Saturday, November 30, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 143 & 144

Psalm 143

David is asking for protection and mercy from God.

Psalm 144

We bring praise to God for all that he has done.  Our children will do the same!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 142

You can read Psalm 142 here.

I cry out to God because he is my comfort.  Please, protect me from my enemies.  They are stronger than I am.  Please help me while I praise you.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 141

You can read Psalm 141 here.

God, please answer me when I call.  Watch over my mouth- the words I say and my heart.  Let them not be tempted by evil.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 140

You can read Psalm 140 here.

God, please be with me and protect me from those who wish to do evil.

Monday, November 25, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 139

You can read Psalm 139 here.

If I had a favorite psalm this one would be it.  I love how the word flow together and the meaning behind them.

Please God, search my heart.  You know me better than I know myself.  You knew me even before I was made.  You do amazing work.  When I try to hide you still know me, you know where I am.  Please keep evil away from me.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 138

You can read Psalm 138 here.

God, I praise you above all else.  When I call out you answer me.  Everyone should praise your name.  Even things are hard, you help me.  I will always praise you.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 137

You can read Psalm 137 here.

Do not forget Jerusalem even though it has fallen to Babylon.  Remember God what the Edomites did.

Friday, November 22, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 136

You can read Psalm 136 here.

Give thanks to God for everything that he has done.  His love will endure forever.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

9 More Shopping Days

Yup, it's that time of year.  There is only 9 more shopping days until my birthday.  This year I will be the big 3-1.  Thirty-one.  Can you believe that?  I can no longer pretend I am just out of my twenties.  I am now a whole year into my thirties.

Where did the time go?

Do you remember when you were in high school and the years crept by so slowly?  I remember feeling like I was  never going to drive, never going to graduate, never become an adult.  And now... now I am in my thirties and the years seem to be flying by me.

I won't even get started on how fast my kids are growing up... (it's just too fast).

So what do I want for my birthday?  Michael has been asking me this for the last few weeks.  I haven't really been able to answer.  I just haven't known.  So I've thought long and hard.  If money and time were not an issue these are the things I would want for my birthday.

A Shopping Spree.

Yes I'm a girl.  I like clothes and I need new ones.  I want fancy schmany make me feel pretty clothes that I actually want to put on.  I'm getting tired of the same old look and would love something new.  I just wish I knew what it was.

A Serger

I like to sew.  I don't have as much time for it as I would like... but still.  I would love to have a serger.  It would make sewing more fun and sometimes easier.

Lemon Tree

There are lemon trees that you can grow in containers.  In your house.  They are awesome and I super want one.  I think it's beautiful and convenient.  I never seem to have lemons when I need one for cooking.  If I had a lemon tree I would have all the lemons I would ever need and still have some to share.

A Keurig


I drink only one cup of coffee a day.  This would be perfect.  One cup brewed just for me.  Close the lid and press the button.  That is my kind of machine.

Side Cross Necklace
I love these necklaces.  I just think that they are so pretty.

A Vacation

I want an awesome vacation.  I want to travel and have fun.  I could go to a theme park or to the beach.  I would be ok for traveling far away too.  I would love to take a long vacation and see parts of the world I've never been.

A Super Fat Cat
I am fully aware that I already have a full house.  3 kids, 3 cats, 2 dogs and a husband already keeps me pretty busy.  But man, I want a super fat cat.  I always have.  They look so squishy and content.  There is just something about a cat that is the size of a small human that just makes me smile.

In all seriousness.  For my birthday I just want to spend time with the people I love that like having me around.  I like to keep things simple and easy.

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 135

You can read Psalm 135 here.

We should all praise God.  He is the greatest of all and deserves whatever he desires.  We should praise him because of his awesomeness.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 134

You can read Psalm 134 here.

Everyone who serves the Lord should praise him.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 133

You can read Psalm 133 here.

It is a good thing to be good friends with those who love God.

Monday, November 18, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 132

You can read Psalm 132 here.

Please remember David and all that he has done.  Please remember your covenant with him.  Let his sons continue to follow you.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 131

You can read Psalm 131 here.

I am content with my life.  It is what I need.  We should all be content and love the Lord.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 130

You can read Psalm 130 here.

I cry out to the Lord.  I will wait for his answer.  While I wait I will be in his word.  He is our redemption.

What's for Dinner?: Veggie Pizza My Way

One of my favorite things to do with Sidda is to make homemade pizza.  She loves helping with sauce and the toppings.  I love making a delicious pizza crust that my whole family likes.

We always make 3 pizzas whenever we have pizza night.  A cheese for Sidda and Anya, a pepperoni for MJ and a third one for Michael and me that's not so basic.  Lately, we have been making veggie pizza.  This is more than your average peppers, mushrooms and onions pizza.  It's so much for and I love it!

I put a little oil in a pan and saute some stir-fry frozen veggies.  In the bag there are green beans, mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, celery and red peppers.  Then I added some frozen pearl onions (these are super tasty!).  And finally I added some spinach.  I let it saute until the veggies were crisp.

On the pizza crust I put some marinara sauce, then the sauteed veggies followed by some pizza cheese.  We put the veggies under the cheese because it helps keep them from following off while eating it.  Put in a 500 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is crisp.  This time we added a couple of pepperonis to the tops too.

Don't let the picture deceive you.  The veggies are under the cheese!

Friday, November 15, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 129

You can read Psalm 129 here.

Israel has been persecuted over and over again.  But God did not abandon them.  He stayed with them through all the chaos.

Those who are against God will be shamed.  They will not stand forever.  They will not be blessed.

Five Minute Friday: Tree

Everyone I know thinks that we are crazy!  Our Christmas tree is already up.  Our decorations are all over the house.
Well, I love Christmas!  There is such a great joy that come with waking up in the morning and walking into the living room and seeing that tree standing there.  I also love seeing it when I walk into the house after being gone all day.  It's a reminder to me.  It reminds me of why we celebrate Christmas.  The love of Jesus and all that he has done for us.
Five Minute Friday
My kids look forward each year to Veterans Day.  That's when we decorate and they know it too. We chose that day because we know that Michael will be off from work and we will have time to take care of it.  We can spend the whole day as a family decorating the house and the tree and having a great time.
The weirdest part of it all?  We watch Harry Potter while we decorate.  It has become our tradition.  We love the movies but only really watch them around this time of year.  We save it up and it gives us something to look forward too.
We are never much for being normal I guess. 
What are your Christmas traditions that other people might think are weird?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book Review: The Bride Wore Size 12

It's another installment of the Heather Wells series.  The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot reminded me a lot of the third book in the series Big Boned.  I really feel like Cabot just phoned it in to try to round out the series.

The was a super slow read for me.  I had a really hard time getting into it.  Which is sad because I really enjoy her books usually.  But they just haven't been doing it for me.  It seems like the whole book is the very slow build up with literally nothing happening and then boom it ends.  It was not my favorite, that's for sure.

Heather Wells is planning her wedding to Cooper.  They are excited to get things going.  But Heather is soon distracted by her mother showing up unexpectedly after being gone for the past decade.  Oh and there is another death at the dorm she works at.  Classes haven't even started for the semester and people are already dying.

So what's a girl to do?  Solve the crime, obviously.  While being super nosy and getting into everyone else's business.  Heather just can't help herself.  She has to know who is murdering her students.

I really had high hopes, but it just didn't deliver.

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 128

You can read Psalm 128 here.

The one who fears and obeys the Lord will be blessed.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 127

You can read Psalm 127 here.

If you do not have God, everything you do is for nothing.  Unless God's hands are in it it is all meaningless.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 126

You can read Psalm 126 here.

When God restores us we are filled.  We are no longer lost or empty.

Monday, November 11, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 125

You can read Psalm 125 here.

The Lord is strong and can not be shaken.  He does good for the good.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 124

You can read Psalm 124 here.

People say that God is against them.  If God was really against you he would have let your enemies defeat you.  Praise God who is for us!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 123

You can read Psalm 123 here.

I look to the Lord.  Please have mercy on me.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Truth

Five Minute FridayThere is a truth that I have inside myself.  I spend a lot of time trying to tell myself that I am ok the way I am.  That its ok to be overweight.  That its ok to not put on makeup and do my hair.  It's ok because I'm a stay at home mom and my kids are the only people that really see me and they love me no matter what.

But, if I'm being completely honest, I'm not happy with who I see in the mirror.  Right after giving birth to Anya I felt good about my body and how I looked.  It must of been the joy of having my baby because that feeling only stayed a little while.

I am not ok with how I am treating myself.  I've  gotten into a "woe is me" kind of funk going on.  I'm feeling sorry for myself and it zaps my motivation.  I make excuses to why I can't do things: I'm teaching the kids, the baby woke up a lot last night and I'm tired, I can't try to diet and lose weight because I'm nursing, I'm too busy and on and on and on.  I could come up with a million more, I'm sure.

I don't feel attractive and I don't feel like my husband is as attracted to me as he used to be.  I've truly let myself go and I'm finding it hard to find my way back.

The truth is that I just feel lost.

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150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 122

You can read Psalm 122 here.

There is joy in worshiping God together with others.  We go and visit together and spend time with the Lord together.  We find support and peace when we have others that believe as we do.  They are there for us and can guide in ways that others cannot.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 121

You can read Psalm 121 here.

Where do we get the help that we need?  My help comes from God.  He is always where I turn when I am in need and he is always there.  He does not avoid me or hide from me.  He doesn't stare at me awkwardly when I don't have the words to say what is going on.  He brings comfort when I'm hurting.  He brings me peace in my struggles.  He is everything that I need.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 120

You can read Psalm 120 here.

When I am troubled I talk to God and he hears me.  He saves me from the lies that the world tells.  I am for peace.

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 119

Wow! That was a long one. 176 verses.

I find joy in obeying God's laws and commandments. He is there for me and I love him. He guides my every footstep. He is everything that I need.

Monday, November 4, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 118

You can read Psalm 118 here.

God deserves all of our praise.  Every obstacle that has stood in my way has been pushed back because God.  He is the one who was rejected but is the center of all things.  I will worship you with all that is in me.  Praise the Lord.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 117

You can read Psalm 117 here.

Praise God because he is faithful.  He will love us forever.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 116

You can read Psalm 116 here.

I praise the Lord because he is always there for me.  Whenever I call on him he helps me no matter what is going on.  God is amazing.

Friday, November 1, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 115

You can read Psalm 115 here.

Give God the glory!  Idols do nothing.  They are made by man and give us nothing.  But God protects and gives us what we need.