I’m supposed to share an Alphabet story, the A to Z 's of me.
Attached or Single? Attached for 18 years to Mr. Incredible
Best Friend? Jesus. I've known Him as Savior for 32 years!
Cake or Pie? Both: Granny's Cherry Cheesecake Pie, Birthday cake w/ chocolate frosting
Day of Choice? Fridays, I only have one class on this day
Essential Item? Bible
Flavour of Ice cream? Jamoaca Almond Fudge
Gumy Bears of Worms? Bears of course (sic 'em bears!)
Hometown? Born in Wichita, Kansas
Indulgences? Starbucks coffee...yum! Hot tamales candy
January or July? July
Kids? My girls Rachel & Hannah
Last Movie I saw in a Theater? Journey to the Center of the Earth
Middle Name? Linn (after my dad)
Number of Siblings? 1 brother
Phobia or Fear? I try not to live in fear, but I just can't stand scorpions or snakes
Quote? I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13
Reason to Smile? A new day w/ new mercies, and my family.
Season? I have favorites in all of them. Right now, um... Fall. I'm ready for pumpkins, candy apples, cool mornings, falling leaves, fires in the fireplace, and pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks.
Tag people: Kim, Erica,
Unknown fact about me: I had a Dorthy Hamil (sp?) haircut in the 3rd grade. I went from very long hair to this style. I wanted to look more professional when I roller skated on my driveway. LOL!
Vegeterian or Oppressor of Animals? I don't like how that is worded! We do eat meat but I am really enjoying produce from the garden.
Xrays or Ultrasounds? I've had both.
Your favourite Food? Mexican food...salsa, guacamole, queso, fajitas, yum!
Zodiac? No! Do people really believe this stuff!
Here we are in the stands.
What a week this has been! I'm so thankful that the girls are enjoying their classes, that Hannah hasn't had a bit of trouble with her locker, and that I managed to complete all of my homework assignments for the week. And then there have been a few other moments like my keeping it real post.
I have to admit when I forgot to give Hannah her lunch money, when one of my professors ran 15 minutes late which made me late to pick Hannah up from school today, and when I realized that I have 15 books for 5 English classes, I started to freak out a bit. I've had moments today where the tears wanted to flow but I didn't let them because I simply don't have time for that! (I feel that I need to tell you that I am so thankful to be back in school. I really enjoy school! I'm not having a pity party either, I've got my big girl panties on~as the saying goes.)
I sat at my computer tonight to tell you all about Living Proof Live this weekend. I got to meet Big Mama and Boo Mama at the conference. I even have a picture to show you. But, instead God blessed me with a sweet word of encouragement and reassurance. Isn't that just like Him? Oh, He knows exactly how to get to this heart of mine. I so needed to hear this Word tonight!
He said, " It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23.
Yes Lord, one day at a time. It's not my strength but Yours. You have called me here and You will complete the work that you started in me. I will not be consumed because great is Your faithfulness!!!
I'm so thankful for His great mercies. Lamentations 3:23 says they are new every morning. I've had moments this week where I have needed them every hour. Can you relate? You know what? He provided those new mercies. Instead of crying, He brought joy and laughter. (Okay, I'm crying a bit right now, but they are happy tears because I'm just so in awe of Him). When I brought Him failure, He provided a lesson that He is all sufficient. What a great God He is. I'll go anywhere He leads me!
I'm thankful that He is alive and active in me. I'll take weeks like this over complacency and just plain boring any day because He is showing me more of Himself, His power, and His great love. What a privilege to be His child-that is much to be thankful for!
I ran into a friend yesterday at school who told me about her summer and things she was facing. We don't have any classes together so it was such a joy to get to see her in the hall between classes. She commented about how I had it all together...what? Is that really what you think?
The only thing I have together is that my salvation is secure and it's really Jesus who has that covered, not me. If you have read my blog, you know I don't have it all together. I'm just trying to be the wife and mother that God has called me to be. My profile says it all, "I often fail, but He lovingly picks me up, dusts me off, and encourages me that with Him all things are possible."
So to keep it real...I have to tell you...even though I'd rather not....I sent my baby to school without a lunch or lunch money yesterday and I didn't even realize it until 12:30. Oiy! Mother of the year! This was only the SECOND day of school, people! I'm just a mess about the whole thing. I called Mr. Incredible between classes to get some support (meaning permission to check myself into the rubber room in the city down the road). He just laughed. Laughed! When he didn't hear my laughter, he quickly quipped, "It's okay baby, I'm sure she didn't starve." Ugh!
Fortunately, God took care of her lunch needs and the sweet cafeteria ladies let her charge her meal. Hannah wasn't the least bit upset. She was taken care of and she knew it. I on the other hand, felt terrible. Food is a basic need people! (Just so you know, I sent enough lunch money to cover at least a month's worth of lunches this morning. My baby should be fine...at least for a month!)
So, in case you are one of the tens of people that think I have it together...there ya go!
I was reminded of a scripture this morning, "I desire to do your will, O my God;" Psalm 40:8.
Yes, Lord I desire to do Your will. This is why I am so desperately trying to finish school like He called me to do. But in the craziness of taking 5 English classes (3 senior level and 2 junior level) in the same semester I'm already a mess. He knows my heart's desire is to do His will and He will certainly help me accomplish what He is equipping me to do. I'm just asking the Holy Spirit to whisper a little louder next time when it comes to feeding my children LUNCH!
I better get myself to class. Thanks for blessing me by stopping by. If you have it all together, I'd love to know how you do it and if you have a Mother of the Year story, I'd be so pleased to read it if you don't mind keeping it real!
We had our sweet time Sunday night where I have the privilege of praying with the girls and dedicating our school year to God. I just love those beside the bed sweet times of prayer. They are moments to treasure. Daddy left them sweet notes on their first day of school (he leaves for work before they wake up). Oh, I just love that!
One of my favorite things that he wrote to the girls was this, "Remember you only need to be yourself! When the world or your friends tell you to be something else, run it by God. See if it matches who you are in Him. If not, then put it aside and keep true to what He wants you to be!"
We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood. As Beth said this weekend, we are heirs, or heiresses, of the King. What would our lives be like if we lived like we believed that?
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We had so much fun going to the school last week to decorate her very first locker. She wanted the locker disco ball but Target (You have to say it like this: Tar-sjay) was all out. Here is my proud girl and her locker:
Rachel and I had fun thinking about her first locker. She had pictures of our trip to St. John, US Virgin Islands. Her locker was very peaceful and serene. Both first lockers were special and fun to decorate. I'm so thankful that I got to be a part. My girls are such delight!
We also tackled the tomatoes this week. When we returned from Living Proof Live (I can hardly wait to tell you all about it, I'll try to on Friday, if not before) my garden was bursting all over. In my garden just waiting were: 90 Big Maters (my husbands term), 58 little maters, 43 jalapenos, 72 yellow tomatoes, and 35 chili pequines! Here are a few pictures of the "maters":
I had such fun using some for home made salsa, freezing some for homemade pizza sauce and for chili in the winter, and giving away bags of tomatoes. I should have just as many to pick in a few more days. I'm so excited! My freezer is starting to look like it belongs to a real live gardener. What a blessing my garden has been!
Well, I better start cracking open a few books. May you have a blessed day doing whatever God calls you to tackle this day!
Living Proof Live - San Antonio from Rich Kalonick on Vimeo.
What an incredible weekend we had! I can hardly wait to share with you details from the event. But, I better get my girls and myself to class. Alas, summer ends and another exciting journey begins. I'll try to post details soon!
Today is the first day of school! I have dusted off my crock-pot in preparation. Rachel will be a sophomore, Hannah starts Junior High, and this is my senior year in college. Woo-hoo!
I'm keeping it simple this week.
Thank you for stopping by my blog! May you have a blessed week in the Lord.
"Oh, taste and see that He is good" Psalm 34:8
Jane's Slow Cooked Italian Chicken
(from Fix it and Forget it Lightly)
3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 package dry Italian dressing mix
10 3/4 oz can 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup
4 oz can mushrooms, drained
8 oz. ff sour cream
Place chicken in crock-pot. Mix together dressing, soup, and mushrooms. Stir into chicken.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
With slotted spoon, remove chicken and set aside. Combine juices w/ sour cream. Cover and warm through. When ready to serve, place chicken on bed of rice or noodles and pour sauce over the top.
Meet the players night at school-hot dog supper for $1
Blt's or paninis after church
Chicken Soft Tacos
(from Fix it and Forget-it Lightly)
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
14 1/2 oz. low sodium diced tomatoes w/ green chilies
1 envelope low sodium taco seasoning.
Place chicken in crock-pot. Mix tomatoes & taco seasoning and pour over chicken.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve in tortillas w/ your favorite fixings.
Ham & Cheese Frittata
& Paula Dean's Tomato Pie
I was in awe that God was blessing me with such a fun adventure!
I wasn't scared. It was just me and God speeding through the race track at 149.81 mph.
I talked to Him the whole way. I kept saying, "Delight! Delight!" It was a journey with God that I will never forget. I'm so thankful that He encouraged me to trust Him and to enjoy my blessing. He is so awesome!
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Well, school begins in less than a week. Today was rainy and foggy and the perfect day to set aside just to scrap book with my favorite scrappers in the whole world, my daughters.
We turned dish network to the Contemporary Christian song channel, sang, scrapped, laughed, and just had fun being creative together. We finished 38 pages and we are just down to scrapbooking last summer's Disney Vacation. We saved the largest group of pictures for then.
It's been a fun day! I just have to add, we never would have completed 38 pages without the help of my Cricut machine. My in-laws blessed me with this machine for Christmas and I just LOVE it! It sure makes cutting shapes, borders, letters, and page elements so much easier. We keep finding new ways to use it. What a wonderful gift it is!!!
Here are a few examples of our work today.
(It's hard to take pictures of pictures, but I hope you get the idea)
These are the pages spread out on my living room floor.
(We always spread them out so that we can enjoy our accomplishments-we like the wow factor when Daddy comes home from work.)
This is Hannah's favorite page that she put together:
Here are a few of our other favorites:
(We surprised the girls w/ tickets to the Hannah Montana concert at Christmas. We couldn't just wrap this gift, oh no, we sent them on a fun scavenger hunt. We involved Reggie's sister, our nephews, and our parents. It was so much fun! I thought I would nearly burst! It is soooooo hard for me to keep a secret. So, we had to give this gift to them early. I just couldn't wait! I'll never forget the screams of delight. Fun memories!
That's all for now. I better get some sleep.
We tackle the Disney pictures in the morning!
The phone rang late that stinkin' afternoon. It was my oldest nephew. His sweet voice said, "Aunt Kiki, the next time you have a skunk in your garage, just call me." Okay, sweet nephew, you're on, but I hope I never have a skunk visit my garage again. It's a no skunk zone! All little stinkers stay away!
Anyway, I can't believe it is Saturday already! Where does the time go? We just have 9 days before school begins and only 6 days until Living Proof Live in San Antonio. Hola Siestas!
these adorable Thank You cards:
Aren't they cute? I think they are just adorable and I am so thrilled to have them.
Thank you, Nikki!
Last weekend we got to go to Rock the Desert. Here is Hawk Nelson:
A sweet friend of Rachel's shared his backstage passes and they both got to ride a bus to the stage and actually sit on the stage while Switchfoot rocked out to songs like, "We were meant to live for so much more..." She was so excited!
I was also tagged by Amy. Here are some random things about me that you may not know:
- My favorite color is red.
- I like to baste myself (as Hannah calls it) with my favorite self tanner, St. Tropez. I gotta save my skin plus everything looks better with a tan. (I know Dad. There is probably something in Ecclesiastes about this, but it's really ok. :-) )
- I enjoy working in the yard. Really, I do. I look forward to mowing, diagonally is my favorite pattern. I just plug in my IPod and start mowing, weeding, and enjoying being with the Master Gardner and His beautiful creations.
- I am fiercely competitive. You may know this from my bowling fiasco. In the words of Nacho Libre, "I wanna win!" When I was in the fifth grade, I wanted to get my ears pierced. My Dad told me that I could get them pierced only after I scored 5 goals in my soccer season and after I read Ecclesiastes. I was the goalie and a full back. The odds were not that great. But, guess what? I did it and I have the holes in my ears to prove it. I have to add, it's not my fault that I am super competitive. I have super competitive parents, its in the genes, and I've proudly passed those genes on to my girls. Really, you can be super competitive and sweet at the same time. It's an art form.
- I drove an Indy car 149.81 mph and I got to drive 12 laps. So fun! I heart speed!
- I can't seem to get enough of the Olympics this week! Our family leapt off the couch when Michael Phelps and the guys won the first relay. There is so much patriotism and camaraderie. This is the best reality TV ever!
Name 6 random things about you.
Have a great weekend!
I'm off to take a bath in tomato juice, if I can't get this stink off. Funny, I just wanted to beautify my garage. Now, I'm going to have to deodorize it all: the house, the cars, the garage, myself. Ode to joy!
I still have my sense of humor. I'm giggling to myself because I was just telling the Lord that while my posts this week have been very spiritual, and all about Him, I like to provide a little humor every now and then.
He just smiled and then provided some new material just for you!
You're welcome! Off to the garage I go. Our house is the one with the green fumes and the crazy lady with all matter of cleaning products!
Smiling with a lot less stink (I hope),
Happy Thankful Thursday to you! I'm so thankful that you stopped by my blog today. We have so many reasons to give thanks, don't we? No matter what kind of day I may be having, there are always so many things to be thankful for...too many to count.
I can remember as a little girl, I was having a particular difficult day at school. I was in the third grade at Collegiate School in Wichita, Kansas. I believe it was the first week of school. Our teacher was very strict. We had a test the very first week. Mom and I spent hours learning how to write the 7 Continents correctly. I was confident on the day of the test.
I have to tell you, I am a rule follower. I'm also a people pleaser, although God has been working in my heart in this particular area. Anyway, I vividly remember this new, very strict, teacher telling us to take out a pencil and piece of paper. Then she said, "Write every word that I say. I mean it write exactly every word that I say." Then she said..."Write the seven continents."
So, being the rule follower that I am, I wrote in my best 3rd grade penmanship, "Write the seven continents." I checked to make sure that I wrote "every word," and turned my paper over. I was the first one finished and I thought to myself, whew, that was so easy!
The next day I received my test back, expecting an A, I saw in horror a big, fat, red F on my paper! I could hardly stand it. I was a straight A student. I had never received a grade even close to this one. I had to fight to hold back the tears all day long. I can remember giving my test to my parents and then the tears began to flow. My teacher thought I was being a smart-alec. She didn't know, I was just trying to do what she had asked me to do. I think my friends laughed at me that day too and that hurt. I was having a Norbert kind of day! (Norbert is the main character in a fabulous children's book by John Trent called, I'd Choose You).
I remember my mom listened to me cry that day and she tried to encourage my heart. She told me not to worry and that it would all be okay. My parents took care of that incident for me. Go Mom & Dad! I'm thankful for parents that will fight for their children when we need it. She was right, it did all turn out okay.
She showed me that I can still be thankful even when I'm having a Norbert kind of day. She taught me how to write down my blessings. It's amazing how your attitude changes when you start writing down what you are thankful for.
As an adult, I still have Norbert kind of days. This world tries to steal my joy and to be honest sometimes I just let it get to me. God tenderly reminds me of a special lesson from childhood and I get out a pencil and paper and list my blessings. I can never finish a page before I'm sporting a new 'tude (attitude) and the joy and thankfulness returns.
After all, aren't we suppose to be joyful always? (I Thessalonians 5:16) Take it from me, it's much easier to be joyful when you have a thankful heart of praise as an offering to Him. How long has it been since you wrote your blessings down? How long has it been since I wrote my blessings down?
They taught me that it wasn't enough for me to just go to church. I needed a Savior! It has been 32 years since I received Him as my Savior and Lord. R was saved 31 years ago.
Hannah was saved when she was 6 years old. November 16, 2003
My Dad baptized them both. Oh, days to treasure and remember and to thank God! My eyes are filling up with tears of joy. Our circle is complete and that is much to be thankful for! If you still have family members who are not saved, don't give up. Keep praying and believing. I am praying and greatly looking forward to the day when I hear my little nephews call me and say, "Aunt Kiki, I asked Jesus to come into my heart and be my Savior today!" Glory! I can hardly wait for that day!
In Awe of Him,
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I am so excited to share this with you! It has been life changing as far as my prayer life goes. Have you ever told someone that you would pray for them (concerning a long term prayer request) only to get too busy and simply forget? I have and I just hate it when that happens. Oh, I prayed for them, right after they asked me to pray, but then I have trouble following through sometimes and hanging in there for the duration. There are so many promises that I want to pray over my children, our country, our church, our friends...but life gets in the way and it seems like I fall into my prayer rut of just praying for the same things over and over. Can you relate?
Four years ago, I followed Lisa Welchel's advice and made my own Prayer Binder following her specific instructions. (You can find the instructions for the Prayer Journal by clicking on this address and scrolling down until you find June 21, 2004.) She also sells them.
They are very good instructions. The prayer binder was easy to create. I just used a 3 ring binder, 2 packages of Avery business card, and 15 clear business card pages. I made ten categories that I want to be sure to pray for every day. They are: Rachel & Hannah (my daughters), R (my husband), myself, Family, Thanksgiving, Praise, Ministry, Personal Influences, America, and Friends.
I made a different card for each category for 30 days of the month. If a month has 31 days, I just repeat one of my days. This way, I will have prayed 30 different promises over my girls and my husband, remembered to pray for everyone in our family at least once during the month (of course I pray for several every day :-) ) etc. By the end of the month I will have prayed for 300 of the most important people and issues that are on my heart!
For the girls, my husband, and myself I listed specific verses for each day. An example would be: Excellence: "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10.
I have enjoyed using this prayer binder for the last 4 years. After 4 years, you can imagine that I would need to update it a bit. We have added family members, some have gone on to glory, ministries have changed, and even changes in friendships and personal influences.
This was my tackle today. I'm so thankful that it is up to date now and I am ready to put it into use. I was showing the finished product to Rachel, my oldest daughter, when God prompted me to ask her if she would like to have one too.
She was excited about praying in a new way, so we spent the afternoon making a prayer binder just for her. This was so much fun.
She chose 6 categories to pray for each day. They include: She and her sister, Family, Thanksgiving, Praise, Personal Influence, and Friends. She designed her cover and I had fun adding specific scriptures for Rachel to pray for herself and for her sister. Here is a picture of her Prayer Journal.
I can hardly wait to see how God uses this! James 5:16 says, "The effective prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much." Oh, its not our power that changes things, but God's power. My heart wants to make so many petitions for my family, myself, and our corner of the world and this binder helps me stay on track and lose the whole guilt thing! This Busy Mom's Prayer Binder has been a great blessing to me and I hope it will bless your life too! To God be the glory!