Thursday, April 30, 2009
It makes paying cash for everything so simple and I am joyous when all the envelopes are full.
We are trying to become debt free using the DR Total Money Makeover. It has been a humbling and at times fun journey, but sometimes it just feels hard.
We are learning the art of watching our money and where it goes. We did horrible the month of April. I was not very budget conscious in lots that I did. But I am excited that tomorrow is May and a new month to try again is here. I am so glad that I have a Heavenly father to remind me where money should go and that I can come to with questions regarding me money. The Bible has so many verses in it about money.
1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
These are just a few verses about money. The verses that I love are the ones were God tells us it's alright to screw up, everyone does but with His grace all things are possible!
Jesus looked at them intently and said, "For humans this is impossible, but for God all things are possible."
So if you are trying to get out of debt- look into Dave Ramsey's program and grab your Bible. Those will be the best paying off debt tools you can find!
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I have been trying to start a new diet and that ended up going bad. I started the Maker's Diet and the doctors who recommended it failed to look at all my other health issues and it ended up getting ugly. It has now ended up with a hurt foot from getting dizzy in the bath tub. This was the first of many hurts and feel bads so needless to say the diet has gone capote!
In comes my newest passion, Sunday my aunt called me and told me that a lady in our church was really into natural products and nutrition. Her name is Donna. I have been going to church all my life and have never really talked to Donna. My aunt told me to call her and chat with her about my ongoing health problems. I gave her a call and we hit it off!
So Tuesday she came over and told me about some products she sells and I was hooked! So now I am so into Shaklee products! So I am going to begin the Shaklee Cinch Inch program. It cost some many but after just trying a few of the products, I felt like a whole new person. So I am now a "member" and people can buy things through me! Isn't that exciting? So if you are interested in any natural products let me know. I will hook you up! So there is one place I have been.
Also, I have been out at the farm planting my garden. I have already put a ton of work into it and I am hoping that I will reap the benefits! A couple from church backed out of using their plot, so my grandparents doubled mine! I am so psyched!
So stay tuned for more updates! Have a blessed Thursday!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Self ... You are really starting to worry me. You are actually excited about starting this diet! I cannot believe you... You don't even like any of those things very much.
You see I feel kind of like a kid. I have rules. I will find discipline and self-control. I will persevere- not only because I know with God's help I can but also because everyone is telling me I'm crazy and cannot do it... What does that make me want to do? Make them all look silly and wrong!
So here is my menu plan for dinners only. As I get the hang of this diet, I will add other meals and snacks.
Monday: Chicken Salad, greens, carrots, and strawberries
Tuesday: Garlic Pepper Steak and broccoli
Wednesday: Split Chicken Breasts grilled and green beans
Thursday: Egg Omelets and Turkey Bacon
Saturday: Grilled Fish, Green beans, and Carrots
Sunday: Beef Stew
Happy Menu Planning! For more menu plans head on over to Organized Junkie.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
All the women behind me!
Women waiting to get in an hour after it had started! Amen!!!
To find a Women of Faith Conference in your area click here!Hope y'all have a blessed date with our Savior tomorrow as we head to His home and worship and praise His Almighty, All Powerful name!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
What time of year you ask?!? I am so glad you asked because I just cannot wait to tell you!
It's Garage Sale time! I love garage sales, having them and going to them.
The tricks to having a great garage sale:
- Incredible pricing- For me having a garage sale is not only about making money but about getting things out of my house. I would like to make a little money but I REALLY don't want to take those things back in my house. So for kids clothes I always price them 25 cents/piece or 5 for $1. It is a huge hit and there are actually people who look for my sale year after year.
- Great Signs- My husband always makes great signs. Balloons help too.
- Having your big and interesting items outside for all to see. You want the those items to catch people's eyes as they are driving by.
- Smiles... People like to buy from kind people who smile and make them feel welcome.
- Give your kids a set amount of money for the whole garage sale day. My oldest son get 50 cents to buy something that he and I agree on. After that money is he's done buying.
- Go with a list. If you just shop for things that may have a place in your home then you will be over run with clutter and spend money you did not need to spend.
- Take a van and go with a couple other families. Save gas money!
For more frugal tips head on over to Life As Mom.
I have been having some health issues that leave me overwhelmed, tired, and might I say... a tad bit edgy. I really have not meant to but I have been snapping at the kids (and I guess I should admit, my wonderful husband) a lot more than I should be. I have really felt terrible about it.
So today as we are rushing around trying to get to the car for school (I am so glad to be homeschooling next year!), he drops his cereal all over the floor (I know, he should be having a more healthy beginning to the day than over processed, sugary cereal which has who knows what all in it..).
I feel my anger beginning to come up. I know it is so pathetic that I would get upset over that but these silly raging hormones are taking over. Instead of snapping at him, I just told him that it was okay and asked that he be more careful next time. With that, I walked into the other room to get book bags and all the things that pack mules, I mean moms, have to put in the car to go anywhere.
When I came back into the foyer, Dylan was yelling at me to come and look. He had picked up all the cereal and was just so excited to show me.
He looked up at me with those beautiful brown eyes and said, " I did it all myself, Mama. You didn't have to ask. I just wanted to make you happy."
Now friends, if I would have snapped at him like I had felt like at first, I would have missed out on that beautiful moment where my sweet little boy (who is getting way too big too quick) just wanted to make me smile. He did more than that, he made my heart swell with happiness.
Don't miss out on all of those beautiful moments with your children because you are too high-strung, stressed, or busy to keep your anger and frustration at bay.
Penne Pasta Bake
You take one box penne pasta, a jar of Ragu Garden Vegetable, and a bag of cheese. Throw it all together and bake it at 350 degrees for 35 mins.
It is so simple and so yummy! It is something you can put together and just have your kids or your husband throw in the oven.
This weekend I will be going to Women of Faith and I want to leave my family with something easy to make so they will not have to go out to eat, eat cereal or hotdogs, or beg off family... So when you are in a hurry go ahead and give this a try!
For more recipes head on over to Life As Mom.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
- Proverbs 25:28 - "Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control."
- Proverbs 1:2 - "for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair..."
- 2 Timothy 1:7 - "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."(sound mind is translated to discipline and self control)
- Ephesians 6:13 - "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
- Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
- Psalm 28:7 -"The Lord is my strength and my shield ..."
- Psalm 138:3 -"In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul."
- Psalm 68:35 -"O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people."
- Isaiah 40:29 -"He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength."
- Proverbs 3:26 -"For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught."
So there are some verses to keep our minds on the foods I should be eating and the power that the Almighty will give me.
I decided this year to be frugal and began my tomato, pepper, broccoli, and herb starts from seed. I have tried this is the past and it was a very daunting task. This year I came up with a better way to go about this. I started all my plants in egg cartons. The spaces were just big enough to allow slow and proper growth. I then transplanted them into over sized Dixie Cups. Instead of over watering them, I used a spray bottle and misted them every morning and evening.
I am so excited about how well the plants turned out. So using egg cartons not only made my plants grow well, but it also reused an item that most people just through away! (Yes, I am patting myself on the back right now... ;) )
Here are the first tomato plants to pop up in the egg carton.
Here is one of my two tables of starts.
My PLANTS now.
All my jars just sitting ready to have yummy home-grown fruits and veggies in them!
Our garden before anything was planted... Now everything is in the ground! YIPPEE!
So for those of you who are unsure how to begin a garden but know it is something you want to do. My tip for you would be to start your seeds in egg cartons! Happy gardening!
Monday, April 13, 2009
One of the best things that has happened in the past week that has nothing to do with Easter preparations, but everything to do with God, is the renewing of my marriage the way that God wants it. It hit me that everything is not about me and my marriage will not be complete without God's direction. After falling to my knees and giving it to Him, everything is falling into place. It is truly incredible. I will not lie and tell you I am always the most willing or patient wife because that is truly not the case, but I feel more loving and devoted and sacrificial. It is a great feeling. I really now understand when people say that you get more out of giving. With that, our communication has improved. I was able to open up and now it feels like we are on the same page. It has truly been a blessing!
Now today I am beginning the Maker's Diet. I am extremely nervous. I am a picky eater and the things on this diet are not usually something I would pick! I am relying on God to bring me discipline and peace of mind. I am also sort of weirdly excited. This morning I woke up in pain because of the horrible things I had eaten yesterday. I am hoping this is a turning point for my body. What is 40 days for God out of my life? Hardly anything!! So please leave encouragement or even prayers to bring me through this sacrificial time!
Hope every one's week is blessed!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Monday, April 13
Steak and Steamed Brocolli
Tuesday, April 14
Grilled Chicken with salad greens
Wednesday, April 15
Chicken Salad with carrot sticks
Grilled Fish and steamed brocolli and carrots
Thursday, April 16
Partial Day Fast
Partial Day Fast
Oriental Red Meat Salad
Friday, April 17
Easy Egg Scramble
Coconut Milk Soup
Family Roast Beef with carrots
Saturday, April 18
BBQ Grilled Chicken with asparagus
Sunday, April 19
Chicken Salad with celery and carrots
Okay friends- please be in prayer for me these next 40 days. This is totally not my excited eating! Please pray for my self-discipline and guidance from the Lord.
For more menus head over to Organized Junkie!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Like I said I got addicted to Twilight. Andy and I watched the movie last Saturday and I LOVED it! So I got the books from my SIL and jumped in to read them. I read the four books in 3 days. I did feed my children, but that is about it!
Now to the downer part... For those of you who know me or have read my blog know that I was sexually assaulted, it resulted in my first son (I would have it no other way! He is my blessing.). Anyway, a girl in our church youth group was raped at SCHOOL! When something like that happens to you, when you know of has this happening to someone you know, it opens up your wound all over again. It was gut-wrenching! It brought up tons of repressed feelings and I felt each one all over again. I pray that if that God is going to use me in this area, that he make me stronger. So that is the main reason for the downer week.
AND my baby turned 1 year old today!
So here is my menu plan for this week:
Monday: BBQ Chicken Pizza
Tuesday: Tex Mex Tacos
Wednesday: Chicken Alfredo
Thursday: Pork Chops, Rice, and Green Beans
Friday: Dinner with my ILs and then going to an Easter Cantata
Saturday: Breakfast for Lunch and then Leftovers for Dinner
Sunday: Easter Dinner
Happy Holy Week! We are a blessed people who have a Savior who died on a cross and rose again for us!
For more menu plans, head on over to Organized Junkie.