Sunday, February 28, 2010
That He should give His only Son; And make a wretch His treasure
As wounds which mar the Chosen One; Bring many sons to glory
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice; Call out among the scoffers
His dying breath has brought me life; I know that it is finished
But I will boast in Jesus Christ; His death and resurrection
But this I know with all my heart; His wounds have paid my ransom
But this I know with all my heart; His wounds have paid my ransom
Friday, February 26, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I let each boy take turns with the camera. Andrew took the picture below.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Anyway, back to what I came here for. I wanted to share something that I use on a regular basis that is "green" and saves money. A Homemade ZipTop Bag Dryer. To some, re-using those bags are the ultimate signs of an over-the-top cheap tightwad. And others might argue that if I really wanted to be thrifty and help the environment, I wouldn't purchase them at all, I would stick with only glass containers rather than disposable ones.
My biggest problem re-using the bags for the longest time was getting the bags fully dried. I would try to towel dry them, which would help somewhat. But I was finding that if I didn't get it fully dried then stored the bag, it wouldn't be worth using later.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
We know it deep within us.
We believe it with all our hearts.
We also know that being a believer is more than just feelings, so in those times, even when it’s very hard to do so, we proclaim, “God is Good.”
Lately… with our current circumstances, it seems like God allows us to “see” his presence right when our spirits are at a low. That was Tuesday. I paid bills that day. Which stinks for anyone under normal circumstances, but as we are approaching the end of the month … my mood was less than stellar?
Then Marc got some very disappointing news. Between the two of us, I confessed we slipped into a “Woe is Me” state of mind. We let the laptop babysit the boys and we just moped for a while. Despite that, eventually, together we lifted our troubles in prayer and proclaimed that God is Good.
Shortly after that a miracle happened. Our spirits did a 180 degree turn. I’m not kidding and I can’t explain it since circumstantially nothing changed. We ended up having a great evening. The bills were still due, the news was still the same, neither of us said or did anything spectacular. We didn’t resolve to “put on a smiling face”. We were truly joyful. Even two days later, Marc and I are still a little shocked and talking about what a good day it was.
Then yesterday, I opened the mail, and there, completely unexpected was a large escrow overage check sent from our mortgage company. Just in time for the end of the month. God is Good.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Can I give up laundry?
For lent (starting tomorrow - already had it before the converstaion took place), I will give up my flavored coffee creamer. I know it doesn't seem like much. I'm not a big breakfast eater and I practically live for my morning coffee... programmed to be freshly ground & brewed when I wake up. My love for Eight o'Clock Coffee w/Hazelnut Coffeemate liquid creamer is extreme. (I'm second guessing myself just writing this.)
Finally, I would love for you to visit my fellow blogger at Diaper Diaries. She posted her Works for me Wednesday, which prompted me to write this since our experiences matched practically word for word. (Jill, thanks for the
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I had been gone a lot during last week and was going to be gone a good part of the weekend, too... leaving Marc stuck home with the kids again and enough to drive him insane. I halfheartedly mentioned he should ship them to Ohio and when we started putting pieces together (like Andrew having last Friday off school), it ended up working out.
Marc took them down right after Andrew as out of school and while I was working on Thursday. Once he was back we were able to enjoy a late dinner out... just the two of us. Nice.
Friday, I didn't work or babysit, and it was my friend's birthday. So I stole her for the whole day! We had brunch, watched the new Valentine's Day movie, got pedicures, ate a nice early dinner, then hunkered down with girly snacks (baked brie and spinach/artichoke dip on Stacy's Pita Chips - amazing) to watch the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.... until we fell asleep on the couch. It was long day and a late night - but one I would repeat in a heartbeat.
Saturday we met up with the hubbies for brunch before splitting up. Men went to a movie and ladies to our homes. I cleaned and got caught up on American Idol before leaving to help with Children's Church in the evening.
We met back up with our friends that night for 9pm bowling. I had some kickin' coupons that needed used. We all came back here to watch the Canadian sitcom Corner Gas. (Surprisingly funny.)
Sunday, we slept in and went to the late church service before heading back down to Ohio to meet my parents and make the kid hand-off. I missed my boys tons and feel like AJ grew in those three days... but I could get used to weekends like this.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
The downside is they are plastic cards instead of paper ones. (The environment comes second to kindergarten class parties apparently).
Now I know how Andrew works. Knowing that he would have to 'sign' about 25 of these cards, we started working on them the weekend before his Thursday party. Getting a handful done each day would be much easier than the daunting task of writing his name 25 times the night before the party. (Plus that particular Wednesday was already a busy one for us.)
So I have him sit down to write them out and the frustration begins. First pencil, then pen, then marker... all the ink either wouldn't show up or would smear on the plastic cards. No fun. So I came up with the idea to make name labels and let him stick them on rather than sign them.
This, however, felt like cheating for some reason... like me doing his science project for him (Hi Shawna!). Plus, how personal is a name in Times New Roman?
So before I made the labels, I scanned his "signature" and used that for a somewhat more personal touch. May not have been a great way for him to practice his writing, but he thought it was cool to have his writing on 'stickers'. And I didn't hear any complaints about him not having to print his name over and over, either.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Marc will be attending a SuperBowl party with some of our friends. I will be having a little girly party with my good friend. I'm even planning on some girly appetizer foods that I wouldn't dream of making with the "men" in my life.
Foods like guacamole and hot spinach-artichoke dip. And of course, chocolate of some sort... probably undercooked brownies. I know boxed brownies are like the most simplest dessert... but they are oh, so, good.
Here's looking forward to a good game (that we might-kinda watch between stuffing our faces), funny commercials, and an amazing Tim Tebow/Focus on the Family ad.Side Note: If you don't have Game Day plans or need some reason to wear your kids out so you can put them down early for the game... consider the Children's Museum. Target is sponsoring a free day today.
I would consider it, but I will have 4 young boys under my care today. And four children at a potentially very busy museum (did I mention it's free today?) does not appeal to me. Plus we were able to go there last weekend when my parents were in town... using 2 B1G1 coupons from our Entertainment book. I love that book!