Monday, January 30, 2012

Mother’s Applesauce Muffins

We have had these a few times now and the kids (even the ones that say “I hate Applesauce Muffins”) really love them.

The wet ingredients.
The dry.
On a post named Recipe Storage I showed you several of the ways that I keep recipes.  But you know you never can have too many recipes.  Out of all those recipes I didn’t have one for Applesauce Muffins. An I don’t know if you remember but I have a ton of Applesauce.  So I went on my very favorite Recipe site, Taste of Home.

Fresh from the oven.
You can find the recipe here.

I like nuts and so before I put them into the oven I poked a few nuts in to 2-3 for myself.  Hope you try them and enjoy.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Moments to Remember

As a Homeschool Mom there are days you need reminded why you do what you do.  A great blog, actually the first one that I found in my quest for Homeschool help, is 1+1+1=1.  She and Homeschool Creations are hosting a great outlet for Moms.  Called “Moments to Remember”.  Here are a few funny moments in our house that made me smile.  That is my reward for the week.
For Christmas, my kids were given a goody bag filled with goodies like green gross teeth.  Here are three of my precious gems.  CHEESE!!
Peek a boo I found you.  Jacob’s hide out behind the couch.
If you Homeschool also go on over to 1+1+1=1 and put your Moments on there link.  Hope you have a great week!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Day 10- A series on Proverbs 31

This is our final day of this wonderful series.  I say wonderful, not to puff up my blog but to puff up God’s work in each of the blogs that have participated in this series.  I hope that you were blessed.  If you have not looked around at the different blogs I really encourage you to do that.

The thing I want you to pull from the series that I blogged about, using your skills to contribute to your household, is that you are full of all of the skills that it takes to do all that your household needs. 

Every woman is equipt  with all of the skills the Proverbs 31 woman possessed.  Our great loving God would not have put unattainable skills in front of us.  He is a gracious God that knows that we aren’t born with them but that we can grow into them. 

As new wives and new moms we are unpolished gems.  After, a few years of rubbing (your eyes for lack of sleep), Buffing (the stuck on food from dirty dishes) and polishing (not your fingernails any more), you come out as beautiful as that ruby that is talked about in Proverbs 31:10.

Really what the Lord is looking for is the willing heart.  If we are seeking to become like the Proverbs 31 woman then He will bless us and our families for our efforts.  Then over time and with the continued willing heart.  We will be just like the P31 woman.  Check out the blessings we will receive:
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Good enough for me!  I’m willing Lord.  Take this willing heart and perfect me.  I love you Lord!
13 Bloggers, 13 topics, one Great God.
A series on the different aspects of Proverbs 31. Here is a list of the bloggers and their topics.

  • Taking care of others/ 2 savvy gals

Hope you all enjoy!! Feel free to explore the blogs. We have some very talented women participating.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Day 9- A series on Proverbs 31

Melissa talked on Day 5 about going back to work or staying with it and Day 7 I offered questions to pray with in order to figure out the path that God has for you.

Today, I want to talk to those of you whose hearts are tugged home always.  You know this is where you want to be and where you are supposed to be. 

Sometimes you just need a little more money coming in, but your heart is longing to be home.

I want to give you a few ideas. First let me tell you my journey.  When I was young I had big dreams of becoming this and that, a career woman for sure.  But, almost the minute I was married, I only wanted to be a mom.  So, 2 years later almost to the day we had our first child, Allie.  At the time I worked part time at a department store with flexible hours so my husband took on a second small job for a little while to help make ends meet.  After our second child, Zachary was born that tug was just too much for me.  I soon after quit my job and my dear sweet husband took on that second job again. 

For the next few years I was home but always doing something to bring in income.  I cleaned someone’s home , I made small parts from my husband’s work,  I did in home parties (partylite), and I babysat.

Then a friend of mine who owned a Gymboree Play Center, asked me to come and work part time for her.  I did and that began to turn into full time.  I went to look for after school daycare for my kindergartener.  I found an in home daycare in my neighborhood.  When I was there I felt the Lord saying “This is what you are to do.”  So, once again I quit my job and opened a daycare in our home.  I am so thankful for that job.  I was home for my kids when they came home and it also made it possible for us to have 2 more children.

I did that for 7 years and then we were asked to move 12 hours away ( another God story for later).  When we came here with 2 house payments, we were $800 short to cover our bills.  I was out talking to our new neighbor Melissa and she talked about the fact that she was looking for day care for her twins.  Guess how much they paid me to watch them.  Yep, $800, God is so good.  I later took on more children and did that until September 2011.

I tell you all of that to say that my heart has always been tugged home and God granted me the desire of my heart.  I have been home for 18 years minus 2 years part time in the beginning and a few months at Gymboree.  All of the rest of the years, I have been home, still making money when needed in one way or another.  So, it can be done.  Now, through my life history, I told you of quite a few ways to make money from home or part time away from home.

Other ways that you can contribute to your home are:
  • Frugal living
    • Gardening
    • Couponing
    • Making your own anything
    • Watching and cutting your budget
  • Consulting from home in your former line of work.
  • Writing articles for publishing.
  • Insurance Processing
  • Telemarketing
  • Start a business with your skills.
I hope that some of this will be helpful to you. 

I do have to mention one more thing that I  am thankful for .  I have been home with my teenagers.  Many women go to work when their kids start school and I am so thankful that I didn’t.  I don’t think that they stopped needing me any less.  Physically, yes they were more independent but emotionally and spiritually they still needed their Mama.  I am thankful that God saw fit to have me be there.

13 Bloggers, 13 topics, one Great God.

A series on the different aspects of Proverbs 31. Here is a list of the bloggers and their topics.

  • Taking care of others/ 2 savvy gals

Hope you all enjoy!! Feel free to explore the blogs. We have some very talented women participating.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day 8- A series on Proverbs 31

The Theme of our blogs topic again is: Using your skills to contribute to your home and family.  All throughout Proverbs 31:10-31 we see her using her skills to contribute to her home and family.
  • She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
  • She is like a merchant ship bring her food from afar.
  • She considers a field and buys it; out of here earnings she plants a vineyard.
  • She sets about her work vigorously;her arms are strong for her task.
  • She sees that her trading is profitable.
  • In her hands she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
  • She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
  • She has no fear for her household for all of them are dressed in scarlet.
  • She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
  • She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
  • She is clothed with strength and dignity.
  • She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
  • She watches over the affairs of her household.
  • She does not eat the bread of idleness.
I did not list out every verse of Proverbs 31.  These are just some of the parts that she is using her skills to contribute to her household.  Some of them you may look at and wonder why I included them.  For example: She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.  You may wonder how that is contributing to her house.

When we bless others especially the poor and needy as the Bible instructs us to, we are bringing in the lessons of doing these things, to our children and the joy of experiencing being a blessing to others. (If you look at the list below you can read what other bloggers are saying about this topic.)

Another example that you may wonder about is watching over the affairs of her household.  When we are aware of all that is going on in our homes and with our children we are contributing peace and righteousness to them.  Mothers who are not aware of what is going on with there children are often times shocked by what their children have become. 

The parents of the children who shoot up their schools seem to always say they “didn’t see it coming”.  I suppose that could be, but really.  If you are in constant communication (I don’t mean texting) face to face with your children you can sense things that may not be right.  For more on that topic check below.  One of the bloggers is focusing on that.

If you are a wife and/or mom that is feeling like you aren’t important or that what you do is not important. Realize that every word you say, every coupon you clip, every meal that you create, every person that you hug, every time you are creative, every budget you plan, every menu you plan, every time you extend your hand, every time you peek in on your kids and most importantly every prayer that you pray is using your skills to contribute to your home.  You are a blessing to them, and one day they will one day rise up and call you blessed. 

Many women do noble things
                    but you surpass them all. 
                                                                  Proverbs 31:29

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Day 7- A Series on Proverbs 31

Are you asking the question “Should I get a job away from home?” or the question “Should I quit my job and go home?”
In my post called What is your History?

I encouraged you to dig in your mind back to events or changes in your life that you know for sure that you were or were not in God’s will. Then write some of the details surrounding those times out.  I encourage you to do this. 
I love to journal my prayers and in times when I just can’t tell where God’s will for me is.  I like to start journaling  out my questions to God in prayer form.  So many times, right then or later, I will hear his answer. 

If you and your husband are asking either of the questions I asked at the start of this post, then here are a few other questions to add.

To Go To Work                         To Come Home
    • Can we do without or is this a need ?
    • Is the need a real need or a want?
    • How much do we need?
What will you do with the money?    Can you cut back?
    • Is the need financial or something else?
A break from the kids?, A creative outlet?, A break from the current job that you have?
    • Is there another way to fulfill that need?
Can you find another way to get a break or to be creative?  If you do work could you change jobs?
    • What does my husband say?  Remember God gives him wisdom as the head of your home.
Whatever he says listen and you will be rewarded.  God will provide for all of your needs.  If he is indifferent keep praying.
    • What is the real reason I am being drawn one way or another?
    • Where is my peace?  Our God is a god of peace not anxiousness or worry.  Stay way from the path of anxiousness and worry.
For the question, where is your peace.  Go back to the What is your History? list.  Sometimes we can forget what peace feels like.  If you searched your mind hopefully you can recall that peace from a time earlier in your life.
Give yourself some real time to journal and listen. Have your Bible handy in case the Lord gives you a verse or passage to read.

As you can see from our earlier posts.  The Bible does not definitely answer the question “Should/Can women work outside the home?”  But it does tell us the other things, as wives and mothers we are to do.  If getting a job or giving one up make us neglect these responsibilities or our relationship with the Lord.  Then we really need to reconsider the path that we are on. 
I pray that these tools will help you find the path that is God’s will for your life.
13 Bloggers, 13 topics, one Great God.

A series on the different aspects of Proverbs 31. Here is a list of the bloggers and their topics.

  • Taking care of others/ 2 savvy gals

Hope you all enjoy!! Feel free to explore the blogs. We have some very talented women participating.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Day 6 - A series on Proverbs 31

13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
During the 10 days of the Proverbs 31 Series we are finding ways that the Noble wife can contribute to the family’s income. Today I want to take this opportunity to consider how we use the income that we currently have in place.
A noble woman should never take from her husband’s wallet but add to it. . . .
So why would I say something like that? Am I saying that you cannot use the money that your husband brings home? ABSOLUTELY not! Instead… I say it with the intent that one should not take from her husband’s wallet (figuratively speaking of course) with foolishness but instead being smart with the money, maybe even a little frugal. ;)

Some ways that you can add income to the family is by NOT spending it foolishly!! So how is this done? I had to learn this valuable lesson a couple years ago when I left a past job. We were not prepared for the financial burden of cutting one person’s income from the home. I had to think fast on ways to cut costs and save the income that we did have. I started by looking online and found tons of resources and blogs with great ideas. Some things that I did to keep money in my “husband’s wallet” is…
·     I started a garden in my yard, which produced lots of vegetables for my family. One thing I did that saves me time and money: Chop your onions from the garden and place in a freezer bag. Make sure to make as air tight as possible. I have chopped onions all year for all sorts of recipes.
·    I learned to can and preserve food. Some of my favorite things to make... applesauce, relish, and tomato sauce.  
·    I learned to budget my groceries and use coupons. I LOVE COUPONS! Coupons are great way to save money. I had so much fun with my monthly trip to target to get necessities and groceries. I also used Sam’s Club to by some items in bulk and then broke it down once I got home. Be careful though… not all bunk purchases are cost effective. 
·    I also found ways to make homemade cleaners. I found a great recipe online for making my own laundry detergent and have you ever used vinegar for a fabric softener in your laundry? It is awesome!
I now work outside the again, however, I still do all those things above. I find a joy in providing for my family in such ways. Because of my efforts to become frugal and save some money, I have found a new passion for vegetable and flower gardening and the couponing is just easy savings.
I feel like the Proverbs wife would have done some of these things to help her family. So if you don’t have soap making skills, sewing skills, or any other skill that helps bring income into the home, remember you can still add income to your family by watching your spending with what you DO have.  
13 Bloggers, 13 topics, one Great God.

A series on the different aspects of Proverbs 31. Here is a list of the bloggers and their topics.

  • Taking care of others/ 2 savvy gals

Hope you all enjoy!! Feel free to explore the blogs. We have some very talented women participating.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Day 5- A series on Proverbs 31

17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
Are you contemplating working outside the home? Are you and your husband faced with this tough decision? Finding a way to help with income while staying home with the family is the best option, for the noble wife did just this.... but for those that need to look at alternatives, I pray that God answers your questions and gives you peace in your decision...  
The bible nowhere forbids а woman from working оutѕidе the home. However, the Bible does teach us what a woman’s priorities should be. If a Christian woman can work outside the home and still provide a loving environment for her children and husband, then it is perfectly acceptable for her to work оutѕidе the home. However, vice versa… if she ignores her family and takes pride in only her work... her priorities have been obscured.  If you and your husband are contemplating you working outside the home, I recommend that you ask yourself these questions first. (please note, I found these questions somewhere online and I wish I could remember where so that I can give credit where credit is due)

·    What is my primary responsibility as a wife? What does your husband want? Does he want you to work outside the home and help with finances? Or does he want your support at home?

·    What is my reason for working outside of the home? Is this for personal reasons such as pride? Self - worth? or is it to meet a need?

·    What stage of life am I in? Do you have a newborn at home or are all your children school age? Maybe they are in college?
·    What is my energy level? Balancing working outside the home all the while keeping the priority of the home and family requires high energy levels.
·    Will this create unnecessary temptation?
Currently, I work outside the home. My husband and I have chosen this for several reasons. The decision to work outside the home was a tough decision for us and sometimes I miss being home. However, I am at peace with this feeling of "missing being at home", as to me it means that I  still understand and know what my priorities are. That doesn't mean I don't love my job. I love the line a work I am in, however, the joy that I find in raising my kids far succeeds any job.


 13 Bloggers, 13 topics, one Great God.
A series on the different aspects of Proverbs 31. Here is a list of the bloggers and their topics.

Hope you all enjoy!! Feel free to explore the blogs. We have some very talented women participating.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Day 4- The series on Proverbs 31

Now I am going to turn to Proverbs 31, you know that part of the Bible we are looking at these 10 days.  Sorry I got side-tracked.
The verse that popped out to me was Proverbs 31:16.  “She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.”
It is pretty obvious that the Proverbs 31 woman contributes in many ways to her household.  After reading this verse the thought that was impressed on me was that out of her earnings- so her take home pay.  She reinvests that money into her household.
In our society we can get wrapped up in “needing” so many things.  I mean if you go to any In home parties, you know what I’m talking about.  You need to have that hamburger cooking utensil from Pampered Chef.  Am I right.
Many women I have come across work so that they can have a great wardrobe or to remodel there kitchen. 

 If we are working away from the home we take a little bit away (us) when we are gone, so what we do with that money needs to be carefully considered.  When we use wisdom we will be blessed.  You see later in Proverbs 31 that “she is clothed in fine linen and purple”.  These materials were associated with nobility.  God may see fit to bless us in a way other than material but we will feel his blessing.  We can also seek to be clothed as nobility by our Heavenly Father.  When you are a child of God seeking his will you are the daughter of a King.  The King of kings. 

 Seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness  and all of these things will be given to you.  Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:33-34

 13 Bloggers, 13 topics, one Great God.
A series on the different aspects of Proverbs 31. Here is a list of the bloggers and their topics.

Hope you all enjoy!! Feel free to explore the blogs. We have some very talented women participating.