"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world , and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I'm not a baker.  I'm a cook.  I love to do it (most days) and am fairly good at it (according to my family, anyway).

But baking?  Not so much.  Not sure why, other than I like to wing things and that's tough to do with baking.

However, I have had a couple of cans of organic pumpkin that I picked up at the Trader Joe's that recently opened in our town (on a whim).

They sat in my cupboard, mocking my good intentions...until I decided that (with all the kids home for President's Day and all plans cancelled due to one kid with the flu), Monday was as good a day as any to use them.  I went looking for a good recipe to try and found this recipe on allrecipes.com. I doubled the recipe (so I could use the whole can of pumpkin and have plenty for my ravening hoard).  They were a hit (though my family is baking deprived, so you may want to take my recommendation with a grain of salt)!
 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


Give them a try yourself!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Moving On

After years of longing to move to a new home, God has finally answered my prayers.  We are moving across town in a few short weeks.
7210 Thorncrest Drive Se, Grand Rapids MI  This is the front of our new home. Isn't it lovely?  I am in love with this house and am very eager to start our new lives there, though I will admit that it is bittersweet to think of leaving this, our home of 13 years...our first home and the only place each of our four children have ever lived.

I believe this new home will be a lovely place to raise our children.  It is sufficiently large enough to entertain in and to house our rambunctious little ones, but not cavernous in any way.  It even has the whirlpool tub I've longed for (I love to take baths, even in our tiny standard tub here, so I'm excited!). Since I am prone to guilt, I am glad the Lord has really made this easy and smooth, repeatedly answering my prayers to make it obvious whether this house was for us.  I am comfortable moving ahead with this.

And in other great news:  pending the results of inspections, we have a buyer for our current home.  We got the offer within 6 days, an encouraging fact.  So we'll see what happens next!

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Fresh Start

After a wonderful weekend away at a dear friend's house (the only place all 6 of us are welcome for the weekend!), I am ready to start a new year.  This year I am focusing on two main areas: contentment and self-control.  I plan for this blog to be a journal of my progress in both areas.  As of yet, I have not told anyone I know of this blog nor invited anyone to read it...because I plan on being pretty transparent about my thoughts and feelings, and I'm just not ready to "share" with those I know in real life...yet.  I am sure that day will come, though.

Today I did a devotional  from this book by Lydia Brownback:
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Contentment: A Godly Woman's Adornment

and right away I gleaned a nugget that really spoke to me about this journey I am on:

"Our unhappiness does not spring from what we lack.  it springs from our desire for what we lack."

I feel like all my life I've wanted more:   a bigger house, more stuff, more friends, more children, more...more...more.  My goal is to become content with where God has placed me right now, with no looking ahead to what He may have for me later.  As the author so eloquently states, "Happiness or contentment comes from where we look and what we believe, not from what we have."  Amen.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Angry Mom

So often in my parenting I find myself impatient, unsympathetic and even downright ornery.  I so often forget that my children are amazing gifts from my Father and have a tendency to see them instead as interruptions.  How can I lose sight of the fact that, other than God and my husband, they are my number 1 earthly priority.  I want them to do more than know that they are loved...I want them to FEEL loved by me.  I want them to feel cherished and appreciated and the Mom they often get falls short of that mark.

Right now I am being challenged by this book:

The Five Love Languages of Children

I should admit here that I have never read Dr. Chapman's classic "The Five Love Languages", but I am aware of the concepts running through it.  This book is shifting my paradigm for parenting.  It's showing me that many, many of my parenting "techniques" are causing damage...to the hearts of my children and to my overall parenting goals.  My impatience and anger are worse than just counter-productive.  They are downright hurtful.  I want to stop.  I want to follow the Lord's lead in loving my children well, with grace and compassion and in an unconditional way.  My prayer is that He will transform my heart, increase my love for my children and deepen my dependence on Him.  I want my parenting to be a model, albeit an imperfect one, of the love that God has for His children.

While I have a long way to go, I have already begun implementing some of the ideas in this book and am seeing almost immediate results.  I highly recommend this book, no matter where you are in your journey as a parent. 

I am glad that life is a journey filled with second chances and that our God is the God of new beginnings...aren't you?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Time Off

My sweet hubby took all 4 kids off on Sunday morning to give me some time to myself.  I seriously considered scrapbooking, but one look around my house convinced me to spend it cleaning, so that I wouldn't be seriously stressed out the rest of the day.  I took before and after photos.  I figure that if we're going to get to know each other, you should see a glimpse of the "real" me.  Here goes...


After (I love a clean desktop!)

Before (only a little messy)




The Hallway, where items that didn't belong in the girls' room were chucked until I could deal with them!

Ah, the boys' room. A disaster.  Not surprising! This is obviously the before shot.
These are a little dark...but you get the idea!
Before (obviously!)
After:  Wow!  These pictures are really dark.  Sorry.
Before (and yes, I am still in my pajamas).
After:  Much Better!
Master Bedroom.  Pack-n-play still up from babysitting my nephew on Friday night, and just general chaos.
Truthfully, of all the rooms of the house, this one is the only one that usually looks very tidy.
Ah, the kitchen and the living room.  No excuses here. Just life with 4 small children!
It feels so good to have a neat and tidy house.  I was really glad I spent my time doing it.  The rest of the day felt so peaceful.  It was much easier to relax that way.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


I started to write a whole post about me and my interests, a little get-to-know-me post with bullet points.  But I found myself writing way too much to explain each of the bullet points, so I am planning to explore each on in its own post.  The most important part to know is that I am something of a dilettante  (a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, esp. in a desultory or superficial way; dabbler. )
This is a term I learned from a dear friend and I think it explains my personality nicely (and sounds much better than scatterbrained or indecisive).  I have a lot of interests, but not a ton of time. So I dabble.

Here in a non-exhaustive list of my interests.  Details will come later.
  • I am somewhat green.  We are part of a CSA, we reduce, reuse and recycle whenever we can and I am always interested in learning more about natural living.


    • I love to buy second hand. Garage sales, thrifting, you name it.  
    • I hate to pay full price for anything. It really bugs me and I rarely do it.
    • I love to scrapbook.  I am not terribly original. I scraplift alot, but I so enjoy it anyway.
    • I also make cards.  This is a nautral progression out of my scrapbooking. 
    • I LOVE coffee but find it hard to finish an entire cup.  I reheat alot.
    • I love all manner of ethnic foods and cook much of it at home.  Favorite are Thai and Indian.

    • I love to cook.  My husband loves to eat. It's a good match.
    • I do not like to bake.  It's too precise.  With cooking I can wing it...with baking, not so much.
    • I am teaching myself how to sew.  So far I've made a handful of super-cute bags and some coasters.  I'm by no means prolific, but I am learning and I love it!
    • The most important thing about me:  I am a follower of Jesus Christ.  Redeemed by His grace and grateful for it!
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    There's more to me, of course, but this is a good start!

    Sunday, September 5, 2010

    Late Night Giggles

    Sorry for the darkness of this video.  I shot it on the way home from a charity pig roast we went to today.  Kate is not a good traveller and she was very cranky...until I started a game of peek-a-boo.  Then, hilarity (mostly hers) ensued.  I want to remember moments like these forever.