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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

National Pancake Day




In honor of National Pancake Day, we had a pancake dinner! Our meal consisted of big, fluffy pancakes (some with chocolate chips), eggs, bacon and orange juice. And lots of butter and syrup.

I wonder when National French Toast Day is? Or National Waffle Day?????

Monday, February 27, 2006

What's for Dinner


Tonight I made Marvelous Mini Meatloaves and they were a big hit. I did the BBQ ones but would also like to try the Fiesta ones sometime soon. I made Garlic Roasted Potatoes, broccoli and cheese, and applesauce for the side dishes.

Here's the recipe for the potatoes:

6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2" chunks
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 t salt
1/8 t pepper
1 garlic clove, minced

Place potatoes in a 12" x 8" or 13" x 9" baking dish. In small bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Pour butter mixture over potatoes. Toss to coat evenly. Bake at 375* for 55-60 minutes or until crisp, lightly browned and tender, stirring twice during baking.

6 servings.

Making Changes

Why is it hard to make changes? It seems I am set in my ways and it's hard to break out!

I have been talking with a friend about homeschool and some changes that need to be made but I am dragging my feet to go ahead and do it. Our science and history are just not getting completed each day and it is bothering me. I'm thinking of changing to Alpha and Omega Lifepacs but I haven't ordered them yet. The form is filled out and ready to go but.............I am not sure. I realize that I haven't been as diligent as I can be regarding those two subjects and I feel like I am taking the easy way out.

Does any use Lifepacs? If so, would you let me know how you and your children liked (or disliked them)? Thanks!!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Thursday at Home



Last night as I was driving home from a friend's house, I started to feel really cold. By the time I got home, I was not feeling well at all. I went to bed but no matter how many covers I put on I still felt cold--although my face felt very hot! I slept until 9:30 this morning. I feel a little better but my head is soo congested!

So, I'm supervising school from the couch and we're only going to do math and language arts. I am so thankful that I'm able to stay home when I'm sick. I'm thankful that when my children are sick, they can stay home also!

I hope you all have a blessed day! I'm off to make soup and rest.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Greatest Show on Earth!


This morning JK, her friend J, and I went to see the circus. We were seated three rows from the floor so we had a wonderful view of everything. We go to the circus every other year and this year was very different. Instead of the usual three-rings with lots of activities going on they had one huge ring and only one show at a time.

We had a hard time deciding what are favorite attraction was. The dog, cat and bird show? The Chinese acrobats? The motorcycles in a cage? They were all very entertaining and we had a wonderful time.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A Challenge to Women--Part Three

A Challenge to Women--Part Three
by Pastor John Piper

11. That you not assume that secular employment is a greater challenge or a better use of your life than the countless opportunities of service and witness in the home, the neighborhood, the community, the church, and the world. That you not only pose the question: Career vs. full-time mom? But that you ask as seriously: Full-time career vs. freedom for ministry? That you ask: Which would be greater for the Kingdom--to be in the employ of someone telling you what to do to make his business prosper, or to be God's free agent dreaming your own dream about how your time and your home and your creativity could make God's business prosper? And that in all this you make your choices not on the basis of secular trends or yuppie lifestyle expectations, but on the basis of what will strengthen the family and advance the cause of Christ.

12. That you step back and (with your husband, if you are married) plan the various forms of your life's ministry in chpaters. Chapters are divided by various things--age, strength, singleness, marriage, employment choices, children at home, children in college, granchildren, retirement, etc. No chapter has all the joys. Finite life is a series of tradeoffs. Finding God's will, and living for the glory of Christ to the full in every chapter is what makes it a success, not whether it reads like somebody else's chapter or whether it has in it what chapter five will have.

13. That you develop a wartime mentality and lifestyle; that you never forget that life is short, that billions of people hang in the balance of heaven and hell every day, that the love of money is spiritual suicide that the goals of upward mobility (nicer clothes, cars, houses, vacations, food, hobbies) are a poor and dangerous substitute for the goals of living for Christ with all your might and maximizing your joy in ministry to people's needs.

14. That in all your relationships with men you seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in applying the Biblical vision of manhood and womanhood; that you develop a style and demeanor that does justice to the unique role God has given to man to feel responsible for gracious leadership in relation to women--a leadership which involves elements of protection and care and initiative. That you think creatively and with cultural sensitivity (just as he must do) in shaping the style and setting the tone of your interaction with men.

15. That you see Biblical guidelines for what is appropriate and inappropriate for men and women in relation to each other not as arbitrary constraints on freedom but as wise and gracious prescriptions for how to discover the true freedom of God's ideal of complementary. That you not measure your potential by the few roles withheld but by the countless roles offered. that you turn off the TV and radio and think about: (a) The awesome significance of motherhood and (b) Complementing a man's life as his wife.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Snow.............

Sunday morning in my little corner of the world it was covered with snow. It was so beautiful. I wanted to take pictures but figured I could do it after I got back from church. Well, it was already melting (fast!) by then and it wasn't as beautiful.

Now, Monday at 5:00, it is almost all gone. Snow doesn't last too long around here. Thursday and Friday we're supposed to be in the mid 60's. The weather is always interesting here in Central VA.

A Challenge to Women--Part Two

A Challenge to Women by John Piper (Part Two)

6. That you be women who have a deep grasp of the sovereign grace of God undergirding all these spiritual processes, that you be deep thinkers about the doctrines of grace, and even deeper lovers and believers of these things.

7. That you be totally committed to ministry, whatever your specific role, that you not fritter your tme away on soaps or ladies magazines or aimless hobbies, any more than men should fritter theirs away on excessive sports or aimless diddling in the garage. That you redeem the time for Christ and His Kingdom.

8. That, if you are single, you exploit your singleness to the full in devotion to Christ and not be paralyzed by the desire to be married.

9. That, if you are married, you creatively and intelligently and sincerely support the leadership of your husband as deeply as obedience to Christ will allow; that you encourage him in his God-appointed role as head; that you influence him spiritually primarily through your fearless tranquility and holiness and prayer.

10. That, if you have children, you accept responsibility with your husband (or alone if necessary) to raise up children who hope in the triumph of God, sharing with him the teaching and discipline of the children, and giving to the children that special nurturing touch and care that you are uniquely fitted to give.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Snow????


This Afternoon: Periods of rain and snow. High around 38. East wind between 7 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Tonight: Periods of snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 28. North wind between 11 and 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Sunday: A chance of snow showers, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 37. North wind 8 to 15 mph becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
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...HEAVY SNOW WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST SUNDAY...
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We may actually see snow this time! Right now it is raining and cold.

JK and I went out to breakfast before bowling this morning and had a nice time. After bowling we went to church to clean and then headed home to a nice lunch of cheesesteaks that my hubby had ready for us. What a blessing!

Stay warm and I'll keep you updated on the snow situation.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A Challenge to Women--A Three-Part Series


A Challenge to Women--Part 1
by Pastor John Piper

1. That all of your life--in whatever calling---be devoted to the glory of God.
2. That the promises of Christ be trusted so fully that peace ad joy and strength fill your soul to overflowing.
3. That this fullness of God overflow in daily acts of love so that people might see your good deeds and give glory to your Father in heaven.
4. That you be women of the Book, who love and study and obey the Bible in every area of its teaching. That meditation on Biblical truth be the source of hope and faith. And that you continue to grow in understanding through all the chapters of your life, never thinking that study and growth are only for others.
5. That you be women of prayer, so that the Word of God would open to you; and the power of faith and holiness would descend upon you; and your spiritual influence would increase at home and at church and in the world.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Ladies Retreat

I am leaving tomorrow to go to our church's annual ladies' retreat. It is held at a Christian conference center about an hour from here. This year are speaker is from California whose husband went to seminary with our pastor. Her topic is "Rooted in Christ". I'm really looking forward to all that the Lord will be teaching me and to being a blessing to the ladies that will be there. At last count we had twenty-eight attending!

The conference will be over Sunday afternoon but since I don't post on Sundays, I hope to give a full report on Monday or Tuesday, Lord willing. Which day depends on how the house looks when I return!!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Quietness


He giveth quietness--Job 34:20

Quietness amid the dash of the storm. We sail the lake with Him still; and as we reach its middle waters, far from land under midnight skies, suddenly a great storm sweeps down. Earth and hell seem arrayed against us, and each billow threatens to overwhelm. Then He arises from His sleep, and rebukes the winds and the waves; His hand waves benediction and repose over the rage of the tempestuous elements. His voice is heard above the scream of the wind in the cordage and the conflict of the billows, "Peace, be still!" Can you not hear it? And there is instantly a great calm. "He giveth quietness." Quietness amid the loss of inward consolations. He sometimes withdraws these, because we make too much of them. We are tempted to look at our joy our ecstasies our transports, or our visions, with too great complacency. Then love for love's sake, withdraws them. But, by His grace, He leads us to distinguish between them and Himself. He draws nigh, and whispers the assurance of His presence. Thus an infinite calm comes to keep our heart and mind. "He giveth quietness."

"He giveth quietness." O Elder Brother,
Whose homeless feet have pressed our path of pain
Whose hands have borne the burden of our sorrow,
That in our losses we might find our gain.

Of all Thy gifts and infinite consolings,
I ask but this: in every troubled hour
To hear Thy voice through all the tumults stealing,
And rest serene beneath its tranquil power.

Cares cannot fret me if my soul be dwelling
In the still air of faith's untroubled day;
Grief cannot shake me if I walk beside Thee,
My hand in Thine along the darkening way.

Content to know there comes a radiant morning
When from all shadows I shall find release;
Serene to wait the rapture of its dawning--
Who can make trouble when Thou sendest peace?