Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Dear Friends in Christ,
Are you sensing that there is something
different about this presidential election? I was telling
someone just recently that it seems like this election is
far more serious than those in the recent past. Something
in my spirit is very uneasy. In the past I have felt the
need to pray for different elections but I have never felt
so strongly the urge to pray, and pray fervently, for an
election as I do for this one. I truly believe that if the
wrong person (Obama) is elected this nation will be changed
forever. We may not be able to undo the things that will be
unleashed during an Obama presidency. My concern about an
Obama presidency is not based on politics; it is based on
righteousness. Look at any of the major moral issues
(abortion, homosexuality etc.) and you will find Obama on
the wrong side of the issue, and Palin and McCain on the
right side of the issue. What makes this so disturbing is
that the Obama team has raised far more money than
McCain/Palin and the media is unabashedly supporting Obama
with every story and headline they write. Currently
McCain/Palin is behind in the polls and is having a very
difficult time. Some in the media have suggested that the
race is over and there is little or nothing McCain can do to
change the outcome. Oh how wrong they are!
Let me briefly share a story I recently read in
2 Samuel Chapter 5. David had just become king of Israel
and the Philistines went up to wage war against him. So
David inquired of the Lord and said, 'Shall I go and
attack the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?'
The LORD said, 'Yes I will surely hand them over to
you.' So David went and defeated them. He said,
'As waters break out, the LORD has broken out against my
enemies before me.' After suffering a great loss in the
first battle the Philistines must have thought they now knew
David defense strategy and they would be ready for him the
next time, because once more the Philistines came up to
attack David. So once again David inquired of the LORD, but
this time the Lord gave different instructions. He said to
David, 'Do not go straight up, but circle around behind
them and attack them in front of the balsam trees. As soon
as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam
trees, move quickly, because that will mean the LORD has
gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.'
David obeyed the Lord and was victorious.
This story holds a very important lesson for us
at this time. In most presidential elections a frontal
assault, a face-to-face battle, is what is needed. But this
is no ordinary election. McCain is trying all the normal
tactics but he is not prevailing. It seems no matter what
he says or does it is not effective. I am convinced this
election CANNOT be won using normal methods. Just as the
Lord told David to go around behind the enemy and attack him
there, so we must go around the face of this election and
wage war where the battle is truly raging...in the spiritual
realm! The fact that the normal physical methods are not
effective this time should tell us that this is a very
important spiritual battle and we can only win by using
What about the sound of marching in the
treetops? What is that? I have read on the Internet
several accounts of fellow Christians being stirred up in
their spirits to pray. Many have been drawn into times of
deep prayer and weeping as they intercede for Palin and
McCain. Some have woke up in the middle of the night and
sensed a great need to pray, other have told of how when
they heard about Sarah Palin being chosen as VP that
something came over them and they wept and felt a need to
pray for Her and McCain. Many others are feeling the
calling and urging of the Spirit to enter into a time of
fervent prayer and fasting for Palin and McCain and our
nation. What is this unusually stirring that is occurring?
I believe it is the Sound of the Lord marching in the trees,
calling his children to act quickly to pray and fast for
Palin and McCain. Think about this, what would the marching
have sounded like to David? It may have sounded like the
rustling of leaves as when wind blows through them, but was
this time something was different and out of the ordinary.
Maybe it was like the sound of the great wind when the
Spirit moved on the day of Pentecost. Also, God's people
are referred to as Trees of Righteous in Isaiah 61. So the
sound of the Lord marching in the treetops in David's time
is a portrait of the Spirit of the Lord moving among and
stirring up his children today.
So what are we to do when we sense this
stirring of the Spirit? Two things, first we are to take it
as the sign that the Lord is moving out in front of us.
Anytime the Lord calls us to do something he goes ahead of
us to prepare the way and fight for us. When Joshua
returned from spying out Jericho the Lord gave him insight
to see that the Lord had removed the Jericho 's protection
so Israel could defeat them. When the Lord calls us into
battle he goes ahead of us, removes the enemy's
protection, and fights for us to give us the victory.
Secondly, the Lord tells us when we sense the stirring of
the Spirit we are to act quickly and join Him in the battle
(through prayer, fasting, praise and obedience)
This election is by no means lost. For God
would not be stirring up his children all across this nation
and indeed around the world, to pray, if he did not want to
give us the victory in this election. And he wants us to
join him in the battle. God will hear the cries of his
children if we will only cry out to him with fervent,
earnest, prayers for this election and this nation. If
those who are being drawn to prayer by the Spirit will
indeed enter into a time of prayer and seeking His face,
then God will have mercy on America spare us from having an
ungodly leader, I'm sure of it!
One more thought, after the last debate,
so-called 'conservative' David brooks gushed about
'I thought Obama had the night he needed to
have. You know, through this whole 20 month marathon, I
think what struck me is how incredibly even he is. And how
frankly reassuring he is. It is like you're camping, and
you wake up one morning, and there is a mountain. And then
the next morning, there is a mountain, and there's the
next morning, there's a mountain. Obama is just the
mountain. He is just there.. He is always the same, he
doesn't hurt himself. McCain can sometimes lob a
cannonball at the mountain, but the mountain doesn't
move, and the mountain doesn't care. And so I think his
steadiness, his temperament has been the dramatic theme of
this campaign, dramatic in being undramatic. And it was on
display tonight. And the good part of the mountain is that
he is reassuring and reliable.'
I'm really glad he used the word
'mountain' to describe Obama. It caused me to remember
what Jesus said about unmovable mountains. Jesus said, I
tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard
seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to
there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for
And it only takes a little faith!
This election can only be won by going around
the face of the election and attacking the enemy where he is
vulnerable, through prayer, fasting and praise. If you hear
the sound of the Lord marching in the tree tops, if you feel
the stirring of the Spirit calling you to pray, then move
quickly into a time of prayer, for God is moving ahead of
you at that time to give us the victory. May God give us
ears to hear the marching!
Together with you in the battle,
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
(when I first watched it and saw the word "abortion" I was ready to close it....there are a lot of distrurbing things out there. this is NOT one of them....don't worry.)
Monday, October 27, 2008
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 large clove garlic, minced or put through garlic press
1 poblano pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded, ribs removed and minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
10 to 12 cups cornbread crumbs (see recipe below)
2 cups corn kernels (fresh or frozen/thawed)
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
3 cups chicken broth, or more
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs (slightly beaten)
2 cup plus 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
3 tablespoons bacon drippings
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Making a Happy Home Monday is a blog carnival that I started about 1 month ago. The idea behind it is this....we all have areas in our homes that need a little attention. And quite honestly, most will take only a few minutes. So I'm asking you to find an area and improve it a bit. Make the area work for you a bit better, either in function or in beauty.
I would love for our ideas to be an inspiration and an encouragement for other women to improve their environments. You can clean out your fireplace, have a fresh batch of cookies ready for your kids when they come home, or hang a new wreath on your door. Big or small, any area of your home is worth 15 minutes of your time.
"If Momma ain't happy, then nobody's happy." That is true in my house. Take control of the unhappy areas. Make a happy home.
Sign up at the bottom on Mr. Linky. Then, go and see what everyone else is doing. Show them some blogger love and leave a comment. I hope you will join me.
This Monday, I decided to work on the area that we see everyday. It's the place that all my visitors see first thing. It's the part of my home that makes an impression, but is easy to overlook because it is outside.....MY FRONT PORCH.
Here is a before picture:
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I thought about linking you to some specific articles, but I will let you research a bit. (Heh....I can't find what I'm looking for.) One site I like to look at every now and then is a gal on Xanga who goes by annamatrix. She looks into prophecy. I don't know if she is or considers herself to actually BE a prophetess. I think they exist, but I don't know if she is one. I do not necessarily agree with all she has to say....and I don't care for her language at all...so a disclaimer, should you look her up. She is a Messianic Jew and has said some interesting things. I don't read her all the time, but I have seen some interesting things on end-times.
Some think that Obama is the Antichrist. I don't know. Part of me....the "pre-trib" part of me....wonders if we will know for sure who the Antichrist is, or if we will just have a few "inklings" about certain people. The "mid-trib" part of me says that we WILL know. I am not ready to put money on anyone...YET. (Though Javier Solana has caught my eye.)
I do feel that Obama is totally wrong for this country, but honestly, I have a peace about it all. Keep in mind that NO MATTER WHAT....GOD IS IN CONTROL. He still answers prayers and there is a measure of protection over the saints (Christians). If you aren't comforted by this, you should be. It reminds me of the book of Judges. Israel fell into great sin and was appointed judges. It was a cycle of being away from God, being closer to God. I think that is what we, as a nation, are going through. We have to go through hard times. It is in the Bible. We will possibly go through tribulation. How much of it? We won't know until we go through it. Pray for the best, plan for the worst.
That is in the back of my mind when I stockpile. I do not have my own cattle to butcher, nor do I garden enough to can and store. But I do buy a few extra staples every now and again. There are a few trains of thought about this. I have spoken to friends....just to get their ideas on this subject.
Matthew 6:34 says: Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
BUT, Proverbs 6:6-8 says: Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
What do I get from those verses? I get that I, as a follower of Christ, will be taken care of and that I shouldn't needlessly worry. I also get that I should not take a lackadaisical attitude about it all. Yes, what will be will be, but I shouldn't just sit back and watch it happen. I still need to take care of my family.
So, what are we (my hubby and I) doing? Well, we are still planning our future. We are about to open up more college funds. I still coupon. We are stockpiling, but not because we may, or may not, be in the first part of the Tribulation. We stockpile because when I shop correctly, I get twice the food for my money and don't have to go to the store as often.
We are making sure that our kids are brought up in the Word. Not because we are worried about the future, but because we are supposed to do that. We are still working in JBQ, which is a great way for us to teach the Bible to our children. We are training our children in the way that they should go....planning for another 50 years....though I personally give us less than 10. BUT like I said, I am no prophet. It is just my thought.
My friends, (heh...now I sound like McCain), if you are a Christian, then you are not to fear. WE have the Blessed Hope. We know that we know that we know that Jesus is coming back and that we will be taken up, in the twinkling of an eye. These are exciting times! Remember....GOD IS IN CONTROL!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
THANKS for participating in Making a Happy Home Monday! I loved all your ideas and I hope other readers got some inspiration out of it.
Now, for TMTT!
My blogger friend, Lisa, and her sister Lana, host this blog carnival. It is a lot of fun. Pop on over and link up!
First off, I'm going to share my basic Thanksgiving menu. I say basic because I always try to add something new and I might take something out. But for the most part, this will all be served....and 95% of it will be prepared by myself. I will have a bit of help with a side-dish or 2, but I will do most of the preparations.
In the interest of time (tonight) I will share only one recipe. On the coming weeks, I might share a few. I might not share for something I think is common. However, if there are any questions you have about a recipe or want a recipe for something in particular, please leave a comment.
I'm totally looking forward to the next few months of TMTT as I will be talking about my favorite things to prep in the kitchen!
dressing (may be cornbread or southwest)
gravy (may be giblet or pan)
sweet potatoes (I don't DO sweet taters...these are prepped by my mother)
green beans (NOT casserole...blech)
broccoli and rice casserole
homemade cranberry sauce
homemade noodles (I hope they are served)
corn on the cob
coconut cream pie
cranberry upside down cake
*various appetizers....I haven't even thought of these yet
Today, let's talk turkey.
Turkey is one of the easiest things to fix, but so many have never done it and are a bit overwhelmed.
First off, you want to allow roughly 2 pounds per person so if you have 10 adults, you need at least a 20 pound bird...I would allow 1 pound per child. This will feed everyone well and allow leftovers which are a MUST! Keep in mind that when you look at the tag with the weight, they are including bones...you are not getting 20 pounds of meat and an adult isn't going to eat 2 pounds of it.
When you buy your turkey, it needs to be bought with enough time to thaw or defrost. (I have a former friend who would say "dethaw." Huh?)
To thaw in the fridge you need to allow 1 day per 4 pounds. So, a 20 pound turkey will need 5 days....Thanksgiving is on Thursday. Your 20 pound bird should be bought and in the fridge by Saturday! There is another way to thaw...using a cold water bath, but this is a pain in the tush. You have to change out the water every 30 minutes. It's messy and you have a mushy, gross mess if there happens to be a hole in the wrap. Also, if the bird gets TOO warm, you do run the risk of bacteria in the meat. Just buy it a week early and keep it in the fridge.
Thursday morning you need to get up EARLY (if you want your feast at lunch) and work on prepping "Tom." If you buy that 20 pound turkey, you will need to bake it 3 1/2 to 4 hours. (Until a meat thermometer, stuck in the inner thigh (don't touch the bone) reads 180.) You really don't want a "self-basting" turkey, as that tends to mask the flavor of the turkey (IMHO). At the same time, if you buy a frozen bird, it doesn't get much better than Butterball....again, IMHO.
So, unwrap your turkey, rinse inside and out.
****VERY IMPORTANT**** Remove the bag with the giblets and neck.
Pat turkey dry with paper towels. Oil the skin. (here is where opinion comes into play) You can brush with vegetable oil, spray with cooking spray or rub with butter.
Personally, I like to take a handful of softened butter (quite literally) and rub it over the breast UNDER the skin AND on top of the skin. This will keep the bird moist and will brown the skin nicely.
Sprinkle both outside AND cavity with salt and pepper. Then fill the cavity with aromatics. (I personally don't do stuffing. The thought grosses me out (it also adds baking time) I do a pan of dressing.) I fill cavity with onion, celery, thyme, garlic, maybe lemon slices. You won't eat this, but it flavors the meat mildly.
Tuck the wings under the body to prevent them from browning too much. Tie the legs together. (You want to do this as the legs loosen from the body and the skin will break. You will end up with leg bones and meat just hanging off the body....broken skin and a lot of moisture lost) Some folks say to skewer the opening...I don't because I don't stuff with a side dish.
Put turkey, breast side up, (flat portion down), in a roasting pan. You NEED something heavy-duty. If you do buy a disposable roasting pan, it will need to be put on a cookie sheet or other heavy-duty baking pan. I have placed it flat on the pan, roasted it in a bag (in the pan) and put the turkey on a rack.) I have had success with all 3, so don't freak if you don't have a turkey-bag. I will say this, a bag helps with clean-up as the juices can really stick to the pan. Just be sure to cut a vent in the bag and allow enough room for the steam to "puff up" the bag. You don't want it to touch the top of the oven. My preference is to place it on a rack.
Put the turkey into a 325 degree oven and bake for at least 3 1/2 hours (for a 20 pound turkey). The last 30 minutes to an hour, you might need to tent some foil over the breast to keep it from getting too brown and too dry. You won't do this if you use a bag.
Before taking it out, check for doneness. One easy way is to grab a leg-bone and move it back and forth. If it moves easily, it should be done...or really close to being done. I like to check the temp. I stick a meat thermometer into the inner thigh (where it is thickest...NOT touching the bone) to see if it reads "180." If yes, I remove from oven.
Final step before carving....LET THE MEAT REST FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES. Keep it covered with foil to retain heat. Really, this step is very necessary. ANY meat that you roast should sit out for a bit. As the meat is roasting, the juice tends to head to the surface and evaporate. While the meat is resting, the juices redistribute leading to a moist meat. If you carve too soon, a lot of the juice will run out at the first cut.
Carve, either at the table or in the kitchen. (This is what I prefer. I carve it and arrange on a platter to put in the center of the table.)
Well, there you go. I hope this was helpful. Another great help is Butterball...the company. You can go to butterball.com and they can give you MANY turkey tips. They even have a hot line that you can call on Thanksgiving Day to help will any "uh-ohs" or other concerns you may have. They actually will start the line on November 3 and keep it up through December.
Let me know how you like this idea. I'm kinda pumped, myself!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Please join me. The point of Making a Happy Home Monday is to encourage and inspire other women to do something...just ONE thing during the week to make a happier home. Paint a wall, dust your ceiling fan, sweep your porch. Any of these can make a home a happier home. Link up on Mr. Linky so we can all see whatcha got going on!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
*I did not correct any spelling or grammatical errors.
Why I Can't Vote For Obama
By Huntley Brown
A few months ago I was asked for my perspective on Obama, I sent out an email with a few points. With the election just around the corner I decided to complete my perspective. Those of you on my e-list have seen some of this before but it's worth repeating... First I must say whoever wins the election will have my prayer support. Obama needs to be commended for his accomplishments but I need to explain why I will not be voting for him.
Many of my friends process their identity through their blackness. I process my identity through Christ. Being a Christian (a Christ follower) means He leads I follow. I can't dictate the terms He does because He is the leader. I can't vote black because I am black; I have to vote Christian because that's who I am. Christian first, black second. Neither should anyone from the other ethnic groups vote because of ethnicity. 200 years from now I won't be asked if I was black or white. I will be asked if I knew Jesus and accepted Him as Lord and Savior.
In an election there are many issues to consider but when a society gets abortion, same-sex marriage, embryonic stem-cell research, human cloning to name a few, wrong economic concerns will soon not matter. We need to follow Martin Luther King's words, don't judge someone by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I don't know Obama so all I can go off is his voting record. His voting record earned him the title of the most liberal senator in the US Senate in 2007. NATIONAL JOURNAL: Obama: Most Liberal Senator in 2007 (01/31/2008) To beat Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton as the most liberal senator, takes some doing. Obama accomplished this feat in 2 short years. I wonder what would happen to America if he had four years to work with.
There is a reason Planned Parenthood gives him a 100 % rating.
There is a reason the homosexual community supports him.
There is a reason Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Castro, Hamas etc. love him.
There is a reason he said he would nominate liberal judges to the Supreme Court.
There is a reason he voted against the infanticide bill.
There is a reason he voted No on the constitutional ban of same-sex marriage.
There is a reason he voted No on banning partial birth abortion.
There is a reason he voted No on confirming Justices Roberts and Alito. These two judges are conservatives and they have since overturned partial birth abortion. The same practice Obama wanted to continue.
Let's take a look at the practice he wanted to continue The 5 Step Partial Birth Abortion procedures:
A. Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist grabs the baby's leg with forceps. (Remember this is a live baby)
B. The baby's leg is pulled out into the birth canal.
C. The abortionist delivers the baby's entire body, except for the head.
D. The abortionist jams scissors into the baby's skull. The scissors are then opened to enlarge the hole.
E. The scissors are removed and a suction catheter is inserted. The child's brains are sucked out, causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed.
God help him.
There is a reason Obama opposed the parental notification law. Think about this: You can't give a kid an aspirin without parental notification but that same kid can have an abortion without parental notification. This is insane.
There is a reason he went to Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years. Obama tells us he has good judgment but he sat under Jeremiah Wright teaching for 20 years. Now he is condemning Wright's sermons. I wonder why now?
Obama said Jeremiah Wright led him to the Lord and discipled him. A disciple is one in training. Jesus told us in Matthew 28:19 - 20 "Go and make disciples of all nations." This means reproduce yourself. Teach people to think like you, walk like you, talk like you, believe what you believe etc. The question I have is what did Jeremiah Wright teach him?
Would you support a White President who went to a church which has tenets that said they have a ...
1. Commitment to the White Community
2. Commitment to the White Family
3. Adherence to the White Work Ethic
4. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the White Community.
5. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting White Institutions
6. Pledge allegiance to all White leadership who espouse and embrace t he White Value System
7. Personal commitment to embracement of the White Value System.
Would you support a President who went to a church like that? Just change the word from white to black and you have the tenets of Obama's former church. If President Bush was a member of a church like this, he would be called a racist. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton would have been marching outside. This kind of church is a racist church. Obama did not wake up after 20 years and just discovered he went to a racist church.
The church can't be about race. Jesus did not come for any particular race. He came for the whole world. A church can't have a value system based on race. The churches value system has to be based on biblical mandate. It does not matter if it’s a white church or a black church it's still wrong. Anyone from either race that attends a church like this would never get my vote. O
bama's former Pastor Jeremiah Wright is a disciple of liberal theologian James Cone, author of the 1970 book A Black Theology of Liberation. Cone once wrote: "Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him.”
Cone is the man Obama's mentor looks up to. Does Obama believe this?
So what does all this mean for the nation? In the past when the Lord brought someone with the beliefs of Obama to lead a nation it meant one thing - judgment. Read 1 Samuel 8 when Israel asked for a king.
First God says in 1 Samuel 1:9 "Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do." Then God says 1 Samuel 1:18 " When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day." 19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles." 21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD. 22 The LORD answered, "Listen to them and give them a king."
Here is what we know for sure. God is not schizophrenic He would not tell one person to vote for Obama and one to vote for McCain. As the scripture says, a city divided against itself cannot stand, so obviously many people are not hearing from God.
Maybe I am the one not hearing but I know God does not change and Obama contradicts many things I read in scripture so I doubt it.
For all my friends who are voting for Obama can you really look God in the face and say; Father based on your word, I am voting for Obama even though I know he will continue the genocidal practice of partial birth abortion. He might have to nominate three or four Supreme Court justices, and I am sure he will be nominating liberal judges who will l be making laws that are against you. I also know he will continue to push for homosexual rights, even though you destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for this. I know I can look the other way because of the economy. I could not see Jesus agreeing with many of Obama's positions.
Finally I have two questions for all my liberal friends. Since we know someone's value system has to be placed on the nation,
1. Whose value system should be placed on the nation.
2. Who should determine that this is the right value system for the nation?
Blessings, Huntley Brown
Thursday, October 16, 2008
No...I had, what I think, is a great idea. I have already discussed this with my BF, so she won't be offended by this, I'm sure.
When she and I met, she soon discovered my love of cooking/baking and TRYING to be a Proverbs 31 woman. She also shared some of her concerns in some of those same areas. Like MANY women of my generation, she wasn't taught: housekeeping and cooking skills. (I wasn't really taught them either. No offense to my own mother. It just wasn't done, growing up in a microwave society with the mother earning a much-needed second income.) Now that I am staying home, I have tried to teach myself (some areas, more successfully, than other.)
Anyway, so close is our relationship that she knows she can (and she has) called me at the last minute to help with a recipe, offer a substitution or make a suggestion when it comes to a menu.
SO....all that to say this. SOME people who might read this, may not have developed cooking skills. (And no, I don't consider Hamburger Helper to be a home-cooked meal....sorry.) Some of you have 1 or 2 tried and true recipes, but don't think outside the card, so to speak. Some won't experiment or learn new things. And some are lacking in the basics.
I thought that it would be fun to share my menu for Thanksgiving and some of my Christmas goodies (selfishly keeping a few surprises for a few more years) during the next Temp My Tummy Tuesday. I would then start to break it down.....giving recipes/directions for what I would think would have the most interest. Then, if there is something you have a question about, or want to know, you can leave me a comment and I'll answer ASAP. Sounds like fun to me, anyway. :)
I also want to blog on my stockpiling again. It is not near as impressive as it was about 3 months ago, but there are some things that I am NOT allowed to buy for awhile....body wash, toothpaste, detergent, febreeze, Windex wipes, deoderant, shampoo, tooth brushes.....)
I have other ideas, but I really wanted to tease the food thing.
Tell me what you think.
AND....if you deem it lovely, PLEASE join me on Making a Happy Home Monday. Yes...I am begging now. LOL!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Thankfully, he got the 2 younger boys identical jerseys, as the youngest hasn't taken it off in WEEKS!
I kid you not. This past Sunday made 3 weeks that this shirt has been worn. I switch them out so I can wash one while the other is worn. *sigh* I'm a bit tired of seeing it, quite frankly, but honestly...it doesn't bother me that he wants to wear it....ALL THE TIME.
It seems like all my kiddos have gone through a phase of loving something and keeping it with them at all times. Granted, even the Superman cape lost its appeal after about 10 days.
This Jersey is called "Soccer Monster." It comes for the Backyardigans, "
Here is Pablo from the Backyardigans as "Soccer Monster"
AND THIS...because it is SO FREAKIN' FUNNY!!!
If you haven't discovered the Backyardigans, I suggest you check them out. They are great. The voices (as they sing) are really great. I.....I mean my kids, LOVE them!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I'm very nervous about Saturday. I'll be going to the first JBQ match of the season and it will be my very first as a coach. I'm sad that I won't get to be there to support my oldest son as I will be with my younger son....I'm his team's coach. Also, the match is 1 hour away in a place I've never been....don't like going into the unknown at such an early hour. I see a Dr Pepper or 3 in my Saturday forecast.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I host a blog carnival called "Making a Happy Home Monday." The point is to do something, JUST ONE THING, that makes your home a happy home. This is so easy to do. You can clean out a closet, wipe down the baseboards of your bathroom, or vacuum the cobwebs off your ceiling.
If what you do makes the area prettier, or makes your home run a bit more smoothly, YOU have succeeded in making a happy home. Please join me in encouraging, and being encouraged by, other women who are reaching for the same goal: A HAPPY HOME!
Take pictures if you can. If not, no worries...just tell us what you did! Leave a comment on the links you follow to let these ladies know you popped in. Be sure to link up on Mr. Linky down at the bottom.
So, you can probably tell by the above photo that I have a problem with clutter. So bad is my problem with clutter that I spent most of the past week "Making a Happy Counter-top" (from last week's post.) Clutter will NOT beat me!!!
Here you see a lovely old buffet complete with 3 weeks of newspapers, various books and spirals, a plant and other schmuck.
About 5 minutes later and you have:
(Granted, the floor wasn't done YET, but the papers were gone.) I have my Bible and a devotional on the right. On the left is where the mail gets stacked for DH to peruse when he gets home from his tour. (I don't DO mail....unless it's a cooking magazine, a cookbook that I "accidentally" ordered, or an Astronomy magazine."
JOIN ME AND MY FRIENDS IN MAKING A HAPPY HOME MONDAY!
I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR IDEAS!!!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
**Join me for Making a Happy Home Monday**
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
And it wasn't even my situation....not really.
We went to The Great State Fair of Texas. SO MUCH FUN. So much money.
Anyway, DH was riding a roller coaster with the 2 older boys. My 3rd was not tall enough, so I took him on a smaller ride. (Frankly, I don't know why he could ride this specific ride instead of the one mentioned...but I digress.)
AS I WAS SAYING, we were on a different ride....kind of like the Octopus. The claw that has the seats hanging from the top arm. It raises, spins, twists, and turns....I had to pray...LITERALLY....that I would not puke. (again...digression)
My 5 year-old and I climbed on and got the shoulder bar pulled down and locked into place. I looked around and saw a mom with her 9 or 10 year old son, all grins....she was locked in...he was not.
She asked me, "Could you wave that man down? He needs to lock in my son."
First, for those who don't know me, my voice carries....well....ok, really, I'm LOUD. (I don't have to try.) So I wave and holler, "SIR!"
I did this about a dozen times....leaning to the left trying to catch the eye of the man locking the seats....leaning to the right trying to be noticed by the man operating the machine.
I looked at the mom and said, "He'll probably be back around to check."
I continue waving, kicking and hollering.
Next thing we know...the arm starts to lift up. Had my heiney not been puckered so tightly, I would have pooped my britches! The mom, in hysterics, screams at her son, "GET OUT! GET OUT! GET OUT!" At the same time, using her left arm to physically shove him out of the seat.
These kind of seats have the raised area that fits between your legs to keep you from sliding out.
He finally got out and dropped about 4-5 feet. As soon as he hit the ground, people waiting in line began screaming and waving that there was a loose body under the ride. The boy ran over to the gate where the operator just froze (thankfully, after pushing the "stop" button"). A few seconds later, upon coming to his senses, the operator lowered the ride, and the boy (surprisingly) got back on, strapped in and all went as planned.
That could have been bad.....really bad....REALLY BAD.
I still have the memory of that momma's face in my mind...I hear her screams....I put myself in her place and think of my own children.
One of those freak accidents that could change lives forever.
Thank you, God, for keeping your hand upon that boy. For helping him to be instantly obedient and for giving that momma the physical strength to help her son out of the seat.
For helping me not throw up.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Hey, y'all. Another wonderful Monday to make your home a happy home. I started this carnival a few weeks ago. The idea is to take an area of your home....any area...and make it better. How? By making it prettier, or more functional.
I am a clutter-bug...and what's worse is I tend to be a lazy clutter-bug. BUT, I can't have the home I want with so much stuff all over the place. So, what I have started doing is picking a small somethin'-somethin' to do and improve on it.
It is SO TRUE that it is easier to keep something in good shape than it is to get something in good shape. All of this, I really think, is helping me to be a better housekeeper. I WANT to have a clean, healthy and happy home. Well, it takes work.
I know...I know, you technically want a home that doesn't look like a "showplace" or you want it to be "clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy." WHATEVER! If that isn't a stupid statement, I don't know what is! But I digress...
I hope you will join me. What you do is this: Choose an area of your home to improve in ANY WAY. Clear your nightstand. Paint the trim in your bedroom. Hang a wreath on your door. Whatever you choose, tell us about it by signing up on Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post.
Any improvement is better than where you were to begin with, right? Spend 5, 10 or 15 minutes doing something to make a happy home!
Can't wait to check it out!
So here is another hot spot I was telling you about. My bar is always a mess. I am too
Hmmmm.....let's have a look at what is there: baking stone, spoon rest, standing mixer, food processor, bowl of pumpkins, something orange, some kind of schmagooga, candle, tissues, potpourri, home-management notebook, sticky notes, bag of birthday party goodies, cereal bowl, school work and various other things that need a new home.
Fifteen minutes later? Not too bad, huh? The papers are from a Pampered Chef catalog party I'm doing....it must stay in my face so I don't forget to get money from people.
And aren't the pumpkins perty!