Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bible Verse for the Month

On of the new topics I want to start doing is a Bible Verse for the month. I am always encouraged when I see verses on other blogs, so I decided to add it as a topic on my blog too.

This verse is written on a sticky note on my dresser mirror. I walk past it as I walk out my bedroom door to start the day. When I see it, it's a great reminder that I can get through the day with God's help.

I hope it is a help to you also and encourages you.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

My Week

On Sunday, I was so excited because I was finally going to get to interpret the songs and half the service at church. I practiced for 2 days and in the morning. So, I interpreted the songs, than the other interpreter came up to do the announcements and half the service. I sat on the edge of my chair, intently staring at her, waiting for my turn; it never came! I thought she would look at me, or get up, or something so I would know it's my turn, but it didn't happen. She said she tried to make eye contact with me, but she said I never saw her. Next time, we'll have to work out a better plan. I was so disappointed I didn't get to interpret, and I had worked so hard to prepare.

On Monday, my son went back to school and I went back to subbing. I was nervous for him about how his day would go, so I had a tummy ache in the morning. This whole week is minimum days because of parent-teacher conferences, so he ended up having a good day. My day was fine too because it's a first grade class I've already been in. Plus, there's a really nice lady that volunteers in the class every day and she knows the kids and the routines, so she's a huge help.

On Tuesday, I had another good day subbing in that same class. My son's parent-teacher conference was today. He's a smart kid and he's doing fine, in fact he's above grade level, but he's not as motivated as my older 2 were. It's hard when you expect a certain standard as a parent, because your older kids were so outstanding, and then the youngest isn't quite the same. Some of it I think has to do with my younger son spending more time on the computer, and part of it is because I'm working. I know, part of it is also because not all kids are the same. In the late afternoon, I had a dentist appointment so my son had to go with me. It was just a cleaning and checkup, and everything was fine - no cavities for me. In between all that, I managed to get a zucchini cake made for dessert, and walk on the treadmill after dinner and dishes.

On Wednesday, it was my last day for this week subbing in that first grade class. The kids were fine, but they said they missed their teacher, so they'll be happy to have her back. That's so neat when they want their teacher back. After school, my son and I went to the library to checkout books. They were re-paving the parking lot and there wasn't any parking there or at the stores nearby. We ended up parking all the way at the other end of the strip mall because they were re-paving portions of all of the parking lots! It was so crowded and such a hassle trying to find a parking spot; I almost gave up. He likes comics and Geronimo Stilton books, but needs to pick books at his lexile level, which is much higher. We found a few, but he isn't sure if he's going to like them or not. I hope he does. After dinner and dishes, I tried a different work out program on the treadmill. It's nice to have the variety of programs to choose from.

On Thursday, I didn't have a sub job, so I did the grocery list, put away the dishes, and wrote a blog post. Since it's minimum day, it was time to pick up my son. We walked to and from school today, so I don't have to walk on the treadmill tonight. After school, we ordered a few books from the Scholastic Book club. I let him pick a couple fun ones and a new kind at his lexile level to try. You can look up books by his lexile, so I also made a list of some that I think they have at the library. In the afternoon and evening, I just tried to catch up on email and other computer things.

On Friday, I subbed in a 2nd grade class for a teacher I worked for a lot last year. I knew a lot of the kids from first grade last year, so that made it easier. I decided to try handing out tickets to kids behaving and then drawing 2 boys and 2 girls at the end of the day. One girl wanted to see the prizes first to decide if they were worth behaving for or not! I didn't show them to her, and she didn't earn a prize.

On Saturday, I was so busy! We went grocery shopping, then I cleaned the kitchen and our master bath. I ate a fast lunch, made the Costco list, then headed to Costco. When we got home, I made smoothies for snack, then while I made waffles, I put away the Costco stuff. Then, I cleaned the downstairs floors, and it was time to go to my parents' house for dinner. When we got back I had to do the dishes, and then check out the songs I am signing at church tomorrow(she texted while I was at my parents' and asked if I could do that). I glanced over all my email for other important notices and then sat down for half an hour to watch a show before it was time for bed.

How was your week?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

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The Heart Check Food Program

Another topic I'm going to talk about on my blog is Heart Healthy Changes. I've talked about this a little bit before, and I wanted to make it a regular monthly topic. I posted about it in August(Healthy Snacking), but missed September for some reason, so, I'm going to try harder and make it a regular monthly post from now on.

One thing that has made our transition to eating a heart healthy diet easier is the American Heart Association Heart – Check Food Certification Program. The Heart-Check mark means the food product meets their nutrition requirements. This makes shopping for heart healthy foods so much easier. All I have to do is look for the red heart with a white check mark on the package and the name of the American Heart Association on the top, and know they certify it. Be careful because not all red hearts are from the American Heart Association; so you need to look for the AHA name too. On their website, they have a list of products that meet their requirements – here's the link to the Certified Product List.

The Heart Check Food Program includes lots of other helpful resources too. There's a section about Heart Check in the Grocery Store that talks about nutrition requirements for food and how a food becomes certified. The nutrition requirements are how I learned what to look for on the product labels.

The section on Restaurants and Food Service helps you know what to look for on the nutrition menu when you're eating out. It also lists some meals at Jamba Juice that meet their requirements. Some sandwiches at Subway used to be on there, but I don't see them anymore. The heart check is listed on the restaurant's menu also, so you can look there too.

If you want to know if the recipe you're going to make meets the heart check requirements, you can look at the Recipe Nutrition Requirements. It lists requirements for several categories: Appetizers, Breads (muffins, quick breads, yeast breads), Desserts, Entrees (fish with omega-3 fatty acids, meat, poultry, salad, seafood, soup), Main Dish, Salads, Side Dishes, and Soups (small).

The Heart Check program has been around since 1995 and recently had a study done that proves it's effectiveness. Choosing foods that meet Heart-Check certification requirements linked to better diet quality, study finds. It's great to know that people who report eating foods that meet the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check Food Certification Program nutrition requirements are more likely to eat healthier and have fewer heart disease risk factors.

I'm happy that following this plan really works, and is going to help keep my family healthy. My oldest son hasn't had to go on any medication yet and my husband has been able to cut down on his medication. So, if you need to be on a heart healthy diet, don't worry, there is plenty of help out there to let you know how you can do it. I'm happy to try and answer any questions you have about how to do it too!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

My Week

On Sunday, my poor 9 year old son woke up with a fever. He also had a cough. He was supposed to get trained in the tech booth at church today, but will have to try again next time. My oldest son stayed home with him, so my daughter and I could go to church. She helped in the 2 year old class and I helped in the nursery. My son's fever was higher when we came home, but he still felt like eating lunch. He took a nap, which he never does, but when he woke up, he threw up. So, all he got for the rest of the night was 7up. My older son and I watched NASCAR together, and I also made hummus, muffins for the week, dinner and did laundry.

On Monday, since my son had a fever yesterday, he and I had to stay home. Since we were at home, I walked 40 minutes on the treadmill my husband bought off Craigslist on Friday. It's a Nordic Trac and it's really nice. He got a great deal on it. My son's fever wasn't too bad in the morning, but around lunch, it had gone up. He still has a cough. Since he threw up yesterday, today he's still having 7up, and also crackers and broth, so far. His fever went up a little more in the afternoon. He watched tv, we played a board game, and sometimes he just sat there without the tv on. Around 5 he decided to take a nap about an hour before dinner. I'm making him chicken noodle soup for dinner.

On Tuesday, my poor son is still sick. His fever wasn't too bad first thing in the morning, and right before lunch, it is a degree less than yesterday, but still 101.6. He is still coughing and his throat hurts. The physician's assistant was only there in the morning, and I called at noon, so he can't be seen until tomorrow. At least I didn't have any sub jobs scheduled already. He also doesn't feel good. He just watched tv in the morning and started to play on the computer after lunch, but decided to take a nap instead. That's when you know for sure that he's sick! When he woke up, we played a game and watched some shows together. Later, he wanted to go to bed early and didn't even want a snack.

On Wednesday, I brought my son in to see the doctor. It turns out he has pneumonia! The doctor prescribed antibiotics for 5 days. I'm allergic to that antibiotic so when I give it to my son, I have to wear a mask and gloves, since it's in liquid form. At least he only has to take it once a day. On Friday morning, the doctor wants to see him again to see how he's progressing. So, no school for this whole week! I'm losing out on a whole week's worth of jobs, but luckily I only had 1 scheduled and luckily someone picked it up. Most of the day he just watched tv, because going to the doctor tired him out. He tried to take a nap, but our neighbors were noisy and I was making dinner.

On Thursday, my son didn't wake up with a fever! It looks like the anitbiotics are starting to do their job. He is still coughing like crazy and doesn't feel like doing anything, but at least his body is getting help from the medicine to fight the pneumonia.

Since my son didn't want to do anything this morning, I decided to look for our outdoor decorations. I found this Winnie the Pooh Halloween one that hangs along the side of the house. It's hard to tell from the picture, but it's glittery.

I had to go out to the shed to find this Fall wreath. I hate going to the shed because I'm always afraid there's mice or rats in there, but there wasn't. I really like this wreath; it was a great find at a thrift store. It hangs right next to our front door, so when you walk up our walkway, you see it the whole time. Later in the afternoon, my son and I played Clue. I'm glad he felt like doing something.

On Friday, I took my son to the doctor for a follow-up. We actually saw the physician's assistant because the doctor wasn't there. She thought the pneumonia had moved up and wanted to have him go for a chest xray and then probably get a shot of heavy duty antibiotics! She consulted with the pediatrician at the other office down the hall, and was told since my son's fever was gone, she just needed to give the antibiotics time to work. The other pediatrician said she usually doesn't have them come back for a couple of weeks for a follow-up as long as things are progressing. So, we won't have to go back for a couple of weeks and as long as there's no fever, he can go back to school on Monday. Although, she said it will take him awhile to get his strength back, and his cough can last several weeks! He has a nasty sounding cough, so no one's going to like that very much. Today, we played Sorry.

On Saturday, it was weird because I had to go grocery shopping by myself. My daughter had to stay home with my son. I had to call them a couple of times to ask them about things that they had on the list that they would normally just pick out at the store. When I got home, I cleaned and made pancakes for the week. The homeowner's finally approved our front yard redo plans, so we went to Home Depot to pick up the supplies for one side of the yard. When we got back, it was only an hour until dinner, so all we did was tear out the grass. After dinner, I had to catch up on email and then go over the sermon for tomorrow; I'm interpreting half of it, and the worship songs.

What a week I had! I'm so glad it's over! How was your week?

Friday, October 7, 2016

Every Day with God Devotional for Boys or Girls from Veggie Tales Review & Giveaway #EveryDayWithGod #FlyBy

Every Day with God is the latest 365-day devotional(one for boys and another for girls) from VeggieTales. The updated content and art offer the perfect opportunity for parent and child to share time together each day. Each entry includes a Bible verse, short devotion, Thought of the Day, and prayer. The content will help children learn more about God and develop a daily practice to keep Him close in their lives. The book is perfect for bedtime reading, family devotion time, or as a fresh way to start each day!

The book is a paperback. It is 384 pages. It is for reading ages 4-7.

Here is a picture from our book of Day 1. You can see that it's just the right amount of words for a quick devotional that will keep your kid's attention. It's also a nice clear, bright page without too much going on, so it's easy to read and focus on the devotion.

Here's the top half of the page with the title, verse, and devotion.

Here's the bottom half of the page with the Thought of the Day, Pray Today, and the cute asparagus(whose name we can't recall).

When I opened the package, my son and I were so excited to see Larry and Bob on the front of the devotional. That alone, made my son excited to read it. My 17 year old daughter was surprised to see the updated Veggie Tales characters, since she only remembers the look of the old ones. That night, my son and I read the Day 1 devotional, and have been reading it just about every night since(he's had pneumonia and hasn't wanted to read a couple of nights this week). I read the title, verse, devotion and Thought of the Day, and he says the prayer. He actually looks at it first and then bows his head and recites the prayer. Also, in the devotion, it asks questions, like(in Day 1), "Do you realize how important you are to God?" My son enjoys answering all of those questions. When I asked what he thought of the book, he said, "It was good and he likes Veggie Tales." He also says he likes the verse. He's 9 years old and it says it's for 4-7, but he still liked the book. I enjoy it because it's cute, and it makes him think. The devotions are often what I need to hear too. Last night's verse, Day 21, was, "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all." 2 Thessalonians 3:16 ESV. My son's 2 day follow-up visit for his pneumonia was today, so I definitely needed to feel God's peace.

If you want to check out this Veggie Tales Devotional book for yourself you can on Amazon, where it's available on Prime for only $7.34:
Every Day with God: 365 Daily Devos for Boys (A VeggieTales Book)
Every Day with God: 365 Daily Devos for Girls (A VeggieTales Book)

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A Blog I Follow and Why: Musings of a Vintage Junkie

Today the blog I'm featuring is Musings of a Vintage Junkie. On a side note, I figured out how to put the image of the blog on my posts now, I hope you like the new addition to my monthly "blog I follow" posts. So, anyway, the blog is written by AnnMarie. Here is what she wrote about herself on her profile: "Hi, I am AnnMarie, married to a fabulous husband, with 3 kids (2 married daughters and one teenage son), and a passion for anything vintage which would explain the aka Vintage Junkie. The NaNa (pronounced NahNah) is the name I chose to be called when my first grandchild was born. Having a grandmother that my sisters and brother and I called Ga, I wanted to be called something different than Grandma also. I now have two granddaughters and a grandson that know me as NaNa... Cassidy, Chloe and JC. I say all that to say that these are the things that I will be musing passion for vintage, and NaNa things.... being careful to honor my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through it all....."

I enjoy reading AnnMarie's blog because she talks about vintage, baking, decorating, gardening, her family, faith, and selling on Etsy. I always learn a lot from reading her blog, about vintage things, which I enjoy because my Grandma used to sell antiques and I liked learning about them from her, so now I can learn about them from AnnMarie. Her current post is Time to Make the Pesto, where she tells you about basil, shows you how to make pesto and gives you a link to the recipe, and makes you smile as you read the post. Her previous post is Happy Blogisversary to Me, and it's a great one to read because she goes over her last 5 years of blogging. You can get a great glimpse of what she blogs about, and get to see her honest writing style, that always brings a smile to my face. She just seems like a wonderful woman with lots of joy.

AnnMarie always replies to the comments I leave on her blog, which I really like. That's a great way for bloggers to encourage each other, and network. I think you would enjoy reading Musings of a Vintage Junkie too. I'm sure reading AnnMarie's posts will also leave you with a smile on your face and make you feel like you're old friends.