Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
It was such an exciting event and the best news is that 16 families requested Bible Studies while there and we hope to see lots of the Wednesday night in KC! You can see more pics from our church website.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The whole gang - Holly, Denell, Megan, Kaley, MaKenna, Kelsey, Carrigan, Kimberly, KT and Caitlyn.
I haven't posted yet about MaKenna's party because we have had so much going on and then other things came up to blog about =D. But, I thought I would do a quick update, just so you know how it went!
Her party was American Idol themed, but in a Christian way! We had blue and silver decorations, with lots of pictures of MaKenna from different ages all around and a makeshift stage area. The girls were separated into 2 groups of 4 and drew out of a basket to choose the song they would perform. Their job was then to put together whatever they wanted to do to perform - they could do drama, motions, sticks, signing, singing, etc. They had a blast practicing!
Holly's group had a song called Mirror by Barlow Girl. It is an awesome song about a girl who has allowed her image of herself to be dictated by what she sees in the mirror and who she thinks she should be. As the song goes on, she realizes that she doesn't even know who she is anymore and that she is not who God wants her to be. They did a drama and it was so powerful and moving. Denell Yadon, Kimberly Goodman and I were the judges and we had them all stand there so we could tell them our opinions of their performance - all positive of course, no Simon's!!
MaKenna's group had a song called I Can't Hear You by Matthew West and it is a song about the things in our life that make it hard for us to hear God's voice and how we need to listen for it in the midst of the noise. They put motions to their song and all had such a great attitude and looked like they were having so much fun as they performed!
She had 13 of her favorite foods/snacks/drinks for everyone to munch on and instead of cake, she had ice cream - my kind of girl! We had a star for each of the girls with their name on it and they all autographed each others stars. It really was a simple party with little that we had to buy to prepare, but they had such a great time and it made turning 13 extra special for MaKenna!
A few random pics:
Even though you weren't here, hopefully you feel like you had a part in what we did!
Caleb got his braces off this week!! His teeth look so good and we are glad the journey is over. MaKenna is next!
Monday, October 20, 2008
After breakfast began our school day. And this is where everything went haywire. Holly and I began to play around and get some giggles out which ended with all of us involved. After setting down, all of us got busy with our responsibilities.
Suddenly, Holly comes running out of her room saying, hurry, come out back! Well, we all jumped up and ran out back where we noticed a HUGE (like Old Faithful size) geiser of water coming from in front of the house that backs up to ours. Sounded like a good opportunity for a spontaneous field trip! So, we loaded into the van with no shoes and drove around the block to see what was up. By the time we got there, they had shut off the fire hydrant, but the street was quite flooded! We never did find out what happened with it. So, with the excitement over, we came home to try to get serious about our day.
We managed to get some work done. Then, MaKenna and I went to work in the kitchen - working on dinner, preparation for breakfast tomorrow and dinner tomorrow. As we were cleaning up, I turned the water on in the sink and suddenly, the water hit something in the bottom of the sink and it caused a fountain of water to come up over the edge and all over the floor! I am not sure what was happening with water today!
MaKenna and I got a lot of work done, though! But it wasn't over yet! As we continued to work, our next surprise appeared! We noticed out the back door ANOTHER fountain of water, right on our back porch! Someone had accidentally left the hose on with the nozzle attached and it burst a hole on the side and was spraying out all over the porch! Third times the charm? But for what, I am not sure!
At this point, I was honestly looking for a camera somewhere! What a crazy Monday! I hope that yours was a little more settled than mine! But, all's well that ends well and ours did - but it sure made for a good story, don't you think?
Friday, October 17, 2008
It's been so long since I posted a "Friday post." First it was vacation, then vacation recovery, then just plain forgetfulness. But, I was thinking of it last weekend and then was so gently prodded by a friend, so here we are!
We have had some great nights of ladies prayer lately and I really just have prayer on my heart. Corrie Ten Boom asked, "Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" Hopefully, what you read here will inspire you to put prayer first and let it guide everything you do.
I read something recently that puts prayer in a great perspective. "The purpose of prayer is not to inform God of our needs, but to invite Him to rule our lives." That is so powerful. We often go to God with a list of wants or needs, like He is a robot waiting to supply our every whim - but, what He is longing for is a relationship with us. When I pray and put Him first, I feel His presence so strong. I want to know that He loves me and that He knows that I love Him.
When we keep our relationship with Him as our focus, it also keeps our prayers from becoming dry, stale or ritualistic. They are alive and fresh each time we pray. They are not magic formulas, either. But when we move to the side and allow God to work in us, He can do mighty things through us and we can see miracles as we surrender to the supernatural.
This is a crazy world we live in. There are NO guarantees, NO promises and NO hope in it. But when I turn my eyes to Him who created the world with His Words, who holds the world in His hands and who ever liveth to make intercession for us, I don't have to worry what is happening in the world around me.
Here's another prayer thought provoker: "Before we can pray 'Thy Kingdom come,' we must be willing to pray 'My kingdom go.'" There's a tough one for lots of us! Once I pray, I need to remember that no matter what, He is in control and knows what is best. Sometimes, we want to live for God, but only by our rules, only if it doesn't require too much personal sacrifice or change and only if I can still do pretty much whatever I want to do. We don't want to let our little "kingdom" go and get ourselves out of the way so that God can truly come in and do His work. (end of sermon! =D) Thankfully, He stays with us every step of the journey.
It truly is a journey. I am a work in progress and I can honestly say that I'm not there yet! That is why prayer is so important. It keeps us focused on the path He has prepared for us, keeps us close to the One who guides our steps, keeps us from letting ourselves get in the way of His will and helps us through each step of our journey.
For those of you who read this regularly, you should know that you are on my daily prayer list! And now, I pray that this post has blessed you and encouraged you to want to spend a little time right now with your Creator. It will not be time wasted!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
It is so true that time flies. I was reading my sister's blog about growing pains with her baby and realized, it doesn't feel like it has been 13 years since that was me! But, it was and here I am with a beautiful young lady on my hands.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
1. You shall not put your blog before your integrity.
2. You shall not make an idol of your blog.
3. You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin.
4. Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog.
5. Honour your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes.
6. You shall not murder someone else’s honour, reputation or feelings.
7. You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind.
8. You shall not steal another person’s content.
9. You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger.
10. You shall not covet your neighbour’s blog ranking. Be content with your own content.
Monday, October 6, 2008
You have to cut off the top (I did this for Holly!) and scoop out all the insides. Be sure to save the seeds to roast! Then, in a large skillet, combine:
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef/turkey
1/3 c. chopped green pepper (didn't have any, so not in this time)
3/4 c. chopped onion
Combine over medium heat until the meat is browned. Then, add:
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 c. soy sauce (or liquid aminos, like we use)
2 Tbsp. Brown sugar
1 4 oz. can mushrooms
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 c. cooked rice (brown is best!!)
Mix this all well and then place inside the pumpkin. Place the lid on the pumpkin and then put the pumpkin on a foil lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hours.
Now, when I first read it, I have to admit that is sounded weird to me. But everything was so good. When you take it out of the oven, the pumpkin is so pretty and browned:
When you scoop it out, be sure to get some of the cooked pumkin too. It adds tons of extra nutrients, has hardly any flavor at all, and makes you feel all good and warm inside knowing how good for you it is! EVERYONE in my house loved this - even Caleb! The girls loved the insides so much, that they want to make it even when it is not fall without the pumpkin. So, I hope you get to try it. Let me know if you do and what you think! Bon appetite!