Friday, July 16, 2010

Family Friday - Bowl For Free

Too hot, too rainy, too muggy??

If the outdoors is wearing you out and you're looking for some free fun indoors, head over to to print of some coupons for free bowling at bowling lanes in your area.

It's hard to find stuff to do as a family that doesn't break the bank, so it's nice to find something free!

Have fun and have a great time with your family this weekend.

We have A LOT going on!

Matt's brother is in town from California and tomorrow we have a baby shower, birthday party and graduation party. I'm tired and FULL just thinking about it!

I love time with family though! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thankful Thursday!

20 weeks! 


I'm thankful that I'm halfway done with my pregnancy! The first half has flown by. I have a feeling the second half will go a little slower!

I'm thankful that Hannah is now changing the toilet paper roll!

I'm thankful that my brother made a surprise visit home and he and Doreen may be moving back to Pittsburgh soon!

I'm thankful that I'm able to do work from the comfort of my own bed if I so choose :)

No matter what kind of day you're having, please find something to be thankful for today!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tips and Hints Tuesday - Sticky Stuff

It drive me nuts when I'm measuring honey or peanut butter and I have to scrape it out of the container. So much sticky stuff is left in the cup, and that just doesn't work from me when I'm baking. I'm an "exact measurer" type of baker!

Here's a tip for you. Before measuring our your sticky stuff, spray your measuring cup with cooking spray. Voila! Not more sticky! All of your substance will dump out directly into your mixing bowl where it belongs and little not not residue is left behind! 

Love this tip!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Money Monday - Save at the Beginning of the Month

For those of you that tithe to a church - they always say to give your money "off the top." The first of your paycheck should go to God. Doing this keeps you from scraping at the end.

I believe this is a biblical and sound piece of advice.

To further that, I want to suggest that your second check should be written to yourself and put in your savings account.

This will prevent you from spending money on fast food or frivolous things at the end of the month. It will cause you to FOCUS on where your money is going because you only have "so much" to spend.

I've heard all of the excuses. There isn't enough to pay the bills in the first place - not enough month at the end of the money....I have a lot to say about this - and if you want to know my opinion on your excuses - look here for my post on budgets and here for my post on tips for making extra money.

As for today, I'm trying to help you save. Since moving, we've done a poor job and saving from our monthly budget. Granted, we've had a lot of large unexpected expenses, but there was a time when we were getting out of debt where we were putting close to $2000 PER MONTH towards our debt snowball on TOP of monthly payments. There's no EXCUSE for us not to have money to put away now. So, a few days ago I decided to put a large chunk into savings NOW, at the BEGINNING of the month.

Now, what will happen at the end of the month? We'll have to sacrifice eating out, not our savings. I suggest you try it, even if it's only $20. Get into a new habit - A GOOD habit!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Spiritual Sunday

It feels like I've been on a hiatus from reading my Bible. I don't like that. It makes me feel hypocritical because we read the Bible to Hannah every night and spend time with her in prayer, but if we're not doing the same on our own, what kind of example are we?

So, I am getting back into it, picking up where I left off when trying to read through the Bible cover to cover at the end of last year and the beginning of this year. I'm reading through 1 Chronicles right now when Saul has died and David becomes King.

It truly is amazing. If you read the story of David, he spends much of his early years running from Saul who tried to kill him. He never spoke ill will of him and it's obvious God blessed him. After Saul died, the people flocked to honor David as their King.

God spoke clearly to David and the people knew that.

Here's my question. Did God speak more clearly to David than he does to us, or did David just listen?

When they were moving the ark, David did not consult God on how to do it and someone ended up dead.

When David consulted God about how to attack the Philistines in war, and LISTENED for a response, David's army won every time.

Let us try to listen to what God has to say before criticizing how we've been wronged in life. I pray I can be someone who listens for God's will and follows it with JOY. I have a whole lot of growing to do.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Scrumptious Saturday -Amish Friendship Bread - No Starter Required

I haven't actually made this yet, but I'm very excited to try it. I love Amish friendship bread, but there's no way I'm doing that "add a cup of sugar every day for 2 weeks while it sits on your counter before you can eat it" junk!

If this actually tastes like it without the hassle, I'm in! It calls for instant vanilla pudding - so really, how can it be bad.


Enjoy. And, if you try it before I do, please post how it turned out!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thankful Thursday!

Please excuse this choppy edition of Thankful Thursday. Usually it's a list, but it's more choppy because my brain is only working at half capacity. The mango-sized child in my womb is using the other half of my brain cells apparently.
19 weeks
18 weeks
•I really need to get back into the swing of blogging. I miss it. Above is my 19/18 week belly picture. I'm definitely carrying this baby lower than I carried Hannah, but I'm thankful I'm feeling lots of little kicks and for the most part am done vomiting. I have an occasional puke - but I'll survive.

•I'm thankful the fireworks tent is over and our kids are on their wait to Cambodia right now. That heat at the tent was almost unbearable, if I do say so myself. I swear we have the hottest summers the year I'm pregnant. Our team is in the air on the 15 hour flight from Atlanta to Korea, wherefrom they will head to Cambodia.

•We are in our new house and I'm loving it, but I'm looking forward to closing and being done with all this paper work!!

•I'm also thankful that, even though Matt is working in Cranberry now, 40 minutes further than Monroeville where he used to work, Westinghouse offers a FREE shuttle for this first year. If he had to drive (one of our VERY old cars) he would be paying over $100 a month JUST in tolls. The gas would be insane, and I'm just not sure our cars are up for that kind of wear and tear.

•I'm thankful, as always for my Hannah baby. She's just so sweet. I have been dragging the last couple days and after she saw me struggling to carry groceries in, she finished bringing them all into the kitchen, emptied every bag and put EVERYTHING away while I sat on the floor directing her. She truly is an amazing child. She never ceases to shock me. Today we were at a funeral home - where she knows to be quiet, but somehow she managed to have everyone smiling and laughing as she cuddled up to one of our former students - that she's never met. Maybe her gift is to bring sunshine even when people are sad. I think that's quite a gift to have.

•Finally, I'm thankful that we have our ULTRASOUND tomorrow. Will we be having a boy or a girl? Check back tomorrow afternoon for the scoop. We've already had one ultrasound where my littlest baby was stubborn!

God bless you and make sure you find something to be thankful for today.

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