Saturday, February 21, 2009

My dad...

Glenn C. Phillips
Mar. 19, 1934 - Feb. 20, 2009
My dad went "home" yesterday. I am full of mixed emotions, but I know with all of my heart that he is with the Lord in Heaven and that he is in happy. It is so hard to lose someone that has been a rock in your life. A strong place to go and lean. I'll miss him everyday... until I see him again.

Choclate Cake in a Mug... for desperate times

OK... so if you need a quick (very un-clean) chocolate fix... this chocolate cake in a mug will do the trick. Here is what you'll need...

4 Tablespoons flour (cake flour is really the best, but use all purpose in a pinch)
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa
1 Egg
2.5 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons vanilla

Put all of the ingredients in a big mug and mix well with a fork. Microwave for 3 minutes and enjoy! Don't watch the microwave as it cooks, because you will want to STOP it if you see how the cake rises... but don't! Pour a little hershey's syrup over the top and enjoy... then go walk an hour on the treadmill! You can't have your cake and eat it too without a little exercise! =)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Love Deeply

Romans 12:9-21 (The Message)

9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

11-13 Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.

14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they're happy; share tears when they're down. Get along with each other; don't be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don't be the great somebody.

17-19 Don't hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you've got it in you, get along with everybody. Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God. "I'll take care of it."

20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he's thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don't let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

This is my Clean Eating menu for the week. I drink lots of water, black coffee, green tea, fat free milk and orange juice occasionally. I do a lot of my shopping at Trader Joes.

B - Whole Grain Toast
S - String cheese, wheat thins, lean turkey
L - turkey sandwich on whole grain bread
S - dark chocolate 100 calorie bar
D - Salmon, green beans
S - organic animal crackers
B - oatmeal w/organic brown sugar, whole grain toast
S - granny smith apple, string cheese
L - whole wheat pita pizza
S - almonds, dark chocolate bar
D - chicken breast w/whole wheat pasta
S - dried mango
B - Scrambled egg whites w/spinach, mushrooms, tomato, whole grain tortilla
S - Kashi granola bar
L - Carls Jr. BBQ Chicken Sandwich - dry
S - Orange
D - Spaghetti with whole what pasta/organic sauce
S - Organic dried fruit snack
B - Whole Grain cheerios w/skim milk
S - Banana
L - turkey sandwich on whole grain bread, string cheese
S - Kashi granola bar
D - Salmon, asparagus, brown rice
S - Dark chocolate w/raw almonds
B - Whole grain french toast, sliced banana, real maple syrup
S - string cheese, apple, wheat thins (whole grain crackers)
L - salad w/chicken (squeeze lemon on it for dressing)
S - Jamba Juice (regular, no sugar added)
D - Tilapia, brown rice, zuchini
S - hot tea, 10 organic animal crackers
B - Oatmeal
S - Activia Yogurt
L - Healthy Request tomato soup
S - Kashi Granola Bar
D - Whole Wheat veggie pizza
S - Banana
B - Egg with whole grain toast
S - Activia Yogurt
L - Soup & Salad
S - Almonds & fruit
D - Garlic lemon chicken with artichoke hearts on Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
S - Dark Chocolate bar

Motivate Me Monday...

I must admit that I am not feeling very motivated today. My house is turned upside down right now and with kids sleeping on the couch... there is no where to go for quiet time. My oldest son Ryan is in transition between rooms right now. I painted his room this past weekend, trying to get it ready for my dad and stepmom to move in. The paint looks really good. My friend Theresa came over and spent her Valentine's day painting with me. Today, my husband and his dad are turning half of our garage into a bedroom for Ryan. Once it is all done, things will be nice. I can't wait until things feel "normal" again. Right now, I am just going through the motions each day. I have a million emotions running through me. I feel peace... but also great sadness, and frustration. The peace comes from knowing God is in control of everything... no matter how I feel. I KNOW He loves me and cares about the things I care about. I don't know why things happen the way they do, but God knows. There is a purpose for everything.

Friday, February 13, 2009

My Husband Rocks Friday

My Husband Rocks because he sent me flowers for Valentines Day. They are beautiful!! He actually had them delivered to me at the office. It took time and thought...they are wildflowers, which are my favorite. I am so blessed with a husband that loves me. For Valentine's Day, our plans are to rent a movie and order pizza. I want to just hang out at home as a family this year. I am really looking forward to it... I am also picking the movie! I'm sure my boys will be thrilled with that news. =)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Random Thoughts...

Random thoughts for the day...
  • I am really enjoying my cup of coffee
  • Texting is great... instant communication
  • Kristi made popcorn
  • It smells really good
  • I love organization
  • Kinzie is so stinkin' cute!
  • Tomorrow is my brother's birthday
  • I need to buy a gift
  • Our new parking lot is going to be great
  • It is a complete mess right now
  • Tearing out concrete is LOUD
  • I need to go to the mall to buy make-up
  • I have a cazillion loads of laundry to do
  • I wish it wasn't a rainy day
  • I have tomorrow off!
  • I need to clean out my garage
  • Bobby sent me flowers yesterday... it was really sweet
  • I gotta go back to work... lots to do... Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My Family Rocks!

This is a picture of my cousin Dana and her mom, My Aunt Karleen. We all got to visit at my dad's house this past weekend. It was really nice getting to see my family.

This is my brother Greg and my cousin Sheryl. I was up until almost 2am one night talking with her and Roxxi!

This is my Aunt Joyce.

This is my cousin Roxxi and Greg.

This is my Aunt linda and me! Today is her birthday... Happy birthday Auntie!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Our family is on the go a lot (I have three teen boys), so we don't always get to eat every meal planned... but the food is in the house and no one can complain about being hungry. =) I eat totally different than my family. Eventually, we'll all eat better... but until then... this is it.

B - PB & J Eggo Waffles
L - Quesadillas
D - Spaghetti
B - Breakfast burritos
L - Chicken Noodle Soup
D - Potato Soup
B - Oatmeal
L - Macaroni & Cheese
D - Chili Dogs, chips
B - Cereal
L - Hot wings
D - Grilled Cheese & Tomato soup
B - Poptarts
L - Sandwiches, chips
D - Pizza night!
B - Yogurt & fruit
L - chicken nuggets, fries
D - Chili beans, corn bread
B - Scrambled eggs, toast
L - Eat Out
D - Turkey Burgers, tater tots
(Authors Note)... next week I will start planning Clean Eating menus for MY week instead.

Motivate Me Monday!

This past weekend I got a chance to spend a lot of time with family... Aunts, cousins, my brother and nephew. I really enjoyed the mini family reunion. It is sad that it has been 3 1/2 years since we've been together. Time has a way of flying by so fast... and we don't even realize it. We all love one another so much. It shows in the way we talk and laugh and hug. Our memories are sweet and fun to share. Something I learned from my cousins this week was "taco night". They all get together once a month on the third Thursday for a night of dinner, games, chatting and time spent together. Not everyone makes it every time... but it is a tradition they've started that keeps their families close. Unfortunately for me it is a 4 hour drive to their house... but I have been thinking it would be fun to start my own version of taco night here in Bakersfield. I have LOTS of cousins and family close by that I never see. My motivation for you today is to make it a priority to spend time with family. When we were saying good bye on Saturday, we all stood around my dad (sick in bed) and prayed together. It was so special. It is something I will remember forever.

Sarah Mae over at A Warm Cup of Coffee ( gave us a prompt to use today if we wanted to... here it is:

When has there been a time where you felt weak (and maybe your prayers weren't being answered) but where you saw God ultimately use His strength through your weakness (or maybe you didn't see it, but you trusted)?

I would say right now is that time in my life. There is a lot going on and without God's strength to see me through it, I think I would fall apart. I feel like I am on auto pilot and taking things one day at a time. There are things happening with my kids, my dad (cancer), my job (crazy busy!) and more. I feel pulled in so many different directions right now, I don't know which way to go. God is my strength through it all. Pastor mark said something in service yesterday that really made sense. He talked about test taking and how when God tests us, it isn't to teach us but to see what we already know. I've shared that before... but then he said that during a test... the teacher is quiet. Once the test is over, you move on to the next level and the teacher begins to teach again. I know that God is always there... even when He is quiet. He will never leave me.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

25 Things about me...

This is a list of 25 things about me that you may or may not want to know. =)
  1. I love to read... the Bible & Christian Fiction, Historical are my favorites
  2. I spend more time on the computer than I do cleaning house (sad, I know)
  3. My favorite colors are pink, purple & red
  4. I used to be a step aerobic instructor
  5. I have never been stung by a bee
  6. My middle name is Celeste (I can't believe I told you that!)
  7. I love to travel, but I hate long drives
  8. I will celebrate my 20 year anniversary this August
  9. Shopping is like therapy to me... seriously
  10. My foot grew a 1/2 size with every pregnancy
  11. I am scared of heights
  12. I'm going on a cruise in October... can't wait!
  13. I want a purple Ipod
  14. I love playing softball ... Go Celebration!
  15. I have very wavy hair... but wear it straight (Thanks to Paul Mitchell!)
  16. Scrabble is my favorite game (I love word games)
  17. I hate crowds
  18. I love cookies... almost any kind
  19. I've been to Mt. Rushmore
  20. I've never been to Washington D.C, New York or Paris (someday!)
  21. I played the clarinet in school
  22. I started teaching Sunday School when I was 12 (My dad was CE DIrector)
  23. I have my real estate liscense
  24. I want to see the musical Grease
  25. I recently lost 35 pounds (Clean Eating Works!)

Well, that's it. It is harder than you think to come up with 25 things.

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for...

  • A day off!
  • Carls Jr chicken sandwich on wheat bun
  • family & friends that love me
  • organic animal crackers
  • Goodwill... I just took a load of stuff and got it out of my house!
  • a husband that is sensitive to my emotions (most of the time) =)
  • Kevin Lee emptying the dishwasher for me
  • Candles that smell good
  • My dad... I love him so much
  • my church
  • Clinique make up that hides my flaws
  • sweatpants... so comfy!
  • A sound mind
  • My quiet time... can't live without it!
  • Texting... helps me keep in touch with people... instantly

There is always something to be thankful for even when you feel like your world is crashing in all around you. Never give up... take things one day at a time. Just take a deep breath and know that things never stay the same. Change is inevitable... so don't fight it, just go with it and see what God has planned for you. Because he does have a plan. Read Jeremiah 29:11.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Lord is MY Shepherd

God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing.

You have bedded me down in lush meadows,

you find me quiet pools to drink from.

True to your word, you let me catch my breath

and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through Death Valley,
I'm not afraid when you walk at my side.

Your trusty shepherd's crook

makes me feel secure.

You serve me a six-course dinner

right in front of my enemies.

You revive my drooping head;

my cup brims with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me

every day of my life.

I'm back home in the house of God

for the rest of my life.

Psalm 23 (Message)
Later...same day: God is SO good. The service at church today was awesome and God showed up! His timing is perfect! I am so thankful that His hand is on my family. Miracles are happening and I am here to say that Giants will die! The bigger they are, the harder they fall! =)