March 2008

I did some reading while I was sick.  I got this book, Walking with God with Toilet Paper Stuck to My Shoe, at our church when the author, Melissa Jansen, came to speak.  This is “A humorous devotional about an intimate relationship with God”.  

                                                   Walking with God with Toilet Paper Stuck to My Shoe

It is a fun little devotion book.  I enjoyed the real life stories that were given.  One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is the point that sometimes “Christian” things and people make it appear so perfect that we may not relate and get discouraged.  This is a real mom with a real life that even has….gas!  Yes, you heard me right.  If you haven’t read the book then you will need to get it so that you can read the story 🙂

After each session there are questions to answer to go deeper. This would be a good book to do by yourself or with some friends (who aren’t perfect..or think they are).  If you want to do it in a group setting, the chapters are so that you could read them ahead or at the study and then discuss.

If you have read this book, let me know what you think.  If you haven’t tell us about a book that you are reading.  You will get extra credit if the book you are telling us about is a “little guy” author instead of one of the “big guys”. 

Have a “Reading” Day!


I am starting to come around.  This is the sickest I have been in a very long time.  I thought I would share a few things I learned while sick…

1) If you are running a fever and have had some medication, don’t bother trying to figure out who would be knocking at the door at 2 am.

2) Jammies are only fun the first day.

3) I have learned of a special talent I have to get a cough drop in just the right place in the roof of my mouth that it will stay there and I don’t choke on it.  (Don’t try this on your own as I don’t want to get sued if you don’t have the same talent.)

4) Getting sick stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!

5) After spending two nights on the sofa sitting up and trying to sleep, I realize that I LOVE MY OWN BED!!!  It is HEAVENish.

6) If you are trying to keep a lot of chemicals out of the home, what do you do after someone is sick so that it doesn’t go around?  OK, so this is a question that I didn’t learn but if you have, please let me know.

7) I REALLY miss having family around.  It’s very hard to take care of kids and yourself when your ill.  My hubby had to work late on Monday and Tuesday.  I needed chicken noodle soup in the worse way!  😦

8) Have you ever thought that cows don’t have a breakfast, lunch, and dinner?  They just graze all day.  But that may show in a swimsuit 🙂  (Did I mention lots of days with a fever?)

9) My oldest was very helpful in getting up and doing his own breakfast and getting to the bus on time by himself.

10) My house is a disaster zone and I get to clean it up 🙂  YEAH!

Bonus – I am sooooo thankful for getting better and all the wonderful people who sent me a well wish!

I am trying not to overdue it but it’s a war zone out there!

Have a “Sick-Free” Day!

Ok, so I got sick the evening before Easter (or Easter Eve as my oldest calls it).  So we went to church on Easter but that’s about it.  We were going to decorate eggs and do a ham dinner but that didn’t happen.  I just laid around freezing to death and hubby went to McDonald’s (health huh?).  A couple of years ago I don’t know if I would have let that happen but my standards have certainly lowered.  I knew I couldn’t do it so I didn’t.  We got a few movies to watch and hubby and the oldest went on a bike ride.

I am going to try and rest today.  It’s settling in my throat today.

The expensive ham is in the fridge waiting for another day to be fixed.

Hope you and your family had a blessed Easter.

Debbie aka The Real World Martha(S)

I hope you all have a HAPPY EASTER.  I thought I would leave you with a fun story for today 🙂

Eleven people were hanging on a rope, under a helicopter. 10 men and 1
The rope was not strong enough to carry them all, so they decided that
one had to leave, because otherwise they were all going to fall.
They weren’t able to choose that person, until the woman gave a very
touching speech.
She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because, as a
woman, she was used to giving up everything for her husband and kids or
for men in general, and was used to always making sacrifices with little
in return.

As soon as she finished her speech, all the men started clapping . . . .
. . .

I found this terrific post here:

I feel that all our resources are God given and that we are to take care of them…not over Him, but for Him.  I also believe that a lot of the chemicals that we use are not only bad for us but cost money that I prefer to save and do something else with.

Hope you find something that your church can do:

Many of the things that are talked about in connection with greening your home can also apply to greening your church — recycling, using green cleaners, practicing green lawn care, eliminating disposable products when possible and making sure the building is energy efficient. Of course, churches are composed of groups of people who may not all agree on every issue, but the first step in greening a church is calling attention to the matter.

church.jpgResources for greening your church:

•Get LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. Your church can decide how green it wants to become and pursue the chosen level of certification. A great way to start is to get involved with your local chapter of the US Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to greening all of our existing buildings and new construction through LEED certification. Several churches have already gained LEED certification.

•Green your Palm Sunday with Eco-Palms. Here’s a New York Times article about them.

•Visit Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light for some great resources. Some of their suggestions include taking stock of how much energy the church is using, looking at how space is being used and when it is used, and surveying equipment. They offer forms you can download to help with this process.

Know your options for clean energy. Visit the US Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as a first step. For more on clean energy, visit the Sierra Club’s articles.

•Visit EarthCareto download comprehensive resource guides about eco-management of churches.

•Be inspired by Boston’s historic Old North Church with its new LED lights. Here’s the CNN article.

If you’ve been involved with helping to green your church, please tell us about it.

Here is another story of Nuns who also believe in making the best choices when it comes to using our resources:

Here’s just a part of the story:

The Sisters wanted to leave a legacy to future generations with this project. One of the missions of their order is to respect the earth and promote environmental justice, so they hoped to create a community that would exemplify these ideals.

All shower and lavatory water is routed to a constructed wetland and reused for flushing toilets. Daylighting and a ground-source heating and cooling system contribute to an expected 20% reduction in energy use, compared to a conventional building. Materials were selected for their durability and environmental responsibility.

The Sisters saw this project as an opportunity to teach the public about environmental issues. Throughout the design process, the Sisters presented issues that the design team was studying to neighbors so they could learn about how to live with more respect for the environment. Even if suggested strategies had very long payback periods (longer than many of them would live), the Sisters often still chose to incorporate them to be able to teach about them. The constructed project dramatically showcases many of the sustainable strategies through exhibits and signage prepared by the Sisters.

Have a “green” day!

I don’t track too much of how people come to my blog and such.  I am still too green for all that.  But I have peaked into the search engine terms that people use that get them here and here are my recent favorites:

1) Aluminum Cans Cancer Coke – I believe this one came via my post  I thought it was interesting as it opens up a whole new cancer scare for me.  Are the aluminum cans bad too?  AUGHH!

2) Car to Match my Personality- I think this one matched because of the lipstick personality chart I posted  but maybe I need to do one on cars as well.  Let’s see what would a mini-van say about you?  HELLO!!!

3) Boss the Power– I have no idea what this matched on mine but maybe this person was looking for an assertiveness training guru.?.?  Didn’t find one here but hope they found something to read that was fun or useful.

4) Chapstick Personality– Ok, is it just me or is chapstick flat and colorless?

5) ‘Did it ever occur to you that the only – Only what????  Why did it have to stop there?  I guess we will all have to finish this with our own thoughts.

6) Homemade Igloo Art Project – I just thought this was fun and assume they didn’t realize I am in Arizona where we don’t have a clue what an igloo would look like.  🙂

Have a “searching” kind of day!

I got this from  Be sure to check her blog out; it’s great! 

More about me than you ever wanted to know

2. Diamonds or pearls? I guess Diamonds but not a big fancy jewelery wearer which was funny to my hubby as that was his profession when we got married.  All the girls are like wow he makes jewelery and I’m like it’s ok.3. Last movie you saw in the theater? Juno (Can you believe I was able to go all by myself and get lost in a movie!!)

4. What is your favorite TV show? Rachel Ray Talk Show as we don’t have cable TV

5. What did you eat for Breakfast?  Oatmeal Current Bread (YUMMY)

6. What is your middle name? JaNeen (everyone wants to know if I’m french because of the capital N, but its just because my Mom didn’t know how to spell it at the hospital-did I mention I was the fifth child?)

7. What food do you dislike? chocolate

8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? I listen mostly to KLOVE Christian Radio Station

9. What kind of car do you drive? Toyota Sienna

10. Favorite sandwich?  I like sandwiches.  I also love to just grab some bread, cheese, and fruit (no wine-don’t drink).

11. What characteristics do you despise? Lying
12. Favorite item of clothing? Jeans and something cute and comfy!

13. If you could go anywhere in the world for a vacation, where would you go? I would love to visit Australia and Ireland

14. What color is your bathroom?  cream with blue and green accents

15. Favorite brand of clothing? Is thrift store a brand?  🙂 (keeping it cheap and cute)

16. Where would you retire? a small town with decent weather and travel like crazy

17. Most memorable birthday?  Birthdays don’t have the same feel as when I was a kid so I don’t know if I have one.  I guess I love doing my kids birthday parties so can I say my kids?

18. Favorite sport to watch? I guess football but not big on watching.

19. Furthest place you are sending this? ????? You tell me.

20. Who do you expect to send this back to you? it’s not really something you send back

21. Person you expect to send it back first? see answer above

22. Favorite saying? (verse) Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.  Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hop and future.” 

23. When is your birthday? November 20th

24. Are you a morning or a night person? Morningish ??

25. What is your shoe size?  8 1/2

27. What did you want to be when you were little? I really don’t remember.

28. What are you today? A wife, Mom and Pampered Chef Consultant.  Also a long list of things I would like to do. 

29. What is your favorite candy? Take 5 Peanut Butter (no choc) that was discontinued 😦

30 Your favorite flower? I think tulips are pretty but I am not sure I have a favorite.  Just not big on the drug store ones 🙂

31. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? Christmas 🙂

32. What are you listening to right now? kids playing outside

33. What was the last thing you ate? Breakfast

34. Do you wish on stars? no

35. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? A rainbow one as it changes minute by minute.

36. What is your pet peeve?   The devil because that’s what I am really fighting against.

37. Last person you spoke to on the phone? My friend Kristine (But I had two special calls this morning, one from my brother as well.)

38. Do you like the person/people you are sending this to? Yes, I think 🙂

39. Favorite soft drink? The guilty one- Diet Orange Sunkist (YUM) (see to understand the guilt part)

40. Favorite restaurant?  That’s a hard one.  I like Ray’s, Oregano’s, Wildflower Bread Company, ETC

41. Hair Color? Dark Brown (very dark)

42. Favorite day of the year? Christmas

43. What was your favorite toy as a child? Barbies

44. Summer or winter? Neither, Fall hands down!

45. Hugs or kisses? Both, hugs from most.  Kisses and hugs from hubby and kids.

46. Chocolate or vanilla? vanilla

47. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? Everyone is welcome to come play along!

48. When was the last time you cried? Juno movie (it might have been because I was out by myself though)

49. What is under your bed?  My wedding dress, shoes, exercise stuff, Christmas clothes, hubby’s shoes, flashlights, baseball bat (just in case someone breaks in I guess) ETC!!

50. Who is the friend you’ve had the longest? It’s hard to say because there are friends you don’t talk to a lot because you may have moved but they are still your friends.  Then there are people you are around more so I would say Jean, Hubby, and Kristine. 

51. What did you do last night? Watched hubby play a video game.

52. Favorite smell? Fresh Bread

53. What are you afraid of? Big Hairy Spiders!!!  Like hospital afraid!  No JOKE!

54. How many keys on your key ring? I have no idea.  I only use one for the car.

55. How many years at your current job? It depends on which one: Wife 13 1/2 years, Mom -11 years, and PChef 2 years

56. Favorite day of the week? Friday (pizza night)

57. How many states have you lived in? 4 but many cities in that 4

58. Do you make friends easily?  It depends on the person. 

59. How many folks will you send this to? Everyone reading

60. How many words did spell check have to correct? One, I think.

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