Monday, May 31, 2010

MPM -Menu? What Menu?

I'm a very 'list' oriented person. I like to make my menu every week, come up with my grocery list after that and then head out to do my shopping at my favorite Ingle's supermarket.
And quite frankly, I'm not the type of girl who can just go to the grocery store and get groceries without a list, I'd forget about half of the things I need for each recipe.

Well. This week I'm not going able to make a menu plan. We are moving to a new house this week and between moving all the kitchen stuff (tomorrow hopefully) and all the other moving that hopefully will culminate on Friday, I am not doing much cooking this week.

Wait. Did I say moving? Yep. You heard right. We are moving to a new house. Our church has blessed my family in a HUGE way by allowing us to live in a house that they bought and have renovated. The house had more bedrooms and more space for our family of 6. The church folks have done an amazing job of renovating this house -- it is beautiful and my girls (and K and I, too) are very excited about being allowed to live there. Matter of fact, the day we found out that we were moving down there, the girls were so excited that they packed up all the books and movies in their playroom. The house was built a long time ago and has major character. My girls call it the castle house, as it has a rounded room and a turret. I will post a picture when I get a chance so you can see what I'm talking about.

Anyway, this is moving week in our family. Today was to be the day we moved the playroom/den furniture. It is raining right now but I have high hopes that it will stop so that we can get that all moved. We plan to get a lot of things done throughout the week, but plan to move all the big furniture on Friday. It is excited but also a lot of work (of course) so a menu isn't really happening this week......

Here is what I do have planned for the week........

Breakfasts **My oldest two girls are still in school. We have two more weeks around these parts**
cereal with fruit
Oatmeal with fruit
bagels with jelly
toast with jelly or nutella
anything quick this week!!!!

sandwiches with chips and fruit
hummus with pita chips or tortilla chips
"Bugs" (organic mac and cheese)
cheese and crackers with fruit


M - Grilled steak, baked sweet potatoes (carry over from last week, as we ended up having Leftovers on Thursday)

T/W/T -- whatever we can find or whatever we pick up.......won't involve much cooking since I plan to move all kitchen stuff tomorrow

F - moving day. A sweet, sweet church member has offered to make supper for our family and the folks who help us move. What an amazing blessing!

SO -- there it is.....the Un Menu i suppose. It is going to be a very busy week around here. I am hoping to be able to post the two reviews I need to do this week and I have lots of activities and pictures I'd like to share too.......maybe in between moving I can get all that done.

Have a great Monday everyone!!!! For more Menu Planning goodness (or ahem. a real menu) go over to


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Are We There Yet?

Last Saturday --- a week ago today--- at this moment, I was rushing around feeding little people breakfast so that we could begin the process of getting ready for that huge event once a year that turns me into a hair dresser. Every other day of the year, I am Mommy - the hair fixer, but on recital day, we pull out all the stops. There were sponge rollers, hair gel, curling irons, bobby pins, hairspray and glitter. Along with makeup all around.
This years recital was entitled "Are We There Yet" and had a travel theme. Miss Valerie, who owns the dance studio, but is also a precious friend, once again did a fantastic job of putting together the recital and telling a story.
M and A took Musical Theatre this year and their class did "Greased Lightening". Here are some shots of them......

My M......
"Go Greased Lightening, your burning up the quarter mile...."
love the sparkly poodle skirt.....

My A......

"Go Greased Lightening, your racing through the heat lap trials"

L took her final year of Predance class. Her class did a routine to "The Wheels On The Bus Song"
My L.......

"The wheels on the bus go round and round....."
L's yellow babydoll costume was just precious
and she loved it!!!!

Her hair took a long time to do
but I think the result was well worth it......

We tried to get a shot of the girls with their brother.....
this is the best we got.

And one of the three girls together. They were tired of
pictures by this time.....
My zoom lens doesn't auto focus
so all the pics I took during the recital were blurry.
Here is an after shot.
Grammy and Granddaddy brought flowers for our dancers.

After the recital, Granddaddy and Grammy treated us to a wonderful supper
at an awesome local restaurant where everything is local
and organic. Delish!!!

It was a great day. The girls love dance and I can't wait to see what they choose to do next year. Thank you, Miss Valerie for making my girls LOVE dance!
And thanks to Grammy and Granddaddy for making it a wonderfully special day!!!!!
Mindy (DERN! deleted my sig. again!!!!!)

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Great Giveaway

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Thus begins another incredibly busy week. Hopefully, I will get my reviews that I promised done this week. AND hopefully I will be back to tell you all about why I am so busy.

But, for today, I've got a million and one things to do still. I had an appointment this morning then went to get groceries. Came home ate lunch and did laundry. In a very short little while, I will be headed to the bus stop to get the older two girls. Once we get back home, it will be quick homework time and I will start supper. I have a meeting at 4. Hubs has a meeting at 6 and then a softball game at 8:30. I was hoping to get a nice walk in with a friend but it is looking doubtful......right now, it's even looking doubtful that my family and I will even have supper together. Once I return from my meeting our evening routine will begin.

After the kids are in bed, I will go back to doing laundry and will hopefully make a couple of hairbows.

That is just today but the rest of the week looks the same......busy busy!!!

So, for now --- here is my menu plan for this week -

Breakfasts cereal with milk and fruit, poptarts, eggs and toast and MAYBE even local sausage (with NO MSG or nitrates), bagels with jelly

Lunches veggies to dip in hummas or ranch dressing, hummus with tortilla chips, sandwiches with chips and fruit, cheese and crackers with apple slices, cheese rollups,


Monday : Fettucine with Olive Sauce { I'm using sprouted grains fettucine -- any one know anything about this?}

Tuesday: Grilled Salmon, quinoa, and green beans/green peas

Wednesday: Church Picnic for the end of the school year -- Hotdogs and Hamburgers will be provided, we are to bring side dishes --- I'm making potato salad

Thursday: Steak with baked sweet potatoes

Friday: This weekend is Camp Patton Springs at our church ( a weekend camping retreat for kids 2nd - graduating seniors). A and M are both old enough to go this year so L, B and I will drive them there and eat supper with them. Hubs will be at a hospital in ATL with a church member who is having surgery. {Please say a prayer for her this Friday!!!!}

Saturday: very up in the air as we will probably go back to CPS that day and I have NO idea what time we will return home......

Sunday: We have a 1st birthday party to attend for a sweet little girl -- I think I heard that BBQ is on the menu.

***I have this rule that we only eat beef once a week {and always organic if I can help it}......Looks like my rule is out the window this week. I was hoping to get organic chicken or an organic pork roast to do BBQ sandwiches for us on Thursday, but neither of those were one sale. Organic grass fed ribeyes.....those were on sale. SO, that is what we are having this week.

Ya'll have a great rest of Monday, it's time for me to head on out to the bus stop. For more MPM, go on over to!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dead or Resurrected

My goodness. This is one incredibly busy week. It seems that we are always busy but this week (and the next few) seem to be jammed packed with things to accomplish. I can't believe this is the first chance I've had all week to sit and blog. And I really don't have that much time today, but I've got something important to share with you all!

Back a couple of months ago, I went to visit some friends of mine a couple of hours away While I was there, Tim gave me a book to read. God, in HIS sovereignty, has not had me read it until the very morning. I only read the preface and the first chapter but wow. This book is full of things that I need to hear right now. The book is called A Second Resurrection and its by Bill Easum.
It is actually written for pastors to read and then use to lead their churches to New Life.....but I KNOW God wanted me to read this book at this very point in time.

The first chapter is called "When It's Not A Matter of Sickness" and is about churches that are filled with spiritually dead people.

I just thought it worth remembering and, therefore, worthy of a blog post to note what tells you if your church is spiritually dead or not. And I like that He does point out that there is never a church that where every person there is spiritually dead, there's always a faithful remnant. I also thought that some of you might find this interesting, too. You can then judge where you think you are within your church and where your church is as a whole.

Spiritually Dead Churches.....

*Have lost their sense of mission to those who have not heard about Jesus Christ and do not pant for the Great Commission;

*Exist primarily to provide fellowship for the "members of the club";

*Expect their pastors to focus primarily on ministering to the members' personal spiritual needs;

*Design ministry to meet the needs of their members;

*Have no idea about the needs of the "stranger outside the gate";

*Are focused more on the past than the future;

*Often experience major forms of conflict;

*And watch the bottom line of the financial statement more than the number of confessions of faith.

But when resurrection begins to happen in a church, behaviors also change....

*The church turns outward in it's focus;

*Jesus, not the institution, will become the focus of our affection;

*The Great Commission will become our mandate and we will be measuring everything we do by how many converts we make rather than if we have a black bottom line;

*Membership in the Kingdom will replace membership in the church;

*Pastors will cease being chaplains of pastoral care and will become modern-day apostles of Jesus Christ;

*And those who try to control the church with an iron fist or intimidate the church at every turn of the road will be shown the door.

There is a lot of hard things to think about and look at in the differences in these two types of church. I know that ya'll are probably all like me. I want to be a part of a church that is full of spiritually resurrected people not spiritually dead people.

One of the reasons that I KNOW God wanted me to read this book right now is because I am finishing up Priscilla Shirer's One in A Million, too. And I can't tell you how fitting this first chapter of A Second Resurrection has been. How it goes right along with Priscilla's call to be one in a million who enter Canaan and have that promised-land living that God wants us all to have. I want to be that person. I want to be so in love with Jesus that it infects everyone else around me. I will be challenging the members of my bible study to do the same when we meet for the last time this Sunday night. Because I know that by truly becoming one in a million and authentically living as Christ is calling me to live, that I will affect other people. And so can the other 20 ladies in my bible study. And when we all start affecting more and more people then are, indeed, spiritually resurrected people!
God is doing BIG things in our church right now. He is working in hearts and moving mountains. Both this book and this study were ordained for me "for such a time as this". I'm in awe of His awesomeness and I cannot wait to see what He has next for our church, our community and our world!

In HIM -

Thursday, May 13, 2010

O's 1st Birthday Elmo Party

My friend, Kandi's sweet little girl turned 1 this past Monday. And she celebrated with a great party this past Saturday. I was blessed to get to help put the stuff together for this party. I really didn't do a lot but I had such fun planning and crafting with Kandi and her sister!

Pom Poms......

O's Birthday Banner........

These pinwheels were a little time consuming.....
but now that we've learned to make them - we are pros!
Right, Kandi?

O's smash cake!

Kandi and her sister made these awesome Elmo cupcakes. CUTE, right?
They also made the cake stand.

Paper goods.......

We even had Dorothy as a centerpiece!!!! =)

Kandi had this great idea to use an Elmo shaped pan to do Elmo shaped ice.....

Elmo with balloons on the table outside.....

Goody bags.......with what else? Crayons and an Elmo coloring book!

I just liked this picture of the balloons....

And now some shots of the party go-ers!
This is Miss O herself and her Daddy.
I love pictures of Daddies and their babies! {sigh}

O with her cake!

My B eating the piece of cupcake he dropped. 5 second rule definitely applies 4th time around.

This is our friend J. I think he liked the cupcake!

These two "fought" over O's little riding car a LOT!

M on the swing that O's grandfather built her....

L playing with O's toys outside.....

This is A. His birthday is this coming weekend.
We get to go to another birthday party this weekend! =)

This is Miss O and Mr F. She was kissing him.....

This is the birthday girls Mom, my friend Kandi, and our friend, Valerie.
Aren't they beautiful girls????

This is my A......she snagged herself a second cupcake....
this girl has a sweet tooth like no other.

We had a great time at The O Show's first birthday party. And I am really beginning to enjoy "party planning"! Such great fun! Thank you, Kandi, for allowing me to be a part of such a special day!!!!
in HIM-

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday - Mother's Day

I wanted to do a post on my Mother's Day so I thought it would be fun to do it as a Top Ten Tuesday. SO here goes......

1. I got up first thing Sunday and took a bath. While finishing up I could hear all sorts of commotion outside the bathroom. A knock came on the door. A and M were bringing me by coffee! When I came out of the bathroom, there were these 4 excited faces waiting on me to come open the presents they had for me. Hubs was taking pictures, too. Which warms my heart because I am usually the one taking the pictures. 2. A super sweet card from the hubs was the first thing I opened.....

3. M gave me a cut out picture of her profile -- you know those things they make at school where someone draws their profile and they cut it out of black construction paper. Anyway -- it was framed and really cute. She also gave me this note......It says"I just want you to know.....that I love you. You are my very best Mom. You are the queen of loveing.I think you are very best mom:the queen of moms. Even if you are getting old I still love you. I love when are funny. Even when you are yelling at us. Thank you for all you have done. Love' M" ( typed as she wrote it).....I love being called the queen of loving......not so much loving the whole getting old thing.;) Humbled by the yelling thing.

4. L drew this picture of me......

5. B's PMO teachers helped him make this for me...... the poem says....."I'M Happy You're My Mom. I'm happy your my mom, 'Cause you take good care of me. You love me and you show it, So I'm as happy as can be! I love you very much, And so I want to say, Thank you for all you do, And Happy Mother's Day!" I'm a sucker for these things.....sniff =)

6. A made this picture of herself at school for me......

7.The card A made was 3 dimensional!!!! Very Cool! You can also see in the background there that A came home - found the wrapping paper, and wrapped her gift. And hid it under her bed for me until Sunday morning. She drew all over the wrapping paper. SO sweet!

8. At preschool, L planted me this plant and painted the bowl it's planted in......

9. More flowers from church on Sunday morning........roses from L in Sunday School, the pansies from A in Sunday School, the carnation from K and the kids and from a sweet lady at church who honored me. The Women's Group at church had sold carnation in honor of/in memory of mom's. The flowers were on the alter Sunday morning and then the mom's could take them home.

10. And the last Mother's Day gift is still to come. Hubs is not a picture kind of guy. But he has agreed to do family pictures as my gift for Mother's Day. I CANNOT WAIT! . Now I just have to get with the photographer about a date!!!!
Sunday was a great day. After church, we came home and ate a light lunch. Then we went out to eat an early supper since I had bible study at 6. It was a fantastic Mother's Day!
For more Top Ten Tuesdays, go on over to OhAmanda!
Have a great day. Time to get busy cleaning my house now.....I've got beds that have been stripped and need remaking!
in HIM- Mindy