Thursday, December 9, 2010

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Great Geography Game

http://www.travelpod.com/traveler-iq/game1 This game is quick and addicting!
http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/ This website also has a free trip slideshow maker.
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

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Finished Week 1

Week 1 went well. I'm still on the first module of my Chinese language course. Learning Chinese will definitely be a long challenge, but I'm not in a rush. My husband was making fun of me because I got so excited on the second day when I was able to pronounce the words. LOL.

On the piano, I'm almost able to play Wayfaring Stranger smoothly. That's very exciting for me, because I've been stuck on that song since before we moved to Belize! Although I do have to admit, I didn't practice consistently before. Maybe because I already know how to play well enough for church, I got comfortable. What I like about this program is that it teaches me different patterns. Learning this is definitely helping me to be more compassionate with the ladies I'm teaching at church. Feeling like a beginner has a way of humbling us. (I'm teaching typing and piano on Saturdays. Maybe why I'm suddenly trying to improve myself. LOL)

Just this week of practice has helped my typing tremendously! I almost typed all of this post without looking. I've noticed that looking at the keyboard while I type is really just a very bad habit. When I'm practicing I don't look, but when I'm typing at any other time I look down. I'm going to try and be more careful this coming week.
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Literature Essays

Lately Rhiannon has been writing literature essays. We are using LLATL Gold British Literature which we like, but it doesn't provide any writing instruction. So, I made a literature essay map for her. Rhiannon is the type of student who needs very clear directions so, it is working out very well for her. You're welcome to use it and adapt it to suit your own needs. Since I use Office 2007, it is not compatible with older versions of Office. Let me know if you need a different version.
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

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I want to learn to speak Chinese

I know I haven't posted in a while, and I really want to try and keep it up. I figure if I post my goals and progress I will be accountable. So, my goals are to learn Chinese, learn to touch type faster, and learn to play piano better. I know I can't just make goals without a plan how to accomplish them.

My plan
1. Practice piano with this program at church after prayer while Riri watches her Algebra video.
2. Practice Chinese with this program daily after piano practice for at least 30 min. or more. 
3. Practice typing with Mavis Beacon Typing for at least 20 min a day after breakfast.

How will I know I accomplished my goals?

1. I will practice piano until I finish the book.
2. I will practice Chinese until I am able to converse fluently with the Chinese people in Belize.
3. I will practice touch typing until I can touch type faster without looking than I can type while looking. (40wpm)

I'll post every Friday to update my progress.



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Saturday, September 18, 2010

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Free Foreign Language Courses

I recently purchased my daughter a Spanish course from Step by Step Spanish. It's the best we've tried and believe me we have tried plenty. My daughter is doing great! We have seen great results and she is only in unit 4. The actual name of the program is Programmatic Spanish. Since I want to learn French, I did a web search to see if anyone was selling the French version. Well guess what? It is out of copyright and in the public domain!
http://fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php
Not only is the French available, but so is the Spanish course I paid for!
http://fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php?page=Spanish
I almost feel like a fool for paying for something I could get for free, but I would never had heard of it in the first place if I hadn't bought it. It's a program developed by the government and covers 1 year of college Spanish or 2 years of high school level Spanish.  It includes the student textbook, instructor guide, workbook, and audio. Check it out!
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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Storm Warning by Billy Graham


Killer earthquakes, devastating hurricanes, bloody wars - the list can go on and on. But what does all of this have to do with the return of Christ? Storm Warning by Billy Graham answers this question plus many more. In order to gain a better understanding of what this book is about, let's examine what it is not about. This book is not about specific theological issues concerning the Second Coming of Christ, the Rapture of the Church, the Tribulation, or the Millennium. I would consider it more of a warning to be ready for Christ's Return and how we can be deviated off of our heaven bound course.


Storm Warning will definitely challenge and inspire the average churchgoer and unbeliever to dig deeper into God's word and not to fall into the traps of this world. I enjoyed reading the personal illustrations Mr. Graham used throughout Storm Warning, as well as all the scripture he used. Overall, I have to say I enjoyed reading Storm Warning and would recommend others read this book. However, just like any other book (except the bible) there will be bones to pick. (Thank you, BookSneeze, for the free copy of Storm Warning.)


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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Bible Reading

I've been really busy this summer, so I didn't keep up with my daily or weekly postings. However, I did keep up with my plan to read the entire bible again. I finished!!! Now I'm reading Philippians daily. I read a book about how to study your bible and it recommends picking a short book in the bible which deals with issues you deal with.
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

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Weekly Bible Reading

I'm switching to a weekly pattern of posting, even though I'm still reading daily. We are so busy right now, but in a good way.

Tuesday 22nd- Daniel 12 - Hosea 1 & Romans 7 - 8
Wednesday 23rd - Hosea 2-3 & Romans 9-10
Thursday 24th- Hosea 4-5 & Romans 11-12
Friday 25th- Hosea 6-7 & Romans 13-14
Saturday 26th- Hosea 8-9 & Romans 15-16
Sunday 27th- Hosea 10-11 & 1 Corinthians 1-2
Monday 28th- Hosea 12-13 & 1 Corinthians 3-4
Tuesday 29th- Hosea 14-Joel 1 & 1 Corinthians 5-6
Wednesday 30th- Joel 2-3 & 1 Corinthians 7-8
Thursday July 1st- Amos 1-2 & 1 Corinthians 9-10
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Monday, June 21, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Monday

Daniel 10 - 11
Romans 5 - 6
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Daily Bible Reading Sunday

Daniel 8 - 9
Romans 3 - 4
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Daily Bible Reading Saturday

Daniel 6-7
Romans 1-2
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Friday, June 18, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Friday

Daniel 4-5
Acts 27-28
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Thursday

Daniel 2-3
Acts 25-26
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Wednesday

Ezekiel 48 - Daniel 1
Acts 23-24
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Tuesday

Ezekiel 46-47
Acts 21-22

Walked 2 boosted miles.
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Monday, June 14, 2010

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Homeschool Plans for 2010-2011 school year 10th grade

I'm confused! I have ordered so much great curriculum for Rhiannon that it's hard to choose for next year. Maybe if  I write down what I know I'll be using, I can work out the rest.
Algebra 2 - VideoText Algebra with some CLEP prep. We want to take CLEP test next October.
Science - Apologia Biology & Science Roots (2nd half) with some CLEP prep. We want to take CLEP test next October.
English II -  DGP(Daily Grammar Practice), Rummy Roots (Vocabulary), Jump In Writing (finish from last year), Jensen's Format Writing, Smarr: A Guide to Critical Writing, Grammar, and Style, read 10 great books & do at least 4 Literature Guides. (Does this seem like a lot?)
Health Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology - I know it's not technically a health book, but if you read through it, you'll notice lots of similarities. Also, since Riri is leaning towards a career in nursing, she needs to build her knowledge. She'll be taking the highschool version of anatomy soon, so I'd like to give her a head start while also acquiring credit for health.
History - ? I'm debating between Mystery of History II or All American History I. I already have both, but not sure which direction I want to go for next year. I think my problem lies in not having enough time left for all we want to learn in history. We really like Mystery of History, but she won't be writing any American History and we need American History credit. However, the same publisher did publish All American History. I found the on-line samples, and loved it. I've already ordered it, but since we're in Belize I won't be getting it until July. So my problem is we want to do MOH I, MOH II, MOH III, AAH I, AAH II, Economics, and American Government for high school! We need to cram 6 years of work into 4 years. We've already finished 9th grade and MOH I, hence the dilemma. Any suggestions?
Foreign Language - ? Any suggestions?
Computer Science - ? Any suggestions?
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Daily Bible Reading Monday

Ezekiel 44-45
Acts 19-20
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Daily Bible Reading Sunday

Ezekiel 42-43
Acts 17-18
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

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Review of 2009-2010 Homeschool year

This past school year was very productive for Rhiannon. We tried some new curriculum we loved and some we quit. Our goals for the year were to improve in math, writing, and spelling. Praise God, she did tremendously!

She decided she wants to be a nurse, so that encouraged me to spend more than I normally would on some of her curriculum, but it was definitely worth it. She is really understanding her math now. I know that math is important in Texas in order to be accepted into the RN program. I actually bought her math used, but it was still $120 including shipping. But compared to the new price of $500, it wasn't too bad.

Something I changed this year was our breaks. Depending on our church schedule, we are taking a week off every 5-6 weeks. That has helped us not to burn out! Homeschool Tracker makes it very easy to adjust anything we need during the year.

Overall, I'm very happy about how our school year turned out. Since we had to take off 2 months during the school year to move to Belize, we still have about 5 weeks left.

We loved the following:
VideoText Algebra
Mystery of History I
Apologia Physical Science
Apples Spelling II
Rummy Roots
Apologia Jump In Writing
Grammar Made Easy: Writing A Step Above
Homeschool Tracker - not really a curriculum, but I love it!

We liked the following:
Science Roots
Streams of Civilization I (We did it as a read aloud 1st semester for history)
The Book of Virtues (Dan & Riri did it as a read aloud 2/3 of year for character study)
Call to Courage (Dan & Riri did it as a read aloud 1/3 of year for character study)
Mavis Beacon Typing
Children's History of the World (We did it as a read aloud 2nd semester for history)
Classical Roots A

We quit the following:
IEW- writing curriculum
Bob Jones Spanish I
Sequential Spelling
Daily Grammar Practice (Now that we have more of a foundation in diagramming, we're going to try this one again next year. It only takes 5 minutes a day.)
Trail Guide of Bible Geography
Drawing with Children
Abeka Lit Of Places
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Daily Bible Reading Saturday

Ezekiel 40-41
Acts 15-16
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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Friday

Ezekiel 38-39
Acts 13-14

Walked 2 boosted miles.
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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Thursday

Ezekiel 36-37
Acts 11-12

Walked 2 boosted miles.
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Wednesday

Ezekiel 34-35
Acts 9-10
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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Tuesday

Ezekiel 32-33
Acts 7-8

Walked 2 Boosted Miles.
We switched our walking days back to Tuesdays and Thursdays. I like that much better, because I don't like waking up at 4:45am. And it's much better on gas, since gas is about $4.50(US)a gallon.
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Daily Bible Reading Monday

Ezekiel 30-31
Acts 3-4
Acts 5-6
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Daily Bible Reading Sunday

Ezekiel 28-29
Acts 1-2
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Daily Bible Reading Saturday

Ezekiel 26-27
John 20-21
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Friday, June 4, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Friday

Ezekiel 24-25
John 18-19

Walked 2 boosted miles.
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Daily Bible Reading Thursday

Ezekiel 22-23
John 16-17
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Wednesday

Ezekiel 20-21
John 14-15

Walked 3 boosted miles!
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Tuesday

Ezekiel 18-19
John 12-13

Walked 2 boosted miles.
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Monday, May 31, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Monday

Lamentations 5
Ezekiel 15-17
John 10-11
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Daily Bible Reading Sunday

John 8-9
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Daily Bible Reading Saturday

Lamentations 3-4
John 6-7
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Friday, May 28, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading and Exercise Friday

Lamentations 1-2
John 4-5

We walked 2 miles this morning and yesterday morning! Can you believe I am getting up at 4:45am to meet the ladies at church for our walks?! I still don't believe it. I even went to bed at 8:30pm, but of course I didn't go to sleep until later around 10pm. I did try though. I don't think I've ever done that:)

We're supposed to start walking every other weekday. So that would be Mon., Wed., and Friday.
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Daily Bible Reading Tuesday - Thursday

My internet was down so I'm posting for the past week.
Tuesday
Jeremiah 47- 48
Luke 22 - 23

Wednesday
Jeremiah 49 - 50
Luke 24 - John 1

Thursday
Jeremiah 51 - 52
John 2 - 3
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Monday, May 24, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Monday

Jeremiah 45 - 46
Luke 20 -21
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Daily Bible Reading Sunday

Jeremiah 43-44
Luke 18-19
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Saturday

Jeremiah 41-42
Luke 16-17
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Friday, May 21, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Friday

Jeremiah 39-40
Luke 14-15
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Thursday

Jeremiah 37-38
Luke 12-13


We walked 3 miles toady! Boosted walking (Jogging).
 
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Daily Bible Reading Wednesday

Jeremiah 35-36
Luke 10-11
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Tuesday

Jeremiah 33-34
Luke 8-9
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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Monday

Jeremiah 31-32
Luke 6-7



We did the 2 mile Boosted Walk and a 10 min ab workout. It felt great! I actually did a little more because Efi arrived late to church, so I re-did some of the workout with her. I'm glad to say there are now 6 ladies working out together. Fellowshipping with each other is awesome! 
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Daily Bible Reading Sunday

Jeremiah 29-30
Luke 4-5
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Saturday

Jeremiah 27-28
Luke 2-3
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Friday, May 14, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Friday

Jeremiah 25-26
Mark 16 - Luke 1
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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Thursday

Jeremiah 23-24
Mark 14-15

We walked 3 miles. We tried  a new video from Leslie Sansone, which incorporates boosted walking. Boosted walking is basically jogging! It was great! We actually did 26 minutes of that one and 15 of her regular 1 mile Express and boy was there a big difference. I mile Express felt way too easy after the boosted walking one. So, it was more like a very long cool down. LOL
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Wednesday

Jeremiah 21-22
Mark 12-13
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Tuesday

Jeremiah 17-18
Jeremiah 19-20
Mark 10-11
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Daily Bible Reading Monday

Mark 6-7
Mark 8-9
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Daily Bible Reading Sunday

Jeremiah 15-16
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Saturday, May 8, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Saturday

Jeremiah 13-14
Mark 4-5
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Friday, May 7, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Friday

Jeremiah 11-12
Mark 2-3
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Thursday, May 6, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Thursday

Jeremiah 9-10
Matthew 28 - Mark 1
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Daily Bible Reading Wednesday

Jeremiah 7-8
Matthew 26-27
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Tuesday

Jeremiah 5-6
Matthew 24-25
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Daily Bible Reading Monday

Jeremiah 3-4
Ezekiel 1-2
Matthew 22-23
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Sunday, May 2, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Sunday

OK. I made a big boo boo. I totally skipped Jeremiah and Lamentations. I figured it out because I read my bible at church and used my notebook planner. I read Jeremiah as scheduled in my notebook and when I came home I realized my mistake 14 chapters later. I probably wouldn't have noticed, but since I started a new page in my planner I had Jeremiah listed instead of Ezekiel. I thought something was funny at church when I read my bible. I felt misplaced and even re-read some of it. Ha Ha.  

I found my mistake. I actually read Jeremiah 1-2 last Sunday, but put on this blog Ezekiel. So, the next day Monday I started using Biblegateway and just started where I thought I left off in Ezekiel. Today I went back to reading my physical bible, so I just found my mistake. I will just go back to Ezekiel later.

Jeremiah 15 & Jeremiah 16
Matthew 20 & Matthew 21
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Saturday

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Cash envelopes - Part 4

I uploaded my Budget/Allocation template to docstoc.com. Please feel free to download it. I based it on the Dave Ramsey allocation worksheet. This is an xl file so it does the math for you! Just click on the orange
arrow on the far right-hand side and it will download to your computer. Leave a comment if you have any questions.


Buget/Allocation
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Cash envelopes - Part 3

I decided to add some verses you can use for the cash envelopes.

  • Proverbs 19:15, NKJV Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.
  • Proverbs 10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
  • Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
  • Proverbs 12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
  • Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
  • Proverbs 21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
  • Proverbs 27:23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.    
  • Galatians 6:9 ESV And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
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Friday, April 30, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Friday

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Thursday

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Wednesday

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Tuesday

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Monday, April 26, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Monday

Ezekiel 3 & Ezekiel 4

Matthew 8 & Matthew 9

I'm going to link to www.biblegateway.com ,so you can have easy access to the scriptures and read with me if you want.
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Daily Bible Reading Sunday

Ezekiel 1-2 
See Sunday May 2nd post for explanation.
Jeremiah 1-2

Matthew 6-7
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Daily Bible Reading Saturday

Isaiah 65-66
Matthew 4-5
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Friday

Isaiah 63-64
Matthew 2-3
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Thursday

Isaiah 61-62
Song of Songs 8 & Matthew 1
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Wednesday

Isaiah 59-60
Song of Songs 6-7
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Cash envelopes - Part 2

I was talking to my sister yesterday about using the cash envelope system. Previously I'd written about the actual envelopes themselves and not about the system. So today I'm going to go over the system. I've also included some informative links at the bottom of the page and even a video.

  • First make a budget. I have a spreadsheet I made (which I'll upload soon) where I enter my monthly allocations.
  • Once you've allocated all your incoming finances for the month, withdraw enough money for the week and put it in the proper envelopes.
  • If self-disciple and self-control are an issue, write scripture verses on the envelopes to keep accountable to yourself and to God.
  • During the week, keep tack of how much money is left in each envelope and spend accordingly.
  • When the money is gone it's gone! Don't pull from another envelope or you will shoot yourself in the foot. If you get tempted to take from another envelope, read the scripture verses on your envelopes.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2070415_use-cash-envelope-budgeting-system.html
http://www.daveramsey.com/article/dave-ramseys-envelope-system/lifeandmoney_budgeting/
http://www.fiscalgeek.com/2009/09/cash-envelope-budget/
http://www.notthejetset.net/2008/07/our-cash-envelope-system.html
http://www.debt-to-income.com/cash-budget.html

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Tuesday

Isaiah 57-58
Song of Songs 4-5

I did the 1 Mile Express this morning. I feel great! Walking the 1 Mile Express everyday, is my goal for the rest of this week.
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Monday, April 19, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Monday

Isaiah 55-56
Song of Songs 2-3
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Sunday, April 18, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Sunday

Isaiah 53-54

Ecclesiastes 12 & Song of Songs 1
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Saturday, April 17, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Saturday

Isaiah 51-52
Ecclesiastes 10-11
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Daily Bible Reading Friday

Isaiah 49-50

Ecclesiastes 8-9
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Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Thursday

Isaiah 47-48

Ecclesiastes 6-7

We walked 2 miles today! 
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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Oops I forgot to post my exercise yesterday

Tuesday I walked 1 mile with Leslie Sansone. 1 mile Express.
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Daily Bible Reading Wednesday

Isaiah 43-44
Isaiah 45-46
Ecclesiastes 2-3
Ecclesiastes 4-5

My bible reading was such a mixed contrast today. As I was reading Isaiah, I was so encouraged and my faith was stirred. Then I read Ecclesiastes. Needless to say it could almost be called discouraging, but I thank God He knows what He's doing having me read these scriptures on the same day.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Monday April 12

Isaiah 39-40
Isaiah 41-42
Proverbs 31 & Ecclesiastes 1
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Daily Bible Reading Sunday April 11

Proverbs 29-30
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Saturday, April 10, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

Isaiah 37-38
Proverbs 27-28
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Daily Bible Reading

Isaiah 35-36
Proverbs 25-26
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Thursday 4/8/10

Isaiah 33-34
Proverbs 23-24

We walked 2 miles with Walk Away the Pounds Firming video. It felt really good.
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Daily Bible Reading Wednesday

Isaiah 31-32
Proverbs 21-22
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Daily Bible Reading Tuesday

Isaiah 29-30
Proverbs 19-20
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Homeschool Buyers Co-op Review

I recently purchased a wonderful planner for my daughter through Homeschool Buyers Co-Op. One of the group buys they offered was for a 4 year highschool planner. Rhiannon is really enjoying this! Homeschool Buyers Co-op made the transaction easy and affordable. I received the planner at a 50% off discount, when everyone else only offered a 20% off discount. The only thing I would have liked to be done differently is to be given an actual date to expect the product instead of an estimated date of 3 business days after group buy is finished.  That just leaves too much to interpretation. Overall, this was a great deal and I'm glad I used Homeschool Buyers Co-op!Click here for more information.
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Monday

Isaiah 27-28

Proverbs 17-18

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Sunday April 4

Isaiah 25-26

Proverbs 15-16

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Saturday April 3

Isaiah 23-24

Proverbs 13-14

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Daily Bible Reading Friday April 2

Isaiah 21-22

Proverbs 11-12

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Friday, April 2, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading April 1

Isaiah 19-20

Proverbs 9-10

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Wednesday March 31

Isaiah 17-18

Proverbs 7-8

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Tuesday March 30

Isaiah 15-16

Proverbs 5-6

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Daily Bible Reading Monday March 29

Isaiah 13-14

Proverbs 3-4


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Daily Bible Reading Sunday March 28

Isaiah 11-12

Proverbs 1-2


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Daily Bible Reading Saturday March 27

Isaiah 9 -10

Psalms 149 - 150


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Saturday, March 27, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Friday March 26

Isaiah 7 -8

Psalms 147 - 148

No exercise today. The car broke, so I didn't get to go exercise with the ladies in church. 

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Thursday 3/25/10

Isaiah 5 - 6

Psalms 145 - 146

We walked the 2 mile today!

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Wednesday 3/24/10

Isaiah 3 - 4

Psalms 143 - 144

We walked the 1 mile today.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise

Isaiah 1 - 2

Psalms 141 - 142

OK, we got back to exercising now that revival is over. By the way, revival was awesome! We had a lot of visitors, who got saved. 

We walked 2 miles today. The AHA walk. Today it did not seem hard at all. However, I really took it easy because I knew I hadn't been consistent in over a week and a half. 

Here are some testimonies from a concert at BTL park.



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Monday, March 22, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Monday March 22

Esther 9 - 10

Psalms 139 - 140

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Daily Bible Reading Sunday 3/21/10

Esther 7 -8

Psalms 137 - 138

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

Esther 5 - 6

Psalms 135 - 136

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Friday, March 19, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

Esther 3 -4

Psalms 133 - 134
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading


Nehemiah 13 & Esther 1 - 2

Psalms 131 - 132
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Daily Bible Reading

Nehemiah 11 - 12

Psalms 129 - 130
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading March 17

Nehemiah 9 -10

Psalms 127 - 128
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Monday, March 15, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

Nehemiah 7 - 8

Psalms 125 - 126
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading Sunday 3/14/10

Nehemiah 5 -6

Psalms 123 - 124
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Saturday, March 13, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

Nehemiah 3 -4

Psalms 121 - 122

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Friday, March 12, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Weigh In March 12

Nehemiah 1 - 2

Psalms 119 - 120

Psalms 119:147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.  Convicting! I've bee reading the Spring Challenge about waking up before dawn and so this verse got me. 


Weight 176.2 I forgot to check the rest. We are having revival with Pastor Oscar Jaime. I've so busy I really haven't gotten to exercise like I should.  Hopefully all this eating out won't affect me too much.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading March 11

Ezra 9 - 10
Psalms 117 - 118

 
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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Wednesday March 10

Ezra 7 - 8
Psalms 115 - 116


3 mile walk this morning after prayer at church.
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading March 9

Ezra 5 - 6
Psalms 113 - 114


Isn't is awesome how God totally changed King Darius's mind? 


P.S.
I double checked the apostrophe s's for a name and it's basically up to the person whether to put s's or just s' for a possessive name ending in s. 
http://www.english-zone.com/spelling/possessives.html
http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=143297
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/possessives.htm
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Monday, March 8, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Monday March 9

Ezra 3 - 4
Psalms 111 - 112


We walked the 3 mile today.  I got really tired by the end of the 2 mile. I think it was because I over exerted my self in the beginning. But I made it anyway.
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

Ezra 1 - 2
Psalms 109 - 110
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Saturday, March 6, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Saturday 3/06/10

2 Chronicles 35 - 36
Psalms 107 - 108


OK! We did the 1 mile express walk on the Leslie Sansone website. It's on the right side half way down the page under WalkTV Video. I really like this walk. It's short, but it gets you sweating! 


I finished 2 Chronicles today, and I can truly say I feel like I learned more this time reading it than before (all the sermons I've heard over the years sure helped because when I read through the first time I was more trying to capture the flow and history then trying to really see where it could apply to me). 

Hezekiah, a lesson not to become proud in victories.  God will try us or test us as the New Living Translation puts it.
 

Manasseh, a picture of us before we got saved and how through desperation (or as the bible says in the New Living Translation - in deep distress) we can turn to God and be really repentant.

Josiah, seek God before making any decisions because God can speak to anyone He wants. God will even use the unsaved to accomplish His plans, so make sure you seek God and hear from Him.
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Friday, March 5, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise Friday 3/5/10

2 Chronicles 33 - 34
Psalms 105 - 106


Today we did the 3 mile AHA walk. It felt wonderful! I'm so glad we're doing this. I lost 1 pound this week! Not much, but I think even if I don't lose much more I still want to keep this up. I have a lot more energy and that alone is worth it.
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Weigh in Week 2 of 12

Age: 36
Height: 5.0
Weight: 175.2
Body Fat: 47.7%
Body Water: 41.8%
Muscle Mass: 29.2%
BMI: 34.5
BMR: 1529

12 Week Goal
Weight: 160 - loss of 16 lbs
Body Fat: 41% -  loss of  6%
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Thursday, March 4, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise

2 Chronicles 31 - 32
Psalms 103 - 104

Today we did the 2 mile AHA walk with Leslie Sansone. It felt great! But it is definitely harder for me than the 3 & 4 mile walk. I think it's because it keeps the faster pace longer. Or maybe it's already in my head and once I get used to it, it'll feel easier.
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise

2 Chronicles 29 - 30
Psalms 101 - 102

Today we walked the 1 Mile Express. It felt great, so tomorrow we'll try to walk the 2 mile AHA walk and catch up for yesterday. For some reason that feels harder than the 3 mile, but it's probably just in my head. However, Rhiannon thinks so too.
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Chronicles 27 - 28
Psalms 99 - 100
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Monday, March 1, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading & Exercise

2 Chronicles 25 - 26
Psalms 97 - 98

Rhiannon and I walked 4 miles today! It wasn't as difficult as we thought it would be. I think we must be getting used to moving. LOL
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Sunday, February 28, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Chronicles 23 - 24
Psalms 95 - 96
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Saturday, February 27, 2010

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Exercise Log For the Past Week

Rhiannon and I walked 3 miles on Monday, 3 miles on Thursday, 1 mile on Friday, and 2.5 miles on Saturday! Total = 9.5 miles for the week with Leslie Sansone program. Next Monday and Thursday we will(God willing)walk the 4 Mile Super Challenge. We are also going to try to walk 2 miles every day. I'll log next Saturday with actual miles walked.
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Daily Bible Reading

2 Chronicles 21 - 22
Psalms 93 - 94


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Friday, February 26, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Chronicles 19 - 20
Psalms 91 - 92
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Weigh In

Ok, I decided to become accountable about my weight! I finally decided to lose some weight. It came about in an usual way. I know people wanted me to lose weight, but I didn't want to. I just did not feel any motivation to do so. (Man I sound like a rebel!) In my head I knew all the right reasons for doing so, but to no avail. It's like my husband always preaches you have to engage your will to change and mine wasn't. LOL!

So anyway, one day I found some recordings for women I wanted to hear. Each one lasted about an hour, so I went walking as I listened to them. That took place the last week of January. The next week I went running with Marlini from church. That made me very sore, but I was glad I had gone walking the week before or I would not have made it! Then I was talking to the ladies in church about some walking video clips on the internet, Leslie Sansone American Heart Association, and we decided to start walking at church on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. So, the next week we started walking. I feel so good now! I guess the lesson is just start doing it even if you don't want to and the motivation will come later.

We took grandma Irene to the Maya Ruins where I walked all the way to the top with no problem! When we first got to Belize we took Pastor Cliff Williams and his wife to some other smaller ruins where I had a hard time making it to the top! So, just a few short weeks and my body started feeling much better. I actually want to play basketball again, but we need to find a basketball first. You wouldn't believe the prices here. $100 for a basketball!

We bought a scale yesterday at this shop called American Imports. The scale is The Biggest Loser by Taylor Body Fat Analyzer and Scale. I weighed myself at 10:25am 2/26/10 Friday. I want to record my weight, body fat, water, muscle, BMI, and BMR every week on Friday morning.

Age: 36
Height: 5.0
Weight: 176.2
Body Fat: 47.9%
Body Water: 41.8%
Muscle Mass: 29.2%
BMI: 34.7
BMR: 1533

12 Week Goal
Weight: 160 - loss of 16 lbs
Body Fat: 41% -  loss of  6%
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Chronicles 17 - 18
Psalms 89 - 90
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Chronicles 15 - 16
Psalms 85 - 88
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Chronicles 13 - 14
Psalms 83 - 84
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Monday, February 22, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Chronicles 11 - 12
Psalms 81 - 82
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Chronicles 9 - 10 
Psalms 79 - 80
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Chronicles 7 - 8
Psalms 77 - 78
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Friday, February 19, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Chronicles 5 - 6 
Psalms 75 - 76
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Chronicles 2 - 4 
Psalms 73 - 74

* As I was reading Psalm 73 I remembered a sermon Pastor Todd preached about that psalm. He also used psalm 84 if I'm not mistaken. Somehow I had intertwined those two psalms into one in my mind. Soon after that sermon we started singing Better is One Day in church. I usually think of Psalm 73 when I'm singing that song. I miss Pastor Todd and Jennifer. :)

Psalm 73

A Psalm of Asaph.
 1 Truly God is good to Israel,
         To such as are pure in heart.
 2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;
         My steps had nearly slipped.
 3 For I was envious of the boastful,
         When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
      
 4 For there are no pangs in their death,
         But their strength is firm.
 5 They are not in trouble as other men,
         Nor are they plagued like other men.
 6 Therefore pride serves as their necklace;
         Violence covers them like a garment.
 7 Their eyes bulge[a] with abundance;
         They have more than heart could wish.
 8 They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression;
         They speak loftily.
 9 They set their mouth against the heavens,
         And their tongue walks through the earth.
      
 10 Therefore his people return here,
         And waters of a full cup are drained by them.
 11 And they say, “How does God know?
         And is there knowledge in the Most High?”
 12 Behold, these are the ungodly,
         Who are always at ease;
         They increase in riches.
 13 Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain,
         And washed my hands in innocence.
 14 For all day long I have been plagued,
         And chastened every morning.
      
 15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
         Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children.
 16 When I thought how to understand this,
         It was too painful for me—
 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God;
         Then I understood their end.
      
 18 Surely You set them in slippery places;
         You cast them down to destruction.
 19 Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment!
         They are utterly consumed with terrors.
 20 As a dream when one awakes,
         So, Lord, when You awake,
         You shall despise their image.
      
 21 Thus my heart was grieved,
         And I was vexed in my mind.
 22 I was so foolish and ignorant;
         I was like a beast before You.
 23 Nevertheless I am continually with You;
         You hold me by my right hand.
 24 You will guide me with Your counsel,
         And afterward receive me to glory.
      
 25 Whom have I in heaven but You?
         And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
 26 My flesh and my heart fail;
         But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
      
 27 For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish;
         You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry.
 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God;
         I have put my trust in the Lord GOD,
         That I may declare all Your works.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Chronicles 29 - 2 Chronicles 1
Psalms 71-72
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Chronicles 27-28
Psalms 69-70
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Monday, February 15, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Chronicles 25-26
Psalms 67-68



Grandma Irene woke up around 3am after I had Dan help me pray for her to wake up! LOL! She made in time to the airport. It's great to see her. 
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Daily Bible Reading

This is for Sunday. I actually read these chapters at church, but we had a family over after church, and we didn't finish fellow-shipping until 1:45am! It was great! Now it's after 2 am and I'm trying to wake up Grandma Irene to no avail. She is coming to visit us in Belize today. I hope I can wake her up in time to catch her flight.

1 Chronicles 23-24
Psalms 65-66
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Chronicles 21-22
Psalms 63-64
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Friday, February 12, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Chronicles 19-20
Psalms 61-62
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Chronicles 17-18
Psalms 59-60
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Chronicles 15-16
Psalms 57-58
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Chronicles 13-14
Psalms 55-56
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Monday, February 8, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Chronicles 11-12
Psalms 53-54
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Sunday, February 7, 2010

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Daily Bible reading

1 Chronicles 8-10
Psalms 51-52
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Saturday, February 6, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Chronicles 6-7
Psalms 49-50
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Friday, February 5, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Chronicles 4-5
Psalms 47-48
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How to receive free faxes in Belize or elsewhere

I came across this great link while searching for a way to receive a fax from my sister.
http://personal-finance.thefuntimesguide.com/2006/06/best_free_faxes.php I signed up for eFax (free version not the free trial). It worked great! I received my tax papers very quickly from my sister.
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Thursday, February 4, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Chronicles 2-3
Psalms 45-46
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Kings 25 - 1 Chronicles 1
Psalms 43-44

Interesting note:
Rhiannon asked me a few days ago how Australia has so many animals if it's separated from other lands. This question was in context to what she is learning in her science. We use Apologia and are studying physical science right now. Secular science tells us the continents drifted apart over millions of years - continental shift - uniformitarianism. Our science points toward catastrophism - the idea that Earth has been affected in the past by sudden, short-lived, violent events, possibly worldwide in scope. So, we understand the flood was violent in nature - catastrophic and caused the continents to separate. Hence the question - if this is true and all the animals died during the flood except the ones in the ark and the earth separated how can Australia have animals? Well God is good and he answered her question! I was reading my bible this morning and came across 1 Chronicles 1:19 Two sons were born to Eber: One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth divided: his brother was named Joktan.
If you read all of 1 Chronicles 1 you will see Pelag's genealogy. Noah - Shem - Arphaxad - Eber - Peleg, so therefore the earth didn't split until 3 generations after the flood! Plenty of time for animals to arrive in Australia after the flood.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Kings 23-24
Psalms 41-42
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Tim Tebow

I just heard about Tim Tebow's ad during the Superbowl? Check out the following link.

http://www.rightintexas.com/2010/01/home-school-hero-at-super-bowl.html
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Monday, February 1, 2010

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Daily Bible reading

2 Kings 21-22
Psalms 39-40
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Sunday, January 31, 2010

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Daily Bible reading

2 Kings 19-20
Psalms 37-38
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Saturday, January 30, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Kings 17-18
Psalms 35-36
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Friday, January 29, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Kings 15-16
Psalms 33-34
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

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Audio Books

Rhiannon loves to listen to audio books. I'm posting some links, but as with anything on the internet please check before you let your child loose on any sites.

I got an email today with this great resource loud lit

Another one is Librvox
Blue Behemoth gives a free book each day.
Learn out load has free audio as well.
Wired for books is excellent. They have a great audio presentation of A Christmas Carol. They have more of a dramatic presentation than just someone reading a book.
Storynory has free audio.
Classic audio has free classics.
Here is a christian biography one.

Hope you enjoy these.
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Daily Bible Reading

2 Kings 13-14
Psalms 31-32

Eye catching scripture:
2 Kings 13:23 But the LORD was gracious to them and had compassion and showed concern for them because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. To this day He has been unwilling to banish them from His presence.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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Daily Bible reading

2 Kings 11-12
Psalms 29-30
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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Week 4 Menu

1. Chicken enchilada chile
2. Crockpot bbq Shrimp
3. Stew beans and stew chicken
4. Pulled BBQ sandwiches
5. Crockpot layered steak and potatoes
6. Mandarin Chicken rice bake
7. Chicken Alfredo
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Daily Bible Reading

2 Kings 9-10
Psalms 27-28
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Monday, January 25, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Kings 7-8
Psalms 25-26
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Sunday, January 24, 2010

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Daily Bible reading

2 Kings 5-6
Psalms 23-24
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Saturday, January 23, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

2 Kings 3-4
Psalms 21-22
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Friday, January 22, 2010

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Daily Bible reading

2nd Kings 1-2
Psalms 19-20

The following verses really caught my eye:
Psalm 19:13
Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
Psalm 19:14
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

I'm going to start praying this!
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Kings 21-22
Psalms 17-18
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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Daily bible reading

1 Kings 19-20
Psalms 15-16
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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Daily Bible reading

1 Kings 17-18
Psalms 13-14

I was reading The Student Bible today and it made a great point. I've always associated  the widow with having great faith, but what about Elijah? He definitely had to have faith to trust a poor woman with his upkeep. He knew it was really God providing for him and not the poor widow. That is faith! How many times do we think our husbands (if you want to become a stay at home wife) can't provide the fiances we need? We think oh it's easy for Elijah to have faith, but if you really think of it in context then it should be easy for us to have faith in our husband's ability to provide for us, because ultimately it's God who will provide.  Not so easy sometimes, right? "What is impossible with man is possible with God." (Luke 18:29)
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Dan fishing

Belize tide chart link
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Week 3 January 2010 Menu

1. Chicken fried chicken
2. Hamburgers
3. Stew beans and stew chicken
4. Chicken cacciatore
5. Vietnam fried rice
6. Salsa Verde Steak in crockpot
7. Italian Angel Chicken without the wine lol
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Monday, January 18, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Kings 15-16
Psalms 11-12
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Cash envelopes

I received this great link. She shows you how to keep your cash envelopes all together in your wallet. Very Pretty.

I use the envelope system here in Belize because the bank fees are ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, we still have a bank account. We just pull out the money we need on a weekly basis from the atm and put it in envelopes. In the US we used our checks for everything, but here they charge you for every single check you use, plus they charge you to withdraw money from a teller. The only thing they don't charge for is using the atm. And going to the atm every day is not cool.

That's where the envelopes come in.  If you don't use envelopes (or some kind of budgeting tactic) to keep your money separated, you will run out of money before the end of the month because everything here is so expensive

As Christians we have to be good stewards, so the envelope system has definitely helped. Dave Ramsey, the author of Total Money Makeover, also advocates the envelope system.

This tutorial will just be an easier way to implement the envelope system. Lately, I have to dig through my purse to find the envelopes. Can you say time saver? You don't even need to make the pretty envelopes, just use regular envelopes and stitch them together per the tutorial.
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Sunday, January 17, 2010

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Daily Bible reading

1 Kings 13-14
Psalms 9-10
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1st Kings 11-12
Psalms 7-8
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Friday, January 15, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Kings 9-10
Psalms 5-6
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

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Daily Bible Reading

1 Kings 7-8
Psalms 3-4
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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Bread Pudding

OK, we just left church and we want something sweet! So, I found this recipe for bread pudding.
Of course I did change it a little. I added a lot more bread and toasted it. I also added cinnamon and nutmeg. I'll let you know how it comes out.
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Daily Bible Reading

Today I read 1 Kings 5 & 6 and Psalms 1 & 2. I'm going to try and post my daily bible reading, so I can be accountable. :) I've been trying to read through the bible in an orderly fashion again, but this time instead of reading it linearly I'll add the books of poetry into my daily reading. Clear as mud? So, even though I'm in Kings I've already read Job. Now I'm in Psalms and will continue until Song of Songs.
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Monday, January 11, 2010

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Week 2 January 2010 Menu

Chicken fried chicken
King Ranch chicken
Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
Carne con papas
Hamburgers
Crockpot chicken
Shake n bake chicken
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Menu for 1st week of January

Ok, this is going to be where I list my menu list for each week. So, now if I lose my written list Ican always look online. If this helps anyone else that is just icing on the cake! ;)

Week 1 of January

Belize beans and rice with stew chicken
Hamburgers w/ fries
Spaghetti and meatballs
Tuna casserole
Chile and cornbread
Pulled BBQ sandwiches
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Friday, January 8, 2010

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Mail to Belize

I found this great blog with information on getting mail to Belize.

I was also told by another missionary that any religious mail isn't charged duty fees. I can't wait to start getting my home school magazines and books.

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