Thursday, March 14, 2013

An Isabellaism

"Cockroaches are...are badder than waspas!" ~Isabella

Also, we've started a bean jar for Isabella. She gets a bean every time we see her not sucking her finger. She gets to pick something out at the store when it's full! She has done great and been excited from day one. She just kept forgetting to remember! It has been about 5 days. She stopped sucking her finger on day two and has put her blankie away!  Bittersweet for me because I've never seen her without it. I told Samantha that it was good but in a way it made me sad. She said, "Why? Because of precious memories?" I said, "Yeah."

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Couple of Quotes on Raising Children

In Family Worship, Donald Whitney writes, "Having your family in a good, Bible-teaching local church is crucial to Christian parenting. But this is not enough for conveying to your children all you want to teach them about God and your beliefs. Moreover, it is unlikely that exposure to the church once or twice a week will impress your children enough with the greatness and glory of God that they will want to pursue Him once they leave home. This is why family worship is so important. But even more importantly, God deserves to be worshipped daily in our homes by our families."

In Shepherding a Child's Heart, Tedd Tripp says, "I've often been asked whether I thought my children would be Christians. Parents desperately seek some promise from the Bible that their children will have faith. I don't believe that promise is found in the Word of God. I have been asked, 'Don't you think that if you raise your children the right way, God has promised to save them?' If such a promise existed, it wouldn't comfort me. I haven't raised them well enough. Looking over their lives, I want to join the ranks of parents who would like to do it over again. I am keenly aware of shortcomings and limitations."

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Aunt Bette's Sour Cream Enchiladas

Well, you know how Big Daddy's Barbecue says, "Our smoke ain't no joke!"? Well, let's just say I'm not kiddin' around about these enchiladas! ~chuckle~ ~snort~ They are really good! My family had to eat them 3 nights in one week. I take it as a good sign that they didn't call me out on it! I was nervous the 3rd night although it wasn't in a row. The youngest ones never did get on board with it though ( the 2 & 5 yr old). They said it was too hot the first night! Welp, more leftovers for me! I'm trying to give it a week before making it again but, ohhh, it's hard!! Okay, are you ready for the recipe already?! ~Drum rollllll~~~~~~~~You will need- 1 onion, butter, 4oz. can green chiles (optional), 1lb. boneless, skinless chicken, 1 can chicken broth, flour or cornstarch, salt, 16 oz. pepper jack cheese, 8 oz. sour cream, and corn tortillas. ***Saute 1 cup onion in 2 TBS butter, add 4 oz. can green chiles (or you can leave it out if using pepper jack instead of monterey jack or if you live in France and can't obtain them or something.) Add 2 cups of cubed chicken and cook all. In another skillet make the following sauce: Add about half a cup of chicken broth, 1/4 cup flour (or gluten free like me and omit flour and use 2 TBS cornstarch- be sure not to make the mistake I've made with cornstarch making ut lumpy! Mix the cornstarch in with a little cold water, dissolving it before putting it into hot skillet. It thickened beautifully!), 3 TBS butter, 3/4 tsp salt, add 8 oz. pepper jack, and 8 oz. sour cream. Simmer and stir until bubbly. Put a cup of sauce in other skillet with meat mixture. Then roll up in corn tortillas. Top with rest of sauce and another 8 oz. of pepper jack. Makes more than one pan. Cook on 350 for 30 min. Put foil on top if you want. p.s. I think this recipe will forever remind me of Little House on the Prairie because we were watching it when I made it. Also, don't mind my ~snarf, snarf~ ~chuckle~ stuff! That was for Dana! It's our little joke. I like to embarrass her. ~smile~ Turn her face red... Note to Dana: I reread my post and tried to imagine you reading it. I was laughing because I could picture the look on your face, the furrow of your brows. I got a good laugh. Almost even a real snort. Maybe I'm delirious...Maybe I just need to go to bed...

Mom's Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you use Bisquick leave out the soda. 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix those ingredients well. Work in 1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco like you are making pie crust with a fork or pastry blender. When mixed well add 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, cup creamy peanut butter, 3 tablespoons melted butter. Add 1-11 ounce bag of chocolate chips ( I only used 1/2 a bag). Make 2 tablespoon scoops. Bake @ 350 melted butter.            Obviously I use gluten free flour or gf Bisquick. Very good!  

Saturday, March 2, 2013

A Weak Mother Is a Good Mother - Desiring God

I love this!

A Weak Mother Is a Good Mother - Desiring God

Simple, yet Profound

Not too long ago I was driving and had been praying about what to say to one of my children struggling with anger. I felt discouraged. Not long after I turned a corner and saw something unlikely on a storage building display sign. It said, "Example is better than talk." I thought, yeah, it's not so much my words that will reach's my example. I prayed something like, "I don't know if you meant that to be there at that time for me but thank you if you did." Then I relaxed and felt more peace about it and most likely prayed for help to BE an example. That is my prayer.

John 13:12-17- "So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, 'Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.'"

1 Timothy 3:12- "Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity."

1 Timothy 3:15- "Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you."