Thursday, December 31, 2009

Looking Back but Pressing On Ahead.......

This time of the year proves to be somewhat nostalgic. I look back at the year that is ready to end and look forward to the new year. Looking forward to what the Lord will do this year. But not forgetting to thank HIM and honor HIM for all that HE has done in this past year.

We announced to the church that we are expecting another child
The Lord delivered me from a word that was declared over my life almost 15 years ago.

Received all my pregnancy blood work (over 25 blood exams) all coming back with excellent health results. I was overwhelmed to say the least.
Announced to my former employer that I was expecting another child
Marriage Bible Study classes began (It was a blessing)
Started on my blogging adventure
My SIC gave birth to a beautiful baby boy!

Sonogram confirmed sex of the baby....GIRL!!!

Little SIC turned 5
Participated in my first washing of the feet ceremony. What a privilege!

Little SIC turned 12
Performed jury duty for the first time. Spent time catching up on my crocheting :)
My daughter accompanied me on a sonogram and for the first time saw her baby sister

My daughter graduated the 6th grade and received honors :) Only you Lord!
My daughter participated in a wedding at our church...everyone in the bridal party looked beautiful

My tween turned 12
I was given a blessing shower by my FIC!!!
My niece turned 12
24th was my last day working
My SIC celebrated another earth day and so did her son
This was the last month my husband and I performed church cleaning duties. I thank the Lord for giving me the strength and grace to do it all while being pregnant. Thank you Jesus!

Turned 31...wowsa!
My beautiful baby was born
Prayerfully my husband and I decided we would homeschool our tween.

Homeschooling began
My niece celebrated her 4th earthday and so did her dad (He's not!
My sister preached at our church

My sister celebrated another earthday!
Lord allowed me to go visit my grandmother in Ecuador after 16 years. Saw many family members and even met some new ones. Thank you Lord!

Remembering how this time last year I was pregnant
Enjoyed a wonderful thanksgiving dinner with a new sister in Christ and her baby daughter! (She made a delicious cheesecake)
We are privileged to participate in a seed sowing project for our Church and for HIS glory!
Met some of my husbands family members
Met our goal to pack more boxes for Operation Christmas Child

My husband celebrated another earthday
My daughter accomplished her Bible reading goal! For YOUR glory Jesus!
FIC welcomed a new addition to the family. YOU are faithful LORD!
My husbands parents were approved for their travel visas

(Their were many more bountiful blessings that occurred this year...however I wanted to give you a sneak peek at what occurred in my life in 2009)

There are goals that my family and I are setting for ourselves for the upcoming year. With the help of the Lord we will accomplish them all for HIS glory!

My desire for you all is that the Lord may continue to bless and prosper you in HIM. That all that you have purposed to achieve this year for HIM and in HIM may come to pass for HIS glory. That every word that has been declared over your lives may come to fruition knowing that faithful is HE who has promised.

There is no one like you JESUS. I realize that your mercy and love is much more than I can ever sum up into words. Simple word are not enough to describe all that you are. Holy Spirit help my family and I draw nearer to YOU for this new year and always. In Jesus' name...Amen :)


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Turn.....Part II

I also tried making Karen's pizza and the results are in. Drum roll please! Just as good as store bought pizza...dare I say..even better!

I also have to mention that it is verrry easy to make. My daughter and I had fun making and rolling out the dough. My husband even chipped in dicing the garlic to spread over the crust. (He mixed the garlic with butter and spread it on the dough crust prior to baking). Just plan in advance due to having to let the dough rise for about 2 hours.

My Turn

Karen at Building Her House posted a yummy recipe for pumpkin bars.

I was able to try a piece of hers and immediately decided on trying out the recipe for myself especially since she said it was super easy to make.

Let me tell you it was super easy to make!
I forgot to include my almonds in the batter therefore I sprinkled some on top.

Next time I will be substituting bananas and maybe even try making it with carrots.

I would add raisins and nuts to make it even yummier!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Are You Preparing For Rain?

There were two farmers who desperately needed rain. But only one went out to prepare his fields for it? Who do you think trusted in God to send the rain?

I was reminded of this story a few nights ago while having a conversation with my husband.

Jesus said to His disciples, "Stay awake and pray so that you won't enter into temptation. The Spirit is willing but the flash is weak."
Matthew 26: 41-56

Jesus left and came back a second time and even a third time and still found the disciples sleeping while He was being strengthened in prayer for what was to come.

After this scene is when Judas betrays Jesus. Soon after one of those with Jesus reached out his hand and drew his sword and cut off the ear of a slave of the High Priest. Jesus immediately rebukes him and tells him who takes up a sword will perish by the sword. The disciple who when He saw Jesus being attacked immediately reacted in the flesh because he did not heed to what Jesus had told him to do.

What stood out to me is what Jesus said to his disciple, "Or do you think that I cannot call on my Father, and He will provide Me at once with more than 12 legions of angels? Wow!

Jesus said that if He called on His father that His Father AT ONCE will provide 12 legions of angels to come to His aid.

As children of God if we are praying and making the most of our time being strengthened in prayer and remaining in communion with the Lord that we also can have the same conviction that when we call upon the Lord, He will listen.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, "if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."

Are you preparing for rain?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Counting My Blessings!

Picture 19

1. Enjoyed a lovely Saturday morning with my tween. She accompanied me on some errands and always the lil helper,
2. The fam and I enjoyed time together as we did an arts and crafts project remembering the birth of our Savior Jesus,
3. My baby has been so talkative!
4. Instead of my mom cooking for us on Monday...I had the pleasure to cook for her.
5. My husband recived some unexpected blessings in his job this week. You are so good to us Jesus!
6. Was able to find a great deal on shoes for my girls,
7. My husband was able to leave early from work,
8. Enjoyed a lovely service on Thursday evening with my FIC,
9. It is better to give than to receive,
10. We celebrate the birth of our Savior not only this time of year but throughout the year. May our lives be a reflection of the joy of having your son Jesus in our lives.

But God proves His own love for us that while we were still sinners Christ died for us - Romans 5:8

Saturday, December 19, 2009

$yd's Weekly $avings

This week I caught a great deal at Old Navy.
I knew that the cozy socks and the sweaters were going to be on sale today. However, my sister and I headed out to the store yesterday and were able to purchase them while they still had them in stock. We purchased them at full price and went to back today and received a price adjustment off the socks and sweaters making the socks $1.00 each and the sweaters $3.00 each!

Walgreens: Total OOP $3.24

I especially like to get the deals where toothpaste and toothbrushes are concerned for when my family and I pack our shoe boxes to donate to Operation Christmas Child.

Rite Aid:

New Chapstic Fresh Effect was on sale for $2.99 and I will be getting $2.99 back in the form of a rebate check making this item free!

I was really excited about this deal. Prell Shampoo was on sale for 0.99 cents.
There was a rebate for $2.00 with a maximum of (5) rebates. I purchased 5 Prell's at $4.98 and will be getting back $10.00 in the form of a rebate check. CHA-CHING!

My sister was sharing a story of a woman who her husband worked out of the home while she is now a SAHM. This woman said that coupon clipping and shopping wisely is her way to contribute income to her household.

I am so grateful to the Lord that He has revealed this new way of shopping to me. With me being a SAHM now I am enjoying finding ways to cut our spending.

Were you able to save BIG this week?
Have you been able to find ways to help reduce the costs of spending in your home?

Please share.
God bless you!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Counting My Blessings

Picture 19

1. Went to a lil SIC b-day party..she just turned one. We had so much fun at the party,
2. My mom stayed with the girls so I can run some errands & she also made dinner for us,
3. Tuesday prayer was a blessing. My BIL lead us in prayer and our Pastor concluded his teaching on Matthew 7. Let the one who is righteous continue to live righteously, let the one who is holy continue to be holy.
4. Our SIC came back to church after having her baby. What a blessing to have the sister back and to meet the newest member of our FIC! He is soooo cute!
5. My daughter took her pacifier out of her mouth and put it back in all by herself...awww!
6. Got some good deals this week at Walgreens and CVS. Learned some valuable info on couponing from my sis,
7. My BIL picked up a cd for me, Louis Garcia "Fosforito" Quien te llamo fue Dios! Thanks R!
8. My sister gave me her homemade cheese sauce recipe and we tried it yesterday and it got rave reviews by the fam. It was verrry good!
9. My daughter has been excelling in English. Thank you Jesus!
10. My daughter and I had a math race and I won....lololol. Age over beauty prevailed!
11. Lil bic and sic celebrated earthday's this week. When I asked my lil bic how does it feel to be 5 he answered "old!".

Friday, December 11, 2009

$yd's Weekly $avings

I want to give you the breakdown so you see how the savings added up to very little oop (out of pocket) this week.

Walgreen's: Total oop $0.44

Kellogg's Frosted Flakes $1.99
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes $1.99
Kellogg's Raisin Bran $1.99
Kellogg's Fruit Loops $1.99
Dozen Eggs $0.99
Dozen Eggs $0.99

Total $9.94
-$5.00 Manufacturer cpn for buying 4 Kellogg's cereal
-$3.00 Register Rewards from last week's Walgreens run
-$1.50 Register coupon that printed during checkout

(My husband got to the other box of Frosted Flakes before I could take the pic and I gave the other dzn eggs to my mom :)

Rite Aid: Total oop $6.02 and will be receiving a check rebate of $5.29 leaving me with a total oop of $0.73 after coupons and rebate check

CVS: Total oop $1.07

Windex $3.00
Crest Toothpaste $2.25 (get back $2.50 in ecb's when you buy 2)
Crest Toothpaste $2.25
Essence of Beauty Splash $4.99 (get back $4.00 in ecb's)
Essence of Beauty Lotion $4.99 (get back $4.00 in ecb's)
Twix $0.50

Total: $17.98
-$1.00 Crest coupon
-$1.00 Windex coupon
-$4.99 buy one Essence product get one free
-$10.00 ecb
-$4.99 ecb
-$.99 ecb

Total $0.00 however I had to pay $1.07 in tax off the $17.98 total and received $10.50 in ecb's.Leaving me with a total of $14.50 in ecb's (had $4.00 ecb's from a previous purchase)

If you want to start collecting ecb's, 12/20 will be a good week in sales to start.

Let me know how it goes.

Freebie of the Week

I had 4 coupons for free Ronzoni Garden Delight Pasta and 2 coupons for free Marcal small steps tissue ($0.16 for tax on the tissue).

These items were absolutely free!!!

Total OOP this week after coupons, ecb's and rebate checks: $2.40

Thank you JESUS!

Counting My Blessings

Picture 19

1. Had some mommy and tween time this weekend and I am thankful to the Lord that me and my daughter share such a special bond - she is so funny!
2. Spent time with the fam doing an art project,
3. Baby Daniel is here!
4. Received a great deal on cereal and eggs,
5. Had dinner twice at my mom's house this week and it was delicious,
6. Tuesday night prayer was again a blessing to my soul...Are you ready?
7. A BIC preached at Thurs. service and my fam and I were edified..."Mi casa, mi familia, mis hijos, mi matrimonio, mi pastor, mi iglesia no se cae..por que esta sobre la roca!"
8. A lil sister in Christ celebrated her 1st earthday this week!! and my older sister celebrated her earthday this week 35!!!!
9. I really enjoy seeing my baby doing tummy time...she is holding her head up!Help me to enjoy every moment Lord!
10. Thank you Lord for allowing me to see the virtues as well as the faults. Thank you because it is an opportunity to get closer to you in prayer!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

$yd's Weekly $avings

This week I was able to catch some pretty good deals.
This week's savings includes:

Rite-Aid: $4.14 oop and will receive a rebate check of $4.00

CVS: Spent $3.27 oop and received $14.00 in ecb's

Walgreens: Spent $3.44 oop and recieved $3.00 back in register rewards

Target: Spent $0.00 for 16 packs of baby wipes & $0.67 for 8 packs of batteries

Total OOP this week after coupons, rebates, register rewards and ecb's: $4.52

Did you find any great deals this week? Groceries, diapers, wipes, clothing?
Feel free to share.

For additional information on couponing and money saving tips visit Karen at Building Her House.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Counting My Blessings

Picture 19

1. Participated in the Lord's supper and washing of the feet at church - John 13:1-17
2. My daughter participated in the children's service this week, all the children did an excellant job, for God's glory,
3. Received some great news: My in-laws petition for a travel visa was approved!
4. Got great deals: Sharpie markers (25) for $1.03, (16) packs of wipes at Target for $0.00,
5. My SIC's daughter lost her first tooth...awwwww!
6. Thank you Lord for this great weather! (61 degress when I woke up this AM, December in!)
7. My daughter learned a lesson on being a good steward of God's money,
8. Thursday's church service was a manifestation of God's glory and mercy. HE is in total control!
9. Made some time to tackle an organization project around the house,
10. Thank you Lord because you know what this family is in need of and I know YOU will provide :)

"Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again , in the same way God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus." - 1 Thess 4:14

You Will Have What You Say....

Yesterday evening, I made a comment to my husband about a personal situation and he lovingly looked at me and said.."como usted quiera" which translates "if that's what you want".

After He said that to me,the Holy Spirit reminded me of Prov 18:21 - "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof".

I don't want to be satisfied and complacent. Why should I be? I serve a mighty God. I don't have to accept what I see going on around me because I walk by faith and not by sight. I have to declare those things which are not as if they are knowing that my Father knows what I am in need of. If I seek His kingdom first and His righteousness first then all other things will be added unto me.

My husband had been declaring life over the same situation that I am now confronted with. He prayed for God to intervene and he would also declare life over it and I witnessed the fruits of him declaring the Word of God and His promises and not leaning on his own understanding.

I certainly do not want my own reasoning to serve as a blessing blocker.

Lord, I know it is not by strength but by your Holy Spirit. Help me to be still and know that you are GOD!