Friday, August 28, 2009

Encouragement Cafe'

Just another reminder to listen to the show. Tomorrows show is about "Business vs. Busyness". I'm sure we all can relate to being busy. Right? You can listen live online at the website listed on the poster above. Don't forget to check back on the website throughout the week for a daily devotion on the same topic as the show. It would also be really cool if some of you guys would call into the show and ask a question or say some encouraging words to help support the show. You may never know just how much your words of encouragement can speak God's love to those that might be listening.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Book 6/12

Okay, so I've finished with book 6. I know you probably thought I had decided to give up on my reading goal for the year, but I didn't. I started reading a book that I got halfway thru and decided that I really did agree with it or like it very much so I ditched it and moved on.

The book I switched to is "A Place of Quiet Rest" by, Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I really enjoy this author. She is extremely full of wisdom. This book basically is about the importance of having a daily quiet time with the Lord. Some topics in the book are... The priority, purpose, pattern, problems and practice of a devotional life. There are some great ideas of how to refresh your daily quiet time, how to dig deeper in the word and how to strengthen your walk with the Lord.

We were made for intimacy with others but more importantly with Him. (Our Creator) He longs to have that intimate relationship with us and patiently He waits for us to come to Him. We have the grand opportunity to meet with our GOD whenever we want, but how often we let the busyness of life crowd Him out. Maybe this book could give you some good ideas of how to start that relationship anew, or better yet just jump right into the word. Pray and ask Him to show Himself to you and He will. "Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you declares the Lord and will bring you back from captivity." Jeremiah 29:12-14

Monday, August 24, 2009

Mama Hornworm Update

Remember the new mama...?

A friend of mine did some research on the Hornworm after finding a few in her garden. She discovered that the white sac-like things attached to it's body are actually parasites. They are wasp eggs and they are feeding on the worm. (and I thought it was bad when I thought they were just her babies!) They will continue to eat the worm until they hatch and finally kill the worm. Then they will seek out more Hornworms to start the process all over again.

This is obviously bad for the Hornworm... but GOOD for your garden! So if you see that in your garden let it be and you probably won't have so many Hornworms. You can find more about the Hornworm here and here. Thanks Z for the info.

Friday, August 21, 2009

A New "Mama" in Our Midst


I'm not pregnant!

(Mom and Dad You can breath now!)

But I think this girl is...

We found this hornworm on our tomato plant. I didn't know they got so big and eat soooo much! I am very fond of babies but we just can't afford to have that many of those guys around!

For a worm it was kinda cute, but with those black and white little claws not so cuddly! (Eeew!)

I like the fake eyes down its body. I guess its kinda like when I tell the boys that I have eyes in the back of my head. Well what did you expect... with that many babies you would need eyes all over your body too!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Garden Update

Today we spent most of the morning outside working in the garden. I haven't shown my garden much love or attention lately. I have an excuse it did rain... (a little). Anyway this is what I get for neglecting the garden...

One of my tomato plants had completely fallen over... poor guy ...but I just used some twine and staked him right back up... no harm done.

Here are the plans for our fall garden. I might make a few changes though. I'm not totally sure I'm going to plant turnips... not real sure what you do with those... so I may just plant more radishes or carrots.

Joshua mowed the grass...

while Seth discovered something growing out of our compost bin. Can you tell what it is?

What about now?

You guessed it... a tomato plant! I guess we threw some clippings in or around the compost.

Apparently, It decided It still wanted to grow and being picked off the main plant, put into a dark smelly box, and not getting any water wasn't going to stop It!

I tied It to the fence just to show It who was boss.

Our cucumber plant is slowly dying... out with the old and in with the new ...but the leaf lettuce is ready to plant.

Seth and I planted 16 leaf lettuce plants. (Noah decided that the sun made his chicken "puffs" itch too bad, so he went back inside.)

I hope they do well because it is so nice to run to the garden to get fresh lettuce for a sandwich or salad.

When we first started planting our garden Seth begged me to let him root and plant a potato. To my surprise it grew quite large. Today while in the garden he noticed that the plant had died. I was ready for him to be really upset but instead this is how he reacted...

So why is Seth so happy? ILovethispicture. Because, he was told by a gardening friend of ours that when the plant died that meant the potatoes were ready. Sooo, let the digging begin!...

What do you know, there really were potatoes in there! See the plant next to where he is digging? That's his other plant... a sweet potato! That boy likes him some potatoes!

Here's the big guy...

and here's the rest of the potato family. Aren't they cute?

Today has been a great day. It kinda felt like this...

Unfortunately, not everyday is like that... sometimes feels more like this...

... poor guy ...

Why wont this guy do something? Come on! You know you want to eat that spider!!!

In the end all things are good... well, as long as your not the bee!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

An Unwanted Visitor

We had an unwanted visitor show up at our house today...

We don't know where he came from and we surely didn't invite him to stay...

Noah isn't very happy with our visitor... He doesn't play fair... He thinks he might stay for a week or two...

This is Noah's best attempt at a pouty face(obviously his mama hasn't taught him very well) He's pouting because... he... is... verwy... upset... width... owur... new... visitor!

Who is this visitor, you say? None other than Mr. Chicken Puff's (according to Noah!) Not only did Mr. Chicken Pox come but he also brought along a friend he calls Strep! Why they seem to be picking on Noah I don't know... but he is not very happy about it!

"So I suppose this will end up on the blog too. Sheesh!"

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Noche De Ocho

Tonight the eighth graders had a celebration dinner at church. They were celebrating the move from middle school to high school. The girls had to wear dresses and the guys had to wear a shirt and tie.

My little boy has really grown into a nice young man. (Who doesn't like his picture taken... he takes after his mother on that one!)

I love to see him dressed up like this... Doesn't he look so handsome? (girls younger than 20 need not answer!)

Joshua... I am so proud of you... you represent well... I LOVE YOU... mom.


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Laminin - Think about it -

Take the time to watch this video... it is well worth it. We serve an awesome God! ~Amanda~