Family Fun Photo Journey-“To the Orchard”

Two excited children that couldn’t wait to fill their personal containers.

Hidden from View

I was surprised how good the kids did at picking their own blueberries. They were so yummy and sun-warmed.

Little Lad was thrilled to pick his own blueberries. He didn’t even like the taste of blueberries before!

Baby was NOT impressed!

 

The trees were loaded with luscious yellow cherries!

Look what I picked, Mama!

Caught red handed! Tasting them was a trip for the taste buds!

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Tippy Tuesday

“Tip for Tuesday”

This is a rather interesting post. I think if I can I will start posting small, easy, time-saving, frugal tips on Tuesdays.

This one is kind of joke, though.

-To Save Money on Tissues-

First of all you need a nice brand new box of Kleenex or the equivalent.  A good place to buy reasonably priced tissues is at Aldi or Dollar Tree. Then you need a young child around the age of two or three. Have them take the box of tissues to your room and tell them to place it on your nightstand. You will discover sooner or later that the box of tissues has been conveniently torn apart to see what treasures may lurk with in. Because of your money-saving mindset you will not want to throw away the tissues because you just bought them. Place the pulled out, disoriented tissues in the drawer of your nightstand and use as needed. This happened to me recently and I do believe this is the longest lasting box of tissues I’ve ever had. And it sure saves pennies!:)

What is Important?

The other day I had an interesting experience! I’d gone shopping to Aldi and while I was in the store a policeman came in. As I was loading up, he came walking out. He was parked close to me so I said to him, “Thank you for all you do for us”. The man said to me, “Thank you but what you are doing is the MOST important!” I was surprised because you could tell he meant what he said. Every day he gets to see children, youth, and adults gone wrong. A lot of those crimes can be traced to dysfunctional families who don’t know God.

This conversation felt like a God-moment to me. Reminding me once again that what I do day in and day out DOES matter! Raising little ones in the most important job I have right now even if it doesn’t feel that way. The days get long and the work doesn’t last. (I think that’s why I enjoy mowing the lawn so much. It actually last for a couple of days:)) Laundry, for one, is one of those jobs I do basically every day. Some more things are cooking, cleaning, and changing clothes. Thinking of filling my place as an act of worship to God does make a difference. Look at it this way. Some times changing a dirty diaper is a bigger and more important act of worship than forcing yourself to sit down and read the Bible for twenty minutes. Now don’t get me wrong. Reading the Bible is vital for growth and sustenance in one’s Christian walk!

Today, my friends, remember that filling your place is an act of worship. Being where He wants you to be, wherever that might be, is what is important! God bless you all!

~Enjoying the Moment as a Family~

Taste Tester Thursday

“Honey Bun Cake”

1 box yellow cake mix

2/3 c. vegetable oil

4 eggs

1 (8oz.) container sour cream

Heat oven to 350*. Spray pan with non-stick pan spray and dust with flour. In mixing bowl, beat  ingredients together for two minutes on medium speed. Spread half the batter in a 9 by 13  pan.

1 c. packed brown sugar

3 tsp. ground cinnamon

Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl. Spread this mixture over the batter in the pan.

Spread remaining batter over cinnamon sugar mixture. Take a knife and gently swirl the batter.

Bake 44 to 48 minutes or till golden brown. Top with glaze.

1 c. powdered sugar

1 tbsp. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

Prick surface of the warm cake. Spread glaze over cake. Cool completely.

Recipe adapted from bettycrocker.com. This simple, elegant cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or any time of the day! Enjoy!

Jesus’ Queen

“Mommy, you Jesus’ queen!” my little boy told me animatedly at breakfast. Then he turned to my maid and said, “Twila, you Jordan’s queen!” That tickled my funny bone. You know it really is in perspective. How do we look at life? There aren’t many times that I feel like a queen much less Jesus’ queen. Come to think of it though, what do I expect Jesus’ queen to be like? In my mind, I think of Jesus’ queen being one who has her ducks quacking. Her house is neat. Her children are neat. She is neat. Not only is she neat, I think of her as being constantly loving, constantly giving, and constantly patient. She is busy performing.  If that doesn’t sound like someone close to perfect, someone who could possess the title Mrs. God… On the other hand, maybe Jesus’ queen is one who is filling her place as woman, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and/or mom. Maybe Jesus’ queen is one who has a messy house because she is busy raising children and making memories. Maybe His queen is one who takes time for the hurting and ends up driving a dirty car. Maybe His queen smells of baby barf and breast milk because she has an infant.

What does a Jesus’ queen look like? I think Proverbs 31:10-31 says it well:

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Perspective has so much to do with how one does life! Are you Jesus’ queen? What do you think of when you think of yourself being His queen? I’d love to hear from you my readers!

Taste Tester Thursday

For all fellow coffee connoisseurs , here is a perfect recipe for you to try. My maid made these bars and their taste is exquisite!

“Espresso Brownie Bites”

1/4 c. butter

3 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate

1 1/2 c. sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/4 c. flour

Heat oven to 325*. Line bottom and sides of a jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Melt butter and chocolate in a two-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Beat in eggs, vanilla and flour with a spoon until smooth. Spread in pan and bake for 15-17 minutes or until set. Cool completely. Remove brownie from pan. Cut in half and spread filling over 1/2 and top with remaining half. Cut into bars and drizzle with white Betty Crocker cookie decorating icing.

Espresso Filling

1/3 c. butter, softened

2 c. powdered sugar

1 tsp. instant espresso coffee/ 3 tbsp. regular instant coffee

1 tbsp. water

1 tsp. vanilla

You will notice in  my picture I didn’t bother with the drizzle. They are rich enough without it:)

Daily Ditto

“Do Lord! Oh, do Lord! Oh, do remember me! Do Lord! Oh, do Lord! Oh, do remember me! Do Lord! Oh, do Lord! Oh, do remember me! Way behind the blue!” The following came from my three-year old’s rendition of this Negro spiritual. And do I ever need the Lord to remember me these days! I’m finding the adjustments of going from two to three children quite large. Some days I wonder if I will ever adjust. It feels as though my days are spent holding baby and willing the children to go outside and play in this gorgeous summer weather. Finding balance in taking care of baby and not neglecting the others is still something I’m learning. They were used to me spending hours reading to them, going outside with them and working while they played, and every other little thing. It’s not that baby is fussy except that I have discovered that drinking my morning caffeine or any other part of the day caffeine kick proves to make her seriously unhappy.  Kristyn has also discovered that she likes to be held to sleep.

Today I’d really like to hear from other moms of more than two. How did you help the adjustment from two to three to go more easily? What do you do to balance between all the needs of each of your children?