Friday, July 31, 2009

INTERNET SAFETY

I enjoy reading blogs and just recently stumbled upon one that was discussing the topic of internet safety. I happen to err on the side of caution and let my young daughter talk more about names and specifics because her blog is set to private and you need an invite and password..etc.

I try not to name to many specifics, close up pictures of my kids or their names or any details that I feel may be unsafe, if a possible stalker was reading my blog, highly unlikely but yes, possible.

I am typically naive to things of this nature, however my husband is a very cautious, very protective type of man, and he did not feel comfortable detailing to many area's of our personal life, for reasons of safety. So when I discussed having a more personal blog he just asked that I not post all kinds of our photos on the site. I understand how he feels and respect that.

This subject really got alot of comments as many people had lots to say.Some people bank on-line shop on-line use twitter and facebook and maintain a blog of their own. Everyone has a different reason for their computer time usage, but one thing is for sure we all use the internet to fill the needs of what is going on in our lives.

I will be honest and say that most blogs I read have pictures and details of family life, and I LOVE to read these and learn. So I am glad there are so many out there, and I know I am not a internet stalker, so it's all good:)

Anyhow, I realize I do not have a large reader base, however if you read this and have something to say about it, I would love to hear your thoughts. I enjoy expressing what I have learned financially and spiritually and sharing that makes me happy, thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

QUALITIES FIT FOR A DISCIPLE

Wow, what is it about summer that has me posting 1 day a week? Time sure gets away from me in the summer, that is not a bad thing though. I love the busyness of summer along with the "break" from school and what not, it is a favorite time of mine.

I'm not sure that I posted much about a very special family that lived 2 doors down from us for the last six years, and their 2 girls are best friends with my two girls. They just recently moved out of state, they come back frequently because all their family lives right around the corner, but still it is very different. I was very worried about how this would effect my girls, I am pleasantly surprised that kids are so resilient and they just deal with things that we adults sometimes make complicated. They are having a great day with them today as they are back in town and it is nice to see them all together having a great time.

This topic of how resilient kids are to change makes me think of all the things I was so resilient about over the last year especially. I'm not sure what the future holds, I have a new found comfort that the Lord will provide and I am dealing with the anxiety of the unknown much better in my life because of it.

When I think of where we are going to live, will my husband get a job, will we stabilize an income????? All these questions and no answers and all this change that will be happening! I want to deal with it like these kids have. They have had incredible experiences together for the last 6 years of their lives, they will hold all those memories dear to them as I know I will and they just go on. Never forgetting, always remembering, living in the now and being so strong and innocent as well.

Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it. Mark 10:15

My study bible says this. ...

" children exhibit sincerity, eagerness, a trusting attitude and TOTAL dependence on their parents. Thus childlike is a fitting comparison for the qualities a disciple should have.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

POSSIBLE DOOR OPENING???????????????

So I have talked enough about my husband's business in the automotive field, which here in Michigan means little these days. It has struggled to say the least and amidst preparing to lose our home(because of lack of income)we still face the challenge of "getting by". As any small business owner knows paychecks are a luxury, they are not of the "norm". It has been a challenge to get by. My husband has applied to a dozen or so jobs, just in the last few months, and he is beginning to think there is not much out there in his field and experience.

Looking back 10 years ago he had an associates in law enforcement, and experience. Well he has applied for a federal government job while he still has time to work a good living and retire 20 years later. Now I'm trying not to get to excited, it is a lengthy process taking up to 6mo to a year to get hired in some cases. I do feel a little bit of relief, possibly thinking that this could be the very thing we have been praying for so diligently the last several months. We have been praying for God to lead us where he wants us and have cried out in sheer desperation for some guidance in our lives. I will remain in control with my thoughts and wonder. I must continue to practice patience, as I like to know what is happening next. I must continue to let God lead, I have to say it is an amazing feeling and a load of pressure lifted off of me.

I will keep everyone posted, this may or may not be it, he takes a test in late Sept. Right now he is studying super hard, getting in extreme physical shape and learning Spanish. I know he will do well, he ranked second top in his class of 60 men at his first academy graduation 10 + years ago.
When he sets his mind to something he gives 110%. I will keep updates:)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

CHEAP SCHOOL SUPPLIES

I know it is hard to think about in the middle of summer, however a frugal lifestyle means thinking ahead. I have found that shortly after the 4th of July up until the end of July, has been the best time to stock up on school supplies. Our school gives us our list for the following year before school lets out, which makes it nice to know ahead of time what we will need for supplies.

Like grocery shopping I have my "bottom line price", I will not spend more than .15 on a pack of crayons or .50 on a pack of markers, Crayola that is! You have to keep your eyes open for some incredible deals, like folders for a penny! Start keeping your eye out at stores like, Kmart, CVS, WalMart, Target, Staples and Office Max.

This applies for home schoolers too, you know what supplies you will need and why not save money while your at it. Now go enjoy your summer, just start slowly putting some items away and you will be amazed at what you have come Sept, and amazed at the money you saved.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

REJOICE AND BE GLAD

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

As I continue to read through the beautiful book of Psalms this verse stands out in my mind. As a new christian years ago when my oldest daughter started kindergarten at our Lutheran school, the principal would say this daily. He would say this in the morning walking through the hallways, after chapel, the end of the day announcements...etc..etc...

At the time I must admit I had no idea what an impact this verse would have on my life. It is true, no matter what day you are having, good, bad, anxious,scared, tired or sick....it is a day to rejoice and be glad in!

We are so blessed to have been brought to a wonderful church and school, and I am glad these are things my children hear throughout their school days when they are not home.

Let us all remember this daily as we wake up.

Friday, July 10, 2009

FRIDAY RAMBLING'S

Scratch the title on the last post, because this is indeed the 100th post, my mistake:) Anyhow today finished off the week of vacation bible school at our church/school. The kids look forward to this every year and have a blast. My 6 year old says "I wish vacation bible school lasted 10 days instead of 5 days!" All good things come to an end I tell her.

Today was a hot one, humid anyhow, so I took my kids along with 5 others (I know crazy)to a water splash pad park. Lots of fun. I was actually feeling like the house sounded so quiet this morning while my girls were at vacation bible school, and couldn't wait to get them and do something. So on the way to the splash park amidst all the chatter I realized how much I like spending time with kids, there were 8 in all and you just get used to the noise, and they are all a great bunch of kids. I'm thankful for our friends and my children's friends and it is just an extra bonus that we are great friends with their parents as well.

It was just one of those days you Thank God for!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

100TH POST &WISE PSALM

Wow this is my 100th post, I am just going to write a quick one because it came to mind this morning in my bible time.

For anyone worried about losing their home or anyone that knows anyone in this situation here is a verse I just went back to for great comfort, I need to hear this lots lately:)

Psalm 49:11-12

Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever, Their dwelling places to all generations; They call their lands after their own names. Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not remain; he is like the beasts that perish.

My study guide says this....

These verses vividly describe both the power of death and the greater power of God.People who have riches, beauty and power in this world will lose them all at death. They will be stripped of everything except their character and soul.

These are wise words to cling onto and read over and over, Yes, I am losing things, but my character and soul are still mine.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

LIFE TOGETHER AS FAMILY- PART 2


Wow, it has been almost a week since my last post........crazy how time flies and how busy one can be at times. I'm going to continue with a second part to Family Life.

Again this is a series from a booklet I read from church, about strong families with healthy habits.

This one might sound like a no brainer, but I wonder how many families EAT TOGETHER.

Does your family table have a few kids with electronic wires connected to their ears, or are some people tuned in to the t.v.? It seems obvious that after preparing a meal for ones family, the next thing to do would be to enjoy it together without distractions. I know this cannot happen every night in every family, but hopefully it is the norm for most of us.

No need for fancy tableware or expensive meals, when Jesus gathered his disciples for the Last Supper they came together in a borrowed room to observe the Passover.
Many people from all times say they never knew they were poor because they had so much to share over a simple bowl of soup made from meager ingredients.

Here are a few tips on really coming together as a family for mealtime.

1.NO TELEVISION ON IN THE BACKGROUND- TURN IT OFF!

2.NO I-PODS, MP3 PLAYERS, GAMEBOYS, ETC...TURN OFF ALL POWERED ITEMS.

3.ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO SHARE ABOUT THEIR DAY.

4. ALWAYS START WITH PRAYER, SOMETHING SIMPLE LIKE
COME LORD JESUS, BE OUR GUEST, AND LET THIS FOOD TO US BE BLESSED.

5. LET THE KIDS HELP PREPARE THE MEAL, WATCH THE EXCITEMENT ON THEIR FACE WHEN THEY TELL THE OTHERS.

6. WHILE YOUR AT IT TURN THE RINGER TO THE PHONE OFF, OR DO NOT ANSWER IT. THIS PORTRAYS TO THE CHILDREN HOW IMPORTANT MEAL TIME IS.

7. HAVE FUN, ENJOY EACH OTHERS COMPANY.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

STRAWBERRIES!


After starting the week off pretty BLAH, I was determined to get out yesterday thunder storm clouds and all. After being home most of Monday and Tuesday morning I just needed to get out, so I took the kids and 2 of the neighbors to go strawberry picking. I enjoy this so much as well as the children. An added bonus is that my crazy active 2 year old just sits down and eats and eats and eats strawberries. It is very therapeutic for me to sit and pick homegrown berries out in the field along with the fact that I don't have to chase little man:)


It was a great afternoon and from what I hear strawberry picking season is almost over, glad we had the opportunity to enjoy this annual tradition and the rain held off:). This year I am going to try and make some homemade jam to fill our pantries this winter and have some special "extra" gifts lying around for the holidays to share with family and friends.