Friday, October 26, 2007
Just this afternoon I was changing Saraina's diaper when Joshua pointed out Saraina's belly button. I say, "Yes, that's Saraina's belly button."
He then looks at my shirt and says what I think is, "Mommy has belly button too?" I reply, "Yes, Mommy has a belly button too."
Joshua then shakes his head and says, "No, Mommy has TWO belly button." Still, I'm slow and I don't get it.
He repeats, "Mommy has TWO... one, two belly button" and points to something a bit too high to be my belly button.
Aaaah! I get it! "No, Joshua, Mommy doesn't have two belly buttons. Those are not Mommy's belly buttons."
I then do an awkward and confusing job explaining what I mean.
Oh! I guess I better have a conversation with Papa Bear about some things this evening!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I enjoyed all the cards, gifts, and special times with my family but there was one gift that did stand out a bit.
Now, I'm only sharing this to give others this idea in case you're like me and never had this thought!
My TX fam donated $33 dollars in honor of my 33rd bday to the Pregnancy Information Center that we support. How kind and honoring! (Thanks, T, C, E, & A)
So, in case you're running out of gift ideas as the Christmas season approaches consider supporting a ministry in honor of someone. Talk about eternal benefits!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Randy Alcorn's book WHY PRO-LIFE? is excellent! I read it in one day - a major feat for me. Seriously, I cannot recommend it enough. Any book that causes you to run to God is a winner!
Here's quote from it,
"One thing is for certain: If abortion really does kill children and harm women, then there's too much at stake to stand on the fringes and do nothing." (Chapter 1, last paragraph)
Also, if you've got school-aged kiddos, participate in the Day of Silence which will be held on October 23rd. And if you come across a kid with red tape over their mouths, encourage them as they go against our culture and stand silently for Truth.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
My QTs have been... what's the word to describe them? Flat? I don't like to say, "I had a good quiet time" or "I had a bad quiet time." I'm already self-focused enough and that doesn't help me turn my gaze to the Lord.
Despite my perceived "flat" quiet time I know God is at work in me and I know that I am desperate for Him. Or at least my head knows that.
Enter the problem. My vision.
When I begin to believe the lie that I'm not so bad, that I'm not the wicked, sin-riddled, arrogant, selfish Nakia that I know I am, my vision gets all wacked out and my soul is far from satisfied.
So this morning I asked the Lord to correct my vision. I desperately needed to see accurately who Christ is, who I was before He saved me, and who I am in Christ. In essence I needed to see the Gospel. I needed to be broken.
I read this from Philip Yancey's book What's So Amazing About Grace? and found it very helpful to begin to correct my vision:
The scene from John 8 rattles me because by nature I identify more with the accusers than the accused. I deny far more than I confess. Cloaking my sin under a robe of respectability, I seldom if ever let myself get caught in a blatant, public indiscretion. Yet if I understand this story correctly, the sinful woman is the nearest the kingdom of God. Indeed, I can only advance in the kingdom if I become like that woman: trembling, humbled, without excuse, my palms open to receive God's grace.
So, that's where I am. Asking the Lord to help me keep the stinch of MY sin ever present lest I forget all His benefits. Feel free to pray for me if the Lord brings this to your remembrance!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
In the meantime, here's one of our new favorite (and CHEAP!) meals. I share this thanks to a friend who kindly gave me permission (thanks, Teresa!). And if you've got a homemade pizza recipe or other thoughts /ideas, please share!
Teresa's Homemade Pizza and Pizza Sauce
In a very large bowl mix the following and let sit for 5 minutes. (It will be foamy.)
2 cups very warm water
2 tablespoons yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons oil
5 cups flour (If you're like me you need to measure! Use a knife too!)
Knead it in the bowl. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let it rise for about 30 minutes. Punch it down and divide it in half or thirds (depends on how thin you like your crust and how big your pan is!). Note: this dough freezes well! So don't let the quantity scare you.
While your dough is rising, oil your pizza pans and then make the sauce by mixing...
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano
some sugar (optional)
Dash of pepper
Grab your dough and spread it as thin as you like into your pan(s). Wrap unused dough in plastic and freeze any extras. Tip: If you like crispier crust, bake it for ~5 minutes (or more) at 425 degrees.
Top with sauce and whatever topping sound good to you. Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven, at 410 degrees. (If you like less crunchy crust, lower the temperature to about 375.)
Friday, October 05, 2007
Saraina wakes up from her nap this afternoon. I go in to find her diaper half off and Franklin the turtle where the rest of her diaper should be. (Moms out there, do you know the anxiety I was experiencing in that moment?!) THANKFULLY, she didn't do the poopy she kept saying she needed to do.
We make a mad dash for the bathroom but she wasn't ready. When we get downstairs and she hears Joshua doing his business on the potty she screams she's gotta go! Well, she already started in her diaper and I tell her to finish but she INSISTS on doing it in the potty.
Reluctantly, I clean her up just to sit her on the potty and guess what... SHE GOES!!!
A little competition is good, I guess.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Here's the deal, our neighbors decided to have another late night quarrel. To be more accurate, around 11:30pm they decided to go outside in the rain and scream disgusting profanity, run through the streets, stand in front of various neighbors homes (including ours), and chain smoke till around 12:45am.
The cops then came b/c Nicole, the 15 year old decided to dial 911. But, while I am very grateful for the service the cops do across the country, I am disgusted by my interactions with them out here. They came (3 cars mind you) and left in less than 15 minutes! It was almost comical hearing the banter and wild screams trying to make sense of the mess. The cops didn't find any cause to do anything, I suppose, b/c they were gone by 1am!
Please pray for them and for us! We thought about calling the police again (after they left) but quickly ruled that out. So, instead, we just tried to rest.
Thankfully this all night activity hasn't happened since summertime. But we are in a situation that we feel calls for action. But what are we to do? Pretend like we don't hear them? Confront them?
I read 1 Peter today and am trying to see through His lens. My quick take-aways:
- our response should be done with humility
-our response should be done in love
-our response should not be out of fear
-our response should be to bless
-our response should involve rejoicing
That said, we do get weary. We are weary. And we would be very grateful for your prayers.
And we are looking forward to hearing some ideas from everyone out in the blogworld. We would appreciate Scripture references, if you have them, to help us in seeking the Lord on this matter.
Oh- and the other prayer request is about the Planned Parenthood issue. The kids and I went to the prayertime at the site yesterday and whew... talk about emotional! I've never been a big crier but for the first 15 or so minutes, that is all I could do. I also had 2 challenging encounters, 1 with a police officer and the other with a group of PP supporters (at least one of whom is a big NOW person here in IL). Perhaps I'll blog about that at some point but most likely not.
Weary but thanking God for saving a wretch like me,
Oh- and for those interested in this PP mess, check this out.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
William's Favorite Split Pea Soup
6-8 slices of meaty bacon, cut in 1 inch pieces
1 onion, died
5-7 carrots, diced
some garlic salt (or real garlic if you have some on hand)
2-3 chicken boullion cubes
some thyme (maybe 1 teaspoon)
some cumin (maybe 1 tablespoon)
some garlic salt
some rosemary (maybe 1 teaspoon)
1.5 cups green split peas, rinsed and soaked
~5 cups water
2 bay leaves
1. In a large pot cook bacon until crisp.
2. Stir in onion, carrot. Cook until veggies are soft. If using fresh garlic, add it now.
3. Add all spices EXCEPT bay leaves to the oil/bacon/veggie mixture crushing the rosemary and thyme to release the full flavor. Cook spices a minute or two until kitchen is very aromatic!
4. Add the split peas, bay leaves and water to the pot and bring it boil.
5. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let it cook for at least an hour, preferably 1.5 hours, stirring periodically.
** To serve, you can eat it as it is, with rice (what we did), or put it in a food mill or blender and serve it extra creamy! Whatever you do, have some cornbread or biscuits on the table to soak up the yummy remnant in the bottom of the bowl!
Other ingredients to consider adding:
What do we think? We think the fourth time... or job... is a charm!
How kind of God to provide this new job opportunity all unsolicited! Congratulations! You are a dynamite manager and this new company will be all the better with you on board. AND, more important to us, you will be around a lot more! Yipee! We're gonna go tell Mama to bake a cake to celebrate!
Lots of love,
~Big Boy, Little Lady, and Heman