Monday, August 31, 2009

Megan's First Giveaway

My oldest daughter Megan is having her first giveaway. woo hoo!!!!!!

So please go check it out and leave her a comment to enter. Because as we all know we all love giveaways, and comments.

It Is Well

Have you ever wondered why something happens then days, weeks later its like a brick hits you in the head? Well the past month or so its been total hell in our house. One thing or another.
To the point my husband and I have barely spoke to one another for the past month.
I felt like I had forgiven him for what had happened. But as in a previous post I just couldn't forget about it. I think I was being a bit, well maybe alot rebellious. I wanted to hold onto the bitterness because I didn't want to submit to God that once again He was right. No I don't believe the situation was handled the right way. But I do believe things are better because of it. I do believe God has it all in control and I have to let him have that control again and work things out for all involved.
As for as the brick hitting me in the head. Saturday evening it dawned on me that a while back I got mad about things going on. And I yelled at the devil that he wasn't going to have my family. I began praying for my family more, and Megan and Denny began coming to church regularly. Then Denny's Mom has started coming with them, and even his Dad has come on one occasion. God is working in our lives. And the devil is mad. But you know what he will get over it. Because greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.
So Devil come what may: YOU CAN'T HAVE MY FAMILY.

Baking Cookies

This is how Makayla and I spent our Saturday afternoon. We tried a new recipe for Peanut Butter cookies. Yum!!!
I told Megan they still weren't like the ones I remember their Grandma making when we were younger. They would melt in your mouth. She told me I cooked them too long. That they need to still be soft in the middle when taken out of the oven. And let them finish cooking while there cooling.
Next is white chocolate chip cookies. So if anyone has a good recipe for them and wouldn't mind sharing please do. They are one of my step-daughters favorites and I promised her the next time they came down we would make them.

Friday, August 28, 2009

At a loss

I can't believe it has been two weeks since I have blogged. Can't seem to get motivated to do much these days. Have so many loose ends in my life right now that I would like to see all the pieces start falling together the way I want. Maybe that's the problem maybe its wanting things my way aren't His ways. Even though my way seems to be the best way for everything to work out. Have been looking for a job, something. There is just so much house a person can clean while their daughter is at school. Strange how the song I put on here weeks ago still speaks volumes about where I am right now.

I'm at a loss for words, there's nothing to say
I sit in silence wondering what led me to this place
How did my heart become so lifeless and cold
Where did the passion go?
When all my efforts seem like chasing wind
I've used up all my strength and there's nothing left to give
I've lost the feeling and I'm numb to the core
I can't fake it anymore.

Here I am at the end I'm in need of resurrection
Only You can take this empty shell and raise it from the dead
What I've lost to the world what seems far beyond redemption
You can take the pieces in Your hand and make me whole again, again
You speak and all creation falls to its knees
You raise Your hand and calm the waves of the raging sea
You have a way of turning winter to spring
Make something beautiful out of all this suffering

chorus 2:Here I am once again I'm in need of resurrection
Only You can take this empty shell and raise it from the dead
What I've lost to the world what seems far beyond redemption
You can take the pieces in Your hand and make me whole again, again
You have a way of turning winter to spring
Make something beautiful out of all this suffering

12-Layer Chocolate Cake

is having Chocolate Friday.

So here's my recipe for chocolate.

12-layer chocolate cake

4 cups sugar
4 sticks butter
6 tbsp Crisco
5 cups self-rising flour

8 eggs

2 1/2 cups buttermilk

2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Combine sugar, butter, Crisco, eggs, and buttermilk, and vanilla. Cream together until smooth. Blend in flour a little at a time: mix for about two minutes. Bake very thin layers until done. I use a measuring cup and put one cup of batter in each pan. I spray my pans and put wax paper in them. The wax paper helps me to pull each layer out and put more batter into them before waiting for them to cool. Unless your fortunate enough to have 12 cake pans.

Chocolate Icing

4 cups sugar
2 sticks butter
6 tbsp. cocoa
1 cup milk

Melt butter, sugar and cocoa in saucepan. Add milk, bring to a boil. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat. Ice cake when icing begins to thicken. If it becomes to think rewarm. You want it to drizzle, syrupy, not real thick.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Vote For Emily

Megan entered Emily in a cloth diaper calendar contest by sending in a picture of her in one of her cloth diapers. The 12 babies with the most votes will be featured in the calendar, but the 1st, 2Nd and 3rd place winners each get a prize! Top prize is $150 in (cloth) diapers! So go on the link above and leave a comment for our little model please. Emily is picture #2.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Makayla's Haircut

Makayla's been wanting to get her hair cut short. It is so hot here with heat indexes nearing 110. Last summer her hair was long almost all the way down her back. We cut it mid back well as you can see in the pics. Then this time she went really short. Funny to think she use to say she wanted it to grow to her ankles, but after a summer of it being almost to her waist. She said enough.


I hear alot that when you forgive someone you forget what they have done to you. I'm sure some will disagree with me, but I don't think this is always possible. Sometimes the hurt is just so deep you wonder if you will ever get past it. I know that with God all things are possible, and in time that might happen. But right now, I just can't come to grips with what has happened. I pray for answers everyday, but somehow, there just not there. I'm sure there's a lesson to be learned here somehow, somewhere. But where is it? How do you get answers, when they just don't seem to come? You pray and pray for wisdom in certain situations, but nothing seems to get any better. Can you tell I'm tying a knot in the end of my rope. No I don't mean as far as my belief and faith in God. That will never waiver. His ways are not our ways. And I'm sure he has it all in control, but then theres the BUT. The what ifs? The hurt, the disbelief, the broken trust, the disrespect., and the loss of respect. How do you get past all that other than with time.?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Check It Out

I haven't ever tried to put a link from you tube. Can't get it to show the little box, just the link. But go check it out. It's awesome.

Friday, August 7, 2009

We're finally home !!!

Before moving here we basically lived in the vicinity of where I had lived all my life. I had went to the same church all my life and I could never see myself leaving. But after almost two years of driving about 45 minutes each way for three services a week, then we went to two services and then it was just Sunday morning. During the summer when there was six of us getting ready and leaving an hour before church even started, it just got too stressful. We tried two or three churches here in town a few times, but none really felt like home. Well the weekend that Makayla had to go to the burn center for her hand, we were all exhausted. So that Sunday morning we went to . And from that moment we knew we were at home. I have never met people that are so caring and full of love. There hasn't been a service yet that someone doesn't greet us and the pastor always hugs us. The third service that we were there the pastor (Bro. Will) came over and put his arm around Makayla and prayed for the burns on her hand. That touched me in such a way. For someone to go above and beyond the call of duty. Then I asked Megan to go with us. Her first question after arriving, was are you sure this is a baptist church? Everyone is so friendly. Then the next week Denny, her husband came with her. And now even his Mom is coming with them, and she is asking others in her family to come too. So I know for sure now that this is the church were suppose to be at. It's an awesome growing church, that if you live close by you should try. But you have to get there early it's standing room only on Sunday mornings.