Tuesday, February 27, 2007

A Whole Hearted Weedend

The Whole Hearted Mothers Conference was everything I expected and more this year! I believe this was my fifth year going, and as always, I came home with a renewed spirit and a deeper desire to love my children as Christ loves us.

I think the biggest thing I learned, or was reminded of shall I say, was that I'm not perfect, so why do I expect my children to be! This may sound so basic, but for me it's huge as I have a tendency to expect perfection, especially in the behavior department, from my children. It's my way of maintaining control of my six children throughout the day.

Sally Clarkson reminded me, that since I'M not perfect, why can't I extent the kind of grace to my children that Christ extends to me! I'm certainly not saying that I should relax to the point of creating total chaos in the household, after all children need boundaries, but I can definitely admit to being a "follow the rules" kind of mom instead of really focusing on their hearts as opposed to the behavior!

I cherish being a whole hearted mother and can't think of anything else I would rather be doing. I look forward to this journey each day as God so lovingly and gently teaches me and corrects me, while guiding me to become the godly mother He wants me to be.

Along with the time of leaning and encouragement this weekend brought, we also had wonderful times of fellowship with the precious women in our home school group. I think these are the greatest group of women that I have ever known. We love each other and we all have the same goal and desire to be whole hearted mothers and are constantly encouraging one another to enjoy and embrace this important calling whole heartedly!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Wednesday Weekly's

HEB Specials This Week

Extra Large Hass Avocados-$0.99 ea.
Being that I am a total avocado addict, I buy them no matter what they cost. But it's always nice when they start coming down in cost. Last week the special was 2 for $3, so we should continue to see the price drop as we head into season!

Red Seedless Grapes-$0.99 lb.
I've got a delicious Cha Cha Chicken Salad recipe which calls for these. Recipe anyone?

Luvs Diapers-Mega Pack (40-86 ct)-$9.99
This is a pretty good deal, especially if you use Luvs anyway. I'm trying to find a coupon to use in conjunction with this sale. I'll come back and edit if I find one!

Digital Prints (4X6) $0.12 ea.-I think these are usually $0.19 ea so if you have any pics that you'd like to print, here's a good time to do so.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Poor Sheba

Taking "dress up" a little too far!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Convenience Foods

Breakfast on a stick

"Convenience" Food for Thought

Is our generation becoming too dependent upon convenience foods? Is "saving time" costing us more than just our dollars? Read what Bethany over at Birth Dynamics has to say about it!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Wednesday Weekly's

Here are the best specials that are going on this week at HEB:

Sanderson Farms Whole Chicken: $0.69 lb. This is a great time to stock up on whole chickens. The last time these went on sale I bought a ton of them. This price beats out Hill Country Fair at $0.84 lb!

White Seedless Grapes: 5 lbs for $5. These are normally $3.99 lb!

Large White Shrimp (previously frozen): $3.99 lb This is the cheapest I've seen in a LONG time!

When I go to HEB to buy my chicken, I'l browse for sales not listed in the ad, so I may come back to edit later! Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

An Answered Prayer

God answers prayers

Ahhh, sleep is a beautiful thing! Even in the small things God is faithful to answer our prayers.

Over the last couple of weeks, Ethan has NOT been sleeping through the night. It seems as if each night he had been waking up more and more, with the worst being the night before last. He woke up EVERY. TWO. HOURS! Just like a newborn.  Except not even my newborns wake up every two hours. Needless to say, I've been exhausted!

After several days of this, I have felt like a zombie..... just barely making it through my days. Each night I would go to bed thinking "tonight he'll be back to normal".  He wasn't going back to normal, even after the transition from portacrib to crib!

So, last night, at my weariest witt's end, I went before the Lord and included in my bedtime prayers, the request that God would allow Ethan to sleep better.  Just "better" than he has in the nights before.

I'm so thankful to report that Ethan not only slept better, but that God allowed him to sleep ALL NIGHT!! I can't tell you how good that felt to get a whole night's rest. I went to bed early last night out of sheer exhaustion and didn't even open my eyes until 6:10am!

Praise be to God!

Just as His eye is on the sparrow.... His eye, also, is on the overly tired mommy who humbly asks Him for a "better" night's sleep!

Thank you, Father!

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