A Graceful Maiden's Memoir

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song!" - Psalm 28:7

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Blessing with bread

A few weeks ago, while we were on our trip in Arkansas, we stopped by a really yummy homemade bread store. All the bread there was delicious! As I was savoring each morsel, I got to thinking... I could make bread like this for my family!

I pondered while on the trip and after I got home the question, "Should I make the majority of our bread or not?" I weighed the pros and cons, feeling that there were mostly pros. It was healthier, tasted better, didn't have added preservatives, and so on and so forth. The main con that I could think of was, "I don't have time to do this!"

Of course, I had said the same thing last summer when I began to make supper for the family each night. I thought that I didn't have 1-2 hours before supper each day to devote to cooking, but I figured out that I do! I just had to make time.

While pondering the question one morning, I read the verse from Proverbs 31 that I was going to ponder and try to put into practice for the month of April. Surprise, surprise, the verse was:
Proverbs 31:15 - "She gets up while it is still dark and provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls."

Gulp. Well, I decided then and there that it was a very good idea to start making homemade bread! Isn't it amazing how God affirms things you think you should do, even if they just seem like "coincidences"?

So, for the past two weeks every few days I get up at 6 a.m., have devotions, and start making bread! I have found a really nice recipe, and the whole family has enjoyed it immensly! It has been delicious to have moist, yummy bread, and I have actually found it very enjoyable to knead and bake bread. Not to mention the wonderful, bready perfume that permeates the house! It's amazing how much one can do if we just make the time!


  • At 5:57 AM, April 13, 2006, Blogger Susan said…

    Our family bought a Bosch Universal Mixer and a Whisper Mill several years ago to aid in making whole wheat bread. The mixer isn't a bread machine, but it kneads the dough, which makes it much easier to make bread. There is nothing quite like homemade bread, is there? That's wonderful that you are able to bless your family in this way, by making fresh bread for them :).

  • At 6:21 AM, April 13, 2006, Blogger thepatriot15 said…

    You're amazing Anna! You will make a wonderful wife someday. Keep it up!


    P.S. I'm working on an e-mail; it's going kind of slow though!

  • At 7:51 AM, April 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Would you email me the recipe. I have yet to find a good bread recipe!

  • At 9:16 AM, April 13, 2006, Anonymous miriam said…

    That's great, Anna!!
    I just started to recently make
    bread, also.. As you already know, I had an incident, but the rest has turned out okay.

  • At 5:49 PM, April 13, 2006, Blogger Anna Naomi said…

    thanks for commenting gals! Sure Michele, I'll email you the recipe as soon as I type it in. It's a entirely whole wheat recipe, so one really has to enjoy the wheaty taste, but everyone here likes it! It's really nice too, because you only have to knead it once! Next time I make bread, either tomorrow or the next day, I'm going to try an oatmeal bread recipe from the same book. We'll see if that's just as good or better!

  • At 8:17 PM, April 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    what century are you living in? don't you have to go to school? who wakes up at 6am to make bread? are you a pilgrim?

    "you will make a wonderful wife?" uhh, ok, i guess... or you could just buy your bread at the store. like most normal people do.

    this is 2006 - not 1806.

  • At 5:47 AM, April 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    To Rude Anonymous Person,

    There are some of us who still value staying home with our children and taking care of our family in the best way possible, which includes cooking and baking in a healthy way. The reason more than 50% of Americans are overweight has something to do with what is put into food you buy at the store. (you can even research Dr. Phil for that!) Her desire to bake healthy food has nothing to do with what year we live in.
    It amazes me that you chose to pick on a girl who bakes homemade bread for her family instead of searching out those bloggers who are doing really offensive things to comment about. If more teen girls were like Anna we wouldn't have a lot of the problems teenage girls face these days. Here we have a sweet teen who has the interest of her family at heart and you feel the need to say nasty things about her. Shame on you.


  • At 7:43 AM, April 14, 2006, Blogger Anna Naomi said…

    I assure you anonymous, our family does live in this century! :-) I simply enjoy cooking and doing homey things like that. I realize that most "normal" people do buy their bread at the store, and we have done that in the past. I however, am starting to enjoy healthy, home-made bread more. And, don't worry, I am a very busy 10th grader, but my parents have chosen to bless me by homeschooling me, so that I have time for things other than school. I realize that I am quite different than most others my age, but I thank God for that!

    Thank you Michele, for the sweet comment!

  • At 8:34 AM, April 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    oh god, of course you're homeschooled. that explains everything. so you can slave away for your parents and do work instead of getting a real quality education that will allow you to pursue a life or career outside of the home. lovely. they've taught you to cook and clean. and probably no knowledge about the rest of the world outside of their specific religious beliefs. good luck entering the real world.

  • At 9:05 AM, April 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Rude person,

    If you would do your research you would find that most homeschoolers have a higher GPA than public and private schooled children. Throwing out nasty accusations that Anna is sheltered or forced to work is not only uncalled for it is also slander. Again I ask you what you are doing picking on a girl who in no way is doing anything wrong, while there are other bloggers who could use your "counsel".
    BTW, I went to public school, have a four-year college degree, and CHOSE to stay home and raise our children. I am married to Anna's brother, who also was homeschooled, and has a 4-year college degree in Business Information Systems. Before you make false accusations you'd better do YOUR homework!

  • At 9:05 AM, April 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    You are welcome. I couldn't let that person say those things about you! What a sad world we live in!


  • At 9:25 AM, April 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OF COURSE the GPA is higher! You're not competing against anyone else! And, your parents are responsible for grading you! They are inherently biased towards their children.

    The child clearly lacks any interaction with people of different religions, different races, different ethnicities. things which you get in a public school.

    again, good luck in the real world....

  • At 10:06 AM, April 14, 2006, Blogger Anna Naomi said…

    Anonymous, most of my siblings have been homeschooled all their life, and are doing just fine in the "real world". As Michele said, Luke (the oldest) got a college degree in Buisness Information Systems, yet got a very good job even before completing it. My second to oldest sister Miriam, graduated at the head of her college class in Mechanical Engineering, and now has a very good job working as a Mechanical Engineer. My brother Elijah is about to graduate from homeschool highschool, and after getting very good ACT and SAT scores is about to enter college to major in some kind of engineering. He also got the President's scholarship for the college he's going to. If you measure sucess by a college degree and a good job, my siblings are doing very well!

    My other two older sisters are also doing quite well, although they haven't gotten college degrees. Maria is the happy mother of 2, and is very talented in art, writing and voice. Lydia is currently helping a family in West Africa. She is also very talented in sports, music, and outdoor things.

    My parents do not make me slave away, but allow me plenty of time to pursue other things. I do the regular math, science, history, and English. They also pay for me to take dance classes and music. In fact, if anything they sometimes tell me I don't need to do so much around the house! I do it because I love them and wish to serve my family. They did not tell me to make bread, I came to the decision by myself.

    As for higher GPAs for homeschooled students, they are not based on parents grades, but on standardized tests that public, private, and home schooled students take.

    As for interaction with people of different faiths, what do you call this? Also, one of my dance classes is taken with girls that all go to either public or private school.

    How we got to talking about homeschooling on a post about bread making, I do not know.

  • At 10:50 AM, April 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    I don't think there is anything else we can say to this person. He/She obviously doesn't do research on things but simply spews out whatever falsehoods he/she wants.


  • At 11:27 AM, April 14, 2006, Blogger Anna Naomi said…

    true, that's probably right.

  • At 11:50 AM, April 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    keep making bread, cooking, and sewing. good luck finding a real job with those skills. though, apparently, you're trained to be a wife so if that's all you aspire to, that's fine.

  • At 11:56 AM, April 14, 2006, Blogger Anna Naomi said…

    sorry, I made a mistake. GPA, mom told me is grade point average, having nothing to do with standardized tests. Sorry for the error.

    And yes, being a wife and mother is one of my highest goals, and I pray that one day I'll be an excellent one.

  • At 12:04 PM, April 14, 2006, Anonymous Anna's Mom said…

    Dear family and friends and anonymous,
    Anna is indeed appreciated at home. But,folks, let's be kind to those who may differ with us. We all have different backgrounds and can learn from and learn to love those that don't agree with us. I think it's great there are those who want to interact. It IS probably true that this kind of lifestyle is shocking to some. (I have to tell you I was surprised but very thankful that Anna wanted to make bread for us on a regular basis.) Many of us were shocked to believe this kind of life was possible for more and more folks before we were in it. Honey attracts more than vinegar.
    Love, Anna's Mom

  • At 7:27 PM, April 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh, yes, I was mistaken,too, it's standardized testing not GPA.
    I do not like Anna being put down. Luke suggests you just not post his/her comments.


  • At 5:35 AM, April 15, 2006, Blogger thepatriot15 said…

    It's hard to make anonymous understand why we do what we do, because we are different. But I'm sure anyone who knows Anna well enough will agree that she is baking bread and serving her family out of choice... and just the sweetness of her charactor!

    Keep it up Anna...

  • At 9:16 AM, April 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh Anna, I can't believe how mean some people can be! You seem like such a wonderful, bright, happy, young lady. I hope you don't pay any mind to those putting down the role of wife and mother. She is what keeps a family glued together (or not). Who was it who said "a nation is only as strong as it's families?" I can't quite remember, but it's one of my favorite quotes. Keep up the lovely blog!



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