Sunday, November 30, 2008
Okay, okay, I know not everyone who shops the day after Thanksgiving falls into that category. Even I have done it once, and it's actually a nice memory. It was way back in November of '98. Mark went camping, I think, and since I do not do that sort of thing I stayed home. He was so sweet and gave me a certain amount of money to go shopping for "themed" Christmas tree decorations. So yes, the day after Thanksgiving I went to Hobby Lobby and filled a cart to the brim with beautiful gold and garnet ornaments and such. The really exciting part is that everything I bought was 50% off! And I can honestly say, I didn't knock down any old ladies or crafty moms to get what I wanted.
This year I had the pleasant experience of accompanying my mom on Saturday while she shopped for Christmas presents. One of the reasons I do love living in the hotter than hot desert is because of all the time I get to spend with my mom. We always have a great time together. She even bought me a Green Tea Frappuchino for which I was ever so thankful. I think I was beginning to have GTF withdrawal. It was a little difficult for me when we went to Target and ended up in the candy isle, but I am proud of myself for resisting all of those tantalizing, Christmas colored treats that I really can't afford.
Oh my goodness, there are these limited edition Christmasy flavored Junior Mints that were calling my name, and I hope no one noticed me foaming at the mouth over the red and white striped bags of Ghirardelli chocolate peppermint bark! I am a little kid in a candy store when it comes to beautifully wrapped chocolate, and the wrappers in shiny reds, greens and golds were almost too much to bear. I usually love to have Christmas candy on display (and some hidden away), but this year that just isn't going to happen. Not that I need it anyway.
The real test will be in just a few minutes. I have to go to Fry's to do some regular food shopping to get us by for the rest of this week, and I just don't know if I will be able to resist 2 days in a row. Not when I have been thinking about it all night and all morning! I know what will happen at the store. I will justify the bag of M&Ms or whatever by telling myself I just won't eat real food for lunch or something.... Anyway, we shall see.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I love plain old, homemade pumpkin pie, but one year for Thanksgiving, I decided to whip up something a little different. It's been requested ever since!
Double Layer Pumpkin Pie
* 1 6 oz. graham cracker crust
* 4 oz. of cream cheese, softened
* 1 TBSP milk
* 1 TBSP sugar
* 1 1/2 cups thawed cool whip
* 1 cup cold milk
* 2 small packages instant vanilla pudding
* 1 16 oz. can pumpkin
* 1 tsp. cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
* 1 tsp. ground cloves
** Beat cream cheese, milk, and sugar with wire whisk until smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cool whip. Spread on crust.
Beat remaining ingredients with wire whisk. Mix well--mixture will be thick. Spread over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with extra cool whip if desired.
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Monday, November 24, 2008
I've been wanting to start this series for some time now. Ever since my oldest turned 10. Which was last August. (2009)
Seriously, I think any mother who's reached the decade mark deserves an award! Mothering is indescribably wonderful but TOUGH, too! I think after 10 years of being a mom, I have learned a thing or two, and my desire is to share and hopefully encourage other moms trying to get through the "little kid" stage.
(Yikes, right now I am entering the "tween" phase, and each day is a brand new challenge!)
My ways are certainly not the only ways, and I hope I never convey such an attitude. Nobody has to answer to me, so please know that I will never purposely try to offend anyone. Your comments will be much appreciated, and I would love to know your personal, mothering triumphs and trials. And just remember nobody is the perfect parent and nobody has the perfect child.
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Thursday, November 20, 2008
P,M & S!!!!
Those three little letters, when put together, make me say and do terrible things!! I should get an a in "transfiguration class" because I can turn into a snapping turtle in less than 2 seconds. Give me about 5 seconds and I'm a feisty, mama tiger.
I can also go from one extreme to the other pretty quickly, too. One minute I'm the terrifying, half turtle/tiger thing, the next I'm a defenseless puddle of tears. It's not pretty.
I really do try so hard to not let those dreadful letters get the best of me, but golly gee, I seem to fail every time. It wouldn't be so bad if they bothered me, say, once a year or something but every 28 days or so is a bit much. :(
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Because our floors are tile, I have to spread out blankets to make a soft landing for any ornaments that fall. Unfortunately I wasn't quick enough this year. We suffered one loss. I know, no big deal, but all of these ornaments are particularly special. Each year we all receive ornaments from different family members. Some of the ornaments are from my childhood. Each ornament carries with it a special memory.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Yes, Mark has a job working for the county. It is an answer to prayer, and we are incredibly thankful. The job we thought he was going to have to settle for, would have really turned our family topsy-turvy! Less pay, but long hours, crazy schedules, working ALL holidays, working some weekends,even Sundays, oh the list goes on, so I am so glad this county job came along. I couldn't have imagined him not being home on Thanksgiving and Christmas!!!!! Working for the government will mean being off on tons of holidays--yea!
Home schooling with Daddy here became easier as time went on, but it was still a bit more challenging to keep the boys' attention. I did like it when Daddy would entertain Shiloh while I schooled the boys. She quickly became his little pet!!
Now, all has not completely returned to normal, and that is why I added the sort-of part. We are not having a normal Monday, for Mullin is under the weather, and I had a low-grade temp. yesterday. I decided the best thing for all of us would be to pretty much take the day off. I just feel as if that tornado I have been caught up in has suddenly stopped and dropped me to the floor leaving me a lifeless, crumpled heap of flesh.
Also, financially speaking, we will not be returning to normal. God has basically taken a very sharp ax and has chopped our salary, well, by A LOT! He has proven during these past few weeks that He will provide, so I am still trying to trust that He will continue to do so.
I am still trying to take in all that has happened to us this past month. I am still speechless over all the help being poured out on our family. Seriously, groceries were provided, bills were paid for (even our house payment!!), and a dear person even gave us money so we could buy our kids Christmas presents. Friends and family prayed for and with us, for which we are forever grateful. Each and every phone call, face book note, etc.. gave us encouragement and strength we needed to make it through! Even things like free coconut oil and make-up will never be forgotten. :)
Through this scary and difficult trial, I realized just how very rich we really are.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Last week we worked on Acts 4:12, so this past Sunday I was looking through Acts for a new verse to memorize for this week. Since Acts is really more of an historical account, I was having a hard time finding a verse. I finally gave up and decided to just open up the Bible to another part of the New Testament. The first verse I laid my eyes on was James 1:12, which reads
"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him."
Wow. In light of our present situation, what a perfect verse for us to be memorizing!!
Even in my personal devotions, in which I am reading Jesus Calling, God seems to be speaking right to me, like the past few days were written just for me for such a time as this. I know God is near.
My flesh wants so badly to give in to the temptations of being depressed, stressed, upset--you name it--but God continues to bless me and fill my spirit so it's pretty difficult to stay in a pit for too long.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
As of last Thursday, the day before Halloween, we have been jobless.
My first reaction was complete shock. How could this happen to us?? I know, dumb question--bad stuff happens to everybody. It was just so hard to swallow the reality of no income. None. It is already stressful enough living paycheck to paycheck, but no paycheck at all? Yikes!
Initially, there were some tears shed. It's scary not knowing what lies ahead. But, even through all the merry-go-round emotions I have been experiencing these past few days, I have felt God's peace and presence. Deep in my heart, I know He will provide in His time and in His way. I know He wants me to trust Him no matter how bleak the situation appears to be. I truly am resting in His sovereignty. In a weird sort of way I am even excited to watch God work this out.
He has already brought much comfort to my soul. Family and friends are reaching out, and so many bible verses I have read over the years flood my mind bringing peace that passes understanding, especially Proverbs 3:5-6. It is probably the first verse I ever memorized as a kid, and the plaque that hung in my mom's kitchen inscribed with that very scripture will be forever etched in my mind. (That plaque is mine when you (mom) "fall asleep", which will hopefully not be any time soon!!!)
With all that said, I can't deny that I still do have fears and doubts. But really, I know my feelings must pale in comparison to what my husband is experiencing. My life must go on the same as always--bringing up the children, home schooling, cleaning, cooking, etc... but he is the one who carries the heavy burden of providing for our family of five. He is the one who has to go out into the world and try to find a job. I have it easy compared to him.
I look forward to bringing better news, and hopefully that will be very soon!! Thank you all who are praying for us and helping us get through this trial.