Saturday, February 28, 2009
I received this quote in my inbox today. It reminds me again not to complain about my circumstances. Today is my sister's birthday and last year she turned 50 and was having a very difficult time with it. I kept telling her that is was better than not having a birthday. I think this quote says it all! May you enjoy your life and live each moment to its fullest!
Don't regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
-Sir John Templeton
Monday, February 23, 2009
from the book Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways To Make A Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza
HELP THE HUNGRY
The second largest expense for a family is food. 1 in 4 people in a soup kitchen line is a child.
1. Locate organizations near you that support the hungry. Find out what those orgainzations need and help provide it.
2.Donate your time and volunteer at a food pantry/distribution center, a local soup kitchen, or a homeless shelter.
3. Go through your pantry and gather up canned and dried foods to donate.
4. Create or support a local canned food drive.
5. Purchase and hand out fast-food gift cards to homeless people. Buy extra to have on hand for spontaneous giving.
No matter where you live, there will be someone who is going hungry. This doesn't just happen in the big cities. I live in a rural small town community of 700, and am well aware of children whose only decent meal of the day is the one they get at school. Fortunately we have a food pantry for our county and we have a collection box at our church. Our community often has food drives, either at school events or through different organizations like the Lions or the Boy Scouts. I donate food at every opportunity and am asking you to find an organiztion in your community that you can donate to as well. I used to run a homeless shelter for women and children and what was most needed were canned fruit, dry packaged meals, canned soup, baby food/formula, peanut butter, and cereals. Please consider adding some extra items to your shopping list and dropping them off today!
Most of us don't have to decide between buying food, paying rent, or purchasing medicine. But, sadly, millions do. You can be part of the solution. Once you start contributing, you will gain a new appreciation for the food you have on your table.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
1 lb lean ground beef
1 32 oz container beef broth
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can whole kernal corn
Taco seasoning (2 TBS to the whole package depending on your tastes)
Tortilla chips, optional
In a large saucepan, brown the ground beef. Drain off fat. Stir in broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat and let simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with tortilla chips, if desired. Makes 6 servings.
PEANUT BUTTER JUMBOS
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
4 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup M&M's miniture baking bits
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, sugars and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine oats and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and M&M's. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes or until edges are browned. Remove to wire racks. This makes a lot of cookies. I didn't count, but at least 6-7 dozen depending on the size of your cookies ( and, of course, how much dough you eat!)
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
One week ago I had my first knitting lesson. My neighbor Jan has been so patient with me, even going back to her a couple times after messing up. So, after 1 week, I have 9 inches of a scarf. I am just doing the knitting and no purling as I was having trouble keeping them separate. I am really enjoying it and seem to be getting into a rhythm when I am knitting. The problem is now deciding do I knit or read in my spare time??????
Thursday, February 12, 2009
What is a Friend? By C Raymond Beran
What is a friend? I will tell you.
It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself.
Your soul can be naked with her.
She seems to ask of you to put on nothing, only to be what you are.
She does not want you to be better or worse.
When you are with her, you feel as a prisoner feels who has been declared innocent.
You do not have to be on your guard.
You can say what you think, so long as it is genuinely you.
She understands those contradictions in your nature that lead others to misjudge you.
With her you breathe freely.
You can avow your little vanities and envies and hates and vicious sparks, your meannesses and absurdities and, in opening them up to her, they are lost, dissolved on the white ocean of her loyalty.
You do not have to be careful.
You can abuse her, neglect her, tolerate her.
Best of all, you can keep still with her.
It makes no matter.
She likes you - she is like fire that purges to the bone.
You can weep with her, sing with her, laugh with her, pray with her.
Through it all - and underneath - she sees, knows, and loves you.
A friend? What is a friend? Just one, I repeat, with whom you dare to be yourself.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
This book has been very controversial, so right off I want to say that I LOVED IT! This has been added to my list of all time favorite reads! It is an amazing book. I do want everyone I know to read this book. Since I read the library's copy, I want to go out and purchase my own copy. Then I want to reread it and highlight all the passages that meant so much to me.
For me, as a mom, this book was a tough read because of what happens to the daughter. But, it was about so much more than the child's abduction. The themes that continued to resonate in my head were Faith, Trust, and Forgiveness. Who doesn't struggle with any of these? The storyline may have been unconventional and at times maybe hard to follow, but it definately made me stop and think about my own relationship with God. What kind of a relationship is it? How do I trust in God's plan for me? How and why do I have to forgive? Many of these and more were answered throughout this book and it continues to make me think. I don't want to give any bit of the story away, so I am just going to end by saying, You Must Read This Book and then talk about it with someone who has read it. Be open to new ideas and thoughts as you are reading this book. Find a quiet place to read, especially the first few and last few chapters, as they are very powerful. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
B.U.S.Y. stands for Before U Say Yes...Busy Mom's make good choices, so Before U Say Yes, ask yourself:
Am I saying yes bcause I would feel guilty if I said no?
Is my gut reaction, "How can I get out of this?
Am I saying yes because I'm the mom who always says yes?
Am I saying yes only because my friends said yes?
Will saying yes bring stress to my family life?
When it's done, will I just be glad that it's over?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, reconsider saying yes to this request on your time. Remember: It's OK to say "NO". Saying "NO" is saying "YES" to U.
Wow, that was such an eye opener for me. Some of the activities I am involved in add stress to my life and make me say, I am glad that is over. So, why do I do it???? I am someone who follows through once I have committed to something, so I will be sticking everything out and completing all projects, but will not be recommitting to them once my time is done. When I was deciding whether to add this committment to my schedule, I made of list of all my committments and I had 15 of them! YIKES! No wonder some weeks, I just want to scream. I am a bit overbooked and I am aware that my family suffers, at times, because of that. So, I put the B.U.S.Y. sheet on my fridge right next to my calendar, so next time I get a phone call requesting my time, I can ask myself these questions and give an answer I can live with.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you. Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth
Also, I am very excited because today I am having my first knitting lesson. I have been wanting to learn to knit every since I read Debbie Macomber's The Shop on Blossom Street. Yesterday I purchased my #10 needles, my fancy brown yarn, and today I will travel to my neighbor, Jan's who is going to patiently teach me how to knit a scarf. I am bursting with excitement! I will keep you posted on my progress!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
There is nothing better than a best friend. Today I am so grateful for my best gal pal, Tammy. She made me laugh and cry (good cry) today and I love her for it! I don't know where I would be without her. So, thanks, Tammy, for being you and for loving me!
"Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life"