Day to Day Adventure: 11/14/10 - 11/21/10

Thursday, November 18, 2010

One Wild Weekend


I am not sure how I will survive the coming 3 days.  Why is it that our normally calm life(sarcasm) has erupted in a mad marathon of company in town, business meetings, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas play practice, and a parade.

The best thing out of all of this is that my house is de-cluttered more than it has been in YEARS and mostly clean!!!  We’ve taken 3 days off of school to really get things in to shape and the house looks marvelous.  The fall decorations are out and all the food is bought for our Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday!!!

I am not stressing and that is truly a finer thing.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gratituesday: Next stage

My children are no longer babies.  I have watched them grow until they are capable of many things.  I can rely on them to cook meals, do laundry, work until things are done.

 More and more as I see them interact with others I see that they have learned the things that Steve & I have taught them.  They are respectful.  Purity is important and not a goal—it is a part of their lives.  They are certainly not perfect, but I see the fruit of their attempts to live the right way in their situations.
I miss the small things about them being little.  Snuggles, little hugs, play doh.  But I will be thankful for kindness, wisdom, selflessness.

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Money Saving Monday: My Crockpot!

Last week I was posting crockpot recipes for a friend to see(and to share with anyone else). 

That leads me right into WHY I use my crockpot.  Most of the time I use it to save my sanity!  Tuesdays & Thursdays are CRAZY busy for me.  I am running kids to Bible study, piano & fitting my errands in between!  So if I can leave the house with supper taken care of then I am one step closer to surviving those days.  Let’s face it.  Life is hard but it can be easier if we use a few tools.  I like being able to just walk in the door at 5 or after and know I am about 10 minutes from having dinner on the table.


BUT my crockpot saves me $ also!  Here is one way

We love beans and we make them often.  It is not unusual for us to have beans 3 or 4 days out of 7.  They are cheap too.  Lately I have been making them from scratch & not buying the cans.  That makes it REALLY cheap.

A can of beans—about 2 cups is around $.60(aldi’s)

A small bag of beans—makes roughly 6-7 cups costs $1.10(walmart)

Hmmm do the math. 

Beans seem hard to do but they aren’t.  Hardest thing is remembering to do it ahead of time so that they are ready when you need them.

Grab a bag of beans, we use a lot of black beans in our Mexican dishes.  Rinse them and pick out any stones or yucky looking beans.  Dump them in the crockpot & cover with water so that the beans are under the water by 2-3 inches.  The beans WILL soak up this water over night so make sure there is plenty covering them.  The next morning add more water & turn on the crockpot to low.   By late afternoon or supper time you will have nice soft beans ready to bag & put in the freezer.  Next time you need beans you can pop them in some hot water or the microwave & you are ready to get cookin’

3 Bean Soup—so easy the kids can make it!

1 can or 2 cups cooked black beans

1 can or 2 cups cooked white beans

2 cans or 4 cups kidney beans(I like Aldi’s canned chili bean because they already have a sauce with the beans)

1 quart diced tomatoes

1 quart water

Optional:  1-2 cups cooked hamburger

Heat & serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, avacado chunks,  shredded cheese


Somehow this looking for things to be thankful for has created a monster in me.  I am generally thankful.  For my family, friends, house, food, clothes, freedom etc.

So this weird thing keeps happening.  I find my self thankful for things that I don’t always like.  Why is that?

For example

Voting—a privilege but not “fun”—hard work figuring out what my stance on some issues were

Joshua—love him but being thankful for his chatter & quirks can be interesting some days


Mending?—I hate to mend things—hence the pile up


Posting something on Facebook causes me to look for things to be thankful for in the everyday.  Of course I am thankful for the above mentioned “normal” stuff.  On a bad day it can be challenging to find things I am thankful for.  However, I find that it has changed my attitude as I go through my day. 

Being thankful is a choice.  I am growing through that choice.  How about you?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Good friends

You know how sometimes you just know someone will be a friend from the first moments?      The first time I met Sarah(name changed to protect the innocent!) she just felt like someone I’ve know for a long time!  She and her family are just SO much fun to be around.  They are a blessing & encouragement to Steve & I. 

We need that. 

It is not enough to have just have people who you are acquainted with in your life.  You need people to KNOW who you are and what you believe.  Her husband has also been an encouragement to Steve & that just warms my heart.  Guys don’t have an easy time getting to know other guys.  I hope that continues & builds both men up.

They are now going to church with us and it is even sweeter to know that we get to worship together & celebrate weekly as a family the GOOD news of Jesus!

Today I am thankful for new friends who feel like old friends but are really eternity friends.

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