Thursday, December 31, 2009

A NEW KIND OF NEW YEARS RESOLUTION, A PRAYER REQUEST AND PRAISE

The YEAR 2009 is hours away from being a memory . . .

There were ups and downs in 2009 and many, many changes in everyone's lives. One little boy in our area Dax Loche, age 2 made news throughout the Country . . . People from all around the World sent Dax photos, videos and more showing him their Christmas lights. Dax was in the hospital with a deadly leukemia, so before Halloween, people from around the globe tried to help give Dax a little Christmas early. Well, little Dax lived . . . way past what the doctors thought he would. Little Dax was called into the arms of Jesus yesterday morning at 2:15 a.m. Please remember his Mom and Dad . . . their empty arms. Services will be on Sunday.

Praises . . . Sarah and her family from Lifeintheparsonage are expecting a baby . . . their fourth. During a routine dr. visit last week, a cyst was found on the baby's brain. This morning Sarah and her hubs went to a specialist for more in depth testing. Praise God . . . the cyst on their baby's brain was gone.

The last day of 2009 has been a bit challenging in our home today. Daddy is a bit grumpy, the kids are not listening and arguing with one another and I have a nasty cold that has progressed into a cough and headache. The lighter side of the day . . . I took a nap, made BBQ meatballs in the crockpot for dinner along with apple slices, carrots and dip, french fries, rolls with butter. The meal was easy and a success. The meatballs were a hit!

The recipe - oh dear, I am almost embarrassed to tell you because it is so incredibly easy . . . Ingredients: Schwans Italian Meatballs, Baby Ray BBQ sauce. First I warmed the frozen meatballs in microwave and then added them to the crockpot to simmer a while. Once they are hot, pour in the BBQ sauce and let simmer about 1/2 hour. Yum Yum!

Will we stay up to ring in the New Year? I really don't know. Simply depends on how everyone is getting along AND how I feel. I love going outside at the stroke of mid night and yell Happy New Year! This year we have plenty of snow out there to make everything a bit more festive!

New Year Resolutions? I don't have any . . . do you? I have thought about making a few resolutions, but have found that if I plan something . . . it never turns out, something either comes up or happens to make the plans fall apart. I am a bit cautious of making those resolutions although, I did come upon some really good ones that I just might give a try.

Tyler over at: ET at Titus2345 - go to her blog to see what she wrote . . . you can also use the list below or make your own . . .

January: Ask the Lord to speak to you in an area you are lax.

February: Ask God to reveal His agenda for your daily schedule.

March: Chose a personal Bible Study and be determined to take time in it each and every day.

April: Have God remind you of something you easily forget.

May: Be a blessing to someone - annonymously.

June: Be an encouragement to someone.
July: Enjoy the beauty of God's creation.

August: Adopt a family to pray for each and every day.

September: Submit an area of your life to God that you struggle with.



October: Ask God to show you areas you need to work on.

November: Spend the month giving THANKS

December: Teach your children the joy of giving unselfishly to others.

Once you get your list together, put it on your calendar - for the entire month and be sure to put it where you will be reminded of it each morning.

Many Blessing to You and Yours and Have a Happy, Safe and Blessed New Year!

SAYING GOOD BYE TO 2009 AND HELLO TO 2010

I think I must have missed part of 2009 . . . it is so hard to believe that today is the last day of the year. Did everyone's 2009 go by as fast as ours did?

Here is a small sampling of our lives for each month of the year:

January:
  • I received a "Betty Pick Up" bell from my Mom for my new kitchen
  • Aunt Barb was struggling with her health
  • we were still under house renovation
  • my niece Gabrielle had a birthday
February
  • Katelyn turned 16
  • the movie Fireproof was released and a hit
  • my oven was repaired - actually it was two wires that were crossed thanks to the electrician
  • we had our first homemade Ole Breakfast Casserole and it was a hit - thanks Marva for the recipe
  • I took the kids roller skating - it didn't go well though
March
  • Cody turned 3
  • we moved back in to the Master bedroom - although it was not yet complete
  • Katelyn began driving
April
  • we were awaiting the news of the birth of our niece
  • we had a lovely Easter
  • our master bath was finally in service
  • April 26, our niece Anna was born
May
  • Ryan gave me a baby turtle for Mother's Day
  • EJ turned 5
  • Cameron turned 6
  • my niece Kendra had a birthday
June
  • landscaping began
  • the boys went to see a Nascar and sat inside the car
  • My sister had a birthday
  • the Illinois Foster Care system was in trouble for lack of funding
  • my kids were bartering to be obedient . . . IF
July
  • my 35 birthday . . . again
  • Randy treated the boys to Hogan's Heroes Chicken Style - in other words Chicken run
  • my sister Janeie and her family added a new baby to their family - Lucy the dog
  • swimming was almost on a daily schedule at my house
  • my twin nieces, Alyson and Jenna had a birthday

August
  • My Dad's Birthday
  • our drive was laid
  • the landscaping done and beautiful
  • school resumed and I did a happy dance
September
  • Ryan turned 7
  • my parents had an open roof installed - not really, but they did have a huge hole in their roof
October
  • we have been married for 27  years
  • a stranger called me grandma to my kids - not a happy moment for me
  • our local Holiday Express burned
  • Ebay was the name of the game at my house
  • H1N1 was at epidemic levels in our area
November
  • a nurse at the doctors office called Randy "grandpa" he was not amused
  • the geese were stalking our yard
  • Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving costumes
  • family time
  • we began supporting five children from El Salvador
  • Katelyn was in the ER several times for nose bleeds
December
  • Randy's 51 birthday
  • Mom's 66 birthday
  • kids out of school for Christmas vacation
  • Christmas
  • Great family time
  • saw the chipmunks movie
  • snow, snow, snow at our house
  • our house is still not finished in the renovation area - little things have been left undone
As 2009 concludes, we have much to be thankful for . . .

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

THIS PICTURE REMINDS ME OF A CHRISTMAS STORY

The SUN is shining brightly today! I am so excited to see it . . . Oh Sun, where have you been?

The temperature is only 17 degrees and the wind chill is ZERO. Baby it is COLD outside and that is actually an understatement!!!

Our days have been spent trying to get the house back in order . . . it has been difficult to get things the way I want them. I have been spending my days refereeing little boys, doing laundry and giving directions to the kids.

Today we are taking down our Christmas Tree and decorations. It is time to resume normal life. I have mixed emotions about taking down the tree. I love the splendor and beauty . . . but I also like things normal.

I did not escape a head cold or sinus issue . . . I had one come on a few days ago. It is all in my head, so I guess I am thankful for that.

Well, there isn't much else going on . . . I will close with a picture that cracks me up . . . this photo is of our youngest going out to play in the snow. The photo reminds me of the little brother on a Christmas Story . . . What do you think?



Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Busy on Christmas Eve's Eve

The official Christmas is in two days, so get it in gear and get finished day has arrived. We have much to do and I am certain it will get done.

This morning the laundry is running at full speed and the boys are to be cleaning up their rooms. Being boys, they aren't the best at keeping their toys put away and their rooms tidy. Then a quick vacuum and mop upstairs. The main floor isn't too bad . . . a good tidy up and a mop - Walter has ran already this morning - and the main floor will be good to go.

This afternoon I have a nail appointment and then we will be off to get those last minute grocery items. Potato Salad will be made tonight so we can take it to lunch tomorrow at my sister's house. 

Christmas Day we are spending at home. The smells from the kitchen will make memories as will the laid back, no plans day. The kids just spending time enjoying Christmas with hubs and I looking on and taking photos of the day.

We are praying for snow, snow, snow . . . not looking too promising!

Have a great day in whatever you do!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A SANTA'S ELF DELIVERY!

We received the cutest little Reindeer at our door this evening.







Thank you Santa's Elf!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

JULIE'S TOP TEN FOR THE WEEK

I saw this idea over at The Living Proof blog posted by Amanda tonight. Thanks Amanda for a great idea! I love new ideas, don't you?

Now for my top 10 for the week . . . I know you are all sitting on pins and needles aren't you? (these are in no particular order)

  1. According to my 16 year old daugher I made the best Chili ever this week! I am so excited about hearing this . . . too bad I made a smaller than normal amount - isn't that how it goes?
  2. My kids sat through a new movie I purchased and we (hubs and I) enjoyed the giggles and otherwise quiet house for a little more than an hour.
  3. I was tickled to have gifts for the boys to take as their gift to exchange with another boy in their class already purchased.
  4. My Mom received her Jitterbug telephone and was so cute with it! I love that she has learned to text and that she and K text back and forth!
  5. Hubs and I are excited that we have a date set up for tomorrow evening. Mom and Dad are going to watch the boys for us.
  6. Gifts are wrapped and under surrounding the tree. It is adorable to watch the kids try to figure out whose is whose since the gift tags are on the bottom of each gift.
  7. Beth Moore's Bible Study on Revelation was delivered yesterday. I love listening to Beth Moore . . . she has such an amazing way of bringing out the Scriptures!
  8. My heart was blessed when my seven year old wanted to take a gift for his teacher's birthday. He went into the pantry and came out with two unpopped packages of popcorn and put them into a letter envelope to give to her. His heart is so tender and loving . . . (when he wants to be.)
  9. We received a Christmas Card from our neighbor . . . inside the card he thanked us for being "Wonderful" neighbors. We were really touched by this card!
  10. My youngest, who is usually a Daddy's boy wanted to be with Me instead of Daddy! Yes . . . I am smiling inside and out!
There you have it . . . my TOP TEN FOR THE WEEK. How about you? What is your TOP TEN for the week?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

NOT A CLUE TO A TITLE FOR THIS ONE.

Can you believe we are already at the middle of the week? Where do the days go?

My two past days have been filled with laundry and gift wrapping. The gifts are under and around our Christmas Tree. So far So Good - No Peekers Yet! Not even the dogs have tried to sneak a present yet!

The dishwashers are running, the laundry continues to hum along and I have a few baskets of clothes to fold yet tonight. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to finish up the laundry.

The kids only have two full days and one 1/2 day left of school before Christmas Vacation. Not too sure I am ready for that! Please keep us in your prayers! Five kids home for two weeks and being stuck in the house can get VERY irritable with one another. Prayerfully they will find the joy in loving one another instead.

It is just about time for the kids to head for bed, so I should close.

What are your plans for tomorrow?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

LIFE AT OUR HOUSE TODAY

Good Morning!

This morning as I write, several of my Ebay items are ending. It is always a blast to watch as bidders go for those last precious seconds to bid. Today the American Girl Doll auctions are ending . . . Sis is excited to watch the auctions end. She took really good care of her dolls, so this is a plus for her.

I have not listed items this week . . . after the week of listing day in and out I decided to take a break this week. I think I was listing items in my sleep!

The boys are busy playing with their magnetos - they are large magnetic balls and tube that hook together to build whatever they like. Right now, they have them hooked together all over the family room and are calling it a machine. I love for them to use those imaginations!

Today I need to get a grocery list together. It has been several weeks since we made that HUGE trip to the store, so our pantry stock has withered down and the list will be long. I am excited though, because that means the menu will include Christmas Day foods. I love that we are going to be home this year . . . breakfast will be waffles with Grandma and Grandpa at our house. I love to have a BIG family breakfast! Lunch time will probably be about 1:00 or so and will include yummy favorites . . . Hubs wants turkey and ham, plus the boys want stuffing, sis and I want bread dressing, deviled eggs,  green bean casserole and mashed potatoes for sure. Plus I think I am going to make homemade bread. Totally sounds yummy. Then there are those pies - a sweet potato pie Plus an apple pie will be on the menu.  Then there are those yummy left overs! Wow!!!

The kids have one more full week of school . . . Friday they let out at 11:30 a.m. This week will be a fun one for them. Sis has exams this week and will be let out of school around noon beginning on Tuesday . . . we will have a bit of time together. She can help me with wrapping gifts too. Yippee!

We have plenty to do today around the house, so I better close for now. Have a great day!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Candy Assembly Lines

Today we sat at our table to bag all of the teacher gifts for this year. With four children in school, we have plenty of teachers to give gifts to. Our four boys helped - each and every one while Sis was busy with other things. We had a fun time and have the bags all filled. Then onto the treat bags . . . it was like an assembly line, which reminded me of Lucy.



I have always loved this episode of I Love Lucy! If my boys could have enjoyed some of the chocolate without me seeing them, I think they would have did exactly what Lucy did.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

CHRISTMAS, PARTIES, PROGRAM & FRIGID TEMPS

I can truthfully say, I am almost finished with Christmas shopping! I have three more people to buy for and then all that is left is the wrapping. I am so very excited to get everything all wrapped up and then simply enjoy the days until Christmas.

The next week has a few things to keep us busy . . . the school Christmas Program, a dental appointment and then the school Christmas parties. The gift exchange for the kids will be at their Christmas party and I am happy to report those are purchased as well. We also send in little bags of treats for each of my children's classes. We will all sit around the table and stuff little treat bags a few nights before the parties. It is a fun time and the kids get all excited.

I can't wait to get the kids in their new duds for the Christmas Program at school . . . black dress pants, white dress shirt with collar, gorgeous sweater vests and . . . BOW TIES! They are going to be so handsome! Little guy has an identical outfit to match the boys . . . even though he doesn't go  to school yet. Sis will be wearing a new skirt and blouse . . . she always looks so pretty! I want to try and get them all five together PRIOR to the program to take a few formal photos.

Well, that blizzard missed us all but a dusting. The frigid cold has been with us for the past two days. Right now it is a balmy 18 degrees.

Well, it is late and my feet are cold . . . it is time to go upstairs and snuggle up in bed with my hubs, little guy and the heating blanket! Good night all!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I CAN NOT EVEN IMAGINE WHAT IT WAS LIKE . . .

As we get closer to Christmas, the radio channels are all playing Christmas Music. I am sure at one time or another that you all have heard the beautiful song, "Mary Did You Know?" My brain simply cannot comprehend everything that went through Mary's mind as she carried, delivered and raised God's Son.

Read and meditate on the words to this beautiful song . . .

Mary, Did You Know?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?


Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.



Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?

Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.



The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again.

The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb.



Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?

Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?

This sleeping child you're holding is the GREAT I AM.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

WE WAIT FOR THE FIRST SNOWSTORM OF THE YEAR

I feel like I am getting ready for a blizzard. I have been busy, busy today. I guess I am getting ready for a blizzard. The weather guys have predicted between 1 and 7 inches for our area. I know that in some areas of the world those numbers would appear as a mere dusting, but here it is a major deal. The weather guys are also predicting extreme cold with MINUS 8 degree windchills. Brrrrrrr Give me the snow, but we really don't need that kind of cold. Really, we don't!

As I said, I feel like I am getting ready for a blizzard. Today I baked several batches of chocolate chip cookies AND made a large crock pot full of vegetable beef soup. The house smells divine!

My to do list today was large . . . I had several orders to place online - I do 90% of my shopping online which saves on my patience and nerves. I loathe shopping in stores as there are so many people, attitudes, bad moods, screaming kids and nasty germs. I know, I know I sound a bit over board, but over the years I have learned what makes things go much more smoothly for me. Besides, if I want to hear screaming kids, I can get that at home on any given day. Ha ha!

My kids will be home in less than an hour, so I need to finish up around here.

Have a great snuggly safe evening.

Monday, December 7, 2009

SNOWY MONDAY

We received a dusting of snow overnight and the kids were thrilled! The weather guys are calling for 4 - 6" of snow beginning tomorrow night. We are all excited, so hopefully we will get socked with a big one!

I have spent the morning with my youngest that has not stopped talking ALL MORNING! He has talked about simply everything today.

I did get a special treat made for Aunt Ding Ding and will be sending it out to her tomorrow. My little guy gave it a taste just to make sure it is just right! He said, Maybe Aunt Ding Ding will like it! ;-)

Laundry is humming away . . . it will keep me busy most of the day. We cleaned the main floor yesterday, so the laundry will be a bit of a break from the house chores. Tomorrow I will need to work at cleaning upstairs.

There really isn't much else going on here . . . how about with you?

Friday, December 4, 2009

SHOW US YOUR LIFE - CHRISTMAS TREES WITH KELLY

Our Christmas Tree has the Safari Theme . . . Beautiful Bulbs that have animal designs . . .

First a picture of the tree:



Then a few of the Safari Bulbs on the tree:








Now onto a bit of Christmas Greenery outside . . .





Have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

GOIN ONS AT MY HOUSE TODAY

As I write, I have been requested to sing Santa Claus is Coming To Town. Ever tried to sing AND write at the same time?

It has been a been a busy day at our house. The hustle and bustle has yet to slow down. I am thankful though that I can get through it at home. What am I talking about? Sorting through things  . . . donations, ebays, throw away and then there are those toys that the kids get all excited about and want to keep them even though they didn't play with them when they were in their room.

Laundry has been humming along today . . . although I still have a lot of laundry to do, I am happy the piles are diminishing.

I have been keeping a list today of chores I have gotten done . . . the kids will be home in less than 45 minutes so I gotta go!

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