Monday, November 30, 2009

Giveaway Winner

I woke up this morning very excited that I would get to give away this book today. I used to determine the winner. I really, truly wanted everyone to win, but I asked the Lord to allow the one He wanted to win to do so. So who is that winner?

Lisa at Little Is Much When God Is in It!

Congratulations to Lisa. Lisa, you can find my email address under my complete profile to send my shipping info, or you can leave your email address in a comment. Congrats again!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Celebrating Post #200 with Giveaway!

And to celebrate I'm going to endeavor to do something I've never done before and rarely participated in ... a giveaway. To participate, just leave a comment saying you want to participate. If you would like to make a post or tell others, I would appreciate it, but you certainly don't have to. I'm not doing this giveaway to get traffic on my blog or anything. I have 2 copies of a book and so why not? So, what shall we give away? How about this?

Like I said I have a copy already, which I'm working on. I'm not done with it yet, but thus far it is fantastic. Will I ship it overseas? Sure, why not. Fun for everyone! We'll do a random drawing November 30th. I know it's a little ways off, but then we can all get through Thanksgiving. So here goes!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What's in Your Purse?

As I was plugging around at different blogs, I came across this post which asked this question: "What's in your purse?" Please read the post, but here are a few excerpts for those of us short on time:

In my purse you may not find make-up, nail files, or mirrors. You may not find lotions or jewelry. There is nothing wrong with having those things, but right now in this part of my life you might find more in my purse that belongs to someone else than belongs to me!

My purse says that I am a Mommy. I may not have much room for my stuff in there, but it is still full, just like my heart!

Okay, so I'll go and get my purse ... Here goes!

  • a receipt for 4 fruit and yogurt parfaits from McDonalds...a treat today for good behavior at the doctor's office.
  • Ethan's EpiPen
  • a toy ring with a teddy bear adorning it
  • a pack of Fun Dip
  • a hospital band from Josiah's birth! wow, that even surprised me!
  • a Pixy Stix
  • tons of candy wrappers. Do they think this is the local trash can!? =)
  • natural beeswax based chap stick for me and the non-peppermint extract kind which the kids prefer
  • a spork (from the last youth outing. Thank you teenagers ... who did that anyway? Erin, did you?)
  • thank you card for people who helped our family while Josiah was hospitalized
  • matchbox cars and airplanes
  • Germ-X in a durable, easily refillable, high volume, and quite ugly squeeze bottle
Things that are not in my purse that are typical purse dwellers.
  • makeup
  • nail file
  • compact or other mirror
  • Tylenol, Motrin, etc ... not my cup of tea
  • lotion
  • hairspray
  • perfume
Things that are actually mine that are in there.
  • wallet
  • cell phone
  • iPod
  • brush ... which is used on all of us if need be
  • my super cool purple iridescent pocket knife
  • keys to the church
  • tracts
  • gum ... I say it's mine, but how many pieces of it do I share??
So what's in your purse?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Kenny Baldwin sermons

My husband has uploaded those Kenny Baldwin sermons from Monday and Tuesday's church services posted. The link to our church's sermon archive is on my side bar, but just in case, here it is also. The first one is entitled Holy Heartburn! out of Luke 24 and features Bro. Kenny singing "When Answers Aren't Enough" and "Were It Not for Grace." Be sure that you have enough time to listen to the whole thing. You won't want to turn it off, and it's exactly one hour long. There were not so many people there since he preached as Ida was making landfall, but Tuesday night we had people everywhere.

Tuesday night's sermon is entitled Behold, the Dreamer Cometh out of Genesis 37. Both messages were really great. This message was sort of more for the youth, but it really spoke to me and I could relate to it on many different levels. We had an absolute full house that night! Then, Bro. Kenny sings two more songs which are also on there. I was disappointed that the teenagers didn't get recorded. *sniff*

My cyber-friend, Kimberly, asked how we fared through Ida. Well, we didn't get it nearly as bad the Atlantic coast. The footage I've seen on The Weather Channel was pretty nasty. Here it was just like a blustery rainstorm. We got about 5" of rain at our house. It knocked a lot of leaves out of the trees, but I didn't even see one limb down ... not even a dead and rotten limb. We're pretty hurricane resilient around here. I don't even worry about hurricane supplies until I see a cat 2! But it was really strange to see a hurricane in mid-November, I'll admit.


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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Homemade Hamburger Helper

If you're like me then you're always looking for another way to make your husband's income stretch. Just as strongly as I feel that a woman's place is in the home, I feel it's also her responsibility to manage her home as effectively as possible. So here's yet another money saving tip I plan to put into practice soon.

Our Wednesday night meal is usually one of these: tacos, spaghetti, hamburger helper, or lima beans and cornbread. One box of hamburger helper is not really enough to feed our family, but 2 boxes would be way too much. Well, I'm probably going to try some of these homemade hamburger helper recipes from one of my favorite websites, ThriftyFun, and see what sort of success I have!

There are a ton of great thrifty ideas on this site!

The Kenny Baldwin messages will be done today. I'll post again when Honey-bunny says they're ready.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Hurricane Ida *grumble*

So, this little hurricane Ida has it's eyes set on my front door. It's really not going to be that big of a deal. I've been through some really bad hurricanes and this one is going to be more like a very long lasting thunderstorm. Remember me posting that Bro. Baldwin was coming in to preach for a youth meeting. Well, we should be starting to get the effects from Ida not too long after his plane lands. I think that our teens are pretty much planning to come, but the youth groups we have invited may be a little gun shy to travel in possibly treacherous weather conditions.

Speaking of youth, I am glad to share that we are up to 12 teens who want a part in the Christmas skit. They all seem pretty enthusiastic still. If our youth meeting goes through, our youth group is planning on singing. They're pretty nervous about though, since we plan on having in about 250-300 youth. They're used to singing for our bunch, which runs about 100 usually.

John's Sunday school class is planning on going to see the Blue Angels this weekend. Since we live near where the Blue's are stationed, we get 2 air shows a year. Their last show of the year is in Pensacola and is this weekend. He is pretty excited as he has never been to see them. Hopefully this hurricane won't interfere. I wouldn't think it would.

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook - November 6, 2009

For today ... November 6, 2009

Outside my window ...
it was a cool 41 last night, but the temperature is supposed to get up to near 80 today with nice clear skies.

I am thinking ...
of how glad I am that the Lord provided a nice second-hand swing for us at a great price. The motor burned out on the swing we bought when John was a baby. I'm also thinking ahead to Thanksgiving and hoping that everything works out for us to spend time with both my and my husband's family.

I am thankful for ...
the Holy Spirit of God and how He will guide me into all truth. I'm also extremely thankful that the boys will be beginning piano lessons in January. An answer to prayer. I'm thankful for a great group of teenagers!!

From the learning rooms ...
plugging along in our studies. We are significantly behind with the baby's birth and our hospital stay, but it will eventually get done.

From the kitchen ...
chicken pot pie for tonight. Perhaps some collard greens, also. I just walked out to the garden and the lowest leaves are really getting big.

I am wearing ...
a new red, long-sleeved shirt from JCPenney's. I got a "save $10 on a purchase of $10 or more" coupon. That sounds like free stuff to me, so I hopped on the offer! It's paired up with a denim skirt, socks and tennis shoes. The hair needs a ponytail or something.

I am creating ...
I'm still working on the game day dress I mentioned for Lydia. The trouble has been finding time to sew. I did, however, make her a jumper to wear out in the deer woods.

I am going ...
perhaps nowhere. The children asked to go to the park today, but it depends on how quickly their schoolwork is completed. Yesterday we had "vanschool," so we have some catchup to do.

I am reading ...
Still working on Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends. It's a time issue, as it is with the sewing. I'm also reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which has thus far been pretty good.

I am hoping (praying) ...
for Josiah to sleep through the night and for me to be patient with him until he does. I'm also praying that we had a good number of our youth turn out for putt-putt Saturday. I'm praying for God's blessings on and good, enthusiastic participation in the youth's Christmas skit.

I am hearing ...
very loud playing from Ethan and Lydia. The other two are quiet, as Josiah is sleeping and John is getting dressed.

Around the house ...
most things on the homefront are still very topsy-turvy. Since Josiah's discharge from the hospital, we have had a revival meeting nearly every night. I will be glad once things get back to normal, but I think it will not return to such until after the first of the year.

One of my favorite things ...
fellowship with Christian ladies. I was blessed to enjoy such a time yesterday at homeschool fellowship group.

A few plans for the rest of the week ...
not too much for the rest of this week. We're planning a youth outing for Saturday and church, of course, Sunday. Monday and Tuesday we are having in Bro. Kenny Baldwin to preach, which I'm pretty excited about.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Daddy has decided that the boys are big enough to learn to drive the lawn mower, which completely gave me a heart attack!

Bed head. :-)