Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Some Fall 'tude

Nothing earth shattering going on, just wanted to share some recent Molly pictures with you all.

A little bit of bed head!


I said, "say cheese!" and here is what
I got from little Miss thing!


Again, I said, "say cheese" and I got this pose!
I think she might be a handful when she gets older!

So tomorrow starts a brand new month, time to start something new maybe...I am going to at least.  I know lots of people that read through the book of Proverbs during months that have 31 days.  Proverbs has 31 chapters, so one chapter each day.  Will you think about joining me?  I am going to read through the chapters and post some thoughts/ideas/whatever else comes to my mind on this blog

You don't have to participate in a discussion or anything, just jump in with any thoughts you have, or just read the post, more importantly just read the chapter of the day from Proverbs. 

Hope you all are enjoying your day!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Thankful Tuesday


Today I am thankful for...
*This wonderful Fall weather we are experiencing
*Wearing jeans all the time, and the fact that
I don't have to shave my legs as often :)
*A supportive, loving husband that can say
the right things at the right time
*A daughter who loves me unconditionally,
even when I mess up as a Mommy sometimes
*A Mom who can change her work schedule around
to help her kids out
*A Mother-in-law who gave me some awesome egg recipes
and who is a great listener
*A new day, a fresh start, and a God who loves me

What are you thankful for?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Making a Difference

"Each of us has something different to contribute, 
and no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, 
it can be for the benefit of all."
Lauritz Melchior

I know sometimes we all get discouraged about things.  You may be wondering; Am I making a difference, does this matter, who cares what I do?  Well clearly, according to this quote, someone does care.  This past weekend there was a leadership meeting the church was holding, and I did not get invited.  Which selfishly, I was ticked.  But I got over it...sorta

But one of my friends got invited, and she needed someone to watch her kids for her.  So I volunteered so she could go and be a part of this training meeting.  Then they needed someone to bake some egg casseroles and Eric volunteered me.  Which was fine, I enjoy doing that.  But I had a bad attitude about it all.  I was upset that I got stuck home with the kids, baking casseroles, and I was missing out on all the fellowship and fun. 

Then God hit me over the head with this thought...it's okay, this is where you are needed.  Sometimes in life you don't get to do all the fun stuff, sometimes you get "stuck" sitting at home with the kids, and other times you get to go out and enjoy yourself.  Right now, the season of life that I am in is helping others out.  Whether I help through baking egg casseroles which by the way I have had more people ask me for the recipes and tell me thank you, or we invite people over so they don't have to cook for a night.  Whatever it may be...I am learning to be more joyful about the opportunities God is giving me.

So chins up to the ones who wonder if they are making a difference.  You are!  You may not know it, but God does, and so does the person you are making a difference to. 

Sunday, September 27, 2009

What I learned at church today...

Go HERE to check out what I learned at church this morning.  If you might be tempted to not click THIS LINK...let me tell you will be missing out and that's not good for anyone!  Honestly, I am just trying to get back into updating our ministry blog.  I started that blog first, and it's been neglected.  So it might not be as pretty, or catchy as this one...but it still needs love too.  So how was that for me shameful shameless plug. 

Hope you all had a great Sunday!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sunshine

I just wanted to share this with you all...
"When we bring sunshine into the lives of others, 
we're warmed by it ourselves." 
~ Barbara Johnson

One of those weeks...

Have you ever had one of those weeks...you know where nothing really seems to go your way and you question everything that you do, and all you really want to do is cry, but you just have to hold it together.  Yea, that has been my week.  Now, I am not really an emotional person, well I am, but I am not really a crier, but when I do cry, it's only after I have held it in as long as possible and once it starts, there ain't no way to stop it.  I am not talking about oh I just watched a sad movie cry, I am talking like, down on your knees, crying your eyes balls out, until there are no more tears to cry.  Yea, I was there yesterday.

I signed Molly up for a class called Bippity, Boppity Books...I know I mentioned something about it earlier, so it started yesterday, and I was probably more excited then she was to go.  I knew she would love it, since she loves books, and snacks.  Both of those would be there!   So we got all ready and I tried to take some pics before we left...




...as you can see, she was not into the pictures, that was fine with me.  So we get to the class and it was nothing that I really expected it would be from the description in the brochure and my kid cried and screamed the entire time.  It was awful!  Now, Molly is usually the happy, go-lucky one, not the crier!  So when she was acting like that I was getting all hot, sweaty, and embarrassed.  I didn't know what to do, I looked to the other moms to find support, comfort, the "it's okay, mine acts like that too" look, and I got nothing, except judgemental stares back.  I almost lost it.  I didn't know whether to leave 5 minutes into the class or stick it out.  We tried to rotate and do the craft with the other kids but my kid is not really into sitting for long periods of time, and glueing cotton balls on paper.  She was still crying 25 minutes into it.  And I don't mean a whine cry, I mean she was all out, threw herself down on the floor, flaring around, screaming bloody murder crying.  Then the parachute came out, hallelujah, Praise Jesus!  Something active and fun for her to do.  She loved every minute of the parachute, until we had to put it away.  Then she was back to the floor kicking, screaming, crying.  To which I kept telling myself hold it together, wait till you get in the car.  I could hear the other moms talking amongst themselves.  Good grief!  Why my kid?  So then we left right when the teacher said it was time to go.  I couldn't get out to the car fast enough.  Then I just broke down.

Have you all ever felt that way?  I started questioning my parenting skills, to feeling awful that I was so mad at Molly, which really I was just mad that no one said "hey, don't worry, my kid has had a bad day too."  I say that to people all the time, and then the list went on and on...it was like I replayed everything that didn't go my way the whole week, month, year, life.  Then once the tears started flowing, there was no way of stopping them.  So I had my little pity party and then felt better, but now I am left with what to do about the class and Molly.  Eric is taking her next week, because I am watching a friends kids while she goes to a meeting.  So if she does better with him, then he is the designated class taker.  But if she cries, I think I will quit.  Moms can be really mean, and judgemental and I can't handle that.  So here's the lesson moms- don't judge!  I am saying this to myself too!  In situations like mine, totally jump in and tell other people it's okay that their kid is acting a fool, becasue yours does that too!

In other news...Molly's best friend, Oliver came over today and so did his little brother, Jude.  I watched them for a couple of hours this morning while their Mom was at a meeting.  It was definitely challenging have 3 kids 2 and under.  Plus, Ollie is potty training, so having to deal with all of that, I was a little stressed.  But it was fun and they both are good boys.  Plus, Molly has fun playing with her friend she calls Olive. 

Here are some pics from the morning...


Sorry for the pity party...which was not really a pity party, just a here's how I felt and hopefully someone can relate.  We are going to a Transformers birthday party this afternoon, so I am sure Molly will have fun.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Umm...and when do you...

Umm...so I feel like I am lacking inspiration to blog about!  We have been so boring lately, and I have nothing fun to share, no cute pictures to post, all I have is a really warm laptop on my legs, and a sleeping husband on the floor.  Bless his tired heart, he has been working like a mad man for the last 2 weeks.  Ahhh...the joys of being a Pastor!

Lately I have been wrestling with when to do my quiet time/daily devotion/read my Bible/pray...whatever you like to call it.  I do not want to be too legalistic about it nor too relaxed.  I was talking to my bestest today and we had a great conversation, and she really encouraged me.  So then I was wondering, what do you all do and when-as in what time of the day?  Here is my struggle...I am NOT, let me repeat NOT a morning person, so the thought of getting up earlier then when Molly gets up really does not sit well with me.  Basically, I am stubborn and enjoy my sleep!  But I know a lot of people say give God your best, that's in the morning, before you start the day, etc, etc...  But if you are not a morning person, how does this work?  I usually do my "stuff" during nap time, when I am a lot more awake and the house is quiet. 

So here is my question  for you all...when do you do your quiet time?  Morning, afternoon, after everyone goes to bed...what works for you...and anything else you want to add to this would be great.  I am just curious, and I really do not think there is a right or wrong time to do it, this is really just more out of curiousity. 

Hope you all have had a great week so far!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thankfulness


Today I am thankful for...

*A little girl sweet as pie that calls me mama
*A wonderful, Godly man who captured my heart at the tender age of 15, and still has it today
*A doctor's office that gets you in 45 minutes after you call
*The rain!  It has not rained here in over 23 days!
*New opportunities on the horizon for our family
*Great phone calls, with great friends
*Dinner tonight with awesome friends, that mean more to us then they will ever know!
*A God whose grace is new every morning
"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, 
let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably 
with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire"
Heb. 12:28-29
What are you thankful for?

Monday, September 21, 2009

There's Nothing Wrong With...


...buying yourself flowers!  I do it all the time!  I have a lot of lady friends that would never dare buy themselves flowers.  Why not?!

My husband is probably like most of your husbands, I hardly ever get flowers from him.  He thinks they are temporary, a waste of money, and the excuses reasons why go on.  So I don't take it personally, I just buy them for myself.  Like this lovely bouquet above was $3.99 at the grocery store.  Now, I won't buy like really expensive flowers for myself, that is a waste of money.  But I will splurge every once in a while to enjoy...

So go ahead, you have my permission, buy yourself some flowers!

**On a much different and much more serious note, will you all please pray for my cousin, Jill...she had a miscarriage over the weekend.  I am sure having a miscarriage is beyond words hard, but she was told she would NEVER have kids and has had a lot of surgeries that should have made it impossible for her to conceive, but she did.  So she is dealing with a lot and I am sure she would covet your prayers.  Thanks friends!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Psalm 40

Everyday on KLove they have a NLT Living Moment...someone "famous" in the Christian world reads one of their favorite scriptures from the New Living Translation, and then talks about it.  I love hearing other people's perspectives on scripture, what they took from it, how it plays out in their life.  So today an author read a verse from Psalm 40.  I really enjoyed the NLT translation, so I came home and looked it up in The Message.  Here is the verse from The Message...
"Blessed are you who give yourselves over to God,
  turn your backs on the world's "sure thing,"
      ignore what the world worships;
   The world's a huge stockpile
      of God-wonders and God-thoughts.
   Nothing and no one
      comes close to you!
   I start talking about you, telling what I know,
      and quickly run out of words.
   Neither numbers nor words
      account for you." Psalm 40:4-5

I would love to post the whole chapter, but I think you all should go read it yourselves.  I am not sure how familiar you all are with Bible Gateway...you all probably use it everyday!  But if you don't, it's a great resource for all things bible.  You can look scripture up in different versions, you can type in a word and it will show you everywhere in the bible it says it.  It's really cool, so check it out if you haven't!
Back to Psalm 40...I love how the author is telling you to turn your back on the world, it has nothing to offer you.  How many times does temptation creep in your life?  How many times does Satan whisper in your ear?  How many times do you do the wrong thing, even when you know it is the wrong thing to do?  I know I am guilty of all of these things.  
But I love how the author is also quick to point out that no one, nothing, nada, nill compares to God.  He is marvelous, woderful, filled with grace and mercy, and loves us even when we turn our backs on him.  Aren't you glad we serve a forgiving God? 
This is one of my new favorite songs...I think the words really go along with Psalm 40...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Where the Wild Thing Is...

The wild thing is right here in my living room!  I love these new Fall pajamas Miss Molly is wearing...and she loves animals, so we both win!  Just had to share some new pics of her!

The Easiest Pot Pie You'll Ever Make


Today's Topic is...Main Dish Recipes for the Fall

I am no Top Chef or anything, but I try.  My MIL is an excellent cook and baker, she does everything from scratch and it's all wonderful!  

This has become one of my favorite recipes, it's easy and delicious...hope you all enjoy!

"Hearty Chicken Pot Pie"
1 Package (16oz) frozen, mixed veggies, thawed
1 Cup cut-up, cooked chicken
1 Can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 Cup Bisquick mix
1/2 Cup Milk
1 Egg
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees, Mix veggies, chicken and soup in an ungreased 
2 quart casserole dish
2. Stir remaining ingredients in small bowl with a fork until blended, Pour into casserole dish
3. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown
(makes 6 servings)
This recipe is simple and easy!  I usually add more chicken, or sometimes more Bisquick to have more of that fluffy stuff on top! 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cast All Your Cares On Him

Yesterday I was reading in my bible a verse from 1 Peter, it goes a little something like this..."Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."  1 Peter 5:7

Now, I am not one of those people that does not worry, or does not get stressed over things.  As much as I try to cast my anxiety on God, and boy do I try, I sometimes still think about it, and worry about it.  

But yesterday when I read this verse and thought about it, really thought deep and hard about what my anxieties are, I realized that worry is a faith issue.  By worrying I am telling God, "hey, I don't really think you can handle this, so I will take it from here."  I am doubting God when I worry.  Now, I do not like the idea of me doubting God, that seems very un-Christian.  But doubting is not believing, and when you worry, you are not believing.  

Now, I do not have a magic cure or fix for this, because I am guilty of it too.  So after recognizing all of my worries yesterday, I wrote about them.  I wrote each one out specifically and wrote about why it worried me.  Then I asked God to take each one from me.  Now that does not mean I still do not think about them, I do, but it does mean that I am slowly allowing God to have the control in my life to deal with them.  By giving them to God, I am saying, "hey, I don't need to worry about these, you have it all under control."  

So here is my challenge to you...stop worrying!  Easier said then done, I know.  But truly, stop being a worry wart, if God cares for the sparrows, he definetly cares for you. 

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Inquiring Minds Want to Know...

I have had a couple of questions about roasting the s'mores when I talked about our first apartment.  Someone got us an actual s'mores roaster for our wedding, and it was wonderful!  So here is what we used to roast them...
This is what we used for the flame...

Sadly, we have not used it in a while...I had to pull it out of the closet today and unwrap it from when we moved 2 years ago!  It really was a great present, and I think you could totally use it with your kids...I don't remember there being an actual flame, but I am not sure, so check that out first!
Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Procrastination with a Capital P

Have you ever had one of those days where you know what you should be doing, but you do everything else under the sun to not do it?  Yea, today is one of those days for me.  I know I should be doing homework, to finish my last class, so I can graduate, so I can start my counseling ministry, but I am not.  I have done everything else instead of this report!  I have cleaned, done laundry, baked, watered my flowers, changed the bed sheets, Facebook and blogged stalked about everyone that I know (I know you all do that too!), and now I am running out of options to procrastinate with!  

I did go to Super Wal-Mart today.  I know you may be thinging, "what's the big deal?"  Well, it is a big deal, I love Super Wal-Mart, sad I know, but I do!  I have to drive 4 towns over to get to one!  But it was well worth the trip!  I got Molly some winter pajamas because they are cheaper there, and they are nice!  But I really just like to walk around, sad again, I know...but Molly sometimes does not like to walk up and down every aisle, so our trip was quick, but none the less, I got my Super Wal-Mart fix.

Tonight we will be watching The Ohio State game...hopefully they do not get crushed like they did last year against USC.  But the probability is high.  Did you all see that my Steelers won on Thursday?  I was starting to think at the end of the game, "I am too young for a heart attack!"  It went into over time and they pulled out the victory.  So we have this week off and back at it the next Sunday.  Hopefully we can pull it together a little better when we play the Bears.  Okay, sad that I am talking like I am on the team!  

I hope you all are having a great weekend, getting a lot done, or taking an easy, either way, have fun! 
 

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tonight's the Night

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Here is what I have been looking forward to since we won the Super Bowl...and tonight is the night, the official kick-off to the NFL football season...can you tell I LOVE this!

Tonight the Steelers meet the Tennessee Titans...and we of course, will win! We are HUGE Steelers fans, and love to see them win! Could I end anymore sentences with a "!" Clearly, our blood runs black and gold here. Let's Go Steelers!

In other news...Molly had her first skin check...we had to go to Children's Hospital today and see a dermatologist for kids. The hospital campus here is huge! It is like a million miles long, well maybe not that many, but you get the point. I grew up in a town that had one hospital, and only one hospital. But we have all these research hospitals up here and I am thankful for that, we have great care, but it can be tricky to get around.

Molly checked out great, she has no moles or freckles yet, but we have a strong family history of skin cancer on my side, so our pediatrician said we could never be too safe or too early to get her checked.

I loved reading about everyone's first place that they lived yesterday! That was fun! Eric and I talked about our apartment last night, and he said his favorite thing was the huge closet, too. Well, I am off to clean up from this tornado that came through my house, it was an F-16 Molly!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

1st Apartment



This week on "So We Don't Forget..." That sort of sounded like a soap opera...we are supposed to write about the first place you lived after you got married. I have pictures somewhere, and I have been racking my brain and searching everywhere to try and find the disc that they are on, but I have had no luck, so you will just have to imagine as you read along!

Eric and I graduated college on May 13, 2005, we were married on May 28, 2005 and then started our first ministry on June 6, 2005. That's a lot in 3 weeks! Plus we had a honeymoon in there. So when we graduated college we already had our job in Cincinnati, so we went down there one day to look for an apartment. Because we did not have a pay stub from Eric's job, we had to take the minister from the church with us, so he could vouch for us, and prove that Eric would be getting paid, so we could pay the rent! We were so naive, and young, well at least I was!

After looking tiresomely, we finally found a place that we both liked, it was nice, affordable, and safe. The place we lived at in Cincy was a suburb, and a place fancier than where Eric and I grew up. So I was a little culture shocked and shocked at the rent payment. We found ourselves a cute little 1 bedroom apartment, on the 3rd floor, yes-what were we thinking?!, and it had high ceilings, which I loved because it did not seem so apartment like. We had a little galley kitchen, utility room with washer and dryer, and a nice sized bathroom. The best feature was the closet, it was huge! We have not had a closet like that anywhere else we have lived!

When we were first married we would sit on the floor around our coffee table and roast s'mores! That was one of my favorite things to do, and probably the reason why I gained 25 pounds after we got married! We didn't have cable, and we hardly knew anyone, so it was just the two of us. I miss those days, life seemed a whole lot simpler when it was just you and your spouse, and you were still getting used to living together. Although I had known Eric since I was in 3rd grade, I had never lived with him before and man that was a wake up call! Boys are gross, and smelly, but they are also sweet and kind.

Another couple moved in across the hall, and they had just gotten married also. You know how I know that-well, one day we were going to run some errands and we walked out of our apartment and up the stairs comes this bride and groom, they literally had just gotten married and were coming back to their apartment to clearly...read the Bible, duh, LOL, so as they are literally running up the stairs, I ever so brilliantly say, "did you just get married?" Duh, they just looked at me and I said "we just got married too!" I am pretty sure Eric turned every shade of red and was pushing me to get down the stairs faster then humanly possible because I just made a fool of myself!

Good memories were made in our first, humble, little apartment!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

An Early Halloween Treat

Today Molly and I went to Goodwill to do some Halloween Costume hunting. We were successful! Meet my little dog, or as Molly calls them...arf, arf!


I thought it was so cute and for $4.99, really, who could beat that?! I was nervous that it wouldn't fit her, because whoever owned it first cut the tag out, so I tried it on her in the store and she started running around saying, "arf, arf!" We really don't do a whole lot for Halloween. Last year we went to this thing called Boo at the Zoo, where the zoo is all decorated for Halloween. We also went trick-or-treating for like 10 minutes with our friends from church. It was so cold here last year, that is why we only lasted 10 minutes! I think it was in the 30's already!

Do you all do anything special for Halloween? I wasn't allowed to go trick-or-treating as a kid, but I think it was more like my parents didn't want to walk around with me! Trick-or-treating with Molly is funny, because all the people know we (the parents) are going to eat the candy, yet we make her go up to the door and get it!

Nothing else going on...Eric is in a softball league and they play every Tuesday night. Because it could snow here next week, kidding, yet not kidding, they play double headers to get the whole season in. So I am watching Big Brother, eating Reese's Pieces and checking blogs! Have a great night friends!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Lazy Day

Today we have had a lazy day. We went to church then came home, napped, worked on a book report, and hung out. It has been so nice to just do whatever we want! We went over and visited a family from church, and to be able to see the progress made in their walk with the Lord has been phenomenal. This family was once far from God, and now they are serving him in everything that they do. Okay, well maybe not everything, no one is perfect, but they have come a long way! To be able to see them make strides has been so humbling and so gratifying for us. I hope you all have been able to see some of the seeds you have planted along the way grow and become beautiful.

Last night we went were able to eat and fellowship with another family from church, and we had ourselves a good old time! I think Molly had more sugar and sweets last night then she has had in her whole life! She had a great time! Molly also got her hair cut. Sami, the girl who cut my hair, cut Molly's hair for us. She did a great job, but it is really short! I know the curls don't help because it looks a lot shorter, but it's cute. Here is a picture of the back. We went to the park this afternoon, so the front was a little crazy looking.


Back view of Molly's hair


Here is my $6 steal of a shirt


A little better view, but please do not laugh, I forgot to suck it in!
I was more worried about the self timer going off before I got in place!


The usual, Molly kissing the cat


Billy also doubles as a pillow for her too


Eric and I
I will not tell you that he was bending down to take the picture. He is almost a foot taller then me, so the whole self taking thing is hard without him bending down!


This is another typical thing for Molly, carrying my purses and wearing my shoes!

We really have nothing planned for tomorrow. It's funny because everyone makes a big deal about a 3 day weekend, when really every weekend is like a 3 day weekend for me, well more like a seven day week, with no real specific weekend! We are going to enjoy some family time, which of late, Molly loves jumping in our bed and bringing all of her musical instruments in there with her. Oh did I mention we all have to be under the covers, playing the instruments, yes all 3 of us!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

It's Great to a Buckeye and Some Other Things...

Lets see, since I last left you all we have been a little busy. On Thursday morning, Molly and I went to the Children's Museum. Grandpa and Grandma Wood got Molly a pass for her birthday. So on Thursday mornings they have tot time, which is a little class for 1-3 year olds. It was fun, a little chaotic, and loud. There were 20 kids ringing ginormous cow bells all at the same time! My ears are still ringing! Then we played at the different exhibits.

She is working a little crane contraption here.
She was driving the bus, but she was a little mad that I put the seat belt on her!

Then in the afternoon we went and played at the park. I knew she had her sunglasses with her on the slide, but here is what she looked like coming down...
Luckily I had my camera ready to capture the wild hair, and upside down sunglasses that she had going on!

Finally, she is looking and smiling all at the same time!

Today is a great day...the official start of college football! Like I said earlier, we are Buckeye fans here, so today Molly wore her OSU cheerleading outfit that Grandma and Grandpa Ferguson got her for her birthday.
She has been in this bag phase, for a while now, so she is always carrying around different bags or baskets!
Align CenterI am really not sure what was going on here with her huge eyes, I promise I did not try to scare her or do anything, I am as shocked and probably laughing a little harder then you are!

I was trying to get one last shot of her...here we were at the mall and she was riding one of those cars that cost 75 cents for like 5 seconds, but it was worth it. She was a great shopping partner today!

Other then not watching the football game today, since we do not have cable and it is on ESPN, I will be trying to make a salad for a dinner party we are going to, and trying to clean out my closet. Eric and I are in the middle of reorganizing our house and our lives I feel like. We are trying to get rid of the clutter and live more simply. Eric built and installed some new shelving in our office area, and I bought cute, matching boxes to try and sort everything in to. The key now is keeping it that way!

I am excited for tomorrow, the Steelers play the Titans. I am pretending to wave my terrible towel. I am also excited because I am going to wear my new shirt I got for $6.00 yesterday to church tomorrow. I love finding great deals! I usually wear my Steelers stuff when they have a game, but my new shirt is cute, so sorry Big Ben, I will represent next week!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Jesus and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today I was thinking about our relationship with God and how wonderful life is with him. I guess I do not really know what life without him is like. For as long as I can remember, God has been present in some form or another in my life. Then I got to thinking about chocolate chip cookies. Stay with me here...Who does not love chocolate chip cookies? Well, maybe if you are allergic to them or something. But think of how good fresh, warm, just from the oven, homemade chocolate chip cookies taste like, smell like...then think of God.

God is like the chocolate chips you put in the cookie dough. Cookie dough tastes pretty good without anything in it, but once you add those chips, yum, it tastes a whole lot better. Once you add God, your life tastes a whole lot better too.

Now I am not saying your life will instantly be better, or you will never face hard times. Actually, I think you will face more opposition from the evil one when you do have God in your life, but at least you know you when God is for you, who can defeat you?

Back to the cookies...they just seem to taste better when you add something extra to them, like chocolate chips. Same goes with life, your life will get a whole lot sweeter when you add God to it.

"Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life." 2 Cor. 2:15 The Message

What's your secret ingredient?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Friends

Today Molly and I went to the park with our friends, Andrea (the Mommy), Oliver, and his brother Jude. The weather has been so nice here, so we are trying to take advantage of every minute! Molly and Oliver love each other, and I mean they love each other. Every time they see each other they hug and kiss, with no prompting from the parents. It is so cute and funny!

Then today I got an email from my friend, Christina...she had edited one of my photos for me, and here is what she did...I LOVE it! Thanks Christina!
"A friend loves at all times..." Proverbs 17:17a