Wisdom to Live By

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Not a Good Mix!

It was a beautiful day here last Saturday so the Hubby and I decided to take the kiddos to the park for some kite flying. Little did we know that it was a bad idea. We spent about 15 minutes kite flying and the rest walking around the park while the kites lay in snarling messes by the van. In my kiddos defense, they were very cheap kites, but nothing prepared me for how hard I would laugh. While on our walk we even rescued a stranded crawfish. It had been washed up by the rains the night before. Hubby put him, kicking, back in the water. Check out the slideshow of our great day. All for now.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

FFF, April 23, 2010

FFF is back. Well, after people asking me about it, I'm back to posting about it. Fun Food Friday has returned. This past Friday my kids decided that instead of something new, they wanted my Cheesy Potato Soup. Ok, easy enough. So the menu was Cheesy Potato Soup and Peanut Butter Cookies. Yum! Of course, I never really measure anything so these are all estimations. Cheesy Potato Soup ingredients are:

About 5 or 6 medium red potatoes, washed and cubed
1 medium onion
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk or evaporated milk
4 ounces extra sharp cheddar
6 pieces cooked bacon, chopped

First things first, boil your potatoes as if your going to make potato salad, not too mushy. I boil mine for about 8 -10 minutes. Always start your potatoes in cold water so that they cook more evenly. Drain reserving about a cup of the water. Saute your onions in the butter until translucent and soft. Then add flour making a rue. Let it cook for a minute or two continuosly stirring so that the flour taste cooks out. Add your potato water and stir until it starts to thicken. Add your potatoes and milk and bring to a boil and when it starts to thicken turn down to low and add cheese and bacon and stir until cheese is melted. If you want it really fattening though you could substitute the butter with bacon grease. :P I'm just sayin'. Ok onto the peanut butter cookies. The ingredients are:

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup vegetable shortening ( I just used a 2 sticks of butter, if you use butter make sure it is softened)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour

Cream your peanut butter and butter together in a mixer on medium. Add your sugars and then add your egg, one at a time, to the mixture. Add your vanilla and beat on high for a couple of minutes. In a separate bowl, combine your flour and salt and then add to your peanut butter mixture. Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet and flatten with fork in criss cross pattern. Bake for about 8 - 10 minutes on highest rack in oven on 400 degrees. Everybody loved them and they are all gone. My very best friend and neighbor told me about her peanut butter cookie recipe which I will be trying next, so I want yours. Send me your trusty peanut butter cookie recipe so we can try it out. Happy cooking. All for now.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Just One More

"One more, mommy!" Isn't it hard to say no to that when they are asking you to read one more chapter. This week we've been reading Charlotte's Web. Last night we started reading around 7:30 and when I finally told Big Man we couldn't go on, it was 9:00. This has to be one of my favorite parts of homeschooling. I love getting lost in another world with my kids. More on our homeschooling soon. All for now.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Ducks in a Row

Well, just finished buying the music curriculum for big man for next school year, Onto the rest of the curriculum on all my little post-its stuck to my computer desk. Yes, I am a post-its woman. They are everywhere I deem necessary. You laugh. My children are so much happier and things run more smoothly in this house because of my need to organize everything. The credit cards in my wallet are even organized in a certain order, but having said all of that; it's not about that. What is it? Life. This is not my life. Yes, everything is in order most of the time, but I'm not freakin' out when it is not. I love sittin' in the floor with my kids, reading books, making play doh animals, playing CandyLand, painting monsters, swinging on the swingset, playing ball, driving cars, building towers. I'm not gonna collapse if there are crumbs in the floor, I'll just sweep'm up. This is what IT is about. God gave me these little angels, not so that I could turn them into little show pieces, but fulfilled and Christ-centered adults. I love my kiddos and have to say, God has truly blessed me. All for now.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Real Thing

As you can see, Fun Food Friday was postponed again this past Friday but for good reason. We had our annual Easter drama to put on and things are a little too hectic to put on a 3 course meal. As for the play, it was amazing this year. My hubby, as the newspaper put it, returned again to play the role of Jesus and he did an amazing job. He's been praying about that role for months now. The beautiful part is how many people were touched by his performance. I am very proud and am more proud of the fact that he gives God all the glory. The kids did hunt a few eggs, but that was about the extent of the egg part this year. Big Man actually had a small role in the play this year, as a shepherd boy. He was super cute. We have been doing this play with our church for a couple of years now so the last performance was bittersweet. We will probably not be in this area next year so this was our last time. This church has become our family and our kiddos even dread the thought of finding another church. Disturbing everything they know was never my intention, but thus is the life. Also, I want to send up a Congratulations to Jason and Kelley on their beautiful little miracle. All for now.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Daily Focus by AOP

I wanted to share this lovely devotional for all the homeschoolers out there. It might come at a time when you need it.

If Walls Could Speak

"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not" (Romans 7:18).
If your homeschool walls could speak, what would they say? What secrets would they tell others about your homeschooling family? My walls would tell of quiet times reading books, excited times when science experiments went "south," creative times of nightly puppet shows from behind the couch, and joyful times when a child received a hard-earned A+ on a semester test. Unfortunately, my walls would also tell secrets of not-so-nice times when conflicts led to unloving acts or when laziness led to procrastination.
Every homeschooling parent knows he falls far short of being the perfect Christian parent. The temptation to allow selfishness, greed, jealousy, and even laziness to take over our lives is strong. Homeschooling is only successful when we listen to the Lord instead of our flesh and submit to His constant love and guidance.
What about you? Have you been focusing on your failures more than your successes? Take heart! We all fail in our efforts to be the best parent and teacher of our children. The true battle that turns our defeat into a homeschooling victory lies in saying "no" to the flesh, so the Holy Spirit can control our every thought and action. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).
Lord, thank You for providing the way to have a homeschooling family who glorifies You. Teach me how to say "no" to my whiny flesh and listen to You and Your promises instead. In Jesus' name, Amen. All for now.