Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Anyway, I put on a pot of boiling water and put towards back of stove for safety. Then I told the kids to put into their own bag 2 eggs, 2 spoonfuls of shredded cheese, and 2 spoonfuls of meat (it was Kielbasa). That was an easy way for them to remember. Twos of everything. After they zip it closed have them squish the bag to mix the ingredients.
When its done they just open the bag over a plate and let it roll out. Then they put shredded cheese on the top if they like. My kids just gobble it up!
Monday, July 30, 2012
What a wonderful weekend it was! My husband's family decided to just celebrate all the kid birthdays in one day so we sang to eight kids. Everyone swam and I forgot my camera. Boo hoo! It takes a lot to get seven kids ready to go anywhere but is even more work when they are going for a swim. I asked them if they would want to use their birthday money to each buy a Nintendo DSi XL and they quickly said yes. I was excited because Mario is my favorite game and I was hoping I could sneak on it every now and then. Ohhhh, my thumbs are sore right now. You know, my husband first met me when I was on the floor playing Mario on my Nintendo. He thought I was 15 but I was actually 18. Ha ha.
Last nights sermon at church was amazing! I took notes on my iPad and I'm so glad I did because it is something I'd like to refer to every now and then. The pastor that spoke talked about comparing ourselves to others. Just because we are called to do something doesn't mean no one else will do it better than us. We do it because are called to. We don't have to always look around us to see who is acting worse than us and pointing fingers. We are held accountable for ourselves and not according to someone else. I guess it's easier sometimes to try to make ourselves feel better by pointing out other people's mistakes and sins. Here is where it hit me personally. Sometimes I get comments from others that question how I raise my kids or how well I am feeding my kids. It's not that they spend time in my house or see me when I feed my kids. They just make assumptions for the little bit of time they are around me. Constant questioning or finger pointing can make me feel bad like I have no right to be raising these kids. However, God sees what I do at home with them and in reality, that's what matters. My husband sees, that's what matters. I don't have to compare myself to others. Of course someone might clean better, cook better, blog better, write better, homeschool better, do their hair better. All that doesn't matter. The only reason we should look to others is for inspiration. It was an awesome sermon. ;)
Thursday, July 26, 2012
|Ivy in church raising her hand for prayer|
|Kyle and Ashley|
Written by Unknown at 11:44 AM
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
|Marilyn Boyer, me, Rick Boyer|
(Will continue writing. Girls are asking for a bedtime story.....)
|One view of the vendors|
The book was such an encouragement to me. It's not what other people tell you THEY think you should do that matters. That is something you go to God about as a couple. I mean, this is something I had been in tears about and bullied about. The Boyers raised their kids up in Christ and lived it in their home. Well, when I saw the Boyers I just had to talk to them and tell them what an encouragement they've been to my family. Rick asked me what other books of theirs I have read but I hadn't heard of any others. Actually, I've just been reading and rereading the same book over every now and then. He gave a big hug and handed me a newer version of their book Yes, They're All Ours, plus The Hands-on Dad, Parenting From the Heart, Home Educating with Confidence, Hands-On Character Building, and CD of The Runt that's read aloud. Wow, what a blessing! I read all the time and look forward to studying each one. Seriously, I had to hold back the tears as they gave me a hug because I couldn't really express to them what they did for me through their book. It had given me the confidence I needed to have the family I desired, homeschool the kids without guilt, and have fun while doing it. I still quote Rick at the end of the day (more or less). "What was I thinking having all these kids?" haha . Yes, it's a ton of work but they are all ours and I love it!
There were soooo many great tools there for teaching that I felt like I was swimming in them. I know people can get caught up in TOO MUCH but I'm more talking about bible things. I found posters that gave visuals for the kids, bible study materials for teaching kids at home, and the list goes on and on. They even gave out free books on CD like
Passing the Torch, and Hell's Best Kept Secret.
Ohhh, books on CD are delicious because I can clean and listen to them at the same time.
Land Animals of the Sixth Day.
After a few hours we were soooo hungry but we about fainted when we saw the food prices. Eight bucks for nachos? I wasn't about to eat a cracker for even five bucks so we walked a block away to eat at a restaurant. We didn't realize it was a restaurant that overlooks the baseball game that was going on. Oh, it was awesome! Basically, I got a whole meal for the same price as what I would have paid for nachos in the convention center but with a better view!
While we were safe inside the convention we heard an announcement that there currently was a Haboob outside and to stay in. No problem... I was having fun and since the place was so huge, I missed seeing this coming right at us.... Wow, glad I was indoors!
Written by Unknown at 8:00 AM
Monday, July 23, 2012
The boys have finally outgrown Build-a-bear and so I mostly just have the girls that care. I turned to Charles the other day and said, "I think having girls is gonna cost you." He smile and said "It's okay. They are worth it."
Written by Unknown at 5:13 PM
Friday, July 20, 2012
I know today you'll be busy, Ivy, and I know I might not get the chance to say this to you...today. I want you to know how special you are to me. You came in my tummy after three boys and we couldn't wait to see what it'd be like to have pink in our house. Having a daughter was a dream in my head that finally became real and I didn't believe it till the doctor announced out loud that you were indeed a girl.
|Friend Kerrianee and Ivy|
I love how you were excited that we deemed Juliet to be your "buddy". Someone that you would watch out for, help pick out outfits for, tie her shoes when she some day needs help, etc. You get upset with me if I don't let you change every single diaper. It's been two months and you still aren't sick of it. I'm amazed. You are gonna make a great mommy someday.
|Ivy dressing Juliet|
I love that I was able to give you little sister Ashley who is only two years younger so you have someone to play with and be close to. I'm so grateful that you have a cuddle friend every single night that you can tell your secrets to. I love how you say "Kerrianne is my best friend but Ashley is my best, best friend." Mommy's lecturing about treating your siblings even better than your friends must finally be getting through.
|Ashley and Ivy|
I love how you are such a tomboy but you always dress up for mommy when I say so. I love how you sigh when you have to dress up for church and admit you want to be respectful. I love that you secretly enjoy swishing in the dress you didn't want to have to wear.
|Ivy and Ashley|
I love that you are outgoing and are understanding how important it is to open your arms to potential friends rather than only have one. I love that any little girl in the room is someone that just might need a friend to play with.
|Ashley, friend Cassidy, Ivy|
I love you, Ivy. You are a pretty amazing 7 year old. Happy birthday!
Written by Unknown at 11:08 AM
Thursday, July 19, 2012
|Click on picture|
It's been soooo wonderful with my husband finding a job back in his career field. I knew he was a hard worker before and he missed working in his field he went to college for. Seeing him at it again reminds me what an incredibly smart guy I married. Still, he showed his love to us but working at whatever job he could find while the economy was struggling for the last three years. Of course before I took the money for granted and threw it around like nothing bad could ever happen. When his company went under and we saw no one else hiring, that sinking feeling came. It's tempting to live stupid like we did before but, yikes, the last three years were like swimming against the current. It was hard. This time I wanted to do it right so I got the book by Dave Ramsey Total Money Makeover. Just reading it makes me so wish I knew this stuff a decade ago. How could I have been so foolish? I can't change my past but this time I'm not making the same mistake and will plan the best I can for the future. I know my future is in God's hands but I can do my best to be a good steward of what He gives us in the meantime. I will slowly go put away my list of wants.... :D He says in his book, "If you live like no one else, later you'll live like no one else." Well said!
|Ashley napping with Max|
He who has been forgiven much love much, but he has been forgiven little loves little. Luke 7:36
I had a hard time with forgiveness because I doubted that God had truly forgiven me. I tend to lean towards the idea that God is up there just waiting and waiting for me to make a mistake so He can just be done with me forever. I don't know why I think in such legalistic ways but I do. I'm not taught that, (more in the past) it's just that my mind goes into this autopilot. I almost always have to take the wheel and remind myself that God loves me and He has forgiven me like He promised. People use the excuse to not find a church because "everyone there are just hypocrites." Well, don't we go because we desperately need God? Because we need to hear from Him? Most of us don't come because we have it all together and we need some ear tickling. We are leaky vessels. I certainly am so I need a place to worship and hear from God.
Written by Unknown at 8:30 AM
Monday, July 16, 2012
So I had ran out of coffee and just haven't been able to get over to Sam's club to get my big box of Keurig cups. It's a waaaay better deal to buy them there. However, I'm still trying to get used to my husband not being home during the day. We would always run errands together. Lately I have been just waiting till he gets home because he usually loves to go but he's been too tired. After much desperation and drinking the only coffee in the house, which is decaf, I finally just took the kids and went. Ohhhh.... thank you God for creating these beans in order for me to have a delicious cup of coffee every day.
Written by Unknown at 4:52 PM