Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
My "babies" are back in school. I am now the mom to a 5th, 3rd, & 1st grader. *sigh* They are all doing amazing and each have adjusted so very well to new schools. I'm one proud mommy.
And...Tim and I are working on a new project together. It's pretty interesting working side by side on something together. Here's something that has been running through my mind and this passage from http://www.bible.org/ does a great job of explaining it.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
My family of 5 have very different tastes and somedays I can feel like a short order cook. I'm always looking for new recipes to try, hoping to find one that may actually please the majority. My husband is really honest, especially when it comes to food, so I would just make a mental note about what was a hit or miss. Life gets super busy and now I've taken to writing it down in a recipe binder. I keep a running list of "family favorites" and keep tabs on new recipes that made the cut too.
Where I find recipes...
Thank goodness for the internet! I'll start there and browse around some very reliable and tested blogs, recipe and tv show website.
Here's my favorites:
Full Bellies, Happy Kids Must try: Orange Chicken. not kidding around. try it. today. A little shout out to Sandra over there :)
Comfy in the Kitchen Must try: Cresent Chicken. made this last week, making it again tonight.
AllRecipes.com Great resource for finding great & rated recipes! i love how people comment and leave notes on what they tweaked.
The Pioneer Woman Can't leave out Ree! must try: Apple Dumplings. simply amazing. She's also getting her very own show on Food Network!!!
Food Network And you can't go wrong with Paula Deen on Food Network! Also a great site for searching and browsing through fun recipes.
Monday, June 13, 2011
I'm a people pleaser by nature and serve my God by serving my family. It's a calling I (try to) answer daily, 24/7, 365. Just about every choice I make can effect or influence at least one of the people I live with- that's huge!
Most of the "calls" I make aren't life altering for us, but sometimes they can be. Hard choices are not taken lightly by me and I really prayerfully weigh all options. I will always do my very best to put the needs of the 4 people I share my life with first. I'm not perfect. I can't see the future, but I can live life knowing that my God is bigger than any issue or speed bump I may come across. He sees me through and shows me, ultimately, how things work for our good. Romans 8:28 is my safety blanket in moments of insecurity.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Summer starts tomorrow at noon!!! Woohoo! I spent rest time today coming up with 25 activities for the kids to do at home as soon as I hear the words "I'm bored."
Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag- as long as you make mommy some too ;)
here's the recipe:
What you'll need:
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1/2 cup milk or half & half
• 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
• 6 tablespoons rock salt
• 1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g., Ziploc)
• 1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag
• Ice cubes
How to make it:
1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
3. Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.
4. Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.
5. Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!
Tips: A 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don't increase the proportions more that that -- a large amount might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.
Slip n’ Slide
What home activities do you have planned for your summer vacation?
I only wish you the very best in life. I'm protecting myself and my family from the emotional drama you brought to our life- probably without even knowing it. I've heard you've had a rocky start to a new beginning and I want you to know that I pray for you in your new life.
I've learned some people come into your life for a reason, season, or lifetime. Thank you for being there when we needed you and I did value our friendship very much. I will always be grateful for our time shared as friends. I'm sorry that I really don't understand what happened or what changed, but I've reconciled it and have moved forward. I will always wonder how you are and will ask about you.
I can only assume that things got in the way of us being friends and choices had to be made. That's life and we all live with the results of the choices we make.
We live in a small town, so I'm sure one day we'll run into each other. Wishing you all the best that life has to offer-
Friday, May 6, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Heavy is the perfect word. I let my heart fill with emotions till it weighs me down and everytime I think of this person, it isn't positive at all.
During this Easter season, I have to be reminded of His love and constant grace for me, His flawed and sinful child. Jesus gave his life for me. I need to extend this LOVE to someone who needs it. I need to let all the hurt go and forgive, even if they never acknowledge what's been done or said. UGH, this is hard, but I have to cleanse myself.
Dear Lord, help me to forgive one person today. I lift up my heart. I won’t pretend that it doesn’t hurt, but I am willing to forgive. I’m not always big enough, but You are and I am grateful. I won’t forgive based on a person’s response, or even what is fair, but instead I will trust that You desire my heart to be free so that You can love in and through me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Some are so thought provoking that tackle some really tough issues:
Grey's takes on alzheimer's, post tramatic stress, and way more!
Ok, what hasn't gone on with PP?! It's been a tough season to watch, lots of me crying in each episode lately.
Now what I watch for a good laugh:
I just really discovered Modern Family. If you don't watch it, don't be left behind like I felt ;)
Yes, I am a new Gleek! I have said it before- I wish (if I could sing) that my life could be a musical. These kids are living my dream, lol! This is one that deals with loads of social issues as well- ones I'm not ready to discuss with my almost 10 year old, so it's just for me.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
How you make me smile with just a glance
How you bring me to laughter with one word
How you know what I need before I need it
The biggest hugs you give
The sweetest prayers you pray
The kisses you give
The kisses you try not to give
How you wave good bye to me from the bus window
How you love to snuggle in the big bed
How you’ll never be too big to sit on my lap
The quiet times we share
How your imagination is always working
The stories you write
The art you make
The songs you sing
That you are mine
To my husband of 10 years and our amazing children, I love you more than my own life.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Our life is so full and completely blessed...now I say blessed, not perfect. Not everyday is sunshine and butterflies, but we know that at the end of the day we all love and care so deeply for each other. Yes, my kids can bicker and fight with each other, but I have seen an amazing sense of sensitivity, kindness and compassion for each other grow as well.
As a parent, it's pretty remarkable to stand back and see how life has changed. Just a few years ago, it was just non stop with diapers, feedings, chasing, changing...now it's deeper and they need me differently. I guess I'm changing too.