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  • 11 Dec 2010 9:31 PM | Jay (Administrator)
    Courtship Questions for Potential Suitors

    My husband, James McDonald, created the following questions for the purpose of getting to know potential suitors for our daughters. This list is NOT meant to be a “checklist,” a “pass-or-fail-test,” or an in depth parental evaluation. Each young man is free to decline questions he feels are too personal.

    However, having seen two daughters enter courtship and successfully marry godly young men, and having had our fourth oldest daughter recently enter into a courtship with a  young man, these questions have served us well.

    --a few sample questions from each category.  These questions are the tip of the iceberg.  If the subject is interesting at all you must go read the article in its entirety here:

    **   Courtship Questions for Potential Suitors at Your Sacred Calling Blog

    It's an amazing piece and a great blog to subscribe to :)


    Your Spiritual Life

    • We are members of the CPC – a reformed Presbyterian denomination. Please read through the Constitution and Form of Church Government I sent earlier and let me know if you disagree with any part of these documents.
    • Are you faithful in church attendance/participation? How long have you been a member of your current fellowship?
    • What are your habits with regard to prayer and Bible study?
    • What is your opinion of personal witnessing?
    • What would you say is your spiritual gift(s)?

    Your Relationships

    • Describe your relationship with your father? Was (is) it honoring? Was (is) it obedient?
    • Does your father have any medical or mental problems that could affect you or your children?
    • Do you show a regular willingness to serve others? In what ways?In what ways is self-centeredness expressed in your life?
    • How do you relate to authority in your life? If so, what adjectives would your employers use to describe you?

    Personal Habits Affecting Marriage

    • Do you drink alcohol? If so, what and how often? What are your views on alcohol?
    • If a relocation were offered to you by an employer, would you consider it? What would you weigh when considering such a move?
    • Do you read regularly, and if so, what? Who is your favorite author? Outside the Bible, what would be your five favorite non-fiction books? Five favorite fiction books?

    Marital Roles

    • If you already subscribe to the concept of courtship, give me your definition of it.
    • Do you tend to be more of a leader or follower in life? Can you cite any examples?
    • In making decisions, what role does God’s Word play?
    • What is your attitude toward women? What is their purpose?
    • What is your view on the role of a wife?

    Miscellaneous Discussion Starters

    • What is your attitude toward pets? Indoor? Outdoor?
    • What are your political leanings?
    • What is your general attitude toward civil government?
    • What is (are) your favorite sources for news?

  • 08 Dec 2010 11:38 AM | Jay (Administrator)

    Christian Liberty Press Curriculum Support Group

    Welcome! This group is for Homeschool Moms who are using Christian Liberty Press curriculum with their children. We are here to encourage each other and offer tips and ideas to one another to help each other improve in this monumental responsibility the Lord to which the Lord has called us. Please do not use this group as a place to discuss controversial personal convictions and please let the law of kindness be on your tongue. I hope you will find a group of caring, uplifting mothers here who are eager to help you on your homeschool journey. Personally, CLP has been a breath of fresh air in my homeschool and I am excited to have finally found a great fit for our families needs and beliefs. Praise God!

  • 08 Dec 2010 6:52 AM | Jay (Administrator)

    Personalized Table Cloth -- Kids Can Make This


    Four years ago the children and I created a fall themed table cloth incorporating the hand prints of everyone in our family.  Every year we get it out,  marvel at how much they have grown and enjoy remembering the fun time we had making it.

    Since we’ve added 2 children to our family since 2006 we decided it was time to make another family table cloth.

    To make a table cloth you’ll need:

    To read the article in its entirety which is likely to bring wonderful long term memories to your family go here to RaisingOlives.com: Personalized Table Cloth: Kids Can Make This
  • 01 Dec 2009 7:43 AM | Jay (Administrator)

    Sharing our Thanksgiving Tradition with Your Family


    A few years ago I married into a great family tradition that I'd like to share with you.  Surely some of the best memories of our families are from the traditions that get made up along the way or that have already been in place for generations.  If you don't have a great Thanksgiving family tradition on the table yet for your family here's one I highly recommend.

    Passing the Corn
      large families indian corn tradition.jpg  After Thanksgiving dinner the indian corn is handed to somebody at the table to get the ball rolling.  The family member with the corn states what he is thankful for.  It can be brief.  It can be detailed.  It can be heavy.  It can be light and any combination thereof.  And as so many of you know with little ones it often gets beyond entertaining and heartwarming.  When complete the family member passes the corn to the next person until everybody has had a turn.

    "I'm thankful for my spoons."
    Here's a clip of the last few family members passing the corn--in particular focused on Michael Ross--our hilarious never ending source for family entertainment.  A few things to keep on eye one throughout the sample video of passing the corn:
    1. Liberty Cosette at top left playing and providing commentary on a baby doll
    2. Gabriel David to my right who has the giggles.  Each time his brother says what he is thankful for it's all Gabriel can do to contain himself
    3. turn up the volume all the way as some of Michael's remarks are subdued....


    So this tradition is an easy one to start and can well with either Thanksgiving or Christmas. Feel free to run with it!

    What are your family traditions?

    If you have a great idea for a family tradition share it here so some of the newer families can latch one to one or two of them and be blessed by the memories thereby created....
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