Menu Plan Monday, Recipie Share

Menu Plan Monday & First Day back to school!

It was the first day back to school for the girls today! Things went fairly smooth ..just got to get back into the groove of things! I am homeschooling the girls so it's back to lesson plans and grading papers for me! 😝 I wouldn't trade it for anything though. I know one day I will look back and will be wishing that I was still at home ..homeschooling the kids! Time flies by so fast! No pictures today because I totally forgot! We hit the ground running first thing!

My menus for awhile will be something quick an easy! May be a lot of crock pot meals. Lol! Not only do we have school but it's also getting closer to show cow season and soccer season.

Monday: Taco soup with fixings (yes it is HOT in The South but I can't wait any longer for my taco soup fix)

Tuesday: Stew beef & rice, potatoes & carrots(crockpot)

Wednesday: Chicken Casserole, squash, green beans

Thursday: Tator Tot Casserole, English peas, Corn

Friday: Steak & Potato, salad

Saturday: Momma's going on a River Boat cruise😃 but Matt and the kids will have Spaghetti with fixings

Sunday: BBQ pork chops, corn of the cob, slaw, baked beans

Recipe share time!

Tator Tot Casserole
1 lb ground beef (cooked)
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of cream of celery soup
8 oz graded cheddar cheese
Tator tots

Put in pan in order above with Tator tots on top. Bake 30 mins @. 350•

ENJoY ! It's a Walker House Favorite!!!

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Menu Plan Monday

I have been out of sync with my menu planning since returning from our mission trip. Hopefully, prayerfully I will be getting back on schedule! This week is a test run because next week school starts back and guess what folks I'm the teacher😳 I have a long list of to-dos and will be tackling those this week! Keeping my fingers crossed!

So here's to getting back in a routine!😜

Monday: Beef Enchiladas, Spanish rice, refried beans, chips & salsa

Tuesday: Garlic & Herb Chicken, peas, mashed potatoes

Wednesday: leftovers/ cereal/.. whateva I ain't cooking

Thursday: Fried cube steak, green beans, baked potatoes & onions

Friday: Taco casserole, salad, corn

Saturday: kitchen closed

Sunday: Cola chicken, green bean casserole, stuffing, mac n cheese, peaches

Hope y'all have a great week and may your bellies never be empty and may the calories not count!😉

Faith, God teaching me learning

Mountaintops and Valleys

 

 

Badlands- South Dakota

After every Mountain Top experience, there will always be a valley….

If only we could just stay on those Mountains and never ever have to face valleys…..

Oh that would be the life.. don’t you think?

I will most definitely do another post of our wonderful June-July that flew in and out like a whirlwind.  Lots of excitement, lots of GREAT things happened!  And just like that, before I even have time to post about them… the real world sneaks up on you and like a HUGE wave that crashes you down onto the bottom ocean floor,… you are taken by surprise… and hurt,… disappointed, ..overwhelmed…. struck.

<REWIND>  This past week, after returning home from our first family mission trip, I was just knocked down,.. over and over again… and I mean in ALL different directions!  I told Matt, I felt frazzled, at my wits end, at the end of the rope, ready to scream, and about ready to throat-punch anyone who had the next smart-remark that was handed to me!  ( I know that sounds so Christian-like.. but, at LEAST I’m not fake…I call it like I see them! )

It.was.a.week!

I’ve been reading “AHA” by Kyle Idleman. Kyle is the famous author of “Not a Fan” (If you haven’t read this book… you seriously NEED to!)  It was because of the “Not a Fan” book that I even gave the title of this book a second glance… well, that and the fact that it was only $5 and I thought HEY, why not!  It has sat on a shelf for almost a year (NO LIE) and last month,.. I thought I would get a little further in the book that just the first chapter.

AHA is an acronym for

Awakening

Honesty

Action

Kyle talks about how we all have an Awakening of our true spiritual condition, and then we reach a true Honesty with our Savior which then leads to Action!  An AHA moment leads us home to our Heavenly Father just as the Prodigal son.

And then this morning I was reminded… by a good ole Man by the name of Tony Evans!  He says in his book Victory in Spiritual Warfare

“The tragedy today is that many Christians think they are fighting flesh and blood in their marital and parenting issues, rather than realizing that Satan has an agenda to destroy their home. Whoever controls the family controls the future.” 
― Tony EvansVictory in Spiritual Warfare

Another AHA moment came to me..

Awakening– Satan is the one with his agenda to destroy… we do not wrestle with flesh and blood…. it is satan that is on the attack.  When we recognize who we are fighting..,,we pick our chin up cause that battle is already won!

 “We are fighting FROM the victory and not FOR Victory.” -Tony Evans

HONESTY:  Now about that earlier comment of staying on the Mountaintop….

If we stayed on the Mountain top all of the time… How would that grow us spiritually?

“The number-one contributor to spiritual growth is not sermons, books, or small groups, the number one contributor to spiritual growth is difficult circumstances. AHA comes out of the suffering, setbacks, and challenges of life.”  -Kyle Idleman

ACTION: There isn’t much I can do about some situations…but PRAY.. and THAT is ENOUGH!

IT .. IS.. ENOUGH!

So,.. as I went to work this morning, feeling somewhat better… but still, had a lot of un-answered questions….  I had a visitor come by and drop something off by the church.   It is a person who I have the up-most respect for.. and he asked me if I would sing at his funeral… when ever that time may come.

I was honored and humbly said yes.

With tear filled eyes he told me the song and the chorus and as I wrote it down… I was reminded of how we are all just passing through this land… this is not our home… here is a chorus from the song… I pray that it may speak to you today, in whatever you may be facing…. We all have mountaintops, just please don’t forget HIM in the valleys… cause even in the valley He is Still GOOD!

This house of flesh is but a prison
Bars of bone hold my soul
But the doors of clay are gonna burst wide open
When the angel sets my spirit free
I’ll take my flight like a mighty eagle
When the hills of home start calling me

 

 

 

 

Farm, Our Animals

One Determined , Compassionate & Fierce Momma

I don’t know if there’s anything sweeter on the farm than this site running around our yard.  She is one determined Momma! 

She sat on eggs for 21 days y’all!! Never got up! Never! We felt sorry for her and brought her feed and water inside the coop. And, finally after 21 days the eggs began to hatch. One by one, some took more than 21 days to hatch but she sat and waited patiently until they all hatched. 

She is compassionate! 

Our black bantam hen wanted her own chicks so bad!!! She tried sitting on eggs and of course she wouldn’t stay on them so we took them.  She has never been able to hatch any eggs. But, this Rhode Island thought “I have more than enough, so you can have one of mine.” 


Isn’t this just precious?!

She is fierce! 

Do NOT touch, chase, or try to help her babies! She will get you! 

The other day while in the garden, I thought one of her chicks were stuck in the fence so I tried to help it out. Before I knew what was happening I felt a sharp hammering on my hand! She had attacked me! 

And just like that, I stopped trying to help her baby chick!

I’ve also seen her put our bulldog aka “Sugar” on the steps! No one better mess with her babies! No One!  

I admire this hen. She has qualities that every Mother should have.

Determination….

Compassion….

& a Fierce Love for her children and Will protect them at ALL cost! 

Happy Saturday!

Broughton, Faith, Family, McKenna

April-May catch up!

How is it that May is almost over with???? Here we are, had our last day of school and ready for our 3-day weekend! 

What happened in those two months? Well let’s see…. 

Faith got glasses 

Finally got her show Steer- aka- Little John😀

She sung in …dare I say...LAST Children’s musical🙀🎶

Probably had her LAST kids egg hunt at church
Can I stop now… I feel the tears wailing up!

We had a fun spring break with friends at Rigbys Sports Park!


Faith is a determined little girl & very smart! She’s finished the school year with AB Honor roll for the semester at GCA and is advancing to 6th grade! A middle schooler!!!! Wooowho!  Although, she misses friends, She will be homeschooled next year by a wonderful teacher… ME! Lol! No more elementary for the Walker academy! 😭 Looking forward to what he future holds for this spunky little thing!

On to McKenna…

She’s growing up and such a growny young woman. Ulta is her new favorite store (Lord help us) But, she’s still my little girl! Most days you can find her working in the show barn with her cow Opal! She takes it serious, and she’s very responsible! She has Veterinarian dreams and I pray that she soars! We have plenty of animals on the farm to keep her busy too! She’s finished up the school year at GCA and is moving on to the 8th Grade! OMyGosh!  She’s already excited to be enrolled with Abeka for next school year as she is loving being a homeschooler! 


See.. growny! Lol! But, we love her!

Now Our Bman … he hates when I put anything about him so I’m gonna do it up right! 

He got his two show steers however I only took pics of one..??? This is Rocky! He’s a short horn..& just a big ole’ baby! He’s going to be great in the show ring I believe. Bman also got a Hereford Steer from Brogden Farms! His name is Copper, he’s in the process of getting halter broke right now and he’s a beast! Can’t wait for show season!

This was Bman’s third year with the Dodge Co. shot gun team! He qualified for state at the Vidalia meet with shooting 23 out of 25 clays. He’s a Great shooter! Many days at practice he would shoot a 24/25! How he does it is a mystery to some but I know he gets his skills from me, of course! Ha! The state meet was held at Rock Eagle and it was A WET messy day… but there’s was NO cancellation even in the rain! Who knew??! He scored a 21/25 .. not his best but dog on it that’s pretty good to me!!! Proud of him! So thankful to the Great coaches he has had in shotgun! These men do a fantastic job!

 

As much as Bman loves hunting and shooting he loves fishing too! He hooked this monster of a crappie in January, and we got the mount back last weekend. 

He was one happy young man, who now holds bragging rights! No more smack talking from this Momma,, well not for awhile anyways.  Broughton will be returning to public school next year at his daddy’s alma mater. He is excited about the .. 11th grade. 

How in the world ??!!! 11th grade?!  He’s a good kid! There are no complaints here. God has blessed us! Truly he has! Oh! And I guess I should add that he’s a pretty darn good rumy player too! Beat us all at our last family game night! 

He’s also a good driver but cares nothing about driving much. ?? We are working on those licenses and in the next month I should be able to send him on errand runs! Lol!!  

April and May flew in and out just like that! We are getting ready for these June blessings…

  • Oklahoma Cow Camp 
  • Soccer Camp
  • South Dakota mission trip
  • Lake Oconee youth trip

It’s gonna be a busy month yet again!!! 

God teaching me learning

How can I be a better friend?

A good friend is hard to find.

I once thought I had a lot of good friends, but Honey-child let yourself get caught up in the gossip ring and your friends run like cockroaches when the lights are turned on in the kitchen!

Having a tough season in life is bad, but the lessons & growth that we’ve experienced through it all has been priceless!

Lessons learned:

  1. Don’t be a crowd pleaser!

I have always been a people pleaser, but, God has broken me of that now. It is apparent by the lack of close friends, in my life. Going with the crowd and tickling ears makes You WEAK! Makes you lose FOCUS! Paul wasn’t liked very well either… why?.. he spoke the hard truth and he had scripture to back himself up! He was blunt.. he called people fools! Gotta love Paul!

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ! (Galatians 1:10)

To be obedient and pleasing to God is far greater than anything or any friend you will ever know on this earth!

2. Be a better friend!

I’m guilty! I will be the first to admit it! But, through this trial we’ve learned how to recognize a true friend and how to be a better one ourselves!

The Bible says that Jonathan and Davids’ hearts were knit together!(1 Sam. 18:1-8)

David was running from his besties’ daddy! True story! But NEVER ONCE, do you read of Jonathan’s disappearance in David’s life! Instead, he gave him his armor! WOW! What a friend! Are YOU that type of friend? I’m sure David was in the gossip ring.. as a matter of fact it was the gossip ring that made Sauls anger burn!!! “David’s killed tens of thousands to King Saul”   Where was David? By his friends side! Believe that!

I recently listened to a sermon by Dr. Charles Stanley. He gives 11 Building blocks of friendships that are crucial! They are the characteristics of a genuine friend. Here’s what a  friend does..

  1. They delight in us and they are a joy to be around.
  2. They develop us, encouraging us in our faith. They help us to become better than what we are!
  3. They drive us, they push us to jump out of our comfort zones.
  4. TIME- here’s one we all struggle with! Be available!
  5. Triumphs, share those victories in life! You rejoice in what they are accomplishing!! When your friend has done something you Facebook and Instagram it! Buddy you let the whole world know how proud you are of them more importantly you let that friend know it! If you don’t.. then you’re just a jealous Nenny!
  6. Trials, be there …during trials!! We all have them, don’t be an ostrich with you head in the sand! Remember, one day you will have a trial… where do you want your bff to be???? “Geniune friendships aren’t built on when everything is going right!
  7. Have a thankful heart❤️ and be loyal. This friend you can call anytime & tell them anything and you are so thankful you have a friend like that!
  8. Be thoughtful! Little cards, texts, an invite over for dinner! “Thoughtfulness comes from the inside”
  9. Tolerance. Be willing to forgive and be patient.. but don’t be a doormat! A person saying they’re sorry… fixes the problem or action! Remember that!
  10. Transparency. Don’t hide things about yourself! Be real.. People. Dang! That’s were God gets the Glory …is in fixing your mess of a life! Amen?!
  11. Truthfulness.  “If a person isn’t truthful you can’t have a friendship!” That means in all things you speak the truth in love! ❤️ Then you hang around them, you don’t coward and run away! Hearing hard truth is … well.. hard! Why would you share it …then abandon someone. Check on that person. Pray with them, let them know you care!!!!!

In closing I will say this.. it all starts with YOU! I’m thankful that God used Dr. Charles Stanley and this article below to HELP me become a better friend and to recognize true friendship when I see it!
http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/the-value-of-showing-up-for-a-friend/

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The Fly that needed Jesus!

As I was putting on my makeup yesterday I heard the buzzing of a fly.  It was a long buzzzzz…an annoying buzz… a buzz that made me get up out of my chair to see what was going on.  Actually, I hate a fly and I was going to put it out of its’ misery.  What I didn’t know was that we had a spider web behind my window shutter and the fly… was … caught!  Caught in the web!   At first I thought.. eewww…gross, gotta clean the windows!   I then became entranced with what happened next.  It was like watching a episode on animal planet.  I know this may sound crazy, and maybe you’re thinking that I have too much time on my hands,.. maybe I do.. …?…..NO! I don’t! I just got side tracked for a minute, but seriously.… Have you EVER watched a spider after they catch their prey?  It’s kind of freaky, the smarts of a spider…  they’re rather patient too.  They spin a web, and wait for something to fall into it.  I watched this spider after the fly had gotten trapped, it was trying to break free!  It was moving all around, and I thought well it’s going to fly out of the trap and then annoy me, better get ready to swat!  As I waited I watched the spider begin to spin under the fly and all around.  I thought, What in the world is that spider doing?  Taunting the fly..?? maybe?  ….

Nope.. the spider was busy spinning a backup plan in case it escaped it would fall into another trap!  Then it connected to the two major webs holding the fly into position and it begin to move up and away from the fly,… pulling it tighter and tighter until the fly STOPPED buzzing.

After waiting for the fly to stop buzzing, the spider would climb down toward the fly to inject it’s poison.  But, nope,.. the little fly kept buzzing, and the spider climbed back upward, holding tight till the fly gave up hope.  This happened several times.  It was like a tug-of-war.  Finally, the fly gave up, and stopped buzzing.. and just like that, the spider had lunch.

As I thought about this it reminded me of sin and satan.  Here we are, little flies in the world, we get caught in a web, and there’s satan trying to have a back up plan to catch us yet again!  Maybe it’s a WEB of lies,…one lie leads to the next lie, which leads to the next…… on and on.. it goes.  Many of us give up HOPE, we try to control things in our own strength and we end up getting caught,… AGAIN.. over and over!

In that moment, I wanted to free the little fly… but I didn’t.  The poor thing, helpless,… he needed a friend, …

The fly needed JESUS!

When Jesus enters in…. he sets things STRAIGHT!  He is our chain breaker!  He breaks the chains (webs) of sin, lies, and destruction.  He is the HOPE giver!

If you are suffering today, in your web of sin…..

Cry out to The LORD!  Only HE can save, restore, and redeem!!!  Stop falling for the schemes of the enemy.  Stop trying to do it YOUR WAY!  You’re just going to get caught again.

I shared with a group a ladies this week Psalm 61!  I thought it was so fitting for this story! May it encourage you! Lead me to the ROCK that is HIGHER!

 

1 Hear my cry, O God;
    listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
    I call as my heart grows faint;
    lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the foe.

I long to dwell in your tent forever
    and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
For you, God, have heard my vows;
    you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Increase the days of the king’s life,
    his years for many generations.
May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;
    appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.

Then I will ever sing in praise of your name
    and fulfill my vows day after day.

 

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