Tuesday, December 28, 2010

We dreamt of a White Christmas...


 ...and although it was not a lot, it was the closest we have come in my lifetime.


Many areas just north of us had at least an inch on Christmas Day - some several inches! It snowed gently for the better part of the day, making this Christmas a real treat for those of us in the Deep South.


My son actually woke up about 3:30 AM (well, to be honest, I was awake by around 3:00 myself), but my husband kept telling him to go back to bed until he figured out that I was wide awake too, so we forced Sis to get up to open presents at around 4:00. That's why it's so dark outside in the picture below!


My favorite part of Christmas Day is seeing the excitement in my children's eyes as they unwrap their presents and receive the gifts that they have been hoping for. It never gets old, no matter how old they get.

I hope your Christmas was blessed, and that those blessings spill over into the New Year!

There is joy on this journey, on my way home to my Father's house,
Cindy <><

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Daily Bible Readings, December 27-31, 2010

This week finishes 2010's journey through the Bible. Please be sure to join me Saturday, January 1, 2011, as we begin the journey anew.
With God's grace I will be posting on a more regular basis beginning this week. With the holidays now fading into memory, it is time to start looking at the changes a new year brings.

Daily Bible Readings December 20-26, 2010

Family
Private
27
2 Chronicles
32
Revelation
18
Zechariah
14
John
17
28
2 Chronicles
33
Revelation
19
Malachi
1
John
18
29
2 Chronicles
34
Revelation
20
Malachi
2
John
19
30
2 Chronicles
35
Revelation
21
Malachi
3
John
20
31
2 Chronicles
36
Revelation
2
Malachi
4
John
21
 


"On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived."
(Luke 2:21, NIV)



Monday, December 20, 2010

Daily Bible Readings December 20-26, 2010

Dear ladies, I beg your forgiveness for not posting our Bible readings last week. Dealing with the insurance claim and all the other details concerning the small disaster last week was much more involved than I had anticipated, in addition to all the preparations in progress for Christmas! Excuses...yes, but the apology is heartfelt. I thank you for your understanding.

If, by chance, you continued to read a chapter each day in each of the lists, you should not be very far behind. Besides, we get to start the whole plan "brand new" in just a couple of weeks!


Daily Bible Readings December 20-26, 2010

Family
Private
20
2 Chronicles
24
Revelation
11
Zechariah
7
John
10
21
2 Chronicles
25
Revelation
12
Zechariah
8
John
11
22
2 Chronicles
26
Revelation
13
Zechariah
9
John
12
23
2 Chronicles
27-28
Revelation
14
Zechariah
10
John
13
24
2 Chronicles
29
Revelation
15
Zechariah
11
John
14
25
2 Chronicles
30
Revelation
16
Zechariah
12
John
15
26
2 Chronicles
31
Revelation
17
Zechariah
13
John
16


"So [the shepherds] hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them."
(Luke 2:16-18, NIV)


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

What a week...

...it's been! We have completed almost all of our projects on the house (except a couple that the cold weather is preventing), and Katie and I have just become Scentsy consultants! (So, if you are interested in adding some wonderful flameless candles to your home, please let me know!)

Most importantly, please accept my apologies for my delay in posting the Daily Bible Reading schedule for this week. We took Sunday as a literal day of rest, and I had intended to post this week's edition early yesterday morning. However, due to a front moving through over the past two days here, high winds brought down a dead tree in my neighbor's yard which took down power lines and crushed an out-building of ours at 2:30 yesterday morning. In addition, the force ripped our electric service off our house.

With our high at 32 degrees yesterday and high winds throughout the day (that's very cold in our neck of the woods) and no power (therefore, no heat), we had a very long day. Thankfully we have a small kerosene heater which was enough to keep one room fairly comfortable and keep the rest of the house from falling below 56 degrees. We had the electric service repaired and inspected and at about 8 PM last night the power company was able to reset our meter and get us back on the grid. By then, I didn't even want to turn the computer back on - we were all excited just to be able to have the heat going again!

Kenny left for work a little bit ago, and I am going to try to catch a few more winks before the tree service gets here to start cleaning the massive tree off what used to be our 10'x20' storage building. I will get the reading plan posted just as soon as I can.

There is joy on this journey, on my way home to my Father's house,
Cindy <><

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Daily Bible Readings for December 6-12, 2010

 We're nearing the end of the year with Robert Murray M'Cheyne's Daily Bible Readings. If you haven't started with this plan, and you are interested in getting started, stay tuned at the beginning of the year - the plan starts all over in Genesis, Ezra, Matthew and Acts. I hope you are as blessed with this journey through the Bible as I have been (and am again!)

"Shout for joy to the LORD all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations."
(Psalm 100, NIV)


Daily Bible Readings December 6-12, 2010

Family
Private
6
2 Chronicles
6
1 John
5
Habakkuk
1
Luke
20
7
2 Chronicles
7
2 John
(all)
Habakkuk
2
Luke
21
8
2 Chronicles
8
3 John
(all)
Habakkuk
3
Luke
22
9
2 Chronicles
9
Jude
(all)
Zephaniah
1
Luke
23
10
2 Chronicles
10
Revelation
1
Zephaniah
2
Luke
24
11
2 Chronicles
11-12
Revelation
2
Zephaniah
3
John
1
12
2 Chronicles
13
Revelation
3
Haggai
1
John
2


from Robert Murray M'Cheyne's "Calendar for reading through the Word of God in a year"



Thursday, December 2, 2010

NT in a Nutshell Part 7: Vitamins


Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet DictocratsIt’s been a while since we left off our discussion on Nourishing Traditions. In previous posts we have covered Fats, Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Milk & Milk Products. Today we will discuss the importance of vitamins and their sources in our diets. This information is condensed from pages 36-39 of Nourishing Traditions, and is not intended as medical advice, but as an introduction to healthy eating practices.

The word “vitamin” was coined in the early 20th century as chemists discovered the “vital minerals” that the human body requires for good health, such as “fat soluble vitamin D and water-soluble B vitamins [which are] necessary to prevent diseases like rickets, beriberi and pellagra; and…vitamin C, a factor present in many fresh foods, [prevents] scurvy” (page 36) – although vitamins are not technically minerals, which we will discuss in an upcoming post. Vitamins are carbon-based chemicals essential to body function; minerals, however, are inorganic chemical compounds (meaning they are not carbon-based).

At first, scientists believed that eventually all the vitamin needs of the body could be met by ingesting the individual, chemical compounds that we call vitamins in pill form. However, time and further research has shown that this is not the case, as most vitamins exist in multiple forms and in differing ratios, particularly the B vitamin complex (which contains about 17 different compounds) and approximately 12 different forms of vitamin D.

In nature, all these compounds are found synergistically with the trace minerals and enzymes needed for the body to effectively use the vitamins as our bodies need them. These vitamin/mineral/enzyme relationships are so complex (not to mention that scientists still don’t completely understand them) that it is quite impossible to supply the nutritional requirements of the human body with vitamin supplements in pill form. In fact, some vitamin supplements could actually prove detrimental to good health if the body is not also supplied with the associated minerals and enzymes that the body needs to utilize the vitamin.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Catching Up...


I hope y'all had a blessed Thanksgiving! I missed having time to be here last week. I have to tell you what I've been up to. It's been a very busy couple of weeks!

About 7 weeks ago I came across a house for sale near my parent's home. It's really a bit of a dream house for my husband and me as it has everything we have been praying for: roomy, acreage, a well on the property, a greenhouse, space for a garden...

Anyway, in order for us to be at a point where we feel comfortable making an offer, we have to get our house ready to put on the market. We don't want to tie the gentleman selling the house up with a contingency offer in this economy until we have some progress in selling ours. I know, I know...this is not a good time to try to sell a house...but if it is in the Lord's will for this to happen, He'll work out that detail. He hasn't said "No" yet, and if He does, then a lot of work we needed to get done on the house anyway will be taken care of. As I see it, it's a win-win situation.

So, after prayer and consideration, we have been working for the last 6 weeks toward getting our house ready to list. I have been working very hard! Because of the holiday, I had some extra time to spend on the house, and I was able to get a lot done.

In the last two weeks, I have finished stripping wallpaper in our front bath, priming, and hanging new wallpaper; I trimmed our other bath with cove and foot moulding (including miter cuts), I painted some existing moulding along the ceiling (would you still call it crown moulding? It's not very tall - nor huge or elaborate) and the trim work around the window; I sanded and re-installed ceramic baseboards in the same bath and sealed them; I assembled and "installed" an over-the-toilet-three-shelf storage unit; I installed a towel rod and ring and toilet paper holder in the same bath; I replaced 8 blinds in three rooms (that was easy though - I didn't have to hang new hardware); I washed curtains from throughout the house and rehung them and replaced the curtains in two rooms; I sealed around the counter top and back splash in our front bath and prepped for a plumber to come (we had issues with the flange on the toilet when my husband moved it for me so I could paper behind it). Plus, I sang a solo at our church's Thanksgiving service and attended two family Thanksgiving dinners in addition to helping my husband move our camper to his "winter hunting grounds" and taking Katie and a friend out very early Friday morning for some shopping for a couple of hours. (No, I didn't sleep much this past week. I was too worried about everything that had to be done, then by Sunday I was absolutely exhausted - but the back bath was finished!)

My parents came over for a couple of days and helped Cody to clean out our garden (we were still getting tomatoes and bell peppers) and to generally clean up the yard. They blew and mulched leaves and sowed winter rye grass, which is coming up nicely.

Now, the rest of the house is in chaos, as I haven't had the time or energy to dedicate to it, and I keep messing up the floors anyway dragging in and out with cutting all this trim work (we still have a LOT of leaves falling - raking or blowing or mulching are unfortunately exercises in futility - but at least my parents were able to do enough to get the grass to come up!). I just have a little more trim work to install into the front bathroom, in addition to sealing the ceramic baseboards and around the tub. We have been slowly moving things into storage all this time, and that's almost done too. I just have to finish going through the bedroom closets for things we can store or donate. Tomorrow we get to start a major cleaning overhaul to finally make the house show-ready.

I'm actually dreading putting up a Christmas tree - I kinda hate to drag all that stuff back out after just putting it into storage. But other than that, we're almost finished! Kenny should finish installing siding by the end of the week, and Katie will help with the cleaning while Cody helps manage the yard. With the kids and hubby's help, we should be able to list by the beginning of next week.

So, please pray with me that the Lord's will be done in all of this - if it is His will for us to move, that we will have a buyer quickly, or if it is not His will, that he will reveal it clearly to us. I am already experiencing His peace (although I am definitely having isolated moments of extreme doubt and fatigue, combined with a general undercurrent of feeling overwhelmed) but please pray for more peace for me, and for me to keep it all in the proper perspective, especially with the holidays approaching.

Anyway, I may be a little off-kilter until I get all this finished, but with God's help I'll be back on track within the next week or so.

There is joy on this journey, on my way home to my Father's house,
Cindy <><
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...