Friday, February 27, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Easter Story Cookies
What You Need:
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
zip lock bag
What You Do With It:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this MUST be done first -- don't wait until you're half done with the recipe)
2. Place pecans in zip lock bag and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break them into small pieces. Talk about how the Roman soldiers beat Jesus. (Read John 19:1-3)
3. Let each child smell the vinegar as you put the 1 tsp. full into a mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar to drink. (Read John 19:28-30)
4. Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Talk about how Jesus gave His life for us so that we might have life abundantly. (Read John 10:10-11)
5. Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. 6. Explain that the salt represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. (Read Luke 23:27)
7. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar and explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus chose to die because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. (Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16)
8. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Talk about the color white and how it represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. (Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3)
9. Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. (Read Matt. 27: 57-60)
Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven "OFF." Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Talk about how Jesus' tomb was sealed with the stone. (Read Matt. 27: 65-66)
10. GO TO BED. Your child may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven. (Read John 16:20-22)
The next morning, open the oven and give each child a cookie. Take a bite and notice the COOKIES ARE HOLLOW! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb empty. HE'S ALIVE!!!! (Read Matt. 28:1-9)
Monday, February 16, 2009
Outside my window...it's sunny and a little cool, but it's going to be a very nice day!
I am thankful for...a God that not only loves me, but actually likes me. Imagine that. He knows my innermost thoughts and He still likes me.
From the learning rooms...A&K are off from school today, back tomorrow. Woo Hoo!
From the kitchen...some Thai food tonight, salads, maybe some kind of soup.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
A Simple Woman's Daybook for today...February 9, 2009
Outside my window...Most everything is brown. There is a mystical blanket of fog covering the blueberry fields in the "valley" to the north of our house. The sun casts an early morning shade of yellow across the yard.
From the learning rooms...Maybe we'll do some Valentines.
I am wearing...Jeans, a long sleeved white tee, & a pea green wrap sweater that ties at the side.
I am creating...I am still laboriously knitting this baby sock. I may not end up knitting the mate, because let's face it, life is too short to do things that just aren't fun. I'm also knitting this little baby slipper which is much more fun than the sock.
Around the house...clutter as usual, but beyond that there's not that much to do.
A few plans for the rest of the week...Today is Dan's birthday, maybe a special dinner tonight. I have a date with a root canal specialist tomorrow. Wed. night we have our accountability group. Friday we have a special little get together. At some point this week I'll need to go buy coffee and coffee filters or somebody might get hurt. Just Sayin'
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
1. Put your iPod (or MP3 player) on shuffle.2. For each question, press the next button for your answer.3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.4. Tag some Moms you admire who could use a laugh and a song.
HOW DID YOU BECOME A MOM? Big Boi (Fantasia) he he!
WHAT DID YOU THINK THE FIRST TIME YOU SAW YOUR BABY? She's a Butterfly (Martina McBride) oh my, how sweet! I really thought, "I sure hope she grows into that nose!"
WHAT DID YOU DO THE FIRST MORNING AFTER A SLEEPLESS NIGHT? Unchanging (Chris Tomlin) Yes, it's unchanging - still havin' those sleepless nights!
WHAT DO YOU SAY WHEN SOMEONE COLORS ON THE WALL? Summertime (Kenny G & George Benson)
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH A TODDLER'S BODILY FLUID ISSUES? Better is One Day (Third Day)
IF SOMEONE SAYS "Can I have a snack" YOU SAY: Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet (Tchaikovsky) hmmm
IF SOMEONE LEAVES THEIR STUFF ON THE FLOOR YOU SAY: Good Time (Alan Jackson) he he! "I been workin' all week and I'm tired, and I don't want to sleep, just want to have fun, time for a good time) Yes, that sums it up!
IF SOMEONE ISN'T SICK TODAY YOU SAY: let's groove tonight (Earth Wind & Fire)
HOW DO YOUR KIDS ENJOY YOUR COOKING? Blessed Assurance (Third Day)
HOW DID YOUR KIDS DO IN SCHOOL TODAY? Aint No Other Man (Christina Aguilera) hmmm?
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHILE YOU SIT IN THE CARPOOL LINE/ DRIVE THRU? Just For You (Lionel Ritchie) yes, that's how I justify eating that fried chicken sandwich & french fries from Chick-Fil-A.
HOMESCHOOLERS, WHAT IS THE FIRST SUBJECT TAUGHT OF THE DAY? I not a homeschooler, so how about HOW DOES OUR DAY START? A World to Believe In (Celine Dion)
WHAT DO YOUR KIDS WANT TO BE WHEN THEY GROW UP? Take My Life (Third Day) AWWWW! I pray that this will be true.
WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY AS A MOM? Morning After (Kevin Carlberg) I'm cheatin' let's try again: Made To Worship (Chris Tomlin) yes, that's better.
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE AS A MOM? The Good Stuff (Kenny Chesney) aww!
HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WERE REALLY A MOM? Are You Washed In The Blood (Alan Jackson) YES! I realized that I would not survive another day of Motherhood without the blood of the Lamb!
WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO AS A MOM? California Dreamin' (Queen Latifah) ha ha! I wish this was mu motto, I might not scream as much.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MOST OFTEN AS A MOM? Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Michael McDonald) Yes, I can do this.
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY AS A MOM? Don't Know Why I Didn't Come (Michael Buble & Norah Jones) Yes I do know, I have 3 kids and I can't! I'm not bitter, really I'm not.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET AS A MOM? I've Always Loved You (Third Day) Not a regret! This shuffle thing is so fickle!
WHAT IS THE BEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE AS A MOM? Do You Remember (Jack Johnson) hmmm?
WHAT DO YOUR KIDS DO THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? Come Away With Me (Norah Jones) hmmm?
WHAT DID YOUR KIDS DO THAT MADE YOU CRY? I Told You So (Randy Travis)
WHAT DO YOUR KIDS DO THAT SCARES YOU THE MOST? Disco Inferno (Earth Wind & Fire) Um Yeah! I feel quite scared that my kids might burn my house down!
HOW DO YOUR KIDS DESCRIBE YOU AS A MOM? Theme From Forrest Gump - okay, that's just wrong! Run Mommy, Run!
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE? Jacksonville (Josh Turner) ???
WHAT WILL YOUR MOM OF THE YEAR CERTIFICATE SAY?Like Red On A Rose (Alan Jackson) AWWWW!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Anyhow, I digress. I decided that since my lack of local Christian bookstores was hindering my study of the Word, I would take my search to the Internet. Surely there are free, reliable, true Bible studies on the Net. Yep! I went to http://www.abideinchrist.com/ and found a nice little study on Psalm 23. I'm trying to do a little each day. I hope to follow up with a book titled, "A Shepherd's Look At Psalm 23" (I think).
I'm learning to remember always, in all situations, that there is security in the presence of the Good Shepherd. That He is my very own Shepherd. It's so very important to dwell on these truths.
Stay tuned for more on Psalm 23...
Monday, February 2, 2009
Outside My Window...B-R-O-W-N, everything here was kissed by frost and ice last week. The result? Everything that was green and lush is now brown and crunchy.
I am thinking...I need to improve my attitude this week. Maybe it was the cold weather, the root canal, the economy, etc... that threw me for an emotional, irritated loop last week.
I am thankful for...a healthy family, a tooth that is finally settling down, my job, Dan's job, & Katie's incredible creativity.
From the learning rooms...Katie is doing such a great job of putting letters together to make words - just little words, but still she's doing very well for her age.
I am wearing...jeans, white tee, rust-colored cable knit sweater
I am creating...photo books on snapfish.com, and I'm knitting baby socks
I am going...to start a study on Psalm 23 today. I've decided that I need to trust my Shepherd more.
I am reading...A Tree Grows In Brooklyn & I love it. I love history, I am especially interested in life in the U.S. at the turn of the century. This book tells a story of a young girl who lives in the tenement district of Brooklyn in the very early 1900s. Many of us cannot even fathom the suffering that took place during that time. A time when people were immigrating to the U.S. to find a better life, a life more abundant.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I've been in a slightly foul mood this past week. The monotony of life has got me down. I just want to see my floors and counters free of clutter. I want to be able to accomplish a task from start to finish without having a child whining at my hip, or having to referee a MAJOR conflict because someone took something from someone.
Another thing, I heard the Orlando Utilities Commission will be raising their rates like 20% in the coming weeks. Not because the cost of fuel has risen, no. Because, get this, people are using less energy so they have to compensate. Are. You. Kidding. Me?
My mom is being laid off from her job of 20 years. I wish she was in a situation where she could just retire and enjoy her grand kids. She's not. What a terrible time to be looking for a blue collar job. She's alright with the situation, right now. I'm sad for her. She's had 3 jobs her whole life. I can't imagine being 57 years old and looking for a new job. This does give me an opportunity to let her know that I'm praying for her. May the Lord use this for His glory.
Oh well, I hope my hormone levels equalize this week and I'm a little more pleasant to be around. It's tough being a girl! Dan jokingly says I have gender envy...sometimes I think he's right.