Thursday, October 15, 2015

A Titus 2 Woman

I was blessed to have a Titus Two woman visit this summer... my mother in love! I had the best time with her. We visited thrift stores, knitted dish cloths, talked about relationships, shared Scriptures and baked like it was no one's business! I honestly hated to see her leave.

Mother Stump making a pie!

My mother in love has lived eighty plus years on this earth. That is a whole lot of living and learning in God's classroom. She has gone through prosperous times and lived through times of less. We had a lot of conversations around the kitchen table about how she lived through those lean days. There has been joy and sorrow all woven together on her journey called 'life'. I learned so much by just asking questions.

A mother sharing with her son
There is a wealth of knowledge and wisdom stored up in a godly, older woman. We don't always value what they have learned through the years or we pridefully think our way is better. I've been guilty of both. But, if we can observe their lives (the good and even their mistakes) through the lens of scripture then we will find ourselves richer for taking the time to learn.

Mother Stump knitting dishcloths

 I've finally reached that season of life where I know that I don't have all the answers. These older seasons of life are challenging.  How thankful I am to know godly women I can go to for counsel. God has instructed the older women to teach the younger women specific things. Heavenly Father, help me to be a willing student.

My mother in love bought a similar potholder and taught me how to make this one. 

A Titus Two woman is a gift from God to each of us! They have a story of God's redemption to tell of a life lived in the midst of His grace. How very sad  if we leave this beautiful gift unwrapped.

My mother in love taught me how to knit dishcloths.

are to be reverent in their behavior,
not malicious gossips
nor enslaved to much wine,
teaching what is good 
they may 
ENCOURAGE the young women
to love their husbands,
to love their children,
to be sensible,
workers at home,
being subject to their own husbands,
 the word of God will 
not be dishonored.

Titus 2:3-5 NASB 
(emphasis is mine)


A few highlights from this past month:

1. I've started picking up some baking items when they are on sale for the holiday season. It's too hard on the budget to buy them all at once. I froze a bag of coconut and purchased an extra bag of brown sugar. I'll use them to make some goodie baskets.

2. I live in aprons at home so they are VERY used looking. I made one new apron before my company came this summer and just made another one a few weeks ago. 

3. I've been making my own laundry detergent for years. I've noticed that it has a different scent lately that I don't care for. It smells like metal. It might be that our city water just doesn't mesh well with the ingredients I use. I don't want to add another large expensive to my budget so instead of purchasing laundry detergent I bought an inexpensive laundry booster. It cost around $6. I used half in this last batch of detergent and it has taken away the metal smell. I haven't priced all the ingredients for a long time but it used to cost a few cents a load of wash. I can't imagine the $3 will add much to the total cost.

4. We have had some cold wintry days so I'm not always able to hang clothes on the line. I pulled out my drying rack and set it up in the garage. I have clothes lines hanging in my garage already. I've started drying clothes inside the garage on those cold days. Not using my dryer saves me quite a bit on my electric bill. My bill can jump by $30 if I start using my dryer too much. I've more than paid for the drying racks I purchased many years ago. 

Mother Stump loves bread!

5. Normally I print out a new budget from my computer each month. My ink cartridge is expensive to replace. So, this month I put the budget inside a sheet protector and used an erasable marker. I put a mark next to the item I paid. It worked perfectly. Now, I just erase it and it's ready to use next month. I put a blank piece of paper over the top sheet of the clipboard, just in case something would hit it and erase my markings. This will stretch my ink a bit longer. I also try to write new recipes by hand instead of printing them.

6. I purchased a nightstand from a local thrift store for $7. A can of spray paint fixed the imperfections. It fits perfectly and gives me another 2 drawers for storage (which is priceless in a small home!). It looked so nice that I decided to spray a stepping stool a long time friend's husband made. I had a can of red spray paint which worked perfectly. THEN, I sprayed a small tray I use to hold a few items in the loo. Spray paint is much cheaper than paint and it looks just as nice, not to mention it takes a fraction of the time to apply. 

7. A few of the grands spent the night this weekend. We played a game that I purchased from the thrift store for less than $3. They loved the game and so did I. Sometimes the thrift store marks their games down to 20 cents. Wouldn't it be a great idea to start now and purchase games for Christmas gifts? 

8. I was looking for a Bible object lesson to share with the grands when they spent the night. My dear friend shared a few options on YouTube. They LOVED the object lesson and we kept practicing the gospel using the hand to signify each aspect. I'll give you the link in case you'd like to share it with your own family. Be sure to check out my friend's blog at Givengrace.

This is the object lesson to let them see what the Gospel is like:

Bible Object Lesson

...and this one is the memorization tool to teach the gospel using your hand:

9. Here is the recipe for the Butterscotch Pie that my mother in love taught me how to make. The process is very similar to a chocolate pie recipe I've made for years. This is a RICH pie but very wonderful! 

Butterscotch Pie

Stir together in a medium bowl:
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 cup brown sugar

Slowly stir in 2 cups of scalded milk to the above mixture. (you can microwave the milk for 5 minutes to scald it)

Microwave 4 minutes until thick around the edges. Stir. Take a few tablespoons of the milk mixture and whisk into 4 egg yolks. Then add the egg mixture into the milk mixture and whisk. Then microwave another 3 1/2 minutes. Whisk in 4 tbsp. of butter and 1 tsp. of vanilla. You want it to thicken.

Melt 1/3 cup of white sugar in a skillet (we used a cast iron). Pour in 1/4 cup of water all at once. BE CAREFUL NOT TO BURN YOURSELF FROM THE STEAM. Pour into previous milk mixture above and whisk together.

Pour into baked pie crust and make meringue by beating the leftover egg whites until stiff. Add 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar to the eggs and beat until a meringue consistency. Brown the meringue in a 350 oven.  Enjoy!

10. My grandson helped plant garlic in my garden. It was a huge help and fun to share a part of my life with him. I shared the different lessons God teaches me from His Word as I'm digging in the dirt. Our winter garden is going to be comparatively small this year due to 'old agedness'. I'm feeling quite whimpy these days! :-) I have 9 broccoli, a bed and a half of garlic and a bed of onions planted. I will be content and I trust it will be just enough. 

...and as your days, so shall your strength be.  Deuteronomy 33:25

Saved, Repurposed and Reused:

- I've been saving, washing and reusing plastic bags, tinfoil and baggies. They came in handy for this '5 week pay period' because I didn't need to run to the store for baggies but instead used the ones I had on hand. 
- SF Popsicle sticks to be used as markers for seedlings. 
- Glass jars (I pour my grease in them instead of down the sink).
- Unused envelopes in bills (to store seeds)
- Newspapers (under cat box, mulching in the garden, bottom of garbage can)
- Egg cartons (I store the larger box of eggs in the fridge outside and use a smaller carton for the inside fridge).  
- Old knit shirt (cut up for dust rags)
- Old hand towel (dust rag)

*~*~*~    It would be so encouraging to hear about an older, 
                          godly woman in YOUR life!                          *~*~*~*

Blessed to be home!