Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Goals... 2009

I have made a list of goals I would like to accomplish in the next year. Here they are...

  • Read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation
    Continue “Eating Clean”
    Make a Budget & stick to it
    Pay off bills
    Save Money
    Clean garage/down size clutter
    Give to Missions once a month
    Walk on treadmill at least 3 times a week (once foot heals)
    Spend more time with my mom
    Make sure my dad knows how much I love him
  • Have my brother over for dinner at least twice (and not on a holiday)
  • Write more "snail mail" letters
  • Read The Purpose Driven Life
  • Bless someone in Word or deed daily
  • wake up at 5:16am (6am at the latest!) to "redeem the time"

OK... so that is my list of goals for the upcoming year. Starting tomorrow, I will read in Genesis. I am going to use my Message Bible this year. I can't wait to see what God has in store for me. I am encouraging my boys to read through the Bible with me. LOL... I am even going to encourage ALL of the ladies at church to read with me! Accountability is great.

Have a Happy New Year everyone!!

New Years Eve - 2008

Glenna Renee' Pensinger
12/31/59 - 8/10/2005

Today has been a day full of emotion for me. I can't really get in to all of the details, but just let me tell ya, I was not expecting my year to end the way it is/has. I know that God is in control and that no matter how things look to me... they look totally different to Him. He has a plan.

Today would have been my sister's 49th birthday. Instead of celebrating here on earth, she is in Heaven dancing with the angels. I miss her so much. It has been three years since I lost her and life has not been the same since. God has definitely used something bad and turned it into something good. My sister taught me a lot of things... one of them was how to be a property manager. She had faith in me when I didn't have faith in myself. Now I am working in a career & position that never would have happened, had I not lost her. She would be SO proud of me! One of the owners of a unit I manage called today and he knew her. In fact, he was a fire fighter in the Santa Maria area when she was in her accident. He told me he was the first to respond and told me that she didn not suffer. I can't tell you how comforting those words were to me. They also made me cry. Good thing I was alone in the office when that happened. What a small world, huh?

I have no big plans for tonight. We are going to church for a service and then my 2 youngest boys are going to a youth party. I will probably just watch tv and enjoy being home. I was up til 2am this morning... so I may not make it til midnight. (Yawwwwwwwn)

I will post my New Year's Goals in another post... until then... Be Blessed.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Trip to Tempe, AZ

Motivate Me Monday will be back next week...

This past weekend, Bobby, Kevin Lee and I drove (8 hours!) to Tempe, AZ to visit our friends. It was a great trip! I enjoyed shopping, eating, visiting, and playing cards with them! =) Below are some pics...

The first one is me and Rachael at church. I am so short next to her. She had on high heels... so that made a little bit of a difference. =)

This is Rachael and Kevin Lee.

This is Kev on the drive there. He is so funny... this is his "famous" smile.

This is Keith and Robin. They are Captains in The Salavation Army. We went to church with them on Sunday. It was nice... they are in a new Corp.

And this is me and Robin... I wish we lived closer to each other. I am praying that they get moved to the Bakersfield Corp! That would be awesome!

We drove all night and arrived home around 2:30am this morning. I got in bed at 3am and got up at 7am to have my quiet time and then get ready for work. I am sooooo tired! I can't wait to go home and change into my sweats! (After I go and un-decorate the church... no more Christmas stuff). My sweet friend Lori is going to meet me there to help tear down all of the decorations. It shouldn't take too long. The tree will be the hardest part... it has a lot of stuff on it.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

Merry, Merry Christmas to you all!! Enjoy your friends and Family!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas "Open House"... Welcome to my home!

I've been looking at a lot of other blogs and all of the beautiful Christmas decorations that are in your homes. Soooo, I decided to share a few of my home. My sweet son Kevin Lee decorated a lot of the house and took these pics for me. Enjoy!

This is one of the wreaths that hang outside. There is one on each side of the garage.

Here is our tree with its angel bear topper. The lights are on but you can't see them in this picture.

This is Santa and his reindeer. Bobby had these made for me when Kev was a baby... in fact they were there for his first Christmas. He is 16 now.

This is my fireplace mantle. I love the little pine trees and pine cones.

Kevin Lee made this centerpiece... cute! He used things he found around the house (or in the garage).

The table looks so pretty! My Christmas dishes are out and ready for a meal.

This is my living room... ignore the game system and the kid (Matthew) laying on the couch. =)
My Christmas Carolers! They are on the table in the entryway.

I love Snowmen! I found these at a yard sale a few months ago for $1!! They are soooo cute! They are sitting outside on my front porch.
Well, this is it... Hope you enjoyed taking a stroll through my home. Have a Very Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Cookie Exchange!

Today I am doing a cookie exchange! Go to the Mommy Madness Blog to see other recipes and to add your own! ...

I got this recipe from my Sister in Law ... it is in an old cook book that she got from my mom or grandma... not sure which one. The cookies are simple, but very good. My brother says they're the best! =)

Peanut Butter Criss Cross Cookies:
1 c sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 cup chunk style peanut butter
1 t. vanilla
3 cups sifted flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t baking soda

Cream sugars and shortening, beat in eggs, add peanut butter and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Drop dough from teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet. Flatten each onewith a wet fork, making criss-cross on top. Bake at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Motivate Me Monday!

Good Morning!! It is 6:30am... Yes, I did it... I got up with the chickens. I've enjoyed my time with the Lord this morning. It was quiet and peaceful and perfect! I read Proverbs 22 and Colossians 1, 2, and 3 today. I absolutely love clothes, so verses 12-14 in chapter 3 caught my eye...
"So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it."
My clothing is the first thing people see when they look at me. Am I dressed nice or am I dressed in grubby, ugly clothes that stink? Hmmmmm... I hope I am an "outfit" that people will want to come back to over and over again. Someone who exudes (LOL... I had to look that word up to make sure it meant what I thought it meant!) the love of Christ. I want the peace and love of Christ to be my best accessories.
Have a blessed Christmas week! Look for ways to bless others in word or deed today! Love you all!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Clean Eating Works!

I haven't put a before and after picture up yet... so I thought I would today. This 1st picture of me is in Las Vegas on my BFF's 40th birhtday. When I got home and saw my pictures, I wanted to cry... I had really let myself go and was miserable! I decided then and there that it was time to make a change in my lifestyle and so... Clean Eating. It has made such a huge difference in my life. Besides the weight loss, I feel better physically and mentally. It isn't always easy, but well worth it! I've lost 30 pounds! (Give or take a pound everyday!)

This picture (below) was taken today, before I went to church. I am in a dress I bought 13 years ago! I refused to get rid of it because I loved it. I only wear it at Christmas, so it has only been on me a few times! I tried it on the other day and did a little dance... I was so happy I could fit in to it again! Feeling thin is so much better than food tastes... even chocolate! Giving up sugary, fatty foods is not that hard once you set your mind to it. Well, that's my success story. I don't think I am done losing... I hope not anyway. =) I can definitely tell you that a little exercise makes you feel SO much better. I haven't been walking or playing softball because of the weather and I can really tell the difference in my moods and how my body feels. The treadmill IS my friend! =)

Merry Christmas Everyone!! Have a fabulous day! Remember Jesus is the reason for this season and give Him your best! Love ya!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Peanut Butter Cookies - Surprise!

I saw this recipe on one of my favorite blogs . They have fantastic recipes with pictures! I am planning to make these cookies today. I'll let you know how they turn out.

Peanut Butter Cookies with a surprise!

1 3/4 C all-purpose flour
1/2 C sugar
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1/2 C butter (1 stick)
1/2 C creamy peanut butter (Jiff is best!)
1/4 C honey
1 T milk
24 mini chocolate-covered-caramel-topped nougat bars with peanuts (AKA Snickers)
Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add butter and peanut butter and mix until it resembles "coarse crumbs." We all have our favorite peanut butters (er, that's not just me, right?) Once your mixture is coarse, beat in the honey and milk until the it's well combined. I've never made a peanut butter cookie with honey involved, so I'm fairly certain this had something to do with its awesomeness.

Make a little circle with about 1 T of the dough. Put the Snickers in the center and shape the dough around the candy to make a ball.

Put the cookies on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Survey...

Christmas Survey!
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both
2. Real tree or Artificial? I love the smell of real but I have a fake.
3. When do you put up the tree? Day after Thanksgiving

4. When do you take the tree down? Usually a couple days after Christmas.
5. Do you like eggnog? Yes!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Baby Alive (that was in 1975 or so)
8. Easiest person to buy for? Robin
9. Do You have a nativity scene? Yes.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Snail Mail... I love Christmas cuz I get real mail... not just bills!
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I can't think of one
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? The Grinch with Jim Carey
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually August/September
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes (Birthday gifts too!)
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Cookies!! Especially frosted sugar cookies... yumm
16. Lights on the tree? Yes... lots of them

17. Favorite Christmas song? This year...Jesus, What a Beautiful Name (I think thats the name)
18. Travel for Christmas or stay home? Staying home
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers? Yes.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? One on Christmas Eve... the rest on Christmas morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Traffic, lines and mean people.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Snowmen!
24. Favorite Christmas dinner? Turkey, ham, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pie!
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Amazing Grace Perfume, Scarf/Gloves, Digital Camera, Books, Uggs (not gonna happen) and a pool table.

My thoughts...

Today I read this verse and I really liked it, so I want to share it with you.

Psalm 5:3 says, "In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; In the morning I prepare a prayer, a sacrifice, for you, and wait for you to speak to my heart."

Today I was a total crab... I know, you're shaking your head... unable to believe that about ME!... but it is true. =) I am having such a hard time with my quiet times because of distractions! I get up at 6am... grab my coffee... sit in my comfy chair with my favorite blanket and then... NOISE, husband, kid (Matt is the only one up) and dog. I am constantly apologizing to God for not being able to focus. I have decided I need a plan to make this quiet time/first fruits truly work around my house. I am going to set my alarm for 5:16am (ugh) and see if that helps. I am also going to move my alarm closer to my bed, so that I can turn it off quickly... before it wakes my husband and dog up (yes, the dog sleeps with me... I know). I was so frustrated today, that I actually said I was going to quit trying... quit having quiet time. OK, so I am not really going to quit... but at the moment, I really felt like quitting. I know it isn't about ME, it's about God and giving HIM what is His already. I need to prepare myself for my meeting with him and sacrifice myself for Him. Getting up at that hour, before it is even light outside is HARD... but I will not let my attitude (hmmmm, bad attitude) get the best of me and take away the blessings that I get from my early morning times with the Lord. You know, just confessing this all to you makes me feel better. =)

Have a blessed day!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Just because...

Today I read Proverbs 17 and one verse stood out to me... v. 18 - "It's stupid to try to get something for nothing, or run up huge bills you can never pay." (Message Bible) With the Christmas season upon us, this made me sit back and think about what I am spending. I usually go way overboard with this holiday... because I want to give to everyone! I am cutting way back this year and actually, I am ok with it. I have decided that I can give all year. My friends know I love them, with or without a Christmas gift. My plans are to do little things throughout 2009 to show love and appreciation for my friends and family... just because.

I am also going to try to make a budget. I have no idea how it will look yet... but my goal is to pay off some bills, give more to missions and to start saving. This is all doable, if I just make a plan and stick to it. I make New Year's resolutions every year and rarely stick to any of them. I want to make a list of resolutions that are achievable this coming year. My number one resolution is to read through the Bible. I am challenging my boys to do the same. I am looking forward to it!

Country Christmas Pictures

Here are a few pictures from the night of the Christmas Program. Everyone did such a good job. We laughed a lot and just enjoyed being together. The dinner afterwards was fabulous! It is great being a part of such a "community" of people. This first pic is of Matt (Billy Bob), Kevin Lee (Grandpa Jones), Lori & Amy (The Hee Haw girls) and Sheila (Minnie Pearl)... oh! and Tyler... he's with the band. =)

This is one of Kim and me in our matching shirts.

The best Minnie Pearl impersonator ever!! Miss Sheila!

Ant this is me and my dad. I LOVE him sooooooo much. I am very blessed to have a man like him as my earthy father. I think I'll frame this picture. =)

Amy and Lori were HILARIOUS. They had us all laughing out loud.

Well, that's it for the pictures. I am going to post twice today... just because. =) Hugs to you all!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Motivate Me Monday!

Good Monday Morning to you! The sun is out! I am so happy! It's cold and rainy... but beautiful. I saw a rainbow on my way in to the office this morning too. Today I read Proverbs 15, 1 Peter 2 & 3. Wouldn't you know that the 1st verse of the day I read would be something about our words... "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Boy is that true! The past few days have been a struggle for me. My quiet times have not been so quiet... there are distractions and things happening that take my focus off of where it should be. I get crabby when that happens and then my mouth starts saying things it regrets later. I KNOW this, yet I still respond wrong at times. Here is what 1 Peters 3:8-9 says...
"Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 9Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing."
My goal for this week is to really pay attention to the words that come out of my mouth. To react in a way that will calm and not anger. I am a work in progress. =) My 5:16am gals are great! They've already been up today, encouraging one another through emails. One of them told me to put ice in my mouth when I want to say something I shouldn't... LOL... that would cool me off!
On another note... our Country Christmas Program was fabulous! I will post pics later. Have a blessed day!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Country Christmas

Tonight was dress rehearsal for our Church Christmas Program. It was a lot of fun. I get to help with the Old MacDonald sing a long. Here are a few pics of my friends... Love em! The first pic is Lori, Tyler and Amy. (Lori and Amy are the Hee haw girls)

This is my sweet friend, Sheila aka Minnie Pearl (and Tylers mom)

This is a picture of the barn Luke and Kevin Lee built inside the church.

And this is Matt (Billy Bob), Kevin Lee (Grandpa Jones), Lori and Amy (The Hee Haw girls).

I love my church family. We have so much fun together. After practice, we had grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade chicken noodle soup and lots of goodies. Tomorrow night we'll have a country dinner. I am really looking forward to seeing the whole program come together. I'll post more later... good night.

Friday, December 12, 2008


OK... so if you read this blog, then you know I made a cleaning schedule a while back. It isn't as easy to stick to as I thought. Sheesh... 15 minutes a day on one room should be doable. Well, I am determined to try again. (Especially after I did a walk through on a house and it was really gross... I don't want my house to be like that... yuck!) LOL... yesterday I cleaned my oven (self cleaning Lori!) and I scrubbed the fronts of my cabinets. I also used a magic eraser sponge and cleaned the front of my oven and refrigerator. I guess doing walk throughs is a good way to remind me that I need to clean better too!

It is sunny today! Yea! It has been soooooo foggy the past few days. The boys have been loving the school fog delays, but I do not like driving in it. I am not a gloomy day girl... I need the sun! I tried to get on my treadmill last night and I lasted a whole 10 minutes. (sigh) I will try again tonight.

This weekend is our church play. I can't wait to see how it turns out! A Country Christmas is the theme... with lots of Hee Haw humor. I'll post pics next week.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Things I am thankful for today...
  • Quiet time

  • a warm cup of coffee

  • good friends

  • Sweet potatoes

  • my Itunes song list

  • clean sheets

  • My husband

  • A day off

  • Nap time

  • My seats that heat up in my SUV

  • Cozy PJ's

  • YOU!!

Have a blessed day!! Be a blessing to someone today in word or deed... Love ya!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


1 Peter 4:8-11 (The Message)

Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God's words; if help, let it be God's hearty help. That way, God's bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he'll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Opportunities Pass...

This morning during my quiet time, the phrase "Opportunities Pass" kept coming to me. Years ago, I had a favorite T-Shirt that had that saying on it. It was a reminder to me that things happen every day - opportunities - that I can take to make a difference in some one elses life. It could be something small, like giving a bag of cans to a man in the alley or to telling someone about Christ and helping them find Him as their personal friend and saviour. Small acts of kindness take very little out of us, but give so much in return. That is what I am focusing on today. Be blessed... and be a blessing!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Motivate Me Monday!

Good Morning Everyone!! It's Motivate Me Monday! I woke up at 6am, peeked one eye open enough to make it to the coffee pot and began my day with the Lord. It was all going really well for about 5 minutes... and then who comes walking though the living room... my husband. What on earth is he doing up!!? I want to say that I reacted to his appearance with a good attitude and words of love... but I didn't. He knew I was irritated that he was in the room during MY quiet time. So... back to reading the Word and journaling I go... and wouldn't you know it, I'm on chapter 19 of Matthew... it's talking about marriage and divorce. I also just started reading a book by Elizabeth George called A Wife after God's own Heart. (Love this author!) It is eye opening and really makes me think about my attitude towards my husband and WHY I am a wife. I took on the role of "wife" without really knowing what I was doing. I will be married 20 years in August, and I am still trying to figure it all out. I do know one thing though... I need to make some changes. God is softening my heart in areas that I've let grow hard as a rock. The other night, I was watching a movie on T.V. with Bobby and he reminded me that I was his answer to prayer. When he was a teenager, he prayed that some day he would marry me... this is before we were even dating! We met when we were 12 & 13 at youth camp. It was love at first sight for him. It took me a little longer. =) It made me feel very special and reminded me of how much he loves me... even when I am unlovable. I want to grow in knowledge daily and become a better person; a better wife. Here is what I am going to start with:

W-arm up his life with my love
I-mprove his life as a helper
F-ollow his leadership with a willing heart
E-steem him highly with utmost respect

I will also pray for him three times a day (morning, noon an night). I am so thankful that God has given me a good husband.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Never a dull moment...

Today has been a day with a whirlwind of emotions for me. I got up this morning (late!) and had a short quiet time. I couldn't stay focused. During my quiet time, my step mom called and said that my dad couldn't make it to Sunday School to teach today because he was sick. He is on stronger meds and they are upsetting his stomach. Then in comes my oldest son... Grrrrrr... from a night out. I hate it when he doesn't come home. Anyway... made it to church. We had a good service. While I was talking with friends afterwards, I got a call from my middle son saying that he and his dad had been in an accident. They were fine... everyone was. Poor Bobby just got his car back the other day after having it in the transmission shop for days! Here are a couple of pics.

Traffic came to a stop, but the truck behind Bobby didn't. He rear ended them, which then sent Bobby's car into the girls in front of him. I am so glad that Kevin Lee wasn't driving. (He has his permit) We all ended up at Chili's having lunch. I am so thankful that my family is all alive and well. God is good. =)
Our last softball game didn't happen... the other team was a no show. That gave us a win! We ended up hanging out and just hitting the ball and fielding for about an hour. It was SO cold. Every time I hit the ball I wanted to cry because it hurt my hands so bad. I watched The Christmas Choir on Hallmark Channel last night. I enjoyed it very much!
I won!! I won my first Give-a-way! On she asked for our favorite Christmas songs. I won a $15 Itunes gift card. How cool is that. Yet, another emotion. (sigh) I am gonna make a cup of tea.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Softball tonight!! Woo Hoo!!

Our Celebration Co-Ed team has its last game tonight.  I am sad to see it end.  It has been a fun season.  We play at 5:30 tonight.  It is COLD!!  I made a thermos of coffee to help keep me warm.  =)  I do believe we have finished our season in 1st place.

We decorated at the church today.  It is starting to look nice.  The tree is beautiful... the best we've had since I've attended the church.  It is just so rustic and simple... it looks real!  

Sheila... I see the girl in the chair you mentioned.  If you click on that, it will take you to a page with hundreds of other christian blogs.  =)  I LOVE that you read my blog.  ((hugs))

I went shopping this afternoon... guess where... yep, Target!  I got a few Christmas gifts and some great deals on clothes for me!!  The clearance rack was 30% additional off of the already marked down price.  I got a black skirt for $4 and the matching jacket for $15... under $20 for a super cute suit.  Score!! 

Well, I am off to the ball park.  Have a blessed Saturday!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

I did it!

I love coffee :)

I made my goal weight this week! I am so happy! I went to Mervyns today and got a couple new pairs of pants... 50% off! I also got a couple of Christmas gifts. I can't believe how fast this month is going by... only 20 days til Christmas!

My dad is not feeling well. His cancer is finally a reality to me. It's easy to live in denial when you don't see the effects of the disease. Please keep him in your prayers. Thanks.

Bobby and I went to a new grocery store tonight called Fresh & Easy. It was nice... lots of organic foods. They even had refrigerated whole wheat pizza dough! I was so happy... LOL... I have been wanting to make a pizza that I can eat for a long time. (besides the ones I make on pita bread) I got organic holiday blend coffee too. Yumm.

Well, I'm off to read a good book and to watch the Hallmark channel. I love the Christmas movies they play.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thursday already!

Wow... I can't believe I haven't blogged since Monday. This week has gone by fast. It is rent week... so that keeps me extra busy at work. I am blessed with a great boss and a day off during the week. It is a day that I can catch up on things, go to lunch with friends or like today... go to the dr. (Blah!)

I have my morning quiet times every day and I must say that even though I get distracted some days, I still feel Gods presence with me. I am giving Him the first part of my day... not always the best of me, since I am half asleep and blurry eyed... but it is His part of the day. He uses that time to show me His ways, to encourage me, to teach me... I am so glad that I have committed to this time with Him.

Christmas is just around the corner. I have been working on decorating wreaths for the church. I have six of them to finish this week. Our theme this year is A Country Christmas, so I am using rustic looking decor and gingham ribbon. The tree in the foyer looks so pretty. I will take a picture tonight. It is decorated with rafia, white lights, red birds, rustic bells and berries. I enjoy seeing the faces of the people when they enter the church ans see the tree. We are having a "drive" for the Pregnancy Center this year. We're collecting new hooded baby towels and wash cloths. We'll put them under the tree for the next couple of weeks and then take them to the center for the new babies.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Motivate Me Monday...

Hmmmmm, attitude seems to be the key word this week.  I have been getting up everyday this past week and having my quiet time.  It has been the best part of my day.  God has poured in to me so many amazing things.  He has spoken to my heart about things that really made me think and areas of my life that I need A LOT of work in.  I have been reading in Proverbs, Revelation and Matthew.  I am seeing that everyday is a gift and that I need to look at it like that more often.  I can set the tone in my home with my reactions to others and with my tone of voice.  It's pretty sad when you have a sweet time with the Lord and then turn around and snap at your husband or child... but it does happen.  (I'm embarrassed to admit it) My goal for the week is to intentionally have a better attitude.  I can do it... I know I can!  =)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday is my favorite day of the week...

Today has been a nice day so far. It is FREEZING outside... so driving through Starbucks on my way to church tonight is a must. Yesterday I went to Pier 1 Imports and bought the cutest apron! I can't wait to wear it. I am hoping to learn to make these someday. I have the sewing machine and the pattern... I even have the fabric... just not the know-how. That is something that I'll have to learn. I can sew a pretty decent straight line, so I am on the right track. =)

I did some more decorating last night too. The tree is up!! Yippee! It even has lights. By tomorrow, it may even have ornaments. (If I can find them... they are in the garage... somewhere.) Here is our Santa Advent. I have been hanging this up every year since my boys were tiny. They used to get so excited about going to Santa every morning and getting a goodie. They are 18, 16 and 14 now... not so much excitement... but it's tradition, so Santa is staying.

I feel soooooo much better now that I am eating clean again. Here is what I made for dinner last night. Not so pretty in the picture, but very tasty! It was a chicken breast sliced up and sauteed with fresh garlic, portabello mushrooms, artichoke hearts and sea salt. I squeezed a fresh lemon over the top. Yumm!!

Then tonight, I made this fabulous looking & tasting pizza! I used a whole wheat pita, a little bit of parmesan cheese, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, shredded spinach and fresh tomatoes. Yum-O as Rachel Ray would say. I baked it for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees. If I can eat like this and lose weight... then why not? I have lost 30 pounds in 5 months. I have a goal weight ad I am only a couple of pounds from that goal... but now I am thinking I am about 10-12 pounds from where I really want to be.

I have enjoyed my daily quiet times a lot. I am so thankful for the 5:16am group that inspired me to get back on track. Sometimes that is all it takes... a little encouragement and a reminder of what you SHOULD be doing. This morning I read Revelation 14, Proverbs 30 and Matthew 5. The Proverbs give me something to "chew" on every day! Revelation is very interesting... believe it or not, I have never read through the whole book in all of my 40 years! But today... Matthew 5 really got me. I have been reading my Message Bible. The Beeattitudes are amazing in this version. Verses 43-48 made me think about my attitude (again). I am always battling that! It basically said, Grow Up! Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. If you're reading this blog... I encourage you to get in to the Word daily! It is life changing and you will not regret it! Love ya!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

I Love Christmas!!

Back to Clean Eating! I have splurged this past weekend and my body is really rebelling... telling me to eat better! NO SUGAR! I made a yummy breakfast. A whole grain tortilla with egg whites, spianch, green onions and fresh tomatoes. Yumm.

I got a copy of the newest Clean Eating Magazine... love it! It has a lot of great recipes I am ready to try. For dinner tonight, I am going to make Artichoke Lemon Chicken with fresh garlic. I was going to go to Trader Joes today, but after shopping at Michaels and Target... I pooped out. I went to Starbucks for an unsweetened green tea and a protein lunch (a boiled egg, 2 apple slices, 2 swiss cheese slices, grapes and a whole wheat bagel)

I have been decorating today!! I absolutely love this time of year. Here is my mantle. I bought these cute little pine trees at Target yesterday. I got the pinecones at Michales today. I love the way it turned out.

Here is a closer shot of it... too cute!

This is what my Christmas Tree looks like right now. It is a work in process. I will post a picture once it is up and decorated.

This is a cute set of Christmas Carolers that my friend Robin gave me last year. I think they are so cute! I have Christmas music playing... so back to work I go. I want to get that tree up tonight! Have a blessed day!