Saturday, November 27, 2010

December Family Fun!

Christmas will be here too soon for me.  It seems like I cannot get everything I want to do - done- with my family.  I am going to try and cut out a few things and start some new traditions this year.  Do you know what you are going to do this year?  Do you have traditions that you follow every year?

There are wonderful online sources for December holiday activities. Here are a few with ideas to help you get started. They’re great for homeschoolers,school teachers, and families looking to create some memories.

One we are doing in our family this year : 2010 Activity Advent Calendar (Printable) from Mom Cents Online Magazine  We are also going to discuss the religious aspect of the Advent over dinner using the resource from Amazing Moms!

25 Holiday Activities Until Christmas:
  1. Have holiday movie night with popcorn.
  2. Walk or drive around to look at Christmas lights.
  3. Buy new Christmas pajamas.
  4. Make edible ornaments for birds.
  5. Open a present on Christmas Eve.
  6. Read about holiday traditions around the world.
  7. Bake Christmas cookies.
  8.  Make scented ornaments.
  9. Go caroling.
  10.  Participate in a charity drive (food/toy drive).
  11. Write letters to Santa.
  12. : Make popcorn balls or Rice Krispies treats with little pieces of candy cane in them.
  13. Sit outside and drink hot cocoa.
  14. Take the kids shopping and let them pick out gifts for everyone in the family.
  15.  Have your kids donate gently used toys they no longer play with.
  16.  Make graham cracker gingerbread houses.
  17. Decorate the Christmas tree.
  18.  Visit Santa Claus at the mall.
  19. Sing and dance to holiday music.
  20.  Read a bunch of holiday books.
  21.  Attend a tree lighting ceremony in your area.
  22.  Make homemade gifts for the family.
  23. Make paper chains to count the days — just take green and red construction paper and cut into strips pull ends together and glue. Build your chain to Christmas (add a link each day) or start with 25 links and tear one off each day!
  24.  Make Christmas trees out of construction paper. Use glue, construction paper, glitter, paint, dried beans, or buttons (whatever you have on hand) to make ornaments and decorations for the tree.
  25. Get a plain stocking and decorate it with a symbol of something that happened this year.
I will be updating with new sites, recipes and ideas throughout December.  What is your favorite holiday activity?

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Monday, November 1, 2010


Yep!  After 18 months of struggling with faith... I am back.  I no longer have that "Stinkin' Religious Thinkin'"!  I am glad God had me go through that, and I love everyone that I met at our previous church - Just glad I know what I believe now!  Yeah.  That quiet girl everyone loves has been hit with the boldness stick of faith and isnt afraid to be myself anymore!  If ya like me - great!  If ya don't- great!  The only person I live for is God.  His opinion of me is far more important than anyone else.   I am sure I will make mistakes, but I know I am forgiven.  Free to make the mistakes, because my heart is quick to repent.

A lot of my friends and Blog regulars know the struggles i was having.  Thanks y'all for praying and debating with me! :)  Glad we can all still be friends!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Free Cookbook!

MomCents Frugal Cookbook is on its way! Read on about how you can get a Free Cookbook!
If this can be done by the end of November - you can give this away on your website or print it out for Christmas gifts!

I need some recipe testers! If you would be interested in testing one of my “frugal recipes”- sending me a picture & a review – I will be compiling this into a down loadable cookbook. I will put your review & picture on my blog and in my newsletter with a link back to your site. I already have the recipes up :

All participants will get a free copy as well! Please comment here or email me. Thanks so much!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Giving Heart Awards

MomCents has started giving out Awards!
You can receive an award for giving a donation to Stepping Stones via the link on the right of the page, blogging about MomCents with a link back, or contributing to the website articles and Magazine or even just posting an inspiring post on your blog!  Awards will be given every Monday!
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****  Deb from
Thank you for your advise & article contribution!
**** Nicole from Activity Mom
Thank you for your magazine contributions and support!
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Letter T Handwriting practice

  I am working on getting the lesson plan all together, but I will be updating so my "followers" can print out activities as they wait!  You will have to download then print out

Turtle Writing Practice

Turtle Game - part 1

Turtle Game- part 2

Monday, October 4, 2010

"T" is for Turtle

Here is a game I made for "T" week:

Print out the Capital letter Turtle sheet and the lower case turtle sheet.  Cut out the lower case turtles and match to the uppercase.

From A Real Housewife of Atlanta
From A Real Housewife of Atlanta

Friday, October 1, 2010

Wednesday Review- Time For Tots - Prek Kit

I have been preparing preschool lessons and teaching my two children at home each week.  It is hard to always be creative and to find time to sit down and plan, let alone finding time to teach them.  I am so very thankful to Nicole from Activity Mom, for sending me a kit from her new store for review! (sign up to receive my preK lessons for FREE)

The kit arrived and I was as excited as the kids!  It was nicely packaged and I was so grateful I had something to repack everything in!  Check out what all is inside this Purple package:  

L-bug really enjoyed the Birthday game.  She loved matching the "baby"/ lowercase cupcakes to the "mommy"/uppercase letters. 

M-Man spent a good hour writing his alphabet on the erasable Letter Tracing Cards!  

There is so much to do, that I haven't even explored it all yet.  This is definitely going to help in preparing for my lessons.   It is well worth the $20 - in time saving alone!  This kit comes with great games and extra teaching ideas with the materials included.  This Preschool Kit is a must have - a great supplemental!  My 4th grader and 2nd grader enjoy the activities and playing "teacher" with the younger ones!  I am going to check out the other items in the store- there are 37 items to choose from! WOO HOO!
 See what all this kit includes: 
Number Race
Letter Tracing Cards & Number Tracing Cards
Rhyming Picture Match
Birthday Party Alphabet Matching (uppercase/lowercase)
School Bus Addition
Spelling Mats - Shapes
Square Puzzles

Targeted Skills:

Critical Thinking
Beginning Reading
Letter Identification
Fine Motor Skills
Number Identification
One to One Correspondence

Thank you again Nicole!
Visit "Time For Tots"

(I was in no way compensated for this review and all opinions are strictly my honest opinion)

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cowboy -Up! "C" Week

Howdy!  Today was "Cowboy Day" here in "c" week!
We had a lot of fun!  We introduced our new "secret word" and added it to our word wall! "OW"


We rustled up some "c's" on our cowboy boot letter search & made our own Cowboy/girl puppets.  We talked about the shapes and glued them on our paper bag!


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  • We rode a "horse" Outside 

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    and watched a really cute Cowboy show (about 7mins) - all before lunch!  WHEW! If you'd like to receive all the worksheets & activities that we do - sign up here :

    I leave you with the Cowboy show :)

    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    "A" Week

    Ok - I have had lots of people sign up for my free Pre school plans - How is it going?

    I will get "B" week up soon along with some pictures - Things just got so busy here with school, home,church - LIFE!
    If you would like to receive FREE PreK activites & Plans CLICK HERE!

    Here is a an extra activity we did with the letter "A":

    The first week went by fast!  I thought I had a lot of things to do with the kids but we were done in about 45 minutes!  They cried out for more! YAY!
    One of the things we did was tape a picture of an alligator to 10 mega blocks.  I hid them around the house and had them search.  When they found one they screamed "AAAAAAAHHH - Alligator!"
    Noisy, but cute!
    If you are following the plan - what has worked for you?

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    The Signature of God

    One detail that is never mentioned is that in Washington , D.C. there can never be a building of greater height than the Washington Monument .
    With all the uproar about removing the ten commandments, etc., this is worth a moment or two of your time. I was not aware of this amazing historical information.

    On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington , D.C. , are displayed two words: Laus Deo.

    No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably couldn't care less.

    Once you know Laus Deo's history, you will want to share this with everyone you know. These words have been there for many years; they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia , capital of the United States of America .

    Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words. Out of sight and, one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world.

    So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean? Very simply, they say 'Praise be to God!'
    Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James Polk was President of the United States , it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty-five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation, Laus Deo 'Praise be to God!'

    From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into four major segments. From that vantage point, one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l'Enfant ..a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north. The Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.

    A cross you ask? Why a cross? What about separation of church and state? Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not, in the Constitution. So, read on. How interesting and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those who bother to notice.

    Praise be to God! Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings. As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the memorial stones share a message.

    On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore ;
    On the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians;
    On the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6. Praise be to God!

    When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society. Praise be to God! Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy 'One Nation, Under God.'

    I am awed by Washington 's prayer for America . Have you ever read it? Well, now is your unique opportunity, so read on!

    'Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.'

    Laus Deo!

    When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our nation's capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of God, as it is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look. You may forget the width and height of 'Laus Deo ', its location, or the architects but no one who reads this will be able to forget its meaning, or these words: 'Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.' (Psalm 127: 1)

    Sunday, August 8, 2010

    Preschool Week 1 review

    Well - after day one - things went well with the letter "A". I found that although it seemed like I had a lot of things planned, the kids were done in about 45 minutes. If this is all the time you want to spend on prek topics, then just stick to my original lesson plan, but I will be adding the new ideas and activities soon.

    Also - If you would like to receive a weekly file with all the activities & printouts for FREE - Fill out the form below :

    Tuesday, August 3, 2010

    Its here! Its Here!

    The online magazine that supports my daughters school is here! The website is almost complete - Grand Opening is Friday! Here is a peek at the magazine!

    Monday, August 2, 2010

    First day of school & a blown tire!

    Yes, the first day got off rough!  Kids dressed and ready to go and I get a mile down the road and the tire blows out.  My husband saved the day and I got "Bear" off to her second grade class!  Hubby let me use his truck to take her and when I got home and walked in the house I had my two little ones saying - "Welcome to class teacher!"  The day just got better :)

    This is my crew right before we headed off to school!  Hubby takes "Kaybug" and I take "Bear" and the PreK'ers.

    So very excited!  They woke up at 6am ready to go!

    On to Day one of My homeschooling the PreK'ers:

    We started with singing the "ABC's" and did said our memory verse 3 times:
    2 Corth. 5:17 “Anyone who believes in Christ is a New creation.”

    - Then we talked about the letter "a" and the sounds it makes.  They had fun yelling : "AHHHHHHHH" - Alligator, "AHHHHHH" Apple, etc
    - Colored their alligator picture and practiced writing the upper and lowercase "a".
    - Watched our "A" song
    - We Practiced counting and played "ALLIGATOR FLOOR COUNT"  - I have 3 pieces of laminated papers.  Each one has a 1,2, and 3 word and number.  They had to put the correct number of "alligators (clothespins)" on each paper.  We also jumped away from the alligators.  1 jump, 2 jumps, and 3 jumps.
    - Talked about the color "red" and did our "A" page for our alphabet book.

    Thursday, July 29, 2010

    Getting through PreK

    Ok - I decided on a theme - "Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom" and after 3 weeks I have "A" and "B" done!  Here is a peek at what our first week looks like:  Click here for full week Some items are available -

      I will be putting up my daily plans so, if you dont already "follow" me ----->

    Do so now :)


    Letter "A"
    Numbers "1-4"
    Shape "Circle"
    Color "Red"

    Monday, July 26, 2010

    Good Morning Ladies!

    This has been on my mind & heart all morning - thought I'd share:

    Saturday, July 24, 2010

    MomCents Frugal Dinner Menu

    Now with "Click-able" recipe links!

    Wednesday, July 21, 2010

    A Good Woman...

    Whereas a nice girl tends to live according to the will of others, a good woman has only one goal: to discern and live out the will of God.

    A good woman knows that her ultimate calling in life is to be part of God’s plan for redeeming all things in this sin-touched world.

    A good woman knows she cannot be all things to all people, and she may, in fact, displease those who think she should just be nice. She is not strident or petty or demanding, but she does live according to conviction. She knows that the Jesus she follows was a revolutionary who never tried to keep everyone happy.
    That picture of a good woman made me want to be one. It made me want to grow up and trade the innocuous acceptability of niceness for the world-changing power and passion of true goodness.
    - Lynne Hybels

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010

    5 things Tuesday...

    5 Things Tuesday...

    5 Things I want to do before school starts

    1.) Have a day where the kids can be totally messy & I wont care

    2.) Sit outside with my girls and read together

    3.) Have a date with my husband

    4.) Get a hair cut

    5.) Soak in the pool with the kids all day!

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    Monday, July 19, 2010

    the Jessie Spano - Carol Seaver Syndrome or "SSS"

    I am admitting to having the "spano-seaver syndrome" or "SSS". I am an overachieving caffeine using woman. Instead of caffeine pills I have hit the hard stuff...Starbucks! The first step to recovery is admitting I have a problem. So that is what I am doing today.

    SSS is a condition many face but are often too embarrassed to admit. Along with the constant caffeine drip the person is often setting high goals and making too many demands on themselves. This is usually self inflicted though demands of children and spouses can increase the symptoms.

    Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
    - List making
    - Late nights combined with early mornings
    - Answering the phone and not saying "no" when asked to do something
    - A tugging sensation either emotional or physical when a child is persistently wanting cared for and/or attention
    - the need to go to the bathroom, in hopes of a moment of quiet
    - the uncontrollable urge to sing "I'm so excited"
    - deadlines
    - the need to keep the coffee supply fresh over taking the need to eat real food

    If you find yourself with one or more of these symptoms, its time to take a break. Remember that you are only one person & life will go on if you take a little nap.
    ‎"Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own." Matthew 6:34

    Friday, July 16, 2010

    Latest Project : Online Magazine

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    5 things Tuesday.....

    bringing back a classic -

    5 Things Tuesday can be about any 5 things. 5 Things about you, 5 things you like to do...options are endless. I will post a new topic on Tuesdays if you want to play along! Here is what started it all!

    5 things about me....

    1.) I LOVE Motown Music

    2.) I like pedicures but not manicures

    3.) I have a straw fetish - drink everything out of straws

    4.) I am "CDO" because I like everything in order

    5.) I am actually from the MidWest - I am a transplant

    Play along... what 5 things can you tell me about you?

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    Tuesday, July 6, 2010

    July Giveaway Winners and News!

    The book giveaway was my first ever, and I lost everyone's entry when I switched my domain name!  I only have 1 winner...but you know what they say about lessons learned?!?  So, Dorothy of InkDots, you will be receiving an email from me as to shipping.  I still have one book left, so if anyone wants to give it a "go", I will extend the giveaway until the 23rd! (enter here) If there is a need I will be using to name a winner.


    The online magazine I started to support the local special needs school, has been picked up by a website developer!  This company believes in the cause and is developing,hosting and maintaining for FREE!  PRAISE GOD! The October / November issue will be released September 6th on the new site! 

    Sign up to receive our newsletter and receive updates, discounts, and more!
    Great ad opportunities for my Blogging Friends!  contact me for information!

    I am SO EXCITED!

    Wednesday, June 30, 2010

    It happens in 31 days!!!

    No matter how you want to look at it - it will happen in 31 days for me.  What is "it"? My kids start school! let the chorus of angels sing! (AHHHHH)!  This week has been one of those weeks - and its only Wednesday!
     Yeah- imagine this along with mascara between the toes and my foundation poured all over my white comforter!  It doesnt even begin to compare to the "party in my bed"!  Add in three kids with chicken pox who fought constantly over who was "happier" and you pretty much have my Monday!

    Tuesday - I really did mean to get up early to workout, but somehow my staying up until 1am so I could have "me" time, won over my desire to loose weight!  Thank goodness my husband got the hint when he called & I said we were having leftovers for dinner and he brought home pizza! (another strike in my weight loss goal!)

    So - today is Wednesday.  I am thankful that school starts in 31 days.  Today anyway.  I will miss them - but today I am excited! I got up at 5 am and worked out!  Got my devotion time and even some facebook stalking (oh - come on - we all do it!  You look at your friends pictures and walls but dont comment)
    I am now off to give my 3 year old a bath - so she can play.  Make a tent in the den for the kids.  Give myself an hour to power clean. Then I am taking the day off!!!
    Think I will check out other blogs today and catch up with some blog friends!
    Are you a 31 day (YAY) or 31 day (Boo) fan?

    Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    Rise & Sing

    Our God is risen and reigning
    and we're elevating the glory of our God and King
    Everybody rise and sing

    Verse 1
    If you're alive and you've been redeemed
    rise and sing, rise and sing
    If you've been touched by the Mercy King
    rise and sing, rise and sing

    Verse 2
    If you were bound and now you're free
    rise and sing, rise and sing
    Lift up a shout of victory
    rise and sing, rise and sing

    Our God is risen and reigning
    and we're elevating the glory of our God and King
    Everybody rise and sing

    Verse 3
    If in your heart rings a melody
    rise and sing, rise and sing
    If you have tasted and you have seen
    rise and sing, rise and sing

    Let the redeemed of the Lord sing hallelujah
    Let the redeemed of the Lord sing our God reigns
    Let the redeemed of the Lord sing hallelujah
    Let the redeemed of the Lord sing our God reigns

    5 things Tuesday.....

    5 Things you want to do today....

    1.) I want to survive the day
    2.) Have Coffee
    3.) Make a difference
    4.) be & Stay happy
    5.) the same thing I plan to do everyday..."Plan to take over the world!" - is what I answer my boy each night when he asks me what we will do tomorrow!

    Wednesday, June 23, 2010

    Wednesday Review: Faith Like Potatoes

    I recently viewed the movie,Faith Like Potatoes, and found it related to my own life more than I had expected.  The story is based on the real life of Angus Buchan, a Scottish born farmer in the Zulu African nation.  Both moving and entertaining this movie is a great for the family ages 12 and up.  There were some graphic moments that may disturb younger children.  In the beginning it is hard to understand the dialog due to the accents, but I quickly got absorbed in the story!  I put off watching this movie because, frankly, I thought it would be boring and just another "preachy" movie.  This was very well filmed and though the life of this man is inspiring, it is also very down to earth and made me have a better realization on what faith means.  Faith Like Potatoes is definitely along the quality of  The Blind Side and will go into my DVD collection!  This is more than a review - its a recommendation!  This should be watched with non-believers as well as believers.  Be prepared to answer some questions by those younger or not in the faith.  You can find a free study guide here :

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    Tuesday, June 22, 2010

    5 things Tuesday.....

    5 Things I watch on TV.....

    1.) Reality shows. I am trying to break my addiction. I am down to 2 shows a week!
    2.) Classic sitcoms: "I Love Lucy" & "Dick Van Dyke"
    3.) Classic '80's shows!
    4.) Netflix
    5.) Joyce Meyers

    Monday, June 21, 2010

    My Father's Love Letter

    Father's Love Letter  
    My Child ~
    You may not know me, but I know everything about you ~ Psalm 139:1
    I know when you sit down and when you rise up ~ Psalm 139:2
    I am familiar with all your ways ~ Psalm 139:3
    Even the very hairs on your head are numbered ~ Matthew 10:29-31
    For you were made in my image ~ Genesis 1:27
    In me you live and move and have your being ~ Acts 17:28
    For you are my offspring ~ Acts 17:28
    I knew you even before you were conceived ~ Jeremiah 1:4-5
    I chose you when I planned creation ~ Ephesians 1:11-12
    You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book ~ Psalm 139:15-16
    I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live ~ Acts 17:26
    You are fearfully and wonderfully made ~ Psalm 139:14
    I knit you together in your mother's womb ~ Psalm 139:13
    And brought you forth on the day you were born ~ Psalm 71:6
    I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me ~ John 8:41-44
    I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love ~ 1 John 4:16
    And it is my desire to lavish my love on you ~ 1 John 3:1
    Simply because you are my child and I am your father ~ 1 John 3:1
    I offer you more than your earthly father ever could ~ Matthew 7:11
    For I am the perfect father ~ Matthew 5:48
    Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand ~ James 1:17
    For I am your provider and I meet all your needs ~ Matthew 6:31-33
    My plan for your future has always been filled with hope ~ Jeremiah 29:11
    Because I love you with an everlasting love ~ Jeremiah 31:3
    My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore ~ Psalm 139:17-18
    And I rejoice over you with singing ~ Zephaniah 3:17
    I will never stop doing good to you ~ Jeremiah 32:40
    For you are my treasured possession ~ Exodus 19:5
    I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul ~ Jeremiah 32:41
    And I want to show you great and marvelous things ~ Jeremiah 33:3
    If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me ~ Deuteronomy 4:29
    Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart ~ Psalm 37:4
    For it is I who gave you those desires ~ Philippians 2:13
    I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine ~ Ephesians 3:20
    For I am your greatest encourager ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
    I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
    When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you ~ Psalm 34:18
    As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart ~ Isaiah 40:11
    One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes ~ Revelation 21:3-4
    And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth ~ Revelation 21:3-4
    I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus ~ John 17:23
    For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed ~ John 17:26
    He is the exact representation of my being ~ Hebrews 1:3
    He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you ~ Romans 8:31
    And to tell you that I am not counting your sins ~ 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
    Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled ~ 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
    His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you ~ 1 John 4:10
    I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love ~ Romans 8:31-32
    If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me ~ 1 John 2:23
    And nothing will ever separate you from my love again ~ Romans 8:38-39
    Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen ~ Luke 15:7
    I have always been Father, and will always be Father ~ Ephesians 3:14-15
    My question is ~ Will you be my child? ~ John 1:12-13
    I am waiting for you ~ Luke 15:11-32
                                                                                                       Love, Your Dad, Almighty God

    Friday, June 18, 2010

    Family Night Friday

    Every Friday we celebrate family!  Tonight we are having a yummy spaghetti meal and just playing outside with the kids. THEN : its mommy & daddy time :) We are going to watch "Faith like potatoes" - look for review next week!
    OH - I can't forget - I am serving home made Ice Cream Sandwiches for dessert tonight!  Print out your recipe card HERE

    Start with your basic box cake mix:
    Mix according to box.  I used devils food flavor.  Then use a shallow pan lined with parchment paper and grease.  I used my pizza pan and it worked really well. 
    Make sure to spread the batter evenly.

    Bake according to the box, but check about 15 minutes early.  The time will depend on the depth of your pan.  Let the cake cool completely before mixing the filling.  Otherwise you will have a ice crystals in the ice cream mix.   Cut the cake with your favorite cookie cutter.  Large ones work best.  Slice the shapes in half and fill with ice cream mixture.  Wrap individually with plastic wrap and place in freezer bag.  Freeze until ready to serve! 

    Ice Cream - Filling Mix:
    8 oz softened Cream Cheese
    1/4 cup Powder Sugar
    1/2 small tub of cool whip
    1/2 gallon softened Ice Cream - any flavor (I used vanilla)

    Mix Cream cheese and powdered sugar until creamy.  Slowly mix in the cool whip than the ice cream.
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    Thursday, June 17, 2010

    Get rid of the shackles & dance :)

    My song for the day!

    Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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    As most schools across the country, Stepping Stones, is feeling the affect of the economic crunch.  The staff has taken up to a 50% pay cut to keep the school open.
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    Runaway Bride Syndrome

    In the movie Julia Roberts character takes on the traits and likes of her fiances and bails before ever getting married.  She gets a panic attack and eventually realizes that its because she doesn't know who she really is.  I got married young.  20 years old. I didn't feel young then and thought I had life pretty figured out.  Something happened along the way to where I feel like I have to rediscover everything about "ME".  I don't know if its because I had four kids when I was between the age of 23 and 29, or if its because we moved so many times, but I just don't know who I am anymore!  Sometimes I catch a glimpse of my younger self but she doesnt stay around long enough for me to truly recognize her.

    When I was living at home I was a second mother to my siblings, a girlfriend to my now husband, a daughter that couldn't wait to spread her wings, a friend that had very little time for friendship.  I laughed more, could eat anything I wanted and still sport size 4 pants, and I could live off three hours of sleep!  Now, not much has changed except my diet and pants - and my siblings are too far away and too old for me to "mother". Who am I now that my baby is almost three?  What am I supposed to do with my life?  I feel like my life is starting over at age 32 and I don't know where to go!
    I am giving it all over to God.  Its the only thing I know to do. 

    Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

    So, while I leave my future up to God, I am going to rediscover who I am. Like Julia Roberts character- I am searching for more about me.  Music, entertainment, food, etc  I am on a mission :)  Also like the character I do know what kind of eggs I like for breakfast: over easy :)

    I know that the closer I get to God, the more of His gifts and qualities I will find.  This is exciting!  I have been so lost and felt so closed off that I haven't even been able to seek after God.  I feel I have been in the vice of doctrine for so long I haven't been able to break free to feel the love of God through His word.  I am not 100% now, but I am exercising my faith.  "Faking it until I make it." I'm putting my running shoes on and sprinting towards God.  Trusting Him to catch me and lead me.  I am after all His bride :)

    Tuesday, June 15, 2010

    5 things Tuesday.....

    5 Things you would do if you had free time?

    1.) Shower
    2.) Workout (then shower)
    3.) write letters - snail mail
    4.) read a good book
    5.) SLEEP!

    (post note: I DO shower, but I would like to be able to do it without someone banging the door or screaming outside of it!)

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    Monday, June 14, 2010


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    Thursday, June 10, 2010

    Featured Friday

    Welcome, Maria Girdley, my Featured Friday Blogger!

    1.) A little background: My name is Maria Girdley, you can also find me as isabelgridley.
    Im a 25 year old Wife & Mother of 3.
    I Love: ♥God ♥family ♥singing ♥arts & crafts ♥graphic design ♥Photography ♥the Victorian era.

    Agape Love Designs & Photography is my blog name.
    In my blog you'll find my designs, photography, any fun crafts I like to do & make, as well as my life and lessons. Its kind of a mixture of a lot of things.. but thats kind of how my life is.. Im nomadic in my interests, I move around to a lot of different things. I can never settle on just one thing im good at.. I like to do and try it all! LOL That reflects into my blog. :)

    3.) I wouldnt quite call my blog a business, I do advertise my photography, but that is just what I do locally. I dont do giveaways.. but Id love to do giveaways at some point. Just not now. :)

    5 Things about Maria:
    Here are my 5 things:

    1.) I LOVE the Victorian era

    2.) I have a slight problem with spending large amounts of money at the Dollar Tree!

    3.) My fav color is green and I LOVE zebra print!

    4.) Im kind of a lazy perfectionist. LOL I want things done just so.. but Im not always up for doing it.

    5.) I am a Christian :)

    Thank you Maria!

    I would love to feature some other Blogging Moms on Fridays! If you would like to be featured please tell me a little about yourself:

    1.) A little background: name,children,business,hobbies etc
    2.) Blog name, link, purpose (crafts,personal,daily devotions, etc)
    3.) Is your blog a business or do you promote product / give aways/ contests? You can let me know and I will fit it into the feature.
    4.) Play the "5 things about me"... List 5 things about yourself! (see examples)

    Email me your answers > Grab A Button & put it on your site until you are featured.>

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    I will pick a person on Mondays and link back to them in the feature and post their button for the week of the article.

    Tuesday, June 8, 2010

    5 things Tuesday.....

    5 Things you say on a daily basis....

    1.) Good Morning
    2.) Do you want Chocolate in it?
    3.) Why? Why? WHY???
    4.) I love you
    5.) Stay in BED!!!

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