Low Cost Fall Snacks: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

IMG_20151026_062623736These pumpkins seeds turned out so yummy.  It tasted much like popcorn in your mouth.  The buttery flavor was awesome and think of the nutrition gained from eating them.

Directions

We used 1 medium pumpkin and gained  about 200 seeds.

Preheat your oven at 325 degrees.

Place the seeds in a colander and rinse off the pulp.

Place the seeds in boiling salt water for ten minutes.  This causes them to cook evenly.

Butter up your baking sheet. Place the seeds on the pan and spread them out.

Shake some salt on those seeds.

Bake for 20-25 minutes in the oven.  Let them cool for five minutes before popping them into your mouth!!

Have a great snack!!  Your littles will love chewing on these.

Charlotte

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What is taking up your time?: The Husband Journal Entry 26

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There are so many things that can take up our time………………yes, I am guilty of the social media front.  If I am not careful, I can get on facebook too many times throughout the day. And then my mind is clogged with what is going on with others than what is happening with my own household.

The Lord told us  in the Bible to live out our lives wisely making the most of every opportunity.

Ephesians 5:15-17

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

When our minds are clogged with things that have nothing to do with our families, reexamine yourself and priorities.  Your first priority is your relationship with the Lord.  Your second priority is your relationship with your husband.  If either one of these relationships are suffering because your thoughts are things like what’s going on on the social media front, then stop getting your mind clogged up with social media.

Stay focused on the Lord, your husband, and your family.  Those are your priorities.

Charlotte

Is it too late?: The Husband Journal Number 25

Water liliesI am afraid that some of us (followers of Jesus) have allowed the world to snuff out our light or dreams.

I remember a few years back talking with a christian lady about adoption.  I told her that my husband and I still wanted to adopt children.  She let me know that there was no adoption agency that would be willing to give me a newborn child.  She told me that I could forget about adopting a newborn. I kind of took it to heart.

Well I can’t wait to see her now.  My husband and I are trying to adopt an infant that came into our foster care home in May.  She was at the time three days old.  As the months pass by, it seems like we are getting closer to our goal.

God has a future for you. It says so in Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

People do not know the plans God has for you.  They can talk all they want.  It is God who holds your future in His hands.  Take hold of the dreams God has put in your heart and remain steadfast for His glory.

Charlotte

Infertility Part 2: The Husband Journal Entry 23

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I talked in my last post about things I have learned through my spiritual walk in my infertility journey with my husband.  I am hoping this encourages someone.

Please read The Husband Journal Entry 22 for the first post.

Just to remind you of yesterday’s post.  I talked about three things that I learned.  1. Pray for grace.  2.  Don’t become bitter  3. You are blessed.

Here are a few more things.

  1. God is in control.  No matter how many times I prayed to the Lord for a child……….it is God and God alone that gives a child to you.  You can’t make yourself pregnant no matter what you do.  He is the one that makes the child in the womb.
  2. Your husband hurts as well.  You are not alone.  Your husband is just as disappointed and upset as you are.  The infertility journey is a lot of ups and downs, but mostly downs for both you and your husband. Believe me when I say that your husband is upset too.  He really is.
  3. God does not disappoint.  I have seen couples who believe in Jesus struggle with infertility……..some are eventually blessed with their own child………some adopt and are blessed………and a couple or two comes to terms with childlessness and are glad that they didn’t have children after all.  Whatever the case, the Lord does not disappoint and his timing is perfect.  We have been childless for fourteen years and finally we are in the process of adopting a baby this year.
  4. Hold on to your dream. My husband held onto the dream of having a family with children.  I had given up and thought that we were going to remain childless. But the idea of having no children in our home never set well with me.  I ached for children.  While I pushed children out of my head, my husband moved forward and we began fostering.  When the children came into the home, it was then when I realized we were going to realize our dream of having children in our home through adoption.

That’s pretty much what I have to say. My hope is that by sharing what I learned that someone else will be blessed.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.

Have a blessed day!!

Infertility Part 1: The Husband Journal Entry 22

Botanical Gardens 003I am sharing today about what I learned through our journey as a childless couple for most of our married life.

My husband and I have been married for 17 years.  Of those, I would say that we were diligent about becoming parents for 14 of those years.

Here is what I learned through those years.

  1. Pray for grace.  There were years that I prayed consistently for the Lord to bless us with a baby.  I even found scriptures about being fruitful and multiplying the earth and stood on these scriptures for years. Then, it struck me to pray for grace while we remained childless. And the grace came.  I felt more at peace and less frustrated about being childless.
  2. You are blessed. For years, I allowed myself to feel like I wasn’t blessed because I didn’t have my “family” so to speak.  The Lord helped me to realize that I was just as blessed as others who had families with children.
  3. Don’t grow bitter.  At one point at the tail end of this journey, I grew bitter.  This bitterness spilled over into all areas of my life. Finally, I ended up losing my relationship with the Lord. I couldn’t read the bible and pray. I dropped out of church. I came to a very hard place for three full years.  I felt abandoned by God during those years. But God is good and faithful.  It took baby steps to get out of the spiritual rut I got myself into.  But the Lord brought me out of it and I did grow from it.  Now I know what bitterness can do to you so I don’t ever want to go to that hard place again.

I will continue next time with another entry on infertility and tell you more about what I learned in my spiritual walk with the Lord through this infertility journey.

Charlotte

Who is the spiritual leader in the home?: The Husband Journal entry number 21A

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For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
I believe strongly that this verse really hits the nail on the head.  The husband is the spiritual leader of the home.  I can only give you examples from my life of what that may look like.
We moved recently to a new town and were looking at finding a new home church.  We visited many.  I know my husband discussed this with me at length, but ultimately he made the decision on the church we were going to attend.
Most recently, my husband wanted to foster children.  I just didn’t feel anything from the Lord regarding this decision. My husband pressed and pressed til I finally was like okay………I don’t understand, but let’s move forward.  My husband was getting the leading from the Lord not me.  I was scared to death we were going down the wrong path because I never got an inkling from the Lord.
Well it turns out that when the children came into the home, the Lord gave me affirmation that this was His will for us.
I have never experienced that before having to totally depend on my husband on a major life decision.  Before, we both had peace from the Lord on life decisions and moved forward.
Hard financial decisions are ultimately decided by my husband.  It doesn’t mean that I don’t get to have a say.  A wife is to help with weighing in on how these decisions will impact the family. But at the end, my husband is the one who makes the final decision.
Charlotte

Do You Really Know Him?: Husband Journal Entry 20

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I am afraid there are many out there who profess to know Christ, but they really don’t have a personal relationship with Him.

Many folks think that good deeds will get them to heaven.  As long as I am a good person, I am fine.  No, No, No!!  Everyone falls short of the glory of God.

Some think that going to church gets them to heaven.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Only going to church does not get you to heaven.

Jesus is the only way to the Father.  That is it!!

Having head knowledge about Christ doesn’t mean that you have a relationship with Him.

You must believe by faith that He is……………….He died on the cross for your sins and was buried and rose again on the third day so that you can have eternal life with him.

Charlotte

You must believe……..