Monday, August 30, 2010

Groupon deal~Love Stamped

Today's Groupon deal is $25 worth of jewelry from
Love Stamped for $12, plus free shipping. I hope to buy a necklace with my four boys' names stamped on it. If you are interested, go here to buy this deal today (this is my referral link. Refer friends and earn $10 for each friend that buys from Groupon!).

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday Reading

I recently started reading Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges. Susan Schoeman recommended this book during her talk at family camp a couple of weeks ago and our adult Sunday school class studied it last season. I've read the first 7 chapters so far and have really enjoyed it. Here are a few gleanings from chapters 6 and 7.

Chapter 6: Directions for Dealing with Sins
1. We should always address our sin in the context of the gospel.
"Our sins are forgiven and we are accepted as righteous by God because of both the sinless life and sin-bearing death of our Lord Jesus Christ." (p. 48)
2. We must learn to rely on the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.
Bridges says we have default setting and resort to trying to use our own willpower to defeat sin.
3. While depending on teh Holy Spirit, we must also recognize our responsibility in dealing with sin.
One of the old writers said: "Work as if it all depends on you, and yet trust as if you did not work at all."
4. We must identify specific areas of acceptable sins.
5. We should use scripture to help us with these identified sins.
"I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:11
6. We should pray over the sins we tolerate.
" is through prayer that we consciously acknowledge our need of the Holy Spirit, and it is through prayer that we continually acknowledge the presence of those persistent sin patterns in our lives."
7. We should involve one or two other believers in our struggles against our subtle sins.

Chapter 7: Ungodliness
"Ungodliness may be defined as living one's everyday life with no thought of God or of God's will, or of God's glory, or of one's dependence on God." (p. 54)

What does it mean to do all to the glory of God?
1. "I desire that all that I do be pleasing to God."
2. "I desire that all my activities of an ordinary day will honor God before other people."

"An even more telling indicator of our tendency toward ungodliness is our meager desire to develop an intimate relationship with God."

Bridges believes that the root of all our respectable sins lies in the sin of ungodliness and states: "Our goal in the pursuit of godliness should be to grow more in conscious awareness that every moment of our lives is lived in the presence of God; that we are responsible to Him and dependent on Him."

Saturday, August 28, 2010

What's Cookin'

Mon~Chicken quesadillas, rice, chips and PW's salsa
Tues~French dip left over from last week that I froze, salad
Wed~Daddy's cookin' while Mommy's gone
Thurs~Spicy Onion Burgers, Old Settler' Baked Beans, potato chips, veggies and dip
Fri~Pancakes, fruit
Sat~Frozen pizza, salad
Sun~Cheesy Beef and Spirals (freezer), green beans, bread

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Stain Remover Product Recommendations

I kind of consider myself an expert on stains. With 4 boys, I've seen pretty much every stain. Ink, spaghetti sauce, ketchup, blood, baby poop, toddler ain't pretty. So here are a couple products I'd recommend.

First, Shout Advanced Heavy-Duty Stain remover. I would use this for moderate stains. Mine came with a tip that has a brush on it so you can really work the product into the stain. I had a pillow case that had blood stains on it and they are all gone except one small spot. I'm guessing with a 2nd treatment I'll be good to go. Cost: $3.29 for an 8.7 oz bottle at Meijer.

Second, for tougher stains use Clorox Oxi Magic Multi-Purpose Stain Remover. I soaked some clothes with this in a bucket of water for a few days and all the clothes except one of Noah's t-shirts came out clean (that t-shirt has been in my stained pile of clothes all summer. I have no clue what he got on it, but the Clorox did get all but one small spot out.). Noah had a green polo shirt that had ink marks all over it and they all came out. Cost: $3.69 for a 32 oz tub at Meijer.

I've tried numerous other products. The last one was Zout which was cheap, but didn't work worth beans. These are products I will pay a bit more for because I washed things numerous times with Zout with no success. I'd rather pay a bit more and get things done right the first time.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

What's Cookin'

Mon~French Dip, roasted red potatoes, carrots
Tues~PW's pasta primavera, grilled chicken
Wed~Bean and Cheese Tostadas, salad
Thurs~Grilled cheese, fruit (no daddy)
Fri~Try to meet daddy for supper somewhere
Sat~Spicy Onion burgers
Sun~Spaghetti, green beans

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mud Puppies

It poured rain yesterday morning so our sand box turned into a big mud puddle. The boys and Caleb thought it would be a good idea to turn the picnic table upside down and use it as a boat.

They were a muddy mess by the time Caleb's mom came to pick him up!

Monday, August 09, 2010

What's Cookin'

So, I heard that my weekly "What's Cookin'" post was missed last week so I'm going to post two weeks right now! Glad someone enjoys it! :-)

Mon~Chicken quesadillas, cantaloupe
Tues~Breakfast burritos, watermelon
Wed~Pasta primavera, green beans
Thurs~Ludington~bring hamburgers, potato salad, etc.
Fri~Chicken alfredo with leftover grilled chicken, green beans
Sat~Frozen pizza
Sun~Cheesy beef and spirals (from the freezer), carrots

Mon~Bean and Cheese Tostadas, salad
Tues~Family Camp!
Wed~Family Camp!
Thurs~Family Camp!
Fri~Hamburgers, salad, chips
Sat~Grandma E's bday party-need to bring appetizers for 10
Sun~Beef Lombardi (from the freezer), green beans