Showing newest 14 of 17 posts from September 2011. Show older posts
Showing newest 14 of 17 posts from September 2011. Show older posts

Creative Monday Preview for UpScale This

Sep 26, 2011

The weather has turned quickly cool at our house, so the fall decorations came springing to life.  Since next week is the October installment of UpScale This, I decided to look for a pumpkin to upscale to get your ideas flowing for your entries into next week's linky party!

I found this cute little wooden pumpkin at the thrift store just a few blocks from my house. {dangerous}

I added a quick coat of paint.

Then I traced in onto some scrapbook paper and kept trimming away a bit at a time until it fit perfectly.  I cranked up photoshop to create a cute tag shape, added my words, and voila:

The copper leaves I cut out of a pop can and spray painted.  Very easy.  It fits perfectly with my pumpkin mantlescape this year!

So don't forget to come back here next week to link up your UpScale This pumpkins!  I can't wait to see all that you have created!

Linking up today to:

The Girl Creative


Family Friendly Movies

Sep 22, 2011

On a recent trip to the video store to find a movie for my daughter and a friend, I was completely appalled at the choices.  Every cover jacket was either covered in smut or gore.  What in the world has the entertainment industry turned into?  Do we not have any better taste than the garbage that is being produced these days?

Our choices were very slim, and I was disappointed.  In recent weeks a couple of movies have come to my attention, and I want to encourage you to support them and send Hollywood the message that we are tired of family UNfriendly movies!

Here are a few suggestions:

How about heading out to the theater for a family night out?  If these movies do well in the theater, then maybe we can finally start having more family movie choices!

Do you have any other family friendly movies you've watched lately?  Would you share them with us in the comments?


OneVerse - Translating God's Word into the World's Languages

Sep 21, 2011

Is your bible one of your most treasured possessions?  Can you imagine living without a bible?

In our modern world it is difficult to believe that millions of people do not have access to the Bible. Would you believe 340 MILLION people?  OneVerse is working to change that:

The stories come pouring into OneVerse about the effects the bible translations are having all over the world as the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ is revealed:

  • Nesrah didn’t marry a scoundrel, but Saman had turned into one. Her bootlegging husband was drunk much of the time, and now promoted a radical South Asian sect opposed to her new Christian faith. Nesrah couldn’t turn to either set of parents for help. Both their fathers were shamans.  So Nesrah prayed. The next time Saman came home drunk and began to argue, she remained calm. She continued to do so. Finally one day he asked why she acted so differently. She told him about the peace Jesus gave her. When he sobered up, she suggested that he go to a Christian rehab facility … and he agreed to go!  Each day during his treatment Saman listened to Scripture. God’s Word gripped his heart as he heard, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household” (Acts 16:31, NLT). As Saman embraced these words, God transformed his life.  Later when a Bible translation project began for his Ula mother tongue, a local pastor recommended Saman for training as a translator. Today, Saman shares God’s life-changing Word with his people.

  • The Takuu people of Papua New Guinea live in fear of spirits. Accidents, illness and death are believed to be punishment from angering these spirits. Each clan is represented by a certain spirit, or totem.  Abraham is a member of a clan whose totem is the crab. One day after
    Abraham had accepted Christ as his Savior at a translation workshop, he and some friends spent a day at the beach. While they were there, they roasted crabs over a fire and ate them.  When his father learned of Abraham’s meal, he shouted, “How could you break the taboo? You have endangered us all!” His eyes blazed with anger. “Because of this you are no longer my son; I will not say ‘kaisuru’ for you!”  At the traditional Takuu funeral service, a particular family member performs a protective ritual, called “kaisuru,” to assure the deceased’s soul is granted entrance into “the place of the good spirits.” If the ritual is not performed precisely, the Takuu believe the angry spirits will curse the entire clan.  As a Christian, Abraham knew he didn’t have to fear curses from spirits. He realized he didn’t need his father’s intercession. “I no longer worry if I die; Jesus is my ‘kaisuru’!”

Gifts of $26 provide funds for the process of translation, which is intense and time consuming.  Each and every verse must go through the same process:
  • Creating a first draft translation of the text
  • Forming a language team to review the first draft of the translation
  • Testing the new draft of the translation within the indigenous community
  • Checking the translation by translating the draft back into English or another major language
  • Professional language consultants to review and check the translation
  • A final check of the translation prior to publication

    Undergirding each of these project steps are training and mentoring, consultation for translators, computers, printers, translation software, office supplies, transportation, salaries or the equivalent and other necessities.
It is an immense task.  But in obedience, we must tackle the challenge.  Hundreds of tribes and villages have been waiting 2000 years for the salvation found only in God's word.

They should not wait any longer!

Could you give $26 for a verse?  
How about a verse per month? 

Now is the time to end bible poverty!

Support Bible Translation - Become a OneVerse Partner Today

I invite you to visit oneverse and see the many different ways you can get involved in this life changing work.


The Horrors of Living in an Old House

Sep 20, 2011

We live in a house that is over 100 years old.  Can you say "unforeseen repairs"?  How about "money pit"?  This was the scene at our house on Sunday afternoon. (So much for an afternoon of snuggling and football.)

What started out as a small hole behind the medicine cabinet to find a leak, slowly and painfully turned into this:

And then a second bathroom became involved:

Wouldn't you know, the leak is somewhere between the two floors?  Of course it is...sigh...

As of today, we do have water running, thank heavens, but permanent repair is at a stand-still until my brother brings a piece of equipment that Husband needs to run new lines and finish the task.

I can't tell you how thankful I am for Husband who is handy!  If he doesn't know how to do a home repair, he just looks it up and learns how to do it!  We'd never survive all those repairman bills in this house!


Creative Monday - A Birch Log Candle Cozy

Sep 19, 2011

I love the site of birch trees when we travel north on vacations.  They start appearing in northern Wisconsin and become thicker and thicker the farther north we go.  I love their white trunks, especially at dusk when they really stand out.

On our trip to Canada this year I decided that a piece of birch would be coming home with me.  I just wasn't sure what I was going to do with it.  After much thought, I decided it would make a lovely candle cozy!

Husband helped me saw my large log into two pieces.  This is the short one of the two.

Then I took a spade bit, which fits into a drill, to carve out the holes for the candles.  My spade bit was 1 1/2", which was perfect for a tea light candle.

It took a while to drill through that much wood, but I just took my time. I made three holes so that it would look like a three wick candle. I can't wait to add it to my next mantle decor!

Don't forget to be watching your thrift stores so that you can participate in "UpScale This" the first Monday of the Month.  October's theme is pumpkins.  Check out the details here!


Are You Living a Counterfeit Version of You?

Sep 15, 2011

I'm currently reading "The Me I Want To Be" by John Ortberg with my small group.  I've read the first several chapters many times already because it is ringing so true for me.

I thought I would share with you something that I feel we as women all struggle with, just to give you "Something To Think About" today!!

Sometimes we project "counterfeit" versions of ourselves in an effort to fit in.  But God created you to be YOU and no one else.  Maybe you can resonate with some of these false versions:

  • the me I pretend to be
  • the me I think I should be
  • the me other people want me to be
  • the me I'm afraid God wants
  • the me that fails to be
Not only do we think that we fail to live up to everyone's expectations, but I think we also feel that God expects more or something differently from us.  In that line of thinking we fail to realize that God delights in us just as we are, in the person He created us to be.

"The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love."
Psalm 147:11

It doesn't say He delights only in those who rise early and spend 3 hours in prayer and study.  It doesn't say He delights only in those who practice every spiritual discipline. It doesn't say He delights only in those who live a perfect life.

No...He delights in those who put their HOPE in Him.

How about spending a little time today basking in the glory of the acceptance of your Heavenly Father?

Just something to think about................


Wordless Wednesday

Sep 14, 2011


Life is a Cycle of Change - Time for a New Season

Sep 13, 2011

I have been so blessed to be a stay-at-home mom for over 14 years.  I've had the occasional part time job here and there, but they were all during the school day and could easily accommodate our family schedule.  I have loved being available for my girls whenever they needed me at school functions or sick days.  As my two youngest girls have entered sixth and fourth grade, a new season is upon us.

As so many one income families know, sometimes the sacrifices you make for your family can be huge.  We would never have done it any other way, but the cost sometimes begins to stack up!  As I've stayed home the paint has peeled right off the house.  Our second car is falling apart at the seams, literally!  Squirrels have chewed holes in our fireplace walls.  Sometimes bills are paid late.  Remodeling and repairs have been put off for years at a time. (no that's not really my house, but you get the idea!)

So a new season begins....going back to work.  I'm not sure what it will look like, or how many hours just yet, but I have a couple different opportunities.  Honestly, I'm a little nervous.  I am a person of solitude.  I like a lot of time to myself, so this adjustment could be difficult. My schedule has been all mine for quite some time now, so working on someone elses time will be challenging for a bit!

One of the biggest changes of all may be this blog.  I'm fearful of trying to keep my house and children in order on less time and not having time to write and connect with all of you.  I will be so thankful for your grace and continued support as I work through this new season of change.


Creative Monday Tablerunner

Sep 12, 2011

You've probably noticed that I love going to thrift stores!  It's like a giant surprise every time you go because you just never know what you are going to find!  Garage sales are the same way, but I don't usually find as much there anymore.  I happened across an estate sale a few weeks ago and found a linen table cloth.  It had a few stains but I thought I could cut it up and use it somehow.

I decided to make a table runner.  So I cut out two sections that were stain free, added a piece of fabric in the middle that matches the curtains in the kitchen.

I simply sewed the pieces together and then baste stitched down the outsides so I could create a ruffle.

I had a small piece of the fabric left, so I re-lined the basket that sits on the table with the salt, pepper and napkins in it.
Add fresh flowers and Grandma's teacup...done.


31 Days to Clean - One Week Down!

Sep 9, 2011

Homemakers Challenge

Wow! It has been quite a week of cleaning and reflecting.  The devotions have been awesome, and I hate to admit, so has the cleaning.  It's not my favorite thing, but it was long over due, so when it is getting done it feels really good.  I've even filled several give-away boxes.

The kitchen is probably my least favorite place to clean because it never stays that way!  It was nice to start out the week with something nice and off the fridge.  It had gotten especially messy recently.  Once everything was taken down, the family was confused by the glaring white reflection in the kitchen!

This is my baking cabinet, and since the kids are in here often, it tends to get a bit unorganized.  I took everything out and started over!
 Ahh. So much better.
 I have wrestled with this pantry since we moved into this house 12 years ago!  It is a strange shape, with tiny shelves on both sides, and the big opening on the bottom.  For years I have looked for a bigger drawer organizer to fit into that space.  I was doing the happy dance in Target the other day when I finally found what I had been looking for....

Oh yeah!  I could FINALLY put all those chip bags into a drawer instead of them littering every single shelf!  This keeps things off the floor as well.  I could then organized all my pastas on the top shelf and reorganize and tidy the rest of the pantry.
 Sarah Mae should be proud of this cabinet....except with all those mugs you'd think we have 10 coffee drinkers in our house instead of just ONE!  Many were sent to the donation box and I was able to clear up one whole shelf of space!
 I was glad I was the only one home during this project!  Sometimes there are just too many opinions!  Many of these items were able to go in the donation pile as well.
 This feels so much nicer!
It's been a busy week, but I am feeling really good about all the progress that I have made.  How about you?


Corn Salsa Recipe

Sep 8, 2011

My daughter K loves to cook and try new things. She must get that from her big sister, because I am not usually inclined to just look for something to try! But she saw a recipe for Corn Salsa on the Food Network channel and really wanted to try it. So she added all the ingredients she needed to my grocery list and waited, and waited for grocery day!

I was a little skeptical, remember I don't try new things, but it is fantastic and I can't stop eating it! It's an added bonus that it is good for you, using corn and beans and all! Here's the recipe:

* 4 ears corn, shucked
* 3 tomatillos, papery outer skin removed
* 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
* 2 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
 * 4 scallions, thinly sliced
* 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped, optional
* 1/4 to 1/2 cup white vinegar
* 1/4 cup canola oil
* Kosher salt
* 1/2 bunch cilantro, leaves roughly chopped

Directions Preheat the grill to medium. Use a wire grill brush to loosen any crud or soot from the grate. Use an oiled side towel to remove any loosened crud. Put the corn and the tomatillos on the grill and grill until they get charred and black on all sides. Remove from the grill and let cool. Cut the kernels from the corn cob and scrape any residual bits of corn off the cob. Scrape any really charred bits of skin off the tomatillos and then cut them into 1/2-inch chunks. In a large bowl, combine the corn, tomatillos, black beans, garlic, scallions, and jalapenos, if using. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the vinegar and oil. Pour over the salsa and season with salt, to taste. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if needed. Toss in the cilantro and serve.

We made a few adjustments.  Since K was making this on her own, I didn't send my 11 year old out to grill the corn and tomatillos.  She cooked the ears of corn on the stove pot in boiling water.  As a matter of fact, our garden was done with tomatillos, so we didn't add them at all.  Likewise, I'm not a fan of hot, so we didn't add the jalapeno either.

Feel free to make your own adjustments.  It makes a nice big bowl, so it would be a great dish to take to a potluck.

Happy snacking!


Can a Modern Woman Practice Spiritual Disciplines?

As I venture into part two of this discovery, be sure to go to yesterday's post to catch up on our discussion!

I think many would say that their view of the Spiritual Disciplines might line up with thinking of a monk's life in a monastery!  Do you think of a silent lifestyle, praying 10 hours a day and eating only vegetables?  Is it really for me, an every day ordinary, modern christian woman?


As my faith walk has grown, and I'm sure yours as well, we are ready for bigger and better pieces of a life with Christ. 

  • 1 Corinthians 3:2 NIV

    I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.
  • Hebrews 5:12 NIV

    In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!
  • Hebrews 5:14 NIV

    But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
So if you have been walking with Christ for a while, you should be eating solid food! While reading this book, Intimate Faith. A Woman's Guide to the Spiritual Disciplines, I discovered that as my faith walk has grown over the years, I was already practicing many of these disciplines in my life!  Let's look at them.

  • submission
  • humility
  • study
  • simplicity 
  • sacrifice
  • fasting
  • chastity
  • secrecy
  • solitude
  • silence
  • prayer
  • meditation
  • service
  • fellowship
  • confession
  • worship
  • celebration
If you are a new believer in Christ, this list may look intimidating and difficult.  Be encouraged!  As your life in Christ matures, many of these items will naturally find a place in your daily life.  If you are a seasoned believer in Christ, you can probably look at this list and see where your faith and obedience has grown.

The disciplines are not meant as a list to check off like a to-do list.  Instead I have discovered that through the practicing of each of these gifts, I grow closer to God.  I can't help be lean into Him, celebrating, worshiping, praying and meditating on who He is in my life.  If we're living a biblical life, these things come naturally.

I'd like to encourage you to research the Spiritual Disciplines and find the peace and hope that resides inside each one. Allow them to bring you closer and closer to the heart of  God.   If you've read through the new testament, you'll notice that each of these were practices of Jesus.  Now that is an example that I want to follow!


Can a Modern Woman Practice Spiritual Disciplines?

Sep 7, 2011



  1. training to act in accordance with rules; drill: military discipline.
  2. activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training: A daily stint at the typewriter is excellent discipline for a writer.
  3. punishment inflicted by way of correction and training.
  4. the rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc.: the harsh discipline of poverty. behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control: good discipline in an army.
Discipline is a scary word.  Just looking at some of the words in the definition can send us running!  Let's face it, no one wants to willingly place themselves in the way of "punishment inflicted by way of correction and training".  It does sound like something that should be stuck in the stone ages.
Is this what's involved in exercising the Spiritual Disciplines?  Have we come to expect punishment from God if we aren't following the rules, participating in bible study or having consistent quiet times?
Want the honest truth?  I've avoided studying the disciplines for that very reason.  I was afraid it was one more item on a "to-do" list with God that I just couldn't do.  So if I didn't study them, I could claim ignorance, right?  I'm sure you know the answer to that question!

So I finally(and by finally I mean years later) found a book that would walk me through the disciplines and give me a better understanding of the entire idea:  Intimate Faith. A Woman's Guide to the Spiritual Disciplines by Jan Winebrenner. 
I had no idea how wrong I was about the subject!

{Will you come back tomorrow as I share with you all that I have learned?  I hope to see you then!}



Pinterest! I Heart You!

Sep 6, 2011

I've begun a love affair with Pinterest.  The inspiration and beauty found there is amazing.  I thought I would share a few things I've come across this week.

Source: via Cherie on Pinterest
Source: via Cherie on Pinterest
Source: via Cherie on Pinterest
Source: via Cherie on Pinterest
Source: via Cherie on Pinterest

Just the beauty I needed today.

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