Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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Friday, November 27, 2009
1 Head Romaine Lettuce, chopped
1 1/2 C. Chopped Pecans
2 C. Dried Cranberries
1 1/2 C. Feta Cheese
-Toss in large bowl-
3/4 C. Vegetable Oil
1/2 C. Sugar
1/3 C. White Vinegar
1 T. Poppyseeds
Shake together in seal tight container, and serve with salad.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Psalm 40:5 - "Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare."
Do we have a lot to be thankful for, or what? Seems like I'm always grumbling about something. It's always easier to complain or see the negative, than the positive.
I love Thanksgiving. It's my favorite time of year. Helps me refocus and get back to what's important in life.
When you feel like complaining, or grumbling - try to remember how many blessings God has given you, and how fortunate you really are. I always say that to my kids when they see something they want, and I tell them no - or when they won't eat their supper. The whining and negativity start and I say - "Look how many things you have at home to play with (that never get played with), and look at all the blessings we have. They are many kids who are starving to death, and/or have never even had a toy, ever."
All I know is, I'm truly thankful, and I try very hard not to take what I have for granted. There is always someone worse off.
Here's some things off the top of my head today that I give thanks for:
-My 3 healthy children
-My husband and our marriage
-Parents who are always there
-My twin sister
-My 2 brothers and their wives (I couldn't ask for better sil's :)
-An abundance of food
-Friends - lots of great friends
-My church familiy
-Games like Hungry Hippo, and Memory that I love to play with my kids
-Rainbows and all of nature's beauty
-A kitchen table
-My washing machine and dryer (I'm not thankful for laundry though)
-A smile on someone's face
-Laughter from my children
-Tears of joy
-Hugs & kisses
-A sweet card from a dear friend
-That verse I posted at the top
-Sweet eternity w/ my Lord
Now, some of these you might say, huh?? But seriously, think about it. Aren't you thankful for a toilet? Or phone books? They sure come in handy sometimes, don't they??
Tell me some things you are thankful for?
Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
One of my most favorite things to do is find and share easy recipes. As a part-time employee, and full-time Mom, we all know life is crazy hectic at times, and the last thing we have time for is being in the kitchen. I have lots of favorites that are just, well, favorites! But I'm always looking for new ones as well. I am all about easy, quick recipes...but they should be tasty. And something my family will most likely enjoy :)
Sooooo, I'm gonna start sharing some of my favorite recipes on my blog. Along with a picture of it, if I remember to take one before we devour it. I love sharing my easy recipes and hopefully it will make your life a little easier too :) I'll call it Random Recipes - because with my life, you never know what kind of recipe it's gonna be, or when I'll post one! :)
Now, please keep in mind that I am definitely no Paula Deen. But I do love to cook and bake, and one of my most favorite things to do is EAT! So I hope you will enjoy, and be able to use some of these recipes!
I read something this morning that really hit home.
Every day I go to a web-site called (in) Courage, and read their daily post. (in) Courage was started by a group of women who "felt called to be real, authentic, brave women for the Kingdom and wanted to connect with other women who did as well."
Each day one of them write a post, and I have never not read one that I couldn't relate to or take something away from. But today's especially.....wow.
Hit me right between the eyes. Way too real for me right now.
Please take a moment to read it. I also have their button on the right hand side of my blog you can click on any time to read it.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Daddy: "Cameron, you need to eat 3 more bites of supper before you can leave the table."
Cameron: "But, I can't take any more bites....my tummy is tired."
Daddy: "Well then, you better take your tired tummy to bed."
Cameron: "But, um, (stutter, stammer)....my tummy is tired but my eyes are not."
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
In September our family had to find new daycare after going to the same place for over 6 years. That was quite a change in routine. It was sudden and unexpected, and kind of like mourning a death in a way. Suddenly, we had no place for our kids to go. It was a very unsettling feeling. We immediately gave it to the Lord. And, like always, He answered in a huge way.
The area where we live has a huge need for daycare. There are several families that were and are in need of one. We were very limited as to where to send our kids, but God opened a door for us. My boys are now going to a wonderful lady who has been doing daycare in her home for over 6 years. She is amazing to me. Of course I think anyone who does daycare in their home is amazing. I, myself, could never do it. It takes a special person, for sure.
But my oh my, our Miss Amanda is a true God-send. We LOVE her. She is caring, loving, genuine, honest (which I think is a must with a daycare provider), and so patient. The boys are loving it there. After the first week that Emmitt went, she gave me two pages of pictures she had taken of him. I mean - what? Seriously?? That is just awesome! I love to see what my boys have been up to during their day.
She is definitely an answer to prayer. We were only without daycare for about 3 weeks, when God brought us to Amanda. We are so thankful. So very thankful.
But please, will you pray with me for my sister, and many of my friends. They just got word yesterday, that the local christian daycare where they all send their kids, is closing down. How awful. I know how they feel....like, "What am I gonna do now?" But like He did for us, God has a plan for them as well. He just has to make it clear yet :)
But these mama's, these special friends of mine, sure need comfort right now, and peace that it'll all work out. Our kids are our most treasured blessings. We as Moms need to know they are safe and loved while we are away from them. Pray that these families will find a place like this. Thank you!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Cam & Emmitt loved driving the boat with Daddy.
Olivia can put her own worm on the hook - that a girl.
I actually took some fish off the hook! Yay for me. But most of my time was spent making sure Emmitt didn't go overboard.
A nice bass caught by the mighty fiiiiiine fisherman.
Nice catch there son :)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Olivia doing sparklers :)
Emmitt's too little to do sparklers, so Grandma just held him while he watched :)
Cam's smokin sparkler!
Olivia's festive painted toes :)
At the parade....patiently waiting for candy.
My sweet little Em~