Sunday, December 31, 2006

Prayer

We have had news in the past week of two families needing prayer. First of all we know of a couple (who we met at a camp meeting two years ago) that just lost their 3 month old baby while visiting out of state. They live in North Carolina and were visiting in New York. They put the baby down for a nap on a bed and when they came back they found the infant had died. As far as I know the cause of death is not known. So...they had to go through quite a process to be able to take the infant's body out of New York and back to North Carolina...plus all the questions from the police.

Secondly we just heard that my husband's Aunt just found out that she has cancer. The doctors told her that she has 6-9 months to live. So....please pray for the family (her husband and children especially). She sounded very strong on the phone when she spoke with my MIL. So...I just wanted to ask for prayer for those two families.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Can you hear Him?


Well...devotions have been sporadic and that is completely my own fault...no one else's. This morning my devotion was about hearing God's voice. Matthew 11:15 says, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." And one of my favorites, John 10:27, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." So my question to you today is....are you one of his sheep? Do you hear his voice and follow? Does God know you...or are you one that claims to know him and when you get to heaven he will tell you to depart for he never knew you. I pray that all could fall under the category of being His sheep. Why is it that people want to go their own way instead of being under the protection of the shepherd? Every time a sheep strays from the shepherd it brings nothing but trouble. If they stay where they are supposed to they are protected. It is funny how God compares us to sheep and not chickens, cows, deer, etc. Comparing humans to sheep is perfect. Whether we want to believe it or not. ;) Just a short post today. Wanted to share these verses. May the Lord bless you today and the rest of this year. =)

Friday, December 22, 2006

Baby Update



I went to see the midwife again today...in her new house...and everything seems to be fine. When she measured me she was surprised how much I grew from last time. Apparently this baby wants to catch up with his/her siblings quickly! So...I am very happy and she is pretty sure the baby is still head down.

On Wednesday night I came home with 4 dresses for DD and I finished one for myself yesterday. We are doing it again this Wednesday and there are 3 more dresses for DD and 2 for me! They should all get done Wednesday as long as a certain Miss G remembers her bobbin holder! ;) Two of the dresses for DD are already started. I can't believe we had about 5 sewing machines going at one time! It was truly a blessing. Well..I better go and work on some more projects!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A Great Week


Wow...so much has happened, it seems, since Friday. After I came down and saw the 100 balloons... the day was pretty normal. That evening we went to my in-laws where my MIL made me a birthday dinner of spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, and chocolate cake with penuche icing. (not sure if I spelled that right). They also gave me some money to put towards a baby sling I had been wanting. What is amazing is I ordered the sling on Saturday and got it on Monday! I still can't believe it. Can't wait to use it with the baby! =)

On Saturday we went to a friend's home to drop off fabric and I find out that along with a girl from church they made me a jumper and blouse for my birthday! I love it. I was actually able to "squeeze" into on Sunday. If I grow any more I won't, but at least I have a beautiful new jumper. I was dropping off fabric because this afternoon I am going to her home and there are going to be about 5 of us sewing dresses for my daughter and myself. DD will probably have almost 5 dresses by the time we leave. Hopefully DS will have a vest and I hope to have at least one dress to take home to. There was a lot of sewing that I needed to do, but I knew I wouldn't get it all done in time and I am being blessed with this. If I can get batteries for the camera I will definitely get pictures and post them. The batteries died on the camera last week....they sure don't seem to last long. :( Oh Well....

As for myself, I am trying to seek the Lord in all things. I let myself get to "busy" with the things of this life this summer/fall and I think I tuned out God's voice. I am back to having more regular bible study, but go figure this morning my little girl woke up early. I have come to realize though, that as a mother, I am not going to be able to have the devotional times I once had. But as I go about my day I try to "drink up" as much of his word as I can. I like to post bible verses around the home..I hope to post about these one day too when the camera is functional. ;) I know there are many areas I fall short in, but I am learning not to dwell on them. I know that is what Satan would have me do. If I were to focus on what I can't and not on the things I can do or have improved on....he has one because my outlook is bleak. Negative thoughts do nothing for my spiritual life. Christ already fought that battle for me. I just need to remember to always look towards Christ and he will see me through. He has already helped me to come a long way in my spiritual walk with him, but he isn't finished with me yet. He is working on me so I can have a heart like his.

I know this is a strange place to just leave off, but I need to get back to my children. May the Lord bless you and keep you through this day and week. =)

Friday, December 15, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me!! =)


Okay....so far today I have received a lovely note from my hubby and a living room floor full of Balloons!!!! Needless to say the children are having a wonderful time playing with the balloons. I am going to finish getting ready and the children ready and I think we are going to visit Nana (at work) and the residents at the Country Club. Tonight we are invited over to Hubby's parents. She is fixing my birthday dinner. Hope all have a wonderful day!

***Update**** After some counting and talking to Hubby...I actually have around 100 balloons!!!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Devotional

Not a long post today but I just wanted to take some time to share some wonderful verses I read in my devotional time this morning.

Psalm 37:4- Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Romans 12:10- Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another

Proverbs 4:26-27- Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Proverbs 4:18- But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

And this is one of my favorites...

Isaiah 55:8-9- For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

When I had struggles over the past few years this verse reminded me that God is always there and just because I thought something should happen a certain way did not mean that was God's intention. Especially when hubby lost his job of 5 years 6 weeks before DD was born and they refused to give him severance (sp?) pay.

We did not always understand everything God was trying to teach us, but we thank it for him everyday. We have so much to learn if we only open our hearts to God's word. Many people know God's word, but don't really KNOW it. I mean...they have the head knowledge, but it's not in their heart. If you do not believe God's word with your whole heart there will never be a change. I have seen this firsthand from many individuals. They can quote scripture after scripture to you, but their lives don't bear any fruit. One of my former pastors is actually like this. He is a very intelligent man and knows a lot about the Bible, but his life....he doesn't bear any fruit and that is probably why he has left his position as a pastor (he left it over 4 years ago) and is following the world with it's standards. It really is quit sad. So...my challenge to you all today is to listen to what God has for you. You may not know for a while his direction, but He will make his desires known to you in due time. Trust me...we waited for 2 years on a "job direction" for Hubby and we are still waiting on answers for some other things...but we know the Lord will show us when we are ready and the time is right.

May the Lord bless you all on this December day. ;)

Oh yes...if you have time check this link out. Hubby found it probably a year or so ago, but just "found" it again to show me. It is all too true in our society.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Pictures

Okay here are the pics I was talking about in the previous post.

This is the awesome coat Hubby got me for my birthday. Believe it or not....it is WASHABLE Suede! That is what the tag and washing directions say...so we will see. I absolutely love it!


Here are a couple of pictures of the "house" my parents brought up for the children.



These last two pictures are of an Oak Leaf Runner that I tested for Kathy (aka Katchkan) over at Crochetville. I just finished it today. Anna ...don't worry...I am starting the cozies tonight! ;)

A Blessed Weekend


This weekend was truly a blessing. My parents came up on Saturday and we are a wonderful visit. As soon as Mom and Dad got here Mom went to work. She helped me sort the children's clothing and get them in boxes. I sorted all of DS clothing before DD was born (clothes he had outgrown), but since then.....I failed. So at least now the boxes are marked whether they are boys are girls clothing and the size. Will be much easier after the baby is born to find the clothing that will be needed as he/she grows. I was going to do it next month, but it would have taken me ages to do it and we got it done in one day. After about 1 hour of working we went out to eat for lunch at Jakes....I like Jake's but hadn't been there in almost 2 years probably ...and Mom and Dad treated. Which was very kind of them. Once we got back Mom and I continued on sorting and Hubby and Dad did a lot of odds and ends job around the house. They put another rod in our closet to hang clothes on...which was badly needed, to say the least! Oh yes, the children have a play house now. Mom and Dad's pastor's family had an extra outdoor fisher price type play house and they brought it up this weekend. So now the children have their own little house.

Once Mom and Dad left our family was on a mission. To find a DVD/VCR combo for Hubby's mom. She wanted to buy one for Hubby's dad for Christmas. So..off to KMart we went. Once at Kmart there were a lot of things on sale. We got the children each a new pair of Jammies (buy one get one free!) and Hubby got a fleecey type pullover for halfprice. Hubby wanted me to look at coats (he has been trying to get me a winter coat for years!) I made one when DS was a few months old, but I made it so heavy the thread is giving in a lot of places. We have searched garage sales and thrift stores to find a coat, but no luck. If I actually liked the coat it was usually a size 6 petite....and there is no way I would ever be able to wear that! Not at 5'10". So after Kmart Hubby suggested we go to JcPenney. They had their coats 60% off! Well...I looked around and fell in love with one, but I still didn't want to pay $80. Well they had a big sale this weekend and Hubby found a coupon that if you spent over $75 dollars you got $15 off. So he bought me the coat for my birthday and we saved $130 off the original price!!! I still can't believe it. I haven't had this nice of a coat since my high school letter jacket (at it was a nice coat too.) So now I don't know what to do with myself. It's such a nice coat. I will try and take pictures of everything later, but I have to have good sunlight with the digital. The flash really changes the look of everything.

Anyway, on to Sunday. I was blessed by the message at church, but the biggest blessing came that evening. My inlaws offered to watch the children so Hubby and I could go watch Handel's Messiah at MVNU (my alma mater). It was so wonderful! I remember not caring for it at all in college and now.....it was a blessing to my heart and soul. I have most of it memorized anyway. When DS can't sleep we put the CD player in his room and he loves listening to the Messiah. So I had about 90% of it memorized! When we returned the children were bathed and in jammies, so all we had to do was bring them home and put them in bed.

So, now that I have told you about my weekend, I better get started on my household duties. And Monday is laundry day! I want to try to stay on top of things this week to. My nephew's birthday party is Saturday and I don't want a lot of things left undone before we go to see him. Which reminds me....I need to find a gift for him! Oh my...where is my head. At least I know my MIL is making me a cake for my birthday. I am hoping for her chocolate cake with ganache icing. ;) That is the best!

May you all have a blessed Monday!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Date Night

Well Hubby and I made last night a "date night". Before he got home we went to the grocery store and purchased appetizers, other food, and ice cream for dessert. Well...I fed the children and then we got them in bed a little earlier than usual...but not by much. Anyway, I was fixing the food...we sat down and had our appetizers, which were very good, and waited on the "main" meal to be done. We started eating and Hubby looks up and sees DD standing in the doorway. She should have gotten in trouble, but she was just too cute standing there. So...she sat on Papa's lap and had some of our food. So, another woman ended up "stealing" my man...for about 3 minutes. Then it was back to bed for her. Once she was in bed we watched the movie "Luther." Very good movie about Martin Luther, if you haven't seen it...I would recommend it. We also like the old black and white about Martin Luther. We always say that they should take parts from both movies and it would be outstanding. Anyway...I just had to share about our date and the "woman" that walked in on us. Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Tip from Hubby

Hubby let me know yesterday to make sure not to clean mirrors with a solution that has ammonia in it. Have you ever seen mirrors with dark/black spots? It's probably because it was cleaned with a solution that had ammonia in it. If the ammonia gets behind the mirror it can "eat away" at the backing. So...I just thought I would share this little tip with you. Enjoy! So DO NOT use Windex (r) or any other cleaner with ammonia.

A little of this....A little of that

Well....still trying to get things in order around here. Yesterday I spent a good portion of the day hanging pictures and stuff. I try to be as "careful" as I can since they are plaster walls. :p Oh well...This plaster seems to hold up better than the old farm house we just moved from. Those walls seemed to crumble all around if there was a tiny hole put in the wall. Then last night we went to Lowe's (I LOVE Lowe's!) and purchased an electric heater to help cut down on using the gas furnace so much. The upstairs of the house stays really warm (it was insulated in just the last few years), but the downstairs is a lot colder. (opposite of the other house). Last year the couple you owns this home spent $380 for December!!!! I definitely don't want to spend that on gas. So...we are taking shorter showers (DH even times himself sometimes...he's so silly) I only wash clothing in cold water (except for towels, underwear...that sort of thing) and the electric heater will keep the furnace from kicking on so much. A friend was telling us a couple nights ago that his renter runs those baseboard type heaters (like what we bought) and his monthly electric bill is only $80. I couldn't believe it. I don't know what ours will be like, but at least it will be reasonable. Oh yeah....we also bought more of the compact fluorescent lights. I was inspired to replace all of our light bulbs after reading this article. We don't have energy star appliances (but I hope to some day), but at least our refrigerator is new...so it won't use as much. We are just trying to keep our costs down as much as we can. I love this site too.....it always inspires me. This spring I will hopefully be doing some raised bed gardening. Will just have to wait and see though.

Mom called me yesterday and said that they are planning on coming up for a visit Saturday. The children will be very excited to see Grandma and Grandpa....just hope nothing gets said about us not "decorating" for Christmas. Oh well....won't be anything new. So today my goal is to try and get the computer/sewing room in order so I can do some much needed sewing and we can use the treadmill. Right now...there is too much stuff on the floor to use it. My sewing list is getting long. I need to make DS pj pants; DD a nightgown, and at least 3 dresses and I need to make a couple of dresses for myself too. Oh yeah....I also need to make a slip cover for our couch and one of my favorite chairs. So...I better get to work because I need to finish the laundry up too! May you all have a blessed day!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Another good report!


Just got back from going to see the midwife. All looks good. Blood pressure, pulse, measurement and baby's position all look good. She is pretty sure the baby is in the head down position which is really good to hear. Last time the baby had His/her head in my ribs. Hopefully the baby will stay head down. With DD I needed to go see a chiropractor and he gave me an adjustment that gave her more room and she turned from Breech to head down in two days! So..Praise the Lord...he has answered prayer again. But now...back to unpacking...I know...I know...I am really, really slow at it. But that is okay. We are being blessed with a family from church coming over tonight with supper...So I don't have to cook!!!!! May you have a wonderful God Filled Day!