A Heart of giving…..

After attempting to join the crowds for Black Friday(which I’d never done before, what an experience), I realized how sad of a season this must be for so many. I’m not even refering to those who might be alone, or sick or hungry. We pray for those in need and attempt to provide through charities and church giving organizations. What I am refering to are those fighting over items to buy in stores, those who think those purchases are the only way to have a great Christmas. The “MUST BUY” items of the season are fought over like a war is on. It’s truly frightening to me.
We have truly lost the JOY of the season. There were very few shoppers that I found were kind and polite. Most pushed through like people were invisible.
It’s not about things, it’s about HIM!I have felt tremendously budened for people who seem so lost.
I love giving at Christmas, and certainly it’s enjoyable to recieve. My desire is to see others give with a heart of joy and not be a part of a angry mob of givers.It’s such a joy to shop for others, but with a heart and desire that isn’t so ugly.

Today was the first Sunday of Advent.
What a beautiful time of the year this is when we are able to focus on the true meaning of the season.
The first candle was lit today and represents Expectation or Hope. This brings attention to the anticipation of the coming King.
As we begin this season of celebration, may our hearts be filled with love and a desire to give that won’t go away. Pray that the Lord will direct you to somone who might be in need in some way. There are needs all around us.
What a great hope we have in our Savior. To have that promise is extraordinary!
I am so thankful that Jesus came as a baby to this God created world to save us from ourselves, our sin.
As we continue this Advent season, let’s be ever mindful of our attitudes and what we are reflecting through our actions and words.
Loving others is a gift in itself. Instead of fighting over purchases and pushing through lines with shopping rage,let’s give gifts that can be passed on to others in a beautiful way. With a loving heart that desires to give in a way that would please God.

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Thankful….

I am thankful for breath
I am thankful for life
I am thankful for moments…
moments that are unforgettable, precious and momentous…
for my heritage…..for those who have come before..whom have lead me to the cross….
…to be a part of a beautiful family….
I am thankful for sight…
for vision through my eyes and
through my heart…the insight into love and life
that God grants…through His Word…
For the ability to hear..to hear the words spoken by my children…the sounds of musical beauty…the sound of God’s voice as he speaks ever so clearly to my heart….
I am thankful for taste….the ability to eat, and taste foods that were created for our health and enjoyment…
To “Taste and see that the LORD is good” (Psalm 34:8)
I am thankful for touch…to hold my childs hand in prayer…to lead them for future generations…
To touch heaven when all is said and done…
and to feel the amazing love the abounds with the Almighty.
To think…to know…to be sure of….
I am thankful for assurance…the assurance of God’s love and forgiveness
I am thankful for His patience with me…His loving discipline that teaches me to grow…to listen…to be obedient…
I am thankful that He wants to be my friend…my Father….
I am so thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving my friends.

Are You Protecting Your Marriage? Is it Fireproofed?

Well, I have taken a few days off from writing posts due to an ridiculously unbelieveable cough…really…was that necessary. Anyway…here I am hopefully on the mend and so glad that my husband is home after a very long 6 day day trip. Is it possible that some days are longer than 24 hours? There have been days that it truly feels like….this week felt that way.
Everyone in our home was sick at some point…and then Mommy (me of course), with very little sleep and sickness…well let’s just say…I wasn’t quite up to par.

During this past week though I put all 3 boys to bed one night at 7pm and enjoyed a few hours of sewing and viewing Fireproof. I hadn’t watched it in a few years, but I am so glad that I took the time to watch it again.
It’s helpful to watch particurally when your spouse has been out of town for a while, and you are missing them=)
I was really able to focus on how am I succeeding as a wife…or am I succeesing…really? Putting God first is the first component of a successful marriage! First and foremost!
Every morning I come out to the kitchen, make my coffee and sit down in front of my Bible. Often times as soon as I sit down the pitter pat of little feet enter the kitchen and a voice says “I’m hungry Mommy”.
Needless to say, I often have to give my Bible reading a raincheck till later in the day. Can you relate?
All of that to say, I truly think the Lord understands if we can’t read the Word first thing every day. I do like to make a practice of it because I really want Him to be the first thing that enters my mind everyday.
I want my heart guarded against the enemy and my my mind ready to make good decisions.
I can say from experience, the more my husband and I are both in the Word I find there are more challenges entering our marriage relationship.
BUT!!!! I also find we are more equiped to handle those challenges.
It’s never perfect…but we find with a perfect God….we grow closer through His forgiveness of our sins and numerous imperfections.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other,just as in Christ, God forgave you. ~Ephesians 4:32

We’d be first couple to admit our failings, yet we knows God’s purpose for us being united in Him goes FAR beyond anything we’ll ever understand.Pray for your marriage, for your spouse. Pray together.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
~ Romans 12:12


After watching “Fireproof” again this week, I was reminded….the fire’s will come…just make sure your marriage is fireproof…able to withstand the flames of ungliness in this world and the temptations that arise in our humaness.
If you are struggling in a tough marriage, or hurt deeply by your spouse…just remember….

Everything is possible for him who believes ~Mark 9:23

And a few others I’d like to share with you.

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for eachother and for everyone else. ~ 1 Thessalonians 3:12

Read His word and fill your heart with His promises!

My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus. ~Phillipians 4:19

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. ~ Jeremiah 29:12

I can do all things through Christ who strenghens me. ~Phillipians 4:13


If you haven’t seen Fireproof, watch it! If you have….watch it again friends! It’s a great reminder to our heart in so many ways!!!!

Warm Memories

I remember back in grade school my Guidance Counselor talking to us about “Warm fuzzies” and “Cold Pricklies”. I think of those words when I describe good and bad memories.
My Mother has said she loves doing laundry(wish that would have passed down to me). She loves the smell! It reminds her of her Nanny (Grandmother). Her house was always very clean and her it smelled like fresh clean laundry all of the time. That created a “Warm Fuzzy” memory for her. She loved to visit and so enjoyed the time she spent with her Nanny.It always lifts her spirits to smell laundry being done, she thinks of your wonderful relationship with her Nanny.
I desperately want my children to have “Warm Fuzzy” memories that they caring with them through life.

A certain smell,object, picture, so many things it could be. It’s so interesting that really these things are only the link we have to what meant so much to us in the past.

Make your home a place to grow “Warm Fuzzy” memories.

There will always be frustrating moments, difficult to handle situations and sad “Cold Prickley” times. These things don’t have to be what we hold on to. Love is the key! Lots of hugs, kisses, reading books, kind words…so many things…time spent with love. Let’s create those “Warm Fuzzy” memories in our homes, so they will last a lifetime.

What are some of your “warm Fuzzy” memories?

Potato Candy

Okay, so have you ever heard of potato candy or eaten it before? I had not “suprisingly”. My father is of Pennsylvania Dutch origin and I know quite a few of the foods he grew up with, but not this one.

I just had to try it!
My boys and I attempted it and loved it! Though very sweet, it melts in your mouth!

After some research I had discovered that potato candy is either of Irish or German descent. The Pennsylania Dutch made it quite often too. Back in the early 1900’s Confectioners started using potatos as filler in their foods. It was a good starchy bland food that added a wonderful consistency and flavor to confections they made. Also, some say potatos were used originally in baking so not to waste potatos that might have otherwise gone bad.

If you are up to the challenge here is the recipie that I used!

Ingredients:

one medium, cooked mashed potato (instead of mashed potatoes, 4 oz of cream cheese may be used)
(I cheated and used instant mashed potatos, just enough flakes to make stiff mashed potatos)
1 tablespoon of butter
dash of Vanilla
1 lb. powdered sugar
peanut butter

Directions:

1) Make mashed potatoes and keep to dough-like consistency, similar to pie dough. (instead of mashed potatoes, soften 4 oz cream cheese and one tablespoon of butter).

2) Add a dash of vanilla and one lb. of powdered sugar to potatoes.

3) Roll out on wax paper using some flour so dough won’t stick. Dough is a little easier to work with if chilled before rolling out.

4) After you have rolled out to a smooth dough and to desired thickness, spread with peanut butter.

5) Then roll up and slice into pieces of candy. You can also roll into small individual rolls. Refrigerate and slice.

Enjoy Friends!

National Collection Week

This is the National Collection Week for “Operation Christmas Child”.
I wanted to send out a reminder and to let you know what an awesome ministry this is!
You can gift a child with love this Christmas, letting them know that someone cares and is praying for them. Our church is participating as many are. If your church is not, or you don’t have a home church you can find out more checking out the website!

For more info reguarding this amazing ministry the link is:
http://www.samaritanpurse.org/occ

Let’s make some children smile all over the world=)

Ms. Bobbins and Her Trees

Matthew and Jared Young were looking for some willing participation in the screening and review of a new film they have produced and commisioned by the TBN(Trinity Broadcasting Network).
The title of the film is “Ms. Bobbins and Her Trees”. Matthew and Jared have also developed a very close working relationship with Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales. They are currently working on a variety show that will debut in 2012 on Vischer’s new JellyTelly network season.
Our family is a HUGE fan of Jelly Telly, so when asked to review something in relation to it,I agreed immediately.

This film was very whimsicle, colorful, and also had some dark elements.
My 7 year accompanied me in front of the computer to watch this not yet released film.
We both thought it was very funny in a silly sort of way. We enjoyed their gift of humor!
The brother duo played in the film played off of eachother very well, and we found ourselves giggleing quite a bit.
Although it is a very good movie, I would not recommend it for small children. Ms. Bobbins is not a nice woman (not meant to be) and creates a very dark character(suppose to come across that way) which my son thought was very scary. The movie is based on dealing with hurt and sadness around Christmas time. A good theme, and well played out.

All of that said, some children are more sensitive than others, so I would recommend to just use your own discretion on whether your child in ready for a darker formated film.
It is a wonderful movie that will be loved and enjoyed by many=)

All in all, we enjoyed the film very much. When I ask my son what his favorite part was he said “The End”. Of course I wanted to know why=)
He responded” Everyone was happy at the end”. I hope you get a chance to see and enjoy this great movie=)

If you are interested in the film or other information relating to the
makers of the film, you can find it at:

http://www.thefantasticworld.com