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Snowy Weekend Recap

Snowy Weekend Recap – Scripture, Snow, Potatoes and Books!

Hello!  It has been a few days and hectic they have been.  Filled with children laughing, crying and helping mommy practice patience.  At the end of the day when I lay them into their cribs and tuck them in their beds the day seems to evaporate and I just fall more in love with them!  Kisses and hugs as sleep takes over and night falls.  Rest.  That seems to be the thing our family needs most these days.  Maybe it’s the snowy cold weather?

 

Scripture

I read Psalm 32 over the weekend and a couple of scriptures really stood out.  In reading the commentary in my NIV bible about the Psalm it stated: Psalm 32, a psalm of David, couples thanksgiving with instruction encouraging the reader not to resist God’s guidance but to trust fully in Him.

Psalm 32:5 NLT

…I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.  And you forgave me!  All my guilt is gone.

Oh how I hate guilt.  To know that the guilt is washed away when I repent and am forgiven gives me freedom!  The commentary says: The affirmation in verse 5 that God “forgave” David’s guilt is expressed in Hebrew as the lifting away or bearing of that guilt.  Ultimately, God’s lifting up or bearing our sin and guilt was accomplished by Jesus on the cross.  Reading this in the commentary gave me the visual of Jesus bearing my sin on the cross and it reminded me that I am forgiven.

Psalm 32:8 NLT

The Lord says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will advise you and watch over you.

This is a notecard scripture for me!  I need guidance and to know that God is guiding me, advising me and watching over me makes me feel safe, secure, and protected!

 

Snow

Today it snowed buckets and V played in the snow with daddy followed by some hot cocoa and giggling over marshmallows.  It was precious to hear them talk as I was preparing dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quick and easy side dish that is a weekly staple in our house is roasted potatoes.  Super easy to make so I thought I would share.

 

Roasted Potatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a bowl combine:

5-6 cups of potatoes diced (I use red skin or yellow potatoes)

Few tablespoons Olive Oil

Rosemary (I used dried but in season I like to grow rosemary and use it fresh)

Parsley (I used dried but in season I like to grow parsley and use it fresh)

Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix together then place on a non-stick pan.  Sometimes I spray the pan with a non-stick spray so the potatoes do not stick at all.  The pans I am currently using don’t require non-stick spray but they are newer so that might be why.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place pan in the oven.  Cook for about 40 minutes or until desired crispness.  Turn potatoes half way through.

Take out and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books and the Next Post:

Yummy Overnight Oatmeal.  The house smells of cinnamon when I get up and this warm breakfast is perfect for a chilly winter morning.  I want to have an after picture to show you so I will have this recipe up tomorrow.

Loving Your Kids on Purpose by Danny Silk.  This book has been a lifesaver lately.  With a joyful, strong-willed 4-year-old and two toddlers I am getting some extremely helpful information!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING:

I was lead to the book Desiring God by John Piper through Ann Voskamp author of One Thousand Gifts and the blog A Holy Experience.  She quotes the book many times in her blog and so I picked it up at the bookstore.  I am excited to start reading it and sharing from it.

From back cover:

Satisfaction…Happiness…Joy.  According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential.

Piper beckons us to approach God with the hedonist’s abandon.  Finally, we are freed to enjoy Jesus – not only as our Lord and Savior, but also as our all-surpassing, soul satisfying Treasure.

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Good Reads

Hello!

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I came across this great website www.goodreads.com and wanted to share it with you all.  I love to read and this website is a reader’s dream.

You create an account for free and then you rate books.  Based on the books you rate and how you rate them the site recommends books for you to read.  With three little ones at home and one on the way my favorite lazy past time of browsing the bookstore aisles is forgotten, for now.  So, this is a way to get a book list without spending a bunch of time at the bookstore.  Plus, the books recommended for you are geared toward your personal taste.

Check it out here.

A little update…I received my first email of recommendations today and I am excited to get samples of the ones that interest me on my Kindle.

Happy Reading!
Marisa

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Adorable, Touching and Controversial

I enjoy football.  I enjoy a good football story.  I enjoy watching football with my sweet husband.  I really enjoy when something out of the ordinary happens while watching sports.  Something like Jesus being mentioned.  So, last weekend when we were watching the Broncos game a commercial came on that really caught my attention.  I was watching the game not thinking about much except the game when a commercial came on national television talking about John 3:16.  Little kids for 30 seconds recited John 3:16.  It was adorable, touching and controversial.  I personally thought it was pretty neat that in the middle of the game the commercial came on.  Here is an article on the commercial and here is the link to watch the YouTube video of the commercial if the video below does not work.

Also, this week something else caught my attention.  An article on the athlete Tim Tebow.  Yes, he plays football and that is a heated discussion in itself but, if you read more about him he is a pretty amazing guy.  Take football out of it and read how he touches so many lives.  Here is the article.

I also found another article as I was closing the webpage that linked to this article and it was good so I thought I would share.  Read the article here.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Marisa

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To Homeschool or Not?!

We have been discussing homeschooling for some time in our family.  Our oldest daughter will be 5 in October.  She could start Kindergarten in the fall but she would be 17 going off to college and I am not crazy about that.  There are not many PreK options in our area and the more we discuss it the more it makes sense for us.  So, I have been researching, reading, trying things out and getting the most information so I can make our decision.  Below are some fun things I have found so far, as I decide on which curriculum I like best.

Currently, we are using a workbook that is really fun.  Each week there is a letter for the week and lots of fun activities related to the letter (coloring, cutting, gluing, etc.).  We have a board we put the activities on so our daughter can show off her work and so that we remember to use the letter all week.  On Mondays I take down her work so she can put it in her binder.   The workbook we are using can be found here.  It is nice because you just download the book and print it from your computer so you can use it immediately.

The Activity Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Letter and Color Binder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple other activities we have found are from recommendations from friends.  The first one is from Oopsey Daisy.  This mom has created something called Mommy School.  There are a lot of ideas on her site and many packets to print out.  We have done the “I” packet and the “W” packet so far.  The second one is Over the Big Moon.  This mom has created Pre-K Packs with themes.  We are currently doing the Valentine’s Day Pack and there is a Dinosaur Pack we want to try next.  Here are a few pictures from the packets we have used.  Click on the names of the sites and you will be directed to their webpages so you can see all the amazing stuff!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying her packet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have created little workbooks for our daughter from these packs and from other websites.  It has taken some prep work but, it is so worth it.  She loves it, the TV is off a lot more, and I see her creativity come out!  I do want to get a color printer because a lot of the printables have color activities, plus most things like puzzles and sequence games could be laminated and used again in the future.

One More Thing…Curriculum

In searching for this Fall’s curriculum I have come across programs that I really like.  I am getting samples of them and then I will decide.  I am thinking in the end I will use a combination of a few programs to create our curriculum.

Here is what I have found:

Sonlight

Alpha Omega Publications

A Beka Book

And I found a great book:

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum

Have a great weekend!

Marisa

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Scripture and Muffins

Hi All!  Just a couple of things today…

Scripture

I came across this scripture this morning in the Message translation…I thought it was so good.

Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.  It’s  wonderful what happens when Christ displace worry from the center of your life.  Philippians 4:7 MSG

I don’t know a mom out there that does not worry at some point about life!  This just made me think of peace and giving all worry up to God.  No matter how much we worry about something the outcome will be the same regardless so why worry when we can cast our anxiety on Him (1 Peter 5:7)?  Easier said than done, I know!

Muffins

Yesterday V and I made Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.  The recipe is a vegan version and it turned out great.  I adapted it from Eating Clean Recipes.  V, Little S and Little A loved them and I thought they were super yummy too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips…they are dairy, nut and soy free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The finished product!  The recipe makes 12 but as you can see V and I had a tasty afternoon snack!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup unsweetened soymilk or almond milk…we used unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sucanat or organic evaporated cane sugar…we used 1/4 cup of baking Splenda mix*
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas…we used two medium/large bananas
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla
1/2 cup vegan semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 regular size (2 1/2-inch) muffin cups with paper baking cups. Or, coat muffin cups with cooking spray.

In large bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

Stir together soymilk and vinegar; let stand 2 minutes until thickened. In medium bowl mix soymilk mixture, sucanat, banana, oil and vanilla until well blended. Add to flour mixture, stirring until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Divide batter among muffin cups.

Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until browned and toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 12 muffins

*Splenda baking sugar is 1/2 sugar and 1/2 Splenda.  I am trying to get all processed stuff out of our house so I wanted to finish it up.  Next time I will use a natural sugar.  Also, the package says to use 1/2 the amount it calls for in the recipe that is why we only used 1/4 cup.

Enjoy!
Marisa

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Books, Blogs, My Favorites!

Hi All!
Just wanted to post a quick note to share some amazing books I am reading and blogs I am following…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books that I am currently reading:

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
Take My Heart, Oh God by Livingstone Corporation (it’s a compilation of authors)

 

 

 

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Books that I have recently read and loved:

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr
Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst
90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper
American Wife: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
Prayers and Promises for Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize

Books that I have not finished and keep coming back to:

Cast of Characters by Max Lucado
A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers
Loving Our Kids on Purpose by Danny Silk

Great Blogs:
A Holy Experience
Enjoying the Small Things
Veggie Converter
100 Days of Real Food
Living Proof Ministries
Lysa TerKeurst
Oopsey Daisy
Super Healthy Kids

I just learned how to do links so I  linked up the books and blogs I am currently reading.  Hopefully they all work for you!  I am so very new at this blogging but wanted to share the info so you could enjoy too!

Have a Blessed Day!

Marisa

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Welcome to Enjoying Each Moment!  I am a wife to an amazing husband, mom to four little ones (three sweet girls and a little boy on the way), and into Jesus.  I try to enjoy each moment with my family and try new things always…so come with me on the journey and I will share with you what I learn!  Happy Day to You!

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