Sunday, May 30, 2010

Blessings Counted

161.  living in America
162.  visiting Ira's family
163.  routines
164.  feeling refreshed from church this morning
165.  good, dear friends of many years
166.  extended time spent with said friends
167.  the joy of new friendships
168.  kindred spirits
169.  reading aloud to my children
170.  stunningly amazing cloud formations
171.  sun rays peircing the sky
172.  rainbows
173.  God's promise represented by rainbows
174.  my children understanding said promise
175.  the life found in scripture
176.  fresh inspiration
177.  simplification
178.  order
179.  meals planned
180.  second chances
181.  mericies new every morning

Daybook ~ May 30, 2010 is dark.
I am blessed that I am that so many brave men and women chose to defend my freedom.
I am wearing....a black shirt, tan pants, and sandals.
I am creating....routines.
From the kitchen.....spaghetti sauce and pasta.
From the learning rooms.....the learning rooms are very quiet!  I do need to familiarize myself with some of our new curriculums.
I am excited about.....seeing more of our family this week.
I am reading....The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane with the kids.
Memory Verse....O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.
I am fixing our bedtime ritual (I treasure this time so much!).

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

serendipity ~ spring edition

During the past couple of months we celebrated Easter, E began attending Keeper's at Home, we went to see How To Train a Dragon with my mom and sister, began learning the music and motions for this year's VBS, the kids began a card ministry to our senior adults at church, Ira and I got re-certified in infant cpr, the cousins spent time together, my FIL began helping me build my guitar, I experienced Mother's Day sweetness,  E had piano recital, our nephew graduated high school, M celebrated her 9th birthday and we celebrated Petecost during children's
feature at church!  Precious Times!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Endless Blessings

134.  the hope of summer
135.  a respite from normal school schedule
136.  performing the motions to vbs songs
138.  crisp new t-shirts
139.  coffee brewing
140.  a new devotional
141.  my husband's compassion towards me
142.  mercies new every morning
143.  bedtime stories
144.  meeting a friend for lunch
145.  prayer partners
146.  delighting my children
147.  meals in the freezer
148.  neatly clipped nails
149.  peace
150.  rest
151.  well composed words
152.  rituals
153.  daily provision
154.  clean surfaces
155.  newborn life
156.  forgiveness
157.  dreams
158.  new textbooks
159.  accomplishing goals
160.  my camera

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

freezer cooking

In March I completed my first attempt at freezer cooking.  This is otherwise known as "once-a-month" cooking.  Meal planning is an area in which I am trying to improve.  This is my game plan for meals this month:

(4) Pizza Kits
(2) Taco Kits
(2) Beef Stroganoff (complete)
(2) Chinese Dumplings (complete)
(2) Asian Chicken in marinade
(2) Honey Mustard Chicken in marinade
(2) Southwestern Chicken in marinade
(14) individual Chicken Pot Pies
(2) Stir Fry Chicken Kits
(2) Ground Meat bags
(1) Meatloaf (complete)
(1) 3 Bean Chili (complete)
(1) Spaghetti Kit
(1) Lasagna Kit
(3) Grilled Cheese Kits

Some of these items I made in March and some are new to me (like the marinades).  As for meals to fill in around those I plan on doing are breakfast type meals and pasta salads, both of which come together quickly for me.  There are several really good blogs out there that go into all the specifics of this type of meal management.  I'll let you know how it turns out!