Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"Precious Moments Storybook Bible"

This bible was such a joy to get for my boys. My oldest expecially wanted to read it right away when we got it in the mail. The stories are short, in words that children can understand and also have lots of pictures to go along with the stories. The font is big and everything is bright and colorful to hold little one's attentions.

The Bible is broken up into four sections. Favorite Bible Classics, Words of Praise and Wisdom, More Stories of the Faith and Songs and Prayers. This is just a sampling of stories in the bible. Not everything is covered.

The Songs and Prayers section I found to be helpful to my situation. I'm trying to teach my oldest son to pray (my youngest is only one right now) and the only prayer I know that's short enough for a child to memorize is Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.

Overall I think this is a great Bible for young kids. I think that if you have a child age 7 or 8 and older this isn't the Bible you want to get them. But for children just learning to read or younger I highly recommend this.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Monday, December 13, 2010

50 questions that will free your mind

This is one of my goals for my 101 in 1001. It sounded interesting and I wanted to give it a try :)


These questions have no right or wrong answers.

Because sometimes asking the right questions is the answer.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? A woman between young adult and middle age.

Which is worse, failing or never trying? In some things failing is worse and some never trying but overall I would say that never trying is failing.

If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do? Because of the way our society works. We have gotten so far away from a simple life and try to constantly keep up with the 'Joneses'. I think that if people were happy with less we would have more time for the things we like to do.

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done? Probably. I'm a talker and a dreamer but most of the time I never act on my dreams.

What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
I would love for every child to be safe, warm, full, educated, loved and cherished.

If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? What I do right now. Raising my children.

Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing? I am doing what I believe in. I believe that women are the caretakers of their homes and families and that's my role in life.

If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently? I would have started having my children earlier so I would have more time to enjoy them.

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken? I don't feel I have controlled a lot. Sometimes I feel like I'm just caught up in a raging river.

Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things? Doing the right things.

You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They all start criticizing a close friend of
yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do? Let them finish talking and then just quietly say that she is a close friend of mine.

If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be? Follow the narrow path to the Lord.

Would you break the law to save a loved one? If it was a life or death situation I would without hesitation.

Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity? Yes.

What’s something you know you do differently than most people? Trying to dress modestly in a way that is pleasing to the Lord.

How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy? Because we are all different. I also think that most people don't even know what makes them truly happy.

What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back? Travel. We are in too much debt and the children are too young right now.

Are you holding onto something you need to let go of? Yes. The past with me and Doug.

If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move
and why? South Carolina. The climate, overall cost of living, and my aunt lives there.

Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster? Yes I do. No I don't believe it makes it go faster.

Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton? Joyful simpleton.

Why are you, you? All my experiences leading up to this point in my life.

Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend? Yes.

Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near
you? A good friend moving away. There is really no chance to keep being close.

What are you most grateful for? God, my husband, and my sons.

Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones? Wow... um... never make new ones. If I lost all my memories I wouldn't remember my wedding or the births of my sons.

Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first? I think so.

Has your greatest fear ever come true? Yes.

Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now? Yes I do. Not really.

What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special? Christmases. My parents made it magical for me.

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? Don't know

If not now, then when? When I am more sure of myself

If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose? Nothing. It wasn't meant to be.

Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best
conversation ever? Yes with my best friend!

Why do religions that support love cause so many wars? The people following the religion. Everyone thinks they are right.

Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil? Yes.

If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job? No. I currently am a homemaker but even if I had a job I wouldn't quit for winning a million dollars. That would pay off debt and be invested for retirement.

Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing? More work I enjoy doing.

Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before? Yep.

When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly
believed in? I can't even remember. I haven't been that fearless in a long time.

If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today? My family.

Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or
famous? No. I want every year I can have.

What is the difference between being alive and truly living? Happiness, passion, and contentment with your life.

When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right? When you feel ready.

If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake? Because mistakes can hurt.

What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? I don't know.

When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing? Last night at bedtime.

What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love? I love the Lord and my family. Yes.

In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or
the day before that? Maybe, if something out of the ordinary happens.

Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you
letting others make them for you? I think a combination of both.

Adventures in homemade cleaning products

So I've decided that I need to start making some of my cleaning products. I wish I could say it's because I want to be 'green' but the reality is I'm just trying to stretch our dollars until they scream. We have too much debt right now and need to cut back our spending.

The first thing I made was laundry soap. I made it in the middle of November and the batch I made is still going strong. I 'try' to do at least two loads of laundry a day (sometimes it's more, sometimes it's less) and I'm not even halfway done with the batch I made. It's cleans really well and it's so easy and cheap I don't think I will ever go back to store bought laundry soap again.

So then I decided that I should make our own dishwashing soap. I made a powder recipe because I had the ingredients on hand. It worked really well for the first couple of loads but then I got a chalky film over most of the plastic stuff and silverware. The glasses were hit or miss. I was really hoping that this would work.

So I'm going to try a liquid recipe and see if that does any better. I'm really hoping it works. I'm planning on trying to slowly start making as many things as I can. The nice thing about most of these recipes for cleaning products is that a lot of the ingredients can be used of other things. So if it doesn't work out I haven't wasted any money.

I'll try to post recipes that I know work for me at a later date.
Merry Christmas,
Jen

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Time for an update on my 101 in 1001

I decided to just show what's in progress and what is completed.


3)Finish crocheting blankets in time for birthday presents this year ~ completed
8)Not log into facebook for a whole week!~ completed
19)Watch all seasons of The Gilmore Girls ~ completed
22)Read 100 books (In progress 5/100)
23)Influence a person to make a day zero list ~ completed
42Donate 100,000 grains of rice at FreeRice (In progress 6000/100000)
58Own 5 bras that fit properly - In progress (3/5)
60Try 20 new recipes ~ in progress(4/20)
89delete all groups except fiive on Cafemom - Completed
90Delete my MySpace account ~ completed

So that's where I am now. Not a lot done but I'm getting there

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"Start! The Bible for New Believers" by Greg Laurie

Let me just start this review by saying that I am so happy that I requested this bible. It really is a great resource for new believers.

As a 'baby' Christian I've had trouble reading the Bible with other versions. For some reason I was never able to really get what I was reading. So most of the time I would just give up for awhile and then go back to reading it some other time. This bible was easy for me to read and study and I feel like I was finally able to understand what I was reading.

There are a few different ways that this bible helps you to learn. There are grow entries, know articles, live messages, and learn notes throughout. The back of the book says, "grow entries, revealing key disciplies of the Christian life. Know articles, exposing the core beliefs of Christians. Live messages, focusing on various aspects of salvation. Learn notes, providing mini-commentaries on key passages for spiritual growth."

These different learning tools are so very helpful for someone who is new to reading the bible. I highly, highly recommend this bible! I love it! :)

"Love and War" by Stasi and John Eldredge.

This book caught my eye for one simple reason, I love the writings of John and Stasi. They write in such a way that it makes you feel like you are talking to friends instead of reading a book. They also write in a very blunt style sometimes that I like. It's not sugar coated. "Love and War" starts out like that. In the first three devotionals they mentioned every time that marriage is hard. And it is.

I wasn't able to finish the whole book in time to get this review done but what I did read is fantastic. It's a way to sit down with your spouse every day and get insight into what the other is thinking and feeling. There is a prayer every day and a scripture verse that goes along with what they are talking about for the day.

I highly recommend this book for married or engaged couples. It's only 8 weeks and it won't take up much of your day. It's a great way to make sure that you have time for your spouse and God every day.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Bad bad Jennie!

So I know that back in September I said that I was going to revamp my blog and start posting every day. After I posted that I realized that I don't have time every day to post right now. Once I get my niece's birthday blanket done I will have so much free time.

This will be the fifth blanket I have made in the last few months and I think I bit off almost more than I can chew with these blankets. Luckily they are almost done.

So probably (hopefully, maybe) starting in December I will have free time to blog and write and enjoy more things.
Till then,
Jen

"Storm Warning" By Billy Graham

I've had this book for awhile now. I wanted to finish it but I kept finding ways to put it off. I love the writing of Billy Graham and usually love all his books. This one however, was hard for me to read. I ended up with more questions than answers. I don't know if it's just me or if it is the subject matter.

"Storm Warnings" is about the book of Revelation in the Bible. It's a hard book to understand. I think that Billy Graham did a very good job of trying to cover this book. But, I don't think it was in depth enough for me.

So I guess what I am trying to say is that this book is good for someone that already has a grasp on the concepts in the book of Revelation but for someone who doesn't understand it at all, it leaves more questions than answers.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Haven't been here in awhile...

I decided that I needed to take a break from the computer for awhile. I deactivated my facebook and had my husband change the password here. I just needed time away from the computer because I wasn't getting anything done and my family was suffering for it.

But I'm back, re-energized, and ready to write again. I don't know if anyone actually reads this but it's good for me to write :)

I'm going to take some time and revamp this blog. There's a lot of topics I want to cover so I figure I need some sort of organization. So in the next few weeks there will probably be a new format and title to the blog.

See you soon!

Monday, June 21, 2010

101 in 1001!

I decided to start doing this the other day. It's from www.dayzeroproject.com

Here's what the website says about the project:
The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple challenges such as New Year's resolutions or a 'Bucket List'. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.



So here's my list. I'll make new posts and keep it updated. I'm really excited about this.
Bolded= done
Italics= in progress

1)no dirty dishes in the sink at the end of the night for 30 days
2)Don't eat out for 30 days
3)Finish crocheting blankets in time for birthday presents this year (in progress)
4)Take a family vacation to another state
5)Sand, clean, and paint the front porch all by myself
6)Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years
7)Tie a note to a balloon and let it go
8)Not log into facebook for a whole week!
9)Identify 100 things that makes me happy
10)Find a personally inspirational quote and work it into a piece of art or home decor
11)plant a tree
12)Sew a skirt
13)Sew and decorate curtians for the kitchen
14)Go to the Shedd Aquarium
15)Clean out and organize basement completely
16)Bake a loaf of bread
17)Lose 30 pounds
18)Read the entire bible
19)Watch all seasons of The Gilmore Girls
20)Go to the zoo
21)Complete a coloring book
22)Read 100 books (In progress 0/100)
23)Influence a person to make a day zero list
24)Spend a rainy day watching films in my PJ's
25Stop smoking
26Organize my recipes
27Finish the Cars cross-stitch for the boys room
28Write in my journal every day for two weeks (0/14)
29Save a thousand dollars in one year
30Pick 5 people who have changed my life and write each of them a etter (0/5)
31Write my sons letters in their notebooks once a month for two years (0/24)
32Donate to stamp out hunger in 2011
33Learn how to say "I love you" in five different languages (0/5)
34Organize photos and put into albums
35Write bad memories on a piece of paper ; burn them
36)Learn how to knit on a loom
37read a little from the bible twice a week to my boys for two months (0/16)
38 Do 50 reviews for my blog
39Finish quilting new placemats for dining room table
40finish my book of search-a-words
41Make my own ABC book for the boys
42Donate 100,000 grains of rice at FreeRice
43Make three medium-to-large size donations to charity (0/3)
44Clean out the garage
45Leave 50 positive notes (www.operationbeautiful.com) (0/50)
46Have five date nights with Doug
47Learn how to knit with needles
48Buy and complete a workbook about how to be positive
49Go to the eye doctor
50Make my own ice cream
51Complete NaNoWriMo
52Make a will
53Stop using plastic grocery bags altogether
54Create a scrapbook
55Read a book written by someone I disagree with
56Clean out my closet
57Make pizza from scratch
58Own 5 bras that fit properly - In progress (3/5)
59Find a favorite scripture and memorize it
60Try 20 new recipes (0/20)
61Take a vitamin every day for a month (0/30)
62Re-watch every episode of Sex and the City
63Participate in NaBloPoMo
64Answer the "50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind"
65Get Tristan completely potty trained
66Help Daemon learn to read
67Help Daemon learn to count to 50
68Help Tristan learn to walk
69Spend one complete day each with my husband and two sons
70Make a chocolate mousse cake from scratch
71Start a savings account for Tristan
72Finish a crossword puzzle with no help
73Get a family picture taken
74no computer for thirty days (0/30)
75 make a tutu and fairy wand for Lala for Christmas
76learn how to can strawberry jelly
77donate something that I cherish
78go to church every sunday for 3 months (0/12)
79Make my own bath bombs
80learn how to make my own laundry soap
81write Doug a letter and put it in his work shirt every day for a week (0/7)
82 buy and complete a daily devotional book
83Take the kids to Lake Michigan once during the summer
84Try two new cookie recipes this Christmas
85See a drive-in movie
86Take a family day trip to Cantigny
87Clean out my kitchen cabinets and lay down contact paper. New
88start and complete Jesus cross-stitch
89delete all groups except fiive on Cafemom - Completed
90Delete my MySpace account
91Go to the habitat for humanity restore and look around
92)earn how to make my own candles
93)Do a Relay for Life
94)Post my testimony for Christ on my blog
95)Pray everyday for a month
96)Fast for one day
97)Give up pop for a week
98)Make outline of story for nanowrimo
99)crochet a blanket just for me in the colors I want
100)Donate $3 to Gleaning the Harvest for every task i don't complete
101)Finish writing another 101 things list by the end of 1001 days

Sunday, June 6, 2010

It's so frustrating!!

I don't know how to be a homemaker. I'm sure that this is what God wants me to be doing but I really have no idea how to do it. I'm trying to battle 5 years of not really scrubing anything in this house. Some days I don't even know where to begin. My carpet is filthy, there is dirt and dust on the walls and I don't have any matching furniture except my couch and loveseat.

I know I don't need all new, fancy things to make a home but I don't know how to make the stuff I DO have better. I don't know how to stick to a meal plan. I can't get out every week to shop. I'm just so frustrated.

But what worries me most of all is the fact that I have no idea how to raise my boys in the Lord. I didn't go to church when I was a child. I went for a little while when I was a teenager but that stopped when my father died when I was 17. At the time I didn't want anything to do with God.

My husband is not a believer so it's up to me. What if I fail them at this? I just stumble around. I don't know a lot of scripture, I don't got to church often. I'm just lost.

I read all these wonderful blogs from ladies that homeschool, make everything from scratch, run a house and a farm, and have more than 5 children. I sit back and wonder why I can't get it together with only 2 children and a small house.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My baby is leaving on Sunday :(

See that big boy in the picture on top of this blog? That is my four year old Daemon. He is going on a Norwegian Cruise line cruise with his grandparents and leaves this Sunday.

He may be a big boy but that is still my baby and I am offically in freakout mode. I'm so glad that my husband is a logical individual because he keeps me grounded. I have thoughts about Daemon falling overboard and being eaten by a shark and my husband tells me how almost impossible that is.

I woke up last night at 3 am from a nightmare where I was at Daemon's funeral. It was horrible and I woke up crying. I wish I could stop worrying so much but that's what I do. I will probably worry until the second he is home and in my arms again.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Feel like I'm really struggling about some things...

I know what the right path is for me. Being a homemaker is the most rewarding thing I have done in my life. So why do I let the words of strangers affect me?

I see a lot about how homemakers and stay at home moms are drains and leeches on their husbands and society in general. When did raising your OWN children become something to be ashamed of? I may understand a lot and have learned a lot in my 30 years but this is something that I will never understand.

How did we as a society get so far away from family that a woman raising her own children is looked down upon? Why are companies that manufacture board games rmeninding families that they should spend time together?

I look around the world that I am in and I am utterly bewildered. There is so much abuse, moral decay, and utter disregard for fellow humans that I'm glad that I am making my home a safe haven for all my guys.

My husband is out there all day dealing with rude customers, lazy employees, and a hyper-sensitive boss. Since I have made changes in myself, home is where he longs to be. It's restful and rejuvinating for him here. Isn't that what home should be?

I don't know why strangers words pierce my heart. I know what to do to make my family thrive. I'm not perfect at this homemaking gig but I'm learning and I'll keep learning for as long as I have the chance.

Everybody has something they are passionate about and I think this is mine. My family means the world to me, why would I ignore their needs because society at large says I need to get a job? I am more of a complete woman now that I finally picked one path and stopped with the selfish mantra that I can have it all.

No one person can have it all. Everything ebbs and flows. For every minute you put into one thing, that's a minute you can't put into something else. If you are gardening, you can't be washing the car at the exact same time (well unless you are lucky enough to have ten arms lol). If you are working, you can't be with your family. Nobody can have it all and I am glad that I got tired of sacrificing my family for a dead end job.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Today is my mommy's birthday!



I love this picture of my mom (even though I'm pretty sure that she hates it). It embodies my mom for me. She never comes as alive as when she has a baby in her arms. Even when she isn't looking at the camera or making a funny face, you can she she loves holding the baby. The little guy in her arms in my younger son Tristan.

I always thought she would make a great pediatric nurse but she never had the chance to pursue it. She has had some bumpy times in her life. She became a widow at age 39 when my father died. She has a special needs son and a daughter who was very angry for a lot of years. Even through all that her faith in God shone through. She never lost it and in all her trials in life her faith only became stronger.

I love my mom and I look up to her and today on her birthday I wanted the world to know about the wonderful woman who is my mother.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Crocheting thoughts

So I'm sitting here in my nice new redone bedroom. The walls are now a pale blue and I have new curtians and bedspread. I'm alternating between surfing the web on my little red laptop (so cute!) and crocheting. My kids are in bed and my husband and his best friend are playing a card game in the dining room which is right outside my bedroom. Life is peaceful and good right now. Being that I am just relaxing I've had a lot of thoughts running through my head.

I'm on a website for moms. I'm on there off and on all day. I'm in a group for surrendered wives and I'm in other groups about Christianity, cross-stitching etc. I'm also in a group that is just for venting. I've noticed a big difference in the women from my surrendered wife group and the venting group. The women in my SW group are very respectful in what they write about their husbands but no only that they are very respectful to each other.

The women in my venting group seem crude, foul, and hell bent on bashing all the men in their lives. From husbands, boyfriends, fathers, even sons. I realize it's a venting group but it just seems to go overboard to me. I've read things like, 'I will never let my husband do that' or 'if he doesn't help around the house more I am leaving him'. Where is the respect?

I don't understand why we women set about trying to change our men. Telling them that everything they hold dear is wrong. All the things they own will never go in the house, and that they will basically never measure up to our standards. Then women stand their angry and bewildered when the man pulls away.

Would you like to live like that? Would you like to be told every day that you fall short as a person? I know I wouldn't. I will admit I used to be just like those women that I write about. Nothing my husband did was good enough and we were both miserable. I'm so glad that I had my eyes opened and started down another path.

My marriage is everything i ever hoped it would be. And the only thing I did was take the focus off of changing my husband and started changing myself. As I started to change, he also changed. Not because I was forcing him to or wanted him to, but because I was a better person to be around. I became nicer, I laughed more, and the things that used to drive me crazy about him now didn't matter or I liked.

I also find that everyone in my family is happier because I am at home and I realized that this is where I want to be and this is where I am SUPPOSED to be. I know my view isn't a popular one (except with the ladies at the wesite, Ladies Against Feminism) but I think there is a wound that was dealt to the American family when the mothers were almost forced out of the home.

It's not a bad thing to be a homemaker. It's a noble thing. I want to be the one to raise my own children. I know that is not a politically correct thing to say but when a child is at a daycare from 6 am to 6 pm what time of the day is left? The parent takes the child home, feeds them, bathes them, and then puts them to bed. How is that raising a child? I worked in a daycare a long time ago. There were children that were there every day from open to close, five days a week.

What happened to getting satisfaction out of raising your children? Children are now regarded as burdens in our society instead of blessings. The family has no place in this society. And we all sit around and wonder what is wrong with this world. It's time for women to have a revolution and go back home. Raise our children. Be the glue that holds our families together. Stop trying to be better than men and just love being a woman.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

'Captivating' by John and Stasi Eldredge

I've sat on this book for awhile because I didn't know how to write a review that would encompass all of my feelings about this book. I know that a lot of Christians out there dislike this book because they feel this book gives more glory to humans than God. I don't feel that way. I think the way the authors approached this book made it so a woman can feel like she is worthy to God and an essential part of his creation.

I felt like the authors were honestly talking to me. I felt like they were saying, 'life has damaged you but God still thinks you are glorious and wants you to still reach out to him'.

This book came at a time where I was feeling like there was no place for a woman in Christianity. At this point in my life I can't live up to the Proverbs 31 woman. I was feeling down because I couldn't and I thought that God only wanted that of me. Reading this book reinstilled in me the fact that God wants me and loves me, faults and all. It reignited the fire of faith in me.

I highly recommend this book. In fact I have a line of women friends that are going to borrow this book from me. We are special as women and God sees that in us.

Monday, May 10, 2010

No yeast bread



So I decided to make this today. I am NOT a bread maker lol. It's supposed to be a circle and I got a circle type thing. I'll have to give it another whirl. It's a yummy bread just very heavy. I got it from here. Oh and I recommend jam or honey on the bread. It's got a flour-y taste.







No Yeast Bread

If you need, or want, to remove yeast from your diet, but can't stand the thought of giving up bread, this recipe gives you an alternative. The Irish gave us this one, out of necessity when yeast was unavailable to them, but I've made a couple of refinements. The vinegar is essential because baking soda requires an acidic component to do its work. You could also use buttermilk, or milk with 2 tsp of cider vinegar added. This recipe makes a 2 lb. round loaf. Use a pizza pan for baking, preferably one of the silvertone no-stick type. Otherwise you will need to flour the bottom where the bread rests to keep it from sticking.


Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Ingredients
4 cups flour
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tbsp baking soda
1½ cups water
2 tsp vinegar (cider or white)

Combine dry ingredients and mix. Combine water and vinegar. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead for two or three minutes (no need to overdo it). Shape into a round (about 1½ to 2 inches high), then place on pan. Dip a sharp knife into flour and cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf. Bake 40 minutes. Remove, and while hot, glaze with 1 tbsp melted or softened butter.

Oh boy it's one of those days!

So after I got spoiled from my wonderful husband yesterday for Mother's Day, reality decided to smack me in the face today to make up for it. I fell asleep early last night and I woke up to a trashed house.

My older son has decided the last few days that he doesn't have to listen to mommy. He is slowly losing toys as a consequence (yay! Less toys to clean lol), however, he doesn't seem to care too much. I keep trying to take toys that I know he loves and then he just looks at me and says, "well I didn't want that toy anyway". This child is too much like someone I know. Oh yeah, that's right, ME! *Sigh* My mother's curse has come true. I have a child just like me.

Then I decided to finally use those space saving bags that I bought a month ago. You know, the ones that you suck all the air out of. These things are so cool. I could be happy just opening them and sucking the air out all day. It's the little things you know :) But I overstuffed the first bag and it ripped on me. These things are not cheap and I felt horrible. But like my husband said, "you live and learn".

On the up side I am wearing my new cute apron. It makes me feel like more of a homemaker. Three years ago I would have laughed at anyone who said that I would be at this point in my life. Space saver bags and aprons bring me joy :)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Chicken Pillows

Since today is mother's day I thought I would post my new favorite recipe. I cannot remember where I got this from. I know it was somewhere online. I have searched and found some recipes that are similar but not this one. I would love to give credit to the person who made this recipe so I will keep searching and if anyone comes across this blog and knows where this is from please let me know. I should have wrote it down and not just copied it from the website.

Chicken Pillows Recipe...

Ingredients:
2 cups cooked shredded chicken
1 8oz cream cheese
3 green onions chopped
1/4 cup celery chopped fine
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/8 teaspoon salt, pepper, garlic powder
You will also need one package of crescent rolls.
Mix the bulleted items listed above in bowl, and spoon 2 TBS into each crescent roll.
Bake at 350 degrees for 13-16 minutes till golden brown.
If you find the triangle hard to work with you can make larger ones buy using two rolls, in a rectangle shape folded in half. Just add twice the amount of filling since you are using two rolls.

(This makes a lot and we have found that this recipe can fill two cans of rolls easily. Also I always add more celery because I like the crunch.)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I am a surrendered wife and a homemaker

This was not a step that I took lightly. The past few years I have felt that God was calling me to do it but I rebelled. "I can't possibly do that. Surrendered/submissive wives are doormats". In my journey I have learned that a surrendered wife is the opposite of a doormat.

I have also learned that my heart is in my home. Hence the new name of my blog. I am happier, more peaceful, and loving the fact that I get to stay home and take care of my family.

These were not decisions that I made lightly or easily. Like many other women my age I was told that I can 'have it all'. But how can I have it all if I'm never here for my children or husband? How can I have it all when I don't want to come home from work because my house is the opposite of inviting because no one has had any time to clean?

I am grateful to feminism for the fact that my voice is heard in government. I am also grateful that if I am being abused I have avenues to go to for help. Feminism has done some wonderful things to ensure the rights of women.

However, I think modern feminism has gone too far. Men and women are not made the same. There are some things that can never be equal between men and women. It's not wrong, it's not bad, it's just the way it is. We have differnt parts, different hormones. So what makes people think that we are made the exact same way?

Another thing wrong with the big picture is, I know that I will have to keep defending my choices to friends, family, hell even strangers if they get wind of what I do. Feminism was about choice. So why is the choice to be at home with my family the only choice that is not worth anything?

Why am I considered a worthless person because I stay home? My son's get the benefit of having mom around all the time. My husband gets the benefit of having a clean, inviting house, clean laundry, and a peaceful wife to come home to. I might not being in a paycheck but we sure have more money with me staying home than if I was working. There are no daycare costs, no big gas costs from driving to work everyday. I actually have time to look for deals, make food from scratch, and clip coupons. So in that way I save money too.

My huband gave me the best compliment the other day. One that I feel sums up my role as a homemaker. He told me that I was the sun everyone in the house revolved around. That makes me think that I DO have it all.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

"Will the World End in 2012?" by Raymond C. Hundley PH.D.

I was really excited to get this book. Theories about 2012 are everywhere and this book seemed like a good way to read about all those theories.

However, as I was reading this book, I was strangely disappointed. Each chapter was about a different theory and some of the chapters were so short that it was almost laughable. I felt that I really learned about the end of the Mayan calendar and the reversal of the magnetic poles because those chapters were long and had a lot of in depth information. There were a few chapters though that seemed to just gloss over the information about those theories.

Overall this was a decent read I just wish it would have been longer and a little more in depth.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

So apathetic tonight...

I have bounced around from one thing to another and nothing is holding my attention. There is nothing I want to do at all. I don't know if my depression is setting back in or if I'm just bored overall.

I've been crocheting a blanket and it's been what I want to do most of the time now but even that doesn't interest me at all tonight. I'm just waiting to go to bed I guess.

Yeah, I think this is going to be my shortest blog ever because I don't even want to do this lol.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go" by Lucille O'Neal

I didn't know what to expect when I requested this book. I knew nothing about this woman besides the fact that she was Shaquille O'Neals mom. I didn't even know if she had anything to say that was insightful or interesting.

I was so very pleasantly surprised by this book. I read it all in one sitting and I couldn't put it down. Lucille's outlook on life and her frank look at her past showed me that she has gotten to a place that many of us women strive to be. She is comfortable in her own skin. She has made peace with her past and keeps her eyes on her future.

This was such an easy read and presented in such a way that it almost felt like a conversation. She didn't 'talk' down to the reader. She just presented her life in a way that, to me, said 'this is who I've been, this is who I am now and I like that person'.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Story of Easter by Gwen Ellis

This is the latest book that I reviewed for booksneeze.com. It's a children's book that also has a free dvd included. I was anxious for this book to come, because as a new Christian I don't really know how to explain Easter to my children without being to graphic for a four year old.

When I got the book, I read through it first before reading it to my son Daemon. I was impressed with the way the book was laid out. It was broken up into short chapters with bright illustrations on each page. Perfect for keeping the interest of small children. Then at the end of the book they added a section called "Can you retell the story" and had all the illustrations from the book mixed up so children can go through the pictures and try to recall the story themselves. I thought this was a great learning tool.

The thing I was most worried about was how they were going to approach the death of Jesus. The book approached it very matter-of-fact. They told what happened, left out the more 'gory' and upsetting details and explained in a little blurb at the bottom of the page that the day Jesus died was a very sad day but God still had a wonderful plan.

Overall I was very impressed with this book. It was very age appropriate but still conveyed the message of Easter in a way that children can grasp it. I enjoyed the book, but more importantly my four year old son enjoyed the book.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Kind of overwhelming

So I decided to homeschool Daemon until this fall when we are going to enroll him in preschool. There's so much that I want him to learn that I figured a structured school like setting would be the best. I am scheduling out my day to the minute it seems like so I can get in two hours of 'school' and still have time for Tristan and cleaning.

My problem, like always is I do too much and need it to be perfect. I'm not teaching a class of children just my son and I'm planning like I am. I think that is why it's so overwhelming. This should be FUN too otherwise I will turn him off of learning.

So far I have it mapped out that we are going to do 'school' two hours a day Monday through Friday. Monday will be social studies and honestly there is SO much I could do for that. Tuesday is math/telling time/days of the week. Wednesday is science/nature. Thursday is language arts/reading/shapes, colors etc and Friday is art/music. Obviously these are just guidelines for me and there's stuff we are going to be doing that might not quite fit with the theme of the day but that's ok.

The problem I see is I'm not quite sure how to make my schedule so it's the most effective. I need to do two loads of laundry, deep clean one room, straighten and vacuum the rest of the rooms, and make sure my baby is fed and played with during the day too. So I'm working on it slowly just trying to get everything figured out.

I think that if I just do what I have set for myself everyday and don't try to do more that everything will be fine.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Life in general,

Things are getting better between me and Doug. We are getting down to the nitty gritty of our problems and it's hard but at least we know we are getting somewhere. I can't wait to be done with the healing and get down to the business of building.

I must say that as the days go by I am absolutely loving being able to stay at home. I am slowly (VERY slowly lol) getting this house in shape and getting rid of the clutter we have accumulated. I have made my home management binder and let me say, I don't know what I would do without it. I HIGHLY recommend one. I have spots for my everyday cleaning, weekly deep cleaning, monthly cleaning, recipes, coupons, and a calendar. It's everything I need all in one spot.

I never thought I would love being a homemaker but I really do. I am more fulfilled doing for my family than I ever was striving to "have it all". There is time for me to have a job, a career but my children are only small once. I am so grateful to the Lord that he opened my eyes to what I really want in my life. I am so grateful to my husband that he wants me with our children just as much as I do.

I don't actually know if anyone reads this but if I come across great tips for the home I'll be sharing them here. Also, my book reviews will be here too. If you are reading this I hope you have a fantastic day! God bless :)

"Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies." Proverbs 31:10

Kaledioscope by Patsy Clairmont

I got this book in the mail yesterday and I was so enthralled with it that I couldn't put it down. I read the whole thing yesterday. This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. Patsy writes with such straight forward wit and charm that you can't help but get what she is saying. I also liked that Patsy didn't shy away from revealing herself and her struggles in the book. It really makes you feel like you can connect with what she is saying because she has been right where you are.

I really liked two things about the setup of the book. One, was that the proverbs she covered weren't in order. For me, it made it more personal. Like she just went through and picked the ones she really liked. Two, the chapters weren't long. They were each 4 or 5 pages long. So the whole book just felt short and to the point. There wasn't a lot of filler just a straight message in each chapter.

I would highly recommend this book to someone who wants to understand Proberbs a little better. It's really a fun, snappy book and the message really gets across. You don't feel like you didn't learn anything at the end of the book. You walk away having really got the message that the author was trying to convey.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My first review for booksneeze.com

The first book I reviewed was How to Reach Your Full Potential for God by Charles F. Stanley. This book took me a couple of months to get through and was a hard read. Not because it was a hard read but because it prompted me in spirit to set the book down and pick up and read my Bible. This book made me want to reach out to God and have him counsel me.

One of the first concepts of the book that really touched me was when the author talked about having a "settled-for" life. This concept was explained as people settling for what they have and never striving for the best that they can be or the best that God can give them. I look around at myself and the people closest to me and I realize we have all done this. We have all settled. Whatever the reason for it, fear or stubbornness or any other emotion, we all settle when we don't have to.

There were a few chapters in this book that I had a hard time with. The chapter about a balanced schedule seemed, to me, to go around in circles. I had a hard time with this chapter because I felt I didn't really get anything out of it. It was as if the author was trying to say the same thing in multiple ways.

Overall, I thought this was a very well written, thoughtful book that had a lot of suggestions for seeking to have the Lord in the forefront of your life.