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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Quick Jello

I’ve been a little under the weather the past few days and my husband has been wonderful! He has helped with the grocery shopping, keeping the house tidy, getting take-outs, bath time for the kids, staying up one night with me while I was really sick and most importantly fixing me jello!

I know out of all of the wonderful things he did you might thinking it’s crazy that the jello was the best part but, one night after I had been unable to eat the entire day and the hunger pains started I thought I might be able to stomach some jello. So at midnight my husband made me some sugar-free strawberry jello! The best part was he made it super quick!

Here’s what he did:

For the boiling water he just ran water through the coffee pot (we have a Bunn Coffee Maker so it’s super quick)

Then he mixed it with ice instead of just putting it in the fridge and finally he put it in the freezer instead of the fridge!

It was delightful and tasted the same as if you made it the regular way!

Thought I would pass this along just incase you need jello quick!

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

This is the food the Fowlers will be eating this week.

Monday- Chicken Enchiladas with Rice

Tuesday- Chicken Cordon Bleu (made in slow-cooker) and Mac-n-cheese with salad

Wednesday-Friday Church, Chick-Fil-A

Saturday- Chili with corn bread and pecan pie (Fowler Fall Day)

Sunday- Church Picnic bringing sugar-free cupcakes and making a veggie tray

Lunches- PB&J;’s, Tuna Salad, hot ham and cheese

Snacks- veggies, homemade apple sauce made in the slow cooker

What are you ladies making this week? Are you trying any new recipes?
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Friday, September 17, 2010

My book list

Just wanted to share with you something that I enjoy… READING! Although currently I’m not reading as much as I want I’m planning on getting back into the swing of reading more in a few short weeks. Here are some of my favorite books I’ve read and books I’m planning to read soon!

Favorite Books:
Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney
When I Don’t Desire God by John Piper
Treasuring God in our Traditions by Noel Piper
Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper
Faithful Women and their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper
Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Books to read or finish soon:
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
Instructing a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp
Adopted for Life by Russell Moore
Desiring God by John Piper

What are your favorite books or books you’re reading now?

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thoughts I’m Standing on

Just wanted to share a few thoughts I’ve been stepping on lately!

(Caution: They are seemingly random)

1. Greatful to God in how He is working in the challenges with the kids, we have had two really well weeks!

2. Thankful my husband is all well (had infection that I cared for all weekend)

3. Love the fall air in the mornings as I have my time with the Lord.

4. Wondering why my coffee hasn’t tasted good this week.

5. Excited to be starting on ‘Boys’ birthday party decoration (Batman banners, hats etc are about to invade my basement 🙂 )

6. Can’t wait until the official ‘Fowler Fall Celebration’

7. Excited to start making Chili again.

8. Trying to figure out details for the fall trip with Matt’s parents

9. Smiling as I remember waking up ‘Little girl’ from her nap and telling her that I made her sugar-free brownies and her response (while clapping, “Good Job Mommie, Good Job.”

10. Praying for the Fowler (extended family) as they prepare for another addition, a Fowler boy this weekend!

11. Wondering how I can help someone who is in her final days on earth and how to comfort her family.

12. Enjoying my new routine of getting up before the kids and husband to have my time with the Lord.

13. Excited to go to my SWI class at Southern Seminary tonight (class on mentoring).

14. Love hearing the kids answer the ‘catechism’ we’ve got Questions 1 & 2 down so far! Even the stuffed animals are getting into this 🙂

Any thoughts you gals would like to share that have been swimming around you, feel free to comment!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Don’t Waste your Homemaking: Giving your self

Often times I hear encouragement sent to those who work outside their home. The encouragement or charge is to glorify God in their workplaces. They are called to serve through their job by ministering to others and to do their job to the best of their abilities as unto the Lord.

What about in our homes? Do we seek to glorify God in this as well? We are called to serve others, to daily pour ourselves out in the many tasks that demand the attention of the homemaker. The key to not wasting our homemaking it found in learning how to glorify God in this occupation.

Although not wasting this wonderful job includes taking meals to those who are sick and having people into your home to minister to; it doesn’t or shouldn’t begin there.

The daily tasks of laundry, cleaning toilets, cooking meals can glorify Christ. We must simply (even though it’s not that simple) do this unto the Lord. We must realize that all that we do can and should glorify God.

We can glorify Christ through our homemaking by daily giving ourselves sacrificially. Homemakers are called to rid themselves of selfishness. Who is the one who has constant work that doesn’t consist of an 8-5 job? That’s right, homemakers. My job starts at 6:30 a.m. and doesn’t end until 10 p.m. Yes, I do find time to do other things like reading, crafts etc. but, a homemaker’s job is never truly done.

This demands a lot of time and energy and to do this, to continually give ourselves we are fighting against selfish ambitions and desires. This pleases the Lord, when we give ourselves to make a tidy and clean place, a safe haven for our families, when we cook meals that replenish our families bodies and when we disciple our children (formally and informally) to train them in the ways of the Lord in the hopes that the Holy Spirit would use these treasured truths to redeem them in the future. We are giving ourselves.

The fight to not waste our homemaking isn’t an easy one. It’s easy to just do the homemaking tasks with complaints or hoping to get through it to go do something we ‘really want to do’ but, why not enjoy these things and do them unto the Lord? Just as the wasted life is the one which didn’t seek Christ, who didn’t glorify Him in all areas of life, so is the life of a homemaker who wasted her homemaking.

Be encouraged in your homemaking, seek to not waste your homemaking; give your self whole-heartily to these wonderful tasks that God has called you to!

(this is only one aspect of glorifying God in your homemaking; giving your self)
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Monday, September 13, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

This week will be a scrambler at night (seems like they are every week) I’m actually only cooking three dinners this week, maybe I can use the time to tend to other needed things in the home. By the way I’m aware of every meal being Italian, that’s what the hubs likes best :).

Monday- Spaghetti Pie with cheesy bread
Tuesday- Chicken Fettuccine with green salad and garlic bread
Wednesday- Friday will be eating at other places
Saturday- Homemade pizza, ham and pineapple and pepperoni

Breakfasts include: Muffins, Cereal, Toast, Turkey Sausage and Pancakes with Bacon on Saturday.

Lunches include: PB&J;’s, Ham or Turkey Sandwiches and Tuna salads with fruit and chips

Snacks include: Bananas, Strawberries, Red Grapes and Cucumbers

Desserts: Chocolate Cake Brownies (Sugar free) I’ll let you know how it turns out

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Learning through Children

Something I’ve been chewing on lately is something I notice in the kids. They know that they are supposed to go past a certain point in our yard because we live by a busy highway. Even though they know this, do they go beyond the limits anyway? Of course they do. As parents we get to remind them of the rules they already know throughout the entire day.

Sometimes they deliberately go beyond the boundaries… maybe they just want to see what its like in the ‘forbidden land’ or maybe they have had a bad day and they just don’t care if they get in trouble. Other times they truly forget not to pass a certain point.

Either way it’s still my responsibility to tell them to not cross the line… no matter the motives. They don’t see the dangers that I am keeping them from. I don’t keep them bound to a certain area to be cruel or mean but, out of love.

This got me to thinking… Why do we only take this approach pertaining to the Parent to Child relationship? IS this not what the church should be like?

Let’s be honest sometimes we struggle with a certain sin and maybe for a season we are deceived into thinking it’s not a big deal or I’ll deal with it later. Other times perhaps we just don’t see it as sin and we don’t see the effect it is having in our relationship with Christ.

I propose that we need in our lives women/husbands who will stand up out of love and confront our sin. Also we need to be the one to confront sins. This is true love, being willing to help someone see the way of their sin and helping them deal with the sin, through accountability, prayer, advice and possible resources.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Moralist Dilemma

Being a new mommy (going on a few months 🙂 ) I find myself against the wall on something. I see the Lord showing me some (okay actually many) parenting flaws. One of the most major being: training my children to merely be moral kids. Don’t get me wrong I do want my children to learn to behave ‘correctly’ not to lie or steal or fight or curse but, all in all this will not help them in learning how to Glorify Christ. I want this to be because they have a desire to honor Christ not just so they can keep all their toys.

My dilemma: How do I create a heart change instead of just a moral change?
I don’t want to create a pattern for my children of only learning morals. I was so challenged by two things I read about this. John Piper’s church produces material for children, in their catalog I read about how we shouldn’t teach our kids to share their food with others because the boy in the story shared his fish but, instead share his food knowing that God will provide for his need elsewhere.

Also, I’ve just started reading, “Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. It’s amazing!
Check out this excerpt from the first chapter:

“The heart is the wellspring of life. Therefore, parenting is concerned with shepherding the heart. You must learn to work from the behavior you see, back to the heart, exposing heart issues for your children.”

You must help them “see the ways that they are trying to slake their souls’ thirst with that which cannot satisfy. You must help your kids gain a clear focus on the cross of Christ.”

Although I’m sure this book is going to help me with my “moralist dilemma” I would love to hear any in put from you gals! How do you deal with this struggle in your parenthood or how to you plan to deal with it in your future parenthood?

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

CD Review: Andrew Peterson, ‘Counting Stars’

“Dancing in the Minefields” The format on my blog is cutting half of the video off you can go here to see it all the way 🙂

Andrew Peterson was introduced to me back in February at the Adopting for Life conference. Since this time I have fallen in love with his style, wording and his teachings of Christ, displayed throughout each song.

I highly recommend anything by this guy! In his newest released CD ‘Counting Stars’ he includes acoustic guitar-based melodies with the aid of violins, percussions and banjos. Peterson uses lots of creative metaphors and chooses to use his music to teach biblical truths instead of some of the typical cliché Christian music than can be found most popular today.

In ‘Counting Stars’ Peterson has a specific song I would like to share, “Dancing in the Minefields.” This song depicts a beautiful picture of marriage. He speaks of the difficulty of life and marriage and how our commitment to our spouse is such a strong thing to hold onto.

I especially delight in this line, “We bear the light of the son of man so there’s nothing left to fear, so I’ll walk with you in the shadow land until the shadows disappear, cause He promised not to leave us and His promises are true. So in the face of all this chaos, baby I can dance with you, so let’s go dancing in the minefields, let’s go sailing in the storm.

I often see women in our culture running so quickly to their ‘women bible studies’ or girlfriends for advice or to help them in their journey of faith, but, my prayer is that our default would be our spouse first. If your spouse is a Christian then they have the responsibility to be the head over your family and we should run quickly to them for godly wisdom and sound advice.

The definition of a minefield is, “an area of land or water throughout which explosive mines have been laid.” (dictionary.com) Ladies, in our journey towards delighting and living for God’s glory we are faced with so many explosive mines but, may we be encouraged that God has given us a spouse that is to walk with us and not only walk but dance with, rejoice in the landmines knowing that God is working them for your good. Lets go dancing in the minefields with our husbands!

(You can sample all of his music on iTunes and may I now recommend iTunes. I can’t tell you the last time I’ve purchased a CD at the store, they cost around $15 and you can have it for $10 instantly!) Pin It Now!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Reward System

This is a reward system that we started with the kiddos sometime ago. Each day they start out with 5 coins (pennies) in their bags. Big boy gets his in the Toy Story brown bag and Little girl gets hers in the Princess bag. When they get in trouble they loose a coin. At the end of the day they get their bags and whatever coins are left go into their piggy banks.

At the end of the week they get to go to the “Good girl/Good boy store” which is in our living room. We buy little cheap toys throughout the week and they are able to purchase them with the coins they earned throughout the week. They also can purchase activites such as; pick out the family movie, help mommie pick out the meal for the night, go fishing with daddie alone, go to movies, etc.

They also can earn ‘Bonus coins.’ We have a lot of people in and out of the house throughout the week and most of these need to be adult meetings only, so if they play good in their room then they can earn an extra coin. They also earn them when they are playing exceptionally well together.

Do you gals have any reward systems that have worked with your kids? Feel free to give any ideas in the comments!

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