- started leading a new caregroup from church, a group of folks who we have come to love. We are blessed by our times together and encouraged by how we see God at work in each other's lives.
- special days or times away as a couple and/or family: trip to Annapolis for Lawrence and me pre-busy season, our family day at the beach post busy season, trips to PA and WV to spend vacation time visiting with family and friends
- hikes with the kids were especially fun for us this fall. We hit trails at Jerusalem Mill, Anita C.Leight Estuary, Ma/Pa, Susquehanna State Park, Rock State Park, and Eden Mill.
- With the help of our friend, Jeff Cole, we installed laminate flooring in our living room, something I've been wanting to do for a long time. We also purchased some new living room furniture and re-arranged our basement a bit to accomodate an at home "school room".
- Judah and Tucker graduated from Kindergarten!
- We also began homeschooling Judah and Tucker for first grade this past fall.
- I came upon two blogs this year that have been a source of encouragement and practical help to me: http://www.aholyexperience.com/ and http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/
- I have made some changes to how we eat as a family and our sources of food based upon the influence of this documentary: http://www.hulu.com/watch/67878/the-future-of-food and the book, "Real Food" by Nina Planck (http://www.amazon.com/Real-Food-What-Eat-Why/dp/1596913428/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1293848336&sr=1-1))
- We also discussed some paradigm shifts in our thinking about finances and some of our goals in that area of life based on the book, "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki: http://www.amazon.com/Rich-Dad-Poor-Money-That-Middle/dp/0446677450
- We were given the privilege of walking through others' trials and hardships, helping to bear one another's burdens through prayer, and extending comfort and encouragement as God directed us. We've been on the other side of it so many times; it is a true blessing and honor for God to give us opportunities to walk with others through their hard times.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
3 c. regular oats
1 cup Rice Krispies
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/3 c. chopped pecans
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 c. honey
2 Tblsp canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 oz. bittersweet chocolate (60 or 70% cocoa), finely chopped
1/2 c. dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Cover jelly roll pan with parchment paper.Coat paper with cooking spray.
Combine first 6 ingredients in large bowl.
Combine honey & oil in saucepan until warm (abt 2 min.).
Remove from heat. Add vanilla & chocolate; stir until smooth. Pour chocolate mixture over oat mixture and stir until evenly coated. Spread onto pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 20 min, stirring after 10 min. Cool completely.Stir in cranberries.
Serve over yogurt, fresh fruit, ice cream or eat it alone.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
So, here is a slideshow from our evening. I didn't ask permission from everyone of whom I took pictures if I could post it online. So, if you happen to view these photos, are in them and don't want to be, please let me know. I'll be sure to take the photo offline.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Click on the slideshow below to enjoy some pictures I captured from this weekend's hike.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
|2010-09 Fall Decor|
Monday, September 20, 2010
First, I do take the time to make my own turkey sausage. It's really, really easy. Granted, I don't roll it into little links, but if you simply want ground up sausage, this is a great alternative to buying it in the store. I like it because I know exactly what's going into the sausage, and I can use ground turkey which typically has less fat than any sausage I could buy otherwise. So, here's the link to the recipe I use and have found to my liking.
Yields: 3 Tbsp
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- 2/3 teaspoon garlic granules or garlic powder
- 1/3 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, for spicy (optional)
Blend all ingredients together in a spice grinder or mini-food processor (or you may also just stir together if you like some chunkier bits of fennel in your sausage).
Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
To use, mix with 1 pound ground meat.
Chill seasoned meat 3 hours before using.
Or you may also use this in any recipe calling for sausage seasoning.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Monday, August 09, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
When LA started to say the "please help me to obey" part of the prayer, Bella interrupted him and said, "No, no we're not going to pray that part."
Friday, June 18, 2010
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I didn't know that. So, I asked Judah, "Where did you learn that?"
Judah: "Handy Manny"
So, all that video/cable watching is paying off, my friends!!!!
Tonight, we were enjoying a family favorite, 'Uno' when I looked across the table at Judah who had a freshly buzzed haircut and thought, "Too soon, you'll be visiting me for some holiday and we'll play cards."
So, I asked Judah, "Judah, when you grow up, will you come and visit me?"
Without even a blink, he replied, "Yes, but I'll have to ask my wife first."
I guess I should be glad he's got his priorities straight but that wasn't exactly the answer I was hoping for. :)
Monday, May 17, 2010
Below is a link (copy and paste) to listen to one of our most recent favorites. We've listened to it 3 times in the span of several days. :)
http://www.focusonthefamily.com/popups/media_player.aspx?Tab=Shows&subcategory=AdventuresInOdyssey&ShowPath=Adventures in Odyssey&broadcastDate=2010-05-12
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
One way in which God met me is through the prayers and care extended to me by the women in my church over the past week. I was once again the humble recipient of many people's prayers and practical care after throwing my back out last Monday.
So many women asked how I was doing while at the retreat and sought to serve me by carrying my luggage, making sure I was comfortable and praying for me. Less than a week after I threw out my back, I can say that I feel so much better and probably 80% back to normal, the quickest recovery I've ever had from one of these episodes!
Some other highlights:
- It was a treat to see one of my best buds, Laurie, and meet some of her new gals from Ohio.
- The women from my caregroup who attended the retreat were such a blessing as they shared vulnerably and encouraged each other richly in our times of discussion after the messages.
- Being given the privilege to pray for two dear friends of mine as they seek to take steps to grow in godliness.
- Witnessing a number of women step out of their comfort zones in particular giftings such as sharing a prophetic word, praying for others and even delivering one of the messages in order to bless and minister to the other women.
- A time of solitude was written into the schedule and provided some extended time for me to memorize scripture and pray through/journal about some upcoming transitions and making the most of the season of life I'm currently enjoying.
- Seeing one of my absolute favorite people in the world, De Neumann, be rightly honored for the amazing woman of God that she is. I love you, De!
- And, at the absolute top of the list from this retreat is that a woman received Christ this weekend and is now no longer an enemy of God but a precious daughter or the King of Kings. Truly amazing to witness new life in Christ.
I am grateful and humbled that God would provide such an opportunity like this retreat for me to experience His love and care in such tangible, memorable ways. I have said it many, many times, but I'll say it again. I LOVE MY CHURCH! I'm grateful for how the leadership of my church seeks to care for and shepherd my heart by providing contexts where I can grow in my knowledge and experience of God.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
This morning it occured to me that I must lighten the load in my purse. It's just too heavy, especially now that my back is on the fritz. How do we women manage to do that? We (at least I do) start with just the "necessities" in our bags, but somehow over time, we end up with everything in there but the kitchen sink. Please tell me I'm not the only one.
Nevertheless, it's time to clean it out.
The "spring cleaning" about to take place in my purse prompted some thoughts about this whole episode with my back and how it has forced me to "lighten my load" in other ways as well.
Monday, March 22, 2010
I didn't make the dough from scratch, however, so I can't vouch for that part of the recipe. I simply used a store bought whole wheat pizza dough ball. It worked well, though I didn't give it enough time to rise once they were rolled up and sitting in the pan.
If you like "Cinnabon" cinnamon rolls, you will LOVE these. They really taste exactly like those. If you prefer a more traditionalk cinnamon roll, this may not be the recipe for you.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I like doing the spring celebration separate from our Easter celebrations as it allows us to more easily focus solely on the death and resurrection of Christ at Easter. For our spring celebration, we start our day with "cinna-bunnies" for breakfast, pick one treat from the spring basket which included books for each child this year. I usually have a spring craft and/or treat to do. This year we made birds nests with our friend, Duncan and Owen Jones, out of chocolate, coconut, pretzel sticks and jelly beans. I sadly don't have any pictures of those because it took two mommas' undivided attention to make sure all the jelly beans weren't eaten up before they got into the nests. :)
We read books about spring. When LA arrived home from work, we went to Mistyglen farm (friends of ours) for a hike. We ate egg salad sandwiches for dinner and enjoyed another chocolate treat from our spring basket for dessert. It was a wonderful day giving thanks to God for seeing us through another winter and welcoming us to a new season of warmth, light and life.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
The boys sat for but a moment trying to process this bit of information and then Tucker curiously asks, "So, Bella will be at work with us?"
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Happy 8 years to my lover
the one who has been the face of Christ to me more than any other,
the greatest gift God's ever given to me.
Thanks for asking for my hand 8+ years ago high up on the mountaintop
for not just staying with me when I've dragged you through some deep, dark valleys--
but loving me in and through them.
We've had some unexpected, amazing summit views
as well as stony, narrow, dark valleys to walk through.
Fewer for us have been the plateaus where we've just had to plod on,
but I've been grateful for those times, too--
when you've simply held my hand and enjoyed the trek.
I pray for many more years of journeying home with you by my side.
I love you and am grateful to God for you more than my words can express.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I'm sure I wouldn't look quite as adorable in it as she does, though!
As cute as she is, she is that much mischievous. Here's what she got busy doing one night recently when LA and I were watching our favorite show, "The Amazing Race".
The bathroom was not spared.
Nor was her bedroom
This is how we found her...fast asleep. Notice the deodorant in the bed with her. That would have come from our bathroom! She has a thing about my hubby's deodorant. She asks to smell it nearly everyday.
Rather angelic, isn't she? Looking at least!