Friday, October 14, 2011

child of God

don't you just love when you children do something to make you proud?! when you hear from an adult that caleb just did _____ and it was so kind of him. or mikey worked really hard on this lesson and it shows. i know i just radiate with joy and pride and love for them. because it's a reflection of me! i helped push them to do right or to study hard.

so don't you think God who loves us sooo much more than we can imagine is just as proud when we do something good? when we are kind or show his love to others? i see him beaming on us with pride of his own when we reflect him! he helped show us the way by sacrificing his son, his pride and joy, so we could be his child.

ok. we know God loves us. and we have Faith in this and in the death and resurrection of his son Jesus who came to save us from our sins. because of this we will be live forever in heaven with him. HELLO!! this is HUGE!!!! so why don't i "reflect" this in EVERYTHING i do??? why am not living my life to make my father God proud of me all the time!!??!!! it's easy (for me) to have faith, but to live it out is what is hard for me. it's like i'm hiding it. and i'm sure that doesn't make God proud of me. i'm such a failure in this department. (and many others too)

anyway. my goal for today is to make God proud of EVERYTHING i do. i will be kind while driving. i will choose the words i speak to my family with care. i will allow God's will to lead the way today. believe me. i won't get it all right. but He's gonna love me anyway! :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011


i am so inspired by the youth pastor at our church! not because of what he said (even tho he's awesome at that) but because he jumped back on the blogging wagon and blogged 2 days in a row!! so i thought i would try the same thing.

not tons going on. co-op today. which we always love. but the leitch kids were there which made it even better. oh how we miss them since they have moved to charleston.

sunday night at church is the wifi student night of worship. it should be great! and since caleb is playing, i'm going to go and help out where needed. if you pray, please pray for lives to be changed!

since we're on the subject, let's discuss my life changing. it's really not. as a Christian, i need to be growing. growing in knowing God and wanting to spend more time with him in his word and in prayer. but i don't . i'm sure it's b/c i'm lazy. i do feel nudges from him like, oh you should pick up your bible. or you need to pray for this person. and sometimes i act on it and sometimes i don't. why is that? the world is just in the way. like even right now. i could be reading my bible. but i'm blogging. and later i'll get on facebook. i need to just do it!!! any ideas or suggestions would be a great help! but b/c i'm the only one who reads this blog, i bet i don't get any ideas! :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

it's what's for dinner

one thing i love about fall is big huge pots of soup, chili, or stew. i have been thinking about making this one particular dish my family loves. so i got all the ingredient together and got busy! (of course it's so durn humid here it won't be a cozy meal. poop)

let's call this

Mexican chili with extras

1lb ground beef, very lean or you could use ground turkey or chicken. i've used them all
1 green pepper chopped
2 carrots chopped
1 onion chopped
4 cloves of garlic (we love garlic here) minced
1 jar (medium size) salsa, i got the store brand but use whatever you prefer
1 small can rotel
28oz can diced tomatoes, i used petite
2 cans 16oz (or make your own from dried) black beans
2 cans 16oz hominy
2 cans 16oz re-fried beans (i use fat free)
1 box chicken broth or use your own homemade or bouillon
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
chopped kale (i didn't measure i just grabbed several handfuls and tossed it in)

first i browned the ground beef. i like to take it out of the pan, drain all the grease out, and wipe the pot with a paper towel. then i added some olive oil and put in the peppers, onions, and carrots. let them sweat for about 6 or 7 minutes. then add the garlic for another minute or two. then add the cumin and cinnamon. stir them around so they coat the veggies and start to give off a great smell. about 2 minutes. then add the chicken broth. make sure you stir the good bits off the bottom of the pan. yum!
this is where i start opening cans. i open and drain the black beans and the hominy. then rinse them really well. they can be really salty and i like to control that on my own. add them to the pot. then add the salsa, rotel and tomatoes. stir in the ground beef. mix well. put in the refried beans. make sure you mix them in until they are dissolved. i bought kale to make kale fries for co-op tomorrow but i had too much so i decided to chop it up and put it in too. let it come to a boil, then put the lid on and simmer until you are ready to eat!
this recipe makes
A TON so we will eat it all week and possibly freeze some. sometimes i'll add sour cream or shredded cheese. oh and if the kids are not eating it i'll add in pickled jalapenos. makes it nice and spicy!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

hit or miss monday (on a friday)

i had every intention of doing hit or miss monday this week. then this week got in my way!! i hate that! so with no further delay here they are ...

i know someone i can't WAIT to do this too!!! what super devious mind came up with this fun idea?? love it!!

this just made me laugh out loud!!! b/c i'm the person who would to unroll the gum all the way before i'd EVER take a bite out of it!

first of all, how would you get it on? then why or why would you do this to your poor baby??? have you seen the movie Alien??? just yikes!!

i have no idea what this is. i think there was a show about a big headed chuckie look alike that parents didn't mind their kids watching. or getting totally freaked out about. it disturbed me as an adult. can't imagine the nightmares those kids had!

if you love these fun (and disturbing) ideas and/or images, check out more over at the pinterest project! and they are having a give away..... :)