Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phillipians 4:8


Scrap From Scratch - my place to share some digital scrapbooking things I have created. The web is full of freebies for doing digital scrapbooking. I have downloaded and used LOTS of them. This is my chance to give back, while fine-tuning some of my own skills!

Things that made me laugh today....

Running circles around the stairs, with Sage and Regan, walking our 'pets' (aka - wooden lace-up animals, strung through one hole, like a leash), making the animal sounds while we ran. We must have done this for 20 minutes this morning. Sage was pretty selfish with the animals though, and didn't want to share with mommy. Regan made up this game some time ago. It is fun to watch Sage pick up on her games and play along. She thought this was big fun.

Sage picking her own tutu, dressing up in it, asking for the music to be on in the sun room and dancing around, arms over her head, like a ballerina.

This ebay listing that I found a link to on another blog. This is great, if you just need a good laugh!

Regan finally doing a good enough job on dinner to earn the candy she has been eyeing up for three days!

The way Sage says "yes", complete with both hands in the air!

The Wiggles song "Dance your gloomies away" sung by Regan ..."Dance your boobies away!"

I hope this day brought you joy and laughter as well!

Yes, you are in the right place!

What better to do with a sleepless night (Sage, again) than apply some of my digi-scrapping tricks to my blog! It was due for a makeover, I just hadn't done it yet!

A Good Night's Sleep...

It's amazing what a good night's sleep can do! This morning has been very productive and I even feel like I have a little energy! Devotions were done, breakfast and lunch have been served (to my kids as well as Eden), the dishes are cleaned, dinner is cooking in the crockpot (chicken and dumplings...YUM!), laundry is in the dryer, my teeth are brushed, phone calls have been made, emails have been completed and my girls are napping! It is a good day!

Now, what to do with a whole 90 minutes of mommy time!!!! Hmmmm.....

Spiritual Warfare

Earlier this week, Paul and I took a little trip down memory lane as we combed over some pictures of him growing up. One of them we got a good laugh about was from the 80's. Even if the date wasn't on it, there would have been no mistaking what era it was from. I sought permission to share here, but was vehemently shot down, so you will have to use your imagination.

Today, my musical mind has jogged down memory lane, as I have been humming/singing in my head a fine Amy Grant tune from the 80s. I listened to this LP so many times growing up, I probably wore it out! It is called 'Angels watching over Me'. The part of the lyrics that I have been focusing on is:

God only knows the times my life was threatened just today.
A reckless car ran out of gas before it ran my way.
Near misses all around me, accidents unknown,
Though I never see with human eyes the hands that lead me home.
But I know they’re all around me all day and through the night.
When the enemy is closing in, I know sometimes they fight
To keep my fight from falling, I’ll never turn away.
If you’re asking what’s protecting me then you’re gonna hear me say:

Got his angels watching over me, every move I make,
Angles watching over me!
Angels watching over me, every step I take,
Angels watching over me....

Angels watching over me....
Angels watching over me.

I have been thinking about this song because I believe in Spiritual warfare, and I believe I am under attack. I have blogged recently about some sleep issues with Sage waking me up at night (which we are still working through). In addition to that, Regan has woke up 3 times this month with 'bad dreams'. Normally, this would happen maybe once in 3 months. Then, last week, a neighbors cat came on our deck, causing our cat to have a 'hissy fit' at 2:30 a.m. (The neighbor's cat was fortunate that I don't know how to use Paul's 22!). I have also had many nights of insomnia, either not able to fall asleep, or waking up and not being able to get back to sleep.

So, what in the world do these things have to do with spiritual warfare?? Well, about a year ago, I made a commitment to try and do my daily devotions and prayer time in the morning when Paul leaves for work, which is 6:00 a.m. This has worked out fairly well, I have had times of lapsing, but for the most part have been pretty faithful to that commitment. When I have these issues that impact my nights sleep, I justify skipping my morning devotions in trade for some extra sleep. I usually make up my devotion time when the girls take their naps in the afternoon.

Next Tuesday, I begin leading the Mom's Bible study at Calvary Church. So, yesterday, it dawned on me that I think these sleep interruptions have been Satan's way of trying to thwart my studies and preparations for this Bible Study!

I am renewing my commitment to do my studies/devotions in the mornings, regardless of the night's interruptions and trusting and relying on God to be my source of strength and energy on the days when sleep is deprived. This may be a small battle in the war Satan is waging, but I am determined to win this one! I am trusting my Angels to watch over me, help me to sleep when I can, and help me to be awake when I need to be!

Confessions of a Scrapaholic...

It started innocently enough. I bought a new software program to start doing my scrap-booking digitally. It was wonderful. I used it to make about 14 pages in a week for our exchange student. Before that, I hadn't done ANY paper pages in months or maybe over a year!! I was hooked!

I started doing my own pages, using the software. Then, I started searching the net for ideas and for 'papers' and embellishments and such. What I found is amazing! There is a whole digital scrap-booking world out there! There are tons of communities where you can post your work, people make nice comments on your LO, you can 'scraplift' others ideas, etc. There is also a whole world of FREEBIES!! My favorite part! (Anyone who knows me, knows I am very frugal!!)

So gradually, I found myself spending every free minute scrapping, searching for freebies, visiting ScrapGirls
(where I post my layouts), etc. I realized I have become addicted! I have finished over 50 layouts in the last few months, which is great for the scrapbooks! I have also realized I need to get a little balance back in my life. So, that's what I have been working on/praying about the last couple of weeks.

Here is my priority list for each day. It has been floating around in my head, but this is the first time I am putting it in writing and figure this will help me have some accountability.

Honor each day, in this order:

Him (God - doing devotionals, prayer time, etc.)
Husband (Make sure meals are made, his needs are met, etc.)
Heirs (Focus on my kiddos, spend quality time, etc.)
Home (make sure chores are done, laundry, cleaning, etc.)
Health (make healthy eating choices, and get moving again - exercise)
Hobbies (lastly, if there is time left in the day, scrapbook, blog, etc.)

This gives me a good 'checklist' each day, to make sure I am not starting from the bottom and going up!

I pray that God is showing you how to balance your life as well! Blessings, Christy

The smiles say it all..

Boys and their toys! Yesterday, Paul and Dale got to go play with big boy toys! Nascar that is. One of their suppliers treated them to a Nascar Driving experience at MIS. Something the two of them have been looking forward to for months.

They each did a 'ride-along' in a car with a professional driver (not the
nascar drivers) at speeds of over 160 mph. Everybody got a good laugh when these die-hard Ford guys had to put their behinds in a Tony Stewart and Earnhardt Jr. Chevy!!

Then they each got a turn to drive for themselves.
Dale got to drive the only Ford. How do you like that smile!!

Paul, once again, had to climb in a
chevy. (Hehe!!) The make of the car didn't much matter when it came to going fast. Paul managed speeds of 144 mph, but still didn't fill his need for speed! He told the workers it was a good thing there wasn't a credit card machine in the car, for adding more laps to your ride!!!

They had 'photo ops' with the Richard Petty car.
They ended their perfect day at Lone Star Steakhouse and a trip to Cabela's. .... It doesn't get any better than that folks!!

(Oh yeah, we won't mention any names, but one of the reps screamed like a girl the whole way around the track!!!) Hehe!!!

Labor Day Weekend...

Could we have asked for a better Labor Day weekend?? It was beautiful and we had a great time. We pulled our camper out of storage for the first time this year and headed up to Center Lake Bible Camp for the weekend.

After the dreaded two days of packing, we headed north on Friday, after Paul got out of work. The trip went well, except for one construction delay. We learned our lesson in following directions when they warn you to seek alternative routes!!

We planned to camp with one, possibly two, other families from our church. When we arrived, we found out there would be 5 families. That was great news! It's always more fun to camp with a group. We were able to have our own section, right near the playground. That was convenient for us!! We all set our campers up in a U shape around a central fire pit, and had our own little community for the weekend.

The first night was a little rough, with Sage awake from about 3:30 - 5:30. After finally getting her back to sleep, we were able to get a little more rest, until about 8:00 a.m. The next two nights went much better! I think we wore the girls out enough to sleep the night through. Shortage of naps also helped the night-time sleeping!

The weekend was packed with fun things to do. The camp has swimming, kayaks, canoes, hay-rides, playground, skeet-shooting, chapel on Sunday, just to name the things we did. There were lots of other activities that we missed, but maybe when the kids get older we will be able to participate.

Our group had 8 kids besides ours, ages 7-16. They were a great group of kids! They made the most of their weekend, staying up late, meeting other kids at the camp, playing games, horseback riding, etc.

The families that were there were such a joy to be around. Three of the families do things together quite a bit. Their 'love' for each other was very entertaining for the weekend! They pretty much act like family, picking on each other most of the time, but in a loving way!

It was a great time for us, and very nice to spend a few days together as a family. We did lots of tag-team parenting because of naps, but it was still fun to be together.

(I don't have any pictures to share. I blew my back out Friday night and was avoiding any extra activity!)

I hope everyone was as blessed as we were this Labor Day weekend!