Oh No…..

by adustyframe ~ September 18th, 2014

A few years ago, we switched churches to one in another town. Some of the ladies from my town asked if there was a life group in our area.

We decided to start a study for ladies in our town every other week and I offered to lead it. I’ve led Bible studies before and I enjoy doing that. Also, leading helps me make sure to spend the time studying. I don’t want to show up unprepared!

After we set up all the details and I thought about how excited I was to be in a small women’s Bible study, I thought, “Oh NO!”

I really value honesty and transparency and when I’m in a Bible study or small group with people, I feel like some of the things I’d share or say I learned wouldn’t have much weight if people didn’t know my story.

But letting people know my story is always tricky. It’s hard to know how, when, where to share. It’s hard to know who is “safe”. It’s emotionally taxing just to share some of the stories or experiences.

I briefly considered just backing out and pulling the “I’m busy” card……but then I realized it was a God given opportunity and I can’t back out.

It may be an “oh no” more people to tell or it may end up to be another “we love you” experience. I’ve been so thankful for our church and the many many times, I’ve been open and honest and received nothing but kindness and love. I imagine this will be the same but I know it will take me awhile to decide what to say. That’s ok too!




by adustyframe ~ September 14th, 2014

I asked James to pick a number from 1-12 for the entries in the giveaway~

Winner is #12 Janet  :)

Please email me your address to adustyframe @ yahoo.com (take out spaces please)


Thanks everyone for entering!


We Don’t Qualify For the Food Pantry

by adustyframe ~ September 12th, 2014

James worked with the homeschool group yesterday at the food pantry. It’s the same food pantry that we went to for years.

Every month, we checked in and were told how many items we could choose based on our family size.

We’d take our cart through and find things that we could use. I loved that we were able to pick and choose instead of getting a bag of things we may not eat.

What a blessing to put eggs and milk in our cart. Meat and produce too. Once in awhile they even had cat food.

At James’ birthday, they gave us a package with cake mix and frosting and a few other birthday things for kids.

We used the food pantry for a very long time and I was thankful every time. It was a huge blessing to us.

And yesterday, I thought, “It’s a huge blessing that we don’t qualify for the food pantry anymore.”

Sure, sometimes stuff is tight and once in awhile, I check out at  the grocery store and think “Yikes!!!” but it’s such a difference to be able to go buy our own groceries and I’m so thankful.


Mom’s Night Out~Review & Giveaway

by adustyframe ~ September 10th, 2014


I had the pleasure of reviewing Mom’s Night Out on DVD. It looked like a fun family friendly movie so I took it along on our vacation.

One night when James and Lee were busy, I sat down to watch it.

Funny! I had some laugh out loud moments for sure.  I’m a bit of a Patricia Heaton fan so I enjoyed seeing her in this movie. James said, “It’s kind of weird to see her in a movie where she has it all together”. Lol…

The moms just want a fun night out and then everything that can go wrong does go wrong.  I enjoyed watching the movie and actually want to rewatch it…I think I missed a few parts while attending to a little munchkin.

At the end, I actually started crying. I wasn’t sure why but when the dad said to his wife, “What you do is important.” I started crying. What we moms do IS important and it was nice to hear a movie say so!

Here’s a synopsis:

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours—what could go wrong?

You can watch a trailer here at Mom’s Night Out movie website.

It says it’s rated PG but I’m not really sure why…..I didn’t find anything objectionable other than a scene in a tattoo parlor but the scene wasn’t objectionable. Perhaps some wouldn’t like the tattoo parlor? I don’t know!

Here’s the good news! I have a copy to give away! It includes Blue Ray and DVD as well as bloopers and some other special features.

To enter the giveaway:

1. Leave a comment sharing why you’d like to have a copy of this DVD.

If you’d like extra entries:

1. Share this giveaway on FB, twitter, or your blog and then come back and leave me a link to your status, post, or tweet for an additional entry.

This is a US giveaway only. Giveaway ends Saturday September 13 at Midnight Pacific.

Disclaimer~I received a free copy of this DVD in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.



Home Again Home Again Jiggety Jog

by adustyframe ~ September 8th, 2014

Phew….we’re home! I didn’t blog as I intended too but that’s ok right?! Vacation is vacation!

We had a great trip with lots of family time. Some great sightseeing…..lots of heat  (ugggh) and safe travels.

Quite a few times, I just thought how in years past we would have given everything we had to just be able to spend time together and how wonderful this was.

Baby did great with the travelling although he got to the point where he’d start complaining when we buckled him into the car seat.

We’re glad to be home but the car needs a major cleaning and there are piles in my kitchen that I am not dealing with right now!


Back To School….

by adustyframe ~ September 4th, 2014

Oops…..not yet!

Normally, we start school the day after Labor Day but we are on vacation. Many parts of our trip are super educational and historic so I don’t feel badly at all!

I have the books to get started. I have the basic plans for the year.

I have not scheduled the first couple of weeks. I have not cleaned off the school shelf (UGGGG).

I just decided it’s fine. When we get home, we’ll hit the books and it will all work out!

I do feel a little behind the times and unorganized this year. It’s a combination of lots of things but I hope to pull myself together and get things off to a great start soon.



Traveling With Baby

by adustyframe ~ September 2nd, 2014

Photo credit: FidlerJan from morguefile.com

We don’t take too many road trips and the ones we’ve taken have been short–a couple hours or less.

When James was a baby, we flew for all our vacations. Baby Nathan went on a 3 hour road trip with my sister and I in the early summer but that’s it.

I’ve been working for several weeks getting things together and I’m hoping I did a good job.

Baby is almost 14 months old, so these ideas are more for a young toddler. When we get back, I’ll try to report on whether or not everything worked like I hoped it would.

I’m also being lazy and not doing Amazon links, but if you decide to buy anything please do consider going to Amazon from the box in my sidebar (pretty please!)

1. This tray looks like a good idea. I think it will be good for him to have a flat (ish) surface to set toys on or snacks.

2. His poor little head flops to the side when he falls asleep, so I’m hoping this super cute pillow will make him more comfortable.

3. A couple new toys and a new book….a flashlight, a travel aquadoodle, and a monkey book with a finger puppet. Baby LOVES monkeys…he calls them “money”. Oh and by the way, he doesn’t really color yet (eats the crayons…..) but the aquadoodle just uses water in a little pen. I think with supervision he will enjoy it.

4. We borrowed a DVD player for all of us. We got some old movies and movies we have been wanting to watch. For baby, I got one of James old favorites from many years ago, Elmo’s Magic Cookbook. I don’t plan to have baby parked in front of the DVD player for the whole trip, but in case of emergencies I’m all for it!

5. Old favorites…his blanket, books he loves, his stuffed monkey, some of his balls, and other fun things he already loves. I did not pack loud toys though!

6. Disposable bibs and take and toss cups. I don’t necessarily plan to toss the cups, but if I lose one I won’t be upset.

7. Healthy treats… he also likes Happy Baby puffs and we got some baby food pouches just for travel.

8. Window shades!

9. Baby apps for the phones….I’m not sure what Lee loaded in his phone so if any of them were really good, I’ll let you know.

10. The cd he listens to at night loaded into James’ iPod…he said, “Mom if my friends see that on my playlist I’ll be embarrassed.” Oh well at least baby will sleep!

I looked on Pinterest and got some great ideas…one was a pad of post it notes for baby to rip apart. I know it will be a mess to clean up but I think it will help him have fun and if he’s restless anything new to distract him should help.

Of course diapers and wipes…definitely using disposables on the road….and a zillion other little things!


Road Trip

by adustyframe ~ August 29th, 2014

We’re preparing to take a long road trip this week! We’re excited about lots of days together.

I’m hoping the baby does well. I’m hoping it’s not too hot! I’m hoping my back behaves itself! I’m hoping for lots of fun family time!


I may post a thing or two once in awhile but if I don’t please don’t worry about us….we’re just hitting the highway! One of the bonuses of homeschooling is that we can take this very late vacation and not miss any school!


Did you take any road trips this summer? Where did you go?


Swim Diapers~Money Saving Tip!

by adustyframe ~ August 25th, 2014


You may already know that you can wash and reuse disposable swim diapers. In case you didn’t know this, check out this article.

However, I have a better tip that is cheaper than rewashing swim diapers and cheaper than buying a special swim diaper from a cloth diaper company.

Use a pocket diaper without an insert for your swim diaper!

In English, (not diaper lingo…)

Pocket diapers are a cover with a pocket that you put an insert inside of to absorb when baby pees. Here is an in depth explanation in case you want to know.

I use pocket diapers at night with 2 inserts and they work great!

But to use it as a swim diaper, just put the diaper on baby without an insert. You don’t want/need to absorb anything.
Swim diapers are just to catch the poo and a cloth pocket diaper does this just fine.

You don’t have to be a cloth diapering mom to enjoy this tip!

You can find two inexpensive brands on eBay…Alva or Sunbaby. (the photo above is actually not a pocket diaper….it’s a cover… but I didn’t have a photo of a pocket diaper and I wanted to get this posted!)

How does this save you money?

1. You can find this diaper from about $5-$8 each. You may want to purchase 2. This is a little less than 1 package of swim diapers cost.

2. The pocket diapers fit baby from about 8-36 lbs. Yes you read that right…..you don’t need to keep buying another pocket diaper when they grow. This is it. Even if you wash and reuse disposable swim diapers, you have to buy another package when baby grows.

3. Wash and hang to dry and use again and again and again!


Oh Yeah There Was This

by adustyframe ~ August 17th, 2014

This post….check it out….look at the date.

I decided to forgo a big bash this year….but wow…it’s been a long time.

What a blessing each one of you has been to me through the years. I don’t even know if you can understand how very much you mean to me.


Thank you :)

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