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How do the Duggars do it? October 29, 2010

Filed under: Life — Lacey @ 5:09 pm

I’ve never actually watched the Duggar’s show on TLC/Discovery…whatever its on (we don’t have cable).  But I’ve heard quite a bit about them and have looked at their website a couple of times.  I’m not sure how I feel about that whole-having-20 kids thing.  I know its definitely not for me…

Although last week, Seth and I experienced something similar.  We (along with a few more adults…thankfully!) were parents to about 20 teens from Wednesday night to Saturday afternoon.  We all lived at the church building (including Haddie and Teli’s daughter Eliada who’s 9 months). The kids had to still attend school like any other regular week (those who were homeschooled went home) and then they all returned home (to us at the church).  It was quite interesting.

This was our 2nd year of doing this event and I’d have to say that both years have been quite a success.  We can gauge it a success when they’re left wanting more (“Can we do this for a whole week next time?”  “Can we do this twice next year?”..and the answer to both is “NO!”).  Haha.  Us adults can only handle so much.  We’re getting old, you know…

But I really ended up enjoying the event.  Its neat to prepare meals with the kids, see them stuck hanging out with each other and not able to really escape from all of us.  We played lots of board games and lots of mafia (yes, they never seem to tire of that card game…).  They even did a puzzle together although I don’t think it ever got finished.  They most enjoyed playing in-the-dark games like hide-n-seek and zombie.  Don’t ask me what the last one is…I didn’t play it.  But I do know it resulted in a whole jar of spaghetti sauce ending up on the carpet.  Thankfully it came out (or so I’m told).

And we (at least the adults) end up rejoicing (secretly inside) when Saturday morning comes.  I hate the cleaning (more like the delegating to the kids…ok, more like following them around to make sure they’re actually working…then cleaning up behind them).  Seriously…one note to parents….PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE…teach your children how to clean up after themselves and do basic chores.  I still cannot understand how year after year of youth events we still have kids that don’t know how to wash dishes by hand (no lie!), pick up their own belongings (including left out undergarments), shower (and with soap!), and vacuum. On the last one, we had a good laugh (not in front of the kid), about how this individual was vacuuming.  He/she had made it halfway through the area when I realized that it (lets just say that because its easier than he/she everytime!) hadn’t even lowered the head of the vacuum.  It was tilted at a good 45-90 degree angle AWAY from the carpet.  I had to lower it then tell it (lol…I know) to vacuum over that spot again.  Many loud sighs later…there still wasn’t much progress…let’s just say we did our best.  But in all honesty, they did a pretty good job cleaning up.

And as a result of the Big House and other events (and random get-togethers…Romping…as some are calling it…and no, its not what you think…), has been a great amount of group bonding and becoming like a serious family.  I’m loving it….but not enough to have 20 kids!

Here’s some of my favorite pics from the week:

 

 

Looking Forward to It? October 28, 2010

Filed under: Books,God thoughts,Life — Lacey @ 5:26 pm

Here’s some more of my favorite excerpts from Randy Alcorn’s “Heaven.”

(Italics are direct quotes, regular text are my comments)

Are You Looking Forward to Heaven?

  • Tragically, most people do not find their joy in Christ and Heaven.  In fact, many people find no joy at all when they think about Heaven.

-Randy discusses how most people, even Christians, only think about Heaven as some boring, strumming on harps, sitting on clouds all day place.  He says that this idea is totally unBibilical and damaging to our spiritual walk.  Heaven will be beyond our imagination, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t imagine it.  Without really thinking about what we have to look forward to, we won’t look forward to it at all.

  • Charles Spurgeon: “To come to Thee is to come home from exile, tocome to land out of the raging storm, to come to rest after long labor, to come to the goal of my desires and the summit of my wishes.”
  • We do not desire to eat gravel.  Why?  Because God did not design us to eat gravel.  Trying to develop an appetite for a disembodied existence in a nonphysical heaven is like trying to develop an appetite for gravel.  No matter how sincere we are, and no matter how hard we try, its not going to work.  Nor should it.
  • What God made us to desire, and therefore what we do desire if we admit it, is exactly what he promises to those who follow Jesus Christ: a resurrected life in a resurrected body, with the resurrected Christ on a resurrected Earth.  Our desires correspond precisely to God’s plan.  Its not that we want something, so we engage in wishful thinking that what we want exists.  It’s the opposite–the reason we want it is precisely because God has planned for it to exist.  As we’ll see, resurrected people living in a resurrected universe isn’t our idea–it’s God’s.

Where do we get our misconceptions?

  • I believe there’s on central explanation for why so many of God’s children have such a vague, negative, and uninspired view of Heaven: the work of Satan.”
  • Our enemy slanders three things: God’s person, God’s people and God’s place–namely heaven (Revelation 13:6)
  • What better way for the devil and his demons to attack us than to whisper lies about the very place on which God tells us to set our hearts and minds?
  • Satan need not convince us that Heaven doesn’t exist.  He need only convince us that Heaven is a place of boring, unearthly existence.  If we believe that lie, we’ll be robbed of our joy and anticipation, we’ll set our minds on this life and not the next, and we won’t be motivated to share our faith.  Why should we share the “good news” that people can spend eternity in a boring, ghostly place that we’re not looking forward to?
 

Starting to Imagine…

Filed under: Books,God thoughts,Life — Lacey @ 5:02 pm

So, I started reading the book “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn yesterday. I’m impressed so far and looking forward to reading a lot more (I better be…because its 473 pages long!). Like some of the other books I’ve read in the past couple months, I’d like to share the highlights of this one with you. I hope they get you thinking, imagining, hoping…and maybe even doing something to make this place your true home.

(Italics are direct quotes, regular text are my comments)

The Subject of Heaven

  • Anthropological evidence suggests that every culture has a God-given, innate sense of the eternal–that this world is not all there is.

He mentions that yes, each culture differs on their ideas of the eternal, but the fact that this idea is universal to all cultures, really means something.  (On another note, Seth and I have been watching a lot of the TV show Bones recently…so reading anything about “anthropological evidence” made me laugh.  If you’ve never watched the show, just ignore what I just said.)

  • God never gave up on his original plan for human beings to dwell on Earth.

He explains this in more detail throughout the book.  Just know that he’s talking about the New Earth and how it relates to our current Earth.

Our Terminal Disease (mortality)

  • The current death rate is 100 percent.  Unless Christ returns soon, we’re all going to die.
  • If the Bible is right about what happens to us after death, it means more than 250,000 people every day go to either Heaven or Hell.
  • God uses suffering and impending death to unfasten us from this earth and to set our minds on what lies beyond.  I’ve lost people close to me.  (Actually, I haven’t lost them, because I know where they are–rather, I’ve lost contact with them.)

-I liked his “lost contact” bit here.  Found it interesting…and true.

  • Jesus came to deliver us from the fear of death, “so that by his death he might destroy whim who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” (Hebrews 2:14-15)
  • In light of the coming resurrection of the dead, the apostle Paul asks, Where O death, is your victory?  Where, O death is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55)
  • What delivers us from the fear of death?  What takes away death’s sting?  Only a relationship with the person who died on our behalf, the one who has gone ahead to make a place for us to live with him.  If we don’t know Jesus, we will fear death and its sting–and we should.

-So true!!!  I want to put a bizillion exclamation points behind this one!!!

 

Chicken Crunch

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 3:04 pm

This recipe is pretty easy and yummy! I got it from a 3-Ingredient Cookbook.

Chicken Crunch

4 Chicken Breast Halves, boneless and skinless
1/2 C Italian Dressing
1/2 C Sour Cream
2.5 C Cornflakes, Crushed

1. Place chicken in zip-loc bag, add salad dressing and sour cream. Seal, refrigerate 1 hr. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade.
2. Dredge chicken in cornflakes, place in 9X13 pan (sprayed w/ Pam).
3. Bake at 375 for 45 min.

 

Cupcake Cones

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 3:01 pm

I made these for my high school D-Group this week and they were all amazed. They’re pretty easy. And they’re actually quite yummy. The only problems I ran into was the taking them out of the oven (because they’re much lighter after cooking and don’t stand up as well) and taking them in the car. They did alright transporting them, but they did fall a bit. Might be a better option for a party at home or if you have some type of carrier that works well.

I got this idea from a magazine article and I also found the recipe on the side of the ice cream cone box.

Cupcake Cones

1 pkg cake mix (with required ingredients: eggs, oil, water, etc)
1 pkg ice cream cones (24 is best)

1. Mix the cake mix as directed on the box.
2. Place the ice cream cones in the muffin tins. I used the mini muffin pan and it worked pretty well. I read you can also use a regular muffin tin, but you will need to somehow use foil to secure the cones in the muffin holes. That or you can buy a specialized baking pan for the cones.
3. Pour the batter into each of the cones. (I put chocolate chips in the bottom of mine for a sweet surprise!). Bake as directed on the cake mix box for cupcakes.
4. Carefully remove pan from oven (remember the note from above). Cool cupcakes, then frost and serve!

 

Candy & Stickers October 27, 2010

Filed under: Life — Lacey @ 11:47 am

Well, we are still stuck in the potty training cycle. Quite a while ago, Haddie learned to go potty in her potty chair and the “big” toilet. But progress came to a complete stop once she accidently went poop in the potty and freaked herself out. Well, she actually did it 3 days in a row and then avoided the potty at all cost for about a month or so. Then she started occasionally going pee again.


We bought some super cute Dora underwear, which she was totally excited about. And I might add, I thought she looked super cute in.

She did pretty good for a few hours wearing them (probably because I made her try to go every 30 min or so). And then we had 3 accidents in a row. Including poop, and one pee that she slipped on…sounds sanitary, yes I know….


Then she again avoided the potty. She started asking to go occasionally, including at restaurants and to the nursery workers.


We started a sticker chart and giving her candy (fruit snacks…since she can’t have chocolate like in M&Ms). 1 of each for #1, 2 for #2. She’s yet to get 2 at a time.




She still gets rather excited about getting stickers and candy. Whenever she has to go she shouts “stickers and candy, stickers and candy.”






But we’re at an impasse. She sometimes will go in the potty, but other times refuse. Sometimes she still asks to go potty when we’re in stores and such and actually goes (although she absolutely hates the hand driers!). Sometimes she even complains when she pees in her diaper and won’t sit down. She knows that she’s not supposed to go potty in pull ups, so she usually won’t want one on. So…the question is….do I force her and pressure her to go potty more in the toilet or do I just give her more time? She obviously seems to understand the concept, but maybe she’s not completely ready? She’s only 26 months. So I know I have more time…. Anyone have any advice? Opinions?

 

Chicken Burritos October 26, 2010

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 5:17 pm

This is a super easy recipe that I learned from my mom (without an actual recipe…so I’m doing my best to remember it all to formally type it out). It’s yummy and one of my favs.

Chicken Burritos
3-4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
1 pkg Taco Seasoning
1 pkg Flour tortilla Shells (8-10)
Shredded cheese

2 small cans tomato sauce
1 pkg taco seasoning
Ketchup

Shredded lettuce
Tomatoes, diced
Sour Cream

1. First cook the chicken and shred it or cut it into cubes. I prefer to cook it submerged in water in either a large pot on the stove or in the crockpot. It makes it a little more tender.
2. In a large bowl, mix the chicken and the taco seasoning together, adding enough water until it is mixed well and slightly juicy.
3. Spoon the meat into each of the tortilla shells, roll them closed and place side-by-side in a 9X13 baking pan. Sprinkle with cheese.
4. Cook at 350 in the oven until the cheese is melted and the shells slightly browned. Meat and juices should be slightly bubbling.
5. Meanwhile, combine the tomato sauce and at least 1/2 pkg of taco seasoning in a pan. Heat and let simmer for a few minutes. You may want to add a little bit of ketchup as well. Mix to your tasting preference.
6. Serve the burritos with the sauce on top and lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream on the side. I prefer to also serve with some type of bean dip ( like Mexican Chili dip) and rice.