Life, Love, and Dirty Diapers

Macaroni and Tomato Juice Recipe

I am telling you if you make this it will be both easy and delicious. I don’t have exact measurements but it’s so easy even I can make it without needing them. I present to you Macaroni and Tomato Juice!

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Now this is a family recipe but don’t worry I asked my mom first to make sure it wasn’t some big family secret. And it’s not so I’m sharing it with you. If I remember right it was invented by one of my parents during college and while the ingredients are cheap it is filling.

Macaroni and Tomato Juice
Ingredients:
-Noodles (traditionally elbow noodles but other ones would probably work so long as they weren’t like spaghetti noodles)
-A little bit of margarine (though you could probably use butter)
-Tomato juice (enough to cover the noodles)

The directions are simple. Cook noodles according to directions on the box. Drain. Stir in a little margarine. Add tomato juice – enough until the noodles are floating in it but just that – you dob’t need them swimming in it. Put back on stove and reheat until tomato juice begins to bubble. The end!

See? Simple! We usually eat it with cheese. Any kind will do – we usually use whatever’s on hand. I put both cheddar and mozzarella on my last night. It’s also best served with biscuits – whatever your favorite kind is! They’re great for dunking!

Hope you enjoy!

Melissa

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God’s Timing

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Do you ever try and put God on your schedule? I know I have many times. From the little stuff to the big stuff, I know I have told God too many times that waiting isn’t good enough for me. That I want what I want and I want it now (reminiscient of the spoiled kid from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Or how many times do I think “If only that had happened sooner.”

I’m sure we wish for these things. Like the couple who tries to get pregnant and it takes them years before they do. Or the college grad who looks for a job for months before he finds one.

And it can go the reverse too. The couple who gets pregnant unexpectedly who always wanted kids but thinks “How in the world can we make this work right now?” Or when someone you love dies and you think “It’s too soon.”

And don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it’s wrong to pray to God for specific things to happen – in fact, he encourages us to pray in everything. But along with that is the fact that we need to be satisfied in Him. Not only in what he gives us but in when he gives it to us.

Because truly He is perfect. And that means His timing is as well. So next time you’re tempted to think He’s done something too soon or that His timing is way too late, just remember that in His infinite wisdom He picked this time. After all, the Jews in the Old Testament must have said to themselves at times, “Gee, why doesn’t God just send the Messiah right now?” But He didn’t because He knew the best time for Him to come. And He knows the best time for all things in your life to happen.

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Counting to 1000 Gifts: #11-20

All right, here’s my list for today (based on the book):

11: Comfy nightgowns
12: Winning a mystery book giveaway and it being the perfect book for me
13: The morning news
14: That I live in a free country
15: The stove
16: Frozen teethers
17: Baby laughter
18: Warm sweatshirts (Okay I know it is not cold out but my hubby likes to have the AC which makes me cold)
19: Eggs
20: My husband playing with our son

Now I didn’t check last week’s before I wrote this so there might be some repeats but that just means I’m extra thankful and they are the gifts that keep on giving ūüôā What are you thankful for?

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Eastwooding

Well, I guess I have to jump in on the trend. It’s right up my alley you know, since it started at the RNC and I am all about the political things.

So first I decided to have President Obama sit in this chair

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But my husband says that it’s rickety and I mean, it is a little rickety but I love the color and I got it for 50 cents at a garage sale so what do you expect for 50 cents? But it’s probably not very presidential. So I made him switch to this chair.

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Which was deemed to be much better. We had a nice little chat but as to what we talked about, well that you’re going to have to speculate ūüėČ

Until next time,

Melissa

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10 Things for Tuesday – 9/4/12

Okay, so one thing that I do is that I love to share other people’s articles and content. Why? Because there are a lot of great things out there. So periodically, I’ll do what I’m doing today, which is leave you a list of things I recommend reading (or watching). Just a few notes because I’m just going to leave the links and not add any of my extra commentary (for the most part), leaving a link here does not mean I agree with everything on the site – I just think the particular link is interesting whether or not I agree with it. If you want to discuss any one in particular, leave a comment and I’ll happily discuss it with you and what I think about it.

1. Thank God for the Taco

2. Teach Your ‘Water Baby’ to Swim

3. Teach Your Kids to do Their Own Laundry

4. 10 ways to raise kids who love to read

5. Should Getting Married Before 25 Be Illegal? 

6. Stay Married . . . Get Happy (Part 1)

7. God uses goofy people too!!

8. 10 Wonderful Short Films Based on Famous Short Stories¬†(If you only have time to watch one of these, make it the “Harrison Bergeron” one)

9. Nice Girl’s Don’t Ask

10. 13+ Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You

Happy reading (and watching)!

Melissa

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Have a CAN-DO Attitude

Sorry it’s been a few days since I blogged. It’s been busy and I’ve been trying to finish unpacking and my parents are coming later this day and my to-do list is too long and it just needs to be a to done list already.

Oh and I was working on making a new button for my blog. You can check it out in my sidebar and let me know what you think. Oh and as you can see, I have some other buttons in my sidebar and I am definitely willing to put more up, just contact me and let me know and if I think you’re a good fit, I’ll pop it on up there.

Anyways, what I want to talk about today is a really neat organization. The organization’s name is CAN-DO, which stands for Compassion into Action Network – Direct Outcome Organization. What this means basically is that CAN-DO really wants to make sure that your aid actually helps people and that they are totally transparent. How they accomplish this is by doing written updates, pictures, videos, and they even livestream some of their relief efforts. It’s really incredible because with CAN-DO you can actually follow your dollars from beginning to end.

They frequently work overseas and also with disaster relief efforts. In fact, they are currently preparing to mobilize for Hurricane Isaac. So if you’ve been wondering how you can help out with that, CAN-DO would be a great organization to check out. I think having that accountability and the checks to make sure that your aid money is actually helping people is so important. Nothing is more frustrating than donating to a cause and realizing that most of your donation went just to keep the organization running and very little to actually helping people.

You can check out CAN-DO here.

Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post. I posted it because I believe in the mission of CAN-DO and I wanted to spread the word.

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The Choice

All right, I’m cross posting this from my other blog because I’m starting to slowly switch things over and make this my only bog. Just a quick note, I know you can’t enter to win the Nook anymore but I left it in there since the author party is tonight and there are still prizes you can win there. I might be there. I hope to be there but it all depends on when little guy sleeps and if I do anything for my birthday.

Name of book: The Choice

Author: Robert Whitlow

Robert Whitlow is the best-selling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the prestigious Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. A Furman University graduate, Whitlow received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. A practicing attorney, Whitlow and his wife, Kathy, have four children. They make their home in North Carolina.

For more about Robert and his other books, visit http://www.robertwhitlow.com.

Summary (from Litfuse): One young woman. Two very different roads. The choice will change everything.

Even as a pregnant, unwed teen in 1974, Sandy Lincoln wanted to do the right thing. But when an ageless woman approached her in a convenience store with a mysterious prophecy and a warning, doing the right thing became even more unclear. She made the best choice she could . . . and has lived with the consequences.

More than thirty years later, a pregnant teen has come into her life, and Sandy’s long-ago decision has come back to haunt her. The stakes rise quickly, leaving Sandy with split seconds to choose once more. But will her choice decision bring life . . . or death?

Rating: 4.5

Reason for rating: Well when I first started reading this book I wasn’t so sure about it. To me, the first part of the book seems rushed and some lines and parts feel a little cliche. I was like yeah, yeah, yeah same old same old, I’ve heard this story before, give me something new. But sticking with it, the second part improved greatly, I found myself getting to know and really relate to these characters. (I am trying so hard right now, by the way, to write this review without spoilers because there are so many things I could say in more specific details, but I don’t want to give away huge chunks of the plot). By the end of the book, I was reading as fast as I could, trying so hard to find out what would happen next. ¬†When I finished, I had tears in my eyes and the story had moved me deeply. As someone who did mock trial in high school and Model UN in college, I appreciated the legal aspects of it as well. The only other thing is that I’m not so sure I liked was the whole prophecy thing. It was a little too mysticism feeling for my liking, but I could look past that to the overall story itself and I understand how it furthered the plot. I think this book reminded me a little of Jodi Piccoult’s work, one of my favorite authors. I say that because of the interwoven ethical/moral¬†dilemma, interaction with the legal system, and strong relationship/family components. I appreciated also that it was a Christian book on the subject of unwanted pregnancy and the choice between adoption, abortion, or parenting without ever coming across as preachy or holier than thou. It was refreshing. I think if you have ever been involved in the pro-life movement (as I have) that you will find this book a mostly enjoyable read.

Celebrate with Robert by entering to win a Nook Color with GlowLight!

See what folks are saying about The Choice!

One “choice” winner will receive:

  • A Nook Color with GlowLight
  • A four book Robert Whitlow library (winner’s choice)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 27th. Winner will be announced at the “The Choice” Author Chat Facebook Party on 8/28. Meet Robert, get a sneak peek of his next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and more. There will also be gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group.)!

So grab your copy of The Choice and join Robert on the evening of the August 27th for a chance to connect with Robert and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

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Disclosure: I was provided with a free e-book copy of this in exchange for my honest review. These thoughts and feelings are 100 percent mine and 100 percent real!

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Yes – AMEN!

“For no matter how many promises¬†God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV, 1984)

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have a hard time trusting that God will follow through on his promises. It’s not that I don’t believe him, but that I’m human and I don’t have the concept in my head of what it’s like to follow through on every single promise. After all, humans don’t follow through on every single one of their promises.

It’s hard sometimes, for example, that God will provide like he promises. When you look in your bank account and there’s next to nothing there and you’re living paycheck to paycheck, it can be scary to trust God to provide. But he does.

Or when you’re going through a rough situation, it can be tough to believe that God will work it out for our good like he promises. Partially because what God deems good may not be the same as what we deem good, but partially because we think nothing good can come out of something so horrible.

And even salvation can be hard to wrap your head around. Why would God want to save someone like me? But God has promised to save us. And he will.

Will God provide for us? Yes – AMEN!

Will God work things out for our good?  Yes РAMEN!

Will God save us and give us eternal life? Yes – AMEN!

I’ll throw my standard disclaimer on the end here that I’m not a theologian, I’m just a woman, writing my thoughts on God’s word in the Bible.

Melissa

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The Story of Cosmetics + New Name

Fascinating isn’t it? Personally, I know a lot of times that I should be using greener products, but I find it so hard not just to reach for that free or very cheap bottle of shampoo, especially when our budget is tight. That’s why I think, in part, companies should be forced to eliminate dangerous chemicals and find new ways to do things. They’ve banned tons in Europe, but not here. I don’t think people should be forced to choose between cheap and safe since the all-natural products out there today tend to be much, much more expensive. But there has to be a greener, cheaper way to do it. And I know, I could make it myself, but at this point, it’s hard for me to commit to it. I don’t know why. I guess because I can’t change my life overnight and I’m not ready to jump there yet. I’m not perfect, so don’t rag on me.

Oh and guess what? I have a new name! The winner is Life, Love, and Dirty Diapers (hehe). That one was overwhelmingly most popular. So I’ll be changing my name and everything else today (and slowly over time, in case I miss a few places)! So I hope you keep reading along. I know this was supposed to happen yesterday, but yesterday got away from me.

Melissa

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Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade

I told you all I was still going to write about my politics some of the time, because it is still something I very much enjoy, so here’s another post for you.

I want to talk about Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade. Why? Because I think one of the most powerful testimonies out there against abortion are those who have had an abortion and are now pro-life. Because if you’ve ever met one of them personally, the hurt and pain and sorrow you see there are so great. And because these are people who have thought that abortion would make their lives better, that it would fix their problems. Instead, it didn’t. It left them hurting and their child dead.

But back to the point of Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade. Do you know that she never actually had an abortion? That she is now pro-life and speaking against the decision that was made on her behalf? Doesn’t it make you think that the original person who wanted an abortion¬†so badly that she was willing to try and get the law changed is now pro-life? What does that say? To me, it sends a powerful message that abortion isn’t right.

I have to show you her video, where she talks about how making that case was the biggest mistake of her life. She actually calls it that. It’s pretty amazing, I think, that her heart was so changed. What if we could change everyone’s heart this way?

There is so much more to the story though, other than just that short snippet. But the next video I’m going to post, which is old, but it’s worth it if you take the time to watch it, is more of the story fleshed out. It’s almost half an hour long, so I totally get it if you don’t have time to watch it. But if you’re interested in hearing more of Norma’s story, it’s a fascinating thing to watch. There is a little bit of decision theology, to warn you, but it’s still a fascinating thing to watch.

So now you know, if you watched the second one, the full story of how Roe v. Wade happened. Sad isn’t it? I feel like Norma was taken advantage of – that she wasn’t given all the facts, that they just used her to make their point. I feel a lot of times that what’s the abortion industry stil does today, especially in terms of women not being given all the facts.

That’s all I want to say on Roe v. Wade at this time, though I do have to talk about one other thing. I found this video while I was looking on youtube for these other two and it was just bizarre. I’m not going to link to it, because I don’t want to promote her further. But it was this girl talking about how she had her abortion and it was the best thing and she was just so happy and cheery about it. And what really got to me was when she said it was “the most ethical and humane thing” she could have done. She never said her reasons for having an abortion, but I got the sense from how she answered some of the questions that she had it because it was¬†inconvenient¬†for her to be pregnant (when she’s asked at the end if she would have another one, she says she doesn’t know but that she would probably consider it because it doesn’t line up with her goals). It broke my heart. That’s what choice looks like apparently. Babies are such blessings, even when they’re unexpected, even when they don’t line up with your goals for you life. They don’t deserve abortion. And women deserve real solutions to their problems, not abortion.

Sorry to end Friday on a low note. If you could take a moment if you haven’t already to vote in the poll? I’ll be¬†announcing¬†my new name and changing everything tomorrow, so it’s your last chance to get it in!

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