Saturday, March 30, 2013

Observing My Senses

For Today, March 30, 2013...

I am seeing...a floor that needs vacuuming.  A pineapple ready to hit the grill.  A sunshiny beautiful day.

I am feeling...God's presence as He moves in ways I hadn't expected.  He is so good, all of the time!

I am hearing...birds chirping.  Lots of them.  The windows are open, and their singing fills the air.

I am tasting...pigs in a blanket.  Simple fare, but tasty and satisfying.

I am smelling...biscuits.  There is no other aroma so comforting as that of baked breads.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

Today, rather than my usual Friday posts, I want to share this Bible verse and ask that you all meditate and remember the great sacrifice that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ made for you and me.  If you have not received Christ as your personal Savior, may I urge you to take the time and seek Him?  He is waiting for you.  He loves you.

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

 - Isaiah 53:5,6

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch

I'm taking a quick break to spend some time with my friends at the porch before my oldest son comes out for the beginning of his birthday celebration!  And what's even better, one of the questions is mine!  Thanks to Patrice and Wendell at Everyday Ruralty for hosting and letting me join in.

1. Melanie asks "What kinds of seafood have you tried and liked? What is the most unique seafood you've eaten?
I love all different kinds of seafood:  shrimp, lobster, clams, sea bass, salmon, tilapia, etc.  Crab I'm not fond of.  The most unique seafood I had years ago was fried eel at a sushi place.  It was surprisingly delicious.

2. Anne says, "An unforgettable holiday moment is_____________________. (She's on the other side of that BIG pond. I believe a holiday is a vacation on this side. )
I guess it would be the time we took my sister to Disney World.  Despite the fact that she was in her late 20's or early 30's (can't remember which) she was as giddy as a little girl.  Seeing her so happy made me happier still.

3. Arlene wants to know, "When was the last time you tried something new?"
Funny you should ask! (Or shall I say, funny I should ask, since this is my question, heehee).  I'm baking a cream cheese pound cake from scratch for the first time for my son's birthday today.  I'm really hoping it's a hit, otherwise I'll have to break out some Duncan Hines!

4. Becky asks, "Who or what inspires you?"
Missionaries inspire me.  Men and women who are willing to leave family, friends, and the comforts of home to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ remind me that any little thing I can do here to impact the kingdom of God is worthwhile.

5. Madonna wants to know," How did you chose the names of your children. Wendell adds,"If you don't have kids, how do you choose pet names?"
Since I don't share my children's names on my blog for privacy reasons, I will just say this:  my oldest son's name is Biblical, my daughter's name I got from a cartoon princess, and my youngest son was named by his older siblings.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, March 26, 2013...

Outside my's COLD!  Yesterday it was in the low 80's.  This morning it's in the upper 50's.  What's going on here?!  It's hard to figure out what the weather will be from one day to the next.

I am thinking...of things to do this week so my son won't complain of boredom.

I am thankful income tax refund!  It finally got entered into my account this morning.  It only took 6 weeks :P.  I guess that's not too bad, considering it's the government.  :/

I am the church office this morning to do some volunteer work.

I am pj's.  Okay, so I haven't changed yet.  I'll get into proper attire in a moment.

I am noticing...the weather alerts every morning.  We've had so little rain the last few months that now we're on brush fire alert.

In the kitchen...ribs in the oven, baked beans, and garlic bread.  I was gonna make the ribs on the grill, but I won't be here to tend to them.  It's easier to put them in the oven on low and let the oven do all the work.

I am reading...yeah, still on Ruby.  I'm getting closer to the end though.

I am hoping...this week is one of reflection and gratitude to our Lord.

I am looking forward to...Good Friday service, Saturday service, and Easter Sunday.

I am daughter getting ready to have breakfast with some friends, and my youngest son getting up.

Around the house...I've gotten so much done this week even I'm amazed.  I got the grass cut yesterday (yay!).  The only thing left is the master bathroom which keeps getting put to the bottom of the list.

A favorite quote of the day..."Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ." - Billy Graham.

One of my favorite things...helping the local church and community.

A few plans for the rest of the week...tomorrow is my oldest son's 26th birthday, so I'm baking him a cream cheese pound cake from scratch.  Thursday will be a cleaning and catch up day.  Friday is church, Saturday church, Easter Sunday church again.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Move It Mondays

Good morning, and welcome to the beginning of Holy Week.  We are taking time to celebrate the greatest gift ever given, eternal life through the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  If you haven't accepted this gift, let me encourage you to do so.  It's free!  Jesus paid the price for your sins; no one has ever loved you more.  Take a moment to thank Him, and to accept the gift of salvation.  It's a decision you will never regret.

I had a busy weekend and now have a busy week ahead of me.  Saturday was cleaning day, and boy did I do some major cleaning!  Even Molly got her much needed bath, which the weather and schedule finally allowed for.  Palm Sunday we went to church and enjoyed listening to an excellent sermon by our new pastor.  This man is seriously on fire for the Lord!  It is encouraging as well as convicting to hear him speak.  I'm so looking forward to Good Friday and Easter Sunday!

I didn't get my shopping completed this weekend because of all the other stuff going on, so I'm making a Walmart run this morning.  There are some special things I need to buy to make my oldest son's birthday cake on Wednesday.  My baby will be turning 26 (where has the time gone?!) and I have been wanting to try this recipe for a cream cheese pound cake made from scratch.  All I need to buy is the cake flour and the cream cheese, so I'm going for it.  Once I get back from Walmart, I need to get the master bathroom cleaned up.  It was the only thing I had planned to do on Saturday that didn't get done.  I sort of put it off, since bathroom cleaning is my least favorite chore (when will someone invent a self-cleaning bathroom?  Please!).  I'll be making steak today, possibly pepper steak or just plain old steak with rice.  Let's see if I find some nice peppers at the store.

Tomorrow I'm volunteering at the church office.  We've been filling bags with candy to give out on Easter Sunday.  There are just over 500 bags filled, and another 300 to go.  There are also some paper bag puppets being made to give out to the preschoolers.  I helped trace lion's manes last week which my daughter cut out, and we still have the lambs to be made.  It's a lot of work but a joy to see the children's faces light up at the simple gifts.

Wednesday is R's birthday, and the day will be dedicated to spending time with him.  I'm sure his friends will come over, so I hope the cake turns out good!  I hope to barbecue some chicken that day, though it's supposed to be cold.  Our weather this month has been absolutely bi-polar.  This weekend temps were in the mid to upper 80's.  It's already 75 degrees now, but the weather is scheduled to take a turn, with temps dropping into the 50's tonight and 40's tomorrow night!  It's hard to decide what to wear when the weather is so crazy.  I just hope we don't get rain on Wednesday.

Thursday should be an interesting day.  I finally got the update from the IRS - our refund will be credited to our account on March 28!  Saturday I got a letter from H&R Block stating that the IRS had issues with returns containing form 8863, which is the Education Credit.  Since my daughter was in school last spring I took the credit, and that's what was holding up my refund.  Thankfully there were no errors on my part (that was what concerned me the most), and the money should be in the bank this week.  Thank You Jesus!

Good Friday will be a day of meditating on the Lord's sacrifice.  We will be in church at noon for Good Friday service and communion, then spending time in the Word.  It's a time for reflection; does my life show my gratitude for what Christ has done for me?

Saturday night I've been asked by my old church to help out in children's ministry.  They are short-handed because so many people are on vacation this week.  I volunteered to teach the 2nd and 3rd graders, and I have to prepare for that.  Honestly, I haven't even read the lesson yet :(.  I will get to it though, I promise.

Easter Sunday we have no big plans other than church on Sunday morning.  Since my daughter interns at her church she will most likely be gone the entire day.  Easter Sunday is a day of celebration, so we will most likely celebrate the way I love most - barbecuing!  Perhaps the Lord will bring a family in need to us to share our gratitude with.  I'm certainly open to whatever He sends my way.

Well, I'd better get a move on.  As you can see, I'm not kidding about being busy!  Take some time to reflect on God's goodness every chance you get.  He loves you, and wants only the best for you.  Have a blessed week.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Observing My Senses

For Today, March 23, 2013...

I am seeing...the wet ground after yesterday's showers.  Today we're supposed to get temps in the mid-80's, so the ground won't be wet for long.

I am feeling...the need to do a major overhaul in my house.  Must be spring is here!

I am hearing...peace and quiet.  My daughter is getting ready to do a water distribution for the church, but she's not making noise.

I am tasting...nothing yet.  I'm making eggs, sausages, bacon and hash browns.

I am  I got that brewing first of all.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun

It's not the end of the week till I get my Friday Four Fill-In's done.  Take the challenge at Feeling Beachie.  Hilary will appreciate it.

This week’s statements:
1. My ___ is my least favorite feature
My chin is my least favorite feature.

2. I was very ____ as a child
I was very shy and quiet as a child.

3. The first room I clean in my house is___ because___
The first room I clean in my house is the kitchen because I can't cook in a messy room.

4. If I had the guts to ____then I could ____
If I had the guts to ride a roller coaster than I could enjoy amusement parks more.

Five Question Friday

After a long and productive day - in which I found the perfect birthday gift for my oldest son - I can now sit back and get my Five Question Friday post done.  Join Mama M and the gang at My Little Life.

1. What advice would you give a newly married couple?
Proverbs 3:5-6.  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."  It's my life verse and perfect advice for starting out life together.

2. Who does more laundry around your house?
I do all the laundry as far as washing, separating and often putting away.  The kids help to put away if they're at home.

3. What items, if any, do you prefer to buy organic or make yourself?
I don't buy anything organic, at least not on purpose.  I enjoy cooking and baking so anything I can make myself I consider fun.  One thing I enjoy making from scratch is pancakes.  I find that they taste better than the box stuff and are not much more work.

4. What book/TV series would you recommend for a friend on bedrest?
I would definitely recommend reading your Bible while on bedrest.  To go with it, I'd suggest the Bad Girls of the Bible series by Liz Curtis Higgs.  Those books are an excellent read, hard to put down.

5. So, they say it's Spring now...what does your "spring" look like at this very moment?
We're getting a lot of rain right now.  It's strange because our weather has been so extremely dry, more so than I can ever remember in South Florida, and now the humidity is coming back.  We get one day rain and one day sunny and very dry.  It's pretty unusual for us.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's time for some Wednesday Hodgepodge, courtesy of Joyce, From This Side of the Pond.

1. March 20th is the first day of she a lion or a lamb in your part of the world?
Interestingly enough, here in South Florida we've enjoyed a mild winter.  Up until March rolled in.  That's when the temps started taking a nose dive, from upper 70's and low 80's to mid 40's and low 50's.  It's starting to climb back up now, with a few rain showers to pave the way to spring.

2. What's the most dreaded task on your spring clean to-do list?  Do you have a 'plan of attack'?
I want to give the hall bathroom some sprucing up with paint, and I'm dreading the amount of work that goes with that.  I like taking it one room at a time so it doesn't feel so overwhelming.

3. 'em or hate 'em?  What's a favorite dish you make using peas?
I like peas.  I wouldn't say "love" but I certainly don't hate them.  I use peas in my Easy Chicken and Stuffing recipe.  

4.  Do you feel under appreciated?
Sometimes, by some people.  Usually, though, I feel very much loved by God, my family and my true friends, so it's good.

5. Have you been using Google Reader?  If so, what are you switching to now that GR has announced retirement?  If not, how do you read your favorite blogs?
I'd never even heard of Google Reader till now that it's going away.  I guess I can't miss it if I never knew it was around, so that makes the adjustment easier.

6. Anne Bradstreet is credited with the following quote~

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant;  if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."

Agree or Disagree?  Why?
We don't have a typical winter in South Florida; it's always pretty warm here, so the analogy doesn't work for us.  However, I do agree that we appreciate the good times much more when we've faced adversity and seen the hand of God take us through it.

7.  When did you last 'spring for something'?  What was it?
I guess you could say I sprung for the barbecue grill that my sister generously gave me.  Having a grill makes me spring into action - grilling action!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I've been asked by my old church to do some volunteer work this month, to help them get ready for Easter.  It's an honor and a privilege to serve the body of Christ and our community.  I prepared invitations for the children to give out, helped make candy bags for Easter Sunday, and now I've been asked to teach at the Saturday night children's service.  This is what happens when I ask God to use me to help others - He offers up opportunities galore!

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch

I'm joining Patrice, Wendell and all the gang on the porch for some chats at my favorite chatting place, Everyday Ruralty.  Some of the girls contributed the questions, so here are my answers:

1. Furry Bottoms asks: Did you grow up in a small town, or a big town? Did you like it?
I grew up in the city.  New York City.  The Bronx, to be exact.  I didn't like it at all.  I like where I live now, a small town outside of the big city.  I have all the perks of the city nearby, but not in my backyard.  There are cows in our area.  I like that much better.

2. Lisa wants to know: If you could pick one song to hear for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Amazing Grace.  It's beautiful, and expresses what I feel.

3. Karen asks: What are your pet peeves?
Leaving closet doors open.  What is so difficult about closing the doors?  It seems every time I turn around the pantry door in the kitchen is open.  Just shut the door, for crying out loud!

4. Colletta says: Do you remember your dreams? Are they in color or black and white? What is the craziest dream you've ever had?
I don't usually remember my dreams.  I wake up from a dream, I know I've been dreaming, but I'll quickly forget what I was dreaming about.  I do believe my dreams are in color.  I don't know about the "craziest" dream, but I've had several dreams where I'm a teenager living at home with my mom.

5. Rachel asks: What is the perfect pair of shoes for you?
Flip-flops.  I practically live in them.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, March 19, 2013...

Outside my's dark and humid.  We got some rain yesterday and today, which was much needed.

I am thinking...about the students at UCF after the scare they got yesterday.  You can read about it here.

I am thankful for...the greatest sacrifice in history.  This month we remember how God so loved the world that He gave His Only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

I am watch the new episode of 19 Kids and Counting.

I am wearing...a pink t-shirt that says, "Got Jesus?" on it, jean shorts and flip-flops.

I am eyesight isn't what it used to be, and that's pretty bad since I've been near-sighted most of my life.

In the kitchen...breakfast for dinner.  I made buttermilk pancakes from scratch.  Yum!

I am reading...Ruby again.  I have to finish this book once and for all.

I am income tax return is done processing soon.  It's been over a month and they're not done yet.

I am looking forward to...spring break, which starts this Friday.  I'm sure my son is looking forward to it as well.

I am hearing...19 Kids and Counting, last week's episode.  The new episode will start in about a half hour.

Around the house...I need to vacuum again.  I can't miss a day of vacuuming.  The house gets full of dog hair.

A favorite quote of the day..."Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children." - Chuck Swindoll.

One of my favorite things...barbecuing anything.

A few plans for the rest of the week...Awana tomorrow, spring break starting on Friday, church on Sunday.

A peek into my new barbecue, given to me by my sister and brother-in-law.

Now maybe the rain will stop and I can continue barbecuing!

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Observing My Senses

For Today, March 16, 2013...

I am seeing...another gorgeous South Florida day filled with sunshine and low morning temperatures.  It was 56 when I got up this morning.  It's 64 now which is still on the chilly side for us.  With the sun shining so brightly it should warm up quick.

I am feeling...excited that I get to put my grill together today!  I cannot wait to get grilling - there's a rack of ribs in the freezer for just that occasion!

I am hearing...the coffee pot making brew noises, and a lawn mower in the distance.

I am yummy breakfast of fried egg, bacon and hash browns.

I am  Without that smell in the mornings my day is shot.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun

Yeah, I know, it's Saturday, but I didn't get to do my Friday Fill-in post yesterday because I was busy out buying a GRILL!!!  That's right, folks.  My sister blessed me with the money to buy a grill so she wouldn't have to hear me whine about it anymore (which proves that whining does indeed work).  Thankfully Hilary at Feeling Beachie doesn't penalize me for being late :).

This week’s statements:
1. My first car was a _____
My first car was a gold Buick Regal.  1981 I think.  Don't quote me.

2. My___ is so ____
My life is so blessed.  Even when things don't go the way I think they should.

3. I would drop everything to _____
I would drop everything to go to a Casting Crowns concert - and I did!  My daughter won free tickets and we got to see them March 1.  It was totally amazing!

4. I never tell people I once.____
I never tell people I once wanted to be a singer.  I'm afraid they'll ask me to sing :P

Friday, March 15, 2013

Five Question Friday

I've been busy today shopping for a barbecue grill - yes, I'm finally going to get one! - and now it's time to sit back and answer some Five Question Friday, courtesy of Mama M at My Little Life.

1. What is one thing you wish you did not have to teach your children?
I guess that one's pretty simple - the whole "birds and bees" conversation.  Especially with the boys.

 2. What are you going to use since Google Reader is going away?
What's Google Reader?  (Obviously I'm not upset about it going away).

 3. British comedy; Hilarious or strange?
I've watched some British comedy that is very funny, while other stuff is either dark comedy or overly cynical. You just have to find what you like.

 4. Do you prefer card games or board games?
I love both, but if I had to choose I'd pick...both.

 5. Will winter ever end?
LOL!  What's funny is that our winter had been extremely mild till March, when the temps started to dip into the upper 40's and low 50's every morning.  It's like winter showed up right before spring.  The afternoons are in the 70's, so for us spring is pretty much here.  Which makes me very happy.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's time for some hodgepodge, folks!  Thanks to Joyce, From This Side of the Pond for hosting.

1. Do you play games of luck/chance for money? Have you ever played bingo for money? Visited a casino?  Placed a bet on a horse? Bought a lottery ticket?
None of the above.  I like to play games to have fun.  I'm not a very competitive person, and I don't like how ugly people get when they play a game where money is involved.

2.  Will you be preparing and/or dining on the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage meal this St. Patrick's Day? Mashed-baked-hash browned-french fried...your favorite way to have potatoes?
I don't care much for corned beef so no, I won't be preparing any.  As for potatoes, I love 'em!  All the ways listed, plus au gratin.  Yum!

3. What's the last thing you felt 'green with envy' over?
I'm not typically an envious person.  I try to be content with what God has blessed me with.

4.  What's at the end of your rainbow?
Ireland! ;)

5. March 12th marks the anniversary of the death of Anne Frank (June 12, 1929-March, 1945).  Anne's diary detailing her time spent hiding from the Nazi's during the war ranks as one of the best selling books of all time.  Besides your blog, do you keep any sort of diary or journal?  Was this a habit you developed as a child or is journaling something new for you?
I remember keeping a diary many years ago but stopped.  I guess I got so busy with other things I didn't find the time to write stuff down.  I wish I had.

6. What's an item in your home or closet that contains every color of the rainbow?
I can't think of any.  I love color, and my closet has a nice variety, but I don't recall having one item with all the colors of the rainbow on it.

7.  Write a limerick with you as the subject.  You can do it!!  Just remember this is a family friendly blog...don't make me get out my wooden spoon.
You remember how girls in middle and high school would try their hand at poetry?  I was NOT one of those girls.  I hate all kinds of poetry.  I'm terrible at it.  Whenever I'm faced with having to help my kids with poetry homework, I get a headache.  Please, please, please don't ask me to write a limerick!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
No income tax refund yet, but I couldn't resist getting a couple or maybe four things at Old Navy.  My daughter needed to pick up her last check so I went with her.  I found the absolutely cutest white jean jacket for $29.94 - these are usually $60+ at the department stores!  I also got a pair of hot pink ballet flats that are perfect for this dress I got at Kohl's a while back.  The dress is navy blue with a hot pink belt, and the shoes will complete the outfit.  I can't wait to wear them, they are so comfy!

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch

As usual, I'm arriving late at the porch - the snacks are probably all gone!  No matter, I can still enjoy my chat time with Patrice and Wendell at Everyday Ruralty.  Some of the other chatty Cathy's have contributed questions - this should be interesting (and fun!).

1. Beth asks:What's your favorite movie of all times? The one you've seen multiple times.
I don't know if this qualifies as a movie, it's more of a mini-series.  It's the BBC's version of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth playing the part of Mr. Darcy.  I could watch it everyday and not get tired of it.

2. Clairity says: Name three things that are permanent residents in your handbag or purse.
Two or more pens, my mini umbrella (because rainstorms hit out of the blue in South Florida), and my tinted lip gloss.

3. Red asks: What's the best way to your heart?
Do something around the house without being asked.  Nothing pleases me more than to go into the kitchen and it's been cleaned up, or the laundry got magically put away.

4. Mamaw wants to know: Do you like going to yard sales?
You know, I've never been to a yard sale.  There are always multiple ones in my area, but I've never stopped to see what is being sold.  I hate the thought of stopping and looking over people's stuff only to walk away empty handed, but I don't want to spend money on things I don't need.

5. Cathy says: If you could slide down a rainbow, what do you think you'd find on the other side?
Ireland, I hope!  Wouldn't that be so cool?!?!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, March 12, 2013...

Outside my's pitch dark.  Now that the time has sprung forward, 7am looks like it's the middle of the night.

I am thinking...did I do something wrong on my income tax?  Is that why I haven't gotten my refund yet after almost 4 weeks?

I am my God, that even without this refund we have money to pay bills and food in our pantry.

I am take my son to school, then get my haircut.

I am jammies.  I'm making breakfast for my youngest son and I, then I'll get dressed.

I am noticing...that our dog Molly hasn't adjusted to the time change.  She ignored her breakfast this morning.  Must be too early.

In the kitchen...smothered pork chops and buttered noodles.

I am Bible and nothing more.  I've got to get back to my book.

I am income tax refund isn't being held because I messed up on my return.

I am looking forward to...the presentation at church this Saturday, The Story - The Musical.  It's the story of the Bible, which is the story of Jesus.  Perfect for this month of Easter.

I am son getting ready for school while he watches Animaniacs.

Around the house...I got as much done yesterday as I could, but I need to clean the bathrooms.

A favorite quote of the day... “We may be statistics and numbers as far as the world’s computers are concerned, but we are precious individuals as far as our Shepherd is concerned. He knows his sheep personally.” - Warren Wiersbe.

One of my favorite things...getting my hair washed and scalped massaged by my hair stylist.

A few plans for the rest of the haircut today, follow-up dentist visit for my daughter and Awana tomorrow, hopefully a trip to the mall to get my son some pants since he's growing by leaps and bounds, the play at church on Saturday.  Busy week for me, folks.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday Quiz About Me

Welcome to Monday Quiz About Me - hosted by Acting Balanced and Touristic.

Here are FOUR QUESTIONS that everyone can answer and then you have the option to add a fifth question of your own for those who are visiting your blog to answer in the comment section, along with commenting on the four standard questions you answered!  Here we go:

1. When would you consider planting flowers or vegetables at your residence?
Since it looks like the rainy season may start a bit early, it would do me good to start planting soon.

2. What is more egregious; cheating on one's spouse or spending the family into being bankruptcy?
Both destroy trust in a marriage and family relationships.  I would stay away from both.

3. In honor of Pi Day this week, what is your favorite kind of pie?
Apple crumb pie, warm with some vanilla ice cream on top and perhaps a drizzle of caramel...oh, yeah.

4. Would would you give Wayne @ Touristic for his birthday today?
I thought Wayne had everything he could ever wish for ;-).  How about a trip to Barnes and Noble where he could get all the books his heart desires?  (That would be a dream come true for me!)

And now my fifth question:

5.  I recently went to see one of my absolute favorite bands, Casting Crowns, in concert.  What band would you like to see in concert?

Move It Mondays

Happy Monday!  It's a cloudy day here in South Florida, cool and just a bit humid.  The weather has been really dry lately which is unusual for us, but we're happy for the break.  Rain is in the forecast for this week, something the lawn is looking forward to.

As of today my income tax return hasn't arrived.  I was getting bummed because my oldest son's birthday is on the 27th of this month, and I was really wanting to get him a collector's edition of the Nintendo 3DS he's been wanting.  Come to find out this morning he bought it for himself!  Ugh, now I have to figure out what else to get him!  Don't you just hate when that happens? :/

My daughter is doing much better this morning.  After the surgery she could barely open her mouth to drink a smoothie; yesterday she was able to eat some macaroni and cheese.  It's still hard for her, since she can't bite down yet and the swelling is still going down, but we're seeing improvements daily.  She attended church yesterday though she couldn't lead the children in worship.  She's at the church office today, puffy cheeks and all, and it's wonderful to see her on the mend.

My youngest son got an interesting topic for his language arts class:  make up a mythological god, complete with drawing and characteristics.  His first choice was Earth, The God of Idiots.  I thought it was pretty funny, till I remembered I live here :P.  We tossed around ideas, and he came up with a really good one:  Money, God of Greed.  The report will show how detrimental it is to worship the god Money, how it turns human beings into selfish, self-centered creatures, and how easily it leaves those who are so devoted to it.  I'm super excited to help him with this project!

I got up early this morning - too early, since this weekend marked the end of Daylight Savings Time (or is it the beginning?  I never get that right).  It wasn't too bad, though.  I found I never got used to the time change back in October or November, whenever that was, and I was awake at 5am most days just tossing and turning in bed.  It wasn't the same for my son E.  He hated having to get up so early!  After dropping him off at school, I came home and vacuumed up mega amounts of dog hair, dusted, and brought out my little popsicle stick cross that my son made when he was 5 years old.  It holds special meaning, especially because he made it for Easter back in 2005.  I'm thinking of starting my spring decorating this week.  It would be a little earlier than usual; I like decorating for spring on the first day of spring.  However, the church my daughter interns at has asked that I come by next week and help prepare some gift packages for the children for Easter Sunday, and I can't resist.  I'll be too busy next week, so decorating starts now.

For lunch today, it's chicken pot pie.  If I chop up the chicken small enough my daughter should be able to eat it, otherwise she can have just the veggies and pie crust.  She's willing to eat anything that isn't pudding, gelatin, or mashed potatoes.  Add a salad to the mix and I've got a quick, easy and healthy meal.

I've got a hair appointment for tomorrow (much needed - my ends are toast), my daughter's follow-up visit at the dentist's on Wednesday, and our church is doing a production on Saturday called The Story - The Musical.  We got a preview yesterday and it looks amazing!  It's a reminder of Jesus's story and how it has changed history.  We're really looking forward to it.

Hope y'all have a blessed and fun week too.  This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Observing My Senses

For Today, March 9, 2013...

I am seeing...sunshine streaming through the windows.  It's a crisp morning but it should warm up quick with all this bright sunlight.

I am feeling...tired, headachy, sinus-y.  My body isn't accustomed to the dryness in the air.  It's bothering my sinuses.  I haven't slept well either, being careful to listen for my daughter in case she needs anything.  She hasn't bothered me at all, but my mom radar was in full operative mode.

I am daughter in the shower.  She's feeling a bit more chipper today.  Her swelling is starting to go down slowly which is encouraging.  I can also hear kids playing soccer in the park.  We live a block away from a large soccer park.  I love this neighborhood.

I am tasting...breakfast.  Pancakes, sausages, and coffee.  I hope to make enough pancakes so I can freeze some for the week.  My son likes pancakes but there isn't enough time in the mornings for that.  If I make them ahead of time all I have to do is warm them up.

I am smelling...the fresh air coming in through the kitchen window.  Our weather has been cool this week, allowing for open windows.  Don't know how much longer that will last; I suspect we're gonna have another sweltering hot summer.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Week in Review

 - Let's get to the most important thing this week:  my daughter's surgery.  Her wisdom teeth all came out on Wednesday morning, and praise God there were no complications.  We are so thankful!

One of her bottom wisdom teeth was impacted, and the other was dangerously close to the nerve.  The latter tooth was the precarious one, since nerve damage could result from pulling out the tooth.  Her oral surgeon told us from the CT scan they were able to see that the nerve was running between the roots of her tooth, so they would have to break the tooth apart to try and not disturb the nerve.  He explained to us that even the slightest touch of the nerve would cause that part of her face to be numb for an undetermined amount of time; it could be a couple of weeks, or months, or years.  It wasn't what we wanted to hear, but we leaned on the Lord and left it all in His hands.

On Wednesday she went in at 9:15 am for her surgery, and by 10:50 am I was in to see her.  She awoke from the anesthesia very weepy but was okay.  The oral surgeon told me that the tooth came out in one piece and actually slid right out without any problems.  I knew it was the power of all the prayers that had been lifted up for her!

My baby girl is now swollen, and the antibiotics are harsh on her stomach, but she's recuperating well.  There is zero numbness which is proof that God was the one operating on her :-).

 On to other news...

 - I filled out our income tax return the beginning of February and sent it in.  IRS didn't accept it till February 14 because of a form that was not being accepted till mid February.  According to the website, once the return is accepted we should receive our refund within 21 days.  It is now past 21 days, and all the website tells is that the return is being processed and a refund date will be advised when available.  I don't know if the problem is the IRS or if there is an error on my return.  I've checked and reviewed and can't find anything wrong, but that doesn't mean the IRS didn't find anything.  All I know is, I had to dig into our savings to pay the $840 deductible for my daughter's surgery.  Hopefully the return will be processed and our refund sent soon.

 - Our weather has been crazy.  It got down into the 40's on Sunday, and it's been in the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's all week.  The humidity has been extremely low, the breezes have been cool, the sky has been clear blue, and it's been on and off hot and cold every few hours.  Right now the weather is 76 degrees, perfect for barbecuing.  My daughter is glad we don't have a barbecue right now.  She can't open her mouth wide enough to get any real food in it.  She's on a liquid/soft food diet till the swelling goes down.

 - There is a very large black trash bag in my living room filled with plastic Easter eggs.  The church my daughter interns at will be having an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday, and we've been asked to close the plastic eggs.  That's right, the eggs ship open, but the church needs them closed.  I believe there's 5,000 eggs here now and another 5,000 on the way.  This will keep us busy for a while.

That's what's been going on.  I'm off to make my daughter some soup.  Hope y'all have a good weekend.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch

Welcome to Patrice's porch over at Everyday Ruralty.  Wendell the Wonder Horse is there too.  We have a really nice time chatting with all the gals there.  Join us for some interesting topics.

1. Who has the most outgoing personality in your family?
That would be my youngest son.  He is the only extrovert, the one who will strike up a conversation with total strangers.

2. How did you name your blog?
I was going through some major changes in my life and it was very hard for me.  I don't like change.  I had to learn to accept that God makes changes for my good, and so my blog was named Accepting Change.

3. What's your favorite topping for ice cream?
Sweetened condensed milk.  It is sooo decadent.  I don't have it anymore, seeing as I'm lactose intolerant, but it was my topping of choice when I was younger.

4. Tell me about someone you know who would make a wonderful character for a book. Oops- please.
Why, Wendell of course!  He's the most interesting horse I know!

5. Please tell me up to three questions that you think I should ask on future farmhouse chats.
Why Patrice, aren't you a wise woman!  Okay, let's see.  1 - When was the last time you tried something new?  2 - If you had the opportunity to teach something, what would you teach?  And 3 - How do you spend the majority of your free time?

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, March 5, 2013...

Outside my window...the sun has gone down on another hot South Florida day.  I can't believe how much the weather has changed from one day to the next.

I am thinking...of my daughter's impending surgery.  Her wisdom teeth are coming out tomorrow.

I am thankful for...the opportunity to volunteer at our old church.

I am take a Benadryl because my allergies are acting up.

I am wearing...a yellow top, jeans, and socks.  It was 51 degrees when I went out this morning.  It got up to 75 by the afternoon.

I am noticing...that the temperatures have been going up and down like a roller coaster, and the next few days is going to be much of the same.

In the kitchen...I made spare ribs in the oven, with baked beans, corn on the cob and salad.  One of my daughter's favorite meals.  She won't be eating solids for the next few days, so I thought this would be nice for her.

I am reading...very little right now because I've been so busy.

I am hoping...the surgery goes well and recovery is quick and as painless as possible.

I am looking forward to...Easter week at the end of this month.

I am son doing his homework and asking me an occasional question.

Around the house...I got a couple of loads of laundry done today and did a major cleaning of the kid's rooms yesterday, since I'll be busy with my daughter all day tomorrow.

A favorite quote of the day...“You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.” ― Dave Ramsey

One of my favorite evening at home with my kids nearby.

A few plans for the rest of the week...I'm taking my daughter to have her surgery tomorrow, and the rest of the week will depend on how she's feeling.  I get to be mommy and nurse to my little girl.  All prayers for her safety and rapid recovery are greatly appreciated.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Monday Quiz About Me

Welcome to Monday Quiz About Me - hosted by Acting Balanced and Touristic.

Here are FOUR QUESTIONS that everyone can answer and then you have the option to add a fifth question of your own for those who are visiting your blog to answer in the comment section, along with commenting on the four standard questions you answered!  Here are my four:

1. Which are you better at: Reading, Writing or Math?
If I put them in order, for me it would be writing, reading, math.  I love to write and I'm a bit of a grammar nazi.  Reading is also big for me, though lately I find my eyes get tired quickly.  I've always been pretty good at math, but now that my son is working on geometry I find I'm not as good as I thought.

2. Tell us a good 'come back' story. Where you were down but were able to reverse fortunes and come out on top.
I have several, but I don't know that I have enough time or space to go into detail.  Let's just say that God has been very good to me on numerous occasions.

3. Which would you rather do: dine or eat?
I suppose this means dine out or eat in.  If that's the case, I prefer to eat in.  I enjoy dining out occasionally, but I guess I just feel most comfortable in my own home.

4. What is one thing the someone close to you does that just annoys the heck out of you?
My son will take off his shoes when he gets home from anywhere, and leave them under the coffee table in the family room.  No matter how many times I remind him, they will appear there again and again.  Right now his slippers are under there.  Ugh!!

And now my question:

5.  What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
I really want to visit Washington DC and see all the historical sights.  Money holds me back, but I won't lose hope.

Move It Mondays

It's 11:35 in the morning, and this is the first opportunity I get to sit down (other than eating breakfast).  It's been a busy and productive morning.  Feeling good about that!

First off, though, let me talk about the weekend and Casting Crowns!  Oh, the concert was amazing!  The drive was long but we got there in time to park up close to the venue.  It's an outdoor amphitheater in a park, with VIP seating in front of the stage or bring your own seating behind and around it.  Since my daughter won the tickets she and her friends were sure we would get preferred seating.  I wasn't convinced, so we brought some folding sports chairs.  Boy, am I glad we did!  We went to Will Call as instructed, gave our names and, lo and behold, we were not on the list.  That kind of scared me a little, since we'd driven an hour to get there and the cheapest seats were $30 each, which I didn't have.  Thankfully, they had someone check in the computer, and when my daughter was asked where she'd gotten the tickets it was sufficient.  We got stamped, but found out we were in general admission, meaning no chairs for us.  I'm not upset about it, though.  The VIP seats were nothing more than folding chairs - our chairs were more comfortable!  The only rough part of the evening was the weather - it was in the low 50's and windy, meaning it felt cold!  I had on jeans with a sweater and a top over it, my warm coat and a blanket and I was still shivering.  Even my daughter, who doesn't typically complain about cold weather, was tucking herself under a blanket.  Glad we thought to bring those too!

The concert started about 15 minutes late but lasted 2 hours with a 15 minute break in between.  What I really love about Casting Crowns is that it isn't just about the music.  It's a ministry, with the goal of bringing the Gospel message, and what an encouraging sight to see many come up to receive Christ as their personal Savior!  It was really inspiring.  The music was great too, don't get me wrong.  I cried during a couple of the songs, danced, sang my little heart out and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  But there's something about seeing people get saved that really makes the evening special.  I'm so thankful that my daughter and I got to experience that night together.

Next morning it was hard to get out of bed, thanks to 52 degrees outside and warm, cozy bed inside!  Service was amazing once again.  Pastor Matt is such a dynamic and passionate speaker.  Since he came in January to serve as our lead pastor, the church has been getting more and more packed.  I'm excited to see what kind of a turnout we get this Easter!

This morning was the coldest we've had all winter.  It was the first time I had to turn on the heat!  It was 43 degrees when I got up, and the wind made it feel like 41.  I don't care where you hail from, 41 degrees is cold!  It's 61 degrees now but it still feels chilly.  The windows are open so the house can air out.  I much prefer having days when I can open up the windows and let the cool air come in instead of having the a/c running all day long.

Since my daughter will be having her wisdom teeth removed on Wednesday, I decided to get her room cleaned up really good.  She's working at both her jobs today so she won't have a chance to do it.  I washed Molly's bedding, dusted the room from top to bottom, and mopped up her floors.  Then I moved on into my son's room.  I cleaned up the same in there but also helped my son get the desk a bit more organized.  Boys can be pretty messy if you let them :(.

I knew I'd be busy today, so last night I filled up the crock pot with the ingredients to make jambalaya.  All I had to do this morning was take it out of the fridge and turn it on.  I put the shrimp in a few minutes ago, and lunch should be ready in about 40 minutes.  The house smells so yummy!  And jambalaya is perfect for crisp, cool days like today.

I finished putting away 2 small loads of laundry, so after lunch I'll clean up the bathrooms, then see about getting the branches from the backyard into the trash can, since tomorrow is trash day.  It looks like it's gonna be a hectic week, so I'm thankful I have Monday to get myself in gear!  Have a blessed one!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Observing Our Senses

For Today, March 2, 2013...

I am seeing...clouds covering the sky.  It looks like a dreary kind of day.

I am feeling...the cold air coming in through the windows.  It's in the 50's but the cool breeze makes it feel colder.  I'll need to bundle up for the concert tonight! :D

I am daughter tell me about her performance at her church last night.

I am tasting...nothing right now.  I already had my breakfast.

I am smelling...the clean air filtering in.  I like when it's cool enough to have the windows open.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun

I love my Friday fill-ins.  Thanks to Hilary at Feeling Beachie for hosting every week.

This week’s statements:

1. Sometimes I ___ I am ___
Sometimes I feel like I am running around but getting nowhere.

2. When I wear ___ I feel ____
When I wear a dress I feel pretty.

3. When in doubt, _____________
When in doubt, throw it out.  (We apply this to food in my house; don't want to eat anything nasty).

4. The easiest way to ______________ is to ___________.
The easiest way to combat envy is to be thankful.

Five Question Friday

Is it Friday already?  Is it March already?!  Spring quickly approaches, and this month promises to bring new and exciting things.  Let's start with these 5 questions, courtesy of Mama M at My Little Life.

1. What was the most productive thing you have done this week?
You mean other than the mountains of laundry? :P  Let's see, I vacuumed a couple of times, but with our dog shedding all the time it doesn't look like much was done.  I cleared out the yard as best as I could, but we don't have a lawn mower anymore so the grass is starting to take over (thankfully we haven't gotten TOO much rain).  I'll tell ya, there are times I feel like I'm running on a hamster wheel; I'm going non-stop but never getting anywhere.

2. Enjoying the winter or ready for spring?
We've had a mild winter this year.  Quite frankly, it felt like spring for much of January and February.  This weekend looks like the coldest we're gonna get, in the mid to low 40's.  I'm looking forward to spring only because everyone starts planting flowers which makes everything colorful.

3. Are you an introvert or extrovert? Is your spouse the same as you?
I am most definitely an introvert, which is probably why I married an extrovert.  It was good at times; he could take over the socializing when I felt overwhelmed by the crowds.  Other times, though, I was expected to be an extrovert as well.  You can't make a person be what you think they should be.  It doesn't work that way.

4. Would you rather go without music or television for 1 year?
I could easily go without television for a year.  It's not like there's much to watch on it anyway.  Music, however, would be a burden to let go of.

5. Have you ever been truly scared of someone?
Not that I can think of.  Not scared like I won't approach them or feel threatened by them.  As a kid I found some adults to be intimidating but not necessarily scary.

Words of Wisdom

If God can hang the stars on high
Can paint the clouds that drift on by,
Can send the sun across the sky,
What can His power do through you? - Jones