Monday, November 30, 2009

Back to Life

The hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving has ended and my family is back safe and sound in their home far away. So now it's back to everyday life....slowly but surely I will get there. I feel so out of sorts physically & mentally after our wonderful week . So, I'm trying to stick to my routine and add a little of the extra Christmas stuff to get over the let down of the holiday ending and to get back on track.

I am one of those crazies that decided to go shopping on Black Friday, at 5am. I was glad I went because I did find some great deals and am glad to say my Christmas shopping is almost done. I even have the majority of what I bought wrapped...that way any curious children can't see anything if they happen to find their way to the hidden gifts .



Today I put out all of my Christmas decorations, which really isn't much. I decorate my fireplace mantle and put up a tree, although we haven't gotten the tree yet. I also put out my advent wreath/nativity set in one. My daughter who is almost 4 was very intrigued by it...it was like she hadn't seen it before. I suppose it does seem new to her since last year she was only two..almost three. She sat quietly and played with it but did eventually ask me to sit down and play with it with her. So I took this opportunity to play as a teaching moment. I got out my Bible and read to her...starting in Luke chapter 2, showing her the Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus figurines. I continued to read and showed her the shepards and the angels. She was so cute! I explained the reason we celebrate Christmas is because of Jesus. She said to me in the sweetest and most genuinely interested voice " I didn't know that! " I'm so glad I told her because I guess I just assumed she knew since she hears about Jesus all the time....at home and church.

We also started are Advent reading yesterday. We are reading Tabitha's Travels again. We actually have all 3 of the books in this Advent trilogy and have been reading them for years now. They never get old and I don't know why but they always make me cry.

Well I'm leaving you with a recipe for pumpkin cheesecake that I made for Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Crust ~ 1 1/2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies or graham crackers

1/2 cup chopped pecans

6 TB butter melted

1/4 sugar



Filling ~ 3 - 8oz packages softened cream cheese

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 sugar

2 large eggs

2 large egg yolks

1 1/2 tsp. flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tsp. vanilla extract



1. Preheat oven to 350 . Butter an 8 inch spring form pan. Combine crust ingredients and press over the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Bake crust for 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.



2. Increase oven temp. to 425. Beat cream cheese, brown sugar, and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and egg yolks. Add flour and spices..beat until well blended. Add remaining ingredients, beat until blended. Pour filling over the baked crust.

3. Bake Cheesecake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 250 and continue baking for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and let the cheesecake cool in the oven for 3 hours.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving

These past several days have been chaotic, as I prepare for Thanksgiving week. I say week because my mom, brother , his wife, and children will be spending the week with us. They should arrive here this evening, after a 9 hour drive. It's always so exciting to have them come but alot of work preparing. I've got most of the house cleaned...a few odd and ends to do. Our dinner meals are planned and this is what our week will look like feeding a crowd. I have alot of cooking to do : )

Wed.
Lots of meatballs( using 6 # of meat) with spaghetti sauce & pasta, garlic bread and a green salad

Thurs. (Thanksgiving)
21 # turkey
homemade stuffing
pineapple yams (love this recipe)
mashed potatoes ( hoping 10# of potatoes will be enough)
green beans
corn
rolls
cranberry sauce
My wonderful SIL is bringing a ham and making a few pumpkin pies. Hopefully I'm not forgetting anything.

I will be making:
2 french apple pies (gf)
1 chocolate pie
1 pumpkin cheesecake (gf)

Fri.

Lots of leftovers

Sat.
Tacos

They will be heading back home Sat night. It's always hard when they go....takes a good week to adjust. We will miss them.

On another note .....I've been reading alot lately. I'm really needing God's help in so many areas...so many areas that I struggle and my heart is breaking over it. I've got lots on my mind. So, I've been reading "The Excellent Wife" & "Families Where Grace is in Place". Do you ever feel like you have things figured out and then realize you know nothing? This is where I've been lately.....learning to have a heart like the Lord Jesus, although I'm so far off from that most days. Don't we all need God's grace minute by minute...not only to have for ourselves but to pour out on others. I'm just thankful for God's love and that he sent Jesus to die for my ugly sins and that I have a way to redemption through the blood of Jesus. So much to be thankful for!

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
O! precious is the flow that makes me white as snow; no other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

This is all my hope and peace - Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness - Nothing but the blood of Jesus
O precious is the flow That make me white as snow;
No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

On the mend

My last post here was Saturday... that very night we had a scare with our 11 year old daughter. She wasn't feeling well, do to having the flu. She was semi awake,talking in her sleep. My eldest daughter helped her to the bathroom because she knows when her sister is talking in her sleep, she needs to use the bathroom. One of the blessings of sharing a room with your sibling....you've got a buddy to watch out for you : )

So big sis helped little sis to the bathroom and waited outside the door for her. She even peeked in to see if she was okay, but her sister told her to "shut the door, I'm fine". Shortly after big sis heard a few loud thumps, opened the door and found her sister passed out. My son came and woke my husband and I . When she came to ,my husband helped her to her feet. She stood for a few minutes with his help but then passed out again. When she came to , she immediately got sick to her stomach. Her fever immediately broke and she felt alot better. It was a little scary, but my husband, thankfully, handles these situations much better then I and was able to keep things calm ; ) She is much better today but still has a slight cough....but now my hubby's not feeling to well. Boy, this is going to be a long fall/winter. Supposedly flu season hasn't even hit & we already have sickness here. There's so much conflicting information about the flu, that I have no idea what to believe. I'm just ready for spring already : )

Saturday, October 24, 2009

What we've been up to

This week has been a long one. We've had sickness makes it way through our family. I'm guessing it's THE FLU, because that is what's going around . It seemed like a typical flu...no one was so sick that they needed to be seen by a doctor, although some of my kids were sicker then the others. My oldest daughter spent 2 full days on the couch because she was too dizzy to get up. There were fevers, headaches and coughs...which the cough is still lingering....just going to keep an eye on that and make sure it doesn't get worse. Neither my husband or I are sick...hoping we don't get it but if we do at least we aren't sick while the kids are.

Out of the blue this week we got an exciting phone call. Someone is very interested in our house! They said they had driven past it several times and really like what they see from the outside...they have been looking for a house to buy for the past 7 or 8 months but I guess just haven't found one. They were scheduled to come look at it today but cancelled because of a work schedule change. Although I was disappointed, I'm glad they did because my 11 year old daughter, who was the last of our children to get sick, is still not feeling well.

I really wasn't expecting anyone to call because we haven't advertised in awhile, just our " for sale by owner" sign in the front yard. I had given up hope that it would sell and just found contentment in staying here or whatever happens with our housing situation. I kind of find it interesting when I "let go".....I am reminded that God is very capable and in control of this situation. Still though, I am finding that anxiety coming back ...about hoping the house sells, looking ahead too far, instead of just living for today, and where we will go from here.....sure hope this wasn't a test, because I am failing : ( I do hope the family calls back & still wants to see the house. If you would like to lift this situation up to the Lord in prayer, I would be grateful : )
Well that's our update...not much to say, I know. I'm just a pretty ordinary kind of woman.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Who would have known

Recently, I bought my daughter a pair of earrings that she asked for. They are peace signs. She told me later on , after I bought them that her friend's mother would not allow her to where anything with a peace symbol on it because it was related to witches or something. Huh? I've never heard this before...I just always saw it as some 60's hippie symbol - love, peace, happiness....nothing else. So I looked it up and I found this . Okay now I have a dilemma, I suppose. Should I let her wear them or not? I really don't see the harm in them because we didn't know that it meant anything bad and I bet most people don't. I would like to hear others thoughts....ever heard anything about this.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Inconsistent

For those of you that read this blog regularly, you have noticed that I don't post often. Forgive me if you are wondering where I've been as I don't post often to keep you updated. I truly don't mean to be rude. First off , I started this blog as a journal of sorts. A place where I could write the things down that I want to remember and want to share with others .... the things that the Lord is doing and showing me. I don't always write all of them...somethings are just too personal.
Since I am never consistent....I have considered deleting this blog but just can't bring myself to do it just yet because I think there just might be something I just have to share. There just might be that one person out there going through a similar situation and needs to be encouraged or may need to encourage me ; ) So I continue on with this blog. So hopefully people still read here even if I don't write often.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Preparing for School.

Oh my goodness I'm so behind with getting things ready for this school year. I have figured out what I'm using but still have to order what I need. Just waiting for the funds ; )

I've decided to have my oldest 2 children do all of their homeschooling on the computer using the Switched on Schoolhouse curriculum. It allows them to work very independently...even grades their work. I really need it to be that way right now...for those of you who have teenagers you might know what I mean ; ) I am going to have to get a second computer....hoping to find something inexpensive (used or new)

My younger two who are 8 & 11 ...I will be doing My Father's World unit study again ( Creation to Greeks) with them. I was able to borrow it from a friend ..Praise the Lord for his beautiful provision! I would like to incorporate some lap booking into it by using some of Homeschool in the Woods . I might use Christina Liberty Press's new preschool activity book with my 3 1/2 year old....not sure though.

Besides all of that we've been trying to get firewood cut for this winter. We are a little behind on that. Last year we split and stacked all of the wood we had, on Labor day weekend. We sure are hoping to do the same this year. I have a blessing to share of God's provision in regards to the firewood. My husband was working very hard back in our woods over the weekend....searching for trees to cut up. At the very back of our property he found a great big oak tree that had recently been uprooted (in a storm or downdraft, I guess). It fell on a Maple tree uprooting it as well. Two big beautful trees made of wood that are perfect for burning (some wood burns better then others). He said he would have not cut them down because they were so big (not the safest to cut down without help) He thinks those two trees cut up and split with what he has already cut up, will be enough firewood to get us through the winter.

On another note....our chickens started laying this week. My 8 year old son has loved going out in the chicken coop several times a day to check for eggs. So far today we have gotten 5. I had to go out today and get them some layer feed...as they just finished up the growe/finisher feed I had them on. I also bought some cracked corn to mix in with the feed and some grit (helps them digest) that I put in a separate container near their food. I wasn't expecting them to be laying so soon. I went grocery shopping just a day before they started laying and bought to dozen eggs. I guess we will be eating alot of deviled eggs or egg salad : )

Well this is my latest update....need to go make dinner. I didn't realize how late it was getting .

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Going Ons

First off I want to say thank you for your comment Rebecca....you are such a sweet person...you always have something positive and so kind to say! I wish we lived near one another.

So whats been going on with me....not really a whole lot...at least nothing that I feel like blogging about. I just figure maybe it's best to keep things to myself...if they aren't so positive....I don't want to bum every one out : ) As you know we are trying to sell our house but haven't had much activity. Trying to be content with the way things are. We have been sick and I'm not feeling my best. The sickies started 12 days ago. My youngest...who is 3, woke me up from a sound sleep ( she sleeps in my bed snuggled between her daddy & I ) laughing very loudly. I asked her what was so funny....she laughed loudly again and that's when I realized she was sleeping. As I touched her I could feel she was burning up with a fever. I woke her to give her some Tylenol and try to get her to drink some cool water. She settled back into bed and went to sleep. She was pretty tired and irritable the next day and felt feverish but was fine by the following day. Several days later my other kids weren't feeling well.... feverish, headaches, dizzy , tired and vomiting. They were better after a few days. Then Sunday I started to not feel well . It seems like a head cold or sinus thing with me & just a drained feeling. I was feeling feverish but took some Tylenol and it helped. I'm still not feeling great but better then I was.

Sunday we also celebrated my daughter's 11th birthday. We didn't have big plans because of our money situation but let me tell you that the Lord really blessed that day. Since my daughter loves horses, we went to a local horse farm that was having a free horse gentler presentation. He showed us step by step how to tame a horse that had never been ridden. He kind of tells a story comparing the steps involved in training the horse to mans' relationship with God & giving the gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ at the same time. It's called Wild Horse Ministries....it was really cool! It nearly brought me to tears. It's so neat when you see someone who loves the Lord and is using every part of his life to glorify God and share the gospel truth.

When we first got there a lady was passing out tickets (they were free too) for a door prize(s)drawing. When I got the ticket ,of course one of my first thoughts was..."I won't win anything...I never do....even those silly little baby/wedding showers games."
I decided to look around at some of the items for sale...wanted to get my daughter one of the horse t-shirts with the name of the ministry on it, but money being tight I didn't even consider it. At the end of the presentation they started drawing the tickets out of the hat to give away the prizes. I don't remember what all the prizes were but I do know that all the prizes were different..no two were alike. They started calling off numbers one after another and none of us (our family that is) had a matching ticket. Finally they called off the very last ticket for the last door prize and guess what? I HAD A WINNING TICKET! and guess what I won?..... A T-SHIRT!! A t-shirt for my daughter's b-day! Isn't God simply wonderful! Not just because He allowed me/us to have something that we wanted but because He cares and He knows our every thought, every desire, every fear, every burden, every heartbreak, every struggle, every disappointment.....every detail of our lives!

These past weeks have been a struggle for us ...not that we are any different then alot of families. Actually we really probably don't have it all that bad but ya know when it's your own struggle, now matter how big or small it is....it still affects you personally. It's been hard to see my husband work so hard but still be financially burdened trying to care for his family. We are working on trying to make our lifestyle fit our income( which as been down since this recession hit) & one of those ways to do so is to sell our house. It's had us both discouraged for several reasons but one being we see how poorly the housing market is doing and I guess it leaves us not so optimistic. So this past Sunday was especially sweet because the Lord showed me His working/presence/grace in our daily lives....through something as little as a t-shirt. He's in control. I know as a Christian I should believe that truth for the simple fact that God's word says He is with us & He is sovereign, but you know it's just that much sweeter when He shows it in a very visible way.

So I hope my post hasn't bummed you out but encouraged you in the Lord : )

Going Ons

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Waiting

Waiting is a hard thing for me to do. I'm not very good at it : ) We've had our house for sale for almost a month. We've had calls but no one has come to look : ( I pray often asking the Lord
to help me be content with His plan....whatever that maybe but I have to admit I 'm starting to feel very unsettled.

I need a creative outlet & I just haven't had the time (maybe it's patience) to learn something new... like knitting, sewing, etc. to fill that need to create. So I've just always put that creative energy into my home. I'm always working on the next project or idea in my head to make my home warm, comfortable and inviting. Now I just feel stuck trying not to put my heart, dreams, & hopes into a home that may not be mine for much longer. I've been trying to look ahead and hope, dream and plan for our next home but I don't know when that will or ever will be, so I don't want to get my hopes up or get ahead of God's plans for us.
This possible move seems to be putting alot of things on hold and I'm just feeling very impatient & discouraged : (

Okay that was just a little venting I needed to get out to someone. I'm trying not to vent to my husband...he's heard enough of it already LOL!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Garage Sale

It happened again....another urge , except this time it's not painting or decorating. This times it's the urge to purge! I'm having a garage sale. What was I thinking!?!?!?! I started the sale today and have only had 4 people come so far......I guess that's what happens when you live out in the country : ) I just hope stuff sells so I don't have to pack it all back up and drag into the basement.

I have decided to part with alot of things that are just wasting space. Alot of that stuff is baby clothes and other baby items. It kind of makes me sad...getting rid of the things my kids used when they were babies : ( I would eventually like to have another baby but with the possibility of a move and building a house...having another right now would be soooo difficult....I know I couldn't be the help to my husband that I would need to be at a time like that. So, I'm going to get rid of these things( that is if they sell) and pray for God to provide things for any future children we might have.

Next weeks plan is putting things back away that haven't sold and clean and declutter my basement. I'm actually excited and can't wait to get it all done. I want the house to look as clean and as inviting as possible before we put it up for sale. It may take a little longer then we would like to put it on the market but my husband maybe doing some home improvement projects that we feel would add to the value of our home and make it more likely to sell for what we hope it sells for.

My 10 year old daughter headed off to Bible camp on Monday morning. It's so strange not having her here but I know she must be having a blast and I'm so glad for her. I just can't wait to pick her up on Saturday. I can send her emails and she can send snail mail but I can't talk to her unless there is an emergency : ( The camp does have a blog though, where they post pictures of the going ons during the week. I got to see my sweetie in the pictures. As a family we were all sitting around the computer trying to find her in the pictures.....you should of seen us.....it's like we don't know what to do without her : ) Well in a few more weeks my oldest two head off for camp.......that's going to feel really strange.

Well that's all I have time for today. I need to get dinner started....which is burgers on the grill. I already made pasta salad to go with the burgers. Have a great day!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Future Plans?

There is so much rolling around in my head right now . Why, you might ask? My husband and I have been discussing putting our house up for sale. If we were able to sell our home for what we want for it, we could pay off all of our debt and most likely be able to pay cash for some property to build a house on. We would plan on renting something until we could build & while we were building . I know some of you much be saying "good luck with that one". It seems so impossible to me too because of the economy and sinking housing market. I know though that we have a God that is more powerful than our economy and can make anything possible if He wills it....even selling our house. We are wanting to get rid of our debt and this is the only fast way we could figure out how to do it. I know to some it sounds like building a new house in this economy could never work, but it would actually lighten our load, financially speaking , because my husband does this for a living....we could literally build it ourselves.

Today I drove past some property not far from us and I have to say I love it! I can't wait for my husband to see it. I'm just waiting/praying to see if this is the direction the Lord is leading us. I'm really trying so hard to not get ahead of myself......but patiently letting the Lord do His work in His time. Please pray for us and this situation.

I guess the urge I've had to spruce up our house gets us that much closer to getting our house ready to sell : ) Well that it's for now....I need to get of this computer. Have a great day!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Today's to do list

I had planned on painting my hallway , part of the living room that I never finished the first ime I started painting, and my bedroom today. I never did get to the bedroom....I'm too tired to do that today....it will have to wait until tomorrow.

I have a chicken in the crockpot that smells wonderful. I have to shred it and add some bq sauce to make sandwiches. I'll have some veggies for the side dish.

Today when I was painting, my 15 year old son and I had a conversation about a young lady on his softball team. He had the opportunity to share his faith in Jesus with her. I am so proud of him for doing that but it didn't go so well. She told him he was stupid because he believed what he did. She said she follwed the 10 commandments....that was her salvation. He said if we tried to follow the 10 commandments none of us would get to heaven because it not humanly possible. She said a few more things and then changed the subject. That's okay though, my son planted the seed and God will do the rest.

Well that's it for today...gotta get dinner ready.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Around the House

These past few weeks I've gotten a terrible itch to paint and spruce up the house. I posted pictures of my bathroom already which is almost finished except for the floor. Next week I'm hoping to work on painting my bedroom and the hallway leading up to the bedroom....the paint I need is going on sale next week....so I'm waiting patiently.

I bought some curtains for my bedroom, I'm anxious to get those hung up but the painting needs to be done first. When that's all done I am hoping to paint my kitchen. I ordered some new curtains for that and I can't wait until they come. They are really nice curtains(just what I've been looking for) but I spent way more then I wanted to on them. I was so focused on the curtains being on sale & was in such a hurry to order them before the sale ended that I wasn't really paying attention to what I was ordering. When I looked at the picture online it showed the windows with valances, swags, and tiers. It stated it was sold as a set. So I thought I was getting those three things in a set for one widow. Well, that was not the case....I was getting a set of tiers for one window....valances and swags were not included. My order for the tiers had already been shipped & I was looking forward to hanging these curtains so much, I broke down and ordered just the valances...doubling the cost of the curtains...ugh!

On another note...Four of our 15 chickens died. It wasn't the most pleasant death for them I'm sure. We have 3 huskies that live outside in their dog pen....well they found a break in their fence and found their way to the chicken coop. The door to the chicken coop was open and the inside wire wasn't strong enough to keep them out. Poor chickens didn't even see what was coming : (

Well that's it for today. If I ever finish my projects...I will try to post pictures.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Summertime Craft for Kids

Looking through some kid's crafts magazines (Pack-o-Fun) I borrowed from the library, I found this adorable craft. You use sculpting clay that hardens when it's baked. The magazine had the pattern to cut out to make the frog. I don't know if we follwed the directions just so because I think the frog is supposed to sit on the edge of the flower pot. I just used a hot glue gun to stick them to the edge.
My daughter made the middle frog and my son made the frog on the end.
I'm not very artistic but this is my attempt at making a snake : ) We gave the middle frog flower pot away to our neighbor and the other frog my kids are giving to their dad for Father's day. We hid it away in a little corner outside so that it could get sunshine and rain, we just hope dad doesn't find it before Father's Day.

Monday, June 15, 2009

That's Just Life

Last week and the weekend were a bit of a bummer. Not huge things but just enough to cause discouragement. In my real life (opposed to my anonymous blogging life) I struggle in connecting with a good many Christians in my church. I seem to connect better with Christians outside of my church. It doesn't seem it should be this way....this is my church family for crying out loud! Church often just feels like high school, with the cattiness and clicks. It really just turns me off to having any real Christian fellowship within my church.

There is one woman that I know that just really rubs me the wrong way, I just can't get to know her, nor do I really desire to. She's always appears to be friendly to others ,including me, but it seems only to be on the surface friendliness, at least this is the way I have seen it. It got back to me this week , that she had some pretty harsh things to say about my family....it hurt and reinforced my feelings about keeping certain others from church at arms length. I know I need to forgive her and overlook her offense. I feel I have...I'm not angry anymore and don't feel I'm holding it against her but in all honesty I just don't have any desire to have any real meaningful Christian fellowship with her. She's not knocking down my door either...actually from what she had to say...I get the impression she doesn't want much to do with us. Life is a struggle.....I wish I was better at seeing day to day life from an eternal perspective.

God is good though...yesterdays sermon was so touching and God spoke to my heart through it & I pray it spoke to hers. God really is a personal & living God, aware of our hurts. It's hard to imagine going through life without Jesus. I know life is not going to be easy, but difficult if you are a follower of Christ, but to know that you can count on Him and come to him whenever you want...brings such a peace. There are many times when I don't spend the personal time with the Lord, when I know I should. When will I learn that I'm only hurting myself....I'm missing out on much. Yet there are other times that I have an overwhelming desire, that comes out of nowhere, that I just can't wait for a quiet time to run to Him and be with only Him. It is such a secure and loving place to be.....like a little child wrapped up in the loving , strong, and secure arms of their daddy.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Bathroom Makeover

Awhile ago I told you about trying to redo my bathroom on a budget. It's not completely finished. The flooring still needs to be replaced and the trim hung back up. I don't have before pictures...just picture bare white walls.
The butter fly picture above is an Anne Gedde picture that I boought at Aldi years ago. I had it hung in a different room but moved into the bathroom because I thought I looked better in here.


I got the floating shelf for $6 at a closeout store. The picture frame was $3...I bought two. the other one is hung on the other side of the roon. I printed out black and white photos that I took of my kids and put them in those frames.


Monday, May 25, 2009

Weekend

The past several days have been busy around here. We've just been getting ready for summer. You know despite the heat....I really love summer! I would say it's my favorite time of the year. There is so much to do and see throughout the season. Some of the things we've been doing to get ready for it are:

Friday I took my daughter to get a new bathing suit. It was tough finding something modest but after trying many on she found "the suit" at Kohl's. Saturday I did alot of running around...went shopping for our Memorial day picnic, bought veggie plants and seeds for our garden, planted the garden (my husband and kids helped). My husband also worked on getting our pool opened. It's filled and chemicals have been added....it's still looking cloudy though. I haven't been outside to look at it this morning yet, maybe the chemicals have kicked in.

Saturday night we went to the drive- in to see "Night at the Museum 2". It was okay...the first one was much better..it was still a fun time though and something different to do with the family. The drive-in shows 2 movies but we didn't stay for the second one. My 3 year old daughter was funny because she kept saying she wanted to go inside to watch the movie. I guess she just couldn't grasp the idea of watching TV outside : )

Yesterday after church I planted a few perennials that I bought...I hope they survive...besides a veggie garden...I just don't seem to do too well with plants : )

My husband started working on the chicken coop area....fencing the run area off. We still have to put some more ventilation in the garden shed (being converted to a coop) and make a little door for the chickens before we can put them out there. So for now they are still in a big box (that they are outgrowing fast) in our basement. I know nothing about chickens...just kind of jumped into it head first...asking questions to people that I know have them. I've been reading info on the internet and got a few books from the library. I have to admit reading these books and the abundance of info they have has left we a little overwhelmed. I was reading about how the eggs can get stuck in the hens vent and you will have to get it out. It involved sticking a finger in there and rubbing the hens stomach to work the egg out. Okay where's the hen's stomach and vent? Oh boy...do you see what I mean. Well, Rome wasn't built in a day.....I'm working on it and learning : )

Last night I made some bacon ranch potato salad to have today. It sure is yummy...I can't wait to eat it. We will also be having grilled burgers, hot dogs, watermelon and chips.

Well I'm going to get going. I hope you all have a great Memorial Day. Remember to pray for our troops and thank a veteran if you see one.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Confidence in Homeschooling

The title of this post certainly doesn't reflect the way I've always felt about the 8 years of homeschooling I've done with my children. My oldest child did attend public school for K & 1st; however, I did teach him to read at 4 before he even went to school and I didn't follow any expensive reading curriculum to do it either. I went to the library, found a simple little book called "Phonics for the Young Reader" & the rest is history : ) Having taught him to read did give me a little confidence in my ability to homeschool.

Through the years I've used many different types of curriculum & textbooks and learning approaches....never completing one & not following them to a T ...just in case your wondering ; ) I have to say my favorite way of teaching is by taking the unit study& child interest learning approach. As my kids have gotten older (13+) I still take that approach but have pushed more academics...although I still think I've been a little more relaxed then most homeschoolers I know. Of course kids need guidance and need mom & dad to decide what might be interesting to learn about;however, it is still important to really notice or take interest in what it is your kids like, enjoy doing, or are good at , because you never know...that particular interest maybe a God given gift or ability that the Lord wants to build upon.

I have always been a little more of a relaxed homeschooler....rather bake cookies with the kids & go on a field trip with them then sit all day doing worksheets. Although I often wondered if I was doing a disservice to my kids by not having them crack open the textbooks day after day. I wondered if they were learning enough or at the right times. The only thing that I have had confidence in during this homeschooling journey, has been emphasizing to my kids a love for learning....a love for reading. I have come to realize that my kids have learned so much more by visiting the library often & checking out many books to read.

In our state we have to turn in a homeschool portfolio review (this is a portfolio of work they've done through out the year) each year to our local school district, that has been approved by a certified teacher or have them take a standardized test also administered by a certified teacher. I've always done the portfolio reviews ,until this year , I had them tested. I am so glad and relieved that I had them tested. They did better then I could have imagined. Their grade equivalent scores were all above their grade level. As an example my oldest child who is finishing up the 9th grade had an over all grade equivalent score of a 12th grader. This has given not only them more confidence but has given me the confidence that homeschooling that doesn't follow the "typical schooling method" really does work!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Feeling Better

Thank you all for your prayers. I am feeling better then I was. The shortness of breath isn't as bad as it was...it let up yesterday. Thanks Mary for stopping by my blog. I considered the possibility of anemia being a cause of the shortness of breath. During one of my pregnancies I had anemia (no shortness of breath though) and could not tolerate taking regular iron pills...only thing I could tolerate was a product called Ferrofood.

I have decided to get some medical tests done that I have been holding off on. I would appreciate prayer regarding that : )

I am pretty busy these days with baseball games....4 out of the 7 people in my household are on a baseball team. We have games everyday this week except Friday and Sunday. Two of those days we have more then one game going on. Although I don't enjoy watching Major League Baseball I love watching my kids play and getting outside seems to rejuevenate me.

Well that's it for now. I'll blog again when I can.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Take a Deep Breath

Oh how I wish I could take a deep breath. For the past week I have felt short of breath which isn't something new for me. Before I became pregnant with my last child 3 years ago I had this shortness of breath problem. Then when I became pregnant it went away....now it's back again. Part of me thinks it maybe hormone related but it's now spring it could be allergies (which I've never had) triggering it. I don't know what to do. We do not have health insurance coverage at this time and having been to the doctors about this before I never was given an answer only expensive tests that showed nothing.
I just took a Zyrtec hoping if it is triggered by an allergy it might help. I would be grateful for prayers.

Thank you and have a blessed weekend!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

We've just increased our family by 15!!

Okay, not really, but we did buy 15 chicks over the weekend. Aren't they cute. We just have to get busy converting our garden shed into a chicken coop.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Few Funnies

My 10 year old daughter is playing on a community baseball team for the first time ever. I have to admit I don't think I was thinking clearly when I signed her up. She did want to play but I think I should have put her on an all girls team. She is 1 of 2 girls on the team...the rest are boys. The only other girl is her friend. We asked to have them on the same team...I'm so glad we did : ) I know none of this is funny but I am getting to the point : ) During the first practice the boys were being hard on the girls and you could see the frustration on their cute little faces. Let me tell you though God didn't make us girls wimpy....we can be pretty tough if we have to be! LOL! If you could only see the girls now. By yesterday's practice the girls were really doing great. Two of the boys that were playing catch with my daughter asked her to stop throwing the ball so hard because it hurt . Then my daughter was playing 3rd base and two plays in a row got the runners out. That's my girl! The boys made a comment to the two boys that she got out " You got out by a giirrrl!"

I sure hope I'm not creating a feminist out of my daughter : ) LOL!


The second funny was last night. The weather has been beautiful here. We had the windows open letting the warm air in. The Spring Peepers are out and were especially loud last night. My 3 year old daughter looked a little bewildered by the noise coming from outside and was asking to shut the window. I told her that noise was all the spring peepers peeping. She said " Well I want them to stop peeping!" So funny! You gotta love girls!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

So Many Projects So Little Time

I love the spring but I tend to have so many project ideas/plans and very little time to start them. Things keep coming up that I can't get things started. I bought the paint and nicnacs for my master bath project but we got busy with sickness , testing, and baseball practice for 3 of my children, that I haven't even started it.

To make our country living a little more country : ) .....we are getting some chicks (laying chicks). We have a garden shed that we hardly use that we will be turning into a chicken coop when the chicks are big enough to be in it. We need to plan for our veggie garden as well. I would love to grow enough to preserve shelves of canned veggies. I really think planning is the key to having a successful garden and I'm slowly learning how to do that. Plant what you know you will eat and have a plan on how to use what you will grow.
Last year I thought of veggies that I wanted to learn to can /preserve and planted the things I would need to do that. I planted pickling cucumbers and dill to make my kosher dill pickles....they turned out wonderfully...although I will use less salt next time : ) I also made a sweet pickle relish out of all of those cucumbers. I wanted to plant jalapeno peppers to make jalapeno poppers to freeze....those cheesy filled appetizers that you can buy at restaurants. Well I couldn't find them so I bought another type of pepper that I was told was similar to jalapenos. They were not....they were very hot and too small to stuff with cheese and we had a ton of them.....what a waste because I had no idea what to do with them. Trial and error....this is what learning is about : ) I also planted cabbage last year as well to make a freezer coleslaw. The cabbage didn't do so well but I did get a few heads that I used to make cabbage rolls.

I did have things go to waste because I didn't know what to do with it. It seemed you couldn't give it away...so many people out here in the country grow their own food. Although I do see people who live on main roads with veggie stands where they sell their garden veggies. I don't live on a main road but I think I might do this in the summer.....Lord willing we have enough to sell.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Our Childrens' Goals and Dreams

This is something I think about often, now that my older children are in their teens. I often wonder and think about what it is that the Lord will have them do in the future. As a parent it is my job to help guide them in the direction the Lord would have them go. Sometimes I get frustrated/overwhelmed because I wonder how in the world we will financially be able to help them reach their goals/dreams. I especially consider what it is that my daughters will do. I'm not opposed to higher education for my girls, I just don't want to see them put so much money(student loans), time and effort into a "career" that will be wasted if/when God gives them a husband , children and a home to care for. I also wonder sometimes how I'll know if we are going in the right direction but as I am learning the Lord seems to be opening the doors and providing a way, even when it seems impossible to me.

From a very young age my daughter has loved to dance, so at 3 years of age I signed her up for a ballet class. As she got older the teacher told me that she could see that my daughter had a natural gift/ability for ballet. She became more involved in ballet, even became apart of a Christian ballet dance group. At about 10 she stopped taking ballet with her teacher of 7 years. There were several reasons for quiting but one main reason was money. She began taking ballet again with another teacher until that teacher retired in the fall. We weren't able to find an affordable or close by studio. I just figured that was it ...no more dancing. Well back in Feb. I ran into my daughter's first dance instructor. I told her my daughter hadn't been dancing because we hadn't been able to find a place for her. My last comment to her was" if the Lord wants her to dance he will provide a way." Honestly I hadn't really thought about that before. In the back of my mind I always thought that dance was just a fun thing for her to do and it wouldn't be apart of her future. Having run into her first teacher it made me remember how much my daughter learned and enjoyed dance. I began to pray a simple prayer "Lord if ballet is something you want her to do please provide a way for her to do it"
Within a week of that prayer I received a call from a dance instructor I had contacted back in the fall. She called me to let me know she would be starting a ballet worship class. I was thrilled because God provided that affordable and close by opportunity. My daughter has been taking this class for over a month now and enjoys it. Although I found myself getting discouraged because this class doesn't really cover all aspects of ballet , like dancing on pointe, which my daughter really has wanted to do (the Lord even provided a free brand new pair of pointe shoes for her). Instead of getting discouraged I just thought to myself the Lord provided this opportunity for her...this is what He wants for her and we/I will be content with that.

Out of the blue last week I received a phone call from my daughter's previous instructor, who had retired in the fall. She said she was going to start offering a few classes , including pointe, at her home. The cost .....$3 a class! That's pretty much nothing! I asked the teacher why she decided to do this . She said my daughter, as well as a few others that she saw had a lot of potential and she knew it would be hard for them to find another place to take classes....she wanted to give her the opportunity! Isn't God good!

I found out recently that this teacher had a student that she instructed for 10 years that went on to dance for a Christian ballet company. I don't know what God has planned for my daughter but I can't help but think he's preparing her for it now & that it involves ballet.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Going Ons

Haven't really had much time to write...it's been a busy few weeks. Our family is getting over a virus. It's a stomach virus that lasts about a day but leaves you wiped out for about a week. My daughter who is 3 is working on the potty training thing but let me tell you this week I'm glad she was wearing diapers ; ) I stopped at the store today and got her some DanActive Probiotic Drink. The last time she had this problem it cleared up within a day.

My older children have spent the week taking achievement tests. In our homeschooling we have always done portfolio reviews and handed those into our local school district. This year; however, I had the opportunity to have my kids tested. They have had a pretty easy time with the testing. I was afraid they would struggle with it since they aren't use to testing. Tomorrow is the last day of testing. Yay! It will take 6 weeks for the results and I can't wait to see how they did!

We don't have any special plans for Easter but am looking forward to the Good Friday service we will be attending...as long as no one is sick. I invited my dad (who isn't saved)... I hope he comes...he said he would try. Well that's all for now ...I have to go pick up my kids from their day of testing.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Homemaking is Good

So many of my days feel so hectic and overwhelming with bickering children and emotional teens. Yesterday seemed to be heading down that familiar path . I could feel the stress and tension building in my body. I began to get so discouraged feeling like nothing I'm doing as a mom/wife is making a difference. Until I decided to get motivated (the Lord prompted me I believe) and get some things done. After I did some homeschooling with the kids I went straight to my bedroom and started to fold and put away a mountain of laundry that was overflowing out of the laudry basket spilling onto the floor. Next I took a few things out of the closet that I know longer needed, so that I could make it a little more organized and actually be able to shut the door : ) Then I picked up all the clutter on the floor,straightened my books on the floor next to my bed, made my bed & fluffed my pillows.

Then I went into our master bath, quickly went through my cabinets throwing away stuff that was not needed and organized it a little better. Then I wiped dwon the counter and sinks....threw all the trash away . Then I swept the floor. It really didn't take long to get these things done but it made a world of difference not only in appearance but in my heart as well.

Then I ran a nice warm bath for my marker covered 3 year old and cleaned her all up. Wrapped her up in her towel, baby powdered her up, and got her dressed in her fresh clean clothes. Then I started dinner...homemade mac n chesse and sweet peas.

To you it might sound like just an ordinary day as a SAHM mom but it was encouragement to me. There is something satisfying & peaceful about a clean bedroom. Even my husband comments on how he loves to climb under the covers after I have made the bed. I don't usually make my bed but I think I'm going to start. There is also something satisfying about a freshly bathed little child...their clean sweet smiley faces and freshly shampooed hair. These are the things that life is made of ....the ordinary days that might not seem all that special but mean more then we will ever know. I say that because I personally didn't have a mother that took care of me or our home. I never remember her doing ordinary things for me.....like giving me a bath or reading me a story. So truly what a blessing it is for me to do these things for my family and for them to receive it.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Redecorating Project

It's been a long time coming but we are finally making a little progress on our master bathroom. Last March my husband ripped out the old shower and put a bigger newer one in. It wasn't brand new but nice and FREE. So after replacing it he had to build a wall on the one side of the shower and hung some drywall. He taped and mudded it. Well over the weekend we primed the walls. The drywall is going to need some touching up since it sat for so long without any paint to seal it up. So hopefully soon I will be able to do the "finish" painting after all the prep work is done.

We are doing this on a tight budget. So far I spent around $29 for the primer and the rollers to paint with. I found some vinyl tiles for the floor that will cost about $65....maybe a little more, we haven't purchased them yet though. We have to replace the flooring because when we tore out the old shower, it left a bare spot where there was no flooring, not to mention the flooring had come up in several spots and water got underneath because of the old shower. The water getting under the linoleum caused some mold to grow.

I do have a few other decorating ideas floating around in my head but first things first. I plan to post before and after pictures...hopefully it doesn't take too long : )

Sunday, February 22, 2009

My Experience With Childrens' Church

What I would like to do is share my experience on this subject, for what it's worth.... I guess just another opinion : ) I also would like to defend those parents that do chose to send their children to these ministries......yes ministries, that's what they are. I have used/needed to use them. This is my story:

When I began to attend church on a regular basis I had 4 small children ~ ages 7-to a baby. I had several older & more mature Christians as well as some family members that encouraged me to keep my children with me in church. They said the children needed to hear what I was hearing, learn what I was learning, sings hymns to the Lord that I was singing. We needed to be together. I trusted their wisdom. In all honesty, I was never big on putting my children in nursery because they didn't like it, they would just cry and get upset and wanted to be with mommy. So I didn't put them in there. I chose to keep them with me after listening to others advice/encouragement on the subject.

My 3 older children all did well in church, were never difficult, but the baby on the other hand was not, especially the older he got. It was okay for awhile though because I had family there to help (my husband did not attend church with me at this time) . If I needed to step out with the baby they were there to help by supervising the other children. It all worked out quite well until...........................these family members found a new church to go to. I didn't go with them to the new church for a few reasons , one being that my husband didn't want me to. He didn't go to church with me but didn't mind me going , so I decided to just stay put. So there I was every Sunday/Wed. sitting in the pews with 4 little ones. The littlest a toddler by this time became more & more difficult and disruptive during church. I would have to walk out with him often and was leaving my 3 other children sitting in the pews by themselves. I wouldn't take them all out with me everytime the little one would get rowdy, could you imagine the disruptiveness that would cause : )My toddler wouldn't go in the nursery, he would get so upset.

One time I put him in there and when one of the nursery workers had turned her back for a second to help another child he had opened the door and went running down the hall (sreaming) to the sanctuary. She caught him just as he opened the door to the sanctuary. So I'm sure you could see my dilema. Sit out in the hallway with my little one while my 3 older children sat in the church service by themselves, unsupervised. I became more & more discouraged and frustrated....leaving church in tears because I couldn't handle the situation myself & I wasn't hearing the service. Discouraged.....I gave up and stopped going to church. I wasn't hearing the word and losing out on the benefit of the encouragemnet it brought to my heart. What good was I to my kids if I wasn't hearing the word?

I knew the answer to this problem was not to stop going to the church, so I did what I had to.... I decided to put my children in childrens' church. The good thing was that my church ministered to me with a Christian love & allowed my toddler to go into childrens' church with my older kids even though they usually left the younger kids in the nursery. He was very content to be with his siblings & behaved very well because the class was more on his level.

Every family has a different situation or circumstances and it's not "a one size fits all " solution or choice . It doesn't make you less Godly or less loved by God or less of a parent if your children go to nursery/children's church. If you find yourself in a similar situation be encouraged and don't give up : )

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Inexpensive Valentine's Day Gift

Today being Valentine's Day gave me the perfect opportunity to express to my family my love for them. It's easy in the busyness and chaos of day to day life to overlook the good qualities of my children and husband. So I decided to write a love note to each member of my family telling them what I love and appreciate about them the most. I bought some inexpensive candy and put it in individual sandwich bags and put their note inside.

Have a Happy Valentine's Day expressing love to those you hold dear .

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Freedom to Have Children

Dateline had the interview with the the mother that gave birth to 8 babies.. I have to say that interview was upsetting to me. Let me explain why.

I don't agree with children being born outside of marriage because I don't believe that's God's revealed will for us. Having said that though, let me tell you, my parents were NEVER married and had both my brother and I. They received public assistance and our life was not the easiest. I would even go as far to say that my mother did not show me half the love that this mother of 14 seems to give her children. My mother drank heavily and did not take care of us. I'm glad though that I was given the right to be conceived & born, even if I wasn't planned or was conceived out of selfish motivations. I'm glad no one told her I didn't have the right to be born because she made poor/wrong choices or because she couldn't give me the perfect life .....an easy life. Many would say that I shouldn't have been conceived or even born because my parents life situation wasn't optimal . Could you imagine if we all waited to have children or only had children when things were just so.......I don't think anyone would have any children : )

I have 5 children . The first two were conceived and born when we had no medical insurance. God provided by allowing us to make enough money to pay the hospital bills ourselves.When we had our 3rd child God provide medical insurance. When we had our 4th & 5th we had medical insurance we couldn't use because we had a homebirths(our insurance didn't cover it) but God provided a way for them to be born at home & provided the money to pay the midwife. So all these years He has provided for their needs. He did not provide for us through public assistance to take care of them but things have changed for us these past few years. We now have assistance with medical insurance for our children....I believe this is how God has chosen to provide for us.

The economy went into a slump, my husband's work slowed down....we lost our insurance and there was not enough money coming in to pay for it. Should we not have had 5 children because there might have been a possibility we couldn't afford to take care of them in the future? Should I no longer have children because I might not be able to afford them in the future? Anyone of us could be in the same situation as this mother.....especially considering the rate people are losing their jobs.

Science may have advanced and man now has the wisdom to help women to have children that otherwise would not have been able but that would not be if it were not God doing it. He is Sovereign and in control. I think this woman's story is a perfect example of that. Often IVF doesn't even work for those that try it and the chances of all 6 embryos implanting and thriving are pretty rare (which God is in control of as well) . This woman had 6 embryos implanted and gave birth to 8! Now that is God!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Valuable Day

What an interesting day I had. I was at the grocery store walking past the dairy section , when I saw a lady that I recognized from my daughter's former ballet studio. The woman didn't know it but she had blessed (through God's provision) my daughter with an almost brand new pair of pointe shoes. She had given them to the ballet teacher (they didn't fit her the way she had hoped & she had only worn them a few times) who happened to think they would be good for my daughter. The shoes were a perfect fit! Well anyway I had never had a chance to talk with this lady and thank her. I had seen her out and about through the fall and early part of winter with her little daughter and her pregnant belly : ) Today she had her new baby with her. I thought this might be a good opportunity to introduce myself and get a peek at her precious little baby.

I approached her, introducing myself, and explaining how I knew her from ballet and how she had blessed my daughter with pointe shoes. I even found out we lived right down the road from each other at one time, before our move 3 years ago. I asked her about her new baby son who she said was 4 weeks old. We got on the subject of his birth and she told me he was born at home. He was born at home with the same midwife I used : ) It was so cool to have met someone in which we have that in common and here she had been under my nose for months : )

Seeing that little baby and hearing about her homebirth brought to mind the homebirths of my two little babies . It brought back that desire to have another little baby to love...(that desire I have been pushing aside) So I left the store with these thoughts on my mind. I decided to stop at our local GNC store ,which I had never been in, to look around. I noticed the "Now Hiring" sign on the door......I asked for an application. The hours seemed like they would work for me but the more I thought about it , the sadder it made me, especially after seeing that baby.

These two events of the day got me to thinking.... I just can't see myself being away from my husband, my kids & my home, even part time. I shared these thoughts with my husband. He said it was his job to provide for us and that he knew if things were bad he knows I would help however I could. He agreed that it might be better to just pray to find work that I could do from home : ) It kind of interesting....my husband has never expressed a desire for me to get a job. It's been me putting the pressure on myself to do it. I'm torn because I want to be a helper to my husband. I'm not trying to take over I just want to a help get us out of debt. I don't know maybe the Lord has another plan and I'm unaware that I'm trying to work outside of what it is He has planned. So this is where we are and we just wait to see where God leads us.

After having all these thoughts and others related to finance and our particular life curcumstances I stumbled upon this blog post. It was so encouraging and really spoke volumes to me!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Possible Changes Ahead

My husband and I have been discussing the possibility of me getting a part time job. We really want to work on getting some debt cleaned up that we have accumulated since my husband's work slowed way down about 4 years ago. He has work now and we have income but the interest on those credits cards is a killer! Of course any job I get would have to have the optimal hours.....my husband is particular : ) He doesn't want me to work in the evenings because he won't get to see me and he doesn't like me driving in the dark, especially if the weather is bad. So it would have to be a job that was a few days a week, not an 8 hour day either. My oldest who is 15 could sit with the younger kids while I'm gone.

I'm just continuing to pray about it. I don't know if my contribution would even put a dent into our debt but I guess it's a start. I hate debt and I do feel we are a slave to it but what's done is done. I'm just praying to find our way out of it. At this point it seems so overwhelming, especially when the economy is getting worse by the day....so many are losing their jobs....blue collar and white collar alike. My husband is self employed and in a line of work that has been hit the hardest. The future , as least financially , seems so uncertain to me. I try not to think about it too much. It's hard to imagine ever losing our lovely country home. It's not the home so much (although I do like it)....its the land and the room we have to roam. So sad to think about :( However, I trust God will give us the grace we need if that day ever comes.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Still Here

I'm still here....just haven't been reading many blogs lately . It seems it takes more time to write here then I have time for. Besides I really wonder if people want to read about my everyday life...it's not all that interesting or I don't no how to write in a way that makes it's sound interesting : )
This month has been a little busy with birthdays in our house. My oldest child turned 15 at the beginning of the month and my 2 year old turned 3 last week. This week my 7 year old will be turning 8. Goodness they are growing up so fast! Besides all that we've just been trying to keep warm as it feels like Alaska here with many days of below zero temperatures. We heat are home with a wood burning furnace...it has been a blessing because it has been free but the furnace has had a hard time keeping up with these frigid temps. The temp. in the house got as low as 53 and is at 59 at the present moment. It's okay though because we dress warm and that keeps us comfortable.

I'll write more when I can : )

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Working Out Is For The Birds!

I decided it was time to get serious about exercising. I'll admit I am out of shape! I do get some exercise in the summer by walking mostly and riding my bike sometimes, but come winter time I do nothing. Well, I was at Walmart last week and saw an exercise ball that included an exercise DVD for $13.....I was very encouraged. This morning I decided to try it out. I wouldn't say it was difficult; however, I did stick to the basics exercises for beginners. The most difficult thing about it was staying balanced on the ball. I did fairly well , finishing the entirety of the workout, but then........................I began to feel nauseous. Who feels nauseous after exercising? Only me of course : ) So I decided to look up info about it on the web. Well there are a few simple explanations to why I might have felt sick to my stomach.

1. Exercising on a completely empty stomach
2. Being dehydrated
3. Eating sweets just before exercising
4. Exercising right after eating

I did not eat breakfast....that's probably the culprit.....I hope. I rested , waiting for my stomach to settle....it settled a little and I decided I would just have to eat to make my tummy feel better. Well it feels most of the way better but I'm still feeling a little icky! Boy is this discouraging......if there aren't enough distractions and obstacles to overcome when it comes to starting an exercise routine....nausea has to be one of them!?!?

I have a little more time to rest because the kiddos are helping their dad stack some firewood before we start our homeschooling for the day. I should have just helped stack firewood, hey it's exercise, and I probably wouldn't have gotten nauseous doing it : ) Well I'm off to sip on some ginger ale and hopefully have a better day.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Story Behind It

In my last post I wrote about how I thought God wants us to have 6 children. Well , I thought I would share the story behind why I think that. About 6 or 7 years ago my husband and I were shopping for a vehicle. We knew what features we were looking for in it. I wanted something that was 8 passenger because that's what our previous van was and I knew that we could fit 2 more children (we had 4 at the time) in an 8 passenger. We were also hoping to find something that was 4 wheel drive because of all the snow we get here in the North. Rear air and heat was something we hoped for as well because our previous van didn't have it and my chidlren would be really hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

We started our search...it was a bit discouraging. Anything that had 4 wheel drive was more of sports untility vehicle that was just to small (like a Durango) or too expensive (like a Suburban). I prayed and prayed that the Lord would guide us in this decision and give us the vehicle He wanted us to have. We visited several car dealerships, most of them were fine but one we didn't care for at all ....they just seemed like sneeky used car salesmen & were being extremely pushy. We decided to take a little break from our search.

About a month later we got a phone call from one of the dealerships that we visited....not the pushy one : ) They told us they just got a vehicle in that seemed like something we might be interested in. So we went to look at it. My first impression of the van, only the outside of it was, that it was in very good shape but wouldn't have been something I would have chosen.....it was a boxy shaped mini van. I never liked the look of those kind of vans; however, when I looked in side the van I noticed how nice and roomy it was, more so then our previous van & it was an
8 passenger ! It had the rear air/heat like I had hoped for & it was 4 wheel drive! It was a very nice van, even though at first glance it wasn't something I would have chosen on my own. I got out of the van and started walking around it, getting a better look at it from all sides. When I got to the rear of the van, right on the back was a little metal fish sign ( the sign of Jesus). You can't imagine how excited that made me! I just knew that this was from God.

There was one obstacle to get over....the price...it was more then we could spend. I was confident though that they would go down on the price, because this van was hand picked by God,for us. I had no doubts. They dropped the price more then $3000 and we walked out the door that day with the keys to our new van.

I prayed for His will regarding the vehicle. He knew what we hoped/wanted in a vehicle...one being the hope to have a van that would fit 2 more children. So this is why I can't help but think that He has a place for 1 more child in our lives and our van : )