Sunday, December 11, 2011

Challenges of living with In-laws

Who doesn't love their in-laws?!?!?! If you don't, you should. I do love mine. They care deeply for us and have given us a lovely place to rent with our own kitchen, baths, and laundry. The one thing you're going to have to watch out for is the stuff. If you are a minimalist, cation, this is going to take you for a ride. They love to buy and buy and buy for you....espcially the kids. Then you'll also want to watch out for throwing things away. With all their retirement and quirkiness they'll dig throught the recycling and poke around in the trash wondering what goodies you're parting with. So...don't let yourself be a horder, but just tread with care as you sever with some of the stuff. And try to help them remember even the best of our "stuff" is just wood, hay, and stubble in light of eternity.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Caillou Fireman's House Giveaway

Head on over to Real Mom's Real Views for a great Caillou giveaway. I know my two year old would be so stoked to recieve this for Christmas!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

First Youtube Video

Don't laugh, this is my first try. Everyone has to start somewhere, right!?!?!?! :) Enjoy. It won't take long.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Justice and Mercy Reconciled

My God demands justice and yet He gives mercy. It begs the question, "How can the two be reconciled?" He sent His Son to take our punishment. The punishment still came, but it was poured out on His Son. A loving parent would never be able to offer up his child to take the punishment of a child molester or a murderer. God the Father did. In doing so, He doled out the punishment but established His mercy simultaniously. History has never repeated the same reconciliation of justice and mercy. Has His mercy taught you a lesson? Introspection would reveal our need to be abundantly merciful to others.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Turning to Him

When my heart is grieved, oh Lord, I will turn to you.

Life is complicated in so many ways. Sin and death are depressing and I'm dealing with them both right now. My sin, sin of others....and how do you deal with the sin of others? It is such a delicate thing. Help me, Oh Lord to love you more to walk uprightly, and to love my enemies. Does a loved one ever seem like an enemy? It should not be that way, but we are all sinners and a sinner plus a sinner is sure to equal stress. Do we face off just like a bout of wrestlers or do we take it to the Lord and leave it in his hands....again Lord let me hear the still small voice. I come to you!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Grief causing Reflection

Today I attended the funeral of a beloved friend. My Bible study leader was unexpectedly taken with cancer. This morning a very long time friend was also taken, shot and killed by her estranged husband at the bus stop in front of her little girl. What is God trying to teach me? I am listening for the still small voice.

While I wait for His answer, in my heart, I see the room for improvement in my life. My children are so precious, and they are even more precious to my Savior than they are to me. How can that be? I would give my very life for them. There is One who has already given that and more.

Next, I come to my husband whom I adore. Why do I search the internet when he calls? Why don't I sit and watch the sports with him? I need to give more of myself to him in that can't-get-enough-of-you manner I had when we were dating.

Finally, I know I need to change how I look at the future. Should I be living or be believing? Sometimes I get caught up in the next super coupon deal at the drug store and forget about the eternal hope we have. My Savior has paid the penalty and I am free to live for Him. Do you know Him?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

CSN store Giftcard Giveaway

Head to Family Friendly Frugality for a $45 CSN store giftcard giveaway. The CSN site has so much to offer. You won't go away from there without loads of things that you want to get.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Luna B. Tees Personalized Tees giveaway

Man I am hoping to win this giveaway at The winner gets a $20 gift certificate.

Pear Tree Giveaway

Score some cool thank you notes or birth announcements at They have a great giveaway by Pear Tree.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Plow and Hearth giveaway

Head to Frugal Family Fun for an awesome giveaway by Plow and Hearth.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

CSN store Giftcard Giveaway

Head to Second Time Around for a $40 CSN giftcard giveaway!