Thursday, May 31, 2012

Honoring The Graduate

Finally, I am getting back to Joe's graduation and fulfilling my promise of sharing his graduation display board that I spent so much time working on last week!






This is Joe giving his speech as the Salutatorian of his class.  I'm so proud of his hard work -- he graduated with a 4.0, including 12 hours of college credit earned through dual enrollment at the local college!





Joe was also awarded the Outstanding Christian Character Award for the senior class.  As far as I'm concerned, that award is more important than his MVP Awards for Basketball and Track, his Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, and every other recognition he has received.  Christian character is a prize worth obtaining because its value does not perish or fade away!!






Each graduate is assigned a table, where he or she creates a unique display of pictures from his or her life, along with plaques, awards, newspaper articles, trophies, musical instruments, influential books and other favorite items that represent that student's interests and passions. These vary widely from person to person and are fun to walk around and look at.  Here is a picture of Joe with his table.






And now for the moment you've all been waiting for -- a close up look at all of my hard work!  ;)




Well, honestly it is more of a look at all of Joe's hard work!  ;)  But, I did spend a lot of time sorting, cropping and pasting on pictures for Joe's board, and reliving many special memories in the process!




I took lots of pictures at the reception!  I'll share a few of my favorites with you.  This is Alan with our pastor.



And this is our Pastor's wife talking to Tiffany.  It was a blessing to have some of our church family come to Joe's graduation and join in our celebration of his accomplishments!






Here is Joe with my beautiful Mom.  (You can see my Dad in the background on the left side.)




Some of the fam with Joe.



Joe and Luke . . . 



Joe and Tay . . . brothers and best friends!




Joe and Bethany!  Don't you love this picture?? It always cracks me up!! ;) 



Bethany loves her "Joey!"  ;)


Not only has Joe won his little sister's heart, but also just about every little girl at the school!  They all love Joe!  Tiffany says that many a first-grader says she is going to marry Joe!  



But Joe only has eyes for one person -- his girlfriend of three years, Miss Abby D!




Joe, Abby and Momma D!




And finally, Joe with his Mom --- that's me!!  ;)


(Just realized I didn't get a pic of Joe with his Dad!) 


So, we now have 5 down, 5 to go!


Congratulations Joe!  :)   

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What's Cooking? {Spicy Skillet Pork Chops}

Now that the heat and humidity have arrived, I enjoy making a skillet supper, so I don't have to turn on the oven and heat up the house.  This quick and easy meal is a family favorite!




Spicy Skillet Pork Chops




Ingredients:
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 pork chops (center cut boneless are our favorite)
olive oil as needed
2 TBSP butter
1 cup chicken broth


Directions:


1.  Mix all spices together and evenly sprinkle half over the top of the pork chops.  
2.  Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  (I like to use my electric skillet!)
3.  Place spiced side of the pork chops down in the hot skillet.  Cook about 5 minutes on one side until browned, but not blackened.  (Turn down the heat if they're cooking too fast.)
4.  While pork chops are cooking on the first side, sprinkle spice mixture on the uncooked side.  
5.  Flip them over once; finish cooking.  
6.  Remove chops from skillet and keep warm. 
7.  When all chops are cooked, add butter to skillet and whisk up browned bits with a wire whisk. Turn the heat up a little, add chicken broth, and keep whisking till the sauce reduces to abut half.  
8.  Serve pork chops with sauce spooned over top.


I served my pork chops with rice, and a squash and onion medley sauteed in butter.  YUM!  :)




* Time-saving tip -- While I'm mixing up the spices, I go ahead and quadruple the seasoning ingredients and save them in a recycled spice container.  That way I have the spice mixture all ready, which speeds up dinner prep the next time around.


* Recipe adapted from Saving Dinner the Low-Carb Way by Leanne Ely.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Compliments of Beryl . . .

Thanks to Tropical Storm, "Beryl," we now have an "in-ground pool" in our yard!  :) Matt and Bethany think I am the "nicest mommy in the world" because I let them swim in it this afternoon with the boys from across the street!  ;)



Tummy Toning Tuesday: The Final Frontier

Many women who are dissatisfied with their bodies want to see their bellies banished right off the bat; however, according to my weight-and-inch-loss role model, Charlotte Siems, the tummy is often the last to go!








Click here to read what Charlotte has to say about losing that tummy!


Click here to learn more about the T-Tapp workout, which is what Charlotte used to help her lose over 100 pounds and inches.


And if you've lost a troublesome tummy -- please share how you did it!!!! 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Winner of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Announced


Gold Label Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Congratulations to Michelle Anderson (entry #155) -- the new winner of  1 quart of  Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions!!!  

Michelle -- please email me at busymomof10@gmail.com with your mailing address, so you can receive your prize!



Marriage Monday: Venerating our Husbands {Link Up}



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For the past few weeks, we have been considering the greatest need of our husbands -- which is to be respected and admired.  We are learning from Ephesians 5:33:

"However, let each man of you [without exception] love his wife as [being in a sense] his very own self; and let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband [that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly]."



I really like the way the Amplified version expands our understanding of what it looks like to respect our husbands.  Over the next few weeks, I plan to define and consider each of these words, one at a time.  Last week we focused on the word "prefer."  This week, we are moving on to the word "venerate."


Venerate is not a word that we use a lot today.  When I looked it up in the dictionary, I discovered that it means "to regard or treat with reverence."  So, I looked up reverence.  It is defined as "a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration."  That took us full circle, didn't it??  ;)

So, how do we venerate, reverence, and respect our husbands?  

Because our culture has unfortunately lost the concept of respect, it makes it harder to really grasp how to show respect for someone.  Perhaps it would help to imagine how we would treat the President of the United States if he were coming to visit us.  Even if we greatly dislike him as a person and vehemently disagree with his policies and believe he is destroying our country, I still think we would clean house from top to bottom, put on our favorite clothes, prepare a special meal and serve it on our best dishes, give him the best seat in the house, and speak to him respectfully, even if we disagreed with everything he said.  The bottom line is we would treat him with a proper degree of respect due to his position.  This illustrates how we can demonstrate respect for our husbands, even if we don't happen to like or agree with everything they do.

To help us understand how to show respect, I'm going to list ten specific things we should do and ten specific things we shouldn't do to demonstrate respect and reverence to our husbands.


10 Things We Should Do to Demonstrate Respect to Our Husbands: 

1.  Be kind and considerate in all we do.
2.  Speak to them in a gentle and kind tone of voice.
3.  Serve them in love.
4.  Encourage them and build them up.
5.  Compliment them.
6.  Express gratitude for the things they do for us.
7.  Encourage their leadership skills.
8.  Dress to please them.
9.  Listen attentively to them when they talk.
10. Speak well of them to others.


10 Things we Should Avoid Doing to Demonstrate Respect to Our Husbands:

1.  Don't correct them (especially in front of others).
2.  Don't criticize the way they do things.
3.  Refrain from offering unsolicited advice.
4.  Avoid nagging and repeated reminders.
5.  Refrain from sharing their shortcomings with others.
6.  Resist the urge to always have to have the last word.
7.  Resist the desire to always have to be right.
8.  Don't belittle them or make fun of them (especially in public).
9.  Don't roll our eyes when we think they are being ridiculous.
10. Refrain from always offering a better way of doing things.


What can you add to either of these lists??  How have you learned to respect your husband?  What have you learned to avoid??  How has your husband responded to your veneration of him?  Please share!!



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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Congratulations Joe! (and Happy Birthday Tay!)

Another busy week here . . . 


Been gearing up for Joe's graduation, which is today!  I've spent a lot of time this week working on this:




I've been looking through tons of old pictures, getting pictures printed, and arranging and rearranging them on this tri-fold project board, which will be displayed on Joe's table at the graduation reception. 


I've also been searching for awards, trophies, plaques, etc. to include with Joe's display, and drove all over town in search of a plain, black tablecloth to drape the table.  Finally had success at Target!  


Friday morning, I went to the school with the other seniors and their Moms to set up Joe's table.  It turned out well!  I will show you the finished display tomorrow!


Also been listening to Tiffany practice Pomp and Circumstance and other songs for graduation this week. . . It really helps to set the mood!


Yesterday afternoon, my Mom and Dad and the "D" family arrived, which took the level of excitement up a notch or two!


So, today is Joe's big day!!


But, if you remember anything about our family, we never have just one big event at a time!  ;)  No sir -- that would be way too simple and boring!  ;)  Today is also Tay's 22 birthday!  :)


So, I've got to get back to work in the kitchen getting ready for a ginormous cookout in honor of these two amazing guys!!!





Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Last Call for Coconut Oil Winner!


Gold Label Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Congratulations to Liz (entry #118) -- the winner of  1 quart of  Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions!!!   (LIZ - Please email me ASAP or I will need to select another winner!)

Liz -- please email me at busymomof10@gmail.com with your mailing address, so you can receive your prize!

If you didn't win, you might want to check out the current buy-one-get-one-free sale at Tropical Traditions.

What's Cooking? {Skillet Chicken with Honey-Mustard-Mayo Sauce}

Looking for a simple, kid-pleasing but nutritious weeknight meal?  Give this recipe a try!  My family enjoyed this easy skillet chicken recipe.  










Skillet Chicken with Honey-Mustard Mayo Sauce




Ingredients:


8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil as needed


Honey-Mustard Mayo


1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 TBSP honey
4 TBSP Dijon mustard




Directions:


To make the chicken:  


1. Mix together the seasonings.


2. Lightly season the chicken breasts on both sides with the seasonings.


3. In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and brown the chicken for about 5 minutes each side, cooking until chicken is cooked through.  (I recommend using an electric skillet, if you have one.  I love using mine!)








To make the honey-mustard mayo sauce:  


1.  In a small bowl, whisk together all sauce ingredients.  


2.  Chill until ready to serve.


Serve each chicken breast with a dollop of the honey-mustard-mayo sauce on top.




This was delicious served with my creamy cheese grits and steamed broccoli/cauliflower drizzled with butter!




*Recipe adapted from Saving Dinner the Low-Carb Way by Leanne Ely.



Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tummy Toning Tuesday: Shrinking your Waistline

Pop Quiz!  


Stop right now and check your posture!  Are your ribs up?  


Or are you slouching??  (I caught you, didn't I?)


Why is it so hard to create a new habit that includes good posture with ribs up and abs engaged??


Many women struggle with their tummies.  (I know I do!!)  Is that your area of concern? 


Have you ever wondered why your waist won't shrink? If so, check out this blog post by senior T-Tapp trainer, Kayla Howard:


http://kaylahoward.com/waist-shrink


If you've been successful at taking inches off your waist or tummy, please share what has worked for you!




Monday, May 21, 2012

Marriage Monday: Preferring Our Husbands {Link Up!}



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For the past few weeks, we have been considering the greatest need of our husbands -- which is to be respected and admired.  We are learning from Ephesians 5:33:

"However, let each man of you [without exception] love his wife as [being in a sense] his very own self; and let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband [that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly]."


I really like the way the Amplified version gives us a clearer picture of what it looks like to respect our husbands.  Over the next few weeks, I plan to define and consider each of these words, one at a time.  The last word we focused on was the word "honor."  This week, we are moving on to the word "prefer."

Prefer means to set or hold someone or something above other persons or things in estimation; to like better; to choose rather than; to give priority to.




When we stood at the marriage altar and said, "I do," we were saying in effect that we preferred that man to all others, that we liked him better and that we chose him over all other men, and we pledged to give priority to our relationship with him.

How quickly we forget that!

It really doesn't take long before we begin preferring to spend time with our girl friends, with our babies and children, with our online friends, with a good book or TV show, or even with our own thoughts, rather than with our husbands.  We must guard against this occupational hazard and make sure we continue to make spending time with our husbands a top priority!

I know that my husband sometimes feels that he is way down my list of priorities.  Sad, but true.  :(  With ten children and a ginormous to-do list every day and week, it can be very easy to put the needs of others or myself ahead of him.  Every time we go in the bedroom and shut the door to talk, a line forms outside the door!  When we go out to eat or out for coffee, it seems that the older kids suddenly all start texting me!   Sometimes, I am distracted by Facebook, email or blogging when he wants to spend time with me.  Many times when he is ready for bed for the night, one of the older kids is engaging me in a deep conversation.  Any parent of young adults knows that the only time these teens and twenty-somethings want to share their hearts is Late at Night!  So, I may find myself in a deep conversation for another hour or two . . .

Life with a big family and life in the 21st century are both very complex, demanding endeavors that require a lot of flexibility, wisdom, and creativity to manage.  There are no easy answers to the challenges we all face in trying to "fit it all in."  We all face the reality of  being overwhelmed and being pulled in many different directions at once, and struggling to prioritize what claims our time and attention.  We may know that God and our husbands should be our top priorities, but may fail to really live that out in a practical manner day by day.  Yet, part of giving our husbands the honor and respect they crave, is to prefer them.



Your Turn to Share:
Please share specific ways that you have learned to prefer your husband and let him know that he is a top priority in your life.  How have you overcome the common obstacles that get in the way?  Do you have a secret for making your husband feel that he is number one?? Please share!!!!  I'm hoping for a lot of comments on this one!



I'd love to have you link up your blog to mine!  Please link up any past or present posts related to marriage.  Don't forget to link back to my blog by copying and pasting the code for my blog button in your post or by simply linking back to my blog.  






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Friday, May 18, 2012

The Winner of 1 Quart of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil is . . . .




Gold Label Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Congratulations to Liz (entry #118) -- the winner of  1 quart of  Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions!!!  

Liz -- please email me at busymomof10@gmail.com with your mailing address, so you can receive your prize!

If you didn't win, you might want to check out the current buy-one-get-one-free sale at Tropical Traditions.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wedding Pictures!!!

The wedding was absolutely awesome!  It was Simply Beautiful and everything went so well! The bride and groom never stopped beaming!  Now that it's over, I've alternated between being in "after-glow" mode and "crash" mode!!  :)

I've received numerous requests for pictures from the big event, so if you are eager to see pictures from the wedding -- this post is for you!!  :)  First, a picture of our amazing photography team, who has given permission to share their work here.  These lovely ladies are Abby, Ashlyn and Bekah!!  This was Bekah's first time to be THE wedding photographer, even though she has assisted Ashlyn with other weddings.  You are about to discover what an amazing job she did!



The groomsmen:


Our family -- with our new daughter!



And to think it all began when two people fell in love . . . 


Our children . . .  when did they all get so grown up???


The wedding party . . . 



Bethany framing the bride and groom!  



What do you think?  Which one is your favorite??
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