"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.......Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Garbanzo beans (or chick peas) make a great toddler meal. They are super easy to heat up (I just use organic canned ones right now, one day I will try making them) and are great for little ones who still use their fingers. They are also great when they are learning to use a fork, as garbanzo beans are easy to pick up. To give the garbanzo beans some flavor, I ground a little bit of sea salt and peppercorn onto them and then sprinkled a little bit of cumin. They tasted really good and the boys ate them up!
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
I was trying to decide what the boys were going to eat for lunch, and for some reason I thought of pimento cheese. I started googling some recipes and learned that it is just Miracle whip, pimentos, cheese, salt and pepper. Super easy! I don't usually keep pimentos in my kitchen, so I just decided to omit those since the boys won't know any better. If I were to make it for myself, I would definitely want to add the pimentos. This turned out to be a perfect meal because it was low carb and the boys loved it! I think it totaled to be 25g of carbs (including the animal crackers). So give the recipe a try! I hope your kids enjoy it as much as mine did!
Toddler Pimento Cheese:
A small handful of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2T of Mircle Whip
A pinch of salt and pepper
Mix together and enjoy!
Yields: 2 sandwiches
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Emory has what the doctor called 'the beginning of staph'. He is currently on two creams and a strong antibiotic. He is being a champ taking his medicine (which smells horrible)!
This started out with a simple diaper rash. We already has prescription cream, and it was definitely not the first diaper rash we have delt with. Then after a day or two, he had a new rash on his lower back (the part still hidden by the diaper). After consulting google and a friend, we concluded that is was Diaper Burn caused by chemicals in a diaper. We started treating it like the diaper rash (that's what Dr. Sears and a few other sources recommended) and switch to chemical free diapers. After treating it for a few days, it didn't get better. So the boys and I loaded up and trekked to the doctor, since we love and cannot part with our doctor that is now 45 minutes away from us. She said that it was indeed Diaper Burn but she is concerned about it being the 'beginnings of staph'. Even after one dose of his antibiotic, Emory seemed to feel better. We are a little concerned still though, because even after a few days of the creams and antibiotics the rashes aren't going away. So we are asking for you guys to keep Emory in your prayers. Pray that he will be healed and that it will not spread to anyone else in the family!
Sunday, September 15, 2013
These past few weeks have been crazy! In one weekend, we found a place to move into and Josh got a new job. From then we had two weeks to get packed and moved. Thankfully we had help so getting packed wasn't that bad. The week we were to move I noticed things were a little off with me. I had been exhausted, nauseous, and of course, I was late. I knew that I had to take a pregnancy test that week, because I needed to know before I carried heavy boxes. I sent Josh on the awkward run to target, to pick up some tests, and of course they were positive! We were super excited, and a little bit nervous. Our plan was to get settled after the move and then buy a van (our Element does not hold anymore than our current family) before we had another one. But God's plans were different! Of course our family and close friends were ecstatic, (a few of them may have possibly laughed, but they were excited!). We announced it to the world of Facebook on Friday and people couldn't have been happier!
Even though we were worried about getting a bigger car, we knew God would work it out (He always does!). On Tuesday, my mom sent me a Craig's List listing and this one caught our eye, a Honda Odyssey EL-X at a price we could actually afford! We called the people up and asked a lot of questions about it. No wrecks, two owners, maintenance was kept up; it seemed almost too good to be true, but we knew with God's provisions nothing is too good to be true! I sent my dad to look at it (because we lived two hours away, and he was right there) and he said it was a great car. On Friday, we went to go look at it ourselves and loved it! We ended up leaving with a brand-new-to-us van and we are extremely excited about it! We love to watch God work things out for us; how wonderful that he provides for His people!
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Since we are moving, we had to say goodbye to two wonderful therapists: Boaz's speech therapist and his physical therapist. I bought them each a candle, but of course I can't give them a present that I have not altered in some way! So I decided to put my washi tape to good use to make a simple, personalized candle.
This is really simple. Just tear strips of washi tape the length of the lid. I eyeballed the stripes but you could measure them if you would like. Then just stick the washi tape down and trim the edges with scissors. Make a cute tag and tie it on with a ribbon or string, and your done! It was really simple to make and the washi tape added the perfect little touch.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Posted originally by Josh Hinson on Covenant Life Presbyterian Church's website.
Why Another Church?
THE NECESSITY OF THE CHURCH
When the Son of God took upon flesh, he assumed the role of Mediator between God and man. As mediator, he exercises the offices of prophet, priest, and king. As king, Christ is ruler over a kingdom that has been inaugurated (Matt. 3:2; Mark 1:15), but awaits consummation in the new heavens and new earth.