Monday, September 29, 2008

They're Not Little Girls Anymore

My girls are growing up. I have had to have a couple of uncomfortable discussions with them. The first one was probably a year or so ago and was not too bad, kind of funny even. The 2nd one was last night and it was pretty uncomfortable, but it lead into a discussion about them becoming godly women, wives and mothers. It was really sweet. We all cried. I love them tremendously and though it's hard to watch them become young ladies and eventually women and wives and mothers. I'm so proud of them, as uncomfortable as those discussions are, I'm glad they learned it all from me and not some teacher at school or an early bloomer friend. I'm glad they know how all of this crazy stuff that happens to us is part of God's plan to grow them into who He is calling them to be, and I'm thankful for the memories that those discussions have created.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Prayer Guide for the Election

I received this prayer guide in an email from a yahoo group that I am in. I'm not sure who originally published it, but it's definitely worth sharing.

Prayer Guide for the Presidential Election

It is critical that Christians pray for the coming
presidential election. There is amazing power in united prayer.
Pray with others whenever possible. The power of prayer can overcome
any obstacle or ungodly influence and, indeed,do great things! Please
forward this to every Christian you know.

09/26 - 10/02
II Kings 13:16 - Pray that the Lord would put His hands on the man of
His choice for president (and his team) and guide them in this

10/03 - 10/09
Proverbs 1:5-6 - Pray that God's man will listen with discernment,
add to his knowledge, and receive wise counsel in this campaign.

10/10- 10/16
John 16:33 - Pray that the man of God's choice would be given wisdom
and ability from the Lord to overcome any obstacle or difficulty
during this campaign.

10/17- 10/23
Acts 17:30 - Pray for repentance for yourself and for our nation.

Luke 12:54-57 - Pray that God's man and our nation will be discerning
and do what is right.

10/31- 11/06
Phil. 4:13 - Pray that the Lord's choice for President will have
special strength and unusual ability from God.

Habakkuk 1:5 and 3:2 - Pray that the Lord would do something that
would utterly amaze us and give His servant victory.

During the days of Nov. 7 - 11, be encouraged to set aside a time of
fasting during these days to commit this election to the Lord in whom
we put our trust. Acts 14:23

Remember 2 Chronicle 7:14: 'If my people who are called by my name,
will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their
wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin
and will heal their land.'

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


This is a post I've been thinking on for a while. I'm not sure it's for anyone else as much as it is for me, but I'm gonna share it here anyway.

Lately I've been feeling very burdened by all that we do at church. Sometimes I feel like it is taking over our lives. So, Patrick and I began to pray about what I should give up. The answer that we both got was choir. I had a little bit of a hard time with that because, to be honest, in my flesh it was my favorite. I love to sing. I always have, but the truth of the matter is that it was taking away from our time at home together and just because I'm not in choir, doesn't mean I can't sing. I'm always going to sing, in the sanctuary at church, in the car, in the shower, with my children, when I'm alone, etc.

So, here's the lesson that the Lord is teaching me:
My heart is truly to serve. It always has been. I've always been the type to never want to accept help, but always willing to freely give it. Here's the thing though, I can't do it begrudgingly. I've got to start doing it with a right heart. I'm not doing the stuff at church that I consider to be an extreme amount of fun. Honestly, I looked forward to the day that all my kids moved out of Little Praisers, so I wouldn't have to be back there. But, the Lord had different plans. We work back there now, more than we did when Mason was in there. Why? Because, we prayed and asked the Lord to show us what was the biggest need in our church, because that's where we wanted to serve. So, here we are in Little Praisers 3 (and sometimes more) times a month. Then He lays it on our hearts to work with the older children as well, so now we're in Kids Quest once a month. I do a lot of cooking for the church as well and to be honest, cooking is not my favorite thing, I don't totally dislike it, but it is definitely not what I would call fun, but that's another need that, fun or not, I can help to meet.

We're always talking about the church body, and I've come to the conclusion, that I want our family to be a vital body part, and that means obedience and sacrifice. It means laying ourselves down and being willing to do things that are outside of our comfort zone and that don't seem fun. I have always told my children, it isn't true obedience if you are not doing it with a right heart. Honestly, my heart has not been right. I've felt burdened and tired and just wanted to throw in the towel. I'm definitely praying and I'm going to be really working on being joyful, because truthfully, I am thankful that He finds me worthy to be used.

Pastor Greg has spoken about the Word saying "you reap what you sow" and I had always thought of that in terms of bad stuff, if you treat someone badly then someone will treat you badly, that kind of thing. He pointed out that also means the good stuff. He even went as far as to say, that if you have a need, then sow that need. If you need help cleaning your house, help someone clean theirs. If you need help with your children, help someone with theirs. If you need help with your yard work, help someone with theirs, you get the picture. Well, the really neat thing that we have noticed is, although I'm not good at asking for or accepting help, since we have been serving as much as we are, we have not had a need that has gone unmet. People are constantly offering to help with things we need and often insisting. It's amazing.

I am so thankful that the Lord has sent us to this church. We have grown tremendously since we've been there. I have learned that if I want the church to be all that the Lord desires it to be, then I must be willing to do whatever He desires me to do.

I would encourage you to ask yourself, what part of the body are you, if it's not as big a part as you think it should be then ask the Lord where you are most needed and be willing to sacrifice and do something that isn't normally your cup of tea. You will be blessed for it.

Have an amazing day!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Kids Pics 9-16-08

I got some great pics of the kids and have had a horible time posting them here. I think it's a problem with my internet. Hopefully, this one will load ok. If not the pictures are on my facebook page. The quality of this video is not great and this was not my song preferance, but this was the only one of the ones I did that I could get to load. You may want to pause the music player at the bottom before you play the video.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

2 week menu and groceries

I am trying to be frugal with our grocery budget, since we are doing Financial Peace. Some friends expressed interest in how I managed the amount for this 2 week period (that is how often we get paid), so I thought I would share it. It's kind of lengthy.

Here is our supper menu for the next 2 weeks. I already had most of the meat. Breakfast will be cereal, waffles, muffins, cinnamon rolls, pop tarts and hot cereal (whatever is in the cabinet). Lunches will be sandwiches, soups and leftovers. We will repeat some meals, but no one here seems to mind that. Keep in mind that we already had most of the meat in the freezer. We will be using deer (I pay $35 - $55 per dear depending on the size. A small dear is usually about 2 Wal-Mart bags full of meat and a larger one will be 3 or so.), ham that my Mom bought on sale and gave to us and chicken that I bought when it was on sale and put it in the freezer. I usually pay about $.99 lb. For split chicken breasts. The veggies are probably already in our freezer, but I will be going to Southern Family Market to buy frozen vegetables 10 for $10.00 and buy one get one free salads for around $3.50.

Baked potatoes w/ cheese and sour cream
Sloppy Joes with potato wedges
Chicken n dumplings
Grilled deer tenderloin, salad and homemade bread
Country fried steak, Mashed potatoes and black eyed peas
Ham and veggies
Stroganoff (Hamburger Helper)
Baked potatoes with sour cream, cheese and chili
Chicken sandwiches and potato wedges
Chicken n dumplings (possibly with veggies)
Ham and veggies

Below is my grocery list for this two weeks. I bought all of this at Wal-Mart and price matched some of it. So, if you see another grocery stores name, I got Wal-Mart to give me their price :
Milk 2 @ 3.38 each Kroger = 6.76
Frozen Biscuits 2.98
Progresso Soup 2@ 1.50 = 3.00 - .50 coupon = 2.50
Chex Mix .99 Walgreens with .50 off coupon, total 0.49
Nature Valley Granolas 2 @ 1.98 – 1.00 coupons= 2.96
Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls 1.58-.30 coupon = 1.28
Martha White muffins x2@ .84 -.50 coupon= 1.18
Pure life water 12 pack 2.50-1.00 coupon= 1.50
Soft & hard taco shells (2 separate packs) 1.16+1.66-1.00 coupon = 1.82
Hormel Complete Meal ( santa fe chicken and rice)2.00 - .75 coupon=1.25
Dinty Moore stew 2 @ 1.42 = 2.84 – 1.00 coupon = 1.84
2 Knorr rice(Mushroom & Broccoli & Cheese Rice)2@ .98= 1.96-.60 coupon= 1.36
Zatarains 2 boxes of red beans and rice 2 x 1.36 = 2.72 - .75 coupon= 1.97
Eggs 1 ½ dozen 2.38
Bread 2 loaves 2 x .84 = 1.68
Hamburger buns 2 packs 2x 1.13= 2.26
Sloppy Joe Sauce 0.86
Frozen Potato Wedges 1.93
Spaghetti Sauce 2 jars 2 x 1.00= 2.00
Large Pack Spaghetti Noodles 1.32
Head of Lettuce 1.28
Cheddar Cheese 2.46
Stroganoff 2 boxes .96 x 2 = 1.92
Malto Meals Cereal (like honey nut cheerios) 4.48
Frozen Waffles 1.16
Pop tarts 1.74
Sour Cream 16 oz. 1.58
Banquet Frozen Chicken Patties 3.98
Snack crackers :cheese 0.97
Peanut butter 0.97
Tomatoes Piggly Wiggly 1.67 lbs x .99 per lb. = 1.65
Sweet Onions Piggly Wiggly 1.64 lbs x .59 per lb. = 0.97
Sweet Potatoes Piggly Wiggly 2.65 lbs x .69 per lb. = 1.83
Hazelnut coffee beans 3.68
2 Gogurt Jolts 2.28 each -1.00 coupon = 4.56
Tea bags 2 boxes 1.00 each = 2.00
Boxed Chicken Broth 1.48
1 lb. Sliced smoked ham 3.98-.50 coupon = 3.48
Chicken noodle soup 2 x .58 = 1.16
Pringles 1.00
Borden cheese slices 2.50
Sour Cream and onion chips 1.79
Butterball turkey Cajun lunchmeat (8 oz.) 2.98 -1.00 coupon = 1.98
Potatoes 5 lbs. 4.47

Subtotal 93.41
Tax @ 8 % 7.47 Total 100.88

If I didn't note a brand name then I probably bought the store brand. I hope this wasn’t too confusing and maybe someone will find it helpful. Maybe we could give each other inexpensive (somewhat healthy) meal ideas.

Added : It looks like it didn't transfer in list form, so if you want me to send it as a word document leave me a comment with your email address and I will email it to you.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Now I get it!

Ok, so now I fully understand why the Lord had me step-down from my much loved choir. I just received an email stating that they will be singing every Sunday from now on. That never would have worked for me. That means practice every Thursday night and getting to church an hour and fifteen minutes early every Sunday. God is so faithful. He new as always exactly what I needed. I would have been totally stressed about trying to manage that.

Downgraded Television

Well, we downgraded our dish programming today. My reasons are somewhat different than my hubby's. We both (thanks to Dave Ramsey) want to save money, so that's why he agreed to this. It was hard for him because he is a huge NASCAR fan and will miss seeing some of his races. Although, I suspect we'll just stay at my mom's a little longer on those Sundays. I have felt for some time that the television was stealing our time (more like we were giving it away freely). So, I'm a little bummed because of course we lost almost every channel that I watch (there were only about 3 or 4), but we did cut our bill in half. The kids still have some channels they like. They don't watch too much TV, but this will lessen it even more and the channels they are left with work for me: Hallmark, Discovery kids, TBN (for Christian children's programming), kidtunes, TVLand and a few Nickelodeons. Thy watch Hallmark more than anything else because it shows Little House on the Prairie. I guess I said all that to say I'm a little sad to see it go, but I pray that we will accomplish more around the house as a result and spend more quality time together as a family and with the Lord. Who knows maybe this will eventually lead to getting rid of cable all together.

Upcoming Mexico Missions Trip

Some people from our church are going on a mission trip to Mexico.

When they were announcing the trip one Sunday, I felt like the Lord said that my husband would be going. Now, you kind of have to know him, but he's never been on a mission trip before. He is very much a family man and will usually only do something if we can all do it together. He also rarely takes off of work. He doesn't get very many days off and there are only three people in his division and he is the field supervisor, so if he's gone, he gets really behind. Anyway, I still just knew he was supposed to go. We have a very good friend that P has really connected with that is heading up the trip and every time he would talk to Patrick about the trip he would say when we go to Mexico, like P was planning to go, but he still wasn't on board.

I finally told him one day what I felt the Lord had spoken to me and asked him to be praying about it. He said he would, but was very unsure, it still wasn't something he thought he was supposed to do largely because he couldn't imagine where we would come up with $1250 for the trip. Long story short, we very unexpectedly received a check for almost exactly the amount he needed. That (and a few people confirming it with him) was enough for him to realize he is supposed to go to Mexico. They will be leaving for Mexico on October the 11th and will return on the 18th. Our church is collecting money to take Spanish bibles with them, the goal is 1,000 bibles.

So, I tell you all of this to ask you to pray. Please pray for their trip, pray that we will receive enough money for the bibles and pray that everyone receives their passports on time.

Thanks and be blessed!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Crazy weekend

Well, Friday was nutty after the freezer incident.
I woke up pretty early and got a few things accomplished. We had a meeting to be at by 10:00 and at 8:45 I went into the laundry room where I found that the freezer door had been left open all night. The floor was a mess and half the food was thawed. I cleaned up the floor, then went through everything in the freezer. About half of the contents had to be thrown away or cooked and re-frozen.

I was 10 minutes late for my meeting. It was a good meeting though. It was KG's reevaluation meeting for speech (for her Auditory Processing Issues). She has recently been retested and did so well that she no longer qualifies for speech. We are very excited. The only frustrating thing is having the teacher and vice-principal tell me over and over again how if I ever change my mind about homeschooling they would love to have my kids in their class. They say that every time we go there. I'm glad we don't have to go anymore.

We left the meeting and went to Wal-Mart to get a few things we were out of and some other stuff to prepare for the big cooking night to come. Right after we got there one of the kids knocked light bulbs of in the floor and broke one (very unlike my kids, don't know what would possess them to lean up against an end cap full of light bulbs). So, I had to go find an associate to let them know what happened before we could finish our shopping.

I came home and laid down for about 30 minutes, then spent the evening prepping, cooking and eating. My neighbor did come over and eat with us and we enjoyed having her.

Saturday we had to go to a birthday party for my good friends children. It was lots of fun. Just before we left my cousin called and offered to keep my children overnight so that P and I could go out for our anniversary (It was on Labor Day. We celebrated 13 years). So, getting everyone ready for that made us a little late for the birthday. When Mason got out of the pool I realized how horrible his hair looked, so we stopped at the barber before we dropped the kids off. We came home to get ready to go out to dinner and it was all we could do not to take a nap. We have decided much to our dismay that we really have become an old tired married couple. We fought the urge to take a nap and headed to town. We had sushi at I Love Sushi. Then we went to PetSmart (the dogs, for the first time ever, have fleas!!) and to Wal-Mart again.

Sunday, we got up and picked up the kids and my cousin's son and headed to church. We were in the service through worship and then headed into Kids Quest. We stayed after service to help the children's leader with his kids during a meeting. Then we headed home, had leftovers for lunch, had a budgeting meeting for FPU, cooked the last of the freezer food and had my cousins over for supper.

The freezer thing was truly a fiasco, but I kept my cool and honestly there were some positives. We got to enjoy some company while sharing our food and I did a bit of experimenting and found a good way to grill deer tenderloin and cooked duck for the first time. Everything turned out really well, but it definitely made for a crazy weekend and I am surely tired.

I hope you all had a great weekend as well, be blessed this week!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Ready to SCREAM!!!

I no longer like popsicles.
As of this moment I'm not sure if I'll ever buy popsicles again.
"Why", you ask.
Because, the quest for popsicles is the reason that my upright freezer's door got left open all night and half of our food is thawed. Which means, I will spend most of my day cooking in order to salvage about half of our meat.
Very, very, unhappy Mama.

I love my children, I love my children, I love my children............................

No More Choir.......

..........for now anyway.

Well, obviously my schedule has been way too full. I've been overwhelmed and deprived of much needed family and hubby time. The Lord has called us to branch out into helping with a different ministry at church and to be honest I have just had way to much on my plate. 3 times in Little Praisers a month, 1 time in Kids Quest, M&M's, meals for Journey, Financial Peace Classes, baking for Outreach and Choir with practices, along with all of our homeschool related activities, is just more than this mama can handle right now. So after much discussion with my husband and both of us praying about it, I have stepped down from choir for a season. I am also going to be trying to get more help with meals for Journey and we are patiently waiting on the Lord to send more help in Little Praisers so that we can slowly be released from there (we no longer have children in there and we know that the Lord is calling us to work with the older children and to be involved in children's outreach). Maybe after all those other things happen and Financial Peace is over I will be able to pick choir back up.

I must say that I was sad about this decision, but after it was made I felt much relief. It was so nice to be home with my family last night and to know it wouldn't be the only night this week that we were all here together.

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Isn't that the weirdest thing to call a vice presidential nominee?

Anyway, I just finished watching Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention and I just wanted to say....... she seems pretty awesome.

Lookout Democrats, somebodie's Mama is after you!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

FPU Overload

Well, we just completed our 3rd class of Financial Peace and to be honest, I'm not feeling so peaceful. This seems like such a daunting task. So many things that I've kind of done in my head and alone for so many years, I know have to put all on paper and try to make my husband understand the method for my madness. If any of you have done and follow the Financial Peace Plan, will you please let me know a few things:
- What you found the most difficult.
- What worked for you?
- What didn't work for you?
- Your best FPU advice.



Just in case any of you have been wondering why I'm running around like a chicken with my head of lately. I thought I would share my schedule with you.

Monday - Financeal Peace Class 6:30 (for 11 more weeks)
Tuesday -2nd M&M's (our women's time of fellowship and Bible Study)
4th prepare and serve a meal for Journey (same as above for men)
Wednesday - States and Capitals class for the girls 1:00
Church 6:30 (twice a month in Little Praisers/nursery
so we need to be there by 6:00)
(We have a field trip on the 4th Wednesday of this month.)
Thursday - Co-Op 8:30 to 12:15
Dance 1:15
1st and 3rd- choir 7:00
(I try to run my errands in town on this day as well)
Friday - usually free to stay home or have a day with friends
(this month I have a meeting on the first Friday)
Saturday - usually family day or work around the house
(this month we have 4 birthdays and a wedding)
Sunday - church at 10:30
(1st Sunday at 9:15 for choir and helping in KidsQuest
3rd Sunday 10:00 coordinate in Little Praisers)
We also usually eat lunch at my mom's, so we are gone most of
the day.
Oh, and just a reminder, if we don't have anything scheduled during the day, we are schooling.

So, there is my crazy, crazy schedule. I can't complain, too much though. I surely know people who are gone more than we are. It just bothers me a little because I like to be home and keep things caught up around here and I enjoy spending time with my friends and it seems that there is barely time for either. So, if you are my friend, please don't feel neglected I still love you dearly, I'm just sooooo busy.