Sunday, February 10, 2013

Our Recent Travels

Greetings and Peace to All,
Just wanted to let you know that I started a new blog erikabloggin. Please check it out and sign up to get automatic email updates. Most of the post thus far have been about our recent journey in Mexico. I hope you take the time to read it and would appreciate comments.

May God Continue to Bless Us All!

A glimpse

Been doing a lot of reflecting and prepping for the move and upcoming school year. Excited! Thoughts going in every direction. I want to first start the blog with some quotes from one of my favorite books (Closing The Gap) that have been on my mind. Helping to prepare me for what is to come (on so many levels). Then I plan to back track with a few pictures I intended to share but didn't. I may encourage Nadia to do an update on the scrapping chickens.

"So prayer frames the mind. Prayer sets the tone. Prayer shapes the attitude of the student. And as one Civil Rights leader said, 'It is your attitude that will determine your altitude.' So prayer, the constant remembrance of God, keeps you in the right attitude and therefore, there is no limit to your altitude."

"SO what I found as fun is the joy of learning today what I did not know yesterday. . . We don't have time for trifling things. Children should not be engaged in just silly things; playing with toys that do not teach. The joy of living is the joy of learning. Since Almighty God created us as a reflection of Himself, it would seem that from as early as we can think, we should find joy in the discovery of truth. We should find fun in the discovery of things that grow us; that edify us; that evolve us toward God. Mindless games are valueless with God because they misuse youth. Children are mischievous. Then find something that we can learn from mischief--games of learning; games that increase ones dexterity; that teach skills in doing things; games that challenge us mentally."

"Please, let's not say we don't have time to study God's word, yet we breathe His air, and benefit from His mercy and grace, every fraction, of second of every minute we live. That is gross ingratitude! Moreover, we are severely hurt by our stupidity; not HIM."

"No matter what's in a seed, if it does not have the right environment in which to manifest what is within, the seed never comes to fruition. So many of us die as seeds that do not fulfill the aim and purpose for which we are sent into the world because sometimes we are placed in an environment that literally stifles the expression of what God has put within."

"I am for the acquiring of knowledge or the accumulating of knowledge--as we now call it; education. First, my people must be taught the knowledge of self. Then and only the will they be able to understand others and that which surrounds them."

"Are we 'living it up' like the people of Noah and Lot were the moments before the rains and hot stones fell?"

"It would appear that the wicked have triumphed over God and the righteous, in this lull before the storm. So like the five foolish virgins who used up all of their oil, they were unprepared when the bridegroom came. He would come when it was dark, and they had no oil left."

"By immersing myself in his message, then everything that I learned in high school, prep school and college took on greater significance. Biology took on greater meaning. Chemistry, Solid geometry,  Algebra, Calculus, everything that I studied I could now use because Islam, as taught by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was the key to use knowledge for the advancement of self, your family, your community and your people."

"We live in America. We have no other nation to go to. We live in the world leader. We pull whatever we can and filter it through the placenta, or the blood of the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, that forms around us as a protection for us. What we draw from this satanic mother is filtered through this screening system called Actual Facts; Student enrollment; Lesson No. 1; Lesson No. 2; The Problem Book and English Lesson#C1. The wisdom in these Lessons is the filter, so that through this filter we can take what we need from the larger system, as we develop our own system, hopefully somewhat free of that which is corrupting and destroying the larger system or body."

"A period of transition is the most difficult period in human development, for during periods of transition the life that is in transition is not where it was, and it is not where it is intended to be. So such periods of time are always very dangerous for the life that is in transition."

May God Continue To Bless Us All

From the garden
 We have thoroughly been enjoying the strawberries from the Farmer's Market. So what do you do with a case of strawberries?
Strawberries for strawberry shortcake

ice cream mixture. always forget to take picture of finished product

pack some for snacks

Daddy's not-so-little girls

Marine World. I mean Discovery Kingdom

Happy Couple
 SOLAR COOKING with Sis. Melva & Sis. Majeedah at 4th of July Celebration. He came so that we may live!

May this blog inspire us all to be better persons.
Sincerely, Erika

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

New Blog
You can just google bloggingwhilegrowing at Wordpress
The above is a link to my new blog. I wanted to try Wordpress and change the name of the blog. I hope you choose to follow it there. Once you get to the site their is a box to type in your email. I do not plan to delete this blog but I will probably not update very often.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. I hope the link works. I usually do this kind of stuff on a computer but I have not had computer access in sometime so I am learning how to better operate/utilize my smartphone.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Do YOU value...

Do you VALUE the PEOPLE and TIME it takes to grow food?
Probably not.

This is a post I started sometime ago but never finished. So many angles to this topic. So I'm just going to post. Plus I'm testing to see if I can post from this site.

Please do me a favor and tell how you value or don't value the people and time it takes to grow food. I'm interested to see the responses. And it doesn't have to be a dissertation. I'll go first.

I don't truly value the time it takes to grow food because I do it as a side thing, never giving it the time it needs/requires. Always squeezing it in, when I know it really is much more important than other areas of my life.
I know folks don't value the people or time just based on the responses I get when I can't do something because I have to tend to my garden. However, those same individuals think it is cool and want the benefits without labor. Or for paying a reasonable price for it.
I do value the people because I am clear that it takes time, commitment, hardwork to do it...consistently...and to be good at it.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wrapping Up

Wrapping Up
Winding Down
This Semester
Peace:It was good. Next semester should be better. I tend to slack at the end. I enjoyed reading Malcolm X. It is a good story. It teaches you a lot and is entertaining. I didn't like the questions that went with Stolen Legacy but I enjoyed the book. Math was ok. I am looking forward to next semester. I didn't care for my current math book, glad it is almost over. Thankful for my parents for putting me in Quantum classes. I enjoy going, I learn a lot and it is fun. The homework is hard.
I like my interactive goal chart, it helps; BUT I don't like having to do it every Sunday.
I am looking forward to a new math book and Quantum classes starting back up.
Peace Creating Her Interactive To Do List

Working on Poster

Black Hist Club Poster in collaboration with Yahnijah

Peace and Emiliano Grooving to His Wii

Presenting to grandparents

It was good, looking forward to starting pre-algebra.
I enjoyed reading Malcolm X. Math was challenging but I got through it and now it is easier.
Very pleased with my crocheting. My stitches look more even and professional. And I learned to embellish my hats.
I am interested to find out what books you have us reading next semester.
Faith's decorated envelop to one of her pen pals

Faith working it out


looking for a button to add flavor to the hat

We play games for math on Thursdays. This is her favorite right now.

One of her hobbies, making doll houses and such from recycled materials.

Exploring at the Oakland Museum

Chilling with her mom

The Boy:
I enjoyed Time4Learning, math (I liked my math a lot), and boat making class. My writing has improved a lot. I like studying the Bible. The part that stood out the most to me is when Abraham was going to sacrifice his son. I think I learned more this semester. And I found some really fun, cool, and educational websites.
I don't really know what we are doing for next semester but I am looking forward to completing my math book and memorizing all my time tables. My mom says it should be like breathing. I can almost do them.
Making a paddle

Learning how to chisel


 proving my answer

Making Flashcards

About to test out paddle

Boat is almost complete.

The Boy making his own herbal concoction.

This semester went well, God willing, the next will be even better.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Redemption Song

Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit.
But my hand was made strong
By the 'and of the Almighty.
We forward in this generation
Won't you help to sing
This songs of freedom
'Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy,
'Cause none of them can stop the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
Some say it's just a part of it:
We've got to fullfil the book.

Won't you help to sing
This songs of freedom-
'Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.
/Guitar break/
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our mind.
Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy,
'Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it's just a part of it:
We've got to fullfil the book.
Won't you have to sing
This songs of freedom? -
'Cause all I ever had:
Redemption songs -
All I ever had:
Redemption songs:
These songs of freedom,
Songs of freedom.

Thursday, November 29, 2012


We want to give a BIG thanks to our loving and supportive community for helping us achieve our goal of raising money to get passports so we can finally take a trip abroad.

We normally have an Awesome chart hanging in our house. The awesome chart is where we post personal goals that we have accomplished that are awesome to the individual posting. For instance, it is NOT a place for me to post how awesome it is that Faith finished her current math book with an A- and will start pre-algebra next semester. It is a space where she can post that she is awesome because she learned how to crochet a star to add flair to the hats she makes. This month's chart is a little different.

We worked together to create a poster to tell all the communities we belong to thank you for supporting us. Whether it was by purchasing one of our products, giving a donation, helping us to advertise, or wishing us well in our endeavor. We are grateful. In addition to the trip we hope to take we have this to remind us of all the wonderful people we are surrounded by.