Menu planning

I figured I’d post my menu for the next week and a half for the fun of it. Maybe it’ll inspire someone. Who knows. 🙂

Monday, Sept 26
– lunch: chicken & cheese hors d’oeuvre (lunchmeat chicken & blocks of mozzarella on toothpicks), grapes, crackers
– dinner: chicken & potato bake

Tuesday, Sept 27
– lunch: leftovers
– dinner: Shepherd’s pie

Wednesday, Sept 28
– lunch: leftovers
– dinner: homemade beef stew

Thursday, Sept 29
– lunch: pb&j, chips, fruit
– dinner: grilled cheese & tomato soup

Friday, Sept 30
– lunch: tuna on crackers, fruit
– dinner: pizza

Saturday, Oct 1
– lunch: chicken salad
– dinner: fish sticks, chips

Sunday, Oct 2
– lunch: chicken pot pie in crock pot
– dinner: leftovers, sandwiches, etc.

Monday, Oct 3
– lunch: leftovers
– dinner: Mexican night! Taco salad, beans, & rice

Tuesday, Oct 4
– lunch: leftovers, quesadillas for kids
– dinner: lasagna

Wednesday, Oct 5
– lunch: leftovers and/or cheese crackers, etc.
– dinner: chipotle chicken wraps, fruit & veggies or smoothies

Not impressive by any means, but I like simple. 😉 What are some good recipes you’ve tried lately and/or really enjoy? I’m always looking for new ideas, especially soup/stew since autumn is here! Please share in the comments!


Your love is stronger than…

My kids love singing the song “Your love is, your love is, your love is, STRONG!” that they’ve heard many times in church on Sunday mornings. That’s probably why I get that song stuck in my head so easily, but actually I’m okay with that. Because His love IS strong. I felt like I should journal just what exactly His love is stronger than. So here’s a look into my journal from earlier this evening.

Your love is stronger than…
– my fears
– my insecurities
– my mistakes
– any risks I (we) take
– worldly desires
– envy & jealousy
– the American Dream
– temptation
– bitterness
– pain, whether physical or otherwise
– hopelessness
– depression
– anger & rage
– doubt
– unwillingness to change
– a stubborn heart
– the needs we see
– addictions
– mindsets
– death, hell, & the grave

Isn’t that powerful? His love is strong!

Please leave a comment saying which one of these (if any) stuck out to you and why. And/or add to the list! Oh, and next time you see my kids, ask them to sing the “your love is strong” song. I’m sure they’ll be happy to oblige. 🙂

From my journal

2 Timothy 3:5 reads,

“They will act religious, but they will reject the power that can make them godly. Stay away from people like that.”

Whoa. I try too hard to do things in my own strength. Is this not, in a way, rejecting the power – the resurrection power! – that makes me godly?

Chewing on this. And praying for God’s power to get over myself & move in His Spirit!

Parenting Wild Things – Embracing the Rumpus (book review)

My friend, Jessica Bowman, sent me her new ebook the other day. It’s called “Parenting Wild Things: Embracing the Rumpus”. I was really looking forward to reading it because Jessica’s blog is great – witty, honest, & applicable – and I like her style of writing. Jessica has 4 children of her own & as she mentions in her book, over a decade of parenting under her belt.

In her book, she opens up a window into her home & invites you to learn along with her as she shares the reality of what life is like with children. The book, in my opinion, is about a change of mindset. From learning not to compare yourself & your children to others, to seeing your children with a new set of eyes, to learning creative ways to discipline, this book has practical advice on how to correctly respond instead of react to our children.

Giving real life examples from her family, and a look into her past & upbringing, & also being honest about how she wants to continue to change, Jessica pulls you in & makes you think, “Yeah. I can try that. I DO want to have a better relationship with my kids!”

One unique thing with her book is that at the end of each chapter is a “Chapter Challenge” so you can immediately apply what you just read about before you forget what was said.

Even if you find you may not agree with everything written in the book, it is a wonderful & quick read & I think we can all learn from it.

*I was given the ebook for free in exchange for reviewing the book, but I was not told that I had to give a good review. All these opinions are honest & I really do recommend purchasing a copy for yourself. You will be helping out a family in need as well. Here is the info to make the purchase today!


Sam starting throwing up early Thursday morning. That’s a great way to start a blog post, huh? 🙂

So, he was sick all day Thursday and only had a fever for a couple hours. Now, if you remember what the weather was this week, you would realize that Thursday and Friday were in the 40’s. FORTIES, people! I had big plans of walks, possibly the zoo, possibly meeting up with friends, going to the park, etc. I was going to enjoy the almost spring weather, by golly. Then Sam got sick. And we spent the day inside.

On Friday he was doing pretty good and even started jumping up and down Friday night. So we thought he was on the mend. But we stayed in that day as well just in case. At one point I had plans to go out two different times for Friday night, but those of those plans fell through. I tried to make last minute plans, but no one was available. So I spent a couple of hours alone… Organizing our spare bedroom/school room. And I had FUN! 🙂

Then Saturday morning Sam wakes up, crawls in our bed, and threw up. Lol yes, in our bed. (I need to mention here how I hate doing pukey laundry!) He also was showing signs of dehydration, so I told him we’d have to take him to the hospital, explained briefly the IV they’d do, and that was enough for him to decide to drink. After drinking some, and having crackers, he was sitting up, playing games, and acting better. And this morning, he’s fine! We are so thankful for friends & family for praying for his healing!

So this morning we skipped church, just in case he’s still contagious, and to help him gain back strength and not overdo it. But I didn’t want to just be bored again today, so I decided to teach the lesson they were supposed to learn about today at church. It was the story of Rahab & how she saved the spies. So I told the story then we made a “wall” from a bunch of boxes, left a space for a window, and each kid took turns lowering a “spy” (played by Sam’s superheroes) through the window. Even Micah tried!

I got pictures of it, and they look so cute, but I still haven’t figured out how to add them with this app I’m using, so I’ll ask Chris for help & hopefully get them on soon.

P.S. – Texas was great!! I loved spending time with my brother, sister, and nephew. They are a wonderful family!!
P.P.S. – anyone know why I titled this post lemonade? Make a guess in the comments below. 😉



I’m on my way to see my brother, his wife (my best friend!), and their new baby. I’m actually in the air while writing this (to be published later). I am flying with just Micah, my one year old. I left my older two in the very capable hands of my wonderful husband. It’s funny. We told them this morning that I was leaving but also played it up that Daddy was staying home all week so it would be “Dad Camp” for them. They also get special cookies – one a day – to count down the days I’m gone. I thought they’d be concerned with me leaving, but they couldn’t wait to get rid of me (lol) because they knew so many fun things were going to be happening soon. That’s good, though. 😉

Micah has been the best traveling buddy! He’s made so many people smile, he has only fussed once or twice & that was briefly, for a reason, and easily remedied. He has been cheerful, the taking off & landing hasn’t bothered his ears, and he’s slept 2 out of the 3 “legs” of the trip. I thank God for such a great trip so far, and I’m not even there yet!

I’m looking forward to blessing my sister-in-law and brother this week. I hope to be able to spend time with my best friend, finally squeeze my nephew (I have a nephew!!), and catch up with my brother. I’m excited to serve them in any way possible & it’s going to be great!

God gave me this opportunity, I am so full of joy, and have literally been smiling all day. It’s so much better to have God’s joy, be prayerful & thankful, and give Him the credit than it is to be grumpy, impatient, & forget what life is all about while traveling. God is good and it’s going to be a great week!

Many happenings

Whoa. I haven’t blogged since October. Oops! 🙂

So a lot has happened since then. Micah is not only walking, but he is running now. He loves to steal a toy from Addison, then run as fast as he can, just to get a reaction out of her! It is hilarious. If you see him, you would know right away by the bruises & bumps that he doesn’t always know how to stop running without something stopping him. He just turned 1 on Sunday (the 23rd). Let’s just say the 3rd baby’s first year flies by quicker than the first two kids. Crazy.

Samuel is 4.5, is very smart and is using it for his advantage. 😉 He is a deep thinker & stumps us a lot. We just got a new Bible – the Jesus Storybook Bible – because the others were getting too boring for him. We were all getting frustrated because Chris and I know the Bible’s not boring, and we want Sam to love it. This new Bible brings every story back to Jesus and it is amazing. Sam not only listens to the stories, but he asks questions. It is great!

Addison turned 3 on Friday, and she is getting so big! We memorized Philippians 2:2 a couple weeks ago and Addison can say it all by herself. And I’m not talking about a short version. I mean the whole non-dumbed-down version. It surprised me and also made me realize the responsibility I have in teaching our kids the Bible!

Our church has been doing 21 days of fasting & prayer and it has been amazing. Family members have been reconciled, people have come to church that wouldn’t before, attitudes have changed, & our church has seen the most people ever been ministered to this past month. This past week we reached over 300 people with our various ministries. God is so good!

Oh and another thing! My brother and sister-in-law had their first baby! Dominic Truth Parker was born in Texas on January 20, 2011 at 8:44pm after a long labor (and 2 weeks past his due date!). He was 8 lbs 7 oz & 20.5 inches long. He is absolutely gorgeous & I get to go see him soon! I am very excited!

Well that’s a quick catch up. Next time I blog there should be pictures. Thanks for reading!