Thursday, December 16, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas?

I received this email and thought I'd share...

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-- Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

So there is your history for today.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Dimple Prints ROCKS

I spent the better part of the afternoon searching for Free Thanksgiving Printables on-line for the kids to use to decorate the house... THEN I FOUND THIS:


Dimple Prints is offering this magnificent 
printable party package absolutely free!!  
Click HERE or on the photo above to go straight to her download
This is a truly amazing package and you absolutely HAVE to download it!
Stop buy and check out Carli's shop too!



Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving Planner

I was searching for a good Thanksgiving Planner and found this good but simple one from Martha Stewart.  Check it out.  Click on the image to download and print from the Martha Stewart site.



Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Why God Matters - A Book Review


Karina Lumbert Fabian and Deacon Steven Lumbert
Tribute Books

MY THOUGHTS:  The authors of Why God Matters encourage new believers to “recognize the constant presence of God within them.”  This book shares their own experiences and their own journeys to spirituality while encouraging others to continue to delve deeper in the search for Why God Matters to the reader.  This book is good for those pondering taking that extra step.  No opinions or doctrines are pushed at the reader, just stories of encouragement.

CONNECT:
Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thank You God!!!

I went to another radiologist yesterday in Houston. (Thank you Mom and Dad for getting up at 3:15 a, to drive me!) This radiologist disagreed with last month's radiologist findings!!  He did not see any visible abnormalities! PRAISE THE LORD. I have to follow up again with them in six months just to be sure but.... YAY! Thank you dear friends for your support and prayers. Remember ladies...do your exams.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As a four year Breast Cancer survivor 
I am glad October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  
However, waiting for more follow up tests 
to find out if I have it again is agonizing. 
Photos of "Beauiful Baldies" can easily bring tears now.  
Oct 14th is my next test series. 
Lymphnodes on both sides.  
Prayers graciously accepted!!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mammogram Results

Sorry I have been AWOL for so long but I am working six days a week now. I did want to update my "readers" on my "Survivor" status. In January, I will be celebrating my ten year Cancerversary!! However, I went in for my yearly mammogram (the first time I made it to a year between them) last week. Unfortunately they found a lump in the other breast (actually arm pit). It appears from the ultrasound they performed to be an enlarged, abnormally shaped lymphnode. I have to get all of my films and try to get into another "pro-rated/(oh dear GOD I hope free)" program in Houston and have another ultrasound in eleven weeks.

The good news is there was no biopsy ordered last week! :o) Right?? AND the mammogram AND ultrasound I had last week were F-R-E-E!!!!! Love that! It is hard to find these programs but they are out there. If you had cancer before and cannot get health insurance (like me) call the American Cancer Society, get the local chapter phone number and call them! Do not give up until they have gotten an answer for you. Continued screening is a necessity. I discovered this program when I was talking to another SURVIVOR at the Relay for Life in 2009.

Please do keep us in your prayers though. Life is nuts for this working mom of 6. I would not have it any other way though!

Soap Scum Remover Tip

To get soap scum and dirt off your tub or shower, put a little baby oil in a spray bottle and mix with water (1 part baby oil to 4 parts water). Spray mixture on a section and wipe off with a sponge. When you're done, spray with a disinfectant cleaner to make sure all germs are killed.

I found it here: Momof9's Place

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dear God,

I am powerless and my life is unmanageable without your help and guidance. I come to you today because I believe that You can restore and renew me to meet my needs today. Since I cannot manage my life or affairs, I have decided to give them to You. I put my life, my will, my thoughts, my desires and ambitions in Your hands.

I give You all of me: the good and the bad, the character defects and shortcomings, my selfishness, resentments and problems. I know that You will work them out in accordance with Your plan. Such as I am, take and use me in Your service. Guide and direct my ways and show me what to do for You.

I cannot control or change my friends or loved ones, so I release them into Your care for Your loving hands to do with as You will. Just keep me loving and free from judging them. If they need changing, God, You'll have to do it; I can't. Just make me willing and ready to be of service to You, to have my shortcomings removed, and to do my best.

Help me to see how I have harmed others and make me willing to make amends to them all. Keep me ever mindful of thoughts and actions that harm myself and others, and which separate me from Your light, love and spirit. And when I commit these errors, make me aware of them and help me to admit each one promptly.

I am seeking to know You better, to love You more. I am seeking the knowledge of Your will for me and the power to carry it out.
--Anonymous

Monday, August 9, 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cover Girl Outlast Lipstain

I am a lipstick girl.  Well, actually I am makeup minimalist but I like a touch of color on my lips but the sticky glossy stuff is just nasty,  so I was extremely excited to try the new Cover Girl Lip Stain.

I am a working mom of six and watching my spending is extremely important to me.  I splurged on this one and may I say... WHAT A TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY! Major disappointment.

I take the safety seal off to see a precision tip,that looks like a Crayola Marker, and it smells like a Scented Crayola Marker.

I go ahead and try to evenly color in my lips, but it just seems too light and the tip dries. I squeeze the marker (lipstain) and nothing happens. I shake it, turn it upside down, let it rest upside down with the cap on and nada, nothing, zip! Finally after about ten minutes I try again and it works. I gave it about ten coats so I see a little color. Okay, I am sorta satisfied. Maybe it was just having trouble because it was new.  I look in the mirror ten minutes later– GONE!!!! What a WASTE!  There were tiny blotches and a faint lipliner outline, but that's about it. Advertised as "A lightweight flush of cover that won't smudge or budge" I expected it to stay put as promised. It did not.  I trashed it after repeating this process for about three days.

Cover Girl you let me down!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Garden Bounty


So the four oldest kids have been gone for a week now. I am not cooking as much as usual and all the stuff going on at the house has had me neglecting the garden.  It seems to be doing pretty good all by itself, huh?  Those zucchini are GARGANUOUS!!!!  I am thinking about trying some zucchini salsa recipes.

Vicksburg National Military Park





Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi, was established in 1899 to commemorate the battle of Vicksburg and protect the ground upon which it was fought.  The main part of the park runs along the boundaries of the city of Vicksburg and includes the majority of the original battlefield.

Kevin and I toured the park the day after we dropped off the kids to their dad.  It was very interesting. (Extremely HOT and HUMID, but interesting.)  Here's some photos of our whirlwind tour!  We are hoping to take all six of the kids there when we pick the oldest four up.







Monday, June 14, 2010

Giggles

Okay I know this is an odd post but who cares!
I used the facilities at the Vicksburg National Military Park
and this was just too cute to not share!  
What a clever name for a company!


(Just in case you can't read it -- Hiney Hiders!!!!!)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Stone Mountain


My four oldest kids are visiting their dad in Atlanta for six weeks this summer. The boys got to climb Stone mountain today!  My grandparents lived there when I was growing up and we visited often so our family and all our cousins OFTEN had races to see who could get to the top first!  I had that mountain memorized.

One of the highlights of my youth was when our church youth group took a Lynx trip to South Carolina and we stopped to climb this mountain!  FOND memories of great times and GREAT friends!  Here's a picture of our trip back then:

I am so glad my kids have had the opportunity to see this, even if I wasn't able to share it with them.  For more information of Stone Mountain visit here.


Monday, June 7, 2010

Spouses' Prayer for Each Other


Lord Jesus,


Grant that I and my spouse may have a true
and understanding love for each other.
Grant that we may both
be filled with faith and trust.
Give us the grace to live
with each other in peace and harmony.
May we always bear with one another's weaknesses
and grow from each other's strengths.
help us to forgive one another's failings
and grant us patience, kindness, cheerfulness
and the spirit of placing the well-being
of one another ahead of self.


May the love that brought us together
grow and mature with each passing year.
Bring us both ever closer to You
through our love for each other.
Let our love grow to perfection.
Amen.

A prayer from Belief Net

Saturday, June 5, 2010

How Cleaning My Room Changed My Life

How Cleaning My Room Changed My Life
by Huma Gruaz and Mark Rosenweig
Alpaytac Inc

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review just in the nick of time. I have five children at home and my stepdaughter visits with us for the summer. I received this book the week before her visit and used it to get my eight year old daughter to clean up her room for her step-sister’s visit!

How Cleaning My Room Changed My Life teaches kids the importance of cleaning. This is the story of Sam, an ordinary kid who is complete unorganized and suffering the consequences of a messy room. Sam is in jeopardy of losing his best friend if he cannot find a very special item he borrowed from her. He decides it is time to clean up his life a little. The story and colorful pictures kept the attention of all my younger children from cover to cover.

The step-by-step guide, "Secrets of Cleanland," at the end of the story is a valuable resource. It includes organization tips, easy-to-remember rhymes to help make cleaning fun and a certificate at the end of the book to encourage the child to continue living a more organized life. Thank you Huma Gruaz.

Publisher's Synopsis:

Recommended for ages 2 to 92, tales of Cleanland will capture the attention of both kids and adults in How Cleaning My Room Changed My Life. This new book teaches children how an organized room comes with many life lessons through a heartwarming story of a little boy with very messy habits. The book also includes a step-by-step guide to teaching the basics of tidying-up and staying organized and how these habits will make a difference in anyone s life. 


I received a free copy from the publisher for my honest review.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday Prayer

Dear God,
I thank You for the gift of this child to raise, this life to share, this mind to help mold, this body to nurture, and this spirit to enrich. Let me never betray this child’s trust, dampen this child’s hope, or discourage this child’s dreams. Help me, dear God, to help this precious child become all you mean him to be. Let your grace and love fall on him like gentle breezes and give him inner strength and peace and patience for the journey ahead.

A prayer from Belief Net

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Fuji EnviroMAX Batteries

I was provided several different sizes of Fuji EnviroMAX Batteries to review. Fuji EnviroMAX batteries are designed to be enviornmentally respectful. I was extremely impressed of how long they last. I was expecting green batteries not to have much power for some reason. However, I discovered quite the opposite! I have six children at home so batteries are as valuable (no actually more valuable) as gold! Lasting power is extremely important.


The true test of these batteries was my ten year old son, a little $20 digital camera and a trip to the zoo. The camera always sucked down the batteries before the pictures could be downloaded and with this camera, if the batteries die before the download...the pictures are lost forever!
I gave my ten year old the same ole speech.....remember...don’t get upset if the batteries fail... He took pictures all day long, kept the camera on most of the day, downloaded the camera, created a cute little book of pictures of his zoo trip, took yet MORE pictures, downloaded yet even more, and yet the batteries are still good! This was the very first time any batteries have lasted through one downloading, even those very expensive electronic batteries. My son is still using the camera and I am looking forward to more wonderful picture.


These batteries seriously impressed this busy mom of six! And green! Living Green is very important to me. These batteries are mercury, cadmium and PVC free, packaged with 75 % recycled materials, and may be disposed of in most landfills. Fuji–I am sold on your new batteries!

Here are a couple of the photos my ten year old took while we were at the zoo:


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Funnel Cakes

I adore funnel cake!  Mmmm with cinnamon


Ingredients:
4 cups Flour
1/3 cup Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 1/2 cups Milk
3 Large Eggs
3 cups Vegetable Oil
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
Powdered Sugar to sprinkle over finished cakes

  1. Heat the oil in a deep skillet until hot. 350º to 375º using a thermometer or add a drop of batter. If it bubbles up the oil is ready.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and add the milk, vanilla, and eggs; whisk until smooth.
  3. Transfer the batter to a gallon-size resealable Ziploc bag (Ziplocs have the best seal for this), remove the excess air and seal the top. Use scissors to snip off a corner to make a 1/4-inch-wide hole. Carefully squeeze 1/2 to 1 cup batter back and forth into the oil making a swirly web.  
  4. Let funnel cake cook in oil for about 2 minutes or until golden brown then turn with tongs and cook about 1 minute on the other side.
  5. Remove and place on paper towels to drain excess oil.
  6. Sprinkle the funnel cakes with powdered sugar and serve hot.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jesus Heals a Little Girl

Written by Edward and Sarah Bolme
Illustrated by Tim Gillette
Crest Publications

Beautifully illustrated by Tim Gillette, and written by Edward and Sarah Bolme this delightful series of board books specifically for youngsters is perfect for introducing babies and toddler to God’s Word! Baby Bible Board Books are sturdy, colorful, spiritual and the perfect size for little hands. I received this book, Jesus Heals a Little Girl, as a gift for review.

The illustrations are made with bright colors and simple images which easily keep my three year old daughter’s attention. At the end of the short book Exodus 5:26 is quoted: "I am the Lord who heals you." I would recommend this book to anyone with young children. This book has apparently become a permanent fixture in our family vehicle!

Publisher's Synopsis:  This 5" x 5" board book tells about the healing of a young girl who is so sick that she might never play again. It is twenty pages long, with an average of six words per two-page spread. The book features bold, colorful illustrations and ends with a simple faith lesson for the child to take to heart. Designed for infants and preschoolers.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Prayers


Lord God, you are my strength. Hold my hand in my weakness and teach my heart to fly. With you, there's nothing to fear, nothing to worry about. Hold me tight in your embrace, so that I can be stronger than the challenges in my life. Amen.
I found this at Eliza's Prayer Box.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Wrinkled Ladies




This is worth the load time. Too funny. Thanks for sharing LaDonna!
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Blog List Update

I think it is time to work on my Blog Roll!  Are you interested in being on my list?  Email me or message me and let me know!



Thursday, May 20, 2010

Piggy Paint

Non-toxic, odorless, water-based, hypo-allergenic Nail Polish and Remover? Yeah, right! Okay, I will try it. My three girls will put Piggy Paint to the test. When I received this product for review my three girls went WILD! We were gifted a yellow polish and a bottle of polish remover. All three girls LOVED the polish. There was absolutely no offensive odor at all. None, nope, nada. I was very impressed. The polish lasted as long as regular polishes too.

What impressed me the most was the polish remover! No smell at all! It was awesome! And safe to boot. I usually do not remove my little ones polish I let it wear off because of the chemicals and odor of the remover. This product is truly amazing. Non-toxic, odorless, water-based, hypo-allergenic how can it be any better than that? As a cancer survivor I am cautious what products we use, I can feel very confident with this product. From a mom of six to every mom out there...this is definitely worth it.


Stop by Piggy Paint and check out all of their colors and products.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Gift of Exhortation


Has anyone ever just said something that made you feel good, like you have a purpose and give you more of a desire to do better, try harder, be a better person? My entry yesterday, "The Art of a Compliment" really led me down a thought process. Flashing back to my "pastor's wife days" I remember the teachings of Spiritual Gifts very well. I am thinking particularly about the gift of Exhortation. Those who use this special gift seem to have a knack for saying just the right thing to encourage others to live better/be better.

Let me give you a simple definition of the gift of Exhortation: The ability to help others reach their full potential by means of encouraging, challenging, comforting, and guiding. The divine enablement to present truth so as to strengthen or urge to action those who are discouraged or wavering in their faith.

People with this gift:
- aide the weak in spirit to strengthen them
- challenge or confront others to trust and hope in the promises of God
- urge others to action by applying Biblical truth
- motivates others to grow.


In my opinion this gift is an extra special one. (I am not very good at this gift, in case you were wondering.) I had a very good friend growing up who let this gift flow through him. I always admired him greatly for it. To have the ability/knack/gift to say just the right thing to lead others to think, really think about what is truly important. WOW!

What is your gift and how do you use it? If you would like to find out more about Spiritual Gifts here are a few sites that have a very simple (not very thorough though) test you can take on-line to determine what your gift is. I cannot vouch 100% for each of these as I have not taken the test at all three of these.




Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mildew Spots on the Bathroom Ceiling

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Our master bath has no air conditioning, heating of exhaust vent and my hubs just loves those hot, steamy showers which create little mildew spots on the ceiling that just completely drive me INSANE! Yes, INSANE. (I know I am a bit odd.) I usually spray a bleach cleaner on the ceiling while straddling the toilet and edge of the bathtub, risking the inevitable fall, then absolutely without fail I have an asthma attack and find I have completely ruined my clothes will those falling drops of bleach. Grr.

I have even considered buying a paint roller and dipping it in bleach and rolling it on the ceiling tiles once a month. I think before long my ceiling will be peeling, flaking and FALLING IN if I go that route. Which led me to my latest internet search...

"Do It Yourself" shared this tip, which I am so gonna try!

Mildew


Keep ahead of mildew so it doesn't become a problem. Every six months spray your bathroom ceiling with a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water. Peroxide is a safe bleach and won't harm the environment or your lungs. Find larger quantities of peroxide at beauty or medical supply stores.

Spray the mixture on and leave it. No need to rinse or scrub. If you currently have mildew, follow the above directions. Wait two hours and respray. Then wait 24 hours and spray a third time if necessary

Read more: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/bathrooms#ixzz0oJem7XuP


The Most Amazing Chore Chart Ever

I found it! I found a personalized,
beautiful chore chart! Click here to visit ModEcoKids.com's amazing Chore Chart.

As a mom to six organization is NOT always easy. Over the years I have made my own chore charts but they always seemed to lack a certain appeal.  
I was surfing around the web and found this free download at Mod Eco Kids.  
Well these don't lack anything at all! 
AND It's FREE!!


 What a great job Lisa. Thank you for sharing with us.
Here's a photo of it!

Don't forget to tell Lisa "Thanks!"

The Art of a Compliment


Compliments are beneficial not only to the receiver but the giver. Compliments build self-esteem, break the ice, motivate, diffuse stress, inspire, reward, comfort and validate. However, an improperly executed compliment can have negative effects.

First of all, BE SINCERE. The receiver will always know if you are genuine. If it is really a bad haircut, compliment her on her jewelry choices. This is why being specific is so important. Speak from your heart.

BE SPECIFIC. "What a pretty painting. I really like how you gave the detail here in the back. I never would have thought to do that." The more specific your are the more sincere the compliment seems.

BACK IT UP. "That blouse is beautiful. It really brings out the blue in your eyes."

UNCONDITIONAL. "This is a good meal. Except for the mushrooms." It totally turns from a compliment to a complaint.

Likewise, receiving a compliment correctly can greatly boost the givers self-esteem, or hurt it.

Simply, SAY THANK YOU. Don't try to repay a compliment with a compliment. It will seem fake.

DON'T DISQUALIFY IT. "Oh, it was nothing." "This old shirt?" These types of responses completely undo the compliment and leave the giver feeling discredited.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Blog Change

I have the urge for change!!! Yes indeed I do! I am not sure what, how or when but I feel the need for a redo!!! Maybe I should just make it swing toward family life. Who knows but..... THERE JUST MAY BE CHANGES IN STORE HERE!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hair Clippers


I cut 4 heads of hair at least once a month.... that's a lot of hair cutting for this mom of six. I go through a lot of cheap clippers. I just cannot bring myself to fork out the $120.oo at the beauty supply shop for just the clipper in addition to each size blade! Well we go through at least two sets of the cheap slippers a year, easy!
Yesterday, I bought the Wahl Color Pro hair cutting kit at Wal-Mart. The clipper combs are color coded for easy identification. The kids can remember their own colors! They worked great but I found a spray can of Wahl "Total Clipper Care" coolant, lubricant and cleaner that just made my day. I know it seems silly but this stuff works! It seems to be a lubricant mixed with compressed air or something but it blows out the debris between the blades and ... WOW! Anyhow. I know I am going on about something silly but this certainly simplified my haircutting last night. I did all four heads in half an hour! WOOT!

Monday, May 10, 2010

FLASHBACK


Mom, Debbie and Me (left to right) circa 1973(ish)?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tips



I was thinking about a post and I have ideas you know. shortcuts and cheap ways of doing things to feed a family of eight and clean up after six kids and a hubs. Here's one:

Hot wet dishrags in the fridge? Yep if there is a spill of jelly, meat juicy gunk, strawberry syrup or the other sticky mysterious substance that just makes you stomach rebel against you just get a dish towel or rag wet with very hot tap water and put on the sticky spot in the fridge, freezer, oven, microwave, stovetop or freezer leave it there while you wash the dished or prepare the evenings meal and by the time you are finished the swipe and ALL DONE!