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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

365 Days – Days 50-56

Living in the moment…

Day 50 – husbands happiness

Day 51 – playing sorry game with sick girls all wrapped up in blankets

Day 52 – worship music throughout the house – healing words heard by little one

Day 53 – sitting on bench with special son praying before school

Day 54 – sitting in my rocking chair again (love that rocker)

Day 55 – double blessings in cars

Day 56 – car with cd player!!!!

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6. Minimize activities that dull your awareness of the moment.

What are you doing that tempts your mind to run away from the present? For most people, watching television puts you in a passive state of mind, and time slips right by. Daydreaming and getting lost in a good movie or book isn't bad, but it's not living in the moment because it places your concentration on something that isn't right here, right now; it's a form of escapism. Don't zone out; zone in. Do things that are active, and that encourage you to look around and engage the world in that moment. Gardening, playing a game, knitting, and playing an instrument are all activities that lend themselves to mindfulness. So get off the computer after reading this article!

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  • Choose at least one day a week to turn off your cell phone, your computer, your radio, your TV, and whatever other gadgets you use to distract yourself. Spend that day riding your bike to a cafĂ©, gardening, having a friend over for tea, drawing something you see out the window, or exploring a new area of your town or city.
  • Narrow down your absolute favorite shows, write them into your schedule, and only turn on the TV at those times. Like to nod off to late-night television? Try herbal tea instead. Channel-surf when you’re bored? Get a hobby. Watch game-shows during dinner? Cook yourself something special and savor every bite of it.

Enjoy your everyday moments

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

365 Days – Days 43-49

Living in the moment…

Day 43 – husbands joy in giving

Day44– painting and preparation

Day 45 – home owner’s perfect date night - Lowes

Day 46 – excitement in moving forward – resting in details

Day 47 – moving day - tired achy body – but good pain

Day 48 – husband singing “we are free at last”

Day 49 – thoughtful gift from giving son – daughters help and presence (miss her)

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5. Commit random, spontaneous acts of kindness.

Whether it's donating 1 dollar to a fund at the pharmacy, picking up litter, or helping victims of natural disasters, keep alert in every moment of your day for some way in which you can make the world a better place. Even the smallest thing, like complimenting someone, can bring joy. It's the most spontaneous and unexpected acts of kindness that produce the greatest impact, and you can't be sensitive to those kinds of opportunities unless you're living in the moment.


~ Have an old or sick neighbor who doesn’t get many visitors? Stop by with some cookies, a pot of coffee, or a jug of lemonade. If it’s someone who won’t let you leave once they’ve got your attention, dig in and enjoy their stories. People are a lot more interesting than you think.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Taco Soup



2 lbs. hamburger or ground turkey
1 chopped onion
2 cans diced or Mexican tomatoes, with juice
2 cans pinto beans, kidney beans or black beans with juice (optional)
1 can of black olives (sliced)
2 cans  corn, with juice
1 pkg. taco mix seasoning
1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix

Brown hamburger or ground turkey meat with chopped onion. Drain off fat. Add tomatoes, pinto beans and corn (all with juice). Add dry taco mix and dry Ranch dressing mix. Bring all to boil, reduce heat and simmer on low heat.  This can be made in the crock pot and cooked on low for 4 –6 hours or on high for 2 –4 hours.  Serve with bread or corn bread. 

I will add the beans if I have them, but we like it really well without them.  I like to add the beans if I want it to be more like a chili or if I want to serve it over pasta - which is a great option for leftovers.    Fun additions would be:  taco chips, nacho chips, Fritos, cheese, sour cream, green onions. 

I am all about easy, cost effective, good and hearty meals for my family the above recipes fit the bill.


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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

365 Days – Days 36-42

Living in the moment…

Day 36 – Tax returns - provision

Day 37 – God’s perfect timing

Day 38 – Signing papers – Joy of ownership

Day 39 – excitement of getting keys – trusting again

Day 40 – worship – your presence

Day 41 – Gods abundant blessings through friends

Day 42 – being able to say “It’s ours”

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4. Smile when you wake up.

You can set the tone of appreciation and awareness for the next 24 hours by simply waking up and smiling


  • Visualize all the good things that are going to happen to you today. Got a presentation to give? Imagine the laughs you’ll get for your jokes and the ovation you’ll receive at the end. Got a busy day of cleaning? Imagine how good it’ll feel to sit down with a delicious tea and admire your cozy living space when it’s all done.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Praise Him in the hallway

In June of 2012 we put an offer on a house… 
   the weekend of our anniversary…
         27 years of marriage…
            27 years of renting…

27 years of waiting…
      for an opportunity to own something that would meet our families needs.

                      27 years of Praising Him in the hallway.

Those years have been filled with blessings, growth, memories and lots of love…

today we opened the door…
         and entered in,
               to our new home.                 

                    Praising Him
                        with every breath.

Resting in His plans~

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Monday, February 4, 2013

365 Days – Days 29 - 35

Living in the moment…


Day 29 – excitement of 4 hour loan approval turnaround

Day 30 – teaching special son to breath deep – self control

Day 31 – hearts of protecting sons

Day 32 – reflections of 20 years of growth in a home

Day 33 – aimlessly looking through isles of store alone (no kids)

Day 34 – quietness of the morning

Day 35 – resting in moments of un-motivation and being ok with it

How to Live in the MomentHow to Helps

3. Focus on whatever you're doing.

Even if you're just walking, or wiping the counter, or shuffling cards—how does it feel? There's probably some kind of commentary spinning through your mind, and it probably has to do with something other than what you're doing. Let those thoughts go and focus on what is (not what was, or what could be). 

  • Just breathe. When the moment begins to escape you, as it will certainly try to do, breathe. Take a very deep breath, through your nose, as deep as you can. Listen to the air moving into your body, and feel your lungs swell. Breathe out slowly through your mouth, letting the air escape on its own.
  • Pay attention to your other senses—touch, sight, smell, sound, and taste. Pretend it's the very last time you'll ever experience whatever you're experiencing. Have you ever been so engrossed in something that it seemed like the rest of the world just disappeared? Living in the moment is about creating that state of mind at any time. Slow down, and try to savor the present.
  • Listen to the world. The birds, the sounds of one car passing, the conversations of distant strangers, the cracks and creaks of the building as it heats and cools, the planes overhead, the footsteps of passers-by. The moment is all around you.


    I love people watching.  I find it fascinating.

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    Friday, February 1, 2013

    Weekly Wrap Up – Week 19 - 20

    We spent week 19 and 20 finishing up our unit on Europe.  We read the YWAM Biographies for William Book and George Mueller, both very inspiring books. 

      CHRISTIAN HEROES: THEN & NOW<BR>William Booth: Soup, Soap, and Salvation CHRISTIAN HEROES: THEN & NOW<BR>George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol's Orphans 
    We completed Biography Reports for each on of them.
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    We have been reading the 2nd book in the Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy, Tales of the Resistance.  I think this series would make great gifts to graduates…

    We had our monthly co-op and read about Catherine Booth in 10 Girls Who Changed the World.

    We also completed a worksheet on Mountain Ranges.

    We ordered from the library the Magic Tree House, Dogs in the Dead of Night and have been reading about Jack and Annie’s adventure in the Swiss Alps. 

    We continue to work on our Basics… Math, Reading, Writing and our Continent Boxes. 

    We continue to de-clutter and box up items in preparation for our move.  We also got word this week that we have loan approval for the home we are buying and should be moving mid February.  This was of course the highlight of our week. 

    We will begin our next unit on Asia for February, but with the move it may be a light month.  I love Asia, so I am not wanting to miss out on studying this continent so we may adjust our next few months so we can do it justice.

    That has been our last few weeks in a Wrap-up~

    Linking up to: Homegrown Learners

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