Okay, dear readers…
I have some questions for you! I’d love to get your opinions on these very weighty matters. 😀 Will you share in the comments below?
1. I’m in the market for a new Bible. I’ve really frustrated at the recent, sneaky, egalitarian changes to the NIV (2010 edition), and I really don’t want to use it any more. Will you share what version you use and why? I don’t need a study Bible — I have plenty of those — but rather, I’m looking for a read-it-every-day-and-take-it-to-church-with-me-in-my-diaper-bag, mark-it-up-really-well kind of Bible. I’ve been considering The Scriptures, but I don’t love the softcover binding, and I’m not sure how practical a hardcover will be. Any users out there?
2. I need a new kitchen knife, one that stays sharp, is easy to hold, and cuts onions rather than fingers. I’ve heard that the Global G-2 8-Inch 20cm Cook’s Knife is good. It’s expensive, though! (More than a new Bible!!!) Any opinions on good knives?
3. I’m teaching the fall of the Roman Empire to my children, from 100 AD to Constantine. I’m having a lot of trouble finding interesting resources, either online or in books. (ZZZZzzzzz….) Any ideas? Any good historical fiction from this era? Online lesson plans?
4. What do you do for teenage acne?
5. I’d love to learn Hebrew, and I even picked up a very cool textbook at Goodwill for $1.99. Except that it requires that I learn the entire alphabet in one lesson. I’m stuck there! Any good resources for this very busy mother, especially ones who have very little brain energy left at the end of a day for learning a new language?
6. I’m eating low-carb. I’m bored with eggs! Any good low-carb cookbooks or websites?
7. I despise wearing a bandanna every day. I feel like a biker momma, which is not my personality at all. Any good websites where you buy pretty headcoverings? (I tend to wear styles similar to these at Happy Homestead’s Etsy shop.)
You’re the best! Thank you!
Ok teenage Acne? I would definitely try Tea tree oil. I use it for so many things, but s friend of mine had severe acne in high school and tea tree oil was the only thing that cures it. It is an anti-fungal, anti bacterial. It dries it up and has a cool sensation. It will leave your face dry though so use an organic moisturizer. I use an extra extra virgin olive oil but you would have to find what is best for your skin. A lavender water will help sooth the skin from irritation. Blessings.
For a great low carb cookbook check out ‘Healing foods’ (IKWYM about the eggs LOL)
I’m eating a fair bit of Tuna salad, chicken Caesar salad minus croutons, roast vegies and cheese sauce, meatballs and a variety of sauces, soups etc… amazed at how my energy drops when I have a high carb meal so am continuing to learn and play. I had a good look at the above cookbook at a friends place and WOW…. mine is on order is all I can say LOL. Great pictures and enough easy to make recipes.
For history, have you checked out Diana Waring? http://www.dianawaring.com/rrr/rrrt/index.html
For knives, my all time favourite is my …. well this one…. here is everything written on the blade
INOX ARCOS ALBACETE-SPAIN
MOLIBDENO VANADIO 2559 160mm/6″
and then sideways it has either the number 990 or 066
It’s beautifully weighted, is sharp, sharpens well and stays sharp for a decent amount of time
but yes, not cheap
I was just saying to hubby last night after I bought myself a new bible, that the price of bibles has come down a LOT in the last 20 years
This is what I bought: http://orders.koorong.com/search/product/view.jhtml?code=1418532088
That’s an Aussie website, but I’m sure you’d find it in the US and probably with a picture that is a lot better!
I wanted something that was a clear easy to read print, would fall open easily so I could cosy up on the couch and read and something that felt strong enough to last. It ticked all boxes.
Acne… I wrote about this on a website quite some time back. Scroll down until you see my lengthy reply on skin.
Head coverings… I don’t wear – but a friend has some really pretty ones… I’ll ask her where she got them from and repost if I come up with anything good :o)
Hope there’s a few ideas in this for you xx
Sheila Shepardson says
I have been married for almost 49 years; and, last year at Christmas I was given the Yoshi Blade knife and vegetable peeler. I have almost exclusively used this knife and peeler throughout this past year…you do need a wooden chopping board for this and hand wash. It is worth every penny that it cost. I gave one to my daughter-in-law last March for her birthday; and, she is just as pleased as I am. This is my recommendation.
Sheila Shepardson says
As to the teenage acne. I did this when I was young and my 3 children (1 boy) and granddaughters used this idea. I washed my face with tepid water and then dabbed my face with “whole” milk and let completely dry before I went to bed. tepid water again in the morning to wash off. Not scrub. and pat dried. If I, or they were home during the day, this was done a couple of times. Of course good nutrition is important…can’t eat some foods and expect your body not to react.
Mrs. K Hewett says
That’s quite a variety of questions! I hope my ideas for a few of them are helpful to you.
1) I have been researching this too for quite a while (grew up with KJV & NIV) and for a good English translation I really like the ESV. It’s is an accurate & easy to read translation and similar enough to what our pastor uses in church so I don’t get lost following along.
One thing I have been doing is taking my old wide margin KJV and writing in the transliterated Hebrew names and making my own study notes in the margins. I compare translations, look at Strongs, & Blue Letter Bible online to get a better sense of what the original words mean. There’s a lot of Hebrew word-play that is lost in English, and I have been having fun making notes of these (ex: Adam was given his name because he was taken out of earth – adamah). I have also been writing in the transliterated Hebrew names for God (El, Elohim, YHWH…) and have learned how to write YHWH in Hebrew letters. Everywhere I find it, I write it in. It’s also very cool to start to see the meanings of the Hebrew names, especially the ones with God’s name in them – you miss this in the English. This project is an ongoing one that will take a LONG time, but I believe it is well worth the time and effort.
4) Acne is a tricky thing. Most people believe it is a result of clogged pores from too much oil in the diet or over-productive glands or not washing the face thoroughly enough. I had acne and washed my face REALLY well, didn’t eat too much greasy, sugary foods, wore little if any makeup, and I still had acne. What I have been learning is that the skin is an organ that reflects what’s going on inside. I found that commercial cleansers merely stripped the surface of my skin of it’s oils and my body responded by producing more oils to compensate. Now I had dry skin (from the cleansers) and oily skin – at the same time. I try to keep well hydrated (lots of water is good for your whole body), eat well, don’t use commercial cleansers on my face, and have been trying the “oil cleansing method”. As strange as it sounds, it seems to work very well. Brandi’s suggestions above also sound good.
5) I am trying to learn Hebrew too, but proceeding very slowly. Most of my learning is in connection with my personal Bible study (see #1). I also printed out an Alef Bet chart I found and just look at it and try to get familiar with the characters a little bit at a time (much like little ones learn their ABC’s). One source I have found is Evonne Mandella at Wholesome Learning and her “Read Hebrew Today” learning system (you can find it at CurrClick). I also practice using whatever bits of language I learn into our everyday life. Mostly I use it with our children to reinforce the things we are learning, so our daily conversations will be sprinkled with words and phrases in whatever foreign language we are learning (this year includes bits of Hebrew). For instance, instead of saying “thank you” in English, we use French or Mandarin Chinese (because that is what we have been learning). If we have learned the word for an object (tea, egg, book, etc.) we will use that foreign word instead of the English one to help reinforce our learning. As far as Hebrew is concerned, we are learning the days of the week and names of the Biblical holidays. Now, for instance, when we hear the word “yom” we know it means “day”, such as “Yom Shabbat” – “day of Rest”, or “Yom Kippur” – “day of Attonement”.
7) I think the headcoverings at Garlands of Grace are lovely: http://www.garlandsofgrace.com/ My hubby is not very fond of headcoverings in general, but doesn’t seem to mind the wide headband style. There are a lot of other very pretty styles to choose from.
I think my replies are longer than your original post! I hope something I shared is helpful to you.
P.S. I love your name! “Anne Elliott” is one of my favorite of Jane Austen’s heroines.
We use Rada knives, they’re available at Lehman’s online.They also carry them at the local Mennonite store. I have carried the same NIV study Bible to church for almost 20 years, for my daily Bible reading I try to rotate a different version every year. I have 5 right now that I rotate. We do oatmeal a lot for breakfast.
I have seen very pretty headcoverings at a few sites, but I need to remember where they were. I’ll get back when I figure it out.
A question regarding these: do you sew?
Have a wonderful, peaceful, and productive day.
Do you crochet? There are pretty kerchief style free patterns on the net. You could also use a doily pattern to crochet a snood or a beret type headcovering. I just started headcovering this Sept. and am trying to plan ahead for summer.
Do the headbands actually count as a headcovering? No offense meant to anyone, please, it just seems, well, half done.
The only one I can help you with is the Hebrew go to http://www.hebrew4christians.com love the man who owns this site! He has an amazing heart and is filled with wisdom. This is an amazing free resource. He also has a couple books he’s written too.
Bible – I just got the ESV on recommendation of a pastor, elder and others I respect, and I love it. Of course CBD has any type (hardback, soft cover, travel).
Knife – I just got my husband a new knife for Christmas, he likes to cut the frozen tubes of ground turkey for burgers. It’s a Kuhn Rikon, it was only $20 and he loves it more than the Knife he used even with a duct taped handle so he wouldn’t have to throw it away. It is light weight, well balanced and glides through even the frozen meat without effort.
Acne – First, drink plenty of water to flush toxins so they are filtered by your kidneys and not your skin. next, go to Stephanie’s vlog at Keeper of the Home about using the oil cleansing method.
Breakfast – Try adding nitrate/nitrite free meats (bacon, sausage, etc), hummus with veggies, cottage cheese, nut butters, nuts & seeds, yogurt with berries, smoothies.
Hair clip – If you don’t need to “cover” your head, just deal with hair, I highly recommend the Flexi Clip from Lilla Rose. They are SO comfortable, stay in VERY well and are quite pretty, and you can use them for various styles that are quick and easy, but look like you put more effort into your hair.
I’ve heard apple cider vinegar works for acne….1 part apple cider vinegar 3 parts water, swipe w/cotton ball over face, leave on for 10 minutes, and rinse off. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS pat your face dry, NOT RUB! It irritates the skin bringing more acne!
Do you sew? If so, I found a website that has headcovering patterns. It has lots of different styles & some look really easy!
Also, I have a KJV Life Application Bible, I love it! Especially for everyday reading. With the notes at the bottom, it helps to apply it to today or my life (or both!)
Hope that helps!
We have soft cover, hard back and leather version (ouch the price) of the Scriptures (isr). My children either own soft cover or hard back. They have held up pretty well. The hard back slightly better than the soft cover. So I would assume you will be softer than my children!
Headcoverings – http://www.tznius.com Also, if you sew at all they are a pretty quick and easy project. http://www.candleonthehill.net they have a few patterns but I know there are many available on the web.
For Hebrew, I like the flashcard method. I bought Hebrew Made Easy by Robert Hernandez. You learn the sounds the letter makes, vowel points and quite a few words. At my age the flashcards have worked well because I don’t retain by just reading it anymore. I have also heard good things about Lola’s Introduction to Hebrew by John Parsons.
A great free resource for a low carb diet is the Elimination diet by Dax Moy. It’s a free download and I lost 35 lbs on it. It has some great breakfast ideas.
I recently bought a ceramic chef’s knife from Harbor Freight and cannot believe the difference from traditional knives, it’s super sharp and cuts effortlessly.
Anne Elliott says
I wanted to thank you all profusely for your many suggestions! I’m going off-line for a couple days, but I’ve got my Lehman’s magazine to look through for knives, and my brain will be going on all your suggestions. I have MORE questions for you now… but I’ll have to wait until Monday. THANK YOU! You’re the best!
Thanks for the opportunity to assist you. You have such wonderful ideas and topics to share.
I like Tramontina and Rada knives, with Tramontina being my favorite. It looks beautiful, too Amazon has good prices for both.
Rome History–My favorite is Mystery of History, volume II. Linda Hobar does a wonderful job weaving the hand of God through history, as it should be! She offers a great balance of text and activities. Very readable, not boring.
Second choice is Diana Waring’s Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries. She is light on history text and HEAVY on activities. She divides each section into activities for each of the four learning styles–visual, auditory, kinetic, and ?? (I forgot what the other was.) Art, writing, research, cooking, book lists, music, maps, scriptures are all listed, along with some other ideas.
Acne–I did not have a problem with acne until I was 21 LOL. I used nettle leaf capsules and hydrogen peroxide topically after washing with glycerine soap.
LOL at your description of bandana headcoverings. I could not put a finger on exactly why I felt weird using a bandana until I read this post!! No suggestions, as I am very new to headcoverings and still trying to figure out what works best.
Joycelyn Connet says
For head coverings: Sowers of Hope and Cover Your Hair.com
For teenage acne: Everyday Minerals
I read something regarding acne recently which really helped my sons. A doctor who is also a homeschool dad of several older-than-teens said that his success with acne was from his home experience: wash your face with soap a couple times a day for about a month. If this doesn’t clear it up, try other approaches. I told my sons (who, of course, didn’t really want to mess with anything involved) and they were pleased with the results – and chagrined that, um, washing their faces regularly hadn’t occurred to them! 🙂
Here are a couple of sites for headcoverings:
As for bibles, I prefer the NIV. I purchased a used Parenting Bible for .50 at a resale shop and this is my mark-it-up bible. I also have an NASB. The cover is stiff therefore I fall back to my NIV because it is a softcover and lays open nicely and I can even bend it backwards like a paperback novel and it doesn’t do damage to it.
Knives- I have a nice Chicago Cutlery(Centurion) brand chef’s knife that I found on clearance at Walmart for $7.00 but the original price was higher (30.19). it has held up well! I have had it for 1 year now and have not needed to sharpen yet. It has a good weight to it and seems made for a woman’s hand. It has an 8 inch blade and cuts very nice!
Low carb- Dr Atkin’s worked well for me.
Anne, I’ve found this site useful for the Hebrew alphabet and more: