Thursday, March 31, 2011

Freedom

Scripture of the day: "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." -John 3:16





I hope everyone is having a great week so far. We have had a very chilly week. I can't wait until it really becomes spring. Well, tomorrow is my little sister's 23rd birthday. Happy Birthday! More good news: my older sister is having her baby girl tomorrow as well. We are so excited!




Today I am thankful for a free country. The good ol' U S of A! We are so free in this country and blessed to live here. We are free to worship God in any way and anytime we want, to school our children the way we want (public, private, or home), work where we want, say what we want and have our own opinion's, vote for leaders to run this great country. There are so many ways we are free. I cannot even begin to name them all.



I am so happy that I can worship the Lord and not be put in prison for it. In many countries, you will be tortured, imprisoned, or percecuted for your faith. I love my country and all that it has in it and all that it has to offer. There are mountains, oceans with beaches, lakes, rivers, plains, and forests. I thank God that I was born in America. Land of the FREE and home of the BRAVE!




*A special thanks to all military personel and their families. Thank you for your sacrifice and hard work so that we can live freely and worship freely*


God Bless,


Kristy

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Cleaning

Scripture of the day: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God." -Ephesians 2:8


Praise God for today's bible verse. I just love it. I hope you are ready for your week and are well rested. I have been cleaning my house this past week and I am continuing this week. I am going through each room and removing clutter and rearranging everything so the room will flow better.

Have you ever heard the saying: ""Cleanliness is next to Godliness."? Well, I had been very far from God. I had let many things go for too long. I just got fed up with looking at it and got totally motivated to clean. In my mind I had put all of the cleaning into one BIG project. I felt overwhelmed and didn't feel like doing it and not being able to finish. Then Hubby said to me: "Don't think of it as one big project, think of it as a bunch of little ones."

So I made a list of every room that needed to be cleaned. I am a list maker. I love seeing a list with everything checked off. It makes me feel like I have had a successful day.

I consider this kind of cleaning "spring cleaning". I only have a couple of rooms left. One of which is the playroom/guest room. The playroom has most of the toys in it. I am going through them and getting rid of the things that don't get played with. My house is finally becoming a home. Today I will organize our craft/game/misc. closet. What a project that is!

Hubby is the clean one in our family, but he's also the one who has to go to work everyday. I want to make him happy, so I clean and he loves a clean house. I am extremely motivated!

This week's menu:
  • Monday- roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, and corn.
  • Tuesday- cheesy nachos with Spanish rice.
  • Wednesday- spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad.
  • Thursday- cheesy spaghetti casserole and salad.
  • Friday- (my little sister's birthday) Going to my mom's house to prepare dinner for the whole family!
  • Saturday- breakfast for dinner.
  • Sunday- homemade sweet and sour chicken, vegetables, and rice.
Recipe of the week:

*Cream Cheese Squares*
(I got this recipe from hip2save.com who got it from allrecipes.com)



What you will need:
2 (8oz.) pkgs. crescent roll dough
2 (8oz.) pkgs. cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
(add fresh fruit, berries, or jam for extra flavor...yum!)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
Press one can of rolls into bottom of pan.
Mix together the cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
Spread evenly over the crescent roll layer.
Unroll second can of rolls and lay them on top of cream cheese mixture. (Don't press)
Pour melted butter on top.
Mix the rest of the sugar and cinnamon together.
Sprinkle on top.
Bake for 25-30 min.

Picture of the week:


This is an angel figurine that Hubby bought for me last week.
He surprised me with it. I collect this type of angel figurine.

Isn't she beautiful? We think the baby here looks like both of our boys.

Activities of the week:
  • Monday- clean out closet and do laundry
  • Tuesday- visit my Grandma at the rehab center for senior citizen's
  • Wednesday & Thursday- laundry and tidy up (visit Nanny & Poppy one of the days)
  • Friday- my little sister's b-day, I am going to mom's house to help prepare dinner for the whole family.
  • Saturday & Sunday- stay home with the children b/c Hubby works Saturday and Sunday is church.
*My older sister is due with her baby this week (she thought they would induce her last week). Hopefully we will have a new baby in the family this week!*


I hope warmer weather comes soon. Warm weather makes me so happy!

God Bless,


Kristy

Sunday, March 27, 2011

God is listening

Scripture of the day: "Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish." -Matthew 18:14




Happy Sunday!

I pray you had a great weekend. It was quite cold here. Today was sooo cold and it actually snowed and iced. We have been bundled up all day and staying warm. I thought winter was over, but it looks like this week is going to be a chilly one. It's almost April! Here's to praying for warmer weather for everyone!

Today's post is about God listening to your prayers. I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself. It doesn't matter if our prayers are said aloud, in our minds, or in our hearts, God hears them. There are many types of prayer. There is the thankful prayer, the pleading prayer, the sinner's prayer, the forgiving prayer, just to name a few. God even knows what we are going to say before we even think it.

There is a saying that goes: "When you can't put your prayers into words, God hears your heart."

Here are a few bible verses about prayer:
  • "...He hears the prayer of the righteous." -Proverbs 15:29b, NKJV
  • "Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer." -Psalm 61:1, NIV
  • "Devote yourselves to prayer." -Colossians 4:2, NIV
There are many more verses on prayer in the bible. Just google "bible verses on prayer" and you can find so many you won't have time in a single day to read them all. Prayer is how we communicate with God. It's how we stay connected and feel close to Him. Prayer is also an act of obedience to Him. I love to pray because God is my Savior and my Best Friend. I talk to Him like I would talk to my closest friends. I can always tell when it's been a while since I prayed. I start to feel disconnected, lonely, and distant. But the minute I start praying and reading my bible again, I can feel His presence with me.

Have you ever had a prayer or request in your heart that you wanted to share with God but you thought it was too small or too big for Him? A.W. Pink said "Nothing is too great and nothing is too small to commit into the hands of the Lord."

Don't let your fear keep you from letting your requests, praise, thanksgiving, or blessings be know to God. He is listening and knows your hearts desire. He hears you when you cry out to Him, when you are happy, and when you just want to talk. If you listen carefully and study His word, you can hear Him speaking back to you. He will answer you. It's not always the answer you wanted, but it is His answer.

I hope this helps someone out there. I know I should pray more and read the bible more so I can feel closer to God and feel His love wash over me. Have a great day!


God Bless,


Kristy

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Simple Things

Scripture of the day: "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." -James 4:8a


Laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, playing with my little ones, talking to my husband after a long day apart. The simple things in life. I love staying at home and getting lost in a pile of laundry or cooking a good meal for my man. I do not love doing laundry and cleaning, I just love that I can do these things and spend time with my kids.








I cannot imagine leaving them at a daycare or babysitter to go to work. There are many women who have no choice, I feel so bad for them because most of them would love to stay home with their babies.

I am so thankful for the simple, quiet moments at home. There are not many quiet moments, but I am grateful for the noise too. I feel so close to God when I am home with my children and husband.

It's the day to day things that keep me going. I know what to expect each day. If you ask Hubby, he will tell you I am a planner. I do love a calendar and I love planning my days, weeks, and months. I am spontaneous on occasion, but it has to be something really cool...LOL! Most of the time, if asked to do something spontaneous, I will do it. I find comfort in knowing what I will be doing tomorrow, the next day, and a week from now. Here is a link to my sister-in-law's blog where she talks about calendars and "family journaling". I loved the idea and just got my very first "family journal". Thanks for the idea!


I am also very thankful for the easy conversations Hubby and I have when he comes home from work. We have dinner together and clean up. We play with the kids and put them to bed. By the time we do all of that, we are both so exhausted we go straight to sleep. But I look forward to a day when we can stay up later and talk and laugh and watch movies.

The simple things. I love being a stay-at-home-mom and wife. It's the most rewarding job in the world. I do not get vacations or sick days. I never have a day off. I do not get paid with money, but with kisses, hugs, tickles, and giggles. I wouldn't have it any other way.


God Bless,


Kristy

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Baby Aashwin

Scripture of the day: "Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." -Matthew 11:28



No words needed...


Extra Blessings

Have you ever been in a situation where you thought you were blessing someone else and you ended up being the one who was blessed? I am in that situation now.

When Hubby and I went to Winter Jam last Sunday, they had these tables set up with information and pictures of little girls and boys that need to be sponsored. They are from all over the world and they are all eventually adopted to families. The organization is called Holt International. They are a christian organization and there were representatives at the concert who talked about their own experiences with adopting and/or sponsoring the children.

This is something I have always wanted to do, but never have because I thought we didn't have the money. But being a christian means making sacrifices for others. My family will be sacrificing so we can sponsor a child from now on.

When the representative got on stage and started talking about it I could hear the voice of God say "Go and do as I have asked." Then Hubby leaned over and said we should do it. My heart skipped a beat with happiness. We then went out to one of the tables and were looking around at the children's faces. I had my heart set on a girl (because I do not have a girl of my own). God, however, had someone else in store for us. As I looked at each little face, I prayed that God would reveal "the one" to me. There he was...a tiny, cute, little four month old baby boy. It was so clear to me that I should pick him. All the other pictures just faded away when I saw him. I picked up his picture and packet and started crying uncontrollably.

Hubby filled out the info on the packet and gave it to the lady at the table. He took me to a little corner and we prayed for that baby. His name is Aashwin and he is from India.

I am so truly blessed by doing this. I thought we were going to be blessing little Aashwin...but we are the ones who are blessed. We have his picture on our fridge and I look at it every chance I get. I think he is so cute! He was born premature and had a lot of heart problems. He is better now and has gained weight.

When I showed Bear Aashwin's picture he said "Awww....cute". I then told him that the baby didn't have a mommy and daddy like he does. Bear then said "sad mommy". I told him we should pray for the baby and he said OK. So right there Bear and I prayed that a new mommy and daddy would come to Aashwin and they would love him. We also prayed that we would see him in heaven one day and be able to hug and love him in person. We are praying that these things will happen and that the baby will grow up to know the Lord as his personal savior and he will have a mommy and daddy who love God too.

I feel like this baby is my own child....my mommy instincts have kicked in and I feel like I want to bring him home with me and take care of him. I wish we could. He is not up for adoption yet, but I know God has the perfect parents picked out for Aashwin.

I thank You God for allowing my family to sponsor this little miracle that You have made and I pray that he will be well taken care of!

Have you ever had anything like this happen to you?


God Bless,


Kristy

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bubbles and Crawling

Scripture of the day: "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" -John 1:29b



Well it's a new day and I thank God for it! I am so thankful for a fresh start everyday. I hope you have a great week planned or maybe you have no plans (which are the best plans of all). We had an amazing weekend and the weather was so wonderful.

Last night Hubby and I went to a concert called WinterJam. It was so much fun and I am going to post about it some time this week to let you know what great works God did in us. God is a God of love and compassion and I thank Him for it!

I titled today's post Bubbles and Crawling because Bear played with bubbles all weekend and Fuzzy Duck started crawling this weekend.

I went Friday to Wally World and got a huge bottle of bubbles for Bear and they are all gone. He sat out on the porch for, literally, hours and blew bubbles and laughed. I took about a million pictures because he was so cute. Whenever it was time to come inside each day he would get worried about his bubbles and what would happen to them sitting on the porch. Poor guy!

Fuzzy Duck started really crawling on Friday. He had been rocking on all fours for a while and then last week he just took off. Now we have to keep a very close eye on him. He actually got caught under the coffee table at one point. He didn't know what to think. Bear thinks it is hilarious and laughs when he gets into something. He is a great big brother! So, now we have a busier house than ever. But it's the happiest it's ever been!

This week's menu:
  • Monday- chicken enchiladas with Spanish rice
  • Tuesday- breakfast for dinner (Happy Birthday Poppy)
  • Wednesday- (no church for 3 weeks) hamburger casserole with salad
  • Thursday- leftovers
  • Friday- pizza
  • Saturday- chicken pasta with salad
  • Sunday- vegetable lasagna with salad
Recipe of the week:
  • Baked Beef Ravioli
*I haven't tried this one but it looked so good I wanted to share it*
What you will need:
2-9oz. pkgs. refrigerated cheese ravioli                     
1-1/2 lb. ground beef                                                  
1 onion, chopped                                                        
6 garlic cloves, minced                                                
1 lg. can diced tomatoes   
1 can condensed tomato soup
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cups Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375. Cook ravioli according to package directions, drain. Return to pan, cover, keep warm.
In a large skillet cook meat, onion, and garlic until meat is brown, drain. Stir in tomatoes, soup, basil, and oregano. Stir in cooked ravioli. Transfer to a 13x9 baking dish. Sprinkle all the cheese on top. Bake, uncovered, for about 20 minutes.

Picture of the week:

*OK, so there are two this week, I just think my babies are so adorable*


Fuzzy Duck enjoying the freedom he has now that he can sit up by himself!

Look at that adorable face, Bear loves his bubbles!



Activities for the week:

*My big sister is due with her baby this week, so hopefully I will be getting a phone call*
Tuesday- Poppy's birthday
Saturday- consignment sale shopping
Rest of the week is cleaning and laundry.
One of the day's I am going to see my sick Grandma in the hospital.

I hope everyone has a great week!


God Bless,


Kristy


Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Gospel Alphabet

Scripture of the day: "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." -Romans 3:23


I hope everyone has had a great weekend so far. We have had gorgeous weather these last few days and have been outside most of the time. We are going to a concert tonight called Winter Jam...Yay! I am so excited!

Starting today the "scripture of the day" will be the Gospel Alphabet. All of these verses are on a card that my mother-in-law gave to me. The organization called Samaritan's Purse put it out this past year when they collected the shoe boxes for Christmas. Each verse has a letter from the alphabet in it. I will be doing them in order and I will underline the alphabet letter for that day. I hope you enjoy it and have fun. Write them down and put them on your fridge. Memorize them or give them to friends.

I keep a spiral index card holder at my house that I write my favorite scriptures or quotes in. This helps for quick reference. Also, a friend of mine has a blog and she had the coolest idea on it this past week. It is called a scripture jar and they look easy and fun to make. I know I will be making one (or maybe two or three to give away as gifts). Here is the link. Please check it out!

I will leave you with this sweet song that just makes me feel so close to God.



Amy Grant- "Better than a Hallelujah"

Have a fantastic, blessed Sunday!

God Bless,


Kristy

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hubby

Scripture of the day: "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." -1 Corinthians 13:13, NKJV


Happy St. Patty's Day! I hope you wore your green for fear of being pinched....hahaha!






I am so thankful today for my husband. He works so hard to provide for us. He trusts that God will provide for all of our needs. Hubby is probably the best person I know. He is loving, faithful, trustworthy, very funny, extremely handsome, and hard-working. He is a great spiritual leader for our house as well.

I am thankful to God that He gave me this incredible man to be my husband. He hardly ever gets angry, fearful, or worried. I love him so much and I can rest assured that he loves me just as much. Hubby has helped me through some rough, difficult times and has not once questioned my heart. He knows my heart. If anyone has ever put me down or hurt me, he is right there with encouraging words and unconditional love.

I wonder sometimes why God sent this awesome, caring, wonderful man to me when I really don't deserve him. He is everything I prayed for in a husband and so much more.

He has so much mercy and compassion for people. He takes things for what they are and has taught me a lot when it comes to relationships. He never complains about anything.

Hubby is also an incredible daddy. Bear and Fuzzy Duck look up to him so much. Bear is at that age where that's all he wants is his daddy. I have to call Hubby at work so Bear can tell him he loves him. When daddy gets home, it's all kisses and hugs and squeals of delight. Fuzzy Duck just smiles and smiles at him. Whenever daddy and Bear are playing or wrestling in the floor, Fuzzy Duck just stares and you can tell he's thinking: "Just wait til I can play too...".

So, today (and always) I am so thankful for Hubby. When he said "I do" he meant "I will forever". I am so grateful that I get to grow old with someone so cool. I just pray that I can be the wife God has called me to be.


Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black- "When I said I do"

Rascal Flatts- "Broken Road"

What are you thankful for today?

God bless,


Kristy

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

31 Days of Drawing Near to God



Book Review
“Do you enjoy the soul-satisfying intimacy with God you were created for? In this heartfelt devotional, beloved author Ruth Myers invites you to a personal, daily encounter with your first, last, and best love.
Each brief but deeply satisfying reading explores the riches of God’s passion for you and your true identity as one whom He delights. As you engage your heart with His, you’ll discover anew the joy of hearing Him speak to you individually, tenderly, in life-changing ways that will root you firmly in relationship with Him.
Experience lavish love, astounding mercy-and an intimacy more satisfying than you’d ever imagined possible. Draw near to God, and He’ll draw near to you. “–Quote from the back of the book
I chose to review 31 Days of Drawing Near to God by Ruth Myers because I wanted to read something that would satisfy my soul. This book far exceeded my expectations. Ruth Myers was a missionary in China years ago (she eventually returned). The very beginning of the book tells her story. She also tells of her college years and how she met her first husband and eventually her second husband.
Her story is so incredible. Ruth’s testimony is so amazing because of the trials she has been through. I do not want to give away her story, but I will say that many emotions took place in my heart while reading this book.
God brought her through so much to show her how much He loved her. “The Lord can meet our every need because He is a God of perfect, overflowing love that has no limits.” (Quote from page 39). Then, there are the daily devotions. She tells a story or lesson she has learned and quotes the bible and many bible scholars each day. She challenges you to put God first in your life. He wants to be your First Love. Ruth Myers has been through a lot in her life and she shares her experiences and what God taught her in each of them.
At the end of each day there is a powerful prayer and bible verses to look up that go with each day’s devotion. I am changed spiritually because of this book. If you are looking for a daily devotional book that will inspire you and help you become closer in your walk with God, then this is your book. This is one book that I will treasure and come back to time and time again.

God Bless,

Kristy

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mercy, Mercy

Scripture of the day: "Blessed are the merciful, because they will be shown mercy." -Matthew 5:7, Holman CSB


Welcome Back! I hope you had a great weekend. The weather here was amazing! We have been waiting for a break from the cold and the Lord provided an awesome weekend for us. We got to be outside most of the time.

I love today's verse because it's something I truly need to work on. I ask myself this question: Have I shown anyone mercy lately? Ask yourself the same question and be honest because God knows the real answer. I find myself guilty of having very little mercy on people (loved ones, friends, family, and strangers). Yet I want to be shown mercy by others.

For example, a  few days ago I went to the grocery store (by myself, yay!) and as I put my items on the belt to be checked out I noticed the couple in front of me. They were buying all kinds of fancy and expensive food and wine. I was actually admiring some of their stash. When I looked up the woman was staring at me very strangely. I, at first, paid no mind to it. A few minutes went by and she started whispering to her husband and pointing and snickering. I felt so uncomfortable, but I kept my head high.

Though my outward appearance didn't seem affected, I was furious and humiliated on the inside. I actually thought to myself "I just want to slap her!". See, no mercy. If I had mercy on her, I would not have thought that. As they left, I just wanted to crawl under the cash register and hide.

Pray today, right now, that you can start to show mercy on people. How can we ask for mercy from God and not be willing to give it to others? Just a thought...I'm very guilty of this very thing.

This week's menu:
  • Monday- chicken, vegetables, and pasta (using the new Philly Cooking Cream) with salad
  • Tuesday- breakfast for dinner
  • Wednesday- eat at church
  • Thursday- hamburgers and tator tots
  • Friday- pizza
  • Saturday- chicken and stuffing casserole with salad
  • Sunday- leftovers (hopefully)
Recipe of the week:
  • Southwest Cheeseburger Macaroni
What you will need-
1 lb. ground beef or turkey (seasoned with Mrs. Dash)
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup salsa
1 box of macaroni and cheese

Directions-
Brown the seasoned meat, onion, and green pepper and drain. While the meat is cooking, prepare the macaroni and cheese as directed on box. Mix the salsa in with the mac and cheese. Add mac and cheese to the meat mixture. Serve hot!

Pic of the week:


This pic was taken by a friend! I love it!



Activities:
  • Monday and Tuesday- clean the house, laundry, etc.
  • Wednesday- church in the evening
  • Thursday- MOPS meeting in the morning
  • Friday- go see my sick Grandma (please pray for healing, she is not doing well)
  • Saturday- rest and projects around the house
  • Sunday- church, birthday party at one of those bouncy places, concert in the evening (some of my favorite artists and bands will be there)

Have a happy, safe, and blessed week. I have a book review due this week, so check back soon!


God bless,


Kristy

Sunday, March 13, 2011

My Life Verse

Scripture of the day: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope." -Jeremiah 29:11


Thank you so much for stopping by today!
This is my life verse that I told you about on Thursday. I have spent many hours praying about my future and God's plans for my life. This verse comes to mind most often. My mother-in-law referred me to it (before she was even my mother-in-law) when I had a very scary surgery about nine years ago.
She wrote it on a post-it note and gave it to Hubby to give to me. I still have that post-it note. This is actually one of the very first verses from the bible I memorized.

This is such a powerful verse in my life. God knows the plans He has for you. He already knows what is in store for your life. When you are going through trials in life; whether they are health related, family problems, work related, the death of a loved one, etc., God is in control. His plans are to prosper you. He does not want any harm to come to His people. That does not mean we will not have trials and troubles. But He will be with us where ever we go.   God loves us so much that He gave His only Son on the cross for us to be able to live. He wouldn't have done that just to see us suffer non-stop. He wants to see all of His children happy, prosperous, and loving toward one another.

God wants us to have hope and look toward the future. Don't dwell in the past and mistakes you have made. God has forgiven you and wants you to be at peace. He is our hope and future!

Many times in my life I have gone through trials. Some of them were small and some were big. But through it all I held tight to this verse and it helped me to have peace. No matter what is going on in my life, I know that I have a loving Savior in heaven to look forward to seeing sometime in my future. It makes me so hopeful!

Whatever trials you face today, you can be sure to know that God, who loves you, has great plans for you. Maybe it's a stressful situation that has you down, just be confident that the Lord is with you. He will help you along the bumpy road of life. Just start with reading the bible daily. Find time everyday to seek Him first and give all of your worries, fears, cares, and stresses to Him.

I hope and pray that you have gotten some encouragement today. What is your life verse? Do you even have one? If not, study the bible and pray about a verse that you can call your life verse. Maybe you have more than one, that is great too! If you do have one, please feel free to share it with me. I would love to hear your verse!

I really like this band...I hope you enjoy the song. It is so awesome!


David Crowder Band- How He Loves Us
(I am going to see them in concert next Sunday!)


Happy Sunday!


God Bless,


Kristy

Friday, March 11, 2011

Today I will...

I got this wonderful list of things I will do today from a blog that I randomly found while doing research for my Sacred Sunday. Here is the link: www.Jeremiah-2911.com. I hope you will take a look.


1. TODAY I WILL NOT STRIKE BACK....
....if someone is rude, if someone is impatient, if someone is unkind, I will not respond in a like manner.

2. TODAY I WILL ASK GOD TO BLESS MY 'ENEMY'....
If I come across someone who treats me harshly or unfairly, I will quietly ask God to bless that individual. I understand "enemy" could be a family member, neighbor, co-worker or stranger.

3. TODAY I WILL BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT I SAY....
I will carefully choose and guard my words being certain that I do not spread gossip.

4. TODAY I WILL GO THE EXTRA MILE....
I will find ways to help share the burden of another person.

5. TODAY I WILL FORGIVE....
I will forgive any hurts or injuries that come my way.

6. TODAY I WILL DO SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE, BUT I WILL DO IT IN SECRET....
I will reach out anonymously and bless the life of another.

7. TODAY I WILL TREAT OTHERS THE WAY I WISH TO BE TREATED....
I will practice the golden rule....
"Do unto others as I would have them do unto me"....
....with EVERYONE I encounter.

8. TODAY I WILL RAISE THE SPIRITS OF SOMEONE WHO IS DISCOURAGED....
My smile, my words, my expression of support, can make the difference to someone who is wrestling with life.

9. TODAY I WILL NURTURE MY BODY....
I will eat less....I will eat only healthy foods.
I will thank God for my body.

10. TODAY I WILL GROW SPIRITUALLY....
I will spend a little more time in prayer today.
I will begin reading something spiritual or inspirational; I will find a quiet place (at some point during this day) and listen to God's voice.

(courtesy of Tim's Inspiration)




I hope we can all take something from this list. I know I am going to try my best to do everything on this list everyday. This is such inspiration. Please email me with anymore suggestions you have and I will post them. Have a blessed Friday!

God Bless,


Kristy

Thursday, March 10, 2011

My Babies

Scripture of the day: "Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things." -Philippians 4:8


Today I am thankful for my children. They bring so much joy to my life. With so much negativity in the world it's nice to know that my children love me no matter what.

Today's verse is one that I come back to often. When something has me feeling down or I just have "one of those days" I think of this verse. Actually one of my mentors that I had a few years ago referred me to it. It is her life verse. We should all have one of those. I will share mine coming up on Sacred Sunday. I hope you will stop by to take a look (it's a good one).

Back to my precious little ones. I never knew that I could love someone the way I love both of them. When I first found out I was pregnant with Bear, I already loved him so deeply. When he was born and I looked into his beautiful blue eyes, I couldn't imagine my life without him. He is such a good boy. His red hair makes me smile, especially when he looks at me and gives me that cute little grin. Bear is my adventurous, funny, silly, sensitive, kind-hearted, sweet boy. He brings so much joy to my life. He is a great big brother too!

When I got pregnant with Fuzzy Duck, I was so happy. Bear was going to be a big brother! Then an unsettling thought came to mind..."what if I don't love this baby as much as Bear?". I know, I know, you are thinking "how could she?". Well, most second time mothers think the same thing (whether they want to admit it or not). But the thought quickly fizzled as the pregnancy progressed and I grew more and more in love with Fuzzy Duck. When he was born I was so over-joyed because now I knew how silly my thought was. Fuzzy Duck is my mild-mannered, sweet, happy, precious, content little baby. 

I thank God every day for giving me these two boys to care for. They bring so much to my life: adventure, smiles, giggles, fun, joy. They make me happy even on my darkest days.

I will be hugging and kissing my babies more often. Let's all do the same...our little ones are precious and meant to be loved and enjoyed.

Bear riding his bike. Just look at that smile!


Brothers...nothing better!


My sweet babies!


Look at his hair...now you know why we call him "Fuzzy Duck"


He is a construction worker...the cutest one I've ever seen!


He loves Elmo! Can you tell?


So you can see why I cannot imagine my life without either one of these wonderful gifts from God!


God Bless,


Kristy

Monday, March 7, 2011

Happy Birthday's

Scripture of the day: "This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." -Psalm 118: 24, KJV


Happy 30th birthday to my big sister! She is due with her second child at the end of this month. She has one son already and he's a cutie pie. This new one is a girl...YAY! I can't wait to see her. The reason I titled the blog post "Happy Birthday's" is because this week Hubby and I (between both of our extended families) have 5 birthdays. Wow!
This morning I woke up with a terrible head cold. I hope I feel better soon because things don't clean themselves. My babies need a healthy mommy.

This weeks menu:
  • Monday- Pancakes, eggs, and turkey bacon.
  • Tuesday- Lasagna and salad.
  • Wednesday- Church. (Happy Birthday Nanny, that's Hubby's mom).
  • Thursday- Tator tot casserole and salad (Happy Birthday Grandma J.).
  • Friday- leftovers
  • Saturday- Pizza (Happy Birthday to my step-mom).
  • Sunday- Lemon chicken, rice pilaf, carrots, and salad (Happy Birthday to my dad).
See, I told you there were lots of birthdays! We love all of you!

Recipe of the week:

Tator tot casserole (taken from www.duggarfamily.com)
Ingredients:
1 lb. ground turkey, cooked and drained
1 bag tator tots
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can evaporated milk

Directions:
Place browned meat in a large, greased casserole dish. Cover with tator tots. Mix soups and milk together and pour over top of tator tots. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
I think I will add some cheese to the top of mine because everything tastes better with cheese :)

Picture of the week:


Spring has sprung in our neck of the woods.
Even though this is one lonely flower, many are to come!


Activities for the week:
  • Monday or Tuesday- my mom and I are going to visit my grandma. She has been ill for a few weeks and needs some company. I hope I feel better tomorrow so I can go because obviously I cannot go today. I am looking forward to the visit.
  • Wednesday- church.
  • Thursday and Friday- catch up on laundry and cleaning.
  • Saturday- maybe celebrate Nanny's birthday, if not then we will catch up on projects around the house and play with the kids.
Have a happy, safe, and blessed week everyone! Oh, and a healthy week!


God Bless,


Kristy

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Women and Submission...

Scripture of the day: "Wives, submit to your own husband, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything." -Ephesians 5:22-24

Wow...what a verse! I know this speaks directly to my own heart. Let me start off by saying I am writing about this verse because I need it. I am a work in progress and I hope to become what God wants me to be.
When Hubby and I were engaged we went through pre-marital couseling with the pastor that married us. It was very interesting. We went over all of the biblical duties of a husband and a wife. Today I will just be discussing one specific duty that every wife is called to do in the bible: submit to your husband.
According to merriam-webster.com the definition for submit is: 1. to yield oneself to the authority or will of another: surrender, 2. to permit oneself to be subjected to something, 3. to defer to or consent to abide by the opinion or authority of another.
Many women think that submitting to your husband means that you have no opinion and you are inferior to men. God does not mean for it to be a bad thing. Men are made to be leaders and we as women were made to be their helpmeet. When we, as wives, submit to our husbands it shouldn't just be an outward appearance or display but an inward attitude as well. If our attitude is not right when we submit to our husbands then our hearts are probably not in the right place either.
God has a chain of command. First is God Himself, then Christ, then the husband, and then the wife. This does not mean that God thinks any less of us than He does a man. He puts more responsibility on the husband as the head of the house.
We are not inferior to our husbands, but equal. Just as Christ and God are equal yet Christ submits to God. When I married my husband we, as two individuals, became one in Christ. That means we are equal in God's eyes.
If a wife is not submissive to her husband many problems may arise. One of them is that of your spiritual life. For example, when you do not submit you are not obeying God's command. Another problem would be with her husband. He will not be able to lead as God intended him to do. There could also be difficulty with her children. They may be little, but they hear and see more than we think and they mimick our actions toward others. Lastly, there could be problems with herself.
So ladies, don't see submission as a negative action and attitude. Delight in the word of God and obey His command with a joyful heart. God will reward you for it, maybe not here on earth, but your rewards in heaven will be great. Your husband will be happier, as well as your children and also yourself. Just think about this verse and meditate on it. Pray that God would give you a submissive heart toward your husband (I know I am praying for that all the time).

Here is a song and video that has inspired my husband and I:

Sanctus Real- Lead Me


I hope you enjoy your Sunday...I am on my way to a baby shower to honor my big sister and her little bundle of joy due at the end of March. It is a girl!!


God Bless,


Kristy


Disclaimer: I got some of the ideas discussed here from different sermons I have heard over the years. These are my own words and opinions.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Consignment Sales

Scripture of the day: "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men...It is the Lord Christ whom you serve." -Colossians 3:23-24


Good Morning!

I hope you have had a great week so far. We have stayed home all week except to go to church for bible study and MOPS (today).
As you can see, today I am thankful for consignment sales. Every year there are a few local organizations that have consignment sales. I try to attend them every time they have them. Hubby and I save up throughout the year and make a list of things we need for our own children and also our nieces and nephews. We try to get birthday and Christmas gifts from these sales as well. Most of the stuff they sell is gently used or practically new so kids don't mind. You see, we have 12 (yes 12!) nieces and nephews and one niece on the way (due this month!). So any money we save is great and can be used toward something else (like a bill). These sales are definitely a blessing from God.
My father-in-law is coming over Friday morning to watch the little ones while my mother-in-law and I go shopping. If I had to bring the children I fear they would get lost or tear something up (unintentionally). So they will stay home with Poppy so I can concentrate on the deals. Thank you Poppy!
I hope you get  to go to a consignment sale some time. It is a lot of fun bargain shopping!!



Random picture of Bear. This was taken the day
Fuzzy Duck was born! Cute!



Fuzzy Duck just a few hours old!



God Bless,


Kristy

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

God Gave Us So Much Review


Hi everyone! This is my first book to review. I hope you enjoy and go and get this book. It is awesome! Please let me know what you think of this review and check out my review on http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/bloggingforbooks/blogger/books and rate it for me. Thanks!




God Gave Us So Much contains three books in one. They are all told through the eyes of a polar bear family. The main character is Little Cub, a curious little girl.




The first of these stories is called God Gave Us the World and it explores the different types of bears in the world. It discusses God as the Creator of the universe. Here is a quote from that story: "God created our world and everything in it, because it's in his nature to create." Little Cub is the main character and she asks Mama Bear about all the different kinds of bears and where they live. Mama Bear explains why God made different kinds of bears and where they live.




God Gave Us Love is the second story and is about Little Cub wondering why and how she can love others even though she may not like them. Grampa Bear is answering the questions in this story and does so by reflecting on God's love for us. Here is a quote from this story: "...we know God loves us because he sent his Son to save us, to show us the way."




God Gave Us Heaven is the third story in this book. Papa Bear and Little Cub are having a discussion about heaven and what it will be like and how to get there. Papa Bear answers all of Little Cub's questions about what heaven will be like and who will be there. They also talk about when and how you go to heaven. It is a sensitive subject to discuss death and the afterlife with children but this story is a wonderful way to start a conversation. Here is a quote from that story: "God loves us and never wants to be far from us. He's made a way for us to be with him forever, in heaven."
I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone with children or grandchildren. The illustrations in this book are wonderful and so cute. You really can see how curious Little Cub can be. I will enjoy sharing this book with my children.


God Bless,


Kristy

Disclaimer: "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."