Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

Scripture of the day: "I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments."
Psalm 119:45 (NLT)







Thank you to all who serve and have served in our military. Thank you to their spouses as well for all you do while they are away. We appreciate our soldiers and thank you for your sacrifice. I am free because you gave.

This week's menu:
  • Monday- Happy 2nd Birthday to my nephew. Picnic at the beach!
  • Tuesday- cheesy turkey melts with chips
  • Wednesday- veggie pasta italiano with salad
  • Thursday- leftovers
  • Friday- pizza
  • Saturday- chicken and corn quesadillas
  • Sunday- hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill with veggies
Recipe of the week:
  • Chicken and corn quesadillas
What you will need:
6 oz. cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1/2 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup salsa
4 flour tortillas
1/2 cup (1/2 of 8 oz. tub) cream cheese (you can use chive and onion if you like)

Instructions:
  1. Cook chicken, corn, and salsa in skillet on medium heat 8-10 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  2. Spread 2 tortillas with cream cheese, top with chicken mixture and remaining tortillas.
  3. Hear large skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium hear. Add 1 quesadilla, cook 4-5 min. or until golden brown on both sides, turning after 2-3 min. Repeat with remaining quesadilla. Cut into wedges. Enjoy!
Picture of the week:

Fife and Drum Corp


Activities for the week:
  • Monday- Memorial Day service at our local historic area and then the beach in late afternoon for my nephew's 2nd birthday
  • Tuesday thru Friday- home with the kids and clean the house (babysit "Baby Girl")
  • Saturday- relaxation and projects around the house
  • Sunday- church and then rest
I hope you have a great Memorial Day. Thank someone serving in the military or a veteran. Send them a card or note or make a meal for them. We would not have all of the freedom's we have in America if not for our hard working soldiers.









God Bless,


Kristy

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Best Buddies

Scripture of the day: "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." -Proverbs 17:17




This past week I have been observing my boys a lot. I started babysitting a sweet little girl so my boys have had to play with each other more. Well, what a blessing they have been to me. Bear wants, that's right I said wants, Ducky (his hair isn't so fuzzy anymore) to play with him. Bear actually gets sad when Ducky crawls away when they are playing. Because Ducky cannot walk yet (he's working hard though) Bear crawls around with him. They crawl under the dining room table, to the family/play room, to Bear's room, to the living room. It is so cute and funny. I will be in the living room tending to "Baby Girl" and they will be in the play room quiet. When I "spy" on them they have every toy pulled out and playing and sharing together. (See pictures on this post)



It almost makes me cry because they are so close. They are best buddies. Bear loves to kiss Ducky on his little hear. He helps him when he falls and shares his food (most of the time). They are so cute together.

God knew what He was doing when He made both of my boys so close in age. I love to watch them play and giggle and help one another. I am truly blessed, I could never even begin to thank God enough for all He's done for me.



My boys will one day be grown up and be best friends and be married with children of their own...but they will always be my babies!


God Bless,


Kristy

P.S. Yes, Ducky is playing with a chopstick...he wouldn't give it up. He loves it!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Yard Sales!!!

Scripture of the day: "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." -Philippians 4:13






I LOVE yard sales! It is a known fact in my family. I mean, digging through someone else's things to find a wonderful treasure at a great price. It doesn't get much better than that! Alas, yard sale season is upon us once more. I have an ongoing list of things I look for when I go. It's not much, just decorations for my house and such. I just love when I find something that will go perfectly with something else I already have.



Here are a few tips I have found helpful when yard sale shopping:
  1. Obviously...bring cash. Most people do not accept checks anyway. Plus, you have a budget and once the money is gone...it's time to call it quits!
  2. Have a mental list (or written one) of things you are looking for. If you don't have a list then you tend to buy more than you need (and then you will be having a yard sale).
  3. When you find something you like ask yourself: "Do I have a place for it?", "Do I really need it?", and "Is it a great price?".
  4. The night before, check the newspaper and craigslist for the locations of the sales (sometimes people even list some of the items to be sold, this can weed out unnecessary trips).
  5. Route your course with the addresses you found in the paper so you aren't using more gas than needed and you can go to more than one sale in an area (you may find unadvertised ones while out).
  6. Don't feel bad if you get to a sale and don't find anything you need/want. Someone else will find something there. People don't mind, you can't like everything everyone has (we all have different tastes).
  7. Go with a friend or family member. It is much more fun and you can get a second opinion about things. You can have someone to chat with and maybe grab lunch with afterwards :)
  8. If you see something that you love but the price seems a bit high, ask if they will lower the price a little. They are trying to get rid of it so they will probably say yes, unless you offer way too little.
  9. Talk to the yard sale sellers. Be kind and friendly. That way if you do find some gems in their yard you are less likely to be rejected if you offer less.
  10. Look things over thoroughly before purchasing. You cannot return it if you get home and find a huge stain, rip, crack, dent, or smudge. If you do find something wrong with it, but know you can easily repair it (like a busted seam) offer less b/c of the defect.


I hope you enjoy this yard sale season! I know I will!

Happy buying!


God bless,


Kristy

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Going, Going, Gone...

Scripture of the day: "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace." -Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


This past year I started attending MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) at my local church. I met some amazing women and heard some incredible testimonies. Well, I became close with a few of the women in the group. One of them is Mackenzie. She is a mom to two boys (about the same age as mine). We have a lot in common. Unfortunately, she is moving away to another state. I am so sad. I hate goodbyes. I pray that God will send good people into her life, that they will find a God-fearing church, and that they find the transition easy.

We will miss you Mackenzie!

This is me and Mackenzie at the Tea and Treasures Tea party for MOPS.

My little sister and Mackenzie.


Some quotes about saying goodbye:

  • "Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I'll miss you until we meet again." -Author Unknown
  • "May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be ever at your back. May the "Son" shine warm upon your face, and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of His hand." -Irish Blessing
  • "You and I will meet again when we're least expecting it. One day in some far off place I will recognize your face. I won't say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again." -Tom Petty
  • "Farewell! God knows we shall meet again." -William Shakespeare
  • "Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same." -Flavia Weedn

To Mackenzie:

I know we will meet again (on this side or the other) someday, but until then I will be praying for you and your family. You have impacted my life in a great way. God was so great to bring you into my life. You are a great friend! Thank you for all you did for MOPS and thank you for all you did for me (praying, talking, laughing, cheering me up). May God bless you all of your days!

Here is a link to Mackenzie's blog: We Can Do It Girls


God Bless,


Kristy

Better late than never

Scripture of the day: "The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense." -Proverbs 27:9, NLT



This week has been very busy. I am just now getting this post up. Sorry for the delay. I have another post about a good friend who is moving away coming later today. It is really good!


This week's menu:
  • Monday- sweet and sour chicken and rice
  • Tuesday- chili and cheese mac with french bread
  • Wednesday- Zaxby's (my treat)
  • Thursday- pancakes and turkey bacon
  • Friday- pizza
  • Saturday- cookout with some good friends (to be determined)
  • Sunday- hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill with mac and cheese
Recipe of the week:
  • Crock Pot Pizza (by Kathy Bragg)
What you will need:
1 and 1/2 pounds of hamburger and onion browned
2-14 oz. Ragu pizza sauces
3/4 box Rigatoni, cooked per directions
Mushrooms (optional)
1 pound mozzarella cheese
1 package pepperoni (optional)

Instructions:
Layer all of the above ingredients two times in your crock pot. Cook on low for 3 hours. Enjoy!

Picture of the week:

Hubby with his new grill all put together...don't mind the junk in the garage.
We are working on it! LOL!


Activities for the week:
  • Monday- Arbonne party at my mom's house
  • Tuesday- start my new job (babysitting a precious baby girl)
  • Wednesday- stay home with the kids, tidy up
  • Thursday- stay home with the kids, tidy up
  • Friday- stay home with the kids, tidy up
  • Saturday- cookout with some good friends, relax
  • Sunday- church, relax

Have a great week!


God Bless,


Kristy


Sunday, May 22, 2011

31 Days of Prayer for my Husband

Scripture of the day: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. " -1 Corinthians 13:4-7





Over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom, she is starting 31 days of prayer for her husband on June 1st. I am joining her on the journey. We, as wives, need to pray for our husbands daily. We pray for everything else but sometimes skim over those closest to us. I play to pray for my husbands safety, protection, strength, job, and so much more. I will post some of the things I pray for so that you can join praying if you wish to do so. It will make a difference in your marriage. I want a marriage that lasts "until death do we part". In this day and age we cannot make it without God at the center of our marriages. Take a stand and vow to pray for your husband. If you do not have a husband yet, pray for your future husband.

Here are some Christian love songs that I enjoy listening to:

 
 

Matthew West- "When I say I do"


Steven Curtis Chapman- "I will be here"

"Love is a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good." -C.S. Lewis



God Bless,


Kristy

Thursday, May 19, 2011

More than Enough

Scripture of the day: "Let me be neither rich not poor. So give me only as much food as I need. If I have more, I might say that I do not need you. But if I am poor, I might steal and bring disgrace on my God." -Proverbs 30:8-9, GNT





Have you ever gotten a case of "keeping up with the Jones'"? I am guilty! I hate to admit it, but sometimes the human in me gets the "gimmies". Give me more money, give me a better car, give me a better house...you get the picture. Money has a hold on people. It takes such control of our lives that some of us work our whole lives to be "rich" and miss out on what really matters in life. Lately I have really been trying to be content with what God has given me. The title of today's post is "more than enough" because no matter what extras in life I may want, God has given me enough. My family has more than enough food so that we do not go hungry, we have a big enough house to accommodate our family, we have more than enough fun and good times together. More often than not, He gives us more than we deserve.

Hubby and I are starting the Dave Ramsey envelope system for our budget this week. We use our debit cards for all of our purchases and then wonder why at the end of the month there is nothing left. With this system you use cash for all of your purchases. If the cash is gone, then you cannot make anymore purchases. If you have money left over then you can roll it over to next month or put it in savings or toward a bill.

God has given us more than enough to provide for our needs. It is up to us on how we use His resources. We want to be good stewards of what the Lord has provided for us, so we are devising a budget and sticking to it until we are debt free. I want to be generous with what we have by giving more to other causes. We have prayed about it and know that the Lord will bless our efforts.

We need to learn to be content with what we have, otherwise we will spend our whole lives chasing after "things". We should be storing up our treasures in heaven where they will not rust or get old. These things here on earth, we cannot take them with us. We can leave a legacy of faith behind to our family and friends. Faith that says "I believe in God and I believe God will provide for us."

I am so thankful that God has provided more than enough for me (more love, more friends, more family, more of Him). Thank you Lord!


God Bless,


Kristy

Monday, May 16, 2011

Storing Up Treasures Giveaway!

Courtney over at Storing Up Treasures is giving away a $100 giftcard. You can visit her review on a recent product HERE. I hope you will visit her blog some time soon! I love it!


God Bless,


Kristy

In HIS time

Scripture of the day: "He hath made every thing beautiful in His time." -Ecclesiastes 3:11 KJV


The flowers that my family gave to me for Mother's Day. Aren't they beautiful!?



During my "sharing" time today I really feel compelled to talk about something that has been on my mind a lot lately. First, let me ask some general questions:
  1. Have you ever failed at something you are usually good at?
  2. Have you ever felt deserving of something only to see someone else receive your "gift"?
  3. Do you ever just want to ask "Why me Lord"?
Well, I can honestly say "yes" to all three of the questions. Sometimes we do not understand why God has us go through certain tests and trials. I can only say that God will not give us more than we can handle. In the bible, He also said He would "not leave us nor forsake us" (Hebrews 13:5). I really need to know this because life isn't always fair. In fact, it is hardly ever fair. Life will throw you a curve ball and send you flying. It is how you respond to these trials and tests that counts.

I have recently seen someone very close to me go through a huge trial. For this person, in my opinion, it meant that if they failed this test they would have to take it again. Of course, it's not a literal "paper" test, but a spiritual one. Well, I am glad to report that this person handled the situation better than I ever would have.

I just know that God has a bigger and better plan and He will reveal it in HIS time. We are so impatient in life sometimes and try to rush God. We have "better things" to do than just wait around for God to respond, so we take matters into our own hands. I have heard many preachers and pastors say that God has three responses to our requests: "Yes", "No", and "Wait". Who wants to hear "wait"?  I certainly don't like hearing that response. But it is for our own good. God knows there is something better right around the corner, if we could just wait for His appointed time. For God, a year here on earth is but a moment in heaven. Is it going to matter that you had to wait an extra day, week, year for that certain "thing" to happen when you are in heaven praising God?

If you are going through a hard time right now trying to figure out the "Why me Lord" or "Why not now Lord". Rest assured that He has a plan and it won't happen until His appointed time. So, my advice to you is this: PRAY without ceasing, give your cares to God, and when things do happen in your favor, give God ALL of the glory. He deserves it! Also, read through Ecclesiastes chapter 3 sometime soon. It is such an inspirational passage.

This week's menu:
  • Monday- IHOP for my BIL's birthday (Happy Birthday!)
  • Tuesday- spaghetti and meatballs per Hubby's request with salad and french bread
  • Wednesday- leftovers
  • Thursday- lemon-herb baked chicken, scalloped potatoes, corn
  • Friday- pizza
  • Saturday- steaks on Hubby's new grill (his early Father's day gift and anniversary gift) with an assortment of grilled veggies
  • Sunday- chicken a la king (since we didn't have it last week)
Recipe of the week:
  • Taco Soup
What you will need:
1 lb lean ground beef (or turkey)
1 onion, chopped
1 pkg taco seasonings
1 pkg dry Ranch seasonings
2 large cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can Rotel tomatoes, undrained
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can whole kernel corn


Instructions:

Brown meat and onion. Drain. Add seasonings. Drain beans and corn. Add to meat along with tomatoes. Simmer until well blended and hot. Eat and enjoy.
Add a bit of grated cheese or sour cream for extra flavor!

Picture of the week:

This is Bear playing with the box that the grill came in. Daddy
made a door and windows for it.


Activities for the week:
  • Monday- deep clean the house and IHOP for dinner
  • Tuesday- grocery store since I didn't go over the weekend
  • Wednesday- home with kids, tidy up, laundry
  • Thursday- last day of MOPS for the year (Tea and Treasure party)
  • Friday- possibly going to an Arbonne party at a friends house
  • Saturday- yard sale at my Hubby's parents house (sell, sell, sell!)
  • Sunday- church and relaxation!

I hope everyone has a great week! Please try to read through Ecclesiastes 3. It will really make you think about a lot of things in your life.


God Bless,


Kristy



Sunday, May 15, 2011

Train up a child

Scripture of the day: "Zealous for good works." -Titus 2:14c



Have Sunday! I hope you get to relax and enjoy your day of worship and rest. We are so glad to have Sunday's. We went to church this morning and had a great time. Now we are hanging out at home enjoying each other and playing with the children. What joy days like these bring to my life!

This is Dr. Charles Stanley (if you don't already know)


Today I am posting a link to a sermon by Dr. Charles Stanley. It is about training up your children in a godly manner. It is really good. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Click here to watch the sermon!

Here are some great quotes about mothering and a mother's responsibility with training children:
  1. "Christian motherhood means dedicating your entire life in service of others. It means standing beside your husband, following him, and investing in the lives of children whom you hope will both survive you and surpass you. It means forgoing present satisfaction for eternal rewards. It means investing in the lives of others who may never fully appreciate your sacrifice or comprehend the depth of your love. And it means doing all these things, not because you will receive the praise of man — for you will not — but because God made you to be a woman and a mother, and there is great contentment in that biblical calling." ~Doug Phillips
  2. ”In the midst of washing diapers and meditating on Jesus washing the feet of the disciples, she questioned how this could be God? I am a missionary not a nursemaid. The Lord spoke to her, ‘It is not the business of the servant to decide which work is great, which is small, which is important or unimportant, he is not greater than his master.’ It is the undiscerning that does not consider motherhood spiritual. We know nothing of the love of God if we can’t be found faithful in our call to mother- hood. Jesus said, ‘Suffer the little children to come unto me for such is the kingdom of heaven." ~Amy Carmichael
  3. "A woman unacquainted with the Bible, and ignorant of its contents affecting her own conduct, character, and history, has yet to know the *finest threads of female loveliness*. The Bible is the best mirror by which to know what you are, and to become what you should be...." -- John Angell James
  4. "Oh, Mothers of young children... Your work is most holy. You are fashioning the destinies of immortal souls. The powers folded up in the little ones that you hushed to sleep in your bosoms last night, are powers that shall exist forever. You are preparing them for their immortal destiny and influence. Be faithful. Take up your sacred burden reverently. Be sure that your life is sweet and clean."--JR Miller
Have a blessed day!


God Bless,


Kristy

P.S. This concludes the Gospel Alphabet...seeing as how we are at the letter Z!! Yay! I hope you enjoyed all of the verses I shared (of course, God came up with all of them). I will be doing random verses starting tomorrow that come to my heart!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Lilies in Moonlight




What a wonderful delight to read Lilies in Moonlight by Allison Pittman. I was a little sad when the book ended because I felt like the characters were close friends.

The novel takes place in the 1920’s in America when “flappers” were first appearing. The main character is named Lilly Margolis, a 22 year old young woman living a sinful life. She drinks and smokes and parties with her friends every chance she gets. She ran away from home in Pennsylvania to Pensacola, Florida. She becomes a door-to-door sales girl for Dalliance Cosmetics.

“He’d lost his zest for life. She was just lost. Will they find the healing and love they long for?” –Quote from the back of the book.

This is a tale of how one of Lilly's sales leads her to a great adventure with the son of Betty Ruth Burnside. She is an older widow who is a good Christian woman but has “amnesia problems”. Her son’s name is Cullen and he was wounded in the Great War. It is not only an adventure of love, but love from our Heavenly Father.

Lilly discovers that not everyone is like her critical, extremely judgmental,  “religious” mother. She comes to realize that people can love her no matter what sins she has committed.

It is also a store of redemption for Cullen who used to be a baseball player before the war. He gets his chance to take his heart to a whole new level with the Lord. He steps out in faith for his mother.

Here is a quote from chapter 19 where Lilly is reading from the book of Ecclesiastes to Betty Ruth: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…” (pg. 172).

The bible is quoted many times as well as old hymns. It was beautifully written and I enjoyed reading it very much. I hope to read more of Allison Pittman’s books.

In the end, Lilly is such a joy and Cullen gets exactly what he thought he never wanted.


God Bless,


Kristy

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Being a SAHM

Scripture of the day: "You are not your own...For you were bought at a price." -1 Corinthians 6:19b-20a





I am so grateful that I can stay home with my children and watch them grow. I'm so thankful to my husband for working so hard so that I can stay home. Don't get me wrong, staying home with the children and keeping the house clean, tidy, and welcoming is no picnic. I have a lot of responsibilities. I am in charge of housekeeping, children keeping, managing our calendar and budget, and making my home welcoming when Hubby comes home from work (just to mention a few).

I am so glad I get to climb the ladder to the slide instead of the corporate ladder. I get to laugh and play games with my children, instead of putting on a fake smile for people you may not get along with or someone "playing games with your career". I am happy to clean toilets rather than hear someone speak with a "potty mouth".

Washing dishes...

Folding laundry...

Mopping floors...

Feeding hungry children...

Calming a crying baby...

Not knowing what each new day will bring. This is the life I LOVE!

I used to have a job outside of the home before we had children. You have to deal with:

Drama (when you don't even care about the situation)...

Mean people...

Working late...

Getting "under paid"...

Doing everyone else's job...

Meetings...

Terrible bosses...

Etc...

My heart goes out to my Hubby and everyone else who has to deal with it. I would choose changing poopy diapers, screaming babies, and snotty noses any day over late night inventory, not getting that promotion you know you deserved, or being the only Christian in your workplace.

I don't get paid with money. But the kisses, hugs, cuddling, and memories are worth far more than any gold, silver, or jewels this world has to offer.

I know some women don't have a choice and I really feel bad for them. I pray that God makes every moment spent with their little ones special.

I plan to homeschool my boys (and any future children) and I can't wait! God has blessed me beyond measure and I wouldn't trade a single moment of my life for this whole world.

This is an old pic of Hubby at his old job...working hard for "the man"


*A BIG "Thank You" to my Hubby! You will always be the "Rockstar, Quarterback, and Leader" of this home! We love you so much!*


God Bless,


Kristy

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Royal Tea Party

Scripture of the day: "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." -John 3:3b, KJV



Happy day after Mother's Day! I hope you had a wonderful day filled with love, laughter, blessings, and memories. My weekend was filled with wonderful people, conversation, and food. I celebrates with my mom last Wednesday. I took her out to lunch at Olive Garden. It was so nice to just sit and enjoy each other's company. We used to do stuff like that all the time. I had a great time and I know she did too. It's nice to get out once in a while with your mama.

Saturday, my SIL, MIL, and two of my nieces went to a "Royal Mother's Day Tea Party" at my SIL's church. It was such a nice time. The guest speaker was exactly what I needed. God knew I needed to hear her words about being a Godly wife, mother, and woman. What a blessing she was. All of us girls had a lovely time. We sipped all sorts of wonderful teas, ate great food, had a wonderful conversations, and met some new friends. I really enjoyed myself.

Sunday my boys and Hubby gave me flowers, cards, candy, a candle (in lavender, my favorite), and a Casting Crowns Cd. I have never felt so loved! Then Hubby made breakfast, lunch, and dinner for me. The dinner was the best: grilled steak, potatoes and onions, and mac and cheese. Yummy! My Mother's Day was absolutely wonderful.

Thank you Hubby for making it so special!

This week's menu:
  • Monday- breakfast for dinner (we have some leftover steak to go with it)
  • Tuesday- homemade chicken strips with sweet potato fries
  • Wednesday- hamburger helper with salad
  • Thursday- chicken a la kind with rice and salad
  • Friday- pizza
  • Saturday- hamburgers on the grill with potatoes and onions
  • Sunday- Hubby's choice (he will let me know later in the week)
Recipe of the week:
  • Chicken a la king with rice
What you will need:
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup chopped green pepper or red pepper
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 can (10 3/4 ounces)  Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken 
4 cups hot cooked regular long-grain white rice

Instructions:
1. Heat the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the pepper and celery and cook until tender, stirring often.
2.Stir the soup, milk and chicken in the skillet and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling. Serve the chicken mixture with the rice.


Picture of the week:

Our table at the "Royal Tea Party"




Activities this week:
  • Monday- stay home with kids and tidy up (possibly do the laundry)
  • Tuesday- take kids to the park, if the weather permits
  • Wednesday- meet my best friend "Mrs. A" for lunch
  • Thursday and Friday- stay home with kids
  • Saturday- Hubby works so I will stay home with the kids, possibly visit grandparents
  • Sunday- church and then home to relax and do yard work
I hope the rest of your week is filled with relaxation and fun memories with your family. Cherish every moment with them!


God Bless,


Kristy

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Scripture of the day: "What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and he loses his own soul?" -Mark 8:36





What does the bible say about mother's and being a mother? Here are some verses I found:
  • “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you." -Deut. 5:16
  • " As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem." -Isaiah 66:13
  • "He maketh the barren woman to keep house, [and to be] a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD." -Psalm 113:9
  • "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." -Psalm 139: 13-14
  • "My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck." -Proverbs 6:20-21
  • “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you." -Exodus 20:12
  • "She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:"
    -Proverbs 31: 25-28
Today I celebrate my mother and all of her sacrifice's she made for all of us kids (there are five of us) over the years. I love my mom and thank God for her love. Now that I have children of my own, being a mommy really is the best experience of my life.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you! 


God Bless,


Kristy


P.S. What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Mommy Life

Scripture of the day: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life." -John 6:47, KJV






Midnight feedings


Blowout diapers (you know the kind...)


Throw up on your newest shirt


Cheerios stuck to the back of the seat in your car


Tiny muddy footprints on your freshly mopped kitchen floor


Sticky hands


Bubbles galore


Hand prints on every inch of wall from the waste down


One million pairs of tiny socks to match and fold


Dirty faces


Skinned up knees


Never a quiet moment


And...what's that SMELL???





I am so thankful for being a mommy. Days like the list above I sometimes wonder why people would choose this path for their lives. But God made women to be mother's. He put something deep in our hearts and souls that gives us that "motherly instinct", "mother's intuition", and that "yearn to be a mommy". I love both of my boys and pray for them often. I hope to have more children in the future if God so wills to bless us with more.





Kisses for no reason


Hugs in the midst of chaos


Helping hands with the dishes (even if they are all in the wrong spot)


Giggles


Toy trucks everywhere


Tiny cute clothes


Hand drawn pictures of "nakes" (Bears way of saying "snakes")


Kissing boo-boo's


Hearing their sweet voices say "Wuv you mommy"


Reading bedtime stories and using funny voices for the characters


Singing "Jesus loves me" and "ABC's"


And the list goes on...





These are the few of many reasons I love being a mommy. My children are the highlight of my day. Seeing their smiling faces looking back at me makes me so happy. I have the God-given privilege of calling myself a mommy.


This was our Easter picture...can't you see how much fun we were having? LOL!


When I was pregnant with each of my boys, it was such a joyous and blessed time. I don't know how any woman can deny God if they have ever experienced being pregnant and the miracle of child birth.




Thank you God for allowing me the honor of taking care of two wonderful boys, who I pray will grow up and be God fearing young men someday.


God Bless,


Kristy


Happy Mother's Day!!!







Monday, May 2, 2011

Reading is Fun!

Scripture of the day: "Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." -Luke 2:11, KJV






This week I have a lot of reading to do. I am reading a book to review next week. I am also trying to read aloud to Bear and Fuzzy Duck as much as possible. I even started a reading journal for Bear at the recommendation by my SIL. She homeschools all of her children and is a certified teacher so she knows what she is talking about. My MIL is a retired reading specialist so we really love to read in this family. We also read the bible and the newspaper. My Hubby reads the news on the internet.

So what are you reading this week?


This week's menu:
  • Monday- taco night!!!
  • Tuesday- chicken and stuffing casserole and salad
  • Wednesday- leftovers
  • Thursday- spaghetti with cream sauce, salad, and cheesy garlic bread
  • Friday- pizza
  • Saturday- grilled chicken, rice pilaf, and corn
  • Sunday- Happy Mother's Day (I'm not cooking today, Hubby will be cooking for me!)

Recipe of the week:
  • Banana Split Cake
What you will need:
9 honey graham crackers, crushed
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained
6 bananas, divided
2 pkgs. (3.4 oz. each) vanilla instant pudding
2 cups cold milk
2 cups thawed cool whip, divided
1 square (1 oz.) bittersweet chocolate, shaved

Instructions:
1. Mix crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and butter; press into bottom of 13x9 in. pan. Freeze for 10 min.
2. Beat cream cheese and remaining sugar with mixer until well blended. Spread carefully over crust; top with pineapple. Slice 4 bananas; arrange over pineapple.
3. Beat pudding mixes and milk with a whisk for 2 min. Sir in 1 cup cool whip; spread over banana layer in pan. Top with remaining cool whip. Refrigerate for 5 hours. Slice remaining bananas just before serving; arrange over dessert. Top with chocolate.

Picture of the week:

Bear enjoying a day at the beach!


Activities for the week:
  • Monday- home with the kids, tidy up.
  • Tuesday- take Fuzzy Duck to the Dr. for his 9 month well baby visit. Happy 9 months baby!
  • Wednesday- take my mom to lunch for her Mother's Day present since I won't see her that day.
  • Thursday- MOPS meeting in the morning.
  • Friday- home with kids, tidy up.
  • Saturday- Mother's Day tea luncheon with my MIL, SIL, and niece (Ladybug)!
  • Sunday- Happy Mother's Day! Church and then cook out!
I hope you all have a wonderful week filled with celebrating your mom or just being a mommy!

God Bless,


Kristy

P.S. Read something great and inspiring this week!
 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Lord's Supper

Scripture of the day: "The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." -1 John 1:7b





Today at my church we partook in the Lord's Supper. It was such a special occasion and I'm so glad I could be a part of it. No matter how many times I participate, it is so emotional for me.

If you don't know what the Lord's Supper is, let me try to explain it. When Jesus Christ knew He would die for our sins (to save us), He took the twelve disciples into a room and they had one last meal together. He broke the bread and passed it around the table and said it represented His body. Then He passed the wine around the table and said it represented His blood. His body would be broken on the cross for us and His precious blood would pour out. Jesus said to partake in this tradition to remember Him and what He did for us.

He sacrificed His body and poured out all His blood for us. That is the reason it is so emotional for me and all followers of Jesus Christ. It reminds us of His sacrifice and love for us.


Third Day- My sweet sweet song



God Bless,


Kristy