Friday, December 14, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
The ladies over at GirlTalk have been churning out a helpful and rather lengthy (proof of the need for such discussion) series on Social Media (Our Connected Heart).
I have been reading these posts, not always because I want to, but because, I know that I need to.
I actually don't tweet. I honestly don't even facebook much anymore, although I go through spurts where I do more often. Getting a bit more tired of pinterest, although I love finding recipes and rainy-day activities - a goldmine of a resource! Yet, which social media we use or don't use isn't really the problem here. I think I inwardly pride myself on the fact I don't use some of the more trendy social media forms. But, seriously, how many hours a week do I use e-mail, search blogs or even peruse recipes. How does that hold up to the weekly minutes spent in the Word? How does my time spent connecting or browing compare to my desires and commitments to pray, study Scripture, or serve others, especially my little ones and husband (and church family)?
And, just to preface the series, know they aren't saying quit your facebook, never tweet, etc. Read up, and you'll see that loud and clear.
Today, I'm going to take the Social Media Challenge. I'm not here to tell you what that will look like in my home. Shew, I don't even know yet. I need to take an honest look at my habits and think through that personally. But, I know I want my kids to grow up seeing WAY more of mom's front than her back. I am positive I want them to see me in the Word more than typing words. I'm sure I want to serve people face to face more than facebook to facebook (although that can be a real source of encouragement). I want to enjoy the sunshine. Have clean clothes and yummy food ready. I want to know God and know others. But, on a lot of days, what robs me of these basic desires is, yup, the Internet.
This isn't to discourage or make you feel crummy, the girltalkers are wonderful at reminding women of God's great grace to us and His wonderful calling on our lives.
So, be encouraged. I'm ready to take a harder look at my daily habits as they relate to time, priorities, the computer, etc. And maybe fill up some of my previously wasted time with some more profitable pursuits.
Here's the link to the posts - Social Media/Less Is More
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Here's a sweet cousin picture. We're not sure we'll ever get a girl in this family, but we sure love little boys!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Thursday, May 03, 2012
But, this one keeps me coming back lately.
And, something about the articles makes me not just think about them, but really chew on them. I'm often very challenged by something said.
Here's an example of an article that has been very helpful to me, even this morning...
"Double-think is when we get into a tailspin over-analyzing our motives and worrying over our possible sins or those we might commit or whether we did commit or not. Did I apologize thoroughly enough? Do I need to apologize for that? Or not?"
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Timmy is a very special little boy, with a smile as big as Texas, and a personality that's growing by the minute. We're so thankful for our happy, determined little Timmers. We pray that God would graciously grow him into a man whose name really fits, as Timothy means God-fearer! We love you sooooo much!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
And, I'm so, so excited. This is my gift to my amazing husband (who introduced me to my love of Christian rap. I was slow to catch on, but now I sincerely love it. Most songs anyway!), who is about to turn 30. I'm so thankful for my man.
Why do I like Christian rap? Glad you asked!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Friday, April 06, 2012
In these videos, many things stand out to me... (besides just how cute our little friend is...)
-How you can teach tiny kids big truths...
-expressing the sadness of the death of Jesus (as Nate says, "Jesus had a lot of owies." Not sure how you spell owies.)
-expressing the joy of the fact that Jesus is Alive!
We did a very adapted version of these - http://www.freefuneaster.com/easter-crafts/he-is-risen-paper-plate-tomb-craft/. And, I've been trying to follow Noel Piper's recommendation to gather all of your books about Easter and children's Bibles in one spot and read about the death and resurrection of Jesus often!!
Of course, we also have been re-kindling our love for this song. (Dustin and I are going to our first Christian rap concert soon... more on this on another day! Ha!)
Just thought I'd share some fun, simple, frugal ideas that have been helpful in keeping the discussion going with our 2 year old.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Take My Life and Let It Be
by Frances R. Havergal, 1874
And, if you'd rather a newer sound - here.
I'm pretty sure I've posted this one before, back when I blogged more often. Guess it's a favorite.
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Monday, February 06, 2012
Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls
Source: (adapted from) Money Saving Mom (my friend Cara and I did the Math – 35 cents a cinnamon roll! even cheaper if you find powdered sugar on the cheap)
Yields: 2 round pans (about 16 rolls)
Note: This is actually a fairly simple recipe, although practice does make perfect. Be patient with yourself the first few tries. You’ll get faster and better as you make them!
• 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm milk (10 oz)
• 3 tablespoons canola oil
• 1 egg, lightly beaten plus 2 egg whites
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 4 1/4 cups flour (Original recipes calls for 4 cups, but I’ve found the dough to be more manageable if I use 4 ¼. You might even need more. CHECK dough after first few minutes of kneading and if it looks too wet, add a bit more. It will make your life so much easier if dough is not very sticky!)
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 3 teaspoons bread machine yeast
Filling Ingredients (this is the doubled version; half it if you want to be good):
• 4 tablespoons butter, melted
• 1 1/3 cup brown sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon cinnamon
Icing (this too is the doubled version; half it if you want to be good):
• 4 teaspoon milk (after all icing ingredients are mixed, you might need to add extra splashes of milk and keep mixing until it seems right)
• 3 cups confectioners sugar
• 8 tablespoons (or less) butter, softened
• 2 teaspoon vanilla
Put the dough ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed and run on the dough cycle. Remember to check in a few minutes to see if you need to add a little more flour. After the dough cycle is finished, roll the dough into a large rectangle and spread it with 2 Tablespoons melted butter and 2/3 cup brown sugar mixed with 1 Tablespoon cinnamon.
Roll up (from long end to long end) and cut (I use dental floss – a trick my mom taught me) into 10-15 rolls and place in two greased round cake pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until browned. Spread the icing on as soon as they come out of the oven.
You can also cover the unbaked rolls with plastic wrap, stick them in the refrigerator overnight, and then bake in the morning. You can freeze the baked rolls, and I suppose you can just freeze the dough unbaked, but I haven’t tried that. Let me know if you do!
Orange Icing Option:
• 3 tbsp. butter, soft
• 1 tbsp. grated orange peel
• 2 tbsp. orange juice
• 1 1/2 c. confectioner's sugar
Friday, January 20, 2012
There's a picture (a few days ago) of the kids all contained with their 3rd (I think) round of Cheerios, just because I needed to finish up dinner in peace. Ha! The pizza picture is from lunch today. I like making pizzas with Nate, but we are all out of cheese. Ha! Nice planning on my part, huh? Nate's eating lunch in his pj's. Don't judge. And, I've stayed on top of laundry this week (good) but not folding.
Some days are better than others, but that's a funny glimpse into some not-so-with-it days. I'm trying to learn to laugh. And press on! Signing off.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
By Grace I am an Heir of Heaven
1. By grace I am an heir of heaven:
Why doubt this, O my trembling heart?
If what the Scriptures promise clearly
Is true and firm in every part,
This also must be truth divine:
By grace, a crown of life is mine.
2. By grace alone shall I inherit
That blissful home beyond the skies.
Works count for naught. The Lord incarnate
Has won for me the heavenly prize.
Salvation by his death he wrought,
His grace alone my pardon bought.
3. By grace! These precious words remember
When sorely by your sins oppressed,
When Satan comes to vex your spirit,
When troubled conscience sighs for rest.
What reason cannot comprehend
God does to you by grace extend.
4. By grace! Be this in death my comfort;
Despite my fears, 'tis well with me.
I know my sin in all its greatness,
But also Him who sets me free.
My heart to naught but joy gives place
Since I am saved by grace, by grace.