Friday, December 18, 2009

Blogging Break

With only 1 week left until Christmas and family coming in I am taking a blogging break. I hope everyone has a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I'll be back full speed after the Holidays. Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sorry I haven't blogged all weekend. I've been rather down with a head cold and all drugged up on over the counter meds. Anyway, my brother-in-love called me to tell me of his and my little brothers Spanish class project. They are so funny.

They are why I feel 28. I am the oldest of 3. My little sister married younger and my little brother and littlest sister are in ther early 20's. It does keep me young. Which is great for my kids. They feel like they have the best play mates in the world. The Aunts and Uncles run and play with them but are old enough to drive.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

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These whimsical little reindeer make perfect gifts for anyone. (If you give gifts to your Child's School Teacher for Christmas don't forget their Sunday School and their Nursery Teachers as well.) They can serve as place card holders for a holiday table, party favors, or give a large reindeer as a gift,filled with the recipients favorite candy!They are an easy and inexpensive craft for classrooms or scout troops.

You'll Need: ScissorsCraft glue, glue stick or glue dotsTerracotta clay pots; 2"-5"Plastic eyesRed pom-poms (glitter pom-poms are a fun addition!)Three shades of brown craft foam, cardstock paper or construction paper;we combined all three to make our reindeer family.

parts pictured for the large reindeer

2 antlers

2 large ears

2 small ears

2 eyes

one red nose

How to Make It: First, with one shade of brown, cut the antlers to match the size of your pot. If you are making the larger reindeer, use a child's handprint as pattern. Then, cut the ears with the other brown. We used a lighter shade of brown to add yet another layer to the ears but that's not necessary.Attach they ears to the back of the pot. Then add the antlers. Glue the eyes and nose the front. Fill the pot with candy, nuts or other goodies. It's that simple!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sat. was beautiful! It started snowing in the morning and continued all day. The kids got dressed and ran outside to build a Snowman and had a snowball fight. They were so excited. They have seen snow before but never at our own house.
This is looking out our back door. They thought jumping on the trampoline was a great idea until they kept falling and got wet and cold
Later that day our neighborhood community area had a Christmas Party. It was AWESOME! Free cotton candy, popcorn, hot chocolate, horse drawn sleigh rides, Hot dogs, Hamburgers, Crafts (a lot of crafts) and they saw Santa Clause. Mrs. Clause even read them a book.

Monday, December 7, 2009

For His Name Sake by MaryBeth Whalen

"He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake." Psalm 23:3b (NIV)

Dear Lord, please show me Your will for my life.

Dear Lord, please let me know what direction I should go.

Dear Lord, I only want what You want. I just wish I knew what that is.

Have you ever prayed a prayer that sounded something like these? If you are like me, the answer is yes. Today's verse offers powerful truth that I had missed in spite of reading it many times. How often I had prayed for God's guidance and direction—yet still wanted my own way. I broke the verse down into three parts to better grasp the wisdom it contained:

He guides me: As followers of God, we want Him to guide us. We only have to do it on our own for a little while to realize that we are inept in finding the right way. Many of us have come to God after making an unholy mess of our lives. We have fallen before Him and asked Him to show us a way out of the mess. We are grateful for His promises to be our Shepherd who lovingly guides His sheep. We begin to follow Him, grateful that someone else is lighting our way.

In paths of righteousness: If God is leading us, we can trust that He will only direct us in paths that are right in His eyes. If we are tempted to walk down a path that we don't have peace about or is contrary to His character and Word, then that is a red flag that the path is not the right one. We can trust that He won't lead us down the wrong path. We just have to keep seeking His direction through prayer, godly counsel and His Word.

For His name's sake: To me, the crux of this verse is contained in this phrase. Why does God guide us in paths of righteousness? For His name's sake. He wants the way we take to directly reflect on Him. To bring Him, not us, glory. To make His name famous. To make our lives a living witness of His goodness, so that others are brought to Him. For that reason, He will always direct us to make holy choices—not necessarily the easy choices or the fast choices. If we submit to Him, we will find that He guides us to make the best choices. Not because we are the best, but because He is.

This simple verse served as a huge wakeup call for me. As I sought God's will for some decisions I was making, I had made the answer all about me. I needed to be reminded that, always, always, always, it needs to be about Him. My prayers were changed from "What should I do?" (a very me-centered prayer) to "What will bring You glory?" I had to shift my perspective from my humanness to His holiness. He will certainly direct me where I need to go. But I need to remember the reason as I seek that direction.

Dear Lord, my prayer today is reflected in this verse from Your Word: Please guide me in paths of righteousness for Your Name's sake. I want my life to reflect Your glory. I trust You to make that happen as you guide me in ways that are right in Your eyes. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Ok, this is the perfect picture of me and my little monkey's (minus the phone) You could compare my family to the show Malcolm in the Middle.
There is always an event, some kind if kid drama every day and the older my baby get (he's now 2) I see more and more of a schemer. Yes, I do use TV as an occasional babysitter, Yes, I have sent my kids to take a bath knowing the only soap that was touching their body was the melted soap they left in the water, We don't brush our teeth every night and Today I sent Madison to school in dirty socks.
I have tried to have the perfect Godly family; one that never screams, always has a clean home, clean kids and to look perfect for my husband when he's around. My reality is... Not That! And it stresses me out trying. It's impossible to keep my house clean while hearing "Cannon Ball" most of the day and if I take time to look nice I constantly hear "What is taking you so long?"
I love My Kids, My Family, My Life. Having God in our lives doesn't make us perfect but it does give me more patience, a better understanding, a better marriage and not so much mom guilt. I stay on my face a lot (we are well beyond knee praying) I have wonderfully created kids. (by God and not some lab) My kids are well behaved perfect little people with the ocassional speed bump like their parents. I still like to say "I've changed my name, when you guess what it is I'll talk to you" (after I've listened to tattleing and fighting all day) I also like to use "I'm off the clock" when after a 30 - 45 min bed routine when I still hear mama, mama, mama, for another 30 (after I have already been up 5 times) In any case we are a perfect family but it's My Family and I for one Love it!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What God Wants for Christmas

Every night we read books to the kids before they go to sleep. We've even started going to the library just to get different ones. While pulling things out for Christmas I came across a book I bought while at MOPS convention a couple of years ago. We read it Sunday night then they wanted to read it again last night and before they went to bed Madison said "Mom, can we read it again tomorrow night?"

It's an awesome little book that tells God's plan in sending Jesus. You can spread it out over 7 days or read it all at once. There are 7 little boxes with surprises in each one that you open up as you read through the book. This is one of the best books I've ever bought. At the end it explains that all God wants for Christmas is you! You can go here to check it out.

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Thirsty Woman by Rachel Olsen

"Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered." Proverbs 11:25 (ESV)

I sat in the crowded cafe at a bookstore working on my laptop. My stomach growled repeatedly—I'd not yet had lunch. Hunger urged me to pack up and head in the rain to a restaurant but I purposed instead to focus on the project at hand. Then something else caught my attention.

A woman wearing a green rain jacket walked by. I noticed because she walked with the gate of a person with a disability. Several steps past me she stopped, turned and looked at me. I smiled. She spoke to me in incomprehensible syllables. Not sure how to respond, I kept smiling. She repeated her groaning.

"What is it?" I inquired.

After "speaking" a few more sentences, she reached her hand toward me. All her motions were noticeably slow. With her arm extended, she wiggled her fingers while looking at me with soft eyes that didn't seem to fully focus.

Patrons at surrounding tables stared in our direction. The awkwardness was growing. She kept wiggling her fingers, uttering sounds no one understood. I looked around. She was alone. I smiled again and asked, "What do you need?" She came closer, her hand reaching for my wrist. Maybe she just wants to touch me for some reason, I thought.

Instead, she took my hand and pulled me up from my chair. My eyes made contact with the man at the next table. He looked at me with a mix of surprise and questioning. I suspect my facial expression matched his.

She lead me by the hand to the coffee condiments counter that housed a stack of plastic cups and a help-yourself pitcher of water. She grabbed the cup-stack, wrestling four off the top. For over a minute she struggled to separate one cup from the four. I held out my hands in a gesture of help but she never allowed me to reach the cups. I waited.

Once she had her single cup, she pointed to the water pitcher. I lifted it and poured her a glass. She drank the whole thing, and pointed to the pitcher again. I poured another cup. She downed it and reached for the pitcher herself this time. Uh oh, I thought.

I watched, gauging her ability as she attempted to pour her own drink. Moving ever so gingerly, she tilted the pitcher while holding the cup. She seemed in slow motion. Her aim was off a few fractions of an inch, so at the last second I maneuvered her hand with the cup to the precise spot to catch the water.

All this while she didn't look at me or speak to me. I just stood next to her at the counter.

When the cup neared full, I said, "OK." She stopped pouring and drank her third glassful in a row. Wow, she was thirsty. Maybe she just doesn't know when to stop. I wondered if I should cut her off when she began pouring a fourth cup. Instead I let her fill it, as slowly as before.

As she drank that fourth cup, I wiped the small spills from the counter. Suddenly this passage flooded my mind:

"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink.I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.

'Then these righteous ones will reply, 'Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will say, 'I tell yo u the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'" (Matthew 25:34-40, NLT)

I'd just been chosen to share water, perhaps with a woman and perhaps with the Living Water Himself. This was the best thing I did all day. All week. All month even. Maybe all year.

After the fourth cupful, a caretaker came and led the woman away. She looked back at me one last time. I smiled. By the time I returned to my seat, the cafe and patrons were no longer watching me or the woman—our interaction at the condiment counter had been lengthy and quiet. They'd gone back to reading their books. I, however, couldn't return to my project. My thoughts were captivated by Jesus' words, and the woman in the green rain slicker.

Dear Lord, I give thanks today for the food and drink on my table. Help me see ways to share it with those less fortunate. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Last Saturday Madison's Soccer Team played in an end of the season tournament. For a bunch of kids they work really hard and we are so proud of them. They've only lost 1 game all season and Saturday they came out #1 in the tournament!!! It was sooo exciting and close. I don't remember the names of the other teams but the scores were 3-2, 3-0, 3-2 and the last game was a killer 3-2 in over time. (Sarah, I washed my hand so let me know if it's wrong)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Madison is really creative. She loves color, fashion and creating things and when she heard Grammy was coming she wanted to learn how to make a scarf. Grammy showed her how and she did a little (Grammy did a lot). Here it is all done and Madison absolutely loves it.
She also showed me how to make one. I've started working one for Cohen. We'll see how it goes:)

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

While Fall was still here I want the kids to make some candy apples. I found a cute recipe for mini candy apples. They were fast and easy to make and the kids loved them. They didn't turn out so pretty but they sure tasted good. Here's the recipe
Mini Caramel Apples

Bite-size versions of the fall fair treat, these tiny "caramel" apples are a great party snack.

4-inch lollipop sticks
Melon baller
Granny Smith apples (one apple makes about 8 mini apples)
Butterscotch or peanut butter chips
Chopped nuts, nonpareils, sprinkles, shredded coconut (optional)
Small paper candy cups

First, cut the lollipop sticks in half at an angle (the pointy end will go into the apple pieces easier). With the melon baller, scoop little balls out of the apple. Each ball should have a section of apple peel. Push half of a lollipop stick into the peel of each ball. Pat the apple pieces dry.

Melt the chips according to the package directions. Dip and swirl the mini apples in the melted chips, then roll the apples in nuts, sprinkles, nonpareils, or coconut, if desired. Place the mini apples in paper candy cups to set.

Monday, November 23, 2009

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Overcoming the Fear of the Unknown by Micca Monda Campbell

"Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before." Joshua 3:4a (NIV)

Do you have a fear of the unknown? If so, then you know how nerve-racking it can be. Fearing the unknown can cause us to live on pins and needles as we spend precious energy anticipating the worst-case scenario. There are two problems with this type of fear:

1. The future is not here.
2. The future is not ours.

While the future may be out of our hands, it's not out of the hands of an adequate and trustworthy God. When we face a worrisome unknown situation, we can look to Joshua as an example.

It's recorded in the first chapter of Joshua that before Moses died, God passed the baton of leadership to Joshua. The Israelites had been wandering in the desert for 40 years under the guidance of Moses. Now, their journey was almost over. Just beyond the Jordan River was their promised land—the land that God had guaranteed to Abraham and his descendants.

Upon reaching the Jordan River, Joshua and the Israelites set up camp by the stream and awaited God's direction. Much like their meeting with the Red Sea, God had to make a way for them to cross over the river. On the third day, God told the officers to instruct the people that when they saw the Ark of the Covenant (where God's Presence abided) to follow it because they had "never passed this way before" (Joshua 3:4). In essence God was saying, Follow Me and I'll see you through this unknown territory.

That's not all. The people were instructed on how closely they should follow the ark. Without this instruction, the people would have crowded the ark and God wanted every person to be able to see His presence eve r faithfully leading them through the unknown valley. What greater encouragement could they have than this, that the Lord was their God, a God who was with them?

You see, friend, the Lord understands our fear of the unknown. He realizes that you may be in a situation that you've never passed through before and you're afraid. It may be the first time you've been without employment. Maybe you've just been diagnosed with an illness or your child is in rebellion. You've never been down this road before and you don't know which way to go or what to do. God will guide the way.

Joshua's life was unpredictable and full of unknowns much like yours and mine. Yet, he successfully resisted fear by keeping his focus on God rather than the events surrounding him. Just as God guided the Israelites through unknown territory, He will guide you and me too. When we come to a place we've never passed through before, God is always present to help us."

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God,the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; (Isaiah 43:2,3b, NIV).

Even though the children of Israel were not told how they would pass over the river, the people went forth in faith. We too can move forward in faith sharing in the promised presence of God leading the way through our unknown circumstances.

Dear Lord, thank You for Your promised presence. It comforts my heart to know that I am not alone. Lead me, Lord, through the unknown in my life. Make Your path clear and I will follow it. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

AJ's parent were here a couple of weeks ago, do you notice where my little red heads get their hair from? We love when they come to visit. All Madison wanted was for Grammy to help her make a scarf and she did. I will post pics of that later.

They had never been to DC before so off we went. One of the things we did that I had never done before was going to the Washington monument. We were waiting and debating on getting tickets (they are free) when some guy gave us his. Up at the top looking out each window they have pictures of what the view was so many years ago and today. It was neat to see the changes. This was the view looking at the Lincoln Memorial.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

We have to remember God's ways are not always our ways and we definitely were reminded of that on Thursday when AJ got a all from work. The lady on the phone said "Ens. MacDonald, You're deploying to Afghanistan." his response was "Ok, when?" then she said "January."

We just got up here in June after already being apart for 10 months so that was something we didn't expect to hear or want to. We will continue to "Wait with a Willingness to Pray and Pray with a Willingness to Wait." You would think I'd be use to that by now.

With that on my mind, this is for my baby. I love Toby Keith's songs. This isn't the best video but it was the only one edited.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

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