Wednesday, February 25, 2009
"I'm proud of you for following the Lord's leading in this, Honey, and where He leads you, there we (your family :)) will follow!"
Ben & Virginia, we absolutely celebrate with you guys! I share with you one of my very favorite verses that is so applicable to what you guys have just experienced and will continue to experience as you seek the Lord's will for your lives...
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
2 Corinthians 5:17
Looking forward to continuing to grow together in our Lord!!! See you at community group!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Baked Potato Soup
4 baking potatoes
2/3 c all purpose flour
6 c milk
1 c shredded cheese
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 c low fat sour cream
¾ c chopped green onions
6 bacon slices, cooked
Cook potatoes and peel.
Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup. Place flour in large dutch oven; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over med heat until thick and bubbly. Add mashed potatoes, cheese, salt & pepper. Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream and onions. Cook over low heat about 10 minutes (do not boil)
2 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 c dried cranberries
1 small package of sunflower seeds
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels
Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; set aside.
Bring brown sugar and syrup to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until blended.
Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until coated; let stand 10 minutes. Stir in chocolate morsels. Press mixture into a 13- x 9-inch pan; cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
We had a BLAST!!! The gentlemen grilled out, while we ladies prepped the side dishes. We were finished with dinner by 6:30, and after my last bite, I said, "Joker, anyone?!?!" :) to which everyone agreed, helped me clear the table of dishes, and the games began! The guys won the first game, but the ladies came back with a vengeance! ;) (We're really the sweet ones here!!)
It was about 9:30, and I challenged the group, "Wouldn't it be neat to play a game without talking at all and making your moves as fast as you can!?" My challenge was taken! We played a FUN round of no talking, but we had some pokes and gouges (not really any gouges!! :)) and lots of grunts and groans, and the girls STOMPED the guys!! That game took less than half the time it normally takes us to get through a game! Russell didn't even ask, he just set up the board for one more game! No one complained! Another game of funny sound effects later, and the girls stomped the guys yet again! The guys were NOT happy, but we all had a fun time (especially the girls...did I just say, I mean, type that?? ;) Am I rubbing this in a bit too much?? Aryvia wouldn't be happy with me here! :))!!! I think we're guaranteed a rematch from these guys, which I very much look forward to!
Poor little guy...Notice he's just wrapped in a blanket without an outfit! Mommy didn't get his diaper on tight enough again (TWICE that evening!), so we went through two outfits and then had to improvise with a blanket. :( Sorry, Son! We've repacked your diaper bag with more outfits and diapers for mishaps like that!!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Anyway, we thankfully survived the drives of the day! :) I got to spend a nice long morning with my best friend, Ashley, at a nursing mom's group then over a nice long walk. After running a couple more errands, Rhys and I went home, both ate a snack, then napped! Soon after, we were treated to a nice long evening visit with my sweet girlfriend Natalie (below). A big THANK YOU to both of you for filling my and Rhys' day and evening with lots of love and help! :)
On Thursday, we visited my family at their store...Baba Nili (above) enjoyed holding Rhys while taking care of business! :)Of course, Aunt Soraya loves any time she can get with this little bambino! (Can't blame her! ;))I sneaked in a quick power nap before our evening plans, and Russell sneaked Rhys into my lap??? :) and got these cute pictures.Sweet Bronwyn (left) brought us dinner that evening and stayed for a nice visit, holding little Rhys and evidently eating up each moment of that! Emily was meeting up with us for our evening plans with our community group, and she was so sweet, too, to bring us dinner the night before! She and Jenn fixed us yummy Jambalaya!! "Thank you, ladies, for our yummy dinners!!" :)
More on our community group get-together to follow...
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I know I haven't blogged much lately, but I do keep the camera close at hand for mostly picture posts. We are doing great...staying very busy!! I cannot imagine having twins! Whew! One is a sweet handful!!
I drove for the first time in three weeks yesterday, and Russell was out of town, so I had to take Rhys with me, and I was a prayerful nervous wreck! :) (Is that possible? Or is that sinful? :)) We had a great day together, and we're excited that Daddy is back home!
I go back to work tomorrow for just a couple of hours, but I'm really looking forward to the outing and to visit my co-workers! I praise the Lord for His provision of our friends and family, and it's been very neat to see how they have come together and loved on us during this sweet transition as we've become a family.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone! We love you all!