Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

 I hope you all have a blessed and wonderful New Year!
I found this song and thought I would share it with all of you.
So many of us will want to change something about are looks this year. Remember God makes no mistakes you are beautiful to him. Funny how thoses Veggie Tales even teach mom's and dads:) 

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Laid Off Good or Bad

Okay my hubby came home today, and tells me that his job will be laying him off. This will be a 4week layoff with no benefits. First thing that comes to my mind is, “What will we do for a whole month.” I start to let this soak in a little and my mind and heart of course start going into non happy, bitter mode. What I mean by this is, I start worrying right away about everything and instantly try to figure things out on my own. I become very unhappy and think the worse.

I know that this is not the way to handle things. But for some reason I forget to save my brain from going crazy, and forget that God is in control. Now I can't be alone in all this, otherwise we would have all these perfect people walking around us. Perfect I am far from; it is why I need my Lord Jesus Christ to help me every day.

As a wife and mother we have such a big role in our family. I know my girls are watching me and taking notes. My husband needs my support for sure right now, he does not need me to be a drip. Funny thing to call myself a drip, but that is what I would be doing if I were to nag him about begin laid off. I would be like a yoke around his neck would I not, if I were to get all upset and bitter. This is what I wanted to do, I wanted to just scream and lose control, but I didn't this time I stopped myself, and I Praised God for this.

I have just filled my mind in the last week or so with amazing material. The Cd was from Vision Forum and it was called, The Wise Women's Guide to Blessing her Husband's Vision. God already knew what was going to take place this week. He prepared my heart so I would know how to handle myself.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, What is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

So is this a Good or Bad situation? I guess it really is how you handle it, and how you use your heart in the matter. I am going to handle it as a Godly Wise Woman that builds her home, not a woman who tears it down. I know that my Lord is in complete control, always will be I just need to allow it, and relax. I will enjoy my time as a family for the next month with lots of free adventures.

I pray, heavenly father, that you will take this time to draw my family closer together. Please watch over us and keep our hearts fixed upon you. I pray my husband knows that we love him know matter what, and that this was not in his control. You are Lord over all things, and we walk by you in good times, and bad times Amen.

The Wise Women builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. Proverbs 14:1


Do You Have Room? (New Christmas Song)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Found this over on this blog.

Twelve Days Of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas is really not the Twelve days before Christmas. It is the Twelve days after Christmas. Christmas is an important time for Christians and the Twelve Days of Christmas really is all about our Faith in Jesus Christ. Beginning December 25 and lasting until January 6, when the church celebrates the revelation of Christ as the light of the world.

From 1558 until 1829 people in England were not allowed to practice their faith without the risk of persecution. During this Era someone wrote 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' The Twelve Days of Christmas was kind of a secret catechism that could be sung in public without risk of persecution.

The song has two levels of interpretation: “the surface meaning and a hidden meaning only known to members of the church.”Each carol has a code word for a religious reality.

On the First Day of Christmas the Partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ.

On the Second Day of Christmas Two Turtledoves stand for the Old and New Testaments in the Holy Bible.

On the Third Day of Christmas the Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love (I Corinthians 13:13)

On the Fourth Day of Christmas the Four Calling Birds are the four Gospels. (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John)

On the Fifth Day of Christmas the Gold Rings recall the torah (law) which are the first five books of the Old Testament. (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy)

On the Sixth Day of Christmas the Geese a- laying stands for the Six days of Creation. (Genesis 1:1-31)

On the Seventh Day of Christmas the Seven Swans a Swimming represents the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit. (Romans 12:6-8; I Corinthians 12:1-11, 12:27)

On the Eighth Day of Christmas the Eight Maids a- milking are the Eight Beatitudes. (Matthew 5:3-10)

On the Ninth Day of Christmas the Nine Ladies Dancing are the Nine Fruits of the Spirit. (Gal 5:22-23)

On the Tenth Day of Christmas the Ten Lords a- leaping are the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 20:1-17)

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas the Eleven Pipers Piping stands for the eleven faithful disciples.

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas the Drummers Drumming symbolizes the 12 tribes of Israel (Genesis 49:1-28)

Next time you hear this song on the radio, or at a secular function you can just smile :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2010 -The Year In Review

Wow what a year 2010 was.
Thank You Vision Forum for Everything you do.
May the Lord bless you in 2011.

2010 -The Year In Review

Monday, December 27, 2010

Vision Foum...

Thank You Vision Forum for all the great work you do.
We really had a Vision Forum Christmas  here are some of the items we choose to place under our Christmas tree and for Birthdays coming up.

(This was free from the company for spending money with them)

( This was also free from the company for spending money with them)

( Order the Modesty Slip to go with the nightgown I forgot this)

As you can see we LOVE LOVE Vision Forum! Check them out often for specials and great family Adventures.

Christmas Day Pictures

Okay my girls are so sweet you must know by now I think the world of them.  Larry and I went to bed around 2:30 am and knew we would be up at 6 am. You see Christmas morning is a very special time in our house as I am sure it is in your own homes. This Christmas we have a 11.5 yr old in our home and she managed to read to the girls and let us sleep in. Thank you Katelin!

 7:30 am and then our day started


Some Gifts from Texas
Thank you so much Mike!

 Barbie from the Nutcracker. Barbie is not a role model in our home but after she watched the real Nutcracker and saw Toy Story 3 this seemed to fit.
Thanks Grandma she loves her.
New Bible for Grace she had been asking for one for so long.

 We believe in the second Amendment
Thank you Doug and Beall Phillips for the great prouducts you provide for our family.

 Daddy made breakfast. We had homemade American fries with Ham eggs and cheese.

After Breakfast it was time to play

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve Pictures.

Here I have pictures that my family has asked for. A blog is so nice to have when you have family all over the country. So these are in no order just a bunch of very happy and excited children Christmas Eve Night.

                              The first picture was taken after Christmas Eve Mass.


 Madeyln's new Christmas Eve pj's

Grace in her Tinkerbell pj's
Victoria received Disney Bella pj's.

A couple pictures of our living room all ready for Christ's Birthday. 

We used to have so much decor for Christmas but in our new home we have very little room. Our home is warm and comfy and filled with lots of love. What more can you ask for:)

 Daddy Read Twas the Night before Christmas Book and Madeyln thought it would be fun to play duck duck goose. She was so tired.   

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

 Remember the reason for Christmas and thank the Lord above for our Savior Jesus Christ.

From the KJV Bible Luke 2: 1-21

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Luke 2:1-21
Merry Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010

A few more..

Cookies I added some more even though I have no idea how we are to eat all of them. I just talked to my sister and wished we were together in the kitchen together this year. Seems silly we were both baking some of the cookies. So here are a few of the cookies I baked this morning.

Polish Star Cookies dipped in Peppermint Chocolate
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Nutmeg Cookies
Candy Cane Dots

It is so hard to belive that Advent is now behind us. Tonight as a family we will watchThe Nativity Story (Widescreen & Full Screen Versions) , Attened Mass and praise God for the Birth of Jesus Christ.
Daddy and mommy will spend time finishing up food for Christmas day so we can relax as a family and just enjoy each other. It really is the most wonferful time of the year a time to relax and enjoy one another.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Daddy's Favorite Cookie

The Oatmeal Raisin cookie does not get much attention this time of year. My hubby loves the good old Fashioned kind anytime really. Since it is Christmas I choose to make this a little fancier. This is kind of a repost since I choose to join the cookie exchange. Here is the recipe and the link.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday- Baby CJ

Cookies and Baking for Christmas 2010

So every year we make way to many cookies and then end up sending them out to all our friends because we could not eat as many as we make . I then wonder oh my how did I gain so much weight it was only a  couple cookies and snacks each day:( Well this year is no different my girls remind me if I forget that it is indeed time for Christmas baking and music in our kitchen.  Now we bake and cook throughout Advent but the last week or two we kick it up.

My girls love helping me and I am so sorry I did not start sooner.  Sure they have made Mac and Cheese with me, Pancakes things like that but never big projects.

On our list this year we have the following to bake. Some with pictures some with links.

Starting on Dec 14th -we made These Oatmeal cookies which were a hit.
My big Helper for the day.

Mommy Cooking with little CJ. Yes you can cook with a baby really it just takes twice as long:)

Here they are so yummy!

Dec 15th- Russian Tea Cakes
Dec 16th/17th- German Pfeffernusse
Dec 18th- We made Ginger bread Houses in our new pan. These turned out really good and the recipe is on the back so no searching to find a great recipe.
                                                           Wilton 6 Cavity Gingerbread Village Cookie Pan
We also made a Gingerbread Trifle found here. This was so easy and everyone loved it.
Finished and everyone is waiting..

Grandpa was waiting..

So was our little Claudia.

Maybe next year.

What a sweetheart!

Dec 19th- Sweet and Crunchy Garland found in this wonderful book my big Sister bought for our family.
Kids in the Holiday Kitchen: Making, Baking, Giving

This is a must have for Christmas it is full of so much.

 Off the subject we were given this cookbook from my big sister a couple years ago. I use this cookbook a least once a week. Please find it and buy it you will love it!

Williams-Sonoma Family Meals: Creating Traditions in the Kitchen

Dec 20th- We made a Winter 2010 Chow and a Key Lime Mousse Pie oh yummmy!
Our finished Pie

My 7 year old took another picture good job Victoria.

The Winter 2010 Chow Had everything my girls love tis year.
Pretzels, peanuts, M&M's, Cherrios, Corn and Rice Chex brand Cereal, and Toy Story 3 Cereal. I never buy food with GMO's or Food coloring. We always try to buy Organic so this was a big treat. I think next year we will try a Organic Chow.

Dec 21st- We made another wonderful cake called nutty-orange-coffee-cake Thanks to Paula deen.  My picture is not all that great but it was so good.  Once again I ate way to much.
I would put this on a cake plate with some Powdered sugar much prettier.

Dec 22nd- Nutmeg Sparklers found in our Penzeys-Spice Mag., and Sugar cookies.
Dec 23rd- Polish Star Cookies and our Chocolate Nativity Mold for our Jesus Birthday cake.
Here is the mold we bought for the top of our Jesus Birthday cake. Thanks again Jessica
Nativity Set, Set of 2 Molds

About Polish Cookies.
The Polish Star Cookie in Polish is called gwiazdki z nieba, which means, "heavenly stars" or stars from the sky"  The star of Bethlehem is a very important part of a Polish Christmas Tradition. In Poland the Christmas Eve dinner is also known as the Star Supper. We will have these on Christmas Eve after Mass.

Dec 24th- I will make a cake for Jesus. It is a 3 layer Mocha Cake with a Whip Cream Topping.

Hope your having a blessed Advent !