Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Bible App for Kids

I have long awaited the creation of a good Bible app for my son. All the apps I would download were not very entertaining or for older kids.

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This Thursday the YouVersion family released the new Bible app for kids! I was so excited and downloaded it right away. Since yesterday was pretty busy, I was not able to get into the app and take a look around. This morning my son found the app while playing on our tablet. He was automatically hooked! I sat with him for a while and I must say I am definitely impressed.

Life Church is behind the  YouVersion family.  The YouVersion Bible is my go to Bible app. It is quick, easy and self explanatory.  The kids app is that and so much more. It covers 7 Bible storys from Genesis to the empty tomb and notates that more stories will be coming soon. Which will help our kids stay engaged!

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Not only does the app read each Bible story out loud but it also provides animated illustrations that move as you touch each one.

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I was also impressed by the way the app challenges the user with questions and rewards. 

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The only thing I wasn’t too crazy about was that I had to download each story. It really isn’t that big of a deal compared to the rest of the great qualities this app has.

This app is amazing. If you are a mom I definitely encourage you to download it for your children!  What an awesome way to learn the word of God. My 4 year old has loved it! Here are some photos of him navigating through it!

God bless you – Moni ❤

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving like I did! I had a day full of food, family and football!  Yay for a Cowboy win! I wanted to share a couple of things that I am extremely thankful for this year!

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I am thankful for Jesus Christ. He died so that I could be alive in Him. I don’t know where I would be without God’s word, his mercy and his grace!

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I am thankful for my sweet husband. I’m so glad to say that I have a partner that truly has my back. It is not 50/50 in our marriage…it is 100/100. We have grown so much this year and I’m excited to see what 2014 brings!
 
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I am thankful for my baby. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me. He keeps me motivated and on my toes. He makes me laugh with his funny stories and he melts my heart with the love he has for God.

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I am thankful for my entire family…both my family and my husbands family. I’m so blessed to have so many people that love us! 

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I am thankful for my church family, Amarillo for Christ. They have all been there for me this year. I love the things that God has done within our young adults ministry!

I am thankful for my job at FSS. I had been searching for a job like mine for so long. I know God had this place for me. I have grown to love the families that we work with. It is so filling to know that we are doing something to help these families be successful. Pronews 7 covered our program tonight. Here is the link to the report:

I am hitting the sheets now. It has been such an amazing couple of weeks. I pray that you and your families are just as blessed this holiday season. Goodnight – Moni ❤

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Last Minute Thanksgiving Dessert – Grape Salad

Happy Thanksgiving!  There is so much to be thankful for! I just got home from Wednesday night bluprint service at church and it was amazing. God is definitely moving within this ministry. I’m excited for the things to come in 2014. 🙂

Anyway, about an hour ago I was scrambling around trying to figure out what I was going to take to Mom’s house tomorrow. You see, we had planned on staying in town this year but last night we decided to go ahead and make the trip to good ol’Dimmitt! I hate showing up empty handed to family gatherings so I had to think fast. I’ve had plenty of pie this week so I decided to make this amazing grape salad! I have found various versions of this recipe and they are all divine.  It’s super easy and took me about 25 minutes to prepare.  Here is what you need:

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2 lbs of seedless purple grapes, 2 lbs of green seedless grapes, 8 oz of cream cheese, 8 oz of sour cream, 1/2 cup of white sugar, brown sugar, pecans and 1 tspn vanilla extract (not shown).

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Start out by please rinsing your grapes!  Lol no one likes grainy grapes! 😉

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Then in a separate bowl you will combine the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla and mix with a mixer until it’s smooth.

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When the mixture is smooth fold in your grapes and add a handful (or more) of pecans.

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Once it is all mixed well then you can sprinkle the brown sugar and top with more pecans. This time I added some marshmallows too!

You can eat it just like that but I really love it after it has been chilled for a couple of hours.

I hope you and your family are blessed this Thankgiving!  Enjoy! – Moni ❤

Bluprint Marriages

It has been such a busy couple of days. I’ve tried to make some time to write a little bit but it just wasn’t happening. With the holidays right around the corner, I’ve been getting slammed with wreath orders (Yay for extra money!), but its taken a lot of my time. Then Amarillo was hit with a minor snow storm on Saturday. I’m not going to lie though, I really loved the snow. image

Despite the snow outside, I did everything BUT have a snow day! During the day I finished up the wreaths and my husband and I cleaned our house that had been slightly neglected for a couple of days.  Oops!

That afternoon we had our monthly Bluprint Marriages gathering.  Bluprint Marriages has been going on for about a year and it has absolutely blessed our marriage. It is organized by our sweet friends Stephanie and  Anthony.  This month my brother and sister-in-law hosted it at their beautiful new home.  Saturday had to be the best BP Marriages I had ever been too. I think we all needed a pick me up before the holidays.  We began with God’s word in which we studied Ephesians 5:21-33. After our study we had delicious tortilla soup that Stephanie made for us (I’m hoping she will give me the recipe soon!).

We had a newly engaged couple join us, Johan and Monica. I’m sure we all thought that BPM was going to bless them, and I’m sure it did; however, they blessed us so much more. After supper, we played a “game” that ended being so much more.  The husbands were asked to rewrite their vows to their wives and we would vote on the most creative.  All of our husbands did an amazing job; however, when it came time to vote it was clear that Johan had stole the show. To see how absolutely in love he is with his new fiancée was so refreshing to the rest of the marriages who had already been married a couple of years. It took us back to that time in our marriages. 

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5 Can Hearty Chili

There is only one thing I love more than fall…winter! There is something about the cold weather that really makes my home…well home. I love cuddling with my family. I love how my make up sets in the mornings.  I love Christmas lights. I love hot chocolate. I love soup and I love CHILI!  I’m not patient enough to make chili from scratch…so this is the next best thing for me! 🙂 I stole this recipe from my sweet sister Maggie, I eventually made it my own. It is super simple and goes great with crackers or Green Chili Cornbread!

This is what you need:
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A package of ground beef, 1 can of ranch style beans, 1 can of minestrone soup, 1 can of beef broth, 1 can of whole kernel corn, 1 can of diced tomatoes and green chilies rotel.

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Season and brown your ground beef to your liking. I use salt, pepper, cumin, and garlic. Occasionally, I put chopped onions but I didn’t have any today.

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This is where it gets really complicated. When your ground beef is about 90% browned, drain the grease and add the rest of the ingredients to the pan you cooked your ground beef in. (It’s ok if your meat is still a little pink. It will finish cooking in the next process.)

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Set your stoves heat setting to medium and let it simmer for about 30 minutes or so.

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It will eventually thicken up some and that’s how you know it is ready. 🙂  Like I said before, this will taste great with crackers or the Green Chili Cornbread  below! 🙂

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I hope you all give this recipe a try! At first I was a little skeptical but now it’s one of my favorite recipes to make during the winter season! My husband loves it because its really hearty and meaty. It’s a perfect MAN MEAL! 😉  I think you could easily throw the cooked beef and other ingredients in the crockpot and get the same results.  🙂

I hope you like it! – Moni<3

5 CAN HEARTY CHILI

  • 1 Package of ground beef
  • 1 Can of ranch style beans
  • 1 Can of beef broth
  • 1 Can of minestrone soup
  • 1 Can of whole kernel corn
  • 1 Can of rotel

Season and brown your ground beef to your liking. I use salt, pepper, cumin, and garlic. Occasionally, I put chopped onions but I didn’t have any today.

When your ground beef is about 90% browned, drain the grease and add the rest of the ingredients to the pan you cooked your ground beef in. (It’s ok if your meat is still a little pink. It will finish cooking in the next process.)

Set your stoves heat setting to medium and let it simmer for about 30 minutes or so.

It will eventually thicken up some and that’s how you know it is ready. 🙂

Through Him I Can

It’s finally Saturday! Whoop whoop! I haven’t gotten much sleep this past week and last night was no different. I have so many things going on in my mind, people to help, parties to plan and my house to clean.

This week has been pretty heavy. I work with low income and high risk families here in Amarillo and with the holidays coming up we really want to make this season special for these kiddos. This week, with the help of a local radio station, my coworkers and I started to plan a huge 3 day toy drive. God is so good to our program. We thought the station was only going to help us do a quick 4 hour, Saturday morning toy drive…but noooo they want to do a 3 DAY toy drive!

That being said, the enemy has really been attacking me. Putting negative thoughts in my head like, “What if we can’t do it.” Or “What if we don’t receive enough donated toys.”

It’s really ridiculous that I would even think such a thing.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14

28 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:

3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

7 The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

8 The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. 9 The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. 11 The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestockand the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. 12 The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.

Wow.

How beautiful is it that God rewards us with his blessings for our obedience to Him…and most of the time we don’t even have to ask for them!

The enemy tries to slither in to tell us we aren’t able…or that we lack the qualities to accomplish…but God is here to tell us…with me ALL things are POSSIBLE!

AMEN! I want all that GOODNESS our Father has to offer…because he is…he is so so good to us.

I woke up with this message on my mind, worship in my heart and the song above in my head…and now I’m a big ball of emotion…good emotion. 🙂

If the enemy is telling you that you can’t, you are not able, you are not worthy, you are not qualified, you don’t have it in you, you are too tired…I want to tell you that YES you can, YES you are able, YES you are worthy, with Jesus you are more than qualified, you are alive in Him, He will restore your energy if you look to Him.

It’s a beautiful cycle.

Live through Him and the rest will fall into place. 🙂

I needed this message today. 🙂

-Moni<3

Lord, I seek you this morning with a humbled heart. Thank you for your blessings…blessings that I sometimes don’t even deserve. I am human and stray from your path often, but Lord you are so good to me that you continue to carry me even when I am broken. Father I ask that you take the reigns of every seed I have in my heart. That you guide me in the direction I need to go. I pray that you fill me with your supernatural energy to live for you every day…that may everything I do glorify your sweet name and that every person I come in contact with be blessed in your holy name and that they may be touched by your Holy Spirit. Lord I thank you. I thank you for this beautiful life you allow us to live. I pray that you help me continue to live it for you. I pray all these things in your beautiful name.

Amen.

Giveaway Winner!

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Thank you all so much for entering my first blog give away! I definitely plan on doing more of these! Let me know of some things you would be interested in winning. This weeks winner of the OPI nail polish in the color  Traffic Stopper Chopper is Chelsea!!! Contact me for shipping info!  Once again thank you to everyone who participated! 

Have a great weekend! 🙂 
-Moni<3