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“Christian Families vs Halloween.”

Husband carved this, for our daughter- too cute!

This week, a bad cold hit our little family, and we haven’t been doing very much, but watching Tinker Bell with our daughter, and drinking tea. Halloween looks different every year for us, we don’t ever go crazy about it and we look at it, as any other day. Usually, my husband is working and our daughter, Beatrice, has been too little to do things, anyways. I’m sure what we do on Halloween, will change over time, though. Celebrate or not to celebrate; it’s so sticky for a lot of Christian families, and with having my own family now, I’ve had my views change over this day, as well.

The Way We Grew Up:

My family really never celebrated Halloween, at all. We did maybe once or twice, when I was very young, but after I got older, and more siblings came along we stopped, entirely. My husband’s family did celebrate, in their own little way. Just them around their house, and as he and his siblings got older they would go to a Halloween party, if a friend was throwing one, and such. As a child, I always had the perspective that Halloween was an evil holiday, and it wasn’t good for Christians to celebrate. My husband and I, had many talks over what we would do, as we had grown up in families that had pretty, different takes on it.

Questions To Ask: For Parents and Kids

  • In regards to Halloween day, and costumes:
  1. What ways could we honor the Lord, on this day?
  2. What kinds of celebration during this day, would be dishonoring to the Lord, if we partake in it?
  3. What does scripture say, about celebration and how to honor the Lord, with what we do?
  4. What does scripture say about life and death?
  5. What parts of Halloween do you think contains glorifications of death and sinful things?
  6. What parts of Halloween do you think does not glorify, death and sinful things?
  7. Have you prayed about it, to make sure it won’t be harmful to you and/or your faith in any way?
  8. If you wear a costume, what could you wear that is honoring to the Lord?
  9. Why do you think this specific costume, would honor the Lord?
  10. Why do you think this specific costume, would be dishonoring to the Lord?
  • In regards to Halloween parties, horror movies, and haunted festivities:
  1. What about the movie seems honoring and/or dishonoring to the Lord? and could you pick out any good things from it, that would be beneficial to you and/or your faith in any way?
  2. What about this haunted festivity is honoring and/or dishonoring to the Lord? and is there any good you can pick out?
  3. What about this specific party is honoring and/or dishonoring to the Lord? and is there any good you can pick out?
  4. Have you prayed about it, to make sure it wouldn’t be harmful to you and/or your faith, in any way?
  5. What ways could you spread the gospel, while out with your friends on a day like this?

If you find that, as you answer these questions- you and your children- that maybe Halloween is not something you need to, or want to partake in at all, then that is okay. If you find that while answering these questions, you have found yourself seeing the parts of Halloween that aren’t so bad, and see it to be alright for your family to partake in after all, that is also okay.

If you have fully thought it out, looked into scripture, and discussed it with your spouse, as to why you have decided on this or that, and you have found a way to partake, that honors and glorifies the Lord, go for it!

On my list of books to get!

What Our Kids Need To Know, About Anything We Choose To Celebrate:

When it comes to Halloween, if you’re a Christian family and you choose to celebrate parts of it, or you don’t at all, I think either way is fine! I listened to a podcast recently, (Allie Beth Stuckey’s Relatable Podcast: Ep 514) where she (Allie) talks about how they put candy in baggies, with a piece of paper that had scripture on it, or making banners with scripture on it as outside decor- I thought it was a wonderful inspiration! It’s the one day a year people, come to our doors, and we don’t have to lecture them, or convert them right there on our front porch, but at least spread some gospel. If you can, and while you can!

– Philippians 4:6-9 ESV “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

I am giving, a brief description of what she talked over in the podcast episode, but it was worth mentioning on here for sure! I encourage you to go find, and listen to that podcast. I definitely agree with how she thinks when it comes to Halloween! We are not called to celebrate, or glorify death and decay, and while Halloween has a lot of that; I do think that not every piece of Halloween is a celebration of death. Like getting candy for example, or wearing (certain) costumes. Those are both things kids do randomly throughout the year, anyways. At least, when I was a child, I played dress up and ate candy, occasionally.

Regardless of what’s decided, our children need to know that whatever we choose to celebrate, it needs to be honoring to the Lord!

More Scripture:

  • 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
  • 1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV “for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
  • Proverbs 15:3 ESV “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”

What We Will Do: 

Our daughter, isn’t quite old enough to be doing things right now, for any holiday that is. However, as she gets older I see her asking to go to parties with friends, maybe mentioning those creepier movies, or wanting to go to different kinds of haunted festivities, no doubt! I’m sure we all have done so, to our parents at one point in time.

I can’t imagine we’d say no, unless for good reason, if she wants to go to a Halloween party a friend is throwing. As for the other “haunted” things, or even the creepy movies, considering they are mostly playing, this time of year; we will ask the questions listed above, and help our daughter or any children we have, to figure it out through thought, prayer, and scripture, just as we will do with everything else. 

Halloween should not be a day that is feared so much that we hide away, or seen as something like the devil’s birthday, as I’ve been told in the past, as a young child who just wanted some candy (I unfortunately, don’t recall who exactly said this). However, that did indeed, deter me from wanting to partake! and it is definitely not the devils birthday, in case you were wondering. If you choose to, or choose not to, partake in any parts of Halloween, I encourage you to explain why to your children, and make sure your decision, will honor God. It’s also important, to make sure they understand that your decision, is honoring to God.

Lastly, if whatever you have chosen to partake in, or celebrate, does not honor the Lord in any way, you should rethink why you are celebrating it, at all.

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“Rehoming, and Buying Another Rabbit.”

Finally, we re-homed, Tyrell.

Sticky Situation: Rehoming Tyrell


As many of you may know, we got a Blue Rex buck a few months back, now. Unfortunately, It was a very sticky situation, straight from the beginning. The owners, were not completely honest with us at all, and the rightful owner, left the buck in the hands of a relative for us to meet with, because she was leaving the state, for schooling. This relative, however, knew nothing of the Rabbit, other than to drop it off to us, so he could answer no questions. 

I also found out, right before we left that he had been in his same, tiny cage for 10 whole days while they were gone, just before we picked him up. His rump, was covered in his own fecal matter said the relative, and he had to clean it off the buck’s bottom, before they gave him to us. He was also molting, which wasn’t a problem as all Rabbits molt, but he just looked, a little rough. I thought “well, he probably will get better super quick, and I can’t leave him like this with someone who has no clue what to do.”

Tip #1: Never buy an animal, because you feel bad, unless you fully have plans to commit to rehabilitating that animal, as you may not find a good home for it as quickly as hoped for.

We use these for their pellets! As our Rabbits dig in bowls.

Well, after that, the actual owner sent me his pedigree over email, and then told me he was “a product of genetic testing, nothing to worry about”. Compared to my other Rex’s, he looked a little off, quality wise. Not super noticeable, but definitely something was different. I contacted a few breeders, who said that is probably fine, and truly is nothing to worry about, but he still just looked off to me.

Over the next couple weeks, he wasn’t getting healthier, even with my efforts, to fix him up. So, we put him up for “sale” hoping someone would want him. We communicated to other breeders about our situation, and researched a lot more; we came to the conclusion he needs a pet home where he can get special care. Sadly, no one around here wanted to take in a Standard Rex who cannot be bred, or used for meat.

Luckily though, we finally found a small rescue local to us, who takes Rabbits and contacted us.  Long story short, we have successfully re-homed Tyrell, to someone who can treat him so much better! I should have never put myself in that situation, and if I had known what to look for better, I would have seen the quality he was, was not great for our breeding standards, at all. I just got too hopeful I could fix it quick, and didn’t know enough about what good, quality Rabbits look like.

Tip #2: It’s okay to say no to a breeder, if you are not comfortable with how the animal looks or acts! The breeder should know, the buyer has the right to say no, and it may just not work out. That’s just a risk, when it comes to selling animals, it might not always sell to the person who is interested.

So anyways, I’m glad that whole situation is over with, and I will not make the same mistake, twice (hopefully). I could not risk him, bringing sickness to my other Rabbits due to his poor health, and his weakened immune system, or for him to get worse through Winter.

New Buck:

Welcome, Corduroy!

This next buck, I researched like crazy for, and persuaded my husband a tad bit too, as he wasn’t, cheap. Good quality usually, if not always, isn’t. We both know that, however and with that, on top of the fact that we will not be buying another breeder Rabbit for a while (that is the plan if everything goes accordingly) is why we are comfortable with going forward. 

We do not want to end up with another, Tyrell situation, and I have not bought from this breeder before (it was a recommended breeder) so I asked her a ton of questions and told her that we have dealt with bad breeders previously, she was honest and open to all my questions, so I think we scored there! So far, the Chocolate Buck named “Corduroy” looks great! Can’t wait to see some babies from him and one of my does this Spring!

Planned Breeding Pairs: Spring 2022

So we have 3 does, and 2 bucks. The pairs that I have in mind to use, are listed below. I have one doe who may throw Charlies (almost all white; 10% color or less), just due to her coloring, and she also was pretty, small for a Standard Rex. She took longer to gain weight, and we don’t want that for our Rabbitry, as we are hoping to sell them (and use them ourselves) as meat Rabbits and/or show Rabbits in the future, however, I still would like to see how she does, if she has big, healthy kits, regardless. If not, and she produces smaller Rex’s I will re-home her, and hopefully keep a doe, from one of our litters, who is better suited for giving good sized, and good colored offspring. I’m really hoping she works out though!

We do not plan to get anymore outside breeding Rabbits, as we will just keep offspring of certain pairs to breed in the future or switch out, if these ones can’t breed for some reason. Currently, they are all first timers and anything could happen, as they are still learning. I am and will be preparing for all the things, in regards to their breeding process. I am still learning the ropes of genes, and color pairings, how colors work together, and how some don’t. With that said, I’m not confident enough to say what color offspring, these pairings will throw. However, I do have a general idea, and I hope I will be somewhat close, if not correct! We’ll see how great that turns out, though. I will let you know!

Pairings: Spring 2022

#1: “Blackie” x “Cottontail” (Solid Black buck, Broken Castor doe #1).

#2: “Corduroy” x “Flopsy” (Solid Chocolate buck, Blue Otter doe).

#3: The Test Pairing: “Blackie” x “Mopsy” (Solid Black buck, Broken Castor doe #2).

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“Thoughts, On My Mind”

Some cute, pumpkins from the Pumpkin Patch we went to, over the weekend.

We went to a Pumpkin Patch, this weekend. It was a really sunny day, and perfect weather; so many families were out and about. For us, personally (although, this is likely true, for most of us) it’s been so long since we have actually seen little ones running around outside, in the fresh air, and actually seeing their whole faces, while doing so. I’m happy to say, that the majority of the people there, you could see their whole face! and whatever emotion it portrayed. Lately, I’ve had family on my mind a lot, as I’m sure most of us have. Not just my own relatives, but families in general.

With what is happening in the world right now, I’ve heard quite often, people’s fears of bringing children into this world at a moment like this, and how they just don’t want to, at all. Another I’ve heard, is that they are scared for the children they do have. I know, as a parent, I do not want my daughter to ever suffer in her life, but I also know that we all endure something. Children are a gift, and they are a blessing from the Lord.

Psalms 127:3 ESV “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.”

We are all placed on this earth with a purpose; even our tiny, little (or big) children. The Lord doesn’t bring someone here, without a purpose. No matter what is going on around us, what the world looks like, whatever we predict the outcome to be in the future; any child placed here, is here for a reason.

2 Timothy 1:9 ESV “who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in christ Jesus before the ages began.”

Romans 8:28 ESV “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”

Such a fun, corn maze!

If you want children, do not be afraid, pray, and wait on the Lord’s answer. If, a child is the Lord’s will, he will make it happen! If you already have children, equip them with scripture and guide them best you can. Lastly, just always remember to seek the Lord, and rebuke the enemy. That’s the best advice I got, for you!

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

There are people out there, making life-altering decisions, because of fear.

There are also people out there, making life-altering decisions, out of a fight against fear.

Pray for all of them, and for any children they may be bringing into this world (or any children whom are already here).

While I know this was shorter than usual, that is all the encouragement, I have for right now. However, there will be more things to come, in the near future! Currently, I have been just focusing on doing things one step at a time, enjoying the busyness of life, and having quality time with my little family, when we have the time.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

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“Why We Got 3 Months Worth of Emergency Supplies, and What We Got.”

Our emergency supplies, and the new shelving my husband built for it:)

So to begin, We all know whats going on in the country right now (at least I would hope, most of us know). Heavy, government things. We decided with everything going on, it’d be safe and best for our family, to make sure we are set to live for at least 3 months, without going to stores, or really just not leaving our house at all. Regardless of where anybody stands politically, our country isn’t doing too well right now. So, I encourage you to prepare your family, in any way that you can!

I will not go in detail about our political stand point on this post, but I don’t mind debating over, or just chatting about it! We are a family who loves to be prepared, and I suppose, likes to be cautious with certain things, as well. That is why we decided to prepare ourselves, a bit. To be honest, in case something fairly, bad happens. 

At the end of the day though, our trust is in the Lord. From Him, is where our help and our protection comes from. So we are not, and won’t be found, hiding in fear over what happens around us.

What We Got:

We calculated for a family of 2 adults, and 2 kids (we added an extra kid just in case we have another, when we need all this food!) it would be 6,000 Calories a day, of food for all of us. Adults average out to 2,000 Cals a day, where young kids average about 1,000 Cals. So, we basically just got tons of canned items and shelf-sustainable foods. A list will be put below of items, and quantities.

List of Food:

  • 2, 4Ib bags of trail mix
  • 2, 10Ib boxes of oatmeal
  • 10,18 packs of premier protein drinks
  • 4, 6 pack boxes of almond milk (one is coconut milk, to mix it up)
  • 2, 5Ib bottles of honey
  • 3,  6Ib two packs of Peanut butter
  • 1, 36 count box of apple sauce cups
  • 2, 64oz bags of Craisins 
  • 6, 3 packs of 17oz bags of pasta noodles
  • 1, 25Ib bag of White Rice
  • 3, 12 count boxes of canned corn
  • 4, 12 count boxes of canned tomato sauce
  • 5, 8 count boxes of Baked beans
  • 10, 8 count boxes of canned corn beef hash
  • 6, 8 count boxes of black beans
  • 1, 8 count box of canned spam
  • 5, 12 count packs of canned tuna
  • 10, 6 count packs of canned chicken
  • “Ready Hour” Brand canned emergency food List: Website Link Here
  • 3 cans of Cheesy Broccoli and Rice soup
  • 3 cans of Mashed Potatoes
  • 3 cans of Homestyle Potato soup
  • 3 cans of Travelers Stew
  • 3 cans of Black Bean Burger
  • 3 cans of Corn Chowder
  • 3 cans of Chicken Flavored Noodle soup
  • 3 cans of Creamy Chicken Flavored Rice
  • 3 cans of Potato Cheddar soup

Extra Emergency Supplies:

We didn’t just get food, we also got some extra, basic, household medical supplies, and a bit of camping equipment. These things we would have eventually gotten anyways, but we definitely wanted them on hand, now. One thing we commit to, is none of this food will sit on our shelf, and go bad. Most of these items we already use daily, so we will constantly be switching out older dates, for newer dates.

I recommend, if you do get food for emergencies, get items that you eat daily, or plan to eat, so that way you can switch old ones out for newer ones, if they’ve sat for a long time. It would be a huge loss if any of this went bad, for no good reason.

List of Medical and Camping:

  • Medical Supplies:
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Alcohol (not for drinking)
  • Cold/flu medicines
  • Allergy medicines
  • A variety of different bandages and wraps
  • A Tourniquet
  • An Oximeter
  • A Thermometer
  • Bug Bite suction tool
  • Burn and Itch spray
  • Ointments/Creams (Neosporin, Hydrocortizone, Anti-septic, etc)
  • Epsom Salt (12Ib box)
  • Not medical, but reusable cloth diapers for little ones! (linked here)
  • Camping Equipment:
  • Set of 2 Pots
  • Set of 4 camping utensils and dishes
  • Propane camping grill
  • A couple Water filtration systems
  • Sleeping bags (rated for 0* degree)
  • Bear Spray
  • Walkie Talkies

We also have essential oils; lavender, tea tree, and a few other helpful ones (I always liked to add those to creams and ointments), and some calendula balm for cracked/dry skin, but we already had those on hand. All above, is just a basic list, of our items. We hope to encourage you with this list, to prepare your own family. We are not doing this because of fear, we are doing this because we want to be smart and equipped for the future- whatever it may hold.

If you don’t notice how hateful the country is becoming, how freedoms are being stripped from people (whether you personally, like those people, or not), I encourage you to look around, to research, to test everything against God’s word. However, if you do notice, like most people are starting to, do not cower down in fear. Find community with like-minded people, stand strong in your faith, and don’t back down.

Psalm 100:3 (ESV) “Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”

If you are afraid of the pandemic and/or government, and the dark pressures you feel from it, don’t be! Stand strong, in the Lord. Even when all seems lost financially, emotionally, or even physically, He will provide, just have faith in Him. 

The Lord is greater than a sickness, a vaccine, a president, a government, a job, a country, I mean you name it, He is Greater than it.

Proverbs 3:5 (ESV) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart , and do not lean on your own understanding.”

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“Deconstructing Straw Bale Beds, and Preparing Our Garden For Spring.”

Straw bales, before and after tilling.

Finally, we picked out the last of the tomatoes (most were green) and ripped up the straw bale raised beds! Once they were up and the bale strings were taken off, we tilled our whole garden section up!

Hoping We Wouldn’t Hit Any Unwanted Nests In The Bales:

After taking down our lettuce bed early, due to a yellow jacket nest, I was skeptical we would get away without another, but fortunately, we didn’t have any other nests in the bales! We did however, find tunnels on the bottom of the bales, once we lifted them up. They looked pretty abandoned, and we never saw any animal. Probably because, our loyal mouser (Forest), kept everything clean of pesky rodents. Very grateful, for a cat who takes his job seriously!

After pulling them up.

Rabbits Put To Good Use!

Once we took them up, we just used a pitch fork and ripped them apart, so that the tiller had an easier job of mixing it into the ground. Now, this is the part I’ve been waiting for, to get good use out of my Rabbits! (other than breeding them). I was thankfully able to mix all their Rabbit poo (AKA garden fertilizer) into the garden so my husband could till it all up! This is great, because now after all the rains come and go, this will get the grounds all nice, fertilized, and ready for our garden beds, this Spring!

Notice the tunnels, in the dirt?

Our Upcoming Garden Bed Plans:

Our back yard is a bit sloped downwards. So another nice thing is, that when tilling all those bales (and fertilizer) into the ground, it really helped get us progressing, towards fixing that slope. We hope to get a coop built soon, and some chickens out there to continue mixing up our soil, but we have so many projects right now, that isn’t the main priority, quite yet. We are just glad we got that finished and ready for spring.

We have this book! Going to read it to see if there is anything else I can do to help our soil!

Recap Of How Straw Bales Worked:

If you haven’t read my last garden post, and are thinking of doing Straw bale raised beds, I will link that post here. We liked them a lot, for where we are located (gardening zone 8B), and how we could till it all for the next garden season! I will also post a picture of how they looked, way before we started taking them down.

The before picture, taken during Summer!

The beds we are doing next, will be concrete block raised beds, and I can’t wait to write a post on what we will do for that! Where we placed our straw bale beds, wasted some of our yard space, because we put them in a bad spot, space wise. So, this time around, we are hoping to utilize our space better so we can have more, useable room back there. Although the bales, were a very versatile option, the blocks are also versatile and we can’t wait to try those out. We’ve seen a few people use that method recently, and it turned out great, so we wanted to give it a shot!

After tilling everything! Dirt ready for Spring!