A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

Archive for August, 2009

I am Putty in His Hands. . .

 

We, my man and I, made the trip to Broken Arrow Ranch this weekend.  We arrived excited because 3 of our 6 grand kids and their parents would be meeting us there.

I know they are wondering if Mar Mar will make it to the top!

I know they are wondering if Mar Mar will make it to the top!

The kids couldn’t wait to show us “our cabin”, so we took the two  l o n g flights of stairs to our barn as some of the little ones called it.  Jadon wanted to know where I was sleeping and when I told him top bunk his eyes just sparkled, so it had to be.

Oh this is fun!!

Oh this is fun!!

Now when he  informed his mother that MarMar was sleeping on the top bunk right next to him, his mothers eyes did not shine, in fact they looked rather skeptical and questioning.  I nodded my head in agreement and so it was.  Jadon was so excited to see me climb up the ladder, I was excited to be able to do it.  We had a little pillow toss and then we settled down for a good rest. LOL!  Top bunk is not a bad place to be until. . . you have get up and go potty in the middle of the night, but even that was worth the fun I had watching my buddy watch me.

God certainly knew what he was doing when he made children, they are such a delight to this world.  It would be a very boring place without the sparkling eyes, giggles, cute words, pretend tea parties, pillow fights, sweet hugs and kisses from those little punkins.

I am so thankful to have lived long enough to experience the joy of children and the joy of  knowing they will be going home with their parents.  Not that I wouldn’t raise them if I needed to but thankful that they have wise parents who are doing a better job than I could do.

NEWS FLASH–30 official pounds off!!  Dillards had a great sale 50% off and then another 40%, I bought some pants—-size—are you ready 14.  I know, I know that’s not small but compared to a, a, a, 18 or 20 it is.  Trust me I am not a slim jim, but I can sleep on the top bunk LOL.

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Chocolate Mousse Brownie Dessert

Don’t you think just the name of this dessert sounds . . .hummmmmmm. . .sounds sooooooooooooo good?  Since I could eat cardboard right now most anything sounds good. 

This recipe is from the Brighton, Colorado Women in Touch Cookbook!

1 Pkg. Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix (with the pouch of Hershey’s Syrup)

1/3 Cup Water

!/3 Cup Vegetable Oil

2 Eggs

3/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips

3 Eggs

1/3 Cup Sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Grease bottom only of 13 x 9 pan

Prepare brownie mix a directed on package using water, oil and the 2 eggs.  Spread batter i pan.

Heat whipping cream and chocolate chips in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is milted and mixture is smooth; cook slightly.

Beat 3 eggs and the sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until foamy, stir into cream-chocolate mixture.  Pour evenly over batter.

Bake 45 minutes until top is set.  Cool completely.  Serve at room temperature or cover tightly and refrigerate until chilled.

Store any remaining dessert tightly covered.

Use a dollop of  this chocolate whipped topping on top of the brownie.

3/4 Cup  heavy whipping cream, 1/4 Cup powdered sugar, 2 Tbls. cocoa–whip cream and cocoa with electric mixer on high speed until stiff, be careful don’t make it into butter.

I don’t need to tell you this is not a healthy recipe, the brownie mix will have partially hydrogenated shortening in it and that is very bad for you.  Read your labels it is important.

servings 12

Have You Witnessed Love?

I love rain, thunder, lightening, actually I love–love!  I think I have always been in love, even when I was only 5 years old I distinctly remember declaring my love for someone.

I have experienced love, I have watched love.  I have seen a mother look at her newborn baby with the eyes of an eagle, I saw a three year old brother look at his new baby sister and say–“she’s beautiful, mama.” I have seen a couple wanting a baby for so long and the look when they could finally say we are pregnant. I have watched two people who have discovered fresh love and realize one can’t live without the other. I have seen a little girl, only 7 years old, kiss her mama’s tummy telling her baby brother good night.  I have seen this same child running to greet her grandmothers yelling at the top of her voice, “wait ’til you see mom’s belly, it’s big,” and then watching with pride as the grandmothers nod their heads in agreement. I have seen a loving daughter sitting by her father’s bedside pleading with him to ask Jesus into his heart, he is dying and she knows it. I have seen a husband looking so pitiful as he remembers the fun loving woman he married so many years ago and now she  doesn’t recognize him.  I have heard the cry of a woman wishing her husband loved her enough to make their marriage work. I just finished reading about the love of Jesus for each of us, I have felt that love and am thankful.

So you see, whether it is the love we have for our child, our husband, our friend, our parents, our Lord, it is powerful, it is real and it is necessary.

I challenge you to love with all your heart, love your enemies, love those you are leery of loving, love as Jesus loved, love like everyone is your brother or sister.  It is Biblical.

Psalm 37:4 goes something like this–If you will make God the chief affection of your inmost heart. . .meaning delight yourself in the Lord, find pleasure and joy in him, get to know him well.  HE WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART.

God wants you, his daughters, to have the desires of your heart–he is a passionate God.  He has deep, moving desires for his creation and one of those is an intimacy with you.  He created you to be happiest when you are passionate about him, affectionate to him.

I love this text and I know you do too, Jeremiah 29:11  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to five you hope and a future.”

Please let’s unwrap the gift of happiness, let’s throw away the wrapping and keep happiness and love in our hearts by being passionate and affectionate about Jesus.

He Loves Me He Loves Me Not. . . . .

Several years ago the phone woke me out of a deep sleep, it was a dear friend.  Do you have a close friend who all she has to do is say hi and you know instantly something is wrong?  I knew something was really wrong when I heard her greeting.  I asked the dreaded question, “what’s wrong?”

After many years of marriage her husband had found someone else–she made him laugh.  My friend and I have spent many hours on the phone we have hashed it over and over and over.

I don’t know why it happened, I love my friend I think she would be the ideal wife, but something went wrong.

Today I want to give you some thoughts on things you can do for your husband.  Many of these ideas come from Elizabeth Georg’s book, On Being a Godly Wife.

1.  Pray for him daily–pray about his success, his spiritual life, and anything else that comes to mind.

2.  Plan for him daily–plan a date night now and then, make his favorite meal, pick up the house a little before he gets home.  Leave a little note on the door or put a quick note in his lunch.

3.  Please him–pay attention to what he likes and dislikes, my husband hates washing his hands in the kitchen and not finding a towel to dry with, I try to keep a towel handy just for him.  I would really rather have everything off the counter.

4. Protect your time with him.–Make your husband your number one human priority.

5.  Physically love him–I Corinthians 7:3-5

6.  Positively respond to him.  Say yes as often as you can, he may want you to ride along to Home Depot and you would rather stay home.  Go!

7.  Praise Him–thank him for what he does, tell him how much you appreciate him.

Financial Peace University

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Our church is holding Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and we are committed to attending.  We paid our fee and we have our material now all we have to do is go.

I know what you are thinking, at their age do they need to attend this seminar, are their finances in that big of a mess.  Yes and no, we have no credit card debt, we have an emergency fund and we have some savings and we give to our church.  We feel we can do better and we want to do better because we want to be able to give more and to be more responsible with our money.

Just this weekend I read in our local newspaper that 80% of men die married, 80% of women die single.  Women outlive men and they pay the price for poor financial decisions made earlier in life.

Here are the 5 financial rules:

Don’t spend more than three times your annual household income on a home.

No more than one third of your annual household should be spent on cars.

Don’t take on more debt than you expect to earn, on average, over your first 10 year out of school

It costs more than $130,000 to raise a middle class child to age 18, and that is before any higher education. Think about that before having children.

It is best to never loan money to family, if you do consider it a gift or get the repayment terms in writing.

I know this is a boring subject to most of us, but I think it is one we all need to address.  If you don’t know about your finances find out!

What are You Thankful For?

Today I want to specifically give thanks to God for the people in my life, the small things around me and the big.  I want to acknowledge that without Him in my life nothings else would matter.

I am thankful for:

1. My man–he is kind, sweet and lets me be me.

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2. My family–all of them–the funny little ones and the precious parents who are raising them.

3. Church–a place to go and feel at home.

4. Work–I love my jobs

5. Cool mornings–and perfect weather

6. A little boy named Lincoln who answered the phone while his parents were sleeping, what a fun conversation we had.

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7. A little girl named Jenna who always shares her piggy bank with me and makes me laugh.

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8. The bright yellow birds that chase each other around the feeder.

9. Dirt between my toes

10. Garden tomatoes

11. The peacefulness of a sleeping baby

12. 3 1/2 pounds down this week, that is a total of 28 1/2 and this is day 96 of the plan.

13. Jesus–need I say more!!

W A F F L E S

Hopefully you will enjoy these waffles as much as my little grands enjoy what they eat.

Jillian loves beans

Jillian loves beans

Jenna goes for ice cream

Jenna goes for ice cream

Jadon goes for noodles!

Jadon goes for noodles!

I  just got home from spending several days with my daughter and family.  I hate good-byes, they always make me cry.  This time, as my dad use to say, I kept a stiff upper lip.  Of course, I will see them the next two weekends so it was much easier to leave. 

Try this recipe, it is healthy and really yummy.

WAFFLES

2 1/2 Cups Water

2 Cups Rolled Oats

2 Tbs. Sesame Seeds

2 Tbs. WW Flour

2 tsp. oil

1/2 tsp Salt

2 tsp. Maple or Vanilla flavoring

1 Tbs. Brown Sugar

Blend in blender.

Oh you are wondering about my weight aren’t you?  I will weigh in tomorrow it’s  been a week–hopefully down 2 pounds–we’ll see.

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