Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Each morning during Circle Time we have been reading a verse from the book of Proverbs and discussing it. Bible verse memorization is vitally important in the Christian life, but I have found that too often memorization takes the place of meditation. I want my children to memorize Bible verses, but I want them to meditate on God’s Word, too. I want their little brains to be filled with God’s instruction. I want their hearts to be convicted when they sin. It makes sense to spend the time now sowing seeds in their tender hearts before the weeds spring up and choke them out.
I want these same things for myself. Is Christian character evident in my life? Is it evident not only to the people I meet out and about on the street or at church but to my family, too? It is my desire to be a doer of the word, and not just a hearer. That’s where meditating on God’s Word comes in.
The dictionary defines the word meditate as “dwelling on any thing in thought; to contemplate; to study”. I have to admit that sometimes I just fly through my Bible reading time and fail to dwell on what I have read during the rest of the day. Sometimes I wonder why my day is not going as well as I would like it to, and then I realize that even though I started my day with God’s Word, I haven’t been keeping the verses in the forefront of my mind. I haven’t been contemplating how they apply in my life. I haven’t been meditating on them and living them out.
It is my hope and prayer that in the coming weeks and months I will see an improvement in the Christian character development of both my children and myself. I cannot instruct them in righteousness if I’m not applying the same standard to myself. I’m so thankful that God has given us a Book with all of the instructions in it!
Image from here.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Dewey received a nice medicated shampoo bath and had his ears cleaned. Wrinkle care is important for English Bulldogs. Dirt and moisture can build up in those cute wrinkles and lead to a nasty infection. Dewey joined our family almost 4 months ago, and thankfully he hasn't had any skin problems yet. We'll see how he does this summer when it gets really hot. I have a feeling he'll be spending afternoons sprawled out on the family room floor enjoying the air conditioning. In case you're wondering why we don't bathe him ourselves, just remember that he weighs close to 100 pounds and has feet the size of a small cow. Enough said.
Buddy, our mini schnauzer, fares best with a puppy cut. He spends so much time romping in the woods with the kids that it just doesn't make since for him to have a traditional schnauzer cut. He looks so skinny right after a haircut.
When Dewey and Buddy came home this evening the kids ran to them like they hadn't seen them in weeks. It had been, in fact, only six hours. Even a short absence makes the heart grow fonder. Those good-smellin' dogs were smothered with hugs.
Grooming the dogs does cut into our budget a bit, but I think if you're going to have pets then you should take good care of them! Dewey and Buddy are looking and feeling great tonight, but I'm sure that as soon as they head out to play in the morning they'll be looking green again from all of the pollen. So much for that spring cleaning. :)
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Yesterday Mr. C and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. We spent the day with our four wonderful children. :)
We ate lunch at a restaurant famous for its tank of lobsters greeting you at the door. I had fried shrimp and shrimp scampi. Delicious!
Our next stop was at an electronics store that the kids just love because they get to play with those expensive video game systems. My wonderful hubby took me shopping for a practical anniversary gift. The rental car we used on our trip last week was equipped with a GPS system. It was a lifesaver! I've been dropping little hints the last several days about getting one. He bought me this one.
We spent the rest of the day browsing the mall and enjoyed spending time together as a family.
I can't believe how fast the last 13 years have flown by! God has blessed us tremendously, and I feel closer to my husband now at this stage of our lives than I ever have before. I'm looking forward to spending many more years with the man of my dreams.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
The keynote speaker was Mrs. Carol Trahan. I was so blessed to hear her personal testimony of how God has used personal tragedy in her life to mold her into what He wants her to be through complete surrender. You can read more about Mrs. Trahan's ministry at her website.
The main auditorium was beautifully decorated. Here are a couple of pictures of tables set up in the hallway.
Breakfast and lunch were catered and served in the gymnasium. It was decorated so elegantly. This ice sculpture of two hearts was the focal point.Lunch was spectacular! The food was delicious, and the table setting was a feast for the eyes. One person at each table won a centerpiece; I came home with a beautiful calla lily.
I attended sessions on homeschooling, coordinating baby/bridal showers, and a special talk for pastors wives. A very godly woman who has been a pastor's wife for over 50 years shared some important helps for pastors' wives. Her talk was my favorite one of the day.
I took several pictures at the Showers of Blessings session. Tables were set up with theme ideas for baby girl and baby boy showers. The three-tiered box cake was actually made out of styrofoam, but it was so lovely.
This cake wasn not made out of styrofoam! It was just gorgeous and was given away as a door prize during the last session. A very sweet pastor's wife was the recipient, and she had the greatest little story to tell as she graciously accepted the cake.
She said that when she arrived home that evening, a missionary family would be there waiting on her. She had gone grocery shopping the day before and had really planned to try to come up with a frugal menu that would still be appreciated by her guests. She used coupons and purchased the store specials and was able to stay within her budget. The only thing she still needed was a dessert. She had actually prayed that God would give her an idea for an inexpensive dessert. Now, I sure do like how God answered her prayer! She was able to take this cake home with her and serve it to the visiting missionaries. How neat is that?
I enjoy attending this conference each year and appreciate the time and effort that the hosts put forth so the rest of us can be blessed. I'm so glad that I'm not the one in charge of such a large event!
Friday, March 07, 2008
I had a wonderful birthday. One of the dear ladies in our church blessed me with a gift card to Cracker Barrel, so our family started the day with a hearty breakfast. Cracker Barrel pancakes are out of this world! You don't even have to butter them, and they still melt in your mouth. And those crispy edges---mmmmm.
After breakfast my hubby took me shopping about an hour away. We didn't stay too long because Bookworm had a piano lesson in the afternoon, but it was still fun to have an outing with the whole family.
Later in the day I went to a nail salon for a brow wax and a manicure. I haven't had a manicure in over a year, and it felt wonderful to be pampered for a little while.
I received some fantastic birthday gifts, but I haven't had time to post pictures yet. Today I'm going to drive an hour away to visit my hair stylist. With the price of gas these days ($3.19/gal. where we live) it is painful to make the 100 mile round trip, but my precious locks are worth it. I don't trust just anyone with my hair. The first couple of years we lived in Georgia I would wait to get my hair done until we made trips back home to Florida, but finally after 2 1/2 years I've found a Georgia girl who does my hair just the way I like it. ;) At least now I only have to drive 50 miles instead of 450! I'm hoping to be able to have lunch with my good friend who lives in the town where I get my hair done. There's a huge outlet mall there, too, but I'm not sure if I'll have time to spend the birthday money that's burning a whole in my pocket.
Tomorrow I'll be taking a small group of ladies from our church to a ladies' conference at a church near Atlanta. Breakfast and lunch will be catered, and I always look forward to gleaning from the speakers. It will be a long day, but a good one.
My sweet hubby has had to watch the kids a lot for me this week, and he'll have the whole day with them tomorrow. They'll go with him on visitation and entertain themselves while he studies. Saturday is always a busy day for my preacher-husband, and I really appreciate his willingness to take care of the kids without any complaint. He's a wonderful daddy, and I know when our kids are grown they will look back and appreciate the quality time he spent with them when they were little. They won't feel like they took a back seat to the ministry.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I leave you with the hope that spring really is on the way. My pear trees have bloomed!
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Today I'm turning 32! I'm going to shamelessly beg for birthday wishes from all of you. If you're a regular reader here but don't usually comment, please do so today. I would really enjoy "meeting" you on my birthday. :)
Monday, March 03, 2008
So, here's what I spent on these good things:
2 12-packs of Sharpie retractable markers = $4.00
3 B&BW anti-bacterial hand soaps $10.00-$10.00 coupon = FREE
$10.00 WM gift card = FREE
Saturday, March 01, 2008
I made a batch of muffins for our new neighbors next door. I kept a few for us to enjoy. They were delicious!
Peach Nectartine Muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup milk
1 large ripe peach- peeled, pitted, and diced
1 very ripe nectarine- peeled, pitted, and diced
1 tbs. brown sugar
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 8 muffin cups or line with paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Add vegetable oil, egg, and milk; mix well. Fold in diced peach and nectarine. Fill each muffin tin to the top with the mixture. Sprinkle a dab of brown sugar on top of each muffin tin.
3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Serve warm or cool.