Super Couponing

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Super Couponing is the art of using coupons in an extreme way to reap more savings then the average consumer. It is not the easiet to feed a growing family of one income. Our food budget is strict. One way I have been able to work within the amount giving is by super couponing. I read, watched videos and learned the drugstore games and learned how to work our local grocery stores. I also wrote an ebook. I also sold super couponing binders on Ebay. I love my coupon binder and I think every super mama should have one.
With the failing economy and the need to be self sufficient it is my goal to teach what I have learned free of cost. I will share on my facebook page, Customized Couponing by The Coupon WIfey, how and where to get coupons. How to super coupon. I have videos on deals I have gotten. I also have a video on putting together the binder. THere are so many ways to live frugally and super couponing is one. You can assuredly save 10 % , even over 50%. Come visit me on facebook. If you would like to swap coupons please join our coupon train.

Frugal Abundance

This website is by a Christian Homeschooling mama of four dedicated to living gluten free and dairy free due to her children having autistic disorders. She provides recipes and ways to have healthy alternatives that are family friendly on a budget.
Proverbs 30:8  Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.

Children

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"Too many children? That's like saying there are too many flowers in the world" Mother Teresa


When you feel overwhelmed...

Demands knock on my door.
Burdens beckon me to answer.
The to-do list stretches for miles.

I whisper, "I feel overwhelmed."
And in the stillness it seems I hear...
"Child, open your heart to Me
instead of the demands of the day.
Lay those burdens at My feet, not on your shoulders.
Let go of your list and dare to embrace My grace.
I do not require you to be overwhelmed.
I enable you to overcome.
And with Me, you always will."
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
--by Holley Gerth
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Psalm 127:3 Children are a gift from the YHWH; they are a reward from him.
Proverbs 22:6 Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.
Proverbs 13:24 If you refuse to discipline your children, it proves you don't love them; if you love your children, you will be prompt to discipline them.
James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry.
Proverbs 17:14 Beginning a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

Galatians 5:22-23 But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control. Here there is no conflict with the law.
Matthew 6:34 “ So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today ”

Energy and Mood Stabilizer = Happy mama, I love this stuff!

Traditional Play Dough

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1 C FLOUR
1 C WARM WATER
2 TSP CREAM OF TARTER
1 TSP OIL
1/4 C SALT
FOOD COLORING

PREPERATION: MIX ALL THE INREDIENTS , ADDING FOOD COLOR LAST. STIR OVER MEDIUM HEAT UNTIL SMOOTH. REMOVE FROM HEAT AND KNEAD UNTIL BLENDED SMOOTH. PLACE IN A PLASTIC BAG OR AIRTIGHT CONTAINER WHEN COOLED. IT WILL LAST A LONG TIME.

Mother's Time Regroup with Peaceful Meditation

The McGhee Sextuplets, Beautiful and Brown

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Watch this amazing family on GMA!!!! http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/mcghee-family-surprise-sextuplets-11991917

Mia and Rozonno McGhee hold a montage of their sextuplets in the nursery of their home. The babies, born June 9 are all home now!
One bedroom, three cribs, six babies.
The quarters are close but manageable, as the biggest of the McGhee sextuplets has yet to top 5 pounds.
Figuring out how to provide enough diapers, clothing and a vehicle that can accommodate six infant car seats is another matter.
"We have the love," Rozonno McGhee said, smiling yesterday at his wife, Mia. "We've always had that part."
Mr. and Mrs. McGhee were high-school sweethearts at Linden-McKinley who relied on each other to navigate a difficult adolescence in a tough neighborhood. He was 20 and she was 18 when they married 11 years ago, their only dream to stay together and raise a family.
After unsuccessful attempts to have children, the North Side couple turned to fertility drugs. Mrs. McGhee gave birth to twins prematurely last year, and both infants died.
When an ultrasound during her next pregnancy revealed multiple heartbeats, she felt devastated again.
"They advised us to do the selective reduction," she said. "We couldn't."
The McGhees knew they would struggle to afford an instant family of eight. He is a carpet- and upholstery-cleaner; she is leaving her job at JPMorgan Chase to care for the babies.
The halving of their income comes at a time when the community and corporate support that used to accompany multiple births seems to be wearing thin.
Mrs. McGhee said Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee sent six Buckeyes onesies, and the Columbus City Council gave them a certificate honoring the city's first - and Ohio's second - set of sextuplets. But they have received nary a donated diaper, and a fund set up at Chase bank after the babies' birth on June 9 remains empty.
"It's taken such a turn," said Janet Bleyl, president of The Triplet Connection in Spring City, Utah, a national support network for multiple-birth families. "There isn't the help out there that there used to be. The public just doesn't get involved much anymore."
That is, Bleyl and others say, unless the storyline is negative or bizarre, such as the "octomom" who already had six children and then gave birth to eight at once.
The McGhees, who did not call T he Dispatch, say they haven't received return calls from the few corporations and elected officials who were contacted on their behalf. That's in contrast to the avalanche of publicity and donations that flowed in 1997 to the McCaugheys of Iowa, who received everything from a van to a lifetime supply of diapers and even college scholarships for their septuplets.
Gretchen Slaughter said there was little business interest when she and her husband, David, went home to Marietta in southern Ohio with their quintuplets in 2005. But living in a small town helped.
"My parents moved in with us, and the community had a little baby shower," Mrs. Slaughter said. "Senior citizens stood outside Walmart and had bake sales, and they were able to collect enough to purchase a used 15-passenger van. I don't know what we'd have done without it."
Mr. McGhee, who is trying to grow his own carpet-cleaning business, said he doesn't like seeking help. But he knows that Rozonno Jr., Isaac, Josiah, Elijah, Madison and Olivia - who likely will begin leaving Ohio State University Medical Center in the next two weeks - don't care about pride.
He said a woman recently asked how his family was adjusting to all the attention. When he said there hadn't been any, "she cried," Mr. McGhee said. "She couldn't believe it."
Mrs. McGhee said she is staying positive. The babies are healthy, and she trusts that the hard times are temporary.
"I'm happy," she said. "I have a family."
To donate to a fund for the McGhee sextuplets, visit any Chase Bank location
Mr. McGhee has started his own carpet cleaning business. He comes highly recommended from 2 good friends who have already used his services. If you need your carpets cleaned, please call: McGhee Carpet and Upholstery at 614-337-1297.
They need our help.
Donations can be made at any CHASE bank in the Columbus Metro area or via paypal.com to rozonno1@yahoo.com.

The Blessings of Children

Posted By One More Soul Staff On November 21, 2009 @ 4:36 pm
Having a baby is a wonderful thing. Children are great. No matter what the circumstances are, no matter who the mother or the father is, no matter how they were conceived, a child is a gift from God, and an occasion for celebration. In fact, the more children God sends you, the more He blesses you.

Do any of these statements seem odd, deranged maybe, or just a little weird to you? Can rational people really believe that every conception/birth is a sign of God’s favor? Of course we can. Why? Because we believe in God, and our God simply loves people, and the more, the merrier.

So what God is this that wants lots and lots of children? Hasn’t He ever heard of over-population? Doesn’t He know that it is now the duty of all decent people to limit their progeny to two? What kind of God is this anyway? It’s the God of the Bible. Come with me, and I’ll show Him to you.

From the very beginning, God made it pretty clear that he wants children, and lots of them. In Genesis he told Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it.” (Genesis 1:28) What is even more striking is that when God blesses someone in the Bible, children are usually part of the blessing. Noah was told, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1). In Genesis 17:5-6 Abram was promised, “For I will make you the father of a multitude of nations. And I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come forth from you.” When Rebecca left home to marry Isaac, her brother blessed her saying, “May you, our sister, become thousands of ten thousands, and may your descendants possess the gates of those who hate them” (Genesis 24:60). When Isaac blessed Jacob he said, “And may God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of people” (Genesis 28:3). This expressed wish of God for human procreation found its way into the Psalms too. In Psalm 127 we read, “Behold, sons are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward.”

So children are a blessing: God’s gifts to people he loves and has great plans for, like the patriarchs of the Old Testament. What is it about children that makes them so good for marriages and societies?

Children help keep marriages together. Marriages are hard work, and after a couple is married, there are a lot of tough issues and trouble spots they will have to work through. Most marriages that end in divorce do so within the first two years. It’s very easy to just give up, just walk out on the whole situation. Once you’ve walked out on someone, it takes a lot of courage to go back and make things right. No matter how much you love your spouse, sometimes it just doesn’t seem worth it. A child can give a couple the extra incentive they need to work through the rough spots, to keep on trying when nothing seems to work. No matter how much her mother is driving you nuts, there’s still a little girl whose smile you can’t bear to miss. No matter how upset you are with his father, there’s still a little boy who can’t go to sleep unless you tuck him in each night. I know that there are some marriages, especially those in which one partner is abusive, that can’t be saved, but for many couples a child can mean the difference between divorce court and a deeper, stronger love they both fight for.

Children make their parents better people. Suddenly there is this little person who needs everything. He can’t feed himself or go to the bathroom by himself. If she’s cold she doesn’t know what to do to get warm. If he’s in pain he can’t do anything about it. New parents quickly learn the virtue of unselfishness. People who just months before had thought only about their spouses and themselves, now spend every other moment thinking about this child who needs so much. New parents also quickly begin to reevaluate their values and standards. The first time you hear your four-year-old repeat a cussword he learned from you, it’s quite a wake up call. Trying to explain to your five-year-old why it’s wrong to tell a lie makes you pay a lot more attention to your own honesty. It all adds up, and before you know it, you’re a different, and much better person. Parents also quickly learn that they just can’t do it all. If you spend two hours playing with your toddler, laundry doesn’t get done. If you spend hours gardening so you’ll have fresh vegetables for your family, dinner is late and the house is a wreck. It’s a constant trade off. To preserve their sanity, parents learn what is really important. They learn to do what they can and leave the rest to God.

Children benefit the economy. It costs a lot to raise a family. Everybody knows that. The secular media periodically issues new bulletins about how much it costs to raise a child until they’re eighteen, how the cost of a college education is constantly rising, etc. ad nauseam. It’s pretty much all true. There probably aren’t many couples who will tell you that their standard of living is higher because they chose to have a large family. Many couples, if they think about it a while, will tell you that children and their needs gave them the determination, ambition, and self-discipline to excel in their vocations and thus achieve a much higher standard of living than they had expected. A father more often than not works longer hours, and is a more stable and reliable worker, because he needs that paycheck to feed his family. The family buys large quantities of shoes, clothing, food, electricity, and hosts of other products, thus stimulating the economy. At the same time, the family is often quite concerned about saving money, which provides venture capital for new businesses, which employ more people, which stimulates the economy. Large families provide the next generation of workers. Someone is going to have to be working to support the parents as they grow older. Already our society is feeling a crunch caused by smaller and smaller families. With few young people in the work force, and growing numbers of people reaching retirement age, the Social Security system becomes increasingly precarious.

Anytime you find a family with children over a wide age range, you will find an amazing phenomenon. The older children take care of the younger ones. Teenagers and pre-teens change diapers, baby-sit, cook meals, do laundry, clean, and take turns reading the endless stream of story books toddlers demand. Children in elementary school help do dishes, run errands, and make the countless trips upstairs and down for that one thing Mommy forgot. As soon as a child can walk, he or she can start helping. Often older children start teaching the younger siblings the skills necessary for life, like tying your own shoe laces, and drinking out of a cup. They also pass on moral lessons like honesty or the finer points of the definition of “sacrament.” Fights between younger siblings get mediated by the older children, and any undesirable behavior on the part of one individual tends to be very quickly quashed by his or her brothers or sisters. They quickly develop a sense of fairness.

Children make people settle down and become productive members of society. While single people can be wonder workers, it is families that are the building blocks of society. Children are the great motivators for a lot of the good works performed in our world. Parents work hard to build a strong economy, to clean up the environment, to make sure that our workplaces are safe, to get rid of poverty and hunger because they don’t want their children to go cold and hungry, to get hurt on the job, or to be poisoned by pollution. Parents fight to stamp out sexual crimes against women and children because they don’t want their daughter to be raped or sexually harassed. Parents fight crime because they don’t want their son to get mugged. They want to leave their children a better world than the one they have today. Much of the progress that has been made against the great social evils of our day has come about because of concern for children. When children are not a priority, when their numbers are decreased as a result of contraception, sterilization, and abortion, there are fewer reasons for adults to cooperate toward solving community problems. Without this community focus, crime and immorality increase.

Children are highly entertaining. Anyone who has watched a toddler trying earnestly to climb up on a chair, or push a button through its hole knows this. Little children are hilarious. Children see the whole world as something fresh, new, and incredibly exciting. Being privy to their highly original observations is one of the greatest pleasures available. They also live without the prejudices and preconceptions that have become part of us. Seeing something like a four year old trying to teach the cat to sit can keep you chuckling for months. In a large family, the best entertainment in the world is waiting for you every time you turn around. Try it sometime.

Children, in short, draw us into the mainstream of life and put us in solid contact with the things that matter: honesty, commitment, generosity, self-giving. These are the virtues that make human life healing and delightful.

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