Saturday, October 20, 2012

Some Pinterest

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 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, 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 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

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 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, 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 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
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.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

How Much is TOO Much???

I've been struggling lately...really it's been a struggle within myself.
I've been asking myself, "How much is "too" much"???

I can honestly say the last 2 years we have been feeling the pull of the world towards worldly "stuff" (iphone's, flat screen tv's, etc) and the pull towards putting our treasure towards godly "stuff"...investing in lives, souls, hunger, helping those in need, etc. (BTW, I do have an iphone that a friend blessed me with...thank you friend!:)(We still do not have a flat screen tv and I'm not judging you if you have these things...we'd really love one...we just haven't gotten it yet:)

So that has brought me to a question that I'm so glad to see I'm not the only one dealing with...last night I saw this post from Shannan @FlowerPatchFarmGirl Obviously...she has been wondering "How Much is Too Much" too.

The pairing down/weeding out the useless spending seems to have all started for us 12 years ago when my then 9 month old daughter was calling the babysitter momma cause she was with her more hours of the day than she was with me. We prayed concerning that and my husband felt that I should quit my $20/hour Procurement Manager job and stay home. I thought it would be fun at first but for the social butterfly in wasn't. I kicked and bucked against that for a few years before I settled down to acutally liking/preferring being home. It was a huge change for us loosing my more 'extras' or shopping sprees for me. Time to tighten the purse strings.

At around that same time...we were living in the house of our dreams with amenities of an acre of land with a built in pool, jacuzzi, clubhouse, trampoline, swing set, 2400 sq ft of living space with a two car garage...I LOVED that place!!! After 4 years of living there we felt the Lord calling us to give up that dream house, downsize and get debt free. We had always been debt free except for our house and home equity husband is a bit older than me and we knew we needed to get on the ball with getting our finances under control. We wanted our mortgage (which the root meaning is "death-grip") paid off and we also wanted to be able to "give" more away.

So we sold our dream home for $45K more than we paid for it in 2004 (thank you Jesus) and purchased a new villa for about $20k less than our dream home had cost us. We worked at paying it off and got rid of our mortgage (death-grip)& home equity loan about 3 years ago (thank you, thank you Jesus!!!). One would think when you pay off your house, you would be able to take that money you were spending on the mortgage and be able to save it every month and have a nice nest egg. Yeah...I would think we would be able to too but we increased our giving and then we encountered a major surgery each year for the last 3 years that had us max out our family medical deductible every year...ugh.

We have started couponing, shopping at Goodwill and garage sales(mostly for fun), will only buy things that are on clearance/on sale and try to buy used things in good condition. As I am reading lately about people moving into "tiny houses", I'm back to the question of "How much is TOO much?" Is a full pantry, 2 decent vehicles and a paid off comfortable home too much? After we pay taxes, tithes, our givings and alimony to my husbands first wife...we live off of below the listed median household income...I don't think that's too much but compared to many around the world...maybe it is? I sure wish God would just tell me plain out because everything we buy and consider buying is weighed against this in my mind. As I go through my list of 'wants' most of my friends say - Oh, it's ok, God wants you to be blessed...while so many are hurting and starving around the world...does He really? I know He wants to provide all my needs but how much wanting is too much?

Is wanting to go on vacations instead of mission trips too much?

We here in America live such extravagant lives compared to most all other countries and I've been on enough mission trips to see the poverty. I'm still struggling and feeling the pull of the bigger, the better, the next big thing...but when does it end? WHEN is enough, enough??? Would God call us to give it "all" away? To give up a life of comfort to live where He wants us to live and do what He wants us to do?

I would love to hear your point of view on this...please share with me your thoughts.

How much is too much???

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Titanic...100 Years later

My Beautiful One and I had the opportunity to go away for the weekend to a Titanic 100 Year rememberance, a time to honor the men (women & children) who went down with the Titanic.

I had never heard things from the Titanic from a Christian perspective. The sinking of the Titanic can be looked upon as a modern day parable...similar to the "Tower of Babel." The builders of the Titanic wanted to build the "biggest" ship, with the best ammenities it could have. The ship housed a prideful arrogance...its builders and promoters boasted that "Even God couldn't sink it"...though they weren't sure where this saying came from...they prided themselves in it. Maybe God looked upon that as a bit of a "challenge" persea?

If only 1 of the following "what if's" would have taken place...the ship might not have sank, might have been rescued, or might have had less loss of life than it did.

"What if:"

What if...they would have heeded the iceberg warnings?

What if...they would have been going slower than they were?

What if...they had enough lifeboats?

What if...they had not misplaced the binoculars whereas they would have seen the iceberg sooner?

What if...the water hadn't been still? Still waters in that part of the ocean only happen 1 night every 60 years.

What if...they had not reversed the engines?

What if...the ship in the distance had heeded their signals and come to the rescue?

What if...the wireless operator had been willing to receive the final warning message?


I find it SO very interesting that not ONE single one of these things took God was making a statement that HE alone is God...don't test Him.

Thank God that our country was more "rooted" in Christianity back then than our current country is willingly gave up their seats on lifeboats for others and felt in their heart of hearts that "women and children" should be first.

It's so interesting that the Costa Concordia went down this January, 100 years after the Titanic and we could see a complete contrast between the two...the Titanic had men who were gentlemen and were willing to give up their seats & sacrifice their lives for women & children, the Costa Concordia had men who thought it should be "every man for himself." The actions of the captains of the two ships speaks for honorable man went down with his fell into a life boat and "saved" himself.

"Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for another."

"Women & Children First"

Monday, April 09, 2012

Happy Easter!!!

HE is Risen!!! Praying you found the risen Savior this weekend and each day after!!! God bless you all from our home to yours!

My family...

My sister and I...our dad was in the hospital. :(

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pecan Butter...Scrump-del-i-icious!!!

This weekend I attended a local event and got to try the most A-M-A-Z-I-N-G stuff ever Ziegelmeier's Toasted Pecan Butter. What is Toasted Pecan Butter you ask??? It's pecans that are toasted which brings out the flavor, then they are ground smooth and mixed with raw sugar & some sea salt which helps to make it creamy...similiar to peanut butter but OH SO much better! WOW, this stuff is A-D-D-I-CTING!!! Grab some chocolate syrup and pour them both in at the same time for the ultimate in yummy goodness!!! Not that I've tried that or anything. {grin}

I bought the crunchy pecan butter variety because I like some crunch and I love me some pecans!

Since Ziegelmeier's & Co is currently having a sale - I thought I'd let you in on the yummy goodness...I can't possibly save it "ALL" for myself...though I'd sure like to! :)

Ziegelmeier's Toasted Pecan Butter is:

~ Gluten Free

~ High in antioxidants

~ No Artificial Flavors, Colors or Preservatives

~ Rich in Monounsaturated Fat (The Heart Healthy Fat)

~ Good Source of Protein

~Cholesterol Free

~Vegetarian & Vegan

~ All-natural

~ No added oils

~ Full of incredible flavor

~ Pecans are high in beta-carotene, and vitamins C & E

Very versatile: use as a fondue, dip, drizzle, or spread. Use with apples, bananas, celery, pretzels, bagels, oatmeal, ice cream, brownies, salmon, fruit salads......or use it just like peanut butter! You can also just do like I do and grab a tablespoon and eat it right out of the jar...yep, that's what I do!!!
(Thankfully, no one else in my house likes pecans:) (bummer for them...AWESOME for me!) LOL

Now that I've put myself through all of this Pecan Butter talk...I think I'll go finish off what I have left so it can't tempt me anymore today. LOL

Check them out here and order some Yummy Goodness for yourself! YUM!!!

PS. I think I'll need to stow a couple jars of this away in my Food Storage...watching Doomsday Preppers has got me "preparing" again and this is a PERFECT treat to have on hand for that type of thing ~ it's sure to keep momma happy cause if momma ain't happy...ain't nobody happy! :)

Thursday, March 08, 2012



Ever feel like a “leftover”??? describes it:

left-o-ver 2. anything left or remaining from a larger amount; the remainder


You ever feel like that? Someone left over from a larger group…you know, you don’t really fit in with the “in” group but sometimes on the off chance you do end up with a side line invite to something they are doing. Maybe you feel like a second class citizen?


I’ve been feeling like that A LOT lately…in my family, sometimes in my church family, etc.  Many insecurities are raging inside of me, you must not be a good enough friend, your just an afterthought, you don’t “rank” in my/our group…etc.


Thankfully God knows me, God loves me with an everlasting love, God says I’m right where HE wants me to be. God is my friend no matter if I have any or not.


If your heart is heavy today because you feel like you don’t quite “fit-in”, you don’t quite make the grade, or your looking for some reassurance…stop comparing yourself and go to God. He is the only friend you need!!!


Adapted from my “Because of Jesus” bible study (God is so timely) – You are God’s masterpiece. You were fearfully and wonderfully made. He thinks about you constantly. God loves you!!! What a friend we have in Jesus…He’s ALL I need!!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Over Active Bladder...I'm cured!!! TMI ~ LOL

I really struggled about writing this post but figured if it helped might help someone out there in bloggy land...

About a year ago, I began drinking 1/2 my body weight in ounces of water. This led to drinking 75 oz. of water a day...that's a LOT of water. I began going to the bathroom ALOT and any time I felt like it. Unfortunately, I messed up my bladder signals to my brain. It became so bad that I think I was going to the bathroom about every was ALWAYS on my mind.

I went and saw my doctor a couple months ago and told her about this. She sent me to a Urogynocologist and to Bladder Physical Therapy. Thanks to these two specialist...I now am back to "normal" in the potty area and I am SOOO thankful!!!

What did they do to get me "unchained" to the toilet?

The first thing I did was cut back my liquid intake, I was NOT allowed to drink more than 4-6 ounces in an hours time.
This lasted the ENTIRE 6 weeks of my Bladder Therapy.

The second thing I had to do was go to the bathroom at certain times - Here was my schedule all times are from waking:

Week 1 - go every hour

Week 2 - go every hour and 1/2

Week 3 - go every 2 hours

Week 4 - go every 2 1/2 hours

Week 5 - go every 3 hours

Week 6 - go every 3 hours

If this is followed and you are are CURED!!!

With each of these weeks, I also did Bladder Physical Therapy which included various exercises both internal and external to get the pelvic floor to relax. You are NOT allowed to go at night once you've gone to bed, if you find that you need to go and it's NOT time for you to be able to - you must occupy your mind with something else like saying your ABC's backwards or counting to 100 by 3's - I had several of these times and got pretty good at saying my ABC's backwards. I spent many a nights laying there praying that I wouldn't wet all over myself and the bed. I'm so GLAD this has I sleep right through the's WONDERFUL!!!

To those not dealing with an Over Active Bladder - this may seem silly and really easy but let me tell you...there were MANY challenging times during all of that but you CAN retrain your body/brain and straighten yourself back out to hold an appropriate amount of liquid.

Now I just have to make sure I never go less than 3 hours at a time...most of the time, I can successfully hold it 4-6 hours. I am SO thankful!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday, January 02, 2012

My ‘Unpaid’ Pajama Jean Review…As Seen On TV

My sweet husband heard me talk about the “Pajama Jeans” when we were in Walgreens one day. Guess what I got for Christmas?

Pajama Jeans

He knows I wear a size 10 so he got me a Medium…they fit fine but I wasn’t sure what they would be like after they were machine washed and dried…I didn’t want them to shrink up because I’m so tall, I took them back and got a Large. The Large fit just like I would want them to and they are the perfect length for me.

pajama jean sizing-chart

(image taken from the Pajama Jean website)

They sport the “look” of denim but the comfort and feel of sweatpants. While I wouldn’t normally go ‘out’ in sweatpants…I’ll go out in my Pajama Jeans!

Honestly, I would NEVER spend $40 on a pair of jeans for myself but I am really considering going and buying a couple more pair!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!!!

They were originally only made in “bootcut” (so I have the legs of them pinnedSmile until I can sew them) but I now see on their site that they have “skinny” leg too…not sure WHEN and IF Walgreen’s will carry them. Order online from the Pajama Jeans website and get a FREE Grey Crewneck Tee.

Disclaimer: This review is my own opinion, I received NO compensation or products for my opinion but Hey Pajama Jeans…if you read this…I sure would LOVE me another pair!!!