Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

"O, give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever." 1 Chronicles 16:34

"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57
Our family has had a lot going on the past couple of weeks. One week Beloved and Special K went to the doctor and came out with 5 prescriptions between the two of them. Then on Friday (about 3 am) we rushed to the ER with Sweet E. Her face (on her left side) had swollen up so bad that she was screaming and crying in pain. So we took the other three children over to my in-laws and headed to the ER. No definite cause was determined. The ER doctor thought it had to do with her saliva gland and our family doctor thought it had to do with a lymph node. She was prescribed antibiotics and ibuprofen. (along with instructions to place a warm compress on her face every few hours). Praise the Lord, the swelling finally went down and it appears to be totally gone now. We are praying it doesn't come back. It could have happened when one of her brothers accidentally hit her in the jaw the night before or it could have been an obstruction somewhere. I guess we will never know for sure. 
Our family has also been struggling spiritually and emotionally the past few months. I am not going into details, but we were under attack from the enemy. I can gladly say that we are doing very well now. God is so good and we are trying to follow his will for our family. So we have so many things to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving. Make sure to give your children, spouse, parents, etc. a great big hug today. And be sure to let them know how much they mean to you. You never know if you will get another chance.
So....Lord...thank you for sending your son to die for my sins. I don't deserve it. And thank you for giving me such a loving, caring, and giving husband. Oh...and for my sweet loving children. It's such a joy to see Big T growing into a fine young man....Sweet E, she is such a loving/caring little girl.....Little E, ornery just like his Papa...and Special K's smile will melt anyone's heart. 
So count you blessings, name them one by one. :-) Have a great Thanksgiving! 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Prayers for a local family

Maybe you have heard in the news about the 4 people that went missing last week. They rescued the young girl on Sunday and they just found the bodies of the other three (two women and an young boy). My heart is aching right now. The girl was found about 2 minutes from our home. Not knowing them doesn't matter. It's a tragic thing that has happened and we all need to pray for everyone involved. Especially this young girl. She has a long road ahead of her and God is the only one that will be able to help her through it. Please keep everyone in your prayers.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ouchie Family Pick-Up

What does the title mean? Well...I will tell you. Here is the ouchie part. It's sort of hard to tell. But Special K kissed the pavement one day. She scratched up her nose and had the biggest fat lip I have ever seen on a baby. :-( And of course it had to happen before a trip to see family.

The family part of the title is just that. We went to Indiana for a family Christmas. Yes, I did say Christmas. My grandparents go to Florida for the winter so the beginning of November is usually Christmas time for us. Here is a picture of all the grandchildren plus 4 great grandchildren with Nana and Grandpa.

I almost forgot to post this. Before we went to see my Mom's side of the family we stopped off to see our oldest niece at college. We didn't get to spend much time with her but we did have a chance to take her out for supper. We miss having her around, but we know she is loving college. 

And the pick-up part of the title has to do with leaves. Every year when the leaf truck comes around my children love to watch. They think it's great entertainment to see the leaves there one second and gone the next. ;-) The only bad thing is it kicks up a lot of dust and bits of leaves into the air aggravating my sinuses. At least the children are entertained for a short time. :-)

So, a sort of miss mash of things to write about, but that should catch me up on all the pictures I have from the camera. We are dealing with bronchial infections with Beloved and Special K right now. We would appreciate your prayers for healing and for our family in general. I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather this past week. Blessings to you all. :-)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Live Gluten Freely Review

Don't you just love surprise packages? I sure do! Look what showed up on my doorstep one day.

Our household has been 90% gluten free for over a year and a half. Hubby is the one that needs to eat gluten free, but the rest of us do as well because it's just easier. (So that's why we are not 100% gluten free.) I make the majority of things from scratch. But It's hard sometimes to always have something. That's why I was ecstatic to have a chance to review all these gluten free products. 

We had the yellow cake with chocolate icing the other night and it was a hit with the entire family. The only thing I have a problem with is that gluten free products are usually twice as much as the gluten free counterpart and half the size. Which is what this cake was. It only made one round layer instead of two. I guess you can look at that as a blessing in disguise. It keeps me from eating too much of things I shouldn't. ;-) 

Oh yeah...and the brownies are delicious as well. :-) Beloved said the children could have the fruit snacks. Of course those were well received by them. Even though I prefer to make everything from scratch. With cooking/baking gluten free, it's not always an option. Sometimes we are in a hurry to get somewhere and we can't stop by some fast food restaurant and pick something up for him. So having an option with things at home that I can make quickly is nice to have. 

So, if you are or know someone is gluten free there are more and more options out there for you/them. Even if you aren't gluten free, maybe you could try something one time just to see what others are going through and what they eat. You could even try going gluten free for a day and see how it goes. It's much harder than people realize. I didn't realize how much I have to watch for things when we started on this journey. Gluten is in almost everything we pick up at the store. 

So once again, I am so grateful that more and more businesses are realizing the need for gluten free products and offering them in a more accessible way. Not everyone has a health food store where they can go pick up items like this.

So, thank you to MyBlogSpark for letting me have the opportunity to review these products. My family greatly appreciates it!

*Disclaimer: I received this gluten free package free of charge in exchange for writing a honest review. Thank you to General Mills for allowing me to write reviews for them. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

October Roundup

Yes, once again I am way behind on updating this site. I know. Excuses....excuses. But we have had sickness go through the house the past month. First up are the cake pictures from Special K's birthday. I did a take on Sweet E's 1st birthday cake. Here is a picture of Sweet E and her 1st birthday cake.

I made a gluten free yellow/chocolate layer cake so Beloved could join in. I was going for more fall colors, but I ended up with fluorescent instead. :-(

 I have to say that Special K's cake did turn out nicer. But I had to start somewhere right? And she wasn't sure what to do with the candle either.

 But she sure loved eating cake for the very first time!

The Saturday after her birthday was the Upward Soccer Celebration. There was a bonfire, hayrides, face painting, corn hole, jump house, giant soccer balls, and the local college radio station was there too. 

The announced each of the teams and the children received a nice Upward backpack. 

The Little Cubs

The Junior Flash

The Tornadoes
I think that wraps up October. :-)

Adventures in Odyssey: Cause and Effect Review

Welcome to Adventures in my Review! Sorry. I couldn't resist. I hear the line "Welcome to Adventures in Odyssey" almost every day. ;-) It quickly became a family favorite this past year. Big T, my oldest, can't seem to get enough of it. Thanks to MamaBuzz and Tyndale House I had the privilege of reviewing the lastest volume of Adventures in Odyssey called Cause and Effect.

From the website-

It’s all-new Adventures in Odyssey episodes in volume 52, Cause & Effect. Join Eugene and Matthew as they investigate why the clock tower at City Hall seems to be counting down to a mysterious deadline. Could it have something to do with the anniversary of a lost love from twenty years ago? Barrett couldn’t be more excited about getting the lead role in the school play. But when his first practice is interrupted by a mysterious booming voice, Emily Jones must investigate the “phantom of the school play.” Also, perfect for the holiday season, are stories on Thanksgiving (“A Thankstaking Story”) and Christmas (“Grandma&rsuo;s Christmas Visit”). 

Adventures in Odyssey is fun and exciting audio entertainment that teaches quality character traits and ignites the imagination of all who listen. Imagine, Discover, and Grow with Adventures in Odyssey

As I already mentioned Whitt, Eugene, Connie, and Wooten seem like people we have known for  a long time. Wooten is my favorite! And this newest volume couldn't have gotten to our home at a better time. We left over the weekend for our family Christmas. Yep...Christmas in November. That's what happens when my grandparent go to Florida for the winter. Anyway, our drive was over 4 hours and this Adventures in Odyssey set was perfect for our trip. It help all of us to enjoy the drive more and to pass the time more quickly. I forgot to ask my children which story was their favorite out of this set. But if I had to guess I would say that Big T really enjoyed the one called "an Agreeable Nanny." My favorite was the one called "Thankstaking."

If you have never listened to Adventures in Odyssey before this would be a fine place to start. And if you already love Adventures in Odyssey this is the perfect addition to a collection. I know I am going to have to purchase another one soon before we wear this one out. Yes, I know it's CD's. But if it's possible to wear CDs out I think my children are on their way. ;-) Oh yeah, here is a clip from one of the episodes if you have never heard Adventures before.

And before I forget, make sure to head on over to Whit's End and check the website out. A lot of information can be found and some of the episodes can be listened to online as well. :-)

This is a MamaBuzz review. Tyndale  provided me with the products free of charge for my honest opinion. Thanks Tyndale!