Wednesday, October 29, 2008
OK..hmmm...lets try again:
1. I'm afraid of mice...silly afraid...jump on the chair afraid (all rodents included in this)
2. I do not like cats. Not even a little bit. Which is weird because I should be thankful they take care of the mouse problem.
3. If invited to a wedding I look forward to the little pastel mints, the dancing, and I feel cheated if the cake is some gourmet thing and not the traditional white cake.
4. I have a terrible singing voice, but my shower and my kids don't complain.
5. Sitting around a campfire, talking late into the night is one of my favorite things to do.
6. I feel compelled to pray for Katie Holmes and Mel Gibson on a regular basis. Don't know why : ) Maybe they need extra prayers?
7. I've had a lifelong crush on Gilbert Blythe and Mr. Darcy...I eventually got over Kirk Cameron, although I'm impressed with the man he has become
Is that better, King Charming? If not, I'll have to start making stuff up! : )
1. I'm completely blind in my left eye and have been since birth. That eye is much smaller than my other one and very sensitive to light, so I'm usually squinting in any picture taken of me.
2. I used to sleep walk a lot as a kid/teenager. For some reason I stopped doing it as I got older, but I'm still afraid it will start up again, and I'll do something really weird in my sleep. Most of my best embarrassing moments stories resulted from sleep walking.
3. I'm an all-or-nothing kind of person. I either work-out for two hours a day or I do nothing. My house is either "Better Homes and Gardens-ish" or it looks like Hurricane Katrina moved through. Hardly ever a middle ground for me. I'm working on that. : ) (current status of house: Hurricane Aftermath) Working on that, too. : )
4. I'm addicted to coffee and my favorite place to get it is Dutch Brothers. There is a Dutch Brothers a block a way from my house now. I'm in big trouble! : )
5. I acted in school plays in High School and college and won some awards for acting during High School. I miss it. Someday I think it would be so fun to be in a play again.
6. I am a telephone phobic. I would much rather speak to a gymnasium full of people than have to call someone on the phone. I get soooooo nervous and am usually hugely relieved when I get an answering machine.
7. Since my childhood, writing a book has been my dream. I can't count how many stories I've started or how many lists of characters' names I made as a kid and even as an adult. I had dreams of being the next Francine Rivers, but God had different plans for me and led me to write a non-fiction book instead. I finished it in August and am praying He will use it somehow to comfort women who have gone through pregnancy loss.
It's your turn:
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
I knew I wanted a dinner tonight that matched the weather. I think I succeeded and my family loved it. Even my youngest daughter who is THE PICKIEST EATER ON THE PLANET!!!!! She gave me thumbs up and that is a big deal. It was so easy to make so I thought I'd share it with you:
Carrots and Potatoes
Baked Apples for dessert
Rub meat LIBERALLY with Johnny's Seasoning Salt. Johnny's is the most important ingredient. With this meal you cannot get enough Johnny's on everything. (except the apples haha) See how it says, "It's Pure Magic" on the bottle? It really is magic on roast.
Heat a little bit of olive oil in a pan and brown the meat on all sides.
Put whole carrots and sliced potatoes (circles) in the crockpot. Cover them all with lots of Johnny's
Put meat on top and add 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook on low all day in crockpot.
In a bowl mix 1/4 cup brown sugar w/ 1 TBSP of cinnamon. Fill the apples with this mixture and put a pat of butter on top. Pour 3/4 cup of boiling water around it all and then bake at 350 degrees until very soft. I only baked them for 30 minutes today and it wasn't long enough.
They will make your house smell like heaven. It's 10:00 and I can still smell the apples.
How to serve it:
Cut the meat and put it in serving bowls w/ the veggies and cover all of it with the juice left in the crockpot.
Serve the meat and veggies on to plates and shake a little more Johnny's on top. (I swear they did not pay me to advertise)
OK, here's the part where you will think I'm crazy, but I want you to put sour cream on top of it all. On the meat. On the veggies. I promise it is really good. If you are a reader from my fitness blog- I measured the sour cream! : ) Please do not put fat free sour cream on this meal. It would ruin it!
I wish I had taken some pictures of the finished product and my family enjoying it, but I guess if I start snapping pictures of dinner I will have really gone off the blogging deep end! : )
Hope you are enjoying Fall.
As a side note...Did you know the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival started today? Oh man! It is going to be tough to stay off my computer this week. That thing is absolutely addicting! I wanted to be organized enough to do my own giveaway, but alas organization left me when I gave birth in August. : ) There is still time...maybe I can pull it together before the carnival ends. I hope you enjoy entering the contests. I'd love to hear if any of you are winners.
I also wanted to thank those of you who are following my blog. (See sidebar to learn how to become a Follower) It means a lot to me. I'm so grateful for all of you who read. When I started our adoption blog in January of 2007, I didn't really understand what blogging was. I didn't know how much fun I'd have with it and the wonderful people I'd meet.
I'll be back soon to update you on Prince Charming and the Princesses and life here in the castle. In the mean time, here's the latest devotion I wrote for church:
The Apprentice Juggler:
My mom read the book Tales of the Kingdom as a bedtime story to my brother and me when I was young, and it quickly became a family favorite. Staring at the pictures, I often wished I could be in the story myself. I've read it over again several times as an adult, getting something new out of it every time. (Sorry Mom, you can't have it back)
Written as a fairy tale, each chapter expresses a different Biblical truth and ends with a moral for the story. One of my favorite chapters is called "The Apprentice Juggler."
The Apprentice Juggler wants nothing more than to join the troupe and perform on a regular basis at the Great Celebration. Unfortunately, he has a terrible secret he is afraid the Juggling Master will find out about. His inner count is different than the other jugglers, and he is terrified he will mess up the next performance. Doing everything in his power to hide the fact his rhythm is off, he works hard to suppress the count he hears inside of his head.
Eventually, he cannot suppress it any longer and during the performance he lets himself follow his own rhythm. He ends up delighting the audience as a clown and learns a clown is "the best juggler of all." It is a rare talent to be both a juggler and a clown and the Juggling Master is thrilled.
When asked why he never revealed his different rhythm, he answers, "I-I thought I would lose my place in the troupe." To which the Juggling Master replies, "Lose your place? Find your proper place, rather. Didn't you know that in the Great Celebration, all who desire a place, find a place?"
Have you ever felt like the Apprentice Juggler; afraid you have nothing to offer in the Kingdom of God because you aren't like the other people you see serving? I have. And I was convinced I didn't measure up. I was also convinced serving meant doing something I didn't like to do.
But here I am, writing a blog, something I love to do and happens to be a hobby of mine. God gave me the opportunity to do something I love for Him.
Do you march to the beat of a different drum? Great! No one has the unique talents God has instilled in you. No one can tell your story. God has created so much diversity and we do not need cookie-cutter Christians in the Body of Christ. Listen to your own inner rhythm and offer it up to God. He wrote your rhythm, and He will use it!
Make a list of your dreams, passions, talents, gifts, etc. and talk to God about them during your prayer time this week. Trust Him with those things. Praise God for your uniqueness. Ask Him to use you for His Kingdom.
Do you feel unqualified? I've heard this quote said two different ways, and I love it both ways:
God doesn't call the equipped, He equips those He calls.
God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies those He calls.
More of God's Word:
1. Read 1 Corinthians 12
2. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. - Colossians 3:17
Thank you for making me, me. Help me to stop comparing myself to others and to enjoy the way you made me. Help me to trust You with my unique gifts, talents, passions, and dreams. Show me how they can be used for You. May I glorify You with my life.
In Jesus' Name I pray,
Thursday, October 23, 2008
In the mean time, here's my best attempts. I wish I could edit out my voice. I sound so silly! : )
Enjoy, Grandma! (And everyone else, too)
Sunday, October 19, 2008
"Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." - Jeremiah 32:17 (NIV)
Fret, fret, fret.
Worry, worry, worry.
This week can be measured not in days, but in time spent worrying. I can't count how many times I've said the words, "It's impossible."
My "impossible" this week had to do with more hurdles in what has felt like a never-ending adoption process we began two years ago. I have to figure out a way over this new hurdle before an immigration deadline expires in two weeks, and in my eyes it is impossible.
As I've prayed over the problem, God has been gracious to gently remind me who is in control. He reminded me of my last two devotions where I wrote these things:
-He is trustWORTHY-Don't be afraid to pray the prayer that never fails, "Thy will be done"-Remember where our help comes from
Then He asked me to let go and rest in Him.
It was midnight last night when I finally surrendered and applied these truths to this situation. I still didn't know how this hurdle was going to be overcome (I still don't) but worry was replaced with the "peace beyond understanding" that comes from trust.
I was ready to go to sleep anxiety-free, but I wanted to check on one of my favorite blogs before I went to bed. As her blog loaded on my computer screen, tears popped into my eyes. I couldn't believe what she had written for her latest blog post. This is all it said:
"I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done."-J. Hudson Taylor of China Inland Missions
What about you? Do you have your own "impossible" to overcome this week? Run to the throne and lay it at His feet. Be persistent in your prayers over this issue. Find a prayer partner to pray with you about it and to hold you accountable as you let go of worry.
More of God's Word:
1. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. - Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
2. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. -1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
3. For nothing is impossible with God. - Luke 1:37 (NIV)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I love it when she gets a gleam in her eye and wants to share something new with me. It usually starts with the line, "Mommy did you know..." and she'll fill in the blank, educating me on this new found knowledge of hers. Today, she informed me that veterinarians aren't just animal DOCTORS, they are also animal DENTISTS because they take care of the animals' teeth. I told her how insightful this was.
Amy piped up from the back seat and said, "I don't ever want to be a veterinarian because the dogs might BITE me."
My answer was, "God has given us all different interests so we'll all do different things. Maybe Karissa was meant to be a vet, that's why she loves animals so much."
Then Karissa said, "Yeah, Amy was meant to be a princess."
I just had to laugh at how true that was. Amy informs me often that she is going to marry our neighbor boy, her one true love, and how he is going to do the working and make all the money. Poor kid. She has his whole future planned for him. I think he feels a little helpless in the whole situation. He's just too nice to tell her no. : )
Then we got to the dentist's office, and I told the girls to hop out and head inside. I told them to tell them I'd be right in after I got the baby in his stroller.
Karissa said, "Yes and then we'll tell them who we are."
I said, "Oh, I think they'll remember you. You two girls are hard to forget."
Her answer? "Yeah, it's because we are so beautiful."
The princesses need a little work in the humility department. : )
When do we lose that childlike confidence?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Go here to see what is working this week for other bloggers.
Also, if you are diet/fitness challenged like me, you might be interested in this online book club over at my fitness blog. The more the merrier. : )
Monday, October 13, 2008
I'm setting up my middle of the night feeding station-
nursing pillow, check
burp rag, check
thrush medicine and clean syringes, check
gas drops, check
nursing pads stocked, check
diapers stocked, check
There used to be a time when I just "went to bed." Oh how I long for those days again. But he is worth every minute of it. I am tired, but so thankful to be here.
I've been reflecting on today and what a good day it was. I think the reason it was such a good day was because of a choice I made at 2:00 this afternoon.
My oldest daughter was in school, my younger daughter was having some quiet time in front of a movie, and my baby was napping. It was the perfect set-up for a nap, but I had that nagging feeling like a nap wasn't the right choice this time.
This is what I prayed, "Lord, I have enough time to either pray, clean, or sleep, and to be perfectly honest sleep is what I want. If I choose to pray instead, I am going to need some supernatural energy to make it through this day and I'm going to need some supernatural help to get my work done, the girls to AWANA on time tonight, and clothes ready for the girls to wear for picture day tomorrow."
I wish I could say I dropped everything and prayed, but it took a little bit more convincing from that gentle whisper asking me to come spend some time with Him. I ended up having a great prayer time, and I was able to talk to Him about some things I've been carrying around on my shoulders. I walked away from that time more refreshed than a nap could have ever made me feel.
And then an amazing thing happened- I got laundry done, I was able to make dinner AND get the girls to AWANA without stress. I got some dishes done. The girls have clothes to wear for their pictures tomorrow and I'm going to bed before midnight.
It's impossible to put into words how many little things God did for me this afternoon to confirm that the prayer time was the right choice. Sometimes I think of prayer as a duty and forget how much it blesses me.
Goodnight. Sleep tight. Don't let the bedbugs bite.
(And please, please, please sleep through the night little man!)
Sunday, October 12, 2008
From the Word:
Click here and read Luke 22:39-45
Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine. -Luke 22:39-45
I love good books and some of my favorites are Jan Karon’s novels “The Mitford Series.” Set in the small Southern town of Mitford, they tell the story of a lovable, Episcopalian priest, named Father Tim. The magic of the books lies in how ordinary life is in Mitford.
I have learned so much from Father Tim. Before he starts his day, he always prays, “Make me a blessing to someone today.” What an attitude! Whatever happens today, Lord, please let me touch someone’s life! He has a firm grasp on grace, and it shows up throughout the books. But I think the most important lesson that I have learned from Father Tim is his famous “prayer that never fails.”
Whenever he is counseling someone or trying to figure out a situation, he suggests that they pray the prayer that never fails, “Thy will be done.”
Why don’t we pray this prayer more often? Fear! We forget that our God is trustWORTHY. If we are honest, many of us are afraid of what that Will might include. It is almost as if we see God in Heaven saying, “Yippee! She finally surrendered. Now I can pour on the really hard stuff!”
We must remember God’s character and His heart toward us. He says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
He isn’t out to get us. He is out to love us, mold us, shape us, draw us to Himself, and ultimately work out what is best for us individually and for the Kingdom as a whole. Pray the prayer that never fails and trust for just the right answer.
Does praying this prayer terrify you? List what you are afraid of, confess your unbelief, and ask God to help you trust Him more.
In his book, Absolute Surrender, Andrew Murray gives this exhortation:
“Oh, I want to encourage you, and I want you to cast away every fear. Come with that feeble desire. If there is the fear which says- ‘Oh, my desire is not strong enough. I am not willing for everything that may come, and I do not feel bold enough to say I can conquer everything’ – I implore you, learn to know and trust your God now. Say: ‘My God, I am willing that You should make me willing.’”
Give the Lord Your fear, and then ask Him to make you willing and able to surrender to His good will.
More of God’s Word:
1. Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief! Mark 9:24 (KJV)
2. All he does is just and good, and all his commandments are trustworthy. – Psalm 111:7 (NLT)
3. God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); - 1 Corinthians 1:9a (Amplified Bible)
Dear Lord, Thy will be done. As scary as it is to pray, I know that I can trust You because you are worthy of that trust. Thank you that I can rest in knowing You are sovereign over the details of my life. Equip me to let go and wait for Your perfect will.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,
Saturday, October 11, 2008
These were the views outside of my windows last night:
Not only did it snow on OCTOBER 9TH, but my kids were able wake up and there was enough left to sled on.
I have to admit, I love it! And my family has a tradition of competing for the first snow. Whoever gets it first calls the other family members and brags. Since Mom was here with me for my win this year, I just have to say to my brother, "We win, Ben! Neiner, Neiner!" : )
I do want the pretty Fall leaves to come back though. This was exciting but I'll wait until closer to Christmas for more.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Grandma is visiting this week and she is so much fun. She gives me baths, holds me whenever I want it, and she taught me the coolest trick. If I look in the mirror, I will find another friend to talk to and smile at.
Grandma has to leave on Saturday and I don't like it one bit!
She better come back soon.
Thanks again for checking in on me and my family.
Monday, October 6, 2008
There you have it! These work for me.
To see what is working for other bloggers stop by Works For Me Wednesday at Rocks in my Dryer.
The girls have been counting how many sleeps they have until Grandma comes for the last two weeks, and you would have thought it was Christmas this morning when they realized there were no more sleeps left. Amy figured it out first and ran up the stairs yelling, "Sissy, Sissy. This is THE day! GRANDMA is coming. TODAY!!!!"
I've been emotional and hormonal and a little down in the dumps this weekend, but Mom makes it all feel better.
Thank God for Grandma!
I think I'll sneak away for a nap while she's busy with her grandkids. No one will miss me. : )
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein
Here's the list: (I'm sure I missed some that I've repressed) : )
Fit For Life
Slim Tea (Don't try this....EVER!!!)
South Beach Diet
Drinking Olive Oil (this is HORRIBLE by the way)
Is there anything left I haven't tried? If there is, don't tell me so I won't be tempted. : )
That's embarrassing, actually. Sometimes I wonder why I share so much about myself. : )
Obviously, I need a different approach to this if I'm going to find lasting change. I need to focus on the inside before I'm going to impact the outside for long term.
That's why I want to read Faithfully Fit. I guess the title describes me- "yo-yo lifestyle of chronic dieting." I bought this book seven years ago because my church was doing a small group using it. But as soon as I started it, I found out I was pregnant with Karissa, so I stuck it back on the shelf.
As I've been praying about what to do with the weight battle again, I keep coming back to this book. I think God is telling me to take my own advice and come to him for help first and to let him change me instead of just changing what the scale says or what jean size I wear.
That's also why I included this post on Daiquiri's Seek the Lord Sunday meme. Sometimes we think that we are only supposed to seek Him for the spiritual things and forget that there shouldn't be a separation between our secular lives and our spiritual lives. It should all be His. I've just gotten to the point where I don't even know what to pray for when it comes to fitness any more other than "help" and of course I add "please." : )
I really don't want to do this alone. Do any of you dear readers have the same issues or any issues regarding fitness, weight-loss, health, etc.? I always do best with support and think it would be more fun to do with friends. So I'm hoping you might want to read the book with me.
It is broken up into 42 devotions, so after I read each day's devotion, I'm going to journal about it on my fitness blog. Then I thought we could talk about it in the comments section or we can go to your blog if you blog about it. The book can be bought online for as little as .75 cents, so it isn't a big financial commitment and it isn't a diet, just devotions to help with the spiritual side of fitness.
It's OK if it isn't the right time for anyone else, it will still be good for me, but if you want to join me you can let me know here or on the fitness blog or just get the book and join me when I start on Oct. 20th.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
This one was mine. I was excited to see him fit into it. : )
My oldest daughter has been sick for the last few days. She got tired of being housebound I guess, because when I went looking for the girls, this is what I found. Her little sister set up a bedroom for her outside and was nursing her back to health. She kept running back in the house asking me for stuff for Sissy- water cups, coloring pages, games, etc. I guess if American Idol doesn't pan out for her she would make a great nurse. : )
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I also thought it would be great if there are others out there who might want to join me. The title of my new blog is "Climbing My Personal Mount Everest." I describe the meaning of that title in my first post. My goal isn't to just lose weight again. I've done that over and over again. It's more about making lasting change and being free of the yo-yo diet thing.
It isn't a fancy blog right now, and I've only got three posts so far. I'm still postpartum, so I'll be going slow. I've got plans to journal my own journey and to start a book club using this book. It would be great to have other "fellow climbers" join me. We can pray for each other and support each other along the way. If you start a fitness blog of your own, let me know and I'll add you to my sidebar. Or if you just want to cheer me on, I'd appreciate that, too. : )