Monthly Archives: March 2008

Faith is the Victory

 ~ Faith Is The Victory  ~<p>

Encamped along the hills of light,
 Ye Christian soldiers, rise.
 And press the battle ere the night
 Shall veil the glowing skies.
 Against the foe in vales below
 Let all our strength be hurled.
 Faith is the victory, we know,
 That overcomes the world.<p>

Refrain:

 Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
 O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.<p>

His banner over us is love,
 Our sword the Word of God
 We tread the road the saints  above
 With shouts of triumph trod.
 By faith, they like a whirlwind’s breath,
 Swept on o’er every field.
 The faith by which they conquered death
 Is still our shining shield.<p>

Refrain<p>

On every hand the foe we find
 Drawn up in dread array.
 Let tents of ease be left behind,
 And onward to the fray.
 [tag]Salvation[/tag]’s helmet on each head,
 With truth all girt about,
 The earth shall tremble ‘neath our tread,
 And echo with our shout.<p>

Refrain<p>

To him that overcomes the foe,
 White raiment shall be given.
 Before the angels he shall know
 His name confessed in Heaven
 Then onward from the hill of light,
 Our hearts  with  love aflame,
 We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night,
 In Jesus’ conquering Name.<p>

Refrain
<p> This is one of my favorite Hymns and I was thinking about it today! Yesterday we closed on our house, partially! We signed all the papers, but the seller did not have everything in order and we have to wait to actually record it on Monday hopefully. It sort of sets us back a bit, but hopefully everything turns out okay. We are also having a odd thing happen with our van which we are trying to figure out, so it all very faith building.
<p>Today is a busy day of soccer and I am a little overtired, so I may end up sitting a bit more than cheering!  A friend of  F. is coming to look at the van in between, but we cannot all fit into the car to go  so it  poses more juggling…<p> Last night L. swallowed something, but we finally figured out what it was and it was not bad so I think he is fine. It made it a little more exciting as I went to the store and my cell phone died.  Everyone was a little concerned when I got home!
I will try to post some more pictures pretty soon, I packed the battery charger now though!

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Time again for a menu post

But i am tired! i really do not want to go grocery shopping this week! i did some extra shopping last week so it should be light this week, but really, I have too much to do! I am sitting here listening to my son read to the other one to try to earn a ticket to Silverwood by having ten hours of reading done. He is up to the amount he needs, but my younger son needs  quite a bit more, so we are trying. Since we are lacking in schoolwork this week, the extra hour-hour and half of reading should help, I think! Right now he is reading a story about Anne Frank for younger readers (a DK book0 <p>
I should take some pictures of how messy it has been here lately, with trying to empty out cupboards, drawers and  shelves so many things have no place to go so they are just all over! There are piles of boxes all over also and cooking is getting increasingly difficult as I pack stuff I think I will not need! One good thing to know, I really use most of the things I own almost everyday! I pack them and pretty much have missed them, even my books!   I realized we do not own alot of extras! When i was buying house insurance and they give you over $100K to replace your belongings, I wondered if I have stuff worth that much. It seems like maybe 10K would replace most stuff, maybe I am just blind though! Our new house is insured as of Friday though!! <p>Anyhow, our menu will look a little different this week. I am trying to make sure that  I have enough stuff so I am going to try to bake some things for the days ahead!
<p> Menu for this week:
<p> Wednesday:  Pasta and meatballs with ricotta (I have meatballs in the freezer, sauce and ricotta from last week)
Thursday: Ham, mashed potatoes, applesauce and salad (Ham bought last week, salad stuff and potatoes)
Friday: Cheesy Scalloped potatoes and ham in crockpot (Have everything)
Saturday:  Bean soup in crockpot (have everything) Bread in bread machine
Sunday:  Overnight egg bake with sausage or ham (have eggs, sausage and ham)
Monday:  Potato soup in crock pot, salad  (Have potatoes, celery, bacon, sour cream etc and salad stuff)
Tuesday: Pizza store bought, I have  a feeling I cannot cook much! Probably leftovers too! <p> I would like to try to this meat roll on a friend’s blog Slavian Meat Roll
It will probably have to wait for next week or the following week! <p> Shopping List:<p>
Mozzarella cheese
Milk
Bread
Lunch meat if I can find it cheap for fast easy lunches- maybe turkey ham
Applesauce
Paper plates, bowls and plastic silverware
Ketchup
Pasta
Bananas
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I am planning on lots of sandwiches and leftovers for lunch and cereal for breakfast.
We’ll see how this works out! Hopefully I remember to get the dinner in the crockpot before the day starts. Any ideas on how to streamline that?

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Blog Tour: Generation Next Marriage

Generation Next Marriage
By Tricia Goyer
Review written by Martha Artyomenko

I read this book the other night. I usually never read marriage books. I find they either have one-size fit all approach or they leave me feeling dissatisfied with my married life.
As part of the review, I am supposed to pick one chapter and share how it made a difference in my marriage, so as I am reading away, I keep thinking to myself “This is the chapter I will have to write about.” Then I would read the next chapter and think to myself “This is the chapter I am going to have to write about!”
Well, it was hard to pick a chapter that I can see means the most to me or the one that can really make a difference in my marriage, not because this book did not do anything for me, but it is one of the more interesting marriage books that did not feel like a marriage book, but more like a hard hitting good talk with a good friend. <p>
 I was born in 1978, so I am on the younger end of Generation- X. I grew up without dating; I went to public school for driver’s education and otherwise was homeschooled or went to private school. So, the music I listened to tended to be the stuff my mom and dad liked which was eclectic mix of Keith Green, The Beatles, classical music and then a few musical movie records. I did not watch much TV at all, and when I was 17, watched the most I ever had with my Great-grandfather, when I watched Saved by the Bell, gave me an informative speech on why it was not a show that taught you about respecting those in authority and how they were trying to teach bad values while watching a funny show. Anyhow, so probably most of the TV, music and movie references went over my head, but I could really relate to the values we have had taught to us, even though I was not part of the normal sort of life, I still am part of this generation.
So, which chapter has impacted my marriage and me the most?
I have to say the one that really made me sit up and think was “Dirty Laundry- Everyday stuff of life” (Chapter 9)  <p>
I was like so many girls that figured when I gave in to the idea of marriage that romance was just an automatic part of it. I knew how to run a house, I was in charge of meals at home for 17 people before I got married, and I knew how to cook, clean, wash clothes and all that good stuff. But I was taken for a loop when I got married. I was very ill when I got married, more so than I realized and was very weak and sick for the entire first year as well as getting pregnant after 2 months of marriage, combined with morning sickness, that lasted for 9 months. I found out my husband could not speak English as well as I thought he could and my Russian was not very good. The practical part of marriage was much harder than I thought.  We were living in a mobile home for that first year. My Mother-in-law came over and was going to teach me how to cook Russian food. We made three very large pans of food. It was good, but we ate it for a week and still had most of it left. That was not up to par for my mother-in-law. My decorating style was not right either; she chose these large presidential style blue drapes for the front window, with lace curtains in back of them, in case a small amount of sunlight wanted through, it would stop it. I told her kindly, I thought, but we just kept the lace ones, with tiebacks. We had a rug in our living room, which attracted all kinds of lint, and even if you just vacuumed, it seemed there was still something there. 
I really related to the short comment here:
My husband came from a very traditional home, – my mother-in-law had a degree in home economics from an Ivy League college. Talk about intimidating! She has always stayed home. I cannot compete with Betty Crocker, and I really don’t want to either. I am not cut from that cloth. But it has created tension in our marriage because I feel my husband is trying to stuff me into his mother’s mold or compares me and finds me lacking- often subconsciously. 
– Cara born 1974 Indiana married eleven years

 

 This chapter has and will make a difference in my life as I do the six steps Tricia lays out for us here.
1. I thank God for my role“This makes me think of something a friend once said to me “God cursed Eve by giving her pain in childbirth. God cursed Adam telling him he had to make a living from the earth by the sweat of his brow.  Eve must have not thought her curse was bad enough as she on Adam’s too.” Quote from Page 101 “Everyday stuff of life”
2. I ask for help. “John cannot read my mind. What a concept!! I remember spending days cleaning the house, cooking, answering the phone and stewing (in my emotions, not my Crock-pot) Why? Because amid my mad scramble John would walk in, give me a kiss, and immediately head to the back room to hang out with the kids in front of the TV. At dinnertime, when my eyes brimmed over with tears, he would ask, “Honey, what is wrong?” “You should know what you did wrong!!” I would fume. But of course he didn’t.” Quote from page 102
3. I focus on my family“ Will life really fall apart if I leave the dishes in the sink overnight?”  I do not want to pass up making a memory to clean the kitchen that will be dirty again tomorrow.” Quote from page 103
4. I will make a plan and stick to it- “”Not having a plan sets myself up for failure.” Quote from page 104
5. I will remember that rigid people are brittle and break easily- “I try to be flexible in my expectations. I also try not to fret over the little things, especially when they do not meet my standards.” Quote from page 104

6. I can turn to God when I feel discontent and unsatisfied- “Can I glorify God by serving my spouse? I believe the answer is yes.” Quote from page 104
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In conclusion, I would have to say this is a marriage book that has and will change my outlook on marriage especially in the everyday matters. It does not matter that I cannot live up to my Mother-in-law’s expectations.  I am thanking God for my role as a wife, I will ask for help and communicate, I will focus on my family, I will follow a plan, I will not be rigid, and I will turn to God!
I thought it was interesting I was reading this at this time of year, as we are soon to have our 11th wedding anniversary. It gave me new resolutions to follow, encouraged me to reach out, love, respect and be joyful in the place God has given me!
Thank you, Tricia for this hard hitting good talk! 
– Tricia Goyer is  the author of 12 books of fiction and non-fiction, including the Gold Medellion finalist “Life interrupted” Tricia writes for  Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family, speaks numerous times each year to women’s groups and has been a workshop presenter at  MOPS national convention. Generation Next Marriage is a companion book to Generation Next Parenting.  Tricia and her husband, John, live with their family in Northwestern Montana. Check out her blog here for links and leave a comment on her blog to be entered in to a drawing each week. Also, she has a great contest going on related to this topic of marriage, where you can win all sorts of great prizes! <p>Share your story and WIN a dinner for TWO to the restaurant of your choice! ($50 maximum)

Tell us the story of how you and your spouse met. If you have photos, send those along, too! 

The winning story will be the one with the most comments…so tell your friends. A winning story will be chosen at the end of the blog tour and will be published in Tricia’s monthly newsletter! (Just think, you’ll be famous! Contest Entry Form
<p> Also, check out this blog for the complete blog tour! GenX parenting blog

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Spring?

I took this morning, the day after the first day of spring, but then I remembered, it has to snow on the first day of spring or the day after or it would not be MT!
The weather changes very fast around here as it has been cold, blowing, snowing all day and now I just glanced out as I am writing this and the sun is shining!!!<p>
I was not quite ready for winter to go away yet, so it was one last minute  reminder for me! 

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A day full of many things…

and it is only three o’clock? I keep thinking it is time for dinner and bed! I woke up early this morning for me and got up  as my list of things to do was going through my head, but I have gotten some things done! <p>

  1. Find insurance quote and mail to loan officer
  2. Copy certificate of first time home buyers class and mail to same person
  3. Pack cupboard above laundry
  4. Go through old knitting magazines
  5. Wash light fixture bowls in kitchen
  6. Make dinner- pizza or lasagna, maybe both and keep  the lasagna in the freezer for next week.
  7. File papers in office
  8. Clean off table in office
  9. Organize drawer in desk
  10. Get rid of some of the stuff in van-some is gone
  11. Shop for new fridge and stove- I have been reading consumer reports etc. I could use advice
  12. Pack more boxes- continual job of which I have done some today, so can’t really cross it off
  13. Bathe boys– three out of four are done.
  14. Take pictures of magazine to sell, upload, re-size and transfer
  15. Clean out under plastic bag drawer
  16. Call plumber and Electrician and schedule  work for house
  17. Send phone # to friend for summer lawn job
  18. Advertise on bartering site doula service

So, I have more to do, but  at least I am working on some things!, I guess I am really too busy to be on the computer, but I am feeling tired! I bought a huge thing (half gallon) of plain yogurt yesterday as it was only $2.19. I also had a coupon for strawberries for .98 so we sliced the strawberries in the yogurt and then melted the rest of the honey out of a jar that needed to be washed and still had to add a little sugar and ate it with grape-nuts for a snack! It was really good! We still have alot of yogurt left still…..<p>  If anyone has advice on buying fridges or stoves, let me know. I  am looking for a basic gas range and basic fridge with water filter I think for a family of 6.

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Menu for the week

I am planning on spending a little extra this month for the  oatmeal etc this month, but also I am going to buy some flour and then hope that it goes on sale at the case sale in April…..I  bought I think 80 lbs in Oct. and it is almost gone! That is alot of flour!
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Wednesday: Chicken vegetable soup/ homemade bread
Thursday: Pizza- salad (have to use up the cheese)
Friday:   Haystacks (I’ll make the meat and beans in the crockpot)
Saturday: Potato Soup- Muffins
Sunday: Hopefully we will be eating dinner elsewhere, but for lunch we will have leftover soup
Monday: Cabbage Rolls, mashed potatoes
Tuesday: Cheeseburger and French Fry casserole, salad
<p> For lunches this week we  are planning on leftovers, sandwiches and hot dogs.

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Peanut Butter Brownies

I made these on Friday for a service project lunch we had for bible study and for snacks on Saturday. I made some Polka Dot bars too which were good, but these were really, really good!
I cut the sugar down on the original recipe, so they were rich, but not too sweet.  I also used some dark chocolate chips in them. These are for sure not good for you, but a special treat. I had cream cheese that I had bought way back cheap so that was the only way to make these! They are kind of like a cheesecake. <p>
Peanut Butter Brownies (Quick Cooking 2001)
3 eggs
1 c.  butter melted
2 t. vanilla
1 c. sugar
3/4 c. baking cocoa (I used some Russian cocoa that my MIL gave me)
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 c. chocolate chips

Filling:
2 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz. each)
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1/4 c. sugar (I cannot remember if I put this in!!)
1 egg
2 T. milk
In large mixing bowl mix together eggs, butter and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients.  Add to egg mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Set aside 1 c. for topping.  Spread the rest in a greased 9x 13 pan. In small mixing bowl beat cream cheese, peanut butter, and sugar until smooth. Add egg and milk beating just until combined. Carefully spread over batter in pan. Drop remaining reserved batter over top in tablespoons. Cut through batter with knife to swirl.  Bake at 350 for 35-40 min.  or until center comes out clean. Cool before cutting. Keep in fridge before serving. Yield 3 dozen.

Everyone really liked them!

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Parmesan Chicken

I tried this new recipe today and it was really good and a hit with the boys.
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Parmesan Chicken (Quick Cooking cookbook 2001)
1/2 c. bread crumbs (I  only had about 1/4 c. so used some crushed saltines instead)
1/2 c. grated parmesan  cheese divided (i only had  a cube of it that I got cheap a long time ago so grated it myself into the crumbs)
1/2 t. basil (skipped)
1 1/2 t. oregano (skipped- I could not find either one and wonder if for some reason i packed them!)
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
(I added 1/8 t. garlic powder to it, not in the recipe)
1 egg
1 T water
4 boneless chicken breast halves (I used 6 chicken tenders and cut them in half so they were were still long, but thinner and made  them into 10 pieces as all of them were not big enough to cut in half)
2 T butter (I used olive oil)
1/2 t. garlic salt 
2 c. spaghetti sauce
1 c. mozzarella cheese
Hot cooked pasta of your choice

Mix crumbs, 1/4 c. cheese,  spices. In a bowl mix the egg and water. Dip chicken in egg mixture first then crumbs.  In skillet cook chicken on both sides in butter until juice run clear.  It says to heat the sauce with the garlic salt  and then put over the chicken. I did not. I added less sauce as I wanted the chicken not to soggy. I topped it with maybe a cup and half and then the cheese (the leftover parmesan too)  sprinkled with a little garlic and then covered so it would melt. We served it on spaghetti with a really yummy homemade ceasar salad.
Oh, I used less cheese on top too. It did not quite need all of that! <p> It is something I will be making again!

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House Update

It looks like things are progressing on our house! We are seriously packing things here! We are waiting to hear back about the appraisal that was done last Monday and should hear on Thursday. There is a possibility it may close early, but we will see. I am planning on the 28th which is less than 2 weeks away and if it is sooner, that would be great.  After it closes we have to get the work done on the electrical and plumbing as well as purchase a stove, fridge and maybe a dishwasher. I am going to try the one in there first though before I do that! It is pretty old though, I think  late 80’s!! <p>
Almost all the books are packed, I need to take a picture of the stacks of boxes now that they have grown!  All the living room books are packed as of today and just the ones in my bedroom yet. I left a few cookbooks out and went through the spice cupboard today. I am going through some drawers that have just become stacks of papers as well, plus we did school today too, almost all of it. I have to read aloud still to them and do H. math with him. <p>
I was checking out flour prices as we are almost out and since prices are shooting up I thought I should check! They are over $20 for 50 lbs, which is really pretty high. Wheat went up too, $18 for 50 pounds when I bought it in Nov. for $14. I am buying 50 lbs of oatmeal for $21, it will be spending extra this month, but it lasts us a long time as long as I keep it in buckets and that way we will have cereal. I am also buying 5 lbs of salt  and 1 gallon molasses. At least we will have breakfast covered!  <p> With all the worry though I see in the news and on different groups, I was reminded of the bible verse  about not worrying about what we eat or wear, but seeking God and He will provide for us. I know that can be taken to an extreme, but I think it is a good lesson for us in this time to trust in God and watch His wonderful provisions for us. 

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Reading, school and worn out

Well, I did not know what to title this.  I am so tired! Anyhow, I finally got a cold, I knew it was inevitable, I have been fighting off all the sickness I have been exposed to since Dec.  and yet this is the first I have gotten sick in a very long time, so not so bad.  I have sort of been running myself ragged this last two weeks and really feeling it.  Yesterday we spent the three hours at soccer and at the end my head felt like it was going to explode! I just walked inside and fell on the couch and actually took a sort of half asleep nap for the next hour. I say half nap, because I still felt my boys jumping on me, talking to me, then being sweet in covering me up and asking every few minutes "Are you okay, Mommy?". They are not used to me getting sick and have been pretty worried, and really sweet.
<p> I have been doing some reading and read several books already.  One I read was called "My heart remembers’ by Kim Vogel Sawyer about siblings that were divided on the orphan train. It was a sweet story of how the oldest sister devoted her life to finding her two younger siblings and were reunited in the end. I have enjoyed this authors books, they are sweet stories plus if  her maiden name is the same as mine….so she  has points just for that! (Just kidding! But I did wonder if she was a far off relative)<p>
I have been really not doing as much school as we should with this crazy week.   I do not want them to get behind as I know how bad that can be. I started reading a book aloud to them (Yay!!). It is a Trailblazer book about Menno Simons and  I was surprised how easy it was to read aloud. My aunt told me that it was not me, but rather the book I have been trying that make it difficult for me to read aloud, so I am going to persevere and keep trying.
We finished a math book and are supposed to be starting on another one, but it is packed!! I thought I would concentrate more on reading, phonics, and history for now. I got a bunch of videos at the library on the Titanic, Going to the moon, traveling to France, Italy etc. so those help as well. They enjoy those! We finished the Drinking Gourd book and now he is reading Indian Summer. We got some books on Mars which he read too and one on Neil Armstrong, another one on Ben Franklin too.
A friend encouraged me to work on their speech skills and like giving oral book reports rather than written ones at this point. Have any of you had any success in doing that? Oh, also when we have been missing a subject or too, I have been trying to keep up with flashcards for math and reading. "Sigh"
<p>  Anyhow, I have a feeling the next two weeks are not going to slow down any, but  I just pray that even if they have a little longer spring break, they will catch up fast when we are at it again.

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