Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Let the goodies begin!

I am barely able to type this post as I am injured again!  :-)  What else is new?  I do have a serious infection in my finger which makes it very hard to type and write.  I am on an insane amount of antibiotics and will go back to the doctor on Wednesday.  But as for now, a lot of typing is so out of the question.  I did want to post the recipe for this week.  Whether you are headed to your church's fall festival or out to get the goodies by trick-or-treating, this is a quick easy supper you can have waiting when you get back or right before you take off.

This is a fun version of french dip sandwiches.  I hope your family enjoys!

In a small crock pot mix together one envelope of french onion soup mix, 3 cups of water, and 8-12 oz of deli sliced roast beef.  Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high for 2-3.  Right before serving take crescent rolls and lay them flat on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and bake in the triangle shapes for 12-15 minutes or until lightly brown.  Place meat on the crescent and top with favorite sliced cheese.  We love cheddar, pepper jack, or provolone.  I also occasionally add bell peppers to the soup mix as well, for a little extra color and taste.  You can serve a with a small bowl of juice to dip the sandwich in if you would like.  Perfect for these chili fall nights!

Today's Verse
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."  
2 Timothy 1:7

This is the verse I use for the girls around this time of year when things can look a little scary or spooky!  I love how there is a verse that can be used for every little thing we might face!  I hope to be back next week!

Don't go overboard on the sugar!  Let the holiday goodies begin!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What's Cookin' Wednesday

So here is a simple treat I made recently.  I know I have seen recipes out there for fruit salsa, but instead of looking one up, this is what I came up with just using what I had.  The girls loved it, and it was different and fun and most importantly...tasty!  This was just enough for us girls, but I am sure you could double or triple. Hope your family enjoys!

1 large flour tortilla
nonstick butter flavored spray

1 kiwi
2 slices fresh pineapple
6-8 small-medium strawberries
1 tsp orange juice
1/2 tsp sugar

Cut or tear tortillas into triangles.  Place on cookie sheet.  Spray w/ butter spray and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar; flip and repeat. (If tearing, this is great for the little ones to assist!) Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.  Meanwhile, finely dice fruit and mix with OJ and sugar.  Serve with warm chips.  Very Yummy!

Today's verse
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."  John 15:5

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


So I did something crazy today.  And yes I do something crazy everyday, but I can honestly say I have never done this.  I was on the cordless house phone while getting ready to go pick up my kindergartner.  I was buckling in my toddler and still just chatting away.  I was almost ready to pull out when it occurred to me that my phone would cut off if I left the driveway.  I made the confession to the person on the other line, which thankfully was my husband who already knows I am a little crazy, and I told him I'd have to call him back on my cell.  I kept the house phone with me because I had already locked up the house.

The entire time I was away from home, the screen read "searching".  The phone was searching for that home signal that meant it could be used.  It wasn't usable without that signal.  If I had needed to make a call, I would have to use my cell phone.  The phone had everything needed to dial a number, but without that home power source, it was simply useless.

We are like that phone.  We are searching for what God will have us to do.  We want to be used.  We want to be an instrument for Him.  But our purpose and tasks have to be arranged by Him.  We can't take matters into our own hands and say, "I am going to be a great worker for God and this is how "I" am going to do it."  Without His power and His leading, we cannot carry out the job He has for us.  We will simply be lost and searching with no real use when we are not within His plan.

Do you pray before answering a call to serve?

I am guilty of not seeking God's guidance before volunteering for projects or taking on a huge task.  In the past I would immediately say, "Oh I would love to do that job!", only to feel overwhelmed a few days later.  I have learned through some heartache that I cannot do every job I feel I am called to do.  I have to be sure I am in range of His signal so that I am being useful and doing exactly what He wants me to do.  It's okay to say no when we feel the Holy Spirit is leading us in another direction.

Today's Verse
"Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go."  Isaiah 48:17

This is my daughter's memory verse for the week and I LOVE IT!  It kinda goes along with the post from yesterday as well.  He is our Redeemer and He will lead us in the way we should go!  We have to seek His guidance before we take on a task.  It is necessary to get His approval before saying yes.  Things will go so much more smoothly if we are in His range of signal and then we can truly be used.

My phone went right back to normal as soon as I pulled back into my driveway.  It had found its source of power and was no longer searching.  I am so glad I know my Source of Power as well, and I pray He will use me however He sees fit!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mazes and Maps

So here is an embarrassing story...

I was pregnant with my second daughter.  My husband and I thought it would be fun to take our oldest daughter to a pumpkin patch and corn maze one fall Saturday afternoon.  Now neither one of us have a great sense of direction.  We do not follow maps very easily, but it was a corn maze, how hard could it really be????  Well it ended up being one of the hottest October days ever.  After about an hour in the maze with my hands and feet swelling rapidly, and being at the water stop for the third time, it was time to give up and wave the help flag.  Yes, thankfully, we were equipped with a large flag that the spotters could see as we went through the maze.  We were to wave it if we wanted to be rescued, and wave it we did!  How embarrassing!!!!!

One of the farmers came in a truck to lead us out of the maze.  It ended up being fun getting a behind the scenes tour of the farm.  This farm girl was fascinated.  We were a little blue we didn't finish the 2 mile maze, (and yes it was 2 miles which should have been our first clue) but we were so glad not to be wondering in circles!

It is hard when you are lost and are not sure which way to turn and every turn looks the exact same!

Well I had flashbacks of the embarrassing day this weekend, when once again we headed to a corn maze.  And to my dismay, this one did not offer safety flags for those in trouble.  There was a more detailed map this time, but still, I had too many reservations.  We chickened out and just made one small loop and came right back out.  I was not about to relive the same scary event again!

In life we know we have a Watcher that is watching for us to wave our flag.  He is there to guide us out of the maze and to the finish line, but we have to wave the flag.  We have to ask for help.  We have to be willing to admit we cannot make it through the maze on our own.  It is not embarrassing.  It is freeing.  It is relying on God, just like He created us to do.  He may send guidance in His Word, through the Holy Spirit, or through a fellow Christian.  But no matter how He gets us out of the maze, we just know He will get us out.

One day I hope I hope our family can make it all the way through a corn maze.  Maybe our girls will be a little better with directions than their parents.  But I hope I am able to use these stories of getting lost in the corn maze to teach them to always rely on God to direct our steps.  To know wholeheartedly they cannot get anywhere in life without His guidance and His Word (our map).  To know they can call on Him day or night when they are feeling lost and anxious.  To teach them to have that relationship with Him so they never have to fret over where their life headed.

Today's Verse
"Order (direct) my steps in thy word:"  Psalms 119:133a

When decisions have to be made; when life is not going how we pictured it; when we seem to be turning around in circles, we must pick up His Word and wait for His answer.  He will direct our steps, we just can't take matters into our own hands.  We will not remain in His will if we are not willing to seek His guidance.  We want to stay on the path He has for us...which is always the best path of the maze!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Prayer Request

My oldest daughter asked to play during the time I usually post, so we played :-)

We worked on our costumes for the costume contest at church next Wednesday night.  I got the worse glue gun burn on my thumb that I have ever had :-(

But it was worth it.  The burn. The no writing.  It was all worth it!  Yeah, I had an idea for my post running through my brain, but I will try to remember it for later (which is usually impossible).

I will not reveal our costumes, but we are going to be a family with a theme!  We have never done that, so I am excited!  I will only say silver spray paint was involved!

Take the time to hug your family today!  Play a game together, pick up the phone, send a card, or even a text.  Make sure you take those moments to show how much you mean to each other.

Life is fragile.  Life is precious.  Life is a gift.

We have a new gift in our extended family.  His name is Brantley David.  He is tiny and precious.  I have a pic, but I do not want to post it without the parent's permission.  If you can please be in prayer for baby Brantley.  He was born shortly after 5:00 am yesterday morning.  He came through his first surgery this afternoon.  He has several health issues.  Please pray for healing for this new little bundle of joy and strength for his parents!  We thank our Heavenly Father for this precious little one and the fact that He holds Brantley in His loving hands!  Jesus was a healer of many while on the earth, but we know He still has the power to heal from heaven!

Today's Verse
Matthew 9:35 “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What's Cookin' Wednesday

When I think fall, I think comfort food.  Comfort food is different delicacies for different people.  Casseroles, chili, soups, anything cheesey and pumpkin desserts come to my mind.  But I have known several people who think Italian when they think comfort food.  So I decided to make homemade meatballs for a delicious spaghetti and meatball supper.  I have never made homemade meatballs, but I have to say they were super tasty and super easy.  Daddy didn't make it home in time from the airport to enjoy this meal, so we made him a to-go lunch for the next day to take to work.  I had to include his text pics because it was so sweet and funny!


1 lb. lean ground beef
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup plain panko or bread crumbs
1/4 cup egg product or 1 egg
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

Mix well with fork and roll into 1 in balls.  Place on parchment lined pan and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.  Shake the pan frequently to roll the meatballs around for even cooking.  Serve with favorite pasta and sauce.

Just a note...you can adjust the seasonings to your liking.  The reason I had two pans is I added fresh chopped chili pepper from my cousin's garden to half the batch.  If no fresh peppers are available but you want some heat, a pinch of red pepper flakes would be good too!  Hope your family enjoys!

Today's Verse
"For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect (loyal) toward him."  2 Chronicles 16:9a

For any tired mommy's out there...rather you are parenting a toddler or a teenager...today's Proverbs 31 devo is so good!  Check it out if you have a chance...


Tuesday, October 16, 2012


We are trying to back to normal (if you can call any life "normal") today after a wonderful fall break.  My Kindergartner got out of school early on Thursday and then was out Friday and yesterday.  It was so nice to have a break.  No homework, no alarm clocks, no packing lunches...yay for fall break.  We took a short trip to Virginia, went to homecoming at my parent's church and even went to the State Fair yesterday.  It was a fun filled long weekend!  

But with all this fun filled fall break...I am realizing today how I am falling behind on all my duties.  I woke up knowing I was behind on my house work, my upcoming projects and I didn't even take time to plan our week out.  So overwhelmed is how I am feeling.  This led to a little anxiety which led me to realize how I have been falling behind on a lot of things lately.  It seems this year is almost over and I am behind on most of my goals...my article goal, my book list, my organization list and several other goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year.  


Further and further BEHIND!!!

I don't like this feeling of not being able to get caught up.  

I love the fall season, the pumpkins and hay bales, the comfort food in the crock pot, the festivals and hay rides, but I don't like the falling feeling that comes with fall.  I realize how I have fell short of most of my goals.  I am not living up to my expectations of myself.

Here is the thing I am telling myself today...As long as I am honestly doing my best, staying in God's Word, completing to the best of my abilities the tasks of being a wife, mom, and servant of God, God is not disappointed in me.  He knows I will fall short, that is why He sent His Son to die for me. (Romans 3:23).  I may let myself down by falling behind, but if my focus is still on God I will not let Him down no matter what.

I have the blessing of  starting anew everyday.  I love the verse found in 2 Corinthians 4:16, "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day."    I am renewed day by day to be a follower of Christ, to be a help meet to my husband, to love on my girls, and to tackle my goals.  Yes I will fall because I am not perfect, but everyday it is a chance to try my best again!  

Today's Verse
"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."  Luke 9:23

This was the key verse from the sermon I heard on Sunday.  And although I loved the points the pastor brought from the verse, today one word is standing out to me..."daily".  It is a daily thing to pick up our cross and follow God.  It is a daily thing to live our lives for the Lord.  It is a daily thing to deny ourselves...daily.  Everyday.  We may have fallen the day before.  We may have even failed the day before.  But we can be renewed the next day.  We can pick up our cross again and follow the One who sustains us and gives us life more abundantly. 

 If you are feeling like you are falling today grab hold of the One who loves you no matter how much you fall.   

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What's Cookin' Wednesday

I have a love-hate relationship for cube steak.  I love it because it is cheap!  I hate it because of multiple reasons...

- It can be super tough!
- I was not a fan of it as a child.  I ate it, but it definitely wasn't my favorite!
- I have one of my most horrible cooking stories with a  cube steak recipe.

I will tell my story, but first, a tender and tasty cube steak recipe!

I like to take the the cube steak and dredge in a mixture of all-purpose flour, pinch of salt, pinch of pepper, and garlic powder.  Then in a frying pan with a couple of Tbsp of olive oil and melted butter brown the meat, but do not cook all the way through.  Just 2-3 minutes on each side.  You may also add in chopped onions and/or bell peppers if you like.  In a small bowl whisk together one can of cream of chicken soup with 1/3 cup water.  If not using onions you may want to whisk in some onion powder for flavor.  Pour this mixture over the meat.  Place the frying pan in a 275 degree oven.  Important note, if the frying pan handle is not oven proof or if you are not sure, just cover in aluminum foil and it will be fine.  Cooking low and slow will help tenderize the meat, but browning before adds lots of flavor and a little texture.  Cook for an hour to an hour and a half.  It is good served with rice or mashed potatoes.  Easy supper!  I love preparing during afternoon snack time and then it is ready when supper time rolls around.  You can adjust the cooking temp and time if need to, but just remember the lower and slower the more tender!

Now for my horrible cube steak story...

My husband and I had only been married a few weeks.  I had never had my own slow cooker and I was excited about using the one we had received as a wedding present.  I tried recipe after recipe and they all were pretty good.  One day I tried a new cube steak recipe.  When I opened the door after returning home from work I was met with the worst smell.  I don't know what was wrong, and I am not sure what made it smell so bad, but even my husband who always told me my cooking was good said we couldn't eat it.  The smell stayed in our little apartment for two days!  We had to throw it out (which as you know I hate to waste food) and head to the fast food restaurant.  I didn't cook cube steak for years until I read a recipe similar to this one and decided to try again.  Now this is the only way I make it...hope your family enjoys!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Faithful Fans

My hubby and I had a date night this weekend.  After a looooong week of sickness, the girls were finally feeling better on Saturday.  We had tickets to our university's football game (Go Pack!!!!), so the girls were able to stay with the grandparents and we were able to make it to our game.  It was his department's alumni bar-b-q.  We planned to eat and then settle in our seats for a late kick-off.  We were expecting a great game!  

The first time we upset this nationally ranked team was my freshman year in college.  We hadn't played this team since the 1960s.  It was predicted to be a blow-out.  But the Pack shocked everyone when we pulled out the win.  It was one of the most exciting games I had ever seen...until Saturday.  That game started a string of some of the best games ever against these two teams!

The year I was pregnant with my oldest daughter we went to this rivalry game.  We were losing in the final quarter so we left early.  We had lost faith in our team.  It was another late game, and I was tired and pregnant.  A lot of fans left that night.  As we neared our car we heard loud cheers and then more a minute later.  What was going on; what were we missing?  We rushed to turn on our radio only to find out our team had done the unthinkable.  They had won.  We should have known to stay from past experiences.  We had walked out on our team and we regretted it!

We knew going in that this would be a crazy game.  It never fails that this team and our team seems to go down to the wire when we play them at home.  Last year they beat the smithereens out of us when we played them on their turf - 34 to a big fat 0.  But our last home game (which my husband went to but I had stayed home) had come down to the final minutes with us getting the big Victory.

At half time this game seemed to be over.  We were down 16 to nothing.  The fans were getting frustrated, and we were just hoping to score and not have a repeat of last year.  We had promised going into the game that we would stay no matter what.  If there was any chance at us winning, we were not going to miss it this time!  I cannot even tell you all the excitement that came in the second half.  There were quarterback sacks, a blocked punt, and several 4th downs that our team went for and got.  We scored to tie in the last minute.  It was amazing.  We were so happy.  We were screaming and jumping  up and down.  It was so exciting!!!!!   With 16 seconds left we were tied 16 to 16.  Our kicker came through with the extra point and our defense held them and kept the opponent from scoring in the last few seconds.  We won and we were proud Pack fans!  We were fans that had not lost faith!

It is so easy to be faithful fans of God when everything is going great.  Life is running smoothly and we are so thankful He is our heavenly Father.  But what about when we are down and out.  There looks like there is no chance of winning.  Do we walk out on God and think there is no way He is going to pull through for us?  Do we think we can just do better by ourselves?  We have faith and excitement in the easy wins of life, but when it looks like we might lose we just walk away from Him.

Today's Verses
Isaiah 26:3-4  "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:"

God might allow us to lose the game.  He might grant us a win in the final seconds.  But no matter what the outcome of any given game or situation, we have to continue to follow Him.  His plan is best; His ways are right.  We must trust in Him...no trust equals no faith.  He is our everlasting strength, but we have to stay with Him and not walk away from Him in order to obtain that strength.

I am thankful we stayed for the game, even if it was 1:00 am before we got home.  It was worth the sleepy eyes the next day.  I am also thankful I am still walking with God.  There were times I wanted to walk away.  There are times I thought I could just figure the game out on my own.  But He has always pulled through; He always called me back to Him and He remained by my side no matter what.  God always provided me the strength I needed in the last seconds of the game.  I haven't always won every game, but my faith in my Coach kept me in the game.  I know His play by play is best.  I have to keep the faith and never walk out of Him.  He certainly has never walked out on me!!!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Looking on the bright side

We hear about counting our blessings even from people who are not Christ's followers.  It is uplifting and smile inducing to look at the positives rather than the negatives.  We read about thanking God for our blessings; we sing about thanking God for our blessings, and we teach our children to thank God for our blessings.  I have even posted several times about counting our blessings.  Yet still, I don't think we can ever get enough of this prescription for a more joyful life.  Counting our blessings, looking at the brighter side, and focusing on the positives need to be done daily.  It all depends on perspective...the way we view trials...the way we roll with the punches...with a cheerful attitude, the good can outweigh the bad!

With my girls still suffering from the longest illness they have ever had, I was down for the count this morning.  They have both been pretty sick over the last few days.  And although we have weathered many illnesses, this has been the longest they have ever had fevers and been this puny.  It is hard to watch our children suffer.  It hurts me as a mom to not to be able to fix this problem and take away their pain.

Today has thankfully been better as it has progressed, and I am praying that my oldest daughter will be returning to school tomorrow.  But it is still hard to comprehend that she had to be out for so long.  She missed a lot of fun things.  She missed a lot of important lessons.  I struggled with a quiet "Why?" this morning.  Why was she having to miss for so long?  But, I quietly heard "Count your blessings!"

The funny thing...as I pulled out the girls' devotion book it was another devotion about counting their blessings.  It always happens!  When I need it most, I am always reminded of looking at the good in some form.  The devotion posed the question, "How long would it take to count your blessings?"  My daughter's response, "Like 40 years, Mom!"  I laughed!  But the real answer, we can never count them all.  The blessings are endless.

I will never really know the whole reason for this sickness and why we have been confined to our house for so long (and yes we are all climbing the walls today!), but I know there are reasons.  So I started listing the positives...

1 - God allowed the girls to wait until exactly October 1st for their sickness to set in.  This also happened to be the date of when our new, and oh so much better, insurance kicked in.  So we were able to use the new plan to visit the doctor this week.
2 - I told you we had a busy weekend this past weekend.  At least the girls were not sick then.  We didn't have to miss our first field trip or our trip to the county fair with my parents.  We were able to see my husband's bother and his family before their big move across the country.  We were able to go to church on Sunday.
3 - Although my husband's new job is quite a drive, at least it is a drive.  He was able to go back and forth this week and help out.  If he would have still been in Florida, that would not have even been an option!
4 - Hanging out and watching movies can be fun and relaxing.  We made pudding and homemade Popsicles.  We watched TV and colored.  We snuggled and read books and magazines.  We even played a new games.   

I am sure I could find more positives, but this was a good start!

Today's Verse
"Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer."  Romans 12:12

I am rejoicing today in the hope of the positives and the fact that God has helped us through this week. I am praying for patience during this trial, and I am continuing in prayer that my girls will feel completely better by the weekend.  I am thankful for any chance I have to count my blessings and look at the bright side...we can always learn and be thankful when we look at the positives!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What's Cookin' Wednesday

My two best helpers are still down for the count.  We are on day three of fevers and no school.  It is sad and pitiful around our house.  My oldest helper is looking a little better today, but she still has fever.  My littlest helper is always a step behind big sis, so she is just now getting to the worst part of the fever.  PITIFUL!

Thankfully my helpers and I had made our cute fall treat a few days before the sickness set in.  I have seen these done many ways, but this is my take on it.  They are super cute and the girls and I had lots of fun making them.

For any moms out there that have their own little kitchen helpers, I do highly recommend the kitchen stand that my girls are standing on in the picture.  They both fit in there and there is no arguing or pushing.  I don't have to worry about them falling out of a chair while helping mix and stir.  They got it for me for mother's day from a website called onestepahead.com.  It has been put to great use!

This is candy acorns!  Super cute!  Super Yummy!  Lot's of fun!  I have seen these made with mini nutter butter cookies.  I also think mini vanilla wafers would work too.  But today we used mini fudge striped cookies.  Also, another tip, we used the new Air Delights Hersey Kisses.  They are lighter and stick better than the regular Hersey Kisses.

Simply unwrap the kisses (great for little ones), melt 1/2 cup of peanut butter chips (or you can use chocolate chips if you like), put about 1/4 tsp of melted chips on bottom of cookie and stick kiss immediately to it.  Then put another tiny dot of melted chips on top of cookie and place a milk chocolate chip on top for the stem.  A great fall treat!  Hope your family enjoys!

The best helpers in the world!

How Cute!!!

I will try to have a more substantial recipe next week.  This is two weeks of chocolate, which I am sure someone will point out to me :)   I guess my sweet tooth has really been acting up :)

Today's Verse
"If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."  Romans 12:18

This has been our verse for Wednesday night study this week.  I love watching my little ones learn God's Word and hide it in their hearts.  Even my 2 1/2 year old tries her best to say the verses like Sissy!  With only one quick trip to the doctor this week, I am saying this verse a lot in my mind.  I am getting cabin fever and not feeling as "peaceably" as I should!  We are praying for healing, and for now rest and hugs are the best medicine!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Hanging on for dear life!

It was one of those mornings when I was hanging on for dear life when I woke up.  Both of my little ones are suffering from fevers and colds and they had invaded our queen size bed in the middle of the night.  I was left with six inches and felt like I was barely hanging on.  I know there will be readers who say I should not allow my girls to sleep with us, but to me, especially when they are not feeling well, they can come snuggle if they need to.  There will be a day when they will not need mom and dad to give them kisses after a bad dream, or want extra hugs before being tucked in, so while they are this age they are always welcomed (Especially if they go to Daddy first.  He is such a softy!  He always lifts them up and puts them right in our way too small bed.)

It doesn't happen every night, so when it does happen we make jokes about Mommy getting pushed out of the bed because of the extra stowaways.  There was a time I was not be able to sleep soundly with the six inches of space, but lately I have been so tired I can pretty much sleep anywhere and anyway.  I just hang on to the edge if I feel like I am falling.

There are days I feel like I am hanging on for dear life just to get through the week.  The weeks are a blur of school, homework, extra-curricular activities, and church.  There are disagreements to break up, 3 meals a day to prepare, laundry to wash, stories to read, devotions to discuss, Bible verses to learn, games to play, crafts to make, and the list is endless.  The weekends are just as crazy.  We had one of the busiest weekends this past weekend with a field trip, fair trip and museum trip all planned.  And while it was fun, it was also exhausting.

The moms in the Kindergarten class recently got together.  One thing we discussed was how the days seem to drag on, but the years fly by.  I can hardly fathom that today is October 1st.  Where did 2012 go?  While some days seem to be endless and monotonous, they some how seem to speed by.  Everything is going too fast and I am barely hanging on!

I have to find a happy medium...enjoy the gift of life that God has given me, make memories with my family, but take time to slow down and smell the roses, rest and renew myself as well.  I need to loosen my grip a little and make sure God has full control of my life.  I have zero control over what happens, and I gladly give Him full reign.  It sure takes a lot of pressure off when you let got, and it definitely helps me to relax and enjoy life instead of letting it just fly by while I hang on.

Jesus says in John 10:10 that He came to give us life more abundantly.  So let's really live the life He has granted us.  Let's really enjoy it.  And most importantly let's live it for Him.

Today's Verse
Colossians 3:17 "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."

Whether we are barely hanging on because of the business or we are taking time to stop and enjoy the view, we are to do everything in the name of the Lord.  We pray for strength to get through the sick days, the busy days, and the crazy weeks, and we pray for rest when we come to Him because we are tired.  If you are barely hanging on today, take some time to spend reading God's Word and to stop and be thankful for the blessings He has given you today...even if they do kick you out of your own bed!

I love this song!  This is the first verse of "Do Everything" by Steven Curtis Chapman, and it always helps me to remember to keep a smile on my face when I feel like my life is roller coaster ride!

You're picking up toys on the living room floor for the 15th time today
Matching up socks
Sweeping up lost cheerios that got away

You put a baby on your hip
Color on your lips and head out the door

While I may not know you, 
I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes, does it matter at all?

Well let me remind you, it all matters just as long
As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you, 
Cause he made you, 
To do
Every little thing that you do 
To bring a smile to His face
Tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do