Friday, January 30, 2009


Get on your Knees and pray for Tuesday!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Blog in!




PLEASE READ!!! This will be affecting several of my friends who sell their handmade goods online as well as a lot of SAHM's who make things as a side business. It's riduculous!


The following information is republished with permission from chichiboulie and Winklepots on Etsy:
As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA.


Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too.


How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples:


To the Parents of Young Students:Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.


To the Avid Reader:Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all.Article from the American Library Association http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=1322

To the Lover of All Things Handmade:Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.


To the Environmentalist
:Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.


To the Entrepreneur:Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America.


To the Antique Toy Collector:Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123189645948879745.html


To the American Economy
:Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake.

To the Worldwide Economy
:Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses. If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbeshttp://www.forbes.com/2009/01/16/cpsia-safety-toys-oped-cx_wo_0116olson.html


And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled,
click the following:
The New Law

Did you know?
If this upsets or alarms you, please react.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

SHAPED BY FAITH

I'm going to be following the Guideposts "shaped by Faith" series, follow it with me by clicking on the link below.


Week one:
LISTEN

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

6n6 1John

Week 2:FELLOWSHIP


The new 6n6 study has begun. I'm really excited to be attending the study on 1John. I had already begun 1John in my own quiet time so to have the extra input is geat. Love, not the easist for me.

Nuggets:
The list I had made of what God's love means to me:
complete
inconditional
a gift
I'm unworthy
hard to grasp

The list I made of what a friend's love means to me:
trust
respect
accountability
dependable
honest
loyalty

You would think that the list would somewhat mirror eachother, but mine didn't. It pointed something out to me. My "expectaions" of a friendship are very selfish. All the things I named were things I wanted a friend to be...for my benefit. As I listed these things I noticed that I "want" my friends to be these things, and if they aren't I tend to hold a grudge. I put up a wall and maybe even put a hold on the friendship.
Who am I? Why do I feel I need such respect? God Loves everyone the same, not the one who gives the most or offers the most. He loves the woman who has never hosted a party and the one who has a party every weekend just the same! He loves the woman who organizes a potluck just the same as the woman who has never brought food.

I clearly heard the Lord telling me today that I need to work on my fellowship with others, especially my friends that I've disconnected with for my own selfish reasons. It is not their problem, it is my own heart that I need to work on.

Phil 2:3 "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interest of others."

God created Adam to have fellowhip with him FIRST, then created Eve that they may have fellowship together. I need to work on my fellowship with the Lord, devote more time to him and really seek his guidance.

I hope you can take some time to visit 1John as well. and return here to see what the next 4 weeks have to offer!

The way he's working in my life!



Some would call it a "coincidence" or "Good luck".

I call it "His timing", "Jesus", a "God thing".

This week Steve was able to have the week off work. The guys at the job he's working at are finishing up some things before he can get in there to do his part. \
PRAISE THE LORD!
Why? because:
-His Dad is in town from Hawaii till Sat

-Job is really sick with a stomach virus
-Maggie had an MD appt.
-I have an appt to take Diego to La Jolla all day on Thurs for pictures for a clothing line(friend of a friend thing) and it would've been way too hard to do with all 3 kids.
-Two Bible studies to attend this week(would have cancelled since Job is sick).
-And... I needed the break!

It's been great to have him home to spend time with the boys, help with Job being sick, watching the kids while I go do errands or attend Bible studies that I would've otherwise had to skip, and to just be here.

God couldn't have planned it any better! Thank You Jesus!
And thank you Stephen for all your help this week!

CELL PHONE vs. BIBLE


I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several time a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go ... hmm, where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.

Makes you stop and think 'where are my priorities?

And no dropped calls!

-this was an email circulating, pretty good, makes you think!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

31 day to clean

31 Days to clean DAY 4

I think I wish I was Type-A, but my life, 3 kids under 3, and crazy weekends doesn't allow for it. I'll settle for comfortable, semi-organized and "clean enough".


Here are the Living room before and afters:

Shelves, just plain nasty:

nice and clean

Living Room-you can see one of the culprits on the couch. Part of the reason I can't clean when I want(nap time) is because a certain older brother wakes up his younger brother in their room. Then the little one falls back to sleep on the couch, leaving me trying to be quiet in the exact room I was trying to clean!

He was a Hard sleeper that day!

THis is what happens while I'm cleaning up from breakfast.

and after the "clean up" song

Shoe, coat and hat chaos ( with Christmas cards still on the door a month later)

as good as it's gonna get

our bookshelf/kids bins for toys...and "more"

Again, as good as it gets


I was able to dust shelves, blinds, vaccuum (even behind the couches and furniture) and get rid of another bag of toys. The boys even helped wash the windows and vaccuum). Not too bad...although it did take me 3 days! There's just not enough time during naps. :)!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fun Hubby Questionaire

Enjoy and please leave a comment if you do one on your blog!
Hubby questionnaire:


1. Where/how did you meet?
San Diego...Pacific Beach...Thomas Ave. He was my neighbor when I moved here for College. I was 17yrs old, he was 23yrs old. I was in Apt#5 and he was in apt #4. We passed by each other a couple times, then we finally talked. He brought me over homemade banana bread, showed me some family pics, and the rest is History!



2. Who long did you date before you were married?
5 years

3. What does he do that surprises you?
He remembers the little things I say and is very thoughtful and creative.

4. What is your favorite quality of his?
His sense of humor


5. What is your favorite feature of his?
Humm...where do I start? His smile, his jaw line, his muscles(GUNS!), his feet, his eyes, his hair, his laugh...and the list goes on!





6. Does he have a nickname for you?
Babe, Mama

7. What is his favorite food?
He's got a couple. He likes a certain roast I make, He likes linguine and clams when we go out, and he never gets sick of spaghetti and Pizza.

8. What is his favorite sport?
SURFING!!!!Football is his favorite to watch. Wrestling is not far behind, and UFC fights too!

9. When and where was your first kiss?
At his apt in Pacific beach! (sorry mom)

10. What do you like to do together?
Travel, go to the beach, dance, be silly, relax, just be together.


11. Do you have any children?
3! Job, Diego, and Magdelena!


12. Does he have a hidden talent?
He THINKS he can sing :)


13. Who said "I love you" first?
This is awful but I don't remember!!!


14. What is his favorite type of music?
He likes a good variety. He likes alot of country songs because the lyrics make him laugh or remind him of us.


15. What do you admire most about him?
His faith in Jesus, his confidence, his reliability and his love for his family.

16. Do you think he will read this?
I hope so, maybe he can correct my wrong answers :)

Motivate me Monday...oops! Tuesday!

"Jesus is a bigger Savior than you are a Sinner"


These are the words that were spoken by Dennis Argajanian In Feb 2001 when he was a musical guest at my church. It may not be a big a long statement, and maybe it didn't even mean much to you as you just read it, but it changed everything for me.

I had been a Christian for several years but until I heard that I had never really given everything to Jesus. I had felt like there were still some things I couldn't admit or ask forgiveness for because they were just too much. I had a past full of things that I was ashamed of and not recognizing them was just getting me by, it wasn't letting me move on.

When Jesus died on the cross it was "DONE". He took my sins then, I don't need to continue to suffer over the past because Jesus suffered for me and took the pain from me. I needed to recognize that, come clean with God, and admit all those things that I did were awful...but then ask for forgiveness. I also needed to ask the Lord to help me with REALLY feeling forgiven. Memories are bound to surface and they may lead to more thoughts and memories, and even nightmares. I asked the Lord to rid me of those thoughts, memories and nightmares. He has done wonders!!!!

I think that as women we tend to dwell on things...I do atleast. And It's hard to look someone straight in the face if you've wronged them. I felt this way about Jesus. I couldn't sit before his feet with all this "baggage". After being truly forgiven I was able to come before him as a new person.

So again, "Jesus is a bigger Savior then you are a sinner."

I hope this was motivating for you, for more motivation by some wonderful women visit Sarah Mae's website here

-Melissa

Thursday, January 8, 2009

31 days to Clean! Day 3

In continuing with 31 days to clean:
Day 3:

1.) My mission statement
I would like to keep a clean home beacause life is easier when there is less clutter, chaos, and an unfinished list of "to-do's". I want to become more self disciplined and reliable, less flighty and last minute. I want my home to be a place of relaxation, even in the midst of children. I would like my husband to feel relief when he comes home from work rather than feeling as if he just walked into his second job of the day and the task is "clean up". I don't want to have to hurry to clean or pick up if company spontaneously drops by...or even worse be embarassed at what they may stumble upon. I would like all things I do to be pleasing to the Lord, especially when it comes to my family, which is my number one ministry. I want to also show my thanks to the Lord for providing my family with the house we live in and show that I recognize what a great blessing it is. "For every house is built by someone, be he who built all things is God" Heb 3:4

2- Challenge, clean out the toy box, or in our case, boxes.
Before and After Pics
We have some storage bins on our book shelves for the kids toys. This is what each one looked like:


Now:
animal bin


Woody and friends


Hammer toys and balls


Bins under TV with leggos, Little People set and Cars.


Sweet! Plus, I had a full trash bag for the Goodwill.
It feels great to just LET GO!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

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TO enter in this giveaway please visit Sarah Mae's Blog for details!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Motivate Me Monday!!!!

Motivate Me Monday!

Finish your moves!!

I've learned this past week that staying at home is much harder then leaving the house. There is more mess to clean up, more dishes to be done, more laundry accumulated, more toys out, more kids in one little space...more everything!

And if you just let it pile up through out the day you will be in big trouble! ( as I have been since Friday). Usually we get out in the mornings but I've been trying to stay in for a couple reasons. 1-save money. 2- to get organized and catch up on the 5 loads of laundry in the garage that I haven't seen in months since new laundry piles on it daily. 3- just to try it out.

It's been much harder!!!!So as of today my new phrase, "Finish your moves". I'm actually stealing this phrase from my husband who says it all the time!

What I mean is...
You know that laundry needs to be switched out, go switch it!

You have two pieces of dirty clothes you've grabbed from somewhere, don't put them in a random place, find the hamper!

You have some recycling that needs to go outside, don't put it on the counter and wait for the hubby, take it out!

The kitchen table is covered with random stuff...find their places and put them back!

You walk by the living room bookshelf and notice it's dusty...grab a rag and dust it!

You have to go pee! GO!!!!!

These are just the examples from my life today! But seriously, it make life so much easier to not procrastinate and to just do things the way we should. To complete the task!

"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for me..." Colossians 3:23


Maybe you all are much more organized than I...but I really struggle with my lists and priorites for the day. Not making them, but choosing which ones to do and finishing them. Not doing all 6 at a time but 1, then the next, then move on...

Anyway, I was motivated by this today, hope you are as well!To see more motivation for Monday click HERE
Happy Monday!

Coming SOON!

In trying to give my family and my house duties the attention that's needed so this blog may be updated once a week or so. I can't seem to find the time to post right now. I'm still continuing with 31 days to clean (working on my mission statement) as well as the 5:16 am club. Please check back in a few days to view my progress.
Blessings to you!
-Melissa

Friday, January 2, 2009

Day 2 "The 6 List"

(by Sarah Mae)
"Before bed, every night, write down the six most important things you need to get accomplished the next day -no more, and no less. Do not go on the next thing until you complete the first thing on your list, and so on."
We have to set limits, or we could spend hours wasting time. Here's what I'm going to implement:
No computer time while the kids are up (except morning video time)
During kiddos naps, set a timer for 20 minutes of computer time. When timer goes off, get to work!
In the evening, after the kiddos are in
bed and if hubby is doing something else, then computer time. Do not neglect hubby!"

OH MY GOODNESS!! The hardest thing ever! I haven't been on the computer for day's because of these darn rules! They are great rules that allowed for much more quality time but in trying not to break them I feel so out of the loop! No face book, No Fab Mamas, No blogging, No email! the only reason I have the time now is because My husband went to bed really early! Yikes, I never realized how often I was on the computer!

Anyway, the "6 list" has been working well for me the past couple of days. I just got a new calender and white board in the kitchen so I can write things down as they come up.

So, the first cleaning project, My Kitchen!
I totally spaced on the before pic but I got the "in the middle " pic and an after of the fridge!




Lovely!Now I need to go buy groceries!

Then we had company come over immediatly after I had cleaned the kitchen so I missed the final picture...next time I promise.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Day One-Priorites!


OK,I'm finally finding the time to write this down here. In trying to give my time to my family I've been on the computer less and less, which makes it hard to get things posted. In going along with 31 days to clean:
My Priorities
1.JESUS:
This includes my time with him. Devotions, Bible Studies, quiet time, and prayer time are all a necessity and I need to put them first.

MY COMMITMENT:
I will start my day with Jesus. I will rise early so I can enjoy uninterrupted time reading the Word and listen for what he may have me do.

VERSES
"In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch." Psalm 5:3
" But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night."Psalm 1:2

2.MY HUSBAND

I admit this has been hard for me. I think that I tend to put our kids before him at times, mostly because there are 3 of them and one of him! I think that my stress level tends to get high toward the end of the day and that's just about the time he walks in from work. Then it's dinnertime, bath time, bedtime and I don't think we get good a conversation in there. He works so hard at his job and I need to recognize that and be more affirming towards him. I appreciate him so much and I hope that I can convey that better to him. I really hope that we will be able to use our time together better, just focusing on each other and also on the Lord, TOGETHER! I want to be his supporter and best friend.

MY COMMITMENT: I will make time for my husband, putting aside all other things. I will read the word and pray with him daily. I will be affirming and encouraging, trying not to be negative and nagging.

VERSES:
"She does him good and not evil all the days of his life." Prov 31:12
"A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day" Prov 27:15

3.MY CHILDREN

I am with these amazing little ones all day, everyday. They are my ongoing ministry that will never end. Each is at a different stage. Job, almost 3yrs old, is so much fun. He loves crafts, singing, art, animals, being outside, and his friends. Diego, 20 months old, loves whatever Job loves, and any type of sport that includes a ball. Maggie, 3months old, loves to eat! Just kidding, she is now able to start playing with some small toys, loves her play mat, giggling and to play peak a boo with her brothers. She is just a joy. Put them all together and what do we have...CHAOS! There is a lot of "mine!" going on, a lot of fighting over toys and attention issues. But then I turn the corner and Job is helping Diego with a toy, or sharing without being told to. I struggle with it all but at the end of the day am proud of my children. Job knows who Jesus is, talks about him all day and says he's in his heart and that he loves him. Diego and him sing praise songs all day. My time is so invested in my children but I know I could be doing better and doing more. My consistency is lacking and sometimes I feel like I'm only surviving the day...and I don't want that. I want to lead by example.

MY COMMITMENT: I will continue to show Jesus to my children through prayer, reading the Bible with them, songs and by example. I will be consistent with disclipline and rules we've set for them. I will also put them before my "me time" and make sure that I'm prioritizing my day so that we can have some fun as well.

VERSES:
"Teach them to your children, And talk about them when you sit at home and walk along the road. When you lie down and when you get up. Write them down and tie them on your hands as a sign. Tie them on your forehead to remind you and write them on your doors and gates." Deut 6:7-8
"Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

4.My Home:
I take pride in my house. I like to decorate. I like it to be clean and kept up. Is it always this way? No. I'm constantly trying to organize more, re-arrange to make it better, paint this wall or whatever else. I think that my way of going about it has been wrong. I can live without certain things, I don't need a bin for everything! But I do need to organize MY TIME better so that my house is presentable and comfortable for my family. Laundry, dishes, toys, stuff, it tends to build up till I want to scream and run to Target or IKEA to find the magic cure for it all. It is part of our everyday life and managing it must be part of mine.

MY COMMITMENT:
I will prioritize my time better. I will not be lazy and will not put other "fun" things first. I will FINISH the task and do things as best I can. I will be thankful for what the Lord has provided us with.

VERSES:
"She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27
"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for me..."
Col 3:23

5.FINANCES:
I struggle with this at times and I have been praying for self-control, wisdom and guidance. I am definitely not a big spender, just an "often" spender. A couple bucks here and there adds up! My husband is the sole provider for our family and I want him to be trusting of me and the way I spend the money he has worked hard to make. I want him to be able to trust me with any decisions regarding money, bills, etc.

COMMITMENT: To be more organized with our finances. To be open and verbal with my husband so we have an understanding and agreement. To restrain from shopping or buying unnecessary things. To teach good money managing skills to our children as they get older.

VERSES:
"Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow." Prov 13:11

"Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom" Prov 17:16

"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." Matt 6:24

So, there is my list of my top 5 priorities. The list could go on and on but I wanted it to be a small list to begin with.
Pray that I can begin to work on my 5 commitments and that Lord wll be with me through it all...tapping me on the shoulder and reminding me of what his hopes for me and my family are.

Blessings!