Godly Character Traits (from Sarahs sweeties)

>> Friday, May 28, 2010

I found this link on another Blog and I love love love it. I just need to figure out how to print from my computer. :)

Character Traits

Even though my kids are young I don't think it is ever to early to start teaching them these character traits and I love that they are referenced with a bible verse!


Feeling down

>> Monday, May 24, 2010

I'm feeling down but depressed seems too extreme to explain it. I am trying to keep up with everything, but being pregnant just really takes way too much out of me. No matter how hard I try to act normal and do fun stuff with my kids I end up exhausted.
I can't figure out how to balance everything. I want to play with my kiddos, but if do the housework doesn't get done. On the other hand if I attempt to do housework I end up grouchy and snap at them.
I have a wonderful friend who cleaned my house from top to bottom while I was away and I am so grateful!! I love it when I have a clean house and I know that if I could do a little every day it could stay that way, but how do I balance the little energy I have between housework and playing?
So needless to say I am feeling down on myself today, I want to be able to play, clean, sew, and garden, but since Dec of 2004 I have been either pregnant or nursing a newborn. I know God has a plan for me but really is this it? To be completely sad and frustrated that I am unable to complete my duties as a wife and mother?? I am trying to cling to Jer 29:11 p, but on days like today I find it hard to understand how these plans are for my good and not harm. If u r reading this please pray I will stop feeling sorry for myself and figure out a way to find balance in this season of my life.


Yummy Cheesy Spaghetti Casserole

>> Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

This recipe was given to me by Janice, our awesome mentor mom from out local MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) chapter. She is a great asset to our group, one of the sweetest women I know, everything she brings tastes amazing!! The recipe here is what she used. I had to change a few things based on what I had available I have put the changes in bold

1 (4 1/2 lb.) chicken or chicken breasts I used 3 large boneless skinless breasts
1/4 c. butter
2 onions, chopped because I used tomatoes from the freezer that had onions in it I only used 1 onion
1 (16 oz.) pkg. processed cheese, chunked Velveeta 1/2 block
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce I didn't have this on hand so I used some roasted tomatoes and onions I had in the freezer from last years garden
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (16 oz.) pkg. spaghetti, cooked and drained
Cook chicken in boiling water. Reserve broth I used boneless skinless breasts so my broth wasn't very good so I used 2 cups of stock in a box.
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large skillet, melt butter and cook onions add 2 cups reserved chicken broth

Add cheese, tomato sauce, soups, salt and chicken, stirring until cheese is melted.

Place spaghetti into prepared pan, spoon chicken mixture over pasta and toss.

Bake 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly



My youngest Charlie is almost 13 months and loves to get into everything he is not supposed to. He climbs on whatever he can to reach what he wants.
We do not have a small house, but the way it is laid out it is not conducive to toddlers. We moved from a much larger house before this one. I have a computer desk in the breezeway, office supplies in the kitchen, and toys everywhere! I have tried to organize my brains out and just as I think I have it one of my toddlers figures out a way to get something out. For example this morning I had my purse up on the shelf and my 2.5 yr old (I still consider her a toddler) uses a kitchen stool to reach it and dumps everything out and gets in to the lipstick and chapstick I keep in there. As we are making beds for the day I find lipstick on the sheets and wonder where else it will pop up in the next few days. Then my 13 month old manages to move the small toddler bench in the kitchen and get into the rubber cement and scotch tape drawer. Luckily he was unable to open the rubber cement and my oldest brought it to me before any damage was done. We used gates when my 2.5 yr was in this stage, but since then we have moved furniture around and I can't figure out how to use them now. And honestly it really looks so much more cluttery...is that even a word I don't know.....with the gates up.
I am starting to stress out about adding one more, the first 6 months it won't be as big of deal b/c they can't move but once they are mobile the next 3 years make me insane.
I have tried to declutter and get rid of lots of extra stuff but with younger kids there is so much stuff! And with dry storage limited all the baby stuff is still in the house waiting for the next one....
I am very thankful for a great mother who is willing to help clean when she visits and a great friend who loves to organize and is willing to help. I am blessed beyond measure in many areas of my life. I am praying for a spirit of contentment. I am striving to emulate Paul and be content with everything Phil 4:11....For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Someday I will do a post on my journey of Faith but it would be so long. Someday I hope to have time to sit down and from the beginning share my story, but with 2 toddlers and an almost Kindergartner I don't see that happening anytime soon :)


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