Friday, September 30, 2011

Weekend Giveaway!!!


Our family is very excited to see that Sherwood Productions has another
inspirational movie

COURAGEOUS


And it opens this weekend in theaters!!!




We are living in a day and age that there are so few movies created to
encourage families or moral values.

Because of this
we thought we would offer a giveaway of the last Sherwood movie
FIREPROOF




TO ENTER:


There are 4 ways to enter this giveaway....

1 leave us a comment for 1 entry
2 leave a second comment to tell us which Sherwood movie is your favorite, of the 3
older ones
3 if you go this weekend to see Courageous, leave us a comment and tell us
4 blog about this giveaway


This giveaway will run until Sunday night at 8PM, and the winner will be picked by Random. org.


In our house we all have our own favorite Sherwood movie, my favorite is Flywheel ! It may have been produced on a tight budget, but it still packs a powerful message!


Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
Proverbs 3:13

William turned 7

SEPTEMBER
8, 2011

William turned 7!!!!


Our 7 year old boy didn't ask for much other that
to be a Sheriff...


So, for the day William was the Sheriff!



The tree was adorned in cowboy boots,
and western stars....


William checking out all the ornaments...


One thing William ask for was a Sheriff hat,
black of course ;)

We purchased a black shirt for him,
and then Rebekah did her magic. She added a
#7 to the shirt with cowboy hat print material,
and made a matching band for his hat.
The pennants that hung from the doorways
and windows were made of matching fabric,
and also sewn by Rebekah.





On the Menu:

PBJ..with homemade strawberry jam
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Sun Chips
Raw Carrots
Banana Bread
Popcorn
Lemonade

Oh the ideal meal of a 7 year old boy:)
I love him so!!!



Gifts with his favorite candy,
Reeses Pieces....



7 Sheriff Cupcakes
with a badge
and cowboy boot



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, WILLIAM!!!!!




The look and smile on William's face is what we see all day long every day, and his smile is contagious....what a gift he is to us all! We love you Sheriff :)








A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance....
Proverbs 15:13

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My nesting list complete :)

This bathroom project didn't just take place. I have several post to catch up on, so I can have the events chronicled for our family. This project was on my list of things I would have loved to have had done before Mary Ann was born. But my list was longer than time allowed for. My sweet husband and children continued to work on my "nesting list" after Mary Ann was born. This bathroom was the last project on the list and was completed in July.

This bathroom was part of our addition we added on 14 years ago, and not much other than a coat of paint had changed in the 14 years. So, it needed a little cleaning up. I forgot to take before pictures, the pictures below were taken after Arthur had taken out the vanity. But it will give you a little bit of an idea :)



BEFORE
...






Carpet...not good with kids! And you see the tub at one time had ceramic knobs...gone from children using them to help climb in the tub :o






The work began...



Arthur removing the tile in front of the shower....




Elizabeth pulling out staples in the floor from where we had had carpet....



The laying of the flooring, Ruth Ella felt the need to help :)




We are very pleased with the flooring, it's durable and easy to clean!



We didn't make any real drastic changes, but I'm loving it!



The finished bathroom....



We purchased a mirror to hang above the tub.....




We replaced the light fixture.....




We painted the tub frame a moss green, but kept the same shades......




We kept the same curtain for the shower, and the pictures on the walls (they are from our trips to Nicaragua).....




The flooring is probably my favorite thing we changed....



Finally we purchased a new vanity and counter top. Now if you noticed the wall color didn't change much, it's just a little shade darker than before. We really like the taupe color because it's so neutral.


I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
Psalms 7:17

Sunday, September 25, 2011

When it rains, it floods....literally!

During the flood.....

Thursday night flood, a view of our side yard....




This was about 10:50PM.....



The pool was out there somewhere?!




The waters were much higher this time, poor bunnies! On Saturday we thought Carmel wasn't going to make it. She became very lethargic, and wouldn't eat. But miraculously she survived, the kids were so happy :)



The view from our front door,.....





Looking across the street towards our neighbors house. This was a first for that house/yard to have flood waters in it!




The waters went down............


But that left a mess to clean up mud, mulch, and debris everywhere!



You can see the water line on our house.....



Arthur got a more accurate measure and it was an inch and a half from getting into our house!
The Labor Day floor got 9 inches high, this flood was 15 inches high....sigh***






When we went to move the girls cars the water was up to their doors, so when we moved them water got in the floor.



There were lots of hands helping with the clean up, thankfully many hands makes lighter work;)





Funny how to clean up a flood mess you need more water :)





The pool, well, it's NASTY!!!! Glad swimming season is over :0



At the moment of the flood and the next 24 hours after it just seems overwhelming! But then we have time to talk with the Lord and pray, and clean up time gives you lots of time to do that. It's always amazing the peace that the Lord gives us each time...now I'm not saying we like the flooding, or the clean up! What I am saying is the Lord gives us His strength and peace.

I could sit here and tell you of all the
"stuff" that was damaged or lost. But after I did that it would all come down to the same thing it's just "stuff" ! We aren't taking any of this "stuff" to heaven with us....So what was of real value to us the flood didn't harm, and that is our family! We count ourselves very blessed and praise the Lord for His grace and mercy. Thank you for your sweet comments, and most of all your prayers.



Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Matthew 6: 19-20

Friday, September 23, 2011

The winners are....



Nicole won the tote with the school supplies!!!




Martha
is the winner of the earrings!!!


Congratulations ladies! Please, email us your address to munckfamily@ att.net

We would like to thank all of you who stopped by to visit and enter our giveaway. Hosting a giveaway opens the doors for us to not only give but also to meet new people. We will be having another giveaway on September 30th, come back and check it out.



The past few weeks the girls and I have been busy planning our Christmas giveaways, and the crafting has begun. Oh how we love to share the gift of giving at Christmas. You know there are only 92 days until Christmas :)


So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or out of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7

Seems hard to believe ....

Well the flooding was WORSE, much worse than last time! Arthur and I were outside until right at 2 AM, we had been moving things around. Then we stood and chatted with our neighbors who were outside helping us, and checking on their homes. It's to dark to know much information for us. What we do know is our new refrigerator that was delivered on Monday is now a goner! The pool is a big muddy pond....and lots of stuff in the garage was underwater! We weren't prepared like before. And as I was writing the last blog post Arthur had gone to check the water. As I pushed publish he came back in our room and said it's already in the garage and deep, we have to move the cars now! The bigs moved furniture and tried to ready the house if it came in...it was 4 inches from the door this time. Tomorrow, or I guess I should say when it's daylight we'll know more.

Right now I just cannot help but be broken hearted for our neighbors who had just started the process of rebuilding ...our prayers remain with them. We praise the Lord for His hand of protection.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Just when things were cleaned up!



Clouds came in, and the rain came down.....




This was going to be more than just a rain...




And the water spilled out of the creek quickly....




Another day, another flood!!!!



The flooding took place this afternoon on into early evening. Thankfully it didn't reach our garage. The skies cleared some and the water went back down. But about an hour ago it began to storm again, and the water is now back out of the creek and higher than this afternoon. Our prayer is that it doesn't come into our garage again, or get into the house...so we PRAY!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The flood and the aftermath....


Our walkway off our porch

On Labor Day we knew it was going to rain and we were, so we thought, prepared for the flooding. It hadn't rained in our area for over 30 days, and the ground was as hard as concrete. We knew if we indeed received the rain that they were calling for us to have there wouldn't be anyway the ground could soak it all up. Plus, you know we have a flooding issue at times with the creek in our backyard. So, on Sunday evening Arthur and Madison moved somethings around, just to be on the safe side.


Arthur moving the RV to higher ground

The rain started to come down, and it came down hard for hours....but it didn't take hours for the creek to come up and out! It also didn't take long to see that this wasn't the typical flood, where it comes up fast, doesn't get to high, and goes back down within less than an hour. Nope, this was going to be "a good one"! Quickly we realized that what preparations Arthur and Madison had made the day before weren't going to be enough, so out the door Arthur and Madison went to secure things.



Our backyard

This picture was taken mid afternoon. By the end of the day the wood pile you see in the picture was covered in water, and then carried down stream :(


Our Backyard

Arthur and Madison working on tying down our basketball goals.




While out there Arthur saved one of the boys cowboy hats that was floating away.




Anyone for a jump/bounce on the trampoline???




Our garden boxes were somewhere under there...this was the first time since having our boxes that the water has ever gotten in them. We were pretty sad about that, and we lost the herbs/veggies that were left.




The boys and I were watching out the window when we saw the ladder to the boys fort floating away. Thankfully Arthur came around the house about that time and grabbed the ladder before it was a goner!




I'm not sure our rabbits knew what to think of the flood. Along with the rain, the temperatures dropped very cool for us that day, and the wind was blowing. Our big white rabbit "Snow White" we have had for over a year, she is a strong rabbit and did well.



We have 2 other rabbits that are still bunnies, at the time we had only had them 2 weeks. "Carmel" the tan and white bunny did well, but our sweet little black and white bunny passed away a few days later...we believe it caught a cold.





Our chicken coop was surrounded by water! We were thankful that the "Ladies"
(William's name for "his" chickens) had high perches to stand on until the water receded.


Ruth Ella stood at the front door watching the flood waters rise.

Here is how a few of the children spent most of the day....





We were very blessed that the waters didn't get into our house, 3 of our neighbors were not so fortunate the water got into their homes between ankle and knee deep. For us the worst of the flooding was to our garage, some duct work, and our insulation. Our duct work and insulation are going to be replaced. In our garage we have a freezer and "extra" refrigerator, they both were damaged by the flood waters. We have already purchased a new refrigerator and we'll soon be getting a new freezer.

The clean up was a slower process than in the past because of the standing water, puddles, and mud that hung around for days. The flood also caused us to put a hold on school for 1 week. Our family made Saturday a flood work day and accomplished the last of the cleaning. Now all we have to do is get the insulation and duct work installed, and purchase a new freezer.


In the toughest times we can always cling to God's Word, it speaks comfort for whatever trial we are facing. For such a time as the flooding we could rest assured in God's promise to Noah in Genesis!
God never changes, nor does His Word, or His promises!



Genesis 9: 11-16
Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said: " This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."