Archive for June, 2007

weekend refection~

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

  • Izzy went to bear & school this week, she was a healthy little girl again this week. I cannot believe it is almost time for her birthday! July 26 she will turn 5 years old. I think because I am still carrying her around and doing all her care, she still is like my baby. I am going to have to change my vocabulary… Birthdays would probably make me very sad if I didn’t rely on and believe in God’s promises!
  • Amanda did a few jobs for Matt around the yard for $$$ this week, she then went to eat at Olive Garden and to get her eyebrows waxed… goodbye money :o)… at least the girl has priorities right? Oh, and the outing was supposed to be a “turn in applications for a J-O-B” and when I asked how many applications she turned in … the magic number was “zero” because no one was hiring ya’ll…
  • Me & Emelia had a fun outing Wednesday afternoon while Iz was in school. We ran errands, got her camp pictures, etc. She said, “aren’t you glad I came with you, this was a great mother daughter bonding experience.” I was glad that she felt that way! (I also had to wonder if it had anything to do with the snacks, pictures and toy I bought for her?… it doesn’t matter she deserves it!!!)
  • Bailey has his little buddy here for the weekend from out of town. They are two peas in a pod and having a blast. I tried fixing some waffles and bacon for them to wake them up (at 11 a.m.) and they didn’t stir. I guess they played that new wii game all night. Their conversations crack me up. I’m so glad Dylan’s dad is willing to let him come visit since they moved away last year.
  • I operated on Matt’s finger last night. He was doing yard work while off work yesterday and we have trumpet vines that are just crazy so he was whacking them and one went into his thumb and broke off so you couldn’t pull it out. It just got worse and worse. Finally me, my exacto knife, and my tweezerman sharp point tweezers had to do surgery. Let me tell you it wasn’t pretty. It’s out though! If I could find the camera I would take a picture of how big it was (maybe it’s better that I can’t locate the camera this morning).
  • It’s still raining!!! Last night I drove down our road and it is a river going across it. The second time I felt my car move a little. I’m still not complaining, but there is major flooding happening around here now.


  • I got a day off this week because I made the tacos and had lots of taco meat left over so the next night I took tortillas and refried (fat free) beans and rolled them up with a little cheddar and then put sauce over it and cheese and baked it… and while I was at the mall buying a birthday present, I poked my head in El Chico and ordered a set up (cheese sauce, hot sauce, chips, tortillas for only 2.99) and we had mexican food again. It all turned out very good…
  • So the next night (last night) I made the pork chops, but because the first time I used the grill I forgot to turn off the gas, I now have to go have the propane tank refilled so we had pork chop potatoes in the crockpot and I couldn’t find the recipe so I improvised and they were yummy!!!
  • I am still watching it in the food area. Still enjoying the morning coffee…
  • I posted some fourth of July recipes for favorite ingredient Friday here.


  • Kat & Ohamanda gave me the rocker girl blogger award !!! So sweet, thank you thank you thankyou!!!
  • Me & Marcia were finally able to visit on her chat room! It was so much fun talking to her, I just wish I could hear her accent. Judi’s was so much fun to ‘hear’ on the phone.
  • I won Barb’s recipe party favor (well, I was one of 30… but still!)
  • I took this quiz on Nan’s page and found out I am only 60% addicted to blogging, don’t know if that is good or bad???
  • Jenna is a killer! (well, it was a pregnant snake but still :o)…
  • I mailed out those devo books to all of you who sent me your addresses. Hope they come today… I mailed them Wednesday afternoon (when me & emelia were out playing).
  • Lolly posted about pool safety! Thanks Lolly!!!
  • I got good mail!!! Thanks PJ, when I find the camera I will take a pic of the fun good mail you sent and how did you know I love strawberry licorice?
  • Happy Anniversary to Sheryl & Jenna!!! (No, not the two of them … with their hubbies for goodness sakes)


  • sunshine
  • daddies… mine on earth (love him) and mine in heaven (love HIM!)
  • health
  • God’s promises, they keep me moving, one step after another! Praise Him.
  • my friends… the ones I know IRL, and the ones I will know IRL someday!
  • YOU!!!

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diet devo ~ day twenty one!

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

There was a time when some of you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you.”
I Cor. 6:11 NLT

In many respects, dieting is like a washing away of fat. What greater joy is there than to step up on the scales and see the pointer a few marks to the left of where it was a couple of days before. When we lose, we feel cleansed, and the cleansing is not just physical. Emotionally we begin to feel better about ourselves. Our guilt, our poor self-image, our pain all begin to wash away too. This is the best washing of all. We are renewed both inside and out, and we become fitting and holy temples; righteous dwelling places for the Lord.

Today’s thought: Each pound lost cleanses me physically, spiritually, and mentally.

a tag…

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Marcia tagged me for this fun meme.

Here is how to play:

If you had the opportunity to do a 1-year internship in a company or field completely unrelated to your current career or specialty, what would be your top 5 choices?

mine are:

  • Editor of a fun magazine like Real Simple…
  • One of Oprah Winfrey’s dogs :o) (just kidding, but come on already?)
  • world traveling evangelist.
  • world traveling contemporary Christian singer (God would have to supply the voice though)
  • OB/GYN, I loved delivering each of my children. It’s such a monumental minute in your life it would be so rewarding to bring babies into the world every day.

So what are your 5 alternate careers?

Judi, Jenna, Julie, Jill, Jodi, Jenileigh, Jenny & Janeen… It’s a “J” thing :o) … you are tagged! Anyone else wanna do it? You’re tagged too! Just be sure to tell me so I can read about your dreams.

diet devo ~ day twenty!

Friday, June 29th, 2007

For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

Talk to Jesus. Seriously, He is waiting to listen to you and help you in your struggle to lose weight. Sometimes we wrestle with the urge to cheat on our diets until we are emotional wrecks. This happens most often when we are alone, with no one to talk to. Don’t forget, Christ is always with you, and He is as close as prayer. Tell Him how difficult it is. Let Him know your struggle, and He will indeed comfort you. There is never a time in our lives when Jesus is not interested in everything that is happening to us. Call upon Him.

Today’s thought: Jesus is as close as a prayer.

rain, coffee pt II ~sct ~ diet devo day nineteen

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

I’m sitting here (with my sidekick Izzy by me) looking out the window, it is still raining. Not sprinkling, raining. It did stop for a couple of hours yesterday, but when we came out of church I could tell it had downpoured while we were in… I’m not complaining. I know that we won’t all float away, God promised that. So, I just thank Him for watering all the beautiful flowers so nicely and soaking the earth. I am imagining all the fires that are being prevented from this rain.
So, Gail and Stacy both mentioned liquid creamers for the coffee. Gail even sent links to websites. I went yesterday with the goal of finding these creamers. I bought international flavors hershey chocolate with caramel I think. Miss Paula mentioned liking the Mocha foldgers. I have so much to try, very exciting. Then Jenna discouraged me from using splenda, she and I see eye to eye on those artificial sweeteners. So, this morning I made my first cup with the tablespoon of the new creamer, and 3 tsp. of sugar. It was actually good. I think it’s funny how many people either hate coffee or really love it. Amanda loves starbucks and several of you suggested different drinks there. She usually talks me into a drink there when we are at Target. I have tried several and in the past if they had a coffee flavor I pitched them (I’m a new woman now, so I’ll try again), usually opting for hot cocoa. Isn’t this just fascinating stuff? :o)
At church last night, the pastor was talking about leadership, not in the way I would expect. More about courage and character. He said courage is faith in action. He also mentioned that there have been studies done that show the people who acheive their goals write them down. I am going to start writing my goals down. He also talked about living a yuck life and made an acrostic to define his thoughts… y – yesterday, living in the past, being caught up in what was or could have been; u – unsupervised, not being held accountable to anyone; c – callused; and k – killjoy, no fun to be around, someone who just sucks the life out of you. I certainly don’t want to live a yuck life!
Izzy had summer school yesterday, for some reason she was so cranky there. She starting being fussy while I was getting ready to take her and then I noticed when I picked her up she was still very vocal and a little stiff. I’m not sure if her tummy was upset from her lunch, or if she just didn’t want to be there. I can’t wait until she can tell me what’s wrong instead of playing the guessing game… I’m just glad that she does show me when she is uncomfortable. She slept really well last night and so far this morning seems to be doing good. When I heard her and went in to get her this morning she smiled and was glad to see me! I showed her the view out the window and we talked about the rain. I usually spend some time first thing in the morning in prayer over her too. She is a sweetie. Prayers are welcome btw.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs
2 pounds ground turkey breast
2 teaspoons salt-free garlic and herb seasoning or poultry seasoning
1 egg whi
Salt and ground black pepper
2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce

2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup chili sauce
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons dried thyme
In a large bowl, combine turkey, garlic and herb seasoning, egg white and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Mix well and shape mixture into about 32 meatballs. Place meatballs in bottom of slow cooker.

In a medium bowl, whisk together tomato sauce, broth, chili sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and thyme. Pour mixture over meatballs.

Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper.

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It’s funny to follow a recipe with a diet devo huh? I have had some good laughs at the comments on the diet devos pertaining to recipes and food. You have to eat for goodness sakes, the point is to just be smart about it right… Anyway, here is day 19. I sent out several of these books yesterday, so if I promised one to you expect it soon.

Because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps … Who his own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.”

It is good for us to remember, as we sit feeling sorry for ourselves because we may not indulge in tasty pleasures, that our sacrifice is not really so great when we compare it to the many sacrifices Christ made. What we are doing is indeed a sacrifice, but for self rather than for others. Christ sacrificed for us in order that we might enjoy life to the fullest. Let us learn from the sacrifices of Christ and remember that He has given us the power to overcome any temptation that might present itself.

Today’s thought: Christ has conquered temptation and will be with me!

Hope you have a great Thursday!

diet devo ~ day eighteen

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

“Be it far from me; for them that honor me I will honor; and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.” I Samuel 2:30

A friend of mine played basketball in high school. He did everything he could to become the best player he could be. He worked with the coach every day. He respected the coach and did everything the coach told him, in order to please him. His hard work paid off. He starred on the team, and when he graduated, the coach told him he was the finest player he had ever had the privalege of coaching. Are we doing everything we can to please God by being the best people we can be? When we diet, we do God honor, and He will be faithful to honor us in return. If we ignore our bodies, the gift that God gave us, then we show contempt for God, and He will lose respect for us.

Today’s thought: Today I will do everything I can to please God!

coffee & rain ~

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

It is raining and raining here. I’m not complaining… nope! I remember this time last year we had burn bans and fires. Today, however, there was flooding everywhere. I can’t say that I saw this firsthand since I didn’t actually leave the house today. Well, I did walk out to get the mail & something out of my car… does that count? Matt called at least every hour to tell me about the massive amount of water everywhere.

So, I’ve started drinking coffee! Matt just can’t believe it. We’ve been married 18 years. I have made coffee every day (except some weekends when he beats me to it) and have never had one cup – EVER! Well, Julie mentioned that she was drinking it in place of a soda in the morning so I thought I would try it. Matt likes flavored coffee… like hazelnut or cinnamon. I buy these because even though I never actually drank any, at least it smelled yummy. So, I bought some of that powdered creamer stuff in a few flavors and had splenda packets. One big cup of coffee is one weight watcher point! Funny thing is that it seems to make me sleepy to drink it. I can’t imagine that it is a reaction to the coffee, it has caffeine for goodness sakes, but I do feel very sleepy after a cup. I have also quickly found that like my coke with sonic ice, I prefer my coffee in a styrofoam cup too. Go figure! I also found a caramel drizzel coffee yesterday that is foldgers gourmet. It is really pretty good. Like I said, this is all new to me… but anything to wean the coke is a good thing. I have always hated coffee breath! I don’t like it on me either. I guess that’s what mints were made for. Matt thinks it is “cute” (his word) that I am a new coffee drinker. My mama will flip when she hears, she never touches the stuff :o)…

The monkeys kids are enjoying summer! Emelia has had a friend over since yesterday and just walked in (it’s 9:00 p.m.) to ask for a bowl to put worms in! I hate worms fyi and do not want any worms in any of my bowls thank you very much. She saw my reaction and remembered the disposable dora the explorer bowls in the kitchen and out she went! Amanda stayed at a friend’s house last night and I think she is avoiding finishing her unpacking!

I chatted online with Marcia yesterday, she asked how I am able to show attention to all the kids when Izzy takes a lot of my attention. I thought this was probably a good question to answer here… They are all so different. Emelia is thrilled to run errands with me, or do nails. I had my pedicure a while back with the french tips and she wanted one too. So, she and I went and bought the french manicure set and did her nails and toenails Saturday night. They actually turned out pretty good! Bailey is pretty much my shadow. He is a sweet 13 year old and will just hang out with me. I spend a lot of time with him. Amanda is almost 17 (yikes) and she is more like another grown up or friend. But I am careful to make sure she knows that I am the mom! She does her own thing a lot, but will just spend time with me.

One more thing… tonight was grilled burgers on my MPM… and Friday is those pioneer woman chicken sandwiches… anyway, I cooked half of that peppered bacon I bought for Friday and used half of the colby cheese too for the burgers. I seasoned them with the Emeril SW seasonings that Amberly mentioned using on her chicken and those were some really delicious burgers! Don’t worry, I only had one and it was small… and a corn on the cob! Yummy!
The corn farm locally doesn’t have the corn ready yet, but mom and dad stopped out of town this weekend at another farm and brought me a bushel of corn, so I got it all cleaned up and put in freezer bags. I just love Summer with all the fresh veggies!

diet devo day 17

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

The Lord knoweth the days of the upright; and their inheritance shall be forever.” Psalm 37:18

God honestly does know what we suffer through when we try to lose weight. He sympathizes with us in all our suffering, but He can also see the prize that awaits us. He knows the inheritance that is to come. Even when we have difficulty keeping our eyes focused on the goal, we can turn to God, who will strengthen us by His own strength. He always sees us as what we can potentially be: slim, trim, and healthy! It is important for us to try to see ourselves the same way God sees us. Remember, once weight is lost, the struggle is not completely over, but we need not ever return to obesity. The fruits of our labors, our inheritance, can last forever.

Today’s thought: God wants to see us achieve our goal!

time travel tuesday ~ salvation edition

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

This week I decided we should revisit our time of salvation, or a special time in your spiritual life. Was there a moment when you became a Christian, or did it take a while? Can you remember that special time in your life?

I can’t remember a time in my life when we didn’t go to church. Three times a week (at least) … or every time those church doors opened we were there. We went to any meetings, camp, vbs, whatever the church did… we participated. I was raised in a very conservative church and was baptized at a very young age, looking back it was really too young. Several years later, while at church camp as a teenager, I decided to take that plunge again… getting re-baptized. It was a special night, I remember the water looking like it had a fog above it. I felt something inside that it seemed I only felt at camp. After Izzy’s accident I have had blinders removed from my eyes and realize that there is so much more that God has given me. The gifts are endless. I am not judged on my works, rather Christ died to forgive my sins, heal my diseases and cause me to prosper which makes me want to act in a way that please Him. I thought about being re baptized recently when they held a big public baptism at a church we have been going to regularly for a couple of years. I almost did it… I guess I have decided that I have obeyed God’s command to be baptized by water. There are now other avenues for me to explore and I am so glad Christ lives in me. I used to say to the kids, “where is Jesus?” and they would point to heaven. Now I say, “Jesus is in you.” He lives, praise God.

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diet devo ~ day sixteen

Monday, June 25th, 2007

“I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” John 12:46

When we feel bad about ourselves, we tend to dwell under a dark cloud of depression. Sometimes we can’t think of anything else, but how much weight we’ve gained and how much we would like to lose. The good news is that darkness is always replaced by light. We can get out from under the burden of our weight. We can change for the better. Our Lord is a liberator. He frees us from anything that oppresses us. Obesity is oppressing, and God is ready and willing to free us. No darkness is too great for God to dispel. No matter how dark and dismal our physical condition may be, in the light of Christ, we can trim down.

Today’s thought: We always look better in God’s light than in our own darkness.

Sorry this is so late! We’ve had a busy day, Izzy had Bear… I did get to chat with Marcia! That was fun stuff. Anyway, tomorrow is TTT, come back and sign up, we are going to travel to the day we accepted Christ as our Lord. I look forward to reading all of your stories.