Friday, July 30, 2010

Cheese Fries

We love quick and easy in our home so making cheese fries is a quick and easy side dish I like to serve.
Wash potatoes

I like to make mine like steak fries so I cut them in long wedges.

Drizzle with a little Olive Oil then add your seasonings. I love of course my favorite seasoning...Tastefully Simple Seasoned Salt. Potatoes soak up the seasoning so don't be afraid to season well.

Bake 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes....I guess I was so excited to serve that I forgot the last photo! Sooooo just use you imagination and picture some gooey cheese sprinkled over the top! I like to use cheddar but just about any over these bad boys is delicious!!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Coffee Filter Ideas

Coffee filters .......Who knew!

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome... Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through drain holes.

11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters..

13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease.

14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."

15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies.. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls..

23. Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book..

25. Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Treasure Store

When our oldest was little we loved going to the thrift shop and one day he asked if we could go to the "Treasure Store" so now we have Treasure Store day at out house. A few times a month we load up and head to the "Treasure Store!" We love it!

I love little pitchers! I especially love to have them on the table for breakfast. I like to keep one in the freezer and fill it with cold milk or juice. I was excited to find these little ones for just .99 cents each! What a deal! I can't wait to make some yummy pancakes when my sister comes and have some cold milk to go along with them!

Monday, July 26, 2010

My New Favorite Product!

Can you be in love with a stain remover? Well, if you can then I'm in love! A few months ago I had a coupon (of course) for Zout! When I saw the coupon I thought what is Zout? Soon after getting the coupon I went to the dry cleaners and saw Zout on their prep counter. The lady was spraying Zout on the stains and I thought...If the cleaner is using this I should check it out! Today I was soooo happy I did! Having boys you never know what's going to be found in the laundry. Well, today, when I pulled the clothes out of the dryer, I noticed an itty bitty red crayon made its way into the dryer!!! ahhhhhh!!!!! When I pulled the clothes out my blouse was covered in RED CRAYON!!! Deep breath, deep breath!!!! I think the red crayon found my blouse and began to nest because it was the only thing red! When I saw it I just knew it was ruined so I thought I would try Zout. Guess what....every bit of the red crayon came out!!! I could not believe it! So, now I'm in love with Zout and I'll be looking forward to finding more coupons but even if I don't its worth the $2.79 to keep this product in the house, you know, for those red crayon emergencies!!! What is your favorite cleaning product? I would love to hear from you!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Making The Trip Fun

When traveling on vacation, I love the car ride! There's something about the open road that relaxes me. Living far from family we have traveled quite a bit. My in-laws live to the west 900 miles away, my sisters live 950 to 1100 to the north and my Dad's family lives north east 1100 miles. We always drive when we go visit. I love it! Driving that many miles with kids can be challenging if you're not prepared for the trip. When I was a little girl my Mom and my oldest sister always came up with great trip ideas and a lot of what I do with my boys I learned from them. Here are a few fun things we do when we head off on a long road trip.

  1. 50 Mileage Chart - I create a chart for each boy that has 50 mile increments. Our trip is 450 miles so I put 9 blocks and write 50 in each one (make sure to have a chart for on the way home too). I usually tape the chart on their window. I keep small stickers and every time we reach 50 miles they get to put a sticker in one block. To keep them informed I'll put a red X in one of the boxes and write lunch or hotel! Then they know when we get to that box we're going to stop. They love this! When they were younger I kept a stop watch in the car so they know about how long 50 miles is. I put 45 minutes on the stop watch and hang it where they can both reach up and look at the clock. When the timer goes off they get a sticker.

  2. Party In A Bag - I usually purchase a gift bag and put small gifts in the bag then every 100 miles (or two stickers) they get to reach in the bag-without looking and pull out a prize. Its always something simple, something to keep them busy in the car or maybe a little treat. The BOF really helps and we do a little count down with the mile markers like 5,4,3,2,1 PRIZE TIME!!!!

  3. DVD Player - A life saver indeed! We love to go to the library before a trip and load up on "new" movies. Now that there is Red Box and Blockbuster Express on every corner we often stop and let them each get a movie. I mean for $1 its worth the entertainment!!!

  4. Personal Fun Bag - Before our trip the boys each have a back pack and they get to fill it with anything they want from their room to play with on the trip. We always get new crayons, blank art book (mine don't like coloring books), pencils and they each get a disposable camera (the pictures are always interesting). Give them space and let them fill the bag with items they like reminding them it needs to be small for the car and not something with a ton of pieces! No puzzles!!!!

  5. Stop Often - When the boys were little we would stop for lunch at McDonald's or a local state park. After sitting in the car for hours the last thing little ones want to do is get out and go sit still to eat! So we decided our lunch stop would be play time! They would go right to the play ground and play for 30 minutes then when it was time to go we would set them up lunch in the van, turn on a movie and they were happy!! Take advantage of the rest areas! Stop and get out a ball, jump rope and bubbles and let them play. Its amazing what just 10 or 15 minutes will do. It does everyone good!!!

I hope these tips help spark some ideas for you if your planning a trip. Just remember to keep it fun and build special memories!!! I would love to hear tips on what you do keep your kids entertained on long road trips.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Planning For Our Trip

Before going on a trip I start planning early! I'm guilty of getting up the morning of the trip and being so filled with frustration because I did not plan ahead and get things organized. I'm guilty of filling the house with grumbles and fussing before we even get into the van! What a way to start a trip! Everyone gets in the van upset that Mom had a "hormonal" morning and it takes an hour for everyone to calm down! Okay, I know I'm the only one guilty of starting a trip like this! So, I confess!

Now when we plan for a trip I take a few simple steps to keep me from loosing it the night before and morning we pile in the van to go! The following are the steps I take to create a pleasant atmosphere as we plan for a fun time together

  1. Start a two week To Do List - two weeks before we leave I start a To Do List and on the list I have the day of the week, things to do, errands to run, phone calls to make and the menu for that day. As I think of something I need to do, I simply flip to that day and write it down! I like to have the menu planned so I don't get so busy we eat out all week! I don't want to spend our spending money before we leave just because I did not plan an easy pre-vacation menu.

  2. Plan to return to a clean house - We all want to leave the house clean and organized so why not set a plan to do that? It much better to plan ahead instead of being up until 4 am the night before working like a mad woman trying to get it all done! Again Guilty!!! Make a plan, what do you want done before you leave? Write it down and start working the plan!

  3. Create a packing check list! As you can tell I'm a list gal! It makes life so much easier. I create a packing list for each person in the house (I type it in a word document then just print it every trip). The list consist of everything they need to pack such as number of pants, number of socks, number of shirts, deodorant, you think of things add it to the list so when its time to pack you have a list on hand. Your less likely to forget something if you start a list.

  4. Pack early! We start to pack three days before leaving. I give the kids their list and have them lay it all on their bed, then when its time to put in the suitcase I go in and make sure they pulled out appropriate items. We then put it in the luggage then place in the room for those last minute items and toiletries. This makes it nice because your not running around the night before trying to do laundry and realize everyone needs socks then your off to Wal-Mart!!! Yep, guilty of that too!

  5. Recruit help! Going on a vacation is a family affair so get the family involved in the pre-planning of the trip. Assign cleaning jobs to the kids they will appreciate the trip more if there apart of the work getting to go. Since we plan two weeks out they get one extra job a day for our pre-planning. The extra jobs are usually a $5 job so they not only help me with getting some jobs done but they earn spending money for the trip too! Its a win win!

Just by following these simple tips it will change the dynamics of your trip! Trust me, I know! Leaving relaxed, organized and happy is the way to start a vacation! If you would like a copy of my to do list feel free to leave a comment and I'll be happy to email it to you. I would love to hear how you plan to leave for vacation!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Taco Chicken

Taco Chicken

I love a good salad and since we're getting ready for a trip easy meals are on the menu this week! Since making salsa the other day, we've been enjoying not only chips and salsa but some yummy Mexican meals as well. One of my favorite meals is Taco Chicken. I hope you enjoy it too!


  • 3lb Boneless Chicken Breast

  • 1 pkg Taco Seasoning

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

  • Chopped Lettuce

  • Diced Tomato

  • 2 cups Sliced Cheese

  • Sour Cream

  • Salsa
  • Season the chicken with the taco seasoning and set to the side

  • In a skillet heat Olive Oil and saute chicken until done

  • After chicken is done top with cheese the add to a plate of lettuce & tomatoes
  • Top with salsa, sour cream and if desired more cheese

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as my family enjoys it!

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Going On A Trip!

Each year I enjoy taking my Dad on a mini vacation. We adopted him about 8 years ago and he has several health issues which limit him doing a lot of things he would love to do. We've had an opportunity to go on several little trips together but the past few years have been difficult for us financially as well as his health has not allowed him to travel.

This year my sister and I have been planning and plotting a fun surprise for him and the boys. My sister lives in Indiana and she is coming home for her yearly summer visit. This year we decided to meet in Gatlinburg and spend a few days together before she comes home! Wanting to keep it a surprise from our boys and my Dad we began plotting months ago!

Last week I had a "family meeting" with Grandpa and the boys and told them..."Dad and I talked and we think you boys need to go to camp and Grandpa you're going as a camp counselor!" I wish I would have had a camera take a photo of their faces! At first the boys were in shock that they were going to camp, they had no idea what I meant considering I told them we would be home on Tuesday! Grandpa looked at me like I had lost my mind, he knew with his heath, camp was the last place he could go! After I calmed everyone down and told them they would only be gone 4 days and 3 nights they realized they were not going to a "traditional camp!" After Dad realized it was not a real camp he held his chest and said with tears in his eyes "This is doing my heart good!" Excitement started to build!!

What they don't know is that they are going to "Camp Aunt Lynette" and they get to stay in a beautiful 3 story cabin complete with game room, pool, hot tubs and Jacuzzi! They have no idea what's in store for them! We have the whole weekend planned with things Dad can physically handle! The Lord even blessed this week by allowing me to find Dad a great wheelchair at the thrift shop for just $8! Isn't He good to us!

So this week we are planning, packing and getting ready to head off on an adventure!! I look forward to sharing with you our trip! I'm sure its going to be a special time building memories with Grandpa at "Camp Aunt Lynette!!!!"

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


I'm sure you're wondering what on earth is this about? Well, its an ongoing prank that our boys just LOVE pulling on me! You see, they love to put the rubber band on the trigger of the kitchen sprayer, then sit back and wait for me to turn the water on! When I turn it on, you got it, I get a good soaking!!! I never seem to remember to look to see if I'm going to get the shock! This evening our youngest asked "Mom, are you going into the kitchen any time soon?" This was said with a huge smile that he was trying to hide! I said "yep, in just a minute!" He showed Dad what he was up to and I could hear Dad say "Oh, you did not put the trigger down you've got to do it like this!" Having a house full of boys and being the only girl often leads to plastic snakes hid in the cabinet, plastic roaches in my bed, fake vomit on the floor and many other pranks & jokes! I have to remember, one day all these toys will be put away and the house will be quiet. For now I laugh, squeal, jump and give them the "girly" response they are looking for! They get a good laugh and I get a memory that will last a life time! I'm honored to be their Mom even when I'm the one getting wet!
""There has never been, nor will there ever be, anything quite so special as the love between a mother and a son" Author: Unknown"

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Breakfast For Mom

What a nice surprise I received this morning....breakfast!!! After the week of VBS I decided to take an hour nap Sunday afternoon. When I woke up I could not get out of the bed. My back gave out and I was in pain. I took some pain medication and on the couch I sat. Monday was just as bad. Getting ready to go out of town and here I sit! This morning to my surprise my son fixed me breakfast! Eggs, bacon and toast! I'm truly blessed with two boys who are attentive to the needs of others and who love their Mom! Thank you for yet again making me feel special!

Monday, July 19, 2010

What Would He Say About You? Good or Evil?

My sister is a wedding coordinator and has worked on countless weddings. She was hired a few months ago and this particular wedding was for a Pastor's daughter. My sister was excited to work with them. The Pastor's daughter ended up being the most ungrateful bride my sister has ever worked with. She tried and tried to make this bride happy. My sister was talking to the bride's Father and she mentioned to the Father how she just wanted to make the bride happy. The Father leaned into my sister and said in a quiet voice; "That's your problem, you're trying to make her happy and she is just like her Mother, no matter what you do you're not going to make her happy!" Recently while at a local sporting goods store with our boys I heard two gentlemen talking about their wives. One gentleman said; "It does not matter what I do for my wife, its never good enough and its never right." He then followed up with "I'm sick of it!" As I stood there listening to them rant about their wives I had to ask myself...if my husband sat around with his friends what would he say about me?

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 31:10-12, "Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life." Wow! That last line "she will do him good and not evil all the days of her life" really struck me today. I had to ask myself, am I doing him good and not evil? Am I and encouragment to him? Am I being a help meet to him or am I a hindering block? Am I like the women these men were talking about? Is my husband saying to his friends or to himself "I'm sick of it!"

Our lives are wonderful works in the making and none of us has arrived. We are all in the process of becoming what we ought to be because God isn't finished with us yet. We all fail at times but use those failures as stepping stones not hindering blocks. Often my husband and I have a time where we ask each other "Is there something you would like me to work on?" Now, ladies, don't ask that question if your not ready to hear the answer. Don't ask the question then when he gives you an area to work on you lash out out him. If you ask the question, be prepaired for the answer.

George Muller said: The Lord taught me that the first business I needed to attend to every day was to have my spirit happy in the LORD. My first concern shouldn't be thinking of ways to serve and glorify the LORD, but rather, how to get my spirit into a happy state, and how to nourish my inner man." Do you have a happy spirit? Dose your husband say "she does me good?" Today I renew myself to work on a "happy spirit" not only in me but in my home and with my husband as well. May he say about me...She does me good and not evil all the days of her life.

Psalms 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Smothered Steak

On Sunday I like to cook in my crock pot....well really any day I like to cook in the crock pot. I love it because I just put it in and walk away until time to serve. I also love cooking with the crock pot in the summer because it keeps the heat out of the kitchen. Over the past few weeks I've had a few people ask if I've ever made smothered steak and I've promised you I would post it when I made it next. I hate cooking on Sunday, so whatever I fix its usually a very simple.

I ran out of crock pot liners so I was bummed about that today. If you enjoy crock pot cooking you'll love the liners, they make clean up super simple!! Now on to the steak.....


2lb - Round Steak
1 - Small Onion cut in Rings
2 - Package Brown Gravy Mix
2 - Jars of Mushrooms or 6 Fresh Mushrooms cut in slices
Seasonings (I used Seasoned Salt & Garlic Garlic)

I don't pre brown my meat when cooking in a crock pot. The crock pot does not dry out meat so I just skip this step.
  • Season the meat on both sides and put to the side. Make sure to season each steak well.
  • Mix brown gravy mix according to package instructions; however, only use half the water. The steaks will draw moisture in the crock pot and add more liquid. Don't cook gravy just add the water, mix well and set to the side

Layer ingredients in the crock pot....seasoned meat, onion, mushrooms...repeat

Once layers are finished pour brown gravy over the top
I wanted this ready for lunch so I turned the crock pot on high and cooked for 4 hours. For slower cooking turn it on low and cook 8-10 hours.

When we came home I placed a few potatoes in the microwave, green beans in the microwave and within about 20 minutes of being home we had a great lunch with a cool kitchen and easy clean up! Now that's what I call a quick and easy Sunday lunch!
The steak was so tender you could cut it with a fork!
The seasonings made it mouth watering!!
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Boys Room - Part 1

How do you train your boys to be organized? I heard one lady say, "Its like trying to shovel water with a fork!" That gave me a good laugh! I believe its just as important for a young man to learn to keep house as it is a young lady. Our boys have learned to do laundry, empty the dishwasher, clean the bathroom, cook and may other household chores. They don't just do them once, the do them until its comfortable for them. When I was pregnant with them, I was very ill, my husband stepped in and helped me with the things I could not do. He knew just what to do and how to do it and we decided then that we wanted to train our boys to do the same thing. To be a helper to their wives especially during time of need.
We live in a small 1000 sq ft home so the boys have to share a room and its a small space. When we would tell them to clean their room it would be frustrating for them and I had to realize it was frustrating because they did not have the proper tools to get it organized. We decided to help them create a space that would be functional as well as organized. We were on a very limited budget so each purchase was
calculated carefully and the small space has turned into a place of
enjoyment rather then a place of frustration.
The boys have been wanting to paint their room so we decided to tackle the project together! Yes, it would have been much easier for me to send them fishing with Dad and tackle the job in a few hours but teaching them how to get organized was just as important as getting them organized.
Before getting started they had to remove everything from their walls, wash them down and fill the holes with plaster. When trying to get organized you often make a mess in the process, but that is part of getting organized.

Since we were organizing they decided to get rid of stuff they have out grown. Now, for one of our boys getting rid of things is harder then the other so we made a game of it. They had a large bin of stuffed animals. I told them they could each pick three (they never play with them and they just sit on the shelf). Our one son said; "I don't want any." The other one had a hard time choosing so I gave them a big trash bag and said I'm going to count to 25 and you have to choose three. He threw all the ones he did not care about to the side and chose three. It made it fast and fun and after doing this process twice he said; "Now its so easy to get rid of stuff!" If we don't have a space for it, it can't stay in the room. Now when they get something new, something old has to go out. Everything must have a home.
They love football, so they wanted their room painted Indianapolis Blue! All I had to do was tell Lowe's Indianapolis Blue and they already had the color in the computer!

Because they are all boy they have boy toys! They really wanted their paintball supplies displayed so we painted a peg board the same color as their wall and they had so much fun arranging all the items getting the space organized and looking cool! When helping them organize let them have a voice. Having all the paintball stuff on the wall is something I would have never wanted but they did, they love it and its all organized!
The next thing they have are skateboards! I hate seeing them all over the floor and in a small space the less on the floor the better! We researched for a long time how to hang them without having a ton of hardware on the wall and keeping the cost down. I found these great garden hose hangers at Lowe's for just $6 each and they hold 2 ripsticks or 3 skateboards each!! The display case to the right holds their Tech Decks (mini skateboards) so they are on display too. We still have two garden hose hooks to purchase and one more Tech Deck case to hang. Its so nice to have them behind the door and not on the floor!
Next, we purchased this shelving rack which holds their TV, video game system, art supplies and all those odd and end items that never seem to have a home. Getting the boys organized and teaching them to keep a clean room is a character trait that will follow them through out their lives. We're still working in the room and have a few more details to finish up but they have a space for everything and when its time to clean the room it takes just a few minutes for them to get it organized.

So far we've spent...$105 on their room make-over
Paint.....$15 (Lowe's)
Shelving Unit.....$45 (Lowe's)
Peg Board......$5 (Lowe's)
Pegs........$10 (Lowe's)
Garden Hose Hooks........$18 (Lowe's)
10-Baskets........$20 (Ross & Thrift Shop)
Bulletin Board.....$2 (Thrift Shop)

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Homemade Salsa

Just like last year we were blessed with some yummy garden vegetables and I've had a few people ask me how I make my salsa so I decided to post the recipe again. I did make a few changes and this year we were also given tomatoes, cucumbers and squash which I added to the batch of salsa. The fresh veggies came just in time because I just opened the last jar of salsa from last summer.

You can go here to see our blessing of produce this week!

  • 8 - 14.5 oz Cans of Chopped Tomatoes (or 8-10 large garden tomatoes)
  • 2 med Onions (I like to use white onion because they are sweeter)
  • 2 Green Bell Peppers chopped (this year I did not have bell pepper so I did 1 cucumber and 1 squash)
  • 1/2 cup Carrots chopped - optional
  • 1/2 cup Celery chopped - optional
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers (keep seeds if you like it a little hotter)
  • 6 Banana Peppers
  • 2 cloves of Garlic or 3tbsp Garlic Garlic (this is what I used)
  • 24 oz Bottle of Hunts Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup White Vinegar

First Step

In a food processor chop all vegetables. I like to chop them separately because some items are tender some are hard. You don't want your tender items turning to mush before your hard items are chopped.

When cooking a big batch of items that need chopped I like to use my food processor that my husband bought me for Christmas a few years ago. I know, I know, not a very romantic gift; however, I thought of it as something he thought I needed to make my life easier and to me that was romantic. Now when I get it out it does not make me mad, I am thankful for it and know it will save me a ton of time. I always thank him every time I pull it out!

After everything is chopped dump everything in a pot and simmer uncovered 5-6 hours. Its that simple! This year I did not have time to stay home so I put it in my crock pot and cooked it on low for about 10 hours.
If you're making a full batch you might want to can or freeze in small containers. If you decide to can then follow these steps....
When you're almost finished cooking boil the canning lids and keep them hot.

Sterilize your jars! I like to do this in the dishwasher, its so much easier and no hot water to tend with. Just make sure to keep them hot. I start canning when they are about half way through the dry cycle.

Fill your jars! I have a nice funnel for canning but do you think I could find it, NO! I just used a small measuring cup. Make sure you wipe the rims off before adding the lid.

Using TONGS get your lids out of the hot water and place on your jar. Remember, they will be HOT! Secure ring around lid but don't make it tight. After they cool you can go back and tighten. After an hour check your lids, if they don't have a popping sound when you push in the middle they are sealed. If they do make a noise then they have not sealed. You can put them in a hot bath and seal them or just refrigerate and eat those first or give them away.

It just that easy! Now you have fresh salsa to give to family and friends for the holidays or an appetizer ready for any party. Pour over a block of cream cheese and you're good to go!!
Don't forget to enjoy your hard work!!!

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Friday, July 2, 2010

He's HOME!!!

What a blessing it was today for Mark to start his new job! I could not wait till he went to lunch because I knew he would call and tell me all about it. I was like a kid waiting to go to the park...I kept looking at the clock waiting for the time I thought he would go. When he called I could hear the excitement and a little stress in his voice at all the new responsibilities that come with an upper management position.

After we hung up I was excited for him and then began to watch the clock knowing he would be home in just a few hours! It was so nice knowing he would be home for dinner and not get a leftover plate reheated in the microwave. I could not wait to welcome him home at 5:30 and not 10:30 pm!

I wanted to take a moment today to Thank God once again for giving Mark a job where we have the privilege to see him everyday and not just on the weekend. Its a new chapter in our lives are we are truly blessed to count it all joy.

Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.