Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Biking in the Autumn

Our family loves biking. We are not long distant or speed bikers; oh, no, we are city park and bike trail bikers. We travel at a medium speed and enjoy the sites along the way. We stopped at a park. Our two daughters Jessica and Victoria enjoy braiding each others hair.
I played on this very train when I was a little girl. When I was growing up my dad brought us to this same park. These same yellow cement blocks were there 40 years ago when I was a little girl. They brought back vivid memories of the fun I had with my family. At that time deer were kept in the park. I remember feeding them. Ordering a pizza at one of our favorite places.
Jessica and Harrison bikes
I road with our son Harrison in his truck. Windows open and hair flying. I love the memory of spending time with him.
Harrison's truck is unique and says so much about his personality. Let me explain something. Our son Harrison does not normally have a Mohawk. My husband cut his hair this morning and left the piece on top so it would look like this as a joke. Teen boys can be so funny. He has this shrunken head hanging from the mirror. I think it's cute that he keeps a picture of his girlfriend inside his truck. Stacey getting ready to cut Harrison's hair.My husband, Stacey, made me laugh when he got out the weed-eater and pretended to buzz Harrison's hair.
Harrison got a kick out of his hair cut. He left it for one day and then buzzed it all off the next day. We celebrated Father's Day around the campfire when we got back from the bike ride. Stacey loved his gifts. Victoria, me and Jessica getting ready to eat a few chocolates.
Garrett blowing out flame
Garrett smiling. I think he had a happy day. Jessica is not happy that I got the king in our card game. my great cards in the game called "Six Cards." I think we should have shuffled the cards better.
I am so thankful for my dear family and the fun memories we made last June. God bless you my friends. "A merry heart does good, like medicine." Proverbs 17:22

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Wisdom For Moms

Mothers do you feel discouraged? Does fear sometimes over-take you? Does the enemy bring doubt and frustration into your mind, to keep you feeling like a failure as a mother?
The same power that raised Jesus from the dead, is in us to help us. That power from the Holy Spirit is in Christians to enable us to live godly lives to help us live for Jesus, and be those confident good wives and mothers. "THE LORD IS MY HELPER." Psalm 30:10 Is confidence at being a good mother what our goal should be? I think . There are mothers out there who had all kinds of confidence. They thought they were being good mothers. Joan Crawford thought she was an excellent mother and wanted the whole world to think so also. From Christina, her adopted daughter, we heard a very different side of the story.
Confidence is only part of what I want. What I want is to BE a good mother and for God to HELP me to be that GOOD mother. I want WISDOM from HIM. Satan would like for me to feel discouraged, and to remind me of my failures. Sometimes I actually feel like I am like the picture above. Satan preys upon our minds..."The devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour." 1Peter 5:8 It's a lie from the enemy. I am, by God's grace, and by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT, able to be the kind of good mother, the Lord wants me to be. QUOTING SCRIPTURE IS QUOTING THE TRUTH. I AM CAPABLE THROUGH JESUS, TO BE WHO JESUS WANTS ME TO BE. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God , which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7The Lord wants us to ask for WISDOM, and He promises to give it. I have been realizing my great need for the Lord's help in being the good mother I'd like to be. He has helped me think of ideas for blessing my children and family, as well as creative discipline. I praise God for this. At times I have failed to see a problem, or an area needing correction in my child. I am blinded and see that child as A Little Angel. I've asked the Lord to give me discernment and wisdom to see those areas that need correction. Here is a sample of a small thing, but it was huge to me. I got the idea and then realized it must have come from God, as I'd been asking specifically for WISDOM in my mothering. I'm TOO nice, at times. Which can be used by the enemy as weakness. One of my daughters was unwrapping an ice cream sandwich, and at the same time scowling and saying mean words to her little brother. I said, "You are not being SWEET. Put the ice cream sandwich away. You may not have anymore sweets for the day. Your disposition does not match the sweetness of that dessert."
A second daughter did the same thing and there were no sweets for her either. By the next day I had two very sweeter daughters. Only God could have given me that instant wisdom to act in such a way. Believe me the respect for Mom went up quite a bit!! Praise God. I don't want to compare myself to other mothers, but I do think it's okay to have role models. I love Ma from Little House on the Prairie. Instead of comparing myself I want to ask the Lord to just let me be who He wants me to be. Mothers, do not hesitate to ask the Lord Jesus Christ for wisdom in your mothering. He wants us to ask and He is faithful to give us the exact answer we need. I'm so thankful for this."If any of you lasks wisdom let him ask of God, who gives liberally and without reproach." James 1:5

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Rhubarb Jam and Pickled Asparagus

 We are going to be preserving food today in this post, but I actually did this in July, but forgot to post about it.
Jessica had the day off from school so she helped me chop, cook and pour the rhubarb jam into the jars. Thank you Jessica.
The rhubarb jam was a cinch. Wash and dice six cups of rhubarb. Put it into a stainless steel pot add 3 cups of sugar and 1/4 cup of water. Bring to a boil and lower heat. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Take off the heat and add one 3 0z. package of cherry or strawberry Jello, and a third of a package of orange Jello. Put jam into clean containers. Leave 1 inch head space for freezing. Allow the jam to sit over night and then freeze. Makes four pints of jam.
I only have enough asparagus ready for five pint jars. While I cut the asparagus, the vinegar, water and salt are heating on the stove (this will be the liquid poured over asparagus in the jars.)
Before adding asparagus I place a red chili pepper, a teaspoon of black peppercorns and a teaspoon of minced garlic. I grew the red peppers last summer and froze them. I like to buy the mince garlic in the large glass jars. I divide them up and freeze them in small containers to keep them fresh. When I need garlic I can easily dip into the container.
I lay my jar sideways and measure my asparagus spears to fit. I want the red pepper to show in front so I lay the asparagus on top of it.
The spears in front are laid right side up so they look pretty, and the ones behind are a mix of up and down spears, so they will fit inside the jar.
Next I ladle the hot vinegar mixture into the jars.
It's important to wipe off the rims so that lids will seal properly.
When canning lids mus be new. Place clean hot lids onto jars. Rings go over these and may be new or reused. Take care not to over tighten the rings.
Place jars into hot water bath, making sure water covers jars by at least one inch. Cover and bring water up to a boil. Once the water is boiling set the timer for 11 minutes for pints.
Test asparagus lids by pressing the center. They should be snugly tight and not making a continuous popping sound when pressed. The rhubarb lids will make that sound when pressed because they are not sealed. They will be going into the freezer. You may reuse lids and rings for freezing. Use the Ball Blue Book for safe canning. "Turn my life away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word."
Psalm 119:37

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