Eric and Melissa Smith

Helena, Alabama


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Answers to Thanksgiving Quiz

We hope you had a thankful day Thursday! Did you take our quiz? If not, click here to take the quiz before you look at the answers below.

1.  Thanksgiving as a national holiday began with the Pilgrims.  True or False

False. The national holiday did not begin with the Pilgrims. In 1777 the Continental Congress declared the first national day of Thanksgiving, following the American victory at Saratoga.

2.  The Pilgrims observed an annual Thanksgiving feast beginning in 1621.  True or False

False. According to most historians, the pilgrims never observed an annual Thanksgiving feast in autumn. In the year 1621, they did celebrate a feast near Plymouth, Massachusetts, following their first harvest. But this feast most people refer to as the first Thanksgiving was never repeated.

3.  Abraham Lincoln was the first U. S. President to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday.  True or False

False. George Washington became the first president to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday, when in 1789 he set aside November 26, a Tuesday, as a day of thanksgiving for adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

4.  Who started a campaign in 1846 to make Thanksgiving a holiday celebrating harvests going back to the Pilgrims' feast?

Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of a popular 19th century woman’s magazine called Godey’s Lady’s Book.

5.  Which U. S. President named the last Thursday in November as the day to celebrate Thanksgiving?

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Nov. 26, a Thursday that year. In his proclamation, Lincoln named the last Thursday in the month as the day to celebrate.

6.  Which U. S. President thought the last Thursday was too close to Christmas and mandated the third Thursday in November as the day to celebrate Thanksgiving?

With a few exceptions, Lincoln’s precedent was followed by every subsequent president – until 1939. That year Franklin D. Roosevelt, who thought the last Thursday was too close to Christmas, mandated the third Thursday in November instead.

7.  What country celebrates Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October?

Canada

8.  Who said this?  "Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their Joint Committee requested me 'to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.'”

George Washington said this in his Thanksgiving Proclamation on October 3, 1789. Read the entire proclamation here.

9.  Who said this?  "Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people."

Ronald Reagan said this in his Thanksgiving Proclamation on November 12, 1981.

10. Who said this?  "First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior."

Paul said this in his letter to Timothy. See 1 Timothy 2:1-3.

Sources for this quiz:
http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/10-surprising-thanksgiving-facts/
http://christianity.about.com/od/holidaytips/a/thanksgivingtra.htm
http://www.ashbrook.org/articles/washington.html

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Give thanks!

Here's a Thanksgiving quiz for you.  See if you can answer all ten correctly.  Check back later to see how well you did.

1.  Thanksgiving as a national holiday began with the Pilgrims.  True or False

2.  The Pilgrims observed an annual Thanksgiving feast beginning in 1621.  True or False

3.  Abraham Lincoln was the first U. S. President to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday.  True or False

4.  Who started a campaign in 1846 to make Thanksgiving a holiday celebrating harvests going back to the Pilgrims' feast?

5.  Which U. S. President named the last Thursday in November as the day to celebrate Thanksgiving?

6.  Which U. S. President thought the last Thursday was too close to Christmas and mandated the third Thursday in November as the day to celebrate Thanksgiving?

7.  What country celebrates Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October?

8.  Who said this?  "Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their Joint Committee requested me 'to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.'”

9.  Who said this?  "Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people."

10. Who said this?  "First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior."

Happy Thanksgiving from Smith Family Resources!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Congratulations, Emily!


Emily Smith's comment on the Giveaway post was entered into our recent drawing. Emily will be receiving a FREE Milk and Honey Facial Bar. Congratulations, Emily!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SMICA at ACEAA XC State Meet

The 2011 ACEAA Cross Country Championship (State Meet) took place at Conecuh Springs Christian School in Union Springs, AL, Monday, November 14, 2011.

Our SMICA XC Team not only ran well, but they also encouraged each other throughout the day. It was a great day of fun and fellowship for all!

Junior High Boys - 2 mile
D. J. Leipert took the Gold Medal with a time of 12:35, setting a new state record!
Noah Underwood won the Silver Medal with a time of 12:46, also beating the previous state record!

Senior High Boys - 5K
Our Senior High Boys took all three medals!
Gold - Nathan Pass -18:28
Silver - Fisher Watkins - 18:49
Bronze - Tyler Horton - 19:26

Senior High Girls - 5K
Ruth Terry won the Gold Medal with a time of 23:09, setting a new state record!  (Incidentally, Ruth set the previous state record last year!)
Rebekah Horton won the Silver Medal with a time of 23:35.

Other medals were given to 4th through 10th place runners, and several SMICA students were among those receiving medals. (If I can find a list of our medal-winners, I'll add them later.)

Team Competition Results

SMICA - State Champions!

 
SMICA Junior High Girls' Team - 2nd place

SMICA Senior High Boys' Team - 1st place

SMICA Senior High Girls' Team - 1st place

Monday, November 7, 2011

Healthy AND Yummy?

Doesn't it seem that the yummiest recipes have lots of butter, sugar, and/or cream cheese?? Now, I have nothing against butter, sugar and cream cheese, but I'm interested in learning some new recipes that might be a little better for us! Do you have a good recipe for something that's healthy AND yummy? Please let me hear from you!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

"Put a Damper on Bedwetting" by Nancy Webster

This post is excerpted from an article of the same title which appears in Beeyoutiful's Fall/Winter 2012 "cata-zine." Nancy Webster is one of Beeyoutiful's regular researchers and writers, a homeschool mother of eight, and leader of the Southern Middle Tennessee chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. She is the moderator of Beeyoutiful's health forum, www.MerryHeartMedicine.com, where you can ask questions and learn from others about this topic and many more.

"I'm so glad we've never lived in a place where laundry lines are visible or prohibited, because for 21 years, ours were crowded with more sheets and blankets than clothes. All eight of our children were bedwetters. One child wet the bed until age fourteen, and the youngest age a Webster child got dry was six. I remember being shocked to learn that most children get dry at night about the same time they get dry in the daytime.

"Our child who took the longest to get dry at night also suffered from polyuria (excessive urination) during the daytime. Sometimes he had to pee every 15 minutes. The pediatric urologist had no clue why this happened.

"Then, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, creator of the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet, taught me they why I'd sought for so long. She contends that enuresis and polyuria are the result of abnormal gut flora. These flora produce a variety of toxins, many of which are excreted via the urine. Toxic urine irritates and inflames the lining of the bladder and urethra, making the bladder unable to hold much.

"This problem sometimes results in chronic urinary tract infections and cystitis if the gut dysbiosis is not addressed. Antibiotics to treat the infections only exacerbate the problem in the long run, even if they ease symptoms for a while, because the antibiotics destroy good bacteria in the digestive system.

"For the sleeping child (or even teen or adult), the irritated bladder may empty without waking the person, because the bladder was never full and so never produced the sensation of needing to urinate. If a gut healing program like the GAPS Diet is instigated, bedwetting will likely worsen (or start) in the first stages as die-off of bad bacteria increases toxin levels in the body making the urine even more problematic for the already irritated bladder. This is why it is important to control die-off using a slow build-up of probiotics and various foods as they are reintroduced on the GAPS Introducion Diet. The GAPS Diet can ultimtely bring complete relif from enuresis polyuria, and chronic urinay tract infections.

"Meanwhile, Dr. McBride recommends the use of alarms, drinking a comfortable amount of water, and temporarily avoiding foods high in salicylates and oxalates, which won't be hard when following the GAPS Intro Diet. She also says to take cranberry supplements to reduce inflammation in the bladder.

"This is where Beeyoutiful's easy-to-swallow Cranberry Power Cleanse vegcaps come to the rescue. They're a combination of cranberry extract with uva ursi. The cranberries contain powerful compounds called proanthocyanidins, which discourage harmful bacteria from clinging to the lining of the urinary tract. The herb uva ursi has long been used for its healing power over urinary tract infections, cystitis, and even kidney stones."

To read more about the GAPS Diet, read this article also by Nancy Webster, or visit GAPS.me.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cranberry Power Cleanse

Beeyoutiful's combination of cranberry extract with uva ursi creates one of the most potent aids for the urinary tract. Cranberries contain powerful compounds called proanthocyanidins (PACs) which discourage harmful bacteria from clinging to the lining of the urinary tract. Cranberry Power Cleanse also contains the herb uva ursi, long used for its healing powers over UTI's, cystitis, and kidney stones.

Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins that can prevent the adhesion of certain bacteria (including E coli) associated with urinary tract infections to the urinary tract wall. The anti-adhesion properties of cranberry may also inhibit the bacteria associated with gum disease and stomach ulcers.

Cranberry extract has become an essential element in the promotion of sound urinary tract health. Beeyoutiful's maximum-potency standardized cranberry extract is naturally rich in powerful compounds called proanthocyanidins (OPCs). These OPCs discourage harmful bacteria from clinging to the lining of the urinary tract. If ignored, these bacteria can lead to the formation of a hostile environment prone to infection and unhealthy bacterial growth.

Cranberry with Uva Ursi - 90 VCaps®

Nutrition Facts Serving Size: 3 VCaps®

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Calories 6

Total Carbohydrates 1.5 g <1%*

Dietary Fiber 0.5 g 2%

Sugars 0.5 g †

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) (Fruit) 1.0 g (1,000) mg †

(Standardized to min. 6% Quinic Acid and min. 7% OPC's)

Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) (Leaf) 300 mg †

(Standardized to min. 20% Arbutin)

Grape Seed (Vitis vinifera) 45 mg †

(Standardized to min. 90% Total Polyphenols)

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.

† Daily Value not established.

Suggested Use: As an herbal dietary supplement, take 3 Vcaps® daily.

Other Ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Maltodextrin (potato), Silica, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source) and Cellulose. A Vegetarian Formula.

Contains NO sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives

Manufactured in the USA.