Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Father's Day Gift!



I was trying to come up with a gift idea that involved my son's hand prints  and this is what I came up with.  


 First I photo copied my son's hand prints in a copy machine in black and white.


 In an effort to save ink I decided to go with the first attempt.  I then cut out the hand prints.

 Next I glued the hand print cutouts to a piece of scrapbook paper cut out to fit into an 8x10 picture frame.

Then I printed out a 4x6 black and white picture and glued it onto some plain white paper and then added scrapbook paper to the corners.  Next I typed out "I love you so much" on paper and printed it out.  I cut it out with craft scissors and then glued it on the scrapbook paper.  I put it all together in a frame!  :)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Taco Soup

I grew up on Taco Soup.  We always crushed chips in the bottom of our bowl, added the soup and then put grated cheese and sour cream on top. It is so delicious! Tonight we are having it for dinner.  Tonight's recipe is from one of my favorite websites, www.iheartnaptime.net   I chose to throw it all in the crockpot.  I am looking forward to sitting down with my husband who has never tried it and enjoying this tasty meal together.  I know he is going to love it!
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Citrus Lane and Bluum Boxes

My two most favorite latest discoveries are Citrus Lane and Bluum boxes.  They are both prepaid boxes ($25 a month) that have a variety of products recommended by moms for your child.  Each box is based on your child's age, and is a surprise.  It is so fun getting a box and not knowing what will be inside.  I have always been pleased with the products I get.  It is nice to be introduced to new company's.  I definitely recommend it to everyone with children 3 and under. So much fun!

Here is a sample of a Bluum box:

And here is a sample of a Citrus Lane box:



For more information on it or to sign up click on the links below:

Get a  Citrus Lane or a Bluum box today!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

No Record Of Wrongs

Marriage has its ups and downs that is for sure.  It is funny how you can love somebody so much yet argue over the littlest things.  It seems like it is almost always impossible for me to just drop something.  I always keep going and going.  It's so hard for me to just let go.  I find myself choosing to hold on to an argument just because it doesn't seem fair to have to let it go, I want the other person to know exactly why I am upset and understand it. I am so stubborn.  Tonight me and my husband had one of those times.  A minor disagreement that turned into hurtful words being thrown back and forth.  This time something was different.   A verse kept coming into my mind, and not just the verse, a particular part of that verse.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

In 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 where Paul is explaining what God says love is, he says, "it does not keep record of wrongs."  That is the part that kept repeating in my head.  I wanted so bad to just not talk to him ever again because of something he had said to me.  He had said that he loved me but he didn't like me.  OUCH, that hurt.  Never mind my actions which had caused him to say that, or the hurtful words I had said to him, I wanted to stay mad at him because of those few painful words.  I thought to myself, "Fine, if he doesn't like me, I'll just not talk to him, and ignore him."  That didn't last long before God stepped in and whispered these words in my ear.  "Love does not keep record of wrongs."  At first I put up quite a bit of fight, thinking about how that's not fair, and how I deserved to be able to stay mad at him.  God repeated it to me again.  I felt myself resisting so much! But the truth of it remains, regardless of what we had said or done to each other, we are not supposed to keep any record of it.  How hard that is, because I know that I remember every hurtful thing he has ever said and it's almost as if I am keeping a tally.  I can't help but think about a couple of other verses in the Bible.

Matthew 6:14 says,"If you forgive people their sins, your Father in heaven will forgive your sins also."

Matthew 7:2 says, "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. – Isaiah 1:18

Now all of that has really got me thinking.  Wow, I am really not supposed to stay mad over something he said to me.  I am told very clearly by God to forgive!  I will show my love for him and God by not keeping a record of wrongs!  <3

Heavenly Father-
Please help me to forgive.  Please help me to learn when to hold my tongue.  I don't want to nag or carry things on and on and on.  I want to work on this Lord, and I know that with Your help all things are possible.  Please help me to learn to forgive, help me to not keep record of wrongs.  Teach me to forgive the way that You forgive.  I want my life to bring glory to Your name, I love you,  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Friday, May 24, 2013

We Do Recover:

Here is our family picture that was taken last night.  We live in a clean and sober living environment, called Buddy's House.  There are many houses owned by Buddy's House and rented out to people who are recovering from drugs and alcohol.  It is a very nice two story house with a pool and yard, so we are truly blessed.  The reason for the photo shoot is because we are going to be on our local area bus stops.  We will be placed on a bench to advertise our success at Buddy's House, so that others will be encouraged to live in the sober environment.  At first when I got the call asking if we would be willing to do it, a few thoughts came into my mind.  At first, I thought, "wow, what a privilege, to be considered successful." and then other thoughts came in.  I thought, "Well do I really want everyone knowing that I am a recovering alcoholic."  Then immediately I realized, this wasn't about me.  This was about others.  This is about other people seeing us and seeing that there is hope.  That people do recover.  That there are people who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse and that there is a living environment in which they can be safe.  It's about people starting to be honest, and not feeling like they have to hide from their past.  It's about people being okay with where they come from, and not being ashamed.  Because in all reality, this is the life that God has chosen for us.  He knew why it was important for us both to go through what we did.  He is now going to use our lives to help others.  If we were afraid to be seen, we would be hiding the hope.  I believe in being that light, that shimmer of hope in someone's life.  I am sure people will sit on that bus stop and actually recognize our faces.  They will see the happiness in our lives and realize that if we could do it, if we could get sober and change our lives they can too!  <3

Free Printable

Here is a free printable to do list.  I know that when my to do list is pretty, I tend to get more of it done!

adrienneluvspink's to do list:

First feeling of an earthquake....

I definitely never thought that I would get the opportunity to feel an earthquake.  Last night around 8:30pm, I got to feel one. I live in Yuba City.   At first I didn't know what it was I thought it was someone rattling my door.  About the time I realized it was an earthquake panic set in.  I looked over at my 6 month old son, laying in his crib asleep and realized that I hadn't a clue what to do in the case of a severe earthquake.  Feelings of helplessness and fear overwhelmed me.  If it wasn't for my firm belief as a christian I wouldn't have felt any peace at all.

earthquake

My son's first taste of bananas

My son is new to solids and today I introduced him to bananas for the first time.  I have to admit, I sat there puzzled wondering if I should heat up the bananas or not. Gross, the thought of warm bananas.  Well, I decided to give him bananas the way I like them, which is not warmed up! It was a success, he ate half of the jar!

Movie: The Impossible

I am a huge fan of redbox.  It wasn't until redbox came out that I realized how overpriced dvd rentals used to be.  Now I have the priveledge of watching great movies while staying within my budget.  Todays rental is The Impossible!