Wonderful Blessings

“Children are a blessing from the Lord” Psalm 127:3  I love this verse, we all need to take the time and thank God for His blessings, and make sure to look at your children as blessings from Him, I know sometimes with all we go through in a day we can forget this but children truly are a blessing and we need to cherish them every single day.

A Challenge For You Readers

Justin and I had gotten out of reading the bible for a while I hate to say.  There was a time when every night we would read the bible and a devotional book and then pray together, and somehow we got out of that habit and before we knew it, a few months had gone by without us doing this.  Matter of fact a few months had gone by without us even opening our bibles at all other than a church.

Isn’t it funny how it seems to work out that way, we wouldn’t go without so many things for that long ever, but, the one thing that we need that will make an eternal difference and we don’t pick it up.  Justin was telling me one day a few weeks ago now about preaching he heard on the radio and then again I’m sure it wasn’t by coincidence our preacher told about a similar scenario of how what if a very important person, someone who was very major to us, a political figure, a well-known pastor anyone like that had a letter for us just for us, we couldn’t wait to go and read it we wouldn’t be able to focus on anything else until we read that letter.  That’s exactly what God has given to us through His word.  He wrote a letter just for us, to get us through anything in this life and yet we don’t pick it up every single day and read it.

So, on with the challenge, we have now been reading our bibles daily, sometimes multiple times per day and it has been such a blessing I feel so much closer to God and I am learning so much more that I didn’t even know before (isn’t it neat how the bible is like that you can always get something different from it).  I want to challenge you to pick up your bible and read it every single day even if you only have 5 minutes, give that 5 minutes to the Lord and read His word, you will be glad you did.  It doesn’t matter where you start, we just picked our bibles up and started from the very beginning some people like to start by reading the gospels or, if you just want to pick somewhere and start to read, do that but whatever you do just make sure you get to it everyday whenever you can.

As the children’s song goes: Read your bible and pray everyday and you’ll grow, grow, grow!

 Let us know if you will take us up on our challenge, just comment below!! 

 

Chores!!!

Do your children do chores?  I have chores that our kids do each day Caidence always helps with laundry she puts the clothes in the washer and then takes them out of the dryer and Jeremiah does the dishes, he unloads the dishwasher and puts up what he can and Isabelle has the easy part of just being a baby for now.  Of course other than this, the older two have to clean their own rooms, if they make a mess they clean up after themselves, they have to put away their dirty dishes and clothes etc. but, until recently this was all was all that they were doing and for a while I was fine with that.  

Then I got to thinking, they enjoy doing these chores for now which I know won’t last, but not only that but we are constantly training our children to live in this world, to know how to work diligently and to learn all these tasks they will have to know in life and I realized that even though they were doing these things everyday, it wasn’t enough.  I also want them to learn that we work as if they were working for the Lord which we all are (Colossians 3:23  “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”).  So, was trying to think of what they were actually capable of not just what I thought they could do but what are they truly capable of even if it means they have to try really hard.  Well, now we have added to Jeremiah’s list vacuuming which he has been wanting to do forever anyway and he gets to help hang up laundry as well, and Caidence now gets to help out with getting the dishes out of the dishwasher with her big brother (which is also getting them to learn to work together even better) and she gets to sweep the kitchen.  I’m thinking of letting them let the task of moping and drying the floor but haven’t done it yet so we will just see.  

Maybe to you reading this it doesn’t seem like much and it should be obvious that they should be able to do these things but to me it wasn’t I still saw them as being smaller than they are and not capable of many things but that couldn’t be further from the truth children are wonderful and intelligent and know and can do much more than we give them credit for.  Also, to some of you it may be too much, you may not agree with children doing chores in the home, but that’s your own choice but for us, I really want to raise our children to learn how to work hard and to work for the Lord and I believe it’s best to start them young while they love it so it will be normal to them to do chores when they really, really don’t want to.  

So, what are your thoughts, do your children do chores, what are they and why did you choose to have them do them?  Or, do you not give your children chores to do and why did you choose not to have them do it?  I would love to hear from you all!

So Sorry but We’re finally all well and I’m back at it!!

Well, I thought I would only be gone for a couple of days but that was not at all the case so please forgive me.

After all the kids got better, Isabelle (our youngest) got sick again poor baby and then I got a stomach bug which was no fun at all but now thank the Lord we are all feeling better and the house had been cleared of all germs from our sickness and I’m back at blogging, sorry it took so long but sometimes it works out that way.

Hope you all enjoy reading future posts!

Apologies Ahead Of Time

Just wanted to take a minute and apologize for not having a new  post up other than the daily verses every day like usual, I’m taking a few days to take care of sick babies and get the house back in order (which always seems to turn to chaos when the kids are sick) and attacking all of the germs but I will be back to posting as normal in just a few days so, don’t quit reading I’m not going anywhere I promise!

Don’t Be Deceived By the Evil One

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

If you are questioning something in your life and are having trouble deciding if it’s from God or not, just remember this verse, God will do nothing to destroy you, only to build you up.  There is a difference in trial and trouble.

New Recipe

Here is a simple recipe we have mostly on busy days.  I love pulling out my crock-pot taking a few minutes to throw something in and knowing that when dinner time rolls around, everything will be done and we can enjoy a nice hot dinner without having to do the hard work.

Now, this meal is probably not the most healthy, but it is very yummy and we do occasionally have it.  This one I’m going to share with you is potato soup and it’s pretty much one of the easiest meals I know to make if you don’t mind peeling and dicing potatoes.

For us, I always make extra so we can have more to eat the next day at lunch which makes for an easy lunchtime meal too.  I haven’t tried freezing it yet, I’m kind of worried about freezing cooked potatoes I did that a long time ago and they just didn’t have a good texture so I haven’t tried it with the soup yet, but if you try this and freeze the leftovers let me know how they turn out it would be nice if it does work.

But all you do is take 7 medium russet potatoes, peel and dice them into cubes, you then add some chicken broth or stock and some water (I usually add about 8 cups of water and then add in 8 chicken bouillon cubes).  Then, add in your garlic, we LOVE garlic around here, so I add several cloves, but it’s just personal preference, if you don’t like it then don’t add as much.  You can also add onions, I just do the onion powder to get the flavor since some of my family members don’t like the texture of onion but if you’re like me and love onions then add about 1/2 to 1 medium white onion.  All you do after that is cut it on I usually cook it for 4 hours but again, it just depends on how long you want it to cook, if you start it really early in the morning then cook it on low for 8 to 10 hours.

Once it’s done and you’re ready to dig in just add some milk again, it doesn’t have to be a certain measurement of milk it’s just to your preferred taste, I usually add about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of milk to this.  Serve with some yummy add-ins like bacon, chives, or cheese and enjoy!

Do you have a favorite crock-pot recipe that you go to for busy days?  If so, share it.

Is there any recipe you would like, just comment and let me know and if I make it, I’ll share it with you.

Ready For Baby!

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Yesterday I went to target because I had gotten a gift card from them in the mail to get something for the baby.  I don’t even remember signing up for anything but for some reason they have sent me a gift card for every one of my pregnancies, but hey, I’m not complaining.  But, as I was looking through the baby section it dawned on me that with this being our fourth child the items that I “need” have really changed.

I remember going through target when I was pregnant with Jeremiah.  Justin and I were doing the baby registry and we were scanning almost everything, and we thought we needed it all.  But, yesterday the only things I could think of that we had to have were diapers, clothes, and some bottles.  That was it, once the baby gets here we’ll add formula to that list but nothing else.  I do already have a few other things from the other babies like blankets, a bouncy seat, and the crib but other than that I really can’t think of any other necessities.  So, I just got some bottles with my gift card and a cute little dry erase calendar (not for baby but will help me remember things with my baby brain…… I wish I were joking) so now we only have to get some clothes and some diapers and we will pretty much be set until he’s here.

One other thing I realized it is that we’ve only got 90 days until he gets here.  Three months, that’s it!  How crazy is that, I just can’t believe it in 6 more days I will be in the third trimester, the home stretch.  It never ceases to amaze me how at the beginning of every pregnancy it seems to take forever and then you get this close and it’s like how in the world did it happen this fast.

Now, I have the jitters.  Not nervous about the baby, I think I got over the nervousness of childbirth after having Caidence but just the waiting game now is when time flies until the very last week.  Now is when you have to make sure to have everything ready, get plans in order for who will watch the others while you’re in the hospital, making sure to have a nice schedule going for everyone so when the baby gets here it can still feel like normal.  All of that, that’s what gets me when it gets this close to time.

So, what gets you when you realize you don’t have that much time left?  Do you get those jitters or not?

What is different from your first child versus your other pregnancies?  Have you realized what the necessities are for you do they differ from what you first thought?  Or, are you a first time mom?

Any other baby topics you want to see?  Any tips?  Just comment and let me know. 🙂

* The picture at the top is our sweet baby, we got this picture at our ultrasound on tuesday, I love the detail, he looks just like Jeremiah did when I was pregnant with him.

-Sarah

 

 

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”  Psalm 139:13-16

I love this verse, it is such a precious thing to think about especially while pregnant knowing that God formed this beautiful child inside of me.  I also love how it says we are fearfully and wonderfully made it’s just so amazing.

I can’t wait to share this!

So, I have recently started a new hobby, if you can call it that.  I’ve started trying to learn how to coupon and I had my first shopping trip which I think especially for my very first time was pretty good.

What I did first was, get my coupons and then I searched through the sales papers to match up any of them I could, I still have some looking through but in the first 5 minutes of looking I had already found some really great deals.  I am now totally hooked and can’t wait to find out how to save even more and maybe one day make money off of some things which would be really neat to do.

So, I only went to 1 store and only got a few items for my first trip, I didn’t want to get overwhelmed and give up before I started, so I made it easy on myself.  I ended up finding that our CVS was having some really good sales and I found coupons to match up with sales they were having I ended up only paying just over $5 for almost $14 worth of stuff, and I also received $2 of the extra care bucks they offer so once that is added in I actually got paid for one of the items I got, and 3 of the other items I got were completely free with the buy 3 get 3 free coupon I had!

I am so hooked on using my coupons now no joke and to know that I’m going to be saving us even more money and at times getting free stuff it’s just awesome and I can’t wait to find more deals.  It makes me feel really good because that is the way I help our family out financially by making a budget and spending our money wisely so knowing that I can save us even more just makes me feel even better.

I can’t wait until I can share even more tips with all of you and help you save money for your families!!!

So, do any of you coupon?  What are some tips you would like to share with everyone?

If you don’t coupon, what do you want to learn?  What posts would you like to see about couponing?  Anything you don’t understand with couponing?

I would love to hear from all of you!!

-Sarah