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Is Complaining Ever Ok? March 26, 2012

Filed under: God thoughts,Life — Lacey @ 6:01 pm

Today was my last day going through week 3 (Complaining) in my devotional, Controlling Your Pests: Ridding Your Life of Bad Habits by Ross Beodfuehrer.

I thought it made some good points that I wanted to share.

First of all, yes, sometimes complaining is necessary. Jesus did it. But he didn’t just do it to vent his frustration or make himself feel better. He aimed it at people who needed to hear the truth (Matthew 17:17 & Matt 23). I’m not suggesting that we should do this. After all, He was God and perfect, but we have our own selfish motivations to contend with.

David complained to God (Psalm 142:1-2). Job did too, but he quickly withdrew his complaints when he met with God and got some perspective.

Ross Brodfuehrer brought up this question, “Could it be there is a difference between complaining because you like to complain, and complaining out of sincere need, righteous indignation, or in faith God will change things?”

I’d say, “Yes.” But its hard for me to actually call the later 3 categories complaints. I tend to think of them more as requests. But maybe that’s my rationalizing. Or maybe its all in how you phrase things. For instance, I could ask God to help change someone’s heart or I could say, “God, so-and-so had such a nasty attitude. I’m so tired of dealing with them. You need to change their attitude.” The second one definitely has the complaining ring to it as well as bitter, demanding, prideful and condescending.

Brodfuehrer recommended creating some rules for yourself to decide “how and when you will complain and how and when you will not.”

Here’s what I came up with for myself:
1. Does it matter in light of eternity? or Is it just about my own comfort/opinions?

Am I complaining/asking for the rainy day to stop just because it makes it inconvenient for me on my shopping trip or is it because it will ruin an important outreach/fellowship event at church?

2. Is it something that I can change? Or Do I need God to do something about it?

I can complain all day long about my messy house and I can pray for God to make it clean. But come on really, is He really going to clean it for me? Not that He couldn’t, but is that really a good use of His power? No, I need to get off my lazy butt and do something about it. Not that I can’t pray for God to give me motivation or better habits. But I can’t complain about it.

Another example, supposed I’m really heart broken about some choices a friend is making. Yes, I should lovingly confront them (especially if they’re a Christian), but I can’t do anything about their heart or their choices. In this case, I need to leave a big chunk of the responsibility to God. And I would tend to say, that this is a good example of appropriate complaining to God. Especially if that friend’s choices have somehow hurt you. Many times it might be a good idea to complain to God before we even approach someone to complain to them. Our God is strong enough to take whatever we can throw at Him. Whereas sometimes our friends aren’t. And we can do some permanent damage to our relationships if we’re not careful.

3. Is it important enough to pray about?

If something is not important enough to pray about then it’s probably not important enough to verbalize your inner complaints about it either. And if you haven’t prayed about it, it’s probably a good idea to do that first…I bet many times this would give us better perspective and would eliminate a lot of our complaints in the first place.

And above all else, we should keep these verses in mind:

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe (Philippians 2:14, 15 NIV84)

Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! (James 5:9 NIV84)

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29 NIV84)

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV84)


What I Learned This Week March 24, 2012

Filed under: Life — Lacey @ 1:48 pm

This week was an interesting one to say the least. My dad called me Monday late afternoon to tell me he had been admitted to the hospital. He told me it wasn’t a big deal and that I didn’t need to come over. I debated what to do and finally settled on packing up quickly and heading over to the other coast of Florida with Haddie. This week taught me a number of things:

1. I now know what I’d do if one of my parents end up in the hospital. Before I had thought about this situation in the back of my mind, but I never knew what all I’d do. See my parents are never seriously sick. I’ve never seen them in the hospital or having surgery.


2. I can handle crisis pretty well, but only by God’s help! I really didn’t feel too stressed out and I didn’t let myself wander to all the what ifs. I was able to have peace. A peace that was definitely not my own.

3. I was reminded again about the power of prayer. All the prayers really did give me peace. They helped my dad to have peace and a good attitude. And most of all they helped both surgeries to go smoothly and himself injury to begin to heal.

4. I have a great family. I mean, I already knew this, but this week was a great reminder. We all were able to rally around to help dad. I was happy with how my mom handled everything, too. She gladly took Haddie all week on top of her normal work schedule so that I could drive an hour away and help dad in the hospital. The situation was super last minute and both my brother, his wife and my mom were great hosts to us.

5. Monroe Regional Medical Center is a great hospital. The staff was friendly and helpful. Everywhere I went, I was greeted cheerfully by staff, even the construction workers and maintenance staff! The hospital was clean and nice. And the doctors were great.

6. I now know Ocala pretty well, at least the main 200 stretch. I drove that way about 11x this week!

7. Chik-fila ice cream really hits the spot! And their cookies and cream shakes are delish!

8. I now know what a wound vac/sponge is. I had never heard of it before, but I saw this medical technology up close and personal. That that I enjoyed seeing the blood and yuck coming from the tube…

9. I can sleep in tight spots and strange positions. I curled up between two hospital chairs and had a decent nap. Guess all those youth group trips have paid off.

10. I learned what strep bacteria can do to a wound. It doesn’t just exist in the back of your throat.

11. Isolation precautions are annoying. Of course, necessary, but those plastic gowns and gloves are uncomfortable and hot!


12. They require hairnets for everyone, even baldies 🙂


13. Running in Lecanto is a lot different than Merritt Island. There are hills and much less breeze!

14. It is super cute to watch Haddie FaceTime with Her daddy! She kept wanting to call him because she missed him. She gave him kisses over the phone, hugged the phone (him), picked his nose, brushed his teeth over the phone and more silliness. She made me tear up a number of times, too. She kept telling him to come over to see us because she wanted him to hug her.

15. Seth actually did a good job keeping up the house without me! He did the dishes, actually made the bed, and even mopped before our Dgroup came over. I am impressed!

16. Seth is a creative and awesome builder. This is what is we came home to last night:




I’m excited for the next few years of fun she’s going to get with her new playground and all the fun she’ll have playing with friends outside now. And I’m happy to finally have my hammock put up, too!


Valentine’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies March 17, 2012

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 11:43 am

We made these cookies during our school day on Valentine’s Day.

I found the original recipe on Pinterest:


And of course, I hadn’t looked at the recipe early enough beforehand to realize that it called for the Betty Crocker Peanut Butter cookie mix.  I didn’t have time to run out and grab any, so I just used my tried and true peanut butter cookie recipe and added the dove heart chocolates instead of the hershey kisses.


HS Week 14: Summer Fun & Valentine Goodies

Filed under: Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 11:30 am

We did this school day back in February. This is the 3rd lesson in our Seasons & Weather unit.


We started out our Summer lesson by coloring our season tree pages:



Notice the big, bright, hot sun; the abundance of green leaves, the big blue swimming pool, and all of the colorful flowers…



Next, we made some summer suns. I found this idea on one of the weather websites, but since its been a while, I’m not sure which one. We used a paper plate, finger paint and then covered with plastic wrap. They enjoyed feeling the squishy paint without getting all messy (I especially enjoyed the nonmessy part!). Although, eventually the plastic did move some and there were some messy hands, but no where near as messy as normal!




Titus had a lot of fun pounding on his summer sun. Look at that tongue and that concentration : )




Next we played a game to review the first two seasons we studied. I printed out pictures (from google images) for each of the holidays and weather for the Winter & Spring seasons (snow, christmas tree, nativity scene, new years eve fireworks, valentines day, rain, spring flowers, Easter basket, 3 crosses, I Love Mom for mother’s day). I taped the pictures down to the kitchen floor and called out different things for them to run and stand on. I would call “spring holidays,” or “winter weather,” or “easter,” etc. They had a great time running around, racing to the pictures and hanging on each other.







Next we made some hand valentine’s day card for their dads. I found the idea on Pinterest. We traced of their hands and let them try to cut them out. Then the older two wrote out the letters (or in some cases, traced them) to say “This Much.” They also colored and decorated their cards.



Here’s the link where I got this idea (originally saw on pinterest, of course!): http://tiffkeetch.blogspot.com/2010/06/this-much-card-and-kid-canvas.html


And since it was Valentine’s Day, I couldn’t resist making some yummy cookies I found on Pinterest. The kids all got to help unwrap the Dove chocolate hearts, dump the ingredients into the mixing bowl and take turns holding the mixer.






And of course, you can’t make cookies without licking the spoons and beaters! The kids seriously licked the dough off like there was no tomorrow!





Once the cookies were done, they took turns pushing the chocolate hearts into the cookies.



And of course, then it was time to enjoy the cookies and get messy!


I found this recipe on pinterest, here’s the link to the original website: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/chocolate-heart-peanut-butter-cookies/c678af5d-a2d3-4fa7-bf21-61cfbab296cb


HS Week 13: Spring Showers & Spanish Weather

Filed under: Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 11:00 am

This school day was from back in January/February.  This is the 2nd lesson in our Seasons & Weather Unit.

Today we learned about the season of Spring and Spring weather (rain, clouds, etc). The kids started out by watching the Signing Time Seasons DVD.  Then it was time for cloud experiments!

First, they learned that clouds are made up of water and introduced the basic idea of the water cycle.  They got to put cotton balls into cups of water then lift up and squeeze them to make them “rain.”


Next we used shaving cream to make clouds and food coloring to make rain. They got to see how the rain starts in the clouds then rains down in the sky (the water).


And for our final cloud experiment, we used hot water and ice to make condensation and rain. This experiment didn’t work quite as great as I would have liked, but we were still able to see some of the water running down the sides of the jar.




After our experiments it was time to find some real clouds!

I had seen an idea for a cloud viewer on pinterest, but I couldn’t find it again, so I made up our own.  I narrowed down the cloud types to 4 basic types (I didn’t think the preschoolers would really be able to grasp stratocumulus…let alone, me!).  I searched google images for basic cloud pictures and gave each of them a paper with all 4.  They practiced their cutting skills, until they got frustrated and I helped with the rest.



They glued them to their paper plates, we cut out a viewer hole and they set to work finding and identifying clouds.



Of course, now that we’re done I found the cloud viewer I was looking for:

Next, we talked about rainbows and they got to make their own fruity rainbows. I found the idea for this online and used a coloring page from online as well.





We also did our seasons tree picture and Spring holidays pages, but I forgot to take pictures of them.

We finished up our school day by learning about the Spanish words for weather. I used the Twin Sisters’ Publications materials. They had two Spanish weather songs on the CD and a mini book to follow along with.

Here are some of the links I found on pinterest and used for the lesson. They have great ideas for teaching weather:




Seasons & Weather lessons

Filed under: Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 10:05 am

I’m going to be posting the rest of our school days from our Seasons & Weather unit, hopefully within this next week.  For now, here’s a link to my google docs lessons.  You can’t edit of course, but you can view them and I assume copy them for yourselves.



HS Week 12: Winter Weather

Filed under: Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 12:35 am

We did this lesson back in January. It was the first in a unit study on seasons and weather. I also tied in Spanish and Sign language.

We started the school day watching the Seasons video in the Signing Time series. If you haven’t seen any of their videos, I highly recommend them. They do a great job introducing sign language and making it fun. It’s easy to get their songs stuck in your head and to remember their explanations of why the signs are what they are and how to do them.

This Seasons video did a great job introducing the idea of seasons, each season and the weather for each.
Watched signing time seasons

After watching the video, I had the kids sit on a white fleece blanket. I called it our snow and used it to introduce the typical cold weather of winter. I tried to explain that it’s winter here now, even though it’s not too cold (notice their shorts and flip flops!). They also had fun getting dressed up in winter gear.



While on our “snow” blanket, we colored and decorated our seasons pages. I found this tree clip art online and enlarged it enough to fit a regular page. They will decorate the same tree for each season in our series to show how it changes. I also printed out the word “winter” and had them glue it to their pages. For the winter tree they used cotton and white glitter glue.




Next I introduced our weather wheel (great find in the $.97 section at Walmart, huh?). We talked about each type of weather and then about what it’s normally like during winter. I also had them look outside at today’s weather and then find it on the wheel. I will use this wheel for each of the following weeks in our unit study.


Next they colored today’s weather on their weekly weather pages. They took these home to complete during the rest if the week. I found these online somewhere, but I can’t remember where. I searched through a lot of websites for materials.



And of course, it’s not winter without snowflakes! I was excited to include these because I had meant to introduce this timeless craft during the Christmas season with Haddie, but it never happened. Turns out its too hard for this age. I let them fold the papers and I was the one to cut. They tried, but it was way too tough for our new cutters.


This next activity was probably their favorite part of the day. We played with Snow! Ok, this is Florida, so it’s obviously not real snow. But it was play snow I found at the Dollar Store. It’s a power you mix with water to create this snow gel type stuff. I let each kid help by mixing the water and powder together and then they got to have a hay day in their own box.





After all the snow fun, we talked about winter holidays. I made this sheet in google docs in the make a drawing option. I made a similar sheet for each season and ended up with 3 holidays for each season. Yes, I know there are a lot more than that, but I simplified it down for them and added their birthdays, too! We briefly talked about each holiday and then they drew a picture for each.


And since Valentines is part of winter and it was coming soon, we made celery valentine roses (pinterest inspired). Of course the end result wasn’t much like roses, but we tried! I had Haddie make a few more later on to send out to grandparents. Sorry to say they’re still sitting on the counter…guess they’ll be very very belated! Maybe they’ll make it in time for Easter. They’re springy too, right?


Here’s the original link where I got the idea:



We worked more on our Spanish colors again. I made a colorful lunch and we talked about what each item was called in Spanish (the food and the color).


Then we used the materials from Twin Sister’s publications. We looked at the book and listened to the CD. I also made construction paper squares for each color in the song and had them
hold them up when we sang about them.



I’ll try to post the link to my google docs of all my seasons lessons soon. They’re nothing special, but I’d love to help inspire or cut down on anyone else’s work in planning.


Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal March 16, 2012

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks,Slow Cooker — Lacey @ 1:00 pm

I’m not the biggest fan of oatmeal. The weird consistency is what gets me. But Haddie has always liked it but many mornings she’s too impatient to wait for it to cook and cool. I’ve seen the slow cook recipes but they always call for steel cut oats and I don’t buy them. But when I saw them in aldi I figured it was time to try it.

I followed this recipe: (I just searched though google)

Slow cooker oatmeal

It was good. Not too runny or stiff. I didn’t do any of the add-ins. Just the basic vanilla cinnamon. I felt like it could have had a little more flavor. Seth thought it was fine. If I make it again I’d probably add a little more cinnamon and some diced apples.

The one big downside is the crusty mess it made in my crockpot. I soaked it for two days and then broke out the supposed miraculous baking soda and peroxide mix. It got some crustiness off, but there’s a bit that may be impossible! So this is a bit of a deterrent to making it again. I guess it needs a little less baking time? Or the sides of the crockpot just get way too hot!


Cookie Dough Bites #2 (Peanut Butter & Coconut)

Filed under: Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks — Lacey @ 12:45 pm

no-bake energy bites

I followed a friend’s suggestion and tried these cookie bites. They were good. I liked the addition of peanut butter and coconut. But they were harder to mix and roll up than the other kind of bites. I guess I liked the lazy way of having the food processor mix it all up for me. It was also easier to roll with it all chopped up. When I make these again I’ll probably let the food processor do the work for me.

Also, these bites were a bit sweeter, so I could only eat a couple. The other bites seemed a little healthier since it didn’t have the peanut butter and coconut. Haddie actually liked the first kind the best. Seth and I liked both kinds a lot.


Kale Chips March 15, 2012

Filed under: Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks — Lacey @ 9:45 pm

I had heard a number of people talk about how good and healthy kale chips are. But honestly, I was skeptical. Could dried green stuff actually be edible??

When I saw this on pinterest i decided I’d give it a try. I was surprised that I couldn’t find kale at publix. Surprisingly I did find it at Walmart for less than a dollar a bundle. So, I tried it out the other day and it was actually pretty good.


The first batch ended up a little to salty and greasy. The second batch I sprayed with cooking spray instead of sprinkling in olive oil to avoid the extra greasy taste. And I seasoned half with a herb & garlic seasoning mix. The other half I sprinkled with mesquite seasoning.

Seth and I both agreed the herb & garlic were the best. But he wasn’t that big of a fan of any of them. I thought they were all pretty good and if they weren’t green they could have been crispy thin potato chips.

Our youth dgroup tried some and of course they all didn’t like them. Except one of the guys. I think it was mainly because it was green. Really, if they looked like potato chips they would have eaten them fine.

But surprisingly Haddie loved them. She wanted to eat them for breakfast! And she finished them all up. I called them green chips in hoping that she’d eat them better. And I guess it worked. Since she ate them so well, I’m sure I’ll make them again!

Kale Chips