Thursday, July 30, 2009

Breakaway

Amanda has started the youth program at our church. It is on Sunday nights from 6 to 8 pm. I am excited because I think this will really strengthen her faith. She has been helping out at the nursery on Sunday mornings and not really attending a Sunday school class. The AWANA program was put on hold for last year, which was disappointing. She did attend Vacation Bible School last week with Daniel at a friend's church.

But now I am going to complain (just a little). The parents have "follow-up". In other words, HOMEWORK. Now yes, it is necessary. And yes, I think it is very important. And yes, I agree with this concept. BUT...it's just one more thing I have to do (sigh). Call me lazy, go ahead. But I am worn out with homework during the school year. Our school district has a summer math packet that has to be turned in on the first day of school. Amanda worked on 10 pages by herself. I then decided to check them and had to erase NINE of them (sigh). Actually, I didn't check them. The packet comes with the answers, cause I haven't a clue when it comes to math!.

Basically, I am worn out with homework during the summer. So now at the age of 41, I am learning fifth grade math again. Most recently, I learned how to add and subtract fractions. Fun.

So back to breakaway...Here is what we will be talking about before Sunday:

Parent Follow Up:
Text: Habakkuk 1-2:4, Hebrews 10:19-39
Context: Hebrews is a book about having great faith in a great Savior who is superior to anyone/anything that ever lived. We always say you just need to have faith, but that’s hard in times of crisis. Kids will experience a crisis of faith sometime, just like when they find out Santa Claus isn’t real and everything they thought true is turned upside down. At times our faith is challenged when we believe God can do anything, but doesn’t do anything when our grandpa is sick, dad is sick, mom lost a job, or even something as trivial as peers making fun of us. That is the crisis of faith. We learn from Habakkuk’s example in his own crisis. The answer is to live by faith that God is doing something, something we wouldn’t even believe if he told us. The other answer is to give up on God, shrink back and be destroyed. So what does it mean to live by faith, how do we do it and how do we help others do it?

1. Have you ever experienced a situation that tempted you to give up on God? What was it? Why was it hard? How do you as a parent deal with those types of situations?
2. What is faith in God? How do you live by it? How can you help each other live by it? (Heb. 10:24-12:3)

Hebrews 10:24 "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds."

Hebrews 12:3 "Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."

But looking on the bright side, we have the entire month of August to finish the math packet. School starts on September 1st. We can work on math early in the morning and still have the entire day to do fun stuff. (I took the month off).

Now that I think about it, my complaint wasn't about Breakaway, was it? It was about math and I have the whole month to work that out. So cancel that complaint. No worries here!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

W.O.W.

"Far away, there in the sunshine, are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead" - Louisa May Alcott

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Williamsburg Trip

So my big sister has been bugging me to post and I'm just not "feeling" the new blog but this is my first attempt!

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Happy Food + Happy People = 13 Years



I love these pictures because all you can see is the wedding ring! This is my husband of 13 years cutting up an apricot for salsa. It had jalapenos, peppers, red onions, fresh cilantro and some other things probably. It was served with blue chips. I love salsa.



This is garlic begin placed on the fresh spinach. He pounded the chicken flat, then covered with spinach, garlic and a small block of garlic herb cheddar cheese.



Then he rolled it and wrapped it in plastic wrap. It went in the freezer for 15 minutes before breading it with Panko and deep frying. It was finished in the oven.




Our table scape! Not fancy enough for Sandra Lee , I'm sure. In the white bowl are sweet potato french fries which I sliced with the Pampered Chef crinkle cutter. In the small green bowl is the caprese salad, which is the only thing that was not homemade. I did add fresh basil and our own olive oil to it. (It didn't have much flavor) In the medium size white bowl is the salsa I described above. On the white paper plate (who did that!?) are puffed Phyllo Dough pastry with lump crab on it. That was the least favorite of everything made because the crab got a little dry in the oven. But I ate several anyway!



And the final presentation: Would my man be Chopped? I DON'T THINK SO! And here you have the chicken, fries and salsa.

Stay tuned for my next subject which you will hate me for...my clothes are too big for me. Have a great day!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

An Early Post...just a few days

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God."
Colossians 3:12-16

July 27, 1996, I married my college sweetheart, who I met in 1989. I can't believe it's been that long. It seems like yesterday that we met in the cafeteria and first spoke to each other at the milk machine.

Where does the time go?

Tomorrow we will celebrate by making a special dinner for each other, even though Monday is the actually anniversary. Lucky 13! My Love will make the appetizer and entree. I will make the dessert. We were going to go out to dinner but just couldn't think of a place. We usually go to Red Lobster or Olive Garden. We are both big fans of Food Network and wanted to go somewhere that cooks REAL food. But we knew that we would be paying a lot of money to have someone else do what we could do ourselves.

Finances are another issue, actually THE issue. We recently bought a new "previously owned" 1996 Toyota 4 Runner (Titanium...black, it's beautiful). We have not had a car payment in several years and were getting a little too comfortable. I cried the day after we bought it. I was so overwhelmed. I cleared out my savings account that took me 9 months to build.

We are not suppose to be comfortable. We are suppose to rely on God for every step of our lives...well guess what? I am now!

We are also paying off the credit card from Niagara Falls as well as the oil bill from last season. So it is kind of raining on us financially. My Love said "get out the umbrella". My response was that He is already covering us with it...what an awesome picture I have in my head! God with His giant umbrella...(sigh).

It's been a rocky few months but I know that we are stronger because of it. I have faith that God will work out all the details. I need to just sit back and let him take the wheel (easier said then done). Or as my pastor would say...drop the rope. (More about that later).

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Words of Wisdom Wednesday (W.O.W.)

"Remember, if you do things you ought to do when you oght to do them, then someday you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them...Whatever you do or dream you can do - begin it. Boldness has a genius and power and magic in it."

I forgot to tell you who said this...Mary Kay Ash.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Camping Photos Part 1



As soon as the tent was set up, Bubba D. asked Daddy to set up his rod with a Senko. He caught about ten fish in the two days we were at the lake. I believe they were all bass.



I loved just listening to the birds, bull frogs and kids laughing.



I'm not sure what this photo is about because my guys set up the tent, not the princess. I guess she takes after me (see next photo).



I am just hanging in the tent Thursday morning, reading a magazine and enjoying the quiet time with the Lord.



We didn't spend too much time hanging around the camp fire. I think we need to go for three nights next time. (No photos of the s'mores, sorry).

Camping Photos Part 2



Our children and our friend's children are pretty close in age. My princess is 11 and Bubba will be 7 in a few weeks. The boys are 10 and 8. The grown-ups went on this ride too. No pictures though (or none that I am going to share).




Driving Miss Daisy? Nope, my princess is actually doing the driving (control freak, never! Where does she get that from?)




I didn't actually get a pickle on a stick.



I did however have a few cheese fries and a few pierogies...and a few tator triangles... and a few chicken fries and some apple chips and ice-cream waffle...ok, I'll stop there at the park food. The camp food, now that's another story.




My girl and I didn't go on this log flume type of ride. She didn't want to get wet. By the end of the day (which was 95 degrees) she was soaked on the Skloosh. I was standing at the observation area and got wet so there are no pictures. I am always afraid of the camera getting damaged.

Camping Photos Part 3




This is the Twister. I went up like I intended on going on this. Little D changed his mind so I gladly took him down to wait for the rest of the gang. My princess went on four times. That night she went right to bed and then woke up with a pounding headache. She slept most of the day (Friday) and still had a headache this morning. I think it rattled her brain. Craziness!



Need I say anything?! My family actually didn't get one but our friends did. My guys got ice-cream instead.



Apple Chips...Granny Smith apples sliced, hot caramel drizzled over them, topped with whipped cream. My love and I split this.




We were at the park for about five hours before going back to the camp site and cooking dinner. Then we returned for the night life...about 3 more hours of rides. Who knows what crazy ride this is but I thought the picture was cool.



Everyone was totally exhausted. In addition to that, I gained FIVE POUNDS. But it was a great time. I think we are going to make this an annual trip.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Words of Wisdom

"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14

When the previous blog became too heavy, it was no longer a blessing as I intended it to be. I pray that God will allow each word I speak, each word I type, to be a blessing to all who reads this. This is my goal.

Also, I think I will try to do a W.O.W post once a week...maybe even on Wednesday, ha ha. (Ok, I think I'm funny).

Have you wondered on the previous blog why I went from no blogging to a new post each day? One reason was that the computer wasn't working. Another reason was that I was sincerely trying to take a break. But now it wasn't just that I had a working computer, it was also that I was off for FIVE days.

When I was hired in September, I thought I would work until June and take the summer off to be with the children. But I loved my job so much that the thought of being away for two months was breaking my heart. So I wrote a long letter to my dear friend AND boss, asking her to pray about where God wanted me for the summer. I wanted to be a blessing to everyone...my children, my job, and most importantly bring glory to God. I asked for 20 hours a week for the month of July and then asked for August off.

I worked three days before the 4th of July holiday. Then I was asked if I would mind giving my hours to some of the college students. NOT AT ALL. Whenever, wherever I am needed.

The next day we received the oil bill, yikes! So I am seeing it as a faith position I am in. I don't know how we will pay that bill but I have faith that God will work this out. (We also got a citation and penalty from our Washington D.C. trip which I won't go in to because I am still asking God to deliver me from that. At this moment, He is not and I am mad as you know what!)

Anyway...I cleaned both bathrooms, vacuumed, made a lasagna, did laundry, made another lasagna (this time Mexican), completed three on-line scrapbooks through Shutterfly ...made a Jimmy Dean
breakfast casserole. And blogged! I was bored to death!!! (I am hoping to work two days next week. The later part of the week we will be on a camping trip).

I did, however, catch up on carepages again. I have been away since February. I know that more than one person thought that the carepages were part of my problem with depression. Maybe yes, maybe no. When you are depressed you don't know what is going to set you off. I do know that I can't add new children to my dashboard right now. Sissy will just have to keep me informed about new children.

One of my favorite families in the entire world are the Larsons. My heart breaks when I read the carepage, but there is always a silver lining in every situation...sometimes you have to look really, really hard.

From Peggy:



"There are days I get really down when I try to look at the big picture and what I thought our lives would be like, but when I remember to look at the ‘little moments’ and focus on the GOOD, it helps. It still baffles me, the littlest things people get hung up on, and give so much energy to. I often think, “what does it really matter?” Really. The big lesson we’ve learned is what’s TRULY important…its the little moments we remember..."

Have a good weekend and try to not let the little things get you down.

Kitty

Ever since our Sweet Girl could talk, she wanted a kitten. When she was four, I bought her a beautiful white fluffy STUFFED cat. She was disappointed. When she was five Daddy suggested getting a kitten. I was shocked and at first didn't want one. We never had cats growing up but the minute Sissy moved out, she got TWO. So I found someone who was giving away kittens...ON CHRISTMAS EVE. What's the chance of that!?



She squeezed her big behind between the couch and the table (without knocking over the picture frames) to get that little tiny dried leaf from a rose. She loves plastic toys and things that roll too.

Kitty was so tiny and beautiful. She still is. You can't tell from the photos really but she has a huge fluffy tail. Not bad for a free kitten. Are there any other kind? Kitty had a tiny meow and we locked her in the office until the next morning, (with food and a liter box of course). The video of our Sweet Girl and baby Bubba is priceless. (He was 15 months old).

Everyone in our family loves our Kitty, but she is not a friendly cat. (Sometimes you find one!) She hisses at people and sometimes has been known to bite. But is a lot like a dog in some ways, maybe that's why we love her. Cats are all about ME-ME-MEow. This one isn't. She actually plays hide-and-seek with Daddy. It's something to send in to American's Funniest Home Video!




I am the one who feeds her even though the children are suppose to do that as a "chore". When the children do not do there chore, the cat will look elsewhere when she is thirsty. (See above photo)

I am the one who handles the liter box also. Daddy is the one who gets lots of love from her. Sweet Girl is the one who gets to sleep with her.

(Please excuse the photo of my shower. I should have cleaned it first but I was capturing the moment.)

The Difference Between Cats and Dogs:
(I heard this at church - SuperDoc)

A dog looks at the human and thinks, he feeds me...he takes care of me...he loves me...HE must be God.

A cat looks at the human and thinks, he feeds me...he takes care of me...he loves me...I must be God.

Is it true or is it true?!

"But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded" Genesis 8:1