Sunday, November 29, 2009
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34
Friday, November 27, 2009
She takes old wool sweaters and recycles them into stockings, ornaments, pins, sweaters, wreaths, mittens, and scarves. I'm sure I've forgotten something! There will never be two alike of what she makes. Everything is so cute too. There are a few people on my Christmas list getting some of her items. This picture is actually stockings that she has attached pins too. Aren't they cute?
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This little girl does not like tacos or rice. I told her she did not have to eat them but then she wasn't getting a cookie for a snack. It took her about an hour and twenty minutes and some tears were shed (not sure if you can see the big tear rolling down her cheek) but she finished her food. I'm sure her oreo cookie tasted especially good that night.
Monday, November 23, 2009
In this week of Thanksgiving, it's easy to be thankful for the good things God gives us. The sunshine, the warm weather, my children when they are good, food, clothes. What about the things that we grumble and complain about. I Thessalonians 5:18 says "in everything give thanks" and Ephesians 5:20 says "giving thanks always for all things to God the Father". For everything and always! Wow, that's a lot. So when I grumble and complain I am telling God I'm not thankful for these things.
This week I am trying to be thankful for the good and the not so good. Which is not always so easy.
233~ cluttered kitchen counters
234~ toys all over the floor
235~ a dirty stove
236~ stains on my carpet
237~ a table covered with crumbs that everytime I clean it just seems to get covered with crumbs again
238~ dishes to wash
239~ bills to pay
240~ beds to make
241~ piles of dirty laundry and piles of clean laundry to fold
242~ fingerprints on the windows
243~ an unclean heart in need of a washing by my Savior
and some of the good:
244~ little artists
246~ beautiful fall days
247~ geese flying high in the sky
248~ crescent rolls wrapped around lil hot dogs
249~ nerf footballs
250~ work for my husband
251~ a healthy new nephew
May you all enjoy a blessed week of Thanksgiving for the good and the not so good!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
That is why I thought it would be fitting to memorize a verse that speaks about being thankful. There are so many great verses about being thankful but I have chosen the following verse.
"Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever!" Psalm 106:1
Saturday, November 21, 2009
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Then on Tuesday it was the boys turn. My sister had her baby on Monday, so her son was over. Which means I took 3 boys shopping, not just 2. We started down the isles and of course it was all about what toys they wanted. The swords, the shields, the helmets. They were trying it all on. Whenever we would put one item in the basket they all thought that was someone elses toy and now they needed to pick one out too. No one wanted to hold the basket, so I did. Isaac did want to hold the wrapping paper roll at first so he could swing it around like a sword. Finally after explaining a million times that we were not there to pick out a toy for them but for another little boy that lived far away and this was probably going to be his only present and after answering a million times, no you may not get that! We finally headed to the register to pay.
Then the debate in going to McDonalds was that no one wanted ice cream, they all wanted chocolate chip cookies. I had a hard time going to McDonalds to buy cookies when I just made some the day before but realizing that it was about spending time with them and not the cookies, we went to McDonalds anyway. I got the hot fudge sundae to balance the calories I had burned off earlier by working out. The boys could not sit still, they didn't want to talk to me and the most intelligent thing said was, "Mom, I have to toot."
I think you get my point. Girls and boys, completely different!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
That is because it didn't last very long. I was doing good for about 3 weeks and then................I fell off the bandwagon. I was faithfully getting up early every morning and exercising in the basement. Then one night we had a storm and our sump pump went out and we had 2 inches of water on the ground. I was not up for laying in that water to do my crunches.
I also had a garage sale that week, making for a busy week. After the water I decided that I was pitching all the furniture and carpet in the basement. Our DVD player in the living room was not hooked up right to the TV so there was no sound. So, you see my dilemma. I had no way of exercising. I was forced to stop!
About a month later my brother-in-law who knows all about electronics stopped over. I put him to work right away because I couldn't wait to start Shredding again! He fixed it and I was out of excuses.
Then four months later I decided I better get going on that exercising thing again. After all, it's fall. That means I start cooking which makes me start eating more. The holidays are coming. These are all reasons to work off a few calories so that I can eat some extra calories and not have to buy all new clothes. Not that I don't want new clothes, I just don't want new clothes in a bigger size.
So, the point to my story is that I have started doing the 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels again. I've been going strong for 3 weeks now (remember last time it ended after 3 weeks, not this time).
Here's hoping the living the room floods.
My kids love to
And if you are looking for pictures of me exercising. You won't find them here. This is a pictureless post!
UPDATE: After I wrote this I decided to try Level 2. This is not fun or easy. I wanted to die and had a hard time lifting my arms after I was done with this workout. I think I got more cardio in this workout than I did when I ran a 5k. I also got on the scale and I think I have actually gained weight. Not really the motivation I was looking for.
Monday, November 16, 2009
217~ watching Alex pitch a baseball to Joshua
218~ watching all the kids join in a game of baseball together
219~ technology which allows me to be a SAHM and a WAHM
220~ $3 car wash and free vacuuming. cheap and much easier than doing it myself.
221~ a beautiful day working in the yard
222~ toys organized
223~ pictures colored
224~ a hardworking husband
225~ a night of shopping with my girls and enjoying some ice cream
226~ Reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe to my girls and their desire for me to keep reading them more.
227~ the sun
228~ cake with chocolate frosting
229~ green grass littered with fallen leaves
230~ dollar menus
231~ a constant pile of shoes by the back door
232~ that on Sunday morning my family can walk into church together, not all Christians have the freedom do to this and I'm thankful that we can
These are the things I am thankful for this past week. Hope you will take some time today to be thankful too for the things that our heavenly Father surrounds you with.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
If you have been memorizing with me or would like to join me, I'd love to know that you are doing this with. You can either comment on this post or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not joining me, I encourage you all to be doing some form of memorizing scripture. It will change your life. One way I already see a change is in my prayer life.
I would also love to hear your tips on how you memorize scripture. I write my verse out on an index card and just leave it on my kitchen island all week long. Since I am in and out of my kitchen all day long, every time I come into my kitchen I see it. I read over it and at least once a day I stop and spend a little more time memorizing it. By the end of the week I usually try to say it from heart a couple times each day.
This week I would like to add a new verse but I am also going to be reviewing the verses from the last 4 weeks. The verse I am adding this week is a verse that I actually memorized with my children last spring. It's a great verse because it applies to so much of our life. Our speech. I've found this so helpful in dealing with issues with my children but have found it even more helpful in my own life. I find myself thinking of this verse before I say things. Although I am far from perfect, I know that this verse has kept me from a lot of backbiting and gossiping. I hope it also helps you in thinking about what you say.
Let no corrupt word proceed from your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. Ephesians 4:29
And the review verses from the last 4 weeks are:
You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created. Revelations 4:11
To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O My God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. Psalm 25:1,2
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. An everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. I Corinthians 9:24-26
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11
I hope that you are all blessed by these verses this week and that you will have God's word hidden in your heart.
Friday, November 13, 2009
The weather has been nice so the kids have been spending a lot of time playing outside. This is when I am thankful for having triplets + 1 close in age. They just run around keeping each other occupied.
What have I been up to? Besides my usual things I have been busy making lists. I am a habitual list maker. If it doesn't get on a list, it doesn't get done. I have a list for everything. I have a list on the fridge of things to do. I have a planner that I sometimes put lists on specific days of things I need to get accomplished that day. I have grocery lists, a list for shopping tomorrow, Christmas lists, a wish list of things we want/need around the house, lists of things I need to pick out for projects, my gratitude list. Sometimes my lists include making lists. The lists are endless!
Sorry, Beth for making fun of you for making lists when we were younger.
So, that is what I have been doing. Making lists and trying to get all the things on my list accomplished. I've organized toys, organized the storage room, baked, cleaned, cut down plants in the yard, mowed the lawn, taken kids to the library, grocery shopping, etc. Now thanks to this post I have a list of things accomplished!
I have a few more big things to accomplish and then you might just get something interesting to read. (Wait, have you ever gotten anything interesting to read from me?) My biggest thing is to order pictures. Haven't ordered any snapshots in over a year and I also have to order the pictures I took of the kids at the park. I've been putting these off for a while!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I also made a coffee cake for my family and thought I would be all fancy and bake it in a bundt pan instead of a 9x13. Bad idea! It didn't want to come out. Thankfully my family didn't make fun of me or say anything when this was served to them Sunday morning.
Of course, when I was in the other room I did overhear Brad ask one of the kids if they dropped it on the floor.
Also, if you do not follow MckMama's blog, you might want to check it out and keep her, her family and especially her son in your prayers. Her 1 yr. old son will be having heart surgery in Boston next week.
Monday, November 2, 2009
When I sit down at the end of the week and think about the things I'm thankful for it's a lot of times the big things that stand out. Although I'm thankful for all those big things, the little things in life are the best!
Here is 198 thru 216
apples to make applesauce, apple bread and apple pie filling to freeze
a night running around like a kid with my kids and them wanting to join them on every slide
a beautiful tree outside my window
watching the leaves on that tree fall to the earth
sunshine - rays of golden light that we haven't been seeing to much of lately
a new coffee pot
snuggling in bed with big warm covers
a week that wasn't too busy
jumphouses and jumping in it with my daughter
lots of rain and no water in the basement
cheerleaders as I exercise
laughing at the kids as they imitate my exercises
warm apple crisp with ice cream
BBQ pork sandwiches
(now you know why I was exercising)
Legos and watching the kids get creative with them
Sunday, November 1, 2009
This morning in church there was a verse that was read that at first I thought was the verse I was going to pick for the week. But then when Pastor Steve preached on I Corinthians 9:24-27 about running the race to obtain the "imperishable crown" and even encouraged us to start running by memorizing the first 3 verses, I knew that these were the verses I needed to memorize this week. I really like to stick with 1 or 2 verses, because as I've told you before, I am just not very good at memorizing. So this is going to be a challenge for me this week and I hope you are up to joining me in this challenge. They are not too long, so I think we should all have no problem doing this!
"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air." I Corinthians 9:24-26 NKJV