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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The reason for the season

Hello Family and Friends-

It is that time of year again that the extended Zimmerman family reachs out to a less fortunate family in need. If you remember earlier this year I stepped out of my "own little world" and started to help a family in need that I drove past almost every day for the last 2 and a half years now. Below is the link if you would like to read about my initial contact with the family.

The Zimmerman family has been helping them for the last few months with getting day to day groceries, prescriptions and gas. We have also contacted our church, The Creek, and there is a ministry there that is also reaching out to them.

Normally we pick a name from a giving tree, the Lords Pantry or some other organization that assists families in need during the Christmas season, this year we know the family personally and it means a lot more to us. We have each helped other families this year through work, daycares, etc but we would like to pour our hearts into this family this year. We would like to ask for any one who wants to contribute to do so. I know that we were OVERLY blessed with everyones response last year and we would love to have that response again. What a joy it is to know that your money is going to someone that really needs things. This family does not only need Christmas gifts this year but they need day to day items, personal hygiene items, food, help with bills to keep the electric, water and gas on.

I ask that if you are interested in helping by sending money that you address that to me and mail to my home: 5429 Armstrong Ct Indianapolis, IN 46237. If you would like for it to go towards a specific need please write that in the memo- I will then call the electric company, water or gas company and pre pay their account. Or if you would like it to buy Christmas dinner or just for gifts please let me know and I will accommodate that to the best of my ability. I am lucky to have my small group of Beth and Kristy my sisters in law and best friend Sherry helping me coordinate this. We really want to show Christs love to this family so any thing you can do would be greatly appreciated. If you do not feel that you can contribute financially please pray for the cause and for those that are able to give that they are blessed this Christmas season!

Here are the sizes and requests from the family- I know some are a little extravagant but I told them to tell us what their big wishes were- it would be awesome if we could get them! If you have anything used that you would like to donate we will totally accept that as well. Also they are open to homemade meals- just keep in mind that they do not have a stove/oven right now. Only a microwave, crockpot, electric skillet, and toaster oven.

Wish lists:
Teenage Daughter age 14-15
Nintendo DS 3D
CD Player
Anything Lady Gaga
Jogging Suits-
socks underwear
Sizes 18w pants
xl shirts
size 9 panties
8 shoe
40 d bra
The teenage son 16-17
wrestling stuff (wwe or whatever it is now!)
Greenbay's QB stuff Aaron Rogers
Game system
sizes- 36x30
xl shirt
11 shoe
The mother- pine scented candles
Colts stuff
Lotions and body sprays
sizes- 20-22
46 dd
9-10 shoe wide width needs to be the orthopedic type i think.

Again thank you for taking the time to read this and please pray about your decision to help and do what you feel you can- anything is appreciated!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day 14- I am thankful for having a hobby! I love being crafty and making things for people and preserving my family memories! I just need to find more time to do it!

Day 15- I am thankful for a family with a sense of humor. You can't get through the tough times without a little humor here and there...let me tell you we have that covered! Luckily my girls have picked up on it too!!!

Day 16- I am thankful for a wonderful childcare provider. I have no worries dropping my girls off (ok Shane does that most of the time- I get pick up duty mostly) I know that they will be loved and well taken care of. Amy does an amazing job with the girls and they always bring super awesome projects home! The girls love going and have made new friends!

Day 17- I am thankful for Netflix streaming- I know it is trivial but on a sick day with a little one who does not feel well Dora on Netflix with no commercials is awesome!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Day 13

I am thankful for forgiveness. I yelled at the girls tonight and made them cry- not like I can't have my way cry like my mom is crazy cry. There may or may not have also been some throwing of clothes from a laundry basket that someone has yet to fold, oh ok fine there are two laundry baskets, in an effort to find a rainbow shirt that Kate had to wear to bed. Anyway I lost my temper and yelled to loudly and scared them both, they started crying then tears welled up in my eyes and it went down hill quickly. We recovered nicely and I got them to bed with little to no tears. I did take time after we all settled down and sat down and prayed for patience for them and for me outloud with them. I also told them that I should not have yelled but neither should they. Ay, Ay, Ay why does parenting have to be so darn trying sometimes. I try to remind myself that these days are rare and we have WAY more good days than bad but boy these days really get you down.
I also sat down and look up some parenting verses in the Bible and asked that God help me parent when I started to spiral out of control. This is something I am working on and obviously need more help. So pray for my sanity and patience.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Time got away from me!

Day 9- I am thankful for my job! I know what unemployment feels like and it is not fun. I love my company and my co-workers are wonderful. It is a great fit. I am very blessed.

Day 10- I am thankful for KLOVE radio- it is basically the only station I listen to and it is such an awesome way to get God's word in daily! I am truly inspired by each and every song that comes on.

Day 11- I am thankful for my family members and friends who have served in the military. Thank you for allowing me to raise my family in this country and have all of the blessings that we have in regards to religious freedom. Thank you for your tremendous sacrifice.

Day 12- I am thankful for my small group of ladies who meet every other Saturday either in our homes or at Panera. We have read many books and had lots of great discussion of the Bible and each and every one of us have a deeper and stronger faith. We have been meeting for over a year now or close to it and I look forward to getting up at 6:30 on a Saturday every time I do it! :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day 8

I am thankful for technology that allows me to keep in touch with family and friends

Monday, November 7, 2011

Day 7

I am thankful that I have a passion, and it happens to be something others can enjoy as well!  Cooking!  I love to be in the kitchen it is a stress reliever for sure. I think it is also rubbing off on the girls, they love to help!  Here is one of my recent creations!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day 6

I am thankful for Sundays, they mean church and lots of rest and family time!

Day 5

I am thankful for my kindle!  I love reading and it has really for some reason made it easier to read!  Great gift idea for the holidays!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 4

Today I am thankful for my new ceo phone!  I was about to start twitching with a phone that only half worked!

We ate your candy

So Jimmy Kimmel asked parents to tell their kids that they ate all of their Halloween candy and video tape it- here is where we got the idea and below is the video of the girls- so funny! Abbey really tries hard to make an excuse for her tears and she almost loses it but recovers really well!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 3

Today I am thankful for short prayers. God does not want us to always spend an hour in prayer, although sometimes that appropriate. I am thankful that God listens to any of our prayers no matter how long of short they are! I am thankful that the Bible stresses that prayer is so important and like my pastor Gary Johnson says "If it is repeated, it is important".

I have to also say that I am thankful for Proverbs31 Ministries I signed up for their daily devotional and as a mom and a woman it hits home every single day! The particular devotion I am drawing on here pointed out something I am TOTALLY guilty of- saying to someone "I will pray for you" and I mean it with all my heart and then life gets busy and before I know it I have forgotten to pray! So I have started keeping a small prayer journal in my purse and when someone asks me to pray or I say I will I try my hardest to write it in there but I also try to pause right there and pray- mainly to myself but I want to get to the point where it is natural for me to just say the prayer out loud with them!

Here are a few verses that proves this is important.

“Never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

“When you pray, don’t talk on and on as people do who don’t know God. They think God likes to hear long prayers. Don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask” Matthew 6:7-8

"The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much" (James 5:16).

Day 2

Today I am thankful for good customer service. Recently HTC pushed an update that I didn't know about to my phone causing massive chaos. At first it looked like I would have to buy a new phone but after Shane did some sweet talking we will be getting a Droid2 Friday and then I will be getting the new iPhone4s! Being nice still counts!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Day 1

Day one of what I am thankful for...the marvels of modern medicine. From cancer treatment to hospice care...we live in an awesome time where amazing minds develop amazing things. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Birthday Party

This weekend was Abbey's first party that she was able to invite her friends to and it was a HUGE hit! She had so much fun, and I think her friends did too!

Ava, Abbey, and Kate unwrapping gifts

This is Mimi, she is the daughter of my college roommate Kara



This was the game of the day

Helping Kate across the bridge
Abbey and Amirah
This playground was nice

The set up

We also made the delivery to the lady we are helping out. Thank you to all of you who donated items! We plan on working with her more and I did send a letter to the ministry at The Creek who maybe able to help her out with her medical needs. God is good.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Birthday prep

Well today is the first birthday party for my 4 year old- oh my gosh did I just say I had a 4 year old?! Insane! This is also her first party that she was able to invite friends to! She is SO excited. I made my first doll cake- it is almost finished I just need to put one more color over her name and attach the fairy wings to Silvermist! I made treat bags for the kids and we will be attempting to play one game. More to come later!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My own little world

Hello! I want to share something that has been weighing on my mind for 2 years now. When I first started working at OneAmerica my sister in law and I rode together and we would see a woman on the corner of a large intersection day after day, well that turned into week after week, month after month and you guessed it year after year. Can you imagine being on the corner for over 2 years? Now I know that some people do not like to give to the homeless for fear of what they are really doing with the money- I kind of feel that way too.

But I knew that I was being called to DO something. Long story short a number of events in my life- church sermons, Bible verses, books I have read, stories I have heard have all reinforced this feeling. I have started reading a book by Francis Chan called Forgotten God which is all about the Holy Spirit. The good old Holy Ghost is a really, really hard concept for me to grasp. Even after reading the Shack! But what I have found is that when I hear a "voice" or continue to have the same thoughts, or things happen that constantly remind me of something it is really the HS! Crazy huh? Five years ago if you would have told me I would be blogging about the Holy Spirit talking to me I would have said you were off your stinkin rocker! Basically I thought people who claimed to hear the voice of God were lunatics! But what I have come to realize is that hearing the voice of God is NOT having a sparkly vision of a winged angel or hearing a booming voice coming from heaven.

Hearing the voice of God comes through reading the Bible and then randomly a verse or story pops in your mind. Hearing God speak to you comes in the form of a simple conversation with a friend at just the right time. Hearing God is listening to your 2 and 3 year old children talk about their faith. Hearing God's voice is letting the lyrics of a song on KLOVE really sink in and apply to your life.

So for 2 years I have ignored the voice I have heard, until about 6 months ago. I decided to step out in faith and write this woman a letter! That is right I was going to make contact with her! So I typed up a letter and tucked it in a hand made card and included a self addressed stamped envelope for her to mail me a letter back. Well, well, well darned if I didn't slap an expired stamp on that self addressed envelope. So there I sat waiting for a letter, only to realize one day when I went to mail a letter that my stamps were not forever stamps!

Talk about feeling awful- I had gotten this womans hopes up and then totally slammed her to the ground if she had tried write me back! So this past week I wrote another letter and I got a letter back!!! As I said earlier I am not a huge fan of just giving out money to the needy because you just don't know what they will do with it right? So in my letter I asked her to tell me what they needed. In her letter she stated that it would probably be easier to talk on the phone with her as her disabilities can make it hard for her to write. Oh my gosh did this woman just tell me I had to call her! Yes she did. So I actually took a night to say a few prayers about it and make sure it was the right thing to do and last night I made the call. Talk about being nervous, silly though to be nervous to help someone right!? The first phone call with her was just short of one hour!

Well as it turns out she is in need of some basic everyday items like soap, toothbrushes/paste, toilet paper, feminine products, lotion etc and clothes. So I gathered the sizes of her family (she is a single mother of a daughter and son both in high school) and I am working on getting some of the everyday items for her. The Bible study I am in will be working to gather these items. We can't do it alone so we are asking those who can help to do so. This woman does have a house that she and her children are living in and she has a car- so gas cards would also be a great thing to donate. There is a Speedway really close to the house that she lives in. If you are interested in donating please contact me- if you would like to give a monetary donation I would welcome that as well and please know that we will use that money to buy a gas card or some of the items needed above or clothing.

We are called to love one another join me in showing this woman the love that Christ showed to us by dying on the cross.

I would like to leave you with a few Bible verses that have led me to this journey

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father

Acts 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Matthew 25:45 "And he will answer, 'I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.'

James 2 14-17 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Also this song from Matthew West speaks deeply to my soul every time I hear it reaffirming that I know that I have been called to do this.

My Own Little World

In my own little world it hardly ever rains
I've never gone hungry, always felt safe
I got some money in my pocket, shoes on my feet
In my own little world, population: me

I try to stay awake during Sunday morning church
I throw a twenty in the plate but I never give 'til it hurts
And I turn off the news when I don't like what I see
Yeah, it's easy to do when it's population: me

What if there's a bigger picture?
What if I'm missing out?
What if there's a greater purpose?
I could be living right now
Outside my own little world

Stopped at a red light looked out my window
I saw a cardboard sign said, "help this homeless widow"
And just above that sign was the face of a human
I thought to myself, God, what have I been doing?
So I rolled down the window and I looked her in the eye
Oh, how many times have I just passed her by?
I gave her some money than I drove on through
And my own little world reached population: two

What if there's a bigger picture?
What if I'm missing out?
What if there's a greater purpose?
I could be living right now
Outside my own little world
My own little world

Father, break my heart for what breaks Yours
Give me open hands and open doors
Put Your light in my eyes and let me see
That my own little world is not about me

What if there's a bigger picture?
What if I'm missing out?
What if there's a greater purpose?
That I could be living right now
I don't want to miss what matters
I wanna be reaching out
Show me the greater purpose
So I can start living right now

Outside my own little world
My own little world
My own little world

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Yum Yum Yum

Tonight I made a fantastic dinner- it had Gruyere, spinach, zucchini and some other yummy stuff and the girls ate every bit of their dinner!

Here is the link in case you want the recipe I did have to make a few changes- I did not have whole milk so I subbed some half and half and heavy cream and then about 3 cups 1 percent milk. I also did not get shallots, actually I have never cooked with shallots- I need to, but I just used a red onion. Then I could not find Gruyere for under $17 for about 8 oz- I dug my heels in and said "oh heck no" to that price- it was even at stinking Walmarts! I left the cheese cooler shaking my head in utter disgust and drove on over to Kroger where I found a smoked variety. It was superb and the dish was a hit!

I also made my own herb and oil dipping concoction- the kind you get at Carrabbas but I think mine was a step up. Very very good. I sure am glad we all like garlic in the Zimmerman household!

I am still battling something in my throat/sinuses. I went to my family doctor Friday and she gave me a steroid shot because she thinks it is all related to allergies. It was kind of comical because I asked where I would be getting the shot, so I could mentally prepare myself you know, and she informed me it would be best to get in in the hip/butt area. Her reason was that since it is a steroid shot it can potentially "melt" the fat around the entry point and cause a divet I promptly said "Oh yes let's go with the butt area, there are enough divet's back there no one will ever be able to tell" ha! She just kind of giggled and did not know exactly what to say. I laughed. So I still have a sore throat- but I do not have mono, an abscessed tonsil, or strep.

I went to see The Help with my lovely sister in law Friday night and it was as great as I thought it was. I will say that I am an oddball when it comes to movies that are made from books. I typically do not get mad that the characters are not at all what I pictured or that the story kind of strays or puts in additional stuff that wasn't in the book- so with that being said I am pretty easy to please! Also if at all possible I wait until the cast of characters is final before I read a book being made into a movie so then I already have the characters in my head! So to summarize this movie was worth my $22 last night!

Today has been very productive- I made our fantastically yummy dinner, some dipped pretzels, homemade salsa, chopped some extra basil I had laying around and made basil cubes (put it in ice cube trays, froze and will use in soups/sauces later), and finally some french onion soup. Oh I lie, I also boiled some corn that I got for a dollar at the fruit stander (Abs calls it that) and cut if off the ear and froze it. I love to be in the kitchen cooking it is a stress reliever.

Shane just looked over and asked what I was typing about and I told him and he asked if I was about to type that I have the best husband ever, so yes I guess I will type that- I have the best husband ever.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hey Stranger!

Well well well I actually decided to try and start blogging again- I know shocking! I was thinking I would do a long detailed reason for my hiatus but I decided to spare you all of the boring deets and just summarize!

Since December I had been in a funk of sorts- I say funk because I would not really classify it as a depression but I just had a lot of "stuff" pile up all at once and it knocked me on by behind in a quick minute. So I had to work with my doctor and do something about it- luckily we have it under control and life is trying to get back to what we would call normal!

Then there has also been the fact that I have been sick quite a bit this year with sinus infections, ear aches, headaches etc. I think we are finally getting somewhere with all of this because my doctor ordered a nasal CT on Monday and then the clinic at work tested me for Mono because I guess I am presenting with all of the symptoms- who knew kissing all of those random people would come back to bite me!? I am hoping to have results this week or early next week. To top this week off Kate puked at daycare and could not go back for 24 hours so I guess it was kind of nice because this week has been so hard for me at work- I am just exhausted! So I have stayed home with Kate today.

I have found that I can't be still. I have to be doing something when I stay home during the day- so today I have scrubbed the bathroom, did two loads of dishes, cleaned out my summer clothes and organized my closet, washed my sheets, and started another load of laundry!

Oh I also have a new cooking obsession- roasting veggies! It brings out so much of the flavor! Earlier this week I made a great pot of roasted tomato soup- wait back up- this was the 2nd pot because the first pot I made I accidentally left out on the stove all night so I had to toss it. I think I shed a tear or two over that one. So this time around I made sure to put it in the fridge! But I had two red peppers to roast to put in the soup so I also did that today. If you have never roasted a red pepper for goodness sakes stop what you are doing and run out to the store or your garden, grab yourself the prettiest red pepper you have ever seen and go roast him! The result will be just short of heaven I promise you! I then pureed them up and put them in the tomato soup that will be dinner tonight! Yum-o cream of roasted tomato and red pepper soup and BLT's!

So there you go- in a nutshell life was just crazy, I got sick maybe a little lazy too! During the course of all of this one of the people I held dearest to my heart passed away as well. My Grandma Stewart passed away on April 19th so that was a really sad time for me. I know where she is now and I know she is in no pain so that makes my heart happy. I know she used to love to read this blog and see the pictures of the girls.

So I hope to be more regular with my postings and updates/photos of the family. I will try to get some updated pictures of the girls on here- they are SO big now! I will also try to update as to what has been going on in their lives- they are crazy and smart and beautiful!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Kate growling2
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Update on my Grandma Stewart

For those who do not know my Grandma (Betty Stewart) has been in the Columbus Regional Hospital for the last few weeks battling an infection on her lungs- the family got news today that there wasn't anymore the doctors could do for her and the family decided that it would be best to move her over to hospice care. At this time we do not know much but on behalf of my family I am asking for prayers. Pray for my Grandma that she is in no pain and receives the best possible care while at Hospice. Pray for my Grandpa- after spending your life with someone, raising a family and a lifetime of memories I can't imagine the heartache he is going through. Pray also for my Dad (Bryan Stewart) and my Uncle Donnie (Ellerbrook) and their spouses that they can find comfort and some refuge in Christ. Pray for the rest of my family to be strong during this time and lean on one another and draw close to Christ during this time.

My Grandma is a great woman she has been a huge part of my life from the time I was born and I am so thankful that she has been able to meet and enjoy my family. I think the biggest life lesson I have learned from her is unconditional love- she has been a true example of what Christ calls us to do when it comes to loving others. She doesn't judge a person based on their choices but chooses to love the person regardless of their faults. She has taught me that people will make mistakes (some over and over again!) but that we are called to love them- especially family. I am grateful to have had such a strong example of this in my life because it is one of the hardest things to do but she did it with grace and showed ones around her the importance of loving people no matter what choices they may have made in the past. She believes that the the past is the past yet also part of who we are and if it were not for the mistakes we make along the way we would never be the people we are today. I have had the honor of talking with her about the amazing act of love that Christ poured out on us by giving His life so that we could be washed of our sins- Grandma and I both struggle with decisions we have made in our past but I talked with her about how we have to not only ask God to forgive us of our sins we also have to forgive ourselves. It puts peace in my heart to know where my Grandma's faith lies, the exact same place as mine.

Thank you for holding our family in your thoughts and prayers during this time. I will try to update as much as I can.

John 13 34-35
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Photo update

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