I posted a couple more wedding cake pictures on my Cake and Candy blog.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
We've been waiting for our neighbors to do something with their trees that are laying in our yard and on our trampoline and basketball hoop, but it appears they aren't too worried about it. These are trees that came down during the tornadoes two weeks ago. They do not live here, it is just a vacant lot that is never cared for. So Jeff and the girls got out there today and started the clean up.
I was busy all day making a wedding cake and grooms cake for a wedding tomorrow. Plus I made a carrot cake (you can get the recipe here) and lemon cake for a fellowship lunch, and some cupcakes for refreshments after church. Guess you can say I'm all caked out today!
Posted by Kathy, Jeff's Wife at 9:49 PM
Friday, March 28, 2008
I've been thinking about this as well. Showing my children how to shop the deals and compare prices is something that I'm going to do.
However I don't feel right getting free, or almost free, things from CVS to just give away. These deals are to encourage shoppers to come and spend money at their store, not get free things to just give away. I'm pretty sure if that was the case they would do that themselves.
To each their own but to me this is taking advantage of the system far and beyond what it is intended. Some take it even further and claim a tax deduction on the "giving".
As I said though my children will learn about comparing and spending money wisely.
Thank you Brent for your comment.
CVS is a smart company and their ECB's are all about smart marketing, just like all those door-buster deals at Christmas that every store offers. They know how to bring the costumer in. They know that you will eventually buy additional products. I have found unadvertised deals also. CVS gets credit for the coupons used by costumers. Without the coupons the deals at CVS would be good, but not GREAT! As I stated earlier, I never really shopped CVS before, but now I have spent a good bit of money there that I would have spent at Wal Mart. They also put limits on the quantity that can be bought, so I doubt anyone will really take advantage of them.
Then there is the issue of relationship. At our CVS the lady that works nights is very friendly, this makes me want to go in there, but I avoid the grumpy day people.
I don't think CVS is offering these limited deals because they care about us, they are doing it because it is good business! And I doubt they care if we hoard our 25 tubes of toothpaste in a box under the bed or give it to battered women in a shelter. They don't care what we do with the product, they just want us to buy it!
It's smart marketing and it works, otherwise they wouldn't do it. Just as Wal Mart will let you use competitive pricing with an ad.
But each person must have a clear conscience. You sound like a very sensitive and compassionate person and I appreciate that! :o)
Thursday, March 27, 2008
You will need:
card stock paper,
digital photos on your computer,
4 1/2 x 5 1/4 envelopes,
and a paper cutter (or you could scissors).
Go to FORMAT, click COLUMNS, click TWO, then OK.
This will divide your page in half, although you will not 'see' it until you start typing.
Go to INSERT, click PICTURE, click FROM FILE. This will open your picture folder.
Choose which picture you want to use, click on it, click INSERT. It will probably be much bigger than you want when inserted on your page. Right click on the corner of your picture and drag it to make it the size you want.
Right click on picture, click FORMAT PICTURE if you need to adjust the color.
Right click on picture, click BOARDERS AND SHADING, under BOARDERS click BOX, choose STYLE, COLOR and/or WIDTH that you want. You'll have to play around to get what you like best.
You can add a caption if you'd like.
Go to FILE, click PRINT.
Fold cards in half. If your picture does not get centered as you want, especially where the fold is, go back and adjust your margins. Print only one page at a time until you get it where you want it.
These will fit nicely in a 4 1/2 x 5 1/4 envelope. Wrap with a ribbon and they make a nice gift.
These would also make great Mother's Day gifts!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
As I sat by her bedside I was so incredibly blessed and encouraged by her holy attitude! Although she wanted this baby so very much and spent the majority of the last 18 weeks in bed extremely sick, she still rejoiced in God's blessings on her.
God allows so many hard things to come into our lives and we just can't understand why. They rip at the very core of our being, but no matter what we MUST trust God.
I am reading the book What I learned in the Dark. It is the autobiography of a Jennifer Rothschild. She went blind at 14. Her wisdom that she shares in this book is so moving. Yesterday as I sat in the waiting room I read the following about receiving God's gifts with thanks, which was very fitting for the day:
"The only difference between becoming bitter and becoming better is the letter I. Approaching our difficulties from the standpoint of what I want, what I have lost,or what I think is fair will embitter us. Bitter eyes can perceive only the injustice and the sorrow in the situation. Grateful eyes however, will always see the grace of God, regardless of how difficult our circumstances might be. Grateful eyes allow us to see "the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living" (Psalm 27:13)."
THIS is what I saw in my friend yesterday.
I saw it again this morning when I awoke to my sweet daughter's blog post:
Heart of Hannah
Posted by Kathy, Jeff's Wife at 6:06 AM
Monday, March 24, 2008
Olivia LOVES Public Speaking, Emma doesn't! lol... But I have to say Emma has improved so much and she kind of liked doing it this time. This is such an important skill for children to learn. None of us know when we may HAVE to stand before a crowd and communicate effectively. The only way to learn how to handle the nerves is to practice it, over and over and over again! Even though Olivia loves it, she still turns bright red and her face starts to swell. :o) lol... But she too is getting better. When Josh would have to give oral presentations he would literately drip sweat!
For some, public speaking comes easily, for others, they have to really work at it. No matter what, being able to communicate clearly to large (or small) numbers, even under pressure is important!
Both of the girls and the Huie boys will go on to Regional Public Speaking in May. :o)
Sunday, March 23, 2008
It was a serious, yet joyful ceremony!
You can see a picture of the wedding cake HERE!
Because I cater some and love to see how food is displayed so here is this picture!
I can't believe I didn't get any pictures of Emma helping...sorry darlin!
Most of us probably started our married lives out pretty selfishly thinking that he (or she) was going to make ME happy, fulfill MY needs, etc... When the truth is marriage is all about dying to yourself and serving the other. Yes, happiness can follow, needs can be met, but marriage is mainly about seeking to fill your spouse's needs and working on building God's kingdom together as one. I believe if you seek God's will, obey His commands in all areas of life, but especially in marriage, that God will bless you with joy and peace.
it's about HIM!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thankfully it lasted only minutes, when the rain stopped and we stepped outside we were in awe of what we saw.
Thank the Lord our home and other buildings were not damaged. It did rip our power box from the house and all the wires. It leveled our power pole at the ground and laid 53 trees across our quarter mile road! One tree was on the trampoline and one tree broke the basketball hoop. Our neighbor had much worse damage than we did. About a mile or so from us there was a whole farm wiped out, completely leveled, and several more badly damaged! Praise the Lord no one was hurt, except alot of chickens (chicken farms are big here) and six cows were killed.
We were without power for two days and no internet for seven days! Thus, no blog post!
God was so very gracious to us. We have a HUGE, OLD tree about 10-15 feet from our house. This tree lost a limb a year ago on a clam, sunny morning. We are praising God for choosing to keep that tree standing when hundreds of others were uprooted and snapped in half.
I'll try to get some pictures loaded tomorrow.
Posted by Kathy, Jeff's Wife at 10:54 PM
Thursday, March 13, 2008
One of my New Year's resolutions was to be a better steward when it came to grocery shopping. I do consider myself a wise shopper, but I knew I could improve. So I chose to read and learn how to shop the CVS and Walgreens' deals. I have to tell you it is well worth the time! With the cost of groceries going up each time I walk through the doors of the grocery store every little bit helps!
In less than three months of shopping the CVS deals I have managed to stock up on most of our toiletries, over the counter medications and make up for pennies on the dollar, often getting things for free!
We live in a small town so shopping options are limited which makes me even more grateful for a CVS! When I made my trip this week the cashier said, "If I would take the time to learn how to do this (shop the deals) I'd probably save alot of money." I was SHOCKED! How can she work there and not shop the deals? She also told me that there are about 5-6 other people that come in and do what I do. I couldn't believe it. Only 5 or 6 out of our whole town shop the deals? When I say deals I mean getting the most form the ECB's.
My 13 year old daughter commented how there are so many needy people that could use the free soap and things. Oh how true! I thought of all the children that spend 2-4 hours a day just watching TV, listening to their Ipods, playing video games, and talking on the phone. What a blessing it would be if these young people would take a few hours a week and read Money Saving Mom or other blogs like that. What if they clipped the coupons from the Sunday paper and learned how to compare prices? Crystal (and others) do most of the leg work for us! Anyone that can read and do simple math can do this.
What if these same young people took on this task, invested a small amount of money to get started with their ECBs and took all of those toiletries and over the counter medications and donated them to needy people?
Possible places to give to:
Ronald McDonald House
Senior Care Centers
Group Homes for Children
Foster Care Children
Care Baskets for the Military
Care Baskets for the elderly in your neighborhood
Fire Victims -People that loose their homes to a fire.
Disaster Victims - Keep a stock pile for times of natural disasters, not just for yourself, but for your neighbors.
Check with local churches to see of they have a food bank you can donate to.
Start a food bank at your church.
Overnight hospitality baskets for your house guest. We always place a basket next to the bed when we have guest overnight.
I'm sure there are other ways to share of your stockpile. The point is to be on a mission of blessing others.
Moms are busy, especially if you have several children it may be hard to find a couple hours a week to shop the deals. Why not teach one or more of your children to do it for you. This is a PERFECT way for them to learn to be a smart shopper and to have a ministry of giving right from home. They can do most of the research at home and then on shopping day they can have the list and coupons ready! A plan of action!
Does it take work? Yes! Will it improve math skills? Yes! Is it worth it? YES! When I walk through the door of my home and have $60 worth of merchandise and only spent $5-$6 (or less), oh yeah it is worth it!
Equip your children with this life long skill of smart shopping! One day they will be able to bring this skill into their marriage, and what a blessing that will be! Until then, they can be a blessing to their family now and to those that are truly needy!
For more frugal ideas go to Biblical Womanhood.
The afternoon before the wedding the weather man reported a "history making storm" on it's way. Now mind you, my husband and I were born and raised in the NORTH! We know what REAL snow is, but we also know how Southerners panic at the mention of snow. :o) You Northerner's would crack up if you saw the local news cast when there are just a few flakes in the air! People empty the store shelves of bread and milk...it's hilarious!
I called the Bride's family the day before the wedding and confirmed that the wedding would still be a go. They told me "Yes!" We drove into Birmingham to pick the rentals on all the dishes, fountains, table cloths, etc... When I got home I started my marathon of baking cake for 300 people and preparing the rest of the food.
At 10:00 pm I had the cake all baked and iced, but not decorated, then it happened! The lights went out. Another thing about living in the south, we have ALOT of beautiful, tall pine trees. When the wind blows hard it is very likely the power will go out due to falling trees. Our power did not come on for FIVE DAYS!
We woke up that Saturday morning with 18...yes, that's right, EIGHTEEN inches of snow! Our weatherman was right...it was a "history making storm!" Now my fellow Northerners (notice I do not call myself a Yankee) may laugh and say "big deal". Well here in the south IT IS A BIG DEAL.
It was four days before we could even get out to go take a shower at a friend's house. At that time we had well water, no electricity means no pump to pump that water from the ground! I had never been so thankful for running water!
Although we had no power and no water we did have CAKE! Thus, all of our neighbors had cake too! lol Our pets also had CAKE! Our neighbor across the road had city water, so we were able to bater cake for water. lol It's all pretty funny now!
The wedding went off smoothly the next weekend! The only food I had to replace was the cake and fruit, everything else kept OK.
Last night I heard the weatherman talking about "The Storm of 1993!" He said everybody has a story of that weekend. I had to laugh and thought, 'Boy do I have a story!'
Posted by Kathy, Jeff's Wife at 12:04 PM
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I'm sure anyone that home educates their children has heard the OUTRAGEOUS court decision in California by now. It is all over the web, especially the blogs.
In a nut shell, a California appeals court has ruled that the state's parents have no constitutional right to homeschool their own children.
I like how Albert Mohler put it:
Kelly has some good points HERE.
Barbara has alot of good information also HERE.
May God grant us all wisdom and courage to do what needs to be done!
Monday, March 10, 2008
A Disclaimer on Conviction
Sunday, March 9, 2008
These verses come to mind:
Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
Romans 6: 1-2
He who says,
“I know Him,”
and does not keep His commandments,
is a liar,
and the truth is not in him.
1 John 2:4
“If you love Me,
keep My commandments.
Now I understand that NONE of us keep His commandments perfectly, that is why we need the blood and His grace. BUT, we do strive to keep the commands. It's not so much about Him loving us, but our responsibly in LOVING HIM!
If I tell my child that I love them, then lie to them, steal from them, never feed them, give them none of my affection or time and never talk to them, I wonder if they would doubt my love for them? How can one call them self a Christian and treat Christ this way continually? It makes no sense.
Those that run around shouting "Jesus loves you", yet have no regard for loving their neighbor, honoring their parents, fleeing from sin and the appearance of sin, respecting God ordained authority, continue to lie, then I cannot help but to think that they don't understand the Gospel, and what being a Christian is all about!
It's NOT US! It's about HIM, it's about obeying and loving Him enough to love others!
Posted by Kathy, Jeff's Wife at 5:28 PM
Thursday, March 6, 2008
You can buy terry cloth ($5-$7 a yard), or you can go to the thrift store and buy a bathrobe. I found this high quality robe that looked like new for less than $3. I was able to make seven sets of bibs and burpies out of one robe. All the fabric was what I had on hand. :o)
which is folded in half.
Place the fold of the pattern on the fold of the fabric.
repeat the above with the terrycloth (robe).
curl up one end and place it on the bib,
right side of fabric facing up.
pin the curled part of the ribbons and both layers together.
Starting at the bottom of the bib, sew around using about 1/4-1/2" seam allowance.
Be careful not to sew the curled part of the ribbon in your seam,
but do sew in the part of the ribbon that is hanging out.
It may help to press the opening raw edges in.
Hand stitch together with a blind stitch.
Do the same thing with a rectangle piece of fabric and terrycloth.
The size can vary, you just want it big enough to go over a shoulder.
Trim corners before you turn right side out.
I used a stippling stitch to quilt them together.
You could even add batting if you wanted to make them thicker.
Have fun with it!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Infanticide means to kill babies. HERE is an article that tells where Obama stands on this issue. How can ANYONE vote for someone that not only wants abortion to continue to be legal, but even worse, kill those babies that have been delivered ALIVE after a botched abortion? THAT is what Obama and Clinton are in favor of. Part of the Democratic platform is Pro-choice, which really means PRO DEATH to babies. Who gives those babies a choice?
How can anyone vote for a candidate that is pro-death? Now that all the Pro-Life candidates are gone I am just sick about it! Do we really think God will overlook this hate crime?
Why am I so serious about elections and voting? Because people's lives depend on it and one day I, and everyone else, will have to answer for what we did about it. Can *I* make a difference? I hope so, somewhere along the line. I hope I can influence others... that will influence others... and so on. Part of my prayer (and life purpose) is that my children and grandchildren will grow up and make a POWERFUL impact on our culture for Christ and for what is right. Protecting life is an important enough issue to fight for!
Monday, March 3, 2008
...makes for a pretty dull life!
I have been so busy with our DVD project, which stretches my brain to it's limits when it comes to computer techie stuff, that I have done nothing fun.
Every once in a while I just need to stop the "must do" work and do something I enjoy.
I started this project a few weeks ago and today I finished them. I made SIX sets of quilted bibs and burp cloths. I will post a tutorial later this week. This really is an easy and frugal gift idea.
OK... I feel better now...back to work.
Posted by Kathy, Jeff's Wife at 8:43 PM
Saturday, March 1, 2008
"Teaching my children to obey is not to make me look good in the grocery store and family reunions.
Teaching my children to obey will directly affect their relationship with God, and ultimately affects an entire society." Kelly Crawford
Kelly has a great post on her blog about what our biggest job as Moms is.
May we all call on God and ask for wisdom in our parenting and may He gracefully pour out His wisdom on our children.