Thursday, July 29, 2010

Teacher Blog

Visit my sister blog- "I {Heart} Teaching"! Just in time for the new school year!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Crockpot to the Rescue!

We have started our downstairs renovation! I'm super excited it about it-but I'm not looking forward to the mess that precedes the finished project! We have lived in our house for 16 years and have desperately wanted to redo our kitchen. But refused to do it until we had the cash to do it. So thanks to God's provision through my brother's repurposed cabinets, we are able to redo our kitchen and get new wood (laminate)floors throughout the downstairs!

My kitchen used to look like this:

And now it looks like this...

And as a result my living room looks like this:

(What is that cartoon on the t.v.???)

Ugh!! But the end result WILL be worth it...The end result WILL be worth it...I just keep repeating this!
Part of staying on budget with this project is to keep the eating out to a minimum, which will be tricky with no kitchen...but my plan is to pull out my handy dandy crockpot. I have 4 crockpots so they will be earning their keep! Here's the plan for tomorrow:
Crockpot #1 (6 qt.) Meatloaf-recipe from the side of the Lipton Onion Soup Mix.
Crockpot #2 (6 qt.) Quarter potatoes and add about an inch of water. At the end of the cooking time, I'll mash them and add sour cream and milk.
Crockpot #3 (1.5 qt.) 2 Cans of mushroom gravy (I'll cook these on low for about 1.5 hours)
I have some rolls to put in the toaster oven (my only available appliance other than the frig.)

It will be a challenge. But I am determined to not eat out this week! I definitely will be trying Holly's Fantastic Chicken recipe!

I'm always up for a challenge-So here we go...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Phil. 2:14 Do everything without complaining or arguing.-- Can I do this for an entire day??? Can you???

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Love on a Dime Book Review

Love on a Dime was a pleasant romance novel. It was full of a Christian perspective and had plenty of Scripture in it. The characters were very likeable. The mystery element of the story pertaining to Fannie Cole was quite intriguing. The happy ending was a great culmination to the story.

I was provided with a copy of this book from and Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Morning Bible and Coffee

Pour you coffee and grab your Bible and curl up on the couch...

Job 42:5 "My ears have heard of you but now my eyes have seen you."
Isn't that what we want? We've heard of God and what He can do, but we want to witness it for ourselves.

Isaiah 55:8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts. Nor are your ways my ways." declares the Lord.
Isn't that the truth? So many times we don't understand why God lets things happen. This verse gives us the answer to that. Sometimes we can't see the greater good that God's ways lead to.

I Peter 1:6-7 You may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proven genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor.
When we go through trials we HAVE to trust that the result will bring glory and honor to the Lord. Our trials have purpose. God grows us, loves us and makes us more dependent on Him through our trials.

Moms, here's the food for thought here, straight from my personal Bible study this morning:
Why am I so determined to give my kids the best of everything and go to great lengths to make them "comfortable" when God sometimes chooses difficulties as the best teaching tools for me, His child?

Monday, July 5, 2010

Have a New Kid By Friday...

My latest summer read was Have a New Kid By Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman. Let me just tell you, this is a "must read" by all parents. Whether you have an "ankle-biter" or one of the members of the "hormone group" as he calls them, I promise this will be a worthwhile read for you. I heard about this book from James Dobson. And went ran to the bookstore to get it. My oldest child, Dylan, is turning 12 this summer and I have been seeing glimpses of that teen attitude. Nothing major-but I see my sweet, compliant, people-pleasing child changing before my eyes. I am not convinced that the teen years have to be "hell" as I see and hear all around me. So I've been reading AND praying! I just finished Bringing Up Boys and loved it and gleaned so much from it. Now I just finished Dr. Leman's book and "WOW"! Such great, practical strategies in this book.
How do you know if you need this book? Here is one of the checklists in the book:
About your children:
*Do they have to be asked to help around the house on a daily basis?
*Do they disrespect you and not value what you have to say?
*Do they fuss about obeying you?
*Do they lack for nothing?
*Are they engaged in one or more extracurricular activities?
*Do they need to be reminded more than once to do something?
*Is bedtime a battle zone?
*When they slam the door in your face do you write it off as "that's just the way kids are"?

If these topics resonated with you or you answered yes to even one of these questions then you need this book!!

I would say you could borrow it from me-but I will be carrying it with me for the next week...


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