Recently Overheard, April 26, 2015

I love to laugh!
Laughing is my favorite!

My kids do a great job of cracking’ me up.
And if you’d been around our house recently you
may have overheard the following:
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“Whoever invented pizza needs a hug!”

“Mom I like it when your hair has the gray showing.
It just proves that you can look young and still be old;
it lets the beauty out, and the cuteness. Because old people are cute.”

“Mom can we please please have lunch?? I’m so hungry that
I feel like my stomach is punching me from the inside!”

“Nutty Bars are just over weight Kit Kats!”

“My teacher has one of those old fashion projector
things w/the clear paper on it that shines in the wall.”

“I only want two or three kids when I grow up. Probably only 2 cuz
if they’re like I was when I was little I’ll only be able to handle two!”

“I don’t like waitresses because they are not supposed to do
that kind of work. It’s for gentleman.
They’re clearing off the tables, but Boys are supposed
to clear the table.”
(my heart melted!)

“What do you call a shoe that won’t stay tied? A shoeNanigan”

“What if Google goes off the internet like Groove Shark did?
The world would end!”

“Did you see those hot dog plants growing by our pond?”
(Cat tails)

“After watching a science Video about earth-
Earth is not home to everyone. Our home is heaven and
we’re just visiting earth.”

“Look at the announcer in this sports show-
he looks like a picnic blanket threw up on his shirt.”

“Mom, you’re nice and you’re full of hospitality!”

“I’m the Easter Chicken”
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What have you heard recently at your house?

Accomplished Plans & Smiling Hearts

“I hep ya, Mama?”-
A direct quote from all 5 of my kids…
over the last 20 years.

I have pictures of them standing on chairs or little stepstools
in the kitchen, wearing an apron, stirring, mixing or just watching
with great interest. Now, back then I didn’t really need their help,
but I loved being with them, and they loved being a part of the action.

One time our oldest, Mariah, (about 5 yrs old at the time) was setting
the table. Her little sister Courtney was about 18 months old
and wanted to help, too. So Courtney proceeded to take a can of pop
from a box of 12, and one by one with your little toddler hands,
took EVERY single can to the dinner table… where all FOUR of us
would be eating! Her “help” may have added a little extra work on my
part, but she was so stinking’ cute and felt so happy to be doing her part
that it made my heart smile! 🙂

On Friday when I opened my Bible, God said I should just make everything
I read my prayer. I’ve been reading in Isaiah, so I picked up at Chapter 25.
Verse one says…

“O LORD, I will honor and praise your name,
for you are my God.
You do such wonderful things!
You planned them long ago,
and now you have accomplished them.”

I started praising His name and thanking Him for all He’s done
and accomplished in Detroit and Courage Church.
Then He quietly said,
“My plans for you being in Detroit have been accomplished.”
Before I could even finish a nice sigh of relief
I stopped short & said,
“Lord I’ve made so many mistakes, how could it all be accomplished?”

He smiled at me ( yes, He does that) and said,
“Yes of course you made mistakes.
You’re a human child, but my plans have still been accomplished.”

Then I read on until this verse …
Isaiah 26:12
“LORD, you will grant us peace;
all we have accomplished is really from you.”

(I added the underlining!)

oh, Duh, Netta! Of course!
Everything is accomplished because HE did it!
Such a merciful God who lets us “help” Him carry out His plans!

Thank you, Daddy God, for allowing me to “help” you!
Perhaps I made your heart smile, too! 🙂

We Put Away the Bible Story Book

We did.
We put away the boys’ Bible Story books.
Don’t panic.
We needed to mix it up a little.
My youngest children are 8yr & 10 yr old boys,
and since we’d read & reread all the
Bible Story Books in the house,
we went for something new at bedtime.

Enter YouVersion.
Bible app

We chose a “family” reading plan that has some
devotion ideas to make it interactive for kids.
But actually, we don’t do the devotional things.

My boys love looking up the scripture verses
in their own Bibles and reading them out loud.
That search is so satisfying for them, and it
helps them remember the order of the Books of the Bible…
(we may or may not be occassionaly sing a quirky
song to remember them.)

Then I ask them several questions about the verses.
Things like these:
“What does this tell us about God?”
“Why did Jesus say this?”
“What does He want us to learn from this?”
“What are some situations in our lives where we
would need to remember and apply this?”

I like to make the questions more personal and specific
than the above list, but you get the idea.
Either way, my boys are loving this hands-on time
in God’s Word, and the discussion afterwards easily
leads into prayer time that deals with real situations
that relate to the scripture.

Actually, just about anything can come up in
these conversations since they know that I’ve
set aside this time JUST for them and I will listen
carefully. Their depth and understanding
astounds me sometimes.

As a parent I’m continually trying to reevaluate the
way I go about life. I ask God specific questions
and want always to be willing to switch things around
– big or small- to help my kids grow into the people
He has designed for them to be. And… in the process
I grow a smidgen every now & then, too! 🙂

Menu Plan Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

cq - menu plan monday

MONDAY
Lunch – Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Dinner- Cowboy Crockpot Casserole

TUESDAY
Lunch- Do Overs (from the weekend)
Dinner- Lasagna from my neighbor, Kelley!

WEDNESDAY
Lunch- Buffalo Corn Chowder
Dinner- Pork Chops, Gr. Beans, Potatoes

THURSDAY
Lunch- Deli Meat Sandwiches, Fresh Veggies
Dinner – Chicken Gumbo, Crockpot

FRIDAY
Lunch-
Dinner- Chilton Chili over Mashed Potatoes

SATURDAY
Lunch- Eggs
Dinner – Stuffed Peppers, Br. Rice

SUNDAY
Lunch- Old Fashion Beef Stew
Dinner- Turkey Wraps & veggies

More ideas at www.orgjunkie.com

Normal, Common, Regular

“How was your day, today?”

“Regular.”

This conversation used to happen between
my daughter and her friend, Satina.
We always got a kick out of her
use of the work, “regular.”
Other people usually say words like,
“fine” or “good.” Her day was usually
just, “regular!” (I love that girl!)

Honesty, that word describes most of my
days, too. As a stay-home-mom I do nearly
the exact same tasks every day/week.
Not much changes. And since my five kids
range from ages 7 to 22
(only four are still at home), I’ve been
doing these daily jobs for 22 years with MANY
more years to come! Many!
The real kicker is that these
jobs are never, ever “completed.” NEVER!

As soon as I clear & scrub the sink,
someone eats again!
(how dare they?)

No sooner do I sweep our gorgeous wooden
floors & the dog saunters through the room &
disperses his hair to every corner.
(What does he have against me?)

Laundry is put away just about the time
someone dumps dinner on their clothing!
(Seriously?)

You know exactly what I’m saying!

Very few areas of my life offer that
wonderful satisfaction of “a job well done”
because nothing is ever DONE!
This reflects the “stay-at-home-mom” life.

Unrelated side note:
Recently when I called myself a stay-home-mom
a lady said to me,
“Oh, you shouldn’t feel bad that you
live with your Mom.”
WHAT? Come on!!
(but this is another topic altogether!
)

Regular. Common. Normal.
That’s my daily life.

All throughout the Old Testament the Bible
refers to the “Holy and the Unholy,”
the “Sacred and the Common.”
My daily life feels like it belongs in
the later of each of these comparisons.
And yet… it does NOT!

Everything my hand finds to do is
for God’s glory.
It’s all for Him.
It feels “regular,” but my feelings lie.
Whatever I do, I do it all for the
glory of God!
This makes the common task HOLY!
(Scripture references are from 1 Cor. 10:31 and
Col. 3:17)

Take heart, my fellow moms!
Chin up, faithful employee
with “menial tasks.”
Our attitude of praise & glory to God
converts our “normal regular stuff”
into holy, God-glorifying
jobs of great importance!

Yes, I’m a “stay-home-mom” but I’m far from common!

Recently Overheard – July 2, 2014

If you’d been at our house lately you would’ve heard this…

“Satan doesn’t work at McDonalds, he works at Burger King!”

While watching USA in the World Cup…
“Goalie Tim Howard deserves an award, or a hug or at least an ice cream cone!”

“If I had a dollar for every time Mom said. ‘Someone kick it’ I’d be rich!”

“Mom passed the test. The test of weirdness.”

“Mom is a kids’ jute box.”

Me, while having a science conversation-
“What do you think of when you hear the word orbit?”
Chase- “Eat. Drink. Chew Orbit!”

Kids 1- “If you had to choose just one store to do all your shopping
for your life what would it be?”
Kid 2- “Sky mall.”

Recently Overheard, Feb. 12, 2014

Years ago my friend told me it would probably be hilarious
to hear the stuff that was said at our house. I agreed.
Here’s a few of them…

(While driving two hours out of Detroit:)
“Look! There’s CORN! Mom, are we in Iowa now?”

“Mom, I’ll just come over here and sit by you.
Cuz at church they teach us to sit by the unpopular people. ha!”

“I’m so glad they invented something called LEGOS”

“Wow! Look at all that nice toilet paper!
Our bums are gunna be happy and dance!”

“Did you hear what I gave Courtney for her bday? I gave her 18 dimes in a raisin box.
Well actually it was 16 dimes and four nickels cuz I didn’t have enough dimes.”
(Where did you get the raisin box?)
“It was in one of my drawers. and who doesn’t like their money smelling like raisins.”

“If Science had a face it would be a serious one.
If Social Studies had a face it would a smirk.
If Language had a face it would be happy one.
If Math had a face it would be a mad face.
If Ed Tech had a face it would be sobbing.”

Recently Overheard, Feb. 4, 2014

If you’d been around our family in recent weeks you would’ve
heard the following statements (along with many, many others)
that my have cracked you up, amazed you or left you wondering.

“I do NOT wanna eat at that restaurant.
It’s like having someone punch you in the stomach for a hour!”

“God gave me 3-D polka dot on my shoulder.”

“Oh… I have to get up really early for work tmrrw.
Being an adult is hard! I just wanna be a dog!”

(We’ve always been a MAC computer family, but this
fall we added some PCs to our family, too.)
“These PC computers look like the old play Barbie
computers we used to have.”

“My stomach is full of those terds.”
(“Curds honey. Cheese curds.”)

ICK! There’s a spider near your shoulder!!!
OH, well, let’s just put it
on that giant zit on Mom’s face,
cuz it’s babies are probably inside!

(While listening to a Muppet Movie (but not being able to SEE it):
“Mom, these annoying voices are exactly what Middle School
boys sound like!”

“No matter how sweet takin’ or romantic a boy is, at the end of
the day he’s gunna home and make fart noices. ugh”

The Thing about Art is…

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Friday morning my husband was helping one of our
sons with his school art assignment
and I overheard him say,
“The thing about art is that you have to be patient.”
At that very moment it was as if God cleared His throat
and looked directly at me.

“What? I don’t even do art. I’m not the artsy type, Lord!”

THINK OF YOUR SEWING PROJECTS?

“Um, well, I don’t get to them very often and when I
finally do carve out the time to be creative I have to
rush through them and them they get all messed up,
and I have to rip them out and start over.”
(and yes, I talk to God in giant run-on sentences!)

SO YOU RUSH THROUGH CREATIVITY BECAUSE YOU’RE IN A HURRY
TO GET BACK TO THE THINGS YOU “HAVE” TO DO THAT ARE
ALREADY EASY AND COMFORTABLE?

“Yeeees?”

WHAT IF I’M TRYING TO CREATE SOMETHING NEW IN YOUR HEART
AND LIFE? IT WILL REQUIRE PATIENCE.
WORK.
THE UNKNOWN.
WILL YOU LET ME?
WILL YOU BE PATIENT?
WILL YOU LET ME
BE THE ARTIST?

(tears)

“Yes! Forgive me for rushing and yet digging my heals
in at the same time. Help me to let go when you say so;
push forward in any direction you lead; stop trying to
figure out what the final results of the “art project”
will look like. I trust you, Lord Jesus!”