Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Reason to Hate Sin by Phil Johnson

This article seemed especially fitting to our family as my husband's grandfather is in failing health, as a friend fights a recurrence of cancer and is not doing well, and a distant cousin is no longer with us. May the members of our family reach out to Christ as their rock in this painful time, and that their sorrow is not hopeless.

A friend of mine learned on Thanksgiving Day that he has terminal cancer. I visited him in the hospital that afternoon, and he was devastated. Doctors had discovered an inoperable tumor during surgery, and they simply stitched him back up. He now has all the pain and none of the benefit from that surgical procedure, which was extremely invasive. He was not much improved when I saw him again a couple of days later—after I had been to a memorial service for another friend's father.

So I've been thinking a lot recently about the frailty and the shortness of our human existence—and how sad death is, even for the Christian.

Of course, Christians understand that death is a consequence of sin, and death's sorrow ought to be a universal reminder of how evil sin is. The fruits of humanity's rebellion against God are invariably bitter, tragic, painful, and ugly—and death is the culmination of it all: sin's wages. We all know the pain of loss from death, or we will at some time in our lives. It is simply impossible to live a long life in a sin-cursed world without being assaulted with the sorrow and tragedy of human loss. Even Jesus felt that pain, and He wept at the death of His friend Lazarus (John 11:35).

Have you ever wondered why He was weeping? It could not be just grief over the loss of Lazarus, because He was about to bring Lazarus back to life. Yet it's clear from Scripture that His tears signified real sorrow.

So what was He mourning about?

Surely He was grieving over the effects of sin on people He loved. He was sorrowing over the ravages of evil on His creation. He was thus identifying with those whom He loved, even in their anguish. "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities" (Hebrews 4:15). He bore our griefs and carried our sorrows. He is a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And at Lazarus's grave He felt the full weight of anguish over the sinfulness of the human condition. He was deeply and sincerely moved by it.

Death is a horrible enemy. Scripture says in 1 Corinthians 15:26 that death is "The last enemy that shall be destroyed." And when you sit with someone who is dying slowly, you come face to face with the fact that death is a formidable, tyrannical, universal foe. The searing pain and sadness of death seem almost unbearable at times. If we thought about it in merely human, earthly terms, we might be tempted to become chronically melancholy and despondent.

But Scripture gives us both hope and a reason to rejoice, even in the midst of the gloom of death. Remember: it was in this very same context that Jesus made one of His most glorious promises about His victory over death and hell. He told Lazarus's devastated sister Martha: "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die" (John 11:25-26). He meant, of course, that believers can never die spiritually, and that even their physical death is only a temporary condition.

But that promise, glorious as it is, does not erase death's temporal sorrows. It did not even keep Jesus Himself from weeping. The short verse that records His sorrow over Lazarus's death comes just ten verses after He made that promise. We who cling to that promise likewise still have profound sorrows, but thankfully, our sorrow is not a hopeless sorrow (1 Thessalonians 4:13).

Pondering the universality of death and the inevitability of it, I have to wonder what certain Emergent leaders could possibly be thinking when they systematically try to downplay the hope of heaven and urge Christians to be more concerned with earthly matters.

Indeed, "if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable" (1 Corinthians 15:19).

HT: Team Pyro

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Works for me Wednesday....Christmas tag idea

I don't know about you, but I never know what to do with all the Christmas cards I get every year. I hate to throw them out because they are so pretty, but don't really have a use for them. So I started doing what my mom does. She saves all her Christmas cards and when the season comes around again and it's time to wrap gifts, she pulls out last years Christmas cards. She cuts them into strips and uses them as tags on all the gifts!

You end up saving money and making neat little one-of-a-kind gift tags!

For more helpful hints visit WFMW at Rocks in My Dryer!


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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Turkey Pie

If you are like me, then you still have leftover turkey. Eating a plate of leftovers for several days after the holiday leaves you tired of eating turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes and any other casserole you might have hanging around your refrigerator.

You also may not feel like making pie crust from that case, I have a solution. But we all know there is nothing like a homeade crust, so I'll give you that recipe too!

Jiffy Mix Dough

2 cups Jiffy Baking Mix
2/3 cup milk

Mix it together with a fork. Shape with your hands and roll out or store it in the fridge, wrapped tightly, until later.

Homeade Pie Crust

4 cups flour
1-1/3 cup shortening, plus one good plop
1 tsp salt (optional)
3/4 cup cold water

Put flour and salt into bowl. Cut in shortening thoroughly. Add water. Blend with a fork and shape with your hands. Separate 1/2 and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate or freeze until later. Makes 2-3 double crusted pies.

Now that we've got our crust done, do you have any gravy left? Any leftover turkey drippings? I kept the extra drippings thinking that I would be making pies a few days I can make gravy just as good as it was on Thanksgiving!

What you want to do is make up some more gravy for the inside of your pie. Once you have that made, add in your leftover turkey and any veggies you might want in there. I usually add in green beans and corn. If you want potatoes, I would recommend making the gravy thinner since the starch of the potatoes will thicken up the inside of the pie.

If you use the Jiffy mix, I would just use it as the top of the pie. Load up a large casserole dish with your turkey mixture and then put the rolled out crust on top of the dish, tucking in the sides. Beat an egg and brush the top, and make a few small slits over the top to let the steam escape. Bake at 350 for an hour or so.

If you use the homeade pie crust, roll out the bottom, place in a pie pan. Fill it up with your turkey mixture and roll out the top crust, placing it on top. Press the edges together and crimp it with your fingers. Brush the top with a beaten egg and makes some fork holes in it. Bake at 350 for an hour or so.

(The baking time is all going to depend on how hot your turkey mixture is...and you want to make sure that the dough is fully cooked through)

Joy to the World by Isaac Watts

(It seems like I'm always a day late on these hymns lately! Sorry!)

"Joy to the World" is one of the best-known and best-loved of Christmas carols. It contains a message of joy and love replacing sin and sorrow. It may also be interpreted to be about life after the second coming of Christ. The hymn is significant for its widespread use throughout Christian denominations and for the musical stature of the people who created it.

The scripture-based words are by Isaac Watts. The music was adapted and arranged by Lowell Mason from an older melody which was then believed to have originated from Handel; not least because the theme of the refrain (And heaven and nature sing...) appears in the orchestra opening and accompaniment of the recitative Comfort Ye from Handel's Messiah, and the first four notes match the beginning of the choruses Lift up your heads and Glory to God from the same oratorio. However, Handel did not compose the entire tune.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Freebie Update...

I would hope that those of you who sign up for the freebies and samples that I post weekly, signed up for this one! I just received my boxes in the mail. I have to say that this was one of the best freebies I have received!

I received two boxes of individually wrapped assorted chocolates that include: Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Praline Cream, Milk Chocolate, Hazelnut Cream, Praline and Hazelnut Chunk, and Cream Chocolate. YUM!

There is nothing like getting over a pound of FREE german chocolate!!

(Angela...did you sign up for this one?)

Unfortunately, it is too late now to get it...but those of you who overlooked it...maybe you should pay more attention when I post free samples and freebies!

Huckabee on Homeschooling

Monday, November 26, 2007

My Favorite Christmas Music

1. Behold the Lamb of God by Andrew Peterson

I cannot stress how much I love this cd. Go to the show, get the cd and get the dvd. You will not be disappointed!

2. Savior: Celebrating the Mystery of God Become Man by Sovereign Grace Music

(See my write up about it!)

3. Season of Love by 4Him

(I grew up listening to this and still enjoy it)

4. Because it's Christmas by Barry Manilow

(This is a must have...Barry and I go waaay back!)

5. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives

(Another childhood favorite)

6. When My Heart Finds Christmas by Harry Connick jr

(Love this!)

A quote

"That's one of the ways in which the self-esteem movement works against the message of the gospel. The prevailing emphasis of our culture is to tell people that what's wrong with them is that they feel bad about themselves. If they will just feel better about themselves, they can be cured of anything.But the Bible says you'll never feel good about yourself until you learn first to feel bad about yourself. When you realize how bad things really are, then you are in a position to learn how to feel truly good. Then it won't be about you, but about the One who died to forgive your great debt so that you, in turn, can be a debt forgiver to others around you.Anytime I harbor animosity toward anyone, it is because I have diminished my sense of the debt I owe to the living God."

-Alistair Begg

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Four Things

I read this over at All About Us and thought I would join in :)

Four Things You May or May Not Know About Me

Four jobs I have had in my life:

1. Pampered Chef Consultant
2. Preschool teacher
3. Direct Marketing/Sales Associate
4. Avon Representative

Movies I Would Watch Over and Over:

1. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
2. Les Miserables...10th Anniversary Special
3. An Affair to Remember
4. Tommy Boy

Four TV Shows that I watch:

1. The Office
2. Lost
3. 24
4. American Idol

Four Places I have been:

1. Rhode Island (born there, lived there til I was 11)
2. Maine (lived there from age 11-21)
3. Tennessee (lived here from 21 to present)
4. Paris, France (visited my sister when she was a nanny)

Four People who E-mail / Call Me Often:

1. My Hub
2. My mom
3. Teana Gina

Four of My Favorite Foods:

1. General Tso's Chicken/fried rice
2. Pizza
3. Beef and Brown Potatoes
4. Meat Pie

Four places I would rather be right now:

1. Shopping
2. in bed, fast asleep
3. in bed, not-so-fast-asleep (iykwim)
4. Anywhere with my family

Things I am looking forward to this year:

1. Going to Maine for Christmas
2. to Louisville next year for Together For the Gospel
3. Jamison's first birthday
4. Watching my children discover new things

Want to play? Consider yourself tagged and please let me know you decided to play!

A Huckabee Review

Friday, November 23, 2007

A few pictures for a holiday weekend!

"Gideon, smile!", I said
"I can't!", he said.
So I made him!
Yes, my baby tried to eat puppy chow...I pulled three pellets from his mouth!

My boys, helping mommy break up the bread for the stuffing!

A Thanksgiving table The turkey....YUM!

Hey Angela! It looks nice, eh?
Cheap slave labor
See the arm from behind the tree? It's the phantom raker....

Christmas gifts you just CAN'T pass up...aka The TBNN after Thanksgiving sale!

(this is ALL in fun, and I'm sure that those who are very much against reformed belief, wish there was a pill for it, lol)

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Talking Fred Phelps Doll: The perfect gift for your darling dumpling this Christmas. Make the life of your little one complete with Talking Fred.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Checklist

Swiss Cheese Green Beans: check...just have to put on the buttered bread crumbs in the morning.

Sweet Potato Casserole: check...just have to put on the pecan topping in the morning.

Party Potatoes: check...just have to put pats of butter on top before baking.

(Tomorrow, I will take these out of the fridge about an hour and a half before baking to let them get down in temperature so the stoneware doesn't crack!)

Cherry Pie, Whoopie Pies, Congo Squares and Frank's Bars: check!

Turkey Brine is done...just waiting until the turkey goes into it later.

I will make the Bread Stuffing later tonight when I have room in the fridge when the turkey goes into the brine. Of course, I can't make the gravy yet....gotta wait until tomorrow for those turkey drippings!!

Edited to say: Bread Stuffing is done....the boys helped to come!

This will definitely make tomorrow much less stressful. It also helps to have a double oven :)

2007 Toy Review: part 1

I figure, what better way to review toys than to tell you what toys survived the year with my boys. Friends can tell you, they know how to play with toys!

Firstly, the following toys are recommended NOT to be purchased. Unless your child is calm and doesn't want to run up and down the halls with their cars (mine do), this might last more than 6 months. Each of these have been purchased for the kids at birthdays, and 6 months or less, one the wheels have broken off, and there is no way to fix it. They still play with two of them, but get very frustrated with the wheels always falling off.

Now, something I do recommend, is the miniature diecast cars. The kids have a bunch of these, and aside from a little chipping of the paint, they are very durable!

This Mack has also stood the test of time! Highly recommended!

This is the alphabet classroom made by Vtech. Nolan received this 3 years ago and it is still in really great shape! It's fun and educational and is still a big hit!

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Works for me up the toys!

I don't know about you, but I feel like there is a never ending battle between my house and the kid's toys. On any given afternoon, if you were to stop by, you would find the living room and hallway littered with race cars, play food, abc buses, etc...the list goes on and on.

A couple of weeks ago, I had an epiphany! I started at one end of the house...the dining room. If there were toys on the floor, I took the broom and swept them into the kitchen. Then I swept all of those toys into the hallway. I started again in the living room and swept all of those toys into the hall. As they accumulated, they were all swept into the kid's rooms.

I know what you're thinking....that I'm a genius. I know, I've often thought the same thing! Within a matter of two minutes, your entire house can be free of toys!

Of course, the bedrooms leave much to be desired, but that is what the kids are for! What works best here is telling the kids to clean up their rooms to surprise daddy who is almost home from work. My boys are 5-1/2, 4, 2-1/2 and almost that works. I'm thinking that when they are teenagers, they won't really care if they surprise daddy with a clean room anymore, lol.

Try this and tell me how it goes! Head on over to Rocks in My Dryer for more helpful hints!

Next week, I will share a way to save some money on gift wrapping!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Holiday Recipes #6: Bread Stuffing and Gravy

Here is a recipe for your basic stuffing....comes out good every time! (you can easily make this the night before!)

I usually double this since everyone loves their stuffing!

Bread Stuffing

Approx 15 slices of bread
1 medium chopped onion
1 stick butter or margarine
2 stalks chopped celery
1/2 cup chicken/turkey broth
salt, pepper, sage (to taste)

In a small saucepan or in the microwave, cook onion, celery, and margarine until soft. In a large bowl, break bread up into pieces with your hands. Poor cooked mixture over the bread. Add as much broth you need to make the mixture stick together. Start with 1/2 cup. Add salt, pepper and sage to taste.

It's best mixed with your hands!

You can just keep this covered in the fridge until you are ready to stuff your turkey. You might have left over, you can just put that in a loaf pan and bake later to have extra.

Turkey Gravy

1-1/2 cups turkey drippings from pan
1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp salt
3/8 tsp pepper
6 cups broth

Place drippings in bowl and add flour, salt, and pepper...whisking to a smooth paste. Add broth. Using a hand blender, whisk, or mixer, mix until everything is smooth. Microwave at full power until bubbly and thick, beating smooth every 2 minutes.

Holiday Recipes #5: Brining and cooking a TURKEY!

This will be my 4th year of bringing our Thanksgiving turkey. It will give your turkey a moistness that will last until all the leftovers are gone. It stays juicy and tasty, even if you want to freeze the leftovers. I cannot recommend this enough!

When I first brined our bird, I looked up several recipes on how to do it. I kind of made up my own from them all. The main necessity is that you have Kosher salt, brown sugar, vegetable stock and ice water. You can add spices and flavorings, but I really don't think it adds much and it can get very pricey!

(this recipe is for a 14-16 pound bird and you can make more or less depending on how big your turkey is)

For the brine:

1 cup Kosher salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 gallon vegetable stock
1 gallon ice water

Combine the salt, brown sugar and vegetable stock in a large pot. Bring it to a boil, dissolving all the solids. Remove from heat and let it cool down to room temperature. Then refrigerate until cold.

I usually brine my turkey for about 12 hours. You can find many places saying many different things on how long you should let your turkey sit in a brine. I've found that if I keep the salt content a little lower, I can keep the turkey in the brine a little longer. You just do not want it to sit so long that the salt starts to break down the meat.

On Wednesday, I will combine the brine with the ice water in a clean 5 gallon bucket. Place the thawed turkey, breast side down in the bucket, cover and keep cold. (I usually keep it in the basement where it is cool, and I make sure there is ice in the water) Turn the turkey once in the middle of brining.

When you are ready to start cooking the turkey, take it out of the brine and rinse it with cold water. You can throw out the brine. Pat it down dry.

I will then season the outside and inside of the turkey with salt and pepper and then stuff it. Get some butter and smear it all over the outside of the turkey.

Here is a good tip: Before it even gets hot, get some aluminum foil and form it over the bird. Then take it off and put it in a safe place. When you need to cover the turkey, you won't have to mess with forming the foil on a hot turkey.

Start cooking it in a 450-500 degree oven, on the lowest rack of the oven, for 30 minutes. Then take the foil that you have already formed, and place it over the breast portion of the bird. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and insert meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast and return to oven.

You want the thermometer to reach 161 degrees.

For turkeys up to 20 pounds, you will cook them 15 minutes per a total of about 4-1/2 hours. For larger birds, about 12 minutes a pound. If your turkey is stuffed, add on an extra 30 minutes.

When it is done, pull it out of the oven, keeping it covered. Let it rest for 15 minutes before carving!

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross by Isaac Watts

Born: Ju­ly 17, 1674, South­amp­ton, Eng­land.

Died: No­vem­ber 25, 1748, Stoke New­ing­ton, Eng­land.

Buried: Bun­hill Fields Cem­etery, Lon­don, Eng­land.John Bun­yan, Jo­seph Hart John Rip­pon,
& Will­iam Shrub­sole lie near­by.
Charles Wesley once said that would give up all his other hymns to have written this one.

Watts’ fa­ther was Non­con­form­ist im­pris­oned twice for his re­li­gious views. Isaac learned Greek, Latin, and He­brew un­der Mr. Pin­horn, Rec­tor of All Saints, and head­mas­ter of the Gram­mar School in South­amp­ton. Isaac’s taste for verse showed it­self in ear­ly child­hood, and his prom­ise caused a lo­cal doc­tor and other friends to of­fer him a un­i­ver­si­ty ed­u­ca­tion, as­sum­ing he would be or­dained in the Church of Eng­land. How­ev­er, Isaac de­clined and in­stead en­tered a Non­con­for­mist Acad­e­my at Stoke New­ing­ton in 1690, un­der the care of Thom­as Rowe, pas­tor of the In­de­pen­dent cong­re­ga­tion at Gir­dlers’ Hall; Isaac joined this con­gre­ga­tion in 1693.

Watts left the Acad­e­my at age 20 and spent two years at home; it was dur­ing this per­i­od that he wrote the bulk of his Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs. They were sung from man­uscripts in the South­amp­ton Cha­pel, and pub­lished 1707-1709.

The next six years of his life were again spent at Stoke New­ing­ton, work­ing as tu­tor to the son of em­i­nent Pur­i­tan John Har­topp. The in­tense stu­dy of these years is re­flect­ed in the the­o­log­ic­al and phil­o­soph­ic­al ma­ter­i­al he sub­se­quent­ly pub­lished.

Watts preached his first ser­mon at age 24. In the next three years, he preached fre­quent­ly, and in 1702 was or­dained as pas­tor of the In­de­pen­dent con­gre­ga­tion in Mark Lane. At that time he moved in­to the house of a Mr. Hollis in the Mi­nor­ies. His health be­gan to fail the next year, and Sam­u­el Price was ap­point­ed as his as­sist­ant in the min­is­try. In 1712, a fe­ver shat­tered his con­sti­tu­tion, and Price be­came co-pas­tor of the con­gre­ga­tion, which had moved to a new cha­pel in Bu­ry Street. It was at this time that Isaac be­came the guest of Sir Thom­as Ab­ney. He lived with Ab­ney (and lat­er Abney’s wi­dow) the rest of his life, main­ly at The­o­balds in Hert­ford­shire, then for 13 years at Stoke New­ing­ton.

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

[Added by the compilers of Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern]

To Christ, who won for sinners grace
By bitter grief and anguish sore,
Be praise from all the ransomed race
Forever and forevermore.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Savior: Celebrating the Mystery of God Become Man

Last year, John and I were very excited to discover that Sovereign Grace Music released a Christmas cd titled Savior. It was placed into our cd player and remained there for weeks. I even found myself listening to it over the past year. This is definitely not your generic Christmas albun. It's more about our sinfulness and our need for a Savior.

My youngest son, Jamison, will be a year old on December 9th. The two weeks before he was born were filled with nights of useless contractions. I remember spending the wee hours of the morning listening to this cd as I folded laundry, timed contractions and prayed for my little one to arrive. I thought of Mary and her anticipation as she neared Christ's birth. I would sing Sleep Jesus Sleep, thinking about her and how she knew who her little baby was. He was the Savior...yet so very small and frail.

My favorite song is Rejoice. There is such an incorporation of who God is...How God came to the Earth in the form of Jesus...and what it will be like when God returns!

It is so refreshing to hear Christmas music that points right to Christ and the cross. In How Sweet the Day, you are reminded of why and how we have been redeemed. We are 'freed from our fears', the 'power of sin is broken' and we are 'given the power to follow Him'. The day Christ appeared was a sweet will be the day that Christ returns!

You can hear clips of all of the songs here.

I highly recommend you purchase this! Make sure you buy it for gifts will definitely be a blessing to your family and friends!

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Doggie Giveaway!

Caesar's Closet Giveaway!
If you have a dog and want to dress it up...there is a giveaway that is perfect for you!
Click on little Caesar's cute face and enter to win:

(All fit a dog that wears a size XS. Caesar now wears a Small.)
1. Blue winter coat, worn once.
2. Green Argyle sweater, worn once.
3. Rodeo cowboy vest, never worn.
4. *BONUS* Brand new, Stop Global Warming doggie tee courtesy of My Conservation Baby! This tee stretches and will fit xs-m. A must have for every pooch!
Just follow the rules and you might win!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Charo Washer's Testimony

Part One

Part Two

A quote

"One of the reasons we are not as Christ-centered and cross-saturated as we should be is that we have not realized that everything---everything good, and everything bad that God turns for the good of his redeemed children---was purchased by the death of Christ for us. We simply take life and breath and health and friends and everything for granted. We think it is ours by right. But the fact is that it is not ours by right. We are doubly undeserving of it."

-John Piper

Move over Chris Tomlin...enter Daddy

On our way to the post office this morning, the kids started asking me if I could put Amazing Grace into the cd player. You see, every night daddy goes in and reads them a Bible story and then sings them a hymn. Their favorite is Amazing Grace.

Now, I have the newest (not sure if you can really call it new) and it has his version of the song.

I put it in the cd player thinking....'wow, they are going to be so excited that I have this song for them to listen to.'

Um, no.

Nolan immediately asked me to turn it off because it wasn't the right song. I turned the volume down and started singing it to them, and his response was "Now THAT'S the right song, Mommy!"

I guess Nolan prefers his daddy's version of the song better than Chris Tomlin's!

The mouse is dead

Finally, after 4 months of living the good life, Jerry is dead. (that's what we named him)

He was a cunning mouse, always full of surprises. He died in the garage...probably trying to escape. He was laying right near the garage door.

As I walked around to the back of the van, I stepped on something that didn't feel like leaves. It was Jerry. I'm just glad that I had shoes on....cause I went down there last night and this morning, that very get a few hidden gifts left in the back of the van.

I could have felt that warm, hairy body squish between my toes. By the grace of God...I had shoes on.

Edited to add: This was NOT a pet mouse...this was a pesky rodent that was eating the flour in my pantry closet. Don't feel bad for Jerry...he got what he deserved. You know how he died? He ate the POISON that we put out for him...hahaha!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Yeah, it's the new Hollywood sign!

Make your own here :)

Hillary planted questions...not surprising

Why I don't I just do it?

I need to empty the dishwasher. I have dirty dishes in the sink just waiting to replace the clean dishes that are still on the racks.

I've done a lot today...cleaned out cupboards, vacuumed the house, organized some stuff, cleaned out the children's seats thoroughly (I think I'll make them eat on the floor so my chairs and table remain this clean), etc.

But that dishwasher is still full of clean dishes.

And I'm mad cause I just made a pot of homeade mac and cheese that came out soooo good, and as I was eating a bowl of it, I started smell something burning, only to realize I forgot to turn off the heat on the stove and the remainder, aka my lunch and dinner for the next 3 days, is no good and smells and tastes like smoke.



I want this watch for Christmas...but you didn't hear it from me!

Another day gone and another bag made

The bottom piece is corduroy, as are the straps. It's lined with flannel and has a pocket...I don't know who to give it to for Christmas, so we'll see!

I made the pattern myself, and like the first time you do anything, I made it harder than it had to be!

Mike Huckabee...Some Things Are Not Negotiable

Mike Huckabee...A Good Name

Our Advent Calendar

One of our Christmas traditions it our advent calendar. We purchased it a couple of years ago from Desiring God. Unfortunately, I don't see it being sold this year, but you can keep checking back to see if they have it again!.

The advent calendar was designed by Noel Piper and is set on burlap. You can see from the picture that each day is assigned a piece of the nativity, starting out with the manger. The last piece, placed on Dec 25th, is baby Jesus.

What is so great about this calendar is that you read the Christmas story each day. On Dec 1st, you read day one. On Dec 2nd, you read day one and day two, etc. By Dec 25th, you have read through the entire Christmas story and have repeated the story every day, all month long!

The kids love it and take turns with who gets to put the pieces on! I bet that any crafty mom could make one with her kids in time for this advent season!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


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Works for me Wednesday....don't be afraid of the dentist!

Okay, I've never been afraid of the dentist. I used to go every you are supposed to. Then I moved far from my dentist, got married and had kids. I figured that if it wasn't hurting then it was okay.

Then I chipped a tooth. I got that taken care of. That was when Gideon was a baby. The dentist told me that because of being pregnant and the vomiting that took place from the pregnancies, it took a toll on my back teeth.

Okay, I get that.

Fast forward two more babies and the pain came back with more chipping.

Thankfully I now have dental insurance to take care of my upcoming visits.

So, my helpful tip for Wednesday is:


Even if you don't have insurance, it's worth the extra money once or twice a year to get your teeth cleaned. This was also recommended to me:

Get yourself one and use it and it will strengthen your gums to prevent issues with your teeth.

You're welcome...cause you will thank me later!

And go check out Rocks In My Dryer for some more helpful hints!

And the lunch of choice is....Popeye Spinach?

Yes, you heard right! I went grocery shopping with my boys and in the vegetable aisle, they saw this:

As they fought in the store over who got to hold the can...we finally arrived home. When I asked them what they wanted for lunch, the answer was a loud "POPEYE SPINACH!" Okay, I can deal with that. Are these really my children...asking to eat spinach for lunch???

I split the can into three bowls.

And then gave it to them...and they ate!

And the something miraculous took place! Their muscles grew, and they each became a powerhouse of pure muscle!!!

Now...when surveyed and asked if they liked the taste...we had mixed reviews...