Friday, October 31, 2008

Young Chuck

A friend of mine posted this on her blog...and I had to steal it. Don't shoot me Denise :)

Young Chuck, moved to Montana and bought a horse from a farmer for $100.00.
The farmer agreed to deliver the horse the next day.
The next day the farmer drove up and said, 'Sorry son, but I have some bad news, the horse died.'
Chuck replied, 'Well, then just give me my money back.'
The farmer said, 'Can't do that. I went and spent it already.'
Chuck said, 'Ok, then, just bring me the dead horse.'
The farmer asked, 'What ya gonna do with him? Chuck said, 'I'm going to raffle him off.'
The farmer said, 'You can't raffle off a dead horse!'
Chuck said, 'Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead.'
A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, 'What happened with that dead horse?' Chuck said, 'I raffled him off.
I sold 500 tickets at two dollars a piece and made a net profit of $898.00.'
The farmer said, 'Didn't anyone complain?'
Chuck said, 'Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back.' Chuck grew up and works for the government.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Overnight Getaway!

Since Angel was away at training for the month of September, their unit has been given and extra day off here and there....Today was one of those days. We decided that we would spend it doing something fun with the girls. Since HSM3 (High School Musical) was opening today, we thought it would be a great surprise to get tickets and go with the girls. To add to the excitement, yesterday I told the girls I needed to run some errands and we loaded into the van. On the way out, we met up with Angel in front of the commissary so that he could pass off the goods. What he was giving me was the room key to a hotel room in the next town. We found a hotel that has an indoor pool and made reservations earlier in the week. I "ran my errands" and acted like I was heading toward Walmart....but behind Walmart was the surprise. As I pulled into the parking lot the girls didn't quite get where we were and why. When they heard that we were staying there and there was a pool, they got sooo excited.

The girls and I went to our room and swam while Angel was at a meeting. We then got ready to go out to dinner and met Angel at Applebees. After dinner we headed back to the hotel for more....SWIMMING. We got icecream and let the girls stay up very late (it was 10PM when we turned out the lights). This morning everyone slept in...well at least until 8 or so and we had a nice breakfast...and then you'll never guess what we did again..............went swimming.

After checkout, we headed to the movie theatre. The girls had no idea of what we were doing and when we got close and confirmed their suspicions....they screamed their heads off. They had a great time and we came home after the movie so the little two could get in a nap. The girls are now outside playing with their friends who they haven't seen in a whole day (imagine that).

Hopefully between now and the time Angel heads to the sandbox, we can plan some other exciting family trips into our schedule. I can't believe October is almost over. Marissa's birthday is next Friday and she will be 11...though sometimes I think maybe 19. She is growing up soooo much. Tomorrow she and I will spend the morning together for her birthday.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


You might be asking...what is PWOC? I initially did. PWOC stands for Protestant Women of the Chapel. It is a non demoninational group of women that meets on Army bases to LEAD women to Christ, TEACH them, help them DEVELOP spiritually and INVOLVE them. At Fort Hood, our PWOC meets on Monday evenings (especially for those who work during the day) for dinner, fellowship, worship and Bible Study and then again on Tuesday mornings. After meeting together as a group, the women break out into small groups/classes of their choice for the semester. There are always many good classes to choose from to encourage you in your walk with the Lord and to help you grow in your faith.

This fall I have comitted to team teach a Monday night class. I wasn't sure which one I wanted to do, but when I went the first night where they present the classes kind of jumped out at me. Many of you know we are getting ready to face our first deployment in the very near future....the class that I chose is base on a book by Ronda Sturgill called "Wives of the Warriors".

Here is a summary from Ronda's website of this book...."we study a different Biblical Principle that applies to the following circumstances:
Moving frequently
Single parenting, yet happily married
Leaving employment
Loneliness, anger, and frustration
Participation in this study encourages interaction with Scripture for the purpose of changing attitudes and actions. Through in-depth study of His Word, we learn God's plans, purposes and promises for our lives."

Well, when I saw the deployment and single parenting yet happily married, I knew this was the class for me since this will be my life for 12 months. It has been a good class thus far but I was very encouraged the other night during class.

Our topic this week was dealing with our Weaknesses. I was very well prepared, as it was my week to teach....we started, but never finished the lesson. We have some newer Christians or those even brought up going to church but did not grow up having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Questions came up about not being worthy...hurts from their past religious experiences...understanding God's restoring work in our lives....and our access to God through Jesus Christ. I walked away from that lesson so excited!! A few of us were even in the parking lot for an additional 20 minutes or so talking and encouraging each other.

You know, this is what it's all about. Leading people to Christ and discipling them! Get exciting about God and His Word. I have a question for you.... where are you in your walk with God? Do you know Him as your Lord and Savior? Are you growing daily in your relationship with Him? Do you meet with your friend, Jesus regularly? We all hit roadblocks or tough times in our lives...but God wants more than anything to have a real and personal relationship with you. He wants you to spend time with Him. If you have become too busy for God, give Him 5 minutes of your time today. Don't start BIG and get overwhelmed. Start small and be consistant! Get our your Bible today and be encouraged by His promises to you and I. As you seek Him, expect Him to move in your life and circumstances.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fall Texas Fun

I don't know when it happened, but Breanna has chosen her new FAVORITE movie...Barbie and the Diamond Castle....though she calls it Princess Diamond Castle. We watch this movie at least once a day, if not more and everyone knows all the songs! But after the first viewing of the day...the older two would rather not watch it yet again. Yesterday after the first viewing, Marissa talked Breanna into watching something else, Everyone's Hero. I couldn't believe it...Breanna was watching something other than the Princess movie....or so I thought. When Marissa left the family room, Breanna went and found her Princess Movie and removed Everyone's Hero from the DVD and put her own favorite movie into the player. It was so funny and when Marissa came back a few minutes later she asked me why I changed the movie....I told her I didn't...Breanna did. LOL

Later in the day while I was on the computer, Marissa called from upstairs.."Mom, you gotta seet this" Well I obviously didn't get there in a timely fashion because next thing I know, all the girls were coming into the family room laughing loudly. The pictures below describe what I saw...two little marshmellows having fun, courtesy of their big sister.

After some marshmellow fun, the little ones went out in the backyard to play. Next thing I know I see Victoria trying to pull Breanna around in the sled. :) It was so cute.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Once a Month Cooking

It's that time organize and put together a list of meals that my neighbor and I will be cooking. We usually cook between 20 and 25 meals per family...meaning we cook about 50 meals in two days. I have found a new cookbook and we are trying some recipes from there, so this month our preparations are taking a bit longer, since I need to add all the ingredients into my spreadsheet so that I have an accurate shopping list, trust me this is important.

In the past we have averaged about $120 per family to cook the 25 meals...not bad. We have found that it is easier to cook with a friend than to do it all by yourself. We usually shop and then that day put together the meats that have marinades or that need to be cut up ahead of time. The next day we split some of the responsibilities and my neighbor Laurel will take 4 recipes and I will take the same and we double them and cook them at our own homes (we are in a duplex and she is right next door). Right before lunch, we meet together and prepare and assemble more recipes...but together. The older kids are usually playing outside while we do this :)

You may be the food good or are you just making cassaroles with Cream of Mushroom soup? Yes, they are good and only one recipe has Cream of Mushroom soup. Here is a sampling of some of the recipes that we have made or are planning to make this time.....
Chili Verde, Chicken Packets, Homemade Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs, Buttermilk Herb Chicken, Ravioli Soup, Chicken PotPie, Beef Burgundy, Lasagna, Chicken Broccoli, Tex-Mex Chicken Strips, Chicken Enchiladas, Ginger Beef, Rice Pilaf, Mac 'n Cheese, Sweet Potatoe Cassarole, Pizza Roll Ups, Marinated Flank Steak and Calzones.

If you are interested in more information on Once A Month Cooking, feel free to email me and I'll give you some tips and names of the books that I use. If you feel you don't have time to Cook for a day and eat for a month...try doubling or tripling your recipes when you cook and putting the extras in the freezer. This past week I was able to bless two families with meals from my freezer...a new mom and a friend who broke her ankle. I was glad to have something on hand to be able to take to these two families.

By the way, please pray for my friend who just had the baby. Her husband is a chaplain who is deployed for 15 months. He was able to come home for the birth of thier son but had to leave less than 24 hours after mom and baby came home. This is her first baby and the emotions of a new little one and her husband not being there can be overwhelming.

What are you struggling with today? Do you need God to move in your life? the life of a friend or relative? Do you feel that God is distant? That there is not a single person who understands what you are going through? God understands, He is bigger than your circumstances!! Trust Him today for a BREAKTHROUGH! If you need prayer, shoot me an email and I will join you in seeking God and believing for Him to move in your life.