Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I shall YET praise Him!

I was having a discouraging time of it, the last few days. Feeling extremely guilty for a lack of trust, that I have now repented of. But non-the-less, it was there.

I have been trying to stay caught up with my Bible reading. I keep getting caught up with the story lines of the Old Testament, and find the Poetry books really hard not to just want to stop and devour them. So I stick with Genesis and Exodus! Silly me. But, last night, I decided that I NEEDED to devour some sweet savors of my Psalms reading. So I did. I started in 40 and as I got to 42, I stopped. And started reading out loud, which I never do. It was enveloping me. Caressing my wounded faith. And I sighed.

"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in GOD, for I SHALL YET PRAISE HIM, Who is the health of my countenance and my God. "

God reminded me that nothing is despair. He is going to do something in our lives, and we will YET praise Him for it! He offered me Hope. He is to be what is shining on my face...not on I go. I am ashamed that I allowed even 24 hours of frustration to enter into my heart. But, at least it was only 24 hours, thanks to Bible reading!!!

By the way...I did pry myself away from Psalm 42, and finished through 47. Only 2 chapters to catch up on tonight! Have you read your Bible earnestly today??? It holds the key to what ails you. God Promised.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

You are a Banana...

We are all bananas according to Pastor Viars. hehehehehe... It is just a matter of what kind of banana you are. Are you a rotten one? Are you a perfectly ripe one used in a sweet pudding? Or, are you a frozen one that is so hard you could hammer a nail with it? (Yes...his illustration)

Thought provoking moments there. In some areas of my life...I am rotten. In some areas, I hope that I am tender enough to be a sweet treat, and then there are areas that I am hard enough for nails. It was a good sermon. I found myself encouraged to grow more yellow and tender, even though the beauty of the falling snow was consuming my thoughts as well... Good Sunday!!!!

BUT, even moreso than the sermon...the song that is now playing on my playlist...lifted me in an amazing way. I am going to highlight a few phrases that I think are incredible.

From The Inside Out by Hillsong
A thousand times I've failed
Still your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
Still I'm caught in your grace

Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades --- I love the thought of
Lord's name being called Everlasting.
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame ---again, who else is worthy of a
name such as
Never Ending?
my heart and my soul, Lord I give you control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise become my embrace
To love You from the inside out

Your will above all else, my purpose remains
The art of losing myself in bringing you praise-- I am sure that many find this
to mean, losing control of yourself. I don't think this is the meaning that was
intended. I think that the writer meant, letting loose of the selfish ways in
our hearts so that we can truly glorify God. If we hold onto any part of our
wickedself, we can not praise nor glorify Him.

Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
In my heart, in my soul, Lord I give you control
Consume me from the inside out Lord --- To praise on the outside is easy to do,
requires no surrender. To praise and glorify from the heart...requires
abandonment of your desire and self.
Let justice and praise become my embrace
To love You from the inside out

Chorus 2x
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart is to bring You praise
From the inside out Lord, my soul cries out
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Monday, January 26, 2009

Website I am loving!

Here is a new website that I am really loving right now...

Jane4Girls $800 a year budget!!!
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Monday Matchups...

There are quite a few of good matchups from some expired coupons if you have them (and yours will take expired!)

ALSO--- If you asked for me to post about a specific deal, and I haven't, please write me a comment and remind me. I often forget about things like that when they are mentioned in passing!


Dinty Moore Beef Stew .45 a can
Sale: .99
MQ: .55/1 or 1.00/2 from 1/25 inserts

Daisy Sour Cream .50 a tub
Sale: 1.50
MQ: .50/1 from 1/18 insert

Pepperidge Farm Garlic Bread 1.00 a box
Sale: 2.00
MQ: Printable HERE

Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent 1.64
Sale: 1/2 off...around 2.64
MQ: Printable HERE

Manwich and Aunt Millies Bread--- 3 cans and 1 pkg of buns for 1.27
Sale: .99 a can for Manwich and buy 3 cans get a pkg of bread free!
MQ: USE---1 1.00/2 Manwich from 1/18 insert and .35/1 Aunt Millies from 1/18 insert

Ziploc Containers 1.49
Sale: 2.49
MQ: There are 1.00/1 PEELIES on these. Keep your eyes out!

Frosted Mini Wheats .88 a box
Sale: 1.88
MQ: 1.00/1 12/14/08 insert...this coupon has expired, but your Meijer might take it!!!

LLoyds BBQ in a Tub 2.50 for a tub
Sale: 3.50
MQ: 1.00/1 1/25 insert

Hillshire Farms Cocktail Smokies 2/2.98
Sale: 1.99
MQ: 1.00/2 1/25 insert

Prilosec 6.98 for 42 ct
Sale: 24.98
MQ: 3.00/1 1/18 insert
Catalina Deal: Get a $15.00 on your next order catalina!!! Not free, but really cheap if you have to use this!

Chi Chi's Salsa .45 a jar
Sale: .99
MQ: .55 or 1.00/2 from the 12/7/2008 insert

***Remember---if you see something that is a stockpile product for you, go to EBAY and purchase multiple coupons!!!! :) ****


Almay Face Soaps FREE and Money Maker of $5.00!!!
Sale: .99 a bar --these are single facial cleansing bars...often found in the trial section or makeup cleansers.
MQ: 1.00/1 from 1/11 insert or the 12/14/08 insert
ECB: Buy $10 worth, and get $5.00 in ECB!


Reese's Whipps, Money maker of .11!
Sale: 2/.89
AD Q: Page #16 (BOGO)
MQ: $1.00/2 01/04 insert

Reynolds Foil, Money Maker of .11
Sale: .89 each
MQ: $1.00/1 12/14/08 insert
AD Q: $0.89 each page 6


Tylenol Travel Size FREE
Sale: Trial size 1.00 located in the trial/travel size section

Dollar General Finds (thanks to hmabbott on hotcouponworld!)

Sweet Sue canned chicken .25
Sale: 1.00
MQ: .75/1

Luden's cough drops (30 count size) .25
Sale: 1.25
MQ: 1.00/1 1/4 insert

Huggies Wipes .75
Sale: 1.75 on Huggies 80 ct
MQL 1.00/1 Huggies Bath and Body...remember to use that on wipes too!!! 1/4 insert

St Ives Lotion 1.00 Money Maker!
Sale: 1.00 for a tube

Ok...that will do for now. :) I have to go get to work on my house!!!
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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Oh Good Grief...

What is our world coming to? Thought you might want to sign this petition...

There is actually an Abortion Bailout Package that has recently been proposed. Yes, you read that right. To the tune of 1.5 Billion dollars. I am a little upset. I can not get the state, nor any insurance company, to fund a medicine that will stop my unborn child from dying....AND YET---Our government would consider giving 1.5 billion to kill a child. Really? You know I don't get hot into politics, but this is just wrong.

Here is the link to where you can sign the petition to stop it...

Susan B Anthony Site for Protection of the Unborn Child

If that link did not work, please go to THIS ONE, and search for it. It is that important, at least to me.
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I have officially had to much TEA to drink...

I can't go to sleep. Mickey D Sweet Tea has completely taken over my body now. lol. I am going to go read ahead on my Bible reading for the week, since I have all this bundled up energy. And no-one else in their right mind is up at almost 1:00am!

BUT...I just had to post the lyrics to this song. No, I DO NOT...let me repeat that again...I DO NOT listen to this group! I just happened to hear this song over the radio at Once Upon a Child. (Tea kicking in again...I am now singing the Once upon a child theme song...get back on task Annie...)

If I Had $1,000,000 lyrics

If I Had $1000000 (If I Had $1000000)
I'd buy you a house (I would buy you a house)
If I Had $1000000 (If I Had $1000000)
I'd buy you furniture for your house
(Maybe a nice chesterfield or an ottoman)
If I Had $1000000 (If I Had $1000000)
I'd buy you a K-Car (a nice Reliant automobile)
If I Had $1000000 I'd buy your love.
If I Had $1000000 I'd build a tree fort in our yard.
If I Had $1000000 You could help, it wouldn't be that hard.
If I Had $1000000 (Maybe we could put a little tiny fridge in there somwhere.)
We could just go up and hang out. (Open the fridge and stuff. There would be
food laid out for us, little pre-wrapped sausages and things.) Mmmm. (They have
pre-wrapped sausages but they don't have pre-wrapped bacon.) Can you blame
them? (Well, yeah!)
If I Had $1000000 (If I Had $1000000)
I'd buy you a fur coat (but not a real fur coat that's cruel)
If I Had $1000000 (If I Had $1000000)
I'd buy you an exotic pet (Like a llama or an emu)
If I Had $1000000 (If I Had $1000000)
I'd buy you John Merrick's remains (ooh all them crazy elephant bones)
If I Had $1000000 I'd buy your love
If I Had $1000000 We wouldn't have to walk to the store
If I Had $1000000 We'd take a limousine 'cause it costs more
If I Had $1000000 We wouldn't have to eat Kraft Dinner.
But we would eat Kraft Dinner. Well of course we would we'd just eat more. And
buy all the fanciest ketchups for it...dijon ketchup! Mmmm..
If I Had $1000000 (If I Had $1000000)
I'd buy you a green dress (but not a real green dress that's cruel)
If I Had $1000000 (If I Had $1000000)
I'd buy you some art (a Picasso or a Garfunkel)
If I Had $1000000 (If I Had $1000000)
I'd buy you a monkey (haven't you always wanted a monkey?)
If I Had $1000000 I'd buy your love
If I Had $1000000, If I Had $1000000
If I Had $1000000, If I Had $1000000
If I Had $1000000
I'd be rich.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hot sacks...

Just a little tidbit from a lovely lady at Hotcouponworld...

There are these darling reusable bags out that are named "Hotsacks". I am really interested to try them out. Just thought you all might like them too. :)

And wow...I have all of a sudden gotten very "chatty" on the good ol' blog!

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Free Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!!!

To celebrate the Inauguration Day today, Krispy Kremes is giving out 1 free doughnut to each customer! Hurry only lasts for January 20th.

Can I just tell you how happy I am that we have to go to Indy tonight???? Huh??? And sorry that you have to miss out on the awesomeness of this day Kelly...I really did feel bad for you, when writing this post. :)
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Monday, January 19, 2009

Monkey Man...

My little boy, is 4. I can't believe that another year has passed. He has grown into such kid now.

  • He now thinks girls are gross (thanks Uncle Abel)
  • He has to wear his hair a certain way
  • He loves doing his K-4 "work"
  • Taco salads are his favorite
  • He still is so skinny that he can't keep his pants up
  • Ranch salad dressing still makes him breakout
  • He thinks that Tom Jerry is the best
  • He wants to be a Pirate when he grows up
  • He says he is going to marry me.

I love this boy!

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Monday Matchups...

After the last few weeks, I found this week UNIMPRESSIVE. :P So, here are the few deals found, and a few deals from other stores, just to make it look better.

Selected Kelloggs Cereal - $1.00 WYB 4
SALE: 4/$10.00 - $2.00 instant savings = $8
MQ: Coupon $1/1 12/14/08 RP (Rice Krispies, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Frosted Flakes)

French's Mustard .25
SALE: 1.25
MQ: Coupon .50/1 coupon from 1/18/09

Seriously, these are the only 2 things I saw that were great. ;)

CVS 24hr Allergy Relief $3.79 FREE after ecb's Limit 2

Reeses Whipps Bars 2/$1--- buy $15 get a cvs gift card $5
$1/2 coupon from 1/4 insert

Childrens throat cooler ice pops 6ct 4.99 limit 5
use This Printable for BOGO free

NasoGel Drip free gel spray 1.52oz 7.99 limit 2
use This Printable for 2.00 off

Nutra Trim gum 48ct. 3.99 limit 3

Dawn dish soap, .49
SALE: .99 each.
MQ: .50/1 12-28

Mauna Loa Chocolate covered Macadamia Nuts 6 oz. .50 each
Sale: 2/$4
ESQ: $3/2 Page 4, January

Iams Kitty Food .33 a bag!
Sale: 3.33
MQ: 3.00/1 12/14 insert
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Friday, January 16, 2009

Are Your Shoes Worn Yet???

Last March, I had my first charm and grace boy. Running Boy. Do you remember him??? Here is the post: Running Boy . I think about him often. Wondering what his life is like. Not really knowing much about him, and not even really knowing what his face looks like up close.

He was out again this Sunday. With those precious shoes on again. And a lovely Gray PARKA! Furry Hood and all, pulled up over his face. lol. In the cold, the boy was still running for the place of worship. It made me go back and check out the past year to see if I too was still running.

I wish that I could say that there is always a spry step in my run, but honestly, I walk or jog into church at least 1 out of 6 services. Running the other 5 times. The 8:00 am service is getting to me! lol. We have more responsibilities in the church this year than we did last, so we have to focus on that a bit more than just pure worship. I must admit, I am looking forward to enjoying some pure worship time soon! But, my shoes are getting worn. Which in and of itself is a beautiful thing.

Seeing running boy, encouraged my heart. I was warmed, on a cold day, to see this boy still running after what is pure. I feel so blessed to have worn running shoes. I am glad that they are no longer sitting on the shelf. I am glad that the depths of my soul still longs for the House of the Lord! And I am thrilled to be running along side that sweet boy. What do your running shoes look like? Do they still look brand new and are sitting on a shelf? Are they to that awesome stage, that shows that you have been keeping a steady pace...running to Christ??? What will they look like next year?
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday Matchups...

Trying to keep it short and sweet, as I have a million and half things to do today! Also...check out my savings tally on the side! You should keep one too!!! It is amazing to see the numbers adding up... Thanks goes to!

Dannon Activia $1
SALE: 2 for $4
MQ: $1 off any 4 pack of Activia or Activia Light

Betty Crocker Box Muffin Mix 15.2-19.6 oz $0.87
SALE: 3 for $5
MQ: 0.40 on any flavor/variety of Betty Crocker box muffin mix (exp 2-7-09)

Chex Mix free!
SALE: 10 for $10 (11th item is free)
MQ: 50 cents of any size/flavor of Chex Mix or chex 100 calorie snack(exp 1-31-09)

Hormel Pepperoni .30
Sale: 10/10 get 11th free
MQ: .35 ... buy 11 for

Green Giant Poly Bag Vegetables Overage of $1.00
Sale: 10$10 get 11th free

MQ: Use .50/1 Dbld or $1/1 = FREE
plus get 1.00 back for that 11th one that you got free

Totinos Pizza Rolls 3.00 for 11
Sale: 10/$10

MQ: Use .35/1 Dbld

Pillsbury Grands 4.50 for 11
Sale: 10/10 get 11th free
MQ: .25/1 Dbld

Betty Crocker Frosting .33 each
Sale: 1.33

MQ: 50/1 Dbld Yippppeeee---I am almost out of my frosting stockpile!

Softsoap .30
SALE: 1.00
MQ: .35

Skippy PB .53 each

MQ: .40/1 11.16 RP
--This is stock up worthy for PB!!!

Product here, Fast Fixins 1.84 each
SALE:1/2 off 2.84

MQ: 1.00 at this website ---The chicken patties from this place are AWESOME!!!!

FiberOne Bars $1
Sale: 5 for $10
MQ: $0.50/1 1-4-09 GM

Huggies Wipes $1.00/ea
SALE: 2.00
MQ: 0.50/1 (from paper insert 1/11/09)

Aunt Millie's Homestyle Goodness Bread $0.25
SALE: $1.25/1 (this is unadvertised, so check with your store!)
MQ: $0.50/1 loaf Homestyle Goodness (1/11/09 insert)

Not doing Walgreens or CVS this week...I used up all my time at Meijer!!! Might come back later to add any deals I find there... :) Happy Savings dear Friends!

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Monday Matchups...

Ok, so last week was an awesome week...and I didn't do a matchup. Sorry. lol. I got 294.00 worth of Groceries for 51.00! Great dealios to be had.

So, wanna hear the good news? Some of the good deals are still running on this week!


Receive $5 OYNO when you buy 10 Kraft products between 12/26/08 - 1/7/09.

Most of these items are on sale for $2.00 each!

Post Family Size Cereals 17 oz (1.00/2 Coupon in the 1/4/2009 paper!)
A-1 10oz (Printable coupon here: A-1 Coupon 1.00 off 1) (also, there are 1.00 off of beef when you buy A-1...they are one a tearpad just above the A-1)
A-1 Steakhouse Marinade 16oz
Bagel-fuls 10oz
DiGiorno for 1 8.4oz
Soft Philly Cream Cheese 8oz (If you can use expireds, there are coupons out for this)
Philadelphia Cracker Spreads 6.5oz
Miracle Whip/Mayo 24oz/32oz
Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs 16oz
Oscar Mayer Pre-Cooked 4.5oz
Louis Rich Turkey Bacon 12oz
Oscar Mayer Lunchables Jr 3.66oz
Oscar Mayer Lunchables 10.55oz
Jello No Bakes 9.2oz
Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts 16oz
General Foods International Tins 4.4oz
On the Go Sticks 2.7oz
Mac N Cheese Crackers 10oz
Nabisco Premium Crackers 10oz
Nabisco Dunk Em's 5.7oz
Nabisco Nilla/Newton/Nutter 8oz
Ritz/Bits/Toasted Chips 7.5 oz (1.00/2 There are lots of coupon tear pads just above these crackers!)
RTE Jello Pudding 22.5oz (Coupon in the 1/4/2009 paper!)
RTE Jello Gelatin 19.5oz (Coupon in the 1/4/2009 paper!)
Cool Whip Aerosol 7oz. (Coupon in the 1/4/2009 paper!)

Kellogg’s Mini Wheats, - $1.00 ea.
SALE: 5/$10--$2.00 ea.
MQ: $1/1—12/14—RP

Kellogg’s Froot Loops, Apple Jacks or Corn Pops- $1.00 ea
SALE: 5/$10
MQ: $1/1—12/14—RP

Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes/Mac & Cheese - $1.30 ea.
SALE: 2/$4
MQ: SS & 11/16—SS

Nestle Refrigerated Cookie Dough - $1.00 ea.
SALE: 2/$4
MQ: $1/1 – 12/07--RP

Red Gold Tomatoes, $0.45 each
SALE: $1 - buy 10 get 11th free
MQ: BOGO Free Printable

Del Monte Fruit Naturals, $0.45 each
SALE: $1 - buy 10 get 11th free
MQ: $1/2 Printable

Electrasol, $0.50 each
SALE: 2/$6
MQ: $2.50/1 (1/4/09 SS)

Reese's Whips,FREE
SALE: 2/$1
MQ: $1/2 1/04/09 SS


Garnier Fructis shampoo, conditioner or styler
TOTAL: $2.99
Use $1/1 Garnier Fructis Style Product, Any - 11-09-08 RP
Earn $2 ECB - Limit 1

Childrens throat cooler ice pops 6ct 4.99 get 4.99 back limit 5
NasoGel Drip free gel spray 1.52oz 7.99 get 7.99 back limit 2
Nutra Trim gum 48ct. 3.99 get 3.99 back limit 3

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A Little Bit of a Catch Up--

Brian has been off of work since Christmas Eve, so the computer time has been scarce.

We had a wonderful Christmas, and week following. Peaceful, which is always a great blessing! The kids loved their gifts, of course. We had some stuffing soup at Denny's. Watched the new Adam Sandler movie. Visited 3 states in one day. Saw a Dragon. And even got a Kitchen Sink, somewhere along the way! Yes, we had a busy, peaceful, fun, productive couple of weeks. :)

Just going to do some pictures, and will back a little later to write a post for Jamie on the Monday Matchups!

Home-made Christmas at the Shaw's...taken from Sunny's cue, we made a lot of gifts this year. This was a crayon roll that I did for Abbie's class gift exchange. We made crayon rolls, super hero capes, and aprons.

I love how it looks like Jake and Isaac are giving Abs the "You are so weird" look. It should be the other way around, honestly.

The Great Grandkids...
Me with Brian's cousins...Amber and Sarah. Ummm...I need to push my glasses up.
Mimi and Uncle Justin are just awesome. Abs thought it was great that they would
play Chutes and Ladders with her.
Ummm...yeah, not awake yet.
He was trying to decide which chocolate to eat first.
Abbie opening her playstation...that she thought was a DVD player. lol
Daddy is as excited about the Playstation as the kids! He and Abbie love it, Isaac, well...he doesn't sit still long enough to love it.
A human Some friends took Brian and I to the Creation Museum on New Years day. It was a great double date! And poor Owen tagged along...and was fed to lots of Dinosaurs.
This was Brian's Dragon.
And this is what Brian looked like when he can't find a clean towel.
For some reason, the verses that were on the walls at the museum, meant so much to me! I enjoyed them, more than anything else! This one really stands out to me. It reminds me that when we look closely and pay attention...we see God's fingerprints everywhere.

As we were leaving the museum, we realized that we did not take a picture of ourselves there! What? So we took a self portrait in the parking lot.

Thanks for sharing our Christmas with us. I hope that you all had an equally wonderful one!
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