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.

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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!

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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.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Why God Matters - A Book Review

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TITLE: Why God Matters

AUTHORS: Karina Lumbert Fabian and Deacon Steven Lumbert

PUBLISHER: Tribute Books

PURCHASE: at Amazon

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.


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

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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 your exams.

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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!!

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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!

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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

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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.
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Monday, August 9, 2010

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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!!
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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.

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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.

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Monday, June 14, 2010


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!!!!!)

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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.

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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.

A prayer from Belief Net

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

How Cleaning My Room Changed My Life

How Cleaning My Room Changed My Life, Written by Huma Gruaz and Mark Rosenweig, Alpaytac Inc, Publisher
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.
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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

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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:

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