Monthly Archives: February 2016

Psalm 46:10

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10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

In the very busyness of our days, we may struggle to be still.  It is important to choose a specific time of day, to be still and reconnect with God.  For many people, this is as soon as they rise in the morning.  They will take out their Bibles and learn about God.  Some will go outside and enjoy the stillness of the morning.  It is easier to think about God in the stillness before the craziness of the day begins.  For some, especially those with little ones, their be still time is nap time or late at night when their children are sleeping.  Others may even wait until their spouse is sleeping so they may have total silence with God.  I know I fall short in making time for God, the most high.  It is something I am working on, being intentional how I spend my time.  I do read the bible with my children daily, I still need a separate intentional time put aside for my Heavenly Father.   There are days when I have short discussions, prayers with God but I need to set aside a larger chunk of my day.

Elite Gourmet Skillet & Easy Potatoes

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Growing up, my Mom owned a yellow skillet.  I remember her using it to make potato pancakes.  It was one of my favorites.

My family loves potatoes.  Often, I cut up potatoes and place them in the skillet with some oil and cook away.  I like to add garlic and onions to it too. I have to keep them to one side though, because Deanna will not eat the garlic or onions.

I have used the skillet to make potato pancakes too!

My First Time At MOPS

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I moved to my current town over 3 years ago.  At the time, my third daughter was only 2 weeks old.  I was so nervous moving into a new area where I knew no one.  We have no family here and had zero friends in the area at the time.  The couple we purchased the house from had encouraged me to go the Women’s Bible Study and MOPS group.  She explained that it would be a life changer.  I know I hesitated at first.  Once, I got the courage to venture out, I went.  I was really nervous and almost came back in my house during that first MOPs meeting.  I dove right in and yes it was slightly awkward for me not knowing anyone.  Luckily right away, Katie started talking to me and put my mind at ease.  I kept going to MOPS meetings and have met some amazing mothers.  I was lucky enough to make some new friends.  I have been a part of MOPS for over two years.  Currently, I have the privilege of being on the Steering Team with other wonderful Moms and planning our meetings for our Moms who attend.  I am honored to a part of such a wonderful organization.  I look forward to our once a month meetings to connect with other Moms that are going through similar stages with their children.  Let’s face it, it is awesome to have adult conversations!

Being a Member in Bible Study

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Growing up I did not know about Bible Study Groups.  It was not something that was happening in our church.  At least, I do not think it was happening.  It was not until I was in my thirties that I began to see that these small groups existed.  I have been is several small groups in the last two cities I lived in.  I love being in a bible study among other believers.  I enjoy hearing others stories and soaking in their wisdom.  Sometimes, there can be as many as 30- 40 women coming together.  On Tuesdays, I do my very best to get myself and Briella to Bible Study.  Usually I only miss if one of us are sick.  When I do not go to the study, I do not feel the same, I do not have as much patience, or strength.  I look forward to those 2 hours of learning with women of all different ages.  It is amazing coming together.  We have studies various studies and topics.  Currently, we are doing an Andy Stanley Series and several women are leading it.  I know that I feel refreshed, rejuvenated when I leave Bible Study.  I feel more adept to take on the Earthly World.   I encourage others to join small groups and get connected with others – it will energize your mind, body, and soul.

Proverbs 15:13-15

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13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face,
    but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
    but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil,
    but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.

A smile on the outside means that you are happy on the inside.  God gives us many reasons to be happy.  God loves an cares for us.  He can make us happy inside and outside.  Some of my many reasons to be happy: healthy children, wonderful husband, supportive family members, friends, relationship with God, a Father who loves me unconditionally, gift of time to spend with those I love – every day is a gift, my education (ability to read and write a blog – not everyone is as fortunate to have the opportunity for an education), warm house, safe neighborhood, clothing, food, plants, the beauty of the Earth, wild animals to watch outside our house, a working van, financial provisions God has helped provide.  I could go on and on.

What are your reasons to be happy today?

Breville Sous Chef Food Processor & Banana Nice Cream Recipe

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I have always been amazed at the power of a food processor.  It completes tasks so much quicker than I can.  One of the hardest jobs is dicing garlic.  I let the food processor do this.  I have used the food processor to: chop onions, cut potatoes into fries, mix ingredients for a cake, and shred carrots perfectly for a salad.  The possibilities are endless!

 

Banana Nice Cream:
o You need frozen bananas for this recipe.
o Before you freeze the bananas, take the skin off.
o Place several frozen bananas in the food processor and mix.
o Optional (peanut butter, frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries etc.)

 

Thyme Essential Oil

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Add Thyme to your favorite daytime diffuser blend to promote a sense of alertness.

Provides cleansing and purifying effects for the skin.  Use one to two drops in place of dried Thyme in your favorite recipes.  Thyme has a stimulating aroma. Thyme naturally repels insects

A Hug Goes A Long Way

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There are days that as a Mom, a hug can go a long way.  Sometimes giving a hug to one of my daughters can make all the difference in her attitude.  Perhaps she tripped over something and fell.  Holding Samantha and giving her a big hug sometimes is all she needs to feel better.  When Deanna is feeling frustrated or overwhelmed sometimes a hug will help calm her down and put a smile on her face.  When Jessica, has a lot on her mind and is giving me a slight attitude in the way she is speaking to me, sometimes a hug is enough to relax her.  Then there are those times or days when I need a hug to get through the moment or day.  Often, it is Samantha who will run up to me and hug me telling me she loves me.  Those little hugs, rejuvenate me and help me relax and chill out.  Deanna is one to just give us a hug for no reason too.  Hugs, physical touch is a basic need that people require.  The best part is that hugs are free. I encourage you all to get your Hug On!

The little surprises of motherhood

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We really enjoy eating Chinese food and we probably order it several times a month.  Sometimes we go to a Chinese Buffet that has a Hibachi grill.  I love the Hibachi.  We went to this restaurant this past weekend.  Yesterday, Samantha discovered one of the leftover fortune cookies that were in the car.  She was excited for me to open it.  Proudly she held the fortune and says,”Mom, my fortune says Mom, I will love you forever and ever!”  I love my three year old and how blessed am I?