Saturday, October 24, 2009

Nothing Like Mountain Apples

Last weekend the Hubby and kids and I went to Apple Valley to pick apples and pumpkins. We had a wonderful time. It was a very cold weekend! We were all bundled up with coats, hats, scarfs and gloves! But oh what a great time we had!

We first went and did the Corn Maze(we even took our dog Sandy with us). It was a lot of fun trying to find all of our 5 points. We eventually found all of our points and I believe that we did it under an hour. It was a great "family" team building experience. Fun for everyone!

Then we picked apples and we picked a 1/2 bushel of them. We picked 3 different types. One sweet type, Cameos, one in-between sweet and tangy the Goldrush , then the last one was the Mutsu that I use to bake in my apple pies. We also bought a huge cabbage that weighed 5 lbs! It is so big that I can have it with three different meals! We also bought homemade apple bread and apple butter. Not to mention that the kids each had a homemade apple strudel and the Hubby and I had a nice hot cup of apple cider! Yum-O!!

After picking apples we picked pumpkins. The kids each got one. It didn't take the Princess long at all to pick hers, but the Bookworm, well, let's just say that it took him a good 45 minutes! But that was OK, because we enjoyed walking around and looking at all the different sizes of pumpkins and looking at the goats and llama too! It was a fun filled day!

So, want to spend some quality time with your family this Fall, get outside and go apple and pumpkin picking! There is no better way to spend time together as a family then outside in God's wonderful world!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

When God Calls

Several years ago now, when my husband was deployed to be exact, he heard God calling him into the Ministry. We talked about getting out of the Military so that he could go to Seminary, but it wasn't the right time to do it at that time. So, I started praying 3 years ago to God this specific prayer each day. "Dear Lord, I pray that my husband will be able to somehow attend Seminary and yet, still retire out of the Army, without having to retire first or get out of the Army and then go to Seminary. Lord if that is your will, I know that You can make it happen. "

So, everyday I prayed this prayer for 3 years. A few months ago my Husband came home from work one day and told me about a local college that offered Seminary classes and the at he was thinking about possibly enrolling, but he wasn't sure if he wanted to attend this one college or another one that was in another state. A lot of the classes he could do online, but for some, he would have to take some of the classes at the College itself. He looked at me and he asked me,"How long have you been prayer?" I said,"Praying about what?" He said,"Praying for me and Seminary." I told him,"3 years."

Folks...........GOD IS GOOD! The past few weeks have been exciting in our house! The Husband decided against both of those schools and we found another Seminary that is so much better and caters to the Military and all of his classes can be taken online! And yes, he will be done in less than four years, which equals that amount of time that we have left remaining in the Army! And another yes, we have decided that 20 years is enough, he is going to retire, so that he can go into Ministry.
He got accepted into Seminary and just received his books and DVDs yesterday.....he can't wait til classes start in a week or two!

God hears us when we pray. Lots of times we want answers now, but God will always answer us and He always answers in His time.

Think about all of the blessings that God has given to you and finish this phrase, " I know I am blessed because......................................