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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My girls are playing at a friend's house, so I thought I'd take this time to blog. However, I've sat down and don't really know what to blog about. So, I'll just ramble for a minute (or ten).

I'm in a rut. A dinner rut, that is. I feel like we eat the SAME things over and over again. I don't mind cooking. But I've gotten to where I don't like to go the grocery store without a menu for the week and a detailed list. Oh, and I MUST have my calculator, too! Since we took Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University course this summer, I hate surprises at check-out. I can have $100 to spend and only get five things, but I like to know how much those five things are going to cost before I get there. And I have pulled out my cell phone and used the calculator on it before, but it isn't nearly as easy to use as the regular one!

Back to the rut...when I try to think of a menu, I go blank. Tonight is our Tuesday pizza night. Thank goodness or I have no idea what we would have! But, PLEASE, if you have a favorite easy recipe to share, please leave it in the comment section or email me (email on left side bar). I am in desperate need of some new ideas. I usually cook a chicken in the crockpot once a week, so chicken recipes are very much welcomed, as are beef recipes, especially since I have a deep freezer full of that, too!

I took some pictures of my girls sleeping the other night, just because. Do you ever do that? I used to take pictures of them sleeping as babies quiet frequently, but for some reason, as they've gotten older, I don't do it as much. So, the other night, after Emma Grace had a hard night, I went to check on her and this is what I found.

The blue bear is called "Baby Grady Blue Bear". It was a bear that was given to Grady at one of my showers. Emma Grace slept with it before Grady was born and still sleeps with it now.

I decided that I should snap one of Jessica, too.

See the blue blanket? The week before Grady went to heaven, Jessica asked if she could sleep with something of her brother's too. I didn't have any more stuffed animals, so she chose this blanket. She, obviously, still sleeps with it, too.

They're growing SO fast!

I never check the girls out of school early, but I did today and will again on Thursday. As we were waiting at the dentist's office, Emma Grace got on her knees in front of the heater, clasped her hands in front of her and said, "I'm a praying mansion". Of course, I laughed first, then corrected her, "You mean a praying mantis".

On the way to our second appointment, Emma Grace breaks into the "B-I-B-L-E" song. She sings, "The B-I-B-L-E, yes that's the book for me, I stand along on the word I've got, the B-I-B-L-E". I hated to correct her because it was SO cute, but I did.

And one from a while back, driving home from shopping, I hear Jessica singing along with the radio, "Oh no, you never let go. Through the mall and through the store". It's supposed to be "through the calm and through the storm". It was hard to convince Jessica of this and took some explaining about realms of the "calm and storm" in our lives.

It's these little things that keep me going. Keep me smiling. And I just keep thanking God for His abundant blessings in my life!



  1. Try this one and tell me what you think. We really like it and it is super easy!!
    Oriental Chicken:
    1 Bottle Russian Salad Dressing
    1 Packet Lipton Onion Soup Mix
    1 Lg. Bottle of Apricot Preserves
    I used Kroger Brand for the ingredients.
    Mix together well and pour over a few chicken breasts. I used chiken pieces. Cook at 375 for around 45 minutes or so. You can serve this over noodles or rice. We eat it over rice and it is great! You know if you get a recipe from me that it MUST be easy and quick! HA!

  2. Ok, through the mall and through the store, now that makes me laugh. The funny thing was just last week Anna and Jojo were listening to a little Bible MP3 thing and there was a song on it. Anna claimed that it said his head was on fire. I yet to hear it, but I highly doubt that was what it said. Too funny. I will be thinking about the recipes... hmmm. I will have to get back to you on that.

    Love the sleeping pictures... precious. Thinking of you friend. How are you doing this week, the week after? I am praying!

  3. Tonya,
    Look up
    It plans out your menu for a whole week based on what is on sale. Dave Ramsey endorses this website. You do have to pay $15 every 3 months, but it breaks down to 1.25 a week and if you save that in coupons, it's worth it!
    I LOVE IT!

  4. I'm not a great cook, but I can share an easy recipe =). One of our favorites is Mexican Chicken and rice ( It is easy and quick. We cut up the chicken and use picante sauce rather than salsa. Usually we fix black beans too. I really like the kraft foods website in general because it has easy recipes that don't call for outlandish ingredients. I'll have to check back and see what others recommend. I'm always up for new recipes!