Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Quick Random Tid Bits

~We finally have ice to go ice fishing but have NOT been very successful!! We've gone to 3 different lakes: Bohners, Powers, and Elizabeth...yet still nothing that has been able for us to have a fish fry. Either there is no fish worth keeping or we just stink!! Ha!
~We've gone sledding twice at the water tower hill, but the second time made me decide even more that it would be better to go sledding when school kids are in school!! The things that come out of kids' mouths are crazy!!
~We've been praying for guy from Jason's work that had fallen 25 feet from some scaffolding a week ago. He seems to be stable, but has a very long road to recovery.
~We are finally ahead, in some sense, with school. Well, with Arithmetic, Language, Penmanship, Skill sheets, and reading for Jesse. We are still very behind with History, Science, Health, Spelling/Vocabulary, and Reading. With the worksheet papers, we'll be done by the middle of March, but will be working on the rest all through the summer.
~We bought a debark collar for our dog, Hunter. I guess he has been barking from the moment we leave until the moment we come home. When we go ice fishing, we're gone for the majority of the day. When I go shopping or go to the center, it's only for a few hours. So, I think the neighbor has had enough, so we had gotten him a debark collar...so far no complaints from the neighbor so it must be working :)
~I've made two unwanted trips to the store in two days!! Yesterday I failed to look at my oldest's lessons and realized that morning that he needed a compass for arithmetic. So I quickly went to the store and also picked up a protractor seeing that usually comes next after learning how to use a compass, and sure enough, I was right. Then I had picked up some new rulers, which are not accurate, I found out later. They don't help the kids when having to measure lines in their assignment...ugh! And made a Caribou run ;)
I have been putting off buying new ink for the printer and was hoping to make it until payday, but I guess not. I had just started making copies and then it stopped printing...joy. So I made another quick run, which threw off my morning.
~I guess that's it for my random tid bits...nothing real exciting or worth reading about, so now whoever read this, I just wasted a few moments of your time ;)
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Short and Simple

Today we had gone to a new church to try. The message was about praying for the elders of the church because they too are weak and are in need of prayer.
But what more stuck out to me today, was when we were in the car and I had asked the kids what they had learned in their class, Jessica said, "Today we learned how God doesn't need us, but we need Him."
It's so true!! He doesn't say, "Ahh, I need to have that close relationship with that person so I can get through my day!" It's the other way around!! I NEED that close personal relationship with Jesus so He can help me get through every day!! I am thankful that I can come to Him openly and He listens. I fail Him daily, but He never fails me!!
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

It's Through the Blood

It's Through the Blood

When I think of Heaven, and all the sights I'll see:
The walls of jasper, gates of pearl, the clear and golden street.
Why should I be present? Why should I enter in?
After all the sinful living, and the wicked one I've been.

In the presence of Jehovah, as I stand before the throne,
The accuser of the brethren starts to read the things I've done
As I hear the awful charges, the question fills my mind:
Why should I not be put in Hell to suffer for all time?

It's through the blood, that's all I have to plead;
It's through the blood that Jesus shed for me.
Not by works of my own righteousness,
For filthy rags are they.
But because of that old rugged tree,
Hanging on dark Calvary,
That is my only plea;
It's through the blood!

When I'm walking through a valley, and I feel there's no way out.
When the winds of sorrow threaten me, and they turn my world around.
That's when I look to Jesus and the price He paid for me;
I can lift my hands in praise to Him and shout the victory!

It's through the blood, that's all I have to plead;
It's through the blood that Jesus shed for me.
Not by works of my own righteousness,
For filthy rags are they.
But because of that old rugged tree,
Hanging on dark Calvary,
That is my only plea;
It's through the blood!

Oh precious is the flow that makes me white as snow!
No other fount I know! It's through the blood.
It's through the blood.
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I Hear the Accuser Roar

I HEAR THE ACCUSER ROAR

1. I hear the accuser roar,
Of ills that I have done;
I know them well, and thousand more;
Jehovah findeth none.

2. Sin, Satan, Death, press near
To harass and appall;
Let but my risen Lord appear,
Backward they go and fall.

3. Before, behind, around,
They set their fierce array
To fight and force me from my ground
Along Immanuel's way.

4. I meet them face to face,
Through Jesus' conquest blest;
march is the triumphant of His grace,
Right onward to my rest.

5. There, in His book I bear
A more than conq'ror's name,
A soldier, son, and fellow-heir,
Who fought and overcame.

6. His be the Victor's name
Who fought our fight alone:
Triumphant saints no honour claim,
Their conquest was His own.

7. By weakness and defeat
He won the meed and crown;
Trod all our foes beneath His feet
By being trodden down.

8. He hell in hell laid low;
Made sin, He sins o'erthrew;
Bowed to the grave, destroyed it so,
And death, by dying, slew.

9. Bless, bless the Conq'ror slain!
Slain in His victory!
Who lived, who died, who lives again,
For thee, His Church, for thee!
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Roe vs. Wade's 39th Anniversary ~ Walk for Life!!

Yesterday marked the 39th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade where abortion had become legal. Over 50 million babies have been legally murdered. Over 6 million Jews were legally murdered during the Holocaust. This nation is in a Holocaust of the unborn!! Ever since the legalization of abortion, Pro-lifers have been fighting to over turn Roe vs. Wade. Over the years, research and science has become more advanced with their equipment to where we have scientific proof that life begins at conception. Of course we pro-lifers believed this from the beginning, but now we have proof...evidence! Planned Parenthood is the number one abortion provider in America. They have been deceiving women for years. Thanks to Lila Rose, she has been exposing the truth about Planned Parenthood to America and the world. Last year they were at their lowest for funds!! Amen!! The more and more we expose the truth, the closer, I feel, that we are getting to winning this battle!!
Yesterday, the kids and I held signs for the Walk for Life. Yes, it was cold, wet, and drizzly out. Yes, I had a few complaints of cold feet and fingers. BUT they did an awesome job holding the signs to share the truth!! I was soo proud of my little Pro-lifers!! They knew what they were standing for and were proud to do it.
Afterwards, we had gone on over to the pregnancy center for some hot chocolate to warm up. Jackie had done an awesome job in preparing everything for the open house. It was packed with people from either those who stood outside and held signs or the counselors with their clients and babies, or just people who were curious. I am so honored to be a part of this ministry!
Once we had warmed up, the kids and I had gone out to go sledding for a little while. They had fun despite the crowd and drizzle :)
Even though it was cold, wet, and drizzly, I am proud to have been able to take a stand for life and that my kids were able to participate at well. I pray that as they get older, that they will continue to help fight this battle that we face (praying that it ends before they are older). We need to help the voiceless and end the murdering of the innocent!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Jehovah-Jireh, My Provider!!

God has placed special people in my life and for that I am truly grateful!! Even though I look to God through His Word and prayer, sometimes that special friend can remind you of a passage of Scripture that can fall into place for your every need!! Today was that kind of day :) Jason had told me yesterday that his company will be laying off around 30 guys by the end of the month!! At first I was a bit taken back, but it wasn't for long, because I know my God will provide for His sheep...He has in the past and He continues today. My God shall supply my needs!!
I was texting a friend this morning hoping to be an encouragement to her, but it turned around and she was such a HUGE encouragement and blessing to ME!! I had wanted to share this chapter of Scripture in which she had given me to read. I hope it will encourage you as it had me!!
Psalm 91:1-16
"1) He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2) I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3) Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4) He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5) Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6) Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7) A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8) Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9) Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10) There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11) For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12) They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13) Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14) Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore I will deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15) He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16) With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Now THIS is more like it!! :)

Last Thursday we FINALLY had gotten snow!!!! YAY!!! I was going to take the kids sledding Friday after we were finished with school, but had forgotten that morning when I told Jason, "No, we don't need the car today"...ooops :/ The kids were bummed, but I took them Saturday morning. The hill was perfect! It was already smoothed down from other excited sledders :) So we were able to avoid the powdery snow blowing in our faces. The kids and I had a blast!!! We then met up with Jason out on the ice. That was a little nerve racking as the ice was only 1 1/2-3 inches!! As we moved the shanty, for the 3rd time, my right foot landed right into a fishing hole....ugh! I was thankful it was me and not the kids.
Today we are getting more snow after some had melted yesterday! I LOVE snow and want a HUGE 3 FOOT BLIZZARD....more would be great too ;) Hopefully I can take the kids sledding tomorrow...we'll see :)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Healthy as a Horse...I Think...

I should have just listened to my friend, Steph, and just prayed for healing and meditated on His Word!! I would have if it wasn't for my family history.
Monday afternoon I had started feeling some discomfort in my chest. It felt like heartburn so I pretty much tried to dismiss it from my thoughts. Come Tuesday, I was still feeling discomfort. It was more pressure and tightness feeling in my chest and head. I wasn't sick feeling, so I knew I didn't have congestion or a sinus infection...just pressure. Tuesday evening, as I tried to lay down to go to bed, the pressure and tightness was unbearable. Tylenol gave no relief...I was at least hoping for it to give some relief to my head! It felt like my head was going to explode. I told Jason I was dying! Lol! He thought maybe I had high blood pressure. I usually don't see a doctor...EVER...but, I was getting kind of concerned. My fear was, going in to see the doctor only to find out that I was fine and just a hypocondriact and would be told by the doctor to stop watching "Dr. G" and "Medical Mysteries!" Lol!
Wednesday morning was still the same and Jason had told me to go in and see a doctor. I posted on Facebook asking for prayer. GOODNESS!! All the responses were crazy and filled with heartfelt concern!! I am soo thankful for the concern of my friends and for their prayers!! One friend called 3 times!! But I was detained for the moment and couldn't answer...but when I saw that my mom was calling, I got out of the shower! Ha! My mom expressed her concerns and reminded me of how my aunt, who was 39, died of a heart attack. She had 5 kids, was busy, and ignored her symptoms and it was too late. Sooooo, I said, "Fine, I'll go in." Every doctor I called, when asked what the problem was and I told them, they told me I needed to go to the ER. I really DID NOT want to go to the ER!! Ugh!! I first was trying to figure out if we were insured and we weren't yet with Jason's new company until March 1st, but we were still covered with our other insurance, buuuuut I had failed to contact them when we had moved, switched jobs, and had a pay increase. I couldn't get a hold of them...so hopefully there won't be any repercussions!
I was still feeling the pressure and tightness as we first headed to Aldi to get lunchables, because the kids didn't have lunch yet. I usually never buy lunchables, but at the moment, I didn't care and just wanted to get this checked out, go grocery shopping, and get home!
Two and a half hours later after checking into the ER, getting my blood pressure checked, having an EKG done, blood work done, and X-rays done...I'm going to live!! Lol!! I am "healthy as a horse", I think...they had no clue. They said everything looked fine, but I still felt the discomfort. I had mix emotions of relief, stupidity, thankfulness, embarrassment, happiness....I am thankful nothing was wrong, but at the same time I had wanted them to at least find SOMETHING to save me from the feeling of being a hypercondriact!! Personally, I know that I mainly need to eat healthier and exercise :/
On the other hand...the kids were GREAT!! I don't know why I bothered having them bring their homework, because with all of their curiosity, nothing had gotten accomplished :) The one X-ray technician had taken the kids with her to show them my X-rays :) Another nurse had explained to the kids all the readings on the monitor that was monitoring my oxygen levels and blood pressure level. Sooo all in all, it turned out to be an expensive educational Health/ Class/Field Trip....ha! Because the kids were so good and because it was absolutely, unseasonably gorgeous outside, I took them to the park to play before we went grocery shopping :)
It has been two days since seeing a doctor and I am still experiencing pressure and tightness in my chest. I really don't know what's going on. Only God can bring healing. So to Him I'll look...which I should have done so in the first place. Yes, I know, God gave wisdom and knowledge to people here on earth to help those in need medically, but He is the ultimate Healer!!
Please pray for a healing so that I may find relief. Thank you!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bait That Looks Appealing

We love to fish!! Ice fishing is more convenient for our family. We just had gotten a 6 man ice shanty last year which was absolutely wonderful compared to squeezing all six of us in a 2 man shack!! We enjoy regular fishing too, but it is a little more difficult because we all cannot fit into one boat...so we are stuck with three people in one boat while Jason pulls the canoe with the boat with the other three in it. We end up bumping into each other, or our lines get tangled because the kids casted near each other, stuck hooks, and a tipping canoe that makes the kids nervous!! So, ice fishing is more convenient...drill six holes, set up the shack, set up chairs, turn the heat on, get the jig poles ready and set, find that perfect, luring bait, and BOOM all set!! If the kids get bored they can go outside and play. On a boat, well if they're bored there's not too many options. A few times in the summer towards the end of our fishing extravaganza, we would let them jump out of the boat and swim for a bit.
Back to my main point of this whole post :) When fishing, you want to try and find that perfect bait that you think will lure the fish in biting your hook. When you finally do, it's exciting!!
Today for devotions with the kids, we listened to Keys for Kids and the topic was Attractive Bait. Satan can use such attractive bait to lure us in and how excited he gets when he "hooks" us. We talked of some of the wrong things that he disguises as attractive bait to look inviting and good...whether it be our actions, words, choices of tv programs or movies, choices we make when mom and dad aren't around or looking, and so on. Jessica nailed it when she said that Satan uses attractive bait to pull us away from God.
God gave us a free will to choose to do what is right or what is not right, but if we keep our eyes, thoughts, and heart on Him it will be easier to resist Satan's attractive bait.
I reminded the kids how the best way to start out your day is in prayer. Asking God to help you to do things that are pleasing unto Him. It's a good reminder for me as well especially when I feel like I've lost all control when the kids are fighting! Ha!
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" I Peter 5:8

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Beauty is Vain

Yesterday, a friend had come over and I had complained to her how I had caved in and had to go a pants size up....bleh!! I am always self conscience about my weight, but lately I have gained more than what I should. I am not self motivated when it comes to exercising, but can do it if I chose, but sticking to it is another thing. Years ago, before kiddos, Jason had gotten me a Health Rider that I had wanted sooo bad!! Um, yeah, it hardly got used so we eventually donated it to my workplace at the time. Then another year I had gotten a treadmill and it lasted for eight years until it finally bit the dust right before we moved back from up North...that has been a killer!! I miss the treadmill!! Then a few years ago, Jason had gotten me the Wii fit and Jillian Michaels for the Wii. Um, yeah, another fail! I've tried Tae Bo as well. My newest thing in line is Zumba. I will be ordering the dvd's next week. I am super excited, as I was with all the other failed attempts of exercise. It all comes down to self motivation, which I've already stated that I have none.
Over the years, I have had people tell me, "You're a wife, a mother, you cook, clean, you home school, and take care of the household...that's what matters most, not how you look." This morning I was thinking of the "Virtuous Woman" and of course had to read it. I see of all the things she does for her family. She loves them and shows them by the things she does. She honors her husband, she takes care of the needs within the home, out of her mouth comes wisdom and kindness, her children and husband praise her. That in itself is rewarding!! "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised." Proverbs 31:30
Yes, it is important to keep my body healthy, but my appearance, weight, and what others think shouldn't matter. What matters most is God, being a wife, and a mother!
Now, I will try Zumba and work towards getting to a healthier weight, but I won't let it consume me :)
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Friday, January 6, 2012

A New Member!!

Wednesday was an exciting day for Jacob as he was FINALLY able to get his library card!! :) He had to sign his name three times!!! Sheesh, seemed like he was signing away his life!! Lol!! He had to sign it on the request card form, a permission form for using the internet, and then to finally sign his library card. He was so excited to use it, so his first two items were a Star Wars book and a Backyardagan video :)

An Expensive Mistake

As you know, Jason and my anniversary was Wednesday. I wanted to do something special seeing that it was our 15th. So I had gotten some dinner suggestions from Jason and went shopping that morning. He thought we were just having crab legs for dinner, but I was going to surprise him with steaks as well! We haven't had steaks in a loooong time, sooo it sound very good!!
So that afternoon, I prepared a salad, gotten the grill ready, had gotten the steaks ready, the crab legs ready and made some buttery dip for the cab legs. I put the steaks on the grill and came into the house to finish up with other stuff. After working in the kitchen for awhile, I figured that I had better check on the steaks. At THAT very moment I realized that I had forgot to turn down the burners once I put the steaks on the grill! I was running down the stair and out the door, but it was too late...the grill was on fire and the steaks were engulfed in flames! I literally cried!! Cried because I ruined our, what I thought to be, perfect dinner AND cried because I knew that the steaks were not cheap!! I had already spent our budget money for groceries and had gone over in order to get the crab legs and steak...soooo that meant, I didn't have anymore to just pick up and just go buy more steaks :(
I tried to rinse off the steaks and tried to save them, but they were beyond salvageable. So, steak was out of the question.
I told Jason how I just wanted everything to be perfect. He said to me that everything was perfect as long as he was able to spend it with me. Lol!! If you knew Jason, it was said out of sarcasm and truth...only because he is not a romantic with words, or really with anything else, so it was more comical. We both laughed :)
So just as he at first had only expected...we had crab legs for dinner...along with salad and a baked potato. The kids watched in amazement while eating their spaghetti as Jason and I manhandled our crab legs. They thought it was gross :)
All in all, despite the steak mishap, we still had a nice dinner :)

P.S...sorry, I had forgotten to take pictures :)
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

15 Years and Counting!!

Today is our 15th wedding anniversary!!
I am so thankful for the man that God had given me! Words cannot express how much he truly means to me. Nothing could have prepared us for the journey that laid ahead! Our faith and love had been tested over the years, but with God, our faith and love for Him and for each other has prevailed!!
The year that we had spent up North, I feel, was the best thing that we had done. Even though at the time we were uncertain. The pay wasn't the greatest and we struggled, but God always provided. We were far from family, but that helped us to fully rely on God and each other. That year we had grown closer to each other as a couple and closer to God. I am loving the change!
This year has been one of the best years for me and I give all my thanks to God!
Happy 15th Anniversary to us!! :)

Birthday Boy!!

Our baby has turned FIVE!!! Where has the time gone?? Last Wednesday was Jacob's birthday. He started out with a bath and had wanted me to "spike" his hair. I just wish I had gel to have kept it in place :) Around lunch time, my mom had come over to drop off Ethan and Ava to celebrate with Jacob and to spend the night. The kids all had fun and every now and then while they played, you would hear, "Because it's my birthday today, I get to____!" Yep, it was his day and he got to pick which games to play...to an extent :)
Jacob later had helped make his dirt cake with me and he decorated it :) I think he was more excited to be able to light the candle!
5 years old also marks a milestone for the kids...they get to have their own library card, but seeing that the library was closed all week last week for renovations, we hadn't gotten a chance to get one...hopefully today we will!!
We are so blessed to have Jacob in our family! He is full of laughter, humor, wittiness, even tempered, love, joy, and so much more!!