Wednesday, March 31, 2010

In His Word Wednesday

Romans 6:8-11
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.(NIV)

This week we remember the work done on the cross.  Because of our sins, we deserve death.  But, though he was sinless, Jesus took our place.  By putting our faith in his redeeming work we can live forever.   Nothing we can do can earn us salvation . . . all we need is a child-like faith in the ONE who sacrificed himself on that tree.  Have you put your faith in Christ's redeeming work?  If not . . . why not now?

And if you have . . . REJOICE in the new life we have been given!!

Visit Megan for more encouragement in God's Word.

Wordless Wednesday - Trouble


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Thank You!!!

Danielle from Gaertegang dropped off a prize I won in her recent giveaway today.   Isn't the basket so cute?


And look what's inside:


Thank you Danielle (and Virginia Soaps and Scents)!  I can't wait to try it all out!


Last month I tried out OAMC (once a month cooking).   It was great!  We ate healthy, home cooked meals without having to put hours of work in each day.   I decided that I would definitely keep it up!  Today I cooked 21 meals for our freezer.   I had 2 meals left over from last month (we went to my Father-in-law's house for a couple of days), so I have 23 meals in the freezer.  I make crock pot meals on Sunday's and have a few other non-freezer meals worked into the menu.

Here's the meals I made today (either the whole meal or the main components):

  • Ham & Cheese Stromboli
  • Pizza Crusts
  • Enchiladas
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Chicken Curry Casserole
  • Chicken 'n' noodles
  • Chicken soft tacos
  • Roast Beef Burritos
  • 3 packages Marinated Chicken Breasts (for grilling) 
  • Marinated Pork chops
  • Pork stirfry
  • 3 Cavatinis
  • Crunchy Cheeseroni
  • Tacos
  • Johnny Marzetti
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Meatballs

A few of the marinated meats and 2 of the cavatinis will go on next months menu.  

Tomorrow I just need to make up a few more batches of bread dough.  These are so handy to have in the freezer - you can pull them out to make cinnamon rolls or  dinner rolls.  I also am going to mix a homemade bisquick mix.   Then . . . I can relax!  

Building Our Marriage Challenge

Buy your spouse their favorite snack.

Monday, March 29, 2010

I ♥ Faces - Dramatic B&W

The theme this week is dramatic B&W.   My entry is from inside a covered bridge.  Josiah was not happy about having his picture taken.   Make sure you check out all the other entries at i heart faces!

Dramatic B&W

Saturday, March 27, 2010

SOOC Saturday

Melody at Slurping Life is hosting another SOOC Saturday this week.  The photos must be straight out of the camera - no editing!

My girls called me back to their room this week to show me their 'living room'.   I thought it was pretty cute . . . and warranted a picture!  (And please ignore the mess in their closet behind them!).

Friday, March 26, 2010

Resurrection Eggs

This is a repost from last year.  Resurrection Sunday (or Easter) is only a week away and these resurrection eggs are a great way to incorporate the fun of Easter with the significance of Resurrection Sunday.   They are a great way to share the story of Christ's Resurrection with your children (or any children!).  Enjoy!!

I first heard of Resurrection Eggs when I was in college on a ministry team. I thought they were really cool, but didn't give it a thought again until I had kids of my own. Then I started seeing them in Christian Book catalogs, but I wasn't willing to spend the money on them. Then, a few years ago, I saw directions online for making your own. I'm sure if you google it, you'll find many different versions. Here is what I did (I improvised on some of them because I didn't have the suggested item!). I printed the message and the verse on a small slip of paper, then put it in a plastic egg with the item. I then wrote the number on the egg with a permanent marker.

Egg#1 -
Message - Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people waved palm branches.
Verse - Matthew 21:1-11
Item - Piece of a palm branch or a small plastic leaf (I used a leaf thing from the playmobil set)

Egg #2
Message - Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus' feet
Verse - Johm 12:2-8
Item - Small perfume sample or piece of cotton with cologne on it (I cut up an old wash cloth, and sprayed it with perfume)

Egg #3
Message - Jesus shared the last supper with his disciples.
Verses - Matthew 26:17-19
Item - A small piece of chex cereal or make a small bread-like shape out of clay. (I used a cheerio...this same cheerio has been in the egg for several years now...ewww).

Egg #4
Message - Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver
Verse - Matthew 27:3
Item - 3 dimes

Egg #5
Message - Jesus carried his own cross
Verse- John 19:17
Item - toothpicks glued in a cross form; a small plastic or metal cross from jewelery. (I took two toothpicks and wrapped yarn aroun them to hold them together. I then trimmed the ends)

Egg #6
Message - Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus' head.
Verse - John 19:2
Item - Small thorny branch, or a large thorn all by itself. (I used a thorn from a rose).

Egg #7
Message - Soldiers parted Jesus' garments and cast lots for his coat.
Verse - John 19:23
Item - Swatch of burlap and a nail or dice.

Egg # 8
Message - Jesus was nailed to the cross and pierced in His side.
Verses - John 19:18,37 & John 20:25-29
Item - A nail.

Egg #9
Message - They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall on a sponge to drink,
Verse - Matthew 27:34
Item - small sponge (I used one of the sponges I found at the ocean)

Egg #10
Message - Spices to prepare Jesus for burial.
Passage - John 19:40
Item - 7 or 8 whole cloves, or other whole spices

Egg #11
Message - The stone covering Jesus' tomb was rolled away.
Verse - John 20:1
Item - A small rock

Egg #12
Message - The napkin around Jesus' head was lying separately from his linen clothes. He was not there. He is risen!
Verses - John 20:6-7
Item - scrap of linen-type fabric.

We hide the eggs outside, then the kids find them. Then we go through each egg...reading the message and looking up the verses. We are going to do this this afternoon...hopefully I'll get some pictures.

If you would like to make your own eggs, here are some printables:

A list of what you need,  slips to put in the eggs

Thursday, March 25, 2010

From Scratch

Sarah is hosting From Scratch again this week.  We've been eating our freezer meals.  I had one major flop this week . . . I've found that you cannot freeze uncooked biscuit dough and then thaw and bake.  They didn't rise at all!   If you have any advise on how to make biscuits with my freezer meals, I'm all ears!

One thing I've started making from scratch is teriyaki sauce.  I'm not a measurer when I cook, so I'll give you the general idea of what I do.

Juice from a can of pineapple  (you can eat the pineapple separately)
1/4-1/2 C Soy Sauce
1-2 T Brown Sugar
Corn Starch

Mix together the juice and Soy Sauce.  I just eyeball it - aim low at first, you can always add more.  Add in the sugar.  Stir it up.  Give it a little taste and see if it needs more soy sauce or sugar.  Start heating on medium heat.  Mix a Tablespoon of Cornstarch in COLD water.  Once the corn starch is dissolved add it to the mixture.  Continue heating and bring to a boil.  Mixture will thicken and you have a tasty teriyaki sauce.

Make sure you head over and check out everyone's recipes!

You Capture - A Moment

This week's You Capture theme is 'A Moment'.   I captured this moment of the girls sitting together on the couch, playing nicely.   I love these moments . . . they're the ones that make my heart swell with love.


Head over to I Should Be Folding Laundry to see what moments everyone else captured.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

First Guitar

Josiah received his birthday present a little early this year - his first guitar!   He's so excited!  He can already play a couple chords (he hadn't learned them yet when I took these pictures - so for all you guitar experts - he's just messing around here).  Mom is just hoping he learns how to use the volume control on the amp!

First Guitar


As a family we enjoy watching many of the cooking challenge shows that are so popular right now.  One of our favorites is Chopped.   One day last week Caleb and Josiah had a challenge and cooked some food for the girls (the judges).   Caleb made cinnamon apples and Josiah cooked some oranges sprinkled with sugar (I think he should get some points for creativity!).

Aaron and I had to laugh because we overheard the girls talking while the boys were cooking.  They kept yelling,  "you've got 10 more minutes left, chefs."  Then, a minute later, "You've got 20 minutes left, chefs."  They aren't very good at telling time, yet.  They were also making all the critiques they hear on the show.  Pretty funny stuff.

I've got a couple of creative chefs - and some bossy judges!!

Caleb cooking up his apples. (Notice the cinnamon sugar spilled on the stovetop, LOL).

Wordless Wednesday - Kissies!?!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

i ♥ Faces - Angles

This week at i heart faces is all about angles.  Even though no one else in my family seems to like it, I love this picture of Sarah at 5 months because of the angle.  I loved capturing her from above.


Head on over to i heart faces to check out the other great entries!

I'm back . . .

I've been without my computer for 4 days . . . but today I got it back!!!  I'm so excited!  I realized two things while it was gone.

 First, how much I rely on my computer.  I use my icalander for EVERYTHING . . . my menu, appointments, etc.  I also keep our school records on the computer.  Those are the two things I missed the most.  I wasn't sure what to pull out of the freezer for supper tonight without my menu (by the way, I chose wrong!  Good thing freezer cooking makes me so flexible, LOL).

The second thing I realized, was that although I love my online time, I'm not as addicted to it as I thought I was!   I'm glad to be back and checking out everyone's blogs, but I didn't have withdrawal symptoms . . . so that is very good news.  I only had a couple times when I reached for my computer to look something up!  I was really surprised that I missed the offline part of my computer MORE than the online.

I've been working on planning our next school year . . . I'll share all our plans at some point in the future.  Now . . . off to see what YOU have been up to.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Building Our Marriage Challenge

Building Our Marriage Challenge

Buy a small notebook and use it to write love notes back and forth with your spouse.  

Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring Cleaning - Week 3 - Master Bedroom - Before

We're still spring cleaning over at Sarah's, this week in the Master Bedroom.    I also need to scrub my bathtub from last week.

My plans for the week are giving it a good sweep and mop, dust everything, wash the sheets (I just washed the comforter a few weeks ago after a bed jumping incident (the kids were jumping - not Aaron and I)(No, bed jumping is NOT allowed in this house)).   The biggest plan is to clean out the closet, going through all the clothes and getting rid of what doesn't fit, isn't in good shape, etc.   Aaron will be in charge of his side, so at least  I only have half of the closet to do!

Here's my before pictures:

Looking in from the door.  The clothes need put away off the drying rack, and there is something peeking out from under the bed that needs picked up.   The shelves on the far wall hold all our 'office' supplies and school art supplies.  The chest has the printer on top.  

The shelves across from the bed.  I'm pretty happy with the top two shelves.  The bottom shelf needs some things put away.  (Yes, that is a lego ship on top of the game cube!  Caleb put it in here during Sarah's party and needs to return it to his room).

Aaron's side of the closet.  His drawers down below won't even close - he has a lot of work to do!  You can see my night stand needs a little straightening, as well.  Only 2 water bottles - not too bad!  I always take one with me at night, and then forget to remove it in the morning.  I have 5 water bottles.  There are mornings when all 5 are there.  Then I wash all 5 and start the cycle over, LOL.

My side of the closet.  Yep, I have some work to do, too.

I'll be back Friday with my final results.

I ♥ Faces - Bundled Up

This week's I heart faces theme is Bundled Up.   I'm hoping do be done with bundling up for the year (crossing fingers).  I took this earlier this year when we actually had snow.


Head over to i heart faces to see all the other great entries.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sarah's Party (#1)

Today we had Sarah's Birthday Party with my side of the family (next weekend is the other party!).  Here are just a few snapshots.

The cakes:
Sarah's First Birthday Cake

Sarah opening her presents . . . well kind of.  She mostly just stared at the bags!

Eating the cake.
Is this mine?

Forget the cake - I just want the icing!  (She threw the cake on the floor and just ate the frosting).

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sarah is ONE!!!

My baby girl is one!  I can hardly believe it.  It's been a long year for our family, and Sarah has been the bright spot!  She's brought so much joy to our family, and is super spoiled by every member of the family.


She loves giving high fives and being the center of attention.  She is getting close to pulling up, but isn't quite there yet.  She walks around furniture . . . but is VERY tentative.    She moves between the footstool and the couch ( a distance of about 18-24 inches).  She can touch both at the same time, and yet she still acts like its the scariest move in the world.  I think we'll have a little time, yet, before she starts walking.


She loves baby dolls and anything with buttons (including Mom's computer and Dad's remote).  She says 'five' (for high five), 'Yay' (said while clapping her hands) Mmmm (for anything tasty).



Her year in review:

Sarah's First Year

SOOC Saturday

Melody at Slurping Life hosts SOOC Saturday each week  . . .  a time to post your photos straight out of the camera - no post processing allowed!

Yesterday, the kids put one of their hats on Sarah.  She liked it for a little bit . . . but, then she started getting upset.


I'll be back later today with the last of  Sarah's bear pictures.  That's right . . . today she turns one!  Be sure to head over to Slurping Life and check out everyone else's SOOC shots - and add one of your own.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Spring Cleaning - Week 2 - Main Bathroom - After

Well, I didn't quite finish this week.   You can go here to see my before and my plans for the week.  The bathtub still needs scrubbed down (my least favorite job).  I might get to it today . . . if not I'll add it to next week's list.   The caulk is scraped, but it still needs recaulked . . . Aaron is picking up the caulk today, so hopefully it will be finished by tonight.   And last, but not least, I didn't get the toilet seat replaced.  I was standing at the store staring at all the choices, and couldn't decide whether needed an oblong or round lid.  So, I decided to wait until I know for sure (O.K. - I'm still not sure, but I think round!).

I did get everything but the bathtub scrubbed down (sink, walls, floors, toilet, shelves) and all the cupboards and drawers reorganized.  We fixed the shelf in the medicine chest, so I now have 3 usable shelves (yippee!).  I also bought a new rug and new towels for Aaron and I.

Visit Sarah at Beautiful to God to see how everyone else did!  And be sure to join in next week when we work on the master bedroom!





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