Happy New Year ~2014~

HAPPY New Year ~***2014***~
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delights in his way. Psalm 37:23
Trust God with your New Year! Success in on your way when you allow God to lead you. Here is to the best of your life~ 2014!!!

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January 1, 2014 · 8:49 am

Why Were You Laughing?

Why were you laughing?

*Don’t we all enjoy children’s recitals and special programs? We smile, cry, laugh and even enjoy everything that didn’t go as planned. It is common to see people have a blast when children are performing and that is the truth!

*Well, I once had the honor to enjoy a special performance, one I will never forget and would love to share with you today.

*I was sitting in a front row at church one night waiting with great anticipation for a special performance from the Sunday School Children’s class. I had taught most of them in Sunday school and was very excited to hear them sing. The grand moment came and the children were singing their special song to the top of their lungs with  some choreography to go along with it too.

*They were supposed to do the same thing at the same time, but instead, they appeared to be  a great wave crashing into the audience in slow motion. While some were still in the middle of the song, others were ending it, and a few were singing it for the second time. After some time somehow they all made it to the end together. Alleluia, some of us thought as we clapped our hands and laughed. It was so cute and even though we did appreciate their effort and did love every second if it, we sure had a strange way of demonstrating it.

*Once the presentation was over the children walked back to their seats, but one little girl walked straight towards me. She asked, “Why were you laughing? We were singing for the Lord”. It sure wiped the smile off my face. I had to fight back the tears when I saw the puzzled look on that little angel’s face. I apologized. *I was reminded of God’s goodness. He doesn’t measure us against any other standard than His perfect love. He asks us for our best and when we give Him our best, He receives it as a sweet offering of love.

~* When your heart is pleasing to God and you do things with the right motivation, rest assure that you will never come short before Him. What God thinks about you is all that matters and He thinks you are the best! You are His most valuable possession.

To Your Heart~*

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,

Col 3:23

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Divine Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie



2 cups all-purpose flour  
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda  
1/2 teaspoon salt  
 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted  
1 cup packed brown sugar  
1/2 cup white sugar  
1 tablespoon vanilla extract  
1 egg   1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips  


1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.


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Stay Focused

Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Proverbs 4:25

~Stay focused!~look

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100 things to do this summer! Your mission, Parent, should you choose to accept it is – SUMMER with Children!

Summer break with kids is great for the first few hours and then… you want to ship them away to the moon because you can’t stop them from getting bored. They wake up in the morning with hopes for theme parks every weekend, shopping sprees every other day, tv/snacks 24/7  and  of course no responsibility or chores as the icing on the top of the cake.  Yeah it is SUMMER!!!

After all you know, it is summer and “we deserve it” they may think.  Here is a **Newsflash**dear parent!!! Don’t think summer is doomed just because you can’t keep up with unrealistic ideas and ridiculous entitlements that are spoon feed to our kids by our society! You can have fun, enjoy summer and make great memories too! No, this is not plan B or plan C as a consolation prize.  It is Pan A. !

**Plan A is to Take Summer Back! Enjoy the time you have with your family. Even though $ and high packed days can be fun, please remember not to underestimate fun the old fashion way…  Try laughing more, talking to each other without phones or electronic gadgets in front of you. Give undivided attention, do things that may not be your favorite thing and watch others glow as you cheer them on. Listen to that joke for the nth time and don’t steal their thunder. Do things together. Put your me agenda down.  Get creative and have a list of things you can go to check for ideas to do as a family when you need it. The list will come in handy!  It will be worth the time you put in it. Make time to invest in the lives of your loved ones by just…. being there~ being all there~ when you spend time together. 

When summer is gone ~ what you spent, where you went, what you did is not what will make the mark, but how you did it. Were you all there?  Did you give your best with the time and possibilities you had?  Did you purposely live or let the days go by wishing summer away as frustrations piled up?

It will be challenging to cut through the traps of consumerism, selfishness and work, but I will give it my best shot!!  I know I will not have this summer again so I want to make it count! Will it be worth it? Yes! I plan to keep record of what we do and make memories to cherish! 

Be inspired to enjoy summer and not just endure it!  We did our list as a family. We all came up with 100 things to do! I am sharing my list. Copy all you want/make your own and don’t hold on to the list  too tight, just use it as a tool to help you navigate through summer fun! We did not do the all, but it got us going when we were stuck! 🙂

Yes, summer is finally is here! Happy Planning Parents!!!!!

100 Things To Do This Summer –Family BUCKET LIST (green 🙂 means done- orange – in progress)

Croquet tournament 

Park Day/Picnic with friends 

Visit family or friend 

Go Canoeing 

Go fishing

Make something with clay 

Go for a walk 

Go to summer camp 


Mexican Night with friends

Go to a gun show 

Family Friends Music night  

Practice/learn instruments

Learn to cook new dishes

Make giant ice cream sundaes

Go to the gun range

Pizza Game place

Go to Flea Market

Visit a new town

Activity with a friend (comic)


Do a paying summer job

Spend time with family 

Fun Field Trip

Family Reunion


Catch something alive

Go to movie theater

Kid’s drive the car in empty parking lot (we have early teens)

Try a new food

Fancy picnic

Game night

Water gun fight

Yard sale

Sand castle

Ride bikes

Long Sunday nap

Cook on the fire

Take care of garden

Road trip

Visit new area parks

Make ice cream

Make fam. fun music cd mix

Wash grandparents car

No tv one day

Dance in the rain 4 one minute 

Indoor Camping

Bake cookies

Volunteer work

Write a poem

Make salsa

Water balloon fight

Movie night

Make a car with recycle materials – race them

Send postcard

Make kite and fly it

Visit an orchid

Pick wild  flowers

Homemade tortillas

Walk to the library

Pick flower paint/draw it

Eat a snow cone

Pie from scratch

Read a book

Paint a scene

Make marinara sauce

Blow dandelions

Lazy day

Cook for a neighbor

Farmers market

Watch boxing match

Have/go to sleepover

Make paper airplanes

Play frisbees


Cookout with friends

Watch fireworks on 4th of July

Do a chalk mural

Go to a pool

Eat cold watermelon

Picnic with fam.

Do a science   experiment

Write a letter

Puppets for a story

Check out books at library

Take family picture

Stay at a hotel  one night

Go to a music event

Learn 3 bird calls

Learn to id 3 new flowers

Go to a game

Make trail mix

Walk a new trail

Read a book together

Make bird feeder/house

Sing together

Watermelon seed contest

Play hopscotch

Make something out of wood

Play Jingo



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Moments 2 Give

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control

God brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard.

Share them– Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23  


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Believe to See~

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13

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