Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December 2nd - That Batch of Cookies

I remember, back when I was a pre teen. I had decided i wanted to decorate sugar cookies for Christmas. I pulled out my moms famous big batch recipe (which is now lost, *sad sigh*) and proceeded to mix it up. My mom didnt have a full measuring spoon set, just a large Tablespoon, but i felt confident that i could "figure it out". I did fairly fine... got it all mixed, and baked. They baked perfectly in our oven.

As they were cooling, i called my friend to come over and help me decorate while i made some icings. I thought i was the coolest person to bake my own cookies. We had sat down, decorated a couple and decided to try our masterpieces.

PfHHHHhhhgaht! *spit spit*

The cookies, even with their super sweet icing were horrible!!! They were so salty, you could barely get the taste out of your mouth. As i reviewed the recipe, i noticed it said 1 tsp for the salt, and i had put in 1 Tbsp!

Moral of the story is to not think so highly of yourself that you lose focus on the task at hand!

Merry Christmas

now.. i need some cookies....

Here is a cookie recipe, i made in 2007, that you cant mess up!!!
~............Merry Christmas..............~



















**This is NOT gluten free.

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December 1st - Holiday Values (day late)

Family Values is defined as: values especially of a traditional or conservative kind which are held to promote the sound functioning of the family and to strengthen the fabric of society.

Goodness, thats what i am doing? yes! yup, thats what i am doing for my girls! :)

Values that we try to instill during christmastime:

  • Compassion and Empathy for others. Whether others surcumstaances are bad or good, that everyone is disserving of our love.
  • Spiritualality. That we choose to love God and the baby that was born for us.
  • Respect. We show everyone respect, including each other. We also show respect for others holiday beliefs.
  • Fun and Joy. To take joy in all the things we do, all the things we see, and the things shared with us.
  • Gratitude. That while we do not experiance a Santa visit full of toys, we are truely grateful for all that we have, and that we recieve.
A few years back my husband and i changed the way we celebrate christmas. Rather than focusing on Santa, being good and all the gifts. We spend the month of December celebrating Jesus and all the things he came here to teach us. We do activites as a family such as going to see lights, or a parade. But we also do things as a family to give back to our community, and our direct neighbors.

Last year i created a fun set of advent cards .... counting down the 12 days of christmas. It was a huge success and the kids loved them.

Each card is different and varies. One card has a scripture, the next an activity, then back again to scripture. Slowly it tells the story of Jesus birth, with a fun activity to go along.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Change is coming

I feel it in the air. Change. The air is crisp, cold and full of white stuff!

Change is wonderful!

I feel like this year is going out with a bang ... GO 2009!!!

I fell in love with the idea of a Daily December album. Im getting prepped and ready for it! I have right now 12 pages already to go with help from ScrapGirls.com and their gorgeous collections and Digital Layout templates.

hang with me!! I hope to post some of them here.

Oh, and maybe even keep up with this blog.

HUGS to you all...

Change is on its way!

Angela N.

Just for fun, here is my page, all ready to go for a Tree shot.







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Friday, September 11, 2009

I cant forget....

9/11. It holds so many memories for many peopl. For myself it holds a mix of both happiness and sadness. Now hold on, I'm not happy in anyway for those whose lives were lost. I am not happy because there are people out there with so much hatred they would kill innocents. I am not happy that there are ones who would destroy our nation. I feel such soul pulling sadness when i think back to that day. To the images I saw later when I got off work, images that still linger. I am almost near tears to think of it.

Happy though you ask? Because we are a nation that stands! Because we have beliefs and are not pursecuted for them. Because I can have an athiest friend who wont attack my for my Christian beliefs. Because in the day that followed 9/11 God gave me one of the most beautiful gifts, my daughter. My daughter was conceived on 9/12. I know the day well. The doctor was suprised I could tell him the exact hour I know she was conceived on.

My 9/11 baby. I call her that. Because in a moment of sadness, I, unmarried sought out comfort. What followed was a blessing :). My doctor called it the 9/11 Phenonemon. He said that God was giving those souls back to us, because in the months that followed, he found a HUGE increase of women who conceived in the aftermath of 9/11.

Happy. I am happy to see that after all that sadness, all that distruction, that horror.... a baby, a pure, innocent life was given. Several given. I look at my daughter and I think of how, in the light of everything, good can come from it.

Loves to you all, Prayers to those who are missing loved ones today, may God bless you, hold you and keep you in his arms.

Angela
(image from chascarper @ flikr, Thank You)

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Nut explaination.

Every once in awhile it hits me... you forgot your blog!! Argh!

Recently someone asked me why everyone online referred to me as the NUT, did I really want ppl thinking I was some crazy mom? I laughed and explained that when I married my dear husband, and took on his name, I also took on being a nut. You see, his last name is Nussbaum. Nuss - means Nut in German, and baum means tree. So... we are a family tree of nuts!!! Hence I married the perfect man for me!

P.S. I dont think it helps that I'm such a silly, happy, fun person... it makes me so much more nuttier.


a picture, one must have a picture for a post!
This picture came from our trip to Ohio. I wanted a picture of me and my three girls, and rather than hand my camera to someone I thought how fun to just reach out, turn the camera around and snap us! It took 4 tries to get us all in the camera!!!


















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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

So long fustration... I have the Lord on my side!

Some of you dont know that I have spent the whole summer studing Beth Moores' Stepping up Series on the Psalms of Ascent. One thing that we really talked alot on was taking the High Road. So. I decided that i would pick out a few things in my life and very slowly start taking steps to go on the High Road.

1 - Chores, I now will start every task with a small prayer of thankfulness for all that I have. Thankfulness for having carpets, for having dishes, for having machines like a dishwasher.

2 - Children, I will now strive to take 3 breaths before speaking when i am feeling fustration. I will aim to call out to God for every time a child needs disciplined. I will also pray constantly for God to catch my children when they are misbehaving. I also want to pray especially for Sabryna as she works out this new path of becoming a teen.

3 - Work, I will STOP feeling the need to procrastinate. While all my tasks are done on time, I will stop waiting to the last minute. I will plan on creating a work schedual and adhearing to it. I also will pray over my work, my co-workers, and the customers who are my friends.

4 - Marriage, I will STOP praying for my husband to become something he is not. Instead I will pray that God helps me to see the man that I love, and to encourage him as he is. I will no longer seek to change him, but leave him in God's hands, as he has the perfect plan.

5 - Image, I will now see myself as a Princess. I am worthy of His love, His affection. I will no longer shoot myself down with negative thoughts of image, and self worth. I will pray that God will work change in me so that others will be moved by me.

6 - Spiritually, I will now imerse myself in the Word of God. I will try to memorize scriptures, and seek him more often. I will also seek to pray and read the Word of God with my husband and my family. I will also forgive as 2nd Corinthians 2:10-11 tells us too, encourage as Hebrews 10:24-26 tells us, and love as 1st Peter 4:7-8 asks us.

I am going to make these work. I so dearly yearn for a closer relationship with God, and I just know that with His help, I can over come.

Do you have things in your life where you need to take the High Road?

Lovingly,
Angela N.















A fun and neat photo of my daughter Sabryna. She is a source of great joy to me. (Brushes by JessicaSprauge)

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Minne "SODA"

Converastion last night.

Angelique "Daddy what is Minnesota?"
Daddy "um, its a state"
Angelique "Is it where soda comes from?"
Daddy "um, no, soda comes from everywhere"
Angelique "then why is Soda in Minnesota?"
Daddy "Angelique, are you done eating?"
Angelique "Is soda older than Minnesota?"
Daddy "No, i think Minnesota became a state in 1850's, Soda more recent."

And then began a big discussion on looking at a map of states that includes statehood information!

LOL!

Thought ya'll would enjoy that.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sacks of Potatos are worth their weight!

Angelique and Sabryna tetertottering from Angela Nussbaum on Vimeo.

This was so crazy! Sabryna kept complaining about the tetertotter because she had to do all the work, Angelique just didnt weigh enough to come down all the way. I was sitting near by and said "Angelique, what you need is to gain about 10 pounds" She asked me what was 10 pounds, and i replied a sack of potatos. Next think I know she goes running into ask her Aunt for a bag of potatos. The funny thing was, it worked!

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Working from Home - All is better!

Its been a bit since i posted. Such a hectic life i now lead!! Im so glad summer is here.

Where have i been you ask? Well besides the end of the year with MOPS, end of school year and a rather interesting vacation (from which im writing from)... I have also been glued to a new book.

Some of you, my friends, have heard me already sing the books praise since i started reading it a few weeks ago. I was only on chapter 3 when i knew it already changed my life as a "WORK AT HOME" mom. So now i want to share this book with all you my friends.

The book is called "Making work at home work" and its written by Mary M. Byers. For such a long time i struggled with fitting how to be the stay at home mom i am, with the fact that i do have a part time job. I have been trying to juggle in things like volunteering and being at the kids school, with deadlines. UGH! Its just too frustrating. One of the things i have learned from Mary is to no longer look at myself as a stay at home mom.

While some of her book was hard for me to relate too, I don't fully own my own business, there were many points that has helped me tremendously with my job at ScrapGirls.com - Like: How to be systematic, take a break, how to face a dinner dilemma (neat recipes included) and getting past the guilt of working from home.


If you work from home, either working for someone else or running your own business, please go get this book. I plan on going out to purchase a few copies to give as gifts to a few friends i know could use it!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I am a nutty mom... look what i let happen.

We had that huge blizzard this last weekend. Got at least 2 feet of snow and drifts as high as 3 feet. Its all melting in 2 days! Totally amazing.

The setup we have for our playground area is surrounded by railroad ties, in the attempt to keep mulch in the area. Every time the snow melts, a pool forms. Zoey came home and exclaimed, "Swimming mommy!" and wanted to put on her swimsuit. My first instinct was, um.. melted snow, COLD!!! But then the nut in my head said "ah mom, let her do it." So i did. Here she is. (oh and sister Angelique did join her but i didnt get a video..)


Melted Snow Swimming Pool from Angela Nussbaum on Vimeo.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday Foodie Fix - Best Omelet (gluten free)

I decided to use this recipe that my family, who does not like avocados like i do, will eat. This omelet is the best and everyone eats it up!

I decided to use my scrapping skills to make up the recipe all cute. If you want to replicate the recipe, I got all the products from ScrapGirls.com (see below).

















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Friday, April 10, 2009

Porcupine Meatballs - Gluten Free

Im being cute and using a recipe card I created. The challenge today for the Friday Foodie Fix (lots of recipes at that link) was to use Eggs, I hope they dont kick me out since the recipe only calls for one egg. Im new at this cooking gluten free. I still need to modify MANY of my recipes and try them before i share them! lol.

So thanks for looking, here is the card:

















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Jesus Rolls (aka Resurrection Rolls) GLUTEN FREE

I was just given the how to on making these rolls the other day, and i was bummed. It called for a can of crescent rolls and... well there is the gluten thing! LOL. So here i am thinking, with all those wonderful ladies out there cooking, is there a gluten free crescent roll recipe that could be used as a substitute?

THERE IS!!!!

This is a recipe that I found posted by several ppl, im not sure who the original person is, but it definitely was not me... so...

Crescent Rolls

1/2 stick butter (note - that is 1/4 cup), room temperature
3/4 cup small curd cottage cheese

1 cup gf flour mix (there is a great all purpose flour you can use )
1 tsp xanthan gum
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 TBS sugar

In the bowl of your mixer, combine the butter and cottage cheese. Add dry ingredients. Mix until a ball of dough forms.

Wrap in plastic wrap and chill 2 hours (I left mine overnight, as I wanted it ready in the morning).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On lightly floured piece of parchment paper, roll the dough into a 14 inch circle. Cut into 8 triangles (really easy with a pizza cutter).

Roll each triangle from wide end to tip, turning ends to form a crescent shape. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake 20 to 30 minutes.

BUT!!!! Dont cook them!!! this is why that part of the recipe is small. The goal here is not Cresent Rolls but Resurrection Rolls, right?

So... Here is how you do Resurrection Rolls...

Got your kids?

You need:
Crescent dough (in triangles)
Large Marshmellows
Melted butter
Cinnamon and Sugar mixed together

Got that?

Now, give each child a triangle and explain to them that it represents the Tomb that Jesus was placed in.
Now give them a marshmellow that represents the body of Jesus.
Dip the marshmellows into the butter, then roll in the cinnamon and sugar. Explain how during that time bodies were anointed before burial with oils and spices.
Place the marshmellow on the dough and very carefully wrap it around the marshmallow, Making sure all the seams are pinched together well. (thus the marshmellow wont oooze out of the seams)

Now you can bake! We have the oven preheated to 350 from the Crecent Recipe, right? Now we place the rolls onto parchment sheets and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.

Allow them to cool.

When your child breaks open the "tomb" they will find it hollow and empty. The body of Christ is no longer there. Celebrate Jesus's life and God's wonderous love together!

Angela

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Slow Cooked Pork Chops - Gluten Free

Here is a recipe I pulled together on Tuesday. It was Randy's birthday and he wanted meat that tasted good. I had these delicious thick pork chops, so i thought... id make a sauce.

So... here is what i did.

Slow Cooked Pork Chops
Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons Oil
Salt and Pepper
1 Tablespoon liquid smoke (colgin's is gluten free)
1 can tomato sauce
3 Tablespoons Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (lea and perrins is gluten free)
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar

Take about 2 table spoons of Oil and heat in a skillet. Then add pork chops and lightly salt and pepper. I sprinkled about 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke on each one. Lightly cook on all sides. No need to cook all the way through.

Place in a crock pot, hopefully in one layer , and then mix the sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar in a bowl. Then poor over the top of the chops. Slow cook on low for approximately 4 1/2 hours. BE very careful of over cooking pork chops though, they can dry out.

(sorry no pictures! Hubby ate way to fast!)

Also! Watch out! Im learning to cook gluten free, and I experiment like crazy, and now there is a blog that has inspired me with a challenge called "Friday Foody Fix" Im going to be creating new things and doing my best to be gluten free!

Would love for anyone who makes this to please share your opinions!!

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Come and Gone

Yesterday i posted a beginning look at my yard, before this spring blizzard hit us. Now... for the after affects.

We had a total of 16 inches in our yard, but as you can see the wind drifted the snow and we have piles as high as 3 feet. Right now my DH car is buried and I am so NOT going to shovel it out! Another day at home.

I believe if you click on the images you can see it better.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

What is celiac disease?

Ive had many people ask about why i'm now gluten free. What it means, what happened etc. Here is a neat video about it.

I haven't had the test for Celiac disease, but i had all the symptoms and once gluten was removed ive seen improvement.


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Its coming... The big one!


Usually every year, us folks here in Colorado get 2 or 3 HUGE snowstorms. This year has sadly been lacking. We just had 2 fabulous weeks of tank tops and shorts, even playing in the water! BUT......

Today the big one is coming. Randy just called me from Denver and said its already dumping hard and fast up there, and its moving south quickly!!!

We are so lucky, we live on the Palmer Divide, smack dab on top of it... so when it snows, we get it worse than anyone in our county!!

Today we woke up to just a little taste of whats to come, ole man winter doesnt want us to forget he had 6 more weeks with that groundhog! LOL.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

More Lessons from God - The Simple Life

My pastor seems to be preaching to me! He has started a series (*link to series of sermons) of preaching thats based on Psalm 46:10 Be Still and know that I AM God.

Be... Still and know that "I" am God.

This sunday my pastor asked us to take a moment and think of the things in my life that get in the way of my relationship with God. (stuff, events, things). Here is my list.

  1. My own thoughts.
  2. Television
  3. Unwisely used Computer time (addicted to griddlers, need to figure that one out!!)
  4. Shopping at Walmart
  5. Volunteering way to much (MOPS, PTO, Girl Scouts)
  6. Clothes
  7. Coffee (do i really need to go buy coffee before every bible study? Waste of time)
  8. Books
  9. Shampoos (im addicted to buying them all, i love shampoo)
  10. Foods: cookies, candies (Though my lesson is now certainly learned as i now have celiac disease and can no longer enjoy those)
So.. im thinking... how do I simplify? How do I change all these things to not be an obstruction to my relationship, but maybe to be a indicator of my relationship with God...

Here is what I learned:
1 - Have a Heavenly vision. What? Okay, I need to change my eyes and how i see things and see beyond myself. Okay, Now I need to think.... Volunteering, How does Girl Scouts help strengthen my relationship with God? Well I'm reaching out to girls who need a good role model. Am i a good role model to them though when I strain myself trying to do everything else? PTO, do I really need to be the only box top mom? No, I should either get help, or reconsider.

2. Simplify my calendar - Remove the clutter, stuff that is not redeeming. Okay, no PTO! LOL, I am overbooked, running here, running there. Randy comes home on the weekends and all we do is run errands. I spent a moment really thinking about all those "errands" and realized that 3/4 of them were totally unneccessary!! God is a God of Detours, I need to open up space in my life to allow Him room to move in it.

3. Simplify my stuff - okay, thats easy, spring cleaning time!!! But more than that, Pastor Eric said " Memories are more valuable than stuff" WOW. That instantly got me thinking of that WII, or the new Jeep in our driveway. What could we be doing with our family, creating memories if we spent more wisely? Could we take a trip to the sand dunes (been waiting 5 years for that one)? The pastor gave some great points... I just had to write down:
  • a) shun anything that distracts your heavenly vision.
  • b) buy only what you need)
  • c) consider borrowing (not credit!! no... rather than buying a snow blower, see if your neighbor will let you borrow it... and you let them borrow your leaf blower, all parties are happy)
  • d) reject anything that causes an addiction (wow... theres where that coffee comes in!)
  • e) reject the gagetry of the modern age (that unnecessary claim of having big tv's, new phones etc)
  • f) give it away. (yup, spring cleaning time! but not just for garage sales, donate....)
4. Simplify my relationships - Now, this one I said WHOA! Im going to be closer to God by not having relationships with others? Thankfully the pastor cleared my head up. "its not about quantity, but about quality" Suround myself with relationships that can help me build my relationship with God.

So... What things are getting in the way of YOUR relationship? Can we simplify more so that we can just BE? Im certainly giving it a try...

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Catching up.

I have fallen into a depression, and with that comes the big word "PROCRASTINATION". I have let way to many things fall behind. I know I'm not suddenly healed, or better, but I know that if I push myself to catch up, I wont feel so bad about my surroundings. Your environment can affect how you feel.

So here is my list of Catching Up:
*Get those Girl Scout Cookies out of the house
*Keep work tasks done and completed ahead of time
*Clean the sink 2x a day for a few days (its that bad, hate steel sinks)
*Cook 40 pounds of chicken in a week for MOPS
*Complete behind week layouts for ScrapGirls 52
*Take a photo a day NOW
*Show up for Parent Teacher conferences
*complete bible study homework this week
*begin waking up at 5 am again and continue personal study of Jesus
*quickly come up with an activity for Girl Scouts tomorrow
*keep hanging in one step at a time

So... I'm going to do it, get caught up and stay current on things I need to do. Here is one of my list tasks started:



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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentine Sugar

Girls came home today with bags of Valentines and Candy. I am so proud of both of them, they were willing to share with zoey. I got lots of great pictures of all 3 girls eating "fun dip." Zoey did the cutest thing, she started to read the ingredients and proclaimed what was in the fun dip. Here is video i took of her!!



Zoey talks about Sugar from Angela Nussbaum on Vimeo.

Zoey got ahold of sisters fun dip Valentine candy. She started to tell me what the ingredients are...

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Lessons from God - part 1

One thing I am learning as I walk with God is that His lessons are never ones you would expect.

Recently things in my home and around me have fallen apart. Literally! One thing after another is breaking down. Does this mean I live in a disaster? Not at all. My home is one of pride for me. One of joy.

Lesson 1 : Contentment

I enjoy learning how to be content with my home and after the 2nd break down (water heater then closet) I thought God wanted me to learn even further contentment. Why would breaking things mean contentment? That is because I walked into my Husbands home, then fiance, with distaste in my mouth. The thought of lowering myself to live in a trailer was awful, but I looked at myself as a martyr for sacrificing myself for him. What a horrid way for me to think. He felt it, he heard it, he saw it... my disgust. My poor dear husband, I am so sorry! Then he got a job where he was not home for 2 weeks at a time. During his periods away, I was being changed by God. God was showing me, telling me that what a blessed person I am to have a home such as I do. A safe haven. A protector for my family. My husband did not see this change.

So when the water heater broke down, and it was my almost nagging that made him check on it. He was sure that I was rubbing in what a trash of a home we have. Oh, he was fustrated, so angry at me. I tried so hard to be nice, to be extra helpful, not quite sure what was making him angry. My works were against me. Everything I did only worked further against me. He saw it as me rubbing it in. God finally showed me a time where I could show him my hurt and speak to him. My husband told me how I made him feel. I was so aghast at myself. That my cold curt comments from over 4 years ago still hurt him.

I pray: "God, please help me to show him the growing contentment you continue to nurture within me. Please also help me to learn how to communicate with my husband, as easily as I can talk with you. Thank you for this lesson learned."

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Time for a change

My blog has been so bright and cheerful for so long, it needed a change. The funny thing is? all those flowers, the butterfly... its sooo NOT me. I love earthy colors such as browns and greens, and I love being muted. That brightness was getting to me.

So I have started to change my blog to reflect me! Hang in as this might take a day or two, but It shall be done by Friday. Will you come see it on Friday and give me your honest opinion?

Yours,
The Nut

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Word of my year - BE

Ever since reading Mandy's Blog post about Imperfect (here) I have tossed and tossed word after word though my head. What a great idea. Rather than say "lose weight" or "stop yelling"... to just pick one word and focus on it for the year. Finally, today, 13 days into January I found my word: BE

Just BE

Slow down and BE

Less do, more BE

Why BE? It started because I am over extending myself. I do this, and that, bible studies, mops, discipleship class, girl scouts, pta (pto), babysitting, more and more and more. My life is so much about doing, but i need to just BE. I need to slow down and feel things around me, experience things. I need to stop doing a hundred church related things in a desperate search to experience GOD. How am i supposed to know him, when i am so busy? I need to just BE.

I don't know how im going to do this. Some epiphanies will find their way into my brain. But that is my goal this year. BE.

Be happy
Be with God
Be a mom
Be a wife
Be silly...












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Monday, January 12, 2009

52 layouts in a year.

I am one of the masterminds at scrapgirls.com who came up with Scrap Girls 52. We (myself, Becca and the SG team) came up with a way for our members to do something like Project 365, but in a way that did not feel so overwhelming. A way that would be more forgiving if you say... got crazy and forgot to take a picture. While we are trying to take a photo a day, our main goal is to get 52 layouts done. You should check it out:

Scrap Girls 52 Thread


Here is the first week of January.

















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Monday, January 5, 2009

What is Love?

Ephesians 5:25 - Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it
Titus 2:4 - that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children

I have just learned what LOVE really is. Its not an emotion of passion, yearning, and joy. Its instead an ACT. If God commands husbands to love their wives, and he instructs women to learn to love their husbands, then it cannot be an emotion.

I get the weekly newsletter from Dr Gary Chapman, and he went over this. And its TRUE. I have spent the last week coming to my husband in a new way. I know his love language is acts of service, so he has come home to a clean house, home cooked meals, even his work clothes washed (ugh). The joy it brought him for me to do those simple things for him is indescribable.

I honestly will admit that I was worried about us. We have gone through so much since November, and I was so scared he was starting to hate me (My issues with the fact he was divorced, deep down Im afraid he will do the same with me, gotta get past it!). Instead, with my small selflish acts, he is now responding to me in a new way. I can almost cry right now thinking of it. I feel more LOVE from him now then ever before.

Wives - Learn to love your Husbands!!!!!

















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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Christmas and Vista

Its been a bit since I last posted, my apologies. Believe it or not i have been actively communicating with hundreds of people in December. I was the email contact for some games that were going on at ScrapGirls. I had quite a blast. (though i wanted everyone to win badly!)

Anyways. Right now im frustrated with Vista! I downloaded CS4 trial to see if it will run with my computer before i purchased it. When i tried to install, it would not because Vista Service Pack 1 was not installed. So i tried to install it. I keep getting this awful error that is barely documented ANYWHERE on microsoft or the net. All i can find is lots of other people are in my place but that Microsoft has now answers.

So.. ugh. Im sitting back. Looking at my Monchhichi! YES i have one! When i was about 5, that is what i got for Christmas, a great story to be told later. But my dh remembered and he got this doll for me! Gotta love my Dear Husband! He is just too good for me sometimes. Anyways, im looking at my Monchhichi (he needs a name.. how about Walnut!) and I thought "walk away." I think i was getting all to stressed trying to figure this whole vista thing out. So lil Walnut has spoken!

(see how nutty i can be?)

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