Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Year in Review 2008

Sorry for my lazy blogging! Here's my Year in Review for 2008. I did this for the first time this past year and think I'll make it a yearly tradition.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before? I started my Partylite business.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didn't, and I haven't.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My friend just had a baby on Christmas eve!!

4. Did anyone close to you die? Thankfully, no....but we did have a few friends who met their Savior this year...not terribly close, but still difficult!

5. What countries did you visit? None...bummer!

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? More space for our family of 5!

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? None, really...that's why I need to blog--so I can remember more!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Getting my Partylite business going.

9. What was your biggest failure? Have you seen my house????

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I've continued to battle with my thyroid, but found a new doctor and a new medicine....

11. What was the best thing you bought? Christmas gifts for my kids on Black Friday.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My husband's. He has trusted God, walked in faith and lived with grace.

13. Where did most of your money go? Bills, bills, bills.

14. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Our trip to the Wilds for the Youth Worker's Conference in March. It was really nice!

15. What song will always remind you of 2008? The Prayer

16. Compared to this time last year, are you:happier or sadder? Much happier...probably because I'm trusting God more, not because my circumstances have changed.

17. What do you wish you'd done more of? Vacation with my family.

18. What do you wish you'd done less of? Collected clutter!

19. What was your favorite TV program? The Unit....the military brat in me loves this show!

20. What was the best book you read? Sacred Marriage

21. What was your favorite film of this year? There isn't a favorite.

22. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Hmm....I usually just try to blend in and not stand out!

23. What kept you sane? Focusing on what God wants, not what I want.

24. What political issue stirred you the most? The entire election stirred me! While I'm disappointed at the outcome, I know my God is in control!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

God is good, all the time.

I'm less than thrilled with the outcome of our election yesterday. It didn't go my way!! While I'm tempted to whine and complain about it, I think back to things in life that didn't go my way...and yet God used them to grow me.....why should this be any different? God is still on the throne! He's still God....just because our nation is changing doesn't mean He is!
God is good, all the time! Not just when things go our way, not just when we're in the good times....
This morning I have music playing (trying to keep my perspective right...this helps, trust me!) and I heard this's a favorite of mine. My joy, my future, my in God and God alone!

I could not do without Thee
O Savior of the lost,
Whose precious blood redeemed me
At such tremendous cost.

Thy righteousness, thy pardon
Thy precious blood, must be
My only hope and comfort,
My glory and my plea.

I could not do without Thee,
I cannot stand alone,
I have no strength or goodness,
No wisdom of my own;
But Thou, beloved Savior,
Art all in all to me,
And weakness will be power
If leaning hard on Thee.

I could not do without Thee,
O Jesus, Savior dear;
E’en when my eyes are holden,
I know that Thou art near.
How dreary and how lonely
This changeful life would be,
Without the sweet communion,
The secret rest with Thee!

I could not do without Thee,
For years are fleeting fast,
And soon in solemn oneness
The river must be passed;
But Thou wilt never leave me,
And though the waves roll high,
I know Thou wilt be near me,
And whisper, “It is I.”

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A steal of a deal

I had so much fun at the grocery store tonight...seriously. When you hear about it, I think you'll agree. Everything in the picture you see was purchased for a grand total of $44.47!!! Here's how:

Meijer had Jello coupons on their Mealbox site for $1.50 off of 2 boxes. My store had Jello on sale 5/$ when I bought 4 boxes and used 2 coupons, I had 60 cents left over. There is a Catalina coupon that prints for $2.00 off your next order when you buy 3 boxes of Jello, but the Catalina machine will only print one coupon per transaction. So, I did multiple transactions, combining 4 boxes of Jello with one other small item and the coupons. Then I used all of those $2.00 coupons to pay for my last transaction. How many total transactions do you think I did???

Hold on to your hats....17! Yup, 17 separate transactions! My cashier was AWESOME! Here's the sum of what I bought:

64 boxes of Jello (small ones - 4 servings), 3 large cans of tomato sauce, 3 loaves of bread, 1 dz. eggs, 2# margarine, 2 family-sized frozen meals, 1 box pancake mix, 1 pkg. american cheese slices (24), 1 4 pack of toilet paper, 3 boxes of cereal, 1 frozen lunch meal, 1 gallon of milk, 2 6-pks of yogurt, 1 Breyers ice cream (1.75 qt), 2# spaghetti, 1 jar REAL bacon bits, 2 bottles chewable vitamins (100 ct.), 4# Gala apples, 1 bottle soft scrub, 10# potatoes, 1# ham, 1 pkg. gourmet stuffed chicken breasts, 1 bottle honey, 1# shredded italian blend cheese, 1 Humidifier, and 1 pkg. pencils/erasers (stocking stuffer for Camden).

Total savings (coupons, sales and promos): $147.32!!!

Joel laughed when I wanted to take a photo first, but I'm glad I did. God has certainly blessed us in many ways when it comes to finding deals on groceries.

Feel free to drop by for a visit....I'm serving Jello every day!

Need Christmas ideas? Look here!

I'd like to invite you to take a look at my website! Visit and check out our catalog and specials! We have some TERRIFIC specials for November AND our new catalog is coming out soon!

Contact me if you'd like to book a show or place an order! I'm happy to ship items to you if you don't live near me. Remember that candles make GREAT gifts for teachers, hair dressers, friends, family and coworkers!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Why I won't vote for Obama

There are lots of things I do not like about Senator Barack Obama...lots. I don't like his overall agenda. I don't appreciate his (and his wife's) overwhelming lack of patriotism. I am repelled by his socialism and his elitism. And, I am sickened by his views on "choice."
I am pro-life. Obama says that the first thing he'll do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). If you don't know the full extent of FOCA, read this article.
I have a terrific OB/GYN. I respect his wisdom in making wise choices regarding my health and that of my unborn children. He has delivered all three of my babies and has provided excellent care. According to FOCA, my OB/GYN would be required by law to perform abortions on demand for any woman who walked through his office door! An MY tax dollars would have to pay for it if her insurance didn't (or if she's not insured at all). WHAT?!
Here's what I see happening: healthcare for women is going to decline. Why? Because any doctor who refuses to perform abortions is going to be out of a job. Getting to see a good doc can be difficult now, can you imagine if a good number of them took the moral high road and decided they'd rather do something else than murder babies at the government's demand?
There's never going to be the perfect candidate for President. I realize that. But I cannot, in good concience use my vote to enable this legislation! I want to know that my doctor is not delivering my babies in one room, then heading to the OR to kill someone elses. A year from now I may not have that choice any longer.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Why birds eat their young...

This is a long post....but I want to write it down to share with Josiah's kids one day.

I love my children. Really, I do. But there are days when I wonder if I will have to put them on the front yard with a for sale sign....

Sunday night I came home after church with the boys. Joel had a deacon's meeting, so I put the boys to bed and climbed on the couch with a book. Josiah had quite a bit of trouble staying in his bed, and I was ready to climb the walls in irritation. Then he came to the living room and told me his blanket was wet....

J: Mommy, my Tigger's wet.
M: Why, Josiah?
J: 'Ecause
M: Because why?
J: 'Ecause of the water

At this point I went to check his bed. Sure enough, it looked like a bucket of water had been dumped on his bed! Josiah had taken a cup with a silly straw to bed with him (without me knowing) and it had leaked all over his blanket and sheets.....soaking it all! So I changed his pajamas and sheets, threw his blanket in the dryer and put him back to bed.

Sunday proved to be just the beginning. On Monday, Josiah thought it would be helpful to clean the bathroom floor. So, he poured water on it so that he could dry it. When I took the towel away from him, he wadded up toilet paper and wet it in the sink and used it to wash the walls. By the way, if toilet paper dries on little fingers, it's like paper mache'.....

By lunchtime, I thought for sure Josiah was exhausted. I certainly was! So everyone, including Mommy, laid down for a nap. BIG MISTAKE!!!! Josiah waited for me to fall asleep and then got up. When I woke up, I thought he'd just been playing nicely. I was wrong.

I woke Camden up, and when he sat up in his bed I noticed his lips were bright blue. I asked him what he'd been into and he insisted that he hadn't been into anything. So I asked Josiah if he knew why Camden's lips were blue....

M: Josiah, do you know why Camden's lips are blue?
J: Yes.
M: Why?
J: 'Ecause
M: Because why, Josiah?
J: I put the stamp on him.

You see, the boys received some self-inking stamps on Saturday at a birthday party. I had put the stamps out of reach (I thought) so that the boys could use them with supervision on a cold or rainy day. Apparently Josiah found a way to get to them because not only did he stamp Camden's lips blue, but he stamped Trevor's face and hands RED!! His poor brothers had no idea....they were asleep when he stamped them! When I tried to wash it off I found out that the stamps were made with permanent ink. Nice.

At this point, I walked into the kitchen and found the peanut butter. Josiah had been eating it with his hands and had "written" on the chair and the floor in peanut butter. Exasperated, I sent him to sit on his bed and wait for daddy.

So he did....and he giggled...and if he was reliving the whole escapade in his mind. By the time Joel got home, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Then I heard the shriek...

Camden comes out of their room holding his ear. Josiah had taken a key (an old key ring that they use as a toy, but it has a real key on it) and put it in Camden's ear and turned it! It scratched Camden's ear and made it bleed a little. Yikes!

After dinner, Josiah was washing the walls with toilet paper his underwear. He had taken off his clothes (who knows why??) and I found him in the hallway, just washing away!

For what it's worth, he's really cute. He feeds himself, is potty trained and sleeps well at night. Bids for this adorable three-year-old cutie are currently being accepted. A birth certificate and wardrobe will be provided, along with a silly-straw cup and self-inking stamp set.

Friday, October 10, 2008

It's just pavement....

Need some perspective on the economy? Read this article.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Happy Birthday, Josiah!

Last Tuesday, my sweet Josiah turned 3! He was so excited and had been looking forward to his birthday ever since Camden's back in July!

Josiah is my little cutie pie, my sweet boy, my "Siah". He never walks! He skips, runs, hops...he's so full of energy and life that sometimes I just sit and marvel at him.

This year he asked for a green cake....a round, green cake. So while his cake wasn't the most inventive or good looking, it was what he wanted!
You may remember that Josiah was "supposed" to be a least that's what the ultrasound technician told me! While it took some mental adjustment after he arrived, I'm so thankful that God has given us this precious little boy.

I love you, Josiah Kenneth! Happy (belated...) Birthday!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Um, no thanks.

I nursed all three of my children because I felt that breastmilk was the best option for them. Not all moms can do this, either because of physical issues or the fact that they've adopted (a noble choice, indeed!).

However, I'm thankful that Ben & Jerry have opted NOT to follow the request of PETA: PETA wants the ice cream gurus to start using breastmilk instead of cow's milk to make their ice cream.

Just weird.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Governor Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson

Like many Americans, I tuned in to ABC on Thursday and Friday to see Charlie Gibson's interview with Governor Sarah Palin. To say I was shocked and appalled would be the understatement of the year.

First of all, it was evident that the interview had been edited to make Governor Palin look bad. The editing job was horrible!! I commented to Joel that it seemed like our son had been cutting the tape and pasting it back together. When Governor Palin is OBVIOUSLY stopped mid-sentence you know something was left out. How convenient for ABC and the left-winged camp.

I want to call your attention to a couple of things. First of all, check out this comparison of Gibson's interview of Senator Obama and his interview with Governor Palin. The italicised text below is from the Chesler Chronicles website. There is more info there, but I wanted to post this here:
Obama interview:
How does it feel to break a glass ceiling?

How does it feel to “win”?
How does your family feel about your “winning” breaking a glass ceiling?
Who will be your VP?
Should you choose Hillary Clinton as VP?
Will you accept public finance?
What issues is your campaign about?
Will you visit Iraq?
Will you debate McCain at a town hall?
What did you think of your competitor’s [Clinton] speech?

Palin interview:
Do you have enough qualifications for the job you’re seeking?

Specifically have you visited foreign countries and met foreign leaders?
Aren’t you conceited to be seeking this high level job?
Questions about foreign policy
-territorial integrity of Georgia
-allowing Georgia and Ukraine to be members of NATO
-NATO treaty
-Iranian nuclear threat
-what to do if Israel attacks Iran
-Al Qaeda motivations
-the Bush Doctrine
-attacking terrorists harbored by Pakistan
Is America fighting a holy war? [misquoted Palin]

There’s no doubt the Charles Gibson interviews showed extreme prejudice against Palin and extreme favoritism towards Obama…He constantly questioned her ability to lead but never questioned Obama’s ability to lead..

Unreal. Conceited for seeking this high level job?? Are you kidding me? I'm not a feminist, but give me a break! These questions are similar in the same way that a Geometry test and a vocabulary quiz are similar.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

The Grocery Game

I just completed a four-week trial of The Grocery Game. I read about this website on a blog, and though I'd give it a try. The premise is a good one...they provide a grocery list merged with current coupons and sale prices for the store you choose.

At first I was really impressed. The first week I thought I did really well. However, during the last couple of weeks I have done better on my own, without the list. The Grocery Game list isn't produced until each Tuesday. For a few years, I have been shopping on Monday nights....we like this system! Waiting until Tuesday and then not finding the list useful has been frustrating. I have a very organized coupon system, and I'm very particular about my grocery shopping.

I would recommend the Grocery game if you're just getting started with a food budget and couponing. But for me, I like my regular (albeit OCD) method of shopping and have cancelled my membership to The Grocery Game.

If you want to try it for yourself, you can get a four-week trial for $1. It was worth the $1 for me to try, but not worth the $12 every 8 weeks to continue.

I'll try to make a video or at least take pics of my coupon system. I blogged about the Couponizer, but I've come up with a system (well, I copied it from someone) that works like a charm for me. Joel laughs, but that's all right. He stops laughing when I tell him how much money I save each week!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Wanna buy me a present?

I'll take two of these, please. One red, one white!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Camden's First Day of School

It finally came. Camden could hardly get to sleep last night, and he was quick to jump out of bed this morning. He has been waiting for Kindergarten forever, it seems. Josiah was tearful, sobbing even, at the idea of leaving Camden at school and us returning home.

This hardly seems possible! When did my little guy decide to grow up and become a school-boy? We usually have to tell him to smile for the prodding was not needed.

Joel took a video clip this morning (to be posted later) and was asking Camden why he was excited for school. Camden listed the usual reasons: meet new friends, learn, have fun....when Josiah piped in with, "eecause there are girls there!!!"

I love my little school-boy and can't wait to see how he learns and grows this year!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Being consistent

Joel and I had a conversation this weekend about really being consistent with our children, especially in the area of discipline. Sometimes we do really well, and other times we just don't. We know that we MUST be consistent now, while they are young.
When my boys are teenagers, young adults, college students, and beyond...I want them to know how to Biblically handle conflict. I want them to be consistent. I want them to love worshipping their God, corporately and privately. I want them to enjoy life yet understand that life is not all about them. I want them to respect those that have authority over them. I want to them to love good and despise evil.
The task is great in modeling this life to my children. They aren't going to wake up on their 18th birthday and say "Oh, let me honor my parents today" or "I think now I'll decide to be discerning and respectful." It must be taught...and I must teach it.
So how do you teach your children to have discernment? to be respectful? to love good and despise evil? to Biblically handle conflict?

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Camden is 5!

Where did five years go? Camden turned 5 this past week, and it amazes me to see just how much he's grown up this past year. He's getting ready to start school at Faith, and he's so excited to go to school!

I love this little guy who loves to help his mommy, loves to "read" to his brothers and teach them new things. He's my little conversationalist that will talk to just about anyone! I love you, Camden!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

My Bilingual Son

This week is Bible Adventure Time at our church. Each year we have a missionary come and spend the week with us. We're priviledged to have Joel and Jodi Sandahl with us this week. Joel and Jodi are missionaries to Germany. Joel and I (and 5 others) took a trip to see them in 2006.

Camden remarked last night that he discovered something this week. He said that he knows how to speak "Germany." He said that, "now the missionaries don't have to speak Michigan to me because I can understand Germany too."

I'm not quite sure what "speaking Michigan" sounds like, but the conversation made me smile nonetheless!

Friday, July 11, 2008

THIS is what I want for Christmas

I've blogged before about how much I love to go to the grocery store. I know that I'm weird, and that's all right. One of the reasons I love to go alone is because I save more money when I take my time, compare prices and use coupons.

I NEVER buy an item just because I have a coupon!! NEVER. However, combining coupons with store sales (AND my menu, which is typically based on sale items) saves a lot of money. My $40 a week food budget goes further if I'm a careful shopper.

I have a pretty good coupon system, but The Couponizer looks to be even better!!! I've entered a drawing to win one over at but if I don't win it...I want it for Christmas (Joel, that's a BIG hint!!).

All you need is Luvs - $5.00 coupon!!

To all my mommy friends out there: follow this link to register for a $5.00 coupon off of ANY LUVS purchase. I did this a few weeks ago and mine came today with 2 coupons, one for $5.00 and one for $1.00. Can't beat that. If you have some of the Target coupons for LUVS (they were peel-off coupons that were attached to packages months ago) for $ could score some really cheap, almost FREE diapers. Even without the Target coupons this is a GREAT deal!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Who's your Tiger?

Check this out and you can see who my favorite Detroit Tiger is!! Make sure you turn up the volume on your computer!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Graduation Weekend at Maranatha

Trevor's First Birthday

We celebrated Trevor's first birthday while we were in Watertown. I went to Walmart and bought these cute decorated cupcakes (seriously, there was more frosting than cake!) for him to devour. We were at the Upper Krust (which, by the way, if you're ever in Watertown, you MUST visit!!) so the rest of us had pie while Trevor turned himself green.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Internet show

As I mentioned before, getting Partylite off the ground has been a little slow. So, I'm hosting an internet show to boost my sales a little.
An internet show is simply look at the catalog online, email me your order and that's it! It's quite easy (you can host one too!) and you can shop from the quiet of your home.
If you're interested in being included in my internet show, email me at gearhart0624 (AT) gmail (dot) com. I'll send you an invite and link to the catalog!

Monday, May 19, 2008

So far behind....

Ugh. I really need to keep up better with this blogging thing! The last month has held lots of busy days. We went to Wisconsin at the end of April/beginning of May for MBBC's commencement. While we were there we celebrated Trevor's first birthday. I'll post pics later.

I'm in the process (long, long process) of decluttering our house and eliminating anything we do not absolutely need. We have too much stuff, for sure!

Partylite is still a little slow-starting. I'm trying to book shows and get this thing off the ground, but it's slow. Let me know if you would like to see a catalog or book a show.

The boys are growing right now. I know this because they are eating everything in sight!

Look for more later about our Wisconsin trip, Trevor's birthday and our Spring so far.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

A new adventure

It seems in my family that my siblings are a little more "business-minded" than I am. Does anyone out there remember Bob's businesses? He sold pop by the side of the road and at church softball games, he walked dogs, charged his siblings interest, and even sold freeze pops in the dorm at college!

Well that's all about to change! I am starting my own Partylite business! Next Thursday is my "starter show" and after that, I'll be doing shows on my own. I'm very excited and I'm looking forward to reaching some key goals:

1. Being completely debt free (except our house, but really want to work to pay it of EARLY!)
2. Starting a car fund (the Hyundai is almost 9 years old and the van is almost 11!) to replace a vehicle in the future.
3. Setting money aside for my kids education (Christian school and College is NOT cheap!)
4. Going on a 2nd honeymoon for our 10th anniversary (in 2 years).

So there you have it. I'm venturing out in to unchartered waters for me, so PLEASE pray that I will do well and that God would bless my efforts.

By the way...even once we are 100% debt free (including our house)...I'll still be a CVS junkie!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Dawn's list

My sister posted (ages ago) some of her favorites. I thought I'd do the same. I did this in Sunday School a few years ago (with giveaways and all!). No luck just get to read it.

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on kittens (umm, no).....These are a few of MY favorite things:

1. Starbucks White in a cup!
2. Pampers....these really work the best for my kids.
3. Company Soap lip balm...perfect! Non-drying, smooth-as-butter and all-natural.
4. The Jesus Storybook kids recieved this as a gift this Christmas, and we LOVE it!
5. My favorite Bible! I like the translation (for several reasons) and I love the tapestry cover!
6. Crest Pro-health toothpaste....Joel can't handle the gritty texture! I love the clean sensation it I just left Dr. Graham's office.
7. Mineral Makeup...feels like I'm not wearing makeup at all!
8. Cherry's Kay Messer's fault, I promise!
9. Dr. mother, like daughter!
10. Like Jen, I value Brother-Sister Confidentiality
11. Weddings...I love them. I could make a hobby out of being a wedding Crasher, but I won't.
12. Clean, new white socks. No joke.
13. Sharpie Markers

Boy, that's a lot! What are some of your favorites?

Homemade Laundry Detergent

So, I've been looking for ways to be frugal and make every dollar stretch. I had read online about making my own laundry detergent and finally gave it a try. Here's the "recipe":

1 Bar of Fels Naptha soap, grated
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda

Mix and keep in an airtight container. Add 1 Tablespoon (a formula scoop works great!) to each regular load of laundry. Use 2 Tbs. for tougher loads. So far it seems to be working great...and I can be kind of a "laundry soap" snob.

I've been using Borax and Washing soda for lots of things around here...with much success! So, how do you pinch pennies?

My new hobby

I'm hooked. Addicted. Past the point of no return. I am and will forever be....a CVS Extracare junkie. I'm not kidding, folks! I've converted my sister and am working on my mom. I will never (EVER AGAIN) pay for shampoo, toothpaste, deoderant, makeup, and other various and sundrie things.

CVS gives you Extrabucks when you buy certain items. I then take those extrabucks (ECBs) and "roll" them (use them to buy more items that produce ECBs) and repeat. It is fun. It's exciting. Here's what I got this week:

5 Bottles of Softsoap Spa Bodywash
2 Packages Pampers Baby Dry diapers
8 sticks of Lady Speed Stick 24/7
20 bars of soap (12 Dove, 8 Lever 2000)
2 Johnson's buddies soap bars
1 24.7 Volumizing Lip Gloss
2 Bottles of Windex
1 Package of Windex Wipes (GREAT for the van.)
1 Can of Scrubbing Bubbles Bath cleaner
1 package of eyeshadow applicators
1 package of foundation applicators
1 package of facial cleansing sponges

I spent a total $7.38!! and that's only because I bought the Pampers :) AND--I have over $20 ECBs to spend later. I do this almost every week (of course, the products vary and I almost NEVER spend more than $1.00 out of pocket.) CVS allows you to combine their coupons, manufacturer's coupons and ECB's to pay for items.

Now, before you tell me that I am a pack-rat or that I am greedy, read this: I do have a plan for all of this stuff. It will be making it's way into care packages for college kids, pampering baskets for new moms, etc. Of course, when we need toothpaste I will run to my stash first. But it's not all just being stockpiled for no reason.

This is just one way I am saving money and making our budget work.

Lazy Blogger

Okay, okay..I know I've been a lazy blogger. I've never been REALLY good at keeping up on things, but lately I have had a running list of things to blog about and then I don't do it! Go figure. Anyways, here's to getting better at the blogger thing.

If you're up for a good laugh, head on over to Jen's blog and read her latest post. I think she should be a comedic writer or at least moonlight as a stand-up comic. She has one great routine already down. Just ask her about the Manchester Airport incident that happened years ago. You'll be crying, I promise.

Today is the first day that Camden is playing outside in the fresh spring air. It's finally dry enough that he's not coated in mud when he comes in (just sidewalk chalkdust.) He found the carrot from our long-melted snowman (gross!!) and I commented on the fact that no bunny had eaten it yet. Here's a snapshot of our conversation:

C: Well, the bunnies are too cold to stop and eat the carrot.
Me: Oh really?
C: Yes, the daddy bunnies are the only ones that aren't cold. They are the only ones that go out right now because they are the only ones that have coats and shoes.

His imagination is amazing. Now if only we could imagine that disgusting carrot away. I had no idea it was out there...who knows where he found it??

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

New Lungs for Tricia

Tricia is in the OR right now! Please remember to PRAY for her (and her donor's family) during this night and in the next few days!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

All you need is Luvs

For my mommy friends out there....

LUVS are on sale at TARGET until the 31st. They are $6.99 per package. Use this coupon and get them for $5.49!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Man Cold

I thought this clip was really funny!

Give Me Jesus

In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus,
You can have all this world,
But give me Jesus

When I am alone
When I am alone
When I am alone, give me Jesus

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus,
You can have all this world,
But give me Jesus

When I come to die
When I come to die
When I come to die, give me Jesus

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus,
You can have all this world,
You can have all this world,
You can have all this world,
But give me Jesus

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A ministry first

Yesterday was the funeral for Joe Vermeersch. Joe was the father of two girls from our youth group, and he passed away last Saturday. I must say, this was much more difficult than I had ever imagined. I've been to funerals, obviously--most of them for family members. But it is so hard to see someone you love grieving!
We've been at Macomb for 4 1/2 years and we really love our teens. Try as I may, I can't take away the grief and pain, the confusion and anger, the frustration and despair. I can't make this all better no matter how much I want to. I can offer a shoulder, some Scripture and a listening ear.
The girls asked for Joel to speak at the funeral, and he presented the gospel clearly to a room full of mourners. Perhaps God will use Joe's death to bring someone to a saving knowledge of Christ. Perhaps this will help the girls grow stronger in Christ.

One thing I do know--as I sat there yesterday, I was so thankful that I know where I'm headed. I know that Christ died for me so that I can have eternal life. I know that I've repented of my sin (though I still do sin....) and that I've accepted His free gift of eternal life. Have you?

My heart is heavy as I listen to the song "Grace" playing in the background. Please pray that these girls and their family will have God's grace to deal with this trial.


Lord, as I seek
Your guidance for today,
I find my thought unyielding,
confusion crowds my way.
But then when I bow to to You,
the challenges You guide me through,
Your promises are ever new,
I claim them for today.

Your will cannot lead me,
where Your grace will not keep me.
Your hands will protect me,I rest in Your care.
Your eyes will watch over me.Your love will forgive me.
And when I am faltering,
I still will find You there.

Each new day's design
Is charted by Your hand,
And graciously revealed
As I seek your master plan
Keep my footsteps faithful,
when from you I go,
Return me to the joy
That your blessings can bestow

Your will cannot lead me,
where Your grace will not keep me.
Your hands will protect me,I rest in Your care.
Your eyes will watch over me.Your love will forgive me.
And when I am faltering,
I still will find You there.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Funny....and True :)

Dear Tech Support:
Help!! Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed that the new program began making unexpected changes to the accounting software; severely limiting access to wardrobe, flower and jewelry applications that operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0. No mention of this phenomenon was included in the product brochure!!In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalls many other valuable programs such as DinnerDate 7.5, CruiseShip 2.3, and OperaNight 6.1 and installs new, undesirable programs such as MondayNightFootball 1.3, Saturday Football 5.0, Golf 2.4, Fishing 3.2, and Clutter Everywhere 4.5. Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and invariably crashes the system. Under no circumstances will it run DiaperChanging 14.1 or HouseCleaning 2.6. I've tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix Husband 1.0, but this general purpose utility is of limited effectiveness. Can you help, please!!!!


Dear Jane:
This is a very common problem women complain about, but it is mostly due to a primary misconception. Many people upgrade from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 with no idea that Boyfriend 5.0 is merely an ENTERTAINMENT package. However, Husband 1.0 is an OPERATING SYSTEM and was designed by its creator to run as few applications as possible. Further, you cannot purge Husband 1.0 and return to Boyfriend 5.0, because Husband 1.0 is not designed to do this. Hidden operating files within your system would cause Boyfriend 5.0 to emulate Husband 1.0, so nothing is gained. It is impossible to uninstall, delete, or purge the program files from the system, once installed. Any new program files can only be installed once per year, as Husband 1.0 has severely limited memory.

Error messages are common, and a normal part of Husband 1.0. In desperation to play some of their "old time, favorite applications", or to get new applications to work, some women have tried to install Boyfriend 6.0, or Husband 2.0. However, these women end up with more problems than encountered with Husband 1.0. Look in your manual under "Warnings: Divorce/Child Support". You will notice that this program runs very poorly, and comes bundled with HeartBreak 1.3. I recommend you keep Husband 1.0, and just learn the quirks of this strange and illogical system. Having Husband 1.0 installed myself, I might also suggest you read the entire section regarding General Partnership Faults [GPFs]. This is a wonderful feature of Husband 1.0, secretly installed by the parent company as an integral part of the operating system. Husband 1.0 must assume ALL responsibility for ALL faults and problems, regardless of root cause. To activate this great feature enter the command "C:\ I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME". Sometimes Tears 6.2 must be run simultaneously while entering the command. Husband 1.0 should then run the applications Apologize 12.3 and Flowers/Chocolates 7.8. TECH TIP! Avoid excessive use of this feature. Overuse can create additional and more serious GPFs, and ultimately YOU may have to give a C:\I APOLOGIZE command before the system will return to normal operations.

Overuse can also cause Husband 1.0 to default to GrumpySilence 2.5, Save yourself some trouble by following this tech tip! Just remember! The system will run smoothly, and take the blame for all GPFs, but because of this fine feature it can only intermittently run all the applications Boyfriend 5.0 ran. Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly.

Consider buying additional software to improve performance. I personally recommend HomeCookedMeals 3.0, Lingerie 5.3 and Patience 10.1. Used in conjunction, these utilities will really help keep Husband 1.0 running smoothly. After several years of use, Husband 1.0 will become familiar and you will find many valuable embedded features such as FixBrokenThings 2.1, Snuggling 4.2 and BestFriend 7.6.

A final word of caution! Do NOT, under any circumstances, install MotherInLaw 1.0. This is not a supported application, and will cause selective shutdown of the operating system. Husband 1.0 will run only Fishing 9.4 and Hunting 5.2 until MotherInLaw 1.0 is uninstalled. I hope these notes have helped. Thank you for choosing to install Husband 1.0 and we here at Tech Support wish you the best of luck in the coming years. We trust you will learn to fully enjoy this product!

Tech Support

Friday, February 08, 2008

Good for a laugh

The past few weeks have been busy with basketball games, snow storms, snow camp at CoBeAc and just everyday life with 3 boys! I do have a funny story for you though.

Before snow camp, one of our teens (Little Katy) asked me if she could bring Monster's with her to camp...meaning the energy drinks. I told her that would be fine. Later on, Camden heard me tell Joel that I had told Katy that it was okay to bring Monster's to camp.

A few days after we were home (the boys didn't go to camp, they stayed with Mimi and Bapa) Camden asked, "So Mom, did Katy bring her ghosts to camp?" Puzzled at first, I replied, "ghosts?"

"Yes. You told her she could bring her monsters to camp. Did she?"

Bless his little heart. He probably thought we were all in the woods, terrified of ghosts the whole weekend!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Year in Review

Found this on another blog and thought I'd give it a try.....

1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
I learned how to make homemade jelly!

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didn't, and I haven't.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? YES! I did (Trevor was born May 1st) and several of my friends had babies too!

4. Did anyone close to you die? Thankfully, no.

5. What countries did you visit? Canada

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? More space for our family of 5!

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? May 1 - Trevor was born.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Maintaining my sanity :)

9. What was your biggest failure? There are many....

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? No major illnesses. My recovery from carrying/having Trevor was much harder and longer than anticipated, but God is good!

11. What was the best thing you bought? My dishwasher - Thanks Mom and Dad Gearhart!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Our teens - many times, but especially at/after camp. I find myself bursting with love and joy that we actually get to watch them change and grow spiritually.

13. Where did most of your money go? The mortgage, the utilities...where else?

14. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Our trip to the Wilds for the Youth Worker's Conference in March. We're hoping to go back this year.

15. What song will always remind you of 2007? Wonderful, Merciful Savior

16. Compared to this time last year, are you:happier or sadder? Neither, really.

17. What do you wish you'd done more of? Laugh, play with my kids.

18. What do you wish you'd done less of? Been frustrated over things I cannot change.

19. What was your favorite TV program? 24....Jack Bauer is awesome.

20. What was the best book you read? Pretense by Lori Wick - this was a rare re-read for me...but very good.

21. What was your favorite film of this year? Don't have one.

22. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007? Simple. The first half of the year was Maternity clothes, the last half was trying to get out of them!

23. What kept you sane? My trips to the grocery store, coffee, keeping in touch and confiding in friends near and far.

24. What political issue stirred you the most? I don't know that any ONE stirred me....

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Our words

It is easy to be short-sighted in life. It seems that we often look deeper only when faced by trials. Why is that? Why do we only examine where we are truly at when we are faced with frustration, adversity or failure?

I've been prepping today for small groups tonight and we'll be talking about the tongue. What damage has been done by careless words! I hope to help my girls understand that we can NEVER get back what has been said...good or bad. Our words make more of an impact than we can ever know.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Spend a little time here.....grab your tissues!

A few posts back, my friend Ruth left a comment to check out Confessions of a CF Husband. I spent some time the other day reading through the story of Nathan, Tricia and Gwyneth. Grab a cup of coffee (and your kleenex) and head over there. Read the story of this amazing couple and how they have trusted God. It is amazing. Then....pray for them.
I do not know these people. But, I CAN pray for them!

Friday, January 18, 2008


Okay, I LOVE scrapbooks...I'm just not good at them! I have friends who are REALLY good at them.....but this video was just too funny to pass up! NOTE: You'll have to mute the music (at the bottom of this page) before you watch the video.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

I Like Mike! - I Like Mike!

The Michigan primary is this Tuesday, January 15th. So far, I like what I see from Mike Huckabee and his campaign. Is he perfect? No. But I do like where he stands on several issues and I'll be voting for him on Tuesday.

Not sure? Check out Mike Huckabee's Site where you can learn all the facts and make an informed decision.

Get out and vote!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

My cup (or diaper bag) runneth over.....

Okay, so I posted before about using Target's web coupons and buying loads of wipes for well....keep reading. Well, buckle your seatbelt and fasten your chinstrap or at the very least, sit down. Have I got news for you!

Yesterday and today I went back to Target, armed with more coupons. My goal was to stock up for myself, get some for my missionary friend, Debbie, and put some in the church nursery. Here are the totals....

43 packs of wipes (40 count)
9 packs of wipes (16 count)
4 tubs of wipes (64 count)
3 bottles of baby wash
1 tub of kids' flushable wipes

That's 60 total items (or 2104 baby wipes!!!) that would have been $94.94 without any coupons. BUT, with 30 Target coupons and 7 manufacturers coupons the Grand Total for all was $-1.06! Yes, they were FREE!!! I bought other things during one trip, so that $1.06 will be on Camden's back come fall in the form of a polo shirt for school (also on clearance and ended up being 92 cents).
Thanks, Target. You're my favorite store! Thanks to Angie at BabyCheapskate and Heather at Freebies4Mom for keeping me up on all the deals!

New Blog Feature - Music!

I've added a cool new feature that I found on a friend's blog.....MUSIC! It has probably already started playing....don't worry Val...just scroll down and hit the pause button if you're at work :)

Anyways, I hope you enjoy this new feature. I have put songs on my playlist that I like, but that in no way means I like EVERYTHING that EACH artist has done. Please just take the list for what it's worth. Thanks!

Friday, January 04, 2008

New Look

Okay, so I know the title of my blog is Our Little Blue Heaven....but there is a LOT of blue in my house, and very little pink. So, I've changed to pink for a while to spruce things up a bit.

I've edited my links over there on the right and may add some more in the coming days. Check them out!

Here are some photos from Christmas. Enjoy!

Christmas morning, in front of the tree.

Camden and Josiah in two of their new "dress up" costumes.

My happy little guy!