Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lewis Family Christmas 2011


Just thought I'd share a picture of our family at Christmas.
We all gathered around Daddy's hospital bed, it was hard to
get everyone in. He had a pretty good day.
I am very thankful that we were able to have another Christmas
with our family circle unbroken...


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Family Traditions

We began a tradition on Emily's first Christmas. We would
get her an ornament that commemorated something that
she loved the most that year. Kind of like a walk down
memory lane. :)
 These pics start with this year and move backwards
(because I uploaded them backwards...oopsie!) lol



 She loves Superman this year! She even got
to visit the Superman museum in Metropolis, IL.!
She also loves Smallville (which is supposed to be
Superman when he was a teenager***for any who
recognize this show----we only watch it with Clearplay***
we do not endorse it otherwise!)


Last year, she got all into the Mandie book and movies.
We couldn't find an ornament with Mandie on it so we bought an
ornament ball that you could put a picture in. Ta da!


I actually got these next two
reversed. We got her the Disney prncess
castle ornament the year of her ninth Christmas
because we visited Disney World earlier in the year.


She loved the Tinkerbell movie her tenth year.

This was her eight Christmas~ she loved Barbie Island Princess


Her seventh Christmas~ She loved Barbie and The Twelve Dancing Princesses


This sixth Christmas~ she loved Spiderman!
(What is it with this girl and her superheroes?)


And yet another Barbie movie~ her fifth Christmas she loved
the Princess and the Pauper


Her fourth Christmas~ she loved Dora the Explorer!
(now she wants to hide this one and not put it on the tree--but
Mama stands firm! whether or not she likes her now--she
loved her once) lol


Her third Christmas she didn't anything in particular so we picked
out a very cute ornament with her name on it.


Her second Christmas~ She loved Toy Story!


Her first Christmas~ we found a very cute Precious Moments ornament
Booties that say Baby's First Christmas!

And of course, when she marries, she will take all these with her!
Kind of a sweet tradition, we've had so much fun doing!
In the early years, I would be the one trying to
decide what she loved best all year. Now, she has
a blast deciding and then we have lots of fun
looking for just the right one!


And of course, here is where it all began!
If there hadn't been a First Christmas Together in 1984
for a nice young couple named Bret and Tammy,
there would never have been an Emily to begin
with. Just thought that I'd share MY favorite ornament too! 

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Greatest Gift of All!



After reading Tammy's comments on my previous post,
I began thinking about my parents and the legacy that they have
left for me and my sisters. You see, my parents raised us
all of our lives to know and love the Lord with all our hearts.
We were raised to put God first in our lives...there was never any
question on Sunday morning, IF we were going to church today.
We were! They taught us that the Lord should be our priority. They
taught us that if you live your life for the Lord, that the Lord will
always be with us, that He would never forsake us, and He hasn't!
Some may ask, then, why? Why would God allow someone
who has lived for Him and honored Him with his life, to
go through such suffering and pain?
Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world. There will always
be pain and suffering here. God has not promised us that
we would never go through hard things. But, He
has promised us that He would never forsake us, that
He would carry us through the hard things. There are lots
of Biblical examples of good people who went through very
diffiicult and trying circumstances. I'll mention just a couple.
Joseph is one of my favorite Bible characters. Josesph's brothers
did some terrible things to him and thus began a whole series
of terrible events, over the course of many years time, and
Joseph was innocent of wrongdoing. But, God had a
purpose for allowing him to face those things. If Joseph
had gotten bitter or angry against God, and turned his back
on Him, the work that God had for him to do (many, many years
down the road) wouldn't have been accomplished.
And Job, Job had no idea about the conversation that
had taken place between God and Satan about his
being a strong, dedicated man. All he knew was
one day he was living for God, and the next day
his world was torn apart. But, the Lord used
this time to help Job to grow and know the Lord
better than he ever had before. 
I do know, the Lord has been very good to our family.
He has met financial needs, he has given strength and
help in ways that only He could.
Daddy and Momma both love the Lord. They have
lived for him faithfully for many years.
They have a home prepared for them in heaven.
In this, I have comfort and peace. I know that
a separation here will only be temporary. I will see
them again. One day, we will be together again,
never to be separated. A wonderful family reunion in
heaven....FOR ALL THOSE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED CHRIST!
We don't have to grieve as those who have no hope!
It's not to say we don't grieve...just to say not as them with no hope!
We do have hope! We have a promise to be with the Lord
forever in the home He's prepared for us! But first,
one must accept Him as Lord and Savior!
I have accepted Him, and I believe with all
my heart, that my parents have accepted him.
Their lives have been a testimony of that.
But, if there are some who have not lived their
lives for the Lord, if He has not changed their
hearts ( to where your heart yearns toward Him and
not toward the things of the world-- to where
you have a change of mind...you take sides with
God against yourself, realizing that you are an unworthy sinner
in need of a Savior) then
these can't find hope and peace in looking forward
to a reunion in heaven. Because unless you've accepted
Christ, you won't be there!
This is the Christmas season...a time when we celebrate Christ' birth.
Why do we celebrate the birth? Because He didn't just come as
a babe in a manger! He came to die! Because the human
race needed a Savior! Because without a Savior there would
be no HOPE for any of us to go be with Him in heaven.
In the busyness of these days, the greatest gift anyone could
receive would be the gift of salvation. If you haven't received
this gift, there is no other that matters.

I guess this post was a little scattered...or random, as my sweet daughter
would say. :) But, I just had some things on my heart, and hopefully
someone who reads might understand what I am trying
to say. I would love to hear of someone receiving the greatest
gift of all this Christmas, the gift of the Savior!



Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sweet Pic of Daddy and Momma

I found this picture a few weeks ago. It is Daddy
and Momma before either of them were sick.
These are difficult days for both of them.
Daddy is very, very sick. Momma cares for him
constantly and is exhausted, but she wouldn't have it
any other way. She is taking care of the love of her life
while she has the opportunity. His birthday was
Tuesday. He turned 67. I am thankful for another year
to have my Daddy with me.




My husband is a much better deer hunter than I am!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I'm Still Here

It may not seem like it...but I am still here. Life in our family
has been very busy in recent days. What with the homeschooling,
church activities, etc. I've also had some issues with my computer
not wanting to cooperate and so, the few times that I have actually
tried to post something, it wouldn't work for me. Grrrr...

But, I do plan to try to do better blogging soon. Got plans to get
the puter fixed up...soon. Will hopefully, in the very near future
be getting high speed internet at home.

Now, just before signing off... I would like to ask prayers for my
parents. Daddy is very, very sick right now--and has been for the
last several weeks-- well months, really. I haven't updated on his
health, mostly just because I am just don't feel like talking about
it much. But, he desperately needs prayers, and so does Mom,
as she is exhausted trying to care for him.

I appreciate everyone who reads my blog ( if after all this time any
one is still there)




Friday, September 16, 2011

The Ducks I See On My Morning Walk

Aren't they just adorable? I see these little guys every

morning (weather permitting) when my husband and I do

our morning walk. Getting to see them always makes my day...





Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remember...and Pray

Today commerates a very sad day in our nation's history.

Please take a few minutes of your time today to pray

for the families affected by this tragedy ten years ago.

And, pray for our great nation...that she will be a beacon

of light for a world in darkness...that she will

continue to stand for truth and right....

to firmly stand as

"one nation under God"







Thursday, September 1, 2011

Back to School

Well...it's that time of year! Time to get "back to school".

HOMESCHOOL, that is. :)

Here is a smiling Emily...and don't let that smile fool you...she really wasn't

all that happy at the moment. (She was doing Math) ( and just

for the record, she is GOOD in Math, she just doesn't ENJOY it)

She prefers READING to CYPHERING, so to speak.



We are switching to Saxon math this year, having used

ACE since kindergarten. We are still using ACE in most

of her other subjects (with the exception of Spelling, in which

we use Abeka) She is an excellent student. She does very

well academically, both in her school work as well as on

standardized testing.

I have listened to a lot of arguments concerning ACE versus

other curriculum, and I understand their points. (ACE

DOES start out slowly, progressing much more after say, 5th grade)

That does not bother me, though, because, as I said, Emily does

VERY WELL on the standardized testing...WHICH IS NOT BASED

ON CURRICULUM BUT ON NATIONAL GRADE LEVEL MATERIAL.

So, to put this to rest once and for all...I LOVE ACE, it has

taught my daughter well. It is manageable, as far as it not

taking MY whole day...it being designed for the student

to learn from the curriculum. I just have to oversee her work,

be sure that she is being quizzed properly

and understanding the concepts.

PLUS, it is very affordable, much for affordable than

some of the others.

One of the very nicest things about homeschooling is that

one has the freedom to use various means and methods to teach

their children, to insure the best education for them.

And of course, every parent must choose the method that

best works for them. It's our choice! I guess the

thing that BUGs me, at times, is that

ACE gets criticized...before all the facts are in.

You can't (correctly) make an assumption based

on the early years...one must look at the WHOLE picture.

How well do these students do when they go to college?


Most of the ADULTS that I know (who were ACE educated) that have gone to

college have done exceptionally well.

Anyway, whichever curriculum you choose, it is

a blessing and honor to still have the freedom that

we have in our country to be able to educate our

children in our homes.

(Aside from kindergarten, Emily has never been taught

by anyone else outside our family)

She will be taught to live by our standards and convictions

until she goes to college or gets married. And by then, LORD willing,

she will have grown in the LORD spirtually enough that she can

stand strong in her faith ON HER OWN.


This is our ultimate goal~ that she love the LORD with all her

heart and live for Him all the days of her life.



Wow! I don't know where all that came from...was only planning to

post a pic! lol :)


But, there you have it...


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Presenting...Mr. and Mrs. Trent Holman

Well, they did it! Faith and Trent were married.

Faith is a very special young lady and and

has been a dedicated member of our youth group.

May the Lord bless them as they begin their lives

together.



The entire wedding party


Here comes the bride...look at the smile! She looks
excited to see her groom. (Reminds me of how the church will
one day be smiling and rejoicing to see her long-awaited groom)



The lighting of the unity candle



First Kiss



The lovely Mr. & Mrs. Trent Holman




Friday, August 19, 2011

Mini-Vacation at Surfside

Our family had the privilege of getting to attend

the Summer Spectacular meeting at Life Baptist Church

in St. Stephen, SC, with Bro. Alfred Willis. My husband

was to preach in the campmeeting, as well as on Sunday

morning. We had a wonderful time. We love that

church and those precious people.

After leaving the meeting, we took a couple

of days to visit the ocean.

We went to Surfside, SC. We've never visited

there so we weren't sure what to expect. In all

honesty, it was a little too crowded for us.

However, we just made the best of the situation

by spending most of our time on the beach during

the wee morning hours and late evening hours.

During the day, we just took it easy and rested.




The view outside our room

















Saturday, July 23, 2011

Summer Cucumber Salad

If you have lots of cucumbers right now, here's a delicious way to use them.


Summer Cucumber Salad


A serving bowl of bite-sized cucumbers

1/4c. chopped onion


Dressing

1 c. mayo

1/2 c. sugar

1 tbsp. vinegar


Mix dressing ingredients first then set aside. This will help the

flavors blend together nicely.

Just before serving, toss cucumbers and onions with the dressing.


This makes a deliciously cool summer treat.



Friday, July 8, 2011

What Am I Going to Do with all This Squash?

Okay, first of all I had WAY more squash than this...but I had already

started the process before I thought about blogging it. :)

Have you ever noticed how EVERYONE'S squash comes in

at the same time? So, it's VERY hard to give away and

everyone comes to church with a bag of veggies, and no one

seems to want to take any?

I DO have a little garden this year, but we got ours

in tad bit late. Thus, we don't have squash yet (ATLEAST

FROM OUR OWN GARDEN)

However, we have had LOTS of folks sharing!

(Which is definitely OKAY with me)

Now, of course, there are the regular ways to eat

summer squash. Our absolute FAVORITE way is

the most fattening way...rolled in corn meal

and fried in individual pieces. Our second favorite way

is stirred fried with onion and peppers in just a little

oil ( much healthier and still very tasty)

But...after so many days of eating squash, even the biggest

fan of squash can alittle burned out...and then what?



I have a couple of wonderful recipes for using summer squash.

I have tried for years (quite unsuccessfully) to freeze it.

As much as we LOVE squash, and I believe that I have tried

to freeze it in every POSSIBLE way, we just haven't cared for

it from the freezer. UNTIL NOW...

Last year, we had an abundance of squash and we needed to

go away for a few days. I didn't want it to waste so I shredded

them all up in my food processor and then bagged them up and

froze them ( never did it that way before)

Sometime last winter, I decided to make a squash casserole

and used some of the shredded frozen squash. IT WAS

WONDERFUL and worked beautifully!!!

So, here is a few pics of what I have been up to this morning.

This winter, we will be enjoying some delicious SUMMER squash. :)

First, chop into hunks that will fit into your food processor.



Shred it, using the blade you use for making slaw.



Shredded squash


The same process works GREAT for zucchini too!

The recipes for squash also taste great using zucchini

(and make for a very PRETTY looking casserole)

Also, it makes a very tasty zucchini bread

(And I have made LOTS of these--a tried and true recipe)


Veggies ready to go in the freezer.


Now I would like to share a couple of recipes with you in

which I use the shredded squash.



Squash Casserole


4 c. shredded squash (take out of freezer, defrost slightly, squeeze ALL moisture out)

1 box Jiffy cornbread mix

4 eggs

1/3 c. oil

1/2 c. onion

1 c. shredded cheddar cheese or 1 c. velveeta, cubed


In large bowl combine squash and muffin mix. Beat together 4 eggs and add to bowl.

Mix in the last three ingredients and stir. Pour into a 13 x 9 cake pan coated with cooking spray

and bake at 325 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes or until light golden brown.



Squash Patties


4 c. squash ( same as above recipe)

1 small onion, minced

Cook w/ 1/2 tsp. salt & 1/4 tsp. pepper in a little water until tender

Cool. Drain. Mash


1 Jiffy Cornbread mix

1/4 c. flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. red pepper (optional)

1 large egg, beaten

1/2 c. buttermilk ( can use regular milk)

Mix together, then add squash


Add 1/2 c. oil in skillet. When oil is hot, spoon out by spoonfuls and fry

for 3 minutes per side.



Zucchini Bread


2 c. sugar

1 c. oil

3 eggs

2 c. shredded zucchini

3 tsp. vanilla

3 c. flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. each nutmeg & ginger


Beat together eggs, sugar, and oil. Add zucchini & vanilla. Mix well.

Add the rest of the ingredients. Pour into greased loaf pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool on rack 10 minutes.

Add glaze.


Glaze

1 c. confectioners sugar

1 tsp. lemon juice

Whisk together. Drizzle over bread.


I also have another use for summer squash. I didn't make

any this year because I still have several jars left but

this is very good. (Very similar to chow-chow) It is

a wonderful complement to pinto beans and cornbread.


Squash Relish


6 large squash, diced

2 large bell peppers, diced

4 medium onions, diced

1/4 c. canning salt


2 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar

3 c. sugar

2 tsp. celery salt

1 tsp. mustard seed


Cover veggie mixture ( first four ingredients) with ice and let sit

for one hour. Drain well. Add the other ingredients to the veggies and

mix together. Bring to boil and continue to boil for 10 minutes.

Pour into clean, hot jars and seal with lids that are

in VERY hot water. (My recipe does not say that you

have to use a water bath canner, and I KNOW that the

recipe works fine if you don't want to use one-- however, at

this time I DO put my jars into a water bath for 5 minutes)

I believe it helps with the sealing process and I figure that

if anything is worth doing, it's worth the extra effort to

try and keep it preserved.


So, there you have it!