A Blessing and a Lesson

Today I went grocery shopping. While at Aldi’s Isaac saw a jar of peanuts and asked if he could have it. I said “no” and continued checking over my list. He got my attention again and pointed at the jar of peanuts and asked once more if we could buy it. I simply said, “Not this week Isaac, we have alot to buy this week. Maybe next time we can get you peanuts.” He accepted it sweetly and said no more. I didn’t like telling him no, because I know how much he loved peanuts but I knew it wouldn’t fit in the grocery budget this week. He had finished his jar several weeks ago, and had asked for them frequently since. During this whole conversation there was a lady next to us in the aisle also shopping.

Fast forward to the check out…just as I finished checking out the lady that had overhead the “peanut conversation” came up to me with the very jar of peanuts Isaac had asked for. She asked if it would be okay if she gave them to Isaac. She said she had overhead our conversation and seen how sweetly he had reacted, and wanted to buy them for him. Of course I said he could have them! And he was so thrilled and thankful!

That very simple act of kindness was such a blessing to me. It was such a small thing, but so big to us! I wasn’t able to give my son what he wanted, but God did! I was also able to use it as a lesson about kindness for Isaac. We talked about it all the way home, and thanked God for that kind lady who gave us peanuts!

Black Friday Deals

Wal-Mart is having some great deals the day after Thanksgiving. I am planning to brave the crowds to get some Christmas shopping done that day. You can check out their Black Friday ad HERE.

Some Recent Pics of the Boys

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Nacho Chicken Rice Wraps

Sunday I tried another new recipe in the crock pot, and it was delicious! This was very simple to put together that morning before church and was wonderful to eat when we got home. My family gave me a thumbs up on this one! I served greens beans along side.

Nacho Chicken and Rice Wraps

2 cans (10 3/4 oz each) Campbell’s Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
1 cup water
2 cups salsa or picante sauce
1 1/4 cups uncooked regular long grain white rice
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast
10 flour tortilla’s, warmed

1. Mix soup, water, salsa, rice, and chicken in crock pot.
2. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours, or high 4-5 hours.
3. Spoon into warm tortilla’s

Meeting the Newest Blondo

Yesterday we went to see Dana and Andrew’s newest little guy, Gabe. What a cute little peanut! Isaac was totally enamored with him. He kept talking about how little he was and wanting to hold him and touch him. And he was so very gentle with him, too!

Dana’s mom and brother were there also. So Ross and Adam enjoyed spending some time together.

We had a wonderful time visiting with them and meeting their sweet new addition.

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Creamy Leek and Potato Soup

I am always on the look out for new recipe’s to use in my crock pot. I made this one on Sunday – it was delicious! I plan to make it again very soon.

Creamy Leek and Potato Soup

6 medium leeks (2 pounds), thinkly sliced
4 medium potatoes (1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) ready to serve chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup half-and-half
Chopped fresh chives, if desired

1. Mix all ingredients except half-and-half and chives in crock pot.
2. Cover and cook on low heat setting 8-10 hours (or on high for 4-5 hours).
3. Pour vegetable mixture by batches into blender. Cover and blend on high untill smooth; return to cooker. Stir in half-and-half.
4. Cover and cook on low for 20 – 30 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with chives.

Makes 8 servings.

Great Savings on Make-Up

Check e.l.f  for some very inexpensive make-up. Most of their make-up is only a dollar! I am planning to order some myself. To get a really great deal of 50% off your order read this post.

$2.50 Diapers!

This week I did really good at Walgreens. My greatest bargain for the week was diapers for $2.50 a package. Now this is something for a mom to get excited about! Walgreens has their store brand diapers on sale, buy one get one free. The original price is $8.99 per pack, so the sale makes them $4.50 a pack. But if you go to the pharmacy and ask for their coupon pamphlet, there is a $2.00 off coupon for diapers in there. When the cashier scans the coupon (at least in my two stores here) it takes $2.00 off each pack. Thus making them $2.50 per package! Since it’s not a manufacturer’s coupon, but a store coupon, they don’t keep them. So I asked to keep my coupon to use later and both times they have given it back to me. So if you have a Walgreens near you be sure to head over there!

This is the first time I have used Walgreens diapers and they are quite good! I also got these two sticks of mascara for free (after the b1g1 sale and after mail in rebate) and this toothpaste for $1.00 (after sale and coupon). I did go back and get more diapers today for the same great deal!

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Today is Election Day!

Today is election day! This morning I am thanking the Lord that I live in this country where I actually CAN vote, where the people have a say in the government. What a great privilege – and responsibility. Be sure to take your responsibility seriously and get out to vote today!

When all is said and done, we can rest assured that God is in control. What a comforting thought!

Two boys and a bunch of leaves…

The boys went out with me today to rake up some of our leaves.

Isaac had a great time…

…but Hudson wasn’t so thrilled. He didn’t really like his crazy brother throwing leaves everywhere!