Sunday, January 31, 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

How do you do It?

My friend Tasha over at He’s everything to Me posed some questions that I thought I would answer on my blog, and also pass on to you…

How do you do it:

1. How does your family decide what will be read and studied for family devotions?

My beloved decides what we do for family devotions.
2. How do you decide what you yourself will read and study during your own individual quiet time?

It depends, but I try to read what we are doing for devotions, then I will do a study or just read. Or I do a reading plan.

3. Do you require your children to have their own personal quiet time with the Lord?

Yes the children are required to spend time in the Word on their own. Papa had them start in Mathew and work their way from there.

4. What does quiet time look like for you, what "tools" do you need?

My bible and my knees…

5. What does family devotions look like for your family? Do family members take turns reading passages? Are you memorizing scriptures together?

Devotions looks different each night.. some nights we take turns reading, some night papa reads, some nights we sing first, other nights, we just pray and read, some nights we review memory verses, other nights we don’t. So we are not systematic at all.

What about you… Loved to hear from you

Friday, January 29, 2010

Grocery Challenge

Kroger logo Vs H-E-B - Here Everything's Better

Ok I have always wondered if one grocery store was really cheaper than the other so this week I decided to put them to the test. I took my gang with me, and we split up. I gave money to those who were going to one store, with the exact list I had, I went to the other store. Wonderful thing about cell phones are we stayed in contact the whole time.

We started in produced, and without a doubt, HEB has great prices on things like apples, and pears, and oranges. But the fresh vegetables, they were significantly higher.

In both stores the milk prices were the same price. But the eggs, were also significantly more expensive at HEB then Kroger.

When I say significantly I am not just talking a few cents- I am talking dollars.

Onto meats- every meat that I needed this week was more at HEB.

I could keep going down the list, but truly I will spare you from the boredom…. So what was the conclusion from today’s grocery adventure/challenge- Kroger wins hands down with lesser prices, Plus card savings, and coupon savings.

I have to mention that HEB has FANTASTIC/ GREAT/ the BEST meal deals- so that alone is the only thing worth going to HEB for.


So if you into stretching your dollars as far as you can take them, then just don’t take my word for it… do the Grocery challenge- and realize it for yourself!(it was alot fun for my gang as well!!)


Same Kind of Different as me…

Over at Bloom book club- we are reading through an incredible book.. I shared a few post back about this book. 

Here are some questions they asked about the book.. These are my answers:

How did Denver's story impact you? It amazed me that he showed so much strength through his pain and struggles.

Did it shock you? No his life did not shock me. I am not naive to prejudice or injustices.

Do you ever have the urge to do something, but for some reason you don't, like Ron did on page 23?  There have been many times I have had the urge to say or do something, but the mindset of stay out of it kicks in, or even self preservation? Which ever it is , it is not right to  do something when someone is in need, hurting or anything else.


How does that make you feel when you think about that?

I know I was young and Naive in those situations, I pray I would react differently now.. More like Christ would have me to respond.


What stood out to you about Deborah?

Her loving and tender heart. She loved the Lord, and in turn loved people the way God intended us to love.


How has someone forgiving you made an impact on your life? My beloved has forgiven me in a way NO ONE else ever has in my life(other than Christ). HE has been the living, breathing example of Christ’s love to me. I know I don’t deserve his forgiveness, but yet he gave it anyway, just as Christ has. It has made me love him more, and realize how right I was by toughing the hard times out!  


In what ways are we choosing to lead a radical, crazy love life like Deborah lived? I am not sure what you mean by this, but I am going to give it a shot.. I am not a “radical and Crazy” kind of person, but I do step out loving others, ministering, bringing people into our home, to bless them as God calls me to.


Can’'t wait for the next section…

Show off your Edits

From Pixel Perfect

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Or this one…


Could not decide which one I liked better…

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Our High School Graduate

My son- I am so proud that you put your mind to accomplish and finish schooling and you have!  We love you!


I received an award..WOW


Thank you to my wonderful Warrior Friend Karen at On Having Faith-  who deemed me worthy of this award. I almost missed it because I have vowed to my Lord and myself, that I would spend less time on the computer and more time being busy with my hands. Thus far I have been faithful to that vow or commitment, which is why I almost did not see that I was even given this award.



Here are the rules. I am to post 7 things about myself, and pass the award along to 7 beautiful bloggers…(now that one will be tough.)


About Me:

1.  I am a daughter of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords- Jesus Christ.

2. I desire to have another baby as badly as I breath each day…

3.  I have been married to my beloved for 17 years, April we will be  together for 18 years.. (amazing how time flies)(anniversary is not till Oct. Though)

4. Not sure if any of you knew this, but I home-school my children.(no my blog is not a homeschooling blog- it is a diary/ journal of our lives)

5.  In real life, I am a straight shooter, black and white, my husband calls me his Prophetess- which in turn leaves me with very few friends. (people do not really like Honesty, or truthful answers- even if they come from the Word of God)

“ I am not the writer. I am just the messenger” Pastor Doug Batchelor


6.  I thrive most when I am with my beloved. Not only is he my leader, my head of my home, but he is truly my best friend.  His smile, his voice, just having him near me brings a light to me. He strives to keep me heading in the right direction with my walk with Christ.


7. I love the beach.. digging my feet in the sand, listening to the waves crash, watching the world around this enormous mass of water, always reminds me of HOW big our God truly is. (by the way I do not like getting into the water-ugh no way it is not clear, I can’t see my feet I am not getting in) haha


(That was the hardest 7 things I ever had to come up with. It is so easy to talk about someone else but share about yourself.. UGH now that is hard)


Now for my 7 Beautiful Bloggers-


1. Monica at Pixel Perfect- this chica has it all, beautiful baby, wonderful husband, thriving photography business- but most of all she has a heart of gold. Truly one of the sweetest bloggy friends! Go Check her website out!.


2. Traci over at Beneath my Heart- This woman is truly amazing. She is crafty and turns anything she touches into a work of art. She is a model of a Proverbs woman- where everything she does is to the benefit and blessing of her family.


3. Jessica at Jezemama- Her words are like food for my soul, her heart for the Lord, and His ways and purpose- are a strength for those who seek Him.


4. Tony at Well Watered Woman- Tony is a true servant of our Lord. Seeking His face, sharing His Words with all who will listen. Her wisdom surpasses all understanding.


5. Angie at Bring the Rain- Angie’s journey in life  has not been easy, but her responses, and Heart for the Lord is strengthening. I enjoy reading her heart- in the hard times, and when God sees her through. She is truly an inspiration. I am currently saving to buy her book… Barnes and Noble Link to Book 
( not easy for a one income Carpenter family)


6. Mandy at Mandymom- This  lady is truly a super mom in my eyes. Her wisdom surpasses her age.  Her desire to live, and love the Lord with all that she is, shows through in her posts.


7. Sandra at Love Abounds At Home- Sandra’s whole being permeates The Lord and His true purpose for her. She is a wonderful example of a women who does not tear down her house, but builds it with her words, and her hands. Her husband adores her, and yes she shares.. She truly is one I seek wisdom from(though she did not know it till now)



There are so many others that are truly a strength in time of need. Thank you to all those women- who inspire me, strengthen me, and show me the Love of Christ the miles, distance, and internet!



Crocs giveaway

Who knew that crocs had such a variety of shoes… I know i did not. Over at The Bragging Mommy she is giving away a pair of Polar blitz crocs.. of course they are too cute to resist. So I thought I would blog about it and share the information…


Go check it out.



Monday, January 25, 2010

Busy Weekend..

This weekend was busy and quiet yesterday we took the Babe to get his first professional haircut. At first he was scared, but he did not cry and did great. He was so well behaved for his barber, Freddie

That night “duck”, which is what he tells everyone his name is, got very sick. He spent a few hours vomiting, but after a call for prayer,  just as fast as the vomiting started it ended. Thank you praying saints.


Here is a photo of the jean skirts I made for me and my daughter:




And .. My new bible/messenger bag.


I made one of these for my husband for Christmas and he loves his.. and so I decided, after I made my daughters, of course, that I would make one for myself

Last but Not least, my new cutting mat/ portable Ironing board, for sewing and quilting… my beloved made this one for me. Isn’t it great! Looks just like the ones you buy at Joanne’s but I got mine for Nothing..



So what did you do this weekend??

Friday, January 22, 2010

Wow-Bible Challenge

I really thought that would take people a little bit to find.. but we truly have some bible scholars on our hands..

Thanks Nancy for being the first to comment.. My friend Tasha would like another so I thought I would post another question or two or maybe three… haha


Isaiah refers to Lucifer/ Satan the angel who fell from heaven as a former what????


AT the pool of Bethesda, what did God’s angel do at appointed times to bestow healing power?


In the parable of the sower and the harvest, which components represent angels of God?

By the way if you have not figured it out, this section of bible challenge is on Angels….

This is so exciting, thank you for participating.. OPEN THAT Word!!


Love to you In Christ Jesus


Five Question Friday…



My Little Life


1. What is better, growing old with out money or dying young and wealthy?

Growing old without money.. with money comes great responsibility.. I came into this world, and the only heritage I want to leave, is to instill the Love of Christ in my children- that to me is worth any money in the world.

2. Who takes out the garbage at your house?

My boys/ youngmen do

3. Have you ever had the same dream many times?

Yes and the one I keep having is NOT FUNNY or fun! I don’t like it and pray at night that I won’t have it that night.


4. Can you play a musical instrument?

No I can’t I wish I could.

5. If you owned your own store, what would you sell?

If I owned my own store.. I would sell used homeschooling books at a reasonable one income price.

New.. to my blog…



A bible challenge.. each week I post a bible fact.. and you need to post the answer. This is not for any prize, except the planting of seeds by the Word of God. There is NO BETTER prize than that!!



Who is up for Bible Challenge??


First question:

An Angel appeared to this old Testament person at Beerlahairoi or “ the well of Him that liveth and seeth me.”

Who was it??



Look forward to seeing your answering…  Will post answer on Tuesday!

Have fun and May the Word of the Lord become like living water to your soul!!



Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ready for Church

Our little man ready for church

Trying so hard to be like big brothers

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Things here...

Life here has been pretty quiet. I wake, to work out, do chores, cook, and take care of the children. Each day blending into the other. (have you ever had a season like that?)

We are still going to the little church down the street. The fellowship with others has died down a bit making it very quiet and at times very lonely. But I have enjoyed the family time in the evenings. We have been spending time in Acts(very slowly), trying to develop a list of characteristics that the Church should have. In hopes that God would speak to us through that.

We are also as a family reading through the book called " Same Kind of Different as Me". OH what a book, we have laughed, and hearts have been broken over this unique story of lives that were changed, by serving for Christ. (I know general description but I really don't want to give you any hints towards the book- ITS THAT GOOD) Angie and Jenna at Bloom Book Club is doing a study that starts January 24th- I can't wait!!

The boys(Paul and Sammy) are working very hard to raise money for a family vacation in June. Working long nights refereeing High School games.

Texas has been extremely unseasonly(is that a word?) cold. In this weather it makes you not want to go any where. You stay huddled in the house, just to stay warm. NO we are not in teens, but we are cold for Texas none the less ;-)

I thought I would share a short update on us.. Keep us in your prayers as God continues to move in each of us as we seek His Face...

Thanks for stopping by.. let me know you were here ok?!

Love In Christ

Monday, January 11, 2010

Trying to stay warm

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It gets very cold in our home, and it was very cold this night. All boys decided they wanted some of my blanket! So they all huddled in close and dad took a photo!
These moments are so precious to me!
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Thursday, January 7, 2010

A post by my beloved…

My beloved husband has so much wisdom to share with men out there.

Here is a post from his blog:

Hey Man! Where is your heart?


Jump over and read it. Leave him a comment of encouragement would you?





Monday, January 4, 2010

Wonderful Godly Music

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It is so hard today to find music that will be edifying to our Lord without sounding to contemporary or too hip hopish…

This album is wonderful. You can downloaded it from Itunes!!!

Thought I would share my find!


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Becoming 18

By Alex Sellers

Note by Mom- this year we had another wonderful child turn 18. Like Paul- we posed the grand question- What does it mean you to turn 18? 

This was Alex’s speech he read to everyone.


“ Becoming 18 really is no big deal when you think about it, but in another sense it is. The world sees turning 18, as a time to breakout, but loose from the bonds of parents and authority and become your own person. I see turning 18 as the beginning of a trial period of REAL submission.(to authority-added by mom) During this time bewteen the age of 18 and marriage the world is going to press in on me saying things like

“ So what do you think you should be doing?”   or

“ So what are your plans?”

With questions such as these it would be my responsibility with God’s help, to say

“ I don’t know because God hasn’t revealed anything to my parents  yet”

In Exodus 20:12 the bible says “ Honor your father and mother….”

until you are 18 then say I’m a man now and be on your way. No, it says “ Honor your father and your mother.”

Leviticus 19:32  says “ Thou shalt rise the hoary (grey) head and honor the face of the old man.” 

Proverbs 16:31

“ The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.”  Meaning no matter how old you are, you’re still required to honor your grey haired parents!

Even Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane prays this prayer in Math 26:39

“ On my Father…. not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”

Therefore(in light of what has just been said) know that even Jesus surrendered HIS will to His Father, that makes turning 18 to me no more than a stepping stone to total submission to my parents and to God. “


Read: Hebrews 11
What a wonderful list of those who through their faith were saved or did great things for God's glory!

Do we have that much faith today? Do we have the assurrance and understanding of the greatest of God, as Noah, Moses, and Isaac?

These men knew someday the Messiah would come but never saw him or experienced the promises. They experienced blessing by their obedience. We have never seen Him but know the Messiah has come and still like those of old can experiencing blessing by obedience.

But do we have the faith as those of old?
Can the Lord say he is glad to be our Lord?

All these are such pondering questions of self examination. Let us take the time to mediate on these things. In hopes that our Lord will reveal truth to us!! Amen?

May grace and peace of our Lord be with you!

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