Thursday, November 27, 2008

Prayer Suggestion #18

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.

Finally, I ask that you pray for you and I as we go out from today from our day of thanksgiving and prayer. Our lives are filled with business. Our hearts are filled with our own burdens. Our minds are filled with our own worries. In the days end, we fill we have little to offer. So little to give to anyone else.

It's time that we live every day in God's will. His will to make time for Him. His will to bring others to know Him. His will to serve others in every need. His will for us to obey His commands to help the poor.

I pray that our hearts have been broken and our minds educated on how you and I, as only 1 person, can make help save a life. I pray that we take our knowledge and broken hearts to give others hope.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #17

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.



Please pray for the girls who receive constant hardships because they were merely born as girls. Ask God to help them understand their worth through Him and His teachings.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #16

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.

Bead for Life helps Ugandan women by providing jobs. They hand roll the beads made with recycled paper, string them, and are later sold through BeadforLife. Over 75% of the proceeds go back to the community in the forms of Health, Education and Training, Life Skills and Finances, and Affordable Housing. This means women and their families in Uganda, many who are suffering from AIDS, are able to make an income and support themselves by making and selling these wonderful paper-bead necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry.



Please pray for all the men and women all over the world looking for jobs. Ask God to lead them to jobs that are do not disgrace themselves and will provide enough for their families.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #15

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.



An estimated 250 million children are working every day. They are working to put food in their bellies and the bellies of their family. Please pray for these children. Ask God to help their families find resources outside of putting their children to work.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #14

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.

Shaun Groves, a singer/songwriter/musician/child advocate/blogger....(uuhh..I'm sure I am leaving something out), just recently released a new free song titled, Kingdom Coming. In his digital flyer about the song he says this:

"...the days I have left on earth don’t have to be spent waiting to die and get to heaven, but instead they can be lived in such a way that heaven comes through me and gets to earth. Every day, everytalent, minute, dollar, relationship - it’s all purposed. It’s all a gift to be spent bringing the kingdom, doing God’s will on earth as it is in heaven."

Please pray that we all come to a point in our lives where we can say the same thing. Ask God to change your heart and the hearts of others around you so that you strive to do God's will in every aspect in your life. Ask God what these means for you.

Let us not be poor in heart, but rich in His blessings and His love so that, in turn, we share it with others just as He has called us to do.



Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #13

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.

One of the ways that Compassion sponsored children receive support is through letters from their sponsors. It is probably one of the most valuable tools in helping children living in poverty. I'm am always saddened to hear about the stories of children who do not receive letters from their sponsors. Through letters, children receive encouragement in their spiritual walk, affirmation as a person, and hope for a future. They see that someone, somewhere across the world prays for them and cares about them.

It's not always easy to know what to say. Please pray for the sponsors to be clear in their love for their sponsored child through their letters. Ask God to move them to scripture that will continue to encourage their child and his family. Please pray for the children who do not receive letters. It is devastating to these little ones. Ask God to help the children understand it has nothing to do with them as a child, but some times just a lack of understanding on the sponsors part. Pray that God opens up sponsors hearts to start writing to their children.

If you sponsor a child, write to them right now.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #12

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.

Take time to pray for the people of the organizations who dedicate their lives to reaching the poor and educating the rich. I can't even begin to imagine the amount of time and effort that goes into those organizations to find the best possible to help the poor every single day. Ask God to continue to bless them and give thanks for those willing to step beyond their comfort zones to make a difference.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #11

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.

As I mentioned before, there are children waiting to find sponsors through Compassion International. You can click HERE to learn more about them-their names, their birthdays, their location, and what they enjoy doing. You may want to go through each child individually and pray for them by name. Imagine living a day in their shoes. Allow God to gently break your heart for these children.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #10

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.

Malaria kills 1 million people a year.



Please pray for the families who do not have nets to prevent being bitten by a mosquito carrying malaria. Please pray for the people who don't have the necessary medicine to save their lives after they have been bitten.

Nets for these families cost only $10, please purchasing a net for a family.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #9

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.

Many children living in poverty wish to go to college, but know that it will probably never be in their future. Many sponsored children have had an opportunity to further their studies by attending college. Compassion's Leadership Development Program has been able to assist these young adults with college expenses through donations.

THIS is a great blog post about Compassion's Leadership Development Program by Melanie who writes Big Mama. She recently traveled with a group of bloggers to the Dominican Republic.

Please pray for these young adults who are having their dreams come true by getting to attend college and, in turn, help provide for their families and help others. Please pray for the sponsors that make this possible for them. Please pray for the children who will not have their dreams fulfilled for various reasons beyond their control.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #8

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.

Compassion says, "Nearly 30,000 children die under age 5 die every day, mainly from preventable diseases and related causes." Children are being born to mothers who are victims of rape and sex slavery. Mothers who weren't ready to be mothers. Other children are born to mothers who lack the necessary essentials to provide for their children. Mothers are unable to care for themselves, much less their children. Compassion's Child survival program is a way of getting educated about sex and mothering a child. It provides basic needs for both the mother's and children.

Pray for the mothers and children who are currently getting the help they need. Please pray for the mothers who are unable to take part in such a program. Pray for their unborn children. Ask God to give them the desire to be good mothers and give them someone to help them through it. Ask God to bring their children into the world safely.

Consider giving to the Child Survival Program.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #7

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.



Please pray for those who are still seeking clean water. Pray for the people who are infected with diseases caused from drinking unclean water.

Consider taking the oath and giving to Healing Waters International.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #6

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.

There are many children who have been blessed by sponsorship through organizations like Compassion International and World Vision. I have been able to read success stories of children who have been given hope, food, and education through Compassion and have grown into young people serving others who's circumstances were all too familiar.

But there are many children waiting to be sponsored. They have been given a glimpse of what they can have once they are sponsored. I imagine their families wait for the day that they hear that their child has a sponsor. Sometimes it can be a long wait. It's not unheard of that children wait longer than 6 months. The anticipation is hard at times. In those moments that you cannot feed your child, I imagine their prayers are for a sponsor.

Please pray for these families in waiting. Prayer for the children who look beyond their houses and see excited children running to the Compassion project as they wait for their day to come.

Consider giving to the Unsponsored Children's Fund.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #5

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.

Last post we talked about how every 14 seconds, children are orphaned by AIDS. These children are forced to live with other relatives or even put into orphanages. There are 4.6 million orphans in Ethiopia alone. Please pray for the orphans. Please pray for prospective parents who are adopting for these orphanages. Please pray for the caregivers helping to raise each child. Please pray for continued monetary support to feed the children.

Consider giving to Children's Hope Chest-an organization that connects you and I with orphans needing sponsorship.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #4

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.



Please pray for every person infected with AIDS/HIV. Pray that they are helped.

Every 14 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS. Please pray for them.

Consider donating to Compassion's AIDS Initiative.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #3

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.

The last two posts mentioned the rising food costs where we live and how we are affected. Just recently Haiti was hit hard with a chain of tropical storms. People were left dead, homes were destroyed, and crops were ruined.

A friend of mine blogged asking people to remember our Neighbors in Crisis. She later was asking for prayers for one of her sponsored children who lives in Haiti. His home was destroyed during yet another storm roaring through Haiti. Please pray for the families who have been affected by the many tropical storms this last season. For people living in places like Haiti, the blow is harder than most other places. They barely have enough food and sometimes not enough. They barely have shelter from the storms and they have no where to go.

Consider giving to Compassion's Disaster Relief Fund.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #2

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.

Last post, I mentioned how the toll of rising food prices are effecting others more than ourselves. I know it can be difficult to not know how you will feed your family or pay your bills. When we face cut backs or wage decreases with our jobs, we instantly feel anxiety about taking care of ourselves and our families. I can't help but to think of those living in poverty that wonder how they will feed their children just enough to keep them alive. Maybe once a day....sometimes once a week.

Will you pray for that God gives them peace and joy even in the hardest of times? Will you continue to pray that we, as a people, will help give them hope by helping?

Consider giving to the Global Food Crisis Fund

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Prayer Suggestion #1

Today, we begin our feast in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. I plan to have ideas throughout the day to aid in your prayers for children living in poverty. If you are stuck not knowing how to pray for children and their families for 20 minutes or longer for some, you are welcome to stop by and get some ideas. They will be simple and not meant to take away from how the holy spirit guides you through your prayer.

You may want to start out your prayer time with thanksgiving for all our blessings that we have received. So much blessing that we have the ability to share with others. In a time that we feel the burden of rising food costs, others are being hit harder than we are. Please pray that even in these hard times, people are still feeling the urgency to help others.

Consider giving to the Global Food Crisis Fund

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Baby Pictures and Video

I took a couple of pictures and some video of Mocoal's babies today. The video that I took with Mocoal actually in it, was corrupted somehow and would not work.

They are doing better now then what they were this afternoon. Mocoal apparently is going through some anxiety and was running around like a mad lady with her babies. Picking them up and scampering around to different areas of her cage and then running with them on the wheel. It was rather disturbing, but I understand what it's like to be a first time mom, so I'm cutting her some slack. :)

Thankfully, they are all sleeping right now. I'm not sure how many there are now. I'm afraid we might have lost one of them this afternoon during Mocoal's postpartum anxiety attack!!! We will see. I'm just trying to keep my distance as much as possible.

Here are the hairless, little critters!!!!



Fast and Feast in Prayer Tomorrow!!!

Tomorrow is the day we have been preparing for over the last month--Fast and Feast in Prayer Day and also known to most, Thankgiving!!! I would encourage everyone to look at the time sheet to remind yourselves when you signed up to pray for the little ones living in poverty and their families. Because some of you are praying for longer than 20 minutes, I will be blogging throughout the day to give ideas of what to pray for. You are welcome to come by and get some ideas!!!

For the ones fasting with us, remember to drink plenty of water!!!

Eastern Standard Time------

6:00-6:20am--Candace
6:21-6:40am--Benita
6:41-7:00am--Kimberly
7:01-7:20am--Britt
7:21-7:40am--Juli
7:41-8:00am--Steve
8:01-8:20am--Miztremblay
8:21-8:40am--Sara
8:41-9:00am--Jill
9:01-9:20am--Compassion Dave
9:21-9:40am--Kelly
9:41-10:00am--Photoqueen
10:01-10:20am--Ashlie
10:21-10:40am--C
10:41-11:00am--Jenn
11:01-11:20am--Jenn
11:21-11:40am--Jess
11:41-12:00am--Jess
12:01-12:20am--Jess
12:21-12:40am--Miztremblay
12:41-1:00pm--Miztremblay
1:01-1:20pm--Becky
1:21-140pm--N
1:41-2:00pm--
2:01-2:20pm
2:21-2:40pm
2:41-3:00pm
3:01-3:20pm--Amber
3:21-3:40pm--Amber
3:41-4:00pm--Amber
4:01-4:20pm--Heather
4:21-4:40pm--Miztremblay
4:41-5:00pm--Miztremblay
5:01-5:20pm--Lisa M
5:21-5:40pm--Lisa M
5:41-6:00pm--Lisa M
6:01-6:20pm
6:21-6:40pm
6:41-7:00pm
7:01-7:20pm
7:21-7:40pm
7:41-8:00pm
8:01-8:20pm
8:21-8:40pm
8:41-9:00pm--Jill
9:01-9:20pm--Carol
9:21-9:40pm--Carolina Mama
9:41-10:00pm--Jon
10:01-10:20pm--Leah
10:21-10:40pm--Susan
10:41-11:00pm--Tracy
11:01-11:20pm--Gin
11:21-11:40pm--Benita
11:41-12:00am--N

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Footprints of Jesus



With Fast and Feast in Prayer Day/Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, I've been thinking a lot and praying about this day. I've been praying that our hearts are aching and asking God to be with the poor and for Him to open our hearts to fully understanding our role in their lives. I've been praying that every single one of us will long to do more than we ever imagined to serve others. Whether they live thousands of miles away or if they live in our backyard so to speak. I've been praying that our views on what we can do will be challenged.

I think that sometimes we just expect the president-elect and his team, the government, an organization, the congregation we attend, or Joe next door to step up and get it done. I know because I've been there. I've thought that it was somebody else's job to help them. Not me. I'm not properly equipped to do something like that. BUT what I've realized is that God as commanded and equipped each and every one of us to help. It may not be selling everything we own and moving to Africa, but it does mean giving with what God has provided for you because your heart aches to do more.

We are called to live our lives as Jesus lived his. To walk in His footsteps. To spread the same kind of love that He did.

I have to admit, those are some big shoes to fill and I know I will never be able to fill them. That is the beauty of it. I need Jesus. I need Jesus because without Him, I am a wanderer without direction.

A mother of 6....or more!

The other day we found out that Mocoal was in fact a girl and we suspected that she was preggo. I've never had a pregnant hamster so I wasn't positive, but she seemed to have gained a lot of weight over night and it didn't feel flabby. So the last few days, I have been doing some heavy research online as to what to do with a pregnant hamster and what to expect after she had them.....if she was actually pregnant. She was showing all the signs of building a nest, storing food, and sleeping a lot. I even had a few laughs about the hormonal changes causing her to nip at my hand when I put it in her cage. I've been feeding her extra protein and more fresh veggies and fruits than normal as she would need the extra nutrients. I moved her in my room so that she would have the quiet environment that she would desire as new mom.

Well, as I sit here on my bed writing to you, I hear little squeaks coming from Mocoal's cage. She had her babies this afternoon. I was a bit overjoyed to see that her growing belly wasn't a tumor, but was little teeny-tiny hamsters. I sent Chris an excited "WE HAVE BABIES!!!!" text to his cell phone. The moment he walked in the door, he was peering into her cage trying to get a look. She has been quiet all day. Just sleeping and nursing. I've kept the good food coming her way.

We aren't suppose to look much and we don't dare touch anything in her cage right now. So we have only been able to get a couple of quick glances when she gets up for water. We did count 6, but there could be more that we just couldn't see at the time. Aleeyah has been quick to tell us to be quiet because Mocoal is with her babies. It was too cute for words!

Because we are trying to give her space, I haven't got any pictures of the little things and probably won't be able to for at least a week. I am hoping that they survive. I never intended on having baby hamsters nor did I think I would ever want to go through this with her, but it's a bit out of our control so I am embracing it. I called the pet store where we got her just a couple of weeks ago and they said since she would have been pregnant when we bought her then we can just bring the babies to them after they have been weened.

So if you happen to be wanting a little dwarf hamster, I'll have several if they survive. They may even be weened by time we go back home to Oklahoma if anyone there wants one.

She is a sweet little thing-taking food from our hands and always being gentle. She always seems to find my feet when she is running around in her ball on the floor. I've had a bit more of an attachment to her since we figured out she was pregnant. Maybe it's that mother bond. Yeah, I know-she is a hamster. It's weird, but true! haha!

I'll try to get a few pics of at least her in the next couple of days!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Children's Hope Chest

Back in an earlier post, I told you about a book that I read called Red Letters:Living a faith that bleeds. It is written by Tom Davis. It was a great book and one that I would recommend to anyone.

He mentioned several organizations that one could get involved with. Compassion was one of them and another was Children's Hope Chest. Like Compassion International, Children's Hope Chest sets up sponsorships with children living in poverty for $34.00 a month. It provides the essentials for children. You can write your child that you sponsor. You can visit them.

But there is one big difference with these children...........they live in orphanages.

Through another blog, I found out that they were trying to raise enough sponsors to begin a sponsorship project in an orphanage in Ethiopia. The amount of responses would determine which orphanage. By time I read this post, I only had a couple of days to respond. It hit a little close to home seeing as how we are looking to begin the adoption process for a child in Ethiopia in about a year. It took me all of 2 minutes to talk to Chris about it and I was sending the email to get involved.

Cool thing is, yes the orphanage has been chosen and there are 98 children already sponsored, but you still have an opportunity to get involved if you wish! You can read THIS blog to find out more information about it and to get signed up!!!

Here is a video for your viewing pleasure!!!

I am a christian

I found this today and I loved it.......

when i say 'i am a christian.' i'm not shouting 'i'm living clean.' i'm whispering 'i was lost. now i'm found and forgiven.' when i say 'i am a christian.' i don't speak of this with pride. i'm confessing that i stumble. and need Christ to be my guide. when i say 'i am a christian. i'm not trying to be strong. i'm professing that i'm weak. and need His strength to carry on. when i say 'i am a christian.' i'm not bragging of success. i'm admitting i have failed. and need God to clean my mess. when i say 'i am a christian.' i'm not claiming to be perfect. my flaws are far too visible. but God believes i am worth it. when i say 'i am a christian.' i still feel the sting of pain. i have my share of heartaches. so i call upon His name. when i say 'i am a christian.' i'm not holier than thou. i'm just a simple sinner. who received God's good grace somehow. -unknown

Only 16 more!!!!!

I have lots to up date you on, but I will be doing that some time tomorrow!!!

Right now, I need to petition ALL our readers to sign up for a time to pray with us on Thanksgiving. We are so close to having a full time schedule of prayers going up for the children and families living in poverty every day.

If you have missed the last 20 posts about it :), click HERE to learn more about it!
Below are the slots still available!!!

**moved to most recent blog**

Thursday, November 20, 2008

We have a WINNER

....for the Compassion "Please" shirt. Well, in my opinion, you are all winners--awwwwww!

Before we get to the drawing, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for participating in this with us. We have 29 people signed up already and there are only 15 slots to fill before Thanksgiving. Honestly, I didn't know if we would fill it up this much. When I began trying to make a time sheet for the day, I wondered if it was too many. Too many slots that my little blog couldn't fill. Every time I went to shorten the time, my mind would immediately be reminded of how big God is and what He is capable of doing. So I went with it--with full faith that somehow it was going to happen.

I know there will be an enormous amount of prayers around the world going up to God on Thanksgiving and many of those will include prayers for the poor. I know that 31 of us will be praying for the children and their families living in poverty--just a small number compared to what God will be hearing that day, but our prayers will not go unheard.

In just a week, some of us will be fasting and many of us will be in prayer for these little ones. There will be a couple more ways to get involved that I will be talking about closer towards the beginning of next week.

I'm excited to be doing this with all of you. I'm looking forward to writing our sponsored children and telling them how they had lots of people praying for them on Thanksgiving!!!!!



Congrat's Sara!!!! I'll be getting with you to get more information!!!!

Everyone else-rush over and get your shirt to wear on Thanksgiving with us and look for more on our Fast & Feast Day coming soon!!!!!

So you think you can dance?

While you wait for the winner of the Compassion "Please" t-shirt to be announced, I have a video to share that I took last night. This is a new new style of dancing. It's called the 3-year-old-run around crazy-jumping and kicking-sumo style-head bangin'-turnabout.

Check it----but don't check out the leaves on the floor from the plant that got knocked off during the craziness or the toys :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Last chance to enter!!!!!

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to be entered into the drawing for the free Compassion "Please" shirt by signing up for a time to pray with us on Thanksgiving. See THIS post to sign up!!!!

You can still sign up after today, but the drawing entry deadline is TODAY!!!! We have 16 more slots to fill!

Aleeyah and I will be drawing a name tomorrow!!!!!!

I need a pool boy.....for my fish tank mess!

I feel so out of touch with my blogging friends right now! Sorry. :( Don't post too much so that I can catch up quickly! Okay?

I'm finally sitting down to eat some lunch so I thought I'd give a quick update......

For 3 days now, my hands have been in fish water, poop, algae...you name it. My house smells like a fish market. Aleeyah won't even go in her bathroom to use it because she says it stinks. I finally got all the gravel washed today and was able to get the tank set back up. Mr. Pleco made it over to my dad's house last night. My dad has a nice, non-toxic tank and Mr. Pleco took to it like fish to water.......okay, I know-LAME!!! I haven't talked to Dad yet today, but I am assuming he is doing well.

I'll be glad to finally have everything cleaned up and put away. Something in the fish polluted air is reeking havoc on my lungs. I even had a dream about using my inhaler last night. Since the allergens aren't as bad here in Kansas compared to Oklahoma, I have been fortunate to not have to live on 2 inhalers and my 2 allergy medicines constantly. It's been nice. But something with the algae and fish junk is causing problems. Yeah, I probably should be doing that instead of updating the blog, but shhhhhhhh......we won't tell anyone! ;)

Okay, fine! I'm getting back to it!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Our Fish Fiasco!

It's long, but I just didn't feel like it could be condensed! Just read it--you may even get a few gigglies!

So do you remember THIS -where we purchased more fish for Aleeyah's fish tank? It also has a link to HERE-from back when one bully fish tortured all but one to their deaths, but then got ick and died. Leaving us with 1 lonely fish. Well, the new kids and our original survivor had been doing great in their tank. We were feeling quite confident that these were going to make it. They played well together. They looked healthy. Their tanks levels were good........errrrr.......up until yesterday morning when I went in Aleeyah's room and found that she had dumped an entire 3 oz bag of algae wafers into the tank.

If you don't know how bad that is-trust me...it's BAD! Just to give you an idea---you are only suppose to feed a pleco like 1-2 wafers a week and those wafers are smaller than a dime. It was bad enough that even all the snails (that made their way into the tank via the live plants we bought from the pet store and multiply like rats) had decided they didn't want to be in the tank any longer. In a mad rush (you know, as fast as snails can rush) they all slimed their way up the tank glass and stayed above the water line. They wanted nothing to do with any of that stuff.

In short, what happens is algae increases the nitrate levels in a tank. When nitrate levels get too high they burn the fish's gills.

I quickly took the fish out of the tank and put them into a temporary hold cell along with their own algae infested water. I figured it was better than putting them into water that has not been cycled. Aleeyah and I jumped in the car and ran up to the store to get a gravel cleaner/pump type thing. My intention was to clean the gravel as best as I could while also eliminating 50% of the water. Fill it back another 25% and hoping for the best.

As soon as I got home with the gravel cleaner/pump, I hooked it all up with the 25 ft hose running to the kitchen faucet to drain the gunk while maintaining half of the water. I checked on the fish in the pot with just enough water to cover them. Yes, I said pot-it was the quickest, closest thing I could think of at the moment. They seem to be doing okay at this point. Scared, but okay.

I began the processes of sucking out the junk in hopes of getting out all the algae wafers-which at this point have dissolved into tiny particles sprinkled on the rocks and floating in the tank. I get down to the remaining 50% water and I know that I have to stop. I can't do THAT much of a water change without a great risk.

I shut off the pump and check on the fish again. Because I can't attach their heater to the pot, they are getting too cold. I rush into the room and get their lamp and put it over the pot. Hoping that it would be enough to heat the water.

I will admit that since they were in a pot.......with water........sitting next to the stove........they were cold......I needed to heat them up.......(are you seeing where this is going).........it crossed my mind for a SPLIT second to put them on the stove on low heat. NOW, I would never do such a thing and my mind immediately processed that it would be TOO hot for them! It was just a brief moment of insanity.

Fish need oxygen in the water to survive. So I also got a straw from the cabinet and proceeded to blow some "oxygen" into the water for them since they didn't have their pump attached to the pot.

Going back to the tank again, I turned the valve the other way to begin filling it up. Of course, Aleeyah is wanting to help (aka-get in my rushing way). In the process of trying to keep her away from the tubes, I took the tube out of the water and sprayed water all over the wall which ran down the back of her dresser to where the power strip is. I shut off the pump again and began cleaning up the mess.

Before beginning again, I check on the fish. Now the water is TOO hot from the lights. I left the lights on, but laid them leaning against the pot with the lights shinning over the opening. I gave them a few blows through the straw again and headed back to finish putting the water in the tank.

Just before the tank finished filling, the tube knocked off a spray bottle from Aleeyah's dresser onto the floor. The top busted off and water began pouring on the carpet. SERIOUSLY? I wanted to scream at this point. I shut if off again, cleaned up that mess, and checked on the fish again. Their water was too cold yet again so I put the lights back on them and began checking their water temp every 5-10 minutes. I gave them a few more puffs of "oxygen" before heading back into the room.

I finally got the tank filled back up and that is when I realized there was no way that this is going to work. I didn't even get all of the algae out in the process. At this point, if they would have been less than $8.00 fish, I would have had to just say sorry and restart the tank, but that isn't the case. We had nice fish in there. I had every intention of saving them. No matter how many times I had to remove their lights on and off the tank to maintain the temperature or how many times this asthma ridden girl had to go in there and blow into their water.

I called Chris almost in tears. He was at work. There is nothing he could do.

I called my dad. He came over with his mega filter that he made from a house water filter, a large bucket, and some chemicals. I took out all the rocks to be rinsed thoroughly while Dad worked his magic. I kept checking on the fish as I had been all day (yes this has been an all day thing now). The 3 fish were sucking air from the top of the water. I knew that they were struggling to breath. So, I finally figured out a way to rig up the fish's filter/pump to get them oxygen. About 5 minutes later they were feeling much better. Then 2 completely clogged and gunked up large filters (they kind of look like paint rollers) , we had a green water tank, but no particles floating. He put the needed chemicals in. I checked the levels of the tank and all were good. I breathed a sigh of relief.

We returned the fish, plants, and decor. Everybody seemed to be doing fine. Chris and I checked on them multiple times throughout the evening. The water began clearing up but still had a green tint. Chris and I made bets on which one would die if any of them did happen to die.

We went to bed and slept peacefully. Chris woke me up this morning and informed me that something happened to the tank. I was having a hard time comprehending what could have happened to the tank that was any worse than what I had already seen in the last 24 hours. Sure enough, the water was still green, but so cloudy that you couldn't see anything.....well.....what you could see was all the fish bodies laying there-dead. Checked the levels of the tank-nitrate levels were skyrockected! No question as to what killed them, but how it happened-we don't know. Way too many things to calculate into it.

So there went all that work! Now, it's time to completely empty the tank and start over. Well, I was in the middle of doing that earlier when I moved the piece of driftwood and saw the pleco moving!!! I was ecstatic!!! I had put off draining it until this afternoon because I hated walking in there seeing all the fish that I babied dead. Now our poor pleco has been trying to survive in there with bodies laying every where. I can only imagine how frightened he must have been! I could almost here him singing his victory song as I lifted him from the depths of death.

I put him and some water back into......(you guessed it)......the pot! He is going over to my dad's house tonight to live in his tank for a little while until we get ours up and running again. I have a key to dad's house so I was planning on just rushing him over there. Well, Chris' truck started overheating again yesterday so he has my car. So now I'm back to checking on him as he sits in toxic water without any oxygen and no heat.

If only I would have put my bet in a little different for Mr. Pleco!!!!

Oh, btw-were you questioning the "oxygen" I was blowing into their water to save their lives? Have you realized how wrong this is? We don't breathe out oxygen. Yeah, I thought of it later that evening. GO ME!!!!!!!

A Fantabulous Weekend!

First of all, we had a GREAT weekend! Friday night, Chris took his girls (me and Aleeyah) out for a date. Aleeyah said she wanted pizza for dinner so we went to a place down the street called, UNO Chicago. They have a fabulous shrimp and crab fondue. MMMmmmMMMmm. Their pizza is quite scrumptious, also. After dinner, we went to the movies to see Madagascar 2. She got a little wiggly towards the end of the movie, but actually very good for a 3 year old. We have taken her to several movies now without any problems. It was a cute movie. They said butt way too much for my liking, but I know I'm probably more sensitive to it than a lot of people. I just don't think the word butt sounds good coming out of a 3 year old mouth.

We did some running around on Saturday and then enjoyed the company of some friends from church when we went over to some friend's house for dinner. Aleeyah was out numbered by boys, but managed to keep her own. In the end we found her quietly sitting in a room with one of the youngest boys as they played with the train set and some trucks. When we went to go leave, she kept crying saying that she didn't want to leave and that she wanted to stay and play. It didn't happen though. It was late. We were all tired. Everyone needed to get to bed because worship was going to be coming early. But I was with her, it would have been nice to stay and play with our friends all night.

Sunday, Chris and Aleeyah went to worship without me. I wasn't feeling so hot when I woke up. Then the rest of our day consisted of reading Chris' text book and Chris getting his homework done for the week. (btw-I felt much better by that evening)

I would say that we had a great weekend. I have been horrible about taking pictures during our outing times so I have none to share with you. Here are a couple of pics of Aleeyah just before we headed out the door the weekend before last. She SO did not want to have her picture taken. We were on our way to a hayride/bonfire and smores night with our MOPS group. It was fun, but man was it cold!!!!!



More to come....

In the last couple of days, I have been pretty much away from my computer. I can't say 100% away, but not much to speak of. I only have been on to do a little research about a couple of things.

There are several things that I have wanted to share with everyone, but I just haven't had the time and when I do have the time, I just don't have the energy! I will be updating periodically throughout the day, but not at this very moment. I have to reply to email (thanks to those who emailed me to find out why I've been absent!!!), rotate the laundry, and and entire tank full of dead fish to clean out. Oh, yes the new fish we just purchased last week along with our 1 fish that made during the last fish dying extravaganza--all went to fish heaven last night. It's a story you won't want to miss.....okay, I have to admit....I know you aren't on the edge of your seats with anticipation.

Until then-GO SIGN UP FOR A TIME TO PRAY WITH US ON THANKSGIVING (if you haven't already)!!!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

We need 22 more prayer warriors!!!!

Hey guys! We only have 14 more days until Thanksgiving and our FAST from food and FEAST in prayer day.

There is only 6 more days to sign up while including you in the drawing for a FREE Compassion "Please" shirt. You are welcome to sign up after the 19th, but will not be included in the drawing.

Some of have chosen to fast on Thanksgiving, but what I am asking from you is that you sign up for a 20 minute (or more) time slot to be in prayer for the children and their families living in poverty. Wouldn't it be great if prayers were lifted up all day for these little ones? I sure think so!

If you want more information and cannot find it HERE, feel free to email me or leave a comment.

So leave a comment right now for the time that you want to be praying!!!!

Also, invite your family and friends to join us! We have 22 more time slots to fill!


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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Egg Carton Recycling Do's and Don'ts

DO recycle or reuse your egg cartons. They can be cut up into small cups to use for feeding small animals their veggies or to use for temporarily holding paint during a project.



DON'T forget that you have hard boiled eggs that need to be returned to that carton.

Oh yes, I did that this evening! In the process of cooking dinner, I decided to hard boil some eggs in the refrigerator. We eat them often as snacks. They are a good dose of protein for mid meals. I got an idea to cut the carton up to use for other purposes (mainly the 2 mentioned above). About the time that the eggs were done cooling, I realized what I had done. Granted, I just put the eggs in a bowl back into the fridge and that was easy enough, but I'm use to just putting them back in the carton until they are gone.

Box Tops

Since we moved here and we began recycling, I decided to do another mom thing. I began clipping off Box Tops and Labels for Education. I just have to know that Chris thinks I'm crazy. He is probably fearful that any minute now I will start wearing denim jumpers with white Keds--maybe I could sew a matching one for Aleeyah, too!

Obviously, Aleeyah doesn't go to school right now and the money benefits schools. I know that I could probably just drop them off at a local school and they would be glad to take them off my hands. BUT I know me. I won't go to the school, take Aleeyah out of her carseat, and go into the school building to just drop off some torn cardboard and pieces of labels.

So any moms out there that collects these for their kids school? I'll be happy to mail them to you when I get a handful.

I'm too sexy for my (tote)......

So sexy it hurts! LOL Remember that song???? I would say google it if you don't, but your life will still be complete without it!

I am one of those mom's that has not carried a purse since the day my girl was born. That was over 3 years ago. For a long time now I have been carrying a bag. Not like a full blown diaper bag, but more of a casual tote. I've received multiple comments on it as I've carried it for some time now, but it was still a tote that toted around diapers/pull-ups, wipes, toys, sippy cups, and complete with smashed crackers in the bottom.

Since Aleeyah is fully potty trained and even successful at staying dry most nights now, I make the decision that I'm ready for a purse again. I'm ready to start feeling more like a woman than my daughter's personal assistant--carrying everything that the princess might need. Granted my purse will still have back-up panties, bubble gum, and the occasional snack, but I imagine that will just be a part of my purse life for many years to come (minus the panties...or at least I would hope so).

There have been two things that have majorly made me realize I am officially getting older. Shopping for sunglasses and purses. I went through the sunglasses issue a while back. I feel like I'm too old for the buggy sunglasses. You know-the ones that all the girls where that are about 10 times bigger than their face. I finally found a pair that I could agree with, but who knows if they were actually stylish. But of course, they were smashed inside of the tote I was telling you about. Meaning that I need to go out for another day of I'm-way-to-young-to-be-feeling-this-old shopping adventure for new sunglasses. A day I'm not looking forward to.

But this post wasn't suppose to be about the sunglasses. The other night, on our way home from Best Buy, I had Chris stop at Target so I could look at purses. Up to this point, I have noticed a few purses being carried by other women. I had been trying to notice what people are carrying. Granted I hadn't done ALL my homework, but most of the purses I had seen were Coach bags. They have some cute bags, but I'm not willing to pay the high price for a bunch of printed C's on my purse. I have priorities and spending a gargantuous amount of money on a purse doesn't fit into those priorities. (not trying to offend anyone who does buy the occasional Coach bag)

I walked around the purse department at Target looking for a bag that stood out to me. What I saw was Coach like bags with O's instead of C's. Now, I'm also not going to go out and buy a bag for the shear fact that it could almost be the real deal because it's not and people can see that for themselves. I'm also not going for the I-spent-way-too-much-money-on-my-purse look. I'm more likely to tell you about the great deal I got on another purse.

I also saw some over-sized bags that looked like they were from the 80s. Yes, I have seen a few celebs with similar looks. Yes, it appears to be the thing. BUT where does it fit in with me? I just got done carrying over-sized bags and I never cared for the 80s look. If I can't pull off the bug sunglasses, how in the world do I pull off the 80s-droopy-leather couch bag?

So, I purchased a suitable bag for now and am off to do some research. I even have my husband out on the prowl to be looking at other women's bags to see what I should be carrying! Haha! He will love that I just told all my blog readers that! I have some great stories about him and noticing fashion. For instance, one day he was at the airport with a few guys from his work. Apparently, a beautiful woman walked past and as many men would do-they all turned around to look as she walked past. Just before all the other men made any barbaric comments about the woman, my husband (here is my, I taught him well moment) says, "Her shoes did not go with that outfit!" As you can imagine, he will never live that one down! If I remember right, I first heard the story from one of the co-workers he was with. I have many more, but I think I will not completely embarrass him in one blog sitting! haha!

If you have any great suggestions on what a young mom like myself should be carrying, I'd love to hear it!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mocoal, the small bit of fur

This last weekend, Chris, Aleeyah, and I went to the pet store to get a few more fish to replace the ones we lost. While Chris was paying for the fish, Aleeyah and I went over to greet the hamsters and the ferrets. I love playing with the ferrets while we are there because they always have so much energy, but man, do they stink! I can always them on my hands until I get to where I can wash them.

Aleeyah and I held a hamster. He was SO cute! We put him in her sweater pocket and took him over to go see Chris. Once Chris was done paying, Aleeyah and I went over to put him back. She was great about it (as she normally is) and then we left the store.

Now, I am going to pause in our story and let you watch a short video.....



LOL-as you can see.....he didn't stay there. We came home that afternoon, got Aleeyah's fish in their tank, and Aleeyah laid down for quiet time. It took me all of about 15 minutes to grab my keys and head back to the pet store to get him. The whole way there I was convincing myself that he was only a little bit of fur and wouldn't be any problem with my allergies.

Aleeyah was SO excited to see him when she came out of her room after quiet time! She named him herself with one of her made up words. His name is Mocoal. Like cocoa replacing an M where the C goes and add an L. Yes, it's crazy, but that is what she wanted to name him! haha!

They have done great together. The video is a great example of what our life with Mocoal has been so far. In and out of his cage via Aleeyah. We have so many stories already of her and her hamster. It's very humorous. I'll have to share those another day.

Mocoal is a dwarf hamster and won't get much bigger than what he is in the video. He is so sweet. The first day home he was already taking food out of our hands with his.

More stories to come-I am sure!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Hope that Lives

In one of Compassion's recent blog posts, they asked us, as readers, to write about how hope lives in our lives. It is a contest and although I believe there are far more better writers than I, I am giving it a shot! I've been mulling it over. Trying to figure out just how hope lives in my life. I love that about their blog. They always get my little brain thinking.

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Over the past week, I have been trying to really figure out what hope is and how it lives in my life. I have hope that my daughter will grow, continue her studies in college, and follow Jesus throughout her entire life. I have hope that some day when she moves out, Chris and I will still be best friends and will remember how to be married without kids under our wings. I have hope that some day when I die and Jesus returns, I will be lifted up to Heaven to live eternally sitting at the feet of God.

These things all seem like lovely things, but I don't believe it answers the question. How does hope LIVE in my life? Right here, right now. LIVING.

My mind shoots to one of my favorite songs, Can Anyone Hear Her by Casting Crowns. It's a song about a girl who is lost in the world but yet her heart longs for something more. Something her heart is missing and in her attempts to seek Jesus, she only finds people looking at her with "lofty glances". It talks about how she is lost under the "shadow of our steeple" while she is "searching for a hero to ride in and save the day."

Here's part of the chorus to the song:

Does anybody hear her?
Does anybody see?
Does anybody even know she's going down today?
Under the shadow of our steeple
with all lost and lonely people
searching for the hope that's tucked away in you and me.

The beginning part of the chorus makes me wonder how many people around me are reaching out for help and I haven't even noticed. Maybe I've been too busy doing my own thing to realize there was someone reaching out there hands or hearts and asking for help.

Then there is the last part...the hope that is tucked away in you and me. Now I want to clarify--what I'm not saying is that I am someone's hope. Jesus is our hope! But how am I sharing the hope thats tucked away in me? The hope that Jesus gives me to share with others. The hope that lives in me because God gave his Son to set me free.

All of us need hope. Without hope we would be lost. Imagine going through life without it. No hope for people. No hope for tomorrow. None.

My mind can't help but to think of the poor. The poor who lacks food and shelter, the poor in spirit, and the poor in heart who walk among us every day. The most devastating thing that poverty does is allows satan to rob the heart of hope.

In the end of the song's video, you see a woman who finally stops and recognizes the girl that needs help. Needs a friend. Needs someone to care. This woman is not her true Hero, but some one to take her to meet her Hero.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 says, Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Jesus give us hope in our hearts to share with others.

So, share your heart. Share your hands. Share your food. Share your money. Share the unseen.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Feast in Prayer-November 27th

**ANOTHER EDIT: All times are EST times!!! If this is a problem with those who have already signed up-please let me know and we can get your time changed!!!

**Edit-you can sign-up to feast in prayer without doing the fast.**

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! Myself and a few others have dedicated Thanksgiving 2008 for a day of fasting from food and feasting in prayer.

You've READ about it, you want the SHIRT! More importantly-it BREAKS YOUR HEART!

I know fasting on a day of good food and fellowship is difficult, but will you feast in prayer with us on Thanksgiving for THESE children and their families?

Scroll down and sign up for a time between 6am-12am that you will spend asking God to help the people living in poverty and give all your thanks to the Lord for all that He has blessed you with so that you can help the poor.

We only have a few short weeks before it will be here and I would love to see the entire day being filled with prayers going up to Him for these little ones.

Sign-up before November 19th and I will include your name in the drawing for the free Compassion "Please" shirt in one of the four languages.

Also if you would like to purchase a Compassion "Please" shirt--all proceeds go to the Global Food Crisis Fund--we will be sporting our t-shirts on Thanksgiving and bringing more awareness to this growing crisis!

Visit Compassion's store HERE and read about other WAYS to get involved with the Global Food Crisis Initiative.

Leave a comment and I will add you to the list.

I need your help in spreading the word and getting these times filled! Tell your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, the guy ringing the bell in front of your local grocery store.

Let's do this for every child, every mother, every father who will not be eating on Thanksgiving!


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A Prince and Two Princesses



Chris and I both (not so secretly) wanted a little girl when I was pregnant. I think Chris more adamant about wanting a girl than I was. Now, I have to say-we don't have anything against little boys and I know that we would have been filled with joy had we had a boy. Girls are just different. They are girly and typically, more emotional. I understand them more. So of course, we were elated when we found out that God was giving us a daughter.

She has had her daddy wrapped around her finger from the moment she was born. There are certain dates and things that I have forgotten along the way, but I will never forget the look on his face and the words that he spoke the first time Chris held his daughter. He was sitting in the chair next by my head holding her while they stitched me up in the operating room. My eyes were blurred from the tears, but I saw clearly the instant love that he had for her. A love that continues to form and shape as the years go by.

If you know me at all, you will know that I absolutely love having a daughter! Aleeyah and I are so blessed to be able to spend as much time together as we do. In a given week, (outside of bed time) there may only be a total of 4 hours that I haven't spent with Aleeyah--including Bible class and children's worship on Sundays. Yeah, there are times that I enjoy running to the fabric store without her attempting to pull the fabric on the floor or the few minutes of quiet I get while her and her daddy go run. But for the most part, my time is spent with her always tagging along everywhere I go and I love it.

Chris and Aleeyah are two of my most bestest friends. Chris and I have always shared a strong friendship. A friendship that has baffled many people that we have met along the way. We do everything together and have ever since our relationship began to get more serious some 11 or so years ago. It's so nice to share that relationship with Aleeyah. She even told me that I was her friend yesterday. She has fit right in.

Of course, we don't take the friendship status too far. There are rules that need to be abided by to make a safe and respectful environment for our family and there are consequences when necessary. We make choices and allow certain things to happen when there is a lesson to be learned. We don't do it out of anger or spite. We do it because we love her.

It gives me a glimpse of God's love for us. My mind is fascinated by the idea that I am His child. I am the child that messes up. I am the child that doesn't come and visit as much as He wants. I am the child that doesn't always listen. I am the child that sometimes needs her mouth washed out with soap. I am the child that takes and takes and takes from Him, but doesn't give as much as I should. I am the child that needs a good lesson from time to time....more times than not.

BUT I am the child He still loves and protects when I've given Him every opportunity and reason to disown me.

I am His daughter and the princess of a King.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Good and the Bad!

My day so far.....

Good: We have a truck that Chris drives to and fro to work.
Bad: Chris' truck broke down on the way to work yesterday.
Good: He was close to work and someone went and picked him up so I didn't have to wake Aleeyah early to come get him.
Bad: We had to spend $800 to fix it.
Good: We have an emergency fund to cover such an expense.
Bad: Chris' truck began overheating on the way to work today after spending the $800 on all new coolant system parts and labor
Good: He wasn't very far from home. So he was able to baby it home and get my car to take to work.
Bad: We still don't know what the problem is.

moving past the truck issue for now.....

Good: When I weighed this morning I found that I have lost another 4 lbs since Monday from doing what I should have been doing all along-eating!
Good: Aleeyah and I went for a 2 mile jog this afternoon.....well, Aleeyah rode in her jogging stroller.
Bad: We didn't get to go longer for a few reasons---rain, wind, and lack of inhaler.
Good: We still had a good time and pushing an almost 40lb kid up in stroller up and down hills for 2 miles is still a good workout.
Bad: Somehow I twisted my ankle and in the process of keeping Aleeyah from tumbling-I landed with all my weight on my left knee.
Good: At least, it was 4 less pounds than it was last week!
Bad: Pain, pain, pain and blood showing through my now torn pants. I was actually pretty surprised they ripped because the material is pretty thick.
Good: I didn't like the pants as it was.
Bad: My pants kept rubbing my knee making it feel all the more worse.
Good: I had my Road ID on for instances like this (well more severe) but was able to hobble home.
Bad: PAIN and swelling!!!
Good: My daughter was surprised by the blood but kept telling me everything was going to be alright and that as soon as we get home we could get a bandage! Awwwww!!!
Bad: As soon as we walked in she forgot that mommy was hurt and was overly concerned about what I was going to be cooking for lunch.
Good: Got lunch out of the way. The pain has gone away some. An hour later and still throbbing, but I've got ice on it and hoping the swelling will go down soon.

So there you have it! My day so far! It's a good thing I started my day out with a great Bible study this morning!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A few random pictures!




Cooking with the Hamblins

We have made some random stuff over the last several days. Here is just a few....


I love carving pumpkins because of the editable treat afterward. No-not the pumpkin itself, but the seeds. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE baked pumpkin seeds and the store bought seeds in a bag just doesn't do the job.

If you have never made them before. It's easy and Aleeyah says they taste like popcorn. They do have a hint of popcorn flavor, but much yummier! Rinse your seeds, put them on a pan, sprinkle them with a little salt, throw them in a 350 degree pre-heated oven, and bake them for about 15-20 minutes until golden. Then eat 'em up!!! BTW--it makes a lot more than what is shown there. They just didn't last very long! :)


We also had some lemons in the refrigerator that needed to be used. So we decided to make some fresh squeezed lemonade. Now I will warn you-8 lemons only makes about 4 glasses of lemonade, but it's worth it in my book.

Juice about 8 lemons to get 2 cups of lemon juice and set aside. In a pan, put 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Place on the stove over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved in the water. Remove from heat and combine it with your lemon juice in a pitcher. Add 3-4 cups of water to your satisfaction and ENJOY!!!


Now for the last one-Apple Bread! I found this one over on my friend, Brittany's blog. You can see how to make it HERE. Now I did do something different to ours. I used splenda where I should have used sugar. I was a tad bit nervous about this seeing as how I don't use splenda that often in baking and I used regular splenda instead of baking splenda (which is half splenda and half sugar). Whew! That was a lot of "splendas" in there. Well, I will let you see below how it turned out!!!!



Yep, it was good! I even sent some home with my dad yesterday along with a batch of homemade salsa! I'll have to share that recipe another day. Dad said it's the best salsa he has had in a VERY long time and definitely something better than what he has ever made. My dad is majorly into cooking so I take that very highly! But for another day!

Let me know if you try any of the recipes and if you tweeked them at all!

Pumpkin carving!

We put off carving our pumpkin until just a couple of days before Halloween. To me, there is nothing worse then having a moldy pumpkin that oozes and goozes on your porch the day of Halloween. Aleeyah enjoyed the carving part, but refused to actually help me pull out the pumpkin inerds. She was cool with it at first....that was until the pumpkin insides actually touched her. Like father, like daughter! She did, however, really enjoy cutting out the face and she was rather proud of him!

Here are a few pics from our extravaganza!

















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