We've just had lots of regular summer days here lately. We've just been doing a lot of nothing really. Let's see...some of the ordinariness includes:
*Having dinner with my parents last night.
All the kids had their own things going, so Steve and I went over to my parents. My dad grilled steaks and we stayed over there till after 10:00 just sitting at the table talking!
*The kids playing games outside on the porch.
*Going to the farmer's market for some fresh corn and okra. I cut the corn off the cob and fried up the okra for dinner tonight. That was the hugest hit with my kids. They loved it! I ended up making a whole plate of food and giving it to Candy, too!
*Ashley has been working at our church's "Mother's Morning Out" and it is almost over. The teacher that she works with gave her these pretty flowers and they are now sitting on our kitchen table.
*Laura and Lindy got their senior pictures made yesterday...you know the ones where they wear the drape? I can't wait to see how they turned out!
Today I just thought I would share a couple of fun ideas and links that I have come across lately that really helped me and I thought maybe you might like, too!
1-First of all, I finally got hooked up to Google Reader and all I can say is....what took me so long?!
I had heard people talk about it and I was somewhat interested. But last week I finally did it and it is the hugest time saver!! I know many of you already have it or something like it, but if you don't, you might want to look into it. It is a list of all the blogs you read that pops up on Google so you can quickly see who has posted something new without having to click around to everyone's blog.
And it just so happens I have a really great link here that tells you all about it and how to do it!
2-Bible Memory Verses-I was talking with my little Bible Study/lunch group last week and we were thinking about how we all really wanted to commit more scripture to memory. That reminded me of how when my kids were little I wanted them to memorize scripture so they could hide God's word in their hearts. However, they weren't very motivated!
So, what's a mother to do? My solution: PAY THEM! And, yes, I realize it's bribery, but it worked! I paid them for each Bible verse they memorized!
When I was little, I learned 26 verses called the Bible Verse Alphabet. Each letter of the alphabet had a verse that went with it. For example:
"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches and loving favor rather than silver or gold." -Proverbs 22:1
"Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only." -James 1:22
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." -Psalm 51:10
"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." -Psalm 37:4
You get the idea...So, I made one of these for my kids and that's how they learned 26 verses of their own! But adults can do it too! :)
3-Babysitting! If you have small children (or will soon) and leave them with a babysitter from time to time...you might be interested in this link.
I love the blog "chatting at the sky". And yesterday Emily had some great ideas about what your babysitter wished you knew. If you are a mom (or mom-to-be), this could be eye-opening. I knew all the things she mentions were true because I've heard my girls talk about them many times!
So that's about it for today. I hope you're having a great week!