Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Love Theme Recap


Last year I chose a “THEME” for the year. I saw it somewhere around the blogosphere and thought it was a great idea. I felt the Lord leading me to choose the theme of love. And with all things that the Lord guides me in, it turned out nothing like what I thought it would.

I imagined a year filled with warmth, kindness, time spent with friends and family. Imagine warm chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk, Ah, heavenly. My goal was to really invest in people, not just on a surface “How ya doin’” but really investing. So now I ask myself; “How did that work out for you?”

I have learned some hard lessons this year.

Sometimes people don’t want your investment if it means you know their business. As long as all is going well it is OK, but let’s say things are not going well. This lesson has taught me that now more than ever that I want accountability. If a friend sees something in my life that is not right I hope they would love me enough to point it out, not just pat me on the shoulder. I want to have a soft enough spirit to receive their words.

I have learned that forgiveness and trust are two very different things. You can forgive someone but that doesn’t mean you have to trust them. God has asked me to forgive and that means leaving the past where it is and moving on, but it doesn’t mean that I put myself in the same situation again.

Seasons change and people move in and out of your life. Sometimes by physically moving and other times it is because God needs to remove some branches to make way for new growth. Both ways are painful. I am thankful that God has placed a few key people in my life that are my anchors. I know I can count on them at anytime to be there for me. Some of these people I talk to on a very regular basis and others are more hit and miss but I know without a doubt that they are for me and not against me. They have my best in mind.

It is more difficult to see your child struggle with friendships than it is to go through them yourself.

Just because an investment in people didn’t turn out the way I wanted does not mean I should stop investing and loving. Although some of these lessons shook me, beat me, and really made me ask some difficult questions, they ultimately made my walk stronger. God has called us to love people and that doesn’t always look like a Hallmark movie. Sometimes there is not a neat happy ending and a solution wrapped in a 60 minute timeslot. Sometimes there are consequences that linger for a long time and during that time you start digging through the rubble, hauling out the garbage, repairing what you can, and building from scratch what you cannot.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Goodbye...Hello

It is the end of the year. The end of a decade. In a few days we will be celebrating all the hope of what is to come. My usual routine for the week between Christmas and New Year's is to number 1, put away everything Christmas and then spend the rest of the time pondering and reflecting. It all sounds very spiritual doesn't it. It's not.

The pondering comes in brief moments of time. Between sleepovers, birthdays, grocery shopping and laundry. Sometimes while grocery shopping and doing the laundry. Time to plan first with next months happenings and then to the bigger picture of the next year. I have been thinking about the end of a decade and what I want to see for myself and my family in the next 10 years. Ten years from now Emma will be turning 26. I could very well be a grandma. 10 years ago she was just turning 6 and had just started Kindergarten, wow. Life happens fast doesn't it.

This next year I will be turning 40. "They" say this is the decade that you don't care anymore about what people think of you. I know that I care a whole lot less now than I did 10 years ago, and I think that is a good thing. I am not so sure it is a good thing to completely not care about what others think.

Here is my status report for the end of December 2009...

Sitting...in front of the computer

Drinking...Pepsi

Enjoying...listening to 3 little girls play downstairs and watching the neighbor boys throw snowballs at each other.

Reading...I received 3 new books for Christmas (Crazy Love, The Forgotten Holy Spirit, and Scared) I can't wait to start...maybe tonight. As of late I have only been reading magazines.

Looking forward to...all that 2010 has.

Obsessed...not so much

Thinking...about my sis-in-law's fight with cancer and what 2010 will hold for her family.

Happy...that I am content with where I am in life right now.

I am thankful that God made our lives with seasons. Both in nature and in life. It gives us opportunity to change and reinvent. How about you? What are you reflecting on?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009



To you and your family! May this New Year bring lots of blessings! I dare you to show your loved ones an extra portion of love this holiday. Make 'em a cup of coffee, have lunch with your friends (hint, hint), make a phone call, allow yourself to be in the Christmas pictures, read that extra book, do a little sewing, make pancakes for breakfast and add some chocolate chips, show some extra patience and give a little hug.

Savor the next days because before we know it, it will be January 4th and time to get back to it. Ugh, the thought is daunting. So enjoy! I know I am going to. I am having lunch today with a far away friend who is visiting family along with a close by friend that always brings me a smile. I can't wait!

We have been unpacking our stockings for the 10 days prior to Christmas to make it last a bit longer. Today I unpacked a griddle. Not really a stocking gift...more like a hint to make pancakes...so off I go! Showin' love to my family one pancake at a time.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Invisible Woman

Is the appeal of giving to our families sacrificially wearing thin? Are you tired of giving and giving? Are you looking forward to the holidays being over? I hope not. I hope you are still looking forward to the next couple weeks. Spending time with your family. Giving of your time to them to show them how much you love them. Just in case you need a little encouragement like me to keep on going...here you go!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Love intercedes

Do you ever wonder why God gives us women overwhelming insight into others faults? Do you think it is so we can complain and nag? Probably not. Instead of trying to change anyone today let's take it to the One that can actually do the changing.

Today's dare: Pray for those you love. Pray for exactly what they need. Pray for their heart. Pray for their attitude. Pray for truth to replace lies. Pray for forgiveness to replace bitterness. Pray for love and honor to become the norm.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Beloved


I love that word. Beloved. It is so old-fashioned. People really don't talk like that anymore. Maybe we should. The word is defined as "greatly loved or dear to the heart". Maybe we should start a trend and start using words like beloved, cherished, adored, felicity, mischance. I digress...

Today's Dare: Show someone in your home that they are your beloved. That you cherish them. Do something out of the ordinary. Hold open a door, give them a sticker, brush their hair, cuddle with them at bedtime, write a note, or look them in the eyes when they speak.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Let them win at something


I don't know about you but sometimes I just want to win. Even in the little stuff. I want my own way. I want my flavor of coffee in the morning. I want my kind of soap in the shower. I want my towels folded a certain way. I want my soda in the fridge. Oh, the list could go on and on and on.

Today's Dare: Let someone else win. Give in to their preferences. Pick up THEIR thing at the store just to be nice. Let them make the decision on what to watch on TV. Let them choose what is for dinner. Let them stay up a few minutes longer. Just for today...then tomorrow we can go back to being selfish ;o)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

What did you say?


I am new to the whole texting thing. I sent one out today and somehow through my inexperience I sent it to the first 10 people in my contacts list. Thankfully it was not personal or private. But 9 people received a text that made them wonder 'What are you talking about?'

Today's Dare:
Let those you love know you cherish them by acknowledging and giving them attention when they enter a room or come home for the day. Give them your undivided attention for just a few minutes and see what it does to their spirits.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Show the love!



I have been meeting with a couple of young women for the past few months. They both have only been married for a few years. The honeymoon is over and the reality of life as wives and mothers has set in. The reality of balancing work, marriage, kids, laundry, school, groceries, etc. seems daunting. And let's face it, sometimes it is.

We are going through the book "The Love Dare". I went through this book last year when our church encouraged it and thought it had some really great reminders about showing love to those we hold dearest.

Christmas is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate the season by showing those we love a little something extra. It is so easy to get in the routine of life and forget that each member of our family is a special gift given to us by God. I know I certainly don't always treat then that way.

So for the rest of the month I am going to be highlighting some of the 'dares' that we are doing. I hope this will encourage you to show those that live in your home, not just your spouse, that you do love and cherish them.

Today's dare:
Doing something out of the ordinary to show you love them.
Wash the car, make a meal, go get them a coffee, play a game, read a book. Say 'I love you' in a special way today.

Monday, November 30, 2009



I hope you all had a fabulous thanksgiving weekend. Ours was very quiet and relaxing. We ate, made puzzles and played way too much Monopoly. So much in fact my husband asked if we could burn the game. Ahh...good times. We put the Christmas tree and all the lights on the house up. Did a little shopping...overall very productive and restful weekend.

Our Thanksgiving was also covered in a gray cloud. My sister in law spent most of the holiday weekend in the hospital fighting off pneumonia that is accompanying her cancer. She is not doing well and the outlook is grim. If you think of us, please say a prayer for her and her family. Especially the assurance of her salvation.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

We have a winner!!


Yea! Congratulations Jamie!! No, I did not rig the random selection. Thank you Random.org for selecting #4. Woo Hoo! I suggest you take your sister out to coffee ;o)

Monday, November 23, 2009

300!!!!

WOW! 300 posts! About what? I have no idea. I think I am a Seinfeld type of blogger. A lot of blogging about nothing. A ruffled pirate shirt, soup, whatever. Just a place for me to get out an occasional complete thought. So in honor of this momentous occasion as promised a give-away!

A $15 gift card to Starbucks! Yea Hoo! I will use random.com tomorrow to pick a winner.

So leave a comment and good luck!

I am thankful for YOU!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Post 299

One more to 300! Come back tomorrow!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Post 298

Had a great time with Jamie and Kelly tonight!! Trying to get to post 300...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Woo Hoo! Look at me!

A while ago I won a Blog Makeover from Jamie. Jackie at Memories by Design did the makeover. I am very happy with how it came out!

Thank you Jamie!! Thank you Jackie!! I feel like a new blogger!! Maybe this will give me the inspiration of more simple thoughts.

This is my 297th post. 297 posts about...I don't know what. But in honor of my new look AND 300 posts AND Thanksgiving I will be having a little giveaway next week...

Tune in Monday for details!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Vacation


Ginny at My Cup to Yours is hosting Talkin' About Thursdays. This week the topic is vacations.

My vacations have been rather limited I must say. No yearly vacations to Maratha's Vineyard, Hawaii, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Switzerland, Austrailia, or Disneyland. Our yearly vacations have been mostly to either the mountains or to the beach. That is what happens when vacation funds are limited ;o) I have been to Hawaii, so don't feel too sorry for me. And it was great!

Our vacations are family time away to reconnect and build memories. And really the place just doesn't matter all that much. It would be great to take the kids to some fabulous exotic place, but connecting with the kids and my husband can be done anywhere. I think my favorite family vacation has been Klammath Falls, Oregon. It is a beautiful place in the mountains. We had a great time! We also enjoy going to the beach on the Oregon Coast.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Not quite sure what happened there...

The morning started out as usual. Alarm went off at the right time, showered, started to get ready. But then something went wrong. Or maybe unexpected is a better word. I was thrown off my game. The universe out of alignment. Nothing disastrous, just unscheduled. And I spent the next several hours recuperating. Add that to 'picture day' at school (I hate picture day) where the photographer was just a little unprepared. I needed to get a sub for a teacher for Thursday. Parents asking for just a little of this or a little of that. Little annoyances that threw me off. I wish I could say I handled it all with grace...not so much. Never an ill word but I am sure my feelings were written all over my face. "You annoy me". Ah...way to let my light shine. Good times! ;o)


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Holiday Celebrations


We are coming on that time of year. The HOLIDAYS. Time that is SUPPOSED to be all about thankfulness, family, celebrating God's Gift to us and reflecting on the joy of the season. The reality in the past for me has not exactly been that. Reality has been that I start off with those thoughts and ideas yet somewhere between preparing for the Thanksgiving meal and cleaning up the Christmas decorations all of that has been lost. OK, maybe not all lost but my focus, the main purpose of this time is somehow blurred. The message is minimalized and I am consumed with thought of what needs to be done. Shopping, baking, buying, sending, partying, and doing. I don't think that how we as a family have spent the holidays is really glorifying or pleasing to the Lord. Yes, there have been good moments, good deeds, good ideas followed through. But overall I get consumed and the message is minimalized.

I want this year to be different. Jamie's post got me thinking the other day. I want to be generous with what I have. I want to be thankful for what I have.I want my children to be grateful too. We may not have unlimited resources, but we do have something. So this year we are changing things up. I am not sure exactly what that will mean yet. Yesterday we talked about limiting our gift giving to each other to give to others more. I thought this would be met with cries and boo-hoos but each of the kids said 'you know, I really don't need anything, and there is nothing I have really been wanting'. BINGO! Why buy gifts just for gifts-sake? Just because it is what we are supposed to do? Yes, there will still be some sort of gift giving at our house Christmas morning but it will look different this year. I am thinking maybe we just do the stockings? I am not sure.

I would like my kids to think of ways to bless others this season. Things that they can think up and do. Maybe they will choose to make a Christmas Child box, maybe pick a child off the Angel Tree, maybe make scarfs for the mission, maybe give to the needy, maybe serve at the soup kitchen or deliver a meal for the sick or elderly? I would like Christmas morning to be spent talking about how we were able to be used by God and be a blessing to others instead of "What did you get?" Maybe I will buy coffee for the car behind me in the drive through. Maybe I will buy groceries for that family who is struggling. Maybe I will sit with a sick friend and pray with and for her. Maybe I will go visit my husband's grandma. Maybe I will make that phone call I have been putting off because I haven't had time. Or maybe I will make time to visit with some old friends.

I am not sure what the next couple months will look like exactly. But I am looking for different.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Once upon a time....

In a land far, far away lived a beautiful woman. She had five children and a husband who adored her and hung on her every word. Her children obeyed without question. They were all perfectly dressed and coiffed.

Her home was magnificent, clean, and welcoming. She spent her days reading to her children, teaching them lessons they were eager to learn, and baking cookies. Dinner was always delicious and nutritious. Wonderful aromas always filled the air. The laundry was always done, dishes always cleaned and toilets were always scrubbed.

The evenings were quiet and relaxing. A fire flickering in the living room. Children reading books and playing board games. And she had deep meaningful conversations with her husband. Every evening ended with family devotions that the children actively participated in and enthusiastically learned and applied to their lives. When the children went to bed they all said 'Mom, your the best!'

She ended her day with an encouraging word from the Lord and a kiss from her husband. All is well in the land far, far away.



That is not my life here. Life has been far too busy with little to show for it. I am hoping to get back to blogging on a regular basis. I am looking forward to the holidays. We are looking at how we can make this holiday season different and meaningful. I would love to share them with you.

Happy November!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Laundry Shelby Style



I do not love laundry. Not my favorite chore at all. Especially matching socks. Yuck. I am baffled by how we can have so many 'onesies' without the twosie.


We have a large family so if I do not do at least one, preferably two, loads a day it becomes a huge task. I do not make/let my kids do their own laundry but they do have to help with it. The oldest help in keeping the loads moving and everyone is responsible to get the dirties into the laundry room. The older kids are great about moving the laundry along when they have something they want to wear that needs cleaning.

We have a large laundry room which is great for hiding/handling all the loads. A year or so ago we added some cabinets and a long counter to pile the clean laundry when it comes out so no more piling it on the couch for me. I also bought a rolling rack to hang things on right away out of the dryer to save on ironing. Love both those items! It also is a good thing when I do the ironing in front of the TV with a movie going. It is an instant place to hang up the clothes. I usually watch 'You've got mail' because I have seen it so many times I just listen to it while I iron and I don't miss anything.



I have tried all kinds of laundry detergent from homemade to store brand to name brand. I don't care for the homemade long term because I don't think it gets my clothes bright enough. But on those tight budget months it works great. My preference is Tide soap, Clorox 2 and Downy. But with our tighter budget it is Costco brand soap, Clorox 2 in the white load only, and Costco brand dryer sheets.

That's how we do it here at the Shelby House. Join Genny at My Cup 2 Yours for Talk'n About Thursdays with a new topic to Talk About every week!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Works for me Wednesday



Monthly Meal Planning works for me. Not to say that I stick by this completely and never veer off the course but his has saved me lots of time and stress with meal planning. At the beginning of the month I sit and plan out the next month's dinner plan. Then I go to the grocery store for all the things that I know I will need for the dinners. Obviously not the fresh items; just the frozen or canned goods. I go the store once a week for things like milk, fruit and veggies and anything that I may have forgotten but I try to keep it to a minimum. My family (the boys especially) like knowing what is for dinner early on in the day. Planning meals has taken the stress out of making dinner. Although sometimes we veer off course and choose something from somewhere else in the monthly plan, go out, or change all together. This basic plan has also helped our family (me) stay on budget too.

I use THIS monthly calendar to plan out the meals. I wish I could show you this months plan, but I have no idea how to do than. I tried. I failed. Sorry. Hopefully you can imagine.



Head over to We are THAT family for more WFMW

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Soup Swap

We love soup! So I am so excited to participate in this fun swap hosted by Turkeycookies!



This is one of our family's favorite soups for the colder months. I found it in a Taste of Home magazine several years ago.
Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder. I am giving you the link so you can print off the recipe in a nice format. I make this chowder after I have been to Costco and bought one of their rotisserie chickens. I make fajitas one night and then the next night I make this chowder with whatever is leftover. Sometimes it may have a lot of chicken, sometimes not so much. Yummy creamy goodness!
Mexican Corn Chowder
1 1/2lbs boneless chicken, shredded
1/2 c onion - chopped
1-2 garlic cloves
3T butter
2 chicken bullion cubes
1c water
1/2t cumin
2c Half & Half
2c Monterrey Jack Cheese - Shredded
1 can cream corn
1 can green chilies
1 med tomatoes - chopped
parsley
Makes 6-8 servings

This recipe is very forgiving. Last night I used frozen corn instead of cream corn and added a can of cream of chicken. Still awesome.


And just because I am feeling generous I will also give y'all a favorite corn muffin recipe too. This corn bread uses a yellow cake mix in it so the corn bread is sweet. YUM!

Green Chili Corn Muffins
1 (8 1/2oz) pkg of corn bread/muffin mix (Jiffy)
1 (9oz) pkg of yellow cake mix (Jiffy)
2 eggs
1/2c milk
1/3c water
2T Vegetable Oil
1 can chopped green chili (4oz)
1c shredded cheddar cheese
Combine mixes. In a separate bowl mix eggs, milk, water and oil. Stir in dry ingredients just until moistened. Add the chilies and 3/4c of cheese. Fill greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350 for 20-22 minutes or until done. Immediately sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans. Serve warm. Makes 16.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pumpkin Bars

I am making these today beacuse it feels like October outside and I need a dessert to take to a high school fellowship this afternoon. I hope they are as yummy as they smell.



Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Soups on!

Can I just say that I am LOVING this cooler weather. Not cold enough to wear a coat. Just a little jacket or sweater, some long sleeves, long pants. Heaven. I hope the weather stays like this for a long time.

I wanted to give you all (all two of you) at heads up about something I am excited about in bloggyville. Turkeycookies is hosting a Soup Swap on Monday. We love soup! It is easy, cheap, add a little bread and ta-dah! Dinner! I am will surly participate in this fun little swap and I am hoping to get some great recipes for fall and winter. Won't you join me?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Rollin', rollin', rollin'

Look at me. I am on a roll. I have been taking a moment or two to travel to some blogs that I have not looked at for a very, very long time. I came across this little status report and thought it was great.

Sunday Sept 26

I'm Feeling...

Proud...Of my son. He is growing into quite the young man. Great game on Saturday!

In awe...of a very HOLY God. I get it, yet I don't.

Thankful... For the birthday gift of a gift card and time to shop thanks to my mom-in-law.

Excited... To see what will come of the confrence my husband just returned from with our pastor and music minister.

Ready...for fall and cool weather.

Amazed...Of God's mercy on a sinner like me.

Achy in the heart...for my sister-in-law who still sick and fighting.

Grateful...For friendships that support, encourage, and lift.

Relieved...My husband is home from his trip.

Hungry for...Nothin'. Just had lunch.

Glad...To see new faces at church.

Regretful...that I didn't budget better last month and it bit me this month.

Happy Sunday to y'all.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Shopping alone

I went shopping today. Alone. For hours. That hasn't happened in a long time. The closest thing to it was about a year ago when I went with Jamie, Beth and Kelly to Portland. Good times.

I got thinking about blogging while I was trying on clothes at Ross. Standing inches away from the mirror, under florescent lights, viewing myself in all my glory. Not so good times. And I thought to myself 'Self, this would make a great post'. Now I remember why I NEVER EVER try things on at the store. I would rather bring it back than subject myself to that kind of...I don't even know...ugliness. Pasty whiteness that should never be seen in that light or up that close.

I remember when I was in high school there was a coined phrase 'A Perfect Size 10'. It was used by my mother's generation. I was still using odd numbered sizes at that time and a quarter of a 10 at that. Here I am, two decades later, and I am a size 10. Sometime an 8 even if it is a generous label. It doesn't feel so perfect. It feels a little soft in the middle. So what happened?

Hmmm....I think life. One husband. 5 kids. Ministry. And a lazy behind. And you know what, I think I am OK with that. Sure, I would like to be thinner, more toned, and less grey. But it is what it is.

Oops, I did it again

I had to change the template again. That worn brown background was bugging me. This one feels like fall to me. I like the orange. ;o)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Seasons are changing

Here I am with another new blog template to commemorate the changing of the seasons. I don't know if I like the worn look to the background...maybe it reminds myself too much of me...worn...vintage...a little scratched up...

School is off to a great start both at home and at Preschool. All things are running rather smoothly considering we have had sickness in the house, new class schedules, an abundance of church activities and football all in full force. I am loving my job which is a great blessing too.

I pulled some of my fall things out of storage and I am looking forward to putting on some sweaters, long sleeves and jeans. I pulled out the crockpot this morning and it brings me great joy to have dinner in the making at 8 O'Clock in the morning. Bring on the cool weather!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Tomorrow is the first day of September. It has been a full summer and I am ready for fall!


Monday: BBQ at the kids school
Tuesday: Tacos
Wednesday: Dinner at church
Thursday: Spaghetti, bread & salad
Friday: French dip sandwiches
Saturday: Hamburgers for the Youth Leaders

Busy week ahead with the start of school which also means the beginning of a new ministry year. We have a BBQ at our house this weekend to go over the next year's direction for the Youth Group. My husband hate the word vision so we are using 'direction'. I keep telling him "without direction the people perish" Proverbs 29:18 but I don't think he is comfortable being the one giving direction. I myself like direction.

I love the security it gives. I like knowing what is expected of me. What I am accountable for. I am not sure if it is the perfectionist in me or maybe the people pleaser that doesn't want to let someone down. I have been reading Martha Peace's book Attitudes of a Transformed Heart lately and it has been good to remember what God asks of me. What He requires of me. Attitudes and actions that are not optional when I feel like it or want to do it. I am so grateful for a God that tells me what is expected and gently guides me back where I need to be. Something about being reprimanded by the Lord brings me comfort and encourages me to be more than I am.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What I am wanting...

*To hear from some old blogging friends who are either no longer blogging or have not blogged in a long time. Tell me what is on your mind. Maybe your not reading either. Hmmmm.

*New fall recipes that are easy peasy.

*Cool fall morning and evening but still warm afternoons

*School to start...oh wait, I kinda control that ;o)

I am looking forward to routine. Schedule. Order. Yea Fall! I love the Summer freedom in May. Not so much by August.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Resolutions and new starts


All things seem to be circling around school starting back up again. Boxes of books are arriving here at the house for the four older kiddos and the preschool is starting to buzz with activity that signals preparation for lots of little ones. I love the preparation for back to school. Clean binders and notebooks, fresh paper, new pencils, new crayons, new glue. It is a great excuse for a little spending spree. It all goes to a good cause, right? We need all this stuff, right?

That being said back to school has been just about all that has been on my mind. I was able to focus last week in the mornings for VBS but the afternoons were full of preschool prep. I am really looking forward to this school year. Lots of new adventures to have. New friendships to build. Old friendships to revitalize. New things to learn.

September is just as good as January for me as far as new starts. I don't know about you but I am ready for some newness. After all I am a new creation. Start creating, Lord!

Status...
Sitting - At the computer.

Drinking - Nothing...maybe I should start?

Thinking - about something interesting to post.

Wishing - for something brilliant to come to mind.

Imagining - myself 10 lbs thinner...

Dreading - going to the grocery store.

Needing - To do a load of laundry

Anticipating - getting into the routine of the school year.

Monday, August 3, 2009

I have not done this in quite awhile.
This week we have VBS at church so it will be a week of VERY EASY - NO FUSS meals

Monday: BLTs - melon and cottage cheese
Tuesday: Tacos
Wednesday: Church dinner (soup)
Thursday: Hamburgers
Friday: Grilled chicken and salad

My daughter and I are teacher 3rd grade boys this week, and today actually went very well. We are looking forward to a great week.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Isaiah 51:1


If you have not visited Rachel Anne today I encourage you to click yourself right over there. She has some very profound words today that really spoke to my heart. Maybe yours as well?



Thursday, July 23, 2009

I have been struggling with something worthwhile to post... I got nothin. So instead here is my favorite song of the moment. I love these guys.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It gets worse before it gets better

The drywall guy comes in the morning. Yee Haw! There is a light at the end of the tunnel! At the end of July the living room should be done! Drywall, paint, carpet, lighting. Tonight we unhook the internet...so I am expecting lots to catch up on when I re-plug. See you soon bloggy pals!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Just for fun!



This was just for fun.

1. What are your middle names? Marie and Lyle

2. How long have you been together? together 19 years...married 17.

3. How long did you know each other before you started dating? a couple years.

4. Who asked who out? Ron asked me.

5. How old are each of you? He's 39 and I'm 38.

6. Whose siblings do you see the most? His.

7. Do you have any children together? Yep, FIVE!

8. What about pets? We have tried several times. We are not pet people...we are kid people.

9. Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple? probably trying to raise such a handful of kiddos.

10. Did you go to the same school? Nope.

11. Are you from the same home town? nope, same area though.

12. Who is the smartest? we're smart in different areas. But I am certain he has a higher IQ.

13. Who is the most sensitive? Probably me.

14. Where do you eat out most as a couple? Azteca for Mexican food.

15. Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple? China to get our daughter.

16. Who has the worst temper? Me. I don't think Ron has ever raised his voice.

17. Who does the cooking? Me.

18. Who is more social? Me with adults, him with kids.

19. Who is the neat-freak? Me.

20. Who is the more stubborn? Me.

21. Who hogs the bed? Him.

22. Who wakes up earlier? Me.

23. Where was your first date? Red Robin.

24. Who has the bigger family? His extended family is bigger, our immediate families are the same.

25. Do you get flowers often? a few times a year.

26. How do you spend the holidays? It is different every year. Although we are spending more holidays at our house now that the kids are more and bigger.

27. Who is more jealous? we're not really jealous....

28. How long did it take to get serious? Maybe 6 months

29. Who eats more? he does.

30. Who’s better with the computer? we're both pretty savvy, but he's better with all the technical stuff.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Busy days of summer

I always look forward to summer time. It really isn't any less busy than the rest of the year, in fact in some ways it is busier. I do love getting some projects done around the house that I have put off all year as well as working in the garden.

Summer is off to a busy start just like the past 10 years. This month is my husband's tenth anniversary at his job as a youth minister. Whew! 10 years! Wow, have we learned a lot about ministry and teenagers. I could probably write a book. The Lord has taught us both so much and there is still so much to learn. You've come a long way baby! Ron and the older kiddos are off on a mission trip this week so things have been a bit quieter around here. Although whenever Ron and the olders are out of town Eden (11) seizes the opportunity and thinks it translates into 'PARTY TIME' for her. We have been to two movies, swimming, had a few friends over, had some one on one time with Grandma and it is only Wednesday! She leaves for camp in a little over a week, then maybe some rest and relaxation for mom. Nah, Evie(8) has great plans for that week already!

The garden is going crazy this year! I have so many tomato plants it is nuts. I planted 8 but at least another 8 have come back voluntarily. Four zucchini plants came back also. I have not been as diligent about weeding this year so when I do weed it is a major undertaking. I planted two raspberry bushes this year and already harvested about a dozen berries. I am so excited because this is the third year in a row I have tried raspberries and both other times they died to the lawn mower. If I can just get them through the year I think next year will be fabulous! I would love to try blueberries next year! Yum!

My mom and I recovered some chairs in my office at work. They were ugly orange and now are plain brown. They are still a little ugly, but at least now they blend in instead of BAM! I am also working on getting ready to paint the girls room. Last summer I painted Eden's room that ended up turning into Evie's room. Now Eden wants her room back so Evie may end up moving again. I have no idea what color...I would love new bedding but we will just have to see how that fits into the budget. We are also getting the living room ready to tape, texture and paint! YAHOO! This is huge for me! This will mean that the entire upstairs is finished! Yea!! I may have to throw a party to celebrate! There is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Have a great day! I am off to enjoy a beautiful day!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Hey y'all

Summer is in full swing here at the Shelby home. Ron and the kids are gearing up for Sports Camp next week with a mission trip that starts a week from today. Emma has been working her tail off doing yard work and mowing trying to earn money for a truck in the fall, she has a great start. I have had Eli busy working some hard jobs around the house this week including tearing up some old tile in the basement that left his hands all blistered, but it earned him a cell phone so he is a happy guy.

We took a long weekend last week and went and stayed at a friends cabin. It was very relaxing! I watched more TLC and Food Network than I had in a very long time. Also did some mindless entertainment reading which I also don't do very often.

Ron has torn down more walls in our living room and last night ripped off another wall of old sheet rock so we can re-insulate and run the last of the new electrical. This house was built in 1942 and it has taken us the last 6 years to change out all the old and replace with new. We are hoping to have new carpet laid in the living area in the next month or so. This may be difficult though with camps, mission trips and VBS sprinkled in.

I am so loving my job at the preschool, but can see I will really have to work at balance this summer. I find my mind going there a lot when I am at home thinking of ways to improve what is already well done. My family is very supportive and I want to keep it that way and not burn them out, or myself for that matter. I am trying to find ways to do work when everyone else is busy too, like next week at sports camp. Ella and I can go in and work in the mornings. That is the one great thing about working at the preschool, Ella thinks it is great fun to go and play while mom works.

Ella has started asking questions and making statements about God. Last night I was giving her calamine lotion for her mosquito bites and telling her that God would heal them. She said so sweetly "I love God". Last weekend she was pointing out ants to me and I told her how God said that ants are really good workers. She said "God told me to squish them". She makes me smile!

Wow! Look at this post. I guess it is either feast or famine around here! I am looking forward to seeing an old friend next week and getting back to some blogging. I have really missed my blogging friends.

Monday, May 25, 2009

This is a fun Summer look, don't cha think? Thanks LeeLou!

I am looking forward to a fun day in the sun and pool. Yea Memorial Day! The mark of the beginning of Summer! I am looking forward to burning my skin (it is tradition) and eating too much (also tradition). Thank you to all the service men and women who have fought for our luxurious freedoms.

I wish you a wonderful holiday with friends and family!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Here comes the sun do-en-do-do...



Life has been moving at warp speed lately...but all good. As I said before I am loving my new job as Preschool Director. This was the last week of classes and tonight we have a program and carnival. Lots of fun. Unbelievably it is all set up and I have time alone at home while baby girl Ella (3) is taking a nap. Again, unbelievable! I really expected to be there all day and night getting ready and cleaning up. Now all that is left is closing up shop next week. Then bring on Summer!

The kids are all finished with their classes! WooHoo! Again just a little housekeeping in that department and then it is a free Summer of sun and fun! I am looking forward to:
*Days at the pool - my in-laws
*Picnics at the park - watching the kids play on toys
*Trips to the water park - Pendelton
*Reading a book or two - any ideas? I am looking for fluff
*Summer Bible Study
*Catching up with friends - I feel very disconnected from my friends lately
*Vacation, camps, and mission trips (I think I am only going on vacation though)
*Grilling dinners
*Watermelon
*Tomatoes from the garden
*Lemonade
*Ice Tea
*Outdoor movies at Smoovies
*Preparing for the next school year at preschool and at home
*ENJOYING MY CHILDREN
*ENJOYING MY HUSBAND
Ahhh...I love SUMMER!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I simply have no thoughts

Life is busy and my thoughts are scattered. When I sit to post...I got nothin' When I am living life I think...this would make a good post. Always a day late and a dollar short. I am refusing to just post my weekly menus. Lame.
So I am thinking of re-naming my blog I SIMPLY HAVE NO THOUGHTS. That should get some readers, don't cha think?

Here is a little status report of sorts:
Working on: The garden - planting veggies
The yard - killing weeds
The house - tearing down walls...again...and sanding floors

Excited about: My new job as preschool director. I am loving it! It has great hours, great pay, and great coworkers.

Thinking about: How to connect with the girls in my Sunday School class.

Contemplating: How to punish my son for breaking the computer mouse. Every time I click on it I have to put it back together. Grrrr.

Looking forward to: A little vacation in a couple weeks to the mountains. Ahhh...peace...quiet.

Dreading: Putting all the winter clothes away.

Happy: Beth is feeling better!

Monday, April 20, 2009

8 things

Because I have nothing of worth to blog about lately...I am playing with Jamie. It feels cheesy to tag yourself though.

8 things I am looking forward to:
1. Summer - or maybe just lots of warm sunny days ahead
2. Growing my garden this year
3. New job officially starting
4. Paying off some debt
6. Finding some great summer reads including a new bible study...any ideas?
5. Painting the back side of the house
7. Maybe going on a mission/vacation trip this summer
8. Less time working and slower sunny days

8 things I did today:
1. A load of laundry
2. Taxied the kids, ran errands with Ron
3. Planted onions, peas and radishes in the garden
4. Painted a few flowerpots
5. Made dinner
6. Gave baths to two kiddos
7. Checked email, facebook, and blog
8. Hosed off the front walk
9. I could keep going...

8 things I wish I could do:
1. Grow money
2. Never do laundry
3. Travel more
4. Quit eating jelly bellys - should have given them all away
5. Eat more salad
6. Sew
7. Shop without watching prices
8. Drink more water. I would rather drink just about anything else.

8 shows I watch:
1. Biggest Loser
2. Dancing with the Stars
3. Castle (my new love)
4. That's it
5.
6.
7.
8.

8 people I tag:
1. If
2. you
3. want
4. to
5. play
6. consider
7. yourself
8. tagged.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Status Report

Sitting...at my computer.

Drinking...Nothing. Hmmm...maybe I should be.

Weighing...Thoughts about Easter and how to make it real for my kids. And how much I want to live my life with eternity in my mind.

Thinking...About where God is moving my cloud.

Wondering...How softball practice is going to go tonight for Emma(15) and Eli(12) and Ron (coach).

Reading... Rethink by Steve Wright about how we do student ministry, great read so far. And A woman after God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George. I am going through this book with another woman and it has been so wonderful. It has been many years since I read this book and I had forgotten how great it is.

Contemplating...Twilight? I watched it last week to see what all the excitement was about. I don't get it.

Needing...to do some laundry and clean the kitchen :o)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Monday!


Monday: Mexican Stack (our version of taco salad)
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken
Wednesday: Dinner at church (tortilla casserole)
Thursday: Spaghetti
Friday: Hamburgers/hotdogs on the grill
Saturday: Taco Macaroni skillet
Easter: Croissant sandwiches, salads, and dessert
Go check out more menus over at The Organizing Junkie

Last week I found a great blog for the frugally minded. The Grocery Cart Challenge. Gayle tries and succeeds at feeding her family of 6 on $60 a week. That is very impressive to me and I am hoping to learn from her. I made her Babysitter Cookies this weekend and they were great.

Spring is finally here! The weather is just beautiful today. I am looking forward to working in the garden, planting seeds and flowers and getting some sun on my very pale legs. Have a great Monday!!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Picture this

This has been a long week. We are on Spring Break here which for this youth pastor's family means work crew. Hubby (along with other adult volunteers) takes teams of kids to church members homes for yard clean up and projects. The members then pay the kids for their work to help pay their way to camps and other youth events. This year they got the work done in three long, hard days. Whew! The kids are exhausted. Even the 8 yo and the 11 yo went just for fun ;o)

Yesterday was super busy for me. Along with the work crew stuff going our Girls Mission group from church spent the afternoon assembling pizzas that our church members had ordered with the purpose of the monies going to a mission trip planned for 5 adults to go to Guatemala in 2 weeks. The girls assembled about 50 pizzas and raised over $650 dollars that will be used for water filtration and gospel translation boxes (called proclaimers).

I then had an interview for a job I had applied for. Fun, fun. I hate those sorts of things. (the interview process)

I awoke this morning with a smile on my face. Yesterday was over and a new day had arrived. Yea! I remembered that garbage day was today...and Ron had left town last night for a youth ministers conference so I got up to roll the cans to the street.

When what before my wondering eyes do appear? But a YARD FULL OF SPOONS sticking up our of my grass. My neighbor who was leaving for work said with a smile on her face 'I love your lawn decorations'. Nice.

I am certain that they were not intended for me. So...the children will be removing then later today.

I wish I could share a picture of this loveliness, but my computer needs some TLC and will not cooperate.

Have a great day!!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Upward movement

It is finished. I have completed the Lord, change my attitude study that I have been working through for the past 10 weeks. So, what is the result? Is it back to business as usual? I sure hope not. This study has been so amazing. I want to say life changing...I want it to be life changing.

When I started this study I had no idea how much my attitudes needed to be changed. God has been busily at work chipping away from many areas in my life. Attitudes that I really did not consider sinful, but they were. I have complained in areas I should have been thankful, I have coveted when I should have been content, I have been critical when I should have loved, I have doubted when I should have practiced faith, and I have rebelled when I should have submitted.

I have been doing the christian walk now for a long time so when I saw the table of contents I thought I had it all figured out. I thought I knew what the author would say about each of those elements, but I did not (I think that may have been a little prideful). Each of the negative or wilderness attitudes were presented and un-layered in a way that I did not expect and it revealed things in my heart I did not like. The first week the author said 'we create our own wilderness by our attitude'. That the children of Israel would not have spent 40 years in the desert had they not doubted, complained, coveted, been critical and rebelled. I don't want to live my life in the desert.

So were do I go from here? God is moving and I want to move with Him. He is showing me some areas in my life that He wants to change. Some of them because they are not edifying and some just because change mixes things up and it is time for movement. It is always fun to see God moving even if I don't know where He is going. I have learned so much about myself and the Lord and I don't want this to be a temporary thing. This process is a bit like surgery, but surgery is to get rid of what is not supposed to be there or fix what is wrong. And that is a very good thing.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Monday!



Monday again! Seems like they roll around about every 7 days ;o)
Monday: Mexican either tacos or taco salad, we are all about choices.
Tuesday: Grilled chicken on the barbie
Wednesday: Dinner at church (Mac & Cheese)
Thursday: Chicken sandwiches
Friday: Fajitas
Saturday: Spaghetti
I spent the day doing the Costco, Wal-Mart, grocery store run. Fun fun. It would be so much easier to do that if money was no object and we could just buy whatever I want at whatever the price. Shopping for the best deal is time consuming.

Then took a walk this afternoon when the kids finished their classes. Although it was great to take a walk, it is obvious that I desperately need to be doing that much more. (Huff, puff, huff, puff.)

Hey, while you are out blog hopping, go wish Jamie a Happy Grandma Day, she becomes a grandma today for the first time!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Hello Spring

Dear Sweet Spring,
It is so good to see you. I thought you had decided not to come, but lo' you were just delayed. You always deliver weeks before your due date, bringing hope for warmer days ahead. The promises of cropped pants and flip-flops. I am sure you have good reason. Did Winter tell you you were not needed? Not wanted? Winter is always so greedy, wanting to take more than is rightfully hers, trying to coming early and leaving late. Breathing colder than she needs too. Really she needs an attitude check and a bible study on selfishness. I think I will talk to the Lord about her behavior this year. This is simply unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated.

Your temperatures today were glorious. I was so happy to have all my windows open, letting your lovely air fill our home with your sweet scent and shooing Winter out the door. I hate to talk behind Winter's back, but she stayed far too long. She really wore out her welcome.

You have been so long in coming I did not properly prepare. My body has been lazy...and it shows. The short sleeved t-shirts show that I have eaten too much pasta and not enough salad. My jiggly thighs show evidence of not enough walking. My belly shows the evidence of the ice cream I indulged in this winter while watching the Biggest Loser. Although our good friend scale says that only five pounds have come to stay this winter, my clothes tell me different. Maybe five in each area? I pledge an alliance to lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, apples, blueberries and the rest of the rainbow along with grilled chicken breasts. I vow self-control over soda, bread, pastas, and chocolate (after I eat the chocolate banana bread I just made).

I am sure this is all your fault Springtime friend. Had you been here sooner I am sure I would have never indulged, but stuck to the plan. Now I must face myself in the mirror. My pasty white self, (that is until I find the self-tanning lotion).

But you are here now. Time to walk, time to plant, time to clean, time to purge (clutter and weight, not meals). I am so glad you are here. And I so look forward to your cousin Summer right around the corner. She brings with her a completely different set of promises and joys! ;o)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Randomness

I am finding myself in a big of a blog block/slump again. Lots of random little thoughts but no real posts of any substance. I am hoping now that Jamie is back I will be inspired to greatness.

Monday (aka yesterday): French Dip sandwiches and sweet potato fries
Tuesday: BBQ Hamburgers - Now that the sun has decided to come out (somewhat) I think it is time to break out the grill
Wednesday: Dinner at church - corned beef and cabbage
Thursday: Chinese chicken casserole
Friday: Fajitas
Saturday: Spaghetti


Bible study has been great. Every week as we work on a specific attitude God has faithfully given me opportunity to put it in place, even when I didn't think I had issue with a particular attitude. The past week we worked on the wilderness attitude of doubt and this week we are replacing it with the promised land attitude of faith. Sure enough God has been giving me opportunity to doubt or trust Him. He has been faithful and is once again showing me how trustworthy He is and how I can fully place my faith in Him. I really do feel He is helping me change some of my wilderness attitudes.

In other random thoughts:
**My 12 year old son is driving me crazy. I seriously think his brain cells have taken a vacation.

**Emma had spring competitions for piano last weekend. I am so proud of her!!

**Celebrated 17 years being married to my sweetie.

**Spring break is right around the corner...yea!

**Can't wait til it is light enough in the morning to start walking again.

So there you have it. Have a great Tuesday, St. Patty's Day.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Bachelor and Bible Study


**Let me preface with this: Reality TV is really not reality at all. It is a simulated reality. But I do love the Biggest Loser and unfortunately got hooked by this seasons Bachelor.

OK, First of all can I just say I cannot believe this guy. I really thought he was a great catch for any of the ladies and had big opinions on who he should send home. I could go on and on about Jason, Molly and Melissa...but I won't.

My bible study this week was replacing an attitude of criticism with an attitude of love. It is so good. Love it, love it, love it.

What do these two have to do with each other?
We have love so messed up. The bachelor kept saying how he could not help his heart and how he felt. He was just following his heart. He didn't regret proposing to one girl then dumping her on national tv because he did love her at the time. Give me a break.

On Ellen DeGeneres she was talking of the situation and said 'You straight people can have your "marriage" if that is what it is all about'. Ouch.

We have things so messed up. So far from God's standards. So far from the truth.
Love is patient, Love is kind, love does not envy, love does not parade itself, is not proud, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provokes, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in inequity, but rejoices in truth, love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
I really don't think going on the bachelor will net anyone a life long love (OK, maybe Trista and Ryan). But how crazy is our society to think that this is real love. What security is in this kind of love?

Can I just say I absolutely love my man. He is awesome and I need him more than anyone else on this planet. Does he drive me crazy? Sometimes. But I know I drive him nuts too. But I am crazy for him. I hope I can show him a 1 Corinthians 13 kind of love for the rest of my days.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Enough.

I am determined to post something more substantial this week than a Monday Menu. That is why I am posting on Sunday ;o) Don't get me wrong, the menus have a great place and keep things running on track in our home (a least for meal time). But my posts have been a bit...I don't know...lame? Hair and menus. Wow, that is deep. I got to see Jamie yesterday and that made me think of how much I miss her posts. Jamie, that is not to guilt you. You just always put a smile on my face when I read your posts. Lately whenever I see Jamie we ask each other how the frugal living is going. That is a post all in itself. But I do want to share what God has been teaching me the last few weeks. Apparently He needs to drive this in deep because for the last four weeks it has been the same lesson. God is enough.

I already talked about this a bit the first week when the lesson was on complaining. Whenever I am complaining it is telling God He is not enough. The second week just reinforced that thought with the lesson on thankfulness. I have really been working on being thankful and saying thank you as often as possible with being sincere. You know what I have learned? I have really not been a very thankful person. The ugly word of entitlement comes to mind.

The past two weeks the lesson has been on covetousness and contentment. God has brought me so far from where I had been in the early years of marriage with covetousness. Yes, the green eyed monster comes out from time to time but really not very often anymore. Yet I learned in week four that I still struggle somewhat with contentment. Again the theme of God is enough. Just like God, He has given me opportunity to practice this theme. Again and again He has given me opportunities to either practice being content or not. Will I trust in Him and truly believe that He is enough. That He is big enough. Involved enough. Cares enough. Provides enough. Loves enough. Will give enough justice.

If you would have asked me before if I believed that God is all I needed I would have given the right answer, yet He is pushing and chiseling away on my grasp of control. Giving me opportunities to trust Him to be enough.

If you think of me pray for me this next week. The lesson is on a critical spirit. I have known from the beginning of this study this would be a hard week to swallow. More chiseling will be involved.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Hair...why do I think about it so much?

I want a new haircut. Something fun, a little funky, sassy, and sensible. And...I want to look like her.


or...

But this is my favorite...(She is a real person that I virtually know)


Is that asking too much?
That's all I got. Real deep today, I know.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday again?

I am not sure where last week went. I am finding it hard to believe that it is Monday again. I am loving that this Monday however is a holiday. I am not so excited about celebrating President's Day, but very much looking forward to enjoying a day off of work and school. Ron has taken Eli(12) and Eden(11) snowboarding for the day, so I think the rest of the gang and I will go to a movie this afternoon and maybe do a little clearance shopping.

Here is what I have planned for meals this week.
Monday: Chili and cornbread
Tuesday: Mexican stack (kinda like taco salad)
Wednesday: Dinner at church (potato bar, yum!)
Thursday: Homemade mac & cheese
Friday: Fajitas
Saturday: Chicken soup or maybe Tortellini soup
Check out the Organizing Junkie for more meal ideas.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Monday Menus


Monday: Pork roast, rice pilaf, and green beans
Tuesday: Ella's B-day!! I am sure she would prefer Mac & Cheese but we are having Fajitas
Wednesday: Dinner at church
Thursday: French toast
Friday: Spaghetti, bread, salad
Saturday: Still thinking on this for Valentine's Day, Our Best Bites looks like they will have some yummy things this week. They had chocolate waffles with berry sauce today. Yum!

Those of you that know me very well are wondering if I really made pork roast. Yes, I did. Neither Emma or I ate it, but I made it ;o) I am trying to use the meat I have in the freezer (my dad brought it over)

Happy Monday to y'all! For more menus head on over the Organizing Junkie

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thursdays thoughts

This week has flown by. I can't believe it is already Thursday, February 5th! We celebrated Eden turning 11 yesterday (and will continue celebrating through the weekend because one day is just not enough) and getting ready for the baby to turn 3 on February 10. Add in the sniffles, some coughing, work and school and we have had a busy week. Are you as ready as I am to see the sun shine and the weather warm up?

I am taking this fabulous bible study that I can not recommend enough. It has been a wonderful opportunity to pour some water on this dry and thirsty land. It has been a really long time since I have done a bible study that is this powerful. Never have I related so much to the complaining children of Israel. I have seen a painfully close resemblance to myself in their whining and ungratefulness. Who wants to be around a whiner? Not me. In fact I usually try to avoid them. I would much rather be considered thankful. Real to life's struggles, but thankful.

Here's a little sample:

If we choose complaining as our lifestyle, we can be absolutely sure that we will be sent to live in the wilderness.

All the grace and strength you need to experience joy and victory are available to you; but by choosing to complain, by clinging to the idol of a perfect life, you are flushing away the grace of God.

Your complaining is totally self-centered rather than other-centered.

They let the things they taste, touch, smell and feel dictate the priorities of their lives. (Israelites)

God sees our complaining as an insult to His provision

God's fullness comes to those who turn from complaining and embrace thankfulness as the focus of their thought life.

Emotions make a great caboose but a terrible engine.

Emotions are untrustworthy and should not determine your choice of attitude.

We dishonor God with anything less than gratitude.
I am so enjoying this study! Yes, it is very convicting. But not in a negative way. To me it is so exciting to see God revealing things I need to change in my life, and to see scripture through another lens. To know that He is not done with me and that He is patient to still be working on my heart. What an awesome God we have that loves us so much. I still have so much to learn.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Brought to you by the letter J


I'm playing along with my bloggy friend, Jamie, in a meme she posted. It looked like fun, so I decided to join in. Here's how it works:

If you want to play, leave a comment on this post letting me know, and I’ll assign you a letter. You write about ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter, and post it at your place. When people comment on your list, you give them a letter, and the chain continues on and on...

Jamie assigned me the letter "J". Here goes, in no particular order, ten "J" things I enjoy...

Jamie - I enjoy Jamie! Jamie is a great mom and wife and I always enjoy spending time with her. She is a very wise woman for her age...she is so young! Her sister Beth has so much respect for her and that speaks volumes to me ;o)

Jello- I like jell-o. It is a guilt free treat

Jelly-Belly jelly beans - Especially the pop corn flavor or the toasted marshmallow.

Juice -Cranberry and 7-up

Jess, Joseph, Joelle, Jillian and Joy - My kiddos middle names.

Jeremy Camp - love him! Thinking about going to see him at WSU in the near future with Mercy Me.

JESUS- Of course! I am really enjoying this new study I started last week. Boy, do I have a lot to learn. But it is so exciting to me to see that God has not lost patience with me and still loves me.

Just for fun- So much of what we do (I am sure your family is the same) has some sort of end goal in mind. I love doing just about anything 'just for fun'.

Jumpers- Although jumpers are not attractive on just about anyone, I would love it if they were fashionable. Would it not be great to just throw on a frock, not suck in your tummy...I know they would still be ugly...but if everyone wore them...I'm just sayin'.

**OK, I have been working on this post all week and can only come up with 9 things! I guess the letter J is limited in enjoyment.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Fave 5

I am having a bit of 'Blog Block' so I thought I would try my hand at something other than a status report...

1.International Coffees French Vanilla. It is like Starbucks on the cheap. I like to add a little milk so it is creamier. Mmmm. Great especially on cold wintery days.

2.CO Bigelow Mentha Lip lip gloss. Love it!

3. Costco.
Rotisserie Chicken, Romain Lettuce, tomatoes, toilet paper, laundry soap, pajamas, copier paper, gum. I love Costco!

4. Our Best Bites is a new favorite blog spot for me. They have fab-u-lous recipes. At Christmas I made their peppermint popcorn that was so, so yummy!!

5. Facebook. So fun. I love seeing old pictures of high school fun. And every new friend request makes me go 'yea' inside. I know it is shallow, but hey...somedays need a little somethin-somethin.

Friday, January 16, 2009

I love Kim's idea of updating on how the theme thing is going. Wouldn't you know it, God gave me opportunity to work on the 'LOVE THEME' right away. My sis-in-law asked me out to coffee. This was completely out of the blue. Although we do not have a strained relationship, I would never describe it as close, so this invitation caught me off guard. it was a great opportunity to catch up on how she is doing and what is going on in her life, as well as update her on mine. God truly blessed the time together and I am so glad He did. I am looking forward to coffee tomorrow morning with some great friends that I don't get to see nearly often enough.

He has continued to confirm this week that LOVE is my theme for the year. I am also glad that Lori has also picked the same theme. It will be great to travel this LOVE road together and share what the Lord is teaching us.

On a little side note...this is my favorite song of the moment. It not only speaks of marriage but anywhere we find ourselves waiting on the Lord. I wish I knew this song while we were waiting on Ella. I was so excited to find I already had the John Waller CD at home with this song on it. BLESSING!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Love is the theme


For the past week I have been thinking about a theme for 2009 thanks to this post. Kim pointed readers there last week. My first thoughts were rather corny. I started to think of the old hymn

Love is the theme, Love is supreme
Sweeter it grows, glory bestows
Bright as the sun, ever it glows
Love is the theme, eternal theme


As I look at last year God was preparing me for the next level or theme. Last year it was hospitality and being willing to open our home. I struggled in the begining and had lots of excuses. House was not clean enough, big enough, and too many unfinished spaces. I didn't know what to serve. Who would we invite over? Blah, blah, blah. But reading this book really opened my heart to hospitality. Now I really don't fret much about having people in my home, clean or not.

This past week the "LOVE THEME" has come up continually. Truly loving others. Investing in people. My hubby, my kids, my friends, my neighbors, my friends children, etc. Taking and making time to invest and care for other people that God has placed in my life. Over the past few weeks through many conversations I have been told over and over about someone's deep need for friendship. To really connect with someone else. As I look at the past 10 years I have been not so good at this. Again with the excuses. I am busy. I have a lot of kids. Our weeks are already full. Blah, blah, blah. If realationships and loving others is as important to God as "love others as yourself" then I think I need to give this my full attention.

So what is my plan of attack?

As it would be God has coordinated with our pastor to start the year off with the Love Dare. So starting today for the next 40 days I will be working through this book with the purpose of loving my husband better. I am sure it will also be good for all my other relationships too.

I have just about finished The Power of a Praying Parent and I may go on to either Power of a Praying Wife or the Power of a Praying Woman after that. I will have to see what the Lord leads me in.

I also want to make a purposeful effort to have more fun with people. Playing games, having dinner, going bowling, etc. Building relationships so when things get hard a real relationship is already in place. I do have some good friends, don't get me wrong, but we need to continue building. And we need to strengthen our bonds.

So there you have it. Love is the theme.