Thursday, January 8, 2015

Word for the year...


Have you ever picked a "word" for the year?   I had done it a few years back, however, it wasn't really me who picked the word and it didn't happen until the middle of the year.

The word was Gratitude and it came to me in several ways -  I truly believe God was indirectly putting this word in my head over and over. It was a tough year for me and it was a year that I learned to be grateful no matter what came my way.

This year I decided I would pick a word - " commitment"  - definition -  the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity.   I was excited to pick this word for myself.  I was feeling like I was constantly on the move and not getting things completed the way they should be.

I work with the kids at our church in the 4th & 5th grade department and finally at the end of December (after I picked my word) pulled out the curriculum for January.   And what is the theme of the month?  "Commitment"  - making a plan and putting it into practice.  I just sat there and looked at the packet thinking what is God up to this year. I look forward to what God will be teaching the kids this month on commitment and what I can put into action in my own life.

I have made a few lists of things that I felt needed some commitment on my part and will be working through them this year.  As I come across them I will share them with you.  


1. Make time for my quiet times with God

2. Get back into the routine of going to the Quarry Coffee Shop for my time to work on blog, church, read, or whatever I want to get done

3. Work on my blog and post at least a couple times a week.

4. ..........

So what is your "word" for 2015?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Having a off day?

Having an off day not a day off -  you know the kind of day that you just feel down or crabby.

I could ask if you have ever had an off day?  But that would just be silly, we all have them at sometime or another.  

I had a off day this past week and I couldn't figure out why.  It was very frustrating to me because I had no idea why I was feeling the way I was. I just wanted to curl up and go back to bed.  That was not an option however.  So I had struggled for an hour or so and as I thought about what was bugging me I realized I had several options to pick myself up and get out of the mood I was in.
  1. I prayed and asked God to help me get through the day and opened my Bible to see what he would give me for the day
  2. I turned on Christian music and blasted it
  3. I told myself I was going to choose joy today (that was something I had learned from a pastors wife years ago)
  4. I decided to make a to do list and check it off as I moved through my day
After a couple of hours I started to feel better and was getting stuff done and I realized it was because I was choosing joy.   I surrounded myself with positive things.

The question is how do you handle it when you have an "off  - day"?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Busier now than before....

Someone once said that when you have kids you will be very busy all the time.  When they grow up you will be looking for things to do with all your time.

Well, I must be doing something wrong ....   I really think at times I am busier now that the boys have grown up then when they were younger.

This week was very busy...
  • Grocery shopping and meal planning
  • Fed geckos (my husbands -side business Supreme Gecko)
  • Playing with my Granddaughter
  • Bible study started
  • Doctor apt for granddaughter
  • Working my Tastefully Simple business
  • Cleaning kitchen at church
  • Awana (leader for Cubbies)
  • Fed geckos
  • Day at my favorite coffee shop (Quarry Coffee)
  • Meeting for ladies retreat
  • Laundry, cooking,  and cleaning
  • Fed geckos
  • Emcee for Senior Lunch at church
  • Preparing for Sunday School for the 4th & 5th graders
  • Fed geckos
  • Shopping
  • and everyday I have daycare from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and again at 3:40p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
I love being busy and wouldn't change anything!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Random thoughts and things....

Random thoughts and things

1. I can't believe the summer is over and the kids start school in a week or so. This means I am back to part -time daycare. I do look forward to seeing the kids again.

2. Did a bunch of laundry today - finding a whole group of things that were never worn by my son and in the wash again.  What's with that?

3. I wonder how many geckos we fed today?

4. I just heard this rumble and thought maybe it was thunder and realized no it is my stomach! Time for dinner or a handful of popcorn maybe.

5. Trying to figure out who I am going to choose for the ALS ice bucket challenge.  I will be doing it later today.

6. Loving listening to new Mercy Me cd.

7. Working on setting up Tastefully Simple Freezer meal workshop and getting really hungry.

8. Keep thinking of the things I didn't get done this summer and need to add to my to - do - list.

9. Thinking how blessed we are with our family. Love the grandgirls!

10. Gusgus is snoring and I would like a nap too.

11. Read some of my favorite blogs today.

12. Enjoying pictures my sisters are posting from their Alaskan Cruise.

13. My to-do-list is getting big !

14. Worked on my stuff for my Sunday school class.  I am very excited about the penpal program we are starting up. 

Thanks for listening to me ramble!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Facebook before God's Book?

You opened

before God's book today?

How is your day going?   Are you frustrated, feeling anxious, or just getting by?  Do you feel like you can handle anything that comes your way?  Did you find encouragement and guidance for your day on Facebook that will get you through anything during the day?

I am not saying Facebook is bad I just think that many of us get up in the morning and grab our phone, notepad, or go on the computer before we think about it.  I know my day does not go as smoothly when I have done this.

God's word and time with Him at the beginning of your day is so much better than starting your day with Facebook.   When I start my day with God first I feel like I can do or handle anything!   I have confidence that he is with me and I look to him for help throughout my day.

Here is a great verse to start your day:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding…”
- Proverbs 3:5

Think about it - if you do not go to God first I challenge you to
  • start your day in prayer asking him to guide you through the day
  • read a few verses - you don't know where to start?   Google verses to start my day,  or open your Bible and randomly pick a verse
  • keep a journal of verses and prayers including answered prayers
If you take the challenge let me know what your think after a few days?   Does your day seem to be better? 


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gideon ... Great study

I did a Bible study on Gideon at our church this spring.  

It is a study written by Priscilla Shirer.  We watch a video with Priscilla teaching for about 45 minutes and then break down into small groups for discussion.  There are 5 days of homework each week. 
This study has been one that makes you dig and really think about yourself. There have been  questions that you just don't want to answer or can't answer at the time.
Some of the questions that have been brought out:
 " Where does God fit in - in my life?"  Is he number one or do I put him on the back burner?   How and when do I go to God when I need him?  Do I only go to him when I am struggling with something?  Do I trust him with the small silly stuff in my life not just the hard and big stuff I am dealing with? Do I praise him for what he has done and will do in my life? Do I like the Israelites
fall back into my old ways?
Gideon was challenged by God to trust in Him.  The Israelites really had a hard time understanding and stopping the cycle they were in. 
It has been a good study and has made me think about a few specific things and what needs to change. I realized that I do make a conscience effort to Praise Him for the things that are happening in my life good or bad.  I also realized that I need to spend more consistent time with Him and his word on a daily basis.  Time management with my quiet time needs to happen.
Now it is time for reflection and action!
If you have a chance to take this study you will enjoy it.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Airport visit with Christal

When our boys were little my husband and I would take them to the airport and sit outside a fence line to watch the planes.

I remember the excitement of this Saturday morning adventure.

Wally decided we needed to take our granddaughter Christal to experience this....

Christal watching the plane as it taxies

Take off....

Christal ran down the fence line as the plane ascended

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I did it!!!

Well,   I did it!!! I have officially joined Jennifer Labs Tastefully Simple team!

I decided after several years of the subtle "do you want to join my team " from her.   She was great - not pushy just mentioned it once in awhile at parties.  I had gone to a freezer meal workshop and really enjoyed it.  Thought I could do this!

So I made the call and she sat with me explaining the details.  Sounds like fun and easy too.   I think because I like the products and use them it will be fun.

In talking with a few family members and friends I have set up 4 parties to get me going.

Now to study the information on all the products .....

Friday, May 23, 2014

Where on earth is that going?

No more blank wall....

Yep, Wally was down in the gecko facility working a couple of months ago.  I noticed he had a measuring tape out.
I looked around the rooms and thought "what was he measuring?"  I will admit I was afraid to ask - you see this normally means a new stand for the geckos is going to be built.  However, he was running out of space to add any more stands. I decided to wait and not ask.

It only took a couple of days for him to share the exciting news that we would be adding a stand that would hold 27 more enclosures!  And it was for me!  I was a little confused since my craft room on the upper level in our home.  He explained it to me - You have a gecko project :) 

After carefully measuring the area (the only blank wall and not really in the room - hallway) he hired one of our sons to build the stand.  We went to the container store to buy the exact sized containers we would need.

Each of the small containers he cut a single hole for air, the larger ones have 2 holes.  Each hole is covered with screen (hot glued in).  Then the mix of peat, sand and dirt were added to each container.
Now the rack is ready for the geckos....

You will have to come back and visit to see which ones they are.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Surfing the blog world and what I learned today...

Thursday - Quarry Coffee Day - what I learned about myself today

I started my morning surfing a few of my favorite blogs:

1.  Pioneer Woman - ( -love her posts about her family and recipes.
2.  Cheryl Barker -  ( - a Christian blog with great inspiration.
3.  Jesus and Dark Chocolate - ( - about her family and how they are getting through the days with early Alzheimer's disease in the family.

Then I decided to look for some new blogs under several different topics: well I started with weight loss first and let me tell you I came across one that I really could relate to and enjoy reading.
Paige has a comment on her home page that caught my eye immediately!   "Two people can do anything as long as one of them is God."
I started to read through her posts about her weight loss journey and couldn't stop.  She is very encouraging and honest about her feelings and struggles through the journey.  I will visit this blog on a regular basis for encouragement and inspiration.
Paige has made me think about why I am the size I am, what triggers me to eat, belief in myself, what I don't like and how it can be better in the coming days.

I don't know Paige personally but she has indirectly challenged me to take a step in faith and start my journey.

Why am I nervous about this journey? 
  • failure again ( I have tried multiple times to lose weight - not successful)
  • the number on the scale when I step on it for the beginning( I know I have a lot to lose to be healthy)
  • some of the changes I will need to make
What do I need to do start this journey?
  • weigh myself and record
  • take a picture (not happy about that at all)
  • make a food plan for eating
  • get rid of junk food from the kitchen/pantry
How am I going to start?
  • weigh in
  • have a journal to write in daily about it
  • read more on Paige's blog
  • make a menu and grocery shop
  • start to believe in myself that I can do this (with God's help)

The biggest thing I learned it that I can't do this alone!

Well, here goes my journey,  thanks for the inspiration Paige!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Big Backyard Play Adventure

Fun at the Big Backyard

We took Christal to a place called the Big Backyard for kids.  It is in a large warehouse that they have converted into a backyard atmosphere with jungle gyms, climbing toys, basketball hoops, and a ton of riding toys.  The walls were painted like outside. Very nice place and fun for us today.

It was a great place to take her to encourage her to use her large motor skills and strengthen her muscles.

Riding toys were fun too : it took a little while for her to get the hang of using her legs to push the toys around.  Once she got it she was off and riding....

She liked crawling in and out of the caterpillar.....
                                                                        Driving a car
Playing ball with Grandpa

Grandpa gets a basket

The jungle gym was a challenge at first but she climbed up several times
 and went down the slides too

After all the playing we had a drink and some pretzels then off to naptime! (for all of us)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Club 252

I have the privilege of working with the 4th & 5th graders at our church each week in Club 252.  I have been serving in this department for over 10 years now.  I feel this age is very important as far as keeping them engaged and wanting to come to church.

I have a great team of table leaders that work with specific groups of kids each week.  They all enjoy the kids and love to share God with them each Sunday. 

We have a great curriculum to work with each week. 
  • The kids start out the morning at their tables with a leader and do an activity related to the story or theme of the day. 
  • Then we move to large group for story, worship, and fun!   Our story team is awesome and the get the kids so excited. 
  •  Recently, there has been teams of praise kids added for worship time. Each week there is another team comes in to lead us in worship. The kids are doing great and they are excited to sing about God each week. 
  • Sometimes we end up with a video clip to wrap up or a skit
  • The kids then return back to their tables to do an activity to bring the whole morning together

Once a month I run a Bible drill with verse relating to the theme of the month.  I feel this is important to teach kids how to find verses in their Bibles. They have fun racing to find the verse and of course, there is a piece of candy for the winners!

Each month the kids are taught a virtue, they have a memory verse, and a bottom line every week to reinforce the virtue.

April :
Virtue - Humility
                       Putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve.
Memory Verse :
"Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be free of pride. Think of others as better than yourselves." Philippians 2:3,

Story for large group time:

Feet First (Jesus washes the disciples’ feet) • John 13:1-17

Bottom Line:(Week 1)

I can put others first by serving them.