Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Election Links from Randy Alcorn & John Piper

From Randy Alcorn... He answers the question, "As a Christian, should we vote for who we think should lead our country solely based on their stance on abortion?"
I'm not Voting for a Man, I'm Voting for Generations of Children and their Right to Live
Why I’m Voting for 98% Pro-life John McCain rather than 100% Pro-legal-abortion Barack Obama

From John Piper
Vote As Though They Are Not Voting

Also, check out Sarah Mae's blog Like a Warm Cup of Coffee. She has some great things to say about the election, finances, home keeping, being a Godly woman as well as some great links.

God bless!

I'm still alive!

whoa nelly... it has been a while since i have posted.

part time working girl + full time momma and wife and house keeper + church + LAUNDRY + not feeling good + extremely full month of family birthdays = one busy gal with very little time to post on her beloved blog!

hopefully i can get back in the swing of things soon! i stayed home today with the girls and we did a whole lot of nothing which was really nice. i've been cooking lots lately which has also been nice. i'm looking forward to my weekend- my sis, jac's 25th b-day so my mom & grandma are coming in to town, we will take the girls on their first hay ride friday night. next weekend i am going with the women in my family to branson for a girl's weekend/shopping trip. i am SO looking forward to that!

lots to report on soon! i'll leave you with a recent picture of the sisters!

have a blessed day!

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Message - Luke 6:17-49

This passage of scripture has been rocking my world the last few days.

You're Blessed
17-21Coming down off the mountain with them, he stood on a plain surrounded by disciples, and was soon joined by a huge congregation from all over Judea and Jerusalem, even from the seaside towns of Tyre and Sidon. They had come both to hear him and to be cured of their ailments. Those disturbed by evil spirits were healed. Everyone was trying to touch him—so much energy surging from him, so many people healed! Then he spoke:

You're blessed when you've lost it all.
God's kingdom is there for the finding.

You're blessed when you're ravenously hungry.
Then you're ready for the Messianic meal.

You're blessed when the tears flow freely.
Joy comes with the morning.

22-23"Count yourself blessed every time someone cuts you down or throws you out, every time someone smears or blackens your name to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and that that person is uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—skip like a lamb, if you like!—for even though they don't like it, I do . . . and all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company; my preachers and witnesses have always been treated like this.

Give Away Your Life
24 But it's trouble ahead if you think you have it made.
What you have is all you'll ever get.

25 And it's trouble ahead if you're satisfied with yourself.
Your self will not satisfy you for long.

And it's trouble ahead if you think life's all fun and games.
There's suffering to be met, and you're going to meet it.

26"There's trouble ahead when you live only for the approval of others, saying what flatters them, doing what indulges them. Popularity contests are not truth contests—look how many scoundrel preachers were approved by your ancestors! Your task is to be true, not popular.

27-30"To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

31-34"Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that's charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.

35-36"I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You'll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we're at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.

37-38"Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don't condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you'll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity."

39-40He quoted a proverb: "'Can a blind man guide a blind man?' Wouldn't they both end up in the ditch? An apprentice doesn't lecture the master. The point is to be careful who you follow as your teacher.

41-42"It's easy to see a smudge on your neighbor's face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, 'Let me wash your face for you,' when your own face is distorted by contempt? It's this I-know-better-than-you mentality again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your own part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.

Work the Words into Your Life
43-45"You don't get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree. The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It's who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds.

46-47"Why are you so polite with me, always saying 'Yes, sir,' and 'That's right, sir,' but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on.

48-49"If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss."

God, I want to build my life on these Truths.

*Emphasis is mine.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Check out my dad, Keith's 50th Birthday Tribute Blog!

I love you, Dad!

Also, Happy Birthday, Aunt Debi!

It is the funniest thing... My Dad & Aunt Debi share the same birthday and my Mom (Lisa) and my Uncle Bruce (Debi's husband) share the same birthday. Too cool!

Hope you all have a happy October 14th!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Information Overload

I feel like I'm on information overload lately. I love the internet, but goodness all the stuff... all the craftiness out there, the tutorials, the recipes, the preschool activities, the parenting wisdom, sermons, the political info... TOO MUCH INFORMATION!!!

Sometimes I feel like my head is just spinning around. I am still trying to get my life back in balance since I have started back to work. Yesterday, Dan & I finally got some stuff accomplished at home. We cleaned house, made A TON of baby food for Grace... seriously a lot of yummy food for her... veggies, fruit and chicken. Then Dan detailed the van (have I said that he's my HERO, lately??) and I got to work hanging up clothes in the girls room. I went through all of Sophie's 12 mo. clothes and pulled out tons for Grace two weeks ago, but they weren't sorted, organized and hung up. I finally got that done and the girls room cleaned. I was amazed at the stuff I found under the bed and changing table. Grace tosses stuff off when I am getting her ready and I reclaimed all sorts of treasures. We finished off the night with enchiladas and then I cleaned my bedroom and bathroom. SOOOOO glad it is clean. My toilet was ICKY! :)

Dan and I finally crawled into bed at about 12:30. It's been a good Sunday. Not much going on here.... which is good, even though there are still lots of stuff I'd like to be doing. I have a full couple of days ahead, but I am looking forward to this week. My Dad will turn FIFTY this week, my sis Britt is in and we are going to get to spend some time together and with my aunts as we start planning Jac & Ike's shower.

Soon I'm going to try and post on...
*Bearcat (Or Catbear to Sophie) Football - HOMECOMING
*Painting Pumpkins
*Decorating for Fall
*Pumpkin Muffins & Autumn Smoothies... YUMMY!
*Some more Birthday stuff
*A few political thoughts
*Recent Bargains i have found
*Hair Bow goodness... SO FUN! :)
*Grace's new milestones... saying DA DA & Crawling!!

Right now, I am going to go and try to rouse Sophie from her nap. Then, I am going to work in the girl's room a little more. I really wanted to get some pics up for Kelly's Nursery Tour before the weekend is over. We'll see. Dan's out bow hunting. I pray that he has some success soon!

I've still got a full head... info (although it feels good to at least jot some of it down) and s-n-o-t. (sorry if that was TMI!) I pray that my sinus' get under control this SOON!

Lots of love and blessings to you! Anything fun floating around in your noggin today??

PS- My bloglines has not been working well lately... as in not posting new feeds from certain people. I don't know if there is anything new unless I suspect it and manually go look. Maybe I need to switch to Google Reader??

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My First Quiche

I love quiche. I guess it just makes me feel grown-up and refined to eat a beautiful quiche. Quiche is why I love MiMi's Cafe so very, very, very much! The men in my family aren't so fond of MiMi's, but I could eat there any day. Give me some sweet tea, delicious bread & butter, salad with creamy ranch dressing, a warm quiche, a huge fresh baked muffin, and a few pieces of fruit and I'll be a friend for life.

This past January we spent two weeks in Little Rock while Gracie was in NICU at AR Children's Hospital. I had just had a c-section (on Thursday) and we drove to LR on Friday. It was bitterly cold in LR and I had left Mena without my coat. (The last thing on my mind.) Saturday was probably the hardest day Daniel and I had. Grace had been intubated and given a chest tube during the night and we were really scared and hurting. We had lots of family surrounding us and my Aunt Reba and cousin, Curt had driven in from Oklahoma to be with us for the day. We left the hospital that evening during the time when we couldn't see Grace anyway and headed to dinner at my favorite, MiMi's Cafe. It was so, so cold outside and like I said, I had no coat. I was still struggling to walk and I used a wheel-chair much of the time for the long hospital and hotel walks. When I got out to the vehicle that night at MiMi's the cold air hit me and I could barely stand it. I started shivering so hard that I could not walk with my fresh incision. My mom threw her leather coat on me and they helped me inside. That was such a surreal night. We were all seated and were enjoying the delicious bread and conversation. There was laughter and stories and catching up and then the reality would hit me and the tears would come... I had a daughter on a ventilator in NICU. She was not at home with me in our warm house. We were so unsure of the future and I guess I just felt guilty for being at a nice restaurant when she was in a huge hospital without me.

That night my family and my faith in a Loving and Gracious God got me through. The quiche was an added blessing and a well-heated get away car kept me warm.

Last Friday night I stumbled upon this Spinach Quiche recipe and amazingly enough I had all the ingredients so I made it the next morning.

{my first quiche! little hands got to the crust before i got a picture. :)}

It was a little too spinach-y. Next time I'll make sure I drain the spinach very well and maybe add some extra cheese. I will definitely make it again and I can't wait to try some of Martha's variations. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Dan's 31st!

{Dan & Mom}

Daniel's sweet Mom & Step-Dad blessed him with a great birthday party to celebrate his 31st year! They served smoked pulled pork sandwiches and served all the fixins. YUMMY!

{click on the collage to enlarge}

our little family... sun glistened faces and all. :)

Thanks Mom & Don for a sweet party!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I like Ike

A few weeks ago I met two "Ike's."

One was big, huge, powerful and ferocious and had the potential to destroy all who were in his way.

One was tiny, soft, innocent and defenseless and has the potential to bring blessings and joy to all who he will know.

One was expected. He was forcasted and watched with a keen eye as he grew and developed far out at sea.

One was unexpected. He was not planned by our human, limited minds, but He was carefully formed and wonderfully made by the Hand of God before the beginning of time.

One brought torrential rains, hail, destruction, a death to dreams to many people.

One will bring newness of life, growth, purpose, joy and so many blessings to his Mommy and to his hopeful family.

I met these two Ike's the same week. One has passed me by, the rains are gone. The other I anxiously await his arrival. My precious nephew.

We don't always understand God's ways. But, one thing I do know... He is the Author of Life and He does not mistakes. His ways are not our ways and His thought are not our thoughts. They are so much higher. What a joy to be in His Hands.

So, just a few more months and I will be able to hold a sweet baby boy. I'll hold him close and whisper in his ears how much I love him.... how i can't wait for him to meet his wild girl cousins (who i am sure will boss him around to no end) and I will tell him how very blessed he is to have Jaclyn as a Mommy.
I really do like Ike.

Jac, Jen & Ike

Ike's first outfit from Aunt Jen & Uncle Dan. Oh how I love minky material! SO soft and warm. Perfect for a January baby.

Monday, October 6, 2008

CRUNCH Cake!!!

Dan's Mom asked me to make a cake for Dan's birthday. I looked around on the internet (Bakerella... YUMMY!) and found some great looking deserts, but in the end I went with a family classic... Crunch Cake. YOU need to make this! Delicious & Rich. A little goes a long way!
Crunch Cake
You'll Need
*1 Box Devils's Food Cake
*1 can Eagle Brand (Need I say more?)
*1 tub of Cool-whip
*Chocolate Syrup
*Caramel Syrup
*Sliced Almonds
*Heath Bar Toffee Bits
Make the cake as directed on the box. Poke holes in the cake and pour the entire can of Eagle Brand in the the cake. Allow to cool. Smooth Cool-Whip over cake and then drizzle the syrups. Then sprinkle a generous amount of almonds and toffee bits on top.
Easy, Pretty & Yummy!
And I must give credit where credit is due. This recipe was originated (at least in our family) by my Uncle Jason & Aunt Jennifer. They served it daily in their local restaurant. Let me just say that it rocks to have so many good (male & female) cooks in the fam! :)


rainy monday reports...

*i have the last book in the "Baxter Family Drama- SUNSET" by K. Kingsbury in my possession. oh the joy that fills my heart! except that this is the end of an amazing 14 book series! :(

**i have some serious sinus junk in my head. we all have runny noses here. yuck.

***dan went bow hunting for the first time this season. he got up before five and sat/stood out in the rain for hours. sounds like fun to you? :)

****we had a great LIFEgroup last night. the message on parenting was so good. the main thing i took away was that our kids (no matter the age) need 1- acceptance (not a hint of rejection) and 2- time (quantitative quality time). and that our influence on them when it really matters will be based out of our relationship with them not our position (not because, i'm the mom or i'm the dad!) good stuff. :)

*****mom (lisa) and i took soph to the dentist last week. she did good and we got a great report. strong, healthy teeth! woo hoo!!

******gracie b. is on the verge of a major crawling break-through! our lives are about to change!

*******i get my first pay check this week. thank You, LORD!

********we got some MAJOR good news today!! my mom (cheryl) and step-dad, mike (he is in Iraq right now) bought a house in mena today! they have been trying to move here for a while now and they sold their home in tulsa and today the Lord provided the most precious little home today! it is small, but it is SO CUTE! an endearing rock cottage. it is 80-90 yrs old, but it has been completely gutted and remodeled. i am so excited to see how it is all going to turn out! they should be moved in by the end of november if all goes on schedule. please pray that the details will be smoothed out according to God's plan.

(back to the sinus stuff... any one have any tips on sinus drainage??)