Friday, November 30, 2012

The Day I Butt-Dialed 911


Not too long ago I had just unlocked my front door and my cell phone rang.

The caller identified herself as being from 911 mobile-response or cellular response (I can't really remember what she called it). I did see their name when I looked at my phone and knew it was really from them, though.  I can't remember word for word but the call went something like this.....

Me: "Hello?"
Caller: "Hello, this is 911 mobile response.  Someone from your phone made a call to 911.  Is everything o.k?"
Me:  (Stunned.  Pulls phone away from ear and stares at it - as if expecting to see a 911 operator jumping out from the phone.)  "No, that's impossible.  I didn't call you and I didn't loan it to anyone either."
Caller: "Where do you keep your cell phone?"
Me: "What?"
Caller: "Where was your cell phone?  Was it in your pocket?"
Me: "Yes."
Caller: "Which pocket?"
Me: "My back pocket."
Caller: "Were you sitting on it?"
Me: "Well, I was driving so yeah, I guess I was."
Caller: "Sometimes when you have your phone in your back pocket, the numbers can depress and with some phones, if a number is held down long enough, it will automatically call 911."
Me: "Oh."
Caller: "So you don't want to put your phone in your pocket and then sit on it."
Me: "Oh.  O.k.  Sorry!"
Caller: "No problem!"

You know, it's sort of a freaky thing when you butt-dial 911 (please excuse my wording, if I offended anybody.  They don't really call it behind-dial.)

You don't really know how to handle it when your body starts rebelling against you and calls 911.  Maybe it was all those chocolates I ate.

Or maybe it just got tired of sitting around waiting for me to start that diet program that I keep talking about.

I don't really know what happened.  It just took matters into its own.........ummmm......hmmmmmm.  Never mind.

One minute I was safe, and the next thing I knew my behind was turning me in to the FBI.

O.k., maybe it wasn't that bad.  But still, it is obviously mad at me about something......

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Strange Things Ya Gotta Do To Get A Blog Post Out Of It

When you're a blogger you will use just about anything for a blog post.  I mean, seriously, you are breaking out that camera to document anything, no matter how unexciting.


Such as this.

I accidentally dropped my bowl and spilled popcorn all over the floor and my first thought was "I might be able to get a blog post out of this!"  So I picked up the broken stoneware, grabbed my camera and snapped this picture.

Note the popcorn all over the floor.  If you stare at it long enough you can see the outline of a cow.

Not really.

I just wanted to see if anyone would do it.

So I took the picture then grabbed my broom and started sweeping up.  Then it dawned on me.

I forgot to take a picture of the bowl that broke when I dropped it.  It's really the bowl's fault that the popcorn spilled, anyway.  Not mine.  I wanted proof in case the popcorn sued.

So then I placed the broken bowl pieces on the floor and began spreading popcorn ALL over it again so that I could "recreate" the picture.

Yes.  Yes I did.  I really did.

I accidentally spilled popcorn all over the floor. Cleaned it up with a broom.  And then flung it all over the floor again so that I could take a silly picture and come up with a lame blog post about it.

I really am that desperate.  Wanna see the picture?  No?  Too bad.  I posted it anyway.


Here is the fake, staged picture. You're welcome.  Note the staged popcorn flung around in little clusters here and there.

That's because I've never really flung popcorn all around the floor on purpose before.  There's a learning curve.

So come on, be honest.  What strange thing have you done in order to get a blog post out of it?

I dug pancakes out of the garbage once in order to take a picture of them.  I just flung popcorn all over my floor right after cleaning it up.  What have YOU done?

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cooking With Momstheword: Tips For Freezing Soup


Here's a quick and easy tip for when you're freezing soup in a freezer bag and need to get the air out.

Get a plastic straw (I like the bendable ones) and insert it into the bag.  Make sure that the straw does NOT touch the soup.  If it does, you will be sorry......just sayin'.......


For the above picture I did stick the straw into the soup so that I could get this picture.  Do as I say, not as I do......

Next, seal the bag tightly around the straw.  Again, make sure that the straw is not touching the soup.  Trust me on this.  I only want what's best for you.

With the bag sealed tightly around the straw (you may need to hold it with your hands), put your mouth on the straw and suck inward as fast as you can.

NOW you know why you weren't supposed to stick the straw into the soup.  Aren't you glad you did what you were told?

As the air is being sucked out of the bag and BEFORE you pass out, pull the straw out of the bag with your mouth and seal it up with your hands.

Now, don't you feel clever?

We usually freeze our soup in freezer bags.  We place the soup in a freezer bag and then lay the bags flat in the freezer on a cookie sheet.  Then we remove the cookie sheet once it's frozen.  The soup stacks very well this way.

I suppose I don't need to tell you that we make sure the bag is sealed before we lay it on its side, right? 

You can also freeze soup in a freezer bag inside a container, and then remove the container once the soup is frozen.  That way you can use the container again.

You can also eat all your soup so that there is nothing left and then you don't have to worry about freezing anything!!!  But in that case, why are you reading this post?  ;)

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Changing From The Inside Out & MYHSM Link-Up!


So many times we try to change from the outside IN. We try to change our behavior and our actions first, but we are trying to do it in our own strength, and we aren’t changing in our hearts. So we struggle and fail and get discouraged.

But we're looking at it all wrong.  We are trying to effect a change in our actions but our hearts are what drives our behavior. And our hearts are failing us.  We aren't changing as fast as we want to.  Why?

I think it's because we are so focused on our behavior and not our hearts.

We are so focused on getting our actions right, on seeing the change in our own lives that we want changed.  On seeing the fruit that we want to see in our own lives.

So we focus on an action change when what we need is a heart change.




We forget that we can't change our actions without changing our hearts first.

We try, and try, and try to be patient.  We try, and try and try not to lose our tempers.  We try and try and try to be unselfish.

We keep trying and we just don't see the progress that we want. We fail.  We get frustrated.  We hurt.  Why won't it happen overnight?  What are we doing wrong?

We forget to take it to Jesus and let Him change us and instead try to change it ourselves.

We forget Who is responsible for our transformation.

We forget that it's not something we do but something we become.  It's a process.

We forget that God's Word transforms.  God's Word changes.  God's Word reveals.

We forget that we are trying to change our actions but He is seeking to change our hearts.

When our hearts change, our actions will change.

God changes us from the inside OUT. He starts with our heart, and then our actions, attitude and behavior reflect the change that He is bringing about in our hearts.

We have it all wrong.  We have it backward.   We are trying to start at the end instead of the beginning. Fortunately God never gets it wrong!


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Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping and if you want, link up!

Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging our husband or children or others, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes....the opportunities are endless. 

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post so that others can join the fun!

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

He Did It-She Did It



Hmmmmmmm.  Who did it?
 
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Friday, November 23, 2012

"Spin-Mama, Making Homeschooling Easier," A Funny Video


This is a really cute "spoof" video that my friend Erica's sister and kids put together and shared on youtube.  I think it's funny whether you are a homeschooler or not, because we've ALL experienced what it's like to be pulled in too many directions at once, right?

So whether you homeschool or not, watch it!  Because we've all been there, lol!     :)


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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

But Really, All I Wanted Was A Hoagie Roll.....

Tonight I had a dinner plan, so that means that I could wait until the last minute to execute it, right?

My hubby and kids had to leave the house to go to a meeting, and so I needed to get dinner ready for them early.  No worries, we usually eat fairly early anyway.

I was making French Dip and so really, all I needed to do was make up the "dip," toast the buns and we were good to go.

So I decided to exercise before getting dinner.
Because it is always a GOOD PLAN to get all hot and smelly and sweaty right before you make dinner.

Soon I was done exercising.  Cutting it rather close but hey, they are guys....they are going to consume that meal in about two seconds anyway, right?  Who needs more time?

It was getting later and my family had to leave soon.  No problem!

I heated up the Au Jus and called my family, because it would only take a minute or two to toast the buns and slap some meat on it.  I reached for the rolls.......

No rolls.


None.

I now had French Dip with nothing that I could "dip" with.

I gamely suggested using a tortilla or even bread or an english muffin.

Somehow that did not appeal to anyone.  Not even me.

I rushed out to the store to buy rolls.  We live close so what's the problem?  So I grabbed my coat and keys and rushed out the door.

I forgot that I was wearing my jammie bottoms.  Earlier I didn't want to wear my usual exercise shorts and didn't feel like digging out my workout sweats so I had tossed on a pair of pajama bottoms to exercise in instead.  Nice.  (I just *couldn't* go in jammies so I ran in and changed)

Got to the store and while I was there grabbed a couple of things because isn't that what YOU always do when you're in a hurry?????  Got in line.

Forgot to buy the rolls that I went to the store for in the first place.  Had to go back. Got my rolls and exited the store.

Lost my car in the parking lot.

Stepped in a mud puddle.

Tried to exit the parking lot behind a long line of cars who were backing up because the car in FRONT was backing up.....she didn't want to exit onto the road.  So everyone behind her started backing up when SHE started backing up.   It was comical.  And a little bit scary.

No problem.

By the time I got home my family had already left - dinnerless I assume.

So I popped the bun/roll/whatever thingy into the toaster oven.


Did I mention that I burned it because I got distracted by a Hallmark Christmas movie and forgot about it?  Suddenly I smelled something burning.   Hmmmmmm.  So I popped another bun in the oven (sorry, couldn't resist).

(Is it driving you crazy that I keep switching back and forth between the words "bun" and "rolls" in this post?  Just wondering..... )

But I did manage to finally sit down and eat my dinner.

Of which I dang near had to put a choke hold on my beagle (and maybe even perform the Heimlich) when I knocked the package of meat out of my own hands.

Except by this time, I had pretty much lost my appetite.  Sigh.


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Monday, November 19, 2012

Don't Fight About Your Marriage. Fight For Your Marriage.


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing? It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping and if you want, link up!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes....the opportunities are endless.
 


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Don't fight about your marriage.  Fight FOR your marriage.  We know that we can't change our husbands but with God's help, we can change ourselves.  Here are some ideas to encourage you to fight for your marriage today!

Pray for your husband.  Every day.  There are times in a marriage when we don't feel like praying for the ones we love, because we are upset at the moment.  But that is exactly the time when we need to pray for them the most. 

Don't expect your husband to read your mind.  Early in our marriage I felt that if my husband really loved me, he'd be able to know exactly what it was I wanted or needed for him to do.  How unfair is that? Yet I persisted in that feeling for awhile.  It is unfair of us to put that expectation on our husbands.

Keep the lines of communication open.  We need to be able to tell our husbands what we are feeling and thinking, and they need to be able to do the same.  I was a poor communicator when I first started dating my husband, and that was a slight concern of his when we were dating.

My husband wanted to talk about every problem situation right away, and I closed up.  He needed to talk and I needed space.  He was there - ready to talk, and I was there - running away.  We had to learn HOW to reach a compromise.  He needed to learn to give me the space and time that I needed, and I needed to learn to force myself to open up to him.

He would be asking me "What are you thinking?  What are you feeling?" and I didn't KNOW what I was thinking or feeling.  I needed processing time.  I needed to think things through so that I didn't say hurtful things because I was upset, or say things I didn't mean.

Timing is everything.  Many times, as wives and mothers, we can't wait for our husbands to come home so we can unload on them about our day or tell them about a problem.  The minute hubby walks through the door......BAM!  Poor hubby doesn't know what hit him. Choose your time.  Give your husband a chance to get his coat off and say hello first and de-stress a bit if he needs to, (unless it's an emergency).  This can actually help avoid conflict.

Remember that forgiveness isn't just a word, it involves a continual action.  Forgiveness isn't just a one time thing.  Many times it has to be given over and over as we remind ourselves of a hurtful thing that hubby did an hour ago, a week ago, six months or even years ago.  We need to turn off the tape recorder in our head that keeps playing "Don't forget what he DID to you" over and over in our heads.  When he's asked for forgiveness and you've given it - let it go.

Say "I'm sorry, please forgive me" when you need to.....and mean it!  Don't just wait around for him to say it first or say "I'll say it when he says it."  Marriage is not a game of power and control and who has the upper hand.  It's a partnership, and humility and submission, and looking out for the other's needs.  It's not a race, it's a relay.  You're working together as a team FOR each other - not against each other.

Don't neglect him.  As a mom, it is soooo easy to place our children's needs ahead of our husbands.  After all, he's a grown man, right?  A hungry baby or a diaper change is important and he can wait, can't he?  Pretty soon, that becomes the norm and hubby is neglected and forgotten in a sea of our children's demands.

We can't afford to neglect our husbands.  Make time in your day to let your husband know that he is important to you.  Listen to him, really listen, when he talks to you.  Ask him if you can get him anything.  Ask if he has any prayer needs.  Ask him if he has any errands or anything that he needs you to do - then DO them.

Date your husband once a week.  This can even be done at home after the children are in bed.  It can even be something as simple as a walk.  It doesn't have to cost money.  Just spend some time together, and don't spend all your time talking about your children or unloading on each other.  Enjoy each other's company and laugh together!

Greet him at the door when he comes home.  This is something that we did when the kids were little.  We greeted daddy at the door.  Even if I had to grab the baby and a diaper, lol!  This was not done so that I could dump the kids on daddy the minute he came through the door.  It was just a simple "Welcome home."

I still do this today, whether it's my husband or the children coming home.  Sometimes I have an arm full of laundry or soapy dish washing gloves on, but I do try and greet them to welcome them home again and let them know they were missed.

Don't neglect touch.  I remember when my kids were little my hubby came up to give me a kiss.  Just a simple kiss.  I was in the middle of something (probably cooking dinner or doing dishes) and I just didn't want to be touched.  I was tired and saw it as another "demand" on me, even something as simple as a kiss.  I was also afraid that a simple kiss might commit me to something more and I just didn't know if I had the energy!

We don't want to neglect the physical aspect of our relationships.  Even something as simple as a squeeze of the hand and/or a hug or kiss can let our husbands know that they are still important to us.

Don't mother your husband and try not to nag.  Whew!  That's a tough one!

Proverbs 21:9 says "Better to live on a corner of the roof  than share a house with a quarrelsome wife."

When we nag and nag, our husbands tend to tune us out, which only makes us nag more!



We can give him that honey-do list and let him know what needs doing.  Then we can prayerfully determine not to nag him about it.

We can choose to be thankful for what he DOES do instead of dwelling on the things that he DOESN'T do.  We have a choice.  What choice are YOU going to make today?


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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Gratitude Is The Only Attitude......



My husband said this in a sermon today:

Gratitude is the only attitude that will get you altitude!

So let's be thankful and and build those muscles of gratitude so that we can get altitude above the things that would drag us down today!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Battle Of The Leg Hair....Again



Now that some of us are heading into the winter season it's time to consider whether we should be fighting the battle of the leg hair again.

I mean, after all, there are so many other battles out there that are much more worthy to fight than hairy legs.  Don't you think?

Such as dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Pepsi or coke?

Bagels with cream cheese or peanut butter.

I, for one, am willing to be in solidarity with all my hairy sisters out there and take one for the team this winter and toss that shaver away.

But I'm also equally willing to pave the road ahead to a silky future and soft, smoother legs.

Every morning it's an agonizing decision.

Which decision did YOU make today (and do I really want to know?)?


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A Lesson Funny

Here's something that shows just how much my then young son got out of his Bible lesson from Acts. The questions are in bold and the italics are my son's answers.

Give a title to his "sermon:" God heals you.

What's his main point? God heals you.

What references does he make to the Old Testament: Lots of healing.

How would you outline his remarks? The dude got healed.

Nice, son!  Though I can't fault his point!


Friday, November 16, 2012

Have You Left Your Sense Of Play Behind?

It's just after midnight and I just finished a wild, crazy, take-no-prisoners game of air hockey with my oldest son.

This is not an every night late night occurrence for a couple of reasons.

1.  My oldest usually is in bed by 10:30 or 11:00 on a work night.  This didn't use to be the case with him but ever since he started his new job he's been going to bed a lot earlier. 

2.  I am usually pretty tired by 10:30 or 11:00 and a game of air hockey is not even in my vocabulary or on my radar screen.

However, tonight it was on like donkey kong.


We were laughing, screaming (o.k., I was screaming), hollering, and threatening (o.k., I was threatening) and having a coughing fit (o.k., we both were).

Sometimes we just need to do the unexpected with our kids.  We just need to get out of our comfort zones and do something fun. We need to surprise them and in surprising them, we surprise ourselves.

We have fun.



As we get older we can forget how to be spontaneous.  We can forget that 9:00 p.m. used to be "early" to us and that the night was young.  Our perspective changes.  What was once early now seems so late.

We can get in a little "rut" and just keep digging in the grooves deeper and deeper.


Playing with our kids, we can occasionally remember who we used to be, before age, responsibility and "common sense" took over.  In other words, we can become a kid again.  Just for a little while.

Obviously this is not to say that children have no common sense.  That is something that is learned, just as responsibility is learned.  But sometimes when we learn those things, we leave our sense of play behind.  We can get all too "serious" sometimes.  Children help us forget that.

My oldest and I once took a late night trip to the grocery store for ice cream.  My children and I have gone for midnight walks in the falling snow and ran around outside coatless during the day in the pouring rain.

When they were younger we built forts out of blankets, sofa cushions, and chairs.  We made mazes out of string and houses out of cards. Sometimes we put on Disney music and danced around the house singing at the top of our lungs.

Sometimes we stayed up past their bedtimes heading out for an ice cream run, watching a home movie, or playing a no-holds-barred game of Sorry! or Monopoly.

We've watched the trees wave back and forth in a fierce windstorm at 1:00 a.m. and watched a beautiful sunrise at 5:00 a.m. (not the same night, lol!).

Having kids shakes up my routine, no doubt about it, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

What crazy, spontaneous thing have you done with YOUR kids lately?


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Can You Have Pregnancy Brain When You're Not Pregnant?


I have a problem.  "You're only NOW just figuring that out?" you ask.  Yeah.  Whatev  :)

So, here's my problem:

Sometimes I think "Oh, I need to do such-and-such as soon as I get home" or "This is how I should do that."

Pretty soon, my mind shifts from thinking about doing it mode to Oh!-I-actually-DID-it mode.   Only I didn't actually do it. I just thought about doing it.

When my mind "thinks" about something I need to do, sometimes it then becomes convinced that it did something.  So then the job doesn't get done because I only thought about doing it but didn't actually do it.

Are you following me?

But if you ask me, I'll tell you I did it because I remember doing it. Only I really don't remember doing it, I only remember thinking about doing it.  They are not the same thing, no matter what my mind thinks.

Are you STILL with me here?

This is getting really complicated.  Does anybody besides me have a headache right now?

So my hubby will ask "Did you go to the bank today?" and I will say "Absolutely."  But if you ask me for the receipt I can't produce it.  Because I didn't go.  I distinctly remember *thinking* about going but I didn't follow through, because my mind thinks I did it so my body doesn't do it.

Are you still with me or have you given up on me and gone out for coffee?

This memory confusion doesn't happen all the time.  Just when I get really busy.  Which is pretty much all the time.  Sigh.

There was one day that I popped on to my blog to see if I got any responses to a post that I published (see, I really love getting your comments!)  No comments.  No post!  I hadn't published it.  I only thought I had published it.  I wonder if you can have pregnancy brain when you're not pregnant.

I need to name this confused person living inside my head something.  So I'm going to call her Oh-I-Only-Thought-I-Did-It.  She is a very close cousin to Oops-I-Did-It-Again (with apologies to Britney Spears) and an aunt (twice removed) of I'm-Sorry-I-Got-Sidetracked-What-Were-You-Saying?

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Motherhood - The Love Of A Lifetime



The first time you look into that little precious face, and see that wobbly little head and hold that wiggly little body you will sign up for a lifetime, with no desire to retire. That's love.  That's motherhood.

Wouldn't you agree?

Do YOU Have Purse-itis?


I have a problem.  I suffer from purse-itis.

Perhaps you've heard of it?

purseitis  (pûr sī'tĭs)n.
  1. The overwhelming need to fill up every bit of space in a purse so that it is bulging with necessary but mostly unnecessary items.
  2. A strong need to control every aspect of your life by being prepared for anything, as long as you can fit it into the size of your purse.
  3. The belief that you can never carry too much stuff in your shoulder bag.
  4. The prayer that you won't need shoulder surgery in the near future from the weight of it all.
  5. The hope that maybe somebody you might actually NEED that empty gum wrapper, thus justifying the space in your purse.
  6. The ridiculous belief that somehow, someday, you will be able to look in there and find your credit cards, keys, or a pen at just the exact moment that you need it.
  7. The bitterness, knowing that you never will.
  8. The knowledge that you have no idea what you have in there.
  9. The fear of what could actually BE in there.
  10. The desire to just toss it all and start over.
  11. The dread that someone might actually ask you if you're carrying an extra pair of shoes in there.
  12. The deep-rooted fear that you actually ARE.
  13. The terror you experience when you walk past your child and accidentally smack him in the head with your purse, thus necessitating a visit to the ER.  Again.
  14. The feeling that whatever purse you have is never good enough, or big enough, or pretty enough, or bright enough, or leathery enough.
  15. The overwhelming need to cry when you can't remember if you're supposed to match your purse to your shoes anymore.
  16. The need to pick up your friend's purse and see if it weighs as much as yours does.
  17. The despair when you realize that yours actually weighs more.
  18. The justification when you tell yourself that you have more children than she does, so you need more stuff.
  19. The innocent belief that you will organize your purse tomorrow and THIS time - it will stay organized.
  20. The sad fact that you have tons of purses but you really only use one of them.
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Making Your Home Sing: It's Raining Outside But It Doesn't Have To Be Raining Inside



 Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? 


It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, marriage, parenting, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

It's raining right now as I write this post.  Raining hard.

Many of us are heading into the winter months.  For me that means rain, lots of it, and snow - some of it.  In the winter months I stay indoors as much as I can.

I like to be warm, warm is good.

I imagine that many of you will be spending much more time indoors too, and it got me to thinking.

Is your home UP to it?

If' you're going to be spending a lot more time indoors, you're going to be spending a lot more time in the company of your home.  Is your home up to the company?

When it's raining and cold some of us want to wrap ourselves up in a warm blanket and park ourselves in front of the fireplace with a good book.

Some of us get excited about getting to "all those projects" that we've been putting off and start organizing closets and cupboards and drawers like our life depended on it.

Who knows?  Maybe it does!

How do you feel when your home is a mess and all chaotic? Do you feel calm and peaceful and relaxed?

Or do you feel anxious, and stressed and discouraged?

What do you want to feel like when you're holed up in your home for the winter? What do you want to see?

Do you want to see this?


Or this?


This?



Or this?


Dreary, cold, wet weather outside can have an affect on our personality and mood if we let it.  Don't you think that a dreary, cold, messy room can also have a similar affect on our mood?  What if your insides matched your outsides? What if your insides got all dreary and defeated and down because your outsides are all dark and dreary and disorderly?


Since you're probably going to be spending a lot more time indoors this fall and winter make sure that it's a place that you want to relax in. Bring the 'sunshine' into your home this winter.

It's raining outside but it doesn't have to be raining inside.


Open the curtains and let the natural light in.  Turn on the lamps.  Add some candles, books, blankets, plants and whatever else you like to "cozy" things up.  But don't stop there.  Pick up the newspapers, clean off the coffee table, straighten the pillows, load the dishwasher, make the bed, take the garbage out.

Find some time this week to tame the clutter monsters in your home.  Spend a few moments each day racing the timer or selecting a few things off a list to clean up.

Get your favorite room in order.  After all, you're going to be spending a lot of time there this winter.

Make your outsides match your insides and make your home sing this week!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post so that others can join the fun!



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Sunday, November 11, 2012

It Doesn't Mean You Won't Have Problems, It Just Means Your Problems Won't Have You


I believe Him.  Do you?

Don't let life's trials and tribulations get you down today.  You have the victory. It doesn't mean that you won't have problems, it just means that your problems won't have YOU.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Do I Smell CHOCOLATE On Your Breath?

So I found myself racing my dog for the m&m that I dropped on the floor......has that ever happened to you?  No?  Never mind.

It's just that a GOOD m&m is so hard to waste and besides, chocolate isn't good for dogs, right?

Haven't you ever heard of the five second rule?  Never mind.


This guy has never followed the five second rule in his life.  He believes in the one second rule: If it falls, it's mine.

Just the other night I was taking an allergy pill and I dropped a couple on the floor.  Let me tell you, those suckers are small.

The dogs came running because their hearing is amazing.  I swear they can hear a cotton ball fall on the floor.  Maybe even an eyelash.

The truly amazing thing is that they just can't seem to hear me when I call them to come in from outside.  Go figure.  I think they got that selective hearing from the kids.

So I drop these pills and the dogs come running and I'm thinking "What if they accidentally eat one?  Would this actually poison them or maybe just clear up their nasal passages?"

Naturally I dropped them where they proceeded to stop, drop and roll (the pills not the dogs).  I resent that. Playing hide and seek with an allergy pill while two dogs are on a search and destroy mission is not my idea of a fun time.

My dogs feel that everything on the floor is fair game.  It comes in handy to have two vacuum cleaners when I drop a stray piece of popcorn from time to time but I draw the line at m&m's, not to mention medicine.

So are you wondering where I'm going with this and what the point of this post is?

Well, here's the answer.

.....wait for it.......

.....wait for it.......

Are you waiting for it or do you think that I'm just stalling?

Well, here's the answer.

What was the question?

O.k., there is no point.  

I just needed a blog post.  However, even racing your dogs for m&m's and medicine can be fun if you post about it afterward.

Because all the little "annoying" or inconvenient or odd moments of your day are still moments that might make you smile later on if you spin it into a cute story.

(Not that this story was incredibly cute but as I said, I needed a blog post.......)

So find a cute story that was annoying or frustrating or just inconvenient that you can laugh about now and go tell someone.  Tell ME by leaving me a comment!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

SWEAT The Small Stuff

So as you can imagine, I'm feeling pretty smug today because my bathroom counter is clean.

Isn't it awesome how one little thing can give you such a lift?  Who knew!

We miss out on so much because we think a change has to be big to make a difference, and yet the joy can be in the little things.

There's a saying "Don't sweat the small stuff."


I am saying, SWEAT the small stuff.  Put your effort in a few little things each day, and notice the difference that it can make in your life. 

1.  Put a smile on your face today.  Do I really have to tell you how a smile can brighten not only your face but your whole outlook?  Your smiling face is telling your mood "We are feeling happy today!" and your mood will respond accordingly.  At first it may feel awkward but you will get used to it and your family will appreciate it.  After all, what would you rather see on someone's face?  A smile or a frown?  Sure, life isn't perfect, but there has to be SOMETHING that you are thankful for.  Thank the Lord for it and put that smile on your face.

2.  Purpose to do ONE unselfish thing a day.  Just one will do for now.  Let someone go ahead of you in line at the store.  Willingly yield your parking space to someone else.  Carry your teenager's dishes out to the sink for them.  Wait.....you already do that because they're not doing it themselves even though they should and don't they know how tired you are and that your back is hurting and they don't appreciate you like they should and.....and........?

Well then do it willingly without complaining about it - not even to yourself.  Smile and say "Let me get that for you" and then carry their dirty dishes out to the kitchen.  Look for opportunities to bless someone today.

3. The next time you have to do an unpleasant chore, pray for your loved ones while doing it.  Use that time to lift them up in prayer.  Recite Bible verses, sing worship songs.  Make that chore time an opportunity to do more than just cleaning something.

4.  Each day, write down one thing you have to be thankful for.  Carry a little notebook around with you for this purpose.

God acts on our behalf every day.  Pray for eyes to see it! 

5.  Laugh every day.  I've already said before that laughing is healthy and exercises your liver.  Laughter lowers your blood pressure and stress level.  Laughter draws people together.  Laughter causes us to take a breath, step back, and have a little hope.

So get out there and sweat the small stuff today!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

So My Bathroom Counter Was Messy And I Needed A Blog Post.......

 I feel the need to show you my messy bathroom counter.



You're welcome.

Let's take a closer look.  Come on, you know you want to.  It's sort of like seeing something scary.  You don't WANT to see it but you just can't tear your eyes away.



Y'all know that I overslept on Sunday, right?  (Do you like how the blue highlight in the link matches the blue in the picture?)

You're welcome.

Of course, it's now Tuesday as I write this and my makeup is still on the counter.  It's been there for two days now.  It just seems a shame to put it away when I am only going to get it out again in a week or two, or 1,000.

 See the sort-of ugly-seagull-perched-on-the-wood thingy who's trying to fly away?  Yeah.  I don't blame him.  We have a love-hate relationship.  I'm not really into him but he likes me a lot.  And he helps with the whole beach theme.

So there's my deodorant and facial cleanser and lotion, not to mention makeup and dental floss.  Because it's just REALLY hard to take a few seconds and put that stuff away.  Heyyyyy, I was in a hurry!

The funny thing is that I almost ALWAYS have that bathroom counter clean.  But I don't expect you to believe me.  Sigh.

See that baby powder?  Yeah.  My baby is 19.  Did you know that you can use baby powder to take the grease out of your hair for when you're too lazy to shampoo it or didn't have time? Not that that has ever happened to me, of course.

See the toilet paper rolls?  Yeah.  Me neither.

Note the pick comb with some "teeth" missing.  Not to mention the fact that I no longer have permed hair so don't need it any longer.  That was so 80's ago (the hair, not the comb).



Coffee filter.  You.Don't.Even.Want.To.Know.

Library book that's supposed to motivate me to lose those pounds I gained.  Yes, that'll work.  Because I always keep all my food in the bathroom.  My ER bracelet.  Couldn't wait to get that thing off but did I throw it away?   Noooooo.

My son's hair putty.  Out of ALL this stuff left out, only ONE item belongs to my son.  Sigh. That's either good parenting or he just couldn't find a spare spot to leave anything out on.  Double sigh.  (Would that be sigh sigh?)

One lone curler.  Window cleaner and hairspray.  Let's all pray that I don't EVER get the two mixed up. 

More toilet paper rolls. You never know when you're going to need an empty (or near empty) toilet paper roll.  Enough said. 


More coffee filters.  You.Still.Don't.Want.To.Know. (But if you have to know, email me, I'll tell you.  But ask at your own risk.)

Yet another toilet paper roll.  Did you know that you can use them to store your electrical cords?  However, it's more effective if you actually USE them to store your cords, instead of leaving them to decorate your bathroom counter.  Just sayin.......

Practically empty hand lotion container, good to the last drop.  Blue plastic box that stores some of my earrings.  Note the earrings sitting on the counter in the second picture.  If I.....oh I don't know......actually PUT them back where they belonged, then I could actually eliminate at least ONE item in this picture.

Go me.  Oh wait......I didn't do it.

Necklace that goes with the earrings that go with the bracelet.  All on the counter.  Which is pretty funny because I never wore ANY of them on Sunday because they're like a bazillion years old and probably out of style.

Or not.  It's not like I'd know.

Shower cap.  Makes a great watermelon cover and I'm not even kidding.  Nail clippers and a couple of my mom's magazines.  Except my mom never uses that bathroom.  Hmmmmmm.

Please note the picture frame in the background with the stock photo in it.  I STILL haven't put a picture in that frame and it's been years now.

I am beginning to consider the woman and children as part of my family.  They've been with me long enough.  I just can't decide what picture to put in there.  I agonize over it.  I want to put a family picture in there, but not sure how people would feel being stalked by my family and all while they are in the bathroom.


After typing this post I grabbed a basket and went and cleaned off the counter. It took me five minutes to put everything away, and that includes knocking all my necklaces off the holder.  I took the picture because I didn't want you to have nightmares.  You're welcome. 

Now go clean off your own bathroom counter and tell me what you found in there!  I could use a laugh!  But if you found a coffee filter I don't even want to know about it.........




Monday, November 5, 2012

Making Your Home Sing Monday, When You're Having One Of "Those" Mornings

Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? 

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, marriage, parenting, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Have you ever had one of "those" mornings?  Oh yeah, you know what I'm talking about.  Those mornings where nothing seems to be going right and everything seems to be conspiring against you?

This morning I woke up 30 minutes before I had to be at church.  I am pretty sure my alarm went off several times and that I was pushing that snooze button for all it was worth.

Being a very wise, conceienous,consieecioust, conscientius.....diligent person I managed to apply that extra hour of sleep the night before really well by staying up past my bedtime.  Reading.

So I overslept and leaped out of bed.  Since I almost always plan my Sunday clothes the night before I knew exactly what I was going to wear.

The problem was my feet.  I couldn't find my black boots.  They weren't in my closet where they are SUPPOSED to be....

So I was rushing around everywhere, looking and praying.  And I tripped over them.  That helped.

They were in my bathroom.  Niiiiiiiiiiice.

While I was slapping some makeup on and curling my hair (or curling my makeup on and slapping my hair....whichever) the phone rang.  I thought, now?  Really????????

I answered the phone and it was my hubby.  He had somehow torn his shirt (who tears their shirt at church just walking down the hall?????) and wanted me to bring him another.  Now for those of you who don't know, my hubby is a pastor.  Preaching with a big ole' rip in your shirt can be rather distracting to those watching you.  Not to mention drafty.

Now, the last time I picked out clothes for my husband was.....ummm.....never.  (Am I overdoing it on the big lettering???  Because I think I am... How about this, is this better?)

Don't get me wrong, I buy him clothes, but I don't choose the clothes for him to wear.

So I'm standing in his closet, which is sort of a walk in closet only it's so small that if you DO walk in there, you don't go anywhere......and I realize I have no idea what color slacks he's wearing, nor what color tie (sometimes he wears a tie, sometimes he's more casual).

I grabbed a couple of shirts for a little variety, an extra tie (just in case) and then tossed in a couple of sweaters for good measure and my son and I ran out the door.

While driving to church we noticed that there was a minor accident which was blocking both lanes.  By this time church was close to starting and I now had to take a detour.  Yikes!  So I was praying for those involved in the accident and wondering if I should also pray that they'd hold the service......

"Ladies and gentlemen, we will now hold the service because our pastor's wife slept in and our pastor ripped his shirt.  Let us pray." 

Hmmmmm.  Maybe not.

Two people were unable to serve their shifts in the nursery which meant that I need to find two replacements for them.  I took one of the slots and another gal very sweetly offered to help as well.

Last week I missed my women's Sunday School class due to my visit to the ER.  So I assumed that my class was canceled last Sunday and that we were still on last week's lesson.  Once I got to church I found that another lady had graciously offered to take my class since I was out sick that day, so they DID have class last week.

Which meant that we were no longer on last week's lesson.  But THAT was the lesson I was expecting to teach.  Not this week's lesson.  I was unprepared.

Sometimes life happens this way.  Accidents or illness happens, people forget to communicate, mistakes are made, nails jump out and rip your clothing (still not sure HOW that happened, I forgot to ask), there are detours, and things change and go in a different direction than what you thought or prepared for.



Expect the unexpected.  Don't be so shocked and surprised when there's a u-turn or detour.   

What if every frustrating interruption or detour was an opportunity for a God-given appointment to do something else?

What if every annoying thing that happened was a God-allowed blessing in disguise?

What if God really WAS involved in all those little frustrating things that happened?  What if God really DID care about what was going on?  What if God really DOES see everything that happens to you?

Would it make a difference in how you responded?  Would it make things less stressful and the outcome less worrisome if you knew that He knew about it?

Because He does know.  And He does care.  And He does see.

So today I'm going to try and see little annoyances as opportunities to grow grace.  Frustrating details as opportunities to grow patience.  Stressful moments as opportunities to grow faith.  This is how I will make my home sing today.

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post!

Friday, November 2, 2012

When You Feel Like You've Failed



Sometimes we are like this toasted bun.  We get too close to the heat and our edges get singed.  We don't pay attention to the burning smell until it's too late, and then we have to deal with the consequences.  Instead of being soft, our edges are hard and unpalatable.

One side may be toasted to perfection, but the other side shows the marks that the heat has left on our hearts and our souls.



We can turn the "perfect" side to the world so that they can't see the scorched side, but WE know it's there, and they can taste it when they sample it.

So what do we do with our burnt toast?  Do we throw it out?  Do we try and soften it up with water, making it soft and mushy until it falls apart?  Do we try and use a knife to scrape off most of the burnt edges and save what we can?  Do we trash it and start over with a new one?  Do we just avoid eating toast from now on?


What do we do when our insides have been scorched with too much pain of past mistakes we've made, present feelings of failure, and a future fear that we will never quite measure up to those around us?
 
What do we do when our hearts have been hardened by past hurts and bitterness, so that our rough edges are sharp to those we come in contact with?

What do we do when our sides have been singed by too much flirting with the edge of what we know to be wrong or not good for us and our hearts hardened? 

What do we do when our edges are burnt with anger, hate, bitterness, selfishness, pride or envy?

When our hearts are hurting because we feel like we aren't measuring up to be the wives and mothers and women that we know God is calling us to be?

When we feel like we've failed Him yet again?  What do we do?

Dear ones, God knows your hearts.  He loves you just as you are when you come to him, with heavy hearts, feelings of failure, and a love for your family that is so big it hurts you - because you want to give the best of yourself to those you love and grieve when you feel like you've failed.


When you feel like you have failed remember that He CANNOT fail.  When you feel like you can't do it, remember that He CAN do it.  When you feel like you just can't forgive, remember that He CAN forgive.

When you feel like you are weak, remember that He is strong. He will be your strength.  When you feel like you can't hold on, remember that He can and will hold onto you.

When you feel like you need forgiveness remember, He forgives!

When you feel like you can't love, remember that He IS love.  Lean into Him today.  Tell Him how you feel.  Let Him comfort and restore you.  Let Him remind you that He is doing a work in you.  Not you.  Never you.  It's all Him. 

Let Him lift you up and set your feet firmly beneath you.  Walk in His love today and you can be the blessing to others that you want to be.  Because it will be His love blessing through you.  You are the vessel but He is the one who pours it out.

Let Him pour it out through you today. He is the Bread of Life and He has everything you need.  Trust Him today!

"Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.  Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."  (Hebrews 4:14-16)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Life With Gangsta Nana, #2



Last night (or rather early this morning) my mother hollers up the stairs at 2:30 in the morning.

2:30!!!! A.M!!!!   Did you know that there is a 2:30 in the morning too?  Who knew?

She's hollering my name. 

I heard her and woke up, a little unnerved.  After all, I was sleeping soundly and minding my own business.

Heart pounding, I go running to the stairs.

She looks just fine so I know she's o.k..  Whew!  No need to call 911.

Bleary eyed I asked what she needed.

"Can you get me some cream, please?" she very sweetly asks.

I  am calm but slightly confused.  I said "Cream? You want cream????   NOW???"

She responded "Yes, I need it for my coffee in the morning and I didn't want to bother you."

I say "So you woke me up in the middle of the night?"

She said "Well, I didn't want to bother you in the morning."


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(Note: My kid's friends call my mom "Gangsta Nana." She is 89 years old and a bit hard of hearing. For those of you who think I am making fun of my mom or her age or abilities, just know that she has an awesome sense of humor and loves to laugh, especially if it's at herself. We all howled at this, especially her.)