Full Christmas mode around these here parts.
Trees Up Check!
Stockings hung with care Check!
Gifts bought and wrapped Check! (well almost)
Christmas Pictures being taken today Check!
Christmas Treatsbeing bought or cooked Check!
Christmas Treats are  one of the most highly favored things about Christmas for most people. Cookies, Candy and Chex mixs oh My!

        Some of my fondness childhood memories is of Christmas treats. The things your Mother or Grandmother would never dare cook other then in the month of December.
In our family it was and still is Chexs mix homemade of course. Sugar Cookies from a Cookie press. Children licking their Red and Green food coloring stained fingers to get the sugar off when Mom was not looking. My famous flavored Oyster Crackers which I can't tell you the recipe but I would have to kill you..Jk.. Old fashion soft Candy cane pepermint sticks. Silver bells other wise known as Hersey Kisses at my GreatGrandmothers house on Christmas eve.
Leave me a comment with your email about your favotie Christmas treat and I will email you my Oyster Cracker recipe
Beans view is sweet today

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Two reasons i'm glad I homeschool

Just two more reasons I am So Glad I homeschool my children

NJ Teacher Tells Girl to Put Away Bible During Quite Time

An 8-year-old special needs student near Boston was suspended and told to undergo a psychological evaluation after creating a drawing of Jesus on the cross that was deemed too violent.

Beans View is wondering what happen to one nation under God?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What is God's will for your life?

Life does not always go the way we plan.Good thing for us it works that way. I am so greatful God did not work out my plans in my life. Boy would my life be diffrent.

We were created by God, in His image, for a purpose.He has a specific purpose and a specific plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us something wondeful about Gods plans for us.

"For I know the plans I have for you,’ declared the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).

How is it that we go about finding this Good will of God for our lives?

I know a few things I have learned in my 34 short years of life here on earth. I will gladly share them with you.

First God's will is that we have a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. Who died for our sins.The book of first Timothy 2:3-4 says "This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."

Second is to follow him in word and deed daily, no matter the cost to us.
.Luke 9:23 If anyone would come to me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me

Third We also need to pray and ask God to fill us with his Holy Spirit for guidance.
John 16:13a when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth...”

The bottomline is to find Gods will for your life is to Obey him everyday.

Beans view for the greatful for time God did not give me my way..

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Five Finger prayer

Here is a fun prayer tool and a challenge for you.. Try this for one week! See what happens and tell me.. I am joining you in this fun prayer tool this is also a great thing to teach kids how to pray.

Hold your hand out in front of you as you pray. Like a count down list.

1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a 'sweet duty.'

2. Your first finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.

3. Your middle finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God's guidance.( and in a side note the people we most want to give the finger too sorry had to say it)

4. Your fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

5. And lastly comes our little finger or 'pinkie' - the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, 'The least shall be the greatest among you.' Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.
Beans View for today is five easy ways to pray..

Friday, December 11, 2009

Praying for the Duggers

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar welcomed baby 19 earlier than expected on Thursday, December 10, at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Daughter Josie Brooklyn was born at 6:27 p.m. weighing 1lb., 6 oz.
For more infor read the post below from Discovery Channal

Pray for Health for Michelle for she is recovering from a gallstones,and a emergency c-section.

Pray for Jim Bob and the other children as they juggle life at home without Mom.

Pray for baby Josie Brooklyn for streagth and health!

Pray for Wisdom for her Mommy and Daddy as most little ones her size have many needs.

I know many do not share the same joy as I do watching and following this lovey large family but I love them! We could all use to learn a lesson from this family. Children are a blessing from God!

Beans View today is praying for this wonderful Familys new little one

Wednesday, December 9, 2009



People who don't live here in Vermont are often thankful they do not have to experience winter like we do here. But they just don't understand what they are missing out on. The beauty of a snow-covered green mountains and evergreen trees with white snow caps. The landscape is covered for winter in a soft white blanket of snow. Yes there are down falls to living in Vermont. Shorter days longer night, frozen pipes and noses. But for me the true Vermonter I love it! The first snow is always the best.

I love the way the snow glitters in the light. It reminds me of Diamonds that reflect the sunlight into rainbows that dance in the air. It is beyond me to understand how anyone could live in a place like this during winter and not believe in God the creator of all things. Each sparkling snowflake is truly unique drifting, felling, gently landing to earth to remind us of Gods love for us. Just as each snowflake was designed with care and thought. Coming in a variety of sizes and shapes not one alike so are we. ?
If God cares enough about the design of millions and millions of snowflakes that melt in your hand within seconds how much more does he care for me? Just as every snowflake is unique, every person is unique because God created them in his image. God has a plan for your life something he designed you for. He loves you so much that before you were formed in your mothers womb he had great plans for set in stone. Snowflakes are good for more than just snowshoeing and making snow­men and snowball fights. They have an important job to do. In the winter, snow acts like a blanket which protects the roots of plants and crops that will come up in the spring.Vermonters hate winters without snow. Just like God has a purpose for each snowflake that falls so does he for you. Do you know what He wants for you?

Beans View today outside her front door

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Loss,grief and Hope three words that have been in my Spirit over the past few weeks.

Loss is something we all feel at some point in our lives. We lose something that is precious to us,
and we are left with a feeling of sadness. Friends,Family even a precious earthly treasures we all hold each one dear.

Loss of any kind can be hard to bear

Grief is the feeling that a part of you has gone missing. Like limb has been ripped off from your body. You don't know what to say or do. Grief comes in different forms for everyone.

Stages of grief comes in different time frames for everyone but we all have to go Thur the same feelings.

SHOCK & DENIAL-Shock provides emotional protection from being overwhelmed all at once. Denial helps us deny the reality of the loss at some level, in order to avoid the pain.

PAIN & GUILT-As the shock wears off, it is replaced with the suffering of unbelievable pain. feelings or remorse over things you did or didn't do with your loved one will leave some full of overwhelming guilt.

ANGER :Frustration that you can not change what has happen gives way to anger

DEPRESSION: you finally realize the true magnitude of your loss, and it depresses you.
Just when your friends may think you should be getting on with your life, a long period of sad reflection will likely overtake you.

Breathing Again: As you begin to adjust to life without the one you loss.Your "depression" begins to lift slightly. You can breath again

REBUILDING-As you become more functional, your mind starts working again, and you will find yourself seeking real solutions to problems posed by life without your loved one.

ACCEPTANCE & HOPE:Acceptance does not necessarily mean instant happiness. But you will find a way forward. but Hope is one thing I long to see in times of grief. Sadly this is one stage not everyone can go Thur the same way.

I am sadden by how people suffer loss with no hope in the end. There is a certain loneliness that can never be filled. Ultimately the condition of Life and Death is one that can be only be filled with the Spirit of God. A Friend of mine often uses this pharse "We all have a God size hole in our hearts."Grief and loss cause us to feel that hole more then other times in life. Those of us who have our hearts full of his spirit have hope. Those who do not sadly are left without hope.

Beans view today Glad for my hope sad for those who don't share in the same

Psalm 31:24 (New Century Version)
24 All you who put your hope in the Lord be strong and brave.

Monday, December 7, 2009

I will not be Silent

Heard this pharse today that I fell head over heels for.

I will not be Silent about that Silent Night!

Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent. Our Church foucsed on the symbols of Christmas and how we tell the story of Advent to others. I wanted to take this post and talk about this Advent Season. Adevnt (from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming") is a season observed in many Western Christian Churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. I find it fitting that we often use the phrase "As bad as the Christmas itch" when Advent means coming. As a child I can remember standing in my Grandparents bathroom on Christmas morning waiting to go see what Santa had given me. I can even now remember the feeling of knowing something was coming..(Side note My Mom made us go to the bathroom before going out to see our gifts for fear we would pee ourselves. Oh wise mother) We spent most all of our Christmas's at my Grandparents house. My Grandfather loved to get us worked up before bed on Christmas eve. He would have us to the point we would lie in bed frozen in fear to move or Santa would not come if he knew we would awake. The feeling of something Coming.. Advent! What a wonderful feeling!
How Mary must have felt those 9 months she carried Jesus. Knowing that growing inside her was the Savoir the world had been waiting for! Advent! As the Christmas Itch grows in your house take the time to remember what it is that Christmas means. The time we remember when God came to the earth in the form of a little baby. As you go to get your Tree this year remember the promise in Isaiah 11:1: "A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots."

Remember the As you see the lights on houses remember the star they shined in the sky to lead the Wisemen to where the Savoir laided. As you see Candy canes remember the Sheperds who watched their flocks at night as the Angels sang Glory to God in the highest!Don'twalkinSilence about that Silent night when God came to earth in the form of a man. As you think of what to your loved ones this season tell then about the greatest gift ever given! Jesus the reason for the season!

Beans view this Advent Season is I will not be Silent about that Silent Night our Savoir was born!
Luke 2:1-20.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Give and you will receive

The kids and I took a little field trip today. While Daddy went into the office to do paper work we made Granola and did school at church. Our Mercy Minstry (food and clothes to those in need) had a good chuck of rolled oats and chopped Walnuts come in. I was blessed with a gallon of fake maple syrup. Something the Vermonter blood in me rejects onces it hits my pancakes. But in true frugal manner I did not turn it down. One thing I don't mind using it in is cooking and baking. BUT only the real stuff (fancy grade if I had my giving) for pancakes! SOOOO now to my point~
We packed up to headed to church to make Granola for Mercy Minstry.

Why Granola you ask? I was thinking this week about how much rain we have had lately. We have been lucky to be now into the first week of Decemeber and only had a few flakes of snow. But not all Vermonters feel this way. Like one of our homeless men who comes in on Sundays noted how he could not wait for the snow to come.I had never thought about it but it does make since now that I do. Wet is never better then dry. You can't pack the rain around your tent all snug like you can snow. He went on to tell how snow keeps the heat in but rain just makes everything moldy and wet. YUCK~!

I have been thinking since then how thankful I am to have a warm dry house to live in. I wanted to do something for those that are not so lucky. So I made Granola. May seem silly but Granola is a great camping food. Keeps well and is yummy to boot.

In just a few hours the kids and I made Seven gallons of Granola.That most likley all went out tonight at food pantry at church. It felt good to know that someones tummy would be full because of our little effort. I write this not to toot my own horn but because I love how God works.. Noah my son ask me why we were going to make Granola? I told him why and that God would bless us for doing this but that our reason for doing it was to bless others in need. Little did I know God was already working on our blessing. I smile as I write that. God is SO good and goes beyond what we even think he will just so show himself off..

Now lets backtrack to nineoclock this morning, I am on the phone with my Mother telling her how I needed butter and was on my last pound. She said Ok Lord we need some heavy cream so we can make butter. I laughed and said Yes that would be just the right thing. Then I went on to tell her about my plan to go make Granola and how I hoped Mercy Minstry got more yogurt given like they had last week because it would go great with the Granola. I hung up and went on with the day. Fast forward I am at church on the phone with our head of Mercy Minstry to tell her how much and where I had left the Granola. She said Oh great and have your Husband come by I have a case of HEAVY CREAM and YOGURT for you! I just laughed! She then went on to say if you don't mind put the rest of the yogurt in the refrigerator at church to go out tonight with the Granola. I sat in the office chair laughing.. I said God you supply all my needs.. I have countless storys of his provision to me just this week.. Rather then tell you all of them I will just list the ones I can remember..

Free Bread

Free Dog food for me and enough free cat food to bless 3 other familes.

Free Heavy cream to make yummy Butter

Free Greek Yogurt(never had it any tips and recipes welcome)

Free Cereal

Free Mittens for myself and the kids

Free Diapers

Free Jeans and top for my Daughter

Free Ten dollar gift card

Free Leappad books (shhh to go with Kids Christmas gift)

Luke 6:38

Give, and you will receive. You will be given much. Pressed down, shaken together, and running over, it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you.

Beans view is her lap running over with his blessings....

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Update on Baby LaRue

Wanted to pass on the update i recived from LaRues Mommy Rachel

Thank you - we came home today, just g a minute to check the blog stuff. She is home on meds and has a long road ahead of her for a full recovery, at least that is what we are praying for. We have no idea what her future will hold - I just know that the week was filled with endless miracles of God's grace at this time.

To read more about Baby LaRue and updates visit her Mommys blog


Bean loves when her view is Gods healing power being shown in his people!