Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pork Anyone?

In the Untied States, three of the six most common food-borne parasitic diseases of humans are associated with pork consumption. These include toxoplasmosis, taeniasis or cysticercosis (caused by the pork tapeworm Taenia solium) and trichinellosis.

Swine are also good incubators of toxic parasites and viruses—although the animal doesn’t usually appear to be ill while carrying the diseases. A scientist at the University of Giessen’s Institute for Virology in Germany showed the study of worldwide influenza epidemics that pigs are the one animal that can serve as a mixing vessel for new influenza viruses that may seriously threaten world health.

If a pig is exposed to a human’s DNA virus and then a bird’s virus, the pig mixes the two viruses—developing a new DNA virus that is often very lethal for humans. These viruses have already caused worldwide epidemics and destruction. Virologists have concluded that if we do not find a way to separate humans from pigs, the whole earth’s population may be at risk.

The 1942 Yearbook of Agriculture reported that 50 diseases were found in pigs, and many of these diseases were passed onto humans by eating the pig’s flesh.

Additionally, just handling swine has an element of risk. A large hog-raising facility in the area where I live wisely requires its employees to wear gloves, masks, and protective clothing while working in the pig barns. The workers are required to shower each day before going home.

Little wonder that God would inspire His prophet to include eating pork among the disobedient acts of stubborn people, who in addition to idolatry and conjuring spirits of the dead,
“continually provoke me to my very face,…who eat the flesh of pigs, and whose pots hold broth of unclean meat” (Isaiah 65: 3 & 4).

~Taken From: What the Bible Says About Healthy Living, by: Rex Russell, M.D.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Christian Heritage Home School Convention!

This past weekend our family woke up at 4:20 AM and drove to The Christian Heritage Home School Convention in Redmond Washington. We had wonderful time listening to all the different speakers: Mr. Voddie Baucham, Mr. Scott Brown & Mrs. Deborah Brown, Mrs. Kelly Bradrick, Mr. Mike Riddle, & Mr. Steve Riddell. We hope you enjoy all the pictures which we took!

Here is the screen which was behind the keynote speaker. I had to edit it a little bit since the room was so dark...
Daddy found a small playground so De-De played with Judah during one of the breaks. Judah was such a trooper! :)

Bethany checks out the CD table. Needless to say, we bought many of the CDs & Jordan has already been listening to one of them which he missed hearing at the conference.

Bethany takes a delightful break~

Our darling De-De smiles for a picture~

Judah found some time to take a needed nap!

While we talked with Mrs. Deborah Brown, Judah met Triumph Bradrick~

It was nice to meet up again with Blair Brown whom I last met at the VF Father Daughter Retreat last year in Georgia.~
On Saturday evening the Wilson Family invited our family over to their suite for a potluck dinner! We enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowshipping with their family.

Robert, Tirzah, & Bethany playing a card game~

Robert reading Judah a book about Cowboy Gid~

The Wilsons introduced us to "The Viking Game"~

Down to only two players- quite a challenge!

Two rowers & one Viking... Judah checked in on the game and now that we are back home he willingly plays it constantly~

Ian being the Viking~

Wilsons & Strangs: a group shot~
Back Row- L to R: Bethany S., Thomas W., Jordan S., Ian W., Judah S., & Shiloh S.
Front Row- L to R: Eden S., Alyssa W., Tirzah W., & Robert W.

We enjoyed fellowshipping with your family Wilsons!

Hope to see ya'll again soon!

Here's a funny sign that one of the boys found...
The question remains: Which bell? & Why after dark?

Here's a random picture of the door to our suite...

Just before we left on Sunday morning Bethany & Eden posted a few handwritten tracts in the hotel room. The rest of our family prayed that whoever saw them would be blessed by them.

Jordan smiled into the mirror for the camera- LOL!

After making sure we didn't leave anything behind we all climbed into our car and headed back home~

Bethany Rose~

Now we are back home on our farm thanking the Lord for each new day He brings into our lives!

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! -Isaiah 52:7

~Miss Shiloh A. Strang

Monday, April 27, 2009

A weekend to remember!

Greetings Everyone,
We enjoyed a wonderful trip up to the Christian Heritage Home School Convention this past weekend! We were so encouraged by the wonderful speakers!! The girls will be posting pictures of our weekend as well as our "Post Convention Food, Fellowship, and Family Fun Time" that we spent with our precious friends The W. Family! Stay tuned for those great pictures!
God Speed!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The LORD's Day

I'm not interested in "Earth Day" only the day of the LORD!

He is coming as like a thief in the night.... are you ready?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Coming Soon!

Our last doe, Allegro, kidded three days ago... Unfortunately, she didn't bond very quickly with her babies and would not let them nurse. Mommy, Bethany, & I had to go out four times a day/ night (5 Am, 10 AM, 4 PM, & 10PM) and hold her down so the kids could nurse. After two days she would allow them to nurse only while Bethany & I were there to first catch her and then encourage her on. Thankfully, she has finally, after three days, taken on her mother goat responsibilities and is letting them nurse! PTL! You can only imagine how excited Bethany & I are! We hope to shortly bring you a movie of the birth (after Jordan & Shiloh edit it) and some more adorable baby goat pictures. Also, before we forget... Silver Sage is for sale at Geren's in the "Critter's Corner". So if you ever by chance go by-- take a look at her! :)
Here are the kids-
The black is a buck named Moses & the Multi is a doe named Miriam.

Today was another one of those Sunny Days in Rainy Oregon!
Here is the Strang Family in front of the "California Pizza Kitchen" with the Ashmore Family... (minus the Daddies).
Back Row- L to R: Bethany S., Mrs. A., Natalie A., Shiloh S., Mrs S., Jordan S., & Troy A.
Front Row- L to R: Eden S. & Ava A.
Note: Both pictures were taken with a cell phone so they are quite fuzzy:)
Stay tuned for more on the Goats!
~The Goat Keepers

Resurrection Sunday!

Finally! Here is the promised post! Resurrection Sunday Pictures!
Young Lads-
Jordan in his suit & Judah in his.
Both with matching blue ties (Big Sister made Judah's tie:)).
Sisters: Shiloh. Bethany, & Eden.
All in our hats that our brothers found us in GA. & wearing our matching dresses.
Christ Jesus Lives Today!

A Bunch of Pictures

Hello All-

Due to the fact that we have been involved in goat kidding (more on that later) we are a bit behind. Therefore following are a ton of pictures to basically describe what we have been up to on our farm since we have been absent from the "Blogger World". Enjoy!


Jordan rototillers the new area for our garden this year.

Not to be left behind: Judah is always ready on site.

De-De picks flowers... Spring is in the air! :)

De-De and her science project (the red cup).

Shiloh prepares the props for Passover...

No firstborns will die in this home--He Passed Over!

Once again- the garden area: nearly ready to plant!

Judah with big Bu-Bu: always ready for action!

The week after Resurrection Sunday Mrs. Scott and her son Colin spent the night at our home on the way to the Regional Speech Tournament in Colorado. We were glad you could come over Scotts! Below is a picture of all of us who competed.
Shiloh with her favorite kid: Esther
Judah & Shiloh bottle feed Vashti

More bottle feeding--

We found that our empty Proactiv bottles work with the goat nipples for bottle feeding. In this picture we took the soap's name: Proactiv Solution and changed it to: Goat Solution--The solution to your baby goat bottle feeding trouble!

Here is Esther after being disbudded...

Do you own a house goat?
Announcing: Another Reader in the Family!

And ending this bunch of pictures with everyone's favorite boy...
~Miss Shiloh Strang

Talented Student

One of my piano students surprised me with this Lego piano model he made!
The Bench--
The Piano (complete with pedal, keys, & music)--
Good Job Troy!
~Miss Shiloh Strang

My Little Cowboy...

When I go to wake up Judah from his afternoon naps I usually start singing one his favorite songs. These songs include either "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" or "Tragedy" from The Widow's Might. Recently, though, I decided to pop on his cowboy hat while he was a asleep so he woke up with it on.:) Following are a few pictures that Bethany captured of his cute expressions!
Still asleep...
Suddenly notices that the camera is aimed at him!
He likes this kind of stuff...
I love you, Judah Philip Strang!
My Little Cowboy...
~Miss Shiloh Strang