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Monday, April 30, 2012

Praising Him...

Praising God for having His hand on this new medicine and treatment! He has ended my awful suffering! I have less pain that is functional now and feel as though a fog has been lifted. Praying it is allowed to last :)

 The power was out this morning for over 4 hrs. It was storming. Most days like this with the rain would be excruciating for me. Today, just mild pain. :) I think I will mark off my raised beds and do some planting (if the rain stays gone now) :)
"For the Lord your God is a merciful God..." Deuteronomy 4:31
For the record..I always knew God was a merciful God. It's just at this moment in time, I see His mercy in my life and not just others. :)

Being able to function without horrible pain is such a huge blessing for me. I feel like my prayers over several years are being answered. Why now? I don't know, but I do know He does and my faith is in His wisdom.  I'm going to need that wisdom as to not overdo myself because it is so easy to now. But, even with the pain gone, I must be careful with my Myasthenia Gravis.  I still get weak and can get into emergent trouble if I overdo.

That being said, I was able to go out to eat in an EVENING and was still able to sit up! I was able to wring out my hair with strong hands. I was able to volunteer at church and not get fatigued much in the work. It was soooo refreshing! Oh and my swallowing is better!

I don't want to get my hopes up too much to have the dashed if it doesn't last. BUT, I am enjoying and rejoicing in every moment He gives me of days without horrible pain. I feel like the crushing of satan has been lifted and my soul can breathe again. I know that may sound weird. But, feeling like you are suffocating, can barely move, can hardly think, etc and then feeling mostly pain free, clear thinking, and being able to take deep breaths when you couldn't before, it feels like a grip has been let loosed. 

I know there will be days when I will still struggle. I'm not ignorant to these illnesses. But, I'm having hope that those days will be far apart. :)

THANK YOU to all who have been praying! I hope you are rejoicing with me! Let your mind be settled that He is taking care of me and His mercy abounds.  Continue to pray that this medicine will have favor for years to come!

Blessings to you all! The LOAD is a lot lighter. ;)


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Friday, April 27, 2012

Feminine Friday





Sometimes feminine to my husband is jeans and a t-shirt. :) I haven't been able to wear jeans for MONTHS. It would hurt my legs to wear them and then there was the bone marrow edema and my knee was so swollen, it was uncomfortable to have anything touch it. My legs have atrophied so much.  The calves are tiny little sticks. Wearing jeans allows me to hide that part of my disease. :)

You can still see the fatigue in my face. I'm hoping with this new treatment that will fade and I will have some more energy. I've got some livin' to do ya know! ;) Maybe by next Feminine Friday...;)



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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Post-it Thoughts Thursday

















I wanted to find out more about the origins of my family, but truth be known, family isn't always blood. In fact, some of the best families are not blood related. Family is anyone who truly loves you, prays for you, encourages you, and there for you in your darkest times (even if they can only be there in spirit).
Oh and I just knew I had a little Daniel Boone in me ;) (germany/netherlands is from my dad's side. All I know from my mom's side so far is Daniel Boone is in there somewhere) :)



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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

GREAT news!

I am so EXCITED! My doctor just called and after going through the research I took in, she has APPROVED taking LDN (low dose Naltrexone). I get to pick it up today and start it tonight. I am one happy girl right now! Thank you all for your prayers. Really. God has surely blessed me today with this news. :) Praying it is effective! I just want my pain to be less. :)

Just wanted to share this great news. *doing the happy dance*

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Marriage Monday

This great post comes from See Jamie Blog.
You should check out her blog...after you read this. ;) 
prayers for my husbandEarlier in the year, I shared about my prayer binder. I keep lists of prayers for my children, for myself, for my husband, for friends, and so on. I found a few lists online that got me started, but I’m continually tweaking them to fit my own family more specifically. This week I rewrote my list of prayers for my husband, and I’m sharing because I thought it might be a good jumping-off place for some other wives, too. (I’ve compiled this from many different ones, and cannot remember all the sites I began with; sorry!)

I feel like I have to have a disclaimer because of the topics of some of these prayers: Most of these things are not struggles for Ken, but I pray them to make sure they do not become a problem, and for encouragement in the many things he is already doing well. It’s when we think we cannot stumble that we are most vulnerable; I don’t want to make that mistake.

This list of twenty-five prayers could easily become a prayer for each day of the month if you personalize it with five more specific prayers from your husband on topics he may be dealing with at work, in your family or marriage, and so on.

25 Prayers for My Husband
I pray…
  1. that he continues to grow spiritually through the disciplines of Bible study, prayer, and quiet times. (Proverbs 4:23)
  2. that his relationship with God will bear much fruit in his life, and that he will be a man who seeks wisdom and understanding. (Proverbs 3:7, Psalm 112:1)
  3. that he would walk humbly with God, and would always be convicted quickly about any sin in his life. (Micah 6:8)
  4. that he will continue to grow as the leader of our family, and that God would be glorified in our marriage. (Ephesians 5:25-29)
  5. that he would have a teachable spirit and a servant’s heart, and that he will listen to God and desire to do His will. (Proverbs 15:33)
  6. that he would always look to the way of escape from any kind of temptation, and that he would rely on God to remain faithful to our marriage, and to God. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
  7. that he would safeguard his heart against inappropriate relationships with the opposite sex, and this heart would pure and undivided in his commitment to me and to our marriage. (Proverbs 6:23-25)
  8. that he would continue to be able to provide for our family, and that he will not become discouraged by doing work he does not enjoy.
  9. that money would never become a source of discord in our family, and that we would be wise in handling finances and in stewardship. (Luke 16:13)
  10. that the words he speaks will build our family, and reflect a heart of love. (Proverbs 18:21)
  11. that our physical intimacy would be a positive reflection of selfless love. (Song of Solomon 7:10)
  12. that the men in his life would encourage his accountability before God, and that he would be a godly influence on his friends and coworkers. (Proverbs 13:20, 27:17)
  13. that he would choose healthy foods and activities, and honor God by taking the best possible care of his body as the tabernacle of God. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  14. for his strength — physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. (Ephesians 3:16)
  15. for him to have wisdom and discernment in training/disciplining our children, and that You would enable him to love them unconditionally. (Ephesians 6:4)
  16. that he would always have an eternal perspective, and make the most of however much time he has in this life. (Ephesians 5:16)
  17. that he would always be a man of peace, who allows the Holy Spirit to lead his responses in all situations. (Romans 14:19)
  18. that he would have a balanced life in regards to work and play, and that he would submit his schedule to You. (Proverbs 16:9)
  19. for him to find favor with the Lord, but also with people he knows and interacts with. (Luke 2:52)
  20. that he would enjoy peace and refreshment in his relationship with the Lord. (Psalm 16:11)
  21. that he would always be courageous in his stand against evil and injustice, and that he will protect our family from Satan’s attacks. (Ephesians 6:13)
  22. that he would be a man of prayer, seeking God in purposeful ways. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  23. that he will serve God and others with pure motives, and that God would be glorified in everything he does. (Colossians 3:23-24)
  24. that he would offer all this dreams to the Lord, and pursue only those that bring God glory, and that count for eternity. (Jeremiah 29:11)
  25. that he will recognize the lies of the enemy in his life, and that he will always be guided by the Truth. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
I’ve created a pdf version as a gift for you: 25 Prayers For My Husband.




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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Doc appt update

I had my doctor's appointment yesterday. She said she would look over my research and give me an answer the middle of next week...here's still hoping. In the meantime, I haven't been able to take any of my pain meds because if she prescribes this I need to have stopped taking the narcotic pain med 2 weeks prior. So I am in just a lot of pain...If she says no, then obviously I will start taking my pain meds regularly. Either way, next week sometime, my pain will either be less or starting to be. Hoping...

Continue to pray...


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Friday, April 20, 2012

Feminine Friday



This bracelet was made for me and I think it's so feminine. I love it. It's vintage and beautiful. The woman who made it sends 10 % of the proceeds to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. You can check out her facebook page here. :)

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ramblings...

Good morning all! 

Today is finally going to warm up more. I like it warm. :) I am hoping to plant this weekend. I'm ready to reap a harvest! :)

Found out the other day that my husband has another opportunity to go to Haiti. Only he is going with people from another church. It's interesting how God orchestrated it. He will be going in October...and will be gone for our anniversary. :( Last year, we were both on the mission field in Venezuela on our anniversary.  Great memory.  My body won't allow me to go on the mission field right now and I'm sure when I will be able to unless it's a permanent thing.  The temporary back and forth traveling and the grueling hours is hard on this ole body. :) 

I ask that you continue to pray earnestly for my doc appt on Friday. Pray she is open to prescribing the medicine I'd like to try and is for "off-label" use. I called our compounding pharmacy here in town and asked if they do it and they said yes. So if she prescribes it, I will be able to get it. If she doesn't then I will have to take narcotics the rest of my life to be able to function. :(  I had to stop taking a medicine they were trying for me as it made my coordination worse and also balance. (I randomly tipped over lol) It was a seizure medicine thought to help with pain. It didn't. Oh before anyone says it, I have changed my diet (been eating natural/gluten free for years), take herbal preparations for pain, exercise, etc. :)  Due to my MG still being bad, I have a hard time swallowing and I am down to 108 lbs because eating is proving difficult at times. I know I have lost around 5 lbs and that's not a lot, but it is for me. Frankly, it's a blessing that you don't see how weak I am and how slow and painful I walk. I don't like people seeing me in pain. Especially when it's not going away...I just ask that it would be less...praying.

Oh, I almost forgot. My husband and son are going on a short mission trip together to Indiana to work this summer. I pray it's a great bonding time for them.  What will I do with myself with a long weekend alone? Massage? :)

One thing that has really made me smile lately is the frogs. Oh how I love to hear them at night. Sends my soul into peaceful happiness. I smile EVERY time. :) If anyone of you hear frogs singing, I hope it makes you think of me. If it does, whenever you hear them, say a little prayer for me.

I hope you all are well and enjoying fun things this Spring like 4-wheeling or such. Now THAT is a blast. :) 

I will leave you with these thoughts...The bible is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions. :)


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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tasty Tuesday...Grain free cherry chocolate chip muffins



These are fantastic! I love these muffins. So easy to make and high in protein. And who doesn't love a little dark chocolate. :)

Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins (grain free)

2 eggs
1/2 c greek yogurt (use cherry)
1/4 c maple syrup
1 t vanilla
2 1/2 c almond flour
1/4 t salt
1/2 t baking soda

Mix wet and add to dry. Mix well with whisk or spoon. Bake for 15-18 min in 325 degree oven. Enjoy!

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Marriage Monday...

This post comes from The Time Warp Wife.
If you haven't visited her blog yet, you need to! She has a lot of great articles that have blessed me. I wanted to share this one because I think a lot of women can relate. :)


 Desperately Wanting to Submit, but Can't


Dear Darlene,

I might be one of your strangest readers LOL... I don't necessarily have much of a religious background, but I FULLY believe in your views on marriage and our role as wives. The problem is... even though I believe in it... my marriage is far from it.

My husband is a great man, loving, honest, hard working and kind... all of which are the reasons I married him. However... he isn't the most knowledgeable in a lot of areas such as finances, business, or even handyman skills... so I end up taking on the role of all of these. I of course have the time to do so because he has blessed me with the opportunity to stay home with our toddler... but because I am in charge of these things I feel as though our roles as husband and wife have been dramatically reversed and I hate it.

I've read your blog posts about submission and I understand it and believe in it but in our case if I submitted to my husband and let him make decisions regarding our finances, business having to do with our lives, etc... our lives would fall apart. You see... when I was six years old my father died suddenly in a tragic accident. I had three other siblings and my mother who was a stay-at-home mom went straight to working 50+ hours a week to take care of us and never remarried. From a very young age I was helping her pay our bills (not by working but by physically writing out checks for her and delivering them to where they needed to go), I heard and watched her make decisions for us and our lives, and she taught me EVERYTHING I know about life both from her positive and negative experiences.

My husband on the other hand doesn't have day to day decision making skills. I always have to correct him and recently I'm beginning to resent him for this... I feel as though instead of having a husband that I can submit to, I have yet another child whose mistakes I have to correct or prevent. The times that it really gets to me is when there is something I DON'T know about and neither does he... then we're left not being able to make a smart decision about something important and my resentment builds towards my husband because he doesn't know how to do those things (i.e., our taxes, buy a car, etc)... things I believe a man needs to know.

Over time my reactions and responses towards my husband have beaten him down... Of course this was not my intention and I ache for my husband to take charge and be in control of our lives instead of me. I just don't know where to go from here or how to recreate our roles as husband and wife as they should be. I know it is my fault and I know I've weakened my husband and I am ashamed of that... but I am ready to correct it but I just don't know how to do it and have it be good for both of us. Like I said... I could just start letting my husband do everything but if I did we'd be in a lot of trouble.

Any advice you have to offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Desperately Wanting to Submit

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Dear Desperately Wanting to Submit,

I think that the topic of submission is often confused with the traditional ideas we hold of both men and women. We tend to see women in the kitchen and men working out in the garage. We see men planting a field while the woman is at home doing laundry. This is a beautiful picture when it works well for a husband and wife, but in many cases they see a benefit in changing things up. I know of several incredible women who are submissive to their husbands and yet the husband is the cook in the family. He loves cooking, the wife is freed up to do other chores, and the family is well fed. It works for them.

I look at the Proverbs 31 woman. We're told that, "She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard." That's incredible! This woman is out planting a field--not a small backyard garden with a few cucumbers to pickle--she planted a vineyard! If you look at the verse closely, you'll also see that she "considered" the field, which tells me that she was probably gifted in the same area of business and planning as you are.

I've also seen women caring for sick husbands that they've literally had to carry to bed. That doesn't coincide with our traditional ideas of men and women, instead what we see here is pure love in action.

Submitting is the act of yielding your power for the good of another. It has little to do with who is paying the bills and who is cooking the soup. The question is are you going against his will to have your own way?

If he is comfortable with you paying the bills and you're doing an awesome job, then why change it?

My only concern is that you are afraid to let your husband make decisions because you're concerned that it might end in disaster. The truth is that it might, but if you're aching for him to take charge and be in control of your lives it's a risk that you'll have to take more than once.

A lot of men (and of course women) don't have the skills necessary to make good financial decisions. Neither my husband or I did when we first got married, but we learned from our mistakes which prepared us for future decisions.

If you shield him time and again, he won't grow. We learn from our mistakes; and we only learn to handle responsibility when it's given to us. If you rob him of that you're taking away an opportunity for him to grow into the leader you want him to be. Be ready and willing to give him support, but respect him enough to allow him to choose.

You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene




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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ramblings...

The weather here is chilly again. I think we are finally getting our Spring. It got so warm so quick, now it's making up for it. We have our woodstove going again. I am SO glad we have it. I hurt so much when I'm cold and the woodstove helps me so much. 

We had a couple turkeys go through our yard the other day...



It's so fun to watch God's creatures around our property. :) It's a real blessing to me.

Went to a funeral yesterday for one of our pastor's mom. You tend to ponder on life and death at those things. Yesterday was no different. I often wonder what people will say at my funeral. I hope to make a difference in someone's life even if I never know. God does. :)

I am noticing my bird feeders need refilled. Our silly Doberman will nudge it and knock out some of the seed and eat it! Crazy dog...

I would like to ask for prayer. I recently had another doctor's appt. for my RA. Come to find out my RA is doing ok right now, but my fibromyalgia is very bad. Worse than I had thought. That explains why my pain is always a 6-8 on scale of 10 every day. They gave me another medicine to try and *sigh* I didn't tolerate this and had to quit taking it. It made my brain feel like it was crawling around inside my skull. :( Short of taking pain killers every day (which I haven't take in a couple weeks. I try had not to take them), I need something else. There is a medicine that is used off label for fibromyalgia and RA call low dose Naltrexone or LDN. I asked if my doctor would try it and he said no because he doesn't know anything about it. :(  I go to my regular doctor next Friday and will ask her to prescribe it. I have done extensive research and will take that with me for her to review. Please pray that she will ok this and prescribe it. It has to be compounded at a compounding pharmacy because the regular dose for this med only comes in 50mg and we only need 1.5 mg.  There are virtually NO side effects with this and has promising results. Please pray with me that she will give this a try. Otherwise, I will have to look into taking pain medication that I can tolerate. So far, the vicodin gives me itchiness and migraines and the Tramadol makes me itch like crazy. NSAID's kill my stomach as I have a history of ulcers.

I hope you all are enjoying your Spring with the birds singing, flowers blooming, and warm breezes. :) Blessings to you all!
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tasty Tuesday with Katie..Farmer's Market Rice


Today,  in "Katie's Kitchen" (Catchy, eh? and only took me two years of blogging to come up with it...) we are cooking up one of our new family favorites. It is all natural, healthy and a great way to use produce from your garden. There are many variations, including mine. This one is based off a recipe found in the "Eating Well: One Pot Meals" cookbook. I added and omitted ingredients to suit our taste, including omitting the parsnips and doubling the eggs so that it would be more filling. Enjoy!

Farmers Market Rice
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

4 tsps plus 4 Tbs canola or peanut oil, divided
5 large eggs ( I use 1 turkey egg and 3 duck eggs for my version) but 5 large chicken eggs will do nicely
4 Tbs minced garlic
3/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
8-10 medium Brussel sprouts; trimmed and thinly sliced**
4 cups cold cooked brown rice (the rice must be cold or it will turn out "gummy" and the rice will be sticky. You can prepare the rice the day before for a time saver. To cool cooked rice, spread out cooked rice on cookie sheet until room temperature and then refrigerate until cold.
24 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
4 Tbs. reduced sodium soy sauce
1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
3-4 Tbs finely chopped flat leaf parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper

** instead of, or in addition to the Brussel sprouts, you can use parsnips, snap peas, carrots or corn when they are in season! Decide on which is your favorite combination.

Oh my gosh this looks so delicious, Katie! Head on over to Brighton Park for the rest of the post. While your there, browse her blog and enjoy all the wonderful things she has there. :) Also, you can visit her facebook page here. I can't wait to make this dish!




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Monday, April 9, 2012

Marriage Monday (from the archives) We have an important job to do

Vintage Housewife Pictures, Images and Photos


Sometimes I think that we lose sight of the respectability and the nobility of our position as a wife. We forget that it's a very important job. Adam needed a helper. It was not good for him to be alone. Our husbands also need a helper. I realize it's not popular to be a submissive wife. The world will lead us to believe that it is better to be self-serving. It is not...

Serving our husband seems to have gone out of style. But, we as wives, are supposed to do just that. I think many of us have lost sight of the joy of our calling. We get bogged down with our daily duties as wives. Taking care of the children, homeschooling (if you do), dishes, laundry, cooking, taking care of our husbands needs, being cheerful, being a good steward of the money, farm work, keeping the fire going (in the woodstove ;) ), etc. These things, although mundane, must be done. If we have a servant's heart, we will see all these "mundane" things as an opportunity to bless and fulfill the needs of others.

This weighs on my heart a lot. I can have a difficult time being a happy servant. Sure, I can serve, but it's not always in a happy manor. I want to better. So this is what I try to do...

I try to see the fruits of my labor...happy husband and contented son. Seeking God first helps tremendously. Realizing all you do, you do for HIM.

I try to rest. If I am not rested, I tend to dread serving. Let's face it...when I'm exhausted, I just don't feel like serving. When we are too tired, we can't serve our husbands as God has planned us to do. Do not scurry around the house until you are all frustrated and in bad spirits. Take one thing at a time and rest up before your husband comes home. :)

I try to be still before God during some part of my day. It gives me the stamina and wisdom to deal with some of the frustrations I face during the day. This can be hard to remember to do when your day is going haywire. But, it's very important. I have to remember Who I'm working for. :)

God has called us to serve our husbands and be their helpmeet. It is a very important job. One given straight from God himself. We should do our best to fulfill what God has called us to do. We can do it gladly....with HIS help. :) 



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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Dorky picture day...

Ok, my son was taking some pictures for me for my facebook page and blog. I had finished my Easter dress and wanted to share the completed project to my facebook readers. While getting the pictures, there were some goofy ones in there that he suggested I share...so here goes. LOL



 I have no idea what I was doing haha.



 How it was supposed to look.


Ok...this one, I just had a HUGE bumble bee fly by me LOL
My son was cracking up at this one!





 What it was supposed to look like with no scary bees! :) 



I think I was trying to get situated LOL





How it was supposed to look. This is the Easter dress I made. I will be wearing it to service tonight as we have an Easter service tonight and also tomorrow. We chose to go tonight so we can rest and enjoy our Sunday together maybe with a picnic (weather pending) :) I love to sew, but it sure wears me out a lot now days. With all my illnesses it can be difficult. But, I have learned to slow down and have patience. This dress normally would take me a day (if it was already cut out) Now it takes me a week or more. But, I can still do it! :)

Ok...now here's a dorky picture of the cameraman, our son Hunter! :)




Hope you laughed a little! Blessings to you and may you rejoice in the Lord as He is risen!

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Feminine Friday



And....


One with me and my new glasses. They glare a lot so I don't wear them in pics. My son calls them my nerdy glasses lol...touche. 




Stay tuned tomorrow for even goofier pictures!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ramblings...



Found some great material at an Amish community store. I love their fabric stores. Such nice things to chose from. I will be working on this sometime soon.

We took our son, Hunter, to the new high school he will be attending next year. He tested high enough to be enrolled in Honors Algebra, Honors English, World Geography, Biology, Spanish, a couple technology/computer classes, Health/PE, and can you believe drivers ed already??? Crazy. I'm still getting used to him turning 15 at the end of the summer...And I can't believe this is my last year homeschooling him. We have homeschooled him for 9 yrs (well really his whole life) ;) Of course we will continue teaching him life lessons every day. :)

My husband got most of our garden boxes filled last weekend. I will be planting potatoes this week along with a medicinal herb garden. I'm so glad he helped fill those boxes as I was/am pretty weak. I know once the crops come in that I will be ok to harvest and can, but things are just getting so hard to do. I am trying to do what I can...

God has been drawing me closer to Him and guiding me in some of the changes that I am making in regards to my gentle and quiet spirit. My husband has been encouraging me in this area.  I'm really just trying to slow down and enjoy the day to day without it overwhelming me. I tend to lose my gentle and quiet spirit if I'm overwhelmed. ;)

Our washer broke down after THREE MONTHS (transmission) and the place we bought it from is so terrible with getting it fixed. :(  They got the part in, but then didn't call the number I gave them to set up the appt to come fix it. So because we missed the call yesterday to schedule it, they can't get to it until Saturday. :( I explained to them they didn't do as I asked and call my number to schedule so it wasn't my fault we missed the chance to schedule. Sorry is all they could say. Can I just tell you I was upset. We will be out a washer for a week. I don't have time to sit in a laundromat or pay someone to do it. Ugh! But, I have no choice now. I will NOT buy anything from Dick Van Dyke again...Don't they know how important a washer is to a keeper at home???

Ok...breathe in breathe out. I think I failed with the gentle and quiet spirit. Will try again tomorrow. ;)


I pray you all are having a great week! Blessings to you!



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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tasty Tuesday...adorable bunny cookies!

This recipe comes from Six in the Suburbs blog. Super cute. :)

These cookies are almost too cute to eat....but they are simple and quick to make, so you can make a few dozen!


(photo source)


You'll Need:
  • Sugar cookie dough (pre-made is fine)
  • Egg shaped cookie cutter (or make-shift small flat ovals with hands and sharp knife)
  • Good n' Plenties (or pink lemonade Mike n' Ikes)
  • White icing/glaze (simple whisk 2 tsp water and 1 cup of confectioner's sugar)
  • Tube of white frosting for a plump firm tail
  • White sugar crystals (regular sugar is OK too)
  • Small tube of black icing (the one with small fine pointed tip)

Directions:
  1. Roll out cookie dough
  2. Press cookie cutter into dough to create oval shapes
  3. Arrange on greased cookie sheet
  4. Bake for 7 minutes at 350 (watch to see if they begin to get golden brown at 6 mins)
  5. When warm, add icing to top with teaspoon, spreading evenly
  6. Press two pink Good n' Plenties onto "head" of bunny for ears (in a "v" shape)
  7. Make two small dots for eyes with black decorating icing
  8. Add tail using a circular motion to adhere a little round tail
  9. Dust tail with sugar crystals
  10. Let cool for about 1 hour!



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Monday, April 2, 2012

Marriage Monday-a book review



A very sweet blogging friend, Darlene Schacht of Time-Warp Wife and New York Time best selling author, asked if I would write a review for her book "The Good Wife's Guide". I of course agreed! :)  The book's title alone had me sold. Those of you that know me, know that I have a strong desire to be the helpmeet God created me to be. When I saw the words "Enhancing Your Role as a Helpmeet" under the title, I knew I had to read it.

I am not the most eloquent blogger or speaker or adviser or...so bear with me. I'm just gonna tell you what I thought. ;)

I loved it. I really did. I have read several similar books, but this one was such an easy read and so applicable. It's real and honest. 

She helps us be more responsible wives and keepers at home. She talks about the roles we have been created for as wives. She lets us know that we are not perfect, but we serve a perfect God who guides us in being a helpmeet and keeper at home.

“I’ve come to realize that being a keeper of my home doesn’t require flawless perfection, and never has. It’s all about being a gift to my family and to the Lord through the small sacrifices I’ve made with a willing heart…”

She gives words of wisdom with the defining biblical submission.

"Submission doesn't mean that we are weak-minded, feeble, or frail. It means   that we're empowered by choice, and that we're dedicated to esteeming others higher than ourselves."

She gives great advice to handle conflict in your marriage. Here is a quote from the chapter "Living in Unity"..."Humbly value him higher than yourself. Don't focus on your own interests, but be sensitive to him." 

A story in the chapter called "The Treasure of Your Heart" really got me thinking about my own self. She said we have the potential to affect others around us and leave an imprint on their life. She asked if we smile often enough...then she shared a letter from a reader who was afraid to smile. She had lost her two front teeth and didn't have the money to fix them. Darlene's response to her was amazing. I will let you read it for yourself. We all struggle with flaws at times. But, after reading Darlene's response and examples and being brought to tears...I aim to smile more! Amen!

She also gives great tips about organizing your home. 

What I loved so much about this book is how much she shared her heart. She was very open and that made this book come alive and makes it so much easier to apply. We all have read books on this or that, but if that's where it ends, then we have failed. Being filled with knowledge and tools is ok, but when we just let those tools sit in the toolbox and don't actually use them, those tools are worthless. They do nothing for us. But, when we physically pick up the tool and together use it to improve our life, that is valuable!

I encourage you to pick up this tool and use it! :) The ebook is is on sale for $2.99 right now! You can visit this link and check out the table of contents and a little more about the book. :)



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