Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
~ from Papa's Wife by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
I came across this quote by President Abraham Lincoln that I wanted to share. Though the words were penned 144 years ago, they are, unfortunately, even more fitting today. May we all be encouraged to pray for America and our national leaders.
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.
But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
~President Abraham Lincoln (March 30, 1863)
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Here's a closeup of the quilt. The sheets are the same pattern as the cream colored stripe with tiny flowers.
This pillow is adorable! It's designed like a western shirt with the fringe and the front pocket.
The lamp was probably my favorite. It has a little horseshoe charm with pink rhinestones on the pull-chain.I want to share the story of my search for these goodies, but that will have to come in another post!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Oh, how I remember those first few weeks at home with a newborn! I had read every "What To Expect" book out there, but I still had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Bookworm and I began our journey down the mother/daughter road together. On days when I questioned my skills as a mother, one smile from that precious face would clear all doubts away.
I've made many mistakes on our journey, but Bookworm and I have continued the growing process together. She has turned into a young lady right before my eyes!
Sometimes I wish that I could turn back the hands of time and be able to do those early days over again. I'd like to think that I would make fewer mistakes. But I can't go back. Instead, I'll embrace each new day and strive to be the mother that God would have me to be.
To my Birthday Girl,
I pray that in the coming year you will grow closer to Jesus and seek to please Him in all that you say and do. I'm so very thankful that God chose you to be my firstborn! Daddy and I feel so blessed to have you as our daughter. You will always have a special place in our hearts. Happy 9th birthday, Sweetie! I love you bunches!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
and gave myself a pedicure with my favorite shade of polish from OPI called I'm Really Not A Waitress.
Now I'm all dressed up and ready to go! This year we reserved a restaurant in town for our banquet instead of using the fellowship hall at the church building, so I didn't have to spend the day decorating! I have to admit that I'm looking forward to an evening out with other grownups and no children. One of the teenagers from church is going to watch them for us. This will only be the second time in a year and a half that we've left them with a sitter. Now if the rain would just let up; at least I won't be the only lady at the banquet having a bad hair day!
Monday, February 12, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Now matter how old someone is, they always appreciate a visit, a smile, a kind word, and a little something that says, "I care about you!"
For more Works For Me Wednesday ideas, head over to Rocks In My Dryer.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
I had about 6 weeks worth of graded papers
Thanks to Five Minutes For Mom for hosting Tackle It Tuesday.
Monday, February 05, 2007
She has an uncanny sense of humor. She is constantly saying things that just crack us up. She can give you this certain look that has "royalty" written all over it.
Each day she chooses a different name for herself. At church she tells the nursery workers her name for the day, and she will only respond to that particular name. It might be the name of a Disney princess or the name of one of her sister's friends, you just never know.
She is a thumb-sucker, but she only sucks the thumb on her right hand. Those little front teeth are protruding ever-so-slightly. She loves to have polish on her fingernails, but I've told her that she can't have polish on her thumb until she can keep it out of her mouth. She'll come running up to me saying, "See, Mommy, I'm not sucking my thumb! Will you paint it?" I tell her that we'll wait a while and see. Sure enough, that thumb will be back in her mouth a few minutes later.
Lil' Nut is very affectionate. She gives hugs and kisses to all of her favorite people.
She has great comprehension for a little person, too. She really understands that her grandmas live in "Fworida" and that it takes all day to get there.
She wants to marry her daddy when she grows up, and she's already begging to wear my wedding dress which happens to be hanging in her closet.
She loves her brother and sisters and is always wanting to play with them, although she and Curly Girl have seemingly endless battles over Polly Pockets and princesses.
It's hard to believe she's turning three. All day long we were asking her, "How old are you now?" She would smile real big and say, "Ummm, two! Ummm, four!", just to tease us, and then finally she would tilt her little head to the side and say, "Fwee!"
Happy Birthday, Lil' Nut! I love you bunches!
Monday: birthday cake (yep, you read that right)
Tuesday: turkey chili; cornbread
Wednesday: pancakes; bacon; fruit salad
Thursday: chicken and rice bake; broccoli; squash casserole
Friday: pizza; salad
For more menu ideas head over to Laura's.
1/3 C. diced onions
1/3 C. diced peppers
1/3 C. diced celery
1 Tbs. garlic
1 - 1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
1 (16 oz.) can chili beans~ undrained
1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatos and green chilies~ undrained
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
chili pepper to taste
Saute the vegetables in oil until well browned. Add the turkey and cook until browned. Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer about 15 minutes.
You could also put everything in the crock pot after you brown the turkey and let everything simmer on LOW for a couple of hours. I also shredded some sharp cheddar cheese to top the chili with. Very yummy and easy, too!
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
I'm constantly decluttering around my house, but I often get sidetracked and don't completely finish what I started out to accomplish. That's something I'm working on right now, so I decided to join Susan's Challenge.
That's my goal: 15 minutes a day.
In order to achieve my goal, I need to plan it into my day. I used to have a set time scheduled each day for working on cleaning/organizing projects, but over the past few months I have let my attention drift to other things. I plan on writing my "decluttering time" on my daily schedule.
I'm looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish during those 15 minutes a day.
The kids and I stayed in the house all day where we were warm and dry. We finished up our school work after lunch. I was trying to think up a fun activity for the afternoon, but Curly Girl came up with a great idea all by herself. She suggested we have a puppet show, and so that's exactly what we did.
Mickey Mouse and Bookworm hauled a couple of dining chairs into the family room and draped a blanket over them for a background. Mr. C and I were very entertained by Joseph, Moses, and Lamb.
Lil Nut sat on Daddy's lap and was absolutely captivated by the puppets- until she decided she wanted to be part of the show, too.
The puppet show was a big hit and will make a great addition to our list of "rainy day" activities.
**If you have any rainy day activities that have been a hit at your house, please share them with me! :)