caption - title

The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jamie Soles music, a Coyote, and using silver to treat your animals

We were shopping at Walmart recently when Solomon suddenly started shrieking "a-MEN!" over and over from his seat in the shopping cart and then giggling like crazy when Tabby embarrassingly told him to "shhhhhh ..."  A few minutes later Hunter started singing, though not shrieking:

"So may all your enemies perish 
But let the righteous shine like the sun
We are the friend of God and He will save us
Because we worship His Son!"
(from "Bad Guys, Part 2" by Jamie Soles)

I was amused at Hunter's singing and Tabby wondered if anyone around us was listening, what would they think.

It's not always easy in our family to find Christian music, of any depth, that we all like.  But we seem to have found a Christian artist that we all enjoy.  He is a Canadian and his name is Jamie Soles.

We got to attend a small concert of his earlier this summer and really enjoyed it.  The music was simple - Jamie sang while he played his guitar.  His wife sang with him on a few songs too.  (On his recorded music, his children sing on some of the songs and they have some other instruments too.)  There were no sappy songs.  They were fun, yet "meaty."  And quirky! Many songs about the lesser mentioned Bible stories such as Shamgar; Korah, Dathan, and Abiram; how the tribe of Benjamin caught wives,  Ahab and Jezebel, etc.  Even a song that lists all the kings of Israel, which makes them easy to learn.

What is really neat now, is that when we are doing a Bible reading, the kids really perk up and get excited when we read about something in one of the Jamie Soles songs they know.  Music really does stick in our minds so much easier than just reading something.  Now when I read about Jacob and Esau, Hunter adds "Supplanter was Jacob's name!"  Even Solomon sings along with parts and likes to shout out "pool!" when a song about the man healed at the Pool of Bethesda comes on.

"Pool! Pool! Pool!"
I had a major heavy metal music obsession in my past and some of that music was definitely "violent."  Well guess what - there is a lot of violence in the Bible and now instead of filling my mind with songs from groups like Slayer, I can hum along to a lively Jaime Soles song called "Jael":

"She struck Sisera, she crushed his head
She shattered and pierced his temple
Between her feet, he sank, he fell, he lay still
Between her feet, he sank, he fell
Where he sank, there he fell down dead!

LOL - are you shaking your head?  ;)  These stories are in the Bible.  They are there for a reason.  We don't have to just pretend they don't exist.

Jamie Soles has a lot of albums out.  We have two:  "The Way My Story Goes" and "Giants and Wanderers" and like them both.  Hopefully we can get more at some point.  By the way, if you are interested in getting any of Jamie's music, I think it may be cheapest to buy it directly from his Canadian website:

All the old bottles on our mantel came from the trash dump on our property!
(The people that built this house in 1907 just threw all their garbage out in an area of the yard.
The rain often brings up wonderful treasures for us.)
A few days ago, about 7:00 in the morning when it was still rather foggy out, Hunter and I heard a tremendous noise from the guinea fowl out in the yard.  It was their "we're freaking out!" noise.  We ran out to see what was going on and saw that the guineas were flying away from an animal.  For a second, Hunter and I both thought it was our dog Lucia.  But as I stared at it in the early light, I noticed it's bushy tail and pointed ears.  Then Lucia came trotting around the corner and stared at the animal.  She began barking and chasing it.  Dixie came running from another direction barking too.  They chased the animal into the woods.  The puppies actually stayed by the house watching instead of running after the other dogs.  Dixie and Lucia didn't go far into the woods, but did a lot of barking for awhile.

Hunter and I came back inside and I was puzzled.  The animal looked a lot like a wolf to me, but it was the wrong color.  Then it hit me - a coyote!  Frank has said in the past that he has heard them howling sometimes when he leaves early in the morning for work.  Hunter and I typed "coyote" into Google images and there it was:

For photo source and coyote info., click here
We then began reading about coyotes and it was all so interesting.  (Nothing like impromptu school lessons on the spot!)  I know that coyotes are NOT good to have around on our property.  They eat chickens, guineas, goats, and dogs!  (Thankfully rarely people!)  But oh I am so thrilled Hunter and I got to see that coyote standing there in our yard.  It looked so strong and majestic!  God really has created so  many amazing animals.

I first learned about collodial silver a few years ago.  It is a natural antibiotic. People used to use it all the time, before man-made antibiotics.  Those old teething rings were silver for an important reason!  For Lilly's 1st Christmas, I bought her a (new) silver duck teether to suck on.  I figured every way to get anything remotely immune boosting into her was good.

I also bought a bottle of silver (the Sovereign Silver brand) and have never been without a bottle of it since.  We take it when we're sick for it's immune boosting properties.  Earlier this year, when Solomon had an eye infection, I put drops of silver in his eye and it cleared up his infection quickly.

Recently, Tabby's hyper puppy Sherlotta had a really bad looking area on her stomach, where it looked like she had not healed well from her spaying surgery.  (She had lumps and open sores.)  We put silver on that area several times a day and after about it week, the area looked great.

Then our goat Christa got an eye infection.  (Pretty common in goats, especially in the summer.)  Though it was not easy, I managed to squirt silver in her eye a couple times a day for a few days.  Eye infection gone!

What timing, Tabby just called me to bring the silver because Sherlotta had a little wound on her leg.  (That dog is nuts!  Hunter nicknamed her "Bomblotta" which is more appropriate.)  So I'm off to get the silver ....


  1. I love the bottle collection! And I'm afraid I wouldn't be as patient as you and I'd be out there digging. :)

    1. You're welcome to bring a shovel and come visit any time. :) Hunter loves all the old car parts that wash up. One of the former house owners was a mechanic.

  2. I went to amazon and downloaded "The Way My Story Goes" and I LOVE IT! Thank you so much for sharing this!!! =)

    1. I'm so glad! Thanks for your comment. :)