Tuesday, October 27, 2009
- 1# hamburger browned
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 package taco seasoning
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 1 can chili beans
(this is how much I make for us +2)
- 2 full (4 individual) boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 package taco seasoning
- 1 green pepper
- 1 onion
- 8 oz cheddar cheese
- Cook whole breasts alone until they are done enough to shred, or chop. (the Pampered Chef meat chopper works great for this)
- Add chopped onions and pepper. Cook to desired tenderness
- Drain liquid and add 1 cup water
- Add taco seasoning. (Our gang doesn't like stuff very spicy, so I only use one package, you may desire 2 packages of seasoning)
- Add cheese
- 1 stick softened butter
- 1/3 cup masa (corn flour)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 cup chopped frozen corn
- 1/4 cup corn meal
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2T heavy cream (or milk)
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1/2 t. baking powder
Bake in a 8"x8" pan @ 375 for 50-60 minutes
(technically you are supposed to set the smaller pan inside a 9x13 pan with water in it, but I just use my stone, or a glass pan and it turns out well) I double or triple this recipe
Friday, October 2, 2009
Above: my bed at ladies retreat. It was a great time! VERY challenging messages on conflict resolution.
Below: LouAnn officially lives here in Iowa. There were quite a few items she donated to help our around here, and we are very grateful!
J is one of the kiddos I have on school days. He is a cutie! Here he is sporting his "dog collar" for 80s day homecoming week.
C, J's brother, wasn't thrilled to be here the first couple of weeks, and he let me know it, but he has since settled into a nice routine. I found out he LOVES pasta!
Jon's new glasses. He looks SO much like the grandpa he almost shared a name with. He missed his birthday by 17 minutes!
A 1 month old and a 1 year old.... Deja Vu!!
I wore my paint pants for a week solid. I have a few more days to be wearing them. I end up washing them at night, because they start to take on a life of their own! I love having somewhere to wipe my hands, and I have also found that painting with out flooring is DA BOMB!! You don't have to worry about dripping!!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
This song has been such a challenge/ inspiration to me over the past month.
As I watched the various videos to accompany it on YouTube this one won out. Yes, it is intense, but I represents exactly the war I we are in. All it's ugliness, and seemingly superior strength. BUT the end, the victory is the cry of my heart. I know God can do it! Will I fight? Will you?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I hope one day to get back to the "11 years ago" theme. I have loads of bullet points I would like to share, BUT....
In a nut shell:
This past spring we were made aware of a child who needed a home. Since that time we have been working with DHS and waiting on the Lord to see if this is a need we can provide for. This particular child is out of state and thus the "hoops" to jump thru are extensive.
This week we will have a "relative home study". The social worker will be talking with us and touring our home, then reporting back to DHS in the state "Baby Gray" is from. We are working like crazy to get things done here on the main floor of our home. I have to wash my painting clothes at night b/c I am in them all day long.
Thankfully things are going very well. Don stayed home yesterday and was able to get all the outlets and switches wired up here, as well as hang the hardware in my closet, and finish installing our lights and smoke alarms. For the first time in our married life (11 years) we have an organizable closet!!! (notice I did not say organized)(yes, I cried)
Anywho, I had a picture to post, but wasn't sure if that is okay or not, since he isn't officially in our home yet.
So, now you know where I've been and what I've been up too. All this in addition to our 5 and all the meals, laundry, lost shoes, homework, etc....
The kids are VERY excited to have a baby around again, he's 10 months old.
P.S. Our anniversary weekend was WONDERFUL!!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
- after traveling together in Life Action Ministries for 9 months and spending practically all day every day together, Don and I had not seen each other for 60 days!
- Don who is NOT a morning person woke up at 5 or so to get on the road from MI to IA, and thus arrived blissfully earlier than I expected.
- I was so keyed up to see Don again and be held by him, that rather than run out to the car to greet him, I ran to the basement to be alone after instructing my mom to send him my way once he got inside. Weird to some, but that moment was so precious to me, I was in no mood for an audience.
- Many family members were traveling
- We loaded all my belongings into a trailer hauled out by Don's sister and her husband. I was so sure I needed the big trailer they brought out, but in truth I could have fit all my stuff in the smaller trailer they were thinking of bringing in the first place.
- Our nephew Tyler made the now historic quote, "I don't want to see any more silos!!!" (the first million had been exciting and helped pass the long trip. After that they lost their charm)
- Don's grandmas were still alive
- All my siblings were much younger, as were Don's nephews.
- Life was a lot simpler, and less complicated
- We were so sure it couldn't get any better, but in all reality the beauty we beheld then was just the "earth bound caterpillar"
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I picked out our bedroom paint color last winter. (very dark blue) I went online and found these cute Euro shams to coordinate and plan on finding a solid color quilt to go with them. I am pretty sure I can find some neat pillows to complete "the look".
Flash forward to this month. Our bedroom will be ready for paint Saturday. Sudden panic! I am not really sold on "the look" any longer.
Hours spent online looking at bedding. Find some that I am SURE is perfect. It gets delivered. I put it on the bed for display. Hmmmm, I do kinda like the first look. I really like the new look, actually I REALLY like both looks.
- I have the paint. (I could use it in the boys rooms, so it wouldn't be waisted)
- Don helped pick the paint color, and he really likes the color
- The sham goes very well with my multi colored Fiesta ware as well as the red office and green laundry room. (all of which you CAN NOT see from our room
- It coordinates well with our white cotton 1000 thread count sheets (just a note, be prepared to become addicted if you ever up the thread count of your sheets.)
- I don't know what color to paint the bathroom
- I have yet to find the PERFECT comforter and shams to go with it
- I am panicking about the dark blue. Everyone already says, "wow, you really like dark colors don't you?"
- It lacks "dimension"
- It will be hard to get another color of paint to cover the dark blue when I change things up in say 5 years.
- I am (currently) really geeked about the color combo
- Excited about the (possibly) gray walls. (sophisticated with a POP!)
- I already have the orange paint for the bathroom from my obsessing over the kitchen color
- Very dimensional
- With this color combo I could pull in our current comforter cover if I needed a change.
- Sale! Free shipping!!
- The gray would be easily covered over, or coordinated with should I change the whole "look".
- Don hates the color combo (but said it really doesn't matter to him)
- Not really sure what color to paint the walls. Orange seems to be overwhelming. I am not finding a suitable shade of light orange. I HATE peach. I have settled on a light gray for our room, and orange for the bathroom.
- Going to need to order another Euro sham for the back layer of pillows.
- Then there is the fact that I had to purchase this stuff, but I am going to have to find a quilt for the other anyway.
P.S. I do want feedback on this issue, however, please do not be put out if my final choice, should I be able to make one, isn't your favorite. Trust me, my other self will be grieving right alone with you!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Ten Characteristics of the Crucified Life
1. Few will understand.
2. You must abandon your own will and your own agenda.
3. Your intimate spiritual companions will be few.
4. Intense times of aloneness with God are required.
5. You will be constantly on the witness stand.
6. You must go “outside the camp” (a.k.a. comfort zone)
7. There will be times when your dignity is forfeited.
8. You must forego your rights.
9. You must accept that death is painful.
10.Because he was forsaken, you never will be.
So much struggle, so much pain. Some of it of human origin, some of it the struggle of growth, some of it divine appointment.
So many needy people. So much collateral damage from selfish choices. So many moments I feel there is just nothing I can do, as Satan gloats.
Moment by moment dependence on strength from above, so many things crowding in, and being allowed in, during my time with HIM. So many gentle reminders He is never too busy, never turns His back, or drops my burden.
Continued renewal thru His word, reinforced by reminders such as the outline above and this song
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Alex 4th Grade
(FINALLY!!! He's only been waiting since this time last year!!)
(we missed her last year. We didn't have any 1st graders)
No Mrs. A this year... so sad. She is an excellent teacher! (2nd grade)
Homer is busy doing "Home Ec". He is chomping at the bit to open the box of his school books that arrived yesterday.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The generations blend nicely!
It was a bit cold and windy!
(clothes pin in the milk bottle)
Monday, July 27, 2009
- It's been 10 days since I've blogged
- I am 500 miles from home
- We will cover probably another 1000 miles before we arrive home late Sunday night
- We now travel to MI for the family reunion during the summer rather than braving the roads and leaving our wood heated house in December.
- I was able to go to the Cascades with Don, his mom and the kids last night. I have been wanting to do this for about 8 years. The cascades is a a series of waterfalls with various colored lights that change, and music.
- I had the bestest birthday EVER this past week. It covered 3 days and involved no kids, time alone with Don, lunch with a friend I rarely get to catch up with, and a sweet dinner provided by my dear grandmother, at my mom's house, (mom also made my favorite, ice cream cake) with the majority of my family. It was soooo nice!
- Don spoke at our church last Sunday. He brought the message he did before about caring for the orphans and widows. That message is one that is being fleshed out in our lives currently.
- Facing the daunting task of possibly caring for a special needs child. Not sure if it will be for a time or forever.
- Headed into a week of lots of people to see, so little time to do it!
- Heard a train last night and it made both Don and I homesick. Missing our bed!!! and the trains we hear each evening
- Our last of our main floor drywall should be hung and mudded/ sanded by the time we get home!!!! Yeah!!! Flooring is next!!!
- Hopefully the road construction will be done too!!
- God keeps dropping obvious reminders of the fruit of the spirit and my need to depend on His spirit
Friday, July 17, 2009
- VBS all week. 80 minutes of signing every night for me. ( 4 age groups, 20 minutes each) I don't have a strong voice to begin with and it is wearing out quickly. Thankfully tonight we only have 10 minutes of signing to do for the program.
- Don's party went well. Over 100 people there. I'll post pictures in 20 years when I get a break!
- Today is the last day of 3 extra boys. Tuesday, my birthday, would have been my last day, but a friend volunteered to watch them because in her words,"You shouldn't have to baby sit on your birthday." I hope everyone has such a rockn' friend!!!
- Swimming lessons are DONE!!! I did like the format of not having all the classes at one time as far as the instruction the kids got went, BUT as far as driving back and forth and being at the pool 3 hours a day...... that STUNK!!
- God leading in a situation I am helping with. I can't expound now, but it takes LOADS of time, energy and emotion.
- To top it all off there seems to be a wave of attack spiritually, emotionally and mentally. Praise the LORD for godly counsel thru His word and His people. Below you will find some of the said encouragement.
3–4 If our Message is obscure to anyone, it’s not because we’re holding back in any way. No, it’s because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention. All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won’t have to bother believing a Truth they can’t see. They’re stone-blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we’ll ever get.
5–6 Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.
7–12 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!
13–15 We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!
16–18 So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
]Peterson, E. H. (2002). The Message : The Bible in contemporary language (2 Co 4:1-18). Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress.
A Psalm of David.
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Happy 40th birthday to my Sunshine!