Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day

For A Dream, by Phillips, Craig and Dean

Gray clouds hung like a misty shroud
On the battlefield that day
The meadow was strewn with the heroes
Who had fallen by the way
And a soldier cries as he watches his blood
Pour out on the Belgian snow
And he wonders if he'll live 'til the morning light
Or die here in this bitter cold

Why was he here in the first place?
He was much too young to die
Would this be a cause that was worth it
Such a costly sacrifice
Then he thinks about a home in the Texas pines
And a lady he'd love to see
And something inside said it's worth the price
This fight for liberty

It was for a dream, for a dream
For the hope that a child yet unborn
Could know about liberty
It was for a dream, for a dream
For the hope that a son that he's never seen
Would know about living in the land of the free
So he laid his life on the line for a dream

Another field of battle
Another place in time
A Soldier hangs between heaven and hell
His life now on the line
Abandoned in the field of battle
He cries in silent pain
Alone to face his enemies
As they mock and they curse His Name

Why was he here in the first place?
Wasn't there some other way?
Was redemption's plan for fallen man
Worth this price He would have to pay?
But in His mind he could see a people
Holy, strong and free
Bought by the blood of the Man who had fought
And won their liberty

It was for a dream, for a dream
For the hope that a people who were yet unborn
Could know about liberty
It was for a dream, for a dream
For the hope that a people that He's never seen
Could know about living life abundantly
So He laid His life on the line for a dream

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Generation of Slobs

Yesterday Katelyn and I went shopping at Kohl's.  We were getting into our van when I pointed out to Katelyn that someone had left a dirty diaper on the light pole.

I said "Sheesh, it's not like there wasn't a trash can around.  There's one right in front of the store."

Katelyn says "Yes, what is this world coming to when a person can't even throw away a dirty diaper.  I feel sorry for the janitor that has to clean up.  Are we raising a generation of slobs????"  (She was truly indignant here, not joking)

I just looked at her.  "Really, Katelyn?  A generation of slobs?"

She looked at me for a minute, then said "Oh."

We just busted up laughing.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Results of the AMDRO Powerflex System Weed and Grass Killer Test

Remember this picture?

Yes, that is THE colossal weed from my front yard.  Last week we put it up against the AMDRO PowerFlex System Weed and Grass Killer.  I told you that I would report back in about a week and let you know how the AMDRO PowerFlex System worked.

Here are the results:

What, you can't see the difference?  Yeah, neither can I.

Here's a view of the grass I was hoping that the AMDRO PowerFlex System Weed and Grass Killer would take care of:

Didn't touch them.

So, that's the results.  I'm disappointed because I really wanted to like this product. It sounded like it would be a huge money saver with an environmentally friendly reusable jug, but it didn't do what it claimed it would:  Kill the weeds and grass.

I received the AMDRO Powerflex System for free through BzzAgent in exchange for my honest review.  All content is my own and I have not been compensated in any other way.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Angels Watching Over Me

Last night we were headed south on 51st Ave, ready to fly through the green light at McDowell when the corner of my eye caught a silver sedan turning left directly in front of me.  My foot hit the brake and my hand hit the horn.  We literally came within a hair of hitting that car.  I couldn't believe that we hadn't and the only words I was capable of saying for the next several minutes was "Thank you, Jesus."

When we got home, I had the keys, so I headed up to the door to open it, only to see that the door was standing wide open.  I shrieked and said "Jim, the door's wide open."  He quickly assessed that the door had not been forced open and walked into the house, noting that our things were still there.  Apparently whoever was out the door last, probably one of the kids, didn't shut the door.  Jim hadn't turned on the porch light as we left during the day, so it wasn't noticeable to passers-by that our door was open.

Jim commented later about the prayer that we prayed the day we moved into this house, that the Lord would put angels around it to protect.

Two incidents in such a short time is a lot for my little heart to take, but, oh, I am so thankful that they are just "what could have been" stories.  I'm so thankful God kept his hand on us.

In other news, I will be applying for a job this week that would be perfect for our situation, hours, location, possible sitter for Justin already, a place I would want to work...Please keep this in your prayers as I ask the Lord for his favor if this job is His will.

Thank you, Jesus.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mother's Day Testimony Service

On Mother's Day, Pastor Garrett did something different during Sunday School.  He read 1 Samuel 1:27 "For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:"  After he read the passage, he noted that he knew that he was taking the verse out of context, which needs caution, but...the point he wanted to make was that we, as mothers, make petitions to the Lord for our children, and when he answers those petitions, we need to testify of the miracle and give thanks to the Lord.  So, we had a testimony service!  Pastor walked around the room with the mic and handed it to whomever he wanted.  I think that some of us who got the mic wished we hadn't, and I overheard some who didn't get the mic wish that they had, lol.

It was such a blessing to hear all of the mothers who got to speak that morning.  Some told very specific stories, others just gave God praise for always being there.  I didn't want it to end.

I was one of the ones who did get the mic handed to me.  And, though you all know that I have lots of different things that I could have said, I had to be careful because of who was sitting next to me.  I didn't want a scene.  So I choose to tell the story of how God healed Katelyn.

Here is the story:

When Katelyn was eight, she fell at school, hitting her head and banging up the knuckles on her hand very badly.  The school called me to come and get her.  When I got her home, she started throwing up.  We were concerned about a head injury, and the injury to her knuckles, so I took her to Urgent Care.  They took one look at her and sent us to Phoenix Children's Hospital.  The Urgent Care doctor was so concerned about her that he called me later to see how she was.

When we got to Phoenix Children's, they took one look at her and rushed her through triage and into a room.  Katelyn was not acting like herself at all.  She is normally a very bubbly, talkative, silly girl.  She was unresponsive, dazed, and quiet (we always know she's sick when she gets quiet).  The doctor came in and started assessing her.  She turned to us and said "Is this normal?"  We shook our heads "No, this is not normal at all."  The doctor looked worried and turned back to Katelyn again.  When she did, it was like a switch was flipped and all of the sudden, Katelyn was fine.  Jim and I knew the instant it happened.  The doctor looked puzzled and said "What just happened here?"  I knew she was thinking that Katelyn had been acting.  But we told her, No, we know God just healed her.

The doctor still had Katelyn go through the CAT scan, and x-rays, but they all came back negative.  She was perfectly fine, and I was thrilled to tell the Urgent Care doctor just that!

Saying Good-Bye to Connections Academy

I just packed up the loaner computer, hauled the broken computer desk to the curb, threw out all the workbooks, and packed up the textbooks.  All that's left is a trip to the UPS store, and finishing a test and a portfolio project (it's done!) this week, and we'll be done with 5th grade and Connections Academy.

I can honestly say that I will not miss homeschooling.  at.  all.  I has never been a desire of mine to homeschool my children.  I did it because it was the right thing to do at the time, and I'd do it again if I needed to.  And I am so thankful that it's over for now.  Sending Tyler to Pieceful Solutions will have it's own challenges, but that's another chapter.

I knew when we started our third year with Connections last August that it was time for us to move on.  I just didn't know WHAT we would move to.  So thankful for the way that God unfolded the rose and answered my prayers.

So, good-bye computer, good-bye books, good-bye, good-bye, good-bye.  Hello, Summer and then, new adventures!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

What Can I Make For You?


The boys received a Melissa & Doug pizza kit from the Lees at their birthday party.  They liked it so much that my mom bought them a Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set for their birthdays.  Here they are playing with that, plus some other plastic food that they already had.

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Lizards and Baptisms

The little lizard that lives on our side fence.  I actually took this picture through my kitchen window with the zoom on my camera. 

Where'd Justin go?

The next pictures are the boys playing church.  They take all the pillows off my sofa and loveseat (sorry, Mom) and set them up to make a pulpit as they call it and sing, preach and baptize any willing stuffed animal.

Jason's worshipping


The boys take turns being Pastor Garrett.

Baptizing a bear.  His name is Binga's Binga.

Justin reading his text

Baptizing Chimp

A Review of Amdro Powerflex Pest and Weed System

As I mentioned in a previous post, we were thrilled to be chosen by BzzAgent to review Amdro Powerflex Pest and Weed System.  We had been pulling weeds by hand and killing bugs with our shoes as we didn't want to spend the money to buy bug or weed killer.


The Amdro Powerflex Pest and Weed System comes with a one gallon refillable jug with a nozzle.  You fill this jug up with water.  Then, you attach one of four different weed or bug killer concentrated cartridges onto the lid.  When you spray, the concentrated killer mixes with the water to spray out the correct amount of mixture to get the job done.

The nozzle and the cartrdiges

BzzAgent sent us the jug and five different cartridges, two of the the weed and grass killer.  Sweet, we needed lots of that.

But, since it was hot outside when the box came, Jim decided to just try the indoor bug killer first.

The system was easy to set up.  But, the nozzle was folded into the jug, and needed a good tug to pull it out, which Jim was hesitant to do because it seemed flimsy and he didn't want it to break.  I gave it a good tug and it flipped out the correct way.

Once everything was set up, he started spraying around the windowsills and baseboards.  It's important to note here, as stated in the Amdro Powerflex System directions, that when you first start, you need to hold in the trigger for up to sixty second so that it can fill up the nozzle and get a good spray.  Once it starts spraying, then you just pump as normal.

Spraying the windowsill

The spray was easy to use, had a wide spray range and did not have any odor, so it worked well in the house.  Two weeks later, we just saw our first spider again, so I'd say that it worked well.

Last night was the first chance that Jim had to get outside and spray the weeds and bugs outside.  He did the bugs first.  He said that he could definitely smell something chemical when using this spray.  We had a lot of spider webs and crickets outside.  After he sprayed, I did not see any spiders, but I saw tons of crickets jumping around.  Interested to see if the bug killer didn't affect them, or them jumping around was the result of the killer working in their body.  I'll let you know if we see any crickets in the next few days.

Then he used the weed and grass killer.  Our front yard consists of rock poured over dirt, which apparently has some grass seeds in it because we get lots of grass on the edge.  And weeds all over.  Jim sprayed all the weeds in the front and back (which is just dirt).  When I looked out this morning, all the weeds were still there, but Jim says that it takes time, so I'll let you know the progress.

The monster weed I'm hoping will be history!

One thing that Jim noted while using the system was that the nozzle would jam up quite often and drip rather than spray, especially as the amount of water got lower.  There was still at least a fourth of a gallon in the jug, though.  He would have to stop spraying and shake the jug a little to get it to spray well again.  He was pleased that when it did spray, it was a very wide range spray.

So, I will update you in about a week as to the result of the outdoor bug spray and the weed and grass spray.

Thank you, BzzzAgent, for the opportunity to try Amdro Powerflex Pest and Bug Killer System.

  • Available at Walmart, Home Depot, and select retailers
  • Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $14.99 Sprayer, $11.99 Refills

I received a complimentary system in exchange for my honest opinion.  I have not been otherwise compensated and all opinions are my own.