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MARCH 2022
 
Family Covenant Ministries (Formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship) Faithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 38 years!
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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME March 2022 Information
http://www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com/ 

Our Family’s Vision and Mission
http://www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=4&Itemid=1  
 
Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF) Information and Activities
 
1.  A Letter from Candy to Subscribers
2. FCM Activities 
     a. FCM Annual Ice Skating Apology
     b. FCM Skiing information
     c. 38th Annual Graduation
     d. 26th Annual Art Festival & Photography Contest April 23
     e. Float Trip on the Black River, July: details to follow
     f. Mill Stream Gardens/Silver Mines Hike, August: details to follow 
3.  Needs and Services
     a. Subscribe to Summers Signature family blog newsletter 
     b. Wilderness Journey 
     c. A Day of Discovery/Junior Farmer
     d. Spring Fling Twilight Picnic Dinner Dance 
     e. Organic Gardening Class 
     f. Multigenerational Covenant Family Regenerative Farming Class 
     g. Madison County Fair 
     h. The Hills Are Alive with the Colors of God’s Beauty 
     i. The 12 Days of Christmas December 
     j. Group Farm Tours 
     k. Woman’s Prayer Warriors Paint Workshop Stepping up to the Call
     l. Bible Scriptorium and Festival 
     m. A Letter from a Christian Young Man Seeking a Godly Spouse
     
There’s No Place Like Home Articles
 
1.  Heart to Heart-Training Children According to God’s Word Part II
2.  Casting a Vision for Multigenerational Family Business-Gerstner & Sons
3.  In the Library-Authentic Christianity An Exposition of the Theology and 
     Ethics of the Westminster Larger Catechism 
4.  Delightful Surprises 
5.  Tiny Tots
6.  It’s Fun Learning at Home
7.  Summers on the Farm 
8.  Wellness
     a. Miscarriages and Cancer up 300%
     b. The Killing Fields-Toxic Chemicals are Poisoning Us to Death 
9.  The Dismantling and Restoring of America
     a. Shocking Truth
     b. Cultural Marxism vs. Cultural Christianity 
     c. Misreading the Bible Neutralizes Christians and Empowers Liberals, 
         Secularists, and Atheists 
  
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A Letter from Candy to Subscribers 
 
Please forgive me for my negligence in getting out a monthly newsletter-every month. Ministry has grown exponentially, our businesses are growing rapidly, I am having great difficulty keeping up with everything. Individuals and families are here on the farm and in our home throughout each week and we are answering calls and texts from homeschoolers, customers, and Young Living members each day. We are making deliveries 4 days a week now. My newest endeavor, Summers Signature weekly illustrated newsletter has been so well received that I am continually adding subscribers and answering questions on all manner of subjects. We had a litter of 8 Doberman puppies, which kept me busy, as each of us took turns caring for them 24/7, taking care of inquiries, and puppy customers. I am just scrambling to keep my head above water. I am sorry!!!! I will try to do better, but if you want great information on faith, family, farm, fine craftsmanship, business, crafts, traditions, celebrations, health, and… I recommend subscribing to our Summers Signature weekly newsletter by emailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or texting 314-910-2697.  
 
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FCM ACTIVITIES 
 
Our family is also sponsoring activities each month. Look for details under Needs and Services. 
 
1. FCM Ice Skating- We are sorry that time got away from us for getting out details on skating in time. We ended up just going with a very small group of friends at the last minute. 

2. FCM Skiing - This year Hidden Valley is requiring vaccines to be inside the eating area where we usually visit during breaks between skiing and snowboarding and masks everywhere else. Therefore, we decided not to set up this annual event. 

3. FCM 38th Annual Graduation- If you have a graduate, please email your graduate’s name, parent’s names, address, phone, and email address to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  so we may send information for rehearsal and ceremony. 

4. FCM 26th Annual Art Festival & Photography ContestSaturday April 23 at Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63131, conveniently located just off highway 40 on Lindbergh Blvd., between highways 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza. Details just Below

5. Airsofting Event -Spring 2022
Details to follow

6. Floating on the Black RiverThursday July 14th Lunch at picnic tables at River’s Edge 11:00 bring your own. Depart as a group around 11:30 am Pay River’s Edge for tubes or rafts and pickup 573-637-2422 2100 County Road 342 Lesterville MO. Please wear modest swimwear. Cover with shirt and shorts. Boys must wear shirts as well. Bring sunscreen, water shoes, towels, and life jackets or water wings for little ones. RSVP by July 8th by texting 314-910-2697.

7. Mill Stream Gardens/Silver Mines Hike Saturday August 27th Mill Stream Gardens 1:00 pm Free Wear non-slip soled shoes as you will climbing on rocks. Mill Stream gardens is about halfway between Fredericktown and Arcadia off Highway 72, 8 miles from Fredericktown. https://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/millstream-gardens-conservation-area RSVP August 20th texting 314-910-2697.
 

Art Festival Details

FCM 26th Annual Art Festival & Photography ContestSaturday April 23 at Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63131, conveniently located just off highway 40 on Lindbergh Blvd., between highways 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza.
 
We offer 3 categories for submission:  Fine Arts, which includes drawings and paintings; Assorted Arts, which includes such projects as sculptures, origami, string art, fabric art, mosaics, needlepoint, knitting, macramé, woodwork, etc.; and Photography (no video will be accepted).
 
Art Festival Categories Age Eligibility:
 
Fine Arts                      Ages 5 and up
Assorted Arts              Ages 5 and up
Photography               Ages 10 and up
 
Each eligible participant may submit up to 2 projects in each category.
 
For example:  Homeschooled children ages 5 and up may submit up to 2 projects in the Fine Arts category AND up to 2 projects in the Assorted Arts category; AND ages 10 and up may also submit 2 photos in the Photography contest. Homeschool graduates are also welcome to submit projects in all 3 categories.
 
Everyone is cordially invited to view these artwork pieces created by our gifted children, to be displayed at Salem United Methodist Church. Before the awards ceremony, admire the artwork while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cookies, cold drinks and classical music performed by homeschooled children and families.
 

Saturday, April 23rd                 
  • 4:30-5:30 - Viewing of artwork, voting for People’s Choice Awards (hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music and fellowship)
  • 6:00-7:00 FCM Art Festival awards ceremony
  • 9:00 - Project retrieval and clean-up                                                


IMPORTANT DATES FOR PROJECT SUBMISSION

  • Saturday, March 19th - Early registration form submission - $5.00 per project for  all registrations postmarked by this date. Early fee maximum per family: $60.
  • Saturday, April 2nd - General registration deadline (MUST be postmarked by this date)-$6.00 per project. General fee maximum per family: $72.
  • Saturday, April 16th - Deadline for project drop-off  
  • Saturday, April 23rd - FCM Art Festival artwork viewing and announcement of Winners

 
To download the registration form, and for additional details on registration procedures, drop-off locations, guidelines for acceptable artwork, etc., Click on the links below. If you have any questions, please contact Joe or Teresa Carr at (314) 521-5668 or email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
Guidelines and Procedures 
Registration Form
Project ID Form
 
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NEEDS AND SERVICES

 
Subscribe to our Summers Signature illustrated weekly newsletterthat encompasses faith, family, farm, fine craftsmanship, family economics, home, celebrations, health…by emailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or texting your name and email address to 314-910-2697.
 
Wilderness Journey March 12 Saturday 11am to 5pm Behind our farm $20 adult; $10 children 18 and under. RSVP by March 9thtext 314-910-2697. 6 hour guided hike to Salt Peter Cave on the St. Francis River. Bring your lunch, snacks, and a back pack, and join us for a trip through beautiful forest and rock formations. Make checks payable to Candy Summers, PO Box 586, Fredericktown, MO 63645 or pay cash on arrival. 
 
A Day of Discovery-Certain to illicit gasps of wonder and delight. May 18th Wednesday 11:00-4:00 On our farm$20 per child; parents free. RSVP by May 11th text 314-910-2697 Bring your own picnic lunch. Collect eggs, pet a lamb, scratch a pig, walk with a gaggle of geese, kiss a dog, story time, splash in a meadow stream, select precious rocks, gather flowers, and go home with fun ideas to make the most of your experience by creating story board of all your experiences, writing reports, coloring pictures, putting together farming puzzle, play farming game, watch Charlotte’s Web…the possibilities of delight are endless! Wear farm clothes, close toed shoes, and insect repellent. Bring picnic lunch, extra pair of clothing and shoes-just in case you get wet! Make checks payable to Summers Family Farms LLC PO Box 586, Fredericktown, MO 63645. 
 
Junior Farmer May 18th Wednesday 11:00-4:00 On our farm $20 per older child; parents free. RSVP by May 11thtext 314-910-2697 Walk with the boys as they go about their daily responsibilities on the farm and learn about what it takes to be a farmer. Bring picnic lunch, extra pair of clothing and shoes-just in case you get wet! Make checks payable to Summers Family Farms LLC PO Box 586, Fredericktown, MO 63645. 
 
Spring Fling Twilight Picnic Dinner & Dance Saturday May 28th 4:00-10:00 On our farm $10 per person; $60 maximum/family. Children 2 and under free. Step into a world of enchanting vistas of rolling pastoral fields and tree covered hillsides as you sit on the knoll in our meadow while you eat your picnic dinner-you bring your picnic and blanket. Enjoy a beautiful sunset and Contra and waltzing dancing with the fireflies and flames from citronella torches. No prior dancing experience necessary. RSVP by May 21st text 314-910-2697 Make check payable toSummers Family Farms LLC, P.O. Box 586, Fredericktown, MO 63645 or pay cash on arrival but please text to let us know you are coming. Since this is over Memorial Day Weekend, consider camping at Marble Creek Park just west of us. Jim Hemphill & Mariah FabryNationally-known caller and dance choreographer, Jim Hemphill, first learned to call in order to bring contra dance to Arcadia Valley. He was the headline caller for Meet Me in St. Louis Dance Weekend last Memorial Day. Jim regularly calls squares and contra dances with his original choreography in Urbana, Columbia, Kansas City, Philly, Cape Girardeau, and St. Louis. His unique choreography has been called in Australia, Hawaii, and thru the lower 48. With caller/choreographer Mariah Fabry, they bring dances to family reunions, anniversaries, nursing homes and corporate events.
 
Organic GardeningWe never expected so much information. It superseded our expectations. The garden is so lush. Have never seen so many butterflies and bees. Have never thought to plant flowers with vegetables; it is beautifulThursday June 16th 9:00 am-2 pm In my garden $100 per person RSVP by the June 11th or Thursday July 7th RSVP by July 1sttext 314-910-2697 Make check payable to Summers Family Farms LLC PO Box 586 Fredericktown MO 63645 or pay cash on arrival. 
 
Please wearfarm clothes, closed toe shoes, & possibly a hat. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and cloth to wet for cooling down. I wear one around my neck.Bring picnic lunchto eat while fellowshipping with other garden lovers.
An information dense,practical, intimate gardening class from a veteran visionary gardener that will cover vision, perseverance, tools of the trade, location, lay out for easy access, raised beds, soil health, composting, planning, garden calendar, record keeping, growing seedlings, companion planting, row covers, maximizing space by intensive planting and growing vertically, fertilizing, rotating crops, weeding, watering, successive planting, preparing the garden for the following year, wellbeing, aesthetics, and architectural features. As we walk over a 1/3 of an acre garden, we will stop by each bed to address our topics, relaying both our successes and failures and then adjourn to the dairy to see where and how Sonia and I grew over 1800 seedlings this past year-seeds, seed viability, seed storage, diagrams of beds, calendar of sowing and planting, potting soil preparation, cell packs and peat containers, baker’s racks, trays, & grow lights, and cooler for seeds that need cold preparation. 
 
Regenerative Farming Class September 17th 12:30 pm-5:30 pm On our farm $200 a person-$300 for two-family or friend-for one day including a meal following the class Reserve your spot by September 10thby texting 314-910-2697 Must receive checks by September 13thSummers Family Farms LLC PO Box 586 Fredericktown MO 63645 Please wear farm clothes, closed toe shoes or boots, and weather appropriate clothing. 
 
An information dense, intimate farming tourthat will cover vision, multigenerational mindset and lifestyle, planning, working together as a well-oiled machine, location, important features when purchasing a farm, soil health, importance of polycultures, seeding, infrastructure, building healthy soil with livestock, low cost cross fencing, pasture set up, pasture management, rotational grazing, increasing numbers of livestock per acre that grow on nothing but grass, keeping animals that work for you and culling those that don’t, holistic standards, minerals, natural parasitic treatment, using essential oils for wellness and treating issues, diversification of enterprises, beef cattle, dairy cattle, hair sheep, pigs, chickens, Anatolian Pyrenees, sawmill, knife making, gardening, kennel, marketing, and record keeping-sharing both our successes and mistakes. 
 
With a vision and passionto rebuild the ancient ruins, raise up the foundations of many generations, repair the breach, and restore the paths by healing families, land, food, economy, and culture, we continue to share what we have learned with others so that they too, can find freedom through faith, family, farm, and food, and join forces to restore our nation to its biblical roots.
 
Since we movedto our working farm, we have given hundreds of tours for family, friends, customers, and those who have heard about us. Everyone has expressed their amazement and deep appreciation for all the time, teaching, and great experience. Many went on to encourage us to charge for our inspiring educational tours. With so many couples and families moving from the city to their own plot of land, we have more requests than ever for teaching on what we are doing. Therefore, we are now offering a class that covers it all. Whether you want to know how your food is raised, what it’s like living and working on a farm, how to raise children to work in a multigenerational business, or just interested in farming or expanding your farming business, this class is sure to inspire, enlighten, and encourage you. The Summers
 
Madison County Fair October 7th-8th Wanda Priest & Azalea Parks Fredericktown Missouri, Free Founding Fathers, U.S. Constitution, The First Amendment, The Right to Bear Arms, Colonial Williamsburg, Early American Farmers, Life on the Farm in the 1700’s, Family Economy, Record Keeping, The Family Cow, Cheese Making, Raising Sheep, Shearing, Spinning & Knitting, Hunting Dogs, Small Scale Grain Farming, Vegetable Gardening, Orchards, Apple Cider Pressing, Preserving Food, Wood Working, Rug Making, Leather Tooling, Hat making, Basket Weaving, Broom Making, Soap Making, Safeguarding Family Farm & Business for Posterity, followed by a Sweet Land of Liberty finale to celebrate the land of the free and home of the brave with Fife and Drum Corps, A Tribute to our Veterans, Patriotic Sing-A-Long, and George Washington Ball. 
 
Step into a World of Enchanting Vistas where the Hills are Alive with the Colors of God’s Beauty Thursday October 20th All Day $25-Schedule your own private time to paint the beautiful hillsides from our farm with many different vistas by texting 314-910-2697. 
 
The 12 Days of Christmas Saturday December 10th 11:00-4:00 $20 person Our home-lunch, cookie making, crafting, carols, and ideas to make your holiday spectacular!RSVP by December 3rdtext 314-910-2697.
 
Summers Family Farms LLC Group Farm Tours 2 hours 1:00-3:00 for groups of a minimum of 15 family members, homeschoolers, church members, or seniors, this private walking tour offers an insight into our various farm businesses for $300 total per tour. To schedule, text 314-910-2697. Payment secures booking.
 
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Woman’s Prayer Warriors Paint Workshop Stepping up to the CallZechariah 1: 20,21 If you would like to do a local art workshop, I could do up to 100 at a time.  I would provide all the materials of course. It would be 25 dollars per person. I could also do it as a zoom workshop. The first picture would of course be the prayer warrior. I have a second one that is to pray for the cities. A third picture would be praying for Israel. Sharon Jeffus  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Bible Scriptorium and Festival We are beyond excited to see what God will do with our first, ever (hopefully annual) Bible Scriptorium and Festival!  It will be held April 9th from 10am – 8:30pm at the First Baptist Church of Park Hills. Never heard of a scriptorium? Want to learn more? All this and more is on the website  https://semobiblescriptori.wixsite.com/semo-bible-scriptori
Who is Invited?All those who love the Word of God, want to hear It recited, taught, sung, discussed and/or would like to recite It themselves!  If that describes YOU or anyone you know, then you are invited to our first ever Southeast Missouri (SEMO)Bible Scriptorium and Festival.  Our invitations extended to nearly everyone around the country to join us for this wonderful event to Honor God and have fellowship with like-minded families.  If you know of a family who would like to attend, please send them this link and/or send us their email so we might invite them. Blessings from, Keith, Sheri, Dylan, Kailyn George
 
A LETTER FROM A CHRISTIAN YOUNG MAN SEEKING A GODLY SPOUSE 
 
I recently was talking with the mother of one of our friends and they like many Christian families have struggled with the issue of finding a quality spouse for their son in these increasingly immoral times. We were discussing how Christian family formation in the form of marriage is at an all-time low and how difficult it is for quality young men to find quality young women. We are hoping that the readers of There's No Place Like Home can help my friend's son to find a spouse.
 
Please read my friend's request...A special thank you to the Summers family for sending out this message. As Christians, we are thankful for your prayers. The family unit cemented through Christian marriage is the cornerstone of our society. As immorality has become widely acceptable, marriage rates have been falling. We do believe there is a remnant of Christian families left today like ours who have protected their families from the cultural winds which have led many astray from Biblical values. We are praying that there are other like-minded families among the readers of this newsletter who know young adult women of marriageable age. As Christians, we are encouraged in the Bible to ask, seek, and knock (Luke 11:9) along this journey we call life, so we are asking for your help. My son is a successful self-employed Christian businessman. In this political and economic environment, it is blessing when aspiring family men have their own businesses. We live in a rural area on our family farm, but we are within an easy commute of major shopping and activities. 
 
I will let my son tell you some more:Hi everyone, I have been praying to find a young woman who seeks to be a Christian wife and mother. I have been preparing myself spiritually, morally, and financially for Christian marriage. I seek a wife who first loves the Lord and is also a Bible Believing Christian. I believe that children are a gift from God and young Christian couples should be "fruitful and multiply." The Lord has blessed both my business and our family farm greatly. I seek to find a young woman who would like for her primary role to be a wife and mother including caring for my home, and God willing, our children.  Being self-employed is a big advantage in that I would be able to help my wife and help with homeschooling children.  
 
The present success I now enjoy has been the result of the many efforts of my parents who were instrumental in providing me a solid upbringing and molding my character. Character does not occur by coincidence, but it must be cultivated. A child's personality will be reflective of the values his parents hold sacred. My parents are friendly people and believe that we should help others. I believe that as Christians we should be friendly, appreciative, and demonstrate kindness in our thoughts, words, and actions. As Christians, we should be known by our love and respected for our application of Biblical wisdom.
 
As Christians, our hobbies and interests should reflect and be the visible application of our values. I enjoy studying history and not only read about the past, but use that study to inform how we should respond to current events. As part of studying history, I enjoy traveling including visiting historical monuments and homes, coastal areas (I like to swim), national parks, museums, and learning opportunities including visiting working farms and factories. I am an avid reader and book collector with a thirst for knowledge.
 
My love of learning also extends to reading about nutrition and applying that knowledge. I am very physically fit and enjoy eating healthy. My diet consists of mainly natural and organic foods. Our family cooks from scratch. I know how to cook and have a variety of kitchen skills including baking from fresh ground whole grains.
 
I consider myself to be a lifelong learner with a variety of interests, so if a young woman has an interesting hobby then I would be willing to learn more.  I have interviewed a lot of married couples and a compatible personality is generally a better predictor of success than having to match in all activities.
 
My family and I are praying that you can help me. We ask you to consider your network of single Christian young women who you may know. It may be someone in your family or a friend of a friend. Please consider any single young women you know within your immediate and extended family, friends, neighbors, friends from church, and people from work and tell them about my family's request.
 
If you are the parents of a young woman or the young woman herself, my family would be happy to correspond with you. Please introduce yourself and your family to us and tell us more about your family including your religious beliefs, interests, and hobbies.
 
We are looking forward to exchanging emails with you and pray for the Lord's blessings to be with you.
 
We can be reached through our email address which is smartpreparedness [at sign] protonmail [dot] com
 
If you have sent us an email introducing yourself and do not hear back from us, please check to make sure that you formatted the email address correctly.
 
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Notes from Subscribers Each correspondence deeply blesses our hearts. Thank you! 
 
Hi!  Please subscribe us to your family’s blog. We enjoy keeping up with your family’s endeavors, and its great encouragement to us too!! Blessings,Fortine Montana
 
The new farm newsletter is just beautiful!! The aerial photo of the farm is breath taking. The kids and I love reading it every week and looking at all the photos. Such a delight to have in inbox of my emails every week!St. Louis MO
 
Thank you for always being and doing what many of us dream of doing … building businesses as a family! Love how you together pray, work, educate, explore options, produce wonderful products and minister to others each day!  So so so thankful for the impact of your family’s beauty, love and lifestyle on us!St. Charles MO
 
Dear Candy, Very nice, enjoyed reading. Thank you for the encouragement and reminder of Family Traditions. It is so refreshing to be reminded that this is something God instilled. Thank you, LoveFenton MO
 
Thank you, Candy, for pouring out your passion for life in every way!!!! You have impacted me in life changing ways over and over and over again! I am truly grateful to the Lord for you and for the mission of your family which encompasses numerous endeavors!!! I appreciate and I am encouraged by each of them!!! Jaw dropping amazing!!!! Your choices to choose life is a strength to us to also make those lifegiving choices!!! Know that your example is helping all our families!!! You have abundant love and compassion for others!!! We are helped by your walk and talk!!! You are a super great communicator verbally, written and in action!!!! Thank you for sharing important information that has helped your family!!!! I pray this alleviates some of the stress of concern you have for the families you love ... because you are strengthening us with your example and sharing your lifegiving choices!!!! So grateful for you!!!! LoveSt. Charles MO
 
I continue to lift you, Jon and your entire family up in prayer. I've always admired how your family stood firmly committed to whatever you professed, especially your desire to be faithful and obedient to God. This morning I was reading Hebrews 4:16: So let us come boldly to the throne of our glorious God.  There we will receive His mercy, and will find grace to help us when we need it most. How important it is to remember that God is so, so kind and that He freely extends Himself to us; He exerts His holy influence to keep, strengthen, protect, help and even increase our faith, knowledge and affection...none of which we can do on our own.  Thank you, Jesus! So my dear friend, I'm trusting that you and Jon maintain hope and experience great victory in Christ. Hopefully, we'll chat soon.  I'd like to know how you're doing health wise, too.  Please tell Jedidiah, Josiah and Sonia "hi" for me and enjoy a very pleasant, restful weekend. With love.St. Louis MO
 
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HEART TO HEART
 
Training Children According to God’s Word Part II
 
No Success Compensates for Failure in the Home

 
Recently, while watching a documentary series on a chef’s establishment of her career, I witnessed the great battle over the souls of men, as the young mother struggled with her motherly instincts against the temptation of a brilliant career. In the beginning she repeatedly expressed how much she missed her twin babies and how she hated leaving them behind when she went to work. Yet in a short period of time, the time it took for her children’s childhood to be over, she had two restaurants, then a television series, a book, another restaurant, a second book, another series, another restaurant and café. 
 
An accomplished chef, possessing a number of awards and accolades from the world, she sadly missed out on the one thing God required of her-to raise her children whom He gifted her. While sparing no labor or effort perfecting her craft, even in this, she left her children behind as she revealed that it was not until her son wrote a story of how he loved to cook with his mom, that she realized that she never cooked with him. He just wanted to be a part of her life, the focus of her life-which happened to be cooking-so he could have time with her! 
 
I grieve for this mother because she missed her opportunity when her children’s hearts were tender and their spirits flexible. And now it is too late because she allowed someone else to shape her children’s thoughts, attitudes, values, habits, manners, interests, desires, ability, and personality-the most important career on earth! 
 
Pretty, personable, talented, creative, ingenious, industrious, charming, highly successful…no matter how much success she achieves outside the home it does not make up for the stark reality of her miserable failure when it came to her most precious treasure at home which she traded for the pottage the world offered. Sadly, her story is the same for millions of mothers, duped into thinking that they deserve to pursue their talents, their dreams, their desires, and that they can have it all-marriage, children, and career, even when the cries of heart speak out against this lie.
 
Certainly, extenuating circumstances of divorce or death where mothers are suddenly thrust into situations that force them to enter the workforce to provide for their children are not what I am talking about here. It is the choice of pursuit of which I speak, and how the step towards career sets the wheels in motion for the machination process that literally takes over, slowly smothering the cry of the heart, with a life all its own.
 
I don’t doubt that this mother, and many other mothers that follow this same course, think that they love their children. But according to our Creator, love is all about laying down our lives for others, especially those in our care. And doing what is best for our children, according to their Creator, is the sure confirmation of our love for them. 
 
No success compensates for failure in the home because love is all about laying down our lives and desires and superfluous endeavors to concentrate single-mindedly on the wellbeing of our children, pure and simple! It is our duty and our calling. It takes time, lots of time, throughout the day, when we rise up, when we walk along the way, when we sit down, and lie down- talking, instructing, listening, playing, encouraging, reassuring, comforting, disciplining, playing, reading, singing, inspiring, and yes, most assuredly, answering all their whys!
 
To transform our society, we must clearly come to terms with God’s mandate to parents and grasp the gravity of parenting as the most important, essential, critical, significant, and marvelous of all professions! Living for one’s children by directing all energy, thought, and actions into training them according to God’s Word, gives purpose, importance, value, and direction to everything parents think or do each day, and in turn, impacts the culture as nothing else can. For the hand that rocks the cradle-molding the mind and heart of the child-truly rules the world. This is why the enemy works so hard to remove children from their homes and places so much temptation in the way of young women. 
 
Life is but a Vapor
 
Our Creator mandates living for His glory and warns us that life is but a vapor-here and then gone-making the use of our limited minutes of utmost importance. It begins with our vision of what we perceive as our duty and calling and what we desire as the end result of our life. If our highest aim is to glorify God by raising Godly children, then we will devote all our energy to that end, enjoying our children with gratitude to God for blessing us with such marvelous gifts. 
 
Training Begins at Birth 
 
Since we most recently spent considerable time nurturing 8 Doberman puppies, let me share a few things I did with them to ensure that they would be great dogs for their owners.  
 
Throughout each day, I looked deep into each of the puppy’s eyes as I laid them on their backs. I gently kept them in a place of submission as I sweetly talked to them until they happily surrendered to my touch. I massaged and rubbed them, played patty cake with their paws, sang and talked to them. Then I placed them up on my shoulder and snuggled them against my neck and face as I whispered my love into their ears. After snuggling for a while, I would hold them in front of me, tell them how beautiful and good they were. I then kissed them multiple times on their face and head and placed them on my lap where I stroked them over and over as I continued my loving adoration of them. When it was time to rejoin the other puppies, I gently placed them on the floor with a final loving stroke before taking up the next puppy.
 
Each day, I introduced the puppies to new sights, sounds, and smells through play, always working to make certain they felt safe and secure. I taught them to hear my voice and come when I called and to play gently with their siblings. When they chewed on my hand, I gave them a toy to chew on. If they continued to chew on my hand, I gently closed their mouths and said no. If they chewed on things such as my socks, the broom, kitty litter in the potty training box… things that were not good for them, I would gently push them away or pick them up out of the litter box and say no. If they continued to persist, I would gently grab the scruff of their neck and say no. It did not take much for the puppies to understand what was allowed and what was not acceptable. And because I had established a loving, secure relationship with them, and remained consistent, even our puppies learned very quickly.  
 
I am not certain how all the other members of my family loved on our puppies, but I know they loved on them all the time, as well. And I know that this love, tender care, and training shaped these puppies into secure, confident, teachable, loving companions for their new families. 
 
A vast amount of research reveals that reverence, self-control, attentiveness, hearing instructions and following them, obedience, communication, truthfulness, decisiveness, determination, diligence, dependability, loyalty, generosity, creativity, enthusiasm, contentment, patience, flexibility, faith, and even physical coordination, all rests on the foundation parents set in the first four years of a child’s life. Beyond the character, attitudes, values, and manners that are forged, research also reveals that children learn more in the first four years of their life than all they learn over the rest of their life. 
 
For babies to thrive and feel secure, they must receive lots of eye contact from their mothers. They must hear their mother’s voice and feel their mother’s loving touch throughout the day. 
 
Nurturing! Constantly Nurturing! 
 
When the children were babies and small toddlers, I carried them most of the time, constantly snuggling them and telling them everything I was doing, even step by step instructions of what I was doing to prepare the dishes for each meal. I read to them, sang to them, played with them, pointed out everything around them, introduced them to new sights, sounds, textures, and smells, instructed them on everything I could think of as we went through the day, training them on what was acceptable behavior and what was not, while constantly snuggling, kissing, caressing, and telling them how much I loved them. 
 
My babies rarely cried, as I anticipated their needs to be changed, nursed and cuddled. They were never fussy, unless overly tired, because I always had them with me engaging them in what I was doing. Just as our puppies are happy, calm, secure, and confident, so were my children. 
 
It is all about vision, purpose, direction, modeling, instructing, correcting, and loving. 
 
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CASTING A VISION FOR MULTIGENERATIONAL BUSINESSES & ESTATES 

 
The History of an American Legend Gerstner & Sons, Inc - A 115-year-old multigenerational family business. 
 
“1884 was a very important year for H. Gerstner & Sons. It was the year company founder Harry Gerstner was born. Some other very notable and interesting events were taking place around the country at this time: the Statue of Liberty was completed, Boston and New York were first linked by telephone, the Cincinnati Reds held their first game at Crosley Field, and Dayton, Ohio, had its first paved street. Harry Gerstner first started working when he left high school at age 17. He signed on as a woodworking apprentice to become a pattern-maker starting at a salary of six cents an hour. At the completion of his four-year apprenticeship, Harry received a one hundred dollar bonus and was earning ten cents an hour – top wages for a journeyman woodworker in the Dayton area.
 
Harry Gerstner made his first tool chest while working as a pattern-maker. It took him a year to design and make, as he only spent evenings working on it. After it was completed a friend remarked that he would like to have one of these well-designed chests, so Harry built another one. Some of his fellow workers commented on how well made it was, and this got him thinking that there may be a demand for his chests, as they were better and different than anything on the market at that time. So, in 1906 while the Wright Brothers were perfecting their first airplane, Harry Gerstner used the $100 bonus from his job and founded his own tool chest company. He picked up his first orders by making evening door to door sales calls on his many friends and acquaintances.
 
Harry decided to name the company H. Gerstner & Sons not only in honor of his father Herman Gerstner who introduced Harry to woodworking, but also because the name sounded established and he hoped that he would someday have his own sons to bring into the business. Indeed, it was a family business from its inception and Harry provided jobs for his father, his two brothers and his two sisters. His first woodworking tools were fairly basic and some of his machines were handmade. His first machine was a “saw-table,” he says he made with an old motor from a washing machine. Harry designed his tool chests to hold the full complement of a journeyman’s precision tools and the basic principle of design for his tool chests was “A place for everything and everything in its place.”
 
H. Gerstner & Sons was not the only manufacturer of wooden tool chests during the early 1900’s. Because of the allocation of metal towards the war effort, by the close of World War I there were about 15 companies producing wooden chests. The mid 1960’s saw the last of H. Gerstner & Sons competition as all the other companies either closed down or moved on to making other products. As the twenty-first century draws near, H. Gerstner & Sons stands alone in maintaining over 102 years of quality manufacturing of wooden tool chests.
 
H. Gerstner & Sons has always kept quality as the number one priority in establishing the company’s reputation. The tool chests were never built to be beautiful, but H. Gerstner & Sons products have a certain “look,” and their inherent quality has come to be appreciated as a truly “American” product. Like all articles of merit, they have been flattered by cheaper imitations, but the company focus has always been to build the best quality wood products money could buy. Some years ago, a man would bring his personal tools to a job interview. If they were presented in a Gerstner Chest, he was virtually assured a position. The name Gerstner has been well established to mean the highest quality in wooden tool chests, and the use of a Gerstner Chest was, and still is, evidence that a craftsman takes genuine pride in himself and his work.
 
In the company archives are letters from people who purchased our chests as far back as the 1920’s. Many of these early Gerstner Chests are still in use today and their current owners are as happy with them now as the day they were first purchased. The tool chests are built to be extremely durable. Due to the moisture absorbing characteristics of wood, tools stored in Gerstner Chests remain in a rust-free environment. With a little care a Gerstner Chest will last a lifetime and beyond, as many of them are passed down through family generations. The company has operated from its present location since 1913 and Gerstner Tool Chests are to be found in virtually every quality metalworking shop from coast to coast. In recent years the company has begun to build fine wood products for homemakers and hobbyists. 
 
H. Gerstner & Sons is still a family owned business today. While Harry Gerstner and his wife, Emma, never did have any sons, they did have three daughters, and since the beginning, the business has been run by a family member of their descendants.
 
We realize that with our 115-year history of providing unsurpassed customer service and factory expertise, our well-earned reputation will help us continue to grow and prosper as we enter our second century of business.” Gerstnerusa.com/company-history/
 
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IN THE LIBRARY 
 
The Little House Cookbook-Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Classic Stories
by Barbara M. Walker 
 
For Christmas, a friend gifted me with this lovely book. Inspired by the reading of the series to her daughter, this author’s work flooded my mind with fond memories of reading this series to my own children-several times. From the beautiful photography to Garth Williams warm illustrations, this book delighted my heart. The first recipe I searched for was Laura Ingalls family recipe for gingerbread, christening my journey through over 100 recipes, beginning with Lard Cracklings, Apple Core Vinegar, Apple Turnovers, Doughnuts, Johnny cakes, Taffy and pork sausage. 
 
With smatterings of excerpts from the Little House books throughout the book, opening with The fire merrily crackled, a fat duck roasted, and the cornbread baked. Everything was snug and cozy again. naturally inspired me to pick up the series again. So as freezing rain fell all around my home, I was snug and cozy curled by the blazing fire in our hearth reading The Little House on the Prairie
 
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DELIGHTFUL SURPRISES 
 
The following are from LakeshoreLearning.com 
 
Classic Harwood Learning Toys
“Our beautifully crafted hardwood toys let tots build skills as they play! The boards help toddlers identify numbers, colors and shapes while developing logical thinking and motor control.”  
Color Rings Sorting Board#PFF444 Sort-A-Shape Activity Board#PJJ434
Counting Cones#PDD561 “Our super-cool cones make counting practice a real treat! Kids simply snap the first scoop onto a number cone…then easily nest additional scoops on top to match the numeral printed on the cone. Set comes with 55 ice cream scoops-enough to complete all 10 cones at once. 
Don’t Let the Bugs Fall!#PTR798 A block balancing game similar to the adult version Jenga.  
Touch & Learn USA Map#PTC207 An interactive tablet for exploring capitals, landmarks and famous people with 1000 facts & quiz questions and a game that allows the children to race to the White House to become the next president. This looks cute but I have not read the questions, so do not know how politically correct it is. 
Magnetic Story Board#PLC1639 “Kids tell imaginative stories-with 190 magnetic words, punctuation marks and more, color-coded by parts of speech. Includes a story board and handy storage pouch.” Extra magnetic words available. 
I Can Build Simple Words#PTT194 “Even beginners can buld simple words-with color-coded letters and illustrated activity cards! Kids just match up letters to words or flip the cards over and fil in the blanks to build words on their own. 
Make-A-Word Picture Puzzles#PJJ466 and PJJ465 “Puzzle you way to reading success! As beginning readers fit the pictures together, they instantly build corresponding words-learning to read and spell at the same time! Each set includes 16 self-correcting puzzles for tons of no-fail word-building practice.
I Can Build It #PVR201 # irresistible vehicles with a 2-way electric screwdriver. 
Sort & Match Activity Box #PEE929 “From creature that live in the ocean to tools used in a garden-children build sorting skills with every match they make. Kids select an illustrated mat and complete the scene with realistic miniatures-sorting and matching by category as they go. 
Telling Time Teaching Clock#PTE455 “Learn to tell time with our cute talking clock. Simply turn the hand to hear the clock speak or switch to quiz mode and the clock challenges you to display the time.”
 
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TINY TOTS 
- Fun activities I did with my children when they were young.  
 

  • With the weather still chilly and damp, I created fun physical activities indoors. 
  • Blow bubbles for toddler to catch around the room
  • Blow up a large balloon for toddler to keep in the air
  • Play Simon Says, Hokey Pokey, and Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes
  • Play Red Light Green Light
  • Play catch with nerf balls 
  • Act out different animals at the zoo
  • Become planes and zoom around the room
  • Jump like frogs
  • Hop like bunnies
  • Waddle like ducks
  • Crawl like snakes
  • Dart like lizards
  • Scamper like mice…
  • Watch Winnie the Pooh’s Blustery Day
  • On a blustery day, let toddler release colored pieces of paper into the air and
  • Hold onto a long piece of colorful cloth and watch as the wind makes it dance 

 
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ITS FUN LEARNING AT HOME
- Fun activities I did with my children when they were young.  
 
To help Jedidiah improve his fine motor skills for writing, after I had him form letters in a 13 x 9 pan of cornmeal, finger paint them on butcher block paper, paint them with a large paintbrush, and trace the letters from the Lauri ABC puzzle, I gave Jedidiah several Dover coloring books and a box of 36 colored pencils. Loving the details of the very manly pictures, he voluntarily sits for an hour or so several times a day, carefully coloring in military uniforms, cowboys, explorers, and pictures of farm life. The control it takes to fill in these detailed pictures will soon make printing an easy task for him. DoverPublications.com 
 
Rick Steves European travelogues make wonderful additions to unit studies. We still enjoy watching the superbly filmed and choreographed travelogues eloquently narrated by this experienced traveler who shares the history, religion, and culture of each area. 
 
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SUMMERS ON THE FARM
- Although written for our posterity, we began this column to answer all our subscribers’ questions about what we were doing on the farm. This section has become so popular we have continued to detail some highlights of our projects.
 
-Individuals and families continue to come for visits and farm tours each week. 
-Businesses rapidly growing. Working with customers by phone or text everyday. 
-Expanded delivery to four days. 
-The boys purchased a gas forge that will prove to be very helpful for making their knives. They also expanded their line to include kitchen knives after a chef requested a special knife. It is a beauty. 
-Jon reinstalled the windows in the chicken house for the winter. 
-Jedidiah is still hauling hay from the properties he cut this fall. There are 650 large round bales for our livestock and fowl this winter He is placing bales in each of our fields so they are ready to be doled out this winter as the cattle and sheep continue to rotate through our fields. 
-Jedidiah took one of our tractors into EW to be repaired. 
- From tractors, mowers, and rakes, to balers, skid steer, and hay elevator he was continually busy repairing all our equipment to keep them running. Now he will be busy servicing them for next year. 
-Josiah and Sonia showed Warpath Strategy knives at the Rolla Knife show. 
-Watched a great documentary entitled The Bullish Farmer. 
-Jedidiah and Josiah repaired our old hay elevator and unloaded 255 alfalfa bales after dark tonight. 
-The boys fenced the hay in each of our fields to keep the livestock from ruining the bales. 
-Josiah is spending very long nights in the shed finishing more knives for the next knife show. 
-Jedidiah is stretching barbed wire on fencing he and Josiah put up.  
-Josiah showed the boys knives at the Nashville TN knife show. Stayed with friends in Spring Hill. 
-Purchased 4 more milk cows for a total of 18. (Last recording I mistakenly said 17. Jedidiah corrected that.) 
-Sonia continues to make more hats for her collection. 
-Sonia is busy picking up walnuts to sell for purchasing more hat materials. 
-Sonia and Josiah painted the kennel’s ceiling. 
-I continue to clean up each of our vegetable beds, placing spent plants, vines, and stalks on the compost pile and thick stalks and tomato vines on the burn pile. 
-Jedidiah and Josiah are busy making more knives for the Rolla Knife Show. 
-Picked up 15 more chickens a friend raised for us. Will keep penned up on one side of the chicken house for several days so they know to come in to roost at night. 
-Jedidiah and I picked up 200 more bales of alfalfa. 
-Purchased a great looking Katahdin ram as an additional ram for our growing flock. 
-Jedidiah repaired the automatic chicken door again. 
-The skid steer broke down again. $3600 later-yikes-we must have it-we should be good to go for a while longer. Bob cat says the rod is scored so will be replacing that again soon. 
-Picked the last of our turnips-two five-gallon buckets for us and 3 bushel containers for the pigs. 
-Sonia and Josiah finished putting up all the flashing on the kennel. 
-Jon took window to be repaired for chicken house. 
-Heard a cougar in the woods very near our home. 
-Our neighbor told us he spotted a dark colored cougar when he was deer hunting. He said it was larger than the deer he was tracking. 
-Jedidiah and Josiah finished installing the FRP board, trimming out doors and windows, installing sink…just in time for Savanna’s whelping. 
--International Champion Gustav Von Rein De Badea Gheo of Kimbertal Kennel and Savanna Lady Baltimore Kimbertal Summers of Etling Stertling-each from noble blood lines- friendly, outgoing, and good with children-are the proud parents of 8 adorable champion Dobermans. 
-We all take turns so we are with puppies 24/7 introducing new sites, sounds, and smells, playing, cuddling, and loving them. Will do this until they go to their new homes.
-To make certain Savanna produces plenty of milk for all her puppies and to establish a healthy foundation for her puppies, each day she receives apple cider vinegar in our spring water; several pounds of our grass fed meats-raw ground beef, stew meat, roast, ground lamb, stew meat, cooked ham, cooked roast, organ meat, and free range chickens friends raised for us; 12 hardboiled eggs; all the rich creamy milk she wants; high quality kibble; cheese; and her NuVet vitamin.  
-Each of us take shifts to watch over our new puppies, 24/7. Josiah, Jedidiah, and I sleep on a sleeping bag in the kennel with them at night-between feedings.
-Picked the last of our lettuce, radishes, kale, and onions. 
-Had dewclaws removed and tails docked. Picked up dewormer.
-Picked up 25 more chickens from a friend who raised them for us. 
-Ordered canine vaccines. 
- Per our request, Jedidiah made boxes from the pallets on which our feed comes. They look great so we talked about adding these to our wood products after I enhance them with wood burning designs.  
-Sonia has spent days working with puppy sites to get all our information online. 
- Just switched our milk customers to BPA free jugs. To remedy the constant shortage of glass jars, the great expense in replacing jars, and reduce the vast amount of time it takes to retrieve jars, rewash lids, sterilize jars and lids (3 times in our commercial dishwasher) ... Josiah did a lot of research and made quite a few calls in an attempt to purchase waxed cartons for our milk. Unfortunately, the least number of cartons we could purchase were tens of thousands, and then we had to purchase an expensive machine to construct them. So, he did a lot of research on BPA free plastic cartons and ordered many different samples that the boys filled, poured, and drank out of to see which would be best for our customers. Although an added expense for us, this will prove to be a great blessing in the long run, for both us and our customers.
-So glad to have Thieves household cleaner for cleaning kennel and Seedlings baby wipes for wiping puppies. 
-Sonia texts back and forth with potential customers for puppies. 
-Three times a day, puppies now receiving 2-3 baked chickens, organic rice, 18 eggs and gallon of our milk-lightly pasteurized. 
-$3600 later skid steer still not running. 
-Older tractor down. Newer tractor would not start. Moved cattle and sheep to barn lot to feed square bales of hay. 
-After hours of repair, Jedidiah got tractor running. 
-I am spending much time taking pictures, writing, and sending out our weekly family newsletter. Most everyone has passed on how much they are enjoying it. 
-Jedidiah got skid steer running and was able to bring load after load of manure to garden and turn chicken manure and garden weeds over for composting. 
-Took one steer into one processor for customers and another into another processor for ground beef for our dogs and puppies.
-Puppies now eating 6-9 pounds of hamburger alternating with the chicken. 
-Constantly updating pictures, answering inquiries, and working with customers. 
-Wrote Puppy Guidelines for purchasers and extensive sales agreement. 
-Over 50 lambs born. 
-Although weaned, both puppies and Savanna enjoy multiple play times each day. 
-On the phone and emailing back and forth with puppy, milk, and meat customers nearly all day long now. 
-Bottle feeding an abandoned lamb several times a day.
-Jedidiah replaced brakes on our truck. 
-Had sutures removed from puppies’ ears and boys propped them. One couple picked their puppy up right after Josiah propped them at veterinarian clinic. Another couple picked up our gentle giant that evening from our home. Have four coming this week. 
-Josiah is tapping trees. 
-Jedidiah repaired UTV. 
-Everyone is still taking turns spending 24/7 with the puppies still here. 
-Desiring to show and train service dogs for veterans, Josiah has already read two books on dog training and is getting ready to take an online course, while pursuing personal training from others. 
-Had repair man to look at dryer in dairy (and our dryer and oven at home). 
-Josiah made notes of things he wants to change in our whelping house before next litter of puppies. 
-It appears Savanna is going into heat again. May have another litter of puppies a bit sooner than anticipated. 
-Beef cattle are starting to have their calves. 
-All puppies are sold and went to great homes! 
 
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WELLNESS

 
Our family has friends that are dealing with serious issues from the shot and heard from friends of serious issues with their friends and family. 
 
Miscarriages and Cancer up 300% Neurological Problems up 1000%(Actually other reliable online sources have reported that miscarriages are up over 700%). https://thetruthaboutvaccines.com/covid-vaccine-miscarriages-cancer/
 
The Killing Fields - Toxic Chemicals are Poisoning Us to Death
 
I have reached the age where I, and most of my friends, are experiencing health issues that were rare when my parents reached this age. From diabetes, kidney dysfunction, liver disfunction, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, to all varieties of cancer, it seems that one triggers another until the body is in a world of hurt.  
 
Dr. Joel Kahn’s statement explains this phenomenon: “The average lifespan in the United States is 79 years. But actually, the health span, the years of your life that you aren't totally encumbered with doctor appointments, medications, surgeries, deteriorating health, pain, suffering, Alzheimer's, being one of the worst, is 63 years. So the last 16 years of your life—that's a sixth, a fifth of your life—is spent dealing with declining health, pain and suffering.”
 
For those of you who are younger, let me speak from experience that 63 years is a blink in time and comes far sooner than any of us imagine. And sadly, most Americans at least, work their entire life for their retirement years which they hope to fully enjoy. I see this over and over in our farming community where men, who worked all their lives in St. Louis so they could retire on the farm of their dreams, find that once they finally purchase the farm, they don’t have the health to fulfill their dreams. Some in fact, are selling out before they move to the farm, because either they or their spouse developed a debilitating disease. 
 
On the other hand, I, unlike most my counterparts, looked to these years as a time for greater productivity in working with my adult children-as a strong family unit-working together in sync to further build up a mighty family dynasty for our posterity while doing greater works to further transform society, fulfilling the great vision God imparted. Yet instead of being fully free and focused on fulfilling that vision, I am dividing my time to work on restoring my health from my third bout of cancer.  
 
Dr. Tom Reed DPM, FACFAS, DABPS, DABPM, (whom I am thankful to Renee Yeo for making us aware of him as an advocate for Young Living products and speaker at YL Convention) in his book Your Health Has Been Hijacked and It’s High Time to Take it Back! The Truth About Our Toxic, Chemical-Laden World, Diabetes, Cancer, Vaccines, Medications, Epigenetics, and More puts our present dilemma in perspective. 
 
“Now, in the last one hundred years, there have been new threats to human health, arguably more dreadful than any disease we have faced in the past. And, as profound as it may seem, indicators reflect the overall health of Americans is declining so rapidly, there is a very real possibility that we will never recover. Chronic diseases and the poisoning of every known person and animal on the face of the Earth is a result of this threat. The cause is not a viral or bacterial plague, nor some strange mutation that threatens our survival. Its face and effects are much more sinister and covert. And it is not just you who is being targeted-the damage that slowly ravished the body is after your family and friends and can be passed down for generations to come. 
 
What are these threats to our very existence? Toxic, man-made chemicals, and they are everywhere. They’re in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the soil we use to grow our food, personal care products that we put on our bodies and in our mouths, the household products we use in our home, yards, gardens, and the environment, and medications. Our food and air are being systematically poisoned with harmful chemicals. Over time, the toxic burden of these chemicals builds up and accumulates in our brains and other organ systems, affecting how we feel, function, think, perform, and look. Infants, children, babies in-utero, and pregnant women are especially vulnerable to toxic chemicals, which are passed from the mother to child through the umbilical cord and breast milk. 
 
These chemicals are literally poisoning the entire world’s population, from humans to wildlife to insects. There are more than 80,000 chemicals registered for use today, most of which (approximately 60,000) have not been studied for safety by any government agency, nor have they been studied for toxicity in synergy with each other. 
 
Research and testing have shown that many of these chemicals are indeed harmful, and are known to kill, maim, and otherwise destroy the lives of innocent people, causing cancer, birth defects, and the vast majority of chronic diseases, including mental health disorders. Dr. Paul Baillie-Hamilton, an Oxford-educated physician in Britain and one of the leading authorities on food borne toxins, states, ‘We are so contaminated that if we were cannibals, our meat would be banned for human consumption.’ 
 
The killing fields in which we walk, talk, and have our existence, are saturated with observable evidence of harm and devastation, primarily at the hands of the industrial and pharmaceutical profiteers who develop toxic designer chemicals. Some chemicals are openly and heavily marketed to the general public in food, cleaning, and personal care products. 
 
We are surrounded by toxic refuse-invisible synthetic chemicals and our bodies absorb them until we are overloaded, and our organ systems begin to fail. From conception to the moment we take our last breath, we are inundated with toxic, cancer-causing, and DNA-altering chemicals that are stealing our breath, our longevity, our purpose, and the future of our children. 
 
We line up every morning and await our daily dose of poisons from industries that claim to be giving us better lives, but in reality, are destroying the lives of millions of innocent men, women, and children daily. From the moment we awaken, we are exposed to hundreds and even thousands of toxic chemicals. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit research group, after an extensive year of reviewing more than one thousand biomonitoring studies, found over 420 chemicals in blood, urine, hair, and other human samples, known to or likely to cause cancer. The results of an earlier 2005 study, identifying toxic chemicals, and other pollutants in the umbilical cord blood of 10 babies. What they found was shocking-287 industrial chemicals, some which are banned, were identified in the cord blood samples. 
 
Of the chemicals detected, 180 are known to cause cancer in humans or animals. 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. A spokesperson for EWG commented, ‘Had we tested for a broader array of chemicals, we would almost certainly have detected far more than 287.’ 
 
Approximately 100,000 synthetic chemicals have been unleased on this planet worldwide with more than 1000 new chemicals entering the market place every year. 
 
Sheldon Krimsky, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and adjunct professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Tufts University School of Medicine wrote in 2008, ‘with up to 100,000 synthetic chemicals (approved for consumer use), the potential number of synergistic combinations become mind-boggling. It could take over 1000 years to complete a chemical by chemical testing program.’ 
 
Until recently, we were told by the mainstream media and the scientific and medical communities that we shouldn’t be concerned, about our toxic bioburden because, as they say ‘The poison is in the dose,’ a mantra that is the foundation of our public health standards. However, many synthetic chemicals are biologically active at incredibly low levels and the combined effects have never been studies. In addition, the bioburden is cumulative. The liver is the primary filter for toxins in the body. When we are exposed to toxic chemicals, it is the liver that detoxifies and removes them into the body’s elimination portals, the intestines, bladder, and skin. When the liver is overly stressed or overworked trying to remove those chemicals, it can’t be as efficient detoxifying the body. The toxins then spill over into the body, circulating through the various organ systems, eventually begin stored in the fat and liver tissues. 
 
Harmful effects are occurring in the human body even when the dose seems to be far below what is considered the threshold. With PCBs for instance, a known carcinogen, it only takes five parts per billion in the mother’s blood, the equivalent of one drop of water in 9,440 gallons of water (118 bathtubs full), to cause permanent brain damage to a fetus in the womb. Even though production was banned in the United States in 1978, it is estimate that 40% of the PCB production is still in use in some capacity. 
 
In a landmark alliance known as project TENDR, forty-seven leaders and fifteen professional health organizations of various disciplines have come together in support of a consensus statement to say that many of the chemicals found in everyday products can result in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, and attention-deficit disorders. 
 
The health challenges we face are intimately connected with toxic chemicals we interact with every day. These health challenges include cancer, chronic disease, and unnecessary surgeries, especially removal of female reproductive organs and the thyroid. What’s worse is that whatever unhealthy lifestyle choice we may make or whatever chronic illnesses we may develop from bioaccumulation of the toxic chemicals that infest our bodies, these effects alter our genes and can be epigenetically passed down to future generations. 
 
‘Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to human health…the diseases we’re beginning to see as the major causes of death in the latter part of the 20th century and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin,’ writes Rick Irvin, toxicologist Texas A&M University.” 
 
We are in a war for our lives, but more importantly, for our posterity’s future-the reason for my passion for achieving optimal health and generational wellness through advocating Young Living products which brings me to a very important point. 
 
“It isn’t the one who dies with the most oils who wins. It’s the one who uses the most oils who lives”. -Debra Raybern: Our team’s Royal Crown Diamond leader and author ofGentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants, and Young Children; The Art of Blending with Essential Oils; Road to Royal: Road Map to Success; Road to Wellness; Nutrition 101: Choose Life a Family Nutrition and Health Program. 
 

Dabbing on oils, diffusing or applying once in a while is not restoring wellness because optimal health and generational wellness is the result of a lifestyle that consciously makes healthy choices each day throughout the day, and in fact, dominates the thought processes until the healthy choices become a matter of habitual practices. 
 
It may be too late for me but not for my children and their children and their children! For that I am extremely grateful! Nearly every day I praise God for directing me to the immense blessings of Young Living’s products and for inspiring me with a passion to teach others about them. If you are interested in learning more or in joining our family’s team, text or call 314-610-8389 or 314-910-2697.
 
Walking with you to change the world, one family at a time! 
 
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THE DISMANTLING and RESTORING OF AMERICA

 
My friend and fellow investigative journalist Jonathan Otto just shared with me a new ebook backed by world renowned physicians aboutthe Shocking Truth About the C0V!D-19 Vax That’s Programming Your Body For Destruction. Nathan Crane Host Conquering Cancer Summit 
 

You will learn: 

How parts of the spike protein DNA split apart, creating mutant versions,
which are unable to bind to the cell membrane where important immunization
takes place
When these mutant versions float around in the body they start to cause
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CULTURAL MARXISM V. CULTURAL CHRISTIANITY  by Gary Demar 
 
Today’s Marxism has little to do with Karl Marx. Marxism in its purest form is an attack on capitalism not culture. Once workers united against their capitalist exploiters the inevitability of Communism would be realized. 
 
During the panel discussion that I participated in at Liberty University during the Falkirk Faith Summit with Eric Metaxas, Mark David Hall, author of Did America Have a Christian Founding, and Jay Reynolds, Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute and co-author of Privileged Planet, we were discussing biblical worldview issues.
 
Dr. Reynolds mentioned Antonio Gramsci and Herbert Marcuse in passing. I’m sure most people missed the significance of his statement. But it’s Gramsci’s ideas we are seeing being worked out in our nation today, not those of Marx.
 
Gramsci (1891–1937) believed it was incumbent on his followers to “enter into every civil, cultural and political activity in every nation, patiently leavening them all as thoroughly as yeast leavens bread.” [1] To change the culture, Gramsci argued, “would require a ‘long march through the institutions’—the arts, cinema, theater, schools, colleges, seminaries, newspapers, magazines, and the new electronic medium [of the time], radio.” [2]
 
Roger Kimball captures the tactic well in his book The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America: “The long march through the institutions signified in the words of [Herbert] Marcuse, ‘working against the established institutions while working in them’. By this means—by insinuation and infiltration rather than by confrontation—the counter-cultural dreams of radicals like Marcuse have triumphed.” [3]
 
Gramsci’s enemy was not capitalism. It was Christianity. Gary North explains that Gramsci believed that “the only way to achieve a proletarian revolution would be to break the faith of the masses of Western voters in Christianity and the moral system derived from Christianity.”
 
Christianity used to be cultural. There was a time when Christians believed that Christianity was transformative. Gramsci understood this.
 
Last week, after a discussion with a friend who I had not seen in 32 years, I began rereading James Orr’s book The Progress of Dogma, a series of lectures that he delivered at the Western Theological Seminary [4] in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1897.
 
Orr sounds very much like Gramsci, but with a twist. He believed that Christians should engage the culture at every level. The following is from the last few pages of his book The Progress of Dogma . Note the bold text below. 
 
I trust, that, as the result of this survey in which we have been engaged, I have succeeded in some degree in making it apparent that there is a true meaning and progress in the history of dogma, and that some glimpse even has been obtained into the law of that progress. I close by reiterating my conviction that the outlook in theology, if not all bright, is assuredly not all dark. There are, indeed, not wanting signs that we are on the eve of new conflicts, in which new solvents will be applied to Christian doctrines, and which may prove anxious and testing to many who do not realize that Christian faith in every age must be a battle. That battle will have to be fought, if I mistake not, in the first instance, round the fortress of the worth and authority of Holy Scripture.
 
A doctrine of Scripture adapted to the needs of the hour in harmonizing the demands at once of science and of faith, is perhaps the most clamant want at present in theology. But the whole conception of Christianity will get drawn in, and many of the old controversies will be revived in new forms. On the other hand I see many things yielding encouragement the serious attention being given to the problems of religion; the recognition of Christ as Master and Lord even by those who do not admit to the full His supernatural Person and claims; the earnest temper of the age, and its desire to reach the truth in all departments of inquiry; the searching light cast on documents and institutions, which can only result in that which is of abiding value receiving suitable acknowledgment.
 
A constructive period may confidently be expected to follow the present season of criticism and testing of foundations, and then will be witnessed the rearing of a grander and stronger edifice of theology than the ages have yet seen. If, however, I were asked in what I think the distinctive peculiarity of twentieth-century Christianity will lie, I should answer that it is not in any new or overwhelmingly brilliant discovery in theology that I look for it. The lines of essential doctrine are by this time well and surely established. But the Church has another and yet more difficult task before it, if it is to retain its ascendency over the minds of men.
 
That task is to bring Christianity to bear as an applied power on the life and conditions of society; to set itself as it has never yet done to master the meaning of “the mind of Christ,” and to achieve the translation of that mind into the whole practical life of the age into laws, institutions, commerce, literature, art; into domestic, civic, social, and political relations; into national and international doings in this sense to bring in the Kingdom of God among men. I look to the twentieth century to be an era of Christian Ethic even more than of Christian Theology. With God on our side, history behind us, and the unchanging needs of the human heart to appeal to, we need tremble for the future of neither.
 
“All flesh is as grass, and all the glory thereof as the flower of the grass. The grass withereth, and the flower falleth; but the word of the Lord abideth forever. And this is the word of good tidings which was preached unto you.” [1 Pet. 1:24–25] (352–354)
 
Malachi Martin, The Keys of This Blood: The Struggle for World Dominion Between Pope John II, Mikhail Gorbachev and the Capitalist West (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1990), 250.[]
 
Patrick J. Buchanan, Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization (New York: St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books, 2001), 77.[]
 
Roger Kimball, The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America (San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2000), 15.[]
 
“The consolidation of two previously separate institutions, Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological Seminary of the United Presbyterian Church of North America and Western Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America in 1959, led to the formation of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary” in 1959. R.C. Sproul was a graduate of  Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1964).[]
 
Topics Covered in Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths How Misreading the Bible Neutralizes Christians and Empowers Liberals, Secularists, and Atheists by Gary Demar
 
There’s a scene at the end of the film The Martian where Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) lays out what is inevitable in space travel. It’s a lesson that can and should be applied to every area of life:
 
At some point, everything’s gonna go south on you… Everything’s going to go south and you’re going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That’s all it is. You just begin. You do the math. You solve one problem… and you solve the next one… and then the next. And if you solve enough problems, you get to come home. All right, questions?
 
A number of readers of the material published by American Vision often ask why we spend so much time on eschatology. Matt Damon’s brief speech is one reason why. Of course, it’s much more comforting to Christians if there is a “rescue in a rapture” than to die with no Earthly or Martianly hope.
 
Let’s get a few preliminaries out of the way concerning Christians and politics.
 
First, there is no doubt that there are few differences between the two major parties. When both Houses of Congress were owned by the Republicans, one would think that the claimed differences would have come out and the GOP would have fought for the principles they claim separate them from the Democrats.
 
This leads to the second observation. Many Christians believe their vote doesn’t make much difference even when their guy wins because their votes are overwhelmed by the GOP establishment majority that dilutes the effectiveness of the Constitutionalists.
 
Third, they are tired of sending people to Congress who promise one thing and then break that promise and offer political excuses for the votes they make. This happened in my district in Georgia in 2016. Rep. Barry Loudermilk voted for the 2000-page Omnibus Appropriations Bill even though it continued to fund Planned Parenthood to the tune of $500 million. There was so much pork in the Omnibus Bill that a devout Muslim wouldn’t touch the paper it was printed on.
 
Here’s how a letter-to-the-editor writer praised Loudermilk’s vote:
 
“But you can’t beat something with nothing, so our delegation used the only currency they had [to get specific issues related to Georgia passed]: their votes for or against the Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Thankfully, Representative Loudermilk and the Georgia Delegation put their districts and state’s interests first, and harmful provisions were defeated as a direct result of their efforts.”
 
Disillusionment sets in. But we don’t give up. We look for a better candidate. We raise up a more informed generation of Christian statesmen.
 
I am thankful that Donald Trump won in 2016. He has shaken up the Establishment in both parties and shamed many Republican “conservatives.” Trump is not perfect, but neither was King David. Every Democrat hates him and so do a lot of Republicans like Bill Kristol, Michael Steele, and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s husband and his anti-Trump super PAC. Because Never-Trumpers profit from an ever-expanding national government and a corrupt alphabet soup of Federal agencies.
 
Fourth, millions of Christians are uninformed on issues like economics, education, and foreign policy. They’ve never been taught the foundational principles of the free enterprise system that’s based on the biblical law of “You shall not steal” Exodus 20:15, even if a majority of people believe it’s OK.
 
Fifth, the following are some of the theological reasons many Christians do not get involved politically. They believe there are sound biblical reasons why they should avoid the endeavor altogether:
 
We should just preach the gospel:Paul told the Ephesian elders that he did not shrink from declaring to them the “whole purpose of God” Acts 20:27. Being a new creature in Christ is the first step in a whole new life. Being born again does not stop at infancy. We are to grow up in the faith so every area of life is impacted by God’s Word Hebrews 5:11-14.
 
Politics is dirty: What isn’t dirty? Our job is to clean up the things that are dirty. Diapers are dirty, and we change them. If a politician is dirty, then change him or her.
 
Jesus didn’t get mixed up in politics, so why should we? There are many things Jesus didn’t do. He didn’t get married, have children, or own a home. Should we follow His example in these areas? The civil magistrate is said to be a “minister of God” Romans 13:1-4. It’s the same Greek word ( διάκονός) used to describe a deacon in an ecclesiastical setting 1 Timothy 3:8-13. In neither of these governmental offices are these ministers to “lord it over those allotted to [their] charge” 1 Peter 5:3; see Matthew 20:25-28.
 
Our citizenship is in heaven: We have multiple citizenships (commonwealths), with our heavenly citizenship being a priority Philippians 3:20; see Acts 5:29.  The fact that Paul was a citizen of heaven did not stop him from claiming his Roman citizenship Acts 22:25-29 and appealing to Caesar 25:9-12. 
 
There’s a separation between church and state: The Bible teaches that there is a jurisdictional separation between church and state, but there is no separation between God and government, and that includes civil government.
 
Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world: God’s kingdom does not derive its power and authority from this world, but His kingdom is in and over this world whether people acknowledge it or not. We are to pray, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” Matthew 7:10. Doing God’s will is the manifestation of kingdom living.
 
Politics is not spiritual: If civil government has been ordained by God, then it is spiritual as is every area of life when governed by the Word of God.
 
Satan is the god of this world: Satan is no more a god than a person’s stomach is a god Philippians 3:19. Paul is describing what some people choose to be their god, a limited creature who has been defeated.
 
We’re not supposed to judge: We are admonished by Jesus to be consistent in judgment Matthew 7:1-2 and to “judge with righteous judgment” John 7:24.  
 
We must render to Caesar what’s Caesar’s: We don’t live under Caesar. We live under a Constitution, and we can remove and replace people in office and “petition the government for a redress of grievances.” The people in Jesus’ day could not. We do not have to settle for the political status quo.
 
Christians should remain neutral: Neutrality is impossible. Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters” (Matt. 12:30; also see Rev. 3:16). 
 
We can’t impose our morality on other people: All law is the imposition of someone’s view of morality. The question is, What areas of life is the civil magistrate given the authority to do?
 
We’re living in the last days and Jesus is coming soon to rapture His church so why polish brass on a sinking ship?: How many times have we heard this claim? Even today Christians are pushing the canard that the “rapture” is near, that the antichrist is on the brink of revealing himself, and there is no reason to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. Those in the world are wiser. Ship building did not stop with the sinking of an unsinkable ship. sometimes “the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light” Luke 16:8. 
 
There’s so much more that could be said on this topic. I’ve covered the above topics and more in my book Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths” How Misreading the Bible Neutralizes Christians and Empowers Liberals, Secularists, and Atheists.”Gary DeMar AmericanVision.org 
 
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As we look forward to the springing forth of life from its long dormancy, so too, we seek to spread truth, effectually breathing life into society. Go forth in strength.

See you all soon. 
The Summers Family