Sunday, February 28, 2010

HIT BETWEEN THE EYES . . . NOW THAT IS GONNA LEAVE A MARK

I continue to go through THE INHERITANCE with Beth Moore on DVD. I can't say it enough . . . THIS STUDY IS AWESOME! Session Six hit me between the eyes this morning . . . have you ever had that happen? As my Son Ryan would say . . . NOW THAT IS GONNA LEAVE A MARK!

Truly my friends, I believe Ryan is totally right!

What was so PROFOUND?

Are You Ready?

O.k.

How many areas of my life have I NOT claimed and asked God to Sanctify?

How many areas of my life have I simply left in an isolated area of my heart, soul and mind?

How many areas am I allowing Satan to take hold of?

Past mistakes, heartache, trauma, troubles, experiences, health crisis, infertility, breakup, friends that have deceived you . . . whatever it be . . .

How many things are hidden away allowing Satan to use against us -
he will bring them up time and again ~ stop the cycle! Claim those issues and ask God to Sanctify them ~ to set them apart to be used for HIS ULTIMATE GLORY!

WHATEVER YOU DO, BE COURAGEOUS & MAY GOD BE GLORIFIED!

"GOD, MAKE YOURSELF FAMOUS THROUGH OUR LIVES!" Quoted by Beth Moore in THE INHERITANCE.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Picture Post

A few random shots of our day . . .



Friday, February 26, 2010

The Passion of the Christ - We Watched As A Family . . . AND

Tonight we watched THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST with our boys. Kate was gone babysitting and this gave us the opportunity to sit with them, read the words, explain what was happening. We read to our children, have taught them our Christian values, they go to a Christian School . . . they still were not grasping what Jesus did for them. We as parents are instructed in the Bible to teach our children . . .

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; when he is old he will not depart from it.

We all sat and watched . . . we watched as Jesus taught, we watched as the disciples learned, we watched as Jesus healed. And then we watched as Jesus was betrayed, beaten, humiliated, blasphemed, tortured, mocked and spat on. We watched as Jesus had flesh torn from His body, as the thorns dug into his scalp . . . through all of this and even more than we can imagine, Jesus asked God to forgive them. We watched as Jesus carried the cross to that hill named Golgotha, as he stumbled, fell, was beaten more, spat on and mocked. We watched as He felt God forsake Him . . . God could not look upon His Precious Son as he took on the Sin of the World. We watched as Jesus turned His Spirit over to God and said, "It is Finished!" and died. Of course, the Bible tells us that on the third day, Jesus rose from the dead, the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty. Praise God . . .

We sat quietly for several minutes after the movie was over. As I looked at my boys I saw faces of sorrow and as I began to talk to them about all the Jesus had gone through . . . tears fell down their cheeks. I explained to each of them . . . Jesus could have stopped at anytime, but He knew he had to be the sacrifice for the sins of the world. Jesus could have said, I am not doing this . . . let them go to hell, but He did what God sent Him to do . . . to be the payment for our sins. We spoke about what sin is and what they do that is sin. We talked about satan and Hell - that it is a very real place. We reviewed what Jesus had gone through, that Jesus died on that cross and that He rose again! The tears turned to sobs as I asked them if there was anything they thought they should do . . . immediately EJ told me that he needed to talk to Jesus because he was a sinner. I asked Cameron if he needed to say anything . . . he also needed to pray. I knelt down on my knees and the two boys followed . . . I had the privilege of leading my two little ones in the Sinner's Prayer. Praise God that through those heart felt sobs, my little boys asked Jesus into their hearts. Once the prayers were over, I held my boys on my lap as they cried into my shoulders . . . EJ's heart was broken that Jesus had to die on that cross, for him. Oh the preciousness of his heart. Cameron was quiet except for the gently crying. I told them both that I loved them and we hugged a while more.

There is a calmness in our home tonight . . . there are hearts that are tender. Cameron told me a few minutes ago that he had been very bad to me and he named the things he did and said. He asked my forgiveness. I thanked him for his apology and of course accepted it. He then thanked me for praying with him . . .

Is there anything in the world that even comes close to leading your child in the Sinner's Prayer?

John 3:16
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

If you are not certain WHERE YOU will spend ETERNITY, accept Jesus Today . . .

Boy Competitiveness and Carbs

Cody is ALWAYS competitive with his brothers. I guess it is being the youngest of five children and the little brother. This morning, Ryan said that his eyes were a bit pink because of his cold and Cody immediately chimed in with "I have pink eyes too!" Ryan disagreed with me, so Cody took it to the next level . . . "M - O - M - M - Y . . . do I have pink eyes?" No sweetie, they are pretty white. "But NO Mommy, I have a cold and I touched my eye and felt that it was pink." No sweetie, they are pretty white. "AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWE!!! Ryan, do YOU have pretty white eyes like me?"

It always amazes me at which lengths my children will go to compete with one another. It doesn't matter what it is . . . writing, grades, lego building, rokenbach, the wii, blocks, taking the dogs out, eating, walking, running, etc. Of course all of this competitiveness leads to fussing, fighting and arguing.

During the day, when the other kids are at home Cody doesn't have to be competitive about anything. he just hangs out, makes big messes in the house and eats. This kid is a carboholic with a capital C! He will eat and eat himself carbs and thoroughly enjoys himself.

Today, he had chips at lunch time . . . you know those stackable ones in the red can? Well, the can was full when he started (and in his defense, he did share some with me) this is what remains:





That boy loves himself some Pringles!


This girl LOVES cleaning up the crumbs that the boy leaves!

 I should be happy that he is eating veges right??? Well . . . Pringles are from potatoes, aren't they? (insert smile and wink here)

Kelly's Korner. SHOW US YOUR LIFE COLLECTIONS! CLOCKS & BOOKS


I am so excited about today's topic at Kelly's Korner. SHOW US YOUR LIFE COLLECTIONS!

What do I collect besides kids? . . . just kidding I ONLY have Five Kids!

CLOCKS & BOOKS

I Love Clocks!!!

I found these clock pictures at Pottery Barn a while back and I love them! They are in my hallway from my kitchen to our library.


This clock sits behind my kitchen faucet on a shelf.

In the corner of our eating area.

On top of the piano.

On a shelf in our Library.

On another shelf in our library.

This is a travel clock - isn't it cute?

This is a Railway Clock . . . one of my favorites!

AND BOOKS . . .


These two pictures are of our library . . . it is a nice space to hang out in with the shelves of books for kids, devotional, real life, fiction and Shutterfly photo books.

Thanks for Stopping by . . . I am off to look at your collections~

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lisa Leonard Necklace AND Bible Devotional Time

Today I received my beautiful necklace by Lisa Leonard . . . take a look:


As you can see, It is beautiful! There are two hearts which I refer to as Randy and My hearts and then our children's names: Katelyn, Ryan, Cameron, EJ and Cody around the circle of the pendant. Then there is a little pearl that hangs down over the pendant! I love it!

I didn't get a photo of the pendant and chain that I purchased for Katelyn by Lisa Leonard, but if you can image an oval pendant that has a little pearl as well and reads . . .
Katelyn, You take my Breath Away. I gave it to her today and she teared up. Well, I should back up . . first I gave her my pendant and she said, this is nice, but couldn't figure out why she would have a pendant with all of the kids on it. She gave me a funny look and then I realized I had handed her the wrong one. Duh JuJu~!

Tonight we began devotional Bible time with our family. I had several books recommended to me by a Dear Blog AND Facebook Friend! Thank you so much Mary! We had everything else tended to . . . dinner, clean up and baths when I called everyone together. We touched on something for everyone and had plenty of imput from my little peanut gallery. Bible Time went well and I Pray that time as a family in God's Word will help in some of the areas we have been struggling with. We have been trying to teach them various things, but they don't seem to be catching on. It was amazing how when I opened up one of the devotionals and began reading to the kids how it immediately began dealing with one of the sinful issues we are currently trying to get their attention about. God is so Good! Immediately we began reinforcing what we have been trying to teach them!

Tomorrow evening we will be getting Cody down a bit early (at least that is the plan) and sit the other boys with us to view The Passion of the Christ. Randy and I saw it when it came out and I believe Katelyn watched it as well. We want the boys to see it and we will be with them every step of the way. We want them to see what we have been trying to teach them ~ that it isn't just Mommy and Daddy telling them something . . . we want them to see a glimpse of what Jesus went through to be the payment for our sins.  They need to visualize it ~~~ although it was horrific, terrifying and awful.

Please pray for us as we continue to teach our children.
Pray for their hearts to be receptive to God's Word and for Randy and I as parents.
Parenting is the most difficult thing we will ever do and also the most rewarding.

My Day

Laundry is running once again . . . I should have it all finished today. I am basically working on the odds and ends that need to be done in the house today. I need to run the vacuum and use the steam mop on our hard floors.

Cleaned Bugsy's cage this morning . . . he loves his cage clean as it also means a new selection of foods for him. He is a very happy piggie and is actually enjoying when we talk to him. The other night he was out of his cage and began a high pitched whistle . . . I teased and told my family that it sounded like a BMW car alarm. We  put him back into his cage and he immediately went to his corner to go potty . . . good little guinea pig!

Cody is finally enjoying the quiet of the house too. I love it when he plays independently and I can hear him talking.

My husband Randy's Aunt died this morning unexpectedly. They live in Texas and we do not see them often. She was a Godly Christian Woman and I am certain she is sitting at the feet of Jesus as I write. Praise God for His promise of Eternal Life!

Tonight I think we will have a lovely pork chop dinner. What a wonderfully yummy smell that will be lofting through the house. Once everyone walks in the door they will immediately know what we are having for dinner.

My laundry is buzzing . . . gotta tend to it. Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

THE INHERITANCE . . . A BIBLE STUDY WITH BETH MOORE

I am currently working through a Bible Study with Beth Moore. Well, not exactly with her in person - although I would definitely put that at the top of my "I would love to . . ." list. I have the privilege of owning the DVD set of Beth Moore's Bible Study . . .

THE INHERITANCE

I have to tell you . . . it is AMAZING! Beth Moore can bring things out of Scripture like no other! Beth is real, Beth is a Godly Woman, Beth is a role model for our daughters.

I am sure by this time you are wondering what this particular Bible Study is about. The Title provides a wonderful clue . . . The Inheritance! Let me give you a little peek into the study.

CONFESSIONS OF AN HEIRESS . . . That I have learned so far:

  1. The Bible tells me . . . "Julie, YOU are an Heir." (and you are too if you have accepted Christ as Savior)

  2. The Bible tells me . . . "Julie, YOU are a CO-HEIR with JESUS!"

  3. Because I am a WOMAN, I am not only an Heir . . . I am an HEIRESS!

  4. The Bible tells me . . . " The lines have fallen for me in pleasnt places; indeed, I have a BEAUTIFUL Inheritance!

  5. My Life is NEVER left to CHANCE!

  6. As the member of the NEW TESTAMENT Priesthood of believers and as an HEIRESS of GOD, HE IS MY PORTION!
The Lord is My Portion and I am HIS!

The Lord is My Inheritance and I am HIS!

This study has so much more to it . . . digging in with Beth has been an amazing journey so far!

Tonight as I write I have a song on my heart that we used to sing all the time in church when I was young, here are the lyrics to the chorus:



I'm so glad I'm a part of the Family of God,

I've been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His Blood!

Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,

For I'm part of the family,

The Family of God

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Please, Please, Please . . . let me know which you are AND why you like or don't like my blog.

Why?

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Moms and Parenting with Grace

Do you ever have one of those moments that you just NEED to talk to your Momma? You know those times when only Mom will do. I had one of those moments today . . . there is just something about being able to talk to Mom that always makes things better. Now, when I say talk, it may talking in person, on the telephone or by email  . . . because Mom's are busy you know.

My Mom has ALWAYS been there to comfort, hug, kiss, nurture and take care of her children . . . regardless of how old her children are, she is there for them. Just knowing that Mom is aware of a certain situation AND is PRAYING . . . is so very supportive and comforting.

A Godly Mom is such a treasure! Her encouragement to remember how many times God has had to "remind" or "get our attention" in certain areas is priceless! She is right you know!

Mom is always there to make things better . . . whether it be a gentle hug, nudge or kiss; nice warm sugar toast when you are sick or just the right words that you need to hear . . . Mom is there! Just knowing that Mom is near is so comforting.

Tonight, after "talking" (emailing) Mom and reading her email back I took her advice . . .  A Little Time with Jesus is what I needed to refresh and rejuvinate my heart, soul and mind . . . Phillipians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thankgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

"The Lord is near and He understands and I simply need to leave my "trials" at His Precious feet! Parenting is not an easy journey . . . but my Mom handles it with Grace. Mom reminds me that there are many times God tries to teach us, but we just don't "get it!" God's Grace for me is never failing, yet the Grace I have for my children's behavior is lacking more than I care to admit.  I am certainly thankful that God's Grace and Mercy NEVER fails. May I be more like Him.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

God Was the Topic at Dinner

We had rain most of the day today, but now it has turned to snow. Not sure what it is all going to amount to for tomorrow, hoping no cancellations of school.

Tonight at dinner we had quite the conversation, Ryan said, "I just don't GET God." I thought this was quite a different conversation coming from a seven year old, so I asked . . .What don't you get? Ryan replied, "I don't get how GOD made man." I looked at him and smiled . . . I asked, "Don't you remember how the Bible said that God made man?" "Yep, he made man out of the dirt." I answered, Yep, he made man out of a mud pie! All the kids laughed and the comaraderie began. Cody then asked, "Where is God?" Randy told him in Heaven. Cody asked, "in the clouds?" Nope, higher than the clouds . . . "Can the astronauts see Him?" Cody asked. No the astronauts can't see Him. "Can the rockets see him?" No the rockets can't see God either. Cody smiled real big and said, "I can put on rocket boots and go up on a cloud and sit so I can see God." To which we all smiled. How precious that this little one wants to put on rocket boots so he can fly up to the clouds to see God!

EJ started singing a little song he learned at school about God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit three in ONE. Cody picked it up and said, "God the Fadder, God the Son and God the Howwwwwe Spirit!

I think God that while God was watching and listening to our little family conversation He couldn't help but smile!

Gloomy Skies

Ryan has a sore throat this morning, poor little guy. I know there is a lot of nasty stuff going on out there. I try to give the kids natural immune boosters, but at the first sign of flu, sore throat or colds we immediately grab the Oscillococcinum. I have purchased this in the adult and kids version . . .  it is all natural and is to reduce the duration of the illness. I have used it and as long as you continue to use it more than once, it does kick the nasty illness. So, needless to say, Ryan has had his first dose of the "O" to help him out.

The skies are gloomy in my little area of the world. Is anyone else tired of the gloomies? Doesn't this seem like the longest winter ever? When is the nice weather going to return??? We are to get more snow today . . . bummer.

The kids continue with their fussing with one another. Today I just feel that they need to work it out themselves . . .  Besides, in a little bit they will each be busy cleaning their rooms.

Well, that is it for now . . . better get busy upstairs so I can be done for today.




Saturday, February 20, 2010

HE LOVES ME

Today seems like it has gone on forever ~ although I know that today has not been any longer than any other day. I am not sure I even remember this morning ~ that is how long today has been, ahem . . . even with a nice nap.

I have to tell you . . . I am so excited and a bit surprised, my husband has been reading my blog. Yep, he has. Now I am not sure if it is normal that husbands read their wives blogs or abnormal, I just know that my husband READS MINE! We have actually been talking about things that I have written too! He Loves Me and WANTS to know what I am talking about. I do have to confess, I did put a little tab at the top of his internet page so he had easy access, BUT HE clicks it to read it! Ladies that is HUGE! It almost feels like he is persuing me again . . . like when we were dating! hmmm (insert BIG smile here!) It makes me feel special!

Katelyn has started receiving College Recruitment letters in the mail. This week she received two! She is keeping each one of them ~~~ she wants to see how many she gets. Apparently, her ACT scores were appealing to the colleges. We knew she did very well, but it is really nice to have others know it too. She was smiling ear to ear when she opened the letters and read them! I still cannot believe my baby girl is receiving college recruitment letters . . . where has time gone? Have you seen it?

Friday, February 19, 2010

BOYS ~~~ THEY ARE SURE QUIRKY!

Today's post I dedicate to all of the little Male Creatures in my Home. That is right . . . My Boys - Ryan, Cameron, EJ and Cody. When God made little boys I just know that he laughed! I can just imagine the twinkle in God's eyes the first time he watched a little boy. Little boys are so unpredictable, goofy and just plain out of control for most of their day.

Pre-children I  never thought of myself as a "BOY" mom . . . nope! God, however KNEW better! God has such a sense of humor! That was proven to me the very first time I changed my newborn Ryan! Little boys definitely have a way of catching you "off guard" and "unaware!"

So, what have My Boys been up to lately???

Cody continues to work on potty training. He generally stays dry during the day, but night time he doesn't seem to control yet. He is also working on his ABCs.

EJ is doing better in reading and has found that he loves music. His Kindergarten teacher thinks he may be a natural at the piano. EJ wants to take lessons, but that will have to wait until next year. Apparently during music class, EJ practiced twice on paper and then played an entire song through for his teacher on the bells. His teacher thinks he will be a natural at the piano.

Cameron is reading much more fluently now and enjoys reading. His writing in cursive is going well and is very legible if he takes his time.

Ryan continues to work on his writing. He tends to write very small and sloppy, so we are working on that with him.

In their fun time, they each love to play with Legos. Is there anything better? It is amazing to me all of the things they can come up with.

Funny or Quirky About My Boys:
  • Cameron likes to sing or hum while doing chores - you can always hear where he is
  • EJ likes to help (when the mood strikes him) with chores and tidy up
  • Ryan is ultra bouncy most of the time . . . he has only one speed - sonic (unless he is cleaning his room)
  • Cody is a dare devil and likes to do everything the boys do
  • As they "play" I hear words like hot lava, light sabors and darth vador
  • they tend to have pee fights in the bathroom if they sneak happen to be in there at the same time
  • like to feed the dogs their vegetables
  • wear their clothing backward
  • give answers like . . . I dunno, wasn't me, because and never saw it
  • stand next to you, let a stinker and walk away like nothing ever happened
  • sleep on top of their bed comforter instead of under the sheet so they don't have to "make" their bed
  • hide dirty clothes instead of taking them to the hamper or laundry room ~~~ this, of course "Saves Mom on laundry"
  • wipe their mouth on their sleeve instead of using a napkin - of course, they think they are being "green" because they are not using napkins which come from trees
  • "forget" to wipe their bottom and when asked why . . . they apparently were out of time to do it
  • hold onto themselves - when asked if they had to go potty - "No, just had an itch" - this one must follow them into adulthood!
  • my guys also can't find what they are looking for ~~~ even when it is right in front of them
  • they give me the daily "poop" count for Bugsy . . . totally amazes them how much a guinea pig can poop
  • think they should eat all day ~~~ which wouldn't be a bad thing except that they would eat us out of house and home
  • leave every light on in the house ~~~ regardless if they are in the room or not
  • don't like anything PINK
  • become totally oblivious to anything around them when they are zoned into the televsion ~~~ also training for adulthood
  • think they need to talk to you RIGHT NOW when you are either on the telephone, in the bathroom or trying to take a nap
  • tell me they love me many times a day ~~~ this is AWESOME
  • love to make messes ~~~ but they don't love cleaning up

Thursday, February 18, 2010

ABC FLASH CARDS

If your house is like ours, you have someone that is ready to learn his/her ABCs. In our house it is Cody and he loves, loves, loves items that he can touch, hold and see. Last week I was online shopping for his birthday when I came across some really fun and durable "flash card" sets that are amazing. They are from the Land of Nod. Take a look:

For that Little Guy that wants to be like Daddy, there are the ABCs on cards with "tools" that Daddy would use in his garage or shop area. Cody loves these and they were such fun to go through with him. Not only is he learning his letters, but he is also learning what tool names are.



The next set is call the "Wild Cards" and is based on animals, birds, insects and other creatures. It was fun to see and learn the new animals right along with him. Cody thought this set was very funny. 


This next set is an amazing "take along" kind of flash cards. They are called "Flashy Flash Cards" and come connected together with a ring. Cody loved this set as well. He loved being able to hold onto the ring and turn the cards over and over. Cute set.


Cody and I made a game out of learning with each of these sets. They were really fun and we had a great time with them. I highly recommend them to anyone learning the ABCs. You can find these incredible cards at landofnod.com.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

ANOTHER FAVORITE THING

A few posts ago I listed some of my favorite things. A friend of mine told me that I should give away one each of my favorite things . . . just like Oprah. Of course, I laughed and said, "yeah, right!" Sounds like fun, but not gonna happen.

Instead, I thought I would show you another of my favorite things.

I just got this little gem - the Brother P Touch label maker . . . there are just those times when you just need to make a label quickly and easy with no mess. This is just the thing for that application . . . to make your life a little more simple and keep yourself organized.


and for those days that are ONE OF THOSE DAYS and you can't remember which child is which, this label machine is AWESOME!









Monday, February 15, 2010

Presidents Day

I AM SO EXCITED!!! I HAVE TO TELL YOU!!! CODY HAS NOT HAD ANY ACCIDENTS IN TWO DAYS!!! He even went into the bathroom yesterday to go poopy by himself ~~~ WITHOUT BEING TOLD!!! WOO HOO!!! I AM SO EXCITED ~~~ You can't tell that, can you?

Anyhow . . .

Today we were out and about . . . we went to lunch at Bob Evans, headed to Hobby Lobby and then to get $300.00 a few dollars worth of groceries. I have to tell you . . . I am a bit tired tonight. Really it isn't so bad to get the groceries, but the unloading them to the check out, loading them back into the cart, unloading them into the car, unloading them from the car, taking them into the house and putting them away is a lot of work. We are stocked up on lunch meat, fresh fruit and veges, bread, cheese . . . etc.

We picked up Katelyn's mats for her Scholastic Competition drawings and they are all put together now . . . Here is a SNEAK peek . . .

Daddy has already told Katelyn that He wants this one!


Little Miss Harper . . . Katelyn changed the photo for the competition this year. It had to be changed a minimum of 40% so, Kate added a hat, changed up her clothing and added the little block in her hand. Last year she was diqualified from the competition because the judges thought her drawing looked too much like the photo. I truly believe she would have taken First In State.

Aren't they Gorgeous?


Late this afternoon, Ryan asked Randy to help him get his loose tooth out. So, he did . . . the results?
See for yourself . . .

"come on RyRy put the book down" Ryan's reply - "NO, I LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT!"


You Don't Look Like an Idiot! You are CUTE! Come on . . . Smile!



Yep . . .

THEY Did IT! My Little Boy is Growing UP!

Isn't HE Handsome?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I LOVE A CLEAN HOUSE!

Happy Valentine's Day EVERYONE! I hope the day has treated you well!

Our day has been consumed by cleaning our main floor. Everyone had a task to be done. Along side my kiddos I did chores, along with supervise the boys. We are trying to teach them that when they are doing a chore (or anything for that matter) it is much easier to do it right the first time. If however, the children decide they are going to NOT do the chore or not do it correctly, it is common knowledge in our home that they will start the chore over . . . regardless how many times it takes to get the chore done correctly. This process took the better part of the day to complete for two of the boys. It is so much easier AND better to just do the chore correctly the FIRST time so we can get done and move on to fun time.

Today, Katelyn and I deep cleaned the main floor with the help of our boys. They are really good at washing down cabinet fronts with Murphy's Oil Soap, vacuuming with our canister vacuum and mopping floors.

Our Main Floor is literal GLEAMING! So, just because inquiring minds want to know . . . This is what we accomplished today on our Main Floor (Upstairs will be cleaned tomorrow and the basement will be cleaned through the week):
  • cleaned the Guinea Pig cage - Kate
  • mopped the pantry - Ryan
  • laundry - Me
  • scour the kitchen sinks - yes sinks - I have two complete sinks in my kitchen. One that is our regular sink and one that is our prep sink - Me
  • unload and load the dishwashers - Me
  • wipe the kitchen counters - Kate and I
  • murphy oil soap the kitchen table and chairs - EJ
  • murphy oil soap the kitchen cabinets - lower ones - EJ and upper ones - Kate
  • ironing - me
  • dusting - we all joined in
  • cleaning the 1/2 bath by the laundry - Me
  • dusting the 1/2 bath and cleaning the vanity - Katelyn
  • toilet cleaning - Me
  • vacuuming -  Walter, EJ and Cameron
  • mopping the kitchen - Cameron
  • mop the laundry room, mud room and bathroom - EJ
  • garbage out - Ryan
  • dusting the Library - Kate
  • dusting the piano room - Kate
  • dusting the family room - Kate
  • dust bar stools - EJ
  • wipe down stairs - Ryan
  • dust his bedroom - Ryan
  • dust hallway between kitchen and library - Kate and Ryan
  • washed back door glass - Me
  • cleaned stainless - Me
  • cleaned stainless fridges - Kate
  • vacuuming and mopping of the hardwood - Kate
  • mop the foyer - Ryan
  • vacuum the family room furniture - Kate
  • referee, supervisor, exercise instructor - for those who didn't want to do their chores . . . Me and Randy
I don't know one of us that didn't have a full day! What a great feeling it is though to look at your children and tell them what a tremendous job they did on their chores.  Thank YOU my loves for helping out with the chores today! You guys ROCK!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

PARENTING CAN BE SO FRUSTRATING!

Today has been a very un-nerving day . . .  our day has been consumed with lying, fussing, fighting, disobedience, disrespect and bossy britches.

May I speak freely? . . .  Thanks! 

My family is not perfect, not one of us. We are simply a family that God designed. Our days are just like yours, filled with challenges . . . Yes, Parenting Can Be So Frustrating!!! Today, was ONE of THOSE DAYS.

I read many blogs and the frustration from other Moms and Dads is out there . . . I can relate, My Hubs can relate. There are days that I hide a few extra minutes in the bathroom, just to regain a sense of sanity - how about  you? I know everyone really has those days, but few choose to admit it.

Children . . . you know what they are, in fact - you were one once and so was I. I know for many it was a very long time since you were a child and for others, it was just yesterday. If you think back hard enough though, you will remember a time or two that your parents were hiding out in the bathroom too! They were probably experiencing a bit of Parental Frustration. You also probably heard one of your parents say . . . when you grow up and have kids you will remember this day, because your child will try to do the same thing you tried, and You WILL find that your parent was RIGHT because your kids WILL try the same thing!

I have to stop here and say, Children . . . ARE a Gift From God, regardless of how each child came into your home - whether through birth, foster care or adoption, God knew they would be your child or children.  God CHOSE YOU to PARENT that CHILD!!! Whew, that is a Huge statement! 

Now a bit personal - Our Children are NOT perfect and Neither are We! Nope, not you and certainly not me. I started writing this post with an entirely different attitude . . . one that was very frustrated - but then the tone began to change. The day has been VERY challenging . . . the children were each doing their own thing regardless of what Mom and Dad had instructed. There was deceitfulness and lying, disrespect, arguing, bossiness, etc. - you name it, I think they tried it today and FRUSTRATION set in.

Parenting is so hard and kids . . . well they don't come with a handbook! We ALL Get Frustrated sometime . . .

As Parents, What Can We DO to Try and Avoid the Frustration?
  1. Do Not Allow Your Children to Manipulate You and Your Spouse. As Parents, we try very hard not to let the kids put us against one another. We try to remember to check with one another before allowing a child to do something or not do something.  I think children from the beginning of time have tried to get the answer they want from the other parent from time to time. Our children try this manuever once in a while . . .
  2. Do Not Give the Child an Ultimatim that you don't plan on following through with. In other words, do not tell the child - I am tellling you that if you do not put away the toys I will throw them away - if you don't intend on doing just that if the child disobeys. So, be careful of the words you put out there.
  3. Discipline - but not when you are angry. Discipline your child when they have done something that warrants discipline. Punishments in our home include Time Out, Loss of Privileges, Extra Chores. Time Out is self explanitory. Loss of Privileges includes - no television, no electronic games, no play time, no outside play . . . anything that is "extra-curricular" that the child enjoys is a Privilege. Extra Chores - also self explanitory.
  4. Take Time OUT - Not only for your children . . . Take a TIME OUT for YOURSELF! Make the children sit quietly while YOU take a few minutes for YOU!
  5. Take some time for Fun . . . Being cooped up inside for all of these winter months can be quite hard on you, your spouse, your children - the entire household! DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Have some fun . . . play with the kids, have games night, go for a drive . . . whatever you do, have fun.
  6. Don't Forget to Take Time With God. Take that special quiet time with God and ask HIM for guidance in parenting. It will amaze you at how God can help to curtail that Frustration. God time will also give you a personal boost!
  7. Pray over your Children. Pray for their struggles, Pray for who they are and who they will become. Pray for their Salvation.
There are days I have failed and let Frustration set in . . . Today was one of those days. I have to stop and re-read the words above . . . Then I have to question myself . . .
  • Did I lift my children up in Prayer today?
  • Did I pray and ask God for guidance?
  • When was the last time I played with each of my kids?
  • Have I gotten irritated and punished my children when I was angry?
  • Have I taken time ALONE with God today?
  • Have I broken a promise to my child?
  • Have I taken time out for me?
  • Do I fail to follow through?
More often than not, I have failed in one or more of the areas above. Parenting REALLY is the Hardest Job You will ever do and remember No ONE is a Perfect Parent!

Friday, February 12, 2010

What IS Love?

Valentine's Day is just a few days away now so I thought I would post things that love is and is not in our home.

  1. Love is not selfish
  2. Love is not hateful
  3. Love is not being a bossy britches
  4. Love is not being disobedient
  5. Love is being loving
  6. Love is being obedient
  7. Love is picking up dirty clothes and taking them to the laundry without being asked
  8. Love is serving others
  9. Love is listening to others even when you don't feel like it
  10. Love is not invading someone when they are in the bathroom
  11. Love is giving up the last piece of meatloaf to another family member
  12. Love is refilling to potty paper
  13. Love is using the courtesy spray before you leave the bathroom
  14. Love is giving a hug or kiss just because
  15. Love is sharing toys
  16. Love is learning when to let them grow up
  17. Love is trusting
  18. Love is patient
  19. Love is kind
  20. Love is refilling the sugar or creamer bowl when you empty it
  21. Love sometimes does not come easy
  22. Love is saying you are sorry . . . even when it is hard
  23. Love is being able to tell someone silently that you love them . . . and they know it from your expression
  24. Love is coming home from a bad day and knowing from the aroma from the house that your Mom loves you and has been waiting for you
  25. Love is being able to tell your Mom, Dad or child anything that is on your heart
  26. Love is not letting a stinker near those you love
  27. Love is putting up the toilet seat before you go and putting it down after
  28. Love never leaves an empty box in the pantry
  29. Love is beautiful
  30. Love is a gift from God
"And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13)


"Dear friends, let us love one another for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." (1 John 4:7)


"And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13)


"We love because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19)


"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Nothin

Tonight we accomplished getting everything ready for the valentine parties tomorrow at school. The cards are all addressed, signed and ready to go. The chocolate is all divided into each class - that was an extreme amount of chocolate. All has been put into back packs. Whew! Katelyn helped me as I didn't have the patience tonight to endure little boy help.

Tomorrow Ryan and EJ will enjoy lunch with Grandma and Grandpa. Isn't that awesome! I would have loved to have my grams and gramps eat lunch with me at school. Great Memories for them!

Today Cody and I took a very long nap . . . it was awesome and very much needed. Cody has been battling a bit of a cold, so the nap was probably beneficial to his body as well as mine.

If you haven't gotten on board with the new online study with Beth Moore, I recommend it highly. Go on over to the Living Proof Blog and get started! Just type in Beth Moore, I am certain it will pop right up.

I don't have any more for you tonight . . . the brain is wiped out . . . do you ever feel like you just have nothin left?

g'night

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

THINGS THAT MAKE MY LIFE EASIER AND I "HEART" THEM

As I thought about today's post, it hit me that I need to write a post about things that make my  life easier. Believe me, with a husband, five kids, three dogs, three fish, a guinea pig and a business, I will just about try anything to make my life easier. I should also mention that I Heart (love) each one! So, read on my friends . . . you may have a suggestions for me to try or you may find something that will make your life easier as well. These are in no particular order:

My Computer
My computer - without it, I think I would be lost. Gotta love Technology a place that I can chat with friends, keep track of finances, write my blogs, shop online. It is mine, all mine.


Alice.com

My Sister Jeanette got me started on Alice.com at Christmas. I absolutely Love Alice.com . . . if you haven't ordered through Alice.com - give it a try . . . Free shipping! Alice.com allows you to choose items that you regularly use and set a time frame for re-order - whether it is one week, two weeks or two months, Alice.com keeps it all organized for you. I simply go to Alice.com once a week, click through my reminders, add them to my cart and complete the purchase. Within a few days that blue Alice.com box arrives at your door with items packaged carefully. No need to fill your cart at the grocery store for these items . . . free shipping right to your door . . . what could be easier? Thanks Alice.com!!!



Amazon.com

Another great place that is a great help is Amazon.com. I am pretty sure the majority of you have ordered through Amazon.com at one time or another. I love Amazon too! I can order just about anything I want straight through Amazon. The biggest help though is grocery items - again free shipping. If grocery items show there is a shipping charge, I simply don't purchase the item from them.


Laundry Cart
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I don't know where my laundry would be without my wonderful rolling cart! This cart will hold SEVEN loads of laundry. This baby rolls wieth ease and is easy to clean the bag, which by the way is heavy duty! Oh yeah, just so that you know . . . this laundry is already on its way to getting done.



Laundry is going full speed in my Kenmore washers (on the bottoms) and dryers (on the top.) They run smoothly and do a really do well at their job!  I love that they stack and don't take up a lot of room too.


Walter . . . (Roomba)


This is Walter . . . I have previously mention him! He has a brother that lives upstairs in our house too . . . his name is also Walter. So, I guess I could say This is Walter and his brother Walter . . . they look a lot alike!  Walter vacuums our floors each morning at 9:00 a.m. on the main floor and 10:00 upstairs each morning . . . all by themselves. I do still run the vacuum a few times a week - to get those dust bunnies that get into those corners - where do they come from? Without Walter and his brother Walter our home would be over run by bunnies. Thank you Walter and your brother Walter for keeping up with those bunnies!


Kindle


This is my Kindle DX . . . I HEART my Kindle DX . . . I know I spoke of my Kindle last week, but I can't seem to get enough of it. This little beauty can hold thousands of books, all in its sleek design. Imagine just me, a blanket, cup of coffe and my Kindle . . . I am thinking my Kindle is a part of the family and maybe should have a name . . . hmmmmmm must think about that.


Coffee Machine



This is my Coffee Machine . . . I don't know how I lived without her. She makes my coffee each and every morning without complaint. She only requires minimum maintenance. She makes the best coffee and also has great foam. Bless you Coffee Machine.


Our World has definitely changed . . . When I look at the things that make my life easier, there is a definite trend . . . electronic.


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