July 2011

Dear Friends

by GettingFreedom on July 27, 2011

If you follow me on Facebook, you probably already know where I’ve been the last few days.  If not, let me fill you in as much as I can.  Last weekend, my daughter took part in the Show-Me-State Games {for soccer} up in Central Missouri.  Our week and weekend, was full and disappeared in a flash.  Sunday evening when I returned home, I found out that my mother had been readmitted to the hospital.

Monday morning I found out that things were not looking very good, and she was in a great deal of pain.  Tuesday, the children and I packed up and went to visit her in the hospital.  It was evident to me that her health had taken a turn. The children and I came back home late Tuesday evening, and packed our bags and prepared to stay back in my hometown as long as I was needed.

My mother was discharged from the hospital shortly after I left, knowing that our purpose at this point was just to keep her comfortable.  Today has been a very hard day for me.  I’ve seen her yell out in pain, and ask why she was going through this.  I’ve seen her laugh, and I’ve seen her cry.  I’ve seen her stare at me blankly and confused.

A talk with her doctor confirmed all of our thoughts.  Her days left here on this Earth are numbered.  I ask for your prayers during this time.  My family is having a hard time dealing with this sudden turn, and also remembering the death of my grandmother {mom’s mother} one year ago in August.

Hope to be back soon,



Frugal Gardening 101: Whoa! Green Beans!

by GettingFreedom on July 19, 2011

Even though my garden isn’t much to shake a stick at {yet}, I have a few friends that have more than enough produce, and are willing to share it with us not-so-fortunate gardeners.  Earlier this week, I picked green beans out of a friends garden until I couldn’t pick any more!


In addition to all those green beans, I also picked a small head of cabbage and some jalapeno peppers {actually twice as much as in the picture}, and a petite bell pepper that my husband ate before I could snap a picture. :)

Now it’s your turn to show off your garden!  Be sure to check out the gardens of my friends Amy and Connie.

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Salvaged Sunday:: Ways to Reuse Formula Cans

July 16, 2011

  It’s time again for another round of Salvaged Sunday!  This week is somewhat of a repeat of a post I did back in March, when I showed you how I made a personalized pen organizer out of a recycled formula container.  But..since then, I’ve found so many other uses for formula containers {or even […]

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

July 16, 2011

  Healthy Marriage Tips from Heavenly Homemakers, “Are you tearing your spouse down, or are you working to empower them toward a more godly, productive life for the Kingdom?”  Empower Your Spouse. DIY Single Use Antibiotic Packs—This is BRILLIANT, and perfect for First Aid Kits! We love Sno-Cones, but never thought to make my own […]

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Frugal Gardening 101

July 12, 2011

This past week disappeared with a flash!  I’ve been abundantly blessed by my wonderful mother in law again!  She blessed us with an entire “picking” of green beans, which ended up being 14 quarts worth!  When I haven’t been canning green beans, I’ve been catching up on the things I’ve neglected around here.  I’m finally […]

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Salvaged Sunday:: Recycling Glass Jars

July 9, 2011

  Welcome to Salvaged Sunday!  Salvaged Sunday has been a brain child of mine for many, many months now–and I’m very happy to have finally unleashed it!  Every Sunday, I will showcase something that was once meant for trash but has been turned into something new.  My hope is that you will find new ideas […]

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

July 8, 2011

We’ve been known to have a Staycation or two–but there were still many new-to-me tips on Planning the Perfect Staycation.  Decorating your home on a budget? {Who isn’t?} Check out these Home Decor Basics that can easily be found at Thrift Stores. Peaches are right up there with Strawberries on my favorite fruit list.  Eat At Home has […]

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Home Canning Refried Beans

July 6, 2011

Homemade refried beans are on our menu atleast once a week.  If we’re not having them in our quesadillas, we’re having them alongside our tacos, enchiladas or in a taco salad.  They’re frugal and packed with flavor, two musts in our kitchen! I was delighted when I found out that dried beans could easily be […]

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Frugal Gardening 101:: Unexpected Blessings

July 5, 2011

Due to many circumstances out of our control, we were unable to plant the extensive spring/summer garden that we had planned.  Thankfully, all is not lost and we plan to take full advantage of our summer/fall growing season. In the meantime, though, we are very thankful for family and friends who are blessing us with […]

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