There is nothing quite as romantic as spending a portion of your weekend taking apart and deep cleaning your kitchen with your husband. A little goofy sounding, I know, but it was a lot of fun and yet another reason I love my husband.
While pulling out the stove and giving everything a good scrubbing, we laughed as we shared the antics of our little children and their adventures over the week.
While cleaning out and disinfecting the fridge, we marveled that seemingly out of nowhere our oldest daughter’s upcoming graduation from high school has snuck up on us.
While cleaning out and reorganizing the kitchen cabinets, we put great thought into plans for our upcoming 20th anniversary and enjoying the honeymoon we never had.
There were sly looks and grins while scrubbing the vent hood and degreasing underneath it.
There was a little pinch on the tush here and little pinch there while whitening the porcelain sink.
There were jokes and hilarious comments zinging that had us laughing so hard we were leaning on the counters to keep from falling over.
All of this and more while deep cleaning the kitchen!
My favorite moments come in our every day life enjoying the husband that God has blessed me with and the children that He has given us to raise.
All for God’s glory,
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I love adding to my 101 Reasons I Love My Husband posts.
Each time I go back and read my previous posts, I am reminded of just how blessed I am.
Today’s blessing: God has given my strong, sweet man the ability to know when I need a hug.
I don’t mean one of those quick squeezes. I am talking about one of those long, tight hugs that makes the rest of the world and it’s troubles fade away. The kind where you disappear into his chest and feel safe.
There are times when I am feeling beaten down by my day or times when I am a little overwhelmed, and he will stop everything we are working on and grab hold of me. In that hug God speaks to me and I feel loved and safe and re-energized. I can once again take on the world.
Have you hugged your sweetie today?
All for God’s glory,
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Let me tell you what Mr. Muscles just did.
The kids and I have spent the better part of the morning hanging up laundry and working in our veggie garden. We came in to cool off and I discovered something beyond wonderful.
The man CLEANED OUT AND ORGANIZED OUR CABINETS INCLUDING OUR PANTRY CABINETS.
Seriously. They are cleaned out, organized and they make sense!
This speaks to my working-ever-so-hard-to-organize-the-whole-house heart.
That’s my man!
Did I mention while he was cleaning he was on Little Detail (with Little Man- 4 mo, Ms. Dimples- 2 yrs, and Ms. Giggles- 4 yrs) while the big kids and I worked outside?
Love, love, LOVE.
What has your sweetie done recently that went right to your heart?
All for God’s glory,
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It would never be possible for me to relate to you the amazing man God has guided and lovingly molded Mr. Muscles into. I can only give you glimpses into little moments that make my heart flutter just thinking about them.
Recently we watched a commercial that played Sitting on the Dock of the Bay as its background music. I commented how much I like that song. Just hearing it makes me relax, close my eyes, and picture myself stretched out in a lawn chair soaking up the sun.
Cue the next week when I finally take the time to sync up my Ipod. What do you think I heard when I plugged in? Oh yes! Otis Redding was serenading me with Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.
I love that Mr. Muscles does that.
He didn’t say anything.
I didn’t even see him on the computer downloading the song to Itunes.
He just loaded it and waited for me to hear it.
Now when I hear that song I smile for two reasons: the thought of relaxing and soaking up the sun, and because Mr. Muscles just wanted to make me happy.
How can you not just love that?!
Here, enjoy yourself!
Always in God’s mighty hands,
Let me tell you what my man did this weekend.
He organized every bit of bathroom toiletries, medicines, bandaids, supplies and anything else that was in the bathroom and laundry room. At one time I had everything organized into labeled tubs, but that had gotten messed up over time. He threw out anything that was out of date, wiped leaked out medicine off of the bottles and tubs, reorganized it all even more and pared down enough to give me 2 tubs and some baskets to use elsewhere.
Doesn’t it just make your heart go pitter pat?! It does mine!
That was a huge job that I don’t have to worry about doing any longer. I can once again find everything easily. If you could see me right now, you would see me doing a happy dance. LOL
What do you love about your man?
All for God’s glory,
How do I know that the Civil War cake I made for Young Man falls into the range of coolness?
Because he said so!
Specifically he said, “Wow! Cool!”.
See? Coolness. LOL
This is a deliciously spicy Cardamom cake. It is an easy peasy recipe found on the side of the Cardamom spice bottle. I made it for Ms. Serious’ last birthday, and it was a huge hit. It is also heavy enough for layered decorating and takes punishment. *grin*
I made one 10″ pan and two half ball pans.
I trimmed the half ball cakes so that they would follow the outside edge of the cake and so they would not look like perfect domes. A dollop of my buttercream icing secures each one in place on top of the 10″. Notice I gave one hill something of a face, or “drop-off” edge while the other eases down. I prefer things not to be too neat.
I colored the rest of my icing green and did a good crumb layer over the whole thing. After giving it just a little time for the buttercream to set a bit, I covered the rest of it in grass. This part took the longest of the decorating. I stopped a few times to give my hands rest.
I gave the stream a little bit wider of a bed than it was actually going to take up. After I applied the edible gel, and swirled it a bit with a spoon to make it look more like water, I then went along the edge with the grass tip so the stream would be blended in.
I made the trees out of fondant. Simply roll it in a general evergreen tree shape (cone), and then, use a pair of scissors to cut into the trees from the top down. This will create the look of boughs or branches. Do not go in straight lines down the tree. Try to be a little sporadic. It looks a lot better. I used toothpicks to secure the trees in place.
Lastly, I added little Civil War soldiers. I bought these at Hobby Lobby and they are the perfect size as they are for dioramas. They are the only decoration that was not edible. He was able to keep these for the diorama of a Civil War battle he will be building for history. Bonus!
There ya go! An easy civil war cake. 🙂 Happy decorating!
Always in God’s mighty hands,
It has been a little while since I posted anything in the 101 Reasons I Love My Husband category. *sigh* Its about time, don’t you think?!
Early, early, early in the morning, despite my morning breath, crazy hair, tenancy to be a bit startled when woken up and crazy-sleeping-mom look, he still tells me goodbye, that he loves me and gives me a kiss every single day.
So blessed by God,
What do you love about your husband?
Sometimes I will catch him watching me in the mirror.
His lips are slightly upturned in a smile.
But his eyes are full of mischief.
He makes me feel beautiful.
Even on the days I refuse to look in the mirror!
Mr. Muscles knows that I really couldn’t care less about the upcoming, over-commercialized, and unromantic holiday called Valentine’s Day.
Yep, I said it. I am not a Valentine’s Day person.
You see, Mr. Muscles realized some time ago that bringing me a handful of daisies on an ordinary day means so much more than a dozen roses that has been shoved in his face over and over again by the tv, radio, print ads, and displays in every single store out there.
If you mess up Valentine’s Day with all of those reminders that is just sad.
If you think of flowers, or chocolate, or anything romantic on an ordinary day, wow! You go!
Mr. Muscles loves me enough to call me to tell me he loves me. He may bring me a sweet treat to snack on. He will bring me a flower he picked himself.
I love that he shows me how much he loves me everyday.
That is just a little of what makes him my love and my sweetie!
I gotta go give my man a hug.
Ok, here is the latest thing that Mr. Muscles did to make my heart just flop all over the place. Last Friday he had off of work and, while I was at the gym for Ms. Firecracker’s gymnastics practice, he cleaned out the fridge. I don’t just mean tossed a few things and a wipe or two. He completely emptied it, disinfected everything, took it all apart, threw away stuff and reorganized it.
Isn’t he amazing!!! Not to mention he had all 4 of the younger kids so I didn’t have to drag anyone else along to the gym. I only had Ms. Serious (11). No one to chase around or keep track of.
Love you baby!!!