Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
This is so important for believers today. Sometimes we do all of these steps...or we pick and choose which one is the most comfortable for us at the time. But God wants us to do these all the time. Look back to see where God has taken them...all the Memorial Stones in our life. This can be such a place of encouragement and excitement. We have a tendency to quickly forget what God has done. Look up, because we need to keep our eyes focused on Him. His voice should be so clear to us, because we are His people. I want to know Him so well, that I run when He calls. And then to Look out...because God has a destiny for all of us. He has a plan for each of our lives. And how exciting to be able to walk that out and know Him and His ways.
I wasn't planning on writing about this. But it became more pivotal when we found out that a dear friend of ours, who has been a huge example in our life has made major changes in their life that do not line up with the word. I guess, they fell from their pedestal. Not that they were on a pedestal, but that it the best way to describe it. So, at this time (and hopefully always)...I am going to look back, up and out! How about you?
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
My washing machine has been broken for more than 10 days. We took one trip to the local laundry mat, but that just put a minor dent in the damage already done. It took four days for the repair guy to come out to tell me that it was a simple problem wrong with the computer in my washing machine. Sounds simple, right? Not exactly. We bought a warranty with our LG front loader four years and 9 months ago. And according to the warranty, if the machine breaks down four times than Best Buy must replace the machine. Well, this was the fourth time. So, they came and verified it was broken. And then all the information was sent to the corporation...and then they came back on Friday night (which was way earlier than they said they would respond) and told me to go to the local Best Buy and pick out my new front loader!!! Can you believe it? The warranty was so worth the 100 dollars that we paid for it. We are three months short of the warranty running out. And this machine has been worked hard. We average 14 loads a week. So, I went to the store...picked out my new front loader (which is actually slightly bigger than my current one) and it will be delivered tomorrow. And I will christen it by doing about 20 loads of laundry. The clothes are calling out for it. And the best thing...we actually can buy a new 5 year warranty for this machine and the whole deal starts over again. Isn't God good?! So, if I don't blog for the next few days you will know that I am knee deep in....dirty laundry!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
1 pound sliced bacon, diced
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
6 eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese
1 1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese
In a large skillet, cook bacon and onion until bacon is crisp; drain. In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; stir in bacon mixture. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish.
Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until set and bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
The basis of the article was saying that men are experiencing post partum depression. They have said for years that women experience this because of the changes in hormones that are happening in a women's system. They swing so dramatically in such a short period of time. But now they are saying that men are having the same symptoms...but they usually occur around 3-6 months after the baby is born.
When Matt and I were talking about it the other day we were wondering whatever happened to men just having to adjust to a change in life? Why do we have to label everything with a syndrome? Having a baby is a huge deal, especially for men! They now have the responsibility to care for, pay for and love this tiny human being. That is monumental! I am sure all men react to it in a different way. But to actually say that it is postpartum like a women deals with seems a bit far-fetched. I remember after I had my babies, I only experienced a few days of the "baby blues." I cried a lot for no reason and felt overwhelmed easily. I would go in waves for a few hours and then feel totally different the next few hours. Thankfully, that's all I felt. Considering some women have a lot more to deal with, I felt blessed. I think this is a lot different than what men experience. I believe they are just dealing with the huge life change. Probably the biggest life change that they will ever have. They have to adjust. They have to make changes. They have to step into the role that God mandated for them.
So, I normally never talk about anything controversial. I think this stemmed from a dissatisfaction with the medical community trying to "medicalize" everything. I ask for your comments. What have your experienced.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
On the brighter side, I feel a 100% better today. We did communion yesterday and I truly believe I had a turn around. It is a battle with the flesh, but the spirit always wins!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Farm living, includes loss too. When I was expecting a quiet day here on our land, and instead we lost our mama sheep, Valentine. She was out bleating for her breakfast (totally typical in the course of a day)...Matt went to feed her and she laid down next to the feed bucket...minutes later she was convulsing and then she was dead. We have no idea what happened! We think possible snake bite,but we didn't see any evidence of that. It went so fast. I was gone for the whole thing. Which is probably a good thing. God always knows where I will be...since I don't deal with loss very well. The worst part is that her baby Valentino laid right beside her until we came to bury her. I just cried when I saw that scene. And later on he kept on circling her mound. I feel so sad for him. Losing his source of protection and companionship.
So this is when I usually think, "is this worth it?" Spending all this time and money and love and then it can be lost in a moment. I especially thought of all the homesteaders of one time and how much something like this could affect their whole family. Imagine if we were depending on her for meat ( like if there wasn't a Publix around every corner)...and for future babies. So, it was a bit sad for us yesterday as we worked around the property. Her face and her temperament were so sweet. She will be missed.
One up-note, it was awesome to be able to call our close neighbors (the Coslows) and cry a bit...and then they came to help us bury her. We love that aspect of farming communities that has been lost. Neighbor helping neighbor...sharing the good and the bad. God is good...all the time.