Friday, September 23, 2011

The day I forgot my anniversary...

Was when I thought today was our 5 month anniversary...

But no...that was two days ago

Dylan and I aren't really into made up "you have to really show that you love each other on this day" holidays...valentines day, sweetest day, any type of month anniversary

We are much more into spontaneous love "Guess what?  You get to buy any book of your liking today" day.  Or, "Surprise! It's a new video game" days

Dylan loved this one today:)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

John Piper...

If you asked twenty good men today what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness.  But if you asked almost any of the great Christians of old he would have replied, Love.  You see what has happened?  A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this is of more than philological importance.  The negative ideal of Unselfishness carries with it the suggestion not primarily of securing good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important point.  I do not think this is the Christian virtue of Love.  The New Testament has lots to say about self-denial, but not about self-denial as an end in itself.  We are told to deny ourselves and to take up our crosses in order that we may follow Christ; and nearly every description of what we shall ultimately find if we do so contains an appeal to desire.
If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith.  Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak.  We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.  We are far too easily pleased.
 -C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pasta Bake...

Why, hello there perfect-Fall-meal:)

serves 4-6
1 1/2 cups uncooked whole wheat elbow noodles
3/4 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese
2 1/2 – 3 cups of leftover chili

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Boil water and prepare pasta according to directions, shaving 1-2 minutes off the cooking time since the noodles are going into the oven. While the pasta is boiling, mix up a batch of your favorite cornbread and grate cheese. 

Drain pasta.

Spray an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick spray. Add pasta to the bottom of the dish, then layer on the cheese and chili. Top with your cornbread batter, spreading gently with a spoon. Don’t worry if it doesn’t reach the edges.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cornbread is golden on top and cooked underneath. I used a spoon to lift up the cornbread to make sure it was cooked. Serve immediately. Leftovers are delicious for 3-4 days.

Note: depending on what cornbread mixture you use, your cooking time may differ. Just make sure to check it after 30 minutes or so. The cooking time will increase for the bread since it has “wet” layers underneath.

Thank you,

Eat it up!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Too small

Too short
Too young looking

Too defenseless

I have heard these characteristics a lot


"Steph, what are you waving at?"

"My dream left at approximately 1:18p this afternoon."


"Yeah, I guess that just isn't what God has in store for me.  Hey, God didn't by any chance tell you when or what my next job will be, did he?"

"Ah, no sorry.  Can't say that he has mentioned that one."

"Yeah, me neither.  But he has it figured out, right?  Like, he knows?"

"Oh yeah. Yeah, that's one thing you don't need to worry about."

"Ah, good.  Good to hear."

Guess I'll stop waving now...that dream job is long gone and new adventures are just arriving

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Psalm 3:4-6

4 I call out to the LORD,
   and he answers me from his holy mountain.

 5 I lie down and sleep;
   I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands
   assail me on every side.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

This week...

Two interviews

Monday...with a nice lady

Thursday...with 7 people at a big table...and then an essay...literally my dream job

The first date with my husband in over a month

Student Loan Payments (still cheerfully paying:)

Game night

Quincy Ox Roast (yes, we live in small town, mountain man land!)

Zebra nail painting with Keslie

New recipes

A new church community

Dylan working overtime

Dylan getting paid for overtime

Smudge successful/unsuccessful at potty training

Wholesome fellowship with Dylan's Grandma

Campfire Mountain Pies

Handwritten letters

Loved By Many

Once again, a blessing of a week

You have no idea what a blessing it is when people pray over us!

We value you all of your prayers:)

And some pictures of our Small Guy:)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

And for my next creation...

Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips
2 kiwis, peeled and diced
2 Golden Delicious apples - peeled, cored and diced
8 ounces raspberries
1 (16 oz) carton of strawberries, diced
2 tablespoons white sugar (more or less to taste)
1 tablespoon brown sugar (more or less to taste)
3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor (I used strawberry)

10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
melted butter or butter flavored cooking spray

Cinnamon sugar:
1 cup white sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon

1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3.Coat one side of each flour tortilla with melted butter or butter flavored cooking spray. Sprinkle tortillas with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Spray again with cooking spray (not necessary if using melted butter).

4.Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture. This salsa can also be serve with cinnamon graham grackers or cinnamon pita chips. Best when made and eaten the same day otherwise the fruit gives off so too much juice and it gets runny. 

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