Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

New Patterns

I am ready to learn to seriously sew clothing, although I am hoping one of the great seamtresses I know will volunteer to help me LOL. I’ve included links so you can see more views of what is available in each pattern.  JoAnne is having their 99 cent sale on McCalls patterns and here are the patterns I bought:


For Christian for summer and maybe I will do the pants later:  It’s pattern M9206 


For Bethanne’s Bitty Baby.  It’s pattern M4338


For Hannah’s American Girl dolls Kit and Kaya.  It’s pattern M4066.


For both of the girls.  It’s pattern M4432


For me or maybe for Christmas presents – although it looks like it would easier if I don’t use a pattern, we’ll see.  It’s pattern M3901 



I’d like to get these 3 on Friday:

M5543  pattern M5543

 M4186 pattern M4186

 M9424 pattern M9424

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Kathi Macias Blog Tour!!!!!

Before I get to the blog tour, I want to let my readers know that anyone who comments on this blog between now and May 15th will be entered in a drawing of which I will choose one person who will be entered into a contest through Kathy Carlton Willis Communications, so be sure to leave a comment, I will choose one person who will go into the jackpot for a drawing to win the following books:

It’s Not About Me by Michelle Sutton
Sinner by Ted Dekker
Daisy Chain by Mary E. DeMuth
Shade by John B. Olson
Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity by Keri Wyatt Kent
The Victor by Marlayne Giron
The Battle for Vast Dominion by George Bryan Polivka
Word Weavers by Eva Marie Everson and Janice Elsheimer

also included will be Kathi Macias’ book titled "Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today"

So on to the blog tour for Kathi Macias’ book "Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today" :

About the Author:

Award-winning author Kathi Macias has written almost 30 books, including Beyond Me, How Can I Run a Tight Ship When I’m Surrounded by Loose Cannons?, the best-selling devotional A Moment a Day, and the popular "Matthews" mystery novels. She has written commentary for Thomas Nelson’s Spirit-Filled Life Bible (Student Edition) and was part of the devotional writing team for Zondervan’s New Women’s Devotional Bible. She has ghostwritten for several prominent individuals including Josh McDowell. Kathi has won many awards, including the Angel Award from Excellence in Media, fiction awards from the San Diego Christian Writers Guild, and the grand prize in an international writing contest. A mother and grandmother, Kathi and her husband, Al, call California home.

About the book:
If you’ve ever wished for a real live interview from an experienced mother found in God’s Word, you’ll be thrilled with the message of Kathi Macias’ new book, Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today. Thankfully the trials, heartaches and transitions mothers face are not new to this generation. Traveling back in time with Eve, Hannah, Sarah, Mary and others, readers will recognize the common struggles that still plague our world today.
This hardback gift book gently calls women to study the lives of biblical moms who were challenged with their own set of circumstances. From fear to insecurities, heartbreak to disappointments — Kathi’s words capture the heart of every woman with hope and encouragement to become the mother God wants them to be. After studying these fifteen biblical mothers, readers will have a solid example of biblical parenting. At the end of each chapter, mothers will find a special place for prayer and application.

Book Excerpt:

I can think of no more awesome an experience than the birth of my first child. At the young and naïve age of eighteen, it was the most joyous, as well as the most terrifying thing that had ever happened to me. It was as if I were experiencing love for the very first time as I gazed at that precious little life that had been entrusted to me by God. And I thought, What in the world do I do now? How do I care for him? How do I make sure I’m doing everything right? What if–God forbid–I do something wrong?
Now, two more sons, nine grandchildren, and nearly four decades later, I smile at the memory, knowing those babies weren’t quite as fragile as I’d once imagined. But I can’t help but wonder how much more challenging and overwhelming motherhood must have been for Eve, who was not only the first woman but also the first mother. What can women today learn about mothering from studying the life of this exiled Garden dweller who had no role model to imitate, no how-to-be-a-good-mom books to read? Quite a bit, I believe. Let’s take a look.
Eve, whose name means "life giver," was the only woman ever to become a mother without first having had a mother of her own. In fact, not only did Eve not have a mother, she also had no sisters, aunts, grandmothers, or girlfriends to turn to for advice. In short, she had no role models and no one with whom to compare notes.
She had Adam, of course, who, like her, had been made in the image of God. She had the greatest assortment of pets anyone could ever imagine. And, of course, she had her relationship with God. But as we know from the creation account in Genesis, all of Eve’s relationships changed because of sin.
How alone she must have felt once those relationships were no longer perfect. And how frightened and overwhelmed she must have been when her two oldest sons, Cain and Abel, were born, thrusting her into an entirely new realm of responsibility. I am quite sure that more than once throughout the ensuing years she heard God’s words echoing in her mind: "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children" (Genesis 3:16). By the time Eve’s children were grown and she had experienced the horror of her oldest son murdering his younger brother, she must have realized that the truth of God’s words tying together pain and motherhood didn’t stop at childbirth. The same is true for mothers today, as we will see as we look at Eve’s life…as well as the lives of other mothers of the Bible, who will speak to us from centuries past.

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A Quick Thought

Okay, I have been reading some friend’s blogs and must admit to some jealousy.  I married my husband in 2001, we put our house on the market, it is now 2009, we are still in the same house all less than 700 square feet of house in the city!  Our house has been on and off the market for years, literally, no one has bought it or even thought about buying it 😦  We are now thinking if we can get it inspected for mold and find out what we can do with it, we may just stay here, add on an extra room and extend the kitchen – if we can do so without raising our house payment.  Fix it up and stay here.  Our house lives in an aread that was built for the returning soldiers from WW2, so that they could move in with their war brides and begin their lives again which is great until years later when people start to notice how fast and cheaply they were constructed.

Anyway my jealousy isn’t with the size of house (I would be fine just adding one extra room so girls can be in one and boys in the other), my jealousy stems from the country.  I LOVE the country, the smells of the country, everything!  Being away from everyone, a big front porch, swing and a good book LOL.  I miss the country especially when I hear the neighbors outside at midnight yelling and screaming at each other.  Couldn’t they have argued earlier in the day?  Our neighborhood is fairly peaceful but we recently acquired a new neighbor who started something last night with our normally very quiet family across the street.  Or when the other neighbor’s daughter comes to visit, it almost always ends in some sort of yelling match late, late at night.  This isn’t something I had to listen to when I lived in the country.  Could I live here for the rest of our lives, yes, if that is what God has in store.  I’d just like the neighbors to not argue outside, in the street in the middle of the night. 

Okay I guess it’s not jealousy really, more like a longing.  I long for peaceful nights when I can sit in my backyard with a bonfire and (although we haven’t done it) cuddle with my husband.  I’d enjoy having a huge garden plot.  A place for chickens.  Surrounded by trees, millions of trees where the only people I could see day in and day out would be my children and husband because to get to the mailbox would be a mile walk down a gravel driveway LOL

Okay enough for longing….guess it’s time for praying!


Back into the swing of things

We have been doing great in restricting our eating out, I think in the last few weeks we have only eaten out maybe 4 or 5 times, trust me that is a drastic cut back for us.  We decided that we can’t continue on this path of eating on high fat, high carb foods that you find at McDonalds and such plus it saves money. 

For grocery shopping I usually go to Aldi but lately the prices there have been going up and we have been doing more shopping at Kroger.  If you buy the items called Kroger Value (it’s a red, white and blue package) it can cut back on what you spend.  Unless I find a good deal in the 10 for $10.00 I will go with the Kroger Value brand – everything taste the same as the expensive brand name – just a cheaper price.  Like this week Kraft mac and cheese (the kind with the powdered cheese) was on sale for 10 for $10 but the Kroger Value was only something like.40 cents a box!!! and it tastes just like Kraft, seriously. 

I spent more than I usually do today because of needing special stuff for Hannah, like I am making a pasta dish that I usually make with red spaghetti sauce but because she can’t have acidic or red foods we went with white alfredo sauce – more expensive than a can of red.  Also buying bananas, frozen fruit bars, yogurt, etc kind of increased the food bill.  At the same time though I am going to make our own cheddar crackers that I found a recipe for at Kimberly’s Cup so instead of buying a 2 or 3 dollar box of crackers I am making our own plus it won’t have any preservatives and I know what is going into it!

I also used 2 coupons!!!  LOL  Once everyone gets better I’d like to have my friend,  Amy (whose blog inspired this weeks menu, sort of), show me the art of coupon clipping and paying only a few dollars for like $40 worth of stuff!

So this menu (complete with links if you are interested in making your own) is for this week.  No days are listed because we decide either before we go to bed or in the morning what will be for dinner.  Lunches are usually just a sandwich or mac and cheese and a veggie/fruit.

Chicken rice meal w/veggie of choice  (this is a packet of cajun flavored rice that I will add chicken too)

 Big Mama’s creamy pork tenderloin (I am not using tenderloin – not on sale LOL) w/ veggie of choice

Bertolli frozen skillet meal (it was on sale, I had a $1.25 coupon and we’ve wanted to try it)

Hamburger skillet meal (one of those boxed things, but it doesn’t have red sauce and it’s soft so Hannah can eat it) w/ veggie of choice

Stuffed shells (I stuff pasta shells with cottage cheese, parmesan cheese and mozarella cheese and bake with red spaghetti sauce – this week’s will be made with alfredo sauce so I will have to watch how much I actually eat) and a veggie

Bow tie pasta with alfredo sauce

I am trying to get back into the swing of cooking because when I do it, I tend to eat less and watch what I do consume.  I don’t particularly care for packaged meals like hamburger starters, etc, but when the money is tight on some weeks we have to go with what we can afford to buy but still throw in something healthy, like a veggie or fruit, etc and water to drink.

Just so you know I don’t want this post to come off as an advertisement for Kroger – I just wanted to pass the word that Kroger does have a generic brand that is just as good but at a much cheaper price than the name brand foods.  Also the baggers drive me nuts, maybe because I was one and if I had bagged someone’s groceries like mine get bagged I would have lost my job.  Today the bagger threw cans on top of my pasta shells!  How can you stuff broken shells????  Sorry rant over, anyway at least he wasn’t gossiping or talking about his latest fling like some of the others do. 


Will it ever end?

If you are a reader of my blog then you know that since December, my oldest, Hannah has had 5 – yes 5, strep infections.  It has been a long, hard, tiring journey for all of us but definitely for her.  It almost prevented her from doing her parts in the Nutcracker, it kept her from doing spring soccer, it’s keeping her from our homeschool co-op, she has missed quite a bit of AWANA and ballet classes.  She also became resistant to PCN (penicillin) and so we had to resort to several other antibiotics.  Well the culmination finally happened on Thursday….she had her tonsils and adenoids removed.  The surgery went well although she is coughing (we are trying to prevent that as much as possible) and she did vomit once in the recovery room.  She has 4 different medicines, an anitbiotic, a numb mouth wash, a steroid and tylenol w/ codeine.  She woke up in quite a bit of pain this morning so I will be having my DH wake me up through the night to keep her up on the tylenol, so at 1:20a.m and then again at 7:20a.m  I am hoping this will prevent her waking in pain like this morning.  She has been eating popsicles and ice cream but nearly enough but she did eat some scrambled eggs tonight.  Please pray for her continued healing.

When I returned home from the surgery yesterday I was greeted by son with a swollen eye that was oozing green, yellowish goop.  Aaahhhh……such is the life.  Conjunctivitis AKA pink eye.  Now if he were still nursing  I would just take a little ‘special’ milk and put in his eye – good as new.  Well he’s not nursing so off to the dr we go.  He was also complaining of his ear’s hurting.  The dr walked in and immediately said "you need drops for that"  LOL his right ear is infected.  The dr was great and even took the time to call the pharmacy to check on co-pays for two of the eye drops so we could go with the cheaper one ($5.49 versus $30.00).  I’ve never had a dr do that before.  Christian has been a trooper about the drops, they have to go in every three hours.  The dr was suprised that he wanted medicine, I then explained he wanted to be like his sisters who are both on medication.  His eye is already looking better.

Bethanne seems to be doing better, she went to the dr on Monday after screaming on Sunday and waking through the night crying in pain.  The dr.s term (different from the one Christian saw today) was a raging ear infection in both ears.  She is on ear drops, which thankfully we still had some from the ear tube surgery Hannah had and she said we could use.  She is also on an antibiotic.  The dr said her tubes were embedded but wouldn’t allow me to ask any questions so I will be getting her in to the ENT who did her tubes (and Hannah’s tubes and T&A) to check them again.  I am not sure if embedded is bad or good, since the ENT said the last time the tubes were on their way out.  So because one dr wouldn’t answer me I have to pay another co-pay and go to the other dr who will talk to me.  I am requesting not to get this ped again as she is the one who was mad the last time I was asking questions about Hannah’s 4th strep infection.  She apparently doesn’t like it when parents ask questions. 

I pray that everyone is on the mend now and that if the warm weather stays everyone will stay well.  I feel like a dispensary with all the medicine in my cupboards and fridge!  I asked DH if we could get some sweet acidolpholus milk at the store to help their bellies and such and since it’s on sale he agreed.  Well I am signing off and going to bed, have a good night and a blessed weekend!


Homeschool Memoir #30: Get up and Go

A day where we don’t do anything?  Yep, that sounds like my approach.  No seriously we still do stuff that is learning but not by the text book approach.  We may do math in the kitchen under the guise of baking cookies or nature studies under the guise of a walk or ‘recess’.  Unless someone is just sick and can’t do anything there is always something we are learning.  The other night on Sunday, Easter, we were discussing stuff that had happened in the past and I looked at Hannah and told her hey there’s a history and geography lesson for you!  Other times we will go to one of the two children’s science museums near us, to a children’s garden near by or just to the library – even amongst the stares.  These are just some of the things that we do if we need a break to the daily grind that we know as life (and school)!

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Homeschool Memoirs #29: Sick Days

I don’t have anything planned for our ‘sick days’ which probably worked in our favor this year since Hannah has had strep 5 times since December 2008 and is having her tonsils taken out tomorrow, which means she probably won’t feel up to doing school for maybe a week.  If I (I am plagued by migraines) or one of the children are sick we just simply take the day off, since Hannah is the only one doing ‘school’ this year it’s not that big of deal.  I have shocked some seasoned homeschoolers by the amount of work we have done this year even with the sickness in our house!  Once we are well again we pick up where we left off. 

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Homeschool Memoirs #28: Life Skills

This one deals with teaching our children life skills.  I don’t really focus on seperating out life skills from the rest of the day.  All three help with laundry, wether that is putting it in the washer, dryer or whatnot all three have a part in that and sometimes even argues over who gets to do it.  I do want to teach them how to seperate laundry especially my girls so in case their husbands would want the laundry seperated they will know how to do that.  My oldest loves to help me cook and dry the dishes, and my other two will also as they get older – all of them seem to flock to the kitchen.  Then of course there is the picking up, keeping their dresser drawers straightened up and general picking up after themselves.  There will be more to learn as they all get older but since they are 7 and under I think that is a good start.

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Homeschool Memoirs #27: Four legged friends

I am supposed to talk about:

"Tell us your pet history. What was your first pet? Which was your most memorable? How about today? How many pets do you have? Do they help or hinder your homeschooling?"

I’ve had many animals growing up, we loved animals and with two brothers we tended to have a menagerie of animals at any one time.  My first pet was a puppy, who I named Dandelion, and when we were gone wrapped it’s chain around the pole and she died.  Then I was given a cat but my parents gave her away because she scratched someone.  I still have pictures somewhere in my house of these two little critters.  I also remember one Christmas we were given the gift of a beautiful German Shepherd who we named Tinsel – but he wouldn’t stay in the yard (we lived on an acre of land) so we found him a new owner that had a bigger fence.  Then we got Violet, a beautiful Huskie/Shepherd mix with violet/blue eyes.  She was the most wonderful dog ever and we had her for years.  Later we added Gizmo who was a good dog and was a German Shepherd as well – a neighborhood child made the complaint that he bit him so we gave him to someone that used him as a guard dog for his business.  I recieved my cat, Faline, when I was in the 5th grade (you do the math LOL) she is a wonderful cat.  She has suffered a broken leg at the hands of my brothers, arthritis, failing eyesight, failing hearing, and loosing teeth but she is still going.  Violet passed away when I was a senior in high school, she came into my room in the middle of the night burrowed under my bed (not an easy thing to do for a big dog) I woke up to her whimpering got my mom and dad and she passed away.  The vet later told us that dogs seem to choose to die by those they love the best.  We stood out in the cold rainy night and buried her.  She was protective of me and also of Faline – she would cover Faline with her body when Gizmo would try to play with her.  This doesn’t include the snakes, turtles, hamsters, gerbils and whatever else we could talk our parents into.  We never did own any fish though.

Once I moved out I still had Faline and then my brother brought me another kitten who I named Bambi (read the Bambi story).  I had him up until 2 years ago when he decided to start going places other than the litter box.  He was never meant to be an indoor cat and I think having three little ones really cramped his style, oh well.  I miss him but our house is cleaner and smells better.  My husband had a dog named Wes when we met and he is around 15 years old – he is a part pit bull part boston terrier mix – he is very gentle unless you provoke him or come at one of his people.  i also had a gerbil – she chewed her leg off.  A guinea pig who lived well past the expectancy of a guinea pig.  We also had two gold fish but they died because the pet store told us a gallon of water would be okay for 2 goldfish.  He didn’t tell us it’s a gallon of water for each fish! 

I am sure we will have more animals with our children doing 4H.  Hannah wants to do cats – after Faline is gone though we aren’t sure if we want another cat – or guinea pigs or rabbits.  While we love animals, it’s hard to pick up and go on vacation with them without finding someone to come in and care for them and boarding them is too expensive.  So my husband and I agree that once Wes and Fay pass away that there will be no more ‘big’ animals.  With a cage it’s easy enough to let my brother take them in for a week or so without him having to run to our house 4 or 5 times a day.

I’d have to say they don’t hinder our homeschooling.  It’s definitely teaching them to care for animals and  Hannah has been taking a more active roll in feeding and watering them.  Now if I could just get her to scoop Fay’s litter LOL.


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Homeschool Memoirs #26: Fan the Flame

Well I am quite laid back when it comes to our home school and as long as it gets done I am okay with that but I too sometimes still feel like the end is around the corner and let things go.  For us I will take the needed time wether it’s to just cut back on the amount of work or take an extra day we will do it – if it keeps us going and keeps us from the blahs.  Also getting out and doing stuff, trips to the children’s museum, art museum so on.  With only having to school 1 and only doing 1st/2nd grade with her it’s not hard to put things away, take a breather, then continue on. 

Visit The Homeschool Post for more post on the subject of avoiding the doldrums of homeschooling and keeping the flame of learning going. 

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