Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What Silly Children!

Do your children do silly things like this?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hunting with Daddy

John took Sarah Beth hunting this weekend. It was the first time he was able to convince her that it would be a fun thing for them to do. (She's afraid of loud noises.) The hunting camp to which John belongs has frequent dog hunts. John thought that would be good for him and Sarah Beth because she wouldn't have to be quiet and sit still. People with dogs chase deer toward people who then shoot the deer.

Trying on her hunting outfit the night before.

Since the hunt started at 6:00 a.m., John and Sarah Beth got up at 4:00 so they could get there a little early. It was cold Saturday morning, too, but John said that Sarah Beth did great. They didn't see any deer, but they had a good time. They hope to be able to do it again soon.

She was pretty cold until Daddy gave her his jacket to wear. Do you see the pink ear muffs? She refused to go unless she had something to protect her from the loud noises.

Meanwhile, I had a quiet morning with Daniel and Rachel. I am amazed at how much different it is when just one child is missing.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Ten Month Update

Rachel turns ten months old today. While I wasn't planning an update again so soon, there are some new developments that I would like to tell you about. Besides, I know that you love seeing her adorable, little self as much as I enjoy showing it to you!
  • Rachel is learning to drink from a sippy cup. She doesn't quite "get" it yet, but I know that it's just a matter of time.
  • She still rolls everywhere! The other day she rolled from our living room, down the hall, into our dining room. She is starting to army crawl a little bit, but mostly she still rolls.
  • She has six teeth: four on the top and two on the bottom, which is why...
I'm not sure how she ended up under the bed.
  • We are in the process of weaning. I just got tired of being bitten (it hurts!), and it certainly won't hurt her any to get formula for a couple of months. When I realized that I didn't have to pump anymore (for John to give her while I'm at work), it was such a huge relief.
  • She eats almost anything I feed her. Actually, I can't think of anything that Rachel won't eat.
  • Rachel loves to laugh, more so than either Daniel or Sarah Beth did at her age. And we love making her laugh! She has a deep, belly-laugh that makes us laugh with her.
What a sweet, happy baby! It's hard to believe that she will be a year old in just two short months. Where did the time go?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

While I wish you a happy Thanksgiving, I want to leave you with this hymn.

Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.

All the world is God's own field, fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown, unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade, and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest , grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take his harvest home;
From His field shall in that day all offenses purge away;
Give his angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store in his garner evermore.

Even so, Lord, quickly come to thy final harvest home;
Gather thou thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin;
There for ever purified, in the presence to abide;
Come, with all thine angels, come, raise the glorious harvest home.

words by Henry Alford

Now I'm off to do some baking!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Things I'm Thankful For

Since today is the day before Thanksgiving, I thought I would give you a list of the things I am thankful for. Of course, this list is not exhaustive, but I think you'll get the idea.
  • My salvation. It's hard to believe that God chose me (why me?) before time began without my having done anything to deserve it.
  • My wonderful husband. No, John isn't perfect, but God designed him for me, and I cannot imagine life without him.
  • My sweet children. Sarah Beth, Daniel, and Rachel are amazing gifts from God, and I cannot thank Him enough for them.
  • This great country that we live in. Even though there are many things wrong with our country, and I truly believe that we're headed in the wrong direction, it is still the best place on earth to live.
  • My extended family who love and support my immediate family and me.
Then there are the myriad of the little things for which I am extremely grateful, but also which I take for granted: hot water, a dishwasher, a washer and dryer, plenty of clothes, etc.; you get the gist!

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Inflation Tracking

I started watching the Glenn Beck show recently. Both my father and my mother-in-law suggested, at different times, that we start watching this show, and when that happens, well, I figure I should listen.

While watching his show last week, Beck briefly talked about a website As a Mom which calls itself a "Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots." That name got my attention. Anyway, as (I hope) you know, food prices are increasing, and this website is tracking that. They are looking for volunteers to help track prices at their local grocery stores. They haven't started yet, but I thought I would let you know in case you were interested in participating.

While the government may tell us that inflation is not occurring, I disagree. With this tool, I can help monitor the increases in price as they happen. I think it will be informative to see how prices rise all over the country.

If you would like to participate, head over to As a Mom.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Plans Updated

Last week, I realized that this week was Thanksgiving, and that I had no idea what was going to happen. It's amazing what one week can do, isn't it?

John is going to fry a turkey again this year. Yum! I can't wait!! And it's nice that I don't have to worry about the turkey, and it's not filling up my oven while I'm trying to prepare side dishes.

While I was looking for a recipe that I found in Taste of Home a while ago (and lost), I found this one for Grasshopper Pie. I love the combination of chocolate and mint, so I think I'll make this pie...even if I'm the only one to eat it. (Wouldn't that be nice?!!) I did find the recipe for honey muffins that I was looking for. If it's not the exact same recipe I was looking for, well, it's close enough...I hope. I plan also to make a sweet potato casserole and a green bean casserole (because you have to have something green). Typing out the menu makes me think that I am not making enough food. Maybe I'll add something or another.

I'm still not sure who will be here for Thanksgiving dinner, and I've decided not to worry about it. I know that my parents will be, and my mom will probably bring another couple of dishes.

The more I think about it, the more I think we need another pie. How about a chocolate pecan pie?

What all are you making for your Thanksgiving feast?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Silly Pictures

Yesterday, I decided to try to take some pictures of our children. We don't have any current ones of all three, and I wanted to stick some in our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes (which need to be turned in this week). I really figured it would be a disaster because, well, it usually is. However, I seemed to have picked the perfect time (and I'm not sure how that happened!).

I like this picture of Rachel.

I think it's so cute how Daniel puts his hands on his face like this when he gets tickled...but it's not conducive to a good picture. It's not a bad picture of Sarah Beth, though, and look how Rachel is looking at her silly, big brother.

This picture isn't too bad, maybe a bit too silly.

Sarah Beth wanted to try a different pose. Unfortunately, she's just not tall enough...yet.

This picture is the one I decided on. The only thing missing is Rachel's hand.

Are you wondering what phrase I used that my children thought was so hilarious? Those of you in the South will appreciate this, I think. "Piggly Wiggly."

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Flying Anywhere?

With all the hoopla over full-body scans versus pat-downs, I'm curious: are you flying anywhere anytime soon? I cannot decide which is worse, a naked picture or groping. I have to admit, though, that I'm glad I'm not getting on a plane in the near future. One of my nieces is getting married in a few months, and I must say that driving from Georgia to Texas sounds better than flying.

Meanwhile, "thousands of foreign nationals [are] obtaining pilot's licenses without the proper paperwork." (Read full story here.) Men like the ones who attacked our country on September 11. Do you think our government is targeting the wrong people? Maybe, just maybe?

What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Theology vs. Relationship

John and I were talking last night about how we Christians sometimes get hung up on theology while forgetting its real purpose: a relationship with our Lord. We dissect words like predestination, sanctification, and justification, forgetting that we need to understand those words so that we can understand God better.

If I don't understand John (as much as I am able), I cannot have a good relationship with him. I try to learn about him and figure out why he does things the way he does so that I can get to know him better. When I know him better, I can do things to help him and please him, while avoiding things he doesn't like.

The same holds true with God. I study the Bible (and the technical terms it contains) so that I can get to know Him better. When I know Him better, I can do things that please Him and don't sadden Him. I need to understand predestination because it shows how a loving God chose me before He even created the world. I need to understand justification and total depravity because they show me Jesus Christ did all the work for my salvation which means that, thankfully, I can do nothing (NOTHING!) to lose it. Sanctification again points to a loving God who does not want, will not let, me remain as I am; I must be transformed into something better.

If I don't understand God (as much as I am able), how can I serve Him correctly? How can I keep from displeasing Him? How can I show Him that I love Him?

Do you have conversations like these with your husbands around the dinner table? Or is it just me?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Plans

Ha! Ha! Did you read that title and think that I already have our Thanksgiving plans figured out? Well, you couldn't be farther than the truth. (I guess you could be, but that topic is best left for another post.)

Yesterday, it hit me: Thanksgiving is next week! It's time to start planning! John is planning to fry another turkey (YUM!!), but I don't know what else is going on. Are we having Thanksgiving here at my house, or will my parents host it again? Which of my siblings will be there? Most importantly, what shall I make? What side dishes? What desserts? (Ooh, desserts!) Decisions, decisions!

Have you made your Thanksgiving plans yet? What are you doing? More importantly, what food are you preparing?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Message to My Sixteen Year Old Self

I picked up this meme from Everyday Mommy because it was thought provoking.

If you could send a message to your sixteen year old self, what would it be?

I would tell myself to take advantage of my mother's wisdom and experience. I wish I had learned from her then what I need to know now as a wife and mother: house cleaning, cooking, baking, meal planning, etc..

What would you like to tell your sixteen year old self?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I'm Booking It: November Edition

This month I was able to read and finish three books. Since two of them are non-fiction, I'm a little proud of myself!

George Washington Carver: Inventor and Educator by Sam Wellman is the first I have read in this series, Heroes of the Faith, and I will look for more as I found this one to be very good. I became interested in George Washington Carver after I read a snippet about him in The Boy who Changed the World. This man led an impressive life as he made his way in the world. He was born into slavery and died as one of the most important agricultural scientists of his time. Of course, everyone knows about his work with the peanut, but I hadn't realized how necessary it was because the boll weevil was decimating the South's cash crop: cotton. This book is a great read about someone who was able to pull himself up by his own bootstraps.

A Light in the Window by Jan Karon is the second in the Mitford series about a small town Episcopalian priest. I really enjoyed the first book At Home in Mitford, and this one was just as good. I hope it doesn't take me two months to find time to read the third!

I also read Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado which has a good message of how we Christians should be helping others. You can read my full review here.

For more "Booking It" reviews, head over to Life as Mom.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Are "C" "A" "N" Working?

I worked this past weekend. I wish I had a funny story or witty anecdote to share, but I don't. The oddest thing that happened was that the letters "A," "C," and "N" on my keyboard would occasionally quit working. A few minutes later, they would start working again. For the most part, it was just inconvenient, but it became more of a problem when looking for information on people with names like "Candy Anderson" (which is NOT a real name from my weekend). It only happened on my computer, and it was even a new keyboard. It had happened last month when I worked, too, with a different keyboard.

Since I don't have anything else to share, I thought I would share this link with you. One of my (pharmacist) friends shared it on facebook a while back, and I thought you might like a little picture of my world at work. I'm sorry that it's a little crude, but I didn't write it. While I don't think that you are the person the other blogger is writing about, you probably are unlucky enough to drop your prescription off right after this person does. Let me know what you think!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Book Review: Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado

In Outlive You Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference Max Lucado tells us that God wants us to help others. As Christians, of course, we already know this. Lucado uses many stories and illustrations to make his point that one person can make a difference...in at least one other person's life. He challenges his readers at the end of the book: "None of us can help everyone. But all of us can help some one. And when we help them, we serve Jesus."

The message in this book is a good one and one I needed to hear. However, Lucado's writing style irks me. Incomplete sentences drive me nuts. And statements like "Jesus's facebook page" send chills down my back like someone is running their fingernails across a chalkboard (148). Aargh! If these kinds of things don't bother you, if you can look past them, you should read this book. I do recommend it...with these caveats because there is much we can (and should) be doing for others.

While I did receive a copy of this book from BookSneeze, my opinions are my own.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Finished Object Friday

It's nice to have something a little less weighty to post today after all of my political ones from earlier this week.

I finished this blanket last week. I made it for Daniel for Christmas. (Please don't tell him...although he has already seen it!) Since he will turn three soon and will get a "big boy" bed, I figured he needed his very own blanket. Sarah Beth totes the one I made for her last year around all the time and has even asked me for another one.

Now I have one gift to mark "completed" off my handmade Christmas list. I can't decide whether to *sigh* or yell, "hooray!"

For more Finished Objects Friday, head over to Fresh from the Chari Tree.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Stocking Up

I'm sure you have noticed prices increasing at the grocery store recently. And they are about to increase even more. General Mills and Kraft have announced they will be raising prices on some of their products beginning November 15. (Read more here.) If you are able, you may want to start stocking up on supplies as I'm sure other manufacturers will follow suit.

Isn't this a lovely addition to our already strained economy?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Sleeping Giant Has Awakened

I have heard Glenn Beck say a couple of times that Americans tend to be late. We were late to World War I and to World War II, and we were late to other things. However, as Beck says, once we wake up and get involved, we Americans win. We don't go back to sleep, and we don't quit until we have won the victory.

Well, I just want to thank President Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress for waking up the American people.

"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." Isoroku Yamamoto

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Don't Forget to Vote Today

That is, of course, if you know for whom to vote. (If you don't give me a call, and I'll let you know! J/k) Honestly though, if you don't know who to vote for, please don't vote. It doesn't help anyone for you to pick someone using "Eeny Meeny Miny Moe."

We have advance voting here in Georgia, and it's nice knowing that my little part is done.