Puddle Jumpers

Does it ever seem that morning comes too early?? I did myself a favor last night (at my husband’s request) and unplugged the alarm clock I had mentioned a couple of posts back. We are finding it easier to set the alarm on our cell phones until we can make the trip to Walmart and purchase a plain alarm clock. At least I was able to get a full night’s sleep without the interruption of that alarm!

I have two main missions today.

The first is to finish the cloth napkins that I’ve been working on. As I mentioned a few days back, I purchased several really nice table cloths on clearance for $1.00. We’ve already cut them into squares, now we just have to hem the edges so they can be used. Jessica loves setting the table and folding napkins in all sorts of ways for dinner so she’s really excited to have the new napkins as am I, hopefully, saving us a few more dollars from our grocery bill each week.

The second mission is in response to another online group that I belong to. Our moderator gave us the challenge to lay down the sugary soft drinks (of which I do occasionally indulge!), and take time to do something for ourselves.

This has actually been something that I’ve been working on. It is hard when are you involved in so much that life throws at you to remember to take care of yourself. Specifically today, I’m going to drink water and remember to suck my tummy in and sit up straight. I do remember a time in my life when I did this automatically…ahhh the many years that have past since then.

Prayer Requests:

Kimberly Greenlaw called yesterday with two requests. One was for a little girl (I do not know her name, who although alive, is unresponsive following an accident around water which left her underwater for several minutes and the second for a little boy involved in a car accident (he was playing outside in his neighborhood and a teenager ran into him). He seems to be O.K. but has several injuries. Please pray for these two families.

That my sweet hubby can wrap up some loose ends we have today!….and that he’ll finish an upgrade project that he’s been spending quite a bit of time on.

My Grandmother. It seems that she took another little fall in the restroom while she was at the Dr.’s office. I had mentioned that she fell and broke her foot on Sunday. This time they think she may have a bone that has shifted due to the fall yesterday. They want to see her in two weeks and if this is indeed the case, she may be looking at surgery to put it back in place. Please pray that all will be well with her when she returns to her ortho in two weeks.

Today, I’m Thankful For:

Is it possible that I have actually successfully potty trained 7 children? OOOOHHHHH! I think that we may be turning a corner. Benjamin loves stickers and he’s been going over and over and over again just to get a new sticker. Jacob says that he reminds him of a water hose because he’s staying in the bathroom so much. (I know, I know, this is too much information but you would just have to know Jacob!)

I made a little more progress on my basket last night. This project takes many more vines than I had originally thought it would.

It seems that we may be becoming very good at getting up early ….something that we have struggled with for quite some time. It REALLY does make a huge difference in your day to get an early start.

My children, who are a never ending source of joy, love and encouragement.

The sweet letters that I receive from many of you in my email box during the day. Thank you for praying for me and for being such an encouragement to me.

Tracy’s Task:

We’re going to continue working on our holiday planners. Today, using one sheet of paper each for major holidays, begin to work on your menu. In most homes, there are items that you serve every year, list those first. List any recipes or ideas that you would like to try on the bottom of the page. Use the back to make a list of needed ingredients for each dish so that you can start to shop for sales.

I’m always excited to see this time of the year approaching because barbecue sauce and baked beans are on sale for very little. Because many grocery stores make these items “loss leaders” for their 4th of July sales, we go ahead and stock up for the year.

What I’m Learning:

Fun does not have to come with a big expense! Today’s picture is of my son, Timothy, playing with our “puddle jumpers”. This particular set was made by my oldest son Joshua when he was in his second year of cub scouting. It’s hard to believe that they have held up this long.

Timothy was so funny trying to walk with them. He would not be discouraged from learning to use them. He fell a couple of times but I was so proud to see him just climb back up and try again. It didn’t take him long to be taking steps across the yard!

Today’s Scripture Meditation:

1 Cor 3:8-11
“The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

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