Monthly Archives: January 2014

Lessons From The Baby: How To Share With Your Older Siblings

Sharing: Even when the request doesn’t always make sense, when it is with in your power to do so, do it. It is nice to share.

Lessons From The Baby: How To Share With Your Older Siblings

She is wearing the baby’s pants. This little girl is 4, and she is wearing pants for a 12-month old.

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13: 16

The Dinner That Wasn’t: The Tale of The Bloody Bird

So I wanted to share with you a recipe for Honey Ginger Soy Chicken today, instead that will have to wait until the next time I decide to make it. For now I will regal you with my tale of kitchen flops or as I like to call it the dinner that wasn’t. Now I could entertain you with The Tale of Blackened Mashed Potatoes or perhaps Catching Fire: Birthday Cake Edition. Instead this is The Tale of The Bloody Bird.

I had peeled the skin off before I had realized it was under-cooked  in an effort to get a decent picture. But yep I am the woman who burnt the skin and under-cooked the bird, this time.

I had peeled the skin off before I had realized it was under-cooked to get a decent picture. But yep I am the woman who burnt the skin and under-cooked the bird, this time.

I plan my meals out in two-week intervals. The meals are set on my weekly calendar/ to-do list in my kitchen. One would assume that this arrangement lends itself to pre-planning and well executed preparations. Alas that is often not the case with me, especially in this instance.

If things had been well executed or even considered ahead of time I would have had the chicken marinating the night before. Or at the least I would have had the chicken thawed out ahead of time. Instead I was pulling frozen chicken out of the freeze at 2 pm today. I figured I had a couple of hours the it could sorta marinate, and then I could cook it low and slow in the oven.

Well my afternoon got away from. I put the chicken quarters in the oven much later than I would have wanted, 5 pm. A half hour into it I am struggling with the dinner time crankies. Those of both myself and the children. That is when things go sideways. I cut my time little short. I crank up the time on the oven and in rush to get to dinner on the table I forget to temp the bird all together. Needless to say it was not pretty.

Moral of the story: Plan. And if you find that it is day of for a chicken meal and the chicken is not thawed switch with another meal that is more forgiving. Well that and see no one has it all together all of the time.

{Rusty} Under the Sun: Fruit of the Spirit- Love Your Wives

Ephesians 5:25-28 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.  In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.”

Fruite of the Spirit: Love Your Wives

I spent nearly a decade on active duty in the US Navy.  I saw more than my share of failed marriages.  Many never even knew God.  I have been married to Sara for over a decade now.  We have had our rough seas, but we have made it through, and I can’t help but think that it’s because we’ve had God guiding one or both of us.

Far too many men think that “I am married, so she does what I say, and that is that!”  Boy, are you wrong!  The vast majority of failed marriages are because one or both of the participants don’t think the other is pulling their share.  A lot of the times it’s the men that think they are entitled to a hot meal when they get home, a cold beer, and an uninterrupted game on the tube after.  Wrong again!

If you want to make a marriage work, then you need to approach it the way Jesus approached his bride, the Church.  He didn’t demand anything from her.  On the contrary, he helped her, washed her, got her ready, and then when she was clean and dressed in the purest of linens took her as his bride, in front of the whole world.  He made this promise, everlasting, so that we would know what we should model our relationships after.  All we have to do is be willing to put our mate first.

So often, you will find that a woman is willing to bend over backwards to please her husband.  Cook his favorite meals any day of the week.  Mix a drink after a tough day at work.  Let him out for a night with the fellas.  How often do men try to “hang the moon” for their wives anymore?  Today’s society is so male-centric that it’s sometimes frowned upon when a man shows an interest in taking care of his wife the way he ought to.  It is really quite simple;
If you want your spouse to do it for you, then you should be willing to do it for them!!!

I can’t say that enough.  In our house, Sara tends house and raises the girls.  I have to work outside the home.  If she wanted to swap, I would be happy to let her, and she knows it.  I also know, that if I can’t take people anymore, that she is willing to go back to work and I can stay home.  We both help out with the farm chores.  We both take care of the girls when we can, but for the ten to twelve hours a day that I am gone,  it’s her.  She’s pretty good at it, and I don’t tell her often enough.


***Please join me next week as we look at the  exhortation for the wife, “must respect her husband.” If you have missed any of the prior discussions in this series you can find them here: Introduction, Love Your God. As always please feel free to share the posts, just remember to link back to the original. You never know who will be blessed because you shared this.***



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Lessons From The Baby: When What We Seek Is Behind a Closed Door

Sometimes in life we need to seek out the ones we love, or the answers to our questions. And don’t stop seeking just because a door is closed. Knock. It might just open.

When What We Seek Is Behind A Closed Door

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew &:7-8

Confessional Time: Instead of A Recipe A Glimpse Into Our (Sorta) Farm Life.

Alright it is confessional time. I had big plans of sharing a recipe for you today, but alas with the weekend that I had it did not come together. Honestly I barely had time to cook. We had 1 home cooked dinner in 4 nights, and 2 of those nights we had Little Caesar’s Pizza. So instead of  sharing a recipe or something for the kids with you today I decided to show you what the hubby and I have been up to for the last 3 days.

***What did you do with your weekend?***

Fruit of the Spirit: Love Your God and The Bloggers Brag Pinterest Party

Before we can love our husbands, our kids, our friends, our neighbors, or even our enemies we need to know God and love God. It is from Him that we  learn what love is to look like. It is from him we learn how love is to behave. It is from him that we learn to recognize love when it shown to us. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8

Love Your God

It is through spending time in scripture that we get to know who God is. It is through the development of our relationship with him that we get know him. Once you commit your life to God have you continued to pursue Him? Or does your pursuit of God simply occur on a Sunday morning? Getting to know who God is, who he was, and who he will be, can not be fully achieved by hearing one man speak once a week for 15-30 minutes at a time. You need to fill your heart and your mind with His word. In the same way, we must nourish our bodies with good healthy food daily so we have energy to go complete our tasks, so must we nourish our souls daily. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

As we get to know God we learn that we are called first to love him with all our being. (Luke 10:27) The question so often when faced with this though is what does this look like? Well in part it is talking(praying) and listening (reading scripture) to Him. Another facet of loving God is acting on that love, and stepping up answering the call he has set forth to believers. “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5: 13-16 In other words live in such a way that you are pointing others back to God in all that you do.

At the end of the day remember this: God loves you. God is the perfect example of unconditional love. No matter how much we love Him it will never be perfect. We will stumble. We will fall. At times we may even backslide in our walks with Him. God knows this. He is not surprised by our sinful and selfish nature. That is why he sent Jesus to die on the cross. So you wouldn’t have to pay the penalty for your sin. Jesus paid that penalty. All you need to do is accept Jesus. Have you? If not I would be more than happy to discuss this more with you. Just know that you do not need to earn God’s love. He loves us right where we are. That is not to say he doesn’t call us to live a life that would be honoring to him, because he does, instead I am saying as long as you are seeking him and putting him first in all you do then you are on the right path.

Join me next week as we take a look at things from the husband’s perspective, and reflect upon the verse, “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5: 33 And if you missed last week’s post on love please go check out Fruit of the Spirit: Love -Introduction.

***Have you ever considered your walk with God to be a relationship of give and take? In what ways do you seek to develop your relationship with him?***

***If there is anything on your heart that you would like to share that I didn’t cover, please feel free to bring it up in the comments. I would love to be able to answer questions, even if only to say that is a good question I had never considered it and I don’t know. Either way know I am here for you and would love to hear your thoughts.***

Now I would also like to introduce The Bloggers Brag Pinterest Party. I have contributed to the Pinterest Party for a couple of weeks now. It has been a great opportunity for my blog to find new readers and for me to find helpful blogs on a variety of subjects. Last week my introduction post on love (for the fruit of the spirit) gathered the most clicks of any link shared. This gave me the opportunity this week to co-host. So with no further adieu I bring to you The Bloggers Brag Pinterest Party.



Bloggers Brags logo

My post for Fruit of the Spirit:  Love was the most clicked on the last Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party, and so that means that I am the


  and the co-host for the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party this week!    What that means for you is that you are able to link up this week here at [Sara] Under the Sun as well as at Creative K Kids and Denverista and A Life in Tune!  Link up and tell your friends!  The most clicked link will be the featured blogger next week as well as have the opportunity to be the co-host!  You can go here to see my post about Love (Fruit of the Spirit)!

Fruit of the Spirit

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Rules of the Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party

  • Be a follower of your hosts and co-hosts.

Pinterest Party Hosts Are...

Pictures of the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party hosts

{Misty @ Denverista (facebook) or twitter or Pinterest or google+}  

{Tammy @ Creative K Kids (facebook) or twitter or Pinterest or google+}

Follow this week’s Co-hosts:

sara & rachel

{Rachel @ A Life in Tune (facebook) or Pinterest}

{Sara@ [Sara] Under the Sun (facebook) or Pinterest}

  • Pin our Pinterest party button or a visible link onto your sidebar, post, or party page. This will help others to find our party and will bring more visibility to your links! 

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  • Please make sure that you link directly to your post’s URL and not to your blog’s URL.
  • Pin the two links before yours! If EVERYONE pins, then everyone will get more Pinterest love!
  • Link up a maximum of 3 links. They can be old or new–they’re all new to us, and we want to see them!
  • OPTIONAL: Follow our Bloggers Brags Board on Pinterest. You don’t have to do this; but of course, you’ll want to! We will be pinning all of these links to that board which will also gain more exposure for you! You can find the Bloggers Brags board here.

Here are just a few more details!

  • Whoever receives the most clicks from Monday through Thursday will be featured in the next Bloggers Brags post! Not only will they be featured, but they will be offered the optional opportunity to be a co-host for the week in which they are featured. Everyone that links up will be required to follow the co-host as well as the hosts; and in return, the co-host would be required to add the linky to their blog on the day the linky goes live. So tell your friends and followers to come link up and to visit your blog through your link!
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  • If you include your e-mail in the linky form below you will be added to a weekly reminder e-mail when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or given out.
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Lessons From The Baby: Where To Find Comfort

At the end of a long day/ week/ month/ year, heck a long hour,  it is alright to long for the comfort of your mother’s arms. (And if your mother is not available you can seek comfort in the Lord.)

Lessons From The Baby: Where To Find Comfort

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” Isaiah 66:13

***This post is part of an ongoing series, if you like this post or any of the others please share them so others may find them and be blessed.***


Winter Themed Printables and Activity Links

I like to have a variety of things for the kids to do that will not only entertain my girls but also be educational. The more resources I have available each month the easier it is for me to plan our days, which in turn leaves me with more time to spend with my girls. So I would like to share with you today some of the resources that I have found that I like for use over the next month or so. I went with a simple winter theme mostly because we don’t really get much snow here in Alabama and it seems magical to the kids.


Winter Themed Printables

1+1+1=1 is offering two different printables that I really like for your preschool and toddler ages. The first package is a simple set of coloring pages. The second package is Carrisa’s winter fun tot pack. I highly recommend you check out both of these, especially if you have never seen anything of hers before. The packs are of a consistent and wonderful quality, and my girls enjoy each one.


Winter Themed Printables

Serving Joyfully also creates wonderful printables. Her winter themed pack is no exception. It is filled with bright beautiful colors, and is designed to teach and challenge a PreK/K child.



Winter Themed Printables

I found these coloring pages and thought they were too cute to pass up, they are from Kids Activity Blog.


Crafts and Activities

WInter Themed Crafts

I Dig Pinterest has a couple different ideas on cute crafts to do with the children. We will probably land up trying out all of these before the month is up.


Winter Themed Activity


The Very Hungry Preschooler has this really cute idea for snow painting, now if only we had snow. I included this though because I know some of you live in snowy areas.



Winter Themed Activity

Snails and Puppy Dog Tails developed this really cute sensory bin with a winter theme. Currently my girls are not at the right stages for this particular bin, but I wanted to share it and the link because I know plenty of momma’s this post would inspire.

***Don’t forget one of the best ways to find this post again is to share it on your Facebook wall or post it to Pinterest.***

***What are some winter themed ideas that you have to do with kids?***

Fruit of the Spirit: Love- Introduction

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” Galatians 5:22

Fruit of the Spirit

Love is the first attribute of the fruit of the spirit mentioned. Because it is the first, I want to take time to carefully examine how we are letting God’s love work in us, and through us. In fact, love is such a large  subject, that when I started on it I found it so intimidating to write about. I was worried about trying to fit everything into just one post. After some time spent praying and thinking, and then more thinking and praying I concluded that I will be writing several posts on the topic of love. So sit back get comfortable and join me as I look at look love from different angles over the coming weeks. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

***If this is a series that you are excited to follow would you please consider sharing the link with your friends via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or even emailing it to someone. The point is the more people join us in this series the richer the discussions in the comment section can be. Who knows maybe a friend of yours will need this message today.***

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