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Faithful January 14, 2011

Filed under: Books,God thoughts,Life — Lacey @ 2:34 am

I just finished reading a fiction book by the same title by Kim Cash Tate. I’d never read anything by her before, but hopefully I will soon because I enjoyed this one. Honestly I haven’t read any books in quite a while between the Holidays, the jewelry business and everything I haven’t had the time. So I enjoyed getting to read once again.

But I enjoyed this book and the thoughts that it’s put into my mind. As you might guess, the book is about faithfulness. Faithfulness in marriage and most importantly faithfulness to God.

Thankfully (thank you, God), I’ve never been seriously tempted in this area. Sure, there are always attractive people around but I’ve always been happy in my marriage. Of course we’ve passed the perfect honeymoon stage long long ago (7 yrs ago to be exact) and as time goes on life gets busy with the day to day. Reading this book made me so thankful once again for the Godly husband that I have. I’m thankful that I can have complete confidence in him ni never have to doubt who he’s with or what he’s doing. I have complete trust in him and his word. I also love that I never have to doubt or question how he feels about me. He makes it clear everyday by what he says and what he does. I’m so thankful for the man that He gave me.

I’m also thankful for the God that I have. The book reminded me again of how faithful He is. God relates His relationship to us (those of us who have chosen to be His) as a marriage relationship. And time and time again he has been proven faithful. And patient. Especially with me! So many times I’ve “been unfaithful” in my relationship (marriage) with God by letting other things become more important than Him. And recently I’ve been doing that again with all this housework. I get so caught up in working that time gets away and God’s the one that’s been neglected. So this book has reminded me and motivated me again to get on the ball. Seriously, when will I ever get it right? Um…unfortunately the answer is never…at least not this side of heaven. “What a wretched (wo)man I Am. Who will save me from this body of death? But thanks be to God through Christ Jesus our Lord!”

I am so far from being perfect…as most of you can attest through knowing me. Lol. Thankfully God understands our weakness and loves us anyways. Good thing we’re not depending on our goodness to pass us through those pearly gates.

Speaking of Christians not being perfect… Most of you have probably heard about some of the antics of the Westboro Baptist Church. They’re the ones who like to picket and protest everything and everyone especially on occasions that will upset the most people (i.e. Funerals).

I learned through a friends status on Facebook that this church was planning to protest at the funeral of the 9 yr old girl who got shot in Arizona all because she was Roman Catholic. Then I read this article about them: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/09/westboro-baptist-church-arizona_n_806319.html

And it made me all the more angry. I hate when people are so hateful and when they destroy and defame my Christian name and the name of my God. There is nothing Christian about this group. Since when did Christ protest or picket funerals or command such from His followers? His way of protesting was to have compassion and raise the deceased from the dead. Yeah, right there on the spot. Let’s see that church follow Christ’s real example!!

So for all of you out there that aren’t Christians, please be assured that there are a lot of people out there that call themselves Christians but in reality, they aren’t. They don’t know the real Christ. And yes, those of is who do really follow Christ aren’t perfect. We still make mistakes. We’re still growing in Him. So please have patience with us when we fail. But please know, we’re not like those hateful ridiculous group that claim to be Christ’s followers. So please don’t let freaks like that spoil your appetite to know the true Savior. And I pray that I may never leave a sour taste for my God in your mouth. If so, please forgive me and may God help us both.

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I’m Tired! January 6, 2011

Filed under: Life — Lacey @ 12:02 pm

This redoing houses and moving is completely wearing me out!  And on top of that I’ve had a sick baby since Friday night.

I hate when Haddie’s sick.  No one sleeps well and I hate when I can’t really do anything to make her better (besides dosing her up with Tylenol and Ibuprofen).  I hate when I don’t really know why she has a fever.  She has had a fever on and off (pretty much on most of the time) since Saturday afternoon but hasn’t really many other symptoms.  So it always makes me wonder (slightly worry) what’s going on.  Is it just a virus?  Does she have an ear infection? UTI?  I hate taking her to the doctor to only hear thats its an virus and we can’t do anything but let it run its course.  I’m glad for somewhat of answers as to what its not…but I hate spending $40-90 to hear that we can’t do anything about it.  Not that she’s not worth spending the $ but you know what I mean.  I ended up taking her to the pediatrician (a new one…I’ll discuss that next) only to hear that it was probably a virus.  Although I’ve yet to see any other symptoms besides the fever.  But thankfully she seems to finally be getting a little better.  She was actually playing last night without clinging and whining to me.  And she even asked her Daddy to wrestle.

As to the new pediatrician we went to, I’m super impressed and wanted to pass this info on to those of you in my county.  We had been going to Pediatrics in Brevard and were overall satisfied except for the price.  We don’t have traditional insurance so we have to pay for all regular doctor’s visits.  Peds is at least $80 for a sick visit and usually around $140 for a well visit.  And that’s with their discount.  Yeah, a bit pricey, but honestly thats pretty much the same as everywhere else around here.  Except for this new one.

The one we went to this week, is actually a ARNP who has her own practice (she still has a Dr. overseeing her) in Melbourne.  Its a bit of a drive, but for the price and the quality service its worth it.  She specializes in uninsured children and only charges $40 for sick visits and $50 for well.  She doesn’t have any other staff so she answers her own phones and everything.  And she’s super friendly and helpful.  There was no wait time when we went and she spends as much time as you need with her.  She was great with Haddie, too.  So, if any of you are interested, I’ll give you her name and #.  I’d love for her to get more business since she’s doing such an awesome job.

Now onto the other source of my fatigue…

The new (to us) house is coming along rather nicely.  I’m so thankful for J & S’s help this week. They’re awesome! They’ve cleaned half of my windows and nasty window sills.  We’ve gotten almost all the rooms cleaned even with the walls, fans, ceilings and baseboards wiped down. Haddie’s room is almost completely painted and ready to start moving toys in.  Both broken windows have been replaced.  Seth finished replacing the whole electrical panel and is supposed to get inspected today so we can hopefully get the power turned back on soon.  Yeah, being without electricity has been quite interested for painting and cleaning!  Seth had lights hooked to his power inverter from his truck so we were working by fluorescent lights pulled from the garage.  Let’s just say life is never dull!  Seth’s also begun cutting down our crazy overgrown pepper trees in the backyard.  So we’re on our way…

Only every other room to paint and 2 bathrooms to clean…yippee! (I saw with a big sigh…a tired sigh that is).

But really, I’m not complaining.  I’m thankful that we were able to get this house and I’m excited about all the potential that I see.  I can’t wait to get all moved in so that we can start hanging out with the kids after school and really be able to do better youth ministry.  And I can’t wait to be closer to friends, family and the church building.

And we’re continuing to pray for God to provide us with good renters or a buyer for our current home.  Can’t wait to see what the future holds.

 

Chicken N Dumplings (Oven)

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 11:40 am

I found this recipe online (can’t remember exact site).  Its pretty easy and yummy.  Seth said its one of his top favorites of meals.

 

Chicken N Dumplings (Oven)

FILLING:
3 c. cubed chicken or turkey, cooked
1 (4 oz.) can mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. sour cream
2 (10 3/4 oz.) cans condensed cream of chicken soup

TOPPING:
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 c. buttermilk pancake mix, extra lights or complete
1/3 c. cornmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. milk
8 oz. (2 c.) Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese, shredded

 

Heat oven to 375 degrees. In large saucepan, combine all filling ingredients, simmer while preparing topping. Lightly spoon pancake mix into measuring cup; level off. In medium bowl, combine all topping ingredients EXCEPT cheese, blend well. Stir in cheese. Pour hot chicken mixture into ungreased 12 x 8 inch (2 quart) baking dish or shallow 2 quart casserole. Spoon topping over chicken mixture. Bake at 375 degrees, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. (Place casserole on foil or cookie sheet to guard against spillage.) Serve immediately. 5 servings.

 

From Ohio to Tennessee We Go January 1, 2011

Filed under: God thoughts,Life — Lacey @ 5:55 pm

Ohio to Tennessee Streets that is…

Most of you have probably already heard, but we officially closed on our new home (new to us at least…its older than our current home) this week.  And now the fun (well…its not all fun) begins.

We have started clearing out the house (previous owner left a bit of junk inside) and cleaning it up.  So far, I’ve gotten the kitchen cabinets, microwave, range and china cabinet cleaned inside and out (thanks to A. for his awesome help!).  I’ve cleaned a few of the windows, too.  And of course, replaced the toilet seats.  Isn’t that a cardinal rule of buying a new home?  I feel like it should be.  Honestly, I would have kept the old ones if they were remotely salvageable.  But these were beyond cleaning.  I know, probably TMI. And we’ve swept the whole house.  I don’t think I can say “Yuck!” enough about this one.  Seriously…a house being vacant for a few months can really build up dust.  And then there was the pet hair, and the dead bugs.  I’m seriously glad we bug bombed before we started doing any work.  I can see now that I’m going to have to deal with a whole different breed of roaches now than we have even 8 miles away in our current house! Ugh.

We have a lot of work to do but I’m so excited about the potential.  I’m having trouble sleeping sometimes because I’m constantly thinking about what colors I should paint different rooms, where I’m going to place the furniture, what we need to do next, and all the potential that’s abounding in this house.  I’ve even found myself deciding which cabinets I want to put which dishes… yeah, I guess its probably a woman thing.

Unfortunately, I’m not liking the amounts at the check out these days, though!  I don’t think I’ve spent so much at Walmart in a long time!  And the cart ends up dangerously hard to maneuver.  Can I just say that my cart with 6 cans of paint, 6 packs of blinds (including 2 that were 72″) has the potential for some serious damage–including knocking stuff off of shelves and impaling passing customers?  Thankfully, I only knocked one price tag off the shelf…but I quickly saw the hazards I could have created.

So, we have lots more cleaning and then painting to do.  Seth has some lovely projects ahead of replacing the two boarded up/broken windows, replacing the entire electrical panel (thank you insurance inspector!), and bush hogging the entire overgrown back yard (almost 1/2 an acre back there!), among other things.  So it should be an interesting next couple of weeks.

We are also trying to tackle the packing, painting, and minor repairs at our current house so that we can rent or sell it.  And if any of you know someone who wants to rent or buy a 3/2 in Cocoa, please, please let us know!  We can’t pay for both houses for long at all.

Many of you might question why we made the decision to buy a second home only 15 min away. We really feel like this is where God wants us to be.  Its a bigger house for whenever we decide to expand our family (and no, there is not a baby on the way…and no, we don’t have any plans to expand any time soon).  Its the street over from Seth’s parents and grandparents (can we say more family time and FREE babysitting? : ).  And its right across the street from the Jr./Sr. High School.

We really feel like this house is going to be sooooo much better for youth ministry.  We really want to be able to hang out with the kids more and this is obviously going to be easier being in a central location and right by a school.  So, our house is hopefully going to become the after school hangout (yes, I know I’m probably crazy!).  But I believe that God is going to use this house and location in mighty ways.  And since I know that this is where God wants us to be…I totally believe and trust that He is going to provide a buyer/renter so that we don’t have to stop eating anytime soon : )  I don’t know how he’s going to provide, but he always does.  And even if we end up with an empty house that we’re stuck paying for for a few more months than we expected, I’m sure he’ll take care of us and provide in ways that we don’t expect.

So, please pray for us that God will provide in awesome ways.  And spread the word about our house….and let us know if you’re interested…even in renting a room or two! : )