Sunday, August 18, 2013

Breakfast Casserole

My mom gave me a recipe years ago, it's a nice all in one breakfast. If course, I could not find the recipe, and went online searching. The link below is what I found, now I'm off to make it.  ;)

Breakfast Casserole

Thursday, August 8, 2013

With All My Heart

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  ~Deuteronomy 6:5  (NIV)

The above verse is one I’ve read and thought about many times since Sunday.  A few days ago, I started participating in an online Bible study (OBS) called, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God  through Proverbs 31 Ministries.  The study is based on a book called What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst. Deuteronomy 6:5 is the verse we’ve been focusing our time on during our first week and chapter of study. 

How do I love the Lord with all my heart, soul and strength?  I started by not turning away from or ignoring that uncomfortable urge or twinge, #YestoGod. You know what I mean, right?  That feeling that tugs and says “do it”.  “It” being that kind, loving, uncomfortable task, that you really don’t want to do, but know you should do.  The tasks that make someone else’s life better.  Selfless acts that share God’s love and grace, when you’ve already got enough to do.   Sometimes it’s a simple task, like an offer to help someone, when you’re really in a hurry. It is wiping the snot off of someone else’s child while their parent is too busy talking to notice or eating a germy cracker (because they love you enough to share).   Sometimes it’s a large task such as; committing to teaching preschool Sunday school each week, instead of attending your favorite service time  or becoming PTC secretary and communications officer for the next two years. Or, going to nursing school because you feel drawn to be a patient advocate, treating them with dignity and respect as their body fails them.

What does this mean to me?  Each time I say yes, I spread God’s love.  Not in a fantastic saint like way, that will always be remembered, but in a way that helps make events, or routine happen. It means I give my time, energy and self to children in my community. I am not that parent that drops my kids off to a free activity and runs.  I usually volunteer and work to help run that activity.  I’m not perfect and pleasant on the inside always; I do get stressed, and have a crappy attitude, stomp around (in my head) during moments when I’d rather be at home. I sometimes practice “smile and fake it ‘til you make it”.  Yet, after each task is accomplished, I feel closer to God.  When I started volunteering, it was because I realized how few do, now I couldn’t imagine life without it. I don't enjoy every minute, but I know I'm  working for the Lord.

One great thing about doing good, is the rewards.  I have a great husband and children, and all our needs are met, Amen.  I have children say “hi” and introduce me to their parent because I “work at their school” (1-2 hours a week I volunteer to help where it is needed).  I get random hugs, and  am called “teacher“ and “mom”.  Other parents call or text to get info, when they lose their paper. I feel at home in my community, and like I contributed to it.

Now, I’ve grown to believe God is blessing me, with these job assignments. I view that twinge, that urge, that I feel from God as a growing pain and know I’m blossoming into the daughter he helped shape. #PalmsUp

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Parent Involvement Matters

The 2013-2014 school year is about to begin.  The video below is from PTO Today, an organization that helps parents everywhere get involved, through use of ideas and resources. While many of you don't want to think about the school year, those that are teachers, volunteers and PTC/PTO parents, don't stop thinking about school just because it's summer.

There are many, many tasks that need extra hands throughout the year.  You choose what time and effort you want to put forth.  Try one meeting or one event, or ask a teacher how you can help.  There are many benefits of volunteering, such as:

  • You meet the many people that have already dedicated themselves to helping your child and his/her school; which helps you put a face to a name.
  • Your child will know you care about their schooling
  •  Non-volunteer parents will be amazed by seeing what moms and dads pulled off
  • You will know what is going on at your child's school
  • You will appreciate local business, they are always silently supporting by  offering donations through funds, food or supplies
  • You will feel a sense of accomplishment, when you see things move from a brainstorm to hearing your excited child talk about that awesome assembly, field trip, activity, or  Tye-dye t shirt day you helped with.
  • You will become a part of your community and people will know you by name.
  • Your child will know you helped, and will be proud of you.
So, go to that open house, meet the new teacher, and sign up with the local PTC/PTO and find out where you can fit in. They are busy parents and teachers, with jobs and kids, too.  
"Many hands make light work." - John Heywood

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Come, Thou Almighty King

A Web Search With A History Lesson

I know we all spend more time on the internet than we intend to. I am blessed that almost on a daily basis, I find helpful things, instead of mind-sucking-time-wasting things. I find sales, recipes, reconnect with friends, and most importantly I use it as a worship tool! I search for one thing and end up forgetting what I was doing as I learn more about the history of the church, devotionals, people sharing the Lord's love and online Bible study communities.

Whew, back to the title and purpose of this post...Come, Thou Almighty King. I fell upon this blog post searching for the lyrics to “Come, Thou Almighty King”. My church also did Kingdom Rock VBS, which always has great worship music, and it was one of the songs. We were invited to lead music worship at a local Layman’s camp, and I managed to round up a pianist and children willing to sing. So, we chose classics that require only one practice, because the kids know them, and this particular song, from VBS. I stumbled upon a little history lesson I think is worth the read.  Click here to read about "Come, Thou Almighty King"

Friday, August 2, 2013

School Shopping: When You Have to Buy New

I love to shop, but hate to see my bank balance go down.  I find I tackle shopping trying to get the most for the least, and I take this challenge to a competitive level.  I start out with a strategy to find all I can during 'garage sale season'; which in Michigan is primarily May-September. Then towards the half point of summer, I start retail shopping.  When I buy new I follow the following steps:
  • Know Goodwill prices; make it a goal to get new around the same price.
  • Sign up for mailing lists, coupons can come snail mail, email or text.
  • If you can control yourself, a store card sometimes yields and extra 5-25% off.
  • Shop clearance
  • Coupon Stack; some stores let you use more than one code.
  • Free shipping should always be a goal, unless the gas costs more that shipping to drive there.
  • Rebates for places you shop are great.  I use Ebates regularly. Every time I click a store link and shop, I get a cash % back in the form of a quarterly check. Shopping stores I shop anyway. 
The results of my strategies yield name brand/mall brand clothing for my family at used prices, and at better quality than if I just went to cheap stores that also sell groceries.

Any questions? Suggestions? Feel free to comment.  Happy shopping.