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Meal Planning

OHRMThis weekend Brenda and I had the honor of spending some time with military wives and soldiers who have been blessed with child at A Star Spangled Baby Shower hosted by https://www.facebook.com/OHRockyMountains.

Brenda and I both have been military wives and know the sacrifice of these wonderful women.  We thank them for their family’s service and sacrifice in defending our freedoms.  We thank you.  I huge thanks to Nina and her staff of volunteers who  made this fun pampering event happen.

Brenda and I talked a bit about some money-saving ideas/tips.  One of the things we shared was regarding making a meal plan each month.  This simply put is making a list of the meals you would like to make for the week, every two weeks or monthly, whatever works best for your family. I did our family’s while on a drive from our community to another one weekend.  Next I got through and list the ingredients I will need to make these meals.  Once that is completed, I cross off any ingredients I already have stocked in the kitchen and freezers.  Lastly I either make a neater list of what is needed at the grocery stores or I can use my crossed out list of needed ingredients.  I personally like to make a new list and categorize them by the store I will purchase them at based on the best value I can get.

We already have the supplies for each meal in-house and can pull whatever is need prior to the day it is prepared.  We have personally learned the value of doubling or tripling a meal our family enjoys.  We do with everything from meatloaf and Salisbury steaks to pasta sauces, chicken pot pies to various casseroles.  With the extras, place in serving size containers or zip lock backs and throw in the freezer.  This is so nice in the weeks to come.  For every time this is done we have two extra meals already made and we can just continue to rotate them through over the next few weeks.

We have learned meal planning saves us time, at the grocery store but also at home because we already have prepped so much of our ingredients.

We definitely save money since we are making fewer trips to the grocery store and therefore not buying as much.  Grocers want in there their stores as often as possible.  Most of us do not  go in and pick up just that loaf of bread or the gallon of milk we need, we usually add extra items to our cart.

The lack of stress is wonderful.  It is so nice to know we have everything we need in-house for whatever we decided to have that night.  If you do some freezer meals or preparatory pieces it is great to be able to pull that and defrost in the fridge and them whip up in a few minutes when it is dinner time.

Meal planning for us has also become a way to combat spending money at the last-minute with eating out or purchasing ready-made meals at the last moment when a day has been extremely busy or stressful.  It has also been a saving grace when Mom goes down sick or has to be out-of-town.

The Mastering-Meal-Planning-class-handout is some wonderful information we had gathered from Kelly over at http://www.thenourishinghome.com.  Check her blog out 🙂

Check out http://www.operationhomefront/rockmountains.net as well.   They are doing some awesome work with our military families.  Consider joining them as a volunteer.  You will be blessed by it.

Have a wonderful week,

Marilyn

 

We Still Do

We Still Do (2)Today is the day I pledged my life to a dashing young military man with a tender heart, wicked quick wit, beautiful eyes that talk to you and amazing legs :).  The future was bright and clear.  We were young, innocent and naive’.

Here we are 29 years later. Those roads were not always bright and clear.  There have many twists and turns:  nearly loosing Brett in a military accident a few months after we married, military life, loosing our first child in miscarriage, being blessed with the our first son, stresses the nearly tore us apart, Brett’s return to college, finally coming home to our roots, having two more  boys, learning to and still having to navigate in the disability world in order to help one of our sons, trying to find jobs with stability, benefits and pay, w e moved a number of times before finally settling in and planting roots.  All in all, normal life stuff.

We have been blessed with three wonderful young men.  It has been rewarding to watch our boys grow and become young men who love and follow Christ.  Our lives have been enriched with family, both genetic and spiritual, as well as friends.  The Lord has provided work that my husband loves and excels at.  He topped that sundae off with a rich hot fudge, known as an amazing boss and friend for my husband.  I have been blessed to spend the majority of our years at home being a wife and mom, which is my joy.  We have an amazing local body of believers to serve in, to love and to be loved by.

God has been so very good to us, so much more than we deserve.  We truly would not be celebrating this day, this anniversary without Christ being the center of our home.  He is the glue that has held us together in both the good and the difficult times.

I can assure you, I got the better deal.  I am however, very thankful for Mac’s patience, his faithfulness, his leadership and his love.

A number of years ago, we received these words from Family Life Today.  I want this said about us:

We Still Do 
Is there anything more beautiful than a young boy and girl clasping clean hands and pure hearts at the doorway of marriage? Yes!!
An even more beautiful spectacle is an old man and woman finishing together on the same path were their journey began.  Their hands are gnarled, but still clasped.  Their faces are seamed, but still radiant.  Their hearts are worn, but still devoted.  Yes, more beautiful than young love is old love.
 
On the back side:
  • How can we truly embrace, enjoy and preserve such a holy, awesome promise as our marriage covenant?
  • Realize our marriage is a reflection of the character of God and not the convenience of our culture.
  • Accept our spouse as a gift from God and as part of His good plan for us.
  • Build an enduring legacy that lasts for generations.
  • Repent of our lax attitudes toward divorce
  • Go the distance!!
                   Pray together every day as a couple
                   Solidify our vows by signing a marriage covenant
                   Help others keep their covenants
                   Do what we promised in our vows

A Sweet Surprise Reunion

Cardinal homecomingYa’ll know I am crazy about the St. Louis Cardinals and how I love our military families.  My family has quite a history of service in the U. S. military, all branches represented except the Coast Guard, including my husband and our oldest son.

I was blessed by and honored to spend a few moments with some military women yesterday.  When I returned home, I was blessed by another heartwarming story last night.  I found out my favorite ball team with my favorite pitcher starting had started the game with a military wife and her children throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.  Boy did she get a sweet surprise.  A reunion with her man.   They went on the beat the Cubbies.  Extra sweetness 🙂

I know we see these stories quite often these days but they always make me cry.

Leslie Rightnowar’s ceremonial first pitch wasn’t exactly in the strike zone, but what happened afterwards was the biggest of home runs.  Leslie’s husband, Sr. Chief Dawan Rightnowar, a 23 year Navy veteran has been deployed to Pakistan for 7 months.With their eldest son gone on his first Naval deployment, and Leslie at home with their younger 2 children, the Rightnowars deserved a little something special. So given a brief leave, Dawan decided to surprise his family at a Cardinals game. We think it’s safe to say that the pictures speak for themselves.

I am always thankful for any positive awareness brought to our courageous soldiers and their families.  They willingly pay a high price for you and I’s freedoms.  Most Americans have no idea just how priceless of a gift our military and veterans give/have given us.  Freedom is free.

 

 

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