Morning and Evening

This morning Charles Spurgeon reminds us that “some Christians are for living ON Christ, but are not so anxious to live FOR Christ.” This hits me in a deep way because it is going past a surface relationship with Christ and suggesting that this is not enough. It is not enough to simply meet with God to get strength from him but you must use that strength for his glory. If we ask for provisions and patience we must not keep those things to ourselves but give them out. Asking is not what keeps us close to God… It is what we do with what we ask.

Today is Friday and I am tired. I realized last night that Aaron is tired too… I am not the only one who is tired at the end of the day. I also realized that I have an expectation for him to be happy and peppy and to get me into a good mood when he comes home. Perhaps I am the one who should be striving to support him and help him into a good mood. It is so easy to be selfish when you are tired and worn out. It is so easy to think about what you want and need and not even look at the other person. I forget that when I come out of my selfishness shell and care about someone else, I forget about my own tiredness (for at least a little while). I know all of you are probably tired at the end of the day but just remember that the person next to you is probably tired too and it might help if you focus on their day instead of your own.

Happy weekend and happy cold front!!!

P.S. this weekend or actually Monday October 8th is my sweet, handsome, hunk of a man’s birthday…. He is turning 27. Happy early birthday and I love you so much and would very lost without you!

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A Very Wet Weekend!

Well I think this weekend was the busiest and least restful weekend we have ever had. My weekend started on Thursday because little Camilla wasn’t feeling well and so Kendra stayed home to comfort her as only mommies can. My Thursday went by super fast with just Evelyn and I stayed super busy. Lately Evelyn has decided to sleep until 8- 8:30 in the morning (going to bed at 7:15ish) which I am fine with except… Her afternoon naps are shorter… So you either get one or the other. Don’t get me wrong, I love her awake, playing time so much but that is all that is accomplished… But this is motherhood, right folks? I love being a mom so much and wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Anywho… Friday rolls around and it is Fair day at Ovilla Christian school which means Aaron is off. Got to love those school holidays! So we took advantage of having a lazy morning and I fixed a hot breakfast (which doesn’t happen very often these days). Aaron and I worked around the house and got some stuff done which is always nice. THEN… Friday night Aaron and I got to go on a date to Shakespeare In The Park and it was really fun. Iris and Richie were sweet enough to watch our little munchkin so we could get out alone. We got to have dinner at Applebee’s (two entrees for $20, great deal) and then we went to watch Macbeth in the park. The play started a bit late and so when 11pm rolled around we left a little early. We did get to see most of the play and we had great seats.

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Saturday… We decided to make this our fair day, really bad idea. We both knew that there was a 80-100% chance of rain and yet we still decided to go, with a baby, and only one umbrella. We really wanted to go because it was the only day that my brother and sister-in-law could go. So we went and it was raining and raining and raining. The rain never stopped. We should have guessed by the looks of things and (hmmmmm) the weather report 🙂

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Anyways… Believe it or not we still had fun. We saw a dog show, had some great fair food and we even got to take Evelyn to see all the animals (she loved it) which I will post more pictures of soon. We even sat in on a blender demonstration with the Dodds and got free smoothie samples! By the end of the day we were sopping wet, Evelyn was really tired and so were we for that matter. We couldn’t stop though, we had a birthday party to get to (Richie Harp “grandad” turned 60). We stopped and got a much needed In N Out burger and headed to the party…Iris did a great job and I think Richie was kinda surprised 🙂
By Sunday… Well we had a very tired baby (no naps and staying up late) but we had an ordination to get to. Our dear friend Matt Odum was getting ordained in Denton (our home a couple months ago) *tear*. Sunday morning we went to Denton Pres and got to see old friends and enjoy church. By the end of church, Evelyn was melting down, she needed a nap but Aaron and I had to eat and so for the first time since she was a little bitty girl, she fell asleep on me in the restaurant and stayed there the whole time (while I attempted to eat my salad left handed, I only spilled a little bit).

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Then before the ordination Aaron really needed a haircut and so we were able to drop by Katie and Lou Korom’s house. Aaron got a hair cut and we got some play time with Nola, they had fun together!

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After that, we headed to Nana and Pops so that I could finish baking some stuff before the evening and Evelyn got to hangout with Nana for a couple hours. Evelyn has a blast with Nana 🙂 once again on the road, we made it to the church and Evelyn lost it… So sleepy. She took a little cat nap in the car before the service and that helped to get her though, I went and got a Starbucks to get me through. The service was wonderful and Matt is now ordained! Very exciting. Evelyn played hard with her friends Nola and Ava and ate lots of carrots and other food. Then we drove home and Evelyn had another late night but…. She made up for it this morning by sleeping until 9:15am and then taking a 3 hour nap and then going to bed at 7:15pm, all I can say is she better be rested tomorrow! I on the other hand am still awake but I should be in my bed asleep… But come on people, this is the only time I have to blog and I should be working on my etsy inventory! Always so much to do.
Alrighty, bed time!
P.S. can I just say how I am loving the weather and can’t WAIT for the first real cold snap (should be this weekend)…. Yay fall!

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Evelyn and New Tricks!

I cannot believe that our little baby girl will be 10 months in a couple of weeks! She is growing and learning so fast I just can’t stand it. Okay folks I have to tell you what little Evelyn has been up to the last four days.

Friday- we were sitting and skyping with our dear friends Sammy and Veronica Lange from Austria and we were ending the conversation and saying good bye. Sammy and Veronica were waving and Evelyn put her little hand up and waved for the first time… She now consistently waves and says bye bye all the time. Tonight Aaron couldn’t even leave without her going up to the door and waving and saying bye bye… Too cute!

Saturday- Grandma Mia came into town (yay!) and spent a few days with us. Let me tell you, leave it up to grandmas to start the tricks rolling. Saturday night we were having dinner at the Fisk’s house (they graciously hosted a ton of my family last minute at their house) and Evelyn just started clapping for the first time (which she does all the time now). Poor little Landon was clapping too and didn’t understand why she was getting the attention for clapping and not him, so we cheered for him too 🙂

Sunday- Evelyn started doing the Indian noise with her mouth (I hope y’all know what I mean). She also started giving high fives (when she feels like it) and attempting to blow kisses and give kisses.

Monday- Evelyn started standing (while not holding on to anything) for more than 5 seconds and she even took a step once or twice! This is just too much stuff in four days! Everyday I can’t describe the love I have for this little sweet heart. Her smiles and laughter just make me more attached and blessed to be her mommy. Treasure your little ones and the moments you have with them. One minute they are tiny and asleep in your arms and the next minute they are laughing and taking steps.

Well I just had to share and here is a picture to go with all the milestones 🙂 I am sure I will be posting again soon when she starts driving or something like that.

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Etsy Happenings

Okay so I have been getting some Etsy inventory done a little at a time. Realistically I am hoping to have the shop up in November… Before Thanksgiving (just in time for Christmas shopping!). I have several necklaces in the making and am currently working on some branding ideas and sorting out all of my pricing/ finances. Things are going well and I am getting excited about getting things going. I have posted a picture below to get some continued feedback before the shop goes live. Right now I am just working on casual necklaces but I hope to add rings, bracelets and different types of necklaces (custom, necklaces with grandkid’s names, fancier necklaces and so on) in the future. Hope you are all having a fab day and I will let you know how things progress. 🙂

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Thought for the day

“My hope lives not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for who Christ died; my trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, he is my righteousness. My faith rests not upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is, what he has done, and what he is now doing for me.” – Charles Spurgeon

This quote hit me very hard this morning. I realized that my faith is mostly built on what I think I am, what I think I am going to be, how I feel at the moment and what I think I know. I would like to believe that I am not run by my feelings, but I am. Everyday I am faced with a choice of giving into those feelings or going with what I know to be the only real truth; God is good and he is never going to change. This is my prayer for myself and those around me, that our faith would be based on God and who he is and nothing more.


Dinner!

Okay so I made dinner up tonight and Aaron approved, that means I have to write it down so we can have it again. Honestly if I don’t write down what I make, we will never have the EXACT same thing twice. I am one of those cooks who makes up the recipe as I go along. Most of my recipes don’t seem that complicated to me until I try to write them down, then they seem kinda long but I will share them anyways. Let me just say, if you don’t like coconut, you should stop reading right now (sorry mom). I am loving all things coconut right now… Coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut flakes, it is all good. So here it goes. Oh and this dinner recipe is in honor of our “cold front” coming in tomorrow. I am a cold weather, thunderstorm kinda girl. Oh and I forgot to take pictures of the finished products… Sorry, you will just have to read (next time I will, promise). P.S. all of my recipes on here will be gluten free and dairy free.

Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

2 Tbls. Curry paste (Mae ploy brand is the best out there) you can use red or yellow paste and we get it from H Mart in Dallas.
2 Tbls. Coconut oil
1 can light coconut milk
1 can regular coconut milk
1 1/2c. vegetable broth
1 lg. skinless boneless chicken breast (or you can use about a cup of diced already cooked chicken)
1 small green bell pepper
1c. chopped raw spinach
1/2 medium onion (diced)
1 1/2c. cubed butternut squash (you can buy it already cubed in the produce section in a bag or you can buy a whole one and cut it up yourself. You will not use a whole squash for this recipe because they are large so be prepared to have left overs)
1-2 Tbls. Italian seasoning
2-3 tsp. of salt depending on taste
2 Tbls. of sugar (optional but I think it tastes better with)
3/4 can of pumpkin
4 Tbls. curry powder

1) sauté chicken in olive oil if you aren’t using an already cooked one. Chop it up into little chunks and set aside.
2) in large pot, cook the coconut oil over medium heat and add the curry paste, letting it sauté for about a minute.
3) add both cans of coconut milk, chicken broth, pumpkin, Italian seasoning, salt, curry powder and sugar. Stir and simmer over low heat until combined.
4) brown the onions and bell pepper over high heat until soft.
5) add chicken, onions, bell peppers and butternut squash and chopped spinach to the pot.
6) let everything simmer with the lid on for around 20 min. or until the butternut squash is tender.

Well it kind of sounds complicated but it is so worth it, a very good fallish soup. Just a word of warning though, the curry paste makes it pretty spicy but still good! Now for dessert…

Fruity cobbler with a nutty topping

1 banana (diced)
4-5 strawberries
1 peach (diced)
1/2 c. Unsweetened apple sauce
2 tsp lime juice
1 Tbls. apple pie spice
1 Tbls. light coconut milk

Nut topping
1/2c. chopped almonds
1/2c. chopped walnuts
3 Tbls. unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4c. raisins
1 Tbls. butter
2 tsp. apple pie spice
1 tsp salt
1 Tbls. sugar (optional)

1) preheat oven to 375 degrees
2) put diced fruit in a microwave safe dish
3) add in apple sauce and coconut milk and put it in the microwave for 30-40 seconds to make everything softer.
4) mash up fruit with a fork, still leaving some junks. Add apple pie spice and lime juice.
5) brown chopped nuts in a skillet over low heat (careful not to burn them) with the butter. Add in apple pie spice, coconut, salt and sugar and combine and then remove from heat. Add the raisins in after removing the nuts from the heat.
6) put the fruit mixture in individual ramekins and put some of the nut topping on top.
7) bake in oven until warm and bubbly (about 5-7min but watch the nuts so they don’t burn)

* this recipe makes two full ramekins… You can either double the recipe and still make them individually or you can put the fruit mixture into a 8×8 glass Pyrex and put the nut topping on that and make it that way.

Serve hot with vanilla ice cream (rice dream, coconut ice cream etc). Yum yum good!


Will you buy it?!?

I need to get some feed back on my possible Etsy shop items… I am going to post a couple of pictures of the things I have made so far and I would love it if you would tell me if you would wear them or not. The below pictures are of hand made/ hand painted necklaces and earrings. I am also thinking about doing bangle bracelets and rings. I started off with unfinished wooden jewelry and then paint them. I will have some set inventory on Etsy but I will also take orders for custom colors and designs (if y’all think anyone will buy them, that is).

So there they are… The middle one is a bit busy and might not make it into the shop. I would appreciate feedback. Just let me know if it is something you would wear, or better yet, something you would actually buy. Okay I am signing off folks, I am tired, I have a full day tomorrow and Evelyn can always wake up sooner than I think. A few pictures at the end of the sweet moments in life.

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