Monday, August 31, 2009
Check out the Pohlmeier family activities on our September Calendar!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Pray for the Conversion of Sinners
Marriage Matters Thursdays
Model of Motherhood
Hope you enjoy the posts, and don't forget to check out the other Sunday Snippets!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Buying the Generic Brand
Although there are a few items that I consistently buy name-brand, most of what you will find in our cabinets and refrigerator is store brand products. For the most part, I have found them to be the same quality and significantly cheaper than their name-brand counterparts. Although, sometimes between coupons and store promotions I can splurge and buy the name-brands!
It is best to find a store that will double your coupons. One grocery store I use is Kroger, and they double coupons up to $.65! Sometimes I can even combine a manufacturer's coupon and a store coupon to get a great deal on an item!
Every Tuesday I run to the mailbox to discover what great deals are in this week's grocery add. Then I look to see what coupons I have. With luck my coupons will match some of what is in the store add! This means great savings for me and my family. Also, if a store is having a great deal on a staple item, I stock up. For example, if toothpaste has recently been 10 for $10, you will find a closet full of toothpaste in the Pohlmeier house!
Our grocery store has special price tags that identify when an item is on manager's special. I particularly like to look at the meat that is marked down. Often our store will significantly mark down meat that needs to be sold in the next day or two. This is how I buy our meat. I can stock up when it is on sale or on special and then just put it into the deep freeze until I am ready to use it. I have also found items like mouthwash, face-wash, socks, and cereal on special. Usually, they are discontinued or poorly selling items that the store wants to discard, so they are marked down for quick sale.
With a little planning you can get some great deals at the grocery store. If you combine store promotions, coupons, and items on manager's clearance you can stock up your kitchen for significantly less money, and sometimes you might even end up paying nothing for an item. This, combined with menu-planning, can really help you stretch a food budget.
Here is an example of a recent trip to Kroger where I combined coupons, store promotions, and items on manager's clearance!
What I bought for $17.29!
2 loaves of Wonder Bread (These were actually free after I combined coupons and store promotions.)
2 large boxes of Hefty quart size one-zip bags (These, too, were free after coupons and promotions.)
1 package of hot dogs
2 package of pop-tarts
2 packages of deli-fresh cinnamon rolls
3 pounds of marinated turkey tenderloin
1 gallon of milk
3 packages of sandwich cheese
1 package of Banana Popsicles
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Augustine! What an amazing feast day to remind us to pray for the conversion of sinners. Through the grace of God and the unceasing prayers of his mother, St. Monica, St. Augustine not only converted, but became a bishop and doctor of the Church!
On an interesting note, today is also the memorial of St. Moses the Black. Check out the parallels between the these two saints, who also share a feast day!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Somehow it seemed a lot easier to find the time to pray with each other before the kids came along. Not that we would trade the kids for anything. Now it seems anytime we try to pray together the kids need us, or there is a tiny chorus of crying vying for our attention. It is like they have a radar that alerts them to when mommy and daddy our trying to do something grown-up, and therefore they must intervene and cause disruption. So lately we have learned to pray with the kids. We have learned to pray together amidst the chaos and to pray alongside are children, who through their play and cries, are offering their own prayers to God. Sometimes we pray evening prayer aloud while I fix dinner, sometimes a Rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet in the car, and on a rare occasion we are able to pray morning prayer together before the kiddos arise!
However, there is one time that we are committed to where we pray just as a couple. There are no distractions or interruptions, just us. It is a simple routine, but it is our prayer time. Our time to come united as a couple to present our needs and thanksgivings to God. Every night the last thing Jason and I do before we go to sleep is list our intentions, and pray and Our Father and Hail Mary. Although very simple, this is our commitment to each other and to God. I know that we receive many blessings from this time each night!
Happy Feast Day, St. Monica! St. Monica is the patron saint for mothers, alcoholics, and married women. Her example of motherhood is one that I can only hope to model. She is a model of patience and constant prayer. She never stopped praying for those close to her heart. Her prayers and example helped lead her husband and her son, St. Augustine, back to the faith when they strayed.
St. Monica was a holy wife and mother, fasting and praying for those she loved, so that they may convert and turn their lives to God. What a constant reminder her life is to me to constantly be praying that my husband and children stay close to God and walk in His light. And what an example she is for the power of prayer and perseverance.
To celebrate her feast day today the kids and I will be making heart shaped sugar cookies to symbolize her undying love for her family and her God!
O God, Who observed the devout tears and pleading of St. Monica and granted to her prayers the conversion of her husband and the penitential return of her son, Augustine, grant us the grace to implore Thee also with earnest zeal, so that we may obtain, as she did, the salvation of our own soul and the souls of those belonging to us. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I love having my schedule, it is very helpful and keeps me on task. However, something that I have learned is that I cannot let the schedule drive me. I cannot let "staying on schedule" become my first priority as a mother. My first priority must be to be a mother to my children and to serve them in all of their needs. This may mean that instead of washing the lunch dishes and scrubbing the floor during nap time, I cuddle with Isaac when he needs that extra love and attention. It may mean spending the whole morning holding Clare just because that is what makes her feel secure. Sure I may have more housework to do later, or we may be eating sandwiches for dinner, but ultimately I have to remember that my children are more important than any dinner or clean house.
And then there are the rare moments when it is me who desires to put all other tasks aside in order to just embrace the moment with the kids, the moments when Isaac or Clare falls asleep in my arms, and I desire nothing more than to hold them in my arms and cherish the precious gift I have been given. There is nothing more peaceful for me than holding my sleeping children and thanking God for my blessings!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
1 roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 eight ounce package cream cheese (at room temperature)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 container of whipped topping
First pat cookie dough onto a pizza pan and cook for approximately 10 minutes, or until a deep golden brown. Let cookie crust cool. While cookie is cooking and cooling, mix together cream cheese and powdered sugar. Gently fold in whipped topping. After crust is cool spread cream mixture over it until smooth. Layer fruit on top of cream cheese mixture. Chill.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I am the one responsible for maintaining our family's budget. Of course, we decide how and where to allocate the money together, but I am the one who is charge of calculating the budget and maintaining it daily. I use an Excel balance sheet to organize and monitor our transactions. Each category of our budget has an individual balance sheet, which I keep in a budget folder on the computer. The following categories are what make up our family's budget.
- Mortgage (includes taxes and home insurance)
- Dental insurance
- Home repairs
- Miscellaneous (household items, baby needs, stamps, etc.)
- Home utilities (Gas, water, electricity)
- Health Savings
- General Savings
- Car repairs
- Auto Insurance
- Income Tax returns
Throughout the month as I make purchases I subtract that amount from the appropriate category. In order to make this system work we ask for a receipt for EVERYTHING. Yes, I am one of those annoying people who will ask for a receipt for an item that costs $.49. Then we place receipts in the designated place in the house until I can input them into the balance sheet. Keeping track of our spending allows me to monitor where our money is going and helps me to know how much money we can spend each month. I, of course, always like to set the goal of underspending in certain categories, so it ends up being a competition with myself sometimes. If I do have excess in a certain category I roll it over to the next month.
I imagine that some people may find this budget to be constricting. However, I find great freedom in knowing I have a certain amount of money to spend on certain items. We always prayerfully consider how to be stewards of our resources, and God has always blessed us. Our budget has been a tremendous tool for us and has helped us manage our money wisely. Living on a budget has helped us achieve our goal of me staying at home.
For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? “Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish. ‘”
Thursday, August 20, 2009
List of Prayer Ideas
- His work
- His fears
- His choices
- His protection
- His trials and temptations
- His relationships with friends, family, and co-workers
- Our marriage
- Our family
- His fatherhood
- His faith
- His strength and perseverance
- His peace of mind
- His health
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
"I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life. I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You. I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally...My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath."
~St. John Vianney, The Cure d' Ars
Monday, August 17, 2009
Click the link below to see this week's menu. Let me know if you want any of the recipes, and I will post them to the blog!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
This week has been full of special days, and today we are celebrating the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe! St. Maximilian Kolbe was a martyr during World War II. He chose to die in Auschwitz in the place of a man with a wife and children. When I was 10 I actually had the privledge of meeting the man who Saint Maximilian Kolbe saved. He came to my home parish, named after St. Maximilian, to share the story. It was an AMAZING experience that I will never forget, and I am so glad that I can share that story with my children.
To celebrate both Isaac and Clare's feast days we our going to The Wonder Place today. It is basically a kids play place full of fun and exciting things. They just so happen to offering admission for $3 today, so I thought it would be a special treat. We also are going to get to have a special lunch with Daddy today at McDonalds. And of course, Isaac will be choosing tonight's dinner menu! So in honor of his special day we will be eating his favorite food...Lasagna!
St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for Isaac!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Back when Jason and I were engaged we talked with a priest who gave us a wonderful piece of advice. He told us that each day, at the end of the day, we should ask ourselves what we did for our spouse that day spiritually, emotionally, and physically. The challenge here is serving your spouse in these ways in the way that they personally need. This means thinking about how your spouse needs to feel loved spiritually, emotionally, and physically and then loving them in that way, even if it is not how you would prefer to show love. Let me share with you an example. I know that all Jason wants when he comes home from a long day at work is a hug and kiss. By greeting him with these things I can make his day and fill him up emotionally and physically. I know that these are the actions that make him feel loved and appreciated. Now what about spiritually. For me this means praying and interceding for Jason throughout the day. I try to offer little prayers throughout the day for God to guide him and sustain him. Now, honestly, I do not always succeed daily at serving Jason spiritually, emotionally and physically, but I do make an effort, and I pray that with God's grace I can learn to love and serve Jason with a more perfect and unselfish love.
I am going to include a list of ideas for how to serve your spouse spiritually, emotionally, and physically. I know for me sometimes it is just helpful to see some concrete examples.
Physical love: Hold hands, cuddle, a kiss, a hug, cook his favorite dinner, pack his lunch, surprise him by completing one of his household tasks (taking out trash, mowing)
Emotional love: Send an email, write a note of appreciation, surprise phone call, quality time together
Spiritual love: Pray and offer sacrifices for one another
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Our family makes it a point to celebrate feast days! Clare was named after St. Clare of Assisi. Today we will remember Clare and her patron saint. We will be celebrating by letting Clare decide what is for dinner. Clare loves noodles, so we will be having Cheese Tortellini, salad, and sourdough bread. And of course a cookie cake for dessert to celebrate Clare and her patron saint! Please remember to keep our sweet girl in your prayers today!
Monday, August 10, 2009
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Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tonight we are having a special guest join us for dinner...our parish priest. We are all very excited to share a meal with him, especially Isaac who lately has become obsessed with priests! I have decided to make one of our family's favorite meals tonight to share with Father Tyler. So here is what is on tonight's menu:
Homemade Sourdough Bread (I always keep starter for this in the refrigerator. I usually make at least one loaf a week.)
Tiramisu (This is a super easy recipe and makes a nice light dessert. I will post the recipe below.)
Coffee-scented Tiramisu (Taken from Family Circle)
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup heavy whipping cream
24 ladyfinger cookies
1 cup strong brewed coffee
2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
1. Beat cream cheese, sugar, coffee liqueur and vanilla in medium-sized bowl for 3-4 minutes or until light and creamy.
2. Whip cream to firm peaks. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.
3. Arrange half of the ladyfingers in a dish. (I use a 9x9 pan.) Drizzle with half the coffee. Top with half the cream-cheese mixture, spreading smooth. Sprinkle with half the cocoa. Arrange the remaining ladyfingers over cocoa. Drizzle with remaining coffee. Top with remaining cream-cheese mixture, smoothing top. Sprinkle with remaining cocoa.
4. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours, or preferably overnight. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Our family will be commemorating this special day by feasting on "French" foods...mainly french fries and french toast (ha, ha), and ending the day with ice cream sundaes! Throughout the day we will also be offering prayers for priests and seminarians, but especially praying for those priests and seminarians close to our heart! Thank you God for providing priests to guide us and tend to the Church!
Here are some excerpts from St. John Vianney's "Catechism on the Priesthood":
"The priest is not a priest for himself; he does not give himself absolution; he does not adminster the sacraments to himself. He is not for himself, he is for you."
"Oh how great is a priest! The priest will not understand the greatness of his office till he is in heaven. If he understood it on earth, he would die, not of fear, but of love."
Monday, August 3, 2009
Well for those of you who didn't know our family moved to Little Rock on July5. On June 15, Jason started his new job as principal of St. Edward's Catholic School. We are all very proud of him for this accomplishment.
Of course, a new job meant moving to a new city! So, we bought our very first home. Our new house has everything we wanted...three bedrooms, two baths, a garage and a fenced backyard. God never ceases to amaze me in how He provides for all of our needs!
The kids are loving living in Little Rock. They have really done a great job adjusting to all of the changes. I am so proud of them! Throughout this transition Isaac and Clare have really become best buddies. It brings a huge smile to my face to see them playing together so well!
In other news, we signed Isaac up to play soccer in the Fall. I am looking forward to seeing him run around the field. He is so excited to play, and is very proud of his new soccer cleats!
Clare is talking more and more each day. Her new favorite word is "basketball." If you get a chance check out this link We think she is pretty cute!