SparkPeople Pastor's Wives Team Messageboard This is a place for PWs to get together, encourage each other and motivate each other to godliness and good health! SparkPeople Pastor's Wives Team Messageboard Coping with pandemic issues Many of us are struggling with all sorts of issues due to this Coronavirus pandemic. Our struggles lead to greatly increased stress which leads to emotional eating and a multitude of other increased physical and emotionsl health issues. Let's use this thread to address those stressors and share how we are dealing with them. <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 May 2020 09:19:36 EST Fun Facts for February from Wycliffe Kids I get an email monthly from Wycliffe which has fun activities to teach kids about missions. This month they sent a list of "Fun Facts" with reminders to pray for those countries mentioned. I thought it would be fun to share these - you can take them and share them with your church kids (and adults too!) <BR> <BR> Feb 2 (Claire, you might know this one! ) <BR> The country of Belgium is famous all around the world for their waffles, and boy, are they delicious! There are three main kinds: L... Sat, 2 Feb 2019 11:54:07 EST Organizing and decluttering the parsonage While the blizzards howl outside and we are stuck indoors, it's a great time to begin decluttering. One of the gals in another group which I belong to started by setting herself a goal of removing 10 items from her house each day. <BR> <BR> That intrigued me, especially as we hope to retire sometime in the next few years to our little mobile home in a retirement park on the grounds of one of our denomination's' conference centers. At 900 square feet of living space, it's much smaller than t... Sun, 27 Jan 2019 16:00:50 EST Christmas decorations and activities Hi girls - I know it's a busy time of year, but I thought it would be nice to have a thread where we shared our Christmas decorations and fun activities. I'm always looking for new ideas to decorate, new Christmas gift ideas etc. <BR> <BR> This is my cardinal tree - a few years ago, Dan wanted a tree decorated in cardinals so i went online and ordered a bunch of those little craft birds and wired them onto clothespins so they could be clipped onto the tree. He likes to finish the tree with... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:08:37 EST 30 Days of Praise 2018 I'm a day late starting this thread - but I want to check in each day with a praise - whether it is related to healthy living, ministry or anything else. <BR> <BR> Today I am praising the Lord for the strength he gives us day by day. I had a new PT tech today who is excellent at what she does. She gave me some new exercises and many tips on the old exercises designed to strengthen both of my legs so I can walk better - hopefully sometime soon without any assistive devices. God is good. <e... Fri, 2 Nov 2018 14:51:47 EST Natural energy boosters: Which one works for you? The diabetic challenge for today was to look at natural energy boosters. They gave 8 solutions to that mid afternoon slump. <BR> 1 Go outside <BR> 2 Get some sun <BR> 3. Move around <BR> 4. Drink water <BR> 5. Do some inversion exercises like yoga poses where the heart is higher than the head. <BR> 6. Take a cat nap <BR> 7. Caffienne <BR> 8 A Caffienne nap - where you deink a caffienated beverage right before a nap so the caffienne kicks in afater about 15 minutes and you don't sleep long en... Fri, 29 Jun 2018 18:47:27 EST Tips to save money at the grocery store I joined the 30 day diabetic challenge this month and have been learning a lot. Today's article was tips to save money and shop for healthier foods at the grocery store so I thought I'd start a thread about how we save money at the grocery store. I don't know about you, but I am on a pretty tight grocery budget so whatever I can do to save, I try to do it! Please share your tips here too! <BR> <BR> Here's my tips - <BR> - Bigger is not always better. We have a small home town market that ha... Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:52:26 EST Note of Encouragement "Come relentlessly into our brokenness. <BR> Shape us by the difficulties we experience. <BR> Refine all that is false in us, <BR> all the illusions we have mindlessly chased, <BR> so we might love You from the core of our being, <BR> so our love for others will be sincere, <BR> and so that all our deeds arise from <BR> the place within us where we are most alive in You." ~Ascending Leaders Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:02:47 EST Manna for today As I struggle to work on my 4th novel which is about the Israelites journey through the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land, it shouldn't surprise me when some of myself spills out on the page. <BR> <BR> My protagonist is a woman whose male baby was killed by the Pharaoh's soldiers. When she tried to protect him, she was severely beaten to the point where she cannot have more children and her leg is maimed so she must use a crutch to get around. Like her I suffer some PTSD from issue... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 11:27:23 EST Suggestions for helping others in tough times I have a question today - need some input. Do any of you have people come to your house or call asking for food? <BR> <BR> We live right next to the church so people tend to assume, I can help them here. It hasn't been bad in the past, but this year, especially the last few weeks, it seems like they have been coming out of the woodwork. Lately I have been feeling VERY guilty to say no, I can't help, especially remembering what the Bible says about giving. Our church is small and we don't ha... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:10:19 EST One small change at a time toward successs Here at SP we are challenged to develop a healthier lifestyle by making one small change at a time in our eating and exercise habits. Over time then, success breeds success and soon we are on the pathway to a healthier lifestyle! <BR> <BR> Many of us have been on this journey a long time and we feel like we're not getting anywhere. The numbers on the scale aren't moving fast enough (or at all) and we're still making poor choices in the things we eat or do. <BR> <BR> Here's our chance to e... Fri, 27 Oct 2017 03:20:21 EST RQ (Random Question) - sage advice from mom I love it - Claire on the check in thread, you spoke of some advice you remember your mom saying to you. I thought that would make a great random question. So here it is: <BR> What advice do you remember your mom giving you about life? <BR> <BR> <BR> I have two things I remember my mom saying to me <BR> <BR> The first one was about marriage - "always make him think it was his idea" <BR> <BR> The second was when I was a teenager and was complaining about being bored. She said, "You'll nev... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 23:42:50 EST What is your least favorite fall chore? There's so many things to do in each season of the year and fall is no different. Raking, clearing out garden beds, getting things ready for winter, just to name a few. What is the thing you least enjoy doing in the autumn? <BR> <BR> Ok - here's the second part of the question - what do you enjoy doing most in the fall? <BR> <BR> I think my least favorite fall chore would be clearing the flower beds and planting bulbs for the early spring flowers. I don't have a green thumb and haven't been... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:49:14 EST Random Question - Congregational cards/gifts Hi girls! I know it's a little early to be thinking of Christmas, but I guess this can apply to any time of year. <BR> <BR> Do you give gifts or send cards to members of your congregation? If so for what holidays or life events? Do you give Christmas cards or gifts? What kind and do you have a spending limit? <BR> <BR> I do baby or shower gifts - I usually make baby announcements. These are the latest ones I just finished for a young gal who comes to church with her grandmother . <BR> <i... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:59:23 EST Prayers for Harvey and Irma victims I'm sure each of us knows at least one family that was affected by Harvey in Texas or Irma in Florida. Each of our church denominations have probably begun some sort of relief and fundraising efforts for those affected as well. But in addition to funds and physical help, all of these people will need much prayer support! <BR> <BR> Let's start a special prayer thread here to list needs that we hear about so we can all be praying together for them- especially pastors and their families and ... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:37:02 EST Random question - Ministry on the fly... The Bible tells us to be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us at any given moment also to be "instant in season and out of season". Have you ever had to do something ministry related on the spur of the moment with little or no preparation? <BR> <BR> This past week we had our community Christian Women's Outreach Luncheon. At each luncheon we have planned for a main speaker who gives her testimony along with a fun or informative local speaker who presents a short "feature... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:59:35 EST Ways to prepare Kale I love going to farmer;s markets and getting fresh veggies. Sometimes at the grocery store, I can get reduced veggies as well - I love to pick up reduced packages of spinach and kale which is a new veggie I'm trying to incorporate into my diet. So my question is - how do you like to prepare it? I'm looking for some good new recipes to try! Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:43:47 EST How do you get away from it all? My husband is truly a man of God and is most happy when he has led someone to the Lord, or when someone he has discipled shows fruit, or some such thing. However, he is, by his own admission, a workaholic. He needs to get away at times, but hasn't always realized that. Now that he's getting older, he does see the necessity of rest. <BR> <BR> So my question to you all--how do you get away from it all? Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:19:00 EST What will you do to eat healthy for Easter? Tomorrow is a big day for all of us from church activities where there will be food, to family times. What will you have to eat tomorrow and what plans do you have in place to help you stay on track with your healthy eating? <BR> <BR> We are having a breakfast at church tomorrow with sausage gravy over biscuits, pancakes, eggs and bacon and whatever else people bring to eat. It will be the hardest meal for me since we're not having a big family dinner later on. I hadn't really thought abou... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 07:04:37 EST Random question - Easter music As we get ready for our special Easter services tomorrow, is there a favorite song or hymn that you like to sing at this time of year? Maybe one that has special significance or memory for you? <BR> <BR> When I think of Easter music, I always become a bit nostalgic - When I was a girl, I always had a new outfit with a hat, new spring coat, dress and shoes. We always went to the sunrise service which was outside in the parking lot of a large church in our denomination. And we would always... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 06:27:30 EST How do you start support group ministries? We had a great day at church yesterday - God has brought a wonderful couple across our paths that have a heart for serving the Lord and the means to do it. She and I are meeting on Friday afternoon to talk about possible ways we can reach out to the community. <BR> <BR> She had a bout with cancer a few years ago and was healed, but she definitely has a heart for reaching out to women with cancer so we're thinking a possible Christian cancer support group. There aren't any that we know of in... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 13:41:53 EST Random question - favorite healthy veggie dish It's winter and the cold / snow has settled in here in central PA. Some of the wonderful choices from summer aren't as readily available and often cost a lot more. So I was wondering what everyone's favorite healthy veggie dish is during the winter months? Please share a hot and cold suggestion. <BR> <BR> Cold: Broccoli slaw is one of my choices during the winter. Using frozen broccoli works just about as well as fresh, though not quite as crunchy <BR> <BR> Hot: Cabbage dishes work for me... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 07:59:28 EST A word for the new year Has the Lord ever given you a word or phrase that would guide you or become your focus through a period in your life or for a new year? <BR> <BR> <BR> In 2015 I was challenged to ask the Lord for a word that would embrace my hopes, dreams, goals and focus for the 2016 new year. I prayed about it and the Lord gave me a word as I lay on the gurney in the ER on Christmas Day with a broken leg. <BR> <BR> The word He gave me for 2016 was to "LEAN." <BR> <BR> It has been a phenomenal year of... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 04:48:45 EST Christmas trivia fun Just in case you need an interesting game for a Christmas party, vhevk out this Christmas Trivia quiz. <BR> <link><BR>news_fto_christmasquiz08_trivia.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> I got about half of them right LOL! Let's see how you do? Tue, 6 Dec 2016 05:58:26 EST Thanksgiving aftermath Thanksgiving has come and gone. So did you feast or fast? If you feasted and over did things a bit like I did, what is your plan to get back on track? If you were able to make healthy choices and stay on track, what advice can you offer to help the rest of us? <BR> <BR> I will be walking more since we are going down to the cabin to close it up for winter and I can't use the wheelchair there - the hallways are too narrow. Since the walking with the walker is very exertional, it will help b... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:33:12 EST Thanksgiving preparations Ok girls! It is Thanksgiving week. Many of us are having or attending family celebrations this week Perhaps there are some church celebrations going on too! So - what are you doing for Thanksgiving and how are you getting ready? <BR> <BR> I don't have to cook a whole dinner this year. I'm going to my daughter's house - she has 9 children so there are at least 5 of them that can help her to cook and clean. So it will be a lot easier for me this year. I am taking stuffing and pies so I will s... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:50:56 EST Random question: kitchen appliances OK - I don't know why this came to mind today but I'll just put this one out there. LOL! <BR> <BR> If you were a kitchen appliance, what one would you be? <BR> <BR> For some reason I feel like a garbage disposal today. SOme days it feels like everyone is dumping all their problems on me and expecting me to help them get rid of the problems . <em>198</em> . <BR> <BR> Thankfully, I don't have to hold onto their problems - I can grind them up and wash them away..... I wasn't always abl... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 17:43:00 EST Random question - Mason Jars Mason Jars seem to be trendy right now and are used for many things besides canning. Do you use them and for what purpose? What is the most unusual way you've seen them used? <BR> <BR> I use mine for: <BR> Storing buttons <BR> Storing memorabilia like sea shells from Florida beaches when my kids lived there <BR> Canning (of course) <BR> Flower vases <BR> Cannisters flour and sugar, tea bags <BR> <BR> My daughter uses them for drinking glasses for her family Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:32:05 EST "Living in Sin" case study / dilemma Hello everyone (and welcome Elizabeth)! I live in France, but I'm British. <BR> You may remember that we had an English-speaking study group meeting start up a few weeks ago. Well it's already hit some turbulence. Thankfully I'm not "pastorally" responsible for the group, but I was the one who contacted the English speakers and found a date and time. <BR> Here's the situation (get yourself some tea, this might take a while!) <BR> One of the people who attends, C, is a 60 yr old lady who li... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 09:14:02 EST What did you eat today? I'm on another forum where I report in each day what I ate and it seems to help me be more aware of what I'm eating. We don't go into great detail, just briefly mention our meals. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was a slice of peanut butter and jelly toast, a banana and milk. <BR> <BR> Lunch was leftover tater tot casserole, tomato, mozzarella, pepper and onion salad and jello <BR> <BR> Dinner: Spaghetti, salad and a portion of baked chicken with sauce and cheese. <BR> <BR> For a snack this evening, ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:19:26 EST Random Question - Mother's Day Has anyone ever referred to you as the "Mother of the church"? How did you feel about it? <BR> <BR> I haven't gotten that comment lately, but early on in our ministry someone did refer to me that way once. It kind of took me back a bit and I'm not sure I really liked it. It felt like they were putting a heavy label on me that I wasn't sure I could live up to! <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 May 2016 22:32:39 EST RANDOM QUESTION: Hardest Thing to Do Its been awhile since we poised a question. So here goes. <BR> <BR> One of the hardest things for me to do is to contain my excitement for something good that has happened to me or the family. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:10:40 EST COUPONS SAVING OR NOT? How many of us cut coupons or now download on the smartphone apps and go to the store? We get a Free Friday Download for a mystery item each week-could be a bag of snacks, package of crackers, protein bar, energy drink, sparkling water, new candy bar...the list goes on. So is it a savings when we get a free candy bar that is new to the market when it is not of the eat list? Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:13:04 EST Random Question - potluck leftovers Ok girls, I love the discussion on the last question so here's a related one. <BR> <BR> What do you or your church do with the leftovers when you have a potluck? Do they give the leftovers to you to take home? Or do they divide it up ? Or does everyone just take their own food back home? <BR> <BR> If they send food home with you, what do you do with food you don't like? <BR> <BR> I know that Larousse shared about taking leftover rice home - now that's a whole lot of leftover rice to la... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 18:06:37 EST Random question - potluck dinners Claire came up with this great random question. <BR> <BR> When you have a potluck type dinner at your church, how many dishes do you prepare? <BR> <BR> Before I answer this question, I have to share a funny story. When we came to our present church for an interview, one of the board members asked me a question. "Are you a good cook?" Talk about stereotypes! So at the first potluck dinner we attended here, I had to prove myself LOL! Thankfully whatever I made turned out well, answering ou... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 06:55:15 EST Doctor visit tomorrow I'm a bit nervous - tomorrow I have a follow up appointment with the bone doctor. H'll take some X-rays and let me know if I'm ready to put any weight on my leg. I hope the news is good. Please pray. i'll see him at 8:30 am. I'll let you all know how things go later in the afternoon. Thanks! <em>458</em> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:51:42 EST HELLO 2016! Well that's 2015 out of the way, I think for several of us it's been a difficult one. <BR> <BR> Bonnie I'm sure you didn't expect to end the year in hospital :( <BR> So let's welcome the new year by putting into words our hopes and goals; Claire already started this the other day talking about obedience. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping and praying that God has something new for Robert for his ministry, and that we will be able to put behind us the painful episode with the other church. I want to carr... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 18:56:01 EST Word for the New Year Has the Lord ever given you a word for the year? One writing group I belong to prays for a word that will be their light and inspiration for the entire year as they write. The Lord has been amazing! Even with all that has been going on, I have found the word he has given me - Lean. <BR> <BR> Now that I am in rehab, I am learning to lean on my walker because my leg is not supposed to be weight-bearing at this point. I have to keep the weight off my leg and sort of hop or wiggle my way across ... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 22:54:33 EST update on broken leg I fell on Christmas Day and severely broke my leg. Two days and two hospitals later, they finally set my leg with lots of screws, plates and other things. I am doing PT now but haven't been ablr to get out of bed yet, though I tried yesterday and had very low BP and almost passed out. I believe today will be better, but am asking for your prayers. <em>458</em> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 07:21:02 EST Prayer needed Hi girls - just a note to let you know I am in the hospital tonight after taking a fall at my daughter's house today. I have a broken leg, just above the knee and am waiting for surgery sometime tomorrow. Right now I am on meds and doing ok as long as I don't have to move. Please keep me in your prayers. Love to you all. I'll let you know as soon as I can what happens. Fri, 25 Dec 2015 21:53:39 EST 12 Challenges For Christmas - Day 12 We've all heard about Build-a-Bear workshops where you go and pick the ingredients for the perfect stuffed toy. <BR> <BR> Well, on the 12th day of our Christmas Challenge, we are going to the Build-a-Great-Salad Meal workshop. What 12 ingredients would you put into your own unique healthy salad? <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's see, I would start with greens <BR> 1 romaine lettuce <BR> 2.spinach <BR> 3. arugula and a few other mixed greens that I don't know the names of LOL! <BR> <BR> Then I'd add... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:39:55 EST 12 Challenges for Christmas Day 11 On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me a veggie tray with 11 choices...LOL! <BR> <BR> Today is an easy challenge. List the different canned, frozen, fresh or dried veggies you have in your freezer and pantry and see if you have at least 11 or more different ones. <BR> <BR> Do you find that the more choices you have, the more likely you are to eat your 5 servings per day? <BR> <BR> Take time to list what you find in the comments on this thread. <em>258</em> <em>267</em> ... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 13:46:45 EST 12 Challenges for Christmas - Day 10 There's still a lot of Christmas partying and lots of Christmas food to come in these last few days before Christmas so on the 10th day of our Christmas challenges,: <BR> <BR> List 10 strategies you can use to avoid holiday overeating like: <BR> <BR> 1. pick a dessert plate instead of a large one for your meal <BR> 2. eat a salad before going to a party, <BR> 3. If it's a pot luck, bring a healthy item you know you can eat, <BR> <BR> I gave you three – see what else you can come up with... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 08:56:16 EST 12 challenges for Christmas Day 9 On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me....9 ladies dancing... <BR> <BR> C'mon, you know you wanna - Everytime I hear the song Rockin Around the Christmas Tree, I find my feet tapping and humming along with it. So today let's rock to any of our favorite songs (Extra bonus points if it's a Christmas song!). Spend 9 minutes dancing, walking, moving, rocking, whatever moving you wanna do. Moving is good for us all and we need to get some cardio in so we might as well enjoy it! <BR>... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 12:52:24 EST 12 challenges for Christmas - Day 8 Today's challenge should be easy! Drink 8 glasses of water today. Check back in later to let everyone know how you did. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 07:47:38 EST 12 challenges for Christmas - Day 7 For the 7th challenge of Christmas it's another eye opener type challenge. 7. Read 7 food labels, checking for calories, fat, carbs and sodium, <BR> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 07:55:06 EST 12 challenges for Christmas Day 6 Many of us will eat out at some point during the holiday season which can lead to overeating large portions or fat /salt laden foods. We stress out about what to eat so... <BR> <BR> For the 6th Day of Christmas, check out the online menu of your favorite restaurant and find 6 healthy choices that you could order. Then you'll be prepared if you happen to go there! If your restaurant doesn't have a menu online, choose a different restaurant or make up a healthy dinner plate using choices t... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:17:57 EST 12 challenges for Christmas day 5 On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me 5 golden rings.... <BR> <BR> Eat a gold fruit or fruit or veggie today ...golden delicious apple, yellow squash, pumpkin, yellow peppers, etc. <em>265</em> <em>488</em> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:47:37 EST 12 challenges for Christmas Day 4 On the 4th day of Christmas. our challenge is to <BR> <BR> Use a measuring cup or scale to measure 4 portions of your food today and share here what you measured. <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> I'll be back later to let you know how I did. When I first started with SP I measured everything. Then over time I eased up because I knew what the portions looked like on the plate. But over time, I think the portions have increased a bit so today's challenge is kind of a recheck to see if I'm still on ... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:28:44 EST 12 challenges for Christmas - day 3 On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me - 3 French hens.... <BR> <BR> Speaking of hens, tell us about your three favorite ways to prepare healthy chicken. ((If you are a vegetarian, tell us about another form od protein) <BR> <BR> My faves are: <BR> 1. baked chicken dipped in an egg wash with a light coating of bread/ unsalted crumbs mixed with spices and a little parmesan cheese. I often use egg beaters for the wash and unsalted crackers for the coating so it is low sodium.... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 07:36:57 EST Day 2 - 12 Challenges of Christmas December is a month of celebrating with parties, family gatherings and feasting. All those things can be hard on the diet! <BR> <BR> Can you think of 2 creative ways to serve healthier veggies or fruit to make them more eye appealing ( i.e. fancy cuts, healthy dips, etc.) to serve for your guests or just for your own enjoyment ? <BR> <BR> Here are my two favorite picks! <BR> How about a strawberry banana "candy cane"? <BR> <img src=" Fri, 11 Dec 2015 08:38:22 EST 12 challenges for Christmas - Day 1 Ok! Let's play a game called the 12 challenges for Christmas. Each day there will be a new challenge revolving around the Christmas song (12 Days of Christmas) and around healthy eating/lifestyle changes. <BR> <BR> Today's challenge - preplan a healthy breakfast for tomorrow morning and be sure to include one serving of fruit! <BR> <BR> Share your planned meal with us and any info you choose like ingredients, calories, directions, etc. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:57:43 EST Your influence as a PW? Hello, first of all thanks for all your prayers and replies on the other thread. It means so much to have your support! <BR> Well while I was aqua-fit this evening, I was thinking about The Church Problem :-/ and how much I would like to know from one of the elders what went on at the meeting last night. It's pretty strange that no-one has been in touch, I think there must have been some directive telling everyone not to contact Rob in the meantime. <BR> So while I was treading water and do... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 17:36:14 EST Conflict between pastors -sigh- here we are again. <BR> So DH got voted in as lead pastor by 88% of the membership! And last night they had a long and productive elders' meeting. <BR> Then today, he had a meeting with the assistant pastor (who is part time). This guy does not want to give up any space in the pastors' office for DH to put his stuff, and when DH asked him about his schedule (he is on 2/3 for the church and 1/3 for the denominational youth work), he got defensive and refused to give any information. ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 10:06:00 EST A day / week in ministry... Hello it's me again, the not-quite-yet-pastor's wife :D <BR> I'm not sure whether DH will have someone to show him the ropes on Monday when he starts... the church already has a part-time assistant pastor but he mainly deals with youth work (and so far his relationship with DH has been a bit distant, even hostile). <BR> So I thought I'd ask you what you / your DHs daily/ weekly routine looks like? <BR> This is a small church with around 150 members, there is no admin staff. <BR> <BR> Do yo... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 10:48:02 EST Church organizations and ministries LOL I seem to be posting on all the threads this evening! <BR> Just wondered how your churches organize the ministry groups? In our current Church, it seems to be the same 15-20 people who do everything; they are elders, their wives are in the ladies' ministry, on the greeters team, in worship group, in children's work. (we have children's sunday school during the service; children leave the service after the first few songs.) <BR> Lately we are having a bit of a staffing crisis in the child... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 17:21:10 EST dealing with disappointment in mentors etc Hi girls, <BR> <BR> Sorry about this rant. In fact, when I read it back a day later and saw it all in black & white I thought I'd better delete it. <BR> <BR> Bonnie, thanks so much for your kind and wise advice! I think the start of the school year and all the stresses of DH's recruiting procedure have got to both of us! <BR> <BR> Larousse xx Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:58:25 EST Creativity, crafting... I like to have a craft project on the go, even if I don't have much time to commit to it, it's good to have some outlet for creativity. My best accomplishment is this rag rug that I made earlier this year; some friends lent us the entire box set of All Creatures Great and Small (story of a vet in Yorkshire) and while watching the episodes in the evenings, I made this rag rug. I cut up old / worn / orphan socks and some old t-shirts into strips about the width of my little finger, and joined... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 06:18:31 EST Random question - learning something new Ok Girls - my "cheesy" adventure prompted this question today. <BR> <BR> Learning doesn't stop when we graduate from high school or college. We continue to learn new things all through our lives. Sometimes we don't even realize we're learning something new and other times we embark on something that takes a lot of time and energy. But the important thing is that we're learning and growing. <BR> <BR> Sooooooo - what is one new thing you have learned in the last week or month? <BR> <BR> I ha... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 19:32:37 EST Random question - accomodations Do you live in a parsonage or own/rent your own home? Which do you prefer and why? <BR> <BR> Parsonages - 4 of them were next door to the church and one was about a mile away. We haven't had much difficulty with church members respecting our privacy so I have enjoyed parsonage living for the most part. Most of the parsonages we lived in were better than any housing we could afford - large and comfortable. <BR> <BR> Other - 2 rentals, one an apartment above a church member (Never again! It ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:53:53 EST The KEY ;) <BR> I got a " spark goodie " the other day and it was a " key . " ! <BR> That might not seem like much to others, but, it was such an encouragement to <BR> my heart. <BR> <BR> Once I got started back , here, at the beginning of August, I found sooo many FRIENDS that were willing to " HELP " and that has certainly been the KEY for me. <BR> <BR> The TRUE FIRST KEY was the " strength " that God gives me , each day , and HIS LOVE and encouragement, but then , HE was Sooo GOOD to send ea... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:32:23 EST New to team <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi there ! <BR> <BR> I just joined the team . :) <BR> <BR> We live in Louisiana and my husband is the Pastor of a small Methodist Church here. ! <BR> <BR> I believe that God wants me to be a " good steward " of the LIFE that HE has " given me" , sooo I want to finish meeting my weight goal of 160 pounds. <BR> <BR> I already LOVE ALL the " encouragement " I receive here and that ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:54:25 EST Thoughts for the Day Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord. <BR> Jeremiah 23:24 NIV <BR> <BR> I love to play peek-a-boo with my grands. When I hide my face they think I have disappeared, and they giggle our loud when I pop back into view. In their little minds I have actually disappeared for those few seconds and then magically reappeared. Yet, I was really there all the time, simply hidden from their view.. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:19:26 EST Prayer Needed Today is probably one of the lowest days of my life in the last year or so. <BR> <BR> I just wrote an entire thesis on the day and problem Suffice to say after building a relationship with my estranged sister (we hadn't spoken in 30 years) she showed the true colors of her dislike toward me while dealing with the estate. I hurt and can only turn to family and I hate to burden my children with my disappointment and pain. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your prayers. <BR> Thu, 28 May 2015 15:40:36 EST Random question - shopping choices Ok, Claire, your question today prompted this one. Where do you do your grocery shopping? Do you prefer the major chain stores over local name stores and why? <BR> <BR> In our small town, we have three grocery stores - two of which are small town stores. The third is a chain store, though it is limited to Western PA I think. <BR> <BR> Out of the 3, I like the smallest store the best which is about a block away from my house because they always have great specials on meat and produce (even... Wed, 27 May 2015 18:52:42 EST Random Question - Cleaning Routines Personally, I am not fond of cleaning. Once I get started it's not too bad, but getting started is my problem. But that's not my question. <BR> <BR> What kind of cleaning routine do you have? <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 May 2015 11:31:18 EST Random question - cookbooks Claire, your comment about bringing your cookbooks downstairs made me wonder - <BR> <BR> When you gals need to find a recipe, do you prefer to search through your printed cookbooks or do you search online? <BR> <BR> What is your favorite cookbook? <BR> <BR> I used to have a lot of cookbooks, but now I do a lot of searching online because I look for recipes containing less salt and calories. <BR> <BR> Bu I do have some favorite cookbooks. When my kids were little I loved one that was call... Sun, 24 May 2015 04:06:08 EST What's for dinner? I don't know about you, but I seem to always be asking myself, "What can I fix for dinner?" I get tired of the same old fare and love hearing what others are having. It often generates ideas and helps in meal planning. <BR> <BR> Here is a place to share your favorite healthy meals and new things you may have tried (You can rate them too from "Yuck, don't try this" to "Oh my goodness, this was great!" <BR> <BR> You can also post a link to recipes that you like so we can try them too. <em>... Wed, 20 May 2015 10:24:57 EST Keeping ourselves Spiritually fit We al know that keeping ourselves Spiritually fit is just as important as watching our calories or exercising our bodies. <BR> <BR> Here is a place to share Insights, activities and scriptures that help you on your journey to stay spiritually strong and to encourage others. Wed, 20 May 2015 10:17:37 EST Lies Ministry Wives Believe <link><BR>-articles/167796-christine-hoover-mini<BR>stry-wives-believe.html </link> <BR> <BR> This short article is very interesting. Which lies do you believe about yourself as a pastor's wife? Fri, 8 May 2015 17:46:30 EST Random questions - 4/27 - spring flowers What is your favorite spring flower? <BR> <BR> I really love them all because they are a beautiful pop of color after the drab gray of winter. But I think my favorite is the azalea. We lived in Memphis shorty after we were married for about a year. There was this one house down there with a phenomenal front yard garden full of azaleas. Just so much color we took pictures, but who knws where they ever got to - oot was over 40 years ago, LOL! But I just started thinking about it today. <BR> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:37:19 EST Weekly goals My husband used to say - if you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time! <BR> <BR> If we are going to make lifestyle changes, we need to have goals. I have found it is very helpful to create weekly goals and then to check in on how we did that week with our goals. <BR> <BR> Goals can include: <BR> - diet goals (like to include or exclude a certain food) <BR> - weight loss goals ( like the # of pounds in a given week) <BR> - spiritual goals (like having daily devotions each day or to ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:51:59 EST What is one good thing you did for yourself today? Making healthy lifestyle changes is all about learning to take care of our bodies, minds and spirits. Sometimes we as pastors' wives get so busy taking care of our families and church families that we forget to do good things for ourselves. <BR> <BR> So this thread is dedicated to our own health. What one good thing did you do for YOU today? Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:21:09 EST Question for 3/18/15 Single or double ply? Well Girls, I had to post this today - I finally got a definitive answer on our over Vs under TP debate. The story was on my MSN news feed. LOL! <BR> <BR> According to the original patent for perforated "wrapping paper" in 1871 by business owner Seth Wheeler, the toilet paper roll should be placed in the "over" position, the way he pictured it in his patent application drawings. <BR> <BR> Wheeler owned Albany Perforated, a company which patented the perforation process in 1871, allowing us... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:54:06 EST Question for 3/1/15 Disney Princesses I am looking out at the snow falling today and thinking about my grand daughters who are watching the movie Frozen. They just love Queen Elsa and Olaf the Snowman. So here's a random question - Which Disney Princess would you be and why? <BR> <BR> I think I would be Cinderella - abused as a child, but triumphing as an adult with lots of Blessings from the Lord in my life. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:55:01 EST Question for 2/20/15 - chores Hey Claire, here's a random question for you. <BR> <BR> You gals seem to like the polls so here is another one for today. Let's say you were expecting company and had several chores to do around the house. Which one would you do first and why? <BR> <BR> A. Dishes <BR> B. Laundry <BR> C. Mopping the kitchen floor <BR> D. Clean the bathroom <BR> E. Other <BR> <BR> I don't get a lot of company , but I would probably do the dishes first because they are the most visible. Also the water warm... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:01:03 EST How are you today? I haven't seen many posts from y'all lately; I presume everyone is busy! Just wondering how everyone is doing. If I don't reply for a few days, it's because I'm on a team for an Emmaus Walk, so if you happen to think of it this weekend, pray for me, and for the rest of the team and all attending. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:48:32 EST Question of the day - a TP poll Ok girls I have a fun poll for you. The husband of a friend of mine used to work at a toilet tissue factory. She had definite ideas of how the rolls should be hung on the spindle in the bathroom - said the company taught her husband it needed to be a certain way. So here's the poll: <BR> <BR> How do you hang your TP roll? <BR> 1. Always so the paper hangs over the top and front of the roll <BR> 2. Always so the paper hangs down behind the roll <BR> 3. However I happen to put it on the spind... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 13:59:09 EST Question for 1/23 mail order meal plans If you could afford it, would you do one of those diets where they deliver food to you each week? <BR> <BR> I see the commercials all the time for those diets (Medifast, Jenny Craig, and Nutrisystem to name a few) where they deliver the food right to your door, All you have to di is heat them up. I think it would be a great way to lose weight, but I do like cooking so I don't know if I'd want to go that way. I like the freedom of being able to cook and eat what I want - and the challenge ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:47:32 EST Question for 1/21 Mentors Wow, I can't believe it's almost been 10 days since I posted last. Where does the time go????? (No that's not the question for today - LOL!) <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD (Question of the day) has to do with mentors. Think back over your life - has there been one person who touched your life, taught you, mentored you? <BR> <BR> Snowy days like today when I spend more time indoors,, give me time to reflect on things and people who have touched my life. I was asked this morning who had influenced my... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:06:03 EST Question for Mon 1/12 nature sounds What nature sound do you like best - i.e. rain, wind, thunder, ocean, etc.? <BR> <BR> I love the sound of ocean waves and sea gulls the best, though I have several CDs with nature sounds set to instrumental music that I enjoy listening to when I am writing or crafting. The music with sounds helps me to relax while the music with words makes me want to sing along. That doesn't work too well while writing. LOL! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:28:37 EST Question for Sun. 1/11 Reading devices On these cold wintry days, I find myself snuggling under a blankie with a good story. So which do you prefer - a regular book or a reding device like a Kindle, Nook, I-Pad, etc? If you opt for the techie devices, do you find them cost effective? <BR> <BR> I recently inherited my MIL's Nook when she passed because Dan and I had bought it for her and loaded it with books. She used it a little, but I find I like it a lot. I can increase text size (old age - LOL!) and I have loaded it with free... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:02:09 EST Question for Friday 1/9 Life Bible Verse Do you have a verse that has been a favorite or go-to Bible verse whenever you have needed guidance for life issues? <BR> <BR> I would have to say that Proverbs 3:5-6 is the verse I have adopted for my life - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths." <BR> <BR> It reminds me that I don't have the answers but He does and encourages me to trust him (which I do have trouble doing!) Fri, 9 Jan 2015 17:40:30 EST Question for Wed. 1/7 Indoor exercises Today is cold and blowy outside and I can't go out without setting off my angina. So I have to exercise indoors - at least as much as I can which isn't much without setting off the chest pain. Oh well. <BR> <BR> What is your go-to indoor exercise when the weather prohibits you from going out? <BR> <BR> I found chair marching works pretty well on days when I am able to do anything. I find a straight back chair and plug in the praise tapes and march away for 10 minutes. I used to do the Gazel... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:27:53 EST Question for Wed. 12/31 New Year Plans? So how will you spend the last night of 2014? <BR> <BR> Usually we spend a quiet evening at home. Long gone are the days of the all-nighters with the youth group - LOL! Now I turn into a pumpkin - a very sleepy pumpkin - after midnight. <BR> <BR> But I do like to stay up and watch the ball drop in Times Square at midnight. This year, I will not be home to watch the ball drop - we'll be at my daughter's house and she doesn't have TV. Instead I will share the New Year with the 8 grands. It wi... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:07:04 EST Question for 12/27 sick for Christmas Sorry I've been MIA over the last week. This grandma got run over by a reindeer named flu-dolph just before Christmas and have been sleeping most of the holiday away. We were supposed to go to my middle daughter's house for the day to spend it with all the grandkiddos, but that didn't happen. <BR> <BR> on the bright side, I didn't have to babysit my youngest grand baby either so she got to stay with Auntie Allissa and all her cousins.(the day care was closed for the holiday. Hopefully I will... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:10:17 EST Question for Wed. 12/17 - favorite Christmas gift What is your most favorite Christmas gift that you ever received? <BR> <BR> I think mine would be my Cricut die cutter for crafting. The reason it's my favorite is because it was the one year when Dan got me a craft tool for Christmas rather than a watch or slippers. LOL! It was also the most expensive gift he ever gave me and I know it was a sacrifice so I really appreciated that. <BR> <BR> Dan is like his dad - a little clueless when it comes to shopping for gifts. His dad used to buy Eme... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:48:38 EST Question for Tuesday, 12/16 When do you put up your tree and decorate your house for the holiday? <BR> <BR> In years past I tried to put the tree up just before Thanksgiving so the house would be festive for the family dinner. Now I'm just glad to be able to put it up. LOL! I started the week after thanksgiving and have been opening up one crate at a time, using those decorations and then resting a lot before going on to the next crate. It has taken several weeks, but I'm almost done. <BR> <BR> The tree was the first... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:41:08 EST Frugal food ideas On one of the other teams I frequent, they started a discussion about healthy cooking tips and the question was raised about drained yogurt. I had never heard about this, but googled it and found out that you can drain regular yogurt and end up with Greek yogurt! Really a cool idea. I found info here: <BR> <link><BR>reek_yogurt </link> <BR> <BR> What other frugal cooking tips or hints have you ever heard about? Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:10:21 EST Question for Monday 12/15 Regifting? We had a Christmas party last Sunday evening with a small gift exchange - supposed to be things we had at home that were new or gently used. I had a nice candle warmer/wax melter that would have made a perfect gift. Problem is, I think a CM gave it to me last year and I didn't want to offend. LOL! <BR> <BR> So my question is: Do you regift and under what circumstances? Have you ever given a used item as a gift? <BR> <BR> I have regifted many times, but only if I'm sure who gave the gif... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:47:24 EST Question for Sunday 12/14 Another music ? Our local station began playing a smattering of Christmas songs right after Thanksgiving. Then this weekend they started all Christmas music. But we really start hearing it as early as September when the retailers put out their Christmas merchandise. <BR> <BR> WHEN DO YOU LIKE TO START LISTENING TO/PLAYING CHRISTMAS MUSIC? ALSO - WHEN DO YOU STOP? <BR> <BR> I'm kind of a traditional right-after-Thanksgiving kind of gal. I anticipate the radio stations start of the Christmas music season e... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:57:38 EST Question for Saturday 12/13 Christmas music Our local station just started playing round the clock Christmas music so the question for today is - What is your favorite Christmas song? <BR> <BR> It's hard to pick just one! But I think I like Mary Did You know. There is one line in the song that always gives me chills - "When you've kissed your little baby, you've kissed the face of God." I just can't fathom what it would have been like to kiss God! Wow! I know it was so beautiful to hold my own children and grands as infants. <BR> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:53:02 EST Question for Friday 12/12 Holiday movies Do you watch any special programs during the Christmas season? If so, which one program or movie makes the season special for you that you would hate to miss? <BR> <BR> Oh my! I would have said Wite Christmas with Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby, but ovetr the last 2 years, I have found several new favorites - a Hallmark movie I think called a Christmas Wish. An arrogant guy leaves his wife and 3 kids just before Christmas, taking all the savings and basically everything that isn't nailed down. ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:34:42 EST question for 12/8 church Christmas parties Does your church have a Christmas party? If so, what kinds of things do you do? Do you have a serious one, a formal one or fun party? <BR> <BR> We had our Thanksgiving /Christmas party last evening and had a fun time. We had a turkey and ham dinner with all the fixins and afterwards, we played "Name the Christmas Carol", had a white elephant gift exchange and a Chinese auction (Great ways to regift those not so useful things lying around the house. LOL!) Dan and I also sang a couple of fun ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:13:54 EST Question for 12/5/14 Christmas cards Do you mail out Christmas cards? If so how big is your list? Do you give cards to your CM's (Church Members)? <BR> <BR> My snail mailing list includes mostly just family members this year and even with that I had 24 cards to mail (and that's not even all my family/extended family members. This year I finally figured out that I could make a page of labels using Avery templates online. Now all I have to do each year is edit my list, print out address labels and slap them on the envelopes!... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 13:55:41 EST Question for Thursday 12/4 Christmas shopping Are you a procrastinator when it comes to Christmas shopping or are you an early bird - already done? <BR> <BR> I have good intentions to start shopping early each year, but alas, I usually still have at least one last gift to buy each year on Christmas eve. LOL! I guess that does make me a procrastinator. <BR> <BR> I usually make most of the gifts I give, but that's the same - I'm usually putting in one last stitch or gluing one last embellishment onto something just before it needs to be ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 17:51:04 EST Question for Friday 11/28 Holiday leftovers Well, now that the big day is over for most of us, many of us are dealing with leftovers. What is your go-to recipe for using up your turkey leftovers? <BR> <BR> Usually turkey leftovers end up as turkey soup here at our house, with the broth, lots of veggies and a few noodles- the homemade kind. I like to cook the carcass as well to get a richer broth and to get every last bit of meat off it that I can. This year I will be adding more spices and less sodium. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:08:17 EST Question for Thursday 11/27 Thanksgiving dishes So now that big meal is pretty much demolished, what was your favorite dish from today's meal? <BR> <BR> It's so hard to pick a favorite - I guess that's why it's so hard to stick to a diet today of all days. But I guess my absolute favorite dish is the stuffing. I make it like my mom, except that she used to put potatoes in her stuffing and I never have. I always have to make the stuffing for our family meals now that she's gone. It's just a bread stuffing recipe, but it always tastes so g... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:18:15 EST Question for Wednesday 11/26 Family gatherings Here we are on the eve on Thanksgiving and family looms large in our hearts. How many plan to spend the day or at least part of it with family tomorrow? Do you have any family traditions that center around Thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> We were supposed to go to our middle daughter's house tomorrow (yep - the one with the 8 kids and counting) but the flu bug is making its rounds there so we opted out of that one this year. We will still be picking up our youngest granddaughter and bringing her back... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:42:49 EST Question for Tuesday 11/25 Black Friday Lots of hype about black Friday this year: <BR> Some stores are having a whole week of Black Friday sales, <BR> Other stores are opening Thanksgiving day, and other such wild things happening. So today's question is - Do you shop on Black Friday and if so, what was the best deal you ever got? <BR> <BR> I'm a curious bystander on this one - I don't go near any stores on Black Friday. LOL! I don't shop much for Christmas either - too many grands and too little cash. LOL! The last couple of ye... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:18:10 EST Question for 11/22/14 Working outside the home As pastor's wives, some of us have needed to work outside the home to help make ends meet for our families. Have you ever had to take a job that required you to work on Sundays and miss church? Or on major holidays? <BR> <BR> I've had so many different jobs in my lifetime as a pastor's wife - LOL! Let's see - I worked in the stacks at a big city library - M-F, As a proofreader for a small weekly paper which was only Tuesday and Wednesday. Then I was a home health aide for 7 years which was a... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:42:48 EST Questin for Wednesday 11/12 Ministry longevity Yesterday's question about the farthest move you've ever made prompted this one: <BR> <BR> What is the longest time you ever spent in one place/church? <BR> <BR> We've actually pastored 8 churches with 3 of them being fairly long stays. Our first two only lasted 1-2 years, then 7 years and 8 years. Then we had 3 churches where we stayed 3-4 years and now we've just passed the 7 year mark. I was very thankful that our longest stays were in churches while our children were growing up so we d... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:41:27 EST Question for Tuesday 11/11 As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I was remembering the Pilgrims who packed up everything they had and traveled thousands of miles across the ocean to a new world, not knowing when or if they would ever see their families again. <BR> <BR> What is the longest distance you ever moved? <BR> <BR> I remember shortly after Dan and I got married, we were living in a small apartment in western PA I worked as a waitress while he went to Bible college. I met a traveling evangelist who came into the ... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:01:18 EST Question for Saturday 11/8 What is your favorite cookie to make at this time of year? <BR> <BR> My sister in law used to make mounds of pizzelles each year and give them as gifts. Then she got tired of doing it so she gave us a pizzelle maker of our own of our own. LOL! I love making them each fall and I have to make them as gifts for all my kids! My favorites are the chocolate ones, but I like the original flavor and pumpkin ones too. I usually make two or 3 batches (about 40 in a batch)over the course of the 8 weeks... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 15:11:41 EST Question for Thursday 11/6 Decorating styles What would you say is your decorating style? I love watching those home decorating programs- not that I'll ever be able to go wild decorating our new little trailer, but I love collecting ideas! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure I have a definite "style" - we pretty much have collected our assorted furnishings over the years from all sorts of places. We have a more contemporary livingroom - my husband picked out those furnishings - nice hardwood end tables and entertainment center and ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 18:49:59 EST Question for Wednesday 11/5 Fall decorations I have a sister in law who decorates her whole house for every season of the year! So I thought I'd ask, do you ladies decorate your homes for fall? What kind of decorations do you use? <BR> <BR> I usually only do Christmas though I do have a favorite pumpkin floral arrangement I made a few years ago that I love to use on my dining room table. I have a few other fall decorations that I get out if I think of it, but frankly, I'm not much of a decorator. I don't know why, it just never seem... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 09:52:42 EST Question for Thursday 10/30 Monsters 'n movies Ok - I don't know how you gals feel about Halloween - I'm not a fan of the gory stuff, witches, goblins etc at Halloween. , and I'm too chicken to watch scary movies. LOL! But do you have a favorite monster or scary movie that you like? <BR> <BR> Like I said, I am a big chicken when it comes to scary movies. I have even left the room when my family insists on watching some of the spooky Halloween type movies, but I do like some monsters of the cuddly, furry type like Sesame Street's Cookie M... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:54:36 EST Question for Monday 10/27 Your kids in ministry? We hear a lot about PKs reactions/responses to living with parents in ministry. Some grow up hating ministry and want to stay as far away from it as possible, even to the point of serious rebellion. Others seem to thrive on it and even follow in their parents ministry footsteps, perhaps even pastoring the same churches. Still others are ambivalent - could care less. They may still grow up well adjusted, but don't want to be part of church leadership as adults. <BR> <BR> *****How would you ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:18:38 EST Question for Friday 10/24 - CHOCOLATE! I was out for a few minutes today and saw all the Halloween Candy - my mouth was watering but I managed to leave it alone - for now..... <BR> <BR> But it made me wonder, if you eat chocolate, what is your favorite candy bar? <BR> <BR> I have to say I love most anything chocolate, but it is a close tie between Reese Peanut Butter Cups, Peanut M&Ms and Kit Kat bars. <BR> <BR> Sorry if I set off a chocolate craving for you! But sometimes I just gotta have some.... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:28:44 EST Please pray for a fellow pastor's wife The following was posted on a Pastor's Spouses group I am in on Facebook: <BR> <BR> a dear friend of mine…a pastor's wife…has been battling depression for some time, but recently things began to escalate for her. today, her husband took her to the ER because he didn't know what to do. she was raging and suicidal. the enemy of our souls is working overtime on this gal. please pray for Amy in Tennessee Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:00:35 EST Question for Saturday 10/18 e-reader or books? So girls - do you like to read? If so, do you prefer a reading device like a Nook or Kindle, a reading app on your I-phone or computer, or a physical book? <BR> <BR> I just got a Nook late this Summer when my MIL passed away. We had purchased one for her and I had downloaded all the books on it for her to read in the nursing home so it was given back to me. I really like it because it is easy to read and when my eyes get tired, I can make the pring larger or smaller. I also like it because ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:10:30 EST Question for Friday 10/17 Lists and such How do you keep track of your goals or things to do each day? Are you a list maker? <BR> <BR> I have several things to track each day and I'm not always at my computer, so I use a 70 page spiral notebook - the kind that usually goes on sale for a quarter just before school starts. I put the date at the top of each right-hand page and use page spread to keep track of my vitals - weight (to be sure I don't gain a lot overnight which could signal edema issues), my BP, the amount of nitroglyceri... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:53:06 EST Question for Monday 10/13 Fall foods It is definitely fall here in central PA. And with Fall, comes a hankering for things like Pumpkin pie, apple pie, dumplings and the like. (Sorry if this question makes you hungry or craving something fallish! <em>43</em> ) <BR> <BR> So here is today's poll: <BR> What is your favorite fall food? _________________________________. <BR> When you are being good on your food intake do you: <BR> 1. Have a diet version that you make? <BR> 2. Just not eat it. <BR> 3. Eat the real thing either i... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:23:16 EST How do you feel about Sundays? I have a question for you all. How do you feel about Sundays? I know that sounds strange, but lately I've been so tired on Sundays. I'm able to do what needs to be done, but by the time I come home I'm absolutely exhausted and take a nap for at least an hour, and it's deep sleep, with dreams! <BR> <BR> Have you experienced this before? Sun, 12 Oct 2014 17:06:22 EST Question for Sunday 10/12 Pastor Appreciation October is traditionally Pastor Appreciation month according to Focus on the Family and the hierarchy in our denomination. Does your church celebrate it? What was the best gift you ever received? (Last year some pastor friends of ours received a cruise!) Along that line - do they remember your birthday as the Pastor's wife? <BR> <BR> In 40 years of pastoral ministry, I would say that our churches have remembered Pastor appreciation day about 60% of the time. Usually it was with a cash card w... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 15:23:31 EST Question for Saturday 10/11 Fancy motels We drove down to our new house to work on it yesterday, but since we have no furniture in it yet, we had to sleep in a motel. It's just an average motel, but it made me curious. <BR> <BR> What is the fanciest hotel/motel you've ever stayed at? <BR> <BR> The nicest one I've been to was Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA when a group of us came for a women's convention. There were Hershey bars on the pillows and a choice of several restaurants. It was a huge complex, all under roof so we didn't eve... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 07:21:34 EST Question for Thursday 10/9 Your wardrobe colors.. Take a look in your closet. What are the predominant colors in your wardrobe? Did you ever have anyone do a color assessment for you? <BR> <BR> I tend to gravitate toward the cool jewel tones - deep purples, royal blues and rose/red colors that have a blue undertones. I also have some of forest green and gray/brown earthy tones. <BR> <BR> I don't have any yellows and very few pastels. <BR> <BR> I never had anyone do a color assessment for me, but we had a speaker at a women's meeti... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:19:41 EST Question for Tuesday 10/7 Tree huggers... If you were a tree, what kind would you be? <BR> <BR> Hmmmm. I think I would like to be a maple tree. They give out sweet syrup and are very colorful in the fall. We used to have 2 very large maples in our front yard when growing up that shaded our front porch. I loved sitting under them. <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:52:01 EST Question for Monday 10/6 ...Sick pets Some people feel like "it's just a dog or cat" when it comes to veterinary care for their pets. Others would invest thousands of dollars into their pet's well being. <BR> <BR> So - how far would you go for your faithful furry family member? <BR> <BR> Our Daisy is 13. We just began fostering her in April after our Brittany boy Danny passed away. Daisy has been in excellent health and has really tugged on our heart strings. But she came to us with the beginnings of a serious problem which we... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 21:37:09 EST Question for Saturday 10/4 Seasons... Each season has its own beauty, its own treasured memories, but is there one you favor above the others? Why? <BR> <BR> Growing up in Central PA, the changing colors of fall are breathtaking. I love the smell of apples in the orchard and the crunch of leaves under my feet. If I were to make a card to give someone, I would use fall colors because of their richness. But autumn is not my favorite season - mostly because winter is usually breathing down its neck and I suffer from a touch of sea... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 13:48:38 EST Question for Thursday 10/2 - Playing dress up... I got called in to sub at a local high school as a hall and lunch monitor. This week happened to be "Spirit Week" and the kids were dressing up differently each day. Yesterday was Western day, today was PJ day and tomorrow is red, white and blue day <BR> <BR> Did you participate in things like that when you were in school? Have you ever had a church event where people dressed up in costume? <BR> <BR> Other than wearing school colors on pep rally days, I don't remember having PJ day or ot... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 19:17:22 EST Question for Wednesday 10/1 - -Flu shots? Are you going to get a flu shot this year? <BR> <BR> I got my flu shot today - since I work with special needs kids in a school setting and since I have heart disease, I figured I better! Last year I stayed pretty healthy, even subbing in school. <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:02:12 EST Question for Monday, 9/29 Sub sandwiches Last week we stopped for a lite lunch during a business trip. We ordered 6" subs at Subway. <BR> <BR> So I was wondering: If you ordered a sub (hoagie, hero, gyro or whatever else you call it) what kind would you get and what would you put on it? You can answer with healthy choices and unhealthy if you want. I hope I don't make you hungry...LOL! <BR> <BR> When I am trying to be very good, I choose a 6" sub on a wheat roll with roasted chicken, no cheese and all of the cold veggies the... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:39:03 EST Question for Sunday 9/28 School Daze Being a substitute aide in several local school districts, I often find myself sitting with my student and reminiscing about my own school days. <BR> <BR> So the question for today is: What was your favorite subject in school? <BR> <BR> I started taking Conversational Spanish in 8th Grade and immediately fell in love with it. During that year, our teacher brought in a missionary pilot to talk about his work transporting missionaries by plane to remote parts of South America. (Back in the 1... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:10:56 EST Question for Saturday 9/27 Stereotype poll. I once heard it said that a pastor's wife was supposed to sing alto and play piano. Hmmmmm.... <BR> <BR> So I thought it would be fun to take a poll to see who fits the stereotype. <BR> <BR> Who sings alto? If not, what do you sing???? Or don't you sing at all? <BR> <BR> Who plays piano? If not, what do you play if anything? And yes, "the radio" is an acceptable answer. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I do happen to sing alto - I started harmonizing when I was in Jr. High School beca... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:59:37 EST Question for Thursday 9/25 Prayer partners Today's question is a little more serious - Do you have a prayer partner or accountability partner that you meet regularly with? <BR> <BR> I have just started getting together with a group of young women from our church to pray and they started a private Wednesday Prayer Group on Facebook which is expanding rapidly! I definitely love getting together with them! <BR> <BR> As far as accountability - I have groups here on SP that are great - (My fave is this one!!! - Love you gals!) <BR> <BR>... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 06:59:23 EST Question for Wednesday 9/24 Hair and nails How often do you go to the hair salon? Do you have a regular stylist? Also, do you have anything else done there like eyebrows and nails???? <BR> <BR> <BR> I only go every other month because it is getting way too expensive. But until this last month I had a regular stylist named Mary. She had to retire due to an MS flare-up and I was sad to see her go. So this last time, I had a gal in our church cut it - she is a licensed beautician - whew! <BR> <BR> The only time I ever had my nails d... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:53:50 EST Question for Tuesday 9/23 movies Do you go to the movie theater and if so what was the last movie you saw? <BR> <BR> We don't go very often. It might be years between movie outings, but when we were on vacation back in August we saw "When the Game Stands Tall" (of course it was a "guy" movie - LOL!) about a high school football team that had a super long winning streak. It turned out to be a really good movie with a strong Christian message - well worth seeing even though I'm not a huge football fan. I give it four tiss... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 04:35:25 EST Question for Monday 9/22 yard sale anyone? Do you frequent yard sales? If so, what was your biggest bargain find? <BR> <BR> I think the biggest bargains I have found included all the baby paraphernalia I had to buy for keeping my 1 year old grand daughter every other weekend. I purchased a stroller and booster seat with a tray and lots of clothes to keep here since my daughter always forgets something when she packs for the baby's weekend visits. LOL! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 01:18:59 EST Question for Tuesday 9/16 Trees It's beginning to look like fall here in central PA. I love the changing colors of the leaves. So the question for today is - What is your favorite kind of tree and why? <BR> <BR> Definitely Apple Trees for me! Some of my most favorite memories are of being in an apple orchard with my kids in the fall - the smell of the apples, the crisp clear weather, the fun of picking apples together - then making apple pies and sauce -oh yeah!. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:52:34 EST Question for Thursday 9/4 on being a working PW As a pastor's wife, have you ever worked outside the home? <BR> <BR> We have always pastored small churches so I felt it necessary to work outside the home through most of our years in ministry. I only worked part time when the children were snall so that we didn't have to pay child care (that would have defeated the purpose of working LOL!) After they grew up, I did work a few full time jobs, but I preferred part time so I could be active in church. <BR> <BR> I have been a Jane of all tra... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 05:41:25 EST Question for Wednesday 9/3 - Zucchini question At this point of the year, most people with gardens are over run with squash and zucchini - so much so that neighbors are giving it away to those without gardens. <BR> <BR> So.... what is your favorite way to use this long green veggie? (And nobody had better say "as a baseball bat!") <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Can you tell I had it stuffed this evening for supper? <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> But really, my favorite way to prepare it is sautéed in a little lite margarine like Olivio with a ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 17:28:47 EST Question for Tuesday 9/2 Leftover storage This question came up on another team and sparked my curiosity.... How do you store your leftovers? One person responded that she was part of the Tupperware revolution while another liked the mason jar trend. Do you prefer plastic or glass containers to store your leftovers? <BR> <BR> It may not be the best solution, but I just recycle food containers like margarine tubs They're readily accessible and come in various sizes. They nest for storage too and since space is a premium in my kitchen... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 06:07:28 EST Question for Monday September 1 - Holiday picnics Did anyone have a family picnic today to celebrate Labor Day? <BR> <BR> We didn't this year though we have in the past. Today Dan and I went back down to the Potomac Park Campground for the home owner's meeting. We don't own a cabin YET, but are in the process of buying one to retire. It was a good day! We walked around in ttrailer we are buying and took measurements for windows and the rooms so we would have a better idea of how we will downsize, Lots of work to do now! <BR> <BR> Then we h... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:43:46 EST Question for Sunday 8/31 - Pot luck dinners What is your go to recipe for pot luck dinners? Do you have one you like to make especially? <BR> <BR> Today I made a jello salad with strawberries, strawberry jello, cream cheese and coolwhip. I lighten it up by using sugar free jello, light cream cheese and light cool whip <BR> <BR> I don't really have a favorite pot luck recipe though I do try to make lighter, more healthy offerings. Especially soups and vegetable dishes. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:32:54 EST Question for Thursday 8/28 Hoarding... Are you a hoarder? If so, What kind of things do you hoard? <BR> <BR> I guess you have figured out that I'm cleaning closets today. LOL! I'm in my craft room, cleaning that closet and downsizing my craft supplies <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I'm somewhat of a hoarder because I buy craft stuff whenever it's on sale and have a closet full of unused supplies. My excuse is that I have to buy it when I have the money so that someday when I have time (and no money) I will have what I need. LOL! <BR... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:26:18 EST Question for Wednesday 8/27 What day did/does your school start where you live? <BR> <BR> I don't have little ones in school any more, but I do work at school as a substitute aide. The district I work for started today. I got a call to work yesterday, but I was up to my elbows in peaches and tomatoes so I didn't take the job. No calls today. <em>24</em> Guess I shoulda said yes yesterday... <BR> <BR> My 2 grand kids in MD started on Monday and my daughter will start homeschool with 6 of her 8 kiddos on Tuesday nex... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:58:48 EST Question for Sunday 8/24 What is your favorite salad dressing? <BR> <BR> I started making a vinaigrette when I had to watch my sodium that I really like. It has 1/4 c each of red wine vinegar, water and canola oil, 1 1/2 tsp of a home made salf tree spice blend, dried tomatoes and 2 T. parmesan <BR> <BR> Sometimes I put a dash of Louisiana hot sauce in it too for some zing. Yum! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:51:14 EST Question for Saturday 8/23 Shoes? How many pairs of shoes do you have? <BR> <BR> 5 pr old rubber flip flops <BR> 1 new pair flip flops <BR> 2 pair tennis shoes <BR> 2 pair running shoes <BR> 3 pair slippers <BR> 2 pair sandals <BR> 2 pair loafers <BR> 1 pair dress shoes <BR> 1 pair boots <BR> 1 pair hiking shoes <BR> I think that's all of them.... <BR> <BR> Yikes it's time to clean my closet. A lot of these are so worn out that they are not worth keeping and some don't even fit me, but I had to be honest and claim them. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:53:16 EST Question for Friday 8/22 Do you have a bird feeder? <BR> <BR> We used to have one and kept up with putting feed out every day because we had some beautiful cardinals in our yard year round.I really like to watch them. Several people had a problem with bears getting into the feeder around our area in Central PA and squirrels can be a problem so we haven't done one for several years. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:24:35 EST Question for Tuesday 8/19 Have you ever sat in a coffee shop or a place that has public wifi and worked on your laptop? <BR> <BR> We're at the Potomac Park Campground for a week's vacation this week and cannot get any wifi at the cabin where we are. But the park has a new coffee shop with free wifi so we are sitting here using it. It's fun! I've sat in McDonalds before, but I feel very conspicuous there. This has a whole different feel than McDs. I will probably be here in the morning to do some writing.... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:39:06 EST Question for Monday, 8/18 Condiment quandry Inquiring minds want to know - Mayo or Miracle Whip? <BR> <BR> Both Dan and I grew up on Miracle Whip. No sense spending money on having both in the house when the Mayo will hardly get used and go to waste. LOL! <em>4</em> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:52:40 EST Question for Sunday 8/17 Do you have a traditional Sunday meal? <BR> <BR> For years when my husband was growing up, his mom made hot dogs for breakfast (yes, she really did! LOL!) And for lunch, it was meatloaf with mashed potatoes and a vegetable. <BR> <BR> My parents always took us out to the same restaurant for lunch with my aunt and grandmother right after church.. <BR> <BR> When out kids were small, we used to have hot dogs for lunch on a Sunday because it was easier than a regular meal for me - after teac... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:39:01 EST Question for Saturday 8/16 How much TV do you watch in a day? <BR> <BR> I normally only watch an hour or 2 in the evenings; most of the time, even though I'm sitting in the living room with DH, I zone out, read a book or get caught up with e-mails on my laptop. Dan likes to flip back and forth from his sports programs to whatever nighttime TV dramas is on at the time. <BR> <BR> But my 1 year old granddaughter was just here for 8 days so the TV was on a lot during the day. Now I can sing all the theme songs from t... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:19:53 EST Question for Thursday 8/14 Do you wear makeup? <BR> <BR> This question was on another board and one of the replies was from a guy who happens to be a pastor which really made me giggle: <BR> <BR> He said "Well, I try to let my natural beauty shine through, so I don't use make-up. My wife would get mad if I used hers! Ha! Besides God gave me all this natural beauty, so who am I to cover it up!" <BR> <BR> As for me, no I don't wear it much any more, but I still buy it. I'm a crafter and card maker and have found th... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:28:48 EST Question for Tuesday 8/12 Do you wash dishes by hand or in the dishwasher? <BR> <BR> LOL! This was inspired on another forum but it is a great question nevertheless. <BR> <BR> I do both. but mostly the dish washer, I like being able to load it through the day then run it once at night. My activity levels have been severely hampered since I got sick. The funny thing is that the everyday mundane things like cooking and doing dishes seem to affect me the most so it is just easier for me to use the dishwasher. I tea... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:51:56 EST Question for Monday 8/11 What jobs do you do in your church? <BR> <BR> I learned many years ago the I couldn't do everything though I almost was broken by trying. LOL! Now I try to be careful what I do so that I don't face burn out again. <BR> <BR> Right now I teach the youth class on Sunday mornings and sing with my husband for worship time (we are the worship team LOL!) I type the bulletin for him on Sundays and try to maintain the church online presence, though we have a young woman who is helping to do that n... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:10:32 EST Question or Saturday 8/9 What was your favorite childhood toy? <BR> <BR> Can you tell I'm babysitting this weekend? LOL! I found the sweetest little umbrella stroller at a yard sale and Gabby is pushing it all over the house. I'm loving it! <BR> <BR> I had a few favorites over the years. I had a metal ranch style doll house that I loved to play with. My dad made me a wooden dish cupboard that I really loved too. My brother and I used to play board games together and my favorite game was called Park and Shop. I neve... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 16:10:13 EST Question for Thursday 8/7 What is your favorite vegetable and how do you like to prepare it? <BR> <BR> I would have to say yellow and zucchini squash/ I love it sautéed in a non stick pan with a tiny bit of olive oil. I don't have to add salt but it gets a great flavor as it caramelizes with onions and peppers <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> You gals are great! I am enjoying your responses to these questions so much! Thu, 7 Aug 2014 11:44:49 EST Question for Wednesday, 8/6 Do you keep any kind of journal, diary, log or list for each day? <BR> <BR> As a kid, I didn't keep any kind of diary or journal at all. In my 30's I was advised to keep a journal while seeing a therapist for depression. It helped a lot. In my 40's I began keeping a journal of writing goals, submission lists and ideas for more stories. In my 50s I started to blog for both writing and self-expression. <BR> <BR> NOW, in my early 60s, I live with a notebook where I have to write everything fr... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:17:16 EST Question for Tuesday 8/5 Are you a pet person? If so do you favor dogs, cats or other pets? <BR> <BR> I have a pastor's wife friend who has a monkey! She grew up as an MK in South America.... But my favorites aren't that exotic LOL! <BR> <BR> I'm a dog person. Our last two have been rescues through a Brittany rescue organization. I hsd to have a dog after our Aussie Shepherd, Oreo, died so I began looking online. The Lord even cares about our pets because he found us the perfect pup for us. I ran across an older B... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:05:14 EST Question for Mondy 8/4 Would you ever consider purchasing a motorcycle for yourself? <BR> <BR> This question was inspired by my cousin who is retiring from the US Postal Service in a few weeks. She recently went out and bought herself a bike. I have several other PW friends who either have bikes or would like to have them. Also my DIL got one recently. <BR> <BR> I guess I'm just a wimp, but I get cold too easily and wouldn't want to be exposed to all that drafty air when riding so I don't think I would ever wan... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:51:17 EST Question for Saturday 8/2 Do you cook with a crockpot and if so, what's your go-to crock pot dish? <BR> <BR> I'd have to say my favorite dish is pot roast with potatoes and carrots. It's super easy - low calorie and low sodium, and sure tastes like comfort food after a day at work. <BR> <BR> But I do other things with it too -I use it extensively for canning prep work - like making applesauce, pureed pumpkin, tomato sauce and soup, etc. It's so much easier than standing over the stove hoping the food won't scorch. ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 09:47:30 EST Question for Friday 8/1 What is one piece of advice you remember your mother giving you? <BR> <BR> At one point I remember telling my mother that some event I had to go to was "boring" She told me that if I listened to what was being said at that event, I would not be bored. She was right -- it takes energy to really listen, but when I invest that energy in a discussion or a meeting, it's never boring.. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:56:46 EST Question for Thursday 7/31 If you were moving into a smaller place and had to downsize, what would you get rid of? <BR> <BR> Some friends of ours have a small cottage that we visit on our vacations.I love it there and have thought how nice it would be to retire to a place like that someday - small, easy to clean. <BR> <BR> But I have so much STUFF! I'm not sure what I would get rid of. Probably all extraneous furniture, especially the bulky pieces. I'd have to downsize my craft and cooking utensils as well, but some... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:21:37 EST Question for Wednesday 7/30 Summer always sparks memories of camp for me. Did you get to go to camp as a child? If so, what were your favorite memories of camp? <BR> <BR> Each year I went to a Christian Endeavor weekend retreat over Labor Day, just before school started. It was the highlight of my summer. <BR> <BR> There were so many good memories I'm not sure I have a favorite. One year I forgot to pack pajamas and we scoured the small town near camp to find some. I remember the pool, the activities, the mess hall w... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:20:59 EST Question for Tusday 7/29 When you have to sew on a button do you <BR> a. di it by hand? <BR> b. do it on a sewing machine? <BR> c.have someone else do it? <BR> d. just use a safety pin? <BR> <BR> I like to sew, but I have to admit I'm lazy about buttons. I usually use a pin until I get so tired of not having a button tht I sew it on by hand. <em>246</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:25:12 EST Question for 7/28/14 If you had a choice, what would you rather do - have a spa day or go shopping? <BR> <BR> If I could go to a craft store or book store I'd definitely go shopping. LOL! Whenever I go to my daughter's house, I go to the store because she has a Joanne Fabrics AND Michaels in her town! WooHoo! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:36:19 EST Question for 7/27 I once heard a Christian psychologist speak to a group of pastor's wives. He said that: <BR> - 20% of PWs feel as called into a specific ministry as their husbands and love it <BR> - 20% of PWs absolutely hate being in ministry and would rather be anywhere else <BR> - the remaining 60% are supportive of their husband's calling but have no specific calling into ministry of their own and are ambivalent about being there <BR> <BR> Question: Do you agree with this psycho... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:00:21 EST Question for 7/26 What is your favorite summer sport? <BR> <BR> I can't really participate in sports with the heart difficulties, but l like watching baseball. Our future son-in-law is trying to get us to a Pirates game in Pittsburgh, but something has always come up to keep us from going! <BR> The day we scheduled to go in June, I fell, causing a bad gash on my nose, but thankfully it wasn't broken and there was no concussion. Last week, we had mom's funeral and had to reschedule again. Maybe the third tim... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:27:15 EST Question of the day 7/25 Do you prefer the beach or the mountains? <BR> <BR> I prefer the beach - we used to go to Wildwood NJ each summer when I was little. But my husband is a mountain lover so we have always vacationed in the mountains since we've been married. At least now we sleep indoors and not in a tent! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:36:48 EST Do you can or freeze produce? Canning seems to be a lost art. My mother-in-law taught me and I have done it for years - mostly tomatoes products and green beans, peaches and applesauce. Of course I do jams too. With her funeral yesterday, I can't go to her with questions now so i'm on my own to find new recipes. Thankfully she taught me several of her family favorites so I can carryon the tradition. I especially like her relish recipe! <BR> <BR> I just started this summer with blueberries. I spent a wonderful day in the ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:37:46 EST Damage control What do you do to get back on track after a bad day? <BR> <BR> Yesterday the family was with us and it was wonderful, but I did eat way too many calories and sodium. I knew I had to get back on track today because I go to the doctor's tomorrow evening. <BR> <BR> I don't like to waste leftovers so I planned my meals around them today, but carefully measured my portions and planned my meals to include a healthy mix of protein, veggies and carbs. I did pretty good - all within range today, t... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 20:24:17 EST Healthy 4th of July recipe ideas? I guess we are having most of the standard fare, although my daughter in law can't eat peppers and I don't do salt. LOL! <BR> <BR> I am going to have home made low sodium chicken hot sausage patties (for me) in addition to hamburgers for everyone else. <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2761023 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what else I'm making yet. Anyone have some favorites for the 4th? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:12:28 EST 4th of July plans? So what are you all doing for July 4th? <BR> <BR> Some years it's just another day for my hubby and I but this year it will be a family reunion of sorts. All my kids and grands will be coming and we will have a blast. It will be the first time we've been together all at once in 3 years! I'm cooking for 19 of us and looking forward to it! Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:47:43 EST Gardening anyone? Do any of you have a garden? What are you growing? <BR> <BR> I have a 30x40 foot plot with tomatoes, peppers, green beans, onions, spinach, lettuce, beets, yellow squash and zucchini, cabbage, broccoli and Brussels Sprouts. <BR> <BR> On a whim, I planted several hills of pumpkins right next to my house so tat they will vine out into the yard - we'll see if I get any pumpkins from them LOL! I also have some flower boxes with parsley and oregano that are coming up really well. Yay! <BR> <BR... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:10:24 EST Anyone have some fun plans for the summer? It is cool and rainy (again) today and I just started thinking about vacations, remembering our trips to sunny Florida just a few years ago. LOL! <BR> <BR> Anyone have any fun plans for this summer? <BR> <BR> The only thing I know we are definitely going to do is to go to spend a week at a friend's cabin at a Church campground. They do have a pool and we will probably go to visit some of the local sights as well while we're there. It is restful, even if we don't do much. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:48:26 EST I am praying for ________________ _______________. Finish the sentence. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 17:25:20 EST I am so blessed because______ ____________. Complete the sentence. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 17:23:43 EST Christmas wishes To all my friends on the pastors wives team! <BR> You all are special and I am praying you have a blessed Christmas! <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> <BR> Bonne Tue, 24 Dec 2013 06:12:51 EST A Month of Gratitude Please share what you are grateful for as we begin this month of an emphasis on thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 03:24:19 EST It's June! Please share your new goals! Think big and maybe choose some really wish, I wish I could... goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> Then let us know what your goals are. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:33:04 EST What would you like to accomplish in May 2013? Think long and hard of what you are working toward. What small steps can you take to reach your big goal? Share your small steps goals, and/or your big goal. <BR> <em>331</em> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 07:29:24 EST What's for dinner? Tonight I made meatballs. I got 22 meatballs from a pound of ground beef and added 1 egg, 1/3 cup of bread crumbs, pepper, garlic powder, oregano and paprika - NO SALT, since I have to cut that down. They turned out great and I didn't miss the salt at all. About 73 calories each and only 16 mg of sodium. <BR> <BR> What did you have that was yummy? <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:31:49 EST There's a time for ... Our church is relatively small and has existed for more than a decade - has gone through some splits and a rebirth of sorts. We headed it up a little over 5 years ago, attending it beforehand. A year ago December, we had our first baby born within our membership. Sadly this week, also under us, had our first loss. A dear man 68 whose mom is still with us (she called me) was in a fatal traffic accident. I think I would have preferred a wedding next ;-) <BR> <BR> I have such Ecclesiastes feel... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:03:50 EST Answer a question and then ask a question. <BR> What is your favorite morning food to eat? <BR> <BR> The next person answers this question and makes up a new question. Let's keep the very easy thread going. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 13:01:19 EST A question for 2/27 If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:23:39 EST Almost Daily Question Feb. 24th Sunday afternoon nap or no nap? Sun, 24 Feb 2013 13:13:42 EST Tell us a mini-goal to make by April 1st. Get back on my bike for a long ride of at least 25 miles Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:15:26 EST Almost daily question- 2/17 What is your favourite fruit? <BR> <BR> Mine is pineapple. <em>488</em> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 08:13:46 EST Check-in for 2013 What are you doing to make today a great day? Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:00:45 EST Three words to describe your goals for 2013 Riding <BR> Losing <BR> Devotions Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:13:58 EST Use three words to describe 2012 Exhausting <BR> <BR> Challenging <BR> <BR> Joyous Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:36:03 EST How has God Blessed you in 2012? I have twin grandsons that have thrived this year despite coming three months early on December 16, 2011. Thank you God for Sam and Isaac! Sat, 1 Dec 2012 13:21:23 EST Be Thankful and Express your Gratitude Month What are you thankful for? Has God blessed you, or is He using you in new ways? <BR> <BR> Share here, please. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:41:40 EST How is everyone today? I've not been very active with this team lately, but I'm trying to fix that. is everyone today? I'm doing very well. Still adjusting to the new church and new home--today "home" didn't feel like "home," but I know that will come in time. And I got a good long walk in with Fritz this evening, so that's a very good thing! Tue, 16 Oct 2012 21:24:24 EST Sunday Church MUNCHIES.... Hi ladies, <BR> <BR> I was wondering if any of you had advice on how to get through Sunday church without eating doughnuts, grabbing a latte at the coffee bar or chowing down on animal crackers. I usually pack a snack, but sometimes it's still hard to avoid. Advice? Sun, 9 Sep 2012 15:52:43 EST What do you like about this time of the year? I love the weather and the changing of the seasons. Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:27:20 EST Woman in Ministry Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm not a pastor's wife, I work at a church full time with the kiddos. I wanted to join a ministry group but I didn't think joining a pastor's one would be great since I'd be in there with a bunch of men. Please let me know if it's ok to join your group! <BR> <BR> I'm a single woman called to partner with parents and raise up their children for Jesus. I love my kids. I love fashion. And, I am hoping to lose about 100 pounds. <BR> <BR> That's about it! Fri, 20 Jul 2012 13:07:19 EST What good choice did you make today? Share something that helped you on your SP journey. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 09:23:22 EST Just Starting Hi Everyone! I'm Eva, and I live in Gainesville, Fl. My husband pastors a small Baptist church here. I tried Sparkpeople a few years ago, and began losing, but for some strange reason, I quit. I need to have knee surgery the middle of July, and want to lose as much weight as possible by then. I hope that I can forge some habits that will help me lose all 100 pounds that I need to lose. I appreciate your prayers and encouragment. <em>30</em> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 21:59:30 EST WORKING OUT IN JESUS i AM WORKING OUT IN JESUS BECAUSE, I NEED HIM IN <BR> EVERY PART OF MY BEING. <BR> <BR> TODAYS WORKOUT IS 20 MIN ON MY RECUMBERNT BIKE. i WORK TODAY <BR> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:08:58 EST Share a prayer need today. I have very long hours at school. I need the strength to get up each day. Fri, 1 Jun 2012 15:08:12 EST Encouraging thought, verse or quote Do you have a verse that has ministered to you today? Have you read some encouraging words or quote? Please share. Tue, 1 May 2012 14:33:09 EST Anybody out there on a pedometer program? I'm on one from VirginHealthMiles through our Conference Health Insurance plan. My little black companion is with me from morning 'til night, and I have learned so much about myself. <BR> <BR> Like: I put in 4,000 steps almost every day at work, but STRUGGLE to meet the 7,000 step goal on weekends (especially winter and rainy day weekends) <em>20</em> <BR> I LOVE Leslie Sansone. She is so positive, and really keeps me going. <BR> Country Dance for the Wii is EXHAUSTING - but... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:16:34 EST Stepping Down from Leadership Hi everyone. My hubbie and I have been helping to lead our church for about 5 years. We have a unique situation in that we are not on staff. We are eldering but my hubbie works full time as a software architect. After much prayer and consideration, we have decided to step down from leadership for a while. Just feeling like we have nothing left to give to the community. Work and looking after 4 kids as well as leading a church is just too much, and you can't effectively lead when you feel lik... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 10:08:13 EST My blessings on this April Spring Day .... This month we will focus on how God blesses us daily. In Spring we see His creation renew and transform right before our eyes. SHare about His creation and how His blesses you each day. <BR> <BR> So, to start... Today I was blessed by the preaching of the Word in our church this morning followed by a dynamic time of fellowship and study during Sunday School. I love being a part of the body of Christ at this church. <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 12:44:28 EST In Need of Prayer Thanks for your prayers:). Tue, 13 Mar 2012 12:40:10 EST Are you getting your fruits/veggies? Name them. This is something easy to check in. What did you eat today for fruit and veggies? Mon, 5 Mar 2012 14:26:37 EST Be the hands/feet of Jesus this month. Share it... As we enter into this month before Easter, let's think of others that need to see Christ in us. <BR> As you live your life and affect those around you, you are the body of Christ. There is a song by Matthew West called, "Going Through the Motions. Are we just going through the motions, or do we really care about others? <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 14:15:44 EST Montana Mama Hi everyone! I am excited to join this group. I was just recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and R.A. I haven't been excited about much the past two years. I am currently doing a program through a local fitness club and hospital, called A Journey to Wellness. This is a program that is for people who suffer from chronic pain. I just finished my first week of exercising in a warm pool fibro/arthritis class. It makes me get up and out and has given me a hope for better days ahead. I have put a ... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 21:41:23 EST Who do you love today? It is the month for love! Today I love my husband, and that he is so patient with me and my long hours. I also love the young women that I mentor from my church, Katie. Thank you God, for Katie and Bob! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 14:48:25 EST Hi from Northeast Iowa! I'm a 'newbie' here at Spark People, checking out the site because I saw it recommended in several magazines and because I am leading a women's team from our church in Iowa's 100 Day Wellness Challenge. I've been looking for resources to share with my team-mates and Spark People will certainly be one. <BR> I was delighted to find this team when I was scanning through the religious teams! My husband has been in ministry 38 years so I'm pretty well acquainted with the challenges, frustrations... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 16:25:34 EST A slice of encouragement pie Hi girls, <BR> As 2012 begins, One of the things God is prompting me to do is to get back to writing more. Like so many other things, life sometimes throws so much at us we get off track. That's what happened with my writing and unfortunately with my healthy eating too. <BR> <BR> So as I began praying, about this year's resolutions, I felt God asking me to write a daily devotional based on the verse of the day from the Bible Gateway site. When I mentioned it to Sandy, she suggested I start ... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 08:45:36 EST Happy 2012! How did you "move it" today? I walked all over the airport to get out and back home today. Then I ran for 3 miles on my treadmill tonight after some "catch up" sleep. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 11:43:45 EST Today my gift to Jesus is _______D cember's topic Today my gift to Jesus is my positive atiitude with some people that are hard to love. I choose to see them through Jesus's eyes. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:10:05 EST Hello! I have been married to my husband for 22 years now and we have two boys 16 and 11. My husband is a pastor of a small church in Indiana. He gets paid and they get me for free!!! lol! <BR> He has been a pastor for 10 years now. I have been on spark people before but it has been a long while. I am looking forward to making changes to our household so we are all healthier. <BR> <BR> ps. I ment to but this on the introduce yourself thread not make a new one, sorry! Tue, 15 Nov 2011 20:40:06 EST Gratitude ________ ________ November 2011 Complete this sentence <BR> <BR> Today my heart is filled with gratitude because _____________________. <BR> Make a conscious effort to be grateful this month! Tue, 1 Nov 2011 14:22:00 EST How did God help you today? October 2011 Tell us how God helped you specifically today. Sat, 1 Oct 2011 14:04:55 EST What is on your "to do" list today? September 201 What is on your "to-do" list is our topic for the month. <BR> <BR> <BR> I need to trun in paperwork to hire 4 more teachers. Yipee! My school has grown to 998. Thu, 1 Sep 2011 00:20:37 EST need help and prayer ok ladies dont know where to start, but I have a lady in my church that is classified as borderline personality disorder, and I lead her to Christ, well since then she has developed an unhealthy attachment to me, I spoke with a case management for mental health and a professional counselor about her and they have advised me to stop being so involved she looks to me for her emotional support instead of her husband or God, she is attention getting, and she calls me and texts me at all times of ... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 10:36:33 EST August Check-in Complete this sentence _________ <BR> I will praise God today because ________________________. Mon, 1 Aug 2011 02:22:21 EST July- A new question everyday. Come join us! I am trying to change it up a bit this month and try a different approach to get people to respond. Maybe some of the others will repsond to a quick question everyday or so. <BR> At least it will be 4-5 times a week. <BR> <BR> So, here goes the first question-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Will you celebrate the fourth of July with Fireworks? <BR> Sat, 2 Jul 2011 17:48:03 EST June check-in It is almost summer. What do you want to to accomplish this month? <BR> <BR> Any special traveling plans? Wed, 1 Jun 2011 14:37:06 EST please pray for my son hey all my son Jordan woke up this morning with what I thought was the stomach flu, after he took a shower he said his foot felt tingly, it has been that way all day, he is 20 years old, I got on webmd, and the worst thing I could find was ms! so needless to say it scared me! I a out of town working so the earliest we can take him to the drs is thursday, please pray its not serious! thank you! Tue, 17 May 2011 22:37:58 EST May 2011 check-in Happy May day, PW's! May God bless you this month. It is the season of graduations, weddings and ending of school year for many students, Do you have any special events planned ths month? <BR> <BR> Are there things we can pray for with you? <BR> <BR> May God bless your month of May. <BR> <BR> Sandy Sun, 1 May 2011 15:23:14 EST April 2011 check-in Hey there! It's another new month. What are your hopes, dreams and goasl for this month? <BR> <BR> I am traveling more, exercising more and maybe finally losing some weight too. <BR> <BR> How about you? Sun, 3 Apr 2011 10:54:09 EST March daily check-in Hey PW's! It is windy, blustery March now. Check in and tell us how you are doing. <BR> <BR> 1.Tell the team one goal you will focus on for this month. <BR> <BR> 2.What scripture verse will you make your month's verse? <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Mar 2011 12:00:12 EST February 2011 check-in Ladies: <BR> I did not realize we have been posting on January all week. So, it is time to kick off the new month. Yeah to February the month of love. Tell us who you love . <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Feb 2011 13:33:21 EST Hi MY name is Cara, and I am a youth pastor's wife in Bakersfield, CA. My husband has been a youth pastor for 2 years and it's been a great experience for us, but trying to find time to exercise and opportunities to eat right (our youth like pizza!) has been a challenge. Between potlucks and youth fellowships, I've watched myself grow in dismay! Looking forward to fellowshipping with other women who know what this is like. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 15:04:42 EST January Check-in 2011 Ladies: We are missing Dianne to start the new thread. I just could not post on December again. <BR> Hopefully, she catch up soon and she is not sick. <BR> <BR> I have been exercising faithfully this week. Today we went to Heidelberg by train. We climbed lots of stairs and hills. I ate at a wonderful place then walked lots more after lunch. When we got home we Skyped with some of our kids and grandkids. Now I am am tired. So, it's off to bed for me. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday. <BR> San... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 15:50:31 EST Who are your friends? Ladies, I'm really having a problem with something. I tend to be the kind of person who makes friends easily. That's fine, except when I think about the possibility of moving. In the UMC, pastors find out about moving at least a couple months before it can be announced to the congregation. While we are not moving this year (to our knowledge!) we are probably going to move sometime soon. We have been at this church for 11 years. I've made "friends," but I can't talk to them about this. <BR> <... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 11:40:12 EST December Daily Check-In Praying for your hubby and the continuing move Sandy. <BR> <BR> Lydia, you are a star for eating well and exercising!!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy this time of Advent, may it be filled with hope and thanksgiving. Wed, 1 Dec 2010 08:07:05 EST November Daily Check-In Brrrr, woke up to 32 degrees this morning! The frost is certainly on the pumpkin. <BR> <BR> My goal for November is to track a min of 5 days per week....whose with me? Faithfully for the next 4 weeks :) <BR> Mon, 1 Nov 2010 07:57:41 EST Hi, I'm new and have a church question Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Lou and I'm new to this group; I was so pleased to see that it existed on SP, of all places! I've been on SP since about May. It's awesome!! <BR> <BR> I will introduce myself on the Intro board but I wanted to ask for prayer about something: my husband and I (and our core team of 10 dedicated people) are planting a church in the NYC area. <BR> <BR> We've been at it almost 2 years. It's hard work and today one of our core members announced, suddenly out of nowhere, ... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 13:42:21 EST October Daily Check-In Here we go well into Fall time to get the pumpkins and Cornstalks to decorate the front of the house!! Now I can start to make yummy soups too!! Fri, 1 Oct 2010 07:04:05 EST emotions and eating, not emotional eating :) So, I have been really trying to stick to this eating change, but I think lately around 4:30-5:00, I am getting in a bad mood. LIke irritated, not wanting to deal with my children. I'm thinking its my eating pattern. I feel like I'm trying to do well, but there is no way that this attitude is coming on for no reason. So, here are my question: I know breakfast is the most important meal, but should that one be the meal that contains most of my high protein/fat/cals? Or should each meal be ... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 22:20:12 EST THANK YOU !!!! You guys are the BEST!!! Thank you guys for your love, concern and prayers!!!! <BR> <BR> I can not believe that I went to logging into Spark so many times during the day that I HAD to try to control my time to going in today and getting a "welcome back" message! YIKES!!! <BR> <BR> I am going to be OK ~ it has been brutal, and I probably could have handled it better, on many levels. I haven't been myself at all. I almost feel guilty that it took some really good news to pull me from my despair. Keeping to myself... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 23:09:49 EST September Daily Check - In Oh my! The Summer is officially over...I guess after the weekend it is. School starts for us on sad to see my girls go, I enjoy them so much. At least I get to pack my bathing suit away :) Wed, 1 Sep 2010 07:26:28 EST Prayer Please Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Shelly and I've been a member of Sparkpeople for quite awhile. However, as of late, I have been a failure at the weight loss thing. <BR> <BR> I would like to ask you all to please pray for myself and my children. The reason I joined the Pastor's Wives board as opposed to another community is that being a Pastor's Wife is all I know to do. However that has been taken away from me, by my husband. <BR> <BR> Last August my husband was arrested for some heinous and ... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 21:32:52 EST August Daily Check - In YIKES!!! Where is the Summer going? August already :).... <BR> <BR> Time to break out and make the best of the good weather we have left. Ramp up the outside activities and burn more calories before we are relegated to the "dreadmill" <BR> <BR> I personally am happy to be back on program and eating Clean with Weight Watchers. The first week is almost over and I already feel better and am motivated YAY !!! Sun, 1 Aug 2010 07:48:55 EST July Daily Check-In Hi All, I am leaving for Creation Fest in a few hour, and thought I would get July rolling before I go. I am hoping to eat light and walk much during the weekend as my new short are a bit snug :( <BR> <BR> Keep up with all the good work weeding, walking rinding and general does make you feel good :) <BR> <BR> Remember seek first His kingdom and all these things will be added..... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 05:29:28 EST June Daily Check-in Hope it's okay for me to start this off, since there was no topic started yesterday. You know what else I noticed? The last time there was a June Check-in on this team page was 2008. In fact, that's the ONLY June Check-in listed. <BR> <BR> I hope that doesn't mean I'm "on my own" in here for the month, although I know that June is "prime time" for Annual Conferences in the United Methodist Church--I don't know about other churches! <BR> <BR> I'm just finally getting started on my day, tod... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 12:16:17 EST May Daily Check-In Hi All, again I am so slow in getting the new month started. I was away in beautiful Oracle, AZ getting my Yoga Certification!!! It was a wonderful time filled with worship of our Creator. The Holy Spirit moved in a huge way, and all who attended were blessed and changed...Now I have to find a venue to teach !!! Mon, 10 May 2010 12:21:06 EST May Daily Check-in I guess since today is the first day in May, I thought it would be good to start a new forum for the month. <BR> <BR> I made it through my run and felt pretty good until about mile 9 and then my body started complaining. I don't blame it really, it is a lot to ask a body to do, but we made it. I have only one more long training run, then 1 week of tapering and then its Marathon time, whoo hoo! I am so excited (I can't believe I just said that). I feel like I have trained well and I am lo... Sat, 1 May 2010 13:56:11 EST April Daily Check-In Happy Spring all!! This weather should motivate us all to get outside and move!! May you all be blessed this season where we give special attention to what Christ did for us!! <BR> <BR> Leave in just a few days for FL. We will be staying with Mom, who eat very unhealthy, but weights 106...go figure ... why didn't I get that gene? One of the first things I do when I get there is to buy fruit and salad...So here we go.... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 07:48:08 EST when a former pastor returns... My Dh and I have been at our current church just about a year. A month ago the pastor who was here 4 years ago moved back to town with his wife and kids. they have a house here that never sold. As far as we can tell he's leaving the full time ministry. <BR> <BR> We know he didn't leave on the best terms and there was a big exodus of people that left too. Some people are absolutely delighted to see them back, and others or not. Some of the "leavers" have heard he's back and have come to chec... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 22:45:37 EST need prayer Going to start a monthly ladies meeting. We've done a month long series, but I'm sorta nervous about this. I have some guest speakers lined up and such, but here's my thought. I love all the ladies of our church, and I love getting close to them. BUT, we are a small church, and I feel like if we start getting together, there will start to be things such as gossip and things like that. Our ladies get a long fine, I just wonder why I'm being soo weird about it all. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 09:38:45 EST March Daily Check-in Yikes, I feel so out of the loop. Things have been a bit topsy turvey here. I hope that I will be a regular again. Sorry for the delay in the new month! Spring is on it's way!! Fri, 5 Mar 2010 08:35:29 EST March Daily Check In ....we needed to update the discussion name.... <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 2 Mar 2010 23:12:49 EST How the Olympics has inspired you. I was watching the story of a male speed skater, who broke his arm and had 6 pins and a plate put in. He talked about how he had to work to come back from that and that he was not afraid to fail. He made the statement that if he never tried, he would never know what he was capable of doing, and I thought, how true that is in every aspect of life. We can become so afraid to fail that we don't even try. I hope that we can all take that step and know that if we fail, its not failure, its jus... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 20:09:11 EST February Daily Check-In I love to see Feb. It seems like spring is right around the corner...then summer, let that motivate you:) Mon, 1 Feb 2010 06:43:26 EST Messed up Big Time!!! Went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner, which we usually go out once a week. I was trying to be so good and thought I was being healthy. When I tracked the nutrition I thought I was going to faint!!!! I had more calories in that meal than are allowed for the day and mind you I thought I was eating healthy: 1 roll with butter, side casear salad, baked potato (plain) grilled salmon, but it look like it had oil or butter or something on it. Oh yeah, 1 light beer and 2 bites of dessert. HELP!!!... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 19:21:02 EST 2 days I stayed within my calorie range for 2 days, a big deal for me, and I have even exercised!!!! This site helps me and motivates me. Thanks to everyone. Thu, 28 Jan 2010 13:29:32 EST New Introduction Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Erin. I thought I sent an introduction yesterday but I'm not sure if it went through. I'm still trying to figure this out. I am married to an Episcopal priest and we have one 6-year-old son. Just moved (2 years ago) from Florida to RI. Missing my "home" and struggling with weight gain. Just looking for healthy living support and people who understand ministry life. <BR> <BR> Sorry if I already did this and it's a repeat. Thu, 28 Jan 2010 12:48:53 EST New to group Hi, my name is Erin. My husband is an Episcopal priest. We have a 6 year old son. We moved a year ago from Florida where we lived for many, many years to Rhode Island. I have gained a lot of weight because the adjustment has been difficult. His parish is thriving and he is busy but I am cold and tired and miss the sun and Florida lifestyle. Hopefully, I can get support here in my weight loss journey and get back to my self. It is hard sometimes because unless you are married to clergy/... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 20:14:54 EST prayer please Hi, I haven't been on in a while, so forgive me but I did no where to go, I'm going in for a breast exan and to get scheduled for my mamogram,I already had the exam in october but the nurse didn't put it in my file, at the time she said I was fine and I could wait til january for the mamo, I have anxiety over my health so satan is trying to scare me, with what if's So I would appreciate your prayers, Thank you in advance Debbie <BR> Tue, 26 Jan 2010 11:03:09 EST January Daily Check-In 2010!!! Here it is a New Year full of optimism and opportunities, let's seize this year and make a difference. Sat, 2 Jan 2010 08:00:47 EST December Daily Check-In The holidays are on us and I see a lot of specialty foods in the markets! Yikes Tue, 1 Dec 2009 14:00:11 EST November Daily Check-In. We are heading into the holiday season, and need more support from each other than ever. Let's make it a goal to track our food at least 4 days/week for this month. Sun, 1 Nov 2009 05:54:32 EST October Daily Check-In Yikes, this month certainly snuck up on me...I didn't even change my calendar at home. Sorry for the delay. <BR> <BR> The church teen and I had a great day in Camden ministering to the kids there. We can't wait to go back and "do small things with great love". <BR> <BR> Having a hard time keeping on track these days, but I love Mondays and new starts. So here's to a great Monday full of good choices and food tracking. Mon, 5 Oct 2009 06:42:15 EST Hi I'm new ~ oh my, this is long, but I need help Hi; I'm new. Is this a fairly active group? <BR> I am on a journey to good health but I am also on a journey of trying to embrace my "role"... I used to tell people that I was not a stereotype Pastor's wife. ~ Now I am hurt and confused and I know Satan is trying to defeat me, problem is he is winning. <BR> <BR> I used to think there was nothing worse than a whinny pastor's wife... Help I am becoming her! <BR> <BR> I used to be part of a city church, not big, medium size... but it was w... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 10:33:57 EST September Daily Check-In Yikes, Back to school...fall and cooling temps Check-In and let us know what is going on. Tue, 1 Sep 2009 19:47:55 EST August Daily Check in. Hi all sorry that I'm a bit late with August...weekends Whew. <BR> <BR> I take two tablespoons of popcorn kernels, put them in a paper lunch bag, fold the top and pop it in the micro for about 1.5 min. I ususally top it with t. flaxseed oil and garlic salt. The teens love it!! <BR> <BR> Sugarfree popcycles are a staple here too. Mon, 3 Aug 2009 06:35:36 EST August Daily check-in Hey Ladies: <BR> I have never started the topic for the month. So, I hope this is right. I posted a block twice today already since I thought it had disappeared. Well, I am not much of a techie! <BR> Schools starts tomorrow for my teachers. I still to hire one more special ed. teacher. So, we'll start Thursday with a sub. in that class. <BR> I got some good exercise yesterday riding the TN. hills. It was beautiful and challenging for me. <BR> I plan to rest this afternoon and maybe sneak in... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 16:54:52 EST July 09 Daily Check-In Wow, it is July...where is the Summer going? Have a great holiday weekend. Thu, 2 Jul 2009 06:52:07 EST June 09 Daily Check-In It is a new month WOW !! Next month is this groups 2 year anniversary how time does fly. Now is the time to make new goals and evaluate old ones. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 07:46:31 EST Memorial Day Meal Planning Ah - summer begins! <BR> <BR> Memorial Day is approaching fast and many of us are preparing for family picnics. But it's not always so easy to eat healthy on holidays when you're with family. <BR> <BR> Are you picnicking? If so, what are you planning for your Memorial Monday menu to stay on track? <BR> <BR> I think we're having: <BR> Grilled Chicken <BR> Barbecued Ribs <BR> Low Fat Pasta Salad with veggies <BR> A low cal Fruit Dip and fresh fruit <BR> Baked Limas <BR> Corn on the ... Fri, 22 May 2009 18:55:42 EST Hello from Indianapolis IN Well, actually from Mooresville IN which is just Southwest of Indianapolis International Airport. I'm not new to Sparkpeople but new to this team. I happened to stumble across you all yesterday. I should have known there would be a team for Pastors Wives. Just never thought to look. <BR> My husband is a Lutheran (LCMS) Pastor. We are going through a difficult time right now. His church closed in December 2008 for financial reasons. I've been off on disability since July 2008 so I feel guilty ... Wed, 13 May 2009 15:02:41 EST May Check-In Yikes, I've been off line for a while, but I am back and hoping you'll all forgive me for my long unexplained absence. <BR> <BR> Let's gear up for summer and get in shape to be healthy and active. How are you doing this today? Thu, 7 May 2009 09:53:42 EST May Daily Check In Looks like it's my turn to start the thread for this month so here goes. <BR> <BR> I am so proud of myself. I actually went to Curves every day this week! I won't go tomorrow because we have worship team practice in the AM and it's only open from 9-11 so that's pretty much out. <BR> <BR> But I am enjoying the workouts as well as getting to really know my sis-in-law. Even my DH is starting to encourage me more about going to exercise - I think because he sees the results. <BR> <BR> I have ... Fri, 1 May 2009 19:14:57 EST not only a wife... I'm not venting, I just want others perpespective. We have three children, my husband works at a job full time, and our church is only a few yrs old. We have very needy young Christians who call my husband about everything. We've had a lot of family issues this yr as well (his family), and had to take a few stands that really caused us to be severed from a lot of people. This severing was not in our control either. It was someone who was really hurt in the actions of last yr, and really ... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 09:42:25 EST how do you plan dinners? For me, I, for the most part, plan my own meals. I usually cook dinner for my family (i.e. sloppy joes and dorites tonight) but for me F.F. turkey coney dogs with onion, F.F. chips, an apple, and probably peanut butter. <BR> <BR> What do you do? Mon, 13 Apr 2009 12:42:50 EST April Daily Check-In I hope it's OK I start the thread. If one of the mods want to delete it and make it a sticky, that'd be fine with me! <BR> <BR> I finished yesterday a bit over my caloric limit. I think less than 100 cal over. I was very tired and stressed. The combo made me want to eat everything in sight. I felt I dealt with it well. I got my aerobics in in the morning too. <BR> <BR> Today has been a busy day so far. I have class all day and then spinning. I came out of spinning shaking. I don't know why,... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 18:20:48 EST Hi, new PW from New Mexico Hello! all of my sisters in Christ, would love to make friends with Pastor's wife's and share thoughts and prayers, and the trails of being a Pastor's wife. <BR> I've only been a PW for 4 years, and I never had a mentor of any kind. lots of trail and error going on. <em>214</em> Wed, 25 Mar 2009 17:45:46 EST March is Here...does that mean Spring is Coming? I did not want to check in for February so started this one..hope you don't mind. Went to church and came home and watched the movie "Fireproof"...all couples need to watch it. <BR> Mary Alice <BR> <em>27</em> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <em>125</em> <em>126</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> <em>146</em> <em>126</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2009 17:47:46 EST new PW Praise The LORD Pw's. I have been a Pastors wife for 26 years. How exciting to when I saw the PW team and how fast did I join. Looking forward to helping and being helped with this my new beginning. I just joined SP on yesterday and already I am encouraged with the support I have already received. <em>459</em> Mon, 16 Feb 2009 00:42:42 EST Love is... “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” Rebecca- age 8 <BR> <BR> “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Billy - age 4 <BR> <BR> “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy - ag... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 19:18:33 EST Facebook Are any of you on facebook? <BR> <BR> I've been really enjoying it. I keep up with people so much easier that way. It's an great way to get to no other people better without investing a lot of time. That sounds crass, but with my schedule it works well. <BR> <BR> If you are on FB and would like to add a PW friend, my facebook name is... <BR> <BR> Beth Lauderman Weber Mon, 2 Feb 2009 09:05:23 EST February Daily Check-in Well, here we are, another month gone by, it went way too fast. Canadians are not really big football fans, but there are a few around here (friends of ours), that like to get together for Super Bowl Sunday, so we will be heading over there later this afternoon. I was born and raised in California, so I totally understand the whole hype behind the Super Bowl, and that was a very interesting comment you made Suzy, about where our priorities are. I know that I've been frustrated with people ... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 10:01:34 EST hi Hi everyone, my name is Kelly. My husband and I have been ministers for 7 years, in the ministry for 12 or so. The ministry we are involved in is a bit different than most in that we have 3 churches currently, and a team of 9 ministers who rotate through them. I'm currently taking a break from all of it. I've been through the "ministry meat grinder" I guess you could call it, and decided to step out before I burn out. Crazy that that could happen at 36, but I've spent so many years taking ... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 21:39:35 EST The frugal pastor's wife Ok girls - I need your input here. <BR> <BR> I've been asked to share at our next minister's fellowship meeting in our section of PA. The pastor's wives are able to take some time apart to "hang out" and get to know each other better while the men have their businessy type meeting. (Yay!) We usually have a great time! <BR> <BR> After praying and thinking about it, I've decided to share about being a "frugal pastor's wife" in the face of the economic difficulties in our country. I know this ... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 10:20:22 EST Any tips on how to tell them we're leaving? The vote we've been waiting for happened today. There was only one no vote, so we have accepted the assignment. We're wondering more and more how we're actually going to tell our almost 6 year old, AND the church. We have a 2 year old, but I know he's not going to comprehend it. <BR> <BR> When we visited I took pictures, and I've kind of thought I'd print them off and show them to him to flip through whenever he wanted. But beyond that I'm not sure how to handle it. We're also not sure how ... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 20:14:55 EST 2009 motivators I found 2 fun motivators I plan to use to help lose weight this year. Several weeks ago, I found the canned fat drive team here on SP. For every pound they lose, they donate a pound of food to a local food bank. <BR> <BR> The fun part is that while they are saving up their canned goods to donate, they put them in a bag in a high traffic area of their house and lift it each time they pass by. It is a great visual and interactive reminder of the weight they are no longer carrying around.It mi... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 12:58:52 EST January Daily Check-in Happy New Year!! I am excited about this year and what it has in store. I did not do as well over the holidays as I had hoped and ended up gaining a pound, the last few days, especially, have not been very good, but I'm ready to get back on track. I managed to keep up the exercise but the eating got a little out of hand. We still have a few more parties to attend, but they should be a bit easier to manage. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear how the rest of you did over the holidays, and how you ... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 10:02:47 EST December Check-In Wow, it looks like it's been quiet around here! <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how long it's been since I've checked in. Probably well over a month. But just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. <BR> <BR> I hope to be around more after the New Year. But college starts up again, so we'll see how my schedule goes. <BR> <BR> I was convinced that I had gained at least 15 lb. over the holiday, but I just got on the scales and measured today. No change! Praise the Lord! <B... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 09:11:29 EST Christmas is coming For those of us who claim Jesus as Savior and Lord, this is a season that is celebrated with great joy. Yet there are some who are having a difficult time because of the loss of a loved one. It is to you that I offer the following. <BR> <BR> CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN <BR> <BR> I've had my first Christmas in heaven. <BR> - A glorious, wonderful day - <BR> I stood with the saints of the ages, <BR> Who found Christ the Truth and the way. <BR> <BR> I sang with the heaven... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:37:02 EST interviewing /candidating at a church (kids) We met a couple of weeks ago with a church board who voted to present us to the congregation. We are going out for a second visit to have a Q & A/ fellowship time with the congregation on a saturday and then we are choosing to stay through the sunday morning service as participants, not leaders. <BR> <BR> I am having flashbacks of our last two interviews. One was when our son was 3 months old and was needy during the long meetings, and the second almost a year ago when our then 4 year old y... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 11:15:01 EST December Daily Check-in It's hard to believe that it's December already. This could be the hardest month of the year, as far as sticking to our goals and staying on track. I want to encourage all of you to continue to check in, let us know how you're doing, we want to encourage each other and help each other reach those goals. <BR> <BR> My day was good. I have decided to do a bit of back-tracking and am kind of starting over with the sparkpeople stages. I feel like I kind of need a "do-over", and go back to foc... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 19:26:34 EST Christmas decorations Ok - have you all started yet? I have a friend - another pastor's wife - who had her house decorated at the beginning of November. This gal has a tree with a different theme in every room! <BR> <BR> I will be starting to decorate tomorrow. Maybe I'll be able to post a photo when I'm done. <BR> <BR> What are your favorite decorations? I have a snowman collection which includes a 14 inch high teleflora snowman. I got him when I worked in a flower shop several years ago. You're supposed to al... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 19:29:15 EST Parsonage open house Every year DH likes to have an open house where the CMs can come and visit us at Christmas. <BR> <BR> Do any of you do something like that? <BR> <BR> If so, what do you serve as refreshments? <BR> <BR> Do you plan any activities? <BR> <BR> We usually do finger foods and just visit. This year because of dieting, I thought it might be nice to do something a little different, like an activity so I'm not tempted to stand around and graze all evening. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> On another bo... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 08:16:19 EST My November column is online now Hi girls, <BR> <BR> I write for a monthly e-zine called 4him2u. The writers are from all over the US as well as South Africa and Australia (Kathlyn's also a pastor's wife). This month we celebrated our 1 year birthday of our e-zine so I'd love it if you'd stop by and check out the articles (and maybe leave a little comment on the Mail Niche page!) <BR> <BR> Next month we'll be offering our readers free e-books which has me really excited. <BR> <BR> We're online at <link> Mon, 24 Nov 2008 18:45:55 EST Hand-made Christmas I posted this on the D-I-Y team and got so many wonderful ideas, I thought I'd post it here too. <BR> <BR> I'm making things for Christmas this year including a family of sock monkeys for the grandchildren (superheroes for the boys and princesses for the girls) and angel tree-toppers for their moms with porcelain heads and hands - made from my wedding dress as a keepsake. <BR> <BR> Are any of you making things? I'd love to hear about what you're making - I can always use ideas! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 20 Nov 2008 10:20:07 EST When it's time to move... How do you know when it's time to move? How do you handle it? <BR> <BR> My husband and I have been very frustrated here for a long time. We've been here 5 1/2 years and a lot of things have happened that have just felt like one long struggle after another. We're trying to be faithful and push forward but we're just tired. We feel like we've done what we can, but the things that need to change for us to continue are not going to happen. <BR> <BR> Anyway. This has been our only church in ou... Wed, 12 Nov 2008 22:35:38 EST What's for dinner????? Oh the age old question! What shall I make for dinner???????? Sometimes I run out of ideas...So I thought I'd ask it here (I don't know how to make it a sticky topic, but it might be fun to keep this as a running thread.) LOL! <BR> <BR> Tonight I had roast chicken, mashed potatoes with a taste of gravy, butternut squash, and frozen veggies (carrots, zucchini and cauliflower). My calorie total for dinner was 469 which works within my daily range. <BR> <BR> I probably shouldn't have done pot... Fri, 7 Nov 2008 18:06:11 EST November Goal of 10,000 Fitness Minutes!! You've all been waiting for it, and here it is!! <BR> <BR> Goal of 10,000 fitness Minutes in October we reached approx 8,500 minutes, now with the colder weather we are naturally moving less so lets kick it up!!! <BR> <BR> Remember to log in your minutes! Get moving. Sat, 1 Nov 2008 08:21:37 EST November - Daily Check-in Wow, it it November already!! Time to worry about Winter weight from lack of activity...what is your plan? Sat, 1 Nov 2008 08:13:54 EST Can I have a turn to vent? This is so stupid, really. But, combined with other stuff, it's really starting to get to me. <BR> <BR> DH went to the church to study last night. He calls me, and tells me someone swiped his desk chair. Can't find it anywhere. Okay, I can kind of get this, if there was a meeting or something... <BR> <BR> But then he calls five minutes later. They freaking stole his MOUSE!!!! What the bad word!? His mouse!? We have piles of unused computer equipment, I've just spent hours and hours ... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 11:32:45 EST Parsonage life (sorry this is a vent) I had a seasoned PW tell me about a book she had in her younger years about life in the parsonage. She thought it was hilarious because so much of it was true. Her mother thought it was horrifying and never judged a pastor again. <BR> <BR> Part of the book was about how well/not well the parsonage was kept up by church people. Which is a topic we've struggled with. We are a low income church and we make it, but not by much. The parsonage has suffered quite a bit just because there isn't anyt... Sun, 26 Oct 2008 20:04:08 EST Mini Goals and Rewards In four weeks we are traveling to Minot, ND to meet up with friends we haven't seen for, I think its been two years. I decided that I really want to drop at least 5 lbs. in these next four weeks, that is my "mini goal". My reward will be new clothes, did I mention that this is also a shopping trip. <BR> <BR> I'd like to challenge all of us to set a mini goal for the next 4 weeks and then also state a reward. I think its important for us to set short attainable goals along the way, we will... Sat, 25 Oct 2008 21:41:15 EST How do you get it all done? Morning everyone! Here's a question for discussion: <BR> <BR> I'm doing great diet-wise, but I don't feel very productive lately. It feels like I don't get anything done during the day which gets discouraging and discouragement eventually leads to emotional eating for me. <BR> <BR> I've tried the to do lists and then scratching off what gets done, but they can be discouraging because I never seem to get to the end of my lists. <BR> <BR> Somewhere I read that rather than making a to do lis... Fri, 24 Oct 2008 09:10:32 EST Having more faith. The secret of having more faith is to know more about God. By Lester Sumrall <BR> <BR> "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection..." Phil. 3:10 <BR> <BR> Just having a personal relation with the Lord is one of the ways of knowing Him. When I'm with Him and have spent that time alone My days run so much better. I always feel like I'm missing a part of me when I don't give God the praise and the glory. He and the Holy Spirit keeps me focus. So remember to Spend some time with ... Fri, 17 Oct 2008 14:21:42 EST