"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

May 31, 2008

Too funny!

At the wedding the subject of navagation systems came up quite a bit...

~Could've been because the location of the wedding was tricky to get to even with a GPS
or it could've been because I was standing next to my hubby who kept bringing up the subject, because he is crazy about his. ; )

Anyway, we met a couple who:
has a GPS
hasn't seen the movie RV
is also goofy enough to name their's
and guess what they call it?!

I kid you not...

"Lola" in Spanish!!!


LOL!!! Too weird.


May 29, 2008

Jammed packed!

This is one of those weekends.....

The FULL but FUN type....

Friday we have a wedding that we will be going out of town for. Its at an estate near the beach for a friend of my hubby's from work....
And we'll really be counting on "Lola" to pull through for us on this! : )
We've been lost and late to more than a few weddings... (there's a list)
"Go Lola, go Lola.." LOL!

Saturday we have a sweet family from church coming to dinner....

Sunday after church the TBQ team has their Quote-a-Thon!!!

And a big THANK YOU to all of you sweet friends and family who have sponsored Nathan and encouraged him in his efforts!
He will quote the 469 verses he's learned this year and the money goes towards their trip to the national competition in WI next month.

Sunday evening some of our favorite friends will arrive from TX!!!!! They are staying the night and then we are going to celebrate the end of the school year with some beach fun! Hooray!


May 28, 2008

Wednesdays in the Word

My daily prayer for my kiddos is
"that they be passionate about Jesus everyday that they are on this planet."

These verses from Revelation 2 struck my heart today and reminded me of a level of passion that I need to get back to.

Here's what I read:
"I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil...."

"...you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary."

That was all very encouraging....

And then came:
"Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen, repent and do the first works..."

Oh wow! Ouch!!!
So, I'm pondering my 'first works' today.
The life I led when I first became a follower of Jesus....
It was certainly passionate.
This has given me lots to think on and its quite convicting....

I think I'll start by praying
that I will be truly passionate about Jesus everyday that I'm on this planet. : )

May 27, 2008

Getting lost with our new friend Lola

My hubby and I are two directionally challenged individuals who married each other and have spent a lot of time getting lost together. ; )

Getting lost usually makes us both disagreeable and grumpy.

Guess what we bought last weekend?
A GPS on SALE! (what will we ever have to disagree about now?!)

We were SO excited about using it on our recent TBQ trip. We had our destination all typed in...and so off we went. And I brought along written instructions just in case it didn't work. You see I had my doubts...
As we were zipping along the interstate and quickly approaching our exit, we were so excited about hearing it tell us where to go....

But it wasn't making a sound....
So then, my hubby and I started saying things that we wished it would tell us like: "You are doing a great job" and "You are not going to get lost." LOL

We got off the interstate according to my directions and then handed it over to our
techie teen to fix. -OK. So, we forgot to actually push the 'nav' button. Once he did that for us, we were in business.

It started telling us where to go and which way to turn and all that. Hurray!

~Except that its version of how to get to the hotel was nothing like mine. In fact we seemed to be going in circles around downtown....

My advice was to pull over.
A cute kiddo from the backseat, thought we should turn it off and back on again to get it working right. ; ) That's how his mom fixes things!

I was getting nervous but my hubby thought the whole thing was so much fun.
Now, why doesn't he think its fun when my directions lead him around and around in circles?! ha ha

We finally did pull over and we found out that someone who will remain nameless but who will never live it down, ; )
pushed the button for gas stations, and it decided to lead us to a Chevron in a city we had never heard of!

In the midst of all that craziness, we had our comedian child quoting Robin Williams in the movie RV where he is yelling back at his GPS and saying "I know that, Lola!" (anybody remember that off roading scene?)

From that moment on, our GPS became 'Lola.' And the new family joke is, "Where are we going? A Chevron?"

"Lola" really does work when you have in the right destination
and my hubby and I agree that 'she' is wonderful.
He likes her so much, he takes her with him to destinations he could find with his eyes shut! Just for fun, I guess.
He made me laugh the other day, when he told me the best thing about Lola, is that when he doesn't listen to her directions, she doesn't say a word!
Now, whoever could he be referring to?
I think that person will remain nameless too. : )

May 23, 2008


Something new we've been doing this year is to have each kiddo take a turn making everyone lunch one day a week.
It's been great. It has cut down on the mess and it made our lunchtime smoother.
It has meant eating a lot of mac and cheese or pbj's at times. ; )

We all hope that when it's Joy's day she'll make her Pita Pizza's.

6 whole wheat pitas
pizza sauce
mozzarella cheese
pepperoni (or roasted veggies is great!)

Lay pitas out on a cookie sheet. Spread with pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni. Mom's favorite is spread with roasted yellow peppers. (yum!) Bake at 375 for 10 min.
(its ok if the pitas are rather curled on the onset because after baking they flatten out nicely)

Here's another great lunchtime recipe:

Feta quesadillas

I love veggie quesadillas!!! And when I saw this version, I had to try it!

You take thawed frozen spinach and feta cheese and put it them in between two tortillas and lightly fry them.

This isn't one I make for my kiddos though. : ) They aren't into spinach!

I'd love to hear what your favorite lunches are, kid friendly or otherwise. : )


May 22, 2008

Easy, yummy and cheap

I think those are the criteria for what I want to cook lately. : )

Especially as I try to save $$$ on groceries.

I came across this recipe at M*rtha's web site and she has it under a quick and easy category. Normally, she and I don't always agree on what is easy...LOL

This was pretty easy, maybe not super quick if you are feeding 6 but not too time consuming.

I remember making a similar recipe back in G*rl Scouts a million years ago. : )

(multiply ingredients by how many people are in your family)

Scrambled Egg in the Hole

1 large egg

salt and pepper

1 slice of crusty Italian bread (1 inch thick)

1/2 T. butter

1/2 ounce cheddar cheese, grated

In a small bowl, whisk together egg and 1 tsp. cold water, season with salt and pepper. Using the rim of a small glass, cut a hole in the bread. Discard the cut out. (or feed it to whatever kiddo walks by) In a large nonstick skillet, heat butter over medium until foaming. Place bread in skillet; carefully p0ur egg mixture into hole (if egg leaks out of the bread, use a spatula to push it back). Sprinkle egg with cheese. Cook until egg begins to set, 3 or 4 minutes; gently flip bread and egg. Continue cooking until egg is set, 1 or 2 more minutes.

I served it with asparagus and hash browns. It was great!

The kiddos added syrup to it and it was like a fancy french toast kind of a thing. It got a thumbs up from everybody at our table...and that hardly ever happens. : ) -Unless we are having homemade pizza!



May 21, 2008

A four wheeled blessing

We recently bought a new (to us) mini van.

We needed one a little larger for our long legged boys and ours had 192,ooo miles on it. Every time we went somewhere some little feature seemed to break or fall off of it. : )

This van is nicer than anything we hoped for and we were blessed with a great deal.

It has all these fun 'bells and whistles' that we have never had before..Like a little tape recorder thingy on the visor where I can leave myself a 30 second message. I guess I'll record things like 'Don't forget the milk and butter when you get to the store!" ~I don't know. But it will be fun.
It also remembers where I have my seat and mirrors when I drive it and where my hubby has them when he drives it. ~It's really wild to have everything move in place when you push a button. And since I'm a lot shorter than my hubby they do a lot of moving!!!

My excitement doesn't even compare to the excitement of our youngest kiddos though.
They could hardly concentrate on school the first morning after we brought it home.

They kept asking me if they could sit in the car to do their school. They said "Its much quieter in the car than in the house." (I'll have to remember that next time I want to talk on the phone!) : )
And then I heard this and it was too cute:
"Don't leave the car door open or you'll let out the new car smell."

~I don't think a car that is 8 yrs. old could possibly have a 'new car smell' but it must smell new to them.
Or at least not like our dog, which is what our other van smelled like. ha ha


May 19, 2008

The movie we've been waiting for

After the regional match we were all very excited but totally wiped out so the team decided not to go and see Prince Caspian together. We all had a long drive ahead of us and the movie is almost 3 hrs. long!

Our family decided to go at the very last minute, on Sunday while we were driving home from church. To fit it in between services we knew we would end up missing about 2 or 3 minutes of the beginning, but no one minded. They were too excited and happy about going.

It was AWESOME! It did not disappoint!

We decided its every bit as good as the book. ~One of us thinks its even better than the book!

It was definitely exciting!!!

We loved it!


May 17, 2008

They are going!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nathan's Teen Bible Quiz team is going nationals!!! We can hardly believe it.

~It is pretty amazing for a first year team....

They came in 5th place today with four wins and four losses.

So, Green Bay here we come!!!!!!!!!!


May 14, 2008

Interrupting this bloggy break for big news....

Joy took her Honor Star test tonight and she passed!
We are so excited for her. It's been three years worth of work!
This has been her goal ever since she was in Kindergarten and we watched an Honor Star ceremony for the very first time.
I know I'll just cry buckets at the ceremony. ~My boys tease me because I cry during that ceremony every year even if I don't know the girls or their parents!!! Its just SO special.

And this time we'll be on the stage with our little girl receiving a crown... Somebody pass me the tissues!!!!!!!! ; )

More posts on this to come!

May 12, 2008

A bloggity break

I have all kinds of fun things to post about...but they will have to wait until next week.

~Life is such fun, that I wish my kiddos would stay 15, 13, 11 and 9 forever! ; )
No chance of that though! But these are some fun ages and we feel so blessed.

Anyway, the Teen Bible Quiz regional match is this Saturday!!!!!!!
Nathan has to quote all of his material at least once a day if not several times a day.
And don't ya know it takes a long time to quote 469 verses!!!
(the fact that he knows that many continues to boggle my mind. TBQ is a amazing!!!)
So, all week the kiddos and my hubby and I will be taking turns listening to Nathan quote us Gal, Eph, Phil, Col and Philemon to us over and over and over again.....

I think it's going to be a really edifying week to say the least. : )
I'll let you know how their team did on Saturday night.

May 8, 2008

~Thank you, Andrew!
Happy Mother's Day
weekend to all of you!


May 7, 2008

Wednesdays in the Word

After reading Mark 4:3-9 my prayer for my kiddos has been that they 'Go Deep in Jesus!' -Meaning that their hearts would be 'good ground' with depth.
"Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirty fold, some sixty, and some a hundred."
May they "Remember now (their) Creator in the days of (their) youth before the difficult days come..." Ecc. 12:1 So that the sun won't scorch the Word with the sizzling hot trials that life brings and that it can't be withered away for lack of a good root system.
May they live for Jesus no matter what!
May "they yield a crop" (themselves)
and then "spring up and increase and produce 30, 60 or 100 fold" in Jesus' name!!! Amen!
May they 'Go deep' now, while they are young!' : )

May 4, 2008

Lots of parties

I'm happy to say that no "la ratas" showed up for the teen game night.
It turned out to be a really small gathering, but fun.

Saturday, our very sweet Junior Bible Quiz coordinators threw their end of the year party which includes a barbeque and lots of boating fun since they live on a beautiful lake.
It included sail boating the regular way...And sail boating with a twist. Literally.
The sweet dad who manned the sailboat would tip it over on purpose to add to the experience. When he said "we are going over," I thought he meant like over to the other side of the lake. But no, he meant over, over...
Then the kids would climb up the high side of the boat and jump off of it into the water. The kids loved it. (sorry I didn't get a photo of that!)
(it was a little embarrassing when other boaters would come by and ask if they needed assistance though)
We also did lots of tubing which is SO much fun. I couldn't pass up doing it. (even though I was the only adult who went) ; ) And that is why my arms are so sore today! Right after that party my hubby and the boys had another party to head to...
His "Raising a Modern Day Knight" Sunday school class had a ceremony for all the sons in the woods. They hung out, threw tomahawks and had a barbeque. Then each dad gave a speech to each of his sons encouraging them to spend their lives living for the Lord.
Each dad presented his son with a REAL sword. Oh. My. Mercy. Three happy boys came home that night with massive 'Solomon' swords.
And this mom is very thankful for sheaths!!!!!!

I'd say we are all partied out for now! : )

May 2, 2008

'Exhibit A' right outside your window

This was so weird. Poor Zach.

He was studying Spanish the other day and the word was "la rata" and there was a cute picture of a rat...

And then he looked out our window and SAW two REAL rats running across our back yard! UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How creepy is that?! Not to mention, I thought those things slept during the day!

Talk about weird timing! They were big too. (I ended up seeing one.) UGH!!!!!!!!!!

Then he spent some time lying in wait on the trampoline with an air soft gun and a BB gun! ; )~But, no luck! So, guess who bought rat poison today?!

My hubby and I are going to be the teen coordinators for the home school group this year! We are excited about it. Tonight we are having a teen game night and we hope to find out what kinds of things they would like our group to do next year...
We are going to play some volleyball (which we call tree-ball since we have some major branches in the way) and I'm just hoping that a "la rata" doesn't appear or I may be the one wanting to crawl under my house. ; )

-who needs a "la cata!" (and who doesn't speak Spanish)