Monday, September 22, 2008

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Am I being rude to my children?

It has really been on my heart lately to teach my children how to be loving and pleasant to eachother and all whom they come in contact with. I have also been thinking about how the best way to teach them not to be rude is for me to not be rude to them! I have decided to really evaluate the tone of voice I use with them. Even though I usually do not yell or say wrong things to my children, do they ever hear an aggravated, whiny, or rude tone in my voice? Am I begging, pleading, or saying the words "right now" on a regular basis to them? Am I nagging them? Don't I hate listening to parents nag their children? I don't find that pleasant at all! I have learned that it is fairly easy to control my childrens actions by nagging and correcting them but there will soon come a day that they are too old to correct and no amount of nagging will influence their decisions. It is at this time that what is in their hearts will control their lives. We all know that 1 Corinthians 13:5 says that Love does not behave rudely. If they have a foundation of love in their home and in their hearts then that is what will come out of them! I find that very motivating to try harder to show nothing but love to my children!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

God is Able

I would just like to ask you all to be praying for our house in Bluefield to sell. We are currently making 2 mortgage payments and the mortgage payment on our house in Bluefield is almost as much as our house here. I know that God is able though and I am determined to trust him with that house. I will write soon about how God chooses to answer this prayer!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

September Cooking ~ Snack Balls

Snack Balls

2 1/2 c. old fashioned or quick oats
1 c. chunky or creamy natural peanut butter
3/4 c. raw honey
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1 c. crisp rice cereal

Optional Ingredients:
wheat germ
coconut
any kind of nuts (chopped or slivered)
sesame seeds
raisins
flax seeds

Mix everything together in a large bowl adding the rice cereal last. This recipe is very forgiving and You may adjust the amounts of anything if you choose to add some of the optional ingredients to come up with a nice consistency. Form into tightly packed but chewy balls in any size you like.

I got this recipe from my favorite child training magazine and Isaac and James just love them! I have taken them on a picnic and used them for a dessert to motivate the kids to eat their dinner. The balls are not messy or crumbly for small children to eat and Mom and Dad love them too! These are alot of fun for the boys to help me make since they like to form the balls:-)

Recipe's

Ok, I have not taken the time to figure out how to add a formal recipe section to this blog but I think I will go ahead and start posting some recipes. You will just have to remember approximately what month in my archives the recipe is in if you ever want to find it again, I will try to make it easier by posting recipes that go well with the month like Southern Living does in their cookbooks. I will also try to add all the recipe's for the month in the same post to make it easier.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Beach Vacation 2008

We were very blessed to be able to take our first family vacation in a very long time this past week! We had not had a REAL family vacation since we took our family to Disney World right after Isaac turned one over 3 years ago! We had such a great time and it was so needed! I felt overwhelmingly blessed while were there to just be able to enjoy the family that God has blessed me with! We were able to rent a house at Topsail Island, NC and it was perfect for our family. We enjoyed the open floor plan and it had plenty of room for children without alot of knick knacks to break! Nana and Pops stayed on Topsail Island that same week so we we got to enjoy the beach some with them as well Our Beach HouseThe boys thought the bunk beds were the greatest:-)On our way home we stopped at a store called Peach's n Cream where Sissy got a new outfit and a new bow. We stopped there once before when we were engaged with Nana and Pops and I was so sad I didn't have a baby to buy an outfit for (my, how things have changed!). They had some of the cutest clothes! I'm not sure the kids were ready to leave vacation but they had a good time on the way home too:-) They especially enjoyed eating at the Steak'N Shake.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Recipe's

Since I really enjoy cooking, Daniel suggested that I add a recipe section to our blog of things I like to make for our family. Recipe's coming soon! I will include some healthier recipe's we eat often as well as some unhealthy recipe's I like to make for company and special occasions. I think it will be neat 10-15 years from now to look back and remember what our family ate with only 5 people and see how I have to improvise over the years!