Monday, December 14, 2009
Today we had quite a bit of snowfall...
I'm looking forward to the kids coming home from college this weekend and we're going to do some serious shopping...yes, I'm THAT far behind!!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Since I started working this summer I cannot seem to accomplish as much as I would like, go figure! However, I have been doing a TON of reading (hmmm...my new job is at the library). I have read nearly 50 books in the past 5 months. I received two books from Waterbrook Multnomah to review.
More Than A Match by Michael and Amy Smalley is an excellent read for any couple considering marriage. The Smalleys use many illustrations and stories from their own experiences. They are very straight forward and the reading is enjoyable. Beginning with 5 keys to compatibility, the authors move through several pertinent topics such as what to look for in a guy/girl, how to handle a relationship that is not working out, and a lot of time is spent addressing the physical relationship. There is also a section on divorce risk factors. At the end of each chapter, questions are given that provide a good review of what has been written. Because of their candor and easy style of writing, I believe that this book would be very appealing to young couples and I highly recommend it! If you know of an engaged or dating couple, perhaps you'd like to consider this for a Christmas gift!
The second book is 99 Ways to stretch Your Home Budget by Cheri Gillard. This is a handy book to have! Just as the title suggests, Gillard lists 99 money stretching ideas. Idea #1 is as simple as meal planning. Each idea comes with a paragraph or two of explanation ending with how much money could be saved per week/year. I must say though, that I didn't come across any major "aha" ideas. These were pretty much your standard budget stretching ideas. However, I plan on checking back with the book from time to time just as a reminder and to make sure that I'm keeping my budget in check! Waterbrook Multnomah offers a lot more "99 Ways" books. You can check out all of their books here.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I was excited to receive Dawn Hall’s Fast & Frugal Cookbook. In her introduction she explains her thoughts on making choices regarding ingredient cost. It’s not always best to use the cheapest ingredients. There is a great cost benefit in making healthy choices. Most of us know though, that the grocery budget can only be stretched so far and Dawn gives some great tips to help with that.
The book is divided into nine sections. At the beginning of each section, each recipe is indexed along with the amount of time needed to prepare it. In the sidebar of each page is a convenient listing of all supplies needed for each recipe as well as a detailed grocery list. Nearly every recipe comes with a “Helpful Hint.” These hints give ideas for substitutions, money saving ideas & practical cooking tips.
The recipes themselves are simple, comfort food type recipes. (I would have liked more chicken recipes - there seemed to be an emphasis on ham.) There are many pictures, but not quite enough for me. The book ends with a very detailed index making each recipe easy to find. I’m looking forward to cooking my way through this new cookbook!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
2. Beginning on page 18, Hunt talks about our need for mothering. How do you see this need among women you know? In your own life? In my own life I have been blessed to have been raised by a godly mother who has taught me a lot. Also, I am part of a close-knit church where the women share their lives with each other. This close contact has taught me many valuable lessons. We've had some dear elderly ladies who have been great examples to our whole church body. Unfortunately, many women do not see the need in their own lives or value the life experience of older women.
3. What's something that you underlined, highlighted, circled, starred, or drew arrows to in this chapter? Why did it stand out to you?
My attention was drawn to the portion under the heading "Our Capacity for Mothering." The author stated: "As a woman's growing desire to imitate God produces obedience to His Word, she develops mothering characteristics. Our femaleness gives us the capacity for mothering; our faith produces certain characteristics of mothering." These characteristics are such things as compassion, sacrifice, and desire to nurture. Interestingly, when a woman grows in her relationship with the Lord, the overflow of that is a growth in her relationship with others. (We are not an island!)
Friday, September 18, 2009
This is my mom. She is pretty amazing (but that's another story). We had a great time.