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Gatlinburg Trip 

Hello everyone! I hope your final week of 2016 is going well. We enjoyed a great Christmas at my grandparents’ house. Now we are packing away the decorations and preparing to welcome 2017.
Last week, we were finally able to take our annual trip to Gatlinburg. We left on Monday arriving in Pigeon Forge in time to eat supper at the Old Mill Restaurant. After enjoying our meal, we visited the gift shop and then traveled down the road a bit to the Book Barn/Moon Pie Store. My grandma buys books here every year. The store is famous in that the first moon pies were made there. It’s a really neat place.
On Tuesday we visited several stores in Severeville and Pigeon Forge. We love Smokey Mountain Knife Works. They have every kind of Knife imaginable, as well as guns, survival gear, hunting supplies, home goods, moonshine candles, clothing, Yeti cups and on and on. We visited the tool store, Belk, the Tanger outlets, Walmart, French’s Boot Store, Little Dolly’s,and the Apple Barn. That evening we ate supper at the Paula Dean Restaurant. It’s located on the Island, so we shopped there as well. It’s a really neat place.
On Wednesday we drove into the mountains. We were able to see a lot of the damage caused by the fire 3 weeks before. In some areas the ground was still smoking. It looks like the fire surrounded Gatlinburg on all sides, but the central part of town wasn’t burned. Everything was open that we normally visit with the exception of one store. It was closed due to smoke damage. It’s like the fire jumped around. One building may be burned and the next one not. In one area, the landscape was burned, but some historic buildings weren’t. 
There were lots of people there. So, that will be a blessing to the area. One man said, “The best thing you can do for Gatlinburg is come.” I’ll share some photos at the end of this post. 
After driving through the mountains, we walked through Gatlinburg. We enjoyed our time there. That evening we ate supper at Corky’s BBQ and then did some final shopping in Pigeon Forge. We drove home on Thursday. We had a great time.
I’m not sure what we will do to welcome 2017. We, dad and I, usually shoot our guns. So, who knows. I wish all of you a very happy New Year!
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Celebration of God with Us 

Hello and Merrry Christmas to all of you! I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and are able to spend time with family and friends. I have enjoyed the sounds and smells of the season. I love Christmas music and scents. I enjoy looking at the lights and even braving the crowds in the shopping centers. It’s just a fun time of year!
Because it is fun and festive, we tend to forget why we are celebrating. Much of Christmas has been totally secularized. Yes, Santa and all that goes with him is fun, but Santa is not why we celebrate. I love old Frosty the Snowman, but Frosty is not why we celebrate. The music and smells are wonderful, but they are not why we celebrate. Oh, and the presents, we can’t forget them, they are nice, but the presents are not why we celebrate.
Isaiah 9:6 says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Matthew 1:21 says, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” 
We celebrate Christmas because God Almighty robed Himself in flesh, came to this earth, and became the Saviour of the world. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Skipping down to verse 14 we read, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,…” I Timothy 3:16 says, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” Isaiah 7:14 says, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” This prophecy was fulfilled in Matthew 1:18-21. Verse 23 says, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
The Baby born on that first Christmas night was no ordinary baby. He was the living God incarnate come to save us from our sins. His name alone says it all, JESUS, Jehovah has become our Saviour! The song “Mary Did You Know” sums it up best. If you’ve never heard this song, you owe it to yourself to listen to it some time during this season. I’m so glad God manifest Himself in flesh and came to save us! His miraculous birth brought us hope. 
Miss Priss, Effie, and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. May our Wonderful Saviour, God manifest in flesh, become real to you in a very special way.
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The Gifts of the Magi: Part III 

Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you and yours. As Christmas approaches, I hope everyone is remembering and reflecting on the Reason for the Season. If Jesus, God manifest in flesh, had not come to this earth as a baby, we would not be celebrating. I’m so glad He came!
Over the past 2 weeks we have been discussing the gifts of the Magi. The first gift we discussed was gold, possibly either Balsam oil or Turmeric. Last week we discussed frankincense. Today, we will discuss the 3rd and final known gift of the Magi, myrrh.
Myrrh, the most bitter-sweet of the gifts, had been imported to Egypt for embalming purposes and the practice filtered out through the surrounding areas. Myrrh was connected with death and burial, a disheartening gift for a new mother to hold, yet beautiful in light of her understanding of His purpose. But was that all the myrrh was for?
While the Middle Eastern regions used myrrh ceremonially, the Far East was using it for healing purposes. Ayurvedic medicine, which dates back for thousands of years, used myrrh for wound healing, digestive health, and to balance women’s issues. China used myrrh for similar purposes, wound healing and to slow bleeding. With this in mind, one wonders whether the Magi were bringing healing substances for Jesus after birth, cord healing etc. as well as for Mary in her postpartum discomfort.
When Joseph and Mary received the gift of myrrh from the Kings from the Orient, the Wisemen didn’t have to explain the use of the oil to Mary. She knew myrrh was an antiseptic and should be placed on the navel of a newborn so there would be no infection with the cutting of the umbilical cord. She also knew it would come in handy later on in protecting her Child from things like coughs, sore throat, ringworm, and gum infections. She knew myrrh would be a good thing to have to sooth and heal the little cuts and bruises that all little boys experience. Mary knew myrrh could heal the scar tissue after pregnancy. She knew how to rub her abdomen with the oil until the stretch marks disappeared. When rubbed on her body as a breast feeding mother, it would communicate a sense of security and wellbeing to both her and her Child. Mary knew these things because all the women of her day knew. This was common practice for them.
It’s worth noting that frankincense and myrrh together used in Temple rituals comprised a synergistic anti-microbial combination. While both the Temple and Jesus’ cradle were filled with aromatic substances, they were also fighting disease and protecting the inhabitants. What joy there is in seeing beauty of God’s design underscored with practical protective measures.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂 

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The Gifts of the Magi: Part II 

Hello everyone! I hope this finds you all doing well and enjoying the Christmas season, if that’s something you participate in. I personally do not care for the secular part of it, but I enjoy the change in routine. I enjoy the sounds and smells of the season.
Last week we discussed the gift of gold, possibly Balsam oil or Turmeric, brought to Jesus by the Magi. Today, we will take a look at the gift of frankincense. It’s not surprising that the Magi brought frankincense when you understand its uses.
First, it was an acknowledgement of Jesus’ priesthood, setting Him apart from a typical King. Obtaining frankincense from the East was very costly, so this gift was precious in both meaning and value.
Beyond fragrance and ceremony there are practical uses of frankincense. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, anti-microbial, etc. It is the oil to use when you don’t know which oil is best. It would have been rubbed all over Jesus’ body to prevent infection. Its healing properties are vast.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂 

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🇺🇸Pearl Harbor Day🇺🇸

🇺🇸I want to give honor to those who served at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. I honor those who gave their lives, as well as those who survived. It has been said that the World War II generation was the greatest generation. I thank that generation for their sacrifices to preserve freedom for my generation.
I would like to give special honor to Mr. Jim Johnston of Wesson, MS, who will finally be laid to rest after his death at Pearl Harbor seventy-five years ago. He will be buried tomorrow, on Pearl Harbor Day, in his hometown of Wesson. He will receive full military honors. I salute this fallen hero!
God bless all of our military past and present! Take the time on this Pearl Harbor Day to thank someone who has served or is currently serving our Nation. 🇺🇸

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The Gifts of the Magi: Part I

Hello everyone! I hope all of you had a blessed Thanksgiving and were able to celebrate with family and friends. I’m sure everyone ate too much, but hey, it’s a holiday. 🙂 We always enjoy our time at my grandparents’ house. We eat and recuperate and then eat some more. 🙂 
This post will be the first of 3 posts regarding the gifts of the Magi to Jesus. I want to discuss each gift in a separate post. We think Jesus could have been at least 2 years of age when the Magi visited bringing Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. It’s pretty clear that they did not visit on the night of His birth. You can find this account in Matthew 2.
The first gift listed of the 3 is gold. This could have been the precious metal, which indeed would have been of great value to Joseph and Mary and Jesus.It would have indicated His kingly status. However, if it were something more practical, as some scholars suggest, it would have been, not only of great value, but also beneficial in daily life.
This theory explains that in the ancient days Balsam oil was referred to as gold. It was obtained from the resin of the Fir Balsam trees in the same region as frankincense and myrrh. Balsam oil (gold) was also known as the Balm of Gilead, which was used to anoint the kings of Israel and contained a compound known for its anti-inflammatory, local anesthetic, and anti fungal properties. 
Another theory states that the gold could have been Turmeric. It was also known as gold in those days due to its yellow color. Turmeric is also known to have powerful healing properties that would have benefited both Mary and her Son. In either view, the kingly connotations remain and the message of the Magi is clear, this Child was to be honored as royalty no matter what the circumstances suggested.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂 

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