Wednesday, November 29, 2006
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Tuesday, November 28, 2006
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Monday, November 27, 2006
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Sunday, November 26, 2006
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Saturday, November 25, 2006
I have truly been enjoying these past few days with my husband and precious children. Earlier today, all I could do is marvel at just how adorable Stevie was, as he fell asleep on the couch. I am in awe that God has entrusted these little dears to my care. I am still in wonder that God has entrusted another life to my care. He certainly is so generous in all of His outpourings. I so often think of the verse from Malachi, which answers that He made man and woman one,"That he might seek a godly seed." A long time ago, I only really focused on the importance of bearing children. This is very important for women, especially in light of 1 Timothy 2:15, "Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety." But God does not merely seek seed. He seeks godly seed. He wants us to be fruitful olive plants, bearing abundant physical and spiritual fruits. We should be crying out to God for grace for our children, that their hearts may fervently seek Him, constantly. I want my children to love and serve Him completely. We are to cultivate the desire for seeking Him at every moment. It is so true that we need to be careful what appetites we nourish in our children. We must try to cultivate in them a love for serving others, rather than just a desire to be constantly entertained. I don't want to always take the "easy way out", as I am apt to do, but rather, to push myself, for them. I want my children to hunger and thirst for the living God. This will not happen through default. This will only happen by God's abundant grace and by constantly leading them towards Him.
Please pray for Lily, her surgery will be on Wednesday. I am very scared since she will have general anesthesia. I have worried a lot about it, but I came to a point where I realized that she is His precious child. I have never been worthy of her.I need to trust in Him for the victory. Though it is difficult to lay your Isaac on the altar, there comes a point where He beckons you to step out in faith. There is nothing to do but to trust in Him for the victory. I thank you abundantly for all of your prayers on her behalf.
On a sad note, the dear lady with cancer who I told you about, died on Thanksgiving. She was a loving homeschool mama to two children. She was a Christian, so I am sure she is delighting in His presence. My heart just breaks for her dear family. Please stop by and drop a word at her blog. Please pray for her husband and children. They are now signed up to attend a private Christian school. Blessings to you!
"Maternity is a glorious thing since all mankind has been conceived, born, and nourished of women. All human laws should encourage the multiplication of families." Martin Luther
"Hence note, 'tis one of the greatest outward blessings to have a family full of dutiful children. To have many children is the next blessing to much grace. To have many children about us is better than to have much wealth about us. To have store of these olive plants (as the Psalmist calls them) round about our table is better than to have store of oil and wine upon our table. We know the worth of dead, or rather, lifeless treasures, but who knows the worth of living treasures?...But though all things are of God, yet all things are not alike of him: children are more of God than houses or lands." David Caryl
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006
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Monday, November 20, 2006
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Prayer Request for a Homeschool Mom
I just happened upon a blog of a lovely homeschooling mama, Lorrie. Please uplift her in prayer, as she has stage 4 breast cancer and only has about one month to live. Her two children are going to be enrolled in private school soon. She is so beautiful, both inside and out. Thankfully, she is a Christian. Please leave her an encouraging message.She asks for prayers for her children. What a solemn reminder to never take a moment with our precious families for granted. Every day is such a blessing!
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Sunday, November 19, 2006
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Friday, November 17, 2006
President Bush appoints a contraception and abortion foe to head family planning office!
I am pleasantly surprised and shocked. Check out the terrific news for yourself here. I need to go pick my jaw up now. I still have not recovered.
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Thursday, November 16, 2006
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Filling Your Heart with His Word
In April 2005, I attended a local Vision Forum conference. There were so many wonderful things that I learned there, but my favorite conference feature was the constant urging to "be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind" by reading His Word. I had never before been so convicted of the urgency of soaking up His Word daily, feasting on the truths therein. I was extremely blessed to hear the testimony of Arnold Pent, the author of 10 P's in a Pod. He could recite whole chapters of Scripture, which He had learned in his youth, under the diligent care of his parents. I was blessed to purchase a copy of his book (available from Vision Forum) and to study the example of a family wholly devoted to Him. While listening to Arnold speak, God impressed on my verse Colossians 3:16, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom." We are not just to read a verse a day, and feel as though we are doing what we ought. We need to soak up the Scriptures. It is so important that we start our day with private devotional time. To read the Bible through in one year, one needs to read three chapters daily, and five on Sunday. If you can read more than this, it is wonderful. But we must hide His word in our heart so we may grow spiritually and avoid sin. Today, I have finished reading the bible completely through, since attending the conference. It has been life changing to read and contemplate His word. I recommend reading a good amount, and selecting a verse or two to feast on throughout the day as you labor for the Lord. Write a verse on an index card and carry it around with you. He has promised that His Word will not return void.
Ray Comfort, a great modern evangelist, urges parents to read Scriptures to their children at meal times. He states that the soul needs to be fed just as much, if not more, as the body. Breakfast time is a delightful time to read a chapter of the Bible with your children and to pray. I often use this time to review bible memory verses with my little ones. Since they are still quite young I chant or sing Bible verses to them in a fun way. I thought they were getting nothing out of it, till one day, Lily could repeat the whole verse. So now I know that even if they are too sleepy to sing with me, His Word is being hid in their hearts.
When reading Scriptures to little ones who are quite fidgety, perhaps sit them at the kitchen table and let them draw a picture of the story you are reading. This will at least keep their attention more focused on what you are reading. Simging songs about Bible stories is usually quite entertaining and fun for little ones.
Another idea for saturating your life with Scripture is by investing in some Bible cd's. We purchased a set at a Christian store for $20. I can play these while I am doing the dusting, laundry, meal preparations, etc.. This is a terrific way to "redeem the time". (Ephesians 5:16) Also, I sometimes play the cd's while the children are playing on the living room floor. These are such a blessing, which I heartily recommend.
I would also like to note that there is nothing like reading His Word alone. I love commentaries and devotionals. But it is important to have a Bible Reading time where you simply read and meditate on His Word. As Martin Luther said, "Scripture without comment is the sun whence all teachers receive their light." As a note, the King James version is considered to be on a 17th grade level; it is such an aid to mastering the beautiful English language.
Make pertinent bible crafts with your children regarding what you are studying in the Bible. When we studied the armor of God, the children and I made armor out of construction paper. With just a little creativity, you can make some really interesting crafts. When studying David and Goliath, perhaps you can glue five stones to the paper and draw a sling for your children to color. These little crafts firmly implant the Bible lessons in your child's heart.
If you do not have a family devotional time, I encourage you to pray about it and consider it. This is a beautiful time to read His Word and pray together as a family. If your husband does not like the idea, pray that God will work in His heart and in your family. He is our Faithful Lord, who hears our every plea.
I am eager to soak up His Word as I endeavor to begin the Bible again. I have learned so much, yet I cannot believe how much treasure is awaiting me. The Bible is different from every other book because it is a Living Book. He breaths new life into our pilgrim souls through His Word. As 1 Peter 2:2 states, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby."
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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
I keep a handy notebook with Christmas gift ideas for my relatives. We draw a name out of a hat to give one present to that person. I write each person's name in the notebook and list their interests, hobbies, themes, decor preferences, etc.. Whenever someone mentions something they like or need, I remember to jot it down in my notebook later. This way, when I draw a name, I do not completely go crazy trying to select the perfect gift, as I already have a plethora of ideas. The following is an example for a family member:
Marisa: French Country/Americana themed kitchen, Western/Rustic Living Room and Dining Room, Shabby Chic style, collects cookbooks, loves vintage items.
I also list what I purchased for each person, so I am not redundant in my gift-giving! Blessings to you as you prepare for a joyful Christmas season!
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Monday, November 13, 2006
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Friday, November 10, 2006
- Make dinner at home, and then go to a coffee shop for a delicious coffee drink. Play chess or another game. Take a nice evening stroll.
- Go out to a restaurant only for dessert. I am always too full for those scrumptious looking desserts when I eat out. What a lovely chance to try a delicious treat.
- Find a local dollar movie theater. The movies are still relatively new, yet they are considerably cheaper.
- Pack a picnic dinner and spread out a quilt on a grassy spot in the park. Afterwords, take a walk in the nature trails.
- Visit a coffee and donut shop, such as Krispy Kreme.
- Order a savory drink at Joe Muggs or Starbucks inside of Books a Million or Barnes and Noble. Peruse books together while sipping your drinks.
- Consider having dates at home, see this post for more ideas.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
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Wednesday, November 08, 2006
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Christmas Gift Ideas: Part 2
*Travel Mug- The plug in variety are particularly useful.
*Books on CD- especially for those long commutes. Consider purchasing something spiritually uplifting, such as Pilgrim's Progress or The Bible. What a wonderful way to encourage the man in your life to grow spiritually. *Books
*Movie from a favorite genre (example: a Western)
*Car Cleaning Kits
*Dollar Store items: (flashcards, stickers, puzzles, coloring books, playdoh)
*Tangrams/Tangoes These items are available here and here.
*Cariboo (a Cranium game): This is a terrific game for teaching little ones shapes, colors, and letters, and is around $8 at Ross. I love for my little ones to have learning toys, which make for so much more fun than dry/rote learning.
*Signing Times DVDS: A very fun way to learn sign language. We borrow some from the library, but these would be lovely gifts as well.
*Field Guides about birds, insects, flowers, trees, etc. You might enjoy putting together a themed nature backpack for a child. If you pick a bird theme, include a bird field guide, binoculars, a sketchbook for sketching images of birds, and some quality colored pencils.
*Sewing Kit (Assemble your own)
*Baking Set (I found a lovely one for Lily at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $5)
*Modeling Clay and Book
*Aquasaurs/Sea Monkeys (Aquasaurs are available at Toys R Us)
*Night Vision Binoculars
For some spiritually minded gifts, please visit Answers in Genesis, which has some wonderful sales right now.
Posted by Christine at 12:44 PM
Monday, November 06, 2006
Monday~November 6~ Chicken Pot Pie and Salad
Tuesday~November 7~Beef and Green Pepper Calzones
Wednesday~November 8~Off~ Sister-in-law's week to cook
Thursday~November 9~Chicken Alfredo, Rigatoni, and Steamed Broccoli
Friday~November 10th~Date Night (One of my sister-in-law's lovingly offered to babysit.)
Saturday~November 11th~Homemade Pizza
Sunday~November 12th~Cheeseburger Rice
1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion chopped
2 cups water
2/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups instant rice
4 ounces Cheddar cheese sliced
In a large skillet, brown ground beef and onion; drain off fat.
Stir in water, ketchup, mustard, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
Stir in rice; cover.
Remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
Top with cheese; cover. Let stand for 3 minutes or until cheese melts.
Visit Organizing Junkie for more menu plans.
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Christmas Gift Ideas:
My husband's family has a fairly simply holiday gameplan. Rather than everyone giving a gift to every family member, everyone selects one name at random, and purchases that one person a gift. Though this is rather simple, the stressful part is that this is the main gift this person is going to receive. So, you better get it right! This always leads me to searching ardently online and at stores till I find what I consider to be the perfect gift for my person. Also, the larger my family grows, the more gifts we have to give. Regardless of how your family exchanges presents, it can often be frustrating to scan the mall and stores, often to no avail. I wanted to share with you some gift ideas that are often universal. Having a back up list can definitely help immensely.
*Pajamas- This is one of my favorite gifts to give. Whether it is a cute and cozy flannel pajama bottoms with a cozy matching shirt, or a beautiful, flowing nightgown, you can usually find pajamas that would suit any lady.
*Purse- This is a great choice for young girls as well. I picked up a really cute purse at Kohl's for my niece's birthday. Regularly, it was $22, but it was on sale for $11. I had a gift card from previous exchanges, so it was basically free for me to purchase. I love deals like this!
*Classic DVD and popcorn (arrange in a cute basket)
*Living Room throw
*Fragrant Seasonal Candle- I love Yankee Candles. A great site for purchasing them online is here .
*Homemade or Storebought Stationary
*Cute Tote Bag- A really nice one, though expensive one is here. You can always buy a tote bag elsewhere and have it monogrammed for about $5, locally.
*Lotion, Body Wash- On my recent trip to the dollar store, I was amazed at their quality lotions and bath gel. I would venture to say that it was the same quality as the famed Bath and Body Works . Imagine that you could buy lovely lotions and gels for many of your friends at the same price as you could only buy for one person at Bath and Body Works. Don't be afraid of being considered "cheap". Frugality is a beautifully satisfying experience! Nothing about these items says "cheap".
*Crochet/Buy a matching Scarf and Hat
*Vintage Towels and Coordinating Kitchen Rug
*Herbal Tea, Biscotti, and a Lovely Tea Cup T.J.Maxx, Marshall's, and Ross have these items at low prices.
*Gift Card to a Favorite Coffee Shop
*Gift Card to a Favorite Restaurant, and offer to watch her little ones.
*Homemade Mixes- My favorite site for these is here . These are wonderful ideas if you are giving a gift to a family. These are a terrific way to remain frugal.
I hope these ideas are a good start to helping you to select items for your dear female friends and family members. I will post Christmas gifts ideas for children and men soon. I would love any other general gift ideas that are applicable to ladies. I pray that your Christmas shopping time is easy, thus freeing you to concentrate on the most important things of the season.
Posted by Christine at 8:40 AM
Saturday, November 04, 2006
I am feeling rather well since I have been getting so much sleep. I am not able to nap during the day, but I have been able to go to bed earlier than usual. My sweet hubby bought me some Organic Pregnancy Tea , last night, which I am trying to be faithful about taking. It contains so many herbs which are building blocks in rapid cell formation and growth. I usually get really bad morning sickness about 6-8 weeks into my pregnancy. I am going to try to have ginger tea in case I experience morning sickness. After my last pregnancy, I could not help but be amazed at the power of herbs. Often, our tendency can be to run for a drug, when we could use something in it's natural state. When I was due with Stevie, I would walk a few hours each evening, and have a few cups of Raspberry Leaf Tea . This is an amazing tea, which helps to tone your uterus in preparation for labor. When I checked into the hospital shortly after labor started, I was already at 6-7 cm.. This was the most painless dilation I had ever encountered. I thank the Lord for leading me to these wonderful teas, which gently help your body to prepare for a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
Some wonderful herbs, which are helpful during pregnancy are:
Chamomile - Chamomile can help calm anxious nerves and may help reduce some inflammation.
Nettles - Nettles are nourishing and contain many minerals including calcium and iron.
Alfalfa - This plant contains blood clotting vitamin K, multiple enzymes, minerals and vitamins that are beneficial during pregnancy.
Red Raspberry leaf - This herb helps lactation and may help with nausea. Some midwives use it to help prevent miscarriage. May also help ease the pains of labor. Helps with toning the uterus, in preparation for birth.
Rose Hips - Rose hips are an exceptional source of vitamin C.
There are also several herbs to avoid during pregnancy:
Aloe Vera, Angelica, Barberry, Basil Oil, Black Cohosh, Bloodroot, Blue Cohosh, Clove Oil,
Feverfew, Dong Quai, Lady's Mantle, Mugwort, Pulsatilla, Sage, Senna, Wild Yam, Wormwood
These are potent herbs, which can result in a miscarriage.
The children and I are enjoying a quiet Saturday at home. My dear hubby is taking a concealed carry class and will be home this afternoon.I really miss him; we are never apart on Saturdays. We are going to celebrate my pregnancy, later, by going out with our children to Red Robin for some delicious grilled hamburgers. (I am definitely a meat and potatoes girl, though I adore chocolate as well.) My little ones are excited about the baby. They are really excited that this means that they will be moved to the far back of the mini-van, once the baby is here. They are eager to each have their own cupholder back there. They just crack me up. I pray that your weekend is blessed. I pray that you stay close to Him in the joys and the sorrows. He is always waiting to hold your hand. The following is a verse He really impressed upon my heart when I realized Lily would need surgery, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all." (-Psalm 34:19) He never promised us a cakewalk; but he did promise us that He would never "leave us or forsake us". I have peace that He will protect my precious Lily, whom He has entrusted to my care. She is, after all, His creation. I appreciate your continued prayers for her behalf. Blessings!
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Thursday, November 02, 2006
Frugal Fridays: Inexpensive Pregnancy Tests
Do you get tired of paying $15 - $20 for one or two pregnancy tests? I have even heard of some more snazzy tests pricing near $40 a piece! Every Dollar Tree (where everything is only $1) I have been to carries pregnancy tests. Often, they are behind the counter and you just have to ask for them. These have a 99% accuracy rate, the same as many of their more expensive counterparts. Many studies have been done comparing various brands, and often the generic tests were more effective than the more expensive tests. Isn't it astounding that you could purchase a lifetime supply for the same price as you could get one or two tests elsewhere?
Posted by Christine at 5:00 PM
We are elated to announce that . . . baby #3 is on the way!
Our precious little bundle of joy should be here near the middle of next July. We have been praying ardently for another precious blessing, and our Lord has fulfilled our heartfelt desires. We are so unworthy of the darlings He sends. Please pray that we will be diligent in filling our children's hearts with Him.
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Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Yesterday, as a fall treat, my children and I enjoyed pumpkin pancakes. These are scrumptious, especially with a dot of whipped topping! Throw a little spice into your typical breakfast by enjoying pumpkin pancakes.
Pumpkin Pancake Recipe
1 1/2 cups flour
1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp cloves
1 1/4 cups buttermilk/sour milk
3/4 cup of canned pumpkin
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon oil
Combine all ingredients till smooth. Fry on a hot griddle.
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