Monday, May 31, 2010

5 things Tuesday.....

What 5 literary women would you like to talk to in Heaven? Fiction or non fiction
Here are my 5 - Play along & tell me yours!

1.) Jane Austen
2.) Sarah (Abraham's wife)
3.) Elizabeth Bennet
4.) Colleen Coble (not dead yet)
5.) Anna Karenin


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

Friday, May 28, 2010

Featured Friday

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)
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mommy Rhapsody

Good Morning Ladies!

I dont have much time to write today, but this is what I was led to and have been meditating on:
James 1:19-22
19My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 21Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.  22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

I need to be looking to see what I am filling my life with.  A lot of times its is easy to "go with the flow" and not realize we are getting covered with the film of the world.  I think its time to get the holy comet out and start scrubbing away!  To do this I am going to try ,with Gods help, to pay mor attention to what I surround myself with!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

5 things Tuesday.....

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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Good Morning Ladies!

YAY! Its Tuesday!  I let myself lay in bed and "put on love" this morning!  It has made such a difference already this morning!  Now I have been meditating on the old hymn:


On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.
When Darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, his covenant, his blood
supports me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay.
Have a Blessed day!

Monday, May 24, 2010

I'm Bringing Sexy Back!

After 12 years of marriage, six pregnancies, and 4 births in nine years - I am ready to reclaim my body!  Along with my a few of my friends, Marie, Lynn & Monica, I am starting a six week boot camp! I have 50lbs to loose! YIKES!  Of course I am doing virtually via Cafe Mom.  Here are the rules I have to follow:

You must Journal, every day.
You must drink at least 64 oz of water.
You must eat at least 2 servings of veggies daily.
No eating off limits foods (whatever your diet or phase)
Please exercise at least 5 days per week.

So far so good today!
Polish Sausage and biscuits.  Very filling! A lot of carbs, but I am trying to stay under 100 carbs for the day.  This with my coffee puts me at 45 carbs.  HOWEVER...this is "brunch" for me, since I got a late start!

Today starts the first day of Motivation Monday! 
Got any words of motivation?  Encouragement?  I can use all the help I can get!  If you want to join along - sign up with Cafe Mom and look for me: RealGAHousewife, or follow along in my community!
I am sooo bringing sexy back ;)

I'm a Real Peachy Mom!

Yeah I had to change my domain name.  Guess I didnt HAVE to, but figured I might as well not take any chances with the people at "Bravo".  Not that I expect to become a huge blog, but then - you never know ;)  I could be the next MckMama! (Oh - I wish :)

So for those that bookmarked me (and I know there is at least 1! lol)... change your bookmark to:

http://www.realpeachymom.com/

I love all the people I have "met" on here & I love "talking" with you!

Good Morning Girls!

I have still be meditating on "love".

Col 3:12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  14  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

While I am thinking about this scripture and trying to get husband and kids out the door - I am immediately given to impatience.  I snap at the kids then feel horrible and guilty.  Isnt it great that God knows we are human?!  I decided not to let the enemy beat me up over this.  I asked the kids to forgive me, asked God to forgive me and them went to "PUT ON LOVE".  The passage says to "clothe" our self with  "
compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience" and to "put on love" which bind all the virtues together.  This is a conscience act.  No one wakes up and goes through the house naked.  We get clothes on - even if it is just a robe - most everyone covers themselves before leaving their room.  I am going to make an effort to set my alarm a few minutes early to make sure I get my attitude dressed before I step foot out of bed.   - Starting tomorrow!  I woke up naked and grumpy this morning (spiritually) but thank GOD that I was able to run into His shadow and get dressed today!

Have a wonderful Monday!
In His Grip-
Heather

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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Birthday Party in my Bed!

The kids were "resting" in my room watching a movie, when all of a sudden I hear them singing "happy Birthday".  I prepare my camera and this is what I found: 
                                                                         
Yes - They were eating the chocolate cake under my white down comforter!

My review is on the wonderful - Clorox Bleach Pen!   This really works!  If you have children - buy this in BULK!
I was worried that the bleach would bleed onto the blue edging, but it didnt.  My kids are very thankful to Clorox for this handy tool also!  I was going to take their allowance ($.25 a week) to pay for the cleaning.  Now it will only take them 6 weeks to pay me back instead of a lifetime!  I am happy too, because it only took about 3 hours to have my bed put back together !
                                                                    

All I can do is say "good morning"!

Sick kids = little sleep for mom!  I am feeling a little better after a nap, but I have been dragging all morning.  I am hoping that the pot of coffee I am drinking will get me through the rest of the day.  My quiet time will be tonight.  Right now I have just been meditating on these words:

I was lonely
You came waltzing over to me
And Your eyes they saw right through me
And You heard each one of my cries for help
And You came to rescue me
I was broken
Every prayer that I had spoken
Reached Your ears and all my tears weren’t cried in vain
You carried all my pain
And put me back together again
You watch over me in the darkest valleys
You watch over me when the night seems long
You help me to see the way before me
You watch over me; You watch over me
Always faithful
To be leading, at this moment
Interceding for Your children
Though I’ve wandered astray from Your infinite ways
You’ve never left me alone -
Take my frozen heart; awaken me
Never once have You forsaken me
Even though I walk through this shadow of death
You will guide and defend me
You’ll guard and protect me
Even though I walk through this shadow of death
You will lead me home

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My first love

I remember when I met Michael. The first thing I did was find out all I could about him - what music does he like? What about his family, favorite color, favorite movies, etc. Then I worked REALLY hard to start liking Country music! (It was a sacrifice for love) and I even watched a few episodes of Star Trek! We called each other every day and saw each other every weekend. If I knew he was going to call at a specific time I was by the phone, or if I was going to see him I made sure I looked good. I also made sure that I didn't bring up past relationships or compare him to other people. After awhile, it wasnt work anymore. The desire to know him and be with him was still there, but there was a level of comfort and safety in knowing he loved me for who I was. After 15 years of being together I still at times find myself smiling for no apparent reason and excited for him to get home so we can talk and share our days.

**** awwww......Love :) **** But, wait! I wasn't truly happy! - not like I am today!

I had a restless night and figured that maybe God was wanting to talk to me. I got up and began to pray and really searching for what I believe. Not what others have told me - the ministers and my "elders", but what I truly believed. Its something that I had struggled with for a year and I was tired of it!

In the early hours of the morning this is the main thing I got out of my prayer and Bible searching:

Hebrews 11:6 "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."

I had been struggling with "faith" in my heart though I knew all the verses and believed every passage I read or heard. What was I doing wrong? I wasnt "diligently seeking" Him. I thought I was. I tried to get up early or would get a few verses in before bed. I studied, but I was only studying doctrine. I had lost my first love! I was seeking, but not with true diligence!

Websters describes diligent as: to esteem, love,
: characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort : painstaking
synonyms: busy

I decided to treat Jesus as I did Michael.
What kind of music does Jesus like? Music that worships and glorifies Him. Done!

His family? Those He loves? Treat everyone with love. I remind myself daily (sometimes by the minute) that I need to "put on love"

Colossians 3:14 and "Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

--I Corinthians 13:4-7
What is His favorite Movie? Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things areof good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." - So probably nothing rated "R" - or even "PG" anymore!
I am so not perfect and I find myself wanting to "veg" in front of the TV, but I am doing it less and being pickier about what I watch. Not watching Tv is probably just as hard for me now as listening to Country music was for me 15 years ago! I am still working on it, but I am finding great rewards in making Jesus my First Love again! I am striving for the day where I dont have to try so much and I will feel comfortable in my relationship with Jesus that every action and thought brings a smile to His face. When I do mess up, I want to feel secure that He loves me anyway and will accept me for who I am!
Rewards I have received so far -
  • More Patience and love for my kids - and other peoples kids :)
  • More understanding of people in general
  • Love for those who are different than myself
  • I allow myself to make mistakes
  • I allow others to make mistakes
  • I am not as controlling of the house
I am generally just a happier person! Its baby steps! But I had to start somewhere to start feeling again. I am just glad that my First Love never gave up on me :)

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Kids Say....

Driving home today from picking the kids up from school "H" asks me to play "It is well with my soul".  As I put it on for her I hear her explain to her siblings that the song is about a man who lost his family and even though bad things happen, the man knows that God will protect him! "H" then continued to shush everyone and make them listen to the song.  Three times, to be exact!
It amazes me how much the kids take in. The fact that something this significant impacted my seven year old so much that she felt it important to drive in the song's meaning blows me away!  I am so blessed to have children with such tender hearts!

Horatio G. Spafford and his wife, Anna, were pretty well-known in 1860’s Chicago. And this was not just because of Horatio's legal career and business endeavors. The Spaffords were also prominent supporters and close friends of D.L. Moody, the famous preacher. In 1870, however, things started to go wrong. The Spaffords' only son was killed by scarlet fever at the age of four. A year later, it was fire rather than fever that struck. Horatio
had invested heavily in real estate on the shores of Lake Michigan. In 1871, every one of these holdings was wiped out by the great Chicago Fire.

Aware of the toll that these disasters had taken on the family, Horatio decided to take his wife and four daughters on a holiday to England. And, not only did they need the rest -- DL Moody needed the help. He was traveling around Britain on one of his great evangelistic campaigns. Horatio and Anna planned to join Moody in late 1873. And so, the Spaffords traveled to New York in November, from where they were to catch the French
steamer 'Ville de Havre' across the Atlantic. Yet just before they set sail, a last-minute business development forced Horatio to delay. Not wanting to ruin the family holiday, Spafford persuaded his family to go as planned. He would follow on later. With this decided, Anna and her four daughters sailed East to Europe while Spafford returned West to Chicago. Just nine days later, Spafford received a telegram from his wife in Wales. It read:
"Saved alone."

On November 2nd 1873, the 'Ville de Havre' had collided with 'The Lochearn', an English vessel. It sank in only
12 minutes, claiming the lives of 226 people. Anna Spafford had stood bravely on the deck, with her daughters
Annie, Maggie, Bessie and Tanetta clinging desperately to her. Her last memory had been of her baby being
torn violently from her arms by the force of the waters. Anna was only saved from the fate of her daughters by a
plank which floated beneath her unconscious body and propped her up. When the survivors of the wreck had
been rescued, Mrs. Spafford's first reaction was one of complete despair. Then she heard a voice speak to her,
"You were spared for a purpose." And she immediately recalled the words of a friend, "It's easy to be grateful
and good when you have so much, but take care that you are not a fair-weather friend to God."   


Upon hearing the terrible news, Horatio Spafford boarded the next ship out of New York to join his bereaved wife. Bertha Spafford (the fifth daughter of Horatio and Anna born later) explained that during her father's voyage, the captain of the ship had called him to the bridge. "A careful reckoning has been made", he said, "and I believe we are now passing the place where the de Havre was wrecked. The water is three miles deep." Horatio
then returned to his cabin and penned the lyrics of his great hymn.

The words which Spafford wrote that day come from 2 Kings 4:26. They echo the response of the Shunammite
woman to the sudden death of her only child. Though we are told "her soul is vexed within her", she still
maintains that 'It is well." And Spafford's song reveals a man whose trust in the Lord is as unwavering as hers
was.

It would be very difficult for any of us to predict how we would react under circumstances similar to those
experienced by the Spaffords. But we do know that the God who sustained them would also be with us.

No matter what circumstances overtake us may we be able to say with Horatio Spafford...

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul!

It is well ... with my soul!
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


Good Morning Ladies!

Galatians 5:22,23a “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  I have been feeling like I should study the "fruits of the Spirit" and truly understand what each one is and seek to have them apply to my own life.  I pray that God will help me to grow good fruit - I want to be a good tree! 
 
Matthew 7:17-20 (New International Version)
17Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 


I know for me, personally, I need to work on patience, but I am going to start with LOVE.  (Doesn't everything boil down to "love" anyway?)  The Bible says that  if we are in God, then we live in love. 

1 John 4:16 (NIV)"And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him." 

This hit me pretty hard!  Seriously?  If I don't "live in love" than God doesn't live in me? 

How do we "live in love"?  

Here is what I found - Start with loving God with ALL our heart, soul and mind. Even as I type this I wonder how this can be done!  You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important:
Love your neighbor as yourself. 
The entire law and all the demands of the prophets
are based on these two commandments.

-Matthew 22: 36-40  

 This sounds like a pretty passionate love! When I stop to think about it, do I REALLY love God with all of these areas?  Do I love others as much as I love myself?

My prayer for today is to have God show me how to love Him with all my heart,soul and mind.  Do I need to change something in my routine or remove something that is keeping me from loving God with my entire being?  Lord, show me your love and help me to show others love in all my actions and words!



Chat with me in the comment section: 
How do you "live in love"?

About "K"

"K" was born in Feb. of  2001 after 8 hours of labor. She was breech and the Doctors had to do an emergency c section. I still remember being strapped to the table feeling cold and uncertain of what was going on. The Dr said that I might feel a "little pressure", but I assured him I could feel the knife! I had to beg the anesthesiologist to believe that I could feel everything. FINALLY he stopped and checked, and sure enough, the epidural line was clogged! I thank God he listened! I had to be put to sleep and when I woke up I found that "K"'s nose had been broken and she was now in NICU because her nose was swollen shut! Needless to say, the next 17 days were very emotionally draining, but my faith, family and friends all saw us through it!
Photobucket One Week Old
We brought home a beautiful 5 pound baby girl! Michael and I took turns for 6 months staying awake 24/7 to make sure she would not stop breathing. Finally, I believe God told me to put her in His hands and to trust Him. We diluted her medicine and moved her into her own room. Over the next few months she improved and we finally started sleeping! She has been a very determined young lady from day one! "Determined" is my Mother in laws way of saying "stubborn". Once she is focused on something it takes full force to get her to change direction! She has struggled much with development delays and expressing her thoughts, but she has gained a lot of confidence and learned how to communicate better.
Photobucket One Month Old
"K" is 100%, a daddy & grandpa's girl! She is very sensitive to the Holy Spirit and has always amazed me by her comments/statements. For example: she always knew before I did when I was pregnant and knew exactly what I was going to have! "K" loves to learn on the computer, plays with her best friend (Hannah), loves nature and animals. To know her is to love her, and everyone she meets does! She is extremely funny and understands jokes and puns that most others dont! I love to read the comics to her and see her crack up. She like Calvin & Hobbes the best!
PhotobucketOne Year Old
Photobucket
K" is going to a special learning therapy school, Stepping Stones,  that has done wonders for her learning. She has gone from being told she could "work at McDonald's one day" and not being able to spell her name, to endless encouragement and now reads and writes! This year the school staff took a pay cut up to 50% due to lack of funds.  The school is ran by donations and government grants, and due to the economy has felt the strain.
Please check out the FREE ways you can help support this school and soon - other like it.  
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Thank you!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Frugal Find and Weekend Project

Ok, so I found a $15 cabinet at the Salvation Army and decided it was just too good to pass up.  However - I didnt measure the cabinet and my husband had to rent a trailer for $50 just to haul it home!  Add the paint and the shelving and my frugal find ended up costing me $150.

They just dont make them like they used to!  This really was a good deal, except now my husband wants to buy a trailer to haul my future findings.  I am not sure how "frugal" this find actually was if he buys the trailer he wants for $500!  Maybe I should have shopped IKEA!
Still I think it turned out pretty good - havent decided if I am going to panel in the left side or leave it to put "pretties" in....what do you think?

Before:
After

Should I leave the left panel open to display pictures & such?
or
Should I replace with a solid panel?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Family Night Friday

Our family has a "Family Night" every Friday.  Its a tradition that we started about a year ago and the kids look forward to it every week.  Its a night where we try to do something special with the kids and it is also the only night we have dessert!  The problem is that it has become pretty routine: Have a "living room proof" dinner with a movie followed by ice cream.  Tonight I am going to shake things up a bit and take the kids to the park before our routine dinner/movie/dessert! Woo woo! (insert sarcasm)

Its hard to think of things my whole family will like since the kids are ages 9,7,4 and 2!

Any suggestions for spicing up our family night and dessert menu?

Here are a few of our favorite family movies:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wednesday Review

I have no product to review today - so I am going to review my new favorite show.  Its a guilty pleasure and I am at constant war with myself when I watch Glee.

I think it is just the musical theatre of it all that has me tuning in every week.  The situation Dram-ady plot line is thin, but amusing.  What I love about the show is the way they use the mix of 80's and today's music.  And who wouldn't love having Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) or Noah "Puck" Puckerman (Mark Salling) serenading you while you are walking down your high school hallway?

More than the cute crooners, I love the fact I can keep up with my social networking or workout without missing much of the story!
 
The negatives are the obvious gay/lesbian tones and the infidelity situations.  I am not real comfortable watching Glee because of this.  Also, teen pregnancy and sex is highly prominent.  Though I am more comfortable with this, I shouldnt be.  No one sin is greater than the other.  Lust is just as wrong as homosexuality.
(Before you start getting on my case about my view on homosexuality - I believe what the Bible says - and vanity,pride,and so many other little things that Christians overlook are as equal in sin as homosexuality.  Besides, this is just MY "war", so dont get your panties in a bunch!)
 
Moving on.... 
I think I will keep watching the show if it happens to be on, but since writing this review, I think my conscience is winning over my like for the show.  Besides - I can always create a Pandora Music station on Glee!  
 
In other words: If you like musicals, and dont mind a little High School drama-dy, then you might want to give Glee a try!  Fox - Tuesdays, 9pm



Glee Cast

Thursday, May 6, 2010

How do you know your kids is ready for PreK?

I have a 4 year old son and he says he wants to go to preschool this fall.  I am just not sure he is ready!  He is very emotional and other than just getting him used to a class room setting I am not sure if its worth sending him to school right now.  Maybe its a little bit of me being selfish too.  I don't know if I am ready to have someone else teaching him  yet!

Any suggestions?  How did you know it was the right time to send your kids to school?

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