It was like a cold bucket of water had hit my face and I was immediately awake. All the pieces fell into place and I knew.
It was Ballerina Girl in the Bathroom with the Scissors. It was Ballerina Girl in the Bathroom with the Scissors.
Written by Jennwith4 at 10:11 AM
Well, we are slowly getting things checked off of our to do list one thing at a time. The entryway floor has finally been put down. And what a difference it has made already! No more rough ugly plywood but my beautiful hardwood floors. All I have to do now is get a mat for the entrance. There are a few more things that need to be done in the entryway but we'll get there.
I took Ballerina Girl with me today to the grocery store. We had a good time. That cart was so full due to lack of trips in previous weeks. I can't believe how much it is to buy groceries. I think I'm going to become a coupon clipper. My mom tried for a while but was never very successful at it. If anyone has any other good ideas on how to save in the grocery department I'm all ears!!
I was so excited that the 14 year old boy I met on Saturday came with us to church on Sunday. He is such a nice young man and I pray that he will be able to keep on coming.
This verse is repeated 3 more times in Psalm 107. Isn't that neat! The Lord really has been good to me.
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! Psalm 107:8
Today has been a good and a bad day. It was good because today I had the opportunity to tell a 14 year old boy about Jesus and he accepted Him as his Savior. Praise the Lord!
Today was also good because the steps in my house are finally getting finished.
Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Luke 15:10
...the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. Job 1:21
Yesterday I decided to start taking morning walks to get my mind and body awake for the day. Even though it wasn't the best of days to start I went out this morning. It was gray and windy but not too cold and the rain hadn't started yet. Just as I got started I met one of our neighbors who lives at the end of our street. She was walking her little white dog so we walked together. What a fun time I had walking and talking to her. Actually she did most of the talking but it was very interesting. She told me about how she could trace back her family history to European Royalty. She also had in her family a Bishop who was martyred by Bloody Mary for belief in separation of Church and state. We talked of many different things and she told me about the nice people who lived in our neighborhood. It was nice to make a new friend and I hope to go walking with her again soon. Next time I would like to share my testimony with her as an opening to the Gospel.
Tonight was our first Ladies Bible Study. We had 18 in attendance. Praise the Lord! I rushed it a little but I was trying to get the ladies home sooner rather than later due to the busy week we all
had are having.
Our Bible study series is A Woman and Her Walk with God. I was graciously given permission to use these lessons by Julie Fink at Living by Grace. She has them available for download on her ladies ministry website Ladies of Grace. Tonights lesson was Walking in the Light of Life from John 8:12.
Have you ever felt like you were going through life blind-folded? Are you always worrying about every decision you make being the right one, overloading yourself with stress? What about when troubles and trials come? Do you have sleepless nights and that sick feeling in your stomach, that feeling of dread? Let me tell you I'm the first to raise my hand! Me, me, me, I have! The reason for these symptoms is very simple. I wasn't walking in the Light of life. That Light that only comes when I'm walking with my Savior. I was walking in darkness.
God is our light and was the light for many in the Bible.
*Scroll over references for full verse.
To get His light we need to seek to follow Him in the every day details in our lives. As we seek to follow Jesus, He will illuminate 3 things for us:
(Psalm 27 is such a good read especially when something has you down or worried. And I love the 3 verses right after it in the list.)
To obtain these three things we need to walk with God His way. It can't be, "Jesus, I love you but I want to do things my way." It must be His way. One simple way to start walking with Him is to spend time with Him daily in prayer and Bible reading. If you aren't doing this little step, start today!
I love to take photos. I love to "mess around" with photos in any photo software I can get my hands on. I am by no means a professional. I need all the help I can get. So when I was browsing today trying to do some research on some different cameras that might make it a little easier to take nicer pictures I came across this article: Tips for Using a Point & Shoot Camera. It inspired me to check out some different things on my camera that I could change to make my pictures better.
Here is one example of how it helped out.
This is a picture of my girls room which I finally cleaned today (pay no mind to the pile of clothes on the bed.) As you can see it came out pretty yucky.
Now, after changing one of the settings on my camera here is how it turns out. Not perfect but much better!
Now I finally know what to do for all those pictures that would come out so dark in our church auditorium. I'm looking forward to playing around a little more with different things and settings.
Well, our winter revival started yesterday and Bro. Rossi preached a great message Sunday AM. Unfortunately I wasn't able to hear Sunday PM. Ballerina Girl got sick. I think it was just a 24 hour stomach bug because now she's feeling better. If she doesn't show any symptoms of what she had yesterday we'll be going to the meeting tonight. It's going to be busy the next couple of days. Right after the revival we start our ladies Bible study on Thursday evening. I may not be able to post for a couple of days.
While in Home Depot today we saw these 30" barstools. They were very nicely priced however I am not sure that it goes with the colors. Does anyone know any better than me? Please tell me your opinion on how this looks. We are going to be keeping this one for a few days and see how we like it. If we decide, yay, then we will be purchasing 3 more. If it's nay then back to the store it goes.
When you have nothing to blog about should you blog about nothing?
I ponder this question as I sit here tonight in front of my keyboard with really nothing to say yet I am saying something. Today was an average day. I was able to get out of the house for a little while without my little ones. Stopped at Staples and finally was able to get my 2007 family letters printed up. We were having all sorts of problems with the size of the file.
Then I made a stop at Michaels, we now have one in our town, Yippee! No more traveling to get to one. They still had a lot of Christmas decor on sale and I bought some. I also purchased a gorgeous Christmas arrangement that I never would have dreamed of getting because of the original price. I purchased some calendars that were dirt cheap to make some calendar envelopes. I thought it would be a fun thing to do with Ballerina Girl for Valentine's Day cards. I also bought a lot of yarn. I am going to try and make an afghan. It'll be red, white and blue. The book advertises "Afghans in a day" but I figure it'll take me until the 4th of July.
Last stop was at the grocery store. I told the girls I'd stop and bring home some cookies but I thought, "Hey, I have just about everything I need to make cookies." So I just picked up some more sugar and eggs. I grabbed a box of Ritz crackers to use for a casserole I'm going to make tomorrow with the leftover chicken from my chicken-stuffed dumplings. And then I headed out (yes, of course I paid).
When I got home Ballerina Girl was in her ballerina outfit. She and Sissy were role-playing from a cartoon they watch "Angelina Ballerina". We promptly started making cookies. Ballerina Girl bugged me constantly to lick the spoon. But we finally accomplished our goal and cookies were enjoyed by all 30 minutes later. They were a little flat but I think it's from the extra egg I added. Won't do that again.
Now I sit here at my keyboard looking at a long page of something when I thought I had nothing to blog about. Good night!
Last week went pretty well for my menu. A couple of days I had to switch around due to forgetting to take some things out of the freezer but in the end it all worked out. You can find recipes for some of the meals that I did at my recipe review blog Let' Get Cookin'!
Ok so this week hmmmm let's see, Ok so I really don't have a menu yet I've got a sort of sketchy one forming in my mind as I'm typing this. Hey, Monday snuck up on me this week and I haven't given it much thought yet.
Monday: Olive Garden!! It's Date Night tonight!
Tuesday: Chicken something
Wednesday: ???? Anyone have any ideas?
Thursday: I'm having guests over so I'll be digging out my cookbooks which are still packed somewhere in the garage.
Friday: Leftovers, my daughter has a party for her Sunday School class and there'll be food there as well.
Saturday: Cookbooks still needed to go through
Sunday: Guest Preacher Lou Rossi coming into town so we will more than likely be going out to eat.
So there's my menu. I know it's not perfect but it's a work in progress. I am going to be making a Banana Bread in my crockpot today since I have bananas that need to be used. If you need better inspiration and ideas than you've gleaned from my menus than head over to Let' Get Cookin'! or for more Menu Plan Monday Blogs go to Organizing Junkie.
One of the many reasons we got the house we have is to have people over. As a Pastor's wife and as a Christian I want to become better in the ministry of hospitality. Hospitality is mentioned in the Bible. We are supposed to be hospitable to our fellow Christians.
In Romans, Paul writes to the church in Rome and gives them some things they need to be doing in chapter 12 and in there is hospitality:
In 1 Timothy and in Titus, Paul writes to these 2 Pastors and gives them a list of requirements for a pastor and what do we find but hospitality:
Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
I Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
Titus 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
1 Peter 4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
Matthew 14:15-21 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
Well, last night didn't go quite as I had planned but it all worked out in the end. I had just gotten comfy on the couch with my pillow and blanket so I could snooze until my husband was ready to go to bed. Then one of our friends called. They had an emergency, their little girl who is 3 had an accident and they had to take her to the emergency room. They wanted to know if they could drop the baby off with us. SURE!! These friends are wonderful people and help us out with our girls whenever we need them so I wasn't about to turn them down. The little one came over and she is one month younger than my Blue Eyes but a whole lot bigger! She's a little chunker but oh so cute!
They were only gone for a couple of hours and their toddler is fine, praise the Lord. I told her while they were putting the baby in the van to make sure mommy and daddy got her some ice cream when she got home.
I got to bed a couple hours later than intended but it was worth it.
Yesterday some funny things happened that have to do with my children (who else) particularly one. We were having a nice evening. I had gotten all my counters cleaned off with thanks to Home Sanctuary and the little thing of the day. I made a simple dinner of meatloaf. And as we were getting ready to go to Wednesday evening prayer meeting at church I heard some strange sounds coming from the bathroom. You see, I gave my youngest, Blue Eyes, a bath after dinner and I only fill the tub a couple of inches for her. Well, Sissy, has this fatal attraction to water. So I guess while reaching in to play with the water she got stuck. When I found her she kept saying, "I stuck, mommy!" I could not resist this moment and grabbed my camera (she was in no danger of drowning her head wasn't even touching any water which like I said was only at most 3 inches deep) and snapped a couple pictures. Here are the results:
I promptly helped her up (after the pictures of course) and all was well.
Then last night (or early this morning) my husband and I have our bedroom downstairs while the kids are all upstairs. I was awakened by a noise in our room. It was about 3 or 4 in the morning I am not really sure but the second time I heard the noise I knew what it was. Toys. The girls have most of their toys in half of our room as a sort of play room until we are able to get the family room finished in the garage. I promptly jumped up and woke my husband and stated, "Honey, there's someone in here!" (profound I know) For the record, we have found a racoon in the house before but that was due to a door being left open. At this time I had no idea what the intruder could be. The light finally adjusted and lo and behold... it was Sissy again. She had woken up made her way downstairs in the very dark house (no lights were on when I got up this morning) and started playing with her toys. So I invited her to our bed where she promptly fell asleep again. *Sigh* Never a dull moment with children.
I started a new blog. Let's Get Cookin'! Where I'll be posting recipes I've made and reviewed. So far there's only one recipe up right now Slow-Cooked Pork Barbecue. In the future I'll be adding many more recipes as well as cooking and baking FAQ's.
I love to cook and bake and just a warning I'm no professional. The things I've learned came from my mom who is an awesome cook by the way. I just hope to provide a busy mom and wife's view of cooking in the every day world. Please let me know if there is something I can add to help you out!
Yesterday I received a Handy Burpee in the mail that I won in a contest on 5 Minutes for Mom. The Handy Burpee is Mom-inspired by Sheila McGoldrick who started her online business Love Prints where she sells this wonderful idea. The one I chose after I won has little frogs on it and says "Little Prince" all over it. The material is very soft and it is just so very cute!
As you may have noticed I don't have any boys so why would I pick one that says "little prince" on it. My youngest doesn't have any more spit up problems since she is now mostly on baby food so I am giving it to a mom in our church who has a new baby boy and from what I hear spit up problems.
If you like what you see or have a baby that just can't keep his milk down go check out the Handy Burpee!
I now have my very own favicon for my URL! I finally found a site that was easy to follow instructions and gave lots of help on how to get one for my blog. If you are interested in making your own favicon for your blogger URL then visit Tips for New Bloggers.
Ok so this isn't a complete menu plan but I did plan some.
Monday: Slow Cooked Pork Barbecue
Tuesday: Slow Cooked Meatloaf
Wednesday: Herbed Slow Cooker Chicken
Thursday: I wanted to do a Smoked Beef Brisket but the store was out of briskets so we will probably do leftovers or sandwiches.
Friday: Cheesy Potato Soup (I don't really have a recipe I'm going to wing it from reading many different recipes and see what happens. How fun!)
Saturday: Chicken Stuffed Dumplings (my favorite!) We are having 3 couples over from church as well.
Well, there is my menu! You probably noticed the use of a slow cooker a lot (the brisket would have also been slowcooked the soup is getting slow cooked as well) I've been using it a lot lately and it's been wonderful! I just would like a bigger one now or maybe two.
If you want to find other menu ideas for this week go visit: I'm an Organizing Junkie
I enjoyed a very rainy Sunday today. As a matter of fact it's still raining. Our Pastor, my husband, preached on Revival in the Sunday morning and evening services in preparation for our Winter Revival on the 20th through the 23rd of this month. We are having Evangelist Lou Rossi come and if you have never heard him preach you are missing out.
I was very pleased at the turn out to my meeting about Ladies Conference after service. My goal has always been to have more ladies go each year and this year I have had my doubts about even having as many go as went last year but it looks like we may either reach the goal or equal last years group. I'm very excited about it! I always love Ladies Conference!
Who needs a Roomba when you have an automatic floor cleaner built into your baby just suit her (or him) up in their new micro-fiber pjs and Wa La! Floors clean in seconds! lol
Does anyone else have problems getting their 2 year old to take medicine or is it just me. She absolutely refuses to take it. When I'm able to get her to take it she throws it all up. There are some interesting tidbits and helps I've found online though most of them are a before you've made them hate medicine remedy and it's a little late for that for me. When she sees it in the room she's suspicious already.
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that
followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of
life.” ~ John 8:12
On the 24th I'll be starting a Ladies Bible Study with the women in my church and any others who wish to attend. We are going to be studying about our walk with God. The first lesson is Walking in the Light of Life. This morning as I was going over the lesson God showed me some things that I need to start doing in my own life. When I came upon the following part of the lesson is where I discovered my shortcomings.
It is, and as we seek to follow Him in the everyday details of our
lives, we are going to discover that He will ILLUMINATE for us the following
The truth that we need to know in order to make the right kinds
of decisions in our lives.
The direction that we will need to go as we journey
along life’s paths.
The security that
we will want to feel as we experience heartache and pain as we deal with people
and experiences in our everyday lives.
The last point, that security is what I want. There has been something in my life recently where I have been avoiding someone because I was scared and unsure in our relationship. After reading this and the scriptures along with it I realize that I need to trust in the Lord and He will take care of me. I love the feeling of my husbands arms wrapped around me in a hug especially when my emotions are not the best. I want that feeling with God my Father. I want to feel His arms wrapped around me as I deal with situations and circumstances in my life.
While reading Psalm 27 I also came upon a verse that I love. In Psalm 27:8 it says, "When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek." This is the prayer for my life with my relationship with God. How about you?
*The Bible Study Walking in the Light of Life was graciously provided to me by Julie Fink a pastor's wife at Grace Baptist Church of Lockport, Illinois. She also has a website, Ladies of Grace, that gives encouragement and help to other women.
Well, I've just spent my first day in 2008 and it was fun! We went to a friend's house and had a great time. She is also a homeschool and since my oldest, Ballerina Girl, needs to start this fall she let me borrow a ton of A Beka stuff to look through and use if I decide to go with A Beka. I'm very nervous about homeschooling. I went to Christian School for most of my life and loved it and am very pro-Christian school if your church has a good one but unfortunately we don't have one at all. So any helps or links anyone can give is of great appreciation.
2008 Things to accomplish:
Those three things are just the tip of the iceberg of my "resolutions". With the Lord's help I will be able to accomplish all of them. Happy New Year!