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Enjoying our Christmas Break


So I always enjoy our Christmas break and especially enjoying spending time in the living room looking at the Christmas lights.  But it always is a little sad to see the Christmas tree come down.  Ours came down this week.  It makes our living room seem rather empty.  But there is so much promise in a new year and all the possibilities that come with it.

This past weekend, we took a trip to go shopping for groceries and other items.  Where we live at now, we only have one real grocery store chain to shop at and it is not particularly lactose-friendly.  Plus, we wanted to go to the commissary at Fort Hood.  So Friday we loaded up our twelve passenger van with our family and headed toward Austin – which was our first destination.

Our first stop was at Buc-ees midway on our trip.  While we were in this amazing convenience store, we bought several types of jerky to enjoy as a snack.  Then from there, we went to our next destination which was Costco.  We have been long time members of Sam’s Club but never lived close enough to one to make it worth our while to join.  However, we had been inside one on one of my husband’s trips for the Army Reserves.  We really liked what we saw.  When we moved to Texas, we were disappointed in our local Sam’s club.  Items found easily at our previous clubs were hard or impossible to find.  They seem to change their stock more frequently than our other clubs. This has proven to be rather problematic on more than one occasion.  I never remember having difficulty in finding something as simple as apple juice.

So where we live now is basically two hours from San Antonio, three hours from Austin and approximately two hours from Houston.  So this trip we headed toward Austin because we were ultimately heading to Fort Hood.  Arriving at Costco, we first had to obtain a membership.  This was handled easily and quickly by the employee helping us.  While helping us, she provided us with a wealth of personal knowledge and information along with a bagful of literature to read.  Then another employee actually took our picture and gave us our cards.  I have to say the cards are quite eye-catching.

Then we began our journey around the store.  We were amazed at some of the items we found.  Everything was clean, neat, and organized.  I found numerous items we would have bought had we been going straight home.  However, we were not coming home until Sunday evening, so things like fresh meat and frozen items were left behind.  Instead, we made the decision we would make a trip on another day to a store around Houston, which is slightly closer to us.  Still, we wound up with quite a load in our van.  I can already tell, we will be getting our money’s worth out of our membership.

So where is your favorite place to shop?  I would love to hear from you.

#IloveCostco  #Ilovemyfamily



Posted in Bible Journaling, Bible Studies, family, Keep It Shut Study, Shopping

Where Did January Go?

Psalm 51 10

It seems like we just celebrated the New Year yesterday.  But instead it is now February 1st.  It is hard to believe the first month of 2015 is gone.  We spent the month homeschooling, cooking, eating, cleaning and sleeping.  Now it is February 1st.  In this month we plan on doing our major shopping trip in two weeks.  We will spend one entire day driving to and from our shopping destination while we visit a variety of stores including Sam’s Club, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Barnes and Noble, Staples, Aldi’s and possibly Big Lots.  We have to drive an hour just to get to our shopping destination.  It will take us another hour to drive home.  So this will be an all day affair.  But with a family of 7 to feed and such, it is necessary to travel this far.  I always try to make a list of the items I know we are going to need.  Plus I try to write down the extra things we may want if money allows it.  This really helps me stay on track.

Even though it costs us in gas, I know at the stores we go to, I can find food that is safe for our oldest son to eat.  He is lactose-intolerant to the point he can not even eat anything that is produced on the same line as other items that contain lactose.  It is worth the drive to keep him in food that I know is safe.

Hobby Lobby is just one of those stores that classifies as an amusement park type atmosphere for adults.  With my oldest son and youngest son getting into models and me trying Bible Journaling, it is an amazing place to go.  They have such a great selection and I love just walking up and down the aisles.

  1. The latest study for Proverbs 31 Ministries has started.  We just completed week 1 of Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman.  This week we have been talking about being #intentional.  I am really trying to concentrate on being intentional about my words and my Bible Study.  I love the ladies that have been placed in my group this time.  It is truly a blessing to be able to lead them and they all bless me so much.

Here is something I would like to share that I did for a Bible Journaling Prompt for one of my groups.


So what are you plans for this month?  I would love to hear from you.