Thursday, December 28, 2006


This time of year is always a busy one for my family and I. It seems there is always something that a pastor's family is invited to, involved in, or needed for during the holiday season. I think things should start to slow down here soon though and I can write more regularly again. I did have time for my twice weekly devotion that I post over at The Well and that I share here too.


Psalms 73:2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

Just a question for everyone today….are there areas in your life that you have let slip?

Take some time and inventory your heart AND your time. Sometimes the slip can be so gradual we don’t even notice it right away.

Thursday, December 21, 2006


Ladies, I don’t have any fancy words or thoughts for you today. What I have is so much better – God’s Word and eight verses where He tells us to FORGET NOT. Take some time today to see what each of those things are that we are told not to forget.

Deuteronomy 8:11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:

Deuteronomy 9:7 Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.

Psalms 10:12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

Psalms 74:19 O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

Psalms 74:23 Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.

Psalms 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Psalms 10:1 Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

Have you ever gone through times when you’re “in the pits,” so to speak, and you’ve cried out to God and asked Him to rescue you from that pit you’re in – and He didn’t. I know I have. And I asked God, “Why?”

Over the years I have learned that the reason He left me there was because His grace was just as sufficient for me while I was in the pit, as it was when I was out. It was during those times that I have had to learn that even though I felt alone, that God was truly there with me and that I needed to have peace in the pit, peace with the darkness, and peace when I felt surrounded by the enemy.

I have learned that for years I was asking the wrong question. I was asking, “God, what are you going to do for me during this time of trial?” But what I should have been asking was, “God, what do you want ME to do during this time of trial?”

Look at Daniel. Daniel was thrown in the pit with the lions. God did not rescue him in the sense of removing him from the pit. God left him there, surrounded by furious lions. God did not expect Daniel to conquer the lions, he just asked that Daniel have faith in Him and wait patiently (and in peace.)

Daniel 6:22-23 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. (23) Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

The lions were still there when Daniel left, waiting for the next victim; but they had no power over Daniel - and they have no power over you either! Daniel went on to prosper, and we will, too – so we need rejoice!

Sometimes I think we exhaust ourselves fighting against and trying to change the conditions around us – when all we really need to do is trust in the Lord, lean on Him, and have faith that He is in control of all that is going on in and around our lives.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Monday, December 18, 2006


Here it is…..the week before Christmas!! This Christmas season has been a very enjoyable one at our house – not too busy and NOT TOO COLD!!!!!

Here is what we’ll be eating at our house this week:

MONDAY ~~~~ Stir fry and egg rolls


WEDNESDAY ~~~~ Swedish meatballs, Rice & Broccoli

THURSDAY ~~~~ Calazone, corn, and Brownies

FRIDAY ~~~~ Marinated Pork Chops, Stuffing, & veggies

SATURDAY ~~~~ Steak, Potatoes, Salad, & fruit

SUNDAY ~~~~ Ham, Augratin potatoes, rolls

Check out other wonderful weekly menus at Laura's Blog. She has a wonderful blog that helps keep your home organized and running smoothly.

Thursday, December 14, 2006



  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 ounces sliced ham
  • 4 ounces sliced Swiss cheese
  • 1 (8 ounce) package herbed dry bread stuffing mix
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  1. Mix together the cream of chicken soup and milk in a small bowl.
  2. Pour enough of the soup into a slow cooker to cover the bottom.
  3. Layer chicken breasts over the sauce.
  4. Cover with slices of ham and then Swiss cheese.
  5. Pour the remaining soup over the layers, stirring a little to distribute between layers.
  6. Sprinkle the stuffing on top, and drizzle butter over stuffing.
  7. Cover, and cook on Low for 4 to 6 hours, or 2 to 3 hours on High.


Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

Oh, how easy it is to let things slip ~ in our heart, our life, our homes, and even in our marriages. Obviously this doesn’t take God by surprise, because He warns us of just such things in Hebrews.

Sometimes things just become so routine that we just kind of operate on “cruise control.” We go through the motions, but our heart isn’t in it any more.

Let’s not let that happen to us or to our families. Let’s make sure we give the “more earnest heed” to those things we have heard. Take time to meditate over the preaching you hear throughout the week, the reading and studying that you are doing of God’s Word, and the actions you go through each and every day. You and those around will benefit so much by putting your heart into all that you do.

Let’s not slip ladies – those slips lead to falls – and those falls cause bruises and injuries (to you and those that end up slipping with you.)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006



It seems like some people go crazy during the holidays. It seems they get all carried away with the shopping, decorating, entertaining, etc. I enjoy all those things myself, but it is so important we keep everything in its right perspective.

Can you picture a “Martha” type and a “Mary” type during the holidays?

Martha is the one who is more worried about whether everything is decorated or wrapped “just right.” She spends days baking and stresses out over all the holiday plans and activities.

She gets so wrapped up in the outward part of the holiday she forgets to focus on what is really being celebrated. She has no time for giving thanks and enjoying time with the Lord because there is “too much to do.”

Ladies, lets not get so carried away with all the “fluff” of the holidays and forget why we have the holiday to begin with.

Remember the saying.....HE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.

Luke 10:40-42 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. (41) And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: (42) But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Monday, December 11, 2006


Well, this is looking to be an interesting week at the Olson house. It has been years since my loving hubby has worked anywhere but at home or the church. But, as of last Saturday he is working a part-time job assisting the manager at a local grocery store near or house.

Jeff is excited about this opportunity. We have shopped at this store for the last 8 years and over the last year and a half we are finally seeing fruit from all the witnessing we have done there. We now have a total of 4 employees coming to our church and many more showing interest, so Jeff is looking forward to working there and continuing to build a strong testimony with the employees.

What makes things interesting is just adjusting our household schedule and routine around Daddy’s New Work Schedule. We can do it though!!!!!

Here is our menu for the week and how we will work it around Jeff’s schedule.

MONDAY Tuna noodle casserole w/ fruit & crescent rolls (Jeff works until 8pm, so this will be easy to heart up for him when he gets home.)

TUESDAY Tacos (Jeff works from 6-11pm – We can have this dinner prepared and eat together before he leaves)

WEDNESDAY Cubed Steak, Potatoes, gravy, & green beans YUMMY!!!!!

THURSDAY Meatloaf, Baked potatoes, & sourdough bread (This is a crock pot meal. Jeff preached all afternoon on Thursday’s and then teaches Bible Institute in the evenings until 10pm, so I try to have a hearty meal ready before he goes from the retirement homes to the church)

FRIDAY Chicken Cordon Bleu (Jeff works 6-11pm. This will be cooked in the crock pot and we will eat before he goes to work.)

SATURDAY Enchiladas & Spanish rice (Jeff works 12-6pm – so dinner will be on the table when he gets home!)

SUNDAY Taco Salad (a quick, easy meal after church)

Thursday, December 07, 2006


And there is nothing new or special cooking in my crock pot - but here's the recipe none the less.

Tonight's meal is spaghetti. I'm cooking a big batch of it so that I will have sauce to make lasagna on Saturday.

1 lb. ground beef
Chopped onion, to taste
2 (1 lb.) cans tomatoes, cut up
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (12 oz.) can tomato paste
1 c. beef broth (bouillon)
2 tbsp. parsley
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. dried oregano leaves
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Brown meat and onion in fry pan, drain off fat; transfer to crock pot. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve over hot spaghetti. Can be made ahead and frozen.

To see more slow cooking recipes check out Sandra's Blog each and every Thursday!!!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Bar-B-Quing in the Snow

Yep - that's what we're doing tonight before church!!!

Our good friends, the Knight's, are moving the Washington soon. This is a family that we have grown so close to over the last 15 years. We have been there for the birth of 5 of the 14 children (one of which I even delivered), they have been there for our last two children's births, and never left our side for over a week when Steven died. To just call them friends is such an understatement. We are going to miss them greatly.

So, this evening we decided to do something that our two families have always enjoyed doing together....BBQing!!!! It may only be 15 degrees and the snow may be falling - but those minor little details are not going to stop us!!! (Besides, the guys will be the ones outside cooking ~~ the ladies will be inside handling all the rest.) LOL

Thing of the memories we'll make this evening!!! Then, once we're done we'll head to church together and praise the Lord for his goodness and grace - and for giving us such wonderful, special people to serve with all these years!!!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Getting Bitter or Better


We all go through times in our life that are tough – sometimes those periods are short and sometimes they seem to go on and on. During those times, how we react will play a major factor in how our family and homes flow. We can either get BITTER or look to God and make things BETTER. The choice really is ours.

James 3:10-11 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

We can’t have a home that has blessings AND cursings (bitterness) run through it and not have it affect those who see us. Bitterness will affect all it touches ~~ picture a child’s face when they bite into a lemon. They can’t hide that reaction – and we can’t hide bitterness in our hearts and not have it affect our family.

Is there something (no matter how little) that is causing you to be bitter? Get rid of the bitterness and let the sweet water of Christ flow through you and your home. Those sweet waters will make every season of your life more pleasant….even the difficult times.

Monday, December 04, 2006


It's taken me a while to get back into the swing of things - but I've doing much better now. Here is what we'll be having at our house this week:

MONDAY: Marinated Pork chops w/ Rice & Crescent Rolls (crock pot)


WEDNESDAY: Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches w/ Tomato Soup

THURSDAY: Spaghetti, corn, salad, & French Bread (crock pot)

FRIDAY: Chicken Alfredo and Broccoli

SATURDAY: Lasagna, salad, and Bread (use left over spaghetti sauce)

SUNDAY: Scalloped Potatoes & Ham (crock pot)

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Yes, Lindsey - it's happened here too!!

I love reading Lindsey's blog - ENJOY THE JOURNEY. This week she had the joy of having one of her precious ones flush something down the toilet! (I'm only laughing because, has happened at our house, too.)

Actually, considering I had 6 children and ran a daycare for 10 years, I can't believe it only happened once!!!! But when it happened it was major. And I was very thankful it happened while we lived in base housing because I know it would have been VERY EXPENSIVE if we would have had to pay for the repairs.

I did learn something from the experience - and I will pass that knowledge onto all of you. Tupperware Toddler cups fit perfectly into the toilet and cause a major suction to make it impossible to get out without removing the whole toilet!!!!!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane Lindsey!! I love looking back and laughing over things from when my kids were little!

What a Night.....

It all started about 10 years ago - when I was pregnant with Elisabeth....and since that time it has only gotten worse ~~~~ INSOMNIA!!!!

At first we just thought it was due to the pregnancy, but obviously that is not the case anymore, considering the last time I was pregnant was 7 years ago.

When I say "insomnia" I'm not talking about an occasional night of inability to sleep. I think I could learn to live with that. For me it is an every night thing - and some nights, like last night, are worse than others.

The doctor's call what I have "chronic insomnia," and for years we have been trying to find something that would help. A typical night of sleep for me is 4 to 5 hours (and not all at one time.) But last night would be what I call a BAD NIGHT. Last night I got about 2 hours of sleep - in 15 to 20 minutes spurts.

I know becoming frustrated with the situation doesn't help, so I do my best to lay in bed and rest - and it is also a great time to pray.....I did lots of praying last night.

Finally, at 3:30am I gave up and GOT UP. I know I'm a morning person ~ but not THAT MUCH of a morning person!! Oh well, at least I can say the Lord and I had a wonderful morning together.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

SHOW ME.....

I have to admit - I'm not one to sit at a desk and blog ~~ here is my typical way of working:

This is me sitting in my recliner, with a fuzzy blanket, 2 cats, and my laptop!!! AAAAHHHHH true comfort!!!

So ~~~ how about you??? Where do you blog??? I'd love to see where you work!!!



"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." Romans 15:4

Are you seeking a closer relationship with the Lord? Last night Jeff was preaching on “making a Difference.” One of the things that he touched on really hit home with me – and was being complacent. Once we become complacent with our service, our walk, and our relationship with Christ, we stop growing.

Each of us should always be seeking a closer walk with the Lord. There will never be a time when we can say, “we have arrived!”

There is a way that we can be closer to the Lord and that is by knowing Him through His Word. I hear people say things like, "I wish I was closer to God!" or “I wish I knew my Bible better!” Then, when I tell them they can have those things by just spending time with the Lord in prayer and time in His Word, they act like that is impossible ~ like there is just NO WAY they could ever do that.

Sadly, our society is becoming a very lazy society. They want fast food, easy fix’s, and things that require little effort on their part to achieve. But when it comes to serving God and building a close relationship with Him, the only way is through time, effort, and a true desire.

How many times do we put off our Bible reading until “later?” I admit that I have. But when we do that we are putting off our time with the Lord. The Scriptures are here for our learning and to give us comfort.

If we don't know the Scriptures then we don't know God. If we don't know the Scriptures we don't know the full extent of God's mercy, forgiveness and love for us. By spending time in prayer and reading the Word of God and the things that He has done then we will develop a true love for Him!

Read the Bible, you will enjoy it!! If there are times when you don’t feel like reading it ~~ READ IT ANYWAY. Those times when you don’t feel like reading it…that is our sin nature trying to draw awedge in our relationship with the Lord. That sin doesn't want us to read the Bible, because the Bible teaches us and comforts us and that sin doesn't want us to live a spiritually healthy life.

Sin wants us to fear and to be separated from God. If you want to be close to God, then take God’s words seriously and open the Bible! Get serious about your walk with God and open your Bible!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Thank You Denise

Denise ~ my wonderful baby sister ~ made this picture for me. She will never know just how much it means to me either. When I saw this, my tears just flowed!!!!

Denise took my life verse ~ Colossians 2:5 ~ and put it with a picture of my angel. That precious little boy you there is Steven.

In the picture he is about 5 years old. Steven went home to be with Jesus when he was 12 ~ on August 22, 1999. Today he would be 19 years old.

Thanks Denise ~ This means the world to me!!!!!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Where Is Your Trust?

Psalms 62:8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

There are 14 places in the Word of God that tell us to “trust in him” and as I was studying today I was looking at those verses. Psalm 62 really touched my heart ~~ we are told to trust in him AT ALL TIMES.

I really took time to think about that. Why is it so hard to trust in God AT ALL TIMES??? It seems easy to say or to tell others, but then trials come along in our lives and we tend to replace our trust with worry and fret.

Psalms 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

The reason is because we take our eyes off the Lord and put them on whatever is going on around us. When we take our eyes off the Lord we cannot rest in Him or trust in Him.

I admit I am guilty of doing this far more than I like to admit, but then the Lord points me back to His Word. He reminds me that He is there all the time, and as Psalm 62:8 says, He is waiting for me to pour my heart out before Him and find my refuge in Him.

Monday, November 20, 2006


This is Elliott.

YES ~ his tongue is always sticking out

YES ~ that is drool falling on my hubby's pillow!!!

We're BBQing!!!!!!

For those of you who don't know, I live in North Dakota - and this is not typically BBQ weather!!!! Usually there is snow on the ground and the air is COLD ~~~~ but not today ~~~~ today it is a beautiful 60 degrees!!!

I have steaks marinating and potatoes prepared to throw on the grill. It is such a treat to be able to BBQ this late in the year and we are going to take full advantage of it!!!!!

What a wonderful way to start the week!!!!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

"I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty"

Yes, that is what my house is singing right now!!! It is shining from top to bottom and side to side now ~~ and I feel better now too!!

I had such a good time cleaning Thursday night - AND I even had time to do a Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds workout ~~ WOO HOO!!!!

Last night we had an adult fellowship at the church. It was SO much fun. We played some of the funniest games, had a great time of devotion, and then sat around and visited over coffee and dessert. Some of the couples were joking about not remembering the last time they had "partied" so long on a Friday night. It was great to laugh and enjoy each others company - and some wonderful memories were made!!

At this moment I am sitting in my recliner (I am so thankful for laptops!!) with a fuzzy blanket and my favorite cat in the whole world (Tanner) curled up on my legs. I just know God put this cat on earth just for me!!! I have a hot cup of coffee (with just a touch of flavored creamer in it), the kids are all out running a couple errands with Daddy, and my house is silent. AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!! Does any one want to join me????

I have no major plans for the day - so, I think I'll go read some blogs and enjoy the peacefulness of my day!!!

Have a great day, all!!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Boy, the last few weeks it just seems like my mind has been in a fog. Just last night I told I thought I was finally starting to feel more like my normal self again. Things have just been crazy around here!!!!

In celebration of my normal self finally making an appearance my hubby is giving me the house to myself for 3 whole hours tonight!!!!! Does that sound strange to you?? Well, here is the scoop....

NORMALLY ~~~ I am a cleaning machine. I absolutely LOVE to clean my house. (So, maybe I'm NOT completely normal after all!)

But over the last three weeks I have just kept things "looking" clean to anyone's eyes who might be looking.

So, this evening my sweet hubby offered to take the kids with him while he teaches Bible Institute to give me three whole hours of UNINTERRUPTED, DEEP CLEANING!!!! I am so excited!!!! Watch out wall, doors, doorknobs, cabinets, and any other dust bunnies that my be hiding......HERE I COME!!!!!!

Friday, November 10, 2006

What a Bummer!!!!

I sent all week doing a monthly menu and chore chart. It is beautiful!!! It has appointments, meals, chore rotations, etc. for the whole rest of November. When I was all done I printed it off (in color even) and THOUGHT I saved it!!

Now, I get ready to blog (which I know I haven't done all week) and post my pretty calendar - and it's GONE!!! I can't find it anywhere. I am so thankful I saved it.

So, you don't get to see this month's, but at least I can use it to start December, then when the 1st of the month comes around I'll be ready!!

Monday, November 06, 2006


The noonday sun beat down in oppressive waves as she made her way through the empty streets toward the well. Each step was heavy and labored. She was burdened with far more than her clay water jars.

Shame, guilt, embarrassment, contempt . . . these were the weights around her neck, pulling her attention to the ground in front of her rather than to the eye level of those she may have encountered. Her reputation was well known in the community, forever marking her as untouchable, unapproachable, and unlovable.

What must she have been thinking? Fine, then. You people do not need me, and I certainly don't need you. Or perhaps, Why should I care what you people think? You've never done anything for me.

Maybe, though, her spirit was more broken than she realized, and her inner voice squeaked out, Love me. Look at me. Talk to me. Please.

Whatever her thoughts, they were interrupted by the voice of the stranger sitting at the well. "Will you give me a drink?" he asked.

Recognizing him as a Jew, the Samaritan woman could not conceal her shock at this surprise encounter. Racial tension was at an all-time high, and polite exchanges between Jews and Samaritans simply did not happen.

"You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" she responded. In her mind, a flurry of other questions arose. Can't you see I'm here at this time of day because I don't want to see anyone? Don't you know it is improper for a man to approach a woman in public like this?

The stranger's answer confounded her. "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink," he said, "you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."

"What are you talking about?" she asked. "You do not even have a jar to draw water from the well; where can you get this living water?"

The love in his eyes and voice broke through her defenses as he answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst." Her curiosity was piqued. "Sir," she asked, "give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water." She silently finished the statement, . . . because I want to stay safe at home and not subject myself to judgmental stares.

Suddenly, the stranger caught her off guard with a request.

"Go, call your husband and come back."

"I . . . I have no husband," she replied through gritted teeth and pursed lips. Her curiosity, which had turned to suspicion, now gave way to amazement and embarrassment as the man revealed his awareness of her private indiscretions. Her heart raced. Who is this man? How does he know about my life? The current discussion was too personal for her comfort, so she attempted to change the subject to a more theological issue.

The stranger redirected the issue back to her private affairs. She realized that he was interested, not in talk of religion, but in the condition of her life.

She had never seen such godly passion in any other person. Perhaps this made her think of the Jews' and Samaritans' shared prophecy of a coming Savior. She gave voice to her hope, saying, "I know that Messiah is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."

She trembled as the man looked deeply through her eyes and into her soul and said, "I who speak to you am he." And then, she knew. This was no mere man, no simple teacher, no ordinary prophet. This was the Christ, God's Holy Son. Her shame vanished and her guilt fled as she stood tall in the love of the Lord.

Leaving the scene, the woman ran back to town. Down the same path she had just crept quietly, hoping not to be seen, she now bounded wildly looking for people to tell. For the first time in years, she did not feel like a walking scandal. Instead, she had a new job: she was a messenger of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. She no longer hid; now, she yelled in the streets, "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?!" Perhaps to her own surprise, the people did come. They came in droves, and Scripture records that many in that area came to a saving knowledge of Jesus through this one restored woman's testimony.

She began with no hope and no purpose. Jesus changed that. He used a most unlikely messenger to transform the lives of many in Samaria, and He began with the one person who needed Him most.

Has Jesus changed your life? There is a power in your testimony that you may never have realized. If you have the Living Water in your life, take a lesson from this woman at the well and let it out. The results may astound you.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

No Excuses.....

Where have you been, so of you may be asking. All I can say My mind has kind of been preoccupied with some things and every time I thought of blogging I would draw a complete blank.

I admit that part of it had to do with "me." I am the type of person that always wants to encourage. I want to see people smile and I want people to know that no matter what is going on in a person's life they should rejoice. After all God's Word tells us in Philippians 4:4 ~~ "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice."

Over the last couple of weeks I have almost been "faking" my happiness. What I mean is that I AM rejoicing in all that the Lord has done (and is doing) in my life - but I have been having a hard time exhibiting it. Because of that, I have just been kind of quiet lately. It's kind of like the old saying, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." It's not that my words wouldn't be nice - but my thoughts just haven't been as encouraging as I would like to share with others.

There ~~ now that I have rambled on and on, what I want to say is.....


This morning Jeff was getting ready for church and singing:

"So, rise and shine and give God the glory, glory
Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory
Rise and shine and
Give God the glory, glory
Children of the Lord!!!"

About halfway through the song he had us all singing along!!

How about you......are you ready to rise, shine, and give God the Glory??? I pray you are this wonderful Sunday!!!!!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Getting a Jump Start......

You may be asking, “Is this a repeat?” Well, I guess in a way it is. With the week we had last week half of the meals on the menu didn’t happen – so, since I already had the groceries on hand I just carried over the meals we didn’t eat last week.

Monday ~~~~ Swedish meatballs, noodles, broccoli & garlic bread
Tuesday ~~~~Chicken stir-fry and rice, egg drop soup
Wednesday ~~Burritos and homemade tortilla chips w/ salsa
Thursday ~~~Fish patties, mac-n-cheese & pineapple (Hubby is gone)
Friday ~~~~~Homemade pizza
Saturday ~~~ Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, & biscuits
Sunday ~~~~ Roast, potatoes, and carrots (crock pot)

Don't forget to visit Laura's Place for tons of weekly menus to browse through!! She has a great blog that is a true joy to read.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Trying to add a link....

A friend found this link for me, so hopefully I did it right and you can hear this beautiful song!!

Even in the Valley

A song that means the world to me

Through the trials of this last week the Lord has given me a very dear friend. She has listened to me pour out my heart and shared some of the best advice another preacher's wife could ever share - advice that came straight from her heart and brought glory and honor to the Lord.

One of the things she sent me this week was a song. I wish I was smarter at blogging, then I could figure out how to put it here for all of you to hear, but I don't have a clue how to do that. (If anyone wants to tell me how I will gladly share the song with you all.)

This song has become my all time favorite - I will be looking for the music for it this weekend!! I am putting the words here below, so you can see just how beautiful they are.


High upon this mountain
The sun is shining bright
My heart is filled with gladness
Even with the cares of life
But I’ve just come through the valley
Of trouble, fear, and pain
It was there I came to know my God
Enough to stand and say

Even in the valley – God is good
Even in the valley – He is faithful and true
He carries His children through
Just like He said He would
Even in the valley – God is good

This road of life has led you
To a valley of defeat
You wonder if the Father
Has heard your desperate plea
But there is hope in the rugged place
Where tears of sorrow dwell
Can’t you hear Him gently whispering?
“I’m here and ALL IS WELL.”

Even in the valley – God is good
Even in the valley – He is faithful and true
He carries His children through
Like he said he would
Even in the valley – God is good.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


There is a situation going on here that is quite serious. I can't go into details - but I will say that I am so thankful that the Lord is in control and that my family and I are not going through this alone.

I am coming here asking that all who read this will pray for my family. God knows the need and our prayer is for His will to be done. I truly need and appreciate all the prayers we can get right now - the road ahead is going to be a little rocky for us, but our eyes are focused on the Lord and we know He is guiding our way.

Monday, October 23, 2006



Monday ~~~~~ Beef & Onion gravy over rice, veggies & rolls (crock pot)

Tuesday ~~~~~ Italian Calazone, Corn, and mozzarella sticks

Wednesday ~~~ Burritos and homemade tortilla chips w/ salsa

Thursday ~~~~ Farmer-style chops w/ potatoes, cabbage & bread (crock pot)

Friday ~~~~~~ Stirred-fried veggies (using leftover pork chops)

Saturday ~~~~ Swedish meatballs over noodles, broccoli, garlic bread

Sunday ~~~~~ Country style ribs & potatoes (crock pot)

For even more weekly menus, check out Laura's Blog ~ each week she dedicates a post for all who want to share their menus!

I just love when the weather starts to turn colder. There is just something about cooler weather and having the smells of cooking going throughout the house all day!!!!

And the older Elisabeth gets (currently 9) the more she is enjoying baking - so we usually have cookies, brownies, muffins, or rolls either cooking or in works throughout the week also.......and her Daddy LOVES that!!!!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Are you preparing???

What a beautiful Saturday it is here today! The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, it's about 40 degrees out, and everyone seems pretty content around here. (No, it isn't always like this here....I do still have 3 children living at home and my 20 year old is here everyday day too! But, at the moment all is quiet on the home front!!)

I just walked by my hubby as he was studying for tomorrow's sermon. He always makes sure he is completely prepared before he ever goes to bed on Saturdays. Years ago I learned that the preacher isn't the only one that needs to be prepared before he ever walks through the doors of the church ~~ each of us need to prepare ourselves, too.

Too many times I have seen too many people rush through the church doors as the songs are already being sung, hair disheveled, and grumpy because the family fought all the way to church. Then, they walk in, attempt to put their church face on, and say to themselves, "OK, God...I'm here now so bless me!"

Many times these same people stayed up too late the night before, stayed in bed 10 minutes later than they should have, didn't have time to eat anything (meaning they will be thinking of lunch about halfway through the service), and didn't even think to take time to pray before church (because they would be doing that once they got there.)

Coming into church in such a manner means a person is not prepared. They aren't prepared physically, mentally, or spiritually. And because they are not prepared they probably won't get all that God has for them or be in any position to be used of God to reach others.

Personally ~ I start preparing for church on Saturday...for myself and my family. I make sure clothes are ready, plan an easy breakfast for everyone, and make sure all the kids are in bed at a reasonable time.

Once the kids are in bed I prepare my heart. Spending extra time in prayer for the services, my husband/pastor, asking the Lord to show me things that may be awry in my own heart ~ all these things help prepare me spiritually.

Sunday morning we make sure everyone is up in plenty of time. Clothes were already taken care of the night before, so that isn't a concern. I make sure everyone eats (even if it's just a piece of toast) before we leave. And while we're at the table we take time to pray for the services before we ever leave the house.

I don't want to paint a picture that our family is perfect, because that definitely isn't the case. We have our mornings when things are rushed, juice gets spilled all over a child's church clothes, or someone just wakes up grumpy. Then there are the times when it seems the phone starts ringing as soon as we are out of bed and it takes more to keep from getting frustrated or irritable ~~ but because of the other things we have done to prepare, we are better able to handle the unexpected things that arise.

Why did I say all this??? I guess just to say, take time today to prepare for all that God has for you in His House tomorrow!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Crock Pot Cooking

Sandra, from Diary of a SAHM, have a post running for Slow Cooking Thursday.

I love cooking meals in my crock pot and over the years I have learned to cook everything from soups and stews, to desserts, breads, and meatloaf (a family favorite around my house.)

Cooking in the crock pot works so well for me because I have more time to begin meals in the morning than I do in the evening many nights. I also love smelling dinner cooking throughout the day!!

This meatloaf is a breeze to make, holds together and slices nicely- a problem I have had with meatloaves in the past. Experiment with other ingredients or our own family meatloaf recipe – I promise…..meatloaf in the crock pot is DELICIOUS!!!

2 eggs, beaten

¾ cup milk

1 cup bread crumbs (I prefer Italian)

1 envelope dry onion soup mix

2 lbs. Lean ground beef

In a large bowl combine eggs, milk, bread crumbs, and soup mix. Mix well, then add meat.
Mix thoroughly, then shape into a rectangle or oval.

To remove loaf when done, line crock with wide strip of aluminum foil, coming up sides of crock.

Place in crock. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

My Thoughts of Mornings.....

I admit that I love mornings!! It is my quiet time. A time that I have set aside for nothing other than time alone with the Lord. Over the last couple of days I have been really studying God’s Word to see what He says about mornings too. This all came about when I heard someone say they never do any devotions until late at night and then sometimes they don’t get to them because they are just too exhausted.

Sure, it can be hard to get yourself out of bed, especially when a person is in the habit of staying up late. But a person will do what they truly have a desire to do. If a person truly wants to follow what God’s Word says about rising up early – they can. It’s a heart issue.

That really made me think – no wonder God tells us numerous times throughout His Word to “rise up early.” When we first get up in the morning we don’t have all the cares, concerns, thoughts from throughout the day, etc. that we do by they end of the day. Our mind isn’t racing with a 100 different thoughts first thing in the morning. We aren’t so easily distracted by the things and cares of this world first thing in the morning.

Here are some of the things I have gleaned throughout my study these last few days. I won’t give you all the references and such – maybe you’ll want to study it yourself – but just some notes I taken.

People Mentioned in the Bible that Rose Up Early

  1. Abraham
  2. Jacob
  3. Moses
  4. Joshua
  5. Hannah
  6. Samuel
  7. David
  8. Job
  9. Daniel
  10. Jesus
  11. The Apostles
(What a great list of faithful servants!!)

Israel rose up early once when Moses commanded them to – in other words because they had to, not because the wanted to – and the Bible says they mourned greatly

18 times in the Book of Psalms we are given instruction about morning worship, prayer, or meditation. But only 2 times is “evening” used in regards to those same things.

Okay – my rambling thoughts are over. Have a great day ladies!!

Monday, October 16, 2006


I just can't tell you how thrilled I am to have discovered Laura's Blog. Last week I added her link to my blog ~~ and this week I am getting really brave and ATTEMPTING to add my menu to her's!!! (pray for me....sometimes this computer is a whole lot smarter than I am!!)

Here is what my family is having this week.........

MONDAY............Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup & Biscuits (crock pot)
TUESDAY...........Marinated Steak, Rice, and Salad
WEDNESDAY.....Meatloaf, Baked potatoes, and Fruit Salad
THURSDAY........Spaghetti, Corn, & French Bread (crock pot)
FRIDAY..............Chicken Breasts, Stuffing, & broccoli
SATURDAY.......Lasagna, Salad, Green Beans, & Garlic Bread
SUNDAY............Chili & Cornbread (crock pot)

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Entertaining my children....

About 2 months ago I got a coupon to get a free Scotch Brite Toilet Cleaner. I can't tell you what a blessing it has been!!

"Is it because of how good it works?" ~~ you ask??

NOPE - I wouldn't say it works any better or worse than others....but what I will say is that now my two youngest children absolutely LOVE to scrub the toilet!!

Today they were arguing about who GOT to scrub the toilet - thankfully, we have TWO, so they both got to!! (And they do a great job, too!)

Are you meek and quiet....

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

I got an email from a friend today - a pastor's wife in Eugene, Oregon. She always has such a sweet spirit about her, no matter what may be going on around her. She has also been the one to be there with an encouraging word just when I need it (even though she is over 1600 miles away.)

I want to park on two words once again today. All too often, in Christian circles, these two words have been misinterpreted, used as Scriptural gongs, twisted to mean other things, and have some totally confused.

First of all I want to say that God made woman, just as He made man, to be like Him. We just have different roles.

The two words are: meek and quiet.

We all have different personalities and the way we go about situations. Some of us are more out going. Some of us are rather reserved. God made us all different for a reason - to serve Him to our 100% ability with our different gifts.

Quiet means - to be in a state of rest. It means to be free from alarm or disturbance; Peaceable; Not giving offense; Not exciting controversy, disorder or trouble; Calm; Not agitated by wind - like a still and quiet sea; Unruffled; Not restless; Freedom from disturbance or alarm; To appease; To suppress.

So I think that the definition should be sinking in! Do you think it is all about our emotions and how we handle them? Sometimes they are raging inside like a wild animal....hard to handle. But it does not change the meaning of quiet.

Have you ever looked at a calm sea or ocean? So peaceful, shimmering and glistening. Underneath are rip tides, currents, but controlled. When we are not controlled we can liken it to a Tsunami - look at the damage it does when full blown!

Meek - mild of temper; not easily provoked or irritated; given to forbearance under injuries.

Interestingly enough - both of these words most often used in the Bible are directed to both sexes not just the woman. God is not asking you to be someone He did not create nor lose your special qualities. God is asking and promising wonderful things if we get the emotions under control.

We are to go about situations filled with the Holy Spirit! If you get quirked in the wrong way by an emotion - STOP - get in your prayer closet - get it under control - and then head back into your day.

Thank you, Miss Lucy, for again sharing what God has laid on your heart!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

And In My World Today.....

The weather man has gone and done it!!! He has predicted that we will have an inch of snow by tomorrow!!

Now, I know.....I live in North Dakota ~~ I should be ready for this ~~ but I'm not!!! Even though I have lived here for over 20 years I am just not a cold weather type of gal.

I love where I live but for some reason the Southern California girl in my just has not adjusted to snow and FREEZING!!!!! One thing I will admit to though ~ it sure is beautiful.

One glimmer of hope I have throughout this forecast.....our weather man tends to be wrong more than he's right. So, maybe that cold, white stuff will hold off for a while longer!!

In other news around our home ~ it appears I am finally going to recover from the pneumonia and crude I have been fighting for the last month and a half (WOO HOO). Now, I just have to figure out how to catch up on things. One of my Master's classes is over on the 12th, but I still have 4 assignments and a major portion of a project left to do!!! This is an unusual position for me to be in, as I am usually one of the first ones done with all my assignments. I am very thankful that my professor knows what all has been going on with my health and will give me a little leeway to finish up. My prayer is that she will give me through the weekend to finish.

Jeff is out winterizing our travel trailer today (another sign that summer is over in North Dakota.) The kids are out there doing school and enjoying one more day of playing in the camper. I opened everything up on it today giving it on more opportunity to air out before we close it up until spring. It's really too bad that we have to close it up for so many months. We really don't go camping a whole lot, but we do keep it fully usable throughout the spring and summer for missionaries to stay in (or for that day or two we just want to escape for a bit.) It is so much roomier and inexpensive than booking hotels.

Well, that's about it for my little corner of the world today. Our spare ribs are cooking and the laundry is done, so now I have no excuse to avoid my schoolwork any longer!!

Monday, October 09, 2006

What a great way to start my week.......

I just found a new blog today....and I love it ~~~ I'm an Organizing Junkie ~~~ WOW, it is great!!! (I hope I did the link right. Tammy told me how and this is the first time I've tried it.)

I love having a menu done each week and am always looking for new ideas. Now I have ton a ton ideas just by checking out Laura's blog each Monday. Each Monday she has MEAL PLAN MONDAY, with A LOT of links to others ladies weekly menus. I felt like I was in menu heaven!!!

Maybe next week I'll attempt to link my menu there (that is if someone can tell me how!!)

Here is my menu for this week:

MONDAY ~~~~~ Chili and Corn bread (crock pot)
TUESDAY ~~~~~ BBQ ribs and baked potatoes (crock pot)
WEDNESDAY ~~ Pancakes and sausage
THURSDAY ~~~ Turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes
FRIDAY ~~~~~~ Spaghetti & French bread (crock pot)
SATURDAY ~~~ Chicken fajitas (crock pot)
SUNDAY ~~~~~ Nachos (crock pot)

It looks like my crock pots will be getting quite a work out this week!!!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Loving So Much It Hurts

I feel like a big ball of emotions right now and I know I can never put everything I am feeling into words, so just consider this blog a bunch of rambling from a lady that loves her sister so much it hurts.

My sister is 12 years younger than me and due to lots of circumstances way back when, I pretty much raised her for most of her first 5 years. I know that in itself caused a very special bond between the two of us. After I got married, moved away, and she got older, our relationship took on another form - we became each others best friend. She has always held a very special place in my heart.

Over the last 8 years I have had the heartbreak of watching my sister fall farther and farther away from the Lord - and more and more into trouble. Through it all I has always let her know I love her...nothing will ever change that...but have also done what I could to try to get her to turn back to the Lord.

Today my sister called me, crying. Her sins (illegal activity) have finally caught up with her and she is in jail. My own tears rolled down my cheeks while I told her two things:

1. I love you
2. I'm glad you're where you are

I don't mean that in a sadistic or unloving way and I told her that. I meant it because it is the only way she can begin to get her life on track - fixing the past cannot be done while running from the law.

My sister is 1600 miles away from me, but as close as my heart. She knows I love her and she knows she will only hear the truth from me - the Truth that she needs to hear is that God loves her more than me ~ and that is a lot. She needs to know He is waiting for her with open arms and that He will be with her through everything she must go through. These are just some of the things that I will be sharing with her through frequent letters (one benefit to where she is, she's bound to get my mail and read it.)

My prayer now is that throughout this time that she will be in jail ( and it will be a while) is that God can use me to help lead her back to a life with Him.

Another thing that keeps going through my mind ~~ "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son..." That is the true definition of loving so much it hurt!!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

For My Friend....

Meet Nikki's cat - Radar. As most of you know, I love cats. So when Nikki got Radar I was thrilled to hear all about him.

This morning as Nikki and I was chatting we starters discussing cat breeds and I told her I would do some checking and see if I could determine what breed her sweet kitty is.

I was pretty sure he wasn't just one breed, but a mix of breeds ~~ or as they are commonly called, a house cat ...the perfect pet. Here is what I found:

Radar has a lot of the looks of a chartreux in him. (That's a picture of one to the right.) The Chartreux is known for its smile. The rounded head and forehead tapers to a narrowed muzzle. This gives the Chartreux an image of smiling. I can see that same trait in Radar!! It looks like he is just sitting there smiling at you.

So there you have it ~~ my uneducated opinion!!!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

A Song in My Heart...

With all that is going on in this world my heart just breaks. This morning as I was spending time in prayer (especially for those families who have lost children in these school shootings) the Lord laid a song upon my heart. It has been such a comfort and encouragement to me and I pray it is to you too.

What A Day That Will Be

There is coming a day
When no heartache shall come
No more clouds in the sky
No more tears to dim the eye
All is peace forever more
Oh that happy golden shore
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be
When my Jesus I shall see
And I look upon His face
The One who saved me by His grace
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land
What a day, glorious day that will be.

There'll be no sorrow there
No more burdens to bear
No more sickness, no pain
No more parting over there
And forever I will be
With the One who died for me
What a day, glorious day that will be.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Wow - October is already here.....


I'm am blessed to have my husband as my pastor - and this month my family and I want to show him even more just how much that means to us.

Each day the kids and I are going to do something special for him.
Today started with a personal note from me to him on the bathroom mirror. The kids are going to be cleaning his desk here at the house and decorating it for him. Then, this evening we are making him homemade pizza and snacks for him to nibble on while watching the football game.

Tomorrow the children are planning breakfast in bed ~~ I'm still undecided on my contribution for tomorrow. I have several ideas though!!!!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Where Did It Go????

My mom had a saying when I was growing up that I never understood ~~ but lately I think I know exactly what she meant. She used to say:


That is exactly how it has been for me for the last month. I just don't have to desire, drive, oomph, want to, (whatever word you'd like to use) to get myself motivated to do what I need to do.

Now, mind you, I'm getting it all done and I don't have a bad attitude about any of it - but I just feel like I have 50 pound weights on my feet and I'm dragging to do things. Today I was doing some paper work and all I could think about was laying my head down and taking a catnap (very appropriate since I did have a cat on my lap at the time) ~ so I did!!! 15 minutes later Brett came in and saw me, thought it was funny, and went and got his sister so they could both laugh at me!!

I do admit that I felt much better after that little nap. Who would have thought that my doctor would be right when she told me that rest was the only way I was going to get better?!?!?!?

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

A Great Reminder For Everyone...

Hi All ~~ I know, I posting have been few and far between. I apologize. Besides still battling this pneumonia, I was blessed to get to spend the last 5 days with a very special couple - The Wilson's. They are missionaries to New Zealand. I have known Kim for a while now, but we had never met face-to-face, so this was a very special time for all of us. Now I'm trying to get my routine back on track AND get the rest I need to get over being sick. So, today I got a great thing in my email about GIVING THANKS and decided this is what I would use to get my blogging moving forward again. I have so much to give thanks for ~~ and so do you!!!

"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

In this beautiful passage, we see several important things that are worthy of consideration. First, it is God's will that we give thanks, "in everything" whether good or bad. We need to be a thankful people. If you are searching out the will of God in the Bible, you might wish to begin here, and begin to give thanks for everything you can think of, but let us look closely at the five questions that are answered here:

In what? In everything;
Do what? Give thanks;
Why? It is the will of God;
In Whom? In Christ Jesus;
Concerning who? Concerning you.

Furthermore, the "This" that we are to give thanks for, whether a good thing or event, or a bad one, may be the will of God for us! If "this" refers to that which we are to thank Him for, then the verse says that it is the will of God that this thing should happen. If "this" means the giving of thanks, then we see that that too is God's will, that we be thankful. Either way, God is glorified.

"Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:5-7

Here lies the key to our being able to be able to "in everything give thanks." The key is to do so "in the Lord alway:" God doesn't ask us to rejoice in or give thanks for a tragic, complicated or grief-stricken circumstance. Rather, God says we are to give thanks for how He is going to work in that circumstance and rejoice "in the Lord" as we walk through it.

Some folks may say, "This is NOT possible in MY circumstance!" And I say to those folks, "Yes it is." Let us remember that all things are possible with God and He gives us His strength--through Christ--which strengthens me. It is when we try to endure in our own strength that we fail to have the ability to thank God and rejoice in the Lord in the valleys of our life. God has ordered some really deep valleys in my life and I assure you this is true.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Musing Over a Couple of Verses.....

Deuteronomy 32:46-47 And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. (47) For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.

Last week during our family devotions we read through Deuteronomy 32. Since that time the verses above have been on my heart and on my mind, especially the beginning of verse 47…”For it is not a vain thing for you; BECAUSE IT IS YOUR LIFE….”

Oh, how I wish EVERYONE could see that!!! Salvation, serving, your testimony, and everything else you do is not a vain thing, it is your life!! My prayer for each of you today is that you will take time out of your day today and think about the life God has given you. Are you doing all you can for Him, or are there areas you need to improve in? I know there is for me!

Ladies, we only have one life on this earth, let’s not make it something lived in vain, but instead, make it a life lived in such a way as to bring honor and Glory to the Lord who saved us!!

Monday, September 18, 2006

How Is Your Joy Level??

I woke up this morning with a song already going through my mind ~ it’s considered a children’s song, but I LOVE it…..”I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, down in my heart….” I’m sure many of you know the rest of it!! Then, while going through my emails I got the following (and it goes right along with what I’ve been singing all morning, so I thought I would share it with everyone else!)

Psalms 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest Them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

The joy of God wells up from within and overflows into my life.

In quiet moments of reflection, I feel a stirring of God's joy deep in my heart. This is a joy that is waiting to be given full expression in my life.

I appreciate the happiness I feel in even the simplest of times: when the fun-loving antics of a child cause me to laugh or the sun shines warmly on my face.

In quiet times and in times full with activity, the joy of God wells up from deep within me and overflows out to those around me. And like a ripple in a pond, joy spreads out touching person after person.

Joy also returns to me. I see it in the faces of others and hear it in their laughter. I welcome the joy of God and its power to transform my life. Joy brings out divine qualities in me as I give it full expression in my life.

Have a wonderful day everyone and don’t forget to take time to MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD!!!!!

Saturday, September 16, 2006


I know this week's menu is nothing special - but at least it's a step in getting my routine back into my home! It just feels good to have this posted on my refrigerator, my shelves stocked again, the house clean, and still feeling good!! God is good all the time, isn't Him?!?!?
SATURDAY ~~~ We are eating out with my sister
SUNDAY ~~~~~ Deli Sandwiches & chili (crock pot)
MONDAY ~~~~ Tater Tot Casserole and fruit salad
TUESDAY ~~~~ Pork chops, corn, and stuffing
WEDNESDAY ~ Spaghetti & French Bread (crock pot)
THURSDAY ~~ Chicken, mashed potatoes, & gravy
FRIDAY ~~~~~ Calazone and salad

Friday, September 15, 2006

Fall is in the air......

Only in North Dakota ~~ yesterday our temperature was 90 degrees and Saturday and Sunday they are saying we will have rain (with a mixture of SNOW) and highs only in the 40's!!!!!

This evening we are going to enjoy a high school football game while it is still nice enough to enjoy sitting outside!! My dear, sweet hubby enjoys football in any weather, but I am definitely a fair weather fan.

Tomorrow my sister and her husband are coming to town for the day. We are going to go to the street fair and enjoy the sights and then go to one of my favorite restaurants for dinner ~~ The Texas Roadhouse!

I am really looking forward to a nice, slow-paced, (still taking it very easy as I get over this yuck I have had for the last few weeks) weekend. I have a ton of school work to do, but I can do that on the couch with my laptop.....I just LOVE technology.

Have a great evening and weekend ladies!!!!!