Monday, February 25, 2013

Day 34: Dentists!!

Day 34: Dentists!!

Today, I am thankful for dentists. My dentist in particular!!! I am so thankful that he can repair my teeth/fillings so I can eat without pain and chew gum without sensitivity!!! He is awesome at what he does and I am glad he is my face is still numb, but I can live with that! =)


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Day 33: >>>Learning....

Day 33: Learning....

I have always been a city girl. If I needed something I would just go to the store and buy it. Now that I am a "country girl" going to the store for one or two things is out of the question. The cost of gas alone should deter me, but it is the time it takes that deters me the most. We live 10+ miles from anywhere...And really, the best shopping is more like 20 miles.Well, there is a BP close by, but I refuse to go in there. It smells of old grease and smoke, which of itself would not be so bad, but if you go into this particular store the smell stays with you for the rest of the day!! Yuck! 

On this journey of learning to become more self sufficient, trying to make things last and also trying to make more homemade things, I have discovered a little miracle......LOTION BARS!!!!!!

I attended a class with my sista-in-law on Saturday....something about beeswax and body care--she signed me up! I did not know what I was going to be learning, but it sounded fun! We had a blast!! We made lip balm with 5 NATURAL ingredients and we made glycerin soap. Our teacher had made some lotion bars the night before to share with the class. I had never heard of a lotion bar before, but I am game if it includes natural ingredients and this particular person recommends it!
 It was WoNdErFuL!!! Oh my word!! I cannot describe to you the feeling of softness after I use this thing!!! And my heels!?! I have very dry skin and my heels are always in a mess.....sorry for those of you that may be offended when  wear my flip flops (well, not really! Ha!! I will wear them anyway!!)....this bar has singlehandedly changed the appearence of dry skin on my heels in one night!!!!!!!! =) =) =) Happiness!!!

So today, I am thankful for learning new things and being willing to try them!!! =)


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Day 32: Precious Moments

My kids are growing so quickly! Soon all I will have are the memories of them crowding me, asking me bazillions of questions, thinking I am awesome, hearing them play together outside, cooking large meals to feed them, and listening to piano lessons (x3!!)!!! So today I am thankful for Precious Moments that come out of the blue. We have dear friends who are going through some very trying times. I am taking their sorrow and trying to learn from it and teach my children some things. One of them is obey God. He matters most.

So here is an example of this....(from my FB post)

~~~~While tucking in Tr. tonight I said to her, "There may come a day when you and I do not agree on the choices you are making." She frowned. This really upset her. (Secretly, I am thrilled by her reaction, but I know she is only 10...she still thinks I'm awesome. I'll take it!!) So I said to her, "The choices you make have to please God. He knows the plans He has for you". And in her 10yo mind this means that if she wants to be a firefighter, but God wants her to be a missionary, then she should be a missionary. YES!! That is it exactly!!!
At some point when, we may not see eye to eye on everything, I want her to always seek to obey God. He is the one that matters most!!!
But for now, I am Super Mommy!!!!! =)  ~~~

It is hard for me to picture my very obedient children so blatantly turning from obeying, but I know this can happen. I have seen it with my own eyes in my own family and in the families of others. I'm trying to instill a desire to please God above all else. He will be there when no one else is watching (integrity, character). I am not ready to be a parent to teenagers (when "apparently" all things go crazy and you don't even recognize your own child!), I'm just getting used to parenting kids (as opposed to babies). This is one thing I know though, we did not have "Terrible Two's" with any of our kids, so I am hoping and praying that we do not have "Yucky Teenagers" (a term my hubby uses)!!! There comes a time in every persons life when they must choose Right or Wrong. It reminds me of the Patch(?) song, "Only Two Choices on the Shelf. Pleasing God, or Pleasing Yourself." Please let it always be God!!!