Monday, April 23, 2007
I'm going to be taking a blogging break this week. The very best mom in the whole world (that would be my mom) is visiting with us, and I want to just relax and enjoy spending time with her for the next few days.
I hope you all have a wonderful week. Take care! :-)
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Friday, April 20, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Many of you are already familiar with Heather who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last week. Heather is a young mother of three who has already had to deal with unbelievable medical challenges with her daughter Emma Grace, and now she is facing a very tough battle of her own.
Heather has an appointment at Mayo Clinic in just a few days, and BooMama is coordinating an effort to raise funds to help Heather and her family with expenses associated with the trip. You can make a donation via PayPal by visiting BooMama's blog on Wednesday, April 18.
We serve a mighty God who is still in the miracle-working business! I've already added Heather to my prayer list, and I hope you will, too.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Sunday's services were a blessing. I'm so glad that I attend a church where the Word of God is preached! We had three first-time visitors, so it looks like I'll be busy baking cookies tomorrow.
We experienced a family milestone during the evening service. Lil' Nut promoted from the nursery and joined us in "big church". She was very excited and felt so grown-up! Although she did a really good job staying quiet during the preaching, I only caught snippets of the sermon because I was keeping a close eye on my wiggle worm. I'm always a bit nervous when we begin training our little ones to sit quietly through the service. Daddy doesn't get to help much with the process since he's busy preaching. :-) The folks sitting behind us were so kind and said Lil' Nut didn't bother them a bit. For the first time in 9 years, I no longer have a child in the church nursery. I guess we're now officially a family of big kids.
This week I have several tasks to accomplish on my to-do list. I'm going to try to finish my spring cleaning. The kitchen, children's bedrooms, guest bathroom, and porches still need some attention. I would also like to spend some time working in the garden if the weather cooperates.
I hope you all have a blessed week!
Sunday: potato & sausage soup; rolls
Monday: grilled chicken breasts; scalloped potatoes; broccoli w/cheese
Tuesday: roast beef; rice w/gravy; fried okra; squash w/onions
Wednesday: leftovers; fruit salad
Thursday: tacos and burritos w/all the fixins'
Friday: homemade pizza; salad
You can find more great menu ideas here. Happy cooking!
Friday, April 13, 2007
On the left side of the picture is a tiny mug that I've had since I was a baby. I remember it sitting on my dresser when I was growing up. It was one of the things that moved with me when I got married. The gold inscription beneath the baby is begninning to fade. It reads, "Bye Baby Bunting."
The house in the center is actually a votive holder. When a candle is lit it looks like there is a light shining through the little window. One of my best friends gave this to me a few years ago. She is a very thoughtful person who can spot something in a store and immediately think of just the person the item was made for.
On the right side of the picture is a bunny figurine that my mom gave me one Easter. The bunny carries a basket of brown eggs. This cute little figurine is special to me because it brings back lots of memories of growing up with my mom. She gave me the bunny when I was about seven years old during a time in our lives when it was just the two of us.
Mom worked very hard to provide for our necessities and took very good care of me. She spent all of her "free time" with me. I remember bike rides around the lake, playing game after game of Candy Land, and spending hours at the park. There sure wasn't any extra money floating around, but Mom would do little special things to let me know that she loved me very much. I don't think she spent more than a couple of dollars on the bunny, but knowing that she did her very best to make me feel special meant the world to me.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
While out running some errands yesterday I spotted a clearance sign for Easter floral arrangements. I couldn't keep myself from checking out the discounted flowers. Although I don't usually like to spend money on flowers, I couldn't pass up these alstroemerias. This simple touch really adds some cheer to the freshly cleaned dining room. I'd say the $1.98 was well-spent!
Monday, April 09, 2007
Tuesday~ pasta bake; salad; garlic toast
Wednesday~ hamburgers; fries; fruit salad
Thursday~ chicken tenders; green beans; creamed corn
Friday~ pizza; salad
Laura hosts Menu Plan Monday each week.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
1) In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
2) And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
3) His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
4) And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
5) And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6) He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7) And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
8) And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
9) And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
Photo courtesy AllPosters.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
I starting working on the dining room a couple of days ago, but I wasn't able to finish everything because we had to travel out of town for my husband to preach at a meeting. Today I finally got the antler chandelier and the windows cleaned, so I can check this room off of my list.
Dining Room Tasks Completed:
vacuum the crown molding
vacuum window treatments (I washed them recently.)
wash walls and baseboards
wash windows (inside & out)
move baker's rack and wipe it down
declutter baskets on baker's rack (crayons, paper, etc. are stored here)
vacuum seat cushions
polish table and chairs
Here's what the dining room looks like now:
Monday, April 02, 2007
Our host thought that Lil' Nut would enjoy having a turn, too, but her reaction was a little bit unexpected. When she got the fish reeled in she said, "Hey, that's Mr. John's fish!" She's too smart to be fooled. :-)
As darkness approached, we roasted hot dogs over the campfire and made S'mores. Before we headed home Mr. C decided that Buddy needed a bath in the pond, so he tossed Buddy into the pond (much to the chagrin of a few members of our family). Buddy didn't know what in the world had happened, but he quickly found his way back to the shore. Poor dog!
Our church attendance was pretty good on Sunday despite the rain and some families being gone for spring break. All of my Sunday school kiddos were there, and we had a fun class. A new family that has visited with us several times came forward at the end of the service desiring to become members of our church, so that was a real blessing.
This week I am hoping to get a lot more spring cleaning done. Today I'll be working on the dining room. It's a small room, so it shouldn't take too long to get it spic-n-span. If you are doing some spring cleaning at your house, post a comment so that I can check your progress.
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Sunday: roast tenderloin; rice; fried okra; sweet corn; cornbread
Monday: chicken and rice casserole; green bean bake
Tuesday: We'll be eating supper at a preacher's conference, so I won't have to cook! :)
Wednesday: tacos with all the fixins'
Thursday: pasta casserole; garlic toast
Friday: pizza; salad
You can see more menus at Laura's. Have a great week! :-)