Friday, October 22, 2010

I Do

On this day five years ago I married my best friend.  We are celebrating by going out of town to the place where we were engaged.  The same place where we spent one of our first nights as husband and wife. 

We had a small wedding, only immediate family, Grandparents, Godparents and a few friends who knew both of us as a couple, were in attendance.  We had a traditional Catholic wedding, happy hour at the lodge, followed by a served dinner.  We had a beautiful harp and acoustic guitar play during while we dined.  Our "dance" took place at a few local establishments.  It was very simple and quaint.  We both loved our day and how we did it.  We cherish all those who were there and still have all of them in our life. 


These beautiful sweets were our flower girls.  My Karley is this age now.  As I look at this picture I see a little of Sophie in Kelsey (closest to Adam).

My friend, Mrs. S showed me this poem.  I loved it and wanted to share, I hope you enjoy.
When I Said I Do

When I said I do, I had no clue, what I’d be doing,
The mystery, how it would be,
or what the future would bring.

Now looking back through all the years,
Smiling still after so many tears,
I know the prize was worth the price,
The joy is greater than the sacrifice.

God’s love would give,
time and again,
new life for us to welcome in,
The babies laughed,
the children played,
they grew up strong and good just like I’d prayed.

Now my life has proved,
my words were true,
my commitment kept no matter what we went through,
Some have regrets for their own choice,
but as for me, I only rejoice!

Now looking back through all the years,
Smiling still after so many tears,
I know the prize was worth the price,
The joy is greater than the sacrifice.

What I have now is a family,
something that will last for eternity.

O what has become of me?
In giving all I am set free.

I said “I do” to you.
If I could do it again,
it’s the only thing I’d do.

This song was written and composed by the Catholic Corps Women’s Community in honor of their beloved “Mama C”.



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Book Giveaway Winner

Thank you all for you interest in this wonderful book!  I wish I had one to give away to each of you but I only have one, sorry.  Jill, I do have one for you.  Please contact me with your information. 

I finished the book today and would recommend if you can, get it for your own library. 

Would any of you be intersted in used books that I would like to pass along? If so, please let me know and I will post what I have on my right sidebar. I am going to start reading the Volume books. Do you know them? Not sure about this yet, but it might be something I could possbily give away as well. Stay tuned.


God Bless!

Tina

PS.  I really like Lacy's blog too!




Orginal post

Okay!  Let's do a book giveaway today.  I've mentioned this book before and thought I would share with one of you.  I'm still reading it so I can't give you a full review but let's just say I really like reading more about the Rosary.  The miracles it has produced and the reasons behind it are worth the read.  Since it's the month of Rosary I wanted to make sure one of you could start reading in October.  I will pick the winner on Wednesday, October 20, 2010.   

Without further ado the book is called:

The Secret of the Rosary - By St. Louis De Montfort



Here's how you can win:

1. Leave a comment here telling me what your number one favorite blog to read is.  Well, you know, other than this one! Ha! Ha! Ha! :)


and/or

2. Blog about this giveaway

and/or

3. Facebook about the giveaway

and/or

4. Tweet about the giveaway

Be sure to add a seperate comment for each thing  you do so your chances increase!

Good Luck!

God Bless!

Tina

Fortress

Yesterday I had the privilege of being a chaperon for Henry Pre-School class.  We went to the pumpkin patch/apple farm not too far from our house.  My excitement overflowed along with my gratitude to Susan for watching our girls and of course Adam for working extra for me to be able to do this type of activity.

This was Henry's first time entering a school bus.  I wonder, what was he thinking?  The bus was full when we entered so we sat all the way in the back.  I think that must have been pretty exciting or maybe just strange? 


We took a tractor ride, learned about broom corn, sunflowers, gourds, smashed pumpkins, all the while enjoying the beautiful Fall morning.

We saw animals, baby pot belly pigs, chickens of all kinds, black cats, goats, fed baby cows and then had a snack.






It was a beautiful morning.  I am most thankful that we prayed before we left school, before we ate and before we all departed for our lives.  It warms my heart to know that Henry's life is being built with a fortress of prayer.

God's Blessings to you.

Tina

Monday, October 18, 2010

CSN $25 Gift Card Winner

I have been blessed to be a preferred blogger with CSN Stores!  Not only have I had the privilege of reviewing the two products listed below, but I've also been able to share with you some of the goodness of CSN Stores.  Your winner in just a moment. 

The First Item:





I was so happy to get this in the mail! This is a beautiful crockpot, I love the stainless and black look!


It works like your basic crock, but I think that it heats a little better than my other larger crock pot which is nice when I don't get something in right away in the AM. THE BEST FEATURE of this crock is that it has a "To Go" lid. In other words, the lid locks down for easy transporting. Now my hubby won't be spilling beans all over the car when he rounds a corner! It's just really nice to have the lid secure for travel!

The online shopping experience was easy and the shipping process was simple. I received notifications along the delivery to my home.

I really haven't found a single thing that I don't like about this crock. It's awesome and the only way to go. You won't regret this purchase.

I received this product for my honest review.

Accessories I Recommend:

Fix it & Forget It Cookbook
 
The Second Item:
 
 
I've needed new knives for a long time. I really like the stainless steel feel and look. Originally I bought stainless because the old set of knives I had had wooden handles and eventually deteriorated in the dishwasher. These knives are just too pretty to put in my dishwasher that makes everything stainless icky. So I wash them by hand. If you have a nice dishwasher I wouldn't think it would be a problem. I also like having serrated knives but my hubby said it might not be a good thing when sharpening. Although in most cases I prefer serrated.


Each knife is very sharp for cutting and very sharp looking! The block is a standard block in natural color and looks wonderful on my counter.

The online shopping experience was easy, product description was great (I may have missed the fact that all the knives were serrated.) and the price was even better! I received e-mail confirmations of where my purchase was all along the mailing process, all of which was really quick!

I certainly would buy again!

I was given this product for my honest review.

Thank you for reading and here is your winner:

Holly, send me an e-mail and I'll give you the instructions on how to use your $25 gift card!

To all who entered, thank you from myself and CSN Stores!

Multitude Monday Vol. 12

I arrived at school early one day last week.  When I am early I usually enjoy reading one of the many books I keep on the nightstand.   This time I had the joy of watching Henry and his class {seven in all} play outside on what was a beautiful Fall day.  I watched him enjoy sliding down the slide with his teacher, running with the other students, walk across the road, look both ways, put the ball he was carrying away and head inside with all the students.  I sat there and thought that there really aren't very many times in my parenting that I've been able to watch him {or any of my three} play while I haven't had to parent in some capacity.  What I mean to say, is that whenever I am with them I am always teaching them, caring for them, watching for potential dangers, basically thinking of their every need. 

On this beautiful Fall day......I was able to just watch my son.  I was to the brim with delight in just watching.

My list grows from 255 to 272:

Watching Henry Play
School Where God Reigns
Birthday Plans From Henry
Bible Study for Kids
Early AM Grocery Shopping
Ease of Movement with Children
Implentation of Projects
Outside Days, All Day
Great Homilies
Hard Working Husband
New Camper Opportunity
New Book Deliveries at PO
New Book Deliveries via Friend
Great Group for Bible Study
Awesome Instructors
Relevant Radio
Grace

Blessings Friends!


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Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Divine Gift

I find obedience hard, I always have.  It would be easier for me to sacrifice, yet that's not what I am asked to do.  And. with. joy.  I'm learning.  I find obedience hard, I always have. 
Sacrifice and offerings you do not want, but ears open to obedience you gave me.......To do your will is my delight; my God your law is in my heart.  ~ Ps 40:7, 9
I realize obedience is the same I ask of my own flesh. It's hard for them too. I realize how I am patient with them and repeat the same lessons until they stick; He does the same for me.  We are often asked to give thanks and praise, I strive to do that weekly with the Gratitude Community.    Daily and verbally, might that be a good idea?

Your deed I did not hide within my heart; your loyal deliverance I have proclaimed.  I made no secret of your enduring kindness to a great assembly. ~ Ps 40:11
But may all those who long for your help always say, "The Lord be glorified." ~ Ps 40:17

Giving thanks is not purely a human response but is itself a Divine gift. ~ NAB Study Guide
Sure, I have always been thankful but now I want to be thankful to God for all. To make sure I see all as coming from him, to practice trust in the Lord, to have ears open for His will, not my own. 

I am practicing lectio divina through the Psalms weekly, please feel free to join at Jenny's.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Seven Quick Takes - Vol. 11

What a magnificent week we've had!  I am excited for another project filled weekend coming up and even more excited for the weekend after!

{1}
Our "project" is a 10x14 shed that will store kids toys, outside summer furniture, lawn mower and things like that.  We have been storing these items in our basement but then all Winter long we can't get to anything else that's down there.  This Winter I would love to sort through all our things in the basement to decide what needs to be toss and what needs to be kept so as not to be featured on Hoarding, Buried Alive next season.

{2}
Henry must really like his teacher because he seems to have conned her into going down the slide with him.  I know this because when I arrived at school today the kids were playing outside.  They were so cute to watch.  I sat in the car with the girls and just watched him play with his classmates and Ms. J.  I loved seeing how happy he was, how he was having so much fun.  It's a rare thing for me to watch one of my kids and not be parenting them.  My heart was warmed to the brim observing him today.  Such a long time ago was the first day of school.

{3}
Just after bath last night we were all giggling having fun, me repeatedly asking the kids to get their jammies on when I noticed Sophie went from sitting to standing without the help of any furniture.  She stood there for what seemed a long time, before she realized and then she wasn't sure what to do next.  She dropped her cute little diaperless bottom on the ground.  How proud are we!  I think she'll be walking soon.  Her desires to keep up with big brother and sister are outweighing her fears of the next step.



{4}
This morning I took the kids to The Home Depot.  We looked around and I thought I would see what I could do to our cabinets.  I was offered to have a free estimate as to what it would cost to have them re-finished.  How nice.  Well, how much does something like this run??  Then I thought....I could do this myself.  Upon getting home, looking around, ah ya...I really have the time to do this myself.  HA HA!

{5}
I got three lovely new books today courtesy of my neighbor Mrs. S.  She's so wonderful.  I bought a book myself yesterday and need to go to the library for a book for my book club.  WOW.  Books coming out of my ears.  Can you tell I like books?  I hope my children will love books.  :)

{6}
I made a fabulous new recipe last night for dinner.  It came by way of my Mom from her People magazine.  It was so simple and I almost always have all the ingredients on hand.  I thought about taking pictures and posting the recipe but I am terrible about presentation.  Our food almost always goes right from the pan to the plate and since our kids are a little on the young side {for my liking} I serve them on plastic kid plates.  So I wonder, how nice would my new recipe look on a hot pink plastic plate?  Therefor, no pictures. 



{7}
We eat most all of our meals at the breakfast bar/table.  We are crowded and should really move into the dining room.  I need to get a couple more chairs and then we can watch Sophie throw all her food on the cream colored dining room carpet we inherited.  It would be nice to eat at the table, have it nicely set, eat from serving dishes (see #6).  I'm working on that next week.  We did this once before and it just felt different.  We seemed like a family all sitting down to pray & eat together.  I am really working on this next week.

I hope you all have a blessed weekend.  It's a beautiful day here and I think we are going to have a fire in our little chimenia tonight.

Seven Quick Takes is hosted by Jennifer at Conversion Diary.  She has a wonderful story at Conversion Diary if you have time.

God Bless,

Tina

Thursday, October 14, 2010

How About a Book Giveaway?

Okay!  Let's do a book giveaway today.  I've mentioned this book before and thought I would share with one of you.  I'm still reading it so I can't give you a full review but let's just say I really like reading more about the Rosary.  The miracles it has produced and the reasons behind it are worth the read.  Since it's the month of Rosary I wanted to make sure one of you could start reading in October.  I will pick the winner on Wednesday, October 20, 2010.   

Without further ado the book is called:

The Secret of the Rosary - By St. Louis De Montfort



Here's how you can win:

1. Leave a comment here telling me what your number one favorite blog to read is.  Well, you know, other than this one! Ha! Ha! Ha! :)


and/or

2. Blog about this giveaway

and/or

3. Facebook about the giveaway

and/or

4. Tweet about the giveaway

Be sure to add a seperate comment for each thing  you do so your chances increase!

Good Luck!

God Bless!

Tina

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

CSN Is Back with a Giveaway!

Here's another giveaway with CSN stores, just for you!  I want to first tell you that CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find everything from cheap bedroom furniture to fantastic fitness equipment to cookware! Take a peek, they have quite a few really nice pieces/sets.

Now how about a giveaway from CSN Stores?  It was really hard for me to pick something that I thought you would like so I decided to just let you pick whatever you would like.  Well, for a $25 gift card that is.  But are also able to use the $25 towards a larger item. 

I will randomly pick a winner for a $25 gift certificate on Monday, October 18, 2010

Here's how you can win:

1. Leave a comment here saying what State, Provence or Country you are from.

and/or

2. Blog about this giveaway

and/or

3. Facebook about the giveaway

and/or

4. Tweet about the giveaway


You pick your own odds.

Good Luck!

Tina

PS.....I am thinking I would like this item:


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

1000 Gifts

We were reminded on Sunday to give praise:




And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.  ~ Luke 17:15-16

My thanks grows, numbers 238-255:

Early Mornings with Karley
Trees Falling Safely




Unseasonable Warm Weather


Start of  a New Project
Adam Coming Home From Work Early Twice For Me
Thomas the Train Tracks
Spaghetti (saves me a lot)
Sleeping In
Courage
Faith
Husband Home All Weekend
New Projects
Resources
Mass at Henry's School Church
Pumpkin Patches





holy experience



Have a blessed day friends!

Tina

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Praying the Psalms

I start with the best of intentions only to do it again and again.  Each day vowing that I will not.  I sin with my tongue.  Sorry each time I realize I've done it again.  At the end of the day I analyze my conduct, but any justifing doesn't work.

"....I will watch my ways, lest I sin with my tongue;  I will set a curb on my mouth."  Ps 39:2
I pray to curb so as not to end my breaths in sorrow.   For silence in submission.

Would you like to add your thoughts on Psalm 39?  Please join Jenny weekly as we journal our way through the Psalms.

Have a blessed weekend.

Tina

Friday, October 8, 2010

Seven Quick Takes - Vol. 10

I just can't believe another week has gone by and that we are nearing the middle of October.  The saying the days are long but the years are quick used to be true for me.  But now it's all quick. 

Since it's Friday I thought I'd give you Seven Quick Takes as a means of catching you up with my house.



{1}
Last Friday our refridgerator went on the fritz.  It wasn't totally kaput but Adam, to my amazement, didn't really have a clue about how to fix it.  We kind of thought that went they go, they go, and aren't really fixable.  So we went fridge shopping on Saturday afternoon/evening.  Wow, have you bought a fridge lately?  Well, let me tell you there are some really, really nice options.  We, of course had our hearts set on the side by side that looks something like this:


We had to stick with the reality that our kitchen is a little too small for this mac daddy.  Anyway, as I said before, have you been shopping for a fridge lately?  We thought and thought about what to get and by the time Monday morning came around I was pretty much settled on a black, (go figure) freezer on the bottom, plain janer.  (We inherited a white side by side.)  But before we parted with the cold hard cash to purchase said plain jane I decided to give the repair man a call.  He came right over and fixed the old baby for $170 bucks.  Can't beat that!  So, I gladly put all Henry's school art back on our new old fridge and we are moving on.

{2}
I've made a few changes to the layout of the blog.  Just minor.  Did you happen to notice?  Thank you Jenny for helping me with a couple of things.  It was such a pleasure to talk to you on the phone.  I sure love your southern accent!  I had to go back to my old template though because for some stupid reason on  whim I thought I needed Intense Debate.  (I'll add the other changes again as I know you all are wondering what they are!)  So then yesterday for a little bit I had Intense Debate comments and blogger comments.  I was thinking that wouldn't be so bad because then all those that comment would have two options to pick from.  Thoughtful huh?  In all honesty, I might even go away with comments all together.  I'm still on the fence. 

{3}
I think we are going to pour footings for a shed this weekend.  We store all the Summer things in our basement (toys, patio furniture, etc) and then we can't move down there all Winter.  Plus I will start parking in the garage now that it's getting colder outside so we won't have that room anymore. 

{4}
I got a new breadmaker.  I vowed to get a Beadman and then when I was in the aisle at Costco I saw a Cuisinart and got that instead.  Not sure that was a good idea.  I made one loaf and it was way too dense.  It took about four hours and wasn't all that great tasting.  I'll try again.  My friend Susan has a Breadman and doesn't do a thing to her loaf.  This new maker started kneading like three times during the rise portion.....what?  Why?  Maybe I should read the manual at least a little and try a 1.5 lb. or 1 lb. loaf.  Back to the drawing board.

{5}
My sewing project has not been touched since my teacher (Mom) was here last.  I am so close to being finished but I am having bobin issues and can't remember the rest of the instructions she gave me.  Now I am back to begging asking her to come again so I can finish it.  Or perhaps I pack up silly little quilt table runner and bring it with my kids when she watches them on our anniversary weekend?  Maybe she'll finish it for me.  After all, does it really matter if I put the binding on myself?  I can still call it mine, right?

{6}
I often see images like these from my deck as the sun comes up.  I could be kind of obessed but aren't they pretty?  I really like the pink color in the morning sky. 



{7}
A little over a week ago I took some pictures for my friend/neighbor.  She was raised on a farm not too far from our neighborhood so we went there to take the pictures.  It was a really great place to take photos.  I only wish I knew more.  Here is one of my favorites. 



Have a blessed weekend everybody!

Monday, October 4, 2010

I Choose

Books Piled
Art Projects Taped to the Wall
Sewing Machine on the Dining Room Table
Dolls
Train Tracks
Zebra
Mini Trampoline
Trucks
Cars
Farm Animals
Stuffed Animals
Plastic Kitchen Food
Plastic Kitchen Utensils
Activity Table
Karley's Baby's Pack 'n Play
Step Stools
Toddler Rocking Chairs
Little People
Puzzles
Crayon Colored on the Floor
Toddler Table & Chairs
Step 2 Kitchen
Coloring Books
Elmo Chair

These are all things that are scattered among our house.  They are the things of my children.  The things that keep their minds creating, playing, imagining, and learning. 

As I long for sleep in the dark hours of morning, I look around and choose to count these as blessings.  Thankful for their footprints as it makes for a Them.  And for Them I thank Him.

Numbers 214-237 of my 1000 Gifts.