Thursday, October 30, 2008

Word Filled Wednesdays

I know I'm a day late, but it took me a little while to learn how to do this, but now that I got it....



Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Times

The band that I have been listening to the most lately is Tenth Avenue North, I love almost all of there songs but the one that has been touching my heart most recently is called "Times"
The song starts out with him (me) singing to the Lord my doubts, shortcomings and desires and towards the middle it changes and it's what he hears the Lord singing back to him (me). I cry almost everytime I have a chance to actually sit and listen to what the song is saying.... it's beautiful.



I know i need you; I need to love you
I love to see you, and its been so long
I long to feel you I feel this need for you
and i need to hear youis that so wrong?
Now you pulled me near you when we're close i fear you
Still im afraid to tell you all that i've done
are you done forgiving?
or can you pass my pretending?
Lord i'm so tired of defending what i've become what have i become?

I hear you say "my love is over, its underneath, its inside, its in between
the times you doubt me,
When you can't feel
The times that you've questioned 'is this for real?
'the times you've broken,
the times that you mend
the times you hate me
and the times that you bend
Well my love is over, its underneath its inside, its in between,
These times you're healing
and when your heart breaks
The times that you feel like you've fallen from grace
The times you're hurting
The times that you heal
The times you go hungry and are tempted to steal
in times of confusion and chaos and pain
I'm there in your sorrow under the weight of your shame
I'm there through your heartache
I'm there in the storm
My love i will keep you by my power alone
I dont care where you've fallen,
Where you have been
I'll never forsake you
My love never ends, it never ends

Awesome Website

I don't use my crockpot very often but even I am inspired!!
Visit A Year of Crockpotting for unique and yummy recipes using your crockpot. From what I understand, Stephanie has set out to cook every meal for a year using her crockpot.... wow!
A couple recipes that I would like to try out:
CrockPot Cheeseburger Soup I have a regular Cheeseburger Soup Recipe and we really enjoy it, it would be interesting to see if we like the CrockPot recipe as much.
CrockPot Buffalo Chicken LasagnaThis one just blows my mind.... lasagna in a crockpot!!
CrockPot Flank SteakStuffed with Apple, Feta and Almonds This just sounds like something Tim and I could enjoy and wow.... in the crockpot... seems strange :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

What are you learning?


Just like a newborn baby needs to be fed, so do we need to be fed by the word of God. Please comment below and share with us a Bible Verse from your quiet time this morning and share what it spoke to you. I love to hear what's going on in your lives and if you are willing please share it with others too.

Promised Pictures

So I promised you all pictures and here they are!!! There's a lot of them... I couldn't help it, it was all so memorable.

Playing B-Ball in the Arcade
Swimming in the Wave Pool

The Couple - Mitch & Alana
Me & My Man

Me & Jake (before he shaved his head :))
Making Lexie Laugh
James & Treyton

THe Dry Play Place
Cold

Our Awesome Room!!
Sleeping Alexa
Awwww.... they are so cute!

We won 400 tickets on deal or no deal ---- we had the highest case and took it to the end!!

Free Giveaway

My friend Jessica is having a free giveaway - check out her blog for more info!!

Attention Children!

I got this off of I Will Take It Lord and All You Have to Give and I thought it was cute, I'm not quite to this place yet but I can imagine!
Attention Children:
The Bathroom Door is Closed.
Please do not stand there and talk, whine, or ask questions.
Wait until I get out.
Yes, it is locked. I want it that way.
It is not broken, I am not trapped.
I know I have left it unlocked, and even open at times,
since you were born, because I was afraid
some horrible tragedy might occur
while I was in there,
but it's been 10 years and I want some
PRIVACY.
Do not ask me how long I will be.
I will come out when I am done.
Do not bring the phone to the bathroom door.
Do not go running back to the phone yelling
She's in the BATHROOM!
Do not begin to fight as soon as I go in.
Do not stick your little fingers under the door and wiggle them.
This was funny when you were two.
Do not slide pennies, Legos, or notes under the door.
Even when you were two this got a little tiresome.
If you have followed me down the hall talking,
and are still talking as you face this closed door,
please turn around, walk away,
and wait for me in another room.
I will be glad to listen to you when I am done.
And yes, I still love you.
Mom

Monday, October 27, 2008

How to Use Your Tongue

Proverbs 27:2 "Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips."

I read this verse this past weekend and again today and it really affected me, it penetrated right to the heart of some issues that me and my family faced recently (and are still facing in some ways). It brought me to ask the questions: How often do we (I) lift ourself up rather than allowing God to? How often are we using our words and actions to benefit our own self (or those we care most about) rather than others?

I usually fail daily in this area of my life. Most of the time, I feel this urge inside of me making me think that I must somehow bring it to the attention of those around me my "good" qualities and works while leaving out all the bad ones. And on the flip side of that it's much easier to point out the faults of others than in myself. How true it is to that it's easier to find a speck in another's eye while ignoring the log in our own (Matthew 7:1-5).

I want to live my life loving others, truly I do, and I somehow think that I am good at this - until there is a difficult person in my path and I find it much easier to ignore and dislike this person than to love them. I want and need to do better at this.

To start I am going to work on using my words to not lift myself up but to praise others - and while I am going to start with my friends and family, I pray that I will be able to get to the point in my life where I can also praise those less-likeable in my life. I no longer want personal differences to stop me from seeing the good in people. While I can agree to disagree with certain people and I can create boundaries for myself, I can also love those I feel this towards.

I'm Back!!

Hey Guys!
We made it back from vacation, it was a blast but as always it was nice to come home again too. For those of you that don't know, we spent the week at the Wilderness Hotel in Wisconsin Dells with our good friends from Madison. Their two kids and Treyton had a blast in the waterparks!! Our room was super awesome and we look forward to visiting again.
This week will be alot of catch up and getting back into the real world - I have spent all day doing laundry, trying to do a little school with Treyton and cleaning (mopping and the bathroooms). I didn't get a chance to clean before we left so I have to do it now.
After our "vacation" we participated in my baby sister's wedding and while it was a stressful few days before the wedding the ceremony and reception turned out beautifully. I hope to post more on her wedding later. However, on sunday she and her husband left for their new home in Virginia. I will miss her so much!! (I love you Alana!) Please keep her in your prayers as she starts her new life so far from home. It isn't easy on her but we know that she is going to do great!
I am trying to download pictures now so hopefully I will have some up in the next day or so.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Link Clickin'

Seeings as how I won't be around for a little while - I thought I would leave you all with a few links to click on!

Homeschool
Preschool Activity Box this is a post from my other blog (Refined Metals Academy) which focuses primarily on our homeschooling adventure. This particular post is on the preschool activity box that I put together for Treyton this summer - it's a creative and fun box that is educational and entertaining for your kids!! I posted some pictures of our box and some crafts here

Keeping the Right Perspective on Homeschooling. No, Homeschooling mom's do not have it ALL together. Every day is an adventure! Anyone who wants to homeschool can do it!! Don't be surprised if your homeschool day doesn't go as perfectly as planned - no ones does!! Read an article from a 5 year homeschooler --- you may be surprised by what you find --- she's more like you than you may think!!

Christian Living
Mark Driscoll is, chapter by chapter, releasing his book-- "Porn-Again Christian" -- online, for FREE. Publishers have turned down the option of publishing this book because of Driscoll's straightforward handling of these issues-- I'm guessing this is one interesting book, relative to our culture, honoring to God, and offensive to the rigidly religious among us. But wasn't Jesus all of those things?

A Woman's Highest Calling? So is a woman's highest calling to be a wife and mother? Some think so, but is that Biblical. Amy's thoughts on what the Bible says. What do you think?


Politics
Barack Obama and John McCain on abortion: Two articles, two videos from Randy Alcorn's blog. two articles, then two videos, on the presidential candidates, focusing on their stances on abortion.

Socialists Everywhere"Presently, the bottom 40% of income earners pay zero income taxes. The top 20% pay 80% of all the federal income taxes. Therefore, it is not possible to give the bottom 40% a tax cut because they pay no money to the government. So this begs the question: How is Barack Obama proposing to give a tax cut to 95% of Americans? The truth is that he is not going to give a tax cut to most Americans; it is not possible. Instead, he is going to give welfare subsidy to the bottom 40%. This subsidy Obama is calling a ‘tax cut,’ but in reality it is a tax increase in an attempt to redistribute wealth."

Parenting

Who Am I? Linda talks about some of the exhausting moments of being a mom

How Crayons are Made a fun sesame street video to watch with your kids!

Teaching Kids to Tie Their Shoes

Frugal Living
Making a list of prices on items that you normally purchase is a good idea to help you never pay more for an item than you should. My friend Jessica talks a little about her price list here and she also recommended a blog post by Erin on a "Never Pay More Than" list Jessica posted her own List as well, both can be helpful. Regardless of what you call it, if you're trying to stretch your dollar you'll find these posts helpful in learning the difference between a real sale and "fake" sale.

12-Volt Battery Hack - watch this video for an interesting way to save money

Friday, October 17, 2008

Peeks into our Life!

The Cutest Little Pumpkin
Is he a model or what?



Our Family at the Rehearsal Dinner 9-12-08

Things here have been pretty routine - nothing out of the ordinary. It seems as though we are fighting a little cold. We're actually doing a pretty good job so far and hopefully it stays that way. We are slowly continuing with school, though we have been taking it a little slower the last couple of weeks. We've had several visits from family which always takes precedents over school for now.

My sister Alana who is getting married in a week and moving to Virginia came and stayed with us for 4 days - it was a great visit and we loved having her here.

Mommer (Tim's mom) came one day this week for a short little visit with cousin Sawyer and then my sister Skye came up for a two-day visit (which is rare - we usually only get a day with her!!). So lots of family which we enjoy.

We are also getting ready for a week vacation to the Wilderness in the Dells!! We are actually going at the same time as our best friends from Madison and their two kids so it should be a BLAST!! We are really excited and I KNOW that Treyton is going to have a great time - we haven't mentioned it to him yet because we know that he will keep asking for the waterpark!! Then Friday and Saturday will be filled with Wedding Hoopla!! :) It should be a crammed packed week of thrills!

So, I probably won't be posting for a while after Sunday... I will miss you all but you should be alright without me :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Online Learning Games

Hey everyone,
Back in the beginning of the summer Treyton and I started playing some cute little educational games on-line, he really liked it but wasn't able to do much at all on his own - which was fine at the time cause it was just the two of us. Once the baby came I wasn't as able to play games with him on-line so he hadn't done any for a while. This week with school we started doing it again and Treyton is loving it!! Right now, the one we primarily use is the fisher price one and that's great so far, but I know that soon enough he will want more - so I'm looking for recommendations - what GOOD (morally and educationaly) websites do you know of or use for your preschool kids to play on.
Oh Yeah and FREE would be nice!
Comment Back and let us all know what you use!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Additional Thoughts of Faith Sermon

After looking at my previous blog more closely I wanted to clarify a few things. The sermon that my pastor preached on was not just about visualizing a positive outcome and perfecting a technique - Faith is not a method or tool to be perfected. The point that our pastor (and I) was trying to make was that picturing a positive answer to our prayers is one of the most basic forms of faith and that many of us cannot even do this.
I am one of those that struggle with this. Therfore, most of my comments had to do with thinking more positively especially in regards to our prayer life. However, I don't want to give the wrong impression of what was trying to be said or even what I believe.

I believe that when we pray, often times we fail to even imagine a positive answer from God. It shows a lack of trust and faith on our part. Many of us (myself included) struggle with this simple form of faith. Sadly, this can often pour into our basic core belief that our God is GOOD regardless of what His answer is to our prayers. This belief effects our prayer life and even while we're saying our prayer, making our petition before God we can begin to think of a "back-up" method.... "what can I do to fix this? or to answer this prayer?" We may not even give God the chance to answer yet. By believing and thinking on positive answers to our prayers we have a better chance of developing a faithful attitude and response while even waiting for our answer. It's about standing on God's Word which says we have the authority through His name. Through all of this, we will have a deeper Joy and relationship with God. And as a result of that we will live more freely in His will.

I hope that this clarifies my earlier post more clearly.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Great Sermon on Faith

Our Pastor gave an AWESOME sermon on Faith (it's the October 1st audio) during our Wednesday night Bible study. The first part of the sermon is based on Genesis (the book of the Bible we are going through), but he went on a bunny trail for most of the sermon on Faith. I highly recommen you listen to it if you have the chance. I pulled out a couple of quotes that I thought were good:

"Fear is the opposite of Faith"... and we have no problem imagining the worst possible scenario for the negative, playing out our fears in our minds is normal, what I'm telling you to do is the opposite. (my paraphrase) "Some of you are sick physically just because you see it before it happens" "What I'm telling you to do is the opposite, how about seeing the answer to your prayer before it happens!"

"To the point where you can actually rehearse this answer, it's like you start to see your answer, you start to believe it before you receive it. How can you believe it before you see it? Because you always believe what you can see but you're not seeing it here (your eyes) but you're seeing it here (your heart)."

"You've got to get to this place where you can start to truly experience God's answer in your heart, in your mind, before you actually recieve it."

"Just doing it (praising God) isn't the key, you will naturally do this if you sill start picturing God's answer in your life" "You great experts at worrying, do the opposite, you rehearse it in your mind: the best possible scenario.... You just stop at times and you just think and you just imagine, 'how wonderful it's going to be when God answers my prayers'.... it changes you physically. You can't help but praise Him, It's
called 'hope'"

"The word hope means 'an absolute calm assurance'... we have changed it's meaning to wishing."

"It's not this false new age visualizing, it's interesting how they do that.... The false stuff is close to the real thing. It's about getting to a place where you can have faith.... Where you can start believing God for miracles."

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

First Family Wedding

As most of you know, my two younger sisters decided to get married within 6 weeks of each other.... crazy right? Crazy it may be, but it's also been awesome to watch them plan their weddings and begin their lives with their hubby's!

My sister Autumn got married on September 13th and I finally have gotten around to get some pictures uploaded onto my computer.
The Happy Couple: Mr & Mrs. Schulz
Treyton & Shayla (Autumn & Marv's Daughter) My Niece!!
The Girls with My mom and Her Best Friend (our other mom!)

The Girls - Hot Mamas! (Four of us our sisters, can you tell which ones :))

Me & My Step Dad - A Father Daughter Dance

Tim & Alexa

Autumn & Marv

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Kid's Say the Cutest Things

Baseball Game
Today Treyton and Tim were playing baseball in the basement. Tim was throwing the ball and Treyton was learning to hit it with a bat (he was actually doing REALLY good and hit it severall times - better than his mom even, though that's not a big shocker!). They are soft balls and a plastic bat, and on one throw Tim hit Treyton in the head with the ball and Treyton said "Tiiiimmmm" (just like mom)

I was sitting at the computer checking my e-mail and watching the "game"... typical multi-tasker. They were really getting into it so I had turned around my chair and was watching, Treyton walked up to me put his hands on either side of my chair and said "Mom, watch me time!"
New Things He's Learned This Week

Treyton likes to roll down his window when we are driving so the child-lock for the window has really been a blessing in our house! Anyhow, on the way home from church on Wednesday as we were coming into Kaukauna we got a nice "Kaukauna Welcome" (from the smell of the paper plant, for those of you who are not locals), Treyton rolled down the window after dad rolled down his, and then after we rolled it up we locked it. Treyton tried to roll down the window again and when it didn't work he said "What Happened?"

Then today, we had a busy day which included lunch with dad and after we dropped daddy off at work Treyton said "Where are we going now?"

I know it's not necessarily funny, but it was the first time he said those things and Tim and I thought it was cute!

To Be Crucified with Christ

To be crucified with Christ is to die to oneself. It is a painful, often lonely experience. It involves a surrendering of control and plans, going outside of my comfort zone, enduring judgement (by others) and possibly humiliation. But most importantly it means NEVER being forsaken by the Father, and a oneness with Christ that is unlike any relationship you have ever had or ever will have on earth.

Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

Romans 6:4-8 "We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. "
We can "walk in a newness of life" we can't live according to our old self/life - that life no longer exists - we are a different person "in Christ". We are united in Christ! Praise Him for that! Death frees us from sin (verse 7) which is why being crucified with Christ is so important.

Colossians 2:13-14 "And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross."
Our sins (our record of debt) has been nailed to the cross and it died with Christ there.

Colossians 3:1-4 "If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory."

Think on the things that you are facing and dealing with, with an eternal perspective and value. It is in heaven and eternity that our life that is "hidden with Christ in God" is.

Monday, October 6, 2008

New Subscription

Hey Guys, I hate to do this but I have had some problems with my feedblitz subscriptions so I have now switched to feedburner. If you were subscribed to receive e-mail updates from feedblitz. Please resubscribe to the feedburner (still on the right hand side). Hopefully I will get all of the kinks worked out this way and we won't have any more problems.

Awesome Book "The Shack"


I just read for the first time, "The Shack" by William P Young. This book had been recommended to me by several people and I had heard nothing but good reviews on it so I decided to read it. It took me about a week to finish it and.... wow, is all I can say. It was so good. This book has literally changed the way I view God, in several different ways.

Below is the description of the book:

Mackenzie Allen Philip's youngest daughter, Missy has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack dep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.

Against his better judgement he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant THE SHACK wrestles with the timeless question "Where is God in a world filled with unsepakable pain?" The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book.

One of the points that impacted me the most was how though I love and serve God, in reality I don't think of Him as being truly "GOOD". I often think that He is judgemental or controling, that He doesn't really love me.... it's hard for me to put it into words. I had no problem thinking that Jesus loved me or that He was good. But when it came to God the Father.... that was a different story. This books really helped change my view of certain aspects of God's character.

The following is a conversation between Mackenzie and God:

"The real underlying flaw in your life, Mackenzie, is that you don't think that I am good. If you knew I was good and that everything - the means, the ends, and all the processes of individual lives - is all covered by my goodness, then while you might not always understand what I am doing, you would trust me. But you don't....."

...."You cannot produce trust just like you cannot "do" humility. It either is or it isn't"....

....[Mackenzie says] "I don't know how to change that"

"You can't, not alone. But together we will watch that change take place. For now I just want you to be with me and discover that our relationship is not about erformance or you having to please me. I'm not a bully, not some self-centered emanding little deity insisting on my own way. I am good, and I desire only what is best for you. You cannot find that through guilt or condemnation or coercion, only through a relationship of love. And I do love you."

...[Mackenzie says] "I just can't imagine any final outcome that would
justify all this."

... "We're not justifying it. We are redeeming it."

Friday, October 3, 2008

More Deals

So I headed back to Walgreens this week, I wasn't planning on going in this week but then they came out with the $5/$20 purchase.... so, how could I not? I know you all might get tired of the deals but I can't help but share them - It's exhilirating!!
Anyhow, these were the deals I picked up.

Gillette Shampoo and Conditioner 2/$10 with a $5.00 rebate on 2
I had 2 $2/1 coupon
Total Purchase Price 2 for $1.00

Bic Razors
$3.99 each - $2.00 mfc coupon - $1.00 Walgreens coupon
TPP: $0.99 each (I got 2)

Infusium Shampoo & Conditioner
$5.99 Each I had 2 $2/1 coupons
$5 RR offered if you purchased two
TPP: $3 for 2

Drano
$4.99 with $1.00 rebate
TPP $3.99

Windex
$3.49 with $1.00 rebate
$0.75/1 coupon
TPP: $1.75

Total Purchase Price $11.75 - $5.00 Walgreens Coupon = $6.75 + Tax
This is incredible for what I bought!!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

School Blog

For those of you that are interested. We have a new family blog for our homeschooling adventure. It is devoted only to our schooling, ideas, and activities. I have been working on it for a while now and after finally settling on a school name, we're ready for you all to see it.

So if you're interested to hear about our school ideas, experiences and day-to-day happenings please visit: The Refined Metals Academy Blog!!!