Monday, September 28, 2015

More weekend fun!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) The wonderful weekends my children had!  I'm happy for them.  They needed this.  Kyle improved his personal best at his weightlifting competition and his school ranked 3rd overall.  Lexi had a blast at the Homecoming Dance.  That makes this Mom very happy!

2)  Good Friends that take care of me.  Thank you.  I really appreciate all you do for me.

From the Camera:

Below are more photos of Lexi and her date for Homecoming.  I love those smiles!

This next photo is of the entire group Lexi went with.  As you can see, all the young men have suspenders and bow ties on.  Love it!

The photo below shows all the girls corsages.  Lexi is the one with the navy blue nail polish.  


From the Craft Room and Other Cool Things:



I'm at it again!!

Looking at wreaths.  This time for winter!  
No, I'm not trying to rush things.  I just have a small addiction to wreaths.  What can I say??

I think it would be fun to throw a wreath making party, don't you?
You know.  Make some fun, festive wreaths.
Not those fake floral, shabby chic, country themed dust catchers.  
BUT, wreaths that have a natural, modern, vintage, fresh, or
kitschy look to them!
They are fun to create and a great excuse to get together with a friend or a big group.
I'm thinking after the weather cools off a bit.
What do you think???

After all, wreaths are not just for Christmas anymore!
They are adorning the doors of homes all year round.
Here are just a few ideas for alternative season wreath ideas:
  1. January: Snowy wreath made of white felted balls.
  2. February: Valentines Day wreath made of dried roses
  3. March & April: Spring Easter Wreath with colorful eggs
  4. May: Living wreath with violas or wood violets
  5. June: Sunflower wreath
  6. July & August: Living succulent wreath for the hot, dry summer weather
  7. September: Woodsy branches, moss, dried mushrooms
  8. October & November: Harvest wreath with colorful dried autumn leaves (both great for Halloween and Thanksgiving)
  9. December: Christmas wreath (Duh!)
Love it!!!

More to come.....keep watching.

From the Heart and Spirit:

When God Makes You Wait

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Jesus could have come and healed Lazarus when he was still alive.
Instead, He waited to raise him from the dead when he was already in his grave.
God could have made David become king the day after he was anointed.
Instead, He waited 15 years to rise to the throne, many of those years spent fearing for his life, hiding out and running away from his own father-in-law.
God could have spoken to Moses in the desert about sending him to help free His people from slavery 40 days after he ran away from Egypt.
Instead, He made him wait for 40 long years.
God could have gotten Joseph out of prison one year after he was sentenced there.
Instead, he was stuck in that dungeon for 10 years before he was finally set free.
God could have given Abraham the son He promised him when he was still a young man.
Instead, He waited until he was 100 years old and because of physical reasons would have a more difficult time conceiving at that age.
God could have answered prayers and met the needs of these men of God much quicker, but He didn’t.
He made them wait instead.
And He often makes us do the same.
He makes us wait for healing to come after we’ve been praying for years and there is no sign of recovery.
He makes us wait to fulfill His call in our lives after He puts the desire and passion in our hearts to serve Him in a certain way.
He makes us wait to give us the desires of our hearts, whether it’s a baby, a spouse, or a new job.
He makes us wait for direction when we are stuck at a dead end and we don’t know where to go or what to do.
He could answer that same prayer that you’ve been praying for years every night in a millisecond.
That same prayer that has been bringing you to tears.
That same prayer that the longer that it goes unanswered, the more it makes you question whether He even hears.
He kept Moses in a desert for 40 years.
Joseph in a prison cell for 10 years.
Abraham without a child for 100 years.
David on the run for 15 years.
And maybe He is keeping you right where you’re at for the same reason He kept these men for so many years: to build your faith.
To build your faith in a dungeon cell, during the valley in your life where it’s too dark to see and too hard to believe.
To build your dependence on Him when you are barren and empty to see if He is truly all you desire and all you need.
To see how well you will trust and serve Him when you are still stuck in the background somewhere, doing seemingly nothing too significant for Him.
To build your trust in Him when the storm keeps raging, the battle keeps going and breakthrough and victory doesn’t seem near.
See… sometimes the waiting period of our lives is the most important time in our life.
It is during this period when nothing seems to be happening, when prayers seem to go unanswered, when God seems so far away that the most spiritual growth takes place in our lives. That we learn to become more like Him.
It is during this time that we build spiritual “muscle”.
That we grow in faith.
That we learn to only depend on Him.
What are you waiting for today?
What longing do you have that seems so far from ever being fulfilled?
What prayer do you keep on praying that seems to never reach God’s ears?
I want to remind you that God is not deaf to your prayers.
He is not blind to your constant tears, to your desires, and to your needs.
IF He is making you wait, there is a very good reason for it.
If He is telling you “no” today, maybe it’s because He has a better “yes” waiting for you tomorrow.
If He is keeping you in the same place you’ve always been today, maybe it’s because He’s helping build your faith before you enter your Promised Land tomorrow.
If He is not healing you or bringing you victory today, maybe it’s because you will have a greater testimony when He waits to help you be an overcomer tomorrow.
Wherever you are at today know that God is right beside you and that there is a purpose for you. Even if that purpose is to wait.
Don’t give up just because you don’t see anything happening today.
Maybe there is nothing physically happening that your eyes can see but there is definitely something happening in the spiritual realm as you learn to rely on Christ.
Don’t allow your waiting period to make you hopeless about what tomorrow will bring.
Instead, let it build your faith and give you even greater hope for what God has prepared for you.
He made some of the greatest men of faith wait.
Don’t be discouraged if He makes you wait as well.
He will come through for you, just like He came through for them.
“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” – Psalm 27:14

From the Kitchen:

Cookies and Cream Brownies



Looking for an easy dessert kicked up a notch?


You will need a boxed brownie mix  (use a triple chunk and also switched out melted butter for the oil).  Or make and bake as directed.


When you take the brownies out of the oven, place a layer of Hershey's Cookies 'n'Creme candy bars over the top.  Let them melt and cool before cutting.


Heavenly.  And I'm not even a fan of the candy bars.  Really.  Really.  Good!

From the Schmidt's:

It's been an AMAZING weekend!
I feel like I need a vacation from my time spent at home this evening.  If that is even possible???!!!

We had so much fun spending time watching Kyle lift at his competition early Saturday morning.  He improved his personal best by 5 kilos, which is awesome!  He would have preferred to improve by 10.  BUT, that will come in time.

Helping Lexi get ready for the dance this weekend was so much fun.  One of the mother's of one of the other young men in her group stopped me Sunday to tell me that she was just glowing when she say her Saturday.  She said all the other girls looked very nice, but Lexi had a glow about her.  She had so much fun.  Now I can't get her to stop dancing around the house.  I love that!  Shoot!  I'd be dancing with her too.  Ha Ha!

Tonight has been a night of catch up.  Kyle has the bag he took on his trip dumped out in my family room.  Lexi is doing homework.  Kevin is resting on our bed and watching T.V.  I'm typing this post.  AND the dog cannot seem to figure out which spot he wants to call his tonight.  I call this a lazy family home evening where we just hang out together.  For treats Kyle and I ran to the dollar store.  Once in a while you just need some cheap candy.  LOL!  Kevin had a craving for bubble gum.  I don't know what it is about bubble gum, but we just cannot seem to keep enough of it in the house for anyone.  And we don't care for the expensive stuff.  Just the double bubble kind in the individual wrappers.  That's our favorite kind.  AND if we can't find that, we move to gumballs.  When gumballs are not available we move to the chiclets candy.  That is our one big vice around here....cheap bubble gum.  I know, we are a tough crowd.  LOL!

I'm tired!  I stayed up until at least 1 a.m. last night.  I couldn't sleep.  So, I need to get to bed.  Take care friends and we will talk again soon.  

From the Missionary:

I feel like we are playing a game of Where's Waldo with some of these photos.  Can you find Elder Schmidt in this picture???

 Stamford Zone Interview Selfie!

Quote of the Day:

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