Thursday, March 25, 2010

How Many Grandchildren Will I Have?

Alex:  Mom, I'm going to have 6 kids.

Me: You are?

Alex: I changed my mind, I'm only going to have 4.

Amanda: I'm going to have 5.

Joshua: I'm going to have 1000!
(I don't think he will be getting married. All women will be running from him when they hear that!)

Isaac: I'm going to have 2.

Me: Only two?

Isaac: Yep, I want some quiet time!

It's hard to argue with that!

Monday, March 22, 2010


"The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember....." Genesis 9:16

331~ this beautiful full rainbow that we saw while driving that reminds us of God's promise to us

332~ a taste of spring

333~ kids running outside and playing

334~ lots of dirty clothes from kids having fun outside

335~ sitting in the car in a parking lot for 45 minutes when my car wouldn't start, my husband showed up and got it started

336~ a son who suggested we ask God to start the car

337~ the grill that wouldn't light, Brad also got that going so we could have hamburgs on the grill

338~ kids learning to spell

339~ little frustrations that teach me to be content, thankful and to trust God

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


This past Friday, the kids were able to go to the school they will attend next year to check out their classroom and see what it's all about. They made a couple crafts, played games in the gym, heard a Bible story, and had snack time.

Brad and I, along with all the other parents, got to snack on donuts, hear from the school principal, hear from the teachers about what they will be learning next year, and we got a whole folder full of information. We are thankful for the opportunity and the privilege to send our kids to a Christian school where the teachers are excited to teach Christ to little children.

Friday, March 12, 2010

I Don't Want My Children to be Happy

A blog that I follow had a link to another blog that had this post that I thought was very good and just wanted to share it with you all. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


So many people are always raving about Jewel. Although I've thought some of their deals are good, it can take a lot of work and you have to do a couple transactions which is not something I like to do.

Last week though I decided to try some of it out. I got all of these groceries for under $35!!!!!

That included some of my needs, as you can see. This also included 3 pork roasts! I am really loving Jewel now. Is it wrong to have so much fun grocery shopping?

A really great deal they have going on is on Betty Crocker Fruit snacks. 5/$5. You do need to have their Preferred Card to get this price. When you buy 5, you will get a Catalina for $3.50 back on your next purchase. You can also try for a $.50 coupon on the purchase of 2 and there was also one in Sundays paper. Another great deal was the Malto-Meal Cereal on sale for $1.49 plus I found coupons at for $.75 off. Fisher Peanuts $1.89 with $1 off coupon from newspaper a couple weeks ago. As I look at the picture I could go on forever! If you need any help, just email me!

So what did I do with all my savings? I took a break from cooking that night and treated my family to Culvers!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Contentment in my Heart

I think I've enjoyed MOPS this year more than any other. We have really had a lot of speakers that have shared struggles and encouragement. They have all just been a huge encouragement as Christian women to me.

This past Friday we had a woman who spoke to us about Cultivating Contentment in my heart and in my home. She spoke about 3 areas: Body Image, Relationships, and Possessions. "Comparison doesn't yield contentment." In each of these areas, don't we often compare ourselves to others. Comparing yourself to others is going to make us the opposite of content. We need to start being more thankful for who God made us and what He gave us. Gratitude! It helps! It has helped me tremendously. If you find yourself discontent most the time, I encourage you to start your own list!

Here is mine from the past couple weeks.

319~ Beth Moore's passion and excitement for the Bible

320~ encouragement

321~ criticism

322~ serving alongside Christian women

323~ God's timing

324~ smell of new lumber

325~ traded labor

326~ another week of our needs provided for

327~ willing little helpers

328~ kitchen timer that helps motivate my kids to clean up their toys

329~ the sun is shining, the birds are chirping
330~ a healthy new neice

holy experience

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Olympics Live On

The last couple weeks in our house we had a lot of fun watching the Olympics as a family. I especially got into the bobsledding and speed skating. Why is it that sports you never watch all of a sudden become fascinating? How come it's so fascinating to watch people jump in a sled and go down the same track over and over?

The kids must have really enjoyed it because now that there are no more olympics to watch, they have begun playing them. Mostly it is speed skating. The track is around the kitchen table.
This is a wipe-out.

Then came the figure skating.

This is Joshua in his pose before the music starts.

Then a lot of twirling by Alex.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Saving the Best for Last

I am always impressed when someone can save the best for last.

I have 2 boys.

One who takes his Lucky Charms and picks out all the marshallows and eats them first. Then he eats the rest of the cereal because his mean mom makes him do it.

Then I have another son who picks out all the marshmallows, eats the boring part of the cereal first and saves the marshallows for last.

Joshua is my saver. He has been this way since he was very little. If someone gave him 2 pieces of candy, he always ate one and saved the other for later.

He is also very good at finding money. It seems almost every time we leave the house he finds something to stick in his piggy bank when he gets home.

With these qualities I'm thinking maybe he'll be the next Dave Ramsey????