Archives for April 2013

Scripture Sunday

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1 Samuel

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A Sweet Gift

I am feeling overwhelmed with joy these past couple of days…
As we prepare for our sweet baby girl, Kenley Grace, we have been showered with love and prayer!

My husband is busy painting the crib white (we are using Camden’s old crib)
and I am so excited to put her pink bedding into it and get it all ready for her!
Three short months and she will finally be in our arms!
Pretty much everyday and every weekend for sure is filled with things we are busy with
and I love it because it’s making the time pass quickly!  🙂

Day before yesterday I was soooooooooo blessed by a blog friend, Ruthie,
who is due a few days apart from me, expecting her precious bundle, a little boy!
She sent a sweet gift, addressed perfectly to Kenley Grace (her first mail)
and I cried at her thoughtfulness.

Check out the adorable outfit she got for Kenley,
and look at the back pocket detail on the jeans (little hearts!!
Ahhhhhhhh, they are so precious!
I love the headband she got and must find out where she got it because I haven’t found any that cute, and a pink book!

Ruthie, thank you so much for blessing us like this!
It was unexpected but so very precious to me and I am so thankful for you!
Can’t wait for these babies to meet one day!  🙂

outfit from Ruthie

bows & hearts

I figured I’d throw in the picture of the crib also…  Hubs is working it it but it’s coming along nicely!  🙂
Love my handy guy!!!

crib

Ok, and a belly pic…  😉

25 week belly

Be Your Spouses Friend

Someone posted this on Facebook the other day and of course I cried reading it…  It was too good not to share.  I’m not sure where it originated from so I can’t give credit…  🙁  But I love it so so much!  🙂

 

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“When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I’ve got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes.
Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the topic calmly. She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why?
I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, you are not a man! That night, we didn’t talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had lost my heart to Jane. I didn’t love her anymore. I just pitied her!
With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company. She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces. The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I loved Jane so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now.
The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at the table. I didn’t have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Jane. When I woke up, she was still there at the table writing. I just did not care so I turned over and was asleep again.
In the morning she presented her divorce conditions: she didn’t want anything from me, but needed a month’s notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple: our son had his exams in a month’s time and she didn’t want to disrupt him with our broken marriage.
This was agreeable to me. But she had something more, she asked me to recall how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day. She requested that every day for the month’s duration I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door ever morning. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable I accepted her odd request.
I told Jane about my wife’s divorce conditions. . She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce, she said scornfully.
My wife and I hadn’t had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, daddy is holding mommy in his arms. His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the sitting room, then to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly; don’t tell our son about the divorce. I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office.
On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn’t looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done to her.
On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me. On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing again. I didn’t tell Jane about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger.
She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, all my dresses have grown bigger. I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily.
Suddenly it hit me… she had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head.
Our son came in at the moment and said, Dad, it’s time to carry mom out. To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly; it was just like our wedding day.
But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, I hadn’t noticed that our life lacked intimacy. I drove to office…. jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind…I walked upstairs. Jane opened the door and I said to her, Sorry, Jane, I do not want the divorce anymore.
She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. Do you have a fever? She said. I moved her hand off my head. Sorry, Jane, I said, I won’t divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn’t value the details of our lives, not because we didn’t love each other anymore. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart. Jane seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away. At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The salesgirl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, I’ll carry you out every morning until death do us apart.
That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face, I run up stairs, only to find my wife in the bed -dead. My wife had been fighting CANCER for months and I was so busy with Jane to even notice. She knew that she would die soon and she wanted to save me from the whatever negative reaction from our son, in case we push through with the divorce.— At least, in the eyes of our son—- I’m a loving husband….

The small details of your lives are what really matter in a relationship. It is not the mansion, the car, property, the money in the bank. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in themselves.

So find time to be your spouse’s friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy. If you are not in a relationship now, remember this for the second (or third) time around. It’s never too late.

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ♥

Homemade Mac N Cheese

My family LOVES Mac N Cheese so naturally I am consistently trying out new recipes…
We do have a favorite recipe but as I was going through my refrigerator the other day I noticed I had a little left of a couple different cheeses
so I decided to shred them all together and see what it was like…
It was a hit!  My boys loved it and I decided to share it with you!  🙂
Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!

L's mac n cheese

HOMEMADE MAC N CHEESE

INGREDIENTS:
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
4 Tbsp flour
1 tsp chicken stock granules
1 tsp all purpose seasoning
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dy mustard
dash cayanne
dash nutmeg
1 1/2 cups freshly shredded medium Cheddar
1 cup freshly shredded Jarlsberg cheese
1/3 cup freshly shredded mozzarella
1 (8oz) package macaroni, cooked
2 cups milk

DIRECTIONS:
Melt the butter in a pan.
Combine flour and all ingredients through nutmeg.
Stir into butter until well blended.
Add milk slowly and whisk to stir until thick and smooth.
Add the cheese and stir until melted.
Put the cooked macaroni into a baking (casserole) dish and stir the sauce into the cooked macaroni.
Top with 5 Tbsp bread crumbs and 1/4 tsp dried parsley (if desired)
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until crisp on top.

Laura's Mac N Cheese

Easy Ranch Pork Chops

pork chops

Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops

INGREDIENTS:
4 pork chops, 1 inch thick (boneless center cut)
1 packet dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning
10 oz can Cream of Chicken Soup

DIRECTIONS:
Place  the soup and ranch seasoning packet into the crockpot and stir to mix and combine.
Place the pork chops into the crockpot and turn to coat in the sauce.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
Serve over potatoes.

The original recipe I got from my friend Ruthie said to serve over mashed potatoes but I was in a hurry so I bought baby white potatoes and served with that.  Here is my original recipe…  🙂

Herbed Baby Potatoes

INGREDIENTS:
about 20 baby white potatoes
olive oil
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
herbs de provence

DIRECTIONS:
cut the potatoes in halves or into 1/4’s and put into a medium bowl
Drizzle with olive oil and stir
I eyeball the rest but add about 1/2 tsp of kosher salt and pepper and about a tsp of herbs de provence and stir to coat the potatoes.
Spread them out on a Silpat (or cookie sheet) and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

I served these under the pork chops and they were absolutely delicious!  Enjoy!

Belly Update

24 week belly

24 wk belly

WOOHOO!!!!!  Only a few more weeks til I’m in my third trimester…
I feel like I’m in the home stretch!

My brother and his wife welcomed their baby boy this past week.
He was 10 lb 5 oz…  HUGE and healthy, praise Jesus!
He is cute as can be and my boys are over the moon excited and haven’t wiped the smile off of their faces yet!
I love seeing them with babies, they have such sweet spirits!  🙂

I look like I have a soccer ball popping out of my shirt now and people are starting to notice
every week that I’m a ‘little bigger!’ She’s growing and she’s healthy and I can’t wait to hold her in my arms!  🙂
Life continues to be busy around here with the boys baseball schedules which I love
and the weather is finally turning around.

I have started to stock up on diapers and I’ve registered.
My baby shower is only 7 weeks away and
I’m so blessed by my girlfriends for planning this for us.
God sure has blessed us with an amazing church and friends who love and care for us!  🙂

Baby’s room is coming along, I feel like I have a lot of things already which is nice
and we are painting her crib and dresser this week!  So excited!!
Still a ton to do though but it’s slowly coming along.
No big cravings this week although I’m loving cheerios with bananas.  haha
Baby is very active and I continue to life my weights everyday.
I was anemic at my dr appt so they put me on Iron supplements so that explains
my lack of energy, among other things that have been going on lately.
I already feel like the energy is returning so I am a happy mama!  🙂

I have gotten a few questions from twitter which I will answer this next week so if you have anymore ask away!  🙂

Hope you all have an amazing week!

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Scripture Sunday

2 Timothy

 

 

Narrow Road

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God is my strength

Strong Tower

Meatball Sub Sandwiches

I made the easiest homemade meatball sub sandwiches the other night and had to share the recipe!
It was easy and pretty quick and way better than going to Subway…
Plus I cheated a little and used store bought hoagie rolls and a jar of sauce (which I never do)! haha
Figured it wouldn’t matter in the sandwich anyway! 😉

meatball sandwich

Meatballs

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb (5%) ground beef
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp onion powder
3 tbsp ketsup

DIRECTIONS:
Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Make sure that everything is mixed really well into the ground beef.
Form into small meatballs and place on a baking sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, empty a jar of spaghetti sauce (I used Francisco Rinaldi Original) into a saucepan and heat on low.
When meatballs are done, add them to the sauce and let simmer for 20 minutes, allowing flavors to marry.
Lower the oven to 350 degree.
Cut open hoagies and place on a baking sheet.
Place 4 or so meatballs on each bottom half of hoagie and top with a slice of cheese or two.
Bake for 5 minutes until cheese is melted and hoagies are toasty.
Slice and enjoy!  🙂

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meatballs in sauce

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Fashion Friday: le nude

le nude..c'est le nouveau blanc! non?

 

Urban Decay sparkly eyeshadow
$55 – debenhams.com

Revlon makeup
target.com

Mac cosmetics lipstick
$21 – debenhams.com

Mac cosmetics makeup
$26 – debenhams.com

Eye makeup
nastygal.com

Topshop
topshop.com

Estée Lauder nude perfume
$54 – johnlewis.com

Opi nail lacquer
$24 – nelly.com

Praying For Boston

Pray for Boston

In the midst of a tragic act of terror, I can only remember how loved we are by our Savior!
His love never fails or gives up and He is right beside us in these times of despair!
My heart hurts for all affected by the events that took place in Boston
and I pray for healing and I lift all up to the Great Comforter!
I pray for the victims and their families,
and I also pray for the person behind such a horrific act,
that he will seek forgiveness from the Lord,
and that justice will be served.

Come, Lord Jesus!