Friday, November 19, 2010

Brennan Nicholas 10/02/96-11/19/96

I Thessalonians 4:13-14
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

—John 14:1-3
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

Revelation 21:4
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

2 Corinthians 4:16-15:8
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

14 years ago today, part of my life story went home to be with the Lord. My son Brennan died as a result of SIDS. I am so thankful that I will be able to be with him again. That gives me hope even in the face of pain. I thank God that he has made me whole and that through my relationship with him, he gives me that opportunity to have eternal life and be with the people that I cherish.

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Blessings to you today,

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Morning B and B (Bible and Breakfast)

Just a few photos from our family bible time that we have each morning. I think it is the favorite part of my day!

Now, on to dealing with these apples. I have some applesauce to make!

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Weight Watchers No Crust Apple Pie

Just had to pass on this wonderful fall recipe. I love apple pie, but not the calories that comes along with it. I've been on Weight Watchers for about 3 weeks now. Came across this recipe on the web and wanted to pass it on.

No Crust Apple Pie
4 cups apples sliced
1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light biscit mix

1/2 cup light biscuit mix
2 tablespoons chopped nuts
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon margarine

Combine apples, cinnamon and nutmeg and place in a sprayed deep-dish pie plate. Beat biscuit mix, sugar, eggs and milk til smooth. Pour over apples. In a small bowl blend biscuit mix, chopped nuts, brown sugar and margarine till crumbly. Sprinkle on top of pie. Bake at 350* for 1 hour or till knife in center comes out clean. Enjoy!

5 points per serving, 8 servings

I used Heart Smart Bisquick and Light Blue Bonnet margarine and by my calculations on the Weight Watcher recipe builder, it was 4 points per serving.

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A Simple Woman's Daybook ~ September 13, 2010

Outside my window...the shadows of the trees on the church across the street. The American Flag waving in the wind. The sun shining brightly in a very blue fall sky.

I am thinking...that I need to work on looking directly at my son when he talks to me...even if it's about video games for the hundredth time today. I want to make sure he realizes that he is worth being looked at when he talks. That might help him in choosing a mate someday. He deserves someone who looks at him when he talks.

I am thankful for...being able to homeschool, a husband that works hard, a daughter who is a helper, healthy babies, FALL!

From the learning rooms.....learning about creation, going through Proverbs for Bible. Dealing with prepositions in grammar. Learning about axis lines and the globe lines in Geography. Math, Science and Social Studies. Equivalent, cultivate and introduce are a few of our Spelling words this week.

From the kitchen...Roasting a chicken with apples, celery, garlic and rosemary. It smells wonderful. Making a no-crust apple pie for dessert.

I am wearing...JEANS!! Thankful to be able to cover my imperfections with the cooler weather.

I am creating...I am planning on doing faux stain glass on my back door using tissue paper and modge podge.

I am relax tonight and seriously think about what things on want to cook to stay on track with Weight Watchers.

I am reading...Home Comforts and The Gentle Art of Domesticity.

I am hoping...that I start to get over whatever hormone imbalance I am dealing with so I can stop being scarey mommy.

I am hearing...The sound of my phone going off, my son getting upset because he does not feel he understands his math, my little guy playing in his bedroom, the fan running, the windchimes out on the porch.

Around the house...we are looking forward to fall with the crunch of leaves, the smells of cinnamon and apples, the vibrant colors and bonfires on a cool evening.
One of my favorite taking pictures. I also love to feather my nest for my family. I want them to like being here.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Hoping to get a storm door installed. Having a candle or I should say a Scentsy party. Maybe going out with a friend to deprogram.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing.......A Life Well Spent

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Updates :)

It's been a while hasn't it. Just wanted to say that I am still here. Having a 2 year old and a new baby can keep one VERY busy.

A few updates:

The summer was not really busy, other than dealing with the little ones. The heat made it hard to get out of the house.

We finally got our dining room and living room painted, courtesy of my wonderful mother. It really brightened our moods to have some fresh paint on the walls and to finally start making the home our own. We did the dining room in a wonderful red color and the living room is a nice yellowy gold tan color. The one picture of the dining room shows the red on one side and the blueish primer on the other side of the fireplace.

We attended a few art fairs and went strawberry and blueberry picking for the first time. That was a lot of fun.

Jack turned 2. He is doing a lot better. He has started to talk and counts up to 10 and backwards to 1. He says a few words and each week seems to have another word he learns to say. He is continuing with the Early Intervention playgroup. He is my child that teaches me patience and makes me want to lose a lot of weight to keep up with him. He always seems to find something to get in to.

Oliver got bigger :)

I made a rag quilt and some coasters.

I canned some applesauce. Made some pasta sauce and refrigerator pickles too.

School started last week here in the home and the first week went very well. I feel so blessed to be able to sit around the table first thing in the morning having family devotions. I love to be able to see the wheels turning in my son's head as he figures out math problems and also the joy he expresses when he gets them all right.

Wow, that was quite the update! I continue hoping that I will be able to get back to blogging more regularly.

Until next time....

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Monday, June 28, 2010

He's Here! A Double Birthday In Our House!

Oliver Joseph was born at 2:19 a.m. on 06/25. He weighed in at 8 lbs 1 oz and measured 22 in long.

After having two very hard yet irregular contractions and just not feeling right we made the 40 minute drive to the hospital I was to deliver at. My husband thankfully got us there in 30 minutes. I started having regular contractions in the car at 5 minutes apart. I was wheeled levitating in the wheelchair up to the Labor and Delivery floor. They explained they needed to check me to see where I was at and found me to be 9 cm and 100% effaced. After laboring for an additional 30 minutes, I delivered. It was a very hard, intense labor, but very quick. My doctor made it in just as I was ready to push. No time for any medications, although I was going to try to go without anyway. Very thankful we took the initiative to get to the hospital even though we were not exhibiting classic signs of labor. God's timing is SO perfect! We are enjoying our littlest little man so much.

Oliver was his older sister's 19th b-day present :) Makes it that much more special!

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Sunday, June 13, 2010


I have not had the energy or the mind to post lately and I really hope to pick back up again soon. I miss posting pictures and thoughts on my life. For now, here is the ultrasound picture of Oliver from a couple weeks ago. At that time, he was measuring 7 lbs. I'm thinking he might be a big baby when he finally shows up ;) You can see his face pretty well. He is holding his arm in front of his face.

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Menu Plan Monday


I have been trying to sit down and make a menu plan so that everybody knows what is going on for dinners for when I finally have the baby. A lot of these are easy and will make good leftovers. I may even edit this post eventually in the next day or two to add next weeks as well. Would love to have that taken care of and not have to think about it again and hopefully by the end of the 2 week menu plan, we will have a new little baby :)

Sunday: Meatball Bake
Monday: Balsamic Beef Onion Pasta
Tuesday: Roast Kielbasa and Potatoes
Wednesday: Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti
Thursday: Brown Rice and Lentil Casserole
Friday: Hamburgers and Fries
Saturday: Grilled Chicken

For more Menu's check out Organizing Junkie

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Menu Plan Monday


Trying to get a little more WW friendly this week. Going to need more WW meals once this little guy is born. 32 weeks now...won't be long :)

Monday: 75 cent Chili Dogs from Vince's Drive In
Tuesday: Easy WW Friendly Goulash
Wednesday: Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti
Thursday: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Friday: Basic Homemade Pizza
Saturday: Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Corn on the Cob
Sunday: BRINNER, pancakes, hashbrowns, sausage, OJ.

For more Menu's check out Organizing Junkie

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Menu Plan Monday


Monday: Roasted Kielbasa and Potatoes
Tuesday: Balsamic Beef Onion Pasta
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken
Thursday: Easy Pleasing Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
Friday: Extra Easy Pizza
Saturday: Not sure yet....maybe left overs.
Sunday: Brinner - Eggs, Sausage, Pancakes.

For more Menu's check out Organizing Junkie

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Menu Plan Monday


Monday: Angel Hair Pasta with Crab
Tuesday: Hearty Chicken Pot Pie
Wednesday: Jerk Pork Tenderloin, Potato, Veggie
Thursday: Garlic Beef with Broccoli
Friday: Extra Easy Pizza
Saturday: Makeover Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta
Sunday: Leftovers, unless I come up with something, then I will update :)

Tried this for a treat: Iced Mocha Coffee
Going to try this: Fruit Salad in Seconds

For more Menu's check out Organizing Junkie

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Menu Plan Monday


Monday: Crockpot Nachos

Tuesday BDAY DINNER: White Castle Cheeseburgers (homemade), Darn Good Chocolate Cake.

Wednesday: Mac and Cheese Pizza

Thursday: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Friday: Skillet Penne and Sausage

Saturday: Not sure yet...will post when I figure it out :) Maybe leftovers.

Sunday: Easter Dinner (more to come on what I will be making)

For more Menu's check out Organizing Junkie

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