Happiness changes

So I just watched the class video of my senior year or high school. Oh my, do we all look young. It’s weird to think that was nearly 20 years ago!! But then I looked around me and I was surrounded by three of the most wonderful people in the world. My kids. Twenty years ago I did not picture myself living in southern MO w/3 kids, and all the critters we have. Right now my hair is being ‘fixed’ as I type, I’m helping with a Barbie game on the iPod, and listening to my son play with his dog. We had a lot of fun back then. But it doesn’t even begin to compare to the fun I’m having now. It seems so strange that back then the highlight of my week would have been hanging out w/friends or going to a game. Now, it’s the fact that my youngest can use the toilet all by herself and that we all 5 made thru a full length movie last night w/out any major issues. It’s amazing what can change in nearly twenty years. I’m so glad it did, b/c I wouldn’t be looking the face of the most beautiful red-headed monkey smiling at me right now and making fishy faces.


Summer Flavors

So this is our 5th year at our house. I still haven’t quite figured out how to grow a garden in rocks, but I did manage some green beans and potatoes that are now ready to be picked. So that got me thinking, a beef roast with green beans and new potatoes sounded amazing. But to be honest I don’t think I’ve ever cooked green beans and new potatoes before. I know I’ve eaten them, My grannie used to cook them all the time. She even canned them. So I got on the internet and searched for a recipe. The first I found was from Paula Deen- sounded delicious, but it took over an hour and I didn’t want to wait that long. Then I found another one that said it was kid friendly, but it didn’t have bacon in it. So I started concocting my own recipe. Here’s what I came up with.

Green Beans -straight from the garden
New tiny potatoes-straight from the garden
  (I only picked enough for what I thought we’d need for dinner, so no real measurements)
Salt (a dash or two)
Sugar (just a pinch)
Minced onion (how ever much you want, I like a lot)
Real Bacon bits (same as the onion)
Minced Garlic (just a small bit)
Butter (I had 3 T left on a stick so I used that)

I boiled the potatoes (whole w/skin on), and beans together with the salt, sugar and minced onion until I thought they were done.
Then I drained it and put it back in the hot pan, set it on the burner that was turned off but still warm and added the bacon bits, garlic and butter and stirred it until the butter was melted.

I’d say it was the best green beans I’ve ever made. Even my picky eater K said they were way better than the normal ones, the ones he hates….

Put that together with a beef chuck roast that I thru in the slow cooker with some onion and seasoned meat tenderizer (while it was still frozen), and a can of pear halves and we had a super yummy easy dinner. Talk about simple!! Hope I can be this easily creative tomorrow night- if not, I think I’ve got a frozen pizza!!

Have a good one!!

13 years

13 years ago today, in Miami, OK it was a beautiful sunny day. It was HOT and STICKY and HUMID!! It was so humid that after I got back to my parents house as I stood in my tub at my parents house b/c I was covered in birdseed, that my dress literally just slid off me. Now, why was there birdseed in my dress?? Well b/c rice would make the birds insides blow up and explode and I just couldn’t be mean to birds. Why would I care about birds, and why would I be feeding them anyway??? Well, that b/c 13 years ago today was the day I married my college sweetheart. The only man as stubborn and hard headed as I am. We are kind of like puzzle pieces. What I’m good at he’s not so good at and what he’s good at, I’m not so good at and then there are those areas that we are just alike. So I guess God really knew what He was doing when he put us together back then, even if I do question my own sanity now and then. Sense then God has blessed us so much. The first eight years of our honeymoon were in Michigan where we expanded our family to include a great dog, Chance, and 2 great kids. First a son and then a daughter. About 5 years ago we decided to change hotels and states and move the honeymoon to southern Missouri. There we added another daughter and another great dog, Scout. Plus, we added 2 cats, 8 chickens, 2 guinea pigs and a turtle. Guess, we didn’t figure there was enough room in MI for that size of a family so we should move south, ha ha. Anyway, as you can tell the past 13 years has been quite an adventure and I’ve loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to see what God has planned for the rest of our lives.

Children and worship

Our church has something we call “Bible Hour” and for some reason, a few people get their knickers in a knot when someone accidentally calls it “Children’s Worship”. I have heard it said that “children can’t worship”. I absolutely wholeheartedly and completely disagree. Children may not be able to sit and worship in a church service the way you and I do, but my children worship God every day. The sing songs praising God and about His love all day. They even make up songs about God and Jesus and how much they love us. My oldest is too old to go to Bible hour, has been for a couple of years, but he learned about God and he was praising God when he was in there. Now he sits and occasionally listens to the sermon, but he still picks up on things. If God didn’t think children could ‘worship’ why would He have mentioned them so often in the Bible.

Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’? Matt 21:16”

” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‚ÄúTruly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. Matt 18:2-6″

We can learn so much from watching our children and how they earnestly and deeply they love God. Their complete trust in Him and that He is there to love them and make their lives complete. Truly if we have the faith of a child we would be so much better off. Watch your children, look at them worship God, and learn. Learn to love God as a child and to seek that relationship with Him that they have.