Monday, September 6, 2010

Here's Real Life...

"It happens before you know it... the handprints  get higher and higher, then suddenly - they disappear."

You conceive, you patiently wait nine months (give or take), you get up at 2am to feed and diaper change, you kiss their boo boo's, you bake cookies for their class, you give advice, you scold,  you teach, you hug, you kiss, you transport to numerous sporting events, you are there when they are let down, when their hearts get broken, when their car is broken, when they just need a shoulder to cry on, and eventually, all too soon, they are grown and gone. I dropped my oldest baby off at college on Saturday and leaving him there was the hardest thing to do.  He is 7 1/2 years older than our next one, so he has become a friend.  He was our "right hand" man. He is BUBBA to our other three, which translates to hero, friend, playmate, comforter... He is SO missed right now. But that is part of life. You have babies and before you are ready those babies grow up to be men and women and you really hope that you have taught them all they need to know. But even if you feel like you weren't finished with them, God is never finished with them and will continue to shape and grow them long after they leave your nest. We will adjust to life around here without our Bubba, and in the same way he has to get used to living without his 5 other family members, and with a roommate and 6 other suite-mates. He adjusts well to change, he always has, that, among many other things is a Gift that he has been given from his Creator. So until next time... I will be trying to cut down my crying for him to only once a day or less. I will be training my younger children to do the things that he usually did. And... I. will. survive. With God's help.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Life changes in the blink of an eye...

 The article that I have linked at the bottom of this post brings to mind my own small town where the suicide rate is the highest per capita in the NATION. Sadly, we have had several teens in our community commit suicide in the past few years and this article really brings to mind what circumstances can do to a person, especially in this fragile economy right now.  There have been many times that I have wanted to just sit down and give up... too many bills, not enough money, not enough time, too many commitments, the list goes on... But the one thing that has kept me going is this... 

"17The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. 18The Lord is close to the brokenhearted  and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all" Psalm 34:17-19 

God has never promised that believers won't have struggles and hardships in their lives. He has promised, however, that He will be there as a refuge in those times of troubles. I wish wholeheartedly that those teens that have taken their own lives had known this truth before making that horrible last decision. 

The following is an excerpt written by Trent at "The Simple Dollar" Click the link at the bottom to go to the full article... well worth your time.

 Bad Luck That Changes a Life

Quite often, the only difference between the people we look up to and the people we look down upon are a handful of little events. A parent that cared a little more. An unexpected death. A bad test result with no positive reaffirmation to get up and give it another shot. A lost promotion. A hurtful comment at an emotionally weak moment. A flash of anger, by them or by someone else. A bit of peer pressure. The opportunity to make a connection with someone who can open a door.
Our lives are full of these little events, most of which are out of our control. It’s those events – and how we react to them – that determine much of what we have in life, and what we work for.

Click below to read the entire article...

Everything’s So Easy for Pauline: Thoughts on Luck, Fate, Money, and Life

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Recipe Corner: Corn Cakes

I have made these many times for my family and they gobble them right up! They are somewhat healthy, at least there is some added nutrition in there, but definitely yummy. Plus you can make it up ahead of time and store in the fridge for yummyness (blogger says that's not a word, but, I am leaving it anyway!) anytime! Here you go!

Corn Cakes

Mix all the ingredients together and fry up like pancakes...

3 eggs - non-salmonella ones if you can find them, I have some in the backyard :)
2 1/2 c milk
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 c cornmeal
1 c flour
1/2 c oat flour - to make oat flour, chop up oatmeal in the food processor til powdery like flour, then measure.
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp brown sugar
5 tbsp soft butter
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 c wheat germ
2 tbsp flax seed
1/2 c chopped pecans
2 tsp vanilla