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Monday, August 31, 2009

A Year of B



Wow! Mr. B is now one year old.....See how he's grown!!!


Newborn ( I had no idea he was so blue!)
One day old.(The blueness is fading)




September-1 month old....

October - 2 months old...


November - 3 months old

December - 4 months old...


January -5 months old


February - 6 months old....


March - 7 months old....

April - 8 months old....


May - 9 months old....


June - 9 months old...


July - 10 months old....

August- 11 months old....
1 year old......

Baby Boy!,
You have changed so much in the last year. You are such a sweet boy and you LOVE your sisters!!!! The first day that we went to meet their school bus, you clapped when you saw them get off the bus. You've grown and changed so much this past year. We've watched as you learned to smile (1 month old), hold your head up and coo at us (2 months old), sit up (5 months old), crawl and pull up (7 months old).
You FINALLY got your first tooth at 11 months old (it's the lower left front tooth!) and the other lower front tooth is starting to show through now, too. You've learned to the signs for eat, more, please, night-night and thank you. However, you'd rather just scream at me and point than use the signs. But - we are working on that.
You can also say uh-oh and ball at this point.
I can't wait to see what the next year brings. I'm sure you will be walking soon as you've already taken a couple of steps toward me.
We are so blessed that God gave us a little boy to join our brood of girls. I hope that you will always love your sisters as much as you do now. I've been amazed to watch you and see how different you are than they were at your age. It is such a testament to the innate things God put into you as a boy! You already push everything on the ground and you LOVE your cars and trucks. You LOVE to dig in the dirt and be dirty and you are constantly on the move. You definitely keep me busy.
I hope you will always know how loved you are by your daddy, sisters and me!!!
Be back tomorrow to share the birthday party with you all! It was such fun!
Have a great Monday everyone!
In HIM -

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Just checking in

It's been a crazy week full of happenings. My Mom has been here this week and we have been visiting, shopping and organinizing a LOT. Not to mention that school started Tuesday and soccer started this week so we are doing a LOT of running, too.





AND Guess what?!!? Guess who turned ONE today?!!? I can't believe this sweet boy is a whole year old!!


I'll be back to tell ya'll all about these things as soon as possible.....but with a party to put together for said birthday boy and lots to get done to prepare for that and soccer practices.....it might just be next week.

But I will be back! Can't wait to visit with ya'll again soon!






in HIM -

Monday, August 24, 2009

We Have a Winner!!!!

By using the very scientific method of letting my 6 year old draw out of a "hat" (ie...my hands), our winner is......


Pamela

She told me the best story, too. Go read her comment. In light of that, Pamela, I really think you are going to enjoy this book and the entire Home to Heather Creek series!!!

Congrats Pamela! Email me here with your info and I will get the book right out to you!


Menu Plan Monday


My Mom thought I'd been taking the summer off from menu-planning. I haven't. Just haven't been posting them for whatever reason....but I'm back at it now.

School starts for my big girls tomorrow. I've decided to try and send them to school with healthy lunches this year for the most part....I will probably let them have pizza there if they like. Plus, I'm pretty sure I can feed them for less than the cost of buying a lunch at school. We will see. I'm also *hoping* to be able to get myself up in time to do my time with God, get ready and fix them breakfast most days, and be on our way to school by 7:30. We will see -- this might be a pipe dream.

SO, here is my menu plan for this first week of school including all three meals of the day.

Monday

breakfast: cereal
lunch: Tijuana Torta ( I'm trying this at home before school starts to see if they like it. If so we will send it in lunch boxes)
supper: Going to pick up my Mom. Grab something on the way.

Tuesday
breakfast: cheddar apple melts
lunch: PB& honey (local that I got at the FM this weekend) sandwiches, fruit, carrot sticks, a few chips maybe
supper: Pinto Beans, mac and cheese, friend potatoes and corn bread

Wednesday
breakfast: cereal
lunch: Turkey roll-ups, fruit, veggies/dip
supper: Hamburger steaks, green beans, sweet potatoes

Thursday
breakfast: Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
lunch: whole grain crackers, cheese, veggies and fruit
supper: Take my Mom back-- grab something or Leftover's Night (depends on the time)

Friday
breakfast: oatmeal
lunch: pb&j, veggies
supper: Salmon cakes, fried okra, brown rice

Saturday --
still up in the air because a) we have soccer practice at some point.....and b) It's Mr. B's first birthday party -- he turns 1 on Wednesday!!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
Wanto to see more Menu's to help you plan your meals this week. Go on over to Laura's place and check them out!

I'll be back later in the morning with the winner for the book giveaway.

Have a super blessed Monday everyone!

in HIM -





Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Famous One!

"What if everyone worked with God in mind? Suppose no one worked to satisfy self or please the bottom line but everyone worked to please God?

and

"One can't, at once, promote two reputations. Promote God's and forget yours. Or promote yours and forget God's. We must choose."

and

"God grants us an uncommon life to the degree we surrender or common one."

Nuggets from my reading this morning. All are from Max Lucado's book: "The Cure for the Common Life". Ponder along with me today.








Friday, August 21, 2009

Almost a Week Later

I'd like to share our last weekend with you all.



Three years ago, God moved my family from the comfort of our home in Belmont, NC (near the big city of Charlotte) to Drexel, NC (30 minutes from the much smaller city of Hickory). It was a BIG change for us and a very hard move. A was 4 at the time and we were able to get her into a preschool program through the public school system. It was part of the "More At Four" program and in this county, once all the "free" positions were filled - the rest were filled with "paying" positions. So, A got to go.
A made a friend in short order once school started and she and A became best buddies. When I met A's mom, I found that they too had just moved to town about the same time we did. It was nice to meet someone who was as new are we were. In a small place like Drexel, most of the people have always been there and know one another well, and it is hard being the newcomers.



For two years A and A were in the same classes at school and were the best of friends. They even began attending our church. This couple also had another daughter who was L's age named L. Isn't it funny they are the same age and share the same initials?



Anyway - my girls have missed A and L and we were so happy when they came to visit us last weekend. Here are some pictures of our weekend!






They arrived Saturday at about 11AM. We visited for a bit and then we went to lunch and to see "Willy Wonka, Jr" which was being put on by our local Performing Arts Studio. And let me just stop here and say they did a FABULOUS job.























After the show, we came home and the girls put on a play of their own for us. Miss A (to the right) was the director, and the other four girls were in the "show".


There was Cinderella, two Ariels, and M was a fancy cat of some sort....Mostly they giggled, as girls do, so we didn't really get the story line very well.



















Later on we did a supper of Hotdogs and Burgers on the grill. After supper we went downtown to the Music in the Park that our town is doing. They are doing it every Saturday night in August. We will definitely go back, it was so much fun.




That particular night there was a brass ensemble playing. They allowed the children to come up and direct a song with them. 3 of 5 of our girls went up to do it. Here is my L helping out.












Here is a pic. of A and A hanging out.






We got soft drinks at one point for the kids....a nice lady just let us have them....B loved the Sunkist!



















At one point the group took a break and some of the local college students let the kids come up and take a turn at playing their instruments. Here is Miss M. playing a French Horn....











And I just liked this shot of K and B, so I just wanted to share it.












On Sunday, they joined us for church and we had lunch together and played for a while longer.


Then it was time to leave.....






Here is a shot of all the girls together....












Still the best of friends!



It was a sad good-bye. Miss A cried for about 20 minutes. We can wait til you visit again T family!!!
Ya'll have a great weekend!
See ya next week !

in HIM -
Mindy

( I am screaming because I deleted my sig. and I dont' want to redo the whole post. UGGHHH!)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sunflower Serenade Giveaway!



Do you love good Christian Fiction? I do! And this book, the newest in the Heather Creek Series does not disappoint! I fell right back into the lives of the Slater kids and their grandparents. I loved the story of the country fair and the big city girl coming to do her music video. For me, this story spoke to how God orchestrates things in our lives just Trica Goyer orchestrates the lives of her characters. Read this book. You won't be sorry!


About Sunflower Serenade: A small-town summer...
The days are long and lazy, the corn is high, the sunflowers are in bloom, and everyone in Bedford is gearing up for the biggest event of the summer: the annual county fair. But when a Nashville music producer approaches Bob about using Heather Creek Farm to film a country star's new music video, he and Charlotte are faced with a dilemma. Will they allow the glamour and enticements of big-city life to encroach upon their peaceful home? Will the excitement of celebrity drown out the simple joys of summer?

About the Home to Heather Creek series: Charlotte Stevenson's world is turned upside down when her daughter, Denise, dies in a tragic car accident. She ran away at eighteen and Charlotte has never forgiven herself. Now, Denise's children, abandoned by their father, are coming from California to live on Heather Creek Farm in Bedford, Nebraska.

Charlotte is uncertain about her ability to care for three grandchildren who are not thrilled to give up the beach and sunshine for snow and farm chores! But she sees a chance to make amends and will do whatever it takes to keep her fragile family together. Feel the courage, strength and commitment of this family as their lives unfold in the Home to Heather Creek series.


Link to buy book: http://www.guideposts.org/heathercreek/linked_pages/book7.html The books come in a series and you can order those at the link. However, if you just want to order Sunflower Serenade you must call the customer service number (1-800-431-2344).


About Tricia: Tricia Goyer is the author of eighteen fiction and non-fiction books, including Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. Tricia writes magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia also enjoys speaking. She and her family make their home in Montana.


Contest: Playing on one element of the book - big city entertainers vs. old county fair – the contest for this blog tour is City Girl Goes Country! Share your funniest story (about you or someone you know) about a time when you as the “city girl” goes to the country or “country girl” goes to the city. Enter the contest here: http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com/2009/08/sunflower-serenade-blog-tour.html

Check out what others had to say about this book:

AND A GIVEAWAY: I am pleased as punch to tell y'all that I have an extra copy of Sunflower Serenade to give away. You can enter to win by simply leaving me a comment on this post. I will stop taking entries at midnight on Sunday, August 23rd, and the winner will be announced on Monday, August 24th. So what are you waiting on? Leave me a comment!!!
Have a great Wednesday everybody!










Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Another busy day....



Well, it is another busy day in our house.....or maybe it's just me who is busy.
Today's to -do list includes:
Running errands (two grocery stores)

Thank you Notes to write

B's 1st birthday is coming up and I've got to make and send out his invites (just a family party but still time consuming)

Bows to Make. The Lord has graciously provided and I have about 5 orders (ranging from 1 bow to 6 bows or so each) for me to get finished and mailed out.

Not to mention the house cleaning that needs to get finished.


So - since I have too many things going to write a real post right now, I am going to leave you all with a quote and a prayer request.

The quote:

I'm reading Alice in Wonderland with the girls before bedtime. Last night I came across this fancifully fun quote.


" 'I quite agree with you.', said the Duchess, 'and the moral of that is - Be what you would seem to be;or if you'd like it put more simply -- Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.' "


That just struck me as funny. =)


And lastly, a BIG prayer request:


In a few weeks I will begin leading a new bible study at our church. We will be doing Breaking Free by Beth Moore. It is an awesome study as I've led it 3 times and done it myself two other times alone. Here is the request. There is something that the devil doesn't want me to break free from! I know this because the last two times I've done this study, I've had health issues come up and the devil tempts me to have a spirit of fear. While the health issues are real and need to be dealt with, the fear comes straight from the devil. That Satan doesn't want me to break free from the Fear so he tries to keep me so focused on it that I can't focus on what God is showing me.
Will you pray? Pray for my own healing and breaking free. Pray for the ladies at this church who will come to do this study, also please.


Thanks all! Come back tomorrow and read about a great new work of fiction I'll be reviewing!!!


in Him -


Monday, August 17, 2009

Busy Bees!






This little girl starts preK today!





We also have haircuts to get, a 1st birthday party to plan, groceries to get, laundry to do, and I have a few bow orders to get finished.....
Hoping to make it back today to do a 'real' post, but please excuse me if I don't.
Have a great Monday -- now, I gotta go get myself and Miss L. ready for her big day. I can't believe she will be gone 5 mornings a week this year.....but she is SO excited-- especially since she starts school today and her sisters don't start til next week!

in HIM -






Friday, August 14, 2009

Godly Girlfriends



Over the past week or so, I've been working through a bible study written for Ministry Wives. It has had so much to say to me and teach me to apply to my life. And although this particular study is written for the pw's, I think that the topic of each chapter has something to say to us all.

This last chapter was about friendship and that is what I wanted to share with you all about today. In these technology driven times of texting, tweeting, blogging and email, it is easy to say that you have lots of friends. I'm not saying that the friends you have on face*book or blog friends aren't 'real', but I would venture to say that they aren't your besties. (Did I pull that off? No? Well, I tried).

I'm talking about the girls in your life that connect with you in a deep way. The ones that accept you the way you and who love you enough to want God's best for you and are willing to tell you when you aren't living in that way. God wants us to have this kind of friend in our lives and he wants us to be this kind of friends for others. In His Word, He tells us how to be a godly friend. In fact, I believe that God brings girls into our lives that He wants us to be friends with and He expects us to invest in those friendships. True friendships are give and take relationships.

God also wants us to have girls in our lives that are mentor's to us. These are the girls who invest in our lives, giving their time to help us become more godly. I have a few of these ladies in my life. They are my friends but more than that they show me how to live in God's way. They give me an example to live by. AND they aren't afraid to tell me when I am way off track! God wants you to pay it forward, too. You should have people in your life who you are mentoring as well.

My point is this. When our friendships are only at face value then we have no accountability in our lives. And we NEED other women in our lives to hold us accountable to living the way God calls us to live. I fear that in this society that we don't want to be held accountable nor do we want to hold one another accountable. I see this all the time. We live in a world (even in our churches) where we have the mantra "Live and let live" and that my friends, is NOT a biblical principle. We need friends who speak the truth in love to us and we need to be friends who speak the truth in love. We need Godly women in our lives who will ask those tough questions, like "Did you put God first today?" and tell you the honest truth when the way you. responded to your husband was less than Godly. But she is also going to be the one who listens and doesn't judge you, who helps you get back up when you get knocked off the narrow road and walks beside you and loves you even more!

Do you have authentic friends like these? Are you an authentic friend to others?

If you do and are I'd love to hear about how you are doing life with your girlfriends. If you don't, then I encourage you to pray and ask God to lead you to these sorts of friendships.

And enjoy this video that's all about "Girlfriends"







I hope you all have a blessed weekend with your families AND your girlfriends!

In HIM -


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Keepin' It Real




I fully believe that memorizing scripture is essential to fighting the battles in the mind.
But let me just be honest here.....

1) Right now, I know some scripture by heart exactly where it is and word for word. I know many more things are are in scripture more by reference and definitely NOT verbatim.....and there there is the massive amount of scripture that I can say I don't know at all but that "might" be in there somewhere.

2) I need to know more of the scripture by heart-- verbatim.

3) It's hard to memorize scripture!!!!!

SO - knowing all of this I'm determined to do a better job of it. And what better way to learn it myself than to teach it to my kids?

Starting TODAY -- at meal times we are going to work on some scripture.....our first is to be this:

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.



Now, wonder how long it will take us all to learn it? I also plan on making a chart so we can all see and get excited about our progress.....


Well - it's time for lunch and then we are heading to the pool probably for the last time since it closes this weekend. Considering that we've only gone a few times all summer, that membership was NOT a good idea.....live and learn I guess....but that was a hard $150 lesson!!!!!

Have a great Thursday everyone!




in HIM -







Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Advantages of Small Town Living



I tend to be a pessimist. I really hate that about myself but it is something that I have come to understand about myself. I am trying to get better at seeing the positives. The silver lining as it were.

I grew up in a very small town....not even a town -- it was a community on top of a mountain and until I got engaged to hubs, I thought I'd always be there. I loved it there.
Then I moved to Belmont, NC -- which at this point is basically a suburb of Charlotte. We lived in Belmont for 7 years (Hubs actually lived there 8) and I got so comfortable there. I could be at 3 malls all in about 30 minutes. I had my pick of restaurants to eat at and every store imaginable to shop at.

Then ---- we moved. And we moved to the country. Now, seeing as how I grew up 'way out in the country', you'd think that it wouldn't be hard for me, but it was. I was still only 30 minutes from a mall -- but I just gotta be honest and say--it wasn't like my Charlotte Malls......

Anyway, we moved again about a year ago and now we live in the mountains....in a very small town. I'm now an hour away from the closest mall and the only shopping place in town is W*ally World..... And there is a limited number of restaurants.

SO, in light of my looking for the silver lining, I'd like to share with you one of the advantages of small town living......Last week, hubs and I went to the movies in the next little town over.....Guess what!!!! Our tickets -- $3 each! And refreshments were $8. Seriously! For $14 - hubs and I saw a first run movie and had popcorn and drinks! That is unheard of these days. I LOVE THAT.

I also am loving lots of other things about this little town. The view of the mountains is priceless. The shops downtown are great. The restaurants are feeling comfy as we become 'regulars' there.

I am really enjoying learning to see the silver lining!
Have a great Wednesday. I'm going to get my hair done and who doesn't love that?!!?
Then we gotta make that hour trip to the mall to do some exchanging -- but while I'm in the bigger city -- I'll be going to Tar*get, too =)
AND - the silver lining of having to travel 45 minutes/1 hour both ways ---- we get to eat out while we are there because we won't be able to get there and back in time for supper. =)

in HIM -





Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Miss M is Six!



My M. turned six on August 2nd, which of course was last Sunday. Since we had a day full of picnicking with the church, we waited until this past Saturday (the 9th) to celebrate with the family. We had a couple sets of grandparents over and M got to invite one friend to join us for the fun. M. chose to have a Princess Party (again!) and she chose a Little Mermaid Cake. Since the cake had her name on it, I decided not to post a picture of it, but over the years, Ms. M has had quite a few Disney Princess cakes! Here is her cake from last year and the year before. I don't have pictures of the ones before that but I'm pretty sure that 2 out of 3 were princesses!!!

Anyway!




After we had all enjoyed the cake, the girls couldn't wait to open presents. SO the ripping and tearing commenced! This is A helping M read her cards. What a great big sister she is!


M's friend, N, brought M the sweetest gifts. She brought an Annelise Barbie Doll and a necklace with an M on it. It matches the one N was wearing bearing her own initials. SO sweet!

The girls then had play time.....which of course, turned into dress up time! It was a great party!



Here are a few of the things I love about you, Miss M!

1. You are a Girly Girl! This year whenever anyone asked what you wanted for your birthday, your response was "anything girly!". You also loves Fancy Nancy! Remember this book you wrote for school last year?

2. You are my chatterbox! While I sometimes tire of hearing you say, " Mom! Mom. Mo-om?!!?" one hundred million times a day, I know one day I will miss that!

3. You are also my social butterfly. You loves to meet people and talk to people. I often find you having long, in depth conversations with adults.

4. You are incredibly concerned with right and wrong. You don't want to get in trouble and often do what you know is right even when your sisters are doing what they know they shouldn't. Which I guess means you aren't easily swayed either.

5. You lost your first tooth this year, M. You worked that tooth and worked that tooth and begged people to pull it until you finally convinced Mrs. Sandra (your teacher) to do it for you. You were so excited when you put that tooth under the pillow. And when I heard your wail the following morning, I knew something was terribly wrong.

6. You say the most insightful things sometimes Miss M! You where the one who told us that "God told you that B would be a boy." and told me that I'd always have God when you are gone...

And one to grow on.....

7. I love how you love people, Miss M. You love going to visit your grandparents and our friends in Belmont. You never want to come back home. And while the fact that you don't want to come back to our house makes me a little sad, I do love that you love people so fiercely!


I love you so much Miss M! I hope your 6th birthday was wonderful!

Mommy


Have a great Tuesday all!!!!

in HIM -