Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Some Recommendations

Things are busy as we prepare for Christmas. I've got tons of blog posts in my head but quite honestly, they'll probably stay there! I will update you on my adventures in cooking deer soon. That was just too memorable to not post. Hopefully soon!

Anyway, four recommendations for you. The first two are ways I've supplemented our income and have been able to save money. They are both free and require little effort - which I'm all about! The third is simply a rec on a good article from a great Uncle. The fourth rec is on a good resource for Advent.

Here you go!

1 - If you like sharing your opinion (like I do!) and are willing to do some online (or phone) surveys, check out SYNOVATE. I'm getting $10 for completing about 7 surveys in that past month. This is something I don't do often. Just when I've got a moment, about once a week or so.

2 - Another way I've been trying to earn a little to offset our budget is through SWAGBUCKS search engine. It is so easy! Use it anytime you want to search for anything (opposed Google or whatever search engine you normally would). And earn stuff like Starbucks gift cards for doing the searching you would be doing anyway!

3- Our very own Uncle Tim has written a cool commentary that we think you might find worth reading! Please check it out! (And to the Waits... we will miss seeing you guys but we COMPLETELY understand. The Jetta wouldn't start at church on Sunday it was so cold up here! It felt like -30 degrees!)

4 - Looking for a good Advent resource? We bit the bullet and purhased THIS and have been greatly pleased. The kiddos have actually been memorizing the text and ask to "read the Advent book" each night! It costs a pretty penny but we have high hopes that it'll be around for a good while!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

My New Challenge

Had to post this. William called me a little ago and says,

"Hey, Wifey! Guess what I have in the trunk?!?!"

Clueless as to where he was going with this line of questioning I shake my head and say,

"I don't know?"

How does my DEAR husband answer?

"This guy who does some work for me said he hunted and has some DEER meat for me! Yeah! I got a LEG of a DEER! It's all wrapped up. He even told me how to drain the blood out of it but you'll have look up how to cook venison!"

Okay. I'm black and I did not grow up eating DEER meat. My Jamaican grandmother cooks some sweet lamb and goat but... DEER? I don't know nuthin' 'bout it! How does a wife who wants to encourage her husband respond?

"That is blog-worthy, William!"

Oh, I also said, "What?! Deer? I don't eat deer?" Look, I've grown much in homemaking but this will certain stretch me. Yes, many people eat deer but... I'm having a bit of a time with it. I struggle as it is getting my kids to eat chicken on the bone, hamburgers, and any meat that doesn't resemble chicken nuggets!

Now, to all you deer-eating folks out in cyberspace, got any suggestions? Oh, and let me know if you'd like to come over for dinner anytime soon. Sounds like we'll be having lots of meat!

So, to my Vanilla Shake, you crack me up! I don't know how this is gonna turn out but know that I'm doing some online searching to prepare a venison feast for you. That is after you "drain the blood from it" (whatever that means!). I love you and yo' crazy style!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Ebates - Update!

Yipee! I got my first Ebates check! I got a little over $16 for buying some stuff online (some even purchased with gift cards so it really cost me nothing!!!)!

Most recently, I reserved a minivan for our big trip east and between the cashback through our credit card, using our Costco membership discount (though I think we're still going to cancel our membership soon), AND Ebates, I got a sweet dealio! Praise God!

William was so surprised that I actually got a check in the mail for a few purchases that he signed up as well. As a result, we both have $10 credited to us! Wahoo! He used it to buy me a Christmas gift! Hmmm... I wonder what it is?!?!?!

In case you're interested, sign up HERE and we'll both make a little cashola! (And just as a tip, whenever I sign up for these kinds of things, I ALWAYS use a separate email account, not our main fam one. It keeps things a bit more organized and hassle-free.)

Oh- and if you're wondering what I'm talking about go HERE for the quick lowdown on why someone should use Ebates.

Happy saving!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

What Would You Do?

So William is out buying some plumbing stuff since our kitchen sink is broken... again. He's got the 3 biggies with him. Paloma's sleeping and I'm needing to get dressed. Anyway, I just saw some one steal our newspaper.

I'd love to know what you would do in this situation.

We are missing our paper at least 2 times a week. It's hard getting out there to get it for a variety of reasons. I'm irritated (yes, angry!) that whoever delivers it NEVER places it at our steps or on our porch. There's no excuse for that in my mind b/c we're so close to the street. Also, we only get the paper for my coupons (Sundays) and the ads (various days).

I do know that at the end of the day it is just a newspaper that'll get tossed in the recycling bin or be used for snowy feet. But I don't want to pay for something that's just gonna be stolen either.

So, what do you think? How would you handle this situation?

Only Believe

Do not fear, only believe. -- Mark 5:36

I keep meditating on this passage in Mark. I think I've reread it about 5 times last week. But it's just so powerful.

This morning as I read it a fewmore times, I just began to tear up, overwhelmed by how good God is to give us these words.

I felt the Lord saying to me,

Kia, believe that I will help you with the many tasks ahead of you today.
Kia, believe that I will continue to provide your family with exactly what you need.
Kia, believe that I LOVE you.
Kia, believe that I sent my Son to die... for you.
Kia, believe that those in your life whom you love I love more.
Kia, believe that if I choose to enlarge your family I will not leave you.

Kia, fear not about tomorrow.
Kia, fear not about giving to My work.
Kia, fear not about the sin I am revealing in your heart for I am sanctifying you.
Kia, fear not about what man can do to you for you are Mine.
Kia, fear not for I am with you.

Do not fear, only believe. -- Mark 5:36
So I am worshipping the One and Only and True and Perfect and All-knowing God. And I pray those who read this would be compelled to do the same. Yes, it's a risk! Yes, you won't have all your questions answered. But rest in knowing that you are NOT God so you won't EVER know everything. But The One who IS perfect made you, loves you, and sent His Son to die for you.

Friday, December 05, 2008


A bit ago I shared that I was honored to share my testimony at the last women's meeting at church. Now, I'm not writing this to puff myself up but instead to give God the honor He rightfully deserves. Trust me, if you think I'm messed up and crazy now you should have known me then! God has done MUCH in me... and He's still working!

This morning I continued to think about TOIL, the acronym I used to remember a little of what I read in Peacemaker by Sande:

LOOK TO God (Sande says 'aknowledge God' but I like acronyms!)

I read today in Sande that when I give in to my wants & desires that are sinful I imitate the devil! Whoa, baby! That is strong. I do not want to imitate the Enemy of my soul.

But, do that I have when I yell at my kids (just yesterday, in fact) with the attitude of "You should do this because I deserve" or "Don't you see how much I do for you." Those are thoughts that make the devil happy for I am focusing on self INSTEAD OF the One who saved me by taking care of the most important (and I do mean THE MOST important) need I have: my sin problem.

The thought I want to meditate on today and demonstrate to my kiddos is that I am trusting God to help me trust , obey, imitate, & look to Him.

James 4 gives me direction in HOW to fight my sinful, selfish desires. Here are these words of hope I am clinging to:

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Thank You, Lord God, for not leaving me in the dark. Thank You for your Word which truly lights my path, grants me vision and hope. Help me as I toil this day in the ways You have determined. May I be joyful as I do all work, especially in training my children in righteous, in a manner that honors You. Open my eyes more to see the idols I have created. And help me trust, obey, imitate, and look to You as sanctify me for Your glory and my good.