Monday, March 13, 2017

THY WILL BE DONE!!!

It has been a busy couple of weeks around here as I try to fulfill my state in life as a wife, mom. and homeschooler and still try to evangelize and bring others closer to CHRIST.

After the Washington Post article came out,  I did some small interviews with friends and others but lately I have tried to balance my state in life with sharing our story and not needing to leave our home.

This was super fun !



So now I just need to figure out what else God has in store for my family and how to keep us on the track to HEAVEN!

Thy Will Be Done! +JMJ+ THY WILL BE DONE!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Danielle Bean Podcast Girlfriends

Thanks to Danielle Bean for letting me share about one of my favorite things...Being FRUGAL! 

Listen HERE and support Danielle in her Podcast!

+JMJ+ THY WILL BE DONE

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tomato Soup:

                                    Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

                                    Ingredients

                                        1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
                                        1 28 oz can diced tomatoes--I use rotel and blend
                                        1 tbsp crushed garlic
                                        1 14 oz can chicken broth {or 2 cups}
                                        2 Tbsp sugar
                                        1/3 cup butter
                                        1 cup heavy cream
                                        1Tablespoons Basil

                                    Instructions

                                        Combine the tomatoes, broth, and garlic bring to a boil and let boil for 10 minutes.
                                        Reduce the heat to low and stir in the sugar and butter and mix until they are dissolved, melted and well combined.
                                        Very slowly pour in the heavy cream while simultaneously stirring until all the cream is combined and the soup is creamy.
                                        Stir in the basil.

***can add a dollop of pesto and Parmesan cheese

THY WILL BE DONE!!! +JMJ+

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

BEDTIME RULES...



Bedtime Rules:
1. GO POTTY
2. SHOWER/ BATH/ WASH UP
3. BRUSH TEETH
4. PUT ON PJ'S
5. SAY PRAYERS
6. READ BEDTIME STORY
7. GET IN BED
8. PUT on TAPE/CD OR LISTEN TO THE RADIO
9. READ QUIETLY
10 STAY IN BED!!!

Lent is a good time to get back in the habit of getting the little guys back in a routine. So I re-post this every once in awhile to remind myself! I just stuck this on the walls of my four youngest children. (11, 9, 7, and 5) This way we all remember the importance of routine. 

+JMJ+ Thy Will Be Done!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

White Chicken Chili








White chicken chili
(thanks Cheryl and Kathy)
Simmer the following in a big pot: 
1medium onion
1medium chopped green pepper
1tablespoon margarine

Once they have softened add 1-2 cups chopped precooked chicken to the onions/pepper

When these items are good and hot,
ADD 3 cans cannellini beans (white beans, can be hard to find at some stores), add the juice from the beans too!
Add 1-2 packages of chili seasoning mix…depending on how flavorful you like your chili

Mix these with the beans, chicken, veggies.
Now Add 
1 Large can or crushed tomatoes (28oz can)
2 15oz cans of whole or (petite diced tomatoes)
1 can of corn (drain water before adding to mix)

Stir all these ingredients together and let it get hot.  

Taste the chili to see if you think needs more flavor.  Then add the last ingredient
1/3 cup of sugar (really helps to bring out the flavor of the tomatoes)

Thy Will Be Done!!! +JMJ+Whit

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Adult kids living at home...


Over 18 living at home contract:
Two kids married and four over 18 living at home...how we try to make it work...

We love you all and enjoy having you (and your stuff) in our home. We are so proud of you for all your hard work and paying for your own school and expenses. Our goal for you when you are 18 and over is to help you obtain the Will of God and remain pure and free from mortal sins. This being said, we thought of some easy but helpful things we would like you to do as a “rent” to live here.
1. Clean up after yourself (bathroom, kitchen, laundry)
2. Be kind and helpful to your siblings
3. Protect the innocence of your younger siblings by what you watch, listen, or do…please don’t let them use your phones or other devices without permission from us.
4. Keep your room tidy
5. Please attend one extra mass a week and try to get to monthly confession.  We know how hard this time in life is with many important decisions and temptations, having some extra graces, wisdom, and quiet time always helps.
6.Help with house work (special cleaning projects) and school with the younger kids. Especially the kitchen, bathrooms, and extra tutoring with the little kids. 

We know you are all busy with work and school but we also feel like you find time to watch your laptop or spend time on the phone but you don’t seem to find the time and energy to help around the house, so you choose what you would like to do to contribute to our home. 
Choice A: follow the above 6 suggestions
or
Choice B: Pay Rent $25 a month to help hire a cleaning lady and pay for tutoring.

+JMJ+ Love, Dad and Mom 

Friday, December 30, 2016

When I am discourged about my parenting...


My favorite Christmas gift: Notes from my big kids to help me when I feel discouraged with my little guys:

* “You taught me how to read. Read us books, took us for walks, and didn’t let us watch TV!” –Alex


*“Thank you for making it “normal” and “cool” to be Catholic, especially for surrounding me with great friends when I was younger, it made it easier for me to be good.”  –Josh


*“Mom always taught me to work hard and go the extra mile. By encouraging us to get jobs, and work for everything we wanted. She instilled a motivation and drive in all of us that has given myself and the rest of us kids great success.” – Caleb


*“You taught us to work hard and how to earn things and be independent. You didn’t let us get away with stuff.” –Lizzie


*“You taught us how to be self-sufficient.” –Barbara
*“By homeschooling us, no dating till 18, and no iphones until 17”. – Joey


*“Always there to talk to” –Robert


*“Homeschooling us!” -Dominic

Thy Will Be Done!!! +JMJ+