Saturday, April 30, 2011

I Betty Crocker

I Believe homemaking is a noble and challenging career.

I Believe homemaking is an art requiring many different skills.

I Believe homemaking requires the best of my efforts, my abilities, and my thinking.

I Believe home reflects the spirit of the homemaker.

I Believe home should be a place of peace, joy and contentment.

I Believe no task is too humble that contributes to the cleanliness, the order, the health, the well being of the household.

I Believe a homemaker must be true to the highest ideals of love, loyalty, service and religion.

I Believe home must be an influence for good in the neighborhood, the community, the country.

This is to certify that ____________ is a member of the Home Legion dedicated to Good Homemaking for a Better World.

General Mills, Inc. Betty Crocker (her personal signature)

Saw this article somewhere and thought it was such a blessing!  If every woman who used Betty Crocker's recipes had Betty Crocker's philosophy about home it would be a better world!

Until Next time,

Friday, April 29, 2011

Just Pics

Aaliyah's favorite shoes

Country girl

Daddy and Ally at the mall

Our little garden



Please Excuse the evidence of boiled egg around her mouth!

So sorry to have been away so long.  We tried to get Internet at "home", but no one will service us at the church because of some type of weird restriction (both our neighbors have Internet...anyway) so we currently have to travel to get online. 

Pregnancy:   I officially have to add a couple more symptoms to my list - absent mindedness and forgetfulness.  My husband has been "accusing" me of these things for a while now; but I have been in denial ~ can I blame that on the baby too? ~well, when I gave Ally a glass of milk; but forgot to twist the cap on her sippy cup, lost my wallet, then forgot to lock the front door I finally realized that I had lost it.

 The baby is doing great though.  My last two appointments with our midwife have been wonderful.  She did tell me that I need to gain more weight though (I lost a pound from the last two week check up) BUMMER!

  I am learning so much from her!  She is probably the queen of home remedies, or close to it.  The other night I had HORRIBLE heartburn.  So I ate a handful of almonds, just like was recommended, and not even ten minutes later the heartburn was gone!  Great huh!!!  The baby is very active, in fact, his/her heart rate went from 160 to 180 while Tressia (midwife) was checking her (oops!) heart rate. Usually fast heart rates (150 or above) are baby girls.  The baby always gets excited when I lay down. LOL  I have experienced a few contractions, or braxton hicks, but nothing major.

The church:  Things are going well at the church.  Our people are experiencing some challenges; but  we are hanging in there.  One of our members blacked out after visiting her son at school.  They took her to the hospital and found that her kidneys are failing.  She started dialysis immediately and will most likely be taking treatments for the rest of her life. She is 34 years old and has a husband and two children who were very worried; but are doing better now.  Another couple in our church have a three year old son who was taken to the hospital and it was realized that he had double pneumonia and a very low white blood cell count.  They tested him for many things, including leukemia; but the tests came back negative and he is back to his old self now. 

On a little bit of a different note, one of our most faithful members was considering a big move; but changed her mind at the last minute.  A young boy (about 11) had been visiting our services for about a month or so.  He was saved on Thursday two weeks ago.  The following Saturday I went by to visit him and his family only to find that they were moving to Florida that very day!  These instances reminded Raymond and I that we have to make the most of each service because we never know how long we will be able to minister to the people God gives us.

Resurrection Sunday:

We had a great service.  Not many children showed up - they were going to Easter Egg hunts at other organizations - but we had nine who did and all of our regular adults showed up.  One parent dropped her son off which was a blessing to us that she would take that initiative; and that he really wanted to go so he bugged her until she took him.

Our new Home: 
Well, it hasn't happened yet; but I am encouraged.  I really had just decided to just be content with God's provision (wholeheartedly) when my husband came to me and said that he believed we were going to be moving soon.  He also mentioned the very house I had told the Lord that I liked about a year ago.  He even went so far as to take a drive out to see it last Sunday night (that is saying a lot) and it is still on the market.  The address is 1805 Eastern ave and it has so much to offer ....and no pine trees.  I told the Lord that I would know a house was for me when I didn't see any pine trees near by.  Our last home had about ten, and let me tell you...they are work year around.  We would prefer to rent right now; but there are no safe, clean homes to rent in Newport, everything that is worth living in is for sale.  Please continue to pray with us about this.  I was recently challenged once again to pray specifically.  So here it is.  If it would please the Lord I would like to live at 1805 Eastern Avenue very soon.  I have listed the address so that you can pray specifically with me!  Thank you all!

Until next time,


Friday, April 8, 2011

Sleepless Nights

I mentioned in a post before about not being able to sleep very well at night due to an active baby .  Well, last night was one of those nights; but it hit me all of a sudden that the active baby may not be the only reason why I can't sleep.  This year I asked the Lord to help me in my prayer life...So what do I do in the middle of  the night while everyone else is sleeping?  I pray.  I had a sweet time with the Lord last night and he showed me some things about myself that I really needed to know. 

In Sunday school I have been teaching about the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians chapter five. We covered love first, of course, about three weeks ago; but the lesson has been on my mind here of late.   We went from Galatians chapter 5 to First Corinthians 13. Yesterday I was reading a blog by a dear friend in California and she mentioned something about how her childhood home life shaped the way she viewed the Lord.  I believe this is true for all of us; but my childhood shaped my ability to love others with the type of love that I believe the Spirit gives. 

4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8Charity never faileth...

My husband is a great example to me in many things; and in the area of genuine love, this is no exception.  From the very day of our wedding when we made our vows, I could see and hear the love he has for me in his voice.  Since that day his love for me has continued in spite of my faults and failures and all of my idiosyncrasies.  I really do love my husband, my daughter, my family, and others; but I find that my love has not always been the love that is Spirit led.  It has been the love that I was trained to have as a child.  Love by default, if you will. 

As a Ceasar, I must be tough.  I must keep my guard up at all times.  I must be always in control.  I must not allow myself to be hurt by anyone.  In the wee hours of the night, the Holy Spirit asked me to let Him lead me to love others in a way that would honor Him.  I thought...This is going to take a lot of work; but with the help of the Lord I know that only good can come of it.  I am excited to see what He will do with me when I yield to Him.

Until next time,


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Little Miss Muffet

Sunday evening I was playing for the service and all of a sudden a HUGE spider crawled out of the hymn book and over the piano.  I couldn't help it...I just stopped mid song!  I didn't recover very well, maybe because last night there was an even huger spider in the nursery. 

Until next time,



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