Friday, January 30, 2009

Fireproof The Movie

You may have noticed my button for Fireproof on the sidebar. If you have not yet seen this movie, you need to do so! Starring Kirk Cameron and Erin Bethea, and produced by the makers of Facing the Giants (Sherwood Pictures), the story is well written and developed. The issue of marriage and divorce is addressed in the movie, and the permanance of marriage before God is advocated. The movie also underscores that love is a committment, not a feeling. The basic story line, without giving anything away, is this (from http://www.fireproofthemovie.com/):

At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.

Growing up, Catherine Holt always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter...just like her daddy. Now, after seven years of marriage, Catherine wonders when she stopped being "good enough" for her husband.

Regular arguments over jobs, finances, housework, and outside interests have readied them both to move on to something with more sparks.

As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb's father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experiment: "The Love Dare."

Wondering if it's even worth the effort, Caleb agrees-for his father's sake more than for his marriage. When Caleb discovers the book's daily challenges are tied into his parents' newfound faith, his already limited interest is further dampened.

While trying to stay true to his promise, Caleb becomes frustrated time and again. He finally asks his father, "How am I supposed to show love to somebody who constantly rejects me?"

When his father explains that this is the love Christ shows to us, Caleb makes a life-changing commitment to love God. And with God's help he begins to understand what it means to truly love his wife.

But is it too late to fireproof his marriage? His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever...rescuing his wife's heart.


I believe this movie can be used by God. Although I would not have produced a movie to send out the Gospel, and if I had produced a movie, I would not have made the same choices for background music, etc. as the producers of Fireproof did, but it is still a powerful movie. God's Word and the Gospel are presented in this movie, as well as the fact that God views marriage as permanent. We know that God always blesses His Word, and His Word will not return void, so I believe He can use this movie. Check out the website and the resources, and watch Fireproof today! At http://www.fireproofthemovie.com/ you can view the trailer for the movie.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Another super savings shopping trip...


Okay, I promise this blog is not turning into a coupon blog. But...I have become a couponer, and I have been very excited about all of the money I have been saving lately. So...here is another picture of one of my shopping trips. Once the "novelty" wears off I won't put pictures up as often. These purchases, along with the last couple of freezer-stocking grocery trips will allow us to spend $40 or less per week on groceries in February. On top of that, we will be out of the country for the last week in February (we are going to Israel with Ben's family), so our grocery bill and utilities will be even less!


The items pictured here cost me $39.54. There are 43 items. I used 28 coupons. I only paid full price for 4 of the items (many of my coupons required a purchase of two items). Original price and tax would have been $72.11. I splurged on the Dawn Hand Renewal and the Lil Smokies. 10 of the items were completely free, and at least five of the items were 25 cents or less.

Works for Me: Picture Organization

I have a lot of digital pictures, and I have found a great program to organize and edit them. It is the Memory Manager program from Creative Memories. I was sold on this program before I knew all of its capabilities. Now that I am learning everything it can do, I am even more excited about it!

It offers easy organization of your photos. Everything is organized by People, Events, and Places. You create folders based on things you do over and over again, and drop your photos into the folders. To locate your photo, you can search by timeline, by search phrase, or by star (every pic can receive up to a five star rating). For example, Under "Events" I have a sort box called "Holidays", and within that sort box I have a folder for "Christmas". All of my Christmas pictures, every year, go into this folder. To look at the pictures from 2008 only, I simply click "2008" on my timeline, and the filter is applied.


The editing features are simple to use. I can't believe some of the differences in my pictures just with one click! It also has double protection. Every time you exit the program it creates a "shadow copy" of the changes you made to your pictures. You can also do a backup to external hard drive or CD/DVD to insure that your priceless photos are protected.


Memory Manager works hand in hand with Storybook Creator Plus to design custom digital scrapbooks. Taking your pictures from one program to the next happens in one click. I am not a digital scrapbooker, but I am considering adding it to my repertoire.


If you have a lot of digital pictures, and they need organization, I would highly recommend this product. You can order it on CD directly from Creative Memories, you can download it from the website, or you can find a consultant in your area, and she will get you started on your organization. This program is well worth the investment!


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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

When I Consider...


Psalm 90:1-12
A Prayer of Moses the man of God.

1 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.



This picture was taken at the Grand Canyon on October 28, 2007 while Ben & I were on our honeymoon. When we were there, a controlled burn had gotten out of hand, and a smoky haze covered the canyon. I am learning to use my photo editing software, and I discovered that I could still pull the colors out of this picture. Sure, I am not a professional photographer, but it is pretty, isn't it? It made me think of this Psalm. "When I consider the works of Thy hands...what is man that Thou thinkest on him, who is so unworthy of Thy love?" (Ron Hamilton)

What Kind of Government Does America Have?

Here is a short, enlightening video about forms of government. I found it especially interesting, and even disturbing, as I considered the state of our nation, and the policies of the new administration. Please take about 10 minutes and watch this educational video.

http://www.wimp.com/thegovernment/

Monday, January 26, 2009

My Awesome Kroger Deal


When I read that Money Saving Mom found a blinkie by the cheese display to get Kraft cheese for 49 cents each, I headed to Kroger. Sure enough, my store had a blinkie too. My coupons were only for 75 cents off, and if I bought 10 packages they were $1.49 each, so I spent 74 cents on each package. Additionally, I found two gallons of milk on markdown for $1.99 each, and hubby wanted Ritz crackers (which were on sale, and I had a $2 off coupon). Total for this purchase: $15.61!!! I saved 69%, or $34.50. Whoo hoo!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Works for Me: Coupon Organization

Below are some pictures of my coupon book. I don't remember where I read about this system of organization, but it has worked for me so far.



I only get one set of the coupon circulars because I only shop for two people. So I used a basic 1" three ring binder. I bought a package of baseball card holders from Target for around $5. I then applied sticky tabs to the baseball card sheets to divide my coupons into categories.
My categories are:
  • Health & Beauty Aids
  • Teeth & Shaving (a separate category because there are so many of these coupons)
  • Household supplies (cleaning items)
  • Laundry & Soap
  • Paper & Plastic (ziploc bags, toilet paper, paper towel, Kleenex)
  • Cereal & Snacks
  • Dry goods
  • Refrigerated & Dairy products
  • Frozen products
  • Medicine
  • Misc
  • Canned goods

I only save the coupons for items that I normally buy. If the coupon is for a different brand than my usual item, I save it in case the product goes on sale and I can get it really cheap. Coupons for products that I wouldn't consider using, or that I have no use for (like diapers) I send to a lady who gets them to overseas military families. The military families can use coupons overseas for up to three months after their expiration dates. Go here for more information. Sometimes I put a listing on Craigslist for an envelope of coupons to the first person who comes and picks it up. Someone else can usually use the coupons I don't want to use.

Also in my binder is a page protector for my Walgreens ad, Easy Saver catalog, and Walgreens Register Rewards & coupons. In the back of my binder is another page protector for dining coupons and non grocery related coupons (like Bed, Bath & Beyond, or Michaels). I also have a sleeve for rebate offers. I make a copy of the rebate and receipt before I mail it in so that I have a copy for my records.

When I am going to the grocery store I make my list and pull out all applicable coupons and put them in an envelope. I carry my binder into the store, in case I find items on sale or decide to pick up something for which I have a coupon.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Think About It

I am planning to read through my Bible this year, so right now I am in Genesis. I just finished reading the story of Jacob - from how he cheated Esau out of the birthright, and then the blessing, then he worked 14 years for his Uncle Laban in trade for Leah and Rachel as wives. Then Jacob stayed on in the employment of Laban in order to build up his own herds and flocks. Yesterday I was in Genesis 31, where Jacob wants to return to his own land, but he is afraid of Laban. As a result, Jacob sneaks out and puts and three days' journey between himself and Laban. Once he righted his relationship with Laban, Jacob then had to face his brother Esau, who was breathing out threats of killing Jacob upon their last encounter. This caused me to think about fear.

In the first instance, Jacob was afraid of Laban because he was trusting in himself, and not in God. God had given the command in Genesis 31:1, "And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee." If God has promised to be with Jacob, then Jacob had nothing to fear at the hand of Laban. God does not call us to go where His grace will not sustain us. Jacob could have avoided fear and worry by simply taking God at His word.

In the second instance, Jacob was afraid of Esau, but he allowed it to drive him toward God. Genesis 32:7-12 records the prayer of Jacob as he prepared to face his brother:

7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands;
8 And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company
which is left shall escape.
9 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:
10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the
truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over
this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.
11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.
12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

When we face things in our lives that bring fear, anxiety, and worry, we must turn toward the Lord. Jacob had the right response in these verses, because he finally returned his trust to the Lord God.

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Deal of the Week

My deal of this week has been free toilet paper! There was a printable coupon for 50 cents off Cottonelle toilet paper. At my grocery store, Kroger, it is 99 cents for a 4 pack of single rolls. They also double manufacturer coupons for 50 cents and under. So, 99 cents per pack with $1 off from doubled coupons - that is free toilet paper! I had six of these coupons, so I was able to get six 4-roll packages of toilet paper for free. That works for me!

Cute Cards

I have had a little more time on my hands lately so I have enjoyed some card-making and scrapbooking time. These are a few of the cards I made with my new Sweetheart punch from Creative Memories (Mom gave it to me for Christmas). I got the ideas from the Creative Memories Project Center, and I was very pleased with how they turned out!


This is just a freehanded tree trunk from a brown paper bag, and circles and hearts. SO EASY!


I think this one is my favorite - mostly because of the buttons that make up the butterfly's body.


This little love bird was so easy to make with two circle punches, and the sweetheart punch. I also love the brown paper with faux stitching. So much fun!

This is another butterfly I did without the buttons, and with a different color scheme.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Book Review: Left Behind

When this series first came out I was thoroughly disinterested. I don't know why, but I had no desire to read them. Ben mentioned that he had read the series, and seen the movie. I was in the library one day and saw "Left Behind the Movie" on the DVD shelf, so I brought it home. I enjoyed the movie and thought that it was very well done. This spurred me on to check out the books and begin reading.

I decided to start with book one, despite the fact that it is covered by the movie which I had just watched. In the beginning, it was a slow read because I was familiar with much of the information. As the book progressed, I found minor discrepancies in the movie, and I also discovered new details.

I believe the book does have some theological problems regarding the end times. However, since I am not as well versed in my eschatology as I would like, I cannot enumerate them for you. This book has been good for me in that it has raised questions in my mind and encouraged me to find the answers in the Bible. I now have a desire to better understand the events of the end times. Regardless of the probable theological issues, the series is good, and it will cause you to question things to come. I would recommend the Left Behind books and encourage you to read the book before you watch the movie.

Some Family Pics

I have been very negligent in my blogging lately. But it's okay - I was on vacation! We enjoyed a great visit in Colorado with my family. We spent Christmas Eve with my mom's side of the family at Grandma & Grandpa's house. It was great to see them again, and to see that Grandpa is doing much better in his recovery from knee replacement surgery. We gave Grandpa a framed verse that I had done in calligraphy. I wrote Psalm 91:1 - his favorite verse - in Hebrew and in English. He got a kick out of it, and then delved into talking about prophecy.

Grandpa Paul with Ben & Andrea

Grandpa's verse

On Christmas Day my dad's parents came over. They drove in from Muskogee, Oklahoma, and were staying with my Uncle Tim in Boulder, Colo. We had a good visit and a great meal. It is a Godby family tradition to have fondue on Christmas Day. We had steak, shrimp, chicken, and mom made all of the fixings and sides. I was stuffed at the end!

Wesley & Andrea - do you like Wesley's beard?

Dad's hair during the traditional Christmas Monopoly game.

On the 26th we hit the slopes of the Rockies for a ski day, which I have already detailed in this post. Then Kenny & Wesley headed back to the ski slopes on the 27th. They didn't last very long - it was bitter cold and they quit around 11:30. My brothers have never quit skiing early before that I can remember! Ben and Dad left the house around 2 or 3 a.m. to take a friend elk hunting in Craig (on the other side of the state). They had an eventful hunt. Everything that could go wrong did, and they ended up spending the night in order to get both elk and the snowmobile out the next day. Grandma, Aunt Jo, Aunt Robin, and Grandpa came over to our house for tea. Then Mom and I did a little shopping.



Wesley, Kenny, Andrea & Ben - ready to board the ski lift!

The Tea Party - Andrea, Grandma, Mom, Aunt Robin, Aunt JoEllen


On Sunday we had lunch with the Godby side of the family at the White Fence Farm. It's a local restaurant that specializes in chicken, but everything is served family style, and they have a petting farm, and an activity barn, and shopping. It's a fun experience. Tim & Ann & family came from Boulder with Grams & Gramps, and Leah & Marlin & family came down from Wheatland, Wyoming. Dad and Ben made it from hunting just as we were being seated. After the meal we took some family pictures, and then headed back to church.


My Family -Dad, Mom, Wesley, Kenny, Andrea, Ben

The Godby Family
Zane, Madalyn, Wesley, Sherry, Wally, Andrea, Ben, Kenny, Kaylah, Ann, Leah, Tim, Marlin, Gramps, Nicole, Grams, Micahel



The Godby cousins with Grams & Gramps

That's about it for our trip. We tied up the loose ends on Monday. The guys played Risk. I fixed the iTunes and broke the Memory Manager on the computer. We all played Ben's new Parcheesi game. We watched A&E's Horatio Hornblower (from the beginning - Ben had only seen episode 7).

It was a great visit and it ended too soon. Our flight was not overbooked this time, unfortunately, so we did not win any free tickets. We spent four hours in the Cleveland airport. We drove from Washington D.C. to home. Actually Ben drove home while I slept. And then life resumed.

Hope you all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!