Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Prairie Flower Farm Giveaway

Just in time for Autumn!!!! Oh wait...crazy's Spring! Although the weather here in Eastern Kansas is NOT spring like. Rainy and cold, yes! Hopefully this weekend we will get a taste of spring in our neck of the woods!

Anyhoo....Linda at Prairie Flower Farm is having a Giveaway and here is the link to go sign up for it!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Forgive them, for they know not what they do.

We are in the Christian holiday called Easter. Easter is known for many things....bunnies, dyeing eggs, Easter baskets, egg hunts, chocolate, pastel colors, Easter lilies, candy, baby chicks and ducks, Easter dresses and hats, going to Grandparents, Peeps, spending time together with family, a special meal, the Crucifixion, Christ's Resurrection, the Sacrifice, the Lord's Supper, fasting, and more.

There is a wonderful story in the Bible that gives hope! The accounts are found in many places in the Bible...Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  This story is what Christian beliefs are based on...God's Son dying on the cross for our sins and rising from the dead to be with his Father to prepare a place for us.
John 14 King James Version

1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also 

A Sacrifice. There is no greater Sacrifice made.

The Crucifixion and The Resurrection should be remembered every day and to partake of the Lord's Supper on the first day of every week.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (New King James Version)  

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat;[a] this is My body which is broken[b] for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

Acts 20:7 (King James Version)

 7And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

I tend to get so busy in my every day life here on Earth and neglect to "REMEMBER". I need to make sure to make time to read the Word, open my Bible, pray without ceasing, count my blessings, and be more Christ like at all times. 

Our Father and His Son should be on our mind and in our hearts every day. Talking to them, worshiping them, pleading for their forgiveness, giving thanks for all things, and always remembering the SACRIFICE made for us.

May your Easter weekend and every day be filled with family, prayer, love, hope, faith, thanks, blessings, the Word, and of course remembrance of God's sacrifice of His Son.

Matthew 27-28 (King James Version)

 1When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
 2And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
 3Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
 4Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
 5And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
 6And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
 7And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.
 8Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
 9Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;
 10And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.
 11And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
 12And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
 13Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
 14And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
 15Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
 16And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
 17Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
 18For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
 19When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
 20But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
 21The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
 22Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
 23And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
 24When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
 25Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
 26Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
 27Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
 28And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
 29And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
 30And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
 31And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
 32And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
 33And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
 34They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
 35And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
 36And sitting down they watched him there;
 37And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
 38Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
 39And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
 40And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
 41Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
 42He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
 43He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
 44The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
 45Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
 46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
 47Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
 48And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
 49The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
 50Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
 51And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
 52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
 53And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
 54Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
 55And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:
 56Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedees children.
 57When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:
 58He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
 59And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
 60And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
 61And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
 62Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
 63Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
 64Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
 65Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
 66So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

 1In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
 2And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
 3His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
 4And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
 5And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
 6He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
 7And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
 8And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
 9And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
 10Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
 11Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
 12And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
 13Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
 14And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
 15So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
 16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
 17And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
 18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

What are your special traditions for your Easter weekend? I would love to hear! And of course...what is your favorite "Easter treat"?


I've already bought and been through I don't know how many bags! You should see my desk drawer at school!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Prom 101

Baby Lisa (Darb...she gets bossed around as much by her family as Dog the Bounty Hunter's daughter!) was asked to go to a friend's prom at another school. He is Irish/Scottish so he wore a kilt! They looked really nice together. She chose to wear last year's dress and has a new dress for her prom here in a few weeks. I thought she looked LOV ER LY so wanted to share some pics.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Late Night + Fun Concert = Exhaustion

Daddy and I got to use my Valentine present last night. He surprised me and got us tickets to Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks. YIPPEE! We were both quite excited! However, after working all day and knowing we would be out late and then driving home about an hour, I knew that by the time I finally would get to hit the bed, I'd be wiped out! AND then to get up and go off to work and motivate 8/9 year olds to do well on their State Assessment tests was a little more than my mind could comprehend. BUT we did it! And we had a blast! KC has the new Sprint Center for concerts and a fabulous Power and Light District to go out to eat at. It was a beautiful evening and even though all the restaurants were packed, we ordered some great food, took it outside, and sat on some steps and people watched while we ate. I could sit and "people watch" for hours. Then headed just steps away to the concert. Great night! Stevie was wonderful and Rod was quite entertaining. 

I think I want to grow up and be Stevie Nicks and Rod wants to be Rod Stewart now. (We have this thing about dreaming BIG!)   Any other fans out there? (I know my dear blog friend, Heather, was wishing she was there, huh? I thought of you! :0)
We pulled into home around midnight and these old folks could not wait to hit the pillows! I think I was mid sentence to my hubby in "Thanks a lot for a great Valentine present, I really  h a d a gre aaaa t   ......." when I crashed! 6:00 a.m. alarm came way too soon!

What a fun night to remember! 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Happy Birthday Sissy Jo!

I'm a "lit el" belated but that is my trademark and at this point in my life....I embrace it! Not proud of it..I work on it....but not shocked by it!
April 4th was my oldest daughter, Lacey Jo's (affectionately and appropriately named after her Daddy, Rodney Joe) 23rd birthday. She is definitely a "Father's Daughter". They think alike, joke alike, act alike, and reason things out alike. 
We had a pre-birthday party with a cookout with most of the fam. Hopefully everyone will be home this weekend for an even better one!
Lacey is our second child and 21 months younger than her older brother. Her story was that she was due on April 5th, but on April 3rd as I flopped into bed for the night and got semi comfortable, my water decided to break. Not a gusher but enough to know it's time! So the neighbor lady came over to stay with baby brother, Z, and off we went. Made it to the hospital and got moved from the gurney to the delivery room table, hooked up to the monitor, all squared away for a delivery, and what to my wondering eyes? NO ELECTRICITY IN THE DELIVERY ROOM! So, climb back on the gurney, wheel to the next delivery room, hook up to everything again, and then be told by the doctor behind the mask (not my doctor so that gave me a little anxiety) that the cord was around the baby's neck, the baby's heart rate had dropped drastically and it was VERY IMPORTANT to push this baby out or we will have to do a C-section! So push I did! And she was just perfect and her Daddy and I had a new baby bundle of PINK! Later that night, my doctor came and he and Rodney watched the KU Jayhawks win the Final 4 Basketball Tournament together.

Z was so happy to have a baby come to our family and though she was not a little brother, he found no fault in "making" her do "BOY" type activities. "Lace, go get me a screwdriver/truck/can/pencil/rope/glove/shovel..." was a common comment from this little bossy 3 year old boy but.... off she would toddle to get it. She was and continues to be a "people pleaser!" She was forever trying to please her big brother. If he couldn't finish his milkshake, she happily obliged. (Yes, it is on tape, Lace!) When both of her younger sisters came along, she was the BEST big sister to them. She finally got the opportunity to tell someone what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. She organized many dance performances in the living room for 3 little girls, she dressed 2 little sisters often, she has changed diapers, made bottles, fixed many  lunches and tippy cups for them, gave them advice on becoming young girls, teenagers, and young women, answered many questions about being a "girl", and forever is looking out for their best interest. She lovingly had them stand with her as she became a wife and they wept as they watched their Daddy give her away to become a bride to their wonderful brother in law.
She is a beautiful, smart, honest, hard working, efficient, caring, creative, responsible and loving young woman. And in our family she is known to be dramatic, impulsive, and an embellisher (okay okay an EXAGGERATOR!) :0) I'm very proud of her and who she has become.  She is a new wife, has a wonderful job, and is getting ready to purchase her first home with her husband. She and I have a lot of fun together and enjoy many of the same interests. And now our relationship has moved from not just Momma/Daughter but to Best Friends as well.
And so .... Happy Birthday Lace....(a little belated!). The past 23 years have been a true joy and Dad and I are so thankful for you. God truly blessed us! We love you very much!

A glimpse of my baby girl! 

Our beautiful newborn...
 She wanted to be like Mommy....but nurse her Cabbage Patch!

 The easiest baby to put to sleep!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Giveaway

 Here is a great Giveaway you might want to get in on!!!!! 

Now, if you liked this recipe and want to try to win a copy of your own Quick and Easy Autumn of your very own then here's the criteria to enter:

FHCS Gooseberry Patch
Quick and Easy Autumn Cookbook Giveaway:

**Anyone who enters must be a FHCS follower.**

You do not have to have a blog to enter but please leave an email contact in your comment.

*1 Entry:  If you leave a comment for this post
**2nd Entry: If you blog about this on your blog and link it up to mine (be sure to link it up to this post)
***3rd Entry:  If you link to this giveaway on your sidebar
****4th Entry:  If you LIKE the new FHCS Facebook Fan Page

Leave the same comment for each entry adding to each one which you qualify for.  The winner will be chosen by random number generator on April 30th.  Announced The first week of May.  This giveaway is open to US residents and Canada only.