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

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What Works for Me Wednesday

Ok, so sorry I'm getting this out a little late.  We've had quite a week.  So this week I wanted to talk about the importance of a plan.  I am a list person.  I like to have my goals and to dos written down so I can know where I stand each day.  This also helps me tame the thousands of ideas rattling around in my brain constantly.  So if I have a reasonable amount of things written down and accomplish them, I then don't feel overwhelmed and I can also see what still needs to happen.  Having said all of that, I do not live and die by my lists.  I have three children.  I want to enjoy them.  I want to have fun with them.  But our decision to homeschool needs to be somewhat organized.  We need some sort of routine.  My schedule involves two sheets that I have created that works for my family, a monthly goal list and a week ahead list.  There are so many schedules and routines and goal lists and free printables out there on the web.  Take a little from here and a little from there and create something that works well for your family.  Here are a few links if you would like to get some ideas.
http://www.mommytracked.com/downloads
http://www.kristensguide.com/Printables/calendars.asp
http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/gettingorganized/planner.php
Ok, I am not affiliated with any of these people or getting paid by them.  I just found them for you and posted them.  I also do not use any of these, they don't really work for my family.  If you would like to see my sheets to see if bits and pieces work for your family, just email me and I can email them to you.  I will point out that none of my homeschooling schedule is on these sheets.  I love and have been using for a couple of years now this wonderful program called Homeschool Tracker.  I keep up with all of my lesson plans, grades, attendance, everything.  Its wonderful.  I hope this post has some useful information for you.  Let me know how you're doing.  All for now.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Making it Matter on Monday

I've heard from several people how much they got from my Making it Matter on Monday post last week. So, I'm curious, did you guys find encouragement and enjoy my post last week about Making it Matter on Monday.  If so, please let me know and I will make it a regular weekly post.  Thanks so much to you all.
All for now.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Scavenger Hunt

Sunday again.  Oh how I love Sundays, so very rejuvenating.  Especially after this week, it is welcomed.  This weeks prompts were Crossed, A Glimpse, Handwritten, Bliss and Gray.  So here are my interpretations of the week:
1. Crossed
This is what happens when you cross big man. ;P

2. A Glimpse
I peeked out the storm door to see Daddy comforting a hurt little man.

3. Handwritten
One of my weekly menu spots

4. Bliss
My coffee time is bliss, don't you love one of my valentine's gifts from my wonderful hubby.

5. Gray
One of my crafting tools.  My ironing board.  I absolutely love the abstract quality of this pic. Don't you.
All for now.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Fun Food Friday

So as some of you know Lady and the Tramp (our Fun Food Friday movie last night) came out a couple of weeks ago on DVD/BluRay combo pack.  The one in my FFF widget is actually just the DVD.  It's available for preorder, but doesn't come out until March 20.  I refused to buy the combo pack because we don't have a BluRay player. ;P  I'm patient, I can wait.  So for the movie last night, we just checked it out from the Library.  Ok so our dinner last night was Healthy Chicken and Veggie Casserole and for dessert Best ever Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.  Oh they were so good.  I actually got both recipes off of my Sparkpeople.  I absolutely love Sparkpeople and have been using them for a few years now.  Here are the links for the two recipes  http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=736959 and http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=700463 and if you notice on each page it give the nutritional value of each meal, super nice.  My only advice (because you know I like to change them up) is to maybe cook down the peppers and zucchini before adding them to the casserole, especially if you have kiddos.  Mine weren't too thrilled with the crunchy bell pepper, but they loved the zucchini. Now, we don't have too many pics from last night because yesterday was a VERY strange and interesting day (more on that later), so we got home later than we wanted to and by the time we got started, they just wanted to play.  They did help a little though so here are the pics from last night.
 Had another pic of hubby being quite funny, but he wouldn't let me post it ;P

 Not sure what that face is about 

 In charge of broccoli again 

 Again, not sure what that face was about.

 Big Man trying to sneak chocolate chips.

 Yummo!

OH YEA!
All for now.  

Have you guys started your own Fun Food Friday?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What Works for Me Wednesday

First things first.  I'm going to made a note of what's on my sidebar.  The Proverbs 31 woman, a standard that I have always tried to uphold in my family and household.  Of course, the key word here is tried. ;P  It's important for you to understand that what works for one person will not work for you.  Don't expect to find on this blog or any other for that matter a lifestyle and schedule that will solve your problems and work for you and your family.  It's good to find bits and pieces and find out exactly how to put together your own.  This series will be a view into what I have learned over the past, oh jeez, probably 15 years to help make things fun and run smoothly.  Proverbs 31:15a says "She also rises while it is yet night." I absolutely feel like this is a necessary step in my household.  I have chosen a discipline to get up at 5:00 every morning, (get my coffee, necessary step ;P) and sit down for my Bible reading.  This is a very important time for me. It's quiet and the kiddos are still asleep.  I feel like I can have my alone time with God to truly seek His will for that day.  And to beg for help so I don't screw it up. Even if you can't get up at 5:00, just getting up a little before the kiddos to seek God and His plan for that day makes a world of difference.  I hope you guys will enjoy this series and I want to know if you guys have this discipline.  I'm starting small because their is no way I could throw everything in my house at once,  you might run screaming in the other direction ;P.  All for now.


Do you guys get up early or do you like to sleep in?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Making it Matter on Monday

Recently this statement was spoken to me, "You do so much, how do you hold it all together".  Ok, as soon as I heard this I laughed.  I also recently read a wonderful post by someone I have recently made blogging friends with, Mandy over at Biblical Homemaking, apparently someone told her the same thing and she aired all her shortcomings and failures, which is what I'm about to do.  My inspiration for coming out with this post comes from the fact that if I'm going to tell you what I do on a daily basis to keep it together, I must first tell you who keeps it together.  Thus, the title.  Yesterday, God chose to point these things out to me and I wish to share with you.  Our pastor gave a wonderful message yesterday and I'm going to borrow his points, but tell you what God wanted me to hear.  Our scripture was from Mark 2:1-12, it's the story of the paralytic man who couldn't reach Jesus, so they lowered him through the roof to be healed.  Pastor pointed out five important notes in this passage.  Ok, his first point, Stop preaching, extend grace.  What God wanted me to hear, "sometimes we just need to shut-up and listen", sometimes that what it takes, it's the more meaningful and compassionate thing to do.  This post may be a little long, but I feel it is necessary for you to understand the foundation of why I do what I do.  Last year,  God told me to shut-up and listen........ to my sister, a drug addict on the verge of losing her family and her life.  I needed to stop trying to preach my way of life and ultimately that brings me to the next point in the sermon.  His second point; Carry another to God.  What God wanted me to hear, "sometimes people are so far down they can't find God, stop judging, love them and take them to God.  Carry someone to church if need be, don't invite them, physically take them with you.  So, against everything in mind, I gave the situation with my sister to God and he said, your going to carry her.  So we did, it's amazing because hubby didn't hesitate when I told him what God wanted us to do.  We brought my sister and her baby to live with us.  We detoxed her and then we didn't preach, we listened and lived.  It went against every fiber in my being to keep my mouth shut sometimes (those of you who know me ;P), but we had to show her a new way of life and who God really was.  I have a very strong emotional block and it is very difficult for me to open up sometimes, but she needed to see how far we all can fall and yet it doesn't matter to God.  Third point, Cooperate on the cot, we all at some point in our life will need to depend on others and be carried.  What God wanted me to hear,  "that was you and you fought the whole way".  My sister really got to see who God is and how much He loves her.  She accepted Jesus and God decided it was time for her to go home after about three months of living with us.  I was not ready, but He said let her go.  After that,  I fell,  I didn't feel like I had a purpose anymore and I couldn't feel God anymore.  Wow, huh, no emotional block right now,  I sit here crying, but that's ok because none of you can actually see me ;P.  I had forgotten, my wonderful blessings, my wonderful life.  As I got up every morning, praying, looking, thinking about my next big job from God, He finally gently reminded me through my wonderful church body.  You have a big job already.  They get up every morning and expect you to show them the way.  Love them. Teach them. (which is something God called me to do a long time ago and I had forgotten).  Show them who I am.  Love your husband.  Be a good steward of everything I have given you and Take care of them.  Apparently God knew I needed that time with my sister to show me who He really is and what my main purpose is, (even though He may give me side jobs now and then ;P).  Fourth point, Carry your own cot home, it is our responsibility to be good stewards of our healing.  It has been a long time coming, but that is the true purpose of this post.  to first show you how very human we all can be and who God truly is in our shortcomings and failures.  Last point, Praise God, believe what you have never seen before.  I saw God more clearly in my few months with my sister here than my whole life before that time.  He is truly amazing and it's scary how quickly we can forget that.  So as it seems that I juggle a lot and it looks like I hold it all together, just know, it's not for me or all me that I do these things.  3 John 1:2 says It is God that I prosper and be in good health, even as my soul prospers.  In the coming weeks, I will let you in on some of the ways I keep the house and homeschooling in order, but please, if you take nothing else away from this post remember this.  "He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness' "Therefore most gladly I would rather boast my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake.  For when I am weak, then I am strong."  2 Corinthians 12: 9-10.  All for now.  

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Scavenger Hunt

Sunday again.  I figured as we were sitting here resting and watching The Gospel of John I figured I would post my interpretations of this weeks prompts.  This week was Love, Duplicated, Trending, Paper and Plastic.  Here are my interpretations of the week.
1. Love
My sweet kiddos

2. Trending
My cute skinny jeans and boots I snagged at Goodwill. :)

3. Duplicated
Oh garlic, how I love thee.

4. Paper
My little toot left her money on the counter.

5. Plastic
The top of my veggie oil, when we were cooking for Fun Food Friday.

I hope you enjoyed.  All for now.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fun Food Friday

I know, you probably missed me last night, huh. ;P.  I apologize for the delay for I think I ate my weight in chocolate.  I just enjoyed the movie (Beauty and the Beast)  with the kids and then fell asleep.  So in keeping with the theme of love, red and chocolate in February, we had Roasted Vegetable Mac & Cheese and Deep Dark Chocolate Cake.  Yes, you read it.  DEEP DARK CHOCOLATE with Raspberry Frosting.  Holy Cow was it yummo.  I did tell hubby though, I think I'll keep the chocolate cake recipe next time but make a cream cheese based frosting.  That would be Heavenly.  So without further delay, check out our pics from last night. :)  Enjoy.



Big Man is always in charge of Broccoli; he does such a good job.

This is what happens when we get broccoli on the floor ;P

Don't those veggies look so good.  This is before we roasted them in the oven.

This is what it looks like when someone takes her pigtails out before dinner.  She calls them hair ponies.


The frosting didn't turn out exactly the way I wanted it, but it was still pretty good.
If you would love any of these recipes, please feel free to email me anytime @ ericafrisk@gmail.com or friskpartyoffive@gmail.com.  All for now.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Eye Appointment

For about 2 1/2 years I have been very diligent about taking the kiddos to their eye appointment.  Today was Big Man and Goose's eye appointment.  Things were no different with either.  Big Man's glasses are good and Goose doesn't need glasses (so far ;P).  Having said all of that,  I was not completely informed until last year's appointment how little I knew about children and eye appointments.  If your child has had and eye exam at the pediatric checkup or at a school screening they have not really had their eyes checked.  Sorry, but those are seriously lacking and I also learned last year that your child should really start getting eye exams once a year starting at age 3.  Just a check to make sure everything is ok.  Big Man would possibly have had glasses before age 5.  Just six months before his first exam to get glasses, he passed his pediatric eye screening.  See what I mean.  That is why Little Woman will be having her first eye exam this year since she will be turning 3.  If your insurance covers eye exams, why not take advantage for your kiddos.  I'll put it to you this way, you don't wait to take your kiddos to the dentist when they complain about having a cavity do you.  Just sayin'.  So I hope you take this new knowledge and jump on it. :)  All for now.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Love, Love, Love

As we are in the Valentine's Day week, and it's usually a week long celebration in this house.  I thought I could post a little photo to show you the sweet love in our house (also for I Heart Faces and www.rocktheshotforum.com ).  My babies can be quite sweet to each other when they want to be and I absolutely love this shot.  Enjoy.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday Scavenger Hunt

These days seem to be flying by faster and faster.  I felt like I just did Sunday Scavenger Hunt.  The themes for this week included Facial Feature, Shadow, Spicy, Gold and Fabric.  So without further ado, Let the wild rumpus start, hehe.  Here are my interpretations this week.

1. Facial Feature
I absolutely love how blue Big man's eyes are.

2. Shadow
The kiddos we're playing around in the kitchen and I thought perfect.  Plus, I love their little hands. :)

3.  Spicy
I love, love, love, love, love anything spicy, well, maybe not as much as coffee, but I thought this was perfect.  Chipotle is the hubby's favorite.  Mine is the green hot sauce. ;P

4. Gold
The kiddos play money from math.  Don't you love the little Gold money clip.

5. Fabric
This is some fabric for a new charity project that I am working on. More news about this later. ;P

I hope you enjoyed.  All for now.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Fun Food Friday

Fun Food Friday once again.  I hope you all have had a fantastic week.  It's been a doozy in this house.  The kids have been fighting allergies, but they're doing a lot better tonight.  I figured I should let you in on what happens on Fun Food Friday.  The meal is not the only thing that happens on Friday nights.  After we clean up from dinner we blow up the air mattresses in the living room, make popcorn and watch our Fun Food Friday night movie.  So while the kids are glued to Where the Wild Things Are, I figured I would post some of our photos from dinner.  Our dinner tonight was Turkey, Ham and Swiss Cheese pockets and cheesy broccoli and for dessert, was Strawberry Quick Bread.  I hope you enjoy.  Oh yea, there is now a button for my FFF in the sidebar and a widget to Amazon for our FFF movie.  Enjoy.

       

                  

                         


All for now.