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Preparing for Easter

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Easter is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like me, then you don’t feel prepared mentally. But there are things you and your children can do to prepare for Easter.

Family Devotionals

I have been doing devotionals with my kids everyday using the JellyTelly 5 Minute Family Devotionals for Easter. If you don’t know what JellyTelly is you can check out my post all about it here. Those have been wonderful. Every morning I read a short passage of scripture, read the prompt and they watch a short video. Then we briefly talk about what they learned and we pray. My kids are young, 3 and 1, so short is a must. But I feel like it has helped me too.

Listen to Podcasts

Sometimes you may not have time to sit and read for great lengths of time, but listening can be done while on the go, or while doing tasks. I love listening to podcasts as often as I can. Recently FamilyLife had a series on celebrating Easter with your family which was really spot-on and gave many good things to think about in regards to Easter traditions. I highly recommend that you check it out for ideas on how to start meaningful traditions for your Easter that focus more on Christ than eggs and bunnies. Read more

New Years Goals for 2015

I am not a fan of New Years resolutions, but I do think it’s important to take time to reflect on the past year, to celebrate successes and learn from failures. I feel like every year my ultimate goal is the same – to become more like Jesus. Let’s just say, it will be a work in progress til the day I die. So in the mean time I have to set smaller, attainable goals to keep me headed in the right direction. Read more

A Break in Blogging this Christmas

For the first time in our marriage both John and I were home for Christmas vacation. We have taken time off in past years, but we’ve gone to North Carolina. This year was our year to be here, and I don’t think I’m quite ready to travel with our little one yet anyway. It was wonderful! I loved having him home. It was a true vacation for me as well. Being at home with our daughter I have to time everything from showers, to cooking dinner, to bathroom breaks, but with my husband home I got spoiled. The Monday after he went back to work felt like the longest day ever. Read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

Every year at Thanksgiving we go around and share two things we are thankful for. It’s easy to come up with way more. The only rule is you are not allowed to say a generic friends and family, even though that’s what my grandma says every year. So every year I spend the week of Thanksgiving mulling over what 2 things I would like to share. I have so much to be thankful for this year, but I definitely have an easy top 2. maddieanddaddy

1. My husband. He has been here for me during a really rough time. He has given of himself time and time again and been so patient and gracious with me while I’ve been struggling physically and emotionally. I could not do this parenting thing without him, nor would I want to. I am so thankful for every day I get to spend with him.supermaddie

2. My daughter. She drives me crazy and being a mom is so difficult at times, but I wouldn’t trade her. She brings me great joy and I love her so much. She is a precious gift.

What are you thankful for this year?

Halloween Graveyard Taco Dip

graveyard taco dipI know this is a month behind, but I have been trying out various Pinterest recipes and came across this dip from the chickabug blog. We attended a party at some friends house last month and I tried it out. Very easy to make and very tasty as well. I think the thing that took me the longest was mashing up the avacados. They weren’t quite as ripe as I would have liked, but they still tasted good. And making the gravestones / tree was very easy as well. What a fun idea for making various shapes for other things as well. I’ll store that tid bit for the future. This is just a great tasting dip in general. So even if you don’t make it graveyard style, it’s a great go-to party dip recipe. It’s definitely a keeper!

St. Patrick’s Day – Plan B

John and I aren’t very Irish. If we have some it’s only a small amount, but who doesn’t love a good reason to celebrate. Last year we tried out corned beef and cabbage and really enjoyed it so we planned on it this year as well. It was actually one of the more expensive cuts of meat I’ve bought in a long time, but I figured it was worth it since it’s only once a year. It’s a fun meal and something different.

Got everything ready in the crockpot, left for work and had a great day because of all the treats there too. It was about 4:20 when I got a call from John. I figured he had a dinner question and I was right. Only what he said wasn’t what I was expecting. “Uh, Becky, the crockpot…” As soon as he started talking I knew. It hit me. I never turned the crockpot on. It was full, plugged in, room temp all day. Argggghhh! I was really upset with myself. That was a huge chunk of meat and there was no way I was chancing cooking everything with it sitting out all day.

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So what to do? We found some coupons and went to Culver’s. Burgers and fries aren’t necessarily Irish, but it was a nice impromptu date night and we did cap it off with a green mint oreo mixer.

Though I am still mad at myself I really have to laugh because I have been so absent-minded during this pregnancy. This is just the icing on the cake. And I also feel blessed, because despite having to throw away a very expensive meal we still have plenty of food in the house. We had money to be able to go and buy more food. We are blessed! I am also thankful for a husband who had lots of grace for me and didn’t get mad. Grace is a beautiful thing!

Christmas Decor Makes Me Smile

It’s that time of year again and though it came too quickly, I do enjoy it. We have put up our decorations at home. It seemed to be more work this year and I was so tired by the time we finished. The question began to run through my head, “Is this all worth it?” Especially since we will be gone for two weeks of the season this year. “Is it worth all the effort for a few weeks of enjoyment?” I suppose it is. Everyday I come home from work and see our lights on our windows and our tree lit up and it makes me smile. So I suppose it is worth it.xmas decor1

This year our tree is artificial. It was cheap and in our budget and when we put it up we could tell why. “Where’s the rest of it?” It’s a little on the skinny side compared to what we are used to, but it’s got it’s own unique style and it’s growing on us. Honestly, it makes me smile a little more just because it’s different. It’s a reminder to me of how blessed we are that we are even able to have a tree. And it’s definitely an upgrade from the borrowed 2′ tabletop tree we had our first 3 years of marriage. There are things that matter in life and then, so many more that don’t. I chuckle at the situation and am just thankful to have our “John Tree” as we have dubbed it. xmas decor2

Even at work now we finished putting up our meager decor and I smile as I walk down the hallway. It’s a joyous season. P1070510So I guess I will put away my Bah Humbug, practical mind and just enjoy the beauty of the season – even if it does take a little work.

Operation Christmas Child Is Upon Us

This has got to be one of the best promotional videos ever. Whether you are a Duck Dynasty fan or not, you can still help. Operation Christmas Child is in full swing. National collection week is right around the corner Nov 18-25. Samaritan’s Purse has been running this event since 1993, providing gifts for needy children around the globe, and not just practical gifts, but the message of Jesus Christ. Check out the website for more details on how to become a part of this booming ministry simply by filling a shoebox with gifts. This is a great way to get the kids in your life involved as well!

A Little Irish Fun

I have only been cooking for about 4 years and I just love learning and trying new things. My goal is to not fear anything in the kitchen. I want to be able to cook anything and not just cook it, but cook it to enjoy it. I’m not there yet. But I look forward to continuing my journey through the kitchen….one ingredient at a time. Today was corned beef and cabbage in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.Corned Beef and Cabbage

I have only eaten corned beef a few times and never cooked it myself. I used a recipe from the Hillbilly Housewife’s free e-book I had found. (It may not be free anymore). It was a basic recipe for a slow cooker corned beef with cabbage and other veggies. It made a ton and we will be eating it again this week for dinner and maybe a few lunches. I was just happy that it came out edible and was a meal I actually enjoyed. You just never know when it’s the first time you are making something.

What is something that you have conquered in the kitchen that at one time you were afraid of?