Friday, December 31, 2010

Praise to the Lord!

Last night, my brother was involved in a severe car accident. He unfortunately does not know the Lord as his Savior. It was a miracle that he was not killed in this accident. It is quite evident the Lord's hand of protection was on him and his 3 friends. Praise the Lord for saving him! And I pray that he will come to know the Lord as his Savior soon! If you happen to remember this at any time, please  say a prayer for him. God works in amazing ways, and I am just praying that somehow this will all work out to bring him to repentance.

Isaiah 53:6- All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

No More Babies?

Thank the Lord for baby naps! :) I've been wanting to crank out this article for quite awhile now, but haven't had a spare minute it seems here lately to be alone to do it. My sweet baby has decided it's a good nap time, so I've decided it's a good post time.

As anyone knows who has read my blog before, I think the Duggars a such a sweet and Godly family. For a family who I'm sure gets tons of e-mails each and everyday, they still will reply to your e-mails when they have the time. I have had a chance to speak to them before via this format, and they are just as sweet as they are on TV.

Last year around this time, Michelle was giving birth to Josie via emergency c-section due to her development of pre-eclampsia. The world sat back and watched in sadness. Some, however, watched with a smug "I told you so" attitude. I mean, a woman who is delivering her 19th child deserves pre-eclampsia right? She should have known better and quit while she was ahead! (Those are not my views at all, but ones I have unfortunately read on other blogs and message boards.)

What would you say, however, to a young 22 year old mother delivering her first child via forced induction due to her development of pre-eclampsia? Would you say she should just hang it up and let that precious baby be her one and only? Probably not. You would probably say Well, these things happen. It shouldn't happen with the next one.

Why is it that if it's your first, the onset of such a thing as pre-eclampsia "isn't your fault." But if it's your 19th child, "You should have known better!" ?

That 22 year old woman was me. And yes,  I did develop pre-eclampsia at 40 weeks gestation. My  little boy wasn't quite ready to exit at that time, so an induction was done. Trust me, I am not a believer in induction or c-sections at all, unless medically necessary. Mine unfortunately was. A c-section would have been done as well, if I was not so strongly against it. Hours on magnesium and other medications sure took their toll, but I pressed on. 17 hours of labor, and my little boy made his appearance. Praise the Lord!

And ya know what, as soon as the Lord chooses to bless me with another, I will welcome him or her with open arms. And I'm sure if the Lord chooses to bless Mr. and Mrs. Duggar with another one, they will do the same.

Psalm 127:3- Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Little Star by Anthony DeStefano Book Review- Exceptional Christmas Read!

I was just given the awesome opportunity to read "Little Star" by Anthony DeStefano. This is a children's book that focuses on the Star of Bethleham.

A little boy asks his father how to find the Christmas star. His father then tells him the story of the Little Star. The littlest star in the sky might not be the brightest. Or the prettiest. Or even the one you would ever expect to be much of anything. But it seems that those are always the ones that Jesus chooses. This book is great for children as it really teaches them to just be who you are. God can use you no matter who you are, or where you are in life. If you just believe in Him, He can do great things with your life! Since the Little Star believed Jesus was the King, he was the only one with the ability to shine bright enough just for Him. It's a great Christmas read, and definitely one we will keep on our bookshelf to pull out each Christmas to read to the children. I highly recommend it.

The illustrations are exceptional as well. The pictures of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus come to life right on the pages! The pictures were enough to keep my little one entertained. And believe me, that's saying a lot! :)

Just to be clear, I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. However, that was no basis on this review. It really is a great book!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Blah's?

I am beginning to see a case of the Christmas Blah's come into being around here. Christmas should be a time of joy and excitement. But, when you're missing someone special at Christmas, it can make for a less-joyous holiday.

This past February, my PawPaw went to be with Jesus. And in 2008, my Nana also went to be with Jesus. This Christmas is our family's first without either one of them.

Last night while we drove around town listening to Alabama's Christmas album and looking at lights, I was suddenly hit with a sadness I didn't know would happen. They would not be here this Christmas. This was a tradition we had all shared, and suddenly two of the main people would be gone. It was a tough thought.

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

The Bible promises that God is close to all who are brokenhearted. If you happen to be missing someone special this Christmas, may you also take comfort in this verse as my family  has.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Reason for the Season

This Christmas, I was bit just a little bit by the "buy too much" bug. What do I mean by that? Well, I am aware that some of our family members are buying our family much more than we were able to afford for them this Christmas. You see, this Christmas is the hardest one our family has experienced yet financially. We're not bad off or anything, please don't misunderstand. But, we don't have the finances to purchase the usual amount that we would for others.

So, on the car ride home this evening, my husband so delightfully caught me in this buy too much funk. I was suggesting that "maybe we could just go buy so and so one more thing" when he said something that really made me think.

He said, "What if it was the babies birthday, but we gave everyone else gifts and didn't even acknowledge him on that day?" Wow.  Sometimes things like that need to be said to hit us right between the eyes.

Now, I know we can't give Jesus actual tangiable gifts. A coffee pot is not on his wish list. But, we can give Him our love, our time, our hearts, etc. We can also remember that this day is HIS day. Not our day.

I don't believe passing out presents is sinful in the least. I do think it is crossing a line when What should I get so and so is on our minds more than Thank you Father for being born for me does. Are we so worried about how we are going to buy one more thing, or about just praising the One who this is all about?

Luke 2:1-14
 1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
 2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
 5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
 8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

May your Christmas this year be a little more about Christ and less about us. :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Favorite Reads for Friday!

This week, there were some great blog posts out there!

First off, I must include this one from Mrs. Fuentes from A Wise Woman Builds Her Home. She has a link to get a ladies CD download from Vision Forum for FREE! And you know you can't beat free. :)

Over at the Duggar Family Blog, you can hear their latest radio show with Nina Frey. And I was one of the callers!

If you are still unsure of what to get that little one for Christmas, Kristy at Homemakers Cottage has a great post on faith based gifts for children.

And last but not least, Ms. Meredith ( well, Mrs. Meredith now ) at Striving to Serve at Home became a married woman this past week!

That's all I have for you today. Have a great weekend everyone!

( Oh, and why the Nativity scene? Since Christmas is only a week and a day away, I hope we are keeping our hearts and minds on the true meaning of the season. JESUS. )

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thank the Lord for Homemaking!

I ran across this poem today, and I have to say, I really needed it:

Thank you God, for all I have to do today.
Thanks God, for this sink of dirty dishes,
It shows we have plenty to eat.

Thanks God, for this pile of dirty, stinky, laundry,
It shows we have plenty of clothes to wear.

Thanks God, for those unmade beds in there,
They were warm and so comfortable last night
And I know there are many who have no beds.

Thank God, for this bathroom complete with all the
Spattered mirror, soggy grimy towels and dirty commode,
They are so convenient.

Thanks God, for this finger-smudged refrigerator
That needs defrosting,
It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers
For two or three meals.

Thanks God, for this oven
That absolutely must cleaned today,
It has baked so many things over the years.

The whole family is grateful for that grass that needs mowing,
The lawn that will need raking, we all enjoy the yard.

Thanks God, even for that slamming screen door,
My kids are healthy and able to run and play.

Lord the presence of all these chores awaiting me
Says you have richly blessed my family.
I shall do them all cheerfully
And I shall do them gratefully.


I do pray each and everyday that we remember that we are called to be mothers! On those days when we don't feel very needed, or even like we are accomplishing much, we are! By being a light in the home, we are not only blessing our husbands and children, but those who happen to visit our homes as well. Walking into a sweet, clean, and put together home is such a blessing! Walking into a dirty, unkempt home is, well, not such a blessing. May we strive each and everyday to be the best homemakers that we can be!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

An (Almost) Free Christmas! Could it be?

This Christmas, I was able to save $50.00 on Christmas presents! Wanna know how?? Swagbucks of course!

Swagbucks is a great search engine like tool that gives you free points just for doing what you always do, searching the internet! You can also get points for daily polls, surveys, printing coupons, etc. The ways to earn are endless! For only 450 points, you can get a $5.00 Amazon gift card. For absolutely free! I used these gift cards, coupled with my FREE Amazon Mom trial to get gifts for my child and family members. That gave me free 2 day shipping!

Swagbucks is for everyone. Everyone who owns a computer searches the internet atleast every once in awhile. Why not earn money while you're at it?

Amazon is not the only gift card you can request. There are many other options.

Two rules of thumb I have learned recently about Swagbucks : You can only request two gift cards a day. The gift cards take anywhere from 10-12 days to post to your account. So, request them in plenty of time before you will actually need them. Also, you can only request 5 gift cards to the same store a month.

Swagbucks really does work! I've tried it myself. So, if you want to have a free ( or almost free ) Christmas next year, now is the time to sign up for Swagbucks!

Search & Win

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Great Money Saving Deal on Coldwater Creek clothes!

Coldwater Creek has some amazing Christmas deals going on right now! I am a Coldwater Creek lover! Their clothing is so cute, and it's very easy to find modest clothing with them.

The only drawback to this wonderful clothing line is that they are usually very pricey! Not this week. This week they have some already good deals, coupled with their 25% off plus free shipping coupon code. The code is WHH9793. Code is good only until December 17th, so don't delay!

I was able to get this super cute jacket for only $10.00 shipped!

Go here and start shopping now!

Don't forget to log into your Mr. Rebates account to get back 4% as well!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Samantha - An American Girl Holiday Movie Review

This movie was so cute! I was able to snag it off of the Swap A Dvd website. As a side note, if you have not joined Swap A DVD yet, it's definately something to consider! We were able to clean out all of the DVD's we were no longer interested in having, and getting a bunch of new ones for only the cost of shipping! Very good deals.

Now, back to the movie. American Girl was coming out around the time that I was no longer interested in that "little girl" stuff anymore. :) I think it's so funny that now that I'm a "big girl", I think all that stuff is cute again. But because of this, I never really jumped on the American Girl bandwagon. I did, however, occasionally read an American Girl book. And Samantha Parkington was by far my favorite American Girl!

This movie is very family friendly. The only thing you might hesitate about was a very few references to Santa Claus at the end of the movie. Since we don't "do" Santa at our house, this will of course be thoroughly explained to our children that this is just fiction. But there was honestly nothing else that would make this unsuitable for children.

This will be one of the DVD's we pull out every Christmas from now on!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday Verse to Ponder

1Peter 3:3-4
3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Facebook Fast Followup

I wrote over a week ago now about how I felt led by the Lord to take a week long fast from Facebook. It has been a week, and I have not logged in once!

In this week, I have noticed that not logging on has increased my time with my son greatly. It also has removed some influences from my life and my home that could have been negative. What I mean by that is this; when you look at other people's lives via their pictures, profiles, etc. you have a sense of "Why don't I have that?"

Maybe you have a friend who is not living as they should with the Lord ( I have one like this ). You will look at their pictures, and stirrings can start in your heart.

You could go out and do that.

Look at all the nice stuff she has because she works and you don't.

Wow. Wouldn't it be nice if you had a bigger income so you could go out to dinner all the time as well?

By saying this, I am becoming very transparent before you. These thoughts are not to diminish my husband in the least. He is an excellent provider and husband. What I am saying is if we don't keep our hearts in check, the devil can enter in quickly and sow seeds of discontentment. Once those seeds are sown, it's very hard to rip them out.

This morning I logged in since it has been a week, and my fast was over. I looked, checked my messages, and quickly logged out. I felt just those few minutes on there were a big time waster. I then prayed and asked the Lord to show me if keeping this was something I should do. I felt such a burden in my heart. Then a thought crossed my mind.

Chelsea, I thought you would use the extra time you had to come and sit and visit with me. Why didn't you do that?

What excuse could I give the Lord for not doing that? Nothing!

I then thought of giving the Lord another week of fasting from this, and focusing all the extra time on Him.

A peace flooded my soul.

So, I'm on another week of fasting. Only this time, the extra time will be focused on my walk with the Lord.

I do hope these posts are helping in some way. I pray we all focus more on our walk with the Lord, and less time on ourselves and our fleshly desires.

Deuteronomy 5:33a: Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Where We Are

Are we happy where we are right now? I mean right where God has us.

Whether it be a stay at home daughter.

Or a mother of one.

Or a mother of twelve.

Or a lady waiting for the Lord to bring us the right man.

Are we happy?

This has been on my heart lately as I have a want for another child. My Bubs was conceived so quickly, I just assumed as soon as he was weaned, there would be another little one coming soon. That has not been the case. God has it all figured out though. He knows the perfect time to bless us with another child. If that is His will. If not, He has other plans for us that we don't even know about yet.

But His plans are far better than mine can ever be. I have just a human thought process. Simple in His eyes. He knows exactly what is best for me. What I need to be doing at what moment. If I just open myself up to His leading, I will know a joy that I could never possibly know on my own.

God has not called me to be a leader. He has not called me to a personal ministry. He has called me to Mother. And that is the best thing I can do right now.

I encourage each and everyone to be happy in their current position. If you are in the will of God, there is no better place to be.

Phillipians 4:11-  Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Rich and Creamy Red Velvet Cookies- Great Christmas Recipe!

I took these cookies last night to a Ladies Meeting Cookie Swap, and they were well received!

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon red food color
1 egg
3/4 to 1 cup Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting
1/4 cup chopped nuts

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, cocoa, butter, sour cream, food color and egg until soft dough forms.
  2. Roll dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 8 to 9 minutes or until set. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  4. Frost cooled cookies with frosting. Sprinkle with nuts. Store tightly covered at room temperature.
Some things that I did were: Instead of using just red food coloring, I also made some green ones as well. They tasted just the same, and were a bit more festive than just red. I also did not use nuts. Since some people just don't like nuts, and some are alergic ( my hubby ), I nixed the nuts and just did Christmas sprinkles. Those looked really cute I think. Another little tip would be to flatten the cookies a bit before cooking. The first batch I didn't really do this to, and the tops came out kind of mis-shapen. I just didn't like how they looked. When I flattened the tops, the icing went on much nicer, and the whole cookie had a prettier appearance.

Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of my own cookies. I thought I would have extra's to bring home, but that didn't happen.

Try the recipe yourself, and tell me what you think!

Recipe courtesy of

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Loving your husband

I was in my bedroom earlier today working. While I was working, I came upon a letter my husband wrote to me a month or so after we were married.

The letter was so sweet.

Writing about our future dreams and plans together.

Then I realized something: I haven't written him anything like that in awhile. Nothing beautiful written just for him. Nothing that tells him that I am so in love with him. In love more than when we were married.

Today, let's take a little time out, and thank our husbands for being just that: our husbands!

I know I'm not always the easiest lady to live with. I'm sure no one is.

But he does it. He provides for us. He loves us. He cherishes us.

Write him a little note today telling him how much you love him. It will do a world of good for your marriage.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Beauty of Life and Testimony Musings

As I sit here on a fancy hotel room bed that I could never afford on my own, and listen to the sound of waves crashing against the shore outside, I am humbled by God's beauty and grace.

I am humbled that I would ever be here. For free! My hubby's work provided this room to us as a "Thank You" and a Merry Christmas gift. We are located steps away from the sand and surf. God's creation is truly astounding.

I am also sad. Sad that we just left a party where many professing Christians spent their night gambling and drinking. Now, not to be one to judge, I just have to wonder... Why could their annual Christmas party not have been more God honoring? No mention of the Father was made. None. We didn't even pray before the meal. ( Well, we did privately. ) But there was no public profession of Christ at all.

The same people who will have Bible study twice a week every morning before work were staggering home tonight. It made me think about my own testimony.

Unbelievers especially are watching professing believers like me. What do they see? Do they see someone who practices what she preaches? Or do they see someone who barely ever walks the talk?

I pray that we as Christians can strive to always walk with Jesus, no matter what our circumstances.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Favorite Read for Friday

This Friday, my favorite read comes from Ladies Against Feminism. It's regarding living on only one income. This is a topic on the fore-front of my mind today after a conversation with my mother. She has worked for my whole life, so she is a firm believer in a mother working outside the home being OK. My childhood was scarred greatly from her decision to do this. Coming soon, I will be writing a post on this. For now, enjoy this read.

The "impossibility" of living on one income

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Facebook Fast

I've blogged before about the dangers of social media such as MySpace and Facebook. This week, I have chosen to take a Facebook Fast.

One week, No Facebook!

Can I do it?

I sure hope so!

I have made this commitment from my heart to God in an effort to draw closer to Him. If something in your life is drawing you away from the Lord, then I feel that thing, whatever it may be, has got to go! God should be the most important thing in your life.

So, my Facebook is going. Will I miss it? Of course! For some strange reason, in our day and age, we like seeing into other people's lives. That's why reality TV is such big business. Because we want to know about others! Not just know about them, but see what they do in their homes. You can look up people from school, work, and social functions. Before long, you will find you have sat in front of the computer for hours staring at a screen. The dishes are still piled into the sink, and you haven't spent one moment with the Lord that whole day.

I also believe that as a stay at home mommy, it's easy for us to get caught up in it because we see it as a way to communicate with people outside of our home. When you are home with littles all day, have some adult conversation needs is quite understandable. However, we do not need to forsake our husbands, homes, or children in search of this. Everything in moderation.

So, I am beginning my fast today. Is there anything that I can challenge you to fast from in order to deepen your walk with the Lord?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Kindle for Christmas?

Before even reading this, you must understand: I am a traditionalist. As old-fashioned as they come sometimes. So, my review may be a little biased.

Now, onto the Kindle. Kindle's are Amazon's version of a portable electronic book. You can download a book right onto it, and read it at your leisure. To pay for it, the money comes directly our of your account. It is battery operated. So, if you are somewhere are your battery runs out, no more reading!

My problem with these it is completely takes the romance out of reading! I am a reader by nature. I love books. On a cold day, I love nothing more than curling up with a good book. But curling up with a good Kindle? Definitely not as romantic. You lose the joy of old pages and worn bindings. The smell of old books. The sound of the pages turning.

Yes, it would save room in your house by not having books lying all around. But, what is a house without a bookshelf? Must everything we do nowadays be electronic? Electronics to me are so impersonal.

And from a money saving standpoint, they don't seem to be that good of a deal either. First off, the Kindle itself is approximately $140.00. Each book is approximately $9.99 to download. I can get a book off of PaperBackSwap for only the cost of shipping. Old bookstores are also much cheaper. Even buying a book off of Amazon used is usually cheaper than $9.99. You will find a few exceptions to this, but it's generally the rule.

So, this Christmas, lets think more traditional. Not with all the newest gadgets we can buy, but sticking to what has worked for ages.

(If you would like to look at the Kindle's, I have included a link here. )

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Back from Thanksgiving!

Our family enjoyed a delightful visit with my husband's family this past week in Illinois. With all the food we ate, I'm suprised you didn't have to roll us home! Bubs enjoyed visiting with his grandparents that he doesn't get to visit with that much.

And my husband definately enjoyed getting to visit with his family members and friends who don't live so close to us.

We were able to enjoy not only a delightful Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving day, but we were also kindly invited to an after-Thanksgiving dinner at my husband's aunts house. There was so much food we couldn't handle it all!

We also enjoyed an eventful day taking in the city of Chicago. There is so much to do there! Though I would not enjoy living there myself, it sure is a fun place to visit.

Oh, and did I mention the food??

Hope everyone else enjoyed their holiday as well! We'll be back tomorrow with regular posts.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Baby Love

My sweet boy has just learned to blow raspberries on people. He now loves to capture your arm or belly, and blow away! It delights him to no end.

This morning, as I lay on the floor playing with him, he whipped up my shirt and blew hard. A loud brrrrrrp sound happened, and he was having the time of his life. He proceeded to do it over and over and over again. Laughing delightedly the whole time. Dimples in full view.

A thought occured to me.

He doesn't care if my belly isn't exactly tight.

It isn't.

He doesn't care if those few little stretch marks from carrying my big boy are showing.

They were.

He doesn't care if my hair was a mess.

It was.

Or if I had a shower or not yet that morning.

I hadn't.

All he cared about was him and his mommy. In that moment. Laughing our heads off at his baby antics.

Children are such a sweet blessing. Gifts. Only a gift would make you so happy. And it was in that moment, and others just like it, when I realize why we have given my womb over to God. He knows best anyway. And why wouldn't I accept many more sweet gifts just like this one? Who would turn away a gift?

I sure won't.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours! We hope you are filled to the brim with all of the turkey and stuffing you can handle.

Psalm 100:4 - Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

In Celebration of Children

I love the Duggar family! They are an amazing family with 19 children. Their son Josh just announced he is expecting his second child with wife Anna.

What a blessing to have a family so willing to withstand terrible public scrutinty to stand up for children. To say that children are a blessing. Something that you never hear mentioned anymore.

Children are considered a liability. A nuisance. A problem. But never a blessing.

And blessings they should rightly be. That's how God referred to them.

You can watch the video of Josh and Anna announcing their new little blessing here.

Congratulations Josh and Anna!

Psalm 127:3-5

 3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
 4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
 5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Lemon Bundt Cake- Great for Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving only a few short days away, I have been thinking about baking! Since we will be visiting out of town family for Thanksgiving this year, I won't get to be the chief chef this year. However, I will be baking my "famous" lemon cake for my family I am leaving behind. I call it famous as my Daddy is a huge fan. It's quite easy to make, and tastes just delicious to lemon lovers.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am going to share this special recipe with you all. ( It's not that special, I just like to think it is. )

Lemon Bundt Cake

Mix together:

Lemon Cake Mix
Lemon Instant Pudding
5 eggs
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cold milk
1/2 cup oil

Place in bundt pan and bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees.

For the icing, mix together powdered sugar and lemon juice. You will need quite a bit more powdered sugar than lemon juice. You want this to have an icing consistency. Drizzle over the top of cooled cake.

And that's it! A simple and delicious cake your family will love.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Earning Money at Home - MyPoints

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MyPoints also offers points back for shopping, printing and redeeming coupons, surveys and so much more! Some of the best surveys I have ever taken have come from MyPoints. MyPoints definately rewards you quite fairly for your time.

You can redeem points for gift cards or donations.

Don't take my word for it, try it yourself! Go and join MyPoints now!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Family Walk

This week, our family started something a little new. With the seasons changing, and the sun going down much sooner than before, we were missing our evening walks together.

I use our walks for not only excercise, but to enjoy my family and nature. I was going to miss both of those.

Then I had an idea. What if Hubby went into work late, and we got up just a bit earlier? Could it possibly work?

This week it certainly has. With a few kinds mind you. We are still getting used to getting up so early, of course. But we are loving it!

The mornings here are still cool enough to be refreshing, but a jacket is not really required yet. Bubs gets into his stroller, and we go!

Me and Hubby have our most intimate talks on our walks. Maybe it's because Bubs in pre-occupied during this time with the scenery. Or, maybe it's just the refreshing excercise works all the talkin' right out of us! Either way, it's been very helpful for our marriage as well.

If you don't already, I do encourage everyone to take a walk each and every day with their families. The excercise value is amazing, and seeing God's creation is priceless. Even if it's just in your own neighborhood.

Monday, November 15, 2010

An Attitude No Mommy Should Have

Yesterday was another one of those days. Bubs was sick, which left me sitting in the lobby instead of in the church service for both morning and evening service. Hubby was also feeling under the weather, which left me with all of the housecleaning yesterday. We don't really do much work on Sunday's, but after the dinner party on Saturday night, I did have somethings that needed straightening.

I felt kind of mad and put out in a way. I am definately being challenged by the Lord lately on proper responses.

It wasn't Bubs or Hubby's fault that they weren't feeling well. And it wasn't mine either. But, I should be more understanding when these trials do come along. Life doesn't always go our way. And being Mommies, we do have a lot more responsiblity for the home and it's inhabitants than anyone else does or will.

Our responses set the tone for the whole household.

When we put forth bad attitudes, we should not be suprised when our children respond in like manner. When we put on a smiling face and try to be positive in all situations, then our children will also respond in like manner. Being children, they will not always respond exactly how we would like them to. But, I do believe a positive Mommy helps the household a great deal!

Ma we all strive today to put smiles on our faces even when we don't exactly feel like it. Say a quick prayer for a heart change when the wrong attitude does slip forth. And ask for forgiveness from both the Lord and the offended party.

You never know just how much your home could change by your simple actions.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Adventures in Mommyhood

This impish face is so sweet. So super sweet. But sometimes, I'm driven to the very brink of insanity. I'm sure I"m not the only one who has been there. 

You see, this morning started out like any other morning. Then, things just started going downhill.

He pooped all over the place. Somehow, I was scrubbing poop off of my washing machine, his arm, his shirt, my self. Everywhere. And it was just so disgusting. 

Then, I'm trying to get some housework done while Daddy is working. That just wasn't happening. Because of a stuffy nose, my little boy just wanted to be held all morning instead of having independent play. Then, he pooped again. The poor little guy just isn't feeling good. 

But this Mommy had things she needed done! ( I'm very type A I have learned recently. ) So, instead of just accepting this curve ball to my morning, I was beginning to feel the inklings of frustration come on. I mean, my things to do are so important to me. I have a dinner party tonight for about 15 people, and I have to have a pretty house and perfect food. ( I am also learning I don't have to have these things either. Yes, I should strive to present a nice place for people to come. But no one is perfect. )

But I was missing the point.

1 Thessalonians 5:18: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Notice that one word in this verse that always get us. Everything. Not every good thing. Not every nice thing, or fun thing, or exciting thing. Everything. 

In poop; give thanks. In baby sickness; give thanks. In interruptions; give thanks.

It's not going to be the easiest thing you do. It's not the easiest for me to do. It's a constant struggle for me to not complain or have complaining thoughts when things don't go my way. It takes a lot of prayer. A lot. But I just want to encourage everyone to go to Him with your complaining spirit, and ask Him to turn it into one of gratefulness. 

We should be grateful we are blessed with little ones in the first place. Grateful we can spend our time at home with them. Grateful our husbands are out making the money in order for us to do so. Grateful for everything. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Book Review- Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot

Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot is just another one of her amazing works. This book spoke to me on so many things. It's a very "meaty" read, and I honestly would recommend reading it possibly in a daily devotional format. I would read it while exercising, and find myself closing the book just to meditate on what I had just read.

Also, it has many various topics that it covers. Child training, missions, femininity, relationships, etc. Anything and everything you can imagine, she pretty much covers it. And it's written in true Elisabeth Elliot style: simplistic and to the point ( which I love! ). This is definitely one to not only purchase, but to keep on the bookshelf for future readings. It will surely stay on mine.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Cooking for a large family on a budget?

As some may know, we have decided to let God choose the amount of children me and Hubby will have. That being said, there are times when the thoughts of how much will this cost or how will we afford everything creep in. 

There's already a family who has most of these figured out (I think!). The Jeub Family! They are a very sweet family from Colorado who first came to my attention on a TLC special. Since then, I have been keeping up with them via their website,

Right now, they are giving away 100 of their cookbooks for absolutely FREE. I don't think you can get much cheaper than that! 

If you are interested in this great deal, go here to find our how to score your freebie! Only the first 100 though, so I'm sure these will go fast!

Santa Claus - Good or Bad?

This morning, I had the privilege hearing an amazing sermon on Santa Claus. My husband heard this the other day, and said that I had to listen to it. He said it changed his whole opinion of Santa Claus.

And it changed mine too.

It is kinda long ( about an hour ) but it will be time well spent. It just might change your families opinion on how you celebrate Christmas.

How do we address the Santa Claus issue? He is not real. We will tell our children that he is a fake man made up by our society and societies past. He will not be real to us. He will not leave our children presents. He will also not be celebrated by our families around our children either.

This sermon will really help you make our own Biblical opinions about the issue. If nothing else, it does give you a lot to think about.

You can find the link here.

Merry (early) Christmas!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Christmas Presents for Children

Tis' the season for consumerism.

We got the Sunday paper this morning, and the Christmas inserts have officially started. From WalMart to Target to Toys R Us, the inserts were thicker than ever! Not just the usual 8 or so pages, this time, they are small books!

How do we at this time of year keep our children's focus off of the toys, and more on the Savior?

These are just a few ways our family tries to do that:

First, we do not have cable TV. Without cable, our children are not and will not be bombarded with the endless commercials telling them what they NEED for Christmas. What they can't live without! And if they don't have it, they won't be like everyone else. TV imagery is a very powerful thing. Especially for children. We don't have cable for a list of other reasons as well, but it certainly helps at this time of year to not have it as well.

Second, we try to do atleast one "good deed" every Christmas. Be it the Angel Tree or Operation Christmas Child. We feel this helps children see that others do not have it as good as they do. And to be thankful for everything they are blessed with.

And last, our children and babies only receive ( and will only receive ) 3 presents each. If 3 gifts were good enough for Jesus, they are good enough for our children. That way, they will all receive the same amount of gifts, and not have the fighting over "She got 5 and I only got 4!". This evens everything out. It also helps them to think about what they really want, not just how much can I get?

They do receive gifts from other family members, but they only receive 3 things from Mommy and Daddy.

This year, may we remember the real reason for the Season!

Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Homemaking Inspiration

I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty and joy to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. 
~Helen Keller

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cell phone etiquette

This morning, I went to the Post Office. The lady in front of me was talking on her cell phone while standing in line. When it was her turn, she walked right up to the desk, still talking on her cell phone.

The lady greeted her very cordially. She said nothing, just slid her pick-up slip across the desk at the postal service worker. No greeting. No acknowledgement.

Where has our common courtesy gone? Is a simple "Hello" too hard to say anymore?

She should also not have been on her cell phone in a business in that way. Please understand, I think cell phones were a great invention. However, they are great for emergency use or casual use when you are alone. Not for use in a place where you are being waited on.

I am sure this kind of behavior makes the worker feel more like a servant. She was not there to be her servant, but her helper. Therefore, the customer should have greeted her accordingly. If the phone call was so important, she should have waited until she was finished before entering the building. These kinds of simple acts show just how truly ladylike we are. May we all strive to show just a little more courtesy when out and about.

Monday, November 1, 2010

At the foot of the cross...

Here recently, I have been begging, wanting and needing God! I need to feel Him. To know He is near. But here lately, there has been a block. This huge block that feels like I can never scale it, so why try? So, I had gotten to that place.

The place of being just completely stale.


Sitting and not even wanting to feel anything anymore.

Hating time because I felt it was flying away from me, and being taken from me. And here I was, not doing anything with it. Just watching it go by. Hating every blessed hour because I knew I wasn't right.

And here's the hard truth: I didn't care.

Ever get there?

It's an easier place to come to than you may think. Life has a way of hardening you. And once you have those "layers" of life attached to you, it's hard to peel them off. In essence, I see myself as a marble block. And one by one, the layers are being pounded off. Pounded and pounded and poked and scraped. One by one. Painful.


In the book of John, Jesus talks of the pruning of His people.

John 15:1-2: 1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
 2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

One thing you should know about me: I am not a gardner. I one day would like to be. With all of the land at our new house, I see rows and rows of our own fruits and veggies. But I am not there yet. At this season of life, I have planted nothing. Zip. Nada. Which is why this verse did not strike me as it did today.

Suprisingly, in this season of barrenness, I have been reading Elisabeth Elliot's Keep a Quiet Heart. Seriously amazing and inspiring book. But, the thing  I gleaned from her today was that pruning HURTS. Sometimes very badly. It's cutting and tearing, and I personally think if a plant had blood, it would involve a little bleeding too. 

So, here I sit obviously in a season where the layers are being scraped off at an amazingly rapid rate. And I sometimes think to myself, "Haven't I given up enough?!?! Atleast for right now! Just let me keep that. Just that one thing. I will let it go eventually. But right now, just let it be mine. PLEEEEEEESEEEEEE!"

And you know what I'm fighting for??? Junk. Worldly junk. When we are fighting with God, usually ( and I say usually ), it's over something ridiculous. Completely ridiculous. 

Maybe it's music. Or dress. Or a movie. Or two. 

Maybe it's something stronger like fornication. Or infidelity. Or drinking. Or drugs.

Either way, take a good look at that whole list I just made. All of it. All of it is pure ridiculousness.

Galatians 5:16- But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Are we walking by the Spirit? Really? Really seeking and praying to follow God? Now please, don't for one second think that I am speaking of this from some sort of high place telling you how to act. If you do feel this is what I'm saying, please go back to the beginning and re-read everything up to this point. I am currently being pruned myself. Painfully. 

But are we really seeking Him? I wasn't. Sure, I wanted Him. But did I want to seek Him? Seeking Him involves more than a quick prayer before a meal to "please bless it" and half-hearted Bible reading once a day ( if you happen to get to it. )

Seeking Him involves total heart commitment. It involves blocking out anything that could take His place in your life. It involves being totally sold out to Jesus. Letting nothing or no one coming between you two. And then, when you're in that place, sitting there at His feet. Learning. Listening. Drawing strength from Him. Giving Him your burdens. Giving Him everything.

The music. Books. Clothes. Wishes. Dreams. Desires. Feelings. 

The alcohol. Drugs. Promiscuity.

Giving it all up. 

And laying it down. At the foot of the cross. Where Jesus died so we can all do those things above I said, yet still receive forgiveness. We don't deserve forgiveness. Not a one of us. NOT ONE. 

But, God sent his Son to die for us. His SON. Being a mother now myself, I finally understand what that had to have cost Him. Your own son. Given for the sins of the world. For some sins some will commit who will never even acknowledge what He did for them. For people who don't even care!

I couldn't give my son for a best friend, let alone someone who could care less about me. That is sacrifice in it's purest form. Something I don't honestly think we can ever grasp.

So, I will now seek Him. Laying, one by one, my problems at His feet. Not because I deserve it, but because He asked me to. 

At the foot of the cross
Where grace and suffering meet
You have shown me Your love
Through the judgment You received

And You've won my heart
Yes You've won my heart
Now I can

Trade these ashes in for beauty
And wear forgiveness like a crown
Coming to kiss the feet of mercy
I lay every burden down
At the foot of the cross

At the foot of the cross
Where I am made complete
You have given me life
Through the death You bore for me 

I'm laying every burden down
I'm laying every burden down 

- Kathryn Scott 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Peaceful Sabbath

Psalm 46:10 

 10Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Book Reviews - Promises, Promises by Amber Miller

Another "new" and exciting thing here at Though No One Join Me will be book reviews! I am a reader. Since I was a child, I have always LOVED a good book! My favorites ( and really the only ones I will read ) are Christian fiction, Christian biographies, and Christian life books.

The book I will be reviewing today is "Promises, Promises" by Amber Miller. This is a Christian Fiction book from Heartsong Presents. Description of book is as follows:

Raelene Strattford knows God has promised never to leave or forsake her. But after the catastrophic deaths of her parents, she doesn t believe it. What kind of God would take a girl's family and leave her alone in a wild land where women have no voice? Gustaf Hanssen has admired Raelene from afar for a while, but his poor attempt at courting her in the past has made him unwelcome in her life. When Gustaf promises Raelene's dying father that he will take care of her, he finds himself bound to her happiness, her success, and her well-being in ways he never imagined. To keep his word must Gustaf really oversee all of Raelene's affairs, find her a husband, and maintain her farm, while she does nothing but scorn him? Can God reach through Raelene's pain and self-centeredness and give her the love that awaits, if only she will accept His will?

This was a fantastic fiction book! Very good, Godly message included. And a sweet love story was thrown in as well.

Set in the 1700-1800 time frame, the story follows characters living a decidedly different existance than we do today. I personally love books written in an older time period.

If you would like to read this book, check out the link here to Amazon. This book is a great read, I guarantee it! :)

Earning Money at Home- Send Earnings review

Today, I will be talking about Send Earnings. Send Earnings is very much like Inbox Dollars. Very much so. The only real difference I see are the colors of the website. Everything else works exactly the same way. Which is great! Because, you get double the e-mails everyday. Double the survey opportunities. Double everything!

As before, giving out your home address and personal info is up to you, but it is not something I would advise.

Also, ( this goes along with Inbox Dollars as well ) I don't advise doing the cash tasks either. Those do not seem to make enough money to be worth your time. I have seen tasks that will pay only 28 cents for 30 minutes. But, the e-mails and survey's are pretty much always worth it.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Social Media- Has it become too much?

I hate to say everyone, because not everyone has one. But most people nowadays have some form of social media that they participate in. Facebook, Myspace, etc. have made it quite easy to get our thoughts out for everyone to see. And in a way, that can be OK. Looking at pictures of your new baby niece has never been easier!

But, I think that with everything, there has come a bit of too much disclosure. You can log into Facebook now, and see who is unhappy with their spouse, or who's children are giving them what kind of trouble. Wives are bashing their husbands right out there for anyone they decide to add to their friend's list to see. I even have a family member on my Facebook page who decided to Facebook her way through a miscarriage! I wish I was joking about that, but it is horribly true. Things that used to be kept private, or only shared in confidence with a few special people, are now being broadcast to whoever logs in that day. 

As ladies, where have we went wrong?

Titus 2:5- [To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

We as a society have gotten so far from discretion, I don't think we have any idea what that is anymore.

According to Webster's : 


 adj \di-ˈskrēt\
: having or showing discernment or good judgment in conduct and especially in speech : prudentespecially : capable of preserving prudent silence
: unpretentiousmodest <the warmth and discreet elegance of a civilized home — Joseph Wechsberg>

Notice how it clearly says modest, and having good judgment in conduct, especially speech. Is it good judgment to tell everyone that your husband left his underthings on the floor that morning? Or it is good judgment to tell everyone that your husband did not kiss you goodbye that morning, so therefore he is a mean nasty oaf? I think not! When we have issues with our husbands, I think the first place we need to take those to is the Lord. 

1 Peter 5:7- Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Notice it says all cares. Not only ones that others would deem important. If it's important to you, it's important to God! Besides, I think God is far more equipped to handle our husband's behavior than our Facebook friends are. 

Really, when we post such things on a Facebook page, I feel we are just looking for some sort of sympathy. Look at me, my husband is so mean to me. Please feel sorry for me. 

That is, hopefully, not the attitude, nor outward demeanor that we want people to see in us. By showing others the love of God, and good discretion, we will arise far above our peers as Godly women. And a Godly woman is something we should all daily strive to be.