Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tuesday Talks: Fuji FinePix A805

Good morning on this beautiful Tuesday! I hope all of you have had a wonderful week so far.

Today I am reviewing the Fuji FinePix A805 camera. This is a just a regular point-and-shoot camera, easy enough to use for the beginner, yet with enough features/mega pixels for photography students as well.

The price is great, especially for the quality of the pictures that it takes. Here are a few examples:

Featuring a high-quality LCD (liquid crystal display) screen, you can easily compose your picture. I have had a lot of fun taking pictures with this camera.

This camera does not have a view finder, so every shot is composed with the screen. I am a glasses wearer, and having the screen versus a view finder was a definite plus for me.

At 8.3 megapixels, this camera has a very high resolution, that is high enough to sell your pictures online if this is something you are interested in.

I would definitely recommend this camera if you are looking for a good point-and-shoot! :)

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Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

It's a Bloggy Giveaway!!

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It's giveaway time again, and we at Stay-at-Home Daughters can't resist an opportunity to offer a fabulous prize to our readers! This time we are giving away a vintage 1950's dress pattern!

This is a never been used, pattern from the 1950's, with all the pieces! Perfect for making a gorgeous 50's dress to prance around the house in, complete with high heels and pearls of course!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with a valid email address. Duplicate comments will be deleted. On Friday, Aug. 1st we'll choose a winner using a random number generator. If the winner does not respond within three days, an alternate winner will be chosen. Good luck!

The pattern is in a size "18", which in the 1950's means:

  • Bust - 38 in.
  • Waist - 30in.
  • Hip - 40in.
  • Back length (neck base to waist) - 16 3/4 in.
  • Finished back length of dress - 44 1/2 in.

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Happy sewing!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

This Is Our Father's World

This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears

All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.

This is my Father's world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks

and trees,

of skies

and seas;

His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father's world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,

declare their Maker's praise.

This is my Father's world: He shines in all that's fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;

He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father's world. O let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.

This is my Father's world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,

And earth and Heav'n be one.

This is my Father's world, dreaming, I see His face.
I open my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, "The Lord is in this place."

This is my Father's world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son, Came a pledge of deathless love.

This is my Father's world, should my heart be ever sad?
The lord is King let the heavens ring. God reigns let the earth be glad.

This is my Father's world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Father's world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.

This is my Father's world, a wanderer I may roam
Whate'er my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tuesday Talks: The Reverse Edition #2

Hello to all of you on this beautiful Tuesday! I hope your day is going beautifully!

Today is a very special Tuesday Talks! You get to ask about a book, movie, or music that you would like to know more about, and others can come by your blog and give their opinion!

I am wondering if any of you know of a good book on cake decorating. I am a very visual person, so I am looking for good illustrations/pictures. Cake decorating is something that I have played around with now for a few years, and I am ready to take it to the next level. I would love to hear your suggestions! :)

Now, it's your turn! Help us make "Tuesday Talks" a success!! Leave your link below!


Friday, July 11, 2008


A wonderful way for a stay-at-home daughter to serve her family is to create and maintain the family schedule! This week I surveyed everyone in my home about what they wanted to get accomplished during the week and compiled a list.

Following the example in the Maxwell's book, "Managers of Their Homes," I gave everyone a color and built a master schedule, from 6:00am, through the entire day until 11:00pm. Listing mine, and all the children's school hours, piano practice, chores, reading, and free time.

Scheduling really makes all the difference in our house. When we have nothing to govern our day by, the children are wild and unproductive, often resulting in punishment. When we have the schedule, they are productive and self-disciplined. They can't wait to rush to the schedule to see what they are supposed to be doing.

We re-do the schedule every few months to keep things new and interesting. It's like getting new school supplies, you'd be amazed at how enthusiastic a child can get about getting his or her work done efficiently!

Of course, we don't always get everything done, and there is a lot of room for flexibility. If Nana calls and asks us to meet her for lunch, we are free to do it - especially if everyone has gotten their things done up until that point. It's truly a blessing, and a wonderful thing for a stay-at-home daughter to work on for her mother, also very good practice for when she is a wife and mother herself!

I'd love to hear about your schedule or scheduling plans, please leave a comment!

God Bless,

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tuesday Talks: Bible Commentary

Good Morning! Today I'm reviewing my favorite Bible study tool, Matthew Henry's commentary of the whole Bible.

Matthew Henry wrote his commentary in the 1700's, yet it is very easy to understand and really brings whatever I'm reading in God's Word to a whole new light. I've discovered so many things that I never saw before - even in the passages of scripture I've read countless times.

I recieved my Matthew Henry Commentary (in six volumes) for a graduation gift from my church. My pastor highly recommends them as well as many members of our church.

You can purchase this commentary anywhere, and you can even read the whole thing online!

It's perfect for furthering your Bible study!

I'd love to hear about your Bible study/quiet time tools and routines, please leave a comment!

Do you have a review you'd like to share? Leave your link below!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Violin Practice

One of my favorite things to do is practice my violin. It has only been two years since I received it, but it feels like forever for me.

When I was four, I heard someone playing the violin at a homeschool day that we attended. I loved the sound of it, and decided that I would like to play the violin as my choice of an instrument.

A few years later, Mom and Dad put me into piano. I took piano for 5 years, and then I began self-teaching myself the rest of what I needed to know (I am still learning ;) ).

We began looking at violins, to see what the price ranges were. They were way over budget for me! I began to pray about it, and we found one very low-priced on the internet. I was thrilled! I can remember checking to see when it would arrive every day on the shipping tracker online.

When it arrived, I actually cried. I could not believe God had seen fit to give me one.....

Now, I am learning to play, teaching myself. It is going slower than it would if I had a teacher, but I am not screeching as much, so I suppose I am improving! :)

I thought I would share a few pictures from today's practice:

With God, anything is possible. I had only dreamed of this, but how much more God wants to give us if we just ask!

Wishing you a lovely day!


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tuesday Talks: The Peasall Sisters- Family Harmony

Hi Everyone! I hope that this Tuesday finds you well!

I am reviewing: The Peasall Sisters- Family Harmony, by Franklin Springs.

This wonderful documentary tells about the Peasall Sisters and their family working together in perfect harmony.

You can watch the trailer here.

The three girls, Sarah, Hannah, and Leah Peasall, sing and play instruments together. Sarah plays guitar, Hannah plays mandolin, and Leah plays the fiddle. They have put out two albums, "First Offerings" and their newest, "Home To You".

The DVD includes the documentary and a full concert, plus, there is a unreleased studio track too.

My family loved this DVD! I know your family will love it too.

Please leave your link below!

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