Friday, February 29, 2008
Brenda has been reading through Shakespeare's comedies as part of her literature studies - Emily has joined us this year too. This was the first play by Shakespeare that either of the girls had seen. The language was beautiful and I was very happy that Emily was able to follow along without any problem. There were some jokes that sorta went over her head - which was a good thing after hearing them. Brenda gave me a couple of looks - like did Emily hear that? :-) She's such a good big sister. So, we're all a bit wiser after our first of his famous plays, and I think we are all looking forward to finding more locally to attend.
Thursday night Terry went to his very first play!! Brenda, Emily, Terry and I went to see Alice in Wonderland at the Gaffney Little Theater. It was a musical based on the Disney Version of the story. Emily enjoyed seeing a couple of friends from church in the play and Brenda saw a friend from school last year. Terry said he loved it. I think Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dumb were the best in the show. The white rabbit was cute too.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The door on the left goes to the hall and the door on the right goes to the bathroom.
This door goes to a big closet.
Then, there are two small closets on each side of the built in toy box. Artie is gonna have to replace the lids. They were killed a while ago!!!
There is still a good bit to do before the boys are ready to move back in (from the living room). When Artie is finished painting the ceiling, I will work on the floors. It's amazing how much gunk boys can get on a floor. It's Troy's job to mop upstairs on Saturday, but I am gonna have to go around with a scraper and get the stuck on stuff off. After the floors are scraped up well, it will be good to mop before all the furniture is moved back in.
Then furniture, then all the new Diego covers, then the wall stickies (the most fun parts of all!!). I can't wait until the boys see it all finished!!!
Those poor little boys have been living in the girlie room for over a year now. For Christmas, they got new Diego stuff - covers, table and chair, wall stickies, and paint. Their SLOW mama is finally getting the room painted for them. Troy and Brenda helped move out the furniture.
The boys are so excited. This will be the first time they've really had a room fixed up for just them, since they were in the Sesame Street nursery!!
Here you can see what color the room is gonna be. The walls are a light blue and all the trim is gonna be a dark blue. I worked on it the whole weekend Artie was out of town, but didn't get to work on it all last week or this weekend either. I finally decided yesterday that everything else was gonna have to wait for me to finish up there. I'll post more when I get finished.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Friday - Artie surprised me with a nice dinner out. The children had corn dogs and baked potatoes. We went to Cracker Barrel.
Saturday - Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry- cooked by Brenda (an easy meal in a bag from Aldi's) - Saturday's our shopping day, so not much time for cooking
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Ours is just a little from the recipe. We have moved from a skillet - it's just not big enough for our family - to a 9x13 baking pan. We use 10 packs of noodles, 3 jars of spaghetti sauce and 2 pounds of mozzarella. We dice the pepperoni so there almost a piece in each bite. We mix the sauce with the noodles and then pour some over the top of each layer. We also do a first layer and broil it, then add the top layer and broil again. That puts two layers of the yummy browned cheese!!
It's great with a loaf of french bread.
Wednesday - the children all went to church and Artie and I went out to eat. The little children had a baked potato bar. Brenda and Emily got the lettuce and pansies planted in one 4x4 square. Terry went to speech - he's doing great and learning so much. I am thinking about getting Brenda's speech tested. I don't know enough to say what's wrong, but there is something with her s's?
Thursday - boys back to wrestling, they only have a couple weeks left until the state finals. Troy worked again. Pizza night!!
Friday - we were suppose to go to our stamping class tonight, but Artie got a side job for this evening. It will be a nice break to be home though. Maybe we will get another family movie for the littles to watch.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
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Monday, February 18, 2008
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When Artie leaves for any kind of trip - I paint. I paint and I do not cook. I spent the weekend in the little boys room, painting BLUE!!! Light walls and dark trim. Hopefully I will have some pictures when I finish, I ran out of trim paint (a gallon!!) There is so much trim in that room - five doors, two double windows and a built-in toybox!!
Each night we got a take out treat and watched a movie or played video games.
Friday - Little Caesar's
Saturday - McDonalds
Sunday - Taco Bell
The favorite movie was Lassie. The little boys had never seen it before. It was a fun evening.
So, lots of last weeks meals are held over for this week. Tonight, Emily is finally making her Rachael Ray Chicken Cordon Blue Roll Ups. She and Brenda are assembling them right now. I think we will probably have some free macaroni and cheese from Food Lion this week with it and beyond that, I don't know. Bobby has gymnastics tonight, so the girls will probably finish out the meal while I'm gone with him.
We will just eat up the rest of our planned meals and then start new for next week.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
So, last night while I was waiting for Troy to finish up work, I read a great passage I thought I would share...
"Who and what would my husband be if he had married another woman? Have I made it possible for him to be a strong confident, aggressive man of God?
Have I allowed god to direct his life and work? Have I appreciated his calling and interests? Have I been a help meet for my man? IS HE A BETTER, STRONGER, MORE CAPABLE MAN FOR HAVING HAD ME AS HIS WIFE? IF GOD WERE CREATING THE PERFECT LADY FOR HIM, WOULD IT HAVE BEEN ME?" (Capitals mine)
Wow, what thought to think about?
It's such a good book. I highly recommend it. It's by Debi Pearl. In the last half of the book she goes through the 8 characters of a good wife - listed in Titus 2 - sober, love their husbands, love their children, discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, and obedient to their own husbands,
For those others of you who have been in the dark like Brenda - here is the discription from Wikipedia...
The movie is based on the true story of two British athletes competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Englishman Harold Abrahams, who is Jewish, overcomes anti-Semitism and class prejudice in order to compete against the "Flying Scotsman", Eric Liddell, in the 100 metre race.
Liddell sees running as a way of glorifying God before traveling to China to work as a missionary. He preaches a sermon on "Life as a race" afterwards.
Eric's sister Jenny worries he is too busy running to concern himself with their mission, but Eric tells her he feels inspired: "I believe that God made me for a purpose... (the mission), but He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure."
Liddell refuses to run a heat of the 100 metres at the Olympics because his Christian convictions prevent him from running on Sunday. Liddell is allowed to compete in the 400 metre race instead. Liddell at church on Sunday is seen quoting Isaiah 40, verse 31:
'But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and be not weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.'
Last night we went to Limestone College (which is just at the end of our road) to a one man play - Beyond the Chariots. It was wonderful!!!
It was performed by Rich Swingle and picks up where the film left off, showing Eric in his greatest race, as a missionary to war-torn China.
Rich was wonderful!! So talented. Funny, intertaining, thought provoking. Eric's life continued to be amazing. Rich finished the play with a salvation prayer. Wonderful!!
There are many plans ahead - to perform the play at the upcoming Olympics in China, and documentary and even a full feature film. I can't wait to hear more of his progress with the story.
I'm sure he would appreciate your prayers as he ventures out more and more to tell of the salvation through Jesus.
Today I believe we will look more into the story and see what is fictional from the film and play, some geography lessons, and the poem by William Blake that the title is taken from.
Monday, February 11, 2008
The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining county and he asked me a rhetorical question, “Why didn’t we have drug problem when you and I were growing up?”
I replied I had a drug problem when I was young: I was drug to church on Sunday morning. I was drug to church for weddings and funerals. I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.
I was drug by my ear when I was disrespectful to adults. I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didnt put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.
I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity. I was drug out to pull weeds in mom’s garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of dad’s field. I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no oneto mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood, and if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.
Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today’s children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.
God Bless the parents who drugged us.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
1. We have our plans pretty much drawn up from last year. Just picking our new veggies for the year and the old favorites.
2. I'm way to impatient to order seeds. I pretty much get everything from Wal-Mart. Such a farm girl huh?
3. I would love to plant some grapes. I need to check into that more.
...8. We have a new book for school I'm wanting to order. It's the The New Organic Grower's Four Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman . Guess I will go to e-bay and check that one out.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
1. When I was growing up, I wanted to be a librarian. I liked to use the stamps. (Remember when the librarian actually stamped your book? My best friend, Allison, had some "real" date stamps from her daddy's work that I loved to play with.)
2. The summer I spent in New York City - I worked at the Bowery Mission. They homeless man I worked with that week - Andrew - was from Gaffney, SC - the town I live in now.
3. I was in love with Ric Flair before I met Artie. Okay, maybe a little still?? (it's okay, Artie's knows) :-)
4. If I could be anyone on TV, I'd be Livie Walton. Not sure how Livie and Ric would match up?
5. I want to like coffee - and try and recruite my friend Gwyn to help me all the time, but it still never works (even as good as it smells, it still always tastes like coffee!!)
6. I have been pregnant 5 times, have given birth to 6, and have 7 children
7. I love chocolate, peanut butter and cheese!!!
So, tag you can be it now. Post a link if you do it so everyone can check you out!!
We had a wonderful beginning today to Lent. During school, Troy, Brenda, Emily, Terry and I had a great time learning together of the meaning behind Lent. As I wrote earlier, this is a totally new observance for us. I believe it is going to make Easter so much more meaningful for us this year as we take these 40 days to prepare.
I read a good article that explains a beginning knowledge of Lent tonight, but my favorite I think was by spirithome.com - which explained Giving Something Up For Lent and Adding Something For Lent.
We all talked about the meaning behind everything - and then had some quiet time to decide what (if anything) we wanted to give up and add. Some kept things secret and some shared. Some are still deciding if they are going to participate. It is definitely an individual choice. We'll see how the 40 days progress.
I'm still hoping to hear of some personal connections with Lent - anyone?
Brenda and I have been enjoying her devotional - Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I thought I would share a paragraph.
This is taken from Chapter 9 of Book 4 - Counting the Cost.
"That is why we moust not be surprised if we are in for a rough time. When a man turns to Christ and seems to be getting on pretty well (in the sense that some of his bad habits are now corrected) he often feels that it would now be natural if things went faitly smoothly. When troubles come along - illnesses, money troubles, new kinds of temptation - he is disappointed. These things, he feels, might have been necessary to rouse him and make him repent in his bad old days, but why now? Because God is forcing him on, or up, to a higher lever: putting him into situations where he will have to be very much braver, or more patient, or more loving, than he ever dreamed of being before. It seems to us all unnecessary: but that is because we have not yet had the slightest notion of the tremendous thing He means to make of us."