What Is Man's Chief End?

Man's chief end is to glorify God, [a] and to enjoy Him for ever. [b]
[a]. Ps. 86:9; Isa. 60:21; Rom. 11:36; I Cor. 6:20; 10:31; Rev. 4:11
[b]. Ps. 16:5-11; 144:15; Isa. 12:2; Luke 2:10; Phil. 4:4; Rev. 21:3-4
THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM
Every new believer has been set apart by God, separated unto God to be transformed into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ. In this sense, every believer is a saint- a person separated from his old sinful way of life and set apart by God to increasingly glorify God as his life is transformed! Jerry Bridges in Respectable Sins

Fill the Freezer Challenge Update

>> Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The last couple of days have been a whirlwind of cooking. I am so proud of my sons for being hard workers helping me and learning how to cook. So this is what we accomplished:

7 packages of cooked hamburger meat... Can be used for spaghetti sauce, tator tot casserole, more mamwich/chili mix, etc.

3 packages of mamwich/chili mix... Can be used for mamwiches and hotdog chili.

2 huge packages of Korean beef stir fry with carrots, onions, and bell peppers... Can be served with rice or noodles.

That really doesn't sound like too much for now. But we needed to start somewhere. I am so proud of the boys for learning how to brown the meat and how to chop the vegies. Also, my linguist cooked up the bunches of mamwich mixes, since he really likes it. And training him how to chop the vegies was a hoot. His future wife will be thankful!! LOL!

With the next round of grocery money, I will work on chicken recipes and more turkey or beef recipes. Maybe I will include pictures of our success. Until then, need to clean up all of the mess and then rest my feet!!

And of course, if anyone has any ideas for freezer meals, please leave a comment to share. I would greatly appreciate it!

Happy Cooking!

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Fill the Freezer Challenge!

>> Monday, June 28, 2010

Making your home sing Mondays

As I am now on the last weeks of waiting for baby, I am facing the challenge of "what are my kids and hubby gonna eat?" when I'm not available??? I'm pretty sure that I'm not gonna be "around" to cook for the guys, so I need to make a plan to fill the freezer.

Honestly, I love this challenge. I think its fun. AND I'm gonna involve the kids to do some of the cooking, too. I've been saying for a while now that they need to learn to cook, so that when they are married they can cook for their wives. How nice is that thought?? My dear hubby is terrible in the kitchen!! He can clean rather well, but cooking is NOT his thing!! It's embarrassing to even think about it. So, I need to plan and provide some nutritious meals that are available at any given moment of hunger.

So, today I went and stocked up on some beef that was on sale at the local grocery store. I love doing that!! And my platypus learned how to brown the ground beef!! He did so well! I was so proud of him. Next, after it cools in the fridge, I or we will bag it up into individual bags for future meals. I like doing it that way, instead of making a whole meal to freeze. You can just decide what you want to cook, but already have the meat fixed. We will, however, make up some batches of homemade "chili" with the meat to use for mamwiches or hotdog chili. And then freeze that in individual bags. My hubby and older son love that.

Tomorrow will be spent teaching my other son, the linguist, how to brown more ground beef and how to chop some vegies for a Korean beef recipe. He will learn the recipe and how to assemble it to marinate in the freezer.

After that, I will come up with more freezer friendly meals that my sons can learn how to cook. I just love that idea!!

So, after all of the cooking and planning, I will be one step closer to being ready for our baby.

How are you going to make your home sing this week? Join Nan and the others at Moms the Word to share what you are doing.

Happy Singing Home!!
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Just Waiting

>> Friday, June 25, 2010

Well, I have just a little over four weeks left until baby is due. So, besides getting things ready, expanding in size, and trying to breathe, I am now just waiting.

Due to my history, my doc wants to induce me! History? Well, since my platypus came so fast, and since we were really close to the hospital at the time, but now so far away, she thinks it is wise to induce. She actually thinks I may not make it to the hospital in time!!!! Could you imagine??? I have a friend who gave birth to her 2nd child in the hospital parking lot!!! So, yes, inducing sounds great right now.

So, time is ticking away as I sit and wait...

Four weeks will be here rather fast, I know. So, I really need to get busy getting myself ready, our homeschool year planned, and our home decluttered and organized a bit.

Oh, and did I say, get myself ready?? I think that's the biggest thing. Am I ready for this? I haven't had a newborn in more than 10 years!! I hope I am ready for this. Oh, Lord Jesus, help me!

Okay, waiting can be so excruciating at times, but the time will be well spent. I think the time will pass rather quickly...

So, I need to get busy!

Right now.

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I'm Having "Bubble Trouble"!!

>> Monday, June 7, 2010

Making your home sing Mondays
Have you ever felt like your mind was spinning with all the things that you need to do? I need to do this, and I need to do that, and I really need to do this, too. And all of it needs to be done right now!!

That is what bubble trouble is.

Bubble Trouble is a movie made by a homeschooling family that shows what it would be like if you could see everyone's thoughts... as in bubbles. It is a great little movie. There is one scene where the mom is shown with all of her "bubble" thoughts popping one at a time. And she was able to answer a question at the same time. Now, when I saw that, I had to laugh out loud, because it portrayed what I, as well as most, if not all moms, go through.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who goes through this. Some call it multi-tasking, but I call it chaos of the mind!!! Sometimes I feel like I have so much to do, but not enough time to do it all. And I know, we are not called to do everything, but there are so many things to do to keep things running smoothly. Just how smoothly do I want to keep things, is the question at the moment. And, what are the priorities?

Making my home sing with more and better organization, ending our imperfect homeschool for the year, planning for next year's imperfect homeschool, getting ready for baby, figuring out what to cook for my family tonight, laundry in the dryer, blah, blah, blah, etc., etc., and etc.!!! The list is even longer than this, but I won't bore you with the gory details. You get the idea.

The list seems to be never ending. And as I sit here typing this, I'm also thinking about what I didn't get done that really needs to be done TODAY!! Well, there's always tomorrow. Those bubbles will faithfully be there to remind me of their presence!!

Who needs to write things down when they have bubbles popping in their heads????

So, what will I be doing to make my home sing this week? Well, popping one bubble at a time, I guess!

Popping till I Drop,
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