Sunday, August 28, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
The kids and I went to pick green beans one morning. Someone in the church had said they had a ton of green beans and that we could come and pick some if we would like. So I thought this would be a good thing for the kids and I to do. We headed out early (around 8 a.m.) trying to beat the heat. Joanna fell asleep on the way so I parked in the shade and let her nap while we all hauled out of the van to do some picking! We were not there 5 minutes and Timothy is hollering "It's hot momma!" and "Hold me momma". I am trying my best to distract him and change the subject. :) My big kids really got right in there and picked as much as they could. Isaac did really well and I thought I was even going to have to leave him. :) We stayed probably about 45 minutes until the heat got too much and we loaded up. Let me mention that I forgot to check shoes as we climbed back into the van and needless to say we got a "little" mud in the van. Argh!! We have a small garden at our house with tomatoes and squash and the kids have LOVED keeping an eye out for those veggies that need picking. I have mentioned to Bryan that next year we might need to do a little bit of a bigger garden. It is so exciting to see our children enjoy things like this, something they can learn from. We have enjoyed eating those tomatoes and squash....but the green beans did not go over so well. The kids (mostly Isaac) did the snapping of the beans and I don't think we did a very good job of destringing them. I am sure I did not cook them just right either. Oh well, try again another time.
Do you have a garden? What do you like fresh from the garden? Any neat and delicious recipes?
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Bryan and I have always been consistent in praying together. That consistent means there are times that we have a regular time of prayer together and then there are seasons when we pray together but not on a regular base. We do stop and pray together if there is something going on in our lives, we pray with the children each night at bedtime after we have done family worship, we pray together over decisions that have to be made, and then we pray together just to spend time with our heavenly Father together. We recently have been in a season where it has not been a regular time of prayer together.
Recently I was reading a book about Traditons and how important they are to our children. The first of the book talks about your average and regular traditions that I am sure we all have atleast one we are doing. Then she brings up prayer. How in the world does this fit in to traditions? I would have never thought of prayer being a tradition. The writer points out that the most important and life impacting tradition we can pass on to our children is praying together as a couple. WOW! I had never thought about that. If our children know, hear or see us praying together they will take that into their marriages. They will see prayer as an important part of a marriage and family. When we pray together as a couple we are telling our children that marraige is important and our relationship with God is important. What better gift to give our children than a firm marriage (their parents) and for them to know that we love each other but even more we love and trust God!
I went straight to Bryan and shared with him these things I had gleaned from reading this book. His heart leaped and we decided that we would do better at trying to have regular times of prayer even when we are in a season when it is a little more challenging to make that time. During our 15 years of marriage we have had some really great times of prayer and seen God do great things. May I challenge you to take some time, even if it is just 20-30 minutes a day, and pray with your spouse. Think of it as investing in your marriage, children and eternity!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
1 box of devil foods cake mix
1 box of chocolate pudding
1 cup of chocolate chips
Bake using the directions on the back of the cake mix box. Just add the box of pudding and instead of water use milk. I also added a cup of chocolate chips.
1 cup of butter
1 package of cream cheese (8oz)
2 tsp clear vanilla extract
6 Tbsp of milk
1 package of powdered sugar (16 oz)
Cream the butter and cream cheese together until creamy. Mix in the vanilla. Beat in powdered sugar, one cup at a time, on low speed. Add milk and beat on medium until light and fluffy. You may want to add more milk if too thick or add more sugar if too runny. Just use your judgement, that is what I had to do. The cream cheese gives it a little cream cheese flavor but not too much. :)
This recipe is what I made and had enough to ice a sheet cake and 24 cupcakes.
Hope you enjoy!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
No! It is not an easy path, we have our share of bumps and bruises. Just this week I had that moment of thought (which was straight from Satan himself) "Am I truly in His will?". The answer is a LOUD and CLEAR....YES!!!!!!! I know that God has promised that if I am following Him that there will be rewards. I just want those rewards NOW! I will be reminding myself often that the rewards may come in days, months or even years. I feel in my heart that God has called us to homeschool because this is the best way I can disciple my children for His glory! Just as Jesus was with His disciples, teaching them, I am with my children. Those days that are challenging are days of opportunity to allow my children to see Jesus at work in my life. If they were somewhere else and I was somewhere else we wouldn't have as many opportunities for this training, teaching and loving them to Jesus. We are not homeschooling so that our children can be smarter, more advanced, or because we think we are better than someone else, we are homeschooling for the glory of God and for us to have a greater impact on our children's hearts. Sarah just turned 8 and Isaac will be 10 this month, our time with them is getting shorter and I feel the urgency to make the most of the years to come. I know that over the past years I have failed in many ways but my race is not over. I must get up, look to Jesus, keep my focus on the Lord and finish my race so that I can pass my baton on to my children. As school starts Monday I pray that each of us, no matter what kind of schooling, will stay focused on raising our children to love the Lord our God with all their hearts, with all their souls, with all their minds, and with all their strength (Matthew 22:37).
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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
18 Chicken nuggets (cooked by directions on bag)
1 can broccoli cheese soup (I use cream of chicken)
2 cups of minute white rice uncooked
2 cups of frozen broccoli cuts (I use 1 cup broccoli and 1 cup shoe peg corn)
1 cup of water
1 cup of whole milk (I use 2%)
1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
Bake chicken nuggets. Spray large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add broccoli, milk, water and soup to skillet. Bring mixture to a boil; add rice and stir. Cover, reduce heat; simmer for 5 minutes or until water is absorbed. Top rice mixture with hot chicken nuggets and sprinkle with cheese. Place skillet in oven 1-2 minutes or until cheese melts.
This is an easy meal and kid friendly! We really love this meal, even the kiddos!! :)
*I got this recipe from the back of a bag of chicken nuggets from Banquet.