Monday, February 27, 2012

Meal Plan for this week....

We (my oldest daughter and I) make the meal plan usually on Saturday..

So this week the plan is:

Saturday: Seasoned Chicken

Sunday Dinner: Comfort BBQ Meatballs, Green bean Casserole and Mashed Potatoes.

Monday: Potato Soup

Tuesday: Sausage, Pepper and Onions Sandwiches

Wednesday: Pasta Night!

Thursday: Baked Chicken Thighs, Veggies and Noodles

Friday: Pizza Night.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Reflection~




This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9 NIV

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Confession..

I have a confession, I am obsessed with dishes. I just love them! I change my dishes out seasonally.. I love old dishes, new dishes, vintage, clear, decorated, china, fiestaware, you name it.. I love one or multiple patterns! :)

So today is a georgous day, I'm talking at least 65* today.. To which I am ever so Thankful, I was able to hang 4 loads of laundry on the *new* clothesline hubby built for me.

OK so back to dishes, I put away my winter dishes...

I was given a *new* set of dishes from my mom....

How cute are they????? Love them!!!!!!!!!

And then these are what I usually have out in spring.. so I added them to the cabinet as well.

It's all washed and put away.. waiting for tonights supper of Italian Sausage and White Bean Soup!

From My Bella Cucina to Yours!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sunday Fellowship & Family

Having a place to go - is a home. Having someone to love - is a family. Having both - is a blessing. ~Donna Hedges
So The Mr. and I have been longing to go back to our roots, you know.. who we were before..... not in a negative way, but in a positive way. Ways that seem to have gotten lost over the past few years, due to life's circumstances.

Growing up, until My grandmother passed 17 years ago, it was known fact that you went to Grandma's for dinner on a Sunday afternoon. You just went.. You didn't need an invite, you weren't reminded, you did need to bring anything, you just went. Reflecting on that for me brings me back to such a special time, that while living it, you unknowingly take for granted. Not in a selfish way, but you think that this is the way it will always be. And then you lose the person who did it all. The one you went for.

And then you struggle to find the new you, in all of it. As does each of the other family members in the process, and yet time passes on.

My darling husband also has fond memories of going to an Aunts house every weekend, where the family would gather to eat, play games and do what adults do. In his case sickness took both his parents within 6 months of each other. And as what happened in my family happened in his. Each person went their own way, to find their own path.

It not a malicious thing.. it's just how life went.

When hubby and I had a couple of small children, we made an event out of Sunday dinner. It was usually eaten early in the afternoon. It was a big sit down meal, something that would cause you to linger at the table and enjoy each others company. We had a grown accustomed to having it. And we would invite our friends and family to join us.
It was fun and memorable.

Then we got heavily involved in church and slowly we stopped doing it. Our Sundays became filled with church, and church things, and church people.  And we became rushed, and hurried and frazzled and not wanting to entertain by the time we were done with church.  We were with church people... and doing church things..... that's a good thing right?

It was a blessing for a time.

The time has now come though that hubby and I are longing for the intimacy and fellowship, with our family. You know the ones we grew up with... the ones that over time have become more like acquaintances instead of the best friends that use to be. The ones we've shared bruises, broken bones, smashed matchbox cars (hubby) stealing cars(that was me and i was 5) bathtubs and toilet seats.. etc. etc.

I personally am working on bonding with a half sister and her family that I did not grow up with. As a matter of fact I just recently met her, about 3 years ago. She lives over 15 hours from me, but we have one common goal, we want to form that bond of family! We are even planning a family vacation together. :)

We (hubby and I)  are attempting to bring back some unity.. instead of everyman for himself mentality.

Saved or unsaved our family should be important to us. :)

So we're back or it's back... Sunday Open House at our home, after church. :)No there is no formal invite, there is no planning, God is in all the details.  Count on food, fellowship, laughter, games, picture taking, reminiscing, and maybe some tears.

God is so good to us. And He is leading us down this path of revival of the family. There will come a point in time that we as family will all need to rely on eachother, weather that be for food to survive, a skill that someone has, land or housing. Strengthen your bonds with family now...strenghten your bonds with your brothers and sisters in the Lord as well. Incorporate them into your "family".. We are all adopted into Jesus' family, therefore we are all family. But down the blinders and welcome people in. This is pleaseing to our Lord.

 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5:9



Thank You Lord from Whom ALL Blessings Flow.

'Ohana means family - no one gets left behind, and no one is ever forgotten. ~Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, Lilo & Stitch

Pics from yesterdays  Sunday Dinner....

homemade clam chowder

garlic bread

chicken cordon bleu and veggies.

From My Heart to Yours..

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Prayer

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Pslam 34:14 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Valentines Day

a sneak peek at the cakes
Above is a sneak peek at some of the cakes that were baked for our annual Valentines/Birthday party. There was actually 18 heart shaped cakes and dozens of cupcakes! :) We had choices of vanilla, chocolate and red velvet.

The Open House Party started at 10:30 am with the arrival of one of my bestest buddies, Shanna and her 7 children. She made a massive amount of pancakes!!! We spent a good hour visiting, and had a blast talking about our upcoming gardens this year, and our journey to self sufficiency.


Shanna and her youngest Seth

Abigail the only girl in Shanna family!




Daddy made sure he got his girls some roses and another bouquet of beautiful flowers. To help with the celebration.

The lunch part of our day consisted of little heart shaped ham and cheese, turkey and cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, turkey soup, and pizza muffins.

Roses from Daddy

sweet marshmallow treats
The girls doing Valentines Crafts
Cindy holding Janet's newest blessing

heart shaped sandwiches



The arrival of 3 more friends brought 10 more children, and lots more fun! 




the girls crafting




how cute is this baby???

and this one too!! they are only 7 days apart! :)


It was a beautiful day, filled with lots of fun fellowship, Lots of babies, and lots of love cakes being made for daddies! :) 
 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

~Happy Happy Birhday #4~

My Dearest Emma,



It's hard to believe that 7 years ago, and 11 days OVER my due date. A perfect little Angel arrived on Valentines Day! :)

We lovingly call you #4, Emmie, or Emma-Leigh Rosie!

You are a ray of sunshine around here. Always smiling, singing, dancing, laughing and assisting everyone you can.

You ALWAYS know where to find the things the rest of us lost!

You love to read and play games, and I love watching you read. :)

Your my table setter, go getter, lovie girl, who NEVER wears her shoes!!

Your heart is pure, and I love listening to you pray.

Happy Birthday to my sweet, loving, barefoot girley girl!!!

Love Mom!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday

Ok, so my step-father is a huge football fans and a lover of the Giants, sooo for super bowl Sunday we pulled out all the stops, and step up the big screen in the neighbors yard at my parents house.




 The moon coming up... beautiful isn't it?

 My dd and my stepfather, and MY bad picture taking...

 The little ones around the fire.
 The game, on the big screen.

 We're bundled up and staying warm!!!


We had a total blast, hanging out outside to watch the game. The little ones were in and out all night.
We had a feast of Chili, Ham and Cheese melts, cheese dip, crab and avacado dip, the dips were so warm and so delicious. And our fill of soda and warm coffee. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Trusting God..to not nag!

Proverbs 21: 19 Better to live in a desert
than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife


This was me, for a few months now. You see after we left our old church my husband was hurt, I mean hurt beyond any hurt. And luckily we were welcomed in by friends of ours at another church that really helped us heal. These people were awesome, and supportive. However that church is a full 50 + miles from our home.

And the drive was getting to my darling hubby. But *I* said, we have to go.. we MUST be in church, little quips and little things said here and there, and what would my lovely husband do, he would go to appease me. Don't get me wrong, my hubby loves church and loves the people, but it was stressing to him.

Hubby works an hour away during the week, and travels then. Then Saturday comes and we're rush to do this, that, and the other thing.. Fixing the house, outside commitments, helping friends, more driving, more mess in our own home sometimes.  Which we would then have to clean, before leaving for church over an hour away on a Sunday. We'd basically be gone from our home from 9am to sometimes 3 or 4pm. Because we LOVE this church family. I've never been at a church that truly enjoys fellowship the way these people do. And I am a very social person, so I loved it.

Dh on the other hand, while he LOVES people, would be thinking of everything that we didn't get done on Saturday that now had to be done when we got home.  Or the financial burden of the gasoline.   Thus leading to stressful Sundays.

"but honey" I would say, "what will people think of us if we dont' go to church?" "we'll be heathens" "we need to be there" " we need to trust the Lord"  blah, blah, blah, or translate that to nag, nag, nag..

Then I came to the conclusion, that I wouldn't say anything.. I'd leave the decision up to my dh, but I was bitter. I was angry... I knew once our friends found out. They would be well meaning in telling us we need to be in Church, we need the fellowship, we need to hear God's word. etc. etc.

This drove hubby further and further away from wanting fellowship with others. And began to make him bitter. He was still dealing with his previous hurt.

SO then, I changed MY attitude.  I began to support him, in a loving manner.  He knew how I felt about the matter, but this wasn't about me.

Proverbs 31:

11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

So I began to pray for him daily, and heartily. I didn't push to go to church or weekly bible study. We kept up with our weekly bible study, just at home. We took turns reading around our dinner table and discussing it. We kept our Sundays' as family days. We did the usual thing we normally do, and sometimes we would listen to sermons' online. Or to some wonderful teachings we have on CD.

And I began to see dh soften, he came home from working telling me what he heard on the Christian radio station in the am. The teaching he heard. We'd discuss. I'd see him quietly reading his bible.

And then it came..from him... "hey, let's go to bible study tonight" ... :)

And finally last night, "Hey, I've been thinking.. Let's try this church this week" .

2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction

With love, patience, understanding, more patience, and grace my husband has come full circle.

By trusting the Lord with the outcome of my husband's heart, and knowing that others think we are sinning, I knew the Lord was telling me different. He was teaching and molding me during this season of drought. He was teaching me patience and grace.  He was teaching me to love. He was teaching me...and...by my softening....he was slowly leading my husband.. in His timing.

From My Heart to Yours!

Blessings
Carrie
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