Sunday, August 31, 2008


I'm not sure if I had this blog when I had such an awakening one day(awhile ago)at church but I know I blogged about it on myspace. There was a service one day that we had where a guy and girl sang a song called "The Revelation Song." There was such a spirit of worship. Pastor Godfrey got up with tears streaming down his face and said "I don't even know what to say...Let's pray." That day he didn't even preach because the Spirit of God was already moving. Something happened in my heart and since that day I feel like my ministry is music. I became faithful in the choir, I started singing on Sunday night praise team, I lead praise in kid's cove (children's church) with 2 other girls. I recently comitted to work in Kid's Praize on Wednesday nights. I'm not saying this so that everyone knows how much I do at church. I'm just saying that's how much I love music and singing. I know God can use music to bring people to Him.

On with the story...tonight I was singing at church. Our song leader had picked out some beautiful songs to go along with communion tonight. 2 of the songs were about the blood of Jesus. Other songs talked about the cross. As I sang these songs and was looking in the face of the audience, I wondered what was behind the face. What's their story? What's their pain? Some faces looked happy. Some faces looked worried, sad. Some looked like they were worshipping. My heart filled with emotion. Mostly joy that I serve a God who heals, protects, loves the unloveable, forgives the unforgiven, gives joy, and peace. Also sadness for those who don't know Him. The true living God. I wish I would be more brave and tell others how to find Him. I thought of those I know that don't know Him and my heart breaks. I will continue to pray for my friends who need a Savior. My favorite lyrics that we sang tonight are this....

Thank you for the cross Lord. Thank for the nail-pierced hands, washed me in your cleansing flow, now all I know, IS your forgiveness and embrace. Worthy is the Lamb, seated on the throne, we crown you now with many crowns, you reign victorious. High and lifted up, Jesus son of God, the darling of heaven crucified...WORTHY IS THE LAMB, WORTHY IS THE LAMB

Thank you Jesus for saving me! Please protect those in the path of the storm. I love you.

Monday, August 25, 2008

My Menu

Here is a link to my 4 Week Menu Cycle including a shopping list for each week. Enjoy

New Menu Idea

Ok. So I've been rethinking the menu idea. It seems that now that my backpack OCD has been resolved I may be onto something else. I just love to think of ways to make my life easier. So my idea is to make a 4 week cycle menu instead of a weekly menu. That way we only have 1 particular dish during the month. If I get a craving for something than I can certainly substitute a meal for what I am wanting.

So I did it. September's meals are planned. I don't include weekends because I usually just pull leftovers out of the fridge or eat something quick like frozen pizza, etc. And i figure if we avoid eating out during the week we can enjoy a Sunday lunch out. I don't like cooking and cleaning up on Sundays. It's supposed to be a day of rest, right?

As an added bonus I already made my grocery lists for everything I need to cook the meal each week. I will have an "other" column for things like milk, bread, diapers, etc. I know everyone reading this is probably thinking I am absolutely crazy but I promise this did not take that long. Since my menu for this week is already planned this new menu will begin next week. How perfect since we're beginning a new month!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

What Tropical Storm?

Weather just annoys me. Here we were preparing for a big storm and we get a little mist. No thunder, no lightning, nothing. I'm not saying I wanted the storm to come but I also don't want to worry about it for no reason. So where can I move that doesn't have weather issues? No hurricanes, no tornadoes, no earthquakes, no blizzards? If anyone knows please tell me. That's just my soapbox for the night.

On to better things. Kalli is about to start her 2nd week of kindergarten. Her first week was great. Kole is starting a new school tomorrow. He will be going monday, wednesday, friday from about 8-1. I think he'll do well. He's a likeable kid. Well, with the backpack drama and first week of school behind us, it's time to plan the week's menu. I must admit that I did not plan for 2 weeks and found that was not the way I want to live. I spent way to much money on junk food. Everytime I've spent $20 on one yucky meal I can't help but think how many meals that would have bought me at the grocery store. So I'm back on the wagon. Here's next week's menu.

Beef tips, mashed potatoes, broccoli & cheese

Lasagna, salad, garlic bread

Quick food or leftovers

Italian Chicken, Rice, Green beans


Wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My Poor Kalli

Well, it's been 3 days since school started and the poor little one is so tired. She went to a preschool 4 days per week last year and this summer 2 days per week. She was usually dropped off between 8-9 am and last year school ended at 1pm. Summer was a little different. She stayed until 4ish but it was very relaxed. Lots of playing, a little structure.

Today she was very moody when we got home. After the 3rd time she got sent to her room she fell asleep. Usually I don't let her sleep in the late afternoon but i felt so bad for her. Unfortunately I had to wake her up about an hour into her nap to leave for church. After several meltdowns we made it to church where she perked up a bit. When we got home we ate dinner, I put Kole to sleep then had Kalli take a bath (which actually turned into a shower but I won't go there)...another meltdown. When that was over I dried her hair and cuddled with her on the couch. Not 5 minutes into that she was asleep. Wow, usually when she naps in the afternoon she wants to be up until midnight. This is really taking a toll on her. I guess she'll get used to the schedule eventually.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

So Much to Tell

It's been so long since I last updated everyone I don't know where to begin. I'll start here....Some of you may know this and to some it may come as a shock. I was OBSESSED with finding Kalli the perfect backpack for school. I lost count, no I chose not to count the number of hours I spent searching online for the perfect one. I found some cute ones but I always found something wrong with them. Most were too big. I did not want her carrying a backpack that went from her shoulders to her knees. I didn't want it to be the same one 3 other kids in her class would have. It had to be big enough to bring home a folder everyday. It couldn't look cheap. I didn't want to spend $50 on it. Do you follow me? I'm talking obsessed. I looked everywhere in town I thought might have backpacks and also at the outlet mall in Foley. Ebay had a few cute backpacks (I even found one for Kole with a matching lunchbox) but the one I liked kept getting bids up to $50 and I didn't want to spend that much. I also decided that a lunchbox was not necessary because I wanted her to buy her lunch at's easier and she doesn't like sandwiches or things that would be easy to pack. wonderful friend at work Joanna suggested I make her the backpack. Hello...of course I had thought of that....but, she suggested a fold-over style with velcro as the closure!

Now that got the wheels turning. By the end of that day I was so excited to go pick out fabric. But I wanted to practice first so I used some scraps and designed a "messenger-style" backpack. That turned out ok and I learned a few things for the real thing. That night Doug helped me with the design of the bag, where to use the fabrics, etc. The next day I found fabric and began the process. It took several days to construct because I didn't have uninterupted time to work on it. Brittany embroidered a cute little "K" on the bag for me and then I was able to complete it. She also used the fabric to put a K on a shirt for her in the same fabric as her bag. That could not have turned out more perfect. On the first day of school Kalli would wear a shirt that matched her backpack! Yeah!!!! Mission complete. I was finally happy with the backpack situation.

I was very happy with the way it turned out. So, Friday was Kalli's orientation. We went to her school and met her teacher who we really like. All weekend we were pumped about school starting. And the big day came yesterday. It was a family event. We all took Kalli to school. We walked her to her class kissed her goodbye and off we went. She was at "big kid school." I started driving to work and then thought...Oh no, she didn't go potty this morning before school. So all day I worried that she would not get to go to the bathroom before it was too late, but all went well. I was told the parent pick-up line was going to be wild so I got to school about 30 minutes early and was about 6th in line. She came out in a line being such a good girl and I was very proud. She completed her first day of school!!!

I can't even tell you how excited I am about this school thing. PTA here I come!
p.s. Pictures of the first day will be posted soon.