Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thankful Challenge (Day 23 - 30)

Reason 23
My understanding husband stayed up with me while I finalized packing for our trip to El Paso.

Reason 24
A wonderful meal with family.

Reason 25
Smooth flights to visit the in - laws and a second tasty Thanksgiving meal.

Reason 26
The discovery of ebags which not only aided in the packing process, but also makes living out of suitcases tolerable.

Reason 27
Worshiping with fellow believers and ice cream.

Reason 28
Exploring a new zoo, and having dinner at a favorite spot.

Reason 29
Finding a gift you know will bring a smile from the receiver.

Reason 30
Our classroom is very portable.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thankful Challenge (Days 17 - 22)

Reason 17
I have grocery money to budget.

Reason 18
Online Shopping

Reason 19
Command products to hang pictures where we can't have nails due to basement waterproofing.

Reason 20
Small group guys that not only bring tools to help with a drain...they actually fix the drain even before they have snack.

Reason 21
Extra set of hands to help with the children when needed to do laundry and pack for an extra long trip, at the same time needed to be at home school co-op and ballet.

Reason 22
Prayer - I wouldn't have made it through today without it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thankful Challenge (Days 13 - 16)

Reason #13
My small group is like family.

Reason #14
The local home school co-op we participate in has given us a place to connect with friends.

Reason #15
My baby has been sleeping through the night..lets hope this is not just a phase.

Reason #16
Simple recipes that generate a thank you text from the hubby.

Tortilla chips
2 cans enchilada sauce
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1.25 lb ground turkey, pork, or beef browned with onion
shredded mexican cheese

Just fill a 9 X 13 pan with the chips. Stir the sauce, soup, and meat together. Pour over the chips. Top with cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Then uncover and bake 5 - 10 more minutes to let the cheese brown. You can serve with chopped green onions and or sour cream. I have also added a can of black beans too.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thankful Challenge (Day 11 and 12)

Reason #11
I am thankful for trips to the library. We love picking new books, videos, and playing puzzles.

Reason #12
No set plans to be anywhere this Saturday...we may just stay in our jammies all day.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankful Challenge (Day 10) and Embrace the Camera

Reason #10
I am thankful for the way my children bring smiles and laughter into every day events.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thankful Challenge (Days 4 - 9)

Reason #4
My husband doesn't mind to both load and empty the dishwasher...which he does quite frequently. For some reason this is one of my least favorite chores.

Reason #5
Levi loves to sing. He loves to climb into a rocking chair, rock, and sing.

Reason #6
New finger nail polish and time to actually paint my nails (and my daughters).

Reason #7
The Sing Off on NBC 

Reason #8
Fun recipes like this one for homemade granola bars. The kids were able to help and the bars were really good.

Reason #9
Having a warm house to come home to.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thankful Challenge (Days 1,2, and 3)

I am taking the Thankful Challenge offered over at We are THAT Family. So I will be posting each day of November a reason why I am thankful. There are several reasons why I am setting this as a priority, but I will save you all the details and jump right in with my first three reasons to be thankful. 

Reason #1
I am a friend of God. Even when I am struggling to keep my head above water, He calls me friend. Even when I have been short with my children about doing their chores, as my chores sit unfinished...He calls me friend. Even when I am experiencing hurt and confusion in a relationship...He calls me friend. Even as I struggle to get a complete night's sleep...He calls me friend. I am a friend of God, and for that I am so very thankful.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

Reason #2

Bright Green Boots with Pink Scottie Dogs...ok really it is the little girl wearing them.

Isn't she beautiful? I love that she is independent and confident enough to rock these boots with her ballet attire. We got to class a few minutes early and I just couldn't help watching her as she laughed and giggled with the little girl in the car next to ours. She was so excited to see her friends. I kept thinking about when she would be old enough to ride up front with me, and have long girl talks.

I love those times with my own mom, which brings us to Reason #3.

Reason #3

My mom. She is an amazing person. I pray I can be as faithful and thoughtful as she is. I just got back from a girls trip with her. It was so much fun just talking and enjoying each others company. Thanks mom!