Monday, October 29, 2007

Monday Meanderings

I found this while I was working on my Monday Menu Plan and I thought I would try both.

I have for a long time been a planner like this but have really gotten slack about my zones over the last year.

SO - since I am having an open house in December, and I really need to get back to my zones, I thought I would join the fun and get back to my better planning self.

Thanks to Tiany for hosting this. It is awesome!

Here are my Monday Meandering plans for this week.....

1. Devotional/Bible Time - I *try* to get up each morning between 5 and 5:30 AM so I can have some prayertime/bible time with God. And then I also do some sort of bible study work each afternoon about 1PM while L. and S. have naptime/resttime.

This week:

AM Time - Joshua - Chapters 9 - 14
Luke- Chapter 8 - 9
Power of the Praying Mother/Wife/Woman by Stormie O'Martian

** In the OT I do 1 chapter a day (sometimes 2 if I get up in time) and use an online commentary to study with. For the NT, I do the same except it usually takes a couple of days to get through one chapter because they are so full of things to really think about and study on.

Afternoon Time - I do a myriad of different things in the afternoon. Different studies I am leading or attending and different books I am reading. Currently these are the books I am working through.
*To Live is Christ by Beth Moore (attending at my friend Deidre's church)
*Grapple (kids study I lead on Wednesdays)
*30 Days To Your Dreams by Dr. Henry Cloud (got this a Women of Faith
and I can't wait to get started this week)

2. "Must -Do" List -

*Decorate for Fall Festival Wednesday Night at church (Monday)
* Decorate for Sparkle & Spice event (thurs/fri)
*Get materials for luminaries for S&S event this weekend
*Home Blessing
*Have A. do thank you notes from her bday.
* Other thank you's

*Do week 1 and 2 of Get ready for Christmas list.

3. Zone - Holiday Grand Cleaning - Master Bedroom and Bathroom

4. Train Them Up - I am currently reading and trying to implement the things I am learning
in Shepherding A Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp

5. Menu Plan Monday -

*Monday - out to eat

*Tuesday - Crockpot Beef Stroganoff - thanks to Adventures with the Provosts for
this recipe

*Wednesday - FEAST at church for Fall Festival

*Thursday - Cilantro Lime Chicken Cacciatore, Black Beans and Spanish Rice

*Friday - Homemade Pizza

*Saturday - Sparkle & Spice Church event

*Sunday - leftover's day

Have a great day and I hope that you'll visit Tiany and Laura for more Menu Plan Monday and for Monday Meanderings.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Missing Church

My youngest daughter woke up with some sort of stomach bug this morning, so we aren't at church today.
Hubs came and got the older two but L. and I stayed home.
I just hate missing church. It seems to mess up my whole week. BUT we certainly didn't want to take the chance of passing on any germs to anyone else so here I sit.....Still in pj's at 11:39 AM on a Sunday......
What about ya'll? Do you hate it when you have to miss church or is it just me?

Have a great Sunday ya'll!
Hopefully I will be back tomorrow to tell you all about really was awesome!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

What do ya think?

I cannot believe that I am about to post a picture of myself for the whole wide world to see, but really there aren't many of you who read my blog (thanks for those of you who do!) so here goes.

I got a new haircut this morning.......I've never had my hair this short or this.........umm.....assymetrical. But what can I say? I am all about keeping up with the latest fashions. Can't you tell by the striped turtleneck I'm wearing? And what is more in vogue right now than the POB cut?!!?

Check it out.

Here is the 'do from the front

From the right side:

And from the left:

What do you think?

Ya'll have a good weekend.
Me and my new 'do are heading to the big city to the Women of Faith Conference today.
Yeah, I know it doesn't start til tomorrow but a few of us are going early to go here to eat tonight.
Never been but I have heard it is delicious so I am excited!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Hi everyone.
Well - we made it back from our camping trip. It was fun! Hopefully I will find time this week to upload some of the pictures we took and share a bit about the trip.
It was one busy weekend and I am gearing up for another busy week/weekend to come.
Here is my Menu plan for this week! I leave for the Women of Faith Conference on Thursday afternoon so Hubs will be doing the cooking Thursday and Friday.

Monday: Spaghetti with garlic bread
Tuesday: Chicken Tortilla Soup
Wednesday: FEAST at church
Thursday: Hotdogs and FF
Friday: Lasagna (that I will premake and leave in the fridge for him to cook)
Saturday: depending on when I return we will go out to eat - hopefully
Sunday: leftovers

Have a great day!
Hopefully I will find time to post and check in again this week sometime! Go on over to Laura's for more MPM!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Check this out!

I was doing my daily blog reading and had just went over to Deidre's where I found an announcement for a new giveaway.
It is from 5 Minutes for Moms and they are trying to promote Breast Cancer Awareness which is something all of us girls should be aware of.
So, go on over and spread the news and sign up to win this awesome camera! Well , for some reason blogger won't let me upload the picture so please go on over and take a look.

You won't be disappointed!

Monday, October 15, 2007


HI all!
I feel like I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off! I love the month of October, but somehow it is also the busiest month for my family......right up there with December......
So, if I don't get a lot of posting done, here is why. Our weekend was FULL to the brim of activities. I went to bed last night thinking that this was the fastest weekend I've ever had!
Friday night we attended the local football teams homecoming. We had 3 of our high school girls on the homecoming court and 1 guy who plays for the team. This was the first time we had ever taken the girls to a football game. They had fun - I think. Even though M. thought they were playing tag. We have obviously been neglectful parents in allowing our girls to go to sporting events.....what with football being tag and soccer being kickball!
On Saturday, " Hook" was on TV and since my girls had never seen it, we all sat down as a family in our pj's and watched the movie. They loved it. Then, the little girl I keep, S. had her first birthday party. It was a lot of fun on her grandpa's farm. There was lots of room to run and play and lots of animals to look at. And what could be better than pink cupcakes, pink m&m's and pink cookies. The girls were on a sugar high all evening!
Yesterday of course, was church and then the local community theatre is doing Cinderella right now. So, the girls and I went to see the production. It was a lot of fun and we even had 3 friends who were part of the production - it was great seeing them on stage, the girls really enjoyed that.
That brings me to today and I don't even know where to start. I have the regular house cleaning chores of course, but this week is just more business! Tonight I have bible study - which with all the business I still have two days worth of work to finish before tonight. Hopefully I will get it done (sorry Deidre!). Tomorrow night hubby has a meeting at church, Wednesday is FEAST and our regular Wednesday night activities. We are going to offer our girls another new experience this weekend. We will leave Thursday afternoon to go camping in Blairville, GA. Lots of our family will be joining us on this trip and my mom even did some early Christmas shopping and got us a new tent, some air mattresses, and a heater (she doesn't want her girls getting cold)--Thanks Grammy and Granddaddy! While we are there we may even visit this festival. Should be fun. My oldest, A. turns 6 on Saturday. We will drive home that day and attend a church wide picnic. On Sunday afternoon after church we will do cake and ice cream with the family. I hope - I haven't even found time to send out her invitations yet or planned a cake or anything!!!. Hopefully today............. And sometime this week I need to fit in a hair cut and decide (for sure) if I want to grow it out or cut it indecisiveness is maddening!
That sums up this week for us but the business just continues on right through...........well - maybe sometime after January 15th I can settle down some.
I am usually not this disorganized, nor am I usually this busy. I know the devil is trying to use this business to get me distracted from spending time daily with my Lord and growing closer to Him. Will you pray for me this week that I will be mindful of that and MAKE time for Him?
I know that each of you are as busy as I am so I will be praying for all of you too!
Have a great week and maybe I will find time to post sometime before 2008!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Staying Changed

As most of you know, weekend before last, I went on the Walk to Emmaus.
Now, a lot of people would call this a retreat.....and it is a retreat - of sorts I guess but I prefer to call it a spiritual renewal weekend. Which is what it really was for me.
I've shared before that never have I felt God's love more than on this walk. It was amazing. I came back a changed person I believe.
Well, here is the thing I have been thinking about and that I am concerned about.
I want to remain changed! I want to live as a disciple and true follower and servant of Jesus!

I know lots of folks who've gone on this walk to Emmaus and have had what they might call "Life Changing " experiences. And maybe they came back "on fire for Jesus". But then you see them later on...........a few weeks, a few months or (maybe if they are lucky) a few years later and life in the real world has hit. They seem to have lost it. We get back to being self ISH instead of self LESS!
They no longer are concerned with the "What Would Jesus Do" mentality. Lots of us say we want to be disciples of Christ and remain changed but do we really? We might go on this Walk to Emmaus, or whatever other spiritual renewal event we have attended, and come home just absolutely fired up for the Lord. Promising to be selfless like Jesus. Promising we are going to put other's first and really BE a servant. But the first Sunday morning that we go to church and find someone sitting in our pew then we are just out for the count.
How can we possibly worship when someone has taken OUR seat?
How can we possibly worship when they are playing drums and singing that awful loud music?
How can we possibly worship when that woman was so rude?
How can we possibly worship when we weren't allowed to stand up and announce the things that are important? It is imperative, isn't it that we get to say what we need to during the service?

I don't want this to happen to me. I don't want a "me" church. I want to stay a changed person.
To truly be selfless like Christ and to remain a servant of the Lord. Putting others first and not being concerned with me, ,myself, and I.
It is so disheartening to me to see these people and hear their testimony that the Walk to Emmaus changed this lives (or whatever retreat they've gone on) and then see them return to their same old ways. Ways that do not glorify God. Ways that do not make him famous to others. AND boy does that ever hurt their testimonies......
So, here is my question for you all......

How do I remain changed? I know that no one is perfect and neither do I expect other's to be. BUT I do expect to see effort being made. Evidence of growth and maturing spiritually.
How is done? Obviously, not without the help of the Holy Spirit, but how do we keep that desire to continue being a servant? And not let this world bring us back around to the "me, me, me" syndrome?

In today's society I feel an overwhelming desire to really walk my walk and talk my talk. I want my girls to see what it really like to be a follower of Christ and not just be a person who gives lip service to being a disciple but then goes on about life as they want to.

What do ya'll think?
I'd love to know and discuss as I work through these things.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Hey girls.

My menu plan for this week will seem a bit (a lot) weak, but here it is anyways.

Monday - Spice Rubbed Sauteed Salmon, Mustard Greens and Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday - Crockpot Chili

Wednesday - FEAST at church

Thursday - Hubby and girls will have pizza (I have my once a month bible study meeting)

Friday - Out To Eat

That is all I have for now as I plan to go grocery shopping on Saturday morning for the following two weeks.

Hope you all have a blessed Monday.

Go on over to Laura's to see more menu's!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Thankful Thursday already

WOW. Hard to believe another week has come and gone. So, here I am at Thursday again and it is time for a thankful post. And if ever there was a day when I needed a reminder to count my blessings this is it. SO, here goes.

**I'm thankful for the rain outside. Yes, it is a little dreary but we need the rain so I am thankful for it.

**I'm thankful for the gift of this past weekend. It really was a gift in the truest sense of the word.

**I'm thankful for the 3 little girls God has entrusted to my care to raise. They are also gifts in my life and they remind me to focus my sights on the LORD above.

**I'm thankful for the innocence of them. My two year old has been reminding me lately about who creates each day for me. She told me one morning when she woke that "God hadn't turned on the daylight yet so it wasn't time to get up." What a blessed reminder that HE creates each day.

**I'm thankful to have this day to live for HIM.

**I'm thankful HE will see me through all of the trails in my life.

**I'm thankful for His grace. I don't deserve HIM AND HE loves me anyways.

**I'm thankful for friends who love me and don't mind sharing that with me.

**I'm thankful for the group of 4th and 5th graders that HE has entrusted to my guidance on Wednesday nights. I pray that I might make HIM famous with them!

Blessings everybody. I will be reading your thankful lists. I need reminders this day!

Go on over to Sting My Heart for more thankful Thursdays!

Monday, October 1, 2007

My Walk to Emmaus


I just want you to know that my walk to Emmaus was INCREDIBLE!!!!
I grew up in church. Always being told how much Jesus loved me. I knew all the right answers. BUT it wasn't until this weekend that I really FELT how big HIS great love is for me.

It really was an amazing weekend. Nothing could prepare me for it. It was something I had to experience. And I really don't have adequate words to describe to you what it really meant to me!!!

I just began a new bible study "To Live Is Christ" a study on the life of Paul (by Beth Moore) with Deidre.
I realized yesterday as I was doing my study, that I had been a bit (a lot) like Paul when he was still Saul. I have been a Pharisee. I knew the law and tried to obey but I just didn't get the LOVE that was supposed to go with it as I should have.
Well, God blessed me this weekend in a way that I NEVER imagined. I know how much HE loves me now. I hope to bring that love to everyone around me and stop being a Pharisee.....
I hope you all are having a great week so far.
I have A LOT to catch up on!