Thursday, July 31, 2008

Spell Check

Eye have a spelling checker.

It came with my PC;

It plainly marks four my revue

Mistakes I cannot sea.

I've run this poem threw it,

I'm sure your please too no.

Its letter perfect in it's weigh--

My checker tolled me sow.

--Author Unknown

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Sweet Deal

Here's my best kids' clothing shopping tip. Are you ready?

Shop at Sears and use their KidVantage Club program. All kids' clothes purchased at Sears are automatically covered by KidVantage if you register with them. What does this mean? If the clothes don't hold up to the wear and tear of your precious little ones, you can return them for replacement items. In addition, for every $100 you spend, Sears will issue you a 15% off coupon for a future purchase. The KidVantage Club keeps track of these purchases, and the total accumulates over time.

We have benefited from KidVantage many, many times. Blue jeans have been the gold mine for us at Sears. My boys have always managed to get holes in the knees of their jeans. We take them back to Sears and **ta da** new jeans! Canyon River Blues jeans for boys routinely go on sale for $9.99 a pair. I once got seven (yes, seven) pairs of jeans from the purchase of one. Clearance items also qualify. That makes for an even sweeter deal.

Here are the details. You must exchange the item for one of the same size. If you purchase Sears only brands, no receipt is necessary; but if you buy name brand items which are also sold in other stores, be sure to save your receipt. You will need it to show that you purchased the items at Sears.

Happy shopping.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

You Think English is Easy?

Can you read these correctly the first time?

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse .
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Thanks, Kev!

Taco Seasoning

1 T chili powder
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t onion powder
1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 t dried oregano
1/2 t paprika
1 1/2 t cumin
1 t sea salt
1 t black pepper

In a small bowl, mix all spices together. Depending on how spicy you like your dishes, use as little or as much as you want. We use about one third of this mixture for one pound of ground meat.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Sometimes He Calms the Storm

All who sail the sea of faith
Find out before too long
How quickly blue skies can grow dark
And gentle winds grow strong

Suddenly fear is like white water
Pounding on the soul
Still we sail on knowing
That our Lord is in control

Sometimes He calms the storm
With a whispered, "Peace be still"
He can settle any sea
But it doesn’t mean He will

Sometimes He holds us close
And lets the wind and waves go wild
Sometimes He calms the storm
And other times He calms His child

He has a reason for each trial
That we pass through in life
And though we’re shaken
We cannot be pulled apart from Christ

No matter how the driving rain beats down
On those who hold to faith
A heart of trust will always
Be a quiet peaceful place

Listen here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Oh, boy.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Home Alone

This post was originally from April of this year. I've added it here again today because I wanted to include the brilliant and insightful comment my dear, sweet, younger sister wrote at that time. So true.

The house is eerily quiet this morning since all of my family members are out and about, and I am all by myself. My husband is working hard to provide for his family, and my children are out for the day with friends making a movie. It was so hard to let them drive out this morning. They are so independent. It's like they hardly need me anymore. They once depended on me for everything. When did all of that change?

I keep reminding myself to "Be anxious for nothing," but it is a continual struggle. My God is faithful, so I know He will give me the strength I need every day to adapt to these changing responsibilities. I am just feeling my way in the dark. I have to trust in Him.

It is a strange feeling to be here with a whole day stretched out before me. What should I do with this time? I have a feeling there is something better to be done than sitting here at the computer, so I'm off to see what I can find.

Have a blessed day!

Opposite Ends of the Spectrum by my extremely wise sister

When we were in Hawaii, we spent some time at a beach up on the North Shore. Chris took Vick out to wade in the water while I nursed Sonny.

A little down the beach from us was a family of 5. Mom sat on the beach reading a book, while her teenage daughter read a magazine. Dad and the two boys were out in the water. I couldn't help but look at her and envy her freedom--her children all go to the potty and feed themselves.

"I wish my kids were big," I thought.

When her family went to leave, they walked by us on the beach. I saw her look longingly at my sleeping baby and my 3 year old buried in the sand.

She was thinking, "I wish my kids were little."

So here we are, my sister, at opposite ends of the spectrum. I have 3 children that need me for everything. You have three that are preparing to leave the nest. I wonder what we can learn from each other? Lots, I'm sure!

I love you--see you soon!

PS--In the peace and quiet, you could call your favorite sister!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Chicken Pie

In my family, this dish = LOVE.

2-3 chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup milk
1 stick margarine or butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Boil chicken and take off bone. Tear or cut into bite-size pieces. Put chicken in bottom of 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Save broth.

Mix soups, 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, and pepper until smooth. Pour over chicken in baking dish.

Mix flour, milk, and melted butter together and pour over soup mixture in baking dish.

Do not stir.

Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.

My Little Trick

Boil 4-6 chicken breasts instead. Save the extra chicken and extra broth. The next afternoon, put the broth, chicken, frozen stir-fry vegetables, garlic, salt, and pepper into the crock pot with 1 1/2 or 2 cups of rice.

By supper time, the aroma of chicken with rice soup is enticing us all to the table. Cornbread and salad finish out the meal.

Ahh, so simple!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Happy Birthday, Speedy Boy!

Five years old today! You have given us all such special memories in those five years, my sweet punkin'.

We not going to Target!

It's just for deckernation.

I want to color with crowns.

Bye bye, letter. Go find Daddy!

Excuse me, could I tell you that my birthday is in only six days?

Captain Yjeeps!

El Gabone!

I just melted down in Target.

We sure do love you, sweet little guy! Have a super birthday. We miss you!

Psalm 23

The post below was written about this time last year. As I read through these words, I am thankful to be in somewhat of a different place, in a bit calmer mindset today. Nonetheless, it is such an encouragement to me to be able to look back and see specific ways in which God has worked in my life.

He is so faithful!

If you are facing turbulent times today, may His peace overwhelm you. If you are resting in the quiet, may you recognize the tremendous blessing and cherish the moment.

August 9, 2007

In Lisa Whelchel's book, Speaking Mom-ese: Moments of Peace & Inspiration in the Mother Tongue, she relates a suggestion from T. W. Hunt to personalize Psalm 23 as an exercise to reflect on our individual relationships with God.

Depending on the situation in which we currently find ourselves, the version may change. God is always the same, but we tend to identify with different aspects of His character at different times in our lives.

With the new school year approaching and much looming on the horizon, I penned the following yesterday.

The Lord is my sustainer, I will not faint.
He makes me slow down and rest.
He gives me a reason to keep going.
He comforts my heart.
He shows me what I need to do to serve Him.
Even though my life is filled with drama, I will not be overcome, for you are right here beside me.
Your strength and power bring me great comfort.
You richly bless me in many ways, while trouble swirls around me.
You bring peaceful thoughts into my mind, I am overwhelmed by Your love.
Every day of my life Your blessings surround me, and one day we'll rock together on your front porch.

How do you relate to God today? He meets all of our needs, and I'm sure He loves it when we acknowledge that to Him.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Favorite Things

Ahh, the joy of fresh linens. I confess that it's really somewhat of an obsession with me. My sweet husband had difficulty understanding my preoccupation with sheets, towels, pillowcases, and the like until I explained that they affect me the same way a trip to Circuit City does him. It was a word picture with which he could identify. Now he tolerates my mania and acknowledges that it is very nice to slide between freshly laundered sheets at the end of the day.

Knowing that I struggle with this affliction, my mother-in-law recently surprised me with this summer spread made by her mother many years ago. I was thrilled beyond description. It is truly beautiful. My husband's precious grandmother most likely worked this spread before her marriage in 1935.

A summer spread, as its name would imply, is a thin bedspread to be used in the summer months. Without air conditioning, blankets would be unneccessary during the hot summer weather. All of the extra covers were removed from the bed, and a simple spread was used. This particular one is made from a white bed sheet. There is still a tag on the underside. This was certainly not an expensive sheet, but the quality is actually much better than many high-end sheets today. The design appears to be worked with white crochet thread.

Here's a closer view of the basket in the center. Isn't it gorgeous? I feel so blessed to have this beautiful vintage piece, and knowing that it was stitched by my husband's beloved Mammo makes it even more special.