Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas To my blog friends!


Hope ya'll are having a lovely Christmas Eve! I love Christmas Eve! A family tradition that I am carrying on to our family is having a lot of goodies and snacks (finger foods) for supper and eating by candle light! It is so much fun!
And I hope ya'll have a beautiful and memorable Christmas morning!
I have a lot more to write up and post, but not enough time now! I hope to get to it soon though!
May God bless you and yours and I hope you are having a great time with your families and meditating on God and His Son and on His blessings to you!
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

~Music Mondays~ Night Before Christmas and Christmas Canon!

Wow! Only a few days left till Christmas Day! I hope and pray everyone is having a lovely Christmas season! And dwelling on the true meaning and reason for this season! God bless you and I hope you enjoy the sings over on Shawntele's blog, "Saved by Grace"! There are some great songs to get you in the Christmas and praising spirit!

Today I am sharing two special Christmas songs and more of my favorites too!

"The Night Before Christmas"

By Amy Grant

And the

"Christmas Canon Rock"

By Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

~My Christmas Baking List!~

Oooo! I can hardly wait to start my Christmas gift baking! I love making goodies to give to friends and family for Christmas! This year I plan to make
several Pumpkin Rolls a lot like THIS recipe at LIBBY'S,
several loaves of Cranberry Fruit Nut Bread,
and a Ginger Bread recipe, but I want to use a pan that has little teddy bear shaped! The girls should love that!
And of course some cookies so I want to try making my
and let the girls cut them with their Christmas cookie cutters and sprinkle with colored sugar!
I decided I would share all these recipes (and more) that I plan to use in this post! So you can scroll down and find them, if you would like to use them too!
If you would like to share some links to your Christmas recipes, I have added a linky to the bottom of this post!
Also do not forget to check out this Festive Corn recipe HERE in an older post, and you can find my favorite Carrot Cake recipe that I already posted a few days ago, HERE!

So here are the recipes:

Ginger Bread
1c. flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. molasses
1/2c. butter
1/2c. water
1 egg
Preheat oven to 325. Mix dry ingredients (except soda). Combine molasses, butter, water and soda in a suacepan and bring to a boil. Mix with dry ingredients and add egg. Pour into well greased pan and bake 25-30 min.
You can Serve with whipped cream and butterscotch syrup, though I have not tried that yet!!

Cranberry Fruit Nut Bread

A bread with cranberries and nuts to go with all of your holiday meals.
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1 tbs grated orange peel
2 c all purpose flour
1 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbs shortening
3/4 cup orange juice
1 egg, well beaten
Directions: Preheat oven to 350*. Generously grease and lightly flour a 9 x5 x3 loaf pan. Prepare cranberries, nuts and orange peel. Set aside. In a bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and soda. Cut in shortening. Stir in orange juice, egg, and orange peel mixing just to moisten. Fold in cranberries and nuts. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake 60 min or until tests done. Cool on rack 15 minutes. Remove from and, cool completely. Wrap & store overnight.

1cup powdered sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup oleo or butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup cooking oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Cream sugar, oleo and oil until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Sift dry ingredients together. Add first mixture to second and mix well. Roll into balls. Press with glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350° F for 15 to 20 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.

And now two recipes that I do not plan on using it this year, but I thought you might enjoy them though!

Here is a great sweet bread recipe, that can be healthy too! I used half wheat flour and honey when I made this recipe!!

Apple Nut Bread
Apples and pecans are stirred into this cinnamon-spiced quick bread.
3 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tbl vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
4 cups chopped, pared, cored apples
1 cup chopped pecans
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 2 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pans. Stir together the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla until well mixed. Combine flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Stir into liquid ingredients just until evenly mixed. Stir in apples and pecans. Divide between 2 prepared loaf pans. Prepare Topping: combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over tops of loaves. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool breads in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove breads from pans and allow to cool completely. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap or foil and store at room temperature. The breads are better the second day.
Number of Servings: 32
Notes from the Cook: Using pure convection: bake at 325 for 50-55 minutes

Here is another great sweet bread recipe!

Orange-Apricot Loaf
From Being a Virtuous Woman
Submitted by: Carrie Dicus
Makes: 1 loaf
1 c. apricots, diced
2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1 T. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
2 eggs
2/3 c. orange juice
3 T. vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a smaller bowl, combine eggs, orange juice, and oil. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Fold in the apricots. Spoon into a lightly greased 8x4x2-in. loaf pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the bread in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes; remove from pan.

And here is the linky for if you want to share what you are baking this Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Great giveaway! An ERGO!

Ever since I first saw an ERGO in my Above Rubies magazine, I have just loved them! They are by far the BEST baby wearers Ever! There is a giveaway right now for one over at "The Fabulous Won" if you would like to check them out!

~Music Mondays~ Emanuel God with Us!

Tis the season for some wonderful and uplifting Christmas music about our Savior's birth! How miraculous that He became a man, like one of us, and walked among us! he endeared the hurts and pains of all mankind, then died a terrible death, that only the worst of mankind had to endure! What a Savior! Hallelujah!
Today I wanted to share Amy Grants song, "Emanuel, God with Us" (one of my favorite Christmas songs!).
It is so wonderful to know that God is with us, everyday! Praise His Most Holy Name!
For more great Christmas music and to join for Music Mondays, visit Shawntele's blog, "Saved by Grace"!
God bless your week!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Wood Spiltting One Afternoon

With a small wood cook stove, we have been cutting and splitting a lot of wood this fall!
Our wood pile of split wood was starting to shrink this week, so I went out Thursday afternoon and spilt a lot of the cherry wood that my husband brought home the other day.

(Above) This was the wood pile before I started! Looks pitiful, I know!

And this was the wood pile, 6 wagon loads of splitting later!

Did I mention that I had to haul the 6 loads of wood up our rock/gravel walkway? Nothing like I use to have to do, but still worthy of mentioning!

And there is still this much of the cherry wood left to split! Yippee!
I hope to work on it more over the coming week! Anyone want to help? I will make hot chocolate or herbal tea!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My favorite (sugar free) Carrot Cake!!

First Christmas Recipe of this season......(drum roll) .............
My Favorite Carrot Cake recipe!

This has been a family favorite (on my side of the family) for I am not sure how many years now! I believe Mom had it in her "Whole Foods for the Whole Family" cookbook! Anyways, I love it because it has no white or brown sugar, or white flour, yet it taste Sooo good! And the cream cheese frosting!!!!! I love cream cheese frosting!
With the Holidays here, I hope I get a chance to make this cake! I do not think I have made it since Easter! Wow. That sounds bad! I should make it just to eat for us! =)
Hope you get a chance to make it too, and you enjoy it! If you know of anyone who is diabetic, this would be a good treat for them!

Carrot or Zucchini Cake
2 c. whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. grated carrots or zucchini
4 large eggs
3/4 c. oil
3/4 c. honey
1 c. unsweetened, crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 c. chopped nuts
Sift together the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, beat together until blended the eggs, vegetable oil, honey. Stir in the carrots and pineapple. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, keeping batter smooth. Stir in nuts.
Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13-inch pan or three 9" layer pans. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in a 350o oven, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for a few min. in pan.

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 tablespoons of butter, softened
2-4 tablespoons of honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional)
Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Beat in honey to taste. Add vanilla and nuts. Ice cooled cake.

Keep refrigerated!

A Herbal Tea Giveaway @ "One 2 Try"!


I have been following/subscribing to "One 2 Try" blog for a while now and she has some great reviews and giveaways!

One of her new giveaways going on right now (till December 18th), is from Mighty Leaf Tea. They have some really great looking products and their teas sound wonderful! I am always looking for some herbal teas and companys that sell herbal products, so I had fun checking out the Mighty Leaf Tea!

Hope you get a chance to visit "One 2 Try" and join in on the great reviews and giveaways!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Expect the Unexpected!

An unexpected home repair and chance for cleaning the kitchen cabinets (and bleaching many areas in the cabinets and on the back porch)!

A line that is often said by my husband or I is, "You can't make this up"! After you read this blog post you will only see a few reasons why we say that!

We have been using our wood cook stove for heating the house this winter. It has already helped out a lot on our electric bill! =)
It is a small stove though, so you really have to stay with it to keep wood in the small wood box.
My husband said we should start putting wood in, whenever one of us gets up at night, since the nights are getting colder. So on last Saturday morning, I woke at 3 am. and it was pretty cool in the house, so I went down and started a fire. Husband got up when he heard me and I went on back to bed.
I had not been in bed long when I heard some noise in the kitchen. It sounded way to big for a mouse and I knew the cat could not get in, so I went down and sure enough I could hear something in the empty/broke junk drawer under the coffee maker!
I went up and woke husband back up to tell him!
Well I went down first, just in time to see a skunk fall out of the cabinet door!!

I took this picture a week or 2 ago, of the skunk eating the cat food! So as soon as I heard the commotion in the drawer and cabinet, I just knew it was the skunk, but I was really hoping for a rat or raccoon!
Well I went and opened the back door and thankfully the skunk moved on out, after he went into the washroom, looking for a way out!
We started going thru the kitchen trying to find were it came in, but could not see any where! While we were still talking about it, there was the skunk again in the cabinet! We could hardly believe it! This time when it came out of the cabinet, it went all the way around the house, following the walls, looking for a way out, till it found the back door! Well it ran back under the porch, so we tore into the cabinets again. This time we took out the broke drawer and found a small hole in the wall! The wall had the duck work in it that goes upstairs, so the skunk had gotten under the house thru a small hole by the AC and then found or made a hole in the duck work to come up into the cabinet!
We put a big towel in the hole to block it up for the day, but by then it was almost 5 a.m. and Princess S. was a wake! I tried to go get a nap, but the other Princess woke up too! So it was a very long day! And all my lower kitchen cabinets were emptied out all over the floor of the kitchen! I was needed to clean the cabinets, so I got to do that!
Husband went to the solar project he has been working on lately and brought some boards home that evening to fix the hole, but found we need stuff to repair the duck work first. Husband threw a lot of bleach around in the hole that they made in it made in the duck work, though.
While we were checking what all we needed to repair, the skunk somehow was back under one of the cabinets! So we threw more bleach in under the cabinets!Then somehow went back out, without us seeing it! Unreal.
Husband put the boards up to block the hole, till we can fix it all.
It wasn't long before the skunk was on the back porch eating cat food again! So husband opened the door enough to throw bleach on it! It just ran back under the porch. We went looking around to see if we could find it and for sure of how it was getting in under the house. I got brave and opened the little door that is for getting under the house and I was meet by the sight of TWO skunks, standing not too far away! Well that answered a lot of questions! Now that was why one time the skunk went right out the door, but the other time it went all the way around the house!

We still have a skunk around, as of last night, but I do pray it never gets back in and I am SOOOOOO THANKFUL none have squirted at us or in the house!!

I have learned a lot about skunks...
1. They are Not afraid of anything!
2. They are not very smart,
3. They can fit in Tiny holes!
and 4.
If you have one, you most likely have 2!

Cold Season Herbal Tea

We got head colds right before Thanksgiving, so we took it easy for a few days and did not get out for Thanksgiving. =( Oh well, did not feel up to it anyway! Did manage to cook us a turkey and gressing and greenbean cassarole though!
I also made up some of my new tea to try! It was SOOO good! I think it is some of the best tasting herbal tea I have ever tried!
The tea is called "Cold Season Immune" and it is one of Dr. Christopher's formulas, of course! You can read about it Here, but I highly recommend buying THIS book, so you can make the tea yourself (and tons of other formulas, etc)! The book may be around $70, but it is really worth it!
The "Cold Season Immune" formula has
6 parts garlic,
1 part rosemary,
1 part parsley,
1 part watercress,
6 parts rosehips!
This tea is full of vitamin C! And is great for fighting infections.
I left out the garlic though, since I thought fresh garlic would be better to add as we drink it. I ended up not putting it in the tea I made the other day though, since I wanted the girls to drink it and knew they would not with garlic in it! =)
I hope you get a chance to make this tea and try it!
God bless!

Monday, December 7, 2009

~Music Mondays~ "Do You Hear?" and "Drummer Boy"

Christmas Music Monday! Yippee!
I wanted to share two more songs! Hope that is okay! They are two great songs by two great groups! I am sure everyone will enjoy them! =)
For more great music, go to Shawntele's blog, "Saved by Grace" and check out her song and the other ladies links!

"Do You Hear What I Hear"
By Third Day

"Drummer Boy"
By Jars of Clay

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Samuel Adams Saturday Speech (cont. part 18)

"If there is any man so base or so weak as to prefer a dependence on Great Britain to the dignity and happiness of living a member of a free and independent nation, let me tell him that necessity now demands what the generous principle of patriotism should have dictated."
-Samuel Adams

To be continued....or go HERE to read the entire speech!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Giveaway @ Kellie's for Craft Kit!!

While skimming over my facebook today, I noticed another giveaway! It was a craft kit giveaway, so I had to check it out! I found it on a facebook friends blog (glad to find her blog too!!).
Kellie @ "Training Up A Child" has the great giveaway of a craft kit from "Creativity for Kids"!!

This is another great site that I had never seen before that has GREAT ideas for homeschoolers for Christmas or birthday gifts! A ton of good crafts to keep you children busy and learning! I will have to shop around here over the years to come (Lord willing)!

I think I would have to pick the "Make Your Own Cupcake Soaps" kit! I think my girls would love it, and it looks like it would be easy enough for them and they could give some to "Nonnie" and their Aunt!!

Doesn't it look fun? Hope you will go over and check out Kellie's giveaway and maybe you will shop around at "Creativity for Kids" and get some Christmas shopping done there!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

~Music Mondays~ Love Came Down & I Heard the Bells!

Hope ya'll will join in on Music Monday! There should be some great Christmas songs shared over the next month! If you have one to share, I hope you will! Just go to Shawntele's blog, "Saved by Grace" and link up! One lady shared a really great A Capella song today! It the singers are just so talented and the song is very....well you just have to go hear it! =)

Well, I have so many Christmas songs that I love it is hard to choose, especially since we only have 4 Monday's left before Christmas!!

I decided to share Jars of Clays song "Love Came Down at Christmas"! But then I found the Jars of Clay version of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas", and the youtube of it is very beautiful! So I just had to share both!

Christmas is such a busy time for everyone and I think it is important that we remember the true reason for the season and that Jesus came to bring love, for He is love and Christmas should be a time to show our love! Not so much in how many gifts or how great the gifts are, but that we show actions of love! That we are a good example and keep our hearts and minds on things above and not on things that do not last. Christmas is a time to love, to make an extra special effort to show those close to us how much we love them and to do good to those in need! To show love to someone hurting, lonely or someone that is just not giving much attention or appreciation.

Hope you enjoy the song, "Love Came Down At Christmas" and may you keep Christ love in your heart, thru the Christmas season and Always!

Things are not very good in this country right now. I do not believe that we will ever see it back to how it was, but then again I do not believe it was all that great from my Christian stand point. We have been killing millions of babies for years now, we throw our children out to the wolves and they grow to be products of a sinful world, we tolerate what is evil and we compromise.
Everything seems really upside down right now, but God can and I believe will give His strength to good people and there will be peace on earth for many, again!
Praise the Lord! He gives peace, no matter what the world gives or takes away!

As I said the video of this song is amazing! It takes you thru Christ life and is very touching! I hope you will take the time to watch it while you hear the song. Jars of Clay did a great good on the music, I think!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Samuel Adams Saturday Speech cont. (part 17)

"Other nations have received their laws from conquerors; some are indebted for a constitution to the suffering of their ancestors through revolving centuries. The people of this country, alone, have formally and deliberately chosen a government for themselves, and with open and uninfluenced consent bound themselves into a social compact. Here no man proclaims his birth or wealth as a title to honorable distinction, or to sanctify ignorance and vice with the name of hereditary authority. He who has most zeal and ability to promote public felicity, let him be the servant of the public. This is the only line of distinction drawn by nature. Leave the bird of night to the obscurity for which nature intended him, and expect only from the eagle to brush the clouds with his wings and look boldly in the face of the sun." - Samuel Adams

To be continued....or go HERE to read the whole speech!

Great Giveaway for Games!

Looking for some great games for gifts this Christmas? Here is a great review and giveaway You should check out! I have never heard of these games, but they look so fun and great for children! I know my girls would love them!

One is called "Giraffalaff Limbo" and the children have to spin to see what animal they have to walk like as they do the limbo!

The other is "Scatterpillar Scramble" which is a balancing marble game, with music and looks very exciting and entertaining!

While you are checking the games out, be sure to check out the other giveaways at The Mommy-Files!

Gift Guide

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Crafts!

I am not as much of a craft person as I would like to be (or maybe I should say hope to be!)! I think it is mostly because I am too much of a clean freak and the idea of having glue and little pieces of paper stuck all over you and everything is just not appealing to me! =) I know, I know, I need to get over that! My girls love to make crafts and I just have to overlook stuff like that and make it as fun as possible!

We did out Thanksgiving crafts on Monday (the 23rd) and made some turkey pictures! First we did the "hand turkeys" tracing the girls hands on construction paper and drawing the head on the thumb and making legs for the hand turkeys! I also printed off some cute Thanksgiving pictures for them to color that I found linked up on HERE.
For the main, big craft, we made "Thankful turkey place mats"! I just made my own patterns, drawing and cutting them our of construction paper and we used an old desk calender pages to glue them onto! Very frugal, huh?

Here is both girls, (above) with their finished products!

Princess S. got to cut out most of the feathers for the turkeys! I let her come up with most of her things to write, but we had to settle for "animals" and "bugs" instead of each individual animal and bug!! =) She wrote all the things she was thankful for on her feathers too. She is a very good writer!

Princess A. "wrote" with her markers on her feathers, making circles and squiggles! Then mommy wrote the words that she approved for her turkeys feathers!

Both girls had a good time and are very proud of their turkeys! I plan to cover them with clear plastic so they will not get tore up and we can keep them better for future Thanksgivings!

~Gratituesday~ Health!

Happy Gratituesday! =) I hope you will join Laura and the other bloggers over at "Heavenly Homemakers"! You can leave a comment on Laura's blog about what you are thankful for, or make your own blog post and link up to her blog! Remember, she has some giveaways for this Month's Gratitusday Challenge!

I love Thanksgiving! I was really looking forward to spending it with family I have not seen in years, but we have started coming down with headcolds.
=( Boohoo!
With us coming down with headcolds, I am reminded to be more thankful for our health! Praise the Lord, our family has not been sick much! And for that I am VERY thankful! God is sooo good!
Homeschooling, staying home a lot, and not being around a lot of people helps keep from being sick so much. So I am thankful we can be home a lot and really thankful we homeschool! I do enjoy seeing friends and family ever so often though! =)
I am also thankful that I have been learning how to use herbs to take care of my families health!

I hope everyone else has good health this winter too! And pray that our family is over this soon and does not get sick the rest of the winter!

May you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

~Music Mondays~ Give Thanks!

There are some great songs linked up over on Shawntele's blog, "Saved by Grace" today! Hope you will go over and hear them. It is a great way to start your week out!

I wanted to find a special song for this week on giving thanks, and I think this is it! I had never heard it before but it is really good! It is a good reminder during this busy week, that we need to be thankful for God's gift of His Son, for us! A good song with Christmas coming up too!

Hope ya'll have a very blessed Thanksgiving week and week-end!

God is Sooo Good!

"Give Thanks"

By Don Moen

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Samuel Adams Saturday, Speech (Part 16)

"This day we are called upon to give a glorious example of what the wisest and best of men were rejoiced to view only in speculation. This day presents the world with the most august spectacle that its annals ever unfolded--millions of freemen, deliberately and voluntarily forming themselves into a society for their common defense and common happiness. Immortal spirits of Hampden, Locke, and Sidney, will it not add to your benevolent joys to behold your posterity rising to the dignity of men, and evincing to the world the reality and expediency of your systems, and in the actual enjoyment of that equal liberty, which you were happy when on earth in delineating and recommending to mankind?"
-Samuel Adams

To be continued or read the whole speech HERE!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Canning Pork Roast

Last week, King Ed brought home two huge packages of pork roast (two large boston butt pork roast in each pack), from the store. He said one was $14 and the other was $12, so he could not pass them up.
It was a good week to can, since we were in between just finishing Kindergarten and starting 1st Grade!
Here is the first roast. Remember there were 4 of these to do!

Two bowels Full! Yippee!

I had to cut out a lot of fat. If I had been making sausage, I would have left more of it, but for canning chunk meat, I cut a lot out. Here was the bowel of fat and the 4 bones, one out of each roast.

Everything you need for canning meat!
I use sea salt.
And the rubbing alcohol is for cleaning the rims of the jars before I put the seals and rings on. My husband says he grandmother did this. I do this when canning meat to make sure the rims are extra clean!

Here are the 16 quarts with the meat in them, and 1 tsp. of salt in each, ready for seals and rings and to go into the canners.

Since the meat was cool, I bring my canners up very slow. Takes a while, but I do not want to crack any jars!

Since I had 16 quarts, I put 6 in each canner the first round and then I ran the last four after those were done.
I ran each canner 1 hour and 30 mins. on 10 lbs. pressure.

Here are the finished jars! Yum! It smelt so good when I opened the canners!
And below is a close-up!

All said and done it was a productive day! Especially if you consider that I did some house cleaning, and cooked a huge supper of sausage, gravy, biscuits, fried eggs and hash browns, etc! =)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Neno's Award!!

My dear, online, sister in Christ, "Sunflower Faith" has given me an award! How sweet! I meet Sunflower Faith not long after I started my blogging, almost a year ago. So it is interesting that she gave me this award, that ask, "Why do you love to blog"?!

This should be fun too!
Wow. There are a lot of reasons I love to blog!
One reason I love to blog, is because I am not much of a social person, in person! I do not have a lot of friends that I see or do stuff with. We home-church at the moment, we do not have family very close that we get to see very often, and I am not one who likes to talk on the phone! So blogging has opened up a new world of corresponding and meeting like-minded, Christian, home-schoolers! I have a lot of great sisters-in-Christ now and Praise the Lord for them!
I also love blogging, because it is a way to learn, share, and it is like your own personal way to reach people with your opinion on the news, what is going on in the country today, homeschooling, and just everything! I started blogging because I was concerned that women are just not paying attention to everything going on and they have been in a alternative reality! But now I see a lot of women getting involved, concerned and doing stuff about it!
I pray that my blogging is inspiring and pleasing to my Heavenly Father!

Here are the women and their wonderful blogs that I have picked to give this award to:

God bless you all!
Neno’s Award—-Rules and Regulations
1. As a dedication for those who love blogging and love to encourage friendships through blogging.
2. To seek the reasons why we all love blogging.
3. Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it.
4. Don’t forget to mention the person who gives you the award.
5. Answer the award’s question by writing the reason why you love blogging.
6. Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like.
7. Don’t forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.

Monday, November 16, 2009

~Music Mondays~ Brave

Wow! Shawntele has a great song up today! Newsboys, "Something Beautiful"! Love it! Hope you stop by her blog, "Saved By Grace" to hear it and check out the others who joined Music Monday! I can't wait to see/hear what the others have picked for this week!

This week I wanted to share "Brave" by Nicole Nordeman. When I first heard this song I was breathless! It was like I could have written this! So close to my own hearts cry! Amazing. Praise the Lord, He gives us the strength to let go and to trust and to truly live! It is His love that sets us free and free we are in Him! "What can man do to us....?" Praise the Lord! God is sooo Good!
It is amazing how long we may hold onto some things, afraid to give them to God. It is like we can trust Him with some things, but others we think are just too big to hand over! Or maybe we think they are too small to bother Him with! LOL! How simple we can be at times! He is God! He can handle everything and what a load that takes off of us! We just have to be brave, to trust!
We have to be brave and not worry what others might think about us! We are no longer of the world, we are set apart, we are lights to shine and be a good example! We cannot compromise, meet half-way, or straddle the fence. We have to take a stand and remain standing! Praise the Lord, He gives us strength!
Okay, enough of me rattling! Here is the song!!!!!

"Brave" By Nicole Nordeman

Verse 1

"The gate is wide

The road is paved in moderation

The crowd is kind and quick to pull you in

Welcome to the middle ground

You're safe and sound and

Until now it's where I've been

'Cause it's been fear that ties me down to everything

But it's been love, Your love, that cuts the strings


So long status quo

I think I just let go

You make me want to be brave

The way it always was Is no longer good enough

You make me want to be brave

Brave, brave

Verse 2:

I am small

And I speak when I'm spoken to

But I am willing to risk it all

I say Your name

Just Your name and I'm ready to jump

Even ready to fall...

Why did I take this vow of compromise?

Why did I try to keep it all inside?(chorus)


I've never known a fire that didn't begin with a flame

Every storm will start with just a drop of rain

But if you believe in me

That changes everything

So long, I'm gone


Friday, November 13, 2009

Uno Moo! Giveaway! Check it out!!

Yippee! Yippee! Yippee! I found a giveaway that is on my Christmas wish list!
(yes, I have a mental wishlist, which is the best, so I forget most of it!!)!
Anyways, here is the game/toy!

She is giving away three of these games and I think my girls will LOVE it!!

If you want to enter this giveaway, or check out some more giveaways, check out:

The Mom Reviews

Therapeutic Reviews & Giveaways

Kindergarten Gratuate! ALREADY!!

Congratulations to Princess S!

This is hard for me to believe, but my oldest baby has completed Kindergarten! And she did so well! We are so proud of her! Her daddy is just the most intelligent and smartest man in the whole world, so I know she is taking after him! She is her Daddy's girl too! So sweet!
Well last week end we had a little graduation party for her, to celebrate her finishing her Kindergarten books! She was excited to pick what kind of cake and picked chocolate with chocolate icing! That made Daddy happy! Lol! He dislikes the pink cakes we usually have on birthdays!

We invited our Nonnie and Papaw Steve over for supper ("adopted" grandparents)! And Nonnie's mom, "Granny" was out that afternoon mowing, so we walked over to the pasture across the road and invited her! She was very happy to be here too! It was great! We had the 2 women over who have had a big hand in her education too! "Granny" teaches phonics at a school near were she lives and has given us some great phonics pages that we are using, and Nonnie has always given us educational books, toys, etc!

We had marinated chicken, noodles, sweet peas and mashed potatoes for supper, and cake and vanilla ice cream for dessert!

I printed off a Kindergarten diploma for Princess S. and she is very proud of it!

Now we are going to start 1st grade next Monday, Lord willing! Wow! Anyone else have a 4 year old in 1st grade? =)

God is Good!

for thier future



Here is the link to the diplomas if anyone needs some!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

~Gratituesday~ Growing up Close to Nature

Joining Heavenly Homemaker's November Gratituesday Challenge again this week! Yippee! There is just SOOO MUCH for God's Children to be grateful for!

After splitting firewood this afternoon, I will ramble a little about my growing up years!

I could complain about a ton, that is for sure! And I could go over all the things my parents did wrong in raising my siblings and I, but they did do some things right, and for that I am grateful!

I am glad that I grew up around animals, almost my whole life, we always had pets, and later, all the farm animals! A lot of great experience has come from that!

I learned how to garden, grow our own food, can food, make jelly, butcher animals and work the meat up, etc. I milked cows, hauled hay, harnessed mules, learned about trees and firewood, carpentry work, building barns, building houses, greenhouses, etc.

The list goes on and on, but the bottom line is, I was close to nature and for that I am Most grateful! I believe everyone should live close to nature and that children should experience living on a farm! It brings you close to reality and closer to your Creater!

The Words of Our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson Tuesday "Shall Become as Wolves"

"Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves."

--Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Carrington, 1787

Monday, November 9, 2009

~Music Mondays~ "God will Lift Up Your Head"

I am sorry I missed last Monday....Again!!! UGH! Well, thought I better get over here early this Monday!
Sometimes it is hard for me to pick which song to share! There are just sooo many great ones! I have been thinking of a lot of songs and hymns that come from King David's writings in Psalms, since I have been reading some of the Psalms in my daily Bible reading. Last weekend I was trying to remember a song that comes from Pslams 121, but I could not find it since I could not remember the lady who sang it! oh well!

Then the other day we went with husband to get some solar stuff and while listening to the Dove (94.5), heard this song by Jarsofclay! It is just a wonderful, uplifting song! Hope you enjoy it too!

"God will Lift up Your Head"
By Jars of Clay

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Words of Our Founding Fathers, Samuel Adams Saturday (Part 15)

"Such, it is possible, may some time or other be the state of Great Britain. What will, at that period, be the duty of the Colonies? Will they be still bound to unconditional submission? Must they always continue an appendage to our government and follow it implicitly through every change that can happen to it? Wretched condition, indeed, of millions of freemen as good as ourselves! Will you say that we now govern equitably, and that there is no danger of such revolution? Would to God that this were true! But you will not always say the same. Who shall judge whether we govern equitably or not? Can you give the Colonies any security that such a period will never come? No. The period, countrymen, is already come! The calamities were at our door. The rod of oppression was raised over us. We were roused from our slumbers, and may we never sink into repose until we can convey a clear and undisputed inheritance to our posterity!" -Samuel Adams

To be continued....or go Here to read the whole speech!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Savespro Giveaway!


I have to share another favorite blog for giveaways right now!

If you have not visited "One 2 Try" blogspot, you are missing out on a lot! She has tons of great giveaways going on!

Tonight I wanted to share the Giveaway she has from Savespro! I have never heard of them before, but they carry a Ton of great stuff! Since she mentioned the bakeware, I had to check it out! The cake pans are sooo amazing! So I entered for a pineapple upsidde down cake pan! Husband will LOVE it! =)

Hope you will go check out "One 2 Try" and join the fun!

The Words of Our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson Tuesday

"It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution."

--Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia Query 19, 1781

November Gratituesday Challenge!

I have been subscribing to/following Laura's blog, "Heavenly Homemakers" for a while now, and I really like it!
She has a Gratituesday Challenge this month and I hope to join in for the great fellowship and giveaways! Hope you will head over to "Heavenly homemakers" each Tuesday this month and join the fun!
Today I am grateful for many things! But I am mostly grateful for my husband!! He has been doing a lot of hard work and trying to help a lot of people. What makes me more grateful of him is how he does so little for himself and so much for others, even when he is not ask to, or does not have to. His family means the world to him. He has such a great, big, good heart! Love him soo much for that!!! I thank God every day for blessing me with my husband!! I could not ask for a better man to share my life with!

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Discovery Toys Giveaway!!!! Check it out!

I have a new favorite blog for finding GREAT giveaways! You have got to follow "Energizer Bunny's Mommy Reports"!! I think you will like it too!

She has tons of great giveaways going on right now, and I am finding wonderful ideas for Christmas gifts, crafts, etc!!

The giveaway I am soo excited about today is the Discovery Toys giveaway!!! A $35 gift card!!! I LOVE Discovery Toys! Wish I could be a part of their sales team and recieve and sell all those great toys for them! Aahhhh! That would be so cool! Maybe someday...

Anyways, get over to "Energizer Bunny's Mommy Reports" and join the fun!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Words of Our Founding Fathers, Samuel Adams Speech Saturday

"Britain is now, I will suppose, the seat of liberty and virtue, and its legislature consists of a body of able and independent men who govern with wisdom and justice. The time may come when all will be reversed; when its excellent constitution of government will be subverted; when, pressed by debts and taxes, it will be greedy to draw to itself an increase of revenue from every distant province in order to ease its own burdens; when the influence of the crown, strengthened by luxury and a universal profligacy of manners, will have tainted every heart, broken down every fence of liberty and rendered us a nation of tame and contented vassals; when a general election will be nothing but a general auction of boroughs, and when the Parliament, the grand council of the nation, and once the faithful guardian of the State, and a terror to evil ministers, will be degenerated into a body if sycophants, dependent and venal, always ready to confirm any measures, and little more than a public court for registering royal edicts." -Samuel Adams
To be continued...or go here to read the whole speech!