Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Dinner!

We made stew for dinner. It was so good!

We found a great deal on boneless ribs.

Cut the ribs into squares and throw them in the crock pot!

I felt lazy, so I bought organic baby carrots. Usually, we buy regular carrots and cut them ourselves.

Then I cut potatoes and threw them in the pot, and added water.


This is our favorite seasoning. It is Adam's Fajita Seasoning. If you are outside Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, or Louisiana, you have to buy it online. Just letting you know. This bottle was about seven dollars, but it will last us at least six months. We use it on everything. Eggs, meat, stew, pizza, whatever we can think of!


We put all the ingredients into the crock pot and let it simmer on low all day. We use a Smart Crock Pot, so I let it cook on low for ten hours, and then it switched to warm. By lunch the next day, everything was so tender and delicious. I would have taken a picture of the finished product, but it was so delicious, we just ate it right up! This usually lasts us about two days.


Sometimes, I add an onion. I don't really like the texture of onions, so I usually add onion powder. However, I wanted to put the Adam's Fajita Seasoning in it, and that covers a great deal of spices. No MSG's or hidden junk.

Try it for yourself! I am sure you will love it!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Bring The Stanley Kids Home!

As you all know, I am originally from North West Arkansas. I don't live there now of course, but this story from Central Arkansas has my heart broken.

Seven children, ages 16 to five, were taken away from their God Fearing Christian parents last week. A judge ruled probable cause.

While reading comments about this story, I learned a lot. I learned that CPS can take your kids any time they want! I learned that the government is always out to get healthy happy children who's families follow the Lord and don't follow modern secular ways. My husband and I don't always see eye to eye, but we can at least agree that we  are training our children to be soldiers of Christ, much like this family is! I reckon the government wants to do experiments on our children to find out why they are so healthy without being vaccinated, taken to doctors, and having essential oils used to cure ailments. I assume in this case that MMS was helping the kids grow and be smart, and the government didn't like that. We can't have children who grow up away from the system and think for themselves!

Now, those poor children are in public school. Those girls are wearing pants. Why couldn't the government have had the foster family homeschool them? Why couldn't the government put them in a Godly institution of private school? I looked, and there is an independant baptist church in that town that has a school for Pre-K through 12th grade, and even college! Surely the government, who likes to throw away money, could have afforded to send seven kids to a Godly institution!

This makes my heart bleed. I am so surprised with all I have learned. I cannot fathom taking children away from their parents. If it can happen to them, it can surely happen to any one of us. I am sure though, whether or not you agree with the circumstances surrounding this event, each and every one of us is holding our children a little tighter tonight, so grateful that we have our babies, sad that another parent does not have theirs.

For more information, here is the facebook page for the Stanley kids.

https://www.facebook.com/bringthestanleykidshome

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Another Dinner Post

Tonight we are having home made blackberry pancakes! Yum!

We also bought a brisket and put it in the crock pot. The brisket should feed us all for a week!

100th post! Hard to believe I have been on this blog for two years. Harder to believe I made it this far. Thanks to all of you who read.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Our Society Is Addicted To Our Phones

Today I went shopping with a wife of one of my husbands colleagues. My husband hired a sitter for a couple of hours so I could take a break from having a one year old and two newborns. In fact, in the excitement of anticipating the twins, and the holidays, we did forget about dear sweet Matthew's birthday. We did promptly make a cake and have a small celebration once we realized our mistake. Next year will be easier we pray.

Anyway, this woman who we will call Amanda for the sake of keeping things simple, was the one who drove. When we pulled up to a stoplight, she pulled out her phone. When we stopped in the drive through, out came the phone. In line at the store? The phone came out.

At one point we stopped by her house to drop off some things and left again. On the way to our next destination, the tire blew! I whipped out my cell phone and called for help. Meanwhile, Amanda was digging through her purse. "I left my phone at home!" she exclaimed. "Can I use yours to check my Facebook?" I told her my phone was but a simple flip phone with no internet access. Well, you can access the internet, but it is very hard to bring up anything beyond a simple search when you are in trouble. She looked at me like I was crazy. "How do you live without a smart phone!?" she asked. I told her that I never needed one, so I never had one. I use my cell phone for emergencies and to stay in contact with some of my family. That is about all. "Well, what do you DO to pass the time?"

I play with my children.
I blog.
I go for walks.
I pay attention to the people and the world around me.
I read everything in sight. Coke cans, boxes, signs, etc.
I daydream a bit.
I visit with people and make pleasant conversation.

She sat in silence after that. It had me thinking though... our society is in such dire straights when it comes to phones. If we don't have one, we freak out! We can't go five minutes without finding out who texted us which results in many crashes daily, killing others. We can't sit at a stoplight without checking facebook. We can't eat simple meals with our family without fearing of missing something. We need to take the time to be human again. We need to connect with others. We need to quit relying on our phones for everything. We need to stop the deaths due to texting. Whatever is on there when you are driving will be there when you get done driving. It shouldn't be so hard to go an hour without checking your phone.

I felt God was laying this heavy burden on my heart. I felt the need to blog about it today. I dearly hope you all will take it into consideration, put the phone down for five minutes, save a life, or connect with another human being.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Modest Princess

You know, these days we just don't have any good role models for children, especially our daughters. Little girls love princesses, and it seems Disney has the market on that. But look at how they dress! Look at Jasmine, Ariel, Elsa, Belle, and the others. Cleavage, slits, bikini tops, form fitting dresses. Its terrible! Where are the modest princesses?
Then these same princesses defy their fathers, run away, come close to commiting beastiality, change themselves for others. Is this really what we want our daughters to learn?

I have decided to write a book, and I shall title it The Modest Princess. I will publish it and let you all read it. I can't wait to get started, nor can I wait to see what you all think of it!

Much love

Ashleigh

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Twins Are Here!

They were born last night at 5:30 pm and 5:33. Kymberleigh Dayton arrived first, Nathan second. They are beautiful. When I am feeling better, I will post a photo.