Thursday, March 29, 2012


So, I know alot of you are probaly going to think this is gross, but for the others that are from southern Indiana you can feel my excitement through this post!!

  So, yes, it is early, but it's been sooo warm here (except for this week), that Ronnie went out last Friday and found 5 small gray ones.  So yesterday while at work everyone kept telling him how many they were finding, so when he got off work, he called me and told me to get the kids ready we were leaving when he pulled in the driveway!!!

  ***Flashback***  When I was younger, my favorite time of year was spring!!!  It was lambing season on our farm and it was finally time to go to the woods and MUSHROOM HUNT!!!!!  That is one of my fondest memories with my dad.  (Excluding the part, of him yelling at me to slow down so I didn't step on any!  Anyone feel me on that one?)  Daddy and I would go for hours and couple back with quite a few, then fry 'em up and have mash potatoes!!!  Oh, my mouth is just watering thinking about it!!!

  Anyway, so we all piled in the van and headed out to "our spot", which can not be disclosed, for if you are an avid mushroom hunter, you know what "spot" I'm talking about!!!  Derek and Lindsay were full of excitement, because you know this only have a few days out of the year!!! 
  Well right off the bat, Ronnie found several.  And of course, the kids started running toward him, and he yells the famous words "Don't run, you might step on some!!!"  (I think it just is bred into the male body to holler this at the kids during mushroom season.)  For I had to remind him, to calm down, they all fry up the same! 

  All this time, I'm having to give Leah a piggy back ride, because she is not liking the woods!  We tried to have your pick some, but she wasn't too sure about that either.  But she sure would get excited when someone found some!  She even found one, while I was bent down picking another one that Ronnie had found!!!!  I couldn't believe it!!!  She was sooo excited!!  Derek and Lindsay both found two on their own also.  I was so proud of all of them. 
  As we were walking along, I kept praising God for such a beautiful day with my family!!!  I can't see like I use to, and I got a little frustrated, that I couldn't find as well anymore, but that's ok, my job nowadays are to encourage the kiddies to find them and to have fun!!!  I will take on the job of frying them up with some mash potatoes in the kitchen later on!!

  We ended up finding 38 in all, which in our family, that is 76!!!!  (We cut them in half to soak and get all the bugs out and when you fry them up it, make you feel like you have more!!;)

*Tip from Grandma*  If you want to make the last longer, after rinsing them lay them on a plate to dry for a few minutes.  The flour them, and lay them on a cookie sheet in the freezer for about 20 minutes and then throw them in a baggie to (try) keep all year.  Throw a few in the deep fryer with whatever meal you choose!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

All of it?!?! Really?

1 Corinthians 10:31 ~ So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it "ALL" for the glory of God.

  The first few years of marriage, and actually up until about the past year, were quite a struggle for Ronnie and I revolving around housework.  I didn't keep things up quite to his standard (which by the way is a military standard and the typical housewife should not be held by the same standards......just sayin'!").  I had always thought of myself as a decent housekeeper, I've been in many houses and definitely knew that I was doing better than most!  (Have you ever watched the show "Hoarders"?)  Anyway, I was tired of always feeling like I was failing and I know he was tired of coming home to a disorderly house, so I started studying.  Was Satan just using this to attack our marriage or was there really something wrong with me, what was the deal?!  Then I came across someone's blog post and the above verse and also heard Steven Curtis Chapman's song "Do Everything" on the radio and finally started to open my eyes a little! 

  I was supposed to be doing everything to glorify God and that included my housework.  Really?  Housework glorify God?!  How?  Well, I had to come to terms with the fact that yes, this is what God has called me to do and it may not be spectacular everyday, but I still need to glorify him with whatever I do.  And since my calling is a mom and a housewife, I should glorify him with my house "work".  But instead and I was getting upset because the baby squished crumbs into the rug and the big kids had spilled something again. 
  ~ I had given up on trying to please Ronnie with the house, because it felt like there was always something wrong.
  ~  I was trying to always make Ronnie happy and was getting discouraged when I should have been trying to please my Lord and then in turn bless my husband.
  ~  It's amazing what happens when you change your attitude. 

  Don't get me wrong, I still dislike dishes (even though my wonderful husband agreed to purchase a dishwasher last month!)  But now, I can see the difference.  I am working for the kingdom of heaven, not for just another day on earth waiting for my time to be over.  I need to be passing on this trait and wonderful world of being a woman in Christ on to my daughters. 
  So in conclusion, no my house is not spotless all the time, but I will say there is a difference in how clean it is now compared to before, now that I feel like I have a purpose/calling in cleaning it 700 times a day! 

    How about you?!?!  Do you ever feel overwhelmed with stepping on legos in the night on the way to the bathroom?  Or like no one ever notices what you did  get accomplished instead of what you did not?   Remember it's ok!  God sees it!!!  Have a Blessed Day!!!