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.

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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.


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"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

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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
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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!

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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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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...
I am thankful for God's faithfulness.
We see it in so many ways in our lives: the seasons come each year,
there is morning and there is night,
His unwavering love toward us,
the unparalleled forgiveness of sin. . .

He is faithful!

Please enjoy this beautiful song.

(Performed by CeCe Winans, along with her mother.)




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Thank God for His faithfulness!

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

by on Sunday, November 21, 2010
I am thankful for God's faithfulness . We see it in so many ways in our lives: the seasons come each year, there is morning and there ...
Today, I am thankful for God's Word.

God's Word is MIGHTY. . .

"For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." -Hebrews 4:12

God's Word is SUSTAINING. . .

"But He answered and said, "it is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'" -Matthew 4:4

God's Word is COMFORTING. . .

"Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life." -Psalm 119:49, 50

I am so thankful for God's Word, for in it truth and peace are found. No lies, no misconceptions, no mistakes. 

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Thank God for His Word.

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God's Word Is. . .

by on Saturday, November 20, 2010
Today, I am thankful for God's Word. God's Word is  MIGHTY . . . "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper ...
Today, I am thankful for my neighbors.

In particular, my neighbors (a husband and wife) across the street. They are always kind and very friendly. Always smiling and never too busy for a quick "hello" or a 10-15 minute conversation at the end of the drive way. We look out for each other, keep up to date on the news in the neighborhood (such as the stray fox that keeps popping up in broad day light!). We've encouraged each other through some pretty tough times.

When it snows, we shovel our driveways together in hopes that we'll see each other before spring! (Especially with the 3 blizzards we had last winter!) A few days ago we had terrible gusting winds and a pretty large branch from one of our trees broke. This morning, Husband was out with all his "manly" tools taking care of the branch. When I peeked out to check on him, there was our neighbor pitching in to lend a hand. Mind you, he's advanced enough in years to be our dad and is battling a few health concerns. But yet, there he was helping us out. (I see a homemade pound cake in their future! LOL) Neighbors, you gotta love them!

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul
and with all your mind
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
Love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.”
-Mark 12:30, 31

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Thank God for my neighbors.

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Good Neighbors

by on Friday, November 19, 2010
Today, I am thankful for my  neighbors . In particular, my neighbors (a husband and wife) across the street. They are always kind and very...
Today, I am thankful for my fellow blog people.


First, to all those that actually take the time to read the things I write--THANK YOU!
It makes my heart glad to see your comments and words of encouragement.
This blog has been an outlet for my thoughts, weaknesses, strengths, prayers, and daily life activities.
It is a blessing to know that these simple things touch others in some way. To God be the glory!


And to my fellow bloggers. . .the wealth of information is priceless!!!
There's always something new, something to learn, something I've never heard of, some way that I've been inspired. Especially in the areas of being a wife and mother. So many times the the traditional roles of wife and mother are viewed so negatively in our society. It is nice to find common ground with others through this blogging environment.


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Readers and Writers

by on Thursday, November 18, 2010
Today, I am thankful for my fellow blog people. First, to all those that actually take the time to read the things I write--THANK YOU! It...
I am thankful for a great pediatrician who cares about my kids.

I am thankful that I made my way safely to a different pharmacy without getting lost.

I am thankful that my children have medicine for what ails them.

I am thankful that I remained calm.

I am so thankful to be sitting here right now, resting.

I am so thankful that my family is in the room with me, keeping up family "noise."

A busy day, but still a day that the Lord has made.

I will follow suit and rejoice and be glad in it.



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What a Day!

by on Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I am thankful for a great pediatrician who cares about my kids. I am thankful that I made my way safely to a different pharmacy without ...
Today I am thankful that God heals.

I am not feeling well today. Boo!
My lovely children decided to share their germs with me. LOL
So while I don't want to fill this post with all of my complaints,
I will focus on the truth:

". . .for I am the LORD that healeth thee." -Exodus 15:26

"Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases," -Psalm 103:2-3

"He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds." -Psalm 147:3

"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed." -Isaiah 53:5


God is able to heal us. Whether it be physically, mentally, spiritually, socially.
Whatever the "sickness" is. . .He can heal.

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I thank God for healing.

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He's a Healer

by on Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Today I am thankful that God heals . I am not feeling well today. Boo! My lovely children decided to share their germs with me. LOL So w...
Today, I am thankful for my Husband. . .
a wonderful man.

I know that I mentioned him before as part of the family of which I'm thankful for. But I just think that he deserves his own page.

Husband is my college sweetheart. Even way back then, he showed me new things: financial responsibility, athletic discipline and determination, and many, many, many riddles! (He loves to stump us and tell a good joke!)

Along our journey as husband and wife, he has inspired me and encouraged me. Husband has shown our family a wonderful example of hard work and dedication. He lovingly guides me and the kids. He provides, he protects, he perseveres, he plays. . .with us! He really has the best interests for us as a family.

Above all, Husband is a man of faith. He trusts God in a way that is awesome to me. No, really. Sometimes, his angle on things, his take on the situation, and how he believes God right in the midst of it. . . leaves me speechless. I am humbled by his wisdom and discernment.

With all these wonderful qualities, Husband will be the first to tell you, he is not perfect, he is quite aware that he is flawed, and he knows there are things he needs to work on. He knows that he can't make it or do his best without the Lord. That is perhaps one of the reasons I love him most.

I am thankful for him--my Husband, my children's father, my man! God has certainly blessed me with him. I am honored to be his wife and grateful to be under his leadership. {I love you, Husband!}

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Thank God for my Husband.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.  -Ephesians 5:25-28

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My Man

by on Monday, November 15, 2010
Today, I am thankful for my Husband . . . a wonderful man. I know that I mentioned him before as part of the family of which I'm th...


Today I am thankful for baptism.



Today, my beautiful daughters, SJ and TM, were baptized.

Having already accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, today they followed their Lord in a believer's baptism.


"Buried in the likeness
 of His death;
raised in the likeness
of His resurrection."


I am so humbled and overjoyed at what the Lord is doing in their lives and to be able witness their faith in God.


They are not only my daughters, but they are also my sisters in Christ. Oh, happy day!
PRAISE THE LORD!!!!

And what makes this memory even more special is that their grandfather (my dad-in-law, minister in our church) was blessed to baptize them.


I am so grateful! The words on this page are mere shadows of what is contained in my heart.


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Thank God for baptism.

"For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection. . ."
Romans 6:5


 
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Sisters once, and now again!


Take Me to the Water

by on Sunday, November 14, 2010
  Today I am thankful for baptism . Today, my beautiful daughters, SJ and TM, were baptized. Having already accepted...
Today, I am thankful for fun.

We generally have fun as a family and enjoy being around each other. Just about every day, there is laughter (sometimes uncontrollable!) about something. My children are giddy little balls of energy, Husband is happy and well-pleased, and my heart is overjoyed!

As you know by now, my family is undoubtedly imperfect! But we have a lot of FUN together. Whether it's around the table for a meal, playing games, random conversation, or a spontaneous tickle session! Sometimes we run around chasing each other and play "hide-n-seek" (which is more like us peeking around corners because Husband is known for jumping out and randomly scaring each of us!).

We genuinely enjoy each other's company. That is such a blessing because we don't have to do something "big," expensive or extravagant to have fun with each other. Those things can be a blast (don't get me wrong!) but they are not the norm. It's in our regular, daily lives that we find the most pleasure as a family. FUN times all around.

Today I am thankful for FUN.
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Fun, Fun, Fun

by on Saturday, November 13, 2010
Today, I am thankful for fun . We generally have fun as a family and enjoy being around each other. Just about every day, there is laughte...
Determine the the rule.  Once you figure out the rule,
name another word that also belongs in the group.





KAYAK

TENET

MOM

DEED


A Thoughtful Choice

by on Friday, November 12, 2010
Determine the the rule.  Once you figure out the rule, name another word that also belongs in the group.  KAYAK  TENET ...

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Today, I am thankful for the words of this song.

My prayer is that the Lord would be the Desire of my heart.

Enjoy the "purple song" as my little boy calls it!


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Desire of My Heart

by on Friday, November 12, 2010
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Today I am thankful for life.

My heart is full as I write this. We attended a memorial/funeral service for a member of our church yesterday. This young man died in an apartment fire a few weeks ago. . .the only one who did not survive.

Moments like these definitely put things in perspective. Life, at any age, is so precious. We must be about Kingdom work for whatever time the Lord has allotted. We must love intentionally, give intentionally, pray intentionally, laugh intentionally, serve intentionally. We must be devoted to our Lord, our husbands, our children, those in need, those who do without. We have to live our lives to the fullest because life is a gift from God. We have to use it well.

But above this earthly life, I am so thankful for new life in Jesus Christ. Placing my trust in Jesus as my Savior, asking Him into my heart, believing that He is the Son of God, having faith that He died on a cross for my sins, and that He rose on the 3rd day, by His grace I am given new life.

And with this new life comes the precious gift of eternal life, in Heaven with Jesus! Praise the Lord that the young man who died is now resting with the Lord. As our Pastor said, "If your loved one has died, and he or she has professed Jesus as Lord, we cannot say that we've lost them. For to lose something indicates that we do not know where it is. But because this young man was saved, we know exactly where he is, in Heaven with Jesus."

Today, I am thankful for life.

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A big, heartfelt Thank you!! to those
who have served and to those
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So Precious

by on Thursday, November 11, 2010
Today I am thankful for life . My heart is full as I write this. We attended a memorial/funeral service for a member of our church yesterd...
Today, I am thankful for my house.


I have a place to live. My family has shelter and is not out in the cold. Once again, the heavenly Father has provided my needs--by His grace, thank You Lord.


My house is not brand new, in fact it is old and needs repairs. My house does not sit on sprawling acres; it doesn't even sit on one acre. My house is not huge or estate-like; we don't have special rooms for entertainment only.


But what my house is--it is my home, a haven for my husband and children. A place where we can be at peace, to love and live and worship as a family. I thank God we have a place to come home to each day.

 Thank God for my house.


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This Old House

by on Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Today, I am thankful for my house . I have a place to live. My family has shelter and is not out in the cold. Once again, the heavenly Fa...
SJ and god-sis playing with Play-Doh
Today, I am thankful for my god-sister.

My parents' god-daughter, a truly sweet person, my "big sis."

She's the sister I never had! She lived with our family during a portion of my childhood and has been in my life for as long as I can remember. My mom says that I learned to walk as a baby because I was trying to keep up with her and some of my older cousins.


As a young girl, I remember watching her style hair--in many different ways (and many different colors!) LOL! I remember watching the way she wrote when she did her homework or when writing a note. Her handwriting is so distinct, one I will forever be able to recognize. (Truth be told, I used to try to write like her sometimes!) I got to experience some "sisterly" things because of her, like taking over her old clothes!!! And let me just say, that was always a treat because my god-sister is such a fashionista!!



God-sis and TM snuggling up! 
 When I was getting married, she went with me to pick out things for the ceremony. She was my matron of honor. She stuck with me during such a wonderfully stressful time in my life. {{Thanks, girl!!}} And even now, she is a great friend, who will always be honest with me. I love her!


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Like a Sister to Me

by on Tuesday, November 09, 2010
SJ and god-sis playing with Play-Doh Today, I am thankful for my god-sister . My parents' god-daughter, a truly sweet person...
Today, I am thankful for my daily bread.


God the Father has so graciously provided food for my family and me. I am aware that hunger exists in our world and even my own community. May I always be grateful for a stocked pantry. May I never look into my refrigerator with boredom or displeasure because the food I have isn't what I "have a taste for." At least I have food.


And even beyond this physical need, for which the Father has provided, I am thankful for my daily spiritual provisions. Each day I have the Father's forgiveness, His love, His protection, His holy Word. He supplies my needs.

 
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Our Daily Bread

by on Monday, November 08, 2010
Today, I am thankful for my daily bread . God the Father has so graciously provided food for my family and me. I am aware that hunger exis...
Today I am thankful for Husband's family.

I don't really think of them as "in-laws" so to speak, but as part of my own family.

I thank God that when I moved to Husband's home state after getting married, they were here to welcome me. Although I miss my family back home, Husband's parents (Mother and Dad as we call them) have welcomed me in, shown me love and care. They have showered their love down on my children in such a special way and we are blessed for that. I feel like a daughter here.

It's also fun being a part of a larger family, as I gained 3 additional "siblings" (my sister-in-law and my brother-in-law and his wife), plus 2 nephews! We tend to have a lot of great laughs and funny stories told together. I have sweet memories here with my "in-laws."

I am thankful that my experiences have been this positive. Some stories I hear about "in-law troubles" are enough to make me cringe!!! Although we are not perfect, we do have the love of Jesus to see us through.

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Thank God for Husband's family, which is also my own!
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Those In-Laws

by on Sunday, November 07, 2010
Today I am thankful for Husband's family. I don't really think of them as "in-laws" so to speak, but as part of my own ...
Here we are Ladies, at the end of my 5 week challenge for peace in my home. I must say that it has all been helpful; I'm being more mindful, more intentional about creating an atmosphere of peace.  It is my job to make my home a haven and the Lord has used this challenge to remind me of ways I can do just that.

This week we were to focus on the kitchen--cooking food that blesses our home with a wonderful aroma. Just the smell of some foods alone evoke pleasant memories for me from my childhood. So here's what I did for my family:

Banana Bread and Apple Cake
This portion of the challenge was right on time, as I've been in a bit of a baking mood for the past few weeks or so. My bananas looked like this. . .

They were just begging to become banana bread!
. . .so I made banana bread from my mom's recipe, which I'll share in another post. I also made apple cake (several times!) with a recipe I got here from Views from the Farmstead.  Although mine doesn't look as good as hers, it tastes and smells AMAZING! My family loves it. Here are a few pics: 

The girls and I were baking apple cake.
But look closely. . .we had a visitor!

SJ leveling the flour
TM scooping more flour
SJ dumping the apples in

2 apple cake loaves and banana bread; yummy!
Both apple cake loves and the banana bread were gone in a week! Although I wouldn't say I'm the best cook in the world, I do love making things my family enjoys eating. "Tates good" equals "feel good", and that's one small way I can add a little peace in my home. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed this challenge. I hope you all have enjoyed reading about my experiences with it. If you participated in this challenge, I'd love to know how it worked for you.

God bless and until next time. . .Peace!

{This post is linked here at WomenLivingWell
and also here at RaisingHomemakers.}
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