Showing newest 7 of 23 posts from 06/01/2010 - 07/01/2010. Show older posts
Showing newest 7 of 23 posts from 06/01/2010 - 07/01/2010. Show older posts

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It's Not Too Late...

To enter for your chance to win a $15 gift card to Starbucks! 

Why you ask?
 Because I like you, that's why : )

Click HERE to enter.
Giveaway ends tomorrow night (Thursday 11:59 PM) and the winner will be announced Friday morning.

Good luck!

With LOVE,

Update on Kelly

Thank you to every single person that has lifted loving prayers up for Kelly, her son, and her family. God is answering our prayers and honoring our faithI am overjoyed to report that she is doing much better. 
Praise God!

 Her fever is coming down and her heart rate is much lower today {it was originally in the high 130's}. It was also feared that she was getting pneumonia, but her lungs are completely clear today!  

 Her brain hemorrhaging has stopped. The doctors are saying there may be some brain damage, but wont know for sure until she is more coherent. We are still expecting and thanking God for a full recovery! 
They are starting a strong diuretic to try and get some of the excess fluids out of her body today. As of now, she will need no more dialysis.

    Her family is very grateful for our prayers and send their love. They ask that we continue to pray for a full recovery. Sweet little Spencer is doing well and is with daddy until mommy is well.

Heavenly Father, You ARE GOOD!
We praise you, we thank you, and we glorify your Holy Name!
Thank you that your word speaks TRUTH and holds life changing power within it's pages.

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.” (James 5:13)

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” (James 5:14)

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16)

God is answering prayer : )

With Love,

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Attention Prayer Warriors

This precious young woman's name is Kelly

She is the mother of a 3 month old son, Spencer.

    Kelly was hit by a car while still pregnant with Spencer. As a result, she had to receive a hip replacement and was in a great deal of pain. Because of the constant pain her doctors had her on a lot of different pain medications. While trying to work out all of the kinks, they put her on medication that was too strong and she accidentally overdosed this past weekend

 She is in very critical condition

Kelly is on a respirator and had to have 6 hours of dialasis yesterday. When she arrived at the hospital they discovered her kidneys and liver had already shut down. Yesterday, her parents were told not to expect her to last through the day, but she is still hanging on. She is in a great battle for her life.

    Kelly hasn't needed anymore dialysis as of today. The good news is that yesterdays dialysis pulled over 90% of the drugs from her system, but she is now having brain hemorrhaging and still has very little urin output.

Though the doctors may say her outlook is grim, I know we serve a God who heals. We serve a God who cares! I am praying and claiming victory on behalf of Kelly tonight. 

Will you join me?

Please lift Kelly and her family up to the Lord in prayer. Precious, little Spencer needs his mama

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. God bless you all, my loving friends.

With LOVE,

Inexpensive Chair Redo

So, remember how I told you I was working on redoing a few chairs from my kitchen table? Uh, yeah...I finally finished them!

I'm like the queen of procrastination when it comes to these types of projects {especially if the project is out of sight in my basement}.

Look at the before, hahaha! 
That's what living with a toddler does to your furniture

Hey, no complaints though...I would have just as happily kept sitting on the dirty chair. Some people in the world have nothing, let alone furniture. Its good to keep things in perspective. 

The funny thing about my table is that those black chairs were from the tiny $100 Walmart table we purchased when we first got married. We didn't have the money to get a new one because we chose not to go into debt {using our credit card} over it
I prayed for a new table because we needed more space for our bible study group. God honored that prayer because someone {who asked to remain anonymous} blessed us with the beautiful, brand new table pictured above. Needless to say, we were floored by their generosity.

Is God good or what? : )

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So, the chairs kind of wound up being a family project.

Aww look at my sweet, hardworking boys : ) They are always so helpful to me {melt}. Hubby didn't do all of the spray painting though, I promise! He just started it for me because he's a sweetheart like that. I am such a lucky woman, I tell ya!

To cover the dingy doo-doo seat cushions all I did was plop them on some pretty fabric and cut out a big enough piece to cover those suckers up! Easy peasy.

I don't own a staple gun {seriously need to get one!} so I used the next best thing I had...

Elmer's Craft Bond Spray Adhesive. It worked really well, too! 

After I allowed the Elmer's glue to dry a bit, I screwed the seat cushions back onto the chair frames and...


We got a whole new look for our kitchen table and it was a totally fun, frugal way to do it.

Sorry it took me 10 years  forever to show you the finished product! 

With LOVE,

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Little Things Can be Big Things

So, this week's Make a Difference Monday is all about the little things. You know...small blessings that warm your heart and put a big smile on your face

A phone call, a text, an unexpected card in the mail (even better if it has some cash or a gift card--woo hoo!). A little love note, a compliment, time spent on you (one of the most precious gifts we can give in my opinion), etc.

These types of things may be little to you, but can wind up being very big to the person receiving them. Never think a small gesture of love isn't enough to make a difference in someone else's life. A lot of littles add up to big things in God's eyes.

This was one of my husband's breakfasts this past week...

Again, nothing big, just a small gesture of my love for him. 

I made it a point to take a little extra time on his meal in ways that he would notice. I added a few new ingredients to his scrambled eggs and cut his toast into hearts. I put a slice of his favorite homemade brownies on the side along with a little strawberry. 

My finishing touch was a special card telling him how much he meant to us : )
I know he was very appreciative and it blessed me to bless him

So, in honor of this weeks 'Make a Difference Monday' I would like to bless one of you with a small gesture of love!
Now don't get too excited--I said it was small, LOL

The giveaway will be a...

$15 gift card to Starbucks

Have a latte, coffee, or frapp on me : )

Giveaway Rules (Up to 6 chances to win!)
1. Leave a comment on this post telling us a little way you blessed someone this past week.
2. Become a follower (or tell me that you already are one) of this blog or on twitter.
3. Leave a comment telling me you sent a new friend over.
4. Leave a comment saying you're the new friend and tell me who sent you.
5. Tweet or Facebook this post.
6. Post this giveaway on your own blog.

You have until this Thursday night (July 1) to enter and I'll be announcing the winner Friday morning. Good luck everyone! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. I appreciate every single one of you.

With LOVE,

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Guess What?

I'm being featured  

HERE today!

How cool : ) 
Thanks again, Crystal!

With Love,

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Banana Nut Bread

Yeah, they look pretty gross, huh? 

I most definitely do not like bananas that old, nasty, mushy ripe. They just so happen to be  perfect for banana nut bread though! Mmmmm.

Oh yes, that's butter.

Ooooh see? I told you. : ) How delish.

So, how about you? You got some old bananas hanging around your house? Well, for goodness sake, don't throw a whole 50 cents away! (LOL) Make some yummy bread for your fam!

They'll love you for it, I promise.

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Here's the recipe...

~ 10 Tablespoons (plus 1 Teaspoon to grease the pan) of Butter
~ 1 Cup of Mashed Ripe Banana (2 large)
~ 1/2 Cup of Sour Cream (I used light)
~ 2 Large Eggs
1 & 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract 
~ 2 Cups of Flour (I used whole grain)
~ 3/4 Cup of chopped glazed walnuts (I gave them a few pulses in the food processor)
~ 3/4 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons of Sugar
~ 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
~ 3/4 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
~ 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

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* Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees*

* Grease the pan with 1 teaspoon of butter.

* Mix the banana, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla together in a bowl 
(a fork works just fine...I didn't bother with the electric mixer)

It should look like this...

* Next, Sift the flour (I won't lie, I totally skipped the sifting part...didn't make a difference), sugar, baking soda, and baking powder into a bowl.

* Add the room-temp butter and nuts into the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir until it looks like this... 

* Add the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until well blended.

* Pour into the buttered baking dish (meatloaf pan) and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes (don't forget the oven is to be set @ 350 degrees).

* Pull that baby out and enjoy a piece as soon as its cool enough to cut!

I ate mine with butter, but I also recommend apple butter, too. It's really good that way! Add a glass of milk (or even better, a cup of hot coffee) and you've got yourself the perfect anytime snack.

With LOVE,

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