Monday, January 12, 2015
As I sit here and prep to do my Bible studies, I thought it would only be fitting to study why we study this book in the first place. I mean, really, aren't there other books we could be studying? Why study a book that was written so many years ago? Does it actually help us? In this series, I hope to touch on why we study this great book.
So, Why do we study the bible? There are 5 main reasons we study this great book. I will cover one each day, but they all are: for teaching, reproof, correction, training in righteousness, and for every good work.
Today, let's touch on the teaching part of this study.
As sinners, we are all ignorant of God's will. So let's break that down a little bit. Did she just call me ignorant, you may be asking, so let's see what exactly that means. Ignorant is defined as lacking knowledge or awareness in general. When I see this definition, I automatically think, it means having not been taught. Therefore, the Bible should be read in order to gain that knowledge we currently lack.
Some verses that can help us to see what I mean are:
there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.-- Romans 3:11
Let's touch on the first part of this verse, "there is no one who understands;" this signifies ignorance in general, not knowing. If we don't understand something, don't we have to be taught? Who better a teacher than Jesus Christ and his disciples?
The Lord looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.-- Psalm 14:2
Again, in the second part of this verse, we see that the Lord is looking for those who understand, those who are seeking Him. So, let's look at ways we can seek his face... First, I think of prayer. Pray to God. Talk go Him. Sob to Him when you need to. Then Praise and Worship. This comes in many forms. Just being thankful for all He has done, will do, is doing in your life. Singing praises to him. And finally, reading His word. Reading the bible is a great way to seek the Lord. In these readings, the Lord will reveal things he wants you to know about. Reading the word is one way you can hear from the Lord.
He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstablepeople distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.-- 2 Peter 3:16
Are we understanding all the Lord has for us? Or are we distorting His word to what we think we want to hear? This is a huge indication that we do not understand the Word of God. The best way we can come to understand it, is to study the word on a regular basis.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.-- 2 Timothy 2:15
Finally, we see that we are to Do our best! That's it. That's all God asks for is our best. Are you doing your best to present yourself? Are you a worker? Are you unashamed? Do you correctly handle the word of truth? These are all things we should look at as we study the word of God. From the word of God we learn. We are taught.
In closing, what areas could you be working on in order to become wiser? I know that I need to discipline myself to get in the word Daily.
Help me to become more disciplined to reading your word daily. Amen.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
In the secular world, we equate the day of rest with a day of being lazy. Laying around on the couch all day watching tv. That is the worldly way to look at the day of rest. But, what is the spiritual way to look at the day of rest? Many times we don't really divide up what exactly it means. It does not mean doing nothing. On the contrary, it means a day of worship.
Knowing now that a day of rest means a day of worship, I thought it would be appropriate to look at a passage from the Old Testament. In Exodus 20:8, the Lord says, "Remember the sabbath day, by keeping it holy." so as we chew on this, here are a couple of definitions that are appropriate:
sabbath-- the seventh day of the week observed from Friday evening to Saturday evening as a day of rest and worship by Jews and some Christians; Sunday observed among Christians as a day of rest and worship;
Faith by definition is strong belief or trust in someone or something; belief in the existence of God; strong religious feelings or beliefs; a system of religious beliefs; allegiance to duty or a person; fidelity to one's promises; sincerity of intentions; belief and trust in and loyalty to God; belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion; firm belief in something for which there is no proof; complete trust; something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially, a system of religious beliefs; without question
What exactly does this mean? Well in plain english, Faith is believing without seeing. It's the belief in something without knowing the steps to get there. For example, the pantry is almost bare, you have no money for 5 more days, you know SOMETHING will provide, but what? How will that food stretch. Fast forward, it's the night before pay day and you still have enough food for 2 more meals. How did that happen? THE LORD provided!
As we get closer to our move, I'm finding that the Lord is testing our faith daily. We have to learn to have faith that he will get us there in the right home in HIS timing. I know he will provide all provisions to get us there. I just have to be patient and have faith that He will deliver. I have also done a lot of looking back over the last several years. When I thought I was having faith, I feel now in hindsight that I was questioning his ability to provide for us. This is a big thing, we must learn to trust in him fully and have faith and things will turn out.
The verse for the day: Luke 17:6-- "He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you."
As you can see, if you have just a tiny bit of faith, you can and will do great things! Praise the Lord!
Saturday, January 10, 2015
First, know that God loves you, yes you! So much that he sent his only son to die for you on the cross! He loves us that much! Wow isn't that crazy? Nope, it's how God works. He created you in his image and he wants you to be you, not someone else.
So, in the book, I have learned some of the bad habits that I have had a history of doing. Some of those things stemmed from my childhood. I came from a bad situation, and one day I will open up and post my testimony, but that is another post for another day. What I want to touch on today is that the things that happen in our childhood can, and do carry over into adulthood. I am living proof of that. Due to my childhood, I never felt like I belonged, I always felt like I wasn't good enough, I have very low self esteem. The list goes on.
What this book is teaching me is that I am made perfect. No, I will not say "in the eyes of the Lord" because that's not how I want to look at myself any longer, a little later, you will understand that. I am good enough! And I am BEAUTIFUL! Those are the three main things we will focus on today.
Psalm 139:14 says: "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfullly made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."
Take a moment to really chew on this verse please. And then think of things you can relate it to. Those beautiful flowers on your dining room table, didn't the Lord make those also? And aren't they just absolutely georgeous? Yes they are! God made them and he made you! He made you perfect! He made you beautiful! You are uniquely you because God wanted it that way! You are you! You do not have to try to be someone you are not. These are all things I am learning. I know I have a very long way to go, but I am working one negative Nancy at a time.
Now when we have those moments when we feel that we are just not good enough, I encourage you to go to the Lord. One way we can do this is by getting out our bible, dusting it off, and digging into verses that we know tell us otherwise. When I don't feel good enough, I try to remember this verse and say it over and over in my mind. "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10. Breaking it down and chewing on it, in a nutshell, He made me, perfectly in his image, I AM ENOUGH! That's all I need to be. All I need to be is enough for God. I have to accept that I will make mistakes, and that the Lord forgives me for those mistakes.
1 Peter 3:3-4 says: "Do not let your adorning be external-- the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelery, or the clothing you wear-- but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. When I look at this, it really speaks to me. I always have tried to fit in, I have always felt like I didn't belong, and I have struggled with a very low self esteem. It didn't help what I went through as a child, but now that I'm an adult, and have been, its' time that I accept that the lies I was told as a child and most of my adult life just are not true. I don't need to have the latest fashions to be beautiful. The Lord doesn't look at the outside, he looks at my heart. Bitterness is ugly, and I pray that I can overcome the bitterness that has lately taken root in my spiritman (so to speak). The Lord will help me, if I let him.
So my challenge is to LET IT GO! Yep, I went there, just like Elsa sings in Frozen, it's time we let go of our negeativity and allow God to work in us.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
We found a list of homes we liked that were all in our budget, gave the addresses to Roy and Carol. They went and looked at them. Most of them were not doable. The one that Ryan and I both loved they said just simply wouldn't work. The condo we liked they didn't think would work with us having the girls and it being upstairs, so we are back to the drawing board.
There are a few that are still contenders, but back to looking for houses I go. I sure hope we find something soon. That's the issue with having a deadline.
On a positive note, Patrick brought me boxes today, so tomorrow I get a day full of starting to pack up things we aren't using. It's really going to put into perspective that we are moving. I think I'll start in the office and work from there.
One thing we have learned in this whole process is that it really does take everyone to make it happen. We are happy that we allowed the girls to have their input into the move, and I am sure they will love helping pack and unpack too, but most of all we are happy that we have a support system that will help us with finding the right place on the other side. We can't wait until the move is over, we are settled into the new home, new state, new routines and just get to enjoy where we are.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Health Information Law and Ethics
A & P (had another name can't remember it right now)
Anatomy and Pharmacology
Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts
Health Insurance & Billing
Crazy! And I've gotten all A's except 1 class so far! Made the Deans list last term with straight A's and a GPA of 3.73. Working very hard to keep these grades up as high as possible.
So for thanksgiving, I'm praying I can get all caught up on my homework that is due tomorrow and then knock out all of next weeks work in the first 2 days of the week so that I can enjoy the holiday with my family.
Back to work for me just wanted to update my little group of followers.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Madison on the other hand wants nothing to do with growing up at all! She's happy being the baby. But, being that she's 8 years old, not 8 months old, it's time she learns that it's time to become "Daddy's big girl". Time for changes!
Ryan is pretty much status quo. He's not happy with the snow and freezing weather in Northern Indiana right now. (He got lucky enough to get to work up there just as the storms were starting to come through)
And I have begun the job search. I'm starting to apply for any positions that will put my foot in the door so that when I graduate and sit for the RHIT Exam I can then transfer quicker into coding. Wow! This has gone so much faster than I thought it would!
Thursday, October 16, 2014
I finished the last post, got my homework done, pureed pumpkin to take to a friend tomorrow, got the kids showered and in bed. I laid in there watching The Bible on netflix via my tablet. I just couldn't quite get relaxed into it tonight. So with sleeping children in the house, I went in for a relaxing hot bath. Normally this will calm me right? Well, as I lay there in the hot water, conditioner in my hair, I heard these words, "YOU are more PRECIOUS than RUBIES" and I knew that the Lord was telling me the truth for my next lie!
Lie #2: I am an unlovable, worthless person.
TRUTH: Proverbs 3: 15-- She is more precious than jewels and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Proverbs 31:10-- An excellent wife who can find? She is FAR more precious than jewels.
1 Peter 1: 7-- so that the tested genuineness of your faith-- more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire-- may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
For this one I needed to break down more than one word, really for myself, because I was interested in the hebrew for each word.
Precious means of great value, not to be wasted or treated carelessly.
The hebrew word is yaqar. It means to be precious, prized, appraised, costly valued.
jewel-- a precious stone, typically a single crystal or a piece of a hard lustrous or translucent mineral cut into shape with flat facets or smoothed and polished for use as an ornament.
the hebrew word heder is a masculine noun meaning jewel, an ornament, adornment splendor.
To prove this was a lie, the Lord was telling me that I am more precious than jewels. I am an ornament, I am precious. I am of great value. I am not to be wasted. I am not to be treated carelessly. I am prized. I am appraised. I am of costly value. Wow how humbling is that? When you are feeling down on yourself, feeling worthless, remember that to God you are of GREAT value. You are the love of HIS life. You were so valuable that he gave you a job to do. He sent you to earth with a purpose to fill. You are valuable!
This was so very humbling for me because for years I have believed the lie from the enemy that I am worthless. This I can say with authority in Jesus Christ is a lie! It is not true. Each and every one of us are made unique. God made us unique to fulfill a purpose and if we were not valuable He wouldn't have called us for the purpose he has called upon us to fulfill. The Lord has a plan for my life just like he has a plan for yours.
I come to you tonight humbly thanking you for speaking so clearly to me tonight. Father, I know that I am valuable. I am precious. I am like a ruby. I should be shined and showed off not thrown in the closet and hidden. I am yours Lord! Mold me and make me like the refiner refines gold. Like the potter works clay. Thank you Lord for your blessings. I pray now for anyone who may see this tonight, tomorrow, years down the road. I pray that you would bring this posting to them when they are in their darkest hour. I pray that it would speak to them just like you spoke to me. I am a daughter of the King! I am a precious princess. Thank you Jesus!
After years of this abusive behavior I had decided that I needed to reach out to a friend. I did this a few weeks ago while she was on a mission trip. I was too embarrassed by the fact that I needed help that I couldn't even find the bravery to go ahead and talk to her while she was here. I had to cop out and wait til she was gone. I know, it's the looser's way out right? NOPE! That's a lie that the enemy wants me to believe, well, let me tell you, NO MORE!
After meeting for coffee and having a long discussion, she asked me to buy a book. It's called "The Search For Significance" by Robert S. McGee. So I went home and purchased it. I was actually excited about getting this book. I didn't know why, but I knew I needed this book. So, our plan is to go through week by week and do one chapter a week. In addition to my regular school work, I will be having "homework" to work on with this book. I will be taking the lies of the enemy and pairing them with a truth from the Lord from the bible. And further, I will take the main point of that truth, look up the meaning in english, then look it up in the hebrew and really dig in to learn how that truth applies to my life and why that lie is a lie. So, as I go on this journey, I want to share some of those truths with you.
Lie #1: God doesn't reallyl care about me. Really, now, enemy, you expect me to believe that? Come on! TRUTH: For God so LOVED the world that he gave his only son, that who so ever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. This verse has true meaning for me. First of all, it was the first verse Pastor Jake ever had me memorize. He knew way back then that I, as a 9 year old, needed to know that I am loved. When I have nothing else, I have the LOVE of the Lord.
So, what does love mean? The dictionary defines love as an intense feeling of deep affection. So, I give you this, in the world, we see love in the eyes of newlyweds. Children toward their parents and their parents toward their children. We see it in the form of gifts, hugs, kisses, and words of affection. But what does LOVE really mean? For this I went looking for the hebrew word for love. I found that ahavah is the hebrew word for love. In hebrew it is defined as a feminine noun describing the love of husband toward wife, God's love for his people and deep abiding friendship. See, the bible points love in numerous ways, but my favorite to really dig into is Ephesians 5:25. "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her," here we learn just how deeply Christ's love for us is. See, WE are the church. CHRIST LOVED US THAT MUCH! wow! How humbling is that? Christ calls our husbands to love us just as he loves the church. Holy moly that's a lot of love going on! And to think that Christ is God. God is Christ. They are one in the same. Christ loves the church, I am the church, therefore he loves me!
Reminds me of a song, Jesus loves me this I know BECAUSE THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO! Now, there will be times when the enemy wants me to think that Jesus Christ doesn't love me, but you wanna know what, NO I WILL NOT ACCEPT THAT LIE!
For other verses you can look up please see: Ephesians 2:4-5, Zephaniah 3:127, Romans 5:8, 1 Peter 5:6-7, Psalm 86a;15, and Romans 8:37-39
It is my prayer that through learning about the lies the enemy is telling me that I can help someone else who is also hearing those same lies. Opening up to all of you is hard, but I know that the Lord needs to reach someone. I wasn't going to post any of this online, but then I heard a still small voice saying that someone needed what I had learned. I pray that whomever it is sees this or is directed to it, and that that person comes to know just how much the Lord loves them.
Love to you all,
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
In the mean time, I've lost track of how much I haven't blogged, but I've finished my 2nd term with college. I can't wait to see what my GPA is now that I finished this term with straight A's!
The girls are back in school and so we are getting into a routine of Chores, Dinner, Homework, Baths and Bed. It's been a struggle because our tweenager has decided she doesn't have to listen to parentals at all, that she knows it all. One day my sweet, one day!
Then there are the lessons coming from God himself. Wow! That's about all I can say there!
Then top it all off with an amazing month with Thirty-One and you have for a very crazy month!
Monday, August 4, 2014
With all this said, I've been doing pretty good with getting things done. I'm about to start my school work for the week, then some housework, and end the day with a little more mowing. While it sounds boring, I can assure you my life has been anything but!
Now on to the kiddies:
This year Kenzie will be starting 5th grade! I can't believe that it's her last year in elementary school. It seems like only yesterday she started preschool with Ms. Barnes. And now she's about to have her last day of elementary. I don't know if I'm ready to start Middle School with her next year! It's crazy! I just want to place an anvil on her head and make her stop growing up!
While her sister is going to 5th Grade, Maddie is going into 2nd. I can't wait to see what this year has for her. She's grown so much this past year and I can't wait to see what she learns.
With all that said, I am planning on volunteering in both of their classes this year. I'll take one day a week and spend an hour or so each day in each class. I've already gotten the volunteer application in with the school system. Kenzie will be joining the chorus again. Not sure about recorder club, but chorus for sure. And I am going to try and see if there's a sport we can get them in. They tried cheer and while they loved it, I wasn't happy with the way they were treated by coaches and coordinators. Since it was their first year, they were treated very poorly. They both have asked about soccer. I may just see what I can do to get them into a soccer league.
Before I go, I have a verse for you:
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
Saturday, August 2, 2014
*This summer taught me to ALWAYS take a vacation! No matter how much $ you have, make sure you go and do something with your family. You won't regret it! (A post on our Summmer Vacation will be posted later)
*Remain open to new ideas. When we do this, the Lord can speak to our hearts in a much clearer way.
*Never take for granted what you have. It can be taken from you in the blink of an eye.
*Trust your neighbors only as far as you can throw them. I know this goes against the grain, but I have one of those neighbors who makes themselves appear nice on the outside, but is conniving on the inside.
*Everything material is replaceable. While things may be left behind or forgotten about things are replacable people are not!
*Love one another as Christ loved us! This goes without saying. Give love love love!
*Spend time loving on the community in which you live in. (Another post on this one coming up as well)
*Always have money in savings (I've known this for a while). You never know when God is going to call you to do something and you will need that emergency cash flow for that.
*If God closes a door, DO NOT, I repeat, Do Not reopen that door. He's preparing you for something better!
And to close this one out, do me a favor and keep our family in your prayers. God knows the reasons why and I will not post them here.
Lots of Love,
The Cox Family
Monday, June 23, 2014
Firstly, we moved. We found a much better home for us. This is a temporary thing. It was to get us into a better position for the girls and keep them in the school they were already in. While it's not permenant, it will work for now.
Kenzie is now in 5th grade! woah! Crazy I know! She's going to Summer Science Camp this week. She got to go to Starkey Environmental Center and go on a hike with her friends from school today. She decided to sit tomorrow out of the week due to the fact that she has been to the Energy Marine Center 2 times in the last year already. And on Wednesday she will go to SafetyTown's Environmental Center followed by the Florida Aquarium on Thursday! Such a busy kiddo!
Maddie is going into 2nd grade already and I can't believe how the time has flown right by. She cracks me up daily and that's just her personality.
Ryan is hanging in there with his being out of town so much. He's doing what he has to do to provide for us and for that we are thankful.
I started college in April. I just got my grades today and have passed my 1st 3 classes with 2 b's and an a. This means I made the deans list! First term in college and I've surpassed what I thought I could do. While I thought for a long time about going to nursing school, I decided to give coding a try, so I'm pursuing my Medical Coding and Billing degree. I have 2 weeks off from school, then I'll start right back again. Can't wait to see what awaits me on the other side of this degree.
And that brings us to the LAST thing that's new, we traded the camry in. While it has been a great vehicle for us, it was showing signs of it's age, so we took the opportunity to trade it in. We got a 2010 Kia Forte EX. We love the new car!
So with that, I'll try and do better with updating here :)
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Kenzie started Chorus
Ryan has been snowed in tons up in P.A.
Scott got started at his new company.
Juanita and I have been scrapbooking TONS!
Maddie has been maddie, what can I say!
We were looking into a mobile home to purchase, but that fell through, so we are on to other options. We are looking for something that is an owner finance, that will allow us to put a 2nd residence on the same property. This way we are all set, the kids get a large yard, scott and juanita get their place, and we get ours. We will see where God leads us.
Taxes got filed. They were accepted, and processed in record time! Wow! And that's about it for now. I'll try and post some fun pics here in a few days!
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
In the above shot, this was taken at Kenzie's first game! She was having a blast with Morgan, Annabelle, and Jalissa!
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Monday-- Report card day! We had our report card day and I'm happy to report that both of the girls grades are coming up! This is a huge thing because I don't settle for second best with the girls and school. At the previous school, Kenzie was being bullied by her "best" friend, when we moved there was a falling out and we are no longer in communication with that family after the loss of material possessions and lots of emotions, it is best. So back to the report cards, their grades are on the rebound and I can't wait to see how well they improve between now and the next report card!
Tuesday-- Lots of working on the dollhouse-- details to come on that one!
Wednesday-- the same
Thursday-- the same
Friday-- I took a day to just relax, play games, and research!
and that brings us to today. Not sure what the day will bring, but it will all be good I am sure!
With the beginning of this chapter we have an 11 year old, and almost 8 year old. Preteen and full blown diva! a full time work at home mom. a full time work wherever they will send me dad. uncle scott, aunt juanita and teddy have rejoined our family. and there are all kinds of fun things going on! i can't wait to be able to blog about them in the new blog!
If you wish to keep up with us, you will want to go to our new blog address. No, I don't know what it will be as of yet, but I will be sure to post it here once I get to it!!! Thanks for being loyal followers for the last several years of our lives!!!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Saturday, August 31, 2013
What is 70 x 7? It's a ministry started by a dear friend of mine, Donna. It was birthed 5 years ago, but last night was the first time that the team was able to hold the conference was held in the United States. In the past, it has been done on Mission Trips. So, I was touched just knowing that I was part of the first 200 women to experience this on our home soil!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Teas (nursing placement test)-- I took a practice teas yesterday, and if it were the teas for getting into the program, I would be in right now! LOL So, I have some registering for the teas and studying to be able to score that good on the longer test.
College Experience Course
Interview with Dean
Meet with the financial aid appointment
Just a quick update on the girls and Ryan:
Ryan is still plugging away working out of town a lot these days. Some days are more stressful for him than others, but he's providing for his family and that's all that matters. He can't wait til he gets to come home for a visit I am sure, but he knows that he has to provide, and that's what he is doing.
Kenzie is getting bigger and bigger. She can't wait for 4th grade to start! I can't wait to see what she'll accomplish this year! She's becoming closer and closer with Ariel, her bff! They are like sisters anymore! To the extent that she's gonna go to a cheerleading practice later this week to see if she wants to try it out for a season.
Maddie is my lil peanut who LOVES animals! Right now she's sleeping on the couch with Skylar! We stayed last night with Diana. And Maddie curls up on the couch with the dogs and cats all the time. She loves them so much! Sometimes I wonder if she's gonna be a vet when she grows up LOL!
And that's about the update.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
I've taken lots of time to think it over. I compared both the RN and the LPN programs. So, I've visited several schools, called many others. Today I went to an Info Session on the RN program at a school I am highly interested in.
So with that said, I have a few steps to go through, and the first is applying to that school. Once accepted, the real fun begins! Here's my list as of now:
Teas (nursing placement test)
Submit any transcripts
College Experience Course
Interview with Dean
Meet with the financial aid appointment
So with this said, I've done a lot of homework and getting things in order. I've spoken nothing but good positive things about wanting to do this for a long time now, and yet, I still have others who I thought were friends who want to try and bring me down. So for the last time I ask, IF YOU CAN'T BE A POSITIVE PATTY ABOUT THIS SITUATION KEEP YOUR NEGATIVE NANCY COMMENTS TO YOURSELF. My school isn't going to be a perfect match for everyone, but if you were a true supportive friend, you wouldn't try to drag me down about where I choose to go.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
i found out that i only have a few things to do to get into nursing school this september. praying everything falls into place! can't wait!
will keep you posted as to what happens there!
Saturday, June 29, 2013
This is super easy and yummmmy!
In a skillet, sautee 2 cups of thinly sliced celery in 2 tbsp butter for 5 minutes. Add 1.5 cups sliced green onions. Saute 5 minutes. Place in large bowl. Set aside. Cut 1 pound of hot dogs into bite size pieces, add to skillet. Saute for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add to vegetables. Set aside 1 cup of the veggie mixture. To the remaining mixture, add 2 eggs, 1.5 cups of milk, 1/4 tsp pepper, 2 tsp rubbed sage. Stir well. Add 2 boxes corn muffin mix and 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese. Mix well. Put into prepared casserole dish. Top with remaining veggie mixture. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese on top. Bake at 400 for 30-35 minutes.
We all sat down and made out the dinner menus for the next month. For this week we chose taco salad, corn dog casserole, chinese, pepperoni pull apart bread and crazy bread, grilled cheese with tomato soup, sloppy joes with french fries, and quesadillas with corn.
I also made cappucchino muffins, banana chip muffins, and cinnamon donut muffins! Wow! Ill be posting recipes and pics all week.
Since i dont have a pic, it was ate too fast, heres my rendition of taco salad:
Brown a pound of ground beef. Drain. Prepare according to taco dinner kit. Toward the end of meat cooking, add 1 tbsp ranch dressing. Bake shells while doing meat. Put a bag of salad in a large bowl with a chopped onion, salsa according to how u like it, and 2 cups shredded cheddar (more can be added later if u need it) crush shells on top. Pour meat mixture over it all. Toss and serve with refried beans. Garnish with sour cream if desired! Mmmm the fam goes nuts for it!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Last week was a busy week for us. I am gonna recap it day by day to catch you up...
Monday we had our first tutoring session for Maddie. So we trekked to the library. Thinking we would get books before, we got there at 915 only to learn they didnt open til 10, so we walked to the park, played, and came back just in time for the doors to open. That was a crazy hot walk in blue jeans for this momma! After tutoring we learned that we couldnt get books because we were at the only remaining CITY library in the area and it isnt connected to our county library so books would have to wait a day.
Tuesday we went to the state attorneys office to have a meeting and learned of more charges they are filing against the man who stole our vehicle in april. Thats a huge mess and a whole other post will be coming after its all over. Back to the library we went to get our library card and check out books. Kenzie signed up for the summer reading program they have there. I started studying boundaries.
Wednesday, we took a much needed day to rest.
Thursday we prepped our walls for painting!
Friday we had our errand day and Maddies evaluation. We learned she has adhd and ocd. We are adapting to her needs now and the house is running smoother. While i was cooking, the girls were playing outside with the neighbors child who began bullying maddie, i drew a boundary line because this wasnt the first time only for that childs mother to get irate to the point that by the end of her rant she told my kids they were nothing but mental retards with a fat lazy mother. It took all i had to not get into a physical altercation, but in the end, i dont want to teach my kids that fighting is ok, so we came in and painted our frustrations away.
Saturday, i put the second coat on the paint and we hung out with one of the nicer neighbors who also has issues with yesterdays neighbor.
Sunday was a regular sunday for us minus church.
Monday we were back at the library for tutoring. Exchanged books and that was that.
Today Kenzie started Summer Reading Camp.
Friday, June 7, 2013
When working for a company, you would think they would be up front with you about your direct deposit. Instead we never know if the money will be in the bank or not! How can bills be paid or groceries be bought if there is no money in the bank when its supposed to be? Really people get it right already!
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Yep, we had our first tropical storm for the year. Her name was Andrea. She brought much needed rain, gusts of wind and even a few tornadoes to the tampa bay area. Thank god we fared well. We took a day off of walking today due to the weather and will resume tomorrow after our errands. Lots of fun things coming up, but im not gonna spill the beans just yet! More to come as more develops.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Today was bittersweet for me. I am happy its summer break, but that means we only have 2 years before we have a MIDDLESCHOOLER! I cant believe we are that close already!
Both girls had a great day. I got soaked walking to get Madispn, then the rain slacked off enough for me to have buckets of sweat rolling into my eyes! It has been so humid here that i sweat as soon as i go outside let alone walk the more than 1/2 mile to her school. We are starting a new walking track tomorrow... not sure how far but its gonna be fun to see
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
As the hurricane season starts, mother nature has decided to remind me to get my hurricane kits ready. Yes, i said kits. One for each of us, one for my bird.
In the mean time I am closer to deciding on the LPN program. Its going to be tough, but I know I can and WILL do this. It has taken longer than i wanted, but I needed to allow the Lord to work things out in HIS time.
More updates to come.
Friday, May 31, 2013
If you were a girlscout, as a brownie you would have learned this song:
Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold.
So now, take a moment to think... do you cherish your friends? I think this is something we need to reflect on ever now and then. We all have our friends, best friends, fair weather friends, etc. I challenge you to look at how you are a friend to others. Are you there no matter what or are you simply there when it will benefit YOU.