He Knows

Exodus 2:25 the last of that verse says “…-God knew”

In this chapter, God knew about the suffering of His children
when they were in bondage
to the Egyptians- you know the years before Moses.

What a blessing that NOTHING surprises Him.

NOTHING……

Not that pop quiz.

Not the rain (or ice or snow) when the weatherman predicted the opposite.

Not the early death of a loved one.

Not the surprising medical test results.

NOTHING !!!

He sees you.

He loves you.

He knows.

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Books Make a Difference

The most recent parenting book I have read, was when my 8 year old was a newborn.

In my muddled, sleep deprived, adrenaline flowing, happy postpartum state, I should
have been confident. I already raised 4 kids who were ages 14 and up,
when this baby was born.

Yet, at 6 weeks, I felt lost on the path of motherhood.  I was feeding,
on demand  E-V-E-R-Y time the baby fussed. And yet never clued in on why the baby
fussed- because my take from all the breastfeeding books, was feed/comfort/nurse
that baby every time they fuss.

My husband, the father of all our children didn’t understand why I had lost my way
in mothering. The Pediatrician, who knew me from my other kids, dismissed my concerns.
I knew I needed help. Two things happened here. 

First, wonderful women, trained as lactation consultants, entered my life.(If you are breastfeeding and having issues related to your baby and breastfeeding,   Please, please, please, please find a lactation consultant in your area and give them a call).

AND I read yet another book Baby-Wise.
Baby Wise, (Love it or hate it, please save that discussion for another post) figuratively hit me upside the head  with the realization, I had to bring MY brain to this job of mothering.  All the other baby books I had read, were specifically on breastfeeding, and encouraged  feeding on demand. To me that meant every time the baby fussed, whip out the breast to comfort, feed and care for that baby.

Baby Wise allowed me to bring my brain to the  equation and think about why the baby might be fussing.

In my life, the power of the written word influenced me greatly –   to the point of loosing my direction in mothering, and then in finding it again.

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Happy New Year!

I haven’t blogged in a bit, and today is busy so this will be quick.

What are you focusing on this year?

I would like to work on my health and my fitness- both in a physical and spiritual sense.

And to regain control of my kingdom (by way of de-cluttering). And also to write MORE.

To those ends, I am going to try to share some links I have found helpful.

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Soft Sugar cookies

I don’t know where I got this recipe from.  I tend to collect sugar cookie recipes. And not too long ago,                                                    I never thought to include  the URL from where I copied it.   Many recipes call for the dough to be chilled                                   (anywhere from 2-24 hours) BEFORE  you can roll it out and cut it.   This one DOES NOT call for pre-chilling!

This recipe is very forgiving.  I mix it with my hand electric mixer, and then when you add the flour, I transfer it                                        all to the bread machine and mix it on the dough setting.  (wish I had thought of that before I burnt the motor of                                    my last hand mixer).

For my turkey creations, I used the recipe below, but didn’t roll them out, we simply rolled them into a ball, and flattened                       with the bottom of a glass. Also, I used cooking spray for the first tray, and when we did these 48 hours later, I did not.    Image

Below it is copied exactly and in quotations.  I left out the two references to the original photos as I didn’t copy those…. I just wish I knew who to credit with it.

“Do you want to make the best sugar cookies in the world? Look no further!  I have a recipe for sugar cookies that will blow your socks off… t is, if you are into sugar cookies that are unbelievable soft and thick and melt in your mouth. Seriously …these are amazing. (The trick is to roll them out thick and  bake them for less time than you think they need)

You’ll need:

1 Cup butter ** 2 Cups sugar ** 2 eggs ** 3 tsp. vanilla ** 1 Cup of sour cream ** 1 tsp. salt ** 2 tsp.baking soda ** 5 and 1/2 Cups flour  **********  In mixer, cream butter and sugar, and then add eggs and vanilla. Add sour cream. Combine salt, soda, and flour, and add to the first mixture.

Roll out on floured surface to about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick. Really.

Use a spatula to carefully slide under each cookie and place onto greased (with pam) parchment lined cookie sheets.  Bake at 375* for 7-8 minutes. THEY WILL NOT LOOK DONE!  But don’t give in to your temptation to cook “just a little longer” or you will get crunchy cookies instead of soft, pillow-like cookies.

They are still very pale and have no browning anywhere. If you have a golden brown color along the edges then you have baked them too long.

Wait about 5 minutes and then transfer carefully to a cooling rack. If you wait longer they will get soggy on the bottom of and sometimes get stuck to the parchment paper.

Once they have cooled they are ready for frosting.

Note: I know that there are people who make amazingly beautiful iced sugar cookies.  I am not one of them. I’ve seen  some sugar cookies out there that are smooth, glossy, beautiful pieces of art. For those of you who hare the talent and patience to make such beautiful masterpieces… I envy you on many levels. But me?I prefer cookies that taste good and I don’t really care so much about what they look like. the one time I made royal icing, I thought it ruined my sugar cookies. Just my tow bits. Here is the simple butter cream frosting I use:  1/2 Cup butter, softened ***  4 Cups powdered sugar **2 tsp vanilla extract ***1/4-1/3 C milk

In a mixing bowl, cream butter.  Beat in Sugar and vanilla until crumbly. Gradually add milk until frosting reaches desired consistency.  Add desired food coloring.

And there you have it. Heaven on a plate. This recipe makes about 30 extra large cookies or up to 4 dozen smaller cookies.”

Obviously, I did not frost mine.  We added a Hersey Kiss to most, and turkey feathers (actually candy corn) to some.

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Sugar cookie turkeys

Sugar cookie turkeys

Sugar cookie base with Hersey kiss turkeys and candy corn tail feathers

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A Confession:

10 Sundays ago, we said “Good-bye” to OUR church.  If you live in my area and asked for a recommendation of a good church,                                I would suggest you attend where we left.  The preaching is good,                                             the Bible is taught, and the people are great.

That’s the backdrop of where I am. For the last 9 weeks, I have been drifting.                          Looking back on the last 9 weeks, I should have at least 2-4 hours more of                              family/home time every Wednesday afternoon. (Time I would have spent                              preparing to teach on Wed. night.)  I should have hours of free time on Sunday                      (we usually attend Sunday morning, have choir practice Sunday afternoon,               followed by the evening service.)  Not being anchored anywhere, we have                                enjoyed NOT rushing back on Sunday afternoon, and I admit it, we have                                  simply stayed home.

 Yet, my family time, my house and my spiritual life look no better for                       all this “free time”.  

So, I am starting today.  Attempting to redeem the time. (see Ephesians 5:16)  I start with a confession of wasting my days and asking God’s forgiveness.(I really should apologize to my husband- if you saw my house, you would understand)

I am starting the day with my cup of coffee and my Bible.                       Making a realistic to-do list, planning my day.  Putting the big rocks in the jar of my day first.

In the coming days I will post how I am doing, and some of the  resources I have found helpful.

How is your walk with the Lord today?

 

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Thankful Throwback Thrusday

Throwback Thankful Thursday here under the maple leaves.

10 days, and 30 years ago, I said “I do” to my husband.

As I think back over the last 30 years, I think I got the better end of that deal.

A friend said of her husband, “We have been happy together and we have been miserable together.

The key word there is together. ”  I  like that observation.

My husband and I have had much happy together, much wonderful together,

and yes,  even a little miserable together. But again, the key word there is together.

Having been everything from a size 8 to 18, I have often joked that my husband loves me

through thick and thin. But what started as a joke about my size, is a resounding truth in my life. It has been said that in every joke there is a nugget of truth, and there is whopper of

truth in that statement. He does love me through the thick and thin, the good and bad, grumpy and pleasant, for better or for worse, for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health.

Over the past 30 years, he has loved me, for me, He has loved me even when I frustrate him and growl and get loud.

( Truth be told, yes, he has had his time of being a bear, he is human after all.

And I love him for him too,-not just for his rugged good looks

dry sense of humor,  generosity, or just for his  thoughtfulness and chivalry.

He can make me madder than anyone else,

and hurt my feelings deeper than anyone else. Those things happen when humans

love humans deeply and live together day in and day out.)

But as I look over the past 30 years, I see a man who has grown in wisdom, gown in grace,

who loved me and continues to love me day in and day out. I have seen first hand the love of Christ in our marriage as both have forgiven me of some really BIG,

really stupid, really expensive mistakes. My husband has encouraged me

to be a godly wife and mother-sometimes in word, but often just by

his character. He is diligent and hard working. He is a planner.

(Boy I must be a thorn in his flesh at times).

He is the love of my life and I am extremely grateful that God blessed me with him.

Early in our marriage, I wondered if I married the “right” man. (That thought process

was really kind of foolish-not to mention extremely selfish and prideful- because I believed divorce was not an option for me, and I knew once I said “I do” he BECAME my Mr. Right.

At this stage of our lives, I am extremely thankful for the right man I married.

I love you Mr. Prahl, and am so thankful you chose me as your Mrs.580554_647436775278640_618385335_n (1) 995551_647436708611980_1880192914_n (1)

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