Sunday, April 28, 2013

Psalm 140

"Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;
 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.
 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.
 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.
 I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord.
 God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
 Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.
 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
 Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.
 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence."

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Caramel Apple Cake recipe

 We're having this old family favorite recipe for dessert tonight - yum :-)

  Caramel Apple Cake


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup margarine or butter, softened
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups (2 to 3 medium) finely chopped peeled apples
1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup raisins , if desired

2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 to 5 teaspoons milk



Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 13 x 9-inch pan. In large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3/4 cup margarine and eggs beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Stir in apples, nuts and raisins. Pour batter into greased and floured pan.

Bake at 350°F. for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

In small bowl, blend all frosting ingredients, adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Spread over cooled cake.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

That our daughters may be as corner stones.....

  "Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
 My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.
 Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
 Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.
 Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;
Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.
 It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.
 Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:
 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:
 That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:
 That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord."
Psalm 144

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Advice on baby sleep......

Some words of advice that from a friend on Facebook... :)Where we would we be without advice? ;-). Maybe it will give you a good laugh like it did for me!

"I went on amazon and bought all the top books on baby sleep and development. I read through them all, as well as several blogs and sleep websites. I gathered lots of advice.

You shouldn’t sleep train at all, before a year, before 6 months, or before 4 months, but if you wait too late, your baby will never be able to sleep without you. College-aged children never need to be nursed, rocked, helped to sleep, so don’t worry about any bad habits. Nursing, rocking, singing, swaddling, etc to sleep are all bad habits and should be stopped immediately. White noise will help them fall asleep. White noise, heartbeart sounds, etc, don’t work. Naps should only be taken in the bed, never in a swing, carseat, stroller, or when worn. Letting them sleep in the carseat or swing will damage their skulls. If your baby has trouble falling asleep in the bed, put them in a swing, carseat, stroller, or wear them.

Put the baby in a nursery, bed in your room, in your bed. Cosleeping is the best way to get sleep, except that it can kill your baby, so never, ever do it. If your baby doesn't die, you will need to bedshare until college.

Use the same cues as night: cut lights, keep the house quiet and still. Differentiate naps from nightly sleep by leaving the lights on and making a regular amount of noise. Keep the room warm, but not too warm. Swaddle the baby tightly, but not too tightly. Put them on their back to sleep, but don't let them be on their backs too long or they will be developmentally delayed. Give them a pacifier to reduce SIDS. Be careful about pacifiers because they can cause nursing problems and stop your baby from sleeping soundly. If your baby sleeps too soundly, they’ll die of SIDS.

Don’t let your baby sleep too long, except when they’ve been napping too much, then you should wake them. Never wake a sleeping baby. Any baby problem can be solved by putting them to bed earlier, even if they are waking up too early. If your baby wakes up too early, put them to bed later or cut out a nap. Don’t let them nap after 5 pm. Sleep begets sleep, so try to get your child to sleep as much as possible. Put the baby to bed awake but drowsy. Don't wake the baby if it fell asleep while nursing.

You should start a routine and keep track of everything. Not just when they sleep and how long, but how long it has been between sleep, how many naps they’ve had per day, and what you were doing before they slept. Have a set time per day that you put them to bed. Don’t watch the clock. Put them on a schedule. Scheduling will make your life impossible because they will constantly be thrown off of it and you will become a prisoner in your home.
Using CIO will make them think they’ve been abandoned and will be eaten by a lion shortly. It also causes brain damage. Not getting enough sleep will cause behavior and mental problems, so be sure to put them to sleep by any means necessary, especially CIO, which is the most effective form. Extinction CIO is cruel beyond belief and the only thing that truly works because parents are a distraction. The Sleep Lady Shuffle and Ferber method are really CIO in disguise or Controlled Crying and so much better than Extinction. All three of these will prevent your child from ever bonding with you in a healthy way. Bedsharing and gentler forms of settling will cause your child to become too dependent on you.

Topping the baby off before bed will help prevent night wakings. When babies wake at night, it isn’t because they are hungry. If the baby wants to nurse to sleep, press on the baby's chin to close its mouth. Don't stop the baby from nursing when asleep because that doesn't cause a bad habit. Be wary of night feeds. If you respond too quickly with food or comfort, your baby is manipulating you. Babies can’t manipulate. Babies older than six months can manipulate.

Sleep when the baby sleeps. Clean when the baby cleans. Don’t worry. Stress causes your baby stress and a stressed baby won't sleep."

Exhausted new mom's hilarious take on 'expert' sleep advice

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Psalm 139

"O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Psalm 138

"I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
 All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of thy mouth.
 Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord.
 Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
 The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands."

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Happy Memories.....

One year ago this Saturday John asked me to be his wife.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

My little girl....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Thanksgiving for Safe Delivery

"Eternal praises and thanks be rendered to thee, O Lord of my health and strength, in whose hands are the ways of life, and issues of death. I looked for extreme danger, and behold safety; I looked for outcries of sorrow, but behold showers of joy; I looked for sudden death, and behold present life to me and my sweet Babe. O that my heart were a skillful indicter, and my tongue as the pen of a ready scribe, to write down thy praises, and record the wondrous things thou hast done for my soul. Thou hast delivered my life from death; mine eyes from tears. Thous hast dealt graciously with me above my desert, enabled me above my strength, delivered me above my hope; and therefore I will rejoice in thee above measure, and magnify thee without end. Thou hast shut the mouth of the pit which would have swallowed me, therefore will I open my mouth in thy praises. Thou hast made good thy promises unto me, therefore I will make good my vows unto thee. Thou hast given me the fruit of my womb, therefore will I return unto thee the fruit of my lips. Now I have felt thy strength in my greatest weakness, I have tasted thy goodness in my bitter pangs, I will therefore call upon thee in my troubles, and will praise thee in my deliverance, and depend upon thee as well in want as in plenty, in sickness as in health, in death as in life. Thou mightest most justly have deprived me of the benefit, and my infant of the hope of life. Thou mightest deservedly have cut off the root and the branch in the same moment, for both were at thy mercy, and liable to a curse; but thy mercy is over all thy works. Thou art good to them that are evil; gracious to them that are ungracious, merciful to them that are most sinful. Thou desirest not the death of a sinner, but of sin. Thou wouldest that all should live, and here sow the seeds, and in heaven reap the fruit of immortality. For to this end thou breathedst into us the life of nature, to make us capable of the life of grace, that thereby we may attain the life of glory. Therefore dost thou bring us into the light of this world, and settest us in the way, that walking the paths of thy commandments, we might in the end arrive at our country in heaven. This life of nature thou hast now give to my child, and continued it to me; add now I beseech thee, grace to nature, and glory to grace hereafter, that as we now live in thee by nature, so we may live to thee by grace, and hereafter forever live with thee in glory. Thou hast ordained strength out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, and justly mayest expect praise from them. Gracious Lord, first give my infant strength, and then receive praises from it. The hidden treasure which for many months thou laidst up in me, is now safely taken out of me, and delivered to me; therefore I now offer it to thee in thy holy Temple. Accept that from me which thou hast given to me. Receive that into thine hands which thou hast put into mine arms, wash it in the font of baptism, regenerate it by thy Holy Spirit; feed it with the sincere milk of thy Word, till it hath knowledge to choose the good, and refuse the evil. As it groweth in years, and stature and strength; so grant that it may grow in thy grace and favour, and increase in wisdom, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. So be it. "

Now unto the King immortal, everlasting, invisible, unto God only wise, be honour and glory forever and ever, Amen. 
1 Tim. 1.17

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Monday, April 8, 2013

It's a girl!!!!!

We most joyfuly announce the birth of our daughter.
Caroline Grace 
8lbs 14.7 ozs 21 inches long

After a very long and hard labor she graced us with her presence.
Only through the mercy and strength sent by our Heavenly Father with this little one able to be given to us to nurture in the ways of the Lord.

May much praise be offered up on behalf of our growing family.

Most truly and thankfully yours,
John and Stefanie 

My Joy-Filled Life

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Psalm 137

"By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?
 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
 Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones."

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1