Friday, January 22, 2010

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Everyday they are watching me. Listening to me. What am I showing them?

I want to be able to say, as Paul did to the church in Philippi, "The things you have learned and recieved and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you." (Phil. 4:9)
How will I live? How will you live? Who is watching you?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Help for Haiti!

At this time last year my younger brother was in Haiti. After Christmas he spent a couple weeks at an orphanage with Haiti Lifeline Ministries. He has several friends who returned this year and were there when the earthquake shook Haiti. Some of his friends have returned to the States, but others are still there. Their families have started a facebook group with updates.

Many bloggers are supporting the relief effort in Haiti, you can find see them here. This month my family can help! We are going to donate a quarter of our grocery budget to Compassion International. We will eat food we already have because it is so much more than the Haitians have! Every little bit helps! What will you do! Visit Money Saving Mom to find out what you can do!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Go Bananas!

I love bananas on Wednesdays! At Sunfest in Branson (across from Holiday Hills) bananas are 19 cents a pound every Wednesday! There is a five pound limit and I always try to get close to five pounds. There are a gazillion things you can do with bananas even if you have a small family. Here is my list, add your suggestions too!

eat 'em!

make banana muffins or bread

Banana smoothies

Banana pops (Frozen, peeled bananas on a stick dipped in chocolate and other toppings- nuts, sprinkles, etc.)

PB, honey, and banana sandwiches

PB toast w/ sliced bananas

fruit salad

Freeze overripe bananas you cannot use right away for later!

Let me know how you use bananas!

Monday, January 4, 2010


Yes, laundry, the dreaded task. I like it in general. The machine really does the majority of the work. I like my cloth diaper laundry. I know that's odd. It soothes me. Maybe because it doesn't involve folding. It's not that I don't like folding everything, just certain items. I like to sort socks and undergarments, I enjoy folding pants. It is shirts that get me. I wish I could just shove them in a drawer, but I would regret it later. Like when I want to wear one...

So that was the background- here is the thought for tonight.

I had been slowly working on folding a load of laundry throughout the evening between facebooking, blogging, watching The Bachelor (yes, I know it is a worthless show), and drinking hot chocolate. All that was left: two of my husband's t-shirts. I thought, 'I'll just leave them here and let him fold them and put them away. Hahaha' (that was sinister laughter in my head.) I knew he would do it if I whined about it.

But then I remembered how wonderful he is and how he is always serving me and our children. I folded them. I put them away. I gave him a kiss and a 'thank you honey'.

Laundry reminds me of one little way I can love Andy.

Falling Snow

In southern Missouri if a weatherman even thinks about snow the rural schools will cancel, so when we got around 5 inches Saturday night into Sunday, there was no hope. Yes, Christmas break lives on! We are going on our second snowday of the week and there is more in the forecast.

My husband is a teacher and I love to have him home, as do the children. Thus I like snow days, but I would enjoy them spread out over a couple months so I can savor them! After two weeks of a break from school this just seems like overkill. But in everything, rejoice! so Let It Snow!