Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I've shared before how hubby and I sold our house, moved away, moved back home, spent all our money, and went into debt...did I ever mention that this was right after a bankruptcy?? Sometimes I still feel humiliated that we ever had to go down that road and it was finalized two years ago, this December. In August we had our 13 year anniversary and I can honestly say that we are NOT where I thought we'd be now. We got married at ages 20 and 21 and I think we both had unrealistic expectations--like we could go out and do whatever we wanted and somehow become financially independent and wind up with the most phenomenal relationship ever.
What I often forget is that I have so much to be thankful for! I've never gone hungry, I've always had a roof over my head, I have a good man with two fabulous kids, I have a good job...and my list goes on. The other night I left a post saying that I want my Joy to learn how to dance in the rain. I need to be a good example to her and teach her how to do exactly that!
I've often heard "Let go and let God" which at times seems really hard to do and seems like such a cliche. I came across this article from Work Ministry and thought this was really incredible and unfortunately, easily forgotten or put aside.
Let Go: Let God Fill Your Need
By Mary Kupferle
If you are anxious, tense, or concerned about anything in your life, dear friend, begin now to relax, let go and let God fill your need.
No matter what seems to be missing from your life-be it a much loved person, a special place, an activity of great value or a feeling of well-being – release and let go, knowing that God is right now filling your need.
Take a deep breath. Release it slowly, telling yourself quietly: I let go, I let God fill my need.
Accept the reality that God’s wisdom is ever present and available, ready to fill you with new understanding, light and life. Let God fill every void, every emptiness that seems to separate you from the desires of your heart. Let go! Let God fill your need.
God’s light and substance and divine activity will come forth and move in and through you as you let go. God’s creative process is awaiting your acceptance of its productive, healing action. Let your thoughts be lifted up. Let the presence of God dissolve your fears and doubts and fill every gap of unbelief. Let go and let God within you do the work.
Begin now to relax from the strain and effort of questioning, planning and reasoning.Take a few moments throughout the day to calm your thinking and place all your attention upon the words: I let go: I let God fill my need.
Immediately, benefits will be felt and become visible and tangible, inside and out. You will feel renewed strength and faith and courage. Because more of God’s presence has become active within you, your prayers will be more effective and your understanding of the presence of God within you will be clearer. As you continue to release dependence upon human forces or personal strength, you will find that God’s love takes care of what you cannot accomplish. As you let go, God will freely and abundantly fill every need.
God always provides knowledge, guidance, understanding, faith, healing, support or whatever else is needed in your life. Whatever your life experience appears to be, you have, at this moment, an opportunity to let go personal striving and let God move in you and through you to fill every need.
During the most critical point in the life of Jesus, when the minds and hearts of His disciples seemed totally depleted of courage and faith, each need was filled. As the disciples beheld the amazing example of Jesus’s quiet surrender to the Father, they learned of the miracle working power of letting go and letting God fill their needs. Their eyes and minds and hearts were opened anew to the message of abundant life, eternal life and love for all humanity.
God’s love and goodness will always fill every need in your circumstances, every hunger of your heart, every longing of your soul for peace and assurance, every good desire for the expression of eternal life and well-being.
Even though it may seem during the challenges of life that you are separated from that which has been your greatest avenue of comfort, security or supply, remember: God always fills your need. No matter how great the gulf seems between you and the solution to your deepest desire, you can trust God. Tell yourself again and again: I let go. God will fill my need.
God never leaves a void. He will never desert you or forsake you, His own creation. God’s presence of love and wisdom is ever nurturing your soul in its gradual unfoldment of spiritual potential. God’s power is ever at work within every circumstance. As you let go and trust God, everything is transformed- yes, everything- into a blessing. God continuously makes dark places light, rough places smooth, crooked places straight and empty places full. Full of His loving kindness and abundance of joy.
Let go. Let God fill your need. Let the creative process of God begin now to fill every point in your life that needs the touch of His great love and healing power. God is ready to do what you cannot do by yourself.
Have a blessed day!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Creamy Chicken Cheese Puffs
1 cup shredded cheddar
1 can cream of chicken
1 cup milk
2 cups chopped chicken
1 can crescent rolls
Mix milk, soup, 1/4 cup cheese. Heat until cheese melted. Mix remainder of cheese and chicken into mixture. Unroll crescent rolls and separate triangles. Put one scoop of chicken mix on each triangle and roll closed. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees. You can heat the remainder of the soup mix mixture and pour on top when serving...but much messier that way and not so kid friendly!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
- Liss with Frills in the Hills
- Brittany from Four Little Men and Girly Twins
- Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim
- Molly from I'm a Sleeper Baker
- Amy from Where a Woman Shaker Her Tablecloth
- Mrs. P from A Study in Contradictions
- Angie from Bring the Rain
- Kristen from Bringing Up Benjamin
- Giraffe Girl with Giraffe Necking
- Iva from Iva Messy
- Anne at Mommy Has to Work
- Rebecca and Maggie with Homemade Mamas
- MckMama at My Charming Kids
- Zelna with Pancakes and Lemon Cream
- Audrey at The Happy Her Trails
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
As I was speeding, err, driving I couldn't help but ask myself--for the second day in a row--why do I use the blasted Snooze button?? Better yet, I've been known to set my alarm 30 minutes earlier than I actually get up just so I could push that little silver button. A couple of weeks ago, as I reached out to push is for the 6th time, I opened one eye to see the red glow of 6:10am; obviously, I was late. I've also had to change my alarm to the really annoying BEEP BEEP because I have this thing about incorporating the music into my dreams.
I've actually contemplated putting it across the room on the dresser but I'm afraid that I'd just get out of bed, turn it off, and climb right back in. My mother is one of those women that has some sort of internal alarm clock that goes off at about 6am every single day. I think she can accomplish more in the first two hours of her day then I accomplish in an entire day. At times I will think to myself "I wish I were a morning person..." while daydreaming about all the things I could get done. Then I realize that I'd probably no longer be a night owl and that thought is inconceivable.
So, I lay it all out...I'm a snoozing addict. Are you a night owl or are you, I can't imagine, a morning person? Anyone else have a relationship with the snooze button they can't seem to break??
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
After our walk and after dinner I started feeling a bit reminiscent and started looking through old photos. This little dark eyed, curly headed girl is me. I imagine I was around two years old when this picture was taken but there is no way of knowing for sure. I look at this photo and I realize that at one time I had that complete innocence of a child as well--I was utterly happy and content.
It hit me. My Joy is going to go through the trials of life. She will get beat up and beat down at times, but hopefully, will come out fighting. But for now...for now...she's my little girl. I still get to protect, nourish, guide, discipline, and teach her to become a strong woman. A woman that will learn to dance in the rain and make lemonade when life gives her lemons.
Monday, September 21, 2009
1 can Pillsbury croissant
1/2 lb hamburger
1/2 lb sausage
1/2 c chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon oregano
sale & pepper to taste
1 can tomato paste (6oz)
1 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup parmesan
Mix first set of ingredients in one bowl. Mix cheese and egg mixture in second bowl. Roll out croissant and "pinch and spread" until large enough for 9-in pie pan--be sure that you have enough excess that you will be able to fold up and close the pie. Place in pie pan (this will be your crust). Begin layering meat mixture, cheese mixture, meat mixture, etc. You now have the option for some sort of cheese on top if desired. Then bring excess dough over to cover pie. Bake at 375 degrees until croissant is a golden brown.
(As always, you can click on "lasagna pie" link for printer friendly recipe)
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
I recently spent an evening with a girlfriend of mine from high school, that now lives in California, and it was just wonderful. So strange...hadn't seen her for almost ten years, but once we were together it was like we had never been apart. We were giggling and swapping stories. We reminisced about old times and also had the joy of sharing new stories about our little ones. Leaving was hard because there's a very good chance that although we visit on Facebook and ever so often pick up the phone, it may be another ten years before I see her again.
But truly, aren't good friends precious??
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Don't know why I had problems sleeping. I was teasing my hubby right before I fell asleep...do you think it could be looking at my handsome hubby with his c-pap on gave me nightmares?? Not that I would dare let him go with out it! Most nights, I do get to sleep now! :)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
This morning I went over to my in-law's house and checked my blood glucose before eating anything and my result was 136. For those of you that don't know, that's called hyperglycemia. I really should call my doctor and keep monitoring my blood glucose every morning to see if it's become a chronic condition or if I'm just having intermittent highs. Either way...BAD...I don't want to be a diabetic. Unfortunately, my father and all of my grandparents were diabetics, thus I'm predisposed as it is. When you add an extra 50 pounds to the mix...you have a 33-year old woman that's pre-diabetic.
At the age of 28 I developed hypertension. My cholesterol has been high since I was about 20 years old. After my second baby, when is seems like my body "broke", my triglycerides were 850 (normal is 150 or less). When you group all of these problems together you have Metabolic Syndrome and it's estimated that one out of six people have this.
"If you've just been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, you might be anxious. But think of it as a wake-up call. It's time to get serious about improving your health. Making simple changes to your habits now can prevent serious illness in the future." This statement is from the WebMD site, and I'm thinking about how accurate it is. By adding frequent exercise and a healthy diet, I could lose weight. Weight loss would very likely lower my cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, blood pressure, and I would probably wind up feeling better all the way around. That being the case, why haven't I done it? Why don't I do it??
So, I'm challenging myself to get well! Anyone else interested?
Old Settlers Baked Beans
(click on above link for printer friendly recipe)
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Ketchup
2 T Mustard
2 T Molasses
3/4 cup White Sugar
1/4 cup BBQ Sauce (any kind)
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 can Kidney Beans (15 oz)
1 can Butter Beans (15 oz)
1 can Pork & Beans (15 oz)
1 lb Ground Chuck
1/2 lb Chopped Bacon or Sausage
1 Chopped Onion
Cook ground chuck, bacon or sausage and onion until done. Drain and set aside.
Mix all other ingredients in large bowl. DO NOT drain beans. Add meat and bake at 350 degrees for one hour or in a crock-pot for six hours
Sunday, September 13, 2009
so here goes!
A- Age: 33 . . . but I like to say I'm still at 29:)
B- Bed size: queen- used to have a king...miss it!
C- Chore you hate: putting laundry away. I fold...you put it away
E- Essential start of your day: My thyroid medicine...first thing
F- Favorite color: red
H- Height: 5' 4"
I- Instruments you play: Piano, and french horn (although it's been awhile)
J- Job title: Mom and part time RN
K- Kids: 2
L- Living arrangements: 3 BR house with hubby and 2 kids
N- Nicknames: Ron-Ron (when I was a kid) or now just Ron
Q- Quote from a movie: "You had me had hello." "You complete me."
S- Siblings: 3 sisters
T- Time you wake up: as late as possible
W- What you like to drink: Dr. Pepper...although I'm stopping...and I miss it!
X-rays you've had: knees, sinuses, chest
Y- Yummy food you make: chicken enchiladas (gonna post this one soon)
Z- Zoo favorites: monkeys
Bottom line here: Don't EVER, EVER, EVER start messing with html codes on something before copying the codes and saving them!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
That being the case, I must admit that I've cooked multiple (probably way too many) different Hamburger Helper meals. Here's our favorites!
- Double Cheeseburger Macaroni
- Potatoes Stroganoff
Also, here's a bunch of printable COUPONS, including some for Hamburger Helper.
Friday, September 11, 2009
So, I called hubby and asked him if he'd bring lunch home over his lunch hour. He said that he can take a long lunch hour today and he doesn't want fast food. And why would he?? McDonald's, Burger King, Sonic, KFC, Long John Silver, Arbys, Taco Bell...they don't sound good either...and I'm a Taco Bell junkie. My internal debate began...I could stay home and take a nap, which would quickly be followed by picking up the kids from school. Next question to self...would I feel better or worse after that nap? The house wouldn't be any cleaner, the laundry can't do itself, and my dad (who is in from W. Virginia) is coming over tonight.
Common sense wins. I'm headed to the shower...lunch here I come. Why can't I want a BIG salad without dressing??
I remember watching the TV for hours, stunned when rescue efforts didn't turn up hardly anyone. I remember the anger that I and the rest of my country felt about these attacks. I remember the courage of so many who helped others, both during the attacks and after. I remember a nation that came together in a way that can make all Americans proud. September 11th should be a special memorial day of some sort and we never will forget. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones during that very sad time.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Ellen Degeneres is hilarious! I can't help but wonder what kind of rapport we'll see between her and Simon Cowell. After watching Ellen dance on her morning show, I can almost guarantee that we will NOT be seeing her teaching the Idol hopefuls any moves! This should be interesting...I'm looking forward to Season 9 of American Idol!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I promise I'm not some whack job conspiracy theorist, but I still wholeheartedly believe that if conservatives wouldn't have criticized things the way they did, we would have heard a much different speech today.
But...we didn't, and I'm thankful for it.
Of course, I'm acting like this is a new thing. Since she was tiny she always finished last...in eating and getting ready for anything. So now we are always telling her to eat faster (kinda seems messed up considering the digestive problems and obesity we have in our country). Not to mention the fact that mommy gets very crabby after telling her to "Hurry up!" over and over and over...
I'm thinking I'm probably not the only mommy with this problem in the mornings. Anyone else have pokey little man or little lady?? Any suggestions?
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
So, I'll focus on the positive part of this really short little journey. I haven't had a carbonated beverage (yummy Dr. Pepper) at all since last Monday. That's six days people! That's quite an accomplishment.
Not sure what I'm going to do...I'll keep it all posted, I'm sure. Kinda thinking that just eating alot more fresh fruits and veggies would be a HUGE step. I'm going to try really hard to get at least 100oz of water a day. And that poor ignored ellyptical just might get some use.
Thanks for the support and encouraging words!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
There is a lot of debate going on about President Obama’s school address coming up on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. Many are saying that this speech is some sort of “indoctrination” or “propaganda” to our children/youth and it is very socialistic. I personally find it very interesting that the President/White House has drastically changed the questions for the children and the instructions for the teachers. Initially, the PreK-6 children were to write letters to themselves talking about how they can help the president. Now it’s being suggested that they write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and long-term education goals. It’s also been said that the older kids will be encouraged to read Obama’s books and to use quotes out of them.
I have to examine what I see as the character of my President. His childhood mentor was Frank Marshall Davis, a KNOWN communist and member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). Obama writes about him in his own book, Dreams from my Father. He writes about "a poet named Frank," who visited them in Hawaii, read poetry, and was full of "hard-earned knowledge" and advice. Obama says that he had "some modest notoriety once," was "a contemporary of Richard Wright and Langston Hughes during his years in Chicago..."
I also can’t forget his relationship with William Ayers, a co-founder and member of the terrorist Weather Underground organization which conducted a campaign of bombing public buildings during the 1960s and 1970s that included the Pentagon, US Capital Building and the NYC Police Headquarters. There is actual documentation that Obama and Ayers worked together in Chicago and William Ayers names Barack Obama and his family as "neighbors and family friends" in the new edition of his memoirs, Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War-Activist.
I have to also take into account all 37 of President Obama’s “Czars” or special advisors which, by the way, are appointed by the President and do not require any type of confirmation by Congress. Van Jones (Green Jobs Czar) was an active member of Weather Underground. There’s recently been a lot of controversy about him in the media. John Holdren (Science Czar) supports forced abortions, mass sterilization, and a "Planetary Regime" with the power of life and death over American citizens. Ezekial Emanuel (Health Policy Czar) says we have too much health care. Cass Sunstein (Regulatory Czar) believes that animals should have the right to sue. In his 2002 book, Republic.com, he discussed the drawbacks of limitless choices on the Internet that allow people to seek out only like-minded people and opinions that merely fortify their own views; he talked about the idea of the government requiring sites to link to opposing views. And seriously…these people are his “advisors”. Research them…look them up…it’s all there!
Tom Daschle withdrew his cabinet nomination amidst tax scandal. Now, he is basically Obama’s “unofficial” Health Care Czar (actually held by Nancy-Ann DeParle). Daschle’s book, Critical: What we can do about the health care crisis, points us right towards socialized medicine. Crazy thing is…his whole idea was built into the “stimulus” bill that was passed back in February. My point here is…Obama gets what he wants…one way or another.
I’m not saying that President Obama is the next Hitler, however, I recently researched Hitler extensively and there were striking similarities. Education played a very important part in Nazi Germany in trying to cultivate a loyal following for Hitler and the Nazis. The Nazis were aware that education would create loyal Nazis by the time they reached adulthood. The Hitler Youth had been created for post-school activities and schools were to play a critical part in developing a loyal following for Hitler - indoctrination and the use of propaganda were to be a common practice in Nazi schools and the education system. And that…makes me shudder! (please follow above link for reference)
I’m just really thankful that the school superintendent for my town decided not to have Obama’s address televised into every classroom unless it has some relevance in a government/political science class. I will also mention that these same schools did watch Obama’s inauguration back in January…and I was okay with that.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Joy sitting at her throne opening her presents...
Mommy, Joy & Daddy
Bubby had a blast as well!
Last week hubby and I were asking Joy what she wanted for her birthday. We had already purchased the bike and had it out in a closet in the garage. (The kids never go out there...or so I thought) So, when we asked her if she wanted a bike she replied "No, I already have one of those--it's out in the closet in the garage." Instead she wanted an animal like Jared's. More on the gerbil later.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Joy's 6th birthday party is tonight. Looking forward to posting some great pictures. She is soo excited!