Exodus 25

1 I AM (the LORD, Yehovah) spoke to Drawn (Moses), saying,
2 “Speak to the children of God Prevails (Israel), that they bring me an offering: of every man that gives it willingly with his heart you will take my offering.
3 This is the offering which you will take of them; gold, silver, and brass,
4 Blue, and purple, and scarlet, fine linen, and goats’ hair,
5 Rams’ skins dyed red, badgers’ skins, and acacia wood,
6 Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,
7 Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate.
8 Let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
9 According to all that I show you, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so will you make it.
10 They will make an ark of acacia wood: two cubits and a half will be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.
11 You will overlay it with pure gold, within and without will you overlay it, and will make upon it a crown of gold round about.
12 You will cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings will be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it.
13 You will make staves of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.
14 You will put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them.
15 The staves will be in the rings of the ark: they will not be taken from it.
16 You will put into the ark the testimony which I will give you.
17 You will make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half will be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.
18 You will make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work will you make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
19 Make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat will you make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
20 The cherubims will stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces will look one to another; toward the mercy seat will the faces of the cherubims be.
21 You will put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark you will put the testimony that I will give you.
22 There I will meet with you, and I will commune with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give you in commandment to the children of God Prevails (Israel).
23 You will also make a table of acacia wood: two cubits will be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.
24 You will overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about.
25 You will make to it a border of an hand breadth round about, and you will make a golden crown to the border thereof round about.
26 You will make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof.
27 Over against the border will the rings be for places of the staves to bear the table.
28 You will make the staves of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them.
29 You will make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold will you make them.
30 You will set upon the table shewbread before me always.
31 You will make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work will the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his bulbs, and his flowers, will be of the same.
32 Six branches will come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side:
33 Three bowls made like to almonds, with a bulb and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a bulb and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.
34 In the candlestick will be four bowls made like to almonds, with their bulbs and their flowers.
35 There will be a bulb under two branches of the same, and a bulb under two branches of the same, and a bulb under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick.
36 Their bulbs and their branches will be of the same: all it will be one beaten work of pure gold.
37 You will make the seven lamps thereof: and they will light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.
38 The tongs thereof, and the snuff dishes thereof, will be of pure gold.
39 Of a talent of pure gold will he make it, with all these vessels.
40 Look that you make them after their pattern, which was shewed you in the mount.”

Signs Done and Out!

They are done!  But not without peril to life and limb 🙁 Yesterday, Grampa Tom had to go to Carthage. I really wanted to get these signs done and I was afraid he’d get home just in time to take off again, so I decided to try to get them down myself.

This is where they were:

Up above that door in the rafters of the garage.
And this is what was below, ‘cept for a whole lot more junk. I had to move a bunch just to get the ladder in.

I got a couple of the smaller signs down with great difficulty and then decided I probably ought to tackle it from the other direction. As I took a step down, the ladder slipped out from underneath me. I grabbed the rafters and found myself hanging there yelling “Help!” Then it occurred to me that the only other people on the property were deaf and probably inside.

That wasn’t going to work. I thought about just letting go, but the ladder was underneath me and there was no way I could do that without risking impaling myself on the various pieces of junk and metal surrounding it.

My life flashed before my eyes. At least the long forgotten parts about how bad I was at monkey bars 45 years ago.

A word fell out of my mouth that shouldn’t have. Instantly I was convicted.

Once, years ago, I found myself driving a truck that was spinning out of control on the ice. Same thing happened. I thought to myself, “Now that was pretty stupid!” and decided to yell “Jesus” instead. The truck stopped instantly.

So, as I hung there, I basically had two choices. Hold on til Grampa Tom got home, or do something. I prayed, “Holy Spirit, help me!” and decided to let go with one hand and try to swing over to the sink. Don’t know how, but I made it.

Needless to say, I waited till Grampa Tom got home to get the rest.

Fear and impatience will make you do stupid things, but yesterday, God was merciful to me 🙂 And by the time you read this, the signs ought to be from the highway to here so a few more people can find us!

God Bless You All!
~Grama Sue


Our egg production is way down. We had been getting 20 – 30 dozen per week, but with this cold weather and snow we were down to 10 dozen this week. Grampa Tom decided he’d better put the water and the feed back inside the hen house. Hopefully that will help.The lady that was staying at my MIL’s decided to go home so I’ve been spending some much needed time cleaning my house. Our finances are so tight right now, but several years ago I learned a secret that literally opens doors for miracles to occur. When I started doing this, I had done all that I could do and we still didn’t have enough for groceries. People started giving me money. I’d go to church and not be able to get my kids in the car for all the groceries stuffed in it. There were even times when I’d open the cupboards knowing there was nothing in them to feed my family, and I would find food that simply wasn’t there before.

Why was I opening the cupboards? To lay hands on the non-food items in there and thank God for them. That’s the secret! Thanking God for what you have and focusing on that.

With the economy the way it is, I want to challenge you to do what I did then and am doing now. Sit down and make a list of things you are thankful for and every time you are tempted to panic, read it over and add to it. There’s just no better way to calm your nerves and give God a chance to work. Post it here and/or on your blog and challenge others to do the same!

Grama Sue’s Thankful List
(This is so partial!)

Thank You God for:

1. Your great mercy
2. My wonderful husband
3. All the food I have stored in my pantry
4. My comfortable bed
5. My friends who bless and encourage me
6. The wonderful doctor we have in town who made the time to see me when it was time for her to leave
7. My house that is so easy to heat and cool
8. My computer and the internet
9. Warm clothes
10. Crocks and all the varieties of these comfy shoes that are out now!
11. My digital camera
12. My assessing job
13. My sleeping around job
14. My parents who challenged me and held me to high standards
15. The gift of wonderful in-laws who love me
16. Running hot and cold water
17. Cars and roads to drive them on
18. Upholstered furniture … LORD we are so spoiled!
19. My automatic washer and dryer
20. My stove, 4 refrigerators, and my chest freezer
21. My chickens and sheep
22. The chickens and guinea hens that were given to us last week
23. Lighters and matches
24. My huge bathtub
25. My Bible and all the wonderful online tools to help me understand it

OK, I’m going to quit for now. I need to get some lunch and go to town.

God Bless You All!


It’s snowing! November 30th – the old timers say the date number of the first snow will be the # of snows we get through the winter. Grampa Tom says we’ll have 30 snows. I told him we did have some snow a couple of weeks ago. It was just a small flurry, he didn’t even know we had one. I can’t remember what day that was, but I’m hoping that counts!

The last time I wrote, I was sick and unable to do much. It got worse, much worse. I spent about a week fighting a high fever, unable to get out of bed. Finally broke down and went to the doc. She gave me a shot in the butt and some other meds. It helped, but it was days before I had the strength to lift my laptop. For those of you that know me, I went 5 days without tea or CCU. You know I was bad! I’m still not 100% but I think I’ll live now. God is good. There were a couple of times I was very tempted to just say LORD take me home, but I know my job here is not done so I’m still here!

A couple of weeks ago, our dog Blue showed up with a huge gash on his back. Pinky has been missing since then. We thought maybe they had been tangling with farm equipment, but the other morning our cat came in sporting the same huge gash and there were a couple of piles of feathers out in the pasture. Don’t know what we are dealing with, but the chickens are being shut in the hen house every night now. No one has seen Pinky’s body, so I’m not giving up.

I’ve been accused of having “unrealistic hopes”, but isn’t that what faith is? Hope in impossible things? My hope for Pinky is not without basis. We once had a lamb that got lost. The kids and I prayed for it. Months went by. Surely the coyotes got it. Then one day it showed up in the neighbor’s barn! Then there was my daughter’s dog. This ornery little shiatsu ran away while I was babysitting it. After 2 days everyone was sure it was coyote bait, but on the 3rd day it scratched on the door of one of my students about 2 miles away. Then there was the cat that fell in a pan of gasoline. My kids had some friends staying with us. They were just sure the cat would die, but my kids prayed for it and by the next day it was just fine!

There is a place coming up for sale next week that we would love to have. The track is 20 acres with a house and several out buildings. Someday we will have the capital to buy a place like that. We really need more ground. Last week, our neighbor who offered to let us set up at her barn on the highway asked if we’d like to use an old chicken house at her son’s place down the road. I’m so glad she likes us! We’ll get there !

Our chickens have dropped production with the cold weather, but the egg quality is much better so we still have almost as many available to sell. We were getting quite a few cracked and goofy shaped eggs. Some of the older hens have died. They were probably where the goofy eggs were coming from. We also changed from store bought layer feed to a brewer’s mash based feed that my friend Pastor Aaron Ferguson is selling. It seems to have helped quite a bit.

We finished the tax assessing job the first of November and it is time to start again! This week I plan to clean the house. Then as soon as Grampa Tom is out of the fields, we’ll be combing the back roads for new construction. Sure hope we get the books before August this year. Legally, it is supposed to be done by April 15th, but that’s a little hard when you don’t get the stuff you are supposed to work with until August like we have the last 2 years. I ran for the position because I thought it would be a good winter job, but the last 2 years it has gone into November. The county is working on computerizing everything, otherwise I’d quit. Once we have things on computer, hopefully we will be able to complete the job on time.

I still have a bunch of apples to put up. We had to feed the sheep and chickens about 4 bucket’s that we couldn’t get in the big refrigerator we bought for eggs because the temp dropped and I was to sick to do anything with them. That may sound like a bad thing, but the sheep and chickens really like apples and we really consider them to be free feed.

Well, I’ll stop rambling now.

God Bless You All! ~Grama Sue’s

Western Illinois Old Threshers


The garage sale will be closed this weekend. We’ll be packing it up and hauling it down there for the flea market. Hopefully we’ll be able to get the goodies in the garage down to a manageable amount. For the time being, I’ve quit taking donations. We’ve decided to limit things to what we can fit in ½ the garage.

So if you want to look me up, you can find me at:


Grampa Tom is still planning to hit the farmer’s markets this weekend.


We started selling our eggs in at Ducks and now we really can’t keep up with demand! Grampa has skipped the Carthage farmer’s market for the last 2 weeks because he hasn’t had enough to sell there. Marvelous problem!


Seems I’m getting nothing done craft wise. To busy with the garden and taking care of old people. Oh well! Winter is coming.


We’ve finally got sweet corn, green beans, tomatoes and cucumbers. They are going as soon as we can pick them! I didn’t go to the Nauvoo Farmer’s Market last week because I needed to make noodles. Grampa told everyone the reason I didn’t come was because he had to beat me off of the tomatoes and not to go out to our place because they’d have to put him in jail if they saw me.

The herbs are finally coming on well too. Next year I need to devote more space to them, green house some and stagger the plantings.

We’ve decided to grow more sweet corn next year too.


Saturday was so much fun! I didn’t make a whole lot of money with the garage sale, but a couple of people came in that made it all worthwhile.

First, a lady came in who was in a quandary about what to do with her son. He hadn’t been doing well in school and she wanted to home school him but didn’t know how. By the time she left, she was very relieved to know that home schooling isn’t as hard as it sounds.

The other lady … well I have to back up to Friday night. Our church has a Praise and Worship service on Fridays and during the service I closed my eyes. Suddenly, I saw a picture of a little old lady with deep wrinkles, hair sticking out all over the place and a big toothless grin. I asked God what this picture was about and I felt Him say, “Isn’t she beautiful?” When He said that, I could see how beautiful she really was.

Just before we closed on Saturday, Martha walked in.

Isn’t she Beautiful????

I was astounded, this was the woman I had seen the night before! I told her that I had seen her and that God loved her very much and that He thought she was so beautiful. It brought tears to her eyes and I was so blessed!

Some people say Christians can’t have fun, but there really isn’t anything more fun than seeing others be blessed.

God Bless You All!