Jun 142016
 

artherlightWe are a game-playing family, so I was excited to hear about a new Massive Multi-Player Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) that is a Biblical allegory story!

Meet The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance.

I let my son be the one to build a character and enter the world, and “Arty” was born.  He had the fun of choosing a gender, customizing his appearance, and picking a name (within their funny steampunk guidelines).  Then he was off into the world.

There is an introductory episode, which can be played for free to try out the game.  This has tutorial quests, teaching you about the way that the game is played, the important characters that will be part of your life, and the setup of the city where you will be based, as well as the overall story-line.  This part of the game may not be particularly enthralling, since you haven’t gotten into the meat of the adventure yet – but hang in there!

artherlight 2Once you unlock (purchase) Episode 1, you can really dive into the fun.

You receive quests that help guide you on your overarching goal to restore the Great Engine, which will defeat the evil Lucky and disperse the sinister fog.

Your mysterious guide through the entire game is The Scarlet Man – none other than a representation of Christ!

One of the fun things about a MMORPG is that you are playing live, online, in real time, with other people.  You can coordinate a group with real-life friends, or just team up with others your meet in the game.

As a parent, I appreciate the emails that are sent out periodically (triggered by where your child is in the game), allowing me to understand what he is encountering, and make sure he’s making the Biblical connections.

Episode 1 is based on the story of Abraham and Sarah, and additional content is being developed that continues following the Biblical narrative.

My son had this to say:

I really like that you can chat with other players – get help when you need it, and help them.  It’s really fun to play – not too hard (frustrating), and not too easy (boring).  My favorite part is unlocking new areas and exploring, and I like fighting the Automatons.

I would definitely recommend this game to other parents looking for a way to turn “screen time” into something more valuable.

Disclosure:I received a complementary sample of the content of The Aetherlight from BuzzPlant in the hope that I would mention it on my website and/or in social media. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe may be good products/services for my readers. I disclose this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

May 312016
 

Getting back into writing on the blog has proven to be a lot harder than I thought it would be.  I guess you have probably noticed that my how many (few!) posts there have been over the last couple of months since my declared “New Beginning“.

I am feeling a little torn about how to set up my blog to “publish” to Facebook.

The blog is just sort of “my personal place,” and I talk about all the things that interest me – whether it’s parenting, travel in an RV, good food, or whatever.

That seems okay.

But I have two separate pages on Facebook (aside from my personal page), each of which is rather specific and focused:

As For My House deals with our Christian life (including Christian living, parenting, modesty, etc.).

Contentment Acres, which is new, showcases issues about homesteading, livestock, etc.

It seems to me that plenty of people (relatively to how many there are!) on the As For My House page really don’t want to see another post about cute baby chicks, or chicken coop design.  And vice-versa.

In the grand scheme of things, it probably matters not at all, since so few people will ever see it anyway.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t want it to feel right….

Nov 222015
 


…and by that I definitely don’t mean that it’s “modest” in the sense of “small”, because this is a GREAT SALE on MODEST CLOTHING!

Deborah & Co. is a company that has been listed in my sidebar for quite some time, and someone we trust as a provider of modest clothing for women (including maternity) and girls.

Here’s what’s happening on Black Friday (and the weekend):

  • Storewide 20% off coupon
  • Free scarf on all orders of $50 or more!
  • We will be releasing a new modest (higher neck) cami with lace at the bottom for Black Friday!

Skip the stress of going out to shop on Friday, but don’t miss out on this opportunity to get more for your money.  It’s just good stewardship, right?  ;)

Nov 012015
 

Our-Wood-Home-No-Pants-NovemberWe’ve done some skirts-only challenges before, so it was a wonderful surprise to run into this one, happening right now on Our Wood Home:

No Pants November

You have to start today (November 1) if you want to be totally in sync with them…  But please consider giving it a try, no matter when you discover this post, and this challenge.

It’s fun to participate in a challenge like this with a group of other ladies, because you can read the blog posts, see others’ outfit ideas, and otherwise feel inspired and supported.

Yes, we already wear skirts full-time, so I’m not “participating in the challenge” – but I do hope to participate in being inspiring and supportive!

What have you got to lose?

 

Oct 012015
 
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Image from http://mylifeasanadventure.com/

I look back and see that it has been more than a year since I have even posted, and longer than that since I was truly giving any meaningful attention to the blog.

A lot has happened in our lives.  Although I had mentioned our challenges with J’s Crohn’s Disease and my Chronic Migraine, I didn’t address the increasing overload as everyone got worse.

And we’ve moved.  Several times.  And lived in an RV.  And Wolf changed jobs (which is a GREAT thing, but…).  And went to help friends through a trying life experience (and how THAT didn’t go as one might hope).  And suddenly because livestock owners.

I do hope to go back and talk about some of these things, where I think they might be relevant to other people, or at least entertaining. But for now I just want to say that I am taking this step: I am, in fact, back.

The Modest Clothing Resources page (http://asformyhouse.com/modest-clothing-links/) needs updating, I know.  There’s a lot that does.

But we’re working with baby steps, here…

 

Jun 232014
 

renaissance hatIt’s always fun when we have the opportunity to review a costume from AntyimeCostumes.com. They have a great selection, and my kids enjoy dress-up at any time of year.

This latest was the Renaissance Peasant Boy Costume.

Ummm, that’s R.T. not wearing the hat correctly.  (And their stock photo of the costume if you do get it all on your child at once)

Wolf and I have a substantial investment in our Renaissance Faire costumes, which we have been building up for decades.  Kids, though, grow so fast that it just doesn’t make sense.

renaissance boyIf you’re not crafty (like me!), these inexpensive, cute, and comfortable costumes are a great way to go.

You can find Anytime Costumes on all the usual social media outlets these days.  Give them a follow to find out about sales and new arrivals:

Google+

Twitter

Disclosure: I received one or more complimentary products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my website and/or in social media. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe may be good products/services for my readers. I disclose this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

May 172014
 

91mBtG8xw+L._SL1500_How about an exciting, child-friendly adventure story with a Christian heart?

While this book wouldn’t have made it onto my list of nominees for best-written thing I’ve read this year, my kids really enjoyed it.

It can be lonely growing up outside the woods of New England during the 1890′s, especially with Christmas on the way. All that Christopher really wants is a friend. However, that’s not very likely, because the only neighbor his age comes from a wealthy family, and the two have never been allowed to associate. That all changes on the day that Samuel Hopkin comes up missing. Christopher volunteers to help, but things go wrong and he suddenly finds himself caught up in the same impossible situation. Relying on the survival skills he’s honed while exploring the Falmouth Woods, Christopher keeps his eyes fixed on God as he tries to find a way for them both to escape. But will they be able to do it in time?

The plot was exciting and suspenseful, without ever being too scary or disturbing.  The kids looked forward to reading a chapter each night, to find out what would happen next.

The Christian message came through loud and clear.  More than just morality, this was truly an inspirational message of faith.

Highly recommended…  And looking forward to reading more from Mr. Edwards!

May 022014
 

(This post is part of the Holding Up Our Sign series)

As I have previously posted, we find ourselves socially to be very, very at home with the Reformed Baptist churches in general (see Socially: A Lot Reformed Baptist).

tulipBut, as I also noted in that post, we are unable to reconcile with the Calvinist view of predestination.  (Please note that I am attempting to use “I” and “we” distinctly here, as they were a bit different in the journey – although “we” arrived unshakably at the same conclusion).

We attended a local Reformed Baptist church for about a month, and had a wonderful time of fellowship with like-minded (in most ways!) individuals.  We even had dinner at the pastor’s house, and had a whole evening to talk about doctrine.

I wanted to be able to be part of their fellowship.  I was willing to suspend some of my disbelief and really try to see the way they were interpreting things.  This was definitely not a case of rejecting something based on preconceived notions.

(I must also put in here somewhere that the people who want to distill the entire scope of the issue down to a debate of Calvinism vs. Arminianism are using drama to try to make their point.  In reality, there is a vast “grey area” between those two opposite views).

Posting a debate of each verse that was cited to us would be long and pointless, and there have been countless volumes written on both sides of the debate.  Suffice to say that while we saw many verses that could be interpreted that way, we didn’t see any that didn’t have another (easy and obvious) possible meaning.  I wondered if I needed to dig out my Greek New Testament and begin a more probing study of them.

Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.

- Oswald Chambers

It is interesting to note that our teen son, Nick, rejected Calvinism and this church violently upon his first visit there.  Without much ability to articulate more, he simply insisted that the notion of predestination was opposed to the character of God.  When we discussed the idea that perhaps we could differ in some ways and still enjoy their fellowship, he protested.  We didn’t understand his adamant perspective until a couple of weeks later.

Then one Sunday after services, we were all (our family and the congregation) sitting around chatting after the fellowship meal.  I found myself sitting with a group on women, including someone I knew outside of the church and considered a possible friend (to be developed).  I can write this story only because I know she does not read my blog, and I will further call her by the pseudonym “Jane” to protect her privacy.

Jane was upset, and as the conversation went on her tears flowed freely.  She was discussing her teenage son, who had not accepted Christ.  The discussion began with her question, “How can I teach him to lead a good life?  I know he may not be one of the elect, but I still want him to be a good person…”

Hold it.  Stop right there.

That clarified on a deep emotional level for me what Calvinism’s predestination really meant:

Calvinism asserts that there is no guarantee that my children can be saved.  

They may simply not be one of the elect.  Period.

I don’t have to cite chapter and verse to support how ridiculous that is.  Scripture should be taken in context, they say, and the whole of Scripture leads me to an understanding of the Lord that can not encompass this idea.

My son was right.

Clearly, we would never believe in the five “TULIP” points of Calvinism.  But further, we could not sit under that teaching, knowing that our children would be absorbing that message.

I miss their fellowship desperately.  But I continue to believe that the Lord has a plan for us.

May 012014
 

hairToday’s post is really just a link to a post.

After all, if another blogger puts up a terrific post on a subject I feel strongly about, why re-invent the wheel?

Thus without further ado, I invite you to go check out:

The Headcovering Q & A at Joyful Christian Homemaking

Note that if you are reading this post later, you may need to search or scroll down to find this post, as there do not seem to be individual links.