Thursday, January 27, 2011

What Makes A Marriage Last

What Makes A Marriage Last

I found this in my blog surfing.  Even if you have a good marriage, I think it is a great post.

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Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

HomeKeeping Journal

This week’s Journal is about Understanding . . . .

God’s Word has a lot to say about Understanding. We’re called to be people of Understanding and we’re counseled that wisdom brings understanding, which in turn brings wisdom. Understanding is not easy to get. Usually, it comes when we are rebuked or disciplined. And only those who have understanding really receive the full benefit of being disciplined or rebuked.

In my Kitchen today ….. it is full of the wonderful smell of cinnimon rolls.

Proverbs 1:5 says: Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance – What this means for me is …..that I need to increase my learning of the word.  It also means that I need to turn to the Lord for guidance. 

Proverbs 17:10 tells me that “A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.” – So I know that …..correction by God or someone that I trust is good and that I will learn from it.

Proverbs 17:27 says that “Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.”. What this means for me as a woman of God is ……. think before you speak.  One who has a cool head in all things shows understanding.

Proverbs 13:15 talks about favor – “Good understanding gains favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard.” – I have seen this played out in my life in this way …..When I am understanding things seem to go better.  If I judge or rush into things, it doesn't usually come out ok.

And finally, Proverbs 20:5 tells me that “Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out” – This is important for me because …… maybe I can help others by being understanding and listening to them.

Tuesday Tales

Yes, I am back and refreshed.  The retreat was really good.  The weather was nice.  Cool and sunny on Saturday, but cloudy on Sunday.  But we had several solitude times.  I really enjoyed that.  I rarely get solitude with all that goes on in my house.

I got out and walked a mile this morning.  Not quite as peaceful, but being alone just the same. 

I am thinking about what my personal mission is going to be.  I think it will be something with prayers shawls.  I would like to get a group together that does shawls, baby blankets, preemie hats, afghans, etc.  Plus I want to get some group together that will go into action if there is a fire, hurricane, etc.  We can get meals together, get clothes to people, or open our homes to people who need it.

What is your personal mission?  Have you ever thought about it?  You can do something in the places that you live, work, and play.  At home, my homeschooling is my mission.  Is that enough?  What about the people around me?  What would you do?

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, January 24, 2011

HomeKeeping Journal

This week’s Journal is all about HOME

In my homey kitchen …..

There is the smell of coffee and cookies

My thoughts on being at home ……

I would not trade it for anything else in the world.  I don't miss the corporate rat race.  I enjoy homeschooling and puttering around the house.  It will be even better when we get back out on our own.

A constant habit I have of making my home comfortable is ….

Some thing scented or baking. 

If I could change the decor of my home ….

If it was my place, it would be country primitive.  I love the simple look.

What I want my children/spouse/other family to remember about my home is …

that they were welcome, warm, and happy here.

Home …

It really is where my heart is.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Going on a road trip!

I am leaving in the morning for my retreat.  Please pray for my safe drive.  I will be driving two hours to get there.  Please also pray for me as I go thru the Faithwalking program.

I am looking forward to the solitude time during the retreat.  With homeschooling, family, and life, solitude is something that I don't get often. 

It is a very emotionally draining experience with this retreat.  You are bringing up things in order to get rid of them.  I hope to come home with a fresh outlook on life and more in focus of what God's plan is for me.

Thank you so very much.  You mean so much to me. 

Love, Amy

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuesday Tales

This is George and my song.

Monday, January 17, 2011

15 years ago today......

My hubby George and I went out for the first time on January 17, 1996. 

I am very thankful for the wonderful hubby and Daddy to our daughter that he is.

God has truly blessed me.

George and I summer 2009

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

This weeks Homekeeper's Journal

This week’s Homekeeper’s Journal is about TIME……

In My Winter Kitchen its time to ……….

Bake some bread so my house will smell wonderful and warm.

My biggest Time-Waster seems to be ……..

Looking for things.  I need to organize better.  I waste more time looking for things than I do when I get done the things that I need too.

I do/do not view Time as a gift from God and here is why……

We only have a certain amount of time that is given to use by God.  I want to use mine wisely.  I don't want to waste it being mad or feeling bad.  I want to use it for the plan that God has for me.

When others are slow or dawdle I ………

I get inpatient.  I hate to be late and I think it is very rude to be late.  I try to always be at least 10 minutes early anywhere I go.

One way that I make good use of time in my household is …..

Try to do things on a regular routine.  I am very flexible but like to get things done.  It is hard for me living with family.  So I kind of have to work around her and whims.  She doesn't think of anyone else in the house. 

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tuesday Tales

Bri working on assignments.

I am thinking about some of the things that we talked about at my Faithwalking program.  Integrity.  What does that mean?  To me it means do what you say and say what you mean.  As a Mom it is easy to promise things or take away privileges, then do or not do because of convenience or just so "you don't have to deal with it".  Are you easy to say you aren't going to such and such then go just so you don't look bad or don't want your child left out.  Or sure, we'll make cookies on Wed and don't give it another thought.  Everyone does it.  I think that I have to be more strict with myself about doing what I say and saying what I mean in order to teach my daughter about keeping her word and doing what she says that she is going to do.

Even when you aren't do lessons and assignments, you are teaching your child.  Are you doing everything you can to make sure they are learning good things?

Have a wonderful day.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Oh my!

Darth Vader in cowboy boots!!!  LOL  Isn't this a riot??  May the force be with ya'll!!

Also this is from 4-H.

Bri is the littlest one in the plaid shirt.

And finally the puppies!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

It's snowing in south Texas!!

Here is the first snowflake in my Blizzard Project.  I used I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby.  It is white with a metallic thread thru it.  I think it is call Spark.

I was excited about a program that we were going to at the homeschool group.  A local library was going to tell us about a program for homeschoolers.  I was kind of disgusted with it.  It wasn't really a program.  It was to get volunteers to shelf books, cut paper out for kids projects, etc.  I guess I thought that it was a way to get kids to do their work for them.  I am sure that they would learn something out of it.

Bri is excited about a field trip to CiCi's Pizza.  I think Pizza is her most favorite food.

I am not feeling really great today.  I think I am just tired.  I haven't been sleeping well.  Too many dogs on the bed.  LOL

Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

This is an oldies, but goody.  This was taken at the Houston Downtown Aquarium in 2009.

Downtown Houston

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tuesday Tales

I joined a group on Ravelry called Blizzard.  It is a CAL/KAL of snowflakes.  You make as many snowflakes as you can in the year and then attach them.  You can make a shawl, tablerunner, tablecloth, etc.  I got a nice 100% cotton yarn at Hobby Lobby.  It is white with a metallic thread thru it. 

Some one in the group said that she was going to put hers together and make a tree skirt.  She would lay the crochet snowflakes over a piece of velvet.  That sounded gorgeous to me. 

Started back to homeschool yesterday.  Bri was not really that interested.  We got some stuff done.  I got started late.  So I will have to get back to a scheduled time.

Here is another recipe:

Easy Cheesy Biscuits

2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup milk  (you can use buttermilk)

Three bean baked beans

1 16oz package of ground pork sausage (Browned and drained)
1 15oz can Lima beans
1 15 oz can kidney beans
1 28 oz can baked beans
1 5oz can tomato sauce
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup brown sugar

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl
Put all greased 9x13 baking dish and bake at 350 for one hour.

Serves 8-10

In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients. 
Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender or two knives until it looks like cornmeal.
Stir in the cheese
Add milk to mixture, just enough to hold the dough together
Roll the dough 1/2 inch thick
Cut and bake on a ungreased cookie sheet at 425 for 12 to 15 minutes.

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Today’s Journal is all about Winter and what you do to make your home warm, inviting, comfortable and the things you struggle with in the Winter.

In my Winter Kitchen…

I love to have tea brewing and something with cinnimon in the oven.

The hardest part about Winter for my household is ….

It is such a change from Ohio.  We do lots of things outside in the winter since it fairly nice.

My favorite Winter time meal is….

Soup and homemade bread

I Do/Do Not (choose one) tend to be depressed in the Winter…..

I use to get kind of depressed in the Winter in Ohio.  But not here, I actually like fall and winter here in Texas.

A favorite Winter time activity my family enjoys is ….

I love going to Galveston.  Not too crowded and not too hot!!

To help my home look and feel inviting in the Winter….

I put homemade items around and crocheted snowflakes.

How I dress to stay warm ……

Mostly sweaters here.  You have to carry a lighter shirt because the temps rise and fall so much here.

One really important health rule for the Winter time I’d like to share ….

Drink lots of water and wipe your doorknobs with Clorax to kill germs.

Hello 2011!

Can you believe that it is 2011!!! 

First I would ask for prayers for a lady at my church.  Her house caught fire on New Year's.  They think that it is from the fireworks that people had been lighting off all night.  Thank God she and her grandkids are ok.  Please pray for Pam.

I am planning on getting back to homeschooling today.  I am also looking at curriculum.  I am looking at math, spelling/grammer, and maybe some math manipulatives.  If you have any good/bad experiences with curriculum, please share.  What do you use?

Is your tree still up?  Mine is.  Didn't feel like messing with it over the weekend.

Here is a great fix the night before meal.

Easy chicken dish

2 cups uncooked elbow mac  (you can use fettuccine noodles)
4 cups cooked and diced chicken
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 Tabs diced onion
1 Tab chopped green pepper (or red, orange, yellow)
8 oz shredded cheese of your choice   Reserve some for the top

Mix all ingredients
Place in a greased 9x13 baking dish
Cover and refrigerate over night
Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 30 minutes
At the last half hour, sprinkle with the reserved shredded cheese

Easy Peachy Pizza

1 pie crust
1 16 oz bag of frozen peaches, thawed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup flour
Another 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup pecans

Place pie crust on greased pizza pan
Cut up peaches and put on top of the crust
Mix together cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg and sprinkle on top
Mix together flour, sugar, butter, and pecans and put that on top
Bake 425 for 20 to 25 minutes.

Great with ice cream or whipped cream

Have a wonderful day!!

By the way,  I was awarded an award, but I have declined.  Please visit to view.  I would prefer not to get awards.  But thanks for thinking of me!