Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bathroom Beautification

As a parent of teenagers I became a facebooker, instagramer, tweeter, pinner, etc. You have to. This post isn't about parenting or social media but I promise you, it's important to be able to navigate the same sites your children are. Obviously, they do it better and more often but I make my presences known. ANYWAY, one day as I was scrolling through instagram I found a post by daily_bibleverses that I knew had to go on my bathroom wall. Fast forward about a year and finally there is paint on my bathroom walls so I could start the creative process.


Here is the finished product. I love walking into my bathroom each morning and the first thing I see is this design with a reminder that With GOD all things are possible. 
I don't want anyone to think I am more capable than I really am. An old-school projector helped me shoot the image on the wall. I had to free hand the four ends of the cross but all that tough stuff I had a guide. Here's the kicker, my bedroom, bathroom and laundry area all have to be clean all the time so I can show off my artwork. I guess next time I will do something like this in the entry way. Ha

VERSE OF THE DAY
With man this is impossible 
but with God all things are possible
Matthew 19:26

So often this verse, like many are misused. It doesn't mean if I follow God I can do anything that I hope and dream for. This verse is in the middle of a passage about what it takes to get into heaven. Remember we are saved by FAITH! Jesus is telling a rich man and the disciples to follow the commandments and sell your possessions to give to the poor then follow me (Jesus). The rich man was sad and Jesus tells them,  it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. It's not our possessions that hold us back, it's the love of our possessions that gets in the way of us fully devoting ourselves to God's purpose. This is when Jesus points out to them, with man this is impossible but with God all things are possible. God is good all the time.

Now I'm off to Hobby Lobby to purchase a canvas. I have two orders for this design. Oh how I love to create. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Challenge

Verse of the Day
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭21‬ NIV)

Ok friends this is our challenge for today. Don't just know His Commands but keep them. Love is a great place to start. This was actually yesterday's verse for me but I didn't do a very good job so I'm starting fresh today. Pretty much like I do everyday.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter Pictures

There's not much to say today, I just want to share some family pictures 



It can be a little windy in Nebraska

We love our all of our "adopted" daughters
Thanks Emmy for spending Easter morning with us.

Aunt Helen & Uncle Lynn are so welcoming. Thanks for inviting us over for lunch and the annual egg hunt.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Bunny, Fox, Lamb or Rooster

I know the story about Christ's birth, life, death and ultimately his Resurrection which is what brings us to Easter but often I have wondered where the eggs, bunnies and candy came into the equation. First I went to the all trust-worthy Wikipedia.
EASTER EGGS, also called PASCHAL EGGS, are decorated eggs that are often given to celebrate Easter or springtime. As such, Easter eggs are common during the season of Eastertide (Easter season). The oldest tradition is to use dyed and painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs, or plastic eggs filled with confectionery such as jelly beans. Eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility, and rebirth. In Christianity, for the celebration of Eastertide, Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus though an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life; similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.

Then I found this little video that I found helpful.
Watch This Easter Video by the History Channel

The girls and I had fun making these Easter Egg decorations. Thank you Pinterest
Items Needed:
Water Balloons
Flour
Sta-Flo Liquid Starch
Embroidery Floss, one skein per egg
Paper to cover your table, this is a messy project

 The directions gave me a heads up on this one. Gradually unwind the skein of floss into the flour/starch mixture otherwise you will have a HUGE mess. Do not take a short cut on this, you will regret it.
 As you can see, this project also required a few Frappuccinos
Let the balloons dry completely, turning a couple times.
 I know this isn't the full instructions but you can easily find it on Pinterest.

Finished Product
Pinterest suggested making a wreath from the eggs, we decided we didn't like that look. Instead we have a center-piece for the table.

Tonight we plan to dye eggs. This is one of my favorite activities. Chris is planning on being gone.

First and foremost, I am a Christian who believes that Jesus Christ is one part of the trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He left Heaven and became fully man to live amongst us so that He have a relationship with man-kind. Jesus knew He had to die on the cross to take on all the sins of humanity, he was the perfect sacrifice, also known as the Lamb of God. The Earth shook and veil in the temple was torn at the moment of His death. There was mourning and fear but three days later He arose from the dead. To this day Jesus sits at the right hand of God the Father. All will see Him face to face one day. Knowing this story is not enough, even the demons know this story. Believing Jesus is your Savior and knowing you are saved by His grace and your faith IS ENOUGH!

HAPPY EASTER TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU! GOD BLESS

VERSE OF THE DAY
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is 
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Life To The Fullest

VERSE OF THE DAY
The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. I have come 
that you might have LIFE and have it to the FULLEST.
John 10:10

Monday, March 23, 2015

Jesus Calling to the Rescue

I like to have a plan when the crazy hits and it's hitting this week until about late July. This week however has three very ugly days. I'm not sure we will eat dinner together much this week. Oh that makes me sad. After I paced the kitchen, vented to Chris and even talked to my friend Tracy about how crazy it's getting I remembered I hadn't spent time with God yet today. This fantastic devotional by Sarah Young called "Jesus Calling" sits on my night stand, I started there. The first line reminded me that there's one who knows every detail.

"I am a God of both intricate detail and overflowing abundance." 

Whew! Thank you Jesus for that word! It goes on to say...

"When you entrust the details of your life to Me, you are surprised by how thoroughly I answer your petitions. I take pleasure in hearing your prayers, so feel free to bring Me all your requests."

I know these are Sarah's words, not God's but it draws me into a time with God. God, you are all knowing, larger than life, strong tower, infinite and yet care about the smallest detail.

VERSE OF THE DAY
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
Proverbs 18:10





Sunday, March 22, 2015

High Hurdler

What's with these track officials? Get out of my way...I'm trying to take pictures of my girl!

Today (ok yesterday because I forgot to post this) was Emma's first varsity track meet. We are proud of this girl, she works so hard and continues to improve each time she is out there. Thank you God for the beautiful weather in March. 




VERSE OF THE DAY
Here I am! 
I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Revelation 3:20 NIV

I like this verse. So often I hear people ask, "where is God when I need him?" (I wonder the same thing from time to time.) But this verse reminds me that He is here, not passively but actively trying to get my attention, wanting a relationship with me. All I need to do is be still and listen. Oh I struggle with that. This week I challenge myself to be still, and listen.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Essentially Taking Down The Pests

Like most of you, longer days and warmer temps bring a smile to my face however the emergence of all things creepy and crawly kind of bugs me. This the season for bugs but we don't have to eat, sleep and play with them. I have never been one to blindly follow the pack I also don't want to reinvent the wheel so I find myself researching and trying something new, well new to me.

Each of these bottles contain 250 extremely potent drops of oil. These oils have been around since God created the plants. No chemicals just pure oil. Recently I came across this list of anti-pest oils that won't kill my cat. We already use these oils for things like clear breathing, coughing, nausea, digestion, energy, snoring, purifying, dry skin, relaxation why not add killing spiders. Tonight I'm tackling spiders in the basement and in a few months I will be trying out lavender for mosquito repellent. We are always up for an experiment, hope you will try too.


ANTS- Peppermint, Spearmint
APHIDS- Cedarwood, Hyssop, Peppermint, Spearmint
BEETLES- Peppermint, Thyme
CATERPILLARS- Peppermint, Spearmint
CHIGGERS- Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage, Thyme
CUTWORMS- Thyme, Sage
FLEAS- Peppermint, Lemongrass, Spearmint, Lavender
FLIES- Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage
GNATS- Patchouli, Spearmint
LICE- Cedarwood, Peppermint, Spearmint
MOSQUITOES- Lavender, Lemongrass
MOTHS- Cedarwood, Hyssop, Lavender, Peppermint, Spearmint
PLANT LICE- Peppermint, Spearmint
SLUGS- Cedarwood, Hyssop, Pine
SNAILS- Cedarwood, Pine, Patchouli
SPIDERS- Peppermint, Spearmint
TICKS- Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage, Thyme
WEEVILS- Cedarwood, Patchouli, Sandalwood

Jesus Calling March 18

Today's entry in Sarah Young's Jesus Calling Devotional should be booked marked and read everyday in this house. Maybe I will one day let this truly settle in.

Trust Me one day at a time. This keeps you close to Me, responsive to My will. Trust is not a natural response, especially for those who have been deeply wounded. My Spirit within you is your resident Tutor, helping you in his supernatural endeavor. Yield to His gentle touch; be sensitive to His prompting.

Exert your will to trust Me in all circumstances. Don't let your need to understand distract you from My presence. I will equip you to get through this day victoriously, as you live in deep dependence on Me. Tomorrow is busy worrying about itself; don't get tangled up in its worry-webs. Trust Me one day at a time.

VERSE OF THE DAY
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own.
Matthew 6:34

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

All Kinds of Goodness

If I want to be completely honest, last night I was dreading today. The calendar on my phone was overwhelming. Now that I have completed the day, I look back on it with a sense of joy and accomplishment. Thank the Good Lord I have a husband who is helpful. That Mr Raabe is a pretty good guy to keep around.

Emma overbooked herself which means she enlisted her mom's help without prior consideration. The day started with taking her across town early for babysitting. (I'm NOT a morning person) What came after that is a bunch of goodness... 
P O W E R T O O L S !!
My friend (pictured below) and I built a super cool filing device. I am bound to be uber organized now. We shopped at Home Depot, used a chop saw,  circular saw and nail gun. Loved it!!



I do think I will end up painting the bare boards.

The rest of our day consisted of taking Reagan and 2 friends to a movie
Olivia & I went to "Cinderella" since it was $5 Tuesday...great flick!
Shopping for a birthday party gift for Livie's friend.
I babysat for 3 hours while Emma went to track practice.
Reagan going to the dentist...2 cavities. :(
Olivia to soccer practice then to a sleepover party.
Chris sold stuff on Craig's List
Me going to a meeting for busy women, ironic huh? 
Chris going to men's bible study.

It's so nice to relax over spring break. I know I sound like a clanging gong. Actually I enjoy my kids being home and running around with them. The days can be long but the years are short. I was created for such a time as this, right??

VERSE OF THE DAY
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 
Proverbs 17:22

Friday, March 13, 2015

Verse of The Day

Woo Hoo! I'm 2 for 2! 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 NIV

This verse brings me great comfort. There have been circumstances that seem unbearable and then God reminds me of this verse. He does not bring chaos into our lives so that we might learn a lesson or draw near to Him but He will use it to deepen a relationship with us. Oh God, you are so merciful and loving. Thank you for the reminder that you love us and will use our misguided ways for good.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Verse of the Day

This is something I hope to start adding to my posts. I'm not sure if I should call it "verse of the day" or "verse of the week" maybe even "verse of the month". I know I won't get on here daily but it is still MY daily verse. So in short expect change and don't hold your breath that I will remember to even post ever again. There have been days that I forgot to pick my child up from the bus stop. I can't be trusted!!

Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Hebrews 7:25 NIV

I encourage you to look up this verse and read the rest of the story.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Going Postal

I am heading to the post office in a few minutes with these boxes of books. There are kids (and adults) waiting for THE PHENOMENON TRILOGY to arrive at their doorstep in the next couple days. This series is a thrilling story about four high school kids who find themselves in the midst of danger, adventure, government conspiracy and love. I know the books my husband wrote are amazing but when I hear other readers gush about how they can't put the book down, I feel a surge of excitement shoot through my body.

R.E.V.I.E.W.S 
R.E.V.I.E.W.S
R.E.V.I.E.W.S
WE LOVE THEM! If you have read The New Phenomenon, On The Run, or End Game by Chris Raabe please take a minute to write a quick review over at Amazon or Goodreads. If you have not yet read these books you can find them on Amazon or better yet get a signed copy straight from the author. Contact me at melanie@chrisraabe.net to set up payment and delievery.  Please check out his facebook page HERE and "like" it so you receive updates. Chris' blog is RIGHT HERE. Feel free to leave Chris messages or order books. We love to hear from our readers!

Have a great day. Read On!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hitting the Streets


This girl is ready to hit the road...BY HERSELF!
She will do well behind the wheel, I have no doubt yet at the same time it terrifies me to know she will be out there with all those idiot drivers. I foresee my prayer life improving exponentially. 

Emma, you continually make us proud. Mom and dad love you bunches! Great job kiddo!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Character Counts

When my babies were little ones at home making messes and keeping me up at night I often wondered if I would ever get that "pay out". Would I ever see the results of trying to parent in a way that my children would know what it means to love one another even when it's difficult? Would the girls see my flaws instead of the love of Christ? Slowly but surely I have seen my girls grow into lovely young ladies who do love others and see goodness in this world. There are also times they fight and act selfish but that's not what this blog post is about today. :) I don't begin to take all the credit, without God and His Word to guide me I would be lost. 

This week our youngest daughter came home with the Character Award from her school of about 700 students. There are 25 kids a quarter who earn this special honor. This is what her teacher wrote...
Olivia is new to Reeder this year and boy are we lucky to have her! Olivia has such a positive attitude about school. She is a great role model in our class. Olivia is always smiling and working hard. Awesome Job!

Liv and her award in our yard
Keep up the good work. I love you Livie!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

California (Soccer) Girls

Reagan's U13 Premier Soccer Team
Soccer...Beaches...Flying...Soccer...Hollywood...Traffic...Soccer
It was all a thrill!

Game 1 Won 2-0  
Game 2 Lost 3-1
Game 3 Tied 0-0
I thoroughly enjoy watching Reagan and her teammates on the field. These girls are so competitive and have so much passion for the game. I'm not sure how this top ranked team did not do better overall but that's how youth sports goes. Sometimes the better team doesn't win. Without stepping too much onto my soapbox I will say, character counts. Work ethic, a good attitude and a pleasant disposition makes a good teammate and a "coachable" kid. Athletes who lack in those qualities also lack on the field. And then more importantly, later in life! This became even more apparent this weekend.

Their next event is in St Jo, Mo. I'm sure Chris will view his trip there as an even trade for my trip to Southern California. After all, he also go to go to Minneapolis in December. What more could a guy want?

Experiencing the Pacific Ocean with teammates

This is what it's all about...Soccer and Sand
4 Generations

These 2 little beauties came to see us during our short stay. Too bad they don't live closer, I fell in love with them immediately. Erika is such a great mommy!


It's great to be home. As much as I enjoy the California climate I cherish time spent with my family. Today I was back to laundry, scrubbing sinks, loving on my girls (Chris too) and making dinner. It's a great life.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Cozy Christmas

Merry Christmas from Our Family to Yours

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Here's another Christmas tradition I really enjoy...Christmas Cards.
Fortunately I am gifted in pictures and designing cards (or finding good templates on various sights) and Chris is gifted at writing. So what I do is pleasing to the eye(usually) while what Chris does is interesting to read. As I try to recall December 1997 I started our Christmas letter and then asked Chris to edit it. Basically he rewrote it, rightfully so. That year I would have probably said something like, "In February we moved to Arizona and we have the cutest little kitten named Moxie." See that needs some serious revising.

Below are the two cards I mailed out this year. 


I love our Christmas pictures this year, it was so difficult to decide which one to use.  Thank you Kelli Gleckler at Kelli G Photography

The F word of the Holidays

Family
Food
Frustrations
Football
I'm not going to write about all these things but they all played a part in our Christmas celebration. We had a full house for five days. Wow, there's two more F words.
The Pearsons
The Raabes
My family got here on Christmas Eve right before services at church. Year after year our church pulls off a wonderful service that is both entertaining and filled with the gospel message. Jesus came to save us. He wiped our sin stained heart clean. Amen!

After church we had homemade lasagna that met everyone's special dietary needs and then opened one gift, the jammies. Chris got some Santa boxers but didn't really want me to take his picture and post it. Ha
Christmas PJ tradition
Chris reading the Christmas story before opening gifts
After one year of crazy Christmas travels we decided we would always be home Christmas morning. I would cave on that if were we in some tropical location as a family, hanging by the pool Christmas morning would be really nice! I made Christmas breakfast and then the wrapping paper began to fly. I'm a gift person which means I like getting gifts but really enjoy watching my kids' faces light up when they open the thing they hoped and wished for all month long.
Probably her favorite gift
So excited but it's damaged
Compound Bow
A soccer goal to share
Following present time I was back in the kitchen prepping for other family to arrive. We had 17 people here for a soup lunch and way too many snacks. Yum!

Over the next several days my parents and brother hung out at our house. Finally last night my oldest brother and his wife drove up from KC. It did my heart good to see them and I look forward to May when we see them again. After some much needed downtime today I am ready to go out and have fun with Chris and the girls tomorrow.

In just a few short days we will be celebrating a new year. I know it's a time of resolutions that we seldom carry out. Today I am pondering what things I want to improve. Are there people in my life who are not safe? How can I be an instrument of change and not a victim of circumstances? Do I let the negative impact me or do I shine the light Christ put inside me? Prayerfully looking for the answers to these thoughts.

Happy New Year & A Blessed 2015!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Trees

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Merry
Christmas
Christmas Star
Christmas Trees
Christmas Music
Christmas Movies
Christmas Services
Christmas All Month Long
It's all
My Fav

(that's my attempt at a word design, does it look like a Christmas Tree?)


The day after Thanksgiving I start digging out my cherished Christmas decorations. It is probably my husband's least favorite day, this year he went hunting. Chris doesn't dislike the decorations but he knows I am going to ask him to put the lights on the house, that is most certainly his LEAST favorite duty as a husband but he does it because he loves me. 

This year we have a couple new trees, after 17 years of marriage we needed an upgrade.

TREE #1: A pencil tree that my mother-in-law gave me the year we moved back to Nebraska. Every year I decorate it with red and gold balls, gold starts, white lights and ribbon. It's only 6' tall. The girls call the pencil tree "mom's tree" This year my tree is displayed in the living room.

TREE #2: This is our new pre-lit tree. What an blessing. It was set up in a matter of minutes...I'm in love! I bought it after Christmas 2 years ago at Garden Ridge (which no longer exists) so when I plugged it in for the first time this year I was filled with relief and joy that all the lights worked. This is our "family tree" loaded with ornaments the girls have made over the years and all the ornaments Great Grandma and I have given them. It is so fun each year to watch them reminisce as they are carefully hung on the tree. This tree is 9' feet tall and displayed in the music room which is in the front of the house.

TREES #3, 4, 5 & 6: I don't know if these little trees really count, they don't have lights or decorations but they only go out at Christmas.

TREE #7: A sweet little tree in my kitchen.

TREE #8: Just a simple tree outside on the deck. I had planned on doing a little more decorating out there but it didn't happen. This is a 4' tree.

TREES #9 & 10: Both of these outdoor trees were purchased at Garden Ridge two years ago. I need to find bigger pots to prevent these 5' trees from tipping over when the winter winds swirl through my front porch.

TREE #11: Emma's little 2' pre-lit tree

TREE #12: Olivia's 1' hot pink tree. We couldn't find the skirt this year. I promise that everything in Liv's room does not lean to the east. I guess this is poor photography. ha

TREE #13: Reagan's 2' pre-lit tree.

Until now, I had no idea how many trees I had in the house. Mystery solved. 

(Vicki, show me your trees)