Two weeks ago Nathan brought fresh raw honey home from work. He processed the honey at our house and set aside the wax and the cappings for me. I researched a little online on how to make beeswax and was daunted. Many people said that beeswax will ruin your pots, makes a mess of your kitchen and that wax is dangerous to melt because it is flammable. I delayed making the wax for two weeks and let the container of wax sit on the counter but then the honey in the wax started to ferment. So yesterday afternoon I decided I would make beeswax today.
First I needed to clean the wax so that I could get all the honey out before I melted it down. I put the wax in a square piece of muslin cloth and brought up the corners and made a sort of "pouch". I rinsed the wax by running warm water over the pouch and I also dunked it in a bucket of warm water. After the water running from the pouch was clear I put the wax on a cookie rack with muslin over the top of the rack and put the rack on top of a 9x13 pan to catch any water. After I cleaned all the wax I let it dry over night.
The wax drying
I have been joining in on the Detwiler Christian Academy's history lessons for the past couple days as Mom reads a book on Theodore Roosevelt. While Mom was reading today I was struck by this quote from G. K. Chesterton…
“The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children.”
The author adds:
“...Ordinary people are the ones who determine the outcome of human events in the end- not kings and princes, not master and tyrants. It is laborers and workmen, cousins and acquaintances that upend the expectations of the brilliant and the glamorous, the expert and the meticulous. It is plain folks, simple people, who literally change the course of history- because they are the stuff of which history is made. They are the ones who make the world go round." -George Grant from Carry a Big Stick - The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt
We don't have to become famous in the world's eyes to make an impact. But we need to follow God's commands. And by following God's commands we will change the course of history. It was not the famous or the popular who sailed to America, but it was ordinary people who wanted to serve God according to the dictates of the Bible and their conscience. It took ordinary people to found this nation and it will take ordinary people to turn this nation back towards God.
The course it not easy but we nevertheless have to take it; and it takes ordinary people who are willing to sacrifice for what is right and honoring to God; it takes ordinary people who are willing to lead in the small ways and in the big ways!
Yesterday Nathan and I planted lettuce in our raised garden.
This year I'm in charge of our family's vegetable garden. I'm really excited but a little nervous as I have a tendency of killing plants :-( Hopefully this year I'll keep up with the garden, and be able to harvest lots of fresh vegetables.
I went outside to take pictures of the lettuce and then I saw the beautiful crocus's and snowdrops in the garden. I love how there's so much color in each plant. We truly have a wonderful Creator!
My favorite creature has been the butterfly since I was a little girl. There is something about the life cycle of the butterfly that is so unique. It starts out as a tiny egg on a leaf and then out hatches an ugly caterpillar. After much eating, it spins itself a chrysalis and stays "asleep" for many weeks as things begin to change dramatically. One day it will pop out of its chrysalis...a beautiful butterfly!
I have always loved the way butterflies flutter around... sometimes soaring, sometimes fluttering from flower to flower, and sometimes sitting still with its wings wide open absorbing the sun.
When I was about 13 or so I began collecting some butterflies for my very own collection. The funny thing is that in reality I have not caught many of the butterflies! Most of them have been given to me. My siblings have caught butterflies for me, my Dad has brought some home from work, and friends and neighbors have given me butterflies. I even have a couple butterflies from Africa from a missionary family!
Butterflies in the freezer *
Two moths being pinned
My many Butterfly and Moths
* You might be wondering why I have butterflies in the freezer... it looks and sounds really strange, I know :-) I read somewhere that one of the most painless ways to kill preserve a butterfly is by putting it in the freezer. They will keep fine in the freezer for months until you pin them and then put them in your collection.
I am a home-school grad who loves to sew and laugh! I am a sinner saved by grace and I strive to glorify Jesus Christ in all that I do. I am one of two girls in a family of 9 boys- life is always an adventure ;-) When I'm not sewing, I'm babysitting, cooking, reading, talking or just living! Come join my little adventure :-)