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Follower of Christ. Wife to Adam. Mama to Joshua (9), Abigail (8), Esther (7), Hannah (6), Noah (5), Joseph (3), Peter (2), James (9 months), and Blessing #9 due late August. Soli Deo Gloria!
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Abigail Lauren

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Esther Rebecca

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Hannah Ralene

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Joseph Patrick

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Nephew!

Our newest little nephew has arrived!! Reed Logan was born to Adam's brother and his wife (Chris and Joy) early this morning. He's a cutie, and I think he looks like his Mom. :) Here are a couple of pictures. There are a lot more posted on Joy's blog. Unfortunately they live in Kansas and we're 20 hours away in Georgia, so it will be a while before we get to see him. But at least we can enjoy him online!


Monday, September 29, 2008

Menu Plan Monday


I just finished planning our meals for the month of October, and here's what's on the menu this week! I made a few changes from the routine that I had last month. Adam mentioned that it seemed like we had breakfast for dinner a lot, so I cut it back to every other Thursday instead of every Thursday. I filled the other Thursdays in with some sort of Mexican dish. I'm also making several different soups this month since Fall is slowly but surely arriving here in Georgia!

Monday: Beef Stew, Homemade Bread
Tuesday: Sesame Pork Chops (a Dream Dinners meal), Broccoli, Homemade Bread
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Quesadillas
Friday: Dental School Dinner
Saturday: Leftovers/Sandwiches
Sunday: Spaghetti, Salad, Homemade Bread (lunch); Grilled Cheese with Apples, Fresh Veggies (dinner)

Be sure to visit Laura for more Menu Plan Monday ideas!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sweet and Talented

My husband, that is. A few nights ago we were enjoying the cool air through the open sunroom windows and I started getting a little cold. I made a joke about how it would be chilly in the morning...a good time for husbands to bring their wives hot chocolate in bed. I was completely kidding, but the next morning Adam woke me up with a cup of hot chocolate. :)

Oh, and how's this for multi-tasking? When you've got a lot of little ones all needing something at the same time, I guess you just have to make do!


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Friday, September 26, 2008

Nursing Cover

I recently purchased this nursing cover from Emily. I love the fabric, and I can't wait to use it!! She did a wonderful job on it. It has the same coverage as my other nursing cover and the price was great too! Emily has another nursing cover available in her Etsy shop right now. She did have a really cute diaper bag and backpack. Those are gone now, but I'm guessing that there are more to come! Be sure to go take a look!

New Recipes!

I hosted a group of ladies from my church one morning this week...4 ladies and 13 children (5 and under!) in all. We had brunch and I made two new recipes. They both turned out pretty well, so I thought I'd share them. The first is a breakfast casserole. I've made a similar casserole before, but I somehow lost the recipe in our move. I found this one on Allrecipes though, and with a few changes it is basically the same as my old one.

Egg and Sausage Casserole
1 pound pork sausage
1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent roll dough
10 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon dried oregano

Place sausage in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Line the bottom of the prepared baking dish with crescent roll dough and bake for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with crumbled sausage. In a large bowl, mix beaten eggs and cheese. Season the mixture with oregano, and pour over the sausage and crescent rolls. Bake 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

I also made this recipe for Pumpkin Bread. It turned out to be more like a cake, but it was good! Probably a little sweet for everyday eating though.
Pumpkin Bread Ring
1/4 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 eggs
1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
3 cups biscuit/baking mix
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup milk
GLAZE:
1/3 cup butter
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons water

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin; mix well. Combine the biscuit mix, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk. Pour into a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack. For glaze, in a saucepan, cook and stir butter over medium heat for 6-7 minutes or until golden brown. Pour into a mixing bowl; beat in confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough water to achieve drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cooled bread.


Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures, so you'll just have to use your imagination! Be sure to visit Nikki for more Recipe Fun Friday ideas!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Walking

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Menu Plan Monday


Monday - Chicken Paella (a Dream Dinners meal)
Tuesday - Ham Sandwiches and fresh veggies
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Eggs, Pancakes, Turkey Bacon, and maybe grits (one of my cravings right now!)
Friday - Homemade Pizza and Salad
Saturday - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and fresh fruit
Sunday - Beef Stew

Visit Laura for more Menu Plan Monday ideas!

Friday, September 19, 2008

On the Move


The weather has been really nice here for the past two days. It's only 82 right now, and the high for tomorrow is supposed to be 80. Not bad for Georgia in September! Makes me want to go buy a pumpkin to put in front of the house. :) We walked to the park again yesterday and I didn't even break a sweat. I put Hannah on the slide for the first time. I thought that she would be scared (like her brother and sisters were at her age), but she loved it! I caught her as she came flying off the end of the slide, and she thought it was great fun.


Speaking of Hannah, she started walking this week. She's been cruising for a couple of months, but she hadn't really tried standing on her own and she hadn't tried to take even one step. I was laying on the couch watching the children play (during one of my bad headache episodes the other morning) and she stood up in the middle of the sunroom and walked to the couch...about 6 or 7 steps! We all got really excited and made a big commotion, and she's been going strong ever since. She gets mad because she can't carry heavy objects and walk at the same time, but she keeps trying, so I'm sure she'll master that soon. I don't keep baby books (I never started because I knew it was something that I wouldn't keep up with), but I do remember when each of the children started walking. Joshua and Abigail walked at 15 months and Esther at 12 months, so Hannah is right in between at 13 months.

We were on our way home from Bible study this morning and Joshua said, "Mama, when do you think I should get married?" Haha. He doesn't understand why he can't marry Abigail. I've explained it to him several times and told him that he has to marry a girl that is not in our family. I named a few little girls that we know as examples of who is not in our family and he said, "Hmmm. Maybe I won't get married." :) I'm sure he'll change his mind when the time comes, but for now I'm glad he likes Abigail.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

25 Weeks

I took a 25-week belly picture today and thought I'd share it with you all. :) I feel bigger than I look, and I think I look at least as big as I did with Hannah at 28 weeks. I've gained 12 lbs, so my weight gain is about the same as it was with Hannah. The baby is really active and seems to kick really hard for it being so early. Sometimes it startles me a little! There he went...he knew I was talking about him. :) I've been feeling well as far as the pregnancy goes. I've had an awful headache from the top of my head to my jaw for over a week now, and I think that it's sinus related. It's especially bad behind my cheekbone and my eye. I can't seem to get rid of it, and Tylenol doesn't do a thing for it. My Mom gave me one of these, and I've been using it. It seems to do a good job of cleaning out the nose, but I think the stuff that is packed into the sinus cavity on the right side of my face (sorry if that's too gross) is too far gone to be cleared out with a saline solution. Next time I feel a cold coming on I'm going to start using the Neti pot to avoid this situation. I'm hoping to avoid antibiotics, but if this headache doesn't go away soon I'm going to ask my doctor for some. It was really bad this morning and I just had to lay down and close my eyes for a while. I don't want it to turn into a bigger problem.

Joshua, Abigail and Esther are really excited about their new brother. They all want to "kiss your baby" a lot, and Abigail wants to buy him things. There was a children's consignment sale here last week and she was bound and determined to find him a stuffed Pooh bear. We didn't find one, so she wanted to buy him some clothes. :) I was proud of myself for not even looking at the baby boy clothes. Joshua was born in February, so I know that I have plenty of things for this baby. We've been asking the kids what they think we should name the baby. We are far from deciding on a name, and it will be a surprise, but Abigail is pretty set on Jacob. Joshua thinks his name should be "choking hazard". Okay. Must have been one of his silly moments. :) For a while Joshua wanted to name him Joshua, but I think we've convinced him that that's not such a great idea. We've been reading the book of Ruth, and now Joshua and Abigail want to name him Boaz. It's a good thing Adam and I will be naming the baby!

Schedule

Several of the blogs that I enjoy reading have included detailed daily schedules in the past. These have been very helpful to me in scheduling my days, so I thought that I would share our schedule! I like to stick to this as closely as I can, but of course that doesn't happen every day. Some of these things have been in my daily routine for a while, and I have just started implementing others. One important thing that I have not been doing well is spending one-on-one time with each of the children. They love doing things with me alone, and I think that it is really important...especially as we have more children. So I have scheduled 15 minutes into each day for one-on-one time. We may do more than that, depending on the day, but I want to have at least 15 minutes with each of the children to read, talk, or whatever they would like to do. I plan on using my timer a lot. It is easier for me and for the children. They don't really have a concept of time yet, but they know that when the timer is ticking, we work diligently on the appointed task. And when the timer goes off, it is time to move on to the next thing.
Daily Schedule

6:15 Up and Dress
6:30 Make Adam’s lunch and breakfast
6:45 Walk (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
7:20 Shower and Dress
7:45 Children dress and make beds
8:00 Breakfast and kitchen clean-up
8:30 Bible Reading and Memorization
8:45 School
*SWR Flashcards
*Read Aloud
*Joshua RightStart Math/Girls color
*Joshua Cursive First/Girls puzzle, game, etc
10:00 Children Chores (help wash dishes, help with laundry, wipe
baseboards, help with dinner prep, etc)
10:45 Children play/Mama housework
11:30 Lunch and kitchen clean up
12:15 Hannah – Mama time then nap (other children play quietly)
12:30 Esther – Mama time then nap
12:45 Abigail – Mama time then nap
1:00 Joshua – Mama time then nap
1:15 Mama put feet up and read, then housework/computer, etc
4:00 Children up, snacks, walk or play outside
5:00 Children play/Joshua and Abigail do piano with Mama
6:30 Dinner
7:15 Family Worshiop
8:00 Pajamas, brush teeth, read
8:30 Bed
8:45 Mama clean up kitchen, quick pick-up, do all possible prep for morning10:00 Bed


As I mentioned, this will change slightly depending on the day. Since Adam's schedule is busy and unpredictable (the days that he has to study late change from week to week depending on exams, etc), I will just alter my duties in order to spend time with him. Some days that may mean not going to bed until 11:00. Other days it may mean spending time with him while the children nap if he gets out of class early. I'll just need to remember to be flexible, which I'll admit, is hard for me.

There are also things that I plan to do on the same day every week. Monday will be bread baking. Wednesday will be errands. Monday, Wednesday and Friday will be laundry. Once a month I will spend part of one day planning meals for the month, and another couple of days doing as much cooking ahead and freezing as I can, though I won't be doing true once-a-month cooking.

So that is my schedule. I hope it is as helpful to someone else as others' schedules have been to me!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Despicable

This video is a perfect example of one of the many disgusting views that Obama holds. Thanks to Ivy for the link.

Menu Plan Monday


Monday: Ham with Brussel Sprouts, Corn, and Fresh Whole Wheat Bread (the Commissary has hams for a great price and they really go a long way. They're the kind with the honey or brown sugar glaze, and they're SO good!)
Tuesday: Chicken Yakitori (a Dream Dinners meal)
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Pancakes, Grits and Eggs (same as last Thursday, but it was so good I thought I'd do it again this week! For some reason I love to have breakfast for dinner when I'm pregnant.)
Friday: Homemade Pizza and Salad
Saturday: Wedding reception
Sunday: Ham with Mashed Potatoes, Salad, and Wheat Bread

For more Menu Plan Monday ideas, visit Laura!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Back to Bargain Shopping


I've enjoyed getting back into deal shopping at CVS and other places after being out of it for about a month while we moved. Yesterday I went to Target in hopes of doing the Kashi deal. We have two Targets here...the first did not have the frozen waffles, which is really what I wanted. They did have the cereal though, so I bought 4 boxes and got the $5 gift card. The second store did have the waffles, so I stocked up and bought 12 boxes plus 4 more boxes of cereal! I payed for them in separate transactions so that I could use the $5 gift cards that I got with each transaction to pay for the next one. I had a great cashier and it worked out wonderfully! So I got 8 boxes of cereal and 12 boxes of frozen waffles for a grand total of $6.43 after coupons gift cards! That's $.32 per box! Kashi products are not my favorite. They're healthy, but they're rather bland. I'll certainly eat them for that price though! This deal should be available through Saturday, so if you're interested, visit Money Saving Mom for the details.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Steal at Vision Forum


Vision Forum is offering a great deal on a wonderful collection of CDs. Now through September 18, you can get the Kit & Kaboodle CD Library for $99. That's a savings of $331.00, or 77%!! We have many of these CDs (otherwise we'd probably buy it ourselves) and they are well worth the money. A few of my favorites are A Wise Woman's Guide to Blessing Her Husband's Vision, The History of the Sunday School Movement, and The Centrality of the Home in Evangelism and Discipleship. If you ever want to order something from Vision Forum, feel free to click on the link in my sidebar. :) I am a Vision Forum affiliate and I get a small percentage of orders placed by clicking on my link! If you are interested in becoming a VF affiliate, you can find out more information about it here.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Critters

We have found six of these in the house since we moved in a month ago. The first time I saw one I was unpacking boxes in the dining room while Hannah was crawling around on the floor "helping" me. It didn't move, even after I poked it with a piece of newspaper, so I ran out to get a paper towel to clean it up with. I should have taken Hannah with me, but I was only gone a second. When I came back, it was gone. I immediately panicked and thought that Hannah had eaten it (which wouldn't have surprised me. I have found her with roach and beetle parts in her mouth before. Incredibly disgusting.) I couldn't find it or any trace of it in her mouth or anywhere on the floor, so I just tried to forget about it. I found it about 30 minutes later crawling around on the floor. I trapped it underneath an old Chinese food container and left it for Adam to see. He put it in the freezer. :) I just found another one crawling down the stairs the other night. I ran and got about 15 paper towels, picked him up, and flushed him. All those paper towels may have been a little excessive, but I didn't want him to sting me!

Apparently the scorpions that live in Georgia are not any more dangerous than a bee or a wasp, but it does hurt if you get stung by them. We walk around in our bare feet almost all of the time. Maybe we should start wearing our shoes inside! I called the pest control people and they want me to wait a week before they send someone out again. We had them come and spray for ants a couple of weeks ago, and they said that it takes a few weeks to take effect. Until this past weekend we still had a pretty big ant problem in the pantry...like about a hundred ants trying to get into the peanut butter and the honey...but I haven't seen many this week. I will probably call the pest control people back though. I can't stand the thought of one of the children getting stung, and especially the thought of Hannah trying to eat one of those creatures. It would probably teach her not to eat bugs, but I don't think I want her to learn like that!

I found this funny comment on a forum discussion about how to deal with scorpions.

My wife tries to rupture their tiny eardrums with screaming, but this usually makes them scamper extra fast. I once found one parked on the sleeve of a dress shirt in my closet.

They have the most disconcerting habit of staying absolutely still forever, then instantly going to Mach 1 when poked. Usually they head for cover by trying to get under my shoes, which makes for a great free dance lesson. Do not poke them in bare feet. Do not under any circumstances poke one that is above eye level on a wall or, even worse, a ceiling. Their traction is poor when panicked and you can have heart failure when they fall. When I saw one on my rain gutter, I let my Dad poke him -- if it hadn't been for an intervening spiderweb, Dad would have won the free dance lesson. My Dad is usually smarter than that.

They also make an impressive pinging and grinding sound with that stinger if you pin one with a china plate. Wow.

Thankfully, they drag their bodies along the ground and are therefore susceptible to all kinds of conventional poisons, unlike spiders who tippy toe over everything.


I read on another website that it is a good idea to shake your shoes out before you put them on. Note to self.

Monday, September 08, 2008

To the Park

The children and I walked to the park the other day. I haven't figured out exactly how far it is, but my guess is around 1 1/2 miles there and back. Hannah and Esther rode in the stroller and Joshua and Abigail walked. They wanted to stop twice because their legs hurt, but they only wanted to stop for a second and were ready to go again! The park is really nice...it's right beside the lake and it's very shady. Once the weather starts to get cooler we'll walk there more often.

Hannah has lots of new hair growing in and it's all frizzy!

Esther climbed up here all by herself. Our children have never been climbers, so it took me by surprise!

Hannah keeping her eye on the ducks

We got about halfway to the park before I realized that Joshua had his shorts on backwards. :)

Abigail loves to have her picture taken!

Funny little Esther

Peeking through the bars

Menu Plan Monday


I've never participated in Menu Plan Monday before because, come Monday, I don't usually have our dinners planned out for the whole week. But last week I planned out our meals for the month of September and this is what we are eating!

Monday - Russian Chicken (Already in the crock pot. Woohoo!), Rice, Broccoli
Tuesday - Pesto Cheese Ravioli, Corn
Wednesday - Leftovers (I have choir rehearsal on Wednesday night, so we always have leftovers just to make things easy)
Thursday - Pancakes, Turkey Bacon, Eggs and Grits
Friday - Dinner out (a dental school function...dinner is provided, so I have the night off!)
Saturday - Beef Hot Dogs, Fresh Veggies, Fresh Fruit

The Pesto Cheese Ravioli that we are having on Tuesday is from Dream Dinners. A sweet friend gave us a gift card as a housewarming gift (thanks, Sharon!) and it has been a great help! I'm tempted to use one each night and not cook for a week, but I'm trying to spread them out a little bit so that we can enjoy them for longer.

The Russian Chicken is this recipe, except with Russian dressing instead of Thousand Island like I used before. I'm sure it will taste better this time!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

What a Mess

Addendum: I stated below that Obama "completely and totally disgusts me", but on further reflection I realize that I should have worded that differently. I should have said that most of what he believes and is promoting totally disgusts me. It is not that I am disgusted with him as a person. He is created in the image of God just like you and I and everyone else in the world, and I respect him because of that. I also respect the fact that he is an elected official, and if he is elected President then I will give him the respect that is due to him in that position as well. I also respect (yes, I know I'm using that word a lot!) McCain for the same reasons, and I appreciate some of the issues that McCain stands for and is promoting. That being said, I do not agree with or appreciate a lot of the stances that both Obama and McCain take on certain issues.

I don't know if anyone else is frustrated by the presidential race, but I sure am. The more I read the more annoyed I get. Obama completely and totally disgusts me and there is no way I would ever vote for him (and no, I'm not going to change my mind, James Dobson style!). But to be completely honest, I don't think that McCain is a whole lot better. I used to think that I would vote for McCain because it would be a vote against Obama, but I'm not so sure anymore. McCain is obviously supportive of abortion and gay marriage (or civil unions or whatever he calls them). He said "I think that gay marriage should be allowed, if there’s a ceremony kind of thing, if you want to call it that." And later, "I don’t have any problem with that...On the issue of the gay marriage, I believe that if people want to have private ceremonies, that’s fine. I do not believe that gay marriage should be legal." Say what!?!

Then there's Sarah Palin. She stands for some very honorable and good things and seems to be a very competent, well-spoken, and talented woman. But she's just that...a woman. Now, I obviously don't have anything against women. I am one! But I do have a problem with women in office, especially a woman who is a wife and mother. When McCain announced Palin as his Vice-Presidential pick, the first thing that popped into my head was "That's neat. She has five children, including a 4 month-old Down syndrome baby. Wait a minute. How in the world is she going to properly fulfill her God-given role as a wife and mother and be vice-president at the same time?". I do not have the time at this stage in my life to sit down and hash out all of my thoughts and convictions on the matter, and compile them into a coherent essay! Thankfully there are some others who have executed that wonderfully and I will link to their research and writings.

First off, Sarah Palin is a self-proclaimed feminist. Feminism has done an inestimable amount of damage to the church, not to mention to society as a whole. I don't think that we realize how much feministic thinking has crept into Christian circles. It is everywhere and it is destructive. I cannot, in good conscience, vote for a feminist to be second in command in our country. Doug Phillips of Vision Forum speaks to this in his blog. Read the full post here.

The selection of a feminist, pro-life mother of five with four children, seventeen and under, including a newborn Down’s syndrome baby, to fulfill the post of vice president is without precedent in American history. What Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro was unable to accomplish for the feminist cause in 1984 may now be handed as a fait accompli to America through the hands of evangelicals and conservatives. After decades of Christian leaders fighting against the feminstic vision of the working supermom, Republicans are now showcasing the vision in the most high profile election in the world.

Palin appears to firmly stand for some wonderful things. She's pro-life. That is huge! McCain is pro-abortion. That is also huge. I think that she could get some wonderful things accomplished for our country. But I believe that it would be at the expense of her family and that is not an acceptable trade-off in my book. Voddie Baucham recently posted about this on his blog. (By the way, his 18 year-old daughter Jasmine is very eloquently tackling some of these issues on her blog as well.)
...if Mr. McCain was pro-family, he would want to see Mrs. Palin at home taking care of her five children, not headed to Washington to be consumed by the responsibilities of being second in command to the most powerful man in the world (or serving as the Governor of Alaska for that matter).

Are Christian conservatives saying that Paul’s instructions concerning women’s duty to be “keepers of their homes” has somehow been overturned in light of recent discoveries? Or are we saying that pro-family means one thing when we’re in church, but something else when we’re trying to beat the Democrats?

In essence, the message being sent to women by conservative Christians backing McCain/Palin is, “It’s ok to sacrifice your family on the altar of your career; just don’t have an abortion.” How pro-family is that?

And again, Doug Phillips:

At a time when motherhood and marriage is so under attack, the message Republicans are sending is this: Winning political elections is more important than the following proposition given by the Lord: “That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, [To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:4-5).
William Einwechter has a great article on women in office. I've included a few excerpts below, but you can read it in its entirety here.
...we should recognize that the issue here is not the character or ability of the woman seeking the office; nor is it her spiritual condition, her views on the issues, or even if she is the “best” available candidate. The point in question is this: does the Word of God give us the liberty to place a woman into a political office where she will in some sense bear rule over us in the civil sphere? Or, to state it more precisely: is it biblically proper for a woman to hold political office, and thus rule over men? Has God ordained women to be civil leaders, or has He reserved this authority for men only? I believe that the Bible gives a definitive answer to this question: women are not permitted by God to hold political office and rule over men in the political sphere.

Furthermore, it should be recognized that the virtuous woman does make her presence felt in community concerns. But it is through the influence that she has on her husband (and mature sons) that her wisdom and knowledge will help to direct the affairs of the community. Yes, it is her husband who sits in the gates, but his renown and ability as a civil leader is due, at least in part (if not largely), to her help and support. Yes, it is the husband who speaks and judges in the gates, but it is his wise and godly wife who is his chief counselor.

Let no one speak lightly or disparagingly of the woman’s appointed role and her service to Christ and His kingdom! And let no woman set aside the example of the virtuous woman and seek to sit in the gates with the rulers of the land. And let no Christian have any part in putting her there.

Adam and I have not had much time to talk about politics (or anything else!) lately. This is the hardest year of dental school and he hit the ground running. He's been having to spend long hours in the lab working on his dentures this week and he spent all day in Atlanta today doing military paperwork, getting uniforms, etc (he's officially a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army National Guard now). Oh, and he's got four exams next week. So I'm not sure when we'll make a decision on who we will vote for, but we both agreed late last night that these men are looking pretty good!

So what do you think about the presidential candidates? I'd love to hear your take on the situation!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

IT'S A ..........

.........BOY!!!! No doubt about it, it's a boy! :) Everything looks great and all of the measurements are right on track for a New Year's Day due date. This little guy was breech and apparently enjoying it! He was kicked back with his feet crossed and both arms behind his head. :) Maybe that means he'll be laid back and a good sleeper!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Now You See It....

...now you don't! We had some very noticeable carpet stains near the door to the garage. I tried using Resolve, but it didn't seem to make any difference at all. So then I tried this stuff.
And it worked wonderfully!! I mixed about 1/4 cup of the powder in a spray bottle with hot water, sprayed it on the stains, let it sit for about 10 minutes, and scrubbed the stains out with a rag...without a whole lot of effort, I must add. They are not totally gone (especially the one right in front of the door, but that may be a hopeless case) and I may try it again to see if I can completely get rid of them, but I'm very happy with how well OxiClean worked. I'm off to tackle the little patch of stains on the carpet upstairs!

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