Wednesday, March 24, 2010


to Liberty University for having both the courage and the motivation to make this move. Copy and paste to see the story.
LU is a Christian entity that has amazing credibility even in the non-Christian world. The passage of this horrendous bill has aggravated me so much that I've just had to turn off other media and read magazines and Seriously, what has happened is sickening to any of us who have a clue about the ultimate direction that this president is taking our country. I can only imagine a healthcare system that is as messed up as welfare, government education, or anything else they touch. It will impact our city tremendously because healthcare is one of the few things our economy has in its favor.
Anyway, if you don't understand the two areas that this bill touches, the above article will help explain it a little better. Betcha most college students didn't even know that the impact to student loans is a huge part of the bill...not that I'm in favor of student loans, but anyway...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My Deals...

I have been a "couponer" for several years now, and enjoy the benefits of saving a few bucks here and there. These days, couponing has turned into a major hobby, with coupons appearing on smart phones, in boxes, magazines, and about everywhere else you look. Although some of my friends have challenged me to go to websites and start downloading and printing, I have had to tell myself that my lifestyle does not lend itself to spending that much time and energy on couponing. So, I pull what I need from the Sunday paper, and then a few things are sent to my email (most importantly my Biggby, and I have an app on my phone that lists lots of under-advertised coupons and deals that I would otherwise never know about.
One thing that I have done pretty faithfully is keep up with CVS deals. I would probably never have started shopping there, but when our school moved about 4 years ago, I had no excuse. I would pass a CVS every day. I signed up for my Extra Care card, and the savings began. These days, though, CVS is killin' it! The deals are incredible!
A couple of Saturday nights ago, I entered CVS armed with a few coupons and a CVS ad. I was so tired (grocery shopping ranks #2 in my top 10 list of most hated tasks...a necessary waste of time!), and my patience with matching up brands and coupons and Extra Bucks deals ran thin very quickly. I said to myself, "Ok...this is not worth it...I'm outta here." I went to the cash register, checked out, and this was my deal (even after giving up)...

4 boxes of Kellogg's cereal ($10+ value)
1 Nivea lip balm ($2.99 value)
2 cans of Aussie hair care products ($7 value)
2 Oral B toothbrushes ($8 value)

My total, after coupons and EB for future use, LESS THAN $5! Take that, WalMart!
***I'm sure hoping to get over this sickness soon...My EB are calling, and I need to get to CVS! And maybe after that I'll run on over to Speedway and cash in some rewards points for a $25 Outback gift card, pair that with my $10 off Outback coupon, and take my sweetheart on a date...for free!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

What a Day!

The couch wasn't exactly where I had intended to sleep tonight. The house is quiet, and everything feels a little wierd...almost eerie. I don't ever remember my husband being so sick that he would actually lay in bed. for several hours at a time, but he's there..and I'm here. The kids are at mom and dad's so that peace and quiet can reign (it's working), and I'm about to call it a night. If you think of it, say a prayer for Greg. Pneumonia is a difficult thing...especially when you are 72 hours from a 4 day trip with 11 teenagers. May your weekend be healthy and full of fun...enjoy the sunshine!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Maternity Tops

I have two big boxes of maternity shirts that I would like to get rid of. They are size XL and most are from Motherhood Maternity. Many are button down or back tie. A few are cotton t-shirt type pullovers. If you know of someone who may be interested, let me know. I am either going to consign them or put them on Craigslist. I'd rather not hassle with Ebay, but will as a last resort. The shirts are in excellent condition, and many were only worn maybe 4-5 times. None of them were second hand. If someone needs some modest tops for a business/casual environment, these would be perfect. I would say there are probably 40 tops??? 25 in one box, I know.
Because I have invested way too much in them, I would like to get a little back...a couple of bucks a piece or something.
My email is if someone is interested.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The ~BIG~ Week!

No, I'm not having a baby this week or anything, but my nerves wouldn't know the difference! Ha!
This is our final week of preparation before Regional Student Convention begins next Tuesday. By this point in the year, I'm just ready to get there and go after it! All of the stress, tons of paperwork, practice, funding a $3,500 budget, and then the unexpected things that come into play (we've had our share, for sure!) can wear a lady out.
This past Saturday we took the kids to a Veggie Tales showing at Family Christian Stores in Ft. Wayne, and then did a little shopping. In my head I knew that I needed that day to clean and get set for the craziness of this week (being away from home 40+ hrs. a week tends to do a number on the condition of my house!), but my heart said we needed to spend some quality time as a family before the craziness begins! We had a fun day together, and finished it off by cleaning the church together on our way home Saturday night.
Sunday was a good day, with wonderful services that fed my soul. I hadn't seen my brother and his family for several weeks due to schedules and lots of illness, so it was special to visit with them again over an awesome lunch that my mom prepared. Chuck and Darlene Line (our PHC missionaries to Antigua) humored and challenged us in the evening service. They are such special people, and Darlene's never-ending energy and passion always challenges me to keep moving and doing God's business. I will never forget her "singing" me out of bed year after year at Pilgrim Youth Camp. She knew I was a night owl, and the 7 a.m. bell was a little out of line with my lifestyle! She always showed us love and compassion, even the year that someone carried her bed out of the dorm and left it at the top of the hill at Anderson campground. How many grown women would take that with smile???? Not too many, I can assure you. In fact, I can't think of one! It's really easy for us to"whoop and holler" (sorry, but that's what it sounds like to me) when the person up front talks about winning the lost, loving the world, and being patient with people. It's quite another to actually show those qualities to the people with whom we already have contact. I don't think God is too thrilled about using us to reach those "outside" until we can first love those "inside", if you know what I mean. Just another area in which I need God's help...and more of a willingness to allow Him to help! Anyway, God bless the Lines. They are precious.
After feeding the kids and readying them for bed following last night's service, I went to the kitchen to run the broom over the fallen bread crumbs, and pick up a few stray dishes. I looked at the floor, splattered with this and that, and wished I had time to run a mop over it, knowing that Tuesday night would be my earliest next chance because of a 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. commitment at the school on Monday. Then there were those baskets of clean laundry screaming to be folded. I chose to go to bed instead (it was after 11...that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!), so that I could feel a little more ready for today. we's Monday, and my Learning Center is quiet for a moment. Pretty soon the school day will be over, then it's full force practice for convention. The students are staying over and ordering pizza for supper, then we hit the gym from 6-9 this evening. Needless to say it has been a little more than difficult to practice athletics in this weather, so I'm hoping we can really make use of our time this week.
Another wonderful thing that occurs this week is the deadline for our school annual to be sent to the publisher. Since it is all done online, the "sending" part isn't too difficult. It's due Friday, but we hope to wrap it up tomorrow so that it is DONE! Our budget for that is only about $1,850, so that isn't too bad, but with the economy being down some, it has been more difficult to secure advertisers. I have an awesome, highly talented staff, and they have done a fantastic job on layouts again this year. Can't wait to see the finished product in May! blood pressure is a little higher this week I'm sure, but God is good and is giving strength, and I am trusting Him to make good on His promise that if we train these kiddos in His ways, they will not depart from them. It's not always easy to see the big picture. We weren't told that the outcome of our obedience would be exactly what we hoped. Each individual has a free will and a choice. Our responsibility is to do our best to prepare them for living a life that would be pleasing to God...and we're doing our best.
Happy Monday, everyone! I expect this to be a good week!