Monday, March 29, 2010

Weekly Plans

Bible Study
Starting a new one on Fasting-looking forward to this one since it is new territory for me-and totally out of my comfort zone!!

Memory Verse
Isaiah 12:2 Surely God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, THE LORD, is my strength and my song, He has become my salvation.

Husband Encouragement
With Brian being in NC for 10 weeks-yes, I said 10 weeks-encouragement will have to be long distance! It will have to consist of plenty of texts and phone calls. And I just need to let him know how much we miss him regularly!

Train Them Up
Again-with Brian being gone this is all me!
I have taken over reading Proverbs with Dylan each night. I like the idea that I read on Crystal's blog about just all sitting on the couch quietly and reading the Bible on our own each night. Going to implement that this week.

Personal Goals
-All the same-ho hum's-exercise and eating right! I started strong with the Shred and slacked off since I lost my partner (not that it's her fault). So going to restart that this week (oh, I hope I don't have to get so sore all over again!)

Absolutely MUST Do

Cleaning my bathroom from top to bottom until it sparkles!

Menu This is going to be a challenge! The tendency when Brian is not home is to give the kids a bowl of cereal...but we can't do that for the next 10 weeks. So I HAVE to be diligent in preparing meals!
Monday -I have no idea what's happening tonight for dinner!
Tuesday -chicken on the grill, vegetables
Wednesday -Sonny's bbq
Thursday -BBQ Pork chops, loaded mashed potatoes (veggies for me)
Friday -Dinner @ the Sophie's!
Saturday -not sure yet-need to make this a fun day for the kids since it's our first weekend of Bri being gone-maybe a picnic at the park with friends? will check this out!
Sunday -Easter-lots of yummy food @ my mom's! (hopefully ham & potato salad-My faves!)

*going to the good Friday concert at the beach
*going to the Sophie's for dinner on Friday night
*Bible study at my house on Thursday night

Things I'm thankful for today:
*Tornado drill this morning at school-but no tornado-Thank you, Lord!
*Brian made it safely to NC-it was raining there today as well so he got a much deserved day of rest!
*A free night just to be home with my children!

90 Day Bible Journey Week 9

Here are the weekly questions from Blessings Amid Chaos:

How have you changed in the last eight weeks? Is it simply a matter of modifying your routine a bit, or do you sense something deeper and more significant going on? What might it be?
In the beginning of this journey my Bible reading was kind of like homework. I HAD to do it and check it off the list. Though I was happy to complete it, it was not very meaningful. However, now reading my Bible is part of my day. It has become a peaceful moment that I look forward to-curling up on the couch with my Bible and a glass of sweet tea with lemon. I have fallen in love with God's Word. I was thinking about what will happen when this journey is over. I don't want it to end. And I won't let it. Though I may not be reading 10-15 chapters a day after this, I want to continue digging deep daily!

If you don’t sense a change in yourself, does someone in your family or close friends sense anything different about you? Or is it possible that you are resisting changes that God is inviting you to make? If so, can you or someone close to you think of how you might overcome this resistance?
I know that my children have begun to follow me in my Bible reading. They are aware that it is commonplace now to see my Bible and highlighter laying on the couch at all times. On more than one occasion my 5 year old has grabbed her Bible and sat next me and "read". She is a beginning reader and pretends to read! So cute!

Here are the verses for the week:

Monday: Jeremiah 33:23 through Jeremiah 47:7

Tuesday: Jeremiah 48:1 through Lamentations 1:22

Wednesday: Lamentations 2:1 through Ezekiel 12:20

Thursday: Ezekiel 12:2 through Ezekiel 23:39

Friday: Ezekiel 23:40 through Ezekiel 35:15

Saturday: Ezekiel 36:1 through Ezekiel 47:12

Sunday: Ezekiel 47:13 through Daniel 8:27

Have a blessed day! It's never too late to start the journey! If you would like to start this journey go back to my previous posts.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Top Three Thursday

What are the Top 3 things you should have thrown away... like, yesterday?
1. The size 5 pair of Bongo jeans (do you remember those??) that are in the back of my closet. Why do I keep them? Because I'm an optimist.

2. The crib under my bed-no I'm not saving it for another kid. I just keep thinking I'll give it to someone instead of just dumping it. After all my both my babies (now 11 & 5) slept in that crib.

3. VHS tapes-lots of vhs tapes. We never watch them. They just take up space and collect dust...Brian doesn't want me to throw them out...I'll blame it on him.

What 3 things should you have thrown away-like yesterday?...

(Hosted by The un)experienced mom)


Striving for 31 posted 25 random thoughts...thought I would do the same because I have nothing else to write about right now!

1. I had a parent accuse me of harrassing his 2nd grade child today because I asked him to wear proper uniform shorts. REALLY?

2. My husband is leaving for 10 weeks on Sunday for work. :(

3. I found these cute Easter bunny bags to make for egg holders with my class tomorrow. I'm looking at a pic of them now. I'll post later.

4. I am just about finished watching the last season of LOST. Can't wait to start this season so I can actually talk about it with friends!

5. I'm hungry.

6. I would love to go to dinner tonight-but with Bri leaving to go out of town I feel bad to make him eat out since he'll be eating out for every meal for the next 10 weeks!
7. I'm not into this season of Dancing with the Stars.(maybe it's because Kate Gosselin annoys me)

8. I'm not into this season of Idol. (what's going on with me??)

9. I can not wait to start the new Francine Rivers book-I got it yesterday.

10. My son went on a field trip to the Everglades today. He's in 5th grade. It's the first time I haven't gone with him on a field trip. ever.

11. My kids are in Dylan's room watching a movie and I love that I can curl up on the couch and have peace as a result!

12. I'm thankful that I don't have to pack lunches for tomorrow. Now if I can just get my kids to skip breakfast...

13. I'm crossing my fingers that 24 doesn't get cancelled next season...

14. I'm really loving reading my Bible in 90 days.

15. I'm counting the hours until spring break next week.

16. I'm super sad that Brian isn't going to be home for Easter.

17. I don't wear my watch at night or on the weekends. I want to enjoy my time home and not have to watch the clock like I have to at work.

18. I love South Florida and I never want to live anywhere else. It always offends me when people bash S FL. I'm sorry-but I lived in Georgia and the people are not any nicer and the drivers aren't any better!

19. My house is clean (at least as clean as it gets...)

20. My laundry is done.

21. I love playing Wii Rock Band with Brian. It's like our new "couple thing" that we enjoy doing together. Kind of like when we used to put puzzles together when we first got married.

22. I think MY daughter is the coolest daughter there is.

23. I think MY son is the coolest son there is.

24. I'm getting my kitchen redone when Bri gets back from his trip...and I absolutely cannot wait!!

25. I don't know why I love blogging, but I do.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

90 Bible Journey Week 8

Here are the verses for the week:

Monday: Isaiah 14:1 through Isaiah 28:29

Tuesday: Isaiah 29:1 through Isaiah 41:18

Wednesday: Isaiah 41:19 through Isaiah 52:12

Thursday: Isaiah 52:13 through Isaiah 66:18

Friday: Isaiah 66:19 through Jeremiah 10:13

Saturday: Jeremiah 10:14 through Jeremiah 23:8

Sunday: Jeremiah 23:9 through Jeremiah 33:22

In light of Brian's upcoming 10 week work trip-I have found MY verse for the next 10 weeks in Isaiah:
12:2 Surely God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song, He has become my salvation.

I love how this verse repeats "the Lord" as to make sure that we get it "the Lord, THE LORD, is my strength!" I love God's Word!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Not Me Monday

My plans for this week are being put on hold and Not Me Monday is taking over...
Brian did NOT just call to say his job wants to send him to work in North (or was it South?) Carolina for 10 weeks. TEN WEEKS...

Dylan did NOT just start crying when I told him about that trip.

We are NOT getting ready to start a kitchen remodel or anything...

However, the extra money would be nice...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Luvin this Verse

Psalm 138:8 (Amplified Bible)
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever--forsake not the works of Your own hands

I love that God cares about what concerns me-big or little. He's working on my concerns! I need to let Him perfect my concerns and stop trying to do it myself!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Random Dozen

1. On a scale of 1-10, how superstitious are you, honestly?
I am not superstitious at all. So that would be a 0!

2. Julius Caesar is quoted as saying, "I came, I saw, I conquered." Which circumstance or experience of yours does this saying best describe?
I would defintitely say parenting-though I haven't conquered it yet!!!

3. If I peeked in on your day like a mischievous little leprechaun, at what time would I most likely find you blogging?
In the evening after dinner while we're vegging on the couch.

4. Re springing forward for Daylight Saving Time, is there anything you've ever been really early or really late for?
During my first year of teaching on the first teacher workday, I was late. I walked through the halls and it was like a ghost town. I seriously thought the Rapture had happened and I was left behind! Nobody told me that we were supposed to meet in the cafeteria on teacher workdays!

5. What are you most looking forward to concerning Spring?
In South Florida we pretty much have spring all winter as far as the temperatures and greenery go. But I am definitely looking forward to Spring Break with my kids. I also really love Easter.

6. Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland and are picked on St. Patrick's Day and worn on the lapel or shoulder. Do you wear green on St. Patty's Day?
Yes! I have my "Everyone loves an Irish Girl" shirt on, my shamrock earrings, and my shamrock socks! I'm an elementary teacher so I own all this cheesy stuff!

7. One of Caesar's assassins, Casca, said, "But, for my own part, it was Greek to me," which of course means he didn't understand something. Probably his own lines in the play. Anyway, what is something that is "Greek to you," something incomprehensible or indecipherable?
Spanish! I took Spanish I once and Spanish II twice in high school and just couldn't get it. I even got my Bachelor of Science in college because with a B.A. you had to take a language. I don't know what it is-I just have a mental block against learning a language. My husband speaks fluent Spanish which cracks me up!

8. Is March behaving more like a lion or a lamb where you live?
Definitely a lamb. We have had the most beautiful "winter". This is why I live in South Florida!

9. "An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later." -Winston Churchill. If you had one extra hour per day every day, what would you do with it?

10. Legend says that every Leprechaun has a pot of gold hidden deep in the Irish countryside. Aside from real gold or money, what material item would be in your dream pot of gold?
A bigger house (but only if it came with a maid.)

11. "The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you." Robert Louis Stevenson. Look around you right now and tell us about something essential or beautiful very near you that you take for granted every day.
My children-I hope I don't take them for granted however, I would love to live EVERY second with them remembering how extremely precious they are!

12. Just for a bit o' fun, click here ( and then report your Irish name.
My Irish name is Zaira MacSween. Whatever!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Diary of a Food Junkie

I'm starting strong today! I've got all the tools for success. I'm super excited about my new blackberry and being able to enter and check food on WW online anytime as I go. I'm going to blog my food and exercise diary in hopes of holding myself accountable. I would love to hear your input or food and recipe ideas for healthy eating!

B-Hot tea 1 tbsp. sugar (1) 1 grapefruit with Splenda (1)
L-hard boiled egg (2) 3 pieces of whole wheat toast with 2tbsp. peanut butter (8)
a cucumber (0),sugar free jello w/ fat free cool whip (0)
D-broiled chicken breast 4 oz. (2) 2 c. cauliflower, broccoli, carrot medley (0) Actually ate chili-don't know how many points :( (Just bein' honest!)
Snacks-popcorn 100 calorie (1), fiber bar (2)
Exercise-completed 30 day Shred

B-coffee with cream & sugar (2)
L-Green Giant Healthy weight frozen vegetables-edamame & black beans (2)(yummy!) banana (2), fiber bar(2)
D-6 in. subway ham sub (6), fat free jello with fat free cool whip (0)
Snacks-5 chicken nuggets from Wendy's (5)
Exercise-complete 30 day shred (& I'm dyin right about now but it feels good!!)

B-hot tea w sugar(3)
L-subway sandwich (6)other half of last night's dinner, 100 calorie nutter butter cookies (2)
D-corned beef & cabbage (6) 2 biscuits (2)
Snacks-fiber bar (2) (luvin these 2 pointers!)

Exercise-completed 30 min shred (I don't feel so beat down after today's workout!)





Weekly Plans

Bible Study:
week 4 of Esther by Beth Moore, working on 90
Bible Journey

Memory Verse:
I'm going to continue to meditate on Phil. 4:8 this week.

Husband Encouragement:
Using words of affirmation

Train Them Up:
We didn't get to our friendship study last week-so we are going to start that at family devotions tonight. The goal is to teach our children what God's Word says about picking friends and being a good friend.

I am ready to get back my old, good habits! I've signed up for weight watchers online, starting the 30 day shred today with my bff Lori and have lots of healthy food choices in the house! Even got some new sneaks!
Go to my Weight Watchers post to see my weekly food/exercise diary.

Weekly Menu:
Monday -Breaded chicken with cheesy broccoli noodles and biscuits
Tuesday -Chili, pack lunch for the kids
Wednesday -Corned beef and cabbage in the crockpot,(Happy St. Patrick's Day!) kids buy lunch
Thursday -Pork chops, mushroom alfredo, pack lunches
Friday-Tilapia, rice, cornbread Kids buy lunches
Saturday - I'm going out for pizza with the Titus 2 group so Little Caesars for the fam.

-Ladies Bible studies Wed. & Thurs. night!
-starting the 30 Day Shred with Lori (yes, this will be fun!I keep telling myself that!)
-Meeting the teenage girl that I will be mentoring on Saturday night.

3 things I'm thankful for today:
-being able to be home with a sick child (again this Monday!)
-THE most beautiful South Florida day!
-all the laundry is done!!!

90 Day Bible Journey Week 7

I can't believe we've been at this for 7 weeks! I am just starting Job-so still working on catching up. I have to say the end of II Chronicles was so sad for me. To see God pour His heart into the Israelites generation after generation only for them to reject Him time after time, until finally He lets them be exiled into Babylon. It really moved me. I can't help but think that this same heartbreak plays out day after day in our world currently. The hope that Nehemiah offered with the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem was a great pick me up. I'm looking forward to reading the Psalms and seeing the hearts of David among others. I love praying the Psalms as well, so I plan to dig out that old prayer journal that's collecting dust and put it to use this week!

Here are the verses for the week:

Monday: Psalm 89:14 through Psalm 108:13

Tuesday: Psalm 109:1 through Psalm 134:3

Wednesday: Psalm 135:1 through Proverbs 6:35

Thursday: Proverbs 7:1 through Proverbs 20:21

Friday: Proverbs 20:22 through Ecclesiastes 2:26

Saturday: Ecclesiastes 3:1 through Song of Songs 8:14

Sunday: Isaiah 1:1 through Isaiah 13:22

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Do you ever feel like....

you've completely failed as a parent? Well I don't...that is until I watched session 2 of the parenting Bible study that we're doing. I could have cried because my heart was so heavy with the points that were made this week. It was about communication. One of the sobering statistics was that 7% of our communication with our children is verbal, 93% is nonverbal. Of course hugs and touches, but I was focused on the negative stuff, like "the look" and the hand motions that say,"I'm on the phone, leave me alone". You know what I'm talking about!
I was really convicted about our parenting with Dylan concerning his struggle with math this year. We have a new strategy, thankfully, because of this dvd. And I just pray God will help us be the best parents we can be, not to impress people or to make things easier for us. But to be the parents God can make us so we can raise godly kids who want to serve the Lord and be godly parents themselves one day. The verses that give me hope during this season of parenting:
Lamentations 3:22-26 (New International Version)

22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.

23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

24 I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him."

25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;

I'm so thankful His mercies are new every morning!

Monday, March 8, 2010

31 Days of Prayer4MyKids Day 3

Day 3 Love
"Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them." Galations 5:25, Eph. 5:2

I want my children to be known for Christ's love in them. I know that I have to model this for them daily.

Weekly Plans

Bible Study:
week 3 of Esther by Beth Moore, working on 90
Bible Journey, studying Colossians 2, and also doing the Legacy of Faith parenting study (lots of Bible going on! and I love it!)

Memory Verse:
I didn't memorize my verse from last week so I'm going to continure to memorize this one:
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything isis excellent or praiseworthy -think about such things.
I really want to claim this verse and share it with my children this week. This verse can change the way we all treat others! After all, how can we be unkind or selfish with others if we're thinking about these things?!

Husband Encouragement:
Brian has a servant's heart. He has several families on his heart this week. I can encourage him by helping him minister to these families-whether it's through preparing meals or making a phone call. I will be available for how he would have me to help him.

Train Them Up:
I'm going to post and share Phil. 4:8 with my children and really meditate on it with them this week. We are also going to start a study of friendship during our family devotion time this week. Hoping this will help the kids make wise, godly choices when picking friends.

Must Do:

I am stuggling with getting motivated to exercise. I need to pray more for motivation in this area and then I just need to do it!!

Weekly Menu:
Monday - Dylan and Bri are going to the Men's Rally tonight at church so Holly and I can eat leftovers!
Tuesday -Chicken fingers & mac n cheese for the kids-Bri & I have a dinner/deacon's meeeting @ Pastor's house, pack lunch for kids
Wednesday - No night out this week. We ate out over the weekend and even ordered pizza last week! pork roast, mashed potatoes, blueberry muffins (didn't prepare this meal last week because of pizza night!) Kids buy lunch
Thursday -manwiches, corn -need a quick meal since I have the Esther study that night @ my house, pack lunch for kids
Friday -spaghetti, garlic bread-Sophie's coming over for Bible study, Dylan buy, Holly pack
Saturday - tacos
Sunday -leftovers or whatever-Brian and Dylan are taking a hunter safety course all day so they won't be home.

-Field trip with my class to Butterfly World Tues.
-Will work in a bike ride for the family this week...maybe Sat.-our only free day of the week!

3 things I'm thankful for today:
-being able to be home with a sick child
-being caught up at work and not having a job that overwhelms me
-warm temperatures!


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