Friday, November 30, 2007

Freebie of the Day- Book "The Evolution of a Creationist"

Download the free e-book The Evolution of a Creationist by Dr. Jobe Martin. I was fortunate to hear Dr. Martin speak at my high school about his experience of becoming a creationist. I read this book a few years ago and I remember it being easy to read as well as thorough in its explanations of Creationism. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says download/view the e-book.
Dr. Jobe Martin chronicles his personal journey from traditional evolutionary scientist to biblical creationist. Dr. Martin himself was a Zen Buddhist, agnostic, evolutionist but his medical and scientific training would go through an evolution...rather a revolution when he began to study the Bible and animals that challenged the scientific assumptions of his education. This was the beginning of the evolution of a creationist.

This book takes a look at animals that break all the evolutionary "rules". It examines the many problems with evolutionary theory and shows why the Bible is an excellent book of science.

*Extremely Cheap* Coupon Organization

I almost didn't post about this because, well, it's so cheap it's almost embarrassing (maybe I should save it for my Frugal Confessions post!). :)

Last month I was overwhelmed with coupons. My previous $1 organizer had become far too small to hold my growing coupon stash. Inspired by Crystal's great post on her coupon organizing technique, I was determined to create a way to store and easily find my coupons without buying anything.

While trying to come up with a solution using what I had on hand, I pulled out my envelopes to start making a system similar to hers, and decided, why not just use the envelope box?


I took out several envelopes and started labeling them right on the envelope. I intended to add an index card like hers, but never got around to it. I just moistened the flap and folded it into the inside of the envelope. Now I can organize and find my coupons so easily! My favorite part of the coupon organizer was that I didn't have to buy something for it- I had the .97 box of envelopes in the office (and I only used a few of them!). And, if I ever find a good deal on a storage shoe box, I can just transfer my envelopes over to it.

Check out Crystal's blog for more frugal tips!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

More Kids=Longer Life for Dads

Kelly posted a link to this article- a new study shows that fathers of more than three children are more likely to live to 100. Very interesting... perhaps God intended for us to work the land and have lots of children? ;)
A young, trim farmer with four or more children: According to a new study, that's the ideal profile for American men hoping to reach 100 years of age.

"We were surprised that having more than three children is beneficial to longevity -- based on previous studies by other authors, and common sense, quite the opposite could be expected," said study co-author Leonid Gavrilov, who conducted the study with his wife, Natalia Gavrilova, both of the University of Chicago's Center on Aging.

Read more...

Frugal Confessions Thursday

I am so excited about my new project over at my other blog, Frugal Dollar. Starting next week, each Thursday I am going to share with you my too frugal and not-so-frugal mistakes and obsessions, as well as open up the floor for you to share yours as well!

Here's the scoop:
We all have them- times when we were too cheap, times when we made poor financial decisions, and times when we were too extravagant. I have made many non-frugal and ultra-frugal decisions in the past and I want to share my mistakes with you! (I know, there might not be enough hosting space on Blogger! ;)

We are only human. No matter how hard we try, we will never stop making mistakes. Thankfully, our Lord is so forgiving, and His blood has covered our sins and mistakes. Through Him, we can get over ourselves, ask for and accept His forgiveness, stop feeling guilty about the past and go on to share what He has taught us. Sometimes we just need to let our guards down so that others can see where we've been and what we've learned from our mistakes. I know that for me, the process is also cathartic- it helps me to let go of all those mistakes by sharing them.

Read more...

I hope you will join us next week for Frugal Confessions Thursday at Frugal Dollar!

Freebie of the Day- $5 at KB Toys

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Menu Planning Using Your Computer

Planning my menus on Monday really helps keep me motivated to cook and especially helps me to plan out my grocery trips. I notice that when I don't plan, we are more likely to end up eating frozen food or going out.

Since my husband bought me a Mac, I have been using iCal- an easy to use calendar program to plan my menus each week. I type in the new meals I want to cook and as the month goes on, I see all of the possible menus I could create from the previous month's meals. I can quickly move each meal title around to plan out my menu, as well as add in new ones for the week. After I am done planning, I can print out my calendar for the week or month if I wish, or just set alarms for each day's meal to remind me when I open up the computer.

If you don't have a Mac, you can use Outlook's calendar in the same manner. If you don't have a Mac or Microsoft Outlook, you can download the free calendar program Sunbird from Mozilla (the company who makes the browser Firefox- while you are there you can download that for free too. You will never go back to buggy Internet Explorer!).

Planning menus easily certainly works for me!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Freebie of the Day- Maybelline Superstay Silky Foundation

Get a free sample of Maybelline's 16 hour foundation here. I love makeup samples like these because I don't have to waste $7-10 to figure out if the makeup works for me.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Turkey-free Menu Plans 11/26/07

Here are this week's menu plans involving no turkey, because we are pretty tired of it now! ;)

Monday- Chicken and dumplings, bread, green beans
Tuesday- Fiesta chicken pasta with red bell peppers
Wednesday- Meatloaf and mashed potatoes
Thursday- Chicken, broccoli, and rice casserole with homemade bread
Friday- Pizza night
Saturday- Leftovers
Sunday- Lamb/potato/onion crockpot dish (built from pantry contents!)

Check out more menu plans at OrgJunkie!

Freebie of the Day- 36 Wildlife Address Labels

Get 36 wildlife address labels for free from the National Wildlife Federation and E-Nature. These probably won't arrive in time for addressing Christmas cards, but maybe they'll arrive in time to use them for thank-you notes! :)

Great Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend. My family came over, and my husband got Wednesday through Friday off from work, which was a wonderful blessing in itself. He hasn't qualified for vacation at his work yet, so the extra days off were like a much-needed mini-vacation for us.

I was thinking on Thursday just how thankful I am for the blessings we have received this year. This was our second Thanksgiving in our lovely home, and this year not only do I have a wonderful and very loving husband and two precious little boys, God also gave me a healthy pregnancy, the easiest birth I have ever experienced, and a beautiful, healthy, smiling little baby girl.

He has given me one more year on this earth, and I am so very thankful for that. It makes me wonder what He has in store for the next year. As I look forward, it makes me think, am I serving Him with all of me? It's really the very least I could do for such a magnificent and loving God like Him. I don't deserve any of what He has given me, yet He loves me and still gives me all these blessings. What a wonderful God we are allowed to serve. I want to give Him all of me.

Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

5k is OVER and Happy Thanksgiving!

This morning, my husband, my brother and I ran the 5k! Wohoo- it's done! Of course, being in Texas, it's been 80 degrees up until this week, and this morning it was 35 degrees! We did 3.1 miles in the very windy cold in 39:52. I was quite excited to be under 45 minutes (that was my goal!) My family is here, the turkey is in the oven, the rolls are rising, and we are getting hungry already!
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Great Uses for Dawn

Linsey, one of the frugal bloggers at Wisebread, posted this article she found about original uses for Dawn. I am always on the look out for frugal hacks like this:

Ice Pack – We are always in need of ice packs. Store-bought kinds can be expensive, and the fillers aren’t always guaranteed to be nontoxic. To make your own, simply fill a strong freezer bag halfway with Dawn Original dish soap (the blue kind, non-ultra). Double-bag for extra leak protection. These super-soft ice packs are great for all kinds of injuries. (We use snack-size freezer bags to make kid-sized boo-boo packs!)

I love this idea. We don't have any special "boo-boo packs"- we usually use ice, which sometimes leaks when it melts. Making a Dawn pack is now on my to-do list! :)

Freebie of the Day- Money Management Binder

Get a free "Manage Your Money, Manage Your Life" Binder from Discover and Real Simple magazine. I just love every kind of binder or notebook. I don't do shoes, I do organizational tools! :)

Homemade Mocha Frappuccino's

It all started at Starbucks- really, who'd ever think of drinking frozen blended coffee? It sounds rather strange, but it's so very good! Word definitely got around, and Frappuccino spin-offs are now offered all over town!

We don't drink coffee at our house (we have another use for the coffee maker), but we love Mocha Frappuccino's (and now even Sonic has a very good ice cream based version!). The only problem is, if we bought ourselves Starbucks or Sonic everyday, our grocery bill would nearly double. We thought there must be a cheaper way to have these every day!

So to make our Mocha Frappuccino at home, we buy this cappuccino mix from Folger's, and add ice, Hershey's syrup, and milk in the blender to make a homemade cappuccino. My husband likes to drink these after lunch- he's our Frappuccino expert. One canister of the Folger's cappuccino mix costs about $3.50 and lasts us for six months or more. It's really good and so much cheaper than a $4 drink at Starbucks!

Check out more kitchen tips over at Tammy's Recipes!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Freebie of the Day- 6-in-1 Kobalt Screwdriver

Here is a link for an awesome stocking stuffer- a 6 in 1 screwdriver from Lowe's! We picked up one this weekend-it's very nice!

*Edited- this freebie has expired.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Freebie of the Day- Cooling Care Nursing Pads

For the new mommies- get four free Cooling Care™ disposable hydrogel nursing relief pads, "for use by mother between breast feedings to cool and soothe breast irritation and soreness."

Grocery Shopping...Frugally

We went grocery shopping on Monday, and as I was shopping I realized I have learned some things that have saved us a ton of money over the past few years. A lot of the things I've listed below may be really obvious to the savvy shopper, but they have definitely helped me since I've had my own family.

Most recently, I learned that equal quantity is not equal weight. This is very obvious in fruits and vegetables, but when you buy tortillas, and the two packages are sitting side by side, both 20 count, and one is cheaper, do you take the time to see if there is a difference in weight? Or do you just pick up the cheaper one? You could get 5 oz. more of tortillas for pennies. I've caught myself doing this time and again, because it's easy just to scan the quantity and price. The same with ice cream- they all seem the same size, but is one a half-gallon and one 1 1/2 quarts? If you pick up the 1 1/2 quart just because it slightly cheaper, you are probably not getting the best deal.

This also holds true for eggs at our store. The boys eat eggs for breakfast. On Monday, a dozen large eggs cost $1.86. I looked at the jumbo eggs, and they were $1.98. The large eggs were 24 oz and the jumbo eggs were 30 oz. It was only .13 for 25% more eggs! (The large eggs were .0775 cents per ounce. The jumbo eggs were .066 per ounce.) We needed those few extra ounces of protein for our growing little boys!

I noticed I never buy anything on the end cap (end of the aisle) without checking the section to price compare (or if you had one, a price book). On our way out, I saw a bottle of Karo syrup I needed for $1.93 in the holiday baking section in the main aisle. I picked it up, then went to the aisle where the rest of the corn syrup was located, where I saw the generic brand, same size for .92. I can tell you, I rarely find an end-cap item that is cheaper than it's competition.

I also always use competitor ads at Wal-Mart. They will price match local sales as long as they aren't what they call gimmicks- buy one get one free, or buy one get one for a penny. I added up the savings the last time I went shopping. I saved $12 on products I normally buy just by bringing in the ads.

Another strategy that saves our family a ton of money is don't be afraid to speak up. When I am shopping I look at the price of each item I buy when I pick it up. When I get to the register, I catch so many pricing errors because I watch the screen as the cashier scans each item. Don't feel bad for asking for the price they listed- it's your money, and you have the right to request that they honor their listed price.

On Monday, I bought some lemon juice and the price was off by 8 cents. I politely told the cashier the price it was supposed to be, and she quickly changed it for me. I had two, so I saved .16 just by saying a few words. On occasion I have had to wait while a manager checked the price. It has saved us so much money to carefully watch for price mistakes while checking out, and then after checking out, scanning the receipt to see if we had missed anything.

Wal-Mart also has a policy that if an item rings up incorrectly (and they go to verify it), you get the item for free if it's less than $3.00 or $3.00 off if it's more. A few weeks ago, we bought noodles that were on clearance on the end of the aisle, and they rang up at normal price. We didn't catch it until after we paid, so we went to the service desk and got a refund and got the item for free.

To get the most savings while you are shopping, the most important thing of all is to take your time. Comparing weights and quantities, checking prices, shopping competitor's ads, and watching carefully as you check out all take your time and concentration. I have seen in our lives that with just a little bit of extra time and effort you can save a ton of money at the grocery store.

Check out more frugal living tips at Crystal's blog.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Freebie of the Day- Teeccino Caffeine-free Herbal Coffee

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Eating at Chipotle Last Weekend

We are in the process of down-sizing our debts, so my husband and I went out last Saturday to the big city to shop for a very used car. After we went car shopping, we got to go on a mini date. We took Isabella with us and my mom watched the boys for us.

We went to Chipotle for dinner. We had been there once many years ago, but we were comparing it to our very favorite Freebird's burrito chain so we don't remember liking it. This time I ate a burrito bowl, and it was so good I am planning to replicate it here at home!


It had cilantro-lime rice, black beans, seasoned chicken, pico de gallo, sour cream, and romaine lettuce. I think my favorite part was the tangy rice- it makes my mouth water to think of it. It cost $5.75- not too awful for eating out, but I think we can make it for the whole family at that price! It's definitely going on next week's menu! :) YUM.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Freebie of the Day- Head & Shoulders Shampoo

Get a free sample of Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care or Smooth and Silky. Isabella has a little bit of cradle cap, and our pediatrician said to use Head & Shoulders on her head to cure it. I am going to try this when we get our sample in the mail!

He also recommended Neutrogena T-Gel- fortunately we had some left over from after Noah was born. It's working now but it reminds me of flea and tick shampoo- very stinky.

I Really Don't Enjoy Doing Laundry.

Whew. I'm glad that's out. (Is a girl whose blog has homemaking in the title allowed to say that?)

I dread doing the laundry. Keeping up with laundry for five is pretty tough, but it's mostly the folding and putting away of laundry that I dislike so much. I've searched for tips on how to make doing the laundry easier- all I could really find that would help me is a family closet in the laundry room. Our current laundry room for which I am extremely thankful is unfortunately far too small for a family closet.

Over the past couple of years, I have found a couple of things that really made laundry duty a little bit easier. I painted my laundry room hot pink (think Barbie pink) so I would like to be in there more. It is a much happier place now! I can see my laundry room glowing down the hallway. :)

I also found that placing each person's dirty clothes into individual hampers (as they are soiled) made a huge impact on the time I spend doing laundry. My husband, myself, the boys, and Isabella each have our own hamper. I only do laundry by person, when that person's hamper is full. This saves me a ton of time because I am only folding one person's clothes, so I have one pile and one location to take the clothes when they are folded. It seems to keeps me more motivated to fold the load as well.

I also try to do the laundry in the laundry room, straight out of the dryer so I don't have piles scattered all over the house. It's never going to get folded once it leaves the laundry room anyway. (The one person load works well too because I have limited space to fold). Sometimes, if it's quiet, I will bring my laptop in there and listen to Dave Ramsey or a sermon.

Making the laundry room a happy place, presorting our laundry, and actually doing all of the laundry in the laundry room really works for me.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Freebie of the Day- Degree Deodorant for Men

Here's a sample-sized Degree deodorant for the man in your life. It's a perfect replacement for those expensive travel-sized deodorants. Just leave it in the suitcase or travel bag for quick packing, or in your car console for emergencies!

Why Olive Garden Salad Tastes Better than Home

I worked at Olive Garden for several months when I was in college. Besides enjoying lots of good entrees, I got to eat salad pretty much every day I worked. Their salad is so good!

I got to see all of their ingredients of course, and even though I could replicate the ingredients at home (and you can even buy their dressing there!), it just wasn't the same.

You see, the beauty of an Olive Garden salad is not the lettuce or tomatoes or the dressing (although those are great!). It's the plate. They serve their salad on chilled plates. It makes the lettuce crisp and keeps it cold while you eat it. There is not much worse than wilted, soggy lettuce from a hot plate!

The chilled plate is not their only secret- it's also the timing. It is common to serve the salad before a meal at a restaurant, but we don't do this at home! I think that we don't stop to enjoy the taste of a salad when we serve it at the same time as the rest of the food. It just becomes something to fill up on instead of savor. The complexity of the entree detracts from the taste of the salad.

I put this to the test at home. Usually I serve salad along side of the entree. Which means it gets to be warm pretty fast. I rinsed some plates and put them into the freezer when I started cooking and then served the salad separately from the entree. It was so much better than usual!

If you are looking for an easy (and frugal!) way to liven up your everyday salad (besides eating at the Olive Garden! :) take a few extra minutes to try chilling your plate and eating the salad before the entree. It makes it so much better!

Check out Tammy's Recipes for more kitchen tips!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Menu Plans for the Week of 11/12/07

Monday- grocery and car shopping, dinner out at McAlister's (wohoo!)
Tuesday- Lamb and Black Bean Chili (we were given lamb, and this is the first time I have ever made lamb-anything!)
Wednesday- Tacos, Beans and Chips with Tangy Guacamole Dip
Thursday- Baked Potatoes with Queso, Salsa, and Sour Cream
Friday-Lamburgers with Avocado (if lamb actually tastes good and we feel like eating it again! :)
Saturday- Pizza night
Sunday- Chicken noodle soup and homemade bread

Check out more menu plans at Orgjunkie!

Freebie of the Day- Wildflower Seeds from Burt's Bees

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Three Cuties that Stole My Heart

I would be lying if I said that having three small children is easy- but when I look at each one of their precious faces, I remember that raising them is a daunting task because it so very important. Every single day I am helping to shape them into the adults they will become. It's such a great responsibility that it's scary- and yet at the same time I am so honored that God has allowed me to have these great little children.



Freebie of the Day- Slim-Fast Protein Chews

Get a free sample of Slim-fast's Protein Chews. I am definitely in for any free weight loss products! ;)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

CVS is my Favorite Store!

We just got back from the best CVS trip yet!

Here's what we bought:


The total before sales and coupons was $98.46, and I only spent $9 ECB's and $0.34 out of pocket. I got back $3.49 in ECB's. So my "total spent" was $5.48 for all of this! Of course only 34 cents came out of my pocket this week, the other $5.14 was from rolled over ECB's. I still have about $15 left in ECB's from last week.

Here's what I got:
1 Dawn
1 Trail Mix GrapeNuts
2 Large bags M&M's
2 Pampers Diapers Size 1 & 5
1 BC Powder
1 Blood Glucose Monitor
4 John Frieda Hair Products
1 Gallon Milk
4 Fruit2O's

At the bottom of my receipt it says, Today You Saved: $151.09. Oh yeah, baby! :)

Check out more deals others got this week at MoneySavingMom!

Freebie of the Day- Baby's Cereal Bowl


Free baby cereal bowl when you sign up for Beechnut's newsletter. I signed up with them before and received a very cute free bib.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

What Works for You? November '07 Edition

It's backwards day again over at Rocks in My Dryer....which means I get to ask a question again! Yay! My last question was about how to get a toddler to sit still in church, and you all were so helpful in giving me tips and tricks- thank you!

My question this week is now that we have a two month old, I am trying to get back into a schedule/routine, but she just won't sleep without me holding her. We've tried the bouncer/vibrating chair, and a playpen in the same room, but she will not sleep unless I am physically touching her. I love my sling but there are things that are difficult to do with her, like showering, drying my hair, sweeping, dishes, etc. Do you have any tips or tricks that help you get your baby to sleep without being in your arms?

A Match Made in Heaven

For last week's pumpkin carving display at his workplace, my fanatical hubby decided to show his undying love for....




Hondas.

(I'm sure it was because a pumpkin carving just wouldn't do my picture justice... ;)

Unusual Sight at our House

You know how if the house gets quiet, you know something is going on?

Well, I noticed a serious lack of noise, so I went to investigate. Expecting any number of awful things like the pantry contents being dumped on the floor or two little boys coloring on the wall, I was a little more than surprised to see this:



Elijah was rocking Noah in his arms, singing to him. Noah was pretending to be the baby with his old pacifier we found under the bed.

My little boys never cease to amaze me. :)

Freebie of the Day- Dove Hair Care

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Freebie of the Day- Reynold's Slow Cooker Liner

Get a free crock-pot liner here! I've never tried one before, but it seems like it would make cleaning up so easy!

Menu Plans 11/5/07

Here's our menu for this week (not a one bag= five dinners week like last week! :) Looks like we are going for a Mexican and good old American comfort food mix this week!

Monday: Taco Salad
Tuesday: Beef Enchiladas, rice, and beans
Wednesday: Chicken and dumplings (I'm hoping there might be a chill in the air to go with them!)
Thursday: Meatloaf (didn't get around to making that one last week)
Friday: Black beans and Mexican fiesta rice
Saturday: Chicken Spaghetti

Breakfasts: eggs, cereal, oatmeal, toast
Lunches: leftovers, soup, sandwiches


Check out more menu plans at Menu Plan Monday!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Victoria's Secret Deals 11/4/07

Thanks to the Bargain Shopper Lady, I saw this great deal at the Victoria's Secret online store. Buy any sweater (even clearance!) and get free boucle hat, gloves and scarf! Even sweeter than that, add these codes to get a free lip gloss 4 pack, another free lip gloss, and $5 off your first purchase! All that for about $17 shipped if you buy a clearance sweater- sounds like a few awesome Christmas gifts!

Me @ 26!


Thinking about this one.... :)

Saturday, November 03, 2007

CVS and Walgreen's Deals 11/3/07


This week's CVS deals- I spent $8 ECB's and .84 and left with $8.99 in ECB's, so I made .15 on all of this!

Soy joy bars 4/4
2 sudafeds
2 packs gum
2/10
- coupons
.36

cottenelle 5.99
rhoto eye drops 4.99 (free)
2/10
-coupons
.48



Walgreen's- I had a $10 reward I had to use before the 8th and we needed diapers and mousse, so it wasn't quite a money-maker or anything. I spent $2.46 after coupons and rewards. Not too bad... :)

Friday, November 02, 2007

Vision Forum Giveaway!

LifeinaShoe is holding a drawing for $250 to spend at the Vision Forum. You can enter until 11:59 CST tonight!

Here's my wishlist:
Raising Godly Children $45
A Biblical Blueprint for a Happy Home $20
Passionate Housewives Desperate for God $20
Building a Family that Will Stand $30
Back to Genesis $45
The Return of the Daughters $20
Raising Maidens of Virtue $20
Lion and Cross Shield and Sword 2 pack $35
Family Evangelism $10

I never win these random drawings but I keep trying! Maybe one lucky day.... :)

Lies Women Believe, Chapter 2, Part I

This is the second installment of the review of the book Lies Women Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

Lies Women Believe… About God

The author begins the chapter with how what we believe about God is the foundation of what we believe. DeMoss says, “What we believe about God determines the way we live. If we believe things about Him that aren’t true, we will eventually act on those lies and end up in bondage.”

In the first part of this chapter, she goes on to discuss several lies that women believe about God. One of my favorites was:

“God is not really enough.”
“When it comes down to it, we don’t believe God’s Word is sufficient to deal with our problems…. Sure I need God. But I need Him plus close friends, I need Him plus good health; I need Him plus a husband, I need Him plus children, I need Him plus a job that pays enough; I need Him plus a house with a microwave, a washer/dryer, a garage, and a fresh paint job…”
I see this lie happening in my own life. I know in my head that God is faithful and will provide for me, but my heart doesn’t quite believe it, so my hands get busy trying to solve the problem or come up with a way to get what I need.

Realizing this behavior is a based on a terrible lie really convicted me about my sin of unbelief. I am not fully giving over my burdens to the Lord, and sometimes I just don’t want to find the answers in His Word because I know it is not what I want to hear. I need God
plus a perfectly clean house, plus a vehicle with a 3rd row seat, plus perfectly behaved children.... and the list goes on.

DeMoss says,
“Do we truly believe God is enough, or are we looking to others things and people to fill the empty places of our hearts- food, shopping, friends, hobbies, vacations, our job, or our family?”

God’s truth is:
Psalm 73:25- 26
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

God’s Word is truth and reminds me of how incapable I am of anything without Him. It reassures me that
I don’t have to do it without Him, and that he is ALL I need.

Stay tuned for the next installment in the review of Lies Women Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Freebie of the Day- One Week Supply of DanActive Immunity Drink

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More Children= More Love!

I have heard so many times that if you have too many children they won't get enough attention. Since Isabella was born, I have been really surprised at how much attention she gets. Not only from me and my husband, but also the constant attention from one of her brothers.

If she needs to be put in her bouncy chair or laid down, she is surrounded by her older brothers, talking to her and showing her their toys, or singing to her. She gets so much more attention than the oldest did when he was a baby.

If she cries and I can't get to her, her brothers will retrieve the pacifier and give it to her. She has someone around her almost all the time. In some ways, I think it's actually easier to have three children than it is to have just one. You have two little helpers when the new baby comes.

I am holding her in my lap right now, and she is laughing and cooing at Elijah's made-up silly song for her. It is so precious to see the interaction between them. And instead of having just two loving parents, she's has four people that love her everyday.
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