Sunday, February 28, 2010
In this season of Lent, when we remember the sufferings of Christ, Sundays are still meant to be joyful celebrations of His resurrection. I've heard some wonderful music in the past two days (thanks Tim!) and this Psalm keeps coming to mind.
1 Praise the LORD.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with
tambourine and dancing,
praise him with the strings and flute,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.
We're each called to give God praise (you are breathing, aren't you?)...
whether we can sing or not!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
4 packs of diapers
6 tubs of baby wipes
3 tubes of toothpaste
4 men's bottles of men's body wash
3 packs of gum
4 jars of spaghetti sauce
2 jars peanut butter
2 bottles of dish soap
11 candy bars and such for Valentine's Day gifts
1 pack of pencil top erasers
8 boxes/packages of "woman" stuff
2 Valentine pencils
10 cans of tuna
2 bottles of Excedrin
4 2 liters of soda
5 12 packs of soda (this will last a LONG time!)
TOTAL Number of Items: 71
Guess how much I paid for it all? $42.00 including
This weeks at Copps (a grocery store here in town) I bought the following:
12 boxes of cereal
4 packs of breakfast sausage
1 box of cookies (a real rarity around here)
11 frozen meals (Ron takes them to work sometimes)
4 gallons of milk
2 dozen eggs
TOTAL spent: $4.55 AND 2 coupons worth $3.50 printed out of the register for me to spend on my next trip!
Friday, February 26, 2010
I've always thought it was the spirit of the actual holiday itself that made me ponder all of God's good gifts to me. Over the years, making a mental list of all I have to be thankful for while I cook our meal has become part of my personal Thanksgiving tradition.
I think I was wrong. I think it might actually be the big bird that puts me in a grateful state of mind.
It was a bit strange to making "Thanksgiving-y" food in February, but just like on Thanksgiving, my mind started playing over all of the many blessings I have been given:
grace, love, forgiveness, a hard working husband, wonderful (albeit noisy) children, my fleece blanket, a washing machine, Pride and Prejudice DVDs, godly parents, my favorite kitchen knife, the opportunity to teach the noisy children - and the list goes on.
If feels good to be thankful. I can't feel sorry for myself or frustrated with where God has placed me or covetous of what my neighbor has if I am feeling grateful. They just don't mix.
Hmmmmm....guess I should cook a turkey more often.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Cook and Book started one night when a young couple from our church was over for dinner. The gal and I were in the kitchen getting dinner finished up and chatting. She shared with me that she felt out of place in the kitchen. She so wanted to make good food for her husband because she knew he would appreciate it, but she hadn't grown up cooking or even seeing her Mom cook. Her comments kept coming back to me over the next month or two and, after some prayer, Cook and Book came to be.
It is really quite simple. I plan something that we'll all cook together and something that we'll discuss/study while we eat. I have the recipe and all it's variations printed out so they can take them home to "Wow" their husbands. We usually have between 3-7 gals each Sunday.
When the Big Guy and I were first married, I could hold my own in the kitchen (thank you, Mom). However, if it didn't have a recipe and the exact ingredients needed to make said recipe - I was sunk. A last minute trip to the grocery store was needed, but usually what happened was a trip to a restaurant. Not real great for the budget. As time went on and we went to Semin ary where our restuarant budget was nil, I learned to cook yummy economical food and even do so without a recipe. I have More-With-Less Cookbook this to thank.
What we study has come from their suggestions, things God has been working in my life and this verse from Titus 2:3-5:
3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be
slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they
can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be
self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to
their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
We've just been very blessed with a normal in the city house that happens to have 12 empty lots adjacent to it. The four lots connected to our house lot make up our "farm." (From here on out, I am not going to use the quotes in case they are starting to annoy you.)
My husband, Ron at This Little Plot, has always wanted to be a farmer. He used to watch "Little House on the Prairie" reruns in college, but that is just between us. OK? Anyway, as soon as the snow started melting our first spring in our house, he started making plans for the garden. As the years have passed and we have more mouths to feed, more hands to make the work light and more interest in what we are eating and from whence it comes, the garden has increased in size, productivity and fun!
My main tasks in regards to the garden are helping decide what to plant, some occasional weeding, some harvesting and LOTS of preserving that harvest. I've learn to can and LOVE it! Since last September, I've only had to buy a few jars/cans of tomato products. What fun to sit down at the table and know you are eating something you grew last July!
So, we don't actually live on a farm, but we are doing the best we can to pretend that we are.
(Did I mention we had chickens? More on that later...)
In conversations over the past few years, I've been asked if I had blog. I've meant to start one, but somehow just never got around to it...maybe it was having our fifth child or starting to homeschool our fourth or canning those 75 or so quarts of veggies and fruits last fall. I'm not sure, but the thought has been there in the back of my mind. It seems like fun - a way to help collect my thoughts, share what is happening around the "farm" and, hopefully, bless others in the process. So, here it goes!
Monday, February 1, 2010
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