Sunday, March 29, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

Homemade Laundry Soap

For a penny or two per load you can make your own too!

If you remember this post - you may have linked to this recipe. The recipe in this post uses the same ingredients, just different amounts. I got this recipe from someone in our homeschool group who said that this is the Duggar family recipe. [actually it's not quite their recipe - after researching on their site -, here are some laundry recipes on their site]

So, here you go...



1 bar Fels-Naptha Soap
¾ c. Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
¾ c. Borax

Grate soap. Add six cups of water. Heat in pot until soap is melted. Add washing soda and borax. Stir until dissolved.

Pour four cups of hot water into bucket. Add soap mixture and stir. Add one gallon and six more cups of water and stir. Cover and let sit for 24 hours. It will gel.

Use ½ cup to 1 cup per load [since we have a front-loader I'll use 1/2 cup].

Be sure to get "washing soda" as opposed to regular baking soda. I read where some people got their washing soda at Wal-Mart - ours here doesn't carry it. I got it at Kroger in the laundry aisle. We also got one of those 5 gal. Home Depot buckets. Apparently, they just dropped in price too. It cost us about $3 or so for the bucket + lid.

I used my large whisk to stir - hopefully I'll be able to avoid clumps as it gels. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil scent for an added personal touch.

Looking forward to laundry tomorrow!


These are from Dani's b-day celebration w/Grandma & Grandpa - I couldn't decided which of these 2 I liked better... so I posted both :)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Choose life, then.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Family of Irving 'Bud' Feldkamp, Owner of the Nation's Largest Privately Owned Abortion Chain, Dies in Montana Plane Crash

MEDIA ADVISORY, Mar. 24 /Christian Newswire/ -- Some of you may have seen the major news story of the private plane that crashed into a Montana cemetery, killing 7 children and 7 adults.

But what the news sources fail to mention is that the Catholic Holy Cross Cemetery owned by Resurrection Cemetery Association in Butte - contains a memorial for local residents to pray the rosary, at the 'Tomb of the Unborn'. This memorial, located a short distance west of the church, was erected as a dedication to all babies who have died because of abortion.

What else is the mainstream news not telling you? The family who died in the crash near the location of the abortion victim's memorial, is the family of Irving 'Bud' Feldkamp, owner of the largest for-profit abortion chain in the nation.

Family Planning Associates was purchased four years ago by Irving Moore "Bud" Feldkamp III, owner of Allcare and Hospitality Dental Associates and CEO of Glen Helen Raceway Park in San Bernardino. The 17 California Family Planning clinics perform more abortions in the state than any other abortion provider - Planned Parenthood included - and they perform abortions through the first five months of pregnancy.

Although Feldkamp is not an abortionist, he reaps profits of blood money from the tens of thousands of babies that are killed through abortions performed every year at the clinics he owns. His business in the abortion industry was what enabled him to afford the private plane that was carrying his family to their week- long vacation at The Yellowstone Club, a millionaires- only ski resort.

The plane went down on Sunday, killing two of Feldkamp's daughters, two sons-in-law and five grandchildren along with the pilot and four family friends. The plane, a single-engine turboprop flown by Bud Summerfield of Highland, crashed into the Catholic cemetery and burst into flames, only 500 ft. from its landing destination. All aboard were killed.

The cause of the crash is a mystery. The pilot, who was a former military flier who logged over 2,000 miles, gave no indication to air traffic controllers that the aircraft was experiencing difficulty when he asked to divert to an airport in Butte. Witnesses report that the plane suddenly nosedived toward the ground with no apparent signs of a struggle. There was neither a cockpit voice recorder nor a flight data recorder onboard, and no radar clues into the planes final moments because the Butte airport is not equipped with a radar facility. Some speculate that the crash was due to ice on the wings, but this particular plane model has been tested for icy weather and experts have stated that ice being the cause is unlikely.

In my time working for Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, I helped organize and conduct a weekly campaign where youth activists stood outside of Feldkamp's mini-mansion in Redlands holding fetal development signs and raising community awareness regarding Feldkamp's dealings in child murder for profit. Every Thursday afternoon we called upon Bud and his wife Pam to repent, seek God's blessing and separate themselves from the practice of child killing.

We warned him, for his children's sake, to wash his hands of the innocent blood he assisted in spilling because, as Scripture warns, if "you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you". (Ezekiel 35:6)

A news source states that Bud Feldkamp visited the site of the crash with his wife and their two surviving children on Monday. As they stood near the twisted and charred debris talking with investigators, light snow fell on the tarps that covered the remains of their children.

I don't want to turn this tragic event into some creepy spiritual 'I told you so' moment, but I think of the time spent outside of Feldkamp's - Pam Feldkamp laughing at the fetal development signs, Bud Feldkamp trying not to make eye contact as he got into his car with a small child in tow - and I think of the haunting words, 'Think of your children.' I wonder if those words were haunting Feldkamp as well as he stood in the snow among the remains of loved ones, just feet from the 'Tomb of the Unborn'?

I only hope and pray that in the face of this tragedy, Feldkamp recognizes his need for repentance and reformation. I pray that God will use this unfortunate catastrophe to soften the hearts of Bud and Pam and that they will draw close to the Lord and wash their hands of the blood of thousands of innocent children, each as precious and irreplaceable as their own.

"I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then." (Deut. 30:19)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Note to Self

This is motivation to stay on the straight and narrow - the very narrow diet that is. Thanks for the info Paula!

Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I Think Someone Needs Glasses...

... or at least someone else to compare himself to
Lincoln and Obama are very much alike:

1. Lincoln placed his hand on the Bible for his inauguration.
Obama used the same Bible.

2. Lincoln came from Illinois.
Obama comes from Illinois.

3. Lincoln served in the Illinois Legislature.
Obama served in the Illinois Legislature.

4. Lincoln had very little experience before becoming President.
Obama had very little experience before becoming President.

5. Lincoln rode the train from Philadelphia to Washington for his inauguration.
Obama rode the train from Philadelphia to Washington for his inauguration.

6. Lincoln's wife was nuts.
Obama's wife is nuts.

7. Lincoln was a skinny lawyer.
Obama is a skinny lawyer.

8. Lincoln was a Republican.
Obama is a skinny lawyer.

9. Lincoln was highly respected.
Obama is a skinny lawyer.

10. Lincoln was born in the United States.
Obama is a skinny lawyer.

11. Lincoln was called Honest Abe.
Obama is a skinny lawyer.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Never Forget

Here SHE is, the USS New York, made from the World Trade Center !

USS New York

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center.

It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists.

It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there." Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood up. It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said. "They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back."

The ship's motto? 'Never Forget'

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Maywinsocket Day

What you don't know who that is? Well you must not be crazy for veggies like we are around here. You need a little education ;)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Laundry Detergent

I am so going to try this. A little work, but money-saving - I think with this recipe it's approx. 1 penny per load! That's a lot of pennies 'round here! Let me know if you try this or if you've tried making your own detergent... happy laundering ;)

Thanks to one of my friends on FB - and one of her friends for the link :)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Want a Mint?

Have a good laugh!

Golden Birthday Wishes!

* Dani's birthday was yesterday, the 13th - I forgot to recognize it yesterday on the blog, so I'm a day late - and probably a dollar short!!

Happy 13th Birthday Dani Girl !!!!!
She had 2 Tom Sawyer perfomances yesterday. Her friends all came to the evening performance. I took only 3 extra girls with me - didn't think about the ride home! You should've seen 4 carseats shoved here and there and the back jam-packed w/all the girls' sleep-over gear! At least they had episodes of Land of the Lost to watch on the way home :)
Here is Dani as Amy Lawrence in the play.

What a blessing you are to our family! We love you Danielle :) Enjoy 13!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Toddler on the Loose

You know that you're a little more laid back when:

your toddler plays in the dog's water - hey at least he's occupied

you let him pull every plastic container out of the cupboard - at least he's not tugging on me to hold him

your toddler makes a break for it out of the pew - during the Consecration - squealing and laughing with joy all the way to the back door cause Mama is chasing him - and this Mama thinks it was really hilarious! [he was still reprimanded, but... :) ] - not a good thing to be sitting so close to the front... at least it was a weekday Mass!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Do You Get This?

This is really pathetic, disgusting, unthinkable and... well, Catholic? I beg to differ! Read this article about three "katholik" universities and see if you agree.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thanks Therese for the tag!
Copy the questions from my post and paste them in a new post on your blog. Erase my answers and put yours in. Use the first letter of your name to answer ALL of the following questions. If the person before you has the same 1st letter pick a new one. You CAN NOT use anything twice, and you CAN NOT use your own name for the boy/girl question. After you are done, tag 5 people.......

1. What is your name?: Shelly
2. A 4 letter word: shop
3. A boy's name: Shane
4. A girl's name: Sharon
5. An occupation: shrimper
6. A color: SHartrouse
7. Something you wear: Shawl
8. A Food: shrimp
9. Something found in the bathroom: Oh, i just can't!! LOL
10. A place: shower
11. A reason for being late: Shirt stain
12. Something you shout: shoot
13. A movie title: The Shining
14. Something you drink: shake
15. An animal: shark
16. A song title: She Bop - Cyndi Lauper
17. A verb: shot

i'm not tagging - but if you'd like to play leave a comment and i'll check back with you ;)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


That's what my mind is. Blank. I think this little hedgehog has more to write about than I. Isn't he cute though? Kayla got him for me for Christmas - he sits on the back deck.... waiting for spring.

There is one little story I can think of - Travel Plans. Paul's travel, that is.

He had to go to Louisville this week.
He had a flight booked for Sunday evening - 8ish.
He received a call Saturday night.
The flight was canceled.
He called the airline and they booked another flight for him for Sunday evening - 6ish.
That's okay. An earlier flight.
Sunday brought snow to Atlanta - it wasn't a big deal.
Paul left the house around 4pm - as did I, to take Dani to play rehearsal.
When I came home there was a truck in the driveway.
Paul's truck.
Flight was canceled.
He had called the airline after hearing something on the radio about flights being canceled.
Good thing.
We're about 45mins. from the airport.
He called the airline to find out the deal.
They booked him for a Monday night flight - 8ish.
He left the house Monday around 5:30pm.
With the intention of flying to Louisville.
He called me at 7:30pm.
He must be waiting to board the plane.
I asked him how everything was.
He responded, "I'm driving to Louisville."
He didn't want to take the chance of ending up like these guys: