Monthly Archives: September 2008

Author Blog tour

Check out  this blog http://katrinawampler.wordpress.com/
for a fun contest and wonderful author blog tour. There  is a fun  prize if you follow the tour and look for the clues to guess who the secret author is!

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Okay, this is bad!

I am not updating as often as I should! I have been really busy these last couple weeks.  It has been a whirlwind!
MOPS started this month, that was fun, alot of work, but fun.  It is my own major thing I have been doing outside the home, but now bible study is starting next week, and the boys have swimming lessons to finish up for the next few weeks, a literature class and piano lessons, my weeks are full of stuff.  Last weekend though I took time to take out of our busy week and actually attended a women’s conference. I am not one who usually attends conferences and was nervous about it, but  I was really thankful I went. <p> I ended up getting to know  a lady from MOPS alot better, and  learning alot. There were some deep workshops on things of the heart, lots of sharing about missions. It was neat because it was so encouraging that  we do not have to be busy, busy, busy and leave our homes all the time to be involved, in fact that was discouraged. Tricia Goyer  went over re-evaluating our priorities  and cutting things out of our life. She had a great list of the top five things that are important…..basically spending time with God and in the word, spending time teaching our children about the word of God and spending time with them, and spending time with other people…friends and in volunteer work with our children…in a nutshell. <p>
Robin Jones Gunn was there, speaking which was incredible! She has been a author I really enjoyed for a long time and to hear her speak was so neat. She had incredible depth and yet, such a  sense of humor! I found out that most of her fictional series of Sisterchick books are based on real experiences! <p>
Then the other speaker was Anne de Graaf from the Netherlands. She spoke about some really hard experiences  she had faced, while listening to children’s stories around the world in  Iraq, Africa, and in Bosnia and other places.  She spoke about forgiveness and letting the enemies in your heart go, even when they have not changed. <p> There was lots of good food, some of which I was honored to help make, and   some games and fun times too. Plus I got to meet authors in person!!! <p> I was glad I took the time to stop and slow down and do that, even though it was alot to do. I am  back to work. I ended up doing alot today already. I taught school, then made soup for lunch and caramel apple dip, my cousin came over for lunch, but has some trouble with her car so we had a late lunch which was nice anyhow….we visited, then the boys and F. cleaned out the garage somewhat, a little boy came over to play for a couple hours and I made a batch of salsa and some fresh spaghetti sauce and meatballs for pasta for dinner. We will have pizza tomorrow instead of today as the tomatoes needed to be used now.
<p> I am tired now and I have a stack of things to read and things to post.  I hope to get to it sometime tonight, but now a boy is calling me from the bathroom, so off I go!

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Menu plan

Wednesday: Taco Salad
Thursday: Autumn soup, bread, cookies
Friday: Gone/Sandwiches, leftover soup
Saturday: Soup, pumpkin bread, cookies
Sunday: Chicken and rice soup, bread in bread machine night before
Monday: Pizza, salad
Tuesday: Pasta, salad, homemade bread
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First days of Autumn!


I love this time of year! I have so much to do though and here I sit as I am tired out! We had quite a nice weekend, but I raced around Sat. morning and then drove up to see my mom. It was her birthday and we had a really, really nice time. I stopped at the Amish store and found out I need to get on ordering a bunch of books, price them and shelve them this month!  She gave me the sales for the last few months and it was alot of money!  <p> We had to go check up on a patient of mom’s so we went to town and mom took me to a little Mexican  place that opened that is fairly authentic, somewhat of a rarity up here! The couple that run it  are Mexican and the food was  really good.  Mom was really afraid that one of her overdue moms would have the baby  when everyone was there to celebrate her birthday, but God worked it out  and mom got no sleep, but one of them had their baby at 9:30 am, so she was free in time!
<p> We made a nice roast beef and pork, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad that was really good and a chocolate chip chiffon cake.  We visited, gave her her presents and just a had a great time. <p> I had to get up early this morning to make a coffee cake for MOPS and made a huckleberry coffee cake which was really good and some muffins that were dairy free as one mom cannot have dairy at all.  The other mom made these really good crepe rolls ups that were so different, but tasted wonderful!  We had a good morning. We had a speaker who came and spoke on Joy in mothering, how  there are different times in our mothering and not all is joyful, but how to have joy in each of those things. It was really good! Then we did a fun relay sort of race with our adventure teams which was really fun! Our team lost, but it was still fun!

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Winner of Josey book – Menu plan

the Winner of the Josey book was Aaronamber……thank you all for entering! <p>
Wednesday: Well, we sort ate a weird dinner of peanut butter toast, watermelon and cheese and tomato sandwiches scattered throughout the evening.
Thursday: Stir Fry, rice
Friday: Taco  soup with chicken
Saturday:  Meat and pepper tacos, homemade salsa
Sunday: Cauliflower soup, bread
Monday: Baked potatoes, salad
Tuesday: Baked potato soup, bread

Books I read:
The Next thing on my List by Jill Smolonski 288 pages
Fire by Night by Lynn Austin 429 pages

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The weeks are speeding by….

I cannot believe it has already been a week since I last posted!!!
Wow!
Well, this week  I am going to spend my normal grocery money on a few things I have to have and then on stocking up for the winter stuff, like stuff to can, dry, freeze. I spent $5 so far this week and I got 20 lbs of potatoes and a bag of fresh broccoli and 2 dozen eggs which were "free" from a couple of coupons I had. The potatoes were part of my stocking, although that is not alot of potatoes, we had some still like 30 lbs I think still or around there.  I find potatoes are a cheap, whole food that we can eat. Alot of them are grown around here too!
<p> Tonight I made these really easy cookies that  have no flour in them. They were so easy and really good! Not very healthy for you, but really good tasting! It was just peanut butter, sugar, egg and baking powder and then I added chocolate chips. 
<p> I had a crazy evening….I ran all evening and am all wound up feeling. We had fun playing games tonight, but there was only 3 of us so it was a small group. It is always hard when you work to plan something and no one feels like it is something they can do and show up for one reason or another. The thing is, many people have good reasons, but I just have been sad lately because it seems like we do not put enough importance on  human relationships. I know i did a study in the bible and what it says about how important friendship is. It is not talking about just your husband…which is also important or your siblings, which is important too, but there are so many verses dealing with what a important thing friendship and fellowship with brethen is.   I know there are times when you focus on it too much, but all the time? I cannot say how many times I have talked to  not just one, not even just three people, but 5-8 people and all of them are too busy to spend time with other people, and before I start thinking it is me, it is not just me, I have seen it going that way with other people. I get scared to invite people over, because most likely they will turn me down. I just wonder if  we have put our values in the wrong places.
I remember when I moved to the city for the first time since I was little when I was first married, and the thing that struck me was how busy everyone was…..and not with things that would last. They worked 12-14 hours a day so they could pay barely for their house, and yet  they could never live for working. My SIL’s apartment was $900 a month, and food was expensive….if you worked, grocery shopped, you ate, slept, worked and died. My sister and I did not have a car and we were in our house 24/7 pretty much except for church meetings.  We rarely even made it to the grocery store because our husbands had the only car and were gone from 5 am – about 6:45 pm and if we had church, they did not have time to at let alone take us to a grocery store.  Yet in a town of so many people, no one really noticed….because they were too busy to take the time to notice or even ask.  That is sort of an extreme example, but you know, I realized last year that when I die….I am  going to care  about a few things, how much time I spent serving the Lord, spending time with my family and spending time listening and being friends with others.  I do not want to be too busy to spend time with others, life is fleeting. My grandma died last December and we had one year we spent with her….I did not get to do alot of things that were "important", but  she is gone now and I am not sorry for giving up my time to spend with her, even though it was not always pleasant. Cleaning  a hole in someones foot is not always pleasant,  but you know, even that I am glad I got to do it.
<p> Anyhow, so today, I want to challenge you to take time to spend with friends, your family, and do things even though you have a million things to do on your to do list.  Take the day to spend with a relative,  bring your husband lunch at work….even though you should be doing laundry….you never know when your husband may not be here, but the laundry will be there tomorrow as clothes are always getting dirty!  Take  time to be with friends, you never know when your encouragement by being there may be the thing that kept them from despair that day.<p>
Books I read:
Torrent Falls by Jan Watson 392 pages
Elenas Song 300 some pages

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Menu plan for the week

Wednesday: Leftover Lasagna, salad
Thursday: Chili, cornbread
Friday: Broccoli soup, bread
Saturday:Chili over rice, salad (Leftover from Thursday)
Sunday: Potato soup, rolls, fresh tomatoes
Monday:  Noodles, leftover frozen roast, green beans
Tuesday: Borcht, Bread

<p> I am trying to be really frugal these next couple weeks so I  have extra money to buy lots of apples to put up. Plus I had to stock up on flour, oil and stuff that costs alot these past couple weeks. I have a #10 can of chili someone gave me so we will eat that two times,  I bought alot of frozen chopped broccoli for .69 a pound and it is on sale for .69 a pound for fresh stuff.  We have potatoes, we have noodles, we still have some roast I am freezing for later, and we have tomatoes in the garden. We have been eating alot of salad with fresh tomatoes. They are so good and flavorful!
We had half a pan of lasagna left so we will eat that tonight!
Anyhow, i have to buy a few more things for the week. I need some things for breakfast and lunch, like lunch meat, fresh vegetables, and eggs. Cereal is also on sale for $1  a box, like shredded wheat so we will get some of that for next week.<p>
I have not done well with writing down books I have read….
but here is a couple
They Loved To Laugh by Kathryn Worth
The White Lady by G.L. H. 300 pgs.
Song of Erin by B.J.Hoff (I love her books) 556 pages
i am half way through Have a new kid on Friday by Dr Leman which is an excellent book! I really enjoyed it as it is straightforward and to the point.
Meeting Parri by Janet Lambert 189 pages- Fun old book that goes to a long series
Finding Marie Susan Davis 392 pages
Romy something …..325 pages or so….it was an interesting book. Not terrible well written, but interesting story line.

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Book Review: Get Cozy, Josey!

Get Cozy, Josey
By Susan May Warren
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

Gone with the wind-chill!!! Hold onto your hats for this adventure with Josey in the cold of Siberia!  Talk about culture shock, when Josey discovers living without indoor plumbing, the lack of junk food as well as a neighbor whose “gift” of what Josey thought was cheese bread turns out to be Garlic sala (uncooked pig fat soaked in garlic) instead as an intro to life in her new town. Communication lapses between husband and wife, troubles with nosy people who seem to want to tell you how to raise your children, as if raising twins in a foreign country was not hard enough…all of that combined make this book a delightful read!
What I loved about it was the real factor Susan Warren put in, where I could really relate to Josey, because it was real life! The sprinkle of Russian words throughout the book adds to its realness to me and since I knew what they were saying, it added to the flavor of the book!
This book is a small paperback size that makes it a fun short read to take on a trip or wherever with you. If you are a mother, a wife and thinking of how romantic it would be to live in another country, you have to read this book! You will enjoy this and the other Josey books!<p>
You can buy this small paperback -352 pg.  Book from  Christianbook.com
If you would like to read the first chapter, here is the link to do so
Susan’s Website is here!
Susan’s blog is here
If you would like to enter the Get Cozy contest  head over to Susan’s blog tour post and comment to win a Get Cozy Basket. It will be loaded with chocolate, coffee and other goodies! Follow the link to read all about it! In your comment tell Susan about your favorite winter activity or winter memory! <p>

Now, I am going to enter you to win a copy of your very own Get Cozy, Josey!
I would like you to leave a comment telling me  what is the worst thing you have  eaten or drunk thinking it was something it was not!
Mine is fairly embarrassing……I took a drink  of a cup on the counter which I thought was the rest of hot chocolate, after I swallowed, I discovered it was breast milk, my sister had pumped…..yeah. I think the worst was having to tell her you just drank her milk. Well, now it is your turn!
 

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Labor Meme

Labor Meme
From http://rocksinmydryer.typepad.com/
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How long were your labors?
#1 – 7 hours
#2 – 3.5 hours
#3 – 1 hour 45 minutes
#4 – 4 hours
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How did you know you were in labor?
#1 –  I was half sleeping and woke up because my water broke
#2 –  Well, I got sick from eating pork so was in the bathroom, half asleep and realized when I woke up more that those were contractions i was having.
#3 – My water broke and I was sound asleep, I leaped out of bed. No pains for 15 min though.
#4 – I woke up with contractions and could not sleep anymore
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Where did you deliver?
#1 – My mom’s shower stall
#2 – A small house on the edge of Lake superior we rented from a friend, in a chair sort of.
#3 – My bed in an apt. in my mom’s house
#4- My bed in a rental house
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Drugs?
None
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C-section?
No
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Who delivered?
#1-My mom and a friend
#2-My mom and a friend
#3-My mom and friend
#4- My mom with a observing midwife
(There were different friends each time!)<p>
If you want to read complete birth stories they are posted here.
http://raisingboyz.blogspot.com/

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Menu for the week

I ended up spending alot last week on restocking some things and I made alot of jam so pectin and lids add up. It will save me money later, and i got sugar cheap earlier in the year so that was okay.
Anyhow, this week, I was trying to make sure things are being used in the freezer. Meat has been expensive, so the freezer may need restocking after a bit. I have not seen chicken cheaper than .99 a pound recently and ground meat is $1.49 at the cheapest, which is hard!
So, we will see how we do this week!

Menu plan:
Wednesday: Boiled potatoes, beets, cucumber and tomato salad (hopefully, I have some in the garden), maybe the rest of the green beans
Thursday: Crockpot soup, bread
Friday:Crockpot pork roast,  mashed potatoes, garlic carrots, applesauce
Saturday: Leftover roast strips, egg noodles, gravy, coleslaw
Saturday: Meal at church- something with rice, frozen broccoli and whatever i can figure out, it may be soup, I am not sure yet.  Dessert of some kind
Monday:Fried rice with some bits of roast, carrots etc. salad
Tuesday: Lasagna, salad, homemade french bread

Lunches this week: Leftovers, soup, turkey ham sandwiches, PB,  or turkey, Homemade cookies.
I have to make more zucchini bread and cookies today. Tomorrow I am going to a bridal shower that I have to take care of the food. <p> I read several books this week so far and have not had time to write them down. I realized I have not been writing down the children’s books I have been reading. That is a shame!
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