Wednesday, February 28, 2007

It's official: I'm going back to Honduras in three weeks! I'll be going with a team from our church that will leave March 18th and returns the 25th. I'm excited to see Heidi again. The group is much smaller so I'll be doing the cooking by myself with Heidi helping when she is able.
I'm looking forward to seeing the friends I made in October and to making new ones. Heidi does a lot of discipling and I will be accompaning her during those times. I hope to get a chance to help out at the homeschool co-op and perhaps do some volunteering at the hospital. Who knows? I'm open to anything. Well, anything that doesn't involve bugs. The Lord was gracious last time and I pray He will be again. I'm also looking forward to swimming in the Caribbean. That was blissful!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Dinner Last Night

Here are the newest recipes that I tried as part of my recipe project.

Raspberry Pork Chops

4 boneless pork loin chops (5 ounces each)
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
1 tablespoon prepared mustard

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown pork chops in oil on both sides. Stir in the vinegar, jam and mustard. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until juices run clear. Remove chops and keep warm. Cook sauce over high heat until reduced by half, stirring occasionally. Spoon over p0rk chops.

Rice Croquettes

1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
2 1/4 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (I used dried since I didn't have this)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
Cooking oil

In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add rice; saute 3 minutes. Stir in broth and parsley; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes. (I did this part in the morning.) Stir in egg, cheese, basil and pepper. Moisten hands with water and shape 1/4 cupfuls into logs. Roll in crumbs. In an electric skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil to 365*. Fry croquettes, a few at a time, for 3-4 minutes or until crisp and brown, turning often. Drain on paper towels. Makes 16.

The meal was very good and everyone enjoyed it. I'll be adding this to my permanent collection.

Monday, February 26, 2007

176 points

We played Scrabble tonight (on our new, deluxe board--I love it!) and I made a word that was 176 points! The word was "manicure". It went across two triple word squares and I got 50 points for using all 7 of my letters. Wow! That's the first time I've ever done that in all my years of playing.

Michael had 86 points on his first word, queerest, because it was on a double word square and he used all 7 of his letters.

We've been on a Scrabble binge lately.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Organize to Thrive as a Mom at Home

Organize to Thrive as a Mom at Home:
  • recognize the importance of your job
  • aim to be productive
  • cultivate a sense of humor
  • pray often
  • put situations in perspective
  • plan well
  • use time well
  • give up perfectionism and control
  • plan enjoyable meals
  • make time for yourself
  • develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • strengthen your connection to God
  • strengthen your marriage
  • pursue job
  • make space for sanity

I have this written down on a 3x5 card that I keep on my desk. I don't know the source but if anyone does, please let me know.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Thoughts on Church Membership

"Membership in a local church involves commitment to worship the Lord corporately, edifying brothers and sisters through mutual exhortation and service, cooperating in mission, and holding each other accountable to talk in a manner pleasing to the Lord as a witness to the truth of Christ in the world." (John Piper)

I am thankful that the elders of our church are committed to the above and that our little body is committed to them also.

If you would like to read more about The Meaning of Membership and Church Accountability from John Piper, you can find it here. It's a good read!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sunday Hymn

Take My Life and Let It Be

Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days--
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee,
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee,
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold--
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect and use
Ev'ry pow'r as Thou shalt choose,
Ev'ry pow'r as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will and make it Thine--
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart--it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love--My Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself--and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

(Frances Havergal)

Friday, February 16, 2007

What's Going On Around Here

Something unusual is happening here at home today. I am alone! My dh and youngest daughter left a little while ago to go to NJ. My husband's family lives there (mine, too) and he is going to visit until Monday. Julianne is looking forward to visiting with her cousins. I just checked the weather up there and it is cold and snow is expected this weekend. I hope they have a good time whatever they do.

I have lots of work to do around here so I'll have plenty to keep me busy. I am planning on going thrift shopping either this afternoon or tomorrow so I'm looking forward to that. The first order of business, though, is to catch up on chore around here.

I did want to let you know about two wonderful, unexpected blessings that happened this week. Well, I've had lots of blessings from the Lord but these were special ones! First we received a check for a large amount of money from.....we don't know! On the outside of the envelope was written "A gift from the Lord". I made a copy of the check, wrote "God is faithful" on it and hung it up on our bulletin board. A daily reminder that He will take care of our family.

The second blessing came yesterday when Michael's brother, Joe, in NJ was talking to someone and somehow the topic of drums came up. Jared has been trying to sell his drums for a while and this friend of Joe's will be buying the drums this afternoon! God is good!!

It is so neat to see how God works in these situations. I will admit that I do not always trust as I should but He sends these little reminders that He is always faithful and He cares for me if I will just seek Him first in my life. Trust and obey--for there's no other way--to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey!

Thank you, Lord, for all you do in my life. It's all good!!! (Romans 8:28)

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy, Happy Birthday!!!!

Tonigh we celebrated my son's 18th birthday. Here's some pictures of the happy event:

Sunday, February 11, 2007

I Survived!!

The last two weeks have been busy but I survived. I am a homebody and would rather be here than anywhere else but everything went well with my schedule. I ended up babysitting seven times. I'm so thankful to only go twice this week. A lot of what I had planned to do was cancelled. I only taught the 5/6's once since I'm now scheduled in March. The Keepers fellowship was cancelled, my husband cleaned the church and we only went to karate once a week instead of the usual twice. But to me, it was still busy.

This week is still up in the air. We are scheduled to go out for dinner on Tuesday for my son's 18th birthday. It all depends on the weather. We are also scheduled to go to a friend's house on Wednesday night. That also depends on the weather. JK's once-a-month art class is scheduled for Wednesday morning but again, it might be cancelled. So........who knows? God does and He will plan it for me the way that is the best.

In my Bible reading tonight I came across this verse: ......let Him do to me as seems good to Him (2 Samuel 15:26b). I thought "now there's a verse to live by!". He know best. He knows what is good for me. I need to just let Him do it! Lately the Lord has been showing me these little nuggets of truth in His Word. I just need to dig for them. I love His Word! I love reading it and learning more about Him. I love that He uses it to instruct me, guide me, discipline me, exhort me, challenge me. It is life!! I don't know how Christians can be living for Him if they are not spending a significant part of the day in His Word. A 10-minute devotional is not good for growing. Just like plants that need to be water a long time so they can grow deep roots so Christians need a long time in the Word each day to grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord!

Some verses from Psalm 119. A great Psalm for lovers of the Word :-)

~Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors.
~Your word I have treaured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.
~Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it.
~Behold, I long for Your precepts; revive me through Your righteousness.
~I shall delight in Your commandments, which I love.
~This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me.
~O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.

Is it your meditation all the day?

Ice/Snow Line

Mostly sunny skies are in our forecast today with temperatures a little below average. Highs will top out in the low to mid 40s today and drop down in the mid 20s tonight. Tomorrow a storm will develop off of the coast and this storm has the potential to bring portions of the viewing area significant snow and ice. Right now it is too early to tell exactly how much of anything we will get, but Metro Richmond is going to be right on the ice/snow line. Stay tuned to the forecast closely over the next two days.
The above is taken from one of local TV stations' weather forecast. The text in red is the story of the Richmond area when it comes to snow. Our city was somehow built on this imaginary line that defines whether we get snow or ice or what we're really famous for......freezing rain. We never really know until it falls from the sky. It's hard to forecast.

So, we wait. And pray. Some pray for nothing; I'm praying for snow! Lots of it!!

BTW, I normally do my big grocery shopping every other Monday. I went this past Friday night. If you've lived in Richmond for at least one winter, you know that the stores will be a madhouse the day before a storm. There will be empty shelves especially of milk, bread and toilet paper. It's crazy! Some stores looks as though a bulldozer has gone through. The reason it's crazy is because we are hardly ever "snowed in" around here. More likely the snow is gone by 11:00 in the morning. And yet, the stores will still be bare come Tuesday morning. Maybe all those people are just wishful thinkers like myself and they are preparing for the big one (that hardly ever comes).

***Think snow***

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Assignment for Today

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God~1 Corinthians 10:31

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Sarah over at In the Midst of It has written a great post on Motherhood entitled "My Tattooed Soul". Pop on over to be encouraged!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Sunday Hymn

O Worship the King

O worship the King, all glorious above,
And gratefully sing His wonderful love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.

O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space!
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.

Thy boutiful care what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light,
It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail:
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.

(Robert Grant)