Monday, July 16, 2012

{Happy Homemaker Monday- 2012 #27}



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The Weather:::
HOT! HOT! HOT! All week it will be in the 90's and VERY humid...making it feel like the 100's. Yuck!

On My Reading Pile:::
You Are Stronger Than You Think
Grieving Gods Way

On My TV:::
Right now...Ice Age
Haven't been watching too much TV

On The Menu For This Week:::
Monday- Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, crescent rolls. Dessert: Rocky road brownies with vanilla ice cream
Tuesday- Chicken tacos (using the leftovers), crockpot pinto beans, Spanish rice
Wednesday- Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, salad 
Thursday- leftovers
Friday- Pizza
Saturday- Grilled pineapple chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans
Sunday- Shredded beef (made in crockpot) sandwiches and potato salad

On My To Do List:::
Laundry
Grocery store
Dinner

What I am Sewing/Creating:::
Still working on my quilt...yes it is taking me all summer. I am determined to finish it soon though :)

Looking Around The House:::
There is a huge mess in the play room
My brownies just finished in the oven and they smell yummy
Ducky is taking his afternoon nap still (he woke up with a fever)
Bear is sitting next to me eating marshmallows

From The Camera:::



Something Fun To Share:::
We had a great weekend and loved spending time with family. We went to a theme park and spent all day on Sunday (after we went to church). We were very hot and got a little wet from some of the rides but we had a blast. We ended the evening with a fireworks show at the park. Wonderful day!

On My Prayer List:::
Family and friends who are ill.
People who have to work out in this heat. 

Bible Verse/Devotional:::

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33


Blessings,


Kristy

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

{Stepping out of my comfort zone}




My husband and I have recently embarked on a new journey in our lives. It's a new chapter for us. We left our home church and have started to search for a new one. We left the church not because of negative things that happened. Actually, it is quite the opposite. The church is very large and really growing. The preaching is excellent and the people are very nice. There is great opportunity there for families. Unfortunately, it is 35 minutes from our house. I know...that isn't that bad. The problem is that we feel like we can't really get involved because of the distance. I tried going to the Wednesday night Bible studies for a year but we would get home so late and the kids were not happy about only seeing Daddy for 10 minutes. So, I decided not to go on Wednesday's anymore. We considered going to Sunday school but the problem then is you have to get to church at 9am and not leave until 1pm. That is a long time to put my children in the nursery (of 800 or so kids, though not all in the same class). We don't want to do that to them.

So, here we are trying different churches locally. We loved our old church but prayed about this decision for a year. We felt the Lord telling us it was time to move on. We feel led to really serve at church. We want to put our skills to use in the local church. This past Sunday we tried our first one. Let me tell you...I was very pleased. First of all, this church came highly recommended by my SIL who visited a few times with her family. They unfortunately live 1 hour away from it...so they found a church closer to them. Second of all, this church is located one block from our house. Doesn't get much better than that does it?! Thirdly, we felt soooo welcome by everyone. Every person who could came over and introduced themselves and said hi. It is a very small church (which surprisingly was wonderful). The church we are leaving has thousands of members (which isn't why we are leaving). I believe this new church has less than 100 members. It is very small and lovely. I liked that people welcomed us and didn't look at us like we were aliens from another planet (we have had this experience before). Oh, and another great thing is that most of the families homeschool. That is really exciting.



I will say that I am not sure if this is where the Lord wants us to be but we really enjoyed our visit. We have a meeting with the Pastor and his wife. We do plan on attending again and hopefully this will be our new church home. Hubby and I were very comfortable at the old church....even though we felt lost in the crowd. We felt we were needed somewhere else. Somewhere that we couldn't hide from opportunities. A church that had families that looked similar to our own. We stepped out of our comfort zone and holding out our hands for God to guide us in the direction of His plans. It is very scary and exciting at the same time. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for my family and where He will lead us in the future.

Please keep us in your prayers as we embark on this journey.

Blessings,


Kristy

Monday, July 2, 2012

{Happy Homemaker Monday- #25}


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The Weather:::
HOT!! It has been in the triple digits here for almost a week. I love hot weather so it doesn't really bother me too much. The kids get to play in the water!

On My Reading Pile:::
Grieving Gods Way and Cleaning House (two review books)

On My TV:::
I really haven't watched TV at all lately. Last night I did watch Food Network Stars...I was sorry to see Malcolm leave. He seemed very nice. 

On The Menu For This Week:::
Monday- Sloppy joes, french fries, baked beans
Tuesday- leftovers
Wednesday- Root beer glazed chicken (grilled), grilled potatoes, pasta salad, corn on the cob (also grilled)
Thursday- Sweet and sour chicken with rice and stir-fry veggies
Friday- leftovers
Saturday- Chicken alfredo, salad, bread sticks
Sunday- Roasted Chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls

On My To Do List:::
Laundry, laundry, laundry! I washed 8 loads yesterday (I have one of those washers that can hold huge amounts of clothes so it's more like 12-14 normal loads). I just have to fold it and put it away today. 

What I am Sewing/Creating:::
Still working on my quilt. I got some more yarn thanks to my MIL so I can finish it very soon.

Homemaking Tips:::
After I give my kitchen a good cleaning I light a candle to make it smell really good. My favorite is cinnamon or pumpkin pie. It just makes me feel like I accomplished a lot more. 

Looking Around The House:::
I see dishes in the sink that need to be done...but I will wait til after dinner and clean the kitchen really well (and then light my candle). My boys are playing together in the toy room and not fighting right now...yay!

From The Camera:::

My nephew got married last weekend and here is the beautiful couple!

Hubby was the Best Man...and he looked really good too!!

Love this pic!



On My Prayer List:::
My classmate who lost her 8 year old daughter a month ago. 
Family and friends who are sick or feeling lonely.
My Hubby in this hot weather (he is working in the heat). Blah!
The salvation of Bear and Ducky.

Bible Verse/Devotional:::

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." -Matthew 7:12


Blessings,


Kristy