Week 4: Recap
Last week--Peace and War--was a full week for our household. I was definitely in a "fight" to keep things peaceful around here. My youngest daughter woke up Monday morning with a headache, fever, etc., etc. (I'll spare you the details!). Then, on Tuesday, my oldest daughter had surgery (which had been rescheduled from October).  I was getting over a cold that I wouldn't wish on anyone! Lack of sleep, trying to keep house, medication doses around the clock, trying to keep the male-folk from getting sick--yeah, I was at war! But praise be to the Most High God, we kept our sanity and a measure of peace.

We enjoyed Christmas morning together, Husband and I, along with our 3 wonderful blessings. Husband led us in prayer and each of us took time to give thanks to God about whatever was on our hearts in that moment. {Thank God for the gift of Jesus Christ!} We opened our presents and giggled in surprise. We went out for breakfast (this just might be a new tradition for us!!) and then we spent the rest of the morning with Husband's family at his parents' house. Later, we spent as much phone time as we could with my parents and my brother across the miles (a bad Internet connection thwarted our Skype plans!!).  

Moving on to the final week's challenge. . . Get Out and Evaluate!!!
Go outside (yes I know, with the frigid temps, this is a challenge all by itself!), but go outside and try to enjoy the winter nature. While there, consider reading the following passages [Matthew 27 and 28]. Also begin to reflect on the past year and think about changes we can make for the new year. (If your weather is anything like mine, you'll probably have to move this activity inside after a while!!)

Truth be told, I'm not one for huge goals, "resolutions," and drastic changes simply because it's a new year. I believe that the God we serve can work a change in our hearts no matter what time of year it is. However, my mother suggested that people are more aware of things that need to be changed when a new year is approaching.

With that being said, Courtney @ WomenLivingWell (the host of this challenge) has a great list of items to reflect on. I think that we, as wives and mothers, would do well to reflect on these things now, and often in our lives.
  1. Your Walk with God
  2. Your Marriage
  3. Your Children (if applicable)
  4. Your Health
  5. Your Spiritual Gifts
Please visit her blog HERE for the suggestions she makes in each of these areas. I really think it is useful and practical, as I will certainly evaluate these things.

Finally, what will your theme word be for 2011?
After looking over your evaluation, is there a common thread? Is there a thought or theme that you keep returning to? What word best summarizes your goals in these areas? Peace? Prayer? Praise? Thankfulness? Gentleness? Submission? Humility? Quietness? I haven't yet had my "out-door, winter evaluation time," but from glancing at this list, I'm thinking my theme word might be consistency.

I do hope, Ladies, that the challenge for peace during the month of December has been a blessing to you. 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

{This post is linked HERE at WomenLivingWell}
Enjoy figuring this out, courtesy of Husband!

Five friends (an engineer, a lawyer, a doctor, a teacher and a philosopher) get together at, of all things, an ethics symposium. This is humorous because four out of five of them do nothing but lie. Lawyers have always been the butt of jokes about their truthfulness, but engineers, teachers, philosophers, and doctors? What's this world coming to?

From the following statements, can you figure out who is telling the truth and what each person really does?

Mike: "John never lies. As his doctor, I should know."

Ralph: "No, John always lies. I taught him math in high school and he even lied about that."

Bill: "How could John lie? He never lies."

John: "That's right. I'm not a lawyer. I'm a doctor."

Susie: "I'm the only doctor here. Are you that embarrassed at being a philosopher, Mike, or are you just playing one of your philosophical games?

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Task #1: Find out who's telling the truth.
It's Ralph. How do we know it's Ralph?
What we know is that 4 out of 5 people are lying.
Mike and Bill both state that John never lies.
Since only one person is telling the truth, that means both Mike and Bill are lying.
Now we know that Ralph is telling the truth (Ralph states the opposite of Mike and Bill).

Task #2: Find out each person's occupation.
This is a process of elimination.
Start with Ralph; he's a teacher (taught John in high school).
Next is John; he said he wasn't a lawyer; John is the lawyer.
Mike is not a doctor, based on his statement. He's also not a philosopher, based on Susie's statement. Mike is the engineer.
Susie is the philosopher based on her statement (plus, Mike is the engineer).
That leaves Bill as the doctor.

Thou Shall Not Lie

by on Monday, December 27, 2010
Enjoy figuring this out, courtesy of Husband ! Five friends (an engineer, a lawyer, a doctor, a teacher and a philosopher) get together at...
This is the recipe for my Mommy's Banana Nut Bread that I promised so long ago. (Yes, I got her permission first before posting this--thanks Mom!!) I make this bread just about every month. It is simple and delicious and makes the house smell tasty. Usually, I make it without the nuts, and it's still just as good.
     
    
    Bananas begging once again
    to become banana bread!
    
Ingredients:
3 ripe bananas
1 C sugar
1/2 C butter
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp water
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 C flour
2 eggs
1 C chopped walnuts



Directions:
Mash bananas and sugar together and let stand for 15 minutes.
Add in the butter. Dissolve the baking soda in the water, then add to the banana mixture.
In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together, then add to banana mixture.
Add the eggs and nutmeat. Stir just enough to mix.
Pour into a greased loaf pan and let stand for 15 minutes.
Bake at 325 degrees for about 1 hour and 10 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean).


Just baked last night!

You can enjoy a slice for breakfast with your favorite tea. . . or as a snack with a little eggnog (no worries--alcohol-free!)
{Thanks to Husband for picking up such yummy eggnog the other day!}
Let me know if you ever give this a try. . .or if you have other recipes for bread you'd like to share!!!
 

 
{This post is linked HERE at RaisingHomemakers}

Mom's Banana Nut Bread

by on Monday, December 27, 2010
This is the recipe for my Mommy's Banana Nut Bread that I promised so long ago. (Yes, I got her permission first before posting this--t...
I wish you a Merry Christmas today.

May the joy of our Lord and Savior's birth warm your hearts.

I hope you carry the joy of the Lord into the New Year and share it with others.

Thank God for His Son Jesus Christ, born to take away the sins of the world.

Joy to the world!! The Lord is come!!

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope your day was special and filled with cheer.

Love,
Stacie

Merry Christmas!

by on Saturday, December 25, 2010
I wish you a Merry Christmas today. May the joy of our Lord and Savior's birth warm your hearts. I hope you carry the joy of ...
Week 3: Recap
During week 3, we were to pick a night to go to bed very early, in order to be well-rested for the next day's tasks. Unfortunately, the reason I was able to complete this task was because I was sick last week. Fever. Aches. Chills. Hot flashes. Sore throat. Ear pain. Weakness. I was down for the count, my friends. Praise God it didn't last long--whatever it was, it was fast-moving! Thank God for Healing!

Moving on to this week's challenge. . . Peace and War!!!!

The task for this week is to find a quiet moment to reflect on the "Reason for the season." Get something warm to drink and sit by the fire, a lit Christmas tree, or by candlelight, and reflect on the Lord. Spend time in prayer, worship, or song during this moment. This task is meant to produce a still moment in our lives so that we can be at peace with our Peace-giver.

Here we are, just a few more days away from the "BIG" day. Our society is pressuring us to spend more, to find the perfect gift, to host the ultimate party and so on. Hustle and bustle--commercializing such a Holy time. It is almost as if we are "at war" over our peace. Actually, we are at war because satan's desire is to take the most Holiest of occasions and send us into a frenzy and a state of fretfulness over things that have nothing to do with Christmas.

If we're stressed out and short-tempered because our Christmas isn't what we want it to be, or what our culture says it should be, then we are missing the Reason for the season, just as satan would want. Instead of being miserable and hurried, let's slow down and remember why Christ came to earth and the peace He has been in our lives. Be aware of those moments when we're trying to make Christmas be something it isn't, be aware of those moments when we begin to lose sight of why we're celebrating.

Preparation is key, Ladies. Let's prepare our hearts to receive His peace this week. As the Christmas song says: Let every heart prepare Him room! Keep reading the Word this week, continue to have some quiet time with the Prince of Peace. Prepare for this "war" by filling your heart with Jesus this week and watch how peaceful Christmas will be!

"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." -John 14:27


MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! 
{This post is linked HERE at WomenLivingWell}
Yesterday, Husband's family came by for some Christmas cheer. What a fun time, had by all--all 12 of us that is!! It was such a joy! Nothing elaborate, nothing fancy, just plain old fun! Here's what we did. . .

MENU:
  • Party Meatballs
  • Hot Dogs
  • Chicken Strips
  • Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
  • Green Beans
  • Feta Pasta Salad
  • Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Baked Beans
  • Potato Chips
  • Little Smokies
  • Cheese-n-Cracker Tray
We chose this menu because it was very informal, making it easy for people to grab-and-go and eat as they pleased. It was also very convenient for the children to serve themselves.


My daughter T.M.
as "Rudolph" LOL!

GAMES:
  • White Elephant Gift Exchange
  • Gift Wrapping Contest
  • Act Out Christmas Carols
  • What's in the Bag?


Husband and I supplied the "gifts" used for the White Elephant and Gift Wrapping games, which were all inexpensive items (dollar store!!). However, each gift was fun or very useful for the home. The extra-hilarious part about the Gift Wrapping Contest was that each gift was irregularly shaped, like a pack of hangers for example!!! Each guest took their gifts home with them. What we enjoyed the most was that the youngest to the oldest could play each game in some capacity. It was a family gathering.

The kids ran around and played, we all laughed and danced (Motown Christmas music in the background!), ate and laughed and laughed some more. It was a great evening. . .just wishing my parents and brother back home could have been here (in case you're reading. . .I miss you guys!)

Merry Christmas!!!!

{This post is linked HERE at GardenOfLearning
and also HERE at RaisingHomemakers}

Christmas Gathering

by on Sunday, December 19, 2010
Yesterday, Husband's family came by for some Christmas cheer. What a fun time, had by all--all 12 of us that is!! It was such a joy! ...
Week 2: Recap
Lighting my candle and playing lovely Christmas music each day, helps add to the peace around here. Week 2 was not without its challenges--very busy schedules (all 3 kids have swim practice), colds and runny noses (poor babies!), some tough conversations with Husband (all is well, but hey, it's been the reality!), self-reflection, and the like. However, I did make my bubble bath appointment and it was truly a relaxing time. I read the Word and had some quiet time with the Lord. I think that is something that I will begin to do once or twice a month.


Moving on to this week's challenge. . . Rest for the Weary!!!


The task for this week is to go to bed very, very EARLY! Get nice and cozy, snug and warm. And before you fall asleep, take a few moments to read the following verses: Isaiah 7:14, Micah 5:2, Jeremiah 23:5, and Isaiah 53. This task is meant to provide adequate rest to face a full day. Without proper rest, we are cranky, easily frustrated, and have difficulty meeting the needs of those in our lives (trust me, I'm a witness!!). This is a bad situation and the only thing it produces is a lack of peace.


During this Christmas season, we should ask ourselves, are the things we're doing bringing peace to our homes and joy in our hearts? Or are we making sure everything is "just so," never stopping to have a moment to enjoy ourselves or our Lord during this special time?


Let's remember the peace we have in Jesus, which is unlike the world's misconception: just one more gift, one more bow, one more strand of lights, one more party, more, more, more. . .more is never enough. . . but Jesus is. Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." -John 14:27


May going to bed early remind us to rest, not just physically, but always in our Lord.

"Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." -Matthew 11:28, 29 
{This post is linked HERE at WomenLivingWell
and HERE at RaisingHomemakers}
Take a look at the words of this song. . .

"Now behold the Lamb.
The precious Lamb of God.
Born into sin
That I may live again.

The precious Lamb of God!
Holy is the Lamb.
The precious Lamb of God.
Why You loved me so
Lord, I shall never know.
The precious Lamb of God!"


I hear this song often during Christmastime and it reminds me of how great the love of God is. He loved you and me so much that He decided to come, intentionally, on purpose--to be born of flesh, into a world of sin to SAVE us.

All the while, knowing full well that He would be the Lamb, the Sacrifice, the Payment for OUR sins. Not His own, for He is perfect, but for OUR sins.


How selfless, how amazing, how precious, how holy!! What love God has for you and me!!


The power of such love humbles me, for we are so unworthy; we deserve much worse. But He came so that we could live again!! May we forever remember how great His love is.


"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us,
because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world,
that we might live through Him.
Herein is love, not that we loved God,
but that He loved us, and sent His Son
to be the propitiation for our sins."
-1 John 4:8-10

Please listen to the song below and be reminded of our Precious Lamb.
Enjoy!

Now Behold the Lamb

by on Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Take a look at the words of this song. . . "Now behold the Lamb. The precious Lamb of God. Born into sin That I may live again...
Week 1: Recap
Last week, was slow going, as I was a bit under the weather.
However, I lit my candle each day and prayed for peace in my home. I will continue to do this each day for the rest of the month--it works for me. I also posted my Scripture for the month (I Peter 5:7) as a reminder during stressful moments.

I did a little bit of Christmas shopping and I must say that it was quite enjoyable and quite peaceful, without the hectic, shopping you-have-to-buy-everything-you-see-because-it's-Christmas feeling. I took my time, stayed within budget, bought intentionally not frivolously, and went home when I began to feel tired.


Moving on to this week's challenge. . .Bibles and Bubbles!!!!

The task for the week is to schedule one evening to relax in a nice, warm bubble bath!! This task is meant to SLOW US DOWN (as we all know too well the brisk 5-7 minute shower, that isn't always garaunteed)! As wives and mothers, there is always some glorious task that needs to be done and we have our schedules and routines and to-do lists swirling around in our heads. These things tend to be magnified during the Christmas season.


But, every now and then, we need a quiet, peaceful, relaxing moment. Not so we can be lazy or "eat the bread of idleness," but so that we can hear from God, so that we can be renewed and re-energized from on High. It is such an honor to care for my Husband, my children and my home, so I must do well to care for myself and keep my mind, body and spirit healthy. Rest is part of that equation!!! SO.......


This will be no ordinary bubble bath--here's what you'll need:
  • Privacy--no interruptions; let your husband know your intent and put the kiddo's to bed. No phone calls, either!
  • Hot water with lots and lots of bubbles (maybe some scented ones)!
  • Soft music and maybe a candle.
  • Hand towel, rolled up, to be used as a pillow.
  • Something cool to drink.
  • The Bible: read Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2 about the birth of Jesus.
Spend some quiet time, alone, one-on-one with our Heavenly Father, giving yourself 25-30 minutes of peace. He is the ultimate Peace Giver.

{This post is linked HERE at WomenLivingWell
and HERE at RaisingHomemakers}


"Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. . ." -Isaiah 9:7




A quick snap shot before Husband
adds another piece of firewood.
I am thankful for this warm and cozy fire in our old wood-burning stove.

When we first moved here, we were unsure of how to operate it and keep a nice fire going. (City folks, right?! LOL)
We even considered having it removed, freeing up space in the living room, calling it "dangerous" because of our small children.

Well . . .

We were blessed with lots of free firewood a few years ago. (Not to mention that huge tree branch that fell a couple of weeks back.)
Husband can light it and keep the fire roaring! It really warms our home. (Thanks, Husband.)
My children know to stay away from the stove, just as they do in the kitchen.
We are doing just fine with the space we have.

The old, wood-burning stove. . .
I am thankful for it, especially on a cold night like tonight.

Wood-burning Stove

by on Sunday, December 05, 2010
 A quick snap shot before Husband adds another piece of firewood.  I am thankful for this warm and cozy  fire in our old wood-bu...
Here are some tongue twisters our family had fun with!

From the youngest to the oldest, we all gave them a try.

See how much fun (and how many laughs) you'll have
saying these phrases 3 times, as fast as you can!


BLACK BUG'S BLOOD

RED BULB, BLUE BULB

FRESHLY FRIED FAT FLYING FISH

Our family enjoyed these and had fun laughing at our flubs!
What good tongue twisters do you know?

Friday Night Fun

by on Friday, December 03, 2010
Here are some tongue twisters our family had fun with! From the youngest to the oldest, we all gave them a try. See how much fun (and how...
I saw this idea today at Garden of Learning and I thought it would be a great idea for my kids! (See pics below.)

Okay, here's the deal. Every December my children ask me "How many more days 'til Christmas, Mommy?"As a matter of fact, my 5 year old told me on Monday that she thought Christmas was on Tuesday! LOL 

In order to keep questions at a minimum, I usually make up a countdown to Christmas by drawing a well-intended Christmas tree on a piece of paper. I tack it onto the front door and each day, I attach the number of days left. . .
There it is--our make-shift countdown to  Christmas.

I know, pretty pitiful, right?

Well this year, we're doing something different!

I made a paper chain of 25 "links" in red, green and white. Each chain has a Scripture on it relating to the birth of Jesus. As we count down to Christmas, each day we will remove a link 
and read the Scripture aloud. This will help me reinforce to the kiddos Who this day is really all about. I told my kids about it and they were pretty excited!!


You can visit Garden of Learning for a list of Scriptures to use for your chain.

You'll need construction paper,
scissors, glue, ruler, a pen.
 




 
Cut the paper into 2 inch strips.
I numbered mine for my kids' sake,
but this isn't necessary.
 


Write a Scripture on the other side.
Alternatively, you could just
write where the verse is found and
read it from the Bible each day.
  

Glue the "links" together to form the chain.
Happy crafting and Merry Christmas!!!   
{This post is linked HERE at RaisingHomakers.com}
Hey there Ladies!! I just wanted to tell you about the Holiday Bliss link up. Once again, this month-long event is hosted by Brenda at Garden of Learning.


The challenge will be to post each day about something your family is doing to celebrate the Christmas Holiday season. I love Christmas and all the joy it brings. I love this time of reflection about the birth of our Lord and the amazing miracles that surrounded His birth.

Although I will not be participating in the challenge this time around, I definitely will be checking the link ups regularly. There is much this wife and mom can learn from other women about the traditions they use each year to celebrate this Holy occasion.

If you feel "blissful" and want to participate, by all means head over HERE to get started.
Enjoy!

Holiday Bliss

by on Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Hey there Ladies!! I just wanted to tell you about the Holiday Bliss link up. Once again, this month-long event is hosted by Brenda at ...
Today, I am thankful for this Gratitude Challenge.

I have enjoyed 30 wonderful days of counting my blessings. This challenge has shown me that everyday, I can choose to be thankful. God has so graciously blessed me that there is always something to appreciate in my life. From the HUGE things, like salvation and the precious gift of Jesus Christ; to the small things like my favorite tea and a good movie. I can always be thankful.

This challenge has also put me in the good company of other bloggers, women who are striving to be better wives, better mothers, and most importantly, better daughters of our King. I have been blessed to read your comments on my blog and to have you join me in my journey. I have been blessed to visit your blogs and read about the things and people you are thankful for. You ladies have been such an encouragement to me, reminding me even more of how much God has done.

God bless Brenda at Garden of Learning for this wonderful idea. It has been fun and has truly been something I'll always remember.

{This post is linked here.}
Thank God for the blessings of this Gratitude Challenge.

{Click here for the reason behind this challenge.}

30 Days Have Come and Gone

by on Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Today, I am thankful for this Gratitude Challenge. I have enjoyed 30 wonderful days of counting my blessings. This challenge has shown me ...
Surprise, surprise!! No Idle Bread is participating in yet, another challenge! This will be a weekly challenge called "Peace on Earth" for the month of December, hosted by Courtney at WomenLivingWell.


Again we will focus on peace. Each week, we'll have a few tips (spiritually and practically) to implement peace in our homes.
So, for this week our first task is to write at the top of your calendar or planner the following verse:


"Cast all your anxiety on Him
because He cares for you." -I Peter 5:7 


As we know, for some, the Christmas season can bring a lot of busyness and hosting and shopping and planning and stressing!! But, only if we allow it to be that way. Each time we see this verse, we can remember to pray and release all cares, worries, troubles and other stresses to the Lord who is waiting to take it all from us. I will also be writing this verse on the Scripture memory board in the kithen. Since I'm in there so much, it will be easy for me to see.


Our 2nd task is to get a large candle and light it each day for the month. Any time the glimmer of candlelight catches your eye, remember to say a prayer of peace for your home. We did this during a Fall Challenge and believe it or not, it really helped me--a visual reminder to remain peaceful. My candle will be on my kitchen table for all to see and for all to be reminded!


Prayerfully through this challenge, we can remember to rest, relax, lean and depend on Jesus. Intentionally reconnecting with the Prince of Peace.


If you'd like to join in this challenge, link up, or see what the tips are for upcoming weeks, click the picture below!


This post is linked HERE.
"For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." -Isaiah 9:6
Today, I am thankful for the sequence of events in my life.

Over time, I can see how the Lord's hand has been at work in the past to effect the future.

For example, by going off to college, God allowed me to meet my future Husband, and now we are married with 3 lovely kids. (I have no doubt that there were many other numerous ways that God would have brought Husband and I together. However, this is the way it occurred.)

On a more minor note. . .remember that tree branch I told you all about, that fell the other day? Well, my Husband had to chop that branch into more manageable pieces. That fallen branch has now provided our family with more firewood to help keep us warm this winter.

Also, the fallen branch gave Husband and I some time alone. On Sunday afternoon, I went out to assist him with the branch. He and the chain saw were busy with the larger, main branch that fell. I gathered the smaller twigs and branches into piles for him. This time spent gave us the chance to discuss some recent decisions we made. During this discussion, the Lord just unified our hearts all the more about the situation.

It was such a blessing, that little 1/2 hour of time. . . brought about because the wind knocked down part of our tree!

God is good.


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Sequence of Events

by on Monday, November 29, 2010
Today, I am thankful for the sequence of events in my life. Over time, I can see how the Lord's hand has been at work in the past to ...
Today, I am thankful that I can worship freely.

We went to church today, as is customary in our home on Sunday mornings.
It is a blessing to be able to sing, pray, read and hear God's Word, as a family.
It is a blessing to be able to do these things without fear or threat of harm or violence.
It is a blessing to see our little ones bow their heads in a word of prayer.
It is a blessing to discuss with Husband today's sermon topic on our way home from church.

Even more, I am blessed to know Who it is I worship and why I worship.
I worship the Lord because He is my Savior, my King. He is Creator of all, He is my Refuge, He is my Provider, He is a righteous God, full of grace and mercy.

I worship the Lord because He saw fit to save my soul.
He picked me up out of the pit of filth and the death of sin and gave me a Way called Jesus!
I can't help but to worship and live my life in worship to the true and living God!!


"Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling,
and to present you faultless
before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
to the only wise God our Saviour,
be glory and majesty,
dominion and power,
both now and ever.
Amen."
-Jude, vs. 24, 25

{This post is linked here.}


Thank God for worship!


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Worship

by on Sunday, November 28, 2010
Today, I am thankful that I can worship freely . We went to church today, as is customary in our home on Sunday mornings. It is a blessin...
In honor of the Christmas season, No Idle Bread has an updated holiday look!!!

I hope you all enjoy it and don't mind the visual changes. . .which I may do from time to time.

At any rate, I'm wishing all of my family, friends, readers, and fellow bloggers a

V E R Y

M E R R Y

C H R I S T M A S ! ! !

'Tis the Season

by on Saturday, November 27, 2010
In honor of the Christmas season, No Idle Bread has an updated holiday look!!! I hope you all enjoy it and don't mind the visual chan...
Today, I am thankful for heat in my home.

I know that may sound trivial, but I do not like being cold. Last night our temps dropped into the 30's . . . shiver, shiver, brrrrr!

I'm thankful for a working furnace, which we try SO hard not to run in order to keep costs down.
I'm thankful for a wood burning stove and dry, seasoned wood to burn.
I'm thankful for Husband who can build a roaring fire in that wood burning stove, in lieu of running the furnace.
I'm thankful for a family who will snuggle and cuddle with me.
I'm thankful for blankets, sweaters, socks, coats, hats, and the like.
I'm thankful for hot running water.
I'm thankful for hot tea, a stove and oven.
I'm thankful today, for there is always something to thank God for--even the simple things!

{This post is linked here.}
Praise God for a warm home! May we find ways to bless those this season who are in need of something warm.

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Baby It's Cold Outside

by on Saturday, November 27, 2010
Today, I am thankful for heat in my home. I know that may sound trivial, but I do not like being cold. Last night our temps dropped into t...
Today, I am thankful for the day after Thanksgiving!!

One tradition I started for our family is decorating our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.

Growing up, my family decorated our Christmas tree on any random day in December and sometimes it fell on Christmas Eve! My dad was always looking for a bargain on a real Christmas tree for my mom because she likes the smell of the fresh pine.

Well, Husband and I on the other hand, have a nice, big, fake Christmas tree! So I feel like, what's the wait? Let's get the tree up as soon as Thanksgiving is over! But because our children are young and since Husband is usually working this day, the responsibility to decorate was pretty much on me.

But this year, it was the kids who asked me first thing this morning, "Aren't we going to decorate the Christmas tree?!!" I thought, okay, so the kids are paying attention to my little tradition, huh? So, after eating breakfast and getting some laundry going, we pushed the Christmas tree box out of the garage into the house and got things started.

My children, even my 3 year old son, were diligent in helping me put the tree up and decorate it. Of course there were a few spots that had about 5 ornaments on one branch! LOL But who cares? My children were glad to do it and  it helped lighten my load. We turned on some Christmas music and took a couple of breaks to sing and dance, but in about 2 hours the tree was up and decorated!!

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Enjoy this beautiful holiday season!

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The Day After

by on Friday, November 26, 2010
Today, I am thankful for the day after Thanksgiving!! One tradition I started for our family is decorating our Christmas tree the day aft...
Today I am thankful that I have a family to enjoy Thanksgiving Day with.

We are blessed with love, laughter, and good food.
We are blessed to have Holiday traditions--
some passed down to us, some we've created on our own.
We are blessed to have children to share these traditions with.
We are blessed with life, health, and strength today.
We are blessed that we can look back over our lives and
reflect on the ways the Lord has brought us through.
We are blessed!

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!!!!!!


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Thanksgiving Day

by on Thursday, November 25, 2010
Today I am thankful that I have a family to enjoy Thanksgiving Day with. We are blessed with love, laughter, and good food. We are bless...
Today I am thankful for my relatives!

During this Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of all my family back home and those across the states--my aunts, uncles and MANY cousins! Some have gone on to be with the Lord, but I miss them all, especially during times like this.

I love listening to my aunts and uncles get together, telling the most hilarious stories about when they grew up and about my grandparents. I love listening to their tips, their wisdom, their history. And then there are my cousins, my many wonderful cousins. Some are older than me and I always have looked up to them. Some are about my age and we have made so many memories together. Some times my cousins were like my siblings in many ways. We've always had SO much fun together; lots of joy and laughter.

I am blessed to have my extended family. I am blessed to have so many warm memories that keep me close to them, even though we're miles apart. [To my all of my relatives that may be reading: I love you and I miss you. Happy Thanksgiving!!!]

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Thank God for all my relatives!


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My Relatives

by on Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Today I am thankful for my relatives ! During this Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of all my family back home and those across the sta...
I am thankful for the ultimate sacrifice on Calvary!


Jesus paid it all!!! All to Him I owe!!!!


This "down home,"
hand-clapping,
foot-stomping,
gospel choir song says it all. . . 



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The Sacrifice

by on Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I am thankful for the ultimate sacrifice on Calvary! Jesus paid it all!!! All to Him I owe!!!! This "down home," hand-clappin...
Today, I am thankful for one of my favorite movies, The Nativity Story!!!!

OK, so I know a movie is not, by any means, on the same level of God's grace, mercy, or His saving power. But, I'm still thankful for it.

In The Nativity Story, Jesus' birth is retold and depicted with such powerful imagery. Every time I watch it, I am reminded anew of God's great love toward us. I am reminded to worship in awe as the shepherds and wise men did, and how to have blind faith in God, like Mary and Joseph. It is such a beautiful movie.

Another reason I am thankful is that this movie arrived today on my doorstep for free! I completed some online surveys for Zoompanel, earned some points, which I redeemed for a prize--one of my favorite movies! You gotta love FREE things!

So, this Thanksgiving weekend, I will not be found at a department store trying to shop 'til I drop at 4 in the morning! LOL!! Instead, I'll be curling up under a blanket, watching one of my favorites, The Nativity Story!



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Thank God for The Nativity Story!
(the real one and the movie!)

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A Great Movie

by on Monday, November 22, 2010
Today, I am thankful for one of my favorite movies, The Nativity Story !!!! OK, so I know a movie is not , by any means, on the same level...
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