Wednesday, April 28, 2010

90 Day Bible Journey Week 13

If you are current in your reading, how can you support those who may be a bit behind? If you are behind, do you have a plan for catching up?

Here are the last few days of readings:

Monday: Hebrews 1:1 through James 3:12

Tuesday: James 3:13 through 3 John 14

Wednesday: Jude 1 through Revelation 17:18

Thursday: Revelation 18:1 through Revelation 22:21

I figure that I need 10 more days and I'll be done! It has been an amazing journey! I love God's Word sooo much!

Thanks, Blessing Amid Chaos for hosting this journey!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Do Everything Without Arguing and Complaining-This Means You!

We went to Sam's Club yesterday to browse and as we entered through the doors the 30 flat screen t.v.'s were playing Avatar. The first thing my children see as we pass by the t.v.'s is one blue guy stabbing another in the throat area. Dylan mentioned several times as we walked through the store how he couldn't get the image out of his mind. Well, at that, I began to get angry. Later when we stopped by my parents' house for a visit I ranted and raved on how I'm going to call Sam's and complain and tell them how inappopriate it is to show movies that may not have family-friendly content. I was going to give them a piece of my mind! Let me explain why the movie Avatar (maybe not even the whole movie but that scene in particular) might be upsetting to me: In our home ever since our children were born, we have taken Phillipians 4:8 very seriously: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.
Brian and I also have implemented this into our viewing choices as well-we don't watch rated R movies or even some PG 13 movies or t.v. shows that have content that may be sexual or have otherwise strong content.
As a teacher, I have always been able to tell the children that are allowed to watch "whatever they want" by their actions, speech and attitudes. My teaching experience made it easy when we became parents to make the choice to monitor what our family watched.
Off my soapbox....
Today we went back to Sam's to print out some pics and Avatar was again playing. We quickly walked past the t.v.'s with Dylan telling Holly, "Don't look". When we sat down to eat our $1.50 hot dog combo for lunch, Dylan began ranting and raving about the need for us to complain about how ridiculous it is to have that movie playing for all to see. It wasn't just what he was saying but the tone in which he was saying it that was realllllly bad. I hate when that happens-YOU KNOW, when your kids say things that sound really awful, only for you to realize that they sound just. like. you.!!!
At that moment I heard the verse that God gave us a few years ago that we use frequently in our home: Phillipians 2:14 Do everything without complaining and arguing. But that wasn't the end of what God said to me...He then said-"This means YOU!" Ouch. I have never thought of this verse in that context. If someone wrongs ME -at a restaurant or in any other customer service capacity-isn't it my duty to complain?? Wait, how did that verse go: Do EVERYTHING without complaining and arguing. So, I was obedient in that moment and told Dylan that we will not complain, and of course reminded him of the verse. We decided that we would make the deliberate choice not to look at the t.v.'s when we walk in from now on until I'm sure that it's "safe".
I have to admit that I love hate how much God has grown me in this process of parenting. He has taught ME, changed ME, and loved ME so much as I teach my children. And I really do love it...
(Sorry for the lengthy post, but it was bound to happen after 3 weeks of not blogging!)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Top 100 Children's Novels

Top 100 Children’s Novels

So which of these Top 100 Children's Novels have you read? I put the ones I have read in italics.

100. The Egypt Game - Snyder (1967)
99. The Indian in the Cupboard - Banks (1980)
98. Children of Green Knowe - Boston (1954)
97. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - DiCamillo (2006)
96. The Witches - Dahl (1983)
95. Pippi Longstocking - Lindgren (1950)
94. Swallows and Amazons - Ransome (1930)
93. Caddie Woodlawn - Brink (1935)
92. Ella Enchanted - Levine (1997)
91. Sideways Stories from Wayside School - Sachar (1978)
90. Sarah, Plain and Tall - MacLachlan (1985)
89. Ramona and Her Father - Cleary (1977)
88. The High King - Alexander (1968)
87. The View from Saturday - Konigsburg (1996)
86. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Rowling (1999)
85. On the Banks of Plum Creek - Wilder (1937)
84. The Little White Horse - Goudge (1946)
83. The Thief - Turner (1997)
82. The Book of Three - Alexander (1964)
81. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Lin (2009)
80. The Graveyard Book - Gaiman (2008)
79. All-of-a-Kind-Family - Taylor (1951)
78. Johnny Tremain - Forbes (1943)
77. The City of Ember - DuPrau (2003)
76. Out of the Dust - Hesse (1997)
75. Love That Dog - Creech (2001)
74. The Borrowers - Norton (1953)
73. My Side of the Mountain - George (1959)
72. My Father's Dragon - Gannett (1948)
71. The Bad Beginning - Snicket (1999)
70. Betsy-Tacy - Lovelae (1940)
69. The Mysterious Benedict Society - Stewart ( 2007)
68. Walk Two Moons - Creech (1994)
67. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher - Coville (1991)
66. Henry Huggins - Cleary (1950)
65. Ballet Shoes - Stratfeild (1936)
64. A Long Way from Chicago - Peck (1998)
63. Gone-Away Lake - Enright (1957)
62. The Secret of the Old Clock - Keene (1959)
61. Stargirl - Spinelli (2000)
60. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle - Avi (1990)
59. Inkheart - Funke (2003)
58. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase - Aiken (1962)
57. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Cleary (1981)
56. Number the Stars - Lowry (1989)

55. The Great Gilly Hopkins - Paterson (1978)
54. The BFG - Dahl (1982)
53. Wind in the Willows - Grahame (1908)
52. The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007)
51. The Saturdays - Enright (1941)
50. Island of the Blue Dolphins - O'Dell (1960)
49. Frindle - Clements (1996)

48. The Penderwicks - Birdsall (2005)
47. Bud, Not Buddy - Curtis (1999)
46. Where the Red Fern Grows - Rawls (1961)
45. The Golden Compass - Pullman (1995)
44. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Blume (1972)
43. Ramona the Pest - Cleary (1968)

42. Little House on the Prairie - Wilder (1935)
41. The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Speare (1958)
40. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Baum (1900)
39. When You Reach Me - Stead (2009)
38. HP and the Order of the Phoenix - Rowling (2003)
37. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Taylor (1976)
36. Are You there, God? It's Me, Margaret - Blume (1970)
35. HP and the Goblet of Fire - Rowling (2000)
34. The Watson's Go to Birmingham - Curtis (1995)
33. James and the Giant Peach - Dahl (1961)
32. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - O'Brian (1971)
31. Half Magic - Eager (1954)
30. Winnie-the-Pooh - Milne (1926)
29. The Dark Is Rising - Cooper (1973)
28. A Little Princess - Burnett (1905)
27. Alice I and II - Carroll (1865/72)
26. Hatchet - Paulsen (1989)
25. Little Women - Alcott (1868/9)
24. HP and the Deathly Hallows - Rowling (2007)
23. Little House in the Big Woods - Wilder (1932)
22. The Tale of Despereaux - DiCamillo (2003) 21. The Lightening Thief - Riordan (2005)
20. Tuck Everlasting - Babbitt (1975)
19. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Dahl (1964)
18. Matilda - Dahl (1988)
17. Maniac Magee - Spinelli (1990) 16. Harriet the Spy - Fitzhugh (1964)
15. Because of Winn-Dixie - DiCamillo (2000)
14. HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Rowling (1999)
13. Bridge to Terabithia - Paterson (1977)
12. The Hobbit - Tolkien (1938)
11. The Westing Game - Raskin (1978)
10. The Phantom Tollbooth - Juster (1961)
9. Anne of Green Gables - Montgomery (1908)
8. The Secret Garden - Burnett (1911)
7. The Giver -Lowry (1993)
6. Holes - Sachar (1998)
5. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - Koningsburg (1967)
4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Lewis (1950)
3. Harry Potter #1 - Rowling (1997)
2. A Wrinkle in Time - L'Engle (1962)
1. Charlotte's Web - White (1952)

This meme is from TeacherNinja.

Friday, April 9, 2010


Luv starting the day with my coffee & my Bible...

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who DAILY bears our burdens Psalms 68:19

Love that!!!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

90 Day Bible Journey Week 10

I can't believe we're finishing the Old Testament this week! I have to be honest, as much as I have loved the Old Testament-God has showed my sooo much-I am ready for the New Testament! I'm sick of ready to be done reading about the rebellion of the Israelites-Don't look at me so spiritual! I'm just being honest!! The bottom line is I am loving being immersed in God's Word!
Here's this week's readings.

Monday: Daniel 9:1 through Hosea 13:6

Tuesday: Hosea 13:7 through Amos 9:10

Wednesday: Amos 9:11 through Nahum 3:19

Thursday: Habakkuk 1:1 through Zechariah 10:12

Friday: Zechariah 11:1 through Matthew 4:25

Saturday: Matthew 5:1 through Matthew 15:39

Sunday: Matthew 16:1 through Matthew 26:56

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Confessions of a Food Addict

O.K. I'm not a food addict but this title was more catchy than "A Wonderful pre-Easter Day at home with lots of cooking and family time going on..."

My children woke up to a wonderful surprise this morning. Brian drove home 12 hours through the night to be home for Easter weekend. They were both super thrilled this morning. One of my goals when Brian gets to come home for the weekend is to feed him well. You can only imagine a bunch of guys in a hotel room eating fast food, beef jerky and snickers bars every night! So that's where all the food comes in today...

We started the morning off with chocolate chip pancakes, maple bacon and grapefruit.

Then while Brian was looking at my van...I made jumbo cinnabon streusel muffins and banana nut muffins for him to take back with him on Monday.

I also made some Easter bunny cupcakes for tomorrow.

Lunch was nothing fancy-grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup for the kids and a chicken salad melt for Brian.

Since we're going to the Sunrise service at the beach tomorrow morning I decided to go ahead and make breakfast today. So I made bacon, sausage, egg and cheese biscuits and wrapped them in wax paper so they can be heated up in the morning.

Of course all of this cooking meant countless loads of dishes...not my favorite part!

We still had time for naps-that makes for a perfect Saturday!

After naptime it was time for dinner. I made my secret recipe bbq chicken, ranch cheesy potatoes, baked beans, and salad. O.k. here's my secret recipe for always juicy bbq chicken-bake it in the oven first for 45 min. to an hour depending upon the size of the chicken pieces. Don't put anything on them. Then when your ready (even a day later) you baste them with sauce on the grill for about 20 minutes just to heat them through. This ensures "never dry" bbq chicken!

After dinner we made resurrection rolls.

Then we colored Easter eggs. I love that Dylan is 11 and still enjoys this!

We wrapped up the evening by watching Alvin and the Chipmunks The Squeakuel. Holly cuddled with her daddy during the whole movie.

Gotta love days like this-home all day just hanging around the house serving my family and enjoying them!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Is this an April Fools' Joke, God??

Brian left Sunday to go out of town for 10 weeks. I know I've whined about this plenty by now. To date, he has been gone 5 days. Many a woman has held down the fort while their husbands go on business trips. Why or why, then, is this such a disturbance to our household??? Maybe it's because he NEVER goes out of town. Maybe it's because he's such an awesome dad and takes on so much of my load at home whenever necessary and many times when it isn't necessary just to help out.
Whatever the reason, this is not fun. Since Tuesday my ears have been ringing. What does that mean? Is it high blood pressure or the stress that I am internalizing? I have been praying constantly and reading the Word. Because I know that is the right way to handle this ho-hum feeling that I'm experiencing. My kids have been fighting and whining. I have no motivation to do anything. I had visions of exercising and eating right and taking the kids on picnics and spending time with friends while Brian was gone. Yeah, right. None of that has happened.
Then, yesterday I was driving home from work, still 20 miles away from home, and the battery light in my van went on. As I turned the corner the power steering went out and the temperature gauge rapidly moved to hot. All I could think was, "You've got to be kidding me!!!" Once that thought passed, I immediately began to pray and told the kids to pray. As I pulled into the nearest parking lot the battery light went off, the power steering was fine, and the temperature gauge went back to its normal cool setting. We prayed the whole way home and made it just fine. I also thanked the Lord that we had Brian's truck at home as a back up vehicle. I know in my heart without a doubt that God is good and that He is watching over us. Yesterday's van incident of living proof of that and I want to testify to His goodness. Tonight I have Bible study at my house and I made appetizers and cupcakes last night. So I feel pretty good about that-being prepared and the fact that I got off my lazy, depressed butt last night and actually was productive. Today is my last day of school and then it is Spring Break!! Hallelujah! I know that Spring fever has added to my frustration this week. I know that next week is going to be fabulous. We are going to the beach and the pool. We're going to sleep in and stay up late watching movies together without a care in the world. And I am going to stop feeling sorry for myself and wait for that big overtime check to hit the bank next week (even though it will probably have to all go to van repairs...) and thank God that my husband has a job and that my children are healthy and that we have a 10 day vacation. God will work the rest out...I am confident of this-He is faithful and I can find rest in Him...


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