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One Mom’s Faves…

I thought a “light” post would be a great way to start the week! I’m going to share some of my current faves…And I would love to hear your favorites as well!

RECIPE: “Slice-o-heaven” Sweet Potato Pizza found on a cooking blog I follow, Gourmet Mom on the Go. This recipe sounds a bit odd, I know. But it is SO yummy! Especially if you are a sweet potato fan, like our family is. If you are wondering if you can find Mascarpone cheese, you can. I found it at Wal-Mart in the specialty cheeses/deli.

WORKOUT: I am lovin’ Leslie Sansone & her walking workouts! I have been getting them at my library & I have recently purchased one. So far my favorites are “5 Mile Fat Burning Walk” & “Fast & Firm – 4 Really Big Miles!”

BOOK: Well to be honest, I am in the middle of 5 books right now! Aaahhhh! I’ve made a goal to finish all of them by the end of September, because I would really like to move on & start a new book! Ha! A current read is “Don’t Make Me Count to Three” by Ginger Plowman – so far, so good! Also “Take 4” by Karen Kingsbury – Do I have to say it’s good? I love her books!

FOOD: Stoneyfield Farms Vanilla Yogurt with Kashi Granola & fresh blueberries – we will be SO sad when blueberries are out of season – soon 😦 AND, a more unhealthy but YUMMY choice – Pink Lemonade Pie – Great for these hot, summer days!

SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 16:24 – Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul & healing to the bones. (Umm, if only this scripture will come to my mind when my 3 year old is driving me CraZZyy!! 🙂

SONG: “Forgiven” by Skillet. Thank you Lord for these TRUE & POWERFUL lyrics!

“Now I’m in our secret place
Alone in your embrace
Where all my wrongs have been erased
You have forgiven
All the promises and lies
All the times I compromised
All the times you were denied
You have forgiven”

PHOTO: Hiking in NM with my hubby & son – they were pretending to be bears 🙂What are some of your favorites?

I hope each of you have a blessed & encouraging week!


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Have A Good Laugh!

I have always loved Erma Bombeck’s quote,

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me”.

Last night my mom & I were talking about this quote & I “googled” to find more of her quotes. We quickly ended up in tears from laughing SO hard! Here are a few of our favorites – Enjoy & have a good laugh!

  • All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.
  • Do you know what you call those who use towels and never wash them, eat meals and never do the dishes, sit in rooms they never clean, and are entertained till they drop? If you have just answered, “A house guest,” you’re wrong because I have just described my kids.
  • I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: “Checkout Time is 18 years.”
  • My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
  • My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?
  • One thing they never tell you about child raising is that for the rest of your life, at the drop of a hat, you are expected to know your child’s name and how old he or she is.
  • Onion rings in the car cushions do not improve with time.
  • Insanity is hereditary. You can catch it from your kids.
  • Everyone is guilty at one time or another of throwing out questions that beg to be ignored, but mothers seem to have a market on the supply. “Do you want a spanking?” “Do you want to go to bed?” “Don’t you want to save some of the pizza for your brother?” “Wasn’t there any change?”
  • Mother’s words of wisdom: “Answer me! Don’t talk with food in your mouth!”
  • No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed. I have known mothers who remake the bed after their children do it because there’s a wrinkle in the spread or the blanket is on crooked. This is sick.
  • The age of your children is a key factor in how quickly you are served in a restaurant. We once had a waiter in Canada who said, “Could I get you your check?” and we answered, “How about the menu first?”
  • When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.

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You are a Blessing –

I wrote this on our family blog in October of 09 – Michael was 2 1/2 & Kate was 3 months old –

This morning I was wiping spit up off of Kate’s face for the hundredth time. A thought crossed my mind about how my days currently consist of so many monotonous tasks – ones that never have a feeling of completion – Changing diapers, feeding Kate, helping Michael pick up toys, wiping noses, etc. You moms out there understand. It just goes on & on & on. But as I was contemplating all of these tasks, the Lord whispered something so sweet in my ear. “This blesses me.” As I take care of my children, I am blessing the Lord. No one else may notice, but the Lord does. I may not get a promotion, a raise, or even a pat on the back. But the Lord promotes me & honors my work as a mom. He speaks over & over in His Word of how children are so valuable to him. Matthew 19:14 – Let the little children come to me…” Mark 10:16 – “And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them & blessed them.” Moms, as we take care of our children each day, we must remember that this brings Him so much glory & pleasure. 1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, do it all for the glory of God.” And I am so thankful for all the daily ways He teaches me through my children & allows me to laugh – like the other morning when I was eating my cereal & a toy car landed in the bowl – As milk splashed everywhere I heard, “Uh-oh! Sorry Mommy!” I mean really, who can say they have ever had to share their cereal with a toy car, but a mom of young children? 🙂

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Make a Memory

I bet most of you have experienced hearing a song & it taking you back…A memory forms in your mind as you listen. This happened to me today. “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe came on the radio.  As the song played I was immediately taken back to my Junior year of college at ACU – 1999. I was a volunteer on Thursday nights at Grace Bible Study. On this particular evening, I was at our prayer meeting that occurred before the study began each week. That night the leader of our prayer meeting said he had a song for us to hear. He put the cd in, pushed play (no IPods yet 🙂 ) & suggested we close our eyes to really soak in the lyrics…it was the first time I heard “I Can Only Imagine” & I remember being blown away by the words. I was enthralled – I had never really thought of Heaven that way.

Back to the present – As the song came to a close & the memory faded, I had an epiphany. I realized that there are details about this memory that I remember – the song, the friends that surrounded me, the feelings I had of being passionate about the Lord, wanting to  follow Him with all my heart & keep Him first. And then there are details that I don’t remember – I don’t have a clue what was on my ‘to do list’ that week, what I wore that night, the homework I had or projects that were due. I know all those things were probably important at the time, but it’s funny – 11 years later, I can’t recall any of it. It really puts it all in perspective.

The point of me sharing this has nothing to do with MercyMe or ‘the college days.’ The point is to remind you &  remind me of what is really important. I get so caught up in the details of “daily”, – the dishes, laundry, my to do lists (I am queen of making lists), toys, toys everywhere, my hair fixed (or not fixed), material things…etc. As my grandmother used to say, “Life is so daily.” But now after contemplating this memory that came to mind, I am reminded that 10 years from now, today’s dishes, what I cooked for dinner, the laundry, my to do lists, etc. won’t hold a place in my mind or heart.

But a memory that I make with my children will hold  a place in my heart & mind – IF I stop long enough to create it…Make a Memory.

I know, I know…it sounds so cliché. “Make a Memory.” Easier said than done. It takes sacrifice, creativity, energy & purposeful planning. And of course there must be a balance – obviously the dishes, laundry & all the dailiness of life have to get done!

But I challenge us to do it – Make a Memory. Sit down with our children – listen to them, look into their eyes, hug them, read to them, watch them create & pretend. Relax & ENJOY the beautiful children God has given us. I know that as we give our time to them & really focus on their sweet lives, we in return, receive. We receive joy, laughter, love & a refreshed perspective on life. Children give so much to the world. Sometimes we are just too busy to see it. To make a memory with our kids, we must set ourselves aside & sit down beside them.

10 years from now, Michael will be 13 & Kate will be 11…It will be such a blessing to hear a song & it bring me back to today –

To Michael’s energy, his sweet hugs & kisses, a thousand “why?” questions, & his constant comments of, “When I get big I can…”

To Kate’s precious giggles, baby gibberish, & wispy hair, to her sitting on her knees & bouncing & laughing, full of joy…

Lord, help us stop & put our to do lists aside, even for just a moment. Help us enjoy our children, be creative with them & make a memory today – One that will come to our mind 10 years from now.

“What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving…Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.” Matthew 6:31-34 The MessageA sweet, funny memory I have with my dad – When I lost my 2 front teeth, my dad put black electrical tape across his for this photo. 🙂

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