Thursday, September 11, 2014

Stop the Religious Fashion Show


Unfortunately when I was growing up... This used to be me. I was everything to everybody but not truly living my life for the Lord. I was a hypocrite who was playing church...I had a good game going on until I finally walked away from the Lord all together and made a huge mess out of my life. But thankfully...God is faithful and gracious and called me back unto Himself and told me to "go and sin no more"...He knew I would still mess up and not always make right decisions but He in His graciousness was telling me to stop choosing to sin, stop the perpetual lifestyle that involved continual sin...the sleeping around and drunkenness. If you ever wonder if there is a God...rest assured that there truly is because there is NO way that I could have changed my own self these last 14 years...it is a life changed by the grace, love and mercy of my God! He is so good!

Monday, November 04, 2013

My No Sugar Hot Chocolate

I keep getting requests to put my “no-sugar” hot chocolate on my blog so people can “Pin” it on Pinterest. Smile About a month and a half ago, I found out I was Insulin Resistant…this began a search to find things to eat that didn’t contain sugar.

I am a CHOCOLATE fanatic…I couldn’t imagine the rest of my life without chocolate so with much trial, error and tweeking…I bring you my “No sugar” Hot Chocolate…just in time for the cooler months.

 

10oz boiling water

1tbs coconut oil

1 scoop protein powder (I use Sweet Cream Visalaus Shape)

1tbs unsweetened cocoa

dash of salt

1/2 tsp honey (or truvia/stevia to taste)

1/2 tsp cardamom (optional)

 

I assemble all but the first 2 into my Magic Bullet or Vitamix then I boil my water in my hot-shot and drain it out over my coconut oil. I pour it over the other assembled ingredients and blend it all together. YUM

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Friday, June 28, 2013

A Mission Trip to Costa Rica

What a whirl-wind of a year this has been so far...my very dear friend Noma passed away in January. My dad passed away in April, my husband had a major surgery in May, my cousin committed suicide in June and we just got home from a mission trip to Costa Rica, Central America. WOW - what a crazy start to our year!

I haven't blogged in FOREVER...mainly because I was so busy with taking care of my dad before he died. My son is scheduled to get married in August so that will keep me busy for the remainder of the summer I bet. :)

We were blessed to have many supporters send us to Costa Rica. God knew what He was doing by putting us on that trip...He revealed several things to us that, with His help, we will work on.

It was a great mix of fun and ministry opportunities. The ministry we went to help was completing a house for a pastor whose current house is not built very well and gets bats in it...yikes!


We fed the homeless with 45lbs of rice and 115 hot dogs...nothing was left when we were done.


The last ministry outreach thing we did was have a Children's Ministry in a very poor area. These kids were SO cute! It was fun sharing the love of Jesus with them!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Some Pinterest Interest...lol

So I was on Pinterest when it very first rolled out on the WWW...I couldn't for the life of me figure out what all the fuss would be about it so I chucked it aside and didn't really give it another thought...until recently that is.

My son's girlfriend was over one night and we were chatting and she was talking "all things Pinterest"...I told her that I just "didn't" get it...what's the deal/big deal with it!?!

She logged in and took me into her account and I got to "See" for myself what the fuss was about...that night I made an account and pinned over a couple hundred pins...it was fun!

So if you're like me and trying to figure out...what's the deal with Pinterest let me try to explain it a bit and then tell you some Pinterest things that I'm happy I've found.

Here's the basis behind it in my own opinion: You start a pinterest account and during that process the system automatically has you choose pictures for things that you like...I assume this is for the system to get an idea of what interests you, then you can begin pinning and make "Boards" (online file folders for the pins that you'll be doing) Some of my "Boards" are beaches, cleaning, kitchens, etc...you get the idea.
On every picture that you like you can "repin" when you repin you then place that picture in one of your online "boards" aka online file folders. You can also just "like" the picture but I rarely ever do that. :)

Most pins you can click on the picture and then it will automatically take you to the online information for whatever that is...like the Best Grilled Cheese sandwich...once you click on the picture it will most likely take you to the recipe for making that, doing that, how to paint that, etc. The worst pins are the ones that are either a) pinned to the wrong place (a dead link or takes you to something completely different than what you are looking for) or b) just stops at a picture and no more information...I HATE those pins!!!

Some of my favorite most rewarding repins have been some of the cleaning ones - using mayo on kitchen table white water rings...this worked UNBELIEVABLY!!! Using a pillow case for cleaning your ceiling fan blades, soaking cotton balls in bleach then putting them over shower mold spots overnight and the next morning they are gone...Love, LOve, LOVE this and these ideas!!!

You can also follow people and then pin things your friends find, it's fun and semi addicting!!! LOL

Happy Pinning!!!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

A Whole Lot of Nothing...lol

I don't really feel like I have much to say these days. I mean of course I'm talking and things are all good here but it seems I've not had much in the sense of blog posts for bloggyland. :)

We're gearing up for another year of school and I'm trying to get more organized than I have been in years past.

We're thanking God for some things that only HE can orchestrate that have taken place in our lives and in our family over the last few months.

Going forward...at the end of this month our Spanish/English translator from our mission trip in Colombia, South America will be here to stay 10 or so days with us before she gets married to our dear friend Zach. They have asked me to be their matron of honor and I'm super excited!!! (not because I'm their matron of honor...lol, but because they are both adorable, have an awesome love for the Lord and have committed to not even kiss until their wedding day...SOOO cool!!!)

That's about it for now. I'll try to get back into the bloggy box of thinking.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

This Evil World - or Is it???

It doesn't take but a few minutes of watching the news to quickly realize that America is heading into some tough times. There seems to be alot of evil going on. I rejoice in the fact that we are not "of this world"...we're living for the King of Kings and awaiting His return. I went to the book of Habakkuk today and found comfort in knowing that God is still in control of the world despite the apparent triumph of evil. Habakkuk saw a dying world back there in 612 BC...a world that troubled him at that time and though I like to think in my mind that it has be worse now than it was then...maybe it wasn't? I mean they had whoremongering and homosexuality going on back then too...isn't that crazy to think about? Remember Sodom & Gomorrah? It may "seem" as though the wicked triumph but eventually they will be judged, and righteousness will prevail. Judgment may not come quickly, but it WILL come. God is the creator of this world and He is at work in the world and if you are saved by the grace of God through the Lord Jesus Christ and living for Him, He is at work in your life.


When Habakkuk was troubled he brought his concerns directly to God. That should encourage us when we struggle to move from doubt to faith going directly to God with our troubles. We don't have to be afraid to ask questions of God. The problem is NOT with God and His ways, but with our limited understanding of Him. His answers may not be what we expect but God sustains us by revealing himself to us. Trusting Him leads to quite hope not bitter resignation.


God doesn't overlook sin, one day He will rule the whole earth with perfect justice and judgment.


God is the creator, He is all-powerful. He has a plan, and He will carry it out. He will punish sin. He is our strength and our place of safety. (Psalm 91) We can have confidence that He will love us and guard our relationship with Him forever.


Our hope comes from God...





Sunday, June 24, 2012

God's Chisel

I've seen this before but it still speaks volumns to me. God loves you TOO much to leave you the way that you are...God doesn't make junk...you ARE an original masterpiece!!!


Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Hudson Heritage


My Aunt, Anna Eileen (Hudson) Baxter, was the 3rd born Hudson girl of my dad's siblings. Out of the 5 Hudson kids, there were 3 girls, 2 boys born and 2 boys that went to heaven during or shortly after birth. My grandma, Ethel Bell (Austin) Hudson, died when I was 18 months old and my grandpa, Charles Martin Hudson, died when I was 5. I never knew any of the rest of my grandfather's family. We tried to do family reunions on the Hudson side every couple of years. My Aunt Ann passed away on Wednesday night and was the first of the Charles Martin Hudson kids to die.


Our family roots come from England and our heritage can be traced as far back as the 1500's. The famous explorer Henry Hudson would be one of my great uncles, his brother William is one of my great grandfather's and their dad Henry is also one of my great grandfather's.


(Image from Google Images)

Our Hudson heritage has dwindled down to 1 Hudson boy to carry on the name, my nephew Dustin.

Should he not have a boy...our Hudson name will not be passed on. From before Henry Hudson to now...we will have to wait, pray and see.



Sunday, May 20, 2012

Homemade Laundry Detergent

It seems the latest "craze" has made it here to my house. Most everyone I know is beginning to make their own laundry detergent, anti-static dryer sheet alternatives and dishwashing detergent.

I have spent the last couple of weeks making and trying various recipes of these so I thought I'd share with you my opinion on them.

I'll start with the easiest first:

Anti-Static Dryer Sheet Alternative (other than the failed aluminum foil ball...lol:):
2 sponges cut in half
1 bottle of cheap Ocean Mist type of hair conditioner
Pour conditioner into a tub that has a lid and place sponges in it. When you throw your clothes into the dryer you throw in a conditioner soaked sponge.

I honestly really liked this and loved the smell. It seemed to work just fine as far as an antistatic too. I didn't like the conditioner being all over my hands when I threw the sponge into the dryer. I'm not sure about the cost - I forgot to start keeping track to see how many conditioner dipped sponges that we would get out of it before we started using it. I got the conditioner from the Dollar Tree so if it's a bottle a month...that wouldn't be too bad but if it's more often...I think my Bounce dryer sheets from Sams Club is just as reasonable.

Laundry Detergent (powder):
1c Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2c Borax
1 bar grated Fels Naptha
Mix together and use 1-3 tablespoons in load of wash. Mix together and store in air tight container.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this...the Fels Naptha smells AWESOME!!! I have ALWAYS only used Tide with Bleach and I think our clothes have always looked pretty good but now using this I notice our clothes are even BRIGHTER than they have been in the past. I have NO negatives on this...I think it's fun and theraputic grating the Fels Naptha.

Dishwashing Detergent (powder):
1 cup Borax
1 cup Baking Soda
1/4 cup table salt
2 pkgs lemon cool-aid mix
Mix all and store in airtight container. Use same amount as store bought brand. Shake before each use.

I didn't care too much for this...I felt that all of our glasses came out cloudy and several of the dishes had film on them each time. I may try an alternative recipe in the future but I got some of our old detergent on sale/free with a rewards card so I'll be using that again for now.