Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Do you make New Years Resolutions? I do every year, (even years I say I won't)and usually break them by the first week in Februaury. SO this year I am putting them out hear for everyone to see, and hopefully to make me keep them longer!

My first one is a two part resolution:#1 To be in the Word (BIBLE) everyday! To read through the bible in this next year. I am using the Change your Life Bible (It's from a Women's Bible Study I did several years ago) I will read from Pslams, Proverbs, The Old & New Testaments each day... I may even be blogging about what I am reading and learning. Want to follow along? I will post weekly what I am reading each day that week. Luke 6:45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.


#2 Be a better Wife and Mother (putting the needs of my family above other things)
Ephesians 5:22-2422Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

#3 Laugh more and Worry Less
Proverbs 15:30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18F or our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

#4 Treat myself with Respect (My mind...(especially my words)& My Body) Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
So What are you Resolutions for this year? It's my Prayer that youl will have a safe, Happy, Healty New Year!

Love Ya
Christina

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Lights

So tonight we loaded up the van with the kids, the Hubby and Me and went on a search for Christmas Lights in and around town.




We found several houses that very nicely decorated, and even went through our town park that has lights all over it.



We found not one but two houses that had lights and music that went together, it was pretty neat. (Sing Chipmunks Christmas During this Part)



We then went uptown to see the town Christmas Tree and took a few photo's there as well. Then we headed home to enjoy a quite evening watching Christmas movies.






Have a Beautiful Day!
Christina

Making Buckeye's

I have been a little homesick this last week and today had the urge to bake, and thought I'd make some Buckeye's for friends to enjoy, so I set out this afternoon to make (ok it's not really baking) some of these yummy treats! Here are the directions step by step incase you have the urge to make some as well!

Gather the ingredients: Recipe for Buckeye's:
1/2 stick butter (room temp)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
2-2 1/2 C Powdered Sugar (add a little at a time)
1 C. Chocoalte Chips

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl adding small amounts of Powdered Sugar at a time (you don't want it to be dry and crumbly) I usually end up mixing until I can't anymore and them use my hands to knead it to dough like consitancy
Refridgerate for about 20 minutes or over night. Using a small scoop (Pampered Chef) or 2 spoons to make even sized scoops then roll into small balls 1 recipe makes about 35 balls. Place in fridge for abut 20 minutes or overnight. Melt 1 C chocolate chips and dip the balls in the chocolate coating all but the top of the peanut butter ball. (See Picture below) then refridgerate again until ready to serve can be frozen. Eat and Enjoy!

Mix all the ingredients together:


Form the Dough into small balls:


Place the balls on a wax paper covered cookie sheet to set in the fridge:


Dip the set balls into melted chocolate:

Set chocolate peanutbutter balls back onto wax lined cookie sheet to set in fridge for 20 minutes, can be froxen.


Then share with a friend!
Hope you will enjoy them as much as we do!
Have a Beautiful Day!
Christina

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I Triple Dog Dare You! (Please do not do this!)


Ok so we have all seen The Christmas Story movie you know the one: "you'll shoot your eye out" At our house it's hubby's favorite Christmas movie so we end up watching it a lot around Christmas time. All of my kids have seen it, many times so on Monday night when KJ ran out ahead of me after Basketball practice I never imagined what I would see when I came out of the school. Yep she did it, she somehow stuck her tongue to the flag pole(the how isn't hard to figure out but the why is, or seems to be!) Let's just say that my first instinct was to take a video/photo using my phone because I knew this would be blog worthy happening. I didn't (now I am kicking myself), instead I worked quickly to get her tongue unstuck from the flag pole (yes she really did it!) The other coach for her team ran inside to try to find a cup to fill with warm water to unstick the tongue. I was outside working her tongue (it's gross so I won't go into details, let's just say a Mom's gotta do what she's gotta do to help her babies out!) off the pole and KJ proceeds to yell at me with her tongue still attached, I told her now was not the time to yell at me, and to calm herself down. She was embarrassed (ya I know posting this won't help that) , hurting and scared, so I let her go with just the warning. The other coach comes out with a wet paper towel and I am able to work the rest of KJ's tongue off the pole. Let's just say that the tongue can bleed! Using the paper towel to keep pressure on the tongue we head home. Now I have to tell you it is very difficult to not laugh when you find your child stuck to a flag pole. I held off until we got home and I knew she was OK! Today KJ can laugh at it, not quite as much as we can, but some day she will. SO parents please warn your children, that some things they see in the movies are real! (like sticking the warm wet tongue to a freezing cold metal flag pole!)

Hope you have enjoyed this as much as we have! I will have you know that KJ is fine, her tongue is a little sore but it stopped bleeding shortly after we got home and she is able to talk normal now.

Have a Beautiful Day!

Christina



~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~EDITED~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
The Below Picture is not for the faint of heart. Remember I told you that poor little KJ's tongue bleed a lot! Well it seems there was a little proof of monday's fiasco. Remember I also said that my first instinct was to take a picture and I didn't but today I had the chance to. That's what the picture is of. Now it sorta grosses me out that they haven't cleaned this off the flag pole at the school and if your wondering yes they did know about it we had a chat with the school nurse Tuesday morning when we took KJ to school.


Story coming soon!

Monday, November 30, 2009

This is Today!

This is Today

Today is here. I willl begin with a smile
And resolve to be agreeable. I will not
Criticize. I refuse to waste the valuable
Time God has given me.

Today has one thing in which I know
I am equal with others ---time. All of us
Draw the same salary in seconds, minutes
And hours.

Today I will not waste my time,
Because the minutes I wasted yesterday
Are lost as a vanished thought.

Today I refuse to spend time worrying
About what might happen. I am going to
Spend my time making things happen.

Today I am determined to study to
Improve myself, for tomorrow I may be
Found needed, and I must not be found
Lacking.

Today I begin by doing and not
Wasting my time. In one week I will be
Miles beyond the person I am today.

Today I will not imagine what I would
Do if things were different. They are not
Different. I will make a success with
What materials I have.

Today I will Stop saying “If I had time
.....”, for I never will “find time” for
Anything. If I want time, I must make it.

Today I will act toward other people as
Though this may be my last day on earth.
I will not wait for tomorrow. Tomorrow
Never comes.

Have a Beautiful Day!

Christina

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sparkly Shoes, Late Nights, and a Great Friend....

The Sparkly Shoes Matched the Hat Perfectly! : (Thank You Randa for the shoes)


So Last Weekend I traveled to Roach, Mo to Windermere Baptist Conference Center for a Women's Retreat, and I have to tell you I had a blast! I was to meet my bestest friend Rebekah at this retreat, she is currently stationed at Ft. Hood! On our way we get the news about the shootings at Ft. Hood and knowing Rebekah is only about an hour away from the conference center and more than 10 hours from home, I can only imagine what she is feeling knowing her three precious girls are back @ Ft. Hood without their mommy or daddy(he is away at training). I get a hold of her girls and their amazing live in nanny (Tori)and find them to be shaken but OK and safe. I couldn't get ahold of Rebekah, no cell service for her. So I prayed, and prayed, and prayed some more... this was a perfect opportunity for KJ and MR C to see prayer at work, since they were with us, and for them to pray as well. I finally get a hold of Rebekah and she is understandably freaked out. We arrive an hour or so later and I find Rebekah. You know God is so good to use us when we least expect it. I was able to bring a little comfort to her until we could get some news about the situation back at Ft. Hood. So I wasn't sure how this would affect the retreat weekend, but God is so good and we had an amazing time! I met some new friends, stayed up way to late, and ate way to much food, and learned some new things! Like Psalm 118 is the exact middle Chapter in the Bible... The longest chapter is Psalm 119, the Shortest Psalm 117... Pretty cool huh! Ok so Here are some pictures, Hope you Enjoy them: Rebekah:

The Chapel:

A View from the Top:



Making New Friends:



Jeans N Jewels Banquet:

Rebekah and Me:


In all I had a Fabulous time, came home refreshed, a little bruised and exhausted but it was so worth it!

Have a Beautiful Day!
Christina

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Menu Plan Monday


This will be a crazy busy week for us, since I will be going out of town to a Women's retreat Thursday through Sunday and The Hubby and Kids will be left to fend for themselves.

Sunday: Chicken Curry Crockpot Meal Served with Rice
Just have to say this was great to come home to after church on Sunday.
I got this recipe from a fabulous cookbook: Fix it and Forget it.

Monday:
Meatloaf (made in the crockpot so it cooks all day Yummy!
Potato's, Green beans

Tuesday:
Stovetop Easy Chicken Bake (A Fabulous all in one Meal)
STOVE TOP Easy Chicken Bake recipe at Kraftfoods.com


Wednesday:
Dinner at Church Lasanga

Thursday:
Corn Dogs French Fries and Bagged Salad (We will be on the road most of the day, Since Earl is driving me to Roach, MO for the Women's Retreat and then returning home)

Friday:
Taco Soup/Crockpot Dinner @ Church's Family Fun Night
if your in Augusta come out @ 6:30 bring your favorote Crockpot meal and a Dessert to share!

Saturday:
Turkey Burgers (we buy these from Aldi's so Delicious!)

Wow just writing these out made me hungry! Have a great week! Hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 19, 2009

EWWWW! Gross!

Ok while taking a walk this afternoon, I was enjoying the Beautiful Fall Weather until I ran into to these two! Snakes EWWWWWWWWW!!


Let's just say that they stopped me dead in my tracks, and as I kept one eye on the snakes all the while looking for a stick or a rock to throw to hopefully scare them away, I prayed frantically! I was on a time crunch so thankfully God answers quickly and the big one slithered off and I was able to pass by! I guess I better stick to the YMCA for my work outs!

Have a Beautiful Day!

Christina

Thursday, October 15, 2009

* The Thorns in Our Life*

* The Thorns in Our Life*
~*~Unknown Author~*~Sandra felt as low as the heels of her shoes when she pulled open the florist shop door, against a November gust of wind. Her life had been as sweet as a spring breeze and then, in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a "minor" automobile accident stole her joy.

This was Thanksgiving week and the time she should have delivered their infant son. She grieved over their loss.

Troubles had multiplied.

Her husband's company "threatened" to transfer his job to a new location. Her sister had called to say that she could not come for her long awaited holiday visit. What's worse, Sandra's friend suggested that Sandra's grief was a God-given path to maturity that would allow her to empathize with others who suffer. "She has no idea what I'm feeling," thought Sandra with a shudder. "Thanksgiving? Thankful for what?" she wondered. "For a careless driver whose truck was hardly scratched when he rear-ended her? For an airbag that saved her life, but took her child's?"

"Good afternoon, can I help you?"

Sandra was startled by the approach of the shop clerk. "I . . . I need an arrangement," stammered Sandra.

"For Thanksgiving? I'm convinced that flowers tell stories," she continued. "Are you looking for something that conveys 'gratitude' this Thanksgiving?"

"Not exactly!" Sandra blurted out. "In the last five months, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong." Sandra regretted her outburst, and was surprised when the clerk said, "I have the perfect arrangement for you."

Then the bell on the door rang, and the clerk greeted the new customer, "Hi, Barbara, let me get your order." She excused herself and walked back to a small workroom, then quickly reappeared, carrying an arrangement of greenery, bows, and what appeared to be long-stemmed thorny roses. Except the ends of the rose stems were neatly snipped: there were no flowers.


"Do you want these in a box?" asked the clerk. Sandra watched - was this a joke? Who would want rose stems with no flowers! She waited for laughter, but neither woman laughed.

"Yes, please," Barbara replied with an appreciative smile "You'd think after three years of getting the special, I wouldn't be so moved by its significance, but I can feel it right here, all over again," she said, as she gently tapped her chest. Sandra stammered, "Ah, that lady just left with . . . uh . . . she left with no flowers!"

"That's right," said the clerk "I cut off the flowers. That's the 'Special'. I call it the Thanksgiving Thorns Bouquet. Barbara came into the shop three years ago, feeling much as you do today," explained the clerk. "She thought she had very little to be thankful for. She had just lost her father to cancer; the family business was failing; her son had gotten into drugs; and she was facing major surgery. That same year I had lost my husband," continued the clerk. "For the first time in my life, I had to spend the holidays alone. I had no children, no husband, no family nearby,and too much debt to allow any travel."

"So what did you do?" asked Sandra.

"I learned to be thankful for thorns," answered the cle rk quietly. "I've always thanked God for the good things in my life and I never questioned Him why those good things happened to me, but when the bad stuff hit, I cried out, 'Why? Why me?!' It took time for me to learn that the dark times are important to our faith! I have always enjoyed the 'flowers' of my life, but it took the thorns to show me the beauty of God's comfort! You know, the Bible says that God comforts us when we're afflicted, and from His consolation we learn to comfort others."


Sandra sucked in her breath, as she thought about what her friend had tried to tell
her. "I guess the truth is I don't want comfort. I've lost a baby and I'm angry with God."

Just then someone else walked in the shop. "Hey, Phil!" the clerk greeted the balding, rotund man. "My wife sent me in to get our usual Thanksgiving arrangement . . . twelve thorny, long-stemmed stems!" laughed Phil as the clerk handed him a tissue wrapped arrangement from the refrigerator.

"Those are for your wife?" asked Sandra incredulously. "Do you mind telling me why she wants a bouquet that looks like that?"

"Four years ago, my wife and I nearly divorced," Phil replied. "After forty years, we were in a real mess, but with the Lord's grace and guidance, we trudged through problem after problem, the Lord rescued our marriage. Jenny here (the clerk) told me
she kept a vase of rose stems to remind her of what she had learned from "thorny" times. That was good enough for me. I took home some of those stems. My wife and I decided to label each one for a specific "problem" and give thanks for what that problem taught us."

As Phil paid the clerk, he said to Sandra, "I highly recommend the Special!"
"I don't know if I can be thankful for the thorns in my life" Sandra said to the clerk. "It's all too fresh."

"Well," the clerk replied carefully, "my experience has shown me that the thorns make the roses more precious. We treasure God's providential care more during trouble than at any other time. Remember that it was a crown of thorns that Jesus wore so we might know His love. Don't resent the thorns."


Tears rolled down Sandra's cheeks. For the first time since the accident, she loosened her grip on her resentment.

"I'll take those twelve long-stemmed thorns, please," she managed to choke out.

"I hoped you would," said the clerk gently. "I'll have them ready in a minute."

"Thank you. What do I owe you?"

"Nothing. Nothing but a promise to allow God to heal your heart. The first year's arrangement is always on me."

The clerk smiled and handed a card to Sandra. "I'll attach this card to your arrangement, but maybe you would like to read it first."

It read:
"My God, I have never thanked You for my thorns. I have thanked You a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorns. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed closer to You along the path of pain. Show me that,through my tears, the colors of Your rainbow look much more brilliant."

Praise Him for the roses; thank Him for the thorns.




I hope you will be thankful for the thorns in your life as well as the roses! Have a Beautiful Day!

Christina

Friday, October 9, 2009

One of those Days! UGHHHHHHHHHHH!

Ever have one of those day, you know the kind that make you wish you had never gotten out of bed! You know the Calgon take me away days.


You know the ones that make you wish you could hop on a plane and get away to a warm secluded beach alone! NO KIDS NO HUBBY! and No One staring at your bathing suit! :)

Well yesterday was that day for me!

I had great intentions for Thursday my laundry was almost done (and put away) it was rainy and dreay but I wasn't gonna let that bring me down as we all know intention doesn't determine destination (or something like that)Anyway I was putting the last load inand our sweet (HA) youngest child KJ had decided earlier this week she wanted to clean and reorganize her room on her own. Lets just say it's not working out so well! I yelled and threw things and cried!

It was not pretty! So I am asking my sweet KJ for forgiveness, and will work harder today to make my intentions and my path for today to be the same!

I can always tell when I've put God on the back burner, or allowed busyness to take over my life. How do I find that balance? First I know I need to intentionally be in God's word and that has been scarce this week. Don't get me wrong I've been reading a lot of "GOOD" for you books but I haven't dove into His word and allowed it to really speak to me! So I am determined to do that each day! I am reading through James and praying that my heart and mind will be opened to the truths in this book of scripture. Have you read James lately, it's like a little kick in the but! (EXACTLY what I need!)

So here is something I read this morning : James 1:22-24 Don't fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don't act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. So my bible has a note on this particular passage of scripture and it says: It is important to listen to what God's word says, but it is much more important to obey it, to do what it says. We can measure the effectiveness of our Bible Study time by the effect it has on our behavior and attitudes.

WOW! Guess my behavior (yelling, throwing etc..) and attitude aren't being a very good example to my children or others around me! So the only way to make this a reality for me is to be in the Word, studying it absorbing it, living it!

So I have no other words of wisdom, I gotta go read some more in James!

Have a Beautiful Day!

Christina

Monday, October 5, 2009

A few of my favorite things.... Fall


I love the FALL!




Leaves Changing Colors...




Pick your own pumpkin, Pumpkin Patches...




Halloween....




Thanksgiving....




Carmel Apples...




Soups & Chili's...




Cooler Weather...




it's football Season... (ok so that one isn't my favorite I really don't care who wins or loses, I just love going to the games and people watching) I do like to root for the Buckeye's of Ohio State to beat the Michigan Wolverines.



So What are some of your favorite things? Let me know... I am off to have some yummy Taco Soup.

Have a Beautiful Day!

Christina