grilling · outfits · refreshment at home · Tablescapes

Fun Things Friday

Happy Good Friday! 

I thought I’d give you some updates on what I’ve been doing recently!
Let’s start with some music!

What I’m singing – Jesus Thank you.
Without Good Friday there would be no Easter!  We are saddened by Christ’s crucifixion, but yet it was His purpose in coming to earth.  He came to die.  Isn’t that sobering?  Wow.  How wonderful to have a Savior Who loved us so much that He would knowingly give His life so we could have a relationship with Him and live with Him forever in heaven.  Without it we would be lost in our sin!
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Christian Life · trials

Behind the Clouds

I remember the drive as I headed out early to purchase the last items I needed for my Easter dinner.  I was filled with excitement as I anticipated Easter Sunday and the joy of worshiping and remembering the empty tomb! The sky was kind of gray and cloudy as I headed out, but I needed to get this done.

As I drove into town, my mind went to the first Easter Saturday – that very day after Continue reading “Behind the Clouds”

breakfast · Easy recipe

Yummy Peanut Butter Granola

I’ve shared several recipes for granola here like this one that is a favorite for my husband, but I recently was out of my normal ingredients so I looked for a recipe that I could make with things I had on hand.  I came across a Peanut Butter Granola that honestly tastes like a Peanut Butter Cookie crumbled up!  However, it has Coconut oil and oats, so that makes it a bit more healthy! This is perfect to eat alone or on top of fruit and yogurt.  I tweaked the recipe a bit and here’s what I came up with:

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Peanut Butter Granola

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup  peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 Cup mini Chocolate Chips

INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, salt, and cinnamon.
  1. Stir in peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla. Tip:  If you melt the coconut oil in a measuring cup first, then use that same measuring cup for the honey, it will slide right out!
  2. Once fully combined, press onto lined parchment paper – spread into flat layer.
  3. Baked for 18-22 minutes or until starting to turn golden brown.
  4. While it’s slightly warm, add chocolate chips and let cool. Once cooled completely, break granola apart.

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I store mine in a seal-tight container on the counter.

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I sprinkle a tablespoon over my morning yogurt for a little sweetness and crunch. What a yummy way to start the day!

Refresh your breakfast with homemade granola!

denise a

Child training · Work

Creating a Healthy Work Ethic in Children

Cleaning

I love to clean!  I mean it.  To see windows shine, carpets fluff under the vacuum’s bristles, bathroom sinks and tubs sparkle after some elbow grease is so rewarding!

I had the blessing this week of going to do some Spring cleaning for my parents.  It’s not that their house was a mess – it wasn’t.  I laughingly told them that as I was cleaning and came across a rare dust bunny, I rejoiced!  They were few!  When my dad retired, he wanted my mom to retire, too, so he took over most of the household chores!  He does a fantastic job keeping everything super clean – even as an 85 year-old heart patient!

My sister and I just came to give the whole house a deeper cleaning, doing the things my dad shouldn’t do anymore.  For instance, I got up on the kitchen counters and dusted the baskets above the cabinets. But while I was standing up on my perch, I looked down to see my dad standing below me.  He asked, “Can I do anything to help?”  He was a blessing as he rinsed off some of the silk greenery I handed him, wiped down some cups and saucers on display and things along the backsplash.

Then I turned and saw him with coming in from the garage with a vacuum and a long hose in his hands.  He showed me his technique for cleaning out the air vents in the ceiling.  We did manage to keep him from doing that job, but it wasn’t easy!  It’s not that he didn’t think we could do it, it’s just that he has an incredible work ethic.  He can’t stand to be sitting while others are working.  That same blood flows through my veins.  Why?  Because I am his daughter.  He taught me.  He taught my sisters.

Work and work hard.

Give it your best.

Don’t just do a job lazily – do it well.

Don’t stop until you’re done.

There are lots of people who love to watch work, but hate to engage in it.  But you know what?  Work was created by God before sin entered the world.  It’s not a punishment; it is a gift.

To have things that need to be cleaned – a house, a car, a bedroom, dishes, toys – is a blessing.

To have the energy and strength to clean is a gift from God.

As moms, it is our responsibility to teach our children to have a healthy work ethic.  Why?

  • It honors God – Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  I Cor. 10:31
  • It also will serve them well as they seek employment.
  • You’re preparing them to leave home.
  • It is a blessing.

 

How do we teach a strong work ethic?

  1. Give your children age-appropriate chores to do. Google it – you’ll find lists for even pre-schoolers.  
  2. Don’t do for your child what they can do for themselves.  
  3. Reward a job well done. Rewards for hard work can create a desire to finish a task.  God rewards us – why should we think rewards are evil?  Sticker charts, allowance, or a family activity can help a child’s incentive in a task to be done.
  4. Model a good work ethic before your children.  If you bemoan having to wash the dishes or do laundry, they’re going to pick up on your attitude. Why do I love to clean?  I learned it from my parents!
  5. Work together as a family on some projects.  Make it a fun family time.  Cleaning up the yard this spring, straightening up the garage or basement, picking up trash around the yard can be done together and found that many hands make light work!
  6. Inspect what you expect.  Many times my parents would check my work as a child and require me to go back and redo it until it was done to their specification.

As a parent you might even reap what you sow…your adult children may come home to spring clean for you!!  That wouldn’t be so bad, would it?!

Who taught you to work hard?

denise a

 

death · eternal · Heaven

Lessons in a Hospice Room

Doc hayaBeing in the presence of a man who is dying and yet is still rejoicing in his spirit is worthy of mental note-taking.  

Just last week my husband and I had the blessing of visiting the founder of The Wilds Christian Camp, Dr. Ken Hay, known to most as “Doc.”  He was in hospice care after all had been done to help him, yet his body continued to decline. Continue reading “Lessons in a Hospice Room”