Another year

Wow!  2008 is almost over and what a year it turned out to be.   Challenge after challenge,  there were many times when it didn’t feel like we would make it!  But, like the saying goes, “God doesn’t give you anything you can’t handle.”  Amen to that!

I’m looking at the list of resolutions I made around this time last year.  Amazingly, I accomplished a large portion of it.

Stick to my schedule.  This is definitely an ongoing process.  However, the (free!) Blackberry I recently acquired has proven to be most helpful in this area.

The little device that keeps me together!

The little device that keeps me together!


Procrastinate less.
This bad habit has gotten a lot better.  But, I’ve been reading a book that just might have the answer to my problem!  I’m 3/4 through it and strongly recommend it!

To Do, Doing, Done ~by G. Lynne Snead & Joyce Wycoff

To Do, Doing, Done! (by G. Lynne Snead & Joyce Wycoff)

Recycle more. Check!  I used to only worry about newspaper, water bottles and cans, but I’ve added several other items to the list of recyclables – magazines, batteries, paper towel rolls, cardboard boxes (i.e., cereal, pasta, crackers), plastic bags, and the wrapping from paper towels and toilet tissue.  Also started reusing glass containers…

Soap, water, a new label and...voila!

In addition, I uploaded FREE software from GreenPrint so I only print what’s absolutely necessary, plus I get PDF conversion capabilities (BONUS!)…

Check it out!!!

Check it out!!!

Set aside time to work on creative projects. Yes indeed.  From (finally!) painting my daughter’s room to making beaded jewelry to sewing pillows and sacks to making my own Thanksgiving Day cards for the very first time…

Blessed and thankful, I was inspired and got creative!

Blessed and thankful, I was inspired and got creative!

Be more consistent. This one is a general goal and always ongoing!

Be more patient with my kids. Yes.  The Lord is helping me out with this one!

Attend church regularly. For sure!  I don’t miss a Sunday or a Bible Study.  It’s like a car and gas – I need my weekly filling to keep going!

Manage money better. Oh yes!  My honey and I took a Crown Financial Ministries class early this year and loved it!  Despite the difficulties we’ve had with income, we make better choices now as a result of what we’ve learned.

Learning to view finances Gods way...you cant go wrong!

Learning to view finances God's way...you can't go wrong!

Eat out less. This is still a little bit of a challenge, but we’re doing A LOT better in this area!

Cook at home more. Yes – my honey more than me, but we’re saving money and love spending more time at the table together as a family!

Quick, easy and yummy!

Quick, easy and yummy!

Pay bills on time. Most of the time.  It all depends on whether or not the funds are available.  But it’s awesome how God is providing!

Watch less TV. For sure!  These days I only put it on as background noise or flip through channels only to find that nothing of value is on!  We even removed the TVs in each of the kids’ rooms and are down to only 2 sets!

Read more books. Always!  Definitely much more into reading now than I’ve ever been before!

Volunteer at school more. Working on this one.  I haven’t volunteered this year as much as I did last year, but I’m still chaperoning field trips as finances permit.  I’m working on doing more within the community and think that’s where the majority of my focus will be next year…

Shoebox project for the elderly at Christmastime.

Shoebox project for the elderly at Christmastime.

All in all, it’s been a very blessed year.  I’m looking forward to an awesome 2009!!!

Today’s Daysie says…

“EVERY LIFE HAS ITS DARK AND CHEERFUL HOURS.  HAPPINESS COMES FROM CHOOSING WHICH TO REMEMBER.”

…so thankful for those choices!

Books, Camping, Buttons

What do these things have in common? Not a whole lot by themselves. But, they’re things that are happening in my life today.

BOOKS:

  1. I have several to return to the library today.
  2. I started reading the book “Five Love Languages” by Dr. Gary Chapman with my Friday night bible study group.
  3. I continue to read the Bible daily.
  4. I WON A BOOK!!! The ‘Christian Work At Home Moms’ site had a contest a couple of weeks ago and the winner or winners (I can’t recall if it was one or many that could win) would get the book titled: Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture” by Mary DeMuth. I don’t typically win anything I enter, so I’m excited about this!

CAMPING:

  1. My boys went camping this week!
  2. For most of the week, our home will be boyless. Well, there’s the BIG boy, but you know what I mean! 🙂 Dad and I cannot wait to see them come home and hear about all the things they learned and experienced!!!

BUTTONS:

  1. I love to create and so I love crafts! When I received my newsletter from ‘Clean Home Journal’ and saw ‘Button Boy’, I had to share! It looks like a very simple project!
  2. Click HERE* for instructions on how to create him.

* 05.05.08:  Oh, oh!  I just realized this link is no longer active – sorry!  I’ll attempt to find that little ‘Button Boy’ wherever he’s hiding and post again.  Thanks for your patience!

* 08.29.09: I found Button Boy! But, he’s become a man! LOL  Check him out below, and click on his photo to view instructions on how to make him.

 

Button Man

Button Man

 

Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen is supposed to be thirteen things about me, but because this is my “first 13”, I would like to share with you (not in any particular order)…

THIRTEEN THINGS THAT I LOVE THE MOST

1. New York Style cheesecake
2. Bible study
3. Crafts
4. Breakfast in bed (especially when made by my kids)
5. Taking pictures
6. Fonts (Check out www.abstractfonts.com
for FREE ones!)
7. Chinese food
8. Learning
9. When my daughter tells me she loves me all the way to God
10. Organizing
11. Flowers (more so when my honey brings them home)
12. Girlfriend time
13. Lists (of course!)

Here are links to other Thursday Thirteens…enjoy!
1. missprofe’s blog: “It’s A Hardknock Teacher’s Life”
2. One of the Two Happy Moms’ blog: “InsParenting.com”
3. Imma (Alice’s) blog: “I Was Born2Cree8”
4. amy’s blog: “Amy’s Random Thoughts”
5. Midas’ blog: “Mother, Wife, Etcetera, Etc…”
6. Angela Giles Klocke’s blog: “creative…with purpose”
7. elusivek’s blog: “Escapades of the Elusive Kat”
8. (leave your link in the comments and I’ll add you here!)

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!
The purpose is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday.

Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! It’s easy, and fun!

Roller coaster weekend!

I wanted it to be Sunday still, but it’s already tomorrow – so it’s Monday! Where does the time go?!?! This weekend felt like a roller-coaster ride. Friday was the most amazing, though…

Friday…

Since one of our cars in down (transmission problems), my husband had to leave his jobsite and pick me up so we could run some errands. We went to the post office to get stamps, mail out some bills and a package. In the parking lot of the post office, our “good” car decided to give my husband a headache and not start (starter problems). Fortunately, he didn’t loose his cool, said a prayer and *poof* it started. It was about 4pm so I had plenty of time to drop him back off at work and finish my errands, then run back to pick him (AND his crew of 4) and make it back home by at least 6:50pm. It’s a good thing the guys in his crew are short, and we have a spacious car! LOL

I was to meet up with a girlfriend for Bible study. So, I was all stressed out because the traffic was heavy, my husband was grumpy, and everyone was complaining about the heat and each other. I was running late and finally met up with my girlfriend at a shopping center close to where we were going. So, my husband and the sardine van went one way and I went the other. We finally made it – LATE!!! However, I was relieved to find out that everyone was running late so we were actually one of the early ones…WHEW!! Our Bible study hosts had a great dinner spread out, so everyone ate before getting started.

I have had the book The Purpose Driven Life for a long time. I was planning to read it “one day” since I’d heard so many positive things about it. I knew that attending this Bible study group would no only give me the opportunity to read the book, but it would also, and more importantly, be a step in the right direction towards growing a relationship with God – something I had not focused on for as long as I can remember. I felt it’s what’s needed in my home.

It was a small group, which actually worked because it allowed each person to share their stories, views, and thoughts easier than if we had been more. When I left, I felt a sense of hope. I knew that I couldn’t wait for our next meeting. I knew that this group of special individuals are going to play an important role in my life and in helping me become the person God wants me to be – and what he wants every person to be.

If YOU ever wanted to get a group together and do something positive, do it! Get this book, read it as a group and see where it takes you!

Saturday…

What DID I do Saturday? Oh yeah, everyone opted to stay home instead of going out. I was glad, because it meant we could sleep in and my husband wouldn’t have to go all over town dropping us off, picking us up, dropping his crew off, pick…you get the picture. It ended up being the best choice for many reasons.

I had forgotten, though, that 2 weeks prior I had RSVP’d for a friend’s Craft Workshops. Yikes! When I caught it on the calendar it was close to start-time and had to call her to cancel. She was nice enough to offer to pick us up so I could attend…so we went.

We made coasters from tumbled tiles. We took stamps and decorated the tile, then baked in the oven to set the colors. After cooking for I don’t know how long (I should’ve asked for when I want to do it again!), they were sprayed with a clear topcoat and felt was glued to the bottom to protect whatever surface they’re placed on. Check out how nice they came out…

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Saturday evening after dinner, we went on a family walk. It was nice that we were all together, in a good mood, with absolutely nothing to do but enjoy each other’s company. After walking, I suggested to my husband that we go get some ice cream!! HAHA! Hey, we needed to replenish all those calories we lost!

I tell you what…

BRUSTER’S (http://www.brustersicecream.com) has some really goooooooooood ice cream!

Fast forward to 4am Sunday…

My husband gets a call from the brother of work buddy. Apparently, the brother was in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up in the hospital as a result. They have no family in the area and need help translating since they speak very little English. So, my husband, having the good heart that he has, goes to the rescue. Here I think I’m going back to bed after he leaves when he comes back to our bedroom and asks if I can babysit his buddy’s baby. Geez, Louise! I couldn’t say no.

Luckily the little one slept ’til 10:30. I think I scared her when she 1st saw me – she started to cry when I said hi. Do I look THAT bad when I get out of bed?! LOL I prefer to think she just didn’t expect me and missed her mommy! Yeah, I think I like that answer better! So, I changed a poopy diaper and fed her the bottle. She was no fuss all day.

The roller coaster comes to a stop – thank God! The good news is everything will be OK. The car’s transmission will get fixed eventually. My husband’s buddy will be back to work in a few weeks. And I don’t have to worry about poopy diapers or growing an extra limb to get breakfast on the table ANYTIME SOON!

Now, I’m going to take a warm shower, read my book and snuggle next to my snoring hubby…until one the kids decides to squeeeeeeze between us sometime during the night. =)

The Daysies quote for the weekend…

“THERE IS A GOD WITHIN US, AND WE GLOW WHEN HE STIRS US”

Ahhhh!