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Thursday, July 29, 2010

It's the Simple Things in Life

How many times have we heard that one; or even said them ourselves? It's true, it really is the little things in life that make my day. Hand picked wild flowers from the kids, someone doing the dishes, a song sang to me or written about me, etc... Those are the things I treasure.

Now, thinking about your kids, do you do those little things for them? Sometimes it's easy for me to think about doing those things for my hubby but overlooking them for my children. I'm around my children 24/7 almost 365 days a year. Sometimes it's easy to over look those small things that my children need as well.

What are some little things that would just make your child's day? Here's some ideas from my kids.

Lyshie age 11:
getting her a game for her gameboy as a surprise
picking her flowers
taking her out for a special treat
special movie night (even at home) with either her brother or mom
lego time with daddy

Jon age 4:
making him mac n cheese
cruisin' with him in the car with his favorite song by Toby Mac
daddy wrestling with him
blowing bubbles with him

You get the idea. Have fun and take a bit of time for those simple things in life that make life worth living.

"We can do no great things, only small things with great love."
-- Mother Teresa

Sunday, July 25, 2010

If You Give a Mom a Muffin

Although, I must say I need to change the coffee bit to herbal tea. That said, enjoy!

If You Give A Mom A Muffin
by Kathy Fictorie

If you give a mom a muffin,
she'll want a cup of coffee to go with it.
So she'll pour herself some.

The coffee will get spilled by her three year old.
She'll wipe it up.
Wiping the floor,
she'll find some dirty socks.

She'll remember she has to do some laundry.
When she puts the laundry in the washer,
She'll trip over some snow boots & bump into the freezer.
Bumping into the freezer will remind her
she has to plan supper for tonight

She'll get out a pound of hamburger.
She'll look for her cookbook
(101 Things To Make With a Pound of Hamburger).
The cookbook's sitting under a pile of mail

She'll see the phone bill which's due tomorrow
She'll look for the checkbook.

The checkbook's in her purse
that's being dumped out by her two year old.
Bending down to scoop up the contents already on the floor,
she'll smell something funny.

She'll change the two year old.
While she's changing the two year old
the phone will ring. (Of course!)

Her five year old will answer it & hang up.
She remembers that she wants to phone a friend
to come over for coffee on Friday.
Thinking of coffee will remind her
that she was going to have a cup.

She'll pour herself some,
& chances are, if she has a cup of coffee,
her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Reaching Out and Helping Others

How many times do we see a fellow brother or sister in need and do nothing to help. Don't get me wrong, praying is great, but what do you do physically? Is someone without food while you go out to eat weekly? Is a family without a vehicle when you have several? What if you're stretched beyond your own means and you still want to help others?

I came across a verse today and it stuck a cord in me. I had never caught part of it.

Ezekiel 16:49-50
49"Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy.

50"Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me Therefore I removed them when I saw it.

"Abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy". Did you catch that? Wow. I started thinking about our country and how we're the most prosperous in the world. Yet many times we are food into thinking that we're poor and needy. That our life would be better if we were making more money or had a better (fill in the blank). Satan sure uses subtleties to get us off track of what really matters doesn't He?

Here are just a few ideas of what you might be able to do to help others around you regardless of your financial means.
1. volunteer at a soup kitchen
2. lend a helping hand to a neighbor who is shut in or somehow not able to do everything they need to.
3. cook a meal for a family in need.
4. donate unwanted clothing, books, etc... to a local church who gives these items away to people in the community.
5. dontate food to a food pantry - again churches do this as well.
6. make cookies or some kind of treat for your neighbors. get to know them and show them Christ's love.

I could post so many more but you get the idea. I honestly don't know anyone that is truly lacking in food, clothing, etc... In fact, most of us has more than we need and still some. What can you do to help those around you? IF you're looking for a food pantry, clothes closet or something similar, give me a ring. Our church has these ministries. They are also currently packing backpacks full of school supplies for children who might not be able to afford them. There's so many opportunities out there. I would encourage every family to choose at least one thing you can do to help those around you.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?

How does your garden grow? Here's some updates on ours. I'm pleased to say that our tomatos that we started by seeds are from Seed Savers Exchange. We've always been pleased with their products. I don't know if it was the addition of soil/compost to our garden, the pinching of suckers, or just plain God; but this year our tomatoes are doing better than they ever have. Oh yes and they're getting a good dose of java grinds (recycled from Starbucks).

Jon standing in front of the tomatoes to give you an idea of their size.

Did you know that there is close to 4,000 varieties of potatoes? Unfortunately, we only see a few in the grocery store. Here are potatoes grown in used soil bag.

Echinacea - also called the purple coneflower. This plant/herb is great at boosting the immune system and fighting infection.


O give me not red roses,
That early dews have wet!
They speak to me of kisses
That are remembered yet.

O bring me not white roses,
That summer winds have drest!
For once I placed white roses
Upon a quiet breast.

But bring me purple pansies
If so you wish to please,
For them I have affection;
For pansies are "heart's ease".
__Louisa Cooke Don-Carlos.

Share a cup of tea with me?