Sounds, Soliloquy, & 6 Strings

& other ramblings of this Hilliard

Encouraging Quotes February 19, 2010

Filed under: Resources — kennynclaire @ 8:54 pm

I found myself adding to my “encouraging quote list” that I keep in my home management notebook (more details about that later) and thought that I would share a few of my favorites with you. Be ENCOURAGED! 🙂

  • “Grace is the hospitality of God to welcome sinners not because of their goodness but because of his glory.” –John Piper


  • “We practice hospitality because we first received hospitality.”-John Piper “Therefore do it (hospitality) with joy” –Girl Talk Blog


  • “The most important job we have as mothers is to preach the Gospel to our children.” –Girl Talk Blog


  • “Discernment comes from sound doctrine not subjective impressions.” –CJ Mahaney


  • “Confidence in Truth is the foundation of who he is (referring to Paul in Bible).” –Dr. Leiderbach, SEBTS


  • “My husband is a false savior; my deepest desire will not be satisfied by my husband but by Christ.” –This is my summary of a sermon I heard a while back. I quite honestly don’t remember who the sermon was by.


  • “We have the Gospel and God has graced us with the personnel and resources to get the good news of Jesus to them [nations]”. –Dr. Danny Akin, SEBTS


  • “Hospitality often results in unexpected blessing & reward, so let us not neglect hospitality, my friends, but be eager to extend God’s love to others. We never know what blessing God has in store for us.”- Nicole Whitacre


  • “The purpose of womanhood is to show the beauty of Christ.” –David Platt


  • “Women, you have a God-entrusted responsibility to create a God-centered home.” –David Platt

I Need Thee Every Hour February 18, 2010

Filed under: Hymns — kennynclaire @ 2:42 pm

“I Need Thee Every Hour” is such a sweet song that has been on my heart the past two weeks. The Lord has used the lyrics to comfort my heart in joy or in pain (see vs. 3). May this song spur us on to desperate anticipation of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Listen to Jars of Clay’s version of I Need Thee Every Hour
here .


I found these lyrics online here .



I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;

no tender voice like Thine can peace afford.



I need Thee, O I need Thee;

every hour I need Thee;

O bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee.


I need Thee every hour; stay Thou nearby;

temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.


I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;

come quickly and abide, or life is vain.


I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;

and Thy rich promises in me fulfill.


I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;

O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.


Sermons on Marriage February 17, 2010

Filed under: Marriage,Resources — kennynclaire @ 7:38 pm

I’m learning that one can never learn too much wisdom about the precious gift of marriage. It’s such a precious gift from the Lord. I’ll never be a wife who “has it all together”. I’m a sinner in need of my Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s only by his grace that I can attempt to pursue being an “excellent wife”. It occurred to me over recent days that I’ve focused so much on the “externalities” of building a home (cleaning, cooking, organizing, scheduling, budgeting, grocery shopping, decorating, etc. etc. etc.) that in my day to day routine I haven’t even given much THOUGHT to “internalities” of the home. I just figured they were already there; that I didn’t really need to work on them intentionally but that they would just “happen”. Ladies, I was wrong, and if we are truly to work at making our homes a haven to our husbands and families where the Lord is treasured & honored, then we HAVE to be intentional about it. We can’t just assume its happening because we go through our daily routine of “wifely to-do” lists. Below are a list of sermons that will help us all pursue loving Jesus Christ through our homes and families (the “internalities” I mentioned earlier). I’ve included sermons on “Biblical Manhood” and being a “Biblical Father” because I think those sermons help us as wives, understand what our man’s world is like, and thus love him better. I pray that you are encouraged by these sermons. Enjoy & Be Challenged!



Blogs I’m Lovin’ February 16, 2010

Filed under: Resources — kennynclaire @ 7:23 pm

I just found a new favorite blog today thanks to a Facebook Newsfeed:)

  • From only reviewing the first few pages of this blog, I can see that this woman loves Jesus & gives some great practical homemaking advice and at the same time addresses the heart behind it all. I’m excited to explore this blog a bit more!

Below are some other blogs that I’ve found really encouraging, practical, and just enjoyable:

  • Simple Mom, Tsh O., always has a fun topic up her sleeve. She addresses a lot of topics that I would never even CONSIDER reading but the way she writes about them intrigues me and introduces me to whole new aspects of homemaking. I recommend checking out her recipes, home management NOTEBOOK (oh an INGENIOUS idea for a visual lady such as myself), organizing ideas, and just oh so much more.


  • Simple Mom just expanded to Simple Living Media. “Simple Bites” is a new branch of this. It’s a baby blog with only a handful of posts at the moment, but I’m very excited to see the new kitchen tips & recipes soon to be posted. I’m MOST excited about the “Quick Bites” topic. It’s supposed to be on quick, easy, and DELICOUS meals 🙂 Being a fast paced person (better put, just impatient) I REALLY enjoy QUICK yet EASY yet YUMMY meals. Oh & healthy at the same time;-) I know I have high expectations, but hey, I’m hoping this new blog will be a great resource for my food-making desires:)



  • Veronique Peterson is the author of this blog & a friend of mine that I much admire. She loves Jesus, she’s vulnerable about life, but she never fails to point to the hope of Jesus for sinners. I highly recommend her blog for tips about Recipes, Frugal Living, and just for great encouragement in general. I know you’ll be blessed.


  • I’ve only tried a handful of her recipes, but this is seeming to be an EXCELLENT resource for yummy meals🙂


    A blog of four amazing women who love the Lord. I’m so thankful for their influence of writing in my life! You’ve gotta check this out;-)


I’ve got a few more blogs up my sleeve that I’m wanting to check out so as I find them, I’ll be sure to share;-)

I hope these blogs ENCOURAGE YOU!
Do you have a favorite homemaking blog? Oh PUH-leeze send it my way by leaving a comment:) I love this stuff! Thanks!


Shepherd’s Pie February 15, 2010

Filed under: Recipes — kennynclaire @ 7:15 pm

I’m not sure why, but up until December, I always thought “Shepherds Pie” just sounded gross. The title just didn’t sound appealing to me for some reason…. I believe it’s because I’d only had the “school cafeteria” version of the recipe up until I found this recipe at Tammy’s Recipes. To view her blog on this recipe click here. AMAZING! I’ll be making it this week so I’d love to share it with you to make as well. Enjoy!

Shepherd’s Pie

A flavorful beef and vegetable mixture, topped with mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese, baked until hot.

Yield: 6-8 servings


1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
3 cups mixed vegetables, either frozen, canned, or leftover*
4 cups (approximately) mashed potatoes (made from about 8 potatoes)
8 ounces (2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup whole milk


1. Brown ground beef with onion, pepper, and garlic. Drain grease.

2. In a large bowl, combine the meat, crushed red pepper, salt, pepper, and mixed vegetables.

3. Grease a (deep) 10-inch glass pie plate. (You could also use an 8-inch square glass dish.) Spread the meat and vegetable mixture in the dish. Top with a layer of the mashed potatoes, sealing to the edges. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.

4. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Just before baking, pour milk over cheese. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until pie is hot and cheese is lightly browned.


My Side Note:

I always substitute the ground beef with ground turkey because 1) its a healthier option and 2) usually a cheaper option. I normally use my MY FAVORITE mashed potato recipe found here. I also normally don’t have any green bell peppers in my kitchen so I just leave that out;-) Also, substituting black pepper for Crushed red pepper works just as well. Enjoy!



CVS Couponing

Filed under: Couponing — kennynclaire @ 6:49 pm

I’ve joined the group of coupon-crazy ladies who carry notebooks & recipe holders with them to the grocery store. Yes, I’m “that woman” and gladly so! It’s becoming such a fun GAME! To see HOW MUCH I can get for HOW LITTLE
I spend. I’m slowly being reeled in with the bait of MANY good deals. I’ll be sharing about some of my endeavors in case you ever want to join me on a coupon rampage:) I was educated in the ways of CVS couponing by Crystal at To go to directly to her CVS tutorial, check out here. You may have trouble viewing the tutorial. If so, keep clicking “Previous Entries” at the bottom of the page and you should eventually come to an article titled, “CVS Couponing 101” and you’ll have found it!:)

Today on my lunch break I bought:

  • 1 Crest Pro Health Toothpaste
  • 4 pack Gillette Disposable Razors
  • Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascaras

What I Spent: $3.61

What I SAVED: $26.76

I was able to do this by couponing and CVS’ promotion of Extra Care Bucks. On this purchase I earned $12.29 in ECBs (Extra Care Bucks) to spend on my next purchase! Yay! To learn how to do this yourself, visit

How FUN IS THAT?! You should join me;-)

As a disclaimer, I’m still a “newbie” at all of this couponing stuff, so please comment and let me know your couponing “tips”. I’d love to hear them!


Be Still My Soul February 12, 2010

Filed under: Hymns — kennynclaire @ 5:02 pm

My wonderful husband encouraged me to read the lyrics of this song earlier this week and I wanted to pass along the encouragement;-) I found these lyrics at .



Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.

Leave to thy God to order and provide;

In every change, He faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend

Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.



Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake

To guide the future, as He has the past.

Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know

His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.



Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,

And all is darkened in the vale of tears,

Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,

Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.

Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay

From His own fullness all He takes away.



Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on

When we shall be forever with the Lord.

When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,

Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past

All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.



Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise

On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;

Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,

So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.

Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine

Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.