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Happy Thanksgiving and Happy birthday too!

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Today is a day that as a nation we take time to be thankful for all the blessings in our life. So for that I will say to you dear readers, I hope that you have a very happy Thanksgiving day full of good food and laughter!


Today I have an extra reason to be thankful as today is also my first born's birthday. 7 years ago today, we were blessed on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to welcome into the world our daughter, Rebecca. She is the light of both her dad's and my eyes. She is a smart, sweet, energetic young lady. She is a wonderful daughter and a great big sister! Here is to her today as well!

So a Happy 7th birthday to my birthday girl! And a very Happy Thanksgiving to you dear readers!


Chocolate Lasagna

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Over the weekend, Bill woke up with a sore throat. Well when my hubby gets a sore throat, he wants COLD things and chocolate.

Well I was browsing around facebook, and a friend of mine posted a recipe that she had found for Chocolate lasagna. 

I thought...I am going to make that for Bill. So after running to the store for a few ingredients (and the milk that I needed to go to the store to get anyways) Rebecca and I got to work making the Chocolate Lasagna for our after dinner dessert. 

It turned out fabulous! It was SOOOOO YUMMY!!!!!!! And it made a ton, but was light at the same time. It was that good! 


CHOCOLATE LASAGNA

INGREDIENTS


1 package regular Oreo cookies (Not Double Stuff) – about 36 cookies (I used the generic Kroger brand)
6 Tablespoon butter, melted (I used Country Crock margarine)
1- 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons cold milk
1- 12 ounce tub Cool Whip, divided
2 – 3.9 ounce packages Chocolate Instant Pudding.
3 1/4 cups cold milk
1 and 1/2 …

Gratitude Sunday #4

Over on facebook, many of my family and friends and people that I have been following are taking this month to share things that they are grateful for heading up to Thanksgiving.

I have decided to follow along but in my own way....here on my blog...

Life is so precious and I have been feeling overwhelmed with everything that is going on that often I am not taking the time to be grateful for what I do have and the good things in life.

Now is the time to change that.

I hope to come back here every Sunday and tell things that I am thankful for....one for each day of that week.
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This week was an okay week.... the boys have been sick with head colds, but other than that things were okay. So onto what I am grateful for this week...

FOR NO TORNADOES--- On Sunday we had some pretty nasty storms come through. These were the same storms that brought many tornadoes to Illino…

The annual sickness....

This is the week before Thanksgiving, the week of Rebecca's birthday....which in this household means that someone (usually one of the adults) is bound to get sick. Happens EVERY year....

For the last few days that boys have been sick with head colds (runny noses, coughing from the draining...) so I figured it would be me that would get sick....

WRONG.

Hubby woke up this morning sick with a sore throat and achiness.

Just great.

HOW ARE THINGS WHERE YOU ARE? IS EVERYONE HEALTHY??

Gratitude Sunday #3

Over on facebook, many of my family and friends and people that I have been following are taking this month to share things that they are grateful for heading up to Thanksgiving.

I have decided to follow along but in my own way....here on my blog...

Life is so precious and I have been feeling overwhelmed with everything that is going on that often I am not taking the time to be grateful for what I do have and the good things in life.

Now is the time to change that.

I hope to come back here every Sunday and tell things that I am thankful for....one for each day of that week.
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This week was a rough week. I was in a pretty depressed state during most of the week. No real reason why.....I feel a little better today and am bound and determined to work my way out of this.
One way I can do that is to be grateful for my blessings. So this past …

Snow and Cake

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This morning we woke up to a little over an inch of snow on the ground. There was no school delays or closings, even though Bill said the roads were icy. We started getting rain last night that changed over to snow overnight. It is also really cold outside. I guess "Old Man Winter" has decided to make an early appearance this year. I feel like this winter is going to be wet and cold! Today it was very cold, although the sun did try to peek through a little bit. Made the snow glisten and was pretty....



This weather makes me want to bake. So I decided to try to make a cake from scratch....something I have never done before. I decided to make this cake for dear hubby as I was not very nice to him on the phone this morning when he called. I was short tempered with him and I really should not have been. So that also means dinner will be made just for him....hamburger helper. I will eat the stuff but I don't really care for it. I even made the frosting from scratch. And after…

Happy Homemaker Monday

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It is Monday again, which means that it’s "Happy Homemaker Monday," a project which is hosted by Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Each week, she hosts "Happy Homemaker Monday" as a way to highlight what is going on in her world. This week I have decided to join in... So here is a little glimpse into my world on this Monday!


As I look outside my window:::
The leaves are covering the street and the yard. It is around 40 degrees outside, nice and chilly. Tonight we are supposed to get our first snow of the season. We shall see if we actually get anything. Personally I think it has been too warm for anything to stick.

Right now I am:::
Typing up this post, sitting her in my jeans that I fixed the zipper on (YAY me!), my black, white and grey top and black flats.

Thinking and pondering:::
About what I need to do before work. I am working on the LAST load of laundry right now. Just folded a load of sheets. Wondering if I should come up with a decluttering a…

Gratitude Sunday #2

Over on facebook, many of my family and friends and people that I have been following are taking this month to share things that they are grateful for heading up to Thanksgiving.

I have decided to follow along but in my own way....here on my blog...

Life is so precious and I have been feeling overwhelmed with everything that is going on that often I am not taking the time to be grateful for what I do have and the good things in life.

Now is the time to change that.

I hope to come back here every Sunday and tell things that I am thankful for....one for each day of that week.
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This has been a rough week for me. I haven't been feeling very well--been run down and fighting some sort of odd cold most of the week. But that doesn't mean that I am not grateful this week. For this week I am grateful for:

My mother-in-law--- she is a great grandmother to my kids.…

Didn't run in the 5K

A few months ago, I spent $20 and signed up for a 5K to pay off a bet that I had made with my dear hubby.

I went full speed ahead into training and doing a "Couch to 5K" program....

Then I realized, that I HATE running with a passion. I also realized that it was really hard to fit it running time in our household schedule especially in the fall.

Never fear...my plan was then to walk the 5K instead.

Then Jacob got sick with pneumonia....then a few days later, I started getting sick. Not sick enough to miss work, but sick enough to feel run down and just wierd in my chest. And that has continued to today...

After thinking about it, I decided to NOT participate in today's 5K and instead chalk it up to a charitable donation. All proceeds from this race go to our county's Food for the Hungry cause.

Never fear, I told Bill that I would participate in one by April or May of next year to pay off the bet....

An Untamed Heart (book review)

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From the back cover:

Twenty-year-old Ingeborg Strand is certain she is destined to be an old maid. It's not that she's lacked suitors, but now she no longer can have the one she loved.

With the future looking bleak, her mother suggests that she leave Norway and start afresh in America, as so many other have done before her. But how will she accomplish that with little money and no one to accompany her?

Roald Bjorklund is a widower who has been planning to go to America, lured by the promise of free land. He's a good man, a hard-working man--with a young son who desperately needs a mother. Ingeborg can tell Roald is interested in her, but what about love? This isn't how she's always imagined it.

Ingeborg Strand has a heartrending decision to make....

My thoughts:

This book was a gentle surprise. While the back cover was a little misleading, I found the story to be engaging and good. In An Untamed Heartby Lauraine Snelling, I found that Ingeborg is a strong willed…

What Your Dreams Are Telling You (book review)

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From the back cover:

Why Waste One-Third of Your Life Only Sleeping?
Have you ever wanted to receive wise advice about a business proposal, a relationship or a direction in life? Tonight you will have several dreams. Did you know they could contain the very advice you need?
It's true.
Join dream interpreter Cindy McGill as she shows you that sleep is so much more than just a time to rest your body. If you pay attention, you can uncover a secret weapon for success--and the keys to unlocking your full potential.
Not only is it possible to remember your dreams, but when properly interpreted, they bring guidance, hope and strength to achieve what may seem impossible. Here Cindy gives you the tools for discovering and decoding these hidden messages, including:  how to get the most out of your dreamshistorical and present-day examples of life-changing dreamscommon dream themes and what they mean3 steps to discover the genuine message from your dreamsa quick-reference guide to common dream …

Feeling awkward around Hubby's family (celebrating my MIL's 80th bday)

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This weekend we went to Columbus to my sister-in-laws house to celebrate my Mother-in-law's 80th birthday. It was a nice evening, even though both hubby and I were on edge.

My sister-in-law and brother-in-law are in a different social class than us. They make a LOT more money than we do and the live in a rich, upper class area, and we actually have very little in common. It is usually awkward when we go over there in conversation, etc. I don't want to sound petty, but they just live a very different lifestyle than Bill and I do.

Sunday night was no different. While it was nice to see them, it was awkward and I didn't realize until we were on our way home how tense I was the whole time.

My sister-in-law cooked a very elegant dinner....beef tenderloin, with a special sauce to go on top, sauteed green beans and asparagus (fresh from their CSA), bread, salad, and homemade cheesy potatoes. She did make chicken tenders for my kids and had apples and grapes for them as well, a…

Why Diets Don't Work (Book Review)

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From the Back cover:
It all started in the garden. “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate…” (Genesis 3:6). It looked good and she ate! Satan always baits deception with a little bit of truth. He always tells you the short term pleasure, not the long term effect.

We do the same today, if it looks good we eat it, without any thought to the consequences in our body. Eating for pleasure, not nutrition.

We know from the news that there is an obesity epidemic and the diet industry is a multi-million dollar business, but we are still obese!

How do we stop this? When we see the truth from God’s Word. Food is not the problem. Like Eve we have been given a free will to make choices for ourselves.

You will find truths in this book that will set you free from Satan's bondage and bring health to your spirit, soul and body - your whole person!

My thoughts:

I will admit that I hav…

Happy Homemaker Monday

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It is Monday again, which means that it’s "Happy Homemaker Monday," a project which is hosted by Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Each week, she hosts "Happy Homemaker Monday" as a way to highlight what is going on in her world. This week I have decided to join in... So here is a little glimpse into my world on this Monday!


As I look outside my window:::
The leaves are covering the street and the yard. They are so pretty. It is chilly outside and the sun just went behind clouds.

Right now I am:::
Typing up this post, sitting her in jeans, a long pink sweater and my black boots.

Thinking and pondering:::
About my head hurting, the kids being sick. Wondering what I need to get done today.... 

On my bedside table:::
Every Day a Friday  by Joel Osteen

On my tv tonight:::
Probably Monday Night Football

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - homemade lasagna
Tuesday - hot dogs and veggies
Wednesday - ?????
Thursday - macaroni and cheese and fish sticks
Friday - piz…

Gratitude Sunday

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Over on facebook, many of my family and friends and people that I have been following are taking this month to share things that they are grateful for heading up to Thanksgiving.

I have decided to follow along but in my own way....here on my blog...

Life is so precious and I have been feeling overwhelmed with everything that is going on that often I am not taking the time to be grateful for what I do have and the good things in life.

Now is the time to change that.

I hope to come back here every Sunday and tell things that I am thankful for....one for each day of that week.

For today, I am going to do three things (to take care of Nov 1, 2, and 3rd) that I am grateful for....



FIRST: I am grateful for my husband. Yes he drives me insane at times, but he works hard for our family, he loves me unconditionally, and he adores our children. He says what he means. He is not fake. He is trying to better himself for our family and that is so important to me.


SECOND: I am grateful for my c…

How We Love Our Kids: The 5 Love Styles of Parenting (book review)

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About the book:

One Small Change in How You Love
One Big Change in your Kids

Having problems with your kids? What if you are the problem and you just can’t see it? How We Love Our Kids offers a unique approach, to help you as a parent transform your kids by making specific changes in how you love. It’s the only book specifically for parents that reveals the unseen forces that shape every interaction with your kids.


• Identify which of the five love styles you have.
• Discover the surprising dynamics that shape your parenting.
• Get rid of your “buttons” so your kids can’t push them.
• Create a close connection with your kids that will last a lifetime.
• Learn the seven gifts every child needs.
Based on years of research in the area of attachment and bonding, How We Love Our Kids shows parents how to overcome the predictable challenges that arise out of the five love styles and helps parents cultivate a secure, deep connection with a child of any age. Retool your reactions …

Halloween was different this year....

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During a normal year, on Halloween, we take the kids who are not in school to our daughter's school to watch the school's Halloween parade after lunch. Then after work, Bill meets me at school with the boys dressed up and we all go trick or treating as a family. Then we go get Wendy's for dinner and come home and eat dinner and discuss favorite costumes, etc. Then we watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." Then the kids go to bed. That is the norm.

Well, with Jacob having pneumonia, and with the weather supposed to be pouring down rain and high winds, I knew that this Halloween would definitely be different.

Bill and I kind of split the duties...

He went to Rebecca's school parade and took some pictures of her, while I stayed home with the boys. For the first time in 3 years, they were able to have the parade outside. As soon as the kids went back inside for their Halloween parties, it started to rain.



During the afternoon, many communities in o…